Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Sports digest


Report: Lehman Ryder Cup captain

Enquirer staff and wire reports

Tom Lehman wanted to play on the next Ryder Cup team. Instead, he'll go to Ireland in 2006 as the next U.S. captain. The Palm Beach Post reported that Lehman, 45, will be introduced as the U.S. captain at a news conference in Amelia Island, where the PGA of America is holding its 86th annual meeting.

PGA spokesman Julius Mason said a news conference would be held today to announce the captain.

Lehman would fit the recent profile - a major champion in his 40s with Ryder Cup experience. He is a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, including the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1996 and the '96 Tour Championship. He was voted PGA Tour player of the year that season.

PGA TOUR Q-SCHOOL: Nick Lykins, Moeller High and University of Cincinnati graduate, tied for 10th with a 5-under-par 279 at the first stage of a PGA Tour Qualifying School tournament in Palm City, Fla. Lykins, along with 20 others, advanced to the Q-School's second stage in Beaumont, Calif., Nov. 17-20.

--Colleen Kane

Tennis

PARIS MASTERS: Second-seeded Lleyton Hewitt defeated French teenager Gael Monfils 6-3, 7-6 (3), then heaped praise on the former junior champion.

A day earlier, Monfils, 18, ousted Thomas Enqvist at the $3.1 million tournament. He traded shots for most of the match with Hewitt, a two-time Grand Slam winner.

"I knew it would be tough, and he could handle the pressure," Hewitt said. "He is going to become a very, very big player in the future."

Monfils was playing only his fifth match on the ATP tour, following a junior career that included three Grand Slam titles and a No. 1 ranking. He was surprised his match against Hewitt had not been more difficult.

Also, defending champion Tim Henman defeated Paradorn Srichaphan 6-3, 6-4. Robin Soderling rallied to beat Davide Sanguinetti 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-0 in another second-round match.

Auto racing

NASCAR: Officials fined Nextel Cup driver Rusty Wallace $10,000 for intentionally hitting Ryan Newman's car as the field returned to pit lane after the Oct. 24 race at Martinsville Speedway.

Wallace was angry with his Penske Racing South teammate after a run-in late in the race and bumped Newman's Dodge to show his disapproval.

Three others also were issued penalties for equipment infractions at Martinsville by NASCAR. Gil Martin, crew chief for Robby Gordon's' No. 31 Chevrolet, and co-crew chief Chris Andrews will share in a $10,000 fine for using improperly attached weights.

Mario Gosselin, driver of the No. 80 Ford, was fined $500 for having an expired manufacturer's date on his driver's head-and-neck restraint device.

Elsewhere

NHL LOCKOUT: Seventy-five players met with union leaders to get an update on a lockout that shows no sign of ending. Among those players was Montreal's Pierre Dagenais, who has said he would be willing to disobey the union and accept a salary cap if that would help settle the lockout.

Dagenais, one of a few players who have criticized the union's position, said he found the meeting informative - but did not retract his comments.

The season was due to begin Oct. 13, but games are being canceled by teams on a 45-day rolling basis.

OLYMPICS: The French government signed financial guarantees for $3.2 billion in the bid to bring the 2012 Games to Paris.

Local Colleges

Women's basketball

UC-Clermont 89, Cincinnati Christian 49

UC - Espich 11 3 25, Jennings 10 4 24, Lowe 7 0 14, Willis 5 0 10, Burnett 2 0 4, Stamper 2 0 4, Dunlap 2 0 4, Hill 1 0 2, Cammatt 1 2. CC - Azbill 7 13 27, Hatchell 2 2 6, McEvoy 3 0 5, Maher 1 4 6, Smalling 1 2 5. Records: UC 1-0; CC 0-1.

Women's soccer

HCAC Tournament

Semifinals at Manchester, Ind.

Manchester 1, Mount St. Joesph 0 (2OT)

Goal: Kay. Shutout: Sawa (6 saves). Records: MSJ 7-7-4; M 14-3-2.

Volleyball

Mount St. Joseph (30-3, 7-0 HCAC) d. Transylvania (2-22, 0-7) 30-19, 30-5, 30-21.

Men's soccer

Thomas More 2, Denison 1

Goals: TM - Clyde 2; D - Cole 1. Winnie goalie: Sabin (7 saves). Records: D 11-7; TM 9-11-1.

Local sports

Amateur baseball

Roy Hobbs World Series; Fort Myers, Fla.

Cincinnati Suds 15, Cleveland 5

Hitting leaders: Cin - Solora 3-4, DBL, Baker HR, Johnson 2-3 DBL, Sherrard 2-3 DBL. Winning pitcher: Edwards (7 IP, 4K, 0W, R: 10-1.). Records: Cin 37-5. *Suds finish pool play 4-0; advance to Elite Division double elimination.




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