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By: AP
By: AP

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kyle Busch overcame a mid-race gaffe on pit road with a dominating performance, leading 142 laps to win his fifth Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
He eclipsed 11,000 career laps during the race and picked up his 52nd Nationwide victory, extending his own record. Busch has won seven times at Phoenix, including once in Sprint Cup and twice in the trucks series.
Brad Keselowski finished second and Justin Allgaier was third. Trevor Bayne finished fourth, followed by Elliott Sadler.

No 1-in-waiting...Bruins move into tie for Pac-12 lead
(AP) -- It's been this kind of year in AP Top-25 college basketball: Tiny Gonzaga is poised to take over the top spot in the college basketball rankings for the first time in school history.
Elias Harris had 20 points and nine rebounds as No. 2 Gonzaga beat Portland 81-52 to stake a claim to its first-ever No. 1 ranking when the new AP poll comes out next week. The `Zags have won 12 straight and are 29-2 overall and 16-0 in the West Coast Conference.
Kelly Olynyk (OHL'-nihk) added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Gonzaga. Gary Bell Jr. added 14 points.
Elsewhere in AP Top-25 hoops:
-- Cody Zeller overcame a sluggish start to score 22 points and Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell added a career-high 19 as No. 1 Indiana got past Iowa 73-60. The 25-4 Hoosiers rebounded from this week's loss to Minnesota, but shot just 38.9 percent in the victory.
----Ryan Kelly scored a career-high 36 points in his return from a foot injury that had sidelined him since January, helping third-ranked Duke beat fifth-ranked Miami 79-76. Kelly made 10 of 14 from the field, including 7 of 9 from beyond the arc. Shane Larkin had 25 for the `Canes.
-- Ben McLemore scored a Kansas freshman-record 36 points as the sixth-ranked Jayhawks beat West Virginia 91-65. It's the Jayhawks' 25th win in 29 games this season. The 6-foot-five redshirt hit 12 of 15 shots, including 5 of 6 from beyond the 3-point line. Teammate Jeff Withey came within one block of a triple-double. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
---- Otto Porter Jr. finished with 28 points and eight rebounds, leading the seventh-ranked Georgetown Hoyas past Rutgers 64-51 for their 11th consecutive victory. Porter made only six field goals but went 15 of 18 at the line.
-- Eighth-ranked Florida rallied from an eight-point second-half deficit to beat visiting Alabama 64-52, improving to 23-5 this season. The Gators' 23-5 run over the final 10 minutes was sparked by Casey Prather, who ended up with 10 points and nine rebounds. Erik Murphy had a game-high 15 points while helping Florida remain unbeaten at home.
-- Luke Hancock's 3-pointer with 99 seconds left broke a tie and 10-ranked Louisville went on to gain a measure of revenge with a 58-53 victory at No. 12 Syracuse. The Orange knocked the Cardinals from the No. 1 perch in the AP poll earlier this season with a victory at Louisville. It's a third straight loss for the Orange.
---- Shabazz Muhammad grabbed a defensive rebound, got fouled and made both free throws with 9 seconds remaining to help UCLA hang on for a 74-69 victory over No. 11 Arizona. Thatt moved the Bruins into a first-place tie with idle Oregon in the Pac-12.
-- Rodney McGruder hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and 13th-ranked Kansas State pulled out a 64-61 victory over Baylor. McGruder led the Wildcats with 18. K-State is tied with Kansas for the Big 12 lead with two games left.
-- Alex Kirk had 15 points and nine rebounds and No. 14 New Mexico clinched the Mountain West Conference regular season title with a 53-42 victory over Wyoming.
-- Fifteenth-ranked Oklahoma State defeated visiting Texas 64-58. The Cowboys improve to 22-6. Markel Brown scored 18 points and Le'Bryan Nash added 16.
-- No. 18 Saint Louis went on the road and beat George Washington 66-58 for its 11th straight win and 23rd in 28 games. Dwayne Evans scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Billikens, who maintain a one-game lead over VCU in the Atlantic 10 race with two games to play.
-- No. 19 Memphis claimed its eighth Conference USA championship with a 76-67 victory over Central Florida. Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford both scored 19 points for the Tigers, who gave coach Josh Pastner his 100th career victory, all at Memphis.
-- VCU crushed 20th-ranked Butler 84-52 in a rematch of their unlikely meeting in the national semifinals in 2011. Troy Daniels scored a game-high 20 points to help the 23-6 Rams secure one of the top four seeds in the Atlantic 10 tournament later this month.
-- No. 22 Marquette improves to 21-7 with a 72-64 victory over 21st-ranked Notre Dame. It's the Golden Eagles' 25th straight home win. Jamil Wilson led the way with a career-high 19 points. Jerian Grant scored 21 points for the Fighting Irish, who fall to 22-7.
---- Raheem Appleby scored 16 points and No. 25 Louisiana Tech extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games and clinched at least a share of its first Western Athletic Conference championship with an 88-61 victory over San Jose State.

Noah hits nothing but Nets...Sixers end slide
(AP) -- Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah is on a roll. He followed Thursday's triple-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, Carlos Boozer scored 20 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-85.
The Bulls went on a 19-0 run that started in the second quarter and stretched into the third, giving them an 18-point lead. They opened March on a winning note after going 5-8 in February, just their second losing month in 2 1/2 seasons under coach Tom Thibodeau (THIH'-buh-doh).
Noah followed up the third triple-double of his career with another terrific performance that also included four blocks. He committed five turnovers, but even so it sure was an impressive follow-up to Thursday's gem, when he had 23 points, 21 rebounds and a career-high 11 blocks in a win over Philadelphia.
In other NBA action:
-- Evan Turner had 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jrue (zhroo) Holiday scored 27, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 104-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
-- Monta Ellis scored six of his 23 points in overtime and Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings added five apiece in the extra period to spark the Milwaukee Bucks to a 122-114 victory over Toronto.
-- Portland routed the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-94. Rookie Damian Lillard led the scoring parade with 24 for the Trail Blazers. J.J. Hickson added 18 points and 16 rebounds.

Parker out approximately 4 weeks
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- An MRI of Tony Parker's left ankle shows the Spurs point guard has a Grade 2 sprain that is expected to keep him out of action for about a month after he was injured Friday night.
The 30-year-old Parker closed out February averaging 26.1 points and 8.3 assists and had shot 54 percent from the field.
On Friday night, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Parker was "playing better than any other point guard in the league" this year, and that the team would miss him.

Penguins win a wild one in OT
(AP) -- -- Brandon Sutter's second goal of the game 52 seconds into overtime lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a wild 7-6 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Matt Cooke and Chris Kunitz, both netted two goals, and Sidney Crosby also scored for Pittsburgh.
Montreal stretched its string of games without a regulation loss to 10.
The Canadiens failed to get a win for coach Michel Therrien (mih-SHEHL' TEHR'-ee-ihn) in his first game against the Penguins since he was fired as their coach in 2009.
Also on the ice:
----Brad Marchand's power-play goal with 2:16 left in the third period snapped a tie and lifted Boston past visiting Tampa Bay 3-2. It was the second power-play goal of the game for the Bruins, who had not scored at home with a man advantage entering the game.
-- Jason Pominville scored twice in regulation and added a shootout goal, and Buffalo extended its winning streak to three games by beating New Jersey 4-3.
-- Washington blanked Winnipeg 3-zip. Mike Ribeiro (rih-BEHR'-oh) had a goal and an assist and Braden Holtby made 35 saves.
-- Jakub Voracek (YA'-kuhb VOHR'-rah-chek) and Wayne Simmonds scored goals and Ilya Bryzgalov (IHL'-yuh brihs-GAH'-lahf) stopped 33 shots to help Philadelphia defeat the Ottawa Senators 2-1. Philadelphia's fifth win in seven games gives the Flyers a .500 record for the first time this season, at 11-11-1.
-- Jussi Jokinen (YOO'-see YOH'-kih-nehn) scored twice and added an assist, and Riley Nash netted his first goal as part of a three-point night in the Carolina Hurricanes' 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
-- Steve Sullivan scored the tying goal with 6:28 remaining in regulation and then netted the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Phoenix Coyotes past the Anaheim Ducks 5-4.
-- Daniel Sedin (she-DEEN') scored his eighth goal of the season and the Vancouver Canucks beat the L.A. Kings 5-2.
-- The San Jose Sharks beat Nashville 2-1. Antti Niemi (AN'-tee nee-YEH'-mee) lost his shutout Gabriel Bourque (bork) scored a shorthanded goal with five and a-half minutes left.

Nadal is back
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') blasted past top seed and defending champion David Ferrer (feh-REHR') 6-love, 6-2 in Saturday's final of the Mexican Open in a powerful performance that indicated he has quickly returned to near his best after a long-term knee injury.
Ferrer was a three-time defending champion and had won 19 straight matches in this event.

Commissioner wants stiffer drug penalties
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Baseball's commissioner wants tougher penalties for major league players who violate the sport's drug agreement.
Bud Selig says the situation surrounding last year's positive drug test of All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera and the allegations some players received banned substances from a now closed Florida anti-aging clinic helped lead him to seek stiffer penalties as quickly as possible.
He declined to give any specifics of what he had in mind, saying MLB Executive Vice President Rob Manfred and players' association head Michael Weiner will meet.
Selig says he wants increased penalties "as expeditiously as possible."
Since 2006, initial infractions result in a 50-game suspension and second offenses in a 100-game ban. No player has been penalized a third time, which results in a lifetime suspension.

Trout renewed
UNDATED (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels have renewed the contract of AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout for $510,000. That is $20,000 above the major league minimum.
Trout had a $482,500 salary last year, when he finished second to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera in AL MVP voting. Trout hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs, and led the majors with 129 runs and 49 steals.
Trout has 1 year, 70 days of major league service and is not likely to be eligible for arbitration until after the 2014 season. Teams can renew the contracts of unsigned players on their 40-man rosters from March 2-11.
In other MLB news
-- Pitcher Aaron Crow has agreed with the Kansas City Royals on a $1.28 million, one-year contract that represents the maximum 20 percent cut. The 12th overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft was 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 72 relief appearances last season, a year after he made the AL All-Star team as a rookie.
-- Cleveland All-Star closer Chris Perez says he hopes to recover from a shoulder injury in time for the Indians' April 2 opener at Toronto. Perez was diagnosed Friday with a strained muscle in his right shoulder. It's an injury that could sideline him for a month.

PGA-HONDA CLASSIC
Guthrie has company after tough scoring day
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Thompson birdied the final hole of the day for an even-par 70 and a share of the lead headed into final round play at the Honda Classic. He's tied with third round leader Luke Guthrie. The tour rookie signed for a 71 on a windy and cool day at PGA National in Florida.
More established stars Lee Westwood and Geoff Ogilvy are two back after carding 70s.

LPGA-HSBC CHAMPIONS
Two tied for lead in Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) -- American Stacy Lewis shares a two-stroke lead with Na Yeon Choi headed into the final round of the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. The South Korean birdied the 18th hole in round three to pull into a tie with the reigning LPGA Player of the Year.


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