Stories for June 2011


Thursday, June 30

Niners tight end Davis impressed by Alex Smith

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis believes the NFL lockout has been good for Alex Smith but he said the veteran quarterback is "on his last straw" with the team.

NCAA eyes summer hoops in recruiting rules rewrite

ST. LOUIS (AP) - It's almost July, and for college basketball coaches and their assistants, that means a series of trips that makes the conference road schedule look like a drive to the gym.

Carson 10-11s pound Reno Continental

Dom Mariani, Carson City Little League 10-11 all-star coach, couldn't have asked for a better opening game from his team.

FODDER: New format for Sertoma needed

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

A's trade Ellis, lose 5-4 to Marlins

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A day that began with the Oakland Athletics saying goodbye to a familiar face ended with an all-too-familiar result.

Changes could be in store for Giants

CHICAGO (AP) - Between the blown leads and the lack of hits, it wasn't a pleasant day for the San Francisco Giants at friendly old Wrigley Field.

Rockies acquire veteran INF Ellis from Athletics

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies bolstered their infield by acquiring veteran second baseman Mark Ellis from the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

Marlins open stadium April 4 vs Cards

NEW YORK (AP) - The Marlins will open their new $515 million ballpark against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 4, a person familiar with next season's draft schedule told The Associated Press

Cavaliers trade J.J. Hickson to Kings for Casspi

CLEVELAND (AP) - J.J. Hickson's athleticism and potential made him a budding NBA star. His inconsistency made him maddening and expendable.

NBA lockout begins as sides fail to reach deal

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA's thrilling season came with a high price tag.

BCS exec director meets with DOJ officials

NEW YORK (AP) - Called in by the Department of Justice to explain how major college football crowns a champion, the head of the Bowl Championship Series spent an hour and a half making a case for the much-criticized system.

Scott, Haas tied for AT&T lead

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) - Adam Scott must have felt as though he got another crack at the U.S. Open on Thursday in the AT&T National. Only this course felt more like a U.S. Open.

Coach K to 'refresh' himself with young Duke team

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Mike Krzyzewski hopes to get a jump-start on catching his mentor on the career victories list later this summer.

Haywood seeks Pitt investigation

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Michael Haywood, who was fired on Jan. 1, 16 days after being hired as Pitt's football coach, has asked the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and other state and federal agencies to investigate his termination by the university, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Fickell, players set move on at Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State football coach Luke Fickell has stressed, time and again, since the resignation of Jim Tressel, that the Buckeyes have to move forward.

Notre Dame's Floyd gets 1 year probation for DUI

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Suspended Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor drunken driving and was sentenced to a year of probation. Whether he plays next season remains unclear.

Brazil beats Australia 1-0 at Women's World Cup

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) - Rosana's second-half strike lifted Brazil to a 1-0 victory over Australia in its opening match at the women's World Cup on Wednesday.

Sports Briefly

Blazers pick up 3rd year option on Babbitt

Nolasco tames Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Bob Melvin thinks his club is on the verge of coming out of its offensive slumber. Just the same, Oakland's manager plans to shake things up a little.

Ramirez comes through for Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) - Ryan Dempster wanted to stay in the game. He had only thrown 83 pitches, given up three hits, was ahead 1-0 in the ninth inning and had retired 20 straight hitters at one point.

First inning dooms Carson Blue Jays again

For the second straight game, a big first inning forced the Carson Blue Jays to play catch-up, and for the second straight game they couldn't do it.

WIMBLEDON: Federer ousted in quarterfinals

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Six-time champion Roger Federer was upset in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second straight year Wednesday, squandering a two-set lead for the first time at a Grand Slam tournament and losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

Nothing settled in NFL, NBA labor disputes

Goodell, Smith in Minn. to negotiate

On 3rd heart, Compton fulfilling dream

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) - Erik Compton is among the elite on the PGA Tour this week at the AT&T National, even though he has been in a league of his own for about as long as he's been playing golf.

Wednesday, June 29

Zito pitches Giants to DH sweep

CHICAGO (AP) - If Barry Zito is going to permanently reclaim a spot in the Giants' rotation, he'll need more starts like this.

Marlins held to 1 hit in 1-0 loss to Gonzalez, A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Gaby Sanchez struck out on a checked swing, then angrily tossed his bat toward Florida's dugout before getting ejected for the first time in his career.

Kaepernick shows off arm, legs in 49ers workouts

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Colin Kaepernick decided to skip a symposium for NFL rookies this week to spend time with his San Francisco 49ers teammates and learn some of the playbook.

Goodell, Smith fly to Florida to talk with rookies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The day began with the NFL commissioner and the players' association head starting another round of talks, this one set to run through Friday, aimed at ending a lockout that is now in its fourth month.

CWS: Gamecocks win national title again

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - South Carolina finished the first College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park the same way it did the last one at Rosenblatt Stadium.

Nadal says injury isn't serious

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Give Uncle Toni credit for honesty.

USA blanks North Korea in World Cup

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) - Once, twice, three times and then a fourth, Lauren Cheney launched a shot with her foot only to watch it go right into the hands of the North Korean goalkeeper.

Another honor for Kaepernick

University of Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Hawai'i diver Emma Friesen are the 2010-11 Western Athletic Conference Joe Kearney Award winners.

Carson drops 10th straight; Banfield shines

It was, without question, Charlie Banfield's best game of the summer. No, make that the year.

COMMUNITY SPORTS ROUNDUP: CHS football boosters announce dinner date

The Carson High football boosters are gearing up for their annual Senator Football Kickoff Dinner on Aug.13.

Tuesday, June 28

Celebrate with a red, white and blue salad

At the beginning of June, my daughter and I went on vacation to California to visit family who were out visiting from the East Coast. We hit the beach, Disneyland and Yosemite. Quite a week and a half, I must say, but it was well worth the fun. To top it off when we returned it was finally summer in Nevada.

Don't fear the attack of teenage vegans

There comes a time in some parents' lives when a son or daughter sits them down to deliver the news: "I'm vegan." If you are an omnivorous parent, as fond of meat and fish as you are of ice cream and cheese, this is tough information to swallow.

Monday, June 27

Los Angeles Dodgers file for bankruptcy protection

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Monday, blaming Major League Baseball for refusing to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled team afloat.

Hooligans in semifinals

The Carson City Little League's Hooligans team defeated Fernely 9-1 on Sunday. Carson scored six runs in the fourth inning.

Williams sisters, Wozniacki lose at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Venus and Serena Williams were eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday, the first time in five years that neither sister will play in the quarterfinals at the All England Club.

Sunday, June 26

An embarrassing night of football

The Sertoma Football Classic should go away forever, and the closing minutes of Friday's brutal football game makes my point for me.

Saturday, June 25

Ohio St trustee: Scandal requires 'soul-searching'

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State needs to do a lot of "soul-searching" in the wake of the memorablia-for-cash and tattoos football scandal that forced coach Jim Tressel to resign and quarterback Terrelle Pryor to leave school, a university trustee said Friday.

Giants beat Indians 1-0 on balk by Tony Sipp

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Even for a team that regularly wins close games, the San Francisco Giants couldn't remember an inning like they had Saturday.

Cahill shuts down Phillies in A's 4-1 win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Trevor Cahill tossed three-hit ball into the eighth inning, Adam Rosales homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Saturday night.

Serena Williams leads past champs into 4th round

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Serena Williams has been known to say she isn't satisfied with this or that aspect of her game, even after easily winning a match, say, 6-3, 6-2.

WIMBLEDON NOTEBOOK: Mardy Fish last US man at Wimbledon; Berdych next

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Mardy Fish is making something of a habit of being the last U.S. man in the field at Grand Slam tournaments.

No new proposal from players at NBA labor meeting

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA players declined to present a new economic proposal to owners Friday, less than a week before the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

Rubio works out with team, helps family in need

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) - When Ricky Rubio held his introductory news conference this week, he jokingly promised that he would keep his credit card in his pocket on his first trip to the Mall of America so his family didn't buy everything in sight.

NFL players hold phone updates on lockout

Buffalo safety George Wilson likes what he sees and hears about the players' recent discussions with the owners to end the lockout. The Bills' player representative also cautions against getting swept away by expectations of an imminent settlement.

Women's World Cup starts today

FRANKFURT, Germany - When Germany won its first major title in women's soccer, coming home with the trophy from the 1989 European Championship, the players' bonus was a coffee set. A tacky one to boot, with a design of red and blue blooming flowers - and a flaw.

Tseng leads by 5 entering final round of LPGA major

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - Yani Tseng made the mistake of grabbing the trophy before the end of a major tournament once already this year - and lost.

Jacobson eyes first PGA title

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - Nineteen-year-old amateur Patrick Cantlay had trouble building on his record-setting round in the Travelers Championship.

Will Sonoma road course lead to a demolition derby?

SONOMA, Calif. - The winding road course in Sonoma is a perfect fit with the serenity and peacefulness of the Northern California wine country.

Sorenson wins Nationwide road race

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) - Justin Allgaier could have coasted to victory under caution - but he ran out of gas, handing a victory to Reed Sorenson in a chaotic finish to Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide race at Road America.

ON RACING: Road racers take center stage

As a road-racing fan, this is one of my favorite NASCAR weekends, with the Sprint Cup series at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma and the Nationwide series running at Road America in Wisconsin.

WIMBLEDON: Murray carries British hopes again

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Andy Murray showed off his new favorite trick shot to an enraptured Centre Court crowd Friday.

Sports Briefly

The 11-12 year Carson City Hooligans team rolled to an 18-5 win over South Tahoe on Friday in Sparks.

SERTOMA: Silver stars grab 14-3 win

RENO - Trying to put in a real offense in three days of practice for an all-star game is virtually impossible, and Spanish Springs' Scott Hare knows that.

Blue Jays fall to 0-3 in tourney

RENO - The attitudes were better, but the results didn't change for the Carson Blue Jays.

Giants win, A's lose

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Andres Torres scored the deciding run from third base on Aubrey Huff's long foul out in the sixth inning, and the San Francisco Giants overcame another erratic start by pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 on Friday night.

College golfer shoots 60, leads Travelers after 36

CROMWELL, Conn. - Nineteen-year-old UCLA star Patrick Cantlay shot a course-record 10-under 60 - the lowest PGA Tour round ever by an amateur - to take a four-stroke lead Friday in the Travelers Championship.

No new proposals at NBA meeting

NEW YORK (AP) - With their turn, the players passed.

NFL owners, players will talk again next week

With training camps set to open in another month, NFL owners and players will resume negotiations next week, hoping to build on recent talks, two people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press on Friday.

Friday, June 24

Barger-Millard joins Coldwell Banker Best Sellers

Victoria Williams, broker/sales manager of Coldwell Banker Best Sellers in Carson City recently announced that Christine Barger-Millard has joined the Best Sellers team as a full-time salesperson. Barger-Millard said she is looking forward to her affiliation with Coldwell Banker Best Sellers because of "the company's outstanding business philosophy and marketing approach."

Business licenses June 26

The following business licenses were filed in Carson City between May 30-June 17: 3D Concrete, out of town contractors, 775-635-2805 Affordable Used Furnishings, Carson City, Gyla Herbaugh, owner, 775-450-3709

Farmers welcome subscription sales

Northern Nevada's cadre of small farmers - those with just a few acres - are finding that subscription farming provides a valuable stream of revenue when they need it most. And the deals in which customers often pay an upfront deposit and payments throughout the winter and spring for boxes of produce delivered on a regular schedule give small farmers a solid way of gauging demand for their crops.

Business Briefly June 26

AdvisorShares launches the Meidell Tactical Advantage ETF AdvisorShares Investments, a sponsor of actively managed Exchange Traded Funds, launched the AdvisorShares Meidell Tactical Advantage ETF (NYSE: MATH) on Thursday, which is managed by American Wealth Management of Reno, Nevada.

Municipal bond and municipal bond mutual funds: Know the difference?

Municipal bonds are tax-exempt debt obligations issued by cities, counties, states and other governmental entities to finance the creation of projects that are considered beneficial to the public good: housing, schools, highways, hospitals, sewer systems and other essential infrastructure. Carson City, Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center and, the State of Nevada have all been issuers of municipal bonds. Interest income from municipal bonds is generally exempt from federal income tax, and if you purchase a bond issued in your state of residence, you generally don't have to pay state income tax (a few states such as Nevada have no state income taxes). Some communities may impose local income taxes but may waive taxes on certain local, municipal bonds.

Na loses in second round at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - After playing so well, so often, at this year's first two major tournaments, Li Na's run at Wimbledon came to an early end.

SERTOMA: Six Carson players suit up for last high school game

Tonight's annual Sertoma Football Classic means different things to the six Carson High players selected to the game.

FODDER: Another black eye for Wolf Pack

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . .

Blue Jays 1-hit in tourney opener

RENO - Simply put, Thursday's loss to the Greater Nevada Badgers was one of the most disappointing efforts put forth by the Carson Blue Jays this summer.

NFL owners, players meet again

Round 4 of the "secret" negotiations is over. Round 5 is coming soon - perhaps to a suburban locale near you.

Bradley leading Travelers when play suspnded

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - Michael Bradley had a one-stroke lead when first-round play in the Travelers Championship was suspended for the day Thursday.

Yani Tseng leads LPGA Championship

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - No matter how hard she tried, Paula Creamer couldn't quite catch Yani Tseng. Neither could anyone else.

Lincecum lifts Giants over Twins, 2-1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum needed a psychological boost. When he got it, his fastball command returned.

Thursday, June 23

Capuano shuts down A's

NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Capuano put aside any hint of pain and then really cramped Oakland's style.

Cavaliers take Irving with No. 1 pick in NBA draft

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Kyrie Irving headed to Cleveland as the No. 1 pick minutes after the NBA draft started.

Sharks look for tweaks rather than overhaul

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - With the core of a team that has made consecutive trips to the conference finals in place, the San Jose Sharks head into this offseason looking for tweaks more than an overhaul.

Favorites win at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Time and again after losing a point, Venus Williams rolled her eyes, slumped her shoulders and let out a shriek of dismay that echoed through Centre Court, reverberating off its roof.

Tar Heels eliminated from CWS by Vandy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - North Carolina couldn't move baserunners along, so it's so long to the College World Series for the Tar Heels.

Bullets swept by Atwater

The Nevada Bullets suffered through two horrific days on the baseball field. There are plenty of ways to deal with the adversity of three straight losses.


A thumbnail look at potential first-round selections for the NBA draft to be held on Thursday:

Woods to miss next week's AT&T National

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods will miss another golf tournament as he recovers from injuries to his left leg, saying Wednesday he will not play in the AT&T National next week outside Philadelphia.

McIlroy says he can handle pressure of stardom

LONDON (AP) - Newly crowned U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy is confident he can handle the pressure that comes with being considered the heir apparent to Tiger Woods.

AP source: NFL owners, players meet again

NFL owners and players met in the Boston area Wednesday in the latest attempt to work out a new collective bargaining agreement, a person with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press.

Union: Owners still demand too much in NBA talks

NEW YORK (AP) - Union officials said Wednesday that NBA players and owners are about $7 billion apart over a 10-year span in their most recent proposals, a significant gap to close to avoid a work stoppage.

Ziegler hits Turner with pitch in 13th, Mets win

NEW YORK (AP) - Brad Ziegler hit Justin Turner with a pitch with two outs in the 13th inning to force in the winning run and the New York Mets ended the Oakland Athletics' six-game winning streak, 3-2 Wednesday night.

Vogelsong's latest gem leads Giants past Twins 5-1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ryan Vogelsong was just hoping to earn a spot with a major league club the last five seasons.

Wednesday, June 22

College World Series Capsules

OMAHA, Neb. - Colby Holmes, John Taylor and Matt Price combined on a five-hitter and defending national champion South Carolina tied the record for consecutive NCAA tournament wins with a 7-1 victory over Virginia at the College World Series on Tuesday night.

Cavs mulling over early picks

CLEVELAND (AP) - They're done measuring, timing and talking to prospective draft picks. It's time for the Cleveland Cavaliers to choose a few.


Schmidt, Ransom lead Aces past 51s

AP source: NFL owners, players to meet again

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - The next time NFL owners meet over labor, there is hope it will be to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with the players.

Displaced Super Bowl fans seeking lost income

DALLAS (AP) - Super Bowl ticket-holders displaced during the seating fiasco at Cowboys Stadium in February said Tuesday in a court filing they should be compensated for lost income on top of the other expenses they incurred.

NBA owners, players swap proposals; will meet Friday

NEW YORK (AP) - Saying it reflects a "desire to go as far as we can to avoid a lockout," NBA Commissioner David Stern revealed Tuesday that owners have moved off their insistence on a hard salary cap.


U-12 Wolfpack win tourney in Reno

Atwater makes quick work of Bullets

The Nevada Bullets proved that a good start doesn't translate into a win.

Twins pounce on Bumgarner early, beat Giants 9-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ben Revere stood in the on-deck circle waiting for his second at-bat of the first inning and watched as pitcher Carl Pavano went for a major league-record ninth straight hit to start the game.

Outman handcuffs Mets

NEW YORK (AP) - Josh Outman threw another impressive game, Jemile Weeks scored three times and the streaking Oakland Athletics walked their way to a 7-3 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night, handing rookie Dillon Gee his first loss of the season.

WIMBLEDON: Serena overcome by emotion after win

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - The 352 days Serena Williams lived through between Grand Slam appearances were filled with health problems and hospitalizations, doubts and depression.

Tuesday, June 21

Go into the lite: Healthy choices for summer barbecue

Growing up in Texas, everything was about beef. The longhorn was as much a symbol of the Lone Star State as the lone star itself.

Monday, June 20

Sheriffs' log June 21

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

Sunday, June 19

Baseball Capsules

CHICAGO (AP) - Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and Brett Gardner made a terrific play in the outfield to lead the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Matsui leads A's to 4-2 win over Giants

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Hideki Matsui had two hits and two RBIs to help the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 Saturday night.

Saturday, June 18

Florida beats Texas 8-4 in CWS

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Brian Johnson delivered the big blow this time.

Vandy knocks off Tar Heels at CWS

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Connor Harrell hit the first College World Series home run in the new TD Ameritrade Park to break a sixth-inning tie and first-time qualifier Vanderbilt defeated North Carolina 7-3 on Saturday.

Cheaney returns to Hoosier-land

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Calbert Cheaney is returning to Indiana to relearn the college game.

Busch wins another pole

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Another race, another pole for Kurt Busch. This is a drill he's happy to get used to.

Roush weighs in on Childress-Busch incident

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Jack Roush drew a few laughs after his team's NASCAR Nationwide victory, when he was asked his view of the fine handed down to fellow owner Richard Childress.

Edwards wins Nationwide race

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Carl Edwards raced to his fourth NASCAR Nationwide victory of the year, passing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with less than 10 laps remaining Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

2011 NBA draft capsules

A thumbnail look at potential first-round selections for the NBA draft to be held on Thursday:

Weak draft could still provide assets for later

NEW YORK (AP) - You can't draft a Big Three, and Miami's was beaten in the NBA finals by a Dallas team built almost entirely through trades and free agency.

NBA players worry how fans would react to lockout

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - NBA players who just finished a season capped by the highest rated championship series in more than a decade are concerned about how their labor dispute and a potential work stoppage before next season will affect their surging fan base.

U.S. Open Tee Times

U.S. Open Tee Times Sunday At Congressional Country Club (Blue Course)

McIlroy leads field by 8 shots entering final round

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Rory McIlroy kept punishing the golf course and the record book Saturday, setting himself up with an eight-shot lead at the U.S. Open with 18 holes left between him and his first major championship.

Another faulty address for Webb Simpson at US Open

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - It probably won't cost Webb Simpson a tournament this time. Still, he must be wondering what he did to get on the wrong side of the golf gods.

Bruins delight fans at 'rolling rally' celebration

BOSTON (AP) - Screaming fans dressed in the black and gold of the Boston Bruins smiled, waved and stood on trees and bus shelters as they watched the NHL champions - and the Stanley Cup, of course - roll through city streets on a balmy, breezy day.

A's finally beat Lincecum, Giants

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Conor Jackson wasn't surprised to see Oakland playing small-ball against San Francisco ace Tim Lincecum in the first inning.

Friday, June 17

Jayhawks add F Kevin Young

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas has added forward Kevin Young, a 6-foot-8 swingman who will be expected to contribute right away in the Jayhawks' rebuilding project.

WIMBLEDON: Venus and Serena are back

Two simple words at the end of a June 7 tweet said it all: "Serena's back!"

NCAA forum aims to increase minority head coaches

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A new wave of college football head-coaching candidates is going to school this weekend.

ON RACING: Carson City teen has eyes on pro career

A couple of months ago I wrote about 76 year old Midget racer J.R. Williams. At the other end of the age spectrum is Carson City native Conner Ford, who is working his way up the racing ladder at the age of 14. I sat down with Conner on Friday and we discussed his racing history and aspirations.

Reaching a deal not a done deal

NEW YORK (AP) - Reaching a labor deal soon is hardly a done deal in the NFL.

Vandy-N. Carolina opens new CWS stadium

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The College World Series opens at the new TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday after 61 years at Rosenblatt Stadium, and coaches are doing all they can to keep their players focused on what happens between the lines.

Probation ends for Kyle Busch, Harvick

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Probation is over for Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, but the drivers aren't ready to shake hands and make up.

NBA drops insistence on non-guaranteed contracts

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA owners relaxed their insistence on non-guaranteed contracts in a new collective bargaining agreement Friday, but players cautioned that isn't enough because the league is still seeking a hard salary cap.

Earnhardt back in Michigan, hoping for elusive win

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. tries not to worry about his winless stretch, which reached three years this week.

1997 champ Els among those to miss US Open cut

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Ernie Els stood in a foyer just inside the clubhouse, along a wall adorned with photos and other mementos from his 1997 U.S. Open victory.

McIlroy roars into the record books at US Open

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - In one of those can't-miss moments in sports, thousands of fans covered every inch of space on the hill behind the 10th green at Congressional. They

Riots overshadow Canucks fans' Game 7 heartbreak

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The plywood sheets filling in for shattered windows on the historic Hudson's Bay Co. department store Thursday were turned into a canvas for expressing a city's embarrassment.

FODDER: Thanks Dallas for beating Miami

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . OK, yes, I have to admit it. I was thrilled to see the Miami Heat and LeBron James lose the NBA Finals. I didn't care who won it as long as the Heat and LeBron lost it. I vowed to never watch the NBA again if the Heat won. So, thank you, Dallas Mavericks for making sure that King James has as many NBA titles this morning as Burger King, King Tut, King Kong, Don King and Stephen King.

Fredette, Walker work out for Utah Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Kemba Walker and Jimmer Fredette never made it onto the same court during their last year of college hoops. It finally happened behind closed doors at the Utah Jazz practice facility.

Carson City LL chooses all-star players

Carson City Little League has chosen its all-star rosters for post-season play which begins later this month.

NJ charges against Titans' Britt downgraded

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey judge on Thursday downgraded three charges against Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt for offenses stemming from his second recent arrest in the state.

Locked-out fringe players find ways to get by

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With the NFL lockout putting the squeeze on both his wallet and pursuit of a pro football career, former Connecticut quarterback Tyler Lorenzen has created some of the latest culinary innovations in the Big Easy, just so he can eat at home and save a little coin.

Packers reunite to receive Super Bowl rings

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Although the ring was even heavier than Charles Woodson expected, it felt just right on his hand.

Mavericks' championship celebrated by their fans

DALLAS (AP) - The face of the Dallas Mavericks laughed, sang and even seemed to tear up.

Pearl tops Nevada Bullets

ALAMEDA - The Neptune Pearl scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to wipe out a 2-1 deficit and beat the Nevada Bulllets 6-3 in a Far West Collegiate League baseball game Thursday night at Willie Stargell Field.

Mickelson's Open-ing 74 could have been 84

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - It's rare anytime a round of 74 makes a pro golfer smile.

McIlroy shows off his major form on a Thursday

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Rory McIlroy is becoming a master at these major championships.

Weeks, Matsui lead A's to 8-4 win over Royals

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jemile Weeks played through some nerves, Gio Gonzalez played through an illness and the Oakland Athletics played well enough for their first series win under interim manager Bob Melvin.

Upton homer in 10th beats Giants

PHOENIX (AP) - Justin Upton homered on the first pitch he saw in the 10th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided a sweep at the hands of San Francisco with a 3-2 victory over the Giants on Thursday night.

Thursday, June 16

Mavs hope to keep Chandler, Barea to defend title

DALLAS (AP) - Jason Terry has figured out a simple way for the Dallas Mavericks to bring back the entire roster to defend their NBA title.

Large crowd expected for Mavs parade on today

DALLAS (AP) - Five years after a parade drawn up to celebrate the Dallas Mavericks' first NBA championship backfired, new plans are in place for a ride through the city's streets.

Chizik: AU had no fears on Newton's eligibility

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Coach Gene Chizik says in his upcoming book that Auburn would never have let Cam Newton play if the Tigers had any concerns about the quarterback's eligibility and described a star player with high character and "incredible focus" who used football as an escape.

Ducks CB Harris suspended indefinitely

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly has suspended Cliff Harris indefinitely after the cornerback was cited for speeding while driving with a suspended license.

Sports Briefly

ALAMEDA - Andrew Woeck pitched six strong innings and C.J. Maldanado went 5-for-5 and drove in four runs to lead the Nevada Bullets to a 9-2 win over the Neptune Pearl in a Far West Summer Collegiate game at Willie Stargell Field.

Bonds' lawyers want acquittal or new trial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Barry Bonds' attorneys filed a motion Wednesday asking a judge to change Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction to an acquittal or schedule a new trial.

Bruins win another Game 7 to take the Stanley Cup

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - While the Boston Bruins beelined across the ice to mob him at the buzzer, Tim Thomas tapped both goalposts, sank to his knees and rubbed the ice in front of his empty goal.

Cal's Cinderella saeson continues at CWS

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - This season has already included the biggest save in California baseball history. Now the Golden Bears are hoping to cap it with one of their biggest wins.

Crason Blue Jays drop DH to Damonte

One of the big experiments for Carson High's summer baseball team has been using wood bats in preparation for the less lively bats that will be used next spring.

Clijsters will skip Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters withdrew from Wimbledon on Wednesday because of a foot injury, leaving the women's field more wide open.

US Open a tough test without being hard

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Golf's second major championship of the year seems to have a new name.

Outman leads Athletics past Royals, 2-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics had a lot of firsts Wednesday night.

Bumgarner strong, Giants beat D-backs again 5-2

PHOENIX (AP) - To a man, the San Francisco Giants were intent on giving Madison Bumgarner the outcome he deserved.

Brees, other players react to progress

NEW YORK (AP) - Negotiations completed for the day and likely the week, NFL owners are setting sights on their upcoming meeting in Chicago. Many players are looking beyond then - with optimism - toward getting back to work.

Wednesday, June 15

Pebble meltdown doesn't haunt Johnson

BETHESDA, Md (AP) - Maybe the oddest thing about the meltdown that cost Dustin Johnson the U.S. Open last year is how much of it he wouldn't change.

Waltrip, Yarborough make NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) - The wait is over for Cale Yarborough and Darrell Waltrip. The championship-winning drivers with a bumpy personal connection are headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Stewart, Hamilton all smiles after car swap at WGI

WATKINS GLEN, NY (AP) - Lewis Hamilton looked at Tony Stewart, smiled and gave a thumbs-up.

Canucks, Bruins ready to finish off epic finals

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The past two weeks are likely to be a vivid blur in the memories of Tim Thomas, Roberto Luongo and the players who staggered off their final cross-continent flights Tuesday to put a merciful end to the Stanley Cup finals.

Canucks getting love from fickle home fans

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Anyone curious why home ice has been such an advantage in the Stanley Cup finals only needs to look back at the second period of Game 5 in Vancouver.

Canucks' Mason Raymond out 3-4 months after check

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Canucks president Mike Gillis said Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk "used a can opener" in delivering a brutal hit on Mason Raymond that left the Vancouver forward in a Boston hospital with a back injury.

Stern, union execs meet; more negotiations planned

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA Commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver met with players' association executive director Billy Hunter and members of their staffs Tuesday, and there are more discussions planned for later this week.

COMMUNITY SPORTS: Tahoe Rim Trail seeks volunteers to build trails

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is looking for volunteers for its trail building workdays at Stateline for the Daggett Summit Trail Project.

Tuesday, June 14

Frozen ravioli is a short-cut to tasty dinner in minutes

It always seems there can't be a busier month than December. Then June arrives and slam! All those baby and bridal showers, weddings, and graduations plus a slew of end-of-year concerts, sports banquets and awards ceremonies. And somehow, you are still expected to get dinner on the table.

Reports point to lower food prices, more hiring

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are finally getting some relief from high gas and food prices. Wholesale food prices fell last month by the most in nearly a year, and gas prices keep dropping after peaking in May. A separate survey suggests CEOs are feeling more optimistic and will hire more in the second half of this year.

Braising brings out the amazing flavor of artichokes

This week grocery shopping, I decided to part with my usual organized self and go without a list. Scary, I know. I am not abandoning my usually weekly menu planning, I am just doing it a little backward. I decided to go to the store and pick out the things that looked good, were in season or, in some cases, more affordable (let's admit that has to be considered more and more these days).

Monday, June 13

Giants 2B Sanchez to try rehab before surgery

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants will be without another one of their best hitters for a while. Maybe even the entire season.

Mavs' 1st title won through camaraderie, teamwork

DALLAS - Celebrating in their champagne-soaked championship T-shirts, it was easy to look around the Dallas Mavericks' locker room and laugh off the reputations each of them once carried.

Lodi scores late, tops Bullets

The Lodi Glory scored once in the seventh and once in the eighth innings to pick up a league victory over the Nevada Bullets on Sunday in Lodi, Calif.

Sunday, June 12

Three area residents win free trip to the U.S. Open

A five-month gaming promotion has ended with three area residents winning all-expense paid trips to the U.S. Open which starts Thursday at Congressional in Bethesda, Md.

Collinses spend vacations watching golf

At first glance, Dayton's Jim and Kitty Collins aren't your normal couple.

Aces, Bullets post wins

Aces pound 23 hits to beat Colorado

Saturday, June 11

Geren excited to work with sons in Hawaii Collegiate League

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Bob Geren realized full well that without regular wins this year his tenure managing the Oakland Athletics would be over.

Lillibridge saves win for White Sox with catch

CHICAGO (AP) - Brent Lillibridge helped make John Danks a winner with a homer-saving catch in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Saturday night.

Canceled training camp could spell doom for small business owners across the country

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jake's Stadium Pizza has been a fast-food fixture on the Minnesota State University campus for nearly four decades. This summer, they're cooking that thin crust with crossed fingers in Mankato, Minn.

Mavericks eye first NBA title

MIAMI - The hammer Dirk Nowitzki is so close to escaping is pounding away harder than ever at LeBron James.

Ruler on Ice rules in slop to win Belmont Stakes

NEW YORK (AP) - The Kentucky Derby winner stumbled at the start. The Preakness winner tired in the stretch. The Belmont Stakes was up for grabs.

Kurt Busch wins Pocono pole

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Kurt Busch's reward for slapping the wall at practice was a backup No. 22 Dodge that was better than his regular ride.

Thomas' play going to waste in Stanley Cup finals

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Tim Thomas is giving a masterful performance in his net during the Stanley Cup finals. He's also doing an excellent job masking the frustration that must be coursing through him.

Yani Tseng takes LPGA Tour lead

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot her second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Mindy Kim in the LPGA State Farm Classic

A look back at previous US Opens

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - A look at some of the anniversaries of this year's 111th U.S. Open, to be played June 16-19 at Congressional:

US OPEN: Capsules on top players

A capsule look at 10 notable players in the U.S. Open, to be played June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.:

US OPEN: Who will conquer Congressional?

Four players have taken their turns at No. 1, the highest number between U.S. Opens in the 25-year history of the world ranking. Four players won their first major in the last 12 months. Four others captured their first World Golf Championship.

Karlsson leads by stroke looking for 1st PGA win

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Robert Karlsson shot a 2-under 68 Saturday to remain atop the leaderboard through three rounds at the St. Jude Classic.

Giants sign Bill Hall to replace Freddy Sanchez

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Bill Hall was home in Arizona playing video games with his cousin when his agent called to tell him Freddy Sanchez got injured and the San Francisco Giants might need an infielder.

Reds pound Lincecum in 10-2 win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mike Leake pitched eight scoreless innings and also got two hits off Tim Lincecum as the Cincinnati Reds gave the San Francisco ace one of his worst beatings ever in a 10-2 victory over the Giants on Saturday.

Sports Briefly

Aces lose again to Sky Sox

Schierholtz gives Giants 3-2 win over Reds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz delivered a game-ending RBI single in the ninth inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Friday, June 10

LA stadium planner: talks held with 5 NFL teams

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The head of the sports and entertainment firm that wants to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles has been in talks with officials from five teams about the proposed venue, a company official said Friday.

Sizemore has three-run double in ninth for A's

CHICAGO (AP) - Scott Sizemore hit a go-ahead three-run double in the ninth inning to rally the Oakland Athletics past the Chicago White Sox 7-5 Friday night, ending a 10-game losing streak.

Canucks edge Bruins, move to brink of NHL title

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - With a fortunate bounce and a flawless goalie, the Vancouver Canucks are heading back to Boston with the chance to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time.

Minden entrepreneur believes Fire Puck next hot thing

Developers of a matchless fire starter hope to see widespread inception of their product as it begins to hit outdoor retail stores throughout the year. Minden-based Glacier Ice Development has been refining the Fire Puck for more than five years, president Denis Niemeyer says. The company struck a deal with Leach Logistics of Sparks to fine-tune the firestarter, and Leach expects to begin production and distribution in early June.

Business Briefly June 12

Fifth annual community drive for school supplies Bauter & Holmes is sponsoring the fifth annual community school supply drive. Donations can be dropped off at the Bauter & Holmes, 525 W. Washington St. through Aug. 17. Their hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Exploration companies win legal battle

The exploration companies that act as the research-and-development arm of Nevada's mining industry won a key legal battle last week. Carson City District Court Judge Jim Wilson in Carson City ruled that fees on mining claims levied by the State Legislature are unconstitutional.

Investing in Gold: Sales tax for coins and bullion is a sore spot

Sales tax on coins and bullion in Nevada has been a sore spot for many dealers, collectors, and investors. Every state in the West, except Nevada, has exempted rare coins and bullion from sales tax for investors. Nevada just took the first step. Bullion is now exempt from sales tax.

Finance with Carol Perry; It is almost too late to do the right thing

Winston Churchill once said "Americans will do the right thing-after they have exhausted all the alternatives." That was many years ago, but it is just as true today, or is it? After enduring a week of Wienergate, I was not surprised that A.) the Congressman would attempt to keep his job; B.) The media would be entirely focused on the juicy details of the scandal when there are so many crucially important stories; C.) There were plenty of folks willing to downplay Mr. Wiener's deplorable behavior as no big deal.

MOTORSPORTS: Childress said he deserved fine

Due to space limitations, last week's update on Gardnerville Outlaw Kart racer Tanner Thorson's season didn't make the paper.

Earnhardt back in the high life again

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. needed an extreme makeover to shake up his sagging career. New shop. New crew chief. New team.

Off track fights, fines hit NASCAR

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) - Richard Childress refuses to talk about what he did to Kyle Busch. Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya won't talk about secret fines or threatened lawsuits.

Evans attempts comeback; spot on Olympic team in London

Janet Evans was perfectly content to walk away from swimming after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She had her gold medals, her world records. She was burned out and ready to move on.

Mucho Macho Man runs for a cause

NEW YORK (AP) - Mucho Macho Man is running for more than glory in the Belmont Stakes.

Auburn hikes Chizik's salary to $3.5 million

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn's Gene Chizik has received a new contract nearly doubling his salary and making him one of college football's highest paid coaches.

QB McGloin hones leadership skills at Penn St

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - With two months to go before training camp, the Penn State Nittany Lions don't have to be in Happy Valley - though it certainly can't hurt to stick around if you're competing for the quarterback job.

Stewart out, Holgorsen in as WVU head coach

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Bill Stewart has resigned as West Virginia's football coach and Dana Holgorsen will take over a year early after the two made unwanted headlines for weeks.

Boise St meeting with NCAA to discuss infractions

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Boise State met with the NCAA Committee on Infractions on Friday to discuss violations by its highly successful football program and other sports.

Back in Miami, Heat hope to force Mavs to Game 7

MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James came to Miami last summer for the chance to be a champion.

Jackson talks big, bold as new Warriors coach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mark Jackson was every bit the bold and boisterous personality on his first day as coach of the Golden State Warriors that he was as a player and a broadcast analyst.

Karlsson grabs 3-stroke lead with 65 in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Robert Karlsson shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the St. Jude Classic.

Sports Briefly

RENO - The Eldorado Hotel Casino will return as the dinner sponsor at this year's Governor's Dinner on July 8 at the Governor's Mansion.

Stoops: Sooners don't want USC's vacated title

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops won't be laying claim to the 2004 national title that Southern California had stripped by the BCS this week.

Home-ice holding up again in Stanley Cup finals

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Home has been sweet in the Stanley Cup finals. Again.

Ohio St president: NCAA investigators left campus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - NCAA investigators left campus a week ago following their review of reports about Ohio State players selling or trading memorabilia for cash and tattoos, university president Gordon Gee said Thursday.

All eyes on Pryor as he tries for the NFL

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The next step may be the most important one for former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Oakland Athletics fire manager Bob Geren

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - With his banged-up team mired in a nine-game losing streak and rampant speculation about the tenuous status of manager Bob Geren, general manager Billy Beane felt he had no other choice than to make a change at skipper.

Dunn, Konerko homer in White Sox's win over A's

CHICAGO (AP) - Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko each hit two-run homers and the Chicago White Sox spoiled the debut of Oakland interim manager Bob Melvin, beating the Athletics 9-4 on Thursday night.

Giants held to four hits in 3-0 loss to Reds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner had another stellar outing. Typical of his season, the San Francisco pitcher didn't get any run support and took another loss.

Hawaii governor says money wasted on Pro Bowl

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Thursday it's "so stupid" that the cash-strapped state pays millions to host the Pro Bowl when the money could be used for education.

Titans WR Britt faces more legal trouble in NJ

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt was arrested again in New Jersey, a day after appearing in court for a previous arrest on traffic charges.

Mavericks overcome James' triple-double, lead 3-2

DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki thrust both arms in the air, a sea of blue screaming around him and the Dallas Mavericks finally ahead in these ultra-close NBA finals.

Mathis' 65 gives him first-round lead in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - David Mathis matched his best round ever on the PGA Tour, shooting a 5-under 65 Thursday to grab the opening round lead at the St. Jude Classic.

Blue Jays put on small-ball clinic in win over Manogue

RENO - The Carson Blue Jays put on a small-ball clinic.

FODDER: Legend of Kaepernick growing

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Thursday, June 9

Chromalloy cuts another 41 positions

Chromalloy Nevada, one of Carson City's largest employers, laid off 41 people Thursday, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed. "Chromalloy's Nevada facility experienced a decline in our business," said Cathy Gedvilas. "After a review of the business and industry environment, we announced the reduction of positions to better align our business with the marketplace."

Sports Briefly

Dayton hosts First Tee tournament

Bruins win, even series at 2

BOSTON (AP) - The tattered, kitschy Bruins jacket has been moving around the Boston locker room for the past few months, going to the most valuable player in every victory.

CFL team looking into Pryor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired the negotiating rights to Terrelle Pryor and have spoken to Pryor's lawyer about bringing the former Ohio State quarterback to the Canadian Football League.

Looks like Tiger Woods may settle for second best

The list was on his bedroom wall growing up, a daily reminder to Tiger Woods about his goals in life. Simple, yet audacious, the plan was to break the records set by Jack Nicklaus and become the greatest golfer ever.

In a close NBA Finals, James plans to be better

DALLAS (AP) - For nearly a year, LeBron James has shaken off the criticism, laughed off the trash talk.

Stern: Sides 'very far apart' on NBA labor deal

DALLAS (AP) - Repeating the words several times, David Stern made it clear: NBA owners and players are "very far apart" on a new labor deal.

Cain's arm, bat lead Giants past Nationals 3-1

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Matt Cain overpowered Washington with 11 strikeouts in his first complete game of the season and also hit an RBI double that helped the San Francisco Giants beat the Nationals 3-1 on Wednesday for their sixth win in eight games.

Former Pirates star Jose Pagan dies at 76

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Former big leaguer Jose Pagan, who drove in the eventual winning run for Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the 1971 World Series, has died. He was 76.

Orioles beat Athletics 3-2 for 3-game sweep

BALTIMORE (AP) - Just over a week after being humiliated in Oakland, the Baltimore Orioles pushed aside the struggling Athletics to pull off a sweep of their own.

Campbell's ace earned her a Mercedes

One swing of the club gave Dayton resident Janice Campbell her 15 seconds of fame.

4 more WNC alums drafted

Four more former Western Nevada College baseball players were selected on the final day of the amateur draft.

Wednesday, June 8

Meet Your Merchant: Bringing a smile to their faces

Throughout his restaurant career, Paul Lau said he has come to enjoy one simple pleasure: Watching his customers smile after they taste his food. "This has been my job my whole life," said Lau , 62. "I like cooking, I like to see people when they're eating my meal they're happy."

Oil rises as OPEC maintains production level

NEW YORK (AP) - A contentious meeting of oil ministers ended Wednesday with a clear message: Don't count on OPEC to do much about oil prices. The 12-nation group decided not to boost production, which likely would have resulted in lower prices. That sent oil back above $100 a barrel. And more importantly, it sets the stage for higher prices later this year.

Stocks fall as Fed delivers mixed economic outlook

NEW YORK (AP) - Another lackluster economic report sent stocks down Wednesday, extending a weeklong slide. The Federal Reserve report, known as the Beige Book, showed the economy slowed in several U.S. regions for the first time this year. While seven of the Fed's 12 districts reported steady gains, the economy stalled in the New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Chicago regions, the Fed said. Dallas was the only region to report accelerated growth. That was largely due to the effect of higher oil prices on the region's energy industry.

Sports Briefly

Bullets lose first game of season

Pitino excited about newest recruits

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Rick Pitino says he is excited about the two new additions to his Louisville squad and that his son is not leaving his coaching staff anytime soon.

ASU wins NCAA softball crown

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - In pitching Arizona State to a national championship in softball, Dallas Escobedo did something few freshman have ever accomplished - and none had done for more than two decades.

Canucks don't consider themselves Cup villains

BOSTON (AP) - The last time Henrik Sedin looked, the Vancouver Canucks' hats were blue, not black.

Douglas' Johnson blanks Carson, 5-0

When you ask Douglas High's Kyle Johnson how fast he throws, he looks a little sheepish.

Local man helps team win Tecate Score Baja 500

The Unique Products 305/Kenda Tire team of Mike Johnson, Craig Smith, Brian Pinard and Carson City's Steve Garnett combined their talents to win the Class 30 title at the Tecate Score Baja 500.

James' double-figure scoring streak ends at 433

DALLAS (AP) - For the first time with the Miami Heat, LeBron James didn't score in double figures. That ended a streak that had been going on for so much longer for the standout forward.

AP Sources: Players, owners hold secret meetings

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL and its players again held talks Tuesday at a secret location, seeking a resolution to the labor impasse.

Alex Smith trying to lead 49ers during NFL lockout

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Alex Smith is playing the part of quarterback, coach and even part-time media relations liaison this summer for the San Francisco 49ers.

Athletics lose to Orioles 4-0; skid at 8 straight

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Oakland Athletics couldn't get more than one hit in any inning against Baltimore, and many of their hard-hit balls went directly into the glove of one of the Orioles.

Zimmerman, bullpen too much for the Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven impressive innings and drove in the tiebreaking run with a safety squeeze to lead the Washington Nationals over the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Tuesday night.

More players shine in Tiger's absence

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - As far as William Hill is concerned, all bets are off.

Tiger Woods to skip US Open

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods pulled out of the U.S. Open on Tuesday because of lingering issues with his left leg, leaving him uncertain how soon he can resume his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record for major titles.

Tuesday, June 7

Waffles start the night before for an easy morning treat

I'm finally finished working at the Legislature except for a few odds and ends. I wanted to say that even though it was hard work I thoroughly enjoyed my first session. It was a privilege cooking for the Assembly members. I'd like to think that with their very busy schedules coming down for a good lunch helped them to get through their day and do a job that was not easy in this economic environment.

Sharing secrets of a 'dump cook'

Stratas (layered casseroles for breakfast or brunch) are the perfect vehicles for explaining the concept "dump cook," a condition to which I readily confess. Indeed, the hardest part of giving away recipes requested by guests at our Bed and Breakfast or writing this column for the Nevada Appeal, is quantifying the ingredients. "How much zucchini?" "More seasoning?" "Add some garlic? Onion? Peppers?"

Athletics drop 7th straight, 4-2 to Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) - Adam Rosales would have preferred to celebrate his return from the disabled list with a victory.

Monday, June 6

On boxing & martial arts: Who do we blame it on?

Before Memorial Day weekend, it had been some time since big-name heavyweight top world contenders have come to Reno.

Sports Briefly June 7

Silver Stage High senior Shannon Chapman signed a letter of intent May 28 to play softball at Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kan.

Sunday, June 5

New Panthers coach remains upbeat during lockout

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - As Carolina Panthers players organized a week of workouts, their new coach was forced to find out secondhand how they went.

Outlook for NFL, NFLPA and sponsors

Eds: First in a series on the impact of the NFL owners' lockout of the players. This story is part of AP's general news, financial and sports services.

Dez Bryant ready for season

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - After an offseason he'd like to forget, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is proclaiming himself ready for the upcoming NFL schedule.

Hall of Famer Johnson dies at 81

TRACY, Calif. (AP) - Hall of Fame running back John Henry Johnson died Friday. He was 81.

Li Na turns from badminton to Grand Slam champion

PARIS (AP) - If China's 1.3 billion people want to thank someone for their country's first Grand Slam singles title, they can say "merci" to Li Na's former badminton coach.

Mavs' Haywood uncertain for Game 3 against Heat

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas Mavericks backup center Brendan Haywood was going nowhere fast during practice Saturday.

Busch earns pole for NASCAR race

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Kurt Busch had never run all that well in Kansas, and a spinout during practice Friday certainly didn't make it look as if he was about to turn that around.

NASCAR looking into Childress, Busch reports

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - NASCAR is looking into reports that Kyle Busch and 65-year-old car owner Richard Childress were involved in an altercation Saturday after the Trucks Series race at Kansas Speedway.

Out of gas: Allgaier wins Nationwide race

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - With the finish line coming fast on the final lap, Justin Allgaier saw Carl Edwards' car start to wobble as it ran out of fuel. And that's when Allgaier knew he would be able to get around him.

Carson, DHS stars fare well in all-star game

RENO - All-star games are usually fun for the participants for. It gives them a chance to meet and get to know players they face during the regular season.

Burrows scores fast in OT, Canucks lead Bruins 2-0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - In a mere 11 seconds, Alex Burrows used the strengths of the Boston Bruins' two best defensive players against them.

Put a cork in it Sabean

As many of you, I'm a devout Giants fan, and I was distraught that the team will have to play the rest of the season without Buster Posey.

Saturday, June 4

Bullets win 6th straight

The Nevada Bullets improved to 6-0 on the season with a 8-3 win over the Butte Sabres on Saturday afternoon at Western Nevada College in a nonleague summer collegiate baseball game.

Stassi unworried about the draft

RENO - Brock Stassi doesn't plan on stressing out during the three-day major league baseball amateur draft starting on Monday.

Giants' Belt headed for disabled list

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants plan to place heralded rookie Brandon Belt on the disabled list after an MRI revealed a hairline fracture in slugger's left wrist.

Tulowitzki powers Rockies past Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Troy Tulowitzki is heating up, and the Colorado Rockies are hoping the rest of their lineup will follow suit.

GOLF: Stricker leads by 3 at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio - Steve Stricker holed out from the fairway for one of his two eagles Saturday, wound up with a 3-under 69 on a steamy afternoon at Muirfield Village and finished with a three-shot lead in the Memorial. He still had to convince himself it was a good day.

Drew beats A's in 14th with a single

BOSTON (AP) - J.D. Drew stuck with his usual laid-back approach after looking terrible the previous four times at the plate. It finally paid off - and ended a long day.

Nadal, Federer meet in men's finals

PARIS (AP) - There was a time when a Grand Slam final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal was a regular occurrence.

Great racing, finishes on Memorial Day weekend

Wow! Memorial Day weekend was one of fantastic finishes. Although the Monaco F1 race ended on a predictable note, the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 most certainly did not.

Great weekend of racing on Memorial Day weekend

Wow! Memorial Day weekend was one of fantastic finishes. Although the Monaco F1 race ended on a predictable note, the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 most certainly did not.

Canucks' Malhotra back at practice before Game 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Manny Malhotra returned to practice Friday with the Vancouver Canucks, still hoping to play in the Stanley Cup finals less than three months after a career-threatening eye injury.

Giants beat Rockies behind Cain's solid start

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cody Ross hit a go-ahead two-run double in the fourth, Matt Cain pitched seven innings for his first win in more than three weeks and the San Francisco Giants beat the slumping Colorado Rockies 3-1 on Friday night.

Federer snaps Djokovic's 43-match win streak

PARIS (AP) - Dusk was descending, wind was swirling and full-throated chants of "Ro-ger! Ro-ger!" from 15,000 or so fans finally were hushing as Roger Federer stepped to the baseline to serve - one point from returning to the French Open final and one point from ending Novak Djokovic's 43-match winning streak.

Boston is a bad word in B.C.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Boston is quickly becoming a bad - and banned - word in British Columbia.

Rambis: Still no word on return with Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Seven weeks after the Minnesota Timberwolves season ended, Kurt Rambis has not been told whether he will be back for a third year as head coach.

NBA finals go to Dallas, will collapse carry over?

DALLAS (AP) - Dwyane Wade knows in the NBA finals, collapses can carry over.

Shaq moving on to the next chapter - retirement

WINDERMERE, Fla. (AP) - Shaquille O'Neal changed from his gray T-shirt and sweat pants into a three-piece suit, then walked by some of the souvenirs he accrued during his NBA days for the final time as an active player.

Stricker a real ace at the Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - On a course with such a fine line between birdies and bogeys, Steve Stricker settled for perfection Friday in the Memorial with a hole-in-one that put him in control at Muirfield Village.

Friday, June 3

Marlins' Cousins speaks out about Posey injury

MIAMI (AP) - Florida Marlins rookie Scott Cousins, a North Valleys graduate, has been receiving death threats despite repeatedly apologizing for a collision with San Francisco Giants star Buster Posey.

Crawford's 2-run single lifts Red Sox to 8-6 win

BOSTON (AP) - Carl Crawford has struggled all season against left-handers. And when it comes to driving in runs, he's been much better on the road.

Sayers challenges NFL players to assist retirees

NOVI, Mich. (AP) - Gale Sayers sent a stern message to NFL players, challenging them to help those who paved the way.

NFL players urge appeals court to declare lockout illegal

ST. LOUIS (AP) - NFL players urged a federal appeals court Friday to declare the lockout illegal, saying the league had no right to impose a work stoppage that is now approaching three months with no sign of a deal that will save the 2011 season.

Unemployment figures highlight need for free job seminar

Although the unemployment rate in Douglas County has dropped two percentage points since January, more than 2,700 people are still out of work, according to the state, and could use some help in locating their next job. Enter Douglas County's Employment Training and Job Development program, headed by Denise Castle. The program is hosting a free, two-day job seminar Wednesday and Thursday at Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Gardnerville, 1375 Centerville Lane.

Private aircraft aid business; tourism gets a major boost

John Howitt, a respiratory therapist and owner of Accellence Home Medical in Reno, says it's not unusual for a patient in Susanville to call, asking for his help. "I'll hop in my plane and go," says Howitt. "For me, time is everything."

Cheers & Kudos

Thanks for the Junk the Junipers program Kudos to the Nevada Fire Safe Council for organizing the Junk the Junipers program a couple weeks ago. All I had to do was get my junipers to the Fandango parking lot where approximately six Carson City Fire Department firefighters graciously unloaded them and the Nevada Fire Safe Council provided me with an informative booklet, "Choosing the Right Plants for Northern Nevada's High Fire Hazard Areas," and 50 percent off 10 perennials at Greenhouse Gardens.

Business Briefly June 5

Northwest Territorial Mint acquires Texas company Northwest Territorial Mint of Dayton, a maker of custom coins and medals for the military and other customers, acquired Graco Awards of Tomball, Texas. Graco makes the Medal of Honor, Silver Star and Purple Heart awards. Both companies have been privately held.

Bleak jobs report dampens hopes of steady growth

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bleak jobs report suggests the recovery from the Great Recession will be longer and bumpier than many economists had envisioned. Most economists say job growth should strengthen later this year as gasoline prices drop further and the economy recovers from the effects of natural disasters in the U.S. and abroad. But the recovery is starting to weaken 17 months before the 2012 election, which could hurt President Barack Obama's re-election prospects.

Stocks post fifth straight week of losses

(AP) - Evidence is piling up that the economic recovery has lost some of its vigor. That has deflated a stock market rally and pushed indexes down for five straight weeks, the longest losing streak since mid-2008. So, what's next? Don't hold out hope for more help from the government, analysts say. Another round of stimulus spending isn't in the cards, the Fed has already slashed interest rates near zero and has said it will end its bond-buying program on schedule at the end of this month.

Canucks, Bruins go back to school during break

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Although Bruno Mars' skating probably needs work, the Hawaiian singer is upstaging the Stanley Cup finals this week.

NHL: D Ballard filling in fine for banged-up Canucks

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - For a guy who downplays his baseball skills, Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard has been a pretty good reliever for banged-up Vancouver during the club's run to the Stanley Cup finals.

Nowitzki rallies Mavs to win that ties NBA finals

MIAMI (AP) - Any pain in Dirk Nowitzki's left hand wouldn't have hurt nearly as much as a 2-0 deficit.

Stone's four hits helps Bullets to 4th straight win

Carson High grad Kyle Stone has always been a good hitter, and he's gotten even better after two years at Feather River College.

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Bighorns open at Governors Field

FODDER: Was Sweater Vest a cheater back in 1991?

Sports fodder for a Friday morning .

McIlroy gets back into the hunt in America

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Rory McIlroy only gets to play three regular PGA Tour events this year. He showed Thursday why the Memorial Tournament was one of them.

Ingram striving to make early mark with Saints

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mark Ingram figures there no use dwelling on whether the NFL lockout will stunt his growth as a player, and he downplays the apparent tension that the Saints' decision to draft him has caused with Reggie Bush.

NFL and players meet, court date next

From mediated talks to arguments before an appeals court, the NFL's labor dispute has reached another critical stage.

Justice Department to meet with BCS

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department's antitrust division will meet with the BCS this summer, following up on concerns the department raised with the NCAA about college football's postseason format.

Huff bashes three homers in Giants' 12-7 win

ST. LOUIS (AP) - No celebrating for Colby Rasmus after a career-best six-RBI game. The St. Louis Cardinals' center fielder blamed himself for a misplay that helped put the game out of reach.

Pryor's lawyer says SI story 90 percent wrong

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The lawyer for Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor has questioned the facts in a Sports Illustrated special report on the Buckeyes' NCAA problems, saying the story is "90-percent wrong."

Thursday, June 2

Giants edge Cardinals in 11

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nate Schierholtz hit a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, then got the go-ahead hit in the 11th inning as the San Francisco Giants shook off a poor outing by Tim Lincecum to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, June 1

Powers wants to come back in 2012

RENO - Gary Powers fulyl intends to coach the Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team in the 2012 season and beyond.

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Enright, Ransom lead Aces to win

Late goal helps Canucks edge Bruins

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Raffi Torres ended an ugly Stanley Cup finals opener with a dramatic flash of beauty for the Vancouver Canucks.

Bryan brothers reach French Open semifinals

PARIS (AP) - American twins Bob and Mike Bryan finished off a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory over Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan on Wednesday to reach the French Open doubles semifinals.

Murray surprised about reaching French Open semis

PARIS (AP) - His ankle is hurting and his next opponent is Rafael Nadal.

Triano out as Raptors coach

TORONTO (AP) - Jay Triano will not return as Toronto Raptors coach next season.

McHale hired to coach Houston Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) - Kevin McHale is a Hall of Fame player who won three NBA championships with Boston, a longtime former executive for Minnesota and twice a fill-in coach for the Timberwolves.

Pistons sale officially complete

Investor Tom Gores is officially the owner of the Detroit Pistons.

Shaq says on Twitter: 'I'm about to retire'

BOSTON (AP) - He was a prolific producer of rebounds and record albums. And nicknames, too, as if at 7-foot-1 and 350 pounds he was too big for the simple "Shaq" that made him an instantly recognizable, one-name star in all of his endeavors.

Mavs' obstacles: Dirk's finger, Heat's defense

MIAMI (AP) - Brian Cardinal took one look at Dirk Nowitzki's injured finger, turned to the Dallas Mavericks' trainer and recommended his treatment plan.

Reason for hope? NBA has 'productive' labor talks

MIAMI (AP) - Commissioner David Stern felt there was progress. Union executive director Billy Hunter said he is "hopeful."

Donald gives Memorial another No. 1.

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Jack Nicklaus played his last round in a major alongside a 27-year-old from England with a quiet demeanor and efficient game. He had no idea that Friday afternoon at St. Andrews that Luke Donald one day would be No. 1 in the world.

Couples concerned with Woods' health, not game

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Fred Couples says the only thing that will keep Tiger Woods' from dominating again and breaking Jack Nicklaus' record in the major is his knee.

Yankees beat Athletics 10th straight time, 4-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A.J. Burnett settled down after an early homer to snap an 11-start winless streak on the road, and Nick Swisher homered against his former team to help the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics for the 10th straight time, 4-2 on Wednesday.

Spurrier, others propose paying football players

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) - Steve Spurrier has a plan to pay football players - and it wouldn't cost schools or conferences a dime.

Pryor's driver's license suspended in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The NCAA is interested in Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor's cars. The state of Ohio says he shouldn't be driving one.

QB Green transferring from Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska backup quarterback Cody Green has decided to transfer after getting beaten out by Taylor Martinez for the starter's job last fall and having failed to make headway in the spring against new challengers.

Giants' bullpen fails in 4-3 loss to Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The San Francisco Giants' dispiriting loss came with a bit of positive news: Brandon Belt should be back soon.

Granderson's 17th HR helps Yankees beat A's 10-3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Curtis Granderson homered and drove in four runs and Derek Jeter had two hits to reach 2,983 for his career and scored three runs to help the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics for the ninth straight time, 10-3 on Tuesday night.