Cepek only Hawk to get the call

Defenseman Cameron Cepek went in the NHL draft last weekend, in the seventh round (199th overall) to the Montreal Canadiens, but three other Winter Hawks - wingers Sasha Golin and Frazer McLaren and goalie Dustin Butler -were snubbed.

It was the seventh time only one Hawk had been picked; in 2001 not one Portland player was selected.

Protected players Eric Gryba (third round, Ottawa) and Rhett Rakhshani (fourth round, New York Islanders) could play here eventually as they prepare for the NHL.

Open-wheel racing merger gets closer

Champ Car and the Indy Racing League keep inching toward a merger. The rival racing series agreed last week on an ownership-sharing plan, leaving one big personnel issue -who would be given a tie-breaking vote? Driving legends Mario Andretti and Rick Mears are considered candidates for that role. Not surprisingly, no mention of A.J. Foyt.

Team Quest sends another to UFC

Ed Herman and Josh Haynes, Team Quest Fight Club combatants, lost 'Ultimate Fighter' TV series finales last week. But the middleweight Herman, a Vancouver, Wash., resident, earned an Ultimate Fighting Championship contract by virtue of his hard-fought, decision loss to Kendall Grove. He's another in the line of Team Quest fighters to make the UFC: Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland, Chael Sonnen, Chris Leben, Nate Quarry and Josh Burkman. As part of the festivities in Las Vegas, the UFC inducted Couture as the fourth member of its Hall of Fame.

-Tribune staff

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