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Kyle Busch wins pole at Martinsville Speedway PDF Print E-mail
Written by HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 19:27
MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Kyle Busch has seen it time and again at Martinsville Speedway.
Driving down pit road, heading back onto the track and in contention for the lead, Busch is used to seeing the pole-sitter gun the engine just off the jack and reassume the race lead.
Busch hopes to finally get to experience that for himself at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday after earning the pole on NASCAR’s smallest, tightest track for the first time in 19 career starts.
“I think that’s a great thing for us,” Busch said after winning the pole with a lap at 99.674 mph. “We get to pit there and of course drop the jack and just lunge across the line and be good.
“You need to still run up front all day. I think that it’s a great opportunity for us to pick up some spots say if we’re second, third, fourth, whatever, but you definitely always want to stay as close to the front as you can and try not to use that box as much as some guys have in the past.”
The pole is the 14th of Busch’s career.
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Tigers’ Cabrera gets record $292M, 10-year deal PDF Print E-mail
Written by JEFF BERLINICKE Associated Press   
Friday, 28 March 2014 19:24
LAKELAND, Fla. — This is one number put up by Miguel Cabrera that is not subject to debate.
The Triple Crown winner agreed Friday to the richest contract in American sports, a $292 million, 10-year deal with the Detroit Tigers.
“I want to finish my career here. I have worked hard to get better, and Detroit is like a house for me,” Cabrera said.
Cabrera has won the last two AL MVP awards, both times beating out Angels phenom Mike Trout in votes that set off heated disputes in the baseball world.
Those in Cabrera’s corner claimed his fearsome hitting stats and triple-digit RBIs were worthy. Those touting Trout argued he was a better all-around player and pointed to the value of his WAR, sabermetric for wins above replacement.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski and manager Brad Ausmus stood by Cabrera, flanking him for the announcement at the Tigers’ spring training complex.
“He’s on track to be one of the greatest players in the history of baseball,” Dombrowski said. “He’s done a lot for the team and a lot for Detroit.”
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Lions sign James Ihedigbo to $3.1M, 2-year deal PDF Print E-mail
Written by LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 06:44
DETROIT — James Ihedigbo’s hard work has paid off.
The Detroit Lions signed Ihedigbo to a $3.1 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person, who said the deal included a $750,000 signing bonus, spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the terms had not been announced.
Ihedigbo earned a spot in the NFL after being an undrafted free agent and a walk-on in college.
The Lions plan to put him in the starting lineup next to safety Glover Quin to replace Louis Delmas, who they released last month.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 06:46
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LaQuinton Ross gives up senior year at Ohio State PDF Print E-mail
Written by RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 19:23
COLUMBUS— LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State’s leading scorer and rebounder, notified coach Thad Matta on Friday that he plans to give up his senior season to pursue a pro career.
Ross, a 6-foot-8 junior from Jackson, Miss., averaged 15.2 points and 5.9 rebounds a game while leading the Buckeyes to a 25-10 record last season that ended with a second-round, 60-59 loss to Dayton in the NCAA tournament.
“My experience at Ohio State has been incredible,” Ross said in a statement. “Coach Matta, my teammates and the staff were amazing to work with on a daily basis. My goal has always been to play at the next level and I believe now is the best time.”
He scored at least 15 points in 18 of his last 26 regular-season games and hit double figures in 17 of his final 19 games overall.
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Arizona, Wisconsin advance to NCAA West final PDF Print E-mail
Written by GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 06:43
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nick Johnson couldn’t make a shot for the first 37 minutes of Arizona’s nail-biting West Regional semifinal against San Diego State.
The Wildcats survived because Johnson couldn’t miss a free throw when it mattered most.
The Pac-12 player of the year scored all 15 of his points in the final 2:44, carrying top-seeded Arizona through the tense final minutes of a 70-64 victory over the Aztecs on Thursday night.
The Wildcats (33-4) advanced to face second-seeded Wisconsin (29-7), which routed Baylor 69-52 with a fraction of the struggle.
Arizona and the Badgers both ended up in the same place: One win away from their coaches’ first trips to the Final Four. Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan has never been there in a 700-win coaching career, while Sean Miller is in a regional final for the third time in his much shorter career.
Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also scored 15 points apiece for the Wildcats, who rallied from a second-half deficit and gutted out a win in a raucous Honda Center packed with fans of both West Coast powers.
Johnson struggled with his shot all night, missing his first 10 field goal attempts. But he made his final two shots before going 10 for 10 at the line in the final 91 seconds, keeping the Wildcats on track for their second win over the Aztecs (31-5) this season.
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