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Syracuse pounds Seton Hall

Fab Melo had 12 points and 10 blocks, both career-highs, and No. 1 Syracuse stifled Seton Hall at every turn in a 75-49 victory Wednesday night in the Big East opener for both teams.

Syracuse (14-0, 1-0) gained control with a staunch defensive performance in the opening half in building a 34-15 lead in the Carrier Dome.

Melo, who had his first career double-double, pulled in seven rebounds.

Dion Waiters had 15 points and Brandon Triche added 11 for Syracuse, which won easily despite a subpar performance from leading scorer Kris Joseph, who missed all six of his shots and did not score. He did have four steals and four assists.

Jordan Theodore led Seton Hall (11-2, 0-1) with 14 points. Herb Pope, fourth in the nation in scoring at 20.3 points per game, had only four points and nine rebounds.


A's deal Bailey to Red Sox

Bobby Valentine has found his new man for the back end of the Boston bullpen.

The Oakland Athletics traded All-Star closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox on Wednesday for outfielder Josh Reddick, infield prospect Miles Head and minor league pitcher Raul Alcantara.

In the deal, first reported by ESPN, Bailey gives the Red Sox a reliable ninth-inning guy to replace the departed Jonathan Papelbon, who is now a Phillie.


It's Toledo by a nose

Air Force's attempt at a two-point conversion went awry with 52 seconds to play, giving Toledo (9-4) a 42-41 victory over Air Force in the Military Bowl.

Air Force (7-6) lined up to kick the extra point after Zach Kauth's 33-yard touchdown catch pulled the Falcons within a point. But holder David Baska ran the option instead, and his pitch to kicker Parker Herrington ended up going out of bounds in the end zone.

In San Diego, David Ash threw for one touchdown and caught a TD pass to lead Texas to a 21-10 victory against California in the Holiday Bowl. The Longhorns (8-5) sacked Cal's Zach Maynard six times.

From News Staff and wire service reports.