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NEWS FROM 2007-03-25
Afflalo gets another crack at Final Four
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070325/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_ucla_kansas"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070325/capt.67567485063747b4a6284c74560cca73.ncaa_west_kansas_ucla_basketball_sja138.jpg?x=115&y=130&sig=BSWUO1q4rUfv2L0BkxhDfg--" align="left" height="130" width="115" alt="UCLA's Arron Afflalo (4) greets teammate Lorenzo Mata after UCLA beat Kansas 68-55 in the West Regional final of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, March 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - With good-natured shoves and claps, the UCLA Bruins formed a circle around Arron Afflalo — the rightful center of attention. In an exceptional second half that should help erase memories of his past mediocrity in big games, Afflalo scored 15 of his 24 points and the Bruins held off the top-seeded Jayhawks for a 68-55 victory in the West Regional final Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Positive vibes take Buckeyes to Atlanta
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070325/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_memphis_ohio_st"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.a445282f231f4ed3b6d253c0d2bf8f5a.ncaa_south_ohio_st_memphis_basketball_sad146.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=zZAgwpXJyAJyQtXOmOZGlw--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Ohio State center Greg Oden cuts down the net at the end of a 92-76 win over Memphis in their NCAA South Regional final basketball game at the Alamodome in San Antonio Saturday, March 24, 2007. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ohio State coach Thad Matta looked down the bench and locked eyes with Greg Oden. The big man, sitting out with three fouls, nodded. "Let's go," Matta told him, adding his usual advice in such situations: "Play real hard and don't foul anybody." Oden followed orders perfectly, dominating like only a 7-footer can over the decisive stretch in the second half to carry the top-seeded Buckeyes past Memphis 92-76 and into the Final Four.</p><br clear="all"/>
Duke falls hard as Rutgers pulls upset
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070324/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkw_ncaa_rutgers_duke"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.89e01dea975a4105aa2a60e9519112a7.aptopix_ncaa_duke_rutgers_basketball_nced132.jpg?x=106&y=130&sig=7QCqXNlyIK5_3mjUTFQegw--" align="left" height="130" width="106" alt="Rutgers' Myia McCurdy (24) celebrates as Duke's Lindsey Harding falls to the floor after missing the second of two free throws with .1 seconds left in the second half of a regional semifinal of the NCAA women's basketball tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, March 24, 2007. Rutgers beat top-seeded Duke 53-52. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)" border="0" /></a>AP - Rutgers' season was over, or so it seemed. Less than a second remained, and the ACC's player of the year was headed to the free-throw line to shoot mighty Duke back into the regional finals. That's when dependable star Lindsey Harding missed a free throw, which would have tied the game. She then missed another and the Blue Devils' season was done and Rutgers advanced to the Greensboro Regional final.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kobe's mood changes with wins, big games
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070324/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_kobe_s_streak"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.386e12b70d8e458584fc6e77be9fb831.lakers_hornets_basketball_laab116.jpg?x=123&y=130&sig=qllXrBHnLp8qAA6cubosKQ--" align="left" height="130" width="123" alt="Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, reaches to shake hands as teammate Sasha Vujacic, of Slovenia, puts his hand on Bryant's head after the Lakers' 111-105 win in an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in New Orleans on Friday, March 23, 2007. Bryant scored 50 points. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant was seething. He was sick of the losing, upset with the NBA and, perhaps most of all, offended by talk that he was a dirty player. All that's changed in a matter of 10 days. The Los Angeles Lakers are winning again, and perhaps the most amazing achievement in Bryant's 11-year NBA career — four straight games of at least 50 points — has quieted those debating how he plays the game.</p><br clear="all"/>
Clippers stretch winning streak to 4
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070325/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_wizards_clippers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070325/capt.bd6d8ef555e341fe805754576f36ef59.wizards_clippers_basketball_las108.jpg?x=74&y=130&sig=dXdRtxTJtRLS9mg2LlLUPA--" align="left" height="130" width="74" alt="Los Angeles Clippers' Corey Maggette celebrates after sinking a basket with about a minute to go against the Washington Wizards during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)" border="0" /></a>AP - On his second visit to Staples Center this season, Gilbert Arenas was only half as productive against the Los Angeles Clippers as he was against the Lakers. It wasn't quite good enough.</p><br clear="all"/>
Manning gets laughs as host of 'SNL'
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070325/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_manning_snl"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070325/capt.dd275a0af77c41ad928b52fd508e3b2b.manning_snl_ny108.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=ruki.anV9vBs8nxMIXnJOg--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="In this image provided by NBC Super Bowl champion turned SNL host Peyton Manning, front, plays the captain of a basketball team in a sketch on 'Saturday Night Live' Saturday March 24, 2007 who reluctantly joins in with his coach (Will Forte) who tries to inspire his team with song and dance. (AP Photo/HO)" border="0" /></a>AP - Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning used his "Saturday Night Live" monologue to poke a little fun at his mother.</p><br clear="all"/>
Boozer powers Jazz past Grizzlies
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070325/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_grizzlies_jazz"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070325/capt.0749dff8080648b0ad0c57ef65ce9fec.grizzlies_jazz_basketball_slcc103.jpg?x=124&y=130&sig=AMdpgum6IoktUnHtXYGZkQ--" align="left" height="130" width="124" alt="Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer (5) gets a hand on the ball as Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (22) tries to score during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 24, 2007, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Jazz listened to their coach and bounced back from an ugly loss.</p><br clear="all"/>
Griffey, Big Unit back on the field
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070325/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.6ebaa39a6ca8480c8804277464304480.phillies__reds_spring_baseball_flgp115.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=oz7N8q_wfXw5Lev0gdngCw--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Cincinnati Reds' Ken Griffey Jr., warms up before taking right field against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training baseball action at Sarasota, Fla., Saturday, March 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ken Griffey Jr. and Randy Johnson are beginning to get healthy. The New York Yankees, however, will be without their top starting pitcher for at least a month.</p><br clear="all"/>
Germany beats Czechs; France on course
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070324/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro2008_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.mme12403242319.czech_republic_soccer_euro_2008_germany_mme124.jpg?x=74&y=130&sig=jSHUlajIW5grj44kKbx0_A--" align="left" height="130" width="74" alt="Germany's two times scorer Kevin Kuranyi, left, jumps for the ball against Czech Tomas Galasek during the Euro 2008 group D qualifying match between Czech Republic and Germany in Prague, Czech Republic, Saturday, March 24, 2007. Czech Republic was defeated by Germany with 1-2. Other teams in group D are Ireland, Slovakia, Wales, San Marino and Cyprus. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kevin Kuranyi scored two goals Saturday to put Germany in control of its European Championship qualifying group after a 2-1 victory at the Czech Republic, and Nicolas Anelka kept France on course with the goal in a 1-0 victory at Lithuania.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lehtinen helps Stars beat Coyotes 4-3
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070325/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_stars_coyotes"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070325/capt.9144fa5c4bd34fe2a52d242ef6f70581.stars_coyotes_hockey_pnj109.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=BN7wY35o0jdQsBMDiP9FTg--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Dallas Stars right winger Jere Lehtinen, front, of Finland, is congratulated by teammates, at rear from left, Mike Ribeiro, Stu Barnes and Brenden Morrow after Lehtinen scored against the Phoenix Coyotes in the shootout of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 24, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz. The Stars won 4-3. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dave Tippett knows his Dallas Stars were fortunate to get two points in the standings Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Dolphins balk at price for Green
Kansas City and Miami continue to negotiate a deal that would send quarterback Trent Green to the Dolphins.
Pentagon: Tillman probe finds missteps (AP)
Nine officers, including up to four generals, should be held accountable for missteps in the aftermath of the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, a Pentagon investigation will recommend. Senior defense officials said Friday the Defense Department inspector general will cite a range of errors and inappropriate conduct as the military probed the former football star's...
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.
Manning hosts "Saturday Night Live" (AP)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning used his "Saturday Night Live" monologue to poke a little fun at his mother. With his immediate family in the audience, the Super Bowl MVP introduced his father, Archie, who was a star NFL quarterback for 14 years, saying "he taught me everything I know." He then introduced his brother, Eli -- the New York Giants starting quarterback -- before asking...
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.
Jockeying for position
Kobe's streak has Lakers winning again (AP)
Kobe Bryant was seething. He was sick of the losing, upset with the NBA and, perhaps most of all, offended by talk that he was a dirty player. All that's changed in a matter of 10 days. The Los Angeles Lakers are winning again, and perhaps the most amazing achievement in Bryant's 11-year NBA career -- four straight games of at least 50 points -- has quieted those debating how he plays the game.
Carter's 40 power Nets by Bobcats in OT (AP)
Jason Kidd launched the jumper and knew the game -- and New Jersey's playoff hopes -- were in big trouble. Enter Vince Carter, who might have saved the Nets' season. Carter caught Kidd's air ball and dunked it at the buzzer to force overtime, then took over in the extra period in a 40-point outing that led New Jersey to a 113-107 win over the undermanned Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night.
Boozer leads Jazz over Grizzlies 118-108 (AP)
The Jazz listened to their coach and bounced back from an ugly loss. One night after Utah suffered its biggest defeat of the season, Carlos Boozer led the Jazz past the Memphis Grizzlies with 28 points and 15 rebounds in a 118-108 victory Saturday night. "We didn't have a total team effort last night," coach Jerry Sloan said.
Clippers win fourth in row, top Wizards (AP)
On his second visit to Staples Center this season, Gilbert Arenas was only half as productive against the Los Angeles Clippers as he was against the Lakers. It wasn't quite good enough. Corey Maggette scored nine of his 29 points in the final 77 seconds, Elton Brand added 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the Clippers stretched their winning streak to four games with a 111-105 victory over the...
Iguodala returns, rallies 76ers by Heat (AP)
Of all the postgame stats that merited Miami coach Pat Riley's attention, one glared more than most. Fast-break points in the second half: Philadelphia 19, Miami 0. Translation: The 76ers simply ran past the Heat after halftime. Andre Iguodala scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half, Kyle Korver had 11 in the final quarter and the 76ers rallied from an early 19-point deficit to beat the Heat...
Riley says Wade's shoulder is healing (AP)
NBA finals MVP Dwyane Wade's dislocated left shoulder is "healing and tightening up," Miami coach Pat Riley said Saturday. "Everything the doctors tell me is that they took another MRI and things seem to be healing and tightening up," Riley said before the defending NBA champion Heat hosted the Philadelphia 76ers.
Spurs hand Pistons second straight loss (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.
Cavs pull closer to Pistons in East (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...
Mavs win fifth straight, 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.
Wild top Kings, take Northwest lead (AP)
The Minnesota Wild rarely use the Western Conference race to gauge their performance. Jacques Lemaire will always be the judge of that. Well, the stern coach has been finding his approval easier and easier to give. Third-string goalie Josh Harding turned in another strong performance to help the Wild beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Saturday night and stretch their franchise-best winning streak to...
Ward, Ladd get Hurricanes by Sharks (AP)
Cam Ward wasn't entirely back in his comfort zone. Sure, he started in goal for the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time in nearly two weeks and showed little rust in stopping 20 shots. The problem was he had a buzz cut a day earlier when he had his head shaved for charity. "It was a little bit different," Ward said.
Habs win, still tied for eighth in East (AP)
Alex Kovalev's love affair with Montreal Canadiens fans is back on again. Kovalev had his first two-goal game of the season and Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves to win his fourth straight start to help Montreal defeat the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Saturday night. After tying the game at 1 with his 15th goal in the first, Kovalev gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead with his second of the game on a power play...
Leafs split home-and-home with Sabres (AP)
Darcy Tucker shook off Toronto's worst loss of the season and kept the Maple Leafs close in the playoff race. Tucker scored twice and the Maple Leafs beat Buffalo 4-1 Saturday night to earn a split of the home-and-home series with the Sabres. Carlo Colaiacovo and Nik Antropov scored for the Maple Leafs, who blew a 4-1 third-period lead in Buffalo on Friday.
Heatley, surging Sens rout Lightning 7-2 (AP)
The Ottawa Senators are making a strong statement with the postseason looming. Dany Heatley had two goals and an assist to lead the Senators past the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-2 on Saturday night. Heatley has 45 goals this season. Joseph Corvo, Daniel Alfredsson, Christoph Schubert, Patrick Eaves and Dean McAmmond also scored for Ottawa, which has earned at least a point in 20 of 21 games (15-1-5) since...
Vokoun, Predators defeat Oilers 4-0 (AP)
Tomas Vokoun made 26 saves for his fifth shutout of the season to help the Nashville Predators snap a two-game losing skid with a 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. The Oilers have only one win in their past 14 games and will spend the last six games of the regular season on the road.
Pens beat Atlanta on Staal's fluky goal (AP)
Thrashers goalie Kari Lehtonen could barely describe Pittsburgh's winning goal, so it's no surprise he couldn't stop the peculiar puck. Jordan Staal was credited with the fluky winning goal with 9:41 left and the Penguins beat Atlanta 2-1 on Saturday. "It was some kind of monkey puck or something," Lehtonen said.
Stars rally to beat Coyotes in shootout (AP)
Dave Tippett knows his Dallas Stars were fortunate to get two points in the standings Saturday night. Jere Lehtinen scored the only shootout goal in the seventh round and the Stars rallied from a three-goal, third-period deficit to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 Saturday night. "All in all it ends up being two points for a while it didn't look like we were going to get," Tippett said.
Devils snap skid, top Panthers in SO (AP)
Travis Zajac's goal was clutch in more ways than one for the New Jersey Devils. Jim Dowd's timing wasn't so bad, either. Zajac scored the winning goal in a shootout, and Dowd notched a pair of goals in regulation, as the Devils broke a season-high, three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.
Hilbert's goal lifts Isles past Flyers (AP)
Islanders coach Ted Nolan called it his team's biggest goal this year, a shot that kept New York in the thick of the playoff chase. Andy Hilbert scored the decisive goal with 4:40 remaining and the New York Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 on Saturday. "That was probably Andy's biggest goal and the biggest goal for us this year so far," Nolan said.
Q&A: Todd Berrier (Saturday)
After battling through Saturday's practice sessions, Kevin Harvick's crew chief isn't loving the Car of Tomorrow.
COT gets first test on Sunday (AP)
Jeff Gordon has seen a lot of changes during his 15 years at NASCAR's top level, and Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be one of the biggest.
Edwards stays hot, wins Busch Sharpie Mini 300 (PA SportsTicker)
Edwards holds off Kenseth in caution-plagued Bristol race (AP)
Carl Edwards held off hard-charging teammate Matt Kenseth over the final dozen laps to win the Busch Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Toyota making gains after rough first month in Cup Series (AP)
A.J. Allmendinger and Jeremy Mayfield are finally in the show, ending four weeks of futility at NASCAR's top level.
US stock car racer Medlen dies from crash injuries (AFP)
Eric Medlen, a 33-year-old US racer in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) series, died here Friday from severe head injuries suffered in a crash.
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)