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Missouri Hammers Memphis

Posted: March 26, 2009 11:22 PM ; Updated: March 27, 2009 12:24 AM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- A career night by J.T. Tiller put Missouri one win away from its first trip to the Final Four. Memphis' 27-game winning streak, meanwhile, is history.

Tiller scored a career-high 23 points -- 15 more than his season average -- and Missouri held off Memphis' frantic rally for a 102-91 win Thursday night in the semifinals of the West Regional.

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UConn Too Much for Purdue

Posted: March 26, 2009 9:41 PM ; Updated: March 27, 2009 12:24 AM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- After cruising through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, Connecticut found itself in trouble for the first time.

Thanks to Hasheem Thabeet, the top-seeded Huskies weren't in trouble for long.

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Pitt holds off Xavier

Posted: March 26, 2009 9:35 PM ; Updated: March 27, 2009 12:24 AM

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BOSTON (AP) -- Levance Fields gave Pittsburgh the lead with a 3-pointer with 50.9 seconds left, then scored off his steal as the Panthers advanced to the regional finals for the first time in 35 years with a 60-55 win over Xavier on Thursday night.

Top-seeded Pitt (31-4) trailed 54-52 before its point guard connected. Then he poked the ball away from B.J. Raymond and went in for the layup with 23.9 seconds to go.

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Yankees Name Opening Day Starter

Posted: March 26, 2009 7:12 PM ; Updated: March 27, 2009 12:24 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- CC Sabathia will start both the regular season and home opener for the New York Yankees.

Manager Joe Girardi said Thursday the left-hander will pitch the season opener at Baltimore on April 6, and will also throw the first regular-season pitch at the new Yankee Stadium 10 days later against Cleveland.

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Tiger Two Shots Out at Arnold Palmer

Posted: March 26, 2009 7:09 PM ; Updated: March 27, 2009 12:24 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Tiger Woods was in the water, in the trees and in a foul mood. Eight consecutive one-putts, including four straight birdies, changed his fortunes Thursday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods, the defending champion and a five-time winner at Bay Hill, shot a 2-under 68 that left him two shots out of the lead shared by Tim Herron and Jeff Overton.

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LeBron Leads Cavs to Record Win

Posted: March 25, 2009 11:39 PM ; Updated: March 25, 2009 11:45 PM

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CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James and these Cleveland Cavaliers have risen to the top.

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Magic Beat Celtics to Clinch Division

Posted: March 25, 2009 11:34 PM ; Updated: March 25, 2009 11:47 PM

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -The Boston Celtics might be taking an extra road trip to defend their title.

It's a detour that might go through the Magic Kingdom.

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