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MB-!. C as ;ViTHit?1iwr If No game. Final series of season begins Friday night in San Diego. Atlanta 6 CINCINNATI New York 4 Baltimore Player Wednesday AB R H Pet. San Diego 9 Los Angeles Boston 5 Detroit 2-for-4 580 93 185 .3189 DNP 465 71 148 .3183 ni St. Louis 6 Montreal Milwaukee 11 Cleveland Terry Pendleton Hal Morris Houston 7 San Fran. Toronto 6 California Chicago 1 Philadelphia Minnesota at Chicago rjrja Tony Gwynn 530 69 168 .3169 Twins at White Sox, WGN-Cable, 1:30 p.m. New York 9 Pittsburgh Kansas City 16 Oakland 1-for-1 489 65 153 .3128 Seattle 4 Texas Willie McGee Night game not included. EDITOR: GREG NOBLE, 369-1917 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1991 SECTION C MMO Commitment pays for ULC-3 Flyrods gain fansC-6 Moeller tops sectionalC-7 USOC seeks lottery tieC-8 Eraves whip V Reds, tie LA. for 1st f i i i " At' A w 0 - --, f ""' 1 : ' M v (jf - 'C V LiyJ 1 ' . Li --"'. - ' " - ,-' Dodgers lose; Jays win East LOS ANGELES San Diego broke a 3-3 tie with six runs in the eighth inning and beat Los Angeles, 9-4, Wednesday night, dropping the Dodgers into a first-place tie with Atlanta. In Toronto, the Blue Jays won the AL East title by beating California, 6-5. The Jays became the first team in any sport to reach 4 million in attendance. The final home crowd of 50,324 made the total 4,001,526. Details, Page C-4. BY MICHAEL PAOLERCIO The Cincinnati Enquirer The Atlanta Braves brought out the champagne Wednesday night to celebrate Tom Glavine's 20th victory and then went home to Atlanta hoping to stage a much larger celebration in a few days. Combined with the Dodgers' 9-4 loss to San Diego, Glavine's 6-3 win over the Reds tied Atlanta and L.A. for first place in the National League West going into the final weekend of the season. After sweeping a six-game road trip to Houston and Cincinnati, the Braves play three games against the Astros in Atlanta while the Dodgers go to San Francisco for three games starting Friday. "We felt all along that if we could go back to Atlanta even or one game behind that we'd have a good chance of at least forcing a playoff," Glavine said. "I've heard that some of (the Dodgers) have secretly said there is no way they wanted to go into San Francisco only one game up," said Glavine. "Well, I think they're going to be feeling the pressure a little bit this weekend, too." Glavine became the first pitcher to win 20 games this year and practically assured himself of a Cy Tough times for NHL Questions linger as season starts THE ASSOCIATED PRESS For one night at least, the NHL's Original Six will be back in business. But while the league is returning to the 1930s for its nostalgic opening tonight, it faces the problems of the 1990s in this historic 75th season. Among them: An unsettled collective bargaining agreement, an unsettled television contract and a couple of unsettled expansion franchises. Adding to the negative publicity is the unsettled state of Eric Lindros, the celebrated No. 1 draft pick who has returned to juniors because he doesn't want to play for the Quebec Nordiques. Stalemate could mean strike The NHL's biggest concern at this point is an agreement with the NHL Players Association. The players are playing without a contract, meaning they could strike at any time. The previous agreement expired Sept. '15. The players association and owners have met five times since last June in an attempt to work out a new contract, but so far they have been unsuccessful. Among other things, the players have asked for less restrictions on free agents and the abolition of the amateur entry draft. The draft issue is especially relevant for Lindros, who created controversy with his stand for individual rights. It's a headache for the league that won't go away until Lindros has his way which means playing anywhere but Quebec. Until that happens, Lindros is back in juniors at Oshawa, where he was voted the Canadian Hockey League's player of the year last season. Meanwhile, the NHL's TV picture is no clearer than it was at the end of last season when a three-year contract ran out with SportsChannel America. ' Going into the season, the NHL was still without a national television contract, but it was hopeful of lining up deals with SCA and ESPN. Whatever the result, there will be less continuity in coverage and decidedly less money than the NHL earned during its lucrative $17 million-a-year deal with SCA. Money was also an issue with Tampa Bay and Ottawa, two expansion franchises expected to join the league in 1992. Both have experienced financial difficulties, and their situations are being investigated by the league. Blast from the past In the wake of all this, the NHL hopes to open its season on an upbeat note a salute to its past. The Original Six teams will play each other wearing replicas of classic uniforms from the 1930s. The New York Rangers will play at Boston, Toronto at Montreal and Detroit at Chicago. In keeping with the nostalgic theme, the Maple Leafs will travel to Montreal by train. I The Cincinnati EnquirerPhaedra Singelis Tom Glavine, above, was given a big early lead by his Atlanta teammates over the Wednesday and held on for a 6-3 victory, his 20th win on the season. B rown, McGee slow out of Mr Young Award. He raised his record to 20-11 with a splendid 2.55 ERA. The Reds' home season ended with the same question mark that has followed this team since mid-season: The starting pitching, where has it gone? Where will it go? Scott Scudder only stirred the question pot when he couldn't sur- (Please see REDS, Page C-5) the gate Temporary seats may prevent TV The Bengals' string of 29 consecutive home sellouts is in jeopardy this week, along with local television of Sunday's game against Seattle. About 4,000 temporary seats will be installed today in Riverfront Stadium, and tickets for those seats will go on sale at 9 a.m. Normally, the extra seats go in place when the Cincinnati Reds are mathematically eliminated from ti- tie contention. The process was delayed, however, because of the just-concluded series with the pennant-contending Atlanta Braves and the possibility of a rain-out. Bengals business manager Bill Connelly said some of the temporary seats are sold in advance through a partial season ticket package. But chances are remote, at best, that several thousand extra tickets will be sold prior to 1 p.m. today, the deadline for lifting the blackout on local television. "It would be unprecedented," Connelly said. The Bengals may request a 24-hour extension of today's 1 p.m. deadline, Connelly said, adding, "It will depend on how sales go Thursday." JIM MONTGOMERY that may present a legal problem in trying to do something like this," she said. Lottery officials previously have rejected legislative proposals for betting tied to professional sports events. Quilter doubted there would be much support for any recommendations beyond off-track or inter-track televised betting. He acknowledged a lack of agreement within the industry about what should be done, and he urged track owners and others to seek a consensus. "If you don't, we'll bring this committee back and we will write a bill of our own," Quilter said. "And I'm not too sure that everybody in the room's going to like it." Eddie Brown Tim McGee son led the conference in passing. "Honestly, I don't see anybody taking anything away from us," said Esiason. "I see our own mistakes taking it away." Brown has missed a game and a half with a sore shoulder, but he hasn't been his explosive self even when healthy. He's got only five catches for 71 yards. "Making things happen is my forte," Brown said. "I think I always give 100 effort, but so far, we're not breaking out like we need to do." Last year, McGee and Brown had a hot start. In the first four games, they had more than twice as many catches (31) and yards (601) than they have now. But last year also saw a marked slowdown in the passing game in the second half of the season. Whereas Esiason passed an average of 31.6 times in the first five games, he threw only 17.6 times in the last five. Has the coaching staff really backed off on the ball-control formula that marked late 1990? Has it given the wideouts the Reds chance to shine? The numbers indicate the coaches have done so. Esiason is averaging 28.8 passes per game. Still, Esiason and McGee were not above lobbying for even more passing. Esiason pointed out that the Washington game, in which he threw 37 times, was by far the offense's best of the year. "We scored 27 points against a defense with two (now three) shutouts," Esiason said. "That's successful, and when you have receivers like we have, you want to get them the ball." Said McGee: "I personally still don't see this team making the commitment to pass it used to have. I'm sorry we're not as exciting any more for our fans." But McGee quickly added: "I guess if I was the coach, I'd want to throw every down. The important thing for all of us is, we have to execute the play that's called. We've got to do our jobs, and so far we're not doing them well enough. We aren't capitalizing on the chances we do get." None of the trio outlined any concrete paths toward solving the numbers problem. Esiason is asking Bengals fans just to bear with him and his receivers. "The only remedy is to not take it lightly, and to go out and practice and play through it," he said. "We can't make wholesale changes. It's just a question of connecting, and I know we will." Seahawks playing tough, Page C-8. Churches. David McCoy, director for public policy, said the council generally had opposed legalized gambling for profit, including the lottery. "In terms of horse race gambling, it seems more and more clear it's not a sport, it's a business, and it's a gambling business which we think does not help the quality of life in Ohio in any way," McCoy said. Ohio Lottery spokeswoman Sandy Les-ko Mounts had not seen the report and would not comment in detail. But she said there were questions about the legality and feasibility of a joint venture between a public agency like the lottery and private tracks. "A lot of states have their lotteries incorporated . . . ours is a state agency so BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer If there's a part of the Bengal machine that ought to be breakdown-proof, you'd think it would be Boomer Esiason and his two favorite receivers. Esiason, Eddie Brown and Tim McGee they're not only respected throughout the NFL, they have worked together under the same coach since 1986. But the unimpressive tr :h is, McGee and Brown's combined numbers don't add up to one really good start. Through four weeks of the season ignoring last week, when the Bengals had a bye there were 28 individuals with more catches than McGee-Brown's 15. Five individuals had more than their 288 yards. There was no shortage of contrition for this on Wednesday at Spinney Field. McGee was the leader in self-criticism, even though his 217 receiving yards (on just 10 catches) is a better stat than any owned by Brown or Esiason. "I'm by far from satisfied with myself,; I've missed some difficult catches I know I can make," said McGee. "I missed one (against Houston) that got intercepted for a touchdown, and after I missed one on third down against Washington, the next play was a punt return for a touchdowns. "Those turned out to be two huge plays, and I take things like that personally. I try to evaluate myself in a hard way." In 1989, the Brown-McGee numbers numbers reached a peak of 113 receptions for 2,025 yards and 14 touchdowns. Esia- and services. However, he said the industry now was in a decline sparked partly by the recession, rapid expansion of other forms of gambling and growth of betting on televised races in other states. "We estimate that this year attendance at the horse tracks in Ohio will be down 9 to 10 from the meets of a couple of years ago," Cummings said. "Total handle, the amount wagered on racing, in real terms after adjustment for inflation, will be down by nearly 22. These are substantial declines." The report recommended development of a satellite wagering system that would be owned and operated by the state's racing industry. The system would include off-track betting at "attractive telethea-ters" distant from the state's existing I Team-by-team reports, Page C-9 Report: Save horse race industry with home betting, parlors seven tracks. Over the long-term, the report recommended: Betting on races televised into homes, either by telephone betting or by interactive cable networks. Offering credit to people who bet from their homes. "Casinos offer credit. Racing, at least for home betting purposes, needs to be more competitive with casinos and illegal bookmakers in this crucial respect," the report said. Cooperation between the racing industry and the Ohio Lottery to develop new betting products that could be sold using the lottery's statewide network of computer terminals. The recommendations drew immediate opposition from the Ohio Council of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS COLUMBUS, Ohio Off-track betting parlors and in-home betting on credit were recommended by a consultant Wednesday as ways of halting a decline in the state's horse racing industry. The report to a special House-Senate committee also suggested a joint effort by racetracks and the Ohio Lottery to develop a new line of wagering products. ChristiansenCummings Associates Inc. of New York was hired by the Ohio State Racing Commission to analyze the industry. Will Cummings, managing director, told a panel headed by Rep. Barney Quilter, D-Toledo, that the racing and breeding industries provided nearly 19,000 jobs in 1989 and generated $453 million in goods

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