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Maryland Owns Overtime, and NCAA Title (AP)
Maryland's Kristi Toliver, left, Laura Harper, center, and Crystal Langhorne celebrate with the tropy after defeating Duke 78-75 in overtime to win the  NCAA Final Four basketball championship game Tuesday, April 4, 2006 in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)AP - Maryland's players celebrated on the court, laughing and hugging and bouncing up and down. Never mind that they still had overtime to play.


Bonds TV Show Debuts With Talk of Steroids (AP)
Two baseball fans hold up signs as San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds comes up to bat during the sixth inning of their baseball game  against San Diego Padres Monday, April 3, 2006, in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)AP - Barry Bonds' new television show didn't shy away from the steroid allegations.


Rangers Win to End Long Playoff Drought (AP)
New York Rangers goaltender Kevin Weekes is congratulated by Petr Sykora, center, and Jason Strudwick after making a save against Philadelphia Flyers' Michal Handzus to clinch the win in a shootout in NHL hockey action Tuesday, April, 4, 2006 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Rangers' 3-2 win guarantees the team a spot in the playoffs. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)AP - Kevin Weekes was still holding court with a small group of reporters in the New York Rangers dressing room when a friendly face stopped by to congratulate him. Henrik Lundqvist, the rookie who wrested the Rangers No. 1 goalie position away from Weekes, was all smiles after New York's 3-2 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers lifted the Rangers into the playoffs for the first time since 1997.


Nevin Powers Rangers Past Red Sox 10-6 (AP)
Texas Ranger designated hitter Phil Nevin, center, is congratulated by teammates Mark Teixeira (23) and Hank Blalock (9) after Nevin's three run homer in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, April 4, 2006.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)AP - Phil Nevin was frustrated after being traded to Texas last summer, and it was evident in his performance. After some time to think about it during the offseason, Nevin said all spring training that he felt different wearing a Rangers jersey. Now he's already proving that on the field.


Ryan Pays Early Dividends As Jays Win (AP)
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher B.J. Ryan pumps his fist after defeating the Minnesota Twins 6-3 in an MLB baseball game in Toronto, Tuesday, April 4, 2006. (AP PHOTO/CP, Adrian Wyld)AP - B.J. Ryan showed why the Toronto Blue Jays spent big money in the offseason to get him. So did Toronto's other new acquisitions.


NFL Unveils Plans for Sunday Night TV (AP)
AP - The NFL has its plan for eliminating those not-ready-for-prime-time matchups that too often sneaked onto national television.

NBA Today (AP)
AP - Chicago at Philadelphia (7 p.m. EDT). The Bulls are ninth in the Eastern Conference, behind the eighth-place 76ers.

Baseball Today (AP)
AP - Boston at Texas (8:05 EDT). Josh Beckett is expected to make his Red Sox debut against the Rangers.

Meola Reaches International Milestone (AP)
AP - Goalkeeper Tony Meola was included in the U.S. roster for next week's exhibition game against Jamaica and will make his 100th international appearance.

Hockey Today (AP)
AP - Carolina at Washington (7 p.m. EDT). The Hurricanes trail Ottawa by three points for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Read and React: Go take a Lambeau Leap, Brett
Because Brett Favre only wants to play for a winner, readers want the Packers' quarterback to get lost.

Charges against Culpepper dismissed (AP)
Quarterback Daunte Culpepper was cleared Tuesday of misdemeanor charges stemming from a boat-party sex scandal. A judge ruled there wasn't probable cause to determine a crime was committed by Culpepper, one of four Minnesota Vikings accused of misdemeanor lewd conduct during the cruise last fall on a suburban lake.

Texans work out deal to get Moulds (AP)
Eric Moulds agreed to a contract with Houston on Tuesday and said the Texans have worked out a trade to acquire him from the Buffalo Bills. "Yeah, it's done," said Greg Johnson, Moulds' personal adviser. "I'm ecstatic. I'm relieved, happy and thankful that all parties came to an agreement." Moulds, who had the Bills' permission to seek a trade, agreed to a four-year, $14 million contract that...

Titans tell McNair to go home (AP)
The Tennessee Titans told Steve McNair they don't want him working out in their building until his contract is reworked, the quarterback's agent said Tuesday. McNair was told to go home Monday when he showed up at the team's headquarters for the start of the third week in the Titans' offseason conditioning program.

NFL reveals TV plan for Sunday night (AP)
The NFL has its plan for eliminating those not-ready-for-prime-time matchups that too often sneaked onto national television. The league plans to hold off scheduling Sunday night games in seven of the final eight weeks -- just as playoff races start heating up -- to ensure the best games are played on NBC.

Burleson feels, looks good with Seahawks (AP)
Nate Burleson looked as good as he felt. A dark blue, faintly checkered sports coat paired with dark blue slacks. A snazzy, dark blue patterned tie accentuated the Seahawks-colored ensemble for Seattle's newest receiver. "Doing good. Doing real good," the 24-year-old Seattle native said Tuesday, when he officially signed his $49 million, seven-year contract with the NFC champions -- the only team for...

Redskins' Taylor won't plead to felony (AP)
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor will not accept a plea deal that could keep him out of prison in an assault case because it would require him to admit to a felony, his attorney said Tuesday. "When a man is not guilty, that option is not attractive," said Richard Sharpstein, one of Taylor's three lawyers.

KC voters approve tax for renovations (AP)
Lamar Hunt, the man credited with coining the term Super Bowl, says he's not ready to give up on his dream of bringing pro football's championship game to Kansas City. Voters on Tuesday split on a pair of measures to pay for upgrades to the city's sports stadiums, approving a sales tax for renovations but rejecting a plan for a rolling roof to make both facilities climate-controlled.

Three's company
The streaking Nets joined Detroit and Miami as East title contenders and ascended to the rankings' top three.

Nets win 13th straight, clinch division (AP)
The New Jersey Nets had the Atlantic Division wrapped up and were coasting to their 13th straight win before they got complacent and needed to fight off the Atlanta Hawks. The Nets tied the longest winning streak in the NBA this season and clinched their fourth division title in five years Tuesday night with a 96-94 win over the Hawks.

Cavs lose 'Z', get Hughes, rout 76ers (AP)
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were thrilled and worried at the same time. James scored 37 points to lead Cleveland to its ninth straight win -- a 124-91 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers -- but just as the playoff-bound Cavaliers got one key player back from injury, they lost another Tuesday night.

Powell makes impression, Mavs rip Kings (AP)
Josh Powell sure made a big impression in his bid to be Dirk Nowitzki's backup this postseason. Powell scored a season-high 12 points and blocked a shot so hard that it flew from the middle of the lane to beyond the midcourt stripe, highlighting a game-breaking stretch in the second quarter that carried the Dallas Mavericks past the Sacramento Kings 127-101 Tuesday night.

Clips rally from 22 down to beat Nuggets (AP)
The old Clippers never would have staged such a comeback victory. Sam Cassell scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame a 22-point deficit and 81.6 percent shooting by Denver in the first half to beat the Nuggets 111-109 on Tuesday night. "I'm just happy and proud that we showed the resolve and the intensity and the heart to come back," said Elton Brand,...

McDyess steps up in Rasheed's absence (AP)
Antonio McDyess doesn't want any part of the starting lineup. Luckily for the Detroit Pistons, that's the only thing he won't do. With Rasheed Wallace sidelined Tuesday night, McDyess had a season-high 26 points and added 14 rebounds to help the Pistons win their 60th game, beating the New Orleans Hornets 101-93.

Shaq leads Heat to easy win over Bucks (AP)
As Pat Riley requested, the Miami Heat gave Dwyane Wade plenty of help. Shaquille O'Neal had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and five other Miami players reached double figures as the Heat defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 115-89 on Tuesday night to maintain control of the race for the Eastern Conference's second-best record.

Gordon rallies Bulls past Pacers (AP)
Not too long ago, the Chicago Bulls looked like a team headed to the lottery, while the Indiana Pacers were a virtual lock to reach the playoffs. The Bulls continued their late season surge, rallying from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the struggling Indiana Pacers 102-96 on Tuesday. And they can thank Ben Gordon for that.

Ginobili's 26 lift Spurs by Jazz 95-86 (AP)
After an impressive first quarter, San Antonio's lead in the Western Conference playoff race looked pretty safe. It was still safe by the end Tuesday, but only after the Spurs survived a few anxious moments while holding off the Utah Jazz 95-86. The Spurs let a 24-point lead slip to five in the final few minutes before finally putting away the Jazz.

Wizards have 16 steals in rout of Knicks (AP)
Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan was concerned that his team would play down to the level of the woeful New York Knicks. No worries there. Knicks coach Larry Brown said he's reached the point where he's "begging guys to play," and Steve Francis was on the verge of tears. A game against the worst team in the East turned out to be the ideal homecoming for the Wizards, who got 13 points and a...

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

Backup Weekes gets Rangers in playoffs (AP)
Kevin Weekes was still holding court with a small group of reporters in the New York Rangers dressing room when a friendly face stopped by to congratulate him. Henrik Lundqvist, the rookie who wrested the Rangers No. 1 goalie position away from Weekes, was all smiles after New York's 3-2 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers lifted the Rangers into the playoffs for the first time since...

Canadiens end Bruins' playoff hopes (AP)
Chris Higgins enjoyed his 20th goal even more because of what it meant to his team. The Montreal rookie scored the go-ahead goal 14:31 into the third and the Canadiens finished with three power-play goals in a 5-3 win over Boston on Tuesday night to sweep a two-game set against the Bruins at the Bell Centre.

Ducks win seventh straight at home (AP)
The Mighty Ducks are making even the difficult wins look easy. Teemu Selanne had two goals and two assists as the Anaheim Mighty Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 on Tuesday for their seventh straight victory at home. The Ducks trailed twice in the game and needed a four-goal burst in the final period to overcome another strong performance by Kings goalie Matheiu Garon.

Rookie G Harding lifts Wild past Blues (AP)
Playing in his first NHL game, Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding looked like a seasoned veteran when it mattered most. Harding made five saves in a thrilling end-to-end overtime and two more in the shootout and Brian Rolston scored the winner to lift the Wild to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

Sabres' Ruff upset over Hecht injury (AP)
Sabres forward Jochen Hecht will be lost for two weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee following a hit by Toronto's Darcy Tucker in the third period of Buffalo's 3-2 shootout win over the Maple Leafs on Monday night. Midway through the period, Buffalo's Mike Grier flattened Tucker with a hard check just inside the Toronto zone.

Red Wings' Datsyuk out at least a week (AP)
Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk will not play for a week to 10 days because of a lower-body injury. Datsyuk was hurt during Monday night's 2-1 shootout win at Calgary. He has a team-high 87 points for Detroit, which has clinched the Central Division and is five points ahead of Ottawa for the NHL's best record.

Injured G Theodore practices with Avs (AP)
New Avalanche goaltender Jose Theodore participated in his first full practice with the team Tuesday, a key step in his recovery from a broken heel. Theodore was in full pads and took part in the entire practice, team spokesman Damen Zier said. No estimate has been made on when he will play his first game for Colorado, though the team has said he would be 100 percent for the playoffs.

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.

Predators D Witt suspended one game (AP)
Nashville defenseman Brendan Witt was suspended for one game by the NHL on Tuesday for a collision he had with Columbus' David Vyborny that left the forward with a knee injury. The hit occurred at 9:50 in the first period of the Predators' 3-1 loss on Monday night and did not draw a penalty. Witt will miss Wednesday's game in Chicago.

True test
Martin Truex Jr.'s transition to Nextel Cup racing has been tougher than he expected.

NASCAR's primary sponsor staying put (AP)
The head of marketing for Sprint-Nextel says the company's commitment to its 10-year, $70 million sponsorship in NASCAR remains strong despite some upcoming high-level personnel changes.

Stewart puts his racing greyhounds up for adoption (AP)
RICHMOND, Ind. – Three members of Tony Stewart's racing team have retired to Richmond.

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.

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