Newsome: Stover could be Raven again



A day after Matt Stover said he is no longer wanted by the Ravens, general manager Ozzie Newsome declined to comment on whether the veteran kicker is in the team's immediate plans but said there is a chance that he could return here. "Is the door closed on him coming back to kick in Baltimore? No, it's not," Newsome said yesterday. It is believed that the Ravens want to try to develop Steve Hauschka, last season's kickoff specialist, and view the 41-year-old Stover, a free agent, as a backup plan. "Are we looking to possibly have some competition for Hauschka? Yes," Newsome said. "Who that is going to be? I can't tell you." Newsome reiterated that it's too early to presume that Stover's run with the Ravens is over. JAMISON HENSLEY

Et cetera: : The Pro Bowl is returning to Hawaii. The Hawaii Tourism Authority board voted, 9-1, to accept the NFL's offer to return to the islands in 2011 and 2012. ... The family of NFL player Marquis Cooper says they have decided to end their search for the 26-year-old man and two friends still missing in the Gulf of Mexico.


Fla. St. gets probation for cheating scandal


Florida State received four years' probation from the NCAA and will lose scholarships in football and might forfeit games because of an academic cheating scandal involving all 10 sports. An NCAA report says 61 Florida State athletes cheated on an online test from the fall of 2006 through summer 2007 or received improper help from staffers who provided them with answers to the exam and typed papers for them. Football coach Bobby Bowden, whose 382 wins are one behind Penn State's Joe Paterno for the most all time among major college coaches, could have several victories taken away if players participated after their involvement in the cheating.

Lacrosse: : St. Mary's senior midfielder Lauren Carrier (Old Mill) scored in her 46th consecutive game Thursday night, breaking the NCAA Division III women's record of 45 set by Scranton's Liz Baumbach in 2003. Carrier scored three goals in the 17-10 win over Washington College at Broadneck High.

Basketball:: Navy sophomore Angela Myers was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. ... UMBC senior forward Darryl Proctor was named to the America East All-Conference basketball first team. ... Host Cornell (20-9, 10-3 Ivy League) beat Penn (9-17, 5-7), 83-58, to clinch the league title and a berth in the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

Blast defeats Monterrey, 16-9

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The Blast eliminated Monterrey La RaZa from first-place contention in the National Indoor Soccer League with a 16-9 victory, its fifth in a row, at 1st Mariner Arena. With a win over the Philadelphia KiXX (8-6) at 7:35 tonight at home, the Blast (12-2) will clinch first place in the regular season and host the title game April 11. A steal by Robbie Aristodemo and resultant goal in a 1-on-1 situation with 9:37 elapsed in the third period put the final touches on the Blast's third win over Monterrey (7-7) this season. KENT BAKER


Wizards routed; Celts top Cavaliers


Tony Parker scored 19 points and the San Antonio Spurs (41-20) defeated the visiting Washington Wizards, 100-78. Antawn Jamison had 14 points for Washington (14-48).

Celtics 105, Cavaliers 94: : Paul Pierce scored 29 and host Boston (49-14) beat Cleveland (48-13) to move within percentage points of the Cavs in the race for the Eastern Conference's top spot.

Other results: : Dwyane Wade had 42 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and the visiting Heat (33-28) beat the Raptors (23-40), 108-102. ... Aaron Brooks scored a career-high 30 and drove past Shaquille O'Neal for the winning basket as the host Rockets (40-23) beat the Suns (34-28), 116-112. ... Gerald Wallace scored 21 and the host Bobcats (27-35) beat the Hawks (34-28), 98-91, Charlotte's franchise record-tying fifth straight victory. ... Dwight Howard had 26 points and 15 rebounds, and the Magic (45-16) rallied to beat the visiting Nets (27-35), 105-102, for their fourth win in five games. ... Richard Hamilton scored 22 and the host Pistons (31-29) beat the Warriors (21-41), 108-91, for their fourth straight victory. ... Ben Gordon scored 34 and the host Bulls (29-34) moved into the eighth place in the East by beating the Bucks (29-36), 117-102. ... On Thursday night, Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) scored 38 in his return from a one-game suspension as the Nuggets beat the Trail Blazers, 106-90.

Off the court: : Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson had season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disc. ... Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. ... Doctors who performed surgery on Suns forward Amare Stoudemire to repair a torn retina ruled out his return this season, reported. ... Celtics forward Kevin Garnett is expected to miss at least another week with a strained right knee.


Hoff wins 200 free; Martin earns rare pole

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American record-holder Katie Hoff won the 200-meter freestyle at the Austin (Texas) Grand Prix in 1 minute, 58.39 seconds. Hoff, of Towson, edged out Kara Lynn Joyce by more than a second. ... Mark Martin (187.045 mph) claimed the pole for tomorrow's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his first since 2001. ... Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero inadvertently revealed that he is 34 years old, not 33, as listed in the team's media guide. ... Mark Sweeney, whose 175 pinch hits rank second in major league history, announced his retirement and joined the Dodgers' coaching staff. ... Y.E. Yang shot a 5-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead halfway through the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. ... Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif. ... Andy Roddick beat Marco Chiudinelli, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (5), to move the United States into a 1-1 tie in its opening-round Davis Cup tie with Switzerland in Birmingham, Ala.