Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2000

Sports Briefs

Kenai Central girls hoops holds fund-raiser

The Kenai Central girls basketball team will hold a dinner and an auction Saturday night at the Elks Lodge in Kenai. The dinner will be from 6 to 8 p.m., while the auction will start at 8 p.m. People do not have to eat the dinner to participate in the auction.

The dinner will be Polynesian and costs $7.50 per person. Tickets are not available at the door. They must be purchased from a Kenai Central girls basketball player.

The auction includes a home plate autographed by Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners, a mini-football helmet autographed by Jamal Anderson of the Atlanta Falcons and a football autographed by the St. Louis Rams. There also will be things like a night at Land's End Resort in Homer.

For more information, contact Jim Beeson at 283-4285.

Soccer players and coaches clinic offered in Homer

The Soccer Association of Homer is sponsoring an Olympic Development Program youth soccer players clinic and a youth module coaches clinic this weekend.

Coaches clinic sessions today from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Homer Middle School. There is no fee for the coaches clinic. Under-8 players are needed on Friday and under-10 players are needed for Saturday's session.

The ODP players clinic will take place at Homer Middle School Saturday and at Homer High School Sunday. The clinic is for players born from 1983 through 1988. Girls sessions will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and boys sessions will take place from 10:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.

The fee for the ODP clinic is $25, plus $15 for USYSA membership. For more information, call 235-3954 or 235-6090.

KPHA Ice Hawks drop a pair of close games

The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Ice Hawks PeeWee hockey team dropped a pair of games Saturday to the visiting Mustangs. The Mustangs took both games with 2-1 scores.

Corey Johnson tallied for the Ice Hawks in the first game, assisted by Gregory Bosick and Corey Hetrick.

Dustin Moore potted an unassisted goal for the Ice Hawks in the second game.

Lauren Baldwin tended the goal for the Ice Hawks in the first game, stopping 14 of 16 shots on net. Nick Hawkins played goal in the second game, coming up with nine saves on 11 shots.

'The Body' set to analyze XFL games for NBC

NEW YORK -- Networks have been playing an ongoing game of ''Can you top this?'' when it comes to hiring football analysts in hopes of creating a buzz about broadcasts. There appears to be a winner: NBC tapping Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura for the XFL.

''I don't think I'll have any handcuffs on me. I'll be free to express my opinions, whether they are right or wrong,'' Ventura said Thursday. ''This is going to be a lot of fun.''

The XFL, a joint venture between NBC and the World Wrestling Federation, opens its 10-game season in February. NBC will broadcast games in prime time on Saturdays, generally the lowest-rated night of the week.

''Saturday night needs a real rejuvenation,'' NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol said. ''We can go into that time period, six days after the NFL season's over, and we can do the 4 or 4.5 rating that we've promised advertisers.''

If the ads run so far are an indication -- they've shown armored tanks on a battlefield and the inside of a cheerleaders' locker room; none has featured a player -- NBC is aiming more for sensational than sports.

And that could draw both the teen-age wrestling fans the network hopes will watch the XFL and sponsors it hopes will buy commercial time.

''I think Ventura is a plus,'' said Paul Schulman, president of media buying company Schulman/Advanswers NY.

''He's controversial, he did a very good job when he was involved in wrestling. He got elected, so he seems to be liked. And he's a name. It's going to be a product starved for names. They're not going to have them on the field.''

Ventura, a former Navy SEAL who used to wear feather boas into the ring during his pro wrestling career, doesn't shy from publicity nor does he pull punches.

During his 1998 campaign for governor, Ventura said Minnesota should consider legalizing prostitution, possibly with a red light district similar to Amsterdam's.

In interview with Playboy magazine last year he called organized religion a ''sham and a crutch for weak-minded people.''

Some Minnesota politicians questioned whether Ventura should have accepted the offer from the WWF and NBC.

''He's clearly using the prestige and the name of his office to enrich himself financially,'' state Sen. John Marty said. ''And even if that's not illegal, I find it very troubling.

''Where's his loyalty? The loyalty ought to be to the public -- the taxpayer -- not people willing to enrich him based on how outrageous he can be.''

Ventura said the new job won't conflict with his gubernatorial duties.

''State offices are closed on Saturdays and Sundays, anyway. I don't traditionally work then,'' he said. ''But let's be very clear. In my contract with the XFL, it's clear in the contract that if any time my governor duties are such that I can't make it, that's fully accepted by the league and NBC. Being governor comes first and I don't see it as any major problem.''

Last year, Ventura served as referee for the WWF's ''SummerSlam'' event at Target Center in Minneapolis and was criticized for participating in an event that featured scantily clad women, swearing and violence. He acknowledged a $100,000 fee for the event, but wrestling experts estimated he would earn at least another $1 million for the use of his name and from videos and royalties connected to the event.

Ventura will be paid for his football announcing. He has called games of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and is also a part-time volunteer assistant football coach at a high school in Minnesota.

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