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April 13, 2009|By FROM SUN STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

Report: Leftwich, Bucs agree to deal

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Byron Leftwich, a free-agent quarterback, has agreed to a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN.com reported, citing an unnamed source. Leftwich, 29, would become the fourth Bucs quarterback, joining Luke McCown, Josh Johnson and Brian Griese. Leftwich played last season as the backup for the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, and they, along with the Washington Redskins, had expressed interest in the Washington native, the Web site said. The 6-foot-5 quarterback was nearly drafted by the Ravens in 2003, but a bungled trade kept them from moving up in the first round to select him. The Jacksonville Jaguars chose him instead. Leftwich has started eight games since 2006, a stretch in which he also played for the Jaguars and the Atlanta Falcons. He threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns last season for the Steelers.

Chiefs: : Seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal, a source told ESPN.com. Thomas, 36, started 14 games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2008, his 13th NFL season.

1st tourney victory for Hewitt in 2 years

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Lleyton Hewitt held on to win his first tournament in two years with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Wayne Odesnik in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston. Hewitt won his 498th career match and moved closer to joining Roger Federer and Carlos Moya as the only active players with 500 or more victories. The Australian also won his first clay-court tournament since he took the Delray Beach tournament in 1999. He failed to win a tournament last year for the first time in his career while recovering from hip surgery.

WTA Andalucia Tennis Experience: : World No. 4 Jelena Jankovic beat Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, in Marbella, Spain, to win her first title of the season. Jankovic broke Suarez Navarro six times on the outdoor clay to improve to 3-0 against the Spaniard. The Serb took a 5-1 lead in the third set before holding on for her first victory since Moscow in October.

WTA MPS Group Championships: : Caroline Wozniacki defeated Aleksandra Wozniak 6-1, 6-2 to win the title in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

ATP Grand Prix Hassan II: : Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Florent Serra, 6-4, 7-5, in Casablanca, Morocco, to win his first title since 2003.

Blackhawks top Red Wings again

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Nikolai Khabibulin made 37 saves for his 41st career shutout, and the host Chicago Blackhawks tuned up for their first playoff appearance in seven years by beating the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0, in the regular-season finale. The Blackhawks (46-24-12) picked up their second win in 24 hours over the Red Wings (51-21-10), coming on the heels of Saturday's 4-2 win at Detroit, and closed 6-0-1.

Rangers 4, Flyers 3: : Sean Avery and Blair Betts scored third-period goals to rally visiting New York (43-30-9), spoiling Philadelphia's shot at home-ice advantage in its opening playoff series against Pittsburgh (45-28-9). The Flyers finished 44-27-11, falling to fifth in the Eastern Conference. Jeff Carter scored his 46th goal to finish second behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin (56) for the NHL lead.

Blues 1, Avalanche 0: : Goalie Chris Mason made 28 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, helping visiting St. Louis (41-31-10) beat Colorado (35-45-5) to take the sixth playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Blues were 9-1-1 in their final 11 games.

U.S. women defend world hockey title

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The United States women defended their world hockey championship title, beating Canada, 4-1, in Hameenlinna, Finland, behind defenseman Caitlin Cahow's two goals. The victory puts the Americans ahead of Canada in the world rankings for the first time since they were introduced in 2004. It is also the first time the U.S. has defeated Canada in back-to-back finals at the women's worlds.

Horse racing: : Old Fashioned, a Kentucky Derby contender, is sidelined after a knee injury was discovered after the colt's second-place finish in the Arkansas Derby on Saturday. Trainer Larry Jones said the injury - a slab fracture - was not life-threatening but could end the horse's career.

College basketball: : North Carolina freshman forward Ed Davis said he will return to the team for the 2009-2010 season.

Varsity: : The C. Milton Wright Tournament's championship game between C.M. Wright and Riverdale Baptist was postponed from Saturday will be played at noon Monday at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. The consolation game between Archbishop Gibbons and Elkton is not being rescheduled.

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