Sunday, February 29, 2004

Sports digest

'Minister,' Bejarano victorious in Battaglia

The Enquirer and wire reports

Silver Minister turned his home-field advantage into a 23/4-length win Saturday in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park. The 1 1/16-mile Battaglia is the final local prep for the Grade II $500,000 Lane's End Stakes on March 20.

Jockey Rafael Bejarano's win in the Battaglia was one of six on the 12-race card, the second time he has won six on a card during the winter-spring meeting.

Whirlaway Stakes winner Little Matth Man and previously unbeaten Maryland-bred White Mountain Boy were second and third.

Favorite Silver Minister, owned by Lloyd Madison Farms IV and trained by Greg Foley, paid $6.40.

Silver Minister, a Triple Crown nominee, has won four straight at Turfway after finishing second in his first two career races at Churchill Downs. He added the Battaglia to victories in the Turfway Prevue and WEBN Stakes, winning the three by a combined 13 lengths.


MIAMI HOCKEY WINS: The No. 10 RedHawks defeated Western Michigan 5-2, took over sole possession of second place and drew within two points of first-place Michigan in the CCHA.

Miami closes the regular season next weekend in a home-and-home series with No. 12 Ohio State.

XAVIER RIFLE: XU placed third, behind Kentucky and Army, in the Great America Rifle Conference Championship at West Point, N.Y. For the sixth year in a row, Xavier has qualified for the NCAA Championships, March 12 at Murray State.

SEC DIVING: Georgia's Emily Hunter (Indian Hill) finished second in the women's platform diving at the conference championships.

Pro hockey

AHL DUCKS LOSE: Michael Garnett stopped 28 shots to lead the Chicago Wolves to a 2-1 victory over Cincinnati at Allstate Arena.


Second period: 1. Chi, Swanson 11, 6:40 (shg). 2. Chi, Corso 11 (Piros, Hawgood), 8:22 (ppg). 3. Cin, Armstrong 7 (Aucoin, Chistov), 9:39.

Shots: Cin 10-12-7=29; Chi 13-11-5=29. Power plays Cin 0-for-4; Chi 1-for-7. Goalies: Cin, Bryzgalov (29 shots, 27 saves; record 20-19-6); Chi, Garnett (29-28; 5-1-1). A: 10,108. Records: Cin 22-27-8-1; Chi 30-20-7-3.

ECHL CYCLONES LOSE: Cincinnati finished the month of February 1-12-1 after a 3-0 loss in Wheeling. It marked the third straight time the Cyclones were shutout at WesBanco Arena.

 Bruins 3, Flyers 2, OT: Glen Murray scored 1:21 into overtime and Andrew Raycroft tied the most wins by a Boston rookie goaltender in 22 years. Boston is 9-1-3-3 in its last 16 games.

• Predators 2, Rangers 1, OT: Andrew Hutchinson scored a power-play goal 3:50 into overtime, and Nashville won its second straight victory and fifth in six games.

• Kings 2, Mighty Ducks 1: Luc Robitaille had a goal and an assist, and Derek Armstrong had two assists to lead Los Angeles.

• Leafs 3, Devils 0: Ed Belfour returned to the lineup after missing 11 of 12 games and made 17 saves for his sixth shutout of the season and 71st of his career.

• Senators 7, Sabres 1: Bryan Smolinski had a goal and two assists to help Ottawa beat Buffalo and move into a tie for the points lead in the NHL with Philadelphia.

• Habs 1, 'Canes 0, OT: Mike Ribeiro scored 3:38 into overtime. Jose Theodore made 18 saves for his sixth shutout of the season.

• Lightning 4, Capitals 2: Cory Stillman scored the go-ahead goal with 3:29 left.

• Jackets 5, Avs 4, OT: David Vyborny had a goal and four assists, including one on Jaroslav Spacek's one-timer 3:24 into overtime.


DUBAI OPEN: Justin Henin-Hardenne, 14-0 this year, won her second straight Dubai title, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 (3), 6-3. The top-ranked Belgian won third title in 2004, including the Australian Open, and 17th of her career.

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