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Japan Beats S.Korea, Reaches WBC Finals (AP)
Japan's Akinori Otsuka, left, Tomoya Satozaki, center, and Shinya Miyamoto celebrate their 6-0 win over South Korea in their World Baseball Classic semifinal game, Saturday, March 18, 2006, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)AP - After falling short in their first two meetings, Japan beat South Korea when it mattered most. Byung-Hyun Kim gave up another big home run Saturday night, a two-run shot by pinch-hitter Kosuke Fukudome in the seventh inning that broke a scoreless tie and sent Japan to a 6-0 victory in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic.


Cowboys Sign Troubled, Talented T.O. (AP)
Terrell Owens, left, speaks at a news conference in Irving, Texas, Saturday, March 18, 2006, in Irving, Texas, where Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones, right, introduced him to the media.  (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)AP - Jerry Jones was finishing yet another explanation of why he believes Terrell Owens will be on his best behavior with the Dallas Cowboys when his new star receiver chimed in.


Hamilton Helps Pistons Beat Bobcats (AP)
Detroit Pistons' Richard Hamilton, left, drives to the basket past Charlotte Bobcats' Raymond Felton during the first half of their NBA basketball game on Saturday, March 18, 2006 in Charlotte, N.C.   (AP Photo/Rick Havner)AP - The Detroit Pistons needed a lucky basket and an iffy call to avoid their first back-to-back losses of the season.


Sharapova Wins Women's Pacific Life Title (AP)
Chris Evert, right, laughs with Maria Sharapova, of Russia, during the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament trophy ceremony after Sharapova beat Elena Dementieva, also of Russia, 6-1, 6-2 in Indian Wells, Calif., on Saturday, March 18, 2006. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)AP - Maria Sharapova was rock solid in the wind against Elena Dementieva in the Pacific Life Open title match. The 18-year-old Sharapova, her blonde pony tail whipping in the gusts, defeated Dementieva 6-1, 6-2 Saturday in an all-Russian final.


LSU Nips Texas A&M in Wild Finish (AP)
Louisiana State's Darrel Mitchell (22) shoots the game-winning 3-point basket over Texas A&M's Antanas Kavaliauskas in a second-round NCAA basketball tournament game Saturday, March 18, 2006, in Jacksonville, Fla. Mitchell's basket gave LSU a 58-57 victory. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)AP - LSU calls the play "special," and Darrel Mitchell ran it to perfection. With the clock running out on his team's hopes, the Tigers' lone senior made a long 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining to give the Southeastern Conference regular-season champions a 58-57 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday in the second round of the Atlanta Regional.


Football Makes Some Strange Bedfellows (AP)
Dallas Cowboys football team owner Jerry Jones, left and Terr Owens pose with a jersey in the team locker room in Irving, Texas, Saturday, March 18, 2006. Owens signed a three-year contract with the NFL team. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)AP - And they say politics makes strange bedfellows. Football does too, and it doesn't get any stranger than the marriage of a desperate football player and an even more desperate team in Dallas.


Wade in foul mood as Heat tame Bulls (Reuters)
Reuters - Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his team-high 15 points from the foul line as the Miami Heat edged the Chicago Bulls 85-84 on Saturday, extending their win streak to four games.

A.J. Burnett Has Scare With Elbow (AP)
A.J. Burnett throws in the first inning during a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, March 18, 2006, in Dunedin, Fla. Burnett left the game in the second inning with an arm injury. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)AP - A.J. Burnett's long day had a positive ending.


Manchester United Gains on Chelsea (AP)
Manchester City's Antoine Sibierski, left, challenges Wigan Athletic's Graham Kavanagh for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday March 18, 2006. Wigan won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/PA, Martin Rickett)AP - Manchester United closed in on English Premier League leader Chelsea, beating West Brom 2-1 on Saturday.


Red Wings Enjoy 5th Straight Victory (AP)
Detroit Red Wings' Jason Williams scores on the  Edmonton Oilers' Dwayne Roloson during an NHl hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday, March 18, 2006. The Red Wings won 4-3. (AP PHOTO/CP, John Ulan)AP - Jason Williams and Henrik Zetterberg made sure the Detroit Red Wings left Edmonton with a one-point lead in the NHL standings. Williams and Zetterberg beat Dwayne Roloson in a shootout to give the Red Wings their fifth straight victory, 4-3 over Edmonton on Saturday night.


Match made in Dallas
The tumultuous talent of Terrell Owens should be a perfect fit for Bill Parcells' disciplinarian ways.

T.O. gets three years, $25M from Cowboys (AP)
Jerry Jones built a billion-dollar fortune by taking big risks. Now he appears ready to take one of the biggest chances of his 17 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys were close to completing a deal with volatile receiver Terrell Owens, an official involved in negotiations told The Associated Press on Saturday.

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.

Cowboys ink OT Fabini to three-year deal (AP)
The Dallas Cowboys signed offensive tackle Jason Fabini to a three-year contract Saturday, a potentially key addition overshadowed by the signing of receiver Terrell Owens. The 6-foot-7, 304-pound Fabini likely will take over the right tackle spot that's been troublesome pretty much since Erik Williams was in his Pro Bowl prime in the 1990s.

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...

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...

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

Spurs gain share of lead in West (AP)
Tony Parker scored 23 points and Tim Duncan added 14 to help the San Antonio Spurs keep pace with Dallas for the best record in the West with a 92-77 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. The Spurs recovered from a sluggish start to match the Mavs' 52-14 record atop the Western Conference. Dallas plays at New Jersey on Sunday.

Wade and Shaq struggle, Heat still win (AP)
Dwyane Wade scored 13 of his 15 points on free throws and Antoine Walker added 13 points off the bench Saturday to lead the Miami Heat to a 85-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Wade who shot 59 percent in his last five games and averaged 34.4 points, shot 1-for-8 from the field and had 10 turnovers, but was 13-for-13 from the free throw line.

Hamilton, Pistons hold off Bobcats (AP)
Richard Hamilton scored 23 points to help the Detroit Pistons hold off the Charlotte Bobcats 108-103 on Saturday night. Detroit trailed for much of the game before taking the lead late in the third quarter. The Pistons went up by as many as 10 points midway through the fourth, but couldn't put the Bobcats away.

Anthony, Nuggets keep Hornets reeling (AP)
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and reserve Greg Buckner capped a 19-point performance with a pair of key 3-pointers to help the Denver Nuggets beat the New Orleans Hornets 109-94 on Saturday night. Just as they've returned to New Orleans, playing before enthusiastic sellout crowds, the Hornets have ceased to look like a playoff team.

Redd helps Bucks get back to .500 (AP)
Michael Redd scored 27 of his 33 points in the first half to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Portland Trail Blazers 97-93 on Saturday night. The victory was Milwaukee's third straight at home, marking the Bucks (33-33) first three-game winning streak at the Bradley Center since Feb. 8-14. Redd was 12-for-21 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free throw line.

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.

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...

Power Rankings
Hard-charging Buffalo moves up three spots and prepares to make its case for the top spot.

Jagr nets 100th point, Rangers top Leafs (AP)
Jaromir Jagr hit the 100-point mark in style Saturday night, scoring one goal and setting up three others in the New York Rangers' 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Showing the form that won him five NHL scoring titles in Pittsburgh, Jagr toyed with the Maple Leafs and had free reign to skate.

Sens top Sabres, tie for conference lead (AP)
Peter Schaefer and Bryan Smolinski each had a goal and an assist and the Ottawa Senators beat Buffalo 4-2 on Saturday night to tie Carolina for the Eastern Conference lead and end the Sabres' winning streak at eight games. Zdeno Chara added a power-play goal and Chris Kelly scored into an empty net to help Ottawa win for the fourth time in five games and improve to 9-1-1 in its last 11.

Stars improve to 10-0 in shootouts (AP)
Mike Modano had a goal, two assists and the first shootout goal in the Dallas Stars' seventh victory in eight games, 4-3 over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Antti Miettinen also scored in the shootout for the Stars, who set an NHL record with their 10th come-from-behind win after trailing entering the third period -- though four of those wins were in shootouts, which didn't exist before this...

Niittymaki helps Flyers past Thrashers (AP)
Philadelphia goalie Antero Niittymaki made 24 saves and helped turn back eight of nine Atlanta power-play opportunities in the Flyers' 4-2 victory over the Thrashers 4-2 on Saturday night. The Flyers, 4-5-1 since the Olympic break, are fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, and two points behind the New York Rangers in the Atlantic Division.

Red Wings use SO to win fifth straight (AP)
Jason Williams and Henrik Zetterberg beat Dwayne Roloson in a shootout to give the NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings their fifth straight victory, 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom and Chris Chelios scored in regulation, and Manny Legace made 25 saves to help Detroit push its points total to 97, one more than Eastern Conference co-leaders Carolina and...

Kariya powers Preds in rout of Flames (AP)
Paul Kariya scored two power-play goals and added an assist in the Nashville Predators' 9-4 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. Steve Sullivan, Scott Nichol, Martin Erat, Greg Johnson, Kimmo Timonen, Jordin Tootoo and Darcy Hordichuk also scored for the Predators. Dion Phaneuf had two power-play goals for Calgary, and Darren McCarty and Kristian Huselius added goals.

Boyes' hat trick leads Bruins by 'Canes (AP)
Brad Boyes scored three goals for his first career hat trick, leading the Boston Bruins past the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 Saturday for their second consecutive win. Boyes, who ranks third among rookies in points scored with 54, scored all three of his goals in the third period, helping the Bruins avoid a season sweep by Carolina.

Kings sweep season series from Blues (AP)
Sean Avery tied it early in the third period and Michael Cammalleri scored the go-ahead goal less than 4 minutes later on a power play, helping the Los Angeles Kings beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Saturday night. Eric Belanger tied a career high with his 16th goal, newly acquired Brent Sopel had two assists, and Mathieu Garon made 23 saves after giving up 14 goals in the previous three games.

Roy's fluke goal lifts Penguins by Habs (AP)
Andre Roy scored his second goal of the season in the third period, despite misfiring on his shot, and John Leclair had three points in the first to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 42 shots, including 18 in the second as Montreal outshot Pittsburgh 19-5 in the period and 46-23 overall.

Changes to come
HAMPTON, Ga. – Will Mark Martin make more truck starts this year? And will Cup regulars make fewer Busch starts in the future?

Kyle Busch replacing brother as NASCAR's disliked driver (SportsTicker)

Burton gets first Busch win since 2002 (AP)
Jeff Burton passed Matt Kenseth with 20 laps remaining Saturday and raced away to his first NASCAR Busch Series victory in four years.

Jeff Burton wins Busch Nicorette 300 (SportsTicker)

Kahne's racing model is Tony Stewart (AP)
Kasey Kahne has a role model: Tony Stewart.

Lester wants to be known as a racer (AP)
Bill Lester doesn't want to be a footnote in history.

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)

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