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Thursday, March 11, 2010

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Mason will host first-round postseason game

The George Mason men's basketball team will play in the second annual CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament, hosting a first-round game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Patriot Center. The Patriots' opponent has yet to be determined.

If George Mason (17-14) wins its opening-round game, it will play the remainder of its CIT games on the road because the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will occupy Patriot Center from March 25 to April 4.

Old Dominion defeated Bradley to win the inaugural 16-team tournament last season. . . .

"One Shining Moment," the song that concludes CBS's broadcast of the NCAA men's basketball championship game, will be sung by Jennifer Hudson this year. The Grammy and Oscar winner is the first woman to sing it. Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross have performed previous renditions.

PRO FOOTBALL

Two-time Pro Bowl player Derrick Mason, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. The 36-year-old had 73 receptions for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009. He started all 16 games and became the 23rd player in NFL history with 800 career catches. . . .

Offensive lineman Wade Smith, an unrestricted free agent, has agreed to terms with the Houston Texans, his agent, Brian Parker, confirmed.

Smith's four-year deal includes $6.25 million in guaranteed money in the first year and averages about $3 million a season. . . .

Two off-duty Pennsylvania law enforcement officers were with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at the Georgia nightclub where a woman accused him of sexual assault, and the two men didn't see anything inappropriate, an attorney for one of them said.

Teammate Willie Colon also was at the nightclub with Roethlisberger, but did not witness anything, Colon's agent says.

PRO BASKETBALL

Three doctors cleared Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey for exercise after extensive cardiac tests. He collapsed on the bench during Friday's game at Cleveland and was taken away on a stretcher. He missed Sunday's game and will be out again Wednesday.


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