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NEWS FROM 2007-04-03
Fla. wins NCAA basketball championship
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070403/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkc_ncaa_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070403/capt.2625042288e6442bac28ea114b2ea103.ncaa_final_four_ohio_st_florida_basketball_axd146.jpg?x=130&y=125&sig=KdURxmIYKjhgeJqmw8zbvA--" align="left" height="125" width="130" alt="Florida's Joakim Noah (13) celebrates his 84-75 victory over Ohio State in the Final Four basketball championship at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Monday, April 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Florida Gators beat Ohio State 84-75 Monday night to become the first team since Duke in 1992 to repeat as NCAA men's basketball champions.</p><br clear="all"/>
Aussie breaks freestyle swimming record
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070403/ap_on_sp_ot/swm_women_s100_meter_freestyle_world_record"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070401/capt.aussw14404011315.australia_swimming_world_championships_aussw144.jpg?x=130&y=87&sig=TFqbJ3wiTBpCYY2HVn.UAw--" align="left" height="87" width="130" alt="Gold medalist Australia's Libby Lenton holds an Australian national flag as she celebrates her victory in the women's 50m Freestyle final at the World Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, April 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)" border="0" /></a>AP - Australian swimmer Libby Lenton broke the world record in the women's 100-meter freestyle Tuesday in the Duel in the Pool meet against the United States at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre.</p><br clear="all"/>
Jitters, tributes mark opening day
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070403/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbo_openers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070402/capt.mico10304021839.blue_jays_tigers_baseball_mico103.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=hZyjbRgrzhf.nXLOTauzhg--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="The Detroit Tigers, left, and the Toronto Blue Jays stand as the National Anthem is played during Opening Day festivities at Comerica Park in Detroit, Monday, April 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pregame jitters, emotional tributes and packed stadiums. Baseball was back from coast-to-coast Monday, with Ben Sheets, Alex Rodriguez, and Adam Dunn giving enthusiastic home fans reasons to be optimistic about the new season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Summitt, Stringer set aside friendship
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070403/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkw_ncaa_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070402/capt.ny15404021906.ncaa_championship_basketball_ny154.jpg?x=130&y=122&sig=5hnPp2j_uwYleFohSslHhg--" align="left" height="122" width="130" alt="Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer, left, congratulates Tennessee coach Patt Summitt after Tennessee beat Rutgers 76-69 in their Women's NCAA Cleveland Regional semifinal basketball game in Cleveland, in this March 26, 2006 file photo. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)" border="0" /></a>AP - Pat Summitt considers C. Vivian Stringer a "great friend first, a colleague next." For a few hours on Tuesday night, she'll be something else. The enemy.</p><br clear="all"/>
Masters has long captivated Ogilvy
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070403/ap_on_sp_go_ne/glf_masters"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070402/capt.c5a80583baac4192bc126aa2244562bb.masters_golf_auh105.jpg?x=130&y=92&sig=U03fUWDZ2FZUm0nJzO_Uzw--" align="left" height="92" width="130" alt="Geoff Ogilvy of Australia loosens up on the driving range in preparation for the 2007 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., Monday, April 2, 2007. First round play begins on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)" border="0" /></a>AP - Nothing could drag Geoff Ogilvy out of bed before dawn when he was growing up. Nothing, that is except the Masters. On one day each year, he would be awake and settled in front of the television at 4 a.m., a full hour before coverage of the Masters even began in Australia.</p><br clear="all"/>
Inaugural China Bowl called off
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070403/sp_nm/nfl_china_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070403/2007_04_02t205848_450x353_us_nfl_china.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=69L19iu55elcYIqWigNMcw--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins (70) celebrates a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone in the first quarter of the NFL's AFC Championship football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, in this January 21, 2007 file photo. The first NFL game scheduled for China, the inaugural China Bowl between the Patriots and Seattle Seahawks on August 9, was called off by the league late on Monday. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - The first NFL game scheduled for China,
the inaugural China Bowl between the New England Patriots and
Seattle Seahawks on August 9, was called off by the league late
on Monday.</p><br clear="all"/>
With Butler out, Wizards try to press on
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070402/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_wizards_butler"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070401/capt.ff9d9fe970234408b1af8b3bbcf4a27f.wizards_bucks_basketball_wimg103.jpg?x=130&y=125&sig=dqG3eTuHHzWSDVH1KAc36w--" align="left" height="125" width="130" alt="Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler, left, and Milwaukee Bucks guard Charlie Bell battle for a loose ball during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2007, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)" border="0" /></a>AP - With All-Star Caron Butler out for six weeks with a broken hand, the Washington Wizards need to advance deep into the playoffs for him to play again this season.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lackey, Angels grind out win over Texas
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070403/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bba_rangers_angels"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070403/capt.ans10704030332.rangers_angels_baseball_ans107.jpg?x=130&y=103&sig=wV43jrYmCbzrOQ.nQfGZjg--" align="left" height="103" width="130" alt="Los Angeles Angels' John Lackey pitches against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., on Monday, April 2, 2007.(AP Photo/Francis Specker)" border="0" /></a>AP - John Lackey threw a ton of pitches, allowed a bunch of baserunners — and got out of plenty of trouble. "It was a grind. I did just enough to get it done," Lackey said after allowing one unearned run over his five innings of the Los Angeles Angels' season-opening 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.</p><br clear="all"/>
Italy soccer punishments looking softer
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070402/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_extra_time"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070401/capt.udi10904012103.italy_soccer_udi109.jpg?x=102&y=130&sig=QSQK4pxNcCNkeCw7rYn0IA--" align="left" height="130" width="102" alt="Lazio's Valon Behrami from Switzerland, left, controls the ball past Udinese's Sulley Muntari from Ghana during an Italian first division soccer match between Udinese and Lazio, at the Friuli stadium in Udine, Italy, Sunday, Apr. 01, 2007. Lazio won 4-2. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini)" border="0" /></a>AP - With Juventus' tour of smaller Italian stadiums nearly complete, it's becoming increasingly clear that the punishments for the country's match-fixing scandal were basically meaningless.</p><br clear="all"/>
Lamoriello strikes again: Julien fired
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070403/ap_on_sp_ho_ne/hkn_devils_julien_fired"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070402/capt.325e1f387f2d47c296616bf7e219cf3d.devils_julien_fired_hockey_tn102.jpg?x=130&y=101&sig=9dsXZH.t_tE7nBmpuKZMcQ--" align="left" height="101" width="130" alt="New Jersey Devils president, general manager and coach Lou Lamoriello encourages his team during an NHL hockey game in East Rutherford, N.J., in this April 22, 2006, file photo. On Monday, April 2, 2007, Claude Julien was fired as New Jersey Devils coach and replaced by general manager Lamoriello with less than a week to go in the regular season. The move marks the second time in as many seasons that Lamoriello has stepped behind the bench. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)" border="0" /></a>AP - Claude Julien found out there is no job security with the New Jersey Devils when general manager Lou Lamoriello feels there is something wrong.</p><br clear="all"/>
AFC South team needs
Find out which holes need to be addressed and which prospects are potential solutions for AFC South franchises.
NFL calls off China exhibition game (AP)
The exhibition game scheduled for China in August was postponed Monday by the NFL, which said it wanted to concentrate its "global resources" on next October's regular-season game in London. The game had been set for Aug. 9 in Beijing, the second of two consecutive contests between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, who had been scheduled to meet in Seattle the previous week.
Colts, Bears to meet in preseason (AP)
The Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears will meet in the preseason, a Super Bowl rematch highlighting the NFL's exhibition schedule released Monday. The Bears-Colts game will be played Monday Aug. 20 in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis and will be televised by ESPN. Indianapolis won the Super Bowl 29-17. The preseason begins Sunday, Aug.
Pacman's traits put career at risk (AP)
Every emotion Adam "Pacman" Jones has seems to bubble to the surface. The Tennessee cornerback smiles and kids with a reporter during practice, laughs with teammates and celebrates touchdowns by jumping on the goal post and sliding down like he's at a fire station. But consider what happened his rookie season when teammates put up a sign outside the locker room that said, "PacMan Jones Wanted!
Titans meet with Chargers RB Turner (AP)
The Tennessee Titans are getting serious in their search for more help at running back and they started Monday by visiting with restricted free agent Michael Turner of San Diego. Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt was not available for comment. But San Diego general manager A.J. Smith had said several teams had inquired about Turner as the NFL meetings wrapped up last week.
Colts' Reid charged with pot possession (AP)
Indianapolis Colts defensive end Darrell Reid was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of possessing marijuana, borough police said. The 24-year-old Freehold native was stopped by police on a downtown street early Saturday after they received an anonymous call reporting an intoxicated person. The officer who responded noticed a strong smell of marijuana and saw a small plastic bag in the open...
Cards sign OL Mike Gandy for three years (AP)
The Arizona Cardinals helped fill a big hole on the offensive line on Monday by signing free agent Mike Gandy to a three-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. Gandy started all 16 games for the Buffalo Bills last season, nine at left guard and seven at left tackle. The seven-year pro started 16 games at left tackle for the Bills in 2005.
Browns sign free-agent safety Mike Adams (AP)
Safety Mike Adams signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns on Monday, adding some depth to their secondary. Adams had 67 tackles in 16 games with the San Francisco 49ers last season, including eight starts. He had 139 tackles and five interceptions in three seasons with the 49ers, who signed him as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Delaware.
Looking out for No. 2
Heat G Wade returns to practice (AP)
Seeing Dwyane Wade drive toward him during a scrimmage Monday, Dorell Wright backed away, taking every precaution not to hit his superstar teammate's still-healing left shoulder. Wade was not happy about that. "Dorell is a great shot blocker. I saw him look at me and just jump out of the way," Wade said.
Cavs F James treated for tendinitis (AP)
LeBron James received treatment for tendinitis in his right knee on Monday, one day after sitting out the Cavaliers' loss in Boston. The All-Star forward is listed as a game-time decision for Tuesday night's road game against Minnesota, the team said in a statement. He will be re-evaluated following shootaround in Minneapolis.
Son of Nuggets' Karl has cancer surgery (AP)
The son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl underwent surgery for the removal of cancerous lymph nodes at a Boise hospital on Monday. Karl said doctors spent seven hours operating on his son, Coby. The surgery was the second in 13 months for Coby Karl, who had his thyroid removed last year after being diagnosed with papillary carcinoma, a form of treatable cancer.
Phil Jackson, Roy Williams reach Hall (AP)
Phil Jackson rode his string of three separate NBA championship three-peats straight to the Basketball Hall of Fame in his first year of consideration on Monday. Jackson has won nine NBA titles as a coach with Chicago and the Los Angeles Lakers, matching Red Auerbach's record and making him an easy selection to the Hall of Fame.
Wizards All-Star F Butler out six weeks (AP)
With All-Star Caron Butler out for six weeks with a broken hand, the Washington Wizards need to advance deep into the playoffs for him to play again this season. An MRI on Monday revealed a broken bone below his right index finger. It's a blow to the Wizards, who will miss the player called "Tough Juice" as they struggle to hold off the Miami Heat in the Southeast Division.
Mavericks sign 44-year-old Kevin Willis (AP)
The Dallas Mavericks signed 44-year-old center Kevin Willis to a 10-day contract Monday, making him the oldest active player in the NBA. Willis has played 20 seasons with seven teams, most recently Atlanta for 29 games in 2004-05. He didn't play last season. Willis, born Sept. 6, 1962, is the oldest player in team history and the second-oldest in league history.
Tinsley, Pacers end Spurs' streak at six (AP)
Jamaal Tinsley's game-winning shot might have saved the Indiana Pacers' season. His layup over Tim Duncan with 1.1 seconds left gave the Pacers a 100-99 victory over San Antonio on Sunday night, ending the Spurs' six-game winning streak. The Pacers had lost four straight games and were fading in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Raptors clinch first playoffs since 2002 (AP)
Chris Bosh has the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs for the first time in five years. Bosh had 24 points and 16 rebounds and the Raptors clinched their first playoff spot since 2002 with a 107-94 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night. Juan Dixon added 15 points for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who are third in the Eastern Conference, which would give them home court in at...
Jazz rally late, beat Rockets 86-83 (AP)
The Utah Jazz lead the league in winning games in which they were down 10 points or more. They've done it 16 times this season. The Jazz came just short of adding to that number on Sunday, as they only had to work their comeback magic to overcome a nine-point deficit in an 86-83 victory over the Houston Rockets.
Devils fire coach Claude Julien (AP)
Claude Julien found out there is no job security with the New Jersey Devils when general manager Lou Lamoriello feels there is something wrong. Despite having the Devils in first place in the Atlantic Division with a week to go in the regular season, Julien was fired as their coach on Monday because Lamoriello felt the three-time Stanley Cup champions weren't ready to start the playoffs next week.
Blues keep Stars from postseason spot (AP)
The Dallas Stars' plans for an eighth Pacific Division title in the past 10 seasons took a hit courtesy of the St. Louis Blues. Glen Metropolit and Doug Weight scored in a 17-second span in the second period to help the Blues stop the Stars' four-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory on Monday night.
Afinogenov, Connolly close to returning (AP)
Sabres forwards Maxim Afinogenov and Tim Connolly could return by this weekend, giving Buffalo its healthiest lineup in months just in time for the playoffs. The two players practiced Monday, and Coach Lindy Ruff said both could be cleared for contact by Wednesday. Ruff said it's possible one or both could play before the Sabres close their regular season Sunday at Philadelphia.
Red Wings move into NHL points lead (AP)
Detroit is on the verge of adding more hardware to its trophy case before the playoff fun begins. Tomas Holmstrom scored twice and the Red Wings beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Sunday to move into first overall in the league. "A few more games and its the playoffs around the corner. I think everybody is getting excited," Holmstrom said.
Devils jump back into Atlantic lead (AP)
First it was Patrik Elias, then John Madden and now Brian Gionta. The injured stars have returned to the New Jersey Devils' lineup in the past week and have given them a chance to win the Atlantic Division and to make a big postseason run. Gionta scored the game-winner in his first game in almost a month, Jay Pandolfo tallied twice and the Devils took the division lead from Pittsburgh with a 3-1...
Cheechoo's third hat trick powers Sharks (AP)
The San Jose Sharks kept the heat on their playoff competition. The Sharks' 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night moved them back into a tie with the Dallas Stars for the fifth place in the Western Conference. San Jose and the Stars each have 102 points. Anaheim leads both teams in the Pacific Division with 106.
Whitney lifts 'Canes over Panthers in OT (AP)
Ray Whitney found a way to keep Carolina's playoff hopes alive while eliminating Florida from the postseason. Whitney's power-play goal 1:30 into overtime lifted the Hurricanes over the Panthers 4-3 on Sunday. Florida blew a two-goal lead in the third period and lost for the sixth time in seven games to the Hurricanes.
Avery leads Rangers to 7-2 rout of Leafs (AP)
Sean Avery had a nervous lunch with Brendan Shanahan hours before carrying the New York Rangers to the brink of a second straight playoff berth. Avery is much better at annoying than scoring, but he did a lot of both Sunday night in the Rangers' 7-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. "I was definitely nervous this afternoon," Avery said after posting two goals and an assist.
Sharp gets Blackhawks past Oilers 2-1 (AP)
Patrick Sharp picked a good time to score his 20th goal of the season. Sharp's short-handed breakaway score early in the third period Sunday snapped a tie and gave the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Sharp reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career with the goal, which also was his first game-winner this season.
Flames win, close in on playoff spot (AP)
Seeing the Colorado Avalanche so close behind has scared the Calgary Flames into playing their best hockey of the season. Daymond Langkow had a goal and two assists, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves as the Flames moved closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
WWD: Goody's Cool Orange 500
Jeff Gordon badly wanted to win at Martinsville, but Jimmie Johnson simply wouldn't pull over.
Developers drop proposal for NASCAR track in Kitsap County (AP)
Sponsors of a $368 million NASCAR race track proposal for Washington State abandoned their efforts Monday after encountering stiff opposition from local officials and resistance at the state Legislature.
A bump, but no run, as drivers adjust to new car (AP)
Two races featuring the new Car of Tomorrow -- two thrilling drag races to the finish line.
Johnson holds off Gordon at Martinsville (AP)
Jimmie Johnson offered no apologies for putting his mentor through 53 laps of frustration.
Johnson holds off Gordon to win at Martinsville (PA SportsTicker)
Earnhardt sees hopes fade when something gets in his eye (AP)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. seemed on the verge of a big day Sunday, one that would have ended his 31-race winless streak and allowed him to mark the 28-year anniversary of his father's first win with one of his own.
Skinner posts third straight win, captures Kroger 250 (PA SportsTicker)
Skinner wins in truck at Martinsville (AP)
Mike Skinner started on the pole and stayed out front virtually all day at Martinsville Speedway on Saturday, leading all but seven of 253 laps to win his third consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.
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.