Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2001

Nikiski High School cross country starts Monday

The Nikiski High School cross country running team will begin practice at 9 a.m. Monday. Report to the commons area of the high school at this time. Practice will be finished by 11 a.m. Be sure to have a current physical and shoes. If there are any questions, call Steve Gillaspie at 776-5677.

Homer's Borgman stars at rowing championships

Homer's Stacey Borgman won a pair of gold medals Saturday at the U.S. Rowing national championships on the Cooper River in Pennsauken, N.J.

Borgman finished first in the elite women's single scull competition, then completed her day as part of the winning elite lightweight quad scull, a foursome that will represent the United States at the world championships in Switzerland next month.

Borgman will compete in the lightweight double today.

McGriff traded to Cubs, after all

CHICAGO -- After thinking it over and getting a more flexible contract, Fred McGriff decided he couldn't resist a trade to the first-place Chicago Cubs.

Less than two weeks after scrapping a deal by invoking a no-trade clause, McGriff agreed Friday to leave Tampa Bay. The trade sends pitcher Manny Aybar and a player to be named to the last-place Devil Rays.

McGriff will join the Cubs, his fifth major league team, on Sunday.

McGriff, who has 436 career homers, got a new contract for agreeing to the trade. A $6.75 million team option for 2002, which would have become guaranteed with 550 plate appearances and carried a $500,000 buyout, was scrapped. Instead, McGriff was given a $7.25 million player option for next year, and a mutual option for 2003 was added at $8.5 million with a $500,000 buyout.

No more football for Prime Time

ASHBURN, Va. -- There were times last fall when Deion Sanders wistfully sounded as if he could no longer be satisfied playing football. His previous standards, he said, were so high that it was a letdown if he didn't meet them every week.

Whatever the reason, Prime Time has decided not to return to the game.

Sanders retired from the NFL on Friday, striking a deal and cutting his losses rather than report to a Washington Redskins team he had disavowed.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer said Sanders' agent, Eugene Parker, made the case that ''Deion Sanders did not want to play football.''

''With that understanding, both parties have reached a mutually beneficial agreement,'' Schottenheimer said. ''Deion Sanders will retire as a National Football League player, and a financial agreement has been reached.''

Woman alleges Tyson sexually assaulted her

BIG BEAR CITY, Calif. -- Authorities are investigating a woman's allegation that former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson sexually assaulted her at a rental home last week.

The woman contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday and alleged she was sexually assaulted by Tyson a week earlier at a Big Bear City home he rents during training, sheriff's spokesman Chip Patterson said Friday.

There was no arrest and ''we have not determined whether there was criminal wrongdoing,'' Patterson said.

Twins get reliever Todd Jones from Tigers

DETROIT -- The Minnesota Twins, looking for a boost in the bullpen to help their surprising playoff run, acquired reliever Todd Jones from the Detroit Tigers on Saturday for pitcher Mark Redman.

''We need some immediate help,'' Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan said. ''This is a situation where we have a chance to win and we want to take it. It's a good feeling to be on this side, looking to add rather than to subtract.''

The Twins, who lost 5-1 at Seattle on Saturday, led the AL Central by five games at the All-Star break. But they have since faded to fall a half-game behind first-place Cleveland.

''It's probably somebody we need up here,'' said All-Star starter Joe Mays. ''We need somebody new to come in and get things in gear. He is a great guy to have in the clubhouse. It will do nothing but help us.''

Minnesota, with the lowest opening day payroll in the majors, has relied on speed, defense and solid starting pitching to surprise the entire American League. But the Twins wanted more depth in their bullpen.

That's where Jones, who tied for the AL lead with 42 saves last season, comes in.

''We think he can help us,'' manager Tom Kelly said. ''He gives us a veteran guy to go out there. We will try to match him up where he should pitch.''

Jones, who will join the Twins in Toronto on Tuesday, was hoping to be dealt to a contender before the trade deadline, but when it happened, it was still a shock.

''It was an honor to be a Tiger, and to have thrown the last pitch at Tiger Stadium,'' he said.

''This team and this city have touched my heart, but the time has come to move on, and I'm excited, at the age of 33, to get a shot at the postseason with Minnesota.''

Jones lost his closer's job to Matt Anderson early this year. Jones is 4-5 with 11 saves and a 4.62 ERA.

''Early in the year, I felt like I had let the whole city down, but now I know that isn't true,'' he said.

''Matty was ready to be the closer, and maybe I can come back next year in a setup role. I just wish I could have brought the Tigers a little more in the deal.''

The Twins weren't concerned by Jones' struggles this season.

''He's scuffled a little bit this year, but just a change in address, that can have a positive effect,'' Ryan said.

Redman went 12-9 for the Twins as a rookie in 2000, but has started only nine games this season (2-4, 4.22 ERA) due to a strained triceps muscle.

''Unfortunately, what he's going through now, he can't help us,'' Ryan said. ''You've got to give him time to heal. It's too long for us to wait.''

The Tigers hope to have the left-hander in their rotation within 2-to-3 weeks.

''It's all going to depend how things go, but we think he will be ready for game situations next week, and then he will get a couple minor league starts before coming up here,'' general manager Randy Smith said.

''I don't see this as a major risk -- this isn't an elbow or shoulder injury, it is a tricep. I'm happy that we could go to a team that is in a pennant race and get the guy who was their third starter at the end of last season.''

Tigers manager Phil Garner hopes Redman will fill a void on his pitching staff.

''I've always wanted to get a young lefty into our rotation, and I think Mark can be that guy,'' Garner said. ''Jonsey was a great player for us, and I'm happy that he will get a chance to get into a playoff race.''

Redman will continue his rehabilitation in Detroit.

The Tigers called up reliever Kevin Tolar from Triple-A Toledo to fill Jones' roster spot.

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