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NEWS FROM 2006-12-24
L.J. carries Chiefs past Raiders 20-9
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061224/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_chiefs_raiders"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061224/capt.oas11012240432.chiefs_raiders_football_oas110.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=C1vrYtx1hOOTvFgec4Y1_g--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Kansas City Chiefs' Larry Johnson, left, runs past Oakland Raiders' Derrick Burgess in the third quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006. The Chiefs won 20-9. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Another victory over the Oakland Raiders took a little bit of the sting out of the Kansas City Chiefs' three-game losing streak.</p><br clear="all"/>
Knight ties Smith with 879th victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061224/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_knight_wins_record"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061223/capt.txlm10612232350c.addition_bucknell_texas_tech_knight_wins_record_basketball_txlm106.jpg?x=130&y=83&sig=elHCIMAvR.cKhQUj0IyMLg--" align="left" height="83" width="130" alt="Texas Tech head basketball Bob Knight laughs during a post game interview with Fran Fraschilla after beating Bucknell 72-60 in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 23, 206. Knight matched Dean Smith's record of 879 victories in Division 1 men's basketball when Texas Tech beat Bucknell on Saturday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bob Knight always will be known for his temper and guile, for throwing a chair and winning national championships. Now he's got the ultimate vindication for doing things his way: Nobody has ever won more Division I men's basketball games.</p><br clear="all"/>
Yao to miss 6 weeks with injured knee
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061224/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_rockets_yao_injured"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061224/capt.htr10312240225.clippers_rockets_basketball_htr103.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=ZQPb_7IBOWIFzfAlKENcGg--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Houston Rockets' Yao Ming (11), CENTER, of China, reacts as Team physician Dr. Mark Adickes, right, and trainer Keith Jones, left, attend to him during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006 in Houston. Yao injured his right knee and had to leave the game. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Yao Ming will miss at least six weeks after fracturing the bone under his right knee in Houston's game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Horford leads Gators past Buckeyes 86-60
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061224/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_ohio_st_florida"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061224/capt.flps11312240033.ohio_state__florida_basketball_flps113.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=X4HQrCC99ABXZ4Vv.OlHZg--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Florida's Al Horford (42) goes for two points as Ohio State's David Lighty (23) and Greg Oden (20) watch the action in the 2nd half of basketball play in Gainesville, Fla. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006. Florida defeated Ohio State, 86-60.(AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Florida center Al Horford looked "awful" in his first practice in nearly two weeks. He was tentative and clearly trying to protect his left ankle.</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 1 UCLA overpowers Michigan 92-55
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061224/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_michigan_ucla"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061223/capt.cama11112232142.michigan_ucla_basketball_cama111.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=4tJrm7GqNdwHu8H6q3Xwtw--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="UCLA head coach Ben Howland yells at his team in the first half of a NCAA basketball game against Michigan Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006. (AP Photo/ Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Top-ranked UCLA's performance against highly regarded Michigan was so dominant, it left Bruins coach Ben Howland full of superlatives. Fact is, he couldn't have found anything negative even if he tried.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chiefs beat Raiders to keep playoff hopes alive
Reuters - The Kansas City Chiefs beat the
Oakland Raiders 20-9 on Saturday to snap a three-game losing
streak and keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Clippers capitalize after Yao goes down
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061224/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_clippers_rockets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061224/capt.htr11212240420.clippers_rockets_basketball_htr112.jpg?x=74&y=130&sig=Nfwl7jKk5Fb3870eMt9YEQ--" align="left" height="130" width="74" alt="Los Angeles Clippers' Tim Thomas (2) shoots as Houston Rockets' Dikembe Mutombo (55), of Congo, defends during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006 in Houston. The Clippers beat the Rockets, 98-93. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Suddenly, the Houston Rockets are facing a second straight season ruined by injuries to All-Stars Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady.</p><br clear="all"/>
McCarthy goes from White Sox to Rangers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061223/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_white_sox_rangers_trade"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061223/capt.ny15112232029.white_sox_rangers_trade_baseball_ny151.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=RqCTXYUI5WqMk.Ag2Rfv_A--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Chicago White Sox's Brandon McCarthy pitches to Cleveland Indians' Grady Sizemore in the first inning of a baseball game in this Sept. 27, 2006 file photo, in Cleveland. Texas acquired right-hander Brandon McCarthy from the Chicago White Sox in a five-player deal Saturday in which the Rangers gave up their 2003 first-round pick. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)" border="0" /></a>AP - Not optimistic about their pursuit of free agent Barry Zito, the Texas Rangers acquired right-hander Brandon McCarthy from the Chicago White Sox in a five-player deal on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Inter Milan wins 11th straight
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061223/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061223/capt.xlb10712231548.italy_soccer_xlb107.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=6GIiEdvu6XR6My13CCsahg--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="Inter Milan forward Adriano, of Brazil, celebrates after scoring during an Italian major league soccer match between Inter and Atalanta, at the San Siro stadium, in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)" border="0" /></a>AP - Inter Milan tied the Italian league record with its 11th consecutive victory by rallying past Atalanta 2-1 Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sharks defeat Flames, again
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061224/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_flames_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061224/capt.cata11012240607.flames_sharks_hockey_cata110.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=Q7mTlHmqcwUTuI8fsRygUA--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, of Kazakhstan, has a shot bounce off his chest after stopping a goal-attempt by the Calgary Flames during the third period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006. San Jose won, 4-1. (AP Photo/ Tony Avelar)" border="0" /></a>AP - San Jose finally gave coach Ron Wilson something he's been looking for — a game without giving the other team any power plays.</p><br clear="all"/>
Just a mirage?
Once poised to make a strong run heading into the postseason, the Seahawks no longer resemble last year's Super Bowl runners-up.
Chiefs keep faint playoff hopes alive (AP)
Another victory over the Oakland Raiders took a little bit of the sting out of the Kansas City Chiefs' three-game losing streak. The Chiefs know they need a lot more help for that late-season skid not to derail their postseason chances. Larry Johnson ran for 137 yards and a touchdown and the Chiefs kept their slim playoff hopes alive by becoming the first team to beat the Raiders eight straight...
Niners WR Bryant suspended four games (AP)
Receiver Antonio Bryant was suspended for four games Friday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, dealing a blow to the San Francisco 49ers' faint playoff hopes. Bryant has 40 catches for a team-high 733 yards and three touchdowns this season after signing with San Francisco as a free agent last summer, but the fifth-year pro hasn't shaken his career-long propensity for off-field...
Bears' Johnson receives home confinement (AP)
Chicago nose tackle Tank Johnson needs court permission to travel outside Illinois, a decision that would become a factor this season only if the Bears make the Super Bowl. A judge ruled Friday that he must stay home, except to work or travel to work, until it is determined whether his Dec. 14 arrest for having firearms without a gun-owner identification card violated his probation on a 2005 gun...
Jags' Taylor ruled out against Patriots (AP)
Jaguars running back Fred Taylor will miss Sunday's game against New England because of a lingering hamstring injury. Taylor, who hurt his right hamstring against Indianapolis on Dec. 10, aggravated the injury on his second carry last week at Tennessee and sat out the rest of the game. Taylor missed three days of practice this week, and coach Jack Del Rio downgraded him from questionable to out...
Vikings DT Williams agrees to extension (AP)
Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kevin Williams has agreed to a seven-year contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings. "I'm excited to get a deal done and finish my career with the team that drafted me," Williams said in a statement issued by the team Saturday. He was a first-round draft pick in 2003. Williams has five sacks and nine tackles for loss this season, teaming with fellow defensive tackle Pat...
Patriots sign punter Sauerbrun (AP)
The New England Patriots on Friday signed veteran punter Todd Sauerbrun, who becomes the team's third punter in six weeks. The Patriots, who play at Jacksonville on Sunday, brought in Sauerbrun for a workout Friday and then signed him, coach Bill Belichick said. "We looked at all our options, and feel like this one is the best one for the football team," Belichick said.
Colts RB Addai cleared to play Sunday (AP)
Indianapolis Colts rookie runner Joseph Addai practiced Friday and has been cleared to play Sunday against the Texans in his hometown of Houston. Addai had sat out two days of workouts this week to rest a sprained right ankle that he hurt in the third quarter of Monday night's 34-16 win over Cincinnati.
Delhomme downgraded to doubtful (AP)
Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme missed practice again because of an injured thumb and was downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game at Atlanta. Delhomme, who had been listed as questionable, hasn't played or practiced since sustaining ligament damage in his right thumb in a loss to Philadelphia on Dec.
Giants' O'Hara, Strahan expect to play (AP)
Starting center Shaun O'Hara practiced Friday and may return to the New York Giants lineup Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. O'Hara missed last week's game against Philadelphia with an ankle injury. "He did all right," coach Tom Coughlin said. "I'm sure he was out there trying to test it out and find out how he felt.
Yao out six weeks with fractured bone (AP)
Yao Ming will miss at least six weeks after fracturing the bone under his right knee in Houston's game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. Yao was leaping for a blocked shot as Chuck Hayes and Tim Thomas hit the floor beneath him. Yao's knee appeared to get caught under Thomas' body and Yao immediately grabbed his knee and screamed in pain.
Knee injury ends Nets C Krstic's season (AP)
New Jersey Nets center Nenad Krstic will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament. The 7-footer was hurt during the third quarter of Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. The team announced Saturday he had a tear of his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Krstic caught a pass from Richard Jefferson in the lane and started to back Lakers center Kwame Brown...
Miller has 11 assists, 76ers rout Knicks (AP)
Andre Iguodala is having fun again, thanks to the arrival of Andre Miller. Iguodala scored 20 points and Miller had nine points and 11 assists in his Philadelphia debut as the 76ers beat the New York Knicks 98-77 Saturday night. The 76ers have won two straight since the trade of Allen Iverson finally became official, and Iguodala doesn't even mind embarking on a seven-game trip beginning Tuesday at...
LeBron's 19 points in fourth carry Cavs (AP)
For one night, LeBron James fixed the Cavaliers all by himself. You expected someone else? James scored 19 points in the fourth quarter -- one more than Orlando -- and finished with 32, pushing him over 7,000 in his NBA career and carrying Cleveland to an 86-83 win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
Garnett lifts Timberwolves over Pacers (AP)
The Indiana Pacers found out the hard way what happens when Kevin Garnett decides to take over. Garnett had 29 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and the Timberwolves beat the Pacers 78-71 Saturday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Throughout his 12-year career, the star forward has gladly shared the scoring load with his teammates.
Spurs bounce back, romp over Hornets (AP)
The New Orleans Hornets had the misfortune of playing San Antonio one night after the Spurs' worst loss of the season. Almost everything the Spurs did poorly Friday night in a 19-point loss to Houston, they did well in a 112-77 romp over the Hornets on Saturday night. Tony Parker scored 19 points, Manu Ginobili had 17 and four others reached double figures as the Spurs shot a season-high 62.9...
Kapono scores 27 as Heat beat Warriors (AP)
Sensing another game may be starting to slip away, the Miami Heat predictably asked a guard to get them rolling. For a change, it wasn't Dwyane Wade. Jason Kapono came off the bench to score a career-high 27 points, Wade added 18 points and eight assists, and the Heat beat the Golden State Warriors 105-92 on Saturday night.
Jazz top Grizzlies on Okur's 3-pointer (AP)
Mehmet Okur found his range with the game on the line. Okur, who had missed his previous four shots from outside the arc, scored 20 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left, and the Utah Jazz beat the Memphis Grizzlies 100-97 on Saturday night. "I was open. It was a good play," Okur said.
Pistons cruise past undermanned Hawks (AP)
The Detroit Pistons knew they had a chance at an easy win Saturday night. For once, they were able to take it. Nazr Mohammed had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Pistons blocked a season-high 16 shots in a 108-81 victory over the undermanned Atlanta Hawks. "For the first time this season, we were able to just come out and do what we needed to do," Chauncey Billups said.
Boyle rallies Lightning past Rangers (AP)
The New York Rangers let another game slip away. Dan Boyle had three goals and an assist during Tampa Bay's four-goal third period and the Lightning rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Saturday night. "This hurts," New York captain Jaromir Jagr said after the Rangers' season-high fifth consecutive loss.
Wild rally for league-best 11th OT win (AP)
Minnesota didn't panic after Detroit took a late lead. The Wild kept their composure, quickly tied the score and then got their league-leading 11th overtime win. Pierre-Marc Bouchard beat Chris Osgood on a breakaway 45 seconds into the extra session to give the Wild a 3-2 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night.
Flyers' losing streak reaches nine games (AP)
Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson knows exactly what the Senators must do without their leading scorer, Jason Spezza. Alfredsson scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 8:25 left, and the Senators defeated Philadelphia 6-3 to extend the Flyers' franchise-record losing streak to nine games. The Senators were without Spezza, who suffered a knee injury against Tampa Bay on Thursday and is out...
Predators bounce back, rout Kings 7-0 (AP)
Predators coach Barry Trotz was confident his team would bounce back after a big loss in its last game. Jason Arnott, J.P. Dumont and David Legwand had each scored twice -- marking the first time in franchise history Nashville had three two-goal scorers in a game -- to lead the Predators to a 7-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Ovechkin, Capitals hold off Maple Leafs (AP)
Washington coach Glen Hanlon credited enforcer Donald Brashear for stopping a Toronto rally. Alexander Ovechkin scored his 24th goal, Olaf Kolzig made 35 saves and the Capitals held on for a 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Mats Sundin scored twice in the third period to rally Toronto.
Bruins halt Habs' five-game win streak (AP)
Two unlikely scorers made quick work of the Montreal Canadiens. Milan Jurcina and Stanislav Chistov scored 1:11 apart early in the third period to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 victory over Montreal on Saturday night, ending the Canadiens' five-game winning streak. Marco Sturm had a power-play goal for Boston, and Zdeno Chara had the other score to help the Bruins win their third straight in...
Isles get first win over Blue Jackets (AP)
The New York Islanders finally figured out a way to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets. After going 0-5-2 in New York's first seven games against the Blue Jackets, it took 26 saves from Rick DiPietro for a 4-0 victory on Saturday night. "We're happy with the progress we've made, but we still have a lot of work to do," DiPietro said after getting his third shutout this season.
Guerin lifts Blues past Sabres in OT (AP)
Just seven games into the Andy Murray era, the St. Louis Blues got their first three-game winning streak in nearly a year. Bill Guerin scored his second goal of the game in overtime to lift the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. It was their season-high third consecutive victory and their first such streak since Feb.
Coyotes end eight-game skid versus Ducks (AP)
Mikael Tellqvist saw the puck on Teemu Selanne's stick and could only hope for help from the goal post. Tellqvist got the assist he needed midway through the third period when Selanne hit the post and made 29 saves of his own to help the Phoenix Coyotes snap an eight-game losing streak against Anaheim with a 2-0 win Saturday night.
Thrashers win sixth straight over Devils (AP)
For Atlanta to earn its first trip to the postseason, coach Bob Hartley knows the Thrashers will need help from the third and fourth lines. "To have a good season, you need contributions from everyone," Hartley said. "Tonight, we had that." Shane Hnidy scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Slava Kozlov padded the lead midway through the third in the Thrashers' 5-2 victory over the New...
Offseason caps: Reutimann, Ragan, Whitt, W. Burton
Yahoo! Sports breaks down the '07 Cup field as February's season-opening Daytona 500 approaches.
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.
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.
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.