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PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb got pulled for Kevin Kolb again. This time, he earned a seat on the bench with a superb performance instead of a stinker.
McNabb threw four touchdown passes, Brian Westbrook tied a team record with four scores and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Arizona Cardinals 48-20 on Thursday night.
 
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IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are ready for December.
On the verge of collapse just a few weeks ago, Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware and the Cowboys guaranteed they will be a team to watch in the final month by crushing the Seattle Seahawks 34-9 Thursday for their third straight victory.
 
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DETROIT -- The Tennessee Titans wanted to re-establish the run to get back on track after losing for the first time.

 

The Detroit Lions were very accommodating.

 

 

Fast Facts

• The Lions allowed the most points on Thanksgiving in team history as they fell to 0-12, tying the franchise record for the worst start to a season set in 2001. It was also the largest margin of defeat for the Lions in their Thanksgiving history.

•  The Titans rushed for 292 yards a week after rushing for only 45 in a loss to the Jets. Teammates Chris Johnson (125) and LenDale White (106) become the third set of teammates to rush for 100-plus yards on Thanksgiving in NFL history.

• Their 47 points were the most the Titans have scored since posting 48 at Green Bay in Week 5 of the 2004 season and the most by a team on Thanksgiving since the Lions won 55-20 against the Bears in 1997.

•  It was the second time the Lions have allowed 40-plus points this season (48 against the Packers in Week 2).

-- ESPN research

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Chris Johnson ran for 125 yards and scored twice in the first quarter and LenDale White had two touchdowns in the second and finished with 106 yards rushing, setting up Tennessee for a 47-10 win over Detroit on Thursday.
 
NBA: Marbury Takes His Ball And Goes Home

NEW YORK -- Stephon Marbury has been suspended for one game by the New York Knicks, who are alleging he refused to play Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons.

 

 

Marbury was suspended without pay for Saturday's game and was also fined 1/110th of his salary for his actions in Detroit, meaning his penalty amounts to almost $400,000 of his $20.84 million salary for this season.

 

A source told ESPN.com on Friday that Marbury has been told to stay away from the team at least until Monday, when his status will be re-addressed. He will not practice Friday, nor will he be welcome in the home locker room at Madison Square Garden when the Knicks play the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

 

 

"A player's central obligation is to provide his professional services when called upon," president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh said in the team's announcement. "Because he refused the coach's request to play in the team's last game, we had no choice but to impose disciplinary action."

 

Marbury has disputed the Knicks' allegation that he refused to play, telling The New York Post: "I never told [coach Mike D'Antoni] I'm not going to play. Those words never came out of my mouth. That's insubordination."

 

Hal Biagas, an NBA Players' Association attorney advising Marbury, told ESPN.com Friday morning: "We feel the discipline imposed by the Knicks is baseless. We plan to file a grievance."

 

According to New York-area media reports, the Knicks were expected to send Marbury home while considering solutions to the problem. Those included fining and suspending him; trying to reach a buyout agreement with him; or simply sending him home with pay until he can be traded or is released.

 

In an interview with the Post published Friday, Marbury said he can't play for D'Antoni because he doesn't trust him.

 

"We need to separate from the relationship," he said, according to the Post. "The marriage is over. It's a done deal."

 

The Knicks are currently down to two healthy guards -- Chris Duhon and Anthony Roberson -- after Nate Robinson missed Wednesday's game with a groin injury. Cuttino Mobley, acquired in last week's trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, has not yet been cleared by team doctors.

 

 

Marbury, who said his suspicion of D'Antoni has reached the point that "I wouldn't trust him to walk my dog across the street," said he did not create the Knicks' current situation, according to the Post.

 

"[D'Antoni] created this from the beginning," Marbury said, according to the report. "Why did he create this environment? I came here ready to play, focused, taking on the role I was ready to take on. They said, 'We don't want you.' I'm not in the plans. I said, 'OK, no problem.' "

 

"I didn't create this," Marbury said, according to the Post. "I'm sitting inside the car. I'm not behind the wheel in the driver's seat. I have no control of the wheel of the ca
NBA: Iverson Up To Old Tricks. Practice!

Detroit Pistons guard Allen Iverson missed practice Thursday and will be levied a "hefty" fine, coach Michael Curry said.

"I'm surprised when guys are late; I'm surprised when they don't show," Curry said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "It's a pretty hefty fine to be late, or to miss, and once again, it's accountability for yourself and your teammates."

Rodney Stuckey, who scored 13 points and added a career-high 11 assists for his first career double-double Wednesday in a 110-96 victory over New York, will start in Iverson's place Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Curry said he hadn't decided whether Iverson would play.

Iverson, who was traded from the Denver Nuggets nearly a month ago, is averaging 18.5 points and 5.4 assists in 10 games with the Pistons this season.

He talked Saturday about the importance of finding chemistry with a new team through practice.

 

"I've been through it before," Iverson said. "I think the toughest part of it has been our schedule. We've been on the road a lot. That was tough. For me, it's just getting a chance to settle in.

"The most important thing is getting more practice time."

 

Iverson is no stranger to controversy stemming from practice issues.

In April 2002, he missed practice prior to Game 2 of the Philadelphia 76ers' first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics, a month before his famous rant at coach Larry Brown's criticism for missing team practices.

Nearly two years later, he was benched for the start of a 76ers game against the Nuggets by coach Chris Ford and fined an undisclosed amount after not making it to Denver for practice.

Then in November 2006, Iverson reportedly stormed out of the practice gym after a conflict with coach Maurice Cheeks. The 76ers traded him to the Nuggets the next month.

Information from ESPN research was used in this report.

Like Father Like Sons - Roy At It Again

MONTREAL -- Another son of hockey great Patrick Roy is facing disciplinary action for on-ice behavior.

Frederick Roy was suspended 15 games Monday by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for high sticking during the Quebec Remparts' game against the Montreal Juniors last Friday.

Roy, a forward with the Remparts, struck Montreal defenseman Vincent Bourgeois in the mouth during a timeout.

The league decided to suspend Roy after reviewing video of the incident and interviewing those involved.

 

The suspension comes eight months after Roy's brother, Jonathan, was suspended for seven games by the junior hockey league for participating in on-ice fight. Jonathan Roy is facing criminal charges for attacking goalie Bobby Nadeau during a game. Patrick Roy was suspended for five games for the incident.

Syracuse Proves Championship vs Kansas No Fluke

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jim Boeheim has spent years honing his 2-3 zone, turning it into a Syracuse defensive staple.

 

Against Kansas on Tuesday night, it wasn't working, so Boeheim went to a man defense -- and the Orange ended up winning because of it.

 

Jonny Flynn had 25 points and hit a 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left in regulation, and Syracuse abandoned its zone during a key second-half run to knock off Kansas (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) 89-81 in overtime Tuesday night in the championship game of the CBE Classic.

 

"They were attacking our zone well; we probably should have gone out of it earlier," Boeheim said. "We couldn't come back playing zone. They got good shooters. They're pretty good against the zone. We lose when we don't play man-to-man anyway."

 

The switch came at about the 14-minute mark of the second half.

 

Trailing by 13, Syracuse (4-0) was unable to stop the Jayhawks (3-1) from shooting over the zone or passing through it out of the post. Boeheim figured the only way to get back into the game was to step up the pressure against Kansas, force some mistakes to set up easy baskets at the other end.

 

It sure worked.

 

The Orange created turnovers on three straight possessions during a 13-2 run, using the breakaways at the other end to score six points in 28 seconds and tie it at 54-all with 10 minutes left. Syracuse kept up the pressure from there, staying close to set up Flynn's shot then pulling away in overtime by hitting 5 of 8 shots.

 

Eric Devendorf had 20 points, Arinze Onuaku had 19 and 12 rebounds, and Paul Harris finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds for Syracuse, which forced 17 turnovers.

 

"Coach told us to keep your composure, keep your poise," Flynn said. "We just stayed confident. We really picked it up defensively with our man-for-man. I love playing man-for-man defense. They were kind of picking our zone apart. When the coach went to man it was all or nothing. We just really gutted this game out."

 

Kansas (3-1) won its first three games by an average of 24 points, holding opponents to a combined 27 percent shooting. The Jayhawks played their best game of the season Monday night in the CBE semifinals, beating Washington 73-54 in their first real test.

 

But the defending national champs don't have a lot of experience, returning one starter, adding seven newcomers. A team this young is going to play in spurts, particularly this early in the season.

 

The Jayhawks sure did against Syracuse, turning what looked like another rout into a tight game with bad passes and poor shots.

 

Sherron Collins had 21 points, Tyshawn Taylor 17 and Cole Aldrich had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Kansas. The Jayhawks missed eight of 11 shots in overtime and 11-for-20 on free throws to lose in Kansas City for the first time in 29 games.

 

"At times, we looked pretty good, but we lost our composure for a couple stretches and those couple stretches allowed Syracuse to get back in it, no doubt about it," Kansas coach Bill Self said.

 

Syracuse trailed 51-38 when it went on its run, finally taking a 57-56 lead with just over 8 minutes left on Andy Rautins' 3-pointer from the corner.

 

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