Stories for February 2012


Wednesday, February 29

Tuesday, February 28

Wade says he apologized to Kobe

MIAMI (AP) - Insisting he meant no harm, Dwyane Wade revealed Tuesday that he has apologized to Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant multiple times for a blood-drawing, nose-breaking foul during the All-Star game.

Daytona draws 36.5 million viewers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Want to capture the nation's attention? Try a giant fireball.

Texas Tech coach accused of investment fraud

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville has been sued in federal court, accused of defrauding investors out of more than $1.7 million in Alabama following his tenure at Auburn.

49ers sign LB Brooks to $44.5M, 6-year extension

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ahmad Brooks always wanted to stay in the Bay Area, a place that has become a new home after all those painful memories of getting cut by Cincinnati four years ago, and the San Francisco 49ers sure made it hard for him to leave.

McCarthy gets nod to start opening day for A's

PHOENIX (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have their opening day starter, and it's right-hander Brandon McCarthy.

Braun sample collector says he followed protocol

NEW YORK (AP) - The person who collected Ryan Braun's urine sample that tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone said he followed the collection program's protocol.

Scrutiny on Woods shifts from swing to putting

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods might long for the day when all anyone questioned was his swing.

Woods' agent criticizes book by former swing coach

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (AP) - Tiger Woods' agent lashed out Tuesday against Hank Haney's book, saying his "armchair psychology" about Woods was "ridiculous" and that it was clear the former swing coach only cares about self-promotion.

Monday, February 27

Sunday, February 26

Saturday, February 25

Friday, February 24

Shipley pitches Pack to victory

RENO - Brady Shipley felt right at home at Peccole Park.

Hunt feels like the Silver State is his home

Dario Hunt wasn't Nevada battle born but he feels like a native of the Silver State just the same.

A break from Lin to put focus back on Howard

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Carmelo Anthony saw the wall of reporters and knew immediately who was being surrounded.

Kobe a no-show at All-Star media session

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Kobe Bryant was a no-show during Friday's media session at All-Star weekend.

Manny Ramirez wants to show he can still play

PHOENIX (AP) - Manny Ramirez arrived at the Oakland Athletics training facility Friday to begin his return to baseball and said he was intent on demonstrating "I can still play."

MLB, players defend drug testing program again

NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball and its players' union defended their drug testing program Friday and promised to tighten collection procedures following criticism by anti-doping agencies of an arbitrator's decision to overturn NL MVP Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension.

Westwood moves into quarterfinals at Match Play

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy suddenly have more at stake than the Match Play Championship.

Summerhays, Claxton, Owen top Mayakoba leaderboard

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) - Daniel Summerhays birdied the final hole Friday for a 6-under 65 and a share of the second-round lead with Will Claxton and Greg Owen in the wind-swept Mayakoba Golf Classic.

COMBINE NOTEBOOK: Notre Dame receiver Floyd faces alcohol questions

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Michael Floyd didn't get to talk much about the 100-catch season he had at Notre Dame.

Luck, Griffin get chance to meet with NFL scouts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A poster hanging outside Lucas Oil Stadium still bears the image of Peyton Manning.

Alabama RB Richardson ready to carry NFL load

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Alabama running back Trent Richardson deals with everything the same way - head on.

Bills have 'productive' talks with WR Johnson

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills made progress in their bid to re-sign Stevie Johnson before the receiver is eligible to become a free agent next month.

AP Source: 49ers, Spillman agree on 3-year deal

A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the San Francisco 49ers and free agent special teams standout C.J. Spillman have reached agreement on a three-year contract.

Tigers no match for BG

RENO - Trevor Shaffer stood outside the Douglas boys' locker room deep inside Lawlor Events Center Thursday night, searching for the right words to explain what had just happened.

Thursday, February 23

FODDER: Pack needs more intensity

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . .

Broncos still searching for 2 more quarterbacks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tim Tebow is still Denver's starting quarterback, and coach John Fox is still OK with Brady Quinn being the backup.

Kalil is next in long line of talented USC tackles

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - For Southern California left tackle Matt Kalil, football success runs in the family.

Stern: Nothing like frenzy created by Lin

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Not Magic and Bird, not Kobe or LeBron. Not even Michael Jordan.

Tiger Woods eliminated by Nick Watney

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - The roar resonated across Dove Mountain from fans packed around the 18th green as Tiger Woods, needing a birdie on the last hole to stay in his match, hit a shot that dropped out of the Arizona sky and landed 5 feet from the hole.

Will Claxton leads Mayakoba Golf Classic

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) - Will Claxton shot a 5-under 66 in windy conditions Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Lincecum declares himself healthy

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco right-hander Tim Lincecum went all out during his bullpen session Thursday and reported that he felt just fine.

MLB: Braun's suspension overturned

NEW YORK (AP) - National League MVP Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension was overturned Thursday by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das, the first time a baseball player successfully challenged a drug-related penalty in a grievance.

Carson City Sheriff's Office hosting Business Academy

The Carson City Sheriff's Office is accepting registration for a so-called Business Academy to help business owners and managers understand the department's workings as well as help deputies understand businesses' needs.

Wednesday, February 22


Boise State won't join Big East in 2012-13

Carson resident gets inducted into the NIAA Hall of Fame

When it comes to discussing his athletic accomplishments, Jim deArrieta gets downright uncomfortable. He's the type of guy who would rather hide his light under a bushel.

Junior's confidence on the rise at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. left Daytona frustrated and furious last July.

BCS leaders far from agreement on changes

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - Before there will be significant changes to college football's postseason and how to determine a champion, there are plenty of options to be considered.

NFL DRAFT DIARY: Weeden out to prove older is better

It's the first topic that comes up when Brandon Weeden's NFL draft prospects are discussed.

Quinn says he's sorry for Tebow comments

DENVER (AP) - Brady Quinn is apologizing to Tim Tebow for unflattering comments Quinn made about the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback in a GQ article.

Dodgers bankruptcy case on track

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved the disclosure statement outlining the Los Angeles Dodgers' proposed bankruptcy reorganization plan, keeping the team's plan for an April 30 sale on track.

Phillies' Howard takes live batting practice

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - An injured Ryan Howard clutching his leg and writhing in pain on the ground was the lasting image for the Philadelphia Phillies' disappointing 2011 finish.

Sandoval unconcerned about weight questions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Pablo Sandoval's portion sizes and weigh-in statistics always seem to be a hot topic this time of year.

Nevada baseball notebook: Freshmen making an impact for Pack

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Pablo Sandoval's portion sizes and weigh-in statistics always seem to be a hot topic this time of year.

Tuesday, February 21

Tigers gear up for state showdown against Gorman

It doesn't always work out this way.

BCS leaders in no rush to pick a postseason system

How many teams will be allowed to play for the national championship is just one of the many issues being considered by the guys who run the BCS.

Posey brings positive attitude into camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Buster Posey squatted into a catcher's crouch for his first spring training bullpen session and began receiving pitches from ace Tim Lincecum, then Matt Cain.

Sandpipers win state swimming title

The Sandpipers easily won the 2012 state swimming championship over Boulder City 7516.5-6937.5 at the Carson Aquatic Center.

McCarthy named top 4A wrestling coach

Under the guidance of Tim McCarthy, the Carson High wrestling squad has been one of the most dominant teams in Northern Nevada.

Ramirez expected to arrive to A's on Friday

PHOENIX (AP) - Manny Ramirez is expected to join Oakland at its spring training facility on Friday, yet another part of the Athletics' offseason overhaul.

Giants prospect Villalona delayed by visa problem

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco Giants prospect Angel Villalona has had his visa delayed back home in the Dominican Republic for what the team was told are weight and health issues.

Mellower Tiger still has a target on his back

MARANA, Ariz. - Tiger Woods must be mellowing with age.

NFL concussion fallout raises red flags in NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - If Michael Waltrip were to count up all the concussions he has sustained over a NASCAR career that stretches back nearly 30 years, he'd certainly hit 10 - and probably keep going.

Ex-NASCAR driver Mayfield says charges against him are 'baseless'

CATAWBA, N.C. (AP) - Former race car driver Jeremy Mayfield says the new criminal charges against him are "baseless" and suggests he is the target of a conspiracy involving NASCAR and law enforcement officials.

PGA Tour changes inevitable, details to follow

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - No one is quick to embrace change until money is involved.

Monday, February 20

Tigersharks strong at state swim meet

Dagen Kipling, 13, led the Carson Tigersharks in the pool during Sunday's State Championships at the Carson Aquatic Center.

Sunday, February 19

SPECIAL RESERVES: Volunteer unit is a 'force multiplier' for Carson City Sheriff's Office

John Miller knew he wanted to be like his old man. His father was a 30-year police veteran who finished his career in Sparks, helping to keep that community safe. Miller, a new father himself, wants to give his daughter that same sense of safety.

Garcia wins state wrestling title

LAS VEGAS - Nico Garcia had a reversal of fortune at the 4A state wrestling tournament at UNLV's Cox Pavilion.

MOODY: Carson wrestlers have a nice winter

The winter sports season for Carson High officially ended on Saturday with the 4A state wrestling tournament.

4A BOYS: Douglas' rally comes up short vs. Hug

SPARKS - The script played out the same as it has all season.

ROUNDUP: WNC ends preseason schedule with win

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Western Nevada concluded its preseson schedule with a 4-3 win over Riverside Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, February 18

Kyle Busch edges Stewart to win Shootout

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The pack is back. And so is the Big One.

Bartolo Colon healthy, eager to pitch for A's

PHOENIX (AP) - Bartolo Colon had no idea how he would bounce back from a stem-cell procedure that saved his career.

SS Brandon Crawford among position players in camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Brandon Crawford walked into the clubhouse followed by a team camera crew. They began with him back home in the Bay Area and tracked his journey to spring training.

Scott Cousins switches to No. 6 for J.T. Snow

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Scott Cousins will now be wearing No. 6 for the Miami Marlins, a tribute to his favorite player growing up: former Giants first baseman J.T. Snow.

Mickelson, Bradley tied after three rounds at Riviera

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Phil Mickelson hit one tree, threaded a shot through five trees and hit a drive that wound up in a spectator's shorts. He somehow managed a 1-under 70 on Saturday to share the lead with PGA champion Keegan Bradley in the Northern Trust Open.

Average raise slows for players in arbitration

NEW YORK (AP) - With Gio Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw and Pablo Sandoval getting the steepest increases, the overall rise of salaries for players in arbitration slowed to its lowest level since 2007.

College baseball players might stay in school longer

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Last year, California catcher Chadd Krist turned down close to $50,000 to return for his senior season in college rather than sign with the Chicago White Sox as a 13th-round draft pick.

GOLF CAPSULES: Mickelson leads by 1 in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Phil Mickelson wasn't at his best Friday at Riviera. Two shots at least helped him stay in the lead.

Incoming Sun Belt commissioner talks expansion

Incoming Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson wants his new league to expand.

Mike Leach loses appeal in suit vs Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The Texas Supreme Court on Friday denied Mike Leach's appeal in his wrongful termination lawsuit against Texas Tech.

Jay Paterno nominated for PSU trustees, ineligible

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - As Jay Paterno figures out what to do next, the former Penn State assistant coach at least knows one avenue he will not pursue.

Yankees trade Burnett to Pirates, pending MLB approval

NEW YORK - The Yankees agreed Friday to trade much maligned pitcher A.J. Burnett to Pittsburgh for two minor leaguers, a deal that clears the way New York to add Raul Ibanez.

Douglas boys top Reed, face Hug in finals tonight

SPARKS - The Douglas boys' basketball team had just clinched its berth to state Friday night when the received an unexpected visitor.

Biting incident puts Garcia in the finals

LAS VEGAS - A bizarre ending on Friday lifted Carson's Nico Garcia into the 4A state wrestling championship match.

NASCAR season starts today with Shootout

Race fans, start your remotes! Yes, NASCAR's first race of the year, the non-points Shootout, starts the season on FOX at 5 p.m. today.

ROUNDUP: Dayton boys eliminated from 3A playoffs

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Tyler Spencer threw five innings of 1-hit baseball and Dillon Ness drove in two runs to spark Western Nevada College to a 3-1 win over Riverside Friday night.

Friday, February 17

Thursday, February 16

NASCAR champ starts 2012 with new crew chief

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Over the closing weeks of last season, Steve Addington had been led to believe he would be Tony Stewart's crew chief in 2012.

Powers hopes to return in 2013

RENO - Gary Powers fully intends to coach the Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team beyond this coming season.

'Monday Night Football' switching to 2-man booth

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - "Monday Night Football" is switching to a two-man booth.

McCaskey: Urlacher simply honest about concussions

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey says Brian Urlacher was simply being honest when he told HBO he would hide concussion symptoms from team doctors.

Doctors remove Tony Gwynn's tumor, facial nerve

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Doctors who operated on Tony Gwynn said it appears the Hall of Fame outfielder's cancer has not spread.

Tigers cruise past Lancers, advance to semis on Friday

MINDEN - The last time the Douglas High boys' basketball team entered the regional tournament with a league championship to its name, its season abruptly ended at home in the first round to a plucky McQueen squad.

No. 1 Luke Donald comes full circle at Riviera

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Luke Donald was on the practice range at Riviera before dawn Wednesday, so dark that only temporary floodlights allowed him to see where the ball was going.

4A PLAYOFFS: Carson girls have monumental task tonight

The Reed Raiders cruised through their 4A girls' basketball schedule with a 19-2 record, yet the pressure will be on the High Desert League champions when they meet Carson in the regional semifinals today at Spanish Springs High School.

Wednesday, February 15

Nevada baseball: Pack looking for rebound season

RENO - Gary Powers has never been one to sugarcoat a difficult situation.

Carson edges Spanish Springs, reaches semifinals

Fans stayed away in droves from Carson High's opening round NIAA 4A girls playoff game against Spanish Springs.

Lackluster win for Wolf Pack

RENO - It was the Valentine's Day equivalent of receiving gifts of a half-eaten box of stale chocolates and a dozen wilted roses.

Tuesday, February 14

Royals exercise option on Yost for next season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals have exercised their option on manager Ned Yost to keep him with the club through the 2013 season.

Dodgers' bidders to meet MLB's ownership committee

NEW YORK (AP) - Remaining bidders for the Los Angeles Dodgers have been told they will be scheduled for meetings with Major League Baseball's ownership committee early next month.

Raiders hire 6 more assistants

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are bringing back quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo for a second stint.

Tebow tells kids nothing doing with Katy Perry

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The commotion of his whirlwind season has subsided, leaving Tim Tebow extra time to pursue one of his favorite things: trying to make a difference in others' lives.

Former receiver Freddie Solomon dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Freddie Solomon, the former Miami Dolphins and 49ers wide receiver who became known as "Fabulous Freddie" and committed himself to community service for decades, died Monday. He was 59.

Report: Irsay to meet with Manning in next week

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - According to Colts owner Jim Irsay, Peyton Manning will decide whether he plays another game for Indianapolis.

Big 12 releases 2012 schedule with W.Va clearance

IRVING, Texas (AP) - A Baylor team adjusting to life without Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will play its first two Big 12 games next season against league newcomers West Virginia and TCU.

Michelle Wie gets the best of both worlds

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Michelle Wie did not go to Stanford to play golf, at least not the game that brought her worldwide fame as a teenager.

A late start for Adam Scott; a snub for Mike Weir

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adam Scott was on the range at Riviera on Tuesday and had every reason to feel like a stranger. He is the only player from the top 10 in the world who has yet to play a tournament this year.

COMMUNITY: Fly tying classes scheduled

The Carson Fly Fishing Club is beginning a basic fly tying class on March 5, 9, 12, 16, 26 and 30 at 7 p.m. in the Ormsby Room in the Carson City Sheriff's Office, at 911 E. Musser St.

Monday, February 13

Pack new defensive coordinator ready to make impact

Chris Ault, who has coached the sport of football since Lyndon Baines Johnson was president and the Super Bowl was just 2-years-old, has never changed his philosophy on defense.

Sunday, February 12

Carson wrestlers win first region title since 2007

When Carson High's Nico Garcia stepped onto the mat for his 182-pound championship match against Douglas' Zachary Singer, he was under a lot of pressure.

Czyz scores 27 in win over Spartans

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Olek Czyz scored 23 of his career-high 27 points in the second half, helping Nevada fend off another challenge to beat San Jose State 76-70 on Saturday night.

Saturday, February 11

National League teams at start of spring training

WEST Arizona Diamondbacks Manager: Kirk Gibson (second season).

American League teams at start of spring training

A team-by-team look at the American League entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:

WR Ward willing to restructure deal with Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Steelers' wide receiver Hines Ward wants to retire with the Pittsburgh Steelers, offering to restructure his contract to do it.

Pavin, Senior tied for lead at Allianz

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Corey Pavin and Peter Senior - both winless on the Champions Tour - shared the lead Saturday after the second round of the Allianz Championship at Broken Sound Golf Club.

Wi maintains the lead as Tiger charges

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Coming off an early bogey that put him eight shots behind, Tiger Woods was in a bunker to the left of the 13th fairway at Pebble Beach when he cut a 9-iron too much, sending it right of the green toward deep rough.

MOODY: Hutchinson earns soccer scholarship

Carson High soccer player Sam Hutchinson recently signed a national letter of intent to attend Colorado-Mesa University, a Division II school located in Grand Junction, Colo.

UNR BASEBALL: High expectations despite poor 2011 season

RENO - Gary Powers has never been one to sugarcoat a difficult situation.

Carson wrestlers in first place after opening day of regionals

Carson High is sitting in perfect position after the first day of the NIAA 4A regional wrestling tournament at Morse Burley Gym.

Woeck pitches WNC to win

LAS VEGAS - Western Nevada scored six runs in the first two innings, and Andrew Woeck threw six shutout innings in a 9-1 win over Pima in a nonleague game at UNLV Friday afternoon.

Friday, February 10

49ers reward GM Trent Baalke with 3-year extension

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have confidence in Trent Baalke leading them for the long haul.

Wi opens up 3-shot lead at Pebble

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - On a day when sunshine gave way to a light rain, two things stayed the same Friday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Charlie Wi was still atop the leaderboard, and Tiger Woods didn't hole enough putts to make up ground.

Big changes at Fernley track

There are some big changes on the horizon at Reno-Fernley Raceway.

Former Red Sox pitcher Boyd says he used cocaine

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - Former Red Sox pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd says he probably pitched under the influence of cocaine "at every ballpark" during his 10-year career.

Burton, Nevada beat Hawaii 88-79

HONOLULU (AP) - Deonte Burton scored 20 points to lead Nevada to an 88-79 victory over Hawaii Thursday night.

BOYS: Carson finishes on high note with 2 straight wins

It's been an extremely tough season for the Carson High boys basketball team, but it has ended on a high note.

GIRLS: Matley, Collins spark Carson to win

It was only fitting that Carson High seniors Eliza Matley and Emily Collins had big games in their last regular-season appearance in Morse Burley Gym.

ROUNDUP: Ski teams sixth at weekly league race

The Carson High boys and girls ski teams placed sixth in Thursday's giant slalom.

FODDER: Is Rolovich the next Nevada coach?

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ..

Regional wrestling starts today at Carson

The wrestling post-season gets under way today when Carson High hosts the 4A NIAA regionals at Morse Burley Gym.

NCAA proposes moving kickoffs from 30 to 35

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The NCAA football rules committee has proposed moving kickoffs from the 30-yard line to the 35 and to limit the running start by players on the kicking team to 5 yards as a way of keeping players safer.

49ers wideout Joshua Morgan eager to get back

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Joshua Morgan is running, and even sprinting, again on the surgically repaired right leg that limited him to only five games in 2011 for the NFC West champions.

Cabrera-Bello shoots 63 in Dubai; McIlroy 3 back

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Rafael Cabrera-Bello made nine birdies in his first 11 holes to finish at 9-under 63 Thursday for a two-shot lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

Johnson in 3-way tie at Pebble; Tiger starts well

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Twenty months later, Dustin Johnson finally hit the drive he wanted at Pebble Beach. Ten years later, Tiger Woods must have wondered what kept him away from the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Peyton Manning working out at Duke

Thursday, February 9

McCarthys enjoy their time on the mat together

When Cole McCarthy steps onto the mat for the first time at Friday's 4A regional meet at Morse Burley Gym he will have a big target on his back.

Wednesday, February 8

Billups vows return from season-ending injury

CLEVELAND (AP) - Chauncey Billups will only watch as the Clippers continue their promising season without him.

Stern: Howard's future won't hurt All-Star game

HOUSTON (AP) - NBA Commissioner David Stern doesn't believe this year's All-Star game in Orlando will be upstaged by Dwight Howard's uncertain future.

Broadway set to tell the tale of Magic and Bird

NEW YORK (AP) - Showtime is about to have a whole new meaning for Magic Johnson.

Thorpe winner Claiborne's commitment never rests

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Before Morris Claiborne celebrated his 22nd birthday and was honored as the Jim Thorpe Award at a dinner Tuesday night, the All-American from LSU had work to do.

Hawaii offensive coordinator Rolovich to Nevada

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nick Rolovich, who orchestrated one of the top passing attacks in the NCAA as offensive coordinator at Hawaii the past two seasons, has been hired for the same job at Nevada.

Column: A real chance for change in the BCS

LSU fans had all but disappeared into the New Orleans night by the final minutes of last month's dreary BCS title game, leaving en masse when they figured out a team that couldn't get past the 50-yard-line wasn't going to magically find a way to cross the goal line.

A's owner pushes public, MLB for move to San Jose

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff said Wednesday that indecision by Major League Baseball over whether his club can move to San Jose has been "excruciating" but that he believes the process is finally nearing an end.

Rock confident heading into Dubai after win

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - After beating Tiger Woods at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, rising star Robert Rock says he no longer fears playing against the big names.

A beautiful week awaits at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - In what Robert Louis Stevenson called "the most felicitous meeting of land and sea," the sea was winning Wednesday at Pebble Beach.

ROUNDUP: Grizzlies delay Douglas' title-clinching party

MINDEN - After the Douglas boys' basketball team raced out to a 20-10 lead through the first quarter at home against Galena Tuesday night, it appeared the Tigers were well on their way to clinching their first league title since 1996-97.

GIRLS: Senators lose heartbreaker to Manogue

Often times, a game for first place doesn't live up to the pre-game hype or expectations of either side.

At last, Carson boys get a win

The longest losing streak in Northern 4A boys basketball is over.

COMMUNITY: Baseball, softball clinics scheduled

If you're interested in improving your baseball or softball skills, the Krush Hitting Co. and Dream Team Softball Camp might help.

Tuesday, February 7

AP Source: Memphis to join Big East

Memphis is the latest school to sign up for a spot in the new Big East.

Stanford LB Shayne Skov arrested for DUI

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - In a rarity for a prestigious academics university that prides itself on a higher standard, Stanford had a player get into trouble with the law.

Big Ten exploring 4-team playoff

The Big Ten, which helped squash the notion of a four-team playoff to crown a national champion in college football several years ago, is taking another look.

Patriots eager for another Super Bowl shot

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Less than an hour after losing the Super Bowl again, Tom Brady slowly slipped on his dark vest and suit jacket and walked to the postgame podium.

New York Giants like chances of repeating

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tom Coughlin is coming back. Eli Manning is only getting better. And the vast majority of the New York Giants' starting lineup is under contract.

RB Ricky Williams says he's retiring from NFL

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Ricky Williams is retiring from the NFL.

Tens of thousands greet Super Bowl champs in NJ

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - It wasn't the Canyon of Heroes and there wasn't as much tickertape, but that didn't seem to bother about 30,000 New York Giants fans who flocked to MetLife Stadium Tuesday to celebrate the team's rousing Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.

A's agree to extend GM Billy Beane through 2019

Billy Beane is planning to stay in the Bay Area for the long haul.

Woods has solution to long putters

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Tiger Woods has a solution to long putters - make them no longer than the shortest club in the bag.

Caddies recall first Tiger shot that amazed

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - It only took Mike "Fluff" Cowan one tournament as the caddie for Tiger Woods to see a shot he had never seen.

Sheriff's blotter Feb. 7

Carson City The following people were booked into the Carson City Jail over the weekend. All are innocent until proven guilty in court.

Monday, February 6

Sunday, February 5

ROUNDUP: Dayton knocks off Fallon

DAYTON - For the first time in four meetings, a Dayton and Fallon boys' basketball game didn't go down to the wire.

Idaho ends Wolf Pack's winning streak

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team ran out of miracles Saturday night at Lawlor Events Center.

Quarterbacks just one of many different stories of Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - MVP quarterbacks on marquee franchises. A rematch of a nail-biter from four years ago, featuring many of the same key characters. Madonna and plenty of Manning - Eli, and Peyton, too.

Ohio State's Meyer defends recruiting practices

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - There must have been a lot of interesting give-and-take when the Big Ten football coaches met at the conference offices on Friday.

A Super match-up between Giants, Patriots

Matchups for the Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots on Sunday in Indianapolis:

Martin, 4 linemen named to Hall of Fame

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Curtis Martin has gone from the mean streets of Pittsburgh to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Coyotes knock off Sharks, 5-3

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Lauri Korpikoski scored two goals to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

Levin in control at Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Spencer Levin passed on Phoenix Open title sponsor Waste Management's green-out, wearing a simple black-and-white outfit.

Super Bowl should be a dandy

Today's Super Bowl should be one of the best in the 46-year history of the event. The Giants and Patriots are evenly matched, and many are saying that the team with hte ball last may win the game.

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Dodgers want Stow's claim thrown out

Saturday, February 4

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UConn's Calhoun taking leave

Goodell: No plans to expand soon

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Sorry, Los Angeles. The only NFL expansion happening anytime soon is to next season's schedule of Thursday night games.

Lincecum talks about new contract

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Tim Lincecum showed up at AT&T Park on Friday with a hooded sweatshirt pulled over his cap and signature shaggy hair, hiding his appearance.

Levin's 63 gives him Phoenix Open lead after 36 holes

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Spencer Levin took one last drag on his cigarette, stamped it out in the rough and climbed into the bunker behind the 17th green. He set up quickly, took a quick glance at the hole and splashed out.

Four Super Bowl champs among Hall of Fame finalists

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Chris Doleman is not one of the four Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists who won a Super Bowl. He doesn't believe that should affect his chances of being elected to the shrine.

Allmendinger enjoys success at Rolex 24

Well, the seal on the 2012 racing season was broken last weekend with the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

GIRLS: Fast start key for Carson girls

RENO - Carson High coach Todd Ackerman admitted he was a bit concerned about his team overlooking Wooster and looking ahead to Tuesday's home showdown against first-place Bishop Manogue.

PREP/JC: WNC baseball clubs Central Arizona

LAS VEGAS - Behind 5.1 scoreless innings by Matt Robertson and the offense of Dillon Ness and Derrick Pitts, the Western Nevada College baseball team defeated top- ranked Central Arizona 15-4 on Friday.

BOYS: Carson's offense continues to struggle

RENO - Carson High coach Carlos Mendeguia summed it up best.

Friday, February 3

Sports Briefly

Tulsa ends Reno's 3-game win streak

Burton's ugly 3 beats Aggies

RENO - The author of one of the most improbable, unlikely and indescribable shots in recent Nevada Wolf Pack basketball history had no idea what he had just accomplished.

Thursday, February 2

LA story: 2 Lakers, 2 Clippers get All-Star nods

NEW YORK (AP) - Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum were voted Thursday to the All-Star game, joining Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul to give the city of Los Angeles four starters.

FODDER: Hard to tell how recruits will pan out

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . .

Bradshaw playing in pain with broken bone in foot

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ahmad Bradshaw is playing in pain and loving every second of it.

Packers name Clements new offensive coordinator

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers didn't have to look far to find their new offensive coordinator, promoting quarterbacks coach Tom Clements to replace Joe Philbin.

'They use you up': Hall of Famer Dorsett suing NFL

The helmet-to-helmet shot knocked Tony Dorsett out cold in the second quarter of a 1984 Cowboys-Eagles game, the hardest hit he ever took during his Hall of Fame NFL career.

NFL approves $200 million loan for 49ers stadium

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - NFL owners approved a $200 million loan Thursday to help the San Francisco 49ers build a stadium south of Santa Clara.

Andrew Luck hoping to play right away in NFL

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Andrew Luck is willing to learn from Peyton Manning. He just wants everyone to know he's ready to play next season, too.

Raiders hire 7 coaches for Allen's staff

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have hired seven coaches for Dennis Allen's staff, including three who were with the team last year.

Hernandez may break out Super Bowl dance moves

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Move over salsa-specialist Victor Cruz. Aaron Hernandez may need room to show his merengue moves in the end zone.

Ailing Gronkowski returns to Patriots practice

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Rob Gronkowski practiced with the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl for the first time Thursday. Now coach Bill Belichick is waiting to see how the All-Pro tight end's injured ankle responds.

Condensed season challenging NBA players' bodies

After every Minnesota Timberwolves game, Anthony Tolliver can be found sitting in front of his locker with ice packs on his knees and wrist and a heavy wrap on his lower back.

La. Tech RB Tyronne Duplessis found dead

RUSTON, La. (AP) - Louisiana Tech running back Tyronne Duplessis was found dead Thursday morning at his off-campus apartment.

Weis brings together unique staff at Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Dave Campo gives off a grandfatherly vibe when he walks into the homes of potential recruits.

Tressel back on campus as Akron vice president

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Through it all, Jim Tressel never lost his charm.

Fernandez-Castano leads Daly by 1 at Qatar Masters

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano birdied his last three holes for a 6-under 66 at the Qatar Masters, overcoming wind and blowing sand to lead John Daly by a shot after the first round on Thursday.

Mickelson sues to find source of 'defamation'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Phil Mickelson filed a lawsuit against an Internet service provider in Canada to learn the identity of a person who has been posting "vexatious statements" that the four-time major champion says is a deliberate attack on his reputation.

Saban stocks up, DGB stays home

Every coach claims to have a great national signing day. Nick Saban actually does - every year.

Carson wrestlers wrap up 4th straight unbeaten league season by walloping Douglas

Carson High capped a fourth straight undefeated Sierra League season with a 71-12 thrashing of arch-rival Douglas on Senior Night Wednesday at Morse Burley Gym.

Wednesday, February 1

SUPER BOWL NOTEBOOK: Tough year for Vinatieri, Colts

INDIANAPOLIS - Adam Vinatieri lined up a Super Bowl kick and let it fly, straight through the yellow uprights. Several dozen fans surrounding the netted area applauded and cheered.

Will fans get an extra period on Super Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS - Overtime. For the first time.

Sierra Lutheran duo signs with 4-year schools

The entire student body of Sierra Lutheran High School gathered in its gymnasium Wednesday afternoon to recognize a momentous occasion.

Stanley, Mickelson look for fresh starts

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Kyle Stanley and Phil Mickelson looked forward to fresh starts today in the first round of the Phoenix Open. Defending champion Mark Wilson savored some pleasant memories in his return to the Valley of the Sun.

Wolf Pack brings in 22 new football players

RENO - Chris Ault can't wait until the start of spring and summer football practices.

Pack gears up for Utah State

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack understands as well as anyone that the Western Athletic Conference doesn't hand out championships in early February.

Garcia's work ethic a key to his success

Nico Garcia will have mixed emotions when he dons his wrestling attire for tonight's dual meet against arch-rival Douglas.

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Gomez scores 35 in Dayton win

DAYTON - Adan Gomez scored 35 points for the second time this year to lead Dayton to a 66-55 win over Silver Stage in a Lahontan League basketball game Tuesday night.

Jets are common thread in Super Bowl turnarounds

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Jets, of all teams, could forever hold a special place in the hearts of the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

Patriots hope their defense is peaking at right time

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Long plays, loose coverage and lingering injuries turned the New England Patriots' defense into one of the most generous in the NFL.

Breakout receivers gives Giants advantage

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Eli Manning has a 1-2-3 punch at receiver that's not only dynamic, but highly entertaining.

Multiple concussion lawsuits going to Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - At least four lawsuits blaming the NFL for concussion-related dementia and brain disease will be consolidated in Philadelphia, and more could follow.

Stanley ready to move on after collapse

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Robert Garrigus didn't see any reason to stick around for the finish.

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Sharks roll past Columbus 6-0