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The Answer: Iverson traded to Nuggets (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061220/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn76ers_iverson_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061219/capt.px11412192146.iverson_trade_basketball_px114.jpg?x=76&y=130&sig=3kANkesO_fp6ozJmsGTc5w--" align="left" height="130" width="76" alt="Denver Nuggets' DerMarr Johnson guards as Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson (3) plays in the second half of their NBA basketball game seen in thsi Thursday, March 9, 2006, file photo in Philadelphia. Allen Iverson was traded by the 76ers to the Denver Nuggets, a person in the NBA with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press Tuesday Dec. 19, 2006. (AP Photo/George Widman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Allen Iverson got the new team he wanted, and the Denver Nuggets got the new superstar they suddenly needed. The four-time scoring champion was traded Tuesday by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Nuggets for Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two 2007 first-round picks. The Nuggets also get Ivan McFarlin.</p><br clear="all"/>

Suns breeze to 15th win in a row (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061220/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_raptors_suns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061220/capt.azrd10412200346.raptors_suns_basketball_azrd104.jpg?x=77&y=130&sig=sg44TFkcRU4e9_fZLhbLvA--" align="left" height="130" width="77" alt="Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire, right, shoots for two points over Toronto Raptors Rasho Nesterovic (12), of Slovenia, during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, in Phoenix.(AP Photo/Roy Dabner)" border="0" /></a>AP - No. 15 in a row was a breeze for the Suns. Amare Stoudemire dominated with 28 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes, and the Suns set a franchise record for consecutive victories by beating the Toronto Raptors 115-98 Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Frogs pen in Wolfe; TCU wins Poinsettia (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061220/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_poinsettia_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061220/capt.cali10612200404.poinsettia_bowl_football_cali106.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=4mDFL_c9n.agWwdYAUpl_g--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="Northern Illinois running back Garrett Wolfe breaks the tackle of TCU safety Eric Buchanan (25) during the third quarter of the Poinsettia Bowl football game in San Diego Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)" border="0" /></a>AP - The most exciting ballcarrier on the field, at times, was TCU quarterback Jeff Ballard. It certainly wasn't Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe, who ended his career looking more like a third-stringer than the national rushing leader.</p><br clear="all"/>

Hawaii bound: Chargers, Bears lead way (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061220/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_pro_bowl_teams"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.cxa20212172235.buccaneers_bears_fooball_cxa202.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=swHm3w0oU6zuAd_aNcGIdQ--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tim Rattay, left, winds up to throw as Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher tries to tackle during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec.17, 2006. The Bears won 34-31.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - The San Diego Chargers and Chicago Bears lead the NFL in wins &#151; and Pro Bowlers. The Chargers placed nine players on the AFC squad Tuesday and the Bears had seven on the NFC team, which also includes a quarterback &#151; Dallas' Tony Romo &#151; who wasn't a starter when the season began.</p><br clear="all"/>

Troy Smith named AP Player of the Year (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061220/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_t25_ap_player_of_the_year"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061218/capt.co10112182214.heisman_effect_football_co101.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=K.wVCEogwL54Tl5teIbm6g--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith (10) looks for a receiver in this Sept. 16, 2006 file photo during a college football game against Cincinnati in Columbus, Ohio. After the rubber-chicken banquets, photo ops and interviews, about the last thing a tired Heisman Trophy winner has on his mind is his team's bowl game. Maybe that's why four of the last five winners of college football's most prestigious individual award have lost in the national championship game. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - The old Troy Smith was at his best on the run. The new and improved version can sit in the pocket all day and pick apart defenses with his arm. Smith's evolution from running quarterback to precise passer made No. 1 Ohio State all but unstoppable this season &#151; and helped him win The Associated Press Player of the Year honor announced Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cowher says don't read into indecision (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061220/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_steelers_cowher_s_future"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061217/capt.nccb10712172009.steelers_panthers_football_nccb107.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=ZNg7u46JvC7siYO7R9JSMg--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher reacts to a call during the first half against the Carolina Panthers in an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006. (AP Photo/Rick Havner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bill Cowher sent this message Tuesday to those convinced he has decided not to return as the Pittsburgh Steelers' coach next season: Not so fast.</p><br clear="all"/>

NBA star Iverson dealt to Denver (AFP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061220/sp_afp/basketnbaiversonnuggetssixers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20061220/capt.sge.cbz54.201206083718.photo00.photo.default-342x512.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=E8IreNhbzz9OW045GO1Nog--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="The Denver Nuggets dealt for four-time NBA scoring champion Allen Iverson, seen here in November 2006, just one day after losing the league's leading scorer to a suspension, ESPN.com reported.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Otto Greule Jr)" border="0" /></a>AFP - The Denver Nuggets dealt for four-time NBA scoring champion Allen Iverson just one day after losing the league's leading scorer to a suspension.</p><br clear="all"/>

Rose backs McGwire, self for Hall (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061220/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_reds_rose"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061220/capt.39a5c1a00fa64b95b3df884dd9eea176.reds_rose_nyol533.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=Roc0Z5b47aPT5kLOyxuIXw--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="In the Dec. 16, 2005, file photo, Pete Rose sits at a table waiting to sign autographs at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Rose said Tuesday that both he and Mark McGwire belong in the Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken/file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pete Rose thinks Mark McGwire should be in baseball's Hall of Fame, and hasn't given up hope that he'll get there someday, too.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cannavaro voted FIFA player of the year (AP)
<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"/>

Brunette nets hat trick; Avs beat Oilers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061220/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_avalanche_oilers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061220/capt.edm10912200526.avalanche_oilers_hockey_edm109.jpg?x=69&y=130&sig=EalIA8KiBnmlonJevdCj1g--" align="left" height="130" width="69" alt="Colorado Avalanche's Andrew Brunette, who scored his first career hat trick, yells at a referee during the third period of NHL hockey action against the Edmonton Oilers, at Rexall Place on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006. The Avalanche won the game 7-6. (AP PHOTO/CP, Marc Bence)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Colorado Avalanche got three power-play goals from Andrew Brunette &#151; and still needed more offense to win a wild game against Edmonton.</p><br clear="all"/>

Calm under pressure
The Ravens have been hit with a number of potentially damaging episodes this season, but have yet to be thrown off track.

Pro Bowl has nine Chargers, seven Bears (AP)
The San Diego Chargers and Chicago Bears lead the NFL in wins -- and Pro Bowlers. The Chargers placed nine players on the AFC squad Tuesday and the Bears had seven on the NFC team, which also includes a quarterback -- Dallas' Tony Romo -- who wasn't a starter when the season began. San Diego's contingent includes record-setting running back LaDainian Tomlinson and quarterback Philip Rivers, who sat...

Bears suspend DT Tank Johnson one game (AP)
Tank Johnson is getting yet another chance from the Chicago Bears. Arrested three times in 18 months, and at a bar when his friend was shot to death last week -- about 12 hours after he'd apologized for his latest run-in with the law -- Johnson's punishment was a one-game suspension. The team considered releasing Johnson but chose the lesser of sanctions when convinced that he would change his...

Addai, Harrison shouldn't miss time (AP)
Marvin Harrison has played through the tingling in his left hand for nearly a month. Rookie running back Joseph Addai might need to follow the 11-year veteran's lead when it comes to his injured right ankle. The Indianapolis Colts (11-3) need both playmakers to make a playoff charge. Harrison, in line for his eighth straight Pro Bowl selection Tuesday, hasn't let team doctors examine the hand nor...

Vikings to start Tarvaris Jackson at QB (AP)
When he drafted Tarvaris Jackson out of Alabama State in April, Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress called him "a piece of clay" that needed to be molded into a starting quarterback. Eight months later -- and a lot sooner than expected considering the playoffs are still a possibility for the Vikings (6-8) -- Childress is throwing Jackson into the kiln at Lambeau Field.

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.

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...

A win-win situation
Both the 76ers and Nuggets figure to benefit from the blockbuster Allen Iverson trade.

76ers trade Iverson to Nuggets (AP)
They are both closer to the end of their careers than the beginning, and neither Allen Iverson nor George Karl have any need to mask their ambition anymore. "He's only really playing to win a championship," Karl said. "Probably deep down inside, I'm only coaching to win a championship." Winning a championship is precisely the goal Karl's team, the Denver Nuggets, had in mind when they acquired...

Stoudemire, Suns win 15th straight game (AP)
No. 15 in a row was a breeze for the Suns. Amare Stoudemire dominated with 28 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes, and the Suns set a franchise record for consecutive victories by beating the Toronto Raptors 115-98 Tuesday night. "I'm just playing Phoenix Suns basketball." Stoudemire said. "Tonight it was working my way, but as a team we came out and played great basketball all the way around." The...

Deng, Bulls top Lakers 94-89 (AP)
The latest victory by the surging Bulls was different from their recent wins. The Chicago spent the previous three weeks picking on teams with losing records, most from the Eastern Conference, but they took out one of the best in the West on Tuesday, staring Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in a 94-89 victory.

Nuggets' Anthony considers appeal (AP)
Carmelo Anthony and new teammate Allen Iverson aren't supposed to play together until Jan. 20 at Houston. The question is whether Anthony will try to make it sooner by appealing his 15-game suspension for punching New York's Mardy Collins during last Saturday's brawl between the Knicks and Nuggets at Madison Square Garden.

Knicks top Jazz on Marbury's layup in OT (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...

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...

Knight to sit out again for Bobcats (AP)
Charlotte Bobcats starting point guard Brevin Knight will miss at least one more game because of a strained groin. Knight, averaging 12.2 points and 7.2 assists, will not play Wednesday at New York, coach Bernie Bickerstaff said Tuesday. He also sat out Saturday's loss to Boston. Derek Anderson is expected to replace Knight in the starting lineup, with Raymond Felton moving to point guard.

Heat win on Wade's hoop with 1.3 to play (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...

Atkins' heave helps Grizzlies win 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.

Higgins leads surging Habs over Sabres (AP)
Christopher Higgins and Cristobal Huet sent the Buffalo Sabres a message Tuesday night: Watch out for the Montreal Canadiens. Higgins scored twice and Huet made 42 saves, leading the surging Canadiens to a 5-2 victory and cutting Buffalo's lead in the Northeast Division to five points. "If you were to ask us a month and a half ago if this was possible, everybody would have laughed," Montreal coach...

Blake's hat trick lifts Isles by Rangers (AP)
Jason Blake called his first goal lucky and the second luckier. By the time he completed his hat trick, how the puck went in didn't really matter. Blake scored three times to give the New York Islanders a big lead, then they hung on for a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. The Islanders are 2-0 against the Rangers this season at Madison Square Garden and have used hat tricks to...

Brunette helps Avalanche outscore Oilers (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche got three power-play goals from Andrew Brunette -- and still needed more offense to win a wild game against Edmonton. Brett McLean broke a tie midway through the third period, sending Colorado to a 7-6 victory and spoiling the Oilers' comeback bid Tuesday night. Pierre Turgeon and Mark Rycroft also scored for the Avalanche, while Paul Stastny added a goal and three assists.

Flyers lose club-record seventh straight (AP)
The Carolina Hurricanes know what it's like to struggle, so they weren't about to take the Philadelphia Flyers lightly. Justin Williams and Anton Babchuk scored, and the Hurricanes beat Philadelphia 2-1 on Tuesday night to hand the Flyers their franchise-record seventh straight loss. Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers, who had dropped six in a row five times in their 40-year history -- including...

Sturm, Savard help Bruins rout Senators (AP)
The Boston Bruins' offensive stars came through, making their big defenseman a winner in his return to Ottawa. Marco Sturm scored three times and Marc Savard had two goals and two assists, leading Boston to a 7-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. Patrice Bergeron had five assists, and Glen Murray and Paul Mara also scored to help captain Zdeno Chara win his first game in Ottawa...

Hossa leads Thrashers to shootout win (AP)
A dominant performance by Marian Hossa helped the Atlanta Thrashers end a season-high five-game losing streak. Hossa scored two short-handed goals, then connected in the shootout to lead the Thrashers past the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Tuesday night. "We saw the Marian Hossa show," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said.

Blues snap 11-game skid, beat Penguins (AP)
Andy Murray was hired as the St. Louis Blues coach last week to get them to play like this. It surprised his players that it took five games to happen. Doug Weight and Dan Hinote each had a goal and an assist and the Blues stopped an 11-game losing streak that was threatening a franchise record, beating the uninspired Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Tuesday night.

Lecavalier scores 200th as Lightning win (AP)
On the verge of giving away a big lead in what would have been a fifth consecutive loss, Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella called a timeout and gathered his players for a pep talk. The gist of his message? "We're playing well," center Tim Taylor recounted. "Control yourselves." With that positive reinforcement, Tortorella pounded his palms together and sent his club back onto the ice to...

Former Leafs lift Panthers in Toronto (AP)
A couple of unwanted ex-Maple Leafs stuck it to their former team. Gary Roberts scored twice and Ed Belfour made 33 saves in his first game in Toronto since he was cut by the Maple Leafs, leading the Florida Panthers to a 7-3 rout Tuesday night. Ville Peltonen, Rostislav Olesz, Martin Gelinas, Joel Kwiatkowski and Nathan Horton also scored for the Panthers, who won back-to-back road games for the...

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...

Offseason caps: Menard, Allmendinger, Montoya
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '07 Cup field, starting with the rookie class.

Auto Racing 2006: Johnson, Hornish win big but quietly (SportsTicker)
For a sport known for its outspoken, colorful characters, the champions of the two major racing series in the United States let their actions do the talking.

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.

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