Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, December 11, 2000

Connecticut wins men's soccer title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Connecticut won its first NCAA men's soccer title since 1981, beating Creighton 2-0 Sunday in a game that more than atoned for the Huskies' loss in the semifinals last year.

Chris Gbandi and Darin Lewis scored for UConn and were honored as the game's outstanding offensive and defensive players.

After his first-half goal, Gbandi sprinted to the sideline where the Connecticut fans were seated. He lifted his shirt over his face to reveal an undershirt with the ''Superman'' logo. He danced around for a moment while his teammates surrounded him.

When the game was over, the UConn players ran across the field and into the stands to celebrate the school's second national title in men's soccer.'

United States women's soccer tops Mexico

HOUSTON -- Cindy Parlow scored twice in five minutes to rally the U.S. women's national soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Mexico on Sunday.

The United States had never allowed a goal in five previous games against Mexico, winning all of those by a combined 41-0.

But Mexico held a 2-1 lead Sunday with 25 minutes left before a crowd of 11,121 at Robertson Stadium.

''I thought we'd be all right when we were behind,'' U.S. coach April Heinrichs said. ''We still had 20 minutes. That was plenty of time for us to win as long as we were pursuing excellence and keeping our wits about us. Which we did.''

Team roper Joe Beaver wins third NFA all-around title

LAS VEGAS -- Joe Beaver won his third all-around cowboy title Sunday, combining with Bret Gould to win the final round of team roping in the National Finals Rodeo.

Beaver, of Huntsville, Texas, entered the 10th round with a $98 lead over saddle bronc rider Scott Johnston.

Beaver's $13,133 prize in team roping and $11,434 bonus for finishing fifth in calf roping (average cumulative score for 10 performances) was enough to hold off Johnston, who was bucked off in the saddle bronc.

''I knew I had to win something today,'' said Beaver, also the all-around champion in 1995-96. ''You don't let guys like Scott and Fred (Whitfield, who finished third) have a free roll.''

'Yankee Killer' dies at age 72

ROME, Ga. -- Willard Nixon, known as the ''Yankee Killer'' for his mastery of the New York Yankees during the 1950s, died Sunday. He was 72.

Nixon had a nine-year major league career with the Boston Red Sox, posting a 69-72 record. His best season was in 1955 when he had a 12-10 mark.

What brought attention to Nixon was his ability to handle the Yankees, beating New York six games in a row during the 1954-55 seasons.

A member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Nixon returned to his home in Floyd County after his baseball career ended. He worked as a purchasing agent for Pepperell Mills, was a county court investigator and the Floyd County chief of police for four years. He also served as transportation director for the county school system.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Daniel's Funeral Home.

Cycle World publisher Joseph Conrad Parkhurst dies

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Joseph Conrad Parkhurst, who founded the motorcycle magazine Cycle World in 1962, has died. He was 74.

Parkhurst had lung cancer and died Tuesday as a result of a blood clot in his lung, his wife Claire Parkhurst told the Los Angeles Times for Sunday editions.

Cycle World brought objective journalism to motorcycle periodicals by offering road tests and a more critical eye than other fan-oriented magazines, said analyst Don Brown of DJB Associates LLC of Irvine.

In its first year, Cycle World became -- and remains -- the largest motorcycle magazine in the world, Brown and others said. It boasts a monthly circulation of 315,000 and its closest rival is the German magazine Das Motorrad.

''Joe was a true pioneer in our business,'' said current Cycle World publisher Larry Little. ''It was kind of a breaking of a good old boy network of American motorcycles. Joe did not shun the Japanese makers.''

Born in Jonesboro, Ark., on Oct. 20, 1926, Parkhurst moved with his family to California. He served in 1954-56 as a clerk in an Army Reserves office, then took a job as art director of Road & Track magazine in Newport Beach.

He later quit to spend a year traveling in Europe and returned to become art director of Carting World, a go-cart magazine, in 1960. While working, Parkhurst began dreaming of Cycle World.

He thought that Road & Track's consumer approach could serve motorcyclists, said Joe Rusz, a senior editor at Road & Track. Parkhurst also loved riding motorcycles and once told a friend that he ''could never find something worthwhile to read about them,'' Little said.

Parkhurst later merged with another company that owned Road & Track to become Bond/Parkhurst Publishing. He sold both magazines in the early 1970s, said his wife of 22 years. Since 1979, he has written and published the Motorcycle Business Newsletter, a biweekly for industry insiders.

In addition to his wife, Parkhurst is survived by a brother, John Parkhurst of Hemet. A memorial is planned for January.

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