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Underdog Butler battles Duke in championship game

NFL

The Donovan McNabb era in Philadelphia came to an end Sunday night as the Eagles dealt the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback to the Washington Redskins. The Eagles acquired the 37th overall pick in this year's draft and a third- or fourth-round pick in 2011. The 33-year-old McNabb has spent his entire 11-year career with the Eagles after being selected with the second overall pick in the 1999 draft. He was the subject of numerous trade rumors, with the team having backup Kevin Kolb waiting in the wings. Jason Campbell has started at quarterback every game the last two seasons for the Redskins, but now figures to give way to McNabb for the 2010 campaign.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Butler is one victory away from completing a magical run in the NCAA Tournament and capturing its first basketball title when they take on Duke at Lucas Oil Stadium Monday night. The Bulldogs, playing just a few miles from their campus, got to the championship game with a 52-50 victory over Michigan State Saturday night. It was also Butler's 25th straight victory. Bulldogs forward Matt Howard will be a game-time decision for Monday's contest due to a mild concussion. The Blue Devils dismantled West Virginia in the Final Four to reach the title game for a 10th time. They'll try to win their fourth championship.

West Virginia's leading scorer Da'Sean Butler's worst fears were realized on Sunday, as the school confirmed he sustained a torn ACL in Saturday's Final Four loss to Duke. Down 63-48 with just under nine minutes remaining in regulation, Butler drove the left baseline and went to plant his left foot. However, Butler's leg gave out on his way up to shoot, and he went down immediately in pain. After several minutes on the ground, teammates helped Butler to a cart, which took him into the locker room for evaluation. Butler, who came into the game averaging a team-high 17.4 points to go along with 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, had 10 points at the time of his departure.

The UConn women are one victory away from a repeat championship after overcoming Brittney Griner and Baylor Sunday night. Maya Moore poured in 34 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, as Connecticut pulled away in the second half for a 70-50 win over the Lady Bears in the second national semifinal. Tina Charles added 21 points and 13 rebounds. The Huskies, who stretched their winning streak to a women's record 77 games, will take on Stanford Tuesday night for the title. The Cardinal topped Oklahoma, 73-66, earlier Sunday at the Alamodome. The 6-foot-8 Griner, who came into the game with an NCAA Tournament-record 35 blocks, was limited to 13 points and six rebounds. She did have five blocks, but Baylor wasn't unable to prevent the Huskies from chasing history. UConn's last hurdle Tuesday will be a big challenge, considering Stanford played the Huskies tough for a half earlier this season, but lost 80-68, in Hartford on December 23. Stanford was actually the last team to beat the Huskies, in the 2008 national semifinals.

MLB

Dustin Pedroia delivered the tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and Kevin Youkilis scored on a passed ball later in the frame as Boston rallied to beat the New York Yankees, 9-7, in the 2010 Major League Baseball season- opener Sunday night. Monday will bring lid-lifters for most of the other clubs, including the defending NL champion Philadelphia Phillies as they travel to Washington to battle the Nationals. President Barack Obama will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and then Phillies newcomer Roy Halladay takes the mound a short time later.

The Seattle Mariners placed pitcher Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list Sunday as they finalized their Opening Day roster. Lee was expected to start the season on the DL because of a lower right abdominal strain. The move is retroactive to March 26. Lee suffered the injury on March 15 during a spring training game, and was prescribed rest after receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy to speed up the recovery process. The left-hander had a pain-free workout this past Wednesday, but will have to wait to make his Seattle debut after the club acquired him from Philadelphia in the offseason.

NBA

The Milwaukee Bucks announced Sunday center Andrew Bogut has a dislocated right elbow, a sprained right wrist and a broken right hand, injuries he suffered in Saturday's win over Phoenix. While the team provided the injury update Sunday, its release said no timetable for Bogut's return has been determined. A Milwaukee newspaper had reported earlier that Bogut will miss the rest of the season and that surgery was likely. Bogut suffered the injuries upon falling awkwardly to the floor following a dunk. Going to brace the fall, Bogut's arm bent unnaturally under him as he landed. Bogut was taken to Aurora Sinai Medical Center for an array of tests, which revealed the injuries. He has been released from the hospital. The fifth-year pro is the Bucks' leading rebounder at 10.2 per game, and has also averaged a career-high 15.9 points in 69 contests this season.

The Class of 2010 of the Basketball Hall of Fame will be disclosed Monday morning. Karl Malone and Scottie Pippen are among the class of finalists expected to gain entry into the Hall. Former Boston Celtics guard Dennis Johnson and ex-WNBA star Cynthia Cooper-Dyke are also on the finalists list along with Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Some other names being considered for election into the Hall are Bernard King, Chris Mullin, Don Nelson, Jamaal Wilkes and Tex Winter.

TENNIS

American Andy Roddick beat Czech Tomas Berdych in straight sets Sunday to take the title at the $4.5 million Sony Ericsson Open, an ATP World Tour Masters event. Roddick recorded the 7-5, 6-4 win in a little under two hours, recording his second title of the season after winning at Brisbane in January. The sixth-seeded Roddick also grabbed his second title at this tournament, having also done so in 2004.

GOLF

Tiger Woods meets the press Monday at Augusta National Golf Club. The world's No. 1 golfer and four-time Masters champion is sure to be inundated with questions, not just surrounding his game, but also about his personal life at Monday's 2 p.m. (et) press conference. A couple of weeks ago, Woods gave two brief interviews to ESPN and Golf Channel, the first time he has answered questions from the media since the Nov. 27 car accident that led to revelations that he was cheating on his wife. Woods has not played a tour event in 2010.

Anthony Kim parred the first playoff hole Sunday to defeat Vaughn Taylor and win the Houston Open at the Tournament Course at Redstone Golf Club. The victory was Kim's third on the PGA Tour and first since his multiple-win season of 2008. Kim captured the Wachovia Championship and AT&T National that year and heads into Augusta National with some momentum for next week's Masters. Kim, a third-round co-leader, shot a two-under 70 on Sunday to match Taylor, who posted a four-under 68, at 12-under 276. Charl Schwartzel (67) and Graham DeLaet (68) shared third place at minus-11, while former PGA Champion Shaun Micheel, who has no tour status this year, fired a seven-under 65 to take fifth at 10-under 278.

Yani Tseng carded a four-under 68 Sunday to come from behind and win the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Tseng completed the event at 13-under-par 275. This was her second major championship title and third tour win in all. Her other major came at the 2008 McDonald's LPGA Championship. The 21-year-old from Taiwan flew out of the gate with a chip-in eagle on the par-five second and a birdie on the third to take the lead. Tseng never relinquished that lead en route to victory. Suzann Pettersen, who was battling for her second LPGA Tour major nearly chipped in for eagle at the last. She finished at 12-under-par 276. The eagle could have forced a playoff. Song-Hee Kim (70) took third at minus-nine, while women's world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa was three strokes back at six-under-par 282 after a final-round 73. Third-round leader Karen Stupples faltered to a six-over 78 to fall into a share of fifth place at four-under-par 284.

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