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NEWS FROM 2006-12-21
Knicks beat Bobcats in double overtime
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061221/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bobcats_knicks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061221/capt.nyma10312210200.bobcats_knicks_basketball_nyma103.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=nz2AgDzPJSH6m6iv1JrjGA--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="New York Knicks' Channing Frye, center, battles for the ball against Charlotte Bobcats' Jake Voskuhl, left, and Derek Anderson during the second quarter of NBA basketball action Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)" border="0" /></a>AP - David Lee tipped in a long inbounds pass as time expired in the second overtime, giving the exhausted New York Knicks a 111-109 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Carter leads Nets past Cavaliers 113-111
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061221/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_nets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061221/capt.era10512210414.cavaliers_nets_basketball___era105.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=PjlL6bAXyCLepYsSVTRHwQ--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) attempts to go up with a shot as New Jersey Nets' Nenad Krstic, of Serbia, defends during third quarter NBA basketball Wednesday night, Dec. 20, 2006 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Nets won 113-111. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Apparently, LeBron James brings out the best in Vince Carter. Carter broke out of a scoring slump with 38 points, outdueling James by one, to help the New Jersey Nets hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-111 Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lakers rally to tip Timberwolves 111-94
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061221/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_lakers_timberwolves"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061221/capt.mnah10412210333.lakers_timberwolves_basketball_mnah104.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=k6AOl0GYs5fy0kq3l8_Tbg--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic (18) of Slovakia, and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Marko Jaric, left, of Serbia-Montenegro, battle for a loose ball during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006. The Lakers beat the Timberwolves 111-94. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dwane Casey felt helpless as he watched a 10-point lead disappear in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers. He knew he had to rest Kevin Garnett and Mike James a little longer before bringing them back in the game, but cringed as the Lakers' second unit dominated Minnesota's reserves.</p><br clear="all"/>
Iverson: Never wanted to leave _ sort of
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061221/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_iverson_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061221/capt.ny16812210232.iverson_nuggets_basketball_ny168.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=aZzXEzmATyuGYOSzXdrLqw--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="In this image made from television from ESPN, former Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson is interviewed on ESPN as he talks about being traded to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006. (AP Photo/ESPN)" border="0" /></a>AP - Allen Iverson is having one last fight with the Philadelphia 76ers as he leaves town. Now that Iverson is going to Denver, the former MVP is saying he never wanted to leave Philadelphia — not exactly.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks clobber Stars 4-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061221/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stars_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061221/capt.ana10512210607.stars_ducks_hockey_ana105.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=2QjkY2C7qBpryO4CjaA9zg--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry shoots but fails to score under the legs of Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006. The Ducks won 4-1. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - As if the high-flying Anaheim Ducks really needed any good news, Corey Perry is out of his slump. Perry scored twice in Wednesday night's 4-1 victory over Dallas, giving him six goals and three assists in his last seven games. Before that, he had just three assists in a span of 12 games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Column: Could Tomlinson be best ever?
AP - Marty Schottenheimer is already convinced, though he might be a bit biased. His job, after all, pretty much hangs on what LaDainian Tomlinson can do with his legs.
Mavericks defeat SuperSonics 103-95
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061221/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_mavericks_supersonics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061221/capt.watw11912210645.mavericks_supersonics_basketball_watw119.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=GyMCpkpuSYll4Jgr1LFS0A--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Dallas Mavericks' Erick Dampier (25) is greeted at the bench as he comes out of the game in the final minutes of the Mavericks' 103-95 win over the Seattle SuperSonics in a NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006 at KeyArena in Seattle. Dampier matched his season high with 22 points and grabbed a season-best 16 rebounds. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - Erick Dampier matched his season high with 22 points and grabbed a season-best 16 rebounds, and Dallas rallied past Seattle 103-95 Wednesday on a night when Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki went down with a sprained ankle and the SuperSonics lost Rashard Lewis to a hand injury.</p><br clear="all"/>
Average baseball salary rises 9 percent
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061221/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_salaries"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061218/capt.fng10512182222.blue_jays_wells_baseball_fng105.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=kVNifgBmWlcRTEMaHoh22g--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Rogers Communications president and CEO Ted Rogers, left, and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells pose in Jays jerseys during a news conference about Wells' new contract in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Frank Gunn)" border="0" /></a>AP - Baseball salaries were booming even before the free-agent escalation that began more than a month ago. The average salary shot up 9 percent this year to $2,699,292, according to final figures released Wednesday by the Major League Baseball Players Association. The increase was the highest since a 12.8 percent rise in 2001 and makes it likely the $3 million mark will be broken next year or in 2008.</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"/>
Streaking Predators beat Blackhawks 2-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061221/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_predators_blackhawks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061221/capt.cxa10112210226.predators_blackhawks_hockey_cxa101.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=AieBTCpvN9zXuc83kdO_ZQ--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Chicago Blackhawks' Adrian Aucoin, left, checks Nashville Predators' Martin Erat, of the Czech Republic, into the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Paul Kariya showed off his goal-scoring form that his been missing most of this season. Kariya scored twice in the third period, and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.</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.
Hall talks to Owens, says feud is over (AP)
The feud is over. After Terrell Owens spit in DeAngelo Hall's face in Saturday night's game, Hall insisted he'd have nothing to do with the Dallas receiver. Owens, who was fined $35,000 by the NFL, kept trying to contact Hall, the Falcons' star cornerback. Former Atlanta and Dallas player Deion Sanders finally convinced Hall to take a three-way telephone call on Monday.
Vick probable, sore groin 'feels better' (AP)
Michael Vick says his sore groin has improved, even though he didn't test the injury as he took a reduced role in Wednesday's practice. Vick had to leave late in the Atlanta Falcons' loss to Dallas on Saturday night due to the injury. He was listed as probable for Sunday's game against Carolina and reported the sore groin "feels better." "I just wanted to take a day off and make sure when I came...
Jaguars RB Taylor questionable vs. Pats (AP)
Jaguars running back Fred Taylor was more concerned about his health Wednesday than missing out on the Pro Bowl for the ninth consecutive year. Taylor sat out practice and was listed as questionable for Sunday's crucial game against New England. He strained his right hamstring Dec. 10 against Indianapolis and reinjured it last week at Tennessee.
Giants DE Strahan returns to practice (AP)
With the playoffs in doubt, Michael Strahan is back on the field for the New York Giants -- at least in practice. The seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end practiced Wednesday for the first time since spraining his right foot in a game against the Houston Texans on Nov. 5. "Michael did everything and I thought he did all right," coach Tom Coughlin said after the practice.
Bears DT Johnson faces probation problem (AP)
Tank Johnson got a reprieve from the Chicago Bears after his recent run-in with the law, but the defensive tackle's legal troubles aren't over: Cook County officials now say he violated his probation on a 2005 gun charge. The Cook County Adult Probation Department filed a petition Monday alleging that Johnson's Dec.
Vikes, Pack remain hopeful for playoffs (AP)
After connecting on a long touchdown in the Metrodome last month, Brett Favre hoisted wide receiver Donald Driver onto his shoulders and walked him up the sideline in a fireman's carry. A cute scene? Sure. But it was all fairly meaningless, because it seemed at the time neither team had a chance of sniffing the playoffs.
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...
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...
Vermeil among 2,500 at Hunt's memorial (AP)
Former Kansas City Chiefs coaches Dick Vermeil, Marty Schottenheimer and Gunther Cunningham were among the 2,500 who gathered Tuesday to say a final farewell Lamar Hunt. The Chiefs owner was remembered during the two-hour memorial service for his contributions to football, to the city and to the lives of the people he touched.
A win-win situation
Both the 76ers and Nuggets figure to benefit from the blockbuster Allen Iverson trade.
Snow keeps Iverson away, postpones game (AP)
First, a whirlwind. Next, a blizzard. Less than 24 hours after their blockbuster deal to acquire Allen Iverson, the Denver Nuggets postponed their game Wednesday night against Phoenix because of a snowstorm that snarled traffic, closed the airport and forced the governor to declare a state of emergency.
Nowitzki sprains ankle, Mavs top Sonics (AP)
Erick Dampier watched All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki crumple to the court, then responded with the type of performance Dallas coach Avery Johnson wants and expects. Meanwhile, the injuries keep piling up for the slumping SuperSonics. With the Mavericks missing Nowitzki for most of the night, Dampier matched a season high with 22 points and grabbed a season-best 16 rebounds in Dallas' 103-95 win...
O'Neal, Pacers extend 76ers' skid to 12 (AP)
Now that the Philadelphia 76ers are done trying to find Allen Iverson a new home, they can work on somehow ending their long losing streak. Jermaine O'Neal scored 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Stephen Jackson had 25 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 101-93 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night, the last-place 76ers' 12th straight loss.
Iverson: I never wanted to leave Philly (AP)
Allen Iverson is having one last fight with the Philadelphia 76ers as he leaves town. Now that Iverson is going to Denver, the former MVP is saying he never wanted to leave Philadelphia -- not exactly. Iverson denied on Wednesday night that he ever asked the Philadelphia 76ers for a trade, even though team president Billy King and chairman Ed Snider both repeatedly said the request was made.
Way cleared for Nets to move to Brooklyn (AP)
Clearing the way for major pro sports to return to Brooklyn for the first time since the Dodgers left in 1957, New Jersey Nets owner Bruce Ratner's $4 billion redevelopment project was approved Wednesday. The project that could reshape Brooklyn with the basketball arena, office towers and thousands of apartments was approved after months of maneuvering among New York state's top political leaders.
Carter ends slump, Nets edge Cavs (AP)
Apparently, LeBron James brings out the best in Vince Carter. Carter broke out of a scoring slump with 38 points, outdueling James by one, to help the New Jersey Nets hold off the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-111 Wednesday night. Held to 12, 12 and 11 points in his previous three games, Carter surpassed those totals with 14 in the first quarter, then capped the evening with two free throws and a steal...
Jazz rally from 21 down to beat Hawks (AP)
Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan wants the ball in Mehmet Okur's hands when a 3-pointer can win the game. "He's such a wonderful shooter," Sloan said. "We're always shocked when he misses a shot." Okur scored 30 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help the Jazz erase a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit and beat the Atlanta Hawks 112-106 on Wednesday night.
Williams gets triple-double as Bucks win (AP)
A beaming Mo Williams compared his first career triple-double to another important event in his life. "It's just like having your first child," he said. Williams, who has two children, finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and Michael Redd added 28 points as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Miami Heat 121-95 on Wednesday night to extend their home winning streak to five.
Lakers dominate in fourth, beat Wolves (AP)
Dwane Casey felt helpless as he watched a 10-point lead disappear in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers. He knew he had to rest Kevin Garnett and Mike James a little longer before bringing them back in the game, but cringed as the Lakers' second unit dominated Minnesota's reserves. What Casey needed was an Answer.
Penguins' future in Pittsburgh in doubt (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins gambled on getting a new arena for free from a slots-machine casino firm and failed, leaving owner Mario Lemieux with the difficult decision he never wanted to make. Does a long-successful franchise with an enthusiastic and loyal fan base move on from this setback and negotiate a so-called Plan B deal with state and local politicians?
Perry, Giguere lead Ducks over Stars 4-1 (AP)
As if the high-flying Anaheim Ducks really needed any good news, Corey Perry is out of his slump. Perry scored twice in Wednesday night's 4-1 victory over Dallas, giving him six goals and three assists in his last seven games. Before that, he had just three assists in a span of 12 games. "The bounces are going my way right now.
Hasek, Red Wings shut out Blue Jackets (AP)
Dominik Hasek had 10 NHL seasons under his belt before the Columbus Blue Jackets joined the league. He wasn't about to let the 6-year-old expansion team send the Detroit Red Wings into a losing streak. Hasek made 27 saves Wednesday for his 73rd NHL shutout to lead the Red Wings to a 5-0 victory over the Blue Jackets.
Kariya's third-period goals rally Preds (AP)
Paul Kariya showed off his goal-scoring form that his been missing most of this season. Kariya scored twice in the third period, and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win. Kariya's power-play goal with 7:02 left snapped a 1-1 tie. He fired a screened shot from the top of the right circle past goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.
Flyers acquire Mike York from Islanders (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers acquired forward Mike York from the New York Islanders on Wednesday for center Randy Robitaille and a fifth-round pick next year. Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren said York, a seven-year NHL veteran, would offer the Flyers offensive flexibility. "He is a player who is a right-handed shot, can play center or right wing, and he gives us a little more versatility and...
Higgins leads streaking 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 powers Avs past Oilers 7-6 (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 lead Bruins past Sens 7-2 (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...
Offseason caps: Menard, Allmendinger, Montoya
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '07 Cup field, starting with the rookie class.
Marcos Ambrose to drive in up to 10 Nextel Cup races in 2007 (SportsTicker)
Australian Marcos Ambrose has joined the foreign invasion of NASCAR.
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.