Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2003

Nikolaevsk teams sweep Yakutat

The Nikolaevsk School boys and girls high school basketball teams completed their trip to Yakutat with a sweep of the Eagles Tuesday.

After finishing the first quarter tied at 10, the Nikolaevsk boys pulled away for a 65-54 win. Anecta Kalugin paced the Warriors with 19 points while Peter Tipikin netted 17 and Stepan Nikitenko scored 16.

The Nikolaevsk girls rallied from a six-point deficit, 22-16, in the third quarter to defeat the Eagles 29-28. The Warriors outscored the Eagles 13-6 in the final frame.

Lekonida Yakunin paced the Warriors with nine points while Sonia Reutov netted eight.

Colon, El Duque traded in three-team deal

NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon got traded Wednesday, but not to the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees.

Instead, Colon went to the Chicago White Sox in a three-team deal that included the Yankees and provided New York with the fringe benefit of keeping Colon away from the Red Sox.

In the three-way swap, the Yankees sent pitcher Orlando Hernandez and $2 million to Chicago for reliever Antonio Osuna and minor league pitcher Delvis Lantigua. Then the White Sox packaged Hernandez with right-handed pitcher Rocky Biddle, outfielder Jeff Liefer and cash to Montreal for Colon and minor league infielder Jorge Nunez.

The Expos will be responsible only for $300,000 of Hernandez's salary next season, with the White Sox using the $2 million from the Yankees and their own money to make up the difference. Hernandez is expected to make between $4-5 million.

World Series home field could go to All-Star winner

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-- Baseball owners appeared set to approve commissioner Bud Selig's plan to give the league that wins the All-Star game home-field advantage in the World Series. The proposal is due to be voted on Thursday, and owners praised the idea Wednesday as they arrived for the two-day meeting.

''It will put back a little of the sizzle,'' San Francisco executive vice president Larry Baer said.

Selig developed the proposal after last year's All-Star game at Milwaukee ended in a 7-7, 11-inning tie when both leagues ran out of pitchers. Managers said they felt pressure to get everyone in the game, and players in recent years have regarded the game as more of a show than a contest between the AL and the NL.

Since the start of the World Series in 1903, home field has alternated between the leagues.

''The game has lost importance. It's turned into an exhibition,'' Montreal Expos president Tony Tavares said. ''Last year was embarrassing and difficult.''

Hingis 'not even thinking of a comeback'

Martina Hingis might never play another competitive tennis match because of foot injuries. The former No. 1-ranked player and owner of five Grand Slam tournament titles had surgery on her right ankle in October 2001 and on her left ankle in May.

''It is quite possible that that I will never play top-level tennis again, because my feet don't allow it,'' the 22-year-old Hingis told the Swiss news agency Sport Information in an interview published Wednesday.

After the second operation, Hingis pulled out of the French Open and Wimbledon -- the first majors she missed since turning pro in 1994. She returned to the tour in August, then went back to rehab in October.

''I am not even thinking of a comeback,'' she said.

However, Hingis' management company, Octagon, said a retirement announcement wasn't immediately pending.

''I definitely wouldn't call it an official retirement at this stage, but she's definitely not saying as to when she's going to be coming back,'' Lisa Chaffey, an Octagon representative in Australia, told The Associated Press. ''How long she takes off really is up in the air.''

Clark becomes fourth All-American to turn pro

Tight end Dallas Clark became the fourth All-American to leave school early for the NFL draft when he decided Wednesday that he would skip his senior season at Iowa.

Clark announced his decision on the final day for college underclassmen to declare for the draft. Miami running back Willis McGahee, Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs and Michigan State receiver Charles Rogers were the other All-Americans who turned pro early. In all, 30 players have announced their intentions to enter the NFL draft. Additional players could leave school early as long as their letters to the NFL were postmarked by Wednesday.



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