Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, August 08, 2004

Racing Lions hold city race

The Kenai Racing Lions - Motocross Division held their fourth city race of the season Saturday at Twin Cities Raceway.

The fifth city race of the year will be Saturday.

Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - City Race No. 4


at Twin Cities Raceway

125 cc expert: 1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Zac Aragon; 3. Jesse Kelly.

125 cc intermediate: 1. Sarah Herrin; 2. Shane Ashley; 3. Daniel Walker; 4. Wayne Weaver.

125 cc novice: 1. Justin Weaver; 2. Wesley Catlin; 3. Floyd Lindbloom; 4. Jeff Tuttle; 5. Tony Miller.

250 cc novice: 1. Jed Brown; 2. Ben Bowers; 3. Mike Rewis; 4. Mike Kelly; 5. Barney Phillips.

50 cc: 1. John Engen; 2. Cole Crandall; 3. Race Rusk; 4. Jamie Butcher; 5. Emily Newton.

60 cc: 1. Cody Woodworth; 2. Craig Hilleary; 3. Neil Marion; 4. Bruce Hudson; 5. Michael Lott.

80 cc expert: 1. Cody Woodworth; 2. Jeff Vincent.

80 cc intermediate: 1. Dylan Hendricks.

80 cc novice: 1. Craig Hilleary; 2. Braven Carter.

Mini quads: 1. Trevor Walden; 2. Cindi Hudson; 3. Olivia Farrell; 4. Jason Hall; 5. Candace Britton.

Quad expert: 1. Steve Ashley; 2. Stephen Bishop; 3. Todd Ritter.

Quad novice: 1. Sammi Jo Kelly; 2. Lucas Herrin.

Vet expert: 1. Aaron Poland; 2. Lane Giesler.

Vets: 1. Mike Arno; 2. Mike Rewis; 3. Barney Phillips; 4. Mike Kelly.

Women's novice: 1. Monique Aragon; 2. Anna Denney; 3. Franki Lamay.

Kenai starts swim practice Tuesday

The Kenai Central High School swimming and diving team will start practice Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. To participate, an athlete will need a current sports physical. For more information, call the Kenai pool at 283-7476.

Nikiski volleyball tryouts start Monday

Tryouts for the Nikiski High School volleyball team will be held in the school gym Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Players should have a completed sports physical exam prior to tryouts. Call coach Bruce King at 262-9501 or e-mail him at if there are questions.

SoHi volleyball tryouts begin Monday

Tryouts for the Soldotna High School volleyball team are scheduled to begin Monday, with sessions running from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Athletes must have a completed sports physical prior to beginning practice and should bring appropriate workout attire, including outdoor running shoes, indoor volleyball shoes, knee pads and ankle braces.

For more information, contact head coach Pako Whannell at 252-3508.

Skyview volleyball tryouts start Monday

Tryouts for the Skyview High School volleyball team will begin Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Skyview gym. A completed physical is required to participate, and any students entering grades nine through 12 are welcome to try out.

For more information, contact coach Sheila Kupferschmid at 262-1476.

Another Mears wins Indy pole

INDIANAPOLIS Casey Mears grew up dreaming about winning poles and races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He just never pictured doing it in a stock car.

On Saturday, Mears took a big step in his budding NASCAR Nextel Cup career, and the first step toward emulating the Indianapolis success of uncle Rick Mears, by winning the pole for the Brickyard 400.

He took full advantage of an early draw in the qualifying line to post a lap of 186.293 mph. That broke the Indianapolis stock car qualifying record of 184.343, set last year by Kevin Harvick.

''It feels great to be back here at Indy and holding up the Mears name proud,'' Casey said after driving his No. 41 Dodge to the second pole of his career and second in as many weeks. ''Hopefully, I will have a good race on Sunday. It would just mean everything in the world.''

Agassi, Hewitt reach Masters final

MASON, Ohio Drop the retirement talk. Andre Agassi showed the kid and everyone else that he still has a whole lot left.

Agassi took another huge step in his late-summer resurgence, beating second-seeded Andy Roddick in an all-American semifinal Saturday night at the Cincinnati Masters.

''If you know one thing, it's not to write Andre Agassi off,'' said Roddick, the tournament's defending champion. ''I'm disappointed that I lost, but part of me is happy. He let his racquet do the talking, and it's saying something.''

The 7-5, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (2) victory sent the 34-year-old Agassi into his first ATP tournament final since last November at the Tennis Masters Cup. He'll play 10th-seeded Lleyton Hewitt for the championship on Sunday.

Hewitt overpowered unseeded Tommy Robredo with his serve in the other semifinal, rolling to a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Mauresmo reaches Rogers Cup final

MONTREAL Amelie Mauresmo survived a first-set tiebreaker and a rain delay and went on to beat Vera Zvonareva 7-6 (6), 6-2 in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup on Saturday.

Mauresmo, who won the event in 2002, will face Elena Likhovtseva, a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 semifinal winner over French Open champion Anastasia Myskina, in Sunday's final.

With the victory, Mauresmo extended her domination of Zvonareva, raising her record against her to 4-0.

''I know her game well what she does well and what she does that's not so good,'' Mauresmo said. ''I don't think she likes my game too much, but this was probably the closest match we've played.''

Walker traded to Cardinals

ST. LOUIS Larry Walker got his wish to play for a contender, filling the only hole in the St. Louis Cardinals' formidable lineup.

Walker, who blocked deals to Arizona and Texas the past two years, waived his no-trade clause Friday night to join the major league-leading Cardinals in a deal that sent minor league pitcher Jason Burch and two players to be named to Colorado.

The Cardinals are 70-38 after beating the New York Mets 6-4 on Friday night and appear headed to their fourth postseason appearance in five years. They lead the NL Central by 10 1/2 games.

''It is tough not to be happy about that. They are going to the playoffs and have a chance to win the World Series,'' said Walker, choking back tears as he spoke in Denver.

Walker, the 1997 NL MVP, three-time NL batting champion and five-time All-Star, gives the Cardinals a power-packed lineup that also includes Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen, Jim Edmonds and Edgar Renteria. They lead the NL with a .281 average.

Lakers trade Payton to Boston

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The Los Angeles Lakers made yet another big deal, putting perhaps the final touches on an extensive overhaul.

The makeover took another dramatic turn Friday when the Lakers traded Gary Payton and Rick Fox to the Boston Celtics for Chuck Atkins, Marcus Banks and Chris Mihm.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, perhaps the NBA's busiest executive this offseason, said he's looking forward to a vacation in Hawaii, although he smiled and added, ''Of course, they have phones there.''

Asked if the Lakers might make more significant moves anytime soon, Kupchak said, ''Probably not. We've done a lot of dealing. It will probably be quiet for a while.''

When next season begins, Kobe Bryant might be the only starter on the floor from the team that lost to Detroit in the NBA Finals. Karl Malone apparently hasn't decided whether he will return to the Lakers, and Devean George probably will open the season on the injured list.

''As you know, we have made some dramatic changes,'' Kupchak said in understatement.

Three days after the Lakers lost in the finals, the shakeup began. Coach Phil Jackson was let go and Shaquille O'Neal demanded a trade.

Rudy Tomjanovich was hired as coach, O'Neal was dealt to Miami for Lamar Odom, Brian Grant and Caron Butler; Derek Fisher left for Golden State; and free agent Bryant signed a seven-year, $136.4 million contract.

Later, Los Angeles signed free agent Vlade Divac, who was the Lakers' center in the early 1990s.

''We're hopeful, with the changes and the younger players, that we put ourselves in the position where we don't have to experience four or five years of mediocrity,'' Kupchak said.

''Hopefully, we'll be in a position to make the playoffs right away, advance in the playoffs, and at the same time have a good mix of young players who may be with us the next 10 years.''

The acquisitions from Boston gives the Lakers more height (the 7-foot Mihm) inside and some youth outside, Kupchak said.

''We got a true backup center who can probably play a little bit of power forward, and we got much younger in the backcourt,'' he said.

The Celtics also received a conditional first-round draft pick and cash in the deal and sent a second-round pick to the Western Conference champions.

Payton and Malone took large pay cuts to join the Lakers as free agents last summer, each All-Star hoping to win his first championship.

Fox played with the Lakers for seven years, spending six previous seasons with the Celtics.

Kupchak said he had spoken with Payton's agent earlier Friday, and had a phone conversation with Fox.

''As you would expect, they (the players) were both disappointed to be in a position where they have to move on,'' Kupchak said. ''This is the business part of what we do.

''We did not try to move Gary Payton. This was an opportunity that was brought to us. Had we been uncomfortable with Gary, we would not have protected him in the expansion draft.''

Despite struggling through his year with Los Angeles, the 36-year-old Payton exercised a $5.4 million option to return for another season.

A nine-time All-Star who averaged 18.3 points over his first 13 seasons, Payton averaged 14.6 points his lowest since the 1992-93 season and a career-low 4.2 assists in the regular season last year. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.3 assists in the playoffs.

The 35-year-old Fox, who won three NBA championship rings with the Lakers, has career averages of 9.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

Mihm, 25, averaged 6.3 points and 5.4 rebounds last year for Boston and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Atkins, 29, acquired from the Pistons midway through last season, averaged 8.4 points and 3.5 assists last year.

Banks, 22, started two games for the Celtics as a rookie. He was a first-round draft pick out of UNLV in 2003.

AP Sports Writer Jimmy Golen in Boston contributed to this report.

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