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NEWS FROM 2007-03-24
Bryant's 50-point streak hits 4 games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070324/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nba_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.f2b80ec39186467da8ae812b6c6e03f5.lakers_hornets_basketball_laab119.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=VuE1WYz49WII6_WiexaHVw--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots over New Orleans Hornets guard Devin Brown in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans on Friday, March 23, 2007. The Lakers won 111-105.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant is still punishing his opponents — just not in ways that will get him in trouble with the league office. And he has two weak ones coming up, meaning the second-best scoring spree in NBA history could go on a little longer.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tar Heels to face Georgetown in final
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070324/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_tournament_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.dc8ef3c2cc3c4d32a3ef9974984beca8.ncaa_east_north_carolina_southern_california__basketball_era153.jpg?x=130&y=81&sig=GI55whljHE5wsM.1Q1WcqQ--" align="left" height="81" width="130" alt="North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, left, and Southern California's Taj Gibson battle under the basket during an NCAA East Regional basketball game Friday, March 23, 2007 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)" border="0" /></a>AP - North Carolina wouldn't let a huge second-half deficit stand in the way of an enticing rematch of its 1982 championship game with Georgetown.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks, Red Wings clinch playoff berths
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070324/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.9c49c57f457e48ae8af49e69a82cde4b.stars_ducks_hockey_cama105.jpg?x=111&y=130&sig=8x6C.HbcbCVw4mI.CM6CoQ--" align="left" height="130" width="111" alt="Anaheim Ducks left wing Brad May, front and center Ryan Getzlaf simultaneously hit Dallas Stars center Jeff Halpern during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, March 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Anaheim Ducks are headed to the playoffs after an overtime victory. The Detroit Red Wings clinched a spot, too — without even playing.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tiger Woods gets back on track at Doral
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070324/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_ca_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070323/capt.17cf42d3646c4dcd979a437c5b4692e5.ca_championship_golf_flwl127.jpg?x=103&y=130&sig=q03b3pAkSheQqUSL_DhjEg--" align="left" height="130" width="103" alt="Tiger Woods chips on the 18th green during a rain shower Friday, March 23, 2007, in the second round of the CA Championship golf tournament in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)" border="0" /></a>AP - With the Masters right around the corner and his putting stroke lagging behind, Tiger Woods stayed on the practice green for close to an hour after the first round at Doral in a desperate search for a solution.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lorena Ochoa leads Safeway International
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070324/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_lpga_tour"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.777200ef679b4204b0f4ede4d12ea6c1.lpga_tour_golf_azmy118.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=bCSC3ojQWNaCRN.txIfqWg--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Lorena Ochoa, of Mexico, laughs as she walks up to the 13th green after chipping in for eagle during the second round of the LPGA Safeway International golf tournament Friday, March 23, 2007, in Superstition Mountain, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)" border="0" /></a>AP - Two years ago, Annika Sorenstam erased a four-stroke deficit with three holes to play and stole the Safeway International from Lorena Ochoa in a playoff. Sorenstam is chasing Ochoa again at the picturesque Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club.</p><br clear="all"/>
Texans release quarterback David Carr
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070324/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_texans_carr"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070323/capt.3d769bb18c1844b496937000cd03d326.texans_carr_football_ny155.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=lNELDuO3a6of7yEPCJxiaQ--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="Houston Texans quarterback David Carr watches from the sidelines during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins in an NFL football game in this Sept. 24, 2006 file photo, in Houston. The Houston Texans waived quarterback David Carr, the first draft pick in franchise history five years ago. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Houston Texans waived quarterback David Carr, the first draft pick in franchise history five years ago, and running back Domanick Williams.</p><br clear="all"/>
Late surge sparks Sonics past T-Wolves
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070324/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_timberwolves_supersonics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.4682f008dfc943b7b3324c1f33472190.timberwolves_supersonics_basketball_wakc110.jpg?x=90&y=130&sig=9_TOuwikt1DfQVBCeunkXg--" align="left" height="130" width="90" alt="Seattle SuperSonics' Luke Ridnour moves the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Davis, behind, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Seattle on Friday, March 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Figuring out how to win close games has remained a season-long struggle for the Seattle SuperSonics. The Sonics solved that problem on Friday night. And this victory might be their most unexpected.</p><br clear="all"/>
Piazza, Wood shine at spring training
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070324/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070323/capt.4b475ed06d4e4329b44700e531fa6091.padres_athletics_spring_baseball_azjc105.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=19Nxh.O89kSAeNQQvjz5vA--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Oakland Athletics' Mike Piazza swings on his three-run home run off of San Diego Padres' Justin Germano in the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Phoenix, Ariz., Friday, March 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mike Piazza and Kerry Wood are trying new roles this spring, hoping to have healthy, productive seasons. One is off to a fast start in his new spot while the other may take a little longer to come around.</p><br clear="all"/>
Galaxy signs 5-year deal with Herbalife
AP - David Beckham and his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates will promote a nutritional products manufacturer in his first MLS season.
Thrashers' right wing out indefinitely
AP - Thrashers right wing Jon Sim underwent surgery to repair a broken left orbital bone, sustained in a fight with San Jose's Mark Bell.
Dolphins balk at price for Green
Kansas City and Miami continue to negotiate a deal that would send quarterback Trent Green to the Dolphins.
Texans cut David Carr, Domanick Williams (AP)
The Houston Texans waived quarterback David Carr, the first draft pick in franchise history five years ago, and running back Domanick Williams. The Texans never have had a winning record, and Carr often was the scapegoat. He completed 60 percent of his passes, but also threw 65 interceptions and was sacked 249 times in five seasons.
Eagles' Reid returns to full-time duties (AP)
Andy Reid sounded a lot like a football coach when he talked about his sons' legal troubles. Take everything one day at a time. Hit trouble head on. Eliminate distractions. Sounds like someone who's prepared for both the Giants and a giant personal crisis. Reid returned from a temporary leave of absence Friday, five weeks after leaving the Philadelphia Eagles because his two oldest sons face criminal...
Seahawks ink WR Ingram to multiyear deal (AP)
The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed Bobby Engram to a multiyear contract even though they already have a stable of younger receivers in place. Team president Tim Ruskell said Friday that experience and Engram's rapport with wide receivers Darrell Jackson, Deion Branch and Nate Burleson were among the reasons the 34-year-old is coming back for a seventh season in Seattle.
Cowboys sign ex-Seahawks S Ken Hamlin (AP)
The Dallas Cowboys signed former Seattle safety Ken Hamlin on Friday. Terms weren't released. Hamlin had three sacks and two interceptions for the Seahawks last year, a season in which he played all 16 games following life-threatening head injuries from a street fight in 2005. He was Seattle's second-round pick in 2003 and started 52 of 54 regular-season games he played in.
Miami expects Culpepper to be ready soon (AP)
Daunte Culpepper was at the Miami Dolphins training facility around sunrise Friday, ready for another day of rehabilitating his surgically rebuilt knee. When quarterback schools and minicamps start next month, the Dolphins expect Culpepper will be there, too. And with that, the revelations end. Culpepper's status is one of many mysteries surrounding the Dolphins.
Hasselbeck expected to throw by June (AP)
Matt Hasselbeck is ahead of his original recovery schedule. The Seahawks now expect the Pro Bowl quarterback from two seasons ago to be throwing again by June, if not during the first week of May, following surgery in January to repair torn labrum cartilage in Hasselbeck's left, non-throwing shoulder.
Jets sign free-agent QB Tuiasosopo (AP)
The New York Jets signed free-agent quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo on Friday. Tuiasosopo spent his first six NFL seasons with Oakland, which drafted him in the second round in 2001. He appeared in 11 games with the Raiders, including two starts, and completed 48 of 88 passes for 550 yards and two touchdowns.
Denver's gold rush
Kobe's streak of 50-point games at four (AP)
Kobe Bryant wants to be remembered for scoring points and winning basketball games, not the suspension-yielding swipes he's taken at opposing players. If he keeps this up, he may get his wish. Bryant scored 50 points to lead Los Angeles to a 111-105 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night, making the Lakers star only the second player in NBA history with at least that many points in...
Kentucky C Morris signs with Knicks (AP)
The New York Knicks signed free-agent center Randolph Morris to a two-year contract Friday, adding the former Kentucky star to their roster thanks to an unusual provision in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement. Morris, the Wildcats' leading scorer this season, declared himself eligible for the 2005 draft following his freshman year but was not selected.
James, Cavs beat sluggish Knicks 90-68 (AP)
LeBron James tilted his head slightly to the right, just enough to catch the score of the Detroit-San Antonio game winding down on one of the giant big-screen TVs in the locker room. The Cavaliers aren't supposed to be watching the standings or the scoreboard. "I am," James said. "I want a division championship banner for this team and for the city of Cleveland." James had 21 points and 10 assists...
Raptors rip cold-shooting Nuggets 121-94 (AP)
George Karl called the Toronto Raptors the most talented team in the Eastern Conference after his Denver Nuggets missed their first 15 shots and lost by 27. Morris Peterson had 23 points, Jorge Garbajosa had a career-high 22 and the Raptors never trailed in a 121-94 victory over Denver on Friday night.
Parker, Spurs top Pistons 90-89 (AP)
The San Antonio Spurs thought their latest victory should have been an easier one. "We didn't execute as well," Manu Ginobili said after the Spurs' beat the Detroit Pistons 90-89 Friday night. "We should have finished five or six points ahead instead of two or three." Tony Parker led San Antonio with 22 points, Tim Duncan added 17 points and 14 rebounds and Brent Barry had 16 points.
Pacers start quick, rout Heat 95-70 (AP)
The Indiana Pacers have some fight left in them after all. The Pacers, hanging on in the Eastern Conference playoff race, used their best defensive effort of the season to beat the Miami Heat 95-70 on Friday night. The Pacers claimed their largest victory margin of the season and shot 51.5 percent from the field to win for the second time in four games after an 11-game losing streak.
Terry helps Mavericks defeat Celtics (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks are once again playing like the NBA's best team, and there was nothing the Boston Celtics could do to slow them down. Jason Terry scored 29 points and Josh Howard added 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Dallas to a 109-95 victory on Friday night. Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Devin Harris added 18 for the Mavericks, who have the NBA's best record at 57-11.
Warriors overcome ejection, Wizards (AP)
Stephen Jackson screamed and waved his arms while he backed through the furious crowd, heading to the locker room after his first-quarter ejection. Baron Davis remained calm. He knew Golden State's hopes were even more firmly on his shoulders now -- and there's nobody who wears responsibility better for the Warriors.
Allen-less Sonics get past Wolves 85-82 (AP)
Figuring out how to win close games has remained a season-long struggle for the Seattle SuperSonics. The Sonics solved that problem on Friday night. And this victory might be their most unexpected. Trailing by nine with 4 minutes left, and playing without All-Star Ray Allen, Seattle used a late flurry and key baskets from Rashard Lewis to stun the Minnesota Timberwolves 85-82.
Ducks top Stars, wrap up playoff spot (AP)
The Ducks, a team many considered a leading Stanley Cup contender heading into the season, have taken a first step. They're in the playoffs. Scott Niedermayer scored with 2:32 remaining in overtime to lift Anaheim to a 3-2 victory over Dallas on Friday night and clinch a postseason berth for the Ducks.
Oilers snap 12-game winless streak (AP)
Winless for an entire month, and closing in on a record for futility, the Edmonton Oilers finally had reason to celebrate, snapping a 12-game winless skid with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night. Colorado's loss also meant that the idle Detroit Red Wings clinched a playoff spot.
Sabres rally from three down, beat Leafs (AP)
Mats Sundin was at a loss for words after his team's playoff hopes dimmed because of the resilient Buffalo Sabres. Drew Stafford broke a third-period tie, Thomas Vanek had two goals and an assist and Buffalo erased a three-goal third-period deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Friday night.
Weaver's goal lifts Kings by Blackhawks (AP)
Los Angeles defenseman Mike Weaver took advantage of a rare opportunity on Friday night. Weaver, playing in just his 32nd game this season, scored his first power-play goal in the NHL with 3:29 left in the third period to snap a tie and lift the Kings to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Left open at the inside edge of the right circle, Weaver sent a shot past Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin...
Thrashers' Sim undergoes surgery on face (AP)
Thrashers right wing Jon Sim underwent surgery to repair a broken left orbital bone, sustained in a fight with San Jose's Mark Bell. Sim, who was fifth on the team with 17 goals in 75 games, had surgery Friday at St. Joseph's Hospital to repair multiple fractures to the bone surrounding his left eye. He was injured during the second period of a 5-1 loss to the Sharks.
Jackets spoil Bertuzzi's Red Wings 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...
Preds lose in OT, clinch playoff spot (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.
Q&A: Todd Berrier (Friday)
Kevin Harvick's crew chief details the No. 29 team's efforts with the Car of Tomorrow at Bristol.
NHRA driver Eric Medlen dies from head injuries (PA SportsTicker)
Eric Medlen, one of the more popular young drivers on the NHRA circuit, died Friday from severe head injuries suffered in an accident earlier this week. He was 33.
Gordon wins pole; Toyota gets 5 Camrys in field (AP)
Jeff Gordon won the first pole of the Car of Tomorrow era, putting his Chevrolet Impala in the top starting spot at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday.
Gordon claims Bristol pole in first NASCAR COT race (PA SportsTicker)
Crewman injured in pit road accident (AP)
Grand American Racing Series crewman Ty Manseau, hit in the head by a tire Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, was expected to be released from a Miami hospital. Manseau was taken to the Jackson Memorial Hospital trauma center, where he initially was listed in critical but stable condition with unspecified head injuries.
Martin keeps word and hands car over to rookie Smith (AP)
The show went on at Bristol Motor Speedway without Mark Martin.
Kahne looks for boost from Francis (AP)
Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth were reunited with their crew chiefs Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time this season.
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...
Loomis not afraid of NASCAR change (AP)
Robbie Loomis, a former championship crew chief for Jeff Gordon and now executive vice president of Petty...