Glover excels in the game of determination

Glover excels in the game of determination
If you have the latest copy of Sports Illustrated - the one with Peyton Manning on the cover - turn to page 34. There you'll find the magazine's "Faces in the Crowd" series.

Expos' deal on brink of collapse
WASHINGTON - With the deal to bring the Montreal Expos to Washington on the brink of collapse, the head of the District of Columbia Council put the stadium financing legislation on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting.

Health care should not get a holiday

Guinea pig safe after parachute jump
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - An Indiana University student has admitted tossing a guinea pig tied to a makeshift parachute out of an eighth-floor dormitory window, police said.

Fannie Mae board meets to discuss possible shake-up

Kia Spectra gets worst rating in crash test
WASHINGTON - The Kia Spectra is the first vehicle since 2001 to get the insurance industry's worst safety rating in a frontal crash test, according to results released Sunday.

Center brings inflatable fun indoors
Kristen and Mike Small like to see children bouncing off the walls - so long as it's in one of their inflatable jumping pens.

New CEO says he plans to lead Kellogg for a while
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - When Kellogg Co. announced late last month that its board had tapped an outside director to become the cereal giant's next chairman and chief executive officer, some financial analysts questioned the move.

Kia Spectra gets worst rating in crash test

Little-known Russian company buys Yukos
MOSCOW - A little known group bought the main production unit of Russia's largest oil producer, Yukos, at auction for $9.3 billion on Sunday, gaining control of one of Russia's most prized assets for half of what foreign auditors say it is worth.

Independent retailers are optimistic about holiday sales

Independent retailers are optimistic about holiday sales
With his store stocked with handmade jewelry and hard-to-find home furnishings, Tim Vancha is optimistic about the holiday shopping season.

More discounting expected amid weak sales
NEW YORK - Retailers are expected to increase discounting in the final days before Christmas after a late-buying binge failed to materialize during the last weekend before the holiday. And that's fueling worries that industry profits could be hurt in the fourth quarter.

Low-carb diets fad fades, hitting some businesses
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - About a year ago, Dave Champlin and his two roommates lived in what their friends at the University of Missouri called the House of Fat.

Mexican government acts to reduce inflation
MEXICO CITY - The Mexican government announced a plan Sunday to reduce inflation in 2005 by lowering duties on imports from countries without trade agreements and restructuring electricity rates.

Crude oil prices decrease

Survey: Gas prices drop as crude oil supply eases
CAMARILLO, Calif. - An increase in the crude oil supply has contributed to another drop in gas prices in the past two weeks, continuing a downward trend that began two months ago, an industry analyst said Sunday.

Skipping college paid off for some teen techies, not all

Report: Pfizer to stop advertising Celebrex
NEW YORK - Drug maker Pfizer said Sunday it would immediately stop advertising its best-selling arthritis pain reliever Celebrex to consumers after a study showed high doses of it were associated with an increased heart attack risk.

Skipping college paid off for some teen techies, not all
CHICAGO - Caleb Sima still marvels at how angry the people around him got when he fled high school for a computer job during the high-tech boom, thumbing his nose at the traditional career path.

Fannie Mae board meets to discuss possible shake-up
WASHINGTON - With Fannie Mae engulfed in an accounting crisis, its board met Sunday to discuss a possible executive shake-up as the mortgage giant responds to regulators' criticisms and faces a likely restatement of $9 billion or more in earnings.

More discounting expected amid weak sales

Last weekend before Christmas brings out shoppers
ATLANTA - The last full shopping weekend before Christmas was a busy one as people packed malls, specialty stores and other retail outlets around Georgia in search of discounts and gifts.

Leading indicators reverse decline
The Index of Leading Economic Indicators, a widely watched gauge of future economic activity, rose in November, reversing a five month trend, a private research group reported Monday.

Wall Street's Bronze bull goes on sale
NEW YORK - The beloved bull sculpture that symbolizes Wall Street capitalism is for sale, and bidding starts at $5 million. But any prospective buyer will have to keep the 7,000-pound bronze "Charging Bull" where it is, in a park near the New York Stock Exchange, said its creator.

Crude oil prices decrease
SINGAPORE - Oil futures dipped below $46 a barrel Monday as traders assessed a cold snap in the United States that helped drive prices sharply higher last week.

Little-known Russian company buys Yukos

Wall Street's Bronze bull goes on sale

Last weekend before Christmas brings out shoppers

Spurrier finalizes coaching staff

Syracuse out to prove it's bowl worthy
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The city of Syracuse can be an uninviting place. Syracuse the university is warm and friendly, though, particularly to football players from the Northeast.

Syracuse out to prove it's bowl worthy

Spurrier finalizes coaching staff
COLUMBIA - Coach Steve Spurrier has completed his coaching staff with the hiring of Tyrone Nix to help coach South Carolina's defense, the athletics department announced Monday.

Connecticut tops Rice

Serious resolve can drop pounds
It happens every Jan. 1. That's the one day we make a commitment to making a change. In fact, nearly half of all American adults undertake a behavior-change program starting that day. We're ready to get going, yet most of us will not make it past the first week. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, even among those who make serious attempts at change, 30 percent will drop out within two weeks, and less than half will make it past six months. Not very encouraging, is it? Yet, by following a few simple tips we can significantly increase our odds of losing weight and keeping it off in the New Year.

Still a great injustice

Rumsfeld shamed
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has been coming under a lot of heavy criticism lately, even from some Republicans, for his perceived failures in the conduct of the Iraq war.

Person of the Year
Time magazine got it right with the choice of President George W. Bush as the 2004 Person of the Year. Who had a larger impact on the nation and the world? That's the main criterion the magazine's editors use to make the designation.

A case in point

Not just a fetus
Some people were reportedly skeptical when Nodaway County. Mo., Sheriff Ben Espey insisted on issuing an Amber Alert for an 8-month fetus that was ripped from the womb of a strangled mother last week.

A case in point
When The Chronicle told readers in a Dec. 5 story that one of its local retired judges was, in fact, making more money than active judges, some letter writers took it as an attack on the judge.

Person of the Year

Not just a fetus

Still a great injustice
In what is one of Georgia's great injustices, David Drayton is a free man today, while his former teacher, Gail Hendrick, still lies at home in bed in a semi-comatose state, cared for by her elderly parents.

Prosecutor: Blake killed wife after stuntmen refused
LOS ANGELES - Robert Blake murdered his wife after two stuntmen he solicited refused to commit the crime, a prosecutor told jurors Monday in opening statements for the actor's trial.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Actor Josh Brolin was cited for misdemeanor domestic battery over the weekend after his wife, actress Diane Lane, called police during an argument at the couple's home.

People in the News
MILWAUKEE - Aspiring actor and former O.J. Simpson house guest Brian "Kato" Kaelin says his nephew was killed in the war in Iraq.

AP Poll: Half of Americans worry about debts
WASHINGTON - Shoppers are racing from store to store this holiday season, with credit cards clutched tightly in hand and visions of future bills dancing in their heads.

Tips on end-of-year tipping

Philly has top tippers; Atlanta a close second
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia is tip-top when it comes to tipping. A new Zagat Survey ranks Philadelphians as the nation's best tippers, leaving an average 19.2 percent gratuity.

Life-stage retirement funds make allocation easy
NEW YORK - Automatic payroll deductions have made saving for the future easier than ever, but for millions of Americans who participate in employer-sponsored retirement plans, figuring out how to divvy up those investment dollars remains a mystery.

AP Poll: Half of Americans worry about debts

Life-stage retirement funds make allocation easy

Investment outlook for 2005 not clear
NEW YORK - Brokerage earnings so far this quarter have been positive, but few Wall Street firms are making big predictions for the year ahead, leaving investors to wonder just how well the markets will do.

Investment outlook for 2005 not clear

Tips on end-of-year tipping
NEW YORK - Todd Happer is making a list, checking it twice. It's not a roster of gifts for family and friends, but rather that annual painful run-down of who to tip this holiday season.

Holiday cooks can find help with hotlines
Toll-free telephone services and Web sites offer a variety of specialist answers to cooking and food-safety questions during holiday preparation times. Here are some of them:

Holiday cooks can find help with hotlines

Florida trounces Georgia Southern
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh scored 18 points each as Florida reached triple figures for the first time this year in a 100-68 rout of Georgia Southern on Sunday.

Georgia Tech upset by Gonzaga
LAS VEGAS - Georgia Tech's first loss of the college basketball season was tough, but the Gonzaga Bulldogs showed they belonged on the floor with the No. 3 Yellow Jackets.

Georgia Tech is a long way from '91 bowl win
ORLANDO, Fla. - Georgia Tech followers fondly remember the last time their favorite football team played in Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.

Georgia Tech is a long way from '91 bowl win

A card for my six most precious gifts

Five Nationwide grads earn spot at the Masters
The Masters will have a guy named Palmer playing at Augusta National next year - just not the King.

Woods and wife team up

Woods and wife team up
LONDON - Tiger Woods enjoys having someone to talk to about his golf game. And it's not his caddie.

Eighty-seven get the call for Masters
The Masters Tournament will have a guy named Palmer playing at Augusta National next year - just not the King.

Knights upset 'Pack for title

Prep Basketball Scores

Holiday hoopla

Health care should not get a holiday
Christmas can kill you. It's true. Researchers at the University of California San Diego reported that more Americans die of heart attacks and other natural causes on Christmas Day, the day after and on New Year's Day than any other days of the year.

Georgia Power approved for 4.2 percent rate hike
ATLANTA - The Georgia Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved the first rate increase for Georgia Power since 1991, though the 4.2 percent boost was considerably less than the utility company had requested.

Guilty plea for Schrenko's former campaign manager
The former manager of Linda Schrenko's failed 2002 gubernatorial campaign has pleaded guilty to a federal judge on a charge of attempted witness tampering.

Schools lack community
Our public schools 40 years ago produced world-class scholars of all races. Today, our public schools spend billions on administrators, police forces, consultants, buses, stadiums, new facilities, studies, tutors, alternative schools, night schools, meals and kindergartens, and we get pupils who steadily fall below world standards. William Jackson, Augusta

War's purpose is very important
Recently, there has been a spate of nasty letters about the administration and the current war. They were written mostly by those who have never experienced war, nor understand its necessity. I have been there, and fully appreciate the horror of war, and understand that there are monsters in this world. One bit us Sept. 11, 2001. Richard E. Hogue, Grovetown

Forget divisions and pray together

France, world body are bad
Hundreds of years ago, France was a world power. Its empire extended to control much of Europe. It had many island possessions and vast tracts of land in North America, and a large army and navy. Carl Raforth, Augusta

Commission sticks it to seniors
I agreed with "City Ink" Dec. 12, written by Sylvia Cooper. Instead of the headline "When officials meet, taxpayers beware," perhaps it should have read "seniors beware." Doris A. Jones, Augusta

Article attacks fine judge

Article attacks fine judge
I have known Senior Judge Bernard Mulherin as a close personal friend for more than 40 years. I have never met a person with a higher level of integrity. Zachry Everitt, Augusta

Enjoy holidays with books
After viewing the Christmas parade in Augusta, I thought I would share more things to do to bring families together this holiday. Now that the children are out of school, take them to the library. Terri Kimbrel Saturday, Lincolnton

Commission sticks it to seniors

Enjoy holidays with books

Forget divisions and pray together
Religion is a personal matter for individual faith. There are many religions in the world, and there are many groups within them. Every religion has its message and peculiarities. As far as I know, the real message of all faiths is to pray to God and help needy people. Champak Patel, Martinez

Health and fitness calendar

Seniors calendar

Facial acupuncture gaining popularity

Two new games arrive for PlayStation 2

Honda robot learns new trick: Jogging

Army's high-tech battle simulator unveiled

New initiative puts focus on medical history

Lung cancer may be linked to Gulf War fires
WASHINGTON - Veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War exposed to pollution from oil well fires, exhausts and other sources may face an increased risk of lung cancer, a government advisory group reported Monday.

Facial acupuncture gaining popularity
ALBANY, N.Y. - Paula Scardamalia has pins in her face - nine tiny ones angling out near her eyes, mouth and jaw.

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Honda robot learns new trick: Jogging
WAKO, Japan - The walking, talking child-size robot from Honda Motor Co. now manages an easy, although comical, jog - the latest in the Japanese automaker's quest to imitate human movement.

New initiative puts focus on medical history
Ah, the holidays. It's the perfect time to kick back and bask in the goodwill of friends, family and neighbors, and oh, while you're at it, why not ask Uncle Frank about his prostate cancer?

Army's high-tech battle simulator unveiled
FORT SILL, Okla. - It's a sweltering 90 degrees and soldiers Kevin Messmer and Kroften Owen are hunched in a rubble-strewn apartment. Peering from a window to avoid sniper fire, they see a bustling Iraqi city.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Two new games arrive for PlayStation 2
At first glance, "Jak 3" and "Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal" might appear to be different chapters of the same video game.

Board plans vote on highway toll
ATLANTA - The state Department of Transportation Board has tentatively scheduled a Jan. 5 vote on whether to enter into an agreement with a company that wants to turn Georgia Highway 316 into a limited-access toll road by 2011.

Georgian's grass will become turf for Super Bowl
RIDDLEVILLE, Ga. - Watch-ing the grass grow has been anything but boring for Phillip Jennings, who for more than a year has been fussing and fretting over every blade, bug and brown spot on a special 4-acre field.

Charleston police look for drugs outside city
SANTEE, S.C. - Charleston police officers have strayed about 70 miles from home to help the small town of Santee patrol Interstate 95 for drugs traveling between New York City and Miami.

MCG draws Chinese doctors

Plan for Lowe's is OK'd by panel

Home market doesn't panic

Mother's wage isn't enough for children's gifts
An Augusta mother working to support her family needs help to buy her children Christmas presents.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Aiken's zoning rules confuse owners
AIKEN - There's a law in Aiken that governs how property owners can use their land, yet five years after it was rewritten, many residents in the city are still in the dark about what they can and cannot do.

Grandmother worries about four children
An Augusta woman raising her youngest daughter and four grandchildren is asking for help this Christmas to buy presents and food for them.

Judge declines to restore job of fired coach
ATLANTA - The University of Georgia's fired cheerleading coach can't have her job back yet, a federal court judge ruled Monday, saying she hadn't shown she was likely to win her lawsuit against the school's athletics association and the state Board of Regents.

Counties make plans to cope with cold
Weather forecasters and emergency management geared up Monday for what were expected to be some of the lowest temperatures of the year today.

Hanging around

Rants and raves
Comments from readers: A RANT FOR THE CRANKY Santa at Augusta Mall. If it's too much for you, give it up. Don't take it out on those innocent children. I don't even want to display my grandbaby's Santa picture because you're in it.

Hanging around
Steven Sandwich, 6, of Martinez, crosses the monkey bars as he plays during a chilly afternoon at Goodale Park in Grovetown. Temperatures will be in the mid-50s today.

The week ahead
Counting today, you have five shopping days left until Christmas, my pick of the week.

Home market doesn't panic
AIKEN - The steady flow of retirees, horse people and new businesses to Aiken County should compensate for the expected loss of as many as 2,000 employees at Savannah River Site in the next two years, local developers and home builders said Monday.

Opt-out is safe, officials assure
School officials wanted Augusta legislators to change the tax exemption for senior citizens, but at least two state representatives say it won't happen.

GOP says lawmaker may help its image
ATLANTA - As the first black Republican state lawmaker elected in Georgia since Reconstruction, Willie Talton can expect to see a lot of invitations coming his way in 2005.

Groups seek burning ban change
Outdoor burning restrictions will take effect next year from May to September in Richmond and Columbia counties, but local groups still hope to amend the rules to minimize losses to developers and home builders.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Almost 100 dogs and more than a dozen hogs have been confiscated in South Carolina as part of a state and federal law enforcement raid on an animal-fighting operation in Chester County.

Five questions: Racy Freeman
Mr. Freeman is a deliveryman for UPS.

Across Georgia

UGA ex-cheerleading coach goes to court

Kid of the Day

A joyful noise

Counties make plans to cope with cold

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Rev. Jesse Jackson wants Georgia to enact a law against racial profiling after a grand jury decided not to indict a Columbus deputy who shot an unarmed black man to death.

Kid of the Day
Lacecia (Lacey) Doe is today's Kid of the Day.

Groups seek burning ban change

Grant helps transplant care expand

Hate-crimes law falters
ATLANTA - Two months after the Georgia Supreme Court threw out the state's hate-crimes law for being unconstitutional, there appears to be little chance a new version of the controversial bill will pass in next year's legislative session.

Commission will discuss powers

Grant helps transplant care expand
Gary Campbell has a new gleam of pride in his eye when he visits his parents' house in Vidalia, Ga., and sees his father's health restored by the kidney he donated.

Opt-out is safe, officials assure

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON -- The Charleston County School District has to repay the state more than $200,000 for using uncertified teachers, a recent audit shows. It is one of the smallest reimbursements the state's second-largest school district has had to make.

MCG draws Chinese doctors
Yan Xia will be one of the first to complete a doctoral degree exchange program between two Chinese universities and the Medical College of Georgia. But she is just the latest in a long and growing link between the Asian superpower and Augusta, which is home to many new and longtime Chinese residents.

Across Georgia
SMYRNA -- Three people, including a 3-year-old child, were killed in a fire Saturday that tore through a Cobb County apartment building and displaced 29 other residents.

UGA ex-cheerleading coach goes to court
ATLANTA - The University of Georgia's former cheerleading coach heads to court today to ask a judge to give her back her job, at least for as long as it takes her lawsuit against the school's athletic association to move through the court system.

Across the area
Police are looking for a 13-year-old girl who vanished after leaving her home in Hephzibah on Friday.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the day
William J. "Tre" Madison III of Augusta is today's kid of the day.

Commission will discuss powers
Augusta Commission members today are expected to discuss giving the mayor veto power and changing the number of votes to pass a measure from a minimum of six to a majority of those present.

Across the Southeast
HIALEAH, FLA. - A man has apologized for setting fire to the van driven by a team of Marines who had come to his house to tell him his son was killed in Iraq.

French inspire call for reactor at SRS
AIKEN - While some Americans regard all things French with disdain, U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C., has become an outspoken Francophile on a very narrow topic - that country's nuclear power industry.

A joyful noise
John Kolbeck performs at the 12 Bands of Christmas concert at the Imperial Theatre.

Savannah mayor moves rebel portraits
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Several Savannah city council members criticized the mayor after he removed portraits of Civil War Gen. Robert E. Lee and another Confederate officer from City Hall, leading to questions that race played a role in his decision.

Aiken's zoning rules confuse owners

Immigrants share holiday celebrations
COLUMBIA - Christmas celebrations in most of South Carolina and across much of the country involve visits from Santa and presents under the tree, but these traditions are foreign to the state's growing immigrant population.

Couple have spirit of Santa

Couple have spirit of Santa
At holiday family reunions, Jim Williamson and Santa Claus are never in the same place at the same time.

The week ahead

Across the area
An Evans home was extensively damaged in a fire Monday afternoon. No one was injured in the blaze, which officials say occurred at about 2:20 p.m. while the homeowner was away.

Kid of the day

Across the Southeast

French inspire call for reactor at SRS

Across the Southeast
SCOTT DEPOT, W.VA. - The 17-year-old granddaughter of Jack Whittaker, the winner of the nation's biggest undivided lottery jackpot, was found dead Monday along a country road, more than two weeks after she disappeared.

Across the area

Georgian's grass will become turf for Super Bowl

Hate-crimes law falters

Across South Carolina

Across the Southeast

Guilty plea for Schrenko's former campaign manager

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:A RANT FOR THE CRANKY Santa at Augusta Mall. If it's too much for you, give it up. Don't take it out on those innocent children. I don't even want to display my grandbaby's Santa picture because you're in it.

Across the area

Five questions: Racy Freeman

Immigrants share holiday celebrations

Across South Carolina

Charleston police look for drugs outside city

Plan for Lowe's is OK'd by panel
NORTH AUGUSTA - The city council voted unanimously Monday to approve a development plan for a Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, despite protests from a developer who said the city left him in the cold.

A card for my six most precious gifts
Every year, my wife designs our Christmas cards and adorns them with photographs of six young faces. I'm not as inventive as JoAn, so I'd like to take this opportunity to write my own Christmas card to those six little faces: our grandchildren.

Swank transforms for 'Million Dollar Baby'

Swank transforms for 'Million Dollar Baby'
NEW YORK - Hilary Swank received some unsolicited career advice recently from a casting director: Enough with the tough-girl-in-a-man's-world roles. Embrace your inner supermodel.

Capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films currently in theaters:

Hughes' movie career eclipsed by aviation feats

DiCaprio soars as Hughes in 'The Aviator'
LOS ANGELES - Leonardo DiCaprio likes to think he and buddy Martin Scorsese share at least some of the obsessive fixations of Howard Hughes, the subject of their latest collaboration, "The Aviator":

DiCaprio soars as Hughes in 'The Aviator'

At the Movies: 'Meet the Fockers'
"Meet the Fockers" could have been one of those sequels that tries desperately to capitalize on the unexpected success of the original movie - in this case, "Meet the Parents," which was a huge hit in 2000.

Hughes' movie career eclipsed by aviation feats
LOS ANGELES - He shot Hollywood's first multimillion-dollar epic. He stretched boundaries on sex and violence. He launched the careers of Jean Harlow and Jane Russell, and his many Hollywood loves included Katharine Hepburn and Ava Gardner.

'Lemony Snicket' is tops at box office
LOS ANGELES - "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" brought in $30.2 million of good fortune to debut in first place at the weekend box office.

At the Movies: 'Meet the Fockers'

Capsule reviews of new films

'Lemony Snicket' is tops at box office

Q&A with hitmaker Ashanti

Q&A with hitmaker Ashanti
NEW YORK - Ashanti just keeps flourishing amid the flames. In 2002, while her labelmate and frequent collaborator Ja Rule was floundering due to a bitter battle with 50 Cent, the R&B songstress released her blockbuster sophomore album.

Text of President Bush's news conference
The following is a transcript of remarks by President Bush at a press conference: Room 450 Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building 10:32 A.M. EST

Bush: Iraq bombers 'are having an effect'

Bush: Iraq bombers 'are having an effect'
WASHINGTON In a sobering assessment of the Iraq war, President Bush acknowledged Monday that Americans' resolve has been shaken by grisly scenes of death and destruction and he pointedly criticized the performance of U.S.-trained Iraqi troops.

Text of President Bush's news conference

Shaq's surge lifts Miami
MIAMI - With their winning streak in jeopardy, the Miami Heat wisely turned to Shaquille O'Neal.

Shaq's surge lifts Miami

Knicks beat Jazz by one point

Knicks beat Jazz by one point
NEW YORK - Not since Michael Jordan broke Bryon Russell's ankles in the 1998 NBA Finals has a member of the Utah Jazz been so thoroughly faked out by a crossover dribble.

Connecticut tops Rice
HARTFORD, Conn. - Rashad Anderson didn't want to miss a minute of practice after Connecticut was upset by Massachusetts 10 days ago.

Vikings squeek past Lions

Stats don't measure Vick's true value

Dolphins stun Patriots

Cardinals trounce Rams

Manning gets win but no passing record

Chargers blow out Browns

Mora: Falcons are still playing to win

Jets fly past Seahawks

Colts focus on playoffs

Falcons get opening bye

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Overtime

Overtime

Johnson wins split decision over Tarver

Canadian ends 12-year wait for first victory

Greenbrier runner fulfills dream

Overtime
In Athens, Greece, an Olympic doping laboratory was charged Monday with destroying a sample that belonged to gold medalist cyclist Tyler Hamilton.

Canadian ends 12-year wait for first victory
ALTA BADIA, Italy - The night before Thomas Grandi captured a giant slalom for his first victory in his 12 World Cup seasons, he was approached by a youngster who predicted he would win. Grandi, a Canadian born to Italian parents in this mountain range, thanked him and promised him his bib if he finished first.

Overtime
USC Aiken couldn't overcome a slow start Saturday and dropped an 82-60 decision to Lenoir-Rhyne in the Armstrong Atlantic State tournament in Savannah, Ga.

Johnson wins split decision over Tarver
LOS ANGELES - Glen Johnson knows what it's like to put his fate in the hands of boxing judges and have decisions go against him.

Greenbrier runner fulfills dream
Greenbrier cross country runner Tyler Warren knew he would win the state title.

Knights upset 'Pack for title
Traditionally, playing the Columbia County Christmas Tournament has been a mere formality. The Greenbrier boys basketball team has won the tournament five out of the seven years it has played.

Prep Basketball Scores

Holiday hoopla
Hephzibah's Catron Gainey (left) goes up for two points as North Augusta's D'Juan Thurmond tries to defend. They played in the second game of the Holiday Round Ball Classic at the T.W. Josey Roundtree athletic complex.

Jaguars beat Packers, stay in playoff race
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Byron Leftwich, Fred Taylor and the Jacksonville Jaguars looked right at home at frigid Lambeau Field.

Raiders top Titans
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Raiders and Titans sure made it seem these fallen franchises were playing for something meaningful.

Cardinals trounce Rams
TEMPE, Ariz. - The St. Louis Rams had a chance to take control of the NFC West, and fell flat against the Arizona Cardinals.

Mora: Falcons are still playing to win
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Jim Mora insists the Atlanta Falcons will make every effort to win at New Orleans this weekend.

Vikings squeek past Lions
DETROIT - Don Muhlbach wishes nobody knew his name. "No one ever knows you until you mess up," Detroit's long snapper said.

Colts focus on playoffs
INDIANAPOLIS - Ask Tony Dungy about the playoffs, how he'll approach the last two games or where his Indianapolis Colts could improve, and he has answers ready.

Eagles top Cowboys, clinch home-field advantage
PHILADELPHIA - Terrell Owens has plenty of time to rest for the playoffs. Dorsey Levens' 2-yard touchdown run with 1:57 left helped the Philadelphia Eagles overcome an ankle injury to their star wide receiver and clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 12-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Stats don't measure Vick's true value
ATLANTA - When assessed by most conventional standards, Michael Vick's performance was downright abysmal.

Jets fly past Seahawks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Chad Pennington shouldered the blame for a disappointing performance last week against Pittsburgh, vowing to play better down the stretch.

Manning gets win but no passing record
INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning couldn't get a record-setting touchdown pass against Baltimore's rugged defense. But he got the Indianapolis Colts a victory.

Dolphins stun Patriots
MIAMI - Their running back quit, their coach resigned and their season is in a shambles. But for some reason the Miami Dolphins kept trying against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, even when they trailed by 11 points with three minutes left.

Falcons get opening bye
ATLANTA - As much as he admires Brett Favre, Atlanta Falcons head coach Jim Mora took some satisfaction as Green Bay's star quarterback threw his third interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Chargers blow out Browns
CLEVELAND - Those lightning-bolt decals streaking across their helmets have never been more fitting. The San Diego Chargers have shocked the NFL - and maybe even themselves.

Kelly Perdew ready to boot up as 'The Apprentice'

MTV Networks spread influence worldwide

MTV Networks spread influence worldwide
NEW YORK - Dreams of world domination must be hard for MTV executives to avoid when they host a party at the Kremlin, with a Russian diva and Queen dueting on "We Will Rock You" and Russian soldiers performing a hip-hop dance routine.

'All My Children' turning 35

Kelly Perdew ready to boot up as 'The Apprentice'
NEW YORK - When Kelly Perdew was listening to executives and former candidates from NBC's "The Apprentice" commend his work during the behemoth three-hour finale of the 15-week job interview, he wasn't imagining what his business cards would look like just yet.

'All My Children' turning 35
NEW YORK - It's difficult to tell what's real and what's not in Pine Valley, the sleepy fictional town that on Jan. 5 will have been the backdrop for ABC's "All My Children" for 35 years.

Prosecutor: Blake killed wife after stuntmen refused

People in the News

People in the News

Request to retore cheerleading coach's job rejected

Georgia beats Wofford in OT

Georgia beats Wofford in OT
ATHENS, Ga. - Having already served notice to the Southeastern Conference with an 85-78 win at Auburn Dec. 5, tiny Wofford was on the verge of a second victory Sunday afternoon, before self-destructing at the free-throw line.

Georgia women get easy victory over Iona
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Freshman forward Tasha Humphrey had 22 points and nine rebounds in just 14 minutes and No. 15 Georgia beat Iona 96-52 on Sunday, coach Andy Landers' 700th victory.

Request to retore cheerleading coach's job rejected
ATLANTA - Fired University of Georgia cheerleading coach Marilou Braswell on Monday was denied her request to be reinstated and was told by a federal judge that she faced an uphill battle in her lawsuit against the university.

Spurrier rounds out coaching staff
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Coach Steve Spurrier has completed his coaching staff with the hiring of Tyrone Nix to help coach South Carolina's defense, the athletics department announced Monday.

Gamecocks grab victory
MOBILE, Ala. - Carlos Powell hit a layup and Tarence Kinsey made two free throws in the final minutes, leading South Carolina to a 57-53 victory over East Carolina on Monday in the first round of the Coors Classic.

Spurrier rounds out coaching staff

Gamecocks grab victory

Holiday is time for family, friends, carols blasting 24/7
I love December. I love winter. I love shopping. I love snow. I love family get-togethers. So it's a no-brainer that I love Christmas.

Question of the Week
Q: Should student athletes be tested for steroids?

People who stand out make conformists of everyone else
When we were young, our parents basically did everything for us. They tied our shoes, picked out our clothes, combed our hair.

Audio best

My style
Ashley L. Taylor, 16, is a junior at Cross Creek High School.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

Xtreme calendar
AVAILABLE ON DVD AND VHS: He'd be a loser if he weren't so likeable. See Jon Heder try to prove he's not a nobody in Napoleon Dynamite.

How much privacy can teens expect?
Privacy can be as near as a closed door.< But for teens and their parents, privacy is more than an open and shut issue.

'12 Days of Christmas' might be Catholic code
Do you like to sing Christmas carols? I do. I love singing about sledding through the snow and roasting chestnuts on an open-fire, but nothing can beat the traditional melodies to the best-known Christmas songs.

'12 Days of Christmas' might be Catholic code

My style

How much privacy can teens expect?

Boy must get help for his suicidal girlfriend
This week's problem: I have a crush on a girl at school, and she wants to go with me. I would not mind going out with her but I have a girlfriend, and she is crazy, and she might try to kill herself or something. So what should I do?

Question of the Week

People who stand out make conformists of everyone else

Guinea pig safe after parachute jump