Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2004

Twins split with Wasilla

The American Legion Twins split a pair of games with Wasilla at the Bumpus Complex in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys Wednesday.

The Twins lost the first game 11-10 in 10 innings. The Twins had the lead in the ninth and 10th innings, but could not hold it. Jake Simpson took the loss in relief for the Twins.

A number of Twins had strong games at the plate in the first game. Kevin Epperheimer had two hits and three runs, Jacob Madrid had two hits and three runs, Jake Simpson had four hits and four RBI, Erich Simpson had two hits and an RBI and Jeff Kennedy had two RBI.

The Twins came back with a 9-7 victory in the second game, with Epperheimer and Jake Simpson again providing firepower on offense. Epperheimer had three hits and three runs, while Simpson had three hits, three runs and five RBI. Alex Johansen pitched the first five innings for the Twins, giving up four runs to collect the victory.

Also for the Twins, Kennedy had a hit and two RBI and Isaacs had a hit and an RBI.

The Twins, now 14-26 overall, start play in the district tournament in Wasilla Saturday.

Wednesday

ROAD WARRIORS 11, TWINS 10, 10 inn.

Twins 000 210 410 2 10 16 3

Wasilla 510 010 001 3 11 8 1

Isaacs, Townsend (3), Cole Chappell (7), Jake Simpson (8) and Kennedy; Tillery, Heikes (6), Mahoney (8) and Cowgill. W Mahoney. L Jake Simpson. 2B Twins: Jake Simpson 2, Kennedy; Warriors: Cowgill, Hooser. 3B Warriors: Morlan 2. LOB Twins 11, Warriors 12.

TWINS 9, ROAD WARRIORS 7

Twins 304 002 0 9 10 1

Wasilla 021 103 0 7 12 0

Johansen, Erich Simpson (6) and Kennedy, Mese (6); Ressler, Smith (5) and Sandvik. W Johansen. L Ressler. 2B Twins: Epperheimer 2, Jake Simpson; Warriors: Pauling. HR Twins: Jake Simpson. LOB Twins 7, Warriors 11.

Sources say Wallace agrees to return

DETROIT Rasheed Wallace helped transform the Detroit Pistons from contenders to NBA champions last month. Now, he's coming back for more.

The unrestricted free agent forward has agreed to a five-year contract worth $57 million, two sources told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

One of the league sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, expected Wallace to sign the deal on Thursday.

Wallace is to meet with reporters at a news conference Friday morning at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Jeter out with small hand fracture

NEW YORK Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has a small fracture in his right hand that kept him out of Wednesday night's game, yet he does not need surgery and will not wear a cast.

Jeter was hit by a pitch from Tampa Bay's Victor Zambrano on Tuesday. As to when Jeter will return to the lineup, ''it could be as early as tomorrow,'' New York general manager Brian Cashman said after a 10-3 win over Toronto.

Former Grambling coach has Alzheimer's

GRAMBLING, La. Eddie Robinson, college football's second-winningest coach, has Alzheimer's, his wife said.

''He's pretty bad,'' Doris Robinson said Wednesday. ''He gets a little bit worse every day. He comes to the table for breakfast, but after that he wants to go right to bed.''

During his 57 years at Grambling, a career which spanned 11 presidents, several wars and the civil rights movement, Robinson compiled a record of 408-165-15.

His teams had only eight losing seasons and won 17 conference titles and nine national black college championships.

John Gagliardi of St. John's, Minn., passed Robinson last season and has 414 wins.

Hamm passes milestone in victory

BLAINE, Minn. Mia Hamm's latest goal unloaded a burden just in time for the Olympics.

Hamm scored her 150th career goal and the U.S. national team beat Australia 3-1 Wednesday night in a pre-Olympic warmup before a sellout crowd of 10,276 at the National Sports Center.

''It meant a lot,'' Hamm said of scoring No. 150 before next month's Olympic Games. ''Now I don't have to worry about it or answer any of those questions in Athens. I can get that off my shoulders and focus on what I need to do and the team needs to do to be successful at the Olympics.''

Hamm, the highest-scoring women's soccer player in the world, was scoreless in her two previous games after notching her 149th goal on May 9 against Mexico. But her milestone goal on Wednesday added another achievement to an already impressive resume.

''It just shows you how dominant she's been for so long,'' said Julie Foudy, Hamm's longtime teammate. ''Some players are great, and then there are ones who rise above greatness. She's been doing it for 17 years now and you never see a dip. Her consistency is amazing. It's been fun to be a part of for so many years.''

Hamm scored in the 76th minute to break a 1-1 tie. She took a breakout pass from Heather O'Reilly, faked out one defender and beat goalkeeper Cassandra Kell in the top right corner of the net.

O'Reilly, the youngest player on the U.S. roster, also set up the final goal of the game by Abby Wambach in the 81st minute.

Australia took a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute when Danielle Small scored her sixth career goal. Heather Garriock found Small alone near the front of the net, and she chipped a right-foot volley over the head of goalkeeper Briana Scurry.

''We were able to come back from a goal down, which is not a situation we're used to being in,'' Scurry said. ''These games are good to help you see how you'll do in situations like that.''

After a listless first half, the United States came to life in the second as Hamm, Wambach and Foudy came off the bench to bolster the offense.

''One of our big themes today was looking at some people in their secondary positions, assuming that we get in a situation where we've made all our substitutions in an Olympic match,'' U.S. coach April Heinrichs said. ''In that regard, we could not have gotten more out of this game.''

The United States tied the game in the 56th minute when Shannon Boxx fought through a crowd to redirect Hamm's corner kick, setting up Hamm's go-ahead goal.



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