Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2002

Twins play late with Arizona

The American Legion Post 20 Peninsula Twins went into extra innings Wednesday in their game with the Arizona Baseball Academy at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. The result was not available as the Clarion went to press.

The game was scheduled for seven innings. Post 20 carried a 2-1 lead into the top of the seventh, but Arizona came up with a two-out single to score a run and tie the game at 2.

Nick Weigle led off the bottom of the seventh by banging a double off the wall in left field, but the Twins could not get him home.

Tuesday, the Twins were defeated 11-0 by Arizona Baseball Academy at Coral Seymour Memorial Park. Post 20 fell victim to a complete game shutout, managing just three hits the entire game. Twins center fielder David Newby provided the only offense, going 2-for-2 with a triple and also was hit by a pitch.

Starter and losing pitcher Kenneth Butler allowed 12 hits during his seven innings of work, but did not receive much help from his defense, which committed five errors. Arizona jumped out to a 5-0 advantage after two innings, and put the game away with four in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Tuesday

ARIZONA BASEBALL ACADEMY 11, TWINS 0

Arizona 140 004 2 - 11 12 1

Post 20 000 000 0 - 0 3 5

Lawler and Nelson; Butler and Baun. W - Lawler. L - Butler. 2B - Arizona: Cole, Nelson, Biauramano, Hoffners. 3B - Arizona: Cole, Knoble; Post 20: D. Newby. LOB - Arizona 4, Post 20 8.

Bulls sign top pick Jay Williams

CHICAGO -- Duke star guard Jay Williams, the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-2 Williams, who helped Duke win the national title in 2001, left school after his junior season, when he won the Naismith and Wooden awards, was the AP Player of the Year and was a unanimous First Team All-American. Williams also was an All-American as a sophomore, when the Blue Devils won the national championship.

''We're ecstatic, it's the culmination to two months of effort on our part and on their part to get it together,'' said Williams' agent Bill Duffy. The deal, he said, is worth close to $10 million.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, rookie first-round contracts are for three years with a team option for a fourth season. Last year, the No. 2 overall pick, the Bulls' Tyson Chandler, had a salary of $3.3 million for his first season.

''Its a true honor to be part of an organization that every little kid once dreamed about,'' said Williams, who will begin his professional career next week in the Rocky Mountain Revue, a summer league based in Salt Lake City.

After he was selected by the Bulls and met several of his new teammates last month, Williams said he couldn't wait to get started in the NBA.

''As soon as I stepped in this city and I met these guys, I knew there was a connection,'' he said. ''I just knew I clicked with these guys and everything was easy. You didn't have to work to make something happen, it just happened.''

During his three-year career with the Blue Devils, he averaged 19.3 points and six assists, helping Duke to a 95-13 record. The Bulls desperately need a point guard with his leadership skills.

Wizards sign first-round draft pick

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards signed first-round draft pick Jared Jeffries on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-11, 215-pound Jeffries was the 11th overall pick in last month's draft.

As part of the NBA collective bargaining agreement, he signed a three-year contract worth between $4.1 and $5 million with an option for a fourth year. If the option is exercised, Jeffries can be paid slightly more than $2 million.

Jeffries left Indiana after his sophomore season when he led the Hoosiers to the national championship game. He averaged 15.0 points and 7.6 rebounds last season and was selected the Big Ten's MVP and a second-team All-America by The Associated Press.

Jeffries, who is expected to play small forward, will be in uniform Thursday when the Wizards begin rookie camp.

''We are very excited to have Jared be a part of the Wizards,'' Washington general manager Wes Unseld said in a statement. ''He is a quality player that will bring a lot to our team as our young nucleus matures.''

Maryland guard Juan Dixon, Washington's second first-round pick and the 17th overall, is expected to agree to terms by time camp begins.

Evans says he'll return for Big Ten opener

MADISON, Wis. -- Lee Evans, the Big Ten's leading receiver last year, will likely miss the first five games of Wisconsin's season while trying to rehabilitate a knee injury he suffered in spring practice.

Evans said Wednesday he was happy with his progress after tearing ligaments in his left knee in April and would like to be back by the Aug. 23 season opener against Fresno State in the John Thompson Foundation Football Classic.

But he said a more realistic goal is the Badgers' first Big Ten game Oct. 5 against Penn State, meaning he would miss almost half the regular season.

Being ready for that game would mean a return to football less than five months after having surgery in May for an injury that often takes 6-to-8 months of rehabilitation.

''I have a competitive attitude that if someone can do it, then I should be able to do it, too,'' he said.

Evans said he has been doing exercises to regain his strength and flexibility and he's begun jogging, but does not have a full range of motion yet.

''I can do pretty much everything except run a full sprint,'' he said.

The injury came just three months after Evans announced he would stay at Wisconsin for his senior season rather than turn pro.

He was one of three finalists for the national Biletnikoff Award for receivers after catching 75 passes for a conference-record 1,545 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

Soriano on DL, Seattle recalls Mark Watson

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners placed right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a strained right shoulder.

The Mariners recalled left-hander Mark Watson from Triple-A Tacoma to take Soriano's place on the roster. The move was retroactive to July 3.

Soriano was called up from Double-A San Antonio May 8 and went 0-3 with a 4.56 ERA in eight starts and 10 games with the Mariners.

Watson was 2-0 with two saves and an 0.73 ERA in six relief appearances with Tacoma. He was called up by the Mariners June 25, but did not appear in a game before being optioned back to Tacoma June 27.

The AL West-leading Mariners open a four-game series Thursday night in Tampa Bay. Manager Lou Piniella has not said if lefty John Halama or right-hander Ryan Franklin will be Seattle's fifth starter after the All-Star break.



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