Ochocinco to try soccerChad Ochocinco will try to play a different kind of football during the NFL lockout.

Never short on publicity-grabbing ideas, the Bengals wide receiver is set for a four-day tryout with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer starting Tuesday.

The club said yesterday that after the tryout it would determine whether to extend the trial period.


Smoltz in tourneyJohn Smoltz is going from the pitching mound to the first tee.

Smoltz has accepted a sponsor's exemption to play the South Georgia Classic next month on the Nationwide Tour. The former Cy Young Award winner tried U.S. Open qualifying last year, and has played several casual rounds in Florida with Tiger Woods.


Durant too much for Heat

Kevin Durant scored 29 points to lead the visiting Thunder to a 96-85 victory over the Heat . . . Dwight Howard had 31 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Magic to a 93-89 overtime victory over the host Bucks.

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LSU coach steps down

Two days after LSU did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, ending a 12-year run, Van Chancellor stepped down as coach and has taken a position in the athletic department.


Blues on the market

The St. Louis Blues are for sale. Blues chairman Dave Checketts, a former Knicks president and CEO of Madison Square Garden, said his group, Sports Capital Partners Worldwide, and Towerbrook Capital Partners have placed the franchise and the Scottrade Center on the market.

Red Wings end Caps' streak

Henrik Zetterberg scored his second goal of the game with 10:07 left, and the host Red Wings snapped the Capitals' nine-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory.

-- AP

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