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LeBron  James  had 24  points, 11 assists  and nine rebounds  and the Heat won
their  27th  straight game, a  108-94 triumph over  Orlando. Miami is just six
wins away from matching the Los Angeles Lakers' record of 33 wins in a row set
in  1971-72, but the Heat's amazing stretch was nearly snapped by the Magic on
March  6.  James, though, came through  with a go-ahead layup with 3.2 seconds
left as the Heat held on to win 97-96 in Miami.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

Indiana Pacers 100, Atlanta Hawks 94
Washington Wizards 107, Memphis Grizzlies 94
New Orleans Hornets 110, Denver Nuggets 86
Utah Jazz 107, Philadelphia 76ers 91
Golden State Warriors 109, Los Angeles Lakers 103

National Hockey League

Dustin Brown scored the game-winning goal with 1:27 remaining in regulation to
lift  the Los Angeles  Kings to a 5-4 comeback win over the Chicago Blackhawks
at  United  Center. The  Kings were  coming off  a pair  of shutout losses and
trailed  the Western Conference-leading Blackhawks on three separate occasions
before rallying to hand Chicago a second straight loss. Tyler Toffoli tied the
game  in the  third period,  while  the Kings  also received  goals from  Anze
Kopitar,  Dwight King and Jarret Stoll, who had a short-handed tally in a wild
second  period.  Jonathan Quick picked  up the win  with 21 saves, while Corey
Crawford's 31 went for naught.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

Boston Bruins 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 (SO)
Ottawa Senators 3, New Jersey Devils 2 (SO)
Nashville Predators 3, Edmonton Oilers 2
Minnesota Wild 7, Dallas Stars 4
Detroit Red Wings 3, Phoenix Coyotes 2
San Jose Sharks 5, Anaheim Ducks 3

NBA

LeBron  James  had 24  points, 11 assists  and nine rebounds  and the Heat won
their  27th  straight game, a  108-94 triumph over  Orlando. Miami is just six
wins away from matching the Los Angeles Lakers' record of 33 wins in a row set
in  1971-72.

GOLF

Tiger Woods captured his third tournament title of 2013 Monday with a two-shot
win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando,  a victory that also vaulted
him back  to the top  of the world rankings  for the first time  since October
2010. Woods won the Bay Hill crown for  the  second straight year  and for the
eighth time overall,  matching Sam Snead's PGA Tour record  for most wins at a
single event.  Snead  won the  Greater Greensboro Open  eight times.  A severe
thunderstorm made the Bay Hill course unplayable on Sunday, forcing the Monday
finish, and Woods, who had played two holes Sunday, carded a 2-under 70 in the
final round  to finish  at 13-under par  for the tournament.  Justin Rose also
shot a two-under 70 and finished alone in second at 11-under.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The University of Minnesota has fired men's basketball coach Tubby Smith after
six  seasons. Smith  led the Golden Gophers  to a record of 21-13 this season,
which  concluded Sunday with a 78-64 loss to Florida in the third round of the
NCAA  Tournament. The  Gophers were 124-81 and never had a losing season under
Smith,  who signed  a contract extension through the 2016-17 season last July.
However,  Minnesota  was just 46-62  in the Big  Ten and never finished better
than  sixth in  the conference.  Minnesota reached  the NCAA  Tournament three
times under Smith and Friday's 83-63 victory over UCLA in the second round was
the first NCAA triumph for the Gophers since a Final Four run -- since vacated
--  in 1997.

BASEBALL


The  Milwaukee Brewers  signed pitcher  Kyle Lohse  on Monday.  According to a
Milwaukee newspaper,  the three-year deal is worth $11 million per season plus
incentives.  Lohse  had spent  the past  five seasons  with St. Louis  and was
coming off  the best year  of his career  in 2012 with a record  of 16-3 and a
2.86 ERA in 33 starts,  but the Cardinals offered  him compensation  as a free
agent  and any team that signed him would have  to forfeit a first-round draft
pick.  The Brewers will have  to surrender the  17th pick  in the  draft after
signing him. Lohse was 55-35 with an ERA of 3.90 during his time  in St. Louis
and helped the Cardinals to the 2011 World Series title.

NFL

Atlanta  Falcons  center Todd  McClure officially  announced his retirement on
Monday.  McClure  has been  a staple  of the  Falcons organization since being
selected  in the seventh round of  the 1999 NFL Draft. The 36-year-old McClure
holds  the franchise's  streak for most consecutive starts with 148. He didn't
play  in his rookie  season due to a torn ACL. Falcons owner Arthur Blank said
Monday that McClure will be a member of the team's Ring of Honor.

NHL

The  Pittsburgh Penguins  acquired defenseman Douglas Murray from the San Jose
Sharks  on  Monday. Pittsburgh sent San  Jose second-round draft picks in 2013
and  2014. The  latter selection  is conditional,  hinging on  whether or  not
Murray  re-signs  with Pittsburgh.  The  33-year-old  Murray spent  his entire
career in the Sharks organization, after the club took him in the eighth round
of the 1999 draft.  He made his NHL debut  in 2005, and has totaled  59 points
and 361 penalty minutes in 451 games in eight pro seasons.

The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with forward Alexander Semin on a
five-year  contract  extension. The deal will  pay Semin $7 million per season
through 2017-18. Semin has eight goals and 22 assists in 30 games this season,
his  first with  the Hurricanes. The 29-year-old has totaled 205 goals and 233
assists  in  499 career games  with the  Capitals and Hurricanes. In addition,
Semin has 15 goals and 19 assists in 51 career Stanley Cup playoff games.

 

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