Sports briefs – October 29

The Red Deer Cheers Pub Snowbirds ran their record to 3-1 in the 65-and-over World Series of Amateur Baseball with a 30-8 victory over the New England Red Sox Thursday.

Snowbirds win another

PHOENIX, Ariz. — The Red Deer Cheers Pub Snowbirds ran their record to 3-1 in the 65-and-over World Series of Amateur Baseball with a 30-8 victory over the New England Red Sox Thursday.

Frank Bonham led the way in the one-sided affair with four hits while Len Zemlak added three. Al West picked up the win on the mound.

On Wednesday the Snowbirds downed the Tucson Golden Aces 11-3 as Ralph Kachor went the distance, scattering 10 hits while fanning four in the nine-inning affair.

Al Grove was four-for-four at the plate with three RBIs. Bonham, Garry Andrews and Peter Kolopenuk had a pair of hits each while Lyle Lorenz added two RBIs

The Snowbirds face the undefeated Terre Haute Volkers from Indiana today to determine first place in their pool. A loss will eliminate the Red Deer crew.

Grizzlys beat Oilers in SO

OKOTOKS — Brandon Clowes was the only one of six shooters to connect as the Olds Grizzlys posted a 5-4 Alberta Junior Hockey League shootout win over the Okotoks Oilers Thursday.

Scoring for the Grizzlys in regulation time were Craig Gans, Bart Moran, Taylor Bourne and Corbin Karl, who also picked up two assists. Replying for the Oilers were Connor Collett, Nolan Huysman, Colten Hayes and Sylvan Lake product Kyle Reynolds, who forced a scoreless overtime frame with his league-leading 18th goal of the season at 17:35 of the third period.

The clubs were tied 1-1 after one period and Olds was up 3-2 after 40 minutes.

Brayden Hopfe made 34 saves for the Grizzlys, who host the Grande Prairie Storm tonight at 7:30p.m. Oilers netminder Michael Tadjdeh stopped 28 shots.

Wildcats split doubleheader

The Stettler Wildcats split a Central Alberta High School Girls’ Volleyball League doubleheader at Notre Dame Thursday.

The ‘Cats lost 25-14, 25-23, 25-3 to the host Notre Dame Cougars while beating the West Central Rebels of Rocky Mountain House 25-14, 25-12,. 25-19.

• Notre Dame swept Rocky Mountain House in JV action Wednesday, with the boys winning 3-1 (26-24, 25-27, 25-12, 25-12) and the girls prevailing 3-0 (25-8, 25-7, 25-5) .

Lakers dominate Cougars in semi

SYLVAN LAKE — The Sylvan Lake Lakers put together a diversified attack in downing the Notre Dame Cougars 41-12 in Central Alberta High School Football League B division semifinal play Thursday.

The Lakers finished with 197 yards on the ground and 167 in the air while the Cougars had 165 yards rushing and only eight passing.

Kyle Winder led the Lakers with 103 yards rushing on 14 carries while Tyler Ledwos grabbed five passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns on 55 and 16 yard passes from Chase Hoffman, who hit on six of 11 passes for 140 yards.

Lucas Green, on a 16-yard pass, Bud Kriekle, on a 41-yard pass, and Morgan Drews, on a 10-yard toss, added the other Sylvan Lake touchdowns while Callum Smith kicked five converts and two field goals.

Dale MacDonald carried the ball 22 times for 151 yards and a touchdown on a 36-yard run for the Cougars. Quarterback Nathan Stearns added a touchdown on a two-yard run.

The Lakers will host the B-side final against the winner of the Lindsay Thurber-West Central contest, which goes today at 4 p.m. at Great Chief Park.

The A-side semifinals are also slated for today with Lacombe hosting Camrose at 4 p.m. and Stettler visiting Hunting Hills at 7 p.m.

Report: Girardi, Yanks agree to $9-million deal

Joe Girardi and the New York Yankees have agreed on the outline of a US$9-million, three-year contract for the manager, according to a baseball official familiar with the negotiations.

Although the agreement is not complete, the sides “are dotting the ’i’s and crossing the t’s,’ the person said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

The person said the deal is “going to get done.”

The New York Post first reported the news.

Girardi would be able to earn about $500,000 more each year in bonuses based on the team’s performance.

He is finishing a $7.8-million, three-year contract that he signed as Joe Torre’s successor following the 2007 season.

He will get $3 million annually in his new agreement.

A catcher on the Yankees’ World Series championship teams in 1996, 1999 and 2000, Girardi managed the Florida Marlins in 2006.

When Torre left New York after a 12-season run, Girardi was hired for the Yankees job over Don Mattingly.

New York missed the playoffs in Girardi’s first year, then beat the Philadelphia Phillies in last year’s World Series before losing to Texas last week in the AL championship series.

The Yankees have a 287-199 regular-season record in three years under Girardi.