March 09, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Magic stops Celtics; Jazz win streak at 11


Dwight Howard (18 points, 15 rebounds) made two free throws with 13.9 seconds left to ice it after Boston cut a 22-point deficit to three, and the visiting Orlando Magic held on to beat the Celtics, 86-79, yesterday. Ray Allen had 17 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, scoring nine straight to make it 82-79 with 1:22 left. But Allen hit the back of the rim on a three-point attempt that would have tied it with 41 seconds left. Orlando (46-16) won its fourth straight and moved two games behind second-place Boston (49-15) in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Jazz 109, Raptors 101: : Deron Williams had 25 points and nine assists, Mehmet Okur had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and visiting Utah (40-23) beat Toronto (23-41) for its 11th straight win, matching the franchise's longest winning streak since 1999. Chris Bosh had 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost eight in a row to the Jazz.

Spurs 103, Suns 98: : Tony Parker scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, and San Antonio (42-20) sent Phoenix (34-29) home winless on its four-game road swing. Parker punctuated his fourth 30-point game in his past seven outings with a win-cinching runner with 26.2 seconds left.

Other results: : Kevin Martin had 26 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the NBA-worst Kings (14-49), who never trailed in defeating the visiting Nuggets (40-24), 114-106. Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) scored 32 in the loss. ... Yao Ming had 24 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks, and the Rockets (41-23) extended their home-court winning streak to 12 with a 93-83 win over the Grizzlies (16-46). ... Devin Harris had 35 points and 10 assists, and the host Nets (28-35) edged the Knicks (25-37), 106-101. ... Nenad Krstic scored 20 as the host Thunder (17-46) put together a 20-2 run to start the second quarter in cruising past the 76ers (30-31), 89-74.

Roddick finishes off Davis victory for U.S.


No. 6-ranked Andy Roddick swept past Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2, to propel the U.S. to a first-round Davis Cup victory in the best-of-five series in Birmingham, Ala. Next up for the U.S. is Croatia in the quarterfinals in July. Roddick's 31st Davis Cup win moved him past Andre Agassi into second place on the U.S. list, 10 behind John McEnroe. Later, James Blake beat Marco Chiudinelli, 6-4, 7-6 (6), to give the U.S. a 4-1 series win.

Agassi: : The 39-year-old will make his return to competitive tournament tennis by playing in the 30-and-over Outback Champions Series event at Surprise, Ariz., in October. Tour spokesman Randy Walker told the Associated Press about Agassi's plans to be a part of the eight-player field competing for $150,000.

Holding on, Yang tops Rollins at Honda


Y.E. Yang shot a 2-under-par 68 to win the Honda Classic by one stroke over John Rollins in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Korean took command with three straight birdies on the front side and wouldn't fold. With his first PGA Tour victory, Yang picked up a two-year exemption and a check for $1,008,000. He finished at 9-under 271.

Champions Toshiba Classic: : Eduardo Romero shot a 3-under 68 to earn his fifth career victory. Romero (11-under 202) defeated Joey Sindelar and Mark O'Meara by one stroke.

LPGA HSBC Women's Champions: : Jiyai Shin won her fourth title in eight months, shooting her second straight 6-under 66 to beat Katherine Hull by two strokes in Singapore.

Trailing for 1st time, No. 1 Va. still wins


Shamel Bratton and Steve Giannone each scored three goals, and No. 1 Virginia used a big second half to beat visiting and No. 5 Cornell, 14-10, before an announced 4,547. Chris Finn's goal gave the Big Red (2-1) a 7-6 lead at halftime, marking the first time the Cavaliers (7-0) trailed this season. Giannone tied it in the third quarter, sparking a three-goal run by Virginia that put it ahead to stay.

Other national men's results: : Ryan Hoff had three goals and No. 13 Notre Dame scored six times in the second half to rally past host and No. 3 North Carolina, 9-7, handing the Tar Heels (6-1) their first loss of the season. The Fighting Irish (4-0) trailed 4-3 at halftime. ... Tommy Davis had a career-high five goals to lead No. 6 Princeton (4-0) to a 15-6 victory over visiting Manhattan (1-3). ... Jack Walsh got his second goal with 1:23 left, lifting host and No. 10 Brown (3-1) to a 12-11 win over No. 11 Denver (4-2).

No. 2 Virginia women 12, Penn State 11, OT: : The host Cavaliers (5-1) rallied from a six-goal deficit to force overtime, and freshman Julie Gardner scored with 52 seconds left in the extra session to beat the Nittany Lions (4-1).

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