Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 12:34 a.m.

Saints see streak end at home to Daytona

  • The Santa Fe CC men's basketball team lost for the first time this season Wednesday, a 75-71 decision to Daytona Beach Community College in front of one of the largest crowds of the season in the Santa Fe Gymnasium.
    The Saints fell to 21-1 overall, 2-1 in the Mid-Florida Conference. They had started the 2004-05 campaign with 20 straight wins, just one shy of the school record of 21 held by the 1995-96 squad.
    "It was a wonderful two and half months without getting beat," SFCC coach Chris Mowry said. "We played a team in Daytona Beach that played very well and played very hard, and tonight they were the better team."
    Guard Brandon Kelley led all Saints with 15 points, and forward Brian Greene scored 13 points and made seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
    In the women's game, SFCC (5-13, 0-5) fell to Daytona Beach CC (15-7, 4-0) 69-66 in overtime.

    Maxwell released from jail on bond

  • Former Florida and NBA guard Vernon Maxwell was released Wednesday from Alachua County Jail on $25,000 bond.
    Maxwell, 39, faces federal charges of failure to pay child support. According to child support records, Maxwell has not made a direct payment to Myra Jenkins, the mother of their 16-year-old son, since May of 2001.
    Maxwell was transferred from Seattle to the Alachua County Jail on Monday. He was arrested in Seattle on an outstanding warrant. Terms of his $20,000 bond release on the federal charges in April of 2004 were that he was not to leave the borders of Alachua County.
    -Kevin Brockway

    Mientkiewicz traded from Red Sox to Mets

  • NEW YORK - Doug Mientkiewicz is bringing his good glove to the New York Mets. The ball is going to Boston, at least for a year.
    The Mets acquired the former Gold Glove first baseman from the Red Sox on Wednesday for minor league first baseman Ian Bladergroen.
    The 30-year-old Mientkiewicz won the 2001 AL Gold Glove with Minnesota and caught the final out of Boston's World Series sweep of St. Louis last October, the first Series title for the Red Sox since 1918. He kept the ball, which the Red Sox want back.
    Mientkiewicz said Boston asked to have it for one year, he intends to comply and the sides expect to reach an agreement within days. He caught the ball when it was thrown to him by pitcher Keith Foulke in St. Louis on Oct. 27.
    "There was never a fight, there was never words exchanged. It was very cordial, and we worked something out," he said. "I want the fans to see it, and that's what both the Red Sox and I agreed on. They waited a long time to see that ball and to live it. The fact that I had it was just so we could keep it and give it to the fans and let them see it."
    Mientkiewicz said he will not receive any money under the deal and "probably" would get the ball back after a year. He emphasized that he's "doing everything they asked me to do."

    NHL owners, players to continue meeting

  • There is no secret that time is running out to save the hockey season. How the NHL and the players' association are working to prevent that has become a very big mystery.
    Representatives from both sides met for about 5 hours in small groups for the third time in a week on Wednesday. All that is known about the meeting is that it took place somewhere in Toronto. The location was kept secret, and neither side would reveal what was discussed or if any progress was made.
    The only news that came out was that more talks will be held soon.
    "We will meet again this week," NHL chief legal officer Bill Daly said. "We have no further comment at this time."
    No time or place for the next meeting was set up by Wednesday night, but the sides were leaning to a New York session on either today or Friday.
    Daly told The Associated Press on Tuesday that discussions were at a critical stage and that only days remained to reach a deal that would save the season. The fact that more talks have been set up provided at least a glimmer of hope that the NHL won't become the first North American sports league to lose an entire season to a labor dispute.
    The lockout reached its 133rd day Wednesday and has wiped out 713 of the 1,230 regular-season games, plus the 2005 All-Star game.
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