Lawmakers oppose United stadium
A Prince George's County Council committee recommended Tuesday that the county oppose legislation that would launch planning for a new stadium for D.C. United. In a 5-0 vote, with two abstentions, the council's General Assembly committee recommended withholding support for a bill that would authorize the Maryland Stadium Authority to study the site and financing methods for the project, slated to cost $180 million to $195 million. Though all nine council members also are members of the committee, Council Chairman Marilynn Bland said that the action does not reflect the council's final position on the legislation. A United spokesman said he was unsure what the lawmakers were opposed to.
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Lakers ease to win, rest game behind Cavs
Kobe Bryant scored 19 points before taking the fourth quarter off, and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a 107-89 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-51). The Lakers (56-14) led from start to finish for the ninth time this season and closed within one game of the idle Cleveland Cavalier (57-13) for the NBA's best record.
Other results: : Tony Parker scored 30 and Roger Mason made the go-ahead jumper with 23.8 seconds left as the host Spurs (46-24) held on for a 107-106 win over the Warriors (25-46), ending a three-game skid. ... Kirk Hinrich scored 24 filling in for the injured Derrick Rose (bruised right wrist), and the Bulls (34-38) pulled within a game of the seventh-place Pistons (34-36) in the Eastern Conference with a 99-91 victory in Chicago.
Off the court: : Pistons star Allen Iverson must pay $260,000 for standing idly by and watching his bodyguard beat up another man in a 2005 bar fight in Washington, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled. A three-judge panel rejected the guard's attempt to throw out the jury verdict from 2007.
Caps force overtime but lose in shootout
Curtis Joseph stopped eight shots in overtime and Washington's three shootout chances after entering the game late in the third period, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs (31-30-13) to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Capitals (45-23-7). Joseph replaced Martin Gerber with 56 seconds left in the third period after the Toronto goalie was ejected for pushing referee Mike Leggo. Gerber was upset after Brooks Laich scored on him to tie it at 2. Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 51st goal but was stopped by Joseph on Washington's final shootout try.
Armstrong: Racing in Giro 'very doable'
Lance Armstrong says racing in the Giro d'Italia in May is still "very doable" even though his broken collarbone is a bit more serious than first thought. He says new tests show "multiple pieces" of broken bone. Armstrong will have surgery Wednesday in Austin, Texas, and a metal plate will be inserted to stabilize his collarbone. He crashed Monday in the first stage of the Vuelta of Castilla and Leon race in Spain.
Baseball: : Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the 10th inning, and Japan beat reigning Olympic champion South Korea, 5-3, on Monday night to win its second straight World Baseball Classic title at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Japan's Daisuke Matsuzaka won the Most Valuable Player award for the second straight time. ... Phillies ace Cole Hamels pitched in a game, his first start since experiencing elbow tightness last week. He threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings against Pirates minor leaguers at Philadelphia's spring training complex in Clearwater, Fla. ... Athletics manager Bob Geren received a one-year contract extension through the 2010 season, with a team option for 2011.
College basketball: : The U.S. Coast Guard Academy women's coach who committed suicide this month had been put on paid leave three days before his death amid an investigation by federal prosecutors, said the school's superintendent, Rear Adm. J. Scott Burhoe. Alex Simonka, 51, who was also director of the school's athletic association, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head March 14, the Connecticut medical examiner ruled. Burhoe said in a statement that the Connecticut U.S. attorney's office has been investigating the academy's athletic association for several months, although the nature of the investigation is unclear.
More college basketball: : Jamelle Cornley had 23 points and 12 rebounds and Penn State (25-11) advanced to the National Invitation Tournament semifinals with a 71-62 win over host Florida (25-11). Elsewhere in the NIT, Curtis Jerrells converted one of two free throws with 6.9 seconds left, helping Baylor (23-14) to advance to the final four with a 74-72 win over host Auburn (24-12). ... North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson says he plans to play in the NCAA tournament regional semifinals against Gonzaga, despite a troublesome injury to his right big toe. ... Alabama received permission from Virginia Commonwealth to speak with men's coach Anthony Grant.
Elsewhere:: Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin won the compulsory dance to take the early lead at the world figure skating championships in Los Angeles, scoring 40.77 to put them more than a point ahead of Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto. ... Former No. 1 tennis player Kim Clijsters asked the U.S. Open about receiving a wild card for this year's tournament as part of her comeback plans, the Associated Press learned. Clijsters, 25, who retired in 2007 and gave birth to a child last year, will announce her 2009 plans Thursday. ... Larry Scott is resigning after six years as CEO of the women's professional tennis tour to become commissioner of the Pacific-10 Conference.
colts' ride off
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