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NEWS FROM 2007-03-18
Unmasked big man leads Carolina past MSU
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070318/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_michigan_state_north_carolina"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070318/capt.aef608d698764c4fa853e50c31b3e3ea.ncaa_north_carolina_michigan_st_basketball_ncdm130.jpg?x=130&y=82&sig=0eZcr0c7zTp.WizbcwXAnw--" align="left" height="82" width="130" alt="North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, left, battles Michigan State's Travis Walson for the ball during an NCAA second-round East Regional basketball game at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, March 17, 2007. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - The mask protecting his broken nose kept sliding around, frustrating Tyler Hansbrough as he tussled in the paint with Michigan State's physical defenders. So North Carolina's big man tossed it off, then helped the Tar Heels dispose of the determined Spartans.</p><br clear="all"/>
Vandy downs WSU in double-OT thriller
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070318/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_vanderbilt_washington_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070318/capt.75d6a3b2e7a346e8bb30a074e35f56be.ncaa_washington_state_vanderbilt_basketball_sca140.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=fYpn2rGM3MZpcWADzeG9rw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Vanderbilt's Derrick Byars (4) reacts at the end of the game after they beat Washington State, 78-74, in double-overtime during the second round of the NCAA East Regional basketball tournament at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, March 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Derrick Byars released five years of frustration on Washington State in the second half. He hit five 3-pointers, blocked a critical shot and repeatedly kept Vanderbilt alive in a double-overtime thriller. The SEC's player of the year wasn't ready to end his career at Arco Arena — even when time, foul trouble and the Cougars' vaunted defense were lined up against him.</p><br clear="all"/>
Marist outfoxes heavily favored Ohio St.
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070318/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkw_ncaa_marist_ohio_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070318/capt.5733f999d8b54aef96d3ab8942bd4ce4.ncaa_ohio_st_marist_basketball_caps139.jpg?x=130&y=96&sig=KjilYjp9kwNepk9xkhK0qw--" align="left" height="96" width="130" alt="Marist guard Nikki Flores is carried by forward Sarah Smrdel after Marist upset Ohio State 67-63 in a first-round game of the West Regional of the NCAA women's basketball tournament Saturday, March 17, 2007, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)" border="0" /></a>AP - Marist would not be bullied into an early exit this March. The gutsy Red Foxes drew offensive fouls and scrapped with a bigger, more physical Ohio State team, shocking the heavily favored Buckeyes 67-63 on Saturday night to reach the second round for the first time in school history.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nuggets pummel Suns behind Iverson's 44
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070318/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_suns_nuggets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070318/capt.fcb28d84623c4c99b809dbbbd903c51d.suns_nuggets_basketball_dxa102.jpg?x=78&y=130&sig=GavsyPPB3q4NWUHFgLlcfg--" align="left" height="130" width="78" alt="Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, left, passes the ball under pressure from Phoenix Suns forward Boris Diaw, of France, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Saturday, March 17, 2007. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Allen Iverson feels right at home just in time for the Denver Nuggets' big road trip. Iverson scored 44 points and dished out 15 assists in leading the Nuggets to their fourth straight win, a 131-107 blowout of the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Taylor puts favorites behind at Bay Hill
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070318/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_bay_hill"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070317/capt.6888085f4939441eba835569c432815d.bay_hill_golf_fljc114.jpg?x=130&y=88&sig=uRu8FwsGgtc.IUrhUktUyw--" align="left" height="88" width="130" alt="Vaughn Taylor watches his tee shot from the 18th tee during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla. Saturday, March 17, 2007. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)" border="0" /></a>AP - Conditions were ripe for Vaughn Taylor to lose his temper. A quiet perfectionist with no patience for anything less than perfect, he already had dropped two shots Saturday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational when he saw a leaderboard on the sixth tee that showed him seven shots behind. Instead of getting down on himself, he got sensible.</p><br clear="all"/>
Former Broncos owner again loses bid
AP - A Denver district judge granted a summary judgment Friday rejecting former Denver Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser Jr.'s attempt to force current owner Pat Bowlen to sell him part of the team.
Warriors beat Sonics on Davis' jumper
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070318/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_warriors_supersonics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070318/capt.33c06014e1534f308bb13a3921189a08.warriors_supersonics_basketball_wajb104.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=XM3m9l6LVYX6RL9t8jcYow--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Golden State Warriors' Monta Ellis, right, shoots over Seattle SuperSonics' Johan Petro, of France, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 17, 2007, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)" border="0" /></a>AP - Baron Davis, playing part-time while recovering from a knee injury, is making his presence felt in limited minutes. Davis hit a jumper from just inside the 3-point line at the top of the key with 2.3 seconds left to give the Golden State Warriors a 99-98 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lee, Morneau, Piazza finally hit homers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070318/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070317/capt.84ae3cc487fb4a5daf23b34d5806f4f8.astros_dodgers_spring_baseball_flbj107.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=LB9qjP.yGs7qp15F7.jldg--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Houston Astros' Carlos Lee, top right, is congratulted after he hit a home run in the fourth inning during their spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, March 17, 2007, in Vero Beach, Fla. The Dodgers won, 7-5.(AP Photo/Bob Jordan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Justin Morneau, Carlos Lee and Mike Piazza all were off to fast starts this spring; they just didn't have any home runs to show for it. That changed Saturday.</p><br clear="all"/>
U.S. women take over top FIFA ranking
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070316/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_fifa_women_s_rankings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070314/capt.xaf12503141859.portugal_algarve_cup_womens_soccer_xaf125.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=Iy4IH.F6nPA3mFaDT_9GvQ--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="The United States national soccer team poses with the winner's trophy after they defeated Denmark 2-0 in the final of the women's soccer Algarve Cup Wednesday, March 14, 2007, in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, southern Portugal. (AP Photo/Steven Governo)" border="0" /></a>AP - The U.S. women's team took over the No. 1 spot in the FIFA rankings following its win in this week's Algarve Cup.</p><br clear="all"/>
Canucks beat Red Wings to stay in 1st
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070318/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070318/capt.827b972a39924ccc996cc3144d09f521.canucks_red_wings_hockey_vcrx104.jpg?x=122&y=130&sig=EemK16V25ScJPUKAezGZwQ--" align="left" height="130" width="122" alt="Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek, left, keeps his eyes on the puck as Vancouver Canucks' Brent Sopel tries to bat it into the net during the first period of NHL action at GM Place in Vancouver, Canada, Saturday, March 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Sam Leung,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Vancouver Canucks finally built on a late lead instead of giving it up. Roberto Luongo made 14 of his 32 saves in the third period before Trevor Linden scored into an empty net with 1:26 left to lift the Canucks to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Colts' June headed to Tampa
Indianapolis Colts free agent linebacker Cato June has signed to play for the Buccaneers.
Buccaneers sign LB Cato June (AP)
Free-agent linebacker Cato June signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The fifth-year pro spent his first four seasons with Indianapolis. He started 45 of 56 games he appeared in with the Colts and has 10 career interceptions. He made a team-high 162 tackles in 2006.
Bears' Johnson gets four months in jail (AP)
Chicago Bears defensive lineman Tank Johnson was sentenced Thursday to four months in jail for violating probation in a 2005 gun case. Johnson was taken into custody and will spend the next 120 days in the Cook County Jail. He could have been sentenced to up to a year behind bars. He also must pay a $2,500 fine after pleading guilty to violating his probation.
Titans agree to terms with WR Gage (AP)
Tennessee agreed to terms with receiver Justin Gage on Friday, moving to fill a gaping hole on its roster. The four-year veteran has 64 receptions for 908 yards and four touchdowns in 49 games, 16 starts, for the Chicago Bears. "Justin is a big, physical and athletic receiver, who has a good deal of playing experience with the Bears," Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement.
Eagles re-sign free agent RB Buckhalter (AP)
Coming off his first healthy season since 2003, free agent running back Correll Buckhalter re-signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, the fifth free agent to re-sign with the team this offseason. After missing three of the last four seasons due to knee injuries, Buckhalter rushed for 345 yards and two touchdowns last season as Brian Westbrook's backup.
Cowboys super fan "Crazy Ray" dies at 76 (AP)
Wilford "Crazy Ray" Jones, the boisterous Dallas Cowboys fan who energized crowds for decades with his cowboy getup and sideline cheerleading, died Saturday. He was 76. Jones died at his home, said Tracy Moberly, a friend of the family. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease were listed as the causes of death, according to the Dallas County medical examiner's office.
Browns add Robaire Smith, Shaun Smith (AP)
The Browns added a pair of Smiths to their defensive line Friday. Robaire Smith signed a four-year contract with Cleveland, which also acquired Shaun Smith after the Cincinnati Bengals declined to match an four-year offer sheet for him. The defensive line was one of the Browns' biggest concerns this offseason and both Smiths fit in with the team's 3-4 defense.
Judge turns down ex-Broncos owner (AP)
A Denver district judge granted a summary judgment Friday rejecting former Denver Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser Jr.'s attempt to force current owner Pat Bowlen to sell him part of the team. Kaiser, who sold his 60.8 percent share of the team to Bowlen in 1984, has already lost his case in federal court.
No defense for Lakers
Iverson scores 44, Nuggets roll by Suns (AP)
Allen Iverson feels right at home just in time for the Denver Nuggets' big road trip. Iverson scored 44 points and dished out 15 assists in leading the Nuggets to their fourth straight win, a 131-107 blowout of the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. Carmelo Anthony augmented Iverson's night by adding 29 points in the duo's best performance since the holiday trade that brought them together three...
Pacers snap 11-game skid, beat Hawks (AP)
The losing streak is over. Now, the Indiana Pacers are willing to talk playoffs again. The Pacers snapped their 11-game skid with a resounding 113-90 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. Another loss for the Pacers would have tied a franchise record for consecutive defeats last reached in the 1988-89 season.
Spurs' home dominance over Celtics ends (AP)
Paul Pierce gave the Boston Celtics an unexpected victory in the most unlikely of places. The Celtics ended a 17-year drought in San Antonio -- fittingly on St. Patrick's Day. Pierce led Boston with 30 points as the Celtics beat the Spurs 91-85 on Saturday night. The Celtics last beat the Spurs in San Antonio on Feb.
Cavs top Jazz for eighth straight win (AP)
The fans gave Carlos Boozer their worst. It took a second-half surge from LeBron James though to stop the former Cavalier and the Utah Jazz. James came through with 24 points, a season-high 17 rebounds and some stunning dunks to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Jazz 82-73 Saturday night for their eighth straight win.
Wizards earn first win without Butler (AP)
It's been awhile since the Washington Wizards won a game without Caron Butler. It's been even longer since an NBA player had two four-point plays in the same game. And how long has it been since a cheerleader tore her ACL trying to dunk? Who knows? Gilbert Arenas took care of the first two items on that list Saturday night, but only after a quick recovery from a trans-Atlantic flight to experience...
Bucks improve to 2-0 under Krystkowiak (AP)
Maybe all the Bucks needed was a new beginning. Michael Redd scored 23 of his 27 points in the second half to help Milwaukee improve to 9-0 against the Charlotte Bobcats with a 97-91 win. The Bucks improved to 2-0 under new coach Larry Krystkowiak, and the players seem onboard with their new leader. "It's a fresh start," Redd said.
Warriors edge Sonics on Davis' jumper (AP)
Baron Davis, playing part-time while recovering from a knee injury, is making his presence felt in limited minutes. Davis hit a jumper from just inside the 3-point line at the top of the key with 2.3 seconds left to give the Golden State Warriors a 99-98 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday night.
Warrick's FT lifts Grizzlies over Bulls (AP)
The Chicago Bulls had been getting away with less-than-stellar play against some of the NBA's weakest teams. On Saturday night, the league's worst team made them pay. After escaping with two wins against Boston, one against the 76ers, and one against the Magic -- all on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff picture -- the Bulls saw their four-game winning streak snapped by the Memphis...
Kings end five-game skid, rally by Magic (AP)
The Sacramento Kings' recent struggles continued on Saturday night in Orlando, with one notable exception: they won. The Kings, losers of five straight coming into the game, shot 33.8 percent from the field and had only 11 field goals in the second half. Still, Sacramento rallied from 12 points down to defeat the Orlando Magic 95-83.
Modano sets U.S. record, but Stars lose (AP)
Kimmo Timonen spoiled Mike Modano's record-breaking night. Timonen scored two goals and established a career high for points in a season to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night, when Modano scored twice to pass Joe Mullen for the most goals by an American-born player with 503.
Blues send Oilers to 10th straight loss (AP)
Eric Brewer added to his former team's misery Saturday night. Brewer, a former Oiler, scored 2:04 into overtime and the St. Louis Blues extended Edmonton's losing streak to a disheartening 10 games with a 3-2 victory. Petr Cajanek and Jeff Woywitka also scored for the Blues. Kyle Brodziak and Shawn Horcoff countered for Edmonton, which has been outscored 37-9 during their streak, which is one loss...
Luongo, Canucks keep Northwest lead (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks finally built on a late lead instead of giving it up. Roberto Luongo made 14 of his 32 saves in the third period before Trevor Linden scored into an empty net with 1:26 left to lift the Canucks to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. Although Brendan Morrison's short-handed goal made it 3-1 late in the second period, the Canucks knew they still had work to...
Rolston, Wild win sixth straight game (AP)
Stopped on two scoring chances earlier in the game, Brian Rolston came through on his third opportunity. Rolston scored the tiebreaking goal on a slap shot through the legs of Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff at 4:47 of the third period to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-2 victory over the Flames on Saturday night.
Lundqvist, Rangers rout Bruins 7-0 (AP)
Henrik Lundqvist shut down the Boston Bruins in the first period. The New York Rangers' offense finished them off in the second. Lundqvist made 30 saves, including 13 in a busy opening frame, then coasted to his sixth NHL shutout when the Rangers scored six times in the middle period en route to a 7-0 rout of the Bruins on Saturday night.
Report: Hollweg won't press charges (AP)
Ryan Hollweg won't press charges against suspended New York Islanders forward Chris Simon for his two-handed stick attack to the face, though Nassau County prosecutors could still proceed against Simon, Newsday reported Saturday. Hollweg, who took a few stitches in the chin but was not seriously hurt, and two attorneys for the New York Rangers met with representatives from Nassau County District...
Koivu, Kostitsyn lift Habs in shootout (AP)
Andrei Kostitsyn scored ahead of Saku Koivu in regulation, then followed his captain's lead to deliver a crucial shootout winner. Koivu and Kostitsyn used similar dekes to score in the shootout after both scored in regulation, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
'Canes send Brodeur to bench, win 7-2 (AP)
Maybe Chad LaRose has been playing out of position. A switch from right wing to center resulted in a career game and gave the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes two much-needed points. LaRose had his first two-goal game and the Hurricanes sent Martin Brodeur to the bench with four goals on their first 12 shots in a 7-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
Schaefer, Sens complete sweep of Flyers (AP)
Peter Schaefer scored the winning goal and Martin Gerber stopped 28 shots in the Ottawa Senators' 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. Tom Preissing and Mike Comrie also scored for the Senators. The Senators swept the season series with the Flyers 4-0 and moved ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins into fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Sakic, Stastny power Avalanche to win (AP)
The Colorado Avalanche could be riding rookie Paul Stastny right into the post-season. Stastny and Joe Sakic each scored two goals, and the surging Avalanche inched closer to the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoffs with a 6-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. Sakic's goals were his 29th and 30th, the ninth time in his career that he has reached 30 goals in a season.
Gordon, Martin taking different paths. (AP)
Slogans like ``The Drive for Five'' are on the back burner for Jeff Gordon. For now, he and his team are just focused on the next race.
Burton defends Busch title at Atlanta (PA SportsTicker)
NASCAR brokers deal for Gordon sponsor (AP)
Robby Gordon will get to start Sunday's NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a primary sponsor on his No. 7 Chevrolet after all. Gordon, an owner/driver in the Cup series, showed up at the track Thursday with the logo of his Busch Series sponsor, Motorola, on his cup car. NASCAR immediately told Gordon that, because of the non-compete clause in its contract with telecommunications...
Burton blocks out "March Madness," remains focused at Atlanta (PA SportsTicker)
Burton wins second Busch race in a row (AP)
Jeff Burton didn't need any last-lap heroics this time. But he did need a little luck.
Engine trouble pushes pole-winner Newman to start from rear Sunday (AP)
When Ryan Newman noticed a miss in the engine while winning the pole Friday night, he never expected it would force him to the back of the field.
Skinner wins truck race with late-race pass. (AP)
Mike Skinner bumped past Clint Bowyer to take the lead on a restart seven laps from the finish Friday night and raced away to his second straight victory in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series.
Skinner makes it two straight NCTS victories (PA SportsTicker)