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Florida Beats UCLA 73-57, Wins NCAA Title (AP)
Florida's head coach Billy Donovan holds the championship trophy following Florida's 73-57 victory over UCLA in the Final Four national championship basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, April 3, 2006.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)AP - There go the Florida Gators again, runnin' it up on their way to a national championship. In basketball, believe it or not. Against UCLA, of all teams.


Ponytail Power: Gators' Noah Does It All (AP)
Florida's Joakim Noah celebrates during the second half of the Gators' 73-57 win over UCLA inf the Final Four national championship basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, April 3, 2006.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)AP - Ponytail power. Every kid in America might want to toss away those oh-so-yesterday headbands, grow out the dreadlocks and tie their hair back in a large bun. Forget about Kobe, LeBron, A.I. and Nash.


Rollins Keeps Streak Alive; Bonds Doubles (AP)
Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins (11) hits a double off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright in the eighth inning during an opening day baseball game Monday, April 3, 2006, in Philadelphia. The hit raised Rollins' hitting streak to 37 games, reaching back to last season. Caedinals won 13-5. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)AP - Jimmy Rollins waited for his last at-bat to keep the hitting streak alive. Barry Bonds didn't wait for anything.


Sabres Beat Leafs, Clinch Playoff Spot (AP)
Buffalo Sabres right winger Maxim Afinogenov, right,  is congratulated by teammates as he and defenceman Rory Fitzpatrick, back, as Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe returns to the bench following Afinogenov's goal during second period NHL action in Toronto on Monday April 3, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Frank Gunn)AP - Coach Lindy Ruff was in no mood to celebrate his Sabres clinching their first playoff berth in five years.


Barkley, Wilkins Lead Hall of Fame Class (AP)
Atlanta Hawks forward Dominique Wilkins dunks the ball over his head during the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in Indianapolis, in this Feb. 9, 1985 photo. Wilkins was among six people, Monday April 3, 2006, to join the Basketball Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/Doug Atkins)AP - Charles Barkley and Dominique Wilkins grew up in the deep South, played in the Southeastern Conference and spent more than a decade as two of the NBA's greatest forwards.


Buccaneers Sign Linebacker Winborn (AP)
AP - Free-agent linebacker Jamie Winborn signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.

Morey Joins Rockets As Assistant GM (AP)
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming looks to get around Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown during the second half of their NBA basketball game at Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday, April 2, 2006. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)AP - Daryl Morey became the Houston Rockets' assistant general manager Monday and the team said he will take over as general manager after next season.


A-Rod Powers Yankees Past A's 15-2 (AP)
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hits a grand slam off the Oakland Athletics' Barry Zito in the second inning of a baseball game on Monday, April 3, 2006 in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)AP - All spring, Alex Rodriguez noticed a quiet confidence about this Yankees team that he had yet to see before.


CONCACAF Bans Games at Costa Rica Stadium (AP)
AP - The regional soccer governing body on Monday banned Costa Rica's Saprissa Stadium from hosting international matches following last week's disturbances at a Saprissa-Toluca match.

Datsyuk, Williams Lift Wings in Shootout (AP)
Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman, center, gets pushed into Calgary Flames goalie Mikka Kiprusoff, left, by Flames' Bryan Marchment during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Monday, April 3, 2006.(AP PHOTO/CP, Jeff McIntosh)AP - Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams made it look shockingly easy.


USC's big winner
LOS ANGELES – The Trojan who benefited the most from USC's pro day wasn't Reggie Bush or Matt Leinart.

Bengals sign defensive tackle Sam Adams (AP)
The Cincinnati Bengals signed unrestricted free-agent defensive tackle Sam Adams to a three-year contract Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 6-foot-4, 335-pound Adams earned three Pro Bowl selections in the last six years. He was the No. 8 overall pick in the 1994 draft by Seattle, and played six seasons for the Seahawks before signing as an unrestricted free agent with...

Favre, Packers: No pressure over future (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...

Leinart, Bush headline USC Pro Day (AP)
Matt Leinart rolled to his left, and then back to his right before unleashing a perfectly thrown pass to Reggie Bush, who caught it some 30 yards downfield just inside the right sideline. Just like it was drawn up, and the fans at Howard Jones Field cheered politely. Then, it was on to the next play at USC's Pro Day on Sunday, where 19 former Southern California players worked out for more than 100...

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.

Is Kwame coming around?
LOS ANGELES – Kwame Brown's productive play has Lakers fans wondering if he's the real deal.

Barkley, Wilkins, Auriemma head to Hall (AP)
Charles Barkley and Dominique Wilkins grew up in the deep South, played in the Southeastern Conference and spent more than a decade as two of the NBA's greatest forwards. Now the men with the familiar nicknames and the formidable highlight reels will go into the Basketball Hall of Fame, fittingly, together.

Rasheed Wallace suspended one game (AP)
Detroit's Rasheed Wallace was given an automatic one-game suspension Monday after receiving his 16th technical foul of the season. Wallace will sit out Tuesday's game against the New Orleans Hornets. On Sunday, he didn't seem concerned about the impending suspension after the Pistons' 109-102 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Shaq lashes out at refs, Stu Jackson (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal didn't mince words about the five personal fouls he got in Miami's loss to the New Jersey Nets, taking aim at referees and NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson. "That was the most ridiculous game I've ever been part of," he said Sunday after the 90-78 loss. "When you got a guy like Stu Jackson at the top, it shows why referees are the way they are.

Lewis pleads guilty to reckless driving (AP)
Seattle SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was given a one-year suspended sentence Monday, five months after he failed sobriety and breath tests during a stop on Interstate 90. Lewis initially pleaded not guilty to drunken driving. He reached the plea deal with prosecutors after a King County District Court judge ruled that the breath tests were not admissible.

Morey joins Rockets as assistant GM (AP)
Daryl Morey became the Houston Rockets' assistant general manager Monday and the team said he will take over as general manager after next season. Morey will work with general manager Carroll Dawson through the 2006-07 season before Dawson moves to senior consultant and Morey takes over for him. "Daryl will be a great addition to our organization," Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said.

Win streaks commonplace for Frank's Nets (AP)
Nobody can start the Nets on a winning streak quite like coach Lawrence Frank. In the last 30 years, New Jersey has been on a 10-game winning streak or better all of five times. The last three all came under Frank, and two of those were this season -- something only the Nets have done. Now New Jersey is on a 12-game roll, two victories away from the franchise record set, perhaps not coincidentally,...

James leads Cavs to eighth straight win (AP)
LeBron James is counting the days to his first playoff appearance. James scored 35 points, including five free throws down the stretch, to help the Cavaliers hold off the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Sunday for their eighth straight win. James, who was 13-for-24 from the field, added 12 rebounds and eight assists despite playing the final 6 minutes with five fouls.

Nuggets nearing elusive division title (AP)
For the second straight season, the Denver Nuggets have managed to win the trade-deadline lottery, filling holes with energetic and enthusiastic players in time for the playoffs. Last year, they got hardworking forward Eduardo Najera and went 25-4 after the All-Star break to land the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

Kings win 12th straight over Clippers (AP)
Six head coaches have failed to coax even one victory out of the Los Angeles Clippers in Sacramento over the last nine seasons. And Mike Dunleavy's own streak of futility is three years old and counting after the Clippers' 106-96 loss to the Kings on Sunday night. Not even the coach who finally turned these perennial losers into playoff contenders can solve the mystery of Arco Arena, where the...

Power rankings
In the spirit of March Madness, the Power Rankings projects the NHL's Final Four.

Sabres end five-year playoff drought (AP)
Coach Lindy Ruff was in no mood to celebrate his Sabres clinching their first playoff berth in five years. Ruff was livid that Darcy Tucker knocked out one of his best players, Jochen Hecht, with a long-term injury. Maxim Afinogenov scored the only goal of the shootout in a 3-2 victory over Toronto on Monday night.

Vasicek, Whitney spark 'Canes by Caps (AP)
Josef Vasicek was all over the ice Monday night, handling the puck, deftly finding open teammates and blocking shots. His 24 shifts included time on the power play and the penalty kill, and he even won his only faceoff. So much for easing back into the lineup. "After five months, spending time on the bike, it was just something special," the big Czech center said.

Wings tie mark for road wins, top Flames (AP)
Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams made it look shockingly easy. After Detroit shooters had been stymied for 65 minutes by Miikka Kiprusoff's 41 saves, Datsyuk and Williams opened the shootout with consecutive goals to give the Red Wings a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday night. Datsyuk and Williams scored on similar moves.

Heatley ties scoring record in Sens win (AP)
Dany Heatley put his name alongside Marian Hossa's in the Ottawa Senators' record book and came close to erasing it. Heatley scored twice to tie the Senators' record for goals in a season and lift Ottawa to a 6-4 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers -- his former team -- on Monday night. The second-leading goal scorer in Thrashers history, Heatley added his name to the Senators' record book in his...

Sharks top Stars in OT, end 3-game slide (AP)
With his team fighting for a playoff spot and the season winding down, Joe Thornton picked the perfect time to end a goal-scoring drought. Thornton's power-play tally with only 20.2 seconds showing on the overtime clock sent San Jose to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night, snapping the Sharks' three-game losing streak.

Kings' Garon posts 2nd straight shutout (AP)
The Kings have scored only two goals in their last two games and turned them into four points in the standings. They can thank goaltender Mathieu Garon for that. Garon made 23 saves for his second straight shutout and eighth of his career, Pavol Demitra scored a power-play goal in the second period, and Los Angeles beat the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 Monday night.

Lecavalier lifts Lightning past Panthers (AP)
Vincent Lecavalier picked a good time to pull out of a scoring slump. The Tampa Bay star had two goals and as assist, and Sean Burke stopped 29 shots in his first start since returning from a broken finger, leading the defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning to a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Avs win with two goals in final minute (AP)
For 59 minutes, the Colorado Avalanche were on their way to a bad loss. The final 58 seconds of regulation changed all that. Dan Hinote and Rob Blake scored in the last minute, and the Avalanche moved within three points of the Northwest Division lead with a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.

Jackets win club-record sixth straight (AP)
The Columbus Blue Jackets might have what it takes to be an NHL playoff team. They just found out too late to help them this season. While reduced to playing out the string, working for contracts and pride, the Blue Jackets stretched their winning streak to a franchise-record six games with a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

WWD: DirecTV 500
Tony Stewart won, but Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. tried to steal the show Sunday at Martinsville.

Earnhardt Jr. showing plenty of grit (AP)
Everything was set up for Dale Earnhardt Jr. to fail. He was in two separate accidents that heavily damaged his car and ruined his chances of winning at Martinsville Speedway.

Stewart holds off Hendrick cars at Martinsville (AP)
Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson weren't involved in the beating and banging at Bristol that left several NASCAR drivers nearly enraged.

Stewart wins NASCAR Nextel DirecTV 500 (SportsTicker)

Martin incurs Hamlin's ire at Martinsville (AP)
Mark Martin has a reputation for being one of the cleanest drivers in NASCAR, the kind of guy who never resorts to cheapshots to get something he couldn't otherwise earn and who is a mentor for up-and-coming talent.

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.

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.

Interest in Darlington growing (AP)
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Fewer than 8,000 seats remain for the Dodge Charger 500 and the strong sales have...

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