Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Nate Jackson cleared
to play baseball at UH

Hawaii Rainbows baseball player Nate Jackson, who underwent heart surgery in the fall, received medical clearance to play this season, school officials said yesterday.

"We're really excited that Nate is back with us," UH coach Mike Trapasso said. "He adds a great deal to the team in the experience he has gone through in life and in athletics."

The outfielder and former football standout played three baseball games during the 2002 season before signing with the NFL's Tennessee Titans. He was cut by the Titans in August after leaving the team for family reasons.

In 2001, he hit .313 in 13 games for the Rainbows with seven stolen bases.

"It's good to be back on the field with my teammates," Jackson said.

The Waianae High School graduate was hospitalized Oct. 24 after suffering complications from a viral infection. He underwent successful heart surgery Nov. 21 and was released from Queen's hospital Nov. 30.

"Obviously, he's got a lot of work to do to get back into shape," Trapasso said. "He needs to rebuild his strength and conditioning. But it looks good so far. He seems to be gaining weight every day."

Foyle named PacWest player of the week

Brigham Young-Hawaii forward Alexus Foyle was named the Pacific West Conference player of the week yesterday.

Foyle averaged 30.7 points in three games last week, converting 40 of his 64 field goals.

The senior ranks second in the nation in scoring at 26 points per game. He also averages 5.3 rebounds per game.

CBS to air Xterra championship

The Nissan Xterra World Championships, filmed on Maui on Oct. 27, will be broadcast by CBS Sports Sunday. The one-hour show begins at 7 p.m.

Of the 444 participants in the off-road triathlon, 115 were from Hawaii and four, Allegra Erisman, Tina Eakin, Lorenn Walker and Wendy Minor, won age-group titles.

Au claims gold at karate nationals

Elisa Au of Honolulu won two gold medals in the recent USA Open Karate Championships at Las Vegas.

Au defeated Nadia Meknouzi of Morocco in the plus-60kg finals and All-Japan champion Maki Ogasawara in the open finals.

Au collected $5,000 in prize money for the two victories.

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