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Sports in brief: Boise State hits No. 5

Football: Boise State moved up three spots to No. 5 in the Associated Press college football poll released Sunday.

It’s the first time the Broncos entered the top five during the regular season, and it matches the team’s highest ever ranking following its 2007 Fiesta Bowl win.

No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Alabama held their places in the media poll released Sunday, and LSU moved up to No. 4.

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Bring in Shaq, throw a party

Basketball: Shaq got in one last party before training camp.

All-Star center Shaquille O’Neal, the big man Cleveland is counting on to deliver the city a title, was welcomed to town on Sunday with a star-studded celebration that included sports celebrities and Average Joes looking to rub elbows with them.

The 37-year-old O’Neal was acquired by the Cavaliers in June, shortly after the team was eliminated by the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Cavs, who open camp today, feel he is the missing piece to help league MVP LeBron James win his first title – and the city’s first since 1964.

Before the guest of honor arrived, former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, boxing champion Kelly Pavlik, Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu and former Cavs star Austin Carr walked the red carpet.

Kosar joked that the Browns, who dropped to 0-3 on Sunday with a 34-3 loss in Baltimore, could use the 7-foot-1, 325-pound O’Neal.

“I know he’d been great in the scoring zone,” Kosar said. “I’d love to lob it up to him.”

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Pirates should sign him

Baseball: The best glove in PNC Park didn’t belong to one of the Dodgers or Pirates players, but fan Brian Cardis.

While most fans go a lifetime without catching a foul ball, Cardis caught two in the upper deck in a span of four pitches with the Dodgers’ James Loney batting in the ninth inning Sunday.

Both plays were nearly the same – high popups that floated over the first deck, carried three rows deep into the club-level seats behind third base in the second deck and directly into Cardis’ glove.

At the same time the 34-year-old Cardis was grabbing the second foul ball, he was using his cell phone to send a photo of the first foul ball to his parents.

“I caught it with the cell phone in my hand,” said Cardis, from Monongahela, Pa. “I’m coming to (Monday’s) too. I caught it right with the phone in my hand.”

Remarkably, it was the second time in four seasons that Cardis – a season ticket holder since 1999 – caught a foul ball during the Pirates’ final Sunday home game of the season.

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