Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Kenai Golf Course ready to open

The Kenai Golf Course, located on Lawton Drive in Kenai will open Friday. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Greens fees are $9 for nine holes and $18 for 18 holes on weekdays, and $11 for nine holes and $22 for 18 holes on weekends.

All the permanent greens are open and reported to already be in better condition than they were last summer.

Also new for this season, the clubhouse cafe is under new management as the former owners of Wings Cafe are leasing the golf course eatery.

Ramos to retire at end of MLS season

NEWARK, N.J. -- Fifteen years ago, Tab Ramos was considered one of the rising stars of American soccer, a midfielder capable of elevating the level of the sport in the United States to points never before reached.

With many of his former and current teammates in attendance, Ramos said Tuesday he will retire at the end of this Major League Soccer season, ending a career that did raise U.S. soccer to a new level.

Ramos helped the United States reach three World Cups and was instrumental in the formation of MLS, becoming the first player to sign with the league, which started play in 1996.

''I'm lucky to have lived this life,'' Ramos said. ''Even though it's a bit of a sad moment that I'm leaving, I'm excited that I've been able to help the sport and help the development of American soccer. We have much better players now and there will be in the future. It's a totally different world.''

The retirement isn't unexpected. Ramos, who turns 36 in September, retired from international play in November 2000 and he has hinted that this would be his last year with the New York-New Jersey MetroStars.

Flyers hire Hitchcock as coach

VOORHEES, N.J. -- When the Philadelphia Flyers fired Bill Barber two weeks ago, they planned to conduct a long, exhaustive search to find a new coach.

It took just one interview.

Ken Hitchcock, who led the Dallas Stars to a Stanley Cup championship in 1999, was hired Tuesday to lead the Flyers. He was the only candidate to meet with the team.

''When we made that statement, we were worried that Ken was on his way to the Rangers,'' team chairman Ed Snider said. ''Fortunately, that wasn't the case. We jumped in right away. He's exactly the coach this team needs.''

New campaign to back Rose's bid for Hall

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Pete Rose has a new backer in his bid to reach the Hall of Fame. His latest sponsor is taking up his cause.

Ads in magazines and on billboards featuring Rose and displaying the phrase, ''Why isn't Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame?'' will soon appear, said David Schulte, president of Pony brands. The athletic shoe company will run a three-month campaign.

''It's nice for me to know that someone's in my corner,'' Rose said.

Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from major league baseball in 1989 following an investigation of his gambling. The former Cincinnati star, the career hits leader, is ineligible for the Hall of Fame ballot while he is on the permanently banned list.

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