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NCAA BASKETBALL: 20-loss Liberty makes tourney

on March 11, 2013 10:50 AM

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — John Caleb Sanders had 27 points, Davon Marshall added 20 off six 3-pointers, and Liberty defeated Charleston Southern 87-76 to win the Big South Conference tournament and reach the NCAA tournament with a 15-20 record.

The Flames opened the season 0-8 and reached 20 losses in their next-to-last regular season game. But Liberty got hot at the right time with a five-game winning streak, the last four at the conference tournament to gain their first NCAA trip since 2004.

Seavey takes Iditarod lead

KALTAG, Alaska (AP) — Just like that, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has a new leader.

He’s 2004 champion Mitch Seavey. At 10:13 a.m. Sunday, he reached the town of Unalakleet.

Teams now head onto the frozen Bering Sea coastline and north toward the finish line in Nome about 240 miles away.

Seavey made the 90-mile trip from Kaltag in about 12ᄑ hours, with his dogs traveling at 6.72 miles per hour. Aaron Burmeister pulled in second, and Aliy Zirkle, who had been leading the nearly 1,000-mile race, had not reached Unalakleet and likely was resting her team on the trail. Four-time champion Martin Buser, who had led much of the race since last Sunday’s start, slipped to fourth place.

Brown claims first PGA title

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Scott Brown went from a one-shot deficit to a one-shot victory Sunday in the Puerto Rico Open when he made a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to beat Fabian Gomez and capture his first PGA Tour title.

Jenkins signs with Giants

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins signed a three-year contract with the New York Giants, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

The deal covers three years and is worth $8 million, $3.15 million guaranteed, with a $2 million signing bonus.

Free agents can’t get new contracts until Tuesday, but Jenkins had no such restriction because he had been cut by Philadelphia.

Stoudemire out for six weeks

NEW YORK (AP) — Amare Stoudemire needs surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss six weeks, a stunning blow for the New York Knicks as they chase the Atlantic Division title.

Stoudemire missed the first 30 games after having the same surgery, called a debridement, on his left knee during the preseason. He returned on New Year’s Day and has averaged 14.2 points in 29 games as a reserve.

Cavaliers lose Irving to injury

TORONTO (AP) — The Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving was knocked out with a left shoulder contusion late in the third quarter of Cleveland’s 100-96 loss to the Raptors on Sunday. X-rays were negative and he will have further tests today.

Djokovic’s streak reaches 19

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 19 matches with a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Fabio Fognini in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.

Andy Murray earlier had earned a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.

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