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Sports Briefs

Friday, December 30, 2005

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The lights are out at ABC's "Monday Night Football."

"Monday Night Football" ended an unprecedented 36-year run on the network with a lackluster game, a 31-21 New England victory over the New York Jets, that didn't come close to epitomizing the special place the program has occupied in the American cultural landscape.

The series switches networks next season, when ESPN begins an eight-year deal in which it will pay $1.1 billion per year for Monday night rights.

The 555th broadcast opened with the most recognizable voice in "Monday Night Football" history: Howard Cosell. It ended with his longtime foil, country boy Don Meredith, singing his trademark line "Turn out the lights, the party's over ... ."

Famous faces such as John Lennon, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Richard Simmons appeared during a halftime montage that illustrated how the program was as much entertainment as sport.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tony Dungy and his wife stood for more than three hours greeting hundreds of mourners with handshakes and hugs. From NFL players past and present to well-wishers off the street, all came to offer the couple condolences for the loss of their son.

The Indianapolis Colts coach and his wife, Lauren, will buried 18-year-old James Dungy on Tuesday.

The Dungys took the time to thank each person for coming by to pay respect to James, who was found dead in his suburban apartment last week of an apparent suicide.

The crowd began forming about an hour before the visitation and about 300 people were lined up by the time coach Dungy and his family arrived at the funeral home in a limousine.

The Colts still don't know when Dungy will return as coach.

IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys released inconsistent kicker Billy Cundiff, the team's fourth change at the position since training camp.

The Cowboys re-signed rookie Sean Suisham, who was cut when the team brought back Cundiff on Nov. 19 and didn't miss a field goal or extra point in two games.

Cundiff, who was released in training camp when he injured his leg, was 5-for-8 since returning to the Cowboys. He kicked a team-record 56-yard field goal in his first game back against the Lions.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Duke held the No. 1 spot it has occupied since the preseason rankings after a light week of games failed to produce changes at the top of The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll.

But there was some movement near the bottom of the rankings. Wisconsin came into the poll for the first time this season at No. 24, and West Virginia returned at No. 25 after a four-week absence.

Connecticut, Villanova, Memphis, Florida and Illinois stayed second through sixth.

Oklahoma (6-2), which lost 92-68 to West Virginia last week, fell from seventh to 14th.

In the women's poll, Tennessee is still the top team, but the ACC has replaced the SEC as the No. 1 league.

The Atlantic Coast Conference gained a fifth team when unbeaten Virginia Tech joined the poll at No. 25. Three of those ACC teams _ No. 2 Duke, No. 5 North Carolina and No. 6 Maryland _ are in the top six.

ACC newcomer Boston College joined last week and is now 24th.

BASEBALL

CLEVELAND (AP) - Free agent pitcher Jason Johnson agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, just hours before Kevin Millwood agreed to join the Texas Rangers.

Johnson went 8-13 with a 4.55 ERA in a career-high 210 innings last season for Detroit. The 32-year-old right-hander could earn as much as $11.5 million over two years.

Johnson and Paul Byrd, signed by the Indians this month, join C.C. Sabathia, Cliff Lee and Jake Westbrook in one of the AL's deepest rotations.

Millwood, got a $60 million, five-year deal from Texas, signed a one-year package with Cleveland last winter that linked his pay to his health. He was plagued by arm problems while in Philadelphia but led the AL in ERA.

TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto Blue Jays hope to announce this week that they have acquired slugger Troy Glaus from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Glaus and a prospect are expected to be sent to Toronto for reliever Miguel Batista and Gold Glove second baseman Orlando Hudson. Glaus led Arizona in homers (37) and RBIs (97) last year, playing in 149 games despite a strained tendon in the back of his left knee.

He was the 2002 World Series MVP for Anaheim, following a regular season in which he had a career-high 111 RBIs. In 2000, Glaus led the AL with 47 homers.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Former major league pitcher Jeff Reardon was arrested on charges he robbed a jewelry store.

Reardon, 50, walked into Hamilton Jewelers at the Gardens Mall about 11:50 a.m. and handed an employee a note that said he had a gun and the store was being robbed, according to the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department.

Reardon fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police found him at a nearby restaurant, recovered the stolen money and charged him with armed robbery.

PRO BASKETBALL

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Spurs guard Tony Parker was cited for impeding traffic and failing to produce a valid Texas driver's license during a traffic stop in which girlfriend and "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria was his passenger, police said.

An officer on a bicycle saw the stopped car holding up traffic early Saturday and rapped the hood with his hand, according to a police report. Parker, behind the wheel, questioned why the officer touched the car, and the couple "began screaming in a verbally abusive and demeaning manner," police said.

Police say the Parker began to drive away, almost hitting a man standing nearby. After being told to stop and get out, Parker showed a French driver's license, police said. The star guard for the defending NBA champions was raised in France.



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