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POSTED March 25, 2013 1:08 a.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

• UCLA FIRES BEN HOWLAND AS BASKETBALL COACH: LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA fired Ben Howland on Sunday night after 10 seasons as Bruins coach that included three Final Four appearances, but culminated with another early-round exit from the NCAA tournament.

Athletic director Dan Guerrero told Howland earlier in the day that he was out.

Howland had a 233-107 record in Westwood, including three consecutive Final Four appearances from 2006-08 and four Pac-12 championships, including this season. The Bruins’ season ended last Friday with an 83-63 loss to Minnesota in the NCAA tournament.

Howland had two years left on his contract that included a $2.3 million buyout.



SOCCER

• WONDOLOWSKI SCORES, EARTHQUAKES TOP SOUNDERS 1-0: SANTA CLARA  (AP) — Chris Wondolowski scored just before halftime and the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Saturday night.

San Jose (2-1-1) beat Seattle (0-2-1) for the fourth straight time in regular-season play, building on a sweep of three contentious meetings last year.

It was the second score this season for Wondolowski, who tied MLS’ career record with 27 goals last season — including two winners against Seattle.

Wondolowski brought down a long pass that skidded off the head of Seattle defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado at the edge of the Sounders’ penalty area. Wondolowski’s touch was gentle enough that he ran onto the ball for a 22-yard strike that curled around Seattle’s sliding Djimi Traore. The ball barely escaped the reach of Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning before ricocheting in off the far post in the 46th minute.

San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch made two critical saves in the 75th minute, diving to stop Mauro Rosales’ half-volley from the top of the box, then scrambling to deflect David Estrada’s rebound attempt at point-blank range.



• COSTA RICA ASKS FIFA FOR REPLAY OF US MATCH: SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica is asking soccer’s governing body for a replay of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against the United States, won 1-0 by the Americans during a snowstorm in Commerce City, Colorado.

Costa Rican Football Federation Treasurer Rolando Villalobos said in a statement Sunday that documentation had been sent to FIFA to back the claim, including photographs and videos.

The Costa Rican federation said the climatic conditions threatened the physical integrity of the players, left the sidelines and markings on the field largely not visible and led to the entry onto the field of snow-clearing personnel, which it claimed was not permitted.

The federation also argued that “ball movement became impossible given the quantity of snow on the field” and called on FIFA to punish the match officials who allowed the game to proceed.



COLLEGE FOOTBALL

• NEW COACH, OLD RB HIGHLIGHT CALIFORNIA SPRING GAME: BERKELEY  (AP) — California’s first spring game under new coach Sonny Dykes included a touchdown from one of the Bears’ former stars.

Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch ran untouched — he wasn’t allowed to be tackled — for a 22-yard touchdown, but the defense still won the spring game Saturday. The Cal defense, receiving points for turnovers, missed field goals, sacks and other stops, won 28-24.

The Bears drew 5,831 fans to Memorial Stadium.

Dykes was hired away from Louisiana Tech to replace Jeff Tedford after the Bears went 3-9 last season.

Lynch played for Tedford from 2004-06 before being drafted in the first round by the Buffalo Bills. Lynch says he hopes the new regime can turn the program “back into what it was when I was here.”



BASEBALL

• YANKEES WORK TO ACQUIRE VERNON WELLS FROM ANGELS: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Vernon Wells might become the latest addition to the New York Yankees’ injury-depleted lineup.

As the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 in 10 innings Sunday behind a pair of Kevin Youkilis home runs, New York was negotiating with the Los Angeles Angels to acquire the outfielder.

A person familiar with the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity because talks were ongoing, said the sides had not yet agreed to the money that would be included in a trade. Wells is owed $42 million over the next two seasons.

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