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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Lady Vols fail to reach Summitt


Women's college basketball: The Elite Eight started with a bang Monday, as Tennessee became the first top seed to make an exit from this year's tournament. Notre Dame, who entered the game 0-20 all-time against Tennessee, beat Pat Summitt's squad 73-59 in Monday's regional final to capture its first-ever win against Tennessee. The Irish advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 2001 -- the last time they won a national championship.

Stanford, the other No. 1 seed in action Monday, faired slightly better. The Cardinal defeated 11th-seeded Gonzaga 83-60 to advance to their fourth straight Final Four. The Bulldogs were the only Elite Eight team that was not a one or two seed. Monday's win was the school record-tying 27th straight victory for Stanford, whose senior class has now reached the Final Four every year they've been a part of the program.

NBA: Monday turned into a night of upsets in the NBA. The top teams in both the East and the West were defeated by the sixth-place team in each of their respective conferences. In the West, the NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs lost their fourth straight, the team's worst losing streak of the season, falling to Portland 100-92. The East-leading Chicago Bulls watched their 14-game home winning streak come to an end, as the Philadelphia 76ers toppled Chicago 97-85 Monday night. The Bulls' last loss at the United Center came against Charlotte on Jan. 18.

It was a rough night for the East, as three of the top four teams took a tumble Monday (the fourth team, Miami, was idle). In addition to the top-ranked Bulls losing, the Celtics, who sit two games behind the Bulls in second place in the conference, fell to the Pacers 107-100. Indiana now holds a one-game lead over Charlotte to remain in the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. Orlando, the fourth place team in the East, fell to New York 113-106 in overtime. New York snapped its six-game losing skid, while Carmelo Anthony had 39 points on the night, his best performance since joining the Knicks. Dwight Howard fouled out in overtime then proceeded to pick up his NBA-highest 17th technical foul.

NHL: There were only two games on the docket Monday night, but one of them ended in an upset. Detroit, which sits in second in the Western Conference, fell to Chicago 3-2 in overtime. Marian Hossa scored the game-winning goal, which turned out to be Hossa's first goal against the Red Wings since he left the team to sign with the Blackhawks.