Saturday, February 28, 2004

Sports digest


Sarajlija leads XU women past UD

The Enquirer and wire reports

Aida Sarajlija celebrated Senior Day with 11 points and 11 rebounds as Xavier defeated Dayton 62-50 Friday night at Cintas Center.

Xavier finished the regular season 16-11 overall and 8-8 in the Atlantic 10.

Tara Boothe led the Musketeers with 18 points and also grabbed eight rebounds.

Stefanie Miller scored 14 points for Dayton (3-24, 1-15).

C-USA tickets to go on sale

Single-session tickets for the Kelly Tires Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament, to be held March 10-13 at U.S. Bank Arena, go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. Tickets for Sessions 1-4 are $30 per session; tickets for Sessions 5-6 are $35 per session. The schedule: Session 1 - March 10, 1 and 3:30 p.m.; Session 2 - March 10, 7 and 9:30 p.m.; Session 3 - March 11 - 1 and 3:30 p.m.; Session 4 - March 11, 7 and 9:30 p.m.; Session 5 - March 12, 4:30 and 7 p.m.; Session 6 - March 13, 11:45 a.m.. Tickets can be purchased at the U.S. Bank Arena box office, and at Ticketmaster locations by calling (513) 562-4949 or by logging on to www.ticketmaster.com. For more on Conference USA, visit www.ConferenceUSA.com.

Was Big Red Italian jobbed?

Big Red, Western Kentucky University's mascot, is at the center of a copyright infringement lawsuit involving an Italian television show. WKU's licensing company, Crossland Enterprises, alleges that a character named Gabibbo on the Italian program Striscia la Notizia is a ripoff of the Hilltoppers' red blob mascot. The main difference is Big Red bears a Western Kentucky logo while Gabibbo wears a mock tuxedo. Gabibbo has been a popular TV character in Italy for more than a decade, and a CD of his songs topped the Italian charts in 1990. Big Red debuted in 1979.

Flying Pig ahead of pace

It was National Pig Day on Friday - a good time for Flying Pig Marathon officials to announce that registration for the race is up 9 percent from last year at this time. This year's race, set for May 2, has 4,580 runners registered vs. 3,986 at this point in 2003. Register at flyingpigmarathon.com.

UC, XU games snowed out

Heavy snow in North Carolina canceled games for both Xavier (0-4) and Cincinnati (1-5)'s baseball teams, so the teams will play a three-game series back at home this weekend. All three games will be played at XU's Hayden Field, with a doubleheader starting at noon today and a game at noon on Sunday.

CORRECTION

Madeira girls basketball player Jill Trenz's quote in Sports' Wednesday and Friday editions should have read, "Our motto is 'Fear none and respect all.' "

MIAMI HOCKEY: Western Michigan rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit to tie the No. 10 RedHawks 2-2 at Goggin Arena. The point enabled Miami to tie idle Michigan State in the CCHA standings with three regular-season games remaining.

Hockey

RED WINGS GET LANG: Center Robert Lang was dealt by Washington to Central Division-leading Detroit for winger Tomas Fleischmann and the Wings' first-round choice in the 2004 entry draft and a fourth-rounder n the 2006 entry draft.

Lang is tied with Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis with 74 points for the league scoring lead. He was signed by the Capitals from the Pittsburgh Penguins in July 2002, brought in to join former Pittsburgh teammate Jaromir Jagr. At the time, he won the richest free-agent contract ever given in the NHL - five years for $25 million.

• Thrashers 3, Devils 2: Dany Heatley scored on a power play with 5:48 to play, and Atlanta overcame the benching of leading scorer Ilya Kovalchuk. Garnet Exelby and Patrik Stefan also scored as the Thrashers ended a two-game losing streak and spoiled the 1,000th game for Devils coach Pat Burns.

AHL DUCKS TIE: Mike Peluso scored the tying goal in the second period to help the Philadelphia Phantoms skate to a 2-2 tie with the Mighty Ducks at Cincinnati Gardens. The Ducks took a 2-1 lead on goals by Keith Aucoin and Joel Stepp 22 seconds apart in the first period.

ECHL CYCLONES LOSE: The Wheeling Nailers, on goals by Brendon Hodge and Jake Ortmeyer, shut out Cincinnati for the second time this week, winning 2-0 in Wheeling. The Nailers are 7-2-0 against the Cyclones.

Horse racing

TURFWAY PARK: Trainer Greg Foley is hoping for deja vu plus one with Silver Minister, the only gelding in the field for today's $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes. Last year, Foley-trained Champali won the Turfway Prevue, WEBN Stakes and Battaglia before finishing third in the Lane's End Stakes.

Silver Minister enters the Battaglia - final local prep for the March 20 Lane's end - off three straight wins, including the Prevue and the mile-long WEBN. Rafael Bejarano, aboard Silver Minister for all three wins and the leading rider in the nation by wins, will again ride.

Other Kentucky Derby hopefuls in the Battaglia include White Mountain Boy, who puts a four-race winning streak on the line in his first venture outside Maryland; Capac and Minister Eric.

College football

COLORADO CASE: Gov. Bill Owens appointed Colorado's attorney general as a special prosecutor who will investigate the recruiting scandal at the University of Colorado, saying he wanted "no whitewash and no excuses."

Owens said school officials support the involvement of Attorney General Ken Salazar in a case that includes allegations of player rape and athletics officials who looked the other way.

Tennis

DUBAI OPEN: Defending champion Justin Henin-Hardenne beat Meghann Shaughnessy 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals, extending her record to 13-0 this year.

The top-ranked Belgian will play Russian teen Svetlana Kuznetsova for the title today. Kuznetsova upset fifth-seeded Ai Sugiyama 6-0, 7-5 in the other semifinal.




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Friday's boys games
Friday's girls games
Friday's Kentucky games
Indian Creek probes player's alleged prank
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Camels take first step toward title
Bombers maintain hold at top of team standings
Seitz leads charge; Stowers in the hunt
Prep sports results, schedules

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
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Madness arrives early as bubble teams abound
Q&A, Tipoff notebook
Catching up with... Cameron Mills
Bulls shedding reputation as MAC pushover
Arizona's Stoudamire back in lineup vs. WSU

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