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A-6 -TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2004 SPORTS LOCAL SPORTS CALENDAR JC BASEBALL •College of Marin at Mendocino. 2:30 p.m. JC SOFTBALL •Diablo Valley College at Mendocino (DH), 1 p.m. PREP BASEBALL •Casa Grande at Ukiah frosh. 3:30 p.m. •St. Vincent's at Potter Valley, 3:30 p.m. PREP SOFTBALL •St. Vincent's at Ukiah, 3:30 p.m. (V/JV) •Ukiah frosh at Potter Valley varsity, 3:30 p.m. PREP BOYS GOLF •Ukiah at Rancho Cotate, 3: 30 p.m. (9 holes) •Ukiah JV at Cardinal Newman, 3 p.m. PREP BASEBALL •Ukiah at Rancho Cotate, 3:30 p.m. (V/JV) PREP BOYS TENNIS •Ukiah at Rancho Cotate, 3 p.m. COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST Wildcat Wrestling Club The Wildcat Wrestling Club, open to athletes 6 years old and higher, is holding practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Ukiah High School gym from 6 to 8 p.m. Interested individuals looking to work on their skills can sign up on site. Girls Youth Softball League The City of Ukiah Community Service Department's 2004 Girls Youth Softball League will be getting underway soon. Participants may register individually and will be placed on teams according to their grade level. 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 discounts are available). Registration deadline is March 15. Need-based scholarships are available (proof of income required). Registration forms are available at the City of Ukiah. For more information, call 463-6712. City Co-ed Volleyball League The City of Ukiah Community Service Department's co-ed volleyball league gets underway soon. Adults, 16 years and older, are permitted to register on a team of up to 12 players. Recreational and competitive leagues are available. All teams will play at least eight games and one playoff game. Games will be played on ' weeknights starting in April and running into June. One may register as part of a team or as individuals. Solo players may register and be placed on an available team. The cost is $250 per team (up to 12 players) or $40 per individual if before March 15. Registration forms are available at the City of Ukiah. Ukiah Women's Athletic Association meeting The Ukiah Women's Athletic Association will be holding a women's slow-pitch Softball meeting for the 2004 season at Wright Stuff Pizza on Wednesday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. All women interested in playing softball are welcome to attend. City Men's Softball League The City of Ukiah Community Service Department's 2004 men's Softball league season will begin soon. An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on March 18 at The Pub in Ukiah. League play is scheduled See DIGEST, Page 7A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Chavez nears new contract with A's AN<i file photo Oakland has lost many star players to higher-spending teams over the years. They don't want their talented third baseman, Eric Chavez to join that list. Chavez hit .282 with 29 homers and 101 RBIs last season. By GREG BEACHAM The Associated Press PHOENIX — If Billy Beane can seal a deal with Eric Chavez, the Oakland Athletics just might keep one of their own stars for a change. Chavez, a talented young third baseman who can become a free agent after the season, could agree to a contract extension with the team this week, Beane said Monday. Oakland's general manager has been in productive negotiations with Chavez's agent, Dave Stewart. "There's nothing final, but I'm very optimistic," Beane said. "All the conversations we've had have taken steps forward. I feel like we're moving in the right direction and we have a chance to get this thing done. We haven't really had too many sticking points." That's a remarkable development for the A's, who have no problem developing young talent but never seem to hang onto it. Keeping Chavez, 26, in Oakland also might make it easier to convince star pitchers Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito to stay when their contracts expire in the next three seasons. "I don't knqw the details, but I think it sends a message," Hudson said Monday after a strong spring training outing. "Hopefully, they'll get it done, and we'll go from there. I think it sends a message that we want to keep people. It's good for our team and our organization, and it sends a great message to our fans by keeping free agents around here for a while." ' Chavez, who refused to comment on the negotiations, hit .282 with 29 homers and 101 RBIs last season, his most consistent campaign in the majors. He tied Hank Blalock of Texas for the most homers by an AL third baseman, and won his second Gold Glove. The small-market, small- budget A's have defied baseball conventions by building a winning team the last five years, but payroll constraints have forced them to say goodbye to an incredible number of gifted free agents. They've lost MVPs Jason Giambi and Miguel Tejada, who signed big-money deals elsewhere. Last spring, A's owner Steve Schott admitted the team couldn't afford Tejada, who wanted to stay in Oakland but signed a $72 million deal with Baltimore last December. Oakland also couldn't keep outfielder Johnny Damon or closers Jason MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL | SPRING TRAINING ROUNDUP Bonds and Wagner return, Beck leaves The Associated Press Just when Barry Bonds and Billy Wagner returned to the field, Rod Beck left the San Diego Padres. The popular reliever will be out indefinitely while he deals with personal problems and probably won't be ready by opening day. Beck hasn't been in camp for several days and hasn't pitched in a spring training game. The last time anyone with the team heard from him was Wednesday, when manager Bruce Bochy spoke with him by phone. "He said that he really needed to take care of some personal issues and if he could possibly do it, he'd try to get back on schedule as soon as he can," Bochy said Monday in Peoria, Ariz. "Now, it's going to take a little bit longer than he or us had anticipated." The easygoing Beck, popular with teammates and fans, converted all 20 save chances last year after being signed as a free agent in June to solidify a struggling bullpen that was missing All-Star closer Trevor Hoffman. Hoffman returned in September, and Beck, who has 286 career saves, resigned in December to serve as a setup man. General manager Kevin Towers said he couldn't discuss Beck's problem other than to say it "possibly" was health-related. "I'm not 100 percent sure what all the issues are," Towers said. "I'm just somewhat aware of what's going on. It puts us in a tough spot because we want to be as candid as possible, but with respect to things that are going on, I want to be as confidential as I can with the information that 1 have." Bonds went 0-for-l with two walks on his late father's birthday, and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for six runs in the 10th inning of a 12-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Scpttsdale, Ariz. Bobby Bonds, who died last summer, would have been 58. His 39-year-old son said earlier in the spring that he didn't know if he could play on his father's birthday, but Barry Bonds asked manager Felipe AIou to put him in the lineup for the first time since injuring his back last Wednesday. "I was kind of surprised that he played, especially after he missed a couple of games," Alou said. "It's hard to tell how a guy is feeling on a day like this." Wagner, who had been sidelined by tendinitis in his left middle finger, gave up a home run on his first pitch of the spring — to Yankees pitcher Kevin Brown. "You know the story about the blind squirrel," Brown said. "Meet Mr. blind squirrel." Brown went 2-for-2 and allowed four singles in four scoreless innings to lead New York over the Philadelphia Phillies 12-3 in Clearwater, Fla. Gary Sheffield, playing with a torn ligament in his right thumb, hit his first spring homer and had four RBIs. Wagner, Philadelphia's new closer, allowed consecutive hits to Bubba Crosby and Derek Jeter after Brown's homer. The left-hander then struck out Alex Rodriguez and retired Jason Giambi and Sheffield on infield outs. "There was nothing on that pitch," Wagner said, referring to the fastball to Brown. "All I wanted to do was throw strikes and get a good feel." Kevin Millwood allowed three runs and five hits in two innings. In other exhibition games: Isringhausen and Keith Foulke — and other players, such as catcher Ramon Hernandez, departed in trades before their salaries became exorbitant. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Chavez is working on a $66 million, six-year deal, though Beane wouldn't confirm the numbers. Stewart — a longtime star pitcher for the A's — didn't return a call seeking comment, but such a deal would be the biggest contract in franchise history. Beane is leaving Arizona for Chicago on unrelated business Tuesday, so a deal might not be completed until later in the week. "There has never been any sense of urgency and there has never been a sense of formality," Beane said. "The way talks have gone leads me to believe we can get something done." Devil Rays 10, Blue Jays 4 At Dunedin, Fla., Victor Zambrano struck out six over four innings in a tuneup for his opening day start with Tampa Bay. Zambrano, scheduled to face the New York Yankees in Tokyo on March 30, allowed one run and three hits. Robert Pick went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBIs. At Vero Beach, Fla., Adrian Beltre homered and Los Angeles roughed up New York closer Braden Looper. j Kaz Matsui hit a home run i and made his debut at shortstop for the Mets after coming back from a cut on his finger. iwinBiS- iwiiiKiii * At Phoenix, Tim Hudson had his best outing of the spring, throwing four solid innings for Oakland. Eric Chavez could be close to a contract extension with the Athletics. Jamie Moyer worked four innings, and Seattle had its six-game winning streak snapped. At Peoria, Ariz., the Angels got five scoreless innings from John Lackey. Padres starter Sterling Hitchcock allowed a run and five hits in four innings. JC SOFTBALL Lady Eagles win ninth in a row The Daily Journal GILROY - The Mendocino College Softball team continued its winning ways this past weekend after taking a two-week break between games. The Eagles traveled to downtown Gilroy to take on four teams in the Gavilan College March Tournament The Eagles won both games on Saturday, blasting Cabrillo College of Santa Cruz, 23-2. The team then went on to defeat Taft College, 11-1. On Sunday, Mendocino handled San Francisco City, 8-1 and finished the tournament by beating host Gavilan College, 7-0. The tournament victories ran the Eagles' season record to an impressive 13-2, one of the best J.C. records in the State. "We are playing the best softball of the season right now, and the entire team is hitting very well." Said head coach, Skip Hunter. Leading hitters for the Eagles were Nicole Sherrell (Lower Lake), who went 7-for-ll, including two triples. Jessie Kijak (Windsor) finished 4-for-7 with five funs scored and six RBIs. Megan Farr (Clear Lake) hit 5-for-9 with four runs scored and five RBIs. Taylor Aggi (Ukiah) finished 6-for-ll, scored six runs, and had five RBIs. Courney Freeman (Potter Valley) hit 6- for-10, scored four runs and had 3 RBIs. The Lady Eagles' next Open Bay Valley Conference competition is a double-header on Tuesday, March 16 at 1 p.m. They will be at home to take on Diablo Valley College. CITY LEAGUE BASKETBALL Cal Shingle handles Johnson's Tree Care In a physical, and hard-fought battle, Cal Shingle pulled away with the victory over Johnson's Tree Care 32-20 in High School girls City League Basketball action this past Saturday. Leading the way for Cal Shingle was Hana Rohloff with 10 points and six rebounds. Lauren Hosmer had eight points and five rebounds . Ember VanVranken added five points, and grabbed a team- high nine rebounds. Cal. Shingle improved its season record to 4-3. Next week it takes on the 1st place team, Jeff Harpe Motors. NBA will speak to Nelson By JANIE McCAULEY The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — The NBA will speak to Dallas coach Don Nelson, who made contact with Golden State guard Avery Johnson via e-mail and offered him a position on the Mavericks' coaching staff starting this postseason. "We're going to speak to coach Nelson and tell him that those types of actions aren't appropriate," NBA spokesman Tim Frank told The Associated Press on Monday night. "I don't think the intent here was to cause a problem, but it's not allowed in our rules to have contact with players on other teams." It was unclear whether Nelson would face disciplinary action by the league or only receive a warning. Before Dallas played in See NELSON, Page 10A

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