Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Racing Lions hold motocross city race

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Motocross Division held its fourth city race of the season Friday night. Results are listed below.

The next city race will be Friday at 7 p.m. The Circle Track Division also will be holding a Sprint Car Challenge at Twin Cities Raceway at that time.

Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Motocross Division at Twin Cities Raceway


50 class -- 1. Bruce Hudson, KTM; 2. Austin Gaswint, Yamaha.

60 class -- 1. Matthew Mendenhall, Yamaha.

80 Novice -- 1. Kyle Schultz, Yamaha; 2. Nick Hawkins, Yamaha; 3. Andy William, Suzuki.

80 Expert -- 1. Joel Brewer, Honda.

125 Novice -- 1. Zach Argon, KTM; 2. Les Crane, KTM; 3. Justin Krigbaum, KTM.

125 Intermediate -- 1. Cory Davis, Suzuki; 2. Jesse Kelly, Honda.

Four-wheelers/Little Quads -- 1. Austin Gaswint, Yamaha - 80; 2. Carly Meacham, Suzuki - 80; 3. Cindi Hudson, Yamaha - 80.

5-and-under class -- 1. Candace Britton, Polaris - 90.

Four-wheelers/Big Quads -- 1. Zach Argon, Honda; 2. Todd Ritter, Honda.

Vet Class -- 1. Jim Culp, Honda; 2. Mike Kelly, Yamaha.

Johnnie takes Trophy event at Alaska Raceway

Selene Johnnie won the Trophy event Sunday at Points and Top Eliminator Day at Alaska Raceway Park in Palmer. Johnnie beat out Matthew Moore in the event.

Leslie first female pro to dunk in game

LOS ANGELES -- Lisa Leslie became the first woman to dunk in a professional game Tuesday night, jamming on a breakaway in the first half of the Los Angeles Sparks' 82-73 loss to the Miami Sol.

The 6-foot-5 center received an outlet pass from Latasha Byears, took two dribbles and dunked with one hand with 4:44 remaining before halftime. She smiled broadly and spread her arms wide as she raced back down the court.

Clemens headed for another rehab start

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Roger Clemens is probably ready to pitch Thursday, but the New York Yankees have no need to rush him back.

With plenty of starting pitchers, the Yankees opted to take things slowly with Clemens' groin injury and have him make another rehabilitation start Thursday, this time for Double-A Norwich.

''I need to work a little more on my mechanics,'' said Clemens, who threw in the bullpen for a second straight day. ''Hopefully, I'll pass this final test. I hope we can clean up (his mechanics) and make sure the strength is there over a long period of time.''

Players, owners still divided on most key issues

NEW YORK -- Another day at the bargaining table produced only slight progress for baseball players and owners, who still appear headed toward the sport's ninth work stoppage since 1972.

Negotiators for the sides met twice Tuesday, for a total of about 3 1/2 hours. The primary topic of the first session was revenue sharing, with owners wanting a large increase in the amount of locally generated money that is shared by all teams. Management also wants a new formula that would be less favorable to the clubs with the highest and lowest revenue.

''In some respects, the conversation was productive,'' said Gene Orza, the union's No. 2 official. ''We got a little closer, but there are still significant hurdles we have to find a way to get through.''

Meantime, union head Donald Fehr met in New York with players from the Houston Astros, the 26th team on his tour of the 30 clubs, then went to Dallas to meet with the New York Yankees.

Fehr said the union's executive board is likely to hold a conference call next week and could hold a meeting the week of Aug. 12. A strike date could be set following Fehr's tour, and dates from mid-August to mid-September have been mentioned for a walkout.

''I don't feel like setting a strike date is imminent, though it is probably necessary in order to get things solved,'' Houston's Brad Ausmus said. ''I think we might be even closer to solving this than the owners think we are. But it's a fluid situation, and it changes daily.''

Players don't want to complete the season without an agreement, fearing management would lock them out or change work rules. Owners, having pledged in March to play this season under the terms of the deal that expired Nov. 7, want players to complete the season.

''I don't buy this theory that they have no choice but to go on strike,'' said Rob Manfred, the owners' top labor lawyer. ''They clearly have a choice. If we don't have an agreement in the offseason, they have responses available to them.''

A strike, while depriving players of their salary for the final weeks of the season, would put more pressure on owners. It not only would threaten to wipe out the World Series for the second time in nine years, it would depress ticket sales for 2003.

''If Rob really believes that, and I don't really believe he does, then he is living in a dream world,'' Fehr said. ''We live in the real world of NBA players, who were locked out immediately after their last agreement.''

Players seem reluctant to set a strike deadline but also appear to be preparing for a walkout. They keep looking for breakthroughs at the talks.

''Some progress has been made, and everybody is just pushing along trying to get something done,'' said Atlanta's Tom Glavine, the NL player representative.

The economic issues are revenue sharing, the owners' desire for a luxury tax that would slow salary growth and an expansion of the amateur draft from just the United States and Canada to all players around the world.

''This is a three-legged stool in terms of a deal,'' Manfred said, adding that the owners' desire for mandatory random drug-testing also was important.

Management's revenue-sharing proposal is to increase shared local revenue from 20 percent to 50 percent, and if it had been in place last year, the amount redirected from the high-revenue teams to the low-revenue clubs would have increased from $167 million to $298 million. Players have proposed an increase to $228 million.

Clubs also would like to switch formulas, which currently give a larger percentage of the revenue-sharing money to those teams with the lowest revenue. The proposal also would take away additional money from high-revenue teams.

''We want to get more assistance to teams at the bottom of the revenue pile, with the view they need it the most,'' Orza said. ''They would rather give less money to those teams and more money to the teams in the middle. Amounts and structure are both important issues.''

The sides still differ on the number of rounds in the amateur draft and how to ensure players in Latin American countries are considered equally with college and high-school players.

Not much time has been devoted in talks to the owners' proposal for a 50 percent luxury tax on the portions of payrolls above $98 million.

''We know it's out there, but they also know our view of it,'' Orza said. ''That's going to be a very thorny subject at some point, but they understand that. We understand how much they've invested in the issue, but they understand how difficult it is for the players' association to bite into the issue.''

Both sides appear to be putting that subject off until the final stages of talks.

''I think we have a good idea of where they are,'' Manfred said.

At the afternoon meeting, the sides went over where they stand on minimum payroll, contraction, minimum salary and debt regulation.

Owners have proposed a $45 million minimum payroll, but only Montreal and Tampa Bay were below that this season, according to management figures that include players on 40-man rosters and benefits. The union is as opposed to floors as it is to ceilings, preferring a free market.

The sides are not far apart on the minimum. Owners have proposed raising it from $200,000 to $285,000, with cost-of-living adjustments during a possible five-year deal. Players have proposed $300,000, with $25,000 annual increases.

As for contraction, Orza said arbitrator Shyam Das has not said he will be able to meet a goal of deciding the union's grievance by Thursday. Players claim owners can't eliminate teams without the union's consent.

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