Chadron State's Woodhead takes rushing record

SILVER CITY, N.M. -- Chadron State running back Danny Woodhead broke the NCAA all-divisions career rushing record, passing R.J. Bowers by running for 208 yards Saturday in a 21-0 victory over Western New Mexico.

Woodhead got the 121 yards he needed to pass Bowers' mark of 7,353 by the third quarter. Woodhead, who eclipsed the record on a 6-yard run, pushed his career total up to 7,441 yards.

He also scored two touchdowns in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game.

Bowers, who set the record from 1997-2000 at Division III Grove City (Pa.) College, and Woodhead are the only players to top 7,000 yards rushing in college football.

Woodhead, who won the 2006 Harlon Hill Trophy as the outstanding player in Division II, had averaged 27 carries and 190 yards over 38 career games before Saturday.

• PRO BASKETBALL -- Al Sharpton promised to lead protests against Madison Square Garden unless Knicks coach Isiah Thomas apologizes for saying whites and blacks should be held to different standards about the use of derogatory language toward women.

"If, in fact, that's what Mr. Thomas said, he's wrong," the activist minister said at the weekly Harlem gathering of his National Action Network.

Thomas responded that he has nothing to apologize for, and hopes Sharpton will come to the same conclusion.

In a videotaped deposition introduced at his sexual harassment trial, Thomas said: "A white man calling a black female 'bitch,' that is wrong with me. I am not accepting that. That's a problem for me."

But, asked whether he would be as angry if the same words came from a black man, Thomas said, "Not as much."

• PRO BASKETBALL -- Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 16 rebounds in his Celtics debut, and Boston ruined Andrea Bargnani's homecoming with an 89-85 preseason victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

Paul Pierce added 21 points for Boston, while Ray Allen had an off night with only 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

The start of the NBA Europe Live tour marked the Celtics' first game since Garnett and Allen joined the team, creating a "Big 3" with Boston veteran Pierce.

• PRO TENNIS -- Top-seeded Venus Wiliams was upset by Virginie Razzano 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the final of the Japan Open.

Williams had three match points in the tiebreaker of the second set but couldn't finish off the fifth-seeded Razzano, who won her second straight WTA tournament.

On the men's side, top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain defeated Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (3), 6-3 and will face Richard Gasquet of France in Sunday's final. Gasquet defeated second-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6(3), 6-3.

• BOXING -- Antonio Margarito, Joel Casamayor and rising prospect Victor Ortiz will get their next fights on the undercard of Miguel Cotto's bout with Sugar Shane Mosley on Nov. 10.

Promoters Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya formally announced their lineup of supporting fights Saturday, filling the Madison Square Garden card with popular boxers for the HBO pay-per-view broadcast.

"Instead of doing what so many promoters -- including ourselves -- have done in the past and put on a junk undercard, we decided we would pack this card so we could show how great the sport is, and how many great fighters there are in the sport," Arum said.

Margarito (34-5, 24 KOs), who lost his WBO welterweight title belt to Paul Williams in July, will fight NABF champ Golden Johnson, who upset Oscar Diaz last November. Margarito already is campaigning to fight the winner of Cotto's meeting with Mosley for the WBA welterweight title.