Sunday, March 28, 2004

Cubs, Astros roll out stellar pitching staffs in NL Central
It's easy to envision the marquee matchups: Roger Clemens vs. Greg Maddux, with first place on the line.

Will this be the year Boston overtakes Yankees?
Derek Jeter seemed puzzled.

Large gold deposit discovered across inlet
Buried in the foothills of the picturesque mountains jutting above the western shore of Cook Inlet lies a potentially multibillion dollar secret: there's gold in them there hills and lots of it.

Plans for bridge run into roadblock
Soldotna's new $28 million bridge is too far behind schedule, that is.

Photo feature: One last time?
Wesley Shuler, Brandon Fowler, Kyle Shuler and Ty Shuler lose formation while sledding behind Sears Elementary

Remembering lessons of past
Two key anniversaries in Alaska's history passed last week with little fanfare: the 15th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the 40th anniversary of the Good Friday earthquake.

Those returning from war find new battles at home, including tight job market
A year or so ago, when America's soldiers went off to war, boy, was there ever a clamoring about the "red-white-and-blue."

Those who cross Bush face payback
WASHINGTON President Bush is playing supercharged hardball in going after his own former anti-terrorism chief, Richard Clarke. It's a risky strategy that shows the single-mindedness of Bush and his re-election team in trying to deflect politically damaging criticism.

Lopez, Smiley plan April ceremony
Crescent Lopez and Dustin Smiley plan to be married Saturday, April 24, 2004, at the Lighthouse Assembly of God in Petersburg.

Around the Peninsula
Davis to speak at Kenai libraryLittle League umpires soughtFish and Game bear baiting clinic setFood bank holding nutrition classesConnections plans informational meetingsBanquet fund-raiser to benefit fairHead Start to hold fund-raiserKennel club offering dog classes

Laughead, Mahan marry in Las Vegas
Alita A. Laughead and Robert E. Mahan were married Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, in Las Vegas.

City league b-ball a test of speed, skill but mostly showing up
In city league basketball, talent often takes a back seat to just showing up.

Lifelong fan still entranced with Disneyland's magic
ANAHEIM, Calif. The Disney empire has struggled recently with attacks on CEO Michael Eisner, an unsolicited takeover bid, sour ratings at ABC and complaints that the theme parks are falling into disrepair.

Myers, Taylor exchange vows in January
Chantel Rae' Myers and Russell John Taylor were married Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, at the bride's parents' home in Kenai. Dane Myers officiated.

Nichols, Chappell announce engagement
Casey Lynn Nichols and Daniel William Chappell plan to be married Friday, May 14, 2004, in an evening ceremony at Open Door Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C. Pastors Dean Nichols, the future bride's father, and Milioni will officiate.

Monterey Bay Aquarium shows there is more to sharks than 'Jaws'
MONTEREY, Calif. There is more to sharks than the menacing creature that terrorized swimmers in the 1970s movie ''Jaws.''

Soares, Purcell wed in Kenai
Ashliey Re'ne Soares and Matthew David Purcell were married Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, in an evening ceremony at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai. Father Clem officiated.

Persistence pays off with potty training
House breaking a puppy can be a challenging process, but knowing what to expect and having a plan of action can make the process easier.

My best friend
Peaches has been loved and spoiled for all its 15 years of life by owners John and Helen Baranger of Kenai.

Ninilchik garners fifth straight title
They're on fire.

Alabama no match for UConn guards
PHOENIX The NCAA tournament is bringing out the best in Connecticut.

Kwan's wild week at worlds ends with bronze, 6.0s and streaker
DORTMUND, Germany Michelle Kwan has seen a lot in her 11 world championships but nothing like this: a fall during qualifying, a timing penalty in the short program, a streaker in the free program.

Swimmers hot over decision to scrap Olympic pool roof
Erik Vendt plans to dive into the Olympic pool in Athens five months from now and swim harder than most people ever will for nearly a mile. He can only hope he makes it.

LeBron goes off for 41
CLEVELAND The Chosen One picked the perfect night to play the best game of his career.

Red Wings, Legace show up Avalanche again
DETROIT Manny Legace made 27 saves, and Pavel Datsyuk and Mathieu Schneider scored in the Detroit Red Wings' 2-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Mazzante's offense, defense lead Penn State to regional final
HARTFORD, Conn. Penn State relied on Kelly Mazzante's offense throughout the season. On Saturday, the Lady Lions needed her defense, too.

Cowboys put end to St. Joe's dream
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The kid with the famous NBA name showed college basketball's player of the year how to do it.

Hot Scott closes with three birdies for lead at The Players Championship
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. Adam Scott used to sit in the back of a golf shop in Australia and watch countless video replays of his idol, Greg Norman, winning The Players Championship with a record score 10 years ago.

Sports Briefs
Garciaparra expected to miss opening dayThorpe back in pool after disqualification

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