UNDATED (AP) - This afternoon's football game between No. 6 Utah
and fourth-ranked TCU in Salt Lake City, is the most important game
in the history of the Mountain West Conference (3:30 p.m. Eastern).
It's the first time in the league's 11-year history it's had a
matchup of top-10 programs. And it's a game with national title and
BCS implications. Both the Horned Frogs and Utes have made a BCS
appearance in the last two years, and both enter today's game
Also this afternoon, No. 1 Oregon will host a Washington team
that's minus injured quarterback Jake Locker (LAHK'-ur), No. 2
Boise State entertains Hawaii, third-ranked Auburn is home to
Chattanooga, and No. 5 Alabama is on the road to face No. 12 LSU.
Twenty-two members of the AP's Top 25 are scheduled to see
action before the day is done.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PATERNO/400TH WIN
JoePa on the cusp
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - The remarkable career of Joe Paterno
can reach another pinnacle today.
Penn State's iconic leader is just a win away from his 400th
victory and a milestone no other FBS coach has ever reached.
Northwestern stands in the way. The 6-2 Wildcats visit Beaver
Stadium to take on the 5-3 Nittany Lions.
Franceso Molinari stays in front of Westwood
SHANGHAI (AP) - Francesco Molinari holed out for eagle from the
13th fairway and had to make a 10-foot birdie putt on the last hole
to keep the lead over Lee Westwood in the HSBC Champions in
He also matched the lowest score of the third round.
Westwood looked like he might finally catch up when he chipped
from just off the green on the par-5 18th to tap-in range for
birdie and a 5-under 67. Molinari knocked in his putt from the back
of the green for a 67.
They have been separated by one shot after every round, and the
duel figures to be settled Sunday at Sheshan International.
Molinari was at 14-under 202.
Molinari called it "a really eventful round" and acknowledged
that it was "a bit of a roller coaster."
Shin takes two-stroke lead in Mizuno Classic
SHIMA, Japan (AP) - South Korea's Jiyai Shin shot a 6-under 66
to take a two-stroke lead over American Stacy Lewis after the
second round of the Mizuno Classic.
Shin had six birdies in a bogey-free round at the Kintetsu
Kashikojima Country Club for a 36-hole total of 13-under 131 .
Shin, who is No. 1 in the LPGA rankings, won in 2008 and put
herself in position to win her second tournament of the year.
She said afterward that "this is a course where you can get
some good scores so my plan is to be aggressive tomorrow." Shin
added that "I'm satisfied with the way I'm playing even though I
didn't feel that good physically."
Lewis had the day's lowest round of 64 to finish two strokes
back at 11 under.
Taiwan's Yani Tseng shot a 65 and was tied for third with
Japan's Miki Saiki (67).
Quite a Cook
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - John Cook was the leader when the third
round of the Charles Schwab Cup began today in San Francisco. Cook
followed Thursday's 64 with a 2-under 69 for a 9-under total in the
Champions Tour event, one shot ahead of Tom Kite and Tom Lehman
Mark O'Meara fired a 65 that leaves him tied with Russ Cochran
and Fred Funk at minus-7.
HORSE RACING-BREEDERS' CUP
Will Zenyatta retire undefeated?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Superstar mare Zenyatta will make a bid
for horse racing history in today's Breeders' Cup Classic.
The unbeaten 6-year-old is the 8-5 favorite to successfully
defend her title against the boys in the Classic and retire with a
perfect 20-0 record.
Zenyatta will face a tough test that includes Preakness champion
Lookin At Lucky, Quality Road and Blame. One more win could elevate
her to the level of legandary horses such as Secretariat and
The 1 1/4-mile Classic goes off under the lights at Churchill
Downs at 6:45 p.m. EDT.
Rockets looking for boost
UNDATED (AP) - The Rockets will be looking for their first win
of the young NBA season tonight when they take on the Spurs in San
Antonio. Houston enters the game with an 0-4 record.
The rest of the pro hoops schedule has Cleveland at Washington,
Charlotte hosting Orlando, New Jersey playing at Miami, Milwaukee
home to New Orleans, the L.A. Clippers at Utah, Denver at Dallas,
Sacramento hosting Memphis and Toronto at Portland.
Home sweet home for Kings and Canucks
UNDATED (AP) - Western Conference leader Los Angeles hosts
Nashville for one of 12 games on this evening's NHL slate. The
Pacific Division-leading Kings are a perfect 5-0 at home.
Northwest Division leader Vancouver is 6-0 at home entering its
game against visiting Detroit.
Elsewhere it'll be Boston home to St. Louis, Ottawa at Montreal,
Florida at Carolina, Atlanta hosting Chicago, Buffalo at Toronto,
Minnesota at Columbus, Philadelphia skating at the New York
Islanders, Colorado home to Dallas, Pittsburgh at Phoenix and San
Jose entertaining Tampa Bay.
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