Date: December 18, 2009

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NFL

COLTS SET NFL RECORD WITH SEVENTH 4TH-QTR COMEBACK WIN

Indianapolis maintained its perfect record by overcoming a 31-28 deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Jaguars, 35-31. It was the seventh time this season that the Colts won a game in which they trailed in the fourth quarter, a new NFL record.

Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars

COLTS AND JAGUARS TIE RECORD WITH NINE LEAD CHANGES

There were nine lead changes in the Colts-Jaguars game, tying an NFL record. The last two such games happened seven days apart in the 2002 season: the Chiefs' 40-39 win at Cleveland on September 8 and Buffalo's 45-39 overtime victory at Minnesota on September 15.

Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Manning

FOUR TD PASSES FOR PEYTON

Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes in the Colts' victory over the Jaguars. It was Manning's 21st career game with four or more TD passes, tying him with Dan Marino for second-most in NFL history, behind Brett Favre, who has done that 22 times.

Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Manning

MANNING COMPLETES HIS FIRST 13 PASSES

Peyton Manning completed his first 13 passes in Thursday night's game in Jacksonville, before throwing an interception on his 14th pass. It was the second-longest streak of consecutive completions to begin a game in Manning's NFL career. His longest such streak was also in a game at Jacksonville: Manning completed his first 17 passes against the Jaguars on December 18 last year.

Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Clark

CLARK: FIVE TD CATCHES IN TWO GAMES

Dallas Clark had a pair of touchdown receptions against the Jaguars on Thursday, after catching three TDs versus Denver on Sunday. Clark is the first NFL tight end to make five touchdown catches over a two-game span since Antonio Gates did that for the Chargers in 2004.

Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars

NBA

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Gallinari

GALLINARI ATTEMPTS 15 THREES IN 27 MINUTES

Danilo Gallinari made six of 15 three-point shots in 27 minutes of playing time in the Knicks' 98-89 loss at Chicago. Only two other players in NBA history took as many as 15 three-pointers in one game while playing fewer than 30 minutes: Jaren Jackson of the Spurs (7-for-16 in 23 minutes in 1999) and Donyell Marshall of the Raptors (12-for-19 in 28 minutes in 2005).

New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

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Howard

HEAT OPENS UP HUGE LEAD IN WIN OVER ORLANDO

The Heat opened an 89-60 lead at the end of the third period and cruised to a 104-86 victory over the Magic. Miami's 29-point lead matched the largest that it has held against Orlando in the 22 games that Dwight Howard has played against the Heat. Miami also led by 29 points in a 110-100 victory over Orlando in February 2006.

Orlando Magic, Miami Heat

NHL

NASSAU COLISEUM IS THE RANGERS' "HOME AWAY FROM HOME"

The Rangers earned a split of their home-and-home series against the Islanders with a 5-2 win at Nassau Coliseum, after losing 2-1 to the Isles at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. The Rangers have won 23 of their 32 regular-season games on Long Island since 1998-99. That equals the highest total of road wins by one NHL team against another over the last 11 seasons; the Devils have beaten the Penguins 23 times in 32 games in Pittsburgh during the same stretch.

New York Rangers, New York Islanders

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Callahan

RYAN CALLAHAN'S TWO-GOAL NIGHT

Ryan Callahan scored two goals in the Rangers' win on Long Island. It was only the second multiple-goal road game by a Rangers player this season. (Marian Gaborik scored twice at Washington on October 8.) Blueshirts players have recorded nine two-goal games on home ice this season.

New York Islanders, New York Rangers

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Peverley

ANOTHER GAME-WINNING GOAL FOR RICH PEVERLEY

Rich Peverley ended a nine-game goal drought by scoring a pair of goals against the Stars on Thursday night, including the overtime winner for the Thrashers. Peverley has scored 25 goals in 72 games since he was acquired by Atlanta via waivers from Nashville on January 10 last season, and 11 of his goals have been game-winners. That's the highest game-winning goal total by any NHL player since that date.

Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars

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Crosby

CROSBY HAS FINALLY GOTTEN THE HANG OF SHOOTOUTS

Sidney Crosby scored the final goal in regulation in the Penguins' game at Philadelphia and he clinched a win for the Penguins when he scored against Brian Boucher in the shootout. Crosby scored on only five of his 17 shootout attempts over the previous two seasons but he's a perfect five for five this season. Since the tiebreaker was introduced in the NHL in 2005, the only other players to convert their first five or more shootout attempts in one season were Jussi Jokinen (first 9 in 2005-06), Petteri Nummelin (first 6 in 2006-07), Wojtek Wolski (first 5 in 2008-09) and Slava Kozlov (first 5 in 2008-09).

Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers

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Howard

JIMMY HOWARD'S FIRST NHL SHUTOUT

Jimmy Howard recorded his first NHL shutout with a 3-0 win against the Lightning at Joe Louis Arena. Entering the game, Howard had made the most career starts (23) among active goaltenders without a shutout. That distinction now belongs to Toronto rookie Jonas Gustavsson (14 starts, no shutouts).

Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning

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LaBarbera

LABARBERA HATES SAYING "GOODBYE, COLUMBUS"

Coyotes backup goaltender Jason LaBarbera played for the first time in a month and picked up his second win of the season with a 2-1 shootout victory at Columbus. LaBarbera notched his other victory this season at the same venue, beating the Blue Jackets 4-1 at Nationwide Arena on October 28. This was LaBarbera's first shootout of the season; he was 0-5 in shootouts last season playing for the Kings and Canucks.

Phoenix Coyotes, Columbus Blue Jackets

PREDATORS' TWO-GOAL COMEBACK WIN

Nashville trailed 2-0 in Edmonton with the game barely five minutes old but the Predators took the lead for good before the first period was over and beat the Oilers, 6-3. It was the first time this season that Nashville won a game in which it trailed by two goals or more. The Predators led the NHL with eight such wins last season.

Nashville Predators, Edmonton Oilers

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Kiprusoff

KIPRUSOFF'S EIGHTH STRAIGHT HOME WIN VS. THE KINGS

Miikka Kiprusoff made 34 saves in his 2-1 win over the Kings in Calgary. Kiprusoff has won his last eight games against the Kings at the Saddledome, holding L.A. to 14 goals on 254 shots (1.75 GAA, .945 save percentage).

Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings

THIS WILD WIN DIDN'T REQUIRE A COMEBACK

The Wild won for the ninth time in its last 11 games, beating the Canadiens, 3-1, at Montreal. Thursday's victory at Bell Centre was only the second of the nine wins in which Minnesota never trailed. The other one was a 1-0 victory at Colorado on December 9.

Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens


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