Sports Minute: Mavs make playoffs...Woods takes aim for fifth green jacket...Big Unit roughed up in Giants debut

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks have clinched the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a 130-101 victory over Utah. Dirk Nowitzki (noh-VIHT'-skee) scored 31 points as the Mavericks tied the Jazz for seventh place with four games left.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Tiger Woods today tees off at his 15th Masters as he tries for his fifth green jacket when play begins at Augusta National. 2-time Masters victor Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington, who is attempting to win his third straight major, are among Woods' chief competitors in the 96-man field.

BALTIMORE (AP) - The retooled New York Yankees have opened the Major League Baseball season 0-2 following their 7-5 loss to Baltimore last night. Koji Uehara (KOH'-jee ooh-AY'-hah-rah) allowed one run over five innings in his major league debut and Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) went 3 for 3 with a homer and three RBIs for the Orioles.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Randy Johnson was tagged for four runs in five innings in his first start for the San Francisco Giants, who lost 4-2 to Milwaukee last night. Winning pitcher Yovani Gallardo pitched into the seventh inning and also hit a three-run homer off Johnson, who took the loss.

CHICAGO (AP) - Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin (feh-DUHR' TYOO'-tihn) scored the lone goal in the shootout and the Blue Jackets earned their first playoff berth in franchise history by beating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Columbus entered the NHL in the 2000-2001 season and was the only active team that had not qualified for the postseason.

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