Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Sports digest


Pairs skater can't recall fall, but will return to ice

Enquirer staff and wire reports

World champion pairs skater Tatiana Totmianina said Monday she still doesn't know what caused her to fall and suffer a concussion during a weekend skating program in Pittsburgh, though she says she doesn't fear going back on the ice.

"My head (is) in pain, my body (is) in pain, but I don't really know what happened," Totmianina said on CBS' "The Early Show."

Totmianina fell face-first Saturday night when partner Maxim Marinin was performing a one-handed lift during the free skating program at Skate America. She was taken to the hospital and was released Sunday.

Hockey

GOMEZ SIGNS WITH ECHL: New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez signed a $500-a-week contract with the minor-league Alaska Aces of the ECHL for the duration of the NHL lockout. Gomez, the NHL's rookie of the year in 2000, attended Anchorage East High. "It was a no-brainer," Gomez said. "Money's not everything."

Gomez makes his debut for the winless Aces (0-2-0) Friday against San Diego.

COLLEGE: The Ohio State Buckeyes' 4-0-0 start to conference play, including a home-and-home sweep of Miami last week, marks the first time they've begun CCHA action with four straight wins since the 1983-84 squad had a 10-0-0 mark.

That team finished tied for second in the CCHA standings with a 21-9-0 record. The formerly unranked Buckeyes advanced to No. 13 in the USCHO poll. Miami dropped four spots to 10th.

Colleges

MOUNT ST. JOSEPH: Elder graduates Andy Wellendorf, a junior wide receiver, and Andrew Ackerman, a junior linebacker, were named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference offensive and defensive players of the week for their efforts in the undefeated Lions' 41-10 victory at Defiance Saturday.

UC MEN'S SOCCER: Sophomore goalkeeper Mike Vessells (Turpin) won his second consecutive weekly Conference USA defensive honor after making 13 saves in two shutout victories.

NCAA GRAD RATE: The graduation rate for major-college football players increased for the fourth straight year, and the rate for all Division I athletes remained at 62 percent, or 2 percent higher than the general student population.

NOTRE DAME: Basketball coach Mike Brey received a two-year contract extension through the 2010-11 season after leading the Irish to three NCAA Tournaments in four seasons.

Tennis

STOCKHOLM OPEN: Former Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson came back from an early deficit to edge Xavier Malisse of Belgium 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) to reach the second round.

CLIJSTERS ANGRY: Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters is angry about the media attention surrounding her split with Lleyton Hewitt, and denied another love interest was behind the breakup just four months ahead of their planned wedding.

WILLIAMS MURDER TRIAL: An alleged gang member accused of killing the half sister of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams was in a "shoot now and ask no questions mood," a prosecutor told jurors Monday at the man's murder trail.

Robert E. Maxfield, 23, killed Yetunde Price when he fired 11 shots with an assault rifle at a sport utility vehicle in September 2003, Deputy District Attorney Hoon Chun told the Los Angeles County jury during opening statements.

Auto racing

FORMULA ONE: F1 has signed a five-year agreement to hold a race in Cancun starting in 2006, joining NASCAR in heading south of the border. Construction on a new $70 million track is expected to begin in January.

HOCKEY UPDATE

Last week: 2-0-0-0 - beat Rochester twice, 4-2 and 2-1, at Cincinnati Gardens.

Where they stand: 4-1-0-0, tied with Grand Rapids for first in seven-team West Division of AHL.

Next: 7:35 p.m. Friday vs. San Antonio (2-3-1-0), 8 p.m. Saturday at Chicago (2-2-1-0).

Radio/Internet: Friday and Saturday's games can be heard via the internet at www.SportsJuice.com. Note: Saturday's game will air on WCKY-AM (1360) if there is not a Game 6 of the World Series.

Who's hot: At 4-0-0, G Ilya Bryzgalov is off to the best start of his four-year professional career. The 6-foot-3, 198-pounder ranks first among AHL goaltenders in shootout percentage (.818), tied for first in wins (four), fourth in saves (138) and fifth in minutes played (250).

• C Joel Perrault has a team-leading three goals in five games. He didn't record his third goal last season until his 14th game.

Nuts and bolts: At 4-1-0-0, the Ducks are off to the second-best start in franchise history. The club's best start was in 2000-01 at 5-0-0-0. ... The Ducks' penalty-killing unit has been solid so far this season, allowing just four goals in 41 shorthanded situations (90.2 pct.).

• Cincinnati is tied for first in the AHL in shorthanded goals, with two.

• C Tim Brent (ankle), LW Chris Kunitz (broken jaw) and C Alexei Smirnov (separated shoulder) are each expected to be sidelined for an indefinite period after suffering injuries this past weekend in the two-game series with Rochester.

• G Eddy Ferhi has resumed skating after missing training camp following offseason knee surgery.

• Former Cincinnati head coach Mike Babcock, now head coach in Anaheim, was in attendance for the Ducks' two-game series with Rochester. ... D Shane O'Brien's uncle, Dennis O'Brien, played 592 NHL games with Minnesota, Colorado, Cleveland and Boston during a 10-year playing career from 1970-80.

Promotions: A mock election will be held during Friday's game vs. San Antonio. ... The Bud Light Party Zone is open during all Ducks home games. ... Reality TV star Rupert Boneham of "Survivor: Pearl Islands" and "Survivor All-Stars" dropped the first puck and signed autographs at the Oct. 24 game against Rochester.

• "Mighty Ducks Weekly" presented by Ron's Roost and Labatt Blue airs from 6-7 p.m. today on WCKY-AM (1360).

Ticket info: Call 351-3999 or visit www.cincinnatimightyducks.com.

Mighty Ducks statistics

Player, Pos GP G APTS +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG SHOTS
Joel Perrault, C 5 3 1 4 -3 7 1 0 0 14
Alexei Smirnov, C 5 2 2 4 +18 1 1 0 6
Chris Kunitz, LW 3 2 2 4 0 0 1 1 1 9
Joffrey Lupul, RW 5 1 3 4 +38 0 0 0 14
Kurtis Foster, D 5 2 0 2 -1 4 1 0 0 12
Joel Stepp, LW 5 1 1 2 +10 0 0 0 5
Curtis Glencross, LW 4 1 1 2 + 16 1 0 1 9
Aaron Rome, D 5 0 2 2 +2 21 0 0 0 5
Michael Holmqvist, LW 5 0 2 2 -5 11 0 0 0 11
Tomas Malec, D 5 0 2 2 -1 4 0 0 0 12
Tim Brent, C 4 0 2 2 +14 0 0 0 8
Stanislav Chistov, LW 5 1 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 6
Pierre Parenteau, RW 4 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 6
Shane O'Brien, D 5 0 0 0 -1 26 0 0 0 5
Mark Popovic, D 5 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Zenon Konopka, C 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 6
Sheldon Brookbank, D 5 0 0 0 +127 0 0 0 6
Cory Pecker, RW 5 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Ilya Bryzgalov, G 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Dustin Penner, LW 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Frederic Cassivi, G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tim Wedderburn, D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Igor Pohanka, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eddy Ferhi, G 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 5 15* 19 34* - 162 5 24 155

GOALIEGPMINWLSOLSOGAGAASAVESSPCT
Ilya Bryzgalov 4249:58400092.16138..939
Eddy Ferhi 00:00000000.000 .000
Federic Cassivi 158:59010033.0518.857
TOTALS54100122.40156.904
Note: Pos-position; GP-games played; G-goals. A-assists; PTS-points; +/- plus/minus; PIM-penalties in minutes; PPG-power-play goals; SHG-shorthanded goals; GWG-game-winning goals; MIN-minute; W-won; L-lost; SOL-Shootout loss; GAA-goals-against average; SPCT-save percentage. *Note: Shootout goals don't count in individual stats.

Local colleges

Women's soccer

NKU 2, Mercyhurst 0

Shutout: Piening. Goals: Votapek, Kelly. Records: NKU 13-3, MC 10-6-1.

Men's golf

F&M Bank Intercollegiate

Day One

Team Standings: 1 Austin Peay State 276 285 561; 2 New Orleans 279 285 564; 3 Tenn.-Chattanooga 288 277 565; 4 Murray State 291 279 570; 5 IUPUI 286 285 571; 6 Samford 286 286 572; Troy 295 277 572; 8 Detroit Mercy 291 283 574; Tennessee State 289 285 574; 10 Belmont 291 284 575; 11 Tennessee Tech 297 280 577; 12 Wright State 293 288 581; 13 Evansville 298 291 589; 14 Dayton 298 295 593; t15 Cincinnati 299 296 595; t15. Lipscomb 301 294 595

Cincinnati Individual: t13. Adam Fluty 69-73-142; t54. Joe Young 76-72-148; t66. Justin Wilson 76-75-151; t74. Peter Heile 78-76-154; 81. Geoff Newman 82-77-159




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