Stories for October 2011


Monday, October 31

Sunday, October 30

Vote for Pacheco's field goal to help Carson High win State Farm contest

With the help of the community, Austin Pacheco's amazing 64-yard game-winning field goal from this season's win over Bishop Manogue could help garner Carson High School $2,500 or a first place prize of $17,500.

Darrell Moody: Drive One helps CHS athletics

Once again, the community and Capital City Ford has stepped up to help Carson High's athletic programs.

Fajardo leads Nevada past New Mexico State 48-34

LAS CRUCES, NM (AP) - Cody Fajardo scored four rushing touchdowns and passed for 283 yards, Lampford Mark added 185 yards and another score on the ground, and Nevada rolled up 683 yards of total offense Saturday in a 48-34 win over New Mexico State.

NBA losing a lot of money with labor strike

NEW YORK (AP) - Anyone who has been to a car dealership, or bought a home, understands how negotiating works.

What a World Series it was ...

ST. LOUIS (AP) - David Freese swooped in, expecting Elvis Andrus to bunt. He did, but the ball trickled wide of the line.

Stanford escapes USC with win

LOS ANGELES - Stepfan Taylor ran for the tying touchdown with 38 seconds left in regulation and the go-ahead score in the third overtime, and Stanford's defense preserved its 16-game winning streak by forcing Curtis McNeal's end-zone fumble to end the No. 4 Cardinal's 56-48 victory over No. 20 Southern California on Saturday night.

Saturday, October 29

Friday, October 28

PREPS: Douglas spikers top Damonte

The Douglas volleyball team knocked off Damonte Ranch in four games on Thursday. The Tigers won 25-10, 22-25, 25-19 and 25-22.

Sawyers sparkles in return; Carson tops Galena

After three weeks of hanging out on the sidelines with a calf injury, Dylan Sawyers returned to Carson High's lineup Thursday night, and it was like he never left.

Feliz, Feldman & Lowe form infamous Texas trio

ST. LOUIS (AP) - One strike away. One strike away.

NBA sides eager to get deal in next few days

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA owners and players called it an early night Thursday, with both pointing toward Friday as a decisive day for big moves to end the 119-day lockout.

Carson has high hopes in cross country regionals

The top runners in Northern Nevada kick off the two-week postseason today at the NIAA Regional Cross Country Championships at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno.

Boise-less MWC doesn't look appealing to Pack

Sports fodder for a Friday morning

Thursday, October 27

'Lord Fangio' rules over 49ers' improved defense

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Vic Fangio might be the only one at 49ers headquarters who doesn't mind hearing the piercing tone of his "maniacal" voice.

Browns RB Hillis doesn't practice

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Peyton Hillis' bumpy season has hit another pothole.

Red Sox focus on future after 2 months of turmoil

BOSTON (AP) - The turmoil surrounding the Red Sox is fading. The focus on the future is sharpening.

Cardinals pick up option on injured Wainwright

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals have picked up a two-year, $21 million contract on injured pitcher Adam Wainwright, helping set their rotation for next year.

McIlroy leads Shanghai Masters

SHANGHAI (AP) - U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Shanghai Masters, the lucrative invitational tournament that isn't sanctioned by any of the major tours.

Robert Allenby leads Asia Pacific Classic

SELANGOR, Malaysia (AP) - Australia's Robert Allenby shot an 8-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas after the first round of the Asia Pacific Classic, the second-year event sanctioned by the PGA Tour and Asian Tour.

Ramsay shoots 65 for 2-shot lead at Valderrama

SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) - Richie Ramsay shot a 6-under 65 Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Andalucia Masters.

Wednesday, October 26

Oklahoma confused by Big 12 Network talk

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma officials say they don't understand how a proposed Big 12 Network could work considering that Texas already has an independent channel and the Sooners are working on one of their own.

Air Force meets with Big East Commissioner

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Air Force officials have met with members of the Big East Conference and listened to their presentation on why the league would be a good fit for the Falcons.

Graham hurt, but Pittsburgh rolls by UConn 35-20

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ray Graham lasted all of four plays against Connecticut before going down with a potentially serious right knee injury. After a week spent focusing on slowing down one of the nation's top running backs, the Huskies never saw Tino Sunseri coming.

Glance at the 12 drivers in the Chase

A glance at the 12 drivers competing in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship heading into this weekend's race at Martinsville (in order of points):

Braylon Edwards might not be ready to face Browns

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - As much as Braylon Edwards wants to get back on the field Sunday for the 49ers, he won't do it if it means risking further injury to his surgically repaired right knee.

Furyk faces long road to Presidents Cup

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - If there was an award for who traveled the farthest to get to the Presidents Cup, then Jim Furyk would be a candidate.

A different ballot for the PGA Tour

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The PGA Tour was going to send its postseason awards ballot to the players on Tuesday until realizing the World Golf Championship in Shanghai counts as official if a PGA Tour member wins.

NBA sides meeting in hopes of ending lockout

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA owners and players were engaged in another marathon session Wednesday, meeting for more than 12 hours in talks aimed at ending the lockout.

Rainout could allow Cards' Carpenter to start Game 7

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Bruce Hurst was in his room at the Grand Hyatt in New York when he got the call exactly 25 years ago. Because of a rainout, Boston Red Sox manager John McNamara was switching to him as his starter for Game 7 of the World Series against the New York Mets.

AP sources: Draft big issue left in baseball deal

ST. LOUIS (AP) - While the NBA struggles with negotiations during its lockout, signing bonuses for amateur draft picks is the last major issue left in talks for baseball's new labor contract.

Spurlock more than makes up for lost time

Nearly all the Carson High football players on this year's squad have at least a couple of years of Pop Warner under their belts.

Sawyers back after 3-game absence

After three games on the sidelines with a calf injury, Carson High's Dylan Sawyers is expected to see playing time in tonight's game (7:30 p.m.) at Galena.

Dayton needs a win to make playoffs

Win or turn in your uniforms.

Pavelski helps Sharks to win over Predators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Little Joe came up big again for San Jose.

Palmer calls Raiders debut learning experience

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - As bad as Carson Palmer's three-interception debut with the Oakland Raiders looked, he views it as a valuable teaching tool.

Automatic: NFL replay booth playing bigger role

NEW YORK (AP) - The Falcons had just been called for a costly pass-interference penalty with Atlanta clinging to a seven-point lead late in Sunday's game against Detroit.

49ers players still talk handshake during bye week

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Donte Whitner figures he fielded 20 questions last week from family and friends about Jim Harbaugh's antics.

Lewis, Rangers can close out Cardinals tonight

ST. LOUIS (AP) - It's already been a productive postseason for Colby Lewis. Next up, a shot at the biggest prize yet.

Epstein joins the Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) - Theo Epstein knew it was time to move on, even though it meant leaving the team he loved. After nearly a decade as general manager in Boston where he won two World Series titles, Epstein decided change would be a good thing.

Twins decline 2012 option on closer Joe Nathan

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - After declining a hefty option on Joe Nathan's contract, the Minnesota Twins are in the market for a closer.

NBA: Union, not Cuban, proposed eliminating cap

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA players' association, not Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, proposed the elimination of the salary cap during negotiations aimed at ending months of labor strife, a league official said Tuesday.

Positive Karate USA students earn black belts

Fourteen members from the Positive Karate USA studios in Carson City and Kings Beach earned first and second-degree black belts last week in Reno.

Carson looks for 7th straight win

CARSON (6-1, 6-0) AT GALENA (1-7, 1-6) THURSDAY, 7:30 P.M.

Magallon saves Senators in scoreless draw

It was Senior Night at Carson High on Tuesday, and Marco Magallon went out in style.

Tuesday, October 25

Monday, October 24

Sunday, October 23

Pujols hits 3 HRs, Cards romp to 2-1 Series edge

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Albert Pujols simply let his bat make all the noise. And boy, it was pretty loud.

Saturday, October 22

Thornton, Ferriero return to Boston in Sharks' win

BOSTON (AP) - It was a homecoming for Benn Ferriero, too.

1B umpire Kulpa misses call, starting Cards' rally

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - All these years later, a blown call by a first base umpire actually helped the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

Daggs scores hat trick, Carson clinches second place with win over Miners

One would be hard-pressed to find a hotter player in Northern 4A girls soccer than Carson High's Josilyn Daggs.

Scott Cousins moves on from home-plate collision

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Behind the batting cage at Benedetti Diamond, Scott Cousins is at ease.

Trouble for Red Sox didn't begin in September

BOSTON (AP) - In the bad old days, the Boston Red Sox were good for a catastrophe every decade or so: Bucky Dent. Bill Buckner. Pesky holding the ball. Grady leaving the mound. The Curse of the Bambino.

Pradere says Senators aren't a 1-man team

The Carson Senators want to make one thing crystal clear - they are not a one-man team.

Ball makes the Wolf Pack complete

RENO - Mike Ball was the final piece to the puzzle.

Wolf Pack magic is still alive

RENO - That old Pack magic is alive and well at Mackay Stadium.

Martin, JJ lead solid Hendrick effort at Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - For the first time since Dan Wheldon's fatal accident, the focus was back on the race track.

$100,000 bonus for lead changes scrutinized

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - A promotion that promises a $100,000 bonus if there are 100 lead changes at Talladega Superspeedway is being scrutinized in the wake of Dan Wheldon's fatal accident.

Palmer could get 1st test for Raiders vs. Chiefs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jason Campbell's broken collarbone easily could have derailed what appeared to be a promising season for the Oakland Raiders.

First-place faceoff in Music City

To Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, add the Tennessee Titans as practitioners of sweet music in Nashville.

For many NFL fans, only losses will bring Luck

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - The last couple of weeks have been brutal for Nick Wright and his followers. The lifelong Kansas City Chiefs fan and current radio host has watched, much to his dismay, as his beloved NFL team did the last thing he wanted them to do.

Goodell: Some NFL teams could be London regulars

LONDON (AP) - The NFL is considering a plan to have a few teams play regularly in Britain to build an overseas following - part of the league's evaluation about whether a franchise could be permanently based in London.

Questions and answers about NBA's labor impasse

NEW YORK (AP) - The NBA lockout that began July 1 shows no signs of ending any time soon. The first two weeks of the season, scheduled to begin Nov. 1, already have been canceled. Some questions and answers about the labor impasse:

Leonard, Chappell tied for Disney lead

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Justin Leonard took his hand off the club not long after contact on the fifth fairway, unhappy with another shot that was not up to his standards, knowing he would have to scramble just to avoid dropping another shot.

Raiders have 3 kickers in for tryouts

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders brought in three free agent kickers for workouts Friday after Sebastian Janikowski missed his second straight practice with a sore left hamstring.

Harbaugh has 49ers off to best start since 1998

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh parted the heavy red 49ers curtains separating the locker room from meeting and training areas and peeked out, on patrol for any stragglers.

Rutgers' defense gets 1 big play in 16-14 loss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Defense has been helping the Rutgers Scarlet Knights out all season. They couldn't do enough against Louisville.

Syracuse stuns No. 11 West Va. 49-23

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - There's something about Syracuse that West Virginia just can't seem to figure out. For the second year in a row, the Mountaineers came into its game against the Orange as the clear favorite, only to be handed a disheartening upset loss.

Epstein resigns from Red Sox to join Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) - Theo Epstein is leaving the Boston Red Sox after a remarkable run that included two World Series championships. He's joining the Chicago Cubs to see if he can bring success to another team steeped in history and starved for a title.

Next BoSox GM likely to be Epstein aide Cherington

BOSTON (AP) - Ben Cherington will have plenty to do if, as expected, he follows Theo Epstein as the general manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Spring Creek shuts down Dayton

DAYTON - Spring Creek's Nick Cdebaca scored twice from 56 yards on nearly identical plays to power the Spartans to a 17-0 win over Dayton in a Northern 3A contest with playoff implications.

NBA owners' dual wants put more games in jeopardy

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA owners have their priorities, and playing games isn't first on that list.

Douglas rolls against Damonte Ranch

The Douglas football team has only been a handful of plays from being a standout football team this season.

Leonard tied with Kim, Stenson for lead at Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Justin Leonard described his round Friday at Disney as a "fun, easy day," and it was every bit of that. He had a 9-under 63 for his lowest round of the year, putting him in a tie for the lead with Henrik Stenson and Bio Kim at the Children's Miracle Network Classic.

Roger Diez: Wheldon's accident a tragic reminder of racing's hazardous

Sadly, we were reminded once again last Sunday that no matter how safe we try to make racing, it is still a dangerous and sometimes deadly sport.

Killpack goes low to advance to Stage 2

DAYTON - A year ago, Utah's Nick Killpack eagled the final hole at Dayton Valley Golf Club to advance to the second stage of the PGA's Q School.

First place in WAC on the line

RENO - Both the Nevada Wolf Pack and Fresno State Bulldogs want to leave the Western Athletic Conference a little something to remember them by.

Friday, October 21

Donald shares Disney lead 2 shots ahead of Simpson

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Luke Donald figured he might have to win at Disney to have his best shot at capturing the PGA Tour money title. He took a good step Thursday in the Children's Miracle Network Classic with a 6-under 66 for a seven-way share of the lead.

Rangers rally in 9th, beat Cards to even Series

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Down to their last three outs and facing another serious World Series deficit, the Texas Rangers did some rallying of their own.

Pujols miscue hurts Cardinals in messy ninth

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals let one get away.

Giants reliever Affeldt healing from hand injury

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt is healing well from a season-ending hand injury sustained when he seriously cut himself trying to separate frozen hamburgers.

Crabtree finally home in Texas after traffic stop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Michael Crabtree made it home to Texas for the rest of the 49ers bye week.

Lions lean on RB Morris without Best and Harrison

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Lions have a host of issues at running back.

NBA labor talks turn nasty as negotiations end

NEW YORK (AP) - Three days and 30 hours' worth of talks ended on a nasty note Thursday in NBA labor negotiations. And only one thing seemed fairly certain: more games were likely to be cut. Possibly even the season.

Justice shoots another 98 at state; Terada comes back with a 79

LAS VEGAS - Carson High's Megan Justice shot a second consecutive 98 on the Bear's Best Golf Course Thursday at the NIAA 4A State Golf Championships.

FODDER: Raiders crazy to start Palmer so soon

Sports fodder for a Friday morning

PGA STAGE QUALIFIER: Main, Yip share lead at Dayton

DAYTON - You would never know by his demeanor that this was Gregor Main's first try at the PGA Tour qualifying process.

Pradere shoulders heavy load for Snators

Brock Pradere wears many hats for the Carson High football team.

Dayton can clinch playoff spot with win

DAYTON - Dayton High's football team can clinch one of the last two 3A playoff berths tonight when it hosts Spring Creek.

Thursday, October 20

SOCCER: Carson blanks Wooster 5-0

RENO - Carson High scored three goals in the first 10 minutes en route to a 5-0 win over Wooster in a Northern 4A boys soccer match Wednesday night.

Carson hosts Spanish Springs in homecoming game

SPANISH SPRINGS (3-4, 2-3) AT CARSON (5-1, 5-0) Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Carson girls swept by Manogue

Carson High's volleyball team will make the playoffs, but the team has taken a couple of steps back this week.

"Big Break' contestant seeks fifth straight trip to Stage II

DAYTON - Benoit Beisser is one of the more well-known players at this year's Stage I qualifier at Dayton Valley Golf Club.

AP Source: LSU suspends Mathieu, Simon, Ware

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU has suspended star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, defensive back Tharold Simon and running back Spencer Ware for this Saturday's home game against Auburn because they've run afoul of the team's drug policy, according to a person familiar with the decision.

Wednesday, October 19

Bradley holds off Schwartzel to win PGA Grand Slam

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda (AP) - Keegan Bradley held off a determined final-round charge from Charl Schwartzel to win the PGA Grand Slam on Wednesday.

La Russa's moves pay off, Cards win Series opener

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nobody plays a hunch like Tony La Russa. Not this October, anyway.

Benson gets 1-game suspension

CINCINNATI (AP) - Bengals running back Cedric Benson received a reduced one-game suspension from the NFL on Tuesday for his misdemeanor assault cases settled before the season.

Ponder named Vikings' starter

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Christian Ponder's time has arrived in Minnesota.

Raiders acquire Carson Palmer from Bengals

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Carson Palmer went to bed a retired football player resigned to the fact that the Cincinnati Bengals would never grant his wish to be traded.

49ers offensive lineman Davis to tone down tweets

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis is toning down his tweets.

NBA: Players, owners break after marathon 16-hour meeting

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA players and owners broke after a marathon 16-hour negotiation session and planned to return early Wednesday.

PGA: Cockerill shoots 74; Hale leads with a 66

DAYTON - J.T. Cockerill has played Dayton Valley Golf Club more times than he could count, and one would think that would give him a huge advantage entering the PGA Stage I Qualifying Tournament on Tuesday.

Carson Middle, Eagle Valley win hoop titles

Carson Middle School's eighth-grade girls basketball team won three straight games to capture the Tah-Neva League championship over the weekend.

PREPS: Carson girls win big

RENO - Carson High's girls soccer team improved to 11-3 with a 6-0 win over Wooster Tuesday night.

World Series: How Rangers and Cardinals match up

A position-by-position look at the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals going into the World Series, starting Wednesday night at Busch Stadium:

Red Sox deny TV report about drinking in dugout

BOSTON (AP) - Embattled Red Sox pitchers Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and John Lackey denied a TV report Tuesday that said they drank beer in the dugout during games.

No sign of Epstein in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - There is still no sign of Theo Epstein in Chicago.

McCourts reach settlement in divorce battle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - For nearly 30 years Frank and Jamie McCourt were a team, raising four sons and moving from Massachusetts to California seven years ago to purchase and run one of baseball's crown jewels - the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tuesday, October 18

Monday, October 17

Sunday, October 16

Saturday, October 15

Kenseth grabs win at Charlotte to move up in Chase

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR's championship race took a huge swing Saturday night when Matt Kenseth staked a claim on the title moments after a viscous wreck sent Jimmie Johnson spiraling in the standings.

Rangers headed back to World Series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Nelson Cruz and the Texas Rangers are headed to their second straight World Series, finishing off the Detroit Tigers to become the American League's first repeat champion in a decade.

NEVADA: Fajardo wins game, job for Pack

RENO - Cody Fajardo lost a tooth and gained a starting job Saturday afternoon at Mackay Stadium.

NEVADA: Defense shines against struggling Lobos

RENO - All streaks come to an end.

Carson 5-1 despite a plethora of injuries

When you look at Carson's 5-1 record, you have to shake your head in disbelief. This a team that has been hit really hard by injuries.

Couples shoots 62, takes 7 stroke lead

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Fred Couples birdied six of the first seven holes and finished with a course-record 10-under 62 on Saturday to take a seven-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's AT&T Championship.

GOLF: Thompson leads at McGladrey, Simpson is in third

Simpson in contention at Sea Island AP Photo GASM120, GASM118, GASM122, GASM116


Offense: This is a tough one. Carson did rack up a lot of yards.

Raiders prepare for emotional game

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - There figure to be a few tears, a bunch of former players on hand and plenty of memories shared by everyone when the Oakland Raiders play their first home game since the death of longtime owner Al Davis.

Lions off to great start, host 49ers

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Lions are determined to let the good times roll in the Motor City.

NFL WEEK 6: New England-Dallas clash heads up big week

Coming off a bye, the Dallas Cowboys should be refreshed and ready to start moving up in the NFL standings.

Union fighting off doubts from NBA players

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - JaVale McGee only acknowledged the inevitable Friday when the Washington Wizards center said a few NBA players are "ready to fold" in their contentious labor negotiations with the league.

Jerry West reveals lifelong depression

Jerry West says he has battled depression since childhood, when his father would beat the future Hall of Famer, causing low self-esteem that has plagued him despite a successful career as one of the NBA's biggest influences.

Brewers return home trailing Cardinals 3-2 in NLCS

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Shaun Marcum thinks people really want to see two aces face off in Game 7 with the NL pennant on the line. He can go a long way to forcing that matchup with a strong effort Sunday.

Pacheco gives Carson a leg up on the competition

When Carson High kicker Austin Pacheco collapsed at school last November, he thought his kicking days might be over.

Timeout with Krista Stocke

SCHOOL: Carson High YEAR: Junior SPORT: Tennis

PREPS: High school football player dies in New York

HOMER, N.Y. (AP) - A high school football player died after he was hit during a varsity game in upstate New York and suffered a head injury, a death that stunned his school community and came at a time when youth sports are under scrutiny over whether enough is being done to protect players' heads.

ROUNDUP: Carson girls soccer wins

Carson High's girls soccer team dismantled Spanish Springs, rolling to a 5-0 shutout victory Friday night at Spanish Springs.

Tigers demolish hapless Hug

RENO - After a season that has had more than its fair share of heartaches, near misses, rough patches and bad breaks, the Douglas High football team was due to have some of its hard work pay off.

Dayton's quick start pays off in win over Sparks

SPARKS - Any good feelings leftover from Sparks' first win of its season were wiped away Friday night as Dayton rolled to a 47-25 win.

Fumble-happy Carson holds off Damonte

RENO - Chance Quilling walked off the field late in the fourth quarter, sweat poring from his face.

The Wave stands test of time as go-to sports cheer

OAKLAND, Calif. - Love it or loathe it, Krazy George Henderson doesn't much care.

Friday, October 14

Tigers stay alive in ALCS, hold off Rangers 7-5

DETROIT (AP) - One moment, Justin Verlander and the Tigers were on the verge of watching their season slip away.

Wolf beats Cardinals, Brewers even series

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Power pitching often dominates in the postseason. Soft tosses by Randy Wolf got the Milwaukee Brewers back to even in the NL championship series.

ROUNDUP: Carson freshmen win

RENO - Down 6-0 at the half, Carson scored 34 second-half points en rout to a 34-14 victory over Damonte Ranch in freshman football action Thursday night.


OFFENSE: Quarterback Drew Smith is Damonte's big weapon on offense. He's passed for 644 yards and run for 462 yards. He's accounted for 10 touchdowns.

Dayton ready for pass-happy Sparks

Dayton High's defense will get a different sort of test when it visits Sparks High tonight in a key Northern 3A football game. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.

Stern doubts Christmas games if no deal Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) - Commissioner David Stern said his "gut" tells him there will be no NBA basketball on Christmas without a labor agreement by Tuesday.

49ers offensive line faces a huge test with Lions

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Just when San Francisco's offensive line seems back on track carrying a little swagger, here comes the ferocious Ndamukong Suh and Detroit's punishing pass rush.

Raiders' deal for LB Curry complete

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders acquired linebacker Aaron Curry from the Seattle Seahawks, though it's unclear if the former first-round pick will play this weekend.

Simpson takes big step toward money title

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Webb Simpson signed up for the McGladrey Classic because it gave him a shot at winning the PGA Tour money title. He played Thursday like he was intent on doing just that.

Lang, Choi tied for lead in LPGA Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - American Brittany Lang and South Korean star Na Yeon Choi shot 5-under 66s on Thursday for shares of the first-round lead in the LPGA Malaysia.

Thursday, October 13

APNewsBreak: Top scientists endorse HGH test

Nearly two dozen scientists and lab directors from around the world have signed a letter sent to the NFL and the players' association stating the current test for human growth hormone is safe, scientifically reliable and appropriate for use in professional sports leagues.

Lions C Raiola doesn't mind showing face anymore

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola is showing his face in public these days, mingling with fired-up fans and soaking up success he hasn't experienced in his 11-year career.

Jets say they traded Mason for play, not comments

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Derrick Mason came to the New York Jets expecting to be a major contributor for what he hoped would be a Super Bowl run to cap a terrific career.

49ers lose wideout Joshua Morgan for the season

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh is shuffling his receiving corps yet again.

Terrelle Pryor returns to practice with Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Terrelle Pryor has spent the past five weeks attending quarterback meetings, doing individual drills and learning about what it takes to play quarterback in the NFL.

Surprise: In NBA dispute, money not mattering most

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA owners apparently weren't bluffing when they said they wanted competitive balance just as much as a chance to profit.

Second-half surge carries Carson to soccer win

It took quite a while for Carson High's boys soccer team to get started, but once it did Douglas didn't have a chance.

Tiger Woods grateful for spot in his own tourney

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tiger Woods is awfully happy he could announce his own name in the field of the Chevron World Challenge.

Fan explains why he threw hot dog at Tiger Woods

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) - A California man arrested for throwing a hot dog at Tiger Woods during a tournament said he wanted to do something "courageous and epic."

Carson ready for vastly improved Mustangs

CARSON (4-1) at DAMONTE RANCH (2-3) Friday, 7:30 p.m.

LOCAL: Yerington hammers Dayton

DAYTON - Defending state champion Yerington swept past Dayton 25-19, 25-13 and 25-12.

Cruz, Rangers beat Tigers, take 3-1 lead in ALCS

DETROIT (AP) - The Texas tag team of Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli was too much for the Detroit Tigers.

Bad start by Gallardo dooms Brewers against Cards

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers hoped Yovani Gallardo would settle down and stop the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wednesday, October 12

SOCCER: Tigers improve to 12-0 with 2-0 win over Carson

Douglas High remained unbeaten in Northern 4A soccer, but coach Lorraine Fitzhugh had some issues with her team's offensive execution.

Reality of Al Davis' death hits Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The reality hit Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson as he got in his car Monday to drive to work after an emotional weekend.

NFC West-leading 49ers rolling after rout of Bucs

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The 49ers are headed to Motown with some serious mojo.

Tim Tebow now the Broncos' starter

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Tim Tebow didn't win the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback job as much as Kyle Orton lost it.

Panel clears obstacle for Vikings stadium project

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Ramsey County panel on Tuesday decided not to call a countywide referendum next year on a proposed half-cent sales tax hike to help build a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, eliminating an obstacle that team officials said would have delayed the project and added to its cost.

Game 3 of NLCS shapes up as battle of aces

ST. LOUIS (AP) - On the day he pitches, Chris Carpenter can be an ornery cuss. He prowls the mound, barks at hitters, and on at least one occasion has been known to invite a basepath collision.

Fister pitches Tigers past Rangers 5-2 in Game 3

DETROIT (AP) - Doug Fister shook off a frustrating first inning and Victor Martinez hurt himself while hitting a tying home run.

No Deal: NBA cancels first two weeks of season

NEW YORK (AP) - Two weeks of NBA games are lost. Many more could be in jeopardy.

Fajardo retains starting QB job at UNR

RENO - Chris Ault has decided not to tinker with a quarterback combination that produced 699 total yards, four touchdowns and three field goals in a 37-0 victory over the UNLV Rebels last Saturday.

COMMUNITY: PGA qualifier returns to Dayton Valley

DAYTON - Stage 1 PGA Tour qualifying returns to Dayton Valley Golf Club for an unprecedented 17th consecutive year Oct. 18-21.

PREPS: Carson golf team falls short; Justice advances

After a disappointing 343 during the first day of Northern 4A golf regionals, the Carson girls golf team rallied to shoot a 318. The team moved from fifth after Monday's round at Empire Ranch to third place - missing the state tournament by one spot.

Tuesday, October 11

Monday, October 10

Sunday, October 9

Carson girls run well at Clovis

CLOVIS, Calif. - Carson High's girls' cross-country team improved its time by 90 seconds en route to a 10th-place finish in the seeded race at the Clovis Invitational Saturday at Woodward Park.

Sharks win season-opener over Coyotes

Eds: Sharks 6, Coyotes 3. Updates with details. AP Photo CATA107, CATA109, CATA106, CATA103

NFL mourns passing of Raiders owner Al Davis

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Al Davis was remembered Saturday as the AFL commissioner who helped lead the merger with the NFL that changed professional football forever.

Verlander washed away again; rain KOs ace in ALCS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Justin Verlander was washed out of another Game 1.

Now what? After FIU game, players meet on lockout

MIAMI (AP) - Carmelo Anthony fully expects the NBA to cancel some regular-season games soon, and said players around the league have been bracing to hear that grim news.

Nevada blanks UNLV; first shutout in state rivalry game

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack's defense wouldn't let the UNLV Rebels get near the Fremont Cannon on Saturday let alone the end zone.

Saturday, October 8

Woods posts another 68, but middle of the pack

SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) - Tiger Woods put together back-to-back rounds in the 60s for the first time since the start of the season. It wasn't enough Saturday at the Open, and Woods knew it.

GOLF: Baird next in line to end long winless streak

SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) - Ernie Els has won 62 times around the world, three of them major championships. And while his last one came more than 18 months ago, he's certain he hasn't forgotten how to win.

Lantrip has big game, eyes starting job

RENO - Nevada's musical chairs between quarterbacks may have come to a crescendo.

REPORT CARD: Carson 31, Douglas 29

OFFENSE: Without Dylan Sawyers, Carson struggled at times, but still had a few big plays.

PREP ROUNDUP: Carson boys blank Hug

RENO - Carson High's boys soccer team kept its firm grip on first place with a 3-0 win over Hug Saturday afternoon in a Sierra League match.

TOP 25: Top-ranked Tigers cruise

BATON ROUGE, La. - Spencer Ware rushed for 109 yards and two scores and each of LSU's quarterbacks passed for touchdowns in the 41-17 win over No. 17 Florida.

Sawyers misses game with strained calf muscle

Carson High made a statement Friday night, one that the rest of the Northern 4A teams should heed.

AP Source: NBA won't talk without 50-50 deal

NEW YORK (AP) - A person close to the NBA players' association says the league is refusing to meet with the union unless it agrees to a 50-50 split of revenues.

Tseng's 65 leads LPGA event

LPGA Hana Bank Championship

Nuts! Squirrel finds way to Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - At least one "Rally Squirrel" was caught in his tracks.

Lynx beat Dream 73-67 for WNBA title sweep

ATLANTA (AP) - Seimone Augustus and the Minnesota Lynx turned up the defensive pressure on Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream.

No. 5 Boise State dominates Fresno State 57-7

FRESNO, Calif (AP) - Boise State has added another dynamic playmaker to an already potent offense.

Prep Roundup: Douglas boys lose

Douglas dropped a 1-0 boys soccer decision to Spanish Springs on the road Friday night. Spanish Springs scored in the sixth minute and was able to hold the Tigers the rest of the game. Douglas had a potential match tying goal called back on an offsides call in the final minute.

Woods makes cut at Open

SAN MARTIN, Calif (AP) - The fog finally lifted at CordeValle and revealed a Tiger Woods that looked vaguely familiar.

Carpenter pitches Cards past Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Chris Carpenter tossed a three-hitter to outpitch old pal Roy Halladay in a duel for the ages and the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 Friday night in the deciding Game 5 of their NL playoff series.

Carl Edwards qualifies second at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan (AP) - Carl Edwards doesn't like sneaking up on people. He'd rather have a big lead and let everyone else try to track him down.

Good to be home: Pack ready for Rebels

RENO - This is the week Chris Ault lives for as the head coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack football team.

Elko uses strong second half to beat Dust Devils

ELKO - The Elko defense came to play in the second half as the gridiron squad dusted Dayton 28-14.

Friday, October 7

NBA's labor fight approaches its biggest deadline

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA owners, losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year, wanted an overhaul of the financial system to ensure themselves a chance to profit.

Grin and bear it: Griffin takes it all off

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) - There's no panic in Blake Griffin, whether it's holding out with his fellow NBA players for a better labor deal or posing nearly nude in a national magazine.

Thursday, October 6

Another over-par round for Tiger

SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) - Anyone expecting a new and improved version of Tiger Woods saw much of the same old thing Thursday.

Barnes steps down as Carson basketball coach

The Bruce Barnes era at Carson High is over.

Hard work pays off for deRubertis

It was a busy spring and summer for Dayton High football player Sean deRubertis.

Peyton Manning hopeful for return this season

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Peyton Manning will return to the Colts' sideline Sunday.

Run defense once again a problem for Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - It doesn't take a master tactician to figure out how to attack the Oakland Raiders defense.

49ers' NFL-best turnover ratio is no accident

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Justin Smith's game-saving strip of Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin showed everything the San Francisco 49ers want on defense: heart, hustle and smarts.

White Sox hire Ventura as manager

CHICAGO (AP) - Robin Ventura was easing his way back into baseball with the Chicago White Sox. Hired as an adviser to player development director Buddy Bell in June, it afforded him just the right mix of work and time with his family.

Ex-landlord sues Lincecum for $350K in damages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The former landlord for Giants ace Tim Lincecum has filed a lawsuit against the pitcher seeking $350,000 in damages, claiming the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner stole and destroyed items in the San Francisco apartment he rented.

Tigers beat Yankees 3-2, heads to ALCS vs Texas

NEW YORK (AP) - The Detroit Tigers survived a tense trip back to Bronx, with Jose Valverde and the bullpen holding on time and time again to beat the New York Yankees 3-2 Thursday night to win the deciding Game 5 of their AL playoff series.

Carson's Hesse quietly goes about his business

Patrick Hesse is one of those guys who goes unnoticed because he's not loud or flamboyant.

Breaking down Douglas at Carson

OFFENSE: Carson's Dylan Sawyers has been on an absolute tear in the last three games, chalking up 206, 171 and 132 yards, respectively, and 11 rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in that span.

NIAA approves realignment

It's official, Nevada high school sports will realign.

Prep Roundup: Carson tops Damonte in soccer

Jason Martinez scored two goals to give Carson a 2-1 win over Damonte Ranch Wednesday night in boys soccer action.

Wednesday, October 5

PREP: Carson girls blank Damonte

Carson High improved to 8-2 in Northern 4A soccer with a 2-0 win over Damonte Ranch Tuesday night.

Raiders brought back to reality by Pats

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - A meeting with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots showed the Oakland Raiders how far they still need to go to be mentioned among the AFC's elite teams.

Harbaugh turning Niners into winners, believers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh took a window seat alongside his players for San Francisco's cross-country charter flight home from Philadelphia. Cornerback Carlos Rogers had never seen anything like it: an NFL coach in coach.

Beltre hits 3 HRs; Texas wins 4-3, ousts Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - This is what Adrian Beltre envisioned when he signed with Texas in the offseason. Balls jumping off his bat in October, the Rangers making another run for the pennant.

Francisco's homer lifts Phillies over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Charlie Manuel guessed right, twice.

Goldschmidt's 5 RBIs lead Arizona rout of Brewers

PHOENIX (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt hit a grand slam and tied a franchise postseason record with five RBIs, fellow Arizona rookie Josh Collmenter befuddled Milwaukee batters again and the Diamondbacks stayed alive in the NL division series with a 8-1 rout of the Brewers on Tuesday night.

Granderson, Burnett help Yankees beat Tigers 10-1

DETROIT (AP) - The bullpen was already busy. A.J. Burnett was in trouble - as many people expected - and the Yankees couldn't afford to take any chances.

NBA: Players turn down 50-50 proposal

NEW YORK (AP) - Commissioner David Stern floated it as an idea more than a firm proposal: a 50-50 revenue split.

Tiger's return: A comeback or a cameo?

SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) - This might be more of a cameo than a comeback for Tiger Woods.

Palmer wins club title at Dayton

Andrew Palmer shot a 153 over 36 holes to win the Palmer Club Championship at Dayton Valley Golf Club.

Tuesday, October 4

Say 'yes' to chocolate with dinner

I was recently approached about writing this column at the farmers market where we had a vendor booth selling and marketing my newest venture, which is a wine and chocolate bar named Coco Dolce. We sell chocolate bonbons and truffles specifically designed to pair with the small family estate wines that we sell. The natural characteristics of chocolate combined with other sweet and savory combinations inside the chocolates help accentuate the fruit, mineral, and other flavor profiles of the wine.

Monday, October 3

Moody: Carson-Douglas ready to renew rivalry Friday

When it comes to football rivalries in Northern Nevada you won't find any better than Carson-Douglas, and guess what, it's that time again.

TIME OUT with Brenda Torres

SCHOOL: Carson High YEAR: Senior SPORT: Soccer

49ers rally for win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Far from home, the San Francisco 49ers made themselves very comfortable.

Campbell has key INT, Raiders lose

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jason Campbell looked left, then right, stepped up, pulled back and finally chose to loft a perfect strike to a wide-open Patrick Chung waiting in the back of the end zone.

Sunday, October 2

Top 25: No. 1 LSU rolls; Alabama tops Florida

BATON ROUGE, La. - Jordan Jefferson scored on his first play back from suspension and cornerback Tyrann Mathieu scored after setting an LSU record for career forced fumbles.

WAC Roundup: Moniz leads Hawaii to win

RUSTON, La. - Bryant Moniz threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns to lead Hawaii to a 44-26 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday night in the WAC opener for both teams.

NFL: Patriots-Raiders finally has some meaning

It's been a decade since the "Tuck Rule Game," which probably is the last time the Patriots and Raiders had a meaningful meeting. On Sunday, there's plenty of significance, even as early as Week 4, when they go at it in Oakland.

Saturday, October 1

Boise State rips Wolf Pack 30-10

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - With Kellen Moore struggling to find a his usual pinpoint accuracy, No. 4 Boise State turned to plan B: A heavy dose of Doug Martin and a suffocating defense.

BASEBALL: Napoli delivers against Tampa Bay

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - With Texas Rangers fans chanting his name, Mike Napoli kept fouling off pitches until getting the big hit after James Shields had hit two batters.

No NBA deal after day of salary cap talks

NEW YORK (AP) - With a month until the NBA season, players and owners don't sound much closer to a labor deal than they did when the lockout began.

Pacheco nails 64-yard FG to beat Miners

RENO - It's every kicker's dream to kick a game-winning field goal. Austin Pacheco did it last year when his overtime kick beat arch-rival Douglas 16-13.

PREP ROUNDUP: Carson girls blank Galena 1-0

RENO - Josilyn Daggs scored 12 minutes into the match, and Carson High's girls soccer team held on for a 1-0 victory over Galena in a Sierra League match Saturday afternoon.

REPORT CARD: Carson 27, Manogue 24

Offense: Not one of Carson's better efforts, but I attribute that more to playing a good opponent for the first time in three weeks

Dayton withholds late rally from Wooster

DAYTON - Dayton overcame a late rally by Wooster to win 19-17 Friday night.

NBA meetings will resume Saturday

NEW YORK (AP) - One down, two big issues to go for an agreement that would end the NBA lockout.

Rays rookie Moore dominates Texas in ALDS opener

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Matt Moore was the ultimate wild card.

Red Sox, Francona part ways after collapse

BOSTON (AP) - The Terry Francona era in Boston began with the Red Sox first championship in 86 years. It ended after one of the worst months in club history.

Tigers-Yankees playoff opener suspended by rain

NEW YORK (AP) - The rainy season rolls on.

Teen sensation Thompson to become LPGA member

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Lexi Thompson proved she was good enough to play on the LPGA Tour as a 16-year-old when she beat a strong field by five shots two weeks ago. She was granted membership Friday based on more than birdies and bogeys.

Vegas, Na, Wi tied for lead at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Kevin Na and Charlie Wi joined first-round leader Jhonattan Vegas at 12-under 130 on Friday to share the lead after 36 holes of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

49ers' defense ready for Eagles

BOARDMAN, Ohio (AP) - San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman wouldn't mind being the worst nightmare imagined by the Philadelphia Eagles' self-proclaimed "Dream Team."

Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor's suspension upheld

NEW YORK (AP) - Terrelle Pryor's five-game suspension was upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday.

Oakland's secondary to be without CB Johnson

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson doesn't seem too concerned that his team could be without two starters in its secondary for Sunday's game against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Cooke living up to expectations

Carson High football coach Blair Roman raved about New Mexico transfer Patrick Cooke during spring practice, and said he was anxious to see how his new player would do when the pads came on in August.

Carson JV football stops Manogue

The Carson Senators JV football squad grabbed a 33-22 win over previously undefeated Manogue Thursday night in Reno.

Pack will use two QBs against Boise

RENO - The University of Nevada. One community. One Pack.

DIEZ: Reno-Fernley wraps up first season under NASCAR

Reno-Fernley Raceway has wrapped up its first season of competition under NASCAR sanctioning.