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NEWS FROM 2007-03-14
Big Time: Niagara wins NCAA play-in game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070314/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_niagara_florida_a_m"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070314/capt.f4d8109c4e804cb09ee767cceefc2283.ncaa_niagara_florida_a___m_ohab108.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=2hDgLJhq9nJam6R.f5Vrqg--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="Florida A&M forward Darius Glover reaches in to foul Niagara forward Clif Brown (33) in the second half of the NCAA play in basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2007, in Dayton, Ohio. Brown scored 32 points to lead Niagara to a 77-69 win. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Clif Brown's career night made the NCAA play-in game feel less like a consolation prize. For Niagara, it felt like history. The senior forward with the gentle touch scored 32 points and made a career-high six 3-pointers Tuesday night, leading the Purple Eagles to a 77-69 victory over Florida A&M in the play-in game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Modano thrilled to get 500th in Dallas
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070314/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_flyers_stars"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070314/capt.78fbdc102af6451f83b3e93b38bef2dc.flyers_stars_hockey_dna106.jpg?x=113&y=130&sig=6UUW9J2qacODvknGDSEjGQ--" align="left" height="130" width="113" alt="Dallas Stars Dallas Stars center Mike Modano celebrates with teammates after scoring his 500th career goal during the third period of the hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Dallas, Tuesday, March 13, 2007. Celebrating with Modano are Stars Ladislav Nagy, left, Antti Miettinen, center, and Jon Klemm (42). (AP Photo/LM Otero)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Modano was more concerned with where he scored his 500th goal than how he did it.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mackey wins 1,100-mile Iditarod
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070314/ap_on_sp_ot/iditarod"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070310/capt.akag11303100129.iditarod_sled_dog_race_akag113.jpg?x=85&y=130&sig=wrdUzwRdwwt5c7h0pOPhwQ--" align="left" height="130" width="85" alt="Lance Mackey, of Fairbanks, Alaska, drives dog team into the Anvik, Alaska, of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Friday, March 9, 2007, as the 1,100 mile sled dog race reaches the Yukon River. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)" border="0" /></a>AP - Lance Mackey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, becoming the first musher to win major long-distance North American sled dog races back-to-back.</p><br clear="all"/>
Steel City to celebrate Crosby for years
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070314/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_penguins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070314/capt.61dae047de584678a135b3faf03fd116.sabres_penguins_hockey_paks116.jpg?x=130&y=73&sig=q.1fNxYO7TFBK93V9b8S8w--" align="left" height="73" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby, left, shoots the puck past Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miler for the game-winner in a shootout in their hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 13, 2007. The Penguins won 5-4 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)" border="0" /></a>AP - Penguins fans will get the chance to see Sidney Crosby have many more nights like this in Pittsburgh. Hours after the franchise announced it remain in Pittsburgh for the next 30 years, Crosby had a goal and two assists and scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hey, Western Conference: Spurs are back
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070314/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_clippers_spurs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070314/capt.31216d4d0c054d098684f1fc31f5601a.clippers_spurs_bro_txbo101.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=zaijslgdCPJnJ427_Eo7Zg--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Los Angeles Clippers Jason Hart,left, guards Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs from France, as he passes out, in the first quarter in the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 13, 2007, during NBA basketball action. (AP Photo/Bob Owen)" border="0" /></a>AP - If the San Antonio Spurs were the forgotten team in the Western Conference race earlier this season, there is no overlooking them now. The Spurs won their 13th straight Tuesday night, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 93-84. They haven't lost since Feb. 11.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nick Harper leaves champs for Titans
AP - Nick Harper is going from the Super Bowl champion Colts to a division rival, the Tennessee Titans.
Nuggets' play gives Karl mixed emotions
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070314/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_trail_blazers_nuggets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070314/capt.38ac9a3b85ed4f0f8142e6e52df93dd4.trail_blazers_nuggets_basketball_dxa109.jpg?x=130&y=112&sig=n8e34HB9w11CVyghBr5S1A--" align="left" height="112" width="130" alt="Portland Trail Blazers guards Martell Webster, left, and Jarrett Jack, right, try to stop Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson as he works the ball inside for a shot in the third quarter of the Nuggets' 107-99 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver, Tuesday, March 13, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - George Karl may let the Nuggets fly down the court in the first half and then order them to apply the brakes in the second. The Denver coach doesn't know what else to do.</p><br clear="all"/>
A-Rod wants to finish career in New York
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070314/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bba_yankees_rodriguez"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070312/capt.flmc10503121839.yankees_spring_baseball_flmc105.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=sTKiL.clmOKo2OxFrTwkFQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez relaxes between innings of a simulated baseball game Monday, March 12, 2007, at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Alex Rodriguez tried to leave no doubt: He wants to finish his career with the New York Yankees.</p><br clear="all"/>
Beckham bids farewell to Man United fans
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070314/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_beckham_s_farewell"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070313/capt.mdt10303132025.britain_soccer__mdt103.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=l6ZHlNryrTIftUJSYYSdjA--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="David Beckham talks to his wife Victoria before Manchester United's play against a Europe XI side during a match to mark the 50th anniversary of Manchester United's participation in European soccer Tuesday March 13, 2007 at Old Trafford in Manchester. The Europe XI team is coached by Italian World Cup winner Marcello Lippi. (AP Photo/Jon Super)" border="0" /></a>AP - Manchester United turned David Beckham into an international star, and on Tuesday he bid an emotional farewell to Old Trafford before he leaves European soccer for the United States.</p><br clear="all"/>
Burns the overtime hero again for Wild
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070314/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_wild_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070314/capt.4a453a636e0045c4ba41101174ade469.nhl_cancucks_wild_vcrx105.jpg?x=96&y=130&sig=gA_9YXnjaDPVdQZhhgouEQ--" align="left" height="130" width="96" alt="Minnesota Wild Kirtis Foster (26) takes Vancouver Canucks Mattias Ohlund (2) into the boards during second period of NHL action in Vancouver,Canada, Tuesday March 13, 2007. Vancouver leads 2-1 after two periods.(AP PHOTO/CP,Chuck Stoody)" border="0" /></a>AP - Minnesota defenseman Brent Burns scored in overtime for the second straight game, notching a goal with 35.8 seconds left to lead the Wild to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Union looking into Welker deal
The NFLPA has raised questions of whether the Dolphins were unfairly influenced into trading Wes Welker to the Patriots.
Briggs: I will not play for Bears again (AP)
Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs reiterated Tuesday that he will not play another down for the Chicago Bears and is ready to sit out next season after they designated him as their franchise player. "There are a lot of different options, a lot of different decisions, that could happen as the season comes closer," Briggs told ESPN.
Seahawks TE Stevens accused of DUI (AP)
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was accused of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana after police stopped his car in downtown Scottsdale early Tuesday. A Scottsdale patrol officer noticed the car traveling erratically and made the stop about 2:15 a.m. Stevens, an unrestricted free agent after five seasons with Seattle, told the officer he had "four of five margaritas"...
Titans, CB Harper agree to three years (AP)
Nick Harper is going from the Super Bowl champion Colts to a division rival, the Tennessee Titans. The free-agent cornerback agreed to a three-year deal with the Titans on Tuesday, agent Ian Greengross said. "Nick was impressed with what he saw when the Colts played the Titans," Greengross said. "They played the Colts close the first time and beat the Colts the second time.
Court appearance for Pacman delayed (AP)
A Georgia judge agreed to delay a court appearance for Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones to give his attorneys time to determine how the NFL might react to a potential plea agreement. Jones was charged in February 2006 with felony obstruction of police. Fayette County prosecutor Scott Ballard said he has no intentions of dismissing the case that involved Jones biting an officer...
Pats sign WRs Stallworth, Washington (AP)
The New England Patriots will have a couple of new targets for Tom Brady next season. Continuing the offseason spending spree that followed a loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC title game, the Patriots confirmed on Tuesday that they have signed free agent receivers Donte' Stallworth and Kelley Washington.
Saints sign S Kaesviharn for four years (AP)
The New Orleans Saints signed safety Kevin Kaesviharn to a four-year contract on Tuesday. Kaesviharn, entering his seventh NFL season, was an unrestricted free agent after leading the Cincinnati Bengals with six interceptions. He also had 58 tackles, a career-high four sacks and a forced fumble. "Kevin will be a good addition to our group of safeties from a productivity standpoint on the field, in...
Niners, CB Harris finalize extension (AP)
Cornerback Walt Harris completed a two-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday. Harris, an 11-year veteran who earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in his first season with the 49ers, led the NFC with eight interceptions. The extension keeps Harris with San Francisco through 2009.
Just a matter of time
Parker leads Spurs to 13th straight win (AP)
If the San Antonio Spurs were the forgotten team in the Western Conference race earlier this season, there is no overlooking them now. The Spurs won their 13th straight Tuesday night, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 93-84. They haven't lost since Feb. 11. "Thirteen games ago, we didn't say we needed to win 13 in a row to get back into this thing," said Tim Duncan.
LeBron sits but Cavs win sixth straight (AP)
Apparently fear is what makes the Cleveland Cavaliers play so well without LeBron James. Sasha Pavlovic scored a career-high 25 points and Larry Hughes added 25 to lead Cleveland to a season-high sixth straight victory, 124-100 over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. James was a late scratch from the lineup because of back spasms.
Jordan: Bickerstaff to be out as coach (AP)
Michael Jordan now gets a chance to hire a coach for his basketball team. Jordan, part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, said Tuesday that Bernie Bickerstaff will not return as coach next season, although he will complete this one. He will be invited to stay with the team and remains an "integral part" of the franchise.
Walker rallies Heat past Jazz 88-86 (AP)
Antoine Walker hit a long 3-pointer in the final minutes, then turned and urged the Miami Heat crowd to calm down. "They get a little antsy sometimes," Walker said. "But it's cool. I like it. It's fun. Makes it more exciting." In the end, Walker made sure those fans went home happy. He scored all 13 of his points in the final 11 minutes, and the streaking Heat erased a 17-point second-half deficit to...
Garnett's Wolves run Pacers' skid to 10 (AP)
Mired in their longest skid in 18 years, the Indiana Pacers are finding new ways to lose every night. Their streak hit 10 straight defeats on Tuesday night thanks to a fourth-quarter collapse and a 6-foot-11 point guard. Kevin Garnett had 30 points and nine rebounds to carry the Minnesota Timberwolves to an 86-81 victory in a game that changed when Garnett became his team's primary ballhandler at...
Pistons stay perfect on trip, top Sonics (AP)
Chris Webber scored 24 points, Tayshaun Prince added 18, and the Detroit Pistons held off a late rally for a 101-97 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Tuesday night. Detroit improved to 3-0 on its five-game West Coast road swing and remained two games up on Cleveland for the Central Division lead and best record in the Eastern Conference.
Thomas, Wallace lead Bulls past Celtics (AP)
Ben Wallace and Tyrus Thomas made the Boston Celtics pay for ignoring them. Wallace had 19 points and 16 rebounds, Thomas scored a career-high 23 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Celtics 95-87 on Tuesday night. Wallace made nine of a career-high 21 field goal attempts and fell just short of his career best of 22 points.
Carter's FTs lift Nets past Hornets (AP)
Richard Jefferson is back where he wants to be. His team isn't quite there yet. Jefferson had his best game since returning from ankle surgery, Vince Carter hit the go-ahead free throws with 21 seconds left, and the New Jersey Nets beat the New Orleans Hornets 112-108 on Tuesday night to move into a tie for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
Suns challenge Mavs for West supremacy (AP)
Don't look now Dallas, but the Phoenix Suns are gaining ground in the race for the NBA's best record. Just 3 1/2 games back after the Mavericks stumbled at Golden State on Monday, the Suns could slice another game off that lead with a victory Wednesday in Dallas, where the Mavs have won a franchise-record 23 in a row.
Pens win in SO after reaching arena deal (AP)
Penguins fans will get the chance to see Sidney Crosby have many more nights like this in Pittsburgh. Hours after the franchise announced it remain in Pittsburgh for the next 30 years, Crosby had a goal and two assists and scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Stars' Modano scores 500th goal in win (AP)
Mike Modano was more concerned with where he scored his 500th goal than how he did it. Modano became the second U.S.-born player to score 500 goals, and the 39th in NHL history, leading the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The 36-year-old native of Livonia, Mich., beat Antero Niittymaki on a rebound at 9:36 of the third period to move within two of Joe...
Isles' DiPietro has head injury in loss (AP)
The New York Islanders are hoping their playoff push includes Rick DiPietro. The star goaltender suffered a head injury late in the opening period of the Islanders' 5-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. DiPietro was taken to a hospital and released, and coach Ted Nolan said the team would have no further information until the medical staff reviewed test results.
Wings move within one point of Predators (AP)
The Nashville Predators are finding out that ending the Detroit Red Wings' reign in the Central Division won't be easy. Kyle Calder scored and had two assists, and the Detroit Red Wings moved within a point of NHL-leading Nashville by holding off the Predators 5-2 on Tuesday night. The teams meet again Wednesday night in Detroit, where the Red Wings can move ahead of the Predators in the Central...
Meszaros caps rally, Sens top Rangers (AP)
Henrik Lundqvist didn't have a chance -- again. For the second time in three games, the goal that sent the New York Rangers to a loss went off the stick of defenseman Marek Malik and sailed by his surprised goalie. Andrej Meszaros was the beneficiary Tuesday night when the Ottawa defenseman's shot clipped off Malik, hit the post and went in, giving the Senators a 3-2 victory.
Leafs' Sundin closing in on milestone (AP)
Mats Sundin moved a little closer to a personal milestone. He cared more about the Toronto Maple Leafs creeping within a point of a playoff spot. Sundin scored his 388th goal as a Maple Leaf, leaving him one short of tying Darryl Sittler for the franchise record, and Nik Antropov scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period of a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
Grahame helps Hurricanes defeat Panthers (AP)
John Grahame has been forced into a starting role in the middle of a playoff race. He's up for the challenge. "There's no point in being timid or being afraid," the Carolina Hurricanes goalie said. "You just have to go out there and be confident and strut your stuff, so speak." Grahame made 26 saves to help lead the Hurricanes to a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night and into...
Coyotes to again miss playoffs (AP)
The Phoenix Coyotes have seen plenty of change in recent years. They moved into a state-of-the-art building, underwent an ownership shuffle and switched colors. They even hired the biggest name in hockey, Wayne Gretzky, as coach. Yet one thing remains constant: Phoenix will miss the Stanley Cup playoffs for the fourth straight season.
Thrashers reclaim lead in Southeast (AP)
The Atlanta Thrashers are moving closer to their first playoff appearance. Now they're setting their sights on home-ice advantage. Eric Boulton assisted on goals by Bobby Holik and Keith Tkachuk, and the Thrashers reclaimed first place in the Southeast Division by beating the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Monday night.
Flames beat Blues in SO, gain in West (AP)
The Calgary Flames couldn't afford to lose to the St. Louis Blues. Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla scored in the shootout, lifting the Flames to a 5-4 victory on Monday night. The Blues rallied from a two-goal third period deficit and nearly win it in overtime before the Flames, pulled it out in the tiebreaker.
Mark your ballots
Let the fans decide if points leader Mark Martin should commit to a full season of racing or walk away.
Champ Car makes a quick stop on standing starts (AFP)
Champ Car officials announced on Tuesday that standing starts would not be used for the first three races of the upcoming season, citing the need for greater testing of procedures.
Montoya settling into the NASCAR life (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya had little time to celebrate his first NASCAR victory -- the Busch Series race in Mexico City -- before traveling to Las Vegas for the Nextel Cup race.
NASCAR's best defy track's perils (AP)
Hours before the race, Brett Bodine gave a pace-car ride around reconfigured Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Johnson makes it three straight in Vegas (AP)
A new track configuration and hard tires that made it difficult to drive. A pit road penalty and a brush against the wall.
Johnson wins Las Vegas NASCAR race for third straight year (PA SportsTicker)
Lack of crashes doesn't put brakes on tire issue (PA SportsTicker)
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Waltrip struggling after missing 2nd straight race (AP)
Michael Waltrip the car owner was at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, his only participation in the Nextel Cup race coming as an announcer for DirecTV.
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.