Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Johnnie drives away with Trophy class

Soldotna's Selene Johnnie took first place in the Trophy class Sunday in drag racing at the Alaska Raceway Park in Palmer.

Johnnie defeated runner-up Nic Liller.

In the Top Sportsman class, Soldotna's Charlie Johnnie finished second to Dave Hornsby of Fairbanks.

Kenai Central JV to face Homer

The Kenai Central High School junior varsity football team will square off against Homer Friday at 6 p.m. at Kenai Central. The Kenai junior varsity squad's game against West High's junior varsity has been canceled.

Anchorage man takes Seward derby

Anchorage's Scott West won the Seward Silver Salmon Derby Sunday with an 18.7-pound coho. West received $10,000 cash and an $8,000 fish finder-differential chart plotter.

Anchorage's Gail Baumgartner took second and $5,000 with an 18.62-pounder; Ed Weigelt of Edmonds, Wash., took third and $2,500 with an 18.48-pounder; Kenai's Fred Wolsterman took fourth and $1,500 with a 17.5-pounder; Anchorage's Kay Vinson took fifth and $1,000 with a 17.35-pounder; Anchorage's Mike White took sixth and $500 with a 17.21-pounder; Delaware Humby of Murphy, N.C., took seventh and $500 with a 16.84-pounder; Robert White of Montgomery, Ill., took eighth and $500 with a 16.74-pounder; Anchorage's Robert Moore took ninth and $500 with a 16.74-pounder; and Seward's Paul Paquette took 10th and $500 with a 16.57-pounder.

In other derby news, Soldotna's Jerry Bixby caught 584.87 pounds of fish to earn the cumulative weight award. He earned $877.31 for the catch.

Man from Idaho takes August lead in Homer

Craig Nordfelt of Rexburg, Idaho, landed a 272.2-pound halibut Saturday to take over August lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

With the derby getting ready to wrap up on Sept. 3, Anchorage's Tom Barkman remains in the overall lead with a 322.8-pound fish he boated on July 1.

Others in August's top five are Wayne Weingart of Streetsboro, Ohio, in second place with a 252.8-pound fish he landed on Aug. 2; John Campion of Clear Lake, Wis., in third place with a 224.6-pound fish he landed on Aug. 8; Thomas Stear of Whittier, Calif., in fourth place with a 223-pound fish he landed on Aug. 11; and Dennis Vale of Livingston, Mont, in fifth place with a 189.8-pound fish he brought in on Aug. 9.

Tyson vs. Nielsen set for Sept. 8 in Denmark

NEW YORK -- Mike Tyson will fight outside the United States for the third time in four bouts when he takes on Denmark's Brian Nielsen at Copenhagen on Sept. 8.

The 35-year-old former undisputed heavyweight champion's first match in almost 11 months was announced formally Monday by Showtime, which will show the fight on same-day tape delay beginning at 5 p.m ADT.

Weekend arrests add to Nebraska's troubles

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The off-field troubles for No. 4 Nebraska are building as two more players, including I-back Dahrran Diedrick, face disciplinary action after weekend arrests for an argument at a bar.

Since June, four players have been arrested and a fifth, linebacker Randy Stella, was kicked off the team for violating team rules.

Diedrick and backup linebacker Tony Tata spent about an hour in jail Saturday night after being charged with disturbing the peace.

MRI on Wood shows no damage to shoulder

CHICAGO -- An MRI taken on Kerry Wood's sore right shoulder showed no damage Monday, but the Chicago Cubs' right-hander is expected to be out until Sept. 1, manager Don Baylor said.

''There is no damage and that's the great thing about it. He's still probably going to be on the shelf until Sept. 1,'' Baylor said after Monday night's doubleheader split with Milwaukee.

''We'll give it a chance to really get strong. He'll do his workout exercises. That's our target date,'' Baylor said.

Wood has been on the disabled list since Aug. 4 with tendinitis in his shoulder.

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