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Posted: Friday, August 27, 2004

Racing Lions to hold motocross city race

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Motocross Division will hold their final city motocross and quad races of the season Saturday at Twin Cities Raceway. Sign-ups will be at 10 a.m. while racing will begin at noon. The spectator fee will be $5. Seniors will get in for $3 while kid 12 and under get in for free.

The Motocross Division will host the final Alaska State Races of the season Sept. 4 and 5 at Twin Cities Raceway.

Silver Salmon looking for new members

The Soldotna Silver Salmon Swim Team is looking for new members. Tryouts will be held Sept. 7 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Soldotna High School.

Those who join will swim freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly and get a chance to compete at races.

For more information, call the Soldotna pool at 262-1506.

Racing Lions ready for Sprint Invite

The Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Circle Track Division will hold the 2004 Sprint Invitational Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

The event Friday will feature at least 14 sprint cars, late models and stock cars. Quarter midgets will join the action Saturday. On both nights, the Main Event will be held under lights.

"It's usually our biggest event of the year by far," said Jeannette Young, a lap counter with the Circle Track Division.

Young added that stock cars will be coming down from Willow to make the field even bigger.

Admission for those 12 and over will be $10. It will cost those 7 to 11 and seniors $5 to get in. Pit passes are $15.

Steelers get past Eagles

PHILADELPHIA Duce Staley ran into the end zone, went straight to the stands and handed the football to young boy wearing a Donovan McNabb jersey.

Just one problem: Staley plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers now.

Staley ran for 37 yards and one touchdown in limited action against his former team, leading the Steelers to a 27-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in a preseason game Thursday night.

Reserve Willie Parker ran for 106 yards and one TD and Dante Brown also had a TD run for the Steelers.

Reno Mahe ran for a score and L.J. Smith and Greg Lewis had TD catches for the Eagles, who lost two more starters linebacker Nate Wayne and left guard Jermane Mayberry to injuries.

California advances to U.S. Championship

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Looking ahead to the U.S. championship game almost cost Conejo Valley in the semifinals of the Little League World Series.

Sean McIntyre drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and finished with two RBIs, leading Thousand Oaks, Calif., to a 3-1 victory over South Caroline of Preston, Md., Thursday night to advance to the U.S. championship.

But it was a lot closer game than most expected, including the California players.

''I think everyone expected way too much out of this game,'' said John Lister, whose sixth-inning homer added an insurance run for California (4-0). ''We had predictions, over 10 runs and stuff like that. We were just too cocky, I think, coming into this game. It was a wake-up call for us.''

Pavin leads Buick Championship

CROMWELL, Conn. Corey Pavin made seven birdies and matched his career low with an 8-under-par 62 for a three-stroke lead at the inaugural Buick Championship on Thursday.

Bob Burns and Matt Weibring were second at 5-under 65. Bunched four strokes behind the leader with 66s were Fred Funk, David Peoples, Jerry Kelly, Jason Dufner and Craig Bowden.



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