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Muamba's family: Midfielder faces long recovery

Mar 23, 2012

By STUART CONDIE, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Fabrice Muamba still faces "a long period of recovery" after his on-field cardiac arrest despite a surprisingly strong improvement since his collapse, his family said Friday.

Muamba's father and fiancee released a statement thanking fans, soccer ...

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'If Duke played the Taliban, I'd pull for Taliban'

Mar 23, 2012

By JIM LITKE, Associated Press

Welcome to the all-Carolina-most-of-the-time edition of Bracket Racket, your one-stop shopping for all things NCAA on tournament game days.

It's been said that "God is a Tar Heel." Discuss.

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The opposing argument is presented by NBC "Today" show host ...

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FIFA adviser urges publishing kickbacks document

Mar 23, 2012

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, Associated Press

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — FIFA's anti-corruption adviser called for swift publication on Friday of a Swiss court document revealing which soccer officials took millions of dollars from marketing agency ISL as kickbacks from World Cup broadcasting deals.

Mark ...

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Mariners, A's arrive in Japan for opening series

Mar 23, 2012

By JIM ARMSTRONG, Associated Press

NARITA, Japan (AP) — The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics arrived in Japan on Friday, five days before opening Major League Baseball's 2012 season at Tokyo Dome.

About 300 fans greeted the teams after they landed at Tokyo's Narita Airport, with Mariners ...

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Thanks to loyal following, Tebowmania transcends

Mar 23, 2012

By MARK LONG, Associated Press

Florida graduate and lifelong Gators fan Mike Beattie followed every development of the Tim Tebow trade. After it finally ended, his wife turned to him and said, "Do we have to start rooting for the Jets?"

"I guess so," he responded.

And there it is: the definition ...

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Syracuse-Ohio State set for East regional final

Mar 23, 2012

By HOWARD ULMAN, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Get ready for another Big East vs. Big Ten matchup in the NCAA East regional.

So far the conferences are tied at one victory apiece.

But the ways the winners got to Saturday night's game with a berth in the Final Four at stake were very different ...

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Cardinals, Gators to meet in West final

Mar 23, 2012

By JOHN MARSHALL, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Rick Pitino once told Billy Donovan that he should stick to finance and not go into coaching.

Donovan has done all right for himself in the coaching world and now gets a chance to see how he measures up to his former boss.

Fabulous freshman ...

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Cardinals knock off top-seeded Spartans 57-44

Mar 23, 2012

By JOHN MARSHALL, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Louisville figured its game against Michigan State to be low-scoring, a natural expectation with two of the nation's best defenses butting heads.

The Cardinals had one big advantage: Gorgui Dieng.

Dominating inside, Dieng blocked seven shots and ...

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Turnovers hurt Cincinnati, lose 81-66 to Ohio St.

Mar 23, 2012

By HOWARD ULMAN, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — When Cincinnati got careless with the ball, it threw away its chance to advance to the NCAA East regional final.

The team that began the night with 10.7 turnovers per game, 15th fewest in the nation, committed 18 in its 81-66 loss to Ohio State on ...

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Beal's 21 lifts Fla. to 68-58 win over Marquette

Mar 23, 2012

By EDDIE PELLS, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Almost every time he touches the ball, Bradley Beal does something special. His latest bit of basketball wizardry moved Florida a win away from the Final Four and set up Billy Donovan with a perfectly scripted matchup against his old coach and boss,

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Top-seeded Syracuse beats Wisconsin 64-63

Mar 22, 2012

By JIM O'CONNELL, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Syracuse will be playing for a spot in the Final Four because of numbers.

C.J. Fair put up some like he hadn't in a while, and the Orange finished with offensive statistics that Wisconsin just doesn't allow in a 64-63 victory in the East Regional ...

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Running back Michael Bush joins Bears

Mar 22, 2012

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Michael Bush is joining the Chicago Bears, perhaps to team with Matt Forte and give the team two hard and effective runners who can alternate punishing defense.

Or maybe in a more visible role should Forte hold out after he earlier was slapped with the franchise tag.

Bush ...

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Serena Williams wins opening match at Key Biscayne

Mar 22, 2012

By STEVEN WINE, Associated Press

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Serena Williams looked right at home, and not just because her purple dress matched the color of the court.

Playing in her backyard tournament for the first time since 2009, the five-time champion beat wild card Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-3 on ...

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Mularkey insists Jaguars wanted QB Tebow

Mar 22, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey insists he wanted quarterback Tim Tebow.

Speaking before a fan event Thursday night, Mularkey indicated that reports saying otherwise were false.

"Don't believe everything you hear or read in the media," Mularkey said. "It's hard ...

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AP Source: Saints staffing shuffle in early stages

Mar 22, 2012

By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sean Payton's many motivational ploys included a life-size poster of an exit door on the locker room wall at Saints headquarters. It served as a not-so-subtle reminder that finding the way out of the organization was easy for those who failed to ...

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Tebow's presence gives Jets' offense options

Mar 22, 2012

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Each time Tim Tebow steps on the field for the New York Jets, defenses will know what to expect.

Well, the unexpected, of course.

The versatile and elusive quarterback with the flair for dramatic victories was acquired Wednesday from the ...

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Lawyer seeks dismissal of charges against Sandusky

Mar 22, 2012

By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky asked a judge Thursday to throw out the child sex abuse charges against him, arguing some counts are not specific enough, evidence is lacking in others and the statute of limitations ...

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NFL concerns affect decisions about bounty penalty

Mar 22, 2012

By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press

When Hall of Fame tailback Tony Dorsett was getting slammed to the turf in the 1970s, or Super Bowl-winning QB Joe Theismann's leg was being gruesomely broken by Lawrence Taylor in the 1980s, it was just football.

Now things are different.

Scientific studies ...

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Wi opens with 66; Woods 3 behind at Bay Hill

Mar 22, 2012

By DOUG FERGUSON, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Wi felt a lot better walking off the golf course compared with his last round.

So did Tiger Woods.

Coming off a final round at Innisbrook in which he made a 13 on one hole, Wi hit an 8-iron over the water to 6 feet for birdie on the ...

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Govt watchdog group warns Brazil of WCup delays

Mar 22, 2012

By TALES AZZONI, Associated Press

SAO PAULO (AP) — A government watchdog group is warning Brazilian authorities that planning delays could compromise the 2014 World Cup.

The Brazilian Audit Court, which is responsible for overseeing how the Brazilian government spends public money, said on ...

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