Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2005

East sweeps Twins

The American Legion Twins lost two games to East Sunday in Anchorage. The Twins are now 10-6 overall.

In the first game, East jumped out to a 9-0 lead en route to a 12-10 victory.

"It showed a lot that they fought back from being down 9-0 and got within a run at one point," Twins manager John Kennedy said.

Alex Johansen took the loss for the Twins. Luke Oliver had three hits and two runs, Jeff Kennedy had two hits, an RBI and two runs, Jacob Madrid had two runs and two RBIs and Shawn Isaacs had three RBI and the first home run the Twins have hit this year.

In the second game, the Twins went up 4-0 but ended up losing 11-4.

"We got four runs early, then we just kind of shut down," Kennedy said.

Isaacs took the loss in the contest. Luke Gilbert had two RBIs while Travis Mercier was 1-for-1 with two walks.

The two losses mean the Twins finished 3-3 this week against Chugiak, East and Wasilla.

"We know what it's going to take to win, we just have to work," Kennedy said. "We started out good, but I think we started taking things for granted. We have to get back to work."

The Twins host Wasilla in a 1:30 p.m. doubleheader at Coral Seymour Memorial Park Wednesday.

East 12, Twins 10, 1st game

Twins 000 062 101 — 10 9 1

East 342 001 200 — 12 15 4

Johansen, Waters (3), E. Simpson (7) and Ju. Simpson; Nick Nading, Poland (5), Zelany (6), Beltz (9) and Plancich. L — Johansen. W — Poland. S — Beltz. 2B — East: Harrison, Akers 2, Lampkin, C. Nading, Scott. 3B — East: Harrison. HR — Twins: Isaacs. LOB — Twins 13, East 12.

East 11, Twins 4, 2nd game

Twins 400 000 0 — 4 4 5

East 222 023 X — 11 9 1

Isaacs, Gilbert (3) and Waters; Braumberger, Zelany (1), C. Nading (6), Beltz (7) and Nieves. W — Zelany. L — Isaacs. 2B — East: Scott, Lampkin. HR — East: Harrison, Lampkin. LOB — Twins 9, East 5.

Miners sweep Oilers

The Mat-Su Miners finished off a two-game sweep of the Peninsula Oilers Monday evening at Coral Seymour Memorial Park with a 6-5 victory.

The Miners improved to 6-2 in the Alaska Baseball League and 12-4 overall with the victory. The Oilers are now at 4-4 in the ABL and 10-6 overall.

The game was tied at 5 in the top of the eighth inning when the Miners mounted the winning rally. Brett Bigler started the rally with an infield hit back to the pitcher. Bigler then stole second, and the throw down to second went into the outfield. The throw from the outfield to third base also got away, allowing Bigler to score the winning run.

Both teams had a lot of pop in their bats, with the Miners collecting 12 hits and the Oilers getting 11 hits. For the Oilers, Nick Kliebert had three hits, Jake Kahaulelio had two hits and Jack Rye had two hits.

Josh McLaughlin picked up the victory in relief for the Miners.

The Oilers now embark on an eight-game road trip, starting Wednesday night with a game at Athletes in Action at 7 p.m.

Ferry named Cavs general manager

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert first looked right, toward his new general manager. Then left, at Cleveland's rookie coach.

''This is our team,'' proclaimed Gilbert, flanked at a table by GM Danny Ferry and coach Mike Brown. ''We have our team in place and we're going forward with this team.''

One without Larry Brown, who was nowhere near Gund Arena — and doesn't sound like he'll be coming anytime soon.

Ferry, part of one of the most debated trades in Cleveland history, came back to the Cavaliers on Monday as the club's GM. Armed with a five-year contract, he'll take over a team with $25 million in salary cap space to spend this summer on free agents to complement star forward LeBron James.

With the NBA draft Tuesday and free agency opening July 1, Gilbert, who said he interviewed 22 candidates for the GM position before hiring Ferry, couldn't afford to wait any longer to finalize his front office.

Gilbert has talked with Brown about the Detroit Pistons coach becoming the Cavs' president of basketball operations if he doesn't coach next season. But Gilbert indicated that Brown is no longer in the Cavs' immediate plans.

Rogers breaks bone hitting water cooler

ARLINGTON, Texas — Kenny Rogers broke a bone in his non-pitching hand when he hit a water cooler in frustration, and the Texas Rangers pitcher will miss at least one start.

Rogers, 9-3 with an American League-leading 2.46 ERA, broke a bone at the base of his right pinkie after coming out of his last home start, June 17 against Washington, manager Buck Showalter said Monday.

''It's an emotional game ... most of the time you don't break a small bone,'' Showalter said after pointing out a cooler at the end of the dugout. ''The good news, it's nothing serious enough to keep him out over an extended period of time.''

Showalter said the left-hander will miss his scheduled start Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels, and indicated Rogers could miss another turn as well because it would take 10-12 days for the broken bone to heal completely.

Pernice, Ogilvy share medalist spot

SUMMIT, N.J. — Tom Pernice Jr. shot a course-record 8-under-par 64 in the morning round and shared medalist honors Monday with Australian Geoff Ogilvy in the international qualifying final for the British Open.

Pernice and Ogilvy had 10-under-par 134 totals on the North and South courses at the Canoe Brook Country Club in heading the 14 qualifiers who earned berths for the Open at St. Andrews on July 14-17.

Duffy Waldorf, Alex Cejka of Germany, Joe Durant, Steve Gutschewski and Jason Allred finished a stroke back at 135 on the rainy day that mimicked British Open conditions without the chill.

Tom Byrum was alone at 8-under-par 136, while Bo Van Pelt, Daniel Chopra of Sweden and Australians Scott Hend of Australia and Robert Allenby also earned berths with 137 total.

Wilhelm Schauman, a Swede who carried his own bag, and Richard Barcelo got the final two berths by recording birdies on the first hole of a seven-man playoff that included former U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin. The group finished at 138.

Others who failed to qualify were Steve Elkington, Justin Rose, Bob Tway, Tom Kite and Jose Coceres, who all finished at 139.

Pernice, who finished 11th at the Barclays Classic this past weekend, had six birdies and an eagle on the North Course. The previous course record was a 65 posted by fellow PGA Tour player Len Mattiace.

Pernice, who got the only spot in a U.S. Open qualifier earlier this month, lost a ball in the rough on his second hole in the afternoon round en route to a 70.

Ogilvy had a pair of 67s in winning his second big qualifier this month. He was the medalist for the U.S. Open qualifying at Waterville, Ohio.

For Waldorf, qualifying was sweet. He missed by a stroke at Congressional last year.

Fourteen spots also were at stake Monday in England, with England's Simon Khan and Ireland's Peter Lawrie topping the 120-player field at 8-under 132 after rounds on Sunningdale's Old and New courses. Khan had two 66s, and Lawrie shot 65-67.

John Bickerton, Robert Coles, Simon Dyson, Marcus Fraser, Andrew Oldcorn, Peter Baker, Alastair Forsyth, Ian Woosnam, Patrik Sjoland, Andrew Butterfield and Robert Rock also qualified. David Geall, Kenneth Ferrie, Henrik Stenson, Jean-Francois Lucquin and Tom Whitehouse will return Tuesday for a playoff to determine the last spot.

Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal (70-69) failed to qualify.

Twelve spots are available in local qualifying in Scotland on July 9-10 — the Saturday and Sunday before the tournament. Three players will earn spots from each of the three qualifying tournaments at Ladybank, Leven Links, Lundin and Scotscraig.

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