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NEWS FROM 2007-03-02
Mavs fend off LeBron's 39, beat Cavs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070302/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_cavaliers_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070302/capt.dna10503020401.cavaliers_mavericks_basketball_dna105.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=nReUTr0KOJDKyoMWPHuYXQ--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, goes up for a shot attempt against Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) of Germany in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Thursday, March 1, 2007. The Mavericks won 95-92. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even on one of his best nights, LeBron James couldn't take the Dallas Mavericks down. James had 39 points, combining eye-popping dunks with all sorts of other scoring tactics, and played terrific defense on fellow MVP contender Dirk Nowitzki with the game on the line.</p><br clear="all"/>
UCLA beats Cougars to capture Pac-10
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070302/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_ucla_washington_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070302/capt.wakw10203020431.ucla_washington_st_basketball_wakw102.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=728arq8UX0vAHv1rYbAiWw--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="UCLA guard Arron Afflalo(4) shoots over Washington State guard Derrick Low(2) in the first half on Thursday, March 1, 2007, in a college basketball game in Pullman, Wash.(AP Photo/Kody Whiteaker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Arron Afflalo scored 14 points to help No. 2 UCLA beat No. 13 Washington State 53-45 on Thursday night to wrap up its second consecutive Pac-10 title.</p><br clear="all"/>
Surprise! Virginia leads ACC
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070302/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_virginia_tech_virginia"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070302/capt.vash10903020240.virginia_tech_virginia_basketball_vash109.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=nsiF3Qsw315HNqgHqrN2ng--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Virginia players, from right, Sean Singletary (44) Mamadi Diane (24) and Tunji Soroye (21) celebrate their 69-56 win over Virginia Tech in a college basketball game, in Charlottesville, Va. Thursday, March 1, 2007. . (AP Photo/Steve Helber)" border="0" /></a>AP - Revenge was sweet for Virginia in its rematch against No. 21 Virginia Tech, and if the weekend goes well, it could lead to a Cavaliers championship, too.</p><br clear="all"/>
Baseball wants more info about Matthews
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070302/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/steroid_raid"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070301/capt.nymg10603012108.steroid_raid_nymg106.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=gLG9S9.6UmhP5xhSC7Q3WA--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Albany County District Attorney David Soares speaks during a news conference at the Albany International Airport in Colonie, N.Y., Thursday, March 1, 2007. Soares commented on his department's investigation into an illicit steroid distribution network that resulted in raids on two pharmacies in Orlando, FLa. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)" border="0" /></a>AP - Baseball has some questions for Gary Matthews Jr., too. Major League Baseball officials want more information on allegations the Los Angeles Angels' outfielder received human growth hormone from a pharmacy that's part of a widespread steroid investigation.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bledsoe, Horn, Porter, McCardell let go
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070302/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070301/capt.ny16003012333.cowboys_bledsoe_released_ny160.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=0K0ofnOGCEaG7pjJ6Gr5rg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe (11) stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter of the Cowboys football game against the New York Giants in Irving, Texas, in this Oct. 23, 2006 file phot. Bledsoe, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 1993 who reunited with coach Bill Parcells in Dallas, was released Thursday by the Cowboys. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Drew Bledsoe Experiment is over in Dallas. Bledsoe, who lost the Cowboys' quarterback job to Tony Romo after six turnover- and sack-plagued starts last season, was one of a number of aging players cut Thursday as teams adjusted their rosters to get more salary cap room for the free agent period that begins Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bitter divorce between Horn, Saints
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070302/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_saints_horn"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070301/capt.ny15503012209.saints_horn_football_ny155.jpg?x=130&y=117&sig=GZgQX2ijLa8PJ0ONqFSNGg--" align="left" height="117" width="130" alt="New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn signals a first down after catching a pass from quarterback Aaron Brooks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second half in this Oct. 10, 2004 file photo, in New Orleans. The New Orleans Saints released four-time Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn on Thursday, saying Horn asked to be let go after the Saints asked him to take a pay cut. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)" border="0" /></a>AP - The New Orleans Saints released four-time Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn on Thursday, saying Horn asked to be let go after the Saints asked him to take a pay cut.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nowitzki, Billups earn NBA player of month honors
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070302/sp_afp/basketnbanowitzkibillups"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070302/capt.sge.byc54.020307062248.photo00.photo.default-512x379.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=Yv.TO.KjekSkTXnE.spSMw--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Dirk Nowitzki, pictured earlier in the week, the superstar forward of the red-hot Dallas Mavericks, was named the National Basketball Association Western Conference player of the month for February while Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups was honored in the Eastern Conference(AFP/Getty Images/File/Tim Heitman)" border="0" /></a>AFP - Dirk Nowitzki, superstar forward of the red-hot Dallas Mavericks, was named the National Basketball Association Western Conference player of the month for February.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mitchell: Steroid probe 'difficult'
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070302/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_mitchell_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070301/capt.ny15303012118.mitchell_steroids_baseball_ny153.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=Ha1L8hStB9DMeQ_0bEBbVQ--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell addresses reporters during a news conference in New York, in this March 30, 2006 file photo. Mitchell is confident his investigation into steroid use in baseball will yield the truth of what went on, even though players aren't rushing to cooperate. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell is confident his investigation into steroid use in baseball will yield the truth of what went on, even though players aren't rushing to cooperate.</p><br clear="all"/>
Blackburn beats Arsenal to advance
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070228/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070228/capt.mdt10802282226.britain_soccer_fa_cup_mdt108.jpg?x=130&y=99&sig=eyY0lheq7Dgff6H80thwDw--" align="left" height="99" width="130" alt="Benni McCarthy of Blackburn Rovers celebrates scoring the only goal of the game against Arsenal during their FA Cup 5th round replay soccer match at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England, Wednesday Feb. 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Benni McCarthy scored with four minutes remaining to give Blackburn a 1-0 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday night and a berth in the FA Cup quarterfinals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kings edge past Ducks 4-3 in OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070302/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_ducks_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070302/capt.las10103020432.ducks_kings_hockey_las101.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=z5sRRP5wK_nLvgA.Uw4R1Q--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Kings' Jaroslav Modry checks Anaheim Ducks' Rob Niedermayer during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Los Angeles Thursday, March 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jamie Lundmark tied the game with 8:49 left in the third period and Michael Cammalleri got the winner on a power play at 3:17 of overtime, giving the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chiefs' Green faces uncertain future
Veteran QB Trent Green is expected to meet with team president Carl Peterson soon to discuss his future with the Chiefs.
Saints release WR Joe Horn (AP)
The New Orleans Saints released four-time Pro Bowl receiver Joe Horn on Thursday, saying Horn asked to be let go after the Saints asked him to take a pay cut. "Joe really wanted to see where his value is around the league for his services," general manager Mickey Loomis said. "With as much as Joe has meant to the Saints and to New Orleans, we don't want to impede his desire to do so, and we have...
Jags sign RB Taylor to 3-year extension (AP)
Fred Taylor has spent his entire career -- high school, college and pro -- in Florida. And he doesn't want to play anywhere else. Taylor signed a three-year contract extension with Jacksonville on Thursday that could keep the 31-year-old running back with the Jaguars through the 2010 season. "I always wanted to finish my career in Jacksonville," Taylor said.
Browns ink C Fraley, eye top free agents (AP)
Shortly before trying to entice other free agents, the Cleveland Browns took care of one of their own. They reached preliminary agreement on a four-year contract with center Hank Fraley, who rescued the Browns last season after they lost LeCharles Bentley to a career-threatening knee injury. Financial terms were not immediately available late Thursday from agent Ralph Cindrich.
Lions to trade CB Bly to Broncos (AP)
The Detroit Lions will trade cornerback Dre' Bly to the Denver Broncos for running back Tatum Bell, offensive tackle George Foster and a fifth-round pick, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the trade can't be finalized until Friday.
Niners cut ties with troubled WR Bryant (AP)
The San Francisco 49ers waived troubled receiver Antonio Bryant on Thursday night, just one season after signing him to a lucrative four-year, free-agent contract. Bryant caught 40 passes for a team-leading 733 yards last season, but repeatedly ran afoul of coach Mike Nolan's disciplinary standards. Bryant was arrested in November after a wild escapade in his orange Lamborghini, and he later...
Giants sign C O'Hara to multiyear deal (AP)
Center Shaun O'Hara took himself out of the free-agent market Thursday, signing a new multiyear contract with the New York Giants. O'Hara, the Rutgers' product who has been the Giants' center since 2004, said the deal was reached Thursday evening and everything was signed by 10:30 p.m.. He would have become an unrestricted free agent Friday.
Cowboys release QB Drew Bledsoe (AP)
Quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who was benched during the season by Dallas, was released Thursday by the Cowboys in a move that had been expected. Bledsoe, the first overall pick in the 1993 draft by New England, started 193 games in the NFL, including the first six in 2006 before he was replaced by Tony Romo, who then earned a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl team.
Shaun Livingston's knee injury brings to light the folly of denying younger players the freedom to access NBA riches.
Mavs win 14th straight to tie club mark (AP)
Here's how well the Dallas Mavericks are playing: Even on one of his best nights, LeBron James couldn't take them down. James had 39 points, combining eye-popping dunks with all sorts of other scoring tactics, and played terrific defense on fellow MVP contender Dirk Nowitzki with the game on the line.
Heat G Wade's second opinion delayed (AP)
Heat guard Dwyane Wade will have to wait another day for his second opinion. Wade was scheduled to have noted specialist Dr. James Andrews examine his dislocated left shoulder on Thursday, but severe weather kept Andrews from making the trip from Birmingham, Ala., to South Florida for the meeting. Andrews' visit has been rescheduled for Friday.
Blazers president, GM Patterson resigns (AP)
Portland Trail Blazers president and general manager Steve Patterson abruptly resigned Thursday after owner Paul Allen refused to renew his contract. The move came with the Trail Blazers in next-to-last place at 24-34, a season after they had the worst record in the NBA. Tod Leiweke, chief executive officer of the Seattle Seahawks, will take over while a full-time replacement is found.
Blazers cap busy day with big win (AP)
It was some kind of day for the Portland Trail Blazers. Rookie LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points, Zach Randolph and Martell Webster each added 20, and the Blazers capped a strange day with a 127-90 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday night. Hours earlier, Blazers president and general manager Steve Patterson abruptly resigned after owner Paul Allen decided not to renew his contract.
Sonics G Allen misses game vs. Clippers (AP)
Seattle guard Ray Allen sat out Thursday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. with an ankle injury. Allen, the Sonics' leading scorer at 26.4 points, has been bothered by his left ankle for about five weeks. He has not even practiced with the team for the past 10 days. He tried moving around on it before Thursday's game but said it just wasn't strong enough.
Lakers fine Radmanovic for snow job (AP)
Vladimir Radmanovic's snow job will cost him some cold cash. The Los Angeles Lakers fined Radmanovic an undisclosed amount Thursday for violating his contract by snowboarding, which led to a separated shoulder injury, the team said. Radmanovic got hurt on Feb. 17, when he was in Park City, Utah, during the All-Star break.
Butler, Jamison to return Friday (AP)
Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison are expected to return to the lineup Friday for the Washington Wizards, who have struggled without two of their top three stars. Butler has missed three games -- all losses -- with back spasms. Jamison has missed 12 with a sprained left knee; the Wizards went 4-8 without him.
Suns denied unprecedented road sweep (AP)
The Phoenix Suns' drive toward a perfect road record against the East came to an unexpected end. Andre Iguodala scored 24 points, Willie Green had 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers never trailed Wednesday night in a 99-94 win over the Phoenix Suns, who lost on the road to an Eastern Conference team for the first time this season.
Celtics' Maxwell sorry for sexist remark (AP)
Boston Celtics radio analyst Cedric Maxwell apologized on the air Wednesday night for saying that a female referee should "go back to the kitchen" after he disagreed with one of her calls. Maxwell made the comment during the Celtics' 77-72 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday. He subsequently said "Go in there and make me some bacon and eggs, would you?" in reference to referee Violet Palmer.
Pens' Crosby caps rally with SO winner (AP)
The New York Rangers' potent power play is suddenly producing goals for and against the desperate team. Pittsburgh erased a two-goal deficit with back-to-back short-handed goals by NHL leader Jordan Staal and Colby Armstrong, and forced overtime with defenseman Sergei Gonchar's goal with six minutes left in regulation.
Blues spoil Smyth's Isles debut in OT (AP)
The Blues were less than perfect guests as the Islanders began the Ryan Smyth era. Lee Stempniak's power-play goal 25 seconds into overtime gave St. Louis a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over New York on Thursday night in Smyth's debut on Long Island. Stempniak had an open shot from the left circle off a pass from Eric Brewer and beat Rick DiPietro to the far corner to give the Blues their sixth win...
Wild rookie G Harding blanks Oilers (AP)
If the Edmonton Oilers didn't officially say that they were out of the playoff race when they dealt Ryan Smyth on deadline day, the message seemed obvious Thursday night. Third-string goalie Josh Harding stopped 30 shots, Pavol Demitra and Marian Gaborik had two goals and an assist apiece, and the Minnesota Wild beat the Oilers 5-0.
Canucks' Luongo sets new wins mark (AP)
Canucks captain Markus Naslund scored with 4:14 left in the third period to lift Vancouver to a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night. Vancouver's Daniel Sedin tied the game with his second goal -- both on passes from twin brother Henrik -- on a power play 5:46 into the third period, and Naslund took advantage of a good bounce off a Coyotes defender to win it.
London to get NHL regular-season games (AP)
The NHL will play regular-season games for the first time in Europe with the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings opening the 2007-2008 season by playing two games in London. The games are set for Sept. 29-30 at the O2 Arena, which is set to open in July. It is being built by Anschutz Entertainment Group, the Kings' parent company.
Red Wings LW Zetterberg out 2-3 weeks (AP)
Detroit Red Wings forward and leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg is expected to be out two to three weeks with an inflamed disk in his back. Zetterberg left practice Monday and missed Tuesday's game in Chicago against the Blackhawks. The 26-year-old from Sweden has 33 goals and 35 assists and two or more points in eight of his last 12 games.
Lightning top Caps in 10-round shootout (AP)
An unknown quantity trumped Tampa Bay's usually dependable snipers in an extended shootout. Nick Tarnasky scored the lone shootout goal in the 10th round, goalie Johan Holmqvist was perfect during the tiebreaker and the Lightning opened their longest road trip of the season with a 5-4 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
Panthers win third straight in overtime (AP)
The Florida Panthers no longer fear overtime. Olli Jokinen scored a power-play goal in overtime as the Florida Panthers defeated the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Thursday night. Jokinen's shot from the point beat Mike Smith at 2:11. It was the third consecutive overtime win for the Panthers. The Panthers, who started the season 0-13 in overtime, have been in overtime in five of their past six games.
Flyers tally 55 shots, beat Bruins in OT (AP)
With a few more performances like this, the Bruins will be in the same mode as the Flyers -- winding down the season. Scottie Upshall scored with 9.9 seconds left in overtime Thursday night to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins, who got 51 saves from Tim Thomas. "Totally ridiculous.
Bertuzzi impresses Red Wings' coach (AP)
Todd Bertuzzi wasted no time mixing it up with the Detroit Red Wings in his first practice with his new team. Acquired from Florida at the trade deadline Tuesday, Bertuzzi said he appreciated having a chance to make one of the NHL's top teams even better. "It's good to come in here, get a good skate in and meet the guys and get comfortable," the 32-year-old forward said.
Tomorrow is finally here
As the Car of Tomorrow's debut draws near, drivers and owners are expressing increasing confidence in its capabilities.
Mexican NASCAR fans back Montoya in Busch Series in Mexico City (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya was clearly the center of attention Thursday as Busch Series drivers prepared for NASCAR's third race in Mexico City.
Reiser, Francis get brief respite from suspensions (AP)
Robbie Reiser was so anxious to get back to the track, he struggled to fall asleep. Kenny Francis battled a bit of nervousness.
NASCAR may move COT to full schedule in 2008 (AP)
NASCAR wants to speed up implementation of its Car of Tomorrow to have it in use full-time by 2008, officials said Wednesday.
Montoya concerned about new NASCAR vehicle (AFP)
Kahne, Montoya sound off on COT after Bristol test (PA SportsTicker)
By Jim Ralabate PA SportsTicker Auto Racing Editor
Reutimann sore after wreck, heading to Bristol for CoT test (AP)
Nextel Cup rookie David Reutimann's crash at California Speedway left him so sore that ``everything hurts, down to my eyeballs and my teeth.''
Points leader Martin might have hard time scaling back (AP)
Mark Martin spent the past two years waffling on his future in racing. Now that he's found the perfect situation, he really doesn't want to change his mind again.
NASCAR fines three more crew chiefs for Daytona misdeeds (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR continued its crackdown on cheating Monday, fining three more crew chiefs for violations committed in the days leading up to the Daytona 500.