Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Boys and Girls Club tourney set for Friday

The Boys and Girls Club Eleventh Annual Golf Classic will be Friday at the Kenai Golf Course.

Registration and breakfast will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Friday, while the shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 283-2682.

Senior tourney slated for Thursday, Friday

The 11th annual Birch Ridge Golf Association Grainge Memorial Senior Golf Tournament will be Thursday and Friday at Birch Ridge Golf Course.

Entry fees will be $60 and will include greens fees. Registration and tee times must be made no later than today at 6 p.m. to guarantee a spot in the tournament.

There will be men's flights for those 50 through 59, men's flights for 60 and up and women's flights.

For more information, contact 262-5270.

KCHS cross country starts Monday

The Kenai Central High School cross country running team will begin practice Monday. All runners are welcome. Meet at the Kenai Central track at 10 a.m. Athletes must have a completed physical form ready to turn in at that time.

In addition, the first parents/booster club meeting of the season will be July 31 at 6 p.m. at Kenai Central.

For more information or answers to questions, call coach Liz Burck at 262-7446.

Powell takes Week 12 of Seward derby

Clinton Powell of Myrtle Beach, S.C., won week 12 of the Seward Jackpot Halibut Tournament 2002 with a fish weighing 96 pounds, 4 ounces. The target weight was 97 pounds. Powell won $500.

In second, taking $250 plus gift certificates, was Bill Harmon of Mission Viejo, Calif., with a 99-pound, 6-ounce halibut.

In third, taking $125 plus gift certificates, was B. Horton of Golden Valley, Minn., with a 93-pound fish.

For more information on the tournament, call the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 224-8051.

Fisher's big catch comes without ticket

An angler in Homer landed a 380.4-pound halibut Sunday, but did not have a ticket for the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Not having a $10 ticket cost the angler a shot at the jackpot of about $30,000.

The lack of ticket also means that Ruth Armstrong of Eagle River still leads the derby with her 306.4-pound halibut. She caught the fish May 31.

Dave Crawford of Clinton, Utah, jumped into the lead in the July standings with a 284.6-pound fish he caught Sunday.

Michael Severin of Running Springs, Calif., stayed in second place with the 233.2-pound fish he caught July 16.

In third is Gary White of Kalamazoo, Mich., with a 232.4-pound fish he caught May 5; in fourth is Anchorage's Robert White with a 232-pound fish he caught on July 7; and in fifth is Jason Brown of Denver with a 225.8-pound fish he caught July 14.

Carsner second at Alaska Raceway

John Carsner of Kenai took second place in the Eagle River Yamaha Snowmachine class Sunday in drag-racing at the Alaska Raceway in Palmer. Jeff Starner of Eagle River was first in that class.

Harrington signs with Lions

Quarterback Joey Harrington joined the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. Harrington, the third overall pick, signed for about $36.5 million over six years, according to a football source who requested anonymity.

Harrington is guaranteed to make $13.5 million in combined bonuses, another source close to the negotiations said on the condition of anonymity.

He practiced one day after the No. 2 selection -- defensive end Julius Peppers -- agreed with the Carolina Panthers on a seven-year, $50 million deal, including incentives.

That's generally the way things go in the signing rush right when training camps open: Agents for high draft picks wait for earlier picks to sign and set the market.

Harrington is expected to compete with second-year quarterback Mike McMahon for the starting job with the Lions, who finished 2-14 last season, the first for team president Matt Millen and coach Marty Mornhingweg. But because they drafted Harrington so high, the Lions clearly want him to win the job quickly.

The Lions also signed their second-round choice, linebacker Kalimba Edwards, the 35th overall pick.

Peppers will play an important role for Carolina, 1-15 last season -- he is expected to disrupt opposing offenses.

His 15 sacks at North Carolina were one short of Lawrence Taylor's school record. The Panthers' new coach is John Fox, who was defensive coordinator of the Giants last season when Michael Strahan set an NFL single-season record with 22 1/2 sacks.

Most first-round draft picks wait until just before training camp to sign and some will probably miss a few days.

The top pick, quarterback David Carr, signed with expansion Houston the day he was chosen.

The 31st overall selection, linebacker Robert Thomas, joined the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday, and the San Francisco 49ers agreed to a five-year, $6.4 million contract with defensive back Mike Rumph, who was taken with the 27th pick.

Rumph signed in time to join his teammates for an afternoon practice Tuesday at the University of the Pacific on the 49ers' second day of training camp.

Also Tuesday, wide receiver Javon Walker, Green Bay's top draft pick and 20th overall pick, signed a six-year, $9.5 million contract;

First-rounders who signed earlier include tight end Daniel Graham of New England (the 21st pick), defensive end Bryan Thomas of the New York Jets (22nd), and linebacker Napoleon Harris of Oakland (23rd).

Other rookies signing Tuesday included wide receiver Deion Branch, New England's second-round pick; fullback Verron Haynes and defensive end Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh's fifth- and seventh-round choices; tight end Terry Jones Jr., Baltimore's fifth-round pick; quarterback Randy Fasani, Carolina's fifth-round choice; and cornerback Kevin Thomas and wide receiver Rodney Wright, Buffalo's sixth- and seventh-round picks.

Among other players agreeing to terms Tuesday was running back Terry Allen, a free agent who's with the New Orleans Saints for the second time. He will back up Deuce McAllister.

The 34-year-old Allen also has played for Minnesota, Washington, New England and Baltimore during a career that began in 1990 with the Vikings as a ninth-round draft choice. He has overcome numerous injuries to keep playing at an age when most running backs have long retired.

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