Rainbow Wahine move into top 10
Three consecutive victories added to one move up in the rankings yesterday.
The Hawaii women's volleyball team was at No. 10 in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Division I poll, receiving 932 points.
The Rainbow Wahine (4-2) next host the Chevron Invitational, Thursday through Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center. In the field are No. 9 Washington, St. Mary's and Pacific. Remaining the unanimous No. 1 was Penn State (6-0), with Nebraska (6-0) staying at No. 2. Texas (3-1), Cal (5-0), UCLA (5-1) and USC (3-2) all moved up a spot after former No. 3 Stanford (4-2) was upset by St. Louis.
WAC member New Mexico State (4-4) received votes, placing it 30th, tied with Ohio.
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Lynch and Taketa lead at Princeville
John Lynch and Lance Taketa shot 67s to tie for the lead in the Aloha Section PGA Professional Championship and Stroke Play Championship at Princeville Golf Course yesterday.
Lynch and Taketa are a stroke ahead of Ron Castillo, Kirk Nelson, Kevin Hayashi and Andrew Feldmann, who all shot 4-under 68s.
The top-three finishers qualify for the national tournament next year in Santa Anna Pueblo, N.M.
Maui’s Arnoult wins in Beijing
Beth Arnoult of Paia, Maui, won her opening match yesterday at the Paralympics in Beijing.
Arnoult, seeded fourth in singles, defeated Yani Ida of Indonesia 6-0, 6-0 in 35 minutes. She next plays the No. 5 seed, Marie-Annick Sevenans of Belgium.
Arnoult and her doubles partner Kaitlyn Verfuerth are seeded eighth. They had a first-round bye and compete tomorrow.
Garcia to face Slater in third round
Hawaii surfer Sunny Garcia will meet Kelly Slater in the third round of the Boost Mobile Pro at San Clemente, Calif., today.
Garcia earned his berth into the event after Danny Wills withdrew for medical reasons and the first, second and third Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour injury replacement surfers declined the spot. Garcia won his first-round heat with 14.50 points over Taj Burrow and Chris Ward.
Roy Powers was the only other Hawaii surfer to win his heat in the first round. Andy Irons, Bruce Irons, Pancho Sullivan and Fred Patacchia lost their first-round heats and will surf in today's second round.
UH-Hilo’s Geis honored by conference
Hawaii-Hilo striker Drew Geis was named the Pacific West Conference's player of the week in men's soccer yesterday.
Geis, of Kapolei, scored three goals last week, including a pair of game-winners.
Vulcans beat Orediggers on road
Josimara Pinheiro knocked down 19 kills and Laura Rodriguez contributed 13 digs as Hawaii-Hilo beat the Colorado School of Mines 23-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-21 in women's volleyball at Golden, Colo., yesterday.
The Vulcans improved to 6-2, and the Orediggers fell to 5-4.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon pumped his fist after striking out Tampa Bay's Gabe Gross to end the game yesterday.
Red Sox move closer to Rays
Last night began to feel a bit like October.
With a chill breaking through the afternoon sunlight, the Boston Red Sox - or, really, Jon Lester - took on the Rays, who have never experienced a playoff atmosphere.
Those days, though, are clearly over. No matter that the Rays had lost all six games in Boston this season, and that they came into town carting a three-game losing streak - these Rays still hold the top spot in the AL East.
That hold is now in jeopardy.
With the Red Sox taking the first game of the three-game series, 3-0, the Rays' once solid lead is down to a half-game. For that, the Sox and all those fans can thank Lester, who outdueled Edwin Jackson to leave the Rays shut out and hurting.
"It's exciting to get in a situation where the games are so meaningful," manager Terry Francona said before the game. "They've turned themselves into a bona fide contender. What they've done for baseball is exciting. It's made our job a little tougher, but just makes these games more exciting."
Injury ends Manuwai’s season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. » Jaguars left guard Vince Manuwai tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee Sunday, and will be placed on injured reserve and have surgery when the swelling subsides.
Teammate Dennis Norman rolled into Manuwai's knee early in the third quarter. It was Manuwai's first injury in his six seasons.
"Wrong place, wrong time," Manuwai said. "It's real disappointing. My '08 season is over. For me, I've got to move on, get stronger, rest my body now. It's tough. You can't do nothing about it but have surgery and do rehab."
Manuwai was an offensive lineman at Hawaii from 1999 to 2002.