Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 28, 2000 · Page 10
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 10

Ukiah, California
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Friday, January 28, 2000
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JA-10 — FRI., JAN. 28-SAt, JAN. 29, 2000 SIDELINE VIEW Getting to see the Niners up close Members of the Ukiah Police Activities League flag football league got the opportunity to see the San Francisco 49ers up close at the team's final home game last month. The Ukiah PAL league was selected as the NFL Flag award winner and 15 of the players were invited to the game at which they were honored by the NFL for their participation in flag football. The Ukiah PAL league's first year featured 93 kids aged 6-14. The league was sponsored by the NFL, which provided flags, jerseys and footballs. COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST Final sign-ups for North Ukiah Little League North Ukiah Little League will hold tryouts and final sign- ups for players aged 6-12 this weekend at Bechtol Field, beginning 9 a.m., Saturday and Sunday. The cost per child is $35 for the first player in any family and $30 for any additional player from the same family. South Ukiah Little League sign-ups ; /; Additional sign-ups for the South Ukiah Little League 2000 season will be held Feb. 1 and 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Yokayp School Cafeteria. Little league is open to players aged 512 and the fees for the season are $35 for the first player in any family and $30 for any additional player from the same family. Each player must bring an original copy of their birth certificate. Hopland residents can sign up tonight and Feb. 4 from 4 to 6:30 pirn, at the Hopland School cafeteria. For more information, call 468-0739. Softball, baseball umpires wanted The Redwood Empire Officials Association is looking for men and women to umpire upcoming high school softball and basebalr games, No experience is needed and anyone interested will be trained, but umpires must be available to work at 3 p.m. For more information, call Doug Hagardom at 984-6597 or Bo Strong at 4681663. Logger fundraiser The NorCal Loggers will play the Sacramento Hurricanes at Mendocino^ College Saturday at 1 p.m. in a fundraiser for the col- legWcibtKa'ff program"^ ••"-" '•'•••• Several former Eagle standouts will be on hand for the Loggers, who are now 4-0 on the season and in contention for another Gold Coast Amateur Football League crown. 911 Bowl The Lake County Peace Officers Association and Lake County firefighters will join forces Feb. 5 for a fundraising football game at Lower Lake High School. The game is set for noon. WilUts Classic coming up The Willits Classic foot races have been scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 6 beginning at 10 a.m. at Recreation Grove Park in Willits. The pre-registration deadline is Jan. 29. The fee is $15. After that date, the fee rises to $20. Fees include a long sleeved T- shirt. The races include a 10-mile run, 5K run, and 5K walk. Awards will be given in both finishing and age categories. For applications, send a self- addressed, stamped envelope to: Willits Classic, P.O. Box 1556, Ukiah, 95482 or call NCS Race- Line at 462-3329. Women's basketball league sign-ups The Coyote Valley women's basketball league with no age limit is being created for play in March and April on Monday and Wednesdays. The sponsor fee is $380, due by Feb. 26. For more information, call Ray Whittaker at 485-6772. Bocce sign-ups The California North Coast Bocce Federation is now taking sign-ups for league play and instruction. For more information, call 744-2003 or 744-1665. Its Just Plain Fun Being a member of the Clubs - Swimming & Racquet Sports • Aerobics, Shaping, Stretch Sauna, Jacuzzi * Cycle daises • Chlldcare Activities a Camps ••9 No Initiation Fee Special Memberships as low as $29 per month* Kafelnikov breezes into men's final at Australian Open Defending champ to play Agassi Sunday Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Defending champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov finally had to beat a top 15 player at the Australian Open. It was quick and easy. To keep his title, he has to beat Andre Agassi, who was strong enough to withstand 37 aces by Pete Sampras. Kafelnikov wielded a lethal forehand today in advancing to Sunday's final with a 6-1,6-2,64 victory over No. 12 Magnus Norman in 90 minutes. Norman, in his first Grand Slam semifinal, looked nothing like the solid slugger who ousted No. 4 Nicolas Kiefer in the quarterfinals. He committed 41 unforced errors to 18 by Kafel- nikov. Kafelnikov, seeded second, said he would relax before the final by playing golf Saturday. But, he said, after a match like Agassi's dramatic five-set comeback against Sampras in their semifinal, "I have a big responsibility to make sure I don't disappoint the crowd." "The pressure is enormous. You don't get many chances to play in a Grand Slam final." Kafelnikov has a 4-5 record against Agassi, who has won their last three meetings. Agassi also has reached four consecutive Grand Slam finals, winning the French and U.S. Opens last year and losing in the Wimbledon final to Sampras. Still, Kafelnikov said, he prefers to meet Agassi because when Sampras' serve is working, his opponent has no chance. Norman said that "if Yevgeny can play like he did today, I think he has got a good shot." Kafelnikov broke at love in Norman's first service game and generally appeared unruffled by the Swede's hard hitting. He won 10 of the first 11 games and didn't yield a break point until the final set's fourth game. Norman "Cashed that in with a backhand down the line, tying the score at 2-2. But Kafelnikov broke him for the sixth time for 4-3 and then held serve twice more. , Norman threw, down his racket in disgust several times. The first outburst came when Kafel- nikov broke him in the second set's first game with a forehand that zipped through the tiny opening Norman left him down the line. Describing himself as "an emotional guy," Norman said,;"I would do anything to get one more chance really to show that I can play better than I did today." Kafelnikov started in a good position, with Agassi and Sam- pras in the other half of the draw, and saw the three other seeded players in his quarter fall by the third round. On his way to the final, he beat Jens Knippschild, Danjel Vacek, Stefan Koubek, qualifier Chistophe Rochus, Younes El Aynaoui and Norman, and lost only his very first set, in a tiebreaker. ~ See TENNIS, Page A-ll Belichick hired as Pats new coach Associated Press FOXBORO, Mass. — Bill Belichick was hired today as coach of the Patriots after New England gave the New York Jets a first-round draft pick to let the former defensive coordinator out of his contract. Belichick, defensive coordinator in New England before leaving with Bill Parcells for the Jets, became free to negotiate with the Patriots following a deal today in which the Jets acquired New England's No. 1 draft pick this year, a fourth- rounder in 2001 and seventh-rounder in 2002. The Jets gave the Patriots a No. 5 in 2001 and a No. 7 in 2002. Belichick was 37-45 as coach of the Cleveland Browns from 1991-95. But he resigned one day after he was appointed coach of the New York Jets on Jan. 4, starting a legal battle with the team over whether he could work elsewhere. Today's news was another bizarre twist in a stqry that has. taken, many, since Patriots owner Robert Kraft had a falling 1 but with coach Bill Par- bells dunflg the team [< S ; nirito thb'1997 Super Bowl, - leadir$fo'Parce1!s'' ) depaitture ! iarid sending not one, but two teams into flux. Belichick was New England's defensive coordi- nator when they won the AFC championship but he for a deal that would make him heir to the Jets' head coaching job when Parcells stepped dowri. But when Parcells retired after this season, Belichick decided he didn't want the job after all. He resigned in a bizarre news conference just' a day after being given the job. When the Jets wouldn't let him out of his contract, he filed a grievance with NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and, when that didn't work, a federal lawsuit. But Belichick was rebuffed on both fronts. The Patriots continued to interview prospective coaches, in recent days zeroing in on Jacksonville defensive coordinator Dom Capers. The former Carolina Panthers head coach had a four-hour interview with New England owner Robert Kraft on Wednesday. The Patriots also had interviewed Tom Donahoe, the former director of player personnel for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a Capers friend, to be their general'manager. But they want Belichick to be both coach and GM^'bne'factbr that 1 reportedly made the job more enticing to him than the Jets job heturnedUown. '"' .<.-,:..„....-„, : See PATRIOTS, Page A-ll Call Tht Clubs at 468*0441 ta ammmMtf^ytM'HnMnM^iM^ SHODAKAI VEHICLE GIVEAWAY SILVER TOYOTA COROLLA

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