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EDITOR: GREG NOBLE, 369-1917 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1991 SECTION C RM03 Tri to Watch winnerC-3 Beck falls off leadC-3 Harper healthy, confidentC-8 Local tennis players to stateC-12 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Bearcats are two much, whip Kent State .- Tim L Sullivan 1 1 1, i lt I "m m" Wt&W " ! ed Buckeyes suffered their first loss when freshman Chris Richardson kicked a 41-yard field goal with 36 seconds left. Ohio State didn't score until Kent Graham passed 44 yards to Joey Galloway with 3:10 left. "We ran into a good defensive football team," OSU coach John Cooper said. MISSISSIPPI ST. 31, KENTUCKY 6: The Bulldogs had 593 total yards second highest total in their history. "I didn't think anybody could manhandle us, but we were manhandled in the second half," said UK coach Bill Curry. MIAMI (FLA.) 26, PENN STATE 20: Second-ranked Miami used big plays Horace Cope-land's 80-yard touchdown catch and Kevin Williams' 91-yard punt return to beat the ninth-ranked Nittany Lions. NOTRE DAME 42, PITTSBURGH 7: Reggie Brooks recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown and Jerome Bettis scored after a muffed punt for the No. 7 Irish. THOMAS MORE 48, EARLHAM 16: Derrick Jett from Landmark Christian ran for five touchdowns for the 4-0 Blue Rebels. CAMPBELLSVILLE 31, MT. ST. JOSEPH 21: Unbeaten Campbellsville, ranked seventh in NAIA Division II, rushed for 423 yards. DetailsC-16-17. in -. w gg, , in t V" ' ' ifci ii i ii 5,4 4 UC tight end Kris Bjorson leaps over Harris for a few extra yards Saturday. THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER First Louisville, then Kent State can Florida State be far ahead? Let's not get giddy about this, but the University of Cincinnati picked up its second win in a row Saturday by beating up winless Kent State, 38-19. It marked UC's first two-game winning streak since 1988, and two straight wins on the road. The Bearcats (2-4) rushed for 314 yards, matching their total against Louisville last week. "If some people thought (beating) Louisville say that we got 500 yards offense improvement is pretty drastic," Tim Murphy. it three straight? The Bearcats in next Saturday's game at The Hokies (2-4) gained 420 yards top-ranked Florida State Saturday in a games: CENTRAL MICHIGAN 10: Neil freshman from Moeller, relieved Jim Clement in the second a 2-yard, fourth-quarter TD pass to Patterson of CAPE to save a tie. are 2-0-1 in the Mid-American 10, OHIO STATE 7: The llth-rank- wins one victory Irom series wmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmwmwmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmijm.i. -u. mj T, w ' i r,,,rwm mom s 'ft f ' " f s t ' 4 The Associated PressJeff Glidden Kent State defender Kevin at home plate as Kent Hrbek congratulates was a fluke, I'll today and our said UC coach Can UC make will be underdogs Virginia Tech. against 33-20 defeat. In other MIAMI 10, Dougherty, a injured quarterback half and threw freshman Jeremy The Redskins Conference. ILLINOIS Pittsburgh's big bats are shut down ATLANTA Barry Bonds stepped into the batter's box, then suddenly stepped out. The sight of spectators in center field was both unfamiliar and unsettling to the Pittsburgh slugger. He needed to get some new bearings before he could bat. "You get up to the plate in Atlanta and you're not accustomed to all those people in the background," Bonds said. "I had to step out because I'm not used to it." Fulton County Stadium was crammed to capacity for Atlanta's 10-3 playoff victory over Pittsburgh Saturday, and the Braves New World causes some culture shock. In a front row seat for the third game of the National League Championship Series was former President Jimmy Carter, who abandoned diplomatic dignity to perform the Tomahawk Chop with Ted Turner, Jane Fonda and some 50,905 elbow-bending automatons. If the Pirates seemed to be wandering around in a daze Saturday, it may have been because they were mesmerized. Everywhere they looked was an arm swinging a foam-rubber tomahawk in hypnotic rhythm, or some Brave circling the bases. Beat to the punch "We got clubbed today," said Andy Van Slyke, the Pittsburgh center fielder. "It's that simple: Uppercut, left hook, right hook. Then we took one right in the nose. Basically, we got punched out." Pittsburgh landed the first blow a first-pitch home run by Orlando Merced but the Braves then bludgeoned Pirates' 20-game winner John Smiley. Atlanta scored four runs in the first inning after two were out, on three straight doubles and a home run by Greg Olson, and went on to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven World Series semifinal. Atlanta's advantage looks that much larger because Pittsburgh pitcher Doug Drabek remains hampered by a hamstring strain and because the Bucs' big guns continue to shoot blanks. Van Slyke, Bobby Bonilla and Barry Bonds the 3-4-5 hitters who were virtually invisible in last year's playoff with the Reds are again AWOL. In Atlanta's victories in Games 2 and 3, Van Slyke, Bonilla and Bonds are 0-for-13 with runners on base. The Braves, by clutch-hitting contrast, produced their first six runs on seven two-out hits. "It just didn't happen today," Bonilla said. "We might have been trying to do too much, hitting five-run home runs." Bonds bristled at this suggestion. He sometimes bristles at "Good morning," but that's another matter. "If you strike out or don't get a hit, it's so magnified (in the postseason) that it's like you (stink)," Bonds said. "You don't (stink). A lot of times you don't hit good pitching anyway." Outsmarted by Smoltz Still, the Pirate hitters did little to distinguish themselves against Atlanta starter John Smoltz and his successors. After Merced's leadoff homer in the first, Jay Bell singled to right field but would advance no further. Van Slyke popped out to first base. Bonilla flied out to center field. Bonds flied out to right field. "We could have used a mulligan in the first inning," said Pirate third baseman Steve Buechele, "but I guess we can't do that in this sport." "That was the most important 10 minutes of the game," Van Slyke said. "I just think either we were dumb not to take advantage of it or John Smoltz was smart. I guess he was smarter than we were dumb." By the time the Pirates batted again, Smoltz was working with a three-run lead. Pittsburgh would not come any closer, although the Pirates botched a splendid opportunity in the eighth inning. With thp hases loaded and one out, Merced got ahead of reliever Mark Woh-lers, three balls and one strike, only to foul out to the catcher. Bell then took a called third strike on a fastball that practi-callv snlit the nlate. "When Orlando hit that home run in the first innincr we thoucht it was BOing to . be a tone-setter," Bell said. "They kind of . reversed the tone. It made for a long afternoon in the Pittsbureh ducout. and a lot of weary arms in the stands. Bonilla said his waiter had threatened him with a Tomahawk Chop Friday night, and the Pirates may soon be seeing them in their dreams. I find it kind of humorous to see 20,000 elbows waving at once," Van Slvke RaiH "Rut I Irnnur I'm nnt smilincr as much as some orthopedic surgeon in At lanta. Tim Sullivan is Enquirer sports columnist. 1 -v ffiijb d-M'm The Associated PressMans Kirby Puckett following his fourth-inning The Twins' offensive power pack meets home run. Braves chop up Pirates, 10 - Romp past Jays, 9-3 ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES TORONTO Another Dome dandy by Jack Morris and Mike Pagliarulo's power has the Minnesota Twins within a game of the World Series. Morris pitched the Twins past the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-3, Saturday night to give Minnesota a 3-1 lead in the AL playoffs. A victory today in Game 5 would put the Twins in the Series for the second time in five seasons. The Twins silenced the sellout crowd of 51,526 in the SkyDome with four runs in the fourth inning, sparked by Kirby Puckett's 426-foot solo homer leading off against loser Todd Stottlemyre. They trailed, 1-0, and Puckett's homer tied it. Pagliarulo, a surprising playoff hero, had an RBI single and Dan Gladden capped the inning with a two-run single. Pagliarulo, who won Game 3 with a stunning pinch homer in the 10th inning, added an RBI double in the Twins' two-run sixth. Despite their position, the Blue Jays know a comeback isn't impossible. In 1985, Kansas City rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat Toronto for the pennant. It won't be easy, though. Carter isn't 100 and the Blue Jays will have to win two games in the Metrodome. Deryk solo 3 StoryC-4. 1 WHEN: Today, 4.12 p.m. PROBABLES: Twins' Kevin Tapani (16-9) vs. Jays' Tom Candiotti (13-13). WHERE: SkyDome, Toronto. TV: Channels 9, 7. RADIO: WCKY-AM (1530). SERIES: Twins, 3-1. Horse racing River Downs begins a 23-day fall thoroughbred season today. The six-day-a-week meet the track is dark Tuesdays runs through November 8Page C-3. Hockey The popularity of the Cincinnati Cyclones was apparent Saturday as 200 fans showed up to see the first workout of training campPage C-5. College basketball A quick look at the early strengths and weaknesses of Cincinnati, Xavler and Miami entering the new college basketball season. Practice begins TuesdayPage C-14. 0 Though the Pirates made several runs at the Braves before Sid Bream's three-run homer in the eighth inning made it academic, Atlanta got all the hits it needed in the first inning. Ron Gant, Justice and Brian Hunter hit three consecutive doubles and Greg Olson followed with a two-run homer. "That," said Gant, "was a big blow. We know we've got an advantage now playing them here." "We knew we'd come home and score a lot of runs," said Olson, who hit only six home (Please see NL, Page C-4) chanting and the tomahawks waving, they beat their average, and beat Pittsburgh, too. The final count was 10-3 as the Braves scored four runs in the first inning off the Pirates' 20-game winner, John Smiley. That was twice as many runs as they managed in two games in Pittsburgh. Atlanta now has a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 4 here tonight. "Today was totally unrelated to the first two games," said Braves outfielder David Justice. "We got the hits when we needed them." BY RON RAPOPORT Los Angeles Daily News ATLANTA Having scored only two runs in their first two National League playoff games, the Atlanta Braves knew there would have to be some changes if they were going to complete their last-to-first saga with a trip to the World Series. All they really needed, as it turns out, was a change of venue. In six regular-season games against Pittsburgh here this year, the Braves scored 46 runs almost eight per game. Saturday afternoon, with the fans WHEN: Today, 8:40 p.m. PROBABLES: Pirates' Randy Tomlln 8-7 vs. Braves' Charlie Leibrandt 15-13. WHERE: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. TV: Channels 9, 7. RADIO: WCKY-AM (1530). SERIES: Braves, 2-1. Bengals face repeat of fffi GAME !jL worst start passing, and Cincinnati's defense, though improved of late, still hasn't proven it can shut down a well-balanced attack. Last week, Green Bay knew Dallas wanted to go to tight end Novacek in the second half. They tried to double-team him. He wound up with career highs in receptions (11) and yards (121). "We knew they would look for him, but we couldn't stop it," said Packers linebacker Johnny Holland. 'He and Troy are very precise on those short little routes." Mark Stepnoski, Dallas' center, sums up the Bengals' problem succinctly. "Every team wants a guy who can throw, and every team wants a guy who can run," Stepnoski says. "We've got both, and that causes some obvious problems for the defense." Carl Zander, Bengals inside linebacker (Please see BENGALS, Page C-7) BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer IRVING, Texas Sam Wyche says there's little mystery involved in stopping the Dallas Cowboys today (1 p.m., Channel 5). "We know who'll run the ball Em-mitt Smith," the Bengals coach said. "And when they throw, they'll go to the tight end (Jay Novacek) or the wide receiver from Miami (Michael Irvin). "It'll go back and forth to those three people, with a great quarterback (Troy Aikman) putting the ball in their hands." The problem for the winless (0-5) Bengals, of course, is doing something about it. Should the Bengals fall to 0-6 today, they will match the franchise's worst start since 1979. Dallas is one of only seven offenses to rank in the NFL's top half in rushing and D WHEN: t P. M. . WHERE: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas. TV: Channels 5, 22 P RADIO: WKRC-AM (550). WIOK-FM (95.3) D LINE: Dallas by 6 12. INSIDE: a Scouting report, C-6 Statistics, rosters, C-6 0 Notebook, 07 T

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