Stories for March 2012


Saturday, March 31

Pack holds off BYU, 5-4

Matt Gardner loves pitching as if he is flying through the air on a trapeze without the comfort of a safety net below.

Local racers begin season at Rattlesnake track in Fallon

With all the national and international racing series seasons well underway, it's time for local racing to get started.

Kentucky, Louisville meet in NCAA semis

NEW ORLEANS - Kentucky coach John Calipari likes to say there are no rivalry games at this point in the season.

Not a lot of fanfare for Kansas-OSU game

NEW ORLEANS - Welcome to "The Other Game" at the Final Four.

Davis, Haith win AP player, coach awards

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anthony Davis was busier than any of the other players in the Final Four.

PREPS: Shadle no-hits South Tahoe

DAYTON -Makayla Shadle pitched a no-hitter and struck out 19 to lead Dayton High's softball team to a 9-0 win over South Tahoe in a 3A crossover game Friday afternoon.

WNC home regular-season win streak ends at 40

Western Nevada College's home Scenic West Athletic Conference regular-season winning streak ended at 40 games when the Wildcats dropped a doubleheader to Salt Lake Community College, 7-5 and 4-1, Friday afternoon at John L. Harvey Field.

Davis, Oosthuizen share 2nd round lead in Houston

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) - Brian Davis changed his life last year, and he's finally seeing the adjustments translate to better golf scores.

Top-ranked Yani Tseng storms to Kraft Nabisco lead

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) - After taking one round off from her utter domination of the LPGA Tour to get rested and reinvigorated, Yani Tseng is right back in her usual spot atop the leaderboard.

Friday, March 30

FODDER: Kentucky all the way

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

AP source: No decision on appeal, Saints' coach

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Decisions are still pending on a possible appeal of Sean Payton's suspension or an interim coach should his season-long punishment be upheld, a person familiar with the situation said.

Final Four brings big programs to Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Looking for those charming underdog stories? Go find the DVD from last year.

UNC's Barnes, Henson, Marshall entering NBA draft

Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall have decided now is the time for the NBA.

Cain solid in Giants' 6-2 win over Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Two of the three hits Matt Cain allowed left the park Thursday night. In the end, it didn't matter.

McGahuey sparks Carson past Galena

It was a case of too much Christa McGahuey.

Carson works fifth-inning magic again

There has been something magical about the fifth inning this week for the Carson High baseball team.

Thursday, March 29

Wednesday, March 28

Sierra Lutheran runner makes college choice

Sierra Lutheran senior Nathanael Williams made his college choice Wednesday afternoon at an assembly in the high school's gymnasium.

Ault looking forward to MWC play

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack football team will open its spring practices today with something old, something new, something borrowed and, of course, something silver and blue.

Cultures clash in commonwealth over UK-U of L game

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - This Bluegrass State rivalry runs deep, and the divide is wide.

Johnson signs on to lend his magic to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Magic Johnson is about to learn $2 billion only buys you so much. Now he'll need to bring the Los Angeles Dodgers the same success he brought the Lakers.

Suzuki stars in Japan, M's beat A's in MLB opener

TOKYO (AP) - Ichiro Suzuki looked perfectly at home, putting on the kind of show that made him so popular in Japan.

NFL coaches speak out on bounties

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NFL coaches plan to go right at the league's most sensitive subject - bounties - when they get together with players next month.

Postseason OT adopted for regular season

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Even though the NFL's new rule for postseason overtime has never come into play, it's being expanded for the regular season, too.

AP Source: Brandon Jacobs agrees with 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers added another member of last season's Super Bowl-champion New York Giants on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with veteran running back Brandon Jacobs on a one-year contract.

Els not feeling pressure to win in Houston

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) - Ernie Els is approaching the Houston Open like any other tournament, and not worrying about the bigger prize at stake.

Tseng planning another big splash at Kraft Nabisco

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) - Yani Tseng has already worked on her leap at her pool back home in Orlando, trying to come up with something special for that airborne moment between winning the LPGA Tour's Kraft Nabisco Championship and splashing down in Poppie's Pond for the traditional post-tournament dip.

Tseng in a league of her own

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Yani Tseng is starting to draw comparisons with Tiger Woods when he was at his absolute best.

Final Four coaches poised to keep cashing in

Ohio State coach Thad Matta has already cashed in on the Buckeyes' trip to the Final Four.

A's, Mariners tour earthquake, tsunami damaged cities

ISHINOMAKI, Japan (AP) - Members of the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners got a firsthand look at the devastation from the earthquake and tsunami on Tuesday when they visited one of the towns hit hardest by last year's disaster in Japan.

Magic Johnson group to buy Dodgers for record $2B

NEW YORK (AP) - A group that includes former Lakers star Magic Johnson and longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten agreed Tuesday night to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers from Frank McCourt for a record $2 billion.

Payton seeks Parcells' counsel about Saints' plan

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Sean Payton has planned the New Orleans Saints' offseason, done some work on the upcoming draft and jotted down ideas for the start of training camp.

PREPS: Carson pounds North Valleys

RENO - Carson High won its second straight game, knocking off North Valleys 14-7 Tuesday afternoon in a Northern 4A game.

Damonte outslugs Carson, 7-5

RENO - In the early season battle for Sierra League supremacy, round one went to Damonte Ranch, 7-5, and that will probably gnaw at Carson coach Scott Vickrey and his team for quite a while.

Tuesday, March 27

Monday, March 26

Sheriffs' blotter

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

Sunday, March 25

Saturday, March 24

WNC baseball sweeps CSI

Andrew Woeck gave up a game-opening single to College of Southern Idaho's Carter Yagi in the first game of Friday's doubleheader, and that was the last of the Golden Eagles' offense.

Jets creating potential QB mess with Sanchez-Tebow

NEW YORK (AP) - The quarterback hierarchy has been clearly set by the New York Jets.

49ers QB Johnson eager to reunite with Harbaugh

Josh Johnson has no idea how much he'll play behind 49ers starter Alex Smith, or if the backup job is even his to earn ahead of second-year pro Colin Kaepernick.

Payton takes responsibility for Saints scandal

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Sean Payton apologized Friday for the bounty system under which Saints players were offered payouts for big hits on opponents, saying he takes "full responsibility" for the program that operated for three years under his watch.

NC State rally falls short in 60-57 loss to Kansas

ST. LOUIS (AP) - North Carolina State needed a miraculous run late in the season just to make it to the NCAA tournament. Then it seemed as if the Wolfpack would never go home.

Top-seeded Kentucky knocks off Indiana 102-90

ATLANTA (AP) - Anthony Davis had a rather quiet night. No worries. He's got plenty of help at Kentucky.

Barnes scores 5 in OT, NCarolina beats Ohio 73-65

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Awful all night, Harrison Barnes came through when North Carolina needed him most.

Acy, Baylor hold off Xavier, 75-70

ATLANTA (AP) - Quincy Acy picked up the slack for his roommate to help push Baylor to another regional final.

Friday, March 23

Cardinals knock off top-seeded Spartans 57-44

PHOENIX (AP) - Louisville figured its game against Michigan State to be low-scoring, a natural expectation with two of the nation's best defenses butting heads.

NCAA: Syracuse holds off Badgers

BOSTON (AP) - For a 3-minute stretch in the second half, Wisconsin didn't miss a 3-point attempt.

GOLF: Wi grabs first-round lead at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Charlie Wi felt a lot better walking off the golf course compared with his last round.

Ohio St makes East final, beats Cincinnati 81-66

BOSTON (AP) - Jared Sullinger and the Ohio State Buckeyes had blown a 12-point lead and fallen behind Cincinnati in the second half of the East Regional semifinals.

Beal's 21 lifts Fla. to 68-58 win over Marquette

PHOENIX (AP) - Exactly as his coach asked him to, Bradley Beal is bringing out his 'A' game. His latest bit of wizardry moved Florida a win away from the Final Four and set up Billy Donovan with a perfectly scripted matchup against his old coach and boss, Rick Pitino.

Slowey so-so again for Indians in loss to Giants

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Kevin Slowey remains in the race for the Cleveland Indians' final rotation spot. He's just not gaining ground.

FODDER: Good season for Wolf Pack

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

PREPS: McGahuey, Morrow lead CHS to win

RENO - Christa McGahuey hit a three-run homer and pitched a three-hiter to lead Carson High's softball team to a 9-1 win over McQueen Thursday afternoon.

Domitrovich continues to shine at plate

The one constant in Carson High's offense this spring has been the hitting of senior Nick Domitrovich.

Thursday, March 22

Wednesday, March 21

Niners, Smith agree on 3-year deal

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - No hard feelings on Alex Smith's part that the San Francisco 49ers pursued Peyton Manning.

Saints coach suspended for season over bounties

Meting out unprecedented punishment for a crush-for-cash bounty system that targeted key opposing players, the NFL suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton without pay for next season and indefinitely banned the team's former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams.

Jets, Broncos complete trade for QB Tim Tebow

NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Tebow is coming to New York. Really.

Timeout with Casey Wolfe

Q: What are your favorite sports and why?

Tarkanian stays in Vegas hospital for observation

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Doctors at a Las Vegas hospital decided to keep storied former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian overnight Wednesday for observation after a mild heart attack, despite originally planning to release him, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Tiger Woods says he's healthy and ready

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - From the fairway on the par-5 sixth hole at Bay Hill, caddie Joe LaCava looked back toward the tee box in time to see Tiger Woods stop suddenly in the middle of his swing.

Major changes coming on PGA Tour

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, saying it was "time to get better," announced Tuesday sweeping changes that will end nearly 50 years of Q-school as a way to get to golf's biggest tour.

Now a Bronco, Manning says hello to his new team

DENVER (AP) - John Elway flashed that mile-wide grin and turned the microphone over to his new quarterback, Peyton Manning.

AP Source: Alex Smith, 49ers close to deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers were working Tuesday night to finalize a three-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said.

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Split decision for Dayton teams

YERINGTON - Dayton High overcame an early 2-0 deficit to knock off Yerington 6-4 in a Northern 3A baseball game Tuesday afternoon.

NCAA: Running down the Sweet 16

Now it's time for the big dogs to take over the NCAA tournament.

Pack one win away from MSG

The Nevada Wolf Pack is one victory away from New York's Madison Square Garden.

BASEBALL: Banfield, Pradere lead Carson to win over Cougars

Charlie Banfield's season took a turn for the better much to the chagrin of the Spanish Springs Cougars.

Tuesday, March 20

Monday, March 19

Sunday, March 18

NCAA: Syracuse dominates K-State

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Scoop Jardine had 16 points and eight assists to lead top-seeded Syracuse to a 75-59 victory over eighth-seeded Kansas State on Saturday in the third round of the East Regional.

NCAA: Murray State's Cinderella bid falls short again

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Murray State came up just short.

WNC sweeps CSN to gain series split

HENDERSON - Western Nevada College bounced back from Friday's doubleheader loss to College of Southern Nevada by sweeping Saturday's twin-bill 10-0 and 12-2.

Pack hosts Bucknell today in NIT

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team is focused, energized and determined.

SOFTBALL: Carson sweeps North Valleys

Carson High's offense is hard to figure. One game it can't buy a hit and the next it can't stop hitting.

PREPS: Carson unable to generate offense

SPARKS - Spanish Springs scored two in the first inning and added single runs in the fourth and fifth to beat Carson 4-1 in a Norhern 4A baseball game on Saturday.

Saturday, March 17

WNC swept by CSN to start 4-game series

HENDERSON - Western Nevada was knocked from the ranks of the Scenic West Conference unbeatens after dropping a pair of 5-4 decisions to College of Southern Nevada on Friday.

DIEZ: Appeals panel upholds NASCAR ruling

To absolutely no one's surprise, the three member appeals panel consisting of Leo Mehl, John Capels, and Dale Pinilis upheld NASCAR's penalties for the No. 48 team in a hearing last Tuesday.

No. 15 Lehigh shocks No. 2 Duke

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The Lehigh Mountain Hawks said they weren't afraid of mighty Duke.

WNC softball loses three

No pitching. No hitting. No victories. Simply put, it may have been the worst day of the season for Western Nevada College's softball team.

NCAA: Norfolk State upsets No. 2 Missouri

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Kyle O'Quinn had 26 points and 14 rebounds, making several key plays in the closing minutes, and Norfolk State held on to stun Missouri.

Dufner takes the lead in Tampa

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Jason Dufner and Padraig Harrington felt cautious at times for different reasons Friday in the Transitions Championship. They also had a far different outcome.

Manning chase down to three teams

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The stealthy 49ers are in the chase for Peyton Manning. The Dolphins and Cardinals are out. And the Broncos and Titans want to make sure the four-time NFL MVP is healthy.

Greg Biffle wins pole at Bristol Motor Speedway

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Greg Biffle knows he won't be perfect all season.

Friday, March 16

'Seamheads' gather to analyze analytics

MESA, Ariz. - No sport loves statistics more than baseball.

NBA: Howard stays, but other big men go

Dwight Howard agreed to stay in Orlando on a day plenty of other big men were on the move.

FODDER: Will fans show up on Sunday

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ..

49ers release cornerback Shawntae Spencer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Shawntae Spencer became the odd man out in San Francisco's secondary.

NFL: Bills land Mario Williams

NEW YORK (AP) - Megatron and Mario, the richest players in the NFL.

PREP: Banfield's single beats Wooster

After a sub-par performance on the mound Tuesday afternoon against Wooster, Carson's Charlie Banfield wanted to redeem himself.

Harrington opens with a 61 at Innisbrook

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Padraig Harrington knew he was playing better golf than his scores indicated. He just wasn't expecting the lowest official score of his life, a 10-under 61 to set the course record Thursday in the Transitions Championship.

NCAA: Orangemen avoid early exit

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Reserve forward James Southerland had 15 points and a season-high eight rebounds, and Syracuse avoided becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 when it rallied for a 72-65 victory over North Carolina-Asheville on Thursday in the East Regional.

Thursday, March 15

Blueberg learning on the job at Nevada

RENO - Colby Blueberg is right where he wants to be.

PREPS: Shadle blanks Hug

RENO - Dayton High sophomore Makayla Shadle beat Hug with her bat and strong right arm on Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday, March 14

Lewis wants to see how he measures up on PGA Tour

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - His achievements alone would suggest Tom Lewis is racing toward stardom.

Posey gets first spring hit, Giants tie Indians

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Francisco Giants got encouraging performances from two stars returning from injuries.

Bucks look to push tempo after trade for Ellis

MILWAUKEE (AP) - It's probably going a step too far to say the Milwaukee Bucks are trying to bring showtime to the shores of Lake Michigan with the addition of guard Monta Ellis.

Titans' execs return to Nashville with Manning

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A group of Tennessee Titans executives have returned to Nashville with Peyton Manning for a meeting with the free agent on the team's home turf.

AP Source: 49ers, CB Rogers agree on 4-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Cornerback Carlos Rogers is returning to the San Francisco 49ers just as he had hoped - and bringing him back keeps one of the NFL's top defenses intact heading into 2012.

All-Pro Nicks joins Bucs; Megatron collects

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Calvin Johnson got the biggest contract in NFL history Wednesday, and he wasn't even a free agent.

Coach D'Antoni resigns as Knicks skid

NEW YORK (AP) - Mike D'Antoni resigned Wednesday as coach of the New York Knicks, whose brief resurgence in a wave of Linsanity quickly gave way to a late-season skid that puts them in danger of even making the NBA playoffs.

NCAA: BYU pulls off big comeback

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - BYU pulled off the biggest comeback in NCAA tournament history on a wild opening night.

49ers give CB Cox a second chance

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In two days, the San Francisco 49ers took risks on a pair of players who weren't even in the NFL last year.

Colston stays with Saints, Marshall to Bears

Wide receivers grabbed the big money as NFL free agency began Tuesday.

Stajan scores in OT, lifts Flames over Sharks

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Jarome Iginla had reason to celebrate on Tuesday night, and not only because he scored 30 goals yet again.

Carson wins wild one over Wooster

RENO - It was a bizarre game that ended on a bizarre note.

Carson league seeking players 13 to 18

Carson City Little League has replaced Babe Ruth in offering playing opportunities for youths between the ages of 13 and 18.

PREPS: Tigers improve to 6-0

MINDEN - After a 7-2 victory over Fallon Tuesday afternoon, the Douglas baseball team found itself off to its best start since 2004.

Tuesday, March 13

Monday, March 12

Time out with Sam Hadley

SCHOOL: Dayton High School SPORTS: Baseball/Football YEAR: Senior

NIT: Pack draws Oral Roberts in opener

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team has a New York state of mind right now.

Sunday, March 11

Pack knocks off Santa Barbara

RENO - Tom Jameson was all smiles Sunday afternoon at Peccole Park.

Kentucky, Syracuse, N. Carolina, MSU get top seeds

Kentucky, Syracuse and North Carolina tried to manufacture some chaos before the brackets came out. Like a group of 7-foot forwards roaming the middle, the members of the NCAA selection committee simply swatted all that noise away.

Manny Ramirez making most of second chance

PHOENIX (AP) - A bat in his hands and a smile on his face, Manny Ramirez bounded through the Oakland Athletics' clubhouse Saturday hollering, "I'm back in the lineup! I'm back in the lineup!"

Stenhouse wins Nationwide race

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nationwide races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been dominated by Sprint Cup drivers, big names like Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth crossing the checkers first since the inaugural race in 1997.

Cespedes homers in A's debut

PHOENIX (AP) - Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin joked before the game that he'd love to see Yoenis Cespedes hit three homers, steal three bases and rob a hitter of a home run in center field in his first major league game Saturday.

Canadian racer dies in skicross accident

GENEVA (AP) - A Canadian racer died in a World Cup skicross event Saturday, tumbling through safety nets in what ski authorities called a "freak accident." It was the second death in less than two months of a freestyle skier from Canada.

Gauchos hammer Pack pitching staff

The Nevada Wolf Pack and Santa Barbara Gauchos have traded knockout punches this weekend at Peccole Park.

Manning leads big free-agent class

Peyton Manning is a free man. Drew Brees is not.

Watson goes after first WGC title

DORAL, Fla. - Rory McIlroy thought he might have a chance at 59. Tiger Woods opened with three straight birdies and made a charge of his own. None of this bothered Bubba Watson, who figured he could go just as low Saturday at the Cadillac Championship.

New Mexico St routs La Tech 82-57 for WAC title

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Wendell McKines scored 27 and grabbed 14 rebounds, and New Mexico State claimed its third Western Athletic Conference tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with a dominant 82-57 win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.

Hendrix swings hot bat in WNC sweep

Zach Hendrix nearly made Western Nevada College baseball history on Saturday and wasn't even aware of nearly hitting for the cycle until afterward.

Carson drops two in Bearman Invitational

It was a lost day for the Carson High baseball team.

PREPS: Carson girls lose two

ELK GROVE, Calif, - It's surprising that a team would come out flat after three straight wins, but that's what happened to Carson High's softball team on Saturday

Saturday, March 10

La. Tech eliminates Nevada in WAC semis

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Trevor Gaskins scored 15 of his 21 points during Louisiana Tech's hot-shooting first half, and the sixth-seeded Bulldogs held on late to stun regular season champion Nevada 78-73 on Friday night in the Western Athletic Conference semifinals.

PREPS: Carson softball wins pool play

ELK GROVE, Calif. - Carson High's softball team knocked off Oak Ridge, 3-1, and Will C. Wood, 8-0, to win its pool at the Preseason Victory TOC Friday night.

Friday, March 9

WNC runs home regular-season streak to 34

Scenic West Conference opponents understand one thing - the Western Nevada College Wildcats are tough to beat at John L. Harvey Field, especially during the regular season.

NASCAR has issues with electronic fuel injection

NASCAR's switch to electronic fuel injection (EFI) this season seems to have fallen afoul of the law of unintended consequences.

Kahne fastest on day of records at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The track records fell like coins from a winning slot machine.

Giants agree on deals with 19 players

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Francisco Giants agreed to terms Friday on 2012 contracts with catcher Buster Posey, left-handed starter Madison Bumgarner and 17 others.

Watson shoots 62, takes the lead at Doral

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Bubba Watson and Justin Rose put on an amazing show of birdies in blustery conditions at Doral, making 17 between them while playing in the same group Friday at the Cadillac Championship.

Matt Jones takes 3-stroke lead in Puerto Rico

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) - Matt Jones shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to open a three-stroke lead over George McNeill in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.

Free agency 2012: Peyton leads a big class

Peyton Manning is a free man. Drew Brees is not.

1st stop: Peyton Manning meets with Broncos brass

DENVER (AP) - Peyton Manning met for nearly six hours with the Denver Broncos on Friday, then left the team's facility without speaking with reporters.

PACK BASEBALL: Shipley learns his lesson in win

Bradey Shipley learned a valuable lesson on Friday afternoon.

Spring Training Capsules

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Adam Dunn doubled, homered and drove in four runs and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 Thursday, giving rookie manager Robin Ventura his first win.

Scott, Dufner tame the Blue Monster

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Playing only his sixth round of the year, Adam Scott faced a strong test Thursday at Doral and never looked better.

Marino: Manning 'fits with anybody' in NFL

AVENTURA, Fla. (AP) - If Peyton Manning wants to talk about playing quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, Dan Marino would be thrilled to take his call.

Nevada rallies in 2nd half to top SJSU 54-44

LAS VEGAS (AP) - When Deonte Burton rose from the floor rubbing and shifting his jaw back and forth to make sure it was still in place, Nevada coach David Carter could only hope the elbow that floored Burton not only awakened the conference player of the year but his entire squad as well.

FODDER: Is Carter to blame for weak schedule

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ...

After slow start, Carson girls rip Fallon

FALLON - After shaking off some first-inning cobwebs, the Carson softball team powered its way to an season-opening win on Thursday in pool play of the Preseason Victory TOC .

Banfield pitches Carson to season-opening win

Charlie Banfield was in mid-season form on the mound, and that's great news for the Carson Senators.

Thursday, March 8

Sacramento City Council approves new arena for Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The only place the Sacramento Kings are moving to is a new downtown home in California's capital.

A's eager to get territoral rights issue resolved

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics said Wednesday that their attempt to relocate some 40 miles away to San Jose is not "a move that seeks to alter or in any manner disturb MLB territorial rights."

Syracuse, Kentucky heads for No. 1 seeding

Even the chairman of the tight-lipped NCAA selection committee can't deny this simple fact: Heading into this week's conference tournaments, there's Kentucky and Syracuse, and then everybody else.

CHS BASEBALL: Senators make debut today at home

New bats and a different league greet Carson High when it opens the 2012 season today at Ron McNutt Field against Fallon.

Carson opens season today against Fallon

Carson High softball coach Scott Vickrey has been on the field for less than a week with his team, and so far he likes what he sees.

Tiger, Rory trying to build momentum

DORAL, Fla. - Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are at Doral to build momentum in different ways.

Casey gets back to work at Doral

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Paul Casey already has missed five tournaments this year after dislocating his shoulder while snowboarding over the holidays.

Peyton-palooza: Manning will have several suitors

NEW YORK (AP) - Rex Ryan's Jets need leadership in a lost locker room.

Wednesday, March 7

Tuesday, March 6

Monday, March 5

Sunday, March 4

WNC baseball off to quick start

WNC baseball wins one in Colorado

Sprint Cup Lineup

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Nationwide results

NASCAR Nationwide-Bashas' Supermarkets 200 Results

Martin grabs pole at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Mark Martin switched teams in the offseason to join Michael Waltrip Racing, the latest move in his multi-stop career.

Giants lose to D-Backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum opened spring training the same way he ended a disappointing 2011 season, pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

NFL helps players who want musical careers

NEW YORK - Even before Darren Howard entered the NFL, the defensive end had dreams of being in the music business. He was a DJ in high school and by the time he was in college, he'd created a "rag-tag" recording studio in the basement of his residence.

McIlroy in control at Honda

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods finished his round before the leaders made the turn Saturday in the Honda Classic, only this time, thousands of fans didn't head for the parking lot. They went looking for the kid who already looks the part as golf's next star.

Gomes, Weeks homer in win over Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Jonny Gomes and Jemile Weeks hit two-run homers to help the Oakland Athletics' backups beat up the Seattle Mariners' regulars.

Pack heads to Las Vegas on 2-game win streak

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack were successful in beating their own emotions and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Saturday night at Lawlor Events Center.

WNC falls flat against Snow

After watching her team blow the second game of Friday's doubleheader, WNC softball coach Leah Wentworth expected her team to come out with some fire in Saturday's doubleheader against Snow College.

Saturday, March 3

RACING: Fans treated to 11 extra hours of Daytona coverage

We expected a 24-hour race at Daytona in January. What we did not expect was a 36-hour race in February, but that's what we got.

Montoya ready for next race

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Driving under caution at the Daytona 500, Juan Pablo Montoya felt the back end of his car break, sending it into a spin. Unable to stop and bearing down on a safety truck, he didn't panic.

It's official, MLB playoffs now expand to 10 teams

NEW YORK (AP) - With less than a month to go before opening day, baseball at last decided who's in and who's out come October.

Ramirez makes contact in A's loss

PHOENIX (AP) - Manny Ramirez saw just three pitches and took two swings in his Oakland debut. He never got the ball out of the infield. Still, just being there seemed enough for now.

Tom Gillis shoots 64 to take lead at Honda

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Tom Gillis has been just about everywhere in golf except atop the leaderboard on the PGA Tour.

Ravens tag Ray Rice, Bears do same with Forte

Standout running backs Ray Rice of Baltimore and Matt Forte of Chicago had profitable Fridays.

49ers place franchise tag on S Dashon Goldson

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers used the franchise tag for safety Dashon Goldson on Friday, giving them the right to match any offer Goldson receives from elsewhere.

Wildcats frustrated after splitting DH

Normally Western Nevada College's softball team would have been overjoyed with a double-header split.

Nevada releases football schedule

RENO (AP) - Nevada's football team will play its first home league game in the Mountain West Conference on Oct. 6 against Wyoming.

Friday, March 2

Pack wins WAC regular-season title outright

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team was downright selfish Thursday night at Lawlor Events Center.

Thursday, March 1

MLB to expand playoffs

NEW YORK (AP) - The Braves are remembered for one of baseball's epic collapses.

Chamberlain's 100-point game hits 50-year mark

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Wilt Chamberlain didn't just tower over his peers, he left records that endured for decades. And for 50 years, one mighty number has stood as the Mount Everest of sport's magic numbers.

Eagles place franchise tag on WR DeSean Jackson

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - DeSean Jackson is closer to a big pay day.

Coughlin makes two changes on coaching staff

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants named Sean Ryan quarterbacks coach and promoted Kevin M. Gilbride, the son of their offensive coordinator, to receivers coach.

Raiders place franchise tag on S Tyvon Branch

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders placed the franchise tag on safety Tyvon Branch on Thursday, guaranteeing him about $6.2 million for 2012 to keep him off the open market in free agency.

Jayhawks turn pursuit toward No. 1 seed in NCAAs

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Tyshawn Taylor has already helped No. 3 Kansas wrap up its eighth straight Big 12 title.

FODDER: Gorman making a joke out of 4A championship games

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ...

Doolittle converts to pitcher hoping to make A's

PHOENIX (AP) - Sean Doolittle is looking to his past to help shape his future.

Hal Steinbrenner plans to lower Yankees' payroll

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - New York Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner wants to lower the team's payroll to $189 million over the next few years.

Ryan Braun's lawyer criticizes drug collector

NEW YORK (AP) - Ryan Braun's lawyer criticized the lengthy statement from the person who collected the slugger's drug sample, saying Thursday the NL MVP "was properly vindicated."

Love opens with 64 to take Honda Classic lead

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Davis Love III looked more like a player than a Ryder Cup captain Thursday at the Honda Classic.

Four Heisman QBs up for College Hall of Fame

DALLAS (AP) - Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks Eric Crouch, Danny Wuerffel, Vinny Testaverde and Ty Detmer are among first-time candidates on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year.

Johnson's crew chief suspended for 6 races

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR issued steep penalties against five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson and his team for failing the first inspection for the Daytona 500.

Sanchez making progress in return from injury

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Giants infielder Freddy Sanchez took ground balls at second base and threw to first Wednesday for the first time since he dislocated his right shoulder on June 10, a significant moment in his rehab.

Tiger stares down reporter over Haney book

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Tiger Woods had a terse exchange with a magazine reporter Wednesday over excerpts from his former swing coach's new book, and ended the conversation with a long stare and a sarcastic, "Have a good day."

Big Ten baseball in the summer?

Imagine a warm June night, a packed baseball stadium and two of the biggest names in college athletics battling for a championship.

Should Gorman be allowed to play for state titles against public schools?

If you are a high school sports enthusiast, mark Tuesday on your calendar. It's a day that could change the landscape of high school sports forever.

Wildcats open Scenic West season in Colorado ... weather permitting

The Scenic West baseball season gets under way this weekend, but it's anybody's guess as to whether Western Nevada (11-5) will get its scheduled games in against Colorado Northwestern.

Quam sets table for WNC

Jenny Quam is the ideal leadoff hitter; table-setter if you will.

Czyz, Hunt close out Nevada careers

RENO - Nevada Wolf Pack seniors Dario Hunt and Olek Czyz will be playing their final regular season game at Lawlor Events Center Saturday night.