Sports briefs

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 29 2010 1:22 a.m. MST

'Monday Night Football' is alive, well

BRISTOL, Conn. — "Monday Night Football" is enjoying its best year in five seasons. Since coming to ESPN from broadcast network ABC for the 2006 NFL season, the show has produced the top 10 biggest household audiences on cable, including four this season. ESPN says that Monday night's finale between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons was the most-watched show of the year.The network said its 17 Monday night telecasts in 2010 averaged a 10.5 rating, according to Nielsen. The Saints-Falcons game drew a 13.0, meaning nearly 13,000,000 households viewed the game.

Ski Utah launches new iPhone app

SALT LAKE CITY — Ski Utah has launched a new free app for the iPhone aimed at making the Greatest Snow on Earth even more accessible.

The app highlights strengths of Utah as a ski and snowboard destination with high-resolution trail maps, detailed snow and weather reports, live resort Web-cams and up-to-date photos and video. New to the app, a Powder Alarm Clock enables users to specify their wake-up time based off new snow accumulation at their favorite Utah resorts.

The app is also complete with a Yeti Ski Day Tracker helping snowriders to tally days and share with friends via Facebook and Twitter.

Additionally, the app provides users with resort information, seven-day weather forecast, vacation deals, trip planning tools, photos and video, and event listings.

Manchester United ties Birmingham

LONDON — Manchester United relinquished its two-point lead in the English Premier League on Tuesday by allowing a disputed late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Birmingham.

After crosstown rival Manchester City handled struggling Aston Villa 4-0 on a hat trick by Mario Balotelli, United needed a victory at St. Andrews to ensure it would stay at the top going into 2011.

Top scorer Dimitar Berbatov's 58th-minute strike broke the deadlock, but Lee Bowyer grabbed a dramatic leveler with a minute left in normal time, bundling home from close range after Birmingham substitute Nikola Zigic appeared to handle a deep cross into the box.

The two Manchester clubs both have 38 points, although United has two games in hand. Arsenal, which visits Wigan today, is third, three points behind having played the same number of games as United.

Tottenham beat Newcastle 2-0 to go provisionally fourth ahead of Chelsea, which hosts Bolton today.

Crosby extends point streak to 25

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby extended his point streak to 25 games with a power-play goal in the first period against Atlanta on Tuesday night.

The Penguins captain passed the puck from along the right-wing boards to defenseman Kris Letang between the circles, then took Letang's giveback to score while dropping to a knee 10:34 into the game.

Crosby added another goal in the first period, giving him 32 this season. He has at least one goal in five consecutive games and 26 during his streak, which began Nov. 5 in Anaheim. Crosby's streak ties him with four others who also had 25-game streaks. According to STATS LLC, it is the longest since the Penguins' Mario Lemieux had a 28-game streak at the start of the 1995-96 season. Lemieux has the team record with a 46-game streak in 1989-90.

Wayne Gretzky owns the record with a 51-game streak in 1983-84.

— Deseret News staff and wire reports

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