Stories for March 2011

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Thursday, March 31

Life without hoops

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The trademark cowbells are just a faint echo.

Wednesday, March 30

MLB: Sandoval, Zito lead Giants past A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Pablo Sandoval has made strides nearly as big as his nickname: Kung Fu Panda.

Giambi the star of the show at Bonds' trials

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One by one, they walked down the aisle of Courtroom 10 and took a seat on the witness stand for their public day of reckoning.

GOLF: All eyes on Tiger no matter how he's playing

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - So many people surrounded the first tee that it was hard to see who was playing. The gallery stretched down the entire length of the 461-yard opening hole and wrapped around the back of the green on a sun-baked Sunday at Bay Hill.

SPORTS BRIEFLY

Fish beats del Potro, makes quarters

Tuesday, March 29

NBA: Kings owner critical of Sacramento city government

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento Kings owner Joe Maloof made his first public comment about his franchise's possible relocation to Anaheim on Monday night, criticizing a letter sent between the cities' governments.

PREPS: Carson golf finishes third; Gingell is medalist

The Carson golf team improved more than 30 shots from last week en route to a third- place finish Tuesday at Eagle Valley West Golf Course.

PREPS: Senators steal win from North Valleys

Carson High literally stole a win from North Valleys Tuesday afternoon.

MLB: Dodgers add $35 million, 3 years for Billingsley

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pitcher Chad Billingsley and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed Tuesday to a four-year contract worth about $41.3 million that adds $35 million in guaranteed money over the final three seasons.

Not many new faces as Giants get ready to defend world championship

SAN FRANCISCO - Aubrey Huff walked away from AT&T Park after a thrilling victory parade last fall on a championship high. He was a World Series winner in his first postseason after an 11-year wait to finally get there.

MLB: Champion Giants ready begin the games that count

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In many ways, Brian Sabean would rather his World Series champion San Francisco Giants opened the season at home. That way the fanfare and frenzy could end right away and the club could turn all its focus to baseball and pick up where it left off last fall.

MLB: Matsui, A's help support Japanese relief efforts

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Hideki Matsui figures if he has a good season in his first year with the Oakland Athletics it could provide some strength for his struggling countrymen back home in Japan.

Lasagna updated for time-crunched lives

This is a super easy recipe for lasagna and it's amazing to me that the noodles go in uncooked.

Comfort foods with comforting thoughts

Not only am I not Amish - I don't personally know a soul who is. But over the years, I have treasured the arrival of a number of Amish cookbooks. The first was written by an Amish newspaper columnist named Elizabeth Coblentz, the rest by her daughter and successor, Lovina Eicher. I treasure these books not so much because of the recipes, which are often (but not always) wonderful, but for a glimpse into an unknown world.

NFL players: Lockout causing 'irreparable harm'

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - NFL players are defending their decision to disband the union, saying employers cannot force workers to unionize, and dissolution is "not akin to turning off a light switch."

NFL: Bejeweled Cowboys WR Bryant sued for $850,000-plus

DALLAS (AP) - Dez Bryant apparently began living the lifestyle of a well-heeled professional athlete long before he became a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys.

NFL: Bills to host QB Cam Newton in pre-draft visit

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton will get one final opportunity before next month's NFL draft to make a big impression with the Buffalo Bills.

CFB: Replacing Locker key for Huskies

SEATTLE (AP) - For the first time in four seasons, the Washington Huskies are in search of a starting quarterback.

GOLF: A tale from PGA Tour qualifying school

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The PGA Tour is contemplating the radical change of handing out only Nationwide Tour cards at Q-school, in part to make sure promising young players are properly prepared for the big leagues.

Monday, March 28

Wilson unlikely to be with Giants on opening day

(AP) - San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson isn't likely to be ready to play by opening day for the World Series champions.

Sheriffs' Blotter March 29

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

Sunday, March 27

NCAA: Butler back in Final Four, beats Florida in OT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Of course Butler erased a late deficit. Of course the Bulldogs hit a clutch 3-pointer late in overtime. Of course they're going back to the Final Four.

UConn earns Final Four bid, edges Arizona 65-63

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Jim Calhoun could scarcely watch when the most improbable postseason run of his coaching life at Connecticut came down to an open 3-point attempt by Arizona's Jamelle Horne.

NCAA: VCU looks for upst against Kansas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Calling 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth the new George Mason is the obvious comparison.

MLB: A's Cahill pitches well in loss

PHOENIX - Carlos Gonzalez hit his first home run of the spring and Jason Hammel pitched shutout ball for Colorado.

Wildcats, Tar Heels meet with Final Four at stake

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - In an NCAA tournament filled with stunning upsets and unlikely party crashers, the East region has provided an oasis of sanity.

COLLEGE: WNC wins 16th straight in league

TWIN FALLS, Idaho - Western Nevada College remained perfect in the Scenic West Athletic Conference with a doubleheader sweep of College of Southern Idaho Saturday afternoon.

Briefly

Bighorns pull into tie for first in West

NASCAR: Three-peat for Busch

FONTANA, Calif. - Kyle Busch had resigned himself to finishing behind Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick, figuring his car didn't have enough to keep up.

NASCAR: Feud does exist between Busch, Edwards

FONTANA, Calif. - One breath Carl Edwards says there's no rivalry between him and Kyle Busch, next one he's insinuating payback is still coming for their wreck at Phoenix.

PREPS: Dayton wins, improves to 11-0

WINNEMUCCA - Dayton High improved to 11-0 after sweeping Elko and Spring Creek in a 3A split doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

GOLF: Laird leads Levin by 2 after 54

ORLANDO, Fla. - Martin Laird already had lost a four-shot lead Saturday at Bay Hill, and as his 6-iron on the par-3 17th began to fade weakly toward the pond, he wondered if a two-shot lead would disappear even quicker.

Weather is winning, but Dust Devils winning more

The biggest news thus far of the spring sports season has been the weather which is absolutely playing havoc with teams in the area.

TENNIS: Roddick loses opener

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Facing match point on a steamy afternoon, Andy Roddick bent over behind the baseline with his hands on his thighs, looking like someone desperately needing to take a seat in the shade.

MLB: Chicago, Boston favored in AL

Be it Red or White, this should be a good summer to play for the Sox.

NL teams have tough 'Cliff' to climb

Bruce Bochy has already picked the Phillies as his World Series favorite, and that's coming from the manager who knows something about Philadelphia's aces.

Saturday, March 26

MLB 2011: MLB becomes more alert about concussions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - For so many years, the word "concussion" was rarely, if ever, uttered around a big league clubhouse.

COLLEGE: Jameson pitches Pack to win

SEATTLE - Nevada (5-13) sophomore Tom Jameson pitched the Wolf Pack to a 2-1 victory over the University of Washington (4-15) in the first game of a three-game series at Husky Ballpark Friday.

MLB: Royals pound Giants

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Madison Burgarner is struggling to regain his World Series form.

NCAA: Kentucky edges Ohio State 62-60 on Knight's jumper

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Brandon Knight did it again.

Dayton wins, improves to 9-0

WINNEMUCCA - Dayton High's baseball team improved to 9-0 with an 8-3 win over Lowry in a 3A crossover game.

Friday, March 25

NCAA: Burgess' layup in OT lifts VCU past Florida St

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Bradford Burgess made a layup off an inbounds pass with 7.1 seconds left and Jamie Skeen blocked a shot at the buzzer, giving Virginia Commonwealth a 72-71 victory over Florida State in overtime in a Southwest Region semifinal Friday night.

COLLEGE: WNC sweeps CSI to improve to 14-0

TWIN FALLS. Idaho - Western Nevada College's baseball team remained perfect in Scenic West Athletic Conference play with a doubleheader of College of Southern Idaho, 3-1 and 6-5, Friday afternoon.

DIEZ: Formula 1 kicks off this weekend

Formula 1 opens its 2011 schedule this weekend at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, Australia, after aborting the scheduled season opener in Bahrain due to political unrest in that country.

NFL: Panthers get 3 compensatory draft picks

NEW YORK (AP) - The Carolina Panthers were awarded three compensatory picks Friday for April's draft after losing Julius Peppers to free agency before last season.

CFB: Report: Tressel forwarded emails to QB's mentor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel forwarded emails to Terrelle Pryor's mentor that accused the star quarterback of selling memorabilia to a man under federal investigation, the Columbus Dispatch reported Friday.

NCAA: Kansas cruises past 12th-seeded Richmond 77-57

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Ramping up for perhaps the biggest game in school history, 12th-seeded Richmond huddled in the tunnel. That's when Kansas players came trotting past and the trouble started.

NCAA: North Carolina dominates Marquette 81-63

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Catch 'em if you can.

MLB: Mathis, Palmer lead Angels over Athletics 10-3

PHOENIX (AP) - It has been nearly 10 years since the Angels made catcher Jeff Mathis their No. 1 pick in the draft.

MLB: Phillies closer Lidge likely to start season on DL

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - The Phillies shut down closer Brad Lidge on Friday with shoulder soreness and say he is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

MLB: Reds RHP Homer Bailey will miss start of season

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds took another hit to their starting rotation on Friday, losing right-hander Homer Bailey because of a shoulder problem.

MLB: Padres RHP Mat Latos has sore right shoulder

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - San Diego Padres pitcher Mat Latos has a sore right shoulder, putting a potential opening-day start against St. Louis in jeopardy.

GOLF: Laird shoots 65, takes Bay Hill lead

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Martin Laird loves when he can smash a driver, and that carried him a long way Friday at Bay Hill.

Businesses continue search for affordable spaces

Bad times have been good times for companies that rent offices, manufacturing facilities and warehouses across Northern Nevada. They've been able to rent top-quality space for the same amount - often less - than they were paying for older, lower-quality offices and industrial buildings.

Chambers, EDAWN talks started at breakfast

Not long after Doug Kurkul announced plans to leave the top executive spot of the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce last autumn, Mary Simmons and Bruce Gescheider placed a call to Len Stevens at the Northern Nevada Chamber of Commerce.

Business Briefs

Company looking to fill 100 positions One of the region's newest companies, LACO, Inc. said it plans to provide 100 new jobs within the next two years.

Carol Perry: To get rid of debt, U.S. faces a fiscal disaster

The word cycle implies a beginning, middle and an end. My interest in debt cycles along with my intuition about the current global debt crisis has l ed me to believe that I may not be off target about the future. I have been doing a lot of research on the subject (that I can make available on request) on debt supercycles and historical outcomes and although times are different, the situation remains the same.

Biofuels processor move to benefit Carson companies

A British company moved its manufacturing operations to Sparks, but companies in Carson City and Orovada may be the biggest beneficiaries. Green Fuels Ltd. said last week it will begin manufacturing its commercial-sized biodiesel processors from a facility at 255 Freeport Blvd. The operation in Sparks will employ three.

Contractors Board awards $83K in 9 cases

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Nevada State Contractors Board panel has awarded nine homeowners a total of almost $83,000 from a fund designed to compensate them for damage by licensed contractors. A board statement says the awards were made Wednesday from its Residential Recovery Fund, after investigations.

AAA app helps drivers track gas prices

With gas prices nearly 85 cents more expensive than they were a year ago, AAA is now offering an iPhone app for drivers to track gas prices. The free app, AAA TripTik uses a GPS-based location and map to show nearby gas stations, points of interest, restaurants and attractions, said Michael Geeser, AAA spokesman.

A's win, Giants lose in exhibition play

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tyson Ross had another stellar outing, Kurt Suzuki and David DeJesus each had three RBIs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 15-7 Thursday.

NCAA: Kemba Walker leads UConn past San Diego State

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kemba Walker sliced up San Diego State's defense for 22 points on shots from all angles and distances in the second half of Connecticut's West regional semifinal.

Balanced Gators top BYU in OT

Balanced Florida beats Fredette, BYU 83-74 in OT

NCAA: Howard leads Butler over Wisconsin 61-54

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Matt Howard and Butler are starting to make this look a little bit easier.

NCAA: Arizona upsets defending champion Duke 93-77

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Derrick Williams carried Arizona in the first half, keeping the Wildcats in the game against Duke. His teammates returned the favor in the final 20 minutes with an offensive barrage that stunned the defending national champions.

MLB: Bonds' trial was like being in school

SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds' trial was a lot like high school chemistry and biology class Thursday.

Briefly

Giants' Ross out for three weeks

NHL: Brown leads Kings to 4-3 shootout win over Sharks

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dustin Brown scored two power-play goals and connected again in the fifth round of the shootout, giving the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 victory over San Jose on Thursday night and snapping the Sharks' four-game winning streak.

Thursday, March 24

FODDER: Nevada didn't do its football team any favors

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . .

GOLF: Levin tames wind at Bay Hill with a 66

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Spencer Levin is atop the leaderboard after the opening round for the third time this year, so that's nothing new. It was his score Thursday afternoon at Bay Hill that surprised him and everyone else.

CFB: Auburn spring features battle to replace Newton

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn hopes to go through spring practice with a returning starter at quarterback one of these days.

CFB: Report blames workout for injuries to Iowa players

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A University of Iowa investigative committee said Wednesday the school should scrap an intense workout that left 13 football players hospitalized, conceding that whatever triggered their injuries remains a mystery.

NCAA: Richmond the latest low seed for Kansas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - So far in this NCAA tournament, the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks are riding an easy-looking path toward the Final Four.

CBKB: Mississippi not giving Kennedy contract extension

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - For just the second time in his five-year tenure, Mississippi basketball coach Andy Kennedy will not receive a contract extension.

NCAA: Florida State a heavyweight compared to VCU

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Florida State has all the pieces to be a second-weekend darling in the NCAA tournament: a double-digit seed, a star player working his way back from foot surgery last month and a 26-year-old big man who served three tours of duty in the Middle East for the Air Force.

NCAA: Tar Heels seeking a different Final Four in '11

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Leslie McDonald remembers walking through the center of campus and down the main drag in Chapel Hill, N.C., last year and getting a sickening, uncomfortable feeling.

NCAA: Fourth-seeded Kentucky ready for No. 1 Buckeyes

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Kentucky prides itself on its history, and rightfully so. The Wildcats have done just about everything there is to do in college basketball.

MLB: Guthrie named Orioles' opening day starter

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles' rotation is beginning to take shape, starting at the top with right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.

MLB: Mets outline plan to have Beltran ready

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - The New York Mets outlined a plan for Carlos Beltran on Thursday that will hopefully have the All-Star outfielder ready for opening day.

MLB: Oswalt feeling good after being hit by line drive

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt was in good spirits the day after taking a line drive under the right ear while pitching against the Tampa Bay Rays.

GOLF: Michelle Wie set for Kia Classic

INDUSTRY, Calif. (AP) - Michelle Wie has been too busy with finals at Stanford to have a problem with the LPGA Tour's light early schedule.

Difficult welcome to NFL for new coaches

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Welcome to the NFL head coaching fraternity, gentlemen. By the way, you can't talk to your players, install new schemes or go after free agents right now.

NFL: Eagles Hall of Famer Bednarik hospitalized

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik is in serious condition in a hospital near his Pennsylvania home.

NFL players conclude meetings, await court date

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) - NFL players concluded their annual meetings Thursday while receiving words of support from former players.

Wednesday, March 23

NCAA HOOPS: Fisher not living in past as Aztecs advance

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Steve Fisher is living for the moment, just like his San Diego State Aztecs.

MLB: Athletics hit Leake hard in 10-8 win over Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Coco Crisp and Daric Barton homered off Mike Leake, lifting the Oakland Athletics over the Cincinnati Reds 10-8 on Tuesday.

NFL: Goodell said owner's offer could be pulled back

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Owners haven't talked about using replacement players if the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987 stretches on, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday, and the league might not keep its last contract offer on the table if bargaining doesn't resume soon.

MLB: Bonds' lawyers pick at prosecution's case

SAN FRANCISCO - With prosecutors saying Barry Bonds lied about using steroids, the home run king's lead attorney started picking at the government's case Tuesday, attacking witnesses expected to accuse Bonds of willfully taking drugs to make him hit the ball harder and farther.

BRIEFLY IN SPORTS

Nevada falls to Gaels

GOLF: PGA Tour considers change of season-ending format

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The PGA Tour is considering a change to the end of its season in which players who don't make the FedEx Cup playoffs would compete for their cards in a series of tournaments against top Nationwide Tour players.

GOLF: Inspired by a teammate, Watson helps a country

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Bubba Watson was moved when he heard about the earthquake and tsunami that caused so much destruction in Japan, and he began thinking about a contribution to the relief efforts, just as he did with Haiti earthquake.

COMMUNITY SPORTS: Golf tourney set for May 1

The 18th annual Gourmand golf tournament is scheduled to take place on May 1 at Eagle Valley Golf Course.

PREPS: Dayton runs win streak to 8

DAYTON - Eight and counting.

PREPS: Nicholas out-duels Dayton's Cole, 3-0

DAYTON - Kenzie Cole was her usual brilliant self in the circle, but Yerington right-hander Katie Nicholas got a little better support and the win.

PREPS: Spanish Springs sweeps Carson with walk-off HR

SPARKS - Tim Epker drilled a homer to center with no outs in the bottom of the seventh to snap a 5-all tie and give Spanish Springs a 6-5 win over Carson Tuesday afternoon in a Northern 4A baseball game.

Tuesday, March 22

Roasted game hens make perfect party fare

Cornish game hens are very young chickens that weigh less than 2 pounds. Don't get confused by their name. They are not a game bird, so their flavor is very mild. Sweet or savory marinades bring out their tender texture and juicy flavor.

Chicken lightens up for spring meals

It sure feels nice to be back, sharing my recipes with you. I've put a lot of thought into our first recipe, orange peanut chicken breast. It's a fun and impressive presentation and easy to prepare. It would be a great addition to your spring-time menu, and will earn you friends and fans by the droves.

Monday, March 21

Spanish Springs snaps Carson's winning streak

For the second straight game, Carson High's offense was slow to get on track, and this time the Senators paid the price.

Women's NIT: USC tops Nevada Wolf Pack

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack women's basketball season came to an abrupt end Sunday afternoon at Lawlor Events Center.

Sunday, March 20

SPORTS BRIEFLY

Defense leads Bighorns over Flash

UFC 128: Jones becoms youngest UFC champion at 23

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Jon Jones signed a lot of autographs in the days leading up to his light heavyweight title fight at UFC 128.

Saturday, March 19

Scrutiny into Fiesta Bowl could end in Junker's ouster

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Fiesta Bowl officials are bracing for what could be a scathing report from an internal investigation of the event's financial and political dealings, some of which may have skirted, or even broken, state and federal law.

NCAA: Butler eliminates No.1 seed Pittsburgh

WASHINGTON (AP) - Matt Howard made one free throw with 0.8 seconds left to cap a wild final sequence, and Butler added another amazing victory to its list of NCAA tournament upsets, eliminating top-seeded Pittsburgh 71-70 Saturday.

NFL, players continue back-and-forth words dispute

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) - So this is what the NFL and players are reduced to: Both sides are writing letters and issuing statements to and about each other, disputing "facts" and seeking to frame the back-and-forth about the sport's first work stoppage since 1987.

NFL: Vick visits prison and vows to continue outreach

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick enjoyed a rebirth on the football field last season after his career was almost washed away by a 23-month prison sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting ring.

NFL: Former NFL wide receiver Drew Hill dies at 54

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - Former NFL wide receiver Drew Hill, a two-time Pro Bowler who was a key part of the Houston Oilers' famed "Run and Shoot" offense of the 1980s, died at an Atlanta hospital late Friday after suffering two massive strokes, according to his agent.

COLLEGE: WNC sweeps DH, series from CSN

HENDERSON - Western Nevada College moved into sole possession of first place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference with a doubleheader sweep of College of Southern Nevada Saturday afternoon.

PREPS: Dayton baseball, softball teams stay undefeated

LOVELOCK - Kenzie Cole pitched a 1-hitter and struck out 18, and helped herself with a homer and two RBIs to lead Dayton to an 8-1 win in the opening game of Saturday's doublehader against Lovelock.

MOODY: Nash ready to make move to college in two sports

Whitney Nash has been a fixture on the Carson High basketball and golf teams the past four years.

TENNIS: Federer upset in semifinals

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) - Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to stay undefeated this season and reach the BNP Paribas Open final while knocking the Swiss star from the No. 2 spot in the world on Saturday.

GOLF: Rose takes the lead in Tampa

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Justin Rose knew he was playing better than his score through the first 27 holes of the Transitions Championship. It wasn't long before he was proven correct.

GOLF: Angela Stanford leads LPGA Founders Cup

PHOENIX (AP) - Angela Stanford plays for keeps no matter the stakes.

MLB: Bonds goes on trial Monday for 2003 testimony

When Barry Bonds walked into the federal courthouse in San Francisco on Dec. 4, 2003, his career total stood at 658 home runs, baseball had yet to institute drug testing with penalties and the Giants were nearly a half-century removed from their last World Series title.

MLB: Athletics knock off White Sox

PHOENIX (AP) - White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen thinks Jake Peavy is on track to start the season in the big leagues.

MLB: Zito pitches 6 strong innings in Giants' win

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - After another strong spring outing, Barry Zito appears to be ready for the start of the season.

Tire switch a concern for Sprint Cup drivers

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Carl Edwards had every reason to believe he had one of the best cars at Bristol Motor Speedway.

NASCAR: Busch wins at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Kyle Busch continued his march through NASCAR's record books with yet another victory at Bristol Motor Speedway.

CBKB: Wolf Pack women host USC in WNIT

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack women's basketball team is all smiles right now.

BRIEFLY IN SPORTS

Lin leads Bighorns over Flash

NCAA Tournament capsules: George Mason ready for another magical run

CLEVELAND - George Mason has another fantastic March story to tell.

NBA: LeBron scores 43 in win over Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) - LeBron James scored 43 points, including 23 in a dominant third quarter, and the Miami Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 106-85 on Friday night.

COLLEGE: WNC sweeps CSN; Softball swept

LAS VEGAS - Western Nevada College swept rival College of Southern Nevada Friday afternoon to improve to 10-0 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.

PREPS: Track teams brave the weather for 3-way meet

SPARKS - It was a day that should have been spent inside, but Carson, Reed and Spanish Springs braved the elements for a three-way track meet at Reed.

MLB: White Sox rout A's with HRs from Quentin, Konerko

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - All of a sudden, the Chicago White Sox lineup broke loose.

GOLF: Angela Stanford leads LPGA Founders Cup

PHOENIX (AP) - Angela Stanford got over a terrible hole in a hurry Friday in the first round of the LPGA Founders Cup.

Friday, March 18

Underemployment is seldom defined

When it comes to underemployment, nobody knows nothin'. A University of Nevada, Reno, researcher says it's high time that management experts and academics pay substantially closer attention to underemployment, particularly because the recession may mean far more people are underemployed for far longer than they were in the past.

Business Briefs

Carson Realtor earns top honors in Nevada Cheryl Evans, of Coldwell Banker Commercial Premier Brokers in Carson City, has been named Nevada's No. 1 commercial agent for 2010.

Investing in Gold: Pattern Coins, predecessors of our coinage

In numismatics, an area that is collected by advanced collectors and specialists is pattern coins. Patterns are trial strikes of coins being proposed. These coins are usually struck in very limited numbers and very often only a few survive.

Business Licenses

The following business licenses were filed in Carson City between March 7-March 11: Amniat Inc., 1802 N. Carson St., Suite 108, resident agents, 775-887-0670. Annie's Dust Busters, 2728 Table Rock Dr., general business, Judith Stephenson, owner, 775-721-0391.

Area geothermal projects moved to BLM's fast track

Three geothermal plants proposed for construction in northern Nevada and a transmission line that would deliver the power that geothermal plants produce have been marked as priorities by the Bureau of Land Management.

MLB: Kemp, Ethier lead Dodgers past Giants 6-3

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Matt Kemp tripled and drove in a run and Andre Ethier added an RBI double to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Friday.

GOLF: Willis, Couch tied for the lead in Tampa

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Sergio Garcia is not thinking about winning, which is becoming tougher to do with each bogey-free round at the Transitions Championship.

NCAA NOTEBOOK: Villanova's season ends early for 2nd year in row

Yes, it really was this season that Villanova was rolling and thinking about a Big East title. The Wildcats hit No. 5 in the poll. They were 16-1. They knocked off tournament-bound teams.

NFL: Players say Goodell attempted to 'divide'

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) - NFL players and their leadership tried to make a few things perfectly clear Friday:

MLB: Angels reliever Scot Shields retires

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Scot Shields retired Friday after a 10-year career with the Los Angeles Angels spent mostly as the primary setup man during the team's period of dominance in the AL West.

MLB: Big Mac fully committed to Year 2 as coach

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - After the opening week of 2010 spring training, Mark McGwire has been out of the headlines. Pretty much out of sight, too, except for batting practice.

If you think rubbing is racing you will enjoy NASCAR on Sunday

For fans who prefer racing as a contact sport, this weekend you get your wish: NASCAR at Bristol!

NASCAR: Edwards claims pole in Byrd 500

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Roush Fenway Racing continued its strong qualifying runs Friday by sweeping the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway.

MLB: Torre invited to Yankees Old-Timers' Day

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Former New York manager Joe Torre has been invited to Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium.

NFL: Gabbert throws at Missouri's pro day

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Six head coaches, several general managers and a Hall of Fame passer turned front-office executive joined scouts from each of the 32 NFL teams to watch former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert as he worked out with a chance to be the No. 1 selection in April's draft.

PREPS: Reno girls tip Douglas, 2-1

The Douglas softball team came up on the wrong end of a pitcher's duel Thursday afternoon, falling 2-1 to Reno in Minden.

NCAA: Morehead State upsets Kentucky

DENVER - Demonte Harper made a 3-pointer from the top of the circle with 4.2 seconds left Thursday to lead 13th-seeded Morehead State to the first upset of the NCAA tournament, a 62-61 victory over No. 4 Louisville in the Southwest regional.

Fresno men's hoops coach steps down

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Fresno State coach Steve Cleveland is stepping down after six seasons to take a job in the athletic department.

PREPS: Carson stretches win streak to 6

RENO - For five innings, Carson High's five-game win streak was in serious jeopardy.

PREPS: Carson softball squad triumphs

RENO - Carson High rolled to an early 7-2 lead and then had to hold off a late rally by North Valleys to win 14-9 in a Northern 4A crossover softball game Thursday afternoon.

CFB: Tressel wants to sit out 5 games, too

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Now that the NCAA has finalized its ruling that five Ohio State football players who took improper benefits are suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel says he wants the same punishment.

NHL: Sharks beat Wild 3-2 on Marleau's 3rd period goal

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Niklas Backstrom seemed to stop almost every shot San Jose sent his way. Fortunately for the Sharks, a couple of pucks that hit off Backstrom's teammates found their way into the net.

Jackson hits winning RBI double for A's

PHOENIX (AP) - Conor Jackson finally got some good results out of one of those good swings he's been taking.

NFL: Goodell e-mails all active NFL players

NEW YORK (AP) - Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote NFL players Thursday, outlining the league's last proposal to the union and cautioning that "each passing day puts our game and our shared economics further at risk."

NBA: Knicks snap losing streak

NEW YORK (AP) - Toney Douglas tied a franchise record by making nine of the New York Knicks' franchise-record 20 3-pointers, scoring 29 points in a 120-99 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night that snapped a three-game losing streak.

GOLF: Casey takes the early lead in Tampa

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Paul Casey changed his schedule leading up the Masters, and it's starting to look like a good move.

LPGA Tour plays for free in US opener

PHOENIX (AP) - The LPGA Tour found a way to return to the Valley of the Sun and add another U.S. event. The catch, the players aren't getting paid.

Thursday, March 17

NBA: Durant leads Thunder past Heat

MIAMI (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook added 18 and the Oklahoma City Thunder frustrated Miami's offense all night on the way to a 96-85 win over the Heat on Wednesday night.

CFB: Lubbock rep backs away from Leach bill allegation

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A freshman lawmaker suggested Wednesday that a fellow Texas House member stood to benefit financially by proposing legislation that would allow fired Texas Tech coach Mike Leach to sue the state, before apologizing hours later.

NCAA: Johnson III leads Texas-San Antonio to first-ever tourney win

DAYTON, Ohio - Shot by shot, Melvin Johnson III played up to his penmanship.

NCAA: Utah State looking for upset

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - With most of its team coming back from last year's NCAA regional finals run, Kansas State built up big expectations in the Little Apple.

NCAA: A guide to March Madness

The guide for the new March Madness:

Wednesday, March 16

NIT: Va. Tech opens tourney with win

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Jeff Allen scored 19 points to help Virginia Tech overcome the sting of not making the NCAA tournament with a 79-54 win over Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

NFL: Colts' tight end finds new act during lockout

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Dallas Clark is keeping busy during the NFL lockout.

NFL: Suspensions more likely for illegal hits

The NFL will be more aggressive in suspending players next season for illegal hits, and also could make changes to instant replay and kickoffs.

NFL: Ochocinco to try out with Kansas City's MLS team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chad Ochocinco will try to play a different kind of football during the NFL lockout.

Giants, Mara give ticketholders a break

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - New York Giants president and CEO John Mara remains optimistic that there will be an NFL season in 2011. But, to keep Giants fans at ease, he said on Wednesday that season ticketholders won't have to make payments until the lockout ends.

NFL to judge: Don't unseal TV contract case info

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The NFL asked a federal judge Wednesday to deny the players' union bid to release details in a $4 billion TV revenue dispute, saying information should be kept confidential because it is commercially sensitive.

NFL: Players are lifting on their own

Work, work, work. Even during a lockout.

MLB: Lincecum sharp in Giants' win

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - That extra month of work at the end of last season helped Tim Lincecum stay in shape and keep his work ethic intact through a shorter winter - and it's already showing.

Western Wildcats rained out

Due to weather, Friday and Saturday's Wildcats baseball games

Goodell: Get back to mediation

NEW YORK (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't expect labor talks to resume until after a U.S. District Court judge rules on the players' injunction to stop the lockout.

NFL: Confusion reigns in NFL labor dispute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Vikings linebacker Ben Leber is fluent in zone dog blitzes and cover 2 dropbacks.

NCAA: Thomas leads Huskies into NCAAs

SEATTLE (AP) - On Feb. 6, just after Washington wrapped up a miserable week with a third straight loss, Isaiah Thomas signed off from Twitter saying he wasn't jumping back into social media until March 12, the day of the Pac-10 Conference tournament final.

CBKB: Lowe resigns after 5 years at NC State

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Sidney Lowe resigned Tuesday as coach at North Carolina State, ending a frustrating five-year run in which he failed to lead the Wolfpack to the NCAA tournament.

PREPS: Carson wins 4A baseball opener

It was cold and windy at Ron McNutt Field Tuesday afternoon, but Carson High's baseball team was sizzling hot.

NCAA: Krzyzewski: Irving could return for Duke's opener

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Injured Duke point guard Kyrie Irving could return for the Blue Devils' NCAA tournament opener, coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday night.

CBKB: Fresno St. AD, basketball coach discussing program

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Fresno State athletic director Thomas Boeh has been meeting with coach Steve Cleveland in recent days about the future of the men's basketball program.

NIT: Alabama coasts past Coastal Carolina

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Tony Mitchell, Charvez Davis and Trevor Releford all scored 12 points to lead Alabama to a 68-44 victory over Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

GOLF: Ishikawa going through emotional times

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Part of Ryo Ishikawa wishes he could fly home to Japan to see his family and find ways to help a country devastated by an earthquake and tsunami and now facing concerns over a nuclear meltdown.

COMMUNITY SPORTS: Four win regional free-throw titles

Henry Loos, Hannah Anderson, Julian Alvarado and AnnJi Hodorowicz regional free throw titles at last weekend's Knights of Columbus Championships held at Bishop Manogue High School.

NCAA: Clemson rolls over UAB

DAYTON, Ohio - Jerai Grant scored a career-best 22 points and fast-starting Clemson built a double-figure lead and never backed off in beating Alabama-Birmingham 70-52 on Tuesday night in an NCAA tournament "First Four" game at the University of Dayton Arena.

MLB: Ishikawa's RBI double lifts Giants over D'backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Madison Bumgarner had a setback after a good spring start.

MLB: Gordon hits 2-run homer as split A's top Royals

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - If spring training is any indicator, Alex Gordon may be headed for that breakout season Kansas City has been waiting on since drafting him second overall in 2005.

MLB: Split Cubs get 3 homers to beat A's split squad

PHOENIX (AP) - The Oakland Athletics' bullpen had a good day Tuesday - despite the final score.

PREPS: Fallon slips by Douglas 4-1

MINDEN - Just because the Fallon baseball team was realigned into the 3A classification this year doesn't mean it can't stake a claim to being one of the top teams in Northern Nevada.

GOLF: Swing coach Sean Foley steps into Tiger's lair

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - Sean Foley had a peaceful Tuesday morning on the PGA Tour. No more than a half-dozen people paid attention as he walked a practice round with a client who was coming off a strong finish that was sorely needed.

GOLF: A new gambling policy on European Tour

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - The European Tour has a new policy in its regulations this year that forbids a player or a caddie to place a bet on any golf tournament in which they are participating.

Tuesday, March 15

Roast chicken is easier than you think

One of my favorite meals to eat and to make is roasted chicken. Golden brown crispy skin, and tender juicy meat, this is one powerful comfort food. You could say it is a classic.

Healthy and easy meal toppers every type of food

Most people have a repertoire of about a dozen most often eaten meals. If your mealtime is suffering from a lack of culinary creativity, infuse your favorite recipes with new life. The right topping can change a humdrum dish into a culinary feast fit for a king.

Monday, March 14

Sunday, March 13

Baseball: Wolf Pack complete sweep over Pacific

RENO - What a difference a week makes.

NBA: Red-hot Bulls continue their surge

CHICAGO (AP) - Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each scored 26 points, and the Chicago Bulls ran away with their 13th win in 15 games, all but grabbing a share of the Eastern Conference lead with an easy 118-100 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Rangers beat Sharks 3-2 in 6-round shootout

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The New York Rangers are finally starting to take advantage of opportunities to move up in the Eastern Conference.

Lockout leaves NFL in limbo after talks break off

WASHINGTON (AP) - All along, the NFL said it was certain the union would dissolve itself and players would head to court for antitrust lawsuits.

DIEZ: Sprint Cup, Nationwide racers take a break

After an exciting start, two of NASCAR's top divisions are idle this weekend. T

NASCAR: Kahne wins Darlington truck race

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) - Kasey Kahne earned himself a NASCAR victory and to him, that's more important than a few days off.

COLLEGE: Nevada wins third straight game

RENO - Gary Powers likes where his Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team is headed right now.

Carson teams start track season with second place finishes

Carson High's track opened its season by finishing second in both the boys and girls in a four-way meet with Douglas, North Valleys and Damonte Ranch.

MLB: Ross, Burrell homer in win over Dodgers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The San Francisco Giants put together a late surge to win the NL West, storm through the playoffs and capture the World Series title last year.

Softball: Carson finishes tourney on a high note

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Carson High's softball team wrapped up its appearance at the Sacramento Tournament of Champions by splitting its final two games to finish with a 3-2 record.

Baseball: Carson sends a message to the rest of the 4A

RENO - It was a nonleague game, one that wouldn't count in the league standings. Yet the game against Reno was one that Carson had looked forward to since the Mike Bearman Memorial Invitational started.

Baseball: Western Nevada College completes 4-game sweep

PRICE, Utah - Western Nevada College upped its Scenic West Athletic Conference record to 8-0 with a doubleheader sweep of Eastern Utah Saturday afternoon.

GOLF: Johnson zooms into lead at Doral after a 65

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Dustin Johnson didn't start the season the way he wanted, not with only one decent chance at winning.

CBKB: Final grades on Wolf Pack hoops

RENO - The final report card for the Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball starters for the 2010-11 season . . .

CBKB: Ohio State to meet Penn State in Big 10 finale

INDIANAPOLIS - Jared Sullinger had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 1 Ohio State boosted its bid for the NCAA tournament's top overall seed with a 68-61 victory over rival Michigan in the Big Ten semifinals Saturday.

GOLF: Johnson finds stride, swagger

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Dustin Johnson hit his stride and found his swagger Saturday on the back nine of the Blue Monster at Doral to emerge with a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Cadillac Championship.

Saturday, March 12

Nebraska to increase Memorial Stadium expansion

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An increased expansion of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium will help satisfy a higher demand for seats and allow for future growth as the school enters the Big Ten conference, athletic department officials said Friday.

NCAA rules Arkansas State must forfeit wins

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The NCAA threw out more than 30 Arkansas State victories in football and basketball from the 2005-07 seasons Friday, saying the school used ineligible players.

CBKB: Ohio State avoids upset

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Jared Sullinger had 20 points and 18 rebounds as No. 1 Ohio State barely avoided a stunning upset, beating Northwestern 67-61 in overtime Friday in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

Broncos roll over Aggies 81-63 in WAC semifinals

LAS VEGAS (AP) - La'Shard Anderson and Ryan Watkins scored 16 points each, and Boise State dominated the second half to rout New Mexico State 81-63 Friday night and reach the Western Athletic Conference championship game.

CBKB: Utah State holds off Spartans 58-54 in WAC semis

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Utah State was harassed into one missed shot after another and allowed a supposedly overmatched team to hang around until the end, even giving them one final shot at the upset.

Washington rolls past Oregon, into Pac-10 final

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Hollywood spotlight that shines on the Pac-10 tournament must bring out the showtime in Isaiah Thomas and his fellow Washington Huskies, who are one game away from another championship.

WNC baseball sweeps E. Utah

PRICE, Utah - Western Nevada College, powered by the bat of Sean Potkay and pitching performances by Andrew Woeck and Brandon Jackson, swept Eastern Utah in a Scenic West Conference doubleheader Friday afternoon.

PREPS: Carson boys win 2; Softball squad splits

RENO - Carson High notched two wins at the Mike Bearman Tournament Friday afternoon, and the Senators accomplished that feat two different ways.

Lockout, decertification put NFL, players in limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) - Unable to decide how to divvy up $9 billion a year, NFL owners and players put the country's most popular sport in limbo Friday by breaking off labor negotiations hours before their contract expired. The union decertified; the league imposed a lockout.

MLB: Japanese players try to get news after earthquake

Boston pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka tried to get in touch with his grandmother. Oakland slugger Hideki Matsui prayed for the victims. Mets reliever Ryota Igarashi stayed up all night to see the devastation.

Baseball: Wolf Pack win second straight

The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team is finally on a winning streak.

MLB: Giants win, A's lose in Cactus League

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Emmanuel Burris drove in two runs in the first inning with a double, and Travis Ishikawa and Brandon Belt each added run-scoring singles to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 6-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.

MLB: Harper remains on Nationals' roster for now

VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper will remain on the big league roster, at least for now.

GOLF: Mahan loses his cushion but keeps lead at Doral

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - The only thing Hunter Mahan liked about the end of his round was his name atop the leaderboard at Doral.

GOLF: Nick Price matches Champions Tour record with 60

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Nick Price matched the lowest round in Champions Tour history, eagling two of final four holes Friday for a career-best 11-under 60 in the Toshiba Classic.

Friday, March 11

Digital 395: California company wants to include Carson City in fiber optic network

A California company has plans to include Carson City in a 583-mile-long fiber optic network that includes nearly three dozen communities between Barstow, Calif., and Reno in an effort to expand access to broadband Internet in the region.

Ag producers struggle to find labor

Despite record unemployment in the state, Northern Nevada farmers still are challenged to find enough farm labor for busy seasons - and it's equally challenging filling positions that require technical experience and agricultural know-how, they say.

Business Briefly

Business group to host joint breakfast meeting Nevada Business Connections will host a joint breakfast meeting with the Reno Downtown Improvement Association and the Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition on March 16 at the Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa in Reno.

Business Licenses

The following business licenses were filed in Carson City between Feb. 28-March 4: Airtronics, 2600 College Parkway #34, technical service/sales, James Lewis, owner, 775-841-1100. All You See Photography, 5180 S. Edmonds Dr., hobby, Shauna Ford, owner, 775-315-7160.

Tax Tips (and other stuff): Has your name changed? Make sure it is correct

Now that the government is actually using computers to match information between agencies (Social Security, IRS, Dept. Of Homeland Security, DMV, etc.) a problem that is starting to pop up is mismatches due to various versions of the same person's name. Most involve a name change that is related to a marriage or divorce.

Expansion in microlending to aid startups, small firms

Expansion of a microlending program in rural Nevada is expected to give a boost to startups and expanding small businesses. Several rural businesses in northern and central Nevada already have tapped the microlending program for small businesses, and dozens more have applied for loans ranging between $500 and $50,000, says Ferrel Hansen, chief executive officer of the Rural Nevada Development Corporation.

Tigers GM stands by Cabrera after new allegations

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - The latest allegations of belligerent behavior by Miguel Cabrera won't change his status with the Detroit Tigers, general manager Dave Dombrowski said Thursday.

NBA: Heat slips past Lakers

MIAMI (AP) - Chris Bosh scored 24 points, Dwyane Wade added 20 and the Miami Heat snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers 94-88 on Thursday night, clinching a playoff spot.

PREPS: Douglas rolls Truckee

MINDEN - The Douglas High baseball team was all business in its season-opener Thursday afternoon, dismantling Truckee 14-2.

CBKB: NMSU eliminates Wolf Pack

LAS VEGAS - Troy Gillenwater had 18 points, Gordo Castillo added 14 while hitting all 10 of his free throws and New Mexico State grinded out a 66-60 win over Nevada in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday.

Stakes, tension rise as NFL labor deadline nears

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rhetoric rose while the clock ticked down in the NFL's labor talks Thursday, with the league and players' union trading back-and-forth barbs a day before the twice-extended collective bargaining agreement expires.

GOLF: Storm delays first round at Doral

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Television towers toppled and the monster scoreboard at Doral came crashing down when 50 mph gusts blew through the Blue Monster. Hunter Mahan then delivered some excitement of his own.

PREPS: Carson boys lose thriller; girls blank McQueen

RENO - For a team that has only had a few outside practice days because of inclimate weather, Carson High looked pretty good in its season-opening game Thursday afternoon.

FODDER: Groundhog Day for Nevada hoop fans

Sports fodder for a Friday morning ..

PREPS: Carson's golf lineup strong at the top

The goal is the same every year for Carson High's golf team - qualify for the zone tournament as a team.

Sharks lose in shootout

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Cory Schneider made 44 saves and stopped all three San Jose attempts in the shootout and Alexandre Burrows scored in the second round of the tiebreaker in the Vancouver Canucks' wild 5-4 victory over the Sharks on Thursday night.

Bumgarner strikes out 6 in 4 shutout innings

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) - Even in spring training, Madison Bumgarner wanted to get even.

Suzuki homers for A's in 4-all tie with Royals

PHOENIX (AP) - Chris Getz has been waiting all spring to put last year's slump behind him. Getting two hits Thursday helped get him on the right path.

Thursday, March 10

Top 25 Capsules: St. John's tops Rutgers

NEW YORK (AP) - No. 17 St. John's, despite not making a field goal over the final 4 minutes, got some of its Madison Square Garden magic back Wednesday with a wild 65-63 victory over Rutgers in the second round of the Big East tournament.

NBA Capsules: Anthony makes game-winner against Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn (AP) - Carmelo Anthony made a 19-footer with less than a second left as the New York Knicks withstood a late Memphis rally and beat the Grizzlies 110-108 on Wednesday night.

Stamkose scores his NHL-leading 42nd goal in win

TAMPA, Fla (AP) - Steven Stamkos scored his NHL-leading 42nd goal, Martin St. Louis had the shootout winner and the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a season-high four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

Woods' playing schedule limited by time with kids

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Tiger Woods is hitting some of his best shots when no one is watching.

Carson baseball ready to begin 2011 campaign

Carson High had the youngest baseball team in the Sierra League last year with five and sometimes six sophomore starters.

Regents to vote on Ault's extension

RENO (AP) - The state Board of Regents is scheduled to consider a two-year contract extension for Nevada football coach Chris Ault this week that would push his base pay above the $500,000 mark for the first time in 2013 but still rank below the conference average.

Malik Story scores 34 points as Nevada Wolf Pack advances

LAS VEGAS - Malik Story had a career-high 34 points and hit all six of his 3-point attempts, helping Nevada beat Fresno State 90-80 in the first round of the WAC tournament on Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 9

Marleau's goal lifts Sharks past Predators in OT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - San Jose finally got its sputtering power play going, but it took an overtime goal from one of its fastest and most reliable players to get the Sharks back on track.

CBKB: Washington, Washington St Part 3 at Pac-10 tourney

SEATTLE (AP) - Klay Thompson is back, Venoy Overton is out and no one is quite sure if Reggie Moore or Justin Holiday will play.

NFL: Running back Tiki Barber plans to return to NFL

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - After four years in retirement, former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber is looking to get back into the NFL.

CFB: Cam Newton gets high marks at pro day

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton waited more than four hours while his Auburn teammates went through their drills at pro day.

CFB: Tressel fined, suspended for failing to advise school, NCAA of infractions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel received an e-mail last April telling him that two of his players were caught up in a federal drug-trafficking case and the sale of memorabilia, breaking NCAA rules.

MLB: Mets' Beltran has left knee tendinitis

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Carlos Beltran's progress is being hindered by his knees again - this time it's the left knee that will keep him off the field four or five days.

MLB: Vargas blanks Giants; Cahill shines for Oakland

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Mariners left-hander Jason Vargas found a way to quiet the Giants in his spring debut.

NFLPA wants to see owner's financials

WASHINGTON (AP) - The NFL Players Association retained an international investment bank to help it decide whether the league's offer to reveal more financial information during negotiations will be enough to satisfy the union's call for full disclosure.

MLB: Brewers RHP Greinke likely to start season on DL

PHOENIX (AP) - Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke is likely to begin the season on the disabled list because of a fractured right rib he injured while playing pickup basketball in the offseason.

GOLF: McIlroy opinions spun into criticism of Tiger

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Rory McIlroy has said nothing wrong.

WAC: Nevada men in do-or-die situation in Las Vegas

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball team cannot afford to lose another game this season.

PREPS: Carson girls eye return trip to zone playoffs

A year ago, Carson High's softball team finished one win shy of making the NIAA 4A state tournament.

COMMUNITY SPORTS BRIEFLY: Carson SYFL signups

Signups for the Carson SYFL are scheduled for Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Pizza Factory, located on Highway 50 East.

Tuesday, March 8

Gluten-free ravioli? Va bene!

March is National Noodle Month. For persons with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease triggered by the gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye, National Noodle Month used to be a non-starter as an observance, since most pasta is made from wheat flour.

St. Patrick's Day sips go beyond green-dyed beer

Are green suds a dud? Ted Breaux, master distiller for Lucid absinthe, thinks so. And so, it seems, do plenty of other people.

Monday, March 7

Timeout with WNC's Tim Peterson

YEAR: Sophomore SCHOOL: Western Nevada College

Sunday, March 6

COLLEGE: WNC sweeps Colorado Northwestern

Western Nevada College baseball coach D. J. Whittemore has so much faith in Kevin Taylor that he has no qualms about giving his left-handed slugger the green light on a 3-0 pitch.

NASCAR: Kenseth confused over Vickers' allegation

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Matt Kenseth was confused when he learned Brian Vickers blamed him for last week's wreck at Phoenix. After watching a replay of the 14-car accident, he wasn't any clearer on what Vickers was upset about.

NASCAR: Martin wins Nationwide race

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Mark Martin knew he had to save gas to have any chance of winning the Nationwide Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

NFL, union taking weekend break from mediation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Those optimistic about the NFL's labor talks with the players' union will point to the sides' decision to push back the bargaining deadline by a week and think, as Commissioner Roger Goodell put it:

Nevada loses, will play in WAC tourney on Wednesday

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Troy Gillenwater scored 21 points to lead New Mexico State to a 77-68 victory over Nevada on Saturday night.

CBKB: Kansas wraps up second consecutive Big 12 title

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Marcus Morris and Thomas Robinson had double-doubles and No. 2 Kansas wrapped up its seventh straight Big 12 championship by holding on for a 70-66 win over No. 22 Missouri on Saturday.

TENNIS: U.S. leads Chile in Davis Cup

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) - The United States is one victory from a showdown with Spain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

COLLEGE: WNC swept by Snow

RICHFIELD, Utah - Western Nevada College's softball team paid the price for two bad innings on Saturday en route to being swept by Snow College in a Scenic West Conference doubleheader.

BOXING: Judah wins junior welterweight crown

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The idea all along was for Zab Judah to wait patiently for the eighth round, conserving his energy for a late run at another world title.

Nevada's senior baseball players taking losing personally

RENO - Brian Barnett, Brock Stassi and Nick Melino are taking the Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team's losing streak personally.

Pitching fails Nevada again

RENO - The Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team right now is a thoroughbred race horse that keeps stumbling out of the starting gate.

MOODY: Always fun watching athletes move up the ladder

As a sportswriter, one of the biggest joys I get is when an athlete I've covered in high school or college goes on to bigger and better things.

Phelps cleans up in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Michael Phelps is back and he's starting to get that unbeatable appearance, too.

Saturday, March 5

UFL hopes to get network TV time if NFL goes on strike

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The financially troubled United Football League hopes it can fill the void on television this fall if all or part of the 2011 NFL season is canceled.

Spring training briefs

Indians facility catches on fire

MLB: Anderson throws three shutout innings against Giants

PHOENIX (AP) - Brett Anderson showed the Athletics what he can do as a starter.

GOLF: Sabbatini enjoys 5-shot lead after 54 holes

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - After making consecutive birdies, Honda Classic leader Rory Sabbatini stood in the rough along the sixth fairway, complaining to a PGA Tour official about a delay in play and wondering what had become of the group just ahead of him.

NBA: Spurs pummel Miami

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Manu Ginobili scored 20 points, Tony Parker made a surprise return to the starting lineup and the San Antonio Spurs handed the skidding Miami Heat their most lopsided loss of the season, 125-95 on Friday night.

Ex-NY Giants star Burress to leave prison in June

NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York Giants star Plaxico Burress (PLEK'-sih-koh BUR'-ihs) will get out of prison in June, ending his sentence in a gun case a few months early.

Packers coach signs multi-year deal

Packers sign coach to new multiyear deal

NFL, union extend deadline to solve differences

WASHINGTON (AP) - Timeout, NFL. And NFLPA.

NFL: Free agent RB Kevin Smith hopes NFL deal gets done

DETROIT (AP) - Kevin Smith wasn't surprised the Detroit Lions chose not to offer him a contract. The running back just hopes the NFL labor deal gets done soon so he can find a new home in the league.

NFL: Raiders tender contracts to Miller, Bush

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have tendered contracts to tight end Zach Miller and running back Michael Bush to keep the right to match any offers they receive if they become restricted free agents.

NFL: Ex-Raider Smith, 2 others charged in 2008 killing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former Oakland Raider Anthony Wayne Smith appeared in court Friday to face a murder charge in the 2008 beating and shooting death of a man in northern Los Angeles County, authorities said.

NASCAR: Edwards, Busch patch things up

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Carl Edwards said Friday he's over his anger toward Kyle Busch for the accident that wrecked Edwards' car at Phoenix.

NASCAR: Kenseth earns LV pole with record-setting run

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Matt Kenseth was all too aware of his lousy qualifying record, and even with a fast car, he figured he'd screw up his Friday lap around Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

MLB: Suppan sharp against former team

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jeff Suppan is facing a whole new situation, and a couple of outings against one of his former teams have helped his case for a starting job with the San Francisco Giants.

GOLF: Stanley leads Honda Classic after 36 holes

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Delighted to be 5-under par at the midway point of the windy Honda Classic, Rory Sabbatini predicted the score would be enough to win the tournament.

UNLV trounces Wolf Pack; Nevada now 0-7

RENO - A change in venue did not change the fortunes of the Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team on Friday afternoon.

Roger Diez: Record-breaking Cup season hits Las Vegas

So far, the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season has been a record-breaker. We saw records for lead changes and cautions and the youngest-ever winner at Daytona.

Wildcats start league season with doubleheader sweep

The one constant in Western Nevada College's 9-9 start has been its pitching.

WNC softball splits with Snow College

RICHFIELD, Utah - Western Nevada College's softball team split its Scenic West Conference doubleheader with Snow College Friday afternoon.

Friday, March 4

College sports gets solid grades in new report

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A new study gave college sports solid grades Thursday in racial and gender hiring practices, although one of the authors noted "troubling" trends regarding conference commissioners and athletic directors.

CFB: Ducks say payments for recruiting services OK

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - School officials have confirmed that Oregon paid about $28,000 to a pair of recruiting services, but claim the payments and services were within NCAA rules.

Burton leads Wolf Pack to rare road victory

RUSTON, La. (AP) - Deonte Burton scored 24 points as Nevada held on to defeat Louisiana Tech 73-70 on Thursday night.

5 area golf courses are open today

If you are tired of being cooped up all day, five area golf courses will be open for play today.

GOLF: Levin leads after first day of windy Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Spencer Levin would have needed a 9-iron to reach the decorative fountains in the lake near the 18th fairway, and yet as he walked toward the green he could feel their mist.

GOLF: Nicklaus said Woods' slump will end

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Jack Nicklaus doubts his lead in career Grand Slam titles will last - he figures it's just a matter of time before Tiger Woods' slump ends.

Baseball: UNLV comes to town for big series with 0-6 Nevada

RENO - Stan Stolte isn't so sure he'll know which dugout to go to this weekend when his UNLV Rebels come to Peccole Park for a three-game series starting today.

MLB: Giants win, A's lose in Cactus League action

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Once Buster Posey connected, Jorge De La Rosa knew exactly where the ball was going.

NFL, union agree to 24-hour deadline extension

WASHINGTON (AP) - America's favorite sport is still in business - for another day.

NFL: Raiders are letting Robert Gallery leave

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders are letting offensive lineman Robert Gallery leave as a free agent after seven years with the team.

NHL: Heatley leads Sharks past Detroit

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Dany Heatley scored twice and Antti Niemi made 26 saves to lead the San Jose Sharks to their eighth straight victory, 3-1 over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

NBA: League plays its first regular-season games in Europe

NEW YORK (AP) - David Stern has talked about having NBA franchises in Europe within a decade for so long that it seems it's been more than 10 years by now.

Thursday, March 3

MLB: Teixeira ends relationship with agent Boras

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has ended his relationship with longtime agent Scott Boras.

MLB: Oakland's Crisp arrested on DUI charge

PHOENIX (AP) - Major league security officials met with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday and delivered their annual spring lecture to the players on the pitfalls of their profession. One of the subjects discussed was the danger of drinking and driving.

Bochy: Zito has spot as No. 4 starter for Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy vehemently denied there was any truth to a report that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday morning suggesting left-hander Barry Zito is not assured a spot on the Giants' roster this season.

Serena treated for blood clot in her lungs

Serena Williams' absence from tennis could stretch to almost a year after two new health scares - a blood clot in her lungs followed by a hematoma - have added to her injury woes.

MLB: Sanchez shines for Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Jonathan Sanchez threw three solid innings, and Freddy Sanchez got his first two hits of the spring for San Francisco.

GOLF: European flavor at Honda tourney

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Lee Westwood has seen lots of sand this year, and not just in bunkers.

Vick signs new contract

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Michael Vick has signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Niners offer contracts to 3 players

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers tendered one-year contracts to three restricted free agents Wednesday: safety Dashon Goldson, linebacker Manny Lawson and defensive end Ray McDonald.

NCAA president would help with football playoff

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday that he's willing to help create a playoff format to decide a national championship for the top level of college football.

Tide's Jones to have surgery

Former Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones will have a pin inserted to repair a stress fracture in his foot on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.