Saturday, February 21, 2004

Sports digest

Toronto's Valiquette shuts out AHL Ducks

The Enquirer and wire reports

Toronto Roadrunner Stephen Valiquette stopped 32 shots to blank the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks Friday in an AHL game in Toronto.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 17 of the 18 shots he faced for Cincinnati, which lost its second straight game and fell to 7-14-2-0 away from home.


Second period: 1. Tor, Luoma 3 (Roche, Winchester), 14:42 (ppg).

Third period: 2, Tor, McAslan 8 (Allen, Hinz), 19:46 (eng).

Shots on goal: Cin 10-10-12=32; Tor 8-7-4=19. Power play opportunities: Cin 0-for-2; Tor 1-for-2. Goaltenders: Cin, Bryzgalov (18 shots, 17 saves, 1 eng; record 19-16-4); Tor, Valiquette (32-32; 10-14-5). A: 3,691. Records: Cin 21-24-7-1; Tor 23-24-8-2.

FRIDAY IN THE NHL: Roberto Luongo stopped 34 shots for his 20th career shutout and the Florida Panthers ran Pittsburgh's NHL-record home losing streak to 13 games, winning 2-0 Friday night.

• Red Wings 5, Blues 1: Henrik Zetterberg had two power-play goals and an assist. Ray Whitney had a goal and two assists, Kirk Maltby and Darren McCarty got the other goals for the Wings. Brett Hull added two assists for Detroit, which has won six of its last seven.

THRASHERS: Winger Slava Kozlov was placed on injured reserve with a sprained shoulder.

AVS GET BOUGHNER: Colorado acquired former Cincinnati Cyclones defenseman Bob Boughner, 32, from Carolina for a third-round draft pick and the rights to prospect Chris Bahen.

Horse racing

TURFWAY PARK: The Florence track will offer two $50,000 stakes races today, the Dust Commander and the Valdale.

Ask the Lord, 7, heads the Dust Commander field for older horses. The Bernie Flint trainee reeled off three wins in a row, including an $80,000 allowance optional claiming race at Churchill Downs and the Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway, before finishing fifth in a lesser test at Oaklawn Park last month.

Rafael Bejarano, leading the nation by wins with 74, was aboard Ask the Lord in the Prairie Bayou in December and gets the call again.

Tarrah Trick heads the Valdale field for 3-year-old fillies. She is 2-for-2 lifetime, both at Turfway.


OHIO STATE GOLF: Senior Kevin Hall (St. Rita School for the Deaf and Winton Woods) was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week after leading the Buckeyes to a third-place finish among squads and finishing tied for seventh individually at the 2004 Matlock Classic Feb 16-17 in Lakeland, Fla. Hall is the reigning Cincinnati Met Amateur champion.


ABN AMRO: Tim Henman upset Roger Federer 6-3, 7-6 (9) in the quarterfinals at Rotterdam, improving to 6-1 lifetime against the world's top-ranked player.

Henman also ended Federer's career-best 16-match winning streak, during which he earned the Australian Open title and the No. 1 ranking. Henman, seeded fifth, will face sixth-seeded Lleyton Hewitt and defending champ Max Mirnyi s plays No. 2 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the semifinals.

DIAMOND GAMES: Kim Clijsters beat Magdalena Maleeva 7-6 (2), 6-2 to advance to the semifinals in Antwerp. The world No. 2 will play Myriam Casanova, who beat Klara Koukalova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Silvia Farina Elia advanced after fifth-seeded Patty Schnyder withdrew with a groin injury trailing 7-6 (6), 1-0. Elia faces Karolina Sprem, who defeated Denisa Chladkova 6-4, 6-3.

ST. JUDE CLASSIC: Second-seeded Mardy Fish edged Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals against Joachim Johansson in Memphis. The eighth-seeded Nicolas Kiefer also advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jan-Michael Gambill.

Top-seeded Vera Zvonareva overcame a slow start before moving to today's final with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory over Maria Sharapova.

Special Section

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Lancers' offense cools without Orr
Hard-fought win clinches GMC title for Hamilton
Thomas is named McDonald's All-American
Friday's other games
Football: Tripleheader on schedule for Paul Brown Stadium
Swimming: St. X wins team title; Browning pulls upset
Wrestling: No surprises here - Moeller puts 11 into semis
Prep sports results, schedules

Lewis hints starting QB job will be Palmer's
Dillon's home remains with Cincinnati - for now
Fitzgerald never doubted he could play with the big guys

Mattox wants to earn his place on Reds' 25-man roster
Hudson hopeful he can pitch
Robinson ready to give Expos a few more good years
Cardinals make Pujols member of $100M club

Bracket Buster does mid-majors no favors
Tipoff Page notebook
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Muskies put 5-game winning streak on line
Auburn's Ellis knows UK still team to beat
RedHawks on roll, with flaws and all
Van Breda Kolff claims wrongful dismissal
UC wins without suspended Merrill

Newman wins pole again at 'The Rock'
Earnhardt grows weary of queries about dad

NBA: New Jersey wins now coming by the dozen
Daly's 10-under within striking distance of lead
Siler, Warren win finals at Olympic Team Trials
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