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Posted: Friday, September 27, 2002

Seward to hold Hawkwalk Sunday

The Seward High School Hawkwalk will be Sunday. It will be a 10-kilometer walk or run, or a 30-kilometer bike. Both of those events will take place on Exit Glacier Road.

The entry fee will be $25 in cash or $100 in pledges to the Seward High Athletic Fund. Registration will be at 2 p.m. at the Resurrection Roadhouse, while the race will start at 3 p.m.

There also will be a barbecue after the races sponsored by the Seward High School Athletic Booster Club.

For more information, contact Rich Houghton at 224-5290 (home), 224-3351 (work) or RHoughton@KPBSD.k12.ak.us.

Louisville upsets No. 4 Florida State

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Henry Miller ran 25 yards for a touchdown on the second play of overtime as Louisville upset No. 4 Florida State 26-20 in a steady downpour Thursday night.

Anthony Floyd intercepted a pass by Chris Rix near the goal line a play earlier to set up Miller's run.

The Cardinals (3-2) spilled onto the field after finishing one of the biggest wins in school history. Most of the rain-soaked crowd of 38,109 followed them and brought down the goal post behind the north end zone.

The Seminoles (4-1) were the highest ranked team to play in the 4-year-old Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

Dave Ragone's 1-yard touchdown pass to Damien Dorsey tied it at 20-20 for Louisville with 11:37 left. Neither team threatened to score again in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals won the coin toss, but chose to play defense first in overtime.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Isidore soaked Louisville throughout the day and the showers never subsided after the game began.

The Cardinals trailed 13-6 at halftime, finishing the first half with more penalties (eight) than first downs (six) -- and more penalty yards (100) than total yards (77).

Sixteen picked for driver development program

INDIANAPOLIS -- Danny Sullivan is starting an ambitious program to develop American drivers for Formula One.

Sullivan, the 1985 Indianapolis 500 winner and one of only a handful of Americans who have driven in the international open-wheel series, announced Thursday the first class of 16 drivers to participate in the program.

The drivers, ranging in age from 16 to 24, will undergo a rigorous test session, both on and off the track, Oct. 14-15 at the Paul Riccard road circuit in France. Four will be selected for fully funded rides in Europe, beginning in 2003.

''We're fully convinced America has a wealth of young drivers with the desire, talent and discipline to race -- and win -- in F1,'' Sullivan said.

Sullivan's sponsor, Red Bull, an international energy drink company, has committed to fund the program for at least four years. A new group of drivers will be selected each year in hopes some will work their way into F1.

Moss apologizes to team, fans, family

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Randy Moss apologized to his team, family and friends Thursday, but insisted he wasn't looking for trouble when he was arrested on charges of pushing a traffic officer with his car.

The Minnesota Vikings' star receiver spent a night in jail and was charged with two misdemeanors but no felonies. Moss will start Sunday's game against Seattle, and his agent said the team will fine him, although the amount hasn't yet been determined.

''I'm sorry for what I've caused and what I brought on everyone who really cares about me or this team,'' Moss said during a news conference. ''I am human. I am a man. I do take care of my responsibilities, and I stand up for my actions.''

Moss, however, made no direct mention of Amy Zaccardi, the 27-year-old traffic officer who police say stepped in front of Moss' car to stop him from making an illegal turn Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old Moss slowly pushed her along the street, stopping after a half-block when she fell off the car, police said.

Zaccardi, a city employee but not a police officer, was not seriously hurt.

''I don't know if trouble is out to find me,'' Moss said. ''But I'm certainly not out to find trouble.''

Moss took no questions at a news conference, but later, in an interview with ESPN, insisted he did nothing wrong.

''By the time the woman told me to turn back into the lane that I turned in, it was too late,'' Moss said. ''The woman had me confused as to what I was supposed to do. There was no conversation. ... All I know is the cuffs are slammed on me, and I'm in the back of the cruiser.''

Moss said the arrest was especially unfortunate considering all the attention he's received for being a team leader early in the season.

''I'm trying to be there, trying to change, trying to change for the best,'' he said.

Moss practiced Thursday and looked more relaxed, smiling and joking with teammates and coach Mike Tice.

''I thought he seemed very sincere in his apology, and I think everyone accepted that and is ready to have him back on this team,'' linebacker Greg Biekert said. ''He felt bad about what happened and was willing to come to us and say that. I think it takes a lot for a guy to do that.''

Moss whistled as he walked out of jail Wednesday. He was charged with careless driving and failure to obey a traffic officer. He faces a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine on each charge. He will be arraigned Oct. 2.

Police also said they found a marijuana cigarette in Moss' car, an amount that would qualify as a petty misdemeanor, with a fine of up to $200. But no drug charge has been filed. Moss' agent, Dante DiTrapano, and his attorney, Joe Friedberg, have said the marijuana did not belong to Moss.

Under NFL rules, Moss will undergo mandatory ''evaluation'' because he was charged. Any disciplinary action would follow a conviction or guilty plea.



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