Originally created 12/18/00


Kobe Bryant, facing Vince Carter for the first time this year, scored 40 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 104-101 in overtime Sunday.

Toronto overcame a 15-point deficit with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, but Bryant made two free throws with 19 seconds remaining in overtime, giving Los Angeles a four-point lead.

Carter scored 31 points, but missed 22 of 32 shots from the field in the matchup of two of the NBA's biggest young stars. Bryant shot 14 for 29.

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Michelle Snow scored 18 points, including the go-ahead basket, as No. 2 Tennessee rallied for the final 12 points to beat No. 15 Stanford 63-58 Sunday.

The Lady Vols (9-0) trailed by seven points with 5« minutes left. They took the lead 59-58 on Snow's one-handed shot off an assist by Tamika Catchings with 2:32 to go.

Stanford's Susan King, a freshman, led all scorers with 21 points for the Cardinal (5-2), who have lost to Tennessee four straight times and had not played in two weeks.


An English boxer knocked out in his featherweight title defense was making "satisfactory progress" Sunday after a blood clot was removed from his brain.

Paul Ingle, 28, stopped in the 12th round by South African Mbulelo Botile on Saturday in Sheffield, England, was treated in the ring by paramedics for several minutes after the bout, then was taken on a stretcher while being given oxygen.

Surgeons operated to remove a blood clot which had developed in his brain and listed his condition as "critical but stable."

Ingle was defending his IBF title for the second time. It was only his second loss against 24 wins.

Ingle's injury sparked calls to ban blows to the head in boxing.


Just days after Lance Armstrong threatened to skip next year's Tour de France, his team manager said the champion planned to try to ride for a third straight title.

Armstrong vented his frustration last week with an ongoing investigation into the drug Actovegin when he suggested he might stay home from next year's event.

But U.S. Postal cycling team manager Mark Gorski said Armstrong will be back.

"Lance and (coach) Johan Bruyneel have assured me that our goal remains the same - to defend the yellow jersey in the 2001 Tour," Gorski said.


Defending champions Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson defeated Bruce Fleisher and David Graham 4 and 2 Sunday to win the Senior PGA Hyundai Team Matches in Newport Coast, Calif.

In PGA match play, Duffy Waldorf sank a 5-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff to lift him and partner Tom Lehman to a 1-up victory over defending champions Fred Couples and Mark Calcavecchia.

On the LPGA side, Dottie Pepper sank an 8-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff to give her and partner Juli Inkster their fourth consecutive match play championship win over five years. The duo defeated Annika Sorenstam and Lorie Kane.


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