Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 6, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
LEMONT, IU.— John Cook is 44 and has been on the PCA Tour for 23 years. He’s got a 16-year-old son who can outdo ve him and a neighbor by the name of Tiger Woods who is leading golf’s youth movement.
But put Cook on the nght course, and he’ll not only play with anybody, he’ll show the young guns a thing or two.
Cook made birdies on three of his last four holes yesterday to take a two-stroke lead alter the second round of the Western Open. His six-under 66 tied for the secondbest score of the day, and he hasn’t had a bogey since his first hole of the tournament.
At 133, he’s 11 strokes under par.
“I do savour these days, because I know I can still be competitive,” said Cook, who tied for second at The Memorial in May.
» “You get a golf course like this, I’ve got just as good a chance as anyone to win. Unless I overload myself with too much information.”
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Teemu Selanne bucked a growing trend among pro athletes and re-signed with the San Jose Sharks yesterday.
The unrestricted free agent could have signed a longer deal for more money with another NHL team, but elected to stay with the Sharks by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $6.5 million US, with a player option for a second year at $6.5 million US.
The Finnish right-winger made $9.5 million US last season, although the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Selanne’s former team, were paying part of that salary.
“There’s no doubt that he could have signed for more money. This is dearly a case where money was not important,” Sharks GM Dean Lombardi said on a conference atli. “It’s sounds kind of fairy-tale-like, but it’s the truth. It’s pretty special.”
Lombardi said that an Eastern Conference team offered Selanne a deal worth “significantly” more then the Sharks’, but he turned it down to stay in San Jose.
“He feels he’s got unfinished business here and money and secunty weren’t the key nght now,” Lombardi said. “You don’t see that a lot anymore today.
“He’s put his money where his mouth
Selanne, who turned 32 on Wednesday, led the Sharks last season in goals, 29, power-play goals, nine, and winning goals, eight. He also had 25 assists, and his 54 points put him fourth in club scoring.
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ATLANTA — Ultimately, high expec-tations and a higher-than-average payroll did in Don Baylor.
The Chicago Cubs fired Baylor yesterday and made Bruce Kimm interim manager of the National League baseball team, one day after a loss to Atlanta left the Cubs with a 33-49 record, 12 1/2 games behind St. Louis in the NL Central.
• Kimm, currently the manager at triple-A Iowa, won’t join the team until Saturday. Bench coach Rene Lachemann ran the team last night against the Braves.
“When the talent on the field does not equal the amount of victories in the standings, that is the criteria for making a change,” Cubs president Andy MacPhail said. “It’s not always a fair one, but that’s die way we see it.”
Chicago also announced Jim Hendry had been promoted to general manager, taking over the duties from MacPhail.
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NEW YORK — Orlando Hernandez baffled the Blue Jays for six shutout innings to win his first start rn nearly two months, and Bernie Williams homered for the first time since May as the New York Yankees beat Toronto 6-3 rn Amencan League baseball action last night.
Jorge Posada hit a two-run homer for New York, which stretched a winning streak to five for the fifth rime this season and opened a two-game lead over Boston in the AL East — matching a season high.
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Raul Mondesi went O-for-4 in his first game against Toronto since the Blue Jays traded him to New York on Monday. He had an RBI grounder to shortstop in the fifth on a strange play.
The evening began with a moment of silence in memory of Boston Hall of Earner Ted Williams, who died earlier in the day, and flags were at half-staff in his honour.
Hernandez (5-2) was sidelined from May 21 to June 27 by a strained upper back and returned last weekend against the Mets, pitching four scoreless innings for his first career save.
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PHILADELPHIA — Tomo Ohka didn’t want to fall behind by two runs in the first inning, especially after giving up nine runs and 15 hits rn his last two starts.
But Ohka responded well, striking out a career-high eight as the Montreal Expos came back to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 in a National League baseball game last night.
“He had it all tonight,” Montreal manager Frank Robinson said. "That’s the best stuff he’s had.”
Brad Wilkerson homered and Troy O’Leary drove in two runs to lead the Montreal offence, Wilkerson and O’Leary each scored twice, and Montreal pinch-hit-ter Wil Cordero connected for his I (Kith career home run.
Ohka (8-4) gave up three runs one earned — on three hits in six solid innings.
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Canadian into doubles final
Top seed Hewitt wins semifinal
LONDON — Canadian Daniel Nestor and Bahamian partner Mark Knowles won’t be nervous Sunday when they take to the grass for the Wimbledon doubles final.
“We’ve played so many finals now, we know what’s coming, we know not to worry and not to let the occasion get the better of us,” Nestor said on the eve of his third straight Grand Slam final. “We’re going to have tough opponents, there’s no guarantees at this level.”
Nestor and Knowles won a gruelling semifinal yesterday, defeating American twins Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).
Nestor and Knowles started this season with a win at the Australian Open and then lost in the French Open final. So they go for their second career Grand Slam title Sunday, the second seeds will be well-prepared.
They will have to wait to find out their opponents, however.
Top-seeded American pair Donald Johnson and Jared Palmer were tied with No. 5 duo Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Todd Woodbridge of Australia 5-7, 6-4 before their semifinal was suspended by darkness. It will resume Saturday, weather permitting.
“Either way it’s going to be a tough match,” said Nestor. “Johnson and Palmer ... I think we match up against them a little better. They both have different strengths. They serve better than Bjorkman-Woodbridge and Bjorkman-Woodbndge are a better returning team and more of an all-around team.”
In men’s singles play, Australian Lleyton Hewitt advanced to the final, dashing British hopes by ousting Tim Henman. On another day of ram delays, the top-seeded Australian
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“I played incredibly well,” said Hewitt, who had 18 winners on passing shots and lobs and seven on
Argos QU on shelf
TORONTO — Toronto Argonauts quarterback Stanley Jackson will “miss a significant portion” of the season because of surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee, the CFL team said yesterday.
Jackson, who was injured just two plays into
Toronto’s 28-12 loss to Montreal on Wednesday, got the bad news Friday after swelling in his knee eased.
Jackson’s loss means rookie Michael Bishop will likely take over as the starter
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returns. “Tim came at me all the time and I was able to raise the bar when I had to.”
Said Henman: “He is the best in the world. And again today, he proved it.”
Hewitt will be an overwhelming favourite in the final, where he’ll face the winner of the other semifinal between relative unknowns Xavier Malisse of Belgium and David Nalbandian of Argentina.
That rain-interrupted match was also suspended for the day at 9 p.m. after Malisse won the fourth set, tying the contest at two sets apiece.
They’ll pick up play today, when the women’s final between Williams sisters Venus and Serena is also scheduled.
Nestor and Knowles, the top-ranked team on the ATP Tour but seeded second here, had their match interrupted for 50 minutes by rain, which struck in the third game of the second set.
Nestor’s big serve and improving volley game, plus the sharp return strokes of longtime partner Knowles helped them into this latest final.
The sixth-seeded Americans got more first serves in (70 per cent to 60) but Nestor-Knowles had a better winning percentage with their first serve (81 per cent to 73). And the Americans only managed to win on 53 per cent of their second serves, compared to 70 per cent for Nestor-Knowles.
“There wasn’t much separating the two teams,” said Nestor. “No one really had that many chances to break serve and that’s why it went to the tiebreakers and it was just some close points here and there.”
This will be Nestor’s sixth Grand Slam final, but first at Wimbledon. His record is I-4.
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By Doug Ferguson
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — After a tearful farewell from Nancy Lopez and a shocking departure by Kame Webb, the U.S. Women’s Open shifted into a survival mode yesterday.
To no one’s surprise, Annika Sorenstam handled it better than anyone.
Sorenstam was the only player to break par in the hot, blustery afternoon at Prairie Dunes, shooting a I -under 69 that gave her a share of the lead with Juli Inkster and Laura Diaz.
The most dominant player in women’s golf was at her best on a brutally tough day, first by keeping the leaders in her sights, then by surging to the top with three birdies on her final six holes.
Sorenstam and Inkster each made bogey on the final hole and finished at 139. They will be paired again today in the final group in what is shaping up to be a duel on the Kansas plains, the No. I player in the world against an ageless wonder who captured the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Prairie Dunes two daughters and 22 years ago.
Inkster recovered from a terrible start — a double bogey on No. 11, and a bogey on No. 13 when her fairway bunker shot smacked into a yucca plant — to post a 2-over 72.
The only other player who remained under par was Diaz, who dropped three shots in five holes early on but held it together the rest of the day and shot 72.
Michele Redman had six birdies in a 1-under 69 in the morning and was at 140.
Only two Canadians made the cut, which was set at 153.
Dawn Coe-Jones of Lake Cowichan, B.C., carded a second-round 72 for a 144 total and is in a tie for 12th and Charlottetown’s Lone Kane dropped from fifth to 23rd with a 79 yesterday.
Angela Buzminski of Oshawa, Ont.,
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shot a 78 for 158 and A.J. Eathome of Penticton, B.C., withdrew with a sore wrist after shooting 82 Thursday and being eight-over-par after nine holes yesterday.
Webb, trying to win an unprecedented three straight U.S. Women’s Opens, won’t be around to see the finish.
After opening with a 79, the best she could manage yesterday was a 73.
She missed the cut for the first time in 56 tournaments, and was leaving Prairie Chines about the time Sorenstam, Inkster and Diaz were teeing off.
Inkster, who started on No. IO, turned toward the 18th green and tipped her visor to salute Lopez.
Lopez was playing in her 25th and final U.S. Women’s Open.
It was an emotional moment for Lopez, who brought life to women’s golf in the late 1970s and remains the LPGA Tour’s most popular player.
Lopez, four times a runner-up, never won a Women’s Open and she had no chance at this one.
Hamilton in contention
LaSALLE, Ont. — Gar Hamilton says he’s not a superstitious man.
If he was, the Oakville, Ont., native might have packed his bags and headed for home after a scary incident Wednesday during a Pro-Am round at the Essex Golf and Country Club prior to the Senior PG A’s AT&T Canada Open.
As he stood under the trees that line the left side of the 18th fairway that day, Hamilton suddenly jumped back to avoid a large limb that crashed down behind him.
The head pro at Mississaugua Golf Club extended his arms into the air as if to ask, “Why me?”
“It was a big limb,” Hamilton recalled yesterday after shooting a 6-under-par 65 on the same course, placing him second at the 2002 Open. “I heard it thud behind me.”
Instead of almost being history, Hamilton went out and made some by turning in the best Canadian performance ever in this tournament, eclipsing the 66 of Nick Weslock in 1981.
“I’m thrilled,” he said of a round that featured eight birdies and two bogies. “The key to this golf course is hitting it in the fairway.”
Texan Tom Jenkins carded eight birdies and an eagle to grab the lead from Hamilton and tie Jerry Pate’s course record of 63.
Jenkins rolled a 25-foot birdie attempt wide at 18 that would have given him a 62.
“At that time, I knew 63 was the course record and about halfway there (to the hole) I thought it was in but it just broke left at the end,” he said.
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Barber and Larry Nelson) and lowest first-day score (held by 1’horpe and Nelson).
Brandon’s Dan Halldorson and Winnipeg’s Wayne McDonald are both six strokes off the pace after shooting 69s, while Norm Jarvis of Surrey, B.C., and Dave Barr of Kelowna, B.C., are seven back after 70s. Jean Morin (78) of St-Luc, Que., and Bob Panasik (80) of Winnipeg are well back of the pack.
A total of 40 players broke par of 71 yesterday.
Sitting in a third-place pack with 67s are Stewart Ginn, Morris Hatalsky, Bobby Wadkins, Allen Doyle, Tom
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