Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2002

Knights shut down Seahawks

The Colony girls soccer team defeated Seward 3-0 Friday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

The Knights received goals from Sienna Garrod, Kristina Klapperich and Autumn Manelick.

Team owner critical but stable after plane crash

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- NASCAR team owner Jack Roush was in critical but stable condition Saturday after crashing a small plane into a pond about 100 miles from Talladega Superspeedway where his drivers are racing this weekend.

Roush, whose 60th birthday was Friday, was being treated at University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital for a head injury and two broken legs.

He was flying alone Friday night when the borrowed plane apparently hit a power line and crashed into a pond, flipping upside down. The accident occurred in a neighborhood in Troy, about 50 miles from Montgomery.

''Right now, what we need to be doing is praying for Jack and taking care of business,'' said Mark Martin, who has driven for Roush since the owner came to the Winston Cup series in 1988.

Wallace wins NBA Defensive Player of Year

NEW YORK -- Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons was a nearly unanimous choice as NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Saturday after becoming just the fourth player to lead the league in rebounding and shot blocking.

In the most lopsided count in the award's history, Wallace received 116 of 120 votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Kevin Garnett, Dikembe Mutombo and Kobe Bryant received the other four votes.

Redskins sign Pro Bowl linebacker Trotter

WASHINGTON -- Jeremiah Trotter got his wish. He'll get to face his former team twice a year.

The two-time Pro Bowl linebacker agreed to a seven-year, $36 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Friday, leaving him in the NFC East to cause headaches for his former teammates in Philadelphia.

Trotter, who will receive a $7 million signing bonus, completes an impressive linebacking corps for new defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis. LaVar Arrington, recent free agent signing Jessie Armstead and Trotter all went to the Pro Bowl last season.

Gooden leaves Kansas for NBA

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- If Drew Gooden stayed, Kansas most likely would have been No. 1 in the preseason polls next year with its strongest team in decades.

But he's leaving, giving up his senior season to enter the NBA draft.

''What made the decision so tough was how much fun I had playing this year for coach (Roy) Williams and my teammates,'' the 6-foot-10 All-American forward said Friday.

''That's what's going to be tough, knowing I'm giving up another year of my childhood, of being young, and a college year. It's very valuable to me, to be giving that up. But you have to make some decisions in your life.''

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