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April 17th, 2007 12:21 am by Staff Report










Reds, Freel agree to extension


Vikings sign receiver Hankton


Bucs tied for second at A-Sun golf tourney


Vols back on baseball diamond tonight


Rockies place Kim on disabled list


Klitschko to face Brewster in Germany


Chris Toomey takes over King volleyball


Weekley's chips salvage first PGA win


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Boo Weekley didn't blow his latest chance for a first PGA Tour victory, chipping in on the final two holes to hold off Ernie Els and win the Verizon Heritage on Monday. Weekley looked as if he would give back all of a three-shot lead after his bogey on the 16th hole and his muffed chip behind the 17th green. Weekley followed the blunder with a 40-foot, par-saving chip to keep a one-stroke lead. But then he had troubles on Harbour Town's lighthouse hole, No. 18. He chipped across the green and into the fluffy rough down a short slope. Once again, Weekley's short game saved him, this time rolling it from 36 feet away. "Unreal," he said. The Big Easy, bidding for his first tour win since 2004, lost his chance on No. 17, driving into the hazard behind the green for a bogey. Els made things interesting, though, putting his second shot - and last opportunity to tie - at the 18th inside 2 feet. Weekley finished with a 68 and was one in front of Els (70 ) and two ahead of Stephen Leaney (68). Weekley, 33, had gained the sympathy of golfers everywhere last month when he missed a 3-footer on the 72nd hole of the Honda Classic that would've given him the outright win. He fell into a four-man playoff eventually won by Mark Wilson. Difficulties with the weather Sunday forced the Hilton Head tournament to finish Monday for the first time since Jose Coceres defeated Billy Mayfair in a 2001 playoff.


Reds, Freel agree to extension

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CINCINNATI - Versatile veteran Ryan Freel agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract extension through the 2009 season with the Cincinnati Reds. Freel is the starting center fielder this season, but also is expected to see time in the infield. He has started at all three outfield positions and second and third base for the Reds since he signed as a minor league free agent before the 2003 season. Freel, 32, hit .271 with 37 stolen bases in 132 games with the Reds last year. He has led the Reds in stolen bases the last three seasons. He is hitting .243 in 12 games this season.


Vikings sign receiver Hankton

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Cortez Hankton signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, leaving Jacksonville after four seasons and joining a team needing to bolster its receivers. Hankton had 34 catches for 310 yards and two touchdowns with Jacksonville.


Bucs tied for second at A-Sun golf tourney

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WAVERLY, Ga. - East Tennessee State's Gareth Shaw and Seamus Power each shot rounds of 73 to sit tied for first individually after the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Golf Championships. The Bucs are second on the team leaderboard at 23-over 307. North Florida leads at 302. Rhys Davies, the nation's No. 2 player, is tied for 16th after an 8-over 79. The tournament resumes today.


Vols back on baseball diamond tonight

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KNOXVILLE - After having three games canceled last week the Tennessee baseball team returns to action tonight when it hosts Furman. First pitch is set for 7 o'clock. The Vols also added a home game against Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday, also at 7 p.m., to help make up the lost games. In other UT news, tennis player Ben Rogers was named to the 2007 Men's Community Service Team. Rogers, who played at Dobyns-Bennett High School, has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club and the Teams and Toys holiday wrapping party.



Rockies place Kim on disabled list

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DENVER - The Colorado Rockies placed pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a thumb injury and purchased the contract of pitcher Zach McClellan from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Kim left Sunday's start against Arizona in the fourth inning with a bruised thumb on on his pitching hand. He hurt the thumb while batting earlier in the game. Kim is 1-2 with a 10.50 ERA this season.


Klitschko to face Brewster in Germany

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NEW YORK - IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his title against Lamon Brewster in a July 7 rematch at Cologne Arena in Germany, K2 Promotions said Monday. In a 2004 fight for the WBO title, Brewster won with a fifth-round technical knockout.


Chris Toomey takes over King volleyball

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - Chris Toomey is the new head volleyball coach at King College, the school announced Monday. Toomey has been a student, assistant coach and head coach of tennis and men's volleyball at the school. He assisted his mother, volleyball coach Susie Toomey, for 13 years. Susie Toomey stepped down in March after 22 seasons guiding the Lady Tornado.


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