Stories for January 2011


Monday, January 31

Time Out WIth: Matt Cooper

SCHOOL: Carson High YEAR: Senior SPORT: Basketball

Sheriffs' blotters for Feb. 1

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

Sunday, January 30

76ers top Nuggets 110-99

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Andre Iguodala scored 24 points and Thaddeus Young had 21 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 110-99 win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.

Heat get Big 3 back, top Thunder 108-103

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Miami finally had its Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh reunited, and Oklahoma City's top trio was at its best, too.

Celtics beat Lakers 109-96 in NBA finals rematch

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Pierce says the Boston Celtics had no reason to discuss their heartbreaking loss in Game 7 of the NBA finals last summer before they returned to Staples Center on Sunday.

Cavaliers skid continues with 103-87 loss to Magic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Following Orlando's morning walkthrough Sunday, center Dwight Howard said his biggest fear entering the Magic's matchup with Cleveland was being the team that allowed the Cavaliers to end their long losing streak.

Knicks get career night from Russian, beat Pistons

NEW YORK (AP) - Timofey Mozgov's initiation to NBA life was so shaky that he eventually went to the bench and stayed there for three weeks.

Suns hold off Hornets 104-102

PHOENIX (AP) - Instead of savoring backup center Marcin Gortat's career-high 25 points, the Phoenix Suns were left wondering how they nearly blew an eight-point lead in the final 18 seconds.

Nicklaus, Watson win Champions Skins Game

KAANAPALI, Hawaii (AP) - Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson successfully defended their Champions Skins Game title Sunday, finishing with seven skins and $310,000 to edge Mark O'Meara and Bernhard Langer by $10,000.

NFC storms to big lead, takes Pro Bowl 55-41

HONOLULU (AP) - MVP DeAngelo Hall had one of his team's five interceptions and returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown to help the NFC match a Pro Bowl scoring record in a 55-41 victory over turnover-prone AFC in a game that was not nearly as interesting as the final would indicate.

Tennis: Djokovic wins No. 2, joins multi-major winner club

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Novak Djokovic gave his old friend Andy Murray a sympathetic hug and a few consoling words, then got on with the real celebrations.

TOP 25: Ohio State averts upset

EVANSTON, Ill. - Jared Sullinger hit the second of two free throws with 3.5 seconds left Saturday night and No. 1 Ohio State overcame a furious rally by Northwestern to beat the Wildcats 58-57 - the unbeaten Buckeyes' 22nd straight victory.

COLLEGE: Ex-Giant J.T. Snow visits with Nevada baseball players

RENO - J.T. Snow has spent his life clinging to a small piece of advice from his father when he was little.

TENNIS: Clijsters wins first Australian Open crown

MELBOURNE, Australia - Kim Clijsters believes she's now earned the nickname she had for years in Australia.

NBA: Spurs first team to reach 40 wins

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs became the NBA's first 40-game winner, beating the Houston Rockets 108-95 on Saturday night.

COLLEGE: WNC, South Mountain split DH

LAS VEGAS - Western Nevada College's baseball team garnered a split against South Mountain Community College Saturday at Sierra Vista High School.

PREPS: Carson wrestler go 2-3 at Placer; CHS girls lose

AUBURN, Calif. - Carson High's wrestling team compiled a 2-3 record at the Placer Duals on Saturday.

Saturday, January 29

SANTORO: Time to go back to Lawlor and support the Pack

It is now safe to come back to Lawlor Events Center. Don't be frightened.

NFL: Steelers first-round picks are first-rate

PITTSBURGH (AP) - First round. First class.

NFL: Super Bowl season validates Packers GM Thompson

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - If there ever was a time for Ted Thompson to break character and take a bow, it would be right now.

NFL: Packers watch video on how to not tackle Big Ben

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Linebacker Desmond Bishop says the Packers began preparing for Ben Roethlisberger by watching video of how not to bring down the Steelers' big quarterback.

Rodgers: Some injured players didn't stay here

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - This time it's a comment - not a tweet - that's created another rift as the Green Bay Packers prepare for the Super Bowl.

NHL: Ovechkin, Chara shine at NHL SuperSkills

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Alex Ovechkin won his third straight breakaway challenge and Zdeno Chara broke his own 2-year-old record for the hardest shot in the NHL's SuperSkills competition Saturday night.

CFB: Ponder leads South past North 24-10

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Christian Ponder heads to the pros on a high note, after all. And he got a little help from a college rival.

PREPS: Track officials clinic scheduled for Feb. 5

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

NFL: Players want Pro Bowl to stay in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) - When Ray Lewis stepped off the plane from his cross-country flight and was greeted with a lei and an aloha, it finally hit him that he was voted back on the island.

MOODY: Great atmosphere at 3A hoops

Friday night's Dayton-Fallon boys basketball game had the best atmosphere that I've seen at a basketball game this winter.

MLB: Orioles hope to add Guerrero to revamped roster

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles have already surpassed their projected budget for the 2011 season, so what's the harm in coughing up a few million bucks for free agent designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero?

MLB: Rangers, Napoli avoid arbitration with $5.8M deal

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers agreed to terms Saturday on a $5.8 million contract for Mike Napoli, avoiding arbitration with the catcher-first baseman the AL champions just acquired in a trade.

MLB: M's downplay Figgins trade rumors

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners and third baseman Chone Figgins tried to quiet trade rumors during the team's annual fanfest celebration Saturday.

GOLF: Casey, Hanson share lead at Volvo Champions

RIFFA, Bahrain (AP) - Paul Casey shot a 6-under 66 and Peter Hanson had a 67 on Saturday to share the third-round lead in the Volvo Champions.

GOLF: Haas, Phil share third-round lead

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The way Phil Mickelson likes to play golf, he didn't have much fun Saturday at Torrey Pines.

RACING: Aggressive start in Rolex 24 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - An aggressive early pace at the Rolex 24 at Daytona led to a track full of debris, a rough start for the favorites and led veteran drivers openly wondering why teams were pushing so hard in the starting stages of an endurance race.

Dayton boys sneak past Fallon

DAYTON - It had all the drama of a NCAA Final Four or the seventh game of the World Series. It was a tough, physical game that kept you on the edge of your seat the entire time.

Dayton girls can't handle Fallon's pressure

DAYTON - When a team plays Dayton, the game plan is simple. Press, press and keep pressing.

Douglas boys too much for Carson

MINDEN - Nothing seemed to go right for the Douglas boys' basketball team in a 64-46 loss at Spanish Springs earlier this week.

Carson girls pull away from Douglas

MINDEN - As the Douglas girls' basketball team jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in Minden Friday night, Carson coach Todd Ackerman got a brief flashback to the the two team's overtime struggle earlier this month.

Hurricanes G Ward goes No. 1 in NHL All-Star draft

RALEIGH, NC(AP) - Nicklas Lidstrom's first pick in the inaugural NHL All-Star fantasy draft was his only bad one - choosing the wrong side of a flipped puck with the No. 1 selection on the line.

Kessel taken last in NHL All-Star draft

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Phil Kessel could only watch while every other player was picked in the NHL All-Star fantasy draft. Then, as he sat alone, Alex Ovechkin pulled out a cell phone and snapped a photo of the Toronto Maple Leafs forward.

NBA Capsules: Durant leads Thunder past Wizards

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 10 of his 40 points in the second overtime, Russell Westbrook added his third triple-double of the season and the Oklahoma City Thunder kept the Washington Wizards winless on the road with a 124-117 victory on Friday night.

No. 5 Western Nevada College starts year out with a win

The No. 5 ranked Western Nevada College baseball team got its season off to a solid start with a 8-5 win over South Mountain on Friday in Las Vegas.

Nathan recovering well from Tommy John surgery

BLAINE, Minn (AP) - The typical setbacks that come during a Tommy John rehabilitation haven't been there for Joe Nathan.

Ganassi looking for one that got away at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (AP) - Chip Ganassi sent drivers to Victory Lane in three of the four most prestigious races in America last year.

NFL riding remarkable TV ratings into Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) - To understand just how good the NFL's ratings have been this season - the best in about 15 years - it helps to take a moment and compare the league to the rest of TV.

Haas takes the lead, Tiger rallies to get 5 back

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A strong finish by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson made them feel better about their rounds Friday on opposite ends of Torrey Pines, and better about their chances of catching Bill Haas.

Manning right at home at the Pro Bowl

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - People from all over the world come to Hawaii to unwind, celebrate and heal. Peyton Manning is no different.

Grading the Nevada Wolf Pack after its win over Fresno State

Grading the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team after a 79-76 victory over Fresno State Thursday night at Lawlor Events Center . . .

Roger Diez: New point system in place for NASCAR as racing begins

Race fans, start your TV sets. The Rolex 24-hour endurance classic starts today with coverage on SPEED beginning at noon.

Friday, January 28

College basketball: Nevada Wolf Pack hangs on against Fresno State

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack has stopped worrying about winning any beauty contests.

COLLEGE: WNC opens 2011 season oday in Las Vegas

Western Nevada College opens its 2011 baseball season with a four-game series starting at 3 p.m. today against South Mountain Community College at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Thursday, January 27

NBA: Knicks knock off Heat

NEW YORK (AP) - Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields made consecutive 3-pointers in the final 1:18, and the New York Knicks took advantage of LeBron James's miserable shooting night to beat the Miami Heat 93-88 on Thursday night.

CFB: Iowa to investigate 13 player hospitalizations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa leaders promised Thursday to investigate what caused 13 football players to be hospitalized with an unusual muscle disorder following offseason workouts.

CFB: Herzlich, Irving answering questions about their health

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mark Herzlich and Nate Irving got a whole season to answer questions about their health on the field.

SUPER BOWL: In a sports-crazed town, Steelers are kings

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Steel City can make a strong case for a new nickname.

SUPER BOWL: Masthay provides stability at punter for Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A few months ago, Tim Masthay looked like he might be the latest in a series of shaky Green Bay Packers punters. If he didn't pick up his performance, the team might not have been far from replacing him.

SUPER BOWL: Packers, Steelers conjure agony for Cowboys fans

DALLAS (AP) - Jethro Pugh has some advice for folks who consider it a cruel twist of fate that the first Super Bowl hosted by the Dallas Cowboys features the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL: Titans, Fisher parting ways after 16 full seasons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - In a surprising move, the Tennessee Titans have parted ways with Jeff Fisher, who was the NFL's longest-tenured coach.

NFL: First-time Pro Bowlers soaking it all in

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - Arian Foster usually gets where he's going in a hurry - at least on the football field.

NFL: Goodell skips Pro Bowl to focus on new contract

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - Besides the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers, also missing this Pro Bowl week is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

NFL: Raiders hire Wisniewski as assistant OL coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders hired former Pro Bowl guard Steve Wisniewski as their assistant offensive line coach Tuesday.

MLB: Seattle Mariners' Adam Kennedy cited for DUI in CA

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Adam Kennedy, who signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners this month, was contrite Thursday after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on an Orange County freeway.

MLB: Rebuilt A's gear up to contend for AL West

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Outfielder Josh Willingham has no trouble saying it in January: The Oakland Athletics should contend for the AL West this season.

MLB: Indians say Sizemore, Santana expected back

CLEVELAND (AP) - Grady Sizemore isn't going anywhere - except back to center field for the Cleveland Indians as soon as he is fully recovered from knee surgery.

GOLF: Woods starts year with 69 and trails by 5 strokes

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tiger Woods began his new season with no bogeys, no birdies on the par 5s and no drama.

GOLF: Daly angry for not getting exemptions

SAN DIEGO (AP) - John Daly criticized two tournaments Thursday for not giving him sponsor exemptions, saying he would never play the Bob Hope Classic and Phoenix Open again.

FRIDAY FODDER: Kaepernick's draft stock is rising

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ...

NBA: Hornets match club record with 10th straight win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Monty Williams hardly planned to go back to his starters in the waning moments. The Hornets' first-year coach had little choice to preserve his team's winning streak.

GOLF: Woods looks for fresh start at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines felt like the start of any other season on the PGA Tour, except when he awoke at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and realized he had plenty of time on his hands.

NEVADA: Wolf Pack seeks fourth straight win

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack has a score to settle.

PREPS: Fulwider sparks Carson ski team

Kat Fulwider placed third overall and the Carson High girls ski team finished fourth in Wednesday's league meet at Sierra-At-Tahoe Resort.

PREPS: Carson wrestlers top Damonte Ranch

Carson High maintained its perfect Sierra League wrestling record with a 48-24 victory Damonte Ranch Wednesday night at Morse Burley Gymnasium.

NFL: Rodgers calls Cutler criticism 'disrespectful'

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Before the Green Bay Packers really start cramming to get ready for the Super Bowl, Aaron Rodgers wanted to make a few things clear.

NFL: Roethlisberger enjoying the spotlight

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The new, comedic Big Ben debuted his Super Bowl material.

NFL: Superdome gets makeover: Pursuing the 'wow factor'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The 36-year-old Louisiana Superdome is getting its biggest overhaul since Hurricane Katrina tore away a lot of the roof and flooded the arena with millions of gallons of water.

NFL: Aikman, wife separate after decade of marriage

DALLAS (AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and his wife have separated after more than a decade of marriage.

NFL: Vick basking in return to Pro Bowl

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - While every Pro Bowl player endured a long trip to get to Hawaii, the journey for Michael Vick in many ways was the longest.

Contador: Spanish cycling wants 1-year doping ban

MADRID (AP) - Spanish cycling officials want three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador banned for one year for failing a 2010 Tour doping test.

CBKB: Fredette scores 43, No. 9 BYU beats No. 4 SDSU

PROVO, Utah (AP) - Jimmer Fredette scored 43 points and ninth-ranked BYU beat No. 4 San Diego State 71-58 before a frenzied crowd Wednesday night, handing the Aztecs their first defeat of the season.

NHL: Kings beat Sharks 3-2 in shootout

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jarret Stoll scored the only shootout goal in the fourth round and the Los Angeles Kings headed into the All-Star break with their third straight victory, 3-2 over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Top-seeded Wozniacki falls in three sets

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Li Na became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam singles final, saving a match point before beating top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 Thursday in the Australian Open semifinals.

Wednesday, January 26

New Big 5 opens doors today

Big 5 Sporting Goods will host a grand opening for its new location in the Southgate Shopping Center today. The store, 4219 S. Carson St., opens at 10 a.m. and the first 100 customers will be eligible for a gift. Its hours are 10 a.m. -9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

Mining touts benefits to state economy

Mining Association Executive Director Tim Crowley said Wednesday that industry provides far-reaching benefits to Nevada's economy over and above the roughly $60 million a year in net proceeds taxes miners pay the state. He spoke Wednesday morning at the Northern Nevada Development Authority breakfast at the Gold Dust West. He said miners are criticized as taking minerals out of Nevada, but that overlooks what they put into the state.

Lodging group rejects tax increase plan

Ten of Carson City's largest hotels say they don't want the city to increase the hotel room tax by three cents, a proposal many had considered supporting last year. In a statement released Wednesday, Terrie McNutt, director of sales and marketing at Courtyard by Marriott, speaking on behalf of the lodging properties said any tax increase would hurt business for the capital's hotels given sluggish occupancy rates.

NFL: Raji's score sends Pack to Texas; rush TD next?

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Watching B.J. Raji rumble into the end zone in real time, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy was as fired up as any Packers fan.

NFL: Hornung thinks Favre will be forgiven

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Paul Hornung believes Brett Favre will one day be welcomed back with open arms by the Green Bay faithful. The Hall of Famer just thinks it will take time.

NFL: Dolphins GM says QB Henne remains in team's plans

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland says Chad Henne remains in the team's plans as a potential starting quarterback, despite a disappointing 2010 season.

COLLEGE: Iowa football players hospitalized

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa says 12 football players have been hospitalized for symptoms likely related to offseason workouts.

COLLEGE: Mountain West will not expand further

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mountain West Conference will not expand further to include either Utah State or San Jose State.

GOLF: A new year for Tiger, with lingering questions

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tiger Woods can't start a new year without being reminded of the last one.

GOLF: PGA boss asking USGA to review rules after two recent DQ's

SAN DIEGO (AP) - PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem is asking the USGA to review the Rules of Golf after two prominent players were disqualified for rules violations that were reported after they signed their scorecards.

MLB: Giants gain momentum after World Series win

SAN FRANCISCO - The World Series trophy has traveled from San Francisco to California's Central Valley and on to the Giants' Polo Grounds roots in New York. Stops also are planned in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon as the hardware makes its way East again to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Murray advances to semis

MELBOURNE, Australia - Andy Murray had a struggle on his hands, constantly trying to find his rhythm against Alexandr Dolgopolov before advancing 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 to the Australian Open semifinals and a possible showdown with Rafael Nadal.

COMMUNITY SPORTS: Eagle Valley spikers win twice

Eagle Valley Middle School's eighth-grade volleyball team improved to 5-0 with a 25-11 and 25-23 win over Carson Middle School and a 25-19 and 27-25 win over Carson Valley Middle School.

NFL: Raiders start to fill out coaching staff

ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders have officially hired longtime NFL assistant Al Saunders as their offensive coordinator.

PREP: Hug too fast, athletic for Carson boys

Hug is one team Carson High's boys basketball team will always have trouble matching up against.

Tuesday, January 25

Carson City Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Cathy Vause, 55, of Carson City, was arrested at 11:20 a.m. Monday at the Carson City jail on suspicion of destroying jail property, a gross misdemeanor. Vause allegedly bit her jail-issued mattress and tore a hole in it and then purposely tore her jail-issued shirt. Bail was set at $5,000.

Warm up for spring salad season

The holiday season sped by and along with it went the heavy comfort foods and sinful desserts that I'm sure we all over-indulged in. Now, as we start daydreaming about the return of spring and its cool, flavorful salads, some transitional fare is just the ticket to carry us through the rest of the winter.

Chinese New Year: Long noodles for a long life

This recipe was handed down to Carolyn Jung by her late mother, May Jung. With its beef and tomato combination married to crispy Chinese noodles, it's a blend of cuisines. Jung has on occasion used heirloom tomatoes, something her mother would never have done. The noodles make this a good choice for Chinese New Year, when eating long noodles is said to promote long life.

Time Out With: Eliza Matley

SCHOOL: Carson High YEAR: Junior

Carson standout signs with Division II Abilene Christian

Carson High's Jon Parker has made his college selection official, and it is a surprising choice.

Monday, January 24

Sunday, January 23

NHL roundup for Jan. 23

CHICAGO (AP) - Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist, rookie Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Sunday.

Anthony leads Nuggets past Pacers, 121-107

DENVER (AP) - Carmelo Anthony gave the home crowd nothing to boo about Sunday night, scoring 36 points in the Denver Nuggets' 121-107 victory over the Indiana Pacers, who lost their fifth straight.

Steelers beat Jets 24-19 for AFC title

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers found a fitting way to shut down the New York Jets' season.

Jhonattan Vegas wins Hope Classic in playoff

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Jhonattan Vegas made a 13-foot par putt on the second playoff hole to win the Bob Hope Classic on Sunday, holding off Gary Woodland for his first PGA Tour victory.

Cutler struggles as Bears drop NFC title game

CHICAGO (AP) - The Bears came out of hibernation too late behind a young quarterback. And it wasn't Jay Cutler, either.

Grading the Pack against Louisiana Tech

Grading the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team after a 66-58 victory over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday night . . .

Nevada Wolf Pack picks up third straight win

RENO - David Carter is watching his Nevada Wolf Pack grow right before his eyes.

PREP: Carson boys drop 60-58 thriller

RENO - Carson High shook off the ill effects of its Friday night loss to Galena, and played one of its better games of the Sierra League season against Damonte Ranch on Saturday.

CFB: East dominates West in Shrine game

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Syracuse running back Delone Carter ran for a touchdown and was selected the offensive MVP in the East's 25-8 victory over the West on Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game.

The cupboard isn't bare for Nevada football

RENO - First the good news.

MOODY: Little League unveils new indoor facility

Circle Jan. 28th on your calendars. It's a day of celebration if you've ever had anything to do with Little League baseball in Carson City.

PREP ROUNDUP: Carson wrestlers finish fourth at Fernley

FERNLEY - The Carson wrestling team placed six out of 10 wrestlers it sent to the two-day Fernley Invitational.

GOLF: Woodland, Vegas lead way at Hope

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Gary Woodland and Jhonattan Vegas realize the marathon Bob Hope Classic will come down to a sprint.

GOLF: Kaymer extends lead at Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Defending champion Martin Kaymer extended his lead at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to five strokes over Rory McIlroy after shooting a 6-under 66 in the third round on Saturday.

NASCAR: Testing brings some buzz

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There's a buzz at Daytona International Speedway, and it's more than the cars humming around the track.

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Jets vs. Pittsburgh

Matchups for the AFC championship game between the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field:

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP: Chicago vs. Green Bay

Matchups for the NFC championship game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field:

CBKB: Kansas' home winning streak ended by Texas

LAWRENCE, Kan. - The longest home winning streak in Kansas' vaunted history came to an end on a doubly sad day for the Jayhawks.

Group funds research for helmet safety

PHOENIX - Board members for the organization that sets safety standards for athletic equipment determined on the first day of its winter board meetings that more research was needed before any recommendations on helmet safety could be made.

NBA: Durant hits game-winner for Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant made a 3-pointer from the right wing as time expired and finished with 30 points to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 101-98 win against the New York Knicks on Saturday night.

Saturday, January 22

Senators rolled over by Galena

Carson girls coach Todd Ackerman hates to lose. What he hates even more is when his team doesn't put forth the effort he expects or doesn't come to play.

Prep roundup:Dust Devils run past Fernley; Falcon girls win

DAYTON - Dayton jumped out to a 17-6 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 59-40 win over Fernley Friday night.

Douglas comes back to defeat Damonte Ranch

MINDEN - The Douglas High boys' basketball team was cruising along just fine Friday night when Damonte Ranch broke out a defense the Tigers hadn't previously seen out of the Mustangs on film.

Murray, Zvonareva, Clijsters reach 4th round

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Andy Murray moved another step closer to consecutive Australian Open finals and Kim Clijsters remained on course for back-to-back major titles with third-round wins Saturday.

Grading the Pack: Nevada doesn't have long to soak in win against New Mexico State

RENO - Grading the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team after a 90-71 victory over the New Mexico State Aggies Thursday night at Lawlor Events Center ...

NFL PLAYOFFS: Spotlight shines on Bears, Packers coordinators

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The Green Bay Packers were a mess when they hired Dom Capers as their defensive coordinator two years ago, and the Chicago Bears had issues on offense when they turned to Mike Martz after last season.

NFL Playoffs: Ben Roethlisberger the vet among remaining QBs

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The quarterback saga for Sunday's conference championship games goes far beyond Benny and the Jets.

Judge: Former players to testify at Bonds trial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some of Barry Bonds' former teammates, along with other retired Major League Baseball players and perhaps current player Jason Giambi, will have to testify at the slugger's upcoming perjury trial, a federal judge said Friday.

Roger Diez: Green flag almost ready to drop on 2011season

The 2011 racing season kicks off next weekend at both ends of the country.

Golf Capsules: Woodland, Vegas tied at Bob Hope

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Gary Woodland shot an 8-under 64 on Friday for a share of the third-round lead at 18 under in the Bob Hope Classic with Jhonattan Vegas.

NASCAR President Helton discusses points system

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR President Mike Helton strongly indicated the points system used since 1975 will be scrapped for a simpler scoring method.

Hamilton getting healthy, ready for arbitration

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Josh Hamilton is swinging a bat again and regaining his energy after spending six days in the hospital with pneumonia.

Angels acquire All-Star CF Vernon Wells from Jays

The Los Angeles Angels acquired All-Star center fielder Vernon Wells from Toronto on Friday night, giving them the big bat they wanted to add this winter.

Source: Damon and Ramirez agree with Rays

Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon are about to become teammates again, this time in Tampa Bay.

Friday, January 21

WNC baseball ranked in top 10

Western Nevada College's baseball team has been ranked sixth in the country in a poll released recently by Collegiate Baseball.

Minden resident set to debut on GRAND-AM circuit

MINDEN - What began as a minor bump in the road for Minden resident Kyle Gimple turned into an eventual career path.

Friday Fodder: Nine wins within reach for 2011 Nevada Wolf Pack

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ... Are you worried about the immediate future of the Nevada Wolf Pack football team? Don't be.

NFL: Shaun Ellis says 'it's time' for Jets to be Super

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Shaun Ellis shakes his head when he thinks about all the blue and white confetti that fell around him after last year's AFC championship game.

Hot-shooting Nevada Wolf Pack cruises past New Mexico State

RENO - David Carter has been around Nevada Wolf Pack basketball long enough to know that a two-game winning streak is no reason to hold a parade down Virginia Street.

NFL: Cecil: Titans not keeping him as coordinator

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Chuck Cecil says that Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher has decided not to keep him as the Titans defensive coordinator after two seasons in which the team ranked among the NFL's worst in yards allowed.

NFL: Seattle hires Bevell as off. coordinator

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Pete Carroll wasted little time filling the most prominent opening on his coaching staff, making Darrell Bevell the Seattle Seahawks' new offensive coordinator on Thursday.

NFL: Rodgers' finest feat? Making Favre an afterthought

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - On the list of Aaron Rodgers' accomplishments in three seasons as the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback, one stands out as being something that really didn't seem possible when he first took over as the starter.

Giants agree to terms with lefty reliever Lopez

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lefty reliever Javier Lopez and the World Series champion San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for $2,375,000.

Andruw Jones tries to revive career with Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) - Andruw Jones agreed Thursday to a $2 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Mets finalize deal with Young, add Scott Hairston

NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Young traveled to New York while on the San Diego Padres' disabled list last June and had a chance to see Citi Field.

Seattle add OF Gerut, LHP Robertson

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners have agreed to minor league deals with outfielder Jody Gerut and left-hander Nate Robertson, giving each an invitation to spring training.

CFB: 2 UNLV players suspended from team, to miss spring

LAS VEGAS (AP) - UNLV officials say safety Mike Clausen and wide receiver Michael Johnson have been suspended by coach Bobby Hauck and will miss spring practice.

COLLEGE: Texas reaches 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas, which already has one of the wealthiest athletic programs in the country, is lining up for even more money.

CFB: QB Tate Forcier tweets he's leaving Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier, who helped the Wolverines win the first four games of the Rich Rodriguez era before slipping on the depth chart and in the classroom, is leaving the school.

Former ESPN announcer sues network over firing

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former ESPN announcer Ron Franklin has sued the network over his firing for reportedly berating a female colleague.

CFB: Kragthorpe hired as LSU offensive coordinator

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU coach Les Miles hired former Louisville and Tulsa head coach Steve Kragthorpe as his new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Thursday.

GOLF: Two tied for Hope lead

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Boo Weekley shot a 6-under 66 in windy conditions Thursday for a share of the second-round lead with rookie Jhonattan Vegas in the Bob Hope Classic.

Thursday, January 20

Nadal breezes into 3rd round of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Rafael Nadal extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 23 matches with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 win over American qualifier Ryan Sweeting to reach the third round of the Australian Open.

NASCAR set for important test at repaved Daytona

ATLANTA (AP) - Jamie McMurray likes the idea of switching to a new points system to determine the NASCAR champion.

Lamely leads Bob Hope Classic after 1st of 5 rounds

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Even after Derek Lamely strung together the longest streak of birdies and eagles on the PGA Tour in nearly four years, he realized it's still very early in the Bob Hope Classic.

With players on Hill, union leader goes to Goodell

WASHINGTON (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union executive director DeMaurice Smith spoke face-to-face in New York on Wednesday, while more than a dozen current or former players were on Capitol Hill for face time with lawmakers and congressional staffers.

Jets' Sanchez is a goofy, big-game quarterback

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Mark Sanchez strolled out of a restaurant and pulled a fast one on his future coach.

Jackson cuts ties with supplement company

Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson stopped endorsing a supplement company because his connection violated NFL rules.

Wolf Pack ready to make a run at WAC championship

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team is ready to make a statement.

Carson City Sheriff's Log

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • A 36-year-old Sparks man was arrested at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on the 800 block of East Musser Street for an outstanding warrant. Bail was set at $5,000.

Wednesday, January 19

LOCAL: Carson girls finish fourth at ski meet

Carson High's girls ski team finished fourth at Tuesday's meet at Alpine Meadows.

CBKB: Carter likes the way Pack bench is performing

RENO - David Carter likes what he's seen lately from his bench.

Knorzer headed to WNC

Lauren Knorzer became the third Carson player in as many years to accept a softball scholarship to Western Nevada College.

NFL: Singletary to join Vikings as linebackers coach

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Two members of the Monsters of the Midway defense from Chicago's famed championship team are reuniting in Minnesota.

NFL: Rams hire McDaniels as offensive coordinator

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams hired former Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels as their offensive coordinator on Tuesday.

NFL: Seattle fires offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Tom Cable is headed home. Jeremy Bates is looking for a new one.

NFL: Raiders promote Hue Jackson to head coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Hue Jackson began his Oakland Raiders coaching career with the same sort of bravado that made him so popular in his one season as the team's offensive coordinator.

NFL: Al Davis gives state of the Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis rarely talks to the media anymore.

NFL: Bowlen promises fans he'll restore integrity

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Pat Bowlen says in a letter to season ticket holders that last season was his most difficult in his more than a quarter century as owner of the Denver Broncos and he pledges to restore integrity and a winning culture to a franchise rocked by problems on and off the field.

CFB: Chizik wins Bryant Award as college coach of year

HOUSTON (AP) - Auburn coach Gene Chizik won the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year Award on Tuesday night.

MLB: Playoff star Ross reaches 1-yr deal with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Postseason star Cody Ross has avoided salary arbitration with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, agreeing to terms on a $6.3 million, one-year contract Tuesday.

MLB: Papelbon, Ellsbury reach 1-year deals with Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) - Rather than head toward salary arbitration hearings, the Boston Red Sox agreed Tuesday to a $12 million, one-year contract with closer Jonathan Papelbon and a $2.4 million, one-year deal with center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

MLB: Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley arrested in LA

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley is in trouble again.

NBA: Nets-Nuggets can't agree on Melo trade framework

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A person with knowledge of the proposed Carmelo Anthony trade says the holdup is over the framework of the deal, not the All-Star forward's willingness to commit to New Jersey.

GOLF: Hawaii looking to expand 'champion' status

HONOLULU (AP) - The PGA Tour starts its season in Hawaii with a winners-only field. The Champions Tour gets under way this week on the Big Island with a winners-only field, along with a few invitations.

GOLF: Crowded golf calendar is a 'mess' for Ernie Els

HONOLULU (AP) - For all the miles he has flown and all the trophies he has won on the six major tours around the globe, Ernie Els would seem to be the biggest supporter of a move toward a world golf tour.

TENNIS: Venus Williams recovers from injury to advance

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Venus Williams has recovered from an injury to beat Sandra Zahlavova 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-4 and advance to the third round at the Australian Open.

Australian Open Results

Australian Open Results Wednesday

GOLF: Hope Classic field short on stars

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Many golfers no longer give a second thought to the Bob Hope Classic. The Palm Springs area's venerable pro-am is too long, too complicated and not lucrative enough for most pros.

Carson City Sheriff's Log Jan. 19

The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Debra Meredith, 54, was arrested at 4 p.m. Monday on 5th street on suspicion of an outstanding warrant, a felony. Bail was set at $1,000.

Tuesday, January 18

Cupcakes for special days

Delish devil's food cake, creamy chocolate ganache filling, topped with white chocolate buttercream frosting.

Predicting the flavor future

Every new year brings predictions about what the new year will bring. McCormick - the company that makes the spices, herbs and seasonings sold in your supermarket - forecasts "flavor pairings" like roasted curry powder and wild mushrooms, fennel and piri-piri sauce, pickling spice and rice vinegar. They've looked into their crystal ball, and they see goat's milk and green peppercorns in our future. Which could be a delicious thing. The combo does, in fact, turn out to be lovely.

Pitt starts with 19-0 run, beats Orange 74-66

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon almost couldn't believe it as the Panthers built their lead - 5-0, 11-0, 13-0 and finally to 19-0. The larger the lead got, the more he fretted.

No. 13 Missouri whips Kansas State 75-59

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Pay no attention to the glove Phil Pressey wears on his shooting hand to protect a broken ring finger. The Missouri freshman guard certainly doesn't.

Walker gives No. 8 UConn win over No. 7 'Nova

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Alex Oriakhi has been telling Kemba Walker since the preseason that he is the best player in the country. After Walker's latest effort, there will be a lot more believers.

No. 2 Kansas stays unbeaten, 85-65 over Baylor

WACO, Texas (AP) - Marcus Morris had time to stop and briefly look around before hitting an open 3-pointer. A couple of minutes later, 6-foot-10 twin brother Markieff hit from nearly the same spot. Then Marcus drove the baseline for a scooping reverse layup.

Zenyatta wins Horse of Year

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Moments after the Eclipse Awards ended Monday night, Zenyatta owner Ann Moss came off the stage eager to call her mare in Kentucky. They keep in touch by video phone.

Nadal, Murray advance quickly to 2nd round

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Rafael Nadal's quest to complete his "Rafa Slam" at the Australian Open started with a first-round victory that lasted only 11 games and certainly helped him conserve plenty of energy.

Monday, January 17

Time Out With: Matt Nolan

School: Carson High Year: Sophomore Sport: Basketball

NHL roundup for Jan. 16

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Teemu Selanne scored two goals and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Sunday night.

St. John's beats No. 9 Notre Dame 72-54

NEW YORK (AP) - St. John's turned things around against Notre Dame with defense, smothering perimeter defense.

Jones leads West Virginia past No. 8 Purdue, 68-64

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia coach Bob Huggins threw everything he could defensively at No. 8 Purdue until the Mountaineers finally found a rhythm on offense.

No. 17 Washington bounces back to beat Cal 92-71

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Isaiah Thomas told his team there would not be another second-half letdown.

Parker's 30 pushes Spurs over 'Melo, Nuggets

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker is just glad it's not him who is being chased by New York trade rumors anymore, now that Carmelo Anthony is getting all the attention.

Late ejections mar Clippers' 99-92 win over Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Although the Clippers were just a few seconds away from finishing off the Lakers and their seven-game winning streak, Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom refused to stop grinding and digging for one last rebound.

Defending champion Federer eases into 2nd round

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Roger Federer started his Australian Open title defense with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lukas Lacko on Monday, showing some of the sublime shot-making skills that make him the most obvious hurdle to Rafael Nadal's pursuit of a "Rafa Slam."

Sunday, January 16

Bears beat Seahawks 35-24, Packers next

CHICAGO (AP) - Football's oldest rivalry has a grand new prize: a spot in the Super Bowl.

Jets shocker: Ryan's boys back up talk, win 28-21

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Shonn Greene placed the ball on the ground and used it as a pillow, resting his head on it after scoring the Jets' final touchdown of a stunning upset.

Top 25 Capsules: Duke bounces back from loss

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Nolan Smith scored 29 points and No. 1 Duke bounced back from its first loss in 10 months by pulling away to beat Virginia 76-60 on Saturday.

NHL Capsules: Sharks snap losing skid

BOSTON (AP) - Jordan Staal scored with 16:35 left to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston 3-2 Saturday and avoid another collapse against the Bruins.

CBKB: Nevada defeats Boise State 69-67

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -Deonte Burton scored 20 points and Malik Story added 16 to lead Nevada to a 69-67 victory over Boise State on Saturday night.

A look back at the Pack: A good team knows how to finish a drive

RENO - The Top 10 drives of the 2010 Nevada Wolf Pack season ...

Prep Roundup: Douglas boys never trail in win

The Douglas boys' basketball team never trailed in a 71-50 romp over league foe Galena Saturday night in Minden.

WNC: Jepsen speaks at Wildcats' fundraiser

RENO - Kevin Jepsen's preparing for his biggest job interview yet.

MOODY: Decision time is near for Carson's Parker

The national signing day for high school football players is Feb. 2, and all eyes in Carson City will be on senior defensive end/wingback Jon Parker.

PREPS: Virginia City teams roll Pyramid Lake

VIRGINIA CITY - Virginia City barely worked up a sweat en route to its fifth straight Northern 1A victory of the season.

NFL: Time for talk is over as Jets and Patriots meet

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Stop the chatter. It's time for the sound that really matters.

NFL: Bears wary of Seattle

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears know firsthand how dangerous the Seattle Seahawks can be.

NFL: Steelers rally, beat Ravens 31-24 in AFC playoffs

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A most fitting comeback for Ben Roethlisberger.

NFL: Rodgers stars in Green Bay's 48-21 rout of Falcons

ATLANTA (AP) - As Aaron Rodgers trotted off the field, savoring another playoff win, he was serenaded with chants of "Go, Pack, Go!"

'Salty' preparing to be No. 1 catcher in Boston

BOSTON (AP) - Jarrod Saltalamacchia didn't earn Boston's starting catching job as much as inherit it when Victor Martinez signed with the Detroit Tigers as a free agent.

MLB: Athletics, RHP Brad Ziegler agree to $1.25M deal

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics and reliever Brad Ziegler have agreed to a $1.25 million, one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.

GOLF: Johnson says rumors out of control

HONOLULU (AP) - Dustin Johnson says he hasn't been dating anyone for two months, not even Natalie Gulbis.

GOLF: Maruyama, Appleby share lead at Sony Open

HONOLULU (AP) - For the second straight day, Stuart Appleby plodded along the soft fairways of Waialae until he closed strong with improbable shots for eagle or a string of birdies.

CFB: Clemson's Bowers thrilled about NFL prospects

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - All-America defensive end Da'Quan Bowers came to Clemson No. 1 and could leave school the same way.

FBC: Indiana coach moving on after Pease stays at Boise

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Kevin Wilson isn't going to let one coaching loss ruin his start at Indiana.

CFB: Rodriguez's donation draws crowd

WAYNE, Mich. (AP) - When Rich Rodriguez donated a dozen bags of Michigan apparel to the Salvation Army, Wolverines fan Darren Schumacher became curious.

Saturday, January 15

Rex: Game for Jets second only to 1969 Super Bowl

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - As if this thing needed more hype.

Fox looks to turn around struggling Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - John Fox wasn't ready to hit the beach, the greens or the slopes after enduring the first double-digit losing season of his coaching career.

Seattle's Obomanu won't be slowed by injuries

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Ben Obomanu's hand is finally healed. All the stitches, both internal and external, from the nasty gash sustained in early December are gone.

Falcons glad game vs. Pack isn't a history lesson

ATLANTA (AP) - Bart Starr and Lambeau Field, Ray Nitschke and Titletown USA. Heck, they even named the Super Bowl trophy after Green Bay's most famous coach.

Classic rivalry: Ravens, Steelers met for 3rd time

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Looks like another winter classic in Pittsburgh.

Slow start costs Carson girls dearly

RENO - It would have been easy for the Carson High girls to throw in the towel after a horrendous first quarter which saw the Senators go 1-for-11 from the field and turn the ball over 14 times leading to 20-point deficit.

Brantley staying at Florida after coaching change

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Once Florida hired offensive coordinator Charlie Weis to run a pro-style offense, John Brantley's decision became clear.

CFB: Tulsa hires Bill Blankenship as football coach

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Five years ago, Bill Blankenship left a comfortable job at an Oklahoma high school football powerhouse, taking a leap of faith that he'd land a college coaching job that fit him.

NBA: Nowitzki-less Mavericks no match for Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker scored 18 points, DeJuan Blair had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs handed the reeling Dallas Mavericks their fourth straight loss, 101-89 on Friday night.

Prep roundup: Carson JV boys team wins at McQueen

RENO - The Senators, led by Rafe King's 15 points, knocked off McQueen 58-34 at Flynn Gymnasium.

Turnovers hurt Dust Devils at Elko

ELKO - The uniforms read Elko but this was not the same Lady Indians the fans had seen this season.

Second half keys Elko over Dayton

ELKO - The Elko boys basketball team allowed Dayton to go into halftime with hope of pulling off the road win. In the second half, the Tribe destroyed that hope.

49ers coach Harbaugh adds 3 Stanford coaches

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - New 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh hired away three coaches from his former Stanford staff Friday to join him in the NFL.

Roger Diez: License application questions to be cleared up

There is an interesting meeting scheduled for Friday during NASCAR Thunder at Daytona, when NASCAR President Mike Helton and Competition VP Robin Pemberton get together with the teams for a "competition update."

Carson boys can't overcome slow start

RENO - One would be hard pressed to find pancakes flatter than the way Carson High came out of the gate Friday against McQueen.

A look back at the Pack: Freshman's right leg was pretty special for Wolf Pack

RENO - The Top 10 special teams plays of the 2010 Nevada Wolf Pack football season ...

Friday, January 14

NHL: Hall scores twice, Oilers beat Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Rookie star Taylor Hall scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves in the Edmonton Oilers' 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

NBA: Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder past Magic

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook added 32 in his fourth career triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder fought off the Orlando Magic 125-124 Thursday night for their fourth straight win.

Thursday, January 13

FODDER: If Ault were younger would Stanford be calling?

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ... Turn the clock back 15 or 20 years.

Top 10 passings plays of Nevada season

The Top 10 passing plays of the 2010 Nevada Wolf Pack football season ...

NFL: Brett Favre's sister out of jail on meth charges

KILN, Miss. (AP) - The sister of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was released from jail Thursday after a brief appearance in a Mississippi courtroom, a day after she was arrested during a methamphetamine bust.

NFL: Raiders have only coaching vacancy left in NFL

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have the only head coaching vacancy left in the NFL.

NFL: Formal talks between NFL owners, players slow

WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL and its players' union acknowledged Thursday they have not held a large-group negotiating session since November - and there are no formal meetings scheduled to work toward a new collective bargaining agreement.

NFL: L.T. sees chance to redeem himself in New England

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - LaDainian Tomlinson stared out at the field from behind his dark visor, unable to help his team from his seat on the bench.

NFL: Browns' hire Pat Shurmur as new coach

CLEVELAND (AP) - Pat Shurmur quickly turned rookie quarterback Sam Bradford into a rising NFL star. Shurmur's next project will be tougher.

Kraft: Jets' talkative style not the Patriot way

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Don't expect to hear the New England Patriots use an expletive to describe an opponent.

NFL: Broncos tap Fox for head job

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - John Fox turned around a bumbling team before. The Denver Broncos are counting on him to do it again.

CFB: Pasqualoni hired as UConn head coach

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni is heading back to the Big East as football coach at Connecticut.

CFB: Stanford hires David Shaw as football coach

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - If David Shaw has his way, he will never have to interview for another football coaching job. He is right where he has always felt he belonged: Stanford.

CFB: Michigan QB Denard Robinson is staying at school

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has decided to stay and play for coach Brady Hoke.

Won and done: Auburn QB Cam Newton to enter draft

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft after leading Auburn to a national championship and drawing nearly as much attention for a pay-for-play scandal as for his dynamic performances.

MLB: AP source: Yanks reach deal with reliever Soriano

NEW YORK (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the New York Yankees have reached a three-year agreement with AL saves leader Rafael Soriano.

GOLF: Play washed out at Sony Open in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) - All those rookies ready to start their PGA Tour careers will have to wait another day.

Idaho holds off Nevada 72-67

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - Deremy Geiger scored 18 points and Jeff Ledbetter scored 17 to lead Idaho to a 72-67 victory over Nevada Wednesday night.

NHL Capsules: Penguins score 4 power play goals

MONTREAL (AP) - Alex Goligoski scored twice and added an assist, and the Pittsburgh Penguins scored four power-play goals to end a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

NBA Capsules: The Heatles lose

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Emeka Okafor had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets held off Orlando 92-89 in overtime on Wednesday night, snapping the Magic's nine-game winning streak.

Michigan's Hoke pounds fist talking about O-State

ANN ARBOR, Mich (AP) - Brady Hoke set the tone for a new era of Michigan football with his mouth and fist, pounding the lectern with each word when asked about the suddenly lopsided rivalry with Ohio State.

Introductions in order at Sony Open

HONOLULU (AP) - Maui is a reunion of winners. Oahu is more of a meet-and-greet.

Joe Torre 'definitely interested' in working for MLB

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Recently retired manager Joe Torre says he is "definitely interested" in working for Commissioner Bud Selig.

Patriots Tom Brady shrugs off criticism

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady just wants to talk about football. The New York Jets won't let him.

A look back at the Pack: Pistol's running game supplied plenty of sparks

RENO - The Top 10 running plays of the 2010 Nevada Wolf Pack football season . . .

Carson City and Lyon County Sheriffs' Log Jan. 13

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail. All suspects are innocent until proved guilty in court: • Ryatt D. Erickson, 38, of Carson City, was arrested at 10:49 p.m. Tuesday at Long and Nevada streets on suspicion of felony trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $20,000.

Wednesday, January 12

NBA: Melo scores 28 in Nuggets' win

DENVER (AP) - Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 31 points and Carmelo Anthony followed up one of his worst shooting performances with a 28-point effort, helping the Denver Nuggets snap a three-game skid with a 132-98 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

Panthers hire Chargers' Rivera as head coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - After eight failed interviews, Ron Rivera is finally getting his first shot as a head coach with the woeful Carolina Panthers.

NFL: Jets CB Revis again shutting down WRs each week

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Darrelle Revis couldn't believe Rex Ryan's latest declaration.

No running allowed against Steelers' defense

PITTSBURGH (AP) - When Browns quarterback Colt McCoy ran for 6 yards with barely a minute remaining in a 41-9 loss to Pittsburgh the first week of January, he prevented the Steelers from something achieved only twice during a 16-game NFL season.

CFB: Chizik: Time for Auburn to get back to work

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Ten hours after winning the national title, Auburn coach Gene Chizik was typically intense and businesslike, already saying the time to celebrate was over.

AP source: Rocky Long promoted to replace Hoke

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Defensive coordinator Rocky Long was promoted to head coach at San Diego State after Brady Hoke was hired away by Michigan, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

CFB: Michigan gets its man, hiring Brady Hoke

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is learning that Brady Hoke is a pretty popular coach.

Budig: Andrew Luck sets good example with choice

During my time as president of West Virginia University, our quarterback was a young man named Oliver Luck.

Garrigus more about Oregon's loss in the title game than about losing in a playoff last weekend

HONOLULU (AP) - The day after missing a 3-foot putt to lose in a playoff, Robert Garrigus couldn't eat.

GOLF: Mickelson's bagman is cam-caddie at BCS title game

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jim "Bones" Mackay is best known to sports fans as the caddie who has been at Phil Mickelson's side as he won four majors and became one of the biggest names in golf.

MLB: Renteria gets $2.1 million under deal with Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) - World Series MVP Edgar Renteria will receive $2.1 million under his one-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

MLB: Gonzalez signs 7-year Rockies deal

DENVER (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez made a run at the Triple Crown last year in his first full season in the majors, winning a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove to go with his NL batting title at the tender age of 25.

MLB: All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman retires at 43

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Baseball's all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman has thrown his final changeup, deciding at age 43 to retire and return to the San Diego Padres in a front office job.

Community sports briefly: Carson High grad finishes third at Freeski World Tour event

Carson High graduate Spencer Brinson finished third at the Freeski World Tour event recently.

Dust Devil girls top South Tahoe

DAYTON - The Dayton girls basketball team overcame a three-point halftime deficit to beat South Tahoe 29-25 on Tuesday night.

A look back at the Pack: Defense stepped up all year for Wolf Pack

The Top 10 Defensive Plays of the 2010 Wolf Pack football season ...

Scoreless span costs Carson girls against Manogue

In sports, there are good losses and bad losses.

Miners take advantage short-handed Carson boys

The three-game stretch of Douglas, Manogue and McQueen is a brutal one, and thus far the Carson Senators are 0-for-2.

Tuesday, January 11

Kick off with gluten-free tamale casserole

Welcome to the January doldrums, when sails hang slack and attempts are made to ignore the cold. It's the perfect time to hunker down, watch football games, and eat plenty of comfort food.

French desserts that are easier than they look? Mais oui!

If you are still thinking about what to make for a spectacular end to a speical meal, think French.

NBA: No fans, no problem, Bobcats beat Grizzlies 96-82

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Matt Carroll's first hint was the curtains blocking off the upper deck when he came out for his pregame shooting routine. The effects of a rare Southern snowstorm really hit home just before tip-off when the Charlotte guard was supposed to throw a free T-shirt into the crowd.

NBA: Rockets hold on without Martin to beat Celtics

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers watched his team lose to the undermanned Houston Rockets and saw trouble coming from far down the road.

NBA: Rose and Boozer lead Bulls past Pistons

CHICAGO (AP) - Derrick Rose doesn't show his emotions too often on the court.

Monday, January 10

NFL: Rematches galore in divisional round

PHILADELPHIA - Bitter feuds from the AFC North and East will break out again in the playoffs.

Wolf Pack defense dominated Boston College at Kraft Bowl

Chris Ault uttered some unfamiliar words Sunday night that he hasn't had a chance to say very often in recent years.

Time Out With: Taylor Hill

SCHOOL: Dayton High YEAR: Junior

STEVE RANSON: Wolf Pack brings heart, soul and guts to San Francisco

A minor earthquake rolled through the hills between San Jose and San Francisco Friday night.

Sunday, January 9

NBA: James scores 44, Heat top Blazers in OT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - LeBron James had 44 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, Dwyane Wade added 34 points and eight rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-100 in overtime Sunday night for their 13th straight road victory.

NFL: Flacco leads Ravens past young Chiefs 30-7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Ray Lewis knows a championship defense when he sees one. Now the Kansas City Chiefs do, too.

NFL: Rodgers leads Packers over Vick, Eagles 21-16

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Aaron Rodgers simply threw his hands in the air and pumped his fist. No, he doesn't celebrate like Brett Favre.

NBA: Gordon scores 25 in Clippers' 105-91 rout of Warriors

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin already has seen plenty of valleys and peaks during his short NBA career. His favorite experience has been over the past three quiet weeks, when his Los Angeles Clippers steadily built the foundation of a solid team.

NBA: Hornets hand Nuggets another loss, 96-87

DENVER (AP) - If this was Carmelo Anthony's farewell, he sure didn't go out on a high note.

CBKB: No. 7 Villanova hands No. 24 Cincinnati first loss

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Corey Fisher got it started and Maalik Wayns finished the job.

CBKB: Smith leads No. 11 Purdue past Iowa

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Iowa coach Fran McCaffery warned his players about Ryne Smith.

CBKB: No. 2 Buckeyes survive scare from Minnesota

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Neither Minnesota coach Tubby Smith nor Ohio State's Thad Matta was happy with the officiating.

CBKB: No. 3 Kansas outlasts Michigan 67-60 in OT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - After barely escaping with an overtime win over Michigan, Kansas coach Bill Self is a little hesitant to compare this year's Jayhawks with his national championship team from three seasons ago.

CBKB: Northwestern beats Indiana 93-81

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - John Shurna scored 24 points to lead Northwestern to a 93-81 victory over Indiana Sunday night.

CBKB: Singler leads No. 1 Duke past Maryland, 71-64

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Maryland refused to let Nolan Smith drive through its defense. When No. 1 Duke needed it most, Kyle Singler shot over it.

CBKB: Missouri State edges Wichita State 59-56

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Missouri State held off Wichita State 59-56 Sunday night to take sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference.

NBA: Bargnani scores 30 as Raptors beat Kings 118-112

TORONTO (AP) - With Tyreke Evans injured, the Sacramento Kings couldn't find anyone able to stop DeMar DeRozan.

CBKB: Arizona beats Stanford 67-57 in tough time

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona basketball team hoped its 67-57 victory over Stanford served a larger purpose than a win in the Pac-10 standings.

GOLF: Stricker, Byrd, Garrigus in the lead at Kapalua

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - One shot to start his round, and Robert Garrigus was reeling.

NBA: Magic stretch win streak to nine

DALLAS (AP) - Dwight Howard had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic extended the NBA's longest active winning streak to nine games with a 117-107 victory over the injury-depleted Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

CFB: Blue weekend in City by the Bay

San Francisco is awash with blue this weekend.

NFL: Young Chiefs facing playoff pressure

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Todd Haley did a nose count to see how many Kansas City Chiefs own what he calls "priceless" playoff experience and was pleased to find that 21 do.

NFL: Jets squeeze past Indy

INDIANAPOLIS - Nothing personal, Peyton. Rex Ryan and the New York Jets finally got the made-for-TV ending they wanted - they beat you.

NFL: Packers, Eagles have changed places recently

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles have traded places in the past two weeks.

NFL: Hasselbeck shows he still has game

SEATTLE - Jokes, lightweights, laughingstocks.

PREPS: Carson girls overcome slow start to beat Tigers in OT

It was only fitting that a nightmarish shooting game came down to free throws.

PREPS: Tigers tame Carson boys

Just like that, the toughest week the Douglas boys' basketball team will see until the regional playoffs is over.

PREPS: Truckee pummels Dayton girls

DAYTON - The Dayton High girls varsity basketball team lost at home Saturday afternoon to a quicker, more physical Truckee squad, 45-17.

PREPS: Dust Devils avenge earlier loss to Truckee boys

DAYTON - There's no place like home for the Dayton High boys basketball team.

CFB: Pittsburgh cashes in on Kentucky mistakes for bowl win

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Pittsburgh players dumped the cooler full of sports drink on Phil Bennett.

CFB: Rutgers' QB leaves school

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Quarterback Tom Savage, once considered the face of Rutgers football, is leaving the Scarlet Knights program.

CFB: BCS title game is a battle of coaches on the rise

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Gene Chizik won five games in two seasons at Iowa State before becoming Auburn's head coach in 2009.

10 things to look for in the BC-Nevada game tonight

Ten things to look for during the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl tonight (6 p.m., ESPN) in San Francisco between the Nevada Wolf Pack (12-1) and Boston College Eagles (7-5) ...

D-LEAGUE: Bighorns fall in overtime

OREM, Utah- Despite a double-double from Donald Sloan, the Reno Bighorns fell to Utah Saturday night in their first overtime contest of the season, 101-100 inside the UCCU Events Center.

LOCAL SPORTS: Craugh places 2nd in Big Valley tourney

STOCKTON - Four Carson High wrestlers, led by 112-pounder Patrick Craugh, placed at the Big Valley Classic on Saturday.

DIEZ: At 76, Williams is still going strong

I've mentioned local racer J.R. Williams in this space recently, and I got the chance to sit down with him last week.

MOODY: Carson is the right place for basketbal regionals

Carson High will be the host site for the 4A regional basketball semifinals and finals for boys and girls this year.

Saturday, January 8

Seats still available for Carson City Sheriff's Citizen's Academy

There are still slots open for the Carson City Sheriff's Office's Citizens Academy set to begin Feb. 2. This informative academy explains what the Sheriff's Office does, how they do it and why it is done in a particular manner, as well as the role that community policing plays. Participants will learn about patrol operations, arrest procedures, defensive tactics and units specializing in abatement, illegal drugs and reducing graffiti.

Wolf Pack fails to measure up in WAC test

The Utah State Aggies gave the Nevada Wolf Pack a thorough beating Saturday afternoon with their Western Athletic Conference measuring stick.

NBA: Rookie leads Celtics to 3,000th win in franchise history

BOSTON (AP) - Rookie Luke Harangody had career highs with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his first NBA double-double, and the Boston Celtics earned the 3,000th victory in franchise history, beating the Toronto Raptors 122-102 on Friday night.

CFB: Jefferson rallies LSU to Cotton win over Aggies

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Surrounded by his LSU players, coach Les Miles loudly and proudly sang the school fight song and savored the celebration of the Tigers' first Cotton Bowl victory in 45 years.

Carson boys, girls get the best of Wooster

RENO - Carson High's boys basketball team tuned up for today's showdown with Douglas by knocking off Wooster 65-50 Friday night.

Friday, January 7

CFB: Stanford needs to find Harbaugh's replacement

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh turned Stanford from a Pac-10 doormat into a national power in his four years as coach on the Farm.

CFB: Heisman trip leads to friendship for Newton, James

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - While in New York for all the hoopla surrounding the Heisman Trophy ceremonies, Oregon running back LaMichael James and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton became fast friends.

CFB: Patterson gets 2-year contract extension at TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - TCU coach Gary Patterson received a two-year contract extension through 2018 after leading the Horned Frogs to a perfect season and their first BCS victory.

NCAA: Texas Tech broke recruiting rules

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The NCAA put Texas Tech on two years of probation Friday for a series of recruiting violations, saying 16 coaches or assistants sent nearly 1,000 impermissible text messages to football, softball and golf prospects.

CFB: Down by 19 in 3rd quarter, E Wash wins FCS crown

FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Bo Levi Mitchell led three straight late touchdown drives, the finale coming with 2:47 left, leading Eastern Washington a 20-19 victory over Delaware and its first FCS championship.

NFL: Colts, Manning take business approach to Jets game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Peyton Manning has kept it all business this week.

NFL: Defending champ Saints open playoffs at Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) - A year ago, the New Orleans Saints rode the raucous enthusiasm of the Superdome through the NFC playoffs to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

NFL: Browns interview Rams' Shurmur

CLEVELAND (AP) - Pat Shurmur has NFL coaching pedigree, experience with young quarterbacks and ties to Cleveland's front office.

NFL: Playoffs offer test of focus on illegal hits

As a player in the 1980s and '90s, Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott was known for - and roundly praised for - jarring tackles. As a newly appointed co-chairman of the NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel, he's looking forward to watching this year's playoffs and keeping tabs on what he calls "good hits."

NFL: Falcons' RB Turner not concerned about fumbles

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Having showered and dressed after practice, Michael Turner is heading for a weekend off Friday when Roddy White nails his Atlanta Falcons teammate with a cupcake to the side of the face.

NFL: Sparano's status still in question

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - The Miami Dolphins' strange week took another bizarre turn Friday, leaving coach Tony Sparano's status still in doubt.

NFL: Broncos focus on NFL as Harbaugh stays in Bay Area

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - John Elway hasn't even interviewed his first head coaching candidate and already the Denver Broncos' new football boss is 0 for 2.

NFL: Judge won't release details of Cox allegations

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) - A judge said Friday she wouldn't release a court document detailing sexual assault allegations against Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox because the investigation is ongoing.

NFL: Titans keep Jeff Fisher for 17th season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Bud Adams has thought it over, and the Tennessee Titans' owner has decided he isn't ready just yet to part with Jeff Fisher.

CBKB: Mistake-prone Pack gets ready for Utah State

The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team continues to perform like a tiny rowboat caught in a tsunami.

NFL: Jim Harbaugh hired as coach of 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Declaring it a "perfect competitive opportunity," Jim Harbaugh accepted the job as coach of the 49ers and said his goal is to win a Lombardi Trophy for "one of the legendary franchises in all of football."

Business Notes: Yogurt shop opens; Canyon Creek changes ownership

A self-serve yogurt shop opened at the Topsy Lane shopping center last month. Mmmmm Yogurt, 963 Topsy Lane, located next to the In N' Out, offers 16 flavors of frozen yogurts -such as dark chocolate, birthday cake and s'mores -and 75 toppings. A serving costs 39 cents an ounce. The shop will host a grand opening from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 15 and will provide free yogurt.

CFB: Wolf Pack wants to finish off great season with a win

The Nevada Wolf Pack football team has just one goal left to accomplish this season.

FRIDAY FODDER: 1919 Pack squad was the best

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ... You can argue whether or not that this is the greatest Nevada Wolf Pack football team in the greatest Nevada Wolf Pack football season in school history.

CBKB: Cincy pounds Xavier

CINCINNATI (AP) - Yancy Gates scored a season-high 22 points, and 24th-ranked Cincinnati extended the second-best start in school history, beating Xavier 66-46 on Thursday night

CFB: Miami (Ohio) tops MTSU 35-21 in Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Not even an interim coach and a freshman quarterback could keep Miami of Ohio from the best turnaround season in college football history.

AP sources: Harbaugh not joining Dolphins

MIAMI (AP) - Two people familiar with the negotiations say talks between Jim Harbaugh and the Miami Dolphins have broken off, and the team is expected to retain Tony Sparano as coach.

Thursday, January 6

NFL: Colts, Jets focusing on running game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Colts have looked more like a Rex Ryan-coached team than the New York Jets have in recent weeks.

Phillips eager to start with Texans

HOUSTON (AP) - Wade Phillips knows how he can fix the Houston Texans' defense.

NFL: Hasselbeck to start for Seattle vs. New Orleans

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - By this point, the pleading with coaches was done. Matt Hasselbeck knew he wasn't going to start what could potentially be the last game he ever played for the Seattle Seahawks.

NFL: New OT rules in effect this weekend

NEW YORK (AP) - As if NFL coaches needed something else to worry about.

NFL: Cowboys pick Jason Garrett as 8th head coach

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - About 10 minutes into his tenure as coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett had to step aside. Team owner Jerry Jones had something to say.

GOLF: Byrd, Pettersson share first-round lead

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Jonathan Byrd and Carl Pettersson enjoyed the views and surprising calm conditions at Kapalua on Thursday to open the new PGA Tour season at 7-under 66 to share the lead.

GOLF: Woods, Golf Digest end 13-year relationship

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Tiger Woods has one less endorsement deal, ending his 13-year relationship with golf's biggest magazine when they couldn't agree on how many hours he should devote to the job.

GOLF: Rocco ready to rock-and-roll with new hopes

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - For most people, the defining moment of Rocco Mediate's career was fearlessly taking on Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines before losing on the 19th hole of a thrill-a-minute playoff in the 2008 U.S. Open.

CFB: Wisconsin DE Watt leaving school for NFL draft

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Defensive end J.J. Watt will leave Wisconsin early to enter the NFL draft.

CFB: Stanford's Luck to remain in school

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has decided to stay in college to get his degree instead of immediately cashing in on the riches of being the likely No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

CFB: Megamoney comes from megadonors at OU and Auburn

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - One is a publicity-shy 72-year old who has made billions selling athletic gear. The other is a 60-something multimillionaire who turned a local bank into a colossus and may have helped cause its downfall as well.

CFB: All business for Oregon RB LaMichael James

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - LaMichael James is not straying from tradition just because Oregon is playing for the national title. He's all business, just as he has been all season.

CFB: Taua accepts invite to East-West Shrine Game

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Running back Vai Taua (Vie Tau-uh) has become the latest Nevada player to accept an invitation to play in the Jan. 22 East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Fla.

AP source: Fox lands rights to Pac-12 title game

NEW YORK (AP) - The inaugural Pac-12 football championship game is heading to Fox, solidifying the network's college football imprint after losing the Bowl Championship Series.

CFB: Cloudy with no mud for LSU in Cotton vs. Texas A&M

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - LSU played its bowl game last season in mud and muck. This time, the weather isn't what is clouding things for the 11th-ranked Tigers.

Joe Santoro: Nevada Wolf Pack seek happy ending to year at Fight Hunger Bowl

The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl seems to have all the intensity and passion of a Nevada Day parade through downtown Carson City.

Live chat: Nevada Wolf Pack seek bowl win in the Fight Hunger Bowl

Join Joe Santoro for a live chat of today's Fight Hunger Bowl that begins at 6 p.m.

NFL: Saints RB Pierre Thomas out for the playoffs

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The defending champion Saints will have try to repeat without their top two power running backs.

NFL: Texans hire Wade Phillips to run defense

HOUSTON (AP) - Wade Phillips faces a challenge in fixing the Houston Texans' defense.

NFL: AP Source: Stanford's Harbaugh met with 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh was meeting Wednesday with the San Francisco 49ers about their head coach vacancy, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

NFL: Elways rejoins Broncos, will work in front office

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Hall of Famer John Elway is embarking on another comeback.

NFL: Owner: time to let Vince Young go

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Titans owner Bud Adams says it's time to let Vince Young go and for the franchise to find its next quarterback.

CFB: Miami (Ohio) meets MTSU in Bowl

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - When it comes to quick turnarounds, Miami of Ohio has already pulled off a stunner.

CFB: Texas hires Miss. State's Diaz as DC

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Filling a critical need on a coaching staff that went through a major shakeup after a 5-7 season, Texas hired Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz to do the same job with the Longhorns.

CFB: Michigan fires Rich Rodriguez after 3 seasons

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan hired Rich Rodriguez to take college football's winningest program to another level.

CFB: Auburn, Oregon sport unstoppable offenses

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - All this talk about the unstoppable offenses set to be unleashed by No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon in the BCS title game is enough to make a defensive coordinator's head spin.

PREPS: Fulwider, VanRensselaer enjoy good runs on the slopes

KIRKWOOD, Calif. - Carson High finished sixth in the girls race and seventh in the boys race in a Tahoe League ski meet at Kirkwood Wednesday afternoon.

NBA: Rondo's triple-double leads Celtics past Spurs

BOSTON (AP) - Rajon Rondo had 22 assists, 12 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th career triple-double, adding six steals to help the Boston Celtics beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-103 on Wednesday night in a matchup of the NBA's top two teams.

GOLF: Finchem supports a strong European Tour

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - The European Tour is stronger than ever, and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem says he's glad to see it.

GOLF: Ogilvy injures finger in swimming accident

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Geoff Ogilvy might not be able to defend his title in the Tournament of Champions after cutting open his finger on a coral reef at the beach and taking 12 stitches to sew it up.

PGA: Tickets vanishing for PGA Championship in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The combination of the Ocean Course and the world's best golfers has made tickets for the 2012 PGA Championship extremely hot items.

MLB: Beltre, Texas agree to $96M, 6-yr deal

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Adrian Beltre is taking over as the everyday third baseman for the AL champion Texas Rangers, and Michael Young is switching positions again.

MLB: AP source: Red Sox add reliever Tony Pena Jr.

BOSTON (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations says the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a minor league contract with right-handed reliever Tony Pena Jr.

BOXING: Pacquiao retuns to ring on May 7

The great Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2) will return to the ring on May 7 in Las Vegas, to take on Shane Mosely.

CFB: Pack has 20 recruiting verbals so far

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack football program currently has 20 verbal commitments for this year's recruiting class, according to and

Wednesday, January 5