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Wednesday's Results

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

Andre  Nation  scored 14  points to go with seven rebounds  and five blocks to
lead  James Madison to a 68-55 win over  Long Island in the first round of the
NCAA  Tournament  on Wednesday.  A.J. Davis added 20  points and Charles Cooke
finished  with 15  points  for the Dukes  (21-14),  who  will face  top-seeded
Indiana  in  the  second round  of an  East Region  matchup  on Friday.  Jamal
Olasewere  had  20 points and 10 rebounds for the Blackbirds (20-14), who were
held to their lowest offensive output this season.

West Region - First Round (Dayton, OH)

La Salle 80, Boise State 71

National Basketball Association

LeBron  James recorded a triple-double that helped trigger a  huge second-half
comeback  and  extend the Miami Heat's winning  streak to 24 consecutive games
with  a 98-95 decision over  Cleveland at  a charged-up  Quicken Loans  Arena.
James  racked up 25 points, 12 rebounds  and 10 assists in sparking the Heat's
rally from a 27-point third-quarter deficit. Five other Miami players finished
in  double figures  to  aid in the Heat's  lengthening  of the  second-longest
winning run in league annals.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

Charlotte Bobcats 107, Toronto Raptors 101
Atlanta Hawks 98, Milwaukee Bucks 90
New York Knicks 106, Orlando Magic 94
Brooklyn Nets 113, Dallas Mavericks 96
Houston Rockets 100, Utah Jazz 93
Memphis Grizzlies 90, Oklahoma City Thunder 89 (OT)
New Orleans Hornets 87, Boston Celtics 86
San Antonio Spurs 104, Golden State Warriors 93
Washington Wizards 88, Phoenix Suns 79
Los Angeles Clippers 101, Philadelphia 76ers 72

National Hockey League

Teemu Selanne scored the winner with 4:23 to play as Anaheim rallied for a 4-2
win  over Chicago  in a battle  between  the two  powerhouses  of the  Western
Conference. Bobby Ryan had tied the game just over a minute before the Selanne
goal  while Peter Holland  and Sheldon  Souray also scored  for the Ducks, who
have won seven of their last eight to move three points behind Chicago for the
top spot in the Western Conference.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Minnesota Wild 4, Detroit Red Wings 2
Colorado Avalanche 4, Dallas Stars 3
San Jose Sharks 4, Edmonton Oilers 3 (SO)

As of 7:45 a.m. (et)

NBA

Once  again,  LeBron James broke the hearts of the  city of Cleveland. The ex-
Cavalier  recorded a  triple-double that  helped  trigger a  huge  second-half
comeback  and extend the Miami  Heat's winning  streak to 24 consecutive games
with  a 98-95  decision over  Cleveland at  a charged-up  Quicken Loans Arena.
James  racked up 25 points, 12 rebounds  and 10 assists in sparking the Heat's
rally from a 27-point third-quarter deficit. Five other Miami players finished
in  double figures  to aid in  the Heat's  lengthening  of the  second-longest
winning run in league annals.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Butler,  Xavier and  Creighton  are bound  for  the new  Big  East. The  three
institutions  announced  Wednesday that  they  will  join the  seven  Catholic
schools  who left to  form a new basketball conference that is keeping the Big
East  name. DePaul,  Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's
and  Villanova  reached an  agreement earlier  this month  that allows them to
depart  from the  old Big  East Conference  this summer.  The Catholic  7 also
negotiated to keep their basketball tournament at New York's venerable Madison
Square Garden. Butler and Xavier are leaving the Atlantic 10 Conference, while
Creighton  is  defecting from the Missouri  Valley Conference. The move to the
basketball centric conference for the three schools will become effective July
1.

The  NCAA Tournament continued Wednesday with  the second pair of "First Four"
games  from  Dayton. In  the  opener,  CAA  Tournament champion  James Madison
eliminated  Long Island, the  Northeast Conference  Tournament winner, for the
right  to play East Region top seed  Indiana on Friday. The nightcap came from
the  West Region  as  La Salle  ousted Boise State.  The  Explorers  will face
fourth-seeded Kansas State in the second round.

With  the "First Four" complete the "madness" can truly begin on Thursday with
16  second-round NCAA  Tournament games. Michigan  State  and Valparaiso  kick
things off at 12:15 ET,  while the full slate wraps up  with Syracuse battling
Montana.  Two No. 1s  will be in  action as the  top overall seed, Louisville,
meets NC A&T,  which took down Liberty  on Tuesday. Gonzaga, the No. 1 seed in
the West Region, begins its title quest against Southern.

Two  No. 15 seeds won their second-round game last year, and while all the No.
2s are in action Friday, upsets will almost certainly be aplenty. Saint Mary's
looks to build off Tuesday's win against Middle Tennessee when it takes on No.
6  seed  Memphis, while  Michigan, as  a No. 4 seed, will  be on alert against
South Dakota State and the nation's fourth leading scorer, Nate Wolters. A No.
13 and a No. 12 seed have won at least one game each of the past five years.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Alabama  athletics  director Mal  Moore  announced  Wednesday he  will  resign
effective  immediately due to recent health concerns. Moore, who has served as
the  Crimson  Tide's AD since  1999, was hospitalized  for over a week earlier
this month with heart-related issues. The 73-year-old will move into a special
assistant's   role  to  university  president  Judy  Bonner.  Moore  has  been
associated  with  the Alabama football program  for more than 53 years, having
played  under  the legendary Bear Bryant  from 1958-62 and later serving as an
assistant  to  Bryant from  1964-82.  The  Crimson  Tide captured  their  10th
national  championship with Moore either a player, coach or administrator with
their victory over Notre Dame in January's BCS Championship Game.

NFL

The  NFL  eliminated, approved  and changed rules  Wednesday during the annual
league  meetings  in Phoenix.  Gone  is  the  infamous  tuck rule,  which  was
eliminated  by a  29-1-2 vote. Pittsburgh voted against the rule change, while
Washington  and,  not surprisingly,  New  England  abstained. After  all,  the
Patriots  greatly  benefited from  the tuck  rule when a  Tom Brady fumble was
overturned  in  a snowy 2001 AFC  Divisional Playoff game against Oakland. The
controversial call, which wiped out a late fourth-quarter turnover that likely
would  have sealed  a  victory for  the  Raiders, sparked  the  Patriots to  a
comeback  win  in overtime. They eventually  captured the first of three Super
Bowl  titles in a  four-year span. NFL owners also passed a new rule that bans
players  from leading with  the top, or crown, of their helmets outside of the
tackle  box. In  addition, league  owners also  voted to  change a  rule which
relates to the illegal throwing of the challenge flag.

The Houston Texans have reportedly landed veteran Ed Reed through free agency.
According to multiple outlets, Reed agreed to a deal with Houston on Wednesday
night.  Reed has spent his entire 11-year career in Baltimore after the Ravens
selected  him  with the  24th  overall  pick in  the  2002  draft out  of  the
University  of Miami.  The  play-making  free safety  has  led  the league  in
interceptions  three  times, totaling 61 in  160 career games and taking seven
back  for  touchdowns. He  has been a  Pro Bowl selection  nine times and last
season helped the Ravens capture the Super Bowl.

The  Chicago Bears  and their  all-time leading  tackler, Brian Urlacher, have
parted  ways  after  failing  to  agree  on a  contract.  The  Bears  made the
announcement on Wednesday, sending the 34-year-old linebacker into free agency
for  the first time in his career. Urlacher, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection,
was  the Bears'  first-round pick  (ninth overall)  in the 2000 draft  and has
totaled  1,779 tackles, 41 1/2 sacks,  and 22 interceptions during his career.
The  University of New Mexico product won the Rookie of the Year award and was
named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.

 

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