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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Juneau's Svensson to play hockey in Arctic Winter Games

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JUNEAU - Four Juneau athletes were named to the Team Alaska hockey team on Monday and will compete in the Arctic Winter Games.

Leading the list is Juneau-Douglas High School junior Albert Svensson. He's a three-year member of the Crimson Bears hockey team and was selected to the midgets squad. Midgets is the youth hockey designation for players born in 1990 or later.

Svensson's JDHS teammate, sophomore Logan Miller, made the team as an alternate.

The Team Alaska bantams squad selected two Juneau players as alternates. Defenseman Zack Bicknell and goaltender Lenka Craigova' were both tapped to represent the state as alternates. Bantams players were born in 1993 or later.

The Arctic Winter Games will take place March 9-15 at Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Rhea scores five points off bench to boost Oregon State

JUNEAU - Talisa Rhea, a 2007 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, scored five points off the bench to help Oregon State beat host Hawaii 70-57 on Monday.

Rhea hit a 3-point shot and two free throws in 15 minutes.

The freshman's 11 points per game ranks second on the team. She also averages 2.4 rebounds per game and her 29 assists are good for second on the Beavers (6-4).

Oregon State hosts Texas Southern on Thursday.

JDHS grad Will Egolf lifts Bradley past Wright State in OT

JUNEAU - Will Egolf, a 2007 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, made his only shot in Bradley University's 72-65 overtime win over Wright State on Dec. 11.

Egolf went 1-for-1 from the floor and pulled down a rebound in the win.

On the season the 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per game for the Braves (7-3).

Bradley takes on No. 16 Butler in Indianapolis today.

M's closing in on deal with free-agent pitcher Carlos Silva

SEATTLE - Desperate to bolster their rotation, the Seattle Mariners are closing in on a deal with pitcher Carlos Silva, one of the top arms in a weak free-agent market.

Talks between the sides have intensified, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Mariners are not discussing the talks publicly.

The 28-year-old right-hander was 13-14 last season with a 4.19 ERA - better than every Mariners starter other than hard-throwing Felix Hernandez.

With a rotation that includes Hernandez, Jarrod Washburn and Miguel Batista, Seattle wouldn't count on Silva to be a No. 1 starter, but likely would slot him third or fourth in the rotation. The Mariners are believed to be actively pursuing a trade with Baltimore for left-handed ace Erik Bedard.

O'Neill to take over at Arizona whenLute Olson retires

TUCSON, Ariz. - Over the last two decades, it has been the most pressing sports question in this basketball-mad city.

Who will follow the legendary Lute Olson as Arizona's basketball coach?

The answer was provided in a press release on Tuesday morning: Kevin O'Neill.

O'Neill, who has been serving as interim coach since Olson went on a personal leave of absence in November, was designated as Olson's successor when the 73-year-old Hall of Famer retires. O'Neill is a former Wildcats assistant who rejoined Olson's staff last spring.

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