Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2003

Knight, Weimer take Run for River

Brent Knight and Jessica Weimer picked up victories Saturday in the Run for the River. Knight finished the 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 28 seconds, to defeat runner-up Tom Bronga by 10 seconds. Weimer finished in 19:40 to top runner-up Marci Mohler by 30 seconds.

Run for the River

5 kilometers

in Kenai

Men's results

1. Brent Knight, 17 minutes, 28 seconds; 2. Tom Bronga, 17:38; 3. Adam Tressler, 17:47; 4. Charles Rivers, 18:07; 5. Trevor Baldwin, 19:14; 6. Jeffrey Helminiak, 21:33; 7. Donald Fancher Jr., 21:43;8. Eric Barton, 21:55; 9. Randy Baldwin, 22:24; 10. Joe Donahue, 22:43; 11. Kurt Strausbaugh, 23:29; 12. Ed Banas, 24:154; 13. John Roderick, 24:24; 14. William Schwenke, 24:36; 15. Jamie Duke, 24:42; 16. Dan Bevington, 25:17; 17. Scott Moon, 27:31; 18. Jim Ramsey, 27:59; 19. Doug Weil, 28:14; 20. Kenley Scarlett, 29:10; 21. Bo P. Reilly, 29:10; 22. Alan Finifrock, 29:17; 23. Kim Deder, 29:23; 24. George Demetelin, 50:00.

Women's results

1. Jessica Weimer, 19:40; 2. Marci Mohler, 20:10; 3. Elena Bird, 21:51; 4. Jaime Bronga, 21:55; 5. Lauren Baldwin, 22:01; 6. Mara Mohler, 22:10; 7. Andrea Sprung, 23:27; 8. Robin Fisk, 24:22; 9. Billie Jean Williams, 24:26; 10. Candace Cartwright, 24:31; 11. Amy McVee, 24:58; 12. Stacy McLeod, 25:23; 13. Leslie Holden, 26:37; 14. Tammy Strausbaugh, 27:12; 15. Charlotte Harvey, 27:28; 16. Christine Morin, 27:38; 17. S.J. Lee, 27:40; 18. Maggie Reilly, 27:42; 19. Cheryl Davis, 27:44; 20. Pamela Russell, 28:13; 21. Brittany Sebastain, 28:13; 22. Elizabeth Scarlett, 28:22; 23. Paula DiPaolo, 28:39; 24. Lisa Parker, 30:29; 25. Ali Wykis, 30:54.

26. Jessica Duke, 31:36; 27. Shelby Rose Dykstra, 31:36; 28. Doris Saks, 32:04; 29. Grade den Dekker, 32:59; 30. Connie Wheat, 33:51; 31. Alissa Cotler, 33:56; 32. Maria Sweppy, 34:00; 33. Rachell Robson, 34:05; 34. Jennifer Ratchye, 35:25; 35. Kathy Bush, 35:47; 36. Sharon Kelly Reilly, 36:06; 37. Mackenzie Saks, 36:47; 38. Sammie Cole, 41:09; 39. Betty Dean, 47:44; 40. Angie Wheat, 47:53; 41. Lisa Vezzani, 47:54; 42. Pat Reilly, 49:15; 43. Kelly Reilly, 49:15; 44. Victoria Ratchye, 49:24; 45. Dawn Nixon, 50:11.

Neuheisel offers proposal to keep job

MEDINA, Wash. Rick Neuheisel maintains he did not break NCAA rules when he gambled on college basketball tournaments and believes he should keep his job as Washington's football coach.

Neuheisel addressed reporters Saturday at his lakeside home, two days after athletic director Barbara Hedges announced her decision to fire him.

''I remain confident that there will be no finding of any major infraction at the NCAA level,'' Neuheisel said. ''And if the university could see their way to allow me to retain my job, I would guarantee them that if in fact there were a finding of a major infraction, I would resign immediately and ask not for one more penny from the university.

''I'd go further and promise that I would reimburse the attorney general's office and pay for all their costs associated with defending the university at the NCAA level.''

The state attorney general's office serves as legal counsel to the university and all other state agencies.

Neuheisel admits he gambled on the last two NCAA basketball tournaments, but said he didn't realize he was breaking NCAA rules by participating in the pool with friends and neighbors.

He invested a combined $6,400 and reportedly won about $12,000, giving some of the money to charity. In his defense, he cited a department memo that said off-campus pools are acceptable.

Jim Daves, a UW athletic department spokesman, had no comment Saturday afternoon in response to Neuheisel's latest statement.

Roddick zips 149 mph serve in beating Agassi

LONDON Andy Roddick equaled the world record with a 149 mph serve and beat Andre Agassi for the first time, winning 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6) Saturday to reach the Queen's Club final.

His victory came a day after the second-seeded Agassi took over the No. 1 ranking on the ATP Tour.

Roddick, seeded third, faces Sebastien Grosjean in Sunday's final of this Wimbledon tuneup. The sixth-seeded Frenchman defeated Tim Henman of England 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

Roddick's record serve came early in the second set, matching Greg Rusedski's mark of five years ago. Earlier in the tournament, Roddick cranked one serve of 147 mph.

''I guess Greg has some company now,'' he said. ''It would have been nice to get that 1 more mile an hour, but I didn't even notice it so it's a pleasant surprise.''

Roddick had 27 aces against Agassi, who beat him the previous four times they played.

The victory established Roddick as a threat for Wimbledon, which begins June 23. Seedings will be announced Monday, and Agassi or Lleyton Hewitt is expected to be seeded first.

''He's (Agassi) my hero growing up and he's kicked my butt more than a couple times,'' Roddick said. ''I was looking to get a win out here today, and I got a little lucky out there in the end.''

Williams' son gets first professional hit

PENSACOLA, Fla. The son of Hall of Famer Ted Williams got his first professional hit Saturday night in his 12th at-bat.

The 34-year-old John Henry Williams, playing for the Southeastern Cloverleafs of the unaffiliated Southeastern League of Professional Baseball, hit a soft popup that fell in behind Pensacola Pelicans shortstop Heath Kelly in the ninth inning. Pensacola won 5-3.

Ted Williams finished with a .344 career average and was the last major league to bat over .400, when he hit .406 in 1941. John Henry Williams' career average is .083.

He did not ask for the ball, Pelicans owner Quint Studer said.

''It just dropped in there and he went to first,'' Studer said moments after the hit. ''He's not even smiling. Nobody's making a big deal about it.''

U.S. women's soccer routs Ireland

SALT LAKE CITY Julie Foudy had a goal and two assists, and Abby Wambach scored her first two goals of the season as the United States beat Ireland 5-0 Saturday night in an exhibition match.

Mia Hamm, the crowd favorite who got the loudest cheer of the night when she came in as a substitute in the second half, also scored for the Americans, who have three more tuneups before the World Cup this fall.

The Americans were hardly tested, outshooting the Irish team 24-0 and playing most of the game on their opponents' half of the field.

Emma Byrne, who got a break on several U.S. shots that sailed over the crossbar, finished with 12 saves, including several at point-blank range that could have easily made it a bigger rout before the crowd of 19,584.

Briana Scurry didn't have to make a save for the United States, which shut out Great Britain 6-0 last month in Alabama and hasn't allowed a goal since a 6-1 win over Canada April 26.

The match was originally scheduled to be against South Korea, but the SARS outbreak delayed a World Cup qualifying tournament in Asia. Ireland, which faced the U.S. team just once and lost 5-0 in 1999, was selected to replace South Korea.

U.S. coach April Heinrichs didn't start Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Aly Wagner or Tiffeny Millbrett, trying to give some younger players a look as she considers the Americans' World Cup lineup.

Wambach responded with her first two goals for the national team this season. Wambach, who joined the team earlier than expected because she was suspended from the WUSA's Washington Freedom for drawing a red card in a match last weekend, scored the last two goals of the first half. She made it 3-0 with a shot in front off a pass from Cristie Pearce, then made it four-goal lead with a header off a pass from Foudy in the 42nd minute.

Foudy scored an unassisted goal in the 12th minute that gave the United States a 2-0 lead. Byrne made a leaping grab to stop Kristine Lilly's shot, but couldn't control the ball. It bounced out to Foudy, who fired it inside the right post.

Heather O'Reilly made it 1-0 in the second minute with a header off a long pass from Foudy, but was injured on the play when she collided with Byrne. O'Reilly's left ankle got twisted in the collision, and she stayed down for several minutes and was taken off on a stretcher.

Hamm added her fourth goal of the season off a rebound in the 79th minute, prompting another loud ovation and several chants of ''Mi-a! Mi-a! Mi-a!'' with the United States up 5-0.

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