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NEWS FROM 2007-03-23
Buckeyes rally past Vols to make Elite 8
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070323/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_tennessee_ohio_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070323/capt.074d24771a3b4f54bab31dd0a013ee14.ncaa_south_tennessee_ohio_st_basketball_sad170.jpg?x=117&y=130&sig=mfy3k3c4kFulONj8GS55Wg--" align="left" height="130" width="117" alt="Ohio State's Greg Oden (20) and Ron Lewis (12) react at the end of an 85-84 win over Tennessee in their NCAA South Regional semifinal basketball game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Thursday, March 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ohio State senior Ron Lewis knew better than to look at the scoreboard. One look at the Tennessee Volunteers told him all he needed to know. Although the top-seeded Buckeyes trailed by 17 and freshman sensation Greg Oden was in deep foul trouble, Lewis could tell his team had the Vols right where they wanted them.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kobe tops 50 for the 3rd straight game
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070323/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_lakers_grizzlies"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070323/capt.7a42439a8cb24d6998c7676ce6266052.lakers_grizzlies_basketball_tnas104.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=1DtEXxqn51LxK5rfmSN49Q--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant dunks during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 22, 2007, in Memphis, Tenn. Kobe scored 60 points as the Lakers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 121-119. (AP Photo/Alan Spearman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant became the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 50 points in three straight games Thursday night. Bryant said the most important thing was that it happened in another win.</p><br clear="all"/>
Howland sets tone and UCLA advances
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070323/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_pittsburgh_ucla"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070323/capt.36ba5a06dcca49e8b9962fc97e3fa10b.ncaa_west_ucla_pittsburgh_basketball_sja134.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=RsuqENqhNSZoDSacCEHOPw--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="UCLA coach Ben Howland yells from the sidelines in the first half against Pittsburgh during their NCAA West Regional semifinal basketball game in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, March 22, 2007. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ben Howland set the tone early, crouching into a defensive stance with his arms in the air, yelling out assignments. And he's only UCLA's coach. His players paid just as much attention at the defensive end in a style all-too-familiar for Pittsburgh. The style Howland employed in four years at Pitt ended up knocking the Panthers out of the NCAA tournament when the Bruins won the West Regional semifinal 64-55 Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Streaking Memphis 1 win from Final Four
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070323/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_texas_a_m_memphis"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070323/capt.246355207631437984f5a94053183714.ncaa_south_texas_a_m_memphis_basketball_sad141.jpg?x=76&y=130&sig=9XbGu3fzYr3FhglZo8fljQ--" align="left" height="130" width="76" alt="Memphis player Antonio Anderson (12) shoots the game-winning free throw in a 65-64 win over Texas A&M in their NCAA South Regional semifinal basketball game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Thursday, March 22, 2007. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Antonio Anderson isn't the player Memphis would have picked to go the line with a chance to advance to another NCAA regional final. But there Anderson was, shooting free throws with 3.1 seconds left in a game in which he had already blown two open layups and missed three straight free throws.</p><br clear="all"/>
Flames come back to beat Predators in OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070323/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_predators_flames"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070323/capt.4034440f4e4b464291eff16ea72c3a2c.flames_predators_hockey_jmc110.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=.VfeTqQh1ZmcKH72ehrxjw--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Calgary Flames' Rhett Warrener, left, and teammate goal Miikka Kiprusoff celebrate Warrener's game-winning goal during overtime NHL hockey action against the Nashville Predators in Calgary, Canada,Thursday, March 22, 2007. The Flames beat the Predators, 3-2. (AP Photo/Jeff McIntosh,CP)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rhett Warrener didn't expect to be on the ice for the faceoff deep in the offensive zone, let alone score the winning goal in overtime.</p><br clear="all"/>
Agent: Broncos shopping LB Al Wilson
AP - Al Wilson's new agent confirmed Thursday night that the Denver Broncos are shopping around for a trade partner but that a deal for the star middle linebacker isn't imminent.
Amare too much for Kings as Suns roll
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070323/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_kings_suns"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070323/capt.7d439ec38d9c4fe5bf8291c148ca461c.aptopix_kings_suns_basketball_azrd110.jpg?x=88&y=130&sig=Ni5ZKJOcJexdkua8K_9ukA--" align="left" height="130" width="88" alt="Phoenix Suns center Amare Stoudemire, top, is fouled as by Sacramento Kings Francisco Garcia during the third quarter of their NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 22, 2007, in Phoenix. Stoudemire scored the basket and the free throw.(AP Photo/Roy Dabner)" border="0" /></a>AP - One bad game was more than enough for Amare Stoudemire. The Phoenix Suns' big man bounced back from one of his worst outings of the season to score 33 points and grab 21 rebounds and lead the Phoenix Suns to a 118-100 victory over a Sacramento team playing without Ron Artest on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Papelbon to close again, Furcal injured
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070323/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070322/capt.30e4a5f62d844c86952b0b9cf5c916e5.aptopix_orioles_dodgers_spring_baseball_flbj103.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=YLN3Gw7IB5uyOR.XK909dQ--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Dodgers manager Grady Little (22) Luis Gonzalez (26) and other teammates look over Rafael Furcal, on ground, after he injured his left ankle when he collided with Jason Repko during the first inning of their spring training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, March 22, 2007, in Vero Beach, Fla. Furcal left the game and was taken to a hospital for X-rays.(AP Photo/Bob Jordan)" border="0" /></a>AP - Jonathan Papelbon should be able to sleep again now that he's going back to closing games for the Red Sox. Rafael Furcal, Joe Mauer and Chone Figgins were also relieved Thursday because their injuries did not appear serious.</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"/>
CuJo turns away Ducks for 2-1 victory
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070323/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_ducks_coyotes"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070323/capt.5436e4a8ccca4fc2b1447a218df040ab.ducks_coyotes_hockey_pnj104.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=BFfV3.X8eDG6BWyqChHusg--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Phoenix Coyotes right winger Bill Thomas, right, celebrates his goal against the Anaheim Ducks with teammates Steven Reinprecht, left, and Daniel Carcillo, middle, during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 22, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Though he lost the shutout in the final minutes, Curtis Joseph will settle for a satisfying victory over a Stanley Cup contender. Joseph stopped 23 shots and led the Phoenix Coyotes to a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mock draft No. 4
With free agency cooling down, the NFL draft picture has become a lot clearer.
Faulk to announce retirement Monday (AP)
Marshall Faulk sat out last season with a knee injury that threatened to end his career. He'll officially close the door on his playing days on Monday when he announces his retirement at the NFL owners meetings. Faulk was the NFL MVP in 2000 and offensive player of the year three years running from 1999-2001.
Texans add QB Schaub, look to trade Carr (AP)
David Carr is done as the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans. The Texans acquired Matt Schaub in a trade with Atlanta on Thursday and said for the first time publicly that Carr's five-year tenure as the starter is over. "Matt is our starting quarterback," general manager Rick Smith said. "We're trying to help David find another place.
Agent: Broncos trying to deal LB Wilson (AP)
Al Wilson's new agent confirmed Thursday night that the Denver Broncos are shopping around for a trade partner but that a deal for the star middle linebacker isn't imminent. The NFL Network reported Thursday that talks with the New York Giants have heated up after the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles showed strong interest.
Colts' Manning ready for SNL appearance (AP)
"Saturday Night Live" is just another game for Peyton Manning. He'll dress up, work with his teammates and audible at every opportunity. Then the Super Bowl MVP hopes it all works in perfect concert -- which, of course, it never does on live television. Or minus receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne.
Vick: Seized bottle was jewelry box (AP)
Michael Vick said Thursday that the water bottle seized two months ago by authorities at Miami International Airport was a jewelry box. Vick came under scrutiny in January after police said the seized water bottle smelled of marijuana and had a secret compartment, but lab tests found no evidence of drugs.
Dungy publicly supports gay-marriage ban (AP)
Tony Dungy is a deeply religious man who puts his faith first in his life, even above family and football. So his support of a proposed gay-marriage ban likely surprised few. What was surprising is the Indianapolis Colts' quiet coach shared his position publicly, sparking discussion about the impact of the Super Bowl winner's comments.
Redskins release WR Patten (AP)
David Patten was cut by the Washington Redskins on Thursday after catching just 23 passes over two seasons. The Redskins released Patten with three years remaining on the five-year, $13 million contract he signed as a free agent from New England in 2005. Patten felt ready to assume a lead role after years as part of an ensemble receiving corps with the Patriots, but he was never able to live up to...
Denver's gold rush
Another 60 points for Lakers' Bryant (AP)
Kobe Bryant became the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 50 points in three straight games Thursday night. Bryant said the most important thing was that it happened in another win. "It's special because it's coming off three straight wins," Bryant said. "This is a stretch where we really need to make up some ground." Bryant scored 60 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' 121-119 win over...
Stoudemire powers Suns by Kings 118-100 (AP)
One bad game was more than enough for Amare Stoudemire. The Phoenix Suns' big man bounced back from one of his worst outings of the season to score 33 points and grab 21 rebounds and lead the Phoenix Suns to a 118-100 victory over a Sacramento team playing without Ron Artest on Thursday night. It was the first time Stoudemire had topped 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game in his career.
Artest ordered to stay away from family (AP)
Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest pleaded not guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges stemming from a domestic dispute with his wife earlier this month. A Placer County Superior Court judge also ordered him to stay at least 100 yards away from his wife and children until further notice. Artest's attorney, William Portanova, entered pleas of not guilty to charges of battery and corporal injury to a...
Yao, Rockets pick up fifth straight win (AP)
The Houston Rockets built a big lead on Detroit on Thursday, playing at the level coach Jeff Van Gundy wants to see when the postseason begins. Then came the fourth quarter. Yao Ming scored 27 points, grabbed seven rebounds and made a key block in the final minute as the Rockets hung on for a 91-85 victory over the Pistons.
Thomas' tip-in lifts Bulls over Nuggets (AP)
Tyrus Thomas wasn't quite sure what happened. The details were a little fuzzy, so he might want to save the video because this one is worth another look. The rookie scored on a tip-in with two-tenths of a second left after Ben Gordon's missed jumper, giving the Chicago Bulls a 109-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.
Blazers hand Knicks costly 92-86 loss (AP)
With time running out in the season, New York needs every victory it can get. Unfortunately for the Knicks, somebody gave them this one before they went out and earned it. Brandon Roy scored 24 points, Jamaal Magloire had his best game of the season, and the Portland Trail Blazers dealt the Knicks a potentially costly 92-86 loss Thursday night.
Nowitzki, Terry lead Mavericks past Cavs (AP)
Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James struggled. Fortunately for Nowitzki, the rest of the Dallas Mavericks outplayed James' teammates. Nowitzki scored 23 points and Jason Terry added 21 to help the Mavericks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time this month, 98-90 Wednesday night. "That's why we are a great team, because other guys stepped up when we needed them," said Nowitzki, who added nine...
Arenas gives Wizards buzzer-beating win (AP)
Gilbert Arenas tried to leave Seattle fans with a souvenir. And "Agent Zero" wasn't talking about yet another game-winning shot. Arenas crossed over Earl Watson, drove with his left hand, then switched to his right and banked in a short-runner at the buzzer, capping a 42-point performance and giving the Washington Wizards a 108-106 victory over the SuperSonics on Wednesday night.
Bucks F Villanueva to have surgery (AP)
Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva is scheduled to have surgery on his right shoulder next week. The team made the announcement Thursday, one day after officials determined Villanueva would miss the final few weeks of the season because of nagging tendinitis in his shoulder. Bucks center Andrew Bogut also will miss the rest of the season because of a sprained left foot.
Jackets spoil Bertuzzi's Detroit debut (AP)
Sergei Fedorov answered the boos. His goal in the third extra round of the shootout gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. David Vyborny and Rick Nash also scored in the shootout for Columbus. Pavel Datsyuk and Dan Cleary netted Detroit's shootout goals. Fedorov, a member of the Red Wings from 1990-2003, is booed by Detroit fans every time he touches...
Flames win, but Predators in playoffs (AP)
Rhett Warrener didn't expect to be on the ice for the faceoff deep in the offensive zone, let alone score the winning goal in overtime. Warrener's unlikely tally, his fourth of the season, at 1:27 gave the Calgary Flames a critical 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
Knockout punch may end Fedoruk's season (AP)
Philadelphia's Todd Fedoruk isn't sure he can play again this season after taking a knockout punch to the face from New York's Colton Orr. Fedoruk returned to Philadelphia on Thursday after he stayed overnight for observation in a New York hospital. Fedoruk was removed from the ice on a stretcher Wednesday night just 21 seconds into the 5-0 loss to the Rangers.
Canadiens take home-and-home from Bruins (AP)
Montreal continued its hot play and got a rare road victory to show for it. Tomas Plekanec and Chris Higgins each had a goal and two assists to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 6-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. "Plekanec's goal at the end of the second was huge," Higgins said. "To get us within one coming into the third period makes a big difference." Montreal scored five...
DiPietro helps Isles top Pens, snap skid (AP)
The New York Islanders are a totally different team with Rick DiPietro in goal. DiPietro, who missed three games due to a head injury, turned aside 35 shots, and the Islanders snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Thursday night. "I believe we have confidence in our game with Ricky in there," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said.
Wild win club-record eighth straight (AP)
Marian Gaborik and Pavol Demitra have been on the same NHL team for 75 games, but they're making plays like a duo that's skated together for years. Gaborik scored twice and Demitra had a goal and two assists as the Minnesota Wild won their franchise-record eighth consecutive game, beating the St. Louis Blues 5-1 on Thursday night.
Sharks end Thrashers' record win streak (AP)
The San Jose Sharks' potent line of Jonathan Cheechoo, Milan Michalek and Joe Thornton overpowered the Atlanta Thrashers. Cheechoo scored three goals, Michalek had one and set up two others, and Thornton had three assists in the Sharks' 5-1 victory Thursday night that ended the Thrashers' franchise-record, home-winning streak at seven.
St. Louis carries Lightning over Devils (AP)
Martin St. Louis had been stuck on 39 goals for eight games. His streak-busting effort helped Tampa Bay win a key game. St. Louis scored twice in the third period and Marc Denis made 34 saves overall to lead the Lightning past the New Jersey Devils 3-1 on Thursday night. "He was pressing a little bit," Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella said.
Senators sweep Panthers in season series (AP)
The Ottawa Senators dominated the Florida Panthers again. Patrick Eaves, Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Dean McAmmond scored for Ottawa, which completed a four-game sweep of the season series against Florida with a 4-2 win Thursday night. Ray Emery made 35 saves for the Senators, who have won five of six.
Staal, Ladd lift Hurricanes by Capitals (AP)
Four days of rest made a difference for the Carolina Hurricanes. Eric Staal and Andrew Ladd scored in the first 2 minutes of the third period, and the more-rested Hurricanes rallied for a 4-3 victory over Washington on Thursday night to hand the Capitals their first loss in regulation in the 25 games they have led going into the final 20 minutes.
Change isn't always easy in NASCAR, but the Car of Tomorrow is a step forward.
Car of Tomorrow is here today (AP)
Tomorrow is finally here in NASCAR, which begins the most radical on-track experiment in the sport's history...
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)