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NEWS FROM 2007-03-05
UNC beats Duke to clinch top seed in ACC
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070305/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_duke_north_carolina"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070305/capt.ncgb11703050028.aptopix_duke_n_carolina_basketball_ncgb117.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=LLiuEhXMoS085aopTzn8hw--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="North Carolina's Marcus Ginyard dunks during the second half of a college basketball game against Duke in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday, March 4, 2007. North Carolina won, 86-72. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)" border="0" /></a>AP - Blood poured from his nose and onto his lip, chin and the court. The latest bruised face of college basketball's nastiest rivalry belongs to North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough. "Just a little bump and bruise," teammate Reyshawn Terry said. "Nothing that a little ice can't handle."</p><br clear="all"/>
Texans, RB Ahman Green reach agreement
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070305/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_texans_green"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070305/capt.54f3d5aba9e2420ba941d3ae707fe741.texans_green_football_nyol591.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=OWj.eVRGOyIVXfcSfklgDw--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green runs for a short gain during an exhibition game with the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati in this Aug. 28, 2006 file photo. The 30-year-old free agent agreed to terms with the Houston Texans on Sunday. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Houston Texans agreed to terms with free agent running back Ahman Green on Sunday. The 30-year-old former Green Bay Packer will likely become the starter for a team that struggled at the position last season after Domanick Williams — formerly Davis — missed the year with knee problems.</p><br clear="all"/>
Florida ends skid with win over Kentucky
<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_kentucky_florida"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070304/capt.flps11203042110.kentucky_florida_basketball__flps112.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=niRKzJEQbrLkRZNqKUu5FQ--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Florida's Joakim Noah (13) breaks free as he struggled with Kentucky's Lukasz Obrzut (10) for possession of the ball in the1st half of basketball play in Gainesville, Fla., Sunday, March 4, 2007. Florida defeated Kentucky, 85-72. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Joakim Noah was thumping his chest, screaming at the top of lungs and pumping up teammates with his hustle and tenacious defense. Noah was back to his usual self — and so was Florida.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sosa finds power stroke against Royals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070305/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070304/capt.azow10103042059.rangers_royals_baseball_azow101.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=G46XBc4g.pj6k7fcRUEUdA--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Texas Rangers' Sammy Sosa points upwards as he crosses home plate during a Cactus League spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Surprise, Ariz., Sunday, March 4, 2007. Sosa's first home run of the preseason came off Royals starting pitcher Luke Hudson in the first inning. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Sammy Sosa found his power stroke, Kenny Rogers finally gave up a run and the Arizona Diamondbacks made it two triple plays in one weekend at spring training.</p><br clear="all"/>
Creighton upsets S. Illinois to win MVC
<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_mvc_creighton_s_illinois"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070304/capt.motg10403042212.mvc_southern_illinois_creighton_basketball_motg104.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=2b.akaC3Eqvfdkqnq_MOWA--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Creighton's Isacc Miles leaps as he and his teammates celebrate during the final seconds of their Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship basketball game against Southern Illinois Sunday, March 4, 2007 in St. Louis. Creighton upset Southern Illinois 67-61 to gain an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Creighton knows how to ramp it up in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Anthony Tolliver had 15 points and 13 rebounds to help Creighton upset No. 11 Southern Illinois 67-61 Sunday in the conference championship, earning the Bluejays their sixth title in nine years.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jags, WR Northcutt agree to 5-year deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070305/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_jaguars_northcutt"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070305/capt.5d155cf846e74988aa7ca573f1ce7a13.jaguars_northcutt_football_nyol593.jpg?x=108&y=130&sig=l88sVYAKnOfbCNdv2i5LUg--" align="left" height="130" width="108" alt="Cleveland Browns wide receiver Dennis Northcutt (86) leaps over Tennessee Titans defensive end Carlos Hall (97) to score a touchdown in Nashville, Tenn. in this Sept. 22, 2002 file photo. Northcutt and the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to a five-year contract on Sunday reportedly worth $17 million, including a $4.5-million signing bonus. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Jacksonville Jaguars believe they found a legitimate deep threat in free agency, agreeing to a five-year contract with former Cleveland receiver Dennis Northcutt on Sunday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sonics pull away late to beat Bobcats
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070305/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bobcats_supersonics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070305/capt.watw10603050304.bobcats_supersonics_basketball_watw106.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=AwEZXyS9GqFYRCuWzqo60Q--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="Seattle SuperSonics' Ray Allen, left, looks to pass around Charlotte Bobcats' Jake Voskuhl (43), and Derek Anderson, right, in the first quarter of a NBA basketball game Sunday, March 4, 2007, at KeyArena in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - On a sore ankle filled with bone spurs, Ray Allen believed he could have scored more than 34 points. Considering that a day earlier Allen's season was in question, 34 was plenty.</p><br clear="all"/>
Bengals Team Report
(The Sporting News)
The Sporting News - The release of MLB Brian Simmons as a salary cap casualty and the loss of backup WLB Marcus Wilkins (Falcons) in free agency means changes are coming to the linebacking corps. SLB Rashad Jeanty and WLB Landon Johnson have the inside track on starting jobs, but the middle is a free-for-all, with Caleb Miller, Ahmad Brooks and Odell Thurman among the candidates. Miller is a speedy, productive player who is most comfortable in the middle. Brooks is a physical specimen who only needs to improve his discipline, work ethic and film study to become a dominant player. ...
Tottenham beats West Ham 4-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070304/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070304/capt.llp10103041943.britain_soccer_llp101.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=XgF7r9539Tywd6AgGAVspw--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="West Ham United's Carlos Tevez, bottom, fights for the ball with Anthony Gardener of Tottenham Hotspur during an English Premiership soccer match, in Upton Park ground in east London, Sunday March 4, 2007. Tottenham wn the match 4-3. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)" border="0" /></a>AP - Argentina's Carlos Tevez scored his first goal for West Ham on Sunday in a 4-3 loss to Tottenham in the Premier League.</p><br clear="all"/>
Selanne scores 39th goal to spark Ducks
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070305/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_predators_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070305/capt.cama10203050201.predators_ducks_hockey_cama102.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=zJZ_Qb6XIh8unHCgvylyrQ--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, center, stops a shot by Nashville Predators center Vernon Fiddler as Ducks center Andy McDonald jumps after the rebound in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, March 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Anaheim Ducks, who spent the first half of the season atop the Western Conference, could be back there again soon if they keep getting timely contributions from Teemu Selanne and rookie Dustin Penner.</p><br clear="all"/>
Green headed to Texans
Ahman Green became the first free agent RB this offseason to join a new team, agreeing to terms with the Texans.
Texans agree to terms with Ahman Green (AP)
The Houston Texans agreed to terms with free agent running back Ahman Green on Sunday. The 30-year-old former Green Bay Packer will likely become the starter for a team that struggled at the position last season after Domanick Williams -- formerly Davis -- missed the year with knee problems. Green will be introduced at a 1 p.m.
Cowboys OL Davis gets seven years, $50M (AP)
The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with free agent offensive lineman Leonard Davis. Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple confirmed the deal Sunday, but not the details of the agreement. He said a formal announcement by the team was expected Monday. According to various reports, including a story posted on the team's Web site, Davis agreed to a seven-year contract worth nearly $50 million, including...
Lions ink DE White to 5-year, $29M deal (AP)
Free agent defensive end Dewayne White left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a better opportunity and more money in Detroit just like his former assistant coach did last year. White signed a five-year contract worth $29 million -- $13 million guaranteed -- on Sunday with the Lions to become a starter and reunite with coach Rod Marinelli.
Browns sign DB Wright to three-year deal (AP)
Defensive back Kenny Wright signed a three-year contract with Cleveland on Sunday, making him the third free agent the Browns have signed. Wright had 43 tackles and one interception in 16 games, including nine starts, for the Washington Redskins last season. Wright, 29, was taken in the fourth round -- 120th overall -- of the 1999 draft by Minnesota and has played eight seasons with the Vikings,...
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.
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.
Yao expects to return Monday for Rockets (AP)
Yao Ming is expected to return for the Houston Rockets on Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 7-foot-6 center has been out since breaking his right leg on Dec. 23 and has missed the last 32 games. He was medically cleared to play by the Rockets' team doctors and moved to the active roster on Sunday.
Gordon scores 48, Redd has 52, Bulls win (AP)
After Ben Gordon scored a career-high 48 points Sunday, he was being compared to some pretty impressive company in the Chicago Bulls' locker room. "If he was 6-(foot)-6, 6-7, man, he would be like Michael Jordan. He's that scary," Bulls guard Adrian Griffin said of the 6-3 Gordon. "He never ceases to impress me.
Streaking Celtics top Wolves in 2OT (AP)
Before the game against Minnesota on Sunday, somebody in the Celtics locker room posted a photo of Ricky Davis and Mark Blount, former Celtics now with the Timberwolves, embracing after Davis' shot beat Boston last month. Celtics coach Doc Rivers wouldn't reveal who posted the bulletin-board material, but before the game said he hoped it would motivate his young team.
Wizards win on Arenas' FTs with 0.1 left (AP)
Don Nelson lost his cool, and Gilbert Arenas kept his. Down by two with one-tenth of a second remaining, Arenas capitalized on a personal foul and technical foul called against the Golden State Warriors coach by making three free throws to give Washington a wild 107-106 victory. "It was bizarre," Arenas said.
Nash carries Suns past Lakers 99-94 (AP)
The Phoenix Suns usually sprint to victory. With their "mojo" severely lacking Sunday, they staggered to one. Steve Nash scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half -- including two free throws with 5.4 seconds to play -- and the Suns held on to beat the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 99-94. "We just didn't have a lot of mojo," Nash said.
Allen scores 34 as Sonics beat Bobcats (AP)
On a sore ankle filled with bone spurs, Ray Allen believed he could have scored more than 34 points. Considering that a day earlier Allen's season was in question, 34 was plenty. Allen capped his night with a spinning three-point play with 1:25 left, and the Seattle SuperSonics pulled away late for a 96-89 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night.
Lakers' Jackson, Pippen discuss comeback (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he has talked to 41-year-old Scottie Pippen about making a comeback with the team. "I did get in touch with Scottie," Jackson said before the Lakers played the Phoenix Suns on Sunday, "but it was just preliminary talk about how he's doing, where he's at and how he feels." Jackson coached Pippen while both were with the Chicago Bulls during their title...
Jazz cruise to fourth straight road win (AP)
Mehmet Okur sees Utah's recent success on the road as a promising sign for the Jazz come playoff time. Okur scored 28 points, Deron Williams added 20 and the Utah Jazz heated up in the second half to cruise to a 108-94 win against the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday night. It was the fourth straight road win for the Jazz, equaling their longest streak away from home this season.
76ers rally from 17 down to beat Nets (AP)
For the first 10 minutes, Philadelphia played like the team that not long ago had the worst record in the league instead of the one that has staged a meaningful turnaround. Then the 76ers got it going and showed again they are no longer the biggest pushover in the NBA. Andre Iguodala scored 21 points and the Sixers extended their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 99-86 victory over...
Selanne leads Ducks by Predators in SO (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks, who spent the first half of the season atop the Western Conference, could be back there again soon if they keep getting timely contributions from Teemu Selanne and rookie Dustin Penner. Penner scored the tying goal early in the third period and Selanne got the deciding goal in a shootout, leading the Pacific Division-leading Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the conference-leading...
Penguins sweep Flyers for first time (AP)
If the Pittsburgh Penguins make the playoffs for the first time in six years, no opponent will be more responsible than the Philadelphia Flyers. Erik Christensen twice scored tying goals in regulation, then teamed with Sidney Crosby to win it in the shootout and the Penguins swept a season series from Philadelphia for the first time by winning 4-3 on Sunday.
Richardson lifts Avs over Wings in OT (AP)
Scoring goals isn't usually Brad Richardson's biggest contribution, but he got a big one on Sunday. His effort 2:41 into overtime lifted the Colorado Avalanche past the Red Wings 4-3, the team's second win in their last 10 against Detroit. Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Arnason and Brett McLean also scored for Colorado.
Sharks snap season-high four-game slide (AP)
San Jose coach Ron Wilson has been nagging his team about playing with more determination, and the Sharks finally delivered the gritty effort Wilson has been seeking. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 26 shots for his 32nd career shutout, Joe Pavelski scored two goals, and the Sharks snapped a season-long four-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Canucks beat Wild in six-round shootout (AP)
In a tight Northwest Division race where every point is key, Roberto Luongo and Daniel Sedin got the Vancouver Canucks an important extra one. Sedin beat Nicklas Backstrom, and Luongo stopped Pierre-Marc Bouchard in the sixth round of a shootout to give the Canucks a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night.
MacDonald backstops Bruins past Devils (AP)
Joey MacDonald made sure Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas enjoyed a rare day off. Joey MacDonald stopped 26 shots in his first career start with Boston and the Bruins inched a little closer to a playoff spot with a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night. "Timmy has been playing unbelievable," MacDonald said after giving Thomas his first night off since Jan.
Hossa, Lehtonen lead Thrashers by 'Canes (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers are 3-0 since making two big moves before the trade deadline, but it's the holdover players who are making the biggest difference. Marian Hossa scored two goals and Kari Lehtonen had 35 saves to help Atlanta beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Sunday. The Thrashers moved into a tie with Tampa Bay for first place in the Southeast Division.
Blackhawks knock off Senators in SO (AP)
Radim Vrbata scored when it was needed most for the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. Vrbata connected as Chicago's fourth shooter in the shootout to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators. He also scored two goals in regulation, including one that tied it with 1:59 left, to help Chicago rally from a 3-1 deficit to end a three-game losing streak.
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...
South of the border again
The competition again should be strong as NASCAR returns to Mexico this weekend.
Montoya spins teammate, wins Busch Series race (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya dipped into his road-racing expertise, making a dicey move on one of the s-curves on the curvy track built more for open-wheel racing than stock cars.
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.''