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Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Tompkins crashes in first World Cup race

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - Joe Tompkins of Juneau crashed and didn't finish Monday's giant slalom race in the Disabled World Cup alpine ski series in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Tompkins, a member of the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team, said he was having a good run when he fell on the Mount Werner course. Tompkins said two other American mono-skiers - Chris Devlin-Young and Tyler Young, both of New Hampshire - finished first and second in the race, but their times weren't available and race organizers did not post them on their Web site.

"I crashed on the first run. I was going for it and I just crashed," Tompkins said in a phone interview. "It was raining and there was a lot of slush and big ruts. I hit a rut and caught an edge. ... I got a good push and Coach (Kevin Jardine) said I hit the steeps well."

Another Disabled World Cup giant slalom race is scheduled for today on Mount Werner, then there will be slalom races on Wednesday and Thursday at Howelsen Hill. This is the first time a Disabled World Cup event has been on U.S. soil since a series in 2001 that previewed the 2002 Paralympics courses in Park City, Utah.

Last year, Tompkins won a Disabled World Cup super-G race in Abtenau, Austria. He also won the first official Disabled World Cup event ever held (there had been unofficial races before it), a two-run downhill in December 1999 in Breckenridge, Colo.

Tompkins said he's hoping for better results in the rest of this week's series. He also said the U.S. Disabled Ski Team has been invited to participate in the X Games later this month and will ski some exhibition races.

"In three more weeks are the X Games. We're the first disabled skiers invited," Tompkins said.

Florida Marlins re-sign lefty reliever Perisho

MIAMI- Left-handed reliever Matt Perisho agreed Monday on a $475,000, one-year contract to stay with the Florida Marlins, and that could impact the chances of Juneau's Chad Bentz making the team.

Perisho led Florida by appearing in a career-high 66 games last season. He went 5-3 with a 4.40 ERA and will be part of a bullpen that will also include right handers Guillermo Mota, Antonio Alfonseca, Todd Jones, and John Riedling.

Florida allowed him to become a free agent when the Marlins failed to offer a contract by the Dec. 20 deadline. Perisho can earn an additional $25,000 in performance bonuses.

When Perisho wasn't tendered a contract in December, that left just two young lefties in Florida's bullpen - recent free agent signee Bentz and Rule 5 draftee Luke Hagerty.

Bentz was the only one of the two with major league experience, even though Bentz signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Bentz went 0-3 with a 5.86 ERA in 36 relief appearances for the Montreal Expos last year, but was released in mid-December and signed with the Marlins. Hagerty is coming off Tommy John surgery.



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