Originally created 01/02/00

Overtime: Moraetes gets honored by TV network



Denise Moraetes of Augusta has been named Fighter of the Month for this month by the Women's Boxing Network.

She was selected after WBAN asked fans to pick the first woman boxer for the millennium. Moraetes, 8-1 as a pro, is ranked No. 2 in the world by the IBFA and No. 4 in the world by the IBA.

She outpointed 15 other woman boxers nominated during the survey.

BASKETBALL:

Thomson point guard Vinson Winfrey was named to the all-tournament team in the St. Joseph Candler Holiday Classic in Savannah. Winfrey, a senior, averaged 12 points, 8.9 assists and 3 steals in the tournament. Thomson went 4-1 in the tournament, finished fifth out of the 23-team field.

HOCKEY:

Barrett Heisten broke a tie with a fluke power-play goal and the United States went on to upset Sweden 5-1 Saturday in the quarterfinals of the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Defenseman Jordan Leopold's shot missed, but the puck bounced back from the plexiglass behind the Swedish goal. Heisten, left unchecked in front, tapped it past goalie Jonas Fransson with 3:42 left in the second period, snapping a 1-1 tie.

It was the second goal of the tournament for Heisten, a University of Maine forward.

Next up for the United States in the semifinals Monday is the Czech Republic, which defeated Kazakstan 6-3.

Canada, which beat Switzerland 8-3 Saturday, will face Russia, a 4-0 winner over Finland, in the other semifinal.

AMERICA'S CUP:

The high-tech designs of the America's Cup yachts will mean nothing if crews aren't up to the task in the challenger semifinals, America True helmsman John Cutler said Saturday.

He said the six boats in the semifinals, which begin today off Auckland, N.Z., are close in terms of speed, and it will be sailing skills which determine the top two.

The 10-race semifinals involve Prada, Nippon, AmericaOne, Stars and Stripes, Le Defi Francais and America True. The top two teams advance to the challenger finals for the right to face New Zealand for the America's Cup.

The boats race each other twice, with wins worth one point. If the top boats are tied at the end of the round, extra races will be scheduled. The points from the first three rounds have been wiped out.

"What's happening now is all the six teams in the semifinals are extremely competitive, and the boats are going close to the same speed and you're going to see the racing is actually going to be really close," Cutler said.