Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Sports digest

Ducks add Cassivi, open camp at Gardens

Enquirer staff and wire reports

The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks have signed former Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender Frederic Cassivi and defensemen Andrew Canzanello, Ian Forbes and Kurtis Foster to AHL contracts for the 2004-05 season.

Cassivi, 29, appeared in 34 games with Chicago of the AHL last season, going 15-12-5 with a 2.57 goals-against average, one shutout and a .920 save percentage. He played for the IHL Cyclones in the 1998-99 season.

The Ducks also invited former Michigan State defenseman Chris Bogas to camp as a non-roster player.

The Ducks open training camp at 10 a.m. today in the Cincinnati Gardens.

COLLEGE: The Michigan Wolverines, last year's CCHA regular-season champions, garnered 10 first-place votes in the coaches' preseason poll and 48 first-place votes in the media poll. Michigan State, second in both polls, earned a pair of top-spot nods from the coaches and six from the media.

Miami, picked fourth by the coaches and third by the media, and Ohio State received the only other first-place media votes.

The others, in order, in the media poll: Notre Dame, Northern Michigan, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, Alaska Fairbanks, Ferris State, Lake Superior and Nebraska-Omaha.

Miami junior defenseman Andy Greene and sophomore forward Matt Christie were voted to the inaugural preseason all-conference first and second teams.

Miami plays Windsor at 2 p.m. Sunday in a preseason game at Goggin Arena.

NHL LOCKOUT: Dmitri Afanasenkov of the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning became the latest NHL player to head to Europe, returning home to Russia during the lockout. There are 174 NHL players in Europe, about 25 percent of the league's roster spots. Most of those players have clauses in their contracts that permit them to return to the NHL if the labor impasse ends in time to salvage a season.


REGIONAL EVENT: The Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau will debut the HIFIVE Cincy Challenge Oct. 15 at the Lebanon Sports Complex, Corwin Nixon Park, and Mason High School (finals only). The tournament will feature 160 boys' and girls' teams (ages 9-19) representing Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.

College basketball

SYRACUSE: Point guard Billy Edelin has been declared ineligible for academic reasons. Last season, he started the first 16 games, averaging 13.8 points and a team-high 5.4 assists before suddenly leaving the team for what coach Jim Boeheim termed "personal issues."

Edelin declined comment on the NCAA ruling, and Boeheim was not available.

The ruling is yet another setback for Edelin, a sophomore who was an integral part of the Orange's run to the national championship in April 2003.

At the very least, the ruling allows Boeheim to give freshman Josh Wright a long look at point guard. Wright was regarded as one of the country's top high school seniors last year.

WOMEN: The Division I Final Four will return to Indianapolis in 2011 as part of the association's long-term commitment to the city.

Horse racing

SARAVA RETIRED: Sarava, the surprise winner of the 2002 Belmont Stakes, was retired after re-injuring his right front leg. Sarava, trained by Kentuckian Ken McPeek until Bob Baffert took over a month after the Belmont, retires with three wins and three seconds in 17 starts and earned $773,832.


PLAYOFFS: Bethany Donaphin hit a turnaround jumper with .5 seconds left to lift the New York Liberty to a 66-64 victory over the defending champion Detroit Shock and into the Eastern Conference finals.

BIRD BREAKS NOSE: Seattle's Sue Bird will need surgery on her broken nose. Her status is uncertain for WNBA Western Conference finals opener Friday.


REFS SIGN: Referees entered into a five-year collective bargaining agreement with the NBA, removing the possibility of replacement officials working the season.

The staff of 62 officials will open their training camp Sunday, one week before the start of exhibition games.


DAVIS CUP SITE: Seville will host the Davis Cup final between Spain and the United States in December, with the matches played on a clay court. The best-of-5 series Dec. 3-5 will be at 22,000-seat Olympic Stadium.

FAMU FIRES PREXY: The president of Florida's historically black public university was fired after a little more than two-year tenure marked by a dispute over the school's football program and bookkeeping problems. Florida A&M board of trustees voted 9-4 to dismiss Fred Gainous effective Dec. 31.

Local colleges

Men's golf

Late Monday


Team Standings (19 teams): 1. Ferris State 286 289 575, T2. Wayne State 296 294 590, T2. Northern Kentucky286 304 590, 4. Indianapolis 302 292 594, 5. Findlay 294 301 595, 6. Northwood 297 300 597, T7. Grand Valley State 294 305 599, T7. Bellarmine 300 299 599, 9. Wisconsin-Parkside 303 297 600, 10. Gannon 303 298 601

NKU Individuals: T5. Ehlen 68-76-144; T14. Krahe 71-76-147; T26. Shearer 72-77-149; T55. Jewell 80-75-155; T55. Kessling 75-80-155


at Louisville

Team Standings: 1. Louisville 851, 2. Marquette 871, 3. Mississippi St. 877, 4. Illinois St. 883, 5. Ball St. 890, 6. Eastern Michigan 891, T7. Arkansas-Little Rock 893, T7. Wyoming 893, 9. Ohio 896, 10. Va. Commonwealth 899, T11. N. Carolina-Greensboro 901, T11. Austin Peay 901, T11. Miami 901, 14. Eastern Kentucky 902, T15. Arkansas 907, T15. Akron 907, T15. Tenn.-Chattanooga 907, T15. Oral Roberts 907, 19. Wofford 919.

Miami Individuals: T25. Matt Thomas 72-80-72-224; T50. Ben Smith 73-75-79-227; T61. Rob Davidge 75-75-78-228; T69. Ryan Swelin 71-78-80-229; T86. Jeff Blank 80-75-78-233.

Women's soccer

Wilmington 1, Wittenberg 1

Goals: Wil-Bulach, Wit-Fraley. Records: Wit 6-0-4, Wil 6-3-1.

Men's tennis

Xavier 5, Wright State 2

Singles: J. Miller (X) def. Jones 6-4, 7-6 (7-5); Koetter (WS) def. J.R. Randall 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; C. Smith (WS) def. J. Yeager 6-1, 7-6 (7-5); R. Simpson (X) def. Teufel 6-2, 6-3; B. Schubert (X) def. Sundersingh 6-0, 6-4; A. Shaeffer (X) def. Savino 6-1, 6-0

Doubles: Simpson/Yeager (X) def. Koetter/Smith 8-6; Jones/Teufel (WS) def. Randall/Reys 8-3; Miller/Trapp (X) def. Savino/ Dan Sundersingh 8-5


Thomas More (5-11) d. Wilmington (4-7) 30-15, 30-26, 30-22

Mount St. Joseph (11-3, 1-0 HCAC) d. Bluffton (7-11, 0-1) 30-14, 30-17, 30-21

Cincinnati (7-6) d. IUPUI (5-11) 30-24, 30-16, 30-23

Musketeers prepare for trip to Bahamas
6-10 center commits to Bearcats

UC pass rush fueled by Cole
Miami returns to hostile ground
OSU toys with offense
Sgt. Tony Dix enters his final football season
DiNardo frets IU sluggishness in second half
Willingham, Notre Dame are unfazed by being unranked

CovCath wins regional golf title
Sycamore edges Princeton to stay unbeaten
Colerain No. 1; St. X may move up
High school sports results, schedules

Bengals getting the runaround
Bengals don't offer contract to LB Ross
Eagles have attitude to go with talent
Winslow will miss rest of season
Desktop wallpaper: Smoky entrance

Mark Curnutte blog
Speak up in the Bengals forum

Hancock, homers hurt Chicago
Tendinitis sidelines Wagner
Baseball returning to Washington
Milford grad out for final series
NL: Bagwell hit lifts Astros to victory
AL: Red Sox continue gaining on Yankees

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