Miami's Ken Dorsey threw for 192 yards and led a scoring drive in the East's 20-17 victory in the East-West Shrine Classic yesterday in San Francisco.
West Virginia's Avon Cobourne ran for two touchdowns, and Donald Lee of Mississippi State caught four passes for 122 yards and the go-ahead score for the East. Louisiana State's Jerel Myers added six catches for 148 yards.
The game features many of the nation's premier college players, divided into teams from the East and West.
Dorsey, of the national champion runner-up Hurricanes, was the first of three quarterbacks for the East and returned in the fourth quarter. He was 9 for 18 and directed the scoring drive in the East's first possession, capped by Cobourne's 41-yard run.
It was almost like a home game for Dorsey, who was a star at Miramonte High School in nearby Orinda. Dorsey's Hurricanes lost the Fiesta Bowl to Ohio State, 31-24, in double overtime Jan. 3, and the quarterback was happy to have another chance to put the pads on so soon.
Lee's five-yard touchdown catch with 14 minutes 56 seconds remaining put the East up, 13-10, and Cobourne ran five yards for a score with 49 seconds left. Lee was named offensive player of the game.
Arizona quarterback Jason Johnson completed 17 of 30 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns for the West, including a 14-yard touchdown strike to Keenan Howry of Oregon with three seconds left.
History on Ice
Canadian Olympic star Hayley Wickenheiser became the first woman to record a point in a men's pro hockey game, assisting on a goal in a Finnish League game in Kirkkonummi, Finland.
That was the highlight for Wickenheiser, who didn't take a shot during her team Kirkkonummi Salamat's 7-3 victory over Imatra Kettera in Finland's second division, two rungs below the country's Elite League.
Wickenheiser essentially negated her assist by accidentally putting the puck in her own net to score a goal for the opponent with a little more than 21/2 minutes left in the game.
She tried to clear the puck off the line. When she was checked, the puck went into the net off the blade of her stick.
"I wish it were the other way around, but that's part of hockey," Wickenheiser said during an interview broadcast to the few hundred people who remained in the arena after the game.
A little more than 13 minutes into her first pro game in a men's league, Wickenheiser won a faceoff in the offensive zone. She sent the puck back to the point, where defenseman Matti Tevanen shot it into the net to tie the score at 1.
The 24-year-old forward is the second position player to play in a men's pro hockey game. In the 1998-99 season, Maren Valenti played 24 games for Freiburg of Germany's second division, but she never registered a goal or an assist.
Umpire Merrill Dies
Durwood Merrill, an American League umpire for 23 years who worked the 1988 World Series, died in Texarkana, Tex., at 64. He had been hospitalized since last Sunday after suffering a heart attack.
Merrill retired after the 1999 season. He umpired several AL championship series and the 1996 AL division series. He also worked all-star games in 1984, 1995 and 1999. . . .
The Virginia Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a lawsuit by a woman hit by a foul ball at a minor league game, ruling spectators assume the risk of injury when they enter a ballpark.
The high court on Friday turned down an appeal filed by Donna P. Thurmond, whose suit against a Class A baseball team had been rejected by a lower court.
Thurmond was hit in the face by a foul ball during the game in 1997. The ball crushed Thurmond's cheek bone, fractured her eye socket and caused nerve damage.
Thurmond sued the Prince William Cannons, now known as the Potomac Cannons, claiming Pfitzner Stadium was poorly lit and the stands were too close to the field. The trial judge ruled against her.
Tapia in Critical Condition
Former world champion Johnny Tapia was in critical condition at a Las Vegas hospital, where he was taken after falling at his home and lapsing into unconsciousness.
Patti McCoy, administrative coordinator for University Medical Center, confirmed Tapia was a patient.
McCoy said Tapia was in critical condition but would not provide any more details.
Trayce Zimmerman, Tapia's publicist, said Tapia had been placed on a respirator and was being treated for head trauma.