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  • MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2006

SPORTS

Sports Editor: Tony Adame, 468-3518

The Ukiah Daily Journal

udjsports@pacific.net

LOCAL CALENDAR

TUESDAY, APRIL 11 COLLEGE BASEBALL

  • Mendocino College at Napa Valley

College, 2:30 p.m. PREP BASEBALL

  • Laytonville at Potter Valley, 4 p.m.

PREP SOFTBALL

  • Laytonville at Potter Valley, 4 p.m.

  • Piner at Ukiah, 4 p.m.

PREP GOLF

  • Santa Rosa at Ukiah, 3 p.m.

PREP SWIMMING

  • Elsie Allen at Ukiah, 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 PREP TRACK

  • Ukiah vs. Rancho Cotate, Cardinal

Newman, and Ursuline at Ursuline, 3 p.m. PREP TENNIS

  • Ukiah at Montgomery, 3 p.m.

-Calendar listings are culled from the most recent schedules provided by the schools and organizations in our coverage area. Please report schedule changes or incorrect listings to The Daily Journal Sports D e p a r t m e n t a t 4 6 8 - 3 5 1 8 . T V L I S T I N G S

TODAY

MLB Philadelphia at Atlanta, 4 p.m. (ESPN) NHL San Jose at Phoenix, 7 p.m. (FSN)

TUESDAY, APRIL 11

MLB Oakland at Minnesota, 5 p.m. (KICU) NBA Golden State at Los Angeles Lakers, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)

YOUTHSPORTS

Rental Solutions wins High School Division

Rental Solutions won its last three games to close out a Ukiah Recreational Basketball title, led by Tyler Frey, who averaged a whopping 24 points and 20 rebounds per gameover the final three contests.

THE MASTERS

A good fit

Mickelson wins second Masters in three years

Pitchers come through again for Athletics

By GREGG BELL

The Associated Press

SEATTLE — Rich Harden gave Oakland anoth- er top mound performance, taking a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning Sunday in leading the Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 6-4.

Joe Blanton and Justin Duchscherer combined on a two-hitter Friday, and Barry Zito and three relievers strung together a one-hitter Saturday. In this one, Harden and four relievers combined on a five-hitter.

Harden (1-0) struck out eight and walked one in seven-plus innings. In his last four games against Seattle, he is 4-0 and has allowed one run in 21 innings.

Seattle had been held scoreless for 27 2-3 innings

  • four outs shy of the team record — and trailed 6-

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      before breaking through.

Adrian Beltre walked leading off the eighth, Jeremy Reed singled on Harden’s 100th and final pitch, and Duchscherer relieved. Pinch-hitter Roberto Petagine walked with one out to load the bases, Ichiro Suzuki extended his skid to 0-for-12 with a popout and Jose Lopez was hit by a 1-2 pitch, forcing in a run.

Joe Kennedy came in and struck out Raul Ibanez. Reed hit an RBI groundout off Kirk Saarloos in the ninth, and Kenji Johjima single had an RBI sin- gle. Huston Street allowed a single to Willie Bloomquist, then made a high throw to first as Suzuki reached on the error and a run scored.

With runners at second and third, Street retired Lopez on a game-ending groundout for his second

See ATHLETICS, Page 7

March 18, Rental Solutions defeated JC Construction, 75-48. March 25 Rental Solutions played two games, defeating Da Most Known Unknowns, 68-50, and cruising past Yokayo Bowl, 77-47.

Cary Willeford averaged 22.6 points per game over the three wins, and Peter Zellman chipped in with 16. 3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Other Rental Solutions team members were: Eddie Flores, Alex Hernandes, Ryan Houghton,

Kahne pulls Texas first

John Thomas, Riemenschneider.

and

Paul

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

Brooks hurls no-hitter for Northwest Construction

Ben Brooks threw a no-hitter, striking out 11 Little Caesar’s bat- ters as he led Northwest Construction to a 6-0 win in North Ukiah Little League action.

“Today our kids beat a very good Little Caesar’s baseball team,” said Northwest coach Ron Haydon. “It always makes you feel good to come out with a win against a tough opponent.”

Cody Goss led the way for Northwest Construction at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Also for Northwest, Brooks was 1- for-2 with an RBI, Carson Schram walked three times, Devin Thompson went 1-for 3 with an RBI and Tanner Haydon had a sacrifice RBI.

COMMUNITY DIGEST

Mendocino College youth and high school football camps

Mendocino College will host a youth football camp from July 10- 14 and a high school football camp on July 21.

Both camps will be held at Mendocino College from 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. each day, and the cost is $90. This is a full contact camp for ages 6-14.

The high school camp will run from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., the cost is $25, and it is a position specific camp for high school age football players.

2005 Masters champion Tiger Woods helps jacket Sunday in Augusta, Ga. Mickelson s Masters title in three years.

By DOUG FERGUSON

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Phil Mickelson is a Masters champion again, and now he’s making it look easy.

Once known as a lovable loser who went a dozen years and 42 majors before figuring out how to win golf’s biggest events, Mickelson cap- tured his second straight major Sunday at Augusta National without needing a nail-biting finish. He closed with a 3-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Tim Clark, and his second green jacket in three years.

The only surprise was the way he won. There were no thrills for Phil, rather calculated shots that forced Fred Couples, Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh to try to catch him. Instead, they stumbled along with three-putts and a litany of other mistakes that allowed Mickelson to stroll up the 18th fairway with no worries.

He won his first major at Augusta two years ago with an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole. He

KRT Photo

2006 champion Phil Mickelson into his green hot a 69 in the final round to win his second

added the PGA Championship last year at Baltusrol with a flop shot to 2 feet for another decisive birdie on the final hole.

Mickelson’s only bogey on a breezy afternoon at Augusta National came when it no longer mat- tered. He missed the 18th green to the left, chipped to 20 feet and settled for two putts.

This time, he didn’t leap with arms thrust into the air, as he did two years ago. Mickelson simply smiled and walked off the green and into the arms of his wife and children.

He finished at 7-under 281 and earned $1.26 million, putting him atop the PGA Tour money list. The victory also moved him up to No. 2 in the world ranking behind Woods.

Mickelson emerged as a major threat to Woods’ pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 victories in Grand Slam events. This was the third straight year Mickelson has won a major — Woods is the only other player to have done that in the last 20

See MASTERS, Page 7

The Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kasey Kahne became the 11th different winner in as many Nextel Cup races held at Texas Motor Speedway, yet he still managed to score a first here — by doing it from the pole.

Kahne sped way from the field after the final restart with 17 laps to go for his second victory this season, by 5.2 seconds over Matt Kenseth. He won in the same No. 9 Evernham Dodge from the pole in Atlanta last month.

After taking the lead from Tony Stewart with 27 laps to go, Kahne built a 1.4-second cushion over Stewart and Kenseth before a caution flag for debris on the track. All three cars took four tires on the pit stop and came out in the same order they went in.

Kahne

“The car got loose at the start. It took us a while to get going,” Kahne said. “It was a heck of a run with Tony there.”

It took Kahne a couple of laps after the restart to finally clear the lapped car of Robby Gordon. Once he did, he cruised to the checkered flag at the Samsung/RadioShack 500 and Kenseth got past Stewart, who led 99 laps after winning last weekend at Martinsville, for second place.

Kahne, who turns 26 on Monday, earned his third career victory. The last three times he’s been on the pole, he’s won, including Richmond last season.

All 10 past Texas Cup winners were in Sunday’s 334-lap race at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked track that is marking its 10th season of racing; none won

See KAHNE, Page 7

Any questions about either camp can be directed to Mike Mari at 707-468-3098.

Healdsburg soccer tryouts pushed back because of weather

Late game heroics propel Giants to win

Rain and wet field conditions have resulted in date and field changes for the Healdsburg Youth Soccer League tryouts for all Division 1 and 3 competitive programs. HYSL offers competi- tive team play for boys and girls in the U9 up to U19 age groups. Boys and girls are encouraged to attend for their age groups at the times listed below.

All tryouts will be at Badger Park, which is located on Heron Drive (head east on Matheson from the Healdsburg Plaza and turn right onto Heron.)

For more information visit the HYSL Web site: www.healds- burgsoccer.org or email: hysl@healdsburgsoccer.org.

HYSL tryout times Girls and Boys U9-U11: Wednesday, April 12, 4:00-5:30 P.M.

U12-U14: Wednesday, April 12, 5:30-7:00 P.M. U15-U19: April 11 &13: 5:30- 7:30 P.M.

Ukiah Dolphins swim and water polo camp

See DIGEST Page 7

Winn and Niekro cap ninth inning rally at home

By JANIE McCAULEY The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Randy Winn blooped a single to shal- low right field to score the win- ning run after Lance Niekro led off the ninth with a homer to left, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Tim Worrell (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win, while Chris Reitsma (0-1) blew his first save. Winn came up big after pinch-hitter Steve Finley drew an intentional walk.

Andruw Jones had tied the game with a three-run homer off Jason Schmidt in the sixth, and Edgar Renteria gave the Braves the lead on a seventh-inning

double.

Chipper Jones sprained his right ankle in the eighth inning. The Braves’ third baseman charged in on Mike Matheny’s slow roller with two outs, appearing to get his spikes caught in the soggy field. He grabbed his knee as soon as he went to the ground and rolled around on the field in pain, stay- ing down for several minutes before being helped off.

Barry Bonds walked twice, grounded out and struck out looking, remaining stalled at 708 home runs one week into the season.

After plate umpire Paul Nauert called the slugger out on strikes in the sixth, Bonds let him know he disagreed. Bonds drew cheers in the seventh when he made a sprinting catch on a high fly by Chipper Jones near foul territory in shallow left.

John Smoltz rebounded from

a rough first outing against the Dodgers last Tuesday with seven strong innings, surviving the Giants’ four-run second. He allowed six hits, struck out four and walked two, but his bullpen couldn’t get him a victory.

Bonds drew a five-pitch walk to start the second, then Moises Alou walked. Niekro lined a sin- gle to center to score Bonds, then Smoltz made a wild pitch and Alou came sliding into home headfirst for another run. Pedro Feliz followed with a sac- rifice fly to right and Winn hit an RBI double three batters later.

Renteria singled to left lead- ing off the sixth to extend his hitting streak to start the season to seven games.

Andruw Jones sent a 3-2 pitch deep into the left-field seats for his second homer of the season, breaking a tie for third place for most home runs to

See GIANTS, Page 7

KRT Photo

San Francisco’s Lance Niekro watches his 9th inning blast leave the park to tie the game at 5- 5 against the Atlanta Braves Sunday.

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