Date: March 17, 2008

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

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McGrady

ROCKETS EXTEND STREAK DESPITE McGRADY'S SLOW START

The Rockets extended their winning streak to 22 games with a 104-92 win over the Lakers in which Tracy McGrady scored 11 points, all in the second half. It was only the sixth start of McGrady's NBA career in which he failed to score in the first half, but the second during Houston's current winning streak.

Houston Rockets

ROCKETS STAND ALONE ATOP THE WEST

With Sunday's victory, the Rockets broke a tie with the Lakers for the top spot in the Western Conference. It's only the second time in franchise history that Houston has stood alone atop its conference this late in a season. The first was in 1977, when the Rockets led the West as late as March 26, with a 46-28 record.

Houston Rockets

NUGGETS DEFEAT SONICS IN HISTORIC ROUT

The Nuggets routed the Sonics, 168-116, on Sunday, posting the fourth-highest point total ever recorded in a regulation-length NBA game. Denver's 52-point margin of victory was the widest since the Pistons defeated the Celtics, 118-66, on January 31, 2003.

Denver Nuggets

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Camby

CAMBY POSTS TRIPLE-DOUBLE IN 27 MINUTES

Marcus Camby recorded a triple-double despite playing only 27 minutes of the Nuggets' victory, tying the NBA record for fewest minutes played in a triple-double by a center. The record was set by Wayne ("Tree") Rollins of the Hawks in 1979.

Denver Nuggets

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Hayes

HAYES TIES RECORD FOR PISTONS SUBS

Jarvis Hayes came off the bench to score 29 points, shooting 7-for-8 on three-pointers, in the Pistons' 105-84 win over the Hornets. Hayes tied the team record for three-point field goals in one game by a sub, set by Allan Houston (7-for-11) in 1995 and tied by Terry Mills (7-for-8) in 1996.

Detroit Pistons

RILEY AND THE HEAT LOSE BY 25 TO MAVS

The Mavericks' 98-73 win at Miami was the Heat's eighth loss of the season by 25 or more points. That equals the number of 25-point losses by Pat Riley's teams over his first 12 NBA seasons combined.

Miami Heat

MIAMI'S LOSSES PILE UP

With Sunday's loss to the Dallas, Miami became the first NBA team since the 2000-2001 Warriors to post 35 losses over a span of 38 games.

Miami Heat

NHL

SYKORA SCORES TWICE IN PENGUINS' WIN

Petr Sykora scored two goals in the Penguins' 7-1 victory over the Flyers. It was the 36th multiple-goal game of Sykora's career, by far the highest total among players who have never scored a hat trick.

New Jersey Devils

PENGUINS POST CONSECUTIVE 7-GOAL GAMES

The Penguins routed the Flyers 7-1 following a 7-3 win over the Sabres on Wednesday. It's only the second time in the last 11 seasons that the Penguins scored seven or more goals in consecutive games. The other instance was on December 13-15, 2006, when Pittsburgh recorded 8-4 and 7-4 home wins over the Flyers and Islanders.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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Norrena

NORRENA STOPS 43 SHOTS IN WIN OVER RED WINGS

Fredrik Norrena stopped 43 of 46 shots on goal in the Blue Jackets' 4-3 win over the Red Wings. Norrena has faced 40 or more shots on goal in an NHL game four times and he won all four, including another against the Wings (Jan. 19, 2007). Over the last two seasons, Detroit has posted an 18-4-9 record against other goaltenders when recording at least 40 SOGs.

Columbus Blue Jackets

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Malhotra

MALHOTRA SCORES TWICE IN BLUE JACKETS' WIN

Manny Malhotra scored two goals in the Blue Jackets' win over the Red Wings. It was only the fourth two-goal game of Malhotra's NHL career, and it was his first in more than four years. Between his last two-goal game (Feb. 16, 2004 vs. Nashville) and the one on Sunday, Malhotra played 217 games and scored 27 goals.

Columbus Blue Jackets

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Corvo

CORVO RECORDS A RARE HAT TRICK

Joe Corvo scored three goals in the Hurricanes' 5-1 win over the Senators. Corvo is only the third defenseman to register a hat trick for the Hartford-Carolina franchise, joining Mark Howe, (Oct. 9, 1980 vs. Blues) and Sandis Ozolinsh (March 4, 2001 vs. Blackhawks).

Carolina Hurricanes

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Kozlov

KOZLOV REGAINS SHOOTOUT FORM IN CAPS' WIN OVER BRUINS

Viktor Kozlov scored the winning goal in the Capitals' 2-1 shootout victory over the Bruins. Kozlov, who made 14 of his first 26 shootout attempts, snapped a streak of four consecutive misses with Sunday's game-winner.

Washington Capitals

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McLean

McLEAN TIES PANTHERS MARK WITH 5TH STRAIGHT MULTI-POINT GAME

Brett McLean assisted on two of the Panthers' goals in a 3-1 win over the Thrashers. It was the fifth consecutive two-point game for McLean, tying the longest such streak in franchise history. The record was set in February 2006 by Chris Gratton.

Florida Panthers

NCAA Men's Basketball

BULLDOGS CAP SHAKY SEASON WITH SEC TITLE

Georgia capped an unlikely run with a 66-57 victory over Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference final on Sunday. The Bulldogs posted a 4-12 record in conference play this season. Only one other team reached the SEC final with as few as four conference wins: Tennessee (3-15 in the SEC), who lost to Alabama in the 1991 final. Other related notes:

  • The previous record for fewest conference wins by an SEC champion was seven by Arkansas in 2000 (7-9).


  • The last team to win any conference tournament following a season in which it recorded four or fewer conference wins was Fairfield, which won the 1997 MAAC Tournament Final after posting a 2-12 intraconference mark.

Georgia Bulldogs

UNC AND KANSAS ARE BOTH #1 SEEDS AGAIN

This will be the fourth NCAA Tournament in which both North Carolina and Kansas are seeded #1 in their respective regions. The only other pair of schools to earn a #1 seed in the same year four times is UNC and Duke.

Kansas Jayhawks, North Carolina Tar Heels

MARQUETTE TO FACE KENTUCKY ... AGAIN

Marquette will face Kentucky in the 6-vs.-11 matchup in the South region. The Golden Eagles and Wildcats will become the first schools to face each other 10 times in the NCAA Tournament.

Marquette Golden Eagles

BADGERS GET NO RESPECT AFTER WINNING BIG 10 TITLE

Wisconsin was awarded only a #3 seed despite winning the Big 10 tournament as its top-seeded team. Among schools from the big six conferencesBig 10, Big 12, Pac10, ACC, SEC, and Big Eastonly three others were seeded third or lower for the NCAA Tournament after winning their own conference tournament as a top seed: Boston College in 2001, Mississippi State in 1996 (which reached the Final Four), and UCLA in 1987.

Wisconsin Badgers


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