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sports in brief 2008-11-26

sports in brief  2008-11-26
Local & state: ESU's Liu earns All-South Central Region honors

Ting Liu of Emporia State was a first-team selection on the Daktronics/CoSIDA All-South Central Region volleyball team. Washburn senior outside hitter Monica Miesner and ESU junior outside hitter Arica Shepard were on the second team.

Liu, a sophomore setter, was the MIAA Most Valuable Player. She was joined on the first team by outside hitters Kim Kvapil of Incarnate Word, Laura Prinsen of West Texas A&M and Amithy Henry of Texas-Permian Basin; middle hitters Lauren Secord of Dallas Baptist and Allie Chevren of Truman State and libero Sara Contreras of West Texas A&M.

Kvapil was the regional player of the year.

Ida Edwards of Emporia State was named MIAA women's basketball player of the week. The 6-2 senior averaged 11.7 points and 11.7 rebounds to lead the No. 15 Hornets to a 3-0 start.

The MIAA men's player of the week was Missouri Southern senior Vincent Ateba, who averaged 19.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in four Lion victories.

Seaman senior Jordan Sackman will sign a volleyball national letter of intent at 3:20 p.m. today with the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the Seaman commons area. Sackman was an All-City and All-Class 5A state tournament team selection this past season, helping the Vikings to a 37-8 record and a third-place finish in the 5A state tournament. She was a second-team All-5A pick.

Kansas State's Beverly Ramos placed 55th Monday in the NCAA Cross Country Championships at Terre Haute, Ind. A junior, Ramos was clocked in 20:52.0 over the 6,000-meter course.

Texas Tech's Sally Kipyego won her third straight NCAA individual title by running a 19:28.1 clocking. The Red Raider women were seventh in the team standings with 272 points. Washington won with 79.

Oklahoma State's John Kosgei finished eighth for the highest Big 12 men's finish. The Cowboys placed eighth as a team with 305 points. Oregon won the title with 93.

Baseball: Giants target shortstops Furcal, Renteria

Shortstops Rafael Furcal and Edgar Renteria are among the free agents the San Francisco Giants are targeting as possible replacements for 11-time Gold Glover Omar Vizquel.

Across San Francisco Bay, the Oakland Athletics also are courting Furcal.

Former manager Don Baylor returned to the Rockies as hitting coach Monday. Baylor was one of five coaches added to manager Clint Hurdle's staff.

The Pittsburgh Pirates hope Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel really do have million-dollar arms.

The two 20-year-old pitchers, neither of whom had picked up a Baseball until earlier this year, signed free-agent contracts Monday with the Pirates. They are believed to be the first athletes from India to sign professional Baseball contracts outside their country.

Barry Bonds had three charges against him dismissed Monday by a federal judge who left intact most of the indictment alleging he lied to a grand jury when he denied knowingly taking performance-enhancing drugs. Bonds is scheduled for a March 2 trial.

General: MU, Pinkel announce they've agreed on new contract

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel agreed to a new contract Monday, two weeks before his 12th-ranked Tigers were set to play in their second straight Big 12 title game.

Pinkel said he hopes to sign the contract "in the next couple of days." The school's Board of Curators, which must approve the deal, is scheduled to meet tomorrow.

The school announced last week that it was planning a second raise in two years for Pinkel, who has coached MU to a 9-2 record this season.

Nebraska assistant coach Ted Gilmore isn't saying whether Wyoming has contacted him about its vacant head coaching job. But if the Cowboys call or have called, Gilmore is free to go for it, Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini said.

Chuck Long coached San Diego State to a rare victory on Saturday night while keeping it a secret that he'd been fired hours earlier.

While disappointed for himself, Long didn't want to spoil the moment for his players, who surprised UNLV 42-21 to finish 2-10.

General Motors is bailing out on Tiger Woods.

Woods, a global icon in sports with his 14 major championships, has been carrying the Buick logo on his golf bag for the last nine years and still had one year left on his contract.

But General Motors Corp. was looking to cut costs and hoard cash while trying to survive the worst sales downturn in a quarter-century. And it said Monday the world's No. 1 golfer wanted more time for himself.

Donovan McNabb's benching lasted less than 24 hours. One day after he got yanked at halftime of a close game, the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback got his job back. McNabb will start when the Philadelphia Eagles host the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.

AFTER OPENING 1-10 to match the worst start in team history, the Wizards fired coach Eddie Jordan and his top assistant and gave director of player development Ed Tapscott his first NBA head coaching job.

From staff and wire reports

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