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Tiger Gets First Win Since Return

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

ORLANDO, Fla.(AP) The clutch shots. The late charge. An electric birdie putt on the 18th hole at Bay Hill.

Yep, Tiger Woods is back.

With those familiar back-nine heroics and a putt most everyone knew he was going to make, Woods holed a 15-footer for birdie to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational for his first victory since returning from knee surgery.

Woods closed with a 3-under 67 for a one-shot victory over hard-luck Sean O'Hair, matching his largest comeback on the PGA Tour.

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LeBron, Cavs Win 12th Straight

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

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James ran over an unsuspecting referee. The Cleveland Cavaliers flattened another record.

James scored 24 points with 12 assists while orchestrating Cleveland's show on and off the floor as the Cavs made more history with a 102-74 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, hitting the 60-win mark and extending their winning streak to a franchise record 12 straight.

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Michigan St. Returns to Final Four

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

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Even before Michigan State's first game of the season, coach Tom Izzo gathered his players and spelled out their goal.

"Ford Field," he wrote on a dry-erase board.

That part of the Motown mission is now complete.

The Spartans gave the Final Four a hometown feel, stopping overall No. 1 seed Louisville 64-52 Sunday to win the Midwest Regional.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins at Martinsville

Posted: March 29, 2009 7:25 PM ; Updated: March 29, 2009 10:18 PM

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson didn't have the car to beat until late in the Goody's 500 on Sunday, but that he emerged at the right time should have been no surprise.

After all, he is Mr. Martinsville.

Johnson nudged Denny Hamlin aside in the third and fourth turns with 15 laps to go at Martinsville Speedway, and gave team owner Rick Hendrick a perfect place to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his first victory in NASCAR's premier series: Victory Lane.

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Nova Upsets Pitt in All-Time Classic

Posted: March 29, 2009 2:23 AM ; Updated: March 29, 2009 2:25 AM

BOSTON (AP) -- It was physical. It was defensive. It was just the way they like it in the Big East.

With bodies clogging the lane and 3-pointers clanging off the rim, Scottie Reynolds made a half-court dash for a last-second basket to give Villanova 78-76 victory over Pittsburgh and send the Wildcats to their first Final Four since the 1985 team made its stunning run to the NCAA championship.

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Tiger Woods Five Strokes Back

Posted: March 29, 2009 2:19 AM ; Updated: March 29, 2009 2:23 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sean O'Hair couldn't think of a bad shot he hit over the last four holes, yet he still made three bogeys.

Tiger Woods was thrilled with his last two bogeys - one after a shot caromed off the cart path, another after a shot no one could find along the banks of the lake guarding the 18th green.

Right after the sonic boom from the return of space shuttle Discovery resounded across the course, Bay Hill lowered a boom of its own Saturday and turned the Arnold Palmer Invitational into a windy, wacky test of survival.

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UConn Punches Final Four Ticket

Posted: March 28, 2009 7:01 PM ; Updated: March 28, 2009 7:04 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Freshman Kemba Walker scored 23 points as Connecticut held off Missouri 82-75 on Saturday to earn a trip to the Final Four and extend the Big East's dominance of the NCAA tournament.

The top-seeded Huskies blew an early 11-point lead but survived against the frenetic third-seeded Tigers, who were denied their first Final Four berth.

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