Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2002

Twins set to open season

The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins will open their season Sunday with a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader against West at Kosinski Fields in Anchorage.

The Twins junior varsity opens play Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader at Kosinski Fields against Dimond. The junior varsity then plays West in a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader Sunday at Kosinski Fields.

Peninsula teams make state

The Homer High School baseball team will face Lathrop in the semifinals of the state baseball tournament today at 5 p.m. at Herman Brothers Field in Palmer.

The Homer girls open play in the state softball tournament with a 10 a.m. game against Monroe at Cartee Field #1 in Anchorage. Seward opens play at the state tournament with a 10 a.m. game against North Pole at Cartee Field #2.

Georgia Tech, Clemson share NCAA lead

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- Troy Matteson and the top-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets don't mind being singled out in the NCAA golf championship.

Led by Matteson's 5-under-par 66, the Yellow Jackets capped a long day to tie Clemson for the second-round lead Thursday.

''For everybody there's pressure just being here, to play well regardless of where they say you're ranked,'' Matteson said. ''I don't think there's a lot of extra pressure on us. We've been here before. We're just trying to do the things we need to do to play well. We're not worried about where we stand with everybody.''

Washington's Brock Mackenzie put the finishing touches on a rain-delayed 66 early in the morning after a fog delay on the wet course, then shot a 69 to lead the individual race at 7-under 135.

Langham leads Kemper Open

POTOMAC, Md. -- Franklin Langham, trying to become the Kemper Open's fourth straight first-time PGA Tour winner, matched the course record with an 8-under-par 63 on Thursday.

Langham, who just missed a birdie putt on the final hole, had a two-stroke lead over Bob Estes and was three in ahead of Chris DiMarco, Brian Watts, Jay Williamson, Willie Wood and Brian Gay.

Greg Norman, winless in five years, opened with a 67 on the TPC at Avenel. Defending champion Frank Lickliter shot a 70.

Langham's 63 also tied his personal tour best. He has had three career second-place finishes, including a tie for second at the Kemper two years ago.

British Masters

WOBURN, England -- Colin Montgomerie, playing despite a back injury, shot a 2-under-par 70 in windy conditions to fall five stroke behind in the British Masters.

Montgomerie, who was cleared to play in the U.S. Open after doctors determined he won't need surgery on his ailing back, is coming off consecutive second-place finishes. He lost to Tiger Woods on the third hold of a playoff at the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open on May 13 and tied for second last week in the Volvo PGA.

Santiago Luna of Spain and Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands shared the first-round lead at 5-under 67. Defending champion Thomas Levet of France was in a group at 68.

Pudge plays for first time in six weeks

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who is on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his back, went 4-for-6 in an extended spring training game Thursday.

The 10-time All-Star hasn't played for the Rangers since April 15, and the earliest he would rejoin the team is late next week.

Frank Catalanotto, who has been at extended spring because of a sprained right groin and back spasms, returned to Texas on Thursday after having soreness in his lower back.

Rodriguez had two doubles and two singles and was hit in the back by a pitch, but didn't have any discomfort because of that. He also caught 10 minutes of batting practice without any problems.

Rodriguez is expected to go through the same routine Friday and then catch 2-to-4 innings in a game Saturday. If all goes well, he will be assigned to Class A Port Charlotte and begin a rehab assignment Sunday.

He hasn't played in a minor league game since 1991 when he was 19 years old. That was at Double-A Tulsa, where he played 50 games before being called up by the Rangers.

Even though Rodriguez has played in just 12 games, he had an early lead in the All-Star fan voting over Jorge Posada (135,669 votes to 133,911).

Catalanotto's problem wasn't thought to be serious, but it will delay his return to the Rangers, which had been expected this weekend.

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