Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 01, 2004

Midnight Sun volleyball goes 1-2 in Reno

The Peninsula Midnight Sun Volleyball under-16 team continued competing at the Volleyball Festival in Reno, Nev., Tuesday. Midnight Sun went 1-2 on the day.

The local club began the day with a 25-19, 18-25, 15-9 loss to the Columbia Kaepa 16s of Northwest Washington.

In the second match of the day, Midnight Sun lost to Northwest Oregon Volleyball Club 11-25, 25-16 and 15-12.

The third match of the day saw Midnight Sun pick up a 25-13, 14-25, 15-8 victory over San Bernadino Cyclone.

After three days, Midnight Sun remains seeded at 149 out of 245.

Portugal tops Netherlands in Euro 2004

LISBON, Portugal Portugal advanced to the final of a major soccer tournament for the first time, beating the Netherlands 2-1 Wednesday night in the semifinals of the European Championship.

Portugal will play Sunday against the winner of Thursday's semifinal between the Czech Republic and Greece, which upset the hosts 2-1 in the tournament opener on June 12.

''I'd trade everything I've ever won for this one moment,'' said Portugal's Luis Figo, who repeatedly penetrated the Dutch defense. ''It's a historic moment for the country.''

Stewart fined $50,000, loses points

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Tony Stewart avoided suspension Wednesday when NASCAR fined him $50,000 and docked him championship points for his altercation with Brian Vickers.

Stewart lost 25 points in the driver standings, car owner Joe Gibbs lost 25 points in the owner standings, and Stewart was also placed on probation until Aug. 18.

''This action we've taken speaks for itself,'' NASCAR president Mike Helton said. ''Tony Stewart is well aware of what is expected of him going forward.''

Stewart could have been suspended for Saturday night's race at Daytona International Speedway for his latest infraction, but NASCAR declined to park him for a race.

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