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Phillies say Utley is doubtful for opening day

Mar 19, 2012

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Chase Utley is doubtful for opening day because of problems with both knees.

That assessment comes Monday from general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. At first, the five-time All-Star second baseman was believed to have problems with just his right knee.

Utley hasn't played in a ...

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Progress in Saudi talks to send women to London

Mar 19, 2012

By STEPHEN WILSON, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Saudi Arabia could send female athletes and officials to the Olympics for the first time after talks with the IOC on a list of potential competitors for the London Games.

Saudi Arabia is one of three countries that have never included women on ...

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Ohio, Cincy advance from Nashville to Sweet 16

Mar 19, 2012

By BETH RUCKER, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Consider it a good weekend for teams hailing from Ohio.

Four teams from the state are heading to the regional semifinals, with the 13th-seeded Ohio Bobcats leading the way after getting 21 points from Walter Offutt in a 62-56 upset of South ...

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Kansas back in regional semifinals after 63-60 win

Mar 19, 2012

By ERIC OLSON, Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kansas' Thomas Robinson knew there could be games like this in the NCAA tournament.

Sometimes it's just a matter of surviving.

The No. 2-seeded Jayhawks did, taking their first lead late and holding on to beat No. 10 seed Purdue 63-60 Sunday ...

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Tar Heels, Musketeers advance out of Greensboro

Mar 19, 2012

By AARON BEARD, Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina was supposed to enjoy a comfortable two-game stop in the NCAA tournament about an hour from campus, get John Henson back from a wrist injury and move on to the round of 16.

Instead, the Tar Heels left Greensboro in worse ...

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Spartans, Wolfpack react differently to NCAA wins

Mar 19, 2012

By RUSTY MILLER, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After the buzzer sounded and the cheers died, there was ... nothing.

Top-seeded Michigan State didn't cut down any nets and the Spartans didn't carry anyone around on their shoulders after a 65-61 victory over resilient Saint Louis in a ...

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London games organizers unveil Olympic torch route

Mar 19, 2012

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Schoolchildren, charity fundraisers, war veterans and a centenarian are among 8,000 people who will carry the Olympic flame in the torch relay for the 2012 London Games.

London Games officials unveiled a street-by-street map of the 8,000-mile ...

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Donald wins and goes back to No. 1

Mar 19, 2012

By DOUG FERGUSON, Associated Press

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Coming off a historic season, Luke Donald was starting to feel forgotten.

All the talk at the start of the year was whether Tiger Woods was trending toward a return to the top of golf. That gave way to Rory McIlroy, the 22-year-old U.S.

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Yani Tseng wins LPGA Founders Cup

Mar 19, 2012

By JOHN NICHOLSON, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Almost too cold to talk after the long, chilly final round of the LPGA Founders Cup, Na Yeon Choi had some warm praise for friend Yani Tseng following the top-ranked Taiwanese star's latest victory.

"She's amazing," Choi said Sunday after tying ...

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14 of 16 left in NCAA come from major conferences

Mar 19, 2012

By EDDIE PELLS, Associated Press

So much for the little guys.

Instead of parlaying an historic day of upsets into a second weekend filled with small schools, the NCAA tournament now looks like a who's-who of major college programs.

All but two of the 16 teams in the regional semifinals will be ...

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Sportswriter Furman Bisher dies at 93

Mar 18, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Famed Georgia sportswriter Furman Bisher, who covered everything from major golf tournaments to the Triple Crown during a career that spanned six decades, died Sunday of a massive heart attack outside Atlanta. He was 93.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Bisher's ...

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Frease's 25 points lift Xavier over Lehigh 70-58

Mar 18, 2012

By STEVE REED, Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Xavier is making a habit of reaching the round of 16.

Senior center Kenny Frease scored a career-high 25 points to go with 12 rebounds, and the Musketeers knocked off upset-minded Lehigh 70-58 Sunday night to advance to the regional ...

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Johnson rallies Kansas to 63-60 win over Purdue

Mar 18, 2012

By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Bill Self leaped to his feet on the Kansas sideline, the typically restrained coach finally unloading with a moment of sheer exuberance.

After trailing almost the entire way against Purdue, his Jayhawks are moving on.

Elijah Johnson scored 18 ...

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No. 13 seed Ohio beats USF 62-56 in NCAA tourney

Mar 18, 2012

By BETH RUCKER, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Step aside, VCU. Enjoy your memories, Butler. Ohio's ready to become the latest mid-major darling of March Madness.

Walter Offutt scored 21 points, D.J. Cooper had 19 and No. 13 seed Ohio beat South Florida 62-56 on Sunday night to advance ...

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QB Matt Flynn reaches agreement with Seahawks

Mar 18, 2012

By TIM BOOTH, Associated Press

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are hoping another Green Bay backup turns into their franchise quarterback.

The Seahawks reached agreement Sunday with Matt Flynn on a three-year deal, bringing one of the most wanted — yet unproven — free agents to the ...

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North Carolina rolls past Creighton 87-73 in NCAAs

Mar 18, 2012

By AARON BEARD, Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — John Henson proved he was healthy again, grabbing rebounds and blocking shots in his return from a wrist injury that seemed perfectly timed for North Carolina's latest push for the Final Four.

Now Kendall Marshall has his own wrist injury ...

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Gators top Norfolk St. 84-50, head to round of 16

Mar 18, 2012

By ERIC OLSON, Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — No big upset this time. Kenny Boynton and Florida were just too good for surprising Norfolk State.

Boynton scored 20 points and the balanced Gators routed the 15th-seeded Spartans 84-50 on Sunday to reach the regional semifinals of the NCAA ...

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Muamba breathing on own, recognizes family

Mar 18, 2012

By ROB HARRIS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — English soccer player Fabrice Muamba began breathing on his own and responding to family members Monday, showing significant signs of recovery two days after going into cardiac arrest during a match.

The 23-year-old Bolton midfielder collapsed on the ...

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Top seed Michigan St holds off Saint Louis 65-61

Mar 18, 2012

By TOM WITHERS, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With Michigan State's season in peril, Draymond Green turned to teammate Keith Appling during a timeout and told him to be ready. His moment was near.

And when it arrived, Appling delivered.

His shot, the one Green urged him to take, helped ...

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Nuggets re-sign Wilson Chandler to 5-year deal

Mar 18, 2012

By PAT GRAHAM, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri keeps tinkering with the roster as the playoffs draw near, trying to find just the right mix for coach George Karl.

Ujiri dealt away big man Nene at the trade deadline to free up money, presumably to help pull off this ...

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