Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, April 01, 2002

Blackhawks calm Wild run

Blackhawks 2, Wild 1

CHICAGO -- Tony Amonte scored his 350th goal and assisted on Alex Zhamnov's goal as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Sunday.

Amonte one-timed a pass from Zhamnov at 5:48 of the third period. Zhamnov beat Brad Bombardir to a loose puck along the near boards and fed Amonte, who beat goalie Manny Fernandez high on the glove side for the forward's 25th goal of the season.

Zhamnov opened the scoring at 18:11 in the first period. After taking a pass along the far boards from Kyle Calder, Zhamnov fired the puck over Fernandez's shoulder.

Jason Marshall ended Jocelyn Thibaults shutout bid at 8:34 of the third. Richard Park carried the puck into Chicago's zone and sent a cross-ice pass by a sliding Joe Reekie to Marshall, who shot the puck under Thibault.

Starting for the first time since March 20, Thibault stopped 18 shots to improve to 31-21-9. Thibault has played in 63 of the team's 75 games, but had gone 1-5-2 since the Olympic break while backup Steve Passmore started and won three straight games.

Fernandez faced 25 shots.

Notes: Zhamnov has points in six consecutive games. ... Chicago's Steve Thomas missed the game because of the flu. ... Chicago is 20-2-2 when leading after the second period. ... The Wild are 7-5-1-2 since the Olympic break.

Kipketer sets world road record in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS -- Sammy Kipketer broke his own world record for 10 kilometers Saturday, leading a 1-2-3 Kenyan sweep in winning the Crescent City Classic.

Kipketer quickly pulled away and finished in 27 minutes, 10 seconds. He beat the record he set a year ago in the Netherlands by eight seconds.

Another Kenyan, Lornah Kiplagat, was the top woman in the 6.2-mile race in which about 16,000 runners took part.

Kiplagat finished in 31:45. Ethiopians were second and third -- Teyeba Erkesso in 32:12 and Leila Aman in 32:27.

Kipketer finished 34 seconds ahead of Tom Nyariki, with Paul Koech in third place.

''He is a rare talent,'' Koech said of the 20-year-old winner. ''He has showed this ability since he started.''

In muggy conditions, Kipketer ran his first mile in 4:16 and his second in 4:15.

''I knew I could do this,'' he said. ''I like records.''

Kipketer won $5,000 for the victory plus $50,000 and a car for the record.

Snyder will remain head coach at Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo.-- Missouri men's basketball coach Quin Snyder has declined a reported offer to coach at the University of Washington, saying late Sunday that he plans to remain on the sidelines next season with the Tigers.

''We have some very special players on our team and we have made a tremendous investment in each other over the last few years,'' Snyder said in a statement. ''We are building a very special and unique program at Missouri and I am certainly excited about the potential that lies ahead.''

The school said Snyder would not make any additional comments until Wednesday.

Washington is looking for a new coach after firing Bob Bender, who was asked to resign last week after three consecutive losing seasons.

Snyder, who has guided the Tigers to the NCAA tournament in each of his first three seasons and to the round of eight this year, was considered a prime candidate for the position primarily because of strong personal ties to Seattle. He is a native of the Seattle suburb of Mercer Island and still has family in the area.

Washington athletic director Barbara Hedges has not commented publicly on her search for a new coach, but has received permission to talk with Gonzaga coach Mark Few and Saint Louis coach Lorenzo Romar, who played for the Huskies.



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