Sunday, March 27, 2005

Suzuki already piling up hits
PEORIA, Ariz. — Ichiro Suzuki is at it again. Sure, it's only spring training, but Seattle's star outfielder is slapping the ball silly.

Selig wants baseball to set steroid policy
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Commissioner Bud Selig wants baseball, not the government, to determine the game's steroid policy.

Chacon, Pineiro look good in returns
The Colorado Rockies need as much pitching as they can get. That's why having a healthy Shawn Chacon is so important.

Attention finally ready to return to baseball field
After an offseason filled with talk about which players were on steroids, attention turns to the 2005 season. It begins April 3 when — who else? — the world champion Boston Red Sox and Yankees open in New York.

Gibbs: NFL, NASCAR not much different
KAPALUA, Hawaii — There's not a whole lot of difference between running an NFL team and a NASCAR operation.

Borough mayor race heating up
The list of those who want to run for the office of Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor this October has grown to three. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Gary Superman filed a letter of intent Wednesday; former state senator and assembly member John Torgerson of Kasilof filed his letter March 15; and former Kenai Mayor John Williams filed his Nov. 11.

Jack-up rig may spur oil industry
State officials and legislators are talking about having the state purchase a jack-up rig to encourage oil exploration in Cook Inlet.

Justices in peace at Kenai courthouse
The administrative judge of the Kenai Superior Court says he has never had anyone become violent in his courtroom, such as occurred recently when a judge was fatally shot in Atlanta, but that incident and the slaying of a judge's family in Chicago on Feb. 28 make him alert to the possibility.

On the hunt
Brittany Hall and her sister, Tiffany, sort their loot following an Easter egg hunt at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Saturday afternoon. The event was well-attended, according to Mya Renken, executive director of the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Michael J. Oberts
Longtime Sterling resident Michael J. Oberts died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at the Pioneers Home in Anchorage. He was 80.

Hosanna Barbara Pollock
Kasilof resident Hosanna Barbara Pollock was born and died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Voices of the clarion: A moment of peace
I've noticed lately that the blue people have become rather quiet. This bothers me, if only because it means the red people have more time to babble.

Costly lesson still unresolved
All anniversaries are not cause for celebration. It was 16 years ago Thursday when the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, leaking 11 million gallons of oil and causing the biggest spill in U.S. history.

Colorful past — Egg art explained
In the ancient Ukrainian art of egg decorating — pysanky — colors had symbolic meaning.

'Eggs'acting detail
Marlys Mosbrucker cared for her egg with an attention to detail that would put a mother hen to shame and send the Easter bunny to the unemployment office.

Around the Peninsula
SPHS board to meet Used book sale slated CPGH board to meet FAS training planned Flyball seminar slated Running club forming

My best friend
Casper, 2 years old, tips the scales at 18 pounds. She likes visiting with people and her hobbies are fine food and napping. She enjoys being outdoors in the summer until the birds attack her, then she runs like the dickens, according to her owner, Thom Griess of Soldotna.

Bill: Look at deeds, not breeds
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The only problem Dee Robison has with her favorite Doberman pinscher, Darby, is that the 90-pound pooch gets a little jealous when she turns her attention toward the television.

Illinois, Louisville claim OT thrillers
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Illinois made a jaw-dropping final push for the Final Four with a rally that was as electrifying as it was improbable.

Michigan State, Kentucky have depth for 80 minutes
AUSTIN, Texas — Tom Izzo can look down the Michigan State bench and smile. Even when his five starters are on the court, he still has four guys he's comfortable using.

Sports views: Rich and 'poor' clash in NFL revenue sharing dispute
The NFL's annual meetings began last Sunday with a speech by Michael MacCambridge, author of ''America's Game,'' a book about how pro football came to be the nation's most popular spectator sport.

U.S. prepared for hostile reception in Mexico
MEXICO CITY — Landon Donovan remembers the chants of ''Osama! Osama!'' last year, when the U.S. Olympic soccer team played in Guadalajara.

Sorenstam cruising at first major of year
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Annika Sorenstam was on the back nine of her Saturday runaway when a marshal's loud command for the quiet crowd to get even quieter forced her to back off her ball just as she was set to hit.

Expansion Bobcats pull shocker on Heat
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Primoz Brezec had a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Charlotte Bobcats to one of their most surprising wins of the season, a 94-92 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night.

Crippled Cards catch hot-shooting West Virginia
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The master motivator himself, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, admitted he was lying when he told his players at halftime he was sure they were going to beat West Virginia.

North Carolina's talent meshes at right time
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — No one ever questioned North Carolina's talent. Last season, Rashad McCants (scoring), Sean May (rebounding) and Raymond Felton (assists) became the first trio of teammates to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in those categories, and they all returned for their junior years.

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