ST. LOUIS (AP) - Another night, another rout for a college basketball title. One night after North Carolina won the men's title by 27 points over Michigan State, the Connecticut women's team finished a 39-0 season by routing Louisville 76-54 to win the Huskies' sixth national title and fifth in this decade. Final Four MVP Tina Charles led the way with 25 points and 19 rebounds.
MIAMI (AP) - New Orleans is going back to the NBA playoffs. Rasual Butler hit a game-tying 3-pointer with no time left in regulation, David West hit the go-winning jumper with 8.8 seconds left in overtime, and the Hornets stunned the Miami Heat 93-87 as Chris Paul finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are honing their golf games for the Masters that starts Thursday. 4-time winner Woods has been a runner-up the last two seasons and is coming off a win at Bay Hill two weeks ago while 2-time Masters champ Phil Mickelson already has won twice on the PGA Tour this year.
BOSTON (AP) - It didn't take reigning American League MVP Dustin Pedroia long to find his batting eye this season. The Boston second baseman homered on the second pitch he saw this season and Josh Beckett struck out 10 in seven innings of 2-hit ball to lead the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in a makeup of their rained-out opener at Fenway Park.
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