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Boise State shows off for BCS bowl reps (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 12:32:17 PST

Ann Damiano proudly wore the pale yellow blazer and hard-plastic name tag identifying her as a member of the Fiesta Bowl committee. Part of her would rather have dressed in the blue and orange of Boise State. "I'm just very proud of my school and how well it's done," said Damiano, a 1983 graduate of Boise State.

Spartans coach Smith won't return in '07 (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 00:26:15 PST

John L. Smith was under pressure to prove himself from the day he was hired at Michigan State. Smith had substantial success in midlevel conferences, but he was relatively unknown in East Lansing and the Big Ten when he was hired away from Louisville after the 2002 season. A local paper welcomed him with a headline that read "John L.

Louisville stakes claim as BCS contender (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 22:02:30 PST

With thousands of fans on the field, swarming all around Brian Brohm and chanting "BCS! BCS!" after perhaps the biggest win in school history, the Louisville quarterback smiled and took in the whole satisfying scene. "It's been a dream since I was a kid for Louisville to be on a stage like this," Brohm said.

Brohm's a rare bird

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 23:59:00 PST

West Virginia's legs couldn't match up with Brian Brohm's arm, which could carry the Cardinals to the national-title game.

Ancic wins St. Petersburg Open (AP)

Sun, 29 Oct 2006 07:02:22 PST

Third-seeded Mario Ancic beat defending champion Thomas Johansson 7-5, 7-6 (2) in the St. Petersburg Open final Sunday to win his third career title. Ancic, who won the Ordina Open grass tournament in June, converted his only break point in the first set to take the lead. Johansson, playing in his first final this season, broke Ancic in the sixth game of the second set to go up 5-2.

Hingis, Clijsters reach WTA Championship (AP)

Sun, 29 Oct 2006 06:27:17 PST

Martina Hingis and Kim Clijsters have qualified for the season-ending WTA Championship, joining the top players next month in Madrid, Spain. Hingis and Clijsters earned the final spots Saturday when Patty Schnyder of Switzerland lost to Maria Sharapova in the semifinals of the Generali Ladies Linz in Austria.

Sharapova wins Generali Ladies (AP)

Sun, 29 Oct 2006 07:35:22 PST

Maria Sharapova won her fifth title of the season Sunday, beating defending champion Nadia Petrova 7-5, 6-2 in the Generali Ladies final and advancing to No. 2 in the rankings. Sharapova has won 16 straight matches and has not lost since before the start of her successful run to the U.S. Open title. The top-seeded Russian overtook Justine Henin-Hardenne in the rankings and now trails only Amelie...

Top seed Jankovic to Quebec quarters (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 19:42:48 PST

Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia advanced to the quarterfinals of the Bell Challenge, beating American Vania King 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday night. Jankovic will face eighth-seeded Olga Poutchkova of Russia in the quarterfinals. Poutchkova beat Germany's Tanja Ostertag 5-7, 6-1, 6-2. Also Thursday, American qualifier Lilia Osterloh beat Russia's Anastassia Rodionova 6-4, 6-1 to set up a...

McEnroe beats Borg in Dubai exhibition (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 13:41:40 PST

In a throwback to one of tennis' greatest rivalries, seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe beat Bjorn Borg 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 in an exhibition match Thursday. The two faced off 14 times in ATP tour, Davis Cup and Grand Slam play, each winning seven times. In a vintage performance before a capacity crowd at Madinat Jumeira Arena, the 47-year-old McEnroe threw himself around, produced some trademark...

Robredo, Nalbandian into Masters Cup (AP)

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 14:03:25 PST

Tommy Robredo and David Nalbandian both claimed places in the season-ending Masters Cup on Thursday: Robredo with a victory, Nalbandian without playing. Robredo beat Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-4, 7-6 (1) in the third round of the Paris Masters to clinch his berth, while Nalbandian, who skipped the tournament, advanced because James Blake lost 6-4, 6-2 to Tommy Haas.

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