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Clemens Implies Career Over As U.S. Loses (AP)
Team USA starting pitcher Roger Clemens looks back to the plate while standing on the pitcher's mound during the game against Team Mexico, Thursday, March 16, 2006 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. in the second round of the World Baseball Classic. Clemens was the losing pitcher in Mexico's 2-1 win over Team USA and has said he is leaning toward retirement. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)AP - Roger Clemens was looking for a much better finish to his brilliant career. Clemens pitched well Thursday night, but a lineup loaded with All-Stars couldn't get the job done for the United States.


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Duke Pulls Away From Southern in 2nd Half (AP)
Duke's Shelden Williams (23) talks with teammate J.J. Redick (4) at the end of a 70-54 win over Southern University in their NCAA First Round basketball tournament game at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 16, 2006. Williams and Redick both had 29 points in the win over Southern University. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)AP - Shelden Williams knew early on that he could score almost at will, and J.J. Redick always feels that way. Good thing, too. With little help from their teammates, Duke's dynamic duo needed every point they got.


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No More McNamara Magic for Syracuse (AP)
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim gives instructions to Gerry McNamara (3) during the first half of a first-round NCAA tournament basketball game against Texas A&M on Thursday, March 16, 2006, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)AP - Maybe the Big East was overrated. It would be hard to argue against that after the opening day of the NCAA tournament.


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George Washington Wins Overtime Thriller (AP)
George Washington's Omar Williams, rear, and Mike Hall (3) react to an 88-85 overtime win over UNC Wilmington in their NCAA First Round basketball tournament game at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 16, 2006.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)AP - The shots kept falling, from contested 3-pointers to tough baskets in the lane. And each one appeared destined to send George Washington home in an abrupt end to the winningest season in school history.


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Lofton's Heroics Lift Vols Over Winthrop (AP)
Tennessee's Chris Lofton (5) hits the winning basket with less than one second remaining as Winthrop's Torrell Martin (12) defends in the second half of their NCAA First Round basketball tournament game at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. Thursday, March 16, 2006. Tennessee won 63-61.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)AP - Dane Bradshaw was describing his part in Tennessee's winning play when a replay of it suddenly appeared on the locker room TV. "Hold on, we've got to see this," he said.


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Garcia Now McNabb's Backup With Eagles (AP)
Jeff Garcia addresses a news conference at the NovaCare Center in Phildelphia Thursday March 16, 2005.  The Philadelphia Eagles signed veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia on Thursday, giving Donovan McNabb a capable and experienced backup he lacked last season.  The Eagles also signed wide receiver Jabar Gaffney. Both he and Garcia signed one-year deals.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)AP - The Philadelphia Eagles signed Jeff Garcia on Thursday to back up Donovan McNabb at quarterback.


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Allen, Sonics Beat Short-Handed 76ers (AP)
Seattle SuperSonics' Johan Petro, of France, tips the ball in with Philadelphia 76ers' Chris Webber (4) defending in an NBA basketball game during the second quarter in Seattle, Thursday, March 16, 2006. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)AP - SuperSonics guard Earl Watson was relieved that the Philadelphia 76ers were playing without his idol — injured guard Allen Iverson. Led by Watson's defense and Ray Allen's 26 points, Seattle rallied from a 15-point second half deficit to beat Philadelphia 102-98 on Thursday night.


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Prior's Shoulder Not As Bad As Feared (AP)
Mark Prior pitches for Triple-A Iowa against the Albuquerque Isotopes in Albuquerque, N.M., in this April 7, 2005, file photo.  (AP Photo/Randy Siner)AP - Chicago pitcher Mark Prior has a strained right shoulder, and Cubs officials are relieved.


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UEFA Cup Loses Two of Its Top-Name Clubs (AP)
Schalke's head coach Mirko Slomka embraces the scorer of the 3-0 Mimoun Azzaouagh, left, during the UEFA Cup second leg match between FC Schalke 04 and US Palermo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Thursday, March 16, 2006. Schalke defeated Palermo with 3-0. Palermo head coach Giuseppe Papadopulo on the right. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)AP - The UEFA Cup, already a distant second in stature to the Champions League, lost two of its top-name clubs on Thursday.


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Horcoff Wins It in Overtime for Oilers (AP)
Calgary Flames' Daymond Langkow flies over Edmonton Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson during third-period NHL action in Edmonton, Canada, Thursday, March 16, 2006. Edmonton won 3-2 in overtime. (AP PHOTO/CP, Jason Scott)AP - A pair of Edmonton newcomers helped the Oilers to a much-needed victory. In his home debut, Sergei Samsonov set up Shawn Horcoff's goal 3:04 into overtime and Dwayne Roloson made 18 saves against his former team as the Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 Thursday night.


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The new Fab Four
After an impressive pro day, Florida State may match its best class ever with four first-round picks.

Eagles sign QB Garcia, WR Gaffney (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles signed veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia on Thursday, giving Donovan McNabb a capable and experienced backup he lacked last season. The Eagles also signed wide receiver Jabar Gaffney. Both he and Garcia signed one-year deals. A three-time Pro Bowl selection during his five seasons in San Francisco, Garcia played for Cleveland in 2004 before going to Detroit last year.

Culpepper apologizes for boat incident (AP)
Daunte Culpepper, traded this week from Minnesota to Miami, says he's sorry for the embarrassment caused by the Lake Minnetonka boat party, even though he says he did nothing wrong. Culpepper and three teammates are charged with misdemeanor lewd conduct on board a tour boat on the Twin Cities lake. His e-mail to the media on Thursday said he accepts the responsibility and accountability of being a...

Ravens release OT Orlando Brown (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens have released offensive tackle Orlando Brown, who still has designs of extending a career interrupted for three years by a serious eye injury. The move will save Baltimore $900,000 against this year's salary cap. Brown, 35, was scheduled to earn $2.75 million in 2006. Known as "Zeus" because of his size, the 6-foot-7, 365-pound Brown signed a five-year $17.5 million contract in...

McGinest signs with Browns (AP)
After 12 years in New England, it took Willie McGinest one trip to Cleveland to find his new home. Being reunited with Browns coach Romeo Crennel made his decision easy. McGinest signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Browns on Wednesday. The deal includes $6 million in guarantees and bonuses.

Lions add McCown, could dump Harrington (AP)
Former Arizona quarterback Josh McCown agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions Thursday, a move that could signal the end of Joey Harrington's run in Detroit. McCown is expected to sign a contract Friday, his agent Mike McCartney said. He will become the fifth quarterback on the Lions roster, joining Harrington, Jon Kitna, Shaun King and Dan Orlovsky.

Moss' agent busted for crack possession (AP)
An agent for Randy Moss was charged with possession of crack cocaine after police were called to a hotel to investigate a disturbance, authorities said Wednesday. Dante DiTrapano and his wife, Teri, of Charleston, W.Va., were arrested Tuesday at a hotel in St. Petersburg, police said. The hotel's management called police to report a disturbance in couple's room.

Titans sign former Steelers S Chris Hope (AP)
The Tennessee Titans agreed to a six-year contract with free-agent safety Chris Hope on Wednesday. Hope started the last 32 regular-season games for Pittsburgh, including every game in the team's run to the Super Bowl. He had a career-high three interceptions last season. "Pittsburgh was a great place," he said at a news conference.

Crying wolf
The unhappy leader of the Timberwolves' pack sure doesn't sound like he wants to lead in Minnesota anymore.

Heat rally past Celtics 107-104 (AP)
Accustomed to comebacks, the Miami Heat staged their most improbable rally yet. Dwyane Wade scored one basket in the first 22 1/2 minutes but finished with 30 points, helping the Heat erase a 25-point deficit Thursday night to beat the Boston Celtics 107-104. The comeback matched the largest in the NBA this season.

Allen, SuperSonics defeat 76ers 102-98 (AP)
SuperSonics guard Earl Watson was relieved that the Philadelphia 76ers were playing without his idol -- injured guard Allen Iverson. Led by Watson's defense and Ray Allen's 26 points, Seattle rallied from a 15-point second half deficit to beat Philadelphia 102-98 on Thursday night. "Anytime you don't have to play against Allen Iverson, it's a relief for the point guard," Watson said.

Dunleavy powers Warriors past Wolves (AP)
Six road games, six losses -- and zero hope for a playoff berth, let alone another winning season for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not even the slumping Golden State Warriors could squander this chance to send the wilting Wolves home from the worst road trip in franchise history with one more defeat. Mike Dunleavy scored 17 of his season-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, and the Warriors...

Marbury and Brown chat, look to future (AP)
Larry Brown pulled Stephon Marbury out of a meeting and sent him a message: After days of feuding, the Knicks coach still wants his temperamental guard back next season. "He told me he could do whatever he wants with this franchise, and that he don't want to trade me," Marbury said Thursday after practice.

Kings' Artest ready for Indy return (AP)
Ron Artest is the most popular man in any room he enters these days. Restaurants, car dealerships, Arco Arena -- they're all filled with well-wishers and autograph-seekers who can't quite believe what he's done to the Sacramento Kings. It's been just seven weeks since the Indiana Pacers sent Artest to Sacramento in a trade for Peja Stojakovic, ending four tumultuous years with a franchise that...

G Iverson unlikely to play this weekend (AP)
Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks remains doubtful that guard Allen Iverson will join the 76ers on their current three-game road trip. Iverson sprained his right foot early in last Sunday's win in Memphis. He did not play in Tuesday's loss at home to Toronto and didn't accompany the Sixers to Seattle for their game on Thursday night.

Warriors G Davis out with ankle injury (AP)
Baron Davis will rest his sprained right ankle for the next week, and the oft-injured Golden State Warriors guard could be out even longer. Davis missed seven games after spraining his ankle on Feb. 11, then played limited minutes as a reserve in the Warriors' last six games. Golden State is 3-10 since Davis' injury, and team president Robert Rowell acknowledged Thursday that the team is out of the...

Melo's late hoop lifts Nuggets by Pacers (AP)
George Karl figured there was only one option when the Denver Nuggets needed a last-second shot Wednesday night -- Carmelo Anthony. With Anthony playing the way he has in March, why consider anyone else? So Karl did the obvious thing after calling timeout with 18.6 seconds left. He called for Anthony to isolate himself on the right side and back away from a defender.

Suns make 16 3s in rout of Clippers (AP)
The Phoenix Suns are running away with the Pacific Division again, and are lighting up the scoreboard in the process. Steve Nash was 9-of-11 from the floor and had 25 points and 12 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter Wednesday night while the Suns completed a 126-95 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers, their nearest division foe.

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

Hurricanes win 5-1, take NHL points lead (AP)
Justin Williams and the Carolina Hurricanes got their game back on track after their coach gave them a timely breather. Justin Williams and Ray Whitney each scored twice and Eric Staal got his 40th goal as Carolina moved atop the NHL's overall standings Thursday night with a 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Oilers, Horcoff nip Flames 3-2 in OT (AP)
A pair of Edmonton newcomers helped the Oilers to a much-needed victory. In his home debut, Sergei Samsonov set up Shawn Horcoff's goal 3:04 into overtime and Dwayne Roloson made 18 saves against his former team as the Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 Thursday night. "He is so dangerous," Horcoff said of Samsonov.

Stars pad division lead by beating Kings (AP)
The Dallas Stars have been having a great season against most teams. The Los Angeles Kings, however, have given them fits. The Pacific Division-leading Stars overcame a four-goal deficit to beat the Kings on opening night at home, then lost the next five times they faced them. But that streak ended Tuesday night with a dominating 4-1 victory.

Vokoun's 2nd shutout in row leads Preds (AP)
After getting his second straight shutout, Nashville Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun gave teammate Brendan Witt the credit. "Brendan Witt is playing great," Vokoun said after stopping 24 shots in the Predators' 2-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night. "He blocks shots. He is also a leader.

Sabres top Leafs 3-1 to win 8th straight (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres showed they can still win a low-scoring game. Chris Drury had two goals and an assist, and Mike Grier scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to lead the Sabres to their eighth consecutive win, 3-1 over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. The Sabres had scored at least six goals in each of their last four games, tying a franchise record that was last accomplished...

Bergeron SO goal lifts Bruins over Sens (AP)
After stopping Jason Spezza in the shootout to secure the Boston Bruins' win, goalie Tim Thomas had two reasons to pump his fist in relief. Not only did the victory snap Boston's six-game losing streak, but it also gave the Bruins their first win in seven shootouts. Patrice Bergeron scored the winning goal in the shootout and Thomas stopped three shots to help the Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators...

Rangers snap six-game skid, outlast Caps (AP)
Jaromir Jagr yelled at his struggling team in the second period then gave the New York Rangers the on-ice pick-me-up they've been lacking. "We needed to win an ugly game," said Jagr, whose NHL-leading 45th goal in the third period pushed the Rangers to a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals that snapped a season-worst, six-game losing streak.

Thrashers' help playoff hopes with win (AP)
Small mistakes look big for teams trying to make up ground in the playoff standings this late in the season. According to New York Islanders coach Brad Shaw, the costliest error in his team's 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers Thursday night was a short-handed goal in an otherwise scoreless opening period.

Sharks win 4th straight, 5-2 over Blues (AP)
The San Jose Sharks benefited from offensive surges from two unlikely sources as they moved closer to a Western Conference playoff spot. Tom Preissing and rookie Steve Bernier each scored twice as the San Jose Sharks stretched their winning streak to four games with a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Trucks and Busch preview
Cup regulars could continue to make a splash in both the Busch and Craftsman Truck races this weekend at Atlanta.

Lester trying to become first black in 20 years to qualify for NASCAR's top series (AP)
Bill Lester couldn't stand sitting behind a desk.

Mayfield, Evernham assisting with missing person search (AP)
The decklid on Jeremy Mayfield's No. 19 Evernham Racing Dodge will feature a photograph of missing 24-year-old...

American makes Formula One debut, but series still lags far behind NASCAR for U.S. attention (AP)
Half a world away from Jimmie Johnson's last-lap NASCAR victory in Las Vegas, another California native was making racing history without any fanfare. Scott Speed became the first American since 1993 to compete in a Formula One race, finishing a respectable 13th in the Bahrain Grand Prix. But did anyone even notice?

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)


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