As Ray Allen and Alonzo Mourning sat out their second straight games last night, Andre Iguodala didn't play for the first time in 232 regular-season games. Iguodala, a 76ers guard averaging a team-high 18.1 points, missed Philadelphia's game against Charlotte with a strained lower back, ending the NBA's third-longest active streak behind San Antonio's Bruce Bowen and Detroit's Tayshaun Prince. Seattle SuperSonics All-Star guard Allen will remain out indefinitely with inflammation in his left ankle caused by painful bone spurs. Allen, who is averaging a career-high 26.4 points, is considering season-ending surgery. Miami backup center Mourning is day-to-day with tendinitis in his right knee.
It's a Car of Tomorrow first for Gordon Jeff Gordon
won the first pole of the Car of Tomorrow era, putting his Chevrolet Impala in the top starting spot at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. Gordon ran a lap at 125.453 miles per hour to win his fifth career pole at Bristol. Chevrolet and Dodge are introducing models with the COT, a car that makes its Nextel Cup debut tomorrow. NASCAR hopes it will improve safety, reduce team costs, and improve competition . . . NHRA driver Eric Medlen
died four days after sustaining a severe head injury in a crash during a test session at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway. The 33-year-old never regained consciousness after crashing his Funny Car into a guardrail Monday . . . Venezuelan Milka Duno
, 34, will become the third woman in the IndyCar Series, joining Danica Patrick
and Sarah Fisher
, beginning with the April 29 race at Kansas City . . . Dan Wheldon
took the pole position for tonight's season-opening IndyCar Series race in Homestead, Fla.
Slaying leads to match-fixing probe
The sport's international governing body said it would investigate whether match-fixing was a motive for the slaying of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer
, who was strangled in Jamaica Sunday after his team was upset by Ireland. Police believe more than one person may have killed Woolmer, 58, in his 12th-floor hotel room. His team's defeat assured Pakistan's elimination from the Cricket World Cup.
US may have more competition in 2018
FIFA president Sepp Blatter
said the system of rotating the World Cup among continents could end after the 2014 tournament, a move that could hurt the United States's bid for 2018. Under the rotation system, the 2018 tournament would be in the North and Central American and Caribbean region . . . Sampdoria captain Francesco Flachi
faces a ban of up to two years after his backup urine sample tested positive for cocaine.
Raschker and Bell are up to old tricks
Sixty-year-old Philippa Raschker
set the world record in the pentathlon in the women's 60-64 division at the USA Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center. Raschker, who set a world mark in the 60 hurdles (10.04 seconds), totaled 4,844 points. William Bell
, 85, cleared 8 feet to set a world record in his age group in the pole vault . . . Harvard's Tim Hagamen
won the NCAA title in men's sabre, edging Notre Dame's Patrick Ghattas
, 15-14, at the NCAA fencing championships in Madison, N.J. . . . Qin Kai
defeated defending champ Alexandre Despatie
of Canada on the men's 3-meter springboard, and He Zi
won the women's 1-meter springboard title over two-time champ Blythe Hartley
of Canada, giving the Chinese diving gold medals at the world championships in Melbourne. The women's 25-kilometer race was halted just past the halfway point today with wind whipping up to 46 m.p.h. . . . Jason LaBarbera
, removed from his team's 5-0 loss to Providence March 18 after allowing five goals, made 29 saves and the visiting Manchester Monarchs avenged the recent loss to the Baby Bruins, winning, 2-1.
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