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Butler's women's team beat Laramie County (Wyo.) 3-2 on Saturday to reach the NJCAA tournament beginning Nov. 17 in Melbourne, Fla. It's the Grizzlies' first national tournament appearance, who won the match 4-3 in a shootout.


Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was stunned in the Swiss Indoors semifinals, losing 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0 to Japan's Kei Nishikori in Basel, Switzerland. Nishikori was overmatched in the first set but turned the match around by winning a thrilling rally when Djokovic was two points from victory at 5-4 in the second. He will play Roger Federer in today's final.

* Russia and the Czech Republic split the opening singles in the Fed Cup final Saturday after Grand Slam winners Petra Kvitova and Svetlana Kuznetsova won their matches in straight sets. The title will be decided today in Moscow with two reverse singles and a doubles match.

Figure skating

Jeremy Abbott of the United States rallied from a fall on his opening jump to edge Nobunari Oda of Japan for the men's title at the Cup of China in Shanghai. Carolina Kostner of Italy wobbled on a couple of landings, but held on to beat Mirai Nagasu of the United States in the women's competition. Nagasu, who trailed Kostner by less than a point after the short program, landed five triple jumps, putting pressure on the Italian to land her six planned triples.


Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier has liver cancer and is under hospice care. The 67-year-old boxer was diagnosed four or five weeks ago, Frazier's personal and business manager said Saturday. Doctors have not yet told Frazier how long he has to live.


NBA owners and players are trying again to end the lockout before it can do further damage to an already-shortened schedule. They resumed negotiations Saturday with federal mediator George Cohen, who faced a difficult task in trying to help the sides close the financial gap that derailed talks again last week.

Hall of Famer and Charlotte owner Michael Jordan, plus Portland billionaire owner Paul Allen joined the bargaining, along with the usual owners' labor relations committee. Both are believed to be hardliners who want to offer the players an economic deal even worse than the proposal they already have rejected.


Jim Thome agreed to a $1.25 million, one-year contract with the Phillies on Saturday, returning to the franchise for a second time. The 41-year-old Thome hit .256 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI in a combined 93 games with the Twins and Indians last season.


Parker McDonald found the perfect last-minute homecoming date in the school lunch room: Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn. The superstar skier was visiting Vail (Colo.) Ski and Snowboard Academy when the 15-year-old McDonald worked up the courage to ask her to his dance. She accepted, and the two had their impromptu date Friday night. Vonn posted on her Facebook page that McDonald was "cute, nervous and very polite," leading to her positive response.


China won two gold medals in weightlifting on the opening day of the world championships, while seven countries were barred from competing because they failed to follow drug-testing procedures in Paris. Bulgaria, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka were not allowed to participate because they did not submit information on the whereabouts of their lifters for drug testing.


Nine card players from seven countries are returning to Las Vegas this weekend in search of life-changing riches, the spoils of winning as much as $8.71 million at the World Series of Poker. Three Americans, plus finalists from Belize, Ireland, Germany, England, Ukraine and the Czech Republic, topped a field of 6,865 entrants at the no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event in July and are returning today to settle the title over two days of play. The finale will play out nearly live on television for the first time, with ESPN airing the action with just enough of a delay to satisfy Nevada gambling regulators that the players won't have any way to tell what their opponents are holding.


Starting the third round with the lead, Fredrik Jacobson kept his mistakes to a minimum, knocked in long birdie putts on consecutive holes and wound up with a 5-under 67 and a two-shot lead at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. Louis Oosthuizen was second after a 68. Adam Scott was third at 13 under.

* Jay Don Blake shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Championship in San Francisco.

* Japan's Momoko Ueda had six birdies on the back nine in an 8-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Mizuno Classic. Ueda, the 2007 winner, birdied the final four holes — chipping in from the edge of the green on the par-4 18th — to finish at 13-under 131.


An arrest warrant has been issued in San Francisco for Terrell Owens after he failed to show up for a court date regarding child support payments. Diana Bianchini, a spokeswoman for Owens, says the free-agent wide receiver tried to reschedule an Oct. 24 hearing in Contra Costa County Court because he had set up a televised workout in the hopes of hooking on with an NFL team.


Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr scored during a five-goal first period in Philadelphia's 9-2 win over Columbus.... Nicklas Lidstrom had two goals and an assist in Detroit's 5-0 win over Anaheim.... Tim Thomas had 24 saves as Boston shut out host Toronto.... P.A. Parenteau's goal with 1:46 remaining broke a tie and led the Islanders past Washington 5-3.... Derek Roy scored on Buffalo's sixth shootout attempt to give the Sabres a win over the Senators.... The Rangers overcame a 1-for-9 power play effort in a 5-3 win over visiting Montreal.... New Jersey beat Winnipeg 3-2 in overtime on Adam Henrique's goal.