Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, April 06, 2003

KPHA competition squad tryouts scheduled

The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association has scheduled tryouts for its youth competition teams.

Squirt tryout sessions, for skaters ages 9 and 10, are Monday at 5 p.m., Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. and Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

PeeWee tryouts, for 11- and 12-year-old players, will be Monday at 6 p.m., Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Thursday at 6:15 p.m.

Bantam tryouts, for 13- and 14-year-old skaters, are Monday at 7:15 p.m., Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. and Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Midget under-16 sessions are Monday at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. and Thursday at 5 p.m.

Midget under-17 tryouts are Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Sessions are one hour, and players should show up an hour before their sessions are scheduled to start. Players need to attend all three sessions, and a $50 fee is due before the first session.

For more information, call the KPHA office at 262-6404.

Sorenstam leads Office Depot

LOS ANGELES -- Annika Sorenstam putted well early but struggled later on the greens, shooting an even-par 72 to keep the lead in the Office Depot Championship.

Sorenstam began the second round with a two-stroke lead over Cindy Figg-Currier and finished it two shots in front of Heather Bowie. Looking for her first win in three tournaments this year, Sorenstam was at 4-under 140 through 36 holes.

Bowie had a 70 to move into contention, while Figg-Currier struggled to a 75 that left her seven shots off the lead.

Mi-Hyun Kim was 4 under for the day and 2 under for the tournament when she had to stop on the final fairway because of darkness. She'll finish the hole Sunday morning.

Janzen surges to BellSouth lead

DULUTH, Ga. -- Lee Janzen surged into the lead in the third round of the BellSouth Classic, shooting a 5-under 31 on the final nine holes for a two-stroke advantage over Bob Tway.

Janzen, who hasn't won in five years, finished with a 5-under 67 on the rain-softened TPC at Sugarloaf, which had played hard and fast in the opening two rounds. He had a 13-under 203 total.

Tway, mired in an eight-year losing streak, held the lead most of the day before a bogey on No. 17. He rallied with a birdie on the last hole, shooting a 69 to stay within two shots of the lead.

The two leaders will be joined in the final group Sunday by Tom Pernice Jr., who had 66 for a 206 total.

UConn duo wins AP women's awards

ATLANTA -- Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurasi earned AP coach and player of the year awards Saturday for leading Connecticut to a record winning streak and its fourth straight Final Four.

It's the fourth AP coaching award for Auriemma, who had only Taurasi back as a starter from last season's unbeaten national championship team.

But he blended in freshmen and role players from last season's club to fashion a 35-1 record. Connecticut plays Texas on Sunday night in the national tournament semifinals.

Along the way, UConn set an NCAA women's record by winning 70 straight games, a streak ended by Villanova in the Big East tournament final.

Auriemma received 20 of the 44 votes from the national media panel that chooses the weekly AP Top 25. LSU's Sue Gunter had eight votes, Texas' Jody Conradt six and Villanova's Harry Perretta five.

Taurasi received 23 votes to become the fifth Connecticut player to win the AP player award, which was started in 1995. Only two other players received votes: Duke's Alana Beard had 15, and Mississippi State's LaToya Thomas six.

A 6-foot junior from Chino, Calif., Taurasi had to lead UConn after playing alongside four seniors last season. She responded by leading the team in scoring (16.3), rebounding (6.2) and assists (4.6) during the regular season.

West, Smith win men's NCAA honors

NEW ORLEANS -- David West won The Associated Press' player of the year award, sharing honors with Kentucky's Tubby Smith, who was voted coach of the year.

West received 30 votes from the 72-member national panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25. Texas sophomore guard T.J. Ford was second with 19 votes, followed by senior forward Josh Howard of Wake Forest (10).

Smith was a runaway winner with 58 votes, and Skip Prosser of Wake Forest was second with seven. Smith's 32-4 record this season included a 26-game winning streak that ended Sunday in a 83-69 loss to Marquette in the Midwest Regional final.

West is the first Xavier player to receive the Adolph Rupp Trophy. He led the Musketeers with 20.3 points, 12 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals a game this season.

Galaxy, Crew open MLS season with a draw

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Los Angeles defender Alexi Lalas cleared a shot off the goal line in overtime as the Galaxy and Columbus Crew opened the season with a 1-1 tie Saturday.

In the 94th minute, the Crew's Eric Denton got free near the back of the penalty box and took a shot that goalkeeper Kevin Hartman deflected. Lalas cleared the ball just short of the goal.

The Crew dominated the first 35 minutes, scoring in the 36th minute on a header by Edson Buddle. Freddy Garcia struck a cross that Buddle flicked past Hartman into the lower right corner.

The Galaxy tied it in the 64th minute. Brian Maisonneuve missed a clearing attempt and Ruiz headed it across the goal mouth into the lower right corner past a diving Jon Busch.

Cavs ask fans for patience

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers players made phone calls this week to some season-ticket holders, thanking them for their loyalty and asking for patience while the club rebuilds.

Home attendance has plummeted for the Cavs, who play in front of as many empty bright blue seats as full ones in 20,562-seat Gund Arena most nights.

Cleveland is drawing a league-low 10,970 fans -- a drop of 4,204 from a year ago and down nearly 8,000 from 1994. The club wouldn't disclose its season-ticket base, but it's also down substantially.

Speedskater disqalified for illegal substance use

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Speedskater Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. has been disqualified from a fourth-place finish at January's U.S. Junior Long Track Championships after she tested positive for pseudoephedrine.

Swider-Peltz, 16, of Wheaton, Ill., also received a warning.

Pseudoephedrine is commonly found in over-the-counter cold and allergy medication and is banned from use by Olympic athletes.

Swider-Peltz received the minimum sanction because it was her first offense, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Friday.

Sabres sale closer to fruition

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- B. Thomas Golisano moved a significant step closer to owning the Buffalo Sabres when no competing bids were submitted to buy the bankrupt franchise.

Sabres lawyer William Thomas, who reported receiving no other bids by a 3 p.m. deadline, now can prepare for a hearing next Thursday before U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Kaplan, who is expected to approve Golisano's offer, valued at about $92 million.

Jaguar driver leads Formula One qualifying

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Mark Webber became the first Jaguar driver to turn a fastest lap in Formula One qualifying, finishing ahead of Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Five-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher had the fifth-fastest lap on the 2.671-mile Interlagos circuit in the first round of qualifying, finishing in 1 minute, 25.585 seconds.

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