Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2000

Woods draws a huge TV audience

NEW YORK -- Tiger Woods keeps turning in record-breaking performances and people keep tuning in to watch.

His victory at the British Open drew the highest preliminary TV ratings for the tournament since at least 1989 -- and, according to ABC Sports' estimates, the largest number of viewers ever for the event.

ABC's telecast of the final round Sunday drew a big-market overnight rating of 7.5 with a 21 share. That represents a 32 percent increase from last year's 5.7/14, which was boosted by a three-man playoff to determine the champion and had been the highest overnight mark in the previous 10 years.

ABC does not have overnight numbers from before 1989.

The Sunday rating is all the more impressive given the time of the broadcast, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT.

Saturday's third-round coverage registered a 5.3 overnight with a 16 share, 33 percent better than the 4.0/13 in 1998. ABC did not televise the third round last year, instead opting for news coverage of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane crash. ESPN, like ABC owned by the Walt Disney Co., aired the third round last year with a national cable rating of 2.35.

Everett drops appeal of 10-game suspension

BOSTON -- Carl Everett dropped his appeal of a 10-game suspension and began serving it Monday night as the Boston Red Sox opened a three-game series with Minnesota.

The All-Star outfielder, who took batting practice before the Red Sox faced the Twins, apparently elected to start serving the penalty because of soreness in his right hand, though manager Jimy Williams played down the injury.

Everett hurt himself while punching a bat rack following the ejection that led to his suspension. He is batting .316 and leads Boston with 26 home runs and 75 RBIs.

Everett was suspended last week for twice bumping home plate umpire Ronald Kulpa on July 15 during a wild argument about whether he was in the batter's box.

''He withdrew his appeal and this is the best time to do it, all things considered,'' said Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette, who refused to acknowledge Everett's injury when asked.

De Bruijn sets record in 100-meter butterfly

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Inge de Bruijn has lowered her own 100-meter butterfly world record to 56.64 seconds.

The record swim came Saturday at the Northwest Region 12 Swimming Championships at King County Aquatic Center. The Dutchwoman finished nearly 6 seconds ahead of second-place Melissa Greene, who clocked 1:02.46. Dana Kirk was third in 1:02.81.

De Bruijn set the butterfly record of 56.69 in May, and has broken or tied a half-dozen other world records since then. That includes setting the mark for the 50-meter freestyle of 24.39 last month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Area teams fare well in Kenai softball

A pair of local teams fared well at the Kenai Golf Classic softball tournament played on July 16 and 17 in Kenai, competing against men's D and E level teams from Anchorage.

The team from the North Peninsula Recreation Center took first place while the team sponsored by The Back Door in Kenai took second.

Lamex of Anchorage finished third in the tournament, followed by Club Paris of Anchorage in fourth.

Monty Prior, Chad Leaders and Wade Morgan from the North Peninsula Recreation team and Clayton Dolan, Cedric Scott and Coco Mallet from The Back Door team all were named to the tournament all-star team.

The Back Door's Travis Burnet was a golden glover while North Peninsula Recreation Center's Scot Leaders was named the tournament's MVP.

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