March 10th, 2010
12:44 PM ET

Sports Update: No more Nomar, UConn women, soccer

Nomar Garciaparra announced Wednesday he is ending his 14-year MLB career.

It’s college hoops overload with each of the Big Six conference tournaments under way. But there’s plenty more sports fare with spring training baseball, Champions League soccer to go with pro hoops and hockey (all times Eastern).

– Six-time All-Star infielder Nomar Garciaparra announced his retirement at a press conference Wednesday. Garciaparra signed a one-day contract with his former team the Red Sox, Wednesday, then announced he'd be retiring and working as an analyst for ESPN.

South Florida vs. Georgetown (Noon, ESPN): Just one of the 30 conference tournament games on today’s slate features a Top 25 team: when Greg Monroe and No. 22 Georgetown meet South Florida for a trip to the Big East quarterfinals.

Manchester United vs. AC Milan (2:45 p.m., FSC): The English giants bring a 3-2 lead into the second leg of today’s Champions League tie with the Rossoneri at Old Trafford. It’s a strange homecoming for AC Milan midfielder David Beckman, who rose to global super-stardom during 11 years with the Manchester club. Real Madrid meet Lyon in the afternoon’s other match (2:45 p.m., Fox Soccer Plus).

- Mariners vs. Rangers (3:05 p.m., MLB.TV): World Series standout Cliff Lee makes his Seattle debut in a Cactus League clash with Texas.

- Robert Morris and Quinnipiac (7 p.m., ESPN2): The Bobcats can earn their first-ever trip to the NCAA tournament with a Northeast Conference title game victory over the Colonials of Robert Morris.

Canucks vs. Coyotes (10 p.m., TSN): Vancouver plays the last game of an NHL-record 14-game road trip - necessitated by the Winter Olympics - against a fellow Western Conference power in Phoenix.

By The Numbers

1.9 – Seconds remaining in regulation when Kobe Bryant’s 17-foot jumper propelled the Lakers a 109-107 win over Toronto. The victory helped L.A. avoid its longest losing streak in nearly three years.

16 – Number of Big East women’s basketball championships won by Connecticut after Tuesday’s 60-32 victory over West Virginia in Hartford. The win extended UConn’s NCAA-record winning streak to 72 games.

45 – Years since a school from the Mid-American Conference last won an NCAA title in any sport according a feature in today’s Wall Street Journal.

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