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No. 1 North Carolina Tops NCAA Seeds (AP)
From left to right, Rutgers Courtney Locke, Mariota Theodoris, and Michelle Campbell whoop it for ESPN prior to going live on television for the NCAA Tournament seed announcements for college basketball in Piscataway, N.J. on Monday, March 13, 2006. Rutgers received a three-seed for the 2006 NCAA Tournament and will take on 14th-seeded Dartmouth in the first round Sunday. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen)AP - North Carolina was rewarded for its near-perfect season with a No. 1 seed — in an unthinkably tough bracket. Connecticut's bumpy ride earned the Huskies a No. 2 seed that essentially puts the five-time champions in front of a home crowd.


NCAA Selection Chairman Slams Critics (AP)
CBS announcers Billy Packer, left, and Jim Nantz laugh during a break in the action in the championship basketball game in the Big Ten Conference tournament  in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 12, 2006. Craig Littlepage, the NCAA Tournament selection committee chairman, took aim at critics of the NCAA selection committee Monday, even firing back at CBS. One day after the committee was harshly criticized for its 65-team field, its chairman defended the panel's work saying he wanted a better working relationship with the NCAA's $6 billion broadcast partner.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)AP - Craig Littlepage took aim at critics of the NCAA selection committee Monday, even firing back at CBS.


Hall of Fame Coach John Chaney Retiring (AP)
Temple basketball coach John Chaney wipes his face during a news conference Monday, March 13, 2006, in Philadelphia. Chaney retired Monday after 24 seasons as Temple's basketball coach, ending a Hall of Fame career.  (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)AP - John Chaney's scowl was gone, the dark, deep-set eyes concealed behind sunglasses. The raspy voice, which has boomed to the upper deck of many arenas, was hushed. It was perhaps one final, subdued look at a Hall of Fame basketball coach who realized it was time to leave Temple.


Jamal Lewis Re-Signs With Ravens (AP)
This 2005 handout photo from the NFL shows Jamal Lewis. Running back Jamal Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens reached agreement on a three-year contract Monday March 13, 2006, less than 24 hours after the team added free agent Mike Anderson to improve a running game that struggled last season. (AP Photo/HO, NFL)AP - Jamal Lewis, who has had troubles on and off the field since rushing for 2,066 yards in 2003, re-signs Monday with the Baltimore Ravens.


Lightning Move Up in Playoff Race (AP)
Tampa Bay Lightning's Martin St. Louis, center, is congratulated by teammates Fredrik Modin(33) and Pavel Kubina (13) fter scoring the second goal against the  Montreal Canadiens during second period NHL hockey action in Montreal Monday, March. 13, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Ryan Remiorz)AP - Sean Burke gave the Tampa Bay Lightning the kind of goaltending they're going to need to have any chance to defend their Stanley Cup title.


Texans Waive Defensive End Walker (AP)
AP - The Houston Texans waived defensive end Gary Walker, the two-time Pro Bowl lineman who'd been with the team since its inaugural season.

Dunleavy Wins 500th NBA Game As a Coach (AP)
Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Kaman, left, shoots the ball over Minnesota Timberwolves' Mark Blount during the first half in an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, March 13, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)AP - One of Mike Dunleavy's biggest projects during his three seasons as Los Angeles Clippers coach has been turning Chris Kaman into a top NBA center.


Blog: It's Lights Out in Port St. Lucie (AP)
New York Mets pitcher Yasaku Iriki of Japan throws during the fifth ining of a spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals Monday March 13, 2006 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Rick Silva)AP - As spring training gets into full swing, AP sportswriters will be filing period behind-the-scenes reports from Grapefruit and Cactus league sites:


U.S. to Play Germany for Algarve Cup (AP)
Natasha Kai, of the United States, shoots to score her team's fourth goal against France during their Algarve Cup women's soccer match Monday, March 13 2006, at the Algarve Stadium, outside Faro, southern Portugal.  The U.S. defeated France 4-1 to advance to the final of the tournament. It was Kai's second goal in as many matches with the national team. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)AP - Kristine Lilly scored in the first minute, and the United States went on to beat France 4-1 Monday and will play for the Algarve Cup title against Women's World Cup champion Germany.


Cheechoo's Hat Trick Lifts Sharks (AP)
San Jose Sharks' Jonathan Cheechoo, middle, is congratulated by teammates Joe Thornton (19) and Nils Ekman, right, of Sweden, following Chechoo's third-period goal against the Los Angeles Kings in an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., on Monday, March 13, 2006. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - Though their chemistry sometimes approaches telepathy, Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo led the San Jose Sharks' latest win with beautiful grunt work.


The heat is on
With Edgerrin James as the Cardinals' new featured back, Dennis Green has no more excuses in Arizona.

Ravens give Jamal Lewis three-year deal (AP)
Running back Jamal Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens agreed on a three-year contract Monday, less than 24 hours after the team added free agent Mike Anderson to improve a rushing attack that ranked 21st in the NFL last season. Lewis' deal was in the vicinity of $25 million, according to the league's web site.

Redskins add S Archuleta, LB Carter (AP)
The Washington Redskins added safety Adam Archuleta and linebacker Andre Carter to their free agency haul Monday, giving the team five new players in three days. Archuleta, who had played five years with the St. Louis Rams, signed a six-year, $30 million deal with a $10 million signing bonus. Carter will fly to Washington on Tuesday to sign his deal, said an official familiar with the deal.

Titans, Thornton agree on five-year deal (AP)
The Titans have money to spend in free agency and they haven't wasted time trying to improve a team that went 4-12 last season, agreeing to terms Monday with linebacker David Thornton. The five-year deal is worth more than $22 million with an $8 million signing bonus. Tennessee also met with wide receiver David Givens, another top free agent on the market.

Niners fill need, sign WR Bryant (AP)
Antonio Bryant needed a new home, a starring role and the chance to build a better image. The San Francisco 49ers' needs were simpler: A top-flight receiver, any top-flight receiver. They quickly came together Monday when the 49ers signed Bryant to a four-year contract worth about $15 million, acquiring one of the few proven pass-catchers left on the market.

WR Moulds asks Bills to release him (AP)
Wide receiver Eric Moulds asked the Buffalo Bills on Monday to release or trade him, believing the team has no intention to keep him at his current salary. "The Bills have put us in a position where we're at Option Z, and Option Z is to ask to be released," Moulds' personal adviser, Greg Johnson, told The Associated Press.

Darren Howard gets $30M deal from Eagles (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles signed former New Orleans defensive end Darren Howard to a six-year, $30 million contract on Monday in an attempt to upgrade their defensive line. It includes $10.5 million in guaranteed money, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms weren't released.

Original Texan DE Gary Walker waived (AP)
The Houston Texans waived defensive end Gary Walker, the two-time Pro Bowl lineman who'd been with the team since its inaugural season. The 11-year veteran, who battled through injuries last year, told Houston television station KRIV that he may retire. "If that's my final decision, just to be healthy, I can go out and play with my kids now," Walker said Monday.

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)
Ron Artest leaned, lunged, shoved and slid through the second half, frantically trying every trick in his considerable store to guard Dirk Nowitzki. And he wasn't alone. With a remarkable group effort from a team that's been allergic to defense for years, the Sacramento Kings finally got over .500 for the first time this season.

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?

Flames back in first after win over Avs (AP)
Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames wasted little time reclaiming the Northwest Division lead from the Colorado Avalanche. A day after Calgary dropped a point behind Colorado with a loss in Denver, Iginla scored his 29th and 30th goals of the season and Miikka Kiprusoff made 26 saves to help the Flames beat the Avalanche 4-3 on Monday night.

Modano again leads Stars by Canucks (AP)
The Dallas Stars held their own through two periods of a rough game before Mike Modano took over in the third. Modano scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Stars stretched their home winning streak to eight games with a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night. Marty Turco made 26 saves, Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists, Jere Lehtinen and Jason Arnott...

Cheechoo's hat trick lifts Sharks to win (AP)
Though their chemistry sometimes approaches telepathy, Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo led the San Jose Sharks' latest win with beautiful grunt work. Cheechoo scored three goals on assists from NHL scoring leader Thornton and the Sharks survived a wild third period for their third straight victory, 4-3 over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

Burke's 31 saves spark Tampa by Habs (AP)
Sean Burke gave the Tampa Bay Lightning the kind of goaltending they're going to need to have any chance to defend their Stanley Cup title. Burke made 31 saves and Montreal-area natives Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis scored to lead Tampa Bay to a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens on Monday night.

Backman sparks Blues to OT win (AP)
Christian Backman felt pretty good after scoring 3:49 into overtime Monday night to give the St. Louis Blues what appeared to be a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Then Backman saw the officials huddling. Backman and the Blues had to wait for approximately 5 minutes to have their victory confirmed while the replay officials reviewed a shot by Columbus' Trevor Letowski that hit the goal...

Wild top former teammate Roloson, Oilers (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...

San Jose's Parker suspended two games (AP)
San Jose Sharks forward Scott Parker was suspended for two games Monday for attempting to climb a glass barrier to fight Nashville's Brendan Witt. Parker elbowed Nashville's Jordin Tootoo late in the second period of his team's 3-2 win on Saturday. After leaving the ice, Parker tried climbing the glass barrier to get at Witt.

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

Johnson passes Kenseth for last-lap victory (AP)
So far this season, Jimmie Johnson is doing just about everything right.

Johnson wins NASCAR Nextel UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 (SportsTicker)

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.

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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