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Feb. 25, 2003 at 11:45 PM
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Duncan carries Spurs past Heat

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Tim Duncan collected 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks Tuesday night to carry San Antonio past Miami, 84-69.

The Spurs forced 24 turnovers in winning for the 11th time in 12 games.

Malik Rose contributed 14 points and eight boards and Bruce Bowen scored 11 points for the Spurs, who recorded their fourth straight home win and improved to 10-0 at the SBC Center against Eastern Conference teams.

San Antonio took control with a 14-4 run that spanned the first two quarters, gaining a 31-19 advantage on Jalen Rose's jumper with 3:10 remaining in the first half.

The Spurs led by as many as 33 points before the Heat ended the game with an 18-2 run.

Eddie Jones scored 13 points and Sean Lampley netted 11 off the bench for Miami, which has lost four in a row on the road.

Other NBA results: Cleveland 93, New Jersey 90; Washington 83, Indiana 78; Orlando 98, Dallas 93; New York 102, Houston 95.

Wild sets franchise road victory record

OTTAWA, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves and Marian Gaborik ended an 11-game goalless drought Tuesday night to lead the Minnesota past Ottawa, 3-0.

The win was the 13th of the season on the road for Minnesota, the most in its three-year history.

After allowing just four goals in his previous four appearances against the league-leading Senators, Roloson stopped 12 shots in the first period, nine in the second and seven in the third for his third shutout of the season and 10th of his career.

Richard Park gave Roloson all the support he needed, netting his 12th goal midway through the first. Defenseman Lubomir Sekeras scored a power-play goal less than six minutes into the third and Gaborik tallied for the first time since January 25 to improve the Wild's record to 22

1 when leading after two periods.

Patrick Lalime turned aside just 16 shots for the Senators, who had not been blanked at home since Dec. 15, 2001 by New Jersey.

Other NHL results: Dallas 5, Boston 5; Tampa Bay 2, Anaheim 0; New Jersey 3, New York Rangers 3; Los Angeles 5, Pittsburgh 3; Toronto 5, New York Islanders 2; Nashville 5, Columbus 0; Philadelphia 2, Chicago 0; Colorado 4, Edmonton 2.

Blake stars in Terrapins wins

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Steve Blake starred in his final home game Tuesday night, leading 14th-ranked Maryland past Clemson, 91-52.

Blake had 14 points and seven assists as part of a balanced attack. Maryland (18-7, 10-4 ACC) has enjoyed having Blake in the starting lineup for a school-record 129 of 132 games. The Terrapins have won 100 games with Blake on the floor and he is the only player in conference history to accumulate more than 1,000 points, 800 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals.

Blake had his No. 25 jersey raised to the rafters at the Comcast Center before the game, becoming the 15th Terrapin to receive that honor.

The Terrapins defeated the Tigers for the 11th straight time, pulling away after building a 36-31 halftime edge. Blake made back-to-back three-pointers to cap a 13-2 run that started the second half and opened a 49-33 advantage.

Clemson (15-9, 5-8) had a three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 1-6 on the road.

Elsewhere in the top 25 Tuesday night, No. 4 Florida blasted South Carolina, 96-63; and No. 16 Illinois coasted past Indiana, 80-54.

Hoffman faces more surgery

PEORIA, Ariz., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman will need a third shoulder surgery that could sideline him for half of the season.

Hoffman made the announcement Tuesday at the team's training complex.

An MRI taken Friday in San Diego revealed no further damage to the right rotator cuff that already has been repaired twice, but Hoffman said he feels a dull pain and restricted movement in the shoulder.

Hoffman said Tuesday he will undergo arthroscopic surgery to shave about a half inch of bone where the clavicle meets the A/C joint. He could have the procedure by the end of the week.

While Hoffman was told he would be out at least three months, the length of his absence cannot be determined until the surgery is performed.

"It's a few months out at the most, I hope," Hoffman said. "But it isn't as bad as we first thought it might be."

Hoffman has recorded 350 of his 352 career saves with the Padres and has an .889 save percentage during a 10-year career. He was successful in 53 of 54 chances during the Padres' World Series run of 1998.

Scheduled to collect $9 million in 2003, Hoffman has been rehabilitating his shoulder since the beginning of the year after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff on Oct. 16.

Tkachuk suspended four games

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- St. Louis left wing Keith Tkachuk was suspended four games by the NHL Tuesday for his cross-check on Wes Walz of the Minnesota Wild.

The incident took place with 2:13 left in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Wild. Reacting to a check on linemate Pavol Demitra, Tkachuk cross-checked an unsuspecting Walz in the neck, drawing a match penalty for intent to injure.

"Blows with the stick to the head area continue to be unacceptable," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's director of hockey operations.

Match penalties automatically warrant review from the league, although they do not come with mandatory suspensions.

Tkachuk defended the hit, claiming he connected with Walz's shoulder.

"If I wanted to (hit him in the face), I could have," said Tkachuk, who leads the Blues with 28 goals. "I would never attempt to hurt anybody, I don't care who it was."

Match Play tourney opens Wednesday

CARLSBAD, Calif., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods will face Carl Pettersson of Sweden Wednesday when the Accenture Match Play Championship gets underway.

Woods settled for a tie for fifth in last weekend's Nissan Open, but closed with a 6-under-par 65 and will be the top seed this week. The world's best golfer will be out to erase the memory of a first-round loss to Peter O'Malley of Australia in last year's Match Play Championship.

Pettersson moved into the field when Vijay Singh of Fiji, the fourth-ranked player in the world, pulled out because of a rib injury.

The $6 million event will be the first tournament of the year in which Woods and world No. 2 Ernie Els of South Africa are entered at the same time. Els won the Sony Open and Mercedes Championship, the only two PGA events he has entered this season, and added two more wins on the European Tour.

Els, who lost to Tom Lehman in the second round of last year's Match Play Championship, will open Wednesday against Phil Tataurangi of New Zealand. Tataurangi is a replacement for England's Nick Faldo, who withdrew because of the flu.

Among the highlight matches Wednesday will be one between Justin Leonard and Jose Maria Olazabal. It will be a rematch of their 1999 Ryder Cup confrontation, in which Leonard holed a 50-foot birdie putt on the 17th green that clinched the cup for the United States.

Nicklaus family to unite

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that Jack Nicklaus and all four of his sons would play in a Nationwide Tour event in May.

Nicklaus has agreed to compete in the BMW Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs in Greenville, S.C.

Also in the field will be Nicklaus' sons - Jack II, Steve, Gary and Michael. It will mark the first time the Hall of Famer has played in the same tournament with all of his sons.

"Two of my loves are competitive golf and having the chance to play golf with my sons," Nicklaus said. "To be able to combine the two is truly special for me."

Nicklaus, 63, won 71 PGA Tour titles, including a record 18 majors. He also captured the U.S. Amateur twice and was named the Individual Male Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated.

Nicklaus' sons have had far less success. Only Gary has competed on the PGA Tour, but he lost his playing privileges last season after missing the cut in 20 of 26 starts.

The tournament at The Cliffs is the only one on the circuit that features professionals paired with celebrity-amateur partners in a two-day, best-ball competition.

Pirates sign Reggie Sanders

BRADENTON, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Veteran outfielder Reggie Sanders found his sixth home in as many seasons Tuesday when he signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last week that Sanders was on the verge of signing a $1 million deal.

Sanders hit .250 with 23 homers and 85 RBI with the San Francisco Giants last season and became a free agent when the National League champions declined a mutual option for 2003.

The well-traveled Sanders played for Cincinnati in 1998, San Diego in 1999, Atlanta in 2000 and Arizona in 2001.

Sanders could be used in left field with Brian Giles moving to center field, although the Pirates appear to have several outfield options.

Rob Mackowiak was penciled in as center fielder before the signing of Sanders, but various reports claim the Pirates are pursuing free agent center fielder Kenny Lofton.

The 35-year-old Sanders has a .266 career average with 218 homers and 715 RBI in 12 major league seasons.

San Diego State goes on probation

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The NCAA placed San Diego State's football program on probation Tuesday for two years.

San Diego State was punished for holding improper offseason workouts, but the school was spared any postseason or television ban.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions said it had accepted the school's self-imposed penalties and added the two years of probation.

In August, San Diego State imposed a series of sanctions on itself for holding the workouts, both at a local beach during the summer and before the official start of spring practice. NCAA rules limit the official number of practices before the start of the regular season.

While admitting to the transgression, San Diego State officials plan to appeal the probation penalty.

"The penalties that were imposed on ourselves show just how serious we consider the violations," athletic director Rick Bay

The self-imposed penalties included a loss of six scholarships over the next three academic years, the reduction of spring practice time and an 11-day suspension of offensive line coach Damon Baldwin, who conducted the beach workouts.

San Diego State was 4-9 last year in its first season under coach Tom Craft. The Aztecs, a member of the Mountain West Conference, have had four straight losing seasons.

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