Lions look for first win Thanksgiving
By United Press International
The Detroit Lions have had little to roar about this season. The NFL's only winless team hopes to change all that on Thanksgiving when the Lions host the Green Bay Packers.
For six decades the Detroit Lions have played football on Thanksgiving Day. No. 62 in the long series comes up Thursday but for the first time in team history the Lions go into their traditional battle without a single victory.
Obviously, the Lions (0-9) would like to turn their famine into a feast. But, the Packers (6-3), knocked out of first place in their division race last Sunday, have some feasting of their own in mind. However, the Lions have won their last four Thanksgiving games and six of the last seven.
In Thursday's second game, the Denver Broncos (5-5) will celebrate Thanksgiving in Dallas (2-7) for the first time. The Cowbvoys (2-7) have participated in 33 Thanksgiving games since 1966 with a 21-11-1 record, but have lost three of the last four holiday contests. The Broncos (5-5) have a 1-2 record on Thanksgiving with all the games in Detroit. Their last appearance was a 40-27 loss to the Lions.
Friedgen tabbed for coaching honor
NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Ralph Friedgen, who led Maryland to a berth in the Bowl Championship Series in his first year at the Terrapin helm, will be named national Coach of the Year on ESPN's college football awards show on Dec. 6, it was announced Wednesday.
Friedgen guided the Terrapins to a 10-1 record and their first Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 16 years. Maryland, which likely is headed to the Orange Bowl, earned its first major bowl appearance in 16 years.
"This is a tremendous honor and it is representative of the whole organization -- players, coaches and administration," Friedgen said. "It is a culmination of everything, and I'm just a part of it. I'm so happy we have so many good people working for us."
Friedgen led Maryland to just its fifth 10-win season and can set an ACC record for most wins by a first-year coach with a bowl victory. Ken Hatfield led Clemson to a 10-2 record in 1990.
Goosen with slim lead
Goosen, the U.S. Open champion from South Africa, carded a 6-under-par 66 on Tuesday and has a one-shot lead over Woods heading into the final round of the 36-hole PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
The unofficial event gathers the season's four major winners. PGA champion David Toms carded a 68 and British Open winner David Duval struggled to a 76, putting him all but out of contention Wednesday.
Woods, golf's incomparable superstar, should have the advantage at the Poipu Bay Golf Club, having won this event each of the past three years.
New stadium for San Diego
SAN DIEGO, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Work could resume by Christmas at the site of the San Diego Padres' new downtown stadium thanks to the passage of a new financing plan by the city council.
The council voted 8-1 to approve a $170 million bond sale that should restart the construction of the ballpark that had ground to a halt more than a year ago amid a barrage of legal challenges.
The ballpark, scheduled to open in time for the 2004 baseball season, has been the subject of more than a dozen lawsuits, including two that are still under appeal. Opponents who saw the project as a sweetheart deal between the city and the Padres filed the lawsuits.
AEG adds Metrostars to stable
SECAUCUS, N.L., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- AEG, the sports and entertainment company, as purchased the MetroStars, adding "the most important team" to its Major League Soccer stable, it was announced Wednesday.
There are 12 clubs in the floundering MLS and five are owned by AEG, which is controlled by Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz and includes facilities such as the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Three teams are owned by the league, which has lost some $300
million over the course of its existence
Soccer star has surgery
CHANTILLY, Va., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- D.C. United defender Eddie Pope, expected to be named to the United States national soccer squad for the 2002 World Cup, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday.
Team physician Dr. William Hazel performed the 40-minute procedure that corrected cartilage damage originally suffered in February 2000.
A slow recovery might keep the 27-year-old Pope sidelined for the 2002 Gold Cup, which decides the champion nation of North and Central America and the Caribbean, beginning May 31.
In 2001, Pope was named United's Defender of the Year for the third time in six seasons. He recorded two assists in 19 MLS games.