Originally created 06/18/04



Bartholomew bests Coble at Top 60

In Eatonton, Ga., Julie Bartholomew of Marietta won the Top 60 Classic by one stroke on Thursday, holding off Augusta's Laura Coble at the Golf Club of Cuscowilla.

Bartholomew began the day in third place, opening with seven pars before recording a birdie on the eighth hole. She chipped in from 15 feet to move to even-par and increase her lead to four strokes.

After going four over on her first seven holes, Coble birdied holes 9, 10, and 12 to move one stroke behind Bartholomew. She bogeyed at 16, then made a 20-foot putt for birdie on 17.

Her birdie attempt at 18 went wide while Bartholomew held on for par and won her first victory in a GSGA event.


Lightning bringing Khabibulin back

The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up the $6.5 million option to bring back goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, who helped them win their first Stanley Cup title.

Khabibulin tied for the league lead with five shutouts and posted a 1.71 goals-against average in the 2004 playoffs.

The native of Russia was 28-19-7 this season with three shutouts and a 2.33 goals-against average.

Since being acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes on March 5, 2001, Khabibulin is 83-74-28, and he has led the team to consecutive Southeast Division titles. He holds franchise records in victories, shutouts (14) and consecutive wins (8).

  • Goaltender Dominik Hasek won't play for the Detroit Red Wings next season.
  • Hasek said Ottawa is one of the teams he would be interested in joining, and added he wants to be on a club that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup.

    "The decision should be taken ... no later than the beginning of July," he said in Thursday's edition of the Sport daily.


    Delhomme receives five-year extension

    Jake Delhomme was rewarded for helping guide the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl, getting a five-year contract extension worth $38 million.

    Delhomme will get $12 million up front, including a signing bonus and option bonuses. Delhomme had one year remaining on his two-year contract.

    Delhomme relieved Rodney Peete at halftime against Jacksonville in the first game of the season and led the team back from a 17-point deficit to win.

    He started 19 straight games after that, and threw for 3,219 yards with 19 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in the regular season.


    England wins big; France takes draw

    In Portugal, Wayne Rooney became the youngest goal-scorer in European Championship history Thursday, scoring twice in a 3-0 victory over Switzerland that helped England recover from its jolting opening loss.

    The 18-year-old striker headed in a cross from Michael Owen in the 23rd minute after England was outplayed early on. He added a second goal with 15 minutes left. The ball struck the post so hard that it hit goalkeeper Joerg Stiel in the back before going into the net.

    l In other Group B game, France tied Croatia 2-2 in Leiria and is tied for first in the group with four points. England has three points, Croatia two and Switzerland one.

    College Basketball

    St. Joseph's loses other star to NBA

    Saint Joseph's guard Delonte West decided to stay in the NBA Draft, giving up his senior season with the Hawks. It was a surprising move, considering West isn't projected as a first-round pick. Only first-round picks are guaranteed contracts in the NBA.

    West, an honorable mention AP All-America last season, attended the NBA's pre-draft camp in Chicago and played well while playing with a sprained right foot. He averaged 18.9 points and 5.4 rebounds while helping the Hawks to a 27-0 start.


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