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NEWS FROM 2007-03-26
Kobe's streak ends, but Lakers still win
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070326/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_kobe_s_streak"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070326/capt.5ce6127881464b16bb414b3ec3ce47a9.warriors_lakers_basketball_las102.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=hznhoghYZpjIgEik6dy5mQ--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant puts up a shot as Golden State Warriors' Andris Biedrins of Latvia guards during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 25, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant's 50-point streak is over. But the Los Angeles Lakers' season-high winning streak lives on. Bryant scored 17 points in the first nine minutes Sunday night, but cooled off after that and finished with 43 in the Lakers' fifth straight victory, a 115-113 triumph over the Golden State Warriors.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hoyas rally to stun Tar Heels in OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070326/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_georgetown_north_carolina"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070326/capt.3108a76bb9264fec8ff04186ffacf483.ncaa_east_north_carolina_georgetown_basketball_era211.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=d4TD_EeOTDqM7hXZ2r5dkA--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="Georgetown coach John Thompson III celebrates with his team after winning the NCAA East Regional basketball game against North Carolina 96-84 Sunday, March 25, 2007 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)" border="0" /></a>AP - Same names, different endings. Unlike father, like son. Twenty-five years later, Georgetown got even.</p><br clear="all"/>
Gators heading back to the Final Four
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070326/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_oregon_florida"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070325/capt.e5572ec2e6474f369262d9ba6fd991bc.ncaa_midwest_florida_oregon_basketball_stl167.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=l7bkxy0T2jft1eU8ZC4JWw--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="Florida's Taurean Green (11) holds up the Midwest Regional championship trophy after defeating Oregon 85-77 in an NCAA Midwest Regional final basketball game in St. Louis, Sunday, March 25, 2007. Florida advances to the Final Four in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)" border="0" /></a>AP - Go ahead, hate Florida all you want. But you can't beat these Gators. Not in the NCAA tournament. Not yet, anyway. Inside, outside, early, late — the Gators find a way to get it done when there's a title at stake.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tiger Woods wins final Masters tuneup
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070326/ap_on_sp_go_su/glf_ca_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070325/capt.392ebbfa2470413f8f92511b34b8ec49.ca_championship_golf_flml124.jpg?x=92&y=130&sig=C1GmZAojJBxG2U714llf4A--" align="left" height="130" width="92" alt="Tiger Woods holds up his trophy Sunday March 25, 2007, after winning the the CA Championship golf tournament in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)" border="0" /></a>AP - Tiger Woods felt stiffness in his neck from a bad night of sleep on his boat. For the first time in 3 1/2 years, he couldn't break par when he had entered Sunday with the lead. And he played so cautiously on the final hole of the CA Championship that the outcome was in doubt for as long as it took a 50-foot par putt to settle a few feet from the cup.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kyle Busch wins 1st COT race at Bristol
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070326/ap_on_sp_au_ra_ra_su/car_nascar_bristol"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070325/capt.72a83aff74e1475da6fa143a26ca343c.nascar_bristol_auto_racing_tnmh120.jpg?x=78&y=130&sig=wUSF0.7XGxHzVUJgm.JDCA--" align="left" height="130" width="78" alt="Kyle Busch celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nextel Cup Food City 500 auto race in Bristol, Tenn., Sunday, March 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - As Jeff Burton considered how to beat Kyle Busch in the closing laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, he couldn't shake the lessons his mother taught him as a child.</p><br clear="all"/>
Player discipline tops NFL's agenda
AP - Roger Goodell's first full NFL meeting as commissioner is beginning with one item at the top of the agenda: a crackdown on players who get in trouble with the law.
Sonics suffer worst home loss since '85
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070326/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_spurs_supersonics"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070326/capt.7e1cc10341c842369e14b4d3d605af67.spurs_supersonics_basketball_watw214.jpg?x=130&y=100&sig=viYBxVwf2ioW.YTr6koFJQ--" align="left" height="100" width="130" alt="Seattle SuperSonics' Luke Ridnour, left, and Nick Collison sit on the bench in the final minute of the Sonics' 120-79 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 25, 2007 at KeyArena in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)" border="0" /></a>AP - When Jacque Vaughn knocks down a 3-pointer — his first of the season — Tony Parker knows it's been a very good night. And Parker got it all started.</p><br clear="all"/>
Young earns a spot; Wood coughs up lead
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070326/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070325/capt.8a1c7476f5ea47c484083fd8272de5df.angles_cubs_spring_baseball_azcc106.jpg?x=97&y=130&sig=EfGLGf2IfMFVL7ObE2JrJw--" align="left" height="130" width="97" alt="Chicago Cubs' Kerry Wood throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the seventh inning of their spring training baseball game Sunday, March 25, 2007, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dmitri Young has a big league job again. Kerry Wood is no sure thing. After a tumultuous 2006 marked by off-the-field problems, Young found out Sunday he'll be the starting first baseman for the Washington Nationals on opening day because his chief remaining competition, Travis Lee, asked to be released.</p><br clear="all"/>
Donovan nets hat trick against Ecuador
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070325/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_ecuador_us"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070325/capt.ae5705081dea40ebb3fdb15adc0488e8.ecuador_us_soccer_flmc106.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=FGRmqhBc_VC6G4SlNBHumA--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="Landon Donovan (10) of the United States jumps to celebrate his third goal of the game in the second half of an international friendly soccer match against Ecuador as teammate Steve Cherundolo (6) looks on in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday, March 25, 2007. The United States won 3-1. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Newly wed Landon Donovan thinks he finally understands what it takes to be a leader on the U.S. soccer team.</p><br clear="all"/>
Modin helps Blue Jackets defeat Blues
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070326/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_blues_blue_jackets"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070326/capt.34feb48f8fdc4e1399c0169f98d6bedf.blues_blue_jackets_hockey_ohjl105.jpg?x=114&y=130&sig=4WW8afrPwK.de1X5Udb7Bg--" align="left" height="130" width="114" alt="Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Fedorov, left, of Russia, congratulates Geoff Platt on his goal against the St. Louis Blues during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 25, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)" border="0" /></a>AP - Fredrik Modin and the Columbus Blue Jackets hope their three-game winning streak is a sign of better things to come next season. Modin scored his 20th goal of the season — and 400th point of his career — in the Blue Jackets' 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday 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.
NFL owners focus on player discipline (AP)
Roger Goodell's first full NFL meeting as commissioner is beginning with one item at the top of the agenda: a crackdown on players who get in trouble with the law. The meetings formally begin Monday with Goodell's state of the NFL address to the owners. But everyone was on hand Sunday for committee meetings.
Bears reach deal with Pro Bowl G Brown (AP)
The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with Pro Bowl left guard Ruben Brown on a one-year deal Sunday. The team also agreed to terms on a four-year contract with former San Francisco defensive tackle Anthony Adams. Brown made his ninth Pro Bowl appearance and first as a member of the Bears last season. He was an eight-time selection with the Buffalo Bills between 1995 and 2003 before signing with Chicago...
Former Colts DB Dexter Reid arrested (AP)
Free-agent defensive back Dexter Reid was arrested on gun and drug charges Sunday after being pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving. Reid, a Norfolk native, won his second Super Bowl ring last month and then was released by the Indianapolis Colts. He was driving a black 2004 GMC SUV when he was pulled over at 4:32 a.m.
NFL sets fifth straight attendance mark (AP)
The NFL set a paid attendance record for the fifth straight season, surpassing 22 million for the first time. Total attendance was 22,199,712, up more than 400,000 fans from the 2005 season. That includes playoff games; the regular-season numbers for 2006 were 17,340,879, another record. The 12 postseason games produced sales of 775,551, including 74,512 for the Super Bowl in Miami won by the...
Lions sign veteran Gs Mulitalo, Piller (AP)
The Detroit Lions agreed to terms on contracts with veteran guards Edwin Mulitalo and Zach Piller on Sunday. Lions spokesman Bill Keenist confirmed the deals, but wouldn't discuss the terms. The Detroit Free Press reported Sunday that the team agreed to a three-year deal with Mulitalo and a one-year deal with Piller.
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.
Jockeying for position
Sonics' Allen to miss rest of season (AP)
Ray Allen's career season is ending early. Unable to tolerate the pain anymore and concerned about doing further damage, the Seattle SuperSonics' All-Star decided to undergo season ending surgery on his left ankle. Allen, who is averaging a career-high 26.4 points and made his seventh All-Star appearance last month, has been bothered by inflammation in his ankle from bone spurs.
Sonics suffer worst home loss since 1985 (AP)
When Jacque Vaughn knocks down a 3-pointer -- his first of the season -- Tony Parker knows it's been a very good night. And Parker got it all started. Parker scored 10 of his 18 points in the first quarter, Manu Ginobili hit five of the Spurs' season-high 16 3-pointers, and San Antonio rolled to a 120-79 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday night.
Bibby's 37 lift Kings over Suns 107-100 (AP)
Mike Bibby hit one last dramatic 3-pointer and strutted downcourt with his signature bigfoot walk. It's been a while since Bibby had a big-game performance that incited his home crowd to such deafening excitement, yet he still remembered all the steps to the celebration he perfected during the Kings' better years.
'Melo, Nuggets bounce back, beat Cavs (AP)
The Denver Nuggets came out running and gunning. They hardly stopped, and they hardly missed. Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points, Nene had 21 and Allen Iverson 18 as the Nuggets had their best shooting night of the season, finishing off Cleveland with a late flurry in a 105-93 win over the Cavaliers on Sunday night.
Short-handed Pistons pound Bucks 121-95 (AP)
Rasheed Wallace was suspended, Richard Hamilton was out sick and Chris Webber wasn't feeling much better. The Detroit Pistons responded with their second-biggest scoring outburst of the season. Tayshaun Prince scored 28 points, and reserves Jason Maxiell, Antonio McDyess and Flip Murray also looked unstoppable at times and the Pistons cruised to a 121-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.
Gordon lifts Bulls by Pacers 92-90 (AP)
Ben Gordon was just warming up when he drained a buzzer-beating jumper at the end of the third quarter. Gordon's spinning fadeaway from just inside the paint with 2.8 seconds left in regulation lifted the Chicago Bulls to a 92-90 win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. When Indiana guard Jamaal Tinsley missed with 16 seconds left and the score tied at 90, Gordon got the chance he wanted.
Arenas admonished by NBA for fan bets (AP)
Gilbert Arenas was admonished by the NBA for making $10 bets with fans during the Washington Wizards' loss at Portland on Wednesday. "We spoke to Gilbert and explained the issue to him," NBA spokesman John Acunto said Sunday. "And he assured us he wouldn't do anything like this again." Arenas made the bets as he bantered with fans throughout the Wizards' 100-98 loss.
Paul, West lead Hornets past Rockets (AP)
Tyson Chandler raised his arms in the air, savoring the moment as the Hornets finally sealed a win against a playoff-bound foe with Desmond Mason's dunk. Chris Paul scored 28 points, David West added 23 and Mason put the finishing touches on New Orleans' game-ending run as the Hornets pulled away late for a 106-94 win Sunday night against the Houston Rockets.
LeBron invites Warren Buffett to game (AP)
LeBron James invited a buddy who has even more money than he does to watch him play. Billions and billions more. Philanthropist and businessman Warren Buffett, wearing a black T-shirt with "Witness" glittering on the front, sat courtside as a guest of James on Sunday night for the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the Denver Nuggets.
Crosby leads Pens into first-place tie (AP)
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been playing so well at home lately that they might just earn the right to play here more often in the playoffs. Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist to extend his league scoring lead and help the Penguins win at home for the 16th time in their last 19 games, a 5-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon.
Rangers beat Islanders 2-1 in OT (AP)
Chris Simon had no more impact on the latest Rangers-Islanders matchup than any other spectator at sold-out Nassau Coliseum. Simon was in the building for the first meeting between the bitter area rivals since his two-handed stick attack against Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg, but he could only watch his Islanders teammates lose 2-1 in overtime Sunday.
Modin scores 400th point as Jackets win (AP)
Fredrik Modin and the Columbus Blue Jackets hope their three-game winning streak is a sign of better things to come next season. Modin scored his 20th goal of the season -- and 400th point of his career -- in the Blue Jackets' 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. "It is always nice to play good hockey and, even though the playoffs are out of the picture, it is good to know in the...
Hamrlik lifts Flames over Blackhawks 3-2 (AP)
Roman Hamrlik delivered the knockout punch for the Calgary Flames on Sunday after Dion Phaneuf apparently softened up Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Hamrlik scored off a faceoff with 6:11 left in the third period to snap a tie and the Flames defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 for their third straight win.
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, stay 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.
Surging Senators 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...
Predators' Vokoun defeats 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.
The Car of Tomorrow made its debut Sunday, and the Earth is still rotating.
Kyle Busch wins Bristol battle in Car of Tomorrow (PA SportsTicker)
Busch wins first COT race by beating Burton, Gordon at Bristol (AP)
As Jeff Burton considered how to beat Kyle Busch in the closing laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, he couldn't shake the lessons his mother taught him as a child.
Jarrett rips Kenseth, drops out of top 35 in points (AP)
Dale Jarrett blasted 2003 champion Matt Kenseth after contact between the two ended Jarrett's day just 45 laps into the race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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.
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.