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Brewer's Heroics Send Florida to Elite 8 (AP)
Georgetown players hold on to Florida Joakim Noah's jersey as he goes up against Georgetown's Roy Hibbert during the first half of their NCAA Regional semifinal basketball game in Minneapolis, Friday, March 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)AP - Florida's Corey Brewer made one basket in the second half, and he made it count. Brewer turned a twisting, falling-down shot into a three-point play with 27.5 seconds left, lifting the third-seeded Gators to a 57-53 victory over Georgetown Friday night in the Minneapolis Regional semifinals.


Villanova Rallies From 16 Back to Advance (AP)
Boston College's Jared Dudley loses control of the ball as he goes up against Villanova's Shane Clark (35) and Jason Fraser (20) during the second half of their NCAA Regional semifinal basketball game in Minneapolis, Friday, March 24. 2006. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)AP - All eyes have been on Villanova's sensational guards the entire season. So no one can blame Boston College for concentrating on Allan Ray and Randy Foye and forgetting all about Will Sheridan. Not even Sheridan.


George Mason Advances Over Wichita State (AP)
George Mason's Will Thomas grabs a rebound against Wichita State in the second half of their third round game of the NCAA basketball tournament in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)AP - Lamar Butler dribbled out the final seconds of George Mason's latest improbable victory, then dropped the ball and wagged eight fingers toward a TV camera.


Orr Fired As Seton Hall Basketball Coach (AP)
** FILE *8 Seton Hall coach Louis Orr talks with his players during the first half against Wichita State in the NCAA First Round basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. in this March 16, 2006 photo. Seton Hall fired basketball coach Louis Orr on Friday, a little more than a week after the Pirates lost by 20 points in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)AP - Seton Hall fired basketball coach Louis Orr on Friday, a little more than a week after the Pirates lost by 20 points in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.


TPC Shows Davis No Love on Record Day (AP)
Davis Love III scratches his head as he thinks about his next shot on the second hole fairway during the second round of play at The Players Championship golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. on Friday, March 24, 2006. Love missed the cut with a total score of 148 in the tournament.(AP Photo/John Raoux)AP - His share of the lead at The Players Championship was long gone when Davis Love III reached his final hole of a second round he won't soon forget.


OT Walker Re-Signs With Buccaneers (AP)
AP - Free-agent offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday.

Barry Gets Hot As Spurs Trip Trail Blazers (AP)
San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20) battles against the defense of Portland Trail Blazers Steve Blake (2) during the first quarter of basketball in Portland, Ore., Friday March 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)AP - Brent Barry scored 15 of his season-high 23 points in the second quarter and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Portland 98-79 Friday night, sending the Trail Blazers to their seventh straight loss.


Judge Denies Bonds' Initial Bid in Lawsuit (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 - A judge denied Barry Bonds' bid to block the authors and publishers from making money on a book claiming the San Francisco Giants slugger used steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, and said Bonds' suit against them has little chance of success.


Chelsea Invited for MLS All-Star Game (AP)
AP - English Premier League champion Chelsea has been invited to play in the annual Major League Soccer All-Star Game, a Los Angeles newspaper has reported.

Jagr Gets 50th As Rangers Fall to Panthers (AP)
New York Rangers' Jaromir Jagr, center, celebrates with teammates Michal Rozsival and Michael Nylander after scoring his 50th goal of the season against during the first period against the Florida Panthers in a NHL hockey game Friday, March 24, 2006 in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)AP - Two teams with playoff hopes each improved their chances. Olli Jokinen scored in the third round of a shootout to give the Florida Panthers a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night in a game that saw Jaromir Jagr become the NHL's first 50-goal scorer since 2002-03.


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

Keyshawn Johnson signs with Panthers (AP)
Carolina receiver Steve Smith might have been the biggest influence in persuading Keyshawn Johnson to the sign with the Panthers. "He threatened me a couple of times to make this decision," Johnson quipped Friday after signing a four-year contract to play for the Panthers. Johnson, who negotiated the contract himself while his agent serves a one-year suspension, got a $19 million deal that includes...

Niners sign Pro Bowl guard Larry Allen (AP)
The San Francisco 49ers hope Allen-itis still is highly contagious. Larry Allen, the Dallas Cowboys' 10-time Pro Bowl guard and perhaps the most dominant offensive lineman of his generation, agreed to a two-year contract with the 49ers on Friday. Though the 34-year-old has played 12 tough NFL seasons, the struggling 49ers believe they could use a big dose of Allen's famed nastiness.

Falcons' Mora signs three-year extension (AP)
Jim Mora wants to spend the rest of his coaching career with the Atlanta Falcons. The team is committed to him for at least four more seasons. Despite a second-half collapse that ruined a shot at the playoffs, the Falcons gave Mora a three-year contract extension Friday that runs through the 2009 season.

Patriots re-sign WR Troy Brown (AP)
After losing three key players from its championship teams in recent days, the New England Patriots re-signed receiver and fan favorite Troy Brown on Friday. The team also re-signed offensive lineman Stephen Neal. Terms of the deals weren't disclosed. Brown, 34, has spent his entire career with the Patriots, who drafted him in 1993.

Seahawks bring back veteran FB Strong (AP)
Fullback Mack Strong will be back for his 14th season with the Seattle Seahawks. The team's longest-tenured player signed a multiyear contract Friday to stay in Seattle. The Seahawks also signed defensive tackle Russell Davis and tight end Will Heller to multiyear deals. The 34-year-old Strong was selected to his first Pro Bowl last season, when the Seahawks reached their first Super Bowl.

Seahawks, OL Ashworth agree to $13M deal (AP)
Former New England Patriots tackle Tom Ashworth has agreed to a $13 million, five-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Agent Tom Mills said Friday that Ashworth's deal includes a signing bonus and base salary totaling $4.5 million for 2006. The Seahawks have yet to announce the agreement, pending Ashworth signing the contract and the league approving it.

RT Jon Runyan re-signs with Eagles (AP)
Veteran right tackle Jon Runyan agreed to a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, returning to the offensive line he has anchored for the last five seasons. The 32-year-old Runyan, who was an unrestricted free agent, has started all 96 games at right tackle for Philadelphia since joining the team as a free agent in 2000.

The Amare effect
Amare Stoudemire is back, but it's possible he could do more harm than good to the Suns' already potent lineup.

Ben Wallace's block saves Pistons (AP)
Ben Wallace could not seal the game from the free throw line, so he went to what he does best -- playing great defense -- to make up for it. Wallace blocked Danny Granger's 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Detroit Pistons held off the Indiana Pacers 75-72 on Friday night. Wallace, the reigning NBA defensive player of the year, was glad to have made the final play, but said the Pistons should have...

Howard helps Magic end 16-game road skid (AP)
Trailing by 10 points early in the first quarter and in the midst of a franchise-record 16-game road losing streak, Orlando Magic head coach Brian Hill knew exactly where to turn. The bench. Orlando's reserves outscored Philadelphia's bench 50-28 and the Magic pulled away for a 102-86 win over a 76ers team that is fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Brent Barry, Spurs rout Blazers 98-79 (AP)
Brent Barry scored 15 of his season-high 23 points in the second quarter and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Portland 98-79 Friday night, sending the Trail Blazers to their seventh straight loss. Juan Dixon had 24 points and Zach Randolph added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Blazers, who have the worst record in the Western Conference and are 3-21 since Feb.

Gasol, Grizzlies rout woeful Knicks (AP)
It looked like a mismatch: The turnover-prone New York Knicks against an excellent defensive team in the Memphis Grizzlies. And that's exactly the way it turned out. Pau Gasol scored 36 points, and the Grizzlies used a dominant defensive effort to pull away early and beat the Knicks 91-75 Friday night for their sixth straight victory.

Injured forward Jamal Mashburn retires (AP)
Forward Jamal Mashburn retired Friday, shortly after being waived by the Philadelphia 76ers. "I've had a long career in the NBA and have enjoyed my experience," Mashburn said. Mashburn never suited up for the 76ers after being acquired from the New Orleans Hornets in 2005. In a swap of inactive players, the 76ers traded Glenn Robinson to the Hornets for Mashburn and Rodney Rodgers.

LeBron moves Cavs closer to playoffs (AP)
LeBron James again thrilled the crowd with a final shot -- and a whole lot more. Two nights after winning a game at the buzzer for the first time in his career, James scored 19 of his 36 points in the final quarter to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 94-82 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

Anthony leads Nuggets past SuperSonics (AP)
Carmelo Anthony is having a memorable March. Anthony scored 31 points and moved the Nuggets closer to winning the Northwest Division title with a 117-104 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night. He is averaging nearly 30 points in 13 March games and shooting 56 percent. "I'm more concerned by the way we came out sluggish," said Anthony, who has scored 96 points in three games against...

Shaq, Wade power Heat past Bobcats (AP)
Flight problems forced the Charlotte Bobcats to arrive in South Florida one day behind schedule. If they knew what awaited, the Bobcats may have considered not coming at all. Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal combined for 46 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Miami Heat beat Charlotte 114-93 on Friday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Gordon, Chandler power Bulls to victory (AP)
The role was familiar to Ben Gordon. So was the result. The NBA's top sixth man as a rookie last season, Gordon scored 25 points to help the Chicago Bulls snapped a four-game losing streak with a 96-82 victory over the slumping New Orleans Hornets on Friday night. The Bulls (30-39) shook up their starting lineup, overcame a rough first quarter and pulled within 2 1/2 games behind of Philadelphia,...

Power rankings
No lead is safe in the new NHL, so who's to say which team will reach the playoffs atop the Power Rankings.

Blues announce sale to Dave Checketts (AP)
Dave Checketts is buying the NHL's second-worst team, but he's already thinking Stanley Cup. The Blues announced Friday that owners Bill and Nancy Laurie will sell the team and the Savvis Center to Checketts and his Sports Capital Partners and Towerbrook Capital Partners. The NHL Board of Governors must still approve the deal.

Senators top Sabres, clinch playoff spot (AP)
The Ottawa Senators are tough to beat under any circumstances. When the puck is rolling their way, they're almost impossible to stop. Ray Emery stopped 28 shots and got help from some fortunate bounces as Ottawa clinched a playoff spot with a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. "I'll take the good bounces for sure," Emery said.

Jagr nets 50th, Rangers fall in shootout (AP)
Two teams with playoff hopes each improved their chances. Olli Jokinen scored in the third round of a shootout to give the Florida Panthers a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night in a game that saw Jaromir Jagr become the NHL's first 50-goal scorer since 2002-03. Petr Sykora scored for New York in the shootout, but Michael Nylander and Jagr missed.

Stars win 11th game in SO, top 'Hawks (AP)
After one-sided victories over the Chicago Blackhawks in their first three meetings this season, the Dallas Stars didn't figure to get much of a fight. This time the Blackhawks made the Stars sweat. Brenden Morrow scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the Stars their 11th victory without a loss in the NHL's new tiebreaker, a 3-2 decision over the Blackhawks on Friday night.

Gomez, Clemmensen spark Devils to win (AP)
The New Jersey Devils got a win from a goalie who hadn't won in nearly three months and the first goal in six games from their second-leading scorer. It all came on an emotional night when they retired the jersey of one of the franchise's most revered players. Not a bad evening for a team that has struggled lately to put some distance between itself and the teams chasing it for an Eastern...

Devils retire Ken Daneyko's No. 3 (AP)
Growing up in Edmonton, Ken Daneyko used to carry around a garbage can and pretend it was the Stanley Cup, little knowing that one day he would hoist the genuine article three times and etch his name in NHL history. The New Jersey Devils raised Daneyko's No. 3 jersey to the rafters in Continental Airlines Arena on Friday night before their game against the Boston Bruins, honoring a player who rode...

Crosby's OT goal lifts Penguins by Isles (AP)
The last thing the Pittsburgh Penguins wanted was to go to another shootout with the New York Islanders. So Sidney Crosby made sure that didn't happen. The star rookie scored with 1:32 to play in overtime to give the Penguins a 4-3 victory over New York on Friday night. The Islanders had won the last three meetings between the teams -- each in a shootout.

Kings' Pavol Demitra undergoes surgery (AP)
Kings forward Pavol Demitra had surgery Friday to repair a nasal fracture. The surgery was needed to correct Demitra's breathing problems. Demitra played in one game since returning from the Olympics, where he sustained the fracture when he was hit in the face by a puck while playing for Slovakia. He has 22 goals and 35 assists in 51 games for the Kings this season.

Chimera helps Blue Jackets end skid (AP)
Out of the playoff picture, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal is to play with character. A trait they've had trouble finding lately. Jason Chimera scored his career-high 15th goal with 2:47 left to help the Blue Jackets end a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Flames on Friday night. Manny Malhotra and Nikolai Zherdev also scored for Columbus, which had lost three in a row at home.

Old and new
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Youth is taking over NASCAR, and that's just fine with Dale Jarrett.

Awful weather gives Stewart pole for NASCAR Food City 500 (SportsTicker)

Harvick irritated with Kurt Busch (AP)
Kevin Harvick is apparently irritated with Kurt Busch for on-track contact last week in Atlanta. Then again, Harvick has never really gotten along with the former Nextel Cup champion.

Knaus returns to track after suspension, and is ready to go (AP)
Crew chief Chad Knaus returned to the track Friday after a four-week suspension, greeted by a cold rain that washed out all activity at Bristol Motor Speedway.

German driver Joerg Bastuck dies in Catalonia Rally accident (AP)
German co-driver Joerg Bastuck died Friday after being hit by a car during the Rally of Catalunya in northeastern Spain, rally organizers said. Bastuck, a 36-year-old competitor in the Junior World Rally Championship, got out of his Citroen C2 GT driven by compatriot Aaron Burkart to change a tire when he was hit by a Ford Fiesta driven by Barry Clark and co-driven by Scott Martin.

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,...

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