Sports Digest

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Joe Ayers leads B.C. past Wake Forest

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JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Joe Ayers helped lead the Boston College baseball team to a sweep of Wake Forest over the weekend.

In Sunday's 11-5 win over the Demon Deacons, the second baseman went 4-for-4 with three runs and an RBI.

On Friday, the Eagles defeated Wake Forest 4-3 in 17 innings.

Ayers tied the score at 2-2 in the fourth inning with an RBI single. He also knotted the game at 3-3 in the 14th inning when he singled home Jared McGuire.

Ayers went 2-for-6 in the win.

Boston College kicked off the three-game series on Friday with a 5-4 win.

Ayers' RBI single in the bottom of the ninth ignited a three-run, come-from-behind rally. He later scored the game-winning run on Ryan Hutchinson's ground ball.

He also went 5-for-10 in a three-game series against Maryland on April 13-14.

The 2003 JDHS grad is currently hitting .299 with 13 RBIs and 32 hits.

Kids' Rotary Park Run canceled

JUNEAU - The Southeast Road Runners' Kids' Rotary Park Run scheduled for Sunday has been canceled.

No make-up date has been given yet.

Menzies wins first rifle match of the year

JUNEAU - Mal Menzies won the open sight target rifle target shooting contest at the Juneau Rifle and Pistol Club on Sunday.

Shooting from 100 yards away, Menzies scored a 548.17 out of a possible 600 points to win the event. Steven Bennett took second place with a score of 512.7 points.

In the scope hunting rifle category, Brad Flynn won with 543.7 points. John Bishop took second with 527.11 points, while Linda Flynn placed third with 496.2 points.

Sonics fire coach Hill, general manager Sund

SEATTLE - Clay Bennett's first season as majority owner of the Seattle SuperSonics was consumed with pushing a losing proposition for a new arena in the Seattle area.

That approach finally changed Tuesday afternoon.

As expected, Bennett overhauled the Sonics' basketball operations, firing coach Bob Hill and removing Rick Sund as general manager following a 31-51 season that was Seattle's worst since finishing the 1985-86 season with an identical mark. Only three times in the Sonics' 40-year history have they finished with a worse record.

FBI seeks author of threatening letters about cheer coverage

PORTLAND, Ore. - The FBI offered a $5,000 reward Tuesday for help finding whoever mailed dozens of threatening letters - including some containing a potentially harmful insecticide - complaining about TV coverage of college cheerleaders and professional female athletes.

The writer or writers complained that ESPN and ABC crews have exploited cheerleaders, WNBA players and WTA Tour players through certain camera angles, even though those angles were rarely shown on the air.

The FBI released excerpts of two letters in the hope of identifying who sent them.

"For the past 6-7 years, ESPN and its nationwide networks have exploited cheer/dance teams all across the country. They do this by parking their TV cameras on these women for their own personal entertainment," an excerpt from one letter said.

Manchester United wins in Champions League

MANCHESTER, England - Wayne Rooney scored his second goal in the first minute of injury time, and Manchester United rallied past AC Milan 3-2 Tuesday in the first leg of the European Champions League semifinals.

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