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This and that, here and there ...

Here are some bits and pieces I've stumbled upon during the past week:

— According to Turf Show Times out of St. Louis, Kennewick High Schoolgraduate Adam Carriker has started lifting weights and should ready forspring workouts that begin in March for the St. Louis Rams.

Carriker, a defensive lineman for the Rams, missed all of the season on injured reservewith a shoulder injury. 

Steve David, who drove the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto to a second consecutiveseason high points title last year, will be inducted into the American PowerBoat Association’s Hall of Champions at the end of this month in Seattle.

David won the title in November in Doha, Qatar, when he scored enough pointsduring the races there. David even flipped the boat in an earlier heat. Buthe landed it soft enough and so upright that the boat suffered minimal damage.David fractured a foot, but he fought through the pain to claim the title.

— Kennewick High grad Leilani Mitchell is averaging five assists and 2.3assists this winter for her French professional basketball team, Arras (11-3). She’s also connecting on 52 percent of her shots from the floor.

— Washington State University has a club hockey team that plays in the Pac-8 (Neither Arizona nor ASU compete).Part of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, WSU plays home games atEagles Ice Arena in Spokane or at EWU’s rink in Cheney. Pasco’s Trevor Pisinger andKennewick’s Ryan Trump are members of the team.

— The Montreal Canadiens have a problem: who to play goalie in the net,Jaroslav Halak or ?

Halak has been playing well, sporting a 2.46 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and a 12-6-1-2 record. Price,the former Tri-City American, is 2.67, .915 and 10-15-3-0 while getting onaverage a goal less of support from his teammates. Halak has asked to betraded. But for now, the team is going to let them battle it out on the icefor a while before making a move.

Calvin Pickard, Chet’s little brother, is the top rated goalie in the NHLCentral Scouting department’s mid-term rankings. Chet, playing for Milwaukeein the American Hockey League, is 9-7-2.

— According to the NRQHA News, Princess of Zoom -- the horse who set theSun Downs track record for 300 yards by winning last April’s Pot O’ GoldFuturity in 15.21 seconds -- was euthanized later in the summer aftershe pulled up lame in a race at Wyoming Downs.

She had won her first four races for owners Denny and Sandy Weigt of Jerome, Idaho, earning $30,000.