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South Korea Beats Up on China's Pitching (AP)
South Korea's Lee Seung-Yeop rounds bases after hitting a two-run homer off China's starter Chen Kun in the third inning of their Asia Round game in the World Baseball Classic at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo Saturday, March 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)AP - South Korea beat China 10-1 in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday, closing in on a trip to the second round of the 16-nation tournament.


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Seton Hall Ends Pitt's Home Winning Streak (AP)
Seton Hall's Donald Copeland (10) puts in two of his 15 points in front of Pittsburgh's Levance Fields in the second half of Seton Hall's  65-61 upset victory in the Big East basketball game in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 3,  2006. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)AP - Seton Hall might have played its way into the NCAA tournament and, at the same time, forced Pittsburgh to play an extra game in the Big East tournament that the Panthers spent all season trying to avoid.


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Kobe Becomes Youngest With 16,000 Points (AP)
AP - Kobe Bryant became the youngest player to score 16,000 points in his NBA career on Friday night, passing his latest scoring milestone in the first quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' game at Golden State.

LSU Routs Mississippi in SEC Quarterfinals (AP)
Louisiana State's Seimone Augustus, center, moves around Mississippi's Shawn Goff, right, and Jada Mincy, left,  during the first half of Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament game Friday, March 3, 2006, in North Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)AP - Seimone Augustus of No. 3 LSU sat with 9 minutes left against Mississippi on Friday, her 30 points already tying a school record in a Southeastern Conference tournament game.


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Labor Talks Resume With Resounding Silence (AP)
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue speaks the media during a news conference following a meeting with NFL owners at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Thursday, March 2, 2006, in New York. NFL owners voted unanimously Thursday to break off talks with the players' union on a contract extension, leaving the current salary cap in place with the start of free agency looming _ and possibly forcing the mass dumping of veterans. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)AP - Talks between the NFL and its players union resumed Friday afternoon, minus the rhetoric that has characterized earlier discussions.


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Chiefs DT Ordered to Do Community Service (AP)
Kansas City Chiefs owner Carl Peterson arrives for a meeting with NFL owners and commissioner Paul Tcagliabue at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Thursday, March 2, 2006, in New York. (NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue speaks the media during a news conference following a meeting with NFL owners at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Thursday, March 2, 2006, in New York. NFL owners voted unanimously Thursday to break off talks with the players' union on a contract extension, leaving the current salary cap in place with the start of free agency looming _ and possibly forcing the mass dumping of veterans. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)AP - Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Saousaolii "Junior" Siavii Jr. was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service for assaulting a doorman at a Minneapolis hotel last summer, according to the Star Tribune.


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Marion, Suns Rally to 9th Straight Win (AP)
Phoenix Suns' Shawn Marion dunks late in the fourth quarter as Orlando Magic's Darko Milicic of Serbia-Montenegro trails on the play during an NBA basketball game Friday, March 3, 2006, in Phoenix. Phoenix won 123-118.  (AP Photo/Khampha Bouaphanh)AP - Tim Thomas has played for six teams in his nine NBA seasons. He might want to stick around in Phoenix for a while. Thomas, who had not played since November and was signed by the Suns on Friday, scored a season-high 20 points, and combined with Shawn Marion and Steve Nash to lead the Suns to their ninth straight victory, 123-118, over the Orlando Magic.


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Wood Opts for Surgery; Schilling on Fire (AP)
Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, shown in this 2001 photo. Wood will have minor arthroscopic surgery on his right knee next week, general manager Jim Hendry said Friday. Wood's surgery will take place Tuesday in Los Angeles. The 28-year-old Wood had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder last Aug. 31 and was not expected to be ready for the start of this season. He's thrown off the mound a couple of times in spring training, testing his shoulder. (AP Photo/File)AP - Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood is ailing again, and the Washington Nationals could be without outfielder Jose Guillen for three months because of a wrist injury. Curt Schilling, however, is healthy for the first time since 2004.


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Claudio Reyna Set to Return This Weekend (AP)
AP - Claudio Reyna is set to return from a broken ankle in Manchester City's Premier League game against Sunderland on Saturday.

Hemsky Scores Winner As Oilers Top Sharks (AP)
Edmonton Oilers'  Ales Hemsky, right, scores the winning goal on San Jose Sharks' Vesa Toskala as teammate Tom Preissing looks on, during the third period of NHL hockey play at Edmonton's Rexall Place, in Canada,  on Friday, March 3, 2006. (AP Photo/John Ulan,CP)AP - Ales Hemsky's winning goal was more than athletic, it was a bit artistic. The forward beat San Jose Sharks defenseman Josh Gorges with an inside-out deke before sliding the puck between the legs of Vesa Toskala with 1:07 left as the Edmonton Oilers earned a 3-2 win on Friday night.


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Read and React: Miss hits
The mock drafts had many readers wondering why their favorite college stars were missing.

Labor talks between NFL, union resume (AP)
Talks between the NFL and its players union resumed Friday afternoon, minus the rhetoric that has characterized earlier discussions. That was perhaps a sign that the sides take seriously the ramifications of beginning free agency without a new deal -- something that was seven hours away from happening before the league and the union agreed Thursday to extend by three days the start of the NFL's...

Cowboys' Glover released, Nguyen retires (AP)
The Dallas Cowboys have released defensive tackle La'Roi Glover and announced the retirement of linebacker Dat Nguyen. Glover, a 10-year veteran who signed with the Cowboys as a free agent in 2002, was cut Thursday. Glover made his sixth Pro Bowl last season, finishing with 26 tackles and three sacks.

Steelers cut Maddox, Willie Williams (AP)
Tommy Maddox, who lost his starting quarterback's job shortly after Ben Roethlisberger's arrival in 2004, was released Friday by the Pittsburgh Steelers in a long-expected salary cap move. Also cut was Willie Williams, a cornerback on the Steelers' 1995 Super Bowl team who unexpectedly became a starter again after returning to the team in 2004.

Browns extend RB Droughns' contract (AP)
Running back Reuben Droughns, who last season became the first Cleveland back to go over 1,000 yards since 1985, signed a three-year contract extension Friday. Droughns rushed for 1,232 yards last year and broke Jim Brown's record for carries in a season (309) while starting all 16 games, finally giving the Browns some consistency at the position.

Cuts may help Seahawks sign Alexander (AP)
The Seattle Seahawks cut cornerback Andre Dyson and linebacker Jamie Sharper on Thursday and got more time to work on a new contract for NFL MVP Shaun Alexander. The cuts saved the Seahawks over $6.7 million against the league's $94.5 million salary cap for 2006 and left them about $13 million below the cap for now.

Titans keep McNair for $1M through 2006 (AP)
The Tennessee Titans decided Thursday they will pay a $1 million fee to keep quarterback Steve McNair this season but allow him to become a free agent after 2006. The move means the Titans won't have to pay a $50 million option that would have extended McNair's contract through 2009, the quarterback's agent said Thursday.

Culpepper, Williams: Boat case biased (AP)
The prosecutor in the Minnesota Vikings' boat party case denied Thursday that race played any role in his decision to charge four black players and not two white men for their alleged conduct on a cruise last October. Lawyers for Minnesota Vikings players Daunte Culpepper and Moe Williams accused prosecutor Steven Tallen of racial discrimination on Wednesday.

Dallas' big D-lemma
SAN ANTONIO – To beat the Spurs, the Mavericks need to do more than just play great defense.

Iverson's 47 power 76ers past Wizards (AP)
Allen Iverson has scored 87 points and dished out 22 assists in the two games since he was snubbed for the United States' national team. Coincidence? Iverson says yes. Iverson had 47 points and 12 assists to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 119-113 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. It's the first time Iverson has reached 40 points and 10 assists in consecutive games.

Suns rally late for ninth straight win (AP)
Tim Thomas has played for six teams in his nine NBA seasons. He might want to stick around in Phoenix for a while. Thomas, who had not played since November and was signed by the Suns on Friday, scored a season-high 20 points, and combined with Shawn Marion and Steve Nash to lead the Suns to their ninth straight victory, 123-118, over the Orlando Magic.

Mavs push home winning streak to 16 (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks recovered from a listless first half just in time to beat the Charlotte Bobcats. Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and the Mavericks rallied from a halftime deficit to extend their club-record home winning streak to 16 games with a 90-76 victory over the Bobcats on Friday night. Mavericks coach Avery Johnson worried before the game that his team would overlook the Bobcats, the...

Gordon rallies Bulls past Knicks 108-101 (AP)
Even when the Chicago Bulls trailed by 16 points, Kirk Hinrich felt there was nothing to worry about. "We know we had Madison Square Gordon, so we knew we were in the driver's seat," Hinrich said. If only the home team had a player as clutch in the Garden. Ben Gordon scored 32 points in another huge game against New York, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left, to help the Bulls rally...

Lakers G Bryant youngest to reach 16,000 (AP)
Kobe Bryant became the youngest player to score 16,000 points in his NBA career on Friday night, passing his latest scoring milestone in the first quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' game at Golden State. Bryant was 27 years and 192 days old -- four days younger than Wilt Chamberlain when the Hall of Famer scored his 16,000th career point on March 5, 1964.

Pierce helps Celtics edge Pacers 99-98 (AP)
After he banked in the game-winning 3-pointer for the Boston Celtics on Friday night, Paul Pierce turned his hands upward to the heavens, seemingly surprising even himself. It was an homage to Michael Jordan's famous shoulder-shrug during Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals. "I remember when Mike hit all those threes against Portland," Pierce said.

McGrady, Yao power Rockets past Nuggets (AP)
Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy finally got what he's been looking for from his team on Friday night. Intensity. Hustle. Passion. And it equaled an 89-78 win over the Denver Nuggets. Tracy McGrady scored 23 points and had four blocks and Yao Ming added 21 as the Rockets finally held onto a lead after losing two straight when they held a late double-digit advantage.

Horry, Stackhouse penalized by NBA (AP)
San Antonio forward Robert Horry was suspended two games by the NBA on Friday for intentionally making contact with an official and his actions during an altercation with Dallas guard Jerry Stackhouse. Stackhouse was fined $30,000 by the league for criticizing the officials after the Spurs' win on Thursday.

Clippers F Magette makes return (AP)
Corey Maggette played Friday night for the first time in 39 games when he returned from a foot injury in the Los Angeles Clippers' game at Utah. Maggette had not played since Dec. 5 against Miami, when he separated a ligament in his left foot. Maggette, who has averaged 21.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in 13 games this season, was cleared to resume practice Tuesday.

Power rankings
Who has time to bemoan North America's failures in Turin when so many NHL teams are in the playoff hunt?

'Canes tie franchise mark for home wins (AP)
Another game at home, another victory for the Carolina Hurricanes. At this rate, the franchise's record book might soon be obsolete. "It's not something we're focused on or talking about here in the room," left wing Erik Cole said. "We're just trying to win every game, and the points are the most important thing for us." Those are adding up, too.

Sabres win after raising LaFontaine's 16 (AP)
Derek Roy was happy that his first NHL hat trick came in an important victory for the Buffalo Sabres. Roy had a goal in each period, and Ryan Miller had 21 saves to lift the Sabres to a 6-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night. Roy began the memorable night with a power-play goal in the first period, notched a 4-on-4 tally in the second, and had another power-play goal with 3.5 seconds...

Wild sign G Fernandez to extension (AP)
The Minnesota Wild signed goaltender Manny Fernandez to a multiyear contract extension before Friday night's game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. The 31-year-old Fernandez is 23-11-4 and his 2.20 goals-against average is the fifth best in the NHL. "The Wild's commitment to Manny and his commitment to the team are based upon his play this season, and his performance with the Wild ever since he...

Canucks rally, defeat Blackhawks in SO (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks turned a shaky start into a strong finish. Markus Naslund scored the only shootout goal and lifted the Canucks to a 5-4 comeback victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. The Canucks, who trailed 3-0 after the first period and 4-2 following 40 minutes, finally got even when Brendan Morrison scored with 6:56 left in regulation.

Hemsky helps Oilers end four-game slide (AP)
Ales Hemsky scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:07 left and the Edmonton Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 Friday night. Hemsky beat defenseman Josh Gorges with an inside-out deke, then slid the puck under goalie Vesa Toskala. The Oilers snapped a four-game losing streak and handed the Sharks their first loss in five games.

Flyers F Brashear suspended one game (AP)
Philadelphia Flyers forward Donald Brashear was suspended for one game by the NHL on Friday for instigating a fight with New York Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis. Brashear punched Kasparaitis late in Philadelphia's 6-1 loss to the Rangers on Thursday night and tried to goad him into a fight. Kasparaitis stayed down on the ice instead of throwing punches back.

Predators' Perreault on injured reserve (AP)
Nashville Predators center Yanic Perreault will miss two to four weeks with a strained knee. Perreault was injured on a power play late in Nashville's 3-1 victory over Vancouver on Thursday night. The 11-year veteran scored his 21st goal of the season earlier in the game. Perreault has played in every Predators game this season.

Stars sign D Boucher to 3-year extension (AP)
Dallas Stars defenseman Philippe Boucher, a 12-year veteran who already has career highs in goals and points this season, signed a three-year contract extension Friday. The 32-year-old Boucher, whose contract was to expire in June, has 12 goals, including three game-winners, and 31 points in 44 games.

Jagr leads Rangers to 7th straight win (AP)
Jaromir Jagr might have finished the game instead of resting his sore groin had the score been closer. With Jagr leading a dominating night for the New York Rangers on the power play, there was no need to risk further injury. Jagr scored his NHL-leading 41st and 42nd goals and also had an assist to lead the Rangers to their seventh straight victory, 6-1 over Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Trading Paint: Fontana follies
NASCAR fans didn't fill the seats at Fontana last weekend, but they sure are filling the mailbag.

Wood records top time in practice before Sunday's Busch Series race in Mexico (AP)
Jon Wood mastered the tricky track in Mexico in a hurry Friday, finishing first during a surprisingly crash-free practice for Sunday's Telcel-Motorola 200.

Mishap aboard horse leaves Mexican driver Jourdain with minor leg injury (AP)
Second-year Busch Series driver Michel Jourdain Jr. has raced stock cars, semi-truck prototypes and touring cars and made a name for himself in open-wheel competition.

Harvick happy heading back to Mexico (AP)
Kevin Harvick is sold on stock car racing in Mexico. The NASCAR Nextel Cup star, who finished second to Martin...

Report: NASCAR Hall of Fame headed to Charlotte (AP)
Atlanta and Daytona Beach still feel good about their chances to land NASCAR's Hall of Fame, even though a report from Charlotte says that city has already locked up a deal to build the shrine to stock car racing.

Race for NASCAR Hall of Fame not exactly wide open (AP)
The race for the rights to NASCAR's Hall of Fame is in its closing laps, and chairman Brian France remains insistent that three cities are still in contention.

Kenseth wins California race (AP)
Greg Biffle was the class of the field, and Tony Stewart had a car capable of winning.

Cranky Stewart spars with media at California Speedway (SportsTicker)
FONTANA, California (Ticker) - Just two weeks into the NASCAR season, defending champion Tony Stewart is back to his old, hot-tempered self.

Matt Kenseth wins Auto Club 500 at California Speedway (SportsTicker)


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