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SAN ANTONIO — Led by a no-frills coach, the San Antonio Spurs have long stated the regular season means little to them. Yet even the normally stoic Spurs couldn't hide their emotion on the court, and the satisfaction afterward, of toppling the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Tim Duncan had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio never trailed against the Heat, weathering a sluggish third quarter for an intense 111-87 victory Thursday night. By Raul Dominguez. SENT: 926 words, photos.
PRETORIA, South Africa — A doctor who said he saw Oscar Pistorius weeping over his dead or dying girlfriend after he shot her resumed his testimony in the murder trial of the double-amputee runner. By Gerald Imray. SENT 114 words, photos. Will be updated.
— After being inspired by a visit to the Warrior Games in the U.S., Britain's Prince Harry launches the Invictus Games in London — a Paralympic-style sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel.
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LOS ANGELES — Attorneys for Darren Sharper argue against extraditing him to New Orleans, one of several jurisdictions where the former NFL safety is under investigation on suspicion he drugged and raped women. They also say he should be released on bail because he hasn't been formally charged in New Orleans and hasn't violated the terms of his release on felony charges in Los Angeles. By Anthony McCartney. SENT: 434 words, photos. 500 words developing from 4:30 p.m. court hearing, photos.
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A UC Santa Barbara basketball fan ran on the court and confronted Hawaii coach Gib Arnold during the Gauchos' 86-77 victory over the Rainbow Warriors on Thursday night. The male student stormed the court while Arnold was arguing with the referees after Hawaii's Brandon Spearman was called for an intentional foul. The tense scene came a week after New Mexico State's K.C. Ross-Miller hurled the ball at Utah Valley's Holton Hunsaker seconds after a game in Orem, Utah, triggering a brawl that involved fans on the court. SENT: 382 words.
DORAL, Fla. — The new Doral brought out a new look from Tiger Woods. That wasn't necessarily good news for the world's No. 1 player. On a day of raging weather but no visible sign of back pain, Woods was 2-over par after failing to make a single birdie in the 10 holes he played before darkness stopped the opening round. Harris English managed to finish before the horn sounded to stop play, making a 45-birdie putt on No. 9 for a 3-under 69. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 834 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin had 20 points and 11 rebounds during three thunderous quarters by the Los Angeles Clippers, who handed the Lakers the most-lopsided loss in franchise history with a 142-94 victory Thursday night that extended their winning streak to a season-best six games. By Joe Resnick. SENT: 917 words, photos.
PHOENIX — Gerald Green scored 25 of his career-high 41 points in the third quarter and the Phoenix Suns erased a 16-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-122 Thursday night, overcoming 34 points from Kevin Durant and a season-high 36 from Russell Westbrook. By Bob Baum. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— NEW YORK — BKN--Nets-Garnett Out. Garnett (back spasms) to sit out fourth straight game, miss Nets' trip to Boston. SENT: 126 words.
Two people familiar with the situation say Michael Vick and the Eagles haven't ruled out the quarterback returning to Philadelphia. Vick will become a free agent next week, and the four-time Pro Bowl pick has made it clear he'll look for an opportunity to be a starter. One person says that if Vick doesn't find the right fit elsewhere, he would consider staying in Philadelphia. By Rob Maaddi. SENT: 423 words, photos.
— INDIANAPOLIS — FBN--Colts-Jackson. Colts sign free agent LB D'Qwell Jackson. By Michael Marot. SENT: 699 words.
— DENVER — FBN--Broncos-Bye Bye Bailey. Broncos release 12-time Pro Bowl CB Champ Bailey after 10 seasons in Denver. By Pat Graham. SENT: 841 words, photos.
— LAKE FOREST, Ill. — FBN--Bears-Hester. Bears confirm Devin Hester won't return. SENT: 340 words.
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State is more than ready for the postseason after playing 17 games in the nation's most grueling conference. Still, the Cyclones wouldn't mind picking up a little momentum before heading to the Big 12 tournament and beyond. No. 16 Iowa State (22-7, 10-7 Big 12) has dropped its last two games, road losses to Kansas State and Baylor, after going 7-1 in February. A win on Saturday over surging Oklahoma State (20-10, 8-9), winners of four in a row, would give the Cyclones a welcome boost of confidence ahead of the most important weeks of the season. By Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 541 words, photos by 3:30 a.m.
— CINCINNATI — BKC--T25-Villanova-Xavier. Hilliard scores 19, No. 6 Villanova beats Xavier 77-70 to clinch Big East title. By Mark Schmetzer. SENT: 631 words, photos.