Monday, July 19, 2004

Sports digest


Big O introduces line of sausage and bacon

The Enquirer and wire reports

INDIANAPOLIS - Oscar Robertson sold plenty of tickets when he starred in the NBA. Now, he's hoping that star power will help him sell a line of meat products.

The 'Big O' has partnered with Indianapolis-based Marsh Supermarkets to sell a line of bacon and sausage products bearing his name.

Products from his Cincinnati-based company, Oscar Robertson Foods, include smoked sausage as well as ranch, peppered ranch and hickory smoked bacon. Chicago-based Peer Foods produces the meat.

Indianapolis-area Marsh stores have been carrying the products for about a week.

"This is just the first step," Robertson said. "We want to sell it across the country."

Marsh operates 200 supermarkets and convenience stores under various names in Indiana and Ohio.

"It's a special treat for Marsh Supermarkets to be working with a man whose name stands for top quality in both basketball and meat products," Marsh Chief Executive Officer David Marsh said in a news release.

Robertson was Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 1956 after starring for two-time state champion Crispus Attucks High School.

He played at Cincinnati and then 14 years in the NBA with the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks.

L.A. victory thrills Haas after ordeal of surgeries

Tommy Haas had modest goals coming into this year after shoulder surgeries sidelined him from pro tennis for 16 months.

He wanted to get back into the top 100 and win a tournament.

He's done both.

Haas defeated Nicolas Kiefer 7-6 (6), 6-4 to win the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles on Sunday night in the first all-German ATP Tour final in 10 years.

"I lifted a trophy again, which is such an unbelievable moment for me," said Haas, who sank to his knees after hitting a backhand winner on match point. "Little titles like this are important to me. I'm sure a few people didn't believe me coming back. Not that I care.

"It's just proof if you believe in yourself, fight hard and have a good group of people around you, it's possible to have some success."

BANK OF THE WEST: Lindsay Davenport held off Venus Williams 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (4) to win her third Stanford title. Davenport snapped a six-match losing streak to Williams in their 23rd meeting - and possibly the best.

Hockey

WHA DRAFTS TEEN STAR: Sidney Crosby of the Rimouski Oceanic was the first overall pick in the fledgling World Hockey Association's amateur draft. Crosby, 16, was taken by Toronto. He'll likely be the top pick in next year's NHL entry draft.

Crosby could be tracing Wayne Gretzky's path to stardom if the WHA gets off the ground. At age 17 in the 1977-78 season, Gretzky played for the Indianapolis Racers of the original WHA. A year later, he an NHL star as a rookie with Edmonton.

Gretzky has said Crosby could be the player who breaks his scoring records.

Crosby, a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in scoring last year with 54 goals and 81 assists in 59 games and represented Canada at the world junior championship.

ROLLER HOCKEY: Top-seeded Tour Bordercats from Michigan blanked second-seeded Team Mission Detroit Black 2-0 in the girls' final of the two-week North America Roller Hockey Championship at Sports Plus in Evendale.

NARCh competition is free and open to the public. For daily results, log onto www.narch.com.

Horse racing

RIVER DOWNS: Judy Wagner won the 2001 National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas and collected $100,000 for her betting savvy. On Sunday, she became eligible to return to that tournament by winning the final race in a two-day handicapping contest.

Wagner, who runs a travel agency in New Orleans, will represent RD in the Daily Racing Form-National Thoroughbred Racing Association Vegas Handicapping Championship at Bally's Casino in January 2005.

• Nancy and Bruce Hudson's Bug Hunter repelled several challenges to prevail by a half-length in the $40,000 Hoover Stakes for Ohio-bred 2-year-olds.

Amateur golf

GCGA SENIOR MET: Gordon Willinswill defend his championship in the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association's Senior Metropolitan tournament today and Tuesday at Walden Ponds Golf Club.

Other past champ in the field: Bruce Rotte (2002, '01), Bill Dorece (1999, '98), Edgar Bradley (1997, '96), Ed Heimann (1995, '94) and Denny Straley (1991, '90).

U.S. JUNIOR BOYS: Alex Volpenhein of Edgewood, Ky., Alex Martin of Middletown, Michael Beausejour of Cincinnati and Travis Allread of Fairfield will compete in this week's 57th annual championship at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.




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