Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2002

278.2-pounder leads Homer derby

A 278.2-pound halibut caught by Paul Lemek of Rockville, Conn., on Aug. 5 while fishing with Grizzly Charters leads the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby August standings.

Second place belongs to a 261.2-pound fish caught by Roland Frame of Banks, Ore., on Aug. 15 while fishing with Homer Ocean Charters, and in third place is a 261.2-pound fish caught by Frank Stevens of Eagle River while fishing with Homer Ocean Charters, also on Aug. 15.

David Opsahl of Austin, Minn., landed the 235-pound fourth-place fish on Aug. 1 while fishing with Aurora Sportfishing, and Bob Brown of Simi Valley, Calif., caught the 209.6-pound fifth-place fish on Aug. 15 while fishing with Silver Fox Charters.

Clayton McDowell of Eagle River is the overall derby leader with a 347-pound fish landed July 28 with Homer Ocean Charters.

Joyanna Geisler of Homer caught a tagged fish worth $500 Sunday while fishing with Inlet Charters. The prize halibut was sponsored by Homer Real Estate Associates.

There are now 45 entries in the $10,000 released-fish drawing. Any derby ticket holder releasing a fish bigger than 80 pounds is entered in the drawing.

Motocross riders prepare for state event

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions had 43 riders visit Twin City Raceway last Friday for City Race No. 6, and the organization expects to see just as many competitors for this Friday's City Race No. 7 as they prepare for the final state event, scheduled for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Twin City Raceway.

Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions

Moto-cross City Race No. 6

Friday at Twin City Raceway

50 cc -- 1. Brock McKee; 2. Bruce Hudson; 3. Jessy Peterson; 4. Harley hill; 5. Dalton Davis; 6. Duncan Waugaman; 7. Austin Gaswint. 60 cc -- 1. Tyler Blanchard; 2. Dylan Hendricks; 3. Cody Woodworth; 4. Brock McKee; 5. Zach Peterson; 6. Matthew Mendenhall; 7. Max Stasek. 80 Novice -- 1. Jeff Vincent; 2. Dylan Hendricks; 3. Kyle Schultz; 4. Zach Peterson. 80 Expert -- 1. Cory Davis; 2. Richie Hennagin; 3. Joel Brewer. 125 Novice -- 1. Sarah Herrin; 2. Les Crane; 3. Justin Krigbaum. 125 Intermediate -- 1. Cory Davis; 2. Jesse Kelly; 3. Zach Argon; 4. Ryan Edmunds. 125 Expert -- 1. Ralph Blanchard. Vet -- 1. Mike Kelly; 2. Jim Culp. 250 cc -- 1. Pat Crabb; 2. Sam Meyers. 5 and under /Mini Quads 50 cc -- 1. Joel Williams; 2. Ty Meacham. 4-wheelers/Little Quads 80-90 cc -- 1. Carly Meacham; 2. (tie) Cindi Hudson and Austin Gaswint. 4-wheelers/Big Quads -- 1. Todd Ritter; 2. Tom Nielson. 4-wheelers/Big Quads-Vet -- 1. Robert Meacham. Vet Class -- 1. Jim Culp, 2. Mike Kelly.

Serena Williams, Hewitt seeded No. 1

NEW YORK -- Four Americans top the women's seedings at the U.S. Open for the first time since 1983, led by Serena Williams, who'll be aiming for her third straight Grand Slam title.

Williams' sister, two-time defending champion Venus, is seeded No. 2, meaning they could meet only in the final. They have played for three of the past four major championships.

Jennifer Capriati is seeded third, and Lindsay Davenport is No. 4 for the year's final Grand Slam event, which opens Monday.

Nineteen years ago, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert Lloyd, Andrea Jaeger, Tracy Austin and Pam Shriver were seeded 1-5.

Defending champion Lleyton Hewitt was seeded No. 1 in the men's field Tuesday, with 2000 winner Marat Safin at No. 2. Tommy Haas is third, followed by Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Tim Henman, and two-time champion Andre Agassi at No. 6.

Mathieu eliminates Sampras in second round

COMMACK, N.Y. -- Paul-Henri Mathieu, the last of the 48 players to get into the main draw, stunned Pete Sampras 6-3, 6-7 (9), 6-4 in a second-round match at the TD Waterhouse Cup on Tuesday night.

The 20-year-old, a pro since 1999, originally was scheduled to play in the qualifier but was moved up when Thomas Enqvist withdrew because of an upper respiratory infection.

Williams, Davenport advance to quarterfinals

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Top-seeded Venus Williams maintained her perfect record in the Pilot Pen with a 6-2, 6-4 second-round victory over Meghann Shaughnessy on Tuesday night.

Williams, the three-time defending champion, has not lost a set in 14 matches here and advanced to play qualifier Laura Granville in the quarterfinals. Williams, tuning up to defend her U.S. Open title next week, breezed through the first set in under 30 minutes, getting most of her powerful first serves in at over 100 mph and quickly tracking down any returns.

She made short work of Shaughnessy's defensive lobs and won the battle at the net with her range.

''I played pretty efficiently tonight,'' Williams said. ''I have to come in in order to play my best tennis. I can reach and get to the balls, but the first step is just getting to the net.''

Shaughnessy won just one point off Williams' serves in the first set. Her returns were often easy set-ups for Williams' crushing winners.

''She came out very aggressive today and made a very high percentage of her first serves, which is difficult because I was on the defensive right from the very beginning on every point,'' Shaughnessy said.

Shaughnessy toughened in the second set with more aggressive net play. She broke Williams in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead and had her down 40-0 in the next game. But Williams won five straight points to break Shaughnessy. Williams held serve to take a 5-4 lead then quickly broke Shaughnessy at love to close out the match after giving herself a pep talk.

''I said I'm not going to hit any balls into the net and that I'm not going to hit wide for no reason,'' Williams said.

Earlier Tuesday, second-seeded Lindsay Davenport defeated Iroda Tulyganova 6-4, 7-5 (3) to advance to the quarterfinals.

Davenport countered Tulyganova's powerful serve and forehands with precise winners. It was their first meeting, and Davenport admitted being unprepared for Tulyganova's strong service game. Tulyganova recorded eight aces and several service winners.

''I just had difficulties,'' Davenport said. ''Not many girls serve between 110 and 115 miles per hour. I haven't played somebody that served quite that hard except maybe Venus.

''Fortunately, I felt when we were rallying I was hitting the balls well.''

Granville advanced by beating Daja Bedanova 7-5, 6-2.

In first-round play, No. 6 Amelie Mauresmo beat Tatiana Panova, 6-2, 6-2; Daniela Hantuchova eased to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jennifer Hopkins; Anastasia Myskina ousted Conchita Martinez 6-1, 6-4; and Patty Schnyder defeated Marta Marrero 6-4, 6-1.

The Pilot Pen is Davenport's fourth tournament back from knee surgery that sidelined her for most of the season. She combined her powerful ground strokes with dead-on accuracy, routinely running Tulyaganova from sideline to sideline.

''She was hitting winners from everywhere,'' Tulyaganova said. ''I was getting very nervous.''

But it was Davenport who lost concentration late in the match. Up a break in the second set, she struggled with her serve in the eighth game.

She had two double faults in a row and made a couple of unforced errors, allowing Tulyaganova to break her serve and tie the set at 4-all. Davenport regained her game in time and cruised through the tiebreak 7-3, but said she was again disappointed over the mental lapse.

''It's just been plaguing me for the last few weeks,'' Davenport said. ''I get up and then I play some sloppy points and sloppy games. It obviously makes it more of an interesting match.''

During her comeback, Davenport has advanced to two semifinals and a final. She lost the championship in Los Angeles to Chanda Rubin.

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