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Published: Thursday, 3/23/2006

College basketball, prep basketball, ECHL, bowling

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Men s NCAA

WASHINGTON REGIONAL

SEMIFINALS

Tomorrow

At The Verizon Center

Washington

Wichita State (26-8) vs. George Mason (25-7), 7:27 p.m.

Connecticut (29-3) vs. Washington (26-6), 9:57 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday

At The Verizon Center

Washington

Semifinal winners

ATLANTA REGIONAL

SEMIFINALS

Tonight

At The Georgia Dome

Atlanta

Duke (32-3) vs. LSU (25-8), 7:10 p.m.

Texas (29-6) vs. West Virginia (22-10), 9:40 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At The Georgia Dome

Atlanta

Semifinal winners

MINNEAPOLIS REGIONAL

SEMIFINALS

Tomorrow

At The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Minneapolis

Villanova (27-4) vs. Boston College (28-7), 7:10 p.m.

Georgetown (23-9) vs. Florida (29-6), 9:40 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday

At The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

Minneapolis

Semifinal winners

OAKLAND REGIONAL

SEMIFNALS

Tonight

At Oakland Arena

Oakland

Memphis (32-3) vs. Bradley (22-10), 7:27 p.m.

UCLA (29-6) vs. Gonzaga (29-3), 9:57 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday

At Oakland Arena

Oakland

Semifinal winners

FINAL FOUR

At The RCA Dome

Indianapolis

National Semifinals

Saturday, April 1

Atlanta champion vs. Oakland champion

Washington champion vs. Minneapolis champion

CHAMPIONSHIP

Monday, April 3

Semifinal winners

NIT

Second Round

Last night

Michigan 71, Miami 65

Old Dominion 61, Hofstra 51

Louisville 74, Missouri State 56

Tonight

South Carolina (20-15) at Cincinnati (21-12), 6 p.m.

Monday

Hofstra 77, Saint Joseph s 75, OT

Michigan 87, Notre Dame 84, 2OT

Louisville 74, Clemson 68

Miami 53, Creighton 52

Missouri State 60, Houston 59

Old Dominion 70, Manhattan 66

Tuesday

South Carolina 69, Florida State 68, OT

Cincinnati 76, Minnesota 62

Quarterfinals

Semifinals

Tuesday, March 28

At Madison Square Garden

New York

Old Dominion (24-9) vs. Michigan (21-10), 7 or 9 p.m.

Louisville (21-12) vs. South Carolina-Cincinnati winner, 7 or 9 p.m.

Championship

Thursday, March 30

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

Women s NCAA

CLEVELAND REGIONAL

Second Round

Tuesday

West Lafayette, Ind.

Purdue 61, UCLA 54

Trenton, N.J.

Rutgers 82, TCU 48

Norfolk, Va.

Tennessee 66, George Washington 53

Monday

Nashville, Tenn.

North Carolina 89, Vanderbilt 70

Semifinals

Sunday

Cleveland

North Carolina (31-1) vs. Purdue (26-6), TBA

Rutgers (27-4) vs. Tennessee (30-4), TBA

Championship

Tuesday, March 28

Cleveland

Semifinal winners, TBA

ALBUQUERQUE REGIONAL

Second Round

Tuesday

West Lafayette, Ind.

Boston College 79, Ohio State 69

State College, Pa.

Maryland 81, St. John s 74

Monday

Tucson, Ariz.

Baylor 87, New Mexico 67

Utah 86, Arizona State 65

Semifinals

Saturday

Albuquerque, N.M.

Utah (26-6) vs. Boston College (21-11)

Baylor (26-6) ;vs. Maryland (30-4), TBA

Championship

Monday, March 27

Albuquerque, N.M.

Semifinal winners, TBA

BRIDGEPORT REGIONAL

Second Round

Tuesday

Norfolk, Va.

Duke 85, Southern Cal 51

Trenton, N.J.

Georgia 73, Hartford 54

State College, Pa.

Connecticut 79, Virginia Tech 56

Monday

Rosemont, Ill.

Michigan State 67, Kentucky 63

Semifinals

Sunday

Bridgeport, Conn.

Michigan State (24-9) vs. Duke (28-3), TBA

Georgia (23-8) vs. Connecticut (31-4), TBA

Championship

Tuesday, March 28

Bridgeport, Conn.

Semifinal winners, TBA

SAN ANTONIO REGIONAL

Second Round

Monday

Nashville, Tenn.

LSU 72, Washington 49

Rosemont, Ill.

DePaul 71, Tulsa 67

Denver

Oklahoma 86, BYU 70

Stanford 88, Florida State 70

Semifinals

Saturday

San Antonio

LSU (29-3) vs. DePaul (27-6), Noon

Oklahoma (31-4) vs. Stanford (25-7), 2:30

Championship

Monday, March 27

San Antonio

Semifinal winners, TBA

WNIT

Second Round

Last night

Virginia 83, Miami 72

Pittsburgh 85, Mississippi 76

Kansas State 64, Fresno State 61

Nebraska 72, Wyoming 67

Tuesday

Villanova 59, Xavier 47

Nebraska at Wyoming, ppd.

Quarterfinals

Tomorrow

Indiana at Marquette, 8 p.m.

Virginia vs. Pittsburgh, TBA

Western Kentucky vs. Villanova, TBA

Nebraska-Wyoming winner vs. Kansas State, TBA

Semifinals

March 25-28

Quarterfinal winners

Championship

March 29-April 1

Semifinal winners

TENNIS

Nasdaq-100 Open

Key Biscayne, Fla.

Singles

Men

First Round

Jose Acasuso d. Tomas Zib 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

Kenneth Carlsen d. Cyril Saulnier 3-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Fabrice Santoro d. Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-6 (5).

Agustin Calleri d. Juan Monaco 6-2, 6-1.

Christophe Rochus d. Wesley Moodie 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Florent Serra d. Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-4.

Robin Vik d. Jonas Bjorkman 6-4, 6-4.

Nicolas Massu d. Raemon Sluiter 6-4, 6-3.

Mardy Fish d. Jan Hernych 6-3, 6-3.

Kevin Kim d. Jurgen Melzer 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Michael Llodra d. Lukas Dlouhy 6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-3.

Carlos Moya d. Victor Hanescu 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.

Alex Bogomolov Jr. d. Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Women

First Round

Sun Tiantian d. Angela Haynes 6-2, 6-4.

Mariana Diaz-Oliva d. Kristina Brandi, Puerto Rico, 6-4, 6-0.

Zuzana Ondraskova d. Maria Vento-Kabchi 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Eleni Daniilidou d. Shenay Perry 6-3, 7-5.

Maria Sanchez Lorenzo d. Roberta Vinci 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.

Jamea Jackson d. Ashley Harkleroad 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5.

Samantha Stosur d. Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 6-3, 6-3.

Julia Schruff d. Antonella Serra Zanetti 6-1, 6-3.

Iveta Benesova d. Sanja Ancic 6-7 (2), 6-1, 7-6 (2).

Vera Zvonareva d. Vera Dushevina 6-4, 6-2.

Mashona Washington d. Lisa Raymond 6-1, 6-4.

LATEST LINE

NBA

NEW JERSEY 71/2 (182) Minnesota

NEW ORLEANS 51/2 (179) Houston

MEMPHIS 31/2 (188) LA Clippers

DALLAS 10 (193) Golden State

PHOENIX 16 (214) Portland

UTAH 11/2 (200) Washington

College Basketball

N.I.T.

Quarterfinals

CINCINNATI 4 (132) South Carolina

N.C.A.A. Atlanta Regional

Georgia Dome-Atlanta, GA.

Semifinals

Duke 61/2 (148) L.s.u.

Texas 5 (131) West Virginia

N.C.A.A. Oakland Regional

Oakland Arena-Oakland, CA.

Semifinals

Memphis 6 (141) Bradley

U.c.l.a. 3 (138) Gonzaga

(Friday)

N.C.A.A. Washington Regional

MCI Center-Washington, D.C.

Semifinals

George Mason 2 (125) Wichita St

Connecticut 6 (156) Washington

N.C.A.A. Minneapolis Regional

Metrodome-Minneapolis, MN.

Semifinals

Florida 3 (129) Georgetown

Villanova 21/2 (141)Boston College

Home Team in CAPS

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Mr. Basketball List

2006 O.J. Mayo, Cincinnati North College Hill, 6-foot-5, junior. Averaged 28.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 5 steals for team ranked No. 1 in state for the third year in a row. Only loss was to national power Oak Hill (Va.) Academy before more than 16,000 in Cincinnati. Led Trojans back to state title defense. Becomes only fourth player to win Mr. Basketball more than once, joining Jim Jackson, Greg Simpson and LeBron James.

2005 O.J. Mayo, Cincinnati North College Hill, 6-5, sophomore. Averaged 28.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 3.4 steals for team ranked No. 1 in state both of his varsity seasons. Becomes only second sophomore to win the award, behind LeBron James. Led North College Hill to first state tournament appearance in 16 years, and first state championship.

2004 Jamar Butler, Lima Shawnee, 6-2, sr. Averaged 31.6 points, 8.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 2.6 steals per game while shooting 44 percent from the field, 37 percent on 3-pointers. Scored more than 2,400 points in his career, 10th best alltime in Ohio. Ohio State.

2003 LeBron James, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 6-8, sr. Averaged 31.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.4 steals a game. First three-time Mr. Basketball winner. Led team to fourth straight state tournament appearance. Won Division II title. Drafted with the first pick of the 2003 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

2002 LeBron James, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 6-7, jr. Averaged 29 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.3 steals a game while shooting 63 percent from the field. Third two-time Mr. Basketball winner. Led team to third straight state tournament appearance. Won Division III title as freshman and sophomore.

2001 LeBron James, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 6-6 1/2, soph., 25.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists per game. First sophomore to win Mr. Basketball award.

2000 (tie) Tony Stockman, Medina, 6-2, sr., 25.4 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 3.2 steals per game; 50.5 percent field goals, 84.3 percent free throws, 39.7 percent 3-pointers; and Chester Mason, Cleveland South, 6-3, sr., 25 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists per game.

1999 Emmanuel Smith, Euclid, 6-3, sr., 28.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 4.5 steals a game.

1998 William Sonny Johnson, Garfield Hts., 6-5, sr., 34.0 points, 17.6 rebounds per game.

1997 Kenny Gregory, Columbus Independence, 6-4, sr., 25.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.8 steals per game; 64.7 percent from the field, 43.2 percent 3-pointers.

1996 Jason Collier, Springfield Cath. Cent., 7-0, sr., 25.3 points, 13.4 rebounds, 6.6 blocked shots, 4.8 assists per game; 62.1 percent field goals, 37 percent 3-pointers.

1995 Damon Stringer, Cleveland Hts., 5-11, sr., 24.5 points, 7 assists, 5 steals per game.

1994 Aaron Hutchins, Lima Central Catholic, 5-10, sr., 25.8 points, 7.8 assists, 5.1 steals per game; 61 percent field goal, 57 percent 3-pointers, 82 percent free throws.

1993 Geno Ford, Cambridge, 5-9, sr., 35.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists per game; 2,680 career points, second highest in Ohio.

1992 Greg Simpson, Lima Senior, 6-1, sr., 35.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 3.1 steals per game; 52.9 percent field goal, 51 percent 3-pointers, 77.4 percent free throws; 45 or more points six times; final 10 games averaged 41 points on 59 percent shooting.

1991 Greg Simpson, Lima Senior, 6-1, jr., 32.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 5.1 steals per game; 50.2 percent field goals, 47.2 percent 3-pointers, 72 percent free throws; 13 games with more than 30 points.

1990 Bob Patton, Youngstown Liberty, 6-0, sr., 21.6 points, 8.3 assists, 4 rebounds per game; 62 percent field goal, 88 percent free throw percentage.

1989 Jim Jackson, Macomber, 6-6, sr., 31.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 3 steals per game.

1988 Jim Jackson, Macomber, 6-6, jr., 26.7 points per game.

Boys State Tournament

at Value City Arena, Columbus

DIVISION I

Semifinals

Can. McKinley (23-2) vs. St. John s Jesuit (21-5), Tomorrow, 5:15 p.m.; Trotwood-Madison (20-5) vs. Lancaster (24-1), Tomorrow, 8:30 p.m.

Championship: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

DIVISION II

Semifinals

Wooster Triway (25-0) vs. Cols. DeSales (19-6), Tomorrow, 10:45 a.m.; Akr. SVSM (21-3) vs. Day. Dunbar (24-2), Tomorrow, 2 p.m.

Championship: Saturday, 5:15 p.m.

DIVISION III

Semifinals

Archbold (21-4) vs. Cin. N. College Hill (24-1), Tonight, 5:15 p.m.; Cle. VASJ (20-6) vs. Wheelersburg (23-2), Tonight, 8:30 p.m.

Championship: Saturday, 2 p.m.

DIVISION IV

Semifinals

Lockland (23-3) vs. S. Webster (24-2), Today, 10:45 a.m.; Windham (22-3) vs. Columbus Grove (20-5), Today, 2 p.m.

Championship: Saturday, 10:45 a.m.

ECHL

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

North Division

W L T Pts GF GA

x-Reading 38 19 7 83 223 183

x-Wheeling 38 19 5 81 206 161

x-Toledo 38 20 5 81 214 169

x-Johnstown 29 22 13 71 201 212

Trenton 27 33 3 57 148 189

Dayton 18 40 6 42 169 241

South Division

W L T Pts GF GA

x-Gwinnett 44 12 7 95 273 183

x-Florida 41 19 3 85 238 190

x-Greenville 40 22 3 83 224 179

x-S. Carolina 29 21 12 70 198 198

Charlotte 29 31 5 63 210 235

Augusta 27 31 6 60 192 234

Columbia 22 35 8 52 188 261

Pensacola 20 38 7 47 175 266

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

West Division

W L T Pts GF GA

x-Alaska 49 10 6 104 263 145

x-Las Vegas 48 11 6 102 242 162

x-Idaho 38 20 7 83 240 202

x-Utah 33 24 6 72 213 208

Victoria 23 34 8 54 185 238

Phoenix 19 43 3 41 141 237

Pacific Division

W L T Pts GF GA

x-Fresno 37 12 13 87 201 176

x-Long Beach 33 22 9 75 184 183

x-Bakersfield 34 23 5 73 187 193

x-San Diego 29 27 6 64 183 185

Stockton 13 37 12 38 158 226

x-clinched playoff spot

Note: Two points are awarded for a win. Overtime and shootout losses earn one point and are referred to as ties.

LAST NIGHT

Gwinnett 8, Charlotte 1

Wheeling 4, Johnstown 0

Bakersfield 5, Phoenix 3

Utah 5, Alaska 4, OT

Idaho 3, Fresno 0

Victoria 4, Long Beach 3

TUESDAY

Reading 4, Wheeling 1

Florida 4, Columbia 2

Greenville 5, Augusta 3

Las Vegas 6, Alaska 1

TONIGHT

No games scheduled

SPORTS NOTES

The Sharp Shooters AAU 15U boys basketball team will be holding TRYOUTS March 31 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and April 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Dundee Middle School gym.

The Medina Baseball Academy is looking for a U14 team to play in the BATTLE BY THE BAY TOURNAMENT scheduled for April 20-23. Contact Gabriel Medina at 419-861-3884.

The Toledo Division of Parks & Recreation office is REGISTERING YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL TEAMS for its summer leagues. Call 419-936-2877 for details.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

SOUTH

Clemson 7, Elon 4

Georgetown 11, Navy 5

Georgia 14, Georgia St. 7

Maryland 6, James Madison 5

Memphis 13-17, Grambling St. 1-0

Tennessee 8, Hartford 7

Virginia 12, Marshall 0

W. Virginia St. 5, Presbyterian 2

MIDWEST

Creighton 16, Indiana St. 3

Notre Dame 11, Cent. Michigan 9

SOUTHWEST

Arkansas 8, Centenary 5

BASEBALL

Exhibition

American League

W L Pct

Los Angeles 13 6 .684

Cleveland 15 8 .652

Kansas City 12 7 .632

Detroit 14 9 .609

Tampa Bay 10 9 .526

Minnesota 11 11 .500

New York 10 12 .454

Texas 8 10 .444

Oakland 9 12 .429

Baltimore 8 12 .400

Seattle 7 13 .350

Toronto 7 15 .318

Boston 6 13 .316

Chicago 5 16 .238

National League

W L Pct

Philadelphia 14 6 .700

Florida 13 6 .684

Arizona 14 7 .667

Los Angeles 11 7 .611

Pittsburgh 13 9 .591

St. Louis 11 8 .579

New York 12 9 .571

Cincinnati 13 10 .565

Milwaukee 11 9 .550

San Diego 9 8 .529

Chicago 10 9 .526

Colorado 11 10 .524

San Francisco 9 11 .450

Atlanta 7 13 .350

Houston 7 13 .350

Washington 5 17 .227

Note: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not.

YESTERDAY

Cleveland 2, Houston 1

Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 4, tie, 10 innings

Florida 5, Baltimore 2

St. Louis 9, Washington 3

Milwaukee 10, Texas 5

Arizona 11, Oakland 7

Colorado 5, Chicago White Sox 3

Toronto 7, Pittsburgh 1

Cincinnati 4, Minnesota 3

N.Y. Mets 2, L.A. Dodgers 1

N.Y. Yankees 5, Boston 4

Chicago Cubs 12, San Diego 6

Kansas City 4, Seattle 1

L.A. Angels 11, San Francisco 4

At Kissimmee, Fla.

Cleveland 001010000 2 10 0

Houston 000000010 1 4 0

Byrd, Betancourt (6), Miller (7), Davis (8) and Shoppach, Diaz; Buchholz, Nieve (6) and Ausmus, Quintero. W Byrd. L Buchholz. Sv Davis.

TODAY

Cleveland vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Boston vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. L.A. Dodgers at Vero Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

San Francisco vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 3:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Seattle (ss) vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. Arizona (ss) at Tucson, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Florida at Jupiter, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

Toronto vs. Tampa Bay at St. Petersburg, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

Houston vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 7:15 p.m.

Arizona (ss) vs. Seattle (ss) at Peoria, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.

GOLF

World Rankings

THROUGH SUNDAY

1. Tiger Woods USA 17.81

2. Vijay Singh Fij 8.70

3. Retief Goosen SAf 7.54

4. Phil Mickelson USA 7.24

5. Ernie Els SAf 6.84

6. Sergio Garcia Spn 6.43

7. David Toms USA 5.60

8. Jim Furyk USA 5.32

9. Adam Scott Aus 4.95

10. Luke Donald Eng 4.94

FOOTBALL

Arena Football League

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Eastern Division

W L T Pct PF PA

Dallas 7 1 0 .875 480 378

Columbus 4 4 0 .500 352 348

New York 4 4 0 .500 434 476

Philadelphia 4 4 0 .500 368 365

Southern Division

W L T Pct PF PA

Austin 6 2 0 .750 431 368

Tampa Bay 5 3 0 .625 430 434

Georgia 4 4 0 .500 447 365

Orlando 4 4 0 .500 403 420

Kansas City 1 7 0 .125 302 405

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

Central Division

W L T Pct PF PA

Colorado 6 2 0 .750 447 422

Nashville 5 3 0 .625 401 339

Chicago 3 5 0 .375 409 421

Grand Rapids 3 5 0 .375 390 425

Western Division

W L T Pct PF PA

Arizona 4 4 0 .500 344 370

Las Vegas 3 5 0 .375 400 423

Los Angeles 3 5 0 .375 394 454

San Jose 3 5 0 .375 423 448

Utah 3 5 0 .375 450 444

TOMORROW

Kansas City at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Las Vegas at Utah, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles at Arizona, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY

San Jose at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Orlando at Austin, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Columbus at Colorado, 9 p.m.

SUNDAY

Tampa Bay at Georgia, 3 p.m.

Grand Rapids at Chicago, 3 p.m.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31

Austin at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 1

Grand Rapids at New York, 7 p.m.

Utah at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Columbus at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Georgia at Kansas City, 8 p.m.

Nashville at Colorado, 9 p.m.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2

Chicago at Orlando, Noon

Arizona at San Jose, 6 p.m.

Los Angeles at Las Vegas, 6 p.m.

BOWLING HONOR ROLL

300 game

Russ Jennings, Toledo SC 205-234-300-739

Adam McGreevy, Miracle 202-300-226-728

Bob Graham, Toledo SC 228-300-182-710

Men (750 or better)

Ken Wilkes, Toledo SC 785

Rocko Vasko, Toledo SC 783

Mike Jagielski, Jug s 779

Chuck Reynolds Jr., Toledo SC 773

Mark Wurzinger, Toledo SC 773

Tom Hill, Jug s 773

John Anderson, Toledo SC 769

Chas Grabarczyk, Jug s 767

Jamil Kassem, Toledo SC 763

Steve Jakubowski, Jug s 762

Tony Scott, Jug s 760

Paul Gunther, Toledo SC 759

Bob Parisien, Jug s 759

John Williams, Toledo SC 758

T.J. Struffolino, Bay Center Rec. 758

Dale Youngs, Toledo SC 754

Jeff Lotte, Jugt s 752

Joey Hessling, Jug s 751

Women (650 or better)

Judy Leu, Eastern 693

Tabitha Seimet, Eastern 678

Michelle Kunkel, Jug s 652

SPORTLIGHT

March 23

1948 Alex Groza and Ralph Beard lead Kentucky to a 58-42 win over Baylor in the NCAA championship game.

1956 Bill Russell powers San Francisco to an 83-71 victory over Iowa for the NCAA championship.

1968 Lew Alcindor s 34 points carry UCLA to a 78-55 win over North Carolina in the NCAA title game.

1979 Larry Holmes knocks out Osvaldo Ocasio in the seventh round in Las Vegas to retain his WBC heavyweight title.

1994 Wayne Gretzky scores his 802nd goal, passing Gordie Howe as the greatest goal-scorer in NHL history. The Los Angeles Kings center scores in the second period for his 62nd NHL record.

1996 Michelle Kwan wins the women s title in the World Figure Skating Championships for the United States first singles sweep since 1986.

2002 Brendan Shanahan of the Red Wings scores his 500th career goal, breaking a scoreless tie at 7:48 of the third period as Detroit beats Colorado 2-0.

2003 Tiger Woods closes with a 4-under 68 to win the Bay Hill Invitational for the fourth straight time. Woods becomes the first player since Gene Sarazen in the Miami Open (1926-30) to win the same event four straight times.

TRANSACTIONS

BASEBALL

American League

BALTIMORE ORIOLES Optioned OF Val Majewski, SS Brandon Fahey and RHP Hayden Penn to Ottawa of the IL and OF Jeff Fiorentino to Bowie of the EL. Reassigned RHP Winston Abreu, LHP Scott Price, 1B Alejandro Freire and INF Andy Tracy to their minor league camp.

BOSTON RED SOX Agreed to terms on a two-year player development contract with Greenville of the South Atlantic League.

CLEVELAND INDIANS Optioned RHP Andrew Brown and RHP Fausto Carmona to Buffalo of the IL.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS Re-assigned RHP Ben Weber to their minor league camp.

National League

NEW YORK METS Assigned RHP Bartolome Fortunato, RHP Jeremi Gonzalez and RHP Mike Pelfrey to their minor league camp.

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Optioned RHP Anthony Reyes to Memphis of the PCL. Reassigned LHP Tyler Johnson, LHP Carmen Cali and C Michael Hernandez to their minor league camp.

American Association

EL PASO DIABLOS Signed INF Michael Ramazzotti.

PENSACOLA PELICANS Signed RHP Lazaro Pineiro.

SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS Signed 1B Dan Meier.

Can-Am League

NEW HAVEN COUNTY CUTTERS Signed RHP Jarrett Stawarz and RHP Courtney Hall.

Northern League

EDMONTON CRACKER-CATS Signed RHP Brett Lawson, RHP Scott Richmond, RHP Brandon Tam, and OF Jeremy Ware.

GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS Signed RHP Brandon Harmsen.

JOLIET JACKHAMMERS Re-signed RHP Amad Stephens. Signed INF Blake Gill.

SCHAUMBURG FLYERS Signed RHP Clyde Raymond Jenkins, C Tim Marks and INF Rob Watson.

BASKETBALL

National Basketball Association

CHICAGO BULLS Signed G Randy Livingston to a 10-day contract.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS Recalled G Von Wafer from Fort Worth of the NBA Development League.

ORLANDO MAGIC Re-signed F-C Tony Battie.

FOOTBALL

National Football League

ATLANTA FALCONS Traded its 2006 first-round (No. 15) draft pick to Denver for the Broncos 2006 first-round (No. 29), 2006 third-round pick and a 2007 fourth-round pick. Traded the 2006 first-round (No.29) pick to the New York Jets for DE John Abraham.

BALTIMORE RAVENS Agreed to terms with DE Gary Stills and CB Corey Ivy on three-year contracts.

DETROIT LIONS Re-signed DE Jared DeVries to a five-year contract, LB LeVar Woods to a one-year contract and LB Paris Lenon to a three-year contract.

DENVER BRONCOS Claimed DL Amon Gordon off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. Waived WR Bill Flowers.

GREEN BAY PACKERS Signed QB Tom Arth. Re-signed DT Colin Cole.

NEW YORK GIANTS Signed WR David Tyree to a five-year contract.

Canadian Football League

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS Agreed to terms with QB Mike Quinn.

HOCKEY

National Hockey League

LOS ANGELES KINGS Named John Torchetti interim coach.

PHOENIX COYOTES Recalled G David LeNeveu from San Antonio of the AHL.

American Hockey League

BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS Announced the New York Islanders returned C Jeremy Colliton.

MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS Recalled F Chaz Johnson from Rockford of the UHL.

NORFOLK ADMIRALS Signed F Scott Bertoli.

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON PENGUINS Recalled C Kurtis McLean from Wheeling of the ECHL. Assigned LW Arpad Mihaly to Wheeling.

ECHL

LAS VEGAS WRANGLERS Loaned LW Steve Crampton to Lowell of the AHL.

TOLEDO STORM Announced G Drew MacIntyre has been recalled by Grand Rapids of the AHL and D Mike Knight has been recalled by Portland of the AHL. Released F Marc Norrington.

UTAH GRIZZLIES Announced D Ed Hill has been returned from Peoria of the AHL.

MOTORSPORTS

NASCAR Fined Matt Kenseth s crew chief Chad Norris $5,000 for rules violations discovered during a post-race inspection following the Busch Series race on March 18.

COLLEGE

COLGATE Promoted Ed Pinkham to associate head football coach.

DAYTON Announced sophomore F Chris Alvarez and junior C James Cripe will transfer.

EDINBORO Named Kim Niedbala football defensive backs coach and Keith Braxton defensive line coach.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL Named John Troxell football coach.

IDAHO STATE Named Joe O Brien men s basketball coach.

MISSOURI Annouced G Thomas Gardner will forgo his senior year and make himself eligible for the NBA draft.

NORTHERN IOWA Named Ben Jacobson men s basketball coach.



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