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r-r J TC Friday, October 4, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER SportSE-3 West Bulls prepare for challenge NBA champs among teams opening camp THE ASSOCIATED PRESS As 26 of the 27 NBA teams prepare to open training camp today, the Chicago Bulls find themselves in" an unfamiliar position: defending league champions. "Now that we've achieved the highest point for a Jordan criticized for snubbing Bush ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES CHICAGO Michael Jordan isn't flying very high with some in the Chicago media who are crying foul that the city's basketball heroin-residence was a no-show at a meeting with President Bush this week. " 1 -""- - ' . f jf ; team, we know the challenges will be tough night after nicht," coach Phil Some say he should be fined. Others say if Bush can golf during the Persian Gulf War, why shouldn't Jordan golf through a presidential photo opportunity? Not that Jordan was Dlavinc eolf. Jordan said he fff " s XI was on a much-needed IS 'J three-day vacation in North H mm n ill Carolina with his familv. I Michael Jordan "How can I be disrespecting the president when I choose to spend time with my family?" said Jordan, who added that he met Bush when he was vice president. If Bush minded, he wasn't saying so. "Michael Jordan performs a host of good works, with a series of charities and through his foundation," Bush said. But a Chicago Sun-Times columnist criticized Jordan for his absence, and a headline in Thursday's Chicago Tribune pronounced, "Snub By Jordan Undermines Team." Veteran Tribune columnist Mike Royko disagreed. The meeting with Bush was "strictly political hokum arranged by the president's political propagandists," Royko wrote. The Associated Press Scotty Bowman says he isn't the same disciplinarian coach who took over the Buffalo Sabres five years ago. Will Penguins accept Bowman? Jackson said. "We are no longer the underdogs, and beginning this season, we'll have to play like it." In order to repeat, the Bulls will have to do it with virtually the same cast as last season. Their only newcomer is rookie forward Mark Randall. Last season, the Bulls enjoyed their best season ever, winning a franchise-record 61 games, their second division title in team history and their first NBA championship. They did it under the magnificent leadership of Michael Jordan. Jordan won his fifth straight scoring title with a 31.5 average, won the MVP award during the regular season and in the championship series, was named to All-NBA first team for the fifth year in a row and made the All-Defensive first team for the fourth consecutive year. Several other teams have made significant changes in hopes of overtaking Chicago. The Los Angeles Lakers, beaten in five games in the NBA finals by Chicago, acquired super-quick guard Sedale Threatt from the Seattle SuperSonics. The Lakers were the only team to open camp before Friday. They started Monday because they will be playing against three of Europe's top teams in the McDonald's Open Oct. 18 and 19 at Paris. The regular season begins Nov. 1. The Detroit Pistons, two-time league champions before being succeeded by Chicago, obtained forward Orlando Woolridge from Denver and guards Darrell Walker from Washington and Jeff Martin from the Los Angeles Clippers, and signed center Brad Sellers as a free agent. They also sent forward James Edwards to the Clippers and released guard Vinnie Johnson. "Our team will have a much different look entering the season," said coach Chuck Daly, who also will coach the 1992 U.S. Olympic team. "Over the last couple of seasons we stressed defense to the point where we struggled to score 100 points in a game." The San Antonio Spurs, last season's Midwest Division champions the only team in the league to repeat as division winners but eliminated in four games in the first round of the playoffs by Golden State shored up their front line by acquiring high-scoring Antoine Carr from Sacramento for center Dwayne Schintzius. Other teams making major moves included New CONTINUED FROM PAGE B-l what you live for." It'll be the Braves at home to Houston, a team they've beaten 1 1 of 15 times this year. It'll be the Dodgers at their old nemesis, the San Francisco Giants. "We know," Lenny Harris said, "they're going to be waiting for us." They have been here before. In 1982, the Braves had a one-game lead going into the late hours of the final Sunday afternoon. The Dodgers were at San Francisco, needing a victory to tie. But Joe Morgan's three-run homer in the seventh beat Los Angeles. It was Atlanta's only division title in the past 22 years. " And now they are at close quarters again. The Braves are trying to join the Minnesota Twins as the first teams ever to go from last to first in one season. Many expected them to give way by now against the more experienced Dodgers. A look at each series: HOUSTON AT ATLANTA The Braves have got this far on quality starting pitching, and will open this sold-out series with 17-game winner Steve Avery against Jeff Juden (0-1). Then comes John Smoltz (13-13) against Mark Portugal (10-11), who has been in the Houston bullpen lately, and finally Charlie Leibrandt (15-12) against Pete Harnisch (11-9). Everything would seem to be in the favor of the Braves, who are coming off a 6-0 road trip. But that journey included three tough games in Houston, 4-2, 5-4 and 6-5 in 13 innings. "Everyone is pulling for Atlanta," catcher Craig Biggio added, "but we have a job to do. And we're going to try to beat them." LOS ANGELES AT SAN FRANCISCO: There are several troubling numbers for the Dodgers. They are 38-40 on the road.. They ar? 7-8 against the Giants. They are 2-4 in Candlestick Park. "I'm sure the Dodgers aren't real happy about having to play in the park," Atlanta's Greg Olson said. "It's going to be a playoff-like atmosphere," said San Francisco manager Roger Craig, who has taken care to make sure his left-handed starters are ready, since the Dodgers have had trouble with them. First up will be Los Angeles' Ramon Martinez (17-12), on track again after a slump, against Bud Black (11-16). The Giants' other two starters this weekend will be Trevor Wilson (12-11) and Bryan Hickerson (2-1), but it's not clear yet who will go on what day. Wilson has the experience, but Hickerson threw six shutout innings at the Dodgers last week. Wilson had seven strong innings against Los Angeles in the same series. Los Angeles will start Mike Morgan (14-9) on Saturday, while Sunday's starter is yet to be announced. A good guess would be Orel Hershiser, who is an old hand at big games. "It's as close to the World Series as it can come," Los Angeles pitcher Jim Gott said. "They're putting themselves on the line, saying they're going to be the ones who spoil it for us." They have before. , York, Washington, Atlanta, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Denver, the Clippers, Phoenix and Sacramento. The Knicks obtained forward Xavier McDaniel from Phoenix for guard Trent Tucker, forward Jerrod Mustof and second-round draft picks in 1992 and 1994, and got center Tim McCormick from Atlanta for guard Maurice Cheeks. The Hawks also got center Blair Rasmussen from Denver and guard Travis Mays from Sacramento, sent guard Doc Rivers to the Clippers, lost guard John Battle to Cleveland via free agency, lost center Moses Malone to Milwaukee on free agency, and drafted swingman Stacey Augmon from UNLV and guard Rodney Monroe from North Carolina State. Washington acquired guard Michael Adams, a three-point specialist, from Denver. Another virtual stand-pat team is Portland, the team with the best regular-season record (63-19) last season, but beaten by the Lakers in six games in the Western Conference final. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PITTSBURGH When he was appointed the Pittsburgh Penguins' interim coach to replace the seriously ill Bob Johnson, Scotty Bowman kept referring to the Stanley Cup champions as "Bob's team." He talked about Johnson's work ethic and enthusiasm and excitement and game plan to make the Penguins competitive again. He raved about Johnson's style, as if Johnson not Bowman had won five Stanley Cups and taken eight teams to the finals. "As you grow older and you've been around Bob for a year, maybe his style kind of spills over on everybody," Bowman said. "We've got the formula. We want to keep the formula." Beginning today in Buffalo, the Penguins will no longer be Johnson's team, but Bowman's team. That could mean the Penguins will be a much different team than the one that won the Stanley Cup four-plus months ago. Bowman's elevation from director of player development to interim coach wasn't unexpected. After all, he is the winning-est coach in NHL history. But Bowman and Johnson have very contrasting styles. Johnson got the best out of the under achieving Penguins by patting them on the back, infusing them with confidence, by remaining up-tempo and positive and optimistic. But while Johnson pats on the back, Bowman kicks in the rump. Johnson cheerleads, Bowman jeers. Johnson suggests, Bowman screams. Bowman's style is exactly the kind that has turned off superstar Mario Lemieux, who responds to quiet reasoning, not high-decibel ranting. Goalie Tom Barrasso, who played for Bowman in Buffalo in the mid-1980s, has diplomatically suggested the Penguins will have to adjust to his style, just as Bowman has promised to adopt some of Johnson's characteristics. "It will be a new experience, I think, for a lot of the guys on the team . . . with regard to his intensity," Barrasso said. "Scot-ty's more of the old-school type. You better show up every day or it's not going to be rah-rah to get you going. It's going to be some yelling and screaming. "Behind the bench, he's the greatest coach I've ever seen." No NHL coach has even won more games behind the bench, but Bowman finds himself behind the 8-ball. If he wins, the credit will go to Johnson's successful formula. If he loses, Bowman will get the blame for botching up a championship team. Bowman's style worked well with disciplined Montreal teams in the 1970s, not so well with Buffalo in the 1980s. It's a new decade now, and Bowman must prove he has kept up with the times. His job is difficult, even for a coach who just 10 days ago was inducted into hockey's hall of fame. "We've got the formula," he said. "We've just got to get everybody going." 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I I BOSTON: The Boston Bruins opened their season with a surpris-; ing flurry of goals, two of them while shorthanded, and survived a - second period New York comeback " for a 5-3 victory over the Rangers. CHICAGO: Michel Goulet . scored twice and Jimmy Waite, . playing for the unsigned Ed Bel- four, stopped 25 shots as the Chi- cago Blackhawks battled the De-; "I troit Red Wings to a 3-3 tie in their ' Z season opener. : Lemieux plans to play PITTSBURGH: Former NHL . ;;;; scoring champion Mario Lemieux - is troubled again by back spasms, " ""but still expects to play in the k Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins' season-opener tonight in -Buffalo. BLOOMINGTON, Minn.: Minnesota North Stars center Neal - Broten, who left to play in Germany when negotiations with his hometown team stalled, dropped ' , "", his request for a no-trade contract Thursday and agreed to terms with the NHL club. NEW YORK: After months of negotiations, the NHL is finally ' back in the picture with a TV deal J for the 1991-92 season. The NHL " said Thursday it had extended its contract with SportsChannel America for one year. 1 Shea dead at 84 , NEW YORK: William A. Shea, a lawyer who brought major league baseball back to New York in 1962 and got a ballpark named for him in "" gratitude, died at home Thursday. ' He was 84. The expansion New York Mets began playing in 1962 ... at the Polo Grounds, the Giants' abandoned home, while the city ' built Shea Stadium, which was ' ready in 1964. Lendl suffers upset SYDNEY, Australia: Confident . South African Wayne Ferreira 1991-92 season. Shea, a junior forward from Erlanger St. Henry, and Walz, a sophomore guard from Highlands, participated in a three-on-three tournament while on spring break in Daytona Beach, Fla., last March, a violation of NCAA rules. Chi Chi eyes top spot CLEMMONS, N.C.: Chi Chi Rodriguez is within reach of a career-long goal. "I want to be No. 1," the little man with the Panama hat said before a practice session for the $1.5 million Vantage Championship, the Senior PGA Tour's richest event that begins today. Rodriguez, along with Mike Hill, has four victories this season. Rodriguez also has four second-place finishes. Hill leads the money-winning race with $680,703 and Rodriguez is next at $642,776. The winner's share this weekend is $202,500. SAN ANTONIO: Keith Clearwater brushed aside his crazy, late-night trip to Texas and shot a 7-under-par 63 to grab the first-round lead at the Texas Open. Karl Kimball was second at 64, one stroke better than Mark Calcavec-chia, who had two eagles in his first outing since his rough final match in the Ryder Cup last weekend. Nine golfers were at 66 after one trip around Oak Hills Country Club. Giant Victory choice LEXINGTON, Ky.: A Giant Victory in the Kentucky Futurity today would be a super experience for his owners. Giant Victory, a 3-year-old trotter named in honor of the New York NFL team's Super Bowl victory, is owned by Stephen Robins Racing Stable of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Theodore and Jacqueline Gewertz of Oradell, NJ. Giant Victory, the 9-5 morning line favorite to win the 99th running of the Futurity, is also the son of 1972 Triple Crown champion Super Bowl. Giant Victory will be challenged by 11 colts and one filly in the Futurity. Elsewhere . . . NAPLES, Fla.: Robert Gibbs, who had finished second three times this year, finally won his first pro bowling title by beating 1990 Player of the Year John Hricsina, 203-196, in the title match of the Woodside Senior PBA Open. RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo.: Joe Firpo averaged 227 for 18 games and led Norm Duke by 72 pins after three rounds of the PBA Toyota Classic. INGLEWOOD, Calif.: Center Jack Haley, a restricted free agent with the New Jersey Nets, signed an offer sheet from the Los Angeles Lakers. Last year, he played 78 games, averaging 4.5 rebounds and 5.6 points a game. VOLLEYBALL INDOOR LEAGUES ST1RT OCT. 21st SUNDAY THRU FRIDAY KeiMEM, RECREATION ALt INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED I MATCH SEASON (H 6 AMES) '111 MORE If0 1S2-0AME (42SI) RIVERSTAR PARK KEUOSC I M7I OH residents abide by Oh law Prices good Oct. 3 - Oct. 9 Monday-Saturday 9 AM-9 PM CLOSED SUNDAY AMSTIEKl . mn ap tuf I iur TONIGHT Enjoy Racing from ORDER YOUR TOP OF THE LINE Steffi Graf . . . says she is ailing stunned Ivan Lendl, ousting the three-time Australian Indoor champion for the biggest victory of his career. Ferreira overcame second seed Lendl, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. Top seed Stefan Edberg and No. 4 Andre Agassi won easily. U.S. Open champion Edberg downed Australian Mark Woodforde, 6-4, 6-2. Agassi overpowered American MaliVai Washington, 6-3, 6-1. Pete Sampras and Michael Chang scored quick victories earlier to start the American charge into the final eight. TOULOUSE, France: John McEnroe breezed into the quarterfinals of the Toulouse Grand Prix with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tomas Carbonell of Spain. The sixth-seeded McEnroe's opponent in the quarterfinal will be Richard Kraji-cek of the Netherlands, who upset Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland, 6-2, 6-4. LEIPZIG, Germany: Steffi Graf was flown to Heidelberg for treatment of a hand injury after beating Judith Wiesner, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1), in the quarterfinals of the Leipzig International. "On the whole, I am not feeling well," Graf, still recovering from a shoulder injury, said on her way out of the arena. "We can only hope she returns," tournament director Ivan Radosevic said. Second seeded Ar-antxa Sanchez scored a 7-6 (9-7), 6-1 victory over Germany's unseeded Marketa Kotcha. MILAN, Italy: Top-seeded Monica Seles crushed Laura Gar-rone, 6-0, 6-1, in 49 minutes in the Milan women's indoor tournament and qualified for the quarterfinals of the $225,000 tournament. 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