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UNC Freshman Ruin Senior Night at Duke
AP - Perhaps it was a six-game winning streak. Perhaps it was the maturity Roy Williams has seen all season from his four star freshmen. Whatever the reason, the North Carolina coach truly felt his team could finish out the regular season with an improbable victory at Duke.
Memphis Prevails, Wins Conference Title
AP - Memphis isn't exactly sprinting into the postseason. The No. 3 Tigers struggled for the third straight game Saturday night before finally turning back Houston 69-62 and capturing the Conference USA championship.
Lakers Come From Behind to Beat Pistons
AP - The Los Angeles Lakers played up to — and beyond — some formidable opposition. Kobe Bryant scored 40 points, Lamar Odom had 24 points and 10 assists, and the Lakers took a 105-94 victory Saturday night over the Detroit Pistons, who have the NBA's best record.
Tiger Woods Takes 2-Shot Lead at Doral
AP - The shots were flying all over the 18th hole at the Blue Monster, behind banyan trees and corporate chalets, in the water on the left and the opposite fairway on the right.
Army to Launch Probe Into Tillman Death
AP - The Army said Saturday it will launch a criminal investigation into the April 2004 death of Pat Tillman, the former professional football player who was shot to death by fellow soldiers in Afghanistan in what previous Army reviews had concluded was an accidental shooting.
No Progress in Talks Between NFL and Union
AP - Talks between the NFL and its players union broke off Saturday with no progress, and while the league said the sides would meet again Sunday, the union said it wasn't sure.
Anthony, Nuggets Rout Slumping Magic
AP - If not for their four-team trade last month, the Denver Nuggets might have been just as sluggish as the Orlando Magic were Saturday night. Newly acquired Ruben Patterson and Reggie Evans provided the power and the pep in Denver's 110-94 rout of the Magic, who lost for the 12th straight time on the road.
Schmidt, Sheets Make Strong Spring Debuts
AP - Jason Schmidt and Ben Sheets each took a promising first step as they work their way back from injuries that curtailed their 2005 seasons.
Chelsea Wins Mourinho 100th Game in Charge
AP - Chelsea beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday, highlighting manager Jose Mourinho's 100th game with the Blues.
Kiprusoff Helps Flames Shut Out Sharks 2-0
AP - The Calgary Flames are quite used to making a little offense go a long way with Miikka Kiprusoff in goal. Kiprusoff made 26 saves for his NHL-leading seventh shutout and the Flames beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0 Saturday night.
Read and React: Miss hits
The mock drafts had many readers wondering why their favorite college stars were missing.
Army to probe death of Pat Tillman (AP)
The Army said Saturday it will launch a criminal investigation into the April 2004 death of Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who was shot to death by fellow soldiers in Afghanistan in what previous Army reviews had concluded was an accidental shooting. Col. Joseph Curtin, an Army spokesman, said the Defense Department office of inspector general had reviewed the matter at the Army's request and...
NFL talks break off, will resume Sunday (AP)
Talks between the NFL and its players union broke off Saturday with no progress, and while the league said the sides would meet again Sunday, the union said it wasn't sure. The stalemate increased the possibility that many high-priced free agents would become available on the market as teams struggled to get under the salary cap by 6 p.m.
Raiders round out Shell's coaching staff (AP)
New Oakland Raiders coach Art Shell announced his coaching staff Saturday, selecting as his offensive coordinator one of his former assistants who has not coached in the NFL in more than a decade. Tom Walsh, who was fired by the Raiders along with Shell following the 1994 season, will try to energize an offense that scored just 51 points in the final five games of a 4-12 season in 2005.
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.
Dallas' big D-lemma
SAN ANTONIO – To beat the Spurs, the Mavericks need to do more than just play great defense.
Kobe nets 40, Lakers top Pistons 105-94 (AP)
The Los Angeles Lakers played up to -- and beyond -- some formidable opposition. Kobe Bryant scored 40 points, Lamar Odom had 24 points and 10 assists, and the Lakers took a 105-94 victory Saturday night over the Detroit Pistons, who have the NBA's best record. "It was a big win for us and a win that we don't usually get, against a great team like Detroit," Bryant said.
Heat edge Hawks for eighth straight win (AP)
Derek Anderson wasted no time in making a big contribution to Miami Heat. Anderson's hustle set up Alonzo Mourning's dunk with 1.8 seconds remaining that gave Miami its first lead of the game, and the Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 95-93 on Saturday night for their season-high eighth straight victory. "I had an opportunity to make a play that I've been making for nine years," said Anderson, who made...
Carter's 31 help Nets top Raptors in OT (AP)
Jason Kidd had his fifth triple-double of the season, but his biggest contribution might have come during a fourth quarter timeout. Kidd suggested to Nets coach Lawrence Frank that he put 6-foot-7 Richard Jefferson on Toronto center Chris Bosh, who had been practically unstoppable since the beginning of the third quarter.
Spurs use 3-pointers to beat Blazers (AP)
Gone are the days when the San Antonio Spurs needed 20-plus points from Tim Duncan for a victory. Duncan surpassed that mark Saturday night for the first time in 13 games in the Spurs' 101-81 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. San Antonio, with its more diversified offense, is 11-2 in those outings.
Anthony, Boykins lead Nuggets to win (AP)
If not for their four-team trade last month, the Denver Nuggets might have been just as sluggish as the Orlando Magic were Saturday night. Newly acquired Ruben Patterson and Reggie Evans provided the power and the pep in Denver's 110-94 rout of the Magic, who lost for the 12th straight time on the road.
Francis gets first win with Knicks (AP)
After Steve Francis sealed the victory, the New York Knicks helped him celebrate. Francis made five free throws in the final 20 seconds of his first win with New York, Eddy Curry had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Knicks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 103-98 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
Time expires on Sonics' push for arena (AP)
The Seattle SuperSonics' high-pressure campaign for a new taxpayer-funded arena died Saturday, with Gov. Chris Gregoire saying time had run out for a deal this year. The team's owners have threatened to move or sell the team without a new lease and significant upgrades to Key Arena, at an estimated cost of $220 million.
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.
Who has time to bemoan North America's failures in Turin when so many NHL teams are in the playoff hunt?
Brodeur reaches record in Devils victory (AP)
Martin Brodeur has made winning a habit more so than any other goalie in NHL history. Brodeur made 26 saves to lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night, becoming the first goalie to win 30 games for 10 straight seasons. He is the only goalie to have more than eight straight 30-win seasons.
Senators win seventh straight over Leafs (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs' playoff hopes took a double hit on Saturday night. Dany Heatley scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and the Ottawa Senators again showed their dominance of the Maple Leafs with a 4-2 victory on Saturday night. After the game, Toronto center Eric Lindros announced he'll need surgery after reinjuring his right wrist.
Leafs' Lindros says he needs surgery (AP)
Maple Leafs forward Eric Lindros will undergo surgery after tearing a ligament in his right wrist Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. Lindros hurt the wrist earlier this season and recently returned after missing 26 games. He aggravated the injury when he took a slap shot in the second period Saturday, and didn't return in the third.
Cole injured in Hurricanes' rout of Pens (AP)
Losing a player as valuable as Erik Cole to an injury was bad enough for the Carolina Hurricanes. The way it happened -- with Cole being run over from behind, in a game against the NHL's worst-record team -- made them even more upset. Cole scored two goals for the second night in a row before getting hurt in the third period, and the Hurricanes chased both Pittsburgh goalies in a 7-5 victory over...
Lidstrom nets four points in Wings' rout (AP)
If not for a missed third-period penalty shot, Nicklas Lidstrom would have had a perfect night. Lidstrom had a goal and two assists to lead Detroit's four-goal second period and matched a career high with four points overall in the Red Wings' 7-3 rout of the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. "I'm starting to feel better," said Lidstrom, who scored the gold-medal winning goal for Sweden last Sunday...
Another shutout for Flames' Kiprusoff (AP)
The Calgary Flames are quite used to making a little offense go a long way with Miikka Kiprusoff in goal. Kiprusoff made 26 saves for his NHL-leading seventh shutout and the Flames beat the San Jose Sharks 2-0 Saturday night. "It's been the same way all season," Kiprusoff said. "You just have to take one game at a time and can't look too far forward because every game is huge." His best stop was a...
Biron, Hecht spark Sabres over Bruins (AP)
Martin Biron showed he can be sharp after a long layoff. Jean-Pierre Dumont scored the go-ahead goal with 4:58 left in the second period and Biron made it stand up in the Buffalo Sabres' 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. Biron, making his first start since Jan. 21, made 20 of his 40 saves in the third period.
Stars use power play to top Avalanche (AP)
The Stars need their power play operating at a high level if they hope to make some noise in the playoffs. Dallas' slumping power play produced goals by Mike Modano, Philippe Boucher and Brenden Morrow as the Stars stopped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.
Isles honor past, top Flyers 4-2 (AP)
Chris Campoli found his name in the spotlight on a night where past New York Islanders greats were honored. Campoli's power-play goal through traffic with 8:39 left was the winner as the Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 on Saturday night. "It feels great," Campoli said. "Finally, we have some things coming together, and this was certainly one of the most physical games we've played all...
Passing the test
MEXICO CITY – Hometown favorites put themselves in position to contend for a Busch win on Sunday.
Pruett, hometown star Diaz win Grand Am in Mexico City (AP)
Pole sitter Scott Pruett and hometown driver Luis Diaz turned in a near-flawless performance Saturday for a victory in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. A crash on lap 73 led to a fight between Chris Bingham and JC France. Bingham, in the No. 40 Pontiac, tried to pass France's No. 59 Porsche on the inside, triggering contact that sent both cars into the wall around the eighth and final...
Said wins pole for Busch race in Mexico (AP)
Boris Said, a road-course specialist born in New York, won the pole and two Mexican drivers placed in the top five Saturday for the Telcel-Motorola 200, the second race south of the border in NASCAR's Busch Series.
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.