PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Andre Iguodala scored 24 points and Thaddeus Young had 21 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 110-99 win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Miami finally had its Big 3 of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh reunited, and Oklahoma City's top trio was at its best, too.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Pierce says the Boston Celtics had no reason to discuss their heartbreaking loss in Game 7 of the NBA finals last summer before they returned to Staples Center on Sunday.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Following Orlando's morning walkthrough Sunday, center Dwight Howard said his biggest fear entering the Magic's matchup with Cleveland was being the team that allowed the Cavaliers to end their long losing streak.
NEW YORK (AP) - Timofey Mozgov's initiation to NBA life was so shaky that he eventually went to the bench and stayed there for three weeks.
PHOENIX (AP) - Instead of savoring backup center Marcin Gortat's career-high 25 points, the Phoenix Suns were left wondering how they nearly blew an eight-point lead in the final 18 seconds.
KAANAPALI, Hawaii (AP) - Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson successfully defended their Champions Skins Game title Sunday, finishing with seven skins and $310,000 to edge Mark O'Meara and Bernhard Langer by $10,000.
HONOLULU (AP) - MVP DeAngelo Hall had one of his team's five interceptions and returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown to help the NFC match a Pro Bowl scoring record in a 55-41 victory over turnover-prone AFC in a game that was not nearly as interesting as the final would indicate.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Novak Djokovic gave his old friend Andy Murray a sympathetic hug and a few consoling words, then got on with the real celebrations.
EVANSTON, Ill. - Jared Sullinger hit the second of two free throws with 3.5 seconds left Saturday night and No. 1 Ohio State overcame a furious rally by Northwestern to beat the Wildcats 58-57 - the unbeaten Buckeyes' 22nd straight victory.
RENO - J.T. Snow has spent his life clinging to a small piece of advice from his father when he was little.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Kim Clijsters believes she's now earned the nickname she had for years in Australia.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and the San Antonio Spurs became the NBA's first 40-game winner, beating the Houston Rockets 108-95 on Saturday night.
LAS VEGAS - Western Nevada College's baseball team garnered a split against South Mountain Community College Saturday at Sierra Vista High School.
It is now safe to come back to Lawlor Events Center. Don't be frightened.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - If there ever was a time for Ted Thompson to break character and take a bow, it would be right now.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Linebacker Desmond Bishop says the Packers began preparing for Ben Roethlisberger by watching video of how not to bring down the Steelers' big quarterback.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - This time it's a comment - not a tweet - that's created another rift as the Green Bay Packers prepare for the Super Bowl.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Alex Ovechkin won his third straight breakaway challenge and Zdeno Chara broke his own 2-year-old record for the hardest shot in the NHL's SuperSkills competition Saturday night.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Christian Ponder heads to the pros on a high note, after all. And he got a little help from a college rival.
A clinic for aspiring track & field officials has been scheduled for Feb. 5 at Carson High School.
HONOLULU (AP) - When Ray Lewis stepped off the plane from his cross-country flight and was greeted with a lei and an aloha, it finally hit him that he was voted back on the island.
Friday night's Dayton-Fallon boys basketball game had the best atmosphere that I've seen at a basketball game this winter.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles have already surpassed their projected budget for the 2011 season, so what's the harm in coughing up a few million bucks for free agent designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero?
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Texas Rangers agreed to terms Saturday on a $5.8 million contract for Mike Napoli, avoiding arbitration with the catcher-first baseman the AL champions just acquired in a trade.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners and third baseman Chone Figgins tried to quiet trade rumors during the team's annual fanfest celebration Saturday.
RIFFA, Bahrain (AP) - Paul Casey shot a 6-under 66 and Peter Hanson had a 67 on Saturday to share the third-round lead in the Volvo Champions.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The way Phil Mickelson likes to play golf, he didn't have much fun Saturday at Torrey Pines.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - An aggressive early pace at the Rolex 24 at Daytona led to a track full of debris, a rough start for the favorites and led veteran drivers openly wondering why teams were pushing so hard in the starting stages of an endurance race.
DAYTON - It had all the drama of a NCAA Final Four or the seventh game of the World Series. It was a tough, physical game that kept you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
DAYTON - When a team plays Dayton, the game plan is simple. Press, press and keep pressing.
MINDEN - Nothing seemed to go right for the Douglas boys' basketball team in a 64-46 loss at Spanish Springs earlier this week.
MINDEN - As the Douglas girls' basketball team jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in Minden Friday night, Carson coach Todd Ackerman got a brief flashback to the the two team's overtime struggle earlier this month.
RALEIGH, NC(AP) - Nicklas Lidstrom's first pick in the inaugural NHL All-Star fantasy draft was his only bad one - choosing the wrong side of a flipped puck with the No. 1 selection on the line.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Phil Kessel could only watch while every other player was picked in the NHL All-Star fantasy draft. Then, as he sat alone, Alex Ovechkin pulled out a cell phone and snapped a photo of the Toronto Maple Leafs forward.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 10 of his 40 points in the second overtime, Russell Westbrook added his third triple-double of the season and the Oklahoma City Thunder kept the Washington Wizards winless on the road with a 124-117 victory on Friday night.
The No. 5 ranked Western Nevada College baseball team got its season off to a solid start with a 8-5 win over South Mountain on Friday in Las Vegas.
BLAINE, Minn (AP) - The typical setbacks that come during a Tommy John rehabilitation haven't been there for Joe Nathan.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla (AP) - Chip Ganassi sent drivers to Victory Lane in three of the four most prestigious races in America last year.
NEW YORK (AP) - To understand just how good the NFL's ratings have been this season - the best in about 15 years - it helps to take a moment and compare the league to the rest of TV.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A strong finish by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson made them feel better about their rounds Friday on opposite ends of Torrey Pines, and better about their chances of catching Bill Haas.
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - People from all over the world come to Hawaii to unwind, celebrate and heal. Peyton Manning is no different.
Grading the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team after a 79-76 victory over Fresno State Thursday night at Lawlor Events Center . . .
RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack has stopped worrying about winning any beauty contests.
Western Nevada College opens its 2011 baseball season with a four-game series starting at 3 p.m. today against South Mountain Community College at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
NEW YORK (AP) - Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields made consecutive 3-pointers in the final 1:18, and the New York Knicks took advantage of LeBron James's miserable shooting night to beat the Miami Heat 93-88 on Thursday night.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa leaders promised Thursday to investigate what caused 13 football players to be hospitalized with an unusual muscle disorder following offseason workouts.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mark Herzlich and Nate Irving got a whole season to answer questions about their health on the field.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Steel City can make a strong case for a new nickname.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A few months ago, Tim Masthay looked like he might be the latest in a series of shaky Green Bay Packers punters. If he didn't pick up his performance, the team might not have been far from replacing him.
DALLAS (AP) - Jethro Pugh has some advice for folks who consider it a cruel twist of fate that the first Super Bowl hosted by the Dallas Cowboys features the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - In a surprising move, the Tennessee Titans have parted ways with Jeff Fisher, who was the NFL's longest-tenured coach.
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - Arian Foster usually gets where he's going in a hurry - at least on the football field.
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - Besides the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers, also missing this Pro Bowl week is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders hired former Pro Bowl guard Steve Wisniewski as their assistant offensive line coach Tuesday.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Adam Kennedy, who signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners this month, was contrite Thursday after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on an Orange County freeway.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Outfielder Josh Willingham has no trouble saying it in January: The Oakland Athletics should contend for the AL West this season.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Grady Sizemore isn't going anywhere - except back to center field for the Cleveland Indians as soon as he is fully recovered from knee surgery.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tiger Woods began his new season with no bogeys, no birdies on the par 5s and no drama.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - John Daly criticized two tournaments Thursday for not giving him sponsor exemptions, saying he would never play the Bob Hope Classic and Phoenix Open again.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Monty Williams hardly planned to go back to his starters in the waning moments. The Hornets' first-year coach had little choice to preserve his team's winning streak.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines felt like the start of any other season on the PGA Tour, except when he awoke at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and realized he had plenty of time on his hands.
Kat Fulwider placed third overall and the Carson High girls ski team finished fourth in Wednesday's league meet at Sierra-At-Tahoe Resort.
Carson High maintained its perfect Sierra League wrestling record with a 48-24 victory Damonte Ranch Wednesday night at Morse Burley Gymnasium.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Before the Green Bay Packers really start cramming to get ready for the Super Bowl, Aaron Rodgers wanted to make a few things clear.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The new, comedic Big Ben debuted his Super Bowl material.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The 36-year-old Louisiana Superdome is getting its biggest overhaul since Hurricane Katrina tore away a lot of the roof and flooded the arena with millions of gallons of water.
DALLAS (AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and his wife have separated after more than a decade of marriage.
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - While every Pro Bowl player endured a long trip to get to Hawaii, the journey for Michael Vick in many ways was the longest.
MADRID (AP) - Spanish cycling officials want three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador banned for one year for failing a 2010 Tour doping test.
PROVO, Utah (AP) - Jimmer Fredette scored 43 points and ninth-ranked BYU beat No. 4 San Diego State 71-58 before a frenzied crowd Wednesday night, handing the Aztecs their first defeat of the season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jarret Stoll scored the only shootout goal in the fourth round and the Los Angeles Kings headed into the All-Star break with their third straight victory, 3-2 over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Li Na became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam singles final, saving a match point before beating top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 Thursday in the Australian Open semifinals.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Watching B.J. Raji rumble into the end zone in real time, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy was as fired up as any Packers fan.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Paul Hornung believes Brett Favre will one day be welcomed back with open arms by the Green Bay faithful. The Hall of Famer just thinks it will take time.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland says Chad Henne remains in the team's plans as a potential starting quarterback, despite a disappointing 2010 season.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa says 12 football players have been hospitalized for symptoms likely related to offseason workouts.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Mountain West Conference will not expand further to include either Utah State or San Jose State.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tiger Woods can't start a new year without being reminded of the last one.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem is asking the USGA to review the Rules of Golf after two prominent players were disqualified for rules violations that were reported after they signed their scorecards.
SAN FRANCISCO - The World Series trophy has traveled from San Francisco to California's Central Valley and on to the Giants' Polo Grounds roots in New York. Stops also are planned in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon as the hardware makes its way East again to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Andy Murray had a struggle on his hands, constantly trying to find his rhythm against Alexandr Dolgopolov before advancing 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 to the Australian Open semifinals and a possible showdown with Rafael Nadal.
Eagle Valley Middle School's eighth-grade volleyball team improved to 5-0 with a 25-11 and 25-23 win over Carson Middle School and a 25-19 and 27-25 win over Carson Valley Middle School.
ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders have officially hired longtime NFL assistant Al Saunders as their offensive coordinator.
Hug is one team Carson High's boys basketball team will always have trouble matching up against.
Carson High's Jon Parker has made his college selection official, and it is a surprising choice.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist, rookie Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Sunday.
DENVER (AP) - Carmelo Anthony gave the home crowd nothing to boo about Sunday night, scoring 36 points in the Denver Nuggets' 121-107 victory over the Indiana Pacers, who lost their fifth straight.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers found a fitting way to shut down the New York Jets' season.
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Jhonattan Vegas made a 13-foot par putt on the second playoff hole to win the Bob Hope Classic on Sunday, holding off Gary Woodland for his first PGA Tour victory.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Bears came out of hibernation too late behind a young quarterback. And it wasn't Jay Cutler, either.
Grading the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team after a 66-58 victory over the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Saturday night . . .
RENO - David Carter is watching his Nevada Wolf Pack grow right before his eyes.
RENO - Carson High shook off the ill effects of its Friday night loss to Galena, and played one of its better games of the Sierra League season against Damonte Ranch on Saturday.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Syracuse running back Delone Carter ran for a touchdown and was selected the offensive MVP in the East's 25-8 victory over the West on Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game.
Circle Jan. 28th on your calendars. It's a day of celebration if you've ever had anything to do with Little League baseball in Carson City.
FERNLEY - The Carson wrestling team placed six out of 10 wrestlers it sent to the two-day Fernley Invitational.
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Gary Woodland and Jhonattan Vegas realize the marathon Bob Hope Classic will come down to a sprint.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Defending champion Martin Kaymer extended his lead at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to five strokes over Rory McIlroy after shooting a 6-under 66 in the third round on Saturday.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There's a buzz at Daytona International Speedway, and it's more than the cars humming around the track.
Matchups for the AFC championship game between the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field:
Matchups for the NFC championship game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears at Soldier Field:
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The longest home winning streak in Kansas' vaunted history came to an end on a doubly sad day for the Jayhawks.
PHOENIX - Board members for the organization that sets safety standards for athletic equipment determined on the first day of its winter board meetings that more research was needed before any recommendations on helmet safety could be made.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant made a 3-pointer from the right wing as time expired and finished with 30 points to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 101-98 win against the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
Carson girls coach Todd Ackerman hates to lose. What he hates even more is when his team doesn't put forth the effort he expects or doesn't come to play.
DAYTON - Dayton jumped out to a 17-6 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 59-40 win over Fernley Friday night.
MINDEN - The Douglas High boys' basketball team was cruising along just fine Friday night when Damonte Ranch broke out a defense the Tigers hadn't previously seen out of the Mustangs on film.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Andy Murray moved another step closer to consecutive Australian Open finals and Kim Clijsters remained on course for back-to-back major titles with third-round wins Saturday.
RENO - Grading the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team after a 90-71 victory over the New Mexico State Aggies Thursday night at Lawlor Events Center ...
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The Green Bay Packers were a mess when they hired Dom Capers as their defensive coordinator two years ago, and the Chicago Bears had issues on offense when they turned to Mike Martz after last season.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The quarterback saga for Sunday's conference championship games goes far beyond Benny and the Jets.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some of Barry Bonds' former teammates, along with other retired Major League Baseball players and perhaps current player Jason Giambi, will have to testify at the slugger's upcoming perjury trial, a federal judge said Friday.
The 2011 racing season kicks off next weekend at both ends of the country.
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Gary Woodland shot an 8-under 64 on Friday for a share of the third-round lead at 18 under in the Bob Hope Classic with Jhonattan Vegas.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR President Mike Helton strongly indicated the points system used since 1975 will be scrapped for a simpler scoring method.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Josh Hamilton is swinging a bat again and regaining his energy after spending six days in the hospital with pneumonia.
The Los Angeles Angels acquired All-Star center fielder Vernon Wells from Toronto on Friday night, giving them the big bat they wanted to add this winter.
Western Nevada College's baseball team has been ranked sixth in the country in a poll released recently by Collegiate Baseball.
MINDEN - What began as a minor bump in the road for Minden resident Kyle Gimple turned into an eventual career path.
Sports fodder for a Friday morning ... Are you worried about the immediate future of the Nevada Wolf Pack football team? Don't be.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Shaun Ellis shakes his head when he thinks about all the blue and white confetti that fell around him after last year's AFC championship game.
RENO - David Carter has been around Nevada Wolf Pack basketball long enough to know that a two-game winning streak is no reason to hold a parade down Virginia Street.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Chuck Cecil says that Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher has decided not to keep him as the Titans defensive coordinator after two seasons in which the team ranked among the NFL's worst in yards allowed.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Pete Carroll wasted little time filling the most prominent opening on his coaching staff, making Darrell Bevell the Seattle Seahawks' new offensive coordinator on Thursday.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - On the list of Aaron Rodgers' accomplishments in three seasons as the Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback, one stands out as being something that really didn't seem possible when he first took over as the starter.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Lefty reliever Javier Lopez and the World Series champion San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for $2,375,000.
NEW YORK (AP) - Andruw Jones agreed Thursday to a $2 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Young traveled to New York while on the San Diego Padres' disabled list last June and had a chance to see Citi Field.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners have agreed to minor league deals with outfielder Jody Gerut and left-hander Nate Robertson, giving each an invitation to spring training.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - UNLV officials say safety Mike Clausen and wide receiver Michael Johnson have been suspended by coach Bobby Hauck and will miss spring practice.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The University of Texas, which already has one of the wealthiest athletic programs in the country, is lining up for even more money.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier, who helped the Wolverines win the first four games of the Rich Rodriguez era before slipping on the depth chart and in the classroom, is leaving the school.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Former ESPN announcer Ron Franklin has sued the network over his firing for reportedly berating a female colleague.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU coach Les Miles hired former Louisville and Tulsa head coach Steve Kragthorpe as his new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Thursday.
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Boo Weekley shot a 6-under 66 in windy conditions Thursday for a share of the second-round lead with rookie Jhonattan Vegas in the Bob Hope Classic.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Rafael Nadal extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 23 matches with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 win over American qualifier Ryan Sweeting to reach the third round of the Australian Open.
ATLANTA (AP) - Jamie McMurray likes the idea of switching to a new points system to determine the NASCAR champion.
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Even after Derek Lamely strung together the longest streak of birdies and eagles on the PGA Tour in nearly four years, he realized it's still very early in the Bob Hope Classic.
WASHINGTON (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union executive director DeMaurice Smith spoke face-to-face in New York on Wednesday, while more than a dozen current or former players were on Capitol Hill for face time with lawmakers and congressional staffers.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Mark Sanchez strolled out of a restaurant and pulled a fast one on his future coach.
Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson stopped endorsing a supplement company because his connection violated NFL rules.
RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team is ready to make a statement.
Carson High's girls ski team finished fourth at Tuesday's meet at Alpine Meadows.
RENO - David Carter likes what he's seen lately from his bench.
Lauren Knorzer became the third Carson player in as many years to accept a softball scholarship to Western Nevada College.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Two members of the Monsters of the Midway defense from Chicago's famed championship team are reuniting in Minnesota.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams hired former Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels as their offensive coordinator on Tuesday.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Tom Cable is headed home. Jeremy Bates is looking for a new one.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Hue Jackson began his Oakland Raiders coaching career with the same sort of bravado that made him so popular in his one season as the team's offensive coordinator.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis rarely talks to the media anymore.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Pat Bowlen says in a letter to season ticket holders that last season was his most difficult in his more than a quarter century as owner of the Denver Broncos and he pledges to restore integrity and a winning culture to a franchise rocked by problems on and off the field.
HOUSTON (AP) - Auburn coach Gene Chizik won the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year Award on Tuesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Postseason star Cody Ross has avoided salary arbitration with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, agreeing to terms on a $6.3 million, one-year contract Tuesday.
BOSTON (AP) - Rather than head toward salary arbitration hearings, the Boston Red Sox agreed Tuesday to a $12 million, one-year contract with closer Jonathan Papelbon and a $2.4 million, one-year deal with center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.
SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley is in trouble again.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A person with knowledge of the proposed Carmelo Anthony trade says the holdup is over the framework of the deal, not the All-Star forward's willingness to commit to New Jersey.
HONOLULU (AP) - The PGA Tour starts its season in Hawaii with a winners-only field. The Champions Tour gets under way this week on the Big Island with a winners-only field, along with a few invitations.
HONOLULU (AP) - For all the miles he has flown and all the trophies he has won on the six major tours around the globe, Ernie Els would seem to be the biggest supporter of a move toward a world golf tour.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Venus Williams has recovered from an injury to beat Sandra Zahlavova 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-4 and advance to the third round at the Australian Open.
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) - Many golfers no longer give a second thought to the Bob Hope Classic. The Palm Springs area's venerable pro-am is too long, too complicated and not lucrative enough for most pros.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon almost couldn't believe it as the Panthers built their lead - 5-0, 11-0, 13-0 and finally to 19-0. The larger the lead got, the more he fretted.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Pay no attention to the glove Phil Pressey wears on his shooting hand to protect a broken ring finger. The Missouri freshman guard certainly doesn't.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Alex Oriakhi has been telling Kemba Walker since the preseason that he is the best player in the country. After Walker's latest effort, there will be a lot more believers.
WACO, Texas (AP) - Marcus Morris had time to stop and briefly look around before hitting an open 3-pointer. A couple of minutes later, 6-foot-10 twin brother Markieff hit from nearly the same spot. Then Marcus drove the baseline for a scooping reverse layup.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Moments after the Eclipse Awards ended Monday night, Zenyatta owner Ann Moss came off the stage eager to call her mare in Kentucky. They keep in touch by video phone.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Rafael Nadal's quest to complete his "Rafa Slam" at the Australian Open started with a first-round victory that lasted only 11 games and certainly helped him conserve plenty of energy.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Teemu Selanne scored two goals and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 Sunday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - St. John's turned things around against Notre Dame with defense, smothering perimeter defense.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia coach Bob Huggins threw everything he could defensively at No. 8 Purdue until the Mountaineers finally found a rhythm on offense.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Isaiah Thomas told his team there would not be another second-half letdown.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker is just glad it's not him who is being chased by New York trade rumors anymore, now that Carmelo Anthony is getting all the attention.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Although the Clippers were just a few seconds away from finishing off the Lakers and their seven-game winning streak, Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom refused to stop grinding and digging for one last rebound.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Roger Federer started his Australian Open title defense with a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lukas Lacko on Monday, showing some of the sublime shot-making skills that make him the most obvious hurdle to Rafael Nadal's pursuit of a "Rafa Slam."
CHICAGO (AP) - Football's oldest rivalry has a grand new prize: a spot in the Super Bowl.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Shonn Greene placed the ball on the ground and used it as a pillow, resting his head on it after scoring the Jets' final touchdown of a stunning upset.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Nolan Smith scored 29 points and No. 1 Duke bounced back from its first loss in 10 months by pulling away to beat Virginia 76-60 on Saturday.
BOSTON (AP) - Jordan Staal scored with 16:35 left to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston 3-2 Saturday and avoid another collapse against the Bruins.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -Deonte Burton scored 20 points and Malik Story added 16 to lead Nevada to a 69-67 victory over Boise State on Saturday night.
RENO - The Top 10 drives of the 2010 Nevada Wolf Pack season ...
The Douglas boys' basketball team never trailed in a 71-50 romp over league foe Galena Saturday night in Minden.
RENO - Kevin Jepsen's preparing for his biggest job interview yet.
The national signing day for high school football players is Feb. 2, and all eyes in Carson City will be on senior defensive end/wingback Jon Parker.
VIRGINIA CITY - Virginia City barely worked up a sweat en route to its fifth straight Northern 1A victory of the season.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Stop the chatter. It's time for the sound that really matters.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears know firsthand how dangerous the Seattle Seahawks can be.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A most fitting comeback for Ben Roethlisberger.
ATLANTA (AP) - As Aaron Rodgers trotted off the field, savoring another playoff win, he was serenaded with chants of "Go, Pack, Go!"
BOSTON (AP) - Jarrod Saltalamacchia didn't earn Boston's starting catching job as much as inherit it when Victor Martinez signed with the Detroit Tigers as a free agent.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics and reliever Brad Ziegler have agreed to a $1.25 million, one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.
HONOLULU (AP) - Dustin Johnson says he hasn't been dating anyone for two months, not even Natalie Gulbis.
HONOLULU (AP) - For the second straight day, Stuart Appleby plodded along the soft fairways of Waialae until he closed strong with improbable shots for eagle or a string of birdies.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - All-America defensive end Da'Quan Bowers came to Clemson No. 1 and could leave school the same way.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Kevin Wilson isn't going to let one coaching loss ruin his start at Indiana.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - As if this thing needed more hype.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - John Fox wasn't ready to hit the beach, the greens or the slopes after enduring the first double-digit losing season of his coaching career.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Ben Obomanu's hand is finally healed. All the stitches, both internal and external, from the nasty gash sustained in early December are gone.
ATLANTA (AP) - Bart Starr and Lambeau Field, Ray Nitschke and Titletown USA. Heck, they even named the Super Bowl trophy after Green Bay's most famous coach.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Looks like another winter classic in Pittsburgh.
RENO - It would have been easy for the Carson High girls to throw in the towel after a horrendous first quarter which saw the Senators go 1-for-11 from the field and turn the ball over 14 times leading to 20-point deficit.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Once Florida hired offensive coordinator Charlie Weis to run a pro-style offense, John Brantley's decision became clear.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Five years ago, Bill Blankenship left a comfortable job at an Oklahoma high school football powerhouse, taking a leap of faith that he'd land a college coaching job that fit him.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker scored 18 points, DeJuan Blair had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs handed the reeling Dallas Mavericks their fourth straight loss, 101-89 on Friday night.
RENO - The Senators, led by Rafe King's 15 points, knocked off McQueen 58-34 at Flynn Gymnasium.
ELKO - The uniforms read Elko but this was not the same Lady Indians the fans had seen this season.
ELKO - The Elko boys basketball team allowed Dayton to go into halftime with hope of pulling off the road win. In the second half, the Tribe destroyed that hope.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - New 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh hired away three coaches from his former Stanford staff Friday to join him in the NFL.
There is an interesting meeting scheduled for Friday during NASCAR Thunder at Daytona, when NASCAR President Mike Helton and Competition VP Robin Pemberton get together with the teams for a "competition update."
RENO - One would be hard pressed to find pancakes flatter than the way Carson High came out of the gate Friday against McQueen.
RENO - The Top 10 special teams plays of the 2010 Nevada Wolf Pack football season ...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Rookie star Taylor Hall scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves in the Edmonton Oilers' 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook added 32 in his fourth career triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder fought off the Orlando Magic 125-124 Thursday night for their fourth straight win.
Sports fodder for a Friday morning ... Turn the clock back 15 or 20 years.
The Top 10 passing plays of the 2010 Nevada Wolf Pack football season ...
KILN, Miss. (AP) - The sister of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was released from jail Thursday after a brief appearance in a Mississippi courtroom, a day after she was arrested during a methamphetamine bust.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have the only head coaching vacancy left in the NFL.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL and its players' union acknowledged Thursday they have not held a large-group negotiating session since November - and there are no formal meetings scheduled to work toward a new collective bargaining agreement.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - LaDainian Tomlinson stared out at the field from behind his dark visor, unable to help his team from his seat on the bench.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Pat Shurmur quickly turned rookie quarterback Sam Bradford into a rising NFL star. Shurmur's next project will be tougher.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Don't expect to hear the New England Patriots use an expletive to describe an opponent.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - John Fox turned around a bumbling team before. The Denver Broncos are counting on him to do it again.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni is heading back to the Big East as football coach at Connecticut.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - If David Shaw has his way, he will never have to interview for another football coaching job. He is right where he has always felt he belonged: Stanford.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson has decided to stay and play for coach Brady Hoke.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft after leading Auburn to a national championship and drawing nearly as much attention for a pay-for-play scandal as for his dynamic performances.
NEW YORK (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the New York Yankees have reached a three-year agreement with AL saves leader Rafael Soriano.
HONOLULU (AP) - All those rookies ready to start their PGA Tour careers will have to wait another day.
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) - Deremy Geiger scored 18 points and Jeff Ledbetter scored 17 to lead Idaho to a 72-67 victory over Nevada Wednesday night.
MONTREAL (AP) - Alex Goligoski scored twice and added an assist, and the Pittsburgh Penguins scored four power-play goals to end a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Emeka Okafor had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets held off Orlando 92-89 in overtime on Wednesday night, snapping the Magic's nine-game winning streak.
ANN ARBOR, Mich (AP) - Brady Hoke set the tone for a new era of Michigan football with his mouth and fist, pounding the lectern with each word when asked about the suddenly lopsided rivalry with Ohio State.
HONOLULU (AP) - Maui is a reunion of winners. Oahu is more of a meet-and-greet.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) - Recently retired manager Joe Torre says he is "definitely interested" in working for Commissioner Bud Selig.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tom Brady just wants to talk about football. The New York Jets won't let him.
RENO - The Top 10 running plays of the 2010 Nevada Wolf Pack football season . . .
DENVER (AP) - Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 31 points and Carmelo Anthony followed up one of his worst shooting performances with a 28-point effort, helping the Denver Nuggets snap a three-game skid with a 132-98 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - After eight failed interviews, Ron Rivera is finally getting his first shot as a head coach with the woeful Carolina Panthers.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Darrelle Revis couldn't believe Rex Ryan's latest declaration.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - When Browns quarterback Colt McCoy ran for 6 yards with barely a minute remaining in a 41-9 loss to Pittsburgh the first week of January, he prevented the Steelers from something achieved only twice during a 16-game NFL season.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Ten hours after winning the national title, Auburn coach Gene Chizik was typically intense and businesslike, already saying the time to celebrate was over.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Defensive coordinator Rocky Long was promoted to head coach at San Diego State after Brady Hoke was hired away by Michigan, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is learning that Brady Hoke is a pretty popular coach.
During my time as president of West Virginia University, our quarterback was a young man named Oliver Luck.
HONOLULU (AP) - The day after missing a 3-foot putt to lose in a playoff, Robert Garrigus couldn't eat.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jim "Bones" Mackay is best known to sports fans as the caddie who has been at Phil Mickelson's side as he won four majors and became one of the biggest names in golf.
CINCINNATI (AP) - World Series MVP Edgar Renteria will receive $2.1 million under his one-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds.
DENVER (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez made a run at the Triple Crown last year in his first full season in the majors, winning a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove to go with his NL batting title at the tender age of 25.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Baseball's all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman has thrown his final changeup, deciding at age 43 to retire and return to the San Diego Padres in a front office job.
Carson High graduate Spencer Brinson finished third at the Freeski World Tour event recently.
DAYTON - The Dayton girls basketball team overcame a three-point halftime deficit to beat South Tahoe 29-25 on Tuesday night.
The Top 10 Defensive Plays of the 2010 Wolf Pack football season ...
The three-game stretch of Douglas, Manogue and McQueen is a brutal one, and thus far the Carson Senators are 0-for-2.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Matt Carroll's first hint was the curtains blocking off the upper deck when he came out for his pregame shooting routine. The effects of a rare Southern snowstorm really hit home just before tip-off when the Charlotte guard was supposed to throw a free T-shirt into the crowd.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers watched his team lose to the undermanned Houston Rockets and saw trouble coming from far down the road.
CHICAGO (AP) - Derrick Rose doesn't show his emotions too often on the court.
PHILADELPHIA - Bitter feuds from the AFC North and East will break out again in the playoffs.
Chris Ault uttered some unfamiliar words Sunday night that he hasn't had a chance to say very often in recent years.
A minor earthquake rolled through the hills between San Jose and San Francisco Friday night.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - LeBron James had 44 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, Dwyane Wade added 34 points and eight rebounds, and the Miami Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-100 in overtime Sunday night for their 13th straight road victory.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Ray Lewis knows a championship defense when he sees one. Now the Kansas City Chiefs do, too.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Aaron Rodgers simply threw his hands in the air and pumped his fist. No, he doesn't celebrate like Brett Favre.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin already has seen plenty of valleys and peaks during his short NBA career. His favorite experience has been over the past three quiet weeks, when his Los Angeles Clippers steadily built the foundation of a solid team.
DENVER (AP) - If this was Carmelo Anthony's farewell, he sure didn't go out on a high note.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Corey Fisher got it started and Maalik Wayns finished the job.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Iowa coach Fran McCaffery warned his players about Ryne Smith.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Neither Minnesota coach Tubby Smith nor Ohio State's Thad Matta was happy with the officiating.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - After barely escaping with an overtime win over Michigan, Kansas coach Bill Self is a little hesitant to compare this year's Jayhawks with his national championship team from three seasons ago.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - John Shurna scored 24 points to lead Northwestern to a 93-81 victory over Indiana Sunday night.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Maryland refused to let Nolan Smith drive through its defense. When No. 1 Duke needed it most, Kyle Singler shot over it.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Missouri State held off Wichita State 59-56 Sunday night to take sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference.
TORONTO (AP) - With Tyreke Evans injured, the Sacramento Kings couldn't find anyone able to stop DeMar DeRozan.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona basketball team hoped its 67-57 victory over Stanford served a larger purpose than a win in the Pac-10 standings.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - One shot to start his round, and Robert Garrigus was reeling.
DALLAS (AP) - Dwight Howard had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic extended the NBA's longest active winning streak to nine games with a 117-107 victory over the injury-depleted Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Todd Haley did a nose count to see how many Kansas City Chiefs own what he calls "priceless" playoff experience and was pleased to find that 21 do.
INDIANAPOLIS - Nothing personal, Peyton. Rex Ryan and the New York Jets finally got the made-for-TV ending they wanted - they beat you.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles have traded places in the past two weeks.
It was only fitting that a nightmarish shooting game came down to free throws.
Just like that, the toughest week the Douglas boys' basketball team will see until the regional playoffs is over.
DAYTON - The Dayton High girls varsity basketball team lost at home Saturday afternoon to a quicker, more physical Truckee squad, 45-17.
DAYTON - There's no place like home for the Dayton High boys basketball team.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Pittsburgh players dumped the cooler full of sports drink on Phil Bennett.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Quarterback Tom Savage, once considered the face of Rutgers football, is leaving the Scarlet Knights program.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Gene Chizik won five games in two seasons at Iowa State before becoming Auburn's head coach in 2009.
Ten things to look for during the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl tonight (6 p.m., ESPN) in San Francisco between the Nevada Wolf Pack (12-1) and Boston College Eagles (7-5) ...
OREM, Utah- Despite a double-double from Donald Sloan, the Reno Bighorns fell to Utah Saturday night in their first overtime contest of the season, 101-100 inside the UCCU Events Center.
STOCKTON - Four Carson High wrestlers, led by 112-pounder Patrick Craugh, placed at the Big Valley Classic on Saturday.
I've mentioned local racer J.R. Williams in this space recently, and I got the chance to sit down with him last week.
Carson High will be the host site for the 4A regional basketball semifinals and finals for boys and girls this year.
The Utah State Aggies gave the Nevada Wolf Pack a thorough beating Saturday afternoon with their Western Athletic Conference measuring stick.
BOSTON (AP) - Rookie Luke Harangody had career highs with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his first NBA double-double, and the Boston Celtics earned the 3,000th victory in franchise history, beating the Toronto Raptors 122-102 on Friday night.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Surrounded by his LSU players, coach Les Miles loudly and proudly sang the school fight song and savored the celebration of the Tigers' first Cotton Bowl victory in 45 years.
RENO - Carson High's boys basketball team tuned up for today's showdown with Douglas by knocking off Wooster 65-50 Friday night.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Jim Harbaugh turned Stanford from a Pac-10 doormat into a national power in his four years as coach on the Farm.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - While in New York for all the hoopla surrounding the Heisman Trophy ceremonies, Oregon running back LaMichael James and Auburn quarterback Cam Newton became fast friends.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - TCU coach Gary Patterson received a two-year contract extension through 2018 after leading the Horned Frogs to a perfect season and their first BCS victory.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The NCAA put Texas Tech on two years of probation Friday for a series of recruiting violations, saying 16 coaches or assistants sent nearly 1,000 impermissible text messages to football, softball and golf prospects.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Bo Levi Mitchell led three straight late touchdown drives, the finale coming with 2:47 left, leading Eastern Washington a 20-19 victory over Delaware and its first FCS championship.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Peyton Manning has kept it all business this week.
SEATTLE (AP) - A year ago, the New Orleans Saints rode the raucous enthusiasm of the Superdome through the NFC playoffs to the first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Pat Shurmur has NFL coaching pedigree, experience with young quarterbacks and ties to Cleveland's front office.
As a player in the 1980s and '90s, Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott was known for - and roundly praised for - jarring tackles. As a newly appointed co-chairman of the NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel, he's looking forward to watching this year's playoffs and keeping tabs on what he calls "good hits."
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Having showered and dressed after practice, Michael Turner is heading for a weekend off Friday when Roddy White nails his Atlanta Falcons teammate with a cupcake to the side of the face.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - The Miami Dolphins' strange week took another bizarre turn Friday, leaving coach Tony Sparano's status still in doubt.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - John Elway hasn't even interviewed his first head coaching candidate and already the Denver Broncos' new football boss is 0 for 2.
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) - A judge said Friday she wouldn't release a court document detailing sexual assault allegations against Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox because the investigation is ongoing.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Bud Adams has thought it over, and the Tennessee Titans' owner has decided he isn't ready just yet to part with Jeff Fisher.
The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team continues to perform like a tiny rowboat caught in a tsunami.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Declaring it a "perfect competitive opportunity," Jim Harbaugh accepted the job as coach of the 49ers and said his goal is to win a Lombardi Trophy for "one of the legendary franchises in all of football."
The Nevada Wolf Pack football team has just one goal left to accomplish this season.
Sports fodder for a Friday morning ... You can argue whether or not that this is the greatest Nevada Wolf Pack football team in the greatest Nevada Wolf Pack football season in school history.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Yancy Gates scored a season-high 22 points, and 24th-ranked Cincinnati extended the second-best start in school history, beating Xavier 66-46 on Thursday night
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Not even an interim coach and a freshman quarterback could keep Miami of Ohio from the best turnaround season in college football history.
MIAMI (AP) - Two people familiar with the negotiations say talks between Jim Harbaugh and the Miami Dolphins have broken off, and the team is expected to retain Tony Sparano as coach.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Colts have looked more like a Rex Ryan-coached team than the New York Jets have in recent weeks.
HOUSTON (AP) - Wade Phillips knows how he can fix the Houston Texans' defense.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - By this point, the pleading with coaches was done. Matt Hasselbeck knew he wasn't going to start what could potentially be the last game he ever played for the Seattle Seahawks.
NEW YORK (AP) - As if NFL coaches needed something else to worry about.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - About 10 minutes into his tenure as coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett had to step aside. Team owner Jerry Jones had something to say.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Jonathan Byrd and Carl Pettersson enjoyed the views and surprising calm conditions at Kapalua on Thursday to open the new PGA Tour season at 7-under 66 to share the lead.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Tiger Woods has one less endorsement deal, ending his 13-year relationship with golf's biggest magazine when they couldn't agree on how many hours he should devote to the job.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - For most people, the defining moment of Rocco Mediate's career was fearlessly taking on Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines before losing on the 19th hole of a thrill-a-minute playoff in the 2008 U.S. Open.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Defensive end J.J. Watt will leave Wisconsin early to enter the NFL draft.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has decided to stay in college to get his degree instead of immediately cashing in on the riches of being the likely No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - One is a publicity-shy 72-year old who has made billions selling athletic gear. The other is a 60-something multimillionaire who turned a local bank into a colossus and may have helped cause its downfall as well.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - LaMichael James is not straying from tradition just because Oregon is playing for the national title. He's all business, just as he has been all season.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Running back Vai Taua (Vie Tau-uh) has become the latest Nevada player to accept an invitation to play in the Jan. 22 East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Fla.
NEW YORK (AP) - The inaugural Pac-12 football championship game is heading to Fox, solidifying the network's college football imprint after losing the Bowl Championship Series.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - LSU played its bowl game last season in mud and muck. This time, the weather isn't what is clouding things for the 11th-ranked Tigers.
The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl seems to have all the intensity and passion of a Nevada Day parade through downtown Carson City.
Join Joe Santoro for a live chat of today's Fight Hunger Bowl that begins at 6 p.m.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The defending champion Saints will have try to repeat without their top two power running backs.
HOUSTON (AP) - Wade Phillips faces a challenge in fixing the Houston Texans' defense.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh was meeting Wednesday with the San Francisco 49ers about their head coach vacancy, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Hall of Famer John Elway is embarking on another comeback.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Titans owner Bud Adams says it's time to let Vince Young go and for the franchise to find its next quarterback.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - When it comes to quick turnarounds, Miami of Ohio has already pulled off a stunner.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Filling a critical need on a coaching staff that went through a major shakeup after a 5-7 season, Texas hired Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz to do the same job with the Longhorns.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan hired Rich Rodriguez to take college football's winningest program to another level.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - All this talk about the unstoppable offenses set to be unleashed by No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon in the BCS title game is enough to make a defensive coordinator's head spin.
KIRKWOOD, Calif. - Carson High finished sixth in the girls race and seventh in the boys race in a Tahoe League ski meet at Kirkwood Wednesday afternoon.
BOSTON (AP) - Rajon Rondo had 22 assists, 12 points and 10 rebounds for his 11th career triple-double, adding six steals to help the Boston Celtics beat the San Antonio Spurs 105-103 on Wednesday night in a matchup of the NBA's top two teams.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - The European Tour is stronger than ever, and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem says he's glad to see it.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Geoff Ogilvy might not be able to defend his title in the Tournament of Champions after cutting open his finger on a coral reef at the beach and taking 12 stitches to sew it up.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The combination of the Ocean Course and the world's best golfers has made tickets for the 2012 PGA Championship extremely hot items.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Adrian Beltre is taking over as the everyday third baseman for the AL champion Texas Rangers, and Michael Young is switching positions again.
BOSTON (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations says the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a minor league contract with right-handed reliever Tony Pena Jr.
The great Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2) will return to the ring on May 7 in Las Vegas, to take on Shane Mosely.
RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack football program currently has 20 verbal commitments for this year's recruiting class, according to Scout.com and ESPN.com.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Trent Baalke has been promoted to general manager of the San Francisco 49ers.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have told coach Tom Cable they are not picking up his option to bring him back next season.
MINDEN - There's been little question this season that the Douglas boys' basketball team's greatest team strength is its depth.
SPARKS - Dayton High's boys team tried to give away Tuesday night's Northern 3A game against Sparks.
It didn't take Carson High's girls basketball team long to assert itself against North Valleys - four minutes to be exact.
Make no mistake about it, this was a game Carson needed to win and was expected to win.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Ohio State might want to send a thank-you note to the NCAA for helping to end its bowl misery against the SEC.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Coach Jim Harbaugh returned to a welcome-home rally on Stanford's campus Tuesday night and offered no insight to what's next: staying put, bolting to the NFL or going elsewhere.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Freshman Jared Sullinger had 24 points and 12 rebounds and No. 2 Ohio State rallied to overtake Iowa 73-68 on Tuesday night.
MIAMI (AP) - For three quarters, the Miami Heat looked stagnant, nothing like the team with the NBA's best record over the last five weeks.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche and the Washington Nationals agreed to a two-year contract, pending a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre and the AL champion Texas Rangers reached a preliminary agreement on a $96 million, six-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - The Masters is about to let anyone play Augusta National - at least in a video game.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - The Golf Channel came to the PGA Tour opener with hopes of putting a microphone on players for the Tournament of Champions. The trick now is to find a few volunteers.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Anthony Kim wants 2011 to be a season that changes his career.