Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, April 24, 2005

Bentz picks up first win with Mudcats

Carolina Mudcats relief pitcher Chad Bentz, a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, earned his first win of the season last Wednesday.

Bentz (1-0) had some trouble in his outing - he allowed a run on three walks - but he was the pitcher of record when the Mudcats took the lead for good.

With a victory over Tennessee on Saturday night, Class AA Carolina (12-3 overall) has won six games in a row.

Bentz pitched in the major leagues for the Montreal Expos last season. He signed with the Florida Marlins in the offseason, and is working his way up through their minor league system.

Yellowknife, NWT, to host 2008 Arctic Winter Games

The 2008 Arctic Winter Games were awarded to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, last week, event officials announced.

The 2008 Games will mark the 20th time the gathering has been held. The Arctic Winter Games are a biennial sports and cultural event that draws young participants from the circumpolar region, including Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, northern Alberta, northern Quebec, Nunavut, Greenland, northern Scandinavia and Yamal Russia.

The Games rotate between the member regions. In 2004, they were held in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The 2006 Games will be hosted in Alaska by the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Yellowknife has hosted the event four previous times, including the first Arctic Winter Games in 1970. The city - the capital of the Northwest Territories - beat a rival joint bid by the towns of Hay River and Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.

A formal signing ceremony is expected to take place next month.

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