Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002

Homer Mariner Triathlon set for Aug. 31

The second annual Homer Mariner Triathlon will be Aug. 31, with the race beginning at 8 a.m. The event involves a 1,000-yard swim, a 15-mile bike ride and a 5-mile run.

The race, with an entry fee of $25, starts at Homer High School and is open to all ages. The event will be "iron man" only, meaning there are no teams. The race will be limited to the first 200 participants and all entries must be received by Monday.

For more information, call Bridget Kuhns at 235-7416 or stop by the Homer pool to get a registration form.

SoHi-Skyview JV game moves to SoHi

The junior varsity football contest between Soldotna and Skyview high schools will be played Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Soldotna High School. This is a change from the original schedule.

Teens, legacies advance at U.S. Amateur

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. -- Teenagers Henry Liaw and Charlie Beljan advanced to the round of 32 Wednesday at the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills.

Liaw, 16, eliminated Chen-Chih Chiang, of Taiwan, 3 and 2, and Beljan, 17, defeated Anthony Kim, of La Quinta, Calif., 1-up.

Liaw, of Rowland Heights, Calif., won the 2001 U.S. Junior Amateur in San Antonio, and Beljan won this year's Junior Amateur in Atlanta.

By winning the Junior Amateur, Beljan earned an exemption into this year's field of 312, which was cut to 64 after two days of stroke play.

Beljan, of Mesa, Ariz., squeaked into the final 64, having qualified late Tuesday on the first playoff hole, while Liaw earned the 26th seed with even-par play through the first two days.

After two rounds of match play on Thursday, the field will dwindle to eight. Match play continues Friday and Saturday, and culminates with Sunday's 36-hole final.

Pitchers dazzle at Little League World Series

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Zachary Osborne and Aaron Alvey, two of the game's record-setting pitchers, hit consecutive home runs in the 11th inning to give Louisville, Ky., a 2-1 victory over Fort Worth, Texas, in the first U.S. semifinal at the Little League World Series.

It was the first game in the history of the Little League World Series in which both pitchers threw no-hitters through six innings.

Alvey struck out 19, while Fort Worth starter Walker Kelly struck out 21. Both had to be replaced in the 10th because of a Little League rule that bars pitchers from throwing more than nine innings in a game.

Five pitchers combined for 49 strikeouts, the most ever in a series game. The previous record, set during the 1971 championship game between Gary, Ind., and Tainan City, Taiwan, saw Lloyd McClendon, now the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Mu-Hsu Chin combine for 34. Tainan City won 12-3 in nine innings.

Worcester, Mass. faces Harlem, N.Y. in the other semifinal on Thursday and that winner plays Louisville on Saturday in the U.S. championship game.

Osborne hit the first pitch of the 11th inning from Michael Valdez (1-1) over the wall in center field. Alvey then hit a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left to make it 2-0. Osborne (2-0) worked the 10th and earned the win.

Also Wednesday, Japan beat Guam 10-0 in the first international semifinal. Japan (4-0) will face the winner of Thursday's semifinal between Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles and Valencia, Venezuela for the international championship on Saturday.

WNBA official upgraded to serious condition

HOUSTON -- Bill Stokes, the referee who collapsed during a WNBA playoff game, was upgraded from critical to serious condition on Wednesday.

Just after halftime of Tuesday night's game between Utah and Houston, Stokes, 56, fell to the floor near the scorer's table. He was taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital where he remained Wednesday.

Haas advances after getting good news about father

COMMACK, N.Y. -- Tommy Haas had a lot more to celebrate Wednesday than his second-round victory at the TD Waterhouse Cup.

The defending champion beat Raymond Delgado 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, hours after learning that his father had taken his first steps without crutches since a motorcycle accident in June.

''He took 10 steps for a television show in Germany,'' Haas said of his father Peter, who was involved in the accident in Germany with his wife Brigitte. ''My mom started walking slowly abut a week ago.''

In other second-round matches Wednesday, Nicolas Massu upset second-seeded Roger Federer 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-3; Jan-Michael Gambill outlasted Stefan Koubek 6-4, 3-6, 6-2; Arnaud Clement beat Jan Vacek 6-2, 6-3; Jonas Bjorkman won the first set 7-6 (7) before Attila Savolt retired because of tendinitis in his right shoulder; and Mardy Fish beat Irakli Labadze 6-4, 6-3.

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