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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

BOYS

State tournament

DIVISION I

Lakewood St. Edward (21-4) vs. Cin. St. Xavier (23-2), Friday, 5:15 p.m.

Whitmer (20-5) vs. Newark (22-4), Friday, 8:30 p.m.

Championship: Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

DIVISION II

St. Paris Graham (26-0) vs. Libbey (23-2), Thursday, 10:45 a.m.

Chillicothe (23-2) vs. Poland Seminary (25-0), Thursday, 2 p.m.

Championship: Saturday: 10:45 a.m.

DIVISION III

Cleve. VASJ (21-4) vs. Sugarcreek Garaway (23-3), Friday, 10:45 a.m.

Ottawa-Glandorf (21-5) vs. Anna (25-1), Friday, 2 p.m.

Championship: Saturday, 5:15 p.m.

DIVISION IV

Worthington Christian (25-1) vs. Bedford Chanel (17-8), Thursday, 5:15 p.m.

Wayne Trace (21-4) vs. New Knoxville (25-0), Thursday, 8:30 p.m.

Championship: Saturday, 2 p.m.

FOOTBALL

Arena Football League

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Eastern Division

W L T Pct PF PA

Cleveland 2 0 0 1.000 127 112

Dallas 2 0 0 1.000 97 77

Philadelphia 2 0 0 1.000 137 105

New York 1 1 0 .500 99 108

Columbus 0 2 0 .000 83 96

Southern Division

W L T Pct PF PA

Tampa Bay 2 0 0 1.000 120 97

New Orleans 1 1 0 .500 96 112

Georgia 0 2 0 .000 89 120

Orlando 0 2 0 .000 109 131

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

Central Division

W L T Pct PF PA

Colorado 1 0 0 1.000 50 47

Chicago 1 1 0 .500 119 107

Grand Rapids 0 1 0 .000 58 66

Kansas City 0 2 0 .000 96 101

Western Division

W L T Pct PF PA

Arizona 1 0 0 1.000 63 62

Los Angeles 1 0 0 1.000 59 42

San Jose 1 1 0 .500 113 128

Utah 0 2 0 .000 125 129

MONDAY

San Jose 66, Grand Rapids 58

Los Angeles 65, Arizona 33

FRIDAY

Chicago at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.

Utah at Orlando, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Cleveland at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Georgia, 7 p.m.

Arizona at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

BOWLING

HONOR ROLL

300 game

Bryan Foster, Southwyck 248-211-300-754

Ray Br3escol, Jug s 235-300-193-728

Ed Osmialowski, Sthwyck 300-173-176-649

Nick Karpinski, Jug s 144-168-300-612

Men 750+

John Williams, Rossford 805

Jake Monto, Rossford 803

Wes Buehrer, Jug s 794

Jim Rober, Rossford 773

Keith Nusbaum, Jug s 767

Jeremy Hartle, Southwyck 764

Vern Wood, Jug s 761

Kevin Carnicom, Southwyck 751

Chuck Brooker, Rossford 713

Women 650+

Katir Hahn, Southwyck 710

Tamika Mikolajczyk, Jug s 692

Trticia Askins, Southwyck 686

Natalie Miskiel, Southwyck 665

Shari Gorski, Southwyck 664

Patty Pruss, Southwyck 657

SPORTS NOTE

YOUTH BASKETBALL: New Balance Ohio Gators Invitational will be held April 4-6 at Whitmer High School for AAU boys teams ages 13U-17U entry fee $350, guarantee of 4 games. Register at www.ohiogatorsbasketball.com or call Ernie Miller at 419-574-1223 for information

AUTO RACING

NASCAR Sprint Cup Leaders

Through March 9

1. Kyle Busch, 665. 2. Greg Biffle, 592. 3. Kevin Harvick, 574. 4. Ryan Newman, 571. 5. Jeff Burton, 555. 6. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 531. 7. Kasey Kahne, 528. 8. Tony Stewart, 525. 9. Brian Vickers, 491. 10. Kurt Busch, 478.

11. Martin Truex Jr., 471. 12. Matt Kenseth, 470. 13. Jimmie Johnson, 467. 14. Bobby Labonte, 462. 15. Jeff Gordon, 444. 16. Clint Bowyer, 436. 17. Carl Edwards, 433. 18. Mark Martin, 421. 19. Denny Hamlin, 413. 20. Elliott Sadler, 402

MONEY

1. Ryan Newman, $1,946,140. 2. Tony Stewart, $1,435,830. 3. Kurt Busch, $1,352,620. 4. Carl Edwards, $1,246,090. 5. Kyle Busch, $1,123,940. 6. Dale Earnhardt Jr., $1,029,250. 7. Reed Sorenson, $930,001. 8. Jimmie Johnson, $911,214. 9. Jeff Gordon, $856,757. 10. Kasey Kahne, $832,577.

11. Kevin Harvick, $795,707. 12. Elliott Sadler, $768,473. 13. Jeff Burton, $767,795. 14. Greg Biffle, $764,188. 15. Denny Hamlin, $759,839. 16. Matt Kenseth, $743,477. 17. Mark Martin, $726,595. 18. Martin Truex Jr., $717,545. 19. Bobby Labonte, $703,739. 20. Sam Hornish Jr., $688,584.

BASEBALL

Spring Training

American League

W L Pct

Tampa Bay 8 3 .727

Detroit 10 5 .667

Los Angeles 8 4 .667

Oakland 9 5 .643

Minnesota 8 5 .615

New York 6 4 .600

Baltimore 6 5 .545

Kansas City 7 6 .539

Texas 7 6 .539

Cleveland 6 7 .461

Chicago 7 9 .438

Seattle 5 8 .385

Boston 4 8 .333

Toronto 4 9 .308

National League

W L Pct

Milwaukee 9 5 .643

Florida 10 6 .625

Atlanta 8 5 .615

New York 8 5 .615

San Diego 7 5 .583

Colorado 7 6 .539

Cincinnati 8 7 .533

Los Angeles 6 7 .461

Washington 6 7 .461

Arizona 6 8 .429

Houston 6 9 .400

St. Louis 5 8 .385

Chicago 5 9 .357

Pittsburgh 4 8 .333

Philadelphia 4 9 .308

San Francisco 4 10 .286

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

LAST NIGHT

Detroit (ss) 4, Cleveland 2, 10 innings

Detroit (ss) 5, Cincinnati (ss) 4

Boston 4, N.Y. Mets 3

Baltimore 2, St. Louis 2, tie, 10 innings

Florida 7, L.A. Dodgers 6

Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 1

Cincinnati (ss) 5, Houston 4

N.Y. Yankees 6, Toronto 1

Colorado 4, Seattle 1

Oakland 6, Chicago Cubs 4

L.A. Angels 8, San Diego 4

San Francisco 8, Milwaukee 4

Texas 7, Chicago White Sox 5, 10 innings

Kansas City 8, Arizona 7

Washington 2, Atlanta 2, tie, 11 innings

MONDAY

Cleveland 12, Tampa Bay 10

Detroit 4, Washington 3

Minnesota 4, Florida 2

Atlanta 3, St. Louis 1

Houston 4, Toronto 3

L.A. Dodgers 7, Baltimore 4

Pittsburgh 8, Philadelphia 5

Boston 1, N.Y. Mets 1, tie, 10 innings

Milwaukee 6, Chicago Cubs 4

Arizona 10, Colorado 9

L.A. Angels 5, Oakland 4

Chicago White Sox 9, Seattle 8

Kansas City 15, San Francisco 6

N.Y. Yankees 4, Cincinnati 0

Texas 5, San Diego 2

TODAY

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

Cleveland vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Florida at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Washington vs. Los Angeles at Vero Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Tampa Bay at St. Petersburg, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

Baltimore vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Colorado vs. Chicago White Sox at Tucson, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. Los Angeles Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Arizona vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

TOMORROW

Toronto vs. Cleveland at Winter Haven, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

Minnesota vs. Baltimore at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Los Angeles vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

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

Pittsburgh vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:15 p.m.

Milwaukee vs. Arizona at Tucson, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Texas vs. Colorado at Tucson, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

San Francisco vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Florida vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Cincinnati at Sarasota, Fla., 7:05 p.m.

YESTERDAY

At Winter Haven, Fla.

Detroit (ss) 0000001102 4 11 0

Cleveland 1010000000 2 8 3

(10 innings)

Bazardo, Bautista (4), Porcello (6), Lambert (8), Ostlund (10) and Sardinha, Skelton; Lee, Borowski (4), Mujica (5), Ginter (7), Bauer (8), Elarton (9) and Martinez, Wallace. W Lambert. L Elarton. Sv Ostlund. HR Cleveland, Sizemore 2.

At Lakeland, Fla.

Cincinnati (ss) 001000102 4 12 1

Detroit (ss) 03001001x 5 8 0

Maloney, Burton (3), Coffey (4), Shearn (5), Coutlangus (6), Roenicke (7), Pelland (8) and Bako, Hanigan; Willis, Grilli (3), Seay (6), Larrison (8), Lopez (9) and Rodriguez, Trzesniak. W Willis. L Maloney. Sv Lopez. HRs Detroit, Guillen, Sizemore, Rodriguez, Clevlen.

LATEST LINE

NBA

Houston 5 (197) ATLANTA

ORLANDO 10 (191) LA Clippers

DETROIT 91/2 (191) Philadelphia

BOSTON 17 (202) Seattle

New York 2 (194) MIAMI

Cleveland 31/2 (188) NEW JERSEY

Utah 41/2 (204) MILWAUKEE

San Antonio 2 (187) NEW ORLEANS

DALLAS 14 (194) Charlotte

DENVER 16 (223) Memphis

GOLDEN STATE 9 (222) Toronto

College Basketball

Big East Conference

Madison Square Garden-New York, NY.

First Round

Syracuse 2 Villanova

West Virginia 81/2 Providence

Pittsburgh 9 Cincinnati

Marquette 10 Seton Hall

Atlantic 10 Conference

Boardwalk Hall-Atlantic City, NJ.

First Round

Dayton 6 St. Louis

St. Joseph s 71/2 Fordham

Duquesne 6 La Salle

Rhode Island 1 NC Charlotte

Mid American Conference

Quicken Loans Arena-Cleveland, OH.

First Round

Eastern Mich. 2 Ball State

Central Michigan 61/2 Northern Illinois

Toledo 1 Bowling Green

Miami-Ohio 10 Buffalo

Conference USA

FedEx Forum-Memphis, TN.

First Round

Tulsa 11 East Carolina

Texas El Paso 10 Smu

Marshall 21/2 Tulane

Southern Miss 15 Rice

Mountain West Conference

Thomas & Mack Center-Las Vegas, NV.

First Round

Wyoming 61/2 Colorado State

Big West Conference

Convention Center-Anaheim, CA.

First Round

Cal Irvine 11 Long Beach State

Cal Poly SLO 3 Cal Riverside

Pac 10 Conference

Staples Center-Los Angeles, CA.

First Round

California 2 Washington

Arizona 19 Oregon State

Northeast Conference

William H. Pitt Center-Fairfield, CT.

Championship

SACRED HEART 3 Mount St. Mary s

NHL

PHILADELPHIA 1/2 -1 Toronto

WASHINGTON P Calgary

PITTSBURGH 1/2 -1 Buffalo

FLORIDA 1/2 -1 NY Islanders

CHICAGO P Carolina

ANAHEIM 1/2 -1 Vancouver

Home Team in CAPS

SPORTLIGHT

March 12

1961 Mickey Wright wins the LPGA championship by nine strokes over Louise Suggs, her third in the last four years.

1966 Chicago s Bobby Hull scores his 51st goal to become the first NHL player to score more than 50 goals in a season.

1966 In the last race of his 40-year career, John Longden wins the San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita, aboard George Royal. He retires with a then-record number of victories, 6,032.

1984 Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean of Britain become the first ice dancing team to record nine perfect marks of 6.0 during the world championships.

1985 Larry Bird scores 60 points, including Boston s last 16, to set a Celtics record and lead them to a 126-115 victory over Atlanta. Bird hit 22 of 36 field goals and 15 of 16 free throws en route to breaking Kevin McHale s team record of 56 points established nine days before.

1994 The Arkansas men s track and field team wins its 11th straight NCAA Indoor Championship with a meet-record 94 points. The 54-point victory margin is the biggest in the meet s 30-year history.

2002 Siena (17-18) defeats Alcorn State 81-77 in the play-in game to become first team in 47 years to win an NCAA men s basketball tournament game with a losing record.

2003 Damian Costantino s NCAA-record hitting streak ends at 60 games, one day after he broke Robin Ventura s 16-year-old mark. Costantino, an outfielder for Division III Salve Regina of Newport, R.I., fails to get a hit in the first game of a doubleheader against Baldwin-Wallace. It s the first time he finishes a game hitless since March 25, 2001.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

MEN

Mid-American Conference

TOURNAMENT

At Quicken Loans Arena

Cleveland

First Round

Today

Toledo vs. Bowling Green, 5:30

Eastern Michigan vs. Ball State, 12:30

Central Michigan vs. Northern Illinois, 3

Miami vs. Buffalo, 8

Quarterfinals

Tomorrow

Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan-Ball State winner, Noon

Akron vs. Central Michigan-Northern Illinois winner, 2:30

Kent State vs. Toledo-Bowling Green winner, 7

Ohio vs. Miami-Buffalo winner, 9:30

Semifinals

Friday

Western Michigan Eastern Michigan-Ball State winner vs. Akron Central Michigan-Northern Illinois winner, 7

Kent State Toledo-Bowling Green winner vs. Ohio Miami-Buffalo winner, 9:30

Championship

Saturday

Semifinal winners, 7

Big Ten Conference

TOURNAMENT

Indianapolis

First Round

Tomorrow

Iowa vs. Michigan, Noon

Penn State vs. Illinois, 2:30

Minnesota vs. Northwestern, 5

Quarterfinals

Friday

Wisconsin vs. Iowa-Michigan winner, Noon

Michigan State vs. Ohio State, 2:30

Purdue vs. Penn State-Illinois winner, 6:30

Indiana vs. Minnesota-Northwestern winner, 9

Semifinals

Saturday

Wisconsin Iowa-Michigan winner vs. Michigan State-Ohio State, 1:40

Purdue Penn State-Illinois winner vs. Indiana Minnesota-Northwestern winner, 4:05

Championship

Sunday, March 16

Semifinal winners, 3:30

National

EAST

Penn 60, Princeton 47

TOURNAMENT

Big Sky Conference

Semifinals

N. Arizona 75, Weber St. 70

Horizon League

Championship

Butler 70, Cleveland St. 55

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

First Round

Coppin St. 55, Howard 54

S. Carolina St. 78, Bethune-Cookman 69

Summit League

Championship

Oral Roberts 71, IUPUI 64

Sun Belt Conference

Championship

W. Kentucky 67, Middle Tennessee 57

Western Athletic Conference

First Round

San Jose St. 64, Louisiana Tech 62

USA Today/ESPN Top 25

Record Pts Pvs

1. North Carolina (23) 29-2 766 1

2. UCLA (4) 28-3 721 2

3. Memphis (3) 30-1 720 3

4. Tennessee 28-3 697 4

5. Kansas (1) 28-3 650 6

6. Wisconsin 26-4 582 8

7. Duke 26-4 569 5

8. Texas 26-5 565 9

9. Georgetown 25-4 564 10

10. Butler 28-3 452 12

11. Stanford 24-6 444 7

12. Xavier 26-5 408 11

13. Louisville 24-7 383 13

14. Notre Dame 24-6 344 19

15. Connecticut 24-7 317 14

16. Purdue 24-7 296 15

17. Vanderbilt 25-6 272 16

18. Drake 28-4 235 21

19. Michigan State 24-7 188 18

20. Indiana 25-6 175 17

21. Washington State 23-7 165 22

22. Gonzaga 25-6 153 23

23. Brigham Young 25-6 127 24

24. Marquette 22-8 91 20

25. Davidson 25-6 60 NR

WOMEN

MAC Tournament

Cleveland

Quarterfinals

Yesterday

Toledo 65, Ball State 60

Bowling Green 85, Kent State 57

Miami 65, Western Michigan 60

Ohio 76, Eastern Michigan 62

First Round

Monday

Toledo 53, Buffalo 50

Kent State 75, Northern Illinois 67

Sunday

Ohio 68, Central Michigan 65

Western Michigan 84, Akron 54

Semifinals

Friday

Miami vs. Toledo, Noon

Ohio vs. Bowling Green, 2:30 p.m.

Championship

Saturday

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

National

TOURNAMENT

Big 12 Conference

First Round

Iowa St. 76, Colorado 50

Missouri 70, Oklahoma 64, OT

Texas 75, Texas Tech 63

Big East Conference

Championship

Connecticut 65, Louisville 59

Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

Championship

Xavier, NO 65, Loyola, NO 64

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

First Round

Florida A&M 69, Howard 59

Morgan St. 86, Norfolk St. 65

S. Carolina St. 66, Bethune-Cookman 45

Mountain West Conference

First Round

Colorado St. 68, UNLV 49

Summit League

Championship

Oral Roberts 66, IUPUI 53

Sun Belt Conference

Championship

W. Kentucky 65, Middle Tennessee 49

Western Athletic Conference

First Round

San Jose St. 70, Idaho 63

USA Today/ESPN Top 25

Record Pts Pvs

1. Connecticut (30) 31-1 773 1

2. North Carolina (1) 30-2 742 2

3. Tennessee 30-2 714 3

4. Stanford 30-3 666 7

5. LSU 27-5 641 6

6. Maryland 30-3 630 4

7. Rutgers 24-6 589 5

8. Baylor 24-5 509 8

9. California 26-6 496 9

10. Duke 23-9 476 11

11. Oklahoma 21-7 425 10

12. Texas A&M 23-7 400 16

13. Utah 27-3 394 14

14. Old Dominion 26-4 393 13

15. Kansas State 21-8 342 17

16. George Washington 25-6 274 12

17. Oklahoma State 23-6 257 19

18. West Virginia 24-7 231 18

19. Notre Dame 23-8 228 15

20. Vanderbilt 23-8 189 22

21. Marist 31-2 184 20

22. Louisville 24-8 92 -

23. Virginia 23-8 67 25

24. Georgia 22-9 65 21

25. Texas-El Paso 27-3 63 24

Others receiving votes: Wyoming 36; Ohio State 32; Liberty 26; Hartford 23; Pittsburgh 21; DePaul 19; Western Kentucky 17; Wisconsin-Green Bay 12; Chattanooga 9; Nebraska 9; Middle Tennessee 8; TCU 7; Iowa 4; Southern Methodist 4; Arizona State 3; Xavier 2; Purdue 1; Syracuse 1; Temple 1.

TRANSACTIONS

BASEBALL

American League

LOS ANGELES ANGELS Assigned RHP Jose Arredondo to their minor league camp.

NEW YORK YANKEES Optioned INF Juan Miranda to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). Reassigned C P.J. Pilittere, OF Colin Curtis, OF Austin Jackson and OF Jose Tabata to their minor league camp.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS Assigned INF Jeff Baisley and INF Wes Bankston to their minor league camp.

TAMPA BAY RAYS Optioned LHP David Price, OF Justin Ruggiano and RHP Jae Kuk Ryu to their minor league camp.

TORONTO BLUE JAYS Agreed to terms with RHP Armando Benitez on a minor league contract. Optioned INF Russ Adams and INF Sergio Santos to Syracuse (IL). Assigned INF Pedro Lopez and C Jamie Jeroloman to their minor league camp.

National League

CHICAGO CUBS Optioned RHP Juan Mateo and OF Jake Fox to Iowa (PCL) and RHP Jeff Samardzija to Tennessee (SL). Assigned LHP Ed Campusano, INF Luis Figueroa and C JD Closser to their minor league camp. Released RHP Shingo Takatsu.

COLORADO ROCKIES Reassigned INF Christian Colonel, INF Chris Nelson, OF Dexter Fowler, OF Joe Gaetti and C Neil Wilson to their minor league camp.

FLORIDA MARLINS Optioned RHP Carlos Martinez to Albuquerque (PCL).

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Optioned RHP Mark Worrell, RHP Blake Hawkesworth and INF Jarrett Hoffpauir to Memphis (PCL). Assigned RHP John Wasdin and INF Josh Phelps to their minor league camp.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Assigned OF John Bowker, RHP Osiris Matos, RHP Kelvin Pichardo, OF Clay Timpner to their minor league camp.

American Association

LINCOLN SALTDOGS Agreed to terms with RHP Johnny Thompson and C Shawn McGill.

WICHITA WINGNUTS Agreed to terms with OF-RHP Brandon McConnell.

Can-Am League

ATLANTIC CITY SURF Agreed to terms with LHP Donovan Hendricks and OF Billy Kovatch. Announced the retirement of INF Josh Renick and OF Lucas Taylor.

NEW JERSEY JACKALS Agreed to terms with LHP Corwin Malone.

Northern League

GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS Agreed to terms with OF Rob Marconi.

SCHAUMBURG FLYERS Agreed to terms with RHP Doug Brooks.

United League

RIO GRANDE VALLEY WHITE WINGS Re-signed OF Bub Bergstrom, C Kevin Griffin and OF Sam McLain.

BASKETBALL

National Basketball Association

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS Exercised their 2008-09 option on the contract of Don Nelson, coach.

SEATTLE SUPERSONICS Signed G Mike Wilks to a 10-day contract.

Women s National Basketball Association

SAN ANTONIO SILVER STARS Signed C Ruth Riley to a two-year contract.

NBA Development League

ALBUQUERQUE THUNDERBIRDS Acquired G Will Conroy from Iowa for F Josh Gross.

FOOTBALL

National Football League

ARIZONA CARDINALS Agreed to terms with WR Larry Fitzgerald on a four-year contract.

CAROLINA PANTHERS Released C Justin Hartwig.

CLEVELAND BROWNS Signed OL Lennie Friedman to a one-year contract.

DETROIT LIONS Signed DT Chuck Darby to a three-year contract.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS Signed WR Devard Darling.

MIAMI DOLPHINS Signed DB Keith Davis.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Re-signed S Ray Ventrone.

HOCKEY

National Hockey League

DETROIT RED WINGS Signed RW Dan Cleary to a five-year contract.

ST. LOUIS BLUES Recalled D Roman Polak from Peoria (AHL). Assigned G Ben Bishop to Peoria.

American Hockey League

TORONTO MARLIES Signed C Max Taylor.

Central Hockey League

AMARILLO GORILLAS Activated F Jason Chafe from leave of absence.

LAREDO DUCKS Placed F Corey Courchene on waivers.

ECHL

ELMIRA JACKALS Signed RW Maxime Boisclair.

SOCCER

Major League Soccer

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION Signed F Argenis Fernandez.

COLLEGE

NCAA Placed BYU on three years probation for major and secondary violations in its men s volleyball program.

ALABAMA Fired Stephany Smith, women s basketball coach.



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