Sunday, July 18, 2004

Sports digest


Gildon reportedly signing with Bills

The Enquirer and wire reports

Free agent linebacker Jason Gildon, who was being courted by the Bengals, has reached agreement with the Bills on a one-year deal worth $1.25 million, according to the Buffalo News.

Gildon, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers in June for salary cap reasons.

High school football

RAY RETIRING: Covington Catholic's Lynn Ray, 57, is retiring as head coach at the end of the 2004 season. Ray enters his 30th season as CovCath's coach with a 224-126 record and five Class AAA state championships.

Hockey

HURRICANES: Kevyn Adams, Miami University's only NHL first-round draft, and former Cincinnati Cyclones standout winger Erik Cole were among 67 restricted free agents to file for arbitration. They were instrumental in Carolina's run to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals.

MIGHTY DUCKS: Cincinnati right wing Michael Holmqvist signed a one-year contract with Anaheim.

Holmqvist, a former first-round draft choice, appeared in 24 games with Cincinnati in 2003-04, recording seven goals and seven assists. The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder also appeared in 21 games with Anaheim, scoring two goals.

WHA DRAFT: With a labor dispute threatening to postpone the NHL season, several star players were selected in the World Hockey Association's free agent draft. Philadelphia forward Simon Gagne was selected first by the Quebec franchise.

Teams drafting top players did so in the hopes the NHL season is wiped out.

ROLLER HOCKEY: New York's Mission Snipers defeated Cincinnati's Skatetown Swords 2-1 and California's Nor Cal Blackhawks 4-1 in the 8-and-under division of the North American Roller Hockey Championship at Sports Plus in Evendale.

The championship is at noon Monday.

In the girls' division, the fourth-seeded Cincinnati Eagles play Team Mission Detroit at 8 a.m. today. The championship follows at 8:40 a.m. For daily results, click on www.narch.com.

Baseball

FREEDOM LOSE: The Florence Freedom lost 4-2 to Evansville in a Frontier League game. The Otters' Jeremy Lewis pitched seven innings for the victory.

Tennis

BANK OF THE WEST: Top-seeded Venus Williams overpowered Amy Frazier for a 6-3, 6-1 win to reach the final against the winner between second-seeded Lindsay Davenport and Maria Vento-Kabchi late Saturday night.

MERCEDES-BENZ CUP: Tommy Haas defeated Cyril Saulnier 7-5, 7-5 in the semifinals Los Angeles, setting up the tournament's first final between unseeded players since 1973.

Haas will play Nicolas Kiefer or wild card Jeff Morrison, who were to meet in the late semifinal at UCLA.

• Andre Agassi withdrew from the RCA Championships in Indianapolis to rest before the U.S. Open.

Harness racing

MEADOWLANDS PACE: Holborn Hanover scored the biggest upset in the history of the Meadowlands Pace, charging up the inside of the pylons to win the $1 million race at odds of 58-1.

Holborn Hanover paced the mile 1:49 to beat favored Timesareachanging by three-quarters of a length.

Boxing

ALI WINS: Laila Ali (17-0, 13 knockouts), Muhammad Ali's daughter, easily defended her International Boxing Association super middleweight title, stopping Nikki Eplion (12-2-2) at 1:30 of the fourth round in Bowie, Md.




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