Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2001

Halibut Derby May winners announced

Five anglers took home some cash for their angling effort, taking the prizes for the month of May in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Lavana Contrades of Kauai, Hawaii, earned the top prize of $1,000 with a 197-pound halibut landed on May 21. Sandra Kellar of Flagstaff, Ariz., won the $750 second-place prize with a 185.6-pound fish and Tom Green of Solon, Ohio, won the $500 third prize with a 182.6-pound catch.

Charles Boaze of Soldotna nabbed $250 for fourth place with a 159-pound fish, and Dave Ritchie of Bastrop, Texas, earned $125 for his fifth-place, 150-pound halibut.

Contrades fish still leads the overall derby standings.

Jeff Sauer of North Pole leads in the June monthly standings with a 196.2-pound fish landed on June 2. Jon Blazina of Hibbing, Minn., is in second place with a 148.6-pound fish caught on June 2, and John Campion of Eagan, Minn., caught the 139-pound third-place fish on June 3.

Roger Griffin of International Falls, Minn., is in fourth place with a 123.6-pound fish caught on June 2, and the fifth-place fish for the month of June is still out there, waiting to be caught.

BP Classic brings hockey clinic to area

In an event associated with the BP Classic, NHL alumni will conduct hockey clinics for players ages 7 to 11 and ages 12 to 16 Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Scheduled to lead the clinic is University of Wisconsin coach Jeff Sauer, who has coached 30 seasons at the college level and won NCAA championships with the Badgers in 1983 and 1990.

Also scheduled to appear are Cliff Koroll, who played right wing with the Chicago Blackhawks from 1969 to 1980; Phil Russell, who played defense for the Blackhawks from 1972 to 1979 and also played for Atlanta, Calgary, New Jersey and Buffalo; and Billy Gardner, who played for the Blackhawks from 1980 to 1986 and also played for the Hartford Whalers.

Each clinic is limited to 25 players, and the clinic for ages 7 to 11 is already filled up. The clinic for ages 12 to 16, which will be from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., has a few slots left. Cost is $25 and participants must wear all required youth hockey equipment. Players should plan to arrive early and be ready to skate 15 minutes ahead of the clinic start time. To register, call Nick Glover at (907)564-5511 or e-mail him at glovernw@bp.com. The deadline for registration is Wednesday.

All proceeds from the clinic will benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Run for the River set for Saturday

The Run for the River, a 5-kilometer race on city streets, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. The run will start near the ballfields in Kenai. To register, contact Kelly Shea or Robert Ruffner at 260-5449.

The registration fee is $10 and T-shirts are extra. Those wishing to register the day of the race should show up at the starting line at 9 a.m.

Alaska Sprint Tour rolls through Capitol Speedway

The Alaska Sprint Tour, featuring open-wheeled winged sprint cars, made its first stop of the season Friday at Capitol Speedway in Willow.

Kenai's Marty Fell ran in the 360 division, taking third place in heat one and heat two.

Elton McGahan of Kenai ran in the 410 division, taking third in the dash, fourth in heat one and third in heat two and the main event.

Alaska Sprint Tour

Friday at Capitol Speedway, Willow

360 DIVISION

Gold Rush Dash -- 1. Tracy Anacker, Fairbanks; 2. Bill Balog, Fairbanks; 3. Alex Callahan, Chugiak; 4. Bob Erdman, Wasilla.

Heat 1 -- 1. Alex Callahan, Chugiak; 2. Bill Balog, Fairbanks; 3. Marty Fell, Kenai; 4. Tracy Anacker, Fairbanks; 5. Bob Erdman, Wasilla.

Heat 2 -- 1. Bob Erdman, Wasilla; 2. Tracy Anacker, Fairbanks; 3. Marty Fell, Kenai; 4. Alex Callahan, Chugiak; 5. Bill Balog, Fairbanks.

Main Event -- 1. Tracy Anacker, Fairbanks; 2. Bill Balog, Fairbanks; 3. Alex Callahan, Chugiak.

410 DIVISION

Gold Rush Dash -- 1. John McDonald, Anchorage; 2. Robert Hansen, Wasilla; 3. Elton McGahan, Kenai; 4. Larry Frazier, Anchorage.

Heat 1 -- 1. John McDonald, Anchorage; 2. Robert Hansen, Wasilla; 3. Larry Frazier, Anchorage; 4. Elton McGahan, Kenai.

Heat 2 -- 1. Robert Hansen, Wasilla; 2. John McDonald, Anchorage; 3. Elton McGahan, Kenai; 4. Larry Frazier, Anchorage.

Main Event -- 1. John McDonald, Anchorage; 2. Robert Hansen, Wasilla; 3. Elton McGahan, Kenai; 4. Larry Frazier, Anchorage.

Moore to stay with Lions

DETROIT -- Herman Moore will play for the Detroit Lions next season, an NFL source said Monday night.

The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press the Lions and Moore agreed to restructure his contract on Monday. The team was to hold a news conference Tuesday morning, the source said.

''The discussions continued through the night and they were very positive,'' team vice president Bill Keenist said. ''There is optimism on both sides.''

That's a stark change from a few days ago, when Moore's release appeared inevitable.

Moore agreed to a six-year contract in 1999 and was scheduled to make nearly $3.3 million this year. After two lackluster seasons, the Lions asked him to reduce his salary to $1 million for 2001.

Suzuki leads AL outfielders in fan voting

NEW YORK -- Rookie Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners leads AL outfielders in fan voting for next month's All-Star game at Safeco Field in Seattle.

Suzuki, who helped Seattle to the third-best start in major league history and a 16-game lead in the AL West, is trying to become the first AL rookie outfielder to start the All-Star game since Tony Oliva in 1964.

Suzuki led AL players in hits and stolen bases going into Monday night's game. The Japanese star has 451,865 votes -- he trailed Boston's Manny Ramirez by about 1,000 in last week's balloting.

Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez is the overall AL leader in voting for starting spots with 466,143.

Ramirez (401,434) and Cleveland's Juan Gonzalez (322,172) trail Suzuki among the outfielders.

Other AL position leaders are Toronto first baseman Carlos Delgado (224,395), Cleveland second baseman Roberto Alomar (391,762), Texas shortstop Alex Rodriguez (288,952), Baltimore third baseman Cal Ripken (207,243) and Seattle DH Edgar Martinez (410,756).

AHL adds six teams from folding IHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The American Hockey League is adding six teams from the International Hockey League, which officially folded Monday.

The AHL, founded in 1936, already had 20 teams and has become the main developmental league for the NHL. All 30 NHL teams will supply players to the AHL.

''Our need for player development is greater than ever,'' said Bill Torrey, president of the Florida Panthers. ''This is such an important event and it's been an exhilarating experience. It's a great day for hockey.''

The 56-year-old IHL, based in Detroit, had lost eight teams in the past four years and had 11 members this season.

The IHL's Milwaukee Admirals, Chicago Wolves, Grand Rapids Griffins, Utah Grizzlies, Houston Aeros and Manitoba Moose are joining the AHL, which also earlier announced it was adding expansion franchises in Bridgeport, Conn., and Manchester, N.H.

IHL owners also approved the sale of the Kentucky Thoroughblades to the NHL's San Jose Sharks and the transfer of the franchise from Lexington, Ky., to Cleveland.

Nicklaus has lowest 36-hole total in qualifying

For the 45th consecutive year, at least one Nicklaus will be in the field for the U.S. Open.

Jack Nicklaus, a winner of four Opens, will not compete this year, breaking a streak of 44 straight appearances.

His son Gary, however, had two 66s for the lowest 36-hole score Monday during sectional qualifying at The Lakes Golf and Country Club and Double Eagle Club.

''He's been working with me on my game,'' Gary said of his father. ''He's just working with me on my game, trying to improve everything.''

The elder Nicklaus watched his son play during his round at Double Eagle Club. Asked what his father said to him after his round, Gary said, ''He said, 'Nice playing.'''

Twenty-six players from a field of 117 in Westerville, Ohio, qualified for the U.S. Open, to be held June 14-17 at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla. There was sectional qualifying at eight other sites Monday.

Among the others qualifying at Westerville, not far from where the Memorial Tournament ended Sunday, were prominent PGA Tour players Fred Couples, Dudley Hart, Bob Tway, Brett Quigley, Tim Herron, Glen Day, Harrison Frazar, Carl Paulson, Robert Gamez, Steve Stricker, Fred Funk and Steve Lowery.

Nine players competed for the final two spots after all finished at 4-under 140. Esteban Toledo, John Maginnes and Bill Glasson each birdied the first hole and moved on in the playoff. Toledo and Maginnes each parred the second hole, but Glasson lipped out a 4 1/2-foot par putt. He will be the first alternate from Ohio qualifying.

Nicklaus, 32, tied for 17th at 4-under 284 last weekend at his father's tournament, which is played at nearby Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Nicklaus, who will be appearing in his second Open after missing the cut in 1997, had 14 birdies and two bogeys in the 36 holes at the two courses.

Hart, Quigley and Couples all were at 135, with Todd Fischer, Sweden's Jarmo Sandelin, Mike Sposa and Chris Smith had 136s.

Those not qualifying included Joey Sindelar, Frank Nobilo, Aaron Baddeley of Australia, Billy Mayfair, John Cook, Ted Tryba and Len Mattiace.

At Atlanta

Bryce Molder, a quarterfinalist in last year's U.S. Amateur, led the four qualifiers from East Lake Golf Club with rounds of 64 and 69. Billy Andrade, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, was second after a 70 and 65.

At Dallas

Chris Wall and Clark Dennis both had 3-under 139 totals and qualified at Northwood Club along with Baylor student Jimmy Walker, who had a 141. Wall qualified despite having his driver accidentally broken when his caddie hoisted the bag over his shoulder. For the last seven holes, Wall was forced to use a 3-wood.

Ben Crenshaw, a two-time Masters champion and the captain of the 1999 U.S. Ryder Cup team, failed to qualify with a 36-hole total of 149.

At Rockville, Md.

Joel Kribel, who broke Tiger Woods' stroke average record at Stanford, and Olin Browne, who finished tied for fifth in the 1997 Open, both had 135 totals to qualify from Woodmont Country Club.

At Denver

John Douma had a 135 and Kyle Blackman a 137 to qualify from Columbine Country Club, but Craig Stadler missed by four strokes.

At Chicago

John Harris, the 1993 U.S. Amateur champion, had a 140 and was among three qualifiers from Cantigny Golf Club.

At Cleveland

Bradley Klaprott had a 137 and Chad Campbell had a 139 to qualify from Kirtland Country Club.

At Los Angeles

Thongchi Jaidee of Thailand, the No. 2 money-winner this year on the Asian tour, shot a 4-under 138 to lead four qualifiers at the El Caballero Country Club. Charles Kang, one of the three who finished at 139, had seven consecutive 3s in his second round.

At Kansas City, Mo.

PGA Tour players Tom Pernice, Jr. (137) and Matt Gogel (138) were the qualifiers from Blue Hills Country Club, where played was delayed for 2 1/2 hours by rain.



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