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The guys from the Bronx Zoo may find themselves wondering if they've accidentally stumbled into Disneyland. When the New York Yankees and Anaheim Angels play their season-opener today, it will be in an "imagineered" stadium, completing the remake of the Angels franchise in the Disney image. After a $117-million, three-year remodeling financed jointly by The Walt Disney Co. and the city of Anaheim, the Southern California stadium features a "Pirates of the Caribbean" look beyond the fence in left-center, with fake rocks, waterfalls and fireworks for celebrating.
Dave Burba, who was supposed to be Cincinnati's opening day pitcher, will now be stretching for the Cleveland Indians. Photo by Associated Press
After this year, office pools will never be the same. An NCAA Tournament already packed with surprises sprung one of its biggest Saturday night, when Utah upset North Carolina to earn yet another shot at Kentucky in the title game. "It's great to have another chance at them," Utah center Michael Doleac said. "Obviously, we struggled with them the last few years. But it's a new year and we're playing great ball."
Seattle Mariners left-hander Jamie Moyer fires away at the Colorado Rockies in a Cactus League game. Seattle rallied for a 9-7 victory. Photo by Associated Press
The Greater Spokane League track season starts earlier than usual with a new look. With the addition of Mt. Spokane, the league has broken into two five-team divisions. Instead of three triple-duals on Thursdays, there will be four dual meets each Thursday, beginning this afternoon. All meets start at 3:45. Rogers, Ferris, University, Shadle Park and Gonzaga Prep are in one division with North Central, Mead, Central Valley, Lewis and Clark and Mt. Spokane in the other. The teams don't cross divisions, so each team has one bye during the five-week season.
Kentucky guard Wayne Turner's play was a key for helping the Wildcats move on to the Final Four. Photo by Associated Press
Rashod Johnson fearlessly fires off-balance 3-pointers, challenges his conservative-thinking coach and celebrates with shimmies, shakes and smiles. Saddi Washington usually plays it safe, measuring opponents and analyzing weaknesses before smoothly gliding to the basket. Jason Kimbrough takes over games when necessary but doesn't need the spotlight. The play of Johnson, Washington and Kimbrough, three small senior guards with different personalities, let Western Michigan upset Clemson in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional.
When Rose spoke last week, the Reds' minor-leaguers listened. And the franchise will pay the price. Photo by Associated Press
Jan-Michael Gambill strokes his way past Andre Agassi and into the Champions Cup semifinals. Photo by Associated Press
Robert "Tractor" Traylor (54) and his Michigan teammates celebrate the Wolverines' Big Ten title. Photo by Associated Press
The University of Washington women's basketball team scored an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament Sunday. The No. 13-seeded Huskies were matched against No. 4-seeded Purdue at the Boilermakers' home court in the first round of the women's tourney in pairings announced in Kansas City, Mo.
For most, the dream is to play in the State B Tournament. For Bob Tyllia, the dream was to call a game over the public-address system. So, go ahead and pinch him, because Tyllia's dream turned real Friday morning. The Gonzaga University senior and 1994 St. George's graduate had heard that veteran announcer Dan Birdsell might miss a few games because of jury duty. It turned out that Birdsell and his two-man crew, which includes his son, didn't need a broadcast wannabe. However, they gave the kid a shot and let him call the second, third and last quarters of the Tekoa-Oakesdale vs. Napavine game.
Andy Otis scores against Curlew. Photo by Roger Ames/The Spokesman-Review
They're in the Final Four because they defend. The St. John-Endicott Eagles have waded through two state tournament games defying the fundamental concept. Put the brown thing in the round thing. Coach Darrell Miller's kids do so many other things right that shooting is secondary to their success. Example: When the pressure was most intense Thursday night in a 46-37 win over the pressing St. George's Dragons, there was no shortage of SJE players calling for the ball. Nobody disappeared. That brought a smile from the bench.
If this is the first week of March, it must be State B Tournament time. If the State B is here, Larry Wilson must be in the house. Yep. There he is, ensconced in his favorite seat on the end of the back row in Section 103 in the Arena.
Whitworth College will face Berea College (Ky.) in the first round of the NAIA Division II men's basketball tournament, which starts next Wednesday at Nampa, Idaho. The pairings were announced Wednesday and placed the Pirates as the No. 8 seed in the 32-team tournament. Whitworth (18-7) takes on the Mountaineers (18-8) at 1:45 p.m. Should the Pirates win, they will face either Central Methodist (Mo.) or Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) at 9 a.m. Friday. Tickets for all games are available through the Northwest Nazarene College athletics department by calling (208) 467-8352 or on the Internet at www.naia.nnc.com.
It was his first and only crack at the state tournament, so Adam Barringer was in street clothes Wednesday, his expression understandably glum. He tried to do what he could for the Cascade Christian Cougars - after leading them in scoring with 17 points a game - but he was limited. The right knuckle above his index finger was broken in a tri-district tournament game. His two fingers wrapped in a splint, Barringer watched his team go down to the North Beach Hyaks 55-48.
Who are these guys? One of the craziest State B tournament weeks in history brings to Spokane nine teams (out of 32) that haven't qualified before. Stranger still, just two boys and four girls teams return from 1997.