Big East officials make pitch
to Boise State’s president
Big East Conference honchos paid a visit to Boise State on Thursday, giving the university’s president an informational pitch on the beleaguered conference and its plans to add more teams.
University president Bob Kustra said he appreciated the visit, but emphasized he’s in no hurry to make a decision on Boise State’s future conference membership.
Kustra made it clear he views Boise State and its incredibly successful football team as a valuable asset to any conference and that he intends to consider all viable options in the latest round of conference shake-ups.
Also: Commissioner Jim Delany insisted expansion remains on the Big Ten’s back burner.
While the national landscape continues to change, Delany said his conference is “as happy as could be” with 12 members. He said the Big Ten is “not in an active mode,” and the conference is simply “monitoring” what’s happening.
Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham will miss the rest of the season after injuring his right knee in the first quarter of Wednesday’s 35-20 win over Connecticut. The school said Graham, the Big East’s leading rusher, will need surgery to repair the knee.
The UNLV volleyball team lost to Wyoming 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 22-25, 25-12) in a Mountain West Conference match in Laramie, Wyo. The Rebels (11-12, 3-6 MWC) were led by Stephanie Thelen, who recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 34 assists and 10 digs.
Allenby takes one-shot lead
on Vegas in $2 million touney
Australia’s Robert Allenby shot an 8-under-par 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas after the first round of the Asia Pacific Classic, the second-year event sanctioned by the PGA Tour and Asian Tour.
Allenby birdied four of the first six holes and three of the final four in his bogey-free round at The Mines Resort and Golf Club in Selangor, Malaysia.
Also: U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over American Hunter Mahan in the Shanghai Masters, the lucrative invitational tournament that isn’t sanctioned by any of the major tours.
The 30 players are vying for the $2 million first prize, the richest in golf.
Scotland’s Richie Ramsay shot a 6-under 65 to take a two-shot lead over Ross Fisher of England after the first round of the Andalucia Masters in Sotogrande, Spain.
Ex-Kansas State star Beasley
claims agent provided benefits
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley said in a lawsuit that his former agent gave him and his mother improper benefits during his one season at Kansas State.
Beasley filed a countersuit in Maryland a month ago in response to agent Joel Bell’s wrongful termination lawsuit against him. Beasley said Bell conspired with Beasley’s AAU coach to forge a relationship with the star from the time he was 14 years old in hopes of cashing in on that relationship when Beasley went to the NBA.
Beasley said Bell gave his mother living expenses and paid for her move to Manhattan, Kan., when he went to school there, which would likely violate NCAA rules.
Also: Two men accused of brutally beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow in a Dodger Stadium parking lot on Opening Day should be held liable for potentially tens of millions of dollars in a family lawsuit, an attorney who represents the team said.
Lawyer Jerome Jackson filed a cross-complaint last week that argues Marvin Norwood and Louis Sanchez — not the Los Angeles Dodgers — are to blame for the brain damage that Stow suffered in March.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic reached the semifinals of the WTA Championships in Istanbul, dominating Caroline Wozniacki in a 6-4, 6-2 win that handed the top-ranked Dane her second loss at the season-ending tournament.
Kvitova joined Victoria Azarenka in the final four, with the Belarusian having earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over Li Na in the early match.
The Legends Nationals, featuring approximately 175 teams from across the country, will race today and Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Bullring.
The Legends Nationals features racing on the three-eighths-mile oval for all U.S. Legends Cars International divisions, including Legends Cars, Thunder Cars and Bandoleros.
Saturday night will be capped with the season finale for the Southwest Tour regional stock car series. Jim Pettit II of Prunedale, Calif., the defending race champion, can clinch the series championship by finishing eighth or better in the 154-lap race.
Racing in all divisions begins at 9 a.m. today and 11 a.m. Saturday.