Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2001

State Motocross Series finale comes to Soldotna

The State Motocross Race Series will stage its last races of the season Saturday and Sunday at the Soldotna Municipal Airport track, hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions.

With just two days of racing left, several class titles are still up for grabs. Racing begins each day at 9 a.m. and will last until 5 p.m.

Admission is $5. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

Idaho man leads August Jackpot standings

Craig Nordfelt of Rexburg, Idaho, and his 272.2-pound halibut continue to top the August standings for the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby.

In the overall standings, Anchorage's Tom Barkman and the 322.8-pound halibut he landed on July 1 continue to lead. If nobody catches a bigger fish before Sept. 3 at 9 p.m., Barkman will win $33,500 for his fish.

The only angler to break into August's top five in the last week was Anchorage's Walt Tucker, who landed a 202.4-pound fish to move into fifth on Saturday.

Wayne Weigert of Streetsboro, Ohio, remains in second place with the 252.8-pound fish he landed on Aug. 2, while John Campion of Clear Lake, Wis., is in third with a 224.6-pounder and Thomas Stear of Whittier, Calif., is in fourth with his 223-pounder.

Mesa gets two-game suspension

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies closer Jose Mesa was suspended two games on Monday for throwing at St. Louis' Jim Edmonds last week.

Mesa will miss games against the New York Mets on Tuesday and Wednesday. He is eligible to play Monday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

''They have to do what they feel is right,'' Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.

Mesa would not comment on the suspension.

He was ejected in the eighth inning of a 9-0 loss at St. Louis on Aug. 19, after throwing a pitch behind Edmonds' head and then hitting Edmonds in the back on a 1-2 pitch following a warning.

Mesa, signed as a free agent from Seattle in the off-season, has 33 saves in 35 chances, the third-best save percentage in the majors. He hasn't allowed an earned run since June 28.

Philadelphia, which entered Monday night's game 1 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East, has had bullpen problems lately. Since the All-Star break, the relievers are 2-13.

''I don't know who is going to close,'' Bowa said.

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