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Lady Vols reach summit, win NCAA title
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070404/ap_on_sp_co_ga_su/bkw_ncaa_championship"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070404/capt.44cf2ab1f2684bcfb21869c09830e845.ncaa_championship_tennessee_rutgers_basketball_cda141.jpg?x=76&y=130&sig=P8vHEv_vghqEJQtVVpe2kQ--" align="left" height="130" width="76" alt="Tennessee coach Pat Summitt holds the basketball net and her son Tyler Summitt holds the championship trophy after winning the NCAA Women's national championship college basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2007 in Cleveland. Tennessee defeated Rutgers 59-46. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)" border="0" /></a>AP - Up the ladder she climbed, and when Pat Summitt was within arm's length of the rim, she clipped the final strand of the net. In one motion, the coach swung the nylon above her head and pumped her fist in the direction of Tennessee's hootin' and hollerin' fans. The nine-year drought is over. The Lady Vols reign again.</p><br clear="all"/>
Sabres win to wrap up top seed in East
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070404/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_sabres_penguins"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070404/capt.72d4f58d01ae4f1d925fd00b4825e7d1.sabres_penguins_hockey_pagp101.jpg?x=130&y=106&sig=NRkbbXsuLJ9TMvSdBJD1dQ--" align="left" height="106" width="130" alt="Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) can't get a first period shot past Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (30) in NHL hockey action at Pittsburgh, Tuesday, April 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)" border="0" /></a>AP - The streets lining Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena are draped with banners celebrating the Penguins' first playoff appearance in six years. The Buffalo Sabres gave the home team a reminder of what it takes to win in the postseason.</p><br clear="all"/>
Camby gets Nuggets closer to Lakers
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070404/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_nuggets_lakers"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070404/capt.99719aa94a82412797a6c671f00081ab.nuggets_lakers_basketball_camw103.jpg?x=81&y=130&sig=zwi1CXy7lvGFHgSAX_IqTA--" align="left" height="130" width="81" alt="Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)" border="0" /></a>AP - The Denver Nuggets won one for coach George Karl. The victory served as a consolation prize of sorts for assistant Adrian Dantley.</p><br clear="all"/>
40 somethings get Mets off to fast start
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070404/ap_on_sp_ba_ga_su/bbn_mets_cardinals"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070404/capt.162e7854f0bc493aa368d004288f24fc.mets_cardinals_baseball_mojr117.jpg?x=120&y=130&sig=v5VXf8hNG9kyTrtdmxtXTQ--" align="left" height="130" width="120" alt="New York Mets' Orlando Hernandez connects on a two-run double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 3, 2007 in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)" border="0" /></a>AP - Orlando Hernandez followed Tom Glavine's act. Another 41-year-old guy in the New York Mets' supposedly shaky rotation shut down the team that broke their hearts in the NL championship series. Hernandez, who missed the 2006 postseason with a calf injury, threw seven innings of five-hit ball and hit a two-run double that matched his career RBI output in a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. He also picked off a runner.</p><br clear="all"/>
Altman changes mind, will leave Arkansas
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070404/ap_on_sp_co_ne/bkc_arkansas_altman"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070403/capt.nedw10504030311.arkansas_altman_basketball_nedw105.jpg?x=130&y=86&sig=9ydNCNLUv6B9ny5Lr3tfmA--" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="Former Creighton head coach Dana Altman speaks to the media Thursday, March 15, 2007, before the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament in New Orleans. Altman, the winningest coach in Creighton history, has become the new head coach for Arkansas. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver)" border="0" /></a>AP - Dana Altman was introduced as Arkansas coach with pomp and circumstance — cheerleaders, a cheering crowd, even one of those famous "Pig Sooie" calls.</p><br clear="all"/>
Broncos bring back punter Sauerbrun
AP - The Broncos agreed to a one-year deal with free agent Todd Sauerbrun on Tuesday, bringing the troubled punter back to the team that released him last season.
Mavs beat Kings with Nowitzki
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070404/ap_on_sp_bk_ga_su/bkn_mavericks_kings"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070404/capt.315ad298bf5a4eeda4ede71077ac090e.mavericks_kings_basketball_sca101.jpg?x=71&y=130&sig=wZcD.EuWiK9ZVgp0DVW_sQ--" align="left" height="130" width="71" alt="Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard, right, drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings guard Kevin Martin, left, during the first quarter of NBA basketball in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, April 3, 2007.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)" border="0" /></a>AP - Although Dirk Nowitzki was sick and missed the game, it still seemed at times like business as usual for the mighty Dallas Mavericks.</p><br clear="all"/>
Hernandez leads Mets to second straight win in St Louis
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070404/sp_nm/baseball_national_tuesday_dc"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20070404/2007_04_04t023941_412x450_us_baseball_national_tuesday.jpg?x=118&y=130&sig=nPy28UAukwN1hdVPQfpfCw--" align="left" height="130" width="118" alt="New York Mets' Orlando Hernandez throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during their National League baseball game in St. Louis, Missouri April 3, 2007. (Tim Parker/Reuters)" border="0" /></a>Reuters - Orlando Hernandez gave up five hits in
seven innings and stroked a two-run double to lead the New York
Mets to a 4-1 road victory over the World Series champion St
Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.</p><br clear="all"/>
Blanco signs with MLS' Chicago Fire
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070404/ap_on_sp_so_ne/soc_mls_fire_blanco"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070403/capt.99b4588178504fef8f2a8311ab49e088.fire_blanco_soccer_ilbk101.jpg?x=130&y=109&sig=R_km4aWnrlycPW3OnBJ_2g--" align="left" height="109" width="130" alt="Cuauhtc Blanco of Mexico points to his new jersey after being introduced as the newest member of the Chicago Fire soccer team at a news conference in Chicago on Tuesday, April 3, 2007. Blanco will join the Fire after he finishes the season with his current team, Club America. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)" border="0" /></a>AP - Mexican star Cuauhtemoc Blanco joined the Chicago Fire on Tuesday, signing a contract to become the third player to join a MLS club under the designated player rule. Blanco will return to Mexico City's Club America for the remainder of the season. He is expected to join the Fire in July, pending national team duty.</p><br clear="all"/>
Canucks rally from 2 down to beat Kings
<p><a href="http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/rss/sports/*http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070404/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_kings_canucks"><img src="http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070404/capt.c191baf2071444a9b66ba32491ab59e0.kings_canucks_hockey_rxl105.jpg?x=130&y=102&sig=fxMllhmMIjPTfoR0IYRqYQ--" align="left" height="102" width="130" alt="Vancouver Canucks' Bryan Smolinski, center, crashes into Los Angeles Kings' Mathieu Garon, right, after getting pushed by Kings' Jack Johnson during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver Tuesday, April 3, 2007. (AP PHOTO/CP, Richard Lam) CANADA" border="0" /></a>AP - The Vancouver Canucks offense finally bailed out Roberto Luongo instead of the other way around.</p><br clear="all"/>
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'Pacman', Chris Henry meet with Goodell (AP)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and league officials met with Adam "Pacman" Jones Tuesday as the Tennessee Titans' cornerback attempted to avoid a long suspension following a series of arrests. Goodell and his staff also met with Cincinnati wide receiver Chris Henry and members of the NFL Players Association executive board as he prepared a tougher policy on NFL players who violate the law.
Dolphins trade K Mare to Saints for pick (AP)
Olindo Mare was traded by the Miami Dolphins to the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, ending the kicker's weeks of waiting for a change of scenery. The Dolphins are getting the Saints' sixth-round pick, No. 199 overall, in this month's draft. "We had paid Olindo some money so we hoped to get value for him," Dolphins general manager Randy Mueller said.
Former Texans QB Carr visits Panthers (AP)
Free agent David Carr traveled to North Carolina on Tuesday to visit with a Panthers team in need of a backup quarterback. Carr, the No. 1 overall pick by expansion Houston in the 2002 draft, was released by the Texans last month. His agent, Mike Sullivan, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Texans WR Johnson embraces new QB Schaub (AP)
Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub stood on the practice field Tuesday chatting and laughing, smiles planted firmly on their faces. It didn't take long for the Houston Texans' quiet Pro Bowl receiver to warm up to his new quarterback. On the first day of Houston's voluntary offseason workouts, the two looked like old friends.
Titans interested in Chargers RB Turner (AP)
The Tennessee Titans are interested enough after visiting with San Diego running back Michael Turner that they have talked with his agent and the Chargers about how much he might cost. Turner met with the Titans on Monday, and general manager Mike Reinfeldt said they gave him a physical that went well.
Big contract, big goals for 49ers' Gore (AP)
Frank Gore has some big goals to go along with his big new contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The Pro Bowl running back hopes to improve on his breakout campaign last season and top 2,000 yards in 2007. Gore finished 2006 as the NFC's leading rusher with a franchise-record 1,695 yards. Now he's looking at an even bigger goal, possibly even surpassing Eric Dickerson's NFL record of 2,105 yards...
Looking out for No. 2
James' knee just fine as Cavs win easily (AP)
LeBron James soared through the air and glided down the court with ease on Tuesday night, putting on an ahhh-inducing show that has become his specialty. All at "80-85 percent." Two nights after an achy right knee kept him out of the lineup, James returned with 31 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in Cleveland's 101-88 victory over Minnesota, putting the rest of the Eastern Conference on notice...
Mavericks top Kings without Nowitzki (AP)
Although Dirk Nowitzki was sick and missed the game, it still seemed at times like business as usual for the mighty Dallas Mavericks. With their MVP candidate recuperating from food poisoning in a Sacramento hotel, the NBA's best team mixed in enough firepower with gritty defense when it mattered most to beat the slumping Sacramento Kings 97-93 Tuesday night.
Nuggets rally for win without Karl (AP)
The Denver Nuggets won one for coach George Karl. The victory served as a consolation prize of sorts for assistant Adrian Dantley. Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points, Marcus Camby had 21 points, 20 rebounds and six blocked shots, and the Nuggets beat Los Angeles 111-105 Tuesday night to move within 1 1/2 games of the sixth-place Lakers in the Western Conference.
Posey makes big plays in Heat's win (AP)
Until the final seconds, James Posey's night on offense was one to forget. He missed eight of nine shots, not even including a fourth-quarter dunk attempt that went awry and was scored as a turnover. Yet in those deciding moments, Posey sealed the Miami Heat's most important win of the season. He was 4-for-4 from the line and grabbed two crucial defensive rebounds in the last 18.9 seconds, ensuring...
Suns hold off short-handed Grizzlies (AP)
The Suns started their four-game road trip with a victory -- and that's all that mattered. Amare Stoudemire scored 27 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter to hold off a rally by the Memphis Grizzlies, and Phoenix had to put in a full night's work to come away with a 116-111 victory over the worst team in the league Tuesday night.
Knicks coach Thomas fined $50,000 (AP)
New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas was fined $50,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for questioning the treatment Stephon Marbury is getting from referees. Thomas criticized the officials after the Knicks' 103-94 loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night. "I see a lot of other players drive to the basket and get fouled and go to the foul line, and I don't understand what he's done to receive the...
Pistons guarantee Pacers losing record (AP)
The Detroit Pistons might not see the Indiana Pacers again this season. The Pistons beat the Pacers 100-85 on Tuesday night to inch closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Pacers, fighting to sneak in, fell two games behind eighth-place Orlando, making a Detroit-Indiana matchup in the first round less of a possibility.
Wallace, Bobcats rout slumping Wizards (AP)
A reporter bent over to pick up a box score in Washington's quiet locker room and Gilbert Arenas tried to stop him. "I don't think you want to look at that," Arenas said. The Wizards certainly didn't. In their first game without injured forward Caron Butler, they were dominated in every area. Gerald Wallace had 34 points and 14 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats beat Washington 122-102 on Tuesday...
Spurs finish season sweep of Sonics (AP)
When Bruce Bowen has an open 3-pointer, Tim Duncan wants him to take it. "People are going to leave him for that shot," Duncan said. "His entire career they have and I still don't know why. He loves to line it up and we love for him to take that shot." Bowen tied his career high with six 3-pointers and scored 18 points, leading the Spurs to a 110-91 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Tuesday...
Brodeur ties single-season wins mark (AP)
Martin Brodeur tied Bernie Parent's single-season record for wins and the New Jersey Devils moved within a point of winning the Atlantic Division title. Not a bad first night back behind the bench for Lou Lamoriello. Brodeur got his 47th win and tied Parent's record set in 1973-74 by making 22 saves in regulation and then stopping four of six attempts in a shootout in a 2-1 win over the Ottawa...
Sabres clinch East's top seed, rip Pens (AP)
The streets lining Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena are draped with banners celebrating the Penguins' first playoff appearance in six years. The Buffalo Sabres gave the home team a reminder of what it takes to win in the postseason. The Sabres clinched the Northeast Division and wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in 27 years, slowing Pittsburgh's rush to the postseason...
Lightning rally to eliminate Hurricanes (AP)
A rare third-period collapse sealed the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes' fate. There will be no postseason title defense. Vincent Lecavalier and Dan Boyle scored just under two minutes apart early in the third to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past Carolina 3-2 on Tuesday night. The Hurricanes became the first defending Stanley Cup winner to miss the playoffs the next season since...
Canadiens' Halak shuts out Bruins again (AP)
Saku Koivu and Jaroslav Halak left Montreal's loyal fans wanting more. Koivu scored twice and Halak earned his second shutout in the Canadiens' 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night before the Bell Centre's 100th straight sellout crowd. The Canadiens, who have won nine of 11 and finish the regular season with two road games, remain in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 90...
Islanders avoid elimination, top Rangers (AP)
The New York Islanders are hoping their third-string goaltender can get them to the playoffs. Wade Dubielewicz, playing because of Rick DiPietro's concussion, helped the New York Islanders stave off playoff elimination by stopping 36 shots, plus three more in the shootout to lead the Islanders to a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
Sakic, Avs end Flames' six-game run (AP)
Joe Sakic kept the Colorado Avalanche's remote playoff hopes alive on Tuesday night. Sakic scored his team-leading 35th goal and added three assists to lead Colorado past Calgary 4-3, snapping the Flames' six-game winning streak. Colorado hasn't missed the playoffs since the 93-94 season when the franchise was based in Quebec.
Hasek, Red Wings close to division title (AP)
Dominik Hasek took care of the first 40 minutes before his teammates got rolling in the final 20. Hasek made 35 saves and moved into a tie for eighth place on the career shutouts list with No. 76, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Hasek tied Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito for career shutouts and notched his eighth of the season.
Slumping Preds fall to Blackhawks in SO (AP)
The Nashville Predators are squandering points. They have two games left to avoid blowing home-ice advantage in the playoffs as well. Jeffrey Hamilton flipped the puck over a sprawling Chris Mason, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Predators 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday night for their third straight victory.
Canucks near Northwest Division title (AP)
The Vancouver Canucks offense finally bailed out Roberto Luongo instead of the other way around. Down 2-0 after their star goaltender let in a rare soft goal, Bryan Smolinski, Taylor Pyatt and Matt Cooke scored in the second period to help the Canucks rally to beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Backstrom helps Wild end three-game skid (AP)
After a poor showing in his last start, Niklas Backstrom was eager to get back on the ice. And it showed. Backstrom stopped 25 shots for his fourth shutout this season, helping Minnesota end a three-game winless skid with a 3-0 victory over Edmonton on Tuesday night. In his previous start last Thursday, Backstrom, who entered the night second in the NHL with a 2.11 goals-against-average and tied for...
NASCAR to mandate change before COT returns to track (AP)
NASCAR will mandate a change in the design of the Car of Tomorrow in an attempt to alleviate the heat that caused foam to melt in several cars last weekend at Martinsville.
Martinsville -- sans hot dogs -- gives Montoya fits (AP)
Juan Pablo Montoya was warned that Martinsville Speedway would be one of the biggest eye-openers in his jump to NASCAR.
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)