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POSTED March 18, 2012 7:31 p.m.

running

SADO WINS LA MARATHON, NJOROGE TAKES MEN'S RACE: SANTA MONICA  (AP) — Fatuma Sado has never finished worse than second in any of the four marathons she has entered — and still she isn't satisfied.

The Ethiopian-born Sado, who is only 20 years old, won the 27th Los Angeles Marathon in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 39 seconds Sunday, the fourth-best finish in race history and besting her personal record by more than 2 minutes.

Simon Njoroge became the 11th different Kenyan to win the men's race, finishing in 2:12:12 for his seventh marathon win overall and sixth in his last nine.

Sado's victory follows a win in Hamburg, Germany, in her debut last May and second-place finishes in Istanbul, where she ran her previous best of 2:28:01, and in Mumbai, India.

"It's not enough," Sado said through an interpreter. "I am successful running marathons because I train with the elite Ethiopian marathoners."

ETHIOPIA'S DADO, KENYA'S KIRUI WIN NYC HALF: NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Marathon champion Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia won the NYC Half on Sunday.

Kenya's Peter Kirui was first in the men's race.

Dado finished the 13.1 miles in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 35 seconds. New Zealand's Kim Smith was second, 8 seconds back. American Kara Goucher was third in 1:09:12.

The 24-year-old Kirui is best known as a pacesetter for professional marathoners. He won in 59:39, beating Ethiopia's Deriba Merga by 9 seconds. Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia was third.

Meb Keflezighi, who won the U.S. men's marathon Olympic trials in January, was 13th. Desiree Davila, who along with Goucher qualified for the London Games in the women's race at trials, was ninth.

football

QB MATT FLYNN REACHES AGREEMENT WITH SEAHAWKS: SEATTLE - (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are hoping another Green Bay backup turns into their franchise quarterback.

The Seahawks reached agreement Sunday with Matt Flynn on a three-year deal, bringing one of the most wanted — yet unproven — free agents to the Pacific Northwest to try and solidify Seattle's QB position.

Flynn has been a career backup in Green Bay, stuck behind All-Pro Aaron Rodgers — much the way Matt Hasselbeck was stuck behind Brett Favre before being acquired by Seattle in 2001.

When given an opportunity, Flynn has shined. His best performance was his last, throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a victory over Detroit in Green Bay's season finale.

BASKETBALL

NUGGETS RE-SIGN WILSON CHANDLER TO 5-YEAR DEAL: DENVER (AP) — Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri keeps tinkering with the roster as the playoffs draw near, trying to find just the right mix for coach George Karl.

Ujiri dealt away big man Nene at the trade deadline to free up money, presumably to help pull off this move: Agreeing to a five-year deal Sunday with versatile forward Wilson Chandler that's worth nearly $37 million.

Chandler has been itching to hoist up jumpers again in the NBA, even showing up to a Nuggets game last month where he received a rowdy round of applause from the Pepsi Center crowd and casually chatted with teammates in the locker room after the contest.

He played overseas for Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association during the lockout, averaging nearly 27 points and 12 rebounds in 32 games. Once the NBA season started back up, Chandler was ineligible to return until his team and FIBA, basketball's governing body, signed off.

SWIMMINGCAL WINS WOMEN’S NCAA SWIM TITLE: AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — California's Caitlin Leverenz left the field well behind on the final day, and the Golden Bears followed suit in claiming another NCAA women's swimming and diving championship.

Leverenz comfortably won the 200-yard breaststroke Saturday for her second individual title and fourth overall, helping California claim its second straight title and third in four years.

California had 412.5 points and Georgia 366, followed by Pac-12 Conference trio Southern California (325.5), Stanford (318) and Arizona (299).

D'ARCY QUALIFIES FOR OLYMPICS, 4 YEARS AFTER BAN: ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — A reckless celebration after the 2008 Australian Olympic trials cost Nick D'Arcy his spot at the Beijing Games, resulted in a criminal conviction and damaged his reputation.

After dominating the 200-meter butterfly Sunday night to qualify for London, he planned a low-key dinner with his parents — and maybe have a few friends over when he gets home later in the week.

"I'll keep it a little bit quiet," the 24-year-old D'Arcy said after winning the 200 fly in 1 minute, 54.71 seconds.

D'Arcy was only recently cleared to be eligible for London by the Australian Olympic Committee. An altercation at a Sydney bar with former Commonwealth Games medalist Simon Cowley after Australia's previous Olympic trials led to protracted legal proceedings.

 

BASEBALL

CAHILLOSES TO FORMER TEAH AS A’S WIN: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Trevor Cahill lost to his former team and dropped to 0-3 in spring training as the Oakland Athletics beat an Arizona Diamondbacks' split squad 11-2 Sunday for their ninth win in 10 games.

Cahill, acquired in December along with Craig Breslow for prospects, allowed two runs, two hits and two walks in three innings with two strikeouts.

Brandon Moss homered, had three hits and drove in three runs for the A's. Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run homer and Kila Ka'aihue added a solo drive.

Oakland starter Tyson Ross allowed four hits in three scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout.

Arizona's Matt Davidson hit a two-run homer in a game delayed by rain for 36 minutes after the third inning.

SKIING

REBENSBURG WINS GS TITLE, VONN MISSES POINT RECORD: SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany underlined her status as skiing's leading giant slalom racer, winning the World Cup discipline title for a second straight year on Sunday.

The Olympic GS champion dominated the season-ending race, in which overall champion Lindsey Vonn failed to break the 2,000-point record for one season. The American, who had 1,980 points, needed to finish 12th or better to overtake Austrian great Hermann Maier's 12-year-old mark.

"I fought hard for it. A bummer it didn't work out," said Vonn, who did set a women's record Saturday by overtaking Croatia's Janica Kostelic's best mark of 1,970 points.

Vonn ended the opening run in 16th place and was unable to improve on that

 

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