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NEWS FROM 2006-03-29
Duke Outlasts UConn to Reach Final Four
AP - Duke was blazing through the NCAA tournament, winning by an average of 43 points. Finally faced with an equal opponent, the Blue Devils showed they have what every Final Four team needs — the guts to grind out a close one.
Latta Leads Tar Heels to Final Four
AP - Ivory Latta flexed her muscles at LeBron James, shook hands with Pat Summitt and helped North Carolina drop mighty Tennessee out of the NCAA tournament.
Rape Probe Grounds Duke's Lacrosse Team
AP - Duke University's highly ranked lacrosse team will not play again this season until school administrators learn more about allegations that several team members raped an exotic dancer at an off-campus party, the school said Tuesday.
Billups Plays Hero As Pistons Top Mavs
AP - The Detroit Pistons enjoyed beating Dallas so much that they want a chance to do it again.
Indiana Finalizing Deal to Hire Sampson
AP - Indiana will hire Kelvin Sampson as its next basketball coach, delivering him from an Oklahoma team under investigation for possible recruiting violations to lead one of the most prestigious programs in the country.
NFL Still Looking Closely at Los Angeles
AP - Before he retires as commissioner, Paul Tagliabue would like to see the NFL get closer to placing a team back in Los Angeles.
Duncan Helps Spurs Sail Past Clippers
AP - Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs vividly remembered what Elton Brand did against them three weeks ago. They were not about to let him repeat it.
Cubs Pitchers Prior, Wood Go on DL
AP - Mark Prior and Kerry Wood went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday along with the hopes of many Chicago Cubs fans.
Arsenal Beats Juventus, Barcelona Draws
AP - Arsenal overcame the emotional return of former captain Patrick Vieira and beat Juventus 2-0 Tuesday in the first leg of the European Champions League quarterfinals.
Wild Emboldened by Spoiler Role
AP - Being the spoiler suits the Minnesota Wild just fine.
The order of business
Preventing another Wonderlic score fiasco will be part of the agenda at this week's owners meetings.
Dungy learns to work through his grief (AP)
Three months removed from the worst day of his life, Tony Dungy has learned from the heartache of others. "My family and I have gotten a lot of cards and letters. I've learned that it's not as rare as I thought it had been," the Indianapolis Colts' coach said Tuesday at the NFL meetings. "A lot of people have been through it.
NFL still looking closely at Los Angeles (AP)
Bill Cowher wants his players to maintain their desire to be champions. Art Shell wants his guys to recapture that old, winning feeling. On a day when NFL owners discussed a variety of topics and decided nothing, the AFC coaches took the spotlight, with the same thing on the minds of many: avoiding complacency.
Cowboys WR Glenn signs $20M, 5-year deal (AP)
Dallas Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn signed a five-year, $20 million contract extension Monday to line up with Terrell Owens and keep catching passes from Drew Bledsoe. Glenn was under contract for two more seasons, and was scheduled to make $2 million in 2006. The new deal replaces the old contract and runs through 2010.
Panthers give John Fox 5-year extension (AP)
The Carolina Panthers have given coach John Fox a five-year contract extension as a reward for taking them deep into the playoffs in two of the last three seasons. Fox, who had two years left on his current contract, received a deal that runs through 2010 and will pay him close to $5 million a season.
Dolphins at Steelers to open NFL season (AP)
A Thursday night season opener featuring Miami at Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh, and a Thanksgiving night game at Kansas City highlight a portion of the NFL scheduled announced Monday. The league's new tradition of opening on a Thursday night moves to NBC, which has taken over one of the prime-time television packages.
Texans most interested in Bills' Moulds (AP)
The Houston Texans have emerged as the team most interested in trading for disgruntled Bills receiver Eric Moulds, who has vowed he won't return to Buffalo. "I've had a great conversation with Charley Casserly, and it's intriguing," Moulds' personal adviser Greg Johnson said Monday, referring to the Texans' general manager.
Cowher, Steelers will be starting over (AP)
Bill Cowher is starting over after the first NFL championship of his 14-year head coaching career -- and he'll face a challenge with all the changes to the Pittsburgh Steelers' roster. "We've played at a high level for a lot of years, and now they should have the same high expectations as we've always had," Cowher said Tuesday at the NFL meetings' coaches breakfast attended by all AFC coaches...
Back in the driver's seat
The Pistons are cruising once again as the rankings' No. 1 team after beating the Heat.
Pistons beat Mavs to split season series (AP)
The Detroit Pistons enjoyed beating Dallas so much that they want a chance to do it again. "I told Avery (Johnson) after the game that I'd like to see him seven more times, starting in about three months," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. If the Pistons (56-14) and Mavericks (54-17) do meet in June's NBA Finals, Detroit's 97-90 victory Tuesday might play a crucial role in determining who gets the...
Spurs top Clippers to take lead in West (AP)
Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs vividly remembered what Elton Brand did against them three weeks ago. They were not about to let him repeat it. Duncan had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and did a lot of the heavy work in containing Brand on the other end of the floor Tuesday night in leading the Spurs to a 98-87 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Bucks hit 18 3-pointers in win over Suns (AP)
Charlie Bell says Bucks coach Terry Stotts didn't know much about him at the start of the season. But Milwaukee didn't give up on Bell like Phoenix did, and Tuesday night he showed the Suns that the Bucks could match their fast-paced style. Bell, who played his first five NBA games with the Suns in 2001, had career highs of 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double,...
Sonics' Allen beats buzzer, Grizzlies (AP)
With another last-second basket, Ray Allen ended the Grizzlies' winning streak and ruined Pau Gasol's big night. Allen made an off-balance 19-footer with 0.3 seconds left, and the Seattle SuperSonics overcame Gasol's franchise-record 44 points to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 98-97 on Tuesday night. Allen's 3-pointer with 5.4 seconds left on Sunday gave Seattle the lead and helped the SuperSonics...
Magic use late rally to edge Bulls 97-93 (AP)
To Keyon Dooling, the playoffs are more than just wishful thinking. They're a realistic possibility for the Orlando Magic. "We're definitely going to try to crash in on it," Dooling said. "We've seen some crazy things happen." And Tuesday's 97-93 victory over the Chicago Bulls only strengthened his belief.
Arenas sits out but Wizards beat Kings (AP)
The trainers stopped the bleeding just long enough for Caron Butler to shoot his free throws. After a quick trip to the locker room for six hasty stitches in his hairline, he was back on the court. The Washington Wizards were short-handed, travel-weary and generally battered. They still wouldn't let a little blood or a lot of sweat divert them from an impressive win.
Tony Parker out with bruised right shin (AP)
Tony Parker, the San Antonio Spurs' leading scorer, missed his first game of the season Tuesday night because of a bruised right shin. Parker was injured during a 106-102 loss at Seattle on Sunday night when he was accidentally kicked, and was inactive for the game against the Los Angeles Clippers. "It's really sore," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before the game.
Stoudemire probably out at least a week (AP)
Suns forward Amare Stoudemire received treatment on his left knee in the tiny visitors' locker room Tuesday, declining to answer any questions about his return to the sidelines. Phoenix coach and general manager Mike D'Antoni said Stoudemire wouldn't play against the Milwaukee Bucks, but doesn't have an idea when his young forward might return.
Wallace's 41 power Bobcats past Hawks (AP)
Charlotte Bobcats guard Brevin Knight looked at Gerald Wallace's shooting numbers and thought of an NBA legend. "He had 17 layups -- those are Wilt Chamberlain numbers," Knight said after Wallace scored 18 of his career-high 41 points in the fourth quarter of the Bobcats' 125-117 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
No lead is safe in the new NHL, so who's to say which team will reach the playoffs atop the Power Rankings.
Huet records 6th SO, Habs beat Isles 2-0 (AP)
Before this season, Cristobal Huet might have been the only person to believe he could lead the Montreal Canadiens into the playoffs. His coach certainly didn't think so. "No idea," said Bob Gainey, who also serves as general manager. Huet made 36 saves for his sixth shutout to lead the Canadiens to a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.
Controversial shootout goal lifts Devils (AP)
Scott Gomez made Lou Lamoriello's decision easy. Gomez scored the only shootout goal to give the New Jersey Devils an important 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. "Gomez has been scoring lately," said coach Lamoriello after the Devils won for just the second time in six games and third time in nine to move into a tie for sixth place with Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference.
Avs end Ducks' 6-game winning streak (AP)
Andrew Brunette kept the Anaheim Mighty Ducks from rallying again for a seventh straight victory. Brunette scored two third-period goals -- each after Anaheim tied the game -- to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 victory Tuesday night that snapped the Ducks' six-game winning streak. Anaheim came from behind to win five straight games and eight of 10.
Rolston, Bouchard help Wild rally to win (AP)
Being the spoiler suits the Minnesota Wild just fine. "Why not, you know?" right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard said. "We want to try and make it harder for the other teams." Bouchard scored the tying goal, and Brian Rolston got the winner in the third period as the 11th place Minnesota Wild came back to beat Edmonton 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Coyotes' Joseph to sixth on wins list (AP)
Curtis Joseph is hesitant to talk about the milestones he's achieved this season. Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky is less bashful. "What records show is consistency, and that's what he's been in his career," Gretzky said of Joseph, who made 28 saves for his 424th career win in the Coyotes' 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
Jagr ties club marks, Rangers win in SO (AP)
Henrik Lundqvist heard the cheers before the lights brightened the ice for the third period. Fans grew tired of backup goalie Kevin Weekes and were frustrated that the New York Rangers appeared on the verge of a third straight loss. The roar began as Lundqvist led his teammates out of the tunnel, grew louder when he was announced into the game, and was deafening when he blanked the Buffalo Sabres...
Aubin again lifts Maple Leafs to win (AP)
With a chance to grab a share of the Atlantic Division lead, Philadelphia instead had its winning streak end in the glove of a suddenly sharp backup goalie. Alexei Ponikarovsky and Alex Steen scored early in the third period and Jean-Sebastien Aubin made 28 saves in his second start of the season to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
Blue Jackets top Sharks, tie wins record (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't playing for a playoff spot. They want one next year, though. Rick Nash scored two goals and the Blue Jackets tied the franchise record for wins by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Tuesday night. "It's a lot easier to come, show up and go through the motions but we're playing for something," Nash said.
Sabres maintain confidence despite skid (AP)
Lindy Ruff never anticipated his Buffalo Sabres would lose six straight this season. Now that they have, the Sabres coach is taking a philosophical approach, believing the 0-5-1 slump might be beneficial for a young team that could use a taste of adversity heading into the final three weeks of the NHL season.
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Matt Kenseth is a nice guy, but that only goes so far in Nextel Cup.
NASCAR fines Jeff Gordon $10,000 (SportsTicker)
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - Jeff Gordon lost his head after a heated race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday. Two days later, he suffered the consequences.
Gordon fined $10,000 for shove at Bristol (AP)
Jeff Gordon has always been a model of good behavior off the track, the rare driver able to keep his emotions in check.
Spencer to drive for BAM Racing at Martinsville (AP)
Jimmy Spencer will replace rookie Brent Sherman for this week's race at Martinsville Speedway, BAM Racing said Tuesday.
Miss. House honors late NASCAR driver Earnhardt (AP)
JACKSON, Miss. – The Mississippi House passed a resolution Tuesday designating April 29 each year as "Dale...
Bristol bump and bad-mouthing puts Busch back in spotlight (AP)
Poor Kurt Busch. He tries his best to avoid controversy, yet still ends up smack in the middle of it.
Busch bumps past Kenseth to win at Bristol (AP)
Kevin Harvick doesn't like Kurt Busch, and now maybe Matt Kenseth is mad at him, too.
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.