Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Sports digest


Cops probe Bertuzzi's attack on Avs' Moore

The Enquirer and wire reports

Colorado forward Steve Moore will miss the rest of the season with a broken neck, the result of a sucker punch from Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi that is being investigated by police.

Moore also sustained a concussion and deep cuts on his face, and he will remain hospitalized in Vancouver.

"There's no room in our game for that," Colorado coach Tony Granato said.

Bertuzzi, an All-Star forward, slugged Moore in the side of the head in Monday's 9-2 Colorado win. He was suspended indefinitely pending a hearing at the NHL office in Toronto today.

Bertuzzi hit Moore from behind and drove his head into the ice. Moore landed face-first - with the 245-pound Bertuzzi on top of him - and lay in a pool of blood for several minutes before he was removed on a stretcher.

TUESDAY IN THE NHL: John LeClair had a goal and two assists, and the Philadelphia Flyers opened a seven-point lead over New Jersey in the Atlantic Division with a 3-1 victory over the Devils.

• Penguins 4, Stars 0: Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 45 shots for his sixth career shutout, and Pittsburgh snapped Dallas' nine-game unbeaten streak.

• Rangers 2, Thrashers 0: Jaromir Jagr scored in the first period, and Mike Dunham recorded his second shutout of the season.

• Leafs 5, Panthers 0: Ed Belfour made 15 saves for his seventh shutout of the season and 72nd of his career, and Gary Roberts scored twice. Ron Francis, acquired by Toronto from Carolina, arrived during the first period and watched.

• Blues 3, Isles 2: Pavol Demitra scored his 21st goal 1:01 into overtime.

• Bruins 3, Predators 2: Joe Thornton scored his second goal with 1:52 left.

RED WINGS: Center Robert Lang, among the NHL leaders with 78 points, will be sidelined up to four weeks with a cracked rib.

AHL MIGHTY DUCKS: Cincinnati recalled goaltender Eddy Ferhi from San Diego of the ECHL and assigned left wing Brian Gornick, defenseman Andy Reierson and goaltender Trevor Koenig to San Diego.

Cincinnati also was assigned left wing Michael Holmqvist by Anaheim.

MIAMI HOCKEY: Freshman wingers Matt Christie and Marty Guerin, benefiting from playing on the first forward line with captain Derek Edwardson, join four others on the Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Rookie Team after tying for fourth on the No. 9 RedHawks in points with 30.

Christie and Guerin are the first MU duo to earn all-rookie honors since Craig Fisher and Ken House in the 1988-89 season.

Miami finished second in the CCHA for the second time in four years and will host a best-of-3 first-round series - for the third time in four years - against Lake Superior at 7:35 p.m. Friday, Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday at Goggin Arena.

High school football

FINNEYTOWN: Dave Brossart has been named coach at Finneytown, athletic director Chuck Grosser announced. Brossart has spent the past five years as an assistant coach at Indian Hill. He played at Beechwood (Ky.) in the late 1980s and then at Wittenberg from 1991-94. Brossart replaces Bruce Dixon, who resigned after the 2003 season.

COLLEGE SIGNING: Reading wideout Adam Blevins, who holds all the school's major receiving records, signed with Morehead State. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder twice was named first-team all-state in Division IV.

Horse racing

TABASCO CAT DEAD: Tabasco Cat, 1994 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner, died in Japan of a heart attack. Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, the horse was retired with eight wins in 18 starts and $2,347,671 earnings. The horse was 13 years old.




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