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Cal stuns No. 4 UCLA in Pac-10 tourney (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070309/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_p10_california_ucla"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070309/capt.camw11403090140.p10_california_ucla_basketball_camw114.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=LxK0V3K2tlqWYoBi6HIF7Q--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="UCLA's Lorenzo Mata, left, Alfred Aboya, center, and James Keefe sit on the bench during the final moments of UCLA's 76-69 loss to California during a second round game at the Pac 10 men's basketball tournament in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)" border="0" /></a>AP - On the losing end twice against UCLA after owning first-half leads, California nearly let it happen again. This time, the Golden Bears got an extra five minutes and finished off the Bruins.</p><br clear="all"/>

N.C. State knocks Duke out in ACC opener (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070309/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_acc_nc_state_duke"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070309/capt.acc15403090306.acc_north_carolina_st_duke_basketball_acc154.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=Dh.DEx1II0OU8eKDHlSsyQ--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski walks off the court after a 85-80 loss to North Carolina State during a first round game of the Men's Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament in Tampa, Fla., Thursday, March 8, 2007. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Freshman Brandon Costner already knows what makes a disappointing season bearable at North Carolina State. Try beating North Carolina during the regular season, then knocking off Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.</p><br clear="all"/>

No. 5 Memphis rolls to 20th straight win (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070309/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_cusa_marshall_memphis"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070309/capt.tnmh11603090122.cusa_marshall_memphis_basketball_tnmh116.jpg?x=79&y=130&sig=VzXU_5DGaza1lo16_E.b6w--" align="left" height="130" width="79" alt="Memphis forward Joey Dorsey (32) dunks the ball in front of Marshall center Robbie Jackson, right, in the first half at the Conference USA basketball tournament in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, March 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Doneal Mack and Jeremy Hunt are more than just reserves for No. 5 Memphis. They could be the key to a long postseason run for the Tigers.</p><br clear="all"/>

Bills trade Willis McGahee to Ravens (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070309/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_mcgahee_traded"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070308/capt.ny15303081834.mcgahee_traded_football_ny153.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=nCZyxRMYrLTuqKKYD3Zzew--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Buffalo Bills running back Willis McGahee (21) tries to maintain his balance after being tripped up by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Paul Spicer (95) during the first half of an NFL football game in Buffalo, N.Y., in this Nov. 26, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Don Heupel)" border="0" /></a>AP - Willis McGahee likes to refer to himself as the NFL's best running back. Let's see how he does replacing Jamal Lewis in Baltimore.</p><br clear="all"/>

No. 12 Louisville outlasts West Virginia (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070309/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_beast_west_virginia_louisville"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070309/capt.nyma10803090258.beast_louisville_west_virginia__basketball_nyma108.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=RyYCADq24NpAU6FQ5Cj87A--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Louisville's Edgar Sosa ties the game in the last seconds of the second half of basketball action against the West Virginia sending the game into overtime during the quarterfinals of the Big East conference tournament Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)" border="0" /></a>AP - Having won several close road games down the stretch, Louisville didn't panic after squandering a 17-point lead in the second half. The 12th-ranked Cardinals kept their composure and outlasted upset-minded West Virginia.</p><br clear="all"/>

Report: Broncos, Ramsey reach agreement (AP)
AP - The Denver Broncos agreed to a two-year contract with veteran backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey, according to a published report Thursday.

Gordon, Hinrich lift Bulls past Magic (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070309/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bulls_magic"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070309/capt.doa11003090407.bulls_magic_basketball_doa110.jpg?x=75&y=130&sig=hMkG8aLdexiOqjhsP7W8cA--" align="left" height="130" width="75" alt="Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon, right, puts up a shot as teammate P.J. Brown watches during the first half of their basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, March 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Chicago Bulls bounced back in a big way. One night after suffering their worst defeat of the season, the Bulls dominated the Orlando Magic from start to finish for a 100-76 victory Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Hampton's hurt, Bradley's in center (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070309/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070308/capt.7ffcee9f88964308acba7ad6b9e9ead0.braves_hampton_baseball_nyol573.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=3lonQcuGCg2U3IOBjsvv.w--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Hampton warms up during Spring Training baseball practice in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. in this Feb. 17, 2007 file photo. Hampton injured his left side during batting practice Wednesday and won't be ready for the start of the regular season. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Hampton is hurt again, and this time it has nothing to do with his arm. The Atlanta Braves' left-hander injured his left side during batting practice, and won't be ready for the start of the regular season.</p><br clear="all"/>

CONCACAF to make push for 2018 World Cup (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070307/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_wcup2018"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070304/capt.jj82103042057.spain_soccer_jj821.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=euTGVQ90JEdXCwm9Pypqpw--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Real Madrid player Robinho, center, from Brazil talks with his fellow countryman Roberto Carlos, left, and England's David Beckham during his Spanish League soccer match against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sunday, March 4, 2007. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Jasper Juinen)" border="0" /></a>AP - Soccer's governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean will push to host the 2018 World Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>

Martin Brodeur posts 6th 40-win season (AP)
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070309/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_devils_penguins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070309/capt.paks11103090357.devils_penguins_hockey_paks111.jpg?x=117&y=130&sig=G_IIZB4lHdYe2sNpxK9whg--" align="left" height="130" width="117" alt="A shot by Pittsburgh Penguins' Michel Ouellet goes under the blocker of New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur for a goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 8, 2007. The Devils won 4-3 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)" border="0" /></a>AP - Martin Brodeur picked an ideal time to reach another milestone. Brodeur overcame a mediocre performance in regulation to stop all three shots in the shootout and win his 40th game this season with a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>

Rating the cornerbacks
Cornerbacks could be in high demand on day one of the NFL draft, with 15-18 projected to get selected.

Ravens acquire RB McGahee from Bills (AP)
Willis McGahee likes to refer to himself as the NFL's best running back. Let's see how he does replacing Jamal Lewis in Baltimore. The Ravens acquired McGahee in a trade with the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, a day after Lewis signed with Cleveland. In exchange, the Bills received third- and seventh-round picks this year and a third-rounder next year.

Falcons sign WR Horn for $19M, 4 years (AP)
The post-Katrina version of Joe Horn is more confident than brash. No need to plant a cell phone in a Georgia Dome goalpost and preen for the television cameras. "I didn't come here to be flashy, I didn't come here to stand in front of the cameras," Horn said after signing a four-year, $19 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.

Report: Broncos, QB Ramsey agree on deal (AP)
The Denver Broncos agreed to a two-year contract with veteran backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey, according to a published report Thursday. The Denver Post quoted Ramsey's agent as saying Ramsey, who replaces Jake Plummer as Jay Cutler's backup, agreed to a deal worth between $4 million to $5 million.

Seahawks release DE Wistrom (AP)
The Seattle Seahawks released fiery defensive end Grant Wistrom on Thursday after three years of struggling to match the big contract he signed in 2004. Wistrom was scheduled to make $3.5 million for the 2007 season, part of a six-year, $33 million deal Wistrom signed during the 2004 offseason. His contract included a then-club-record $14 million in guaranteed money, but Wistrom never posted big...

Rams, TE McMichael agree to 3-year deal (AP)
Tight end Randy McMichael, who has averaged 65 catches the last three seasons, on Thursday agreed to a three-year contract with the St. Louis Rams. McMichael, released by Miami for cap purposes, brings experience to a position the Rams filled with rookies last season and provides them with a catching tight end.

49ers match Steelers' offer to P Lee (AP)
Punter Andy Lee will stay with the San Francisco 49ers, who matched the Pittsburgh Steelers' contract offer to the restricted free agent on Thursday. Lee, who played in college at Pitt, agreed to a six-year contract worth more than $7 million with the Steelers on Monday. The 49ers quickly matched the deal for Lee, who has spent each of his three pro seasons with San Francisco.

Dolphins sign K Feely, DT Traylor (AP)
The Miami Dolphins signed kicker Jay Feely to a three-year contract on Thursday, meaning that longtime Dolphins kicker Olindo Mare could be released or traded. Feely, 29, signed as an unrestricted free agent after two seasons with the New York Giants. In six seasons with the NFL, the first four with Atlanta, Feely has converted 156 of 196 field goal attempts.

O'Neal's on-switch
It's March, which means Shaquille O'Neal is turning up his game a notch and preparing for another playoff run.

Bryant suspended, Lakers fall to Bucks (AP)
The way this season had gone for the Milwaukee Bucks, Michael Redd figures they were just about due for a lucky break. The Bucks caught the undermanned Los Angeles Lakers at just the right time, taking advantage of Kobe Bryant's suspension and the absence of two other starters for a 110-90 victory on Wednesday night.

Sluggish Suns look to regain energy (AP)
Slim as the chance might be, the Phoenix Suns aren't giving up on catching Dallas for the best record in the NBA. Of bigger concern, though, is their sluggish, uninspired play of late. The Suns are 8-1 since the All-Star break, but they are not playing with the trademark pedal-to-the-metal style they know they need to win an NBA title.

LeBron's 41 lift Cavs by Pistons in OT (AP)
LeBron James was unstoppable. Then, he said the Cleveland Cavaliers can be, too. James scored a season-high 41 points, leading the Cavaliers to a 101-97 overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. "If we play well, nobody can beat us," James said. "We believe that." James almost won the game in regulation with a 27-footer, but a video review negated the dramatic shot.

Hunter banned 10 games for positive test (AP)
Detroit Pistons guard Lindsey Hunter was suspended 10 games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday after testing positive for phentermine, a banned substance primarily used for weight loss. "I'm as shocked as anyone," Hunter said after arriving at the Palace on Wednesday. "It was a diet pill -- we've all taken stuff and nothing ever happens." Hunter said the pill was prescribed for his wife Ivy.

Szczerbiak has surgery, done for season (AP)
Boston Celtics forward Wally Szczerbiak underwent season-ending surgery on his left ankle Thursday. The operation was performed by Dr. Brian McKeon, the team's physician, the team said Thursday. Szczerbiak missed significant time during four of the last five seasons because of injuries. The eighth-year pro missed 24 games this season because of injury -- all but one because of ankle sprains.

Man sues Pacers' mascot for tackling him (AP)
A man is suing the Indiana Pacers and the performer who portrays its feline mascot, alleging the 6-foot-tall performer permanently injured him when he was tackled during a free-throw shooting contest. Nathaniel Jackson, who lives in northern Indiana's Adams County, alleges in his lawsuit that as he entered Conseco Fieldhouse for a March 11, 2005 game against Golden State he was asked to take part...

Defense pushing Heat up East standings (AP)
Alonzo Mourning rose and swatted Tyrus Thomas' dunk attempt away, then shouted at his Miami Heat teammates to stand and cheer. He was so menacing that a referee, thinking Mourning yelled at him, seemed poised to call a technical foul. Alas, there was no need -- Mourning was merely illustrating how seriously he and Miami take defense these days.

Jazz top last season's win total at 42 (AP)
The Utah Jazz already have one more win than they did all of last season and there's still more than a month left to play. Reaching 42 wins in March -- or at any point in the season -- isn't much of an accomplishment for Utah coach Jerry Sloan. So after the Jazz beat the slumping Indiana Pacers 94-72 Wednesday, Sloan was unimpressed.

Nuggets' Anthony, fiancee have baby boy (AP)
Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony became a father Wednesday afternoon when his fiancee, actress La La Vazquez, gave birth to a son, Kiyan. Kiyan (pronounced kai-ann) weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces and was 18 1/2 inches long. Anthony stayed in Denver and will not play against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

Pens' future still unsettled after talks (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins' future remained unsettled Thursday after four hours of discussions resulted in plans for another negotiating session next week. Owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux, Gov. Ed Rendell, Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman met in Philadelphia for negotiations for a new arena for the team.

Brodeur reaches 40 wins for sixth time (AP)
Martin Brodeur picked an ideal time to reach another milestone. Patrik Elias had the deciding goal in the shootout as the Devils increased their Atlantic Division lead to eight points with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. Brodeur made 21 saves to reach the 40-win mark for the sixth time in his career.

Rangers sweep Isles in home-and-home (AP)
Ryan Hollweg was able to smile, knowing the vicious shot he took to the face from Chris Simon led to the New York Rangers' biggest win of the season. Hollweg was felled by Simon late in the third period Thursday night when the New York Islanders' forward angrily charged him and nailed him with a clothesline hit with his stick.

Isles' Simon facing suspension for hit (AP)
Chris Simon was thrown out of the New York Islanders' loss Thursday night after striking Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg in the face with his stick. The hit, which conjured memories of the shot Marty McSorley landed to the head of Donald Brashear seven years ago, flattened Hollweg with 6:31 remaining and left him motionless on his stomach for several minutes in the Rangers' zone.

Arnott carries Predators over Flames (AP)
Coach Barry Trotz asked Jason Arnott to carry the banged-up Nashville Predators on Thursday night. The veteran center couldn't have responded much better. Arnott had two goals and an assist, and the Predators never trailed in beating the Calgary Flames 6-3 to pad their lead atop the NHL by three points over Buffalo and Detroit.

Canucks' Cowan continues scoring streak (AP)
Even when Jeff Cowan misses on a shot he scores. Cowan narrowly missed a full-speed check on Steven Reinprecht when the Coyotes center lifted his head at the last moment and veered. But there still was enough contact for Cowan to jar the puck loose to start an offensive rush, which ended with Cowan getting the puck back from Brendan Morrison near the crease for a goal and a 1-0 lead early in the...

Backstrom keeps Wild perfect in Boston (AP)
Minnesota's recipe for road success is simple. Play good defense in front of goalie Niklas Backstrom. Backstrom made 29 saves and Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored the winner to lift the Wild to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. "I thought our goaltending was solid," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said.

Saskin's future may be decided Sunday (AP)
NHL union chief Ted Saskin on Thursday denied monitoring player e-mails, contending predecessor Bob Goodenow ordered such actions. Goodenow denied the allegation. Saskin's future as executive director of the NHL Players' Association could be decided Sunday night when the NHLPA confers with its executive board.

Thrashers roll to fifth straight win (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers are headed in the right direction in their bid for their first postseason appearance, beating a team that had dominated them this season. Jon Sim scored two goals and five teammates had two points as the Thrashers beat Montreal 6-2 Thursday night for their fifth consecutive victory, matching the team record and moving them into first place in the Southeast Division.

Gratton leads surging Panthers by Flyers (AP)
Chris Gratton's mistake turned into the game-winner for the Florida Panthers. Gratton got credit for a fluke tiebreaking goal early in the third period to lead the Panthers past the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Thursday. Gratton, who also had an assist, was credited with the unassisted goal that broke a 1-1 tie at 1:43 of the period when Flyers goaltender Martin Biron's clearing attempt bounced off...

Trading Paint: Moving on
This week's mailbag isn't entirely about Dale Earnhardt Jr., though the driver of the No. 8 still has fans riled up.

Stewart doesn't like changes at Las Vegas (AP)
Tony Stewart doesn't like the changes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two-time NASCAR champion thinks they were unnecessary and will make for a boring race this weekend.

Biffle hawks NASCAR tickets for speedway promotion (AP)
NASCAR fans who can't wait to see Greg Biffle in this season's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series at Kansas Speedway won't have to.

Singapore considers bid to host Formula 1 race (AP)
Singapore may bid to host a Formula One Grand Prix race as part of ongoing efforts to boost tourism, a trade official said. Minister of State for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran has been studying the feasibility of holding an F1 race, and the government was "willing to support such a venture up to a level commensurate with the broader benefits to the economy." "To be known and seen as a truly global...

Commission upholds penalties against 4 teams caught cheating (AP)
An appeals committee upheld penalties levied against Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne after NASCAR caught their teams cheating at the Daytona 500.

Montoya is fearless to the end (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya is an aggressive, fearless driver -- always has been, always will be.

Montoya bumps by teammate for first NASCAR win (AFP)
Former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya will long remember his first National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) victory. His teammate will not soon forget or forgive either.

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.

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