Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2001

Midnight Sun volleyball club to hold tryouts

The Peninsula Midnight Sun Volleyball Club is having team placement-skill assessment tryouts Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kenai Recreation Center. The club is open to players in grades seven through 12.

For more information, please contact club director Vanessa Gabel at 776-5851.

KPHA Ice Hawks achieve victory

The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association PeeWee Tier II Ice Hawks chalked up a 4-3 victory Sunday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Clayton Glick, on assists from Keagan Kiel and Beau Forrest, scored for the Ice Hawks in the first period as they hit the locker room trailing 2-1.

However, the Ice Hawks would score twice within one minute in the second period to take the lead. Those goals came from Willie Boyles, on an assist from Jed McGlasson, and McGlasson.

Travis Temple, on assists from Matt Sutherland and Dean Howell, potted the game-winner in the third period. Nick Hawkins made 13 saves to pick up the win for KPHA.

Investigation of Clippers center continues

LOS ANGELES -- The agent for Michael Olowokandi said a person who accused the Los Angeles Clippers' center in a domestic dispute has rescinded the allegations, but a police spokesman said Monday an investigation would continue.

Olowokandi was booked on three potential felonies after being arrested over the weekend at his home in nearby Manhattan Beach.

Bill Duffy, Olowokandi's agent, issued a statement through the team saying the accusing party rescinded the charges at the police department where they were originally filed, and ''expressed sincere regret in making these false accusations.''

Johnson to remain with Marlins

MIAMI -- Catcher Charles Johnson chose the uncertainty of the Florida Marlins over the uncertainty of free agency. Faced with a deadline Monday to decide whether to become a free agent, Johnson opted to remain with the Marlins, even though the team has no manager, no general manager and an owner who is trying to sell the club.

''My decision to stay close to my family and the uncertainty of the current market were the main factors in my decision to remain a Florida Marlin,'' Johnson said in a statement.

Johnson, 30, still has four years and $30 million remaining on a $35 million, five-year contract. He might not be able to match that deal as a free agent, given baseball uncertain labor market.

The deal Johnson signed with Florida a year ago included a unique escape clause allowing the catcher to declare himself a free agent if the Marlins didn't have an agreement for a new ballpark in place by the end of the 2001 season.

Owner John Henry put the franchise on the market, frustrated that his pursuit of a ballpark has been stymied, and there's speculation a new owner will try to move the team.

But the Marlins will likely be in Miami for at least one more season, and Johnson decided to remain close to his hometown of Fort Pierce.

Last season, Johnson got off to the best start of his career but faded badly. He finished with a .259 average, 18 home runs and 75 RBIs but hit only .217 with one homer in his final 52 games.

Johnson was the first draft choice in Marlins history and played for their 1997 World Series champions before being traded the following to season to Los Angeles.

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