Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2002

All Star Basketball Camp taking applications

Applications currently are being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp. The camp is by invitation only. Boys and girls ages 10 to 19 are eligible to apply.

The camp's past participants include numerous professional players.

The camp will take place in several locations around the Lower 48, and several team camps are scheduled as well.

For more information or a free brochure, call (704) 568-6801.

Lions to stage Sno-Cross event Saturday

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions will stage a Sno-Cross event Saturday in conjunction with the Kenai Peninsula Winter Games.

Sign-in for racers in the motocross-style snowmachine event is from 8 to 9 a.m. Racing begins at 10 a.m. and is slated to go until 5 p.m.

Races will be staged on a course in the gravel pit across the road from the State Division of Forestry at Mile 92.4 of the Sterling Highway in Soldotna, just past Mackey Lake.

The entry fee for the 120cc children's race (ages 7 and under) is $20. There will be three age groups of juniors -- 8 to 10 years old, 11 to 13 and 14 to 16 -- for which the entry fee also is $20.

Entry into the adult divisions -- 500 stock novice, women's, 500 stock pro, long track, open mod novice and open mod pro -- is $40.

Organizers are anticipating a big turnout as amateur and professional racers from around the state has already registered for the event.

Admission for spectators is $5 and parking will be available on the south side of the Sterling Highway.

For more information, call 260-3305.

York, Chelios added to NHL All-Star roster

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Mike York will replace injured teammate Eric Lindros while Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios also was added Wednesday to the North American team for the NHL All-Star game.

Chelios will take the place of New Jersey defenseman Brian Rafalski, who has an injured knee.

U.S. bobsledder suspended for 9 months

SALT LAKE CITY -- A U.S. bobsledder who said he accidentally took a banned steroid in a nutritional supplement was knocked out of the Olympics on Wednesday when an arbitration panel gave him a nine-month suspension.

Pavle Jovanovic was to be a key member of the two-man and four-man teams driven by Todd Hays. The teams have been considered favorites to end an American medal drought in bobsled that stretches back to 1956.

Jovanovic's lawyer said he would appeal the suspension to the International Court for Arbitration in Sport, which scheduled a hearing for Salt Lake City next Wednesday, two days before the start of the Winter Games.

While the nine-month suspension was relatively light and removed ''the taint of doping'' from Jovanovic, attorney Adam Driggs said his client was seeking more.

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