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EMEU San Francisco (McClellan 3-31 at San Fran. Oakland Cincinnati (Browning 13-10), 12:35 p.m. 4 CINCINNATI 6 Chicago SKEETER'S TRAVELS: Skeeter Barnes, now a fixture with Tigers, Page C-4. NO, NO, NO-HITTER: Three Braves combined to no-hit Padres, Page C-4. MORRIS ACHING: Shoulder pain troubling Reds' first baseman, Page C-5. New York 4 Chicago Baltimore 4 New York Montreal 6 Philadelphia Detroit 8 Boston Atlanta 1 San Diego Seattle 7 Toronto Mets at Cubs, WOR, 2 p.m., WGN, 2:30 p.m. Sox at Angels, WGN, 10:30 p.m. Los Angeles 9 Houston Cleveland at Milwaukee ppd. Pittsburgh 3 St. Louis Kansas City 4 Minnesota 1 Texas at California 1D1 EDITOR: GREGNOBLE, 369-1917 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1991 SECTION C U.S. earns Canada Cup finalsC-3 O Dove hunters despairC-6 Lawyer targeted in suitC-7 Rival feels for UCs MurphyC-7 m M At """"Iw W PWPIWWW"! Thomas: Bengals will bury Bernie Tim 'Lh Sullivan y z Says pass rush will resurface vs. Browns Brennan bounces back winter as a Plan B free agent, is Cleveland's No. 2 quarterback. He has yet to complete a regular-season NFL pass. BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer How bad has the Bengals pass rush been this season? "We know Bernie's not going to be willing to " , V I L" Cincinnati is the only NFL team not to record a sack, and each of the other 27 clubs has at least two. But cornerback Eric Thomas has some bold predictions about the heat the Bengals will apply to Cleveland quarterback Bernie Kosar on Sunday, and on how that may affect Cincinnati's status as the AFC defense with the fewest takeaways (one). "We're going to get some pressure on Bernie, no doubt about that," Thomas said take the hits we 11 be coming in with, Thomas said, "and our secondary's active. We feel we'll get something back there this week." Asked why he's so sure the Cincinnati pass rush will pick up, Thomas indicated his belief the Bengals will move James Francis back to outside linebacker this week. "You've got our best pass rusher back outside, where he'll be a lot more effective In a surprise move Wednesday, the Bengals waived popular and fiery linebacker Bernard Clark to bring Mike Brennan back to a banged-up offensive line. Brennan had been waived only 48 hours previously to clear a roster spot for linebacker Carl Zander. On the offensive line, only center Bruce Kozerski (calf) missed practice Wednesday. But the club brass is concerned about the cumulative effect of a number of relatively minor problems on the offensive line for Sunday's game at Cleveland. "We've got a very iffy situation," said General Manager Mike Brown. "The latest news we have from the doctors gives us more reason to be concerned, so we reversed field and brought (Brennan) back." Brown declined to be specific about changes in players' condition, but offensive linemen Bruce Reimers, Joe Walter and Ken Moyer have joined Kozerski in playing hurt lately. "We don't know how long some of these guys (offensive linemen) can last (in Sunday's game)," Brown said. "We can't risk having several of them go out in the first half and having ourselves not being able to fill the holes." JACK BRENNAN Clark didn't expect move, Page C-6 Eric Thomas Wednesday. "It's just a matter of giving Bernie a case of happy feet in the pocket and making him decide to throw the ball. "We know he'll do that. He's not a quarterback who just sits in there and plans on taking all the hits, and that's especially true considering their backup (quarterback) situation." Todd Philcox, plucked from the Bengals last in pass-rushing situations," Thomas said. "And with Alfred (Williams) on the other side, they're not going to be able to sit back there and picnic all day." Bengals coach Sam Wyche has declined to say whether he will leave Francis inside or move him. Ex-Giant Morris on the run, Page C-6 Belichick was born to coach, Page C-6 R ecords don't faze Klingler Tyson says he's innocent H:. BY GEORGE DIAZ Orlando Sentinel This season's college football glamour boy drives his girlfriend's Chevy Celebrity, hates shopping, loves fishing and films United Way commercials. David Klingler, the highest-profile player on Houston's run-'em-up gang of troublemakers, unpretentiously sidesteps all the controversy that coach John Jenkins and his space-age offense create. "David is one of the nicest young men that I've ever met," Houston Athletic Director Rudy Davalos said. "David is one of those guys who will be a tremendous success in life if he never plays a down in the NFL." An NFL career is likely, given Klingler's productivity as quarterback of the run-and-shoot offense that makes a prime-time appearance against the second-ranked Miami Hurricanes in the Orange Bowl tonight. Consider the numbers: Klingler has established or tied 34 NCAA game or season records including a six-touchdown quarter against Louisiana Tech in the season-opener. His 54 touchdown passes last season, including 11 against Eastern Washington, were four more than Miami's entire team had in 1990. He established an NCAA record for total yardage last season with 5,221 -- only 91 less than than Miami's team total, 299 more than Florida State's and 243 more than Florida. "He may be the best to come out in a long time," Miami coach Dennis Erickson said. "He's big. He has (Please see KLINGLER, Page C-7) Fights loom for Iron Mike out of ring, too The big bout will come off, of course. Mike Tyson has entered his plea, posted his bail and is free again to pursue his chosen career, which is administering pain. The former heavyweight boxing champion was arraigned Wednesday in Indianapolis, but he is not scheduled to go to trial for rape and related charges until Jan. 27, the day after the Super Bowl. This leaves Tyson's dance card open on the evening of Nov. 8, so Evander Holy-field's title remains within his 71-inch reach. In the curious course of a singularly self-destructive life, Iron Mike has always found time to fight. "Life is too short," he said Wednesday, "to get stressed out over things." Gentler souls might regard the possibility of a 63-year prison sentence as stress-worthy, but Mike Tyson has lived too long on the edge to be particularly edgy about a future four months down the road. Life is a day-by-day proposition with some people; with Tyson, it has been mostly moment-by-moment.' When he was still a juvenile delinquent, and by his own admission an accomplished mugger and thief, Tyson and an accomplice were apprehended in the act of stealing pigeons from a rooftop roost. The owner of the birds and some associates, with the swift and severe justice commonly practiced in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, hanged Tyson's partner from the fire escape of the tenement building. A noose was being prepared for Tyson when a neighbor intervened. Fight should go on Desperation is the breeding ground for boxers, and those strong enough to survive sometimes emerge from their squalor barely brushed by the morals and scruples of more civilized society. The fight game is not for the faint of heart. Tyson must be made accountable for his actions, but those who would call off his fights because of an impending court case appreciate neither the law of the land nor the law of the jungle. Constitutionally presumed innocent until proven guilty, Tyson is entitled to earn a living regardless of his reputation until the day he is formally judged unfit for freedom. If this means criminals can make millions for a few minutes' work, that is still a better alternative than allowing boxing to administer morality. Never was a sport so poorly suited to high purpose. In 1967, within one hour of Muhammad Ali's refusal to be inducted into the Army, the New York State Athletic Commission suspended his boxing license and withdrew recognition of him as champion, a decision that was made before Ali had been charged, much less convicted, of any crime, and one that led to his 3'2 year exile from the ring. A federal judge would later order the New York commission to overturn itself after Ali's lawyers produced a list of some 90 fighters who had been licensed to box in New York despite having been convicted of such crimes as murder, rape, armed robbery, child molestation, and military desertion. Boxing's meal ticket What most boxing people know about the Bill of Rights is confined to the fifth amendment the part about how no person "shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself." Though it has been Tyson's practice to incriminate himself on a regular basis, his unsavory past proves nothing about his behavior at the Indiana Black Expo. If he is a rapist, or a "serial buttocks fondler," as alleged by the owner of the Miss Black America pageant, these are matters for the courts, not for the clowns who run boxing. Not that any of them would be willing to stand in Tyson's way. He is a meal ticket for too many of them, the most compelling figure in the fight game since Ali, and the man best able to capitalize on the technological windfall of pay-per-view. Caesar's Palace outdoor arena, 15,000 seats priced from $200 to $1,200, sold out in 12 days for Tyson-Holyfield. Early estimates suggest the bout could be the first to gross $100 million. Stop the fight? They can hardly wait to start it. 1 - BY MIKE LOPRESTI Gannett News Service INDIANAPOLIS Mike Tyson came and went Wednesday, staying in town long enough to be arraigned and booked on charges of rape, and then sit as a mostly silent partner at a press conference while promoter Don King launched the first volley of his defense. "This situation is totally ridiculous," Tyson said. "I didn't hurt anyone. I love women. My mother's a woman. I respect them, as well. Every time I get involved with one, something always happens." But he never has had trouble like this. He faces a four-count indictment that charges he raped an 18-year-old Miss Black America pageant contestant in his hotel room the morning of July 19, and faces up to 63 years in prison if convicted. Judge Patricia Gifford set the trial date for Jan. 27, and entered a preliminary plea of innocent for Tyson. By the time Tyson left Indianapolis on Wednesday afternoon, headed back to Las Vegas to resume training for his Nov. 8 heavyweight title fight against Evander Holyfield, the first signs of defense strategy from the Tyson camp were clear: They will not allow the alleged victim to stay anonymous, if they can help it. Though most news organizations refuse to print names of possible rape victims, both King and Tyson pointedly went out of their way to give her name while TV cameras were running on Wednesday. "There ain't nothing sanctimonious about (alleged victim's name)," King said. "She's the one who's done the accusing." Added Tyson, "(Alleged victim's name) knows what happened in that room. I know what happened. I'm innocent." There was a clear inference from King that Tyson will claim the alleged victim consented to having sexual relations with Tyson. "Let her come here into the thick of this ... and explain what she was doing in his room at 2 in the morning," King said. Tyson and King are adamant that the Nov. 8 fight will go on as scheduled, and appear offended if anyone suggests a postponement. "Why should I?" Tyson said. "This is how I make my living." 9 Age: 22 Size: 6-foot-3, 210 pounds. Yean Senior Position: Quarterback . College: Houston Hometown: Houston Passing statistics Year G Art. Cmp. Int. Yds. TD Pet 1988 3 7 6 0 37 0 85.6 1989 8 114 68 1 865 8 59.6 1990 11 643 374 20 5140 54 58.2 1991 1 57 36 0 510 9 63.2 Total offense 14 77 95 60 Avg. Avg. play game 4.5 12.0 6.5 105.5 7.4 474.6 8.2 527.0 Year G Plays Run Pass Total 1988 3 8 -1 37 36 1989 8 130 -21 865 844 1990 11 704 81 5140 5221 1991 1. 62 17 510 527 The Associated Press David Klingler's celebrated offensive prowess will be severely tested tonight against the Miami Hurricanes. Ailing Davis missing in action BY ROB PARKER The Cincinnati Enquirer If Eric Davis could, he'd put out a missing persons report on himself. The Reds' center fielder, who has battled fatigue and exhaustion for more than three months, is nothing more than a mere shell of himself. In the Reds' 4-2 loss to the' San Francisco Giants Wednesday night, Davis struck out three times against Giant rookie Bryan Hickerson en route to another 0-for-4 night. The two-time All-Star has just one hit in his last 26 at-bats (.038) with a whopping 13 strikeouts. And the crowd of 16,279, the smallest of the season at Riverfront, let Davis know they're not (Please see REDS, Page C-5) Braves pitchers team on no-hitter ATLANTA Kent Mercker, Atlanta's stopgap starter, combined with two relievers on a no-hitter preserved by a controversial scorer's decision and the surprising Braves maintained their NL West lead with a 1-0 victory Wednesday night over the San Diego Padres. Mercker, thrust into the rotation last week after Armando Reynoso did not work out as a fifth starter, overpowered the Padres for six innings in his third major league start. (See story, Page C-4) V A The Cincinnati EnquirerJoanne Rim The Reds' Freddie Benavides sails over Matt Williams of the Giants on a second-inning double play attempt Wednesday. Tim Sullivan is Enquirer sports columnist.

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