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D2 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2003 Sports e THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR - WWW.INDYSTAR.COM THE DAILY DOUBLE THE NEXT THREE GAMES. Home games in bold PACERS Friday Sunday Tuesday ICE Thursday Saturday Sunday 7 p.m. 2 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6:05 p.m. FIREBIRDS Sunday April 19 April 26 INDIANS Today Thursday Friday If necessary 2 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. TV AND RADIO TODAY Baseball 2 p.m. IL, Durham at Indians 7:05 p.m. NL, Cincinnati at Houston 9 p.m. AL, Anaheim at Seattle Basketball 2 p.m. NBDL, Mobile at Fayetteville 9 p.m. NBA, Minnesota at Seattle Hockey 6 p.m. NHL playoffs, Toronto at Philadelphia 6 p.m. NHL playoffs, Boston at New Jersey STAFF CONTACTS Assistant Managing Editor for Sports: Tim Wheatley 1-317-444-6502, Sports Editor Jim Lefko 1-317-444-6352, Assistant Sports Editor: Tom Rietmann 1-317-444-6046, Assistant Sports Editor: David Lewandowski 1-317-444-6730, Sports Copy Desk Editor Martha Allan 1-317-444-6525, Main number 1-317-444-6644 Fax line: 1-317-444-6500 O INDYSTAR.COM Go online for more scores, stats and www.indystar.comsports HOT CORNER Professor of Egyptology links Pharaohs to fly balls Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. -Egyptologist and baseball fanatic Peter Piccione made the connection between Pharaohs and fly balls soon after he first viewed hieroglyphics at Hatshepsut's temple in Deir-el-BaharL There was King Thutmose III large, strong and the ruler of Egypt in 15th century B.C. holding a slender stick that looked like a fungo bat in one hand and a grapefruit-sized ball in the other. Before the ancient Pharaoh, depicted on a wall at the shrine of Hathor, there are two smaller priests with arms upright, each with ball in hand. "Did the Egyptians invent baseball?" Piccione asks the audience at his College of Charleston lecture, "Pharaoh at the Bat: The Ancient Egyptians and American Baseball" "No, they didn't," he says, Indianapolis to host good mix of pre-Olympic competitions Local buildup to the Olympic Games began with swinuning. The Olympic aftermath will end with swimming. In between, Indianapolis is the site of major events in wrestling, diving, cycling and more swimming. Although public awareness of the Athens Olympics won't be evident until the calendar turns to 2004, last week's spring national championships and Duel in the Pool showed that swimmers are on their timetable. For instance, Lenny Kray-zelburg had bis fastest times in the 100- and 200-meter backstrokes since the 2000 Olympics at Sydney, where he won three THEY SAID IT ... "I think his coming-out party was during this tournament (NCAA)." The Wizards' Michael Jordan, who insists Syracuse freshman Carmelo Anthony (left) merits consideration as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft - if he makes himself available. vs. Orlando at Milwaukee at New York vs. Memphis (CHL playoffs) vs. Memphis (CHL playoffs) vs. Memphis (CHL playoffs) vs. Dallas at San Jose at Buffalo vs. Durham vs. Durham vs. Charlotte WHMB-40, WXNT-1430 AM WNDE-1260 AM ESPN2 ESPN2 ESPN ESPN ESPN2 schedules at leaving credit for the modern game to the likes of Abner Dou-bleday. "But their bat and ball games do show similarities to baseball, stickball and softball." Piccione teaches comparative ancient history at the College of Charleston. His specialty is ancient Egyptian sporting activities and their religious meaning. And there was almost no clearer connection for him between the Egyptian ritual of seker-hemat, "batting the ball," and America's national pastime. "Sport and religion were not mutually exclusive of each other 5,000 years ago and in many ways, they still are not today," Piccione says. Just look, he says, at the idolization of Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Barry Bonds. He also says the euphoria Egyptians felt when their kings successfully played their games rivals that of baseball fans. OLYMPIC AND AMATEUR SPORTS David Woods gold medals. Michael Phelps explored his limits, becoming the first ever to win in three different strokes at the same nationals, according to USA Swimming. The host Indiana Sports Corp. is counting on publicity generated from the Olympics to boost attendance for the World Swimming Championships, which will be Oct 7-11, 2004. The meet will be held in a temporary 25-meter Stern to Settle in NBA commissioner David Stern told WNBA players Tuesday that unless they settle their contract dispute by April 18, the 2003 season for the women's league will not be played. "We want to get a deal and work with the players," - said Stern, announcing at the same time that his league had voted an additional $12 million to subsidize its women's affiliate. "But if that's not to be, it's not to be. We'll know in the next 10 days if there will be a WNBA season." Houston Comets guard Sonja Henning, president of the WNBA Players Association, said in an interview Tuesday with Houston television station KRIV that the announcement wasn't unexpected. "We anticipated this coming out," Henning said. "It was just a question of what the day was going to be." The contract with the league's players expired Sept. 15 and negotiations have gone nowhere. The union is demanding substantial pay increases and free agency among other things. FOOTBALL Bears add Dent as coach The Chicago Bears have named former defensive end Richard Dent, the team's career sacks leader, as an assistant defensive line coach. Dent spent 12 years with the Bears from 1983 to 1993 and the 1995 season, setting the Bears single-season sack mark in 1984 with Ti. ! A four-time Pro-Bowl selection, Dent was the MVP in Chicago's 46-10 win over New England in the Super Bowl following the 1985 season. Ed McCaskey, a former singer who married Chicago Bears team owner George Ha-las' daughter and went on to become Bears' chairman, died Tuesday at Lake Forest, 111. He was 83. SWIMMING AND DIVING Cal's Coughlin honored Natalie Coughlin of California has been selected the nation's outstanding woman in swimming and diving for the second consecutive year. She won the NCAA title for the third consecutive time in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke and the 100 butterfly. The junior holds the U.S. and NCAA records in each event. RiverKings Special report MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Don Parsons and Brian Tucker scored power-play goals and goaltender Mark Richards had 20 saves, giv- ing Memphis a MEMPHIS 3 3-1 victory and ICE 1 a 2-0 Northern Kit .,, Conference Fi- MpmnhTV nalsleadinthe Memphis, 7 . p.m. Thursday, J WKLU-101-9FM feague play-offs over the Indianapolis Ice Tuesday night. The Ice took a 1-0 lead, finally scoring on their third consecutive man advantage in the first period. Kevin St. Jacques took a pass behind the net, got Richards to commit, and lifted a wrist shot pool assembled inside Conseco Fieldhouse. Indianapolis, site of the 2002 World Basketball Championship, was supposed to have had world championships for three successive years. But USA Gymnastics took the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships away from the city and moved the event to Anaheim, Calif. Also on the local calendar Wrestling's World Team Trials, June 20-22, at the Indiana Convention Center. U.S. Diving's national championships, June 24-29, at the Na-tatorium at IUPUI. College track cycling championships, Sept 18-20, at the Major Taylor Velodrome. OFF THE WIRE WNBA players: 10 days or no play 1 jf A'l'V 1 - ,v . -fc,. ill.. -niiinifci r r 4 t Tough times: The Indiana Fever's other WNBA players are in limbo SOCCER United's Reyes injured D.C. United defender Milton Reyes will miss most of the season with a left knee injury. The Honduran tore a ligament in a scrimmage at Richmond on Saturday. He will be sidelined at least five months. TENNIS Davenport romps on clay Lindsay Davenport hadn't played a match on clay in two years, but it didn't show Tuesday. On a cold rainy day in Charleston, S.C, Davenport routed Daja Bedanova 6-0, 6-1 to advance to the third round. Serena Williams was scheduled to play the night match but rain pushed the match to today. Second-seeded Rainer Schuettler was knocked out of the Estoril Open 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 by Feliciano Lopez in Tuesday's first round at Oeiras, Portugal. OLYMPICS Doping code popular The governing bodies of put Ice in 2-0 over his left shoulder. Parsons scored his seventh goal of the playoffs with five seconds remaining in the first, knotting the score at L In the second, Tucker gave the RiverKings a 2-1 advantage. Robb Palahnuk iced it with an empty net goal in the third period. Ice goalie Shawn Silver played well, saving 22-of-24 shots faced. On the other side, Richards had an impressive night for Memphis, saving 20-of-21 shots. "It was a frustrating loss. The boys worked hard all game," said Ice coach Ken McRae. Games 3 and 4 are Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Pepsi Coliseum. Game 5, if necessary, is Sunday at 6:05 p.m. at Pepsi Coliseum. Counsilman Classic swim meet, April 2-4, 2004, at the Na-tatorium. Wrestling's U.S. Olympic Trials, May 20-22, 2004, at the RCA Dome (rather than Conseco Fieldhouse as originally scheduled). The Counsilman Classic, named for former Indiana University coach Doc Counsilman, is the latest addition to the pre-Olympic lineup. It is a part of a domestic Grand Prix series leading up to the Olympic Trials, set for July 7-14 at Long Beach, Calif. "We're thinking about making it an annual meet on our Indiana swimming calendar," said Ar-lene McDonald, general chair J Robert Scheer The Star Tamika Catchings (with ball) and over contract negotiations. triathlon, amateur boxing and chess were among the first to adopt a new global anti-doping code. The World Anti-Doping Agency said it has received signed documents confirming adoption of the first global policy against banned drugs in sport. WADA said the United States Anti-Doping Agency, the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sports and the Australian Olympic Committee have also formally adopted the code. VOLLEYBALL SARS scare stops tour A women's volleyball tour originally scheduled to make two stops in Michigan has been canceled because of concerns about a deadly new flu-like virus. As of Tuesday, at least 104 deaths worldwide had been attributed to severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. Most were in mainland China and Hong Kong. The USA women's national volleyball training team and the Chinese junior nationals were to start their tour April 26 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. From Star news services playoff hole Ice summary At Memphis Tuesday Game 2 (Memphis leads series 2-0) ICE MEMPHIS 10 0-1 1 1 1 - 3 first period - 1. tee. St. Jacques (Holmes) 15:12 pp. 2, Memphis, Parsons (Gagnon) 18:43 pp. Penal ties: Aitken (M) cross-checking, 3:23: Nasato (M) tripping 10:06. DiPalma (M) roughing, 13:37, lewis (I) tripping 16:45. Kearrts (0 cross-checking 17:30, St. Jacques (I) high-sticking 19:58. Second period - Scoring: 3, Memphis, Tucker (Stastny, Thomas) pp, 1:51. Penalties: Pool (I) interference 11:52. Pool (I) unsportsmanlike conduct, 11:52, Tucker (M) unsportsmanlike conduct, 11:52, Nasato (M) roughing, 11:52, Nasato (M) charging goaltender, 11:52. Dumba (I) too many men, 15:41, Lewis (I) obstruction (hooking) 18:46. Third period - Scoring; 4, M. Palahnuk (Thomas) 19:20. en. Penalties: Amadio (M) roughing, 6:29. Landmesser (M) board checking, 8:01, Land-messer (M) roughing, 10:40, Baird (I) roughing, 10:40. Aikia (I) interference. 12:06, Nasato (M) unsportsmanlike conduct, 12:06. Monn (I) obstruction (holding stick) 12:29. Snots on goal - Ice 6-5-10 - 21: Memphis. 9-10-6 - 24. Power play opportunities - Ice: 1-6. Memphis 2-7. Goartenders Ice: Silver 22-24: Memphis, Richards 20-21. Officials - Referee: Gord Dwyer. Linesmen: Kevin Mighton, Chris Libert. of Indiana Swimming. Sports of all sorts Gymnastics: USA Gymnastics has reopened the bid process for the 2004 Olympic Trials. They're being relocated from Boston, which was awarded the Democratic National Convention and can't accommodate both events at the FleetCenter. Shooting: Purdue won the national team title in the intercollegiate clay target championships at San Antonio. Purdue's shotgun team won national titles in American skeet, American trap and international skeet. Todd Coble finished first in international skeet, and George Gray was first in American H00S1ER DIGEST INDIANAPOLIS CART hit with countersuit Road America has filed a countersuit against CART, alleging the open-wheel racing body broke its contract with the track when it canceled a scheduled race. Road America filed the countersuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis. The company is seeking monetary damages. CART filed suit against the track in February, claiming it had not received the final installment of the sanctioning fee for last year's race or the first payment for the race that was scheduled for Aug. 3 this year. "We were in full compliance with our 2002 and 2003 CART agreements," track president George Bruggenthies said in a statement Tuesday. Three players in limbo The recruiting process has started over for three members of The Star's boys basketball Super Team. Bishop Chatard's Dan Cage has received a release from the national letter of intent he signed in November with St. Bonaven-ture. Heritage Christian's Todd Abernethy, who made a non-binding oral commitment to Wright State in the fall, will not attend the school in Dayton, Ohio. Sheridan's Matt Webster also will not attend Wright State, having requested a release from his national letter of intent. Wright State hired Ohio State assistant Paul Biancardi as its coach Friday. He replaced Ed Schilling, who was fired. Abernethy already has made an official visit to Memphis. Cage said he's exploring his options. St. Bonaventure placed coach Jan van Breda Kolff on administrative leave after his players refused to play the final two regular-season games because the team was banned from the Atlantic 10 tournament for using an ineligible player. GREEN BAY, WIS. Packers sign Nwokorie The Green Bay Packers, whose pursuit of former Purdue University standout Chukie Nwokorie began prior to the 2002 season, signed the former Indianapolis Colts defensive end to a two-year contract on Tuesday. Frank Murtha, Nwokorie's agent, said the deal is worth approximately $2 million and includes a $500,000 signing bonus. Nwokorie could earn an additional $300,00.0 for incentives. SOUTH BEND Gonzales joins ND staff Notre Dame has hired Jimmy Gonzales, a former football administrator at Texas and Army, as director of personnel development for football. Gonzales, 44, was an assistant coach for 15 years. ZIQNSVIUE Wolf run is sold Sale of Wolf Run Golf Club was completed Tuesday, with Lee Burton of Greensboro, Ga., and his family acquiring the men-only Zionsville club from retired NFL quarterback Jack Trudeau and Indianapolis businessman Bob Lyon. "We just want to continue Jack Leer's legacy," said Stan Burton, Leer's son and a PGA professional who will serve as Wolf Run's general managerhead professional. "It's golf first and it's amateur golf first." Leer, who died in 1996, founded the club in 1989. Star reports trap and 5-stand. Track and Meld: Two members of the Indiana Invaders' new masters team combined for two firsts and three second places in the national masters indoor meet at Boston. Robert Thomas, 36, won the 200 meters (2256) and 400 (48.81) for men 35-39. He was second in the 60 (7J9) and 800 (156.82). Olympic gold medalist Sunder Nix, 42, was second in the 400 (50.07) in the 40-44 age group. ... In an poll, miler Jim Ryun led voting in a list of top 10 high school athletes of all time. Call Star reporter David Woods at 1-317-444-6195 or e-mail

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