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NEWS FROM 2007-03-28
Unfinished business for Latta, Tar Heels
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070328/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkw_ncaa_purdue_north_carolina"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070328/capt.f58247d55a6342f2889b1cd2fafedab6.ncaa_purdue_north_carolina_basketball_dnr118.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=x_YX71aORge1kJA4OuW68Q--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="North Carolina guard Ivory Latta (12) reacts at the end of their regional championship basketball game against Purdue at the NCAA Women's Division I tournament in Dallas, Tuesday, March 27, 2007. North Carolina won 84-72. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - Ivory Latta snatched the rebound and immediately looked at the clock.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lady Vols roll into 17th Final Four
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070328/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkw_ncaa_mississippi_tennessee"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070328/capt.9d35a26de2fb49a3ae589b31b41167a7.ncaa_tennessee_mississippi_basketball_ohks120.jpg?x=100&y=130&sig=aHNwHhpBf4alOFNfy7ngHg--" align="left" height="130" width="100" alt="Tennessee forward Candace Parker hugs Dominique Redding Tuesday, March 27, 2007, after Tennessee beat Mississippi 98-62 in the NCAA women's regional final basketball game in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)" border="0" /></a>AP - Candace Parker yearns to win a national championship. Now she and Tennessee are just two games away from ending the Lady Vols' nine-year drought. With Parker dominating at both ends and the talented Lady Vols getting contributions from almost everybody else on the roster, they rolled over Mississippi, 98-62, and into their 17th Final Four on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Kobe's streak ends; Lakers embarrassed
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070328/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_grizzlies_lakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070328/capt.b61045ec696549c6a2b2d1d13b002752.grizzlies_lakers_basketball_las106.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=_YkOMWHOQE4F0GNoBTwxUg--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (24) looks at the officials in the closing seconds of the game after his game tying shot was blocked by Memphis Grizzlies' Pau Gasol (not shown) while teammates Luke Walton (4) and Smush Parker (1) look on during the basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, March 27, 2007. Lakers lost,88-86. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)" border="0" /></a>AP - Kobe Bryant's string of outstanding games came to an ugly end Tuesday night, and the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a most embarrassing loss.</p><br clear="all"/>
No bubbly as Penguins make playoffs
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070328/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_penguins_capitals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070328/capt.ae0027b345df49a5b3b7651b13a4128c.penguins_capitals_hockey_vzn101.jpg?x=130&y=94&sig=PzssXpSpp1v2JObM4Be3GA--" align="left" height="94" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save against Washington Capitals' Kris Beech (24) during first-period hockey play in Washington, Tuesday, March 27, 2007 . At left is Penguins' Colby Armstrong (20). (AP Photo/Linda Spillers)" border="0" /></a>AP - Even though the Pittsburgh Penguins are in the playoffs for the first time since 2001, there was no champagne in the winning locker room.</p><br clear="all"/>
Canas upsets world No. 1 Federer again
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070328/ap_on_sp_te_ga_su/ten_sony_ericsson_open"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070327/capt.9bcb0d6a7dbf4c72a0cb8e61aac6413d.sony_ericsson_open_tennis_flkb143.jpg?x=130&y=84&sig=1gLTwkLpdBqHmW8_omYlbw--" align="left" height="84" width="130" alt="Guillermo Canas of Argentina, left, and Roger Federer of Switzerland congratulate each other after Canas defeatedFederer at the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament Tuesday, March 27, 2007, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)" border="0" /></a>AP - Standing near the net, looking up at the ball coming almost straight down in the twilight, Roger Federer hesitated. Should he hit an overhead, or let it bounce?</p><br clear="all"/>
Upon further review ... replay permanent
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070328/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_meetings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070327/capt.1b4af6f6021e4207a00f886d7143d858.nfl_meetings_football_azrf101.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=8CLd6SpWo8fKkN3D853RKg--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Rich McKay, president and general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, discusses the latest updates from the Competition Committee sessions, of which he is co-chairman, at the annual NFL meetings Tuesday, March 27, 2007, at the Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)" border="0" /></a>AP - Replay is here to stay in the NFL. Or at least as permanently as any rule can be in pro football.</p><br clear="all"/>
Business as usual as Dallas dominates Hornets
Reuters - Dallas extended its dominance over the
New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday with a 105-89 win, the
Mavericks' 21st consecutive victory over the Hornets franchise.
Bonds, Zito bolt Cactus League
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070328/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070327/capt.24a5a90ffdd64aac90a3008aaaa3cdd1.giants_mariners_baseball_azth105.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=53eai1qDi4Np_eJjLDgmSw--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="Seattle Mariners shortstop Rey Ordonez, left, greets San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds at second base after Bonds hit a ground rule double in the third inning of a spring training game Tuesday, March 27, 2007 in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Tom Hood)" border="0" /></a>AP - Albert Pujols got the most of his first home run of the spring and Barry Bonds put in one last Cactus League game before heading north for the start of the regular season.</p><br clear="all"/>
FIFA chief explains soccer's many ails
AP - FIFA is turning a profit at an unprecedented rate, yet soccer's governing body appears to be making little headway toward wiping out the violence and corruption that threaten the integrity of the sport.
Guerin, Sharks clinch playoff berth
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070328/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_kings_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070328/capt.20bd488d5bdf4076b0ce4442b6f75095.kings_sharks_hockey_sja111.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=v163gqbBdZx3zgg_CNBWFw--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau, right, scores past Los Angeles Kings goalie Sean Burke in third period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, March 27, 2007. San Jose won 3-1. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)" border="0" /></a>AP - Patrick Marleau scored two goals, Bill Guerin added the go-ahead score and the San Jose Sharks clinched a playoff berth with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
White's weight a concern
NFL to permanently use replay system (AP)
Replay is here to stay in the NFL. Or at least as permanently as any rule can be in pro football. League owners voted 30-2 on Tuesday to make the video replay system a permanent officiating tool. All but three stadiums will be equipped with high-definition equipment and will be recabled before the upcoming season, at a cost of as much as $300,000 per club.
'Pacman' to meet with Goodell on April 3 (AP)
Adam "Pacman" Jones will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on April 3 to discuss the Tennessee Titans cornerback's run-ins with the law. A person within the league familiar with Jones' situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a hearing will occur next Tuesday. That person requested anonymity because the hearing has not been announced.
Bengals' Henry now faces traffic charges (AP)
Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry, already facing possible NFL punishment for problems with the law, has been cited by Cincinnati police on three traffic charges including driving with a suspended license. Henry also was ticketed for an alleged improper turn and seat belt violation. His vehicle was impounded after he was stopped March 21, and he paid $100 to retrieve it Monday, court records...
Agent: Bears, Redskins discuss LB Briggs (AP)
The Washington Redskins have talked with the Chicago Bears about disgruntled Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs, who has threatened to sit out the 2007 season after the NFC champions slapped a franchise tag on him. "The two teams have talked and its in their hands now," Briggs' agent Drew Rosenhaus told the Daily Southtown of suburban Chicago on Tuesday.
Theismann offered college broadcast job (AP)
Joe Theismann, dropped as an analyst on Monday Night Football, says he's been offered a job doing college football for the ESPN/ABC networks. "I've been an NFL guy since 1974, so for 33 years now that's been my life," Theismann said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "Now you are faced with the prospect of that not being in your future.
Panthers S Minter to retire after season (AP)
Carolina Panthers safety Mike Minter plans to retire after this season. Minter has played 10 seasons for the Panthers and started more games (141) than any player in team history. "This year is going to be it," he said Tuesday in a phone interview. The former second-round draft pick out of Nebraska in 1997 is the franchise leader in tackles (953) and fumble recoveries (10), and is tied with Julius...
Eagles acquire LB Spikes from Bills (AP)
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Pro Bowl linebacker Takeo Spikes and quarterback Kelly Holcomb from the Buffalo Bills on Monday night for defensive tackle Darwin Walker and a conditional draft pick in 2008. "This is something that has been brewing," Bills general manager Marv Levy said. "Takeo is a good person, but we wanted to strengthen our defensive tackle.
L.A.'s comeback kids
Kobe Bryant's flurry of 50-point games has fueled a Lakers resurgence that has them on the fringe of the rankings' top 10.
Cavs beat Pacers to clinch playoff berth (AP)
LeBron James led with words, then he led by example. After kicking coach Mike Brown out of a team meeting Tuesday morning, James had 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Indiana Pacers 105-94 to clinch a playoff berth. Cleveland had lost three of four after an eight-game winning streak, but pulled within 2 1/2 games of Detroit in the race for the top seed in...
Mavericks extend dominance of Hornets (AP)
Even a throwback night couldn't help the New Orleans Hornets hearken back to the times when they beat the Dallas Mavericks. Not against a team so proven at establishing and extending winning streaks. Josh Howard had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Mavericks beat New Orleans 105-89 Tuesday night for their 21st straight victory over the Hornets.
Sonics rally from 25 down to stun Wolves (AP)
Instead of putting away Seattle, the Minnesota Timberwolves gave away the game -- and maybe their chance to make the playoffs. Up by 25 points with five minutes left in the third quarter, Minnesota was outscored 51-18 the rest of the way and 25-2 to end the game, losing 114-106 to the SuperSonics on Tuesday night after the biggest blown lead in franchise history.
Rasheed 60-footer forces OT, Pistons win (AP)
Flip Saunders was trying to stay optimistic. He turned out to be a prophet. With his Detroit Pistons facing what appeared to be an impossible deficit, Saunders tried to give them a last-second pep talk. "I told them that strange things happen," the Pistons' coach said. "We might as well try to get something crazy." Did they ever.
Bulls' Wallace to endorse Starbury line (AP)
Stephon Marbury started it. Now, Ben Wallace is joining the cause. Wallace is lending his name to the Starbury Movement, endorsing an affordable line of sneakers and apparel started by the New York Knicks' star. Wallace will begin wearing the Starbury II basketball shoe Thursday when the Chicago Bulls play his former team, the Detroit Pistons.
Boozer scores 41, Jazz rally by Wizards (AP)
Carlos Boozer had a Karl Malone-type of night. Boozer, Utah's current All-Star power forward, played like its former NBA great Monday night, scoring a career-high 41 points with 16 rebounds to help the Jazz rally to a 103-97 victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night. Boozer scored 16 in the fourth quarter.
As playoffs near, Heat alone in first (AP)
When Dwyane Wade dislocated his left shoulder nearly five weeks ago, there was considerable sentiment around the NBA that the Miami Heat would be hard-pressed to simply make the playoffs. That sort of talk isn't happening now. Wade's still hurt, yet somehow, the defending NBA champions have clawed their way into sole possession of first place in the Southeast Division for the first time all season.
Charged Pacers can skip May 22 hearing (AP)
Indiana Pacers players Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels will not need to appear in court for their next hearing May 22 on criminal charges related to a fight at a bar. During a pretrial hearing Tuesday in Marion Superior Court, Judge Lisa F. Borges said the two players can be represented by their attorneys, James Voyles and Ralph Staples.
Raptors' Garbajosa may miss six months (AP)
Raptors forward Jorge Garbajosa is expected to miss six months after undergoing surgery on his left ankle and leg on Tuesday. Garbajosa suffered a displaced ankle joint with a ligament tear and a fractured fibula after falling awkwardly in Monday night's game at Boston. He averaged 8.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in his rookie season.
Penguins end six-year playoff drought (AP)
WASHINGTON (AP)-- Even though the Pittsburgh Penguins are in the playoffs for the first time since 2001, there was no champagne in the winning locker room. The Penguins' 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday guaranteed postseason action for the once-beleaguered franchise, with help from two second-period goals by Ryan Whitney.
Devils top Isles to earn playoff berth (AP)
Martin Brodeur is the biggest reason why the New Jersey Devils are going back to the playoffs for the 10th straight season. Rick DiPietro's head injury could be the thing that keeps the New York Islanders out. Brodeur made 23 saves and earned his team-record 44th win in the Devils' 3-2 victory over the Islanders on Tuesday night that clinched a postseason berth for the Atlantic Division leaders.
Luongo lifts Canucks to record victory (AP)
Alain Vigneault didn't need to look far for his team's success. The Vancouver Canucks coach turned and pointed to the cubicle of goaltender Roberto Luongo. "Roberto has been our MVP," Vigneault said. "He is our MVP." Luongo stopped 34 shots and Sami Salo broke a scoreless tie with a third-period power-play goal to help the Vancouver Canucks clinch a playoff spot with a 3-0 victory over the Colorado...
Flames use SO to end Wild's 9-game run (AP)
Goaltenders normally don't like to talk about rebounds, but this was a good one for Miikka Kiprusoff. He was roundly criticized the last time he faced the Minnesota Wild, giving up four goals on 26 shots in Calgary's 4-2 loss on March 17, and didn't have to wait long to redeem himself. Kiprusoff was perfect on Tuesday night, and Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay scored in the shootout in the Calgary...
Habs beat Rangers to tie for seventh (AP)
Alex Kovalev appears to have his sights set on getting the Montreal Canadiens into the playoffs. Kovalev got his second straight two-goal game as Montreal scored five unanswered goals in the second period in the Canadiens' 6-4 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Kovalev scored a pair of power-play goals to key the outburst which drove Rangers starter Henrik Lundqvist from the net -- to...
Kings ink Jack Johnson to multiyear deal (AP)
University of Michigan defenseman Jack Johnson, the third overall draft pick in 2005, signed a multiyear contract with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. The Kings acquired Johnson, the third overall selection in the 2005 draft, from the Carolina Hurricanes last Sept. 29 along with defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky in a trade for center Eric Belanger and defenseman Tim Gleason.
Preds top Oilers to re-take league lead (AP)
The weather outside is hot, and the ice was a bit sloppy. For the Nashville Predators, there's still no place like home. J.P. Dumont scored a goal and had two assists, and the Predators held off the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Tuesday night and moved out of a tie with Buffalo and Detroit at the top of the NHL.
Leafs rout 'Canes, improve playoff hopes (AP)
Mats Sundin just hopes it's not too late. Chad Kilger scored twice and the Toronto Maple Leafs helped their playoff chances with a 6-1 rout of the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. The Leafs have won a season-high six straight at the Air Canada Centre after going 12-14-5 at home. "You're not going to make the playoffs if you're below .500 at home," said Sundin, Toronto's captain.
Flyers sign G Biron to two-year deal (AP)
The Philadelphia Flyers have settled on their No. 1 goalie, signing Martin Biron to a two-year, $7 million contract on Tuesday. Biron has been the regular goaltender since he was acquired from Buffalo for a second-round draft pick in late February. Biron, Buffalo's first-round pick in the 1995 draft, is 16-9-2 with a 3.01 GAA in 29 games this season and is 4-5-1 with a 2.96 GAA and .913 save...
Turco, Stars defeat Coyotes 6-0 (AP)
The Dallas Stars were vulnerable for most of the first two periods, but they made up for their sluggish start with a furious finish to wrap up a playoff berth. Mike Ribeiro scored two goals, Mike Modano notched the 505th of his career to extend his record for U.S.-born players, and the Stars routed the Phoenix Coyotes 6-0 on Tuesday night.
Jeff Burton could have turned Kyle Busch and won at Bristol, but he's just not that kind of racer.
Vickers suffers 2nd degree burns at Bristol (AP)
Brian Vickers suffered second degree burns to his feet when an exhaust pipe broke midway through the 500-mile race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Marketing Montoya leads to 2-day appearance blitz before Bristol (AP)
NASCAR's counting on Juan Pablo Montoya to bring new fans to the sport -- a job that sometimes requires intense promotion of the Colombian driver.
AT&T seeks immediate permission to put logo on Burton's car (AP)
Drivers divided on Car of Tomorrow (AP)
There's a comfort level behind the wheel of your own car, a familiarity that sometimes makes it easier to break the speed limit, blow through a red light or cut off another driver.
Martin didn't miss Bristol a bit (AP)
Mark Martin gave up a spot in the show to watch it from home, and wouldn't change a thing about his first weekend off in 622 NASCAR races.
Busch wins first COT race by beating Burton, Gordon at Bristol (AP)
The first Car of Tomorrow race is in the books, and NASCAR's stars were divided on their assessment of it.
Kyle Busch wins Bristol battle in Car of Tomorrow (PA SportsTicker)