Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 1:20 a.m.

Two tournaments on weekend schedule

  • Two local tournaments highlight the weekend in high school basketball.
    The Hitchcock's Challenge began Thursday at Santa Fe High School and will run through a Saturday 8 p.m. championship game. Schools joining the host Raiders in the event are Hamilton County, John I. Leonard, Wellington, Hawthorne, Chiefland, Dixie County and Newberry.
    Over at Gainesville High School, the girls will take the court today for three games in the Checker's Shootout. At 5 p.m., P.K. Yonge will play Orlando Christian, GHS will face Chiefland at 6:30 p.m., while Buchholz meets Sarasota Riverview at 8 p.m.
    The boys will play Saturday, beginning at noon with Oak Hall against Williston. Union County will take on Ocala West Port at 1:30 p.m., Eastside will face West Orange at 3 p.m., P.K. Yonge will meet Eustis at 4:30 p.m., Buchholz will match up with Belleview at 6 p.m., and the host Hurricanes scheduled to take on Winter Haven at 7:30 p.m.

    Wheelchair tourney at Santa Fe CC gym

  • The Independence Invitational, a wheelchair basketball event, is scheduled for the next three days at Santa Fe CC. There is no admission charge.
    The schedule today has the Florida Force playing the Dallas Mavericks at 9 p.m. On Saturday, the Mavericks play the Milwaukee Bucks at 6:30 p.m. and the Force play the Phoenix Suns at 8:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Force face the Bucks at 8:30 a.m. and the Mavericks play the Suns at 10:30 a.m.
    Division I wheelchair basketball is played using NBA rules and most teams are affiliated with NBA franchises.
    The tourney's major sponsors are the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida, Shands Rehab, the Gainesville Sports Organizing Committee and SFCC.

    Champ Car's Jourdain to switch to Busch

  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Champ Car driver Michel Jourdain Jr. signed a deal Thursday with Ford Motorsports to switch to NASCAR and run the full Busch series schedule this season.
    Jourdain plans to drive a Taurus for ppc Racing and will be the first Hispanic to race a full NASCAR Busch schedule.
    "I'm very excited about this chance," Jourdain said. "I've been wanting to come to NASCAR for a couple years now, and (Ford Racing director) Dan Davis worked very hard with me to find the right opportunity where I could have a chance to work and learn with a top team like ppc."
    The 28-year-old Jourdain spent nine years in top open-wheel competition, and finished 12th in the Champ Car World Series last season in a Ford-powered car for RuSport.

    NHL cancels meeting with board of governors

  • NEW YORK - The NHL canceled next week's meeting with its board of governors on Thursday because the league has nothing new to report in the stagnant collective bargaining process.
    The board of governors, representing the 30 clubs, hadn't met since September when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman imposed the lockout that reached its 113th day on Thursday and has already forced the cancellation of 571 regular-season games and the 2005 All-Star game.
    There was speculation that Bettman might emerge from next Friday's meeting either with an announcement that this season had been called off, or with a drop-dead date for saving the hockey year.

    Camacho arrested on burglary charge

  • GULFPORT, Miss. - Three-time world boxing champion Hector "Macho" Camacho was arrested Thursday in the burglary of a Gulfport business last November.
    Gulfport Police Chief Stephen T. Barnes said Camacho, 42, was being held in Harrison County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. No date was set for an initial court appearance.
    Barnes declined Thursday to release any details of the burglary - including what kind of business it was or what allegedly was taken.
    Barnes said a warrant was issued Dec. 22 for Camacho, who has been training on the Mississippi coast for a mid-January bout. The police chief said the burglary was reported to police on Dec. 2.
    Camacho (78-5-2, 38 KOs) has been training for a middleweight bout with Chris Walsh (19-7-1, 7 KOs) on Jan. 21 in Gulfport.
    Camacho, who won a unanimous decision over Clint McNeil in July, is a former super-featherweight, lightweight and junior-welterweight champion. His last title bout came against then-welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya in 1997, when he lost a unanimous decision.
    Camacho has had several brushes with the law involving drugs, domestic assault and driving violations. When he was 16, he served 3 1/2 months in a New York prison for auto theft.
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