WICHITA, Kan. — Cassidy Schaub rolled consecutive 300 games and set a Professional Bowlers Association 16-game scoring record Wednesday night, averaging 257.25 to retain the second-round lead in the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open.
Schaub, a two-hander from Ashland, Ohio, had a 16-game total of 4,116 pins at Northrock Lanes to erase the PBA record of 4,095 set by John Mazza in Las Vegas in 1996. Schaub had a 70-pin lead over Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa.
"To throw that many strikes in one day is a pretty good feeling," Schaub said. "I honestly thought I'd never top yesterday — and score-wise I didn't — but throwing my first PBA 300 and backing it up with another is a feeling I can't describe.
"I've never had back-to-back 300s in practice or anything. I've never, ever thrown that many strikes in a row."
HOUSTON — Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has won the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation's top lineman.
Suh also won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy this week as the nation's top defensive player, and is a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
Suh finished the regular season with 82 tackles, 23 tackles for losses and 12 sacks. In Nebraska's 13-12 loss to Texas in the Big 12 championship game, he has a career-high 12 tackles, including a school-record seven tackles for losses and 41/2; sacks.
Alabama's Terrence Cody, TCU's Jerry Hughes and Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy also were finalists for the award given annually since 1970.
LANSING, Mich. — Authorities charged nine Michigan State football players with misdemeanor assault and conspiracy Wednesday following a dormitory brawl last month that has left the team short-handed for its Jan. 2 bowl game.
All nine players were charged with conspiracy to commit assault and battery, according to Ingham County prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III and campus police chief James Dunlap. Each was also charged with at least one count of assault or assault and battery.
Coach Mark Dantonio has suspended 11 players, up from eight following the Nov. 22 incident. Two days afterward, he dismissed running back Glenn Winston and defensive back Roderick Jenrette, both of whom have been charged in the incident.
The players could face up to a one-year maximum sentence on the conspiracy charge, and up to 93 days on the other charges. All are misdemeanors.
Dunnings said more charges could be filed.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Houston Astros got hard-throwing reliever Matt Lindstrom from Florida on Wednesday, hoping he can help fill a late-inning hole in their bullpen.
Houston sent two low-level minor leaguers and a player to be named to the Marlins.
Lindstrom features a fastball that can reach 100 mph, though he sometimes has trouble harnessing all that power.
The 29-year-old righty went 2-1 with 15 saves in 17 chances and a 5.89 ERA in 54 games for Florida last season. He was hurt by four bruising appearances, in which he allowed 18 earned runs in only 2 1-3 innings.
Houston needed another reliever after closer Jose Valverde and setup man LaTroy Hawkins filed for free agency. Hawkins agreed to a contract with Milwaukee earlier in the day, subject to completion of final details.
INDIANAPOLIS — Randy Wolf and the Milwaukee Brewers reached a preliminary agreement on a three-year contract worth $29.75 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The deal, which includes a $10 million option for 2013, is subject to completion of final details, the person said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.
The 33-year-old left-hander was 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA this year in the lone season of his second stint with Los Angeles Dodgers. He had a $5 million base salary and earned $3 million in performance bonuses based on innings.
With his team coming off an 80-82 record and third-place finish in the NL Central, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin pushed to add Wolf.
NEW YORK — A minor league outfielder in the Seattle Mariners' organization has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Robert Rodriguez's suspension will take effect at the start of next season. The 19-year-old outfielder batted .176 with no homers and 22 RBIs in 52 games last season for Seattle's team in the Dominican Summer League.
The commissioner's office announced Wednesday that Rodriguez tested positive for metabolites of Methandienone and had an elevated T/E ratio (testosterone to epitestosterone), violating baseball's minor league drug program.
There have been 81 suspensions this year under the minor league program and four under the major league plan.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The owners of a theme park adjacent to a proposed stadium for the 49ers in Santa Clara are suing the city, saying an agreement with the team is illegal.
The lawsuit filed Monday by Cedar Fair Entertainment, which owns the Great America Theme Park, says the city should have approved an environmental impact report for the stadium before reaching an agreement with the team in June.
The nonbinding terms include $114 million in public funding.
City Manager Jennifer Sparacino says the city is hopeful it can resolve its differences with Cedar Fair.
Meanwhile, the City Council on Tuesday approved the environmental report and directed staff to draft a ballot measure to gain voter support for the project.
RENTON, Wash. — This season, Wednesday has become quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's routine day for rest. And he has almost as many aches as weeks in the season.
The battered 34-year-old, three-time Pro Bowl passer sat out another practice with a sore throwing shoulder, but coach Jim Mora said Hasselbeck is probable to start for the Seahawks on Sunday at Houston.
"He's just sore," Mora said, before backup Seneca Wallace ran the offense through practice. "Nothing structurally wrong, and he should be back out there (Thursday)."
Mora called Hasselbeck's soreness a product of "wear and tear."
There's been plenty of both this season.
Sunday, Hasselbeck was hit by San Francisco's Dashon Goldson at the end of a third-down scramble in the third quarter. The quarterback was on his back for a tense moment with a doctor and trainer over him. Yet he finished Seattle's win and even was 12 for 13 passing after the injury.
DENVER — Alex Burl Jr., a former Colorado State football and track star who played a season in the NFL, has died. He was 78.
His family said Burl died in Denver last week after a heart attack.
Colorado State said a memorial service is planned Thursday. The Army veteran is to be buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Burl was the first black athlete in Colorado State history to win the Nye Trophy, presented annually to the institution's most outstanding male athlete.
Burl qualified for the 1952 U.S. Olympic trials in track at age 19. He was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in 1954 and played eight games in 1956.
Burl later coached football, cross country, and track and field for Denver Public Schools.
His grandson, Davis Burl, is a linebacker at Colorado State.
CINCINNATI — The Bengals signed defensive tackle Shaun Smith on Wednesday, two days after run-stopping lineman Domata Peko had surgery on his right knee that will sideline him for a few weeks.
Smith played for the Bengals from 2004-06, starting six games. He played for the Browns the last two years and had been out of the NFL since Detroit released him on Sept. 5. Smith played in two games for Las Vegas of the United Football League.
"I was training in Arizona every day, but there's nothing like conditioning with pads on and playing the game," Smith said. "I never thought my career was over, it was just a matter of opportunity. If I get thrown right in, I know the defense so far."
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Tiger Woods sex scandal has been a boon for online publications, even though it hasn't generated the same amount of Internet traffic as Michael Jackson's death and President Barack Obama's inauguration.
Provocative remarks by Yahoo Inc. CEO Carol Bartz at an investor conference Tuesday illustrate how major Internet channels and niche publications are benefiting from the Woods controversy.
Known for her off-color commentary, Bartz said the Woods story is "better than Michael Jackson dying" for helping Yahoo make money, because it is easier to sell ads against salacious content than morbid stories.
— The Associated Press
Bartz even said Woods will "absolutely" help Yahoo make its numbers this quarter, a comment the company now says was meant to be a joke.
LAS VEGAS — Promoters of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight abruptly canceled a trip to Dallas on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the chances of Jerry Jones landing the bout for Cowboys Stadium.
The trip was canceled at the last minute because Mayweather's promoter apparently decided he didn't want the fight at the new stadium. The move leaves the MGM Grand hotel arena in Las Vegas as the heavy favorite to host the March 13 fight.
Co-promoter Bob Arum — who got the news at his 78th birthday party Tuesday night — said he was embarrassed by the trip being canceled because Jones had rearranged his schedule so he could give the promoters a tour of the $1.2 billion stadium and present a proposal to host the bout.
Arum said he was blindsided by Mayweather's promoter, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, who was to join him in Dallas along with HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg.