Sunday's FanFare

Sunday, July 21, 2002

Briefly

Baseball

* The oldest daughter of Ted Williams is demanding proof that the baseball legend wanted to be frozen after his death. A lawyer for Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell, who is feuding with her siblings over their father's remains, filed a motion compelling the other parties to submit any documents that show Williams changed his mind about being cremated, which he requested in his will.

Basketball

* Nikoloz Tskitishvili, selected fifth overall in the NBA draft, signed with the Nuggets. Tskitishvili agreed to a buyout with Benetton Treviso last week. He will receive within 20 percent of $6.8 million over three years.

* Making his first public appearance since his arrest Tuesday, 76ers star Allen Iverson signed autographs and mingled with fans, but didn't speak to reporters at his annual children's charity event. Iverson is accused of barging into his cousin's apartment with a gun and threatening two men while looking for his wife several hours before dawn on July 3.

Golf

* Kelly Robbins shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over South Korea's Mi Hyun Kim into the final round of the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic in Vienna, Ohio. Robbins, who won the last of her nine tour titles in 1999, had a 12-under 132 total on the Squaw Creek course. Kim, a three-time tour winner, also shot a 68. Danielle Ammacapane (70) and Beth Bader (71) were three strokes back at 135, and Hall of Famer Beth Daniel (69) followed at 137.

* Shaun Micheel had a hole-in-one in the completion of the suspended second and shot a 5-under 67 in the third to take a three-stroke lead at the B.C. Open in Endicott, N.Y. Micheel finished the final three holes of his second-round 65 with a birdie on No. 16 and a hole-in-one -- with a 7-iron from 162 yards -- on the par-3 17th. Seeking his first PGA Tour title, Micheel had a 19-under 197 total on the En-Joie course.

* Bob Gilder rolled in a 25-foot eagle putt on the final hole, finishing off a course-record 9-under 63 and taking a one-stroke lead after two rounds in the SBC Senior Open in Chicago.

Motorsports

* Greg Biffle raced to his third NASCAR Busch Series victory of the year, holding off Ron Hornaday in the Charter Pipeline 250 at Gateway International Raceway near Madison, Ill. Kevin Grubb finished third, followed by Jack Sprague and Tony Raines.

* Terry Cook benefitted when more bad luck struck Jason Leffler, then held off Dennis Setzer in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR truck series race at New Hampshire International Speedway near Loudon.

Tennis

* Monica Seles breezed past Tzipi Obziler 6-4, 6-2, and Lindsay Davenport overpowered Anna Smashnova 6-3, 6-3 as the United States opened its Fed Cup match against Israel in Springfield, Mo.

* French Open champion Albert Costa and Juan Ignacio Chela reached the final of the $381,000 clay-court Energis Open with three-set victories. The top-seeded Costa eliminated third-seeded Gaston Gaudio 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-3, while second-seeded Chela rallied from a set and break down to beat Dutch qualifier John van Lottum, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

* Defending champion Carlos Moya and qualifier David Ferrer won straight-set semifinals in the $381,000 Croatian Open. The 20-year-old Ferrer beat Zeljko Krajan of Croatia 6-2, 6-1. Moya defeated Austrian qualifier Jurgen Meltzer 7-6 (1), 6-1.

People

It's the thought that counts

Last year, Oregon boosters spent $250,000 to put the image of quarterback Joey Harrington on a building in New York's Times Square.

Washington State has poked fun at that publicity stunt by putting an image of its quarterback, Jason Gesser, on the side of a grain elevator in the middle of the state's farm region. The 25-by-15-foot vinyl banner cost the school about $2,500.

Of course he did it

After a portion of Wrigley Field's famed ivy was destroyed this week, the Chicago Tribune conducted a poll asking fans who they felt was the most likely culprit. Among those on the ballot was Bud Selig, with the notation: "Isn't everything his fault?"

Verbatim

* Air Force Coach Fisher DeBerry, to reporters on his team's lack of kicking: "Can any of you guys out there kick field goals? We'll give you a free education, we'll give you an F-16 or even an F-22."

* Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle, on new credit cards featuring your choice of NBA teams: "I don't know about you, but to me, nothing says success, prestige and financial security quite like a Golden State Warriors credit card."

-- From wire reports

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