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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 27, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Bl THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2002 GOT A SPORTS TIP? Call in results toll-free within Manitoba to 1-877-786-5786 or locally to 571-7443 before ll p.m. You can fax us at 727-0385. E-mail: sportsfo) Sports Steak tar Claim Simply the best you can buy % /V‘ c ■t * 7- 7-' - -» ti,?,-. Ill Rosser Ave.    728 0707Wheaties add, subtract European content The Brandon Wheat Kings were juggling Europeans yesterday, picking up a Norwegian and a Slovak while unloading a Czech as the Western Hockey League club took part in the annual Canadian Hockey League import draft. Brandon general manager and owner Kelly McCrimmon selected 18-year-old Norwegian defenceman Ole-Kristian Tollefson with the ninth overall pick in the draft, then added 17-year-old left winger Richard Jasovsky of Slovakia with the 54th pick of the first round. Shortly afterwards, McCrimmon dealt veteran right winger Jiri Jakes to the Tri-City Americans for future considerations. The second and final round goes today, but the Wheat Kings took care of their business yesterday, adding the six-foot-two, 200-pound Tollefson, who scored twice and added seven assists in 45 games with his junior team in Lillehammer. Tollefson, who was captain of the Norwegian team at last season’s world under-18 championship, was a third-round pick (65th overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in last weekend’s NHL entry draft. The Wheat Kings had traded veteran JIRI JAKES ... traded away defenceman Kevin Hams, 20, to the Prince Albert Raiders on Tuesday to acquire the ninth overall pick, then swapped picks yesterday with the Spokane Chiefs to grab Jasovsky, who played midget last season with H.C. Poprad in Slovakia and is eligible for the 2003 NHL entry draft. Both the six-foot-one, 175-pound Jasovsky and Tollefson are expected to be in Brandon by the start of training camp in August. Jakes, on the other hand, won’t be in camp after the overaged import was dealt to the Americans. The Czech Republic native, who played on his world junior national team last winter, had 72 points in 120 games over two seasons with the Wheat Kings. A draft pick of the Boston Bruins, Jakes netted 16 goals and added 18 assists in 56 games. The departure of Jakes still leaves the Wheat Kings with six eligible overaged players for next season — forwards Ryan Craig, Dustin Bra, Adrian Foster and Colin McRae, goaltender Robert McVicar and defenceman Brett Thurston. Each WHL club is allowed two imports only. Foster, a first-round pick of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, is under contract and expected to play pro next season. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds chose Czech defenceman Jiri Drtina first overall in the 55-team draft in a first round that was heavy on Czech players. Drtina, 17, is a five-foot-11, 185-pound offensive defenceman out of the Slavia Praha junior club. Drtina was fourth in team scoring for the Czechs at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Manitoba in January with three goals and seven assists in five games. A total of 23 Czechs were taken in the first round. Two players drafted in the first round of the NHL draft on Saturday were chosen by CHL teams. Czech forward Jakub Koreis (19th overall, Phoenix) went to Oshawa and Swede winger Jonas Johansson (28th overall, Colorado) went to Kamloops. — Brandon Sun-CP ASSOCIATED PRESS Ronaldo is all smiles as he hugs Brazilian keeper Marcos after clinching a berth in the World Cup final. Soccer powers emerge Brazil, Germany both make seventh Cup final By Robert Millward Associated Press YOKOHAMA, Japan — After all the upsets, the World Cup is a matchup of the two biggest powerhouses in the history of soccer. Maybe the biggest surprise of all is that, despite six previous appearances each in the final, Brazil and Germany have never met in the World Cup tournament. Brazil downed Turkey 1-0 at Saitama, Japan, yesterday, the day after Germany ended the emotional and inspiring ran of co-host South Korea with a 1-0 victory in Seoul. The semifinal ran meant that Brazil — four victories and two losses in the finals — bids to extend its record to five triumphs and the Germans — 3-3 in finals — aims to join it on four. Winners in 1958, ’62, ’70 and ’94, Brazil also aims to bounce back from a tame performance in the final four years ago when it was outplayed 3-0 by host France. Some of those flops are back — notably Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Denilson — and a victory in the championship game FINAL SUNDAY at Yokohama, japan BRAZIL VS. GERMANY 6 (CBG Live) I^DRLA (AMN would sweep away the gloom that followed that grim day at the Stade de France. Sunday’s final has one of those glorious contrasts in styles. Brazil has the flamboyant attacking players who will want to tie the German midfield and defence in knots. It has showed some glimpses of its natural flair throughout the tournament, perhaps the highlights being Edmilson’s acrobatic sconng overhead kick against Costa Rica and the 40-metre Ronaldinho ran which set up a sweet finish by Rivaldo against England. After the wakeup call of a 5-1 crushing by England in Munich IO months ago, the Germans have rallied strongly without making many friends. Under coach Rudi Voeller, they have relied on their tried and trusted format of weanng down the opposition, grinding out 1-0 victories in their last three games Although they started with an 8-0 trouncing of Saudi Arabia, they were held 1-1 by Ireland. But that was the last goal Oliver Kahn conceded and he has underlined his position as the world’s No. I ’keeper with four shutouts in a row and some standout saves. LOCAL ROUNDUP #—-- Klapp tosses shutout NEEPAWA — Tom Klapp picked up his seventh victory of the Manitoba Senior Baseball League season, allowing just three hits in nine innings as the Brandon Cloverleafs beat the Neepawa Farmers 3-0 last night. Klapp, who struck out seven while issuing only one walk, got all the support he needed in the third inning when Dean McBride hit a run-scoring single and Bryan Swaenepoel followed with a two-run double off starter and losing pitcher Greg Hockin. The Cloverleafs up their league-leading record to 13-4-0, while the Farmers fell 5-10-2. Hockin went four innings, allowing just three hits but four walks. Reliever Dwayne Wandy pitched five innings, scattering two hits and three walks. Corey Billaney had two of the three Neepawa hits, a double and single. The game lasted only one hour and 50 minutes. • • 9 • 0 Mike Tosh and Mark Shearer both drove in four runs to lead the Cypress River Comets on a 25-1 romp over the host Carberry Royals in Santa Clara Baseball League action. Tosh hit two home runs and two singles, while Shearer clubbed a homer, double and two singles while also scoring five times. Jordan Book was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits in five innings. At Minnedosa, the host Mavericks beat the Neepawa Cubs 10-3. John Hutton went the distance on the mound for the Mavs, yielding just six hits and two walks. Hutton also doubled and singled to help the Mavs cause, while teammate Brad Roth clubbed a two-run homer. Scott Davie was the losmg pitcher. Scott Elder had two singles in a losing cause. • • • • • MELITA — Trevor Kozak hit three singles to lead the Souns Cardinals past the Melita Beavers 7-3 in a Southwest Baseball League game yesterday. Kozak also was the winning pitcher, while Jayden Murray took the loss. Murray had two doubles for the Beavers, who got a solo homer from Chad Yeomans — Brandon Sun By Barry Wilner Associated Press SAITAMA, Japan — The expectations are simple. Brazil must win the World Cup — with style. So when the only four-time champions straggled just to qualify for the global soccer tournament, their aura of invincibility seemed gone. Ah, but this is Brazil. And last night, thanks to a second-half goal from Ronaldo, the team famous for playing the “beautiful game” beat Turkey 1-0 to advance to their third straight final. On Sunday, Brazil plays three-time winner Germany in Yokohama, where it will be favoured to carry off another World Cup crown. “I plan then and there to have the most important goal of my career,” Ronaldo said. “Every goal I score is a victory. Every time I enter the pitch, for me it’s an honour.” He scored the game-winner against Turkey in the 49th minute on a magical end-to-end rush. And Brazilian keeper Marcos made a half-dozen brilliant saves against the Turks, who stunned everyone by reaching the semifinals in their first World Cup in 48 years. “In modern football, every team has a chance to win. No team is necessarily stronger than any other,” Marcos said. “The nightmare is over,” Ronaldo said. “And now is just the time to enjoy and develop this happiness.” He was ill on the morning of the 1998 World Cup final and played poorly in Brazil’s 3-0 loss to host France. He has since undergone two knee operations. “We are trying everything we can to make it a different final with a different end,” he said. Turkey made Brazil work hard twice in the World Cup. The Brazilians, considered a long shot by many people outside their country, won 2-1 in their opener on a controversial penalty kick by Rivaldo late in the game. In the semifinal, even though Brazil had many openings, Recber matched Marcos save for save. Except for one, of course. “This time they took it a bit more seriously,” Turkey coach Senol Gunes said. “We have talented players. We wanted to be among the world’s best, and we achieved that.” The Turks play South Korea in Daegu, South Korea, on Saturday for third place. “The final against Germany will be relatively easy for them,” Gunes added. Ronaldo has eyes on CupAmerican superstars ousted early ASSOCIATED PRESS Pete Sampras shows his frustration during his second-round loss. By Stephen Wilson Associated Press LONDON — First Pete Sampras, then Andre Agassi. The two biggest American names in men’s tennis lost in the second round at Wimbledon in stunning upsets yesterday. On an amazing day at the All England Club, second-seeded Marat Safin also was eliminated. On a court nicknamed the “graveyard of champions,” Sampras rallied from two sets down but came up short 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4 against George Basti, a Swiss player ranked 145th in the world. It was the seven-time champion’s earliest exit from the grass-court championships in 11 years. Later, on Centre Court, the third-seeded Agassi — champion in 1992 — went down in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-2, to 67th-ranked Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand. In men’s doubles, Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas battled to a 6-7 (4), 6-1, 3-6,6-2, 6-2 win over Andre Sa of Brazil and American Jim Thomas, U.S. In the past two days, the tournament lost five of the men’s top eight seeded players. No. 7 Roger Federer and No. 8 Thomas Johansson lost Tuesday. Agassi’s one-sided defeat — which took only I Al — ranked as an even bigger surprise than Sampras’ ouster. While Sampras’ game has been in decline, Agassi has been playing well and he was considered a stronger contender for the title. ‘Tm a little stunned. I’m certainly disappointed,” he said. “I never found my rhythm out there today. I played a very average match against a guy who’s taking it to me and deserved to win. It was a bit of shocker for me today.” Srichaphan came into the,match with a career Grand Slam record of 5-10 and had won only two matches at Wimbledon. “My goal was to win the opening round,” Srichaphan said. “Then, when I saw I would play Andre in the next round, I thought, ‘That’s it for me.’ I had nothing to lose, just go on court and enjoy. I just played my best today. It just happened.” In another major surprise, Safin was ousted 6-2,6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (I) by Belgium’s Olivier Rochus. Sampras experienced one of the worst defeats of his career against Basti, who had won just one previous grass-court match. Basti only made it into the draw Sunday as a “lucky loser” from qualifying after Spain’s Felix Mantilla pulled out with a knee injury. For much of his match, Sampras made glaring unforced errors, struggled with his serve, failed to run full-out for some shots and was nowhere near the player who has won a record 13 Grand Slam singles titles. ASSOCIATED PRESS Andre Agassi reacts to his tough second round defeat yesterday. ;