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NEWS FROM 2006-03-26
Bruins Are in Final Four for 16th Time
AP - Before rushing to cut down the nets, UCLA's players and coaches stayed on the podium and led their fans in a popular school cheer. "UC-LA! UC-LA!" That's right, the Bruins are back.
'Big Baby' Davis Leads LSU Past Texas
AP - Glen Davis found a clearing at the top of the arc, lifted his hefty body off the court and softly spun the ball toward the hoop. His only 3-pointer of the NCAA tournament hit nothing but net.
Ames Survives Scary Day at Sawgrass
AP - Stephen Ames learned not to poke fun of Tiger Woods. Next up is an opponent that might be even more daunting — the TPC at Sawgrass, a notorious course that lived up to its reputation Saturday at The Players Championship with 19 lead changes, stunning collapses and a leader who is looking for redemption in more ways than one.
Bagwell, Bonds Sit Out With Injuries
AP - Two National League sluggers sat out of spring training games on Saturday with injuries, and one of them may never be back. Houston first baseman Jeff Bagwell said he will start the season on the disabled list and consult with a doctor to see if it would be beneficial to remove bone spurs from his shoulder.
Mavericks Stay Close to Spurs With Win
AP - The Dallas Mavericks made it look easy against the Atlanta Hawks. Jason Terry, however, knows it will only get tougher the rest of the way as they seek to win the NBA's Western Conference and gain the home court advantage during the playoffs.
Keyshawn Johnson Signs With Panthers
AP - Keyshawn Johnson chose to sign with the Carolina Panthers for one reason, and it has nothing to do with receptions.
Suns burn Nuggets despite Stoudemire's lacklustre showing
Reuters - Shawn Marion and Steve Nash each
scored 21 points to guide the Phoenix Suns past the Denver
Nuggets 107-96 on Saturday, while Amare Stoudemire struggled in
his second game back from injury.
Tigers Release First Baseman Pena
AP - Carlos Pena was unconditionally released Sunday by the Detroit Tigers after the first baseman struggled during spring training.
Middlesbrough Holds on to Beat Bolton
AP - Middlesbrough held on to beat Bolton 4-3 Sunday in the English Premier League, getting an injury-time goal from Stuart Parnaby.
Frolov Helps Kings Defeat Predators 6-4
AP - John Torchetti had something in his coaching debut that his predecessor was missing since the Olympic break — a healthy Alexander Frolov in the lineup.
Read and React: Fried Rice
The mere mentioning of Condoleezza Rice as a long-shot replacement for Paul Tagliabue drew quite a backlash.
Seahawks sign Burleson to offer sheet (AP)
The Seattle Seahawks signed Vikings receiver Nate Burleson to an offer sheet Friday for a seven-year contract worth up to $49 million, including $5.25 million guaranteed. Burleson caught 30 passes for 328 yards and one touchdown last season while bothered by multiple injuries. It was a disappointing season for Burleson, who had 1,006 yards receiving and nine touchdowns in 2004 and was expected to...
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, 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.
Suns overcome poor effort, top Nuggets (AP)
The Suns beat the Denver Nuggets in a showdown of NBA division leaders, and yet all the talk after the game was about how poorly Phoenix played. They shot only 43.3 percent from the floor, well below their 48.0 percent average, second-best in the NBA. They blew a 14-point second-quarter lead. And they lacked the energy they had two nights earlier, when Amare Stoudemire returned to the lineup after...
Clippers get 40th win, beat Wizards (AP)
Coach Mike Dunleavy knows the Los Angeles Clippers have an outside shot of breaking the franchise record for victories. He has loftier goals on his agenda, however. So does Elton Brand, whose 32 points and nine rebounds helped the Clippers rout Washington 116-101 on Saturday for their 40th victory of the season.
Kings boost playoff hopes, hold off Jazz (AP)
Bonzi Wells took a moment to see that, for once, Andrei Kirilenko was nowhere near the ball. Kirilenko had blocked 10 shots but had drifted toward the basket looking for another one. He couldn't recover to Wells as the Kings' guard sank a wide-open 3-pointer with 1:37 remaining to key Sacramento's 91-89 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.
Nowitzki, Terry lead Mavs over Hawks (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks made it look easy against the Atlanta Hawks. Jason Terry, however, knows it will only get tougher the rest of the way as they seek to win the NBA's Western Conference and gain the home court advantage during the playoffs. Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help the Dallas Mavericks to a 98-83 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.
Ben Wallace's block holds off Pacers (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.
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.
Mourning thankful injury wasn't worse (AP)
Alonzo Mourning first thought he'd suffered a cramp. His team's medical staff feared it was a ruptured Achilles' tendon. The Miami Heat center was relieved to learn he had a torn right calf, an injury somewhere in the middle. "It is discouraging," Mourning said Friday. "But at the time same, I know it could have been worse." He injured his leg Wednesday night in the Heat's loss to the Detroit...
Bryant's 43 guide Lakers past Bucks (AP)
Kobe Bryant got the Los Angeles Lakers off to a fast start with his marksmanship behind the 3-point arc. He won it for them at the free throw line. Bryant scored 43 points, including six foul shots in the final 20 seconds, and the Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-96 Friday night to record their first three-game winning streak in more than two months.
No lead is safe in the new NHL, so who's to say which team will reach the playoffs atop the Power Rankings.
Oilers back in playoff mix, beat Canucks (AP)
Steve Staios gave the Edmonton Oilers breathing room in the game and took it away from the Vancouver Canucks in the standings. Staios scored the eventual winning goal early in third period Saturday night, helping the Oilers beat the Canucks 3-2 and salvage a win in the three-game series between the teams.
Bruins fire GM Mike O'Connell (AP)
The Boston Bruins fired general manager Mike O'Connell on Saturday, telling him he wouldn't be back next season so there was no point in finishing out this one. Assistant general manager Jeff Gorton will assume the GM's duties for the rest of the season, team president Harry Sinden said before the Bruins' game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Sturm helps Bruins finally beat Sabres (AP)
While the Bruins' front office might be ready to give up on this season, Brad Boyes and the rest of his Boston teammates are still holding onto faint playoff hopes. Marco Sturm scored late in the third period, Boyes had a goal and two assists, and Boston snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 Saturday night, just hours after the Bruins fired general manager Mike...
Blue Jackets rally to stun Wings in SO (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets took the hard way in becoming the first team to rally to victory in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings. Jaroslav Balastik capped a comeback with the only goal of the shootout to give the Blue Jackets a 5-4 win over Detroit on Saturday night. David Vyborny, Rostislav Klesla and Rick Nash each had a goal and an assist, and Manny Malhotra also tallied for...
Four-goal first lifts Flyers past Sens (AP)
The Flyers are getting healthy and streaky at the right time. It's a combination that's led them to the top of Atlantic Division and has them again looking like a Stanley Cup contender. The Flyers scored four goals in the first period and Antero Niittymaki made the early spurt stand up with 33 saves to lead Philadelphia to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Cheechoo sets mark, Sharks beat Wild (AP)
If it wasn't for the Minnesota Wild, the San Jose Sharks might have already secured a playoff berth. San Jose shook off three previous winless games against the Wild and beat Minnesota 5-1 Saturday night. The Sharks are still in danger of missing the postseason but they kept their late drive going. In the midst of a five-game road trip, San Jose began the night in 10th place in the Western...
Frolov helps Torchetti win Kings debut (AP)
John Torchetti had something in his coaching debut that his predecessor was missing since the Olympic break -- a healthy Alexander Frolov in the lineup. Frolov returned from a shoulder injury and scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the third period to lift Los Angeles to a 6-4 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
Selanne sparks Ducks past Coyotes 5-2 (AP)
The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are peaking at just the right time. Teemu Selanne scored twice and added an assist to lead the streaking Anaheim Mighty Ducks past the Phoenix Coyotes 5-2 Saturday night for their sixth straight win. "It's the perfect time to be hot," Selanne said. "Everybody knows it's tough to face a hot team in the playoffs, and right now we're hot." Scott Niedermayer, Corey Perry and...
Habs top Leafs, move into playoff spot (AP)
The Canadiens are finally getting some offense out of Radek Bonk. They might need more if leading scorer Alex Kovalev gets suspended. Bonk and Michael Ryder each scored twice and Cristobal Huet made 26 saves as Montreal completed a two-game home sweep against Toronto with a 6-2 win Saturday night over the Maple Leafs.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – When it comes to exciting racing and atmosphere, Bristol is the place to be.
Kyle Busch wins Busch Sharpie Mini 300 (SportsTicker)
Kyle Busch wins Busch race at Bristol (AP)
Kyle Busch benefited from Greg Biffle's late tire problem to take the lead with 12 laps to go and held on to win the Busch Series race on a cold, snowy Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Longtime RIR PR man Kenneth Campbell dies (AP)
Robert Kenneth Campbell, an innovative promoter who helped shepherd NASCAR through its infancy and worked with the likes of Lawrence Welk, Guy Lombardo, the Harlem Globetrotters and Rolly Derby, has died. He was 83.
Raines ready to make season debut (AP)
The NASCAR season started six weeks ago for every driver except Tony Raines. He doesn't get his first crack in a car until next week, and the wait has been agonizing.
Earnhardt turning it around with little fanfare (AP)
NASCAR's most popular driver isn't getting much attention these days despite a strong start that has him in the top 10 of the standings.
Awful weather gives Stewart pole for NASCAR Food City 500 (SportsTicker)
Knaus returns at Bristol after four-race suspension (AP)
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Crew chief Chad Knaus returned to the track Friday after a four-week suspension, greeted...
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.