Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2002

Skyview to host All-American Volleyball Camp

There will be an All-American Volleyball Camp at Skyview High School Aug. 7 and 8. Enrollment at the camp, which features an All-American middle blocker from Long Beach State and an All-American outside hitter from the University of Southern California, is limited to the first 24 players. The camp, which will be a skills camp and not a team camp, is open to those in seventh through 12 grades.

The cost is $110 per player. The sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration and full payment can be sent to Sheila Kupferschmid, P.O. Box 1161, Kasilof, AK 99610. For questions or more information, call Kupferschmid at 262-1476.

Rains force changes in District II tourney

Due to Friday's rainfall, games in the American Legion District II Baseball Tournament scheduled for Saturday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai have been postponed until today.

Under the new tournament schedule, the South Peninsula Storm from Homer will face the Fairbanks 49ers at 11 a.m. The host Kenai Post 20 Twins will face the Wasilla Road Warriors in the 2:30 p.m. game.

Losers of the first two games will face off in a consolation game today at 6 p.m.

The winners advance to Monday's championship game.

Turova breaks own mark in 3,000 steeplechase

GDANSK, Poland -- Alesia Turova of Belarus broke her own world record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 9 minutes, 16.51 seconds during the BALT track and field meet Saturday.

She set the old mark of 9:21.72 on June 12 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Clemens goes five innings in rehab start

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees ace Roger Clemens, on the disabled list with a strained groin, felt fine after throwing 92 pitches in a rehabilitation start for Class-A Tampa on Saturday night.

''I didn't have any setbacks,'' Clemens said. ''I didn't have any of the sensation of pain I had in my last two starts, it's a good sign.''

Clemens allowed three runs on five hits in five innings, walking two and striking out six. His fastball was clocked consistently in the low 90s.

''In my last inning and a half, I tried to pick up the pace a little bit,'' Clemens said. ''I'll know a little bit more tomorrow. As long as I am not sore tomorrow, it will be a big, big plus.''

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was pleased with Clemens' outing.

''My pitching coach tells me they are very satisfied,'' Steinbrenner said. ''So he'll probably join the team and go with them to Texas.''

Yankees manager Joe Torre said he hadn't decided when to slot Clemens back into the rotation.

''I think we'll wait and see how he feels tomorrow,'' Torre said. We'll talk with him tomorrow. I can't make an evaluation until I see him.''

Steinbrenner also thought Clemens had a few things going against him, including female plate umpire Ria Cortesia.

''It was tough, you had a second-string catcher, which was a mistake, a kid that didn't belong catching him. Our regular catcher is hurt,'' Steinbrenner said. ''And you've got a female umpire, that's a tough thing to cover. Nothing against females, but I mean for Roger, I think she was probably as excited as anybody in the stands.''

Williams' daughter questions letter

INVERNESS, Fla. -- A lawyer for Ted Williams' daughter says a note the late Hall of Famer signed signaling his wishes to be cryonically preserved is suspect.

Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell is questioning whether her father was capable of making a decision on how his body should be treated after death. Williams had been suffering from congestive heart failure.

He died July 5 at age 83.

John Heer, an attorney for Ferrell, said that Williams was in the hospital undergoing treatment for congestive heart failure in November 2000 -- when the document purportedly was signed.

''We don't believe Mr. Williams would have been physically capable of signing it at (that) time,'' Heer told The Associated Press on Saturday.

''There are so many things that jump out at me, not even being an expert. ... The date appears to have been changed. We cannot tell when the signatures were placed on there.''

Heer's questioning of the document was reported Saturday by the St. Petersburg Times.

Ferrell is fighting Williams' two other children's wishes to keep his body frozen. His body was sent to Alcor Life Extension Foundation, an Arizona laboratory that does cryonic preservation.

Williams' son, John Henry, and daughter, Claudia, have produced a handwritten note in which the aging Williams asks that his body be frozen. It was filed Thursday in Citrus County Probate Court.

The signatures of Williams, John Henry and Claudia are on the note dated Nov. 2, 2000, four years after Williams signed a will calling for his cremation.

''JHW, Claudia and Dad all agree to be put into bio-stasis after we die,'' reads the pact, which family attorney Bob Goldman said was written in a Gainesville hospital room before the baseball great underwent surgery. Williams had a pacemaker inserted in his chest Nov. 6, 2000.

Heer said he plans to hire handwriting experts to examine the pact, and questioned whether Williams knew what he was signing, if he signed it.

''He always signed his legal documents 'Theodore S. Williams,' and when he was signing memorabilia, he signed 'Ted Williams,''' Heer said. ''He signed this document 'Ted Williams.'''

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