FanFare 5/18/03

Sunday, May 18, 2003



  • Mets catcher Mike Piazza has a severe right groin strain and will spend a "significant" amount of time on the disabled list. An MRI performed Saturday revealed the severity of the injury. Piazza hurt himself Friday injury trying to avoid an inside pitch from San Francisco's Jason Schmidt.

    The Cubs placed left-hander Mark Guthrie on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left elbow. The move was made retroactive to Tuesday. Guthrie is 0-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 12 2-3 innings. He has been unavailable since Thursday, when the Cubs beat Milwaukee in 17 innings.

    Expos pitcher Zach Day was ejected in the third inning against the Rockies after the umpiring crew determined he had an illegal substance on his fingers. Day was tossed after the umpires learned he put glue on his right middle finger to cover up a blister. Under rule 8.02 (b), a pitcher is automatically ejected if he is found with any foreign substance on his fingers.


  • The 49ers waived onetime Chicago quarterback Cade McNown, the latest disappointment for the former first-round draft pick. McNown was acquired from the Dolphins last June, and after having shoulder surgery in August he spent the season on injured reserve. He worked out with receiver Terrell Owens during the offseason, but he was among five quarterbacks under contract with the 49ers.


  • Rebounding from a missed 10-inch putt, Argentina's Vicente Fernandez shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead in the Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am. Bidding to become the first two-time winner on the Champions Tour this year, Fernandez eagled the par-5 fifth hole but lipped out a tap-in par putt about an hour later. He wound up with a two-day total of 6-under 138 on the 6,955-yard National layout.

    Vijay Singh made a clutch par save on the 17th hole, maintaining his lead in the Byron Nelson Championship. After a pair of 65s, Singh shot a 1-under 69 Saturday, able to stay under par even after he flew the green on the 196-yard 17th hole and his ball buried in some nasty rough. He managed to pitch to 7 feet, saved par and preserved his slim lead.

    Tiger Woods shot a 2-under 70 to remain nine strokes behind leader Padraig Harrington after the third round of the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open. Woods never has rallied from nine strokes back on the final day, and acknowledged that he didn't have much of a chance to win the tournament for the third straight time.


  • Top-ranked Serena Williams lost her second match of the year, falling 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 to Amelie Mauresmo in the semifinals of the Italian Open. Williams was within two points of closing out the match in the second set as she served with a 5-4 lead. But a tricky backhand volley miss gave Mauresmo a break to get back on serve, and Mauresmo won three straight games to send the match into a third set. Mauresmo broke to go ahead 5-3 when a shot by Williams was called long on an overrule by the chair umpire. Helped by four errors from Williams, Mauresmo then served out the match in this $1.3 million clay-court tuneup for this month's French Open.

    Track and field

  • Oregon's spring rain and chill didn't suit Olympian Maurice Greene. Under clouds, intermittent showers and temperatures hovering around 50, Kim Collins of St. Kitts beat Greene in the 100 meters in the Oregon Track Classic. Collins finished in 10.21 seconds, far slower than Tim Montgomery's world record of 9.78 set last year. American John Capel was second in 10.28, and Greene, the three-time world 100 champion, finished third in 10.33

    On the air

    Arena footballDallas at Grand Rapids, 2 p.m., WPSD

    BoxingEric Harding (21-2-1) vs. Glen Johnson (38-9-1), for the vacant USBA light heavyweight championship; heavyweights, Malcolm Tann (5-0-0) vs. Wallace McDaniel (4-4-0), 5 p.m., Fox-Midwest

    College baseballWashington St. at USC, 4 p.m., Fox-Midwest

    College softballNCAA playoffs regional, 1 p.m., ESPN2


    Deutsche Bank-SAP Open, 6 a.m., TGC

    Virginia Beach Open, 12:30 p.m., TGC

    Byron Nelson Championship, 2 p.m., KFVS

    Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am, 5 p.m., TGC (same-day tape)


    Chicago at St. Louis, 1:10 p.m., WDKA, WGN, KZIM-960, KBXB-97.9

    Philadelphia at Houston, 7 p.m., ESPN

    MotorsportsAustrian Grand Prix, 6:30 a.m., SPEED

    AMA 600 Supersport Series, 11 a.m., SPEED

    FIM World Superbike Series, 11 a.m., SPEED

    Goulds Pumps ITT Industries 200, noon, FX

    AMA Superbike, 1 p.m., SPEED

    Glass City 300, 2 p.m., SPEED

    Indianapolis 500 time trials, noon, ESPN, 3 p.m., WSIL, 5 p.m., ESPN

    Filters Supernationals, 3 p.m., ESPN2 (same-day tape)

    NBA playoffsNew Jersey at Detroit, 12:30 p.m., WSIL

    NFL EuropeRhein at Scotland, noon, KBSI

    n CHARTER CABLE KEY:CNBC (ch. 53), ESPN (42), ESPN2 (43), Lifetime (49)Fox-Midwest (45), Fox-Central (352), Fox-Pacific (353), Fox-Sunshine (351), Fox-World (350), FX(50), KBSI (9), KFVS (7), MSNBC (55), Outdoors (38), Outdoor Life Network (74), Oxygen (75), Speed Channel (44), TBS (10), The Golf Channel (46), TNT (48), WDKA (17), WPSD (6), WQWQ (33), WSIL (3). Listings and times are provided by the networks and individual stations and are subject to change.

    Area events

    Youth soccer

    CAYSA Spring Classic Clash at Shawnee Sports Complex, all day

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