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NEWS FROM 2007-03-19
Horford, Gators advance to round of 16
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070319/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_tournament_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070318/capt.7eec07f9fafb4ea189cf7f37b40027a3.ncaa_florida_purdue_basketball_nuh120.jpg?x=82&y=130&sig=Eb4Ra9koYFMNjwZnQXFtFw--" align="left" height="130" width="82" alt="Florida's Al Horford (42) dunks against Purdue's Carl Landry during the second round of the NCAA Midwest Regional basketball tournament in New Orleans, Sunday, March 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)" border="0" /></a>AP - Al Horford and the defending champion Florida Gators are headed back to the round of 16, three wins from a shot at a second straight NCAA title. They'll have one less high-seeded opponent standing in their way after Wisconsin was sent home Sunday by a UNLV squad led by the father-son duo of Lon and Kevin Kruger.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kobe credits teammates for scoring spree
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070319/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070319/capt.c94dd0ef9f7e4509841eda23d18e72a0.timberwolves_lakers_basketball_las106.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=dgPcMrfn_qAz67qZR0nsVQ--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant gets fouled by Minnesota Timberwolves' Mark Blount (30) while scoring two in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2007 in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant credits the return of teammates Lamar Odom and Luke Walton from injuries for making things easy for him.</p><br clear="all"/>
Avalanche surge toward playoff spot
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070319/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070319/capt.024189516bce4a6191f6ca41c2f00075.sharks_avalanche_hockey_cojd107.jpg?x=130&y=91&sig=GwHHdGEbA8iahSjwkfpmog--" align="left" height="91" width="130" alt="Colorado Avalanche right winger Milan Hejduk (23) from the Czech Republic moves the puck past San Jose Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray for a game winning overtime power play goal during an NHL hockey game in Denver, Sunday, March 18, 2007. Colorado won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Colorado Avalanche have some momentum as they close in on a Western Conference playoff spot.</p><br clear="all"/>
No more heartache for Singh at Bay Hill
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070319/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_bay_hill"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070318/capt.2705bb23695f4b3fb7eeb40cb27d49bb.bay_hill_golf_flpe118.jpg?x=130&y=95&sig=JpvRbb2XwBQ4CFcaFwWQtw--" align="left" height="95" width="130" alt="Vijay Singh, left, of Fiji, receives the winner's trophy from Arnold Palmer after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fl., Sunday, March 18, 2007. Singh finished with a score of 8-under-par 272. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)" border="0" /></a>AP - Vijay Singh began a remarkable charge with four birdies in a five-hole stretch. He seized control with an aggressive play, hitting driver off the deck, followed by a dazzling recovery when he hit wedge through a tree and onto the green. It was just what he needed to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nadal wins first title since French Open
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070319/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_indian_wells"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070318/capt.9f36ef8005f44cb4a6de536a0000420e.aptopix_indian_wells_tennis_camt104.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=ceqhp2fDbUykKI4NkLoTHw--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="Rafael Nadal, of Spain, bites his trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, during their final match at the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament, Sunday, March 18, 2007, in Indian Wells, Calif. Nadal won, 6-2, 7-5. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rafael Nadal has no trouble accepting his No. 2 ranking behind Roger Federer. "Right now, Roger's not my competition. Roger is the best in history, so my goal is continuing winning tournaments and continuing being (high) in the ranking," Nadal said Sunday after his victory in the Pacific Life Open.</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.
NBA scouts descend on China for finals
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070319/sp_afp/basketchnnbacba"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070319/capt.sge.gnw49.190307075157.photo00.photo.default-423x512.jpg?x=107&y=130&sig=20ekwztMWdceKHb6ZZeTnw--" align="left" height="130" width="107" alt="China's basketball player Yi Jianlian hangs on the net during a match at the 15th Asian Games in Doha in December 2006. A group of NBA executives and scouts has descended on southern China to watch top Chinese players Yi Jianlian and Wang Zhizhi battle it out in the China Basketball Association finals. Top officials from the Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns and New Jersey Nets watched Wang's Bayi Rockets dispatch Yi's Guangdong Tigers 94-89 in Sunday night's opening game.(AFP/File/Roslan Rahman)" border="0" /></a>AFP - A group of NBA executives and scouts has descended on southern China to watch top Chinese players Yi Jianlian and Wang Zhizhi battle it out in the China Basketball Association finals.</p><br clear="all"/>
Santana finds change up, lowers ERA
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070319/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070318/capt.e940ce27b85b44cf90b2f75e5a94aef5.phillies_twins_sox_spring_baseball_flck101.jpg?x=86&y=130&sig=ma.a.Wj.a8EjvETLFcgmsg--" align="left" height="130" width="86" alt="Minnesota Twins starter Johan Santana (57) delivers to Philadelphia Phillies hitter Wes Helms during the first inning of their spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Sunday March 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)" border="0" /></a>AP - Two weeks until opening day. Johan Santana and Curt Schilling look ready right now.</p><br clear="all"/>
Villa holds Liverpool to 0-0 tie
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070318/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070318/capt.bsd11603181724.britain_soccer_bsd116.jpg?x=74&y=130&sig=2d5zGbdND9puHxrOIXUcsw--" align="left" height="130" width="74" alt="Liverpool's Welsh striker Craig Bellamy, right, battles for the ball with Aston Villa's Olof Mellberg, during their English Premier League soccer match at Villa Park, England Sunday, March 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Simon Dawson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Aston Villa held Liverpool to a scoreless tie Sunday in the Premier League, and Andy Johnson scored in injury time to give Everton a 1-0 win over visiting Arsenal.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cammalleri, Kings crown rival Ducks 5-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070319/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_kings_ducks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070319/capt.97fdabb555384e8c8a0e5cfec3afa594.kings_ducks_hockey_cama107.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=N7lI96lYpeBdwDk90II1xA--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Kings center Michael Cammalleri, left, and Anaheim Ducks center Andy McDonald go after a puck in the corner in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, March 18, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even though the Los Angeles Kings are not going to the playoffs, they have been as good as any team at disrupting the success of the Anaheim Ducks.</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.
Falcons QB Vick back on top -- for now (AP)
Michael Vick is sort of like the stock market. One week he's up, the next week he's down. That's just a fact of life for one of the NFL's most scrutinized players, who is usually hailed as either an unstoppable, undefinable force or a running back masquerading as a poor excuse of a quarterback. The reviews for the Atlanta Falcons' star rarely fall anywhere in between.
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.
No defense for Lakers
Bryant follows 65-point game with 50 (AP)
Kobe Bryant took over -- again. Bryant became the first Lakers player with consecutive 50-point games in 44 seasons, following a 65-point game with 50 against Minnesota on Sunday night in Los Angeles' 109-102 victory over the Timberwolves. "We talked about going to Kobe early in games and not waiting," coach Phil Jackson said.
Yao, Rockets coast past Sixers 124-74 (AP)
Tracy McGrady said he had never been a part of a game like this one. Not many NBA players have. Yao Ming scored 24 points, McGrady added 21 and the Houston Rockets embarrassed the Philadelphia 76ers 124-74 Sunday night in one of the most lopsided games in the history of both franchises. It was the Rockets' largest road win and the franchise's second-largest margin of victory, falling just short of a...
Celtics fined $30,000 for Durant contact (AP)
The Boston Celtics confirmed Sunday that the team had been fined $30,000 by the NBA for excessive contact with the family of Texas star freshman and likely lottery draft pick Kevin Durant. General manager Danny Ainge sat next to Durant's mother during the Big 12 tournament. The league said Ainge violated rules demanding that contact be kept to a minimum between team executives and potential NBA...
Mavs snap Pistons' win streak at five (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 92-88 Sunday in a matchup of the top teams from the Eastern and Western conferences. Detroit was coming off its first 5-0 West Coast trip in 15 years, but played without All-Star point guard Chauncey Billups, who sustained a groin injury in Friday's win at Phoenix.
Magic end Heat's win streaks 97-83 (AP)
Shaquille O'Neal summed up the Miami Heat's night in five quiet words. "Just one of those days," he said. There really was no other explanation, other than the Orlando Magic playing perhaps one of their most inspired games in weeks. Hedo Turkoglu scored 11 of his 20 points in the first quarter, Dwight Howard added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the Magic ended Miami's nine-game winning streak with a...
Marbury leads Knicks past Raptors 92-74 (AP)
Eddy Curry sat down, and the New York Knicks' energy level promptly went up. Rookie Renaldo Balkman replaced the foul-troubled Curry and sparked a dominant third quarter with his rebounding and defense, helping the Knicks beat the Toronto Raptors 92-74 Sunday. Balkman made all seven shots he took and finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, with his play on both ends fueling a 27-5 run that turned...
Kidd carries Nets past Clippers (AP)
After spending a large part of the season giving away games late, the New Jersey Nets are starting to win them with defense, a trend they hope leads to a playoff berth. Jason Kidd had 23 points and 13 assists and the Nets forced 18 turnovers, including two by Corey Maggette in the final 2:14, in a 101-95 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.
Lewis helps Sonics end five-game skid (AP)
Rashard Lewis likes it when Chris Wilcox is aggressive. Lewis had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Wilcox scored 26, and the Seattle SuperSonics snapped a five-game losing streak with a 95-77 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night. "It opens it up for me and Ray (Allen) when he's going to the basket strong like that and taking his time and finishing his shots or getting to the free-throw...
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...
Tkachuk lifts Thrashers by Sabres in OT (AP)
Kari Lehtonen never intended to leave the game after a slap shot glanced off his mask and gave him a screaming pain in his right ear. More than anything else, Lehtonen was angry that the injury gave Buffalo the split-second needed to tie the score in the third period. "I was out for just enough time for them to score," Lehtonen said.
Stastny's point run ends in Avs' OT win (AP)
Catching Calgary doesn't seem so far-fetched anymore. Milan Hejduk scored 19 seconds into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Sunday night as they improved to 8-0-1 in their past nine games. "I went down and tried to fake the shot, and he went down, and I shot it over him," said Hejduk, who beat Evgeni Nabokov for his 45th career...
Ruutu gets Penguins past Senators in SO (AP)
Jarkko Ruutu is the Pittsburgh Penguins' fourth-line winger, a player with 30 career goals in parts of seven seasons. But now he has become a go-to guy in the shootout. Ruutu's backhand move got the puck past goalie Ray Emery and Pittsburgh tied the Ottawa Senators for fourth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 4-3 win Sunday night.
Semin hat trick lifts Caps by Tampa 7-1 (AP)
The struggling Washington Capitals looked more like a playoff team than the contending Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday. Alexander Semin got a natural hat trick in the second period to help the Capitals beat Tampa Bay 7-1. Tomas Fleischmann added two goals and two assists for Washington, which won its second straight game.
Ribeiro helps Stars top Coyotes in OT (AP)
Mike Modano failed to add to his U.S. goal-scoring record, but teammate Mike Ribeiro picked up the slack. Ribeiro scored two goals, including the game-winner with 40 seconds left in overtime, to send the Dallas Stars to a 5-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night. Ribeiro tucked a power-play rebound by Phoenix goaltender Mikael Tellqvist for his 13th goal of the season as Dallas improved...
Rookie O'Sullivan helps Kings top Ducks (AP)
Even though the Los Angeles Kings are not going to the playoffs, they have been as good as any team at disrupting the success of the Anaheim Ducks. Mike Cammalleri had two goals and rookie Patrick O'Sullivan had a goal and two assists leading the Kings to a 5-3 win over the Ducks on Sunday night. The win was the third in a row by Los Angeles over its Southern California rival and marked the first...
Canucks top Wings, 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 gives Wild sixth straight win (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.
Rangers roll past 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...
Johnson grabs win with late pass on Stewart (AP)
Two wins in the first four races don't guarantee success over the course of a season, but Jimmie Johnson is already looking way down the road.
Montoya getting the hang of NASCAR racing (PA SportsTicker)
HAMPTON, Georgia (Ticker) - Juan Montoya had to use a GPS system in his rental car to find Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday. He didn't need any help finding his way around the track Sunday.
Ex-F1 racer Montoya cracks NASCAR top five (AFP)
Former Formula One racer Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia drove to a fifth-place finish Sunday at the Kobalt 500, his best showing so far on the prime US stock car circuit since making the switch.
Martin ready to take a break despite holding points lead. (AP)
Mark Martin was bubbling with enthusiasm Sunday after his fourth straight top 10 finish since leaving longtime employer Jack Roush for Ginn Racing.
Johnson passes Stewart late, wins NASCAR Kobalt Tools 500 (PA SportsTicker)
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 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.