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49ers’ Ware wears down No. 9 Panthers

Thu., Nov. 17, 2011

Men’s basketball: Casper Ware scored a career-high 28 points and visiting Long Beach State ran away from No. 9 Pittsburgh 86-76 on Wednesday night.

James Ennis added 19 points for coach Dan Monson’s 49ers (2-0), who snapped Pitt’s 58-game nonconference winning streak at the Petersen Events Center with ease.

Ashton Gibbs led the Panthers (2-1) with 20 points and Nasir Robinson added 19, but the Panthers couldn’t keep up with the 49ers.

Long Beach State became the first non-Big East team to beat the Panthers at home since Bucknell in 2005.

The victory was Long Beach State’s first over a top-10 team since beating then-No. 1 Kansas on Jan. 25, 1993.

Bench player leads Badgers: Reserve Ben Brust scored a career-high 17 points to lead the No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers (2-0) to a 68-41 win over Colgate (1-1) at Madison, Wis.

Howland allows Nelson to return: UCLA coach Ben Howland reinstated Reeves Nelson, lifting his indefinite suspension – it lasted two days – after receiving assurances from the junior forward that he would keep his personality in check.

Nelson will return against Chaminade on Monday after sitting out an 86-66 loss to Middle Tennessee State, UCLA’s second consecutive defeat to open the season.

LSU turns back struggling Hoyas

Women’s basketball: LaSondra Barrett scored 11 points and No. 20 LSU (2-0) beat 14th-ranked Georgetown 51-40 at Baton Rouge, La.

Tia Magee had 12 points during a rough game for the Hoyas (1-2), who shot 24 percent from the field and committed 23 turnovers.

No. 10 Maryland rolls: Freshman Brene Moseley scored 26 points, Laurin Mincy had 15 and No. 10 Maryland (3-0) dominated in-state foe Towson (1-1) in an 82-46 victory at College Park, Md.

Huskies stay mum about starting QB

College football: Washington coach Steve Sarkisian was noncommittal about who the Huskies’ starting quarterback will be Saturday against Oregon State.

Redshirt freshman Nick Montana worked with the starting unit throughout practice. Season-long starter Keith Price moved around the sideline with a noticeable limp because of an injured left knee. He did not participate in drills.

“Keith moved better today,” Sarkisian said. “Wasn’t quite ready to put him in with the action of the rest of the guys, but I thought he moved better today than he did yesterday or the day before.”

Ohio wins on last-gasp field goal: Matt Weller made a 23-yard field goal as time expired to lift Ohio (8-3, 5-2 Mid-American Conference) to a 29-28 win at Bowling Green (4-7, 2-5).

Giants’ Cruz takes cover in shooting

NFL: Growing up in an impoverished city a little more than 11 miles from New York Giants headquarters, Victor Cruz heard his share of gunshots as a child.

The wide receiver got used to them, and it might have saved his life early Tuesday morning when gunshots erupted at a New York City supper club as he was celebrating his 25th birthday with defensive end Chris Canty and friends.

There were reports that five Giants were in the club at the time of the incident that left one man dead and two people wounded. However, safety Antrel Rolle said he left the club before the shooting, and receiver Hakeem Nicks and cornerback Aaron Ross denied being there that night.

The moment Cruz heard the pop, he got under the table at the Juliet Supper Club in trendy Chelsea section of Manhattan and made sure everyone in his party hit the floor, too.

Chiefs QB Cassel has hand surgery: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel had surgery on his injured throwing hand and coach Todd Haley still hopes that he will be back this season. Cassel hurt his right hand in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to Denver.

Kolb returns to limited practice: Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb practiced on a limited basis, testing his injured right foot with some football moves for the first time since he was hurt three games ago.

Woods’ team falters as Williams watches

Golf: Being with his ex-caddie was the least of Tiger Woods’ worries today.

Woods and Steve Stricker didn’t make a birdie, didn’t win a hole and matched the record for biggest loss in Presidents Cup history.

Adam Scott and K.J. Choi were relentless at Royal Melbourne in Australia, making enough birdies and letting Woods and Stricker self-destruct in a 7-and-6 victory in foursomes.

Only one other match went 12 holes since the Presidents Cup began in 1994 – David Frost beat Kenny Perry by the same score in 1996.

Woods and Steve Williams exchanged a firm, businesslike handshake on the opening hole, and that was about all the drama in what might be the final chapter of a bitter split between player and caddie.

Earlier in the day, Woods announced he won’t start his 2012 season at Torrey Pines. Instead of his usual PGA Tour start, Woods agreed to play in a tournament in Abu Dhabi.


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