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Digital Edition ww.DemocratandChronicIe.com DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE ESS Sports D SECTION TV, FACES IN SPORTS 2D I 7D COLLEGES HORSE RACING 20 I 8D NHL, NBA MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1999 Leading Off j m 1 IM NFL: WEEK 12 The Associated Press Is It worth it? The team that coach Jeff Van Gundy, above, worries about the most - the New York Knicks - is the most valu able team in the NBA, ac cording to Forbes. Big Apple's clubs worth big bucks The New York Knicks and Rangers are the most valu able NBA and NHL teams, Forbes reports. The magazine, in this week's issue, values the Knicks at $334 million. The Chicago Bulls are next at $307 million, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers at $282 mil lion and the Portland Trail Blazers at $257 million. The least valuable NBA franchise is the Los Angeles Clippers at $103 million. The Rangers are valued at $236 million by Forbes, followed by the Philadelphia Flyers at $211 million, the Boston Bruins at $197 million and the Detroit Red Wings at $194 million. Carolina was the least valuable at $70 million, with the Edmonton Oilers at $72 million. Amerks earn win on road vs. Bulldogs Veteran forward Dane Jackson scored two goals and extended his points streak to seven games as the Rochester Americans defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-2 yes terday in Hamilton, Ontario. Goaltender Kirk Dauben- speck, making his Amerks debut after a recall from the ECHL, made 31 saves to earn his first Rochester victory. The Amerks, 16-7-2, good for 34 points, have a 15-point lead over Albany in the Empire Divsion. STORY, PAGE 8D Bowl sweet music for Orangemen? Despite losing four of its last five games, including Saturday's 45-13 shellacking by the Miami Hurricanes, the Syracuse football team will play again this season. The Orangemen (6-5), by virtue of their fourth-place finish in the Big East, will be invited to the Music City Bowl in Nashville. SU is expected to play Kentucky. Why bother? For one, SU has an obligation to the Big East It also gives SU an extra month of practice to develop players for next year. And heaven knows, they need the practice. "If you're a competitor and you're given an opportunity to play one more game, you welcome that opportunity, SU coach Paul Pasqualoni said. "What I do know is that the benefits of going to a bowl game far outweigh not going to a bowl game. We now have a chance to develop our young players and to be together through the month of December. To play one more game would be worth that" Defense dominates as Buffalo is now 8-4 BY STAFF WRITER SAL MAIORANA ORCHARD PARK Thomas Smith saw the pack of reporters converging on his locker stall yesterday afternoon, and he was convinced they were going to bombard him with questions concerning the meaningless touchdown he gave up late in the game to New England's Terry Glenn. "Let me go on record as saying I'm (ticked) off that I didn't get that shutout over there," the Buffalo cornerback said. Actually, the media horde didn't really care about the lone mistake Smith and the Bills' impressive defense made. It was more interested in Smith's comments regard ing the domination he and his teammates inflicted on the Patriots during a critical 17-7 victory in front of 72,111 chilled spectators at Ralph Wilson Stadium. So, how about that, Thomas? g. 1 riiin I, ,j n j "fta, ,. . ."i':-V.. Mm&2mrr?&zmiiir',- y,T, , ; p .--. j . i lV t. .r.. whtiMMwfck.....--..;.,.,,. .... v 1-Lr,-".d4- ' - BILLS, PAGE 3D JAMIE GERMANO staff photographer Mugged New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe is buried, from top, by Phil Hansen, Gabe Northern and Sam Rogers of Buffalo. The Bills sacked him six times and intercepted a pass in a ferocious defensive effort. Let's savor this moment: 100 wins in the ' 90s ORCHARD PARK It was a glori- near the surface. Ready to tear a team's ous day to live in the moment. heart out To appreciate the confluence of big Fullback Sam Gash, meanwhile, JAMIE GERMANO staff photographer Oh, yes Buffalo's Eric Moulds (80) greets fullback Sam Gash after Gash takes a short pass from quarterback Doug Flutie and rambles 31 yards for a touchdown to clinch the 17-7 win over the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills now have a bye week. plays, the professionalism of a team coming to work and getting the job done in a very important late-season game. To analyze the importance of an eighth victory and what it means to the playoff picture. To feel good for 72,111 fans weathering frigid temperatures as Thanksgiving Weekend wrapped up on a high note. The Buffalo Bills defeat-. ed the New England Patriots 17-7 yesterday at Ralph Wilson Stadium by coming up with those big plays that keep you coming back for more. Like a duffer hitting one good golf shot in a round of 100. Wide receiver Eric Moulds hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Doug Flutie to make it 10-o at halftime. It was a case of two masters hooking up against the blitz, something that hasn't happened with great regularity but is always lurking LEO ROTH gathered in a short screen pass from Flutie, did a spin move around Patriots linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer, and streaked into the end zone to complete a 31-yard scoring play that put the game away. That Gash, the ex-Patriot, performed this feat of ballet and power right in front of Pete Carroll, the coach who didn't think much of him, was delicious irony and the feel-good story in the Buffalo locker room. The Bills won despite Flutie completing a season-low nine passes, the offense running a season-low 51 plays and converting just 2 of 10 third downs. That's the beauty of the big play and a hefty error margin courtesy of a defense that's playing the best it has in years. Buffalo nearly pitched its second MILESTONE, PAGE 3D Colts defense puts hold on Jets GANNETT NEWS SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS This time, the defense stepped to the front and kept the Indianapolis winning streak alive. Most of the attention sur rounding the Colts' surprising success this season has been focused on Peyton Manning and the offense. However, against the New York Jets yesterday, Manning threw more interceptions than touchdown passes and the Colts still prevailed, 13-6. The defense picked us up, Manning said after tossing two interceptions deep in New York territory. "We put our defense in a bind a couple of times and they came through. This shows that were a complete loot ball team." With their seventh consec utive victory, the Colts (0-2) have a one-game edge on Mia mi going into Sunday's showdown in Miami "You want to be in first place at the end of the season, that's what it's all about," Manning said. "Obviously, you have to put yourself in that position and were m that position right now. We have plenty of foot ball left and it doesn't get any bigger than against Miami next week." The Dolphins (8-3) edged the Colts on a last- minute touchdown Oct 10 and would win any tiebreaker with another victory at Miami. The Colts displayed a dimension they didn't show earlier against the Dolphins when they limited the Jets to 214 yards total offense. Scoreboard Buffalo 17, New England 7 Arizona 34, N.Y. Giants 24 Cincinnati 27, Pittsburgh 20 Jacksonville 30, Baltimore 23 St. Louis 43, New Orleans 12 Washington 20, Phila. 17, OT Minnesota 35, San Diego 27' Tennessee 33, Cleveland 21 Tampa Bay 16, Seattle 3 Kansas City 37, Oakland 34 Indianapolis 13, N.Y. Jets 6 Atlanta at Carolina, (n) Open Denver TONIGHT'S GAME Green Bay at San Francisco, 9 Inside on 6D Giants stumble again New York (5-6) takes a huge hit on its playoff chances with a 34-24 loss to Arizona. Come again? St Louis quarterback Kurt Warner, after the Rams swept the San Francisco 40ers this season: "We got that skeleton off our back." Noted Bud Geracie of the San Jose Mercury Newr. "I guess there's a monkey in the closet" TVs Best Bets Packers at 49ers, ABC, 9 p.m.: Brett Favre and Green Bay desperately need a victory to stay in the NFC playoff hunt The 4')cn should be able to oblige. SU's Thomas just a flick of his wrist from blocks mark SYRACUSE It is bound to happen tonight A Colgate University player will drive toward the basket and think he has a sure two. But before the points can be registered on the Carrier Dome scoreboard, Etan Thomas, like an eraser sweeping a chalkboard, will smack the ball away. And should he do it twice, a distinct possibility given that he rejected nine shots his previous game and is averaging close to four a game for his career, Thomas will become the most prolific shot blocker in Syracuse basketball history, supplanting former Kendall High School great Roosevelt Bouie. "He's as good as I've ever seen in college basketball," says SU coach Jim Boeheim. He's right up there with Roosevelt and Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and SCOTT rrro.MVk Dikembe Mutombo." Near the opposing basket, there is no doubting this Thomas. In the paint, he is the Sultan of Swat When you play against the Orangemen, you better be able to handle rejection. "Etan's shot-blocking ability is a tremendous weapon for us," Boeheim says. "A block can be psychologically uplifting for your team and demoralizing for the opposition. Not only are you taking away a sure two points because most blocks come on layups or high-percentage shots, but you often are creating scoring opportunities for your team by igniting fast breaks. A blocked shot can result in a four-point swing. You get three or four of those swings a game, and r-zjjm P Sampras defeats Agassi in ATP final The former No. 1 player in the world defeats his rival who is now ranked first. THOMAS, PAGE 7D TV AlMiKi IV Swatted Smcuse center Etan Thomas ri-s to flick away a shot a by St. Bna-cnturcs Ernest Bremer in a game Ut December at the Carrier D,me. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HANOVER, Germany No longer No. i, Pete Sampras still has the heart and the game of a champion. He stopped Andre Agassi 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 yesterday to win the ATP Tour World Championship, defeating the man who supplanted him at the top of the rankings. "I was humiliated a lew days ago and I wanted to prove that I still have it. I was very pumped up, ready to go," he said. Earlier in this $3.6 million tournament a season-ending event for the world's top eight players Agassi defeated Sampras 6-2, 6-2. But Sampras, coming off a three-month layoff because of hip and back injuries, was at his best in a final pitting the player of the year against the player of the decade. "I can still play this game, which I never questioned," he said "But you don't really expect to play at the level I did todav." In 10 consecutive appearances in this tournament Sampras has won the title five times to equal the mark set by Ivan LendL Sampras defeated Agassi four of the five times they played this year, and he leads their lifetime series 17-11. This was the fifth title of the year for Sampras, and the fire was clearly there. "I was on top of him early," he said. "He always brings out the best in me," He made a strong start by breaking Agassi in the second game. He broke again for a 5-1 lead, and after trailing early in the second set seized control. "It was a bad day to be flat" Agassi said. "I was really unhappy with the way I played." Agassi enjoying the best year of his careen won the French Open and U.S. Open and lost the Wimbledon final to Sampras. He will end the year with the top ranking for the first time. "He had an incredible year and deserves to be Na v Sampras said, j

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