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'One More Year': Jarrett stars for USC (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070102/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_rose_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070102/capt.cats11801020146.rose_bowl_michigan_usc_football_cats118.jpg?x=111&y=130&sig=QX_ISUmLL1YGk2JVuWI2sg--" align="left" height="130" width="111" alt="Southern California's Dwayne Jarrett (8) celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown against Michigan at the 93rd Rose Bowl football game in Pasadena, Calif. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Southern California went on to win the game 32-18. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even before his uniform had come off, Dwayne Jarrett's teammates were lobbying him to wear it one more year. After the day he had in the Rose Bowl, it was easy to see why. Jarrett, the sensational Southern California junior, caught 11 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns to help the eighth-ranked Trojans finish their season with a statement Monday in a 32-18 romp over Michigan.</p><br clear="all"/>

Knight gets win No. 880, passing Smith (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070102/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_knight_record"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070101/capt.txeg10701011955.new_mexico_texas_tech_basketball_txeg107.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=LQDUkml_bOsAieT9FUgseg--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight, center, celebrates with guard Charlie Burgess, left, and forward Martin Zeno, right, following the team's game against New Mexico in Lubbock, Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Texas Tech won 70-68 giving Knight his 880th career victory. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - Bob Knight won 880 games doing things his way. And he sure celebrated it his way. Long appreciated for his strategy and long questioned for his methods, Knight added the crowning achievement to his Hall of Fame career by becoming the leader in Division I men's basketball victories when Texas Tech beat New Mexico 70-68 on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Broncos' Williams shot to death in Colo. (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070102/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_broncos_williams"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070101/capt.ny11501011302.broncos_williams_ny115.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=OCi98eoItR2T76IOj51zBQ--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Darrent Williams, smiles as he answers a question during a media appearance in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, Oct. 13, 2003. Williams who went on to play for the Denver Broncos, was shot and killed in Denver Monday Jan. 1, 2007.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)" border="0" /></a>AP - Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed early Monday when his white stretch Hummer was sprayed by bullets after a nightclub dispute following a New Year's Eve party.</p><br clear="all"/>

Badgers stop McFadden, win Capital One (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070102/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_capital_one_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070101/capt.flhd11301011943.capital_one_bowl_wisconsin_arkansas_football_flhd113.jpg?x=130&y=118&sig=mMip7RFT.6ttSkwpR8Oz4A--" align="left" height="118" width="130" alt="Wisconsin defensive back Jack Ikegwuonu, left, drags down Arkansas running back Darren McFadden in the first quarter of the Capital One Bowl football game Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)" border="0" /></a>AP - With its running game stifled and its quarterback under constant pressure, Wisconsin had little room for error against Arkansas in the Capital One Bowl. So when punter Ken DeBauche had a punt blocked in the second quarter of Wisconsin's 17-14 victory, the Badgers were in trouble &#151; until DeBauche picked up the loose ball, scrambled around and completed a pass.</p><br clear="all"/>

Banged-up White rallies Mountaineers (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070101/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/fbc_t25_gator_bowl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070101/capt.flsm10201011923.west_virginia_georgia_tech_football_flsm102.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=wJG0Lk.8zHiYgsywzRKEZg--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="West Virginia quarterback Patrick White, left, is sacked by Georgia Tech linebacker Philip Wheeler (41) during the first quarter of the Gator Bowl college football game Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)" border="0" /></a>AP - Patrick White was bruised and determined with the Gator Bowl hanging in the balance. The quarterback played through ankle, hand and neck injuries to lead West Virginia back from an 18-point deficit in the second half for a 38-35 win over Georgia Tech on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>

Cardinals sack Green after three losing seasons (Reuters)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070102/sp_nm/nfl_cardinals_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070102/2007_01_01t162814_314x450_us_nfl_cardinals.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=xWOOUlJABzr37whdSnp3rA--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green watches his team play against the St. Louis Rams during fourth quarter NFL action in Glendale, Arizona, in this September 24, 2006 file photo. Green was fired January 1, 2007, the team announced on it's website. (Ross D. Franklin/Files - UNITED STATES/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The Arizona Cardinals fired head coach Dennis Green on Monday after three losing seasons with the team.</p><br clear="all"/>

Garnett, Wolves win in old ball return (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070102/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_timberwolves_bobcats"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070102/capt.ncnr10501020126.timberwolves_bobcats_basketball_ncnr105.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=BiMo8UaF8iB0vr3yQCY0ww--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, right, is fouled by Charlotte Bobcats center Primoz Brezec of Slovenia in the first half of an NBA basketball game at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)" border="0" /></a>AP - Maybe Kevin Garnett's slump really was caused by the NBA's synthetic ball. Garnett had 32 points and 14 rebounds in the NBA's return to the old leather ball, and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to beat Charlotte 102-96 on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Huff, Orioles agree to $20M, 3-year deal (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070101/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_orioles_huff"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20061231/capt.ny15012312103.orioles_huff_baseball_ny150.jpg?x=83&y=130&sig=UJlzRmbWOa.iwtqiFZF0lA--" align="left" height="130" width="83" alt="Houston Astros' Aubrey Huff hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in National League baseball Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, in Houston. Huff has reached a preliminary agreement on a three-year, $20 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who hope the versatile free agent can add punch to a lineup that ranked 11th in the AL in home runs last season.(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan,file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Aubrey Huff has reached a preliminary agreement on a three-year, $20 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles, who hope the versatile free agent can add punch to a lineup that ranked 11th in the AL in home runs last season.</p><br clear="all"/>

Newcastle ties United in Premier League (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070101/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_english_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070101/capt.nsh11301011909.britain_soccer_nsh113.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=bn4nmTjXBqRe99DR5Qh_wQ--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Newcastle's David Edgar second right celebrates his goal as Manchester United's Wayne Rooney left, is dejected during their English Premier League soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England. Monday Jan. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manchester United settled for a 2-2 tie at Newcastle on Monday, missing a chance to take a nine-point lead in the Premier League.</p><br clear="all"/>

Sundin, Leafs leapfrog Bruins with win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070102/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_bruins_maple_leafs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070102/capt.cpth10401020216.bruins_maple_leafs_hockey_cpth104.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=yNa8dFwu63Dz1cZfimS7Lw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Toronto Maple Leafs' Bates Battaglia, right, and Wade Belak, background, look on as Boston Bruins Tim Thomas is scored on by Leafs' Kris Newbury (not shown) during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto, Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, Aaron Harris)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mats Sundin made sure the Toronto Maple Leafs weren't in last place when they reached the halfway mark of their season. Sundin scored twice and added an assist to lead the Maple Leafs to a 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Jason Cole: Saban considers leaving Dolphins for Tide
Nick Saban is expected to announce on Tuesday whether he's staying in Miami or accepting the head coaching position at Alabama.

Broncos' Darrent Williams shot to death (AP)
Sonny Jackson a spokesman with the Denver Police Department talks about the shooting of Denver Broncos cornerback  Darrent Williams and two other passengers in a limousine during a news conference at the scene Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, in Denver.  Williams was killed in what the police are calling a drive-by shooting.

Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed early Monday when his white stretch Hummer was sprayed by bullets after a nightclub dispute following a New Year's Eve party. Police have no motive and no indication the 24-year-old player was targeted in the drive-by shooting of the limousine. The burst of violence occurred hours after the Broncos were eliminated from playoff contention.


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Falcons fire Jim Mora as coach (AP)
Atlanta Falcons owner Authur Blank walks along the sideline during their football game against the Philadelphia Eagles  Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006 in Philadelphia. Blank fired Falcons coach Jim Mora on Monday, Jan. 1, 2007.

Not long after Atlanta owner Arthur Blank fired him as the Falcons' third-year coach, Jim Mora went to great lengths to list his accomplishments. Advancing to the NFC championship game in his first season, however, wasn't enough to save Mora's job. The Falcons, who went a combined 4-13 during the final two months of 2005-06, missed the playoffs the last two years.


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Cardinals fire coach Dennis Green (AP)
Rod Graves, left, vice president for football operations of the Arizona Cardinals football team, listens as Michael Bidwill, vice president and general counsel for the team, answers questions during a news conference, Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, in Tempe, Ariz., where it was announced that head coach Dennis Green has been relieved of his duties. It was also announced that Graves has been given a three-year contract extension with the team.

Dennis Green has joined a long list of failed coaches for the Arizona Cardinals. The franchise with one winning season in the past 22 years already is lining up candidates to be the next one to give it a shot. Mike Sherman is to be interviewed on Thursday, and five other NFL assistants were identified as potential hires.


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Dolphins DE Taylor to consider retiring (AP)
Following his best season, Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor says he'll consider retirement at age 32. Taylor scored twice on interceptions, had 13.5 sacks and is a contender for NFL defensive player of the year. But following Sunday's season-ending loss at Indianapolis, he said retirement is a possibility.

Teammates not convinced Favre is done (AP)
Brett Favre sure sounded like someone on the verge of retirement, getting choked up after the Green Bay Packers' victory in Chicago on Sunday night. But the guy who would be first in line to replace the three-time MVP isn't convinced that's the case. "I wouldn't read too much into that," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Monday.

Chiefs win, get help and make postseason (AP)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green (10) lies on the ground after a being tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Paul Spicer in the second quarter of a football game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, in Kansas City, Mo. Spicer was called for a roughing the passer on the play. The Chiefs won the game 35-30.

Sometimes teams that enter the final game of the season needing half a dozen things to break their way get their wish. The Kansas City Chiefs went around all week grumbling at themselves for failing to make the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons. Now they're rubbing their eyes and getting ready to go to Indianapolis on Saturday, thanks to a 35-30 victory over Jacksonville and losses by...


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Giants' win puts them in playoffs (AP)
The New York Giants completed a rollercoaster ride to the playoffs on Sunday, earning the final NFC wild card berth and a third game with the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants beat Washington Saturday night to finish 8-8 and virtually assure themselves a playoff spot. They officially got their postseason ticket punched when St.

Cowboys struggling heading into playoffs (AP)
Bill Parcells is usually good about coming up with a rallying point for the Dallas Cowboys, like hanging a mousetrap to warn them of potential danger, or telling them "not to eat the cheese" when folks are fawning over them. Here's a gimmick he might want to try this week: bring in pal Tony LaRussa and let him play show-and-tell with his World Series championship ring.

Panthers LB Morgan cleared to return (AP)
Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Dan Morgan said Monday he's been cleared to return to football next season despite multiple concussions. Morgan suffered at least the fifth concussion of his career in the season opener against Atlanta and missed the rest of the season, putting his playing career in jeopardy.

Steve Kerr: Same ranking, next year


Garnett, Wolves enjoy old ball's return (AP)
Charlotte Bobcats head coach Bernie Bickerstaff reacts to an official's call as his team plays the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA  basketball game at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Minnesota defeated Charlotte 102-96.

Maybe Kevin Garnett's slump really was caused by the NBA's synthetic ball. Garnett had 32 points and 14 rebounds in the NBA's return to the old leather ball, and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to beat Charlotte 102-96 on Monday night. Garnett was one of the most vocal critics of the NBA's decision to go with the microfiber composite ball at the start of the season, and his numbers had dipped as...


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Howard lifts Mavs to 10th straight win (AP)
Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson reacts as time runs out in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks' 89-85 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006.

No Dirk Nowitzki. No problem for the Dallas Mavericks in extending their winning streak to 10 games. "Everybody knew Dirk was out of the lineup," Dallas forward Josh Howard said. "We needed some people to pick it up and not just me." Howard had 28 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Mavericks to their 10th straight victory, 89-85 over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.


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Nash, Stoudemire lift Suns by Pistons (AP)
Phoenix Suns guard Raja Bell, right, argues with referee Tony Brothers, left, after receiving his second technical foul and an ejection from the game by referee Mark Ayotte in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, in Auburn Hills, Mich. Bell scored 15 points in the Suns' 108-101 win.

Steve Nash isn't going to complain about getting a win at the Palace of Auburn Hills. But he feels the victory deserves an asterisk because of the injury to Pistons All-Star guard Chauncey Billups. "It's not like we are going home feeling like we beat the Pistons," Nash said after the Phoenix Suns' 108-101 victory Sunday.


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McGrady's 38 points lift Rockets (AP)
Memphis Grizzlies interim coach Tony Barone walks along the sidelines as the Houston Rockets beat the Grizzlies 111-109 in NBA basketball Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006 in Houston.

As long as his back holds up, Tracy McGrady says he's ready to carry the Houston Rockets until Yao Ming returns from a leg injury. McGrady scored a season-high 38 points and had nine rebounds to help the Rockets beat Memphis 111-109 on Sunday night, handing Grizzlies interim coach Tony Barone his first loss.


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Bobcats' Wallace to miss at least a week (AP)
Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace will miss at least a week with a separated right shoulder. Wallace was injured when he dove for a loose ball Saturday in a win at Indiana. The Pacers' Jeff Foster landed on top of Wallace, driving his shoulder into the floor. "He'll be out a minimum of a week. The discomfort has to go away first," trainer Joe Sharpe said Monday.

Parker, ailing Duncan get Spurs by Hawks (AP)
San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, drives to the basket past Atlanta Hawks' Joe Johnson during the second half an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006.

Tim Duncan beat the stomach flu -- and the Atlanta Hawks. Duncan had 17 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks, and Tony Parker scored 27 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Hawks 95-81 on Sunday. "(Duncan) did a great job, especially with the way he was feeling yesterday," said Manu Ginobili, who missed a game Tuesday night because of the bug.


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Brand sparks Clippers by Knicks 90-80 (AP)
New York Knicks' Eddy Curry, left, tries to evade the defense of Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Kaman, right, and Elton Brand, rear, during the Clippers' 90-80 win in an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, in Los Angeles.

When he wasn't scoring, Elton Brand was making it difficult for the New York Knicks to put points on the board. Brand had 32 points and tied his career high with eight blocked shots, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 90-80 victory over the Knicks on Sunday. "Our defense is what we prided ourselves in last year, and that's what kept us in ballgames," Brand said.


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Lakers lose C Brown, beat 76ers 104-94 (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers' Vladimir Radmanovic puts up a shot as Philadelphia 76ers' Alan Henderson guards during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won the game 104-94.

The Lakers leaned on Kobe Bryant and their reserves, something Los Angeles may have to do for several weeks after losing starting center Kwame Brown to a sprained ankle. Bryant finished with 35 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Los Angeles reserves Sasha Vujacic, Vladimir Radmanovic and Maurice Evans made some clutch 3-pointers down the stretch to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 104-94 on...


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Wilcox leads Sonics past weary Celtics (AP)
Seattle SuperSonics' Chris Wilcox, right, leaps to knock the ball away from Boston Celtics'  Al Jefferson during the second half of an  NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006 at Key Arena in Seattle. Wilcon scored a game high 24 points in the SuperSonics 101-95 win over the Celtics.

Chris Wilcox is different from most forwards around the NBA. For the Seattle SuperSonics, that's a good thing. Wilcox, at 6-foot-10, 235 pounds, may not have the strength or weight of other big forwards, but he makes up for it with speed and quickness. Wilcox flashed his way through middle of the Celtics' defense for a season-high 24 points Sunday night to help the Sonics to a 101-95 victory against...


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Sakic up to 10th on points list, Avs win (AP)
Colorado Avalanche right wing Ian Laperriere (14) congratulates goalie Peter Budaj (31), of Slovakia, after the Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators, 5-3, in an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, Jan. 1, 2007.

Joe Sakic downplayed moving past Paul Coffey into 10th on the NHL's career points list, focusing instead on snapping Colorado's three-game losing streak. The Avalanche captain had three assists Monday to increase his team lead to 44 points and push him past Coffey in Colorado's 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators.


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Kozlov's OT goal lifts Thrashers by Sens (AP)
Ottawa Senators' Christoph Schubert, right, and Atlanta Thrashers' Steve McCarthy, left, jostle in front of the Thrashers net as goaltender Kari Lehtonen looks on during third period NHL hockey action at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. The Thrashers went on to win the game 3-2 in overtime.

Slava Kozlov and Marian Hossa combined their offensive efforts to ensure that the Atlanta Thrashers returned to their recent winning ways. Hossa had his third assist on Kozlov's second goal of the game 1:48 into overtime, lifting Atlanta to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Kozlov gave the Thrashers a 2-1 lead midway through the second period, then outmaneuvered Ottawa defenseman Joe...


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Miller's 29 saves help Sabres beat Isles (AP)
Buffalo Sabres center Daniel Briere (48) falls to the ice after colliding with New York Islanders defenseman Sean Hill, back, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2007. Buffalo won 3-1.

The surging Sabres made Ted Nolan's return to Buffalo a disappointing one. Ryan Miller made 29 saves and Maxim Afinogenov had a goal and an assist to give the Sabres a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders on Monday, spoiling Nolan's first appearance in Buffalo since leaving the organization after rejecting a one-year contract offer following the 1996-97 season.


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Sundin moves Leafs out of last place (AP)
Toronto Maple Leafs' Bryan McCabe, right, and goalie Andrew Raycroft celebrate their 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins in NHL hockey in Toronto, Monday, Jan. 1, 2007.

Mats Sundin made sure the Toronto Maple Leafs weren't in last place when they reached the halfway mark of their season. Sundin scored twice and added an assist to lead the Maple Leafs to a 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night. Kris Newbury scored his first career NHL goal, and Hal Gill and Jeff O'Neill also scored to send the Maple Leafs to just their fifth win in 17 games.


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Pronger breaks foot, Ducks fall to Wild (AP)
Anaheim Ducks' Andy McDonald, bottom left, Shane O'Brien, top left, Scott Niedermayer, top right, and Chris Kunitz, bottom right, surround teammate Teemu Selanne, of Finland, center, after Selanne scored his second goal of the game in the third period of a hockey game against the Minnesota Wild Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, in St. Paul, Minn. It was is Selanne's 1,000th career game. Minnesota won 4-3.

Instead of dreaming of a Stanley Cup, Anaheim Ducks fans might just want to wish for good health in the New Year. Already without the services of top goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the Ducks' sick bay added another big name on Sunday night. Anaheim lost All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger to a broken left foot during the Ducks' 4-3 loss at Minnesota.


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Nolan leads Coyotes by Capitals 3-2 (AP)
Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan, right, skates past Washington Capitals Shaonne Morrisonn (26) and Alex Ovechkin, left, during second-period hockey play at the Verizon Center in Washington Sunday, Jan. 1, 2007.

The Phoenix Coyotes are having fun again. Owen Nolan had a goal and an assist in Phoenix's three-goal first period, and the Coyotes beat the struggling Washington Capitals 3-2 Monday for their third straight win. The Coyotes improved to 16-20-2, the closest they've been to .500 since late October. "We're playing hard, and it really was a nice effort," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzy said.


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Thornton helps Sharks rebound from rout (AP)
San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) congratulates teammate Joe Thornton (19) after Thornton scored on Dallas Stars goalie Mike Smith (41) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday night, Dec. 31, 2006, in Dallas.  Dallas Stars defender Phillippe Boucher (43) and San Jose right wing Mike Grier look on.

The San Jose Sharks didn't waste any time bouncing back from a lopsided defeat. Joe Thornton scored his 200th career goal and added two assists to help the Sharks snap a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night. Joe Pavelski, Jonathan Cheechoo and Patrick Marleau also had first-period goals for the Sharks, coming off a season-worst 8-0 road loss to the...


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Red Wings win 12th straight over Kings (AP)
Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg, right, of Sweden, splits the Los Angeles Kings defense during the third period of their NHL hockey game on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006 in Detroit. The Red Wings won 6-2.

Detroit showed that persistence pays, especially when the Red Wings face the Los Angeles Kings. Detroit got goals from six players Sunday night in a 6-2 win over Los Angeles, the Red Wings' 12th straight victory over the Kings. After struggling on offense early in the season, the Red Wings scored at least five goals for the fifth time in their last 13 games.


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Esche lifts Flyers over Hurricanes 5-2 (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers' Mike Knuble celebrates a third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during an NHL hockey game Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006 in Raleigh, N.C. Philadelphia won 5-2.

Outshot and outplayed most of the way, the lowly Philadelphia Flyers still found a way to beat the defending Stanley Cup champions Sunday night. Alexei Zhitnik scored the go-ahead goal while Robert Esche played a strong game in net to lead the Flyers past the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2, giving Philadelphia its second straight victory after a franchise record 10-game losing streak.


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Kiprusoff gets Flames by slumping Oilers (AP)
Edmonton Oilers' Ales Hemsky, left, and Daniel Tjarnqvist, right, send Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla to the ice during third period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006. The Flames beat the Oilers 4-2.

Miikka Kiprusoff came up huge early, and Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames took it from there. Kiprusoff made two huge saves on Ryan Smyth in the first 20 seconds of the game Sunday night to set the stage for the Flames' 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Iginla paced Calgary with a goal and two assists, but said Kiprusoff bailed out the Flames early.


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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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