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Associated Press

Posted on March 16, 2013 at 6:30 AM

SUNS-HAWKS

Smith has double-double, Hawks beat Suns, 107-94

ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Smith made a strong return to Atlanta's lineup with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Hawks led by double figures throughout the final period of their 107-94 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Smith returned to Atlanta's lineup after missing one game with a sprained left knee. All five starters scored in double figures, with Al Horford adding 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Kyle Korver had four 3-pointers and 16 points. Devin Harris had 15 and DeShawn Stevenson scored 12.

Goran Dragic had 21 points and eight assists for the Suns, who have lost three straight and five of six. The Suns fell to 7-27 on the road.

T25-P12-ARIZONA-UCLA

UCLA rallies past No. 18 Arizona 66-64 at Pac-12

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jordan Adams scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half and No. 21 UCLA beat No. 18 Arizona for the third time this season, a 66-64 victory Friday night that sends the Bruins to the Pac-12 tournament championship game.

Ditching their new pajama-like uniforms for the more traditional white with blue and yellow trim, the Bruins (25-8) fought back from an 11-point second-half deficit after pulling off a similar rally against Arizona State in the quarterfinals. Adams triggered it, scoring 17 points in the final 9:57, including 13 straight in one stretch.

Kyle Anderson put UCLA in front on a putback with 22 seconds left and Arizona's Solomon Hill missed a midrange jumper, sending the Bruins into Saturday night's title game.

Brandon Ashley had 15 points and Mark Lyons added 13 for Arizona (25-7).

GRAND CANYON-MAJERLE

Report: Majerle to take over as Grand Canyon coach

PHOENIX (AP) — Russ Pennell has resigned as head basketball coach at Grand Canyon and former Phoenix Suns star Dan Majerle says he is taking the job.

Majerle made the comments to Phoenix television station KTVK. Grand Canyon is to begin the transition to NCAA Division I next season.

While Grand Canyon would not confirm the hiring, the school scheduled a news conference Monday morning to announce the new coach.

Majerle was an assistant to Suns coach Alvin Gentry but resigned when he was passed over for the interim job when Gentry was fired earlier this year.

Grand Canyon begins competition next season in the Western Athletic Conference but will not be eligible for postseason play for four years under NCAA rules.

ATHLETICS-DIAMONDBACKS

McCarthy, Colon match efforts in 2-2 tie

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's Brandon McCarthy and Oakland's Bartolo Colon each gave up a pair of runs in four innings, their longest outings of the spring, in the Diamondbacks' 2-2 tie with the Oakland Athletics on Friday.

McCarthy, facing his former Oakland teammates for the first time, gave up three hits, struck out six and walked two. Both of Oakland's runs came in the fourth.

Colon, who has five games left on his 50-game suspension for his substance abuse violation, gave up both runs in the first then settled down, scattering six hits, striking out three and hitting a batter.

Gerardo Parra and Paul Goldschmidt each had an RBI single for Arizona. Seth Smith and John Jaso had consecutive RBI doubles for Oakland.

LPGA TOUR

Jee Young Lee leads LPGA Founders Cup

PHOENIX (AP) — Jee Young Lee birdied three of the last four holes to take a one-stroke lead over Ai Miyazato on another hot day at the LPGA Founders Cup.

Lee, the South Korean player who won the tour's 2005 South Korean event, had a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Friday to reach 15-under 129 and break the tournament 36-hole record. She played in the morning wave before the temperature climbed into the low 90s at Desert Ridge.

Miyazato bogeyed her final hole for a 67 a day after shooting a tournament-record 63. The Japanese star is playing her first event since sustaining a whiplash injury three weeks ago in a five-vehicle crash in Thailand.

Third-ranked Stacy Lewis, coming off a victory two weeks ago in Singapore, was four strokes back after a 65.

CARDINALS-KOLB RELEASED

Arizona Cardinals release quarterback Kevin Kolb

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have released Kevin Kolb, ending the quarterback's two injury-filled seasons with the team.

The team's move on Friday came just ahead of the deadline for paying Kolb a $2 million roster bonus. The team paid Kolb some $20 million over two seasons after acquiring him in a trade that sent a second-round draft pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Philadelphia Eagles.

But Kolb was plagued by injuries and inconsistent play in his two seasons in Arizona.

Kolb was due to make $9 million this coming season. Earlier this week, Arizona signed free agent quarterback Drew Stanton. Stanton was the backup last season at Indianapolis, where new coach Bruce Arians was interim head coach.

CARDINALS SIGNINGS

Cardinals add CB Cason, DE Shaughnessy

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have added two more free agent acquisitions, agreeing to terms on one-year contracts with cornerback Antoine Cason and defensive end Matt Shaughnessy.

Cason, a former University of Arizona standout, was a first-round draft pick by San Diego and never missed a game in his five seasons with the Chargers. Cason started all 16 games in 2012 with two interceptions, 71 tackles, one forced fumble and a team-high 12 passes defensed.

Earlier Friday, Arizona announced it had agreed to terms with Shaughnessy, who started all 16 games last season with Oakland. He had 3.5 sacks along with 42 tackles, 29 solos. The Raiders selected Shaughnessy in the third round of the 2009 draft out of Wisconsin, where he was a teammate of Cardinals outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield.

Arizona has acquired eight free agents this week.

COYOTES-EKMAN-LARSSON

Coyotes sign Ekman-Larsson to 6-year extension

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes have signed defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to a six-year contract extension.

General manager Don Maloney announced the long-term deal Friday, but didn't disclose any financial details.

The Arizona Republic reported the extension is worth $33 million.

The Coyotes are in Columbus to play the Blue Jackets on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Ekman-Larsson has three goals and 14 assists in 27 games this season and leads the Coyotes in ice time at 25:07 per game.

Last season, Ekman-Larsson career highs with 13 goals and 19 assists. He was one of six Phoenix players to play in all 82 regular-season games and ranked second on the team with 92 blocked shots.

The Sweden native was a first-round pick of the Coyotes in the 2009 draft at No. 6 overall.

BASSMASTERS CLASSIC

Todd Faircloth leads Bassmasters Classic

ORANGE, Texas (AP) — Todd Faircloth has a seven-ounce lead Friday at the Bassmaster Elite Series.

Faircloth, from Jasper, Texas, has a two-day total of 26 pounds, 15 ounces. First-day leader Dean Rojas, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., was second at 26-8 followed by Cliff Crochet, of Pierre Part, La., at 25-0.

"I had a long boat ride back, so I kind of took it easy to make sure I got them (the fish) back safely," Faircloth said.

The day's largest bass was a 6-1 brought in by Terry Scroggins, making him the top contender for the $1,500 Carhartt Big Bass bonus.

The winner will receive $100,000.

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