There's more to Love
The methodical dismantling of the Xavier Musketeers was over, and Kevin Love (above) and UCLA found itself in a familiar place, standing atop a makeshift stage in the center of U.S. Airways Center celebrating yet another trip to the Final Four. This time, it was a 76-57 defeat of third-seeded Xavier that got the Bruins to the national semifinals for the third consecutive season, continuing coach Ben Howland's dominant run since arriving in Westwood in 2003. Also cutting down the nets Friday was North Carolina, which held off Louisville 83-73 to advance to the Final Four.
Holmes wins opener
Escalon's Eric Holmes staked his claim as a contender with a new team, winning the Camping World Series West season opener at Roseville's All-American Speedway on Saturday. Defending champion Mike David of Modesto finished third behind David Mayhew in the NAPA Auto Care 150. Holmes, who won the title in 2006, led from the pole and never lost the lead on the ª-mile track.
The second-longest game in hockey history was played last weekend, as host Kolner Haie beat Adler Mannheim 5-4 in the sixth overtime of their German DEL quarterfinal, a game that lasted 168 minutes, 16 seconds. But there was something even more incredible about that game. The winning goalie, who stopped 96 of 100 shots, is recovering from a malignant brain tumor. Kolner goalie Robert Mueller is in his first full season back after undergoing an operation in November 2006 to remove most of the tumor, followed by a full course of chemotherapy and radiation.
Striking it rich
The Dallas Mavericks' playoff hopes are in jeopardy, and the absence of injured Dirk Nowitzki isn't helping. Coach Avery Johnson (shown), after conferring with a wealthy oilman buddy, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the team has to "just keep on digging, keep on fighting and hopefully, we'll hit one of those really big-time wells. A gusher." Actually, that should happen Monday. The Mavericks are playing the Clippers.
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