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Wednesday's Results

National Basketball Association

The streak is over. Luol Deng scored 28 points, Carlos Boozer added 21 with 17
rebounds,  and the Chicago Bulls clamped down defensively to come through with
a  101-97 victory  over the  Miami Heat  and put  an end  to the  reigning NBA
champions'  27-game unbeaten run. Chicago dealt Miami its first defeat since a
102-89  setback  at Indiana on  Feb. 1 --  despite All-Star center Joakim Noah
sitting  out a  third straight outing with an injured foot. LeBron James still
managed  32 points  on  11-of-17  shooting in  the  setback,  and Dwyane  Wade
returned from a two-game absence to provide 18 points and seven rebounds.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

Charlotte Bobcats 114, Orlando Magic 108
Boston Celtics 93, Cleveland Cavaliers 92
Philadelphia 76ers 100, Milwaukee Bucks 92
Atlanta Hawks 107, Toronto Raptors 88
New York Knicks 108, Memphis Grizzlies 101
Indiana Pacers 100, Houston Rockets 91
Los Angeles Lakers 120, Minnesota Timberwolves 117
Los Angeles Clippers 105, New Orleans Hornets 91
Oklahoma City Thunder 103, Washington Wizards 80
San Antonio Spurs 100, Denver Nuggets 99
Utah Jazz 103, Phoenix Suns 88
Sacramento Kings 105, Golden State Warriors 98
Brooklyn Nets 111, Portland Trail Blazers 93

National Hockey League

Mike  Cammalleri scored  two  second-period  goals and  the  Flames edged  the
Colorado  Avalanche, 4-3, on the night the Jarome Iginla era in Calgary ended.
Iginla  had  played 441  consecutive  games  before  being a  healthy  scratch
Wednesday  night. Shortly  after the game, the Flames announced that they have
traded  their  franchise icon  and captain to  Pittsburgh. The Flames received
forwards  Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hanowski and the Penguins' first-round pick
at this year's NHL Draft. Jiri Hudler and Steve Begin each lit the lamp in the
first period for the Flames, who have won eight straight at the Saddledome.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

Montreal Canadiens 6, Boston Bruins 5 (SO)
Minnesota Wild 4, Phoenix Coyotes 3 (OT)
San Jose Sharks 4, Anaheim Ducks 0

NHL

After weeks of speculation,  the Calgary Flames finally parted ways  with star
forward  and  longtime captain  Jarome Iginla.  A deal  sending Iginla  to the
Pittsburgh Penguins was completed  late Wednesday  night after earlier reports
had  indicated  that Boston  was Iginla's  landing spot.  The Flames  received
college  forwards Kenneth  Agostino and  Ben Hanowski  and the  Penguins' 2013
first-round  draft pick.  The 35-year-old  was a  notable healthy  scratch for
Calgary's  4-3 win  over the  Colorado Avalanche  at the  Saddledome. He's  in
the final year of his current deal,  which will  pay him $7 million,  and will
be  an  unrestricted free  agent  on  July 1.  A  native  of Edmonton,  Iginla
leaves  the  Flames as  their all-time  leader in  goals (525), points (1,095)
and  total  games  (1,219),  while  placing  second  in  assists  (570)  after
spending all of his 16-plus NHL seasons in southern Alberta.

NBA

Miami's winning streak is finally over,  as the Chicago Bulls ended the Heat's
run at 27 straight victories  on Wednesday night.  Luol Deng scored 28 points,
while Carlos Boozer added 21 with 17 rebounds in Chicago's 101-97 victory. The
Bulls dealt Miami  its first defeat since a 102-89 setback  at Indiana on Feb.
1. The  New York Knicks  now have  the longest  active  winning streak  at six
games.

The  stumbling  Los Angeles  Lakers will  have to  continue their playoff push
without  Metta World Peace. The 33-year-old forward is scheduled for left knee
surgery on Thursday and will be sidelined for at least the rest of the regular
season.  Diagnosed with  a torn  lateral  meniscus, World  Peace suffered  the
injury  in Monday's loss  to the Golden State Warriors and is expected to miss
at  least  six weeks, meaning  there's a good chance  he won't play again this
season.  The  14-year-veteran,  a  member  of the  Lakers  since  the  2009-10
campaign,  was having  his  most  productive season  in  Los Angeles,  posting
averages  of  12.8 points,  5.1  rebounds  and 1.7  steals  per  game over  70
contests.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL


The  regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament will open Thursday in the East
and  West. The  East is  the only  region  where each  of the  four top  seeds
advanced through the opening weekend.  Play in Washington, DC on Thursday will
start with second-seeded Miami-Florida against No. 3 Marquette, to be followed
by top-seeded Indiana  against No. 4 Syracuse  in a rematch  of the  1987 NCAA
title game won by the Hoosiers.  Ohio State, meanwhile,  was the only top-four
seed to reach Los Angeles  for the West semifinals. The second-seeded Buckeyes
will  face No.  6 seed Arizona  in the  first game  Thursday from  the Staples
Center, while  No. 13 seed La Salle will take on ninth-seeded Wichita State in
the nightcap.

Shaka   Smart  will  remain  the  men's  head  basketball  coach  at  Virginia
Commonwealth.  On Wednesday, the school revealed that Smart and the university
have agreed in principle to a contract extension, with the details still being
finalized.  However, according  to a report on SI.com, the deal is intended to
keep  Smart with the school through 2023 with an average annual salary of $1.5
million  per  year. Smart  led the  Rams to  a 27-9  record this season, which
included  a berth in  the Atlantic 10 championship game and a selection to the
NCAA  Tournament.  VCU crushed  Akron before  losing to  Michigan in the third
round.  He  was courted by  UCLA, which fired  previous head coach Ben Howland
over  the  weekend, but  turned  down  the  storied program.  The  35-year-old
graduate  of  Kenyon College has  gone 111-37  with a 50-20 overall conference
mark  between the  Colonial Athletic Association and the A-10 since taking the
reins  in 2009.  After winning the CBI  Tournament in 2010, VCU has made three
straight NCAA tourney appearances, highlighted by a Final Four berth in 2011.

The  University of Connecticut and women's head basketball coach Geno Auriemma
have agreed to terms on a five-year contract that will run through the 2017-18
season.  Auriemma, who  has spent all 27  of his head coaching years at UConn,
owns  a  career record  of 835-133  with an  unprecedented seven NCAA national
championships  (1995,  2000, 2002, 2003,  2004, 2009,  2010) and 13 Final Four
appearances,  including  each of the last  five seasons. The Huskies have also
appeared  in the  Sweet 16 in 20 straight seasons, including this year's squad
which  plays  in the Bridgeport  Regional on Saturday,  and have made the NCAA
Tournament every year since 1989.

NFL

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with defensive end Osi Umenyiora on a
two-year  contract.  Financial terms were  not disclosed, but NFL.com reported
that the deal is worth $8.5 million -- including $5 million guaranteed -- with
a  maximum value  of $12.2  million. Last  season, the  31-year old  Umenyiora
played  in  all 16 games with  four starts for the  New York Giants and had 55
tackles, six sacks and one forced fumble. Umenyiora, who lives in Atlanta, had
spent  his entire  10-year career  with the  Giants, who  selected him  in the
second  round in  the 2003 NFL Draft.  A two-time Super Bowl champion and two-
time  Pro  Bowl selection, Umenyiora  has 430 tackles,  75 sacks and 31 forced
fumbles over 129 career games.

BASEBALL


The  St. Louis  Cardinals and starting pitcher Adam Wainwright have reportedly
agreed  to a five-year contract extension that will keep the right-hander with
the club through the 2018 season.  According to multiple sources,  including a
St. Louis paper,  the deal is worth close  to $100 million.  Wainwright missed
the  entire  2011 season after rehabbing  from Tommy John surgery, but bounced
back with a 14-13 record last year, including a 3.94 earned run average in 198
2/3 innings over 32 starts.  The 31-year-old  right-hander  originally inked a
six-year,  $36 million deal in 2008 which was set to expire  at the end of the
2013 season.

Hall  of  Fame broadcaster  Tim McCarver  announced on  Wednesday that he will
leave  his post  as the  lead baseball  analyst for  FOX Sports  following the
conclusion  of the upcoming 2013 season. McCarver has been with FOX ever since
the  network began national broadcasts of MLB games in 1996 and has covered 28
consecutive  baseball  postseasons while  working for  all four major American
networks.  He has  also served as an  on-air commentator for a record 23 World
Series  and was recently inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame last
year as the recipient of the 2012 Ford C. Frick Award.

 

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