Arenas back, but his winning try blocked



Gilbert Arenas nearly had a heroic finish to his first game in almost a year. Instead, it was Kwame Brown - of all people - who blocked Arenas' shot in the final seconds to help preserve the Detroit Pistons' 98-96 victory over the host Washington Wizards. With 4.5 seconds remaining Saturday night and the Wizards trailing by two, Arenas chased down the rebound of his missed free throw. He whirled to put up a potential game-winning three-pointer, but Brown, who was a flop with the Wizards, got a hand on the shot. Caron Butler then grabbed the ball and missed a baseline jumper at the buzzer, and the Pistons escaped with a victory. "I'm going to think about that the whole way to Indiana," Arenas said as the team prepared to catch a plane to play the Pacers on Sunday. "I should've called a timeout, or I should've just drove the lane off the rebound, but that's what happened. We've got to live with it. ... Just had a mental block." Arenas finished with 15 points and 10 assists in 30 minutes in his first game since April 27, 2008, after battling knee problems. Richard Hamilton, back after missing six games with a left groin injury, scored 31 points for the Pistons (35-37). Antawn Jamison scored 21 points to lead the Wizards (17-57), who said guard Mike James is out for the season after breaking his right pinkie in practice Friday.

Other games: : Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) scored 31 points and the host Nuggets (48-26) won their third straight game with a 129-116 victory over the Warriors (25-48). ... Deron Williams scored seven of his 21 points in overtime and added 13 assists, and the Jazz (45-27) rallied for a 104-99 win over the visiting Suns (40-33). ... Yao Ming had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and the host Rockets (48-26) led from start to finish in a 110-93 win over the Clippers (18-56). ... John Salmons had 22 points and hit two late three-pointers, and the Bulls (36-38) pulled out a 112-106 win over the visiting Pacers (30-43) for their fourth straight win. ... Dwyane Wade scored 27 points and the Heat (39-34) won, 102-85, at home over the Bucks (31-43). ... Gerald Wallace had 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and the host Bobcats (33-40) matched the franchise record for victories in a season with a 96-85 victory over the Knicks (29-44).


Gillispie's Ky. regret: not winning more

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Billy Gillispie doesn't know about chemistry problems or whether he was the right fit at Kentucky. What he does know is that he simply didn't win enough games. "I wish we would have won more," Gillispie said, less than 24 hours after the university fired him Friday after two turbulent seasons. "I'm not a woe-is-me kind of person. I've had a great time here at Kentucky." One that was cut short after Gillispie went just 40-27 in two seasons. Kentucky stumbled down the stretch this season to miss the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991. Not exactly the makeover the program anticipated when he was hired in April 2007.

Michigan State: : A broken nose won't keep starting forward Raymar Morgan out of Sunday's Midwest Regional final against Louisville in Indianapolis. Morgan has been fitted for a protective mask, and he plans to wear it against the top-seeded Cardinals. Morgan was injured early in the second half of No. 2 seed Michigan State's 67-62 victory over Kansas on Friday night.

Division II men: : Tyler Evans' only basket of the game, a 26-foot three-pointer at the overtime buzzer, lifted undefeated Findlay (Ohio) to a 56-53 victory over Cal Poly Pomona in the national championship game in Springfield, Mass. Findlay finished 36-0, and Cal Poly Pomona 25-8.

Kim captures world championship

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Kim Yu-na has a world title to go with her royal nickname. Kim, called "Queen Yu-na" by her adoring fans in South Korea, won the women's title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles. After her huge lead in the short program, this was more coronation than competition. She finished with 207.71 total points, a record under figure skating's current judging system, and was more than 16 points ahead of Joannie Rochette. Kim beat her big rival, Mao Asada, by almost 20 points. Rochette won the silver, Canada's first medal at the world championships since Liz Manley also won silver in 1988. Miki Ando, the 2007 world champion, was third. Asada fell on her second triple axel and dropped to fourth. Rachael Flatt finished fifth and Alissa Czisny was 11th, meaning the United States can send only two women to the Vancouver Olympics. It's only the second time since 1924 the Americans have failed to earn the maximum three spots. The other was in 1994.


U.S. ties El Salvador in World Cup qualifier

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Jozy Altidore started the comeback in the 77th minute and Frankie Hejduk scored the tying goal in the 88th as the United States rallied for a 2-2 draw against El Salvador in a World Cup qualifier in San Salvador. Ranked just 106th in the world, El Salvador built a 2-0 lead against the No. 17 Americans before a boisterous crowd of 30,500 at Estadio Cuscatlan on goals by Eliseo Quintanilla in the 15th minute and Crisian Castillo in the 72nd. Brian Ching had a chance to win it for the United States seven minutes into injury time but was stopped on an open bicycle kick by defender Mardoqueo Henriquez. The United States (1-0-1), seeking its sixth straight World Cup berth, leads the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region with four points heading into Wednesday's qualifier at Nashville, Tenn., against Trinidad and Tobago (0-0-2).

More soccer: : Luciano Emilio gave D.C. United a 1-0 lead in its home opener with an unassisted goal in the seventh minute, but Patrick Nyarko scored in the 53rd minute to lift the Chicago Fire to a 1-1 tie in the Major League Soccer game. In its first game of the season, D.C. United tied the host Los Angeles Galaxy, 2-2, last Sunday.

Tennis: : No. 1 seed Serena Williams won, 6-2, 6-3, over Californian Alexa Glatch, 19, to advance to the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. No. 5 seed Venus Williams, Serena's sister, also won her opening match, beating Shahar Peer, 6-3, 6-3. Seeded players had first-round byes. On the men's side, No. 1 Rafael Nadal opened a bid for his first Key Biscayne title by beating Teimuraz Gabashvili, 6-2, 6-2.

Cycling: : Lance Armstrong is back on the bike. Three days after surgery to fix his broken right collarbone, Armstrong posted a photo of himself training on his Twitter feed Saturday afternoon. "Got on the spin bike for half an hour today," the seven-time Tour de France champion wrote. The American, 37, wants to race in the Giro d'Italia, which begins May 9.