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Duke Rallies to Take NCAA's Top Seed (AP)
Duke's J.J. Redick, center, talks with teammates in the second half against Boston College during the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship basketball game Sunday, March 12, 2006, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)AP - The madness was on before the first tipoff. This year's NCAA tournament draw was a mix of power and unpredictability, with the top seeds surprising no one — and the rest of the field stirring all the debate.


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Redick Lifts Duke Past BC for ACC Title (AP)
Duke's J.J. Redick, center, shoots over Boston College's Sean Williams (51) and Marquez Haynes in the first half during the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship basketball game Sunday, March 12, 2006, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)AP - Mike Krzyzewski sat at the podium with four of his seniors, basking in the glow of another Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship. This was Duke's seventh title in eight years and 16th overall, breaking a tie with North Carolina for the most in the 52-year history of the event. J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams, Sean Dockery and Lee Melchionni were part of the past three.


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Michigan, Cincinnati & Hofstra Left Out (AP)
AP - Michigan shut the TV cameras and reporters out of the room while it watched the NCAA tournament selection show. Good idea.

James Signs $30 Million Deal With Arizona (AP)
Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James carries the ball during an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Indianapolis in this Dec. 18, 2005 file photo. James ran off to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, March 12, 2006 agreeing to a four-year contract with one of the NFL's weakest teams.  (AP Photo/AJ Mast)AP - Edgerrin James prides himself on taking risks. He just took the biggest one of his career. James ran off to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, agreeing to a four-year, $30 million contract with a long-downtrodden franchise that had the worst running game in the NFL a year ago.


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Bonds Goes Deep; Sexson Feels Pain (AP)
San Francisco Giant's Barry Bonds plays in left field during the second inning of their spring training game against the San Diego Padres in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sunday March 12, 2006. Bonds played in left field for the first time this spring.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)AP - San Francisco manager Felipe Alou didn't have Barry Bonds in his original lineup Sunday. He was certainly glad he went to a new version that included the slugger.


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Redskins Sign WR Antwaan Randle El (AP)
Washington Redskins players Chris Cooley, left, and Jason Campbell, second from right, along with Adam Archuleta, second from left, of the St. Louis Rams, and Antwaan Randle El, right, of the Pittsburgh Steelers, watch the Detroit Pistons play the Washington Wizards during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 11, 2006, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)AP - The Washington Redskins snagged their second receiver in two days of free agency Sunday, signing Antwaan Randle El to a seven-year contract that could be worth up to $31 million.


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Nets Hand Hornets 6th Straight Loss (AP)
New Jersey Nets guard Vince Carter (15) shoots the ball over New Orleans Hornets guard Speedy Claxton (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March. 12, 2006, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Ty Russell)AP - The New Jersey Nets were reminded of how much easier things are when they play from ahead. Vince Carter scored 27 points as New Jersey held off a furious fourth-quarter rally and beat New Orleans 95-84 Sunday night, the Hornets' season-worst sixth straight loss.


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Twins, Fans Honor Hall of Famer Puckett (AP)
Minnesota Twins' Torii Hunter passes Kirby Puckett's number 34 painted on the field after hitting an RBI single in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Fort Myers, Fla., Saturday March 11, 2006.  Puckett, who died this past week, will be honored in a tribute on Sunday at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)AP - All the old Minnesota Twins, from Kent Hrbek to Jack Morris, sat around the infield dressed in dark suits. Homer Hankies were scattered throughout the stadium. Even the voices of Bob Casey and Jack Buck were brought back for a couple of memorable sound bytes.


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Federer, Agassi Win Opening Matches (AP)
Top-seed Roger Federer of Switzerland acknowledges the crowd after his 6-3, 7-6 victory over Nicolas Massu of Chile at the Pacific Life Tennis Open in Indian Wells, Calif. Sunday, March 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)AP - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi won their opening matches while top seeds Justine Henin-Hardenne and Lindsay Davenport took another step toward the Pacific Life Open women's final Sunday.


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Rookie Scores Two Goals in Penguins Win (AP)
Pittsburgh Penguins' Colby Armstrong, left rear, celebrates the first of his two goals with teammate Jani Rita (28) in the first period against the Phiadelphia Flyers in NHL hockey action Sunday, March 12, 2006 in Pittsburgh.The Penguins shut out the Flyers 2-0.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AP - Three rookies led the NHL's last-place team to its second consecutive win.


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NFL market watch
The top-10 list of free agents is updated after the signings of LeCharles Bentley and Aaron Kampman.

Edgerrin James signs with Cardinals (AP)
The Arizona Cardinals have hollered to anyone who would listen that they are serious about building a winner. They backed up the big talk Sunday by signing Edgerrin James to a four-year, $30 million contract -- almost certainly the most significant free-agent acquisition in the history of the long-suffering franchise.

Vikings sign G Hutchinson to offer sheet (AP)
The Minnesota Vikings signed All-Pro Steve Hutchinson to the richest offer sheet for a guard in NFL history Sunday, the latest move in their aggressive approach to free agency. The Vikings offered Hutchinson a seven-year deal worth $49 million, with $16 million in guaranteed money, a person close to the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Randle El leaves Steelers for Redskins (AP)
The Washington Redskins snagged their second receiver in two days of free agency Sunday, signing Antwaan Randle El to a seven-year contract that could be worth up to $31 million. The Redskins also signed tight end Christian Fauria, giving coach Joe Gibbs three new weapons for an offense that struggled in the playoffs.

Drew Brees meets with Saints, Dolphins (AP)
Free-agent quarterback Drew Brees showed good mobility Sunday, completing a visit with the Saints in New Orleans and then flying to Miami to talk with Dolphins officials. The meetings were confirmed by Brees' agent, Tom Condon. He declined to characterize negotiations but said a deal was unlikely before Monday at the earliest, with Brees planning to remain in Miami overnight.

Browns sign another Ohioan, P Zastudil (AP)
Punter Dave Zastudil signed a five-year contract Sunday with the Cleveland Browns, the third free agent with Ohio football roots to sign with the club in the past two days. Zastudil, who played four seasons for the Baltimore Ravens, went to Bay Village High School and kicked at Ohio University. On Saturday's opening day of free agency, the club signed center LeCharles Bentley, a two-time Pro...

Panthers' Foster gets three-year deal (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 trade WR Brandon Lloyd to Redskins (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...

Changing of the guards?
PHOENIX – Steve Nash is still the MVP, but a point guard in San Antonio is close to assuming that throne.

Heat overcome James' 47, rally past Cavs (AP)
While LeBron James and Dwyane Wade waged a shootout, Shaquille O'Neal struggled. By the fourth quarter O'Neal was on the bench, replaced by Alonzo Mourning, who helped the Miami Heat earn their latest come-from-behind victory Sunday by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 98-92. James scored 47 points for Cleveland and Wade had 35 for Miami, but it was Mourning who took charge during the decisive...

Pistons get 50th win, rout Bobcats 94-78 (AP)
The Detroit Pistons know they haven't played well in recent weeks. They also know they have plenty of time to regain the dominance that saw them start the season with a 47-9 record. After losing three of five, the Pistons took the first step back up the ladder with a 94-78 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday.

Kings stun Mavs, extend home win streak (AP)
Brad Miller had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Kenny Thomas scored six points in the final minute and the Sacramento Kings hung on for their 12th straight home victory, 85-80 over the injury-depleted Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night. Ron Artest scored 15 points for the Kings (32-31), who got above .500 for the first time this season by beating the Western Conference leaders -- and despite scoring just...

Duncan, Finley lead Spurs past Rockets (AP)
Michael Finley was stuck in a corner with the shot clock running down when he found an escape route along the baseline. Then he came face to face with another obstacle -- all 7-foot-6 of Yao Ming. But Finley, a foot shorter than Yao, never stopped coming. His powerful dunk over the Houston Rockets' center energized the San Antonio Spurs, who went on to a 88-81 win on Sunday afternoon.

Randolph powers Blazers by Suns 111-101 (AP)
Zach Randolph has strung together a series of big games, tapping into some of the continuity the Portland Trail Blazers have been lacking. Randolph had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and the Trail Blazers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 111-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. In his two previous games, he had 33 and 29 points.

Sonics contain Bryant, beat Lakers (AP)
Ray Allen surpassed a scoring milestone, and his defense on Kobe Bryant wasn't bad, either. Playing tight on the NBA's leading scorer, Allen also got a hand from his Seattle teammates in holding Bryant to 22 points in the SuperSonics' 120-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday afternoon. Rashard Lewis scored 26 points and Allen had 19 points to top the 15,000-point plateau.

Iverson hurt, Webber lifts 76ers to win (AP)
The Philadelphia 76ers finally won a close one -- and did it without Allen Iverson. Iverson sat out the second half with a sprained right ankle, but the 76ers took the lead in the final minute and held on to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 94-91 on Sunday afternoon. Chris Webber picked up the slack, scoring 31 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and adding nine assists to lead Philadelphia, which had lost its...

Pierce powers Celtics past Nuggets (AP)
With Carmelo Anthony on pace for a career night, a team effort kept the Boston Celtics close for three quarters. But down the stretch, it was time for Paul Pierce to take over. Pierce scored 36 points, Wally Szczerbiak added 18, and the Celtics snapped the Denver Nuggets' four-game winning streak with a 106-101 victory Sunday night.

Carter, Nets hold off slumping Hornets (AP)
The New Jersey Nets were reminded of how much easier things are when they play from ahead. Vince Carter scored 27 points as New Jersey held off a furious fourth-quarter rally and beat New Orleans 95-84 Sunday night, the Hornets' season-worst sixth straight loss. The Nets won for only the second time in their last seven games and gave third-year coach Lawrence Frank his 100th win with the team.

Power rankings
A record number of trades went down Thursday, but will any shift the balance of power in the NHL?

Avs beat Flames 3-0, move into first (AP)
Peter Budaj is rewarding the Colorado Avalanche for their faith in him. Budaj stopped 33 shots for his first career shutout and the Avalanche moved into first place in the Northwest Division with a 3-0 victory Sunday over the Calgary Flames. Colorado traded veteran goaltender David Aebischer to Montreal for Jose Theodore last week and put Budaj in goal.

Wild rally to beat Roloson, Oilers 4-3 (AP)
Brian Rolston had no sentimental feelings in facing new ex-teammate Dwayne Roloson. After all, he was used to it having recently faced off against several current Minnesota Wild players at the Turin Olympics. Rolston scored twice and assisted on two other goals Sunday night as the Wild rallied for a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers, and goaltender Roloson.

Heatley, Spezza lead Sens past Caps 5-2 (AP)
WASHINGTON (AP)-- The Ottawa Senators roughed up the Washington Capitals again. Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza each had a goal and two assists to help Ottawa beat Washington 5-2 on Sunday. The Senators are 7-0-1 in their last eight games against the Capitals, who controlled play in the early minutes before Ottawa took command.

Ruff's daughter has mass on her brain (AP)
Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff could miss a few games and practices because his 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed with having an unidentified mass on her brain. Ruff first informed The Buffalo News of the diagnosis in a story published Sunday. He said he is awaiting further tests on his daughter Madeleine after the mass, about the size of a quarter, was discovered Friday during tests at Buffalo...

Sabres top Bruins for sixth win in a row (AP)
Daniel Briere shrugged his shoulders when informed his eight-game scoring streak came to an end. It was no big deal because the Buffalo Sabres got plenty of production from other players Sunday night in a 6-2 victory over Boston that extended their winning streak to six games. "That's why we're a good team," Briere said.

Savard caps Thrashers' comeback in OT (AP)
Bobby Holik wasn't thrilled about the way the Atlanta Thrashers won and he didn't care that they beat his former team. With a playoff spot still out of reach, the two-time Stanley Cup champion was only happy that they escaped Madison Square Garden with a key two points in the standings. Ilya Kovalchuk scored the tying goal late in regulation and Marc Savard netted the winner 2:45 into overtime on...

Rookies lift Penguins by Flyers 2-0 (AP)
Three rookies led the NHL's last-place team to its second consecutive win. Colby Armstrong had the first two-goal game of his career, Marc-Andre Fleury earned the second shutout of his career and Sidney Crosby posted two assists for the fifth time as the stripped-down Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 Sunday night.

Datsyuk, Schneider lift Wings by Hawks (AP)
The Detroit Red Wings have the highest point total in the NHL. They look even better against the Chicago Blackhawks. Pavel Datsyuk and Mathieu Schneider each had a goal and two assists, and Detroit defeated the Chicago 5-3 on Sunday night for its third straight win. The Red Wings have 93 points, one more than Carolina.

Ducks top Coyotes, tie for playoff spot (AP)
Rob Niedermayer set up third-period goals by Samuel Pahlsson and Jeff Friesen, leading the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night. With Anaheim trailing 2-1, Niedermayer feathered a pass to Pahlsson off a 2-on-1 break to tie it 2-2. Less than a minute later, the Ducks broke into the Phoenix zone after the ensuing faceoff and Niedermayer moved the puck from...

Second fiddle
LAS VEGAS – His teammate stole the spotlight at Vegas, and that's just fine with Jeff Gordon.

Engine, tires make a bad day for Newman (AP)
A day that started badly for Ryan Newman quickly got worse in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.

Johnson passes Kenseth for last-lap victory (AP)
It took Jimmie Johnson 270 laps to get to the front Sunday, but that was soon enough.

Johnson wins NASCAR Nextel UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 (SportsTicker)


Team France wins inaugural A1 Grand Prix season title (AP)
MONTEREY, Calif. (AP)-- Team France, with 22-year-old Nicolas Lapierre behind the wheel, finished second to Team Mexico in the 30-minute Sprint race Sunday to wrap up the championship in the inaugural season of the A1 Grand Prix of Nations. Mexico's 20-year-old Salvador Duran made it a doubleheader sweep for his team in the Main race, benefiting from a mechanical failure that knocked France out of...

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.

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...

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