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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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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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Sixers drop 26th straight, 120-98 to Rockets PDF Print E-mail
Written by KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 06:39
HOUSTON — Philadelphia coach Brett Brown was grasping for positives after his team tied an NBA record for futility by dropping its 26th straight game on Thursday night.
“We still don’t have the poorest record in the league,” said Brown, whose Sixers have won one more game than league-worst Milwaukee. “When you look at the realities of where we ended up, it’s not as painful and as shocking as it may seem to others.”
Regardless of the Bucks’ record, Philadelphia’s winless stretch has been matched in NBA history only by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.
James Harden had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in three quarters for his second career triple-double to lead the Houston Rockets to the 120-98 win — their fifth straight.
The 76ers (15-57) stuck around early before a big second-quarter run allowed the Rockets to pull away and roll to the win.
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Florida, Dayton advance to Elite Eight PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 06:42
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Scottie “McBuckets” has Florida deep in the NCAA tournament once again. The Dayton Flyers are the latest mid-major upstart still in the bracket.
The Gators (35-2), the tournament’s top overall seed, will face No. 11 Dayton (26-10) on Saturday in the Elite Eight after both teams cruised to relatively easy victories in the South Regional on Thursday night.
Florida pushed past No. 4 UCLA 79-68 thanks to a stellar performance by Gators’ senior Scottie Wilbekin. The 6-foot-2 point guard hit several big shots in the second half to put away the pesky Bruins, finishing with 13 points.
“Scottie McBuckets, if you want to call him that,” Florida center Patric Young said. “He’s been performing as the go-to guy. He’s making the shots when they’re available and we know we can trust him and that he’s going to make it happen.”
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Plekanec, Vanek lead Canadiens over Red Wings 5-4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Friday, 28 March 2014 06:37
DETROIT — The Montreal Canadiens started fast and finished strong to overcome a rough patch in between.
Max Pacioretty broke a third-period tie, Tomas Plekanec scored twice and Montreal beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 Thursday night.
The Canadiens jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and led 3-1 going into the third. But Detroit’s Tomas Tatar scored twice during a span of 3:06 early in the third period to tie it.
Pacioretty restored the Canadiens’ lead 5:48 into the third and Thomas Vanek added a goal with 8:45 left.
“The second and third periods weren’t good at all. We got lucky that we found a way to win,” Plekanec said.
Vanek added two assists and David Desharnais had a goal and an assist for Montreal. P.K. Subban had two assists and Carey Price made 26 saves.
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