Wichita State senior Tonya Nero was named Missouri Valley Conference scholar-athlete of the week. Nero won the MVC women's title on Saturday with a time of 17 minutes, 25.34 seconds in the 5-kilometer race. She carries a 3.80 grade-point average in chemistry.
Newman clinched a berth in the Heartland Conference tournament, beating Texas-Permian Basin 3-1 (25-15, 13-25, 25-14, 26-24) in Wichita. Jeana Farruggia and Allison Bailey had 14 kills apiece. Newman (13-15, 7-4 Heartland) is tied for second in the league standings, and concludes the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday against Oklahoma Pandhandle State in Fugate Gymnasium.
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David Wilson returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown with 2:23 to play and No. 20 Virginia Tech held on to beat Georgia Tech 28-21 on Thursday night.
Wilson's return came on the kickoff right after the Yellow Jackets tied it, allowing the Hokies (7-2, 5-0 ACC) to overcame a sloppy effort and remain in control of their fate in the ACC's Coastal Division. It was Virginia Tech's seventh consecutive victory.
* Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $20,000 for a late hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the third time he has been fined this season for a dangerous tackle. The league told Harrison he put his facemask into Brees' back after the quarterback delivered a pass, causing Harrison to draw a roughing the passer penalty.
David Perron scored once he recovered from Joe Thornton's elbow to the head as the St. Louis Blues beat San Jose 2-0. Thornton drew a five-minute major and game misconduct for head contact after his mid-ice check early in the second period sent Perron sprawling to the ice. The Blues extended their franchise record to 12 wins in a row at home.... Jason Spezza had a goal and three assists and the Ottawa Senators beat the Islanders 4-1, New York's sixth straight loss.... Mathieu Garon stopped 25 shots for his second straight shutout in Columbus' 3-0 win over Atlanta.
Toney Douglas scored a career-high 30 points and New York made 16 of 24 three-point attempts in a 120-112 victory over Chicago.
The Boston Red Sox kept designated hitter David Ortiz by exercising a $12.5 million club option and the San Francisco Giants declined a $9.5 million option on World Series MVP Edgar Renteria. Teams had until midnight EDT to exercise options under the new rules agreed to by the commissioner's office and players' association in September.
Francesco Molinari of Italy made a charge to a 7-under 65 for a one-shot lead at the BSBC Champions in Shanghai, the final World Golf Championship of the year. Lee Westwood, golf's new top-ranked player, finished with back-to-back birdies for a 66. Two shots behind Westwood was Tiger Woods, without his No. 1 ranking for the first time in more than five years.
The two-day Breeders' Cup kicks off with six races today at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., the the Ladies Classic the featured race. Kentucky Oaks winner Blind Luck will start from the 10th post as the 9-5 favorite.
David Nalbandian upset sixth-seeded Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to advance at the Swiss Indoors in Basel, Switzerland, setting up a match against Andy Roddick for a spot in the semifinals. Roddick advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Andrey Golubev.