SPORTS, MARCH 6TH

Denver–The Denver Nuggets beat the Sacramento Kings last night in overtime, 119-116. Arron Afflalo scored a career high 32 points to lead the Nuggets.

Denver–The Denver Broncos named placekicker Matt Prater their franchise player. That means the Broncos can match any offers other teams may make to the NFL’s strongest, most accurate field goal kicker.

Scottsdale, AZ–In the spring baseball opener, the Rockies edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 6 to 5.
UNDATED (AP) – Saint Mary’s of California, Virginia
Commonwealth, Davidson and Loyola captured NCAA tournament berths
last night by winning their respective conference tournaments. The
Gaels topped 24th-ranked Gonzaga 78-74 in overtime, the Rams
defeated Drexel 59-56, the Wildcats needed double overtime to beat
Western Carolina 93-91 and the Greyhounds downed Fairfield 48-44.

UNDATED (AP) – Both of the NBA’s conference leaders posted
victories last night while the second–place teams were idle.
Oklahoma City stretched its lead to 4 1/2 games over San Antonio by
beating Dallas 95-91 but remains one game back of league leader
Chicago. The Bulls have won seven straight and lead Miami by 2 1/2
games in the East after a 92-72 beat down of Indiana.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – The Nets oft-injured center is due
to miss more playing time. Brook Lopez has been diagnosed with a
sprained right ankle that will keep him off the court for three
weeks. Lopez has appeared in just five games this season.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Penguins moved four points
ahead of idle Philadelphia for fourth place in the NHL’s Eastern
Conference playoff race with their sixth straight win — a 2-1
victory over visiting Phoenix. The top four spots get home-ice
advantage in the opening round of postseason play.

NEW YORK (AP) – St. Louis defensive coordinator Gregg Williams
met with NFL investigators Monday to talk about the “bounty”
program he admittedly used while he was defensive coordinator with
New Orleans. No word yet from the league as to what, if any,
punishment will be handed out. Speculation is running rampant that
it will have to involve fines and suspensions for the league to
maintain credibility with player-safety issues.

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