Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2000

Panthers sweep Hawks in volleyball

The Skyview High School volleyball continued to roll, downing Houston in three games Thursday in a non-region match.

The Panthers won 15-12, 15-11 and 15-11.

"I thought Houston played a pretty solid defensive game, and they served well," said Skyview coach Sheila Kupferschmid of the close scores.

The Panthers were able to overcome Houston's strong defense with a quick attack, something setter Christina Colvin and hitter Beth Massey have been working together to perfect.

"Out quick offense is starting to come along," Kupferschmid said. "It opens up the outsides for us. It's going to add another dimension to our game."

Massey tallied seven kills and three blocks for the Panthers, opening things up for Amanda Bauer, who struck for 13 kills.

Jenny Carpenter notched six kills and three blocks.

The Panthers had another solid night at the service line as well. Bauer led the team with seven service points, Christine Hayes served for six, Colvin was good for five and Massey totaled four points from the line.

Skyview, now 7-5 overall and 19-7 counting tournament pool play, will head to the Grace Christian Invitational today and Saturday in Anchorage.

Commissioner says Iverson will change lyrics

NEW YORK -- Allen Iverson will take steps to eliminate offensive lyrics from the final version of his rap album, NBA commissioner David Stern said Thursday after meeting with Iverson at league headquarters.

Stern declined to fine or suspend Iverson but issued a strongly worded statement critical of the Philadelphia guard, whose controversial rap recording contains violent references and derogatory terms about gays, women and blacks.

''It was a good meeting. I'm glad we had it. I'm glad he called me in,'' Iverson said prior to the 76ers' exhibition game against the Knicks. ''It's important for me to be a professional about the whole thing. I've got to play a season. My rap album is over. At this point, the only thing you can do is handle it like a man.''

Sorenstam chips into four-way tie at Samsung

VALLEJO, Calif. -- Nobody was telling Annika Sorenstam to replay this chip shot.

The Swedish star, still smarting from a controversial decision in the Solheim Cup last weekend, holed a 35-foot birdie chip on the 15th hole en route to a 3-under 69 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the Samsung World Championship.

Pat Hurst, Juli Inkster and Meg Mallon also opened with 69s in the invitation-only event featuring just 20 players.

Eleven of them played in the Solheim Cup in Scotland, where an American team's decision to make Sorenstam replay a similar shot sparked bad feelings among the players.

Most of those feelings were put aside as the World Championship got underway at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, where wet fairways and clear skies made for a challenging day.

After a week in cloudy Scotland, ''I'm just glad to see the sun,'' Sorenstam said. ''It's a little different than the kind of course we play throughout the year. It's a good test of golf.''

The hilly, Arnold Palmer-designed course is unknown to most of the players, which partially accounts for only seven breaking par in the first round. Everything from windy conditions to jet lag for the Solheim Cup players took the rest of the blame.

''You guys don't understand what time zone I'm in right now,'' said Mallon, who like the others arrived from Scotland on Monday night after a 23-hour plane ride. ''This is the middle of the night for me somewhere.''

Sorenstam, who turned 30 on Monday, Hurst and Mallon all confessed to a bit of fatigue. Not so for Inkster, who got 10 solid hours of sleep the last two nights at her home in nearby Los Altos.

Inkster's round was highlighted by an 18-foot birdie putt on the eighth hole and a day of solid drives, which she attributed to experience. Two weeks ago, she and her father lost $5 in a friendly match on the course with her husband and her brother.

''I love whenever I'm able to win in front of friends and family,'' Inkster said. ''This one's going to come down to a few holes on Sunday, though.''

Lorie Kane was one shot back at 2 under, while Karrie Webb and Michele Redman were 1 under. Defending champion Se Ri Pak shot an even-par 72, along with Sophie Gustafson and Janice Moodie.

Hurst was in the American pairing that forced Sorenstam to replay her chip in the Solheim Cup because she had played out of turn. Hurst had six birdies Thursday to grab a share of the lead, but she made it clear the controversy was still on everyone's mind.

''I think the incident that happened made it a little colder on the plane ride over here, but I think both teams are trying to put it behind them,'' Hurst said.

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