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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 26, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Bl WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2002 Sports NURSERY ^SALES Open Mon • Fri., 9 - 9: Sat.. 9 - 8 * Special this Week: Fresh from your own Garden o Tomatoes & Vegetables & 1307 - 18th St. N. 728-1321 Wheaties trade up in import draft By Rob Henderson Brandon Sun ASSOCIATED PRESS Germany’s Oliver Neuville battles South Korea’s Kim Tae Young for the ball in semifinal action. Below, Michael Ballack celebrates his winning goal. Korean fantasy finally ends Germany clearly superior squad SEOUL — Only one thing could have stopped the singing, swaying sea of red. It came in the 75th minute off the foot of German midfielder Michael Ballack. Ending the most improbable run in an upset-filled World Cup, Germany advanced to its record seventh final with a I -0 victory over co-host South Korea on Tuesday. “It was absolutely fantastic,” Germany defender Carsten Ramelow said. “We are proud to have beaten not only 11 Korean players but the 64,000 spectators.” South Korea didn’t get to paint the nation red for yet another all-night celebration by its millions of devoted fans. Police estimated that nearly seven million South Koreans, most of them clad in red, filled the streets to watch the match on outdoor screens in parks, plazas, beaches and baseball stadiums. No violence was reported as up to 1.5 million fans who watched the game in downtown Seoul dispersed peacefully. Instead, it was the Germans in white jerseys who repeatedly took victory laps at Seoul World Cup Stadium, thanks to the goal from Ballack off a rebound of his own shot. His game-winner came four days after he eliminated the United States with a goal on a header in the Germans’ l-O victory in the quarter-finals. Little was expected from this team, but now it will get a chance to win a fourth World Cup for its country — the first for a united German team — and get the respect accorded the West German champions of 1954, 1974 and 1990. The Germans were just too experienced and well organized for South Korea, controlling the ball and doing most of the attacking to advance to Sunday’s final against Brazil or Turkey in Yokohama, Japan. They will seek to equal Brazil’s record for World Cup championships, but will do so without Ballack, suspended after getting his second yellow card of the knockout phase. Four minutes before the goal, Lee Chun-soo got away from Torsten Fnngs and went around Ramelow, and Ballack pulled down Lee just outside the penalty area. “My first thoughts are bitterness,” said Ballack, who cried in the locker-room after the game. “My dream was to play in the final, but now that will not be.” Minutes after the final whistle, coach Rudi Voeller received a call on his cellphone from German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who was in Ottawa, congratulating the team. Voeller said that Ballack was right to commit the foul that led to his yellow card. “I have to give him the highest respect," the German coach said. “Even though he knew he would miss the final with another booking, he still committed the tactical foul that was utterly necessary. “He put himself at the service of not just his teammates but of the whole of Germany. I think the entire country will applaud him.” Korean coach Guus Hiddink paid tribute to his players for their ground-breaking run to the semifinal. “We can be proud of the boys what they did, and not just tonight.... but especially in the long run of the tournament,” said the Dutchman, the first coach to lead two different countries to the World Cup semifinals having coached the Netherlands at France ’98. Ii- a Mm: “I’m very proud of how the team performed. “We have to swallow this disappointment. Of course there’s disappointment tonight. But we’ll recover.” Meanwhile, Ronaldo, who has scored five goals so far, was cleared to play for Brazil rn Wednesday’s semifinal after suffering a leg injury. “Ronaldo has recovered and has been cleared to play,” said Brazilian team doctor Jose Luiz Runco after the team’s training. “He is in a situation to play the entire 90 minutes. He trained normally today and had With an eye towards nabbing a top import prospect, the Brandon Wheat Kings have dealt defenceman Kevin Harris. The 20-year-old defenceman was traded yesterday to the Prince Albert Raiders for the ninth overall pick in today’s Canadian Hockey League import draft. The move leaves the Wheat Kings with six overage players eligible to return next season. The WHL limit is three. “We’ve got an abundance of 20-year-old players and I think RA. has a real strong need for a puck-handling defenceman,” said Wheat Kings general manager Kelly McCnmmon. “Kevin is a very good player at that part of the game.” Harris, a three-year veteran of the Wheat Kings, scored 14 goals and 44 points in 72 games last season and has 139 points in 218 career games. “I definitely knew that there was going to be some trades and some releasing going on but you never really want it to be you and you never think it’s going to be you,” Harris said last night from his home in Altona. “It’s a great honour that I’ve had for the last three years putting on a Wheat King uniform. I enjoyed the years I had in Brandon. It’s a great organization and I don’t have any complaints.” The move gives the Wheat Kings their highest ever pick in ihe import draft. Their highest previous pick was two years ago when they chose Jiri Jakes 14th. Jakes is one of the six overagers on the Wheat Kings roster — a list that also includes Brett Thurston, Robert McVicar, Ryan Craig, Colin McRae and Dustin Bru. Because Jakes is 20 years old and could potentially sign a pro contract, the Wheat Kings will be able to draft two imports today. They still have their original 50th overall pick. Austrian Thomas Vanek, who played in the United States Hockey League last season, will be transferred to the CHL Special List and will remain property of the Wheat Kings. “We think there’s some very good players at the top end of this import draft,” said McCnmmon. “We’ve put ourselves in a situation where, if we can do a good job with our selection (today), we’re going to put a very good player into our lineup.” no problems or pain.” FIFA president Sepp Blatter addressed the officiating controversy Tuesday, saying he would like to see an overhaul of the refereeing structure to avoid some of the mistakes made at this World Cup. The competition has been plagued by blunders from referees and their linesmen. Blatter suggested he would like match officials to work in teams of three, possibly all from the same country. — Associated Press Phillips leads Als past Leos MONTREAL — Lawrence Phillips scored three touchdowns in his first game and the Montreal Alouettes went on to a 27-20 victory over the British Columbia Lions in the CFL season opener on Tuesday night. Phillips, the troubled former NFL star who has not played outdoors since 1999, slanted off a tackle for seven yards to score on his first carry 5:04 into the game. He followed with a nine-yard TD run on a draw play 10:51 into the third quarter and a six-yard skip up the middle for the winning score with 2:49 left in the game. It was a first win as Montreal’s head coach for Don Matthews, who made SEE PRINGLE’ — PAGE B2Dominator lacks desire to continue NHL career DOMINIK HASEK By Ijvrry Lace Associated Press DETROIT — Dominik Hasek’s career is complete. One of the most accomplished goaltenders in hockey history will retire to the Czech Republic as a Stanley Cup champion. The Dominator made the announcement yesterday, nearly two weeks after topping off' an impressive resume with the elusive title at the end of a one-season stop with the Detroit Red Wings. “Winning the Cup has been everything I could ever ask for,” Hasek said. “After 21 years of playing professional hockey at the highest level, I do not feel that I have enough fire in me to compete at the level that I expect of myself.” The announcement by the 37-year-old likely Hall of Panier follows that of coach Scotty Bowman, who retired the night the Red Wings won the Cup. “He left from the top, and I can say the same thing,” Hasek said. “It’s a dream of many athletes." Ray Bourque did the same in 2001, capping off a 22-year career with his only Stanley Cup. Bourque was traded by Boston, following 20 1/2 seasons with the Bruins, and helped Colorado to the title in his final NHL season. It will be tough for Detroit to replace Hasek, but possible candidates include Toronto’s Curtis Joseph, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July I if he doesn’t re-sign with the Maple Leafs. Other high-profile goalies who could be unrestricted free agents are Boston’s Byron Dafoe, the New York Rangers’ Mike Richter and Dallas’ Ed Belfour. The Stars have said they will not re-sign Belfour Captain Steve Yzerman, who will not offer his opinions on the coaching search, did suggest the best way to attract a new goalie. “You get on the phone and get your chequebook ready,” Yzerman said. Hasek sought a trade to Detroit because he wasn’t satisfied with his six Vezina Trophies as the NHL’s best goalie, two Hart Trophies as the league’s MVP, and a gold medal with the Olympic champion Czech Republic at the 1998 Nagano Games. “It was the best decision I made throughout my hockey career,” Hasek said. “I am and will be a Red Wing forever.” Hasek wanted his name on the Cup and guaranteed he would wear the winged wheel on his chest for one season. The Red Wings gave him $8 million for one season, with another $1 mil lion bonus for winning the Cup. The team held options for two additional years. It all paid off June 13 when Detroit defeated Carolina in Game 5 to win the Cup. “He held up his end of the bargain,” Red Wings owner Mike Hitch said. Hasek led the NHL with 41 wins during the regular season, then said he was nervous before the playoffs because of the Cup-or-bust expectations in Detroit. He hadn’t experienced such pressure in his previous 11 playoff appearances with the Buffalo Sabres, which he led to the 1999 finals, or the Chicago Blackhawk. After a shaky start, he recorded six shutouts — two more than any goalie ever in the playoffs. “We would not have won the Cup without him,” Hitch said. ;