Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2003

Skyview skiers host time trial

The Skyview ski team hosted a time trial Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails after a ski meet in Seward was canceled due to poor snow conditions. Teams attending the time trial were Soldotna, Kenai and Seward.

Soldotna's Daniel Harro won the boys 6.5-kilometer boys freestyle race with a time of 18 minutes, 53 seconds. On the girls side, Soldotna's Rachel Goldstein skied 5 kilometers in 21 minutes, 45 seconds for the victory.

Individual boys 6.5-kilometer freestyle results

1. Daniel Harro, 18 minutes, 53 seconds; 2. Mark Harro, 19:06; 3. Andy Banas, 19:40; 4. Jordan Engel, 19:40; 5. David Hernandez, 20:02; 6. Damian Andersen, 20:45; 7. Noah King, 21:02; 8. Clay Nelson, 21:13; 9. Ryan Walton, 21:19; 10. Matt Habermann, 21:38; 11. Alex Hundertmark, 21:39; 12. Mike Kent, 21:43; 13. Nick Swann, 21:57; 14. Marc McCarten 22:24; 15. Jess Orr, 22:45; 16. Kyle Latz, 22:50, 17. Kyle Dudley, 24:13; 18. Nick Chapman 25:49; 19. Chris Amen, 25:51; 20. Walter Moore 26:26; 21. Nick Byrne, 28:05.

Individual girls 5-kilometer results

1. Rachel Goldstein, 21:45; 2. Elisabeth Habermann, 22:45; 3. Synneva Hagen-Lillevik, 23:45; 4. Lela Wiley, 24:20; 5. Elisha Tarries, 24:48; 6. Jenny Smola, 25:00; 7. Katie Franzman, 25:12; 8. Tess Caswell, 25:31; 9. Alecia Wood, 25:31; 10. Katie Burck, 25:47; 11. Roxanna Wilcox, 25:51; 12. Cassie Wilcox, 26:04; 13. Linnea Hassbring, 27:01; 14. Heidi Keller, 27:15; 15. Kira Matiya, 29:29; 16. Janna Krein, 29:31.

Reid romps to top coaching honors

Andy Reid didn't flinch when his star quarterback was injured in November. And when the backup got hurt the next week, the Philadelphia Eagles' coach just turned to the third-stringer.

The Eagles kept on winning, and Reid earned The Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year award Saturday a few hours before Philadelphia beat Atlanta 20-6 and advanced to the NFC championship game.

In a truly unpredictable season, in which a half-dozen coaches did remarkable jobs, Reid was the steadiest. He never let the Eagles deviate from their course, despite the injuries at the most critical offensive position. Philadelphia wound up 12-4, won the NFC East title and earned home-field advantage for the playoffs.

Lemieux, Jagr together again as All-Stars

NEW YORK -- Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr are teammates again, this time as Eastern Conference All-Stars.

Lemieux, the NHL's leading scorer with 68 points, was picked by fans to be the East's starting center. He will be joined on the forward line by former Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Jagr and current teammate Alexei Kovalev.

Nikolai Khabibulin, who helped the surprising Tampa Bay Lightning to the top of Southeast Division, will start in goal for the East. Brian Leetch of the New York Rangers (who's injured and probably won't play) and Sandis Ozolinsh of the host Florida Panthers received the most votes among Eastern defensemen in balloting released Saturday.

Detroit defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom was the top overall vote-getter for the second straight year with 164,568. He will man the Western blue line with Colorado's Rob Blake.

Former world champion in critical condition

LAS VEGAS -- Boxer Johnny Tapia was in critical condition at a Las Vegas hospital after falling at his home and losing consciousness early Saturday, hours after he was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.

The five-time world champion, a former drug addict who has battled personal demons most of his life, had been depressed before the fall, his publicist said.

Tapia was placed on a respirator and was being treated for head trauma, publicist Trayce Zimmerman said.

A spokeswoman at University Medical Center confirmed Tapia's condition but did not provide any more details.

Tapia and his cousin were involved in a police standoff at a house near Bullhead City, Ariz., late Friday that ended with the arrest of two men and Tapia being given a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. Bullhead City is about 90 miles from Las Vegas.

Zimmerman said Tapia, 35, returned to his home in Las Vegas several hours after the confrontation with police and was with his wife, Teresa, when he fell.

''She said he felt depressed and then he just fell down and lost consciousness,'' Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman said Teresa Tapia called 911 and her husband was taken to the hospital.

Tapia, who only two years ago was hospitalized for a drug overdose after attempting suicide, last fought Nov. 3 when he lost a 12-round decision to bantamweight Marco Antonio Barrera.

Before the fight, he freely admitted to a turbulent past that led him to fight in trunks with the slogan ''Mi Vida Loca,'' or My Crazy Life, emblazoned on them.

As a child, Tapia saw his mother stabbed to death. He was suspended from boxing for three years for cocaine addiction, and nearly died three times from drug overdoses in the early 1990s.

''It's there every day,'' Tapia said before he fought Barrera. ''I've got a lot of problems. I can mess up tonight or tomorrow. It's always there.''

In the standoff with police, detectives went to a home in Golden Valley, Ariz., after getting a tip that Tapia's cousin was there, said Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jarrod Lyman.

The cousin, 31-year-old Raymond Whiting, was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear on aggravated assault and weapons charges in New Mexico, Lyman said.

Whiting is suspected of trying to slash a woman's throat during a carjacking in Albuquerque last April.

Police said the standoff started when the men refused to leave the home.

After about an hour, police forced open a door to the home and used a public-address system to ask Whiting to come out, Lyman said.

''Fortunately, the situation resolved itself,'' he said.

Whiting was taken into custody. Another man, Walter Joseph Michael Beck, 26, was arrested on a cocaine possession charge. Lyman said Tapia was not arrested but was to be summoned to court on a felony charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

''He was very cooperative with the detectives,'' Lyman said of Tapia.

Tapia and his cousin have been in legal trouble before. In 1992, Tapia was arrested on charges that he intimidated a witness to a murder committed by Whiting.

Whiting later pleaded guilty, while Tapia was acquitted of the charge against him.

In July 1994, Tapia was charged with attempting to sell imitation crack cocaine to an off-duty police officer. He was acquitted.

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