Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Team Alaska notches win

Team Alaska Big League Softball came from behind to defeat a team from Washington 5-4 at the district tournament in Vancouver, Wash., Monday.

Team Alaska trailed by a run, 4-3, entering the sixth inning before Lynzie Ellis connected for a hit to deep center field to drive in a pair of runs.

Team Alaska also showed plenty of athleticism on defense with several spectacular catches.

The win keeps Team Alaska alive in the double-elimination tournament.

Bryant's attorneys ask judge to reconsider cameras

EAGLE, Colo. Kobe Bryant's attorneys on Tuesday asked a judge to reconsider his ruling allowing news cameras in the courtroom where Bryant is expected to appear next week, saying they were concerned about publicity.

Also Tuesday, Eagle County commissioners gave District Attorney Mark Hurlbert additional money to prosecute the sexual assault case against the Los Angeles Lakers star.

Bryant has said his 19-year-old accuser had sex with him willingly at a resort in nearby Edwards on June 30.

Bryant's attorneys, Pamela Mackey and Hal Haddon, said they were worried that publicity could affect Bryant's right to a fair trial. They said they weren't given the chance to present arguments before County Judge Fred Gannett issued his ruling on cameras last week.

Lee's streak ended by shoulder injury

MIAMI Florida Marlins first baseman Derrick Lee did not play Tuesday night because of a sore right shoulder, ending his team-record streak of playing in 315 consecutive games.

Lee partially dislocated his shoulder on a fielding play Monday night against Arizona. He said he hopes to return to the lineup Friday after sitting out two games.

The injury came with Lee 15 seasons away from breaking Cal Ripken's record of 2,632 consecutive games.

Police: Ettinger committed suicide

COLUMBUS, Ohio The minor league player from the Columbus Blue Jackets' organization who was found dead this weekend committed suicide, police said Tuesday.

Trevor Ettinger, 23, was discovered at his parents' home in Upper Kennetcook outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, by police responding to a 911 call Saturday.

''I can confirm that he died as a result of suicide,'' said Michelle Raoul Winters, spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Nova Scotia. ''We have determined that there was no foul play, and the case has been closed.''

She would not release any more details.

Ettinger, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound left wing, split the past two seasons between Syracuse of the American Hockey League and Dayton of the East Coast Hockey League.

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