Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2002

Palmer angler leads Homer derby June standings

David Baumann of Palmer has recorded the biggest fish this month in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

Baumann landed a 238.4-pound fish on June 2 to capture first place in the monthly standings. Tim Long of Owasso, Okla., caught a 235.8-pound fish, good for second place, on June 6 and Steve Wilson of Louisburg, Kan., hooked the third-place fish, a 177.6-pounder, on June 6.

Douglas Epps of Homer landed his fourth-place, 169.2-pound fish on June 7 and Bill Milewski of Kenai caught a 155.4-pound fish on June 1, good for fifth place.

Ruth Armstrong of Eagle River still leads the overall derby standings with a 306.4-pound catch landed May 31.

Dwight Cork of Anchorage landed a tagged fish June 3. The fish was sponsored by Alaska Adventure Fishing Charters in Homer.

Canada fisher takes weekly Seward prize

Jim Zingle of Edmonton, Alberta, won the $500 weekly prize for coming closest to the target weight of 88 pounds in the Seward Jackpot Halibut Derby last week.

Zingle's catch weighed in at 89 pounds, 8 ounces. Second place and the $250 prize went to Kenneth Roberts of Milford, Mo., for his 92-pound, 8-ounce fish and third place was awarded to Steven Walther of Perry, Mo., for a 93-pound catch.

Derby tickets are $5 a day and $35 for the tournament. For more information, contact the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 224-8051.

Lewis-Tyson fight sets record for pay-per-view

NEW YORK -- The Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson heavyweight title fight was the highest-grossing pay-per-view event in history.

HBO said Tuesday that its joint venture with Showtime had grossed $103 million on 1.8 million buys, $3 million more than the previous high, the second bout between Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

''This exceeded even our expectations. This was a night that truly lifted the sport,'' said Mark Taffett, senior vice president for HBO Sports. Taffett would not say what those expectations were, but reports put it in the $100 million area.

Red Wings' Fischer suspended for Game 5

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer was suspended for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals for cross-checking Carolina Hurricanes forward Tommy Westlund in the mouth.

As the two tangled behind the net in third period of Game 4 Monday night, Fischer rammed his stick into Westlund's face. Westlund was bleeding heavily as he left the ice and needed five stitches inside his mouth.

No penalty was called on the play, apparently because referees Paul Devorski and Don Koharski were occupied elsewhere and did not see it. Carolina coach Paul Maurice said afterward he would send a tape of the incident to the league.

Earlier in the game, Fischer set up Igor Larionov's third goal in two games when he acted as if he might shoot, only to pass to Larionov, who beat goalie Arturs Irbe with a shot to the glove side.

The goal helped the Red Wings to a 3-0 victory and a 3-1 series lead. They can win the Stanley Cup in Game 5 on Thursday night in Detroit.

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