HOUSTON (AP) - Just hours after learning All-Star center Yao Ming would miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot, the Rockets went out and beat up on visiting Washington, 94-69, for their 13th straight victory and 17th in 18 games. The Wizards set a franchise record for futility with 23 first-half points.
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent Jamaal Magloire (muh-GLOHR') to add depth at center that's been missing since DeSagana Diop (SAH'-guh-huh JAHP') went to New Jersey in the trade for Jason Kidd. The 6-foot-11 Magloire has averaged less than 11 minutes per game this season with the Nets. He should be available for today's practice and could play as soon as tomorrow when Dallas visits San Antonio.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - One day after reaching Number 1 in the AP men's basketball poll for the first time, Tennessee went on the road and got beat, 72-69, by 18th-ranked Vanderbilt. Shan (shayn) Foster hit six 3-pointers and scored 32 points to help the Commodores knock off a top-ranked team for a fourth straight time.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh made one of the biggest trades ahead of yesterday's NHL deadline by acquiring Marian Hossa from Atlanta for three players and a first-round draft pick. Hossa is a five-time All-Star who has 26 goals and 30 assists in 60 games after tying for sixth in the NHL with 100 points last season. The Penguins also acquired forward Pascual Dupuis (pas-KAL' doo-PWEE').
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) - The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency says Major League Baseball must farm out its drug-testing program to an independent agency if it wants to regain credibility. Despite the problems highlighted in the Mitchell Report, MLB wants to keep its current program largely intact, with commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lihg) saying there is no need for a third party to get involved.
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