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NEWS FROM 2006-12-30
Bryant and Billups suffer tough endings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061230/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061230/capt.nccb10512300125.lakers_bobcats_basketball_nccb105.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=v2E2ITWfj0Nky7y9q.liqA--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) drives past Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Wallace (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant did everything the Lakers needed him to — and a couple of things they couldn't afford.</p><br clear="all"/>
Woods to skip PGA Tour's season opener
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061230/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_mercedes_woods"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061227/capt.ny15112271836.ye_story_of_the_year_woods_golf_ny151.jpg?x=130&y=115&sig=ApQ.ESxSL3cIGhULQC7AQQ--" align="left" height="115" width="130" alt="Tiger Woods smiles after winning the 88th PGA Championship golf tournament at Medinah Country Club in this Aug. 20, 2006 file photo, in Medinah, Ill. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)" border="0" /></a>AP - The PGA Tour's "new era in golf" will begin with an old question. Where's Tiger? Tiger Woods decided Friday not to play next week in the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship, the second straight elite tournament he has skipped.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tyson released after Ariz. drug arrest
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061230/ap_on_sp_bo_ne/box_tyson_arrest"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061229/capt.wxs90612291659.tyson_arrest_wxs906.jpg?x=99&y=130&sig=ygT3v0I6KkunSN9hzKVaxQ--" align="left" height="130" width="99" alt="Boxer Mike Tyson is shown at his initial appearance hearing in the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix, Ariz., Friday morning, Dec. 29, 2006. Tyson was arrested early Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of cocaine after police stopped him shortly after he left a Scottsdale nightclub. (AP Photo/Jack Kurtz, Pool)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Tyson was released from jail without bond on a felony drug possession charge Friday after an early-morning arrest in which Buckeye police said they found two bags of white powder in his back pocket.</p><br clear="all"/>
Brind'Amour leads Hurricanes to victory
AP - Rod Brind'Amour put on quite a show on "Rod Brind'Amour Night." Brind'Amour scored the tying goal and assisted on the go-ahead score, and linemates Ray Whitney and Justin Williams also had strong games to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-2 home victory over the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks on Friday night.
Texas Tech pulls off stunning comeback
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061230/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_bowl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061230/capt.pns12312300554.insight_bowl_football_pns123.jpg?x=130&y=111&sig=W8WsKUCpi2sFeHdFHzxLHg--" align="left" height="111" width="130" alt="Texas Tech's Alex Trlica (30) celebrates with teammates Jake Ratliff (98) and Alex Reyes, obscured, after Trlica kicked the game-tying field goal against Minnesota in the fourth quarter of the Insight Bowl football game, Friday, Dec. 29, 2006 in Tempe, Ariz.. Texas Tech won 44-41 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Texas Tech's stunning comeback and Oregon State's gutsy gamble put some major excitement in a day filled with minor bowls.</p><br clear="all"/>
Seahawks shuffle offensive line
AP - Pro Bowl center Robbie Tobeck is back. But now mainstay guard Chris Gray is missing. This wouldn't be the 2006 Seattle Seahawks if a starter didn't get hurt when another returned from injury.
Injured Hornets guard Paul out for at least a month
Reuters - New Orleans Hornets guard Chris
Paul is expected to be sidelined for at least a month because
of an ankle injury, the NBA team said on Friday.
Brewers sign Suppan to $42M, 4-year deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061230/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbn_brewers_suppan"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061229/capt.mock10112291900.brewers_suppan_baseball_mock101.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=9XBiPW.fGTNGtO64iWRhTQ--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="St. Louis Cardinals' Jeff Suppan delivers a pitch to the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of Game 4 of the World Series in this Oct. 26, 2006 file photo in St. Louis. NL championship series MVP Jeff Suppan signed his $42 million, four-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, after he passed a physical. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - NL championship series MVP Jeff Suppan signed his $42 million, four-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday after he passed a physical.</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"/>
Rucinksy helps Blues skate past Avs 4-2
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061230/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_blues_avalanche"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061230/capt.cojd11012300307c.correction_blues_avalanche_hockey_cojd110.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=pRmYKGkVH3kFIG1PNcsSBw--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="St. Louis Blues right wing Jamal Mayers (21) and Colorado Avalanche left wing Wojtek Wolski, from Poland, fight for possession during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Friday, Dec. 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Martin Rucinsky once helped the Colorado Avalanche land a Hall of Fame goalie. On Friday night, the former Colorado player simply took advantage of an Avalanche goalie, scoring twice for St. Louis in the Blues' 4-2 win over Colorado.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cris Carter: Time for the hardware
LaDainian Tomlinson is an easy choice for MVP, but you might be surprised with some of my other choices for this year's league honors.
Giants' Shockey to sit out vs. Redskins (AP)
Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey will miss the regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins on Saturday because of an ankle injury. Shockey didn't practice all week, and did not accompany the team to Washington on Friday, team spokesman Avis Roper said. The Pro Bowl tight end had been listed as questionable for Saturday night's game.
Delhomme likely to start for Panthers (AP)
Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme practiced again Friday, all but assuring he'll start in the Panthers' final regular season game against New Orleans. Wearing a glove to protect his injured right thumb, Delhomme went through a full workout without difficulty at the team's practice facility. Delhomme suffered ligament damage when he banged his thumb against a Philadelphia player's helmet while...
T.O. doesn't think Newman called him out (AP)
Terrell Owens doesn't believe he was being called out by teammate Terence Newman as a player who needs to quit talking and start playing. "He wasn't talking to me," Owens said Thursday, responding to comments cornerback Newman made about unspecified players. "He talked to me after practice; he wasn't talking to me.
Man charged in death of Johnson's friend (AP)
A 34-year-old man was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the shooting death of the friend and bodyguard of Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson at a nightclub. Michael Selvie of Chicago is accused of shooting 26-year-old Willie B. Posey once in the arm during an early morning fight Dec.
Favre treats finale like any other game (AP)
It might indeed be his final game, and he might have a shot at the playoffs. But for Brett Favre, the Green Bay Packers' regular-season finale in Chicago on Sunday night feels like any another game. Making his only public comments this week, Favre said he will need time and space away from football before he can divine some sort of meaning from the game -- or decide what he will do next year.
Benched Archuleta lashes out at Redskins (AP)
Beleaguered Washington Redskins safety Adam Archuleta broke his silence Thursday, offering a glimpse of what it's been like to sit in the doghouse all season. Archuleta, signed in March to the richest contract for a safety in NFL history, hasn't played a snap on defense in seven weeks. Coach Joe Gibbs and assistant Gregg Williams have not given an explanation for the benching, and they've shown...
Colts' Sanders, Proehl likely out Sunday (AP)
Safety Bob Sanders and newly acquired wide receiver Ricky Proehl are likely to miss the Colts regular season finale Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. "Ricky probably won't go and Bob Sanders is the same way. But we haven't ruled them totally out yet," Colts coach Tony Dungy said after Friday's practice.
NFL allows two network doubleheaders (AP)
For the first time, the NFL is allowing CBS and Fox to each televise two games this Sunday in many markets, meaning four games will be available to many viewers. The so-called "double doubleheader" will be available in all markets except those in which the home team is playing. They will receive a 1 p.m.
Steelers LB Haggans to miss finale (AP)
Pittsburgh linebacker Clark Haggans will miss the Steelers' season-ending game Sunday against Cincinnati because of a sprained knee ligament. Haggans was injured during the second quarter last week in a 31-7 loss to Baltimore, but returned to play in he second half. He will be replaced by James Harrison, who is probable with a shoulder injury.
Steve Kerr: Striking gold
Bobcats win in 3OT despite Kobe's 58 (AP)
Kobe Bryant walked slowly into the locker room, sighed and stopped instead of continuing to his locker to meet reporters. "I don't want to have to walk all the way over there," Bryant said. Bryant was exhausted. His 58 points in 55 minutes were offset by two key errors in the third overtime, and the Charlotte Bobcats outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers 133-124 on Friday night.
Nets run past short-handed Heat, 91-81 (AP)
Watching from the bench in stylish suits as the game unraveled, Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal looked a lot better than their teammates. The New Jersey Nets scored 21 consecutive points in the third quarter Friday night and beat the short-handed Heat 91-81. "We had a horrible, horrible third quarter," Miami coach Pat Riley said.
Bulls win 15th straight over Raptors (AP)
Luol Deng shook off a sprained wrist to help the Chicago Bulls keep up their dominance over the Toronto Raptors. Deng scored 25 points and Ben Gordon added 22 to lead the Bulls to their 15th straight victory over the Raptors, 107-97 on Friday night. Deng had 19 points in the second half for the Bulls, who shot a season-high 59.7 percent.
Michael Jordan and wife file for divorce (AP)
Michael Jordan and his wife, Juanita, divorced Friday after 17 years of marriage. "Michael and Juanita Jordan mutually and amicably decided to end their 17 year marriage," the couple said in a statement issued through their lawyers. "A judgment for dissolution of their marriage was entered today. There will be no further statements." Michael Jordan's lawyer, Frederick J.
Suns cruise past Knicks 108-86 (AP)
New York coach Isiah Thomas had a simple explanation for the Knicks' 108-86 loss in Phoenix on Friday night. "They're just better than we are right now," he said. "They have a beautiful basketball team, the way they move, the way they pass, the way they cut. They're good. One day the goal is to try to get to that kind of level of play." Steve Nash and Raja Bell scored 20 points apiece to lead six...
Wizards edge Magic to take division lead (AP)
With first place on the line, Caron Butler was upset that he wasn't playing in the fourth quarter. When he finally got back into the game, he made the go-ahead basket with 46 seconds remaining and followed it up with a good defensive play at the other end. Then, unbelievably, the 88 percent free-throw shooter missed a pair at the line with 2.8 seconds to go.
Cavaliers end Bucks' six-game win streak (AP)
Donyell Marshall's outside shot started falling before the game and never stopped. Marshall scored a season-high 29 points -- 21 on 3-pointers -- and LeBron James scored 32 in his final game as a 21-year-old, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-99 win over Milwaukee and snapping the Bucks' six-game winning streak Friday night.
Butler, Hornets top Nuggets to end skid (AP)
If Allen Iverson was tired, he wasn't saying so after struggling in the Denver Nuggets' loss to the New Orleans Hornets. Iverson scored 21 points but was just 6-of-22 from the field, including a number of fourth-quarter misses that helped the Hornets rally for a 99-89 victory Friday night. The Nuggets didn't arrive at their hotel until 5 a.m.
Clippers snap 14-game skid against Kings (AP)
There was plenty of talk after the Los Angeles Clippers ended a 14-game losing streak to the Sacramento Kings. None of it came from Corey Maggette, who did a good job advertising himself in the midst of trade rumors. Elton Brand scored 22 points and Maggette added 21 in the Clippers' 102-93 victory Friday night in a matchup of the Pacific Division's two worst teams.
Senators extend Rangers' skid to seven (AP)
Ray Emery and the suddenly defensive-minded Ottawa Senators won another tight game by making a one-goal lead stand up for more than 59 minutes against the struggling New York Rangers. Emery made 27 saves for his second straight shutout, Daniel Alfredsson scored in the first minute and Ottawa extended the Rangers' losing streak to seven games with a 1-0 victory Friday night.
Brind'Amour lifts Hurricanes by Ducks (AP)
Rod Brind'Amour seemed a little uncomfortable with all the attention, whether it was the pregame ceremony to honor his 1,000 career points or the Carolina Hurricanes pronouncing it "Rod Brind'Amour Night." Still, the captain just can't help but get noticed once the puck is dropped. Brind'Amour scored a tying goal and assisted on the go-ahead score while linemates Ray Whitney and Justin Williams...
Gomez powers Devils past Capitals, 4-3 (AP)
Scott Gomez was picture perfect for the New Jersey Devils, scoring two goals with the help of video reviews. Gomez had his first multigoal game of the season and added an assist to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Friday night. "They were both replay goals, so you never know what's going to happen," Gomez said.
Gonchar, Crosby help Pens end skid (AP)
Sidney Crosby's over here, Evgeni Malkin's over there. There's one way to lose consistently to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and that's give them too many chances on the power play. The Toronto Maple Leafs did that, and with a predictable result. Sergei Gonchar scored the go-ahead goal and set up another by Malkin and the Penguins scored three power-play goals, ending a five-game losing streak by beating...
Belfour, Panthers defeat Canadiens (AP)
Ed Belfour let his play speak for him. Belfour made 32 saves, and Nathan Horton scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period in the Florida Panthers' 3-1 victory over Montreal on Friday night. "The first 40 minutes it was Eddie Belfour," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "I though we had tons of chances ...
Walz's disputed goal lifts Wild in OT (AP)
Wes Walz was in the net, and the goal light was on. When it all sorted out, Minnesota had it sixth straight home victory. Walz scored a controversial goal 1:29 into overtime to give Minnesota a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. Martin Skoula's centering attempt deflected up the leg of Walz, who was being checked into the net by Jason Chimera, and lodged in Walz's equipment.
Miettinen, Stars defeat Predators, 4-1 (AP)
The Dallas Stars, minus three of their top goal-scoring threats, got a much-needed offensive spark from right wing Antti Miettinen. Miettinen had a career-high two goals, both on power plays, and Jere Lehtinen scored the go-ahead goal on a power play to help the Stars beat the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators 4-1 on Friday night.
Iginla has four points, Flames halt skid (AP)
Jarome Iginla got the Calgary Flames' longest homestand of the season off to a strong start. Iginla scored his 21st goal of the season and added three assists to help the Flames snap a three-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night. "That's a huge win for us to get the momentum here at home and get the confidence back and just keep rolling now," said Kristian...
Bruins survive rally, top Blackhawks 5-3 (AP)
The Boston Bruins came within inches of blowing a 4-0 lead. But Tim Thomas saved them with his catching glove. Glen Murray, Mark Mowers, Milan Jurcina, Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard scored, and Boston held on for a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. The Bruins, who led 4-0 after two periods, improved to 4-0-1 in their last five games and 5-1-1 in their last seven.
Rucinsky, Legace get Blues past Avs, 4-2 (AP)
Martin Rucinsky once helped the Colorado Avalanche land a Hall of Fame goalie. On Friday night, the former Colorado player simply took advantage of an Avalanche goalie, scoring twice for St. Louis in the Blues' 4-2 win over Colorado. Rucinsky was famously dealt to the Montreal Canadiens -- along with Andrei Kovalenko and Jocelyn Thibault -- on Dec.
Bob Margolis: New Year's NASCAR resolutions
Some could find victory lane in 2007, while others should find their way away from the race track.
Supermodel Niki Taylor marries NASCAR driver Burney Lamar in wedding ceremony in California (AP)
Supermodel Niki Taylor and NASCAR driver Burney Lamar have tied the knot, Taylor's spokeswoman confirmed Friday. The couple were married Wednesday before 60 guests at the Grande Colonial Hotel in the La Jolla area of San Diego, publicist Lesley Burbridge-Bates told The Associated Press. The bride wore a Vera Wang Couture dress.
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.
Plan for Washington track lacks legislative support (AP)
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.