Sports briefs (Oct. 14)

10/14/2011 12:00 AM

10/19/2011 9:48 AM

Tony Stewart (191.959 mph) took this week's Sprint Cup pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway, outracing Matt Kenseth and points leader Carl Edwards. It was Stewart's first pole in more than year since Pocono in August 2010 and his 13th overall. He also earned his first pole at Charlotte in 26 chances. Stewart stands seventh in the Chase for a Championship, 19 points behind Edwards.

Football

The Big East is considering adding Boise State football to help bolster the conference's chances of retaining its BCS automatic bid, though both sides need to be persuaded that it's the right move. A source said some Big East presidents are resisting adding Boise State and the school itself has reservations about joining a conference in flux. Navy and Air Force have also been targeted as football-only members, and the Big East is considering Temple from the Mid-American Conference and Central Florida and East Carolina from Conference USA as members in all sports.

Basketball

Commissioner David Stern says his "gut" tells him there will be no NBA games on Christmas without a labor deal by Tuesday. Owners and players are to meet with a federal mediator that day. Owners are then scheduled to meet for board meetings Wednesday and Thursday.

Stern said without an agreement Tuesday to bring to the owners "we potentially spiral into situations where the worsening offers on both sides make it even harder for the parties to make a deal."

Christmas is traditionally the first big day of the NBA season. This year features the NBA Finals rematch between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.

* North Carolina coach Roy Williams received a contract extension through 2018. He'll make in the neighborhood of $2 million annually before bonuses.

* President Barack Obama will attend the Carrier Classic game on Veterans Day on the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier that buried Osama bin Laden at sea.

Golf

Webb Simpson matched his best score of the year in the PGA McGladrey Classic opening round at St. Simons Island, Ga., making eight birdies for a 7-under 63 that gave him a share of the lead with tour rookie Zack Miller.

* Newman senior Riley Seitz was named Heartland Conference golfer of the week. He was 10 under in two rounds at the Newman Invitational, including a hole in one.

* American Brittany Lang and South Korean star Na Yeon Choi shot 5-under 66s for shares of the first-round lead in the LPGA Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Sweden's Maria Hjorth and the Netherlands' Dewi Claire Schreefel also opened with 66s and Michelle Wie had a 68.

* James Kingston shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead over five players after the opening round of the Portugal Masters.

Colleges

North Carolina's trustees will meet today to approve the hiring of Tulsa athletic director Bubba Cunningham as the school's next AD, a source said. Cunningham was offered the Kansas job last December and negotiated a contract but ultimately turned it down. Cunningham would replace Dick Baddour, who is stepping down after 14 years amid the ongoing NCAA investigation into the football program.

Baseball

Lance Berkman (.301, 31 homers, 94 RBIs) of the Cardinals and Jacoby Ellsbury (.321, 32 homers, 105 RBIs) were named baseball's comeback players of the year.

Gymnastics

American Jordyn Wieber beat Russia's Viktoria Komova for the all-around title at the world championships in Tokyo. Wieber, who led the Americans to the team title two days earlier, won despite making mistakes on uneven bars and floor exercise. She finished with 59.382 points, 0.033 ahead of the Russian.

Hockey

Rene Bourque scored twice, leading Calgary to a 4-1 win and spoiling Montreal's home opener.... John Tavares had two goals and two assists in the first period as the Islanders routed Tampa Bay 5-1.... Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise scored shootout goals in New Jersey's 2-1 home win over Los Angeles.... Dennis Wideman's power-play goal 2:48 into overtime lifted Washington past Pittsburgh 3-2.... Joakim Lindstrom scored twice in Colorado's 7-1 win at Ottawa.... Jimmy Howard made 25 saves for his sixth career shutout as host Detroit beat Vancouver 2-0.... Phoenix got its first victory, winning 5-2 in Nashville's home opener.... Devin Setoguchi scored in the fourth round of the shootout in Minnesota's 2-1 home win over Edmonton.... Patrick Kane's goal and two assists helped host Chicago beat Winnipeg 4-3.... Kari Lehtonen stopped 36 shots in host Dallas' 3-2 wins over St. Louis.

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