Names In The Game
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Alain Lemieux, the 33-year-old brother of Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux, is practicing with the city’s new Roller Hockey International franchise.
Alain Lemieux, who ended his six-year NHL career with the Penguins in 1986-87, had used in-line roller blades only three times before beginning practice with the Phantoms this week.
″They’re starting to feel pretty good,″ he said. ″I’m not sure if I’ll play. I want to. If I can get in shape in a couple of weeks of training camp, if I feel 100 percent and I feel I can help the team, I’ll play.″
The team is owned by Penguins chairman Howard Baldwin.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Raleigh bartender Roger Lucas took advantage of a United States Golf Association rule to compete in the first round of qualifying for next month’s U.S. Open.
Lucas, who said his handicap was ″about a 10,″ listed himself as a professional when he sent in his $100 entry fee for Monday’s qualifier at the Governors Club to avoid the rule that amateurs have an established handicap of 2.4 or lower to compete. Professional don’t have listed handicaps.
″Things like this aren’t supposed to happen,″ said Jack Nance, executive director of the Carolinas Golf Association. ″He slipped through the cracks.″
Lucas, 38, shot a 30-over-par 102 to finish 32 strokes behind Rusty Cummings, who advanced to the next round along with six others.
″Gee, I was at least hoping to break 100,″ Lucas said.
CARNEGIE, Pa. (AP) - Brett Ogle has to qualify for the U.S. Open at Oakmont despite winning the 1993 Pebble Beach Pro-Am and this year’s Hawaiian Open.
″I’m kind of disappointed,″ the Australian said Tuesday after tying for fifth in the two-day Family House Invitational. ″I mean, who is getting into the Open? This is by far the toughest tour in the world. Nothing even comes close to this tour. If you win twice out here in 14 months, I think you deserve an invitation.
″I had to qualify last year and didn’t get in. What do you have to do, kiss the USGA or something?″
He plans to enter a sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., on June 6.
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) - The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League is expanding outside the province with the addition of the Halifax Mooseheads.
″It’s a proud moment,″ said goalie Harlin Hayes, the team’s first pick in the league’s recent draft of Maritime and U.S. players. ″There’s no question this is a class organization.″
Cam Russell, a Chicago Blackhawks defenseman and team investor, was on hand for Tuesday’s news conference to officially unveil the league’s 13th franchise.
″I’m thrilled,″ said Russell, a native of neighboring Dartmouth. ″I’m happy that players get a chance to play major junior hockey without leaving home at a young age.″
NEW YORK (AP) - Eamonn Coughlan, world indoor record holder in the mile and the only 40-year-old to break the 4-minute barrier, was honored by about 500 friends and family members at the New York Athletic Club.
″My career had many highs and many lows, but I have no regrets,″ the 41- year-old Irish runner said during Tuesday night’s event.
Coughlan set the world indoor record of 3 minutes, 49.78 seconds at East Rutherford, N.J., in 1983, and became the first masters runner to break 4 minutes with a 3:58.15 at Boston this year.