Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 27, 2000 · Page 7
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orts Agassi, Davenport advance to Australian Open finals Associated Press "MELBOURNE, Australia—Andre Agassi hammered winners through the few openings Pete Sampras left him tonight to advance to his fourth consecutive Grand Slam tournament final. :..'The 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (0), 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory sent' Agassi into the Australian Open title match against the winner of Friday's semifinal between defending champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov and No. 12 Magnus Norman. Sampras, serving at up to 129 mph, hit 37 aces and played a perfect tiebreaker in the third set, but Agassi bounced back with pesky returns and winners crosscourt, down the 1 ine or into Sampras' body. Agassi is the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to reach four consecutive Grand Slam finals. He won the French and U.S. Opens last year, in between losing the Wimbledon final to Sampras. Sampras was seeking to break Roy Emerson's record of 12 Grand Slam titles. In his first loss in nine five-set matches at the Australian Open, Sampras looked in a strong position when he scored a minibreak with a forehand cross-court passing shot for a 4-3 lead in the fourth-set tiebreaker. Agassi broke back for 4-4 with a serve return that skipped off the net cord, forcing Sampras to volley wide. On his first set point, Agassi pounced on a short volley by Sampras for a forehand winner. He followed up by breaking Sampras in the second game of the final set with a forehand serve return down the line, and gained one more break in the sixth game with a backhand cross-court pass. Serving for the match, Agassi saved one break point when Sampras hit a backhand long, and ended the 2-hour, 47-minute match with a serve that Sampras blocked wide. "The match was so close to being won in the fourth set," Agassi said. "You can't expect him to be perfect. He was in it until See TENNIS, Page 8 file phot* Lindsay Davenport defeated Jennifer Capriati in today's semi finals at the Australian Open. COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST Final sign-ups for North Ukiah kittle League h North Ukiah Little League \$11 hold tryouts and final sign- ikps for players aged 6-12 this \jjEekend at Bechtol Field, Beginning 9 a.m., Saturday and Sunday. [The cost per child is $35 for ": first player in any family and for any additional player i the same family. South Ukiah Little League sign-ups • Sign-ups for the South Ukiah Little League 2000 season will tie held Thursday, as well as on Heb. 1 and 2 .from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Yokayo School Cafeteria. Little league is open to players a^ged 5-12 and the fees for the season are $35 for the first play- e)r in any family and $30 for any additional player from the same family. Each player must bring ail original copy of their birth Certificate. ' Hopland residents can sign up Jjan. 28 and Feb. 4 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hopland School cafe- t^ria'. For more information, call 468-0739. SCHEDULE } ,.' THURSDAY i Girls Basketball { Ukiah vs. Maria Carrillo, 4:30,6 ! ' &7:30p.m.(Fr/JVs/V) Wrestling Ukiah at Cardinal Newman, 5 p.m. FRIDAY Boys Basketball Mendocino College at Contra • Costa College, 7p.m. Ukiah at Montgomery, 4:30,6 & 7:30 p.m. (Fr/JVs/V) Willits at Cloverdale, 5:30 & 7 p.m. (JVs/V) Potter Valley at Uaytonville, 5 & 7 p.m. (JVs/V) Girls Basketball Willits vs. Cloverdale at WHS, 5;3Q&7p.m.(M/V) Potter Valley at Laytonville, 3:30 • & 6:30 p.m. (JVs/V) SATURDAY Football NorCal Loggers vs. Sacramento Hurricanes, at Mendocino College, 1 p.m. Wrestling Ukiah at Maria Carrillo Tournament, 9a.m. Willits JV Tournament, 10 a.m. BoysBMlulbalJ DVC vs. Laytonville at Mendo Coi.,3&7p.ra.(JV*/V) Giils Basketball DVC vs. Laytonville «t Meodo. Col., 3:30* 6:30 p.ro.(JV»yV) AMATEUR FOOTBALL R»y HamUI/The Daily Journal The NorCal Loggers are 4-0 on the season and will try to extend that streak to five when they play the Sacramento Hurricanes at Mendocino College Saturday. • Loggers coming to Mendo Amateur footballers to play Sacramento Hurricanes Saturday ByRAYHAMILL Tht Dally Journal U kiah football fans will get a chance to see the NorCal Loggers' in their own backyard Saturday when the Boonville-based amateur football squad plays a fundraiser at Mendocino College. The game, a Gold Coast Amateur Football League clash with the Sacramento Hurricanes, is scheduled for 1 p.m. with all proceeds going towards the Mendo football program. For some of the players, the game will be a sort of homecoming. Players like receiver Chris Thompson and QB Albert Higgs each of whom left an impressive trail as Eagles in their JC playing days. For qthers it probably seems like only yesterday since they were here. Players like defensive lineman Will McMiller, center Rob Karp, and linebacker Chris Lands, each of whom played a large part in the college's recent and most memorable season ever on the gridiron. But while the jerseys have changed, the love for the game remains the same. And that's a tradition that has carried the Loggers to some lofty heights among the amateur football ranks in Northern California over the past two and a half decades. "I like everything about this bunch," See LOGGERS, Page 8 gers go to 4-0 ^fr _, %f* Journal Coast , fpotbaJl League piny Satyr- ih a 3^08 win over the Oakland [bert Hlggs threw for fMTDs kg, including throws to Paul Mike f&Mfgey, Craig Pintiel who a%> plays safety, also an interception 98 yards for a tew the ball as good as ever coach Jerry Weather affecting players in Atlanta By BARRY WILNER AP Football Writer ATLANTA — All that was missing were the sleds, the dogs and the snow. The white stuff; might be coming tonight. • '. Super Bowl Week in Atlanta; has featured shivering players*, complaining coaches, icy winds and heat blowers on the practicd field. If the weather forecasters are right, a snowstorm might be in the offing, too. Did anyone say Iditarod? "It's disappointing that yoir can be in a situation where you- are preparing for the biggest: game of the year that you don't have ideal situations," Rams! coach-Dick Vermeil said on a blustery Wednesday morning, when the wind-chill factor hit minus-8. "But that is how it is and we will handle it." Later in the day, after practicing outside at the Falcons' training complex, Vermeil wasn't any more thrilled about the conditions. "It's ridiculous," Vermeil said. "But there's nothing you can do about it except try to survive." St. Louis practiced in winter jackets, gloves/thermal underwear, wool caps and thermal neck and face warmers. Equipment manager Todd Hewitt rented six heat blowers, stationing them at the end of the practice field. Between drills, most players huddled around the blowers like moths drawn to light. The Titans wish they had the same opportunity at the morning media session. Held in a tent outside their luxury hotel — the Titans already had occupied the indoor banquet facilities, making them unusable — the players froze due to an inadequate heating system. Defensive lineman Mike Jones had his arms pulled deep ; inside a sweatshirt as he tried to '. keep icicles from forming on ; him. "I'm freezing," Jones said.; "They've got me over here by ; the door, actually a slit in the '. tent. They need to have some ; rookies over here. The Rams are '• inside? See, we're the stepchild,; we get no love." The Titans will get more! attention and some relief, the • NFL promised. A dozen more! heaters were to be employed this ; See SUPER BOWL, Page 8 '• Wolverines lose a pair to Clear Lake in NCLI play Cards wear down Willits boys ByJOHNCORIPPQ Tt» Dally Journal The Wolverines suffered losses in both varsity boys and girls wanes Tuesday nigh*, with each Tilting to Clear Lake at Willits High School. r 'We played the top team in the league, probably the whole area. W0 went in as the underdog with nothing to lose and everything to gain," said Wolverine boys head coach Ed Whipple. The Willits boys fell 66-78 to the overpowering Cardinal? in a game that was full of high octane fast breaks, steals, and brutal rebounding. Willits jumped out of the gate at the tip off, building up a 21-16 lead by the end of the first quarter on the sensational scoring of Daniel Jara and Panny Craighead. Bench depth soon became the turning point in the game as the Wolverines' eight players couldn't keep up the pace that the twelve Clear Uke players were running at. Frequent substitutions by the Cardinals kept their players rested while the Wolverines began to make mistakes on the court due to fatigue. Before halftime, their lead had dwindled away, and Clear Lake walked away at the break with a 31-42 lead. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Clear Lake never looked back once they gained the lead- Led by the extraordinary play of Paige Pumont and Daniel Glazier, the Cardinals extended their lead to 43-62 in the third quarter with hustle under the boards and frequent substitutions. Dumont led Clear Lake in scoring with 29 points followed by Glazier who put in 20. Amazing considering that both players sat out most of the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, the weary Wolverines panting and heavy legs gave way to a spark of momentum. Defensive turnovers and players seeming to will the ball into the basket stimulated a comeback. Corey McFadden led the way for Willits with 23 points and Jaja finished with 20. Yet, the' heart of the Wolverines perfor-; mance was Terry Thomas who put in 10 points of his own, but' more importantly, his determination and "never say die" attitude brought inspiration to a team that could have broke down at many points in the contest. Thomas was all over the court throughout the game - breaking up fast breaks, stealing the ball, or coming out of nowhere to SetWQLVEKJNES.PagtS

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