Stories for February 2011


Monday, February 28

Timeout with Carson's Cole McCarthy

Cole McCarthy SCHOOL: Carson High YEAR: Sophomore

Critical week on NFL labor scene

NEW YORK - This is the week hardly anyone expected to actually arrive: deadline time for the NFL and its players' union.

Sunday, February 27

Basketball: Pack needs to turn it around by WAC Tournament

The Idaho Vandals gave the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team a wake-up call on Thursday night.

Virginia City falls short in NIAA 1A title game

LAS VEGAS - For nearly three quarters, Virginia City and Pahranagat Valley slugged it out for NIAA 1A supremacy.

Basketball: Nevada Wolf Pack suffers costly loss against Broncos

RENO - David Carter didn't recognize his own team Saturday night.

UFC 127: Penn, Fitch battle to majority draw

SYDNEY (AP) - B.J. Penn and Jon Fitch fought to a majority draw Sunday at UFC 127, the UFC's second major show in Australia.

Saturday, February 26

NFL: Agents busy advising players on health benefits and money issues

INDIANAPOLIS - Colts linebacker Gary Brackett promises to be ready for the start of next season - whenever it is.

NFL labor committee updates owners on negotiations

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league's top labor negotiator used this week's annual scouting combine to update owners on the collective bargaining negotiations.

NFL: Friends, family remember Duerson

CHICAGO - Family and friends remembered former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson as a generous man whose caring nature belied his reputation as a ferocious hitter on the 1985 Chicago Bears championship team.

NFL: Panthers interested in Auburn's Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Holding the No. 1 overall draft pick and needing help at quarterback to fix the NFL's worst offense, the Carolina Panthers were crushed when Stanford's Andrew Luck decided to stay in school.

NASCAR: Busch wins Nationwide race

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Kyle Busch became the first driver in a national NASCAR race to win wire-to-wire in nearly eight years.

NASCAR: Racing personnel disappointed about upcoming changes

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Phoenix International Raceway will undergo a transformation almost as soon as the checkers drop on this weekend's Sprint Cup race, a repaving and reconfiguration project scheduled to be completed before NASCAR returns in the fall.

NASCAR: Track records fall in Arizona

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Phoenix International Raceway is filled with bumps and cracks, has patches on top of patches trying to hold it together for one last race.

GOLF: Wagner eyes second PGA win

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) - Johnson Wagner moved into contention for his second PGA Tour title, shooting a 6-under 65 on Saturday for a one-stroke lead over Chris Stroud after the third round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

GOLF: Arimura leads LPGA event after three rounds

SINGAPORE - Japan's Chie Arimura shot a 1-under 71 for a one-stroke lead over Australia's Karrie Webb after the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions on Saturday.

GOLF: Kaymer in finals, attains No. 1 world ranking

MARANA, Ariz. - Martin Kaymer is the new No. 1 in golf, this time without much debate.

MLB: Torre named VP of operations for Major League Baseball

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Joe Torre said when he retired from managing last fall that he still wanted to do "something significant."

MLB: Veterans lead Giants to win over Dodgers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The new, lighter Pablo Sandoval, the refurbished Mark DeRosa and the same old Aubrey Huff were in the groove for the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

CBKB: Jimmer leads BYU past Aztecs

SAN DIEGO - Jimmer Fredette scored 25 points and Charles Abouo added 18 as BYU spoiled the biggest game in San Diego State's history and took a one-game lead in the Mountain West Conference. The Cougars won 80-67.

MOODY: What might have been at Carson

Do you ever play the game "What Might Have Been?" I know I do all the time.

Clowe scores in shootout, lifts Sharks over Flames

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - After taking a potentially costly penalty, Ryane Clowe rallied the San Jose Sharks to a win.

NFL, union have 'strong differences' in CBA talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith refuse to reveal anything publicly about where things stand in their labor talks.

Bears sign Lovie Smith to 2-year extension

CHICAGO(AP) - Out of patience after three straight playoff misses, many Chicago fans were calling for coach Lovie Smith to be fired a year ago.

Newton, Gabbert among top QBs at combine

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Much of the buzz at the NFL Combine has surrounded Auburn quarterback Cam Newton's unusual decision to perform the complete battery of workouts this weekend.

Jones shares in blame for Super Bowl seats

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is sharing responsibility with the NFL for the Super Bowl seating fiasco at Cowboys Stadium.

Stanford Routt happy with commitment from Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - With the possibility of an NFL lockout on the horizon, Stanford Routt was happy to pass up the chance at free agency when the Oakland Raiders made him a big offer to stay off the open market.

Mark Ingram has much to prove at NFL combine

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - In a year, Mark Ingram went from a Heisman Trophy winner to a man with much to prove.

Feeling Lucky: Stanford star QB ready for encore

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Andrew Luck has never been one to worry about what could go wrong.

Florida paying nearly $3M to assistant coaches

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is spending more on assistants than it is on first-year head coach Will Muschamp.

Kurt Suzuki says he's in best shape of his career

PHOENIX (AP) - Oakland Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki says he is in the best shape of his career, going through a rigorous training regimen.

Giants' Belt makes strong spring impression

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The hype surrounding Brandon Belt compares to that of Buster Posey two years back.

GOLF: Bubba on a roll as the kids go home

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Youth gave way to power in the Match Play Championship on Friday with J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson blasting away in the high desert to advance to the quarterfinals at Dove Mountain.

Roger Diez: Poetry in honor of Trevor Bayne's historic win

I don't often try my hand at poetry, but I was inspired to pen a modest limerick in honor of the 2011 Daytona 500 winner.

Best in Nevada; second in the country: Thunder Canyon honored by National Golf Course Owners Association

There is no shortage of good golf courses throughout Northern Nevada, and the best according to the National Golf Course Owners Association, just happens to be only a few miles outside Carson City.

Muckers in title game

LAS VEGAS - Virginia City found itself in a quick 7-0 hole against Beatty in the semifinals of the NIAA 1A State Championships Friday afternoon.

Friday, February 25

Basketball: Loss drops Nevada Wolf Pack to fifth in WAC

RENO - How did the Nevada Wolf Pack open its most crucial stretch of games of the season on Thursday night?

Thursday, February 24

PREPS: Dayton named Dayton's new football coach

DAYTON - Rob Turner, who has coached several different sports at Dayton High School in the past 10 years, has been named the school's new football coach.

NBA: Kings request extension to decide relocation plans

The Sacramento Kings could be the next NBA franchise on the move.

Perkins leads the big bodies moving at deadline

Big bodies replaced big names on the final day of the NBA's trading season.

CFB: Arizona State QB Threet ends football career

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona State quarterback Steven Threet says he's quitting football after suffering four concussions in the past five years, including two last fall.

CFB: Texas begins rebuilding project in private

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas coach Mack Brown is keeping his rebuilding project private - for now.

NFL: League, union take TV money dispute before judge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - With millions of people glued to NFL games every fall weekend, the league's broadcast rights are worth billions of dollars - even if the 2011 season is wiped out by the ongoing labor dispute with the players' union.

NFL: New 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has no regrets

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jim Harbaugh says he has no regrets about leaving college coaching for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers.

NFL: Raiders shore up defense before free agency

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders took big steps Thursday to shore up their defense before a potential lockout next week, placing the franchise tag on linebacker Kamerion Wimbley and agreeing to deals with potential free agent cornerback Stanford Routt and defensive tackle John Henderson.

NFL: Mediator says NFL, union make 'some progress'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just as many expected would happen all along, labor negotiations between the NFL and the players' union are heading right down to the wire - and possibly beyond.

MLB: Harper to make spring training debut Monday

VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Top draft pick Bryce Harper is to make his spring training debut Monday when the Washington Nationals visit the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie for their spring training opener.

A's Harden back to feeling pain-free after injury

PHOENIX (AP) - Rich Harden is pain-free and ready to resume his spring training regimen. As soon as Oakland's training staff gives him the OK, that is.

MLB: Ross thrilled to return to Giants after 2010 run

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Cody Ross scurries through the clubhouse with a purpose, even in the early hours of the morning when many of his teammates are still arriving or grabbing breakfast.

MLB: Cards ace Wainwright needs season-ending surgery

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and miss the entire season.

MLB: Cabrera reports to Tigers camp and apologizes

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Miguel Cabrera arrived at spring training Thursday for the first time since he was arrested last week on suspicion of drunken driving and promptly apologized as Major League Baseball said he will undergo treatment set up by doctors administered by management and its players' union.

GOLF: Toms shares lead in Mayakoba Golf Classic

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) - David Toms got off to a good start in a bid for his first PGA Tour victory in more than five years, shooting a 5-under 66 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

GOLF: Fowler bounces Mickelson out of match play

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - In a Match Play Championship with a youthful complexion, Rickie Fowler was dressed in matching pink shoes and shirt when he walked onto the driving range and past his opponent, Phil Mickelson, who looked him up and down and smiled.

Road bump: Tiger out in first round of Match Play Championship

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - The slow road back for Tiger Woods took another detour Wednesday when he followed a clutch birdie with a shocking shot into the desert and lost to Thomas Bjorn in the first round of the Match Play Championship.

WNC softball moves games to Fernley

Because of the weather, this week's Western Nevada College softball games will be played at Fernley High School instead of Edmonds Field.

Marleau lifts Sharks to 3-2 OT win over Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Foiled by Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury once already in overtime, San Jose's Patrick Marleau went back to the front of the net to see if he could get another opportunity.

NFL urging states to pass youth concussion laws

WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL wants all 50 states and the District of Columbia to pass legislation that could help cut down on concussions suffered by young football players.

March Madness begins for Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team

RENO - As far as the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team is concerned, the Western Athletic Conference tournament has already begun.

NFL, union will hold 7th consecutive day of talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL and the players' union wrapped up a sixth consecutive day of mediated talks Wednesday - and they will meet again Thursday.

Wainright and Padilla have arm injuries

Adam Wainright's season might be over and Vincent Padilla could be out for a prolonged stretch. Despite receiving an injection in his knee, Joe Mauer insists he if fine.

Caltech snaps 26-year conference losing streak

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - The end of Caltech's 310-game conference losing streak spanning 26 years was so big, even school president Jean-Lou Chameau rushed the court to celebrate.

NCAA pegs Pearl, Kiffin, Tennessee with violations

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The NCAA says both Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl and former football coach Lane Kiffin committed recruiting violations and failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance of NCAA rules within their programs.

Carp has earned everything at Nevada

RENO - Adam Carp isn't so sure he'll know what to do in the spotlight.

Wednesday, February 23

Prosecutors going hard after Bonds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors urged a judge Tuesday to let them show the jury in Barry Bonds' perjury trial a trove of evidence alleging the slugger mistreated his wife, girlfriends and other people around him.

NBA: Melo trade finally gets done; Denver star headed to Knicks

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Knicks were searching for a second superstar when Carmelo Anthony became available.

MLB: Jeter laughs off Hank Steinbrenner's comments

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Derek Jeter laughed off Hank Steinbrenner's assertion that some New York Yankees were "too busy building mansions" after winning the 2009 World Series.

MLB: Suppan trying to pitch his way onto Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jeff Suppan hopes to win a job on the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

MLB: Baker picks Volquez for opening day

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker has selected Edinson Volquez as his opening-day starter against the Milwaukee Brewers on March 31.

MLB: Torres has firm spot on Giants roster this spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Andres Torres catches himself as he loses focus and begins to glance all over the room, then apologizes. Even though he can't help it. San Francisco's center fielder deals every day with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

MLB: Willingham starting over on a new coast

PHOENIX (AP) - Josh Willingham had heard the rumors. After all, it's difficult to keep anything a secret in Washington.

MLB: LHP Joe Saunders to start Arizona's spring opener

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Joe Saunders will start the Arizona Diamondbacks' spring opener against San Francisco on Friday.

NFL: Saints release Shockey

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have released tight end Jeremy Shockey.

NFL: Union, NFL heading toward full week of mediation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federally mediated negotiations between the NFL and the players' union have stretched 35 hours over five consecutive days - and they aren't done.

NFL: Broncos sign Champ Bailey to 4-year deal

DENVER (AP) - Champ Bailey fantasized about being wined and dined as the prize of the 2011 free agent class. He dreamed about jetting across the country to be wooed and wowed.

NBA: Melo-less Nuggets bop Memphis

DENVER (AP) - For one night, the Denver Nuggets didn't need Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups or any of their new acquisitions.

COMMUNITY SPORTS: Reno Aces single-game tickets go on sale next month

The Reno Aces, the Triple-A farm team of the Arizona Diamondbacks, will make single-game tickets available online, over the phone and at the Aces Ballpark box office starting at 10 a.m. March 19.

REC: Tigersharks 7th in state meet

The Las Vegas Sandpipers, one of the largest swim programs in the state, ran away with the team title at the state championships that concluded Monday at the Carson Aquatic Center.

GOLF: One year later, focus on Woods is score, not words

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Tiger Woods is the talk of the Match Play Championship again.

GOLF NOTEBOOK: Poulter a little alarmed by his early start

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Ian Poulter certainly felt like the defending champion at the Match Play Championship. He is featured prominently on the cover of the program. His name and picture is on banners along with other World Golf Championship winners. There even was a Facebook promotion in which fans picked his outfits for the week.

NHL: Sharks edge Detroit; Thornton scores 300th goal

DETROIT (AP) - Joe Thornton scored his 300th career goal, Devin Setoguchi had two and the San Jose Sharks held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, February 22

Brunch was made for chicken and waffles

There's a reason why Tony Bennett, native son of New York, didn't leave his heart in Queens. He left it in San Francisco, and if you ask me one of the best reasons is the food.

An intimate dinner to heat up the evening

Each year, my husband and I had commemorate our first date and that special moment. We have dined in the finest restaurants in Los Angeles, flown up to San Francisco to see Bette Midler live, partied in Las Vegas and even spent a low-key night going to a movie and deli. We find, however, that nothing has made us as happy as staying home and cooking up a great meal for just the two of us - or at most us and a few friends.

Monday, February 21

Carson City Sheriff's Log Feb. 22

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Richard A. Lapp, 46, was arrested at 7:54 p.m. Saturday on the 3800 block of south Carson Street on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender, a felony, and misdemeanor domestic battery. Lapp was a registered sex offender in Tennessee before moving to Nevada. Bail was set at $10,632.

Woman pitches to Cleveland Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Justine Siegal became the first woman to pitch batting practice in a major league spring training camp when she threw to the Cleveland Indians on Monday.

20-year-old Bayne wins the Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (AP) - Trevor Bayne finally made a mistake. Fortunately for him, it didn't happen until he missed the turn pulling into Victory Lane at the Daytona 500.

Kobe wins 4th MVP in West's NBA All-Star win

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant brought his NBA finals focus to the All-Star game.

Sunday, February 20

NBA: Celtics, Heat go to Kobe's house for All-Star game

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant needed only a quick survey of the All-Star rosters for the names to jump out at him.

NBA NOTEBOOK: Boston's Pierce saving money at All-Star game

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Pierce is glad to be back home for the All-Star game, even though the Boston Celtics star is hearing some boos.

PREPS: Manogue holds off Douglas boys

For a few brief moments, everything the Douglas boys' basketball team had been working toward was within reach.

CBKB: Kansas bounces back from loss to dominate Colorado

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Markieff Morris had 26 points and 15 rebounds and No. 1 Kansas bounced back from a lopsided loss to Kansas State with an 89-63 victory over Colorado.

NASCAR: Uncertainty surrounds Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -The fans will stand in silence, three fingers raised toward the sky, on the third lap of the Daytona 500 in honor of the late Dale Earnhardt.

NFL, union hold 2nd day of mediated negotiations

WASHINGTON (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, union executive director DeMaurice Smith and members of their negotiating teams participated in a second consecutive six-hour session with a federal mediator Saturday, trying to spur progress less than two weeks before the league's labor deal expires.

Report: Duerson died of self-inflicted gunshot

CHICAGO (AP) - Former Bears safety Dave Duerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, according to The Chicago Tribune, and the co-director of a medical school program told The Associated Press on Saturday night that his family has agreed to donate his brain for research.

NFL: Pro Football Hall of Famer Matson dies at 80

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ollie Matson, a Hall of Fame running back who was once traded for nine players during his 14-year NFL career and won two medals at the 1952 Olympics, has died. He was 80.

GOLF: Baddeley sneaks past Couples and into lead

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Aaron Baddeley played 22 holes Saturday in just about every kind of weather, and it hardly mattered. He hit just about every shot where he was aiming and wound up with a one-shot lead in the Northern Trust Open.

NASCAR: Stewart wins Nationwide race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tony Stewart has mastered how to win at Daytona International Speedway on Saturdays.

PREPS: Garcia, McCarthy medal at state wrestling

SPARKS - Carson High's Nico Garcia and Cole McCarthy capped impressive seasons by earning medals at the NIAA 4A State Wrestling Championships Saturday at Spanish Springs.

REC: Swim powers take state lead

The two biggest teams in the state - the Sandpipers of Nevada and Boulder City-Henderson are running 1-2 after Friday's competition of the Nevada State Swimming Championships at the Carson Aquatic Center.

NBA: Griffin wins dunk contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin leaped over a car and threw down a two-handed dunk to the accompaniment of a gospel choir, winning the slam dunk contest in iconic style before his hometown fans on All-Star Saturday.

MOODY: Wrestling makes national news

High school wrestling made the national news this week when an Iowa boy forfeited his opening-round state match because it was against his religious beliefs to wrestle a girl.

COLLEGE: WNC women sweep DH

FALLON - Western Nevada College's softball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep of Colorado Northwestern Saturday at North Main Ballpark.

MLB: Young not happy with his situation

If Michael Young has to play for the Texas Rangers instead of being traded as he requested, he'll make the best of it.

MLB: Matsui draws big crowd at spring training

PHOENIX (AP) - Hideki Matsui stood in his sparkling new white No. 55 Athletics jersey offering quite a contrast to the dark skies and pouring rain around him.

MLB: Lincecum anxious to get started

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tim Lincecum drew quite the crowd the moment he stepped onto the mound and began firing warmup fastballs to Rookie of the Year catcher Buster Posey.

Saturday, February 19

NBA, players' association hold CBA talks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The NBA and its players' association finally sat down again and are planning to get together more frequently.

Nuggets' Anthony hoping for deal this weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Carmelo Anthony just wants it over, without saying where he hopes it will end.

Cousins, Wall lead All-Star rookies past sophs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When John Wall turned the Rookie Challenge into a personal playmaking clinic, his former Kentucky teammate and his fellow No. 1 pick eagerly soaked up everything he had to give.

Tejada eager to get started as new man with Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Miguel Tejada got an immediate glimpse of the hype surrounding his new team when a camera crew filmed the shortstop just sitting at his locker preparing to go outside and hit.

Rodriguez remains Nationals starting catcher

VIERA, Fla. (AP) - At 39, Ivan Rodriguez remains a starting major league catcher.

Rays' Price aims to be baseball's top pitcher

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - David Price isn't content with being one of the best pitchers in the American League.

Shaw: Time for Stanford to spring forward

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - The Orange Bowl trophy is displayed inside Stanford's football offices, a powerful, glistening symbol of the rapid resurgence of the program that new coach David Shaw passes every day.

Cochran, Langer share first-round lead

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Russ Cochran and Bernhard Langer shot 8-under-par 64s to share the lead after the first round of the ACE Group Classic on Friday.

Couples turns back clock at Riviera

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fred Couples does not look like he belongs atop the leaderboard on the PGA Tour.

Carson's Garcia reaches state finals

SPARKS - Carson High's Nico Garcia won both of his matches by pin on Friday to earn a spot in the 160-pound finals at the NIAA 4A State Wrestling Championships at Spanish Springs High School.

Pack hosts UC Irvine in BracketBuster game

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team always enjoys being at home. The Pack, though, might enjoy it this week a little more than usual.

NFL, union hold 1st session with federal mediator

WASHINGTON (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith met in front of a federal mediator for about six hours Friday, a bid to jump-start contentious and slow-moving labor negotiations two weeks before owners could lock out players and threaten the 2011 season.

Waltrip wins on anniversary of Earnhardt's death

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Michael Waltrip spent all day exchanging stories about Dale Earnhardt. Some brought a smile to his face. Others brought tears to his eyes.

Fans mark Intimidator's death

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Someone placed three small white angel figurines at the foot of the Dale Earnhardt statue that stands outside of Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona 500 shaping up to be barnburner

Well, a couple of the Budweiser Shootout stats I wrote about last week are, as they say, "no longer operative."

Friday, February 18

Fighting fire, the green way: Minden company develops eco-friendly fire retardant

MINDEN - Last week, a Lockheed P-2 fire bomber dropped a dense cloud of slurry-like substance along the east side of the Minden-Tahoe Airport. But there was no fire. The drop was a test run for a new product that developers hope will become the gold, or green, standard of fire retardant.

New model may help in gold exploration

A team of University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada, Las Vegas researchers have devised a new model for how Nevada's gold deposits formed, which may help in exploration efforts for new gold deposits.

Investing in Gold: Putting your two cents in

Sayings sometimes reflect byegone eras that are now just distant and foreign to today's society. The phrases, "two cents," "your two cents worth," or "put your two cents in" are used in some of our lingo today, but most have never seen a two-cent coin.

Commercial air service at Tahoe possible in two years

STATELINE - When Tony O'Rourke began as city manager in October 2010, one of his priorities was to re-establish commercial air service to the Lake Tahoe Airport. Though it is something he'd still like to accomplish, flights won't be landing any time soon, O'Rourke said. "(The airport) is certainly overall a great asset," O'Rourke said. "But we need to polish it and refine it to accommodate air service."

Business Briefs

Micromanipulator hires contractor The Micromanipulator Company, a Carson City manufacturer of probing equipment for the semiconductor industry, said recently it contracted with NW Test Solutions Inc. to handle sales and service of Micromanipulator products in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

NBA: Bulls enter All-Star break with win

CHICAGO (AP) - Derrick Rose scored a career-high 42 points and the Chicago Bulls headed into the All-Star break with an impressive 109-99 victory over the NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

NASCAR: Burton, Busch capture 150-mile Daytona warm-ups

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Three races down during Speedweeks and nobody has any idea what they'll see in the Daytona 500.

NASCAR teams worry about blown engines at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Bill Elliott has been racing at Daytona since the 1970s, and he has never seen this level of cooperation among so many different drivers and their spotters.

NASCAR: Keselowski helps older brother make Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - With dirt under his fingernails, his dad in his pit stall and no sponsors on his car, Brian Keselowski was a long shot to make the Daytona 500.

MLB: Harden shut down for 2 weeks after latest injury

PHOENIX (AP) - Rich Harden could only chuckle and shake his head good naturedly at his latest predicament.

MLB: Tigers' Cabrera arrested on DUI charge in Florida

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera was arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving in Florida, leaving teammates stunned and concerned about the slugging first baseman less than a week into spring training.

MLB: DeRosa ready to win a job with champion Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Mark DeRosa had barely been in the clubhouse for five minutes unpacking his things Thursday morning when Aubrey Huff arrived and the razzing began.

NFL, players' union agree to mediation

NEW YORK (AP) - Two weeks before a potential lockout, the NFL and its players' union are asking for help in their stalled negotiations.

PREPS: Tigers win, reach finals against Bishop Manogue

It's the moment every kid plays out in his driveway growing up.

NFL: Irsay: Manning could get 5-year or 6-year deal

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Peyton Manning could still be raking in the big bucks at age 40.

FODDER: New WAC bracket format could help Pack

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

PREPS: 4 Carson wrestlers start state title bids today

SPARKS - Four Carson High wrestlers - Nico Garcia, Kyle Sharp. Cole McCarthy and Patrick Craugh - will be looking to end their seasons with strong performances at this weekend's 4A state meet at Spanish Springs High School.

PREPS: Dayton ready for 3A playoff against South Tahoe

Dayton High's basketball team won several tight games en route to winning the Lahontan League regular-season championship.

NHL: Sharks return home to beat Capitals 3-2

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Ryane Clowe and Dany Heatley scored third-period goals to help the San Jose Sharks beat Washington 3-2 Thursday night for their 14th win in their last 15 meetings with the Capitals.

GOLF: Logjam on Riviera leaderboard

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ten years after Robert Allenby won a six-man playoff at Riviera, he was part of a nine-way tie for the lead Thursday in the Northern Trust Open.

Thursday, February 17

CYCLING: Armstrong calling it quits - again

Lance Armstrong is calling this one "Retirement 2.0."

CBKB: An unpredictable NAA Tournament?

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Even though the bracket has changed a bit, the way it is filled in by the NCAA tournament selection committee remains the same.

NBA: Cavaliers avenge 55-point defeat against Lakers

CLEVELAND (AP) - Kobe Bryant slipped a black backpack across his shoulders and left Quicken Loans Arena without talking about what had just happened.

NBA: Ellis scores 35, Warriors beat Jazz 107-100

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Monta Ellis sent the Utah Jazz into the All-Star break with lingering concerns.

AP source: Barclays looking at Bethpage Black

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Barclays wants to take its FedEx Cup playoff event to Bethpage Black in 2012.

GOLF: Riviera set for strongest field this year

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve Stricker has a new appreciation for the lengths some players go to compete on the PGA Tour.

NFL: Chargers place franchise tag on Jackson

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Chargers placed the non-exclusive franchise tag Tuesday on wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who missed the first 10 games last season in a nasty contract dispute.

Report: Raiders sign Seymour to 2-year deal

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders agreed Wednesday with potential free agent defensive tackle Richard Seymour on a two-year, $30 million contract that includes $22.5 million in guaranteed money.

MLB: Romo ready to resume key role for Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Closer Brian Wilson has an edge to his demeanor and a hedge on his face.

MLB: Dodgers start camp under new manager Mattingly

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Don Mattingly opened his first spring training camp as a major league manager, saying he wasn't concerned with how his Los Angeles Dodgers wore their hair or what music they played in the clubhouse.

MLB: A's Cahill working on his mechanics

PHOENIX (AP) - Last spring, right-hander Trevor Cahill was worried about whether he would even make the rotation for the Oakland Athletics.

MLB: Pujols, Cards can't meet deadline for new pact

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals made Albert Pujols what they said was their best offer.

PREPS: Reno ends Carson's season with 64-38 win

RENO - Carson High's girls basketball team ended its 2010-11 season the same way it started it - with a loss to the Reno Huskies.

NFL: New 49ers staff hopes there isn't a work stoppage

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - New 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman has been prying around the team's headquarters for the last month, scouring old films, playbooks and anything else he can find on how late Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh first installed the West Coast offense in San Francisco.

Dale Jr. wrecks car, forced to start in the back of the field

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Instead of leading the field to the green flag in the Daytona 500, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start from the back of the pack after wrecking his primary race car in practice.

NASCAR: Dale Jr. is still in his dad's shadow

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There's a restaurant outside North Carolina Speedway where all the racers used to go for steak and socializing whenever NASCAR was in town.

Wednesday, February 16

Ostrowski, Joaquim lead Hawaii to 69-67 OT victory

HONOLULU (AP) - Jeremiah Ostrowski hit a tie-breaking jumper with 21 seconds remaining in overtime and Vander Joaquim finished with a career-high 24 points as Hawaii beat Nevada 69-67 Monday night.

Contador escapes doping ban, set to keep Tour win

MADRID (AP) - Alberto Contador was cleared of doping Tuesday after Spanish cycling authorities reversed their proposal to ban him for one year. The federation ruled he was not at fault for a positive test at the Tour de France that Contador blamed on contaminated meat.

Community sports briefly: Youth swimmers to converge on Carson this weekend

The top youth swimmers in the state will converge on the Carson Aquatic Center for the annual state meet starting Friday at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, February 15

Quick meal, Greek style

Since this column publishes post-Valentine's Day I contemplated whether I should write a Valentine's Day recipe or just move on and give you something for everyday cooking. This recipe for classic shrimp and tomatoes seemed like the perfect solution. The recipe can work for making your sweetie a special dinner or even for an easy weeknight meal.

Pomegranates add excitement to winter-dulled appetites

Pomegranates have several strikes against it from the get-go, namely, thick skin and a bitter, clingy membrane from which it is difficult to separate the juicy red, pulpy seeds. They're used in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and India but "have been largely ignored by the English-speaking world," food historian Alan Davidson wrote in 1999.

Nuthall, Mustangs too much for Carson

RENO - Carson High has been playing for its playoff life the last two weeks, staving off elimination with three straight victories.

Monday, February 14

Barnett looking forward to new season with Pack

RENO - Nobody has to remind Brian Barnett of his three days of misery in Mesa last May.

Play ball: Giants report to camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The lockers were filled with jerseys, pants, workouts shirts and sweat shirts, socks and belts. Some stalls had cleats lined up at the bottom, others unopened shoe boxes stacked up on the seat. Boxes of bats sat across the top.

Timeout with Dayton's Tyler Firestone

Tyler Firestone SCHOOL: Dayton High

Sunday, February 13

PREPS: Carson High Naval JROTC finishes 6th

ANNISTON, Ala. - Carson High's Naval Junior ROTC squad finished sixth at the 2011 Navy JROTC Service Championship.

PREPS: 4 Carson wrestlers reach state tournament

RENO - Four Carson High wrestlers punched their tickets to next weekend's state tournament in Sparks with impressive performances at this weekend's NIAA 4A regional finals at Reno High School.

MOODY: Carson neds to play smart game on Monday

It certainly was nice to see Carson High's boys basketball team gut out Friday's win over Galena and reach a play-in game with Damonte on Monday.

PREPS: Dayton preps for home playoff game with win

Having already clinched the Lahontan league's No. 1 seed and the home playoff game that goes along with, Dayton was trying to avoid a letdown against Lovelock on Saturday.

PREPS: Carson needs to contain Nuthall in play-in game

Carson and Damonte Ranch are about as evenly matched as two basketball teams can be.

COLLEGE: WNC girls swept again by SLCC

The WNC softball ended its opening weekend with a 9-0, and 8-0 loss at Salt Lake Community College.

CBKB: Wolf Pack rallies to beat SJSU in overtime

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Malik Story scored 23 of his career-high 29 points after halftime and Nevada rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat San Jose State 84-76 in overtime on Saturday night.

GOLF: Tiger seeks to end drought

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Tiger Woods is bidding to end his drought in the desert.

CBKB: Wisconsin shocks previously unbeaten Ohio State

MADISON, Wis. - Jordan Taylor scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half to rally No. 13 Wisconsin from a 15-point deficit to beat previously unbeaten No. 1 Ohio State 71-67 on Saturday.

NASCAR: Kurt Busch wins Shootout; Hamlin DQ'd

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - It was a two-car tango at Daytona International Speedway, where the wild, pack racing was replaced Saturday night by sizzling fast speeds and a strange ending that gave Kurt Busch the win in the Budweiser Shootout.

No decision coming soon in Armstrong probe

WASHINGTON- News reports since last fall have said criminal charges against seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong could be just around the corner.

GOLF: Marino hangs onto the lead at Pebble

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - The best break for Steve Marino might have come moments after he finished his round Saturday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, nowhere near where he had just three-putted from 4 feet for a bogey.

MLB: Spring training begins in next few days

The Super Bowl hit a deep freeze, NBA teams got stranded in blizzards, an NHL game was iced by a snowstorm.

Will Pack's inexeperience hurt them in WAC baseball chase?

RENO - Gary Powers isn't quite sure if the Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team's glass is half empty or half full entering the 2011 season.

Saturday, February 12

CBKB: Nevada hasn't been a good road team this year

Singer Willie Nelson can't wait to get on the road again. Author Jack Kerouac romanticized going out on the open road and introduced 1940s and 50s America to the beat generation.

RACING: Big field for tonight's Shootout

Tonight the green flag flys for the Budweiser Shootout field of 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup cars.

PREPS: Galena subdues Carson girls

RENO - Carson High suffered through two big second-half scoring droughts, and paid the price for them.

PREPS: Carson boys top Galena 39-29, advance to play-in game

RENO - The Carson Senators have lived to play at least one more game.

PREPS: Carson puts 6 into regional semis

The Carson High wrestling teams finds itself tied for third place after the first day of the Northern 4A Regional wrestling tournament.

COLLEGE: WNC ends losing streak with DH sweep

Western Nevada's baseball team ended its nine-game road trip on a high note Friday.

PREPS: Taylor leads Dayton past Fernley

Dayton played a strong second half in a 61-45 win over Fernley Friday. The Dust Devils trailed by one at half before turning the game around.

CBKB: Player dons boxer's headgear to fight concussions

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - IPFW forward John Peckinpaugh heard the catcalls again last week.

NBA: The End: Cavaliers stop losing streak at 26

CLEVELAND (AP) - Daniel Gibson slipped an expensive gold chain over his head and touched its dangling diamond-studded medallion.

MLB: Bonds to enter plea for a third time

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds' perjury trial is fast approaching and the lawyers and judge are still scrambling to set limits and rules for the month-long proceedings scheduled to start March 21.

GOLF: Marino opens big lead at Pebble

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Steve Marino is too busy soaking in the scenery and atmosphere at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to get worked up over his four-shot lead going into the weekend.

Friday, February 11

Giant sails, big challenge

MINDEN - How many people does it take to move a giant sail into an empty warehouse? Well, if the sail is made of carbon fiber and Kevlar, if it measures 243 feet high, 82 feet across and 2,600 pounds, then it takes approximately 25 people to move, or rather slide, such a sail into the vacant BMC West building off Business Parkway in north Minden, at least according to North Sails General Manager Jeff Neri.

By one measure, federal taxes lowest since 1950

WASHINGTON - Taxes too high? Actually, as a share of the nation's economy, Uncle Sam's take this year will be the lowest since 1950, when the Korean War was just getting under way.

Buy bonds now or wait for rates to rise?

I believe that fixed income investors value municipal bonds for their tax-advantaged income, credit quality and predictable interest payments. Municipal bonds are tax-exempt fixed-income securities issued by states, cities, counties and other governmental entities to raise money to fund projects for the public good, such as building schools, highways and hospitals. State of Nevada, Carson City and Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center have all historically been issuers of municipal bonds.

Tax Tips: Olympic sized solution for economic problems

What does Northern Nevada have in common with the Ukraine? Both have announced intentions to bid for hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics. Hosting the Winter Olympics in our area has been a project since 1955, resulting in the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics. Get this ... 50 years later, that legacy still is a draw to bringing folks into our area. Once you become known as an Olympic site, it can project a community onto an international stage for decades as a tourist destination of choice.

Workforce Program seeking businesses for Feb. 28 job fair

The Carson City Health and Human Services Workforce Program will host a job fair 2-5 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Carson City Senior Citizens Center. At this time, the program is recruiting employers who are interested in attracting applicants for open positions in various fields.

CFB: New rules may give college football an NFL look

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - College football could be taking a few pages right out of the NFL's rule book.

MLB: Prosecutors trim Barry Bonds indictment

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal prosecutors on Thursday cut the number of felony charges Barry Bonds faces from 11 to five.

NFL: No Super seats for relative of 1st Packers exec

NEW YORK (AP) - A granddaughter of the first president of the Green Bay Packers was among the 400 ticketholders forced out of the stands at the Super Bowl because their seats weren't safe.

GOLF: Marino, Points atop the leaderboard at Pebble

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - D.A. Points knew it was going to be a great week at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am when he found out Bill Murray was his amateur partner.

CFB: Newton shows media his workout routine

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Enjoying the San Diego sunshine and saying that he's "shooting for greatness," Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton gave the media a glimpse of the workouts he's going through daily as he prepares for the NFL combine and draft.

COLUMN: Who's greedier, the millionaires or billionaires?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was right when he said fans "don't care about the details" of contract negotiations.

PREPS: Matley's shooting has sparked Carson in recent weeks

Spending your summer days indoors may not sound like a lot of fun to some people, but for Carson High junior basketball player Eliza Matley it was pure heaven.

CFB: Pack' Mastro headed to UCLA

RENO - The UCLA Bruins' pistol is going to be loaded next season.

FODDER: Utah State is beatable

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ...

WNC fails to 'clutch up' in 3-1 loss

Western Nevada College left baserunners stranded in its final two at-bats and dropped a 3-1 decision to host Central Arizona College in a nonconference baseball game Thursday afternoon.

NBA: Sloan steps down as Jazz coach

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - After 23 seasons, Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan had only one bit of advice for successor Ty Corbin.

NBA: The new NBA record: 2,562 times 3 for Ray Allen

BOSTON (AP) - Ray Allen has spent thousands of hours alone in a gym, practicing his shot, and when all of the hard work came to fruition what he wanted most of all was to share the honor.

Thursday, February 10

CBKB: Smith scores 34 in Duke's win over Tar Heels

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Nolan Smith scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the second half, and No. 5 Duke rallied from 16 points down to beat No. 20 North Carolina 79-73 on Wednesday night.

CBKB: Wake coach says kidney donation a 'no-brainer'

ATLANTA (AP) - There they sat, side by side, the baseball coach and his freshman outfielder, adorned in matching black-and-gold warm-up suits.

CFB: States look to strengthen sports agent oversight

After a college football season blemished by charges of rule-breaking agents and athletes, legislators from New Jersey to Oregon are looking to make it tougher on those who contact players improperly.

CFB: Tate Forcier transfers to Miami

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier has transferred to Miami.

NHL: Marleau's late goal lifts Sharks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - As might be expected from a team four games into a 13-day, seven-game road trip, the San Jose Sharks were late starters.

Wednesday, February 9

NBA: LeBron starting to get that MVP feeling again

MIAMI (AP) - With a shrug and a smile, LeBron James put the NBA on notice.

PREPS: Craugh hopes to leave sport with state title

The end is near for Carson High wrestler Patrick Craugh. After 11-plus years in the sport, he's ready to move on to other things; new challenges.

NBA: Poor shooting not worrying Wolves prospect Rubio

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - The numbers don't lie - Ricky Rubio is struggling with his shot.

GOLF: Johnson has title to defend and point to prove

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Dustin Johnson returns to Pebble Beach with conflicting emotions.

NFL: Dent puzzled by long wait

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Richard Dent looks at the current Chicago Bears and sees a player comparable to him. Not star defensive end Julius Peppers, but Johnny Knox.

NFL: Bradford ready to learn new offense

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Sam Bradford was eager to spend the next few months learning every nuance of the West Coast offense that helped him win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

NFL: Owners, union to meet today

WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL and players union representatives met for much of the afternoon in Washington to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement.

NFL: Lawsuit filed over Super Bowl seat snafu

DALLAS (AP) - Ticket-holding football fans who ended up with no seats or what they considered bad views of the Super Bowl have filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones.

GOLF: Tiger plays in pro-am with serviceman

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - When the call came to the home of Lt. Col. Michael Rowells, his wife Molly assumed it was a joke. Why else would someone insist her husband had won a chance to play a round of golf with Tiger Woods?

MLB: Sandoval seeks to save his job with the Giants

SAN FRANCISCO - Pablo Sandoval threw up regularly after running up desert hills in Arizona this winter. He did sprint workouts on the track with Olympic decathlete Dan O'Brien. San Francisco's slimmed-down third baseman even sought the hitting advice of home run king Barry Bonds.

PREPS: CHS ski team finishes 4th overall

Carson High's ski team pulled off a fourth-place finish at the final Tahoe Ski League race of the season at Diamond Peak on Wednesday.

PREPS: Carson wrestlers eye regional meet

Fresh off winning its third consecutive Sierra League wrestling championship, Carson High has turned its attention to this weekend's regional meet scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Reno High School.

COLLEGE: WNC loses two 1-run games

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Arizona hasn't been the nicest of places for the Western Nevada College baseball tam.

COLLEGE: Wake baseball coach donates kidney to player

Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter has donated a kidney to a freshman player who suffers from a disease that can lead to kidney failure.

COMMUNITY SPORTS: Local clubs put on snowshoe event

The Tahoe Mountain Milers and Sagebrush Stompers running clubs are hosting the Fresh Tracks 5k Snowshoe Walk and Race Feb. 27 at Camp Richardson Resort.

Manogue shoots way past Carson girls

RENO - Trying to defend Bishop Manogue's girls basketball team is something you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.

CBKB: No. 6 SDSU beats Utah 85-53

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The way No. 6 San Diego State blitzed Utah early, the only thing in doubt was whether the crowd was going to get curly fries.

Carson boys face must-win against Galena

RENO - Beating Bishop Manogue was a pipe dream, but Carson High boys basketball coach Bruce Barnes certainly hoped for a better effort from his senior-laden team.

CFB: Georgia RB Ealey suspended indefinitely by Richt

ATLANTA (AP) - Coach Mark Richt suspended tailback Washaun Ealey on Tuesday for failing to follow "the Georgia way."

GOLF: Westwood, Kaymer: Don't count Tiger Woods out

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer - the two highest-ranked golfers - insist Tiger Woods remains the biggest draw and his return to top form can only be good for the game.

Couture sets record; Sharks beat Capitals 2-0

WASHINGTON (AP) - Logan Couture set an NHL record and passed Alex Ovechkin on the same night.

Fans who lost Super Bowl seats get second option

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has added a second option for the roughly 400 fans who had to give up their seats at the Super Bowl: They can choose to attend any future Super Bowl instead of being limited to the 2012 game.

GOLF: Finchem says PGA won't halt fan calls on rules

RENO, Nev. (AP) - PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem would like to see more common sense used in enforcing penalties for rules infractions phoned in by alert fans watching on television but he said on Tuesday that halting their input completely is "not an option."

GOLF: Once lampooned, world ranking now a talking point

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - His vocation was civil engineering. His passion was sports and statistics.

Nevada Wolf Pack football: Masto has tough decision ahead of him

A decade ago we would have understood why Jim Mastro would consider leaving the University of Nevada football program for the UCLA Bruins.

NBA Capsules: LeBron leads Heat past Pacers

MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James had 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, Chris Bosh added 19 points and the Miami Heat rallied from 14 points down to beat the Indiana Pacers 117-112 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight victory.

Tuesday, February 8

B&B owners plan meals using seasonal ingredients

Late winter and early spring are slow times for the ranch and the Deer Run Bed and Breakfast. It's a time to reflect on the past year, make plans, order seeds, have some time in my pottery studio, organize, and clean up. It's a good time to throw out or give away all the "stuff" you haven't used in a few years.

Arsenal of seasonings is key to creative meals

When Ina Garten, "The Barefoot Contessa," cooks on television, she's got a vast audience.

Monday, February 7

Time Out With: Marcos Macias

SCHOOL: Dayton High YEAR: Senior

Packers win Super Bowl, beat Steelers 31-25

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Aaron Rodgers at long last casts his own shadow.

Sunday, February 6

Packer win sends NFL into offseason of uncertainty

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Pack is back. NFL football? Well, nobody's quite sure when that's going to return.

Steelers fumble away a chance for Super Bowl rally

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Steelers had all the momentum. The Terrible Towels were out in full force around Cowboys Stadium. Rashard Mendenhall took the handoff with every intention of moving Pittsburgh a little closer to completing an improbable comeback.

Nevada Wolf Pack: San Jose State cures Nevada's Utah State hangover

RENO - The San Jose Spartans proved to be the perfect cure for the Nevada Wolf Pack's Utah State hangover Saturday night.

Western Nevada College drops doubleheader

LAS VEGAS - Western Nevada College managed just four hits in 16 innings en route to a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Pima College, 3-1 and 11-1, Saturday at Sierra Vista High School.

Saturday, February 5

PREPS: Taylor hits game-winner again to beat Fallon

FALLON - The rematch was just as exciting as the original.

COLLEGE: WNC swept by Pima

LAS VEGAS - Western Nevada College managed just four hits in 16 innings en route to a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Pima College, 3-1 and 11-1, Saturday at Sierra Vista High School.

NBA: Cavs' skid hits league-record 24 in a row

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cavaliers have the NBA's record for futility all to themselves.

MOODY: Nevada really should make its state tourney encompass all divisions

I've always thought that Nevada was a bit behind when it comes to putting on wrestling tournaments, and Carson coach Tim McCarthy pointed out something to me Friday that only verified my thoughts.

HOCKEY: Niemi gets shutout as Sharks beat Bruins 2-0

BOSTON (AP) - San Jose captain Joe Thornton wasn't alarmed by the Sharks' season-low shot output.

SUPER BOWL: Steelers vs. Packers: the key matchups

Matchups for the Super Bowl between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers on Sunday in Arlington, Texas.

NFL, union holding formal bargaining session

DALLAS (AP) - The NFL and its players' union are holding their first formal bargaining session in more than two months.

Packers LB Walden sits out Saturday practice

DALLAS (AP) - Outside linebacker Erik Walden was a bystander during the Green Bay Packers' jog-through practice Saturday, putting his availability for the Super Bowl in doubt.

SUPER BOWL NOTEBOOK: Colts will get chance to do what Cowboys couldn't

DALLAS (AP) - Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts get the chance next season to do what the Dallas Cowboys failed to do this time. They could become the first team to play a Super Bowl in their own stadium.

SUPER BOWL: Steelers place Pouncey on IR; finish last practice

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Maurkice Pouncey's Super Bowl dreams are officially over.

SUPER BOWL: Texas needs late rally to save Super Bowl week

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Mother Nature messed with Texas - and might not be finished.

SUPER BOWL: Mystique and tradition in Super Bowl

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - NFL commissioners can't root, so Roger Goodell will just sit back and smile as he watches this Super Bowl.

NFL: Howard says he felt threatened by Simms at event

DALLAS (AP) - ESPN analyst Desmond Howard said Saturday that former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms threatened him over comments he made about Simms' son.

NFL: Sanders, Faulk make Hall of Fame

DALLAS (AP) - Deion Sanders always was Prime Time. Now he's All Time.

NFL: Vick wins Comeback Player award

DALLAS (AP) - Michael Vick took a most unusual path to The Associated Press 2010 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award he received Saturday night.

GOLF: Bjorn enjoys 1-shot lead at Qatar

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Denmark's Thomas Bjorn shot a 6-under 66 Saturday to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Qatar Masters.

GOLF: US Open field to be determined more on ranking

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. Open will rely more on the world ranking than money list in America and Europe to determine which players will be exempt from qualifying.

GOLF: Mickelson in contention in Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Phil Mickelson thrilled the huge crowd on the par-3 16th with a 30-foot birdie putt Saturday and closed within four strokes of leader Tommy Gainey halfway through the frost-delayed Phoenix Open.

PREPS: Douglas boys end Manogue's win streak

MINDEN - Entering Friday night's game at Douglas, the Manogue boys' basketball team had won its first 39 Sierra League games since joining the division in 2008-09.

COLLEGE: Walks hurt WNC in loss to Pima

LAS VEGAS - The No. 19 Western Nevada College baseball team suffered a 4-2 setback to Pima Community College on Friday.

PREPS: Dayton girls lose thriller

YERINGTON - Destinee Serawop took an inbounds pass with four seconds to go, dribbled up court and hit a three-pointer to send the Dayton girls basketball team into overtime against Yerington Friday night.

PREPS: Jensen scores season-high 16 in win over Wooster

It was a game Carson High expected to win and one it needed to win.

PREPS: Yamamoto leads Carson girls to big win

When you look at Carson High's current hot streak, you have to give props to soft-spoken Lisa Yamamoto for her inside play.

SUPER BOWL: Packers' Pittsburgh roots run deep - until Sunday

DALLAS (AP) - Mike McCarthy grew up in Pittsburgh, rooting for the Steelers and helping out in his family's bar. When he was hired as the Packers coach in 2006, general manager Ted Thompson described McCarthy as "Pittsburgh macho" - whatever that means.

SUPER BOWL: Chow hounds wanna be part of Super Bowl party, too

A Super Bowl bash can turn anybody into a party animal. Same goes for your pooch - the scent of 6-foot subs, hot dogs and pizza might make 'em a crazy chow hound.

SUPER BOWL: If Super Bowl goes to OT, new rules get 1st test

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Imagine this scenario: Sunday's Super Bowl goes to overtime, and the team that wins the coin toss gets the ball, drives down the field and makes a field goal.

Cardinals, Edmonds agree on minor league deal

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals needed outfield depth. Jim Edmonds needed a place to extend his career.

Yanks' Pettitte retires, 'hunger' is not there

NEW YORK (AP) - Andy Pettitte kept putting off a final decision, until his wife told him in late January that it was time.

Source: Guerrero, Orioles agree to deal

BALTIMORE (AP) - Free-agent slugger Vladimir Guerrero has agreed to a one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday.

GOLF: Gainey, Wilson lead frosty Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz (AP) - At the frosty Phoenix Open, it was fitting that a guy called "Tommy Two Gloves" had a share of the lead.

NHL Capsules: Penguins rally for win

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Dustin Jeffrey scored the first of three Pittsburgh goals in a second-period span of 3:14 and the Penguins rallied for a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night despite again losing star center Evgeni Malkin to injury.

Roger Diez: Ganassi completes amazing year with 24 hour win

Car owner Chip Ganassi has had an awesome past 12 months with wins in the 2010 Daytona 500, Indy 500, Brickyard 400, the Indycar championship, and just last weekend a 1-2 finish in the 2011 Rolex 24 hour endurance race.

Friday, February 4

Glide Time: SoaringNV offers bird's-eye take on Lake Tahoe

STATELINE - Sometimes at Lake Tahoe, it's all a matter of perspective. And few people can offer a better perspective on one of the world's deepest alpine lakes than the staff at SoaringNV, a glider company based out of the Minden-Tahoe Airport, about 30 minutes southeast of Lake Tahoe on U.S. Highway 395.

ELLIOTT PARKER: Is Nevada's public sector too big? Facts don't back it up

As we head into a very difficult budget discussion, some Nevadans continue to disagree about whether we have a spending problem or a revenue problem. Before we decide whether tax increases or spending cuts are best for the future of Nevada, we should first settle once and for all the question of whether Nevada's public sector is too big. State government spending has been growing faster than our overall state economy, some argue, and they call anybody who disagrees with them a tax-eater. We need to take their argument with a grain of salt, for several reasons.

Investing in Gold: The premium plays on $20 gold coins

With gold prices at all-time highs, many people think the value of their $20 gold pieces must also be at records levels. This logic does not always apply. The premiums of $20 gold coins are affected by many factors, only one of which is the price of gold. It truly comes down to the most basic economic principle, supply vs. demand.

Business Licenses

The following are business licenses filed in Carson City between Jan. 24-28: BRG Homes LLC., out of town, Sparks, contractor, Brian Gipe, owner, 775-425-3900. Michelle Brown, 124 E. John St., independent contractor, cosmetologist, 775-297-3928.

Business Briefs

Businesswoman named to bank board Collie Hutter has been appointed the newest member of City National Bank's Northern Nevada Advisory Board. Hutter is the chief financial and operations officer and co-owner of Click Bond, Inc., a Carson City-based manufacturing company that was founded by Hutter and her husband Charles in 1987. The company specializes in designing and manufacturing aerospace fasteners for military and commercial aircraft. It employs 250 people in the capital.

Thursday, February 3

SUPER BOWL: Questions linger about Steelers QB's marketability

NEW YORK (AP) - By Sunday night, Ben Roethlisberger could be in rarefied company as a three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

SUPER BOWL: Steelers' Harrison had '100,000 reasons' to vent

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - James Harrison feels a little better after two days of venting.

SUPER BOWL: These days for Packers GM, it's 'Congrats, Ted'

IRVING, Texas (AP) - The website devoted to Ted Thompson's ouster from Green Bay doesn't get many hits anymore. Not too much going on there these days, except for this message: "I'm not afraid to admit it. I was wrong. Congrats Ted."

SUPER BOWL: Brooks expects Tomlin to change focus quickly

DALLAS (AP) - Derrick Brooks figures Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin won't relish another championship very long if the Steelers beat Green Bay in the Super Bowl.

Just for kicks, Super Bowl could come down to feet

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Jeremy Kapinos was sitting at home two months ago, waiting anxiously for another chance at the NFL.

Father of Packers' Cullen Jenkins is safe in Hawaii

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Green Bay Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins was worried about his father after not hearing from him for more than a month.

Halftime gig 'dream come true' for Black Eyed Peas

DALLAS (AP) - Even the Black Eyed Peas are protecting their Super Bowl playbook.

NHL Capsules: Bruins beat Stars

BOSTON (AP) - Patrice Bergeron had two goals and an assist to lift the Boston Bruins to a fight-filled 6-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

Silva winning streak tested by Belfort at UFC 126

Anderson Silva's invincible aura has lost much of its sparkle over the past 10 months. The UFC middleweight champion barely tried during a win in Abu Dhabi last April, and he came within two minutes of losing his belt in August.

Tahoe's DeLallo transfers to North Dakota college

When his pitching went south, former South Tahoe High star Max DeLallo decided to go north, as in North Dakota.

4 tied for lead in chilly Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz (AP) - Bill Haas, Jason Bohn, Tom Gillis and Champions Tour player Tom Lehman shot 6-under 65s in chilly conditions Thursday to share the lead in the suspended first round of the Phoenix Open.

Western Nevada's softball team returns just one player from last year's squad

The first two seasons have been really tough for Western Nevada College's softball program, and this season appears to be just as tough.

SUPER BOWL: 'Old' guys mentor runaway WRs

DALLAS - Hines Ward - soon to be all of 35 - stroked his whiskers and pondered the suggestion. Yes, he liked being called a mentor.

Who's the next 'Nevada back?'

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack's crowd at running back next fall might resemble an American Idol audition.

Friday Fodder: Super hype for signing day?

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ...

Nevada Wolf Pack: Chris Ault knew he had something special on signing day 2006

Nevada Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault saw it coming.

CBKB: Pane leads No. 22 Utah State over Nevada

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - After a sluggish first-half, Utah State turned up its defense against Nevada, holding the Wolf Pack to their lowest output in 10 years.

CBKB: Syracuse end four-game losing streak

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Rick Jackson had 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 17 Syracuse to a 66-58 victory over No. 6 Connecticut on Wednesday night and the Orange avoided the first five-game losing streak in coach Jim Boeheim's 35 seasons.

PREPS: Carson knocks off Douglas, finishes undefeated in league

MINDEN - After being spotted 30 points because of forfeits, there was little question that the Carson High wrestling team was going to sail to a victory over rival Douglas Wednesday night.

Wednesday, February 2

NBA: Pacers outlast struggling Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cavaliers' long losing streak is almost history.

NFL: Redskins owner sues newspaper

NEW YORK (AP) - Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has sued Washington City Paper over a column he says defamed him and had anti-Semitic references.

SUPER BOWL: Mike Who? Super Bowl coaches, that's who

DALLAS (AP) - Mike Who? No one asks that anymore.

NFL: Super Bowl hair: He could - grow - all - the - way

DALLAS (AP) - Vince Lombardi surely would've loved to have Clay Matthews or Troy Polamalu on those great Packers teams of the 1960s.

SUPER BOWL NOTES: NFL alumni hoping for better benefits this year

DALLAS (AP) - NFL Alumni Association executive director George Martin is hoping this year to finally get increased pension benefits and better long-term health care for former players.

NFL: Belichick wins 3rd Coach of Year honor

DALLAS (AP) - Bill Belichick is closing in on Don Shula.

NBA: Clyde Drexler foresees pro franchise in London

LONDON (AP) - NBA great Clyde Drexler can foresee a league franchise being based in London, maybe even within the next decade.

SUPER BOWL: Old pals LeBeau, Capers match wits in Super Bowl

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Every so often, Dom Capers pulls out the humongous, handwritten playbook from his first year as a defensive coordinator in the NFL.

SUPER BOWL: Woodson still recalls that snowy New England night

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Packers cornerback Charles Woodson still thinks about that snowy night in New England when he was with the Oakland Raiders.

NFL: Jones: League won't turn cold shoulder for Super Bowl

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn't worried that the NFL will turn a cold shoulder to his billion-dollar showplace after the first Super Bowl week in Dallas-Fort Worth arrived with a big chill.

SUPER BOWL: Frigid Super Bowl week in Texas now turns dark

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A frigid Super Bowl week in Texas is now turning a little dark, although not at the site of the big game.

NFL: AP source: Titans to talk to 3 coordinators next

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Titans have received permission to talk with Mike Mularkey, Gregg Williams and Perry Fewell as coaching candidates to replace Jeff Fisher, according to a person familiar with the situation.

NFL: LA officials approve first steps toward NFL plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles City Council members have voted to form a working group to hold discussions with the developers behind a proposed downtown pro football stadium and to order an independent report on the plan's financial details.

SUPER BOWL: Packers, Steelers fans among NFL's most rabid

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A Pittsburgh hospital swaddles its newborns in "Terrible Towels." A Wisconsin man dresses up like a bishop and calls himself "St. Vince," as in Lombardi.

NFL: Eagles name Castillo coordinator

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Philadelphia Eagles searched far and wide for a new defensive coordinator. In the end, they found a familiar face right in their own backyard.

MLB: Piniella joins Giants as special assistant

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lou Piniella is staying right in the baseball mix.

CFB: Tide, Tiger tussle for blue-chips on signing day

Alabama and Auburn were at it again on national signing day.

GOLF: Stricker of US follows Mickelson to Middle East

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - American Steve Stricker says the growing strength of the European Tour has convinced him to make his Middle East debut at the Qatar Masters.

GOLF: Phoenix Open hit by chilly conditions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The little patch of ice on the sidewalk outside the front entrance at the Phoenix Open was easy to step over. There was no way to miss the frigid temperatures and biting wind.

TOP 25: Kansas pounds Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Marcus Morris scored 18 points to lead No. 2 Kansas over Texas Tech 88-66 on Tuesday night, the Jayhawks' first win in Lubbock since 2003.

NBA: New Orleans tops Wizards

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jason Smith scored a career-high 20 points in a rare starting role and New Orleans defeated Washington 97-89 on Tuesday night, dropping the Wizards to 0-25 on the road.

Sharks rally past Coyotes 5-3

SAN JOSE, Calif (AP) - Patrick Marleau provided a fitting ending to a night that began with a pregame ceremony honoring his 1,000th career game last month.

NBA: Winter storm strands Celtics out West an extra day

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Boston Celtics are unwillingly extending their West Coast trip.

Girls Basketball: Defense leads Senators to win

Two big scoring surges and a dominating effort on the glass got the Carson High girls basketball team over the .500 mark in Northern 4A play.

Boys basketball: Senators keep playoff hopes alive

It wasn't a pretty game by any stretch of the imagination, but the Carson High boys won and kept their playoff hopes alive.

PREP ROUNDUP: Tigers get easy win on road

RENO - While the Douglas boys' basketball team has enjoyed an extremely successful season, the team has been lacking a decisive road win.

Tuesday, February 1

NFL: Brady wins top offensive player award

DALLAS (AP) - Tom Brady tore up the NFL with his precision passing and dynamic guidance of the New England Patriots' offense.

Community Sports briefly: Carson High seeks track officials, hosting clinic

A clinic for aspiring track & field officials has been scheduled for Feb. 5 at Carson High School.

Nevada Wolf Pack: Football team has 23 recruits set to commit today

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack football program currently has 23 verbal commitments for this year's recruiting class, according to and

Wolf Pack baseball team predicted to finish third in WAC; Fresno slated to win

RENO - Nevada Wolf Pack baseball coach Gary Powers has no problem with Fresno State being named the team to beat in the Western Athletic Conference.

Wolf Pack hoping to pull upset at Utah State

RENO - Nobody has to remind the Nevada Wolf Pack what it would mean to beat the Utah State Aggies.

Carson City and Lyon County Sheriffs' log

Carson City The following people were booked into Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Paul Milton Merritt, 32, of Silver Springs, was arrested at 2:22 a.m. Tuesday at Highway 50 East and Airport Road on a Montgomery County, Kansas, warrant for suspicion of unlawful sale of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

A healthy dip fit for a Super Bowl party

A flavorful cheese dip that is rich, creamy and - at least somewhat - healthy?

Try this healthy version of fish nuggets

Consider healthy homemade fast food. These diet-worthy dishes won't tie you to the kitchen, but also won't weigh you down.

MLB: Chipper Jones hopes to be on the field in spring

ATLANTA (AP) - Chipper Jones showed Tuesday he can still knock the cover off the ball.

MLB: Ramirez, Damon officially join Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays are counting on Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon to help them remain competitive in baseball's toughest division.

MLB: Royals hire Willie Aikens as minor league coach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Willie Mays Aikens, who went from World Series star to federal prison inmate, has returned to baseball.

NFL: Vikings' DE Griffen accused of assaulting officer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen was accused of assaulting a police officer and faced an NFL investigation Tuesday after he was arrested during a traffic stop in South Los Angeles.

NFL: Titans stay in-house interviewing Heimerdinger

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Titans are staying in-house so far in their search for a new head coach with offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger the second coach to interview for the job.

AEG trumpets naming deal for proposed LA stadium

LOS ANGELES (AP) - No stranger to staging massive sports and concert spectacles, AEG put itself at center stage Tuesday with an elaborate performance aimed at anyone who doubts that the company could - or even should - build a new pro football stadium in downtown Los Angeles.

SUPER BOWL: Steelers, Packers awed by Cowboys Stadium

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger was focused on the tiny screen of his video camera as he walked toward his assigned podium for Super Bowl media day.

GOLF: TV ratings up the first month of golf

SAN DIEGO (AP) - PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said golf doesn't depend solely on TV ratings, although good news never hurts.

GOLF: Mickelson eyes a big year with focus back to golf

SAN DIEGO (AP) - One of the more compelling images from Torrey Pines apparently won't be forgotten anytime soon.