The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 15, 2006 · Page 11
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Pack up the Cup Page B3. THURSDAY, JUNE 15,2006 SPORTS extension at K-State School also announces football game with UCLA MANHATTAN (AP) — Kansas State University agreed to a 10- year rollover contract with Athletics Director Tim Weiser on Wednesday, amending a five-year contract signed in 2003. Weiser, 48, is in his fifth year leading the \Vildcats. He will earn a base salary of $265,000, a $15,000 increase from his original contract. "Tim has done an excellent job and we are pleased to be able to mutually agree to this long-term commitment," said K-State President Jon Wefald. "He is one of the most highly respected athletics directors in the nation, and K-State is fortunate to have him at the helm of its intercollegiate athletics program." It has been a hectic six months for Weiser, who in 2003 expressed interest in the athletics director position at Tennessee. In December, he hired Virginia offensive coordinator Ron Prince to lead the football program after the sudden retirement of Bill Snyder. And in March, he tapped controversial basketball coach Bob Huggins to replace Jim Wooldridge. He has spearheaded an overhaul of the athletic department, increasing its annual budget from $27 million in fiscal year 2001 to a projected budget of $37 million for the upcoming academic year. He also developed the department's first reserve fund and strategic plan. Contractors are nearing completion of a nearly $6 million upgrade to the Vanier Sports Complex and Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Weiser has led renovations to Tojnton Family Stadium and the , R.V Qtir4^ian',Tr,ack comj^k;^;; pushed for a boathouse for (he rowing program. "Our focus has always been and will continue to be to provide our student-athletes with the best possible collegiate"'ex5erience," Weiser said. "We have continued to make significant strides in the areas of our facilities and the overall fiscal well-being of the department, and both remain ongoing priorities." Kansas State also signed a two- year contract to play UCLA in football, with games at the Rose Bowl in 2009'and at Kansas State in 2010, school officials announced Tuesday Kansas State's game on Sept. 19, 2009, will be its first against UCLA in football. The 2010 game is scheduled for Sept. 4.' "We are excited about the opportunity to face a program with the storied tradition of UCLA," coach Ron Prince said. "Our goal in scheduling will continue to focus on balancing the rigors of Big 12 Conference play with allowing our program to compete on a national stage." School'officials also announced starting times for their first three games in 2006. Kansas State plays Illinois State at 6:10 p.m. on Sept. 9 and Florida Atlantic at 6:10 p.m. on Sept. 16. Neither game will be televised. The Wildcats' game against Marshall at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 16 will air on Fox Sports Net, while a time for Kansas State's game against Louisville on Sept. 23 is pending a decision from the Big 12's television partners. All four non-conference games will be played at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. ,-• Kansas State opens conference play at Baylor before returning home for games against Oklahoma State and Nebraska. THE HAYS DAILY NEWS Mickelson seeks 3rd straight title By EDDIE PELLS ASSOCIATED PRESS MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson scrambled through his first nine holes this morning and then capped them with a 30- foot putt for his first birdie of the U.S. Open. Mickelson pumped his fist in the air when the long putt dropped and the grandstand erupted for Lefty, a fan favorite in New York, who is seeking his third straight major championship. He made the turn in even par. ' The winner of last season's PGA Championship and this year's Masters played almost a dozen rounds at Winged Foot in the months leading up to the Open. After analyzing the severely sloping greens, he put a new 64-degree wedge in his bag to deal with the tough greenside shots he figured to face. Starting his round on the back, and playing in a cool, blustery wind, Mickelson had plenty of chances to use the new wedge. He hit an errant third shot into the sand on the par-512th that led to a bogey He then missed the next five greens — but saved par on all of them. He got a huge break along the way, getting free relief from a sprinkler behind the 16th green. Instead of having the ball pressed against a 2-inch collar of rough, he was able to drop in the first cut for an easy chip. With half the field on the course about halfway through the morning round, only four of 78 players were under par. Jason Dufner was in the lead, at 2-under. Dufner, starting on the back, had a sand shot from about the same place as Mickelson's on 13, except his went in for birdie. Davis Love was 4-over at the turn after a triple-bogey on No. 9 — a bad start for the man who won the last time a major was contested at Winged Foot, the 1997 PGA Championship. Vijay Singh was even through 11. Tiger Woods, making his first tournament appearance since the Masters, had an afternoon tee time. The tournament kicked off when qualifier Andrew Svoboda, a Winged Foot member who has won the club championship four tiines, teed off into the right rough. He chipped into the fairway, then onto the green for a two-putt on No. 1 to start his day with a bogey. Svoboda reached No. 13 at 4 over. As usual, players weren't expecting low scores at what is largely considered the toughest test in golf. Winged Foot is highlighted by severely sloped greens, most of which angle downward from back to front. "Some of the most severe greens you'll ever face," Woods said earlier in the week. When last seen, Woods wanted to break his putter over his knee after a particularly bad final round on the greens at the Masters. "I practice my putting quite a bit," he said. Good thing, because this course has the potential to make golf's greatest look silly It did it to none other than Jack Nicklaus in 1974 at the Open later dubbed "The Massacre at Winged Foot." He lined up his first putt of the tournament at the back of the green, tapped it and watched as it rolled... and rolled ... and rolled completely off the front. SEE PGA, PAGE B3 r ,t«,"-Sa<. 1J ',v>'fS.^V.-. • s- J FRED'HUNT / Hays Daily News ABOVE: Hays Larks shortstop Ross Brezovsky goes for the tag on Derby Twins baserunner Brandon Douglas in the third inning of Game 1 Wednesday at Larks Park. BELOW: Dallas Christison safely slides into second as Douglas leaps for the tag. Christison went on to score in the inning. Larks take two from Twins Sweep gives Hays lead in Jayhawk League By NICK MCQUEEN HAYS DAILY NEWS It didn't take long for the Hays Larks to regain the lead they ended the 2005 season with in the Jayhawk League race. Just nine games into the 2006 campaign, the Larks find themselves right back at the top after Wednesday night's sweep of the former league- leading Derby Twins at Larks Park. The Larks rallied for a 4-3 win in Game 1 and held on for an 8-6 win in the nightcap, moving a half game ahead of the Twins in the early going of Jayhawk play. "We're only nine games in, but we beat a ball club that was 5-1 in league play," said Hays manager Frank Leo. "We took advantage of some situations to get back in both of these ball games." The sweep sets up a four- game series with the Southwest (Mo.) Slashers this weekend at Larks Park. The first game gets underway Friday with a 7:30 p.m. start. In Game 1 on Wednesday, Toro Trevino made a successful debut for Hays (7-2 overall, 5-2 Jayhawk), throwing a six-hitter in a complete game and victory No. 1 on the year. Trevino was signed this week to the staff to make up for the loss of Alan Brech, a left-hander from Bowling Green State University, who Leo said is expected to sign with the Cleveland Indians after being drafted. "Toro will get better. His game is to hit spots and change speeds," Leo said. "He just kept attacking and coming right at him — came out and finished strong." Trevino surrendered three runs on four hits in the fifth inning to Derby (5-5,53) that put the Twins up 3-0. The Larks responded with a two-out RBI double to first baseman Dan Stovall in the third. Right-fielder Dallas Christison, who was mbre than busy in right field with the unpredictable Wednesday night winds, came up with the big hit for the Larks' offense. In the fifth inning, trailing 3-1, Christison homered over the left field fence scoring leadoff hitter Eric Lawson in the process. "Dallas Christison's home Game 1 Hays 4, Derby 3 Derby (5-4, 5-2) 003 000 0 — 3 5 2 Hays (6-2,4-2) 001 021 x —4 7 1 Jones, Darnell (3), Zerbil (6) and Hudson; Trevino and Day. W — Trevino (1-0). L — Zer- bll. 2B — Asalo, Derby; Stovall, Russell, Hays. HR — Christison, Hays. Game 2 Hays 8, Derby 6 Derby (5-5, 5-3) 101 200 2 — 6 7 0 Hays (7-2, 5-2) 021 500 X —8 10 0 Beaudoln. Smith (3), Barrett (4), Longacre (5) and Noland; Hernandez, Elam (4), Grljalva (4), Monterey (7) and Sodolak. W — Grijalva (2-1). L — Barrett. 2B — Douglas, Schaler, Williams, Derby;. Day, Klngrey, Russell, Hays. run was a big shot," Leo said. "That was a big blow to get us tied up and get that come-from- behind." Hays pushed the winner across in the sixth when shortstop Ross Brezovsky led off the inning reaching second on back-to-back errors by the Twins at third base. He was scored on an RBI double to Dan Russell, a Fort Hays State University graduate. "When you play doubleheaders, that first game is the important one," Leo said. "That was big for us to come out and answer the way we did." Christison was 2 : for-3 with two runs scored in the game. In Game 2, Jesus Hernandez made his second start for the Larks this season and gave up three his in the first inning, but escaped with just one run given up to the Twins. Derby did manage to take a 4-3 lead off Larks reliever Sam Elam, who pitched H of the fourth inning, giving up two walks and hitting two batters, one with the bases loaded for the go-ahead run. SEE LARKS, PAGE B3 Germany advances to Round 2 in World Cup; Spain routes Ukraine Team gets first major win over European team in 10 years BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / ANJA NIEDRINQHAU8 / AnoclaUd Pr«i Germany's Mlctael Ballftck, center, geti In a shot as Poland* Qarius Dudka, left, and goalkeeper Artur Bgruc defend goal during their World Cup Group A soccer match Wednesday at Dortmund Stadium, Germany. '" r Germany kept coming and was about to run out of time. The World Cup hosts had hit two crossbars and been denied repeatedly by Poland goalie Artur Boruc. A scoreless tie appeared imminent. Then, Oliver Neuvllle slid in the winning goal in second-half injury time Wednesday night, a low shot from close range after a right-wing cross from fellow substitute David Odonkor. It sealed Germany's first win over a European team at a major tournament since it Won the 1996 European Championship by beating the Czech Republic in the final. "It was a bit lucky, but it was more than V deserved," Neuville said. "I should have scored even before." Miroslav Klose and captain Michael Ballack had each just hit the crossbar. Klose headed a cross off the bar in the 90th, and Ballack hit the rebound onto nearly the same spot. "The goal came very late, but it was well- deserved," Ballack said. "We won a lot of challenges." Poland was playing with 10 men after midfielder Radoslaw Sobolewski was sent off in the 75th for tripping Klose. "After they went down to 10 men, we gave everything to get a goal and it worked," Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann said. "The team maintained its rhythm. There was always a high tempo." The game between the European neighbors was scrappy and featured little flowing play. "Unfortunately, we still can't score goals," Poland coach Pawel Janas said. Spain sure can. It got four in routing Ukraine 4-0 earlier. PAQEB3

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