Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2002

Halibut derbies shove off

Both the Homer and Seward Jackpot Halibut derbies got underway this month. In Seward, the prize for the largest fish caught during the derby's first week went to Anchorage angler Gene A. Wilcox. Prizes are awarded for the three largest fish caught each week, as well as for fish that weigh-in closest to selected target weights. Derby tickets cost $5 per day or $35 for the entire 13-week tournament. For more information on the Seward Jackpot Halibut Derby, call 224-8051.

Homer's annual derby is also underway. The current derby leader is Monte Boston of Eagle River, who caught a 125-pound halibut on May 4. Prizes are awarded for largest fish each month, largest fish overall, catching a specially tagged fish and a cash drawing. For more information on the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, call 235-7740.

Car show scheduled for Saturday

Anybody with a car or truck they'd like to show off is invited to participate in the second annual McDonald's Car Show Saturday in the McDonald's parking lot in Kenai.

The show gets under way at 10 a.m. and wraps us at 4 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited to come and vote for the best-looking car or truck.

Trophies will be awarded in three categories: Street car or truck; drag car; and circle track race car.

In addition to the street and race cars, the Kenai Police Department, Kenai Fire Department and the Alaska State Troopers will be at the show to display their new public safety and rescue vehicles.

Early registration is appreciated for those wishing to enter a car. To register, contact Ken Lucas at 283-0231.

Saints fire GM Randy Mueller

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints unexpectedly fired general manager Randy Mueller, who was the 2000 NFL Executive of the Year for helping the franchise get its first playoff victory.

The Saints scheduled a news conference for Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT to discuss the move, team spokesman Greg Bensel said.

Mueller joined New Orleans in January 2000, when the team revamped its staff after going 3-13 in 1999, and he soon hired head coach Jim Haslett.

The Saints rebounded to go 10-6 in the 2000 regular season, finishing atop the NFC West, and beat reigning Super Bowl champion St. Louis in a first-round playoff game.

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