Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 06, 2004

Kenai golf tourney slated for Friday

The Kenai Golf Association will hold its early bird tournament Friday at the Kenai Golf Course. The tournament is open to all Kenai Golf Association members and begins with a shotgun start at 5:30 p.m.

U.S. upsets Czech Republic in shootout

PRAGUE, Czech Republic Edmonton Oilers goalie Ty Conklin posted a shutout in a penalty shootout, and Andy Roach's goal put the United States in the World Hockey Championships semifinals with an upset of the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Roach gave the Americans a 1-0 shootout win after the teams tied 2-2 through regulation and overtime.

In the shootout, the first four shooters for each team missed. Then Roach, a defenseman who plays in the German league, made a left-to-right fake in front of Nashville Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun and stuffed the puck into the open net.

''An American who coaches in the German league had seen this kid (Roach) in many, many shootouts,'' U.S. coach Peter Laviolette said. ''And he guaranteed that this kid has a move that won't be stopped.''

After Roach scored, Jiri Dopita, who used to play for the Philadelphia Flyers, shot wide, and the Americans gathered on the ice to celebrate with hugs.

They rallied after trailing 2-0 in regulation.

''We were down but we played a great game, maybe our best effort as a group,'' Laviolette said.

The U.S. opponent Saturday will be Sweden, which beat Latvia 4-1 with a goal and assist from Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.

Canisius basketball player dies suddenly

BUFFALO, N.Y. Canisius junior forward Richard Jones collapsed during a workout with some teammates Wednesday and died later at a hospital, according to school officials.

Jones, 21, had just taken a shot during the workout in the Koessler Athletic Center, turned to run, began to tremble, and fell, face forward, to the floor, said Marc Gignac, the school's sports information director.

Gignac said Jones was working out with coach Mike MacDonald and some teammates, who summoned trainers. The trainers used an automatic defibrillator but could not resuscitate Jones, who died after being transported to an area hospital, the school said.

Athletic director Timothy Dillon said he didn't have any details on the cause of death. He said hospital officials would let family members decide whether to go forward with an autopsy.

''All of our athletes all go through a rigorous physical, and we would never have a student athlete participating if we knew there was a problem,'' he said.

Jones, a native of Boston, played in 88 games with the Golden Griffins, starting 47. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds for his career.

He twice scored a career-high 15 points last season when he averaged 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 30 games.

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