Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, July 11, 2004

Twins split Saturday with West

The Kenai American Legion twins split a doubleheader Saturday with the West Eagles, losing the first game 13-3 in six innings before battling back to get a 4-3 win in the second game.

Eric Simpson hit a 2-run home run for the Twins in the second game, and pitched a complete, 7-inning game to earn the win.

The Twins got the go-ahead run in the fourth inning when Jeff Kennedy laid down a suicide squeeze to score Luke Mese.

Brent Barry signs deal with San Antonio

SEATTLE Free agent guard Brent Barry has reached agreement to join the San Antonio Spurs, leaving the Seattle SuperSonics to play alongside Tim Duncan and improve his shot at an NBA title.

''Brent called and informed us that if everything goes according to plan, he expects to sign with San Antonio,'' Sonics general manager Rick Sund said Saturday. ''If that's the case, we certainly wish him well.''

The four-year deal is believed to be worth between $22 and $24 million.

Seattle initially offered the 32-year-old Barry three years at $17.75 million, with a counteroffer near San Antonio's proposal but worth more in the first three years and with a partially guaranteed fourth year.

Instead, Barry chose to join one of the NBA's elite teams. He's also likely to extend his career as a spot shooter coming off the bench.

Ali to throw out All-Star first pitch

NEW YORK Muhammad Ali will help throw out the first pitch during pregame ceremonies at Tuesday's All-Star game.

Ali, accompanied by his 13-year-old son Asaad, will deliver two baseballs to the mound, where two members of the Houston-area Boys & Girls Club will throw out the ceremonial first pitches.

Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, is an alumnus of the Boys & Girls Club of Louisville, Ky.

''American Idol'' winner Fantasia will sing the national anthem, while Ruben Studdard, the show's second-season winner, will sing ''God Bless America'' during the seventh inning stretch.

Rubin earns Fed Cup tie for United States

INNSBRUCK, Austria Chanda Rubin wasted three match points before rallying to beat Barbara Schwartz, and the United States split the opening singles matches with Austria in a Fed Cup quarterfinal Saturday.

Rubin beat Schwartz 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 in the first match between the teams since Austria stunned the 17-time Fed Cup champions in Charlotte, N.C., in 2002. Barbara Schett then tied the match, beating Lisa Raymond 6-2, 6-4.

On Sunday, Schett will face Rubin, while Schwartz, the hero of several recent Fed Cup upsets by Austria, will play Raymond.

Detroit, Charlotte, L.A. pick up WNBA wins

Shock 70, Storm 65

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Deanna Nolan scored 21 points to lead the Detroit Shock to a 70-65 win over the Seattle Storm on Saturday.

Sting 67, Mystics 65

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Allison Feaster scored 20 points, and the Eastern Conference-leading Sting held off Washington.

Sparks 59, Comets 56

HOUSTON Mwadi Mabika scored 17 points and Lisa Leslie added 12 in coach Michael Cooper's last game before he joins the NBA Denver Nuggets as an assistant.

Staff and wire reports

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