Sunday, September 19, 2004

Sports digest

Little Brown Jug draws winners of first two legs

Enquirer staff and wire reports

A total of 24 3-year-old pacers have been entered for Thursday's $571,500 Little Brown Jug, the third leg of pacing's triple crown, at Delaware, Ohio.

The second of the three eight-horse eliminations drawn includes Timesareachanging and Metropolitan. Timesareachanging is the 2-1 morning line favorite and drew post position No. 4 for trainer Brett Pelling and driver Ron Pierce.

The son of Cam's Card Shark has seven wins, five seconds, and one third in 14 trips to the post this year, with earnings of $780,220.

Timesareachanging finished in a dead heat with stablemate Western Terror in the final of the Cane Pace, the first leg of the pacing triple. He was also second, one length behind Metropolitan in Tuesday's Messenger Stakes, the second leg.

Metropolitan will start from outside post No. 8 for trainer Chris Ryder and driver John Campbell. Metropolitan started from the rail in the Messenger and posted a wire-to-wire, 1:52 2/5 victory. Metropolitan has finished in the top three in eight of 11 starts this year.

Western Terror is the 2-1 choice in the opening elimination. Blissed Out tops the third elimination heat at 9-5 odds. The top three finishers in each elimination will advance to the second heat.


SIGNINGS: Oak Hills High senior guard Mike Kramer has made an oral commitment to Central Michigan University. The 6-foot-5 Kramer averaged six points and four rebounds last season. He considered 12 offers, Oak Hills coach Mike Price said.

• Northwest High senior Jeremy Chappell has given an oral commitment to Division I school Robert Morris University, coach by former Xavier assistant Mark Schmidt. The 6-foot-3 wing player averaged 22.6 points and 9.8 rebounds last season and was named Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal division player of the year in leading Northwest to the FAVC-C co-championship.


KINGS PLAYS TODAY: The Kings Comets (5-5, 3-4) host the Louisville Bulls (7-3, 4-2) at 3 p.m. today at Princeton High with a Mid-Continental Football League playoff berth on the line.


PGA TOUR: Bart Bryant matched the PGA Tour's lowest round of the year with a 10-under 60 to build a three-shot lead over Hunter Mahan in San Antonio.

Bryant's score broke the single-day course record on the La Cantera Golf Club course and left him at 16-under 194 after three rounds. The round tied the 60 shot by Robert Gamez in January at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

LPGA TOUR: Candie Kung shot a 4-under 68 to match Lorie Kane (69) at 7-under 137 for 36 holes, two strokes ahead of two-time defending champ Annika Sorenstam, Janice Moodie and Carin Koch with a round left at the Safeway Classic in Portland.


WISMILAK: U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and Marlene Weingartner rallied to semifinal victories and will meet for title in Bali, Indonesia.

CHINA OPEN: Marat Safin defeated Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-4 in the setting up an all-Russian final with Mikhail Youzhny in Beijing.


AHL GOES ON: The labor disruption in the NHL will have no discernible effect on the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and the AHL, which will see team training camps open next week, the preseason kick off Oct. 1 and the 69th regular season in league history get underway Oct. 13.

The AHL has its own collective bargaining agreement with its players' association - the PHPA - effective through 2007.

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