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NEWS FROM 2006-04-02
UCLA Routs LSU, Will Face Florida in Final
AP - The UCLA defense had blocked his final shot and he had committed his final foul. Wearily, Glen Davis plopped down on the bench and shook his head. Oh, Baby, can the Bruins play defense.
Gators Swamp Mason With 3-Point Barrage
AP - Lee Humphrey lingered outside the arc, determined to keep on shooting.
Official: Dumars, Auriemma Elected to Hall
AP - Joe Dumars, a steady presence on two NBA championship teams during a 14-year career with the Detroit Pistons, has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, a basketball official told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Rangers Trade Dellucci for Pitcher
AP - The Texas Rangers traded outfielder David Dellucci to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night for right-hander Robinson Tejeda and minor league outfielder Jake Blalock.
Augustus, Hatchell Win AP Women's Awards
AP - Seimone Augustus brings a double-dose of offense and the smoothest pullup jumper in the game. Sylvia Hatchell tries to make the game fun, yet still finds a way to win.
Favre Says '06 Will Be Finale if He Plays
AP - The Green Bay Packers aren't pressuring Brett Favre to make a retirement decision by Saturday's due date for a $3 million roster bonus. And even if they were, the quarterback doesn't think he owes the team a decision this weekend anyway.
Behind Hinrich, Bulls Rally Past Celtics
AP - Kirk Hinrich turned up the aggression after a slow first half. Hinrich scored 23 of his 25 points after halftime and took a key charge late in the game to help the Chicago Bulls rally for the second time in less than a week to beat the Boston Celtics 100-94 on Saturday night.
Veteran Closers Head to DL in SF, Detroit
AP - The Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants are closing spring training with injured closers. Detroit's Todd Jones aggravated a left hamstring injury while throwing a ninth-inning pitch during Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Real Madrid Holds Barcelona to 1-1 Tie
AP - Ronaldo scored an equalizing goal and 10-man Real Madrid held league leader Barcelona to a 1-1 tie on Saturday, a result that still enabled Barca to move closer to a second straight Spanish crown and 18th overall.
Predators Hand Blues 10th Straight Loss
AP - Mike Sillinger got a key goal in the first minute of the third period, helping the Nashville Predators remain perfect against the reeling St. Louis Blues.
The draft's new deal
The three-way trade that brought a second first-rounder to Denver shook up the latest mock draft.
Favre, Packers: No pressure over bonus (AP)
The Green Bay Packers aren't pressuring Brett Favre to make a retirement decision by Saturday's due date for a $3 million roster bonus. And even if they were, the quarterback doesn't think he owes the team a decision this weekend anyway. In his most recent comments about his murky football future, Favre made one thing clear: If he does return, he told a newspaper in his native Mississippi there is...
WR Burleson leaves Vikes for Seahawks (AP)
A unique fight over restricted free agents between Seattle and Minnesota ended Friday when the Vikings chose not to match the Seahawks' contract offer to receiver Nate Burleson. Vikings vice president for football operations Rob Brzezinski confirmed the decision, which allowed Burleson to join his hometown team.
Giants, Jets get revised stadium deal (AP)
The New York Giants and Jets moved a step closer to their new home in the Meadowlands. Officials from New Jersey, the Giants and the Jets said Friday they've made several changes to an agreement signed last fall that will create a new, $1 billion football stadium in East Rutherford. Under the updated stadium agreement, the state would not be required to pay for $30 million of infrastructure costs...
Jets sign CB Andre Dyson to replace Law (AP)
The New York Jets signed unrestricted free-agent cornerback Andre Dyson on Thursday to help replace Ty Law. Dyson, released by Seattle earlier this month in a cost-cutting move, is coming off a Super Bowl appearance in his only season with the Seahawks. The 5-foot-10, 183-pound Dyson spent four years with Tennessee after the Titans selected him in the second round, 60th overall, in the 2001 draft.
Shotgun formation inventor Hickey dies (AP)
Howard "Red" Hickey, the NFL coach who invented the shotgun offensive formation with the 49ers, died Thursday, his son said. He was 89. Jeffrey Hickey didn't disclose the cause of his father's death. Hickey coached San Francisco from 1959-63, going 27-27-1 before resigning three games into the 1963 season.
Bears DL Johnson recovering from surgery (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive lineman Terry "Tank" Johnson is recovering Friday from surgery to repair a torn quadriceps muscle, an injury that could sideline him for at least four months. The 24-year-old Johnson injured his leg during a workout and had surgery last week, the Bears said. He is expected to be out for four to six months, missing most of training camp.
NFL curtails end zone celebrations (AP)
Dance all you want after a touchdown, gentlemen. Just do it alone. Spike the ball or, if you have the hops, dunk it over the crossbar. Anything else -- forget it. Touchdown celebrations have gotten more and more original lately, from Chad Johnson's putting the football to Steve Smith changing a diaper to Terrell Owens using the ball as a waiter's tray.
Is Kwame coming around?
LOS ANGELES – Kwame Brown's productive play has Lakers fans wondering if he's the real deal.
Dumars, Auriemma elected to Hall of Fame (AP)
Joe Dumars, a steady presence on two NBA championship teams during a 14-year career with the Detroit Pistons, has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, a basketball official told The Associated Press on Saturday. The official, who had knowledge of the decision, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement was scheduled for Monday.
LeBron gets triple-double, outdoes Wade (AP)
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade even impressed each other. The two young stars put on a show of dazzling dunks, drives and playoff-caliber hustle that awed fans, their teammates and a coach who witnessed the legendary battles between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. "People got a view of absolute greatness," Heat coach Pat Riley said.
Ginobili helps Spurs rally past Wizards (AP)
All it took was a dunk to get Manu Ginobili going offensively. Ginobili scored the final 14 points for the Spurs, including going 9-for-9 from the free throw line, as San Antonio beat the Washington Wizards 106-99 on Saturday night. Ginobili had 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and the Spurs came back from a 10-point deficit.
Bulls help playoff hopes, beat Celtics (AP)
Kirk Hinrich turned up the aggression after a slow first half. Hinrich scored 23 of his 25 points after halftime and took a key charge late in the game to help the Chicago Bulls rally for the second time in less than a week to beat the Boston Celtics 100-94 on Saturday night. "I just lost myself in the game, started playing with a real aggressive mentality," Hinrich said.
Bucks nearly perfect in win over Pacers (AP)
The Milwaukee Bucks took care of the basketball and the Indiana Pacers. Michael Redd scored 20 of his 39 points in the third quarter and the Bucks set an NBA record with only two turnovers in a 96-89 victory over the Pacers on Saturday night The previous mark for fewest turnovers in a game was three, accomplished seven times.
Jazz hands Blazers 10th loss in a row (AP)
Andrei Kirilenko had 23 points and 13 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz beat Portland 102-89 on Saturday night and hand the Trail Blazers their 10th straight loss. Mehmet Okur added 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Jazz, who are moved into a tie for ninth place in the Western Conference with New Orleans.
Nets win 11th straight, make playoffs (AP)
Richard Jefferson missed 50 games last season with a wrist injury that limited his effectiveness in the playoffs. Though his return wasn't enough to prevent Miami's first-round sweep of the New Jersey Nets, Jefferson believes the New Jersey Nets are strong enough to make run deep into postseason. "I feel confident every game now," Jefferson said.
Rose out, Marbury doubtful for Knicks (AP)
Jalen Rose is out and Stephon Marbury is doubtful when the New York Knicks complete a home-and-home series at Philadelphia on Sunday night. The Knicks could be without three starters. Steve Francis didn't play in Friday's loss at New York because of a sprained toe on his right foot and is listed as questionable.
Clippers clinch winning season (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers will have a winning record this season. Seriously. For the first time since 1991-92, the Clippers are assured of finishing above .500, thanks to a 106-91 victory over Utah for their 42nd victory. Long the laughingstock of pro sports, these Clippers are no joke. "It's been tough over the years, so to be here in this position feels good, but we have a lot more to accomplish,"...
In the spirit of March Madness, the Power Rankings projects the NHL's Final Four.
Brodeur moves into fourth on wins list (AP)
Martin Brodeur keeps moving up on the career victories list and moving New Jersey up in the Eastern Conference standings. Scott Gomez, John Madden, Jason Wiemer and Sergei Brylin scored goals and Brodeur broke a tie for fourth place on the NHL's career victories list in the Devils' 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Habs' Huet blanks Bruins for third time (AP)
Cristobal Huet is likely assured of starting the Montreal Canadiens' next game. Huet shut out Boston for the third time in a row and Garth Murray had his first career two-goal game to lead the Canadiens to a 2-0 win over the Bruins on Saturday night. Montreal, which went 10-5-1 in March for its best month in 13 years, has a season-high six-game winning streak.
Aubin, Antropov help Leafs rout Sabres (AP)
Jay McKee called it embarrassing and said the Buffalo Sabres have lost their chemistry -- just weeks before the playoffs begin. Nik Antropov scored twice in a five-goal first period and the Toronto Maple Leafs routed the Sabres 7-0 Saturday night. "That's the worst loss I've ever been a part of," McKee said.
Johnson's 46 saves lift Caps past Sens (AP)
Brent Johnson has made up for his lack of playing time this season by facing at least 40 shots in each of his last four starts. Johnson made 46 saves, including 16 in the third period, and Dainius Zubrus scored the only goal as the Washington Capitals defeated the Ottawa Senators 1-0 Saturday night. Over his last four games, Johnson has stopped 167 of 176 shots -- including a career-high 49 saves...
Thrashers top 'Canes, aid playoff hopes (AP)
Kari Lehtonen felt an emotional lift when the Atlanta Thrashers killed off a 5-minute penalty early in the first period. "We have guys diving, and I don't have to make that many saves," the Atlanta goaltender said. "I think we dominated almost the whole game, so that's a good sign." Ilya Kovalchuk had two goals and the Atlanta Thrashers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 5-2 victory over the...
Luongo backstops Panthers past Lightning (AP)
Roberto Luongo was confident, even when he was running out of energy. Joe Nieuwendyk scored twice and Luongo stopped 42 shots, including 24 in the third period, to help the Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 Saturday night. Nathan Horton and Olli Jokinen also scored for the Panthers, who moved to six points behind the Lightning for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Blue Jackets win record fifth in a row (AP)
In a contest between teams once again sitting out the playoffs, Mark Hartigan had a game he'll never forget. Hartigan scored twice and added an assist in the third period for his first career multipoint game to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night, tying the franchise mark with their fifth straight win.
Preds hand Blues 10th straight loss (AP)
Mike Sillinger got a key goal in the first minute of the third period, helping the Nashville Predators remain perfect against the reeling St. Louis Blues. Tomas Vokoun made 35 saves to lead the Predators to a 2-1 victory Saturday night, handing the Blues their 10th straight loss. Nashville snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 6-0-0 against St.
Stars suffer first SO loss, 5-4 to Ducks (AP)
The Dallas Stars clinched a playoff spot, and then lost in a shootout for the first time. Rob Niedermayer and Jonathan Hedstrom scored against Marty Turco and Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped Dallas shooters Anti Miettinen and Jussi Jokinen as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks took a 5-4 shootout victory over the Stars on Friday night.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Bad luck has plagued Robby Gordon this season, but he's not focusing on the negative.
David Starr wins NCTS Kroger 250 at Martinsville (SportsTicker)
Starr wins truck race at Martinsville (AP)
David Starr held the lead through eight restarts over the final 121 laps Saturday to win for the fourth time in the Craftsman Truck Series.
Veterans: Rookies aren't really rookies (AP)
Now that he's a car owner, too, Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he's settling down some, trying to motivate his team and still not mincing words.
Crashfest ahead? Drivers watching their bumpers at Martinsville (AP)
Jeff Gordon seems amused by the attention he's gotten as the good guy gone bad, his squeaky clean image tarnished by a post-race shove of an apologetic Matt Kenseth at Bristol last weekend.
Johnson wins pole at Martinsville (AP)
Jimmie Johnson showed that Hendrick Motorsports is ready to keep its domination at Martinsville Speedway going with a pole-winning run Friday.
Johnson wins pole for NASCAR DirecTV 500 (SportsTicker)
Interest in Darlington growing (AP)
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Fewer than 8,000 seats remain for the Dodge Charger 500 and the strong sales have...
NASCAR to keep racing in Daytona through 2054 (AP)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR officials have signed a new lease that will keep racing here through the year...