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Cowboys agree with Romo on big deal

March 30, 2013

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo has a chance to start for the Dallas Cowboys longer than Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman. The question is whether he will ever match their Super Bowl pedigrees. Romo and the Cowboys agreed to a six-year contract extension worth $108 million Friday, with about half of that guaranteed to Read More

Ferrer advances to Sony Open final by beating Haas

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — David Ferrer fell to his knees at the net, raised his fists in triumph and fought back tears. He hopes to do it all over again Sunday. Ferrer advanced to the final at the Sony Open by rallying from a break down in the third set Friday to beat Tommy Read More

Big East shines on first day of NCAA regional semifinals

March 29, 2013

WEST REGIONALOHIO STATE 73, ARIZONA 70 LOS ANGELES (AP) — LaQuinton Ross hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 seconds to play, and Ohio State moved within one win of its second straight Final Four appearance with a 73-70 victory over Arizona on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals. Ross, the Buckeyes’ remarkable reserve, scored 14 of Read More

Jhoulys Chacin, Rox opening day starter, struggles against Athletics

March 28, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — Rockies manager Walt Weiss hopes he gets more out of Jhoulys Chacin on Opening Day than he did with the right-hander’s final start of spring training. Chacin, who will make his first career opening day start Monday in Milwaukee, was roughed up mainly by reserves and minor leaguers in a 6-5 loss Read More

Heat streak snapped by Bulls in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — With two-tenths of a second left, LeBron James took the final inbounds pass in his own end, dropped the ball to let time expire, turned and walked toward the exit. No buzzer beater. No fourth-quarter rally. No record for James and the Miami Heat, either. The Heat’s bid for NBA history ended Read More

Te’o cuts 40-time at Notre Dame pro day

March 27, 2013

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o ended a trying three months by putting up a respectable 40-yard dash time Tuesday. “I thought I did pretty good,” Te’o said after his pro day workout in front of scouts from 27 of 32 NFL teams. “I’m very pleased with the way that Read More

United States fights to 0-0 draw in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Americans were clinging to a scoreless tie, seconds away from earning a rare point in Mexico, when Angel Reyna’s shot darted perilously close to the goal. Brad Guzan lunged, smothering the ball with his body. “It’s always going to be a bit hectic and a bit crazy, especially late in Read More

Tiger Woods completes long road back to No. 1

March 26, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods never questioned his ability, only his health. Woods returned to No. 1 in the world by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational, not surprising except if you consider where he was a little more than a year ago. He had not won a PGA Tour in some 2½ years. He Read More

Minnesota fires Tubby Smith

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tubby Smith was hailed as a rescuer when he came to Minnesota from Kentucky in 2007, a championship-certified coach who would restore a once-proud program to respectability after it was brought down by scandal. Smith accomplished much of what he was brought in to do, bringing the Golden Gophers back to the Read More

Hornets end Nuggets’ 15-game streak

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Even Brian Roberts couldn’t believe the performance he delivered to help end Denver’s 15-game winning streak. Starting for only the second time, the rookie doubled his season high with 18 assists, Ryan Anderson scored 23 points and the short-handed New Orleans Hornets beat the Nuggets 110-86 on Monday night. “It’s crazy Read More

Qualcomm CEO joins bid to keep Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Add another investor to the group Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is assembling to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle. Johnson announced Monday night that Paul Jacobs, CEO of the international technology company Qualcomm, has agreed to become part of the Sacramento bid. Jacobs joins a group that includes billionaire investor Read More

US in Mexico for World Cup qualifier

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. men’s soccer team seems confident headed into an important World Cup qualifier on the road against Mexico. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsman said Monday that the Americans respect Mexico and that makes it “one of those games you are hungry for. It’s an awesome opportunity, and we want to embrace Read More

Heat win 27th straight, run away from Magic 108-94

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Late in the third quarter, the game was tied and the Miami Heat winning streak seemed to be in jeopardy. Then LeBron James got mad. And then the Orlando Magic had no chance. James finished with 24 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, throwing down a dunk to start a huge, Read More

NIT: BYU tops Mercer 90-71

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Brandon Davies had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead BYU to a 90-71 victory over Mercer in the second round of the NIT on Monday night. Tyler Haws added 24 points, and Matt Carlino had 18 points and nine assists for the Cougars (23-11). Travis Smith scored 19 points for Read More

Pokes season ends with OT loss in CBI

LARAMIE (AP) — Wyoming’s season is done, but coach Larry Shyatt sees the start of something good. After falling to Western Michigan 75-67 in overtime Monday night in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational, Shyatt told his team that it has done a lot since he took over a program that went 10-21 the Read More

Busch avoids Hamlin-Logano wreck in Fontana finish

March 25, 2013

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano raced side by side into the final lap, two bitter rivals unwilling to give even an inch — right up until they made contact with less than a mile to go. The race ended with Hamlin in the hospital, Logano in a shoving match with Tony Read More

Broncos lose out to Ravens on Dumervil

DENVER (AP) — Elvis Dumervil is putting his seven seasons in Denver and one bizarre fax fiasco behind him after agreeing to a five-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Dumervil tweeted his thanks to the Broncos and team owner Pat Bowlen shortly after rejecting the club’s latest contract proposal. “Can’t say enough about Read More

NCAA tournament: Fla. Gulf Coast to Sweet 16

SOUTH REGIONALFLA. GULF COAST 81, SDSU 71 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Florida Gulf Coast went from shocking the college basketball world to downright impressing it. And the Eagles were smiling the whole time. Playing loose and easy, FCGU beat San Diego State 81-71 on Sunday to become the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet 16 of Read More

TV ratings up for NCAAs first Sunday

NEW YORK (AP) — The NCAA tournament’s first Sunday has earned its highest television rating in 20 years. The third-round games Sunday on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV averaged a 7.6 overnight household rating and 15 share, the highest rating since 1993. That year, the rating was 8.5 and 20 share. The networks say that’s Read More

Costa Rica protests loss to U.S.

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA is studying a protest from the Costa Rica soccer federation, which wants a World Cup qualifier against the United States replayed after losing 1-0 in a snowstorm. “FIFA will now analyze the content of the letter and next steps will be determined in due course,” the governing body said Monday in Read More

Yanks on verge of getting Vernon Wells from Angels

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Vernon Wells is on the verge of becoming the latest addition to the New York Yankees’ injury-depleted lineup.New York neared an agreement with the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday to acquire the 34-year-old outfielder, who has slumped since hitting 32 homers with 106 RBIs for Toronto in 2006. “It’d be a Read More

Friday NCAA Tournament Capsules

March 23, 2013

EAST REGIONALIndiana 83, James Madison 62 DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Freshman Yogi Ferrell scored 14 points in the first six minutes as top-seeded Indiana slam dunked its way past James Madison. Not taking any chances with a No. 16 seed, the Hoosiers (28-6) started fast and built a 33-point lead in the second half over Read More

Florida Gulf Coast stuns No. 2 seed Georgetown

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Florida Gulf Coast sure made an entrance at the NCAA tournament. A school that hasn’t even celebrated its first 20-year reunion yet, and is in just its second season of being eligible for Division I postseason, busted a load of brackets with a 78-68 victory over second-seeded Georgetown on Friday night in Read More

Rose gets hot with the putter to lead Bay Hill

March 22, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — He didn’t miss a putt inside 15 feet. He watched good shots and answered with better ones. He ran off a string of birdies to pull away. That’s how Tiger Woods won his last tournament. This time, he was merely a bystander. Justin Rose has been working hard on his putting Read More

NCAA Tournament Capsules

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Capsules from the NCAA tournament Thursday: WEST REGIONALHARVARD 68, NEW MEXICO 62 Give those Harvard kids an A-plus in another subject: Bracketbusting 101. Wesley Saunders scored 18 points and Laurent Rivard made five 3-pointers to help the 14th-seeded Crimson pull off the biggest upset on the first full day of Read More

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