Two KCAC players — Ottawa senior receiver Corey Schultz and Bethel senior defensive lineman James McCartney — were named to the American Football Coaches Association NAIA All-America team.
* The Washington Redskins brought back a familiar name and dusted off a long-unused title in a major front office shake-up. Bruce Allen, son of late Redskins Hall of Fame coach George Allen, is the team's new general manager. He becomes the first person hired by owner Dan Snyder to hold the GM title , after a decade of various front office arrangements that usually centered around Snyder and good friend Vinny Cerrato. "I think the best way to put it," Snyder said, "is it was time for a change."
Price Chopper supermarket and Kraft Foods have signed on to sponsor Kansas Speedway's fall NASCAR Sprint Cup race for the second straight year. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, weren't available. Kansas Speedway also will offer weekend-only tickets for the Oct. 3 NASCAR race and the Kansas Lottery 300 IndyCar race for the first time.
* Danica Patrick will ease her way into NASCAR by skipping the Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway in favor of a less-stressful debut one week later at California. The IndyCar star is still working on piecing together a 13-race schedule for JR Motorsports in NASCAR's second-tier series, but announced Thursday she's marked the Feb. 20 race at Auto Club Speedway for her debut. Although Patrick will make her stock-car debut in the Feb. 6 ARCA opener at Daytona, she will not attempt the Nationwide race. Patrick made her first appearance Thursday with new boss Dale Earnhardt Jr. since announcing a two-year contract last week to try NASCAR for JR Motorsports, the team owned in combination by Rick Hendrick, Earnhardt, his sister, Kelley, and their cousin, Tony Eury Jr.
Marian Gaborik had his NHL-leading 24th goal and two assists as the New York Rangers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Islanders.... Jimmy Howard made 30 saves for his first NHL shutout as Detroit beat Tampa Bay 3-0.... Kris Letang and Sidney Crosby scored in a shootout to give Pittsburgh its fourth straight victory, a 3-2 win over Philadelphia.
Penn State is one win away from setting another volleyball record, earning the chance for a third straight national title by beating Hawaii 23-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-18 in the NCAA semifinals. The Nittany Lions (37-0) overcome a sluggish start and dropped only their sixth set of the season before extending their record winning streak to 101 matches. Penn State will face Texas on Saturday night. The Longhorns swept Minnesota 25-19, 25-20, 25-15 in the other semifinal.
Even as he held firm that golf would survive no matter how long Tiger Woods stayed away, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said the sex scandal of golf's No. 1 player was the biggest "curveball" he's ever faced. Finchem tried Thursday to dispel a "gloom and doom" outlook for golf after the game's biggest star announced an indefinite leave to sort out his personal life. He predicted a successful season in 2010. "If Tiger is out for a couple of months or eight months or a year, we're going to have a successful year," Finchem said. "It won't be at the same level without our No. 1 player, there's no question about that. No sport would be at the same level without its No. 1 player."
The Dodgers have reached preliminary agreement with free agent infielder Jamey Carroll on a $3.85 million, two-year contract. Carroll played the last two seasons in Cleveland.