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af2 Pioneers set tryotus

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers will hold their first open tryout for the 2007 season at 1 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Wyoming Valley Sports Dome. Registration will begin at noon with a fee of $50. Coach Rich Ingold will be testing athletes in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle and individual group drills.

For directions on how to get to the Wyoming Valley Sports Dome, visit their web site at www.wyomingvalleysportsdome.com. For more information on season tickets, merchandise, or other Pioneers information, please call the Pioneers Front Office at 970-4232.

National

AUTO RACING Busch goes North

NASCAR will hold a Busch Series event in Montreal next summer — another step in covering the entire North American market.

The stock car racing series once centered in the American South will hold a Busch race Aug. 4 at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, a track where sleek Formula One cars usually run.

NASCAR already has Busch events in Mexico and views the move into Canada as a way to expand its reach.

Track and field Aussie runner dead

Peter Norman, the Australian sprinter who shared the medals podium with Tommie Smith and John Carlos while they gave their black power salutes at the 1968 Olympics, died Tuesday of a heart attack. He was 64.

Norman won the silver medal in the 200 meters at the Mexico City Games. Smith set a world record in winning the gold medal and Carlos won bronze, and their civil rights protest became a flash point of the Olympics.

SOCCER Dempsey honored

Clint Dempsey was chosen as the Honda player of the year for the U.S. national team, and he gave the new truck that goes with the award to his father.

The 23-year-old midfielder had four goals in nine games for the Americans this year, including one in the World Cup.

The 2004 MLS rookie of the year with New England said one of his goals is to help the Revolution win the MLS Cup.

GOLF Faldo joins CBS

Nick Faldo joined CBS Sports as its lead golf analyst on Tuesday, giving him more air time than any other golf broadcaster but a job that will keep him from playing in the Masters.

Faldo, a three-time Masters and British Open champion, replaces Lanny Wadkins in the tower alongside Jim Nantz.

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