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Dayton Flyers Go 0-For But Win

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Dayton broke a 13-year-old record for 3-point shooting futility on Friday against Auburn -- and the Flyers still won.


In a 60-59 overtime win in the Chicago Invitational Challenge, Dayton went 0-for-24 on attempts from 3-point range. That broke the previous NCAA record of 0-for-22, set by Canisius against St. Bonaventure on Jan. 21, 1995.


But Marcus Johnson -- who missed a team-high five 3-point attempts himself -- scored eight of his team-high 16 points in overtime as the Flyers prevailed.


"Our guys stuck with it and gutted it out," Dayton coach Brian Gregory said, according to the Dayton Daily News. "It wasn't pretty. But when you beat an SEC team on a neutral court, it's hard not to call that pretty."


Auburn did not distinguish itself from long range, either. The Tigers (3-2) went 7-for-31 on 3-pointers as the two teams combined to miss their first 29 3-point attempts.


"I've been around a long time, and I don't think I've seen an 0-for-24," Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said, according to the Dayton Daily News.


Johnson, a 6-foot-3 guard, scored four points at the start of the overtime period for a 52-49 Dayton lead and the Flyers (5-0) never trailed again.


After driving one-handers by Chris Wright and London Warren gave Dayton a 56-52 lead with 31 seconds to play, Johnson protected the advantage by making four straight free throws to clinch the victory.


DeWayne Reed scored a game-high 22 points for Auburn, including a game-high four 3-point baskets in a game marked by poor shooting on both sides. Auburn shot only 34.5 percent (20-58) from the field -- but that was slightly better than Dayton's miserable 27.8 percent (20-72) field goal percentage. The Flyers also shot 46.2 percent from the free throw line (12-26).


Wright had 10 points for Dayton while Barber and Tay Waller scored 10 points each for Auburn.
FANTASY ALERT: Plaxico Out Double Entry

New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress suffered an accidental gunshot wound Friday night in a club, according to multiple sources.


Details of the incident weren't immediately available, but according to a source the wound was not considered life-threatening.


Burress, who was not expected to play against the Washington Redskins on Sunday with a hamstring injury, was not at team meetings and did not attend the team's Saturday walkthrough.


The Giants organization was not commenting on the story.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress will miss Sunday's game against Washington with a sore right hamstring.

Burress pulled the hamstring in the Giants' win over Baltimore on Nov. 16. He then aggravated the injury in the opening series last Sunday against Arizona, and then sat out the rest of that game.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Friday that Burress "is progressing, no doubt. He is getting better."

Domenik Hixon, who is dealing with an ankle injury, will start in Burress' place.

The last time Burress missed a game was Nov. 5, 2006, when he sat out with a back injury. He played in every game for the Super Bowl champion Giants last season despite a persistent ankle injury.

Linebacker Jonathan Goff (hamstring) also will not play against the Redskins, while three players -- running backs Brandon Jacobs (knee) and Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and defensive tackle Fred Robbins (shoulder) -- are listed as questionable. Coughlin said Jacobs was able to practice Friday, while Bradshaw and Robbins could not.

Meanwhile, Hixon and defensive ends Justin Tuck (lower leg) and Jerome McDougle (knee) all practiced fully Friday and are probable for Sunday's game.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

NHL: Jokinen Streak Ends At 397 With Injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes center Olli Jokinen will be sidelined for at least two weeks by a shoulder injury, ending his consecutive games streak at 397.

Olli Jokinen


Phoenix Coyotes


2008-09 Season Stats
21 7 11 18 3 29


Jokinen, the team's second-leading scorer with seven goals and 18 points, was injured in the first period Wednesday night at Columbus when he was checked hard into the boards by Blue Jackets defenseman Marc Methot.

Jokinen went to the bench apparently favoring his left shoulder, then went to the locker room for treatment and did not return to the game.

The Coyotes released no details of Jokinen's injury at Thursday's practice, but coach Wayne Greztky said Jokinen will miss Friday's home game against Colorado and "it looks like [he'll be sidelined] for two to four weeks."

Jokinen, acquired in a trade with Florida in June, last missed a game during the 2002-03 season while with the Panthers.

Meanwhile Thursday, forward Daniel Winnik was taken off the injured reserve list and will play Friday after missing six games because of an upper-body injury.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

Turkey Day Throwdown
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.
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.

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 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 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
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