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Mavericks win 60th, but lose Nowitzki
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070329/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_bucks_mavericks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070329/capt.f79e4a40d87e4198aafb870c795f2400.bucks_mavericks_basketball_dna102.jpg?x=130&y=107&sig=3REYyW8xallI42VbwiAeXQ--" align="left" height="107" width="130" alt="Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Illyasova (19) from Turkey, defends against Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) from Germany in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Wednesday, March 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Dallas Mavericks were back home without a break after their first 6-0 road trip and Dirk Nowitzki was out after hurting his ankle in the first half. The Milwaukee Bucks, in the running for a lottery draft pick instead a playoff spot, wanted the upset. None of that kept the Mavericks from winning their 60th game, 105-103 to match their franchise record Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
'Pacman,' Henry to face NFL discipline
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070329/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_nfl_meetings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070328/capt.7cebb5003d2f40d0a29fb8fa9b708313.nfl_meetings_football_azmy104.jpg?x=91&y=130&sig=eucXhy3V3K3Chrv09MmYQg--" align="left" height="130" width="91" alt="NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell address the media at the annual NFL meetings, Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)" border="0" /></a>AP - Next week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will hold hearings with Tennessee cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones and Cincinnati receiver Chris Henry. Within 10 days of those meetings, Goodell hopes to have disciplined them. The entire league will be watching.</p><br clear="all"/>
Big men take center stage at Final Four
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070329/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_final_four"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070326/capt.0d213f3c7c1546dcb3c8d7359c120bf8.ncaa_georgetown_basketball_dcjm105.jpg?x=130&y=89&sig=xzgbeOWqp850TMnL5YCJ2w--" align="left" height="89" width="130" alt="DaJuan Summers, center, slaps hands with teammate Roy Hibbert, right, as the Georgetown men's basketball team returns to campus in Washington on Monday, March 26, 2007. Georgetown plays Ohio State in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)" border="0" /></a>AP - UCLA boasts two of the best big men in the history of college basketball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. Georgetown has three of its own to brag about: Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo. Any of them would fit right in at this year's Final Four.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabres stake claim as best in East
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070329/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_devils_sabres"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070329/capt.be46ba84ebee472cb007cac5ee4054d7.devils_sabres__hockey_nydd108.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=Kes_T8sORii4oIj8fCwQHw--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="New Jersey Devils' David Clarkson (27) dives for the puck in front of Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller during the second period of the NHL hockey game at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, March 28, 2007. The Sabres won 4-3. (AP Photo/David Duprey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Now this was more to Ryan Miller's liking. Unhappy with the Sabres' last outing, the goaltender was impressed with the patience Buffalo displayed in a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Indians' Sabathia struck by line drive
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070329/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070328/capt.32a7ec134ff94fde88284c1c19793cb7.indians_sabathia_hurt_baseball_ny157.jpg?x=89&y=130&sig=Q96AndluX_sDvbfk_zEUBA--" align="left" height="130" width="89" alt="Cleveland Indians ace lefty C.C. Sabathia is shown in this 2006 file photo. Sabathia's left forearm was bruised when he was struck by a line drive Wednesday, March 28, 2007 during the first inning of his final spring training start against the Toronto Blue Jays. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)" border="0" /></a>AP - March and April can be rough on Indians starter C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia's forearm was bruised when he was struck by a line drive in his final spring start Wednesday in Winter Haven, Fla., putting in doubt his scheduled start in Cleveland's season opener next week at Chicago.</p><br clear="all"/>
Column: NFL balks at equalizing overtime
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070329/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_on_football_overtime"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070328/capt.6e92d10a2ac149cc96fc04f0b6e45523.nfl_meetings_football_azmy104.jpg?x=113&y=130&sig=pBvmxrE7Os6Fcl5_GRBGQA--" align="left" height="130" width="113" alt="Indianapolis Colts head coach and NFL Coaches subcommittee chairman Tony Dungy exits the NFL owners meeting room at the annual NFL meetings Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)" border="0" /></a>AP - It really should be simple. If nearly two-thirds of the NFL's overtime games last season were won by the team that won the coin toss, why not try to do something about it? Nope. As they often do, the league's owners, coaches and general managers decided to put off what they couldn't agree upon — even something as simple as moving up the spot of the overtime kickoff 5 yards.</p><br clear="all"/>
Nowitzki hurt as Mavericks capture 60th NBA win of season
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070329/sp_afp/basketnbamavericksnowitzki"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20070329/capt.sge.kab96.290307064150.photo00.photo.default-512x498.jpg?x=130&y=126&sig=6edznbVgRhWOeC_f0g4fCg--" align="left" height="126" width="130" alt="Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks during an NBA game 14 March 2007, in Dallas, Texas. Jason Terry scored 27 points to lead the Mavericks to their 60th win of the season and eighth straight, a 105-103 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.(AFP/GettyImages/File/Tim Heitman)" border="0" /></a>AFP - The Dallas Mavericks' 60th win of the National Basketball Association season was a painful one as star Dirk Nowitzki suffered a mild ankle sprain.</p><br clear="all"/>
McGwire sculpture remains under wraps
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070329/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_sports_showcase"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070328/capt.0edcd3ed6bad403e87d3d8d998feb473.sports_showcase_mojr101.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=RHWnOeg3mSL.bE5k19Apbw--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="Sculptor Harry Weber is surrounded in his studio by examples of his work, including a miniature versions of statues of former St. Louis Cardinals' Mark McGwire, left, and Stan Musial, right, Wednesday, March 28, 2007 in Wright City, Mo. The rural Missouri sculptor has created bronze statutes of hall-of-famers like Musial and has also finished a full-size bronze of McGwire. The Cardinals bought the statue of McGwire, but are keeping it hidden in storage after his recent failure to make it into the Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - A bronze statue forged to honor slugger Mark McGwire is built to last forever. The only question is whether it ever will see the light of day.</p><br clear="all"/>
England, Italy win Euro 2008 qualifiers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070328/ap_on_sp_so_ga_su/soc_euro_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070328/capt.xag11003282048.spain_soccer__euro_2008_andorra_england_xag110.jpg?x=130&y=98&sig=5QZTY5OH9zdpIbW_j76o5A--" align="left" height="98" width="130" alt="England's Steven Gerrard scores a goal against Andorra during their Group E, Euro 2008 qualifying soccer match at the Olympic stadium in Barcelona, Spain Wednesday March 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)" border="0" /></a>AP - With England 35 minutes from another embarrassing 0-0 tie, Stephen Gerrard got his nation back on track — at least for a night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Ducks expecting a lot from rookie Penner
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070329/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_ducks_blackhawks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070329/capt.afcf6d653dc84f33a08a955769b76c8c.ducks_blackhawks_hockey_cxa108.jpg?x=130&y=129&sig=5ZkqKf7gm0n94saSICSQmQ--" align="left" height="129" width="130" alt="Anaheim Ducks' Dustin Penner, right, tries to control the puck against Chicago Blackhawks' Adrian Aucoin during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 28, 2007 in Chicago. The Ducks won the game, 3-1.(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Anaheim Ducks are expecting a lot of rookie forward Dustin Penner. He showed why on Wednesday night. Penner scored two goals and Ilya Bryzgalov made 20 saves to lead Anaheim to a 3-1 victory over the sputtering Chicago Blackhawks.</p><br clear="all"/>
No change to conduct policy … yet
Gore, 49ers agree to four-year extension (AP)
Running back Frank Gore has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers, a reward for his team-record 1,695 yards rushing last season. Gore, who led the NFC in rushing in his second pro campaign, was due to earn $435,000 in the upcoming season. With the extension, the Pro Bowl running back will be under contract to the 49ers through 2011 with a deal containing more than...
Broncos and CB Bly agree to extension (AP)
The Denver Broncos agreed to terms Wednesday on a contract extension with cornerback Dre Bly, obtained earlier this month from the Detroit Lions. Details were not released. Bly, 29, had a year left on his contract when he was traded to Denver in exchange for running back Tatum Bell and offensive lineman George Foster.
Goodell to soon discipline Pacman, Henry (AP)
Next week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will hold hearings with Tennessee cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones and Cincinnati receiver Chris Henry. Within 10 days of those meetings, Goodell hopes to have disciplined them. The entire league will be watching. Goodell wants to enforce a stricter player conduct policy and is formulating his plan.
Troy Brown wants to return to Patriots (AP)
Veteran receiver Troy Brown acknowledged Wednesday that he had offseason knee surgery, after saying in an earlier interview that he intends to play next season and hopes to finish his career with the New England Patriots. "My intentions are to play. That's what the deal is," the 35-year-old unrestricted free agent said Wednesday before attending the Catholic Schools Foundation scholarship dinner.
Judge: Bears fan is not 'Peyton Manning' (AP)
Chicago Bears fan Scott Wiese is no Peyton Manning after all. Macon County Judge Katherine McCarthy ruled this week that Wiese can't legally call himself Peyton Manning because it would be too confusing and might infringe on the privacy of the Indianapolis Colts quarterback. That's fine by Wiese. The 26-year-old was only trying to change his name to make good on a bet he lost when the Colts beat the...
Agent: Jets ink DE Bowens to 3-year deal (AP)
The New York Jets agreed to terms on a three-year contract with free-agent defensive end David Bowens, his agent told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The two sides reached the agreement late Tuesday night and will sign the contract Thursday, agent Harold C. Lewis said. The deal is for $6.1 million, with an additional $2 million in incentives that could make it worth as much as $8.1 million.
Saints' Loomis wins top executive award (AP)
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis won the NFL executive of the year award presented annually by The Sporting News. Loomis not only rebuilt the Saints from a 3-13 record in their nomadic 2005 season to NFC South champions, but helped in the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast. As did his team. "The satisfaction we derive is from helping in the recovery of people in our region," he said...
Sugar's sour note
Micheal Ray Richardson, who was suspended from the CBA finals for an anti-Semitic rant, wasted his last second chance in pro basketball.
Mavs win 60th, but Nowitzki hurts ankle (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks were back home without a break after their first 6-0 road trip and Dirk Nowitzki was out after hurting his ankle in the first half. The Milwaukee Bucks, in the running for a lottery draft pick instead a playoff spot, wanted the upset. None of that kept the Mavericks from winning their 60th game, 105-103 to match their franchise record Wednesday night.
Jazz clinch Northwest Division title (AP)
The Utah Jazz helped coach Jerry Sloan celebrate his 65th birthday with a division title. After suffering through the only three lottery seasons in his 19 years with Utah, Sloan saw his team clinch the Northwest Division championship Wednesday night. Carlos Boozer had 25 and 11 rebounds and Mehmet Okur added 23 points and 12 boards to help the Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-102.
Raptors pass Heat for third in East (AP)
Chris Bosh has the Toronto Raptors right where they want to be -- in line for homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Bosh became Toronto's career leader in double-doubles when he had 13 points and 17 rebounds in a 96-83 victory Wednesday night that moved the Raptors ahead of the Miami Heat for third place in the Eastern Conference.
Nets rip Pacers as O'Neal sits out (AP)
Rookie Josh Boone again provided the New Jersey Nets a late-season lift in their push to nail down a playoff berth. Boone scored a career-high 22 points Wednesday night to lead the Nets to a 118-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Boone came off the bench to hit 11 of 13 from the field. He also pulled down 10 rebounds in his second strong game.
Butler returns, helps Wizards beat 76ers (AP)
WASHINGTON (AP)-- Caron Butler's return was just what Washington needed after a dismal road trip. Butler scored 21 points in his first game back from a knee injury and DeShawn Stevenson added a season-high 28 points to help the Wizards hold off the Philadelphia 76ers 111-108 on Wednesday night. Butler provided Washington with a spark following a 1-4 road trip that saw the team fall out of first...
Rockets stay hot, beat Clippers 92-87 (AP)
Just because the Houston Rockets have clinched a playoff spot, that doesn't necessarily translate into extra rest for Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. McGrady scored 27 points in slightly less than 40 minutes and Yao had 24 points and 15 rebounds during a foul-plagued 34 minutes, leading the Rockets to a 92-87 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
Spurs rally by Hornets, win fifth in row (AP)
Tim Duncan knew the San Antonio Spurs had to do something in the last quarter. Down nine points going into the period, Duncan had already done plenty, scoring 12 points in the third and hitting his first 3-pointer of the season. So the Spurs turned up the defensive effort, holding the New Orleans Hornets to just 13 fourth-quarter points to win 92-88 Wednesday.
Cavs to play preseason games in China (AP)
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed to China. The Cavaliers will play preseason games against the Orlando Magic on Oct. 17 and Oct. 20, the NBA announced at a news conference on Thursday. The first game will be played in Shanghai and the second will be in the former Portuguese territory of Macau.
Hawks' Joe Johnson may be out for season (AP)
Atlanta Hawks leading scorer Joe Johnson might be done for the season due to a right calf strain. "He could be out for the rest of the season," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday before the Hawks' game against Charlotte. Johnson was injured in a loss at Miami on March 5 and hasn't played since for the Hawks, who are out of the playoff picture.
Sabres extend East lead, hold off Devils (AP)
Now this was more to Ryan Miller's liking. Unhappy with the Sabres' last outing, the goaltender was impressed with the patience Buffalo displayed in a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night. Not only did the Sabres beat the opportunistic and defensive-minded Devils at their own game, the win inched Buffalo closer to clinching the Eastern Conference title.
Flyers damage Hurricanes' playoff hopes (AP)
With two road losses in two nights, the Carolina Hurricanes are perilously on the brink of spending the postseason at home instead of defending the Stanley Cup. Martin Biron stopped a penalty shot among his 23 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers stymied Carolina's playoff push with a 5-1 win Wednesday night.
Stumpel, Panthers top Thrashers in SO (AP)
The Florida Panthers are finally getting the hang of shootouts. They hope it isn't too late. Jozef Stumpel scored the tying goal in the third period and notched the clincher in the shootout, leading the Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night. It was Florida's second victory in three shootouts after losing its first seven of the season.
Penner lifts Ducks over Blackhawks 3-1 (AP)
The Anaheim Ducks are expecting a lot of rookie forward Dustin Penner. He showed why on Wednesday night. Penner scored two goals and Ilya Bryzgalov made 20 saves to lead Anaheim to a 3-1 victory over the sputtering Chicago Blackhawks. Corey Perry set up both of Penner's goals as first-place Anaheim reached 102 points, four ahead of both Dallas and San Jose in the Pacific Division.
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. Johnson is expected to make his NHL debut when the Kings host the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Johnson's arrival will be perhaps the last bright spot in another gloomy season for the Kings, who are in 13th place in the Western Conference.
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.
Canucks tie club mark with 46th 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...
Marleau delivers playoff spot for Sharks (AP)
Christian Ehrhoff was on the verge of a benching before he came through with the highest-scoring game of his career. The San Jose Sharks will need more of that same desperation to ensure a good finish to the regular season, now that the postseason is a certainty. Patrick Marleau scored two goals, Bill Guerin added the go-ahead score and the Sharks clinched a playoff berth with a 3-1 victory over...
Flames end Wild's nine-game run, win 1-0 (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 move into tie for seventh in East (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...
Trading Paint: A new day
The Car of Tomorrow is drawing mixed reviews from drivers and fans alike. Meanwhile, what's up with Mikey?
Schedule forces driver change in KHI's Big Chance promotion (AP)
Kevin Harvick will be driving his own truck Saturday at Martinsville. The man who had won the chance to drive one of Harvick's trucks has been replaced by a younger driver.
Biffle won't be penalized for Bristol infraction (AP)
Greg Biffle will not be penalized for failing post-race inspection at Bristol Motor Speedway in NASCAR's debut of the Car of Tomorrow.
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.