Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2004

Bird Homestead Golf Course hosts tourney

The Bird Homestead Golf Course hosted a Fall Classic tournament last weekend with 40 golfers participating in the team event.

The BJ's BS'rs, consisting of Ardie Crawford, Vince Redford, Kevin O'Fallon and Tim Moeglein finished first, carding a 64. Jackie Risch won the ladies long drive, Roy Bird won the men's long drive, and Jonna Dick was closest-to-the-pin on Nos. 6 and 8 for the ladies while Walt Krieger was closest-to on No. 8 for the men.

Bird Homestead Golf Course Fall Classic

BJ's BS'rs (Ardie Crawford, Vince Redford, Kevin O'Fallon, Tim Moeglein), 64; Walters and Assoc. Insurance (Paul Samora, Jerry May, Charlie Waguespack, Jim Hakkinen), 72 (took second in chip-off); Carquest (Walt Krieger, Duane Tachick, Scott Sundberg, Roy Bird), 72; First National Bank of Alaska (Charlie Weimer, Lore Weimer, Darell Jelsma, Susan Jelsma), 74; Dark Horse (Ken Schaefer, Carolyn Turkington, Tom Walsh, Judy Keck-Walsh), 75; Slash E Construction (Ray Droneburg, Packy Dick, Jonna Dick, John Brewer), 75; Carlisle Misfits (Doug Morgan, Don McGee, Ed Krohn, Erv Carlisle), 81; Perry Fly (Jan Stenga, Rhonda Dettmer, Al Dettmer, Chiya Bazan), 81; Funny River Thru and Thru (Jackie Risch, Doug Cather, Pat Bird, Larry Hamilton), 84; Legends Lodge Ladies (Linda Heath, Marnie Nelson, Michelle Harmon, Molly Noyes), 86.

KPSC ends season on high note

Teams representing the Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club collected a state championship and several second-place finishes at the Zane Cup and the Snickers State Cup recently.

At the Snickers Cup, the girls under-13 Riverhawks defeated the Anchorage Youth Soccer Club Arsenal 2-1 for a state club soccer title. The team got goals from Taylor Matson and Jenna Redford in the final after defeating Eclipse in overtime in the semifinals.

The Riverhawks will represent their club in the Region IV tournament in Denver next summer.

Also at the Snickers Cup, the boys under-13 Spitfires finished second. The boys under-14 Riverhounds and the girls under-14 Conquest also participated.

At the Zane Cup, the girls under-12 Crossfire placed second while the under-12 boys Flaming Hot Dogs earned the Pele award for their sportsmanship.

Mourning to attempt comeback

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Seven-time All-Star Alonzo Mourning will attempt a comeback with the New Jersey Nets this season, less than a year after a kidney transplant.

''I am feeling great and am excited about attending training camp and possibly resuming my career,'' the 34-year-old Mourning said in a statement released by the Nets on Wednesday.

''We look forward to Alonzo joining the Nets in training camp,'' Nets president Rod Thorn said. ''Hopefully, he will be able to resume his career and play at the high level he has in the past.''

The center, who had signed with the Nets before last season, played only 12 games before retiring Nov. 24 because of complications from a kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. He was diagnosed before the 2000-01 season, when he was with the Miami Heat.

Pennington gets contract extension

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Chad Pennington agreed to a $64 million, seven-year contract extension with the New York Jets on Wednesday that includes $23 million in guaranteed money.

A source familiar with the negotiations, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that Pennington will average $9.172 million a year. The quarterback, entering his fifth season, also receives the second-largest amount of up-front money, behind only Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning, who got a $34.5 million signing bonus earlier this year. The total value of Pennington's deal is $64.197 million.

Ichiro's monthly hit total the most in 66 years

TORONTO Ichiro Suzuki's 56 hits in August are still impressive only they're not the most in a month by a major leaguer in 68 years as originally reported.

According to ongoing research by the Elias Sports Bureau, Suzuki's total is the highest in a month since Jeff Heath got 58 for Cleveland in August 1938.

Ankiel back in majors

ST. LOUIS Next spring, the St. Louis Cardinals expect Rick Ankiel to compete for a spot in the rotation. Next month, he could show up on the postseason roster.

For now, just being in the major leagues is enough for the left-hander whose once-promising career was derailed for more than three years by wild pitches and reconstructive elbow surgery. September serves as bonus time for the former bonus baby, and for the team with the best record in baseball.

''Coming up here, it would be good to get back in a rhythm, get back in the game,'' Ankiel said Wednesday after being activated from the 15-day disabled list.

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