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TC l-'ritlav, September 20, 1991 I ML CINCINNATI I NQL IKI R SportSF-3 Precious Bunny wins Brown Ju; Miller rules at Lebanon LEBANON, Ohio David Miller has a streak going. That's why he's anxious to get back into action when harness racing resumes tonight at the Lebanon Raceway. The 27-year-old native of Grove City, Ohio, has been the leading driver at Lebanon for the last five meetings, topping the reinsmen for both meetings in 1989, 1990, and the first meet of 1991. During the winter-spring meeting this year he piled up 124 trips to the winner's circle. That's the all-time high at the Warren County track that has operated for 41 years. Miller is part of a trio of drivers who can be listed as workhorses among those at Lebanon. Youngsters Brent Holland and Eric Ledford, along with Miller, seldom miss a race as owners seek their talents for catch drives. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DELAWARE, Ohio Precious Bunny lived up to its role of favorite, taking the lead early and holding off Nuke Skywalker to win the 46th Little Brown Jug on Thursday at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Precious Bunny, driven by Jack Moiseyev, won the final in 1:55 after taking the second division in 1:54 1-5. Nuke Skywalker, which had won the first division, was second, with Three Wizzards third. Easy Goer, an easy winner in Precious Bunny, trained by Bill Robinson, is owned by R. Peter Heffering of Port Perry, Ontario. He collected $228,334 from a purse of $575,150. Both figures were records for the race. Starting from the No. 3 post position, Precious Bunny came out strong, as he had in his division, and edged Nuke Skywalker for the lead by the one-eighth-mile mark, lie maintained a one-length lead while timed in 28 seconds in the quarter-mile, 57 2-5 seconds in the half-mile and 1:27 through three quarters. the third division, finished fourth. The Little Brown Jug is the third of pacing's triple-crown events. A record crowd of 52,967 watched 22 horses compete in three divisions of the race, breaking the 1989 attendanc e mark of 50,792. The victory was Precious Bunny's 15th in 18 starts this year. He was second in his other three races. Strength coach helps Bearcats escape injury Marotti decreases crowd in training room BY TOM GROESCHEN The Cincinnati Enquirer No one got killed. That's one positive from the University of Cincinnati's first two football games, when UC was outscored by an average of 66-8 against Penn State and North Carolina. But it's also significant. UC emerged from those two games on paper its toughest two of 1991 relatively unscathed. Only quarterback Paul Anderson (shoulder) is expected to miss Saturday's game at Bowling Green. J'lt could have been a lot worse," Coach Tim Murphy said. "Traditionally, it's been that way at UC." Redskins don thinking caps BY JACK MURRAY The Cincinnati Enquirer OXFORD, Ohio Offensively, mental mistakes the Miami Redskins have made in the scoring area concern coach Randy Walker. "This is a disturbing three-game pattern that we are going to have to correct," said Walker, whose 2-1 Redskins do not play again until Sept. 28 when they visit the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. "The last three games, at the end of long drives, we do something stupid. We have a holding penalty, or we have illegal procedure, or we fumble the snap. We do something haywire to lose focus and take us out of scoring position." Miami's no-huddle attack offense, controlled by quarterback Jim Clement, has been effective until the Redskins have gotten deep into opposition territory. "Jimmy and I have talked about huddling more near the end of a drive to get the guys more focused," Walker said. "Jimmy's job is to be a coach on the field. I know when I played, Sherm (Smith) would walk into the huddle and give us a verbal cue by saying, 'Let's concentrate now and get this in.' Sometimes, when you line up every play, you get lost in a funk of your own making." Miami defeated Ball State, 15-7; lost to Kentucky, 23-20; and stuffed Eastern Michigan, 29-3. "If we don't have mental mistakes," Walker said, "we'd have had more production. That is said, referring to UC's strength and conditioning coach. "Strength makes you less susceptible to injuries." Bill Walker, entering his 16th year as UC's trainer, concurs. "It's probably one of the strongest teams we've ever had," Walker said. "We're in better shape now than any UC team has been in 10 years." Marotti, 26, has been the catalyst. Young and energetic like all of Murphy's staff Murphy is 34 and the oldest assistant 40 Marotti has gotten UC's players motivated about conditioning. "We had 65 to 70 players stay here this summer, compared to 45 last year," Marotti said. "We run and we lift and we swim, and we run with those parachutes. "We stressed to them that if you're not strong and in condition, you're nothing." Murphy said UC's players wer.e generally in poor shape when he arrived in 1989. Why? Walker, the trainer, says it's a matter of philosophies. Previous UC strength coaches didn't always have the full support of the football coaches, Walker said. "Tim (Murphy) is more recently out of the playing ranks, and still stays in condition," Walker said. "And Mickey Marotti comes in with a Masters in kinesiology and athletic training. "Take that type of duo, with Tim being supportive and (the enthusiasm) of Mickey, and things get done." Outlook for the weekend's top high school football games and Dave Schutte's selections. (Saturday games noted): Colerain (2-1) at St. Xavier (2-1), 8 p.m.: What appeared prior to the season to be a mismatch could turn out to be one of this weekend's better games. St. Xavier, with newly discovered sophomore Damion Dooros at quarterback, turned it around offensively against Oak Hills, scoring 38 points. However, the Bombers must stop the Cardinals' option offense, triggered by tailback Brian Randolph and quarterback Shawn Watson. St. Xavier's defense, which has allowed only 27 points and held its opponents to 183 yards a game, could be the difference. Pick St. Xavier. Purcell Marian (3-0) at Roger Bacon (2-1), 8 p.m.: Cavalier quarterback Steve Spille (354 yards passing) and tailback Terry Killens (281 yards rushing) will be the targets of a Roger Bacon defense that has performed well since an opening-game loss to Mount Healthy. The Spartans counter with quarterback Mike Fein and outstanding wide receiver Isaac Curtis Jr. (16 receptions for 232 yards). The Cavalier offense will decide it. Pick Purcell Marian. Indian Hill (3-0) at Wyoming (2-1), 7:30 p.m.: Wyoming quarterback Joey Metz and tailbacks Ivan Fulton and Craig Bowman could pose problems for Indian Hill. But the unbeaten Braves have sophomore Brad Hamilton (347 yards rushing) and an offense that has scored 92 points. Home-field advantage could turn out to be the key. Pick Wyoming. Anderson (3-0) at Norwood (2-1), 7:30 p.m.: Anderson, the highest-scoring team in Cincinnati with 123 points, has been virtually unstoppable against suspect opponents (McNicholas, Western Brown and Northwest). Running backs Jason Drusco and Lou Andreadis have combined for more than 500 yards. Norwood has bruising fullback Mark Edwards (6-foot-1, 210 pounds), who has 41 1 yards rushing. Anderson's size advantage will decide it. Pick Anderson. Hughes (0-3) at Taft (0-3), 7:30 p.m.: This may be the only opportunity for victory for either team. Hughes has allowed 1 05 points, while Taft has given up 107. Offensively, Hughes has scored 24 points, while Taft has been limited to 12. The Big Red appear to have the advantage. Pick Hughes. Harrison (3-0) at Glen Este (2-1), 7:30 p.m.: Harrison's offense averages 357 yards a game. Wildcat quarterback Mike Huff (455 yards passing) and running back Ed Farris (296 yards rushing) will pose problems for the Trojans. Glen Este's one-two punch is gutsy quarterback Mike Ayers (428 yards passing) and tailback Brian Conley (254 yards rushing). Defense will decide it. Pick Harrison. Mount Healthy (3-0) at Columbus DeSales (1-2), 8 p.m.: Playing on the road always is tough, but making a 100-mile trip north is even more difficult. An outstanding defensive team, Mount Healthy must get its offense going. DeSales, which has struggled, is primarily a running team and faces a tough challenge; Mount Healthy allows just 200 yards a game. Pick Mount Healthy. Elder (3-0) at Withrow (1-1), 8 p.m.: Withrow will be well rested after having an open date last Friday. Elder quarterback Tim Austing will test the Tigers secondary with outstanding receivers Jason Poland, Steve Morehead and Jason Steins. The Tigers have used a wide-open offense, triggered by junior Kary Chappell (226 yards passing). The Panther defense will be the difference. Pick Elder. Lockland (3-0) at Cincinnati Country Day (3-0), Saturday 2 p.m.: The key for Lockland: stopping CCD running back Bo Parry (403 yards rushing). The Panthers counter with a strong passing game with quarterback Brian Wilschevick and receivers Ben Wash and Josh Havens. Defensively, it's a tossup. The Indians have qualified for the playoffs the past three years and are proven in big games. Pick CCD. Massillon (3-0) vs. Moeller (2-1) at Galbreath Field, Saturday, 8 p.m.: The teams just signed a contract Thursday to play again next season on Sept. 26 at Massillon. Massillon features a strong ground attack and a more than adequate passing game. Moeller, which meets Elder twice and Princeton in upcoming weeks, can't afford another loss. The pressure will be on senior quarterback Shawn Brennan to move the Crusader offense. The home-field advantage and Brennan's arm will be the difference. Pick Moeller. Last week 7-3, overall 24-6. Traditionally, it's standing-room-only in the UC training room, following the games against the Penn States and Florida States and Alabamas. The nadir was a 56-0 loss at Miami (Fla.) in 1989, Murphy's first UC season. The game was stopped seven times for UC injuries. In 1989, UC had 12 Mickey Marotti starters miss a total of 50-plus games. Last year, there were 10 to 12 men on the injury list nearly every week. Those days appear over. "It's a credit to Mickey Marotti," Murphy No. 17 Georgia Tech nips Virginia, 24-21 frustrating me a great deal. , Still, the Redskins are atop the Mid-American Conference at 2-0. The last time Miami started 2-0 in the MAC was 1986, when MU won its first four league games en route to the MAC title and a berth in the California Raisin Bowl. "If we're going to be a championship contender," Walker said, "we have to get that disturbing pattern out of our system, or it's going to hurt us in a league game before the season's over." Terry Carter and Kevin Ellerbe, Miami's tag-team sophomore tailbacks, both topped the 100-yard mark in rushing against Eastern Michigan. Carter now has four 100-yard games in his career, whilex Ellerbe achieved his first collegiate 100-yard game. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA Scott Sisson kicked a 33-yard field goal on the final play and Jimy Lincoln ran for 229 yards and a touchdown as No. 17 Georgia Tech beat Virginia, 24-21, Thursday night. Sisson, who knocked the Cavaliers out of the No. 1 ranking last year when he kicked a 37-yard field goal with seven seconds left in a 41-38 victory, ended a 58-yard Tech drive to victory after Virginia had tied it with 1:56 to play. Bobby Goodman's 19-yard pass to Aaron Mundy had given the Cavs the 21-21 tie, capping a 95-yard drive in nine plays. Tech is 2-1 overall, 1-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It was Tech's 13th victory in a row at home. Virginia fell to 1-2 and 0-2. Lincoln run total eclipsed the school's previous freshman mark of 203 yards. 15 o) LbUU to get a house in Aspen, Colo., and cash in a package worth just more than $1 million. But Nelson said a couple of issues are unresolved before the deal is final. PARIS: When Yugoslavia faces France in one of today's Davis Cup semifinals, it will be without its best players Goran Ivanisevic and Goran Prpic who are Croats. 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Edmonton unloads goalie Fuhr EDMONTON, Alberta: The Edmonton Oilers traded two more of their Stanley Cup-era players Thursday, sending goaltender Grant Fuhr and forward. Glenn Anderson and forward Craig Berube to Toronto. In return, the Oilers receive forwards Vincent Damphousse and Scott Thornton, defenseman Luke Richardson and goaltender Peter Ing, and future considerations. Fuhr, suspended for most of last year's NHL season for drug use, returned to play brilliantly for the Oilers in the playoffs. BOSTON: The Boston Bruins signed free-agent left wing Kevin Stevens, 26, to a five-year contract reported at $1 million a year. Amvvay president buys Magic ORLANDO, Fla.: The NBA Orlando Magic was purchased Thursday by Michigan billionaire Rich DeVos, the co-founder and president of Amway Corp., who paid a reported $85 million to a local group headed by William duPont III. Orlando was granted an expansion franchise for $32.5 million in April 1987. Mount St. Joe spiker honored Mary Broadhurst, 5-foot-10 senior middle blocker for Mount St. Joseph's undefeated volleyball team, was named NAIA District 22 player of the week for her performance in four games the week of Sept. 9-15. The four-year starter from Crete, 111., totaled 36 kills in 68 attempts with 12 errors, a .352 attack percentage. Cincinnatian ousted from tourney HILTON HEAD, S.C.: Heather Hairston of Cincinnati lost to Elizabeth Alexander in the quarterfinals of the' U.S. Pro Tennis Players Association tournament. Hairston, Cincinnati's Women's Met champion, reached the semifinals in mixed doubles with partner Brad Schroeder of Dayton. They lost to the top-seeded team of Wendy White and Randy Mattingley. FORT WORTH, Texas: Judy Nelson said a tentative settlement with Martina Navratilova calls for her TOKYO: Second-seeded Mary Joe Fernandez, th defending champion, beat Marianne Werdel 6-2, t . Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Nichirei International Championships. 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