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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 3, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Bl JULY 2002 SPORTS GOT A SPORTS TIP Call in local results tollfree to 18777865786 before 11 You can fax us at Email [email protected] I I Goalies highlight freeagent frenzy BY JULIE SCOTT Canadian Press The New York Rangers opened the vault even wider while some key pieces of the goaltending puzzle fell into place as the NHLs freeagent market went wild A day after signing forward Bobby the Rangers outbid the Toronto Maple Leafs in the race for unrestricted freeagent defenceman Darius The Rangers offered more money and were more flexible on the structure of the said Kasparaitiss agent Mark The Rangers bill for the two players is million After giving Holik a US contract on they signed Kasparaitis to a sixyear The were busy signing Ed Belfour after Curtis Joseph announced he was leaving Toronto to pursue a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Every you see the big Cup being raised and if youre not on the youre dreaming about said Cujo he because the Red Wings afforded him something the Leafs apparently could not a legitimate chance of winning the Stanley Cup before he Probably a year ago I couldnt have seen myself playing anywhere the star goalie said at a news But Detroit offers a very unique oppor Everybody who plays there says the future is That was who became an unrestricted free agent on chose the Wings over offers from the Rangers and the according to sources in Toronto and The Red who lost goaltender Dominik Hasek when he retired exactly a week will pay Joseph million US over three years with a fourth year contingent on the teams playoff perfor Detroit paid Hasek million US in salary last The Leafs reportedly made a three year offer in the US range with incentives that could trigger the fourth year that the 35yearold Joseph With Cujo headed to Toronto quickly came to terms with Our first priority was to get the goal tender that we felt could play at the high levels that we have experienced in the past little while and Eddie certainly fits Maple Leafs coach and general manager Pat Quinn The Leafs will pay 37yearold also an unrestricted free million US over two The signings of Joseph and Belfour left veteran goaltenders Mike Richter and Byron Dafoe on the the Calgary Flames signed forward Martin who PHOTOS Top Curtis Joseph was all smiles when he arrived in Detroit to sign a fat contract Joseph said he chose Detroit because it gave him his best chance to win a Stanley Inset Earlier in the Joseph said a tearful farewell to Far Left Rugged defenceman Darius Kasparaitis has signed a big freeagent con tract with the New York Left Carman native Ed Belfour was quickly inked by the Maple Leafs to replace All this came as part of a freeagent fren zy in the where unrestricted players became available to the highest bidder on went to the Stanley Cup final with the Carolina Hurricanes last Martin is a key strategic fit for our hockey team and an important piece to what we are striving to accomplish in said Flames general manager Craig Kasparaitis said it wasnt just the money that lured him to New I dont want to be a funny but the DVD they sent me about the Rangers organization and the stuff they did with me really made me want to play for the he said on a con ference call Tuesday To be in the centre of attention and play in the biggest city in the United I dont think I was thinking about the money as much as I was thinking about being a Ranger and playing in Madison Square the world famous Kasparaitis is only 29 but qualified for unrestricted free agency because he played 10 years in the NHL and earned less than the league average salary of million US last Kasparaitis made million US with Pittsburgh and Colorado while record ing two 14 assists and 142 penalty minutes in 80 games last The Dallas Stars think theyve found a gem in defenceman Phillippe signing him to a fouryear deal worth million US Like the 29yearold Boucher was a 10year man making less than league average last qualify ing for unrestricted free Boucher had seven goals and 23 assists in 80 games with the Los Angeles Kings last In other the Chicago Blackhawks resigned goaltender Steve Passmore and the Philadelphia Flyers signed freeagent centre Ian In addition to mean the Leafs also attempted to acquire We were not able to get one we tar geted so well move said Were still looking to acquire talented players and we will stay in this free agent market right 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 is also being sought Robert Lang and Adam Gates signed the first day of the leagues freeagent ASSOCIATED PRESS Approximately people lined the streets to welcome the World Cup champions home Brazilian players worshipped at home BY ADALID CABRERA LEMUZ Associated Press BRASILIA Tens of thousands of flagwaving Brazilians packed the streets of the capital yes terday to welcome home the World Cup Escorted by four air force the Boeing 767 carrying the team appeared in the clear blue skies of Brasilia at local time and cir cled the city for 15 As the Varig with five stars painted on its a loud cheer erupted from the As the plane slowly taxied toward the team captain Cafu and coach Luis Felipe Scolari leaned out from the two sides of the cockpit wav ing Brazilian Holding up the World Cup Cafu was the first to emerge from the He was followed by Ricardo president of the Brazilian Soccer and the rest of the As they descended the red carpeted fireworks exploded and an air force band began playing a catchy samba I am very happy and I am sure all of Brazil is very Ronaldo told a TV reporter who rushed up to him on the After passing through the players climbed onto two sound trucks that carried them past an estimated people who lined the 15kilo metre route between the airport and the Plaza of the Three where the Planalto Presidential Congress and the Supreme Court are The players were to have climbed on two fire trucks that were waiting for them in the but they pre ferred the sound trucks that were to accompany the fire Most in the crowd wore the yellow jersey of the national team and waved Brazilian flags of all sizes as the fire trucks slowly made their way toward the where they were to be greeted by President Fernando Henrique Tuesday was declared an optional holiday in which allowed businesses and schools to choose whether they would stay open or Two more welcomes were sched uled for later in the day in Rio de Janeiro and in Sao MSBL ROUNDUP Marlins no match for Mutcheson Matt Mutcheson pitched brilliantly and Kelly Hoffer became the first Manitoba Senior Baseball League play er to hit a home run at Westbran Stadium this year as the Birtle Blue Jays beat the Brandon Ora Dental Marlins 8 2 last Mutcheson allowed just three hits and a walk and one earned run while striking out eight for the Blue who recently joined the Blue Jays and helped them win the league Canada Day tourna hit a home drove in two scored three times and stole a No player had hit a home run during a regularseason game at Westbran Stadium since the league switched to wood bats from aluminum this Ryan Borody added a triple and two singles and scored two runs for the Blue Jays and Shane Moffatt had a tworun Ryan Boguski took the loss for the allowing four runs on four hits and five walks in six The Blue Jays improved their record to 971 on the while the Marlins fell to In other games last the Baldur Regals beat the Neepawa Farmers 113 and the Brandon Cloverleafs blasted the Killarney Lakers Regals 11 Farmers 3 At Justin Cantlon drove in four runs and earned a save by pitching three innings of relief for the Cantlon had a double and a single at the plate and allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in three He relieved starter Jay who allowed one runs on six hits and a walk and struck out three over three Steften also drove in three runs on a single and a sacrifice fly and Darrick Jones had a two singles and scored three Dwayne Wandy was roughed up to take the He allowed nine runs on 11 hits and three walks and struck out two over four Bryan White had three singles for the and Baron Bradley had a two run The Regals improved to 106 which gives them sole possession of second while the Farmers are slip ping out of playoff contention at Cloverleafs 13 Lakers 5 At Tom Klapp continued his remarkable run of pitching a complete game to earn his eighth win of the The British Columbia product is 81 after allowing five runs on 11 hits and striking out eight last Klapp also had three singles and drove in two while Dean McBride drove in four runs on a double and a sin gle and Jason Rae had two doubles and a single and drove in a Kyal Brandt took the loss for after allowing nine runs on nine hits and three walks and striking out six in seven Mike Smith hit a solo homer and had an RBIsingle for the while Landon Cameron had four singles and drove in one The firstplace Cloverleafs improved their record to while the lastplace Lakers slipped to Sun TOD A YS FEA TUKKD EVENTS IN AAA HOCKEY CHALLENGE The annual summer international hockey featuring play ers born in runs all day at the Optimist and Sportsplex IN WESTMAN SENIOR B BASEBALL Plumas is at Carberry visits Neepawa and Arden plays at Cypress River in Santa Clara League action at 7 Hamiota is at Virden in Southwest League play at ON TELEVISION CPL FOOTBALL The Montreal Alouettes play the Toronto Argonauts at SkyDome at 6 on ;