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March 6, 2013 at 11:34 PM   |   Comments

Miami win streak reaches 16 games

MIAMI, March 6 (UPI) -- LeBron James scored the last of his 26 points with 3.2 seconds remaining Wednesday to give Miami its 16th straight win, 97-96 over Orlando.

The Heat's franchise-record winning streak was extended thanks to a driving layup from James and Miami then survived a missed 3-point attempt by Arron Afflalo at the buzzer.

Orlando took a three-point lead with 1:36 to play on a jumper by Jameer Nelson, but the Magic could not score again.

Chris Bosh brought Miami with a point by making two free throws with 38 seconds to go and Orlando then missed two chances to extend the lead. Dwyane Wade blocked one of those chances on a shot by DeQuan Jones with 21 seconds to play and Al Harrington failed to convert a 3-point try with 13 seconds remaining.

James made 7-of-14 from the field and 11-of-12 from the foul line. Wade added 24 points and Bosh had 17 points along with 10 rebounds.

Nikola Vucevic scored 25 points to lead Orlando, which made 17 fewer free throws than did Miami.


Villanova knocks Hoyas out of Big East lead

VILLANOVA, Pa., March 6 (UPI) -- A 20-point performance from JayVaughn Pinkston combined with a stern defense Wednesday brought Villanova a shocking 67-57 win over No. 5 Georgetown.

The Hoyas had an 11-game winning streak snapped and they fell back into a first-place tie with Louisville and Marquette at the top of the Big East Conference.

Villanova held a narrow lead for much of the contest, then pulled away late to damage Georgetown's hopes of grabbing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Darrun Hilliard added 14 points for the Wildcats (19-12, 10-8 Big East).

Otto Porter scored 17 points to pace Georgetown (23-5, 13-4). The Hoyas turned the ball over 22 times, 14 of which were steals by the Wildcats.

Georgetown will host Syracuse in their conference finale Saturday while Louisville will be at home against Notre Dame and Marquette will travel to St. John's.


McIlroy: Quitting Honda was 'mistake'

MIAMI, Fla., March 6 (UPI) -- Rory McIlroy said Wednesday "it was a mistake" for him to withdraw from the PGA Tour Honda Classic "no matter how bad I was playing."

Speaking with reporters in Doral, Fla., where he is entered in this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship, McIlroy offered no excuse for quitting Friday after eight holes of the second round at the Honda Classic Friday, where he had been defending his 2012 title.

McIlroy, ranked No. 1 in the world, shot even par 70 in the first round but carded a triple bogey, a double bogey and two bogeys before leaving the course at 8-over par for the round and the tournament.

He said in a statement at the time he regretted the decision but it was "one I had to make" due to a sore wisdom tooth that made it impossible to concentrate.

He told reporters in Doral Wednesday had given himself "a red card" -- signifying a player's ejection from a game, Golf Digest reported.

"No matter how bad I was playing," he said. "I should have stayed out there. I should have tried to shoot the best score possible even though it probably wasn't going to be good enough to make the cut.

"It was a mistake and everyone makes mistakes, and I'm learning from them," McIlroy said.

McIlroy is paired with No. 2 Tiger Woods and No. 3 Luke Donald for the first two rounds at the TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral.

He said Wednesday his decision to withdraw Friday "will be a blessing in disguise."

"It was like it just sort of released a valve and all that sort of pressure that I've been putting on myself just went away," he said. "And I was like, [let's] just go out and have fun. It's not life or death out there. It's only a game. I had sort of forgotten that this year."


Yankees' Teixeira out 8-to-10 weeks

TAMPA, Fla., March 6 (UPI) -- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will be out 8-to-10 weeks with a strained wrist tendon, Manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday.

Teixeira sustained the injury Tuesday during batting practice with the Team USA World Baseball Classic squad as they readied for an exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz.

The Yankees slugger was initially diagnosed with a strained forearm and was expected to miss just 7-to-10 days.

But after an evaluation by Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and specialist Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser, Teixeira was found to have an ECU tendon sprain and was prescribed four weeks of complete rest, MLB.com reported.

The injury means he won't be rejoining the team during Spring Training in Florida and will be out of the New York lineup until mid-May.

"It's not what you want, but it's what you've got to deal with," Girardi said. "It's life."

The Yankees last month also lost slugging outfielder Curtis Granderson for 10 weeks with a fractured right forearm.

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