Leading Off

Peterson donates record-setting attire

Adrian Peterson finally had an excuse to get out of the trainer's room Thursday. The Vikings' rookie running back, who suffered a partially torn lateral collateral ligament Sunday at Green Bay, was part of a ceremony in which he donated the jersey and pants he wore Nov. 4 in setting the NFL single-game rushing record to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Joe Horrigan, the Hall's vice president of communications and exhibitions, accepted the articles of clothing from Peterson's 296-yard performance against San Diego and in turn gave Peterson a hat and shirt from the Canton, Ohio-based Hall.

Football team to hold tryouts in Stockton

The Stockton Thunder arena football team is holding tryout camps for the 2008 season. Two tryouts (Nov. 25 and Feb. 9 at St. Mary's High) will be held in Stockton, with others in Sacramento (Jan. 12) and Hayward (Dec. 9). Registration ($40) begins at 10 a.m. on the tryout date, with tryouts following at 11 a.m. Selected players will be invited to stay after tryouts for scrimmaging. For more information, contact assistant coach Craig Lusiani at 373-1522. The Thunder is a member of arenaleague2.

The imperfect cheer

After dancing to a Britney Spears song and lifting their skirts to spell out the school nickname on their backsides, six Ripon High School cheerleaders were suspended. See a video report at

Paris, Oklahoma fall to Parker, Vols

Candace Parker's 28 points was too much for Courtney Paris and Oklahoma, as Tennessee knocked off the Sooners 70-67. The game matched up the college game's top two players in Parker (top), a high-flying wing, and Paris, a bruising center who played her freshman season in high school at Modesto Christian. Page C-2

'Zona shocks Oregon

The curse of No. 2 claimed another victim. Second-ranked Oregon lost Heisman Trophy candidate Dennis Dixon to a knee injury and never recovered in a 34-24 upset by Arizona on Thursday night. Oregon became the fifth No. 2 team to lose since Oct. 6, following USC, Cal, South Florida and Boston College. The Ducks' defeat could open the door for third-ranked Oklahoma in The Associated Press Top 25, and for No. 3 Kansas in the BCS standings. Page C-3