Saturday, May 8, 2004

Sports digest


Coles signs Pollitz twins for Miami basketball

Staff/Wire reports

Eric and Tim Pollitz, a pair of 6-foot-5 swingmen for Ohio Division II champion Ottawa-Glandorf, have signed with the Miami University men's basketball program, coach Charlie Coles announced.

The Pollitz twins join guards Chad Troyer of Seattle and Lawrence Ross of Battle Creek, Mich., in the 2004-05 freshman class. The Pollitz twins led Ottawa-Glandorf (27-1) to the program's first state title. During their four years, the Titans were 96-9.

Both earned first-team all-district and all-league honors and garnered second-team all-state accolades in 2004.

Eric ranks fifth all-time in scoring for the Titans with 1,220 points. He grabbed 517 rebounds. As a senior, Eric led the team with 3.4 assists per game and averaged 18.9 points and 7.4 rebounds.

Tim finished as the Titans' all-time leading scorer (1,693 points). He also became Ottawa-Glandorf's career rebounding leader (683). He averaged 20.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season.

NKU SOFTBALL: Sara Becker's sixth-inning single drove in Stephanie Leimbach with the go-ahead run and lifted the top-seeded and No. 5-ranked Norse to a 2-1 victory over Lewis University in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional.

The Norse (53-5) need just one victory today to win their first regional championship and a trip to the national finals in Altamonte Springs, Fla., May 13-16.

Horse racing

PREAKNESS STAKES: Set for the May 15 middle jewel of the Triple Crown are Kentucky Derby winner and runner-up Smarty Jones and Lion Heart, plus The Cliff's Edge, Borrego, Rock Hard Ten, Eddington and Water Cannon. Also: third-place finisher Imperialism, Derby Trial winner Sir Shackleton and Little Matth Man.

Little Matth Man finished seventh in the Wood Memorial in his last start. After winning the Whirlaway at Aqueduct in February, Little Matth Man was second in the John Battaglia Memorial and third in the Lane's End at Turfway Park.

BONUS PAYMENT: The connections of Smarty Jones will receive their record $5 million bonus Monday at Philadelphia Park for winning the Rebel Stakes, Arkansas Derby and Kentucky Derby. Roy and Patricia Chapman, Smarty Jones' owners, trainer John Servis and jockey Stewart Elliott will accept the award from Oaklawn Park owner Charles J. Cella.

JOCKEY OVERSIGHT: Elliott, 39, pleaded guilty to assault three years ago, but didn't disclose the information when applying for a license to ride at Churchill Downs. His failure to do so is unlikely to affect Elliott's winning ride aboard Smarty Jones in last week's Derby, though the rider could face disciplinary action, the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority said. It also raises questions about his riding status for Saturday's Preakness.

His agent, Ray Lopez, said Elliott made a mistake when filling out the form to ride in Kentucky. The form, a copy of which was obtained from the Kentucky racing authority, includes eight questions, one of which asks if the applicant has been arrested, indicted or convicted or has pleaded guilty to any criminal offense within 10 years.

Tennis

GERMAN OPEN: Jennifer Capriati beat a top-10 player for the first time this year to reach the semifinals in Berlin. Capriati beat No. 5 Anastasia Myskina 6-3, 6-2, and will meet Amelie Mauresmo for a spot in the final at the clay-court French Open tuneup. Venus Williams won her 14th straight match - her longest win streak since '01.

ITALIAN OPEN: Albert Costa, Carlos Moya, David Nalbandian and Mariano Zabaleta all reached the semifinals at the clay-court event in Rome with straight-set wins.

Blake injured in workout accident: James Blake slammed into the net post during practice in Rome and will be sidelined two to five weeks with head and spine injuries. The American was hurt chasing a drop shot Thursday, ATP spokesman Nicola Arzani said, and was expected to be released from the hospital in two or three days. The 43rd-ranked Blake could miss the May 24-June 6 French Open.

AHL player out for next season

An American Hockey League player was suspended through the end of next season for a two-handed, stick-swinging attack on an opponent. Hamilton (Ont.) forward Alexander Perezhogin, whose NHL rights belong to Montreal, received the longest suspension on record in AHL history. Perezhogin slammed his stick into the face of Cleveland defenseman Garrett Stafford, who was on his knees when he was hit, on April 30. Stafford needed 20 stitches and had a concussion.

CORRECTION

A story in the May 6 edition of the Enquirer should have included Walter Laufer as a Cincinnatian who is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.




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