Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 25, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
Renberg lucky to survive accident
STOCKHOLM — Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikael Renberg escaped serious injury when the propeller of his new boat cut through a muscle in his right arm, his father said yesterday.
The Swedish hockey star was injured Thursday and treated at a hospital in his native Piteaa, 700 kilometres north of Stockholm.
Renberg should be fully recovered in six to eight weeks and ready for NHL training camp with the Maple Leafs, who have been informed of the injury, Bo Renberg said by phone.
The accident happened in the archipelago outside Piteaa as he was heading out for a boat ride with family and friends.
He was trying to pull up the anchor of his eight-metre boat when he slipped and fell in the water, Bo Renberg said.
“The engine was either idling or in reverse, but in any case the propeller blade hit his right arm and sliced through the muscle,” the father said. “He was bleeding heavily.”
He was in less than 1.5 metres of water and able to run for help, the father
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Boxer drops dead after losing fight
LAS VEGAS — A Panamanian fighter collapsed and died in his hotel room yesterday, some 36 hours after he was stopped in a title fight.
Pedro Alcazar was taking a shower and getting ready to fly home when he suddenly collapsed. A Nevada boxing doctor said Alcazar had shown no symptoms of being hurt until he fell about 6 a.m. at the MGM Grand hotel-casino.
“He had brain swelling from some cause,” said Dr. Flip Homansky, who is also a member of the state’s athletic commission. “It was a total surprise and we’re not sure why it happened. But you can’t ignore he was in a professional boxing match Saturday night.”
The 26-year-old Alcazar, who was stopped in the sixth round of his 115-pound WBO title fight with Fernando Montiel, had been examined in the ring immediately after the fight and later in the dressing room.
Two doctors found nothing wrong and didn’t even recommend he be taken to a hospital for precautionary tests.
— Associated Press
Canada Day tourney features eight teams
The Brandon Ora Dental Marlins will host its annual Canada Day Classic senior baseball tournament this weekend at Westbran Stadium.
The Marlins, Brandon Cloverleafs, Butle Blue Jays, Oak River Dodgers and Killarney Lakers will represent the Manitoba Senior Baseball League, while other teams competing include the Houstons Senior B All-stars and teams from Yorkton, Sask., and Devils’ Lake, N.D.
The teams will play A-Side quarterfinal games Saturday, with A-Side and B-Side playoffs slated for Sunday.
The championship final is set for 7 p.m. Sunday.
— Brandon Sun
Triumphs enjoys successful triathlon
Four members of the Westman Triumphs won races Sunday at the St. Malo Provincial park Triathlon.
Corinne Elliott won the Olympic distance (1,500m swim/40k cycle/10k run) race for women aged 35-39 with a time of two hours, 42 minutes and 17 seconds, while Karyn Kowal took first place among women aged 50-54 in 2:46:31.
Meanwhile, Triumphs teammate Doug Pickering took the title for men 50-55 with a time of 2:21:26 and Suzanne du Ploy was first at sprint distance (750m swim/20k cycle/5k run) for women aged 50 and over.
All Westman results are on Page B4.
— Brandon Sun
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Serena Williams hits two-fisted backhander during yesterday’s match.
Americans net sweep
Agassi, Sampras, Williams win
By Stephen Wilson
LONDON — Andre Agassi, Serena Williams and Pete Sampras turned Centre Court into an American showcase yesterday as they swept to straight-set victories on the opening day of Wimbledon.
Chanda Rubin also joined the act, giving the United States a remarkable 4-0 sweep on the most famous stage in tennis.
With 2001 champion Goran Ivanisevic absent following shoulder surgery, Agassi was given the honour of playing the first match on Centre Court
— and he didn’t waste any time in underlining his title credentials.
On a day of blue, sunny skies, with a high temperature of 22 C and not a rain cloud in sight, the third-seeded Agassi
— who won Wimbledon in 1992 — took one hour 29 minutes to overwhelm Israel’s Harel Levy 6-0, 6-4, 6-4.
Next up came Williams, who needed only 42 minutes to dispose of 103rd-ranked Evie Dominikovic of Australia 6-1, 6-1. The second-seeded Williams had 20 winners and only one unforced error.
Then Sampras, the seven-time champion who had been questionable with a rib strain, made it 3-0 by serving 27 aces and beating Britain’s Martin Lee 6-3,7-6(1), 6-3.
“It’s nice to play on Centre Court,” said Sampras, who hasn’t won a tournament since Wimbledon in 2000. “Stepping out there felt like coming home again. . . . When you step out on Centre Court, it’s like Mecca out there.”
With the three matches over with plenty of daylight to spare, organizers moved Rubin’s match against Asa Svensson from Court 13 to Centre Court. Rubin obliged with another straight-set win — 6-3, 6-2.
Russians Marat Safin, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and American Jennifer Capriati also advanced to the second round without dropping a set on a day without any significant upsets.
“It was pretty special being out there
today,” Agassi said of the Centre Court debut. “It was a big honour. It just felt great playing out there. Every time I’m on the court it brings back a lot of memories.”
Playing his first grass-court match of the year, Agassi ripped through the opening set in just 18 minutes. Levy, who is ranked No. 326 and has won only one grass-court match in his career, raised his arms in mock triumph when he held serve to open the second set.
Agassi needed one service break to take the second set. He faltered briefly near the end of the third set when he was broken at love while serving for the match at 5-2. After Levy held at love for 5-4, Agassi didn’t waver this time and served out the match.
Agassi, who is always a crowd favourite here, waved, blew kisses and bowed as the Centre Court spectators gave him a warm ovation.
Agassi, who is known more for his returns than his serves, had a surprising 16 aces and IO service winners. Playing mostly from the baseline, he had 46 win ners and 17 unforced errors.
“It felt great,” Agassi said. “You can only expect so much in your first match. I felt like I took care of business from the start. I felt very comfortable.”
On Tuesday, Jana Nejedly of Toronto will play her first match of the tournament against Wynne Prakusya of Indonesia while Toronto’s Maureen Drake faces Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian of Switzerland.
Safin, the men’s No. 2 seed, defeated France’s Cedric Pioline — Wimbledon runner-up in 1997 — 7-6 (7), 6-2, 6-3.
Pioline, a grass-court specialist making his 12th successive appearance at Wimbledon, had a set point in the tiebreaker but wasted the chance with a double fault. From then on, Safin was in control.
No. 5 Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia downed Slovak Domimk Hrbaty 6-1,7-6 (4), 7-6 (7). Hrbaty had held a 7-3 career edge against the two-time major champion.
Family history should have tipped off docs
By Lindsey Tanner
CHICAGO — The heart condition linked to the death of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile is common and treatable, and should have been suspected, given his family history, doctors said yesterday.
An autopsy showed the 33-year-old pitcher found dead Saturday had 80 to 90 per cent narrowing of two of three main arteries to his heart.
While such extensive blockage in someone so young is unusual, the disease process that leads to it — atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries — is common and can begin as early as childhood, said Dr.
Robert Bonow, president of the American Heart Association and a Northwestern University cardiologist.
Atherosclerosis accounts for nearly three-fourths of all U.S. deaths from cardiovascular disease, the nation’s leading killer, according to the heart association.
Atherosclerosis kills more than 15,000 Americans each year.
While most Americans who die of heart disease are 65 or older, research shows that 80 per cent of heart disease deaths in younger people occur during the first attack. In 50 per cent of men who die suddenly of heart disease, there were no previous symptoms.
“A very substantial proportion of patients with heart disease never have a clue, and he might have been one of them,” said cardiologist Dr. Eric Topol, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.
Kile’s narrowed heart arteries, probably caused by a buildup of fatty plaque deposits, could have been symptomless — or could have triggered vague signs he might have blamed on the strain of pitching, Topol said.
Kile did complain of shoulder pain
“A very substantial proportion of patients with heart disease never have a clue, and he might have been one of them.”
DR. ERIC TOPOL
and weakness the night before he died — symptoms that could have been caused by his heart or by his sport.
Kile’s father’s death from cardiovascular disease in his 40s should have been a red flag signalling that the pitcher had an increased risk of the same fate, doctors said.
Cardiovascular disease that shows up at a young age is often hereditary; a gene variation is thought to have caused the heart attack that killed 28-year-old Olympic skater Sergei Grinkov in 1996.
With or without symptoms, patients with a strong family history should get rigorous routine checkups including tests such as cholesterol screenings, blood work-ups, exercise stress tests or heart imaging tests, Topol said.
Such tests probably would have detected Kile’s narrowed arteries, which could have been treated with an angioplasty and stent procedure, in which a balloon-tip catheter unclogs the arteries and a tiny mesh coil in inserted to keep them propped open, Topol said.
The heart association estimates that more than a million angioplasties are done each year in the U.S.
Kile also may have been a good candidate for daily aspmn and drugs called statins to keep his cholesterol down and his arteries clear, Topol said.
Published reports say Kile had an electrocardiogram during spring training that showed nothing abnormal, but such tests can be normal in someone without previous heart damage, Topol said.
“This is happening every day, but it’s just that people are not as visible as Mr. Kile,” Topol said. “We have a lot of work to do to get the medical community and the patients to heighten awareness and to get the appropriate diagnostic workup — and not just once for people with strong ask factors.”
Farmers have too Much for Comets to handle
CYPRESS RIVER — Troy Much hit a two-run single with one out in the top of the seventh inning to lift the Neepawa Farmers to a 10-8 victory over the Cypress River Comets in a Santa Clara Baseball League game last night.
Much knocked in four runs in all, hitting a double and two singles. Teammate Shane Henton added a home run, double and single, scoring three times.
Greg Hockin was the winning pitcher. Trevor Falk took the loss.
Mark Shearer led the Comets offence with two singles and three RBL • • • • •
Ryan Lawson hit a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning to snap a 6-6 tie and send the Souns Cardinals on to an 11-7 Southwest Baseball League triumph over the visiting Deloraine Royals last night.
Lawson got the game-winning hit of reliever and losing pitcher Joel Whiteside, who gave up five runs in three innings in relief of starter Rennan Rommelaere.
Trevor Kozak knocked in three runs for Souris with a solo homer and a sin gle, while Ryan Caldwell led Deloraine at the plate with a triple, single and five runs batted in.
Jason Butler was the winning pitcher.
At Virden, the host Oilers outlasted the Lyleton Leafs 13-10.
Robin Carruthers hit a three-run
homer to lead Virden, while teammates Colin Wood and John Kirkup both doubled and singled.
Wood also picked up the pitching vistory in relief.
Scott Spencer led the Lyleton offence with a double, two singles and three runs batted in. Rob Murray added two doubles and single, scoring three times.
Paul Artz was the losing pitcher.
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Adam Duncan scored three goals for the Barnacles Hotspur in a 5-5 Brandon Senior Soccer League men’s draw last night at Canada Games Park.
Jody Lutkins and Rob Jaska also scored for Barnacles, which trailed 4-2 at halftime.
Max Bratzke and Frank Arndt both scored twice for the Royals. Gunther Roth added a single.
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Jeremy Sinclair tossed a complete-game five-hitter to pace the Huggy’s Young Guns past the Brandon Midgets 8-0 in a Houstons Senior B Baseball League game.
Sinclair also knocked in two runs with a double and two singles.
— Brandon Sun
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