Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Sports digest

Palmer, Esiason in QB competition

The Enquirer and wire reports

Bengals starter Carson Palmer will be among players participating in the 998 Sports NFL Quarterback Challenge, which will be broadcast by CBS Sports at 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Former Bengal Boomer Esiason will join a group of NFL greats who also will be featured in the event.

Oldie Gerwin on target for his 3rd Ohio Am win

Robert Gerwin, a comparative senior citizen at 37, is back in his accustomed spot in front of the pack at the Ohio Amateur.

The two-time Am champion from Cincinnati holed a wedge shot for an eagle and almost had a double-eagle in a 6-under-par 66 to take a two-shot lead Tuesday in the opening round of the 98th Ohio Amateur at Columbus Country Club.

Gerwin, a condominium developer, won the 1996 Ohio Am at Miami Valley in Dayton and then duplicated the feat in 2001 at The Heritage Club in Mason.

"The putting surfaces here are like Miami Valley, but this is a tighter golf course that requires more decision-making from the tee," Gerwin said. "It's a good course for us old guys, because you don't hit driver a lot, and you have to be a little more disciplined."

He'll be chasing history. Only four players have won as many as three Ohio Ams, and none won after 1950 or competed in medal play against a large field.

USGA PUBLINX: Danny Green , 47, of Jackson , Tenn., set a USGA and U.S. Amateur Public Links 36-hole stroke-play record of 13-under-par 131 to win medalist honors at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minn.

The first round of match play begins today with the 36-hole championship match set for Saturday.

Horse racing

RIVER DOWNS: Jockey Hector Rosario Jr., 22, was thrown from his mount in the second race and suffered a separated shoulder and concussion. Rosario, who is the third-leading rider at RD, was sent to University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment and was released.

His mount, Painted Dancer, bobbled going into the turn between two horses and threw Rosario over his neck. Painted Dancer was unhurt.

Rosario won the track's meet riding title in 2001.

"He could be out for a week or a month," his agent, Tom Clark Sr., said. "It's too bad; he was just getting hot."

--Jane Prendergast

Area colleges

THOMAS MORE: Women's basketball coach Brian Neal announced that Boone County grad Christian Stefanopoulos is transferring to TMC from Austin Peay, where she averaged 2.0 points and 1.4 rebounds the last two seasons as a backup point guard. She averaged 14 points, five assists and 2.3 rebounds as a senior for top-ranked Boone County.

MIAMI HOCKEY: The RedHawks will return to WOXY-FM (97.7) for the first time since the 1996-97 season. The new owners of the station, First Broadcasting Investors, said the first broadcast on WOXY will be against Boston University at the Lefty McFadden Invitational Oct. 8 at 7:35 p.m. in the Nutter Center. Dave Allen will return for a third season as play-by-play broadcaster.


BLUE JACKETS: Columbus will play eight exhibition games prior to the 2004-05 season, including home and road dates with Chicago, Nashville and Pittsburgh:

Sept. 24, Buffalo, at Rochester, N.Y., 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 26, at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Sept. 29, Chicago, 7 p.m.

Oct. 1, Nashville, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2, at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Oct. 6, New York Rangers, 7 p.m.

Oct. 8, Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

Oct. 9, at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.


FOSTER AUTOGRAPH: Former Reds slugger George Foster will sign autographs Friday at The Home Depot in Lebanon from 4-6 p.m., and Saturday at The Home Depot in Florence from 9-11 a.m.

HURRICANE SUSPENDED: Miami cornerback Antrel Rolle was suspended indefinitely by coach Larry Coker after being charged last weekend with battery on a police officer.

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