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Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Kenai's Carsner Jr. wins drag race

John Carsner Jr. of Kenai won the Open Air category Sunday at Alaska Raceway Park in Palmer.

Carsner Jr. hit 125.39 mph to defeat Mike Pederson of Chugiak in the drag race.

Davis still leads Silver Salmon Derby

Casey Davis, a 9-year-old Seward resident, still led the Seward Silver Salmon Derby as of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

In second is Charles Rosenbert with a 15.61-pound fish, in third is Gary Vassar with a 15.57-pound fish and in fourth is Ray Menzie with a 15.44-pound fish.

McGahee agrees to contract with Bills

PITTSFORD, N.Y. First-round draft pick Willis McGahee agreed Tuesday to a contract with the Buffalo Bills, but that still doesn't get the injured running back closer to playing his first game.

In announcing the agreement, Bills president Tom Donahoe said he still hasn't determined whether McGahee will open the season on the active roster. One option, Donahoe said, is placing the running back on the non-football injury list, allowing him to continue rehabilitating his injured left knee.

''I don't anticipate that he'll be on the field right away,'' Donahoe said. ''The most important thing is for us to get him healthy. When he can endure the rigors, we'll put him out there.''

McGahee agreed to a five-year deal that could potentially be worth $15.53 million. The contract includes a guaranteed two-tiered $4.15 million bonus, the second part to be paid at the end of the season. The deal is also heavily laden with incentives that more than double a base contract worth just over $7 million, including bonuses.

Source: Jaguars, Leftwich agree to terms

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Jacksonville Jaguars reached an agreement Tuesday with rookie quarterback Byron Leftwich on a five-year, $23 million contract, an NFL source told The Associated Press.

The source, speaking on condition he not be identified, said the contract had yet to be signed as of late Tuesday night, but that Leftwich would almost certainly sign and make it to training camp on Wednesday.

Pistons sign Richard Hamilton

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. Richard Hamilton will be with the Detroit Pistons for a while.

The Pistons said Tuesday they re-signed the restricted free agent guard to a seven-year, $62 million contract that was agreed upon last month.

''I wanted to be here and they wanted me here,'' Hamilton, 25, said. ''The big thing was feeling like a family here, feeling wanted. It feels like home.''

Clarett academic information sent to NCAA

COLUMBUS, Ohio The committee investigating allegations of academic misconduct against Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett has turned some of its findings over to the NCAA.

''They're concerned and we're concerned and we're sharing information,'' Dr. Jane D. Case-Smith, a professor of medicine at the university, said in a phone interview Tuesday. ''I think it makes sense. It's their issue as well as our issue.''

NCAA spokeswoman Kay Hawes declined to comment.

Case-Smith said the investigation was in its early stages. She declined to talk about the committee's findings or when the investigation would wrap up.

Mariners activate Sasaki

SEATTLE Mariners closer Kazuhiro Sasaki, on the disabled list since June 11 because of fractured ribs, was activated Tuesday by the Seattle Mariners.

Sasaki hurt himself June 8 when he fell down his stairs while carrying a suitcase.



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