BRIEFS Deutsch, Pilot miss the cut, Higgins still alive in State Am

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- There; will be no chance of seeing Eric Deutsch's name on the leaderboard this year in the final day of the Minnesota Golf Association State Amateur.

Deutsch, who finished third in the State Am a year ago, shot a six-over par 78 Tuesday at Olympic Hills Golf Course. That, combined with the 79 he shot Monday, put him in a tie for 61st place with a 157. Deutsch, who won the Class A state championship in June, failed to advance to today's final round, since the top 60 scores qualify.

Austin's David Pilot missed the cut as well. Pilot shot a 12-over par 84 to finish with a two-day 159. He finished in a tie for 79th.

Rochester Lourdes graduate Russ Higgins advanced to today's final round. He shot a three-over par 75. Combined with the 81 he shot Monday, Higgins (Chaska) enters the final round with a 156 in a tie for 50th place.

For the second consecutive day, former Minnesota Gophers hockey and golf player Jeff Nielsen (Pokegema) shot a one-under par 71. Nielsen, who spent a season skating for the Minnesota Wild, leads John Spreiter (Litchfield), who is in second place, by three strokes.


Twins demote Frederick, activate Wells

CHICAGO -- The Minnesota Twins activated right-hander Bob Wells from the disabled list Tuesday. Right-hander Kevin Frederick was sent to Triple-A Edmonton to make room on the roster.

Wells had been on the DL since June 12 after surgery to remove bone chips from in his right elbow. Wells is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA in 28 games this season.

Frederick was 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three appearances.

Conner's America's Cup yacht sinks

SAN DIEGO -- The high-tech, $5 million racing sloop went down in about 55 feet of water a mile off the coast of Long Beach.

But yachtsman Dennis Conner insists there is "no question" the boat can be repaired in time for the America's Cup trials, which begin Oct. 1 off Auckland, New Zealand.

All 15 crew members aboard the Stars &; Stripes were rescued after it sank just after 1:30 p.m. when the rudder shaft broke and tore a hole in the boat's carbon-fiber hull.


The 59-year-old Conner, perhaps the world's best known sailor, was not on board.

Nomar Garciaparra makes HR history on his birthday

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra made history when he became the first player in major-league history to hit a total of three home runs in back-to-back innings and hit a grand slam, all on his birthday. The Sox beat Tampa Bay 22-4 in the first game of a split doubleheader.

It was the second grand slam of his career. Garciaparra went 3-for-5 and drove in eight runs.

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