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EUGENE — NCAA D-I Oregon forced 45 turnovers and scored a 109-47 victory over NAIA Southern Oregon in an exhibition game at Mac Court on Tuesday.

The 18th-ranked Raiders open up the regular season Friday night at Holy Names in Oakland, Calif.

The Ducks jumped out to a 19-2 advantage in the first five minutes of the game, in part to 10 SOU turnovers that resulted in 12 Oregon points.

Southern Oregon came back and cut the lead to 27-12 after six quick points by Krystal Smith off the bench, but a 13-3 run by Oregon again gave the hosts the breathing room they needed.

The Ducks led 60-26 at the half and forced 24 SOU turnovers. Smith had 11 points in the first half on 4-for-5 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 shooting from the free throw line.

Oregon continued to pour it on in the second half, scoring 54 points off turnovers.

Smith scored 13 points to lead SOU and Jacki Speer finished with 10 points. Smith and Speer both had eight rebounds. Molly Doran and Carly Wood both had five points for SOU.

Micaela Cocks led Oregon with 22 points, including two 3-pointers.

College Wrestling

The top-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team will be in action in the annual Red and Black Intrasquad tonight.

The dual starts at 7:30 at McNeal Pavilion.

The Raiders are ranked No. 1 in the NAIA preseason Top 20 poll. They won the NAIA national dual championship last season and finished second in the NAIA national tournament.

The intrasquad will feature seven nationally ranked wrestlers. Defending national champion Chris Platt is ranked No. 1 at 184 pounds, as is Mitchell Lofstedt (125) and John Bates (heavyweight).

Barry Johnson (141) and Tommie Hooper (157) are both ranked second. Ronnie Lee is ranked seventh at 197 and Kris Spencer is ranked 10th at 165.

There will be between 15 and 20 matches, with each lasting four minutes.

Pro Football

WASHINGTON — Arguing that sports leagues' drug programs could be "gutted" if not protected from individual states' laws, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell asked Congress to intervene with legislation.

Goodell wants to change federal law to protect sports leagues' collectively bargained steroid policies from state law challenges; DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, prefers to resolve the issue during labor talks.

The House subcommittee also heard from executives from Major League Baseball — supporting the NFL's contention that legislation could help — and the baseball's players union, backing its football counterpart in saying legislation is unnecessary.


TOKYO — Former President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the Japan Series between the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters.

Bush, wearing a Yomiuri warmup jacket, took the mound at Tokyo Dome and threw a pitch to Giants catcher Shinnosuke Abe that bounced once in the dirt before being caught.

Bush chatted briefly with several players after walking off the field and watched the game in a private box with former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Also in the box were Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh and U.S. Ambassador John Roos.

The Giants won the game 7-4 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, Japan's version of the World Series.

Pro Basketball

WASHINGTON — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West was indicted on additional weapons and traffic charges stemming from his Sept. 17 arrest for speeding on a motorcycle and carrying multiple weapons.

The eight-count indictment sheds no new light on why West, 26, was riding a motorcycle on the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County, Md., at 10 p.m. with two loaded handguns and a loaded shotgun. Prosecutors added an 81/2;-inch Bowie knife to the list of concealed weapons West was carrying.

West was indicted on two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon, two counts of carrying a handgun, two counts of transporting a handgun, and one count each of reckless driving and negligent driving. The charges are all misdemeanors. Each weapons count carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.


TORONTO — A junior hockey player has been suspended for the season after a hard check sent an opposing player to the hospital with skull and facial fractures.

The Ontario Hockey League suspended Michael Liambas of the Erie Otters today.

The decision came after a boarding incident in a game between Erie and the Kitchener Rangers last Friday. The 20-year-old Liambas was assessed a match penalty for his hit on Ben Fanelli, whose helmet flew off as he fell unconscious to the ice.

The 16-year-old Fanelli was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Doctors recently upgraded his status to serious but stable.

CALGARY, Alberta — The provincial health minister wants to know if swine flu shots were "inappropriately diverted" to the Calgary Flames while thousands had to stand in line for hours for the vaccine.

Alberta Health Minister Ron Liepert says he doesn't know where the NHL team got the vaccine, adding that Alberta Health Services is the only supplier in the province. Team president Ken King says the club contacted the department and asked for the clinic.

Health officials have begun an investigation into the special clinic, which was held for the players and their families Friday.

Liepert says the vaccine would be diverted only with the approval of the chief medical officer of health, but he doesn't know if that was the case.

Alberta's opposition parties say professional hockey players shouldn't be getting the vaccine ahead of cancer patients and pregnant women.


DUBLIN — A premier Dublin golf club can continue to bar women from membership, the Irish Supreme Court ruled in a discrimination case inspired by similar protests against men-only clubs in the United States.

In a split 3-2 judgment, Ireland's top court ruled that Portmarnock Golf Club was not violating Ireland's Equal Status Act, because that 2000 anti-discrimination law permits exceptions for exclusively male and female clubs.

The seaside club northeast of Dublin successfully appealed a 2004 Dublin District Court judgment that found Portmarnock in breach of the law — and threatened to withdraw its bar license if it didn't give women equal access to the clubhouse.


DICKINSON, N.D. — The bodies of three missing North Dakota college softball players were found inside a Jeep after authorities, aided by signals from the women's last desperate phone calls, spotted the vehicle submerged in a farm pond.

Police Lt. Rod Banyai said officers were investigating the cause of the deaths and autopsies were planned. He said he believed the women were on a stargazing trip in the Jeep when they called for help, but he did not know whether it already was under water when the calls were made. Authorities had searched since late Sunday night for Kyrstin Gemar, 22, of San Diego; Afton Williamson, 20, of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; and Ashley Neufeld, 21, of Brandon, Manitoba.

College Football

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Urban Meyer says Southeastern Conference officials missed a late hit against quarterback Tim Tebow in Saturday's game against Georgia.

Meyer said today he sent video of Tebow getting knocked to the ground to Rogers Redding, the league's coordinator of officials.

Meyer says the play was directly in front of the referee and should have drawn a flag. Tebow handed off to running back Jeff Demps on the play, took a few steps to his right and wasn't looking when linebacker Nick Williams slammed into his chest.

— The Associated Press

Meyer says he has "great confidence" in the SEC's officials, but added that they have to protect quarterbacks.