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Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2000

Floyd Dryden wins

wrestle tourney

Floyd Dryden Middle School edged Dzantik'l Heeni by half a point to claim the Southeast Middle School Wrestling Championships last weekend in Ketchikan.

The event featured over 500 matches among 190 wrestlers in the largest middle school wrestling tournament ever held in Ketchikan.

Floyd Dryden tallied 252 points to DZ's 251-point total. Ketchikan placed third with 246 points; Petersburg was fourth (194), Sitka fifth (99), Wrangell sixth (90) and Hoonah seventh (88).

Floyd Dryden trailed DZ by five and a half points with two matches to go. Matt Askin's pin in the 174-pound final secured the victory for Floyd Dryden.

``The whole team stepped up and took charge giving that 110 percent you need to come through when it counts,'' Floyd Dryden coach Geoff Harben said.

Van Meter, Palin win Iron Dog

FAIRBANKS - Dusty Van Meter and his partner, Todd Palin, made it to the finish line here at 11:50 a.m. Saturday to win the 1,971-mile Iron Dog 2000 snowmachine race from Wasilla to Nome to Fairbanks by just a quarter of an hour.

Van Meter and Palin broke the stranglehold of defending champions Mark Carr and Scott Davis, who fell just 15 minutes shy of an unprecedented fourth straight Iron Dog victory.

It was the first Iron Dog win in six tries for Van Meter, a 30-year-old commercial fishermen and fuel surveyor from Kasilof who had second- and third-place finishes under his track. It was the second Iron Dog victory for Palin, of Wasilla, who won in 1995.

Van Meter and Palin had an elapsed time on the trail of 41 hours, 10 minutes, more than 2 hours slower than the winning time of Carr and Davis last year.

The victory earned Van Meter and Palin $25,000 from the $100,000 purse and another $10,000 cash bonus from Arctic Cat.

America's Cup becalmed again

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The 30th America's Cup has sailed into the doldrums.

Sunday's scheduled Race 4 between Italy's Luna Rossa and Team New Zealand's Black Magic, which leads 3-0, was postponed due to a lack of stable wind on the Hauraki Gulf, the third time in nine days that conditions have been too tame to race.

Becalmed on the water and locked into a schedule dictated by television, organizers have gotten in just three races in nine days, stripping away any momentum for sailing's biggest regatta in what's supposed to be one of the best places in the world to sail.

Monday is a lay day, so officials will try again Tuesday, with Race 5 in the best-of-9 series scheduled for Thursday.

De La Hoya knocks out Coley

NEW YORK - Oscar De La Hoya delivered on his promise of an impressive performance Saturday night, knocking out Derrell Coley at the end of the seventh round in their welterweight fight.

De La Hoya, who lost his WBC championship to Felix Trinidad in his last bout, won the fringe IBA crown by beating Coley.

De La Hoya was in control from the outset, forcing the action for all but the first half of the fourth round. The fourth featured the bout's best action. Coley staggered De La Hoya with a pair of rights, then forced De La Hoya against the ropes with several more punches. A solid right to the face seemed to have De La Hoya in trouble.

The Los Angeles native responded with a sharp right to Coley's face, and suddenly the complexion of the round shifted. De La Hoya landed all the significant blows the rest of the round - and the rest of the fight.

In earning $5 million, De La Hoya nearly swept the judges' cards. Only one judge, Melvina Lathan, gave a round to Coley - the first.

De La Hoya, who like Coley weighed 147, improved to 32-1 with 26 knockouts. Coley, 29, of Capitol Heights, Md., is 34-2-2.

Mason arrested for bar fight

NEW YORK - Anthony Mason of the Charlotte Hornets was arrested on assault charges early Saturday after a fight outside a bar in Harlem.

Mason was arraigned Saturday night on a misdemeanor assault charge, posted $1,000 bond and headed for New Jersey, where the Hornets were playing the New Jersey Nets.

The fight broke out at about 4:30 a.m. EST outside Perks Bar, police said.

Mason, a former New York Knicks player, and four other men were involved in the fight against three others, officer Chris Cottingham said.

The others with Mason also were charged with third-degree assault.

The three men allegedly assaulted by Mason's group were hospitalized for minor injuries. Mason wasn't injured in the fight, Cottingham said.

Police didn't say what sparked the fight.

Tiger advances in Match Play

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Tiger Woods is one match away from world domination.

With two eagles, four birdies and no mercy, Woods marched into the finals of the Match Play Championship on Saturday by whipping Davis Love III once again to get a crack at his third straight World Golf Championship title and another $1 million payday.

His final-round opponent is familiar - only it's not David Duval.

Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland, who hired Woods' swing coach a year ago and worked out with Woods when he arrived in America two weeks ago, dispatched the second-ranked Duval with surprising ease in a 4 and 2 victory.

``The key is to keep getting better as the week goes along, and I think I've done that,'' Woods said after his 5 and 4 victory over Love. ``My game is definitely peaking.''



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