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December 11, 2006
Won By California on a goal as time expired, its 12th NCAA men's water polo championship. With Cal leading USC 6--5 in the fourth quarter, goalie Mark Sheredy (above), the tournament's most valuable player, stopped a penalty shot, but the Trojans finally got the equalizer past him with 1.78 seconds left. After a timeout Cal's assistants drew up a play—coach Kirk Everist had been red carded—and Jeff Tyrrell scored on a tipped shot from about 30 feet. It was Everist's first championship as a coach after winning two as a Cal player.
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December 11, 2006

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Won
By California on a goal as time expired, its 12th NCAA men's water polo championship. With Cal leading USC 6--5 in the fourth quarter, goalie Mark Sheredy (above), the tournament's most valuable player, stopped a penalty shot, but the Trojans finally got the equalizer past him with 1.78 seconds left. After a timeout Cal's assistants drew up a play—coach Kirk Everist had been red carded—and Jeff Tyrrell scored on a tipped shot from about 30 feet. It was Everist's first championship as a coach after winning two as a Cal player.

Broken
By Lincoln University, the NCAA Division III record for points in a basketball game. The No. 11 Lions beat Ohio State-- Marion 201--78 last Saturday. ( Marion, which is 1--5, dressed only six players.) Sami Wylie made 21 three-pointers and had 69 points in 24 minutes for Lincoln, which set a D-III record with 97 points in the first half and broke it with 104 in the second. The Lions lost the previous night and were chewed out by coach Garfield Yuille. "I don't like it when my coaches get on me," Wylie said. "So I had to take it out on the team that we were playing."

Announced
By the Arena Football League, that New Orleans will host ArenaBowl XXI next July, the first team championship game in the city since Hurricane Katrina. The city's AFL franchise, the VooDoo, suspended operations last year but will return this season. "It is our hope that ArenaBowl XXI can, in its own small way, encourage other [events] to consider returning to New Orleans as soon as possible," said AFL commissioner David Baker.

Worked Out
For the Houston Texans, Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin. The Athens gold medalist is facing an eight-year suspension from track after testing positive for testosterone in April. ( Gatlin, 24, has maintained that he does not know how synthetic testosterone got into his system, and he will appeal his suspension in coming months.) Gatlin, who last played football in high school, impressed Texans coaches with his speed—he reportedly ran a 4.1 in the 40-yard dash—and his hands. Coach Gary Kubiak said the Texans are not ready to sign Gatlin (who has reportedly worked out for several teams) just yet. If Houston picks up Gatlin, he would be a teammate of Pro Bowl kick returner Jerome Mathis, who ran in the 2004 Olympic trials.

Rolled
By 94-year-old legally blind bowler Esther Medley, a 244 game. Medley can see enough of the floor to line up her shot, but she relies on her husband to tell her which pins are still standing after her first ball. Her 244 came in a league game in Centralia, Wash.

Won
The 95th Davis Cup, by Russia, which beat Argentina in the finals. Marat Safin (above), who lost his first singles match to put Russia in an early hole, rallied to win the fifth and deciding match in Moscow on Sunday, beating Jos� Acasuso in four sets. ( Russia reached the finals by beating the U.S., extending the Yanks' streak of not winning the Davis Cup to 11 years.) Russia had a chance to wrap up the title before Safin took the court, but David Nalbandian upset the world's No. 3 player, Nikolay Davydenko. "I wasn't nervous in the locker room, but when I got out onto the court, it was a totally different story," Davydenko said. "I froze up."

Vowed
To help his hometown replace a police dog that was killed, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Flip, a 5 year-old Belgian Malinois who worked for the Findlay, Ohio, police department, was shot after he wandered away from his handler's home and onto a neighbor's property. Roethlisberger said he will donate money for the department to buy a new dog. "My dad instilled in me a love and respect for animals," Roethlisberger said. "This is a good way to combine that passion with a desire to support the police and fire departments."

Teased
By coach Pete Carroll during a USC team meeting, receiver Dwayne Jarrett, after rapper Snoop Dogg was arrested while wearing a Trojans jersey with Jarrett's number 8. Snoop, who in 2004 ran pass routes and took a few throws at a USC practice, was arrested on weapon and drug charges after leaving a TV appearance (right) last week, prompting some ribbing of Jarrett. "It was cool because he wore it on the Jay Leno show and it was all fun, like, 'OK. He's wearing it,'" Jarrett told the Los Angeles Times. "And then afterward I was like, Oh, man. That's all I could say: 'Man.'"

Punched
By a security guard at a charity event, Vikings wide receiver Troy Williamson. Early on Nov. 27 Williamson was at a club participating in Sharperpalooza, a birthday party--charity event thrown by Minnesota safety Darren Sharper, when he reportedly got decked for refusing to leave at closing time. Williamson wasn't hurt and no charges were filed, but the 24 year-old was placed on the inactive list for Sunday's loss to the Bears. The confrontation was yet another black eye for the Vikings, who have been involved in several controversial off-field incidents. "We have been so ... used to dealing with distractions from last year ... guys don't let that bother them when they come to play on Sunday," said Sharper.

Charged
With resisting arrest, Bengals rookie wide receiver Reggie McNeal, after he allegedly became belligerent upon being denied entrance to a Houston club early Sunday morning. When McNeal, 23, arrived at The Red Door, two police officers near the entrance told him the club was about to close. McNeal allegedly swore at the officers and elbowed one of them in the chest; he was released on a $1,000 bond and is due in court on Friday. McNeal is the seventh Cincinnati player to be arrested in the last 12 months.

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