|| Return to Sports News Main Page |
NEWS FROM 2006-03-20
Hibbert, Georgetown Cruise Into Sweet 16
AP - It's hard enough for John Thompson III to follow in the footsteps of his famous father. Now the elder Thompson has raised the stakes. Roy Hibbert scored 20 points, Jeff Green 19, Ashanti Cook 17 and Darrel Owens 14 — accounting for all the Hoyas' points — to lead Georgetown to a 70-52 victory over second-seeded Ohio State on Sunday in the second round of the Minneapolis Regional.
George Mason Ousts Defending Champions
AP - Michigan State? Gone. Defending national champion North Carolina? Gone, too. Any more questions about whether George Mason belongs in the NCAA tournament?
Villanova Holds on to Beat Arizona
AP - With Rollie Massimino looking on proudly, Villanova rekindled memories of its 1985 championship season. Allan Ray scored 25 points, Randy Foye had 24 and Villanova withstood a late run to hold off eighth-seeded Arizona 82-78 Sunday in the second round of the Minneapolis Regional.
Al Leiter Retires, Ending 19-Year Career
AP - Al Leiter got one last out, then called it a career. The New York Yankees' left-hander retired Sunday after pitching to one batter in a 2-0 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Heatley, Senators Shut Down Devils 4-0
AP - Rookie goalie Ray Emery isn't playing like an inexperienced youngster with the Ottawa Senators.
Cowboys Sign Troubled, Talented T.O.
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.
Heat Top Knicks for 5th Straight Win
AP - Coming off one of the worst games of his young career, Dwyane Wade studied video, made adjustments and took it to the New York Knicks. Wade had 30 points, nine assists and five rebounds to help the Miami Heat beat the Knicks 111-100 on Sunday night.
Cuba-Japan Title Game Short on MLB Players
AP - So much for major leaguers being the best in the world. The two teams playing Monday night for the championship of the World Baseball Classic, Cuba and Japan, have a total of two players on big league rosters.
German Fans Expecting Rout of U.S.
AP - Germany's national soccer team has been treated like a pinata since it lost to Italy 4-1, and now fans are expecting — perhaps demanding — an ego-boosting rout of the United States on Wednesday.
Red Wings Stay Atop Standings With Win
AP - Jason Williams scored twice and Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists to help the Detroit Red Wings stay on top in the NHL standings with a 7-3 romp over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday 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 give RB Bennett two-year deal (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.
Nets get first win over Mavs since 2000 (AP)
Richard Jefferson scored 28 points, and the New Jersey Nets beat Dallas 100-89 Sunday for their first victory over the Mavericks in six years. Vince Carter added 23 points for the Nets, who have won five in a row overall and 18 of 21 at home. Jason Kidd rebounded from a pair of quiet scoring games to add 15 points, including a pair of jumpers to halt Dallas' momentum after the Mavs twice got within...
Wade leads Heat to 6th straight road win (AP)
Dwyane Wade had 30 points, nine assists and five rebounds to help the Miami Heat beat the New York Knicks 111-100 on Sunday night. Miami has won five straight and 15 of 16 to improve to 45-21. Wade scored 16 points in the third quarter on a series of acrobatic moves and dunks. He was 5-for-5 from the field in the period, including an alley-oop dunk off a half-court pass from Jason Williams that gave...
Murray's late FT lifts Cavs over Lakers (AP)
Forget the Kobe vs. LeBron hype. This one belonged to Flip. In a matchup of two of the league's top three leading scorers, Flip Murray took over. The way LeBron James sees it, Murray set the tone for Cleveland's playoff run as well. Murray hit a free throw with 3.4 seconds left and scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter Sunday, leading the Cavaliers to a 96-95 victory over the Los Angeles...
Celtics complete season sweep of Pacers (AP)
Paul Pierce scored 22 points and the Boston Celtics overcame a 14-point, first-quarter deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 103-88 on Sunday and sweep the three-game season series. Indiana shot 67 percent in the opening period, but shot 28 percent over the final three periods as the Celtics came back and eventually took control.
Arenas lifts Wizards over Bulls 113-104 (AP)
Gilbert Arenas, Antonio Daniels and the rest of the Washington Wizards' high-flying offense handled Chicago's stingy defense without a problem. Arenas led the way with 29 points and seven assists, substitute Daniels scored a season-high 21 on his 31st birthday, and two other Wizards topped 20 points in Washington's 113-104 victory Sunday in a rematch of a 2005 first-round playoff series.
Iverson-less 76ers lose fourth straight (AP)
Mike Dunleavy scored a season-high 28 points, Jason Richardson added 23 and the Golden State Warriors sent the Philadelphia 76ers to their fourth straight defeat without Allen Iverson, 98-89 Sunday. Troy Murphy had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Warriors, who won their second straight after returning from a 1-4 trip that essentially finished off their faint playoff hopes.
Garnett's 37 points help Wolves end skid (AP)
Kevin Garnett helped Minnesota end a seven-game losing streak, scoring a season-high 37 points in the Timberwolves' 95-89 victory over the sloppy Sacramento Kings on 95-89 on Sunday. After going 0-6 on a trip up and down the West Coast in which they held halftime leads in all six games, the Timberwolves turned it around at home against a Kings team fighting for playoff positioning.
Pachulia's tip-in lifts Hawks in OT (AP)
Zaza Pachulia scored on a tip-in with 2.4 seconds left in overtime to help the Atlanta Hawks snap a four-game losing streak, 108-107 over the Orlando Magic on Sunday. Pachulia, who had 13 points and 18 rebounds, scored after Joe Johnson missed a layup. Jameer Nelson, who had five points in overtime, missed a last-second jumper for the Magic.
Gasol powers Grizzlies past Jazz 90-84 (AP)
Pau Gasol had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to just miss a triple-double, and Chucky Atkins scored 20 points to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 90-84 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday. Memphis won its third straight despite shooting 39 percent, while Utah lost for the fourth time in its last five games.
Hard-charging Buffalo moves up three spots and prepares to make its case for the top spot.
Sens blank Devils, take over East lead (AP)
Dany Heatley's power-play tally keyed a three-goal second period, and Ray Emery made 22 saves as the Ottawa Senators regained sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night. Ottawa also got goals from Patrick Eaves, Antoine Vermette and Zdeno Chara.
Leafs beat Pens despite power outages (AP)
Chad Kilger scored on a penalty shot with 6:51 remaining and Mikael Tellqvist made 21 saves in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins that was delayed twice by power failures on Sunday night. The blackouts forced Tellqvist to wait a little longer to post his second career shutout.
Wings rout Canucks for 6th win in a row (AP)
Jason Williams scored twice and Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists to help the Detroit Red Wings stay on top in the NHL standings with a 7-3 romp over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night. Williams and Tomas Holmstrom scored 40 seconds apart early in the first and Nicklas Lidstrom added a power-play goal midway through the period as Detroit raced to a sixth straight win.
Lightning stalls Isles' playoff drive (AP)
Ruslan Fedotenko scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Sunday night. Fedotenko made it 3-2 with 10:43 left on a deflection from in close. Fredrik Modin's shot hit an Islanders defender and was redirected toward Fedotenko.
McCauley lifts Sharks past Avs 6-5 (AP)
Alyn McCauley's wrist shot snapped a tie with 4:13 left and lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night. McCauley put the Sharks back on top after John Michael Liles got Colorado even at 5 just 5:18 earlier. Patrick Marleau scored two power-play goals for the Sharks and recorded his 400th NHL point on the first.
Lupul caps rally, Ducks top Blue Jackets (AP)
Joffrey Lupul scored to snap a third-period tie, and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Sunday. Francois Beauchemin, acquired midseason from Columbus for Sergei Fedorov, had a goal and assist for Anaheim, which has won eight of 11 to get within striking distance of eighth-place Vancouver in the Western Conference playoff race.
Huselius lifts Flames to rare road win (AP)
Daymond Langkow and Jarome Iginla each had a goal and an assist, and the Calgary Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Sunday night for their first road win in more than a month. Langkow scored his 20th goal in the first period and assisted on Jarome Iginla's team-leading 31st in the third. With the game tied 2-2, Iginla passed to Kristian Huselius for the winner with 5:08 to play, giving Calgary...
Joseph leads Coyotes past Blackhawks 3-2 (AP)
Curtis Joseph made 34 saves and Steven Reinprecht set up two goals in the Phoenix Coyotes' 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Paul Mara, Mike Comrie and Shane Doan scored for the Coyotes, who won for just the second time in six games. Curtis Brown and Mark Cullen had Chicago's goals, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 23 saves for the Blackhawks, who have lost five of six and 10 of 13.
Niittymaki leads 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.
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?
Rain postpones NASCAR Nextel Golden Corral 500 (SportsTicker)
Rain postpones Atlanta race to Monday (AP)
Rain at the Atlanta Motor Speedway postponed the NASCAR race Sunday moments before the start, and it was rescheduled for Monday -- when more rain was in the forecast.
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)
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)