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Sports briefs: March 6


Pistons' Stuckey collapses,hospitalized in stable condition

Detroit's Rodney Stuckey was conscious and breathing on his own as he was taken to a hospital after collapsing on the Pistons' bench during a game Friday night in Cleveland.

The Pistons said Stuckey was taken to the Cleveland Clinic and his vital signs were stable, but he was going for further testing and observation.

Stuckey was wheeled off the court on a stretcher during the third quarter after he collapsed into a trainer's arms on the bench during the game against the Cavaliers. Play was halted for 12 minutes as the medical staff worked on Stuckey, placed an oxygen mask on his face and wheeled him into an ambulance.

Cleveland players huddled together with their heads bowed, while Pistons teammate Tayshaun Prince sat silent in his chair a few feet away as Stuckey was being treated.

Celtics 98, 76ers 86: Rajon Rondo had 16 points and 11 assists, Kevin Garnett scored 22 points and the visiting Celtics handed the 76ers their fifth straight loss.


Roethlisberger accused again

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is being investigated in an allegation of sexual assault at a Georgia nightclub, police said Friday. The alleged assault occurred early Friday morning at a nightclub in Milledgeville, about 85 miles southeast of Atlanta. The player owns a home nearby.

Deputy Police Chief Richard Malone said Roethlisberger had been with three other people who were mingling with another group that included the alleged victim. Malone said the woman, a 20-year-old college student, and her party contacted a nearby police officer following the alleged assault.

Separately, Roethlisberger has been sued by a woman who claims he raped her in 2008 at a Lake Tahoe hotel. The Steelers star denies those allegations. Police in Georgia said Roethlisberger and his attorney were cooperating with investigators. He was not in custody and has not been charged with a crime.

■ Carolina General Manager Marty Hurney choked up and Panthers Coach John Fox was in tears. Ending the Delhomme era proved difficult — and costly — for the team's brass.

A year after giving Jake Delhomme a lucrative contract extension, the only quarterback to lead the franchise to the Super Bowl was released to make way for new starter Matt Moore.

The reason: a career-high 18 interceptions in 2009, and 23 in his final 12 games. The decision came despite the fact Carolina still owes Delhomme more than $12.5 million in guaranteed money.

Delhomme countered with his own tearful news conference. He said he was "blindsided" by the news. "Not every script gets to have a happy ending," he said.

■ The Falcons plan to sign backup quarterback Chris Redman to a contract extension. The former Louisville Cardinal first joined the Falcons in 2007, and went 0-2 as a starter last year filling in for former NFL offensive rookie of the year Matt Ryan.

■ The Ravens bolstered their wide receiving corps by obtaining Anquan Boldin from Arizona for two draft picks. Boldin, 29, caught 84 passes for 1,024 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Antonio Cromartie is eager to team up with Darrelle Revis and give the Jets possibly the NFL's best cornerback tandem. Cromartie was acquired from the Chargers on Thursday.

■ Linebacker Gary Brackett signed a five-year deal that will likely keep the 29-year-old in a Colts uniform the rest of his career.

■ The Lions are beefing up their defensive line. One of the worst teams in the NFL acquired defensive tackle Corey Williams from the Browns. They also agreed to a four-year deal with defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch after Coach Jim Schwartz waited outside Vanden Bosch's Nashville, Tenn., home when free agency began at midnight.

auto racing

Dale Jr. rockets to Atlanta pole

Dale Earnhardt Jr. captured the pole for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a blistering speed of 192.761 mph.

Earnhardt's lap on a cool Friday night was faster than any pole-winning speed for a Sprint Cup race in 2009. Mark Martin was the pole-sitter last year in the spring race with a speed of 187.045.

Martin went much faster this time (191.814) but it was only good enough for fourth. Kyle Busch will start from the outside of the front row Sunday. Jimmie Johnson managed only the 16th-best speed.

sled dog racing

Mushing and belt tightening

The 38th running of the world's most famous sled dog race begins Saturday amid depleted finances. Yet the mystique of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race keeps drawing mushers from around the world, including a first this year — a rookie from Jamaica. Also running are five past winners, including defending champion Lance Mackey, who is going for a fourth consecutive win. The total purse this year is $590,000 — down from a high of $925,000 in 2008 — with $50,000 of this year's prize money donated by four-time champion Jeff King, who also is in the running.


Kim, Villegas atop Honda Classic

Anthony Kim and Camilo Villegas lead at the midpoint of the Honda Classic, tied at 8-under 132 and one shot ahead of Vijay Singh. Kim was one of four players to shoot 64 for the day, a score only two others had managed at a suddenly easier PGA National. Singh shot 66. Jerry Kelly (65) is alone in fourth and 6 under. Joining Kim with 64's were Mike Weir, Paul Casey and Stephen Ames.

Alexandre Rocha of Brazil, one shot out after a first-round 66, made the cut despite shooting 76.

Bob Tway, Chein Soon Lu and Mark Wiebe shot 6-under 65s to share the first-round lead in the Toshiba Classic.


Serbia struggles but leads U.S. 2-0

Novak Djokovic struggled past Sam Querrey 6-2, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3 and host Serbia took a 2-0 lead against the United States in their Davis Cup first-round tie on Friday. In the opening singles, Serbia's Viktor Troicki beat John Isner 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4.

It's the first time since 2000 that neither Andy Roddick nor James Blake were on the U.S. team.

college sports

Ex-Dunbar star Royse 3-0 with Cards

Junior righty Thomas Royse won his third straight start to lead the host Louisville baseball team to an 8-1 win over Le Moyne.

Royse, out of Paul Dunbar, allowed one earned run, his first of the season, on seven hits with five strikeouts in seven innings. He has an ERA of 0.50 in 18 innings of work.

■ Junior Meagan Aull's sixth-inning homer sealed a 4-1 victory for the Kentucky softball team (12-3) over Jacksonville State in the Buzz Classic in Marietta, Ga. In the night game, three UK errors led to four unearned runs in a 7-1 loss to Georgia State.

■ The Wildcats women's tennis team (1-8) suffered its first conference loss at Mississippi State, 5-2.

The last word

Tigers Manager Jim Leyland said he can put up with reliever Joel Zumaya's theatrics as long as he gets the ball over the plate.

"He's like a bull on a chain. ... He's an excited guy and I don't want him to change a thing."