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Posted: March 28, 2013 - 11:06pm
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FILE - This Jan. 20, 2013 file photo shows a statue of former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Stan Musial outside Busch Stadium in St. Louis. All the baseball teams are based in major U.S. cities and many of the stadiums are situated in bustling downtown areas with engrossing things to do and savory places to eat when you aren't attending a game. These attractions should help the cause of baseball fans trying to recruit a spouse or other traveling teammates who may not appreciate the sublime pleasures of the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  Jeff Roberson
Jeff Roberson
FILE - This Jan. 20, 2013 file photo shows a statue of former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Stan Musial outside Busch Stadium in St. Louis. All the baseball teams are based in major U.S. cities and many of the stadiums are situated in bustling downtown areas with engrossing things to do and savory places to eat when you aren't attending a game. These attractions should help the cause of baseball fans trying to recruit a spouse or other traveling teammates who may not appreciate the sublime pleasures of the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Middle School travel meeting

Floyd Dryden Middle School will be holding a Site Council meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday in the FD library to allow the public to weigh in on the expected decision that middle school travel for activities will not be allowed next year. Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School currently has the same restriction and it caused many parents of Wolverines to want to file for district exemptions and take their children to the Eagles’ gyms. The FD decision came from the Juneau School District office on Wednesday and reportedly does not involve an operational budget issue. FD principal Tom Milliron said the public has not had a chance to voice opinions on this issue and he will address just what the concerns are by district administrators about students traveling for activities. This is not an April Fool’s post, there is really a “no-travel” policy.

Cardinals to wear patch honoring Musial

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals will wear a patch on their left sleeve this season to honor the memory of Stan Musial.

The Hall of Famer widely considered the greatest Cardinal player ever died in January. The Cardinals will debut the patch in the season opener Monday at Arizona.

The patch is unusual for one honoring a deceased icon: There is no black, a nod to Musial’s always-sunny disposition. It features a red border and Musial’s No. 6, in red, with his signature through the number. The background of the patch is the color of the jersey — gray for road games, white for home, and cream-colored when the Cardinals wear their new alternate jersey.

Crimson Bears enjoying Spring Training

The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears baseball team won their first double-header of the season at the Coach Bob Invitational Tournament in Arizona this week, and the team is currently finishing play and clinics there. JDHS beat Elizabeth, CO 5-4 in their first game after leading 5-1 going into the last inning. In that 7th inning the Colorado lads scored three runs on two hits but were aided by two costly errors, according to assistant coach Frank Barthel. Kyle Gould got the last batter to ground out to short. Nathan Klein went 2-2 and drove in one run. Tal Norvell and K. Gould also drove in one run each. In the second game JDHS led 7-4 going into the top of the 7th. The Denver lads scored two runs and had runners on first and second with two outs. Christian Gould struck out the final batter on a one ball, two strike count. Jackson Lehnhart was one of the leading hitters going 3-4 on the day; K. Gould was 2-3 and drove in two runs; and Klein went 2-4 with two RBI’s. On Tuesday the Crimson Bears lost to Boulder Creek High School 7-2. The school has an enrollment of 3,000. JDHS was held to five hits with K. Gould going 3-3 with two doubles and a single, Norvell had a hit; and Freshman Alex Muir got his first varsity hit. The team was expected to play Henley, OR, and Klamath Falls, OR, to finish the tourney. The JDHS roster for 2013 includes: Grant Ainsworth, Tod Baseden, Frederick Collier, Michael Dale, Christian Gould, Kyle Gould, Kellen Johansen, Nathen Klein, Jackson Lehnhart, Brenyn Marshall, Julian Minne, Alex Muir, Tal Norvell, Silvester Olivares, Tanner Petrie, Jeffery Pusich, Kurt Vandor, Jack Withington, and head coaches Will Race and Sheldon Winters, and assistant coaches Frank Barthel, Steve Bavard and Jamie Daniel.

Sharapova reaches Key Biscayne final for 5th time

MIAMI (AP) — Four-time runner-up Maria Sharapova has advanced to another Key Biscayne final by beating Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-1 at the Sony Open.

With a victory Saturday, the No. 3-seeded Sharapova would plug one of the few holes in her resume. She completed a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open last year but has never won Key Biscayne.

Sharapova’s opponent in the final will be the winner of Thursday night’s match between five-time champion Serena Williams and defending champ Agnieszka Radwanska.

On a sunny, mild afternoon Thursday, Sharapova won the first 10 points against the No. 22-seeded Jankovic and hardly let up from there. Sharapova committed only 10 unforced errors from the baseline in 88 points while breaking serve six times.

Snowing at the half of fame

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, the national hall of fame for all ski sports in the United States is open to receiving nominations for the election of its next class of honorees. Nominations can be made by anyone and the deadline is April 30. Athlete candidates in particular may come from a broad range of involvement in the sport either as racing competitors, freestylers and even as free skiing and big mountain skiers and snowboarders. Rules and nomination forms can be found at www.skihall.org or by emailing administrator@skihall.com or by calling 906-485-6323. Honored Membership in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame is the highest honor awarded in the U.S. ski sports field. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame is located in Ishpeming, Michigan, the birthplace of organized skiing in America. It has been providing permanent, respected national recognition as a Hall of Fame since 1956.

For more information contact Tom West, twest@skihall.com or the above phone number.

Guess not in Kobe’s world

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the discussions says the NBA has informed the Minnesota Timberwolves that the referee crew erred on Wednesday night in not calling a foul on Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the final play of the game.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made, said the league contacted the Timberwolves on Thursday to inform them they reviewed the play. The league said Bryant should have been called for a foul for hitting Wolves guard Ricky Rubio on the right wrist just as he released a potential game-tying 3-point shot. No foul was called, and the Lakers held on for a 120-117 victory.

Bryant scoffed after the game when asked about and said “you don’t call that.”

You would call that if you played in last week’s 67th Annual Gold Medal Tournament.

Pistorius allowed to leave South Africa with conditions

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius could compete at this year’s world championships after a South African judge eased his bail restrictions and ruled Thursday that the athlete, who faces a murder trial for the shooting death of his girlfriend, can travel overseas to run.

The international athletics body said that if Pistorius qualifies, it had no objections to him running — an event that could eclipse the stir last year when he became the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics. Pistorius’ agent told The Associated Press soon after the ruling that the world championships in Moscow in August could be a possibility if the runner wanted to return to the track on his carbon fiber blades.

Judge Bert Bam upheld the Olympic athlete’s appeal against some of his bail restrictions, but said the 26-year-old Pistorius must travel under certain conditions. The athlete could face a life sentence if found guilty of murder for the Valentine’s Day shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius says he killed Steenkamp accidentally when he fired shots through a door in his bathroom in the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 14, fearing there was an intruder in his house. Prosecutors say he shot the model and reality TV star intentionally after they argued, and they have charged him with premeditated murder.

The IAAF, athletics’ ruling body, reiterated that it wouldn’t comment on the case involving Pistorius, but he would be allowed to run at the world championships if he met the sporting criteria.

“If he qualifies for (the) Moscow World Championships next August, then on the basis of (the) ‘innocent unless proved guilty’ principle he would be free to run,” IAAF spokesman Yannis Nikolaou said in a statement emailed to the AP.

The decision on whether Pistorius could run at other events would be at the “discretion of meeting organizers” and not the IAAF, Nikolaou said.

British Athletics chairman Ed Warner said it was too early to say if Pistorius would be invited to the London Anniversary Games in July at Olympic Stadium, a meet to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Olympics. Any decision would be taken “with great care,” Warner said.

At Pistorius’ next court appearance in early June, the prosecution would aim to serve indictments, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court. Nel said there is a possibility that Pistorius’ trial will begin by the end of the year.

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