March 29, 2011 in Sports

NCAA All-America team led by seniors

 
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Jimmer Fredette is BYU’s first All-American since Danny Ainge.
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Men’s basketball: Seniors dominated the Associated Press All-America team for the first time since four made the team in 2006.

Jimmer Fredette of BYU, Nolan Smith of Duke and JaJuan Johnson of Purdue, all seniors, were joined on the team Monday by junior Kemba Walker of Connecticut and freshman Jared Sullinger of Ohio State.

Fredette led the nation in scoring at 28.5 points per game while shooting 40.4 percent from 3-point range.

Marcus Morris of Kansas led the second team and was joined by Derrick Williams of Arizona, Ben Hansbrough of Notre Dame, Jordan Taylor of Wisconsin and Kawhi Leonard of San Diego State.

• Drew II enrolls at UCLA: Point guard Larry Drew II has enrolled and begun to take classes at UCLA after abruptly leaving North Carolina last month.

The junior will sit out next season because of NCAA rules and will have one season of eligibility remaining.

Bonds’ former mistress takes stand

Baseball: In San Francisco, Barry Bonds’ former mistress testified that he blamed a 1999 elbow injury on steroid use, and that the body and behavior of baseball’s home run king changed during their nine-year relationship.

Called by prosecutors to the witness stand, Kimberly Bell choked up as she recalled Bonds once threatening “to cut my head off and leave me in a ditch,” an outburst prosecutors attribute to steroid use. The defense portrayed Bell as an unreliable witness, hungry to capitalize on her affair with Bonds, and Bell acknowledged that the relationship benefited her financially.

Former players join lockout fight

NFL: Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller, three-time All-Pro running back Priest Holmes and ex-players Obafemi Ayanbadejo and Ryan Collins have sued the NFL in hopes of joining current players in their antitrust fight against the league.

The retirees want the NFL lockout lifted to ensure their pensions and health benefits remain funded. According to the lawsuit, those benefits will end if a collective bargaining agreement is not renewed by next March 11 – a year after the last one expired.

• Players defend decision: NFL players are defending their decision to disband the union, saying employers cannot force workers to form a union.

The players are asking a federal judge to halt a lockout imposed by owners, saying an injunction is needed to “stop the irreparable harm being inflicted today.” A hearing on the issue is scheduled for April 6 in St. Paul, Minn.

Blackhawks use OT to edge Red Wings

NHL: Marian Hossa scored on a power play 51 seconds into overtime, lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Red Wings in Detroit.

Henrik Zetterberg was called for hooking Patrick Kane with 3.7 seconds left, putting Chicago on the power play to begin the extra session. The Blackhawks took advantage on Hossa’s shot from the left circle off a pass from Kane.

Anthony leads charge as Knicks top Magic

NBA: Carmelo Anthony had 39 points and 10 rebounds, his best effort since coming to New York, and the Knicks pulled out a 113-106 overtime victory over the visiting Orlando Magic to snap a six-game losing streak.

Amare Stoudemire had 20 points for the Knicks.

• Blazers beat banged-up Spurs: Andre Miller scored 26 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the host San Antonio Spurs 100-92 as Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan sat out with injuries.

Top-ranked Wozniacki falls

Miscellany: Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki lost to Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in the fourth round at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Ochocino shows lack of conditioning: Chad Ochocinco played 30 minutes in a practice game with Sporting Kansas City of the MLS. Afterward, he agreed that his conditioning and skills were lacking.

Coach Peter Vermes says he will meet with Ochocinco today to discuss what’s been a five-day tryout.


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