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Favre leads Packers past Vikings 9-7 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061222/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_vikings_packers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061222/capt.widp12712220439.aptopix_vikings_packers_football_widp127.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=J.fmCKpbyeV2HdoV1afxEg--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre waves to spectators as he leaves the field following the Packers' 9-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)" border="0" /></a>AP - It might have been Brett Favre's final fling at Lambeau Field, and it wasn't pretty. But after nearly throwing the game away, Favre helped the Green Bay Packers pull out yet another come-from-behind victory.</p><br clear="all"/>

Pistons flex muscles, pound Cavaliers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061222/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061222/capt.ohmd10712220402.pistons_cavaliers_basketball_ohmd107.jpg?x=122&y=130&sig=XeuA4gVEl2mZ44P56ukONQ--" align="left" height="130" width="122" alt="Zydrunas Ilgauskas, left, from Lithuania, and LeBron James, right, scramble for a loose ball with Detroit Pistons' Nazr Mohammed during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, in Cleveland. Detroit beat the Cavaliers, 87-71. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Attention, Detroit detractors. The Pistons are still firing on all cylinders.</p><br clear="all"/>

Oklahoma St. defeats No. 7 Pitt in 2OT (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061222/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_college_bkb_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061222/capt.okso10612220309.pittsburgh_oklahoma_st_basketball_okso106.jpg?x=130&y=119&sig=Iy2nSCOCei1gOUaFEXbUlA--" align="left" height="119" width="130" alt="Oklahoma State head coach Sean Sutton, center, embraces Mario Boggan, right, as Oklahoma State defeated Pittsburgh, 95-89 in the O'Reilly All College Basketball Classic in Oklahoma City Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006. Oklahoma State's Terrel Harris is at left. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pittsburgh and Oklahoma State played one of the best games of the college basketball season, and Cowboys guard JamesOn Curry was convinced the deciding factor couldn't be found on the stat sheet.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sabres complete sweep of Predators (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061222/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061222/capt.tnmh10812220408.sabres_predators_hockey_tnmh108.jpg?x=109&y=130&sig=LNfTZBlbesFvfnYDuGl3.g--" align="left" height="130" width="109" alt="Buffalo Sabres center Chris Drury (23) congratulates goalie Martin Biron (43) after they defeated the Nashville Predators, 7-2, in an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Unless they meet in the Stanley Cup finals, the Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators have played for the last time this season.</p><br clear="all"/>

No. 19 BYU blasts Oregon in Vegas Bowl (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061222/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_las_vegas_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061222/capt.nvms10312220237.las_vegas_bowl_football_nvms103.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=ED_R6HlEOaG738EKsjSR9w--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="BYU quarterback John Beck, center, is tackled by Oregon's Nick Reed, left, and Blair Phillips, during the Las Vegas Bowl football game in Las Vegas, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006. (AP Photo/R. Marsh Starks)" border="0" /></a>AP - Brigham Young quarterback John Beck stood on the podium above a throng of blue-clad fans so dense the green field below them was barely visible. After five years of frustration and a decade of postseason futility, BYU finally had something to celebrate.</p><br clear="all"/>

T.O. has nothing against Garcia (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061222/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_t_o__vs__garcia"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061221/capt.ny15412211949.eagles_garcia_football_ny154.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=pNmxkf5bQd1Y2qYOvmnunQ--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jeff Garcia, passes the ball during the second half of a football game against the Carolina Panthers in this Dec. 4, 2006 file photo, in Philadelphia. The Eagles defeated the Panthers 27-24. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)" border="0" /></a>AP - Before T.O. took on Donovan McNabb, Jeff Garcia was the receiver's target.</p><br clear="all"/>

76ers: Out with A.I., in with A.M. (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061222/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn76ers_miller"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061221/capt.ny15512212016.76ers_miller_basketball_ny155.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=OUdlLCQe4f1k.pBrFYnoaw--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Denver Nuggets guard Andre Miller, front, works the ball inside for a shot past Toronto Raptors guard T.J. Ford in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver in this Nov. 18, 2006 file photo. Instead of playing for a Western Conference contender in Denver, Andre Miller will finish this season with one of the league's worst teams. Miller was traded to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers earlier this week. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Andre Miller might find it easier shoveling a path out of snowbound Denver than digging the Philadelphia 76ers out of last place.</p><br clear="all"/>

Brewers make offer to Jeff Suppan (AP)
AP - NL championship series MVP Jeff Suppan has been offered a four-year contract by the Milwaukee Brewers.

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"/>

Slumping Oilers corral Coyotes 3-2 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061222/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_oilers_coyotes"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061222/capt.pnj10512220336.oilers_coyotes_hockey_pnj105.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=SNnqXBUEhxFihsU6og7ZyA--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Phoenix Coyotes left winger Ladislav Nagy, right, carries the puck into the Edmonton Oilers' zone in front of Oilers center Toby Petersen, left, in the first period of a hockey game Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, in Glendale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Petr Sykora needed nearly 59 minutes to solve Phoenix goalie Curtis Joseph. Sykora, who took a game-high six shots, scored with 1:14 remaining to lift the Edmonton Oilers past the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2 Thursday night. He took a backhanded pass from Shawn Horcoff in stride at the inside edge of the right faceoff circle and beat Joseph with a quick wrist shot.</p><br clear="all"/>

Downside to athleticism
Some of the scrutiny black QBs face is a product of the different set of standards placed on them because of their mobility.

Favre wins in possible Lambeau finale (AP)
It might have been Brett Favre's final fling at Lambeau Field, and it wasn't pretty. But after nearly throwing the game away, Favre helped the Green Bay Packers pull out yet another come-from-behind victory. Favre threw an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter, then rallied the Packers for a late field goal and a 9-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night.

Giants DE Strahan practices again (AP)
Giants defensive end Michael Strahan practiced for the second straight day Thursday and it's looking more likely the seven-time Pro Bowler will play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. "Michael has done everything, been in every drill (and) is working his way back into his ability to be in the middle with all things," coach Tom Coughlin said.

Delhomme likely to miss another game (AP)
Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme missed practice again Thursday with his sprained right thumb, making it likely he'll miss his third straight game. Delhomme hasn't played or practiced since suffering ligament damage in his right thumb on Dec. 4 at Philadelphia. Chris Weinke started in his place in losses to the New York Giants and Pittsburgh, and will probably start again Sunday at...

Owens to face another rival Eagles QB (AP)
Before T.O. took on Donovan McNabb, Jeff Garcia was the receiver's target. Owens' verbal sniping at McNabb last year in Philadelphia led to his suspension and departure from the Eagles. Before that, when Owens was in San Francisco, he made insinuations about Garcia's sexuality. Owens said he hasn't talked with Garcia since their days on the 49ers.

Giants' Barber set for final home game (AP)
Tiki Barber has been cheered and booed and loved and hated in a 10-year run with the New York Giants that has included the highs of playing in a Super Bowl and the lows of competing on a couple of bad teams. Barber will walk through the tunnel at Giants Stadium one last time on Sunday in what will be the final home game of a career he is ending early to become a television personality.

Saban again denies Alabama rumors (AP)
Nick Saban says he doesn't browse the Internet, never sends e-mail or surfs from site to site. He may have to start soon, if only to follow the persistent rumors about him and his future. A story posted on NFL.com earlier this week said Alabama "keeps on making runs at Saban" in an effort to convince the Miami Dolphins coach to return to college and take over in Tuscaloosa for the fired Mike Shula.

Vick practices despite sore groin (AP)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick took snaps with the first-team offense in practice on Thursday, increasing the likelihood his groin strain won't keep him from starting against Carolina. Falcons coach Jim Mora listed Vick as probable for the second straight day. Vick has a 6-2 career record against the Panthers, who visit the Georgia Dome on Sunday.

Jaguars RB Taylor misses practice again (AP)
Jaguars running back Fred Taylor missed a second consecutive practice Thursday and remained questionable for the New England Patriots. Taylor strained his right hamstring Dec. 10 against Indianapolis and reinjured it last week at Tennessee. Tests revealed no tears and little bleeding, and Taylor was hoping to practice Friday.

Steelers making another December rush (AP)
The Pittsburgh Steelers' season didn't get started until they were nearly finished. The Steelers plodded through an unimaginably poor first half of the season, turning the ball over a club-record rate and making numerous special teams mistakes. Only the No. 7 on the back of Ben Roethlisberger's jersey suggested he was the same quarterback who won the Super Bowl at age 23 in February.

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

Anthony won't appeal 15-game suspension (AP)
Carmelo Anthony won't appeal his 15-game suspension for his role in the New York Knicks brawl last weekend, according to USA Today and ESPN.com reports. "It is Melo's desire to focus on the issue at hand, not be a distraction to his team and focus on coming back as the best teammate he can be," Bill Duffy, CEO of BDA Sports, the agency that represents Anthony, told USA Today in Thursday's...

Iverson expected to fly, may play Friday (AP)
Allen Iverson was expected to fly to Denver in time for the Nuggets game against the Sacramento Kings Friday, the same day the airport was set to reopen after a massive snowstorm. Meanwhile, Andre Miller, who was traded to Philadelphia along with Joe Smith, was expected to fly to Philadelphia, Nuggets spokesman Eric Sebastian said Thursday.

Pistons beat Cavs in playoff rematch (AP)
For three quarters, Chauncey Billups was missing. Mr. Big Shot arrived in the fourth. Billups made his first three jumpers of the final period, leading the Detroit Pistons to an 87-71 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night in the first matchup between the clubs since last season's playoffs.

Iverson: I never asked to be traded (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.

Celtics F Pierce out two to three weeks (AP)
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce has an injury in his left foot that will keep him out for two to three weeks. Pierce has a stress reaction -- a swelling of the bone and the soft tissue surrounding it, team spokesman Jeff Twiss said Thursday. Pierce will miss Friday night's game against Philadelphia and the five-game road trip that starts Tuesday in Denver.

Jamison, Arenas lead Wizards over Kings (AP)
Even if Ron Artest hadn't taken himself out of the Kings' lineup with a curious knee problem, Sacramento probably couldn't have stopped the Washington Wizards' latest scoring outburst. Antawn Jamison had 33 points and 13 rebounds, and Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points in the Wizards' fourth victory in five games, 126-119 over the spiraling Kings on Thursday night.

Nowitzki questionable with injured ankle (AP)
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is questionable for Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers because of a sprained left ankle. Nowitzki had to be helped off the court after he got hurt late in the first quarter of Wednesday night's 103-95 victory at Seattle. X-rays were negative. There was no availability with the Mavericks on Thursday, when they traveled home from Seattle.

Sonics' Lewis has MRI on injured hand (AP)
SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis underwent an MRI on his injured right hand Thursday afternoon, but the team said results wouldn't be known until Friday morning. Lewis injured a tendon in the back of his right hand in the opening minute on Wednesday night against Dallas. Lewis attempted to block Erick Dampier's shot from behind but his hand got caught in the net as he tried to swat the shot.

Snowbound Suns look to come home Friday (AP)
It took a blizzard to finally stop the Phoenix Suns. The Suns remained snowbound in a downtown Denver hotel Thursday, practicing at the nearby Pepsi Center and getting into a snowball fight to pass the time. The Denver airport was closed Thursday and wasn't expected to reopen until about noon Friday. A chartered plane was being sent to Denver and the team planned to leave sometime in the afternoon.

Lemieux: Penguins to explore relocation (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are off the market, and owner Mario Lemieux says the team will look at relocating while it attempts to reach a deal for a new arena. "It is time to take control of our own destiny," Hall of Famer Lemieux said in a statement issued by his team Thursday. The Penguins are free to move when the 2006-07 season ends following a state panel's rejection Wednesday of a casino...

Sabres start quick, rout Predators 7-2 (AP)
The best team in the Eastern Conference gave a painful reminder to the West's second-ranked team on the importance of showing up, and playing well, in every game. Jason Pominville had two goals and an assist and Maxim Afinogenov and Ales Kotalik each scored twice to help the Buffalo Sabres snap a two-game skid with a 7-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Johnson, Canadiens extend Flyers' skid (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens valued a victory over the NHL's worst team as much as a win against one of the league's best. Mike Johnson scored Montreal's league-leading 10th short-handed goal and the Canadiens extended their season-high winning streak to five games with a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

Turco sets Stars' shutout record (AP)
Marty Turco cared more about the Stars playing well again than the Dallas goalie did about his own achievement. Turco made 20 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, leading Dallas past the San Jose Sharks, 3-0 on Thursday night a night after things got so bad the team held a closed-door meeting.

Blizzard postpones Flames-Avalanche game (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche postponed Thursday night's game against the Calgary Flames, citing fan safety amid the worst snowstorm to hit Colorado in three years. No makeup date was immediately set. "We have been in close consultation with the National Hockey League and the city of Denver and all parties realized that this was the best course of action given the current conditions," said Paul Andrews,...

Thomas' 39 saves help Bruins top Canucks (AP)
The Boston Bruins had only six shots on goal in the second period and didn't have a single one in the third. They allowed three-power plays in the final 15 minutes and barely had possession of the puck during that stretch. But the way goalie Tim Thomas was playing, none of that mattered. Thomas made 39 saves for his second NHL shutout and Marc Savard had two assists to lead the Bruins to a 2-0 win...

Rookie Backes helps Blues end home skid (AP)
Rookie David Backes provided an early boost and the St. Louis Blues were on the way to their first home victory in the past eight games. Backes scored his first NHL goal and Lee Stempniak added a goal and an assist, helping the Blues beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 on Thursday night. The win was the second straight for the Blues after losing 11 in a row.

Kozlov, Hossa again lift Thrashers in SO (AP)
Slava Kozlov doesn't mind shootouts. He just wishes Atlanta coach Bob Hartley would use one of his teammates first. "I feel pretty good in the shootout," Kozlov said. "It's tough to go first, for I like to see how the goalie plays you." Kozlov and Marian Hossa scored in a shootout for the second straight game to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

Lightning post rare road win over Sens (AP)
Tampa Bay's persistent effort paid off with a rare win in a city often unkind to the Lightning. Ruslan Fedotenko, Paul Ranger and Vincent Lecavalier all scored in the third period to help the Lightning rally for a 4-2 victory over the Senators on Thursday night. It was just their seventh win in 27 visits to the Canadian capital.

Sykora lifts Oilers by Coyotes, 3-2 (AP)
Petr Sykora needed nearly 59 minutes to solve Phoenix goalie Curtis Joseph. Sykora, who took a game-high six shots, scored with 1:14 remaining to lift the Edmonton Oilers past the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2 Thursday night. He took a backhanded pass from Shawn Horcoff in stride at the inside edge of the right faceoff circle and beat Joseph with a quick wrist shot.

Offseason caps: Reutimann, Ragan, Whitt, W. Burton
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '07 Cup field as February's season-opening Daytona 500 approaches.

Yates team pulls Rudd out of retirement (AP)
Robert Yates is bringing Ricky Rudd out of retirement to keep his sinking race team afloat, signing him Thursday to drive the full Nextel Cup schedule in 2007.

Rudd comes out of retirement to rejoin Yates Racing (SportsTicker)
HACKETTSTOWN, New Jersey (Ticker) - Robert Yates Racing filled a new spot with an old friend.

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.

Marcos Ambrose to drive in up to 10 Nextel Cup races in 2007 (SportsTicker)
Australian Marcos Ambrose has joined the foreign invasion of NASCAR.

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.

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