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Kansas Suffers 1st Round 'Bradley Bummer' (AP)
Bradley's Marcellus Sommerville (15) shoots over the defense of Kansas' C.J. Giles during the second half of a first-round NCAA basketball tournament game Friday, March 17, 2006, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)AP - Most of these Kansas kids didn't have much to do with the "Bucknell Bummer." Now they have one to call their own. Marcellus Sommerville scored 21 points and made five 3-pointers, and 13th-seeded Bradley handed the fourth-seeded Jayhawks their second straight first-round NCAA tournament exit with a 77-73 victory Friday night.


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Albany Nearly Pulls Off Shocker Over Uconn (AP)
Connecticut's coach Jim Calhoun reacts during the first half of their NCAA first round college basketball game against Albany, Friday, March 17, 2006, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - Connecticut relied on its skill and experience to avoid an historic upset. Marcus Williams scored a season-high 21 points and Denham Brown added 17, helping the top-seeded Huskies overcome a 12-point, second-half deficit to beat 16th-seeded Albany 72-59 on Friday night.


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Former DePaul Basketball Coach Dies at 92 (AP)
Ray Meyer, shown in this 1984 photo, the grandfatherly basketball coach whose 42-year tenure at DePaul stretched from George Mikan to Mark Aguirre, died Friday March 17, 2006, the school said. He was 92.(AP Photo/File)AP - Ray Meyer, who built DePaul into a national basketball power during a 42-year span, coaching a generation of players stretching from George Mikan to Mark Aguirre, died Friday at age 92.


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Defending Champs Squeak by in 1st Round (AP)
North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough shoots against Murray State defenders in the first half of an NCAA men's basketball tournament opening-round game Friday, March 17, 2006, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)AP - A whole new Carolina cast looked nothing like defending champs the first time out in the NCAA tournament. In the end, four freshmen made it turn out all right.


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Bonds Gives Legs a Workout in Loss to Cubs (AP)
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds singles off Chicago Cubs' starting pitcher Greg Maddux during the fourth inning of their spring training game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Friday March 17, 2006.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)AP - Barry Bonds gave his legs their stiffest in-game test of the spring, scoring from first on a double and running after balls in the outfield during the San Francisco Giants' 7-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday.


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Milloy OKs $6M-Plus Deal With Falcons (AP)
AP - Lawyer Milloy believes the Atlanta Falcons are close to regaining their swagger on defense.

NBA Today (AP)
AP - San Antonio at Houston (8:30 p.m. EST). San Antonio is a half-game behind Dallas for first place overall in the Western Conference.

Pitcher tests positive for banned substance (Reuters)
Reuters - South Korean pitcher Park Myung-hwan has tested positive for a banned substance and been thrown out of the World Baseball Classic, Major League Baseball said in a statement on Friday.

Mark Abbott Promoted to President of MLS (AP)
AP - Mark Abbott was promoted to president of Major League Soccer.

Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Buffalo at Ottawa (7 p.m. EST). Buffalo has won eight straight to move within a point of first-place Ottawa in the Northeast Division.

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

Jets want to trade Abraham to Seattle (AP)
The New York Jets want to send disgruntled defensive end John Abraham to the Seattle Seahawks. A person familiar with the negotiations, who didn't want to be identified because the talks were ongoing, said Friday the Seahawks have presented the best trade package for Abraham: a first-round pick. Atlanta, which has also been talking to the Jets, is only willing to give up a second-rounder.

Redskins trade QB Patrick Ramsey to Jets (AP)
The Washington Redskins traded quarterback Patrick Ramsey to the New York Jets on Friday for a sixth-round pick in the April draft. Ramsey began last year as the starter before losing the job to Mark Brunell and asked to be traded. The Jets were looking for another quarterback to compete with Chad Pennington going into training camp.

Falcons sign S Milloy to three-year deal (AP)
Safety Lawyer Milloy agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons Friday on a three-year contract worth more than $6 million, including a $2.5 million signing bonus, according to Kevin Poston, one of his agents. The four-time Pro Bowler was released by Buffalo two weeks ago, a move that saved the Bills $3.75 million against the cap next season in the final year of Milloy's four-year contract.

Arbiter to decide Hutchinson's 2006 team (AP)
The Seahawks' hopes of keeping All-Pro guard Steve Hutchinson will be decided by an arbitration process. That will delay the Sunday deadline for the team to match an offer to Hutchinson by the Minnesota Vikings. The NFL Players Association said on Friday that the league has filed a claim on behalf of the Seahawks contending a clause in the offer sheet Hutchinson signed with the Vikings last weekend...

Packers sign Pickett, aim for Vinatieri (AP)
The Green Bay Packers made one free-agency catch official on Friday and were woking to reel in another one. The Packers announced the signing of former St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Ryan Pickett to a multi-year contract. And the team brought in free agent placekicker Adam Vinatieri for a visit, said an official familar with the situation.

Saints agree with RB Michael Bennett (AP)
Former Minnesota running back Michael Bennett agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints on Friday. New Orleans also agreed to terms with linebacker Anthony Simmons and safety Omar Stoutmire while releasing guard Kendyl Jacox, who played for the Saints since 2002. Bennett, who rushed for 1,296 yards and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2002, is entering his sixth season after spending...

Rams sign QB Frerotte to three-year deal (AP)
Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Gus Frerotte signed a three-year contract with the St. Louis Rams on Friday. Frerotte played under new Rams coach Scott Linehan at Miami last season and in Minnesota the two previous seasons. Frerotte guided Miami to a 9-7 season last year but was released earlier this week when the Dolphins traded for Daunte Culpepper.

Hitting the sweet swap
Both the Kings and Pacers have benefited from the trade involving Ron Artest and Peja Stojakovic.

Artest booed loudly in return to Indiana (AP)
Ron Artest was booed loudly and shot poorly in his return to Indiana as the Pacers beat the Sacramento Kings 98-93 on Friday night. Artest was playing in Indianapolis for the first time since his trade request was granted and he was sent to the Kings for Peja Stojakovic seven weeks ago. Artest scored 18 points, but shot 6-for-22 from the field, including 2-for-14 in the second half.

Knicks rally past short-handed Pistons (AP)
Jamal Crawford scored 15 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including the tiebreaking jumper with 2.2 seconds left, and the New York Knicks rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons 105-103 Friday night. Eddy Curry added 16 points and 11 rebounds and Steve Francis scored 15 points for the Knicks, who were decked out in green for the first time ever to celebrate St.

Terry, Nowitzki power Mavs past Wizards (AP)
Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points apiece, and the Dallas Mavericks pulled away in the second half for a 104-94 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. Jerry Stackhouse, booed every time he touched the ball by Wizards fans disenchanted with his two seasons in Washington, added 17 points off the bench for the Mavericks, who won their third straight and sixth in seven games.

Kidd contains Kobe, Nets top Lakers (AP)
Nenad Krstic scored 26 points and tapped in a missed shot by Vince Carter with 13 seconds left to lift the New Jersey Nets over the Los Angeles Lakers 92-89 on Friday night. Smush Parker had brought the Lakers to within 90-89 on a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left. Carter drove the lane and missed, but Krstic scored on the rebound to give the Nets a three-point lead.

Clips handle Iverson-less Sixers 99-89 (AP)
Elton Brand had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Cuttino Mobley had 20 points against his hometown team, and the Los Angeles Clippers coasted to a 99-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. With their 38th win, the Clippers surpassed their total from last season. Four more victories in their final 18 games would clinch only their second winning season since 1978-79, when the team was...

Miller ties scoring mark, Grizzlies win (AP)
Mike Miller scored a franchise-record 41 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 116-102 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Miller, who also set a franchise record for points from a reserve, connected on 12 of his first 15 shots and 15-of-24 for the game as the Grizzlies built the lead to 22 in the third quarter.

Cavs hand Blazers 9th straight road loss (AP)
LeBron James scored 27 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-84 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Drew Gooden added a season-high 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who snapped a three-game losing streak and handed Portland its ninth consecutive road loss. The Trail Blazers have lost three in a row and 17 of their last 20 overall.

Bosh, Raptors rally past Bucks 97-96 (AP)
Chris Bosh had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 16-point deficit in the final 6 minutes to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 97-96 Friday night. Milwaukee led 94-78 with 5:41 left, before Toronto finished the game on a 19-2 run -- capped by Bosh's two free throws with 3.4 seconds remaining.

Jazz end three-game skid, beat Hawks (AP)
Utah continued its mastery of Atlanta and stayed close in the Western Conference playoff race by beating the Hawks 111-101 Friday night. Deron Williams scored 28 points and had two teammates score more than 20 as Utah snapped a three-game losing streak and gave the Hawks their fourth straight loss. Williams made four 3-pointers and helped keep the Atlanta defense from collapsing on Mehmet Okur, who...

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

Lightning win 8th straight over Flyers (AP)
Rookie Ryan Craig had his first two-goal game in the NHL and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Friday night. Vinny Prospal, Fredrik Modin, Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards also scored for the Lightning, who won for the third time in nine games. Tampa Bay has won eight straight against Philadelphia, the team it beat in the 2004 Eastern Conference finals.

Fluke goal helps Canucks end losing skid (AP)
Brendan Morrison's pass struck Columbus forward Manny Malhotra and caromed into the net, snapping a third-period tie Friday night and giving the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jackets that ended a season-high, five-game losing streak. Morrison's attempted centering pass from the left corner hit Malhotra and landed behind goaltender Pascal Leclaire with 6:11 remaining.

Kolnik powers Panthers past Isles (AP)
Juraj Kolnik scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:07 left, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night. Jay Bouwmeester, Joe Nieuwendyk and Martin Gelinas netted the other goals for Florida, and Jamie McLennan made 24 saves. Miroslav Satan scored both New York goals.

McDonald leads Ducks past Blackhawks (AP)
Andy McDonald scored twice and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 22 saves to lead the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night. Vitaly Vishnevski assisted on both goals for the Mighty Ducks, who have won four of five. Anaheim, with 76 points, moved one behind eighth-place Los Angeles and the final Western Conference playoff spot.

'Canes rout Habs, 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.

Sabres' Hecht to miss two weeks (AP)
Buffalo Sabres forward Jochen Hecht will be lost for the next two weeks after re-injuring his right knee Thursday in Buffalo's 3-1 win over Toronto. Hecht originally was injured in a game against Montreal on Feb. 9 and missed two games before the Olympic break. He also was unable to play for his native Germany in the Olympics.

Oilers beat Flames on Horcoff's OT goal (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.

Jagr's goal lets Rangers end 6-game skid (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.

Biggest race
HAMPTON, Ga. – Bobby Hamilton has won championships on the track. Now he must battle cancer off of it.

Bodine finally beats Martin (AP)
A spectacular four-wide pass gave Todd Bodine the lead and the momentum to pick up his first victory of the season Friday night in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Bodine overtakes Martin to win John Deere 200 (SportsTicker)


Kahne wins pole, Lester makes history at NASCAR qualifying (SportsTicker)


Lester steals spotlight from pole-winner Kahne (AP)
Bill Lester stole the show from pole-winner Kasey Kahne on Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, earning a spot in the Golden Corral 500 to become the the first black driver to qualify for a race in NASCAR's top series in nearly 20 years.

Frustrated Edwards back at track he loves (AP)
Carl Edwards is a victim of expectations -- including his own.

Hamilton to be treated for cancerous growth (AP)
Former NASCAR trucks champion Bobby Hamilton has a cancerous growth in his neck and will miss most if not all of the season while undergoing treatment.

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.

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