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Monday, March 14, 2011
Love story ends


NBA:Kevin Love's consecutive double-double streak is over. Love's 53-game streak ended Sunday night in the Timberwolves' 100-77 loss to the Warriors. Love was held to just six points and 12 rebounds in the loss. Love's record of 53 is the longest double-double streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. Sunday also marked the first time since Nov. 19 that he failed to register a double-double in a game.

Men's college basketball: While some teams anxiously awaited to hear Sunday if they'd made it into the NCAA tournament, others were sitting pretty after clinching automatic bids this weekend. Bucknell clinched a berth Friday with a 72-57 victory over Lafayette to win the Patriot League. ... No. 19 Connecticut beat No. 14 Louisville 69-66 Saturday in the Big East tournament final to win its fifth game in five days. ... Princeton beat Harvard 63-62 in the one-game Ivy League playoff at Yale on Saturday to advance to the Big Dance. ... No. 6 San Diego State topped No. 8 BYU 72-54 on Saturday for the Mountain West title. ... Washington upset No. 15 Arizona 77-75 on Saturday to claim the Pac-10 crown. ... No. 5 Duke beat No. 7 UNC 75-58 in the ACC tournament final on Sunday. ... No. 1 Ohio State topped Penn State 71-60 Sunday to win the Big Ten title. ... No. 16 Kentucky upset No. 12 Florida 70-54 in the SEC tournament final on Sunday.

The following teams also won their respective conference tournament championship games this weekend to punch their tickets to the Big Dance: No. 17 Utah State (WAC); Richmond (A-10); Boston University (America East); No. 2 Kansas (Big 12); UC Santa Barbara (Big West); Memphis (Conference USA); Akron (MAC); Hampton (MEAC); Texas-San Antonio (Southland); and Alabama State (SWAC).

Women's college basketball: On the women's side, McNeese State got the weekend's automatic bid party started on Friday with a 71-50 victory over Central Arkansas to nab the Southland Conference title and its first NCAA berth in school history. ... No. 3 Baylor topped No. 8 Texas A&M 61-58 in the Big 12 final on Saturday. ... Utah upset TCU in overtime 52-47 Saturday for the Mountain West title. ... No. 2 Stanford beat No. 9 UCLA on Saturday for its sixth straight Pac-10 conference tournament title. ... Navy is headed to the Big Dance for the first time with its 47-40 win over American in Patriot League tournament final on Saturday. ... Gardner-Webb beat Liberty 67-66 in the Big South tournament final on Sunday to earn its first NCAA appearance.

These teams also followed suit on Saturday and Sunday and received automatic bids to the NCAA tournament: Hartford (America East); Montana (Big Sky); UC Davis (Big West); James Madison (CAA); Central Florida (Conference USA); Wisconsin-Green Bay (Horizon); Bowling Green (MAC); Hampton (MEAC); Northern Iowa (Missouri Valley); St. Francis (NEC); Prairie View (SWAC); Fresno State (WAC); and St. Francis (Northeast).

NFL: Hours before the CBA was set to expire Friday, negotiations were called off and the NFLPA decertified, thereby dissolving the players' union. The fate of the NFL no longer rests in the hands of a negotiator, but rather in the hands of litigators. Shortly after negotiations ceased, 10 NFL players, including Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, filed a class-action suit in federal court against the owners. At 11:59 p.m. on Friday, the lockout went into effect. As promised, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the league's general counsel Jeff Pash are cutting their salaries back to $1 during the lockout. The two earn about $10 million and $5 million respectively.