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Tiki runs for 234; Giants near playoffs (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061231/ap_on_sp_fo_ga_su/fbn_giants_redskins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061231/capt.fdx20312310246.giants_redskins_football_fdx203.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=XZVV.svwuXrt6fkW6aLHkw--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="New York Giants running back Tiki Barber (21) outruns Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, right, on a 55-yard touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiki Barber put the ultimate exclamation point on the New York Giants' season of turmoil with a franchise-rushing record, a dominating performance that virtually assures his career will last at least one more week.</p><br clear="all"/>

Dawgs don't quit, upset No. 14 Hokies (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061231/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_chick_fil_a_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061231/capt.gasm10512310510.chick_fil_a_bowl_va_tech_georgia_football_gasm105.jpg?x=130&y=108&sig=BGFF.OzcMY7rdGHZhLfLCQ--" align="left" height="108" width="130" alt="University of Georgia linebacker Tony Taylor (43) recovers a fumble and runs in to the one yard line in the fourth quarter against Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl college football game Saturday Dec. 30, 2006, in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)" border="0" /></a>AP - At 6-4, Georgia's season appeared lost. The Bulldogs' streak of 10-win seasons and top-10 rankings would end at four and they were facing the real possibility of a losing record. After three straight wins over ranked opponents, including a 31-24 comeback upset of No. 14 Virginia Tech in Saturday night's Chick-fil-A Bowl, Georgia coach Mark Richt had reason to be ecstatic.</p><br clear="all"/>

McCoy rallies Longhorns in Alamo Bowl (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061231/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_alamo_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061230/capt.txlm10212302346.alamo_bowl_iowa_texas__football_txlm102.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=IMBSxqidQU2NKWKTDCSI6g--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (12) passes as Iowa defender Adam Shada (19) looks on in the first half of the the Alamo Bowl football game in San Antonio, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006. (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - Colt McCoy was supposed be a placeholder for Texas at quarterback this season. Now, he's a record holder. The redshirt freshman who replaced Vince Young turned in another gritty performance with two touchdown passes to rally the No. 18 Longhorns to a 26-24 victory Saturday over Iowa in the Alamo Bowl.</p><br clear="all"/>

Oden, OSU put loss to Gators behind them (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061231/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_coppin_st_ohio_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061231/capt.ohtg10112310143.coppin_st_ohio_st_basketball_ohtg101.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=fFF0A5D2ynj._cBOyfbyXw--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Ohio State's Greg Oden, left, pulls down a rebound over Coppin State's Antwan Harrison (33) during the first half of a basketball game Saturday, Dec 30, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - The waiting was the hardest part for No. 6 Ohio State. Seven days after getting thumped 86-60 by defending national champion Florida, the Buckeyes shoved that ugly memory a little farther away with a 91-54 victory over Coppin State on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

No. 23 BC stuns Navy in Meineke Bowl (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061231/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_meineke_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061230/capt.nccb11312302218.meineke_bowl_football_nccb113.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=_yUqplMHh7p96PsSH2kGKA--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Boston College's Steve Aponavicius (83) and Chris Crane, back, celebrate after Aponavicius' game-winning field goal on the last play of Boston College's 25-24 win over Navy in the Meineke Car Care Bowl football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)" border="0" /></a>AP - It's fitting that Boston College's bizarre month would end with an improbable finish that made a hero out of a walk-on kicker. Steve Aponavicius kicked a career-best 37-yard field goal on the final play and the 23rd-ranked Eagles beat the Midshipmen 25-24 in the Meineke Bowl to extend the nation's current longest bowl-winning streak to seven.</p><br clear="all"/>

Barber runs wild to put Giants on brink of playoffs (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061231/sp_nm/nfl_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061231/2006_12_30t235200_450x329_us_nfl.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=X5NvlPtg0mkwJK7WqepjYg--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="New York Giants running back Tiki Barber breaks away from the pack during first quarter of their game against the Washington Redskins (R) in Landover, Maryland December 30, 2006. (Molly Riley/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Tiki Barber rushed for a franchise record 234 yards and three touchdowns as the New York Giants all but clinched a playoff berth with a 34-28 win over the Washington Redskins on Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Players welcomes back old ball with reservations (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061231/sp_nm/nba_ball_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061231/2006_12_29t192059_450x350_us_nba_ball.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=xvFKc5bvk6w_DJVbYCD1Aw--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony (L) shoots over Toronto Raptors guard Fred Jones in the third quarter of their NBA game in Denver, Colorado November 18, 2006. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Denver Nuggets scoring machine Carmelo Anthony is delighted the NBA has decided to scrap its experiment with a new basketball but, like many players and coaches, he has some concerns about the timing.</p><br clear="all"/>

Brewers and Suppan finalize $42M deal (AP)
<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 would earn $52.75 million over five years under his contract with the Milwaukee Brewers if the club option for 2011 is exercised.</p><br clear="all"/>

Beasley scores first in Premier League (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061230/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_english_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061230/capt.th81412301842.britain_soccer_th814.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=7aD8dBTVjpt4kYQG8GGlwA--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Manchester City's goalscorer DaMarcus Beasley celebrates at the final whistle of the English Premiership soccer match against West Ham at Upton Park, London Saturday Dec. 30, 2006. Beasley scored the only goal in City's 1-0 win. (AP Photo/PA, Chris Young)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carlos Bocanegra scored a late equalizer in Fulham's 2-2 tie at Chelsea on Saturday and DaMarcus Beasley's first Premier League goal was Manchester City's winner at West Ham.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sedin helps Canucks defeat Oilers 6-2 (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061231/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_canucks_oilers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061231/capt.edm10512310501c.correction_oilers_canucks_hockey_edm105.jpg?x=130&y=125&sig=UiRyOTEV7oMbAjpRHQnMqA--" align="left" height="125" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks' Taylor Pyatt, center, screens Edmonton Oilers goaltender Jussi Markkanen, left, despite coverage from Oilers' Jason Smith during second-period action in Edmonton, Canada, Saturday Dec. 30, 2006. (AP Photo/Jason Scott,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Vancouver Canucks seem to have things figured out. The Edmonton Oilers are trying to figure out what's going wrong.</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.

Barber moves Giants closer to playoffs (AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, left, throws a pass as lineman Grey Ruegamer holds off Washington Redskins defensive tackle Kedrick Golston, second from right, with Andre Carter, right, moving in during the second half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in Landover, Md. The Giants won 34-28.

Tiki Barber put the ultimate exclamation point on the New York Giants' season of turmoil with a franchise-rushing record, a dominating performance that virtually assures his career will last at least one more week. In his last regular-season game, Barber carried 23 times for 234 yards and three touchdowns Saturday night in a 34-28 victory over Washington.


Lions' Marinelli to have hip replaced (AP)
Lions coach Rod Marinelli is scheduled to have hip replacement surgery next Friday. "There isn't going to be a long rehabilitation," Marinelli told The Detroit News after practice Friday. Marinelli will have his left hip replaced. The 57-year-old previously had replacement surgery on his right hip, but now walks with a noticeable limp because of degeneration in his left hip joint.

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)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens (81) talks to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) as he walks off the field in their NFL  football game against the Philadelphia Eagles  in Irving, Texas, Monday, Dec. 25, 2006. Calls for Owens to shut up and play appear to be growing, but the Cowboys receiver says even if he did, people would take it the wrong way.

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)
This copy of a Chicago Police Dept. handout photo shows Michael Selvie. Chicago Police charged Michael Selvie, 34, of Chicago, with one count of first-degree  murder in the shooting death of Willie Posey, 26, the friend and bodyguard of Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson at a Chicago nightclub.

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.

Eagles' Herremans signs 5-year extension (AP)
The Eagles signed Todd Herremans to a five-year extension on Saturday, a deal that would run through the 2013 season. "It means a lot to me to have a sense of comfort," he said. "I'm going to be here for a while now." The 24-year-old Herremans made a smooth transition to left guard this year, starting all 15 games and helping Philadelphia's offense rank second among NFL teams in yards per game...

Adrian Wojnarowski: Punching bag
In his first foray into his mailbag, our new NBA columnist takes more than a few shots from readers.

Barone wins debut as Grizzlies coach (AP)
Memphis Grizzlies' Pau Gasol, of Spain, is fouled by Toronto Raptors' Morris Peterson during the final minute of an NBA basketball agme Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in Memphis, Tenn. The Grizzlies beat the Raptors 110-104.

A change in coaches meant a change in style -- and results -- for the Memphis Grizzlies. The Tony Barone era got off to a running start Saturday night, as Memphis built an early 24-point lead with a less-disciplined, fast-paced offense, then held off a late rally to beat the Toronto Raptors 110-104. "It's a great win for these guys," Barone said of the Grizzlies, who snapped a five-game losing...


Mavericks win 20th straight over Hornets (AP)
New Orleans Hornets guard Jannero Pargo (2) is pressured by Dallas Mavericks center Erick Dampier during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in Dallas.  Dallas won 94-80.

The Dallas Mavericks had little trouble maintaining their seven-year run of dominance over the injury-depleted New Orleans Hornets. Jason Terry scored 25 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 17, and the Mavericks extended their winning streak to nine games with a 94-80 victory over the Hornets on Saturday night.


Warriors G Richardson breaks right hand (AP)
Golden State guard Jason Richardson could be out for two months after breaking his right hand during the Warriors' game against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. Richardson, the Warriors' leading scorer last season with 23.2 points per game, was hurt during the second quarter, apparently when Mickael Pietrus kicked out his leg while blocking a shot and accidentally kicked Richardson.

Bucks end Wizards 5-game win streak (AP)
Milwaukee Bucks' Ruben Patterson hands from the rim after a dunk, near Washington Wizards Andray Blatche, front, and Antawn Jamison, rear, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in Milwaukee.

The Washington Wizards were on a terrific scoring spree. The Milwaukee Bucks showed that they can score plenty of points, too. Michael Redd scored 28 points and Ruben Patterson added 21 as Milwaukee beat Washington 119-102 Saturday night to snap the Wizards' five-game winning streak. "We've gotten on a groove offensively," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said.


Deng, Bulls hold off Cavaliers 103-96 (AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers' Drew Gooden (90) knocks away a shot by Chicago Bulls' Chris Duhon  during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006 in Chicago. The Bulls won the game, 103-96.

LeBron James was doing his usual thing -- driving for dunks, connecting from the outside and leaving the helpless opposition behind. The Chicago Bulls refused to go away. Instead, Luol Deng scored a career-high 32 points, and the Bulls went on a 24-point run in the second half of a 103-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.


Howard, Magic rout Wade-less Heat (AP)
Miami Heat coach Pat Riley, left, argues a call as referee Sean Corbin listens during the first half of their basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006.  The Magic won, 97-68.

Wherever you are, Dwyane Wade, your defending champion Miami Heat need you. Miami lost again without Wade and his 27 points per game, putting in two of its worst quarters of the season in a 97-68 loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. Dwight Howard had 18 points and 10 rebounds, helping Orlando own the paint with Shaquille O'Neal also out.


Okur, Boozer lead Jazz past Blazers (AP)
Utah Jazz guard Derek Fisher, left, and  Portland Trail Blazers guard Jarrett Jack, right, tangle up over possession of the ball during the second half of their NBA basketball game Saturday, December 30, 2006 in Salt Lake City.

Zach Randolph put on a show, but good team basketball won the game for the Utah Jazz. Mehmet Okur scored 20 points, Carlos Boozer added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 96-86 on Saturday night. Seven Jazz players scored at least eight points. "They've got players," Randolph said.


Morrison powers Bobcats past Pacers (AP)
Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle, left, glares at official Jim Clark, right, as he is held back by assistant coach Johnny Davis after Carlisle was called for a technical foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Indianapolis, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006. Carlisle received a second technical in the second half and was ejected. Charlotte won 113-102.

Adam Morrison and the Charlotte Bobcats didn't let fatigue slow them down. The rookie scored a career-high 30 points and the Bobcats held off a second-half rally to beat the Indiana Pacers 113-102 on Saturday night. Less than 24 hours after a triple-overtime victory over the Lakers, Charlotte (9-21) won consecutive games for the first time this season and improved to 3-11 on the road.


Jefferson, Nets shut down Wolves (AP)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Randy Foye, left, gets around New Jersey Nets' Marcus Williams during fourth quarter NBA basketball Saturday night, Dec. 30, 2006, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Nets won, 100-92.

Mikki Moore got two ovations Saturday night: One as he walked off the court, and another from his teammates in the locker room following the most productive night of his eight-year career. Richard Jefferson scored 23 points and Moore had a career-best 20 to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 100-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Brodeur, Devils blank Islanders (AP)
New York Islanders Tom Poti checks New Jersey Devils Patrik Elias of the Czech Republic after Elias put the puck into an empty net during the third period of their hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

Rick DiPietro was outstanding again. Martin Brodeur was even better. Brodeur stopped 29 shots for his NHL-leading sixth shutout of the season and the 86th of his career, and Brian Rafalski's unusual goal was all the New Jersey Devils needed in a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.


Coyotes' Joseph ties Plante in rout (AP)
San Jose Sharks center Mark Smith backhands a hat tossed onto the ice after Phoenix Coyotes center Jeremy Roenick scored a hat trick against the Sharks in the third period of a hockey game Saturday, Dec. 30. 2006, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Sharks, 8-0.

Curtis Joseph moved up the career victory list in style. Joseph stopped all 40 shots he faced for his 437th win, tying Jacques Plante for fifth place, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the San Jose Sharks 8-0 on Saturday night. "Jacques Plante was one of the inventors of the game and a Hall of Famer," Joseph said.


Rangers end seven-game skid, beat Caps (AP)
New York Rangers' head coach Tom Renney, center, looks on during the first period of action against the Washington Capitals as, from the right, Karel Rachunek (23) , Petr Prucha (25), Colton Orr (28) , and Marcel Hossa (81) look on with teammates  at Madison Square Garden Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006 in New York.Prucha scored two goals that helped the Rangers snap a seven-game losing skid and an anemic shutout streak that was halted at 153:38, in a fight-filled 4-1 win at Madison Square Garden.

The New York Rangers not only found their offense against the illness-ravaged Washington Capitals, they also found a bit of a mean streak in a fight-filled, 4-1 victory on Saturday night. Snapping a season-long, seven-game losing streak, the Rangers came out hard in the first period and went out fighting in the third against a chippy Capitals team that has lost four in a row.


Vanek powers Sabres past Thrashers, 4-1 (AP)
Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) is congratulated by his teammates after the Sabres defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1 in an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006.

In a matchup of the Eastern Conference's best teams, the Buffalo Sabres got some payback against the Atlanta Thrashers. Thomas Vanek had two goals and an assist, and Ryan Miller made 29 saves in Buffalo's 4-1 victory over the Thrashers on Saturday night. The victory pushed Buffalo seven points ahead of Atlanta for the top spot in the conference.


Legace again leads Blues past Avalanche (AP)
St. Louis Blues' Petr Cajanek, of the Czech Republic, controls the puck in front of Colorado Avalanche's Paul Stastny during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in St. Louis. St. Louis won 2-0.

St. Louis goaltender Manny Legace believes the formula to his recent success comes down to expecting a good result when he takes to the ice. He didn't have that feeling very often while the Blues muddled through their first 30 games. Lately he has. Legace stopped 33 shots and St. Louis won for the fifth time in six games with a 2-0 victory over Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.


Canucks top Oilers, take Northwest lead (AP)
From left to right, Vancouver Canucks Rory Fitzpatrick,  Matt Cooke, Mattias Ohlund and Brendan Morrison celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during third-period action in Edmonton, Canada, Saturday Dec. 30, 2006. Vancouver won, 6-2.

The Vancouver Canucks seem to have things figured out. The Edmonton Oilers are trying to figure out what's going wrong. Daniel Sedin had two goals and an assist as the Canucks continued their strong post-Christmas play, beating the Oilers 6-2 Saturday night. With their third consecutive victory over a divisional opponent, the Canucks (20-18-1) took over sole possession of first place in the tight...


Senators rally past Maple Leafs in OT (AP)
The Ottawa Senators dealt their provincial rivals a demoralizing loss. Chris Kelly scored the tying goal with 2:06 left in regulation and Chris Phillips scored in overtime to give Ottawa a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Ray Emery had a season-high 43 saves and Dean McAmmond also scored for the Senators.

Mason, Predators rout Bruins 5-0 (AP)
Nashville Predators right wing Jordin Tootoo (22) and teammate Jerred Smithson, right, celebrate Smithson's goal against the Boston Bruins in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006. At left are Boston Bruins goalie Hannu Toivonen (54) of Finland and defenseman Andrew Alberts (41).

One day soon Nashville Predators goaltender Chris Mason will once again be the backup. Meanwhile, he's making the most of his time in the net. Mason stopped 38 shots Saturday night in a 5-0 victory over the Boston Bruins that gave him his fourth shutout of the season, a career high. He entered the game ranked second in the NHL in save percentage and ninth in goals-against average.


Lightning hold Habs to 13 shots, win 3-1 (AP)
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Doug Janik (3) and Montreal Canadiens left wing Guillaume Latendresse (84) reach for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won 3-1.

Vinny Prospal finally broke out of his long slump. Prospal snapped a personal 20-game goal-scoring drought with a tiebreaking second-period goal, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Saturday night. "It's just a great feeling to score," Prospal said. Brad Richards and Filip Kuba also scored for the Lightning, who outshot Montreal 41-13.


Jerry Bonkowski: Offseason caps: Smith, Said, Bliss, Wallace
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.

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.

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.

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