Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2002

Minnesota tops Alaska Anchorage

ANCHORAGE -- The fifth-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers scored two quick, second period goals en route to a 5-2 win over University of Alaska Anchorage in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday night. Gophers Troy Riddle tallied at 7:40, and Grant Potulny scored the eventual game-winner at 9:28.

Both teams exchanged goals in the first period. Vladimir Novak scored for Alaska Anchorage to open the scoring at 8:50. The Golden Gophers responded at 11:10 when Jeff Taffe scored his 20th goal of the year on a delayed penalty to the Seawolves. Taffe also deposited his 21st of the season in the third period on an empty net at 19:08.

The teams skated to a tie Friday night.

Haas leads Bob Hope Classic

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Jay Haas is trying to turn back the clock in the Bob Hope Desert Classic.

The 48-year-old Haas, the Hope champion 14 years ago, holed an 8-iron shot from 150 yards out for an eagle to begin his round Saturday. He went on to shoot a 9-under 63 at Indian Wells, good for a one-shot lead over Kenny Perry and Cameron Beckman.

A nine-time PGA Tour winner looking for his first victory since 1993, Haas had a 26-under 262 total through 72 holes in the five-day tournament. He won the 1988 Hope with a 338 total, closing with a 70 for a two-stroke victory over David Edwards.

The pros rotate among four different courses and play with amateurs the first four days of the Hope. Sunday's final round will be played at Palmer Course at PGA West.

Among those within close striking distance of the lead is Phil Mickelson, who shot a 65 to go to 22 under in his first event in five months.

Perry, the 1995 Hope winner, shot a 10-under 62 at PGA West to move into excellent position for a run at the lead over the same course Sunday. Beckman had a 65.

Kirk Triplett (67), Deane Pappas (67), Brandel Chamblee 66) and David Berganio Jr. (64) were at 264, two shots out of the lead.

Dunhill Championship

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- South Africa's Martin Maritz shot a 9-under-par 63 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Dunhill Championship.

Maritz had a 17-under 199 total. Mark Foster of England (65) was second at 201, followed by compatriot Sandeep Grewal (68) at 202.

South Africa's Ernie Els shot a 63 to top a four-player group at 203. He eagled the par-5 18th to complete his closing nine in 30.



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