When West plays host to North at 7 tonight at Carpenter Stadium, the Pioneers will be looking for their first win since the season opener. North, which is winless, has scored 13 points this season and must get its offense going. West has been shutout twice but is averaging 14 points scored in its other three games.
* Doctors have amputated the right foot of Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker, who is battling complications from diabetes. That doesn't mean he won't be back for the Hawkeyes — maybe even this season. Coach Kirk Ferentz said Wednesday that Parker's foot was amputated about two weeks ago. It's unlikely Parker will return for Iowa's next game, against Michigan on Oct. 17, but he could be back by the end of the year.
* For delivering a nasty blow to an opponent's head, the NFL belted Cleveland rookie T.J. Ward with a $15,000 fine.
* Colorado freshman running back Justin Torres has left the team to deal with personal issues.
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Newman's women's team will play host to St. Edward's on Jan. 21 in a nationally televised game on CBS College Sports, Channel 260. Tipoff is 12:30 p.m.
* Dwyane Wade's right hamstring remains sore, and the Miami Heat star guard says he's undergoing a lengthy round of treatments to try and get back on the court as soon as possible. Wade pulled the hamstring 3:17 into the Heat preseason opener against Detroit on Tuesday night and did not return. He expects to miss up to two weeks, although no timetable for a return has been formally announced.
* The Detroit Pistons were hit hard by injuries in their first preseason game. Detroit forward Jonas Jerebko tore his right Achilles' tendon and guard Terrico White broke his right foot in Tuesday's night exhibition in Miami. Both will have surgery Friday.
* David Stern is promising Brazilian fans they will soon have the chance to watch NBA players in action in their own country. The NBA commissioner said during a news conference Wednesday that preseason games will be held in Brazil "likely prior to the 2014 World Cup", when Brazil will organize the showcase soccer tournament.
Venus Williams is done for the season because of a left knee injury that has sidelined her for most of the second half of 2010.
In a statement released to The Associated Press on Wednesday, the seven-time Grand Slam champion said she is "very disappointed to announce that I will be unable to play" in the WTA Tour Championships at the end of October, and the Fed Cup final between the United States and Italy at San Diego in November.
The St. Louis Cardinals have exercised a $16 million club option for 2011 with three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols.