Stories for December 2011


Saturday, December 31

Prep Roundup: Carson JV girls win classic

The Carson girls JV team beat Reno, 34-32, in overtime to win the State Farm Holiday Classic on Friday.

Roger Diez: Event-filled 2011 on the track

It's the last day of 2011, and it was an event-filled year for racing. Locally, the clay oval at Reno-Fernley Raceway reopened under NASCAR sanction.

Sheriff's Blotter Dec. 31

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All persons are innocent until proved guilty in court.

Raiders WR Ford expects to play against Chargers

ALAMEDA, Calif (AP) - Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford made it through a third straight practice without any setbacks and expects to play in Oakland's regular-season finale against San Diego.

Orton, other players sue over financial advice

CHICAGO (AP) - Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton and some 20 other NFL players are suing a Chicago law firm for more than $10 million, claiming they received bad financial advice on investing in energy concerns.

Tigers close out 1-3 week in San Diego

Don't let the 1-3 record fool you, the Douglas high boys basketball team had a solid week at the prestigious Torrey Pines Holiday Classic in San Diego.

Friday, December 30

Carson upends Reno 58-56

Reno High basketball coach Kyle Schellin graduated from Carson High and played hoops for former CHS coach Bruce Barnes.

PREPS: Garcia, Sharp medal at SNC

RENO - Carson High's dynamic duo of Nico Garcia and Kyle Sharp won medals at the Sierra Nevada Classic which concluded Thursday at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

FODDER: Where are the fans at Lawlor?

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . .

FSU rallies to beat Irish

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The day before his team took the field for its Champs Sports Bowl matchup with Notre Dame, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher acknowledged that he had higher hopes for his team than how they ended up in 2011.

Fiesta Bowl generating a lot of buzz

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Last year's Fiesta Bowl was a dud on the field, in the stands, in the ratings - pretty much any standard you considered.

Griffin, Baylor win record-breaking Alamo Bowl

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III wasn't dazzling - and didn't need to be - as No. 15 Baylor pulled out a thrilling Alamo Bowl victory in the highest-scoring bowl game in history, beating Washington 67-56 in a record-smashing shootout Thursday night.

Thursday, December 29

PREPS: Carson girls lose twice

LAS VEGAS - Carson High dropped two games in the first day of the Las Vegas Holiday Tournament on Wednesday.

Garcia, Sharp advance at tourney

RENO - It will be the Nico and Kyle Show at the final day of the 2011 Sierra Nevada Classic at the Reno Livestock Events Center.

Nevada extends win streak

RENO - Twas three nights after Christmas and, well, the Nevada Wolf Pack still had visions of sugar plums in their heads.

Turnovers doom Golden Bears in Holiday Bowl

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The California Golden Bears couldn't hold onto the football or protect their quarterback in a 21-10 loss to Texas in the Holiday Bowl on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, December 28

A's trade Bailey, Sweeney to Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) - For Andrew Bailey, coming in from the bullpen at Fenway Park is a special feeling.


No. 15 Baylor (9-3) vs. Washington (7-5), 5 p.m. Line: Baylor by 9.


No. 25 Florida State (8-4) vs. Notre Dame (8-4), 2:30 p.m.

Pac-12, Big Ten plan to expand without expanding

NEW YORK (AP) - Realizing bigger isn't necessarily better, the Big Ten and Pac-12 were looking for ways to get the benefits of conference expansion without adding members.

Terry Bowden returns to Division I with Akron

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Terry Bowden believes he is returning to Division I football after a 13 years away not just older but wiser.

Toledo holds off Air Force

WASHINGTON (AP) - Back and forth they went. A kickoff return for 87 yards. A pitch around the left end for 60. Touchdown passes for 49 and 37 yards. Two touchdowns scored on fourth downs. A pair of botched onside kicks.

Jason Taylor says he'll retire after season

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Linebacker Jason Taylor says he'll retire after this season, his 15th in the NFL and his 13th with the Miami Dolphins.

Raiders get boost with Ford's return to practice

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders got a big boost for their offense heading into their must-win season finale when big-play receiver Jacoby Ford practiced for the first time in more than a month Wednesday.

Andy Lee punts 49ers to great field position

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Linebacker Patrick Willis makes a point of thanking Andy Lee and the 49ers punt team for the fabulous field position the defense gets game after game.

Sports Briefly

Carson freshman teams win at State Farm tournament

Purdue beats Western Michigan 37-32 in Pizza Bowl

DETROIT (AP) - Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush took the final snap, sprinted to the sideline and handed the football to coach Danny Hope.

Glennon's 3 TDs help NC St down Louisville 31-24

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Mike Glennon threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns and David Amerson returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown as North Carolina State defeated Louisville 31-24 in the Belk Bowl.

Tuesday, December 27

Line Drive U back in business

At its inception eight years ago, Line Drive U off of Johnson Lane in Minden was created as a business venture that would help build solid foundations for the local baseball community.

2012 Pro Bowl Rosters

Wide Receivers - s-Wes Welker, New England; s-Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh; A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Brandon Marshall, Miami.

Some offbeat awards for NFL season

The official NFL awards will be handed out during Super Bowl week. The offbeat ones are being handed out now.

49ers waive Edwards

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Struggling wide receiver Braylon Edwards was released by the San Francisco 49ers following surgery on his right knee earlier this season that limited him.

Sunday, December 25

Saturday, December 24

Pack comes up short in Hawaii Bowl

HONOLULU (AP) - Austin Davis threw two touchdowns, including a 4-yarder late in the game, and No. 22 Southern Mississippi earned a school-record 12th victory by holding off Nevada 24-17 in the Hawaii Bowl on Saturday night.

Raiders stay alive with 16-13 OT win over Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Carson Palmer knew that Darrius Heyward-Bey, perhaps the Oakland Raiders' fastest wide receiver, could beat the Kansas City Chiefs defense if he went deep down the field.

Vikings' Peterson to have MRI on sprained knee

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was scheduled for an MRI late Saturday after taking a direct hit to his left knee in a 33-26 win over the Washington Redskins.

Akers sets FG record, 49ers beat Seahawks 19-17

SEATTLE (AP) - David Akers kicked his way into the NFL record book and moved the San Francisco 49ers closer to a playoff bye.

AFC-NFC: Cruz, Bradshaw lead Giants to win in Big Apple battle

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Victor Cruz set two franchise receiving records, and Ahmad Bradshaw ran for two touchdowns as the Giants kept their playoff hopes alive by winning the New York-area bragging rights with a 29-14 victory over the Jets on Saturday.

AFC: Patriots win to secure first-round bye

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots emphasize playing well for 60 minutes every game. On Saturday, 30 was enough - barely.

NFC: Vick leads Eagles past Dallas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes to lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a 20-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday in a game that had all the intensity of a preseason dress rehearsal.

Wade, LeBron get along on, off the hardwoods

MIAMI (AP) - Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are known to bicker like brothers.

Sports loses many famous personalties in 2011

The images were of fire and smoke, of wreckage from terrifying, high-speed crashes.

Warriors start Jackson era tonight

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - It's easy to envision Mark Jackson's other life as a pastor.

Critical year for Sacramento Kings awaits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Paul Westphal glanced around the Sacramento Kings practice facility on the first day of training camp, smiling with his eyes wide open in awe of his surroundings.

Fox Sports wins ruling in Dodgers bankruptcy case

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A U.S. District Judge in Delaware on Friday dealt a significant blow to the Los Angeles Dodgers' plans to sell the media rights to future games, halting the sales process while he consider an appeal by Fox Sports.

Friday, December 23

Kurt Busch gets pink slip

Merry Christmas to all, and I hope Santa leaves whatever you want under the tree.

Bush closes in on 1,000-yard season

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - After spending most of the first two months of the season as Darren McFadden's backup, Michael Bush seemed to have little chance to reach the 1,000-yard milestone coveted by NFL running backs.

Sports Briefly

Cubs trade Marshall to Reds

Nevada-Southern Miss. scouting report

WHEN: Today at 5 p.m. (ESPN) Line: Southern Miss by 8.

No. 22 Southern Miss faces Nevada in Hawaii Bowl

HONOLULU (AP) - As if being 5,500 miles from Hattiesburg and having Waikiki beach as a backyard wasn't enough, Conference USA champion Southern Mississippi had to deal with even more distractions.



Carson City Sheriff's Log Dec. 23

The following people were booked into the Carson City jail. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court:

Thursday, December 22

PREPS: Carson girls win big; boys lose thriller

This one was close for exactly 47 seconds, and then it got ugly really fast.

Bonds files appeal of obstruction conviction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds is officially appealing his felony obstruction conviction.

Beltran, Cardinals agree to 2-year contract

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract pending results of a physical, a move that would fortify the team's lineup following the departure of Albert Pujols.

Schedule imbalance in NBA this year

Carmelo Anthony's return to Denver is delayed for another year. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade won't be visiting Sacramento anytime soon. Fans in Chicago will only be seeing Kobe Bryant on television this season.

Hawaii hasn't been friendly to the Pack

Hawaii has been anything but paradise for the Nevada Wolf Pack football team over the past four-plus decades.

No. 8 Boise rolls in MAACO Bowl, 56-24 over ASU

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Doug Martin rushed for 151 yards and returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, giving No. 8 Boise State a lead 14 seconds into the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on the way to a 56-24 win Thursday night.

Chiefs, Raiders hope QBs can lead them to playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Carson Palmer didn't stand much of a chance the last time he faced the Kansas City Chiefs.

Davis becoming more visible leader

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Vernon Davis has stepped it up for the San Francisco 49ers this season in ways that go beyond the star tight end's typical contributions to the team's passing game.

Colts get past Houston 19-16 for 2nd straight win

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Reggie Wayne will always remember Thursday night's catch.

FODDER: The Pack will upset Southern Miss

The 2011 Hawaii Bowl edition of sports fodder for a Friday morning

Carson City Sheriff's Log Dec. 22

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City jail. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court: • Omar Segura, 28, Carson City, was arrested at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the jail on failure-to-appear warrants from the U.S. Marshal's Office for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm and by the Nevada Highway Patrol on traffic charges. He was being held without bail.

Wednesday, December 21

WOLF PACK HOOPS: Red-hot Nevada hosts Portland tonight

RENO - What a difference a year makes.

Kobe injures wrist, misses exhibition game

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant did not play in the Los Angeles Lakers' preseason finale against the Clippers on Wednesday night because of a torn ligament in his right wrist, and his status for the season opener on Christmas Day is up in the air.

CHS hoops fall short; Wrestlers win big

LAS VEGAS - Godinez Fundamental High School-Santa Ana outscored Carson 12-5 in the final quarter to grab a 38-35 win in a consolation game at the Las Vegas Shootout Wednesday afternoon.

49ers' Justin Smith one of NFL's best nobody knows

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Justin Smith might be the NFL's biggest superstar nobody knows.

Aaron Rodgers is 2011 AP Male Athlete of Year

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - When Aaron Rodgers needs to rekindle the feelings that drove his rise from a junior college quarterback to Super Bowl MVP, he doesn't have to look too far.

Warriors' Ellis sued for alleged sexual harassment

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A former Golden State Warriors employee filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against star guard Monta Ellis on Wednesday, alleging Ellis sent her unwanted texts that included a photo of his genitals.

Heyward-Bey coming into his own

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Darrius Heyward-Bey has been the target of criticism ever since the Oakland Raiders surprisingly drafted him seventh overall in 2009 ahead of more accomplished receivers.

MAACO Bowl gives Boise State, ASU singular focus

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas wasn't the send-off No. 8 Boise State originally imagined for Kellen Moore, college football's winningest quarterback.

Baylor's Griffin is AP player of the year

WACO, Texas (AP) - Robert Griffin III played football for years simply because he was good at it.

Fans sing Happy Birthday in front of Paterno home

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - About two dozen fans gathered briefly outside Joe Paterno's home Wednesday night to wish the former Penn State coach a happy 85th birthday and sing a Christmas carol.

POINSETTIA BOWL: TCU outlasts WAC champ La. Tech

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Casey Pachall highlighted a record-setting game with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Skye Dawson with 4:26 left to lift No. 16 TCU to a 31-24 victory against Louisiana Tech in the Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday night.

LSU's Miles wins AP coach of the year

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU's 2011 season will be remembered for challenging Les Miles' crisis-management skills over and over again.

FIU comes up short in 20-10 loss to Marshall

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Florida International coach Mario Cristobal expected special teams would be the deciding factor in his team's final game of the season. Turns out it was a key factor in a tough defeat.

Short-handed Carson loses Vegas opener

LAS VEGAS - Carson High's woes started before the team left for its annual trip to the Las Vegas Shootout, and continued through the first game Tuesday night.

Tuesday, December 20

Little League road show coming to Carson

Nevada District 1 Little League is hosting a Little League Road Show and coaching clinic Jan. 21 at the Carson Nugget.

Bulls, Rose agree on 5-year extension

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Tribune is reporting that reigning MVP Derrick Rose has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Chicago Bulls worth approximately $94 million.

Super Bowl going mobile

NEW YORK (AP) - The biggest draw in television is going mobile.

Raiders look to recover from late-game collapse

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders' chances of ending an eight-year playoff drought have come down to this: They must win their final two games, and then hope.

John Elway quickly reversing Broncos' fortunes

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - A year ago, John Elway agreed to another comeback with his beloved Denver Broncos shortly after the ouster of Josh McDaniels, whom many felt had doomed the franchise to mediocrity for years to come.

49ers shine vs. Steelers through pair of blackouts

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - First, Jim Harbaugh campaigned to bring Alex Smith back for another season in San Francisco. Now, he's pushing for his quarterback to make the Pro Bowl.

TCU, Louisiana Tech face off in Poinsettia Bowl

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Poinsettia Bowl between No. 16 TCU and Louisiana Tech isn't merely a matchup of teams happy to be in a postseason game.

Ohio State gets bowl ban, other penalties

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State players broke the rules and got to play in the Sugar Bowl anyway. Jim Tressel knew about infractions and let it all happen.

AP Source: Chow to become next Hawaii head coach

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow has accepted the job as Hawaii's new head coach, a person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

Time out with Carson's Cameron Sievers

SCHOOL: Carson High YEAR: Sophomore SPORT: Basketball

Monday, December 19

Sunday, December 18

Romo, Cowboys cruise past Bucs

TAMPA, Fla (AP) - Tony Romo was nearly flawless in getting the Dallas Cowboys back on track in the NFC East.

Pack runs away from Riverside

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack took yet another step on its long and winding road to maturity.

College Roundup: Ohio ends bowl misery

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Tyler Tettleton's late heroics helped Ohio erase decades of misery in the postseason.

Prep Roundup: Garcia fourth at TOC

Carson's Nico Garcia wrestled his way to a fourth-place finish at the prestigious Reno Tournament of Champions on Saturday.

Darrell Moody: We all want a playoff now

There is a movement going on aimed at taking down the BCS, and all I can say is it's about time.

Ravens visit recharged Bolts

Even if they aren't considered the NFL's best team, the Ravens qualify as the most balanced. They can move the ball on the ground and through the air. They're formidable against the run and the pass.

Top 25 Capsules: Syracuse stays unbeaten; Sullinger injures foot

RALEIGH, N.C. - Dion Waiters scored a career-high 22 points to help No. 1 Syracuse beat North Carolina State 88-72 on Saturday.

Reds get Latos from Padres for 4 players

CINCINNATI (AP) - The price tag for Mat Latos was daunting. The Cincinnati Reds were willing to pay it.

Saturday, December 17

Friday, December 16

Jackson tries to keep Raiders loose

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Nearly all NFL coaches and players have some sort of ritual they go through before games, whether it's wearing the same clothes, listening to the same music or eating the same meal.

49ers offensive line patching things together

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Even with linebacker James Harrison suspended from the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers defense, the San Francisco 49ers offensive line has no reason to celebrate.

NFL fines Saints S Harper for 2 infractions

NEW YORK (AP) - New Orleans safety Roman Harper has been fined a total of $22,500 by the NFL for two infractions during the Saints game against the Tennessee Titans.

Kobe Bryant's wife files for divorce

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) - Kobe Bryant's wife, who stood by her husband when he was charged with sexual assault in 2003, filed for divorce on Friday from the Los Angeles Lakers star, citing irreconcilable differences after a decade of marriage.

Sam Houston State beats Montana 31-28 in FCS semi

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Tim Flanders rushed for 287 yards on 26 carries and Sam Houston State advanced to its first national championship game with a 31-28 win over Montana in the Football Championship Subdivision semifinal on Friday night.

Today's bowl capsules

New Mexico Bowl Temple (8-4) vs. Wyoming (8-4), 11:30 a.m. (ESPN).

Bonds gets 30-day home sentence

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Eight years of being investigated for steroid allegations ended for home run king Barry Bonds on Friday with a 30-day sentence to be served at home. No more - and maybe less.

Westwood follows 60 with 64 in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) - Lee Westwood followed his career-best 12-under 60 with a 64 on Friday to take a commanding 11-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Thailand Golf Championship.

Pack looking to excite fans

RENO - As far as Malik Story is concerned, there is just one way to get Northern Nevada to come back to Lawlor Events Center this winter.

RACING: Automotive artwork created in Carson City

Racing is not the only form of automotive enjoyment for participants and onlookers.

Tired Jaguars limp home with tough loss

ATLANTA (AP) - As badly as Atlanta's John Abraham dominated Jacksonville's offense, rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert blamed himself.

Dayton boys, girls top Silver Stage

SILVER SPRINGS - Dayton High bounced back from a disappointing effort against Yerington and beat Silver Stage 66-58 Thursday night in a Lahontan League game.

Thursday, December 15

Limitless racing caused Wheldon's death

Las Vegas Motor Speedway's "limitless" racing surface was singled out Thursday as a significant factor in a "perfect storm" of conditions that led to the death of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon.

Bowman makes big strides in second NFL season

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - NaVorro Bowman is no longer just San Francisco's other inside linebacker, or the inexperienced young guy. When teamed with Patrick Willis, he gives the 49ers one of the most feared tandems at the position in the NFL.

FODDER: Southern Miss is good and nothing more

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ... E

Peterson expects to play this weekend

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Spending three weeks on the sideline watching his Minnesota Vikings appears to be about all Adrian Peterson can take.

Rob Ryan on Cowboys' D woes: 'I will get it fixed'

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Attention, Cowboys critics: Rob Ryan wants you to know the defensive meltdowns at the end of the last two games are entirely his fault.

Extra cops for Indy Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Dozens of extra police officers will be on hand to help motorists navigate restricted streets and city buses will offer free rides to help visitors and workers as an expected 100,000 fans descend on downtown Indianapolis for Super Bowl week.

Old problems still haunt Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Almost from the moment he took over in Oakland, coach Hue Jackson vowed to fix the Raiders' perpetually leaky run defense and curb their propensity for penalties.

Kings owners 'optimistic' about new arena plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof are growing increasingly optimistic that the city will approve an acceptable financing plan for a new arena by the March 1 deadline to keep the franchise from relocating.

4th man accuses ex-Syracuse coach of sexual abuse

DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) - A 56-year-old New York prison inmate says former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine began molesting him more than 40 years ago and continued to have sexual contact with him into adulthood.

Moore gets crummy bowl to end career

Kellen Moore deserves a better send off.

Penn State recruits facing questions about future

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two prized Penn State recruits have already backed away from their verbal commitments and will go elsewhere, due to the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal hanging over the football program and the uncertainty over the Nittany Lions' next head coach.

Playoff supporters launch national campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) - Proponents of a college football playoff are launching a new national campaign aimed at taking down the BCS.

PSU formally requests more time from NCAA

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - With a Friday deadline looming, the NCAA signaled it would give Penn State more time to respond to its inquiry over the university's handling of child sex abuse accusations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Gill hired as new football coach at Liberty

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Liberty has brought in Turner Gill as its new football coach and the school also has hired a firm to help it study the feasibility of moving up to the Bowl Subdivision.

Shoppach could mean end for Varitek in Boston

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox want Jason Varitek back.

Fox Sports seeks halt to Dodgers media rights sale

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for Fox Sports are appealing a bankruptcy judge's order approving a process for the Los Angeles Dodgers to sell media rights to future games.

Willingham, Twins agree on $21M, 3-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins welcomed Josh Willingham to the team on Thursday, a move that had many bracing for a wave goodbye to Michael Cuddyer.

Hornets, Clippers agree on trade for PG Chris Paul

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Chris Paul is headed to Los Angeles for real this time - to the Clippers, not the Lakers.

Raiders get WR Moore back to practice

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Deep-threat receiver Denarius Moore returned to practice for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday after missing the previous three games with an injured right foot, providing a needed boost to a struggling offense.

Khan unanimously approved as owner of Jaguars

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Shahid Khan was 16 when he moved from Pakistan to the United States to attend the University of Illinois.

NFL renews television deals with CBS, Fox and NBC

NEW YORK (AP) - With NFL games enjoying seemingly invincible ratings while most everything else on TV goes down, down, down, the league's traditional broadcast partners embraced a deal that sends their rights fees up, up, up.

Lions DT Suh says little about stomp, suspension

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Ndamukong Suh is back with the Detroit Lions. And he's not interested in rehashing the past.

Fresno State hires Tim DeRuyter as coach

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Fresno State has hired Texas A&M interim coach Tim DeRuyter to replace the fired Pat Hill as head coach.

Graham leave Pitt to coach Arizona State

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Todd Graham left Pittsburgh's fans and administration bitter that he bolted after just one year.

South Carolina will cut 6 football scholarships

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina told the NCAA it agrees that major violations took place in its football program and will eliminate six football scholarships over the next three years as part of several self-imposed penalties.

Carson wrestlers beat Yerington, Fallon

Carson High tuned up for this weekend's Reno Tournament of Champions with two easy dual-meet victories Wednesday night at Morse Burley Gym.

Dan Jenkins selected for Hall of Fame

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Sixty years after he wrote from the first of 210 major championships, Dan Jenkins is headed for the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, December 14

LSU corners market on All-Americans

NEW YORK - LSU's Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne became the first cornerback teammates to lock down spots on the AP All-America team.

Nevada's Madonick happy to be on the field

RENO - When asked a few weeks back how his right leg and foot were feeling, Zack Madonick looked down at the leg and foot in question, flashed a grin, looked up and announced, "I'm good. I'm here. I'm standing."

Carson boys lose OT thriller

RENO - For the second time in 10 days, Carson High gave Damonte Ranch all it could handle.

Carson girls win 1st game of season

RENO - The drought is over.

Giants go with Fontenot over 2B Keppinger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants agreed to a $1.05 million, one-year contract with infielder Mike Fontenot, keeping him over second baseman Jeff Keppinger.

Donald named PGA Player of the Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Already No. 1 in the world, Luke Donald now is No. 1 in the eyes of PGA Tour players.

Carson Middle School squads win Tah-Neva titles

Carson Middle School's seventh-grade boys basketball team capped off a perfect 19-0 season by winning the Tah-Neva Championship during the weekend.

New coach Jim Mora eager to start work at UCLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jim Mora figures he can only fill his knowledge gaps about college football through hard work and repetition.

MLB deal includes extra replay

NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's new labor contract includes more video replay, the chance for a longer All-Star break and a small, but likely welcome perk for players: the chance to get a private room instead of a roommate during spring training.

Tuesday, December 13

Monday, December 12

Time out with Carson's Austin Brown

SCHOOL: Carson High YEAR: Senior SPORT: Wrestling

Sunday, December 11

NBA: Hornets still trying to trade Paul

While the New Orleans Hornets try to trade Chris Paul, Dwight Howard wants to be moved, too.

Braun tests positive for banned substance

NEW YORK - National League MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for a banned substance and is appealing to avoid a 50-game suspension, according to people familiar with the case.


Burton, Czyz help Nevada to 70-64 win

TOP 25: Indiana shocks Kentucky

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Christian Watford hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Indiana a 73-72 victory over top-ranked Kentucky on Saturday night.

NFL: Playoff-bound Packers, Niners still have work to do

The first step sometimes is the biggest for NFL teams: making the playoffs.

RG3 wins first Heisman Trophy for Baylor

NEW YORK (AP) - Robert Griffin III is Baylor's Superman and when he won the Heisman Trophy he was wearing the socks to prove it.

Saturday, December 10

Carson boys snap skid

MINDEN - After two weeks of play, Carson High basketball coach Carlos Mendeguia has seen some good and bad things about his inexperienced basketball squad.

What to do with Bishop Gorman?

Ever since Gorman's 78-22 decimation of Reed in the state finals on Dec. 3, talk has again heated up about making Gorman become an independent in football.

ROUNDUP: Douglas boys cruise in tourney finale

MINDEN - In a game that the Douglas boys' basketball team led by as many as 23, the Tigers claimed a 65-52 win over Faith Lutheran Saturday afternoon at the 12th annual Carson Valley Classic.

Donald closes in on money title, history in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Top-ranked Luke Donald is on the verge of becoming the first golfer to win the European and American money titles, shooting a 6-under 66 Saturday in the third round at the Dubai World Championship to trail leader Alvaro Quiros by four strokes.

D-Backs obtain Cahill from A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Kevin Towers sees an opportunity for the Arizona Diamondbacks to defend their division title, and he isn't about to sit still.

Gift shopping for your favorite racer

There are just two more weeks until Christmas, and it's time to start thinking about what to get the racer or race fan in your life.

Dayton wins twice at own tourney

DAYTON - Dayton High posted two easy victories to go 2-0 on the first day of the Sutro Classic on Friday.

Douglas boys pound Carson

The Douglas boys' basketball team started the first and second halves strong and rode a balanced scoring effort to a 67-37 win over rival Carson High in Minden Friday night.

ROUNDUP: Dayton girls split at Comstock Classic

VIRGINIA CITY - Dayton High's girls' basketball team split two games at the Comstock Classic on Friday.

Oakland group still trying to keep the A's in town

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The coalition group "Let's Go Oakland" is making a last-ditch effort to keep the Oakland Athletics from leaving the East Bay - apparently fearing the NBA's Golden State Warriors and NFL's Oakland Raiders could follow without suitable venues.

49ers playing strong against the run

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The NFL's No. 1 rushing defense enters the final quarter of the season with a few significant streaks that have been key this year to the San Francisco 49ers' success.

Big Ben shrugs off ankle injury, Browns

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jerricho Cotchery watched Ben Roethlisberger limp into the locker room in the middle of the second quarter on Thursday night against Cleveland, the Pittsburgh quarterback's left foot swollen and his face awash in a painful grimace and figured Roethlisberger was done.

Raiders' Seymour fined $30K by NFL for punch

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour has been fined $30,000 by the NFL for throwing a punch during a 34-14 road loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Criticism of NBA squashing Paul trade pouring in

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA teams went back to work Friday, which for Chris Paul meant going back to New Orleans.

Welcome back! A wild NBA day of personnel moves

The NBA's amnesty era is under way.

McIlroy dealing with fatigue in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Rory McIlroy said the fatigue he's felt for the past several weeks may be the lingering effects of dengue fever.

Friday, December 9

Roethlisberger hurt, Steelers hold off Browns 14-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger laid on the Heinz Field turf, convinced his left leg was broken. The Pittsburgh Steelers huddled around their franchise quarterback, concerned their promising season was in jeopardy.

Blackmon wins 2nd Biletnikoff Award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon has won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's most outstanding receiver for the second straight year.

Kansas hires former Notre Dame coach Weis

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Charlie Weis' first try at being a college head coach ended in disaster, the longtime NFL assistant unable to live up to the lofty expectations at Notre Dame.

Richardson wins Doak Walker Award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Alabama's Trent Richardson has won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back.

LSU defensive backs take 2 awards

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - It has been LSU's year in college football, and it was the Tigers' night at the 21st annual College Football Awards.

Stanford's Andrew Luck wins Maxwell Award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Stanford's Andrew Luck has won the Maxwell Award as the college football player of the year.

FODDER: UNR hoops turn the corner

Sports fodder for a Friday morning .

NBA owners, players approve new labor deal

NEW YORK (AP) - A better NBA is coming, Commissioner David Stern insisted Thursday.

NBA won't approve Paul trade to Lakers

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NBA's decision to reject a proposed trade involving All-Star guard Chris Paul set the stage for an awkward opening to training camps on Friday in New Orleans, Los Angeles and Houston.

Free agent C.J. Wilson, Angels reach 5-year deal

DALLAS (AP) - C.J. Wilson strolled through the hotel lobby, posed for a picture with two babies and waved to a few Texas Rangers fans.

Pujols, Angels reach $254 million, 10-year deal

DALLAS (AP) - Albert Pujols could have been a wealthy Cardinal for life, planning for the day his statue would be erected outside Busch Stadium next to those of Stan Musial, Bob Gibson and the other St. Louis greats.

ROUNDUP: Dayton hoop tournament starts today

The 2011 Sutro Classic Invitational starts today with games scheduled for Dayton Intermediate and Dayton High School.

PREPS: Carson boys lose third straight

MINDEN - Gym time. That's been Carson basketball coach Carlos Mendeguia's mantra since making his final cuts.

Thursday, December 8

ROUNDUP: Carson girls lose tourney opener

MORRO BAY, Calif. - Carson High's girls basketball team fell to 0-3 after dropping a 59-34 decision to Arroyo Grande in the first round of the Morro Bay Invitational Wednesday night.

Pacheco selected to play in national all-star game

Austin Pacheco made national headlines earlier this year when he kicked a Carson High school-record 64-yard field goal to beat Bishop Manogue.

Wednesday, December 7

Steelers try to keep rivalry one-sided

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Hines Ward doesn't see dominating the Cleveland Browns as simply a part of his job, but a civic duty.

Sandusky jailed on new child sex abuse charges

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was jailed Wednesday after new child sex abuse charges were filed against him based on the claims of new two accusers, including one who says he screamed in vain for help while Sandusky attacked him in a basement bedroom.

Donald aiming for money titles, history in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Top-ranked Luke Donald will be encouraged by the memory of his father while making a run at history this weekend.

Nevada knocks off Arizona State 69-61

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - A young team last season, Nevada took a while to get into its road groove, losing its first 10 games away from Reno.

Shanahan let down 'big time' by suspended Redskins

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - No sugarcoating from Mike Shanahan, not when he's been let down like this.

Raiders begin another week without top playmakers

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders began another week of practice Wednesday without three of their most dynamic playmakers on offense.

Long snapper Jennings recalls 49ers' last playoffs

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Brian Jennings turned to social media to share the story of how he shaved off his right eyebrow during the bye week before taking a razor to the other side for the sake of staying balanced.

Curry says he's 'safe and secure' with Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry woke up Wednesday morning to a flurry of text messages from friends and family back home wondering about the trade talk surrounding the Golden State Warriors point guard.

Summer drug tests in, HGH unclear for NBA players

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA players have agreed to additional drug testing, adding offseason screening for performance-enhancing drugs only.

AP source: Paterno taking treatments, progressing

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A person close to Joe Paterno's family has told The Associated Press the former Penn State football coach is undergoing treatments and progressing after being diagnosed last month with lung cancer.

Kuechly wins Lombardi Award

HOUSTON (AP) - Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly wishes his exceptional season would have translated into success for his team.

New Q-school plans starting to take shape

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Big dreams and a little luck can go a long way in golf, though this much should be clear about the 160 players who finished Q-school, and the 27 players who walked away with a full-time job on the PGA Tour:

ROUNDUP: Douglas boys, girls sweep North Valleys

MINDEN - The Douglas girls' basketball team came up on the short end of more than a couple narrow losses last season.

Overconfident Carson loses to Reed

Carson High boys basketball coach Carlos Mendeguia freely admitted that Tuesday's home game against Reed was one that he fully expected to win.

Reed overwhelms Carson girls

The hardest part of Carson High's girls' basketball season is over.

Mets send CF Angel Pagan to SF, sign 2 relievers

DALLAS (AP) - Walking across the hotel lobby, New York Mets manager Terry Collins smiled.

Wild edge Sharks 2-1

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Not bad for an emergency goalie.

PSU unlikely to give NCAA full answers by deadline

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State likely won't provide the NCAA all the answers it wants by a Dec. 16 deadline for its inquiry into whether the school broke rules with its handling of the scandal that cost Joe Paterno his job.

AP source: Big East set to add Boise St, 4 others

NEW YORK (AP) - The Big East's long-awaited additions are set, with more rebuilding to come.

Tuesday, December 6

Monday, December 5

Sunday, December 4

Turnovers hit Texas in 48-24 loss to No. 19 Baylor

WACO, Texas (AP) - Texas had a lead and a chance to bury Robert Griffin's Heisman Trophy chances. Everything came undone in a flurry of turnovers by the quarterback who had been the Longhorns' hero just a week ago.'

No. 9 Boise State rolls over New Mexico 45-0

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Boise State safety Cedric Febis hesitated just for a moment when he was asked if Boise State is good enough to deserve a spot in the BCS.

SEC: 'Honey Badger' leads No. 1 LSU past Georgia 42-10

ATLANTA (AP) - The "Honey Badger" doesn't care when his team struggles.

No. 15 Wisconsin beats No. 11 Michigan State 42-39 for Big 10 title

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - This time, Wisconsin got the stop it needed against Michigan State - and a big break to wrap up its second straight Big Ten crown.

No. 5 Virginia Tech stung by No. 21 Clemson 38-10

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Virginia Tech running back David Wilson didn't play like himself and that meant the fifth-ranked Hokies weren't nearly the team they'd been much of the season.

No. 3 Okla St makes BCS case in 44-10 win over OU

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Mike Gundy didn't feel comfortable campaigning for No. 3 Oklahoma State to play for the national title until his Cowboys had at least won a conference crown.

TOP 25 HOOPS: Kentucky holds off Tar Heels

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Freshman Anthony Davis blocked John Henson's shot in the final seconds and Doron Lamb scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half as No. 1 Kentucky held on to beat No. 5 North Carolina 73-72 on Saturday, extending the Wildcats' home winning streak to 39 games.

NFL: Bengals ready for Steelers

Now is the time for the Cincinnati Bengals.

49ers, Santa Clara secure funding for new stadium

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The 49ers are a big step closer to moving from San Francisco to a new stadium about 45 miles south in Santa Clara.

Saturday, December 3

Zach Johnson takes 1-shot lead over Tiger

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Tiger Woods lost his three-shot margin with every shot that looked good until the wind decided otherwise. He lost his lead Saturday in the Chevron World Challenge because of something that was really out of his control.

MOODY: Change the 4A basketball schedule, please

The basketball situation in the 4A is a complete mess, and I hope it's something that is reviewed and changed for the 2012-2013 season.

Wolf Pack demolishes Idaho on Senior Day

RENO - Brandon Marshall stood just off the field at Mackay Stadium with his family and waited for his name to be called on Senior Day.

PREPS: Carson wrestlers third in tournament

Carson High's wrestling team took third place at the Capitol City dual-meet tournament Saturday at Çarson Middle School.

Carson hoops coming along nicely

Carlos Mendeguia, Carson High's first-year head basketball coach, likes what he sees from his inexperienced squad after the first week of the season.

McClain misses practice, status uncertain

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland coach Hue Jackson said he is disturbed by the allegations against the Raiders' Rolando McClain but hasn't ruled the second-year linebacker out for Sunday's game in Miami.

McNabb goes unclaimed, becomes free agent

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Donovan McNabb is a free agent after the 13-year veteran was unclaimed by the waiver deadline Friday afternoon.

Gore aims to become 49ers' all-time leading rusher

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Frank Gore is closing in on San Francisco's rushing record. He's hoping it will be one small part of a big celebration for the 49ers on Sunday.

Suh's 2-game suspension upheld by NFL

NEW YORK (AP) - Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's appeal of his two-game suspension has been denied by the NFL.

Magic-Thunder, Clippers-Warriors set for Christmas

NEW YORK (AP) - Oklahoma City will host Orlando before Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers visit Golden State on Christmas night, running the NBA's planned opening-day schedule to five games.

Anti-ballpark group "Stand for San Jose" sues city

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The coalition group "Stand for San Jose," which is opposed to the Oakland Athletics moving to the South Bay and is supported by the Giants, filed a lawsuit Friday against the City of San Jose claiming the failure to perform a proper environmental review of land committed to the A's.

Northern Illinois wins MAC title

DETROIT (AP) - All Ohio needed was one big play on offense - anything that could help the Bobcats hold off Northern Illinois and win their first Mid-American Conference title in more than four decades.

Oregon wins Pac-10 title and a Rose Bowl berth

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - LaMichael James ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns and No. 8 Oregon beat UCLA 49-31 in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game Friday night for the Ducks' third straight conference title and a berth in the Rose Bowl.

Nevada seniors want to go out a winner

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team's seniors do not plan on walking out of Mackay Stadium a loser in their final game at the stadium up on north Virginia Street.

NASCAR officially ends season with awards banquet in Sin City

The 2011 racing season officially came to a close last night with the NASCAR Sprint Cup awards banquet in Las Vegas.

Woods builds a big lead at Chevron

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Tiger Woods knows he's playing better than he has in the last two years, and he has the leaderboard to prove it.

Friday, December 2

Carson, Dayton win first round games at Capital Classic

Carson High's season-opening win over South Tahoe certainly didn't earn many style points, and first-year coach Carlos Mendeguia expected as much Thursday night.

Lynch carries Seahawks to 31-14 win over Eagles

SEATTLE (AP) - Marshawn Lynch loves the prime-time stage, even if he's rarely given such a spotlight.

Williams prepares for Foot Locker nationals

Sierra Lutheran senior Nathanael Williams has experienced "failure" before.

NBA players authorize return of union

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA players have authorized the return of the players' association, with more than 300 submitting the necessary signatures to a third-party accounting group.

Friday Fodder: Pack appears Hawaii-bound

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ..

Thursday, December 1