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Celtics "Shutting Down" Garnett

Posted: March 31, 2009 3:30 PM ; Updated: March 31, 2009 3:32 PM

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WALTHAM, Massachusetts (AP) -- The Boston Celtics are "shutting down" injured star Kevin Garnett because of concerns over his sore right knee.

Coach Doc Rivers announced after practice Tuesday that the team would be "shutting down" their star forward after Garnett experienced continued soreness in the knee, first injured on Feb. 19 at Utah.

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Tigers Release Aging Star Sheffield

Posted: March 31, 2009 3:17 PM ; Updated: March 31, 2009 3:31 PM

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Gary Sheffield's next home run will be his 500th in the major leagues.

The question is: What uniform will he be wearing when he hits it?

The Detroit Tigers released the nine-time All-Star on Tuesday, leaving him without a team as he closes in on becoming the 25th player to reach the milestone.

Sheffield left camp as the rest of his former teammates were reporting for an afternoon game against the Washington Nationals.

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Howard, Magic Top D-Wade's Heat

Posted: March 31, 2009 1:04 AM ; Updated: March 31, 2009 1:14 AM

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MIAMI (AP) -On the night Miami retired Alonzo Mourning 's number, Orlando's big man wrecked the party.

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Calipari Close to Coaching Kentucky

Posted: March 31, 2009 1:00 AM ; Updated: March 31, 2009 1:14 AM

Memphis coach John Calipari appears to be very close to completing an agreement to become the next coach at the University of Kentucky, four sources with knowledge of the situation have told SI.com.

While one source says it is a "done deal", the second cautioned that the deal was not completed but is "moving in that direction." A news conference could be held at the school as early as Tuesday.

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Carson Palmer Says He's Healthy

Posted: March 31, 2009 12:57 AM ; Updated: March 31, 2009 1:15 AM

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Quarterback Carson Palmer considers his throwing elbow fully healed as he begins offseason workouts with his Cincinnati Bengals teammates.

Palmer chose not to have reconstructive surgery for a partially torn ligament and tendon in his right elbow, which sidelined him for 12 games last season. Instead, he decided to see whether rest would heal the injury.

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Griffin, Psycho T & All-America Team

Posted: March 30, 2009 4:31 PM ; Updated: March 30, 2009 4:32 PM

Blake Griffin and Tyler Hansbrough spent a lot of time together on the court last weekend and were back together Monday as the top vote-getters on The Associated Press' All-America team.

Griffin, the sophomore forward from Oklahoma who led the nation in rebounding, was the only unanimous selection for the team. Hansbrough, the consensus player of the year last season as a junior, repeated as a first-teamer the day after his Tar Heels beat the Sooners 72-60 to advance to the Final Four.

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North Carolina Crushes Oklahoma

Posted: March 29, 2009 8:19 PM ; Updated: March 29, 2009 10:18 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Blake Griffin might be the nation's best player. North Carolina brushed him aside with a total team effort.

Ty Lawson scored 19 points and Danny Green added 18 to lead the top-seeded Tar Heels to a 72-60 win over Griffin and Oklahoma on Sunday in the South Regional final.

North Carolina (32-4) advanced to the Final Four for the second straight year and will play Villanova in the national semifinals.

Griffin scored 23 points with 16 rebounds for Oklahoma, but the Sooners (30-6) went 2-for-19 from 3-point range.

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