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04.02.06: Sendek may become a Sun Devil ... Brownell departs UNCW for Wright State ... San Diego State star opts for NBA
04.01.06: J.P., ECU air game in high gear ... Jury awards no dough in suit against Petrino ... Redick reaps AP player of the year honor ... Lightning strikes Tigers twice
03.31.06: ECU golfer shares C-USA honor ... UAB's Johnson to face Globetrotters ... Rockne to be remembered across the globe
03.30.06: Pirate Club leader moving up to new position ... ECU tennis duo gathering accolades ... Ex-Tar Heel gridder charged with sex crime ... Hoosiers tap N.C. native to guide hoops
03.29.06: Lou Holtz speaks to East Carolina gridders ...
C-USA baseball on television ... Duke lacrosse in limbo ... Redick, Morrison unanimous choices
03.28.06: Duke president speaks out on lacrosse scandal ... USM, Houston off to unbeaten league starts ... Auburn sweeps NCAA swimming
03.27.06: UConn shocked, by George! ... ECU's Frasure earns outdoor qualifications ... Winona State takes Division II hoops title
03.26.06: Bruins end Memphis' run ... Scrimmage moves Pirates toward two-deep .. East Carolina cagers to transfer
03.25.06: Orsini jumps from Central Florida to SMU ... Orr walks the plank at Seton Hall ... USC's Booty sidelined, may face surgery
03.24.06: Western Carolina to retire LeClair's No. 23 ... Memphis reaches Elite Eight, Duke bounced ... Cincinnati at hub of coaching moves
03.23.06: Pirates fine-tune for Friday night scrimmage ... Alford seeks to defuse Indiana speculation ... Citadel forms hoops coach search committee
03.22.06: Southern Miss hurler shares national honor ... Iowa State finds its man ... Sweet 16 teams sweeten the conference pot
03.21.06: VanSant family visitation, memorial announced ... ECU makes strong start in outdoor season ... Webcasts supplement CBS tourney ratings
03.20.06: Memphis marches on ... Former Holland aide leads team into Sweet 16 ... Cowboy grapplers lasso NCAA title
03.19.06: Morgan in charge after Hampton coach quits ... Virginia Wesleyan wins Division III crown ... Report on Title IX goes to Congress
03.18.06: The Big Dance ... literally ... DePaul legend Meyer succumbs at 92 ... Morgan out at Iowa State
03.17.06: Jackie Robinson tops NCAA list ... UTEP out of NIT ... Bomb scare delays San Diego regional
03.16.06: Dean Dome designer dies ... Buckley bounced at Ball State ... Westphal dismissed at Pepperdine ... C-USA Hoops Tournament wrap-up
03.15.06: Seahawk cagers getting it done in classroom ... Title IX update due from government agency ... C-USA Tournament Wrap-up
03.14.06: Tulsa draws Wolfpack in women's regional ... Henderson out at Delaware ... Temple icon Chaney says it's time to step down ... C-USA Tournament Wrap-up
03.13.06: Memphis gets No. 1 seed ... Villanova's Ray expected to bounce back ...
C-USA Tournament Wrap-up
03.12.06: Memphis reigns as conference champ ... Pirates' Frasure 7th in NCAA weight throw ... Arizona State ousts basketball coach ... C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
03.11.06: Special days designated for football season ... Tulsa scrimmages under Thursday night lights ... Tigers' Carney, Calipari sweep C-USA honors ... C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
03.10.06: Koonce accepts position with Packers ... ECU spring football taking spring break ... K-State shows Woolridge the door ... C-USA Tournament Scoreboard
03.09.06: Frasure throwing his weight around ... Pirates top Tar Heels in softball ... O'Leary planning to stay at Central Florida ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.08.06: Hinnant makes All
C-USA freshmen team ... ESPN nixes Vitale's commentary on CBS ... Seahawks are dancin' ...
C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.07.06: Rouse earns C-USA distinction ... Spring drills: Depth chart two-plus weeks away ... Marshall, Rice players share hitting honors ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.06.06: Tourney: Bucs set for late-night joust with UCF ... ECU spring drills: pads on, snap exchange off ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.05.06: 49ers experience technical difficulties ... Huggins returns for Cincinnati's seniors ... C-USA Scoreboard & Tournament Schedule
03.04.06: Pirates to strap on pads today ... Lady Pirates eliminated by Tulsa ... Briefs: More coaching exits; Tourney action ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
03.03.06: Lady Pirates nip UAB in C-USA Tournament ... UAB stuns Memphis to boost dance prospects ... Mile High hosting in-state rivals ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
03.02.06: Lady Pirates Young, Mills collect accolades ... Cover boy Redick and Duke tripped by hex ... Marlins need 9th-inning rally to edge Miami ...
C-USA Basketball Scoreboard
03.01.06: Golden Hurricane starts spring workouts ... Tulane's 'refugee' grid team returning home ... Cage coaching merry-go-round speeds up ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard

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Bruins go for record 12th NCAA hoops title


UCLA (32-6) and Florida (32-6) will meet for the NCAA Tournament basketball championship tonight at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

The Bruins have won more basketball championships than any other program and are 11-1 in title games, the only loss coming to Louisville in 1980.

UCLA reached the final by defeating LSU 59-45 on Saturday night after the Gators had stopped the Cinderella run of 11th-seeded George Mason, 73-58.

Conference USA was represented in the tournament by Memphis and UAB. Memphis lost in the Oakland Regional title game to UCLA while the Blazers fell to Kentucky in a first round game in the Washington, DC, bracket.

Throng watches Texas spring game

Defending national champion Texas capped off the 2006 spring season Saturday as the Orange team (offense) defeated the White team (defense), 31-16, in front of a spring scrimmage record 41,200 fans.

"I felt like we had a great spring," Longhorns coach Mack Brown said in a scrimmage summary on "You are not sure how young people will respond after the excitement we had on January 4. People have talked to them about how great they are for a couple of months now and that is a dangerous thing for young student-athletes and I am really proud of the attitude this bunch has taken to continue to work. As you could see tonight they are very physical and it has been that way all spring."

Quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Jevan Snead had a successful night, with McCoy completing 7-of-11 passes for 75 yards, and Snead completing 9-of-13 for 97 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Jermichael Finley led the receivers with four catches for 73 yards and a TD, while running back Jamaal Charles led the running game with 36 yards on nine carries.

Pirates make strong showing in Florida

East Carolina men's track athletes posted a total of 13 new personal records while the Pirates' 4x100 relay squad and a pair of throwers earned NCAA Regional qualification during action at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, FL, over the weekend, according to a release from the ECU athletic media relations department.

ECU's 4x100 unit, consisting of freshman Jerek Hewett, senior DeAndre Hyman, freshman David Rucker and senior Reggie Williams, Jr., bested the NCAA Regional qualification mark of 40.66 with a third-place finish of 40.20.

Junior Eric Frasure (second-place) and junior Terrance Myers (sixth) also earned post-season qualification in their event, the hammer throw, with efforts of 60.17 and 57.97 meters, respectively.

Frasure added another qualifying mark in the discus with a school-record toss of 51.81 meters for sixth place after finishing eighth in the shot put (15.44).

Pirate runners tallied 12 of the 13 career-bests with seven coming in the sprint events. Freshman Kevin Thompson (10.66/ninth), Williams (10.69/12th) and Rucker (10.76/16th) all contributed new marks in the 100-meter dash, while Thompson (21.78/11th) and Rucker (22.26/19th) also added personal-records in the 200 meters.

Freshman Brandon Small came just .06 away from NCAA qualification after booking a career all-time best clip of 47.32 for fourth in the 400-meter dash while senior Bryson Bowling picked up a 15th-place finish with a time of 48.77.

ECU had at three athletes post new personal-bests in the 800-meter run as freshman Jarrett Newby (1:53.07/seventh), freshman Aaron Mabry (1:55.63/10th) and sophomore Jason Diehl (1:57.41/14th) contributed top 15 finishes. In addition, freshman William Collins (PR of 3:58.26) and sophomore Matthew Dennish (3:59.46) tallied fourth- and sixth-place finishes in the 1,500-meter run.

Other performances of note include a ninth-place result by senior Hector Cotto in the 110-meter hurdles (14.36), a seventh-place standing by freshman Christopher Belfiore in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (career-best 10:03.83) and a seventh-place effort by freshman Melvin Chestnut in the long jump (6.49).

The Pirates will be back in action next weekend with split-squad participation at the Clemson Invitational and Texas Relays.

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from other sources. Copyright 2006 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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