UNLV volleyball falls
in Mountain West final
The UNLV volleyball team’s stunning run through the Mountain West Conference tournament ended Sunday with a 3-0 loss to top-seeded Colorado State in Albuquerque, N.M.
UNLV (14-17), seeded seventh and coming off upsets of No. 2 seed San Diego State and No. 3 Texas Christian, couldn’t keep pace with the Rams, losing 25-14, 25-14, 25-22.
Stephanie Thelen, named the setter for the all-tournament team, had 19 assists and eight digs for the Rebels, and Candice Thomas (six kills) also made the all-tournament team.
Also: Bob Knight and Eddie Sutton, coaching rivals and longtime friends, led an eight-member class inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Mo.
Knight and Sutton were joined by three-time Naismith Award winner Ralph Sampson of Virginia, former Michigan star Cazzie Russell, North Carolina standout James Worthy, St. John’s star Chris Mullin, and contributors Joe Vancisin and Eddie Einhorn.
Brittney Griner had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and Baylor established itself as the clear No. 1 women’s basketball team for now with a 94-81 victory over No. 2 Notre Dame in the Preseason WNIT championship game at Waco, Texas.
The Lady Bears (4-0) put the game away with a 14-3 run to take a 70-58 lead with 9½ minutes left.
Nadal outlasts Fish
in ATP Finals opener
Rafael Nadal toiled for nearly three hours before beating Mardy Fish of the United States 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3) at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, and Roger Federer also needed three sets to win his opening match.
Defending champion Federer began his quest for a record sixth title at the season-ending event by defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
In a tense evening match at London’s O2 Arena, Fish recovered from a nervous opening set in his debut at the tournament and saved two match points at 5-4 down in the third set, but Nadal edged Fish in the tiebreaker.
Also: South Korea’s Hee Young Park won the LPGA Tour’s season-ending Titleholders in Orlando, Fla., for her first tour victory, closing with a 2-under 70 to hold off Paula Creamer and San Gal by two strokes.
Park, tied for the third-round lead with Gal, finished at 9-under 279. Creamer (70) and Gal (72) were at 281.
SCP Auctions said more than 140 items from Julius Erving’s personal collection sold for a record $3.5 million. The auction ran from October until Sunday.
Among the highlights: His 1974 New Jersey Nets American Basketball Association championship ring ($460,471); 1983 76ers championship rings ($244,240); 1983 All-Star game Most Valuable Player trophy ($115,242); final game worn jersey from May 3, 1987 ($88,826); and 1974-75 ABA MVP trophy ($173,100).
SCP also released the winning bids for other items up for auction, led by Lou Gehrig’s bat used to hit his last home run in a Yankees uniform, which yielded $403,664.
Chris Garrett ran for 190 yards and a touchdown, and the host Winnipeg Blue Bombers advanced to the Grey Cup with a 19-3 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League’s East Division final.
In Sunday’s title game, Winnipeg will face British Columbia, which beat Edmonton 40-23 in the West final.
Jose Gonzalez of Opalocka, Fla., beat Mike Maggio of San Dimas, Calif., to take the Pro Street title in the Street Car Super Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s drag strip. Las Vegan Justin Spencer was the lone local winner among 12 classes, earning the Mustang Madness title with a win over Cal Gordon of Hesperia, Calif.