Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2002

Crewsers sponsor rowing clinics

The Kenai Crewsers Rowing Club will sponsor a series of Learn to Row training sessions beginning May 17 and continuing through June.

Instruction will include dry land training, terminology, boat handling skills, safety information and rowing fundamentals. The sessions are geared toward novices interested in the sport of rowing and are for males and females ages 12 and older.

Sessions will be offered on Mackey Lake in Soldotna, Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing and Trail Lake in Moose Pass.

For more information, contact Donna Rea at 262-6037 or via e-mail at or Judy Demers at 283-5133.

Homer Community School hosting track meet

Homer Community School is sponsoring the seventh annual Hershey's Youth Track and Field Meet on May 18 at Homer High School.

The meet is an entry-level event designed to provide a basic playground form of participation for the beginning athlete. Students ages 7 to 14 are encouraged to participate.

Registration, which is free, begins at 1 p.m. on the day of the meet. Competition will start at 2 p.m. Participants can sign up ahead of time at the community school office.

Homer Community Schools also is looking for volunteers to help out at the meet with picking, measuring, timing, keeping stats and manning the concession stand. For more information, contact the Homer Community School office at 235-6090.

NBA owners approve Hornets' move

NEW YORK -- NBA owners approved the Hornets' move to New Orleans, assuring that the team's 14-year era in Charlotte will end when its season does.

Representatives from the league's 29 ownership groups voted on a conference call and approved the relocation, which had been recommended 10 days ago by a seven-owner committee and was endorsed by commissioner David Stern.

After a referendum to finance a new arena was defeated last year, the Hornets' owners said they needed to move to avoid millions of dollars in annual losses, in part from drastically declining attendance.

Capitals fire Wilson

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals fired coach Ron Wilson, who led the team to the 1998 Stanley Cup finals but hasn't won a playoff series since.

Wilson's dismissal came a month after the Capitals, who were thought to be a sure bet for the playoffs after trading for Jaromir Jagr, finished ninth in the Eastern Conference -- one spot away from a postseason berth -- with a 36-33-11-2 record.

Wilson was hired in 1997 and went 192-159-51-8 over five seasons. In his first season, he led the Capitals, who were seeded fourth in their conference, to the league finals after the top three seeds were eliminated by other teams in the first round. The Caps were swept by Detroit for the Stanley Cup.

NFL to enforce ephedrine ban

NEW YORK -- NFL players with asthma, colds or seasonal allergies will have to consult team doctors to avoid problems with year-round random drug testing for ephedrine that starts July 1.

Some Federal Drug Administration-approved drugs contain ephedrine or chemically related compounds. Ephedrine is among the stimulants the NFL banned last September in cooperation with the players association.

The NFL is the first U.S. pro sports league to ban ephedrine, a substance that also often is found in strength-building food supplements and can cause seizures, strokes or even death.

Hamilton wins Busch 200 for first NASCAR victory

LOUDON, N.H. -- After 95 winless starts in the NASCAR Busch series, Bobby Hamilton Jr. found the winning groove.

Powering through the pack in the final 60 laps, Hamilton won the Busch 200 at the New Hampshire International Speedway on Saturday for his first victory.

Hamilton, whose Ford is sponsored by the Marine Corps, jumped out of his car and waived the Marine flag before doing a quick spin at the finish line.

Todd Bodine, who started third and was in contention most of the way, finished second. Jack Sprague was third, and rookie polesitter Shane Hmiel was fourth, his best finish.

Hamilton appeared to have his first victory in last week's Hardee's 250 at Richmond, Va.. But, leading with 11 laps left, he ran out of gas and finished 25th.

Trinidad stops Cherifi

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Felix Trinidad moved a step closer to a middleweight title fight Saturday night, stopping French journeyman Hacine Cherifi in the fourth round.

Trinidad landed a right to the face that sent Cherifi to the canvas in the fourth. Cherifi got up, but Trinidad ended the fight by flooring Cherifi again with a right and a left hook to the jaw.

Trinidad, fighting for first time since losing to Bernard Hopkins in September in a bid to unify the middleweight titles, improved to 40-1 with his 34th knockout.

''I want Hopkins!'' the 29-year-old Trinidad said. ''I will chop his neck. Tito Trinidad is back.''

Trinidad outboxed Cherifi (32-6-1) from the opening bell to the delight of his home fans at Roberto Clemente Colisseum, knocking him down in the third with a right hook to the face.

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