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UCLA Shocks Gonzaga With Frantic Late Run (AP)
Gonzaga's Adam Morrison falls to the floor after losing to UCLA during the second half of their NCAA Tournament regional semifinal college basketball game, Thursday, March 23, 2006, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - Luc Richard Mbah a Moute provided a shocking ending to Adam Morrison's amazing season. Mbah a Moute scored underneath with 10 seconds left and the second-seeded Bruins scored the final 11 points of the game to knock out Morrison and third-seeded Gonzaga 73-71 Thursday night to advance to the regional final.


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Paulino's 3 at Buzzer Makes Texas Elite (AP)
Texas guard Kenton Paulino (12) goes up for the winning shot with less than a second to go as West Virginia's Frank Young defends during the second half of an NCAA basketball tournament regional semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, March 23, 2006. Texas won 74-71. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)AP - When Texas needed a 3-point shot, it turned to the right shooter. Kenton Paulino, a senior who ranks second in school history in career 3-point percentage, hit a 3-pointer as time expired Thursday night and Texas outlasted West Virginia 74-71 in the third round of the NCAA tournament.


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No Crying for Big Baby: LSU Takes Out Duke (AP)
Duke's J.J. Redick drives against the defense of Louisiana State's Glen Davis, left front, during the first half of an NCAA basketball tournament regional semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Thursday, March 23, 2006. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)AP - No need for LSU and Big Baby to cry in this NCAA tournament. The Tigers left the tears for J.J. Redick.


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It'll Be Manning Vs. Deuce in Mississippi (AP)
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, left, listens as former Saints quarterback Archie Manning expresses his pleasure Thursday, March 23, 2006, at a news conference in Jackson, Miss., that the Saints will play an exhibition game in Jackson against the Indianapolis Colts, quarterbacked by one of his sons, Peyton Manning. The game is scheduled for Aug. 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)AP - Mississippi's first NFL exhibition game in a decade will feature two stars with significant ties to the state.


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Bonds to Sue Authors of Steroids Book (AP)
This dust jacket cover photo of the  book on Barry Bonds, 'Game of Shadows,' was supplied by publisher Gotham books. 'Game of Shadows,' set for release Thursday March 23, 2006, says BALCO's performance-enhancing drugs were used by several athletes, including track stars Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery, NFL players such as Bill Romanowski, and sluggers including Bonds, Sheffield and Giambi..  (AP Photo/Gotham Books)AP - Barry Bonds plans to sue the authors and publisher of a book that alleges the San Francisco Giants' slugger used steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, saying they used "illegally obtained" grand jury transcripts.


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Panthers Close in on WR Keyshawn Johnson (AP)
Dallas Cowboys' Keyshawn Johnson (19) carries the ball against the St. Louis Rams in Irving, Tx., in this Jan. 1, 2006 photo. At right obscured is Rams' corner back Ron Bartell (32). Johnson is exploring a return to the city where he became famous as much for his off-field statements as for his on-field pass catching. The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was visiting with the New York Giants on Tuesday March  22, 2006, a team official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of team policy. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)AP - The Carolina Panthers closed in on a deal with free agent receiver Keyshawn Johnson late Thursday night that would give the team a complement to All-Pro receiver Steve Smith and perhaps the final piece to get them back to the Super Bowl.


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Phoenix welcome back Stoudemire with big win over Portland (Reuters)
Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire (L) grabs an offensive rebound over Portland Trail Blazers Joel Przybilla during NBA action in Phoenix, Arizona, March 23, 2006. Stoudemire returning from knee surgery, started in his first game of the season. (Ralph Freso/East Valley Tribune/Reuters)Reuters - Amare Stoudemire celebrated his return to the Phoenix line-up by scoring a team-high 20 points to lead the Suns to a 125-108 home romp over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.


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Slugging First Baseman Have Their Day (AP)
Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton, right, is congratulated by teammate Ian Stewart (64) after Helton's solo home run in the first inning in a spring training baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Tucson, Ariz., on Thursday, March 23, 2006. Helton also had two doubles in the Rockies' 8-4 win. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)AP - Two of baseball's best first basemen had reason to be encouraged Thursday. Derrek Lee looked healthy at the plate and Todd Helton added to his big spring.


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Ecuador Soccer Official Arrested (AP)
AP - The coordinator of Ecuador's World Cup-bound soccer team was jailed on suspicion of immigrant trafficking for allegedly seeking U.S. visas for two people not connected to squad.

Canucks Beat Oilers 4-3 in Shootout (AP)
Vancouver Canucks' Markus Naslund (19) congratulates teammate Todd Bertuzzi after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers to win the shootout during NHL hockey action in Vancouver, Canada, Thursday, March 23, 2006. The Canucks defeated the Oilers, 4-3. (AP Photo/Richard Lam,CP)AP - The Vancouver Canucks overcame a couple of bad breaks to earn a pair of crucial points in the playoff race. After blowing a two-goal second period lead, Markus Naslund tied the game 8:24 into the third and scored the first of three straight shootout goals as Vancouver won its second straight game over the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3 on Thursday night.


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No harm done
AUSTIN, Texas – Vince Young didn't hurt or help his stock, and for that reason alone his workout was a success.

Cowboys sign former Colts K Vanderjagt (AP)
Mike Vanderjagt, the NFL's most accurate kicker who was no longer needed in Indianapolis, signed a three-year contract Thursday with the Dallas Cowboys. Vanderjagt wasn't re-signed by the Colts, who instead signed Adam Vinatieri earlier this week. Vinatieri twice hit winning kicks in the Super Bowl for New England, but the Patriots allowed him to test free agency.

Keyshawn closes in on deal with Panthers (AP)
The Carolina Panthers closed in on a deal with free agent receiver Keyshawn Johnson late Thursday night that would give the team a complement to All-Pro receiver Steve Smith and perhaps the final piece to get them back to the Super Bowl. Johnson, who was released last week by the Dallas Cowboys, spent the entire day meeting with coaches and team officials in Charlotte, then dined with team...

Raiders agree to terms with QB Brooks (AP)
The Oakland Raiders found their replacement for Kerry Collins, agreeing to terms Wednesday with former New Orleans quarterback Aaron Brooks on a two-year contract worth more than $8 million. The 29-year-old Brooks gives new Raiders coach Art Shell a proven starter to compete with veteran backup Marques Tuiasosopo and second-year pro Andrew Walter.

Judge: Culpepper was treated differently (AP)
A judge agreed that Daunte Culpepper and a former Minnesota Vikings teammate had made a case that they were treated differently than two white men who were not charged as part of a boat party sex scandal. Culpepper and running back Moe Williams are seeking dismissal of misdemeanor charges of lewd conduct.

Texans re-sign four defensive players (AP)
The Houston Texans re-signed free agents Shantee Orr, DaShon Polk, Ramon Walker and Frank Chamberlin on Thursday. Orr, an outside linebacker who spent most of his first two NFL seasons on the practice squad, had a breakout year in 2005, leading the team with seven sacks. He appeared in 16 games, starting 12 and had 47 tackles and four forced fumbles.

Bears' Azumah retires due to injuries (AP)
Bears cornerback Jerry Azumah retired Thursday because of neck and hip pain the past two seasons, ending a seven-year career with Chicago in which he made the Pro Bowl in 2003. The 28-year-old Azumah missed most of the preseason after minor hip surgery and lost his starting job to Pro Bowl selection Nathan Vasher in the final year of his contract.

Vikings sign QB McMahon, S Tank Williams (AP)
The Minnesota Vikings added three more players during their free-agent shopping spree on Thursday, including quarterback Mike McMahon and safety Tank Williams. After Corey Chavous signed with St. Louis, the Vikings had an opening at strong safety. Williams, a hard-hitting run-stopper, spent the last four seasons with Tennessee.

The pros' bracket racket
What if the NBA held its own tournament in March? Here's what the madness would look like.

Stoudemire impressive in return (AP)
Amare Stoudemire had a message for the Western Conference on Thursday night. "Amare Stoudemire's back," he said after scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds in 19 minutes to spark the Phoenix Suns to a 125-108 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Stoudemire, who missed the Suns' first 66 games after undergoing surgery on his left knee Oct.

Richardson's late trey lifts Warriors (AP)
This time it was Jason Richardson's turn to hit a buzzer-beater to help Golden State shock Dallas. Richardson scored 40 points, including a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining to send the Warriors past the Mavericks 122-121 on Thursday night. The Warriors surprised the Mavericks on their previous visit to Dallas on Dec.

Nets defeat Wolves, win streak at seven (AP)
It didn't matter that Clifford Robinson had missed seven of his first nine shots. He was open and the game was on the line, and players don't hang around for 17 years in the NBA if they don't cash in more of those opportunities than they squander. Robinson made two 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter to help New Jersey pull away, and the Nets beat Minnesota 86-82 Thursday night for their seventh...

Grizzlies push winning streak to five (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies got an important win for their playoff hopes -- not that they're ready to talk about them. Eddie Jones scored 23 points, reserve Mike Miller added 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers 95-85 on Thursday night. Memphis moved within a half-game of the fifth-place Clippers in the Western Conference, but discussing possible playoff pairings was...

Wizards make 16 3s, defeat Jazz 109-97 (AP)
A six-game road trip doesn't look quite as imposing to the Washington Wizards now. The Wizards opened their longest trip of the season by setting a team record with 16 3-pointers in a 109-97 win over the Utah Jazz on Thursday. "It's a great feeling to start off a road trip like that," said Gilbert Arenas, who led the Wizards with 31 points.

Jazz retire F Malone's number ''32'' (AP)
As much as he tried to credit others, Thursday in Utah was all about Karl Malone. The Jazz honored Malone on Thursday by retiring his No. 32 and unveiling a bronze statue of the power forward who played 18 of his 19 NBA seasons in Utah. The "Mailman," the second-leading scorer in NBA history, grinned at the pregame statue ceremony and again at halftime of the game against Washington when the jersey...

Ming, Alston rally Rockets past Hornets (AP)
Even with their chances of making the playoffs diminishing, Yao Ming and Rafer Alston haven't given up on the Houston Rockets' season. Yao and Alston each scored 22 points, carrying the Rockets in the closing minutes of a 93-92 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night that snapped a six-game losing streak.

Raptors waive C Antonio Davis (AP)
The Toronto Raptors waived Antonio Davis on Thursday, effectively ending a season in which the center was suspended for five games for climbing into the stands after his wife got into a confrontation with a fan in Chicago. Davis missed the past 12 games after injuring his back in the third quarter of a game against Miami on Feb.

Pistons shut down Wade, top Heat 82-73 (AP)
The Detroit Pistons refused to let Dwyane Wade beat them again. In their first meeting since Wade scored Miami's final 17 points in a two-point win on Feb. 12, the Pistons held him to a season-low 13 and rallied for an 82-73 victory Wednesday night. "You never want to have a player that has so much confidence against you that he thinks he can just take the game over at any time," Pistons coach Flip...

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

Bondra, Thrashers top Devils in OT (AP)
Peter Bondra was in the right place at the right time. Bondra scored 1:03 into overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 6-5 win over New Jersey on Thursday night and a four-game season sweep of the Devils. Bondra knocked in a rebound shot from Andy Sutton, whose shot bounced off New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur and onto Bondra's stick.

Canucks beat Oilers 4-3 in shootout (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks overcame a couple of bad breaks to earn a pair of crucial points in the playoff race. After blowing a two-goal second period lead, Markus Naslund tied the game 8:24 into the third and scored the first of three straight shootout goals as Vancouver won its second straight game over the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3 on Thursday night.

Lightning come back, edge Caps in OT (AP)
Pavel Kubina added a little more momentum to the Tampa Bay Lightning's drive for a playoff berth. Kubina scored on a power play 37 seconds into overtime Thursday night, giving the defending Stanley Cup champions a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. The win was the Lightning's third in its last four games.

Red Wings' Legace shuts out Sharks 4-0 (AP)
Red Wings goalie Manny Legace admits that he did not have to do much to record his 12th career shutout. He stopped 28 shots and lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. It was Legace's sixth shutout of the season, which is second to Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff, who has eight.

Sabres meet Sens Friday in key matchup (AP)
Coach Lindy Ruff knows one way for the Buffalo Sabres to regain their confidence and show they belong among the NHL's elite heading into the playoffs. Ruff's solution? Beating Ottawa, the Eastern Conference-leading team that Buffalo hosts on Friday night, and the one team that has given the Sabres trouble all season.

Canadiens rout Maple Leafs 5-1 (AP)
It took only 20 minutes for the Montreal Canadiens to take control of the opener of a key two-game set with the rival Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre. Alex Kovalev scored his 18th to cap Montreal's four-goal first period as the Canadiens went on to a 5-1 win Thursday night. "We had a great first period and after that we played a great, simple game," said Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet, who...

Maple Leafs G Belfour out for season (AP)
Maple Leafs goalie Ed Belfour is expected to miss the remainder of the season after being placed on injured reserve Thursday with a hurt back. Belfour hasn't played since March 10. The 40-year-old, who has a history of back problems, has had a subpar season -- going 22-22-4 with a goals against average of 3.29 in 49 games.

Hamrlik scores twice, Flames rout Blues (AP)
Calgary defenseman Jordan Leopold scored his first goal of the season and to Flames coach Darryl Sutter's way of thinking, it's long overdue. "I don't know that it's nice but I'd say it's about time," Sutter said. "For as much as time as he gets on power plays and playing with defenseman Robyn Regehr, you'd think at this point he'd have one somehow." Leopold had a goal and two assists and...

Coyotes hold on, beat Blackhawks 4-3 (AP)
Steven Reinprecht has found a home alongside Shane Doan. Reinprecht had a goal and two assists, and Doan added a goal and an assist, and the Phoenix Coyotes held on to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 Thursday night for their third straight win. Paul Mara and Geoff Sanderson also scored for the Coyotes, who have won three of four including two against Chicago in the past five days.

Showdown in the valley
The Busch Series hits Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for Saturday's Sharpie Mini 300.

NASCAR fines two; suspends one (AP)
NASCAR fined two Nextel Cup crew chiefs Thursday for technical violations found last weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway and indefinitely suspended a crew member.

NASCAR's Most Popular Driver vote begins (AP)
Voting for the NASCAR NMPA Chex Most Popular Driver began last week, with more than 19,000 ballots cast.

NASCAR fines Childers $10,000 (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - When most people put on a little weight it costs them some extra time in the gym. The penalty was a little stiffer for Rodney Childers.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway gambling on a new high-speed oval (AP)
LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas Motor Speedway is upping the ante on a proven winner by redesigning its tri-oval,...

Robby Gordon going his own way, as usual (AP)
Telling Robby Gordon he can't do something only makes him more determined to get it done. So, the chorus of...

Kenseth crew chief fined $5,000 by NASCAR (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Chad Norris, the crew chief for Matt Kenseth's Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Busch Series, has been penalized due to a rules violation at Saturday's Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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.

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