Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, August 09, 2002

Skyview volleyball starts Monday

Practice for the Skyview High School volleyball team begins Monday at 1 p.m. at the school. For more information, call 262-1476.

Schwikert cruises into first in preliminaries

CLEVELAND -- Tasha Schwikert makes it look easy.

The defending national champion cruised through the preliminaries at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Thursday night, taking the lead and a big step toward her second title.

Schwikert finished with 37.650 points, 0.375 ahead of Tabitha Yim. Ashley Postell was third with 36.475 points, while Annia Hatch, who won a bronze medal on vault at the 1996 world championships when she competed for Cuba, is tied for fourth with Nina Kim.

Three-time junior winner Kristal Uzelac is in eighth place after making the surprise decision to compete. She was expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks after breaking a toe Tuesday night. The all-around final is Saturday night.

Harding sentenced to 10 days in jail

CAMAS, Wash. -- Tonya Harding was sentenced to 10 days in jail Thursday for drinking alcohol while on probation.

In court, the former Olympic figure skater said her arrest for drunken driving forced her to re-examine her life and was the best thing that could have happened to her.

''I'm grateful to the judge for giving me this opportunity; I finally found out what my problem is: It's alcohol,'' Harding said after the brief hearing.

''I'm glad it happened so no one gets hurt, I don't get hurt and I'm making something right in my life for a change.''

Players, owners agree to minimum salary

NEW YORK -- Players and owners agreed to a $100,000 increase in baseball's minimum salary Thursday, making more progress on minor issues as labor negotiations head into a key weekend.

Faced with the possibility the union's executive board might set a strike date when it meets Monday in Chicago, both sides got three items out of the way and prepared to deal with larger issues.

They set the minimum at $300,000 starting next year, and agreed to increases in the benefits plan that allow most 10-year veterans who played after 1970 to earn pensions of about $160,000 annually, the federal maximum. Also, they agreed to shorten the period for teams to fund deferred salaries.

Delay aside, Switzer happy to enter Hall

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Barry Switzer isn't sure why it took so long for him to get into the College Football Hall of Fame. He's just glad he finally was invited.

Despite having the fourth-highest winning percentage among major college football coaches, Switzer was passed over five times before being voted in last year. He's among 25 past coaches and players who will be enshrined Saturday.

Switzer's image might have been tarnished by a series of scandals at Oklahoma. The 64-year-old Switzer acknowledged he was ''naive'' in assuming he would have been honored sooner.

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