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Syracuse Wins Big East With Magical Ride
AP - Gerry McNamara was a big part of Syracuse's national championship as a freshman in 2003. Four years later, the guard was the runaway MVP in the Orange's surprising Big East tournament title run.
UCLA Wins First Pac-10 Tourney Since '87
AP - Three games of relentless defensive pressure culminated in UCLA's first Pac-10 tournament title since 1987. Jordan Farmar led four players in double figures with 19 points and the 13th-ranked Bruins beat California 71-52 Saturday.
San Diego State Wins MWC Championship
AP - Brandon Heath scored six of his 22 points in the final 1:08 of overtime to help San Diego State beat Wyoming 69-64 in the championship of the Mountain West Conference tournament Saturday night.
Ohio St. Tops Indiana to Advance to Finals
AP - J.J. Sullinger reveled in his temporary rock-star image Saturday — even if the cotton over his left eye looked out of place. After scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, Sullinger high-stepped his way off the court playing air guitar for the Ohio State fans. The seventh-ranked Buckeyes can only hope the celebration didn't come one day early.
Wizards Beat NBA's Top Team for 2nd Time
AP - If nothing else, the Washington Wizards can beat the Detroit Pistons. For the second time this season, the Wizards broke out of a slump by beating the NBA's top team. Gilbert Arenas scored 34 points and Caron Butler had 30 in Saturday night's 110-92 victory.
Ravens Reach $25M Agreement With Pryce
AP - The Baltimore Ravens reached an agreement in principle with four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Trevor Pryce on Saturday, team officials and Pryce's agent said.
Nowitzki Leads Mavericks Past Jazz
AP - The Utah Jazz used a zone defense to get back into the game, then Dirk Nowitzki needed just a few shots to solve it. Nowitzki scored 34 points, including 12 in a decisive stretch of the fourth quarter after Utah took its only lead, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Jazz 90-87 Saturday night.
Blog: It Never Rains in Southern Ariz.?
AP - As spring training gets into full swing, AP sportswriters will be filing period behind-the-scenes reports from Grapefruit and Cactus league sites:
Sunil Gulati Elected USSF President
AP - Sunil Gulati was unanimously elected president of the U.S. Soccer Federation on Saturday and succeeds Bob Contiguglia, who is retiring after two four-year terms.
Stars' Modano Single-Handedly Tops Canucks
AP - Mike Modano found the net from a seemingly impossible angle. He wasn't sure how, but it really didn't matter. Modano tied the game with his high degree of difficulty shot 5 minutes into the third period and then netted the winner with 5 minutes left as the Dallas Stars rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Saturday night.
NFL market watch
The top-10 list of free agents is updated after the signings of LeCharles Bentley and Aaron Kampman.
Browns bring Bentley, Jurevicius home (AP)
LeCharles Bentley and Joe Jurevicius are coming home to play for the Browns. The high-prized free agent center and the veteran wide receiver, who both grew up in Cleveland rooting for the city's beleaguered NFL team, signed Saturday with the Browns, who didn't waste any time spending some of the nearly $25 million they have for free agency.
Panthers give Foster $14.5M over 3 years (AP)
DeShaun Foster agreed to a three-year, $14.5 million contract with the Carolina Panthers that finally makes him their star running back. Foster, who spent most of the last three seasons playing in the shadow of Stephen Davis, agreed to the deal late Friday night. The deal was completed about an hour before the start of free agency and removed the transition tag the Panthers had placed on Foster two...
49ers send disgruntled WR Lloyd to Skins (AP)
The San Francisco 49ers traded leading receiver Brandon Lloyd to Washington on Saturday for the Redskins' third-round pick this year and their fourth-round selection in 2007. Lloyd was a restricted free agent for the 49ers, who drafted him in the third round three years ago. He was San Francisco's top receiver last season, catching 48 passes for 733 yards and five touchdowns for the NFL's worst...
Ravens reach agreement with DE Pryce (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens reached an agreement in principle with four-time Pro Bowl defensive end Trevor Pryce on Saturday, team officials and Pryce's agent said. Pryce, a starter for the Denver Broncos for the past nine seasons, agreed to a five-year contract worth $25 million that includes $10 million in guaranteed money.
Vikings ink K Longwell, keep WR Robinson (AP)
Armed with plenty of space under the salary cap, the Minnesota Vikings surged into free agency Saturday. They signed running back Chester Taylor, kicker Ryan Longwell and linebacker Ben Leber after retaining receiver Koren Robinson and safety Willie Offord -- and continued to talk to other teams about trading disenfranchised quarterback Daunte Culpepper.
Broncos re-sign Warren, Dayne, Leach (AP)
The Denver Broncos re-signed defensive end Gerard Warren, running back Ron Dayne and long snapper Mike Leach in a flurry of deals Saturday. Warren signed for six years, Dayne for three and Leach for four. Warren joined the Broncos last season and had 44 tackles, three sacks and three pass breakups. He helped Denver rank second in run defense at 85 yards a game, the third-best mark in franchise...
Chargers, McCree agree on 5-year deal (AP)
Free agent safety Marlon McCree agreed to a five-year, $16 million deal with San Diego on Saturday night, an upgrade for the Chargers' light-hitting secondary. McCree, who had been with the Carolina Panthers, will make $6 million in bonuses and guaranteed money in the first two years of the deal. He was the first player to visit the Chargers after free agency opened Friday night.
Changing of the guards?
PHOENIX – Steve Nash is still the MVP, but a point guard in San Antonio is close to assuming that throne.
Wizards rout Pistons 110-92 (AP)
If nothing else, the Washington Wizards can beat the Detroit Pistons. For the second time this season, the Wizards broke out of a slump by beating the NBA's top team. Gilbert Arenas scored 34 points and Caron Butler had 30 in Saturday night's 110-92 victory. "After the game, we said, 'Why can't we play like this for 21 more games?
Nash returns to lead Suns to victory (AP)
Steve Nash keeps building a case for his second consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player award. Two nights after Phoenix was routed without him in the lineup, Nash tied a season high with 31 points and added 11 assists as the Suns beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 110-102 Saturday night. "He's pretty good," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said.
Nowitzki powers Mavericks past Jazz (AP)
The Utah Jazz used a zone defense to get back into the game, then Dirk Nowitzki needed just a few shots to solve it. Nowitzki scored 34 points, including 12 in a decisive stretch of the fourth quarter after Utah took its only lead, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Jazz 90-87 Saturday night. "Their zone was really effective, I thought, in the third quarter," Nowitzki said.
Jones, Bobcats defeat Knicks 116-109 (AP)
The Charlotte Bobcats just missed finishing with the NBA's worst record during their expansion season. If things keep up, they'll avoid the cellar again this year. Jumaine Jones scored 28 points to help the Bobcats beat New York 116-109 on Saturday night and edge ahead of the Knicks in the battle to avoid the worst record in the NBA.
Kaman, Brand lead Clippers past Bucks (AP)
Elton Brand called fellow post player Chris Kaman "unstoppable." He just as easily could have been talking about himself. Kaman and Brand scored 22 points apiece to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the Milwaukee Bucks 106-98 Saturday night. The pair also combined for 18 rebounds and nine blocked shots, six by Brand.
Bulls complete sweep of Hawks, win 95-90 (AP)
As they entered their fourth game in five days, the Chicago Bulls had every reason to be a step slow Saturday night. Instead, the Bulls stayed a step ahead of the more rested Atlanta Hawks, who were playing for the first time since Tuesday night. Luol Deng set an early high-energy pace with his fast-break baskets, and the Bulls never let the Hawks catch up, beating Atlanta 95-90 Saturday night for...
Turkoglu powers Magic past Warriors (AP)
As impressive as their offense was, the Orlando Magic's defense against Jason Richardson was even better. Hedo Turkoglu scored 21 points and tied his career high with 14 rebounds, and the Magic beat the Golden State Warriors 103-92 Saturday night. Orlando shot 59 percent (41-of-70) a night after shooting 57.5 percent in a win over Cleveland.
Back may sideline McGrady for 5 weeks (AP)
Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady could miss up to five weeks with another back injury. The 6-foot-8 McGrady has been sidelined with back problems three different times this season and missed a total of 15 games. The Rockets are 2-13 without McGrady, their leading scorer. McGrady was examined on Friday in Los Angeles by renowned back specialist Dr.
Duncan held to 12, Lakers surprise Spurs (AP)
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers caught the San Antonio Spurs at the right time. Bryant scored 29 points, and the Lakers limited Tim Duncan to only 12 Friday night in a 100-92 victory over the Spurs. The Spurs, who arrived from Thursday's game in Phoenix at 3:30 a.m., dropped a half-game behind Dallas for the lead in the Southwest Division and the best record in the Western Conference.
A record number of trades went down Thursday, but will any shift the balance of power in the NHL?
Habs great 'Boom Boom' Geoffrion dies (AP)
Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, the hockey Hall of Famer credited with inventing the slap shot, died Saturday before his No. 5 jersey was retired by the Montreal Canadiens. Geoffrion, who helped lead powerhouse Montreal teams to six Stanley Cups in the 1950s and early '60s, died after a brief battle with stomach cancer.
Habs honor Geoffrion, blank Rangers (AP)
Cristobal Huet put the Montreal Canadiens on top at the end of an emotional day. Huet recorded his second shutout in two games and Craig Rivet scored on a power play in the first period, leading Montreal to a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night. The sold-out crowd observed a moment of silence before the game in honor of Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, who died earlier in the day...
Grier's goal with 4.6 left lifts Sabres (AP)
While the Philadelphia Flyers seemed content with playing overtime, the Buffalo Sabres had other plans. Mike Grier's goal with 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation lifted Buffalo to a 6-5 victory over the Flyers on Saturday. The streaking Sabres have won five straight and are 12-1-2 in the last 15 games to get within two points of Northeast Division-leading Ottawa.
Modano rallies Stars past Canucks 2-1 (AP)
Mike Modano found the net from a seemingly impossible angle. He wasn't sure how, but it really didn't matter. Modano tied the game with his high degree of difficulty shot 5 minutes into the third period and then netted the winner with 5 minutes left as the Dallas Stars rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Saturday night.
Crosby, Penguins dominate Devils 6-3 (AP)
This is exactly how the Pittsburgh Penguins envisioned Sidney Crosby taking over a game. What they wouldn't have imagined was Crosby doing so alongside Andy Hilbert, Niklas Nordgren and Jani Rita, instead of Mario Lemieux, Mark Recchi and Ziggy Palffy. Crosby, suddenly one of Pittsburgh's most experienced players, helped chase Martin Brodeur by late in the second period with two goals and an assist...
Panthers surprise Hurricanes again (AP)
The Florida Panthers are feeling better about their chances to make the playoffs. Joel Kwiatkowski scored in overtime to give the Panthers a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. Kwiatkowski was in front of the crease when he took a pass from Rostislav Olesz from the right circle and poked in the puck just 1:14 into the extra period.
Sharks blow late lead, but win 3-2 in OT (AP)
Paul Kariya's second brilliant goal for Nashville forced overtime, and Christian Ehrhoff's power-play score won it for San Jose. Tomas Vokoun was outstanding in the Predators' net, and Joe Thornton put on another passing clinic for the Sharks. Yet all that beauty wasn't nearly as intriguing as the ugliest, most thrilling moment in a fight-filled game: San Jose enforcer Scott Parker's attempt to...
Allison sparks Leafs past slumping Tampa (AP)
Jason Allison did his part to help Toronto's playoff hopes. Allison scored twice and had an assist, and the Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Saturday night in a game featuring two desperate teams. Matt Stajan, Mats Sundin and Nik Antropov also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won just six of 22 games.
Islanders finish series sweep of Bruins (AP)
Goaltender Rick DiPietro is keeping the New York Islanders in the playoff race. Trent Hunter tipped in Miroslav Satan's shot to snap a tie with 5:01 left and the Islanders -- behind another solid effort by DiPietro -- beat the struggling Boston Bruins 3-1 Saturday night. The Islanders, 5-1 since the Olympic break, won all four games with the Bruins this season.
It if wasn't for bad luck …
LAS VEGAS – Joe Nemechek perhaps has had the worst luck in NASCAR over the past year. He hopes that changes at Vegas.
Kahne wins Busch Series Sam's Town 300 (SportsTicker)
Five spectators hospitalized after rally crash (AP)
Five spectators were hospitalized Sunday, three with serious injuries, after being struck by a rally car which took a wrong turn and rolled. A Motorsport New Zealand spokesman said the spectators were watching a Targa Club Rally stage at Waiuku, southwest of Auckland, when the accident occurred. "He had made a mistake," Motorsport New Zealand president Stephen Kennedy told National Radio.
Kahne holds off Kenseth for Busch win (AP)
Kasey Kahne held off Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick for 20 laps, then survived a two-lap shootout with Kenseth Saturday to win the Sam's Town 300 for his fourth NASCAR Busch Series victory.
Nextel driver Ryan Newman stands in as firefighter Newman (AP)
Ryan Newman knows the phrase, ``If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.'' He just doesn't buy it.
Biffle and Stewart ready for rerun (AP)
Nobody should be surprised if Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart turn Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrylser 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway into a rerun of the race two weeks ago at California Speedway.
Biffle wins pole for Nextel UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 (SportsTicker)
NASCAR Hall of Fame deal all about the branding (AP)
In a sport famous for slapping sponsor names on every available inch of sheet metal and fire-retardant racing...
Who will be the first to enter NASCAR's new Hall of Fame? (AP)
Now that we know where NASCAR's much-ballyhooed Hall of Fame is going to be built, the bigger question remains:...