Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, May 02, 2004

Wrestlers do well at ACS tourney

Four central peninsula wrestlers earned first place at the ACS freestyle wrestling tournament, held April 24 in Anchorage. For the Soldotna Whalers' Wrestling Club, Monica Hutchison, Hugh Warner and Cody Booth each earned first place, while the Nikiski Panthers' Jesse Kuntz also picked up a win.

Taking second place for the Whalers were Seth Hutchison, Austin Cunningham and Taylor Hanley. For the Panthers, Berit Sturgeon, Morgan Sauve, Lincoln Johnson and Kenai Sparkman each earned second place finishes.

In third place for the Panthers were Ian Johnson, Kassi Johnson and L.J. Covey, while Ryan Hanley, Tanner Waterbury and Troy Streiff claimed third place for the Whalers.

Bonds' trainer will get to retest materials

SAN FRANCISCO Lawyers for Barry Bonds' personal trainer will get a chance to retest suspected steroids taken from his apartment and car in a raid last fall.

Prosecutors said in court Friday that they have agreed in principle to hand over the evidence, which they claim includes vials of suspected steroids and human growth hormone.

Details of the agreement are to be finalized by May 14, and attorneys for personal trainer Greg Anderson say they expect their own chemical analysis of the materials to take about two to three weeks after that.

Anderson is one of four men charged in a drug-distribution ring allegedly centered around the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. All four have pleaded innocent. No athlete has been charged, and Bonds repeatedly has denied using steroids.

Williams could still face retrial and prison

SOMERVILLE, N.J. Although acquitted of the most serious charge, former NBA star Jayson Williams faces the possibility of a retrial, as well as prison time for convictions on attempting to conceal the shooting of a hired driver.

Williams was convicted Friday on four of six lesser charges, related to tampering with evidence and trying to cover up the death of Costas ''Gus'' Christofi. He was killed by a shotgun blast as Williams handled the weapon while showing friends his mansion.

After four days of deliberations, the jury cleared Williams of aggravated manslaughter but could not reach an unanimous verdict on the second major charge, reckless manslaughter, which carries up to 10 years in prison.

Several jurors said they were split 8-4 on that count, with the majority voting not guilty. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to retry Williams.

The jurors said they accepted the defense argument that the shooting was an accident and the weapon misfired.

''Jayson Williams is not a criminal,'' juror Ann Stengel said. ''Was he negligent? Yes. Should he have known better? Yes.''

''I never looked over there and saw a cold-blooded killer,'' juror Angela Pravata said.

However, they did convict Williams of four charges, including witness and evidence tampering.

Together, the four charges carry up to 13 years in prison. But Williams would probably receive a sentence of less than five years, the maximum for the most serious count. No date was set for sentencing. The 36-year-old former player could have faced up to 55 years in prison if convicted on all eight counts.

Song leads Chick-fil-A

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. Aree Song celebrated her 18th birthday by hanging on to the lead.

To earn a place in history, all the teenager has to do is hold off Annika Sorenstam and everyone else on a daunting leaderboard in the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.

Song shot a 2-under 70 in the third round Saturday, giving herself a chance to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history. Hall of Famer Marlene Hagge was 18 years, 14 days when she won the Sarasota Open in 1952.

Song had an 11-under 205 total for a one-stroke lead over Mi-Hyun Kim (69). Sorenstam (67), Kraft Nabisco winner Grace Park (71) and defending champion Se Ri Pak (68) were two strokes back along with Rachel Teske (68), Lorena Ochoa (68) and Becky Morgan (68).

HP Classic

NEW ORLEANS Danny Ellis took a one-stroke lead in the rain-plagued HP Classic, finishing off a 9-under 63 and adding a 66 in the second round.

Charles Howell III (66-64) was second, and Masters champion Phil Mickelson (67-65) was three strokes back along with Matt Kuchar (69-63), Craig Bowden (66-66) and Ken Duke (64-68).

Seventy-seven players were unable to finish the second round. Tour officials hoped to complete the third round Sunday and play the fourth round Monday.

Bruno's Memorial Classic

HOOVER, Ala. Bruce Fleisher shot a 4-under 68 to take a four-stroke lead over D.A. Weibring into the final round of the Bruno's Memorial Classic.

Fleisher, the runner-up last year, had a 12-under 132 total. Weibring shot his second straight 68. Hale Irwin (67), Tom Jenkins (66) and Jay Sigel (67) were five strokes back at 7 under.



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