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NEWS FROM 2007-03-11
Georgetown crushes Pitt to win Big East
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070311/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_beast_pittsburgh_georgetown"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070311/capt.nybk10503110444.beast_pittsburgh_georgetown_basketball_nybk105.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=Yi88IDjckJaMUd1Er0yqDw--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Georgetown's Patrick Ewing Jr., left, celebrates with DaJuan Summers (3) as his father Patrick Ewing (green striped shirt), right, looks on after Georgetown beat Pittsburgh, 65-42, to win the Big East basketball championship game Saturday night, March 10, 2007, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - John Thompson III heard his father yelling something at him from behind Georgetown's bench. He couldn't make out what he was saying, and it really didn't matter. The Hoyas were about to become Big East champions. "Oh boy," Thompson said with a smile. "That's another thing off my to-do list I can scratch off."</p><br clear="all"/>
Badgers set up showdown with Buckeyes
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070311/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_b10_illinois_wisconsin"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070310/capt.cxa11803102140.b10_illinois_wisconsin_basketball_cxa118.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=9FbnzBR.zEhUiQHhShwDSA--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Wisconsin forward Alando Tucker, left, goes up against Illinois forward Warren Carter during the first half of their Big Ten Tournament basketball semifinal game in Chicago, Saturday, March 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nothing fazed Alando Tucker. It didn't matter that he was constantly twisting like a contortionist, trying to elude his defender. Tucker showed why he is the Big Ten's player of the year.</p><br clear="all"/>
Oden powers Buckeyes into Big Ten final
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070310/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_t25_b10_purdue_ohio_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070310/capt.cxa11303102048.b10_purdue_ohio_st_basketball_cxa113.jpg?x=130&y=126&sig=yHHDgcXs4hxrzrTcaw.4Ow--" align="left" height="126" width="130" alt="Ohio State center Greg Oden reacts after dunking the ball during the second half of their Big Ten Tournament basketball semifinal game against Purdue in Chicago, Saturday, March 10, 2007. Ohio State defeated Purdue 63-52. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Greg Oden spread out his arms and let out a primal scream. It was time to celebrate. His highlight-reel dunk pretty much punctuated another victory for Ohio State and sent the Buckeyes to the finals of the Big Ten tournament.</p><br clear="all"/>
Barry Bonds homers for 2nd straight day
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070311/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_rangers_giants"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070310/capt.azjc10903102258.rangers_giants_spring_baseball_azjc109.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=eXhWk0wiuE9GbJJ6io7nrQ--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds flips his bat after hitting a two-run home run against the Texas Rangers which scored Frederick Lewis in the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Saturday, March 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - After homering for the second consecutive day, Barry Bonds said he's done with long balls this spring. Asked what he wants to work on after his second homer helped the San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 13-9 Saturday, Bonds responded that he's now simply looking to hit line drives.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ron Artest apologizes, returns to Kings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070310/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_kings_artest"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070310/capt.61cecc36e2eb45968f7e101f2af40640.kings_artest_basketball_nyol581.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=8.8zC2K5jAf2jOwUTzt3YA--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest walks off the court after the Detroit Pistons' 91-74 win at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., in this Jan. 20, 2007 file photo. Five days after his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, Artest offered an apology and the Kings announced they would let the volatile player return to the team. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - Five days after his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, Ron Artest said he'd stumbled as a father and husband — and the Sacramento Kings announced they would let the volatile player return to the team.</p><br clear="all"/>
Raiders sign fullback Justin Griffith
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070311/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_raiders_free_agents"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070310/capt.ny15203102018.raiders_free_agents_football_ny152.jpg?x=126&y=130&sig=_dqQiexpUTVdZWf4fiPz_Q--" align="left" height="130" width="126" alt="Atlanta Falcons' Justin Griffith (33) gets away from Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Anthony McFarland (92) after taking a handoff from quarterback Michael Vick, background, during the second half of the Falcons' 30-28 win in this Dec. 20, 2003 file photo, in Tampa, Fla. The Oakland Raiders added another running back to their roster Saturday, agreeing to a $3.8 million, three-year contract with free agent fullback Justin Griffith. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Oakland Raiders added another running back to their roster Saturday, agreeing to a $3.8 million, three-year contract with free-agent fullback Justin Griffith.</p><br clear="all"/>
Boozer carries Jazz to 6th straight win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070311/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_hornets_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070311/capt.utsw10303110300.hornets_jazz_basketball_utsw103.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=67ZqfxP3hqERrCjgkP2c8A--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="New Orleans Hornets forward David West, right, tries to keep the ball away as Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer, left, takes a swat at it during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 10, 2007, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Utah Jazz took the lead with a dominant third quarter and kept it by grabbing just about every rebound there was in the fourth.</p><br clear="all"/>
Alito trades robe for Devil Rays jersey
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070311/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_alito_s_pitch"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070310/capt.flmc10203102119.phillies_devil_rays_baseball_flmc102.jpg?x=104&y=130&sig=UoHpbcVUgFAt3bSoNu_gFA--" align="left" height="130" width="104" alt="Associate Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito throws out the first pitch before a spring training baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Saturday, March 10, 2007, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Samuel Alito liked being on this bench, too. Dressed in a green Devil Rays jersey instead of a black robe, the Supreme Court justice stood in the dugout Saturday, getting ready to throw out the first ball before Tampa Bay played his favorite team, the Philadelphia Phillies. Asked what he would throw, Alito said, "A gyroball."</p><br clear="all"/>
U.S. women beat Finland at Algarve Cup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070309/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_algarve_cup"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070309/capt.xaf11203091831.portugal_algarve_cup_womens_soccer_xaf112.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=OcMrCssxv5V7YltkKoLEOw--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd, Natasha Kai and Kristine Lilly, from left to right, of the United States celebrate after Lloyd scored against Finland during their women's soccer Algarve Cup group B match Friday, March 9 2007, in Ferreiras, southern Portugal. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)" border="0" /></a>AP - Carli Lloyd scored for the second straight game, a 46th-minute goal that led the United States over Finland 1-0 Friday at the Algarve Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lightning edge past Flames 3-2 in OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070311/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_lightning_flames"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070311/capt.jmc10803110600.flames_lightning_hockey_jmc108.jpg?x=112&y=130&sig=BBf1iM2ydCT6PHYGjv4ByA--" align="left" height="130" width="112" alt="Tampa Bay Lightning's Dan Boyle, right, hugs teammate Vincent Lecavalier after scoring the winning goal against the Calgary Flames during overtime NHL hockey action in Calgary, Canada, Saturday, March 10, 2007. The Lightning beat the Flames, 3-2. (AP Photo/Jeff McIntosh,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dan Boyle scored with a two-man advantage in overtime to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday 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.
Raiders give 3-year deal to FB Griffith (AP)
The Oakland Raiders added another running back to their roster Saturday, agreeing to a $3.8 million, three-year contract with free-agent fullback Justin Griffith. The deal with Griffith comes a day after Oakland signed running back Dominic Rhodes to a $7.5 million, two-year deal to team with LaMont Jordan as the team's featured runners.
LB Edwards returning to Chiefs (AP)
Donnie Edwards is coming back to Kansas City. Edwards, the free-agent linebacker who spent the first six years of his NFL career with the Chiefs, agreed Saturday to a three-year deal after the San Diego Chargers didn't try to re-sign him. Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore confirmed the agreement, but said reports of the deal being worth about $14 million were wrong.
Plummer officially announces retirement (AP)
Jake Plummer poured a glass of water, took a giant gulp and then talked for almost five minutes about how he was officially retiring from the NFL before stepping away from the podium without answering any questions. The Denver Broncos quarterback was in a hurry Friday. He had a handball tournament he needed to attend.
Browns trade RB Droughns to Giants (AP)
Reuben Droughns, Cleveland's only 1,000-yard rusher since 1985, was traded Friday to the New York Giants, who need a feature running back following Tiki Barber's retirement. In return for Droughns, who became expendable after the Browns signed free agent Jamal Lewis to a one-year, $3.5 million contract on Wednesday, the Giants sent Cleveland wide receiver Tim Carter.
Lions, RB Duckett agree to one-year deal (AP)
Free agent running back T.J. Duckett has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions. The agreement was reached late Friday with the former Michigan State star, Lions spokesman Bill Keenist said Saturday. The 6-foot, 254-pound Duckett played last season with the Redskins after four with the Atlanta Falcons.
Packers looking into acquiring Moss? (AP)
Even fans who own shares of Green Bay Packers stock don't have veto power over a potential trade for a player seen here as a touchdown-scoring scoundrel -- Randy Moss. But if they could, they would. When the widely rumored trade was brought up in front of a crowd at the Packers' annual Fan Fest at Lambeau Field on Friday evening, boos and hisses drowned out any timid cheers.
Fisher not expecting 'Pacman' to report (AP)
Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher doesn't expect troubled cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones to return to the Titans' facility with the rest of his teammates when they report March 19. The NFL is examining 10 separate incidents in which when Jones has been questioned by police since being drafted, including a Feb.
Kings allow apologetic Artest to return (AP)
Five days after his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, Ron Artest said he'd stumbled as a father and husband -- and the Sacramento Kings announced they would let the volatile player return to the team. "First, I want to apologize to my wife, to my family," Artest said Saturday. He then lowered his head and fought back tears for nearly a minute before continuing.
Spurs win 12th straight, cruise by Nets (AP)
Manu Ginobili can't explain the reason for the Spurs' 12-game winning streak. He just wants it to keep going. "I really can't say," he said after Saturday's 93-77 victory over the New Jersey Nets. "Defensively we're doing much better. We're not as irregular as before. But then it's just confidence. We're making big shots down the stretch." Ginobili had 12 points, while Tony Parker led the Spurs with...
76ers extend own streak, Pacers' skid (AP)
The Philadelphia 76ers are talking about handling business down the stretch, while the Indiana Pacers are claiming moral victories. Things sure have changed. Andre Iguodala scored 25 points, and the 76ers won their seventh straight Saturday night with a 100-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers, who have lost eight in a row.
Knicks win on Francis' 3 at buzzer (AP)
A hug from Grandma. That was one of many rewards for Steve Francis on Saturday night, when he shook off a gash on his shooting hand to swish a 3-pointer at the buzzer that gave the New York Knicks a 90-89 victory over the Washington Wizards. The shot completed a late comeback, moved the Knicks into a tie for eighth in the Eastern Conference, and eased some of the pain of a trying season for...
Jazz extend winning streak to six (AP)
The Utah Jazz took the lead with a dominant third quarter and kept it by grabbing just about every rebound there was in the fourth. The Jazz beat the New Orleans Hornets 96-86 Saturday night, extending their winning streak to six after overcoming a sluggish start. "They kicked our behinds pretty good in the first half," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan acknowledged.
LeBron helps Cavs rally past Bucks 94-92 (AP)
Instead of taking the last shot, LeBron James fooled the Milwaukee Bucks. James had 32 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, the last one to Anderson Varejao for the winning layup, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to beat the Bucks 94-92 Saturday night. "I was looking to take (Ruben) Patterson 1-on-1, get in the lane and make something happen," James said.
Smith's 32 help Hawks beat Timberwolves (AP)
Facing a former MVP and 10-time All-Star such as Kevin Garnett brought out the best in Josh Smith. "He's a tough player," Smith said. "He talks trash. You have to have fun with that. He kind of smiles because he knows he's just trying to get into your head." Smith scored a career-high 32 points, going 12-of-15 from the field and helping the Atlanta Hawks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 99-93 on...
Grizzlies end six-game skid, top Bobcats (AP)
The Memphis Grizzlies came through with the type of road performance they've rarely had this season. The Grizzlies ended a six-game losing streak with a 115-107 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night. It was only their fifth road win in 33 games, coming a night after a one-point loss in Atlanta.
Pistons' Wallace suspended for 16th tech (AP)
The NBA suspended Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace one game for receiving his 16th technical foul of the season. Wallace received his most recent technical foul with 4:56 remaining in the second period Friday night in the Pistons' 95-82 win over the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Wallace will serve his suspension on Sunday when Detroit visits the Los Angeles Clippers.
Simon has hearing, awaits decision (AP)
Chris Simon met with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell on Saturday, then waited to find out how long he will be suspended for his vicious two-handed stick attack to the face of Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg. The New York Islanders' forward, suspended indefinitely Friday for his retaliatory hit against Hollweg the night before, attended a disciplinary hearing at the league office in Manhattan along...
Crosby gets 100th point, Pens win in OT (AP)
Sidney Crosby scored a milestone game-tying goal but was relegated to hearing the crowd roar for the game winner from the locker room. Colby Armstrong scored 1:19 into overtime and the Pittsburgh Penguins came back from a two-goal, third-period deficit to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday. Crosby had tied the game at 2 for his 100th point of the season with 13:04 to play, becoming the...
Lightning top Flames in finals rematch (AP)
Dan Boyle scored with a two-man advantage in overtime to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. Calgary forward Daymond Langkow was penalized for hooking while defenseman Roman Hamrlik was penalized for high-sticking at the same time. On the ensuing power play, Vincent Lecavalier threaded a cross-crease pass to Boyle, who tapped it into the net past...
Simon-less Islanders rip Capitals 5-2 (AP)
While the New York Islanders waited for word on how long they'd be without suspended teammate Chris Simon, they wasted no time in putting away the slumping Washington Capitals. The pall that hung over Nassau Coliseum since Thursday when Simon swung his stick and struck Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg in the face was still there Saturday.
Devils hand Sabres third straight loss (AP)
Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils are more concerned with padding their lead in the Atlantic Division than catching the Buffalo Sabres for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Brodeur made 31 saves to help the Devils to a 3-2 win over the Sabres on Saturday night, moving New Jersey one point behind suddenly stumbling Buffalo.
Tucker lifts Leafs past Senators in OT (AP)
Darcy Tucker provided a spark and found a way to keep the Toronto Maple Leafs' playoff hopes alive. Tucker's second goal of the game 3:11 into overtime lifted the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over the rival Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. "All that we wanted was the two points ... I could feel it on the bench going into overtime, that sense of urgency," Tucker said.
Biron wins again, Flyers beat Bruins 4-1 (AP)
Martin Biron is doing his best to make the worst team in the league respectable. The Flyers' goalie picked up his third victory since being acquired by Philadelphia, stopping 26 shots in a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Biron came over from Buffalo on Feb. 27 for a second-round draft pick.
Kovalev snaps Canadiens' four-game skid (AP)
Alexei Kovalev saved the Montreal Canadiens from a disastrous collapse and helped salvage a victory on a rather forgettable road trip. Kovalev scored with 1:25 left to lift Montreal a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. His goal came just 43 seconds after the Blues rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the score, and helped the Canadiens avoid losing five straight away from home.
Hamilton, Blackhawks hold off Coyotes (AP)
Jeff Hamilton credited strong communication with his teammates for helping him get his second career hat trick. Hamilton picked his second three-goal game of the season and added two assists to lead the the Chicago Blackhawks to its third straight victory, 7-5 over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.
Panthers end Thrashers' five-game run (AP)
The Florida Panthers finally found a way to beat the Atlanta Thrashers. Jay Bouwmeester scored the game-winning goal as the Panthers defeated the Thrashers 3-2 on Saturday night. It was the first victory for Florida over Atlanta in seven games this season. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Thrashers.
New track, harder tire will factor into Sunday's NASCAR race (PA SportsTicker)
Burton beats Busch in wild finish at Las Vegas (AP)
Jeff Burton nudged a spinning Kyle Busch across the finish line Saturday to win a chaotic, caution-marred Busch Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Track changes confuse drivers in Las Vegas (AP)
A major renovation at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has turned the monstrous track in the desert into a glistening palace that shames almost every other NASCAR facility.
Opinion split on Montoya win (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya's win in Mexico City is still a hot topic in NASCAR, where many drivers weighed in on his performance in the Busch Series race.
Kahne leads Dodge parade in qualifying (AP)
Kasey Kahne won the pole Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, leading a parade of Dodges as Chargers took five of the top seven spots in qualifying.
Anger cools over Montoya's bump and run win: report (AFP)
Former Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya's bump-and-run victory last Sunday in Mexico City has not been forgotten by US teammate Scott Pruett but the anger has reportedly cooled.
Third Nextel Cup race could be pivotal for some stars (AP)
This is not the kind of start to the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season that Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Bobby Ginn has new team on top (AP)