Monday, April 12, 2004

Sports digest

Report: Bengals nab Gardener

Staff/Wire reports

Daryl Gardener (92) used to play for Marvin Lewis with the Redskins before spending last season in Denver.
(AP/file photo)
The Denver Post reported Sunday that the Bengals have reached an agreement with defensive tackle Daryl Gardener on a four-year, $9.3 million contract, and that the deal will be announced this week.

The Post said Gardener will be released by the Broncos June 1, at which time he will officially be allowed to sign with Cincinnati.

Gardener would help bolster the defensive line. The Bengals earlier released former starting tackle Oliver Gibson.

Ducks open AHL playoffs Thursday in Houston

The American Hockey League on Sunday announced the schedule for the West Division best-of-3 Calder Cup qualifying round series between the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and the Houston Aeros. All games in the series, beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, will be played at Houston's Toyota Center and will be broadcast by WCKY-AM (1360).

The Ducks went 3-2-3-0 against the Aeros during the regular season, including 1-1-2-0 in Houston.

College Hockey

FROZEN FOUR: Denver used the stellar goaltending of tournament most outstanding player Adam Berkhoel and a first-period power play goal by Gabe Gauthier to defeat Maine 1-0 Saturday night at Boston's Fleet Center to win the Division I national championship.

Pioneers coach George Gwozdecky became the first person to win NCAA titles as a head coach, assistant coach (Michigan State, 1986) and player (Wisconsin, 1977). Gwozdecky also coached the Miami RedHawks to the 1992-93 CCHA regular-season championship and the school's first NCAA Tournament berth.

Denver defeated Miami 3-2 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo., and won the Miami-hosted, season-opening Lefty McFadden Tournament at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, defeating St. Lawrence in the championship game and Ohio State in the first round.


BAUSCH & LOMB: Lindsay Davenport defeated Amelie Maueresmo 6-4, 6-4 at Amelia Island, Fla., for her 40th WTA Tour title. Davenport is just the 10th woman with that many tournament victories, and her $93,000 winner's check pushed her over $17 million in career earnings. Only Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis have won more money in women's tennis.

AGASSI'S SCHEDULE: Andre Agassi will compete in an Austrian tournament May 16-22 as part of his preparation for the French Open.


ADU ALMOST SCORES: D.C. United's Freddy Adu, 14, had a shot at being the hero Saturday night, but Los Angeles Galaxy goaltender Kevin Hartman blocked the phenom's first pro shot and preserved a 1-1 tie at Carson, Calif.


KLITSCHKO FALLS: Wladimir Klitschko, a 6-foot-6 Ukrainian, was knocked out for the second time in his last four fights, by Lamon Brewster, Saturday night in Las Vegas. Brewster came off the canvas to land a pair of smashing left hooks to turn the fight around in the fifth round, then won in bizarre fashion after the bell sounded to end the round when referee Robert Byrd waved the fight to an end.

Auto racing

FAST OCTOGENARIAN: Margaret Ringenberg spent most of her younger days speeding through the skies in military airplanes. With help from a few friends and organizations, the 82-year-old pilot from Fort Wayne took her love of all things speedy to the asphalt of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Never Too Late, an Indianapolis elder wish-fulfilling foundation, and Sinden Racing Service on Saturday gave Ringenberg the chance to live out one of her remaining unfulfilled fantasies - to fly on land. "I like ...," she said, , "things that go fast."

She should know. Ringenberg ferried military planes across the country during World War II before serving as a flight instructor and competing in numerous air races, including an around-the-world race at age 72.

Her adventures earned her a chapter in Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation, a book documenting heroes of the World War II era.

Schmidt gets first win as manager

Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt got his first win as a minor league manager when the Clearwater (Fla.) Threshers beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 9-3 Sunday in the Florida State League. Schmidt's team had lost its first three games by scores of 14-11, 12-2 and 8-1. "I've got the ball, got my lineup card from the dugout," Schmidt said. "Now I get to go to Philly with a win."

He left for the Phillies' first game at Citizens Bank Park, today against Cincinnati. "I'll be excited to see it," he said. "They tell me I have got a statue up there, and I am going to see that."

Synchro swimmer endorsed by USOC

Tammy Crow, the Santa Clara synchronized swimmer who pleaded no contest in connection with a 2003 car accident in San Jose that killed two people, received a significant endorsement from the U.S. Olympic Committee in her bid to compete in the Athens Olympics.

The USOC's Executive Committee announced that there was no legal reason it should not submit Crow's name to be a member of the Athens Olympic squad. Although one more hurdle - formal USOC approval - remains, it appears that Crow, 27, will be allowed to participate in the Olympics.

Reds say foundation in place
Photos of Sunday's game
Relievers leave club stress-free
Kearns finally gets bat, ball to meet
Reds at Phillies series preview
Ephedra ban begins today
NL: Wood stymies Braves
AL: Ortiz bomb stops Jays in 12th
AAA: Louisville 12, Norfolk 3
Notes from Sunday's games

Daugherty: Fans share Lefty's joy
Just call him Major Mickelson - finally
Els is masterful, but it isn't enough
Another major comes and goes without Woods

For Cyclones, the plot took wrong twists
Kovalev's two goals pace Habs

Pacers-Celtics rematch set
After five years, Sixers' playoff run is finished

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