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UB soccer opens with win

The University at Buffalo men's soccer team opened the 2011 season with a 3-0 triumph at St. Bonaventure on Friday in nonconference action. Nate Woods, Richard Craven and Andy Tiedt scored for the Bulls, while junior Jonathan Viscosi made eight saves to earn the shutout in his UB debut.

In women's volleyball, the two-time Metro Atlantic Conference Champion Niagara Purple Eagles dropped their season opener at the Blue-Gold Invitational at Toledo to Oakland (Mich.), 25-15, 25-12, 24-26, 23-25, 15-13. Michelle James set a single-match career high with 64 assists for the Purple Eagles. Hannah Hedrick had 22 kills and 23 digs for NU.


Crittenton wanted by police

Police say former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has been charged with murder after a woman was shot on an Atlanta street.

Police spokesman Carlos Campos says police have secured a murder warrant for the arrest of Crittenton, who played at Georgia Tech, in connection with the shooting death of 22-year-old Jullian Jones on Aug. 19. Campos said Crittenton is not in custody and is wanted.

Police said Jones was walking with a group of people on the city's southwest side when she was shot.

Investigators say they don't believe the woman was the intended target. Campos said the motive appears to be retaliation for a robbery in April, in which Crittenton was a victim.

Crittenton most recently played in the NBA with the Washington Wizards and was involved in a gun altercation with Gilbert Arenas.


Miami waits for decision

The fate of eight Miami players is now in the hands of the NCAA.

Miami coach Al Golden said Friday that the university has asked the NCAA to decide the eligibility of a number of football players -- eight, a person with knowledge of the process told the Associated Press -- who are believed to have committed violations in dealings with former booster Nevin Shapiro.

The stakes couldn't be higher. Soon, those players deemed ineligible by the university will know when, or if, they will play for Miami this season.

"We've done our part," Golden said. "We're waiting."

The NCAA's decision is expected early next week, and it will shape the season for the Hurricanes. Some of Miami's top players are implicated in the scandal, including quarterback Jacory Harris, linebacker Sean Spence and receiver Travis Benjamin. Miami declared eight players ineligible, the person with knowledge of the investigation said, in what's described as a procedural move.


Sharks sign Couture

The San Jose Sharks signed forward Logan Couture to a two-year, $5.75 million contract extension through the 2013-14 season.

Couture will get paid $2.75 million in 2012-13 and $3 million in the final year of the contract.

From News Staff and wire service reports.