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NEWS FROM 2006-12-19
Dynamic duo lead Colts to 34-16 win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061219/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_bengals_colts"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061219/capt.nad11412190348.bengals_colts_football_nad114.jpg?x=130&y=108&sig=9HwI487eOVlr4lKpA1ccLA--" align="left" height="108" width="130" alt="Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison, left, makes a one-yard touchdown reception in front of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Deltha O'Neal during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Monday, Dec. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)" border="0" /></a>AP - Peyton Manning felt cuddly warm thanks to his favorite receiver. Of course, Manning to Marvin Harrison is the surest way to get the Indianapolis Colts out of a funk. The most prolific passing duo in NFL history tore apart the Cincinnati Bengals, combining for three touchdowns in a 34-16 victory Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Not Melo: Nuggets' Anthony suspended
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061219/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_nuggets_knicks_brawl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.msg10912170346.aptopix_nuggets_knicks_basketball_msg109.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=TU6Mc743VnVYV8URv2vbvQ--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony takes a hand to the throat from New York Knicks' Jared Jeffries as Jeffries is restrained by Nuggets' Eduardo Najera as Knicks' Mardy Collins, left, Channing Frye, second from right, and Nate Robinson, right, look on during a fight that broke out in the second half of basketball action at Madison Square Garden in New York Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006. Ten players, including NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony, were ejected for fighting during a wild brawl near the end of Saturday night's game between the Nuggets and Knicks. (AP Photo/\Frank Franklin II\)" border="0" /></a>AP - The NBA came down hard on the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets, and none of the brawlers was spared. Not Carmelo Anthony, the NBA's leading scorer, who got the harshest punishment, a 15-game suspension. And not the teams themselves, who were fined an unprecedented half-million dollars each Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Marbury, Knicks show right kind of fight
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061219/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_jazz_knicks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061219/capt.nyma11612190327.jazz_knicks_basketball_nyma116.jpg?x=111&y=130&sig=0B5tnnCWNd8TmImlK.vBxQ--" align="left" height="130" width="111" alt="Utah Jazz's Dee Brown, left, tries to block New York Knicks' Stephon Marbury during the fourth quarter of NBA basketball action Monday, Dec. 18, 2006 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Knicks defeated the Jazz 97-96. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Knicks showed the right kind of fight this time. Down to eight players after four were suspended for their role in a brawl, New York erased a 16-point deficit Monday night and stunned the Utah Jazz 97-96 in overtime on Stephon Marbury's layup just before time expired.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jim Harbaugh to become Stanford coach
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061219/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_stanford_harbaugh"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061219/capt.fx10112190138.stanford_harbaugh_football_fx101.jpg?x=115&y=130&sig=6Waryt0jmhfPKRaSOxGYXQ--" align="left" height="130" width="115" alt="San Diego football coach and former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh is seen in this file photo taken during practice Tuesday Nov. 1, 2005, in San Diego. Harbaugh was hired Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, to take over Stanford's struggling football program. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)" border="0" /></a>AP - Stanford hired former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh on Monday to take over its struggling football program. Harbaugh had spent the last three years as head coach at the University of San Diego, a non-scholarship Division I-AA program. He led the Toreros to a 29-6 record, winning 27 of his final 29 games at San Diego.</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 10 'Rain Devils' win outdoor game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061219/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkw_t25_texas_tech_arizona_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061219/capt.pnc10612190348.texas_tech_arizona_st_basketball_pnc106.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=dpOp91jOrPhUgijGwfWvhA--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Players from both Texas Tech and Arizona State run on the court set up in the infield of the Arizona Diamondbacks' baseball diamond during the second half of a basketball game Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, at Chase Field in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - There's a reason basketball is an indoor sport. It's cold outside in mid-December, even in the desert, and it might rain. Just like it did Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
NFL Network in N.Y. freebie carriage deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061219/sp_nm/nfl_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061219/2006_12_19t012534_450x291_us_nfl.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=fQoi_9ADhr3hfebl9IceSg--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Cincinnati Bengals running back Rudi Johnson (32) fumbles the football after being hit by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Gary Brackett (58) during the first quarter of their NFL game at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana, December 18, 2006. The NFL Network said Monday it would accept Time Warner Cable's offer to carry the channel on a digital tier for a week beginning Christmas Eve. (Brent Smith/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The NFL Network said Monday
it would accept Time Warner Cable's offer to carry the channel
on a digital tier for a week beginning Christmas Eve.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nowitzki, Howard burn Artest, Kings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061219/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_mavericks_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061219/capt.sca10112190428.mavericks_kings_basketball_sca101.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=BxFVMjFmqK3DqqDb9j0TEg--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard (5), shoots over Sacramento Kings defender Ron Artest (93) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)" border="0" /></a>AP - Josh Howard slid into the lane, drew contact from Ron Artest and nimbly banked in his shot. On Dallas' next possession, Dirk Nowitzki coolly drained a 17-foot fallaway jumper with Artest's hand squarely in his face.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tigers give Bonderman $38 million deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061219/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_tigers_bonderman"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061219/capt.mnpb10712190135.tigers_bonderman_baseball_mnpb107.jpg?x=130&y=128&sig=BkqAnNsHREzh_wYS3NNPng--" align="left" height="128" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman (38) reacts after being called for a balk, which let in the tying run, against the Minnesota Twins during the eighth inning of a baseball game, seen in this Sunday, July 30, 2006, file photo in Minneapolis. Bonderman and the Tigers agreed Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, to a $38 million, four-year contract. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sticking with the Detroit Tigers was an easy decision for Jeremy Bonderman.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cannavaro voted FIFA player of the year
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061218/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_fifa_player_of_year"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061218/capt.3ef29cfb103e456ebcb14a31f283f401.italy_fifa_player_of_the_year_rom190.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=wcQAMRfjD0HgGKtRyhhSWA--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Italy's Fabio Cannavaro controls the ball during the final of the soccer World Cup between Italy and France in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, in this Sunday, July 9, 2006 file photo. Fabio Cannavaro added another accolade to his collection Monday Dec. 18, 2006, winning FIFA's world player of the year award. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen/Files)" border="0" /></a>AP - Fabio Cannavaro was voted FIFA Player of the Year on Monday, becoming the first defender to earn the honor and only the second Italian.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks tamp out Flames 3-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061219/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_flames_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061219/capt.carf10112190425.flames_ducks_hockey_carf101.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=G5aWFE8yaattfYAKpN8VFA--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks' Chris Pronger, right, shoves Calgary Flames' Jarome Iginla during the first period of a hockey game Monday, Dec. 18, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Samuel Pahlsson, Dustin Penner and Corey Perry scored third-period goals to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Heart of a lion
The unpredictable nature of the NFL proves that football players have more pride than athletes in any other professional sport.
Manning's four TDs get Colts by Bengals (AP)
Peyton Manning felt cuddly warm thanks to his favorite receiver. Of course, Manning to Marvin Harrison is the surest way to get the Indianapolis Colts out of a funk. The most prolific passing duo in NFL history tore apart the Cincinnati Bengals, combining for three touchdowns in a 34-16 victory Monday night.
Owens fined $35,000 for spitting at Hall (AP)
Terrell Owens has 35,000 reasons to never spit at an opponent again. T.O. was fined $35,000 by the NFL on Monday for spitting in the face of Atlanta cornerback DeAngelo Hall during Saturday night's Cowboys-Falcons game. Although it's more than twice as much as the last fine for spitting, Dallas' flamboyant receiver avoided a suspension.
Ravens' McNair expected to start Sunday (AP)
Steve McNair is expected to start this Sunday for the Baltimore Ravens, although his injured right hand might affect his practice time this week. McNair played only two series in the Ravens' playoff-clinching 27-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. He left shortly after Cleveland linebacker Andra Davis accidentally stepped on his throwing hand, opening up a cut that made it difficult for the...
Panthers DE Rucker out for season (AP)
Carolina Panthers all-time sacks leader Mike Rucker will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Rucker suffered the season-ending injury late in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh, moments after being credited with a half sack that raised his career total with the team to 52.5.
Giants DE Strahan could play Sunday (AP)
Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan might play for the New York Giants on Sunday in their crucial game against the New Orleans Saints. Strahan hopes to practice this week for the first time since spraining his right foot against the Houston Texans on Nov. 5. He has missed the last six games, a span that has seen the Giants (7-7) lose five times.
Three Colts safeties on inactive list (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts' leaky defense took another hit Monday night when their top three safeties were decativated against Cincinnati. Pro Bowl player Bob Sanders and Antoine Bethea, who had started 12 of the Colts' previous 13 games, were both out of the key AFC matchup. Sanders has missed five of six games with soreness in his right knee and has played in only two games since having arthroscopic...
Jags should have Drew, unsure on Taylor (AP)
The Jacksonville Jaguars expect to have rookie running back Maurice Drew back in the lineup Sunday against New England. They're not sure about Fred Taylor. Drew and Taylor, the duo that has the Jaguars ranked second in the league in rushing, were hurt in Sunday's 24-17 loss at Tennessee. Taylor reinjured his right hamstring on his second run of the game -- a 35-yard gain in the first quarter -- and...
Falcons expect Vick, Abraham to play (AP)
Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora believes quarterback Michael Vick and defensive end John Abraham will start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers even though both players have significant injuries. Abraham underwent surgery Monday to have a pin placed in his left thumb after he tore ligaments in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
QB hit by mascot's golf cart sues Titans (AP)
Ex-Saints quarterback Adrian McPherson is suing the Tennessee Titans because their mascot hit him with a golf cart before the second half of an August exhibition. McPherson filed his civil lawsuit Friday in Davidson County Circuit Court and also is seeking $5 million in compensatory damages for the Titans' negligence and $15 million in punitive damages.
Losing his Carolina Way
Anthony suspended 15 games, Isiah none (AP)
The NBA came down hard on the New York Knicks and the Denver Nuggets, and none of the brawlers was spared. Not Carmelo Anthony, the NBA's leading scorer, who got the harshest punishment, a 15-game suspension. And not the teams themselves, who were fined an unprecedented half-million dollars each Monday.
Marbury's layup gives Knicks OT win (AP)
The Knicks showed the right kind of fight this time. Down to eight players after four were suspended for their role in a brawl, New York erased a 16-point deficit Monday night and stunned the Utah Jazz 97-96 in overtime on Stephon Marbury's layup just before time expired. With the jerseys of Nate Robinson, Mardy Collins, Jared Jeffries and Jerome James hanging in their lockers, the Knicks shook off...
Undermanned Nuggets top Wizards (AP)
It's not often Earl Boykins gets confused for Carmelo Anthony. Denver's diminutive point guard did his best Anthony impersonation in the final quarter of the Nuggets' 117-108 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. With Anthony, J.R. Smith and Nene all receiving suspensions earlier in the day for their roles in a brawl against the New York Knicks on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden,...
Wade beats buzzer as Heat top Hornets (AP)
The only answer the Miami Heat cares about is Dwyane Wade. Hours after coach Pat Riley announced earlier in the day that the Heat were no longer in the running for Sixers guard Allen Iverson, Wade came up big at the buzzer. Playing his second game after missing two contests last week following oral surgery, Wade hit a fadeaway shot with 1.3 seconds left, capping a furious rally to lift the Miami...
Karl livid with Thomas for role in brawl (AP)
George Karl blasted Knicks coach Isiah Thomas for his role in the brawl between New York and the Nuggets, calling him a "jerk" who acted despicably by blaming Denver for the fight. "He should be accountable for what his actions are," Karl said. Karl was livid with Thomas for telling Carmelo Anthony not to go into the lane in the final minute-plus of the Nuggets' 123-100 win at Madison Square Garden...
Gay leads Grizzlies past Sonics in 2OT (AP)
If not for Chucky Atkins' long-range prayer, the Memphis Grizzlies would never have gotten a chance to snap their six-game losing streak. Atkins launched a 30-foot desperation shot at the end of the first overtime period Monday night to tie the game at 115 and help send the Grizzlies to a 134-126 double overtime victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.
Kidd, Krstic lift Nets past Warriors (AP)
For one of the few times this season, the New Jersey Nets won with defense instead of their stars. Sure, Jason Kidd recorded his 81st career triple-double and Nenad Krstic had 26 points and a season-high 14 rebounds, but the key for the Nets on Monday night was a fourth-quarter defense that limited the Golden State Warriors to 13 points in a 105-97 win.
Dirk, Howard power Mavericks by Kings (AP)
Josh Howard slid into the lane, drew contact from Ron Artest and nimbly banked in his shot. On Dallas' next possession, Dirk Nowitzki coolly drained a 17-foot fallaway jumper with Artest's hand squarely in his face. Even the Kings' best defender had no clue how to stop the sharpshooting Mavericks, who turned their latest trip to Sacramento into a laugher with another stellar scoring show.
Heat pull out of bidding for Iverson (AP)
Cross Miami off the list of potential landing spots for Allen Iverson. Heat coach Pat Riley said Monday that the defending NBA champions have pulled out of the running for the disgruntled Philadelphia 76ers superstar, who is out of action and on the sidelines while awaiting to be traded. Miami had been mentioned as a possible destination for Iverson, but Riley squashed any hope of a deal that would...
Lemieux: Pens focus on deal with casino (AP)
Penguins owner Mario Lemieux called a deal to sell the team to a Canadian billionaire "unequivocally" dead and said Monday he is trying to reach a deal with a casino that promises to build an arena for the financially struggling club. Isle of Capri has said it will build a $290 million facility for the Penguins to replace 45-year-old Mellon Arena -- at no cost to taxpayers or the team -- if it...
Late surge carries Ducks past Flames (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks should have been dragging after a five-game road trip. Instead, their collective talent and depth more than compensated for any residual fatigue. Samuel Pahlsson, Dustin Penner and Corey Perry scored third-period goals to lift the Ducks to a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.
Fedorov lifts Blue Jackets by Red Wings (AP)
Sergei Fedorov gave the Detroit Red Wings a reminder of what they used to have. Fedorov scored twice and added an assist against his former team as the Columbus Blue Jackets held on to beat Detroit 4-3 on Monday night. "I think it's special for him, but I think he's been unbelievable every game," said teammate Rick Nash, who had a goal and an assist.
Rangers suffer another lopsided loss (AP)
The defensive-minded New Jersey Devils put on an offensive show at the expense of the New York Rangers. Patrik Elias and Sergei Brylin each scored two goals and Martin Brodeur made 35 saves to hand New York its second embarrassing loss in two days. On Saturday night in Toronto, the Maple Leafs routed the Rangers 9-2.
Aucoin powers Blackhawks past Avs 2-1 (AP)
Adrian Aucoin jumped right into the fray for the Chicago Blackhawks. Back in the lineup after missing 11 games because of a groin injury, Aucoin scored a power-play goal with 7:02 left in the second period to help the Blackhawks beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Sunday night. Aucoin blasted a rising, screened shot past Jose Theodore to snap a 1-all tie.
Timonen lifts Predators by Blues in OT (AP)
Given 11 power-play chances, the Nashville Predators finally cashed in. Kimmo Timonen scored on a slap shot on a 4-on-3 advantage with 1:49 left in overtime for a 2-1 victory over the sagging St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. "We felt if we kept working and skating and doing the right things, they were going to come unglued, and they did," coach Barry Trotz said.
Forsberg returns, leaves with concussion (AP)
Inspired by the return of Peter Forsberg, the Philadelphia Flyers began their bid to end a five-game losing streak by scoring first against the Washington Capitals. By the end of the first period, the lead was gone. So was Forsberg, who missed the final 40 minutes with a concussion after absorbing a wicked hit from Washington's Alex Ovechkin.
Bruins' Kessel discusses cancer surgery (AP)
Bruins rookie Phil Kessel was shocked when he learned he had testicular cancer. "I couldn't believe it," Kessel said before Boston's game against Florida on Saturday night. "It was tough. I had a hard time with it." Kessel, the 19-year-old former University of Minnesota player drafted in the first round this year, is expected to rest for two weeks before getting back on the ice.
Spezza powers Senators past Sabres 3-1 (AP)
Jason Spezza and Ray Emery will not admit that the Ottawa Senators have solved the Buffalo Sabres. It sure seems as if they have. Spezza scored two power-play goals and added an assist, while Emery made 35 saves in Ottawa's 3-1 victory over the Sabres on Saturday night. The Senators have handed the Buffalo three of its six regulation losses this season.
Koivu's two goals lift Habs over Pens (AP)
Saku Koivu is developing another offensive weapon to add to his playmaking abilities -- putting the puck in the net himself. Koivu scored twice for the second game in a row, and the Montreal Canadiens scored four straight goals in the second period en route to a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.
Reason to race
Mark Martin's dreams of a Cup championship may be gone, but he's not ready to walk away.
Anheuser-Busch to end NASCAR sponsorship in 2007 (AP)
Anheuser-Busch will end its title sponsorship of NASCAR's No. 2 series after the 2007 season.
Ekstrom defeats Loeb to win Race of Champions (AP)
Mattias Ekstrom beat three-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb Saturday to win the Race of Champions at Stade de France. Loeb raced for the first time since breaking his arm in September and reached the final for the third straight year. The Frenchman won last year and lost to Finland's Heikki Kovalainen in 2004.
Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital Opens (AP)
Jeff Gordon saw firsthand the strain and heartache childhood illnesses bring early in his career when Ray Evernham's young son was diagnosed with leukemia.
Documentary traces NASCAR's roots (AP)
John Warner set out to make a simple movie about NASCAR driver Wendell Scott.
Alabama site picked for $600 million Earnhardt project (AP)
A $600 million Dale Earnhardt race track and entertainment complex will be built on 2,500 acres just north of Mobile, the track's investors announced Friday.
Gordon excited about impending fatherhood (AP)
Jeff Gordon insists he won't trade his Ferrari for a family-friendly vehicle any time soon. That doesn't mean NASCAR's four-time champion isn't thrilled about becoming a father.
Burton signs Nextel Cup deal with Morgan-McClure (AP)
Former Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton landed a full Nextel Cup ride Wednesday, signing a deal to drive the State Industries-sponsored No. 4 Chevrolet for Morgan-McClure Motorsports.