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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Texas A&M takes the title


Women's college basketball: Texas A&M proved to be the better No. 2 seed Tuesday night, as the Aggies captured their first-ever national title with a 76-70 victory over Notre Dame in front of a pro-Fighting Irish crowd at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. A&M, a school that didn't begin admitting women until 1963, wasn't just the better team on the court, it also had the better player in the game. Danielle Adams scored a school tournament-record 30 points on the night, which accounts for the second-most points ever scored in a title game. (Sheryl Swoopes had 47 for Texas Tech in the 1993 championship game). In the only title game ever to feature two No. 2 seeds, the Aggies became the first team to win a championship on their initial attempt since Baylor did so in 2005. Tuesday also marked the first time since 2006 that a team not named Connecticut or Tennessee brought home the crown. While Jim Calhoun became the oldest coach to win a men's national title Monday night, Aggies coach Gary Blair followed suit Tuesday, becoming the oldest coach, at 65, to win a women's NCAA title.

MLB: The Red Sox are officially off to their most sluggish start in 15 years. Cleveland beat Boston 3-1, and the Red Sox fell to 0-4 on the year, their worst start since opening the 1996 season 0-6. On the flip side, the defending American League champion Texas Rangers have continued to ride last year's success into the season. Texas beat Seattle 3-2 to become the first team in MLB to reach five wins this year. The only other unbeaten teams left in the league are Baltimore (4-0) and Cincinnati (4-0). The Reds beat the Astros 8-2 and now stand as the only undefeated team left in the National League. Last time Cincinnati won its first four games was 1990, and the Reds went on to win the World Series.

NBA: The Utah Jazz beat the Lakers 86-85 to snap an eight-game losing streak. Rookie Gordon Hayward scored 22 points, a career high, and knocked in the winning free throw for Utah. After going 17-1, Los Angeles has now lost two in a row and possibly a chance to catch San Antonio for the top spot in the West. The Lakers have five games remaining and sit 3 1/2 games behind the Spurs. The NBA-leading Spurs had their four-game road losing streak come to an end Tuesday in a 97-90 win over the Hawks. ... Orlando's 78-72 win over Milwaukee combined with Atlanta's loss to San Antonio guaranteed the Magic the fourth seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs.

NHL: The Capitals captured their fourth consecutive Southeast Division title in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs. Toronto's playoff hopes came to an end for a franchise-record sixth straight season when Buffalo defeated Tampa Bay 4-2 Tuesday night. ... The Philadelphia Flyers fell out of a first-place tie in the East and relinquished the top spot back to Washington after losing to Ottawa 5-2. Philly lost for the fourth straight time and the fifth time in its last six tries. The last time the Flyers won on Ottawa's home ice was Nov. 24, 2007.