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EDITOR: GREG NOBLE, 369-1917 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1991 SECTION B RMO Gymnast back at schoolB-3 Dodgers cleaning houseB-4 DigestB-10 Wauford Miami starB-1 1 Cyclones shoot for stars again ' Tim L Sullivan r 1 BY RANDY OPPENHEIMER Enquirer Contributor When the Cyclones open their second season tonight against Erie (7:30, Cincinnati Gardens), more than half the team will be new. Nine of the 17 players on the roster were not here for the team's first season in the East Coast Hockey League last year. This is certain: this opening-night squad could trounce last year's version. A year ago coach Dennis Desrosiers had three months from his hiring until the first game to put a team together. Only four players on that first night's roster Tom Neziol, Steve Shaunessy, Jay Rose, and Doug Melnyk are still here. "We're leaps and bounds ahead of last year," Desrosiers says. The Cvclones went 1-2 in the presea Prep powers ready for war It's week eight and time is running out for a few local heavyweights. Moeller, Purcell Marian and New Richmond will be fighting for playoff berths in high school action tonight. Moeller must defeat either Elder tonight or Princeton next week to secure a spot in the Division I playoffs. Until last week's loss to La Salle, it appeared that Purcell Marian was a cinch to qualify in Division I, but now the Cavaliers are scrambling. The Cavaliers must down Kettering Alter or knock off St. Xavier next week. New Richmond's chances for a Division III berth improve if the Lions defeat visiting Columbus De-Sales tonight. DetailsB-4. ers with bangers until he has a team that can handle any situation, and the new roster reflects that. Centers Craig Char-ron and Kevin Scott are proven scorers, while wingers Peter Schure and Dan Beaudette hit with enthusiasm. Wingers Martin St. Amour and Scott Luik have the statistics and size to do both. On defense the Cyclones return Melnyk, Rose and Shaunessy. The newcomer is David Moore, who played for Merrimack College in the Hockey East conference. One concern: Melnyk missed most of camp with muscle soreness in his back. The goaltenders, Doug Dadswell and Mark Romaine, are both new. Both were assigned from the New Jersey Devils, the Cyclones' new NHL affiliate. ON TV: Channel 12 will broadcast ' the Cyclones' first TV game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday from Cincinnati Gardens. Executives from the Cyclones and Channel 12 had been talking for 10 months about a local telecast, and preparing for Saturday's telecast since Labor Day. Season preview D Fans love Steve CadieuxB-5. Everything you wanted to know about hockeyB-6. D Player profllesB-8. son, but Desrosiers used the games to evaluate the 35 players in camp. When they lost at Nashville, he left his top line Four veterans from last year who were in camp didn't survive. Mike Chighisola, Daryl Harpe, Bob Kennedy, and Brett Barnett were traded or released. Desrosiers likes to blend finesse play Steve Cadieux, Chris Marshall, and Kevin Kerr at home. Twins elated about Series moving home ATLANTA Before Mark Lemke heads off for Disney World, before Lonnie Smith has his bat checked for testosterone, before David Justice prevails and Steve Avery reserves a room in Coopers-town, a word of warning: Before the giddy Atlanta Braves get carried away with winning the World Series, they are reminded that there is still one game to win. Thursday's 14-5 trashing of the Minnesota Twins was emphatic and embarrassing, but it was not final. The Braves took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, and looked pretty potent in the process, but the competition now returns to the Me-trodome for resolution. As horribly as the Twins have played on the road they have lost nine straight World Series away games dating back to 1965 they are equally horrifying at home. Minnesota defeated St. Louis in the 1987 Series, winning all four games at home. They are 2-0 in the Homerdome this time. "All I know is it's the same scenario setting up," Minnesota manager Tom Kelly said. "Hopefully it will play out the same way . . . We're going to play Game Six of the World Series in the Metrodome. We have something to look forward to." "We'll just have to play as well there as we did here," said Minnesota first baseman Kent Hrbek. "I've had enough of Atlanta. The whole team's had enough." Eraves stun o 14-5, i wins, ior 5-i leao Series back to Metrodome Twins headed for home There was not much for Minnesota to savor out of its trip to Fulton County Stadium. After Atlanta's gut-wrenching victories in Games Three and Four, the Braves got a belly laugh Thursday night. - They stomped on Minnesota starter Kevin Tapani for four runs in the fourth inning, and pounded his successors for another 10 runs. Still, blowouts are not always an effective indicator in October. The 1960 New York Yankees scored victories of 16-3, 10-0 and 12-0 during their World Series with Pittsburgh, but the lasting image of that competition was the conclusive home run of the Pirates' Bill Mazeroski. In 1968, the St. Louis Cardinals mashed Detroit, 10-1, to take a three games-to-one lead, but the Tigers rallied to win the next three. The Twins' prospects are more daunting because of the pitching matchups in , ..... Mx.tNMH """ 4 " f ' -! U ! 1 b j j i ' AV WHEN: Saturday, 8:26 p.m. WHERE: Minnesota. TV: Channels 9, 7. RADIO: WCKY-AM (1530). PITCHERS: Braves' Steve Avery (18-8) vs. Twins' Scott Erickson (20-8). SERIES: Braves lead, 3-2. BY ROB PARKER The Cincinnati Enquirer ATLANTA The Atlanta Braves are now just one victory away from being hailed World Champions. With their 14-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins in Game 5 of the 88th World Series Thursday night, the Braves completed a thrilling home three-game sweep at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Atlanta now leads three games to two in this best-of-seven series. David Justice led the Braves' 17-hit warpath, going 2-for-5 with a home run and five RBI. Lonnie Smith homered for the third straight game, the first time a player has done it in the Fall Classic since Reggie Jackson with the New York Yankees in 1977. The surprising Mark Lemke continued to kill the Twins, adding two more triples and three RBI to the delight of the sellout crowd of 50,878 chop-happy fans. After winning the first two games of the Series, the Twins find themselves on the brink. The only comforting thing about being swept is that the Twins return to the Metrodome for the final two games. The unhealthy position isn't an unfamiliar one for Twins. After winning the first two games of the 1987 World Series against the St. Minnesota. Avery and John bmoitz, possibly the two hottest pitchers in the game, will start for Atlanta in Games Six and Seven (if necessary). They will be opposed by Scott Erickson and Jack Morris. In their most recent road shows, Avery and Smoltz shut out Pittsburgh on succes Louis Cardinals, the Twins dropped three straight on the road. But they rebounded and won the final two games at home to win it. "We played 27 solid innings of baseball against the Braves at the Stadium here and the last two innings got, away from us," said Twins' manager Tom Kelly, whose (Please see BRAVES, Page B-9) sive nights to clinch the National League Championship Series. , - - flw6 """ly ww ft "The Metrodome is a tough place to play," said Atlanta catcher Greg Olson, The Associated Press David Justice watches his fourth-inning blast go over the fence for a two-run homer in Game 5 of the World Series Thursday. The homer helped Justice to five RBIs in Atlanta's 14-5 triumph. "but now we are going there in anticipation of winning the World Series . . . They are going home where they play well and they know they can win. But we feel we can win one of the two. After Thursday's onslaught, the Braves Green eases in as featured back would have to believe anything possible Smith does Mr. October gag Here was Lonnie Smith, author of seven homers during the regular season making like Reggie Jackson by going deep for the third straight night. Here was Lemke, owner of three ca reer triples when the Series started, col lecting three more in the space of 24 hours. Here was pitcher Tom Glavine, walk ing four guys in the space of 20 pitches in the sixth inning, and yet walking off with the win. Here were the Braves, sending 10 men to the plate in the seventh inning, taking NFL: Don't say it again, Sam BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals general manager Mike Brown returned from an NFL owners meeting Thursday night with a message for coach Sam Wyche. The sender was Commissioner Paul Taglia-bue. "The Commissioner spoke to us at some length on the subject of criticizing and abusing officials," Brown said. "He feels very strongly about it. "I believe his remarks were directed at a number of teams, but I'm also sure we could be one of them. He made it clear that those who don't heed his remarks may be hearing from him very soon." Wyche has criticized officials on an almost-weekly basis in the last month or so. Monday in Buffalo, he also drew a penalty for running onto the field to berate an official. "Sam has to do a better job of controlling himself," Brown said. "There are going to be bad calls, but you can't run onto the field or engage in similar behavior when one goes against you." Tagliabue has said he recently imposed "a heavy fine" on one coaching staff for abuse of officials. It's believed the staff fined was Marv Levy's Buffalo staff for its behavior in a Monday night game at Kansas City. Has Wyche perhaps already earned a penalty as well for his behavior in Buffalo? . "If that's the case, I have no knowledge of it," said Brown. an 11-3 lead, and still wanting blood. "Thev pounded it out pretty good, Kelly said. "Six runs that inning (the Call him 'Ickey Brooks,' Bengals' high-tech hybrid , BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer It's really very simple why Harold Green has become the Bengals' running back of choice, leading the club in rushing three straight games. He's motoring with very nearly the moves of James Brooks, and carrying 40 more pounds than Brooks into every would-be tackier he encounters. The 222-pound Green has rushed for 341 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry in Cincinnati's last three games, and the role of bell cow seems his to lose. Running backs coach Jim Anderson doesn't hesitate to note that Green at his best offers a physical package no other Cincinnati back can match. Brooks doesn't have his power; Eric Ball, Ickey Woods and Craig Taylor don't have his moves. "He's sharp, decisive and powerful," Anderson said. "He's can make the sudden cut, and that's what has really helped us." "He can press it up the field, take it to the limit, but then have the body control to make the move, get upfield and make something big happen. He doesn't have to slow down first or round the corner. He can create a pure illusion of taking it in one direction and making a sudden move to the next direction." That's what he's doing lately, at least. And again, at 222 pounds. (Please see BENGALS, Page B-IO) seventh) and the next inning 1 lost track. It was 14-4 when the Braves finished scoring in the eighth inning, but the 10-run rule does not apply in the big leagues. Atlanta played the last innings as if the game were still scoreless. Center fielder Ron Gant risked injury with a diving attempt at an Al Newman triple "After this Series is over with, I thinl I'm coins to buy some Grecian Formula,' said Gant, who fears that these games mav leave him prematurely gray. They may yet. It ain't over till the fat center fie der sings. "Hooefullv." Minnesota's Kirby Puck ett said, "whatever they did here is out of their system." The Cincinnati EnquirerJim Callaway Harold Green has rushed for 341 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry in the last three games. Sacks elusive for defensePage B-10. Tim Sullivan is Enquirer sports columnist T

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