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6- MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2004 ;*•-** * * SPORTS The (JkJah Dally Journal PREP BOYS GOLF •Ukiah at Antioch Tournament, 8 a.m. 'JC BASEBALL _. *Los Mednnos College at / Mendocino, 2:30 p.m. PREP SOFTBALL •Ukiah at Clovcrdale (scrimmage), .4:30 p.m. (V/JV) PREP SWIMMING & DIVING •Santa Rosa at Ukiah, 4 p.m. PREP BOYS GOLF •Piner at Ukiah, 3:30 p.m. (9 holes) COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST Special Oympics Benefit Dinner ;.' The Mendocino County Special Olympics will be holding a benefit dinner at Mario's Ristorante Italiano in Redwood Valley on March 10 (5-8:30 p.m.). , Make reservations early by calling Chris at 468-3800. Seating is limited. Bank Patrick' Scramble s Day The 50th annual Savings Bank St. Patrick's Day Scramble Golf Tournament is slated for March 13 at Ukiah Municipal Golf Course. The entry fee is $35 and registrants form their own teams. The first 20 teams of five members will play. All proceeds benefit St. Mary's School. Luneh will be catered by the St. Mary's School eighth- grade parents immediately following the tournament in the Todd Grove Room. Tee time is set for 8:30 a.m. (shotgun start). Over $ 1,000 in team prizes will be up for grabs. For more information, contact Paul Shimmin at 4626613. , ... Pony/Colt League /tryouts / The Ukiah Pony and Colt jjbaseball leagues will be holding tryouts for Pony teams ''(1.3-14-year-olds) on ^Saturday, March 13, and 5 Sunday, March 14, beginning £at 10 a.m. each day. ,* In the event of rain, there [5 will be one try out held on P* Saturday, March 20. £ Anyone who has not >* signed up and wishes to do so i*may doit then. S For more information, f contact Kris at 468-3800. jJGirls Youth ;Softball League The City J Community ' of Ukiah Service 5 Department's 2004 Girls J Youth Softball League will be 2 getting underway soon. 5 Participants may register indi- ^vidually and will be placed on »teams according to their grade ? level. r> League play begins in 'early April and will run through May. Each team will play at least 10 games. Cost is $45 per player (sibling dis- •j counts are available). . Registration deadline is March IS. Need-based schol- J- arships are .available (proof of J income required). * Registration forms are 1 available at the City of Ukiah. For more information, call 463-6712. ;City Co-ed ; Volley ball League The City of Ukiah Community Service J Department's co-ed volleyball league gets underway ~ J years and to jsgister ~pj|yers. at least i^layoff be played Jjsoon. Adults, •older, are per on a team of i Recreati^ »>tive leagues" ' AH teams' |eight.games am game. Games vv on weeknighfs starting in April and running into June. One may register as part of a team or as individuals. SQlp players may register and be placed on an available team. The cost is $250 pei team (up to 1? players) or $40 per individual jf^fore \tarch 15. See DIGEST, Page f t NHL | STARS 4, SHARKS 0 Stars blank Sharks, inch closer in Pacific chase Turco stops 22 shots, lifts Dallas DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars moved two points closer in their season-long pursuit of the San Jose Sharks. Marty Turco made 22 saves for his 19th career shutout, and the Stars set a franchise record with a 14-game home unbeaten streak in a 4-0 victory over the Sharks on Sunday. The Stars, who in late February trailed the first-place Sharks by eight points in the Pacific Division, have 81 points, two behind San Jose. "This was a fun game to be a part of," said Turco, who has won all seven career starts against the Sharks. "The ramifications were obvious for both teams. This game was important and we're showing up at the right time." Dallas improved to 13-4-2 in its last 19 games against San Jose. The Stars completed a 7-0-1 .homestand. the longest in franchise history. The teams have two more regular- season meetings: March 16 in Dallas and March 28 in San Jose. "I think it shows that we're right there with the win," said Stars left wing Shayne Corson, who had a goal and an assist. "We've been chasing this team for a couple of months now and they're still ahead of us. We need to keep fighting and hopefully catch them." Turco established a career high with his 32nd victory, preserving his seventh shutout of the season by stopping Nils Ekman on a breakaway with two minutes left in the second period. Jon Klemm and Pierre Turgeon set the tone when they scored in the first six minutes, and Stu Barnes added three assists. Rob DiMaio had a second-period goal and Corson scored his first of the season with 5:47 left. The Stars are 10-0-4 in their last 14 at home, tying the Philadelphia Flyers for the NHL's longest home unbeaten streak this season. Dallas came out aggressively, getting the first nine shots on goal to build a 2-0 first-period advantage. "We wanted to have a good first couple of shifts," Turgeon said. "When you get up two goals in this building, you can play a lot different than being down by two goals." Klemm gave the Stars the lead 1:54 after the opening faceoff when his shot from the point got past screened goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Turgeon followed with his llth of the season, scoring from close range off a setup by Corson. "Today I think emotions maybe got the better of us," said Sharks left wing Scott Thornton. "We were a little tentative early ... but once we regrouped See SHARKS, Page 7 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL I Spring Training Roundup Nen slowly inching closer to recovery By ANDREW BAGGARLY ANG Newspapers SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Robb Nen grabbed the dugout roof with his right arm and stretched. It felt loose, limber, ready for another test. But there would be no rosin bag in his immediate future. "It's a little frustrating to take days off when you feel good," said Nen, who missed all of 2003 because of three shoulder surgeries. "I understand we've got to make sure to do the right steps in the right sequence. That means right now, I've got to take a break." Nen might throw off a mound today. He might play long toss. He might put pn a yellow T-shirt and hawk lemonade in the stands. Nen's daily schedule is a well-guarded secret, which is understandable given the setbacks he has endured in getting back to the mound. The Giants' All-Star closer hasn't thrown a competitive pitch since Game 6 of the 2002 World Series. But despite such a long layoff, Nen said he doesn't need to make a bunch of appearances,in spring games. "If I try to go into the season without facing hitters at all, 'that would be tough," said Nen, who is making $9 million in the final year of his contract. "As long as I face some here and there, it's not a big issue. Half the time I don't throw well down here anyway. You don't get the same adrenaline." Nen wouldn't rule out a minor- league rehab assignment to start the season, but oops, that's in the future - a taboo subject. "I'm sure that decision will be made at the right time," he said. "We're not there yet - not even close." A LITTLE DIPLOMACY: Peter Magowan said he was aware of statements that A's owner Steve Schott made to reporters Friday, but the Giants managing general partner didn't point his cannon back across the bay. One day after Schott called the Giants "crybabies," for insisting on their territorial claim to Santa Clara County, Magowan said he wouldn't turn the spat between the two clubs into a public cage match. "I said what I have to say about territorial rights," Magowan said. "I'd only be repeating myself." Asked if he was disturbed that Schott took such personal hits at the Giants, Magowan shrugged. ANG nie photo San Francisco Giants closer Robb Nen is continuing rehab work on his injured shoulder. "There's just no point in me responding to any of that," he said. HERGES FINISHES UP: Matt Herges struck out two in pitching a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, but Manager Felipe Alou cautioned not to read too much into the assignment. Felix Rodriguez likely will pitch the ninth today, Alou said. "Even if we have Nen on opening day, Herges will get some saves for this team," said Alou, "and so will Rodriguez." ONE-HOPPERS: Barry Bonds walked twice - including a four-pitch pass with the bases loaded - .and grounded to the pitcher in three plate appearances. Bonds is O-for-5 this See GIANTS, Page 7 NBA | KINGS 107, MAGIC 90 Slow-starting Kings pound Magic By MIKE BRANOM The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — The Sacramento Kings took a while to get going, then quickly made up for lost time. Peja Stojakovic scored 12 of his 28 points in the decisive third quarter, and Sacramento shook off its early sluggishness to defeat the Orlando Magic 107-90 Sunday night. Mike Bibby had 26 points, while Brad Miller added 22 with J2 rebounds. Doug Christie had 13 points and a season-best 12 assists. Sacramento, the NBA leader in assists, had 30 on 38 field goals. The Kings also made all 24 of their foul shots. Sacramento entered the game as the league's highest-scoring team, averaging 104.6 points. But after 21 minutes, only 40 points were on the board and the deficit was 10. The Kings had excuses. They played Saturday, losing in Miami. And because this was the second game in as many nights, Chris Webber rested his surgically Repaired left knee. "It just didn't look like we had energy the whole first half, almost like we were sleepwalking," coach Rick Adelman said. "I don't know if it was the back-to-back or what.." Sacramento finally woke up on Stojakpvic's three free throws with 2:35 left before halftime. That got the Kings going, and they trailed 54-53 at intermission. Coming out of the break, Stojakovic and Christie hit consecutive 3-pointers to start a run of 12 unanswered points. Stojakovic's jumper with 9:40 left in the period put the Kings up 65-54, as Sacramento scored 25 points in less than five minutes. "I think the end of the first half changed the whole momentum," said Stojakovic, who shot 9-for-17, 3-of-7 on 3 pointers. Miller credited the turnaround to the timeout called after Juwan Howard's third straight jumper gave Orlando its largest lead. "We decided to play with a lot more emotion and energy, and that carried over to the third," said Miller, 7-for-13 from the field with eight free throws. "When we get on a roll, we get on a roll." Orlando scored seven straight points to get the deficit down to four, but Sacramento went on a 14-4 run and the Magic never got back within single digits. Sacramento's largest lead, was 21 points, 107-86 with 1:54 left. "We came out in the third quarter, we didn't play particularly well, and they just got away from us and we couldn't respond," Orlando coach Johnny Davis said. For the Magic, Howard scored 26 . points on 25 shots — both season highs. Tracy McGrady, Tyronn Lue and DeShawn Stevenson each added 13. Drew Gooden sat out because of infected hair follicles on his right leg. McGrady, going for his second straight scoring title, missed 11 of 15 shots. "I really didn't have that feeling, like I was going to have an outstanding game," said McGrady, now averaging 27.5 points — a half-point ahead of Philadelphia's Allen Iverson. "Also, they were doing a great job of loading up every time I got the bal' Vlade (Divac) was walking over there, just making me give it up. All night, I was playing out of my comfort zone," McGrady said. Added Adelman: "Doug has played with him and knows him pretty well, but we tried to give Doug as much help as could," CITYUAGBE Pardini Appliance downs The Bison Store Pardini Appliance defeated The Bison Store, 24-12, in Ukiah City League first- and second- grade boys basketball action Saturday. "' The Bison Store is now 4-3 on the season. Kenseth takes 2nd straight By MIKE HARRIS The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Defending champion Matt Kenseth rolled to his second straight NASCAR Nextel Cup win Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, surpassing his victory total of 2003 in only the third race of the season. Kenseth, criticized last season for winning the series title with boring consistency and only one race victory, was dominating for the second straight year in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. "It's been a fun two weeks, the most fun I've had in a race car in my life," Kenseth said. "We've just got an unbelievable team and unbelievable equipment. Man, this thing was fun to drive." In his win two weeks earlier at Rockingham, Kenseth had to hold off a challenge from rookie Kasey Kahne, winning by only inches. This time, there was no one to challenge Kenseth after he moved past Kevin Harvick on lap 230 to regain the lead for the fourth and final time in the 267-lap event. The 23-year-old Kahne, in only his third Cup start, wound up second again Sunday, inheriting the runner-up spot five laps from the end when Harvick ran out of gas and coasted to the pits. Harvick wound up 21st. Kahne, who started from the pole, crossed the finish line 3.426 seconds— about half a straightaway — behind Kenseth's No 17 Ford. Tony Stewart finished third, followed by Jamie McMurray, Mark Martin, Elliott Sadler, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch and Rusty Wallace. The race was supposed to be the first true test of the new combination of a shorter rear spoiler and softer tires, intended by NASCAR to make the racing more exciting by allowing more passing. But this race didn't look much different than the previous six on the 1 1/2-mile Vegas oval, with mostly single-file racing. There were 18 lead changes among 10 drivers, but many of them came during pit stop sequences and had nothing to do with passing on the racetrack. Kenseth, who started 25th, led a race-high 123 laps, including the final 38. He appeared to have the fastest car all day. Several times, the winner built leads of up to 4 seconds before caution flags erased the margin. He was leading Stewart by about 20 car lengths when Kevin Lepage's blown engine dumped oil on the track pn lap 183. The leaders made their final pit stops on lap 184 and an uncharacteristic slow stop by his Roush Racing crew left Kenseth seventh for the restart on lap 193 with Harvick in the lead.