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Carson Palmer Says He's Healthy

Posted: March 30, 2009 11:57 PM ; Updated: March 31, 2009 12:15 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 3:31 PM ; Updated: March 30, 2009 3:32 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 7:19 PM ; Updated: March 29, 2009 9:18 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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Tiger Gets First Win Since Return

Posted: March 29, 2009 7:19 PM ; Updated: March 29, 2009 9:18 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 7:19 PM ; Updated: March 29, 2009 9:18 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 7:18 PM ; Updated: March 29, 2009 9:18 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 6:25 PM ; Updated: March 29, 2009 9:18 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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