Sports Briefs

Posted: Friday, December 06, 2002

Skyview grapplers sweep duals

The Skyview High School wrestling team won a pair of dual meets Thursday at Dimond High School in Anchorage.

The Panthers defeated Service 34-30, then beat the host Lynx 36-35. Individual results were not available.

In other dual meets at the competition, Service defeated Juneau-Douglas 37-31, but the Bears came back to edge Dimond 36-33.

KPHA Squirts third at tournament

The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Squirt B team placed third in the South Central Thanksgiving Hockey Tournament last weekend in Anchorage.

The Icehawks dropped their tournament opener 4-3 to the Mat-Su Eagle, but came back with a 1-1 draw against the Boys and Girls Club Bulldogs, and a 5-4 win against the Eagle River Blue Devils.

The Icehawks finished the tournament with a 5-4 loss, playing though overtime and ending in a shootout against the Bulldogs.

NHL clears Fleury to play

CHICAGO -- Theo Fleury was cleared to return to the NHL on Thursday night, following the completion of his suspension for violating the league's substance abuse aftercare program.

The 34-year-old Fleury was suspended indefinitely, just two days before the start of the regular season, but now is set to make his debut with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night at home against Anaheim.

That news was much to the delight of Chicago general manager Mike Smith, who signed Fleury in the offseason to help offset the loss of free agent Tony Amonte.

''Mike Smith basically said that Theo's excited to be coming back,'' Blackhawks spokesman Jim DeMaria said. ''Obviously there's a good chance he'll be in the lineup.

''There's a 99-percent chance.''

Fleury has struggled with substance-abuse and anger-management problems in recent seasons. The 34-year-old right wing signed a two-year, $8.5-million contract with the Blackhawks on Aug. 15, following three turbulent years with the New York Rangers. He's in his 15th NHL season.

The 5-foot-6 Fleury was one of the top players in the NHL the first 10 1/2 years of his career in Calgary. He scored 40 or more goals three times and had a career-high 104 points in the 1990-91 season.

Fleury checked himself into the NHL-NHLPA substance-abuse program two seasons ago and missed the Rangers' final 20 games.

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