Nevada Union soccer improves to 3-0 |

Nevada Union soccer improves to 3-0

After being forced to forfeit games in the Kennedy Tournament last week because of school being canceled, the Nevada Union girls soccer team posted a 1-0 win in the tournament Saturday against Prospect High.

The winning strike came at the 11-minute mark as Leigh Collins sent a nice through ball to junior Marinda Graham who punched it home for the score.

“Defensively we did a good job – we’re starting to mark tighter and play as a unit,” Nevada Union coach Mike Voss said. “Molly Augustus and Leigh did a great job in the back.”

Ariane Turner snagged three saves in the goal during the first half, with Prospect outshooting the Miners 3-2. Nevada Union returned the favor, outshooting their opposition in the second half 6-0 with goalie Paige Carnahan coming out of the goal three times to break up dangerous plays.

The 3-0 Miners travel to Kennedy for a 3:30 p.m. game Tuesday to open the Metro League. The team’s game against Bear River has been re-scheduled for Saturday, with the junior varsity game to start at 2:30 with the varsity game to follow.

-The Union Staff

Iditarod mushers start race to Nome

WILLOW, Alaska – Dog teams whisked past hundreds of spectators on a frozen lake before climbing a small hill and disappearing into the woods at the official start of the Iditarod on Sunday.

Local resident Lori Townsend was the first musher to leave on the more than 1,100 mile journey to Nome in western Alaska.

Townsend, 43, kissed her husband and jumped on her sled, just seconds before handlers let her 16 sled dogs go tearing across the snow.

“I just wanted to get the heck out of Dodge,” said the Iditarod veteran from Willow, explaining why she chose the first starting position in a field of 83 teams.

The first checkpoint is Yenta, about 42 miles away, followed by the town of Skwenta another 40 miles up the thick ice of a glacial river. Most mushers will likely head straight through the first two stops to the third checkpoint at the Finger Lake cabin, 40 miles beyond Skwenta.

Baseball signs park lease for Nationals

WASHINGTON – Major League Baseball took a major step Sunday toward resolving an impasse over a home for the Washington Nationals, signing a lease for a new ballpark.

One day before the Monday deadline imposed by the District of Columbia Council, baseball signed the lease approved by the Council last month. The lease calls for a ballpark to be built along the Anacostia River, south of the Capitol, with a provision capping the city’s spending for the project at $611 million.

Baseball, which will not select a new owner for the team until a lease is in place, had expressed concern over the cap, which altered the original 2004 agreement that brought the team from Montreal last season. In particular, baseball was concerned about a scenario in which the team’s future owners could be forced to pay cost overruns. The alternatives for baseball would have been to ask for binding arbitration or search for a new city.

“We have worked very hard to accommodate the requests from the mayor and the Council that changed the terms of the agreement that brought the Expos to Washington,” baseball chief operating officer Bob DuPuy said in a statement.

– The Associated Press

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