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Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Area runners complete Lost Lake

A number of runners from the area completed the Lost Lake Breath of Life Run Saturday in Seward. The run is 15.75 miles and follows the Lost Lake trail. It is a fund-raiser for cystic fibrosis research and attracted over 300 entrants this year.

Warren Hancock won the men's race with a time of 1 hour, 42 minutes and 38 seconds. In the women's race, Anchorage's Kristi Waythomas picked up her fourth straight race victory, finishing in 1:57:10.

Area runners are listed below by place:

57. Tom Seggerman, 2:24:05; 76. Jennifer Jolly, 2:31:46; 88. Gordon Wetzel, 2:34:46; 93. Bill Coghill, 2:36:55; 110. Leslie Holden, 2:44:48; 112. Penny McClain, 2:45:11; 123. Jay Rohloff, 2:47:02; 134. Sherri Rose, 2:49:40; 190. Sylvia Andrus, 3:03:26; 226. Mindee Morning, 3:15:06; 228. Kelly Williams, 3:16:01; 230. Kelly Sederholm, 3:16:38; 249. Linda Graham, 3:27:27; 281. Julie Tauriainen, 4:14:17.

Homer halibut derby leaders unchanged

The leaders once again did not change this past week in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

The overall derby leader is still Joseph Volk of Reedsville, W.V., and the 345.6-pound fish he landed on Aug. 6.

Volk also leads the August standings. In second is Gerald Schmitz of Waterloo, Iowa, and the 330.4-pound fish he landed on Aug. 9; in third is Robert Killey Sr. of Riviera Beach, Fla., and the 300.4-pound fish he landed on Aug. 8; in fourth is Paul Forsberg of Montauk, N.Y., and the 264.8-pound fish he landed on Aug.7; and in fifth is William Stephens of Mobile, Ala., and the 260.4-pound fish he landed on Aug. 5.

Motocross holds final city race

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Motocross Division held its final city race of the season Saturday at Twin Cities Raceway.

The city race offered many racers a chance to gear up for Saturday and Sunday, when the Racing Lions will host the final Alaska state motocross and four-wheeler races of the season. Racer signup is from 8 to 9 a.m., practice is at 9 a.m. and racing starts at 10 a.m.

The spectator fee is $5. Seniors will have to pay $3 to get in, while those under 12 get in free.

For more information, contact Wendy Hudson at 260-3305 or 398-3306.

Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Motocross Division Final City Race

Saturday

at Twin Cities Raceway

50 cc 1. Bruce Hudson; 2. Jacques Kahne; 3. Austin Hibbert.

60 cc 1. Cody Woodworth; 2. Dylan Hendricks; 3. Craig Hillery; 4. Bruce Hudson; 5. Joshawa Lamb.

80 cc novice 1. Troy Lemay; 2. Dan Ravin; 3. Taylor Hibbert.

80 cc intermediate 1. Cody Woodworth; 2. Dylan Hendricks.

125 cc novice 1. Shane Ashley; 2. Les Catlin; 3. Floyd Lindbloom.

125 cc intermediate 1. Zach Aragon; 2. Sarah Herrin; 3. Robert Graeber; 4. Corbin Arno.

125 cc expert 1. Aaron Loyer; 2. Ricky Bailey; 3. Cory Davis; 4. Jesse Kelly.

Mini-Quads 1. Carly Meacham.

Under 5 Quads 1. Candance Britton.

Quad novice 1. Robert Meacham; 2. Stephen Bishop; 3. Stephen Druce; 4. Todd Woodworth.

Quad expert 1. Steve Ashley; 2. Robert Graeber; 3. Todd Ritter.

Vets 1. Mike Kelly; 2. Jim Culp. DNF Lane Geisler.

Father: Clarett suspended for six games

ARLINGTON, Va. Ohio State star Maurice Clarett's father told USA Today the school plans to inform the NCAA that it will suspend the running back for six games.

''It will be a total of six games, but he could've lost everything,'' Myke Clarett said Sunday. ''We're relieved that it's finally over and that he was able to maintain his college eligibility and his scholarship. That was the goal.''

Clippers won't match offer, so Odom goes to Miami

LOS ANGELES Lamar Odom is free to join the Miami Heat after the Los Angeles Clippers refused Monday to match the Heat's $63 million offer.

''In the final analysis, the decision was based on issues of character and other risks involved,'' Clippers vice president Elgin Baylor said in a statement.

Sabres sign Drury

BUFFALO, N.Y. Forward Chris Drury signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the established offensive threat is expected to get a significant raise over the $2.5 million he made in the final year of his contract with Calgary last season.

A five-time 20-goal scorer, Drury is being counted on to be a first-line forward on a Sabres team that lacked offense last season and is seeking to end a two-year playoff drought.

Yzerman agrees to return for 21st season

DETROIT Steve Yzerman will return to the Detroit Red Wings for a 21st season after he signed a one-year contract with the club Monday.

Yzerman, 38, is the longest serving captain in NHL history.

''We are all very pleased to have Steve back in the fold for one more year,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a release. ''He brings a great deal of dedication, skill and leadership abilities to our hockey club and I feel his competitive nature will greatly help this team remain successful throughout the upcoming season.''

Penske hires Hornish; de Ferran to retire

Two-time defending IRL champion Sam Hornish will drive next season for Team Penske, which also announced Monday that Indianapolis 500 champion Gil de Ferran will retire at the end of this year.

Hornish said the deal with the elite team owned by Roger Penske came together after the July 6 race in Kansas.

''When Gil decided that he was ready to retire right after the Kansas race, he went to them and told them that and they contacted my representative,'' Hornish told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Monday. ''We went up there and had a meeting and talked about it and decided that it would be a good fit.''

The team said Hornish signed a multiyear contract but gave no details.

Helio Castroneves beat his future teammate by a few feet Sunday at Nazareth Speedway, the 1-mile oval Penske built in 1986. That gives Penske 118 open-wheel victories including 13 in the Indianapolis 500 and 11 national championships, all records.

Hornish holds some records himself. In 2001, at 22, he became the youngest champion of a major open-wheel series. Last year, he became the only two-time champion of the 7-year-old IRL series. This season, he broke the record for career victories with his ninth.

''Sam is a great fit for the team both on and off the track and we are confident we will achieve great success together,'' Penske said.

Hornish announced last week that he would not return to Panther Racing for a fourth season. The driver from Defiance, Ohio, said he wanted to continue to compete in the Indy 500, but also stated a desire to race in the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 NASCAR's biggest events. Moving to Penske gives him that opportunity. The team also fields cars in Winston Cup for Ryan Newman and Rusty Wallace.

But Hornish said stock cars will have to wait.

''I'm 100 percent focused right now on the Indy-car side of it and winning the Indianapolis 500,'' noted Hornish, whose best finish in three starts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is 14th.

He added: ''My opinion is, if I can't win the 500 driving for Roger, I probably can't win it.''

The 35-year-old de Ferran began his Indy-car career in the rival CART series in 1995 and came to the Penske team in 2000.

''My experience with Marlboro Team Penske is, without question, the pinnacle of my career,'' he said. ''I felt it was important to stop while I was at my best.''

Brazilians de Ferran and two-time Indy 500 winner Castroneves, helped rebuild Penske's team, which slumped badly in the late 1990s. De Ferran gave Penske the last two of his nine CART championships when he won titles in 2000 and 2001. Penske moved the team to the IRL last season.

De Ferran ended a winless run of three years for Penske when he gave the team owner his 100th open-wheel victory at Nazareth in 2000.

De Ferran finished third in the 2002 IRL points despite missing the final race of the season with a concussion from a crash at Chicagoland Speedway. He is also in the hunt this year, trailing Castroneves by just 25 points with three races remaining, again despite missing a race, this time due to a concussion and a back injury from a crash in Phoenix.

''He has certainly made a place in Penske Racing history as one of our great drivers,'' Penske said.

Tom Sneva, Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser and Al Unser Jr. also won open-wheel championships for Penske.

Castroneves, who won the Indy 500 in 2001 and 2002 before de Ferran edged him out this year, took the IRL points lead with his victory Sunday in the Firestone Indy 225. Besides the Penske duo, Tony Kanaan and Hornish remain in the championship battle, trailing Castroneves by 32 and 81 points, respectively.

Hornish would love to give Panther a parting gift and make the move to Team Penske as a three-time champion even if it's a longshot at this point.

''Consistency is what pays off,'' he said. ''If we can go out there and win three races, I think we've got as good a shot as anybody.''



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