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Sports at 3:30 a.m. – SI.com

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TOP STORY:

BKN–CLIPPERS-CAVALIERS FOLO

CLEVELAND – Antawn Jamison’s 3-pointer with 22 seconds left helped the Cavs end an NBA-record 26-game losing streak with a 126-119 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, who if not for a controversial call going against them would have sent Cleveland into greater infamy. By Tom Withers.

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– SALT LAKE CITY – BC-BKN–Sloan Resignation-Malone. By Lynn DeBruin.

– SALT LAKE CITY – BKN–Jazz Corbin. By Lynn DeBruin.

GOLF:

GLF–PEBBLE BEACH

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Steve Marino isn’t sure where he stands in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, even though his name is atop the leaderboard and no one is within four shots of him to par. That’s not unusual for this event, which is played over three courses with no cuts made until Saturday. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson.

AP Photos.

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– PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – GLF–Pebble Beach-Lovemark.

– PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – GLF–Pebble Beach-Daly’s Bag.

– DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – GLF–Dubai Desert Classic. By Michael Casey.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

BKC–REELING MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS – After four straight losses, Tubby Smith had seen enough. The Minnesota coach blasted his struggling team, saying it was a team full of boys that may not be ready to compete. If the Gophers don’t start showing some toughness, they’ll be on the outside looking in on Selection Sunday. By Jon Krawczynski.

BKC–T25-LOUISVILLE’S REINFORCEMENTS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville appears to be getting healthy, and just in time. The Cardinals ran out of gas in an overtime loss at Notre Dame on Wednesday, but are hoping power forward Rakeem Buckles and center Gorgui Dieng will be back in the lineup on Saturday against Syracuse. By Will Graves.

BKC–IOWA ST-SCOUT TEAM

AMES, Iowa – Take away the 6-foot-10 frame and gray sweatsuit and Royce White is just like everyone else in Iowa State’s cardinal-clad “Cyclone Alley.” Though the Cyclones appreciate the support, they’re hoping he’ll make a better power forward than a fan. White is one of four transfers who make up what could just be the nation’s most talented scout team. But judging by Iowa State’s 1-8 record in the Big 12, the Cyclones could use the help immediately. By Luke Meredith.

BKC–ILLINOIS-ROAD WIN

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Bruce Weber’s Illini team heeded his calls this week for tougher, more consistent play, responding at least in part to the benching of starters Demetri McCamey and Mike Tisdale and delivering a 71-62 win over Minnesota that keeps the Illini (16-8, 6-5 Big Ten) fourth in the conference. Most important, they stay in the chase for an NCAA tournament berth. By David Mercer.

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– MILWAUKEE – BKC–T25-Beating The Buckeyes. By Colin Fly.

– OXFORD, Miss. – BKC–Mississippi-Opportunity. By David Brandt.

– PITTSBURGH – BKC–T25-Pittsburgh-Villanova. By Dan Gelston.

NHL:

HKN–SURGING SABRES

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Thomas Vanek finds it hard to believe it took the Buffalo Sabres four months to enjoy their first three-game winning streak. A bigger surprise for the Sabres’ leading scorer is how the team, despite its inconsistencies, suddenly finds itself back in the playoff picture. By John Wawrow.

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– UNIONDALE, N.Y. – HKN–Penguins-Islanders. By Hockey Writer Ira Podell.

– COLUMBUS, Ohio – HKN–Avalanche-Forsberg. By Rusty Miller.

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BBN–Bonds Steroids. By Paul Elias; Clemens-Steroids. By Nedra Pickler; UC Berkeley-Athletics. By Josh Dubow; FBN–NFL Labor-Agents’ View. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner; FBN–NFL-Free Agency. By Teresa A. Walker; SKI–Worlds-Women’s Combined. By Eric Willemsen; SKI–Worlds-Vonn. By Andrew Dampf; CYC–John Leicester-021111. By Sports Columnist John Leicester; CAR–NASCAR-Daytona-Joe Gibbs. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer; CAR–NASCAR-New Daytona. By Mark Long; CAR–NASCAR-Daytona 500-Notebook. By Chris Jenkins; BBA–Yankees-Remembering Maris. By Ronald Blum; BBO–Obit-Tanner; BBC–FIU-Wittels’ Streak. By Tim Reynolds; MMA–Fedor’s Fight. By Dave Skretta; CAR–Obit-Carnegie. By Michael Marot; CYC–Doping-Contador; CYC–Ricco Suspended; TEN–San Jose. By Josh Dubow; TEN–Paris. By Trung Latieule; OLY–London 2012-Stadium Future. By Rob Harris; OLY–Annecy 2018 Bid.

Saturday’s Time Schedule

College Basketball (Top 25)

Men

No. 1 Ohio State at No. 13 Wisconsin, 2 p.m.

No. 2 Kansas vs. Iowa State, 4 p.m.

No. 3 Texas vs. Baylor, 4 p.m.

No. 4 Pittsburgh at No. 9 Villanova, 9 p.m.

No. 6 San Diego State at UNLV, 8 p.m.

No. 7 BYU vs. Utah, 6 p.m.

No. 8 Notre Dame at South Florida, Noon

No. 12 Syracuse at No. 16 Louisville, Noon

No. 17 Florida vs. Tennessee, 6 p.m.

No. 18 Kentucky at No. 23 Vanderbilt, 1 p.m.

No. 19 Missouri vs. Oklahoma, 1:30 p.m.

No. 20 North Carolina at Clemson, 1 p.m.

No. 21 Utah State vs. Fresno State, 9:05 p.m.

No. 22 Texas A&M at Texas Tech, 1:30 p.m.

No. 24 Temple at Dayton, 1 p.m.

No. 25 West Virginia vs. DePaul, 4 p.m.

Women

No. 1 Baylor vs. Texas, 1:30 p.m.

No. 2 Connecticut at Providence, 2 p.m.

No. 3 Stanford vs. Washington, 5 p.m.

No. 6 Texas A&M vs. Kansas, 8 p.m.

No. 7 Xavier vs. Fordham, 2 p.m.

No. 8 Notre Dame vs. Rutgers, 2 p.m.

No. 9 UCLA at Oregon State, 5 p.m.

No. 10 DePaul vs. No. 21 Marquette, 8 p.m.

No. 14 Oklahoma vs. Missouri, 3 p.m.

No. 18 Wisconsin-Green Bay at Loyola of Chicago, 1:30 p.m.

NHL

Los Angeles at Washington, 12:30 p.m.

Ottawa at Edmonton, 2 p.m.

Toronto at Montreal, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Phoenix, 8 p.m.

Colorado at Nashville, 8 p.m.

St. Louis at Minnesota, 9 p.m.

Calgary at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

NBA

Charlotte at Atlanta, 7 p.m.

New York at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Chicago at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Washington, 8 p.m.

Philadelphia at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Indiana at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

Dallas at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

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Brittney Griner Scores 29 as Baylor Tops Texas

That was part of an incredible start for Griner, who outscored visiting Texas on her own in the first half Saturday while helping the top-ranked Lady Bears to a big lead on the way to their 20th straight victory, 96-68.

Even without playing the final 10 minutes, Griner finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds — her 23rd career double-double. She made 9 of 11 shots, all 11 of her free throws and blocked 7 shots.

“I just was feeling it,” Griner said.

Griner already had 23 points by halftime, making 8 of 9 shots and all 7 free throws to go with 7 rebounds.

Texas (16-8, 5-5) had won five in a row.

Baylor (23-1, 10-0 Big 12) has won 20 consecutive games in the same season for the first time since its national championship season of 2004-5.

Ashleigh Fontenette led Texas with 23 points.

UCONN 68, PROVIDENCE 38 Maya Moore had 11 points and a career-high 9 assists to lead second-ranked Connecticut at Providence.

The freshman Stefanie Dolson matched her career high with 21 points as the Huskies (24-1, 12-0 Big East) won their 12th consecutive game.

Teya Wright scored 9 points and had 10 rebounds for Providence (11-12, 4-7).

STANFORD 62, WASHINGTON 52 Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 22 points and No. 3 Stanford overcame one of its worst performances of the season to beat visiting Washington for its 16th straight victory.

The freshman Chiney Ogwumike, added a career-best 21 points for the Cardinal (22-2, 13-0 Pac-10), which held on for its 58th straight home win.

Kristi Kingma scored 22 points for Washington (10-12, 5-8).

TEXAS A&M 81, KANSAS 58 Danielle Adams scored 26 of her team-record 40 points in the first half, and No. 6 Texas A&M coasted over visiting Kansas.

Adams led the Aggies to a 19-point halftime lead.

Texas A&M (21-2, 9-1 Big 12) has won three straight. Carolyn Davis had 16 points for Kansas (16-9, 3-8).

XAVIER 77, FORDHAM 55 Amber Harris scored 18 points and No. 7 Xavier never trailed against visiting Fordham.

Xavier (21-2, 10-0) pulled out to a 32-21 lead at halftime, then put it away with an 18-0 run in the second half.

Fordham dropped its sixth in a row despite 20 points from Arielle Collins.

NOTRE DAME 71, RUTGERS 49 Devereaux Peters scored 21 points and Skylar Diggins had 20 to lift No. 8 Notre Dame over visiting Rutgers.

Diggins added five assists for the Irish (22-4, 11-1 Big East).

Forward Chelsey Lee scored 13 points for the Scarlet Knights (14-10, 7-4) .

IN OTHER GAMES Markel Walker scored a season-high 18 points and No. 9 U.C.L.A. used an 11-2 run to start the second half to win at Oregon State, 58-48. … Anna Martin scored 20 points to help No. 10 DePaul to a 64-56 win at home over No. 21 Marquette.


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NYPD manhunt for Brooklyn man suspected of killing 3

BY Joe Jackson AND Joe Kemp

DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

Originally Published:Friday, February 11th 2011, 6:16 PM
Updated: Friday, February 11th 2011, 8:38 PM

An intensive manhunt for a 23-year-old man who went on a killing spree – stabbing three people to death and critically injuring two others – rattled a Brooklyn neighborhood Friday.

Cops swarmed a Manhattan Beach building on Avenue R near E. 18th St. after daylong search for Maksim Gelman, who killed his first victim several blocks away at 5:09 a.m., police said.

Gelman stabbed his stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, 54, inside the apartment they shared on E. 27th St. in Sheepshead Bay before dawn, cops said.

Hours later, the raging Gelman slashed his girlfriend and her mother to death inside an apartment just blocks away. When cops arrived at the E. 24th St. home about 4:30 p.m., the two women were dead, police said.

Moments after killing the women, Gelman attacked a passing motorist – stabbing the innocent 42-year-old before stealing his Pontiac Bonneville, cops said.

The carjacked man was taken to Lutheran Hospital in critical condition.

About a mile from the carjacking, police say Gelman struck a pedestrian at Avenue R and Ocean Ave., critically injuring an elderly man.

A witness said he drove up to the injured man just moments later.

“He walked up the whole block in the middle of the road so slowly,” said the witness, who didn’t want to give his name.

“Then he leaned against a car and kept screaming, ‘I’m bleeding to death – Somebody help me!'”

The victim was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was in grave condition.

Gelman – who’s 6-feet tall and weighs about 170 pounds – was still on the lam hours later, until he was spotted near Avenue R and E. 18th St. – where an army of cops, armed with high-powered weaponry and holding dogs on leashes, were still in a standoff with the suspect at 7:30 p.m.

“We’re actively pursuing him,” said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.

Neighbors said police had been to the scene of the first homicide several times in the past.

“I heard they didn’t get along,” a neighbor said of the victim and his stepson. “That’s all I know.”

Kuznetsov was described as a hulking man who worked hard. He drove an ambulette, leaving the condo early and returning home late.

“It’s horrible that this happened,” said Anthony Riggio, 34, the super at the Waterview Village condos. “Lives were just ruined.”

Cops ask anyone with information to call their Crime Stoppers tipline at (800) 577-TIPS.

With Matthew Nestel, Henrick Karoliszyn and Rocco Parascandola

With Matthew Nestel, Henrick Karoliszyn and Rocco Parascandola

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From 2009: Tanner still influential with Pirates

Editors note: This story was originally published July 4, 2009 on what was believed to be Chuck Tanners 80th birthday.

Chuck Tanner was born exactly 80 years ago today.

It says as much on the back of his Topps baseball card and in countless reference sites, from the Pirates media guide to Baseball Almanac.

Tanner was born July 4, 1929 in New Castle.

But there is one minor detail.

I was born in 1928, he said.

When Tanner signed with the Braves out of Shenango High School in the late 1940s, the team officials, he said, marked his date of birth as 1929, to make the outfield prospect appear to be one year younger.

So if someone wishes Tanner a happy 80th birthday and he smiles slyly, youll know why.

I dont know how it happened, he said. They did that with every one of their players. But theyre not the only team. I didnt do it. They did it.

Six decades since signing that slightly inaccurate contract, Tanner regardless of age remains an active member of the team he managed to the 1979 World Series championship. In many ways, he remains the organization’s most popular and beloved member.

Tanners job these days is as a senior adviser for general manager Neal Huntington. Tanner, who was teammates with Hank Aaron and Warren Spahn and coached everyone from Willie Stargell to Tom Glavine during his 19 years as a big-league manager, provides the second-year GM with a vast wealth of experience.

If they ask me an opinion, I give it to them, Tanner said. I dont tell them what to do. I make suggestions.

Huntington relishes the knowledge and enthusiasm Tanner brings to the ballpark. Tanner still attends home games as well as spring training in Bradenton, Fla.

Having grown up in the 1970s, its hard to think of the Pirates without thinking of Chuck Tanner, Huntington said. Hes wonderful to be around. Chuck has been through so much that there is not a lot you can run by him that he hasnt heard or been associated with.

Tanner went 1,352-1,381 in 19 years as a major-league manager with the White Sox, A’s, Pirates and Braves. He came to the Pirates in 1977 after being sent from the Oakland As and cost-cutting owner Chuck Finley for Manny Sanguillen and $100,000. Tanner remains one of the only managers to be acquired in a trade.

The Pirates went 711-685 in Tanners nine seasons. The thrill of the Pirates victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the 1979 World Series came after the heartbreak of Tanner learning his mom, Anna, had died the morning after Game 4. Tanner pushed through the agony, and the Pirates players rallied around their grieving leader.

As usual, Tanner put his players first.

He was definitely a players manager, said former Pirates great Dave Parker, who played for Tanner from 1977-83. He told me once that you should govern with one eye and one ear. Youre not going to see and hear everything. Its some of the best advice Ive ever gotten.

Tanner left Pittsburgh in 1985 after back-to-back last-place seasons. The team finished 57-104 in his final year here.

Tanner finished his managing career with the Braves, averaging 90 losses in 1986-1987 before he was fired 39 games into the 1988 season.

Tanner was a master of handling his players, knowing which ones to coddle and which ones to motivate.

He had a great sense of his players and a great sense of the game, Pirates manager John Russell said. Being around him, you can see that. Hes a special guy in this game and a special person to his organization.

Added Parker, Chuck was like my baseball father. He genuinely cared for his players. It wasnt all about wins and losses. You could be sitting at home in the offseason, and all of a sudden you get a call from Chuck, just to check in and see how you and your family are doing.

Tanner became only the second player in history to homer on his first major-league pitch (pinch-hitting for Spahn), but that was the highlight of an undistinguished career. He finished with a .261 average with 21 home runs and 105 RBI playing for the Braves, Cubs, Indians and Angels from 1955-62. He also knew he wanted to be a manager, and took his first job with the Quad Cities Angels in 1963 for an annual salary of $6,000.

I communicated individually and collectively, and I was the boss, he said. I treated everybody the same. Every day was a new day. No matter what transpired that day, if I hollered at you, no matter what happened, the slate is clean the next day. Were all starting new. Thats the perspective I kept, and thats the way I treated everybody.

Tanner often went against the odds as a manager, such as occasionally pinch-hitting lefties against lefties.

I had confidence, and I did it my way, he said. I played the game my way, not the way somebody said they did it in the book. I never read that book. I dont know where its at. My way worked pretty good.

Tanner overcame prostate cancer in 2001 that required 40 radiation treatments and, a decade earlier, heart bypass surgery. He had a setback during this spring, but received seven heart stents the wire mesh tubes that prop open an artery.

He looked spry Tuesday when a bunch of former Pirates gathered at PNC Park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Forbes Fields opening. Tanner wore his favorite Pirates floppy hat and, as usual, was warmly greeted by virtually everyone around him.

Im feeling good, he said. This is the best Ive felt since spring training.

Tanner was a small child during the Great Depression, but his father, who worked in the tin and steel mills and as a train brakeman and conductor, always provided for his family. Tanner spent countless hours playing baseball in the nearby fields of New Castle. He would go on to win a gold medal in the shot put at the WPIAL championships.

I didnt have a glove or baseball shoes, Tanner said, but I played ball all day.

Tanner never left the game. He spent five seasons as a pro scout with the Cleveland Indians from 2003-07. He also worked from 1992-2002 for the Milwaukee Brewers as a special assistant to the GM. But his heart always remained in Pittsburgh. He still owns a popular restaurant in New Castle. Huntington hired Tanner in 2007.

Hes got a lot of energy when he comes in, Russell said. Its fun when hes around. You get the stories but you also get the feeling that he loves whats going on and he loves being around us.

Tanner believes his managing philosophy would translate into the modern game. He said Mike Scioscia of the Angels has a similar style.

I could manage today, he said. Easy.

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