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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 2, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Bl JULY 2002 SPORTS GOt A SPORTS TIP Call in results tollfree within Manitoba to 18777865786 or local ly to 5717443 before 11 You can fax us at Email sports@brandonsun.com Yankees deal for Jays outfielder BOSTON The Toronto Blue Jays traded Raul Mondesi and his lion contract to the New York Yankees yesterday for minorleague pitcher Scott Besides his million this Mondesi is due million next season the Yankees will pay million and the Blue Jays will be responsible for It gives us a lot of financial flexibil Jays GM Ricciardi told Rogers It allows us financially to be in a situation where we can continue to play our young has hit at least 24 home runs in seven straight He has 15 homers and 45 RBIs this but is batting only Mondesi is a strong defensive known for an exceptional Last he criticized new Blue Jays man ager Carlos Tosca after being Ricciardi said the Yankees were the only team to call about He also said no other Toronto players were They called us Saturday to see if we were willing to move The ball was in their having to pick up the Ricciardi Were obviously rebuilding Toronto and this helps us keep going in the right The AL Eastleading already topping the majors in homers and runs have failed to find a replacement for the retired right fielder Paul Shane Spencer and John Vander Wai have not hit as well as expected while playing in and Rondell White has not done as well as anticipated in Our outfield has been depleted and when Joe manager Torre needs some Im going to do everything 1 can to get it for Yankees owner George Steinbrenner And the way our fans are supporting us day after Ive got to step forward for On the Yankees placed six players on the allstar The only position where they didnt have an all star was the APCP Gates on move BY PIERRE LEBRUN Canadian Press It took a while but the New York Rangers as expected took the first major swing of the freeagent season by signing Bobby Holik late Monday the most coveted centre on the Financial terms of the fiveyear deal were not disclosed but theres no doubt it was a healthy raise on the million US he earned last is a twoway centre who scored 25 added 29 assists and had 97 penalty minutes in 82 games with the New Jersey Devils last Hes a proven winner and a character the kind the Rangers have been without for a number of He was actively pursued by a num ber of teams but it wasnt even The only offer I gave serious thought to came from the Holik said on a conference A conversation with Rangers centre Eric Lindros helped seal the He told me a bit about last year and what they had in mind for the Holik said of his conversation yesterday with the Big It was a nice touch by the Holik had little regrets of leaving the Devils after 10 seasons for the hated New Jerseys chief I gave the Devils more than one not just but over the last 13 months to sign me to a longterm Holik I didnt make this decision just A lot of things have gone through my head this Until the Holik the first day of the NHLs free agency period failed to live up to the with the only two signings being veteran centre Adam Gates to Anaheim and Czech centre Robert Lang to Curtis the 1 goaltender on the freeagent was still mulling over his options late last which included offers from his old team in Toronto as well as Detroit and the The Leafs didnt sit idly by aggressively pursuing other Its been a trying Walters Were trying to sign players that were at the top of the freeagent list without any success at this who earned million US with Pittsburgh last was reunit ed with former Penguins linemate Jaromir Jagr in Washington after accepting a US contract from the Lang dipped to 18 goals last season without down from the 32 he scored in 200001 when he played with who turns 40 on signed a oneyear deal plus an Hell earn million US next season and the same in 200304 if the option is The key for Gates was having the chance to play with Ducks sniper Paul Hes a shooter and Im a passer and I think thats really a relationship that works well Gates said during a conference I think I played my best hockey of my career with Brett Hull in I think Paul Kariya is Brett Hull with I think we really complement each Goaltender Ed Belfour was getting plenty of interest but it was likely he wouldnt sign until the Joseph situation was That will also affect fellow freeagent netminders Mike Richter and Byron whose agent said he received plenty of The biggest name still out there was power winger Bill who was believed to be entertaining offers from the Rangers and his own the Boston Other unrestricted forwards on the market included Tony Teemu Selanne and Theo Defenceman Chris Chelios and Darius Kasparaitus were also being sought Toast of the town ASSOCIATED PRESS Carsten Jancker of the German soccer team toasts to teammates and fans at a rally held yesterday at Thousands of fans turned out as the team was greeted with plenty of enthusiasm despite losing the World Cup final 20 to Brazil on World Cup coverage on Martinez tough on Toronto BOSTON Pedro Martinez struck out a seasonhigh 14 and Tony stuck in a seasonlong drove in two runs as the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 40 in American League baseball action last Bostons second win in nine games moved it within 1 games of the firstplace New York At one Martinez 102 got five straight strikeouts when he whiffed the side in the fifth and fanned the first two batters in the He also used strikeouts to get out of three of the four innings in which Toronto put men in scoring position against Martinez allowed no walks and seven hits on 117 pitches in eight Alan Embree pitched the He won his third straight start after going 02 in his previous In those three he has 34 strikeouts with one Associated Press BRUCE SUN Mitch Stephens of the Marlins bobbles a groundball in Sundays Birtle blasts competition The Birtle Blue Jays beat both Brandon entries Sunday to win the Ora Dental Marlins Canada Day senior baseball Kelly Hoffer drove in four runs and scored three times to lead the Blue Jays to a 162 victory over the host Marlins in the championship final at Westbran The Blue Jays had earlier beaten the Brandon Cloverleafs 80 in the semifinal and outscored their opponents 335 in three tournament Trevor Lewis was the winning pitch er in the The Birtle started allowed four hits and two walks in six innings while picking up one Marlins starter Nolan Mitchell took the giving up nine runs and eight hits in 2 In the Birtles semifinals victory over the Blue Jays pitcher Justin Norwood allowed nine but just one Norwood struck out five batters in the seveninning Ryan McConnell hit two singles and drove in a pair of runs for the The Marlins advanced to the final with a 21 win over Jeff Wiebe tossed a onehitter for the Wiebe struck out nine batters and walked four to outduel Yorktons Rene Gutierrez gave up two runs on four hits in six He walked two Marlins and struck out In the Bside final Allan Martin LOCAL DIAMONDS scored four runs as the Oak River Dodgers blasted Devils 14 Martin went walked twice and scored a The only two nonBrandon entries met in the final of the Barnacles senior mens fastball tournament with the Fleming Jets from Saskatchewan knock ing off the Winnipeg Brewers 127 for the Barnacles Athletics won the Bside yesterday at Curran Park and the Native Sons claimed the Cdivision Carillon scored all of its runs in the second inning to beat Estevan 85 in the final of the AAA peewee boys tourna ment at Simplot Millenium Park on Oil Dome claimed fifth place at the tourney while the Brandon Sports Excellence Storm finished The tuneup tournament for girls fastball B provincials concluded on Binscarth won the peewee division while an entry from topped Brandon for the squirt No other details were Sun Williams sisters roll right alon LONDON Serena Williams rushed to grab her racket bag and was nearly trampled by the grounds crew pulling a tarp across Centre Court as rain finally fell at It was the only time either Slammin Sister was pushed around I almost got ran but I sur Serena I made it to anoth er After a 50minute rain delay in the second the 2seeded Williams wrapped up a 6 63 victory over Chanda Rubin to reach the quarter Older sister ranked 1 and the two time defending pounded Lisa Raymond 6 They are now two vic tories each from the third allWilliams Grand Slam final in 10 Its very important not to get because everyone wants to beat a Williams right Serena Were the top Topseeded Lleyton Hewitt easily won in straight sets Monday to also reach the quarter Tim mean rallied from a break down in the fifth set to SERENA maintain his hopes of becoming the first British player to win the mens tide since suffering from an upset stomach and receiving smelling salts from the pulled out a 76 6 7 62 win over TODAYS IN THE CITY SENIOR BASEBALL Ora Dental Marlins host the Birtle Blue Jays in MSBL action at Westbran 7 WOMENS SOCCER The Strikers play Neepawa at Optimist IN SENIOR BASEBALL More MSBL action with Baldur Regals at Neepawa Farmers and Brandon Cloverleafs at Killarney 7 ON TELKVISION Womens quarterfinals live from 9 12 noon delay TSN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red 6 Sportsnet Switzerlands Michel Kratochvil in a raininterrupted match lasting more than four I cant quite figure out how I Henman Im just so happy to still be In mens Daniel Nestor of Toronto and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas defeated James Blake of the and Andrew Kratzmann of Austria 64 in a thirdround Nestor and Knowles have already won the Australian Open dou bles title this year and lost to Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia and Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands in the French Open Nestor and seeded will meet the eighthseeded David Prinosil of Germany and David Rikl of the Czech Republic in the next Hewitt swept Russias Mikhail Youzhny 75 on Centre Court to make the final eight at Wimbledon for the first The Australian hasnt dropped a set in four 1 havent used a lot of energy so he I still feel Im able to go up anoth er gear if I have 4 Monica Seles of the who could meet Venus Williams in the beat Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 7 Jelena Dokic of a semifinalist in lost 75 to 11 Daniela Hantuchova of 3 Jennifer Capriati of the split the first two sets with Eleni Daniilidou of Greece when the match was suspended by It will resume three South Americans reached the mens quarters for the first time in the Open and the tourna ment was hit by its first rain delays of the The days greatest drama was provid ed by fourthseeded a losing semifinalist three of the past four He came in as the pretournament bet ting carrying immense nation al expectations to become the first British male champion since Fred Perry in Associated Press WILLIAMS ;