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Published: Sat, August 6, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



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SteelHoundssign Kelly Sickavish

YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown SteelHounds signed defenseman Kelly Sickavish to a contract.

Sickavish, 27, played his rookie season last year with the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League. In 47 games, the North Vancouver, B.C., native recorded four assists with 83 penalty minutes. Sickavish dressed in 10 playoff games for the Thunder, notching 20 penalty minutes.

The defenseman was selected by the SteelHounds in the CHL's expansion draft.

The 6-3, 215-pound Sickavish spent four seasons (1999-2003) with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where he finished his career with one goal, seven assists and 92 penalty minutes in 107 career games.

NATION

Setzer drives to first Truck Series win

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Dennis Setzer earned his fourth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory of the season and his 16th overall Friday night at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

The 45-year-old Setzer dominated the Power Stroke Diesel 200, leading 177 of the 200 laps on the .068-mile oval. He finished 0.418 seconds ahead of rookie Todd Kluever's Ford with an average speed of 84.910 mph.

Ron Hornaday Jr. was third, followed by Matt Crafton and Jimmy Spencer.

Rain washed out qualifying, and the starting positions were determined by owner points. Setzer, who came into the race leading second-place Ted Musgrave by 158 points, elected to start the race on the outside of the front row and pulled away from Musgrave immediately.

Early caution flags limited racing between the leaders and Setzer kept the lead until he went to the pits for the first time on the 134th lap, setting off a flurry of lead changes.

Brendan Gaughan held the lead for five laps before pitting. Chad Chaffin's Toyota moved into first for seven laps before he had to pit, and Setzer regained the lead on the 148th lap.

The first caution came on the fourth lap when Brad Keselowski, Brad Whitt and Jack Bailey crashed on the backstretch, and the green flag didn't come out until the 13th lap.

Local favorite John Andretti was in the top four before crashing on lap 25 and leaving the race. Racing resumed on the 29th lap, but the caution flag came out again five laps later when Bobby Hamilton's Dodge crashed in the third turn.

Phelps wins 27thnational title

IRVINE, Calif. -- Michael Phelps defeated training partner Klete Keller by nearly a half-second to win the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. Summer Nationals.

It was Phelps' 27th national title, moving him into a tie for seventh on the career list with Katherine Rawls, who competed from 1931-38. He has a chance to win two more individual races by the meet's conclusion Sunday.

Phelps led wire-to-wire and touched first in 1 minute, 46.40 seconds -- well off his American record of 1:45.20 set at last week's world championships in Montreal.

Keller was second in 1:46.87. Jayme Cramer was third in 1:48.19.

Brittany Reimer of Canada edged Caroline Burckle of Louisville, Ky., to win the women's 200 free in 1:59.73.

With world champion Katie Hoff and American record holder Kaitlin Sandeno skipping the event, Ariana Kukors defended her title in the 400 individual medley.

Kukors, a 16-year-old from Auburn, Wash., was timed in 4:43.32 for her second career national championship. She dropped nearly three seconds from her morning preliminary time.

Robert Margalis of St. Petersburg, Fla., won the men's 400 IM in 4:18.66.

Roddick advancesto semifinals

WASHINGTON -- Top-seeded Andy Roddick rallied from a first-set loss to beat Croatia's Ivo Karlovic 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-4 Friday and advance to the semifinals of the Legg Mason Classic.

Roddick will face 13th-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan in the semifinals today. Srichaphan defeated Luis Horna 6-4, 7-5. In Friday's late quarterfinal matches, James Blake defeated Arnaud Clement of France 6-3, 6-2, and 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic defeated Bobby Reynolds 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9).

Staff/wire reports




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