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NEWS FROM 2006-03-27
Patriots Stun UConn, Advance to Final 4
AP - George Mason's players stood on the press table, waving their jerseys to the crowd. Coach Jim Larranaga walked around with the nylon net around his neck. It won't be the same old schools from the same old conferences at this year's Final Four — certainly not top-seeded Connecticut.
Florida's Sophomore Too Strong for 'Nova
AP - With Florida minutes away from the Final Four, Joakim Noah threw his head back, screamed and pounded his chest as if to announce the Gators' arrival.
IRL Driver Paul Dana Dies After Crash
AP - Paul Dana was an up-and-coming rookie driver living his dream, a former motorsports journalist who was hours away Sunday from beginning his most promising season yet.
Ames Blows Away Toughest Field in Golf
AP - An embarrassing loss to Tiger Woods is in the past. A trip to the Masters might not be in his future. All that mattered to Stephen Ames was playing the best round of his life to overwhelm the best players in golf Sunday in The Players Championship.
Turner's Last-Second 3-Pointer Lifts Conn.
AP - Barbara Turner wasn't about to go home. The Connecticut senior hit a fadeaway 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left and two defenders on her to give the second-seeded Huskies a 77-75 win Sunday night over Georgia in the Bridgeport Regional semifinal.
Tagliabue Relaxed As His Term Winds Down
AP - Paul Tagliabue has never been so relaxed. Looking fit and rested after an arduous year of labor negotiations, the outgoing NFL commissioner began preparing Sunday for his hardest remaining task: ensuring that his successor is chosen in a less contentious process than he was 17 years ago.
Kobe, Brown Lead Lakers to 4th Victory
AP - Kwame Brown's sore hamstring held up well enough to allow the Los Angeles Lakers to put some distance between themselves and one of their major threats to a playoff berth. Brown finished with 17 points, helping the Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets 105-94 Sunday night for their fourth straight victory.
Bonds May Not Take Another Spring Swing
AP - Barry Bonds might not take another Cactus League swing in Arizona, choosing instead to rest his tender left elbow and surgically repaired right knee before the season starts.
Manchester United Back in Second Place
AP - Manchester United moved back into second place in the English Premier League on Sunday, getting two goals from Ryan Giggs in a 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Birmingham City.
Samsonov Helps Oilers Beat Colorado 4-3
AP - Not even a muffed shot on a shootout scoring attempt could ruin the spirits of Edmonton's Ryan Smyth. Sergei Samsonov scored the lone shootout goal on the first attempt in the tiebreaker to help the Oilers beat Colorado 4-3 on Sunday night, leaving the Avalanche tied for first place in the Northwest Division.
The order of business
Preventing another Wonderlic score fiasco will be part of the agenda at this week's owners meetings.
Tagliabue relaxed as his term winds down (AP)
Paul Tagliabue has never been so relaxed. Looking fit and rested after an arduous year of labor negotiations, the outgoing NFL commissioner began preparing Sunday for his hardest remaining task: ensuring that his successor is chosen in a less contentious process than he was 17 years ago. That will begin Monday, when Tagliabue chooses a committee to search for his successor.
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...
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...
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.
The Amare effect
Amare Stoudemire is back, but it's possible he could do more harm than good to the Suns' already potent lineup.
Nets extend win streak, topple Pistons (AP)
Vince Carter's career has been built on his flashy offensive skills. But for one crucial moment Sunday night, it was Carter's defensive ability that stole the show. Carter scored 22 points, then had a game-saving steal as the New Jersey Nets won their eighth straight game, beating the Detroit Pistons 79-74.
Villanueva has 48, but Bucks top Raptors (AP)
The best game of his NBA career couldn't save a lousy day for Charlie Villanueva. Villanueva scored a career-high 48 points, but the Milwaukee Bucks got 35 points from Michael Redd to beat the Toronto Raptors 125-116 in overtime Sunday. That came less than an hour after Connecticut, Villanueva's college team, was upset by George Mason in the NCAA tournament.
LeBron lifts Cavs past Rockets in OT (AP)
The Cleveland Cavaliers got their second overtime win of the week and LeBron James took down the only NBA team he'd yet to beat. James scored 36 points, including the go-ahead dunk with 3:24 left in overtime, to lead the Cavaliers to a 104-102 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday. Four days after hitting his first game-winner in the final seconds for a 120-118 overtime victory over Charlotte,...
Allen, Sonics get better of Bowen, Spurs (AP)
Ray Allen got the final say Sunday night in his escalating feud with San Antonio's Bruce Bowen. Allen's 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds left capped a 33-point performance and gave the Seattle SuperSonics a 106-102 win over the San Antonio Spurs. Earlier in the game, Allen was kicked in the back by Bowen while the two were laying on the ground.
Grizzlies win 7th straight after delay (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies had to wait before extending their longest winning streak of the season to seven games. Pau Gasol had 33 points and 15 rebounds and reserve Mike Miller added 20 points to lead the Grizzlies over the Charlotte Bobcats 102-95 Sunday. Lorenzen Wright contributed 13 points and seven rebounds for the Grizzlies, whose win streak is one short of the franchise record.
Garnett, Wolves hold off Knicks 98-94 (AP)
After the Minnesota Timberwolves avoided their biggest collapse in franchise history, Kevin Garnett made it clear he doesn't want to go through another season like this one. And both Garnett and Stephon Marbury said they would be open to being reunited in the future -- although neither seems to want to change cities.
Pacers hand 76ers second straight loss (AP)
After a season filled with turmoil and injuries, the Indiana Pacers finally are at full strength. Stephen Jackson, Peja Stojakovic, Jamaal Tinsley and Jermaine O'Neal started together for the first time this season, and they all played major roles in Indiana's 92-79 win over Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.
Kwame Brown sparks Lakers past Hornets (AP)
Kwame Brown's sore hamstring held up well enough to allow the Los Angeles Lakers to put some distance between themselves and one of their major threats to a playoff berth. Brown finished with 17 points, helping the Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets 105-94 Sunday night for their fourth straight victory.
Brand powers Clips in rout of Blazers (AP)
Angling for playoff position, the Los Angeles Clippers didn't want to simply beat the Trail Blazers. They wanted a rout. And they got one. Elton Brand scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Clippers beat Portland 97-83 Sunday night and extend the Blazers' losing streak to eight games. The Clippers, currently holding the fifth playoff spot in the Western Conference, led by as many as 25...
No lead is safe in the new NHL, so who's to say which team will reach the playoffs atop the Power Rankings.
Modano, Kapanen lift Stars over Flames (AP)
Mike Modano scored his first power-play goal in 1988 while playing for the Minnesota North Stars. He finally broke the franchise record 17 years later -- long after the team moved to Texas. Modano set the mark in the second period on Sunday and Niko Kapanen added a short-handed goal to send the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Preissing's OT goal lifts Sharks to win (AP)
Joe Thornton finds his teammates when they have the best angle to shoot and gives them the puck at the split second they're open. He's been doing it since joining the San Jose Sharks nearly four months ago. It's a reason they're back in the Western Conference playoff picture. Thornton got the puck to Tom Preissing, who scored the winner 1:24 into overtime Sunday night with a slapper from the high...
G Aubin sparks Leafs in season debut (AP)
Jean-Sebastien Aubin always thought he'd get back to the NHL. Aubin finally got his opportunity Sunday night and he responded with 36 saves to help the Toronto Maple Leafs kept pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils. "I knew I would get one more chance somewhere if I kept working hard," said Aubin, who spent most of the season in the minor leagues.
Oilers move into tie atop Northwest (AP)
Not even a muffed shot on a shootout scoring attempt could ruin the spirits of Edmonton's Ryan Smyth. Sergei Samsonov scored the lone shootout goal on the first attempt in the tiebreaker to help the Oilers beat Colorado 4-3 on Sunday night, leaving the Avalanche tied for first place in the Northwest Division.
Bruins' O'Connell knew demise was coming (AP)
On the day he was hired as the coach of the Boston Bruins, Robbie Ftorek said he knew that every day brought him one step closer to getting fired. "He's the guy who's going to get rid of me eventually," Ftorek said, casting a glance over to general manager Mike O'Connell. "You're going to get released.
Habs avoid season-series sweep by Pens (AP)
Playing their fifth game in seven nights and coming off two emotional wins against their national rivals, the Montreal Canadiens were facing the classic "trap game" scenario against the team with the NHL's worst record. But Montreal didn't fall for the trap, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-5 on Sunday night to avoid being swept in the season series.
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 over 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.
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.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Sunday's Cup showdown featured bumping, banging, cursing and shoving – and Jerry just loved it.
Kurt Busch wins NASCAR Nextel Food City 500 (SportsTicker)
Knaus' return ends terribly (AP)
Chad Knaus' return to the race track was far from triumphant. In fact, it was pretty terrible.
Busch bumps past Kenseth to win at Bristol (AP)
Kurt Busch's friend and former teammate was in his way. So Busch banged Matt Kenseth aside -- the first of two hard shoves Kenseth received -- to win yet another race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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.
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.