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B2 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS SPORTS FRIDAY, JUNE 23,2006 SCOREBOARD Local calendar Today BMebMI Larks vs. Nevada at Larks Park, 7:30 p.m. (1-9) (Western Beverage). Junior Legion at John Bolllg Tournament at HHS Field, 5:45 p.m. & 8 p.m. vs. Garden City & Goodland. Renegades al Smith Center, 6:30 p.m. (DH). Saturday Baseball Larks vs. Nevada al Larks Park, 6 p.m. (DH) (Pepsi) Legion at Garden City, 5 p.m. (DH). Junior Legion at John Bolllg Tournament at HHS Field, 1:45 & 4 p.m. vs. Saline & Colby. Renegades at Manhattan, TBA. Sunday Baseball Larks vs. Nevada at Larks Park, 7:30 p.m. (1-9). (John Hancock Co.) Legion al Lamed, 2 p.m. (DH). Junior Legion at John Bolllg Tournament at HHS Field, 2:30 p.m. vs. Russell. Baseball Major league standings American League East Division W L Pet QB Boston 42 28 .600 — New York 40 30 .571 2 Toronto 40 32 .556 3 Ballimore 33 41 .446 11 Tampa Bay 32 41 .438 11V4 Central Division W L Pet OB Detroit 48 25 .658 — Chicago 47 25 .653 Vi Minnesota 36 35 .507 11 Cleveland 32 39 .451 15 Kansas City 22 49 .310 25 West Division W L Pet QB Oakland 39 33 .542 — Texas 39 34 .534 V6 Seattle 36 38 .486 4 ' Los Angeles 32 40 .444 7 Thursday's results Tampa Bay 4, Arizona 1 Texas 5, San Diego 3 Kansas City 15, Pittsburgh? Florida B, Baltimore 5 (10 Innings) Toronto 3, Atlanta 2 Minnesota 4, Houston 2 Chicago White Sox 1, St. Louis 0 L.A. Dodgers 4, Seattle 2 Today's games Florida (Moehler5-5) at N.Y. Yankees (Wang 7-3), 6:05 p.m. Philadelphia (Madson 7-4) at Boston (Beckett 8-3), 6:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Harang 7-5) at Cleveland (Westbrook 6-3), 6:05 p.m. St. Louis (Carpenter 6-3) at Detroit (Verlander B-4), 6:05 p.m. Washington (Patterson 1-0) at Baltimore (R.Lopez 4-8), 6:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Glavine 10-2) at Toronto (Janssen 5-5), 6:07 p.m. Atlanta (Smoltz 4-5) at Tampa Bay (Fossum 2-3), 6:15 p.m. Milwaukee (Bush 4-6) at Kansas City (Keppel 0-3), 7:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Marmol 1-1) at Minnesota (J.Santana 7-4), 7:10 p.m.' Houston (Pettllts 6-7) at Chicago White Sox (Contreras 7-0), 7:35 p.m. Texas (Koronka 5-4) at Colorado (Francis 56), 8:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (E.Santana 7-3) at Arizona (En.Gonzalez 2-0), 8:40 p.m. Seattle (Meche 7-4) at San Diego (Peavy 48), 9:05 p.m. Oakland (Blanton 7-6) at San Francisco (Schmidt 6-3), 9:15 p.m. Saturday's games Philadelphia (Myers 5-3) al Boston (Schilling 9-2), 12:20 p.m. Houston (Buchholz 4-6) at Chicago White Sox (Garland 6-3), 12:20 p.m. Cincinnati (Arroyo 9-3) at Cleveland (Byrd 55), 12:25 p.m. Oakland (Haren 6-6) at San Francisco (Wright 5-7), 3:05 p.m. Florida (J.Johnson 6-4) at N.Y. Yankees (Chacon 4-1), 3:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (O.Hernandez 4-6) at Toronto (Halladay 8-2), 3:07 p.m. Washington (Ortiz 5-5) at Baltimore (Loewen 0-2), 3:35 p.m. St. Louis (Suppan 6-4) at Detroit (Rogers 103), 6:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Prior 0-1) at Minnesota (Bonser 1-1), 6:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Davis 4-4) at Kansas City (Duckworth 0-1), 6:10 p.m. Atlanta (Cormier 2-2) at Tampa Bay (Corcoran 0-0), 6:15 p.m. Texas (Tejeda 1-2) at Colorado (Fogg 4-5), 7:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (Colon 0-3) at Arizona (Vargas 64), 8:40 p.m. Seattle (Moyer 4-6) at San Diego (Park 5-3), 9:05 p.m. National League East Division W L Pet GB New York 45 27 .625 — Philadelphia 35 37 .486 10 Florida 31 38 .449 12% Washington 32 42 .432 14 Atlanta 30 43 .411 15 Vi Central Division W L Pet GB St. Louis 42 29 .592 — Cincinnati 39 34 .534 4 Houston 37 36 .507 6 Milwaukee 36 37 .493 7 Chicago 28 43 .394 14 Pittsburgh 26 48 .351 17V4 West Division W L Pet GB San Diego 38 34 .528 — Los Angeles 37 35 .514 1 Colorado 36 36 .500 2 San Francisco 36 36 .500 2 Arizona 36 37 .493 214 Thursday's results N.Y. Mets 6, Cincinnati 2 Today's games Pittsburgh (Perez 2-9) at L.A. Dodgers (Tomko 5-6), 9:40 p.m. Saturday's Games Pittsburgh (Duke 5-6) al L.A. Dodgers (Sele 3-2), 9:10 p.m. Major league boxscore Interleague Royals 15, Pirates 7 PITTSBURGH KANSAS CITY sb r h bl ab r h bl JBt6ta cf 4010 EGrmn dh 4132 JWISon ss 4000 Grdzln 2b 5212 Casey 1b 4110 RSndrs rf 4410 Bay If 5121 Brown H 5123 FSnchz 3b 4011 Grffnno 1b 4133 CWIson r! 3200 Mnlkw 1b 1000 Randa dh 4111 Teahen 3b 5011 Caslillo 2b 2211 Berroa ss 4100 Cola c 4011 Buck c 2321 Gthrghl cf 2200 Totals 34 7 8 5 Totsls 36 15 13 12 Pittsburgh 020 003 200— 7 Kansas City 210 222 42x—16 E—JWilson (10), Castillo (11), Graffanlno (4), Berroa (8). DP—Kansas City 2. LOB— Pittsburgh 6, Kansas City 9.2B—JBautlsta (8), Casey (11), Bay (9), Randa (6), Castillo (13), EGerman (3), Graflanlno (9). 38—Brown (1). HR—Buck (5). S—JWIIson, EGerman, Galh- right. IP H HER BB SO Pittsburgh Maholm L.2-6 4 'A 6 7 6 5 t Vogelsong 1 42202 Grabow % 00001 RoHernandez 1 24011 MGonzalez 1 12212 Kansas City Barton W.3-8 6K 6 4 1 2 4 Wellemeyer 0 01020 JoPeralta 1 % 22202 Gobble 2 00010 Wellemeyer pitched to 3 batters In the 6th. HBP—by MGonzalez (Gatnrlghl), by MGonzalez (Buck), by Vogeltong (Buck). WP—Wellemeyer, JoPeralta. PB—Cole. Umpire*—Home, Jerf Nelson; First, Derry! Cousins; Second, Tim Tlmmons; Third, Jog Brlnkman. T—3:23. A—13,163 (40.786). Major league linescores Interleague Devil Rays 4, Diamondbacks 1 Arizona 000 000 010—1 3 0 Temp* Bay 000 103 OOx—4 10 0 EnGonzalez, Aquino (7), Julio (8) and JEstra- da; Kazmlr, Camp (8), Meadows (9) and Paul. W—Kazmlr 9-4. L—EnGonzalez 0-1. 8v— Meadows (2). HR*—Arizona, JEstrada (8). Tampa Bay, Huff (4). Rangers 5, Padres 3 San Diego 000 200 100—3 14 0 Texa* 000 050 OOx—5 7 0 Hensley, Cassldy (5), Sweeney (7) and Bard; Rhelnecker, Bauer (6), FCordero (8), Otsuka (9) and Barajas. W—Rhelnecker 3-1. L—Hensley 48. Sv—Otsuka (14). White Sox 1, Cardinals 0 St. Louis 000 000 000—0 4 1 Chicago (AL) 000 000 lOx—1 1 1 Reyes and YMollna; FGarcIa, Jenks (9) and Plerzynskl. W—FGarcIa 9-4. L—Reyes 1-1. Sv-Jenks (21). HR—Chicago, Thome (24). Marlins 8, Orioles 5 (10 Innings) Florida 100 000 004 3—0 14 0 Baltimore 000 010 040 0—6 6 1 Olsen, Kensing (8), Tankersley (8), CMartlnez (8), Fulchlno (8), Messenger (9), Borowskl (10) and Treanor, Ollvo (9); Benson, Hawkins (9), Ray (9), Williams (10), Blrklns (10) and RaHemandez. W—Messenger 1-3. L— Williams 1-3. Sv—Borowskl (13). HRs—Florida, Borchard (6), Helms (5). Baltimore, RaHeman- dez 2 (12). Blue Jays 3, Braves 2 Toronto 000 001 020—3 9 0 Atlanta 000 200 000—2 10 1 Burnett, Downs (7), Taubenhelm (7), Schoe- nswels (8), Speler (8), BRyan (9) and BMollna, Zaun (8); HoRamirez, Yates (7), Paronto (8), Remlinger (8), Ray (B) and McCann. W— Taubenheim 1 -4. L—Remlinger 2-4. Sv—BRyan (20). Twins 4, Astros 2 Minnesota 002 001 010—4 10 0 Houston 000 000 020—2 5 1 Llriano, Nathan (9) and Mauer; .Clemens, Springer (6), Nieve (7), TreMiller (9) and Ausmus. W—Llriano 7-1. L—Clemens 0-1. Sv—Nathan (11). HRs—Minnesota, Momeau (18). Houston, Lane (11). Dodgers 4, Mariners 2 Seattle ,..001 100 000—2 7 1 Los Angeles (NL) ..000 013 OOx—4 14 0 FHernandez, JMateo (6), Guardado (7), Fruto (B) and JohJIma; DLowe and Martin. W— DLowe 6-3. L—FHernandez 7-7. HHa—Seattle, Ibanez (14), YBetancourt (4). National League Mets 6, Reds 2 Cincinnati 010 100 000—2 6 0 New York 000 330 OOx—« 12 0 Milton, Standridge (5), Yan (6), Bums (7) and Ross; PMartlnez, HBell (7), Fellclano (8), Brad- lord (8) and RCastro. W—PMartlnez 7-3. L—Milton 4-4. Sv—Bradford (2). HRs—New York, Wright 2 (17). Basketball USBL Tournament Schedule at Dodge City Civic Center Today's first round 11 a.m. — Long Island Primetime vs. Nebraska (Kearney) Cranes. 2 p.m. — Oklahoma Storm vs. Albany Pa- troons. 5 p.m. — Brooklyn Kings vs. Kansas Cagerz 8 p.m. — Dodge City Legend vs. NEPA Breakers Saturday's semifinals 5 p.m. — Long Island/Nebraska winner vs. Oklahoma/Albay winner. 8 p.m. — Brooklyn/Kansas winner vs. Dodge City/NEPA winner. Sunday's championship 3 p.m. — Semifinal winners. Soccer World Cup Schedule / results First round GROUP A W L T GF GA Pts x-Germany 300829 x-Ecuador 210536 Poland 120243 Costa Rica 030390 Friday, June 9 At Munich, Germany Germany 4, Costa Rica 2 At Gelsenklrcnen, Germany Ecuador 2, Poland 0 Wednesday, June 14 At Dortmund, Germany Germany 1, Poland 0 Thursday, June 15 At Hamburg, Germany Ecuador 3, Costa Rica 0 Tuesday,June 20 At Berlin Germany 3, Ecuador 0 At Hanover, Germany Poland 2, Cosla Rica 1 GROUP B W L T GF GA Pts x-England 201527 x-Sweden 102325 Paraguay 120223 Trinidad 021041 Saturday, June 10 At FranMurt, Germany England 1, Paraguay 0 At Dortmund, Germany Trinidad and Tobago 0, Sweden 0, tie Thursday, June 15 At Nuremberg, Germany England 2, Trinidad and Tobago 0 At Berlin Sweden 1, Paraguay 0 Tuesday, June 20 At Cologne, Germany Sweden 2, England 2, tie At Kalserslautern, Germany Paraguay 2, Trinidad and Tobago 0 GROUP C W L T GF GA Pts x-Argenllna 201 8 1 7 x-Netherlands 201317 Ivory Coast 120563 Serbia-Montenegro 030 2 10 0 Saturday, June 10 At Hamburg, Germany Argentina 2, Ivory Coast 1 Sunday, June 11 At Leipzig, Germany Netherlands t, Serbia-Montenegro 0 Friday, June 18 At Geleenklrchen, Germany Argentina 6, Serbia-Montenegro 0 At Stuttgart, Germany Netherlands 2, Ivory Coast 1 Wednesday, June 21 At FranMurt, Germany Netherlands 0, Argentina 0, tie At Munich, Germany Ivory Coast 3, Serbia-Montenegro 2 GROUP D W L T GF GA Pts x-Portugal 300519 x-Mexico 111 434 Angola 012122 Iran 021261 Sunday, June 11 At Nuremberg, Germany Mexico 3, vs. Iran 1 At Cologne, Germany Portugal 1, Angola 0 Friday, June 11 At Hanover, Germany Mexico 0, Angola 0, tie Saturday, June 17 At Frankfurt, Germany Portugal 2, Iran 0 Wednesday, Jura 21 At QelMnklrchen, G»rm»ny Portugal 2, Mexico 1 At Lslpxlg, Germany Irani, Angola 1, tie GROUPE W L T OF GA Pt» x-ltaly 201517 x-Ghana 210436 Czech Republic 120343 United States 021261 Mondsy, June 12 At Q6i 16 nlil re Iwfi \ Gwntwny Czech Republic 3, United States 0 AI HCnovflrT, GftfitWMiy Italy 2, Ghana 0 Saturday, June 17 At ColoQnft, (Mfrftany Ghana 2, Czech Republic 0 At KAtMrslflutem, Gtrrnsny Italy 1, United States 1, tie Thursday, June 22 At Hamburg, Germany Italy 2, Czech Republic 0 At Nuremberg, Germany Ghana 2, United States 1 GROUP f W L T GF OA Pts x-Brazll 300719 x-Australla 111 554 Croatia 012232 Japan 021271 Monday, June 12 At KalMrslautem, Germany Australia 3, Japan 1 Tuesday, June 13 At Berlin Brazil 1, Croatia 0 Sunday, June 18 At Nuremberg, Germany Jepan 0, Croatia 0, tie At Munich, Germany Brazil 2, Australia 0 Thursday, June 22 At Dortmund, Germany Brazil 4, Japan 1 At Stuttgart, Germany Croatia 2, Australia 2, tie GROUPG W L T OF GA Pts Switzerland '101 2 0 4 South Korea 101 324 France 002 1 1 2 Togo 020140 Tuesday, June 13 At FranMurt, Germany South Korea 2, Togo 1 At, Stuttgart, Germany Frence 0, Switzerland 0, tie Sunday, June 18 At Leipzig, Germany France 1, South Korea 1, tie Monday, June 19 At Dortmund, Germany Switzerland 2, Togo 0 Friday, June 23 At Cologne, Germany Togo vs. France, 3 p.m. At Hanover, Germany Switzerland vs. South Korea, 3 p.m. GROUP H W L T OF GA Pts x-Spaln 200716 Ukraine 110443 Tunisia 0 1. 1 3 5 1 Saudi Arabia 011261 Wednesday, June 14 At Leipzig, Germany Spain 4, Ukraine 0 At Munich, Germany Tunisia 2, Saudi Arabia 2, <ie Monday, June 19 At Hamburg, Germany Ukraine 4, Saudi Arabia 0 At Stuttgart, Germany Spain 3, Tunisia 1 Friday, June 23 At Berlin Ukraine vs. Tunisia, 10 a.m. At Kalserslautern, Germany Saudi Arabia vs. Spain, 10 a.m. Second round Saturday, June 24 Game 49 At Munich, Germany Germany vs. Sweden, 10 a.m. Game 50 At Leipzig, Germany Argentina vs. Mexico, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25 Game 51 At Stuttgart, Germany England vs. Ecuador, 10 a.m. Game 52 At Nuremberg, Germany Portugal vs. Netherlands, 2 p.m, Monday, June 26 Game 53 v At Kalserslautern, Germany Italy vs. Australia, 10 a.m. Game 54 At Cologne, Germany Group G winner vs. Group H second place, 2 p.m. p.m. Tuesday, June 27 Game 55 At Dortmund, Germany Brazil vs. Ghana, 10 a.m. Game 56 At Hanover, Germany Group H winner vs. Group G second place, 2 Auto Racing NASCAR Schedule Nextel Cup June 18 — 3M Performance 400, Brooklyn, Mich. (Kasey Kahne) June 25 — Dodge/Save Mart 350, Sonoma, Calif. July 1 — Pepsi 400, Daytona Beach, Fla. July 9 — USG Sheetrock 400, Jollet, III. July 16 — New England 300, Loudon, N.H. July 23 — Pennsylvania 500, Long Pond, Pa. Aug. 6 — Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, Indianapolis Aug. 13 — TBA, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Aug. 20 — GFS Marketplace 400, Brooklyn, Mich. Aug. 26 — Sharpie 500, Bristol, Tenn. Sept. 3 — Sony HD 500, Fontana, Calif. Sept. 9 — Chevy Rock & Roll 400, Richmond, Va. Sept. 17 — Sylvanla 300, Loudon, N.H. Sept. 24 — Dover (Del.) 400 Oct. 1 — Banquet 400, Kansas City, Kan. Oct. 8 — UAW-Ford 500, Talladega, Ala. Oct. 14 — Bank of America 500, Concord, N.C. Oct. 22 — Subway 500, Martinsvllle, Va. Oct. 29 — Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, Hampton, Ga. Nov. 5 — Dickies 500, Fort Worth, Texas Nov. 12 — Checker Aulo Parts 500, Avondale, Ariz. Nov. 19 — Ford 400, Homestead, Fla. Driver Standings 1. Jlmmle Johnson, 2,295 2. Matt Kenseth, 2,221 3. Kasey Kahne, 2,051 4. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 2,020 5. Mark Martin, 1,989 6. Tony Stewart, 1,928 7. Jeff Burton, 1,888 8. Kevin Harvlck, 1,849 9. Denny Hamlin, 1,809 10. Greg Biffle, 1,807 11. Jeff Gordon, 1,796 12. Kyle Busch, 1,795 13. Carl Edwards, 1,722 14. Casey Mears, 1,654 15. Jamie McMurray, 1,624 16. Kurt Busch, 1,620 17. Ryan Newman, 1,555 18. Clint Bowyer, 1,550 19. Dale Jarrett, 1,514 20. Reed Sorenson, 1,508 BOH PGA scores Booz Allen Classic PAt TPC at Avenel Potomac, Md. Purse: $5 million Yardage: 9,987; Par 71 (36-35) First Round Ben Curtis 32-30—62 Jeff Qove 30-33—83 Jose Coceres 34-30—64 Steve Flesch 31-34—65 Will MacKenzle 34-31—65 Bart Bryant 34-32—66 Grant Walte 33-33—66 James H. McLean 33-33—66 John Huston 34-33—67 Chris Couch 34-33—67 Craig Parry 34-33—67 Chris Smith 35-32—67 J.B. Holmes 34-33—67 Troy Matteson 35-32—67 Vance Veazey 35-32—67 Frank Uckllter II 32-36—68 Sl«ve Strieker 33.36—68 Healh Slocum 37-31—68 Ben Crane 35-33—68 Jonathan Kaye 37-31—68 Robert Damron 34.34—68 Jerry Kelly 35-33—68 Jerry Smith Marco Dawson Gabriel HJertstedt Bob May K.J. Choi Kevin Sutherland Robert AHonby Scott Gutschewskl Briny Balrrt Brett Oulgley Rich Boom Daniel Chopra Man Gogel David McKenzle Spencer Levin Jon Mills Hunter Mahan Paul Azlnger Billy Andrade Chris Alley Brett Wetterlch Ryan Palmer J.P. Hayes Craig Barlow 34-34—68 31-37—68 35-33—68 35-33—68 36-32—68 36-32—68 34-34—68 33-35—68 37-32—69 35-34—69 35-34—69 35-34—69 37-32—69 37-32—69 37-32—69 35-34—69 37-32—69 38-33—69 36-33—69 38-31—69 36-33—69 33-36—69 36-33—89 35-34—69 LPGA scores Wegman's At Locust Hill Country Club Plttoford, N.Y. Purte: $1.8 million Yardage: 6,221; Par: 72 (35-37) First Round e-amateur Shi Hyun Ahn 31 J 34—65 Brittany Lang 33-33—66 Soo Young Moon 33-34—67 Gloria Hee Jung Park 32-36—68 Becky Iverson 33-36—69 Jeong Jang 34-35—69 Rachel Hetherington 32-37- 1 -69 Shlnobu Moromlzato 35-34—89 Nicole Castrate 33-36—69 Mercy Hart 34-36—70 Candy Hannemann 35-35—70 Shanl Waugh 34-36—70 Joo Ml Kim 33-37—70 Lorena Ochoa 34-36—70 Wendy Ward 33-37—70 Helen Alfredsaon 35-35—70 Seon Hwa Lee 35-35—70 Transactions Baseball MLB —Suspended Chicago White Sox RHP David Rlske three games and fined him an undisclosed amount for throwing at St. Louis OF Chris Duncan In a game on June 20. Suspended White Sox manager Ozzle Guillen one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for the intentional actions of Rlske and fined Guillen another undisclosed amount and ordered him to attend sensitivity training for making offensive comments after the June 20th garqe. American League BOSTON RED SOX —Agreed to terms with OF Jason Place, C Jon Still, RHP Kris Johnson, LHP Jeff Farrell and RHP Will Mann. MINNESOTA TWINS —Agreed to terms with OF Chris Parmelee on a minor-league contract. TORONTO BLUE JAYS —Activated RHP A.J. Burnett from the 15-day DL. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS —Recalled RHP Edgar Gonzalez from Tucson of the PCL. Optioned RHP Casey Dalgle to Tucson. MILWAUKEE BREWERS —Announced RHP Allan Simpson has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Nashville of the PCL. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS —Activated 1B Albert Pujols from the 15-day DL. Placed LHP Mark Mulder on the 15-day DL. Sent OF Chris Duncan to Memphis of the PCL. Basketball National Basketball Association NEW YORK KNICKS —Fired Larry Brown, coach. Named Islah Thomas coach. TORONTO RAPTORS —Named Maurizio Gherardinl vice president and assistant general manager. Football National Football League CLEVELAND BROWNS —Waived QB Dustln Almond, OL Lance Butler, DB Charles Hall, LB Ricardo Hurley and DB Jeremy Modkins. DALLAS COWBOYS —Released WR Tom Crowder.' •-, NEW YORK GIANTS —Signed RB Little John Flowers. TV Calendar Today AUTO RACING 6p.m. SPEED — NASCAR, Nextel Cup, pole qualifying for Dodge/Save Mart 350, at Sonoma, Calif. BOXING 8p.m. ESPN2 — Light middleweights, Joachim Alcine (26-0-0) vs. Javier Mamanl (28-4-1), at Montreal 10 p.m. SHO — Featherweights, Gamaliel Diaz (205-2) vs. Roberto Guerrero (17-1-1); super middleweights, Andre Dirrell (7-0-0) vs. Marcus Don Hall (11-1-0); super middleweights, Anthony Dirrell (8-0-0) vs. James Morrow (9-2-2), at Oakland, Calif. EXTREME SPORTS 11 p.m. USA — Dew Action Sports Tour, Panasonic Open, al Louisville, Ky. (same-day tape) GOLF 3p.m. USA — PGA Tour, Booz Allen Classic, second round, at Potomac, Md. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6p.m. TBS — Atlanta at Tampa Bay 7p.m. FSN — Milwaukee at Kansas City 7:30 p.m. WGN — Houston at Chicago White Sox SOCCER 1:55 p.m. ESPN — FIFA, World Cup, first round, Togo vs. France, at Cologne, Germany ESPN2 — FIFA, World Cup, first round, Switzerland vs. South Korea, al Hannover, Germany. Saturday AUTO RACING 6:30 p.m. FX — NASCAR, Nextel Cup, "Happy Hour Series," final practice for Dodge/Save Mart 350, at Sonoma, Calif, (same-day tape) 7p.m. ESPN2 — IRL, IndyCar Series, Suntrust Indy Challenge, at Richmond, Va. 8p.m. FX — NASCAR, Busch Series, AT&T 250, al West Allis, WIs. 9p.m. ESPN2 — NHRA, qualifying for O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals, at Madison, III. (same-day tape) BOXING 9:30 p.m. HBO — Welterweights, Joel Julio (27-0-0) vs. Carlos Qulnlana (22-0-0); champion Calvin Brock (28-0-0) vs. Timur Ibraglmov (21-0-1), for IBA Continental heavyweight championship, al Las Vegas COLLEGE BASEBALL 6p.m. ESPN — NCAA Division I, World Series, championship series, game 1 at Omaha, Neb. EXTREME SPORTS 3p.m. NBC — Dew Action Sports Tour, Panasonic Open, at Louisville, Ky. 11 p.m. USA — Dew Action Sports Tour, Panasonic Open, at Louisville, Ky. (same-day tape) GOLF 2p.m. ABC — PGA Tour, Booz Allen Classic, third round, at Potomac, Md. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon FOX — Regional coverage, Houston at Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati at Cleveland, or Philadelphia at Boston 3p.m. FOX — Regional coverage, Oakland al San Francisco. 6p.m. TBS — Atlanta at Tampa Bay WON — Chicago Cubs al Minnesota FSN — Milwaukee al Kansas City NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 6p.m. OLN — NHL Entry Draft al Vancouver SOCCER 9:30 a.m. ABC — FIFA, World Cup, round of 16, Germany vs. Sweden, at Munich, Germany 1:66 p.m. ESPN — FIFA, World Cup, round ol 16, Argentina vs. Mexico, at Leipzig, Germany TRACK* FIELD (p.m. E8PN2 — USA Outdoor Championships, at Indianapolis MARK M. HANCOCK /Associated Presd Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens throws during the first In] nlng Thursday against the Minnesota Twins In Houston. ; i Clemens outdone by rookie! Veteran right-hander allows six hits in return HOUSTON (AP) — Roger Clemens showed his age. Francisco Liriano showed his stuff. In The Rocket's return to the majors, the Minnesota rookie ace looked more like the Clemens of old, striking out seven in eight strong innings to lead the Twins to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night. "You take a lot of memories away from a game like this," the 22-year-old Liriano said. "You maybe will not ever be on the field with him again." Liriano, 7 months old when Clemens started his big league career, improved to 7-1, allowing his only runs on Jason Lane's two-run homer in the seventh. With a Minute Maid Park- record 43,769 fans on hand to see the 43-year-old Clemens, the seven-time Cy Young winner threw 100 pitches in five innings in his first start since leaving Game 1 of the World Series eight months ago with a strained hamstring. He allowed two runs on six hits and had four strikeouts and two walks. He also made an error, struck out in his only at-bat and hustled to first to complete a double play. "It was positive," Clemens said. "My body felt better than expected and I hope and expect to get stronger each time I get out there." Clemens got a standing ova-i tion as he walked from the' dugout to the bullpen 20 minutes before the game. As he warmed up, a fan held up a fluorescent sign that read: "Clemens is Proof the 40s is the new 30s." Another fan wearing a helmet and a bright orange spacesuit had one that said, "That's a Roger, Houston, Our Rocket Has Landed." Cameras flashed in every cor- ner of the park as Clemens fired his first pitch, a 91-mph strike, td, Luis Castillo. t "When I walked out, it was great," Clemens said. "After ^ came out of the game, I was hearing the numbers and the record crowd and the people turning out. It was very gratifying that they appreciate your hard work' and that they're out here to sup-; port us." • On a 1-2 count, Castillo bounced a ball back to Clemens,! who dropped the ball and could-j n't scoop it up before Castillo reached first base safely. Clemens| was charged with an error. The next batter grounded into a double play before Joe Mauer,} who leads the majors in hitting! struck out. i Clemens (0-1) glided through] the first inning in 12 pitches, nine 1 of them strikes. i "I was really excited aboutj how my legs felt in my warmupj session," he said. "I knew I wast going to be fairly crisp." j Astros manager Phil Garner! said Clemens would throwi "around 100 pitches" in the gamej and he was more than halfway! there after a withering third in-j ning. j He gave up an RBI double tol Jason Kubel and a run-scoring! single to Michael Cuddyer, finally ending the 38-pitch inning by striking out Torii Hunter. "I had that one long inning and I was trying to make a point to work fast and see how winded I could' getand it worked out fine," Clemens'said. ' ! ; n • ,v "I really didn't feel like r was'! sitting on my back leg or collaps- 1 ing. Overall, it was just good t6 ! get back out there." "j In the fifth, Clemens lumbered' over to cover first base on a 3-6-^.1 double play. He pointed at the untjj pire to make sure he got the caB] before slowly retreating to th6i mound. * ', KNICKS: Team finishes 23-59 3 CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 "After careful consideration, despite the best intentions from everyone involved, this current structure did not work for us last season and I did not think it was going to improve next season." It couldn't have gotten any worse: With a 23-59 record, the Knicks matched the franchise record for losses in a season, and Brown barely surpassed the worst record of his Hall of Fame career. "There will be a day when I have my full say," Brown told the Daily News. "I don't think today's an appropriate time to comment on everything that's gone on. But I'm just going to say this: Nobody gets to say that I came to New York, and to the Garden, and didn't want to win." But it may not have been the ,-i losses that sealed Brown's fate, :', His public criticism of players, «•) especially Stephen Marbury, I•> probably bothered Dolan just as i./ much. -j? So now Thomas gets another shot at coaching. He went 131-115 with three playoff appearances in three sea-^ sons with the Indiana Pacers be- \ fore Larry Bird fired him after : I becoming president of basketball' operations in 2003. | Thomas joined the Knicks' front office later that year, but hasn't distinguished himself as an executive. Despite the league's highest payroll this season, New York hasn't made the playoffs since 2004 and hasn't won a postseason game since 2001. Chants of "Fire Isiah!" were heard last season at Madison Square Garden. ROYALS; K.C. scores four in seventh' CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 After Jason Bay and Freddy Sanchez singled, Craig Wilson lifted a lazy fly to shallow right-center. The runners froze as second baseman Mark Grudzielanek camped under the ball. But he lost it in the sun, and the ball dropped cleanly to the turf. So Grudzielanek piqked it up and threw to second for the forceout on Sanchez, then Berroa threw to third baseman Mark Teahen for the tag on Bay. It cost the Pirates two runs because Joe Randa then hit an RBI double. "It was weird. Every day there's something strange happening," said Grudzielanek. "It's a learning experience out there. It turned out to be a great thing for us." But then reliever Todd Wellemeyer walked Jose Castillo and threw a wild pitch that put runners at sec- ond and third. And Humberto Cota hit a popup in the infield.*" that dropped out of Berroa's glove for an error as Randa " * and Castillo raced home to A« make it 7-5. . w Bell said Berroa should notl'.[ even have been the one to ,, M make the play. oJ "There were two or three -' e other guys calling for it. Just - dropping the ball is one thing," Bell said. "But mis- „. communication is another." 0 Berroa insisted the booing '-j he endured the rest of the game did not bother him. "I don't worry about those guys. Let them do whatever they want to do," he said. The Royals scored four un- KB earned runs in the seventh with the help of two Pirates errors. First, shortstop Jack Wilson mishandled a routine grounder with two outs that allowed one rim to score. Then Brown tripled to right- center for twq RBIs and came home W hen Castillo threw wildly to third. A) JA ill tb 00 G) ^

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