Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 3, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Pirates’ Evenson rough on Hawks
PLUMAS — Dale Evenson tossed a three-hitter as the Plumas Pirates beat the Arden Hawks 3-0 in a Santa Clara Baseball League game yesterday.
Evenson was brilliant in the senior B contest, allowing no runs, no walks and striking out four.
Harv Wiebe supported him offensively, going 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and scoring two runs.
James Paramor allowed three runs on seven hits and five walks over six innings and struck out two to take the loss.
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Phil Smith tripled, doubled and drove in three runs as the Thunderbird Bowl T-
Birds beat the Simplot Sox 13-4 in a Houstons Senior B Baseball League game last night at Kinsmen Stadium.
Darryl Gosseye added three singles and three runs for the winners.
Tim O’Rourke allowed three runs on four hits and three walks and struck out five to earn the victory, while Geoff Gregoire allowed IO runs on four hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings.
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Corinna Monin scored two goals as the Wheat City Strikers beat the
Neepawa Storm 5-0 in Westman Women’s Soccer League action last night at Optimist Park.
Marline Kiliwinik, Amanda Matskiw and Shara Sirtonski also scored for the Strikers and Ashley Rowley recorded the shutout.
DRYDEN, Ont. — Despite going 1-2 in the preliminary round, the Gladstone Legion 110 Whips roared back to win the Dryden Men’s Fastball Tournament on the weekend.
The Whips beat Kakabeka Falls, Ont., 9-7 in the championship game.
Gladstone lost to Kakabeka Falls 6-5 in the preliminary round and beat Dryden Source for Sports 9-1 before falling 4-3 to the host Dryden Rebels.
However, the Whips turned it up in the playoffs, beating Pinewood, Ont., 5-1 in the quarter-final, dropping the Rebels 6-5 in the semifinal and then topping Kakabeka Falls.
Kevin Plett was the winning pitcher in the championship game and he added a home run. Mike Foster doubled and singled to help the Whips offensively.
The Whips now turn their attention to
the provincial Senior A championship,
this weekend in Landmark. The Whips,
Winnipeg Band of Brothers and
Winnipeg Brewers will be competing for
two spots in the Canadian
Championship, which will be played at
Winnipeg Aug. 25-Sept. I.
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REGINA — Jordan Hope and Mark Susky scored goals as the Wheat City Strikers beat Regina 2-1 in the Under-IO division final of SoccerFest on the weekend.
The Brandon team beat out IO other squads to take the gold medal.
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Coif scramble 2002Managers concerned about image
By Ronaij) Blum
NEW YORK — Baseball’s all-star managers are concerned fans might think many of the game’s top stars are using steroids.
“You hate to think that everybody is going be painted with the same broad brush,” Joe Torre of the New York Yankees said yesterday. “I know when Darryl Kile passed away, a lot of people said, ’You drink it was steroids?’ only because it was so prominent in the news, and that’s unfortunate.”
Former NL MVP Ken Caminiti and former AL MVP Jose Canseco admitted earlier this season that they had used steroids. Canseco estimated up to 85 per cent of major leaguers took muscle-enhancing drugs when he played.
“Unfortunately, for a lot of different reasons, we’re only getting one side of the story,” Arizona’s Bob Brenly said. “A lot of guys are being lumped mto a category that don’t deserve to be m that category, and I think that’s extremely unfair. If and when testing does evolve, I think a lot of people will be surprised that the numbers aren’t as high as has been reported in some fronts right now.”
Baseball players aren’t randomly tested for steroids or any other drugs, Management lawyers have proposed testing dunng recent negotiations.
“The thing that is frightening to me for steroids is not the performance factor, but the health factor,” Torre said. “And I certainly believe education is probably more important than anything else. You don’t want a short-term advantage to affect what the rest of your life is going to be like.” Baseball has been helped by the recent power surge that saw Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs in 1998 to break Roger Maris’ record of 61, and Barry Bonds set a new mark with 73 last year.
Brenly doesn’t think the allegations of steroid use in the sport takes away from the Home Run Derby on Monday, a day before the all-star game in Milwaukee.Tourney starts today
The Sports Excellence AAA Hockey Challenge begins today in Brandon.
The tournament, which features more than IOO teams, takes place over three weeks.
Up this week are boys born between 1984 and 1987.
Most of the entries are from Western Canada or the United States, with 42 of the teams coming from south of the border.
A number of future NHL draft picks have played in the tournament in previous years, including Brett Skinner, Aaron Rome, Lance Monych, Jordin Tootoo and Janet Stoll.
LONDON — Venus Williams raced in behind a stinging approach shot, all six foot one of her poised at the net.
Her opponent barely got to the ball and spun a stroke wide, giving Williams a break point dunng their Wimbledon tennis quarter-final on a rainy, windy Tuesday.
“Game, Miss Williams,” the chair umpire said.
Well, not quite — that was the proper call a point later, when Williams planted a forehand winner right on the baseline.
It’s tough to keep track of the score when the top-seeded American is at her best.
The two-time defending champion beat 48th-ranked Russian Elena Likhovtseva 6-2, 6-0 in just 47 minutes, taking her total court time to little more than 4 I /2 hours in five matches.
While she overwhelmed yet another unheralded opponent for a 19th straight victory at the All England Club, 2001 runner-up Justine Henin of Belgium overcame American Monica Seles for the first time in five tries, 7-5, 7-6 (4). Williams and Henin will meet in a semifinal.
“It’s going to be tough for me.
Especially on grass courts, she’s playing so well,” Henin said. “She won her matches so easily. So I know it’s going to be difficult. You know what happened last year.” Williams beat the Belgian in three sets for the title.
The other semifinal’s participants will be decided Wednesday. Venus’ sister, French Open champion Serena, will play No. ll Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in one quarter-final, while Jennifer Capriati faces No. 9 Amelie Mauresmo of France in another.
Rain interrupted play all day. Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and Bahamian partner Mark Knowles, the second seeds, were tied one game apiece with No. 8 David Prinosil and David Rikl of the Czech Republic in the doubles quarter-finals when play was called for the last time.
No. 3 Capriati advanced to the final eight when her rain- and darkness-delayed fourth-round match against Greece’s Eleni Daniilidou was finally completed Tuesday. Capriati won 6-1,3-6, 6-1.
The match, called Monday at a set apiece, resumed just before 6 p.m. after a series of rain delays and was moved from Court I to Court 18 to ensure it
could be completed.
“The player today and yesterday was completely different,” said Capriati, who huddled in a towel between changeovers to brace against temperatures in the low teens and winds topping 40 km/h.
“In that second set, she was playing pretty unbelievable. It would have been very tough to beat her if we would have kept playing.”
Play was stopped at 7 p.m., leaving a men’s match unfinished. Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands, the last Wimbledon champion left in the tournament, and Australian Mark Philippoussis split the first four sets — all tiebreakers — of a fourth-round match. They’ll resume Wednesday.
The winner faces No. 27 Xavier Malisse, who completed his 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over No. 23 Greg Rusedski.
That fourth-round match was halted Monday after the fourth set, and Malisse wrapped things up by breaking the Canadian-turned-Briton in the seventh game of the final set.
Woods made the announcement on his Web site. He notified the PGA of his decision yesterday morning, Western Open spokesman Gary Holloway said.
“Naturally, we are disappointed he has had to withdraw,” said John Kaczkowski, tournament director for die sponsoring Western Golf Association. “We appreciate the ongomg relationship we have enjoyed with Tiger since 1992, when he competed in the Western Junior.”
Kaczkowski wished Woods well in his pursuit of golf’s Grand Slam. Woods has won the Masters and the U.S. Open, and had planned to make the Western his final tune-up for the British Open, which will be played July 18-21 at Muirfield, Scotland.
But Woods instead decided to remain home to rest, according to his Web site. The announcement gave no details on Woods’ illness.
Woods has played the Western Open seven of the past eight years and won in 1997 and 1999. -Associated Press
Canadian Made QualityRuling on Indy appeal comes down today
Justine Henin was thrilled after beating Monica Seles, but her prize is a matchup with red-hot Venus Williams.
Venus making short work of Wimbledon opponentsIce hand reins to Clouston
CRANBROOK, B.C. — Cory Clouston was promoted from assistant to head coach of the Memorial Cup champion Kootenay Ice yesterday.
Clouston becomes the third coach in franchise history and replaces Ryan McGill, who was named head coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL last week.
“The philosophy of our organization is to hire and promote from within wherever possible,” said Ice general manager Jeff Chynoweth.
Before joining the Ice, Clouston, 32, was the general manager and head coach of the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League from 1995 to ’99. He was named the league’s coach of the year in 1996.
He also played four years at the University of Alberta and was a member of the 1991-92 Golden Bears team that won the CIAU championship.
“When I came here three years ago it was one of my goals to someday be a head coach in the WHL,” said Clouston.
—Canadian PressWoods withdraws from Western Open
LEMONT, 111. — Tiger Woods withdrew yesterday from this week’s Advil Western Open, citing an unspecified ill-
INDIANAPOLIS — Indy 500 fans will know today whether “Spider Man” Helio Castroneves really won his second straight title.
Indy Racing League president Tony George will present his ruling on the disputed finish to the May 26 race at a news conference this morning. Team Green owner Barry Green appealed after Castroneves was declared the winner over his driver, Paul Tracy of Toronto.
On the next-to-last lap of the race, Tracy passed Castroneves for the lead at the same time that an accident brought out a yellow caution flag. Tracy’s pass was ruled to have come after the yellow flew, making it illegal, and Castroneves was put back in
on behalf of team owner Roger Penske. Castroneves drives for Penske, who won a record 12th Indy 500 tide as an owner in May.
Green has repeatedly said that if there was evidence showing Tracy’s pass came after the accident, he would not appeal. But after sifting through data for almost three weeks, he said he was convinced Tracy won.
If George upholds the decision, Castroneves would be the race’s first back-to-back winner since Al U riser in 1970-71. —Associated Press
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway spokesman Fred Nation said he and a “handful” of people were told what George’s decision was, but he declined to reveal it.
“Both teams have been notified that there is a news conference,” Nation said. “But they have not been told the contents of the report.” Nation said he received the report yesterday afternoon and that it was still being “tweaked” before its release.
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Green protested the track ruling, which was made by IRL vice-president Brian Barnhart. Barnhart upheld his decision the day after the race. A week later, Green filed his appeal with George, who heard testimony from both teams on June 17.
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