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NEWS FROM 2007-03-31
Yao helps Rockets overcome Lakers in OT
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070331/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_rockets_lakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070331/capt.2748a67e147849da9edf67c165bd4619.rockets_lakers_basketball_las108.jpg?x=84&y=130&sig=KpfJxbWF54944ykv1.Smqg--" align="left" height="130" width="84" alt="Houston Rockets' Yao Ming of China puts up a shot as Los Angeles Lakers' Lamar Odom, left, guards and Kwame Brown looks on during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Friday, March 30, 2007 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)" border="0" /></a>AP - Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady helped the Houston Rockets withstand Kobe Bryant's latest 50-point night. Bryant scored 53 points and brought the Los Angeles Lakers back from a late 12-point deficit in regulation, but the Rockets beat them 107-104 in overtime Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
MLB celebrates civil rights history
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070331/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_baseball_civil_rights"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070330/capt.24f86b7ac8a74148a0e6b5ccbf192bfe.baseball_civil_rights_tngc102.jpg?x=130&y=85&sig=seuYtdCr2vKFHrdA7t412A--" align="left" height="85" width="130" alt="Branch Rickey III, whose grandfather, Branch Rickey, signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, speaks on a panel discussion at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., Friday, March 30, 2007. The panel discussed the civil rights movement and baseball. (AP Photo/Greg Campbell)" border="0" /></a>AP - Major League Baseball began an effort to emphasize its place in the history of America's struggle for racial equality just one day after a study said only 8.4 percent of its players last season were black, the lowest level in at least two decades.</p><br clear="all"/>
Durant, Bennett honored with AP awards
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070331/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_ap_awards"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070330/capt.axd50103301756.ap_player_of_the_year_axd501.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=tvS4k_FfH1wYI5QH9qNCjw--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Texas basketball freshman Kevin Durant hugs his father Wayne Pratt after being named Associated Press Player of the Year in Atlanta Friday, March 30, 2007. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)" border="0" /></a>AP - A couple of rookies swept the national college basketball awards. Freshman Kevin Durant of Texas and first-year coach Tony Bennett of Washington State were named player and coach of the year Friday by The Associated Press.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lecavalier scores NHL-leading 50th goal
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070331/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070331/capt.eb458f411abf40bf9a22186da05ddd5a.lightning_hurricanes_hockey_nckd110.jpg?x=116&y=130&sig=BVGwHi.OC2JO.4el_zxufg--" align="left" height="130" width="116" alt="Tampa Bay Lightning's Vincent Lecavalier backhands the puck for his 50th goal of the season, during the third period of against the Carolina Hurricanes in an NHL hockey game Friday, March 30, 2007, in Raleigh, N.C. The Lightning won 4-2. (AP Photo/Karl B. DeBlaker)" border="0" /></a>AP - Vincent Lecavalier is doing all he can to help coach John Tortorella's playoff guarantee come true. Lecavalier scored his NHL-leading 50th goal and added two assists to lead Tampa Bay to a 4-2 victory over the slumping Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
American Wildman-Tobriner wins 50m free
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070331/ap_on_sp_ot/swm_world_championships"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070330/capt.aussw10703300116.australia_swimming_world_championships_aussw107.jpg?x=101&y=130&sig=NzFwLeA4TwVOYZLHHVAdRQ--" align="left" height="130" width="101" alt="USA's Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner splashes water before competing in the men's 50m Freestyle heat at the World Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, March 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)" border="0" /></a>AP - American Ben Wildman-Tobriner conquered swimming's most chaotic 22 seconds, winning the 50-meter freestyle in an upset at the world championships Saturday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Suit against NFL and NFLPA moves forward
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070330/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_hedge_fund_suit"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070328/capt.b6e12d047d70404eaa8411f414699a21.nfl_meetings_football_azmy106.jpg?x=130&y=90&sig=HaA_h0m89WEdAydoD0PymA--" align="left" height="90" width="130" alt="NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media at the annual NFL meetings, Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)" border="0" /></a>AP - A lawsuit filed by six current and former players against the NFL and its union seeking to recoup $20 million they lost in an alleged fraud scheme is moving forward.</p><br clear="all"/>
Mavericks win ninth straight as Nowitzki tops 15,000 points
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070331/sp_nm/nba_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070331/2007_03_31t030307_303x450_us_nba.jpg?x=87&y=130&sig=Ii90G8K8VP8nkNia0iwcXQ--" align="left" height="130" width="87" alt="Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (R) shoots over New York Knicks guard Jared Jeffries in the second half of their game in Dallas, Texas, March 30, 2007. Nowitzki scored 30 points to pass a personal milestone in leading the Dallas Mavericks to a ninth straight victory, a 105-103 home win. (Mike Stone/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points to pass a
personal milestone in leading the Dallas Mavericks to a ninth
straight victory, a 105-103 home win over the New York Knicks
on Friday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Tigers' Rogers out; Yanks' Pavano in
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070331/ap_on_sp_ba_ne/bbo_spring_training_rdp"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070330/capt.fc280f0c0d95464295c6530a5e04c75e.tigers_rogers_baseball_nyol570.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=pNUHZhHAPeTqCE945txgXw--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Detroit Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers throws against the New York Mets in the first inning of a Grapefruit League spring training baseball game in Lakeland, Fla. in this March 14, 2007 file photo. Rogers underwent successful left shoulder surgery Friday that removed a blood clot and repaired some arteries. The left-handed starter had the surgery in Dallas and is expected to start throwing in six to eight weeks (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)" border="0" /></a>AP - On a day when the Detroit Tigers secured a key part of their offense, their starting rotation suddenly developed a major void.</p><br clear="all"/>
Rapids trade Clint Mathis to Red Bulls
AP - Colorado Rapids forward Clint Mathis wanted to start. Rapids coach Fernando Clavijo couldn't guarantee that.
Sharks keep pace in tight Pacific race
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070331/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_coyotes_sharks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070331/capt.deaa140ccd2e488cb551c4b5df2aabb6.correction_coyotes_sharks_hockey_cata104.jpg?x=130&y=93&sig=Zuu_3gFCa6pxOH04VsY9Iw--" align="left" height="93" width="130" alt="San Jose Sharks' Christian Ehrhoff, right, of Germany, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes in the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Friday, March 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)" border="0" /></a>AP - Scott Hannan personally spent more than eight minutes killing penalties Friday night, and the San Jose defenseman still found the energy to score a goal.</p><br clear="all"/>
Incriminating memo found in Tillman case (AP)
Just seven days after Pat Tillman's death, a top general warned there were strong indications that it was friendly fire and President Bush might embarrass himself if he said the NFL star-turned-soldier died in an ambush, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press. It was not until a month afterward that the Pentagon told the public and grieving family members the truth -- that Tillman...
Chargers GM: Teams interested in Turner (AP)
Despite the high price tag, San Diego Chargers running back Michael Turner -- the backup to league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson -- could be a hot commodity in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft. General manager A.J. Smith said he fielded several inquiries about Turner, a restricted free agent, during the league meetings earlier this week in Phoenix.
Indy Super Bowl committee to make bid (AP)
Super Bowl committee officials are putting the finishing touches on the biggest sweepstakes in Indianapolis history. The hard part is making sure they hold the winning ticket. Bid committee spokesman Bob Schultz said Friday the group will spend this weekend finalizing details and ensuring that NFL requirements are met when the three-binder proposal is delivered to the league office.
Browns contacted Chiefs about QB Green (AP)
The Cleveland Browns seem to be beating the bushes for a veteran quarterback after all. General manager Phil Savage confirmed Thursday night that that he contacted Kansas City GM Carl Peterson about Trent Green, a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback, during this week's NFL meetings in Phoenix. "I spoke to a number of teams/GMs about players/picks including KC," Savage said in an e-mail.
Goodell to discipline Pacman, Henry soon (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.
Bucs RB Gates charged with battery (AP)
Buccaneers running back Lionel Gates was arrested and charged with hitting a pregnant woman in the face and pushing her into a wall during an argument. The 25-year-old player was being held Friday with no bond, jail records said. Gates kicked in the front door of Peggie Lavender's apartment Thursday night, destroyed two televisions and two doors, put a hole in the bedroom wall and assaulted her, a...
Hedge fund suit vs. NFL to move forward (AP)
A lawsuit filed by six current and former players against the NFL and its union seeking to recoup $20 million they lost in an alleged fraud scheme is moving forward. A judge denied a motion to dismiss, meaning the case in federal court in Atlanta can proceed. No trial date has been set. The NFL and the NFL Players Association contended the lawsuit filed last June should be thrown out partly because...
Warriors, come out and play
Bryant scores 53, but Lakers fall in OT (AP)
Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady helped the Houston Rockets withstand Kobe Bryant's latest 50-point night. Bryant scored 53 points and brought the Los Angeles Lakers back from a late 12-point deficit in regulation, but the Rockets beat them 107-104 in overtime Friday night. Yao had 39 points and McGrady added 30, enough to overcome Bryant's fifth 50-point outing in the last seven games.
Mavericks earn team-record 61st victory (AP)
As much as Stephon Marbury tried, he couldn't keep Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks from a record night. There's a big difference between a team closing in on a No. 1 seed and another just hoping to remain in contention for a playoff spot. Marbury felt he had to do it alone for the injury-depleted New York Knicks.
Heat move back into first in Southeast (AP)
Progressing in their pursuit of home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, the Miami Heat moved back into first place in the Southeast Division. With more complete games like this one, maybe they'll stay there. Udonis Haslem had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and all five starters scored at least 15 points for the Heat, who led from start to finish and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves...
Down 18, Suns rally past Nuggets 125-108 (AP)
After the Phoenix Suns had run past the Denver Nuggets, Shawn Marion slipped into some ripped and worn jeans. The outfit seemed appropriate, since Marion had ripped and torn apart the Nuggets. The All-Star forward snapped out of a prolonged shooting slump with 33 points, and the Suns overcame an 18-point deficit to beat the Nuggets 125-108 Friday night.
Wild play helps Raptors beat Wizards (AP)
Chris Bosh had a huge start and an even bigger finish. Bosh scored eight of his 37 points in overtime, and the Toronto Raptors remained in the third spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 123-118 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. The Wizards appeared to have a victory secured until Michael Ruffin's celebratory heave toward the rafters landed in the hands of Raptors...
Pistons rally to defeat Nets 110-105 (AP)
If the New Jersey Nets miss the playoffs, they know much of the blame will lie with their late-game defense. The Nets allowed 65 second-half points Friday night, including 39 in the fourth quarter, and lost 110-105 to the Detroit Pistons. "You can't give anyone 39 points in the fourth quarter in this league, much less the Pistons," Jason Kidd said.
Ginobili helps Spurs win sixth straight (AP)
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich uttered a word you don't hear him use often. "I'm thrilled," he said after San Antonio's 102-93 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night. "It was a fine win for us. A good performance from beginning to end against a very, very good basketball team that we respect very much." Reserve Manu Ginobili scored 25 points in the Spurs' sixth straight victory.
Magic pick up key win for playoff hopes (AP)
Jermaine O'Neal didn't know what to say. His Pacers lost for the 17th time in 19 games, and their usual spot in the playoffs is slipping away. He couldn't do much to stop Orlando in a 95-87 loss Friday night, and the All-Star looked down with reddening eyes after a question about his name in trade rumors.
Clippers snap 17-game skid in Sacramento (AP)
A couple of former Sacramento Kings helped the Los Angeles Clippers finally win a game at Arco Arena. Cuttino Mobley scored 26 points and teammate Jason Hart had a solid all-around game for the rejuvenated Clippers, who beat the Kings 105-101 Friday night for their first victory at Arco Arena in 10 years.
Sabres beat Isles for NHL-best 50th win (AP)
Chris Drury and the Buffalo Sabres received a timely late-season reminder of how important it is to not take any lead -- even a four-goal edge -- for granted. At least it didn't cost them. Drury scored twice and added an assist to spark a five-goal first period, and the Sabres hung on for a 6-4 win over the New York Islanders on Friday.
Devils move into Atlantic Division tie (AP)
Martin Brodeur helped the New Jersey Devils restore confidence on their home ice -- and a share of the Atlantic Division lead. Mike Rupp and Travis Zajac scored late in the second period Friday to lead the Devils to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Jay Pandolfo added an empty-net goal with 15.6 seconds remaining, and Brodeur made 14 saves to earn his 45th win.
Tampa's Lecavalier scores 50th in win (AP)
Vincent Lecavalier uncorked his worst shot and wound up with a milestone goal. That kind of karma is helping the Tampa Bay Lightning deliver on coach John Tortorella's guarantee. Lecavalier scored his NHL-leading 50th goal on a deflected backhand, and added two assists to lead Tampa Bay to a 4-2 victory over the slumping Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Stars rally to beat Red Wings in SO (AP)
The Dallas Stars were outplayed for most of their game against the Detroit Red Wings. They made up for it in the last 6 minutes of regulation. Sergei Zubov scored the only goal of the shootout to lift Dallas to a 4-3 comeback victory Friday night and improved its points streak to six straight games. The Stars scored three goals in 6:17 to tie the game at 3 in the third period and send it into...
Sens reach 100 points again, top Habs (AP)
While Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza garner most of the attention, the Ottawa Senators have plenty of offensive depth beyond their high-scoring stars. Heatley got his 47th goal, and Mike Fisher and Mike Comrie each had three points as Ottawa reached 100 points with a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night.
Sharks win to keep pace in Pacific (AP)
Scott Hannan personally spent more than eight minutes killing penalties Friday night, and the San Jose defenseman still found the energy to score a goal. Hannan was happy to get a rare offensive highlight -- yet he knows the Sharks wouldn't survive such a sloppy, exhausting performance in the playoffs.
Panthers extend win streak to five (AP)
Martin Gelinas was in the right place at the right time -- twice. Gelinas scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, leading the Florida Panthers over the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Friday night. Both goals were redirected shots from in front of the net. Gregory Campbell also scored and Ed Belfour made 30 saves for the Panthers, who have won five straight.
Havlat, Blackhawks defeat Blue Jackets (AP)
It took an unlikely scorer to end an unsightly streak for the Chicago Blackhawks. Martin Havlat, the Blackhawks' leading scorer, snapped a 13-game goal drought and added an assist as Chicago defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Friday night to stop a six-game losing skid. Patrick Sharp and Martin Lapointe also scored for the Blackhawks, and defenseman Brent Seabrook assisted on all three of...
Canucks spoil debut of Kings D Johnson (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks gained an important two points and gave Kings rookie Jack Johnson a rough welcome to the NHL. Daniel Sedin scored twice and Roberto Luongo made 32 saves as Vancouver defeated Los Angeles 4-2 on Thursday night. Bryan Smolinski and Taylor Pyatt also scored for the Canucks to help Vancouver build a three-point lead over the second-place Minnesota Wild in the Northwest Division.
Islanders F Smyth out with leg injury (AP)
Forward Ryan Smyth missed the Islanders' game against Buffalo on Friday because of leg injury, further depleting New York's roster for its final playoff push. Smyth is day-to-day after practicing on a limited basis since a 3-2 loss to New Jersey on Tuesday. A high-scoring left wing acquired from Edmonton at the NHL trade deadline last month, Smyth has four goals and nine assists in 13 games with...
Ready to rebound
Hamlin captures pole for Martinsville COT race (PA SportsTicker)
Hamlin wins pole at Martinsville (AP)
Denny Hamlin bounced back from a difficult 14th-place run at Bristol last week by winning the pole at Martinsville Speedway on Friday.
Officials say Week 2 for new car should be better, safer (AP)
NASCAR says the exhaust problem in its Car of Tomorrow is a simple fix.
Ragan ready to return to Martinsville (AP)
Credit David Ragan for being a good sport.
Four injured in accident during warmup for Portuguese Rally (AP)
Four people were injured Thursday when a car went off the track during a warmup race for the Portuguese Rally. Armindo Araujo lost control of his Mitsubishi Lancer and hit five onlookers. "The car of Armindo Araujo left the road and made contact with five people who stood in the no-go area," the organizers said in a statement.
Slow start in new ride has Mears racing to catch up (AP)
Gordon admits fatherhood could change him (AP)
Notes: At Bobby Hamilton Racing, everyone misses the boss (AP)
Like everyone else at Bobby Hamilton Racing, 20-year-old Chase Miller misses the boss. But Miller, who drives a...