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The  celebration is  on hold  thanks  to Georgia  Tech's Marcus  Georges-Hunt.
A  distributor  for most of  the game,  Georges-Hunt penetrated to the basket,
lofted  a  floater that hit  the back rim,  but tipped in  his own miss at the
buzzer,  as the  Yellow Jackets  stunned No.  6 Miami-Floria,  71-69. Georges-
Hunt's  second field  goal of  the game  denied Miami  its first  outright ACC
championship, at least for now. The Hurricanes (23-6, 14-3) get another chance
to  win  the league crown  on Saturday against  Clemson. Miami will enter that
contest losers in three of its last four games.

Elsewhere in the top-25:

Villanova 67, (5) Georgetown 57 (Philadelphia, PA)
(7) Michigan 80, Purdue 75
(11) Florida 66, Vanderbilt 40
(12) New Mexico 75, Nevada 62
Iowa State 87, (13) Oklahoma State 76
Xavier 77, (16) Saint Louis 66 (OT)
(17) Syracuse 78, DePaul 57
(21) VCU 93, Richmond 82
Washington State 73, (23) UCLA 61

National Basketball Association

LeBron James just wouldn't let Miami's winning streak end, even after the Heat
blew a 20-point lead against one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference.
James knifed through the lane for a left-handed layup with 3.2 seconds left to
boost  the Heat to a 97-96 victory over the Orlando Magic. The reigning league
MVP  had  26 points, as  the Heat extended  a franchise-record with their 16th
consecutive win. Dwyane Wade tallied 24 points, but the Heat had to overcome a
great  game from  Nikola Vucevic. The second-year forward had 25 points and 21
rebounds,  but  the Magic faltered  for the 21st time  in their last 24 games.
The  Heat  won despite shooting 4-of-17  from the field in the fourth quarter.
That included an 0-of-8 showing from beyond the arc. James' layup was the only
bucket for the Heat in the final seven minutes.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

Brooklyn Nets 99, Charlotte Bobcats 78
Cleveland Cavaliers 104, Utah Jazz 101
Boston Celtics 83, Indiana Pacers 81
Atlanta Hawks 107, Philadelphia 76ers 96
New York Knicks 87, Detroit Pistons 77
Memphis Grizzlies 91, Portland Trail Blazers 85
Minnesota Timberwolves 87, Washington Wizards 82
Los Angeles Lakers 108, New Orleans Hornets 102
Dallas Mavericks 112, Houston Rockets 108
Toronto Raptors 98, Phoenix Suns 71
San Antonio Spurs 101, Chicago Bulls 83
Golden State Warriors 87, Sacramento Kings 83
Los Angeles Clippers 117, Milwaukee Bucks 101

National Hockey League


The  Chicago Blackhawks  continued their thrilling run on Wednesday with a 3-2
win  over the Colorado  Avalanche. Chicago is now 21-0-3 on the season and has
not  lost a  regular season game in  regulation since March 25 of last year, a
mark  of 24-0-6.  It's the second-longest  streak in NHL history  and the team
now  trails  the 1979-80 Philadelphia  Flyers by five  games for the top spot.
Also,  the Blackhawks extended their franchise-best winning streak to 11 games
thanks  to  Danny Carcillo's go-ahead  goal with  49.3 seconds to play. Andrew
Shaw  and  Jonathan Toews  also scored, while  Ray Emery made  20 saves in the
front end of a home-and-home set.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Ottawa Senators 4
Calgary Flames 4, San Jose Sharks 1
Anaheim Ducks 2, Phoenix Coyotes 0

NBA

LeBron James just wouldn't let Miami's winning streak end, even after the Heat
blew a 20-point lead against one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference.
James knifed through the lane for a left-handed layup with 3.2 seconds left to
boost  the Heat to a 97-96 victory over the Orlando Magic. The reigning league
MVP  had  26 points, as  the Heat extended  a franchise-record with their 16th
consecutive win. Dwyane Wade tallied 24 points, but the Heat had to overcome a
great  game from  Nikola Vucevic. The second-year forward had 25 points and 21
rebounds,  but  the Magic faltered  for the 21st time  in their last 24 games.
The  Heat  won despite shooting 4-of-17  from the field in the fourth quarter.
That included an 0-of-8 showing from beyond the arc. James' layup was the only
bucket for the Heat in the final seven minutes.

An  MRI taken  on Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger's troublesome left knee
has  revealed no  new damage,  though the  team announced  Wednesday that  the
one-time All-Star  will be  held out for  the next week  to rest his recurring
ailment.  Granger missed  Indiana's  first  55 games  of  this  season due  to
patellar  tendinosis  in the knee before  making his 2012-13 debut on Feb. 22.
The talented veteran has participated in each of the team's last five contests
since returning, but exited Sunday's win over Chicago after just eight minutes
due  to  recurring soreness.  Granger, who  has averaged  18.1 points per game
since  being  taken by the  Pacers in  the first round  of the 2005 draft, has
managed just 5.4 points and 1.8 rebounds during his brief time this season.

NHL

The  Chicago Blackhawks  continued their thrilling run on Wednesday with a 3-2
win  over the Colorado  Avalanche. Chicago is now 21-0-3 on the season and has
not  lost a  regular season game in  regulation since March 25 of last year, a
mark  of 24-0-6.  It's the second-longest  streak in NHL history  and the team
now  trails  the 1979-80 Philadelphia  Flyers by five  games for the top spot.
Also,  the Blackhawks extended their franchise-best winning streak to 11 games
thanks  to  Danny Carcillo's go-ahead  goal with  49.3 seconds to play. Andrew
Shaw  and  Jonathan Toews  also scored, while  Ray Emery made  20 saves in the
front end of a home-and-home set.

BASEBALL


Injuries  to  the New York  Yankees' sluggers continue to  pile up as the team
announced on Wednesday that first baseman Mark Teixeira is expected to miss 8-
to-10  weeks with  a strained  tendon in  his right  wrist. Teixeira  recently
pulled  out  of the World Baseball  Classic after sustaining the injury, which
has been diagnosed as an ECU tendon sprain, specifically, and has been advised
to  take  four weeks  of complete  rest. He  will not  rejoin the Yankees this
spring.  New York  was already looking for  ways to compensate for the loss of
outfielder  Curtis Granderson,  who is out for 10 weeks with a fractured right
forearm.  The  Yankees are also  without third  baseman Alex Rodriguez, who is
expected  to  miss a significant amount  of the 2013 campaign while recovering
from offseason hip surgery.

NFL


The  Washington Redskins announced on Wednesday that the team has added former
San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith to its front office staff. Smith
will  hold the  title of  senior  executive and  is  expected to  serve in  an
advisory  role  to current  GM Bruce  Allen. The  64-year-old Smith helped the
Chargers  to five  AFC West titles during  his 10-year run as GM and was named
the  NFL's  Executive of the  Year by the  Pro Football Writers Association in
2004. However, he was relieved of his duties in January after San Diego failed
to  qualify for the playoffs for a third straight year this past season. Smith
spent  a total  of  14  years with  the  Chargers and  owns  28  years of  NFL
experience.

The  San Francisco 49ers announced that they have released kicker David Akers.
Akers, 38, struggled in the regular season last year, converting on 69 percent
of  his  attempts,  his lowest  since  1999,  when  he  was a  member  of  the
Philadelphia  Eagles.  The six-time  Pro Bowler  nearly lost  his job when the
49ers  brought in  Billy  Cundiff for  a  tryout just  after  New Year's  Day.
However,  he performed  well in the postseason, connecting on four of his five
attempts,  including  3-for-3 in the  Super Bowl against the Baltimore Ravens.
In 221 games with the Redskins (1998), Eagles (1999-2010) and 49ers (2011-12),
Akers  has connected on 367-of-453 field goal attempts and 521-of-527 PATs. In
2011, he set the NFL record for most field goals made (44) and attempted (52).

 

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