Side Lines for Tuesday — September 20, 2005

• UH baseball clinic returns

• Owens released after fumbles

UH baseball clinic returns

KAPA’A — The highly-attended University of Hawai’i Speed and Quickness Baseball clinic will return starting Monday.

According to Roy Nishida of the county’s antidrug office, the team of UH baseball coaches will hold a twoday clinic at the Ron Martin field starting Monday, Sept. 26.

Youngsters between the ages of 7 and 12 years old are invited to the free event from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on both Monday and Tuesday.

Aspiring players 13 years and older are invited to the session that runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26. On Tuesday, this session will be held from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m.

A special coaches clinic will fill the time slot from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27 with all coaches invited to attend.

The popular clinic was held earlier in August, and the encore clinic is being hosted for the benefit of students attending the Eastside Complex schools who were not able to attend due to school being in session.

The Ron Martin baseball field is located on the campus of Kapa’a High School.

For more information, people may call 241-6312, or 241-6646

Owens released after fumbles

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars released receiver Chad Owens on Monday, a day after the rookie fumbled two punts and mishandled another before getting benched in a 10-3 loss at Indianapolis.

A sixth-round pick from Hawai’i, Owens had been one of the team’s biggest surprises during training camp and the preseason.

He made the roster over veteran receiver Troy Edwards and return specialist David Allen.

Coach Jack Del Rio said he hoped to resign Owens to the practice squad, but the 5-foot-7 receiver will have to clear waivers for that to happen.

Although Owens fumbled two punt returns, neither was lost.

The first one bounced off his face mask, and safety Deke Cooper recovered it.

The second one dribbled through his hands and onto the ground, but he recovered it himself.

Owens bobbled another punt between the two fumbles, but secured that one before it fell to the ground.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Owens, who also fumbled two punts during the preseason and was inactive for the season opener. “I can’t even begin to explain it. I wasn’t pressing. I thought I was relaxed, but it kept popping out of my hands. I’ve never had a game like that.”

Owens set an NCAA record last season by returning five punts for touchdowns.


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