In brief

Hometown awards:

Haferkorn, Zawada

IRON MOUNTAIN – Iron Mountain’s Mandy Haferkorn and Niagara’s Jordan Zawada were named the Hometown Lumber Athletes of the Month for February.

Haferkorn, a member of the Kingsford ski team, capped a dominating season with state and U.P. titles in the slalom.

The All-U.P. first teamer also took 11th at state in the giant slalom.

Zawada, a member of Badgers basketball team, helped lead his team to a sectional final.

Zawada posted a near double-double average of 13 points and 9.8 rebounds along with 2.2 assists and 2.7 steals per contest. The Badger captain also earned recognition on the M&O Conference first team.

Youth soccer:

Fund-raiser tonight

IRON MOUNTAIN – Twin City Girls Soccer Club will host a St. Patrick’s Day Youth Dance tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Northern Lights YMCA gym (800 Crystal Lake Blvd.).

“Money is being raised to offset team expenses related to attending The USA CUP soccer tournament in July,” a team spokesman said.

Price of admission is $7, with concessions available on-site. All area students in grades 5-8 are welcome to attend.

“For the safety of all, a no re-entry policy will be strictly enforced,” spokesman added.


U.S. loses

MIAMI (AP) – Horns honked, percussion pulsed and school kids squealed. Miami can make quite a din when the Dominicans win.

The visiting team on the scoreboard, the Dominican Republic made itself at home by beating the United States 3-1 to earn a berth in the final round of the World Baseball Classic.

Pinch-hitter Erick Aybar singled home Nelson Cruz with the go-ahead run in the ninth for the Dominicans, who improved to 5-0. The Dominican Republic is assured of a spot in the semifinals beginning Sunday in San Francisco, where two-time defending champion Japan and the Netherlands have already advanced.

The United States must now play Puerto Rico, with the winner earning a trip to San Francisco and the loser being eliminated.

Pro football:

Jackson to Atlanta

By The Associated Press

The Atlanta Falcons replaced Michael Turner with another proven, productive running back.

Steven Jackson, the top running back in free agency, agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Falcons on Day 3 of the NFL’s free agency frenzy.


Nadal over Federer

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) – Rafael Nadal defeated error-prone Roger Federer 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open in the earliest meeting between the two rivals since they first played each other in 2004.

Nadal needed barely 1 1/2 hours to close out the defending champion in their 29th career meeting.

Auto Racing:

Hamlin fine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Denny Hamlin will not appeal the $25,000 fine levied against him for criticizing the Gen-6 car, and NASCAR will take the money out of his race winnings.

Hamlin said he did not want to drag his Joe Gibbs Racing team through the appeals process but still is refusing to pay the fine.

NASCAR said the fine will be settled per the rule book, which says a drivers’ winnings can be garnished to collect fine money.