Sunday, January 18, 2004

Sports digest

Siler wins 3rd national amateur boxing title

The Enquirer and wire reports

After a round of fruitless attempts at Charles Huerta's head, Cincinnatian Ron Siler went to the body and won a 19-10 decision for his third title Saturday in the U.S. Amateur Boxing Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"He had tight defense holding his hands up like that, but his body was wide open," Siler said. "I started throwing those punches to get him off track and started going inside." It worked.

After holding a 2-1 edge coming out of the first round, Siler went to work on Huerta's body to win the second 7-0. He cruised from there, holding on to add the flyweight title to wins at light flyweight in 1998 and 2001.

"This title is more important because this is my third time, and it's been a few years since I won the last one," said Siler, who was three bouts from making the U.S. Olympic team in 2000.

Horse racing

TURFWAY PARK: Jockey Michael Rowland moved within four wins of career No. 4,000 by guiding Stoneaway to a wire-to-wire victory in the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Stoneaway, owned by James Stone's Stoneway Farm and trained by Bernard Flint, covered the 6 1/2 furlongs over the wet-fast track in 1:19.67. She paid $27.40 to win. The win was Stoneaway's third in five starts.


SATURDAY IN THE NHL: Patrik Elias scored both New Jersey goals, including the winner 2:17 into overtime, lifting the Devils a 2-1 win over the Washington Caps.

Devils captain Scott Stevens has post-concussion syndrome and will be sidelined indefinitely.

• Panthers 2, Lightning 1: Roberto Luongo made 50 saves and Olli Jokinen scored two third-period goals to lead Florida.

• Rangers 2, Canadiens 2: Alexei Kovalev scored with 5:06 left in regulation to lift New York.

• Senators 4, Bruins 0: Martin Havlat had two goals and two assists, and Martin Prusek made 20 saves for Ottawa.

• Flyers 4, Leafs 0: Robert Esche made 35 saves for his second shutout of the season and Michal Handzus scored twice as Philadelphia completed a home-and-home series sweep of Toronto. Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins will miss at least six weeks after he broke his arm during a collision with Jeremy Roenick.

• Blues 2, Wild 2: Doug Weight scored on a power play with 1:37 left in regulation for St. Louis.

• Islanders 4, Sabres 2: Kenny Jonsson had a goal and assist, and Rick DiPietro made 27 saves.

ECHL CYCLONES LOSE: Cincinnati fell for a second consecutive night at Wheeling, falling 5-4 Saturday after leading 2-0. Richard Naumann (two), Terry Marchant and Tom Rouleau scored for Cincinnati (17-19-2).

CCHA MIAMI WINS: The No. 15 RedHawks rebounded from Friday's 5-4 loss at Ferris State to defeat the Bulldogs 4-2 Saturday and maintain at least a share of first place in the CCHA.

Miami, which converted 3-of-10 power play opportunities, improved to 13-9-2, 10-5-1 CCHA. Ferris State fell to 11-11-2, 7-10-1 CCHA.

AHL DUCKS TIE: Timofe Shishkanov scored twice to help the Milwaukee Admirals skate to a 3-3 tie with Cincinnati Saturday in front of 8,207 at the Gardens.

• The Phoenix Coyotes acquired Cincinnati defenseman Todd Reirden, 32, from the Anaheim for future considerations and sent him to AHL Springfield.


First period: 1. Cin, Smith 2 (Severson, Mottau), 1:53. 2. Cin, Hankinson 8 (Armstrong, Severson), 15:21. 3. Mil, Segal 1 (Darche, Zanon), 19:14.

Second period: 4. Mil, Shishkanov 11 (Hrkac, Tiley), 12:28. 5. Cin, O'Brien 1 (Martensson, Smirnov), 14:50 (ppg).

Third period: 6. Mil, Shishkanov 12 (Murphy, Zanon), 4:28.

Overtime: No scoring.

Shots on goal: Mil 18-15-11-3=47; Cin 5-11-7-3=26. Power play opportunities: Mil 0-for-7; Cin 1-for-2. Goalies: Mil, Finley (26 shots, 23 saves; record 7-11-4); Cin, Bryzgalov (47-44; 14-13-4). A: 8,207. Mil 18-13-3-0; Cin 16-17-6-1.

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