George Mason will host first-round game of tournament

Thursday, March 11, 2010; D02


Mason will host first-round postseason game

The George Mason men's basketball team will play in the second annual 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.


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.


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.

Pistons Coach John Kuester said he expects Stuckey to return to the lineup before the season is over, but said the team doesn't have a timeline.

"He's had some of the best doctors in the world looking at him, and they've given him a clean bill of health," Kuester said. "If they tell us that he shouldn't play, he won't play, but they've been encouraging."

Stuckey missed two games last season after experiencing dizziness during a game, but said that he's not worried about further incidents. "I'm done thinking about it, and I'm done talking about it," he said. "I've had all the tests, and now I'm just waiting for them to tell me when I can play again."


Marion Jones was introduced Wednesday as the newest member of the WNBA's Tulsa Shock and she offered no apologies for her steroids use or her time in federal prison. She was poised and ready for questions about her troubled past.

"The word redemption is not in my vocabulary," Jones, 34, said at a news conference, flanked by team president Steve Swetoha and Coach Nolan Richardson. "I'm a competitor, I want to play against the best in the world, and I know that I will be doing that."

Her bid for a new career comes a decade after she starred at the Sydney Olympics, winning gold in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 1,600-meter relay, and bronze in the long jump and 400-meter relay. She was stripped of all five medals after admitting in 2007 that she was using performance-enhancing drugs at the time of the Games.

She was signed to at least a one-year contract but terms were not disclosed.

Jones was drafted by Phoenix in 2003 but never played in the WNBA. . . .

Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who helped lead the Ducks to the Pacific-10 Conference title and a Rose Bowl berth last season, faces a burglary charge in connection with a theft at a campus fraternity house in late January. . . .

In an encouraging performance two weeks before the MLS season is scheduled to start, D.C. United defeated Santos Laguna, 3-2, in a friendly before a capacity crowd in Torreon, Mexico. Chris Pontius (a header off a corner kick by Christian Castillo) and Jaime Moreno (assisted by Brandon Barklage) each scored in the first half. After Santos responded with a pair of goals, Boyzzz Khumalo provided the game-winner by putting away a cross in the 70th minute. . . .

Real Madrid was eliminated by Lyon in the second round of the European Champions League with a 1-1 tie, and Manchester United advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-0 rout of AC Milan.

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