Stories for July 2011


Sunday, July 31

David Ragan on pole for Brickyard 400

INDIANAPOLIS - David Ragan, in the midst of a career breakthrough, added the pole for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to his suddenly improved resume.

New-look offensive line among big 49ers changes

SANTA CLARA, Calif (AP) - Chase Beeler walked into the San Francisco 49ers' locker room for the first time and felt right at home. Everything from the motivational signs plastered along the walls to the coaching staff to the playbook was familiar.

Dahl inks 4-year deal with Rams

Former Fallon and Nevada offensive lineman Harvey Dahl has agreed to a four-year contract with the St. Louis Rams.

Rockies send Ubaldo Jimenez to Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) - In the middle of a surprising season, the Cleveland Indians are getting an ace rather than trading one away.

Kim shoots 62, leads by 1 at Greenbrier Classic

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W Va (AP) - Golf is fun again for Anthony Kim. The Greenbrier Classic is helping solidify that.

Masson leads Women's British Open by two strokes

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) - Caroline Masson of Germany shot a 4-under 68 to double her lead to two strokes after the third round at the Women's British Open on Saturday.

Irwin shoots his age, shoots up scoreboard

Irwin shoots his age, shoots up scoreboard

NFL, NFLPA working on final details of new CBA

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's on to the next step for the NFL and its players, who are getting closer to a full-fledged collective bargaining agreement.

Keselowski wins Kroger 200

CLERMONT, Ind. (AP) - Everything had to go right for Brad Keselowski to chase down Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

World Cup groups drawn

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - World champion Spain was drawn on Saturday with 1998 winner France, Georgia, Belarus and Finland in a qualifying group for the 2014 tournament - the first World Cup in Brazil in 64 years.

Bumgarner's first-inning blues cost Giants

CINCINNATI (AP) - Madison Bumgarner thought he had put his first-inning problems behind him.

Matsui helps A's beat Twins 8-3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Scott Sizemore hit a three-run double in the fifth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 8-3 on Saturday night.

Saturday, July 30

Pickleball gaining popularity

If you hang out anywhere near the Mills Court tennis courts these days, you'll see a little-known game being played.

No. California claims Cup

The Northern California team pushed ahead to a 16-stroke win in the Girls Junior Americas Cup golf tournament at the Genoa Lakes Golf Club on Thursday.

Friday, July 29

Perry: U.S. tipping but hasn't toppled yet

Assuming that a deal is reached last minute on the debt ceiling, the U.S. economy still will have a great deal of headwind before we see any meaningful recovery.

Carson City resident wins laughing-gas contest

Carson City resident Tiffany O'Day recently won $500 in gas cards as the first-place winner of Greater Nevada Credit Union's Laughing Gas Photo Facebook contest. The contest ran May 1 to June 12, and all U.S. residents age 18 and older were eligible to enter.

Business Briefly July 31

Rivera joins Carson AAA insurance team Dawn Rivera has joined the Carson City AAA insurance team after spending more than four years as a travel agent with AAA. Rivera is an active member of Women Entrepreneurs of Northern Nevada and the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, as well as being involved in youth sports in the Dayton area for more than 10 years.

Health Information Exchange moves closer to reality

Supporters of a system that will allow hospitals, physicians and others in Nevada to share patient information in real time across digital networks are confident they've found the right technology to get the job done. Now they need to get often-competitive, often strongly opinionated hospital executives, physicians and others in the health care industry to break down the walls that have kept them from sharing information in the past.

Squaw Valley USA preps for 'renaissance'

OLYMPIC VALLEY - Nearly a year to the date after his official hiring as CEO at Squaw Valley USA, Andy Wirth revealed plans last week for numerous transformative projects at the North Shore ski resort. In what he is dubbing "The Renaissance," Wirth said the comprehensive capital improvement plan will "address deficiencies while enhancing our strengths in a manner that is consistent with the legendary history and culture of Squaw."

Northern Cal leads Cup

Heading into Thursday's final round of the Girls Junior Americas Cup at Genoa Lakes, Northern California had a eight-stroke lead over second-place Oregon.

Lincecum goes 6 scoreless , Giants beat Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The San Francisco Giants may not need much offense from Carlos Beltran if they play the Phillies again in the postseason.

Ochocinco, Haynesworth to Pats; Bush, Kolb traded

There goes Albert Haynesworth, heading from Mike Shanahan's Redskins to Bill Belichick's Patriots - where he'll be joined by New England's other big pickup Thursday: Chad Ochocinco.

Friday Fodder: Nevada Wolf Pack not a 3rd-place team

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ...

Browne's eagles give him US Senior Open lead

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Olin Browne has circled the globe playing professional golf for the past 27 years. He knows it takes a lot more than 18 holes and a lucky shot to win a major championship.

Woods coming back at Firestone

JACKSONVILLE, Fla (AP) - Tiger Woods finally gets back to golf next week at the Bridgestone Invitational, ending an 11-week break to heal injuries to his left leg.

US Soccer fires men's national coach Bob Bradley

(AP) - For U.S. soccer fans, the scene was tough to watch: Archrival Mexico celebrating a Gold Cup victory on American soil, cheered on by a largely pro-Mexico crowd at the Rose Bowl.

Phelps, Cavic rematch in 100 fly is off at worlds

SHANGHAI (AP) - Michael Phelps vs. Milorad Cavic Part III is off.

Thursday, July 28

Fallon graduates return to gridiron

The NFL is back in business and so are a couple of Fallon grads.

Ready to fly high: Buyten prepares to defend X Games title

Even after nine years, Carson Valley resident Matt Buyten has to take a step back every August to brace himself.

Germany's Steffen drops out of worlds

SHANGHAI (AP) - Britta Steffen of Germany dropped out of the world championships after swimming the slowest qualifying time in the 100-meter freestyle on Thursday.

10 years after 9-11, stadiums still a target

DENVER (AP) - Like so many sports fans, Dan and Kitty Ellison have noticed the changes, however slight.

North Carolina fires football coach Butch Davis

(AP) - Butch Davis had seemingly survived the most dangerous days of the NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct within his North Carolina program.

Wednesday, July 27

Getting the call: White moved up to high-A

Nate White's dream is to umpire in Major League Baseball, and right now he is ahead of schedule.

49ers get back to work, ready to play catch-up

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Patrick Willis set three alarm clocks just so he could be at the San Francisco 49ers headquarters exactly when the NFL lockout lifted. He even set the ringer on his cell phone to full blast.

Tuesday, July 26

Monday, July 25

Sunday, July 24

Matsui homers, A's hold on to end skid against NYY

NEW YORK (AP) - Another sweltering day at Yankee Stadium. Only this time, the Oakland Athletics finally sweated out a win against New York.

Vogelsong labors, leads Giants past Brewers 4-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong labored through five innings to regain the National League's best ERA, five relievers finished with four scoreless innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Saturday night.

Players' committee to meet Monday

NEW YORK (AP) - Though a vote to end the four-month lockout isn't a certainty, the players association's executive committee will meet in Washington on Monday.

Quieting critics, Evans eyes first Aussie Tour win

GRENOBLE, France (AP) - Silencing his doubters once and for all, Cadel Evans will now be wearing the prized Tour de France leader's yellow jersey on the Champs-Elysees.

Khan stops Judah in fifth to unifiy title

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Amir Khan got another big win, even if he would have liked to do it in a bit more spectacular fashion.

Edwards races to NASCAR Nationwide victory

GLADEVILLE, Tenn (AP) - Carl Edwards dominated the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday night at Nashville Superspeedway.

Golf capsules: Van Pelt finishes strong, takes Canadian Open lead

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Bo Van Pelt held his finish after a perfect iron shot into the 18th green, lowering the club in time to acknowledge the generous applause after his ball stopped five feet below the hole.

Swimming world championships: Heat plays havoc with open-water racers

JINSHAN CITY, China (AP) - When Alex Meyer pulled out before the start of the 25-kilometer race at the world championships Saturday, the U.S. swimmer did so with good reason: Teammate Fran Crippen died in a race in similarly warm water last year.

Pittsburgh's Roethlisberger weds in quiet ceremony

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger got the privacy he wanted for his wedding Saturday, with police providing tight security around the church in affluent Ohio Township where he and Ashley Harlan were married and tinted windows on expensive cars leaving much of the guest list a mystery.

Douglas' 3-pointer leads East to WNBA All-Star win

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - There were the record number of first-time WNBA All-Stars, and a halftime ceremony honoring the best players in WNBA history. Indiana Fever guard Katie Douglas didn't fit into either category.

Darrell Moody: Carson boosters' dinner slated

The Carson High Football Boosters Club is gearing up for its annual Senator Football Kickoff Dinner on Aug. 13.

Olympic Countdown: 1 year to go to London Olympics

LONDON - The London Olympics will open just over a year from now, amid the stunning and historic backdrops of the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace - all the monuments that make this city one of the world's most popular destinations.

Saturday, July 23

Roger Diez: Crazy season so far as drivers take week off

Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart parlayed a 1-2 qualifying performance into a 1-2 finish at New Hampshire last Sunday, improving both drivers' chances of making the Chase this season.

Golf Capsules: Americans dominating Senior British Open

WALTON ON THE HILL, England (AP) - Mark Calcavecchia and Lee Rinker headed an American charge in the second round of the Senior British Open on Friday.

Schleck in yellow heading into crucial time trial

ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) - If Andy Schleck is to finally win the Tour de France, he's going to have to overcome one final obstacle on his own.

Cahill, A's hit hard in 17-7 loss to Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) - Trevor Cahill blew his game plan in the second inning.

Lucroy, Betancourt lead Brewers past Giants 4-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nyjer Morgan pointed his finger at the crowd, crossed his arms and taunted a sea of Giants fans he was once among many times.

Friday, July 22

Creekbaum: Important to name IRA beneficiary

Deciding whom to designate as a beneficiary for your IRA might seem like an easy decision - you probably want your money to go to someone near and dear to you. But is the person (or people) you're thinking of actually named as the beneficiary on the particular IRA you opened all those years ago? All too often I've witnessed where the desired beneficiary is not listed.

Mining is topic at NNDA breakfast meeting

The Northern Nevada Development Authority will have it's monthly breakfast meeting July 27 at Dayton Valley Country Club, 101 Palmer Drive, Dayton. Topic of the meeting is Mining - Then and Now. Discover why mining is important not only to the state of Nevada but also the Sierra Region.

Vacation-rental market firm, but visits short

LAKE TAHOE - The market for vacation rentals at Lake Tahoe is strengthening and consumers aren't demanding deep price discounts as they did in recent years, property managers say. However, shorter stays are still the norm.

What I learned when I stepped off the edge

As the leader of a Northern Nevada-based financial institution and its subsidiary mortgage company, industries rife with challenges the past several years, I finally went "Over the Edge." Significant financial losses, necessary downsizing, unprecedented regulatory pressures ... it seemed daunting for many as we all wondered when the local economy would improve again. At times it could feel like being in a freefall.

Mourning's 'Groove' celebrates 15 years for kids

MIAMI (AP) - Alonzo Mourning never thought he would spend 15 years crusading for thousands of South Florida's impoverished youth.

Thursday, July 21

NFL labor: Owners OK deal, players don't vote yet

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - The country's most popular sport is in limbo for at least another day.

NFL cancels Hall of Fame game

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - The NFL canceled its Hall of Fame game between St. Louis and Chicago on Thursday despite owners voting in favor of a tentative deal to end the lockout, pending player approval.

Tiger throws the wrong guy overboard

Used to be few things in sports made you feel more foolish than second-guessing Tiger Woods. So maybe throwing longtime caddie and close pal Steve Williams overboard after a dozen years and six times that many wins around the world together will pay dividends in the long run.

Chronology: How the NFL lockout unfolded

- NFL says it will opt out of collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association after the 2010-11 season, saying its costs are too high and it needs givebacks from the players. 2010 season will have no salary cap.

FODDER: Japan earned its soccer win

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

Colts owner expects Manning to be ready for camp

Jim Irsay isn't worried about Peyton Manning's health yet.

Ivy League to limit full-contact football workouts

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - In an effort to reduce the number of concussions and subconcussive hits, Ivy League football teams will be allowed to have just two full-contact practices a week, three less than the NCAA allows.

Chizik: talk with NCAA rep "not confrontational"

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Auburn coach Gene Chizik fielded a steady barrage of questions about an NCAA investigation and a reportedly testy exchange with the governing body's enforcement director.

AP Source: Pistons to offer coaching job to Frank

DETROIT (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says the Detroit Pistons will offer Lawrence Frank their coaching position within two days.

More change for Tiger Woods: a new caddie

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - After a year that couldn't end soon enough, one rocked by a sex scandal and divorce, a major swing change on the golf course and the loss of four major corporate sponsors off it, Tiger Woods was asked about the one constant in his career - his caddie, Steve Williams.

Stupples shares 1st-round lead at Evian Masters

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) - Former British Open champion Karen Stupples of England shot a 5-under 67 for a share of the first-round lead with Sweden's Maria Hjorth and South Korea's Ahn Shin-ae at the Evian Masters on Thursday.

Calcavecchia shares lead at Senior British Open

WALTON ON THE HILL, England (AP) - Mark Calcavecchia defied the afternoon rain to shoot a bogey-free 68 and take a three-way share of the first-round lead at the Senior British Open on Thursday.

TOUR DE FRANCE: Schleck closes in on yellow jersey

LE MONETIER-LES-BAINS, France (AP) - Andy Schleck led a daring attack in the Alps to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday, putting him within seconds of the yellow jersey and quashing Alberto Contador's hopes of a fourth title.

Ex-Bears QB Jim McMahon OK after limo crash

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Former NFL quarterback Jim McMahon has been released from a Nevada hospital after he was injured in a crash in a limousine on the way from Lake Tahoe to the airport.

Super Bowl organizers prepared to cancel 2nd date

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianapolis is ready to cancel its plans for a backup Super Bowl date.

QB Collins at peace retiring after 16 seasons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kerry Collins thought about calling it quits at the end of last season only to give himself plenty of time before finally announcing his unexpected retirement earlier this month.

Ex-Heat star Mourning sued over traffic crash

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning was sued Wednesday over a weekend traffic crash in Florida that raised questions about whether he improperly left the scene.

Local Sports Briefly

The Carson High Football Boosters Club is gearing up for its annual Senator Football Kickoff Dinner on August 13th.

Woods gets rid of Steve Williams as a caddie

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods and Steve Williams were together for 12 years and some 250 tournaments, a player-caddie relationship that produced 72 wins, 13 majors and a friendship so strong that each served in the other's wedding.

Norwegian wins stage 17, Voeckler holds Tour lead

PINEROLO, Italy (AP) - Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway won the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, the first of three days in the Alps, while Thomas Voeckler retained the yellow jersey but lost time after riding off course on the final descent.

AP Source: No player vote Wednesday on NFL deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - NFL players didn't vote Wednesday on a full proposal to settle the league's labor dispute, citing several outstanding issues, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Bankruptcy hearing on Dodgers financing begins

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball squared off in a Delaware bankruptcy court Wednesday as the team sought court approval of a $150 million financing arrangement that MLB is challenging with a financing offer of its own.

Dodgers edge Giants, 1-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum and Clayton Kershaw matched each other pitch for pitch, knowing the smallest mistake could cost their team the game.

Silverada opens state against North Summerlin on Friday

Silverada Little League of Dayton makes its state 10-11 state debut Friday at 6 p.m. when it faces North Summerlin at the Silverado Ranch Little League Complex.

Matsui leads A's to win

DETROIT (AP) - Hideki Matsui doesn't think of himself as a member of the 500-homer club.

Wednesday, July 20

Even summer salads may need to lighten up

The traditional spinach salad with crumbled bacon is delicious, but it's also loaded with fat, sodium and extra calories.

Belt homers, lifts Giants over Dodgers 5-3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brandon Belt hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning in his first game back in the majors and the San Francisco Giants finally gave Madison Bumgarner some run support at home while beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Tuesday night.

Carson stars gear up for state tourney

For the first time since 1992, a Carson City Little League all-star team will play for the right to make the trip to San Bernardino for the Western Regionals.

Tuesday, July 19

Tigers rally to beat A's 8-3

DETROIT (AP) - Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen each hit a two-run homer in Detroit's six-run fifth inning, and the Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Tuesday night.

Local trapshooters win U.S. title

Over the weekend the Capital City Hot Shots took first place for JV squads in the

Contador back in action at Tour's Stage 16

GAP, France (AP) - Alberto Contador has finally put the hammer down at the Tour de France - and now, the race is really on.

Astros trade 2B Keppinger to Giants

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros traded second baseman Jeff Keppinger to the San Francisco Giants for two Double-A pitchers on Tuesday.

Eller: Retired players won't stand in way of deal

Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller thinks a deal to end the NFL lockout will be reached this week - and says retired players won't stand in the way of an agreement.

Monday, July 18

Club execs to be briefed Thursday if NFL deal OK'd

The NFL told club executives they could be schooled in the ins and outs of the new labor contract as early as Thursday, and the players' association summoned its leadership for a potential vote - the strongest signs yet the lockout might be nearing an end.

Clarke never lost hope on way to Open championship

SANDWICH, England - Darren Clarke had every reason to lose hope.

Tour de France: Cavendish cautious over green jersey chances

PIOULENC, France - Mark Cavendish will be cautious heading into the final week of the Tour de France, and with good reason. Twice before he narrowly missed the green jersey, given to the top sprinter.

Borders seeks to liquidate

NEW YORK (AP) - There will be no storybook ending for Borders. The 40-year-old book seller could start liquidating its 399 remaining stores as early as Friday. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based chain, which helped pioneer the big-box bookseller concept, is seeking court approval to liquidate its stores after it failed to receive any bids that would keep it in business. The move adds Borders to the list of retailers that have failed to survive the economic downturn.

U.S. World Cup team receives a warm welcome home

NEW YORK - One by one, tired and disappointed members of the U.S Women's World Cup team trudged off the bus and were greeted with cheers and waves from appreciative fans who didn't seem to mind a bit that they came up short of a championship.

Sunday, July 17

Dayton captures District 10-11 title

Silverada Little League of Dayton captured the 10-11 District 3 all-star tournament in Elko on Thursday night.

Osbornes stay strong despite their kids' illness

It's no coincidence that Donovan Osborne's baseball clinic is scheduled for this Friday. It's National Autism Awareness Day.

Osborne gives back to local kids, community

Donovan Osborne was 8 years old when he saw his first live baseball game at Candlestick Park.

Sizemore gives A's a split

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Scott Sizemore saved Oakland from another disappointing loss. He also saved himself some frustration.

Zito hit hard as Padres down Giants

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Barry Zito appeared to be on the right path after returning from a near-season long injury nearly three weeks ago.

My 10 pet peeves about golfing, golfers

I'm an avid golfer, though not a very good one. I can count my rounds of under 90 on two hands. I'm usually between 90 and 94, and I hit enough good shots to keep me wanting to play the game.

Saturday, July 16

Rebuilt Blackhawks look to get tougher in 2011

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks hope to reclaim the Stanley Cup in 2011-12 by adding a splash of physical and experienced players to a core of younger and highly skilled stars.

Ducks mum on recruiting scandal, but for how long?

Oregon has hired a high-profile law firm and stayed mum as questions mount about the Ducks' $25,000 payment to a Texas-based recruiting service.

Howard: Hard to believe it's been 20 years

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Desmond Howard shook his head and smiled. It's been 20 years since he won the Heisman Trophy at Michigan as an electrifying pass catcher and kick returner.

A's drop first game of twin-bill

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Trevor Cahill settled down and the Oakland hitters opened up. The timing was off, though, and it led to another frustrating defeat.

Haney: Woods can still pass Nicklaus' 18 majors

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - Tiger Woods' ex-swing coach believes the former No. 1 player can win the five majors he needs to pass Jack Nicklaus' record of 18. Hank Haney says it's just a matter of Woods getting healthy.

Contador stays in contention at Tour

PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France (AP) - Alberto Contador is clinging to his Tour de France title hopes.

USA women shoot for third World Cup crown

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - The bumpy, windy road got the Americans right where they wanted to go all along.

NBA lockout doesn't threaten Grant's fundraiser

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The NBA lockout isn't really posing any challenges for Brian Grant's big fundraiser to fight Parkinson's disease, contrary to widespread reports and Internet buzz.

Kyle Busch wins 100th NASCAR race

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Kyle Busch has sped into auto racing history, becoming the third NASCAR driver to win 100 races.

D.J. gets another shot at elusive major title

SANDWICH, England (AP) - After squandering two chances to win a major championship last year, Dustin Johnson never envisioned getting another shot at this British Open.

Clarke avoids the weather, takes the lead

SANDWICH, England (AP) - About the only predictable part of this British Open is the weather.

Roger Diez: Will things calm down after last week's controversy

Last weekend provided some very interesting racing, from the IndyCar demolition derby at Toronto to the Red Bull "team orders" controversy at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone to Kyle Busch narrowly missing his second triple win at Kentucky.

Friday, July 15

What I learned when I stepped off the edge

As the leader of a Northern Nevada-based financial institution and its subsidiary mortgage company, industries rife with challenges the past several years, I finally went "Over the Edge." Significant financial losses, necessary downsizing, unprecedented regulatory pressures ... it seemed daunting for many as we all wondered when the local economy would improve again. At times it could feel like being in a freefall.

Survey finds pay increases make return

Pay increases for Northern Nevada workers are creeping back toward pre-recession levels, and raises for management and professional workers are leading the way. A survey conducted by the Nevada Association of Employers finds that raises ran slightly above 3 percent last year among the approximately 60 employers who participated in the study.

Click Bond announces promotions and new addition

Click Bond, Inc., a Carson City company, recently announced the promotions of Doug Carlton, former manager of standards engineering promoted to vice president of standards; Chester 'Lee' Parsley, former quality assurance manager now vice president of quality assurance; and new addition Paul Downey, former CFO at Ensign Bickford Aerospace and Defense Company, now chief financial officer

Carol Perry: Everyone's life would be affected by a U.S. default

How many readers are familiar with the normalcy bias? The normalcy bias refers to a mental state people enter in the face of disaster that causes them to underestimate the possibility of a disaster occurring or it's possible effects. People make an assumption that since certain disasters have never occurred, they never can occur. This results in people not being prepared, and on a larger scale, the failure of government to include the populace in it's disaster preparation.

Business Briefly July 17

USDA announces new e-newsletter A new electronic newsletter is available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Nevada. The USDA "e-News Roundup" will contain notices of funding opportunities, information on Farm Bill program deadlines, energy grants, crop insurance, agricultural statistics, as well as a calendar of partner events.

Food processors nibble at locations in Carson, Reno

Food manufacturers and processors who operate on tight margins increasingly look to low-cost Northern Nevada as the site for new operations. The sector already is a growing part of the manufacturing landscape in Northern Nevada, and food company executives and business development officials say the region is poised for a boom in food-related companies which bring manufacturing operations to the region.

Investing in Gold: Inflation - A two sided coin for gold and silver

With the feds locked in battle over what to do with our surmounting budget crisis, one word that seems to be creeping into vogue again is inflation. For gold and silver, it appears that new and greater prices will most likely soon be achieved. So what does that mean for the precious metals arena?

Thursday, July 14

FODDER: Expectations hard to gauge for 2012

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .Don't know what to expect out of this year's Nevada Wolf Pack football team? You're not alone.

Report: Auburn still under NCAA investigation

An NCAA official told Auburn coach Gene Chizik that it is not done investigating the Tigers' football program and the recruitment of Cam Newton, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

NBA lays off about 114 league employees

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA has laid off about 114 people over the last two days, planned cost-cutting moves that a league spokesman says are "not a direct result of the lockout."

Shaquille O'Neal joins Turner Sports as analyst

The calls came as soon as Shaquille O'Neal decided to retire, all wanting to hire one of the NBA's greatest entertainers.

Amateur Tom Lewis shoots record 65, ties for lead

SANDWICH, England (AP) - Thomas Bjorn and Tom Lewis have nothing in common except for the unlikely position they shared Thursday atop the leaderboard at the British Open.

Bjorn conquers a golf course that owes him one

SANDWICH, England (AP) - He was always destined to be remembered around here as the guy who threw it away when it mattered most. Nothing Thomas Bjorn could do about that, especially when it looked as if he wouldn't even play this year at Royal St. George's.

Big contingents of players, owners for NFL talks

NEW YORK (AP) - With time running short to keep the NFL's preseason intact, owners and players got into another long round of labor talks Thursday, trying to break the impasse that has kept the league shut down for four months.

Sanchez wins 12th Tour stage in Pyrenees

LUZ-ARDIDEN, France (AP) - Spain's Samuel Sanchez thrilled fans of his Basque-based team with the stage win Thursday and France's Thomas Voeckler surprised himself by keeping the yellow jersey on Bastille Day as the Tour de France finally hit the mountains.

11th stage belongs to Cavendish

LAVAUR, France (AP) - Mark Cavendish nearly lost a shoe in the final stretch but kept his cool to win a rainy 11th stage of the Tour de France in a mass sprint Wednesday, easily beating Andre Greipel of Germany at the line to seize the leading sprinter's green jersey.

U.S. women eye World Cup crown

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) - The U.S. kept its fans breathless again. And just like last time, Abby Wambach - who else - came up big.

Carson 11-12 All-Stars win, qualify for state

There is a new top dog in District 1 11-12 all-stars.

Martz: Bears could be ready quickly for Hall game

CHICAGO (AP) - The way Mike Martz sees it, the Chicago Bears could play in the Hall of Fame game on a day's notice if necessary.

Brady, P. Manning, Brees: It's time for NFL deal

NEW YORK (AP) - Calling the players' offer "fair for both sides," star quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees - plaintiffs in an antitrust suit against the NFL - said Wednesday "it is time" to wrap up negotiations on a deal to end the league's lockout.

Union memo supports players going overseas

NEW YORK (AP) - When it comes to playing overseas during the NBA lockout, Billy Hunter has a simple message for the league's players: Enjoy your trip, we'll call you when it's time to come home.

Garcia may not be a bad long shot in British Open

SANDWICH, England (AP) - By now, he should have won a few of these, maybe more. When Sergio Garcia first teed it up in the British Open as a teenager there seemed no way his name wouldn't someday be inscribed on the claret jug.

R&A will review Northern Ireland as Open site

SANDWICH, England (AP) - The last time the British Open was held outside Britain was 60 years ago, when Max Faulkner won at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. The Royal & Ancient has been asked over the years if it would ever go back.

Ex-MLB star hosting baseball clinic July 22

Donovan Osborne, former Carson High graduate and St. Louis Cardinal star in the 90s, is putting on a baseball clinic July 22 at 9 a.m. at Carson High School.

Bullets drop game to Redding

The Nevada Bullets scored three runs in the first inning, but were blanked the rest of the way in a 7-3 Far West League loss to the Redding Colt 45s Wednesday night at Western Nevada College.

Wednesday, July 13

NFL: What's ahead if no deal this week

NEW YORK (AP) - Think back four months to that disappointing day in March when the NFL lockout began. The general opinion was the owners and players would reach a new labor agreement long before training camps opened.

Boston City Hall Plaza chosen for Russell statue

BOSTON (AP) - Boston's City Hall Plaza has been chosen as the site for a proposed statue of Celtics basketball legend Bill Russell, Boston Mayor Tom Menino and other officials announced Monday.

AP Sources: NBA players to get escrow money back

NEW YORK (AP) - Locked-out NBA players will have their escrow money returned to them for the first time because salaries fell below 57 percent of league revenues last season, two people with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.

Finding what makes a fluke in a major

SANDWICH, England (AP) - Ben Curtis is no fluke.

Lefty develops a convenient case of Open amnesia

SANDWICH, England (AP) - Let's all welcome a newcomer to the British Open ... Mr. Phil Mickelson of the United States.

Prince makes NL king: HR earns 2nd straight win

PHOENIX (AP) - Prince Fielder's three-run homer sailed over the left-field wall at Chase Field, and the conveyor belt from the National League bullpen began.

Bell's slide may signal exit from National League

PHOENIX (AP) - If Heath Bell is leaving the National League, he slid right out in style.

Mets trade closer Francisco Rodriguez to Brewers

NEW YORK (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers got a quick start on the second half, picking up a big-time closer.

Washoe nips Carson 5-4, forces if needed game

Nobody said it was going to be easy.

Outdoor skills camp will be held in Winnmucca

The Maison T Ortiz Youth Outdoor Skills Camp will be held Friday- Sunday at Winnemucca Ranch.

Bullets top Colt 45s

C.J. Maldanado and Colby Blueberg homered, and Connor Eppard drove in three runs to lead the Nevada Bullets to an 11-7 win over the Redding Colt 45s in a Far West League baseball game Tuesday at Western Nevada College.

Tuesday, July 12

Celebrate community: food, music, fun

Time to celebrate this summers farmers' markets and Carson City Greenhouse Project. If you know me it's this time of year that I really glow.

Monday, July 11

Alex Rodriguez has knee surgery

NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Contador and Schleck waiting for Pyrenees

THIEZAC, France - Defending champion Alberto Contador and main rival Andy Schleck have yet to properly test each other in this year's Tour de France - they have been too busy avoiding serious injury in nine days of manic racing, which came to a temporary halt with Monday's rest day.

Ben Curtis returns to scene of 2003 stunner

SANDWICH, England - Ben Curtis never gets too worked up about anything.

BAWN Helping Hands Program applicants sought

The Builders Association of Western Nevada Professional Women in Building offers the opportunity to receive a Helping Hand with your Handy(wo)man project. Projects must fall within these parameters:

Wambach, Solo key riveting US win over Brazil

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) - Any time she caught a teammate's eye, Abby Wambach held up one finger. It had nothing to do with the shrinking numbers on the clock.

Sunday, July 10

Carson all-stars reach district finals

One thing sticks out about Carson Little League's three wins in the District 1 11-12 all-star tournament - fast starts.

Jeter eclipses 3000th-hit mark with 5-for-5 day

NEW YORK (AP) - This was so Derek Jeter.

Lucky fan grabs Jeter's 3,000 ball, gives it back

NEW YORK (AP) - Christian Lopez was at the bottom of several piles during his days playing football at small St. Lawrence University.

A's lose again, this time on Bailey's blown save

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Oakland relievers Joey Devine and Grant Balfour pitched two shutout innings, handing normally reliable closer Andrew Bailey a ninth-inning lead.

Lincecum, Giants beat Mets 3-1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum made sure he won't have to be asked about being an All-Star with a losing record.

Two share lead at U.S. Women's Open

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Mika Miyazato and Ai Miyazato, unrelated but from the same city in Japan, finished 1-2 after the second round of the U.S. Women's Open before play was suspended Saturday because of thunderstorms.

BRITISH OPEN: Royal George is a special course

No other links course in England has hosted the British Open more often than Royal St. George's. No other course on the rotation can claim the first Open champion to not break 80 over four rounds and the first Open champion to shoot in the 60s all four rounds.

Japan stuns Germany in World Cup

WOLFSBURG Germany (AP) - Japan knocked two-time defending champion Germany out of the Women's World Cup on Saturday, advancing to the semifinals with a 1-0 win when substitute Karina Maruyama outran the defense and scored on an angled shot in extra time.

Costa wins 8th stage in Tour de France

SUPER-BESSE, France - The attacks never came on the first mountain trek of the Tour de France, as defending champion Alberto Contador and his main rival Andy Schleck both held fire and let others contest victory during the eighth stage.

Bryans win for U.S. Davis Cup team

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Bryan brothers have given the Americans a fighting chance against Spain.

Another NFL labor session set for July 19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The federal magistrate judge who is mediating the labor dispute between NFL owners and players has scheduled another session for July 19 in Minneapolis.

Blue Jays close season with win

MERIDIAN, Idaho - The Carson Blue Jays closed out their summer season with a 12-2 win over the Seattle Broncos Saturday in the Idaho Wood Bat Tournament.

Saturday, July 9

Strange break costs Lewis lead at US Women's Open

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - When the rain stopped, Stacy Lewis got off a school bus wondering if she was in the U.S. Open or the twilight zone.

Kaepernick advises returning UNR QBs to have confidence

RENO - Colin Kaepernick has one word of advice for the next Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback.

A's get off to slow start and fall to Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - There was no rain to wash away this bad outing in Texas for Gio Gonzalez, Oakland's only All-Star.

Vogelsong not happy with outing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong has been enjoying an All-Star season. Lately, though, he doesn't feel much like one.

AP source: Dodgers fire Steve Garvey

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have fired Steve Garvey for his attempts to buy the team that he helped to the 1981 World Series title, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Blue Jays. Bullets lose 2

MERIDIAN, ID. - The Carson Blue Jays suffered two straight shutouts at the Idaho Wood Bat Tournament Friday at Rocky Mountain High School.

Friday, July 8

Virginia City tourism bouncing back

Retailers in Virginia City hope the start of summer brings about an increase in business, which for many has plummeted in recent years. Many of the small gift and antiques shops in Virginia City live and die on tourism generated by popular Virginia City events such as the Mountain Oyster Festival and International Camel Races.

'Green waste' recycling grows, profits remain elusive

Tom Donovan walks a tightrope as he tries to decide if a commercial composting operation makes financial sense in northern Nevada. Trucks filled with grass clippings and tree trimmings empty their loads into bins at the family-owned RT Donovan Co. Inc. at the north side of Spanish Springs.

Business Briefly July 10

Economic development is topic of breakfast meeting The public is invited to the monthly Nevada Business Connections breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. July 20. The breakfast will features presentations by Greg Mosier, dean of the College of Business from the University of Nevada, Reno, and Jeff Hardcastle, Nevada state demographer. Both will discuss their roles in economic development for Northern Nevada.

Tax Tips (and other stuff): Inflation to the rescue?

Almost everybody seems to talk about inflation of the U.S. dollar as a "bad thing." In fact, it may not be as bad as we all think. Problem: Average home price has dropped over 50 percent, but the mortgages on those homes remain the same. This has created several rippling effects. One out of every four homes are now worth less than the mortgage on them.

Answers to common 401(k) questions

Because your retirement planning is so important to your future well-being, you should ask questions about the retirement plans available to you and how they work, as well as how to best use your retirement dollars. Below are answers to several commonly asked questions about 401(k) plans.

FIFA: NKorea case shows tough anti-doping stand

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) - The swift decision to submit the entire North Korea squad to anti-doping controls at the women's World Cup showed soccer's commitment to the fight against drugs, FIFA's medical chief said Friday.

Tour de France rivals relieved to reach mountains

CHATEAUROUX, France (AP) - Finally, the mountains.

Chambers Bay to get experiments in next 4 years

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) - When Chambers Bay was awarded the 2015 U.S. Open just months after opening there was no blueprint for how the course would react to championship conditions.

Fresh McDowell ready for renewed major push

INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) - Graeme McDowell feels he is ready to renew his bid for major glory at next week's British Open.

Alex Rodriguez out of All-Star game

NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez's sore right knee will keep him out of the All-Star game and the Yankees' lineup.

Hamilton says he could hear boy screaming

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Josh Hamilton could hear 6-year-old Cooper Stone screaming for his dad after the man tumbled over an outfield railing and fell 20 feet onto the concrete below.

Appeals court backs lockout, tosses judge's ruling

NEW YORK (AP) - The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out a judge's order lifting the NFL lockout, handing the league a victory as players and owners returned to negotiations.

Wade could see NBA stars heading overseas

NEW LENOX, Ill. (AP) - Dwyane Wade could see himself and other NBA stars eyeing an overseas contract if the lockout drags on, just like New Jersey's Deron Williams.

Peyton Manning says lockout limiting his rehab

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The power and accuracy with which Peyton Manning's passes bowl over bad guys in a recent "Football Cops" TV spoof was nowhere to be seen at the Manning family's annual football camp.

Besiktas in talks with NBA All-Star Deron Williams

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish team Besiktas says it is close to reaching a deal with locked out NBA All-Star guard Deron Williams.

Report: Yao decides to retire

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is retiring, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.

NBA, college basketball player Armen Gilliam dies

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Armen Gilliam, who was part of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team that made a run to the Final Four in 1987 and played for several NBA teams, has died. He was 47.

Sports Briefly

District 1 Little League 9-10: North Tahoe 5, Truckee 4

LITTLE LEAGUE: Carson 11-12s win big again

It turned out that Carson Little League manager Kinkade DeJoseph is a bit of a prophet.

Hagen wins 6th stage of Tour de France

LISIEUX, France (AP) - Tour de France riders might have reservations about the way organizers have shaken up the format of the early stages. For fans, the start has been one of the most exciting in recent memory.

Owners, NFLPA members talk for 12 hours in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) - NFL owners and players' association leaders met for more than 12 hours Thursday, failing to reach a deal to end the league's months-long lockout but returning to try again in the morning.

Zito crisp in Giants' 2-1 win over San Diego

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Zito won his third straight start since coming off the disabled list, Eli Whiteside homered and the San Francisco Giants edged the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Thursday night.

Pride of the Yankees II: Jeter's journey to 3,000

NEW YORK (AP) - Hard to imagine now, but there was a time when Derek Jeter didn't think he would get a single hit in the big leagues.

Rangers beat A's in game marred by death of fan

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Derek Holland rebounded from his shortest outing ever with a four-hitter for his third career shutout and Josh Hamilton had four RBIs for the Texas Rangers in a 6-0 victory Thursday night over the Oakland Athletics - a game marred by the death of a fan who fell out of the stands while trying to catch a ball.

Fan dies after falling from stands at Rangers game

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A man attending a Texas Rangers game with his young son died after falling out of the stands and about 20 feet to the ground while trying to catch a baseball tossed his way Thursday night, the Rangers and Arlington fire officials said.

Some in Clemens jury pool critical of Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prospective jurors screened Thursday for the Roger Clemens perjury trial were more critical of Congress for spending time investigating drugs in baseball than they were of the star pitcher on trial for lying to lawmakers about ever using them.

GOLF ROUNDUP: Rain suspends play at U.S. Women's Open

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Instead of teeing it up when she comes back to the Broadmoor, Cristie Kerr's next shot at the U.S. Women's Open will be a blast out of the bunker on the front, right side of the seventh green.

FODDER: Is baseball all-star game needed?

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . .

Thursday, July 7

Stricker shoots for third straight Deere title

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - On just about any other day, Steve Stricker's 60 in the opening round of last year's John Deere Classic would have left him comfortably ahead and soaking in the adulation.

2 generations with 2 different views of US Open

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - One is a 13-year-old, getting ready for eighth grade, spending the start of her U.S. Open week wondering if she should be asking these players for autographs or playing beside them.

Carson 10-11 stars rip Sparks National

Sparks National fired the first salvo, but Carson City won the battle.

Bullets sweep Butte

It was more like a scrimmage for the Nevada Bullets.

Carson Blue Jays drop 3-2 thriller

Blue Jays drop opener in Idaho

LABOR: NFL owners, players in hurry up mode

NEW YORK (AP) - NFL owners and players may find themselves shifting to hurry-up mode as time gets tight to reach labor peace.

TOUR DE FRANCE: Crashes mar 5th stage

CAP FREHEL, France (AP) - Crashes, crashes everywhere: Alberto Contador and some other top Tour de France riders tumbled to the asphalt Wednesday in a nervous ride on Brittany's narrow, wind-swept roads.

Clemens' trial gets under way

WASHINGTON (AP) - Roger Clemens' perjury trial opened Wednesday with both sides raising the prospect of calling a roster of former baseball stars as witnesses and the judge angrily criticizing Congress for withholding an audiotape of Clemens' deposition at the heart of the case.

BRITISH OPEN: Levet, Clark withdraw from tourney

INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) - Thomas Levet's exuberant celebration of jumping into a lake after winning his home tournament in France last weekend has cost him a place in the British Open.

WORLD CUP: U.S. women lose to Sweden

WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) - The Americans can't do things the easy way.

Schierholz's two homers carry Giants past Padres in 14

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Nate Schierholtz hit his second home run of the game leading off the bottom of the 14th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

Defense lets A's down

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Everything was going according to plan. The Athletics finally got All-Star Felix Hernandez out of the game after eight brilliant innings and managed to tie the game against Seattle's closer.

Wednesday, July 6

NBA disputes report questioning its losses

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA is disputing a report questioning its financial losses, saying the estimates used as the basis of the article "do not reflect reality."

Lawyers handling paperwork in labor dispute

NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith will conduct NFL labor talks later this week after letting the lawyers handle paperwork for two days.

Clemens trial begins Wednesday with jury selection

WASHINGTON (AP) - Roger Clemens, one of the most imposing and accomplished pitchers in baseball history, is going on trial Wednesday to fight allegations that he used drugs to enhance his power on the mound.

Key figures in the Clemens trial

Some of the key figures expected at Roger Clemens' trial, scheduled to begin today, on charges he lied about using steroids and human growth hormone:

Bubba shows what not to do in another country

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Bubba Watson's big adventure to Paris wasn't a complete disaster.

Woods to skip British Open as leg recovers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Those "minor" injuries to his left leg now have kept Tiger Woods from playing in two majors.

TOUR DE FRANCE: Contador second in stage 4

MUR-DE-BRETAGNE, France (AP) - Make no mistake, Alberto Contador is back on the prowl.

Blunder cost Giants; Mariners tip A's

Andres Torres getting tagged out at home trying to score on a wild pitch. The usually reliable Matt Cain giving up a costly hit. Or another ninth-inning rally cut short.

Carson 10-11s stay alive; 12s win opener

If Carson City Little League's 10-11 all-star team could play Reno Continental every game it would win the District 1 title.

COMMUNITY SPORTS BRIEFLY: WNC baseball team honored for academic performance

Western Nevada College's baseball team has been named one of the top academic teams in the country, earning All-Academic Team honors by the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Tuesday, July 5

This vegi and pasta dish is packed with flavor

This pasta gets so much flavor from the bacon and sweet onion that it doesn't need much else. You could add freshly ground black pepper for contrast.

Past Pages July 6

130 YEARS AGO Postponed partnership: A spirited and fastidious girl residing on King Street declined to be married, even though her guests and bridegroom were assembled for the event. The postponement was because the train of her dress did not hang properly.

Light the barbecue and get to know neighbors

Yesterday I had a barbecue for my long-time neighbors who are moving from the neighborhood they have called home for many years. The Malleys, Bill and Joan, lived on Minnesota Street when we bought our house in 1974. Bill built the duplexes across the street from us in 1968.

Monday, July 4

Bullets finish second in tournament

The Nevada Bullets fell just short of capturing the Sertoma Collegiate Classic over the weekend.

North should fall in line with NIAA realignment

What's wrong with the number three?

Pineda, Bard lead Mariners over Athletics 2-1

OAKLAND, Calif. - Josh Bard got his first chance to catch Michael Pineda since spring training and saw what the rest of baseball has been seeing from Seattle's overpowering rookie the first half of the year.

Padres pounce on Lincecum, beat Giants 5-3

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Diego Padres returned to the place where last season's collapse was completed. This time, they found a way to avoid another meltdown.

Sunday, July 3

Kvitova beats Sharapova for 1st major

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - One might reasonably have expected Petra Kvitova, not Maria Sharapova, to be betrayed by nerves in the Wimbledon final.

Bullets in semis

RENO - Scott Greene picked an opportune time to throw his best game of the summer.

Nadal, Djokovic to meet in Wimbledon final

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - From 1983 to 2003, the world's top two players never met each other in the Wimbledon men's final.

Giants rough up Detroit

DETROIT (AP) - Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford homered in a five-run first inning, Miguel Tejada had a grand slam in a five-run third after a long rain delay and the San Francisco Giants beat the Detroit Tigers 15-3 Sunday morning.

Fowler, Watney share lead

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. - Before he even teed off, Rickie Fowler knew this was going to be a different day at the AT&T National. The course record already had been matched, with several other low rounds in progress at suddenly soft Aronimink Golf Club.

Ragan redeems himself at Daytona with 1st win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (AP) - The Daytona 500 was one big could've, would've, should've for David Ragan.

Cruz outpoints Faber in UFC 132; Leben, Ortiz win

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Dominick Cruz retained the bantamweight title and avenged his only career loss, unanimously outpointing Urijah Faber in a five-round bout in UFC 132 on Saturday night.

Saturday, July 2

OLYMPICS: South Korean entry is one to beat

LONDON - Send the Winter Olympics to a new frontier in Asia, or go back to the roots of winter sports in the heart of Europe?

Klitschko beats Hay by unanimous decision

HAMBURG, Germany - Wladimir Klitschko wanted to punish David Haye for all the trash talking he did leading up to their title fight. He settled for merely making Haye another statistic in his dominating heavyweight run.

TOUR DE FRANCE: Gilbert claims yellow jesrey after first stage

MONT DES ALOUETTES, France - Two-time runner-up Andy Schleck and his Leopard-Trek teammates have made a near-perfect start to the Tour de France, putting themselves in an ideal position to claim the yellow jersey in Sunday's team time trial.

Logano wins at Daytona with help from Kyle Busch

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Joey Logano needed a boost to turn around his slumping season. It started last weekend on the road course at Sonoma and continued on the high banks of Daytona.

Giants, A's grab victories

DETROIT (AP) - Brian Wilson stepped into the dugout, picked up a water cooler and heaved it against the bench. Then he grabbed a bat, trotted back over and gave the cooler a hefty slug.

Current, former No.1s met in Wimbledon final

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Having ensured his first trip to a Wimbledon final and first turn at No. 1 in the rankings with a thrill-a-minute victory, Novak Djokovic dropped to his back at the baseline, limbs spread wide, chest heaving.

Short session: NFLPA, owners break talks for week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL commissioner and the boss of the league's locked-out players stood together this week and addressed the league's rookies, a picture of cooperation that raised hopes pro football would soon be back in business.

Alex Smith ready to show lockout helped him, 49ers

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Camp Alex II is officially over.

NBA owners standing firm

NEW YORK (AP) - No free agency now, maybe no games later.

Quick Step bus searched by police at Tour

LA-ROCHE-SUR-YON, France (AP) - Police seized the Quick Step cycling team's bus for checks on the eve of the Tour de France for several hours before letting it leave.

Choi shoots 6-under 64 to take AT&T lead

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. - If seeing the putts drop for birdie were not enough, K.J. Choi noticed his gallery growing and getting more excited for him Friday at Aronimink in the AT&T National.

Sports Briefly

Due to a lack of entries in Carson City's 3-on-3 Street Heat Basketball Tournament, the event has been cancelled. The organizers are exploring the possibility of hosting the event at a later date.

Carson 9-10s drop to 0-2 in District 1

After being no-hit by Washoe on Thursday night, Carson City's 9-10 all-star team came out swinging Friday night.

Bullets win two games

RENO - When Nevada Bullets manager Jim Blueberg sent assistant coach Jeremiah Libke out to start Friday's Sertoma Baseball Classic opener against RBI Baseball, he had an ulterior motive.

MOTORSPORTS: Busch having a great season

Kurt Busch's string of poles was broken at Infineon last weekend, but I'm pretty sure Kurt didn't mind when he saw the checkered flag on Sunday.

Friday, July 1

Stocks close huge week with rally; Dow up 168

NEW YORK (AP) - So much for that soft patch. A rebound in U.S. manufacturing surprised investors Friday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average up nearly 170 points. The Dow ended up 648 points, or 5.4 percent, for the week. It was the index's best week in two years.

Tests show wireless network could harm GPS systems

WASHINGTON - New test results show that a proposed nationwide wireless broadband network would produce significant interference with GPS systems used for everything from aviation to high-precision timing networks to consumer navigation devices. Changes to the proposal could reduce interference, but wouldn't eliminate it.

Primary Children's Center receives $1 million from Smith's

Primary Children's Medical Center Foundation has received a $1 million donation from Smith's Food & Drug Stores. The contribution is a result of fundraising efforts with customers in 56 stores in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Nevada. Proceeds also came from the annual Smith's vendor golf tournament and employee-hosted special events. The donation brings Smith's to a total contribution level of $8.6 million given to the hospital since 1992.

Seminar to detail marketing support for agriculture exports

Agricultural producers and manufacturers of food products in Northern Nevada looking to expand export sales will learn next month about free marketing assistance that's available through a federally funded program. The Western United States Agricultural Trade Association will detail the marketing assistance it can provide during a half-day seminar in Carson City on July 26. The event also will be available via videoconference to Carson City and Reno.

No gold at the end of Social Security rainbow

You can be right or you can be ready. I am talking about those still in denial about the current condition of the Social Security trust funds. Fighting about this issue rages on, but no matter what you believe, is it better to be correct or prepared just in case you are not?

Business Briefs July 3

Networking event planned for job seekers, employers On July 11, ProNet will host its semi-annual professional networking breakfast from 7:30-11 a.m. at the Atlantis Casino in Reno. The event is an opportunity for ProNet members to practice their networking skills face-to-face with employers and agencies in an informal and professional environment. It is free to all attendees.

Capital City Center gets facelift

The Capital City Center, a strip mall on East William Street, is shining a little brighter this week after having just undergone an exterior remodel. Property manager Vicki Hone, president of the Hone Company, said she is pleased with the results

'On-shoring' trend brings new focus

Rob Hooper is absolutely convinced that some of the manufacturing jobs that left the United States in the past decade are headed back home. And Hooper, the executive director of Northern Nevada Development Authority, is working closely with local and federal officials to make sure the region is well-positioned to catch some of those jobs as they land.

Still talking: NFL, players meet all day

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith met again Thursday, expanding talks on a pro football labor deal for the first time this week to include owners and players.