Coogan wins fifth straight
Melissa Coogan limited UC Riverside to two runs on seven hits to help Hawaii to a split of a doubleheader at Riverside, Calif., yesterday.
Coogan won her game 7-2 -- her fifth win in a row -- but Shannon Tabion couldn't pull off the sweep in the second, losing 4-3. Coogan (7-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief of Tabion but the damage was already done.
Tabion gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings and the Wahine wasted a 3-for-3 effort with two RBIs from designated hitter Tricia Ramos.
Denise Dahlberg and Noelle Izumi combined for six hits and each drove in a pair of runs in the victory.
Warriors jump 3 spots at Burns IntercollegiateThe Hawaii golf team moved from 14th to 11th place with a strong second round at the Burns Intercollegiate at Wahiawa yesterday.
The Warriors have a two-day total of 580, three shots away from Denver for 10th place.
Seasiders stretch win streak to 32The Brigham Young-Hawaii women's tennis team won its 32nd consecutive match yesterday, beating NCAA Division I Santa Clara 7-2.
The Seasiders won five singles matches and two doubles matches to improve to 3-0.
Viloria coming home to fight in AprilWaipahu flyweight Brian Viloria is close to signing a deal to fight his next fight in Hawaii.
Team Viloria manager Gary Gittelsohn said last night that he is "90 percent sure" Viloria will return home to fight April 15 in a more intimate setting than the Blaisdell Arena.
"It will probably be in a more intimate setting, probably in a ballroom at one of the hotels," Gittelsohn said. "We want to put on a more intimate show with mostly local guys. I think that's going to appeal to the people of Hawaii more."
Gittelsohn has not settled on an opponent yet and has to finalize discussions on the venue, but says he is working with a group that has assembled cable systems -- Comcast being one of them -- to have the fight televised.
Viloria (11-0, 6 KOs) returned to Los Angeles Saturday after training in Hawaii, and is fully recovered from the bruised ligament he suffered in his last fight.
"Brian is very excited," Gittelsohn said. "We love coming to Hawaii, it is the one passion Brian has. Hopefully by 2003 or 2004 he will be fighting for a title in Hawaii.
Klitschko sues WBC: At Las Vegas, heavyweight contender Vitali Klitschko filed suit against the World Boxing Council in an effort to force Lennox Lewis to let him fight for the heavyweight title.
Klitschko's suit claims the WBC is violating its own rules by refusing to order Lewis, the WBC champion, to fight him.
Klitschko, the WBC's No. 1-ranked contender, claims in the lawsuit that Lewis has to fight him by June 8 if the WBC rules for mandatory title defenses are followed.
Lewis plans to fight Mike Tyson in June instead.
FLYING HIGH FOR HAWAII
Clifford Adoptante, also known as "The Flyin' Hawaiian," performed an aerial trick on his motorcycle in front of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles yesterday during a news conference announcing that the ESPN X Games IX will be held at the venue.