ATLANTA—Ho hum, another winning season for the Atlanta Falcons.
That’s not such a big deal anymore. This team has much higher goals.
Putting together its most complete effort of the season, the Falcons clinched a fourth-straight winning record with a 41-14 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars last night.
CHICAGO—Chicago Bears’ wide receiver Sam Hurd was locked up in federal custody yesterday as his stunned teammates learned he had been charged with trying to set up a drug-dealing network following his arrest with more than a pound of cocaine.
CALGARY—The Canadian team charged with reclaiming gold at the world junior hockey championship will be able to count on a big, deep defence, multi-purpose forwards, and an experienced goalie.
“We have real good balance,” coach Don Hay said yesterday of his 22-man squad.
OTTAWA—The Ottawa Senators learned the hard way you can’t make mistakes against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille scored breakaway goals 56 seconds apart in the third period off Ottawa miscues, and Tim Thomas made 47 saves, as the Boston Bruins beat the Senators 5-2 last night.
NEW ORLEANS—Chris Paul is headed to Los Angeles for real this time—but to the Clippers, not the Lakers.
The Hornets have traded Paul for guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, centre Chris Kaman, and a first-round draft choice.
The deal required the approval of NBA Commissioner David Stern because the Hornets are owned by the league.
SEATTLE—Doug Baldwin picked a national stage to remind the rest of the NFL what they passed up in last April’s draft.
The Edmonton Eskimos traded away the face of their franchise yesterday—gambling that their future is brighter with better Canadian talent and a quarterback who can beat a team with his legs.
TAMPA, Fla.—New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer placed a big emphasis on an early December game and his Devils responded.
Zach Parise and Adam Henrique both had a goal and two assists to lead New Jersey past the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 last night.
ARLINGTON, Tex.—Never count out Eli Manning and the N.Y. Giants—not in a game, or in the division race.
DETROIT—DeAndre Levy had a fist full of Joe Webb’s facemask, got away with it, and wasn’t apologizing for Detroit’s good fortune in a 34-28 win over Minnesota yesterday.
“We get a lot of calls called against us,” reasoned the Lions’ linebacker.
“So they owed us one if I did.”
Detroit (8-5) is still in prime position in the NFC wild-card race. Barely.