Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Sports digest


Swarm no more

The Enquirer and wire reports

Now it's official: The Cincinnati Swarm of arenafootball2 announced they will not compete in the upcoming af2 season. The agreement between the operator of U.S. Bank Arena and the Cincinnati Swarm has been dissolved. Swarm officials notified the league that U.S. Bank Arena could not continue the relationship and that dates could not be made available to the team.

Heatley back in lineup tonight for Thrashers

Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley plans to play tonight, at home against St. Louis, for the first time since surviving a car wreck in September that killed teammate Dan Snyder.

Heatley has recovered from torn knee ligaments and a broken jaw.

TUESDAY IN THE NHL: Grant Marshall scored in his first game against his former team, and Patrik Elias added a goal and an assist in the New Jersey Devils' 4-3 win over host Columbus. Rick Nash scored his NHL-leading 31st goal for Columbus, which traded top defenseman Darryl Sydor to Tampa Bay earlier Tuesday for center Alexander Svitov.

• Hurricanes 2, Leafs 0: Kevin Weekes made 32 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, and former Cincinnati Cyclone Erik Cole scored a short-handed goal

• Lightning 6, Penguins 2: Pavel Kubina scored two power-play goals 54 seconds apart, and Cory Stillman added two goals during Tampa Bay's four-goal third period. The Lightning ran Pittsburgh's home losing streak to a club-record eight.

• Sabres 4, Canadiens 1: Maxim Afinogenov scored to spark a three-goal third period.

• Bruins 2, Isles 2: P.J. Axelsson's goal with 1:57 left in regulation lifted Boston to a tie with New York.

AHL DUCKS WIN: Pierre Parenteau had a goal and an assist and Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves to lead Cincinnati to a 3-1 victory over the Houston Aeros Tuesday at Houston's Toyota Center.

Joel Perrault and Keith Aucoin also scored for Cincinnati, which snapped a three-game winless streak and moved past Houston into fourth in the West Division.

Casey Hankinson had an assist to extend his point streak to a career-best eight games. Chris Armstrong had two assists to take over the AHL lead among defensemen with 30 points.

The victory was the first in six tries for Cincinnati in Houston since the Aeros joined the AHL from the now-defunct IHL in 2001.

Cincinnati021-3
Houston001-1

Second period: 1. Cin, Perrault 7 (Pohanka), 13:46. 2. Cin, Parenteau 8 (Hankinson, Aucoin), 15:24.

Third period: 3. Cin, Aucoin 12 (Parenteau, Armstrong), 0:44 (ppg). 4. Hou, Veilleux 8 (Heid, Mitchell), 9:59.

Shots on goal: Cin 5-7-7=19; Hou 8-12-6=26.

Power plays: Cin 1-for-2; Hou 0-for-6. Goaltenders: Cin, Bryzgalov (26 shots, 25 saves; record 16-14-5); Hou, Holmqvist (19-16; 13-18-5). A: 3,676. Records: Cin 18-19-7-1; Hou 15-20-9-3.

Women's basketball

MIAMI WINS: Princeton grad Kim Lancaster, making her first start in 45 games, scored 25 points to lift first-place Miami past Marshall 78-70 in a Mid-American Conference game. Amanda Jackson scored 17 points and Melanie Kozlowski 10 for Miami (11-6, 5-1 MAC East). Catie Knable and Modupe Ishola led Marshall (11-7, 3-4) with 10 points each.

College football

LORENZEN UPDATE: Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen (Highlands) will participate in the Capital One All-Star Challenge Friday at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Others include Tennessee QB Casey Clausen, Michigan State QB Jeff Smoker, Michigan QB John Navarre, Texas WR Roy Williams, Notre Dame RB Julius Jones, Washington WR Reggie Williams and Michigan RB Chris Perry.

The eight players are split into four teams of two players each - one quarterback and one running back or wide receiver. There are four separate contests within the challenge, leading to a cumulative score and one winning team. It will air at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on Fox Sports Net.

Tennis

DAVIS CUP: Andy Roddick and Robby Ginepri were picked by captain Patrick McEnroe to play singles for the United States against Austria in the first round of the best-of-5 series Feb. 6-8.

Also selected were twins Bob and Mike Bryan to play doubles, and Mardy Fish as a backup singles player.

Golf

FRENCH TO SEE WIE: Amateur sensation Michelle Wie, 14, accepted an invitation to play in the LPGA $2.6 million Evian Masters July 21-24 this summer in the French Alps. Defending champion Juli Inkster and Annika Sorenstam, the world's No. 1 player, also will play.

Wie missed the cut by one stroke this month in the PGA Tour's Sony Open.

DAVIES VS. MEN: Laura Davies will play in the men's ANZ Championship Feb. 12-15 at Sydney, Australia, marking the first appearance by a female in an event sanctioned by the European and Australasian tour.

HAAS DIES: Fred Haas, whose five PGA Tour victories included one that stopped Byron Nelson's record winning streak, has died in Louisiana. He was 88.




COLLEGE BASKETBALL
New C-USA could help East Carolina
Dow: Matta getting first taste of sour season
Hurricanes getting a rise out of Winton Woods' Hite
Starting or coming off bench suits Miami's Seals
Smith wants more running from Wildcats
Kane: Local women's basketball column
Pitino's condition not life-threatening
Top 25: IU stuns No. 21 Purdue behind Moye, Wilmont

SUPER BOWL XXXVIII
Daugherty: Brady has charmed life
Patriots epitomize meaning of team
Lewis says DBs to play big roles
The good, the bad and the silly at Media Day
Ohio native reaches big dance
Reject gets second chance as Pats' long snapper
McAllister's injury clears Pro Bowl spot for Alexander

PREP SPORTS
Elder prevails over neighborhood rival
No. 7 Dixie Heights swats No. 4 Holmes
Lancers sit atop state poll
Tuesday's boys games
Tuesday's girls games
Prep sports results, schedules

BASEBALL
Reds sign catcher
Top minor leaguer to be announced
Boone flap continues
Sasaki terminates M's contract

AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS
Clijsters overcomes sore ankle, Myskina
An Australian Open in March?

NBA
O'Brien resigns as coach of second-place Celtics
Scott takes high road out of New Jersey

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