March 13, 2010

Sports Digest


Pirates get 30 saves from Dennis and rally to beat Wolf Pack for eighth straight win

Tim Kennedy and Mathieu Darche each had a goal and an assist Wednesday night as the Portland Pirates upped their winning streak to eight games with a 4-2 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Arena in Hartford, Conn.

The Wolf Pack (7-7-0-1) took a 1-0 lead as former Pirate Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored his ninth goal of the season, deflecting Brian Fahey's shot from the point past Portland goalie Adam Dennis just 53 seconds into the second period.

Portland's Chris Butler scored his second goal of the season on a power play seven minutes later to tie the game, but Hartford regained the lead on Tom Pyatt's power-play goal at 10:43.

Portland (12-1-1-0) pulled ahead 3-2 less than three minutes later on back-to-back power-play goals by Kennedy and Darche.

Matt Ellis added an empty-net goal in the final minute, his first with the Pirates.

Dennis finished with 30 saves to improve to 6-0-1-0. Miika Wiikman stopped 25 shots for the Wolf Pack.


LPGA: The LPGA Tour announced it will offer three fewer tournaments in 2009 than this year because of sponsorship loss. Prize money also will dip by about $5 million.

The 2009 schedule has 31 events, 20 in the United States and 11 internationally, not including the Solheim Cup. Purses for next year will be around $55 million, down from 2008.


SKI JUMPING: Women's ski jumping is being left out of the 2010 Winter Olympics because there are not enough athletes to merit the sport's inclusion, not because of gender discrimination, an International Olympic Committee spokeswoman said.

A group of women ski jumpers is suing the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee and will get a chance to argue in British Columbia Supreme Court on April 20 for their sport to be included.

The IOC voted in 2006 to exclude women's ski jumping from the 2010 Winter Games, saying the sport didn't meet the basic criteria for an Olympic event. Vancouver Olympic organizers have said they are bound by the decision of the IOC.


WORLD CUP WOMEN: World Cup overall and downhill champion Lindsey Vonn bruised her knee when she fell during a routine training session for a super-G at Copper Mountain in Colorado.

Vonn suffered no ligament or cartilage damage, said U.S. women's Alpine ski team physician William Sterett.


FORMER CHAMPION DIES: Carole Caldwell Graebner, who won doubles titles at the U.S. and Australian championships in the 1960s, died at 65 in New York City following a brief battle with cancer.

Graebner teamed with Nancy Richey to capture doubles titles at the 1965 U.S. Championships, now the U.S. Open, and the 1966 Australian Championships, now the Australian Open.

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