Fukuroku named best in WAC
Hawaii striker Taryn Fukuroku was named the Western Athletic Conference's soccer player of the week yesterday.
Fukuroku, of Maui, had six points with two goals last week as the Rainbow Wahine went 1-1-1 on their road trip to California.
Hawaii hosts Montana in the first game of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic on Thursday.
Wahine up to No. 7 in AVCA poll
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The conference preseason player of the year picked up the first season honor yesterday.
Hawaii senior outside hitter earned her sixth career weekly honor when named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
Houston averaged 5.18 points, 4.64 kills, 0.91 digs and 0.82 blocks per set as she led the Rainbow Wahine to a 3-0 record and the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational title.
Saturday's victory over then-No. 9 Washington helped the Rainbow Wahine move up three spots to No. 7 in the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll announced yesterday. It is Hawaii's highest ranking since the 2006 preseason poll.
The Rainbow Wahine (7-2) were at No. 10 last week, the spot that Washington is this week.
Penn State (9-0) remained No. 1, receiving 59 of 60 first-place votes. Nebraska (8-0) received the other vote and stayed at No. 2. Texas (5-1), UCLA (6-1), USC (4-2) and Stanford (7-2) are ahead of Hawaii. Minnesota (8-1), whose only loss is to the Wahine, is in eighth with Cal (7-1) dropping five spots to No. 9.
Arnoult loses in Paralympic tennis
Maui's Beth Arnoult and partner Kaitlyn Verfuerth of California fell to a French team Sunday in the bronze-medal match in wheelchair tennis at the Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Armoult-Verfuerth lost to third seed Florence Gravellier and Arlette Racineux, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
"I'm proud of how Beth and Kaitlyn fought," said U.S. head coach Dan James. "They are clearly disappointed, but I hope they are holding their heads up proud."
Arnoult said that this would be her final international competition. She is scheduled to compete for Purelight Racing in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai, the women's Oahu to Molokai race later this month.
BYU-Hawaii men's soccer secures win
Viktor Behzani and Adam Maciejewski scored unassisted goals to help the Brigham Young-Hawaii men's soccer team beat California Baptist 2-1 yesterday in Laie.
The Lancers rallied in the final 2 minutes but were unable to score on BYUH goalkeeper Doug Hansen.
The Seasiders (2-4) won't play until next Tuesday, when they visit Grand Canyon for the PacWest opener.
Brewers fire manager Yost
MILWAUKEE » In an unprecedented move, the Milwaukee Brewers fired manager Ned Yost yesterday, hoping to pull out of another late-season slump that has jeopardized the team's chance of making the playoffs for the first time since 1982.
Third-base coach Dale Sveum will take over as interim manager for the remainder of the season. The Brewers have lost seven of eight and fallen into a tie with Philadelphia for the NL wild-card lead.
It marked the first time in major league history - except the strike-split 1981 season - that a manager was fired in August or later with his team in playoff position, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
At 83-67, the Brewers have just 12 games to rebound.
Masoli in the mix for Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. » Oregon quarterback Justin Roper will be out two to four weeks because of a partially torn ligament in his left knee.
The No. 17 Ducks host Boise State on Saturday. The team is expected to use backup Jeremiah Masoli and true freshman Chris Harper at quarterback.
Both Masoli, who prepped at Saint Louis, and Harper have played in all three of Oregon's games this season. Masoli, a junior college transfer, has completed 16 of 28 passes for 193 yards and two TDs. Harper has run for 102 yards and two touchdowns, while completing four of six for 40 yards and a TD.
Bellotti did not immediately pick a starter for the game against the Broncos, but said both would likely play.
"Both have strong attributes and bring different strengths to the table," Bellotti said. "We can capitalize on their assets."
Wojtek Czyz of Germany won the gold medal in the long jump at the Beijing Paralympic Games today.