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NEWS FROM 2007-03-21
Ole Miss ends Terrapins' reign in NCAAs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070321/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkw_ncaa_mississippi_maryland"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070321/capt.8607fab255e74a828e2488778485bde1.ncaa_missisisppi_maryland_basketball_ctrc105.jpg?x=110&y=130&sig=pUem7rt.MITkEtcnizTokA--" align="left" height="130" width="110" alt="Maryland head coach Brenda Frese comforts Marissa Coleman (25) after Maryland was defeated by Mississippi 89-78 in the second round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament in Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, March 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Bob Child" border="0" /></a>AP - Maryland fell into Mississippi's trap and the defending NCAA champion never got out. Ole Miss (23-10) used its stifling defense to steal the ball 15 times and scored 42 points off 29 Maryland turnovers and the Rebels upset the No. 2 seed Terrapins 89-78 in the Dayton Regional on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Butch Davis undergoing chemotherapy
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070321/ap_on_sp_co_ne/fbc_ncarolina_davis_chemo"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070320/capt.4d717e4b566b40f3a348f9175cff66da.ncarolina_davis_chemo_football_ny157.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=bphoE3bYcSmSqOhtef62xg--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="North Carolina's football coach Butch Davis speaks during a news conference in Chapel Hill, N.C., in this Nov. 27, 2006 file photo. Davis is undergoing chemotherapy after a dentist removed a cancerous growth from his mouth. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - North Carolina football coach Butch Davis is undergoing chemotherapy after a dentist removed a cancerous growth from his mouth.</p><br clear="all"/>
Leafs get even, then beat Devils 2-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070321/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_devils_maple_leafs"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070321/capt.3f02702060f84b14b7a413479c949242.maple_leafs_devils_hockey_fng102.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=cSGIuBnHPh54l3T3QzJDgg--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Wade Belak, right, connects with a punch on New Jersey Devils right winger Cam Janssen in a fight during first period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, March 20, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, Frank Gunn) CANADA" border="0" /></a>AP - The Toronto Maple Leafs got revenge and a needed victory. Kyle Wellwood and Nik Antropov scored, and enforcer Wade Belak got retribution for Toronto by fighting New Jersey's Cam Janssen in the Maple Leafs' 2-1 win over the Devils on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gut-check time: Duke back to round of 16
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070321/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkw_ncaa_temple_duke"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070320/capt.f1044afa9a4243efa4f86fd760ebfc0b.ncaa_duke_temple_basketball_ncgb108.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=cggjl15PhPzkxuKgx6lvpw--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Duke's Lindsey Harding, left, and Temple's Lakeisha Eaddy battle for possession of the ball during the second half of an NCAA women's second-round basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)" border="0" /></a>AP - Duke's big lead nearly vanished, and physical Temple was bruising the Blue Devils, delivering just the kind of postseason gut-check that championship-level teams must overcome. The Blue Devils did, and now they're headed back to the NCAA tournament's round of 16.</p><br clear="all"/>
Buckeyes warn Vols: We're better now
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070320/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_ncaa_buckeyes_rematch"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070320/capt.3b975bf119274df48dc48995ee1bd3d2.ncaa_buckeyes_rematch_basketball_co101.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=_cBROxX1wimJAo4gwNF.XA--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="In this Jan. 13, 2007 file photo, Ohio State's Ron Lewis (12) goes up for two over Tennessee's Ramar Smith (12) during the second half of a college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio. It was a Ron Lewis 3-pointer that got Ohio State into a regional semifinal showdown with Tennessee, just as it was a Lewis 3-pointer that pushed the Buckeyes past the Volunteers when they met back in January. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - When Ron Lewis' name was announced at Ohio State's winter graduation Sunday, there was a loud roar from the thousands packed into St. John Arena.</p><br clear="all"/>
Stokley, Broncos reach deal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070321/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_broncos_stokley"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070320/capt.ed9315820aa346588dadd0241e8d42a6.broncos_stokley_football_ny159.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=r7dtblW6H79KwJMCJEh8xQ--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokley carries the ball during an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Indianapolis, in this Dec. 18, 2005 file photo. Stokley has agreed, Tuesday, March 20, 2007, to a free agent deal with the Denver Broncos. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)" border="0" /></a>AP - Former Indianapolis Colts receiver Brandon Stokley has agreed to a one-year free agent deal with the Denver Broncos.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hornets buzzing past cellar-dwellers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070321/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_hornets_grizzlies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070321/capt.6bdd212cf25c477caf30e0810b78d97a.hornets_grizzlies_basketball_tnmc101.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=0jH9xMQlF.IfM6Trq8V2ZQ--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul tries to get a shot off despite having Memphis Grizzlies forward Mike Miller and guard Tarence Kinsey on his back in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn., Tuesday, March 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Matthew Craig)" border="0" /></a>AP - After starting the month 0-6, the New Orleans Hornets are starting to string together some wins, even if it's against the league's cellar-dwellers.</p><br clear="all"/>
Cubs' Wood, Prior may start season on DL
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070321/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070320/capt.9d1c4eb2071d4c08b798db6b39d6fd27.cubs_rockies_spring_baseball_azea103.jpg?x=130&y=105&sig=fMDd80vFdBl3jdHtQkCgjA--" align="left" height="105" width="130" alt="Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano (12) is congratulated by manager Lou Piniella, right, and other teammates after his lead-off home run aginst the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Tucson, Ariz., on Tuesday, March 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kerry Wood and Mark Prior could start the season on the Chicago Cubs' disabled list.</p><br clear="all"/>
Chelsea, Man United reach FA Cup semis
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070319/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_british_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070319/capt.06183ee1800b405ea9ab13d7b23635ba.britain_soccer_xag105.jpg?x=93&y=130&sig=I7NftXc1uRAi3QMKc1AnCQ--" align="left" height="130" width="93" alt="Chelsea's Andriy Shevchenko, top center, leaps on his team mates as he celebrates scoring against Tottenham Hotspur during their sixth round FA Cup soccer match replay at Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium in London Monday March, 19, 2007. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant )" border="0" /></a>AP - Chelsea and Manchester United advanced to the semifinals of The Football Association Cup with victories in quarterfinal replays Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Huselius, Flames burn Red Wings 2-1
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070321/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_red_wings_flames"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070321/capt.8ae4e14c56964623bebe380441f0a246.red_wings_flames_hockey_jmc116.jpg?x=130&y=97&sig=gSyr0zhJIyfxvuqTTx_2cw--" align="left" height="97" width="130" alt="Calgary Flames' Daymond Langkow, left, and Kristian Huselius celebrate Huselius' game-winning goal during second period NHL hockey action against the Detroit Red Wings in Calgary, Tuesday, March 20, 2007.(AP PHOTO/CP, Jeff McIntosh) Canada" border="0" /></a>AP - Kristian Huselius scored a goal and set up another in the Calgary Flames' 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
LB Barber signs with Texans
LB Shawn Barber, who also visited with the Titans, signed a three-year deal with the Texans on Tuesday.
Seahawks GM says Stevens won't be back (AP)
Jerramy Stevens' days with the Seahawks are done. Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell confirmed what was quickly becoming a foregone conclusion in Seattle. "I would say it's probably a time for a change of scenery and to move on," Ruskell said Tuesday. Speaking at the muddy worksite of the Seahawks' new headquarters, scheduled to open in the summer of 2008, Ruskell verified Seattle's lack of...
Redskins trade S Archuleta to Bears (AP)
Adam Archuleta's tumultuous time with the Washington Redskins ended Tuesday night when he was traded to the Chicago Bears for a sixth-round draft pick, The Associated Press has learned. Archuleta, who languished on the bench most of last season despite having the richest contract ever given a safety, will be reunited in Chicago with coach Lovie Smith, his former defensive coordinator with the St.
WR Stokley, Broncos agree on 1-year deal (AP)
Former Indianapolis Colts receiver Brandon Stokley has agreed to a one-year free agent deal with the Denver Broncos. Stokley's agent, Rick Smith, confirmed the deal Tuesday. Smith didn't reveal how much the deal was worth, and the Broncos declined to comment on the agreement. The Broncos also signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Alvin McKinley to a four-year contract Tuesday.
Reported rape at Kerney's home probed (AP)
Police are investigating a woman's claims she was raped at the home of former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney. Kerney, who recently signed with the Seattle Seahawks, was not a suspect in the assault, which reportedly took place early Sunday. The 29-year-old woman told police she and some friends were at a bar in Atlanta's trendy Buckhead area and accepted a ride home from three men,...
Edwards: Hard line needed for misconduct (AP)
If Herm Edwards ran the NFL, the hammer would come down hard on players who get in trouble off the field. "There needs to be a hard line, in my opinion," the Kansas City coach said Tuesday. "You can't throw softballs." Edwards said he would support whatever punishment policy the league implements in upcoming discussions with the players union on off-the-field behavior problems.
Joey Porter cited for hitting Levi Jones (AP)
Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter was accused of punching Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Levi Jones after police said the players exchanged trash talk at a casino blackjack table. Porter was issued a summons on a misdemeanor battery charge after the Sunday altercation that began inside the Palms hotel-casino, Las Vegas police Officer Martin Wright said.
The European dream
Nowitzki, Mavs cruise to 55th victory (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks are loaded. The New York Knicks are short-handed. Not surprisingly, the result was lopsided. Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard each scored 24 points, and the Mavericks hit the 55-win mark for the third straight season by beating the Knicks 92-77 Tuesday night. Jason Terry added 15 points for the Mavericks, who pulled away from the banged-up Knicks early in the second half and...
Bobcats end Cavs' 8-game win streak (AP)
The locker room was quiet and LeBron James was accepting blame -- not what the Cleveland Cavaliers planned heading into Wednesday's showdown with NBA-leading Dallas. Gerald Wallace had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Adam Morrison hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime and the Charlotte Bobcats stunned Cleveland 108-100 on Tuesday night to snap the Cavaliers' eight-game winning streak.
Boozer helps Jazz end four-game skid (AP)
Carlos Boozer had 25 points and tied his career high with 21 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Golden State Warriors 104-100 Tuesday night. Deron Williams had 17 assists and scored all 10 of his points in the second half as the Jazz rallied to win and avoid their longest slide of the season.
'Melo, Nuggets win fifth straight game (AP)
The Denver Nuggets have found a third option to go along with Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson -- defense. Carmelo Anthony scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Nuggets won their fifth straight game with a 94-90 decision over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night. "The most important thing for us is that we are playing defense," Iverson said.
Karl talks about son's upcoming surgery (AP)
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl always takes his son, Coby, on one in-season NBA road trip. This time, the trip has special meaning. They share a bond that goes beyond father-son and basketball. George Karl is a cancer survivor. Coby, 23, is fighting the disease. The Nuggets started a five-game road trip Tuesday night at New Jersey.
Jordan fined $15,000 for Durant comments (AP)
The NBA fined Charlotte Bobcats part-owner Michael Jordan $15,000 for discussing Texas freshman Kevin Durant during an interview last week. Team coaches and executives are barred from talking about underclassmen who have yet to declare for the NBA draft. But in an interview with The Charlotte Observer last Tuesday, Jordan said he was interested in versatile players and added, "The kid who may...
Mobley, Clippers roll past Bulls (AP)
No one needed to ask Elton Brand how important this was. The urgency showed. Cuttino Mobley scored 25 points, Corey Maggette added 22, and Brand finished with 21, leading the struggling Clippers to a 103-89 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. "It was imperative to get this win," Brand said.
Prince, Pistons rout Sixers 95-75 (AP)
Normally, the Detroit Pistons struggle when Chauncey Billups isn't around to run the offense. Against the Philadelphia 76ers, they don't even blink an eye. Tayshaun Prince scored 30 points Tuesday night, giving him 88 in three games against Philadelphia this season, and Detroit picked up a 96-75 victory.
Grizzlies again denied consecutive wins (AP)
After starting the month 0-6, the New Orleans Hornets are starting to string together some wins, even if it's against the league's cellar-dwellers. David West scored 26 points, and Chris Paul added 23 points and nine assists to lead the Hornets to a 114-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Western Conference's worst, on Tuesday night.
Halak, Latendresse help Habs beat Bruins (AP)
The Montreal Canadiens' rookies have played like seasoned veterans during the push for the playoffs. Guillaume Latendresse scored late in the second period and Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves for his first NHL shutout, leading Montreal to a 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. The Canadiens won their second in a row following a 3-2 victory over Toronto on Saturday in which rookie Andrei...
Wild win club-record seventh straight (AP)
Emerging from the dressing room after Minnesota's 3-2 victory over lowly Phoenix, Jacques Lemaire didn't sound like a coach whose team had just set a franchise record for victories in a season and longest winning streak. "I'm entitled to let them know when I'm not happy. If you accept two periods, you have to accept one," Lemaire groused.
Leafs get revenge for hit, top Devils (AP)
The Toronto Maple Leafs got revenge and a needed victory. Kyle Wellwood and Nik Antropov scored, and enforcer Wade Belak got retribution for Toronto by fighting New Jersey's Cam Janssen in the Maple Leafs' 2-1 win over the Devils on Tuesday night. The last time the teams played on March 2 at New Jersey, All-Star Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle sustained a concussion after a late hit from...
Kuba lifts Lightning past Isles in OT (AP)
All Filip Kuba had to do was get his stick on the puck. Kuba tapped in Eric Perrin's perfectly placed pass 55 seconds into overtime Tuesday night, and the Tampa Bay Lightning stopped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders. "I kind of thought it was going to be 3-on-2, so I was driving hard to the net.
Sens survive video replays, beat Blues (AP)
Antoine Vermette scored a short-handed goal to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. The winning goal came moments after the Blues thought they had taken the lead. Brad Boyes put the puck in with 16:46 left and moments before play was stopped when Senators goalie Martin Gerber took possession of the puck.
Panthers sweep season series from Flyers (AP)
Olli Jokinen and the Florida Panthers can't afford a letdown, even against the worst team in the NHL. Jokinen broke a second-period tie, and Nathan Horton and Juraj Kolnik added late goals to lead Florida to a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday night that completed the Panthers' first four-game season sweep of the Flyers.
Jackets eliminate Chicago from playoffs (AP)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)-- Scoring goals can take the sting off playing games without a chance at the playoffs. Fredrik Modin scored twice in the second period to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Tuesday night. The Central Division teams entered the contest with 63 points.
Isles' Simon won't face criminal charges (AP)
New York Islander Chris Simon, suspended a league-record 25 games for a vicious on-ice hit, will not face criminal charges. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said her office considered "the willingness of the potential victim to support a criminal prosecution" and other factors in reaching its decision.
Knee still bothering Wild G Fernandez (AP)
Minnesota Wild goalie Manny Fernandez didn't practice Tuesday and has been told to stay off the ice for a couple of days to rest his sprained left knee. Fernandez was hurt Jan. 20 and aggravated the injury Jan. 30. Since then he has played only 20 minutes -- the third period of a game March 6. An MRI test Monday revealed no structural damage, the team said.
Picking up speed
Juan Pablo Montoya's racing skills are translating nicely into the NASCAR world.
Waltrip stalls as season starts (AP)
It's hard not to feel sorry for Michael Waltrip.
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...