Monday, March 15, 2004

Sports digest

MU, OSU advance to 'The Joe' in CCHA

The Enquirer and wire reports

The No. 9-ranked Miami RedHawks and No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes disposed of Lake Superior State and Bowling Green 2-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association best-of-3 first-round series last weekend.

The sweeps send MU and OSU to Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for the CCHA Super Six this week. The RedHawks, who finished second in the league during the regular season, have a bye into the semifinal round Friday. This will be MU's first appearance in the semifinals since the 1996-97 season.

Ohio State, the fourth seed, will play a quarterfinal game Thursday at Joe Louis Arena against an opponent to be determined after the conclusion of Sunday night's first-round rubber matches between top-seeded Michigan and 12th-seeded Nebraska-Omaha, and Western Michigan (8) and Notre Dame (5), and after the teams are re-seeded.

Earlier, Michigan State (3) and Northern Michigan (7) joined MU and OSU in the Super Six. The tourney champion receives an automatic bid to the 16-team NCAA Tournament.

SUNDAY IN THE NHL: Avs forward Steve Moore, who suffered a broken neck when attacked by the Canucks' Todd Bertuzzi in a game March 8 in Vancouver, was flown back to Denver.

• Avalanche 4, Coyotes 1: Newcomer Matthew Barnaby scored the winning goal for the second straight game, and another recent acquisition, Tommy Salo, had 26 saves.

• Penguins 3, Flyers 3, OT: Simon Gagne took advantage of a puckhandling mistake by Pittsburgh and scored into an open net early in the third period.

• Kings 5, Mighty Ducks 1: Luc Robitaille, Trent Klatt and defenseman Nathan Dempsey each had a goal and two assists.

• Stars 4, Blackhawks 0: Ron Tugnutt made 26 saves for his first shutout this season and career 26th.

ECHL 'CLONES LOSE: The Alaska Aces defeated Cincinnati 4-2 late Saturday and snapped the Cyclones' three-game win streak, dropping Cincinnati to 24-37-3.

Horse racing

DERBY PREPS: Trainer Bob Baffert and owner Mike Pegram are back in the Kentucky Derby picture. They teamed to win the 1998 Derby with Real Quiet and have another contender in Preachinatthebar, winner of the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes by a nose over St Averil. Baffert has a trifecta of colts who are possible for the May 1 classic at Churchill Downs. Last week, Wimbledon won the Louisiana Derby, and Odds On finished sixth Sunday.

"It's like the Final Four. We're in the prelims right now," Baffert said. "This is where everybody starts getting off at the bus stop. I was just hoping we didn't have to get off today. He had to win today for him to convince me, and he did."

• After winning the 7-furlong Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 14, odds-on favorite Limehouse extended his success to two turns with a neck win over Mustanfar in the Tampa Bay Derby. Pat Day was aboard the winner for the first time.

GULFSTREAM PARK: Sightseek romped to a 7 1/2-length victory in the Rampart Handicap for fillies and mares.


U.S. WOMEN WIN: The U.S. women beat France 5-1 on the first day of the Algarve Cup in Portugal. This is the United States' ninth appearance in the Algarve Cup. They won it in 2000 and 2003. The 20-member U.S. roster includes 17 players who will compete in the Olympics.

Trail Sled Dog Race

IDITAROD: Kjetil Backen kept the slimmest of leads, arriving just a minute ahead of Mitch Seavey after stopping outside the Unalakleet checkpoint because one of his dogs collapsed and died.

Seeds: UK 1, UC 4, XU 7
Daugherty: Bandwagon jumpers look silly now
Seeds are planted, now for the games
Bracket breakdown
Women: UConn passed over for a top spot
Utah State and Colorado head NIT field
Cheer the Turtle: Terrapins win ACC
Remember Baylor?
Tournament Top 5's

UC heads north, but not far
Familiar faces square off in Bearcats' 1st-round game
XU gets Louisville in opener
Cardinals seek quick return to pre-injury form
Kentucky hits jackpot with top overall seed
Mountain Hawks, Rattlers no strangers to big-game pressure
SEC tourney goes routinely for Wildcats
Junior Hayes makes a complete recovery
Women's NIT: Miami, Xavier and UC in
Exclusion disappoints Louisville

So far, so good for Reds
Inside Reds camp
Vander Wal to rehab with club
Royals getting adjusted to new role as favorite
Dodgers suffer a loss

Defense remains work in progress
Owens decision expected by Tuesday

MND faces Final 4 for the ages
Prep sports schedules

Golf: Hamilton puts dramatic touch on unlikely win
Earnhardt leaves troubles, field behind
James, Cavaliers continue playoff push
Minus injured Duncan, Spurs stall against Kings
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Which Xavier win was bigger: UC when the Bearcats were ranked No. 1 or No. 1 St. Joseph's?