Sunday, February 22, 2004

Sports digest


Stuff, the tragic dragon

The Enquirer and wire reports

A man who attacked the Orlando Magic's mascot was charged Saturday with battery, disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer without violence. William Jeffrey Hawkins, 39, put Stuff the Magic Dragon in a chokehold Friday night in the waning moments of the Magic's 102-98 win over the Nuggets.

It took three stun gun shots to get the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Hawkins under control, to the point where he could be removed from his seat, Orlando police Lt. John O'Grady said. Hawkins was booked early Saturday, and his bail was set at $500, and he remained jailed. "Stuff was nearly snuffed," O'Grady said.

Bejarano, Ask the Lord capture Dust Commander

Even-money favorite Ask the Lord, 7, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, rallied from last place for a length victory in the Dust Commander Stakes on Saturday at Turfway Park

"It's typical of him to come from behind like that," winning trainer Bernard Flint said from his base at Oaklawn Park. "He's been doing it that way a long time. He always tries hard, and so does the kid (Bejarano)."

• In the co-featured Valdale Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, jockey Tony D'Amico guided Slewpy's Storm to an 8 1/2-length victory over Plumlake Lady. Even-money favorite Tarrah Trick was another length back in third.

Hockey

AHL DUCKS WIN IN OT: Joel Perrault scored 3:06 into overtime to lift Cincinnati to a 3-2 victory over the host Hamilton (Ont.) Bulldogs.

Tony Martensson scored twice in the third period for the Ducks, including the tying goal short-handed with 4:08 remaining in regulation.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 36 shots for his 20th victory of the season for Cincinnati, which snapped a two-game losing streak and won for just the eighth time in 24 tries away from home (8-14-2-0).

Cincinnati0021-3
Hamilton2000-2

First period: 1. Ham, Somervuori 11 (Plekanec, Hainsey), 3:17. 2. Ham, Perezhogin 13 (Cote, Olverstad), 4:39.

Third period: 3. Cin, Martensson 8 (Reierson), 4:06. 4. Cin, Martensson 9 (Perrault), 15:52 (shg).

Overtime: 5. Cin, Perrault 9 (Parenteau, O'Brien), 3:06.

Shots on goal: Cin 2-9-12-1=24; Ham 16-11-8-3=38. Power play opportunities: Cin 0-for-3; Hamilton 0-for-7. Goaltenders: Cin, Bryzgalov (38 shots, 36 saves; record 20-16-5); Ham, Michaud (24-21; 2-3-2). A: 5,312. Records: Cincinnati 22-24-7-1; Hamilton 30-16-7-4.

ECHL CYCLONES LOSE: Cincinnati fell to 21-32-3 after a 2-1 loss to the Wheeling Nailers on Saturday night at U.S. Bank Arena. Evan Cheverie scored a short-handed goal for Cincinnati.

SATURDAY IN NHL: Simon Gagne scored on a penalty shot with 1:01 left, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-4 win over the Atlanta Thrashers that snapped a three-game losing streak.

• Devils 7, Rangers 3: Scott Gomez scored two goals and added three assists for the second time in three games, and Patrick Elias had four points to lead New Jersey past the New York Rangers. Gomez had his first multigoal game of the season and tied his career-high with five points.

• Senators 2, Flames 1: Martin Havlat scored 2:26 into the third period.

• Islanders 4, Sabres 1: Shawn Bates and Adrian Aucoin each had a goal and assist. The Islanders moved two points ahead of Montreal for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

• Bruins 3, 'Canes 3: Brian Rolston scored with 7:19 left in the third period to enable Boston to tie. Glen Murray scored twice off assists from Joe Thornton.

Carolina's Ron Francis scored his 544th goal, tying Maurice Richard for 20th on the NHL's career list.

• Capitals 2, Panthers 2: Robert Lang scored his team-leading 28th goal and assisted on Sergei Gonchar's goal to help Washington tie.

• Leafs 5, Canadiens 4: Backup Mikael Tellqvist remained undefeated.

• Predators 8, Coyotes 2: Steve Sullivan had a goal and three assists.

COYOTES: Ladislav Nagy, club leading goal scorer with a career-high 24 in 55 games, will miss the rest of the season because of a wrist injury.

Tennis

KROGER ST. JUDE: Second-seeded Mardy Fish was beaten by Joachim Johansson 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals in Memphis. Johansson will face Nicolas Kiefer, who beat Thomas Enqvist 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal. Enqvist beat Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals 7-6 (8), 6-3.

• Top-seeded Vera Zvonareva fought off three match points to beat two-time defending champion Lisa Raymond 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the women's final.

DIAMOND GAMES: Kim Clijsters beat Myriam Casanova 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the final at Antwerp. Clijsters will face Silvia Farina Elia, who beat Karolina Sprem 6-4, 7-5.




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BASKETBALL
Bearcats exercise their survival skills
Daugherty: Hicks' hustle saves UC
White scores high on defensive effort
Xavier: Chalmers hits clutch layup
Sato praised for job guarding Dayton's top players
Despite injured hand, Fitch sparks UK to win
MU takes advantage of foul downpour
Hoosiers can't stop Buckeyes' inside game
Top 25: Stanford, St. Joe's still unbeaten
MU women narrowly escape upset bid by CMU
NBA: Frank still unbeaten as N.J. coach

BENGALS / NFL
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