In Brief


Volleyball team nets victory
against Missouri-Kansas City

The UNLV volleyball team beat Missouri-Kansas City 25-18, 25-21, 17-25, 25-22 Sunday in a nonconference match at Cox Pavilion.

Candice Thomas had a career-best 15 kills to pace the Rebels (7-15). Kelsey Keeler had a season-high 22 digs to go with 13 kills, and Sara Nehf added 12 kills and 13 digs.

Also: The UNLV men’s soccer team lost to Seattle 2-0 at Johann Memorial Field, giving up both goals in the second half of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match.

Seattle was left shorthanded when Sean Morris was red-carded in the 60th minute. But the Redhawks opened the scoring just three minutes later, on a Kevin Cook free kick, and they made it 2-0 when Kyle Peterman scored in the 75th minute.

Several UNLV shots hit the post, but the Rebels (5-9-1, 2-4-1) couldn’t put the ball past goalie Jake Feener, who had six saves.


Pitt coach Dixon helps rescue
two people from auto accident

A University of Pittsburgh spokesman said men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon helped rescue two people from a car accident.

Athletics spokesman Greg Hotchkiss said Dixon was heading north on Interstate 279 near Pittsburgh before 10 p.m. Saturday when a car swerved, hit a guardrail and flipped over.

He said Dixon pulled over, ran to the vehicle and cut his hands as he helped someone get out. WPXI broadcast raw video of Dixon being treated in an ambulance.

State police trooper Erik Fisher told that Dixon helped remove at least one of the victims, a woman who had a broken ankle.

Also: The New York Knicks exercised their options on the contracts of Danilo Gallinari, Anthony Randolph and Toney Douglas.

Gallinari, a 6-foot-10-inch forward, was taken sixth in the 2008 draft. He has averaged 12.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in his first two seasons.

Randolph came to New York in a trade with Golden State in July, and Douglas was acquired in a draft-day trade with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009.

The Knicks also waived Patrick Ewing Jr., the second time in three years that he has been their final roster cut.


Winner: Temperature too hot in
race that claimed U.S. swimmer

A day after U.S. national team swimmer Fran Crippen died during an open-water race in the United Arab Emirates, the winner of the event said the water and air temperatures were too high to hold a competition.

Thomas Lurz of Germany criticized both swimming’s governing body and race organizers, saying conditions were too hot for racing, that FINA’s schedule was too grueling and that organizers should have done more to ensure swimmers’ safety in the Open Water 10-kilometer World Cup held at Fujairah, east of Dubai, on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Crippen, from a family of prominent swimmers in suburban Philadelphia, failed to finish and was found in the water two hours later, about 400 meters from the finish, organizers said.

FINA’s president said “overexertion” led to Crippen’s death and that FINA had launched an investigation into the tragedy.

Also: All-around champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia won her fifth medal at the world gymnastics championships, taking silver on the floor exercise in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Lauren Mitchell of Australia swept past co-leaders Mustafina and Romania’s Diana Chelaru on the last performance, leaving the Russian with two gold and three silver medals in six events. Mustafina’s only blemish came when she fell off the beam, leaving the title to Romania’s Ana Porgras. American Rebecca Bross and defending champion Deng Linlin of China shared silver.

New York Yankees reliever Damaso Marte had surgery on his pitching shoulder and said he expects to be sidelined until late next season.

Marte, a left-handed specialist, said he had surgery Friday to repair a tear in his labrum and was told he should be able to begin throwing after the 2011 All-Star break. Marte’s last appearance this season was July 7.

Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka beat England’s Rendall Munroe by unanimous decision in Tokyo to defend his WBC super bantamweight title.

All three judges scored the bout 119-109 in favor of Nishioka, who improved to 37-4 with 23 knockouts and three draws after his fifth successful title defense.

The PBA World Series of Bowling opens an 11-day run today at South Point with the first round of qualifying for the top 256 bowlers in the world. The event, which features competition for five titles, is the first of the 2010-11 PBA Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.

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