Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Lumen Christi boys top Homer Christian

The Lumen Christi boys, who are probably headed to a top ranking in Class 2A, defeated Homer Christian 71-42 Tuesday in a District 3/2A game in Anchorage.

Lumen left no doubt about the outcome by taking a 44-14 halftime lead. Noah Brauner had 17 points for the Archangels, while Nick Petrella had 12 points and Adam Brauner and Erik Chronister had 10 apiece.

For the Knights, Javin Halpin dumped in 18 points while Shawn Seymour pitched in 10.


Homer Christian 8 6 9 19 42

Lumen Christi 24 20 15 12 71

HOMER CHRISTIAN (42) Halpin 7 4-4 18, Miciah Ellert 0 0-0 0, Resetarits 1 3-4 5, Arndt 1 0-0 2, Nathan Ellert 0 0-0 0, Seymour 3 4-4 10, Fraley 0 0-0 0, Nestor 0 0-0 0, Packa 3 1-1 7. Totals 15 12-13 42.

LUMEN CHRISTI (71) Musgrave 1 1-2 3, Schottka 3 3-4 7, A. Brauner 5 0-0 10, N. Brauner 6 3-6 17, Dooley 0 0-0 0, Chronister 2 6-6 10, Hudlow 0 0-0 0, George 2 0-0 4, Petrella 5 2-2 12, Chinnery 3 0-0 7, Fish 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 15-21 71.

3-point goals Lumen Christi 3 (Petrella 2, Chinnery 1). Total fouls Homer Christian 13, Lumen Christi 13. Fouled out none.

Zack Steer maintains Quest lead

CIRCLE CITY Zack Steer of Sheep Mountain kept his lead Monday in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, leaving six competitors behind in the Circle City checkpoint.

Steer, 30, left the Circle City checkpoint at 2:15 p.m. after nearly an eight-hour rest and headed for Eagle 158 miles away.

Hans Gatt of Atlin, British Columbia, who won the 2003 Quest, was in second place. He was followed by Sebastian Schneulle of Whitehorse, Frank Turner of Whitehorse, and Dan Kaduce of Chatanika.

From Circle City, the Quest trail follows 175 miles along the Yukon River in what is often an exposed, windy stretch. There's a hospitality stop at Slaven's cabin, which is 60 miles from Circle City.

Veteran musher William Kleedehn of Carcross was forced to scratch Sunday after breaking his leg when he fell on a patch of ice.

The Quest began Saturday with a field of 31 mushers heading from Fairbanks to Whitehorse 1,000 miles away.

Kings activate Webber

SACRAMENTO, Calif. The Sacramento Kings activated Chris Webber from the injured list Monday, but the star forward will have to serve an NBA suspension before he can return to the lineup.

Webber, a five-time All-Star, was the Kings' leader in scoring, rebounding and assists last season. He hasn't played since tearing cartilage in his left knee during the second round of last season's playoffs, and he had extensive offseason surgery.

Webber faces a suspension after pleading guilty last July to charges of lying to a grand jury about his relationship with Ed Martin, a University of Michigan booster who claimed he loaned $616,000 to Webber.

The Sacramento Bee also reported that Webber would be suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Dodgers hire DePodesta as general manager

LOS ANGELES The Dodgers opted for a young Ivy Leaguer to lead them, hiring Oakland Athletics executive Paul DePodesta as general manager Monday.

The move was the first by new owner Frank McCourt, whose $430 million purchase of the Dodgers from News Corp. closed Friday. It came just two days before pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Vero Beach, Fla.

At 31, DePodesta is the third-youngest person to be hired as a big-league general manager. Theo Epstein was hired by the Boston Red Sox at age 28 in 2002, and Randy Smith was 29 when the San Diego Padres hired him in 1993.

DePodesta, an assistant to Oakland GM Billy Beane since 1998, succeeds Dan Evans, who had one year remaining on a three-year contract.

USOC: Toth tested positive for THG, modafinil

American shot put champion Kevin Toth tested positive for the steroid THG and the stimulant modafinil at the 2003 national championships and could be suspended for two years, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Monday.

Toth is one of four athletes who flunked THG tests during the U.S. championships in June. The others, announced earlier, were Regina Jacobs, John McEwen and Melissa Price. Jacobs and Price also were national champions. All four face two-year bans if the positive tests are upheld. Final decisions on their cases are expected this spring.

Later Monday, agent John Nubani announced Toth was retiring, though he still plans to go through with the appeals process.

Toth stunned the track and field world with a throw of 74 feet, 4 1/2 inches at the Kansas Relays in April the best performance in the world in 13 years. His winning throw at the national championships was 69-7 1/2.

The USOC said Toth also tested positive for THG during an out-of-competition test in July.

Toth, McEwen and Price are disputing the THG test results through the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's arbitration process. Jacobs instead filed a claim with the American Arbitration Association.

''We're contesting the charges, and the case will proceed through the USADA process,'' said Toth's attorney, Howard Jacobs, no relation to Regina.

European 100-meter champion Dwain Chambers also tested positive last year for THG and faces a two-year ban. He will appear before a UK Athletics disciplinary panel Thursday.

Toth was one of dozens of athletes who appeared before a grand jury probing a nutritional supplements lab.

The lab's founder and Barry Bonds' personal trainer were among four people indicted last week on charges they participated in a steroid-distribution ring that provided drugs to top athletes. All four pleaded innocent Friday.

The USOC has announced in recent months that several athletes tested positive for modafinil at the U.S. championships, including Kelli White and Calvin Harrison.

White's positive test for modafinil at the world championships means she probably will lose 100- and 200-meter gold medals.

Harrison's flunked test could affect several U.S. teammates. He also tested positive for the stimulant pseudoephedrine at the 1993 U.S. junior indoor championships and served a three-month suspension. As a repeat offender, he would face a two-year ban.

That means Harrison should not have been eligible for last summer's world championships, at which he ran the opening leg on the U.S. 1,600 relay team. That means the relay team members could lose their gold medals.

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