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NEWS FROM 2006-03-22
Boston College Eliminates No. 1 Ohio St.
AP - Boston College seemed an unlikely candidate to pull the biggest upset of the NCAA tournament. Snapping out of a late-season slump, the eighth-seeded Eagles made Ohio State the first No. 1 seed to exit the NCAAs with a 79-69 victory in the second round of the Albuquerque Regional on Tuesday night.
Vinatieri Goes to Indy; Abraham to Falcons
AP - Indianapolis took a key piece from rival New England, agreeing in principle to a deal with clutch kicker Adam Vinatieri on Tuesday night.
Hornets Beat Clippers in New Orleans
AP - The Hornets gave fans in New Orleans something to cheer about. Rasual Butler scored a career-high 32 points and New Orleans beat the Los Angeles Clippers 120-108 Tuesday night for its first victory in the city in over a year. The Hornets also snapped an eight-game losing streak.
Thrashers Move Into Eighth Place
AP - When Atlanta general manager Don Waddell guaranteed the Thrashers would make their first postseason appearance, he couldn't have imagined a win like this would help the cause.
Tagliabue Wants Clean Handoff to Successor
AP - Pete Rozelle made one mistake the last time the NFL was looking for a commissioner. It led to a seven-month stalemate, something Paul Tagliabue won't let happen again.
Steelers Safety's Brother Gets Five Years
AP - The brother of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Tyrone Carter had his sentence for driving with a revoked license increased from six months to five years because he failed to report to jail on time.
AP - New Jersey at Washington (7 p.m. EST). The Nets have won five straight after dropping five of six.
Belliard Brings Bounce Back to Indians
AP - Three weeks of relative peace and tranquility ended for the Cleveland Indians.
Soccer: Chivas Beat Sao Paulo 2-1
AP - Omar Bravo scored with a flying header to give Chivas a 2-1 victory over Sao Paulo on Tuesday night and put the Mexican team in first place in Group 1 of the Copa Libertadores.
AP - Carolina at Buffalo (7 p.m. EST). The Sabres, 8-2 in their last 10 games, face the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes.
Bargain shopping begins
With NFL free agency slowing down, teams are hunting for the best deals – much to the dismay of three aging cornerbacks.
Seahawks, Peterson agree on 7-year deal (AP)
The Seattle Seahawks have agreed on the parameters of a new contract with San Francisco 49ers free agent linebacker Julian Peterson. Peterson's agent, Kevin Poston, said Tuesday evening the contract is for $54 million over seven years and includes $18.5 million guaranteed. The deal is worth $10 million in the first year, $18.4 million in the second and $23.5 million in the third.
Griese agrees to 5-year deal with Bears (AP)
Brian Griese agreed to a five-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, adding depth at quarterback and a potential challenger to starter Rex Grossman. "I don't think there's any question he's going into the position to compete for the job," Griese's agent Ralph Cindrich said. "That was made clear." The 31-year-old Griese completed 112-of-174 passes for 1,136 yards and led Tampa Bay to a 5-1...
Falcons get DE Abraham in 3-team trade (AP)
John Abraham finally got what he wanted Tuesday night when the Jets traded the Pro Bowl defensive end to the Atlanta Falcons in a three-way deal with Denver. The Broncos had to get involved for the much-anticipated trade to finally take place. Denver and Atlanta swapped No. 1 picks, with the Broncos getting the 15th overall selection and the Falcons getting pick 29.
Colts sign former Patriots K Vinatieri (AP)
Indianapolis' Super Bowl hopes ended last season on a missed field goal. After adding the NFL's best postseason kicker, the Colts may have eliminated that problem. By agreeing in principle to a deal with Adam Vinatieri on Tuesday, Indy swiped one of the top players from its old nemesis, New England, and also may have added the final piece to its elusive Super Bowl puzzle.
Tagliabue wants clean transition (AP)
Pete Rozelle made one mistake the last time the NFL was looking for a commissioner. It led to a seven-month stalemate, something Paul Tagliabue won't let happen again. Tagliabue, who announced his retirement Monday after 16 years on the job, will oversee the search for his successor. He says his first goal is to make sure this time will be easier, allowing him to step down in July as planned.
Hutchinson to Vikes exposes labor holes (AP)
Steve Hutchinson and Tom Condon have seemingly turned the NFL's "transition tag" term into a matter to review. Hutchinson, the Seattle Seahawks' All-Pro transition player, and Condon, his agent, created the richest contract ever for a guard -- and handcuffed Seattle. Hutchinson officially became a Minnesota Viking on Tuesday in a deal that could pay him $49 million over seven years, with $16...
Cowboys release OL Larry Allen (AP)
Larry Allen was the last link to the Dallas Cowboys' glory days -- the final remaining member of their most recent Super Bowl team and the guy Emmitt Smith ran behind for much of his NFL-record rushing total. He also was due $2 million next week and was going to count more than $7.5 million toward next season's salary cap, both huge amounts for a 34-year-old left guard whose best days are likely...
Nearly finished business
Most of the NBA's front-runners are going through the formalities of capturing their division titles.
Hornets win in New Orleans, top Clippers (AP)
The Hornets had toured some of the neighborhoods flattened by Hurricane Katrina. They saw people living in tents. If an eight-game losing streak hadn't provided enough motivation to play better against the Los Angeles Clipper on Tuesday night, a sense that they had to win at least one game for New Orleans' fans did.
Spurs keep lead in West, beat Warriors (AP)
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich's ejection lit a spark for the Spurs. Tony Parker scored 29 points and San Antonio rallied to beat Golden State 107-96 on Tuesday night. "We played with more energy in the second half," said reserve guard Beno Udrih, who scored 13 points. "(Popovich) got the technicals and that's when we said 'Let's go, guys.
Mavs frustrate Yao, defeat Rockets (AP)
About the only thing the Houston Rockets have had going for them lately was the strong play of Yao Ming. So the main thing the Dallas Mavericks focused on Tuesday night was making him work for everything he got. Yao wound up being pestered into his worst game in a month, scoring only four points by halftime then taking only one shot in the third quarter of an 88-72 victory by the Mavericks.
Nets beat Wizards for sixth straight win (AP)
As much as the New Jersey Nets and Washington Wizards count on their outstanding trios, it helps to have scoring from elsewhere, too. The Nets got more of a boost from role players Tuesday night and that, coupled with Richard Jefferson's 21-point second half, allowed New Jersey to break open a tight game late, beating Washington 112-100 for its sixth consecutive victory.
Wolves get past Heat as Shaq sits out (AP)
Without Shaquille O'Neal filling the lane for Miami on Tuesday night, Ricky Davis was free to fill the stat sheet and lead Minnesota to victory. Davis had 26 points, a season-high 10 assists and seven rebounds Tuesday night to help the Timberwolves beat the undermanned Heat 100-96, snapping Miami's five-game winning streak.
Grizzlies win 4th straight, rout Pacers (AP)
The Indiana Pacers were flat, and the Memphis Grizzlies recognized it. Pau Gasol had 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help the Grizzlies beat Indiana 105-75 on Tuesday night. The result marked another double-digit loss for Indiana at a time when its trying to enhance its playoff position.
Iverson expected to return Wednesday (AP)
Allen Iverson was back on the court Tuesday for the first time since spraining his right foot nine days ago, and is expected to be in the lineup for the Philadelphia 76ers against Atlanta on Wednesday. Iverson, the NBA's second-leading scorer with an average of 33.2 points, missed the last four games after he bruised and sprained his foot against Memphis on March 12.
Jazz rally, hand Suns 2nd straight loss (AP)
For a while, Andrei Kirilenko looked like the only Utah player who could keep up with the Phoenix Suns. Once his teammates caught up, the Jazz rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat the Suns 107-99 Tuesday. Kirilenko had 22 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and blocked four shots in the second half and Deron Williams, a rookie going head-to-head with league MVP Steve Nash, finished with 17 points...
Kings win 14th straight home game (AP)
Although road victories remain elusive, the Sacramento Kings are thriving at home. Coming off a pair of losses away from Arco Arena, Ron Artest scored a season-high 34 points and the Kings beat the Seattle SuperSonics 105-96 Tuesday night for their 14th straight home win. The Kings' home-winning streak is tied for the fourth longest in franchise history.
Hard-charging Buffalo moves up three spots and prepares to make its case for the top spot.
Kings fire coach Andy Murray (AP)
The Kings' winning record has them in the middle of a playoff race, yet a string of lackluster performances got coach Andy Murray fired. "This is a drastic step, but we're looking to turn things around," general manager DaveTaylor said Tuesday night after announcing the decision to let Murray go. "If we did nothing, I felt we were going to continue in this downward direction." The Kings (37-28-5)...
Alfredsson leads Sens to 100-point mark (AP)
The Ottawa Senators are done with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the season, which might make everyone involved quite happy. Daniel Alfredsson netted his career-high 38th goal and assisted on another as Ottawa became the first team to reach 100 points this season with a 5-2 win Tuesday night over the lowly Penguins.
Erat's SO goal gives Predators win (AP)
Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun wasn't great in the shootout, just good enough. Martin Erat's goal in the sixth round of the tiebreaker gave the Predators a 3-2 victory that ended the Detroit Red Wings' six-game winning streak on Tuesday night. Nashville, which got regulation goals from Scott Hartnell and Steve Sullivan, won its fifth straight.
Niittymaki, Flyers edge Devils 2-1 (AP)
With his smooth lateral movement and nifty glove saves, Antero Niittymaki is playing like someone who wants to be Philadelphia's playoff goalie. Peter Forsberg scored a goal in his return to the lineup and Simon Gagne added his 40th of the season to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Thrashers rally, defeat Bruins in SO (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers might look back on a shootout in Boston as the springboard for their first trip to the NHL playoffs. Jim Slater scored in the fourth extra shootout session Tuesday night, lifting the surging Thrashers to a 5-4 victory over the sliding Bruins. The Thrashers, who won for the seventh time in nine games, set a franchise record with their 34th win.
Allison's late goal lifts Maple Leafs (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs earned a much-needed victory just before they travel to Montreal for their two most important games of the season. Jason Allison scored a power-play goal with 4:48 left, and the Maple Leafs picked up ground in their playoff hunt with a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
Avs leading scorer Tanguay out 2-4 weeks (AP)
Colorado's leading scorer Alex Tanguay will be out for two-to-four weeks with a sprained right knee. Tanguay, who leads the Avalanche with 74 points, including 26 goals, was hurt during the first period of Sunday's loss at San Jose. The team said Tuesday that tests revealed no further damage to the knee.
DiPietro ends Islanders' three-game skid (AP)
Rick DiPietro knew he had no chance at a goal, but took a shot anyway. DiPietro made 33 saves, and Robert Nilsson scored to snap a second-period tie to help the New York Islanders end a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. But it was the goalie's shooting attempt at an open net with 55 seconds left that had the crowd buzzing.
Joseph reaches milestone in Coyotes win (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes gave Curtis Joseph way more offense than the NHL's sixth winningest goalie needed. Shane Doan and Steven Reinprecht each had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who scored five unanswered goals to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Tuesday night. Joseph made 31 saves for his 423rd victory, tying him with Tony Esposito on the NHL's career list.
HAMPTON, Ga. – Chad Knaus returns from his suspension this weekend, but don't count on him changing his ways.
String of runs has Burton back on verge of being the best (AP)
Few would have been surprised if Jeff Burton needed directions to Victory Lane.
Kahne wins rain-postponed Atlanta race; Lester finishes 38th (AP)
Bill Lester would like to be known as just another race car driver.
Earnhardt and Gordon making strides (AP)
It looks like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon may be back on track after a disappointing 2005.
Lester gracious in spotlight at Atlanta (SportsTicker)
HAMPTON, Georgia Ticker) Bill Lester admitted he was a bit embarrassed to be sitting between second-place finisher Mark Martin and third-place finisher Dale Earnhardt Jr. after Monday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kahne wins NASCAR Nextel Golden Corral 500 (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)
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.