The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on August 5, 1991 · Page 35
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Sports The Indianapolis Star MONDAY, AUGUST 5, 1991 D B Children's Express 8 lose to Brazil in basketball By BILL BENNER STAR STAFF WRITER Havana It was a scene basketball fans from Indiana remember all too well: A Brazilian team celebrating wildly while the team from the United States, stunned and dejected, walk slowly off the playing floor. It happened in 1987, when Brazil's men's team upset the U.S. for the Pan American Games gold medal In Indianapolis' Market Square Arena. And Sunday, In Havana's Sports City Coliseum, it happened again. . Only this time It was the Brazilian's women's team throwing the surprise party, ending the , U.S. team's nine-year, 42-game winning streak In major International competition with an 87-84 victory. "I still respect the U.S. as the best in the world," an emotional Maria Cardoso, Brazil's coach, said afterward. "But I also have faith that one day, we beat them, and today is that day." The loss, however, does not dampen the gold medal hopes of the U.S. team coached by Iowa's Vivian Stringer. The Americans are still expected to easily be among the top four of the six teams which advance to the medal round after round-robin play. "These players are champions," said Stringer, "and there's no question that they will now come out fired up and more determined than before." A young center, Marta de Souza, led the Brazilians with 24 points, but it was the play of Brazil's stellar backcourt combination of Hortencla Marcari even at age 31. still regarded as one of the world's best players and Paula da Silva (22 points) which keyed the upset. Marcari scored 18 points and hit 7 of 10 shots, Including a Handball HAVANA Back in 1982. Bill Kessler drove to Indianapolis on a motorcycle, took a few laps around Monument Circle and vowed to himself. "One of these days I'm going to own this town." Well, he's not quite there yet. But he has purchased an old Victorian house near downtown, married a local woman, established his own business and bought an '88 Indy 500 pace car. What brought the native New Yorker to Indy is the same thing that has brought him to Havana for the 1 1 th Pan American Games. A sport . . . team handball. Now 1 know what you sports main-streamers are thinking right now. Team handball? M ears becomes Rapid Rick outruns Luyendyk in car-depleted 500-mile race siS" CART POINT STANDINGS Brooklyn, Mich. After win- 1. Bobby Rahal 141 nlng his day In court, Arle 2. Michael Andretti 117 Luyendyk faced, three more hur- 3. Rick Mears 112 dies - 19 cars that started 1 JnLrej j; 1 ahead of him. a stop-and-go pen- 6; Jo'hn jJJj ZZZZZIZ 86 alty and Rick Mears. He over- 7 Emerson Fittipaldi 83 came the first two but not the 8. Mario Andretti 76 last one. 9- Eddie Cheever 51 Mears, the reigning Indiana- 10. Danny Sullivan 48 polls 500 winner, averaged " 167.230 mph In the Marlboro It under our belts. PenskeChevy and crossed the "The cards fell our way; we finish line 3.143 seconds ahead were at the right place at the of Luyendyk to capture the Marl- rignt time." boro 500 Sunday at Michigan Luyendyk had to feel he had International Speedway. Defend- a stacked deck against him all lng race winner Al Unser Jr. was weekend. tnircl After being forced to sit out For Mears, It marked the first practice and the first day of time he won the Michigan 500 qualifying because of a restraln- and gives him eight career 500- '"g order filed against car owner mile Indy-car victories (Including Vlnce Granatelll, the Injunction four at Indianapolis). Mears col- was overturned and Luyendyk lected $173,182, which makes qualified Saturday with limited him the first driver in Indy-car practice time, history to earn $10 million. The 1990 Indy 500 winner "It's about time." Mears ex- started 20th but charged to claimed. "We've been close here ninth In the Granatelll Lola- btfore (he was third in 1981 and Chevy wn they completed the '84: polesltter here five times), first lap. lie was third by Lap 56, but we haven't been able to get See MEARS Page 2 women PAN AM TELECASTS Today's Pan Am Games Coverage 7-9 p.m. Track & Field, Basketball, Gymnastics, Baseball, Weightlift-ing (TBS) crucial, off-balance, baseline beauty with 30 seconds left that gave Brazil an 85-82 lead. Teresa Edwards, a star on the Americans' '88 and '84 Olympic gold medalists as well as the team that defeated Brazil for the Pan Am Games gold medal In Indianapolis, led the U.S. with 20 points despite foul trouble. "I'm not stunned, I'm mad," said Edwards. "I play every game to win." And win the U.S. women had in major International play defined as the Olympics, Pan Ams. Goodwill Games and World Championships ever since a 1982 defeat to the Soviet Union In the World Championships. "We weren't thinking about the streak, we were thinking about this game," said U.S. center Andrea Lloyd. "But obviously we didn't think about It hard enough. We needed to be more Intense." The U.S. lost despite roaring away to a 26-8 lead in the first half. But the Brazilians responded with 14 unanswered points to get back Into It, built a seven-point lead with six minutes to play, then hung on. "I feel that this Is like that," said Cardoso, when asked If this victory compares with the Brazilian men's team upset of the U.S. in '87. "And I feel we can beat them again. We have two of the best players In the world In Hortencla and Paula and now I have the younger players who can do the strong work Inside.' Cardoso. Ironically, was a player on the Brazilian team that defeated the U.S. women in the 1971 Pan Am Games. rough-and-tumble fun for Bill Benner i "It's the best sport no one ever heard of." Kessler said here Sunday. Now 1 had heard of team handball. During the '87 Pan Am Games In Indianapolis, I was confined mostly to Market Square Arena covering the basketball competition. But friends and colleagues who wandered over to the team handball competition in the Hoosler Dome came back with i A 4 Cv .3 V U.S. women's player Andrea (left) and Nadia Bento. a this report: You've got to see It to believe it. Sunday I saw It for the first time. And I believe. Played on a court about the size of a basketball floor. I quickly discovered that team handball Is football without the pads, hockey without the sticks, basketball without the hoops . . . and muggings without the arrests. Many of the players have basketball backgrounds, since handball requires the same kinds of all-around athletic skills. But if you think play In an NBA lane Is rough, you ought to see team handball. It's seven men on a side and most seem to arrive with the attitude of Inflicting bodily harm on the opponent ... or at least doing whatever necessary. Players $10 million man at Michigan -AT, Vi v "7 4 i If' A' . iJnWrVt Something new for the Marlboro 500 trophy. vMl 8 u ASSOCIATED PRESS Lloyd finds herself in a jam between Brazil's Maria Da Silva H ri 1 ; x i ! 500 "1 V vl ASSOCIATED PRESS den: Rick Mears holds up the r Kr J t A Kessler A ',' ' ' ' '"V.'v- ' ' " . .. . .. - - V are held, tripped and occasionally clothes-lined. Our man Kessler Is a goalie, however, and avoids most of the nastiest contact. But don't count him lucky. He's vested with protecting a goal mouth that's maybe 10 feet wide and six feet high. Only problem is, a handball Is slightly larger and Just as hard as a softball. And shots on goal are like Nolan Ryan fast-balls being flung at him from maybe 15 feet away. Kessler shrugs It off. "Stopping a ball for a goalie Is about like getting punched with a glove," he explained. "But for the other guys, It's like getting punched with a fist." See BENNER Page 3 Allotment of Chevy engines an embarrassment to CART BROOKLYN, MICH. Indy-car racing's face got a little uglier over the weekend at Michigan International Speedway. It should also have turned red, but most of the players aren't smart enough to know when to be embarrassed. I'm not talking about the fact that there were only 21 cars in Sunday's Marlboro 500, or that only seven finished and two were on the lead lap. Nah, CART was probably so proud its show was getting same-day coverage on national television and It drew almost half as many fans as NASCAR does here, It couldn't worry about a car count. The latest black eye was com-' pllments of Chevrolet, General Motors and Ilmor Engineering. On Friday, an announcement was made about the expansion of the Chevy Indy V-8 engine. Basically, the board of directors for llmor Engineering decided to award IXck Simon a second Chevy, let Vlnce Granatelll keep his and re-Issue Bob TeZak one Crooked Stick also a wicked Stick By PHIL RICHARDS STAR STAFF WRITER , Mark O'Meara walked onto the 13th tee at Crooked Stick Golf Club Sunday and made a quick study. He noted the pin tucked left, almost behind the trees encroaching on that side of the 180-yard hole. O'Meara turned to a smallish onlooker at his side. "Dogleg par-3, huh Pete?" said O'Meara. Pete Dye's face split Into a grin. "Yep, left-to-rlght wind," said Dye. "Just got to hit a little draw In there." O'Meara laughed. "You've got two dogleg par-3s," offered playing partner Mark Calcavecchla, "You put the pin right on 6 and you've got to cut It around a tree." Sunday was just for fun and everybody had some. The shooting starts Thursday, when 151 players tee up for the first round of the 73rd PGA Championship. O'Meara and Calcavecchla were out for a little practice and a look at the golf course. They were escorted on the back nine by Dye, the man who designed and built 7,289-yard Crooked Stick. "I think it gets a little brutal the last few holes," Calcavecchla said later. "1 think 16 and 17 are bad holes. I didn't like 14 either. "You put the pin back on 17 and you're going to have club pros slapping 3-wood In there." "I agree with Mark," said O'Meara. a two-time AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner who tied for third with Fred See PGA Page 5 SCORES AMERICAN LEAGUE Toronto 2 Boston 1 Detroit 8 New York 7 Kansas City 2 Cleveland 0 Chicago 1 Baltimore 0 Milwaukee 3 Texas 2 Minnesota 6 Oakland 2 Seattle 5 California 2 NATIONAL LEAGUE Philadelphia 3 Montreal 2 Atlanta 9 San Diego 7 Pittsburgh 2 St. Louis 1 Houston 2 Los Angeles 1 Chicago 8 New York 3 Cincinnati 6 San Francisco 5 TRIPLE A ALLIANCE Indians 3 Oklahoma City 1 NFL PRESEASON Pittsburgh 16 Washington 7 Robin Miller for 1992. There also was talk about allowing current Chevy teams to run extra cars at Indianapolis and here next year. Harmless enough, right? Not If you are Patrick or Truesports Racing. Pat Patrick, who's been sponsoring or fielding Indy cars since 1 968, has slogged along In the back of the pack with Alfa-Ro-meo engines the past two years, even though he's got Danny Sullivan this season, "We wanted one, we asked for one, but I guess we didn't get one," said Patrick, whose third Indy win came with a Chevy In 1 989. "As long as I've been alive, I've never askeij anybody If I ' could spend money with them See MILLER Page 2

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