Published: Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 12:18 a.m.

P.K. Yonge ex-coach to take post at TCU

  • Former P.K. Yonge volleyball coach Linda Hampton has been hired as an assistant coach at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
    A former Gainesville High School player, Hampton led the Blue Wave team to the final four in each of her three seasons at P.K. Yonge (1999-2001), including a state championship in 2000, when she also was named the Florida Dairy Farmers' Class 2A coach of the year.
    After leaving the Blue Wave, Hampton spent two years as an assistant at Florida International University and one at North Texas.
    She is the older sister of Florida Gators outside hitter Marcie Hampton and multi-time all-state setter Nirelle Hampton, who is now a senior at P.K. Yonge.

    Full schedule of games at Bobcat Shootout

  • A full day of boys basketball action will take place today in the Bobcat Shootout at Buchholz High School.
    At 10 a.m. Williston will face Miami's Booker T. Washington High School.
    That game will be followed by Columbia-Clearwater Countryside (11:30 a.m.), Seminole-Hawthorne (1 p.m.), Eastside-Mount Dora (3 p.m.), P.K. Yonge-Orlando Dr. Phillips (4:30 p.m.), Gainesville-Orlando Evans (6 p.m.) and Buchholz-Miami Monsignor Pace (7:30 p.m.).
    The event will conclude with the Santa Fe-West Orange matchup at 9 p.m.

    Judge refuses to block Angels' name change

  • SANTA ANA, Calif. - Call Southern California's American League team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
    A judge refused Friday to grant a preliminary injunction to Anaheim in its attempt to keep the Angels from adding Los Angeles to their name.
    Judge Peter Polos said the stadium lease requires only that Anaheim be in the team's name. Earlier this month, Polos denied the city a temporary restraining order after Anaheim sued the Angels. Nicoletti said the next court hearing was scheduled March 8.
    The team said the name change is meant to increase fan base, advertisers and broadcast contracts, by emphasizing its connection to the nation's second-largest media market.
    Anaheim, which has provided nearly $30 million in public subsidies to renovate the club's ballpark, said the change hurts its ability to market itself as a tourist destination - a key issue for a city that depends on a hotel room tax as its largest source of income. When founded in 1961, the team was the Los Angeles Angels. It became the California Angels with the move to Anaheim in 1966 and then the Anaheim Angels in 1997.

    Jockey Jorge Chavez rides 4,000th winner

  • HALLANDALE BEACH - Jorge Chavez earned his 4,000th victory, riding A Rizzi Reuben in the fourth race at Gulfstream Park on Friday.
    Chavez, 43, who rode Monarchos to the 2001 Kentucky Derby win, is the 18th active jockey and 43rd overall to accomplish the feat.
    Chavez, a Peru native, won the Eclipse Award for best jockey in 1999. Two years later, he rode Monarchos to the Florida Derby title at Gulfstream and the Kentucky Derby. He has won more than $143 million in purses during a career spanning 23,500 races.

    Ethiopian medalist to compete in London

  • LONDON - Ethiopian distance star Haile Gebrselassie plans to run in this year's London Marathon, joining one of the strongest men's fields ever assembled.
    The two-time Olympic gold medalist said Friday he would compete in the race April 17, subject to a fitness test at a half marathon on Jan. 30. Gebrselassie, who won the 10,000 meters at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, finished fifth at last summer's Athens Games. He had surgery on an Achilles' tendon injury on Sept. 13.
    This year is the 25th anniversary of the London race. So far, Olympic marathon champion Stefano Baldini, world champion Jaouad Gharib and world record-holder Paul Tergat have confirmed their entry.
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