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CMYK App comes up short Edwards, Mountaineers fall in FCS semis in snowy Montana — Page 4B

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Pack improves to 7-1 Sharpshooting Smith leads NC State past Ga. Southern — Page 2B


Walt imparts his knowledge to some kids A Cub Scout pack (Tiger Den pack 753) in Lewisville invited me to their biweekly meeting to discuss fishing, fish cleaning, and related topics. I carried a few types of fish to show them various cleaning methods. A goodsized bluefish for filleting, some black drum for scaling, gutting and finning, and a few puffer fish to demonstrate the secret Asian dissection method that Walt requires Bowen years of On the Water training at Weekly the hand of a master Ginsu knife expert in order to avoid the poisonous parts that can be deadly if the fish is improperly cleaned and handled. Seeing as I have not been formerly trained for years at the hand of a master Ginsu knife expert in the secret Asian dissection method, I decided to discard those fillets, but the kids loved the story. These young boys between seven and nine years old had short attention spans, so it was a little bit of a challenge to keep them interested in the slide show of recent fish caught. When the sharp knives came out and the fish gutting started they were all in, handling the guts and touching eyeballs. Many had never been fishing before, much less seen a fish cleaned. I hope the hour I spent with them will move them (and perhaps their parents) to begin finding spare time they can use to spend fishing. My own interest in fishing started as early as I can remember, fishing in local ponds with my granddads and then by myself. I even went for several years without missing even Please see FISHING, page 3B

ALSO INSIDE: Tar Heels get a win over Presbyterian ­­— page 2B

Bobcats battle Mavs to OT ­­— page 4B

Ingram hoists the Heisman Sophomore is first Bama player to receive honor By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer

NEW YORK — Mark Ingram completed the trophy case at Alabama, delivering the first Heisman to a school that boasts one of the richest histories in college football. The tough-running sophomore tailback turned tearful after winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in the closest vote in the award’s 75-year history. Next, he’ll try to lead the most storied program in the South to a national championship. Ingram finished 28 points ahead of Stanford running back Toby Gerhart. Ingram wiped away tears and took a moment to steady himself before starting his speech. His

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Alabama running back Mark Ingram holds up the Heisman Trophy after being named the 75th winner of the award Saturday in New York. voice wavered throughout. “I’m a little overwhelmed right now,” he said. “I’m just so excited to bring Alabama their first Heisman winner.” Ingram received 227 first-place votes and 1,304 points. Gerhart got 222 Please see HEISMAN, page 3B

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Southern Vance’s Hakim Jones attempts to dunk as Warren County’s E.J. Miles defends during the Raiders’ 59-41 win over the Eagles Saturday night.

Raiders rebound

Southern bounces back from Louisburg loss to beat Warren Co. By KELLEN HOLTZMAN Dispatch Sports Writer

Southern Vance bounced back from Friday’s disappointing loss at Louisburg with a win at home over Warren County. Southern used a 21-4 second half run to put away Warren County in Saturday’s 59-41 victory. “I think we got a little bit of our confidence back,” said Raiders coach Mike Rotolo. “We got shook at Louisburg last night. We lost our confidence. And we came out tonight with a little bit of residue.” The Eagles (0-5) held Southern (4-3) to six points in the first quarter and led

by three after the first frame. The Raiders ended the first half on a 10-4 run to take a 25-22 lead into the locker room. After an E.J. Miles free throw cut the Raider lead to 29-26 in the third quarter, Southern exploded for the game-changing rally. Darius Morgan converted a put-back layup under the basket to spark a 10-0 run for the Raiders. Hakim Jones followed Morgan’s shot with a basket of his own before George Richardson and James Harris connected on a fastbreak layup. Richardson nabbed a steal, one of six turnovers forced in the third, and passed to a Please see REBOUND, page 3B

Navy wins eighth straight over Army, 17-3 By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA — Navy has made sports’ most patriotic rivalry a lopsided one. The Mids beat Army 17-3 on Saturday for their eighth straight win in the series. The loss eliminated the Black Knights’ shot at playing in their first bowl game since 1996. The Mids (9-4) already have a postseason date against Missouri in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 31. Ricky Dobbs ran for a score to set an NCAA single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 24, and threw for a TD to help Navy improve to 54-49-7 overall against Army for its biggest lead in a series that began in 1890. Navy won the Commander-InChief’s Trophy, awarded to the team with the best record in games between the three service academies, for a school-record seventh straight year. Army (5-7) would have played in the EagleBank Bowl with a win. That matchup is now Temple vs. UCLA at RFK Stadium in Washing-

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Navy’s Ram Vela, center, and Chase Burge, left, celebrate after Vela intercepted an Army pass in the end zone during the second half of Saturday’s game in Philadelphia. Navy won 17-3. ton on Dec. 29. For the first time in a long while, there was more on the line in an Army-Navy game than bragging rights. Army blew its chance of march-

ing into a late-December bowl with a series of turnovers and missed field goals. That was enough for Dobbs and Please see ARMY-NAVY, page 3B

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Southern Vance’s Shauna Terry attempts to block a shot by Warren County’s Khadijah Brown in the Raiders’ 50-23 win over the Eagles Saturday night.

Too much Terry in Raiders’ win over Eagles By KELLEN HOLTZMAN Dispatch Sports Writer

Shauna Terry’s 22 points led Southern Vance to a commanding 5023 victory over Warren County Friday. Southern never trailed after taking a 4-3 lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter. Raiders coach Tracey Turner was pleased with her team’s effort after mustering only 36 points in a win over Louisburg Friday. “It was definitely better than last night, which isn’t saying much,” she said. “We’re working on getting back to where we need to be.” Southern led 13-7 after the first quarter and 27-11 at halftime. “It’s the attitude that they bring to the game. They weren’t mentally ready for the game,” said Warren county coach Sheila Seward. Khadija Brown led the Eagles with 14 points and gave Terry some stiff competition in the post. “It’s very good for her to have someone to go against, both defensively and offensively,” Turner said of Terry’s battle on

the blocks with Brown. Brown, a sophomore, scored four points in every quarter but the second. “She doesn’t have the confidence and the fire and desire right now,” Seward said. “When she gets that, she’s going to be unstoppable.” Brittany Williams had five points, including a 3-pointer that gave Warren County an early 3-2 lead. The Raiders out-scored the Eagles 14-4 in the second quarter to create some separation. Terry scored eight of those 14 in the second. Tremanisha Taylor, who finished with six points, executed two pinpoint passes from the perimeter to Terry inside in the second. “Tremanisha is an excellent passer,” Turner said. “She sees the floor. She’s someone who can make a pass without telegraphing it to the entire gym.” Kewonia Rodwell had nine points for Southern and Carslin Talley had six. Warren County hosts J.F. Webb Friday at 6 p.m., while Southern travels to Northern Nash. Please see LADY RAIDERS, page 2B



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Two-minute drill Smith leads NC State past Ga. Southern Local Sports KVA boys fall to Franklin Academy Kerr-Vance’s varsity boys basketball team fell to Franklin Academy 68-58 Friday night. Devonne Smith led the Spartans with 14 points. Tyler Overby scored all 12 of his points in the second half. Tyler Bolton scored 11 points, and Cameron Capell had 10. Franklin Academy was 22 for 26 from the free throw line, and was 14 for 17 from the line in the fourth quarter. KVA (3-4) will play at Waccamaw Academy Friday.

College Football Source: Arizona’s Mark Stoops goes to FSU TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State has its new defensive coordinator — Arizona’s Mark Stoops. A university official familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press on Saturday that Stoops has agreed to join new Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher in early January after both schools’ bowl games. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because neither Stoops or Fisher has signed yet. Stoops is Arizona’s defensive coordinator. He is the younger brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Arizona coach Mike Stoops. Mark Stoops inherits a defense ranked 110th nationally in 2009. He succeeds longtime defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews, who is retiring. Fisher is replacing Bobby Bowden, who is retiring after 34 years at Florida State.

Kiffin: recruitiment investigation a compliment KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin says he takes investigations of the school’s recruiting practices as a compliment. Kiffin says the strength of Tennessee’s recruiting class, ranked by most analysts near the top nationally, has caused the unusual amount of interest in the Volunteers’ methods, which are under investigation by the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference. Kiffin on Saturday confirmed a report in Friday’s New York Times that SEC officials are questioning Tennessee about an October recruiting trip to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in which Kiffin was accompanied by recruiting intern Steve Rubio, a St. Thomas Aquinas graduate and former Vols assistant. If Rubio actively recruited players, it’s a violation of NCAA rules.

MLB Diaz agrees to one-year deal with Braves ATLANTA (AP) — Outfielder Matt Diaz agreed Saturday to a $2.55 million, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, who let second baseman Kelly Johnson go free by failing to offer a 2010 contract. Diaz hit .313 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs last season, when he made $1,237,500. Johnson batted .224 eight homers and 29 RBIs, losing his starting job to Martin Prado. He can sign with any team starting Sunday. Atlanta also failed to offer a contract to outfielder Ryan Church, who was designated for assignment earlier in the week. Acquired from the New York Mets on July 10 for Jeff Francoeur, Church hit .260 with two homers and 18 RBIs in 44 games with the Braves. Relievers Boone Logan and Peter Moylan remain as unsigned arbitration-eligible players on Atlanta’s 40-man roster.

Prep Schedule Monday, Dec. 14 Basketball-Boys n Lighthouse Christian at Victory Christian 7 p.m. Basketball-Girls n Lighthouse Christian at Victory Christian 5:30 p.m.

Sports on TV Sunday, Dec. 13 BOWLING 1 p.m. n ESPN — PBA, World Championship, at Wichita, Kan. GOLF 9:30 a.m. n TGC — European PGA Tour, Alfred Dunhill Championship, final round, at Mpumalanga, South Africa (same-day tape) 3 p.m. n NBC — The Shark Shootout, final round, at Naples, Fla. MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6:30 p.m. n FSN — Rhode Island at Boston College NFL FOOTBALL 1 p.m. n CBS — Regional coverage, doubleheader n FOX — Regional coverage 4 p.m. n FOX — Regional coverage 4:15 p.m.

n CBS — Regional coverage,

doubleheader game 8:15 p.m. n NBC — Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants SOCCER 1 p.m. n ESPN2 — NCAA Division I, men’s College Cup, championship match, Akron-North Carolina winner vs. Wake Forest-Virginia winner, at Cary, N.C. SPEED SKATING 11 p.m. n VERSUS — ISU, Long Track World Cup, at Kearns, Utah (same-day tape) Monday, Dec. 14 NFL FOOTBALL 8:30 p.m. n ESPN — Arizona at San Francisco NHL HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. n VERSUS — Buffalo at Montreal

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina States Tracy Smith had his way inside against Georgia Southern, but Wolfpack coach Sidney Lowe thought his team didnt always do a good job getting Smith the ball. Smith was so dominant on Saturday that his 10-for-12 shooting performance left him and the Wolfpacks coach wanting more. Smith scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Wolfpack to a 75-57 victory over Georgia Southern, which tried to combat its size disadvantage with a variety of zone defenses. “When people go zone, theres a tendency for guards not to look inside,” Lowe said. “We still want to look inside. I thought we missed him a couple of times today.” Still, Smith and the Wolfpack found plenty of opportunities against Georgia Southern, shooting 73.1 percent in the second half and 64.7 percent overall. After halftime, N.C. State made 16 of its 17 two-point attempts. Dennis Horner added 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists for N.C. State (7-1), which had five players in double figures. The Wolfpack broke away from Georgia Southern (3-7) by scoring nine points on the first four

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North Carolina State’s Josh Davis dunks the ball over Georgia Southern’s Krzysztof Janiszewski in the second half of Saturday’s game. possessions of the second half. “We were so-so the first half,” Smith said. “Second half, we really stepped it up on offense. (Lowe) just told us take our time, be more patient, find the open guy and play from there. I think thats what we did.” The Wolfpack hit their first eight shots of second

half in improving to 3-0 all-time versus the Eagles. Despite shooting just 32.3 percent in the first half and 40 percent overall, Georgia Southern was still in the game midway through the second half. Antonio Hanson hit the Eagles first 3-pointer (after seven misses) with 11:59 left, and then Johntavious Rucker

turned a backcourt steal into a layup, cutting the Wolfpack lead to 52-43, completing a 21-10 run. “We had to make them uncomfortable,” Georgia Southern coach Charlton Young said. “We were able to cut their lead to nine. But we weren’t making shots.” N.C. State scored on its next three possessions, and the lead never dropped below 12 points in the teams annual return to Reynolds Coliseum, its historic on-campus gym. N.C. State led 31-20 at halftime despite a lackluster finish to the first 20 minutes. N.C. State led by 12 points three times in the first half. The first, at 2210, came after Julius Mays buried an open 3-pointer 10:04 before halftime. But The Wolfpack couldn’t keep up that scoring pace, scoring just nine points the rest of the half. The Wolfpack created easy shots with good interior passing (23 assists), but they were held back by 15 turnovers. In the first half, N.C. State hit 13 of its first 17 shots but missed seven of its final eight attempts. Georgia Southern shot 10 of 31 in the first half, including 0-for-7 on 3-pointers. Willie Powers scored 14 points to lead Georgia Southern.

No. 11 Tar Heels roll over Presbyterian By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer

CHAPEL HILL — Ed Davis had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 11 North Carolina beat Presbyterian 103-64 on Saturday night. Deon Thompson added 19 points for the Tar Heels (8-2), who had no trouble beating up on a team picked to finish last in the Big South Conference. North Carolina shot 54 percent, dominated the boards against the undersized Blue Hose (2-8) and ran out to a 32-5 lead in the first 10 minutes.

It was North Carolina’s first game since last weekend’s loss at Kentucky. The school began final exams Friday, and the Tar Heels won’t play again until next weekend’s trip to face second-ranked Texas at Cowboys Stadium. The Tar Heels played without fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard and freshman guard Dexter Strickland. Ginyard was out as a precaution with pain in his left foot, though the school said it is unrelated to the stress fracture that cost him almost all of last season. Strickland, who backs

up Larry Drew II at the point, sat out with a sore left hamstring. Those injuries further depleted the Tar Heels’ already thin perimeter. That forced sophomore Justin Watts into the starting lineup for Ginyard, while seldom-used senior Marc Campbell played behind Drew and entered the game 4 minutes in. It didn’t matter against overmatched Presbyterian. Davis finished 6 of 8 from the field and at one point had outscored Presbyterian 13-12 with

about 5 1/2 minutes left in the opening half. Thompson was 7 for 10, while 6-foot-10 freshman John Henson had 11 points to go with nine rebounds and knocked down a pair of 3-pointers. Drew finished with 12 points and nine assists with just one turnover. North Carolina took a 48-26 edge on the glass, including 17 offensive rebounds that led to 30 second-chance points. The Tar Heels also managed 10 blocks and 11 steals. Chase Holmes scored a career-high 29 points for Presbyterian.

Kovalev’s hat trick, 400th goal leads Senators past Canes OTTAWA (AP) —Alex Kovalev broke out of a long goal drought with a milestone night for the Ottawa Senators. Kovalev scored three times, including the 400th of his career, to help the Senators beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Saturday night. With the score tied 2-2 late in the third, Kovalev took a shot on an Ottawa power play that deflected off the skate of Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison and past Manny Legace for No. 400. Kovalev added an empty-net goal in the final minute. “It’s always great to pass that point,” said Kovalev, the 82nd player in NHL history to reach 400 goals. “I know it’s been 14 or 15 (games since he’s scored) or something like that, so I could have done that early but now I can forget about it.” Actually, it was 16 games between goals for the first-year Senator. Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators, and Brian Elliott made 23 saves. Ray Whitney scored twice for the Hurricanes,

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Alex Kovalev, center, celebrates his goal with teammates Mike Fisher, left, and Erik Karlsson against Carolina during first-period gameplay in Ottawa on Saturday. and Legace stopped 33 shots. Whitney sandwiched his ninth and 10th goals around Spezza’s fourth of the campaign in the second period, as the teams headed to the third tied 2-2. Whitney’s first goal came on the power play. His point shot eluded Elliott along the ice and tied it at 1. Spezza responded with the Senators’ first powerplay goal in 17 opportunities. He banked a shot off

LADY RAIDERS, from page 1B The Raiders won the first matchup with the Fighting Knights 48-35 earlier this week. “We’ve got four days to get the intensity back up because they are a busy group,” Turner said of the

Knights. “They are very intense and we’re going to have to be on point if we want to pull that win away.” Contact the writer at

Legace from behind the net with the netminder out of position midway through the period to give the Senators their second one-goal lead. Whitney was in the

Winning Tickets RALEIGH — These numbers were drawn Saturday afternoon by the North Carolina Lottery: Early Pick 3: 5-9-6 Late Pick 3: 1-0-2 Pick 4: 7-5-3-0 Cash 5: 34-12-2-1-18 DES MOINES, Iowa — These numbers were drawn Saturday by Powerball:

right place at the right time for his second of the game as the puck bounced to him in the slot. Elliot stopped Eric Staal’s sharpangle shot, but Whitney beat him on the rebound. Numbers: 12-13-14-35-41 Powerball: 29 Powerplay: x2 RICHMOND, Va. — These numbers were drawn Saturday afternoon by the Virginia Lottery: Pick 3: 5-2-5 Pick 4: 0-6-0-1 Cash 5: 1-7-8-12-16 These numbers were drawn Saturday night: Pick 3: 4-7-9 Pick 4: 4-6-1-1 Cash 5: 1-3-13-15-24 Win for Life: 1-4-7-1321-29 Free ball: 10

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Source: Turner Gill offered Kansas job By DOUG TUCKER AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Buffalo coach Turner Gill has been offered the same job at Kansas, a person familiar with the search told The Associated Press on Saturday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school hadn’t announced the move. Gill is 20-30 in four years with the Bulls. There was no indication when a deal with Gill, a former Nebraska quarterback, might be finalized. Yahoo! Sports reported Gill had agreed to take over for Mark Mangino, who resigned Dec. 3 after a two-week investigation into his treatment of

players. The Lawrence Journal-World and ESPN. com also reported Gill, 47, had accepted the job. A Kansas spokesman declined to comment on the reports. Gill’s best season at Buffalo was 2008 when the Bulls won the MAC championship and went to their first bowl in half a century. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Gill is best known in the Midwest as a great option quarterback at Nebraska from 1980-83, a time when the Cornhuskers annually pounded a down-and-out Jayhawk program. During Gill’s four years, Nebraska beat Kansas 54-0, 31-15, 52-0 and 67-13. But without question, the program is much

stronger than it was then. Since Mangino took over in 2002, more than $30 million has been spent upgrading facilities, including an entirely new football complex with new weight rooms, training rooms and locker rooms. Plus, new practice fields have been added adjacent to Memorial Stadium and a project is planned to build luxury suites atop the east side of the stadium. Mangino, who was making about $2.2 million when he resigned, was the consensus national coach of the year in 2007 after taking the Jayhawks to a 12-1 record and victory in the Orange Bowl. The greatest season in school history was followed by an

eight-win season in 2008 and a second consecutive bowl victory, another first for the Jayhawks. But after starting this year 5-0, Mangino’s Jayhawks went into an 0-7 tailspin. With two games left, athletic director Lew Perkins ordered an internal investigation into his treatment of players. Many former players came forward and told of cruel and insensitive things Mangino had said to them during games or practice, but others supported him and said he was only instilling discipline and structure. A settlement was reached with Mangino before he resigned under pressure but the school has refused to make it public.

Miles nailed a 3 from the top of the key to open the scoring in the second quarter and extend Warren County’s lead to 12-6. A Davonte Foster bucket gave the Eagles a 14-6 advantage before Southern narrowed the gap. “It was some of our better basketball,” said Miles. “We just missed some easy buckets in the first half that should have put us ahead.” The two sides exchanged leads three times in the second quarter. Batchelor put the Raiders ahead 23-22 with a 3 in the final 30 seconds of the

half. “We talked about it at halftime and we came out in the second and got a spark, got some things going,” said Rotolo. “The defensive intensity picked up. We had some run outs and some fast break opportunities. We finished them and all of a sudden a close game was a blowout.” Southern faces Northern Nash on the road Friday and Warren County hosts J.F. Webb Friday at 7:30 p.m.

finish by a Crimson Tide player. No major college program had won more games without a Heisman winner. “Everybody that’s been in the Alabama family has been supporting me,” Ingram said. “Walking to class, students flashed me the Heisman pose.” Now he can take his place among Alabama’s greats and the Paul W. Bryant Museum has a new piece of a hardware to display. Ingram came to Tuscaloosa from Flint, Mich., the son of the former Michigan State and NFL receiver of the same name. Tide coach Nick Saban had coached the elder Ingram in college. Mark Ingram Sr. was a Super Bowl hero for the New York Giants, but last year he was sentenced to almost eight years in prison on bank-fraud and money-laundering charges. Then he did not show up at the federal prison in Kentucky to serve his sentence, which might cost him even more time. The elder Ingram was found hiding out in a Michigan hotel the same

day his son played Utah in the Sugar Bowl last season. He has been serving his time in a New York City holding facility, where he’s better able to watch his son’s games on TV. “My father has been a great influence on my life and I love him to death,” Ingram said on the podium. The father has seen his son quickly blossom into a feature back. As a freshman last season, Ingram was Bama’s No. 2 back, with a nose for the goal line. He ran for 728 yards and a team-high 12. This season, he’s been the best weapon on an offense with a first-year starting quarterback and a rebuilt offensive line.

REBOUND, from page 1B breaking Harris from his knees at midcourt. “We came out flat and we could never rebound from that,” said Warren County coach Ed Miles. Southern went into the final period up 41-28, where its run extended until the Eagles finally caught fire from long range late in the quarter. Darrin Wilson and Terrell Roberson each knocked down 3-pointers for Warren County late in the fourth. “They trapped us a little bit and forced some quick turnovers. They got that 10-0 run and that really

hurt us,” said Miles. Four players reached double figures for the Raiders, including Richardson, who led the team with 14 points. Joe Waverly had 11, Jones and Eric Hargrove each had 10 and Quincy Batchelor had nine. “It seems like that’s the way it’s going to be going,” Rotolo said of the scoring. “It’s a nice thing when that happens. It means we have a bunch of guys that can put it in the basket.” Roberson led the Eagles with 12 points, followed by Miles with 10 and Wilson with eight.

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HEISMAN, from page 1B first-place votes and 1,276 points, while Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, last season’s runner-up, received 203 and 1,145. Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fourth and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who won the Heisman two years ago, was fifth. The previous closest vote in Heisman history came in 1985, when Auburn’s Bo Jackson beat Iowa quarterback Chuck Long by 45 points. Ingram won four of the six regions. Gerhart took the far west and Suh won the southwest. Ingram has been the backbone of Alabama’s offense all season, rushing for a school-record 1,542 yards, gaining 6.2 yards per carry and scoring 18 touchdowns. And in his final chance to make a case for the Heisman, facing Florida’s thentop-ranked defense, Ingram ran for 113 yards and scored three touchdowns to punctuate his season. The win sent the topranked Crimson Tide to the BCS national title game against McCoy and No. 2

Texas on Jan. 7 at the Rose Bowl. Ingram is the third consecutive sophomore to win the Heisman since Tebow became the first in 2007 and he will be the sixth winner in the last seven years to go on to play in the BCS national championship game. Few college football teams can match Alabama’s history of success. The Crimson Tide dominated the Southeastern Conference for decades. With six AP national championships, only Notre Dame and Oklahoma have won more. But at Alabama, it’s a coach who has towered over the program more than any player. Bear Bryant led some of college football’s greatest players — from Joe Namath to John Hannah, Ken Stabler to Ozzie Newsome — but never had a player even finish in the top three of the Heisman voting over his more than three decades at Alabama. David Palmer, the shifty receiver and return man, was third in the Heisman voting in 1993, the best

ARMY-NAVY, from page 1B the Mids in their final tuneup for Missouri. Dobbs threw a 25-yard TD pass to Marcus Curry in the third quarter to give Navy a 7-3 lead. Dobbs’ 1-yard scoring run late in the fourth made it 17-3 and gave him a whopping 24 rushing scores this season. Dobbs was tied for rushing TDs by a quarterback with Air Force’s Chance Harridge (2002) and Florida’s Tim Tebow (2007). Navy has won a service academy-record 15 consecutive games against Army and Air Force. Navy’s last loss to a service academy was against Air Force in 2002. Dobbs finished with 113 yards rushing. But this one wasn’t a rout like so many of Navy’s wins in the series this decade. The Mids outscored the Black Knights 78-3 the last two years, including a 34-0 victory

last season. In front of 69,541 fans at Lincoln Financial Field in the 110th meeting between the two service academies, Army scored the only points of the first half on Alex Carlton’s 23yard field goal. The 3-0 halftime lead may not have seen like much to an Army program looking for respectability under first-year coach Rich Ellerson, but it marked: —the first time Army led at halftime in the series since 2001. —the first time Navy was shutout in the first half of the series since 1993. —the first time Army led against Navy since the first quarter of the 2006 game. The Black Knights should have put more points on the scoreboard. Carlton missed an earlier field-goal attempt, and they had to settle for three

after getting just 6 yards following an interception return to the Navy 12. The Mids took advantage of the opening. Dobbs went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the third and became only the third Navy QB to reach that milestone. He found a wide-open Curry for the Mids’ first lead, and Joe Buckley tacked on a 36yard field goal. Carlton missed another field goal in the fourth and Army lost a fumble. With cadets and mids standing, bouncing and cheering the entire game, it was clear how much the rivalry means to both sides. Defense Secretary Robert Gates flipped the coin and team highlights were played to Rocky’s “Gonna Fly Now.” Billed as “America’s Game,” fireworks went off as both teams stormed the field waving their school flags during the introductions.


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Citation on Chesapeake

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Lee Overton, of henderson, received a citation after catching this 43 lbs. striped bass off of Plantation Point in the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia on Friday, Dec. 4. Overton and some Henderson firefighters chartered a boat for a day of fishing.

FISHING, from page 1B one day without wetting a hook. If it wasn’t for work getting in my way, I would probably still be doing that today. Susan, Fred and I headed up to my mothers in Alta Vista, Va. last weekend and spent a rainy, snowy Saturday watching movies, eating, and just generally lying around. That’s something I don’t do much of these days (lying around), and it was relaxing to spend a couple of days with Momma and her husband Bob chillaxing on the couch. After we left Sunday, we drove up towards the mountains (Rocky Mount, Va.) and we could see the tops covered in snow in the distance. We also stopped by the Smith Mountain Lake dam, where they have a method of pumping the water from the downstream side of the dam back upstream around the dam and running it through again to generate power. Don’t ask me how that works, but it was weird seeing the water in the river running back toward the back side of the Smith Mountain dam. Sam Alashmli called to report from the Chesa-

peake Bay saying that the striped bass bite there is on. They were catching them on live eels, and had seven on Thursday ranging up close to 40 lbs. On Friday they caught two citation-sized stripers with one weighing just under 48 pounds. One fisherman fought a large striper up alongside the boat, and when Sam went to net it for him there was another giant rock fish swimming alongside, and he ended up getting them both in the long handled net at the same time, even though one didn’t even have a hook in it. Sam and his party were going to compete in a striper tournament there this weekend and try their luck at a first place prize of nearly $10,000. Next week’s article – I’ll be fishing for stripers and white perch in the cold rain (and possibly sleet) on Kerr Lake. Also, a follow up on how things turned out for Sam on the Chesapeake. Tip of the week – Take the opportunity to teach a kid about fishing. Contact the writer at

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Montana hangs on to beat App St. Grizzlies advance to play Villanova in FCS Championship

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The crowd reacts to the overtime game-winning basket by Dirk Nowitzki, foreground, as the Mavericks defeated the the Charlotte Bobcats 98-97 Saturday in Dallas, Texas.

Nowitzki lifts Mavs past Bobcats in overtime, 98-97 By DAVID JIMENEZ Associated Press Writer

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki hit a 10-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds left in overtime, and the Dallas Mavericks continued their dominance over Charlotte with a 98-97 win over the Bobcats on Saturday night. Nowitzki scored 36 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter and overtime, to help the Mavericks improve to 11-0 all-time against the Bobcats. Nowitzki hit a fadeaway over Boris Diaw from the left elbow, capping a frantic ending where the teams exchanged the lead six times in the final minute. Stephen Jackson scored 28 points but missed badly on a 3-point attempt that could have won it just before the buzzer. Gerald Wallace had 23 points and 16 rebounds, and Raymond Felton chipped in with 20 points for Charlotte. Shawn Marion had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Erick Dampier added 14 points and 18 rebounds on 7 of 7 shooting for Dallas, which has won three straight. Wallace hit two free throws that gave Charlotte a 95-94 lead with 34.5 seconds left in overtime. Nowitzki scored to

put the Mavericks back ahead before Wallace connected on two more free throws to give Charlotte a 97-96 edge with 13.9 seconds remaining, setting the stage for Nowitzki’s winner. Nowitzki scored 12 of his team’s final 14 points in regulation to force the extra period. Charlotte led 85-79 after Wallace hit two free throws with 1:29 left in regulation. Nowitzki had a basket and two free throws to bring Dallas within two. Nowitzki hit a 17-footer over Diaw with 10.9 seconds left to tie it at 85. The Bobcats had a chance to win the game in regulation, but they couldn’t get a shot off. Dallas is the only team Charlotte hasn’t beaten since joining the league in 2004. The Bobcats dropped to 1-10 on the road. Jackson scored his team’s final 11 points of the third quarter, including a 21-foot jumper with 2.3 seconds left that gave Charlotte a 70-62 lead. He then banked in a 3-pointer to open the fourth. Mavericks forward Josh Howard was inactive. The Mavericks rested Howard’s surgically repaired left ankle as a precaution in the second game of a backto-back.

Butler finally beats a ranked opponent, Ohio St., 74-66 By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS — Gordon Hayward scored 24 points, and No. 22 Butler beat a ranked team for the first time in four tries this season, holding off No. 13 Ohio State 74-66 on Saturday. Willie Veasley had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (7-3), who had lost to Minnesota, Clemson and Georgetown this season. William Buford scored 20 points and David Lighty added 17 for the Buckeyes (7-2), who played for the first time without scoring and rebounding leader Evan Turner, who was averaging a double-double this season. He fractured his lower back when he hit the court on a dunk attempt on Dec. 5. Butler led by 17 point in the final 5 minutes, but Ohio State used a fullcourt press to get back into the game. A layup by Jon Diebler cut Butler’s lead to 69-66 with 46 seconds to play, but the Buckeyes got no closer.

Hayward scored nine points in the first 9 minutes, including two 3-pointers against Ohio State’s zone, to give the Bulldogs a 21-10 lead. A layup by Howard made it 28-18 and Ohio State responded with a 16-0 run to take a 34-28 lead. The Buckeyes held the Bulldogs scoreless for nearly 7 minutes. Butler finally rallied, and a layup by Howard with 3 seconds left in the first half cut Ohio State’s lead to 36-34. Hayward scored 15 points in the half. The lead changed hands several times early in the second half before Butler gained control. A putback by Hayward capped a 15-0 run during which the Bulldogs held the Buckeyes scoreless for 7 minutes to take a 67-50 lead with 4:37 left. Butler led 71-66 with 21.7 seconds left and Ohio State had one more chance to draw closer, but Dallas Lauderdale missed two free throws. Butler rebounded, and Veasley made two free throws with 17.1 seconds left.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jabin Sambrano caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Selle with 1:31 left, and Montana survived a lastsecond rally to beat Appalachian State 24-17 on Saturday and reach the Football Championship Subdivision title game. Montana (14-0) dealt with frigid temperatures and slippery conditions on a snow-covered field to make the championship game for the second straight year. The Grizzlies will play Villanova on Friday night in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Mountaineers (11-3), making their fifth straight semifinal appearance, had a chance to tie the game after marching downfield in the final minute. Armanti Edwards hit Brian Quick to convert a fourth-and-10 at the 24-yard line, and two plays later connected with Devon Moore to reach the 3 with 6 seconds left. After calling timeout and misfiring once, Edwards dropped back to pass as time expired. His throw intended for Quick fell incomplete and Montana players rushed the field. Montana had had used its offense to reach the semifinals, scoring the final 40 points to beat South Dakota State 61-48 in the opening round and then blitzing Stephen F. Austin 51-0. The Grizzlies turned to

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Montana wide receiver Marc Mariani leads the cheers after the Grizzlies’ win over Appalachian State Saturday.

AP Photo/Mike Albans

Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards scrambles during the last series of the game, trying to find an open receiver, as Montana defensive end George Mercertries to wrap him up during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s FCS semifinal playoff game in Missoula, Mont. their defense this time, holding Appalachian State to its lowest point total of the season. They were helped by 10 penalties that cost the Mountaineers 77 yards. Chase Reynolds finished with 193 yards rushing and two touchdowns for Montana, which will be making its seventh trip to the national

championship game. The Grizzlies won titles in 1995 and 2001, but lost 24-7 to Richmond in last year’s game. Reynolds gave Montana an early lead with a 39yard scamper in the first quarter, but Moore answered with a 3-yard run and Jason Vitaris kicked a 46-yard field goal to give Appalachian State a 10-7

lead at halftime. Reynolds scored again early in the second half, but Appalachian State regained the lead on Moore’s second touchdown with 3:52 left in the third quarter. Brody McKnight tied the game 17-17 with a 32-yard field goal early in the fourth. Moore finished with 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Edwards was 27 of 53 for 343 yards with an interception in his final game for Appalachian State. The Mountaineers won three straight national championships from 200507, with Edwards guiding them to the last two. But he may best be remembered for leading the small school from Boone, N.C., to a 34-32 upset of then-No. 5 Michigan in Ann Arbor to open the 2007 season.


Hokies edge Penn St.; Terps fend off EKU Virginia Tech 66, Penn St. 64 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Malcolm Delaney scored 11 of his 27 points during a key second-half stretch and Virginia Tech benefited from Penn State’s poor foul shooting in a 66-64 win Saturday night. Delaney led the Hokies (8-1) to a 53-47 lead with 10:57 left after a threepoint play. Penn State (6-4) scraped together runs on secondchance points and transition buckets. Andrew Jones’ two foul shots put the Nittany Lions back on top 59-58 with 4:20 left But Delaney sank two free throws after Chris Babb was whistled for an intentional foul on a fast break. Later, Penn State’s Talor Battle missed two free throws, while Tech’s Dorenzo Hudson followed with two foul shots for a 62-59 lead with 1:50 left. A deep 3 by Battle with 7.7 seconds left got Penn State within 65-64. After a Hokies free throw, Battle missed a potential gametying layup at the buzzer. Battle finished with 32 points. Battle’s biggest blemish on the night was his 3 of 10 performance from the foul line, and the missed foul shots proved too much to overcome in the end. Otherwise, Battle was in typical form, sparking the Nittany Lions all over the court — just like Delaney for the Hokies. Delaney had scored 11 straight points for Virginia Tech midway through the second half to help the Hokies build their sixpoint advantage, including a layup past Penn State’s Tim Frazier and a deep 3 from the left wing on the next possession. Delaney had nine points in the first half, but it was the Hokies’ physical play and post presence that

elapsed during Maryland’s game-opening 6-0 run. He finished with eight points. Every time the Terrapins appeared poised to pull away, the Colonels made a run. After nearly erasing a 16-point deficit in the first half, Eastern Kentucky fell behind 47-35 with 18:27 left before going on a 10-0 spree. Maryland then used a 3-pointer by Hayes and three-point play by Vasquez to move in front by eight, but the Colonels scored 15 of the game’s next 22 points to pull even at 60 with 8:23 to go. The Terrapins committed only one turnover and outscored Eastern Kentucky 9-0 at the foul line in taking a 40-32 halftime lead. AP Photo/Rob Carr

Maryland’s Landon Milbourne, left, and Sean Mosley defend a shot by Eastern Kentucky’s Justin Stommes during the second half of Saturday’s game in College Park, Md. frustrated Penn State. Six-foot-7 forward Jeff Allen and 6-foot-8 center Victor Davilla combined for 13 points and eight rebounds in the half to help the Hokies extend to their best start since coach Seth Greenberg took over in 2003. But the half ended tied at 36 in large part because of 19 points in the period by Battle on 7 of 12 shooting. The quick point guard was Penn State’s best answer to a physical Virginia Tech squad that pushed around the Nittany Lions all over the floor.

Maryland 83, Eastern Kentucky 72 COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Greivis Vasquez scored 20 points in an unwanted reserve role, Landon Milbourne had 19, and Maryland outlasted stubborn Eastern Kentucky 83-72 on Saturday. Eric Hayes added 16 points for Maryland (63). The Terrapins never

trailed, but couldn’t pull away from the pesky Colonels (7-3) until Hayes hit a 3-pointer to spark a game-ending 11-4 run. Vasquez began the game on the bench after showing up late for the morning shootaround. The senior guard had started 80 straight games, a streak launched during his freshman season. Vasquez entered with 14:14 left in the first half. He scored 13 points after halftime, including a huge 3-pointer that put Maryland up 68-62 with 6:18 remaining. Justin Stommes led Eastern Kentucky with 16 points. The Colonels placed five players in double figures. Adrian Bowie started in place of Vasquez, joined by junior center Dino Gregory, who returned after serving an eight-game suspension for violating team rules. Gregory made an immediate impression, sinking a jumper with 65 seconds

Miami 91, South Carolina St. 54 CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — James Dews scored 20 points as Miami rebounded from its first loss to defeat South Carolina State 91-54 on Saturday night. In its first game since Sunday’s 61-60 loss at Boston College, Miami (9-1) was never threatened after a 14-0 run late in the first half. Dews converted on two of four Hurricanes 3-pointers during the spurt and finished with six behind the arc. Adrian Thomas’ 3-pointer capped the run with 5:35 left in the half, increasing Miami’s lead to 37-18. Miami tied a school record with 15 3-pointers, set against Georgetown on March 3, 1993. The Hurricanes made nine 3-pointers in the first half, including four in the opening 6:36 for a 20-8 advantage. Tyvon Williams’ 3-pointer with 10:40 left in the half was the Bulldogs’ final field goal before the Hurricanes’ 14-0 run. Arsenio Williams led South Carolina State (5-2) with 13 points.



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