Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Titans' Matthews retires after 19 years

HOUSTON -- Bruce Matthews, the most durable offensive lineman in NFL history -- not to mention one of the best -- thought he would know it was time to retire when he didn't want to play anymore.

It didn't work out that way, Matthews said Monday in announcing his retirement from the Tennessee Titans after 296 games over 19 years spent entirely with the franchise, including the first 14 when it was the Houston Oilers.

''I thought when you retire you're done with it and you don't have the desire to play any more,'' Matthews said. Instead, Matthews vacillated during the offseason before finally deciding to spend the upcoming season in his suburban Houston home rather than Nashville, Tenn.

Matthews will join running back Earl Campbell, defensive end Elvin Bethea, safety Jim Norton and fellow offensive lineman and best friend Mike Munchak as the only Oilers/Titans to have their numbers retired by the franchise.

Red Wings choose Lewis to follow Bowman

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings have stayed within the organization to replace the retired Scotty Bowman, promoting Dave Lewis to succeed him as coach of the Stanley Cup champions, a source close to the situation said Monday.

Lewis, who has been an assistant coach with the Red Wings since retiring as a player in 1987, has had the primary responsibility of handling Detroit's defensemen, including two-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom. Lewis will be formally introduced at a news conference Wednesday, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

232.4-pounder leads July Homer derby standings

Gary White of Kalamazoo. Mich., leads the July standings of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby with a 232.4-pound fish landed July 5 while fishing with K-Bay Charters.

Second place, belonging to Robert White of Anchorage, weighed in at 232 pounds and was caught on July 7 while fishing from a private boat. Jason Brown of Denver is in third place with a 225.8-pound fish landed on Sunday while fishing with Time Out Charters, and Rick Sellers of Wickeson, Wash., caught the fourth-place, 216.4-pound fish while angling with Silver Fox Charters Friday. Lois Kirkwood of Diamondville, N.Y., is in fifth place with a 170.8-pound catch landed July 8 while fishing with Inlet Charters. Ruth Armstrong of Eagle River remains the overall derby leader with a 306.4-pound fish landed May 31 while fishing with Inlet Charters.

No new tagged fish were caught this week, so 90 fish worth anywhere from $500 to $10,000 are still out there, waiting to be caught.

There currently are eight entries in the released fish category. Any derby ticket holder releasing a fish 80 pounds or bigger is eligible for the $10,000 drawing at the conclusion of the derby.

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