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Last updated Thursday, 30-Nov-00 05:30:59

Behind team all the way

Like the entrepreneur who liked the product so much he bought the company, 12-year-old Keith Peiris sponsored the the club after he made the team.

Peiris is the Grade 7 St. Bernadette student and computer whiz who has established a company, Cyberteks Design, of which he is president and chief executive officer. Cyberteks Design is a division of Cyberteks Systems Corporation in London, which provides e-commerce, Web design, marketing services and Web hosting services.

Brashear charged with assault

Vancouver Canuck Donald Brashear has been charged with assault in an incident at his home.

The NHL club's tough guy was charged after an altercation with a man at the fitness room in his downtown Vancouver townhouse on Monday, police spokesperson Anne Drennan said yesterday.

Tiger, PGA iron out marketing disputes

Tiger Woods seems well on his way to making peace with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. Woods, who recently expressed concern about controlling some of his own marketing rights, said yesterday that "pretty much everything" had been resolved during a meeting with Finchem two days earlier.

Woods described the talks as "compromises on both sides," but was not specific since details still are to be worked out.

Vince-less Raps take a stinging

Fifteen games into the NBA season, the Toronto Raptors don't know their own offensive plays.

"Guys are either going to have to learn the offence or sit down and watch because it's killing us," point guard Mark Jackson said following the Raptors' dismal 103-79 loss to the Charlotte Hornets last night.

Area teams vying for girls' hoops titles

One has made a long trip north while the other is playing in its own back yard, but the No. 1 seeds from North Middlesex and McGregor couldn't care less about the venue.

All they're after is Ontario high school girls' basketball gold medals.

Hall of Fame kicker Lou Groza is dead

Lou Groza, the Cleveland Browns' Hall of Fame kicker and lineman affectionately known as The Toe, died last night of an apparent heart attack. He was 76. Groza died at Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights.

Groza, in ill health in recent years, was brought there a short time before his death.

Sports Briefs


Pat Ryan, a former New York Jets quarterback doing radio commentary for the Tennessee Titans, apologized yesterday for his on-air remark about "foreign guys." "It was just a stupid statement," Ryan said. "I wish I could take it back. I'm sorry if it offended anybody. It was just a poor attempt at humour." Ryan, working the Tennessee-Jacksonville game Sunday, said veteran football players hate having a hard-fought game come down to "two foreign guys, the kickers." The comment came after Tennessee's Al Del Greco missed a go-ahead 28-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter and as Jacksonville set up its winning 38-yard field goal by Mike Hollis.

Sundin feels caught in swirl over Lindros

Eric Lindros isn't a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs and probably never will be, yet he's cast his giant shadow across the dressing room.

Make no mistake, until the Lindros situation is resolved, it is going to be a distraction to the players regardless of how often they issue denials.

Leafs blow 5-0 lead

The Toronto Maple Leafs found a way last night to knock Eric Lindros off the front page .

Unfortunately for GM-coach Pat Quinn and his team, it took one of the worst collapses in the history of the Toronto franchise to do it.

Crusaders must think fast

Anthony McInerney knows the CCH defence will be under the gun tomorrow night.

Given the speed the Windsor Herman Green Griffins are bringing to face the Crusaders at the OFSAA Western Bowl high school football game at the SkyDome, it may as well be a starter's pistol.

Saunders coach second in Canada

This was one phone call Greg Thurston didn't mind leaving his classroom to take.

The Saunders teacher and long-time senior football coach was told by a reporter yesterday that he is the first runnerup in the second annual NFL/CFL high school coach recognition program. As a result, the Saunders program will receive $4,000 worth of equipment from Riddell and Wilson.

City quietly making progress on arena

The Talbot Block remains a parking lot. No backhoe has broken ground to begin construction of London's new arena-entertainment complex.

No need to panic though.

Revamped Aquatic Centre gets high marks on test

London's remodeled Aquatic Centre passed it's first test for the 2001 Canada Summer Games on the weekend when it handled 700 swimmers at the London Aquatic Club's annual Nothers meet.

"The Games will be quite manageable compared to what we usually host," said Lynn Loubert, the city's manager of aquatic services.

Baer off to nationals

Luke Baer, a 15-year-old sensation with the Forest City Diving Club, has qualified for the senior national championships.

Baer qualified at the Nepean-Ottawa invitational meet on the weekend by winning silver medals in one-metre, three-metre and platform. It means Baer can compete in summer and winter national meets. He has been a qualified national diver in his age group for several years.

Cracking the Coad


The line: Vikings by 9

Bush hoping to prove last year just a mistake

Homer Bush has a lot to prove, to his team and to himself.

Because of injuries to his left hamstring, right hip and left hand, Bush's 2000 season was reduced to 76 games, few of them memorable. The amiable second baseman had a .215 batting average (64-for-297) before season-ending surgery on his right hip to repair a torn labrum.

Vanier matchup a shocker

This wasn't the way the script was supposed to unfold.

Perhaps the only ones not surprised that the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Regina Rams will meet in the Vanier Cup game Saturday at the SkyDome are the Gee-Gees and Rams themselves.

The '75 Gee-Gees hard to top

In 1968, college football, as we knew it growing up in Kingston, ended. Or, so we were told.

Going to Richardson Memorial Stadium at Queen's University (section KK for kids, 10 cents), before that season, university football was the big four of the University of Western Ontario, Toronto, McGill and Queen's.

London connections lead Canada

Several local players have helped propel Canada's national baseball team into the senior World Cup championship next year in Taiwan.

Shortstop Geoff McCallum of London and third baseman Ryan Anholt of Moose Jaw, Sask., both of the London Werewolves, former Werewolves outfielder Jason Borghese and pitcher John Ogiltree of the Intercounty league's Guelph Royals have contributed to three straight wins at the 11-team World Cup qualifier in Panama City, Panama this week.

Turnovers, returns key for Lions

The coach is different, the stakes higher.

But the Detroit Lions pose the same concerns for the Minnesota Vikings as they did the last time they met on Oct. 1.




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