Sports Briefs

Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2004

KCHS hosts alumni hoops event

Kenai Central High School will host the Holiday Hoops Tournament for alumni of area high schools Dec. 21 through 23. The tournament is hoping to field boys teams from Kenai, Soldotna, Skyview, Nikiski and Cook Inlet Academy and girls teams from Kenai, Skyview, Soldotna and Nikiski. There also will be an old-timers game on Dec. 23 between Kenai and Soldotna.

Anyone interested in playing should contact Carrie Lee Steiner at 283-7799 after 5 p.m. on weekdays and anytime on the weekends.

Schedule set for Cook Inlet Classic

Thursday, the Bristol Bay girls face Galena at 2 p.m., the Bristol Bay boys face Galena at 3:45 p.m., the CIA girls face Ninilchik at 5:30 p.m. and the CIA boys face Ninilchik at 7:15 p.m.

Friday, the Ninilchik girls face Bristol Bay at 3:30 p.m., the Ninilchik boys face Bristol Bay at 5:15 p.m., the CIA girls face Galena at 7 p.m. and the CIA boys face Galena at 8:45 p.m.

Saturday, the Galena girls face Ninilchik at 11 a.m., the Galena boys face Ninilchik at 12:45 p.m., the CIA girls face Bristol Bay at 2:30 p.m. and the CIA boys face Bristol Bay at 4:15 p.m.

Marion Jones sues BALCO founder

Jones is seeking $25 million in the suit, alleging Conte tarnished her reputation when he made the statement Dec. 3 on ABC's ''20/20.''

Conte and three others connected to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative were indicted in February by a federal grand jury for a variety of alleged offenses, including illegally distributing steroids.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, said Jones passed a lie detector test and includes a statement from her doctor saying she never used steroids. Jones won three gold medals and two bronzes during the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia.

Conte's statements, the suit said, ''are false and malicious.''

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, Conte said the lawsuit was ''nothing more than a PR stunt by a desperate woman, who has regularly used drugs throughout her career. I look forward with all confidence to the court proceedings as I stand by everything I said on the '20/20' special.''

NASCAR confident Nextel Cup series will not be harmed by Sprint-Nextel merger

But what long-term effects the merger will have on the Nextel Cup Series — including a possible name change — are unclear..

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