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Pitt's star player might miss basketball opener

Brian Shorter _ Pitt's top scorer the past two seasons _ has a viral infection that has affected the strength in his legs, and he might miss the Nov. 23 season-opener against Northwest Missouri State. Shorter, a 6-foot-7 senior forward from Philadelphia, averaged 20.6 points and 9.4 rebounds last season and made the all-Big East Conference team for the second consecutive season. Shorter has been idle since complaining of muscle soreness in his legs shortly after practice started Oct. 15. Junior forward Keary Williams has been dismissed from the Kansas State men's basketball team for academic reasons, coach Dana Altman said Wednesday. University of Houston senior forward Craig Upchurch will miss the upcoming college basketball season because of a back injury he suffered in a summer pickup game.Two accidents mar opening day at Aqueduct

It was a star-crossed opening day at Aqueduct on Wednesday. First, jockey Karen Rogers sustained a broken collarbone when her horse tried to jump the rail during a morning workout. Then the horse of apprentice jockey Angel Vasquez Jr. clipped heels and fell during the second race. Vasquez was taken to a hospital, where an examination revealed nothing more than bruises. Rogers will be out six to eight weeks; Vasquez will be out three to four days until the soreness passes. Both horses were uninjured.

Pele takes field to celebrate his 50th

Pele, the most famous player in soccer history, made an emotional one-night comeback in an exhibition match at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy, to celebrate his 50th birthday. Wearing the No. 10 jersey he made famous with the Brazilian national team, Pele played the first 40 minutes of a game against a group of world all-stars Wednesday night, showing that age has slowed him but left his magic touch intact. World Cup champion Germany struggled to a 3-2 victory over Luxembourg in a European Championship qualifying match Wednesday night that was marred by fan violence.

Next time, we'll send you to bed without dinner

School officials have decided on a modern-day dunce cap for the parent of a Vicksburg, Miss., football player whose post-game conduct attracted the attention of the Mississippi High School Activities Association. If the parent wants to see the team play at home, he'll have to arrive at the game 30 minutes early, sit in an assigned seat in the stadium press box, and wait until the teams have left the field before going home. The man, whose name was not made public, angrily confronted Clinton football coach James Sloan at midfield after Vicksburg lost to the Arrows on Oct. 19 and complained about officiating. Videotape taken by a television station shows the man being restrained by a Vicksburg assistant.

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Joe Nemechek of Lakeland was named Rookie of the Year in NASCAR's Grand National series Wednesday. He gets $2,000 and a trophy for his efforts. Jim Albus and Bob Reith each posted a second straight 69 Wednesday to share the lead midway through the second annual Wilson PGA Senior Club Professional Championship at Palm Beach Gardens. Ed Baird of St. Petersburg moved into the quarterfinals of the Omega Gold Cup match-race sailing tournament off Hamilton, Bermuda. Pete Minaudo grabbed the first-round lead Wednesday in the Professional Bowlers Association $150,000 Chevy Truck Classic in Rochester, N.Y. The University of Florida cross-country team entered the NCAA Division I poll for the first time this season Wednesday. The Gators are tied for 19th.

_ Compiled by Greg Kerr.