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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 4, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba rn THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2002 GOT A SPORTS TIP? Call in local results toll-free to 1-877-786-5786 before ll p.m. You can fax us at 727-0385. E-mail: Beef Up For Summer Simply the best you can buy />rs 3U6 i ii I F 222 Rosser Ave. 721 0707Bombs away!Major Leaguers blast 62 homers on Tuesday A record 62 home runs were hit in major league baseball Tuesday night, breaking the mark of 57 set April 7, 2000. Jay Gibbons’ second homer of the night for Baltimore off Anaheim’s Scott Schoeneweis broke the record. “That’s kind of a weird stat to have,” Gibbons said. “I didn’t even know they kept that. The ball must have been travelling well tonight.” The hitters didn’t stop after that. Los Angeles’ Erie Karros connected against Arizona’s Greg Swindell, Oakland’s Olmedo Saenz hit a game-winning two-run shot against Minnesota’s Eddie Guardado, and Kansas City’s Mike Sweeney and Raul Ibanez homered off Seattle’s Kazuhiro Sasaki. Ibanez’s homer was his second of the day, making him the record ninth player to hit at least two in a game Tuesday. The previous mark was eight, on May 19, 1999. “It’s cool you know,” Ibanez said. “I guess it’s a bigger deal to the fans and stuff. We’re caught up playing the game and trying to win.” There were 30 homers hit in the American League, topped by a record-tying 12 in Chicago’s 17-9 victory over Detroit. San Francisco and Colorado combined for IO of the 32 homers in the NL in the Giants’ 18-5 win at Coors Field. San Francisco’s Damon Minor, Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Reggie Sanders each homered twice as the Giants became the 16th team to have three players with multiple homers in a game. Barry Bonds, who set the major league record with 73 last season, didn’t hit any. Magglio Ordonez and Sandy Alomar of the Chicago White Sox, Detroit’s Dmitri Young, Houston’s Lance Berkman also homered twice. Sammy Sosa hit his major league-leading 28th homer for the Chicago Cubs, one more than Berkman. There were four grand slams hit Tuesday, by Shinjo, Ordonez, the Yankees’ Jorge Posada and Montreal’s Fernando Tatis. Placedo Polanco, Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols homered in consecutive at-bats for the St. Louis Cardinals in their 11-5 win over San Diego.Thorne nears record NEW YORK — Cleveland Indians slugger Jim Thome homered in his seventh straight game last night, leaving him one shy of the major league record. Thome hit a 3-2 pitch from David Wells over the fence in left-centre with two outs in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees. The solo shot gave Thome an AL-leading 26 homers this season and cut Cleveland’s deficit to 6-5. The Indians lost 11-8 to the Yankees. The major league record for consecutive games with a home run is eight, shared by Ken Griffey Jr. when he was with Seattle (1993), Don Mattingly of the Yankees (1987) and Dale Long of Pittsburgh (1956). Thome, left off the AL all-star team by Yankees manager Joe Torre, can tie the record Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Mike Mussina starts for New York. Thome set an Indians record Tuesday night by homenng in his sixth consecutive n IflTfl A-tm rn    DrvrrAr r^lr*mr*no U iUUg U11VL \JiX iVU^Wl — Associated Press ASSOCIATED PRESSSerena Williams lets out a yell after defeating Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova yesterday at Wimbledon. Williams will face Amelie Mauresmo, who knocked off Jennifer Capriati yesterday, in the semifinal. Capriati bounced as Serena rolls on WIMBLEDON, England — American Jennifer Capriati looked at the big drops falling from the slate sky, eyed the chair umpire, and held up a palm as if to say, “Why are we out here?” She went ahead and served. Double fault. Another double fault. Serve broken. Concentration cracked. Out of sorts on a start-stop-start day of rain, her shoulder in pain, Capriati couldn’t summon the resolve that helped her win three major titles in the last I 1/2 years and lost 6-3, 6-2 to No. 9 Amelie Mauresmo of France in the Wimbledon tennis championship quarter-finals yesterday. That snaps Capriati’s tour-high run of six straight Grand Slam semifinals and sends Mauresmo to a final four encounter Thursday with French Open champion Serena Williams of the U.S. The No. 2-seeded Williams had IO aces and 20 other unreturned serves in overwhelming Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-2 in another quarterfinal with no continuity thanks to rain delays. “Ten aces?” Williams said excitedly, looking at a stat sheet. Then, in what could be construed as a warning, she added: “For me, there’s always room for improvement. Always. I haven’t got anywhere close to my potential.” If she wins her semifinal, Williams will move up to No. I in the rankings for the first time, overtaking sister Venus — no matter what else happens in the tournament. The other semifinal has Venus, the two-time defending champion, against No. 6 Justine Henin of Belgium in a rematch of the 2001 final. They both won in straight sets Tuesday. In the only other match finished yesterday, 1996 champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands completed a 6-7 (2), 7-6 (4), 6-7 (I), 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Australian Mark Philippoussis to make the quarter-finals. They entered the day at two sets apiece, and Krajicek broke serve in the very first game yesterday, just the third break of the match. Briton Tim Henman’s quarter-final against Andre Sa of Brazil was halted because of rain after he won the opening set 6-3. It will resume Thursday, when the other quarters start: No. I Lleyton Hewitt of Australia vs. No. 18 Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands, Krajicek vs. Belgium’s Xavier Malisse, and No. 22 Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador vs. No. 28 David Nalbandian of Argentina. If each Williams wins Thursday, they would meet in an all-in-the-family major final for the third time in IO months. For the first time in a while, Capriati won’t stand in the way. —Associated Press Phillips makes case for Als’ defence By Dan Ralph Canadian Press TORONTO — The way Lawrence Phillips sees it, the Montreal Alouettes’ offence owes its defence one. Tim Strickland returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown as Montreal forced five turnovers — converting three into TDs — to defeat Toronto 28-12 yesterday and spoil the Argonauts’ CFL home opener. “Our defence kept us in the game,” said Phillips, who rushed for a game-high 90 yards and scored a touchdown. “They bent but didn’t break and bailed our offence out of a lot of jams. “My hat’s off to them.” Strickland registered the final turnover, stopping Argos backup Michael Bishop of the ball and recovering it before rumbling into the end zone at 12:01 of the fourth to send most of the SkyDome gathering of 21,175 to the exits. Sam Zanders’ fumble at the Montreal three-yard line proved to be the game’s turning point. That set up Anthony Calvillo’s 53-yard touchdown pass to Ben Cahoon at 13:10 of the second quarter, which capped an impressive 107-yard, seven-play march that put Montreal ahead to stay, 10-5. “That was a big, big part of the game,” said Montreal coach Don Matthews. So was the departure of Toronto starter Stanley Jackson, a former Alouette who boldly predicted an Argos win against his former team. Jackson suffered a knee injury on the second play of the game after being hit by Montreal defensive tackle Ed Philion. Despite being nagged fen uimeCCCSSary roughness on the play, Philion said he CANADIAN PRESS Ben Cahoon of the Alouettes bobbles a pass as Clifford Ivory of the Argonauts provides the coverage. didn’t intentionally hurt Jackson. “There was nothing I could do, I was getting pushed down by two guys and he stepped up into the pocket,” Philion said. “We talked on the field and Stanley knows it wasn’t intentional ” That forced Bishop into the game and Montreal continually pressured the CFL rookie. Bishop showed flashes of brilliance, completing IO of 20 passes for 142 yards and rushing for 64 yards, but also had an interception and fumble as Toronto’s offence struvaled to establish CNC*1    " any consistency. “Obviously I wish Bishop had the benefit of experience going into that situation,” said Argos head coach Gary Etcheverry. “But that’s how stars are made. My thoughts are that (Bishop) is going to be a star It’s exciting to watch him”New Neepawa holes open to rave reviews The Neepawa golf course expansion has lived up to its advanced billing. The golf club held a grand-opening event on Sunday when 157 golfers teed it up to celebrate the addition of nine new holes. The new holes have actually been open for a little over two weeks and so far the reviews have been very positive. “The comments so far have been great,” said club president Don Schmail “We realize it’s going to take a year or so before it gets up to its peak. Everybody loves the layout and the elevation changes.” The revamped course has gained the seal of approval from Manitoba Golf Association president George McLeod. “We want to showcase this one,” he said Sunday after playing the revamped course. “What’s nice about this is it gives us another place where we can host events such as the rural amateur.” The new holes are divided between the front and back nines. Holes four through seven on the front nme are new. The remaining new holes run from 11 -16 on the back. Perhaps most memorable among the new holes are numbers-7 and 13, both of which feature shots off' elevated tees that offer impressive views. Hole-13 in particular offers a decision right off the bat. A 394-yard par four from the back tees, it offers two different routes to the green — a 200-225 yard carry over the water off the tee or a lay-up to the right which gives you a long second shot, but a better look at the green. Schmail said the new nine is going to benefit the region for years to come. “I think its a huge asset for the community tourist-wise,” he said. “I think its going to attract a lot of people.” • • • • • Say ThavLsone and Russell Wiebe, both of Minnewasta, led the pack at Shilo Tuesday in a qualifying event for the Manitoba Golf Association’s men’s amateur championship. Thavisone and Wiebe both shot 74. The top Westman qualifier was Bobby Purvis of Wheat City who shot a 79, fol lowed by clubmate Steven Martins who posted an 80. Reston’s Tyler Henderson qualified for the Manitoba amateur at Warren’s South Interlake golf course. Henderson, a member of the University of Manitoba golf team, who is now a member at South Interlake, shot an 82 to finish 11 strokes behind leader Tyler Mancini of Pine Ridge. The men’s amateur championship will be held July 16-19 at Rossmere and the Steinbach Fly-In club. The men’s amateur comes on the heels of two other big provincial events, the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association’s amateur and senior championships (July 8-10) at Breezy Bend and the provincial junior championships (July 9-12) at Selkirk, Sandy Hook and Pinawa. The field for the women’s championship includes Brianna Souter of Virden. Competitors in the junior girls’ championship include Brandonites Kaitlin Troop and Brittany Piche. Purvis and Henderson are two of the three competitors hailing from the Westman region who have qualified for the junior men’s championship and the men’s amateur. Wheat City’s Brad Palmer is the other. • • • • • The Clear Lake Golf Camp still has some openings for two summer sessions. The camps run from July 15-17 and 22- 24. Golfers get instruction from a staff’ led by Deer Ridge professional Chris Hading each day from IO a.m. to noon, followed by a round at Elkhorn Resort in the afternoon. The cost per session is $95. For more information call Perry Kalynuk at 848-2944. FREE DROPS — Brandon University hockey alumni had a great week on the links. Former Bobcats Myles Hubbard and Mike Baranyk both recorded aces last week. Baranyk shot a hole-in-one at the par-three 13th at the Wheat City with a 5-iron, while Hubbard marked a one on the scorecard after his 3-iron shot at the 180-yard eighth hole at Shilo .. Barry Allum notched a hole-in-one at the par-three 98-yard second hole yesterday at Glen Lea... Tomorrow’s Wallis Agencies Mixed Two-Ball tournament at Glenboro still has a few openings. 'Hie entry fee is $30 per team of two and there will be shotgun starts tomorrow at 9 a.m., I p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Call Wallis Agencies at 827-2009 to register ... The Glenboro Senior Men’s (50+) golf tournament is set for Monday, Aug. 12. There will be a shotgun start at IO a.m., and the entry fee is $25 ... This week’s AT&T Canada Senior Open at Windsor, Ont., will feature two Manitoba natives. Brandon’s Dan Halldorson will be joined at the event by former Winnipegger Wayne McDonald. Rob Henderson is a Sun sports writer. He can be reached by phone at 571-7386 or by e-mail at Aenders@ b ran do nsun com In The City — SENIOR baseball— Simplot plays Huggy’s in a Houstons Senior B game at 7 p.m., at Kinsmen Stadium. A couple of Houstons/Southwest interlocking games are slated for Westbran Stadium. Souris plays the Expos at 6:30 p.m., and takes on Sports Excellence at 8:30 p.m. FASTBALL— National Exchange takes on the Mavericks and the Native Sons face Barnacles in Brandon Commercial Men's League action at 7:15 p.m., at Curran Park. aaa HOCKEY CHALLENGE — The annual summer international hockey tournament, featuring players born in 1984-1987, runs all day at the Kinsmen, Optimist, Keystone and Sportsplex arenas ROB HENDERSON Green Space ;