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Associated Press

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 17 at 3:36 PM

NBA-SCHEDULE

Heat stretch streak

UNDATED (AP) — Miami matches the second-longest winning streak in NBA history with a 108-91 victory at Toronto and will be hunting a 23rd straight win Monday night at Boston.

Ray Allen scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Heat take control of what was a close game. LeBron James had 22 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. And Dwyane (dwayn) Wade contributed 24 points and nine assists.

The Heat tie the 2007-2008 Houston Rockets but are still 11 shy of the league record set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Also on the pro hardwood:

— Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis scored 25 of his season-high 39 points in the fourth quarter as Milwaukee rallied past Orlando 115-109 and halted a three-game losing streak. The Bucks ended the game on a 30-12 run.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

Hurricanes, Rebels and Billikens are champions

UNDATED (AP) — Shane Larkin scored eight of his career-high 28 points in the final two and a-half minutes and ninth-ranked Miami pulled away late and beat North Carolina 87-77 in the ACC championship game in Greensboro. The sophomore guard is the son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.

Trey McKinney Jones added a career-high 20 for the top-seeded Hurricanes, who improve to 27-6.

P.J. Hairston scored a team-high 28 for the Tar Heels, who fall to 24-10.

Murphy Holloway scored 23 points and Marshall Henderson added 21 as Mississippi upset 13th-ranked Florida 66-63 in the SEC title showdown in Nashville. The Rebels' first tournament title since 1981, and second ever, gives coach Andy Kennedy his first NCAA tournament berth.

Top-seeded Florida hasn't won the tournament since wrapping up a three-peat in 2007.

The Gators go into the NCAA tournament 0-6 in games decided by six points or less.

Sixteenth-ranked Saint Louis won the Atlantic 10 title in its first season in the conference. Kwamain Mitchell scored 19 points and tournament MVP Dwayne Evans contributed 16 to the top-seeded Billikens' 62-56 victory over 25th-ranked VCU in a championship game played in Brooklyn.

NHL-SCHEDULE

Penguins nip Bruins

UNDATED (AP) — Joe Vitale's (vih-TA'-leez) goal late in the first period snapped a 1-1 tie and Pittsburgh hung on for a 2-1 victory over visiting Boston in a matchup of Eastern Conference contenders. Sidney Crosby netted his 13th goal of the season for the Penguins, who notched their ninth straight victory and moved two points clear of idle Montreal at the top of the conference standings. Pens goalie Tomas Vokoun (voh-KOON') was credited with 31 saves.

MLB-YANKEES-TEIXEIRA

Teixeira's injury more serious than announced

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) says he has a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist and doesn't rule out missing up to two months of the regular season.

The first baseman rejoined the New York Yankees at spring training Sunday after getting hurt March 5 while swinging a weighted bat left-handed off a tee in an indoor cage with the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic. The injury initially was announced as a strained wrist.

Teixeira plans to start limited baseball drills in about a week and is optimistic that surgery will not be necessary.

The Yankees have said Teixeira will be out until at least May.

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

Four left to fight for WBC crown

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two-time defending champion Japan plays Puerto Rico in the opener of the World Baseball Classic semifinals tonight in San Francisco.

Undefeated Dominican Republic and the Netherlands meet tomorrow in the City by the Bay.

NFL-GIANTS-MYERS

Giants ink tight end

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Former Oakland Raiders tight end Brandon Myers has signed with the New York Giants as a free agent.

Myers spent the first four seasons of his career with the Oakland Raiders. He played in 58 games with 28 starts and posted his best season in 2012, when he started all 16 games and had career-high totals of 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns.

PGA-TAMPA BAY CHAMPIONSIP

Still too close to call

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Boo Weekley fired an 8-under-par 63 and is the early clubhouse leader in the final round of the Tampa Bay Championship. He was at even-par when he started the day.

There are plenty of golfers within reach. Tour rookie Kevin Streelman was 2-under on the day through 10 and 8-under for the tourney.

Cameron Tringle and Justin Leonard are just a shot behind and playing the back side at Inverness.

Defending champ Luke Donald is just two back heading down the stretch.

LPGA-FOUNDERS CUP

International leaderboard in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — Ai Miyazato (EYE mee-yah-ZAH'-toh) brought a commanding four-shot lead into today's final round of the LPGA tournament in Phoenix. The Japanese golfer is 19-under-par after 54 holes.

American Stacy Lewis began the day tied for second-place with Jee Young Lee of South Korea.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-TOSHIBA CLASSIC

Frost holding slim lead

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — David Frost topped Fred Couples by one stroke headed into today's final round of the Champions Tour event in Newport Beach, California. That's right where the stood after Friday's opening round. The two matched 5-under-par 66s yesterday.

NASCAR-SPRINT CUP

Round and round they go

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — NASCAR's Sprint Cup circuit is on a short track for the first time this season.

Kyle Busch won the pole for today's race at Bristol Motor Speedway by posting a track-record speed of 129.535 mph.

Busch won yesterday's Nationwide Series race on the half-mile oval.

Kasey Kahne (kayn) had the second fastest car during Friday's qualifying.

AUTO RACING-F1

Lotus serves notice

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Formula One season got under way Sunday in Melbourne, where Kimi Raikkonen's (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehnz) Lotus was first to cross the finish line for the Australian Grand Prix.

The Finn took the lead for good on lap 43 of 58 in a race that had seven different leaders.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was second, while pole sitter and three-time reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was third.

TENNIS-INDIAN WELLS

Title on the line in California

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') and Juan Martin del Potro (wahn mar-TEEN' dehl POHT'-roh) are playing in today's final of the ATP event at Indiana Wells.

Nadal topped Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') 6-4, 7-5 in yesterday's semifinals before del Potro took out top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak YOH'-koh-vihch) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

WORLD CUP SKIING

Strong finish to historic season

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) — Tina Maze (MAH'-zeh) won the season-ending giant slalom race to complete the most statistically dominating year since the World Cup started in 1967.

The Slovenian racer's 11th World Cup victory this season extends her record overall points total to 2,414. Austrian great Hermann Maier set a mark of 2,000 in the 1999-2000 season.

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