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NEWS FROM 2007-03-04
Mavs win franchise-record 15th straight
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070304/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_magic_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070304/capt.dna10603040447.aptopix_magic_mavericks_basketball_dna106.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=0BEW3r1sIyMF..O7anHPkQ--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, celebrates after scoring a shot against the Orlando Magic in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, March 3, 2007. The Mavericks won, 103-98, giving them a franchise record 15-game winning streak. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Dallas Mavericks needed big games from their Big Three of Dirk Nowitzki, Josh Howard and Jason Terry to pull out a club-record 15th consecutive victory.</p><br clear="all"/>
Clippers' stellar defense rocks Pacers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070304/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_pacers_clippers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070304/capt.las20203040515c.correction_pacers_clippers_basketball_las202.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=YaxiVjaoTQB7QmCM3aKoZg--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Los Angeles Clippers guard Will Conroy (10) drives past Indiana Pacers forward Ike Diogu (1) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Los Angeles Clippers made a defensive stand against the Indiana Pacers that established a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a game. Even coach Mike Dunleavy made an unexpected defensive stop — against his own son.</p><br clear="all"/>
No. 1 Buckeyes extend win streak to 14
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070304/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_ohio_st_michigan"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070303/capt.aas10203032220.ohio_st_michigan_basketball_aas102.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=5jXAlSY5cyCFJthwJjNLQA--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Ohio State guard center Greg Oden,right shoots over the defense of Michigan forward Courtney Sims during the first half of their basketball game at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, March 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)" border="0" /></a>AP - Greg Oden took long strides walking up the tunnel out of Crisler Arena, and onto a warm bus. The freshman star hopes to help No. 1 Ohio State take bigger steps this month in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.</p><br clear="all"/>
Washington holds on to stun No. 2 UCLA
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070304/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_ucla_washington"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070303/capt.wajf10503032125.ucla_washington_basketball_wajf105.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=cIVzkKiwEsGlprLdxVfGLw--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="UCLA's Josh Shipp, left, walks off as Washington players, from left, Jon Brockman, Hans Gasser and Quincy Pondexter celebrate after the 61-51 upset win ina college basketball game in Seattle Saturday, March 3, 2007. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jon Brockman couldn't stop complimenting UCLA, from its bevy of talented players, to the Bruins' suffocating defense. On Saturday, the compliments were best left for Brockman and Washington.</p><br clear="all"/>
Flames beat Oilers, extend streak to 4
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070304/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_flames_oilers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070304/capt.edm10203040433.oilers_flames_hockey_edm102.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=e0jnNhiltxJhUBTX8uiSag--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Edmonton Oilers' Fernando Pisani, center top, and teammate Joffrey Lupul (15) celebrate the Oilers first goal while Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, left, and Andrei Zyuzin look on in the first period NHL action in Edmonton, Canada, Saturday, March 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Ian Jackson,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Calgary Flames didn't look like the worst road team in the NHL against the struggling Oilers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bucs sign Garcia, trade for Plummer
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070304/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_bucs_qbs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070303/capt.ny15303031924.bucs_qbs_football_ny153.jpg?x=130&y=113&sig=Ip7gR9k4qjZDArEkulaJdQ--" align="left" height="113" width="130" alt="Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer looks for a receiver as he roles out of the pocket during the second quarter in Sunday night's exhibition football game against the Houston Texans in Denver in this Aug. 27, 2006 file photo. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free-agent quarterback Jeff Garcia on Saturday and obtained the rights to Jake Plummer from Denver, adding two quarterbacks to compete with Chris Simms next season. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - When Chris Simms said he welcomed competition for Tampa Bay's starting quarterback job, he surely didn't envision the Buccaneers going to such great lengths to find challengers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Martin carries Kings to 3rd straight win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070304/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_kings_trail_blazers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070304/capt.pda10303040348.kings_trail_blazers_basketball_pda103.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=NzJHsQlPwIYPC0XKm8QHog--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Sacramento Kings gaurd Kevin Martin, right, races downcourt against Portland Trail Blazers forward Ime Udoka during NBA first-half basketball action in Portland, Ore., Saturday, March 3, 2007.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kevin Martin got the Kings off to a fast start and Ron Artest made sure they finished strong.</p><br clear="all"/>
Matthews' lawyer addresses allegations
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070304/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_matthews_steroids"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070302/capt.azpc10803022232.angels_cubs_spring_baseball_azpc108.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=rqG2DwYUbTB1846VlbYXtQ--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Anaheim Angels' Gary Matthews, Jr., right, spins on his heels after striking out to Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, as Cubs catcher Henry Blanco, left, throws back to third in the first inning of a spring training baseball game Friday, March 2, 2007, at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Gary Matthews Jr.'s lawyer is convinced the Angels' outfielder hasn't violated any laws or major league rules even though his name surfaced in a widespread steroids investigation that has resulted in nine arrests.</p><br clear="all"/>
Late winner keeps Man U 9 points ahead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070303/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_euro_roundup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070303/capt.mdt10503031730.britain_soccer_mdt105.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=YNh9Q8qRGm_41hWbggJsdA--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Manchester United's John O'Shea, left, celebrates scoring the only goal of the game against Liverpool with Rio Ferdinand, right, during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Saturday March 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)" border="0" /></a>AP - John O'Shea's injury time strike gave Manchester United a 1-0 victory at third place Liverpool on Saturday, and the Red Devils stayed nine points ahead in the Premier League. The Irish star drove the ball into the roof of the net after Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina failed to hold onto a powerful free kick from Cristiano Ronaldo.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nash helps lift Jackets past Coyotes
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070304/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_blue_jackets_coyotes"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070304/capt.pnj10303040323.blue_jackets_coyotes_hockey_pnj103.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=51QA7hvNFDXo44Qi37I31w--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Columbus Blue Jackets left winger Rick Nash, rear left, is congratulated by teammates David Vyborny, of the Czech Republic, and Geoff Platt after Nash scored against Phoenix Coyotes goalie Curtis Joseph, front left, in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 3, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rick Nash capitalized on his chances and made the Blue Jackets winners away from home again.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dielman returns to Chargers
G Kris Dielman, offered a more lucrative deal for the Seahawks, decided to re-sign with the Chargers on Saturday.
Bucs trade for Plummer, sign Garcia (AP)
When Chris Simms said he welcomed competition for Tampa Bay's starting quarterback job, he surely didn't envision the Buccaneers going to such great lengths to find challengers. The Bucs signed free agent Jeff Garcia on Saturday, then announced they had also obtained the rights to Jake Plummer from Denver to potentially give the team an interesting tussle for the reins to coach Jon Gruden's...
Pats sign Pro Bowl LB Adalius Thomas (AP)
Linebacker Adalius Thomas, one of the most sought-after free agents, signed Saturday with the New England Patriots, giving the three-time Super Bowl winners a player in the mold of the departed Willie McGinest. The 29-year-old Pro Bowler, one of the keys to the Baltimore's defense last season, can play several positions, including outside linebacker and defensive end -- as McGinest did until he...
Redskins agree to terms with CB Smoot (AP)
Cornerback Fred Smoot agreed to a five-year contract with the Washington Redskins on Saturday night, returning to the team he left two years ago before two tumultuous seasons with Minnesota. Smoot will sign his deal Sunday, when he'll also be formally introduced during a news conference at Redskins Park.
Texans sign WR Johnson to extension (AP)
The Houston Texans signed Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson to a multiyear contract extension Saturday. Johnson had two years remaining on his current contract. Terms of the deal were not released, but he was scheduled to make $5.25 million next season and $7.75 million in 2008. Johnson, the third overall pick in the 2003 draft, was selected to his second Pro Bowl after catching a career-high 103...
Rams sign WR Bennett to six-year deal (AP)
Wide receiver Drew Bennett signed a six-year contract with the St. Louis Rams on Saturday. Bennett led the Titans with 46 receptions for 737 yards last season and ranks ninth on the team's career list with 273 catches for 4,033 yards and 25 touchdowns. He played his first six seasons with Tennessee after breaking in as an undrafted player.
Ravens re-sign LB Jarret Johnson (AP)
The Baltimore Ravens re-signed linebacker Jarret Johnson to a three-year, $13 million deal Saturday, securing a replacement for All-Pro Adalius Thomas. Johnson, 25, was drafted in the fourth round out of Alabama by Baltimore in 2003 and will join the NFL's top-ranked defense as its only new starter after Thomas signed with New England.
Titans release RB Travis Henry (AP)
The Tennessee Titans released Travis Henry on Saturday after negotiations failed to rework a contract that contained an $8.3 million bonus due Monday. The running back was flying to Denver to talk with the Broncos, but the Titans remained hopeful that they can lure him back after he checks out the market.
Shut up and play, T-Mac
Tracy McGrady should stop worrying about New Orleans' security and start caring about the city's need for the 2008 All-Star game.
Mavs win club-record 15th straight game (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks needed big games from their Big Three of Dirk Nowitzki, Josh Howard and Jason Terry to pull out a club-record 15th consecutive victory. Terry had 29 points and a season-high 15 assists, and the Mavericks extended their team-record home winning streak to 22 games with a 103-98 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.
Duncan, Spurs notch eighth straight win (AP)
Tim Duncan knew right away it was going to be a good night. Duncan scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Houston Rockets 97-74 on Saturday night for their season-high eighth straight victory. Duncan hit his first five shots and scored 15 points in the first quarter. He had eight in a 12-0 run that opened an 18-5 lead with 6:18 to go in the first quarter.
Jefferson on Nets' trip, status unclear (AP)
Richard Jefferson will accompany the New Jersey Nets on an upcoming six-game road trip, but it is uncertain whether he'll play for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery in January. The forward played some slow-paced one-on-one with rookie Hassan Adams on Saturday about an hour before the Nets played the Boston Celtics at the Continental Airlines Arena.
Pierce lifts Celtics past Nets in OT (AP)
After 44 minutes of awful basketball, Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics did everything necessary to make the New Jersey Nets feel miserable. Pierce atoned for a woeful shooting effort with a 3-pointer late in regulation and two jumpers in overtime to rally the Celtics to a 96-88 victory Saturday. "What a great win for our guys," said coach Doc Rivers, who recently saw the Celtics lose a...
James, Cavaliers pound Raptors 120-97 (AP)
The little boy in the front row stuck out his tongue, razzing LeBron James enough that he clanged a free throw. Luckily, LeBron James Jr. didn't make his daddy miss again. James kept up his scoring surge with 36 points -- 15 on free throws -- and Larry Hughes added 27, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an easy 120-97 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.
Clips set franchise record on defense (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers made a defensive stand against the Indiana Pacers that established a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a game. Even coach Mike Dunleavy made an unexpected defensive stop -- against his own son. Corey Maggette scored 20 points and Elton Brand added 17 points and 12 rebounds in an 87-64 rout of the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.
Marbury, Francis rally Knicks past Hawks (AP)
Stephen Marbury managed to sit for only two minutes. Steve Francis had a hard time remembering the last time he played so many. Marbury scored 11 of his 38 points in overtime and the New York Knicks made up a late 15-point deficit to beat Atlanta 104-100 on Saturday night, the Hawks' fifth straight loss.
Martin helps Kings cruise past Blazers (AP)
Kevin Martin got the Kings off to a fast start and Ron Artest made sure they finished strong. Martin scored 15 of his 33 points in the first quarter, Artest added 23 points and nine rebounds, and Sacramento won its third straight, 104-96 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. Zach Randolph had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who never led and committed 18 turnovers.
Lakers F Odom has shoulder injury (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom was diagnosed Saturday with a left shoulder injury. Odom, who was injured Friday night against Sacramento, underwent an MRI exam Saturday that revealed a torn labrum, team spokesman John Black said. He didn't travel to Phoenix for a game on Sunday and will see a doctor Monday.
Smyth, Satan lead Isles past Capitals (AP)
Ryan Smyth is already feeling comfortable in his new surroundings and the New York Islanders' power play is benefiting from his presence. Smyth scored his first goal with New York, Miroslav Satan scored twice and the Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 6-2 on Saturday night. "One of my strengths is getting the privilege to play on the power play and to get the ice time I get," said Smith,...
Flames top Oilers for fourth win in row (AP)
The Calgary Flames didn't look like the worst road team in the NHL against the struggling Oilers. Daymond Langkow scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Calgary Flames won their fourth in a row with a 4-2 victory over the struggling Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. Stephane Yelle, David Moss and Jarome Iginla also scored for the Flames, and Fernando Pisani had both goals for...
Janssen suspended for hit on Kaberle (AP)
New Jersey forward Cam Janssen was suspended for three games by the NHL on Saturday for his late hit on Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle. The hit happened during the second period of Toronto's 4-3 shootout win Friday night. Kaberle made an uncontested pass in his own zone and was skating backward when Janssen checked him to the head about 3 seconds later.
Undermanned Sabres beat Maple Leafs 3-1 (AP)
The Buffalo Sabres are first overall in the NHL despite missing eight regulars to injury. Toni Lydman, Drew Stafford and Nathan Paetsch scored to lead the injury-riddled Sabres to a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Buffalo, using a number of call-ups from the AHL affiliate in Rochester, has lost only once in regulation in its past 11 games (9-1-1).
Preds win fourth straight, rip Kings 6-3 (AP)
Paul Kariya and Peter Forsberg are difficult enough to stop at even strength. On the power play, they become almost impossible to contain. Kariya scored twice, Forsberg had three assists, and the Nashville Predators beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory. They are 5-1-1 in the seven games since acquiring Forsberg from Philadelphia on Feb.
Bruins end three-game skid, top Habs 3-1 (AP)
The Boston Bruins put together a performance vastly different from their last game. Glen Murray scored his team-leading 28th goal, and Tim Thomas made 16 of his 31 saves in the third period to lead the Bruins to a 3-1 win over Montreal on Saturday. Petr Tenkrat and Brandon Bochenski also scored for the Bruins, who snapped a three-game losing streak and moved six points behind eighth-place Carolina...
Valiquette leads Rangers to SO win (AP)
Even Stephen Valiquette agreed. The safe plan for the desperate New York Rangers would be to ride goalie Henrik Lundqvist until the end. But after 19 straight starts and a pair of key games upcoming next week against the New York Islanders, it was time for Lundqvist to take a break. Valiquette had a rough beginning Saturday before turning it around and helping the Rangers to a 3-2 shootout victory...
Panthers win fourth in row, beat Tampa (AP)
Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss are making Florida Panthers coach Jacques Martin look good. Horton and Weiss each scored two goals, and Ville Peltonen scored on a penalty shot to lead the Panthers to a season-high fourth straight victory, 6-2 over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. "Since I put them together, they've been good every night," said Martin, who put youngsters Horton and Weiss...
Nash scores twice as Jackets top Coyotes (AP)
Rick Nash capitalized on his chances and made the Blue Jackets winners away from home again. Nash scored twice and was solid all over the ice to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to its second road win in as many nights, a 4-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday. The Blue Jackets took care of the Stars in Dallas on Friday night by winning in a shootout.
Crosby becomes youngest to 200 points (AP)
Back-to-back losses earlier this week left the Carolina Hurricanes out of the playoff picture and in danger of becoming only the third Stanley Cup champion to miss the postseason in the following year. Instead of working out the troubles in practice, coach Peter Laviolette decided to give his players a day off.
South of the border again
The competition again should be strong as NASCAR returns to Mexico this weekend.
Fogarty, Gurney win Grand Am in Mexico City (AP)
Alex Gurney took the lead from Max Papis with two laps left and held on to win the 100-lap Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race Saturday at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. "It was amazing," said Gurney, who teamed with Jon Fogarty in the No. 99 Pontiac Riley. "We had five laps to go and I thought we wouldn't last.
Pruett wins pole for Busch Series' Mexican race (AP)
Scott Pruett won the pole for Sunday's Telcel-Motorola 200, the third race south of the border in NASCAR's Busch Series.
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.