Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Oilers rained out in Anchorage

The Peninsula Oilers were rained out of their Alaska Baseball League game against the Anchorage Bucs Tuesday at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

The game will be made up when the Oilers return to Mulcahy Stadium to face the Bucs Friday. The doubleheader will start at 5 p.m. (1140 KSLD).

The Oilers continue their nine-game road trip today and Thursday with games against the Mat-Su Miners at Hermon Brothers Field in Palmer. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on 1140 KSLD.

ALASKA BASEBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS

Through July 10

Team W L Pct. GB Overall Streak

Glacier Pilots 14 8 .636 -- 17-11 Won 2

Mat-Su Miners 12 9 .571 1 1-2 17-11-1 Lost 1

Fairbanks Panners 11 9 .550 2 17-15 Won 1

Anchorage Bucs 10 10 .500 3 14-13 Won 1

Peninsula Oilers 8 9 .471 3 1-2 15-13 Lost 1

AIA Alaska 4 14 .222 8 6-22 Lost 5

Argentina says no to Copa America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina joined Canada on Tuesday in deciding to stay away from this month's Copa America soccer tournament in war-torn Colombia.

During a 2 1/2-hour meeting, Argentina's soccer association voted unanimously not to send a team to the tournament -- Latin America's premier soccer competition -- which starts Wednesday.

Security concerns and problems putting together a team on short notice were cited as reasons not to take part in the three-week tournament.

Argentina will be the only South American soccer nation invited that will not travel to Colombia.

Dreifort undergoes Tommy John surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right-hander Darren Dreifort had reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow for the second time Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined for about a year.

''Everything went smoothly,'' Dr. Frank Jobe said after the 90-minute operation at the Centinela Hospital Medical Center in nearby Inglewood. ''We do expect him to recover, it'll be about a year. He'll start throwing in about four months, and gradually work up.''

Dreifort left a game in San Diego on June 29 after striking out the leadoff batter in the sixth inning.

An MRI exam four days later revealed the 29-year-old Dreifort tore a ligament and tore a muscle from the bone.

Dreifort underwent ''Tommy John'' surgery on his elbow March 14, 1995 -- a procedure that kept him out of action that entire season.

Jobe, who performed the original ''Tommy John'' surgery on the left-handed John in 1974, teamed with Dr. Ralph Gambardella to perform Tuesday's operation.



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