Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Sports digest


NBA Bobcats to play Cavs at UD Arena on Oct.20

The Enquirer and wire reports

The Charlotte Bobcats, with second overall draft choice Emeka Okafor from the NCAA champ Connecticut Huskies, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, with NBA Rookie of the Year and Olympian LeBron James, will play a preseason game Oct. 20 at University of Dayton Arena.

Tickets prices start at $15.

Horse racing

RIVER DOWNS: Dean Sarvis, 36, won his first meet riding title with a "modern" track-record 84 victories at the just concluded Turf Club meet, eclipsing the 17-year-old record of 80 wins set by Steve Neff. Sarvis will aim for the overall summer record of 140 wins by Neff in 1987. Joe Woodard and Billy Hays won their second trainer and owner titles, respectively.

High schools

WILMS BENEFIT: The Craig Wilms benefit, a poker tournament, will be July 17 (noon-8 p.m.) at Blue Ash Civic League hall. Wilms, a Sycamore High assistant wrestling coach, recently was injured in a car accident.

Half the proceeds will be paid to Wilms. For information contact Jim Weeks, 227-8327 or weeks_j@stcatharinesiena.org. The accident was caused by a brain tumor, which caused Wilms to have a seizure. He was left partially paralyzed on his right side. He has lost control of his speech.

Hockey

BLUE JACKETS: Veteran left wing Geoff Sanderson, 32, is back with Columbus.

The Blue Jackets claimed Sanderson - the franchise's all-time leading goal scorer and point producer - off waivers from Vancouver.

MIGHTY DUCKS: Anaheim agreed to terms on a two-year contract with center Andy McDonald, who began his pro career in Cincinnati. McDonald had nine goals and 21 assists in 79 games last season. He signed as a free agent in 2000.

MIAMI REDHAWKS: Incoming freshman forward Ryan Jones was selected in the fourth round (111th overall) of the NHL entry draft.

Jones joins sophomores Joe Cooper (219th, Ottawa) and Matt Christie (236th, Anaheim) as RedHawks drafted Sunday. It marks the first time in program history three RedHawks were taken in the same draft.

Cooper scored one goal last season for Miami.

"We like (Cooper's) skating; we like his character," Ottawa scout Frank Jay. "We're very comfortable that those (offensive) numbers will improve in his next three years at Miami. He's a very solid all-around player."

Colleges

UC SOCCER: Former Bearcats standout Tim Brown signed a three-year contract with the Richmond Kickers of the pro A-League.

"It's a good setup," Brown said. "I think this is a significant jump from college competition, and I am excited about the chance to play on the next level. I am hoping to use this opportunity as a launching pad to a long professional career."

Brown finished his UC career last fall as the team's second leading scorer with 15 points, including six goals. He earned first-team All-Conference USA and Academic All-America honors.

Elsewhere

DRAG RACING DEATH: Darrell Russell, 35, died Sunday after his car broke up while traveling about 300 mph and burst into flames during an NHRA Top Fuel race at Gateway Raceway in Madison, Ill.

COURTS: An arrest warrant has been issued for former NFL receiver Andre Rison, who owes $184,787 in two states for overdue child support payments, attorney's fees and interest.

• Former World Boxing Association flyweight champion Eric Morel and two of his relatives were charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 2002.




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