The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 14, 2006 · Page 11
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Woods Is back WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14,2006 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS !^^ FRED HUNT/Hays Daily News Salina shortstop Carlos Navarez leaps for a catch while Larks baserunner Dallas Christison slides safely into second during the second inning Tuesday at Larks Park. Hays won 11-1 in its first home game of the season. Up and running Larks pound Salina in home opener, host Derby in league action tonight By NABIL SHAHEEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Starting their season playing six games in five days, the Hays Larks will top that this week playing seven games in the same span. The only difference is they will be doing it in the confines of a home ball park that bears the team name. Many got their first glimpse of Hays' sum- mer collegiate baseball team Tuesday night in the Larks' home opener against the Salina Blue Jays at Larks Park. In a battle of the birds, the Larks handily won, 11-1, as the team picked up its fifth win in a nonconference tuneup before playing host to Jayhawk League foe Derby Twins (former Wichita Twins) in a 6 p.m. doubleheader tonight. "It was good to get out here and play in front of the home crowd," said Kyle Day, a Michigan State University sophomore. "And it was nice to get out and get after somebody rather than playing from behind or close games. It's good to get out and spread the score and have some fun." The score and the fun started early for Hays as Dan Stovall reached on a fielder's choice and was brought in four pitches later when Billy Sharp hit a home run over to right field. SEE LARKS, PAGE B2 Everything coming up Hurricanes Carolina, on verge of first franchise NHL title, hosts Oilers tonight By PAUL NEWBERRY ASSOCIATED PRESS RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes want to end this thing right here, right now. No need to go back to Edmonton. Not when the Stanley Cup is one win away, all shined up and ready to be handed out on Tobacco Road. Having got the needed split in Alberta, Carolina holds a 3-1 lead over the Oilers and can wrap up its first NHL championship tonight. "We want to end it here," said Mark Recchi, who scored the winning goal in Game 4. "We don't want to give them an opportunity to get it back home for Game 6, which would give them a chance to get it to Game 7." The teams returned to North Carolina on Tuesday, their separate flights summing up the state of this season. The Hurricanes, who seem to have •everything going their way, pulled into Raleigh right on time after their 414-hour flight. The Oilers, meanwhile, were held up in Edmonton by mechanical problems with their charter aircraft, finally arriving at their hotel in nearby Chapel Hill around dusk. The Edmonton players straggled off their buses in flip-flops and blue jeans with a tired, glassy look in their eyes, though everyone insisted that the delayed flight shouldn't have any impact on Game 6. "It's a long trip anyway, and that's just something else to deal with," captain Jason Smith said. "But we're not going to let it affect the way we prepare." While the eighth-seeded Oilers managed three straight upsets against higher-ranked teams to reach the finals, they now face the potential of a season-ending game for the first time all season. History is firmly against them. Only one team in NHL history has come back to win the Stanley Cup after trailing 3-1 in the finals — the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, who actually overcame a 3-0 deficit with four straight wins against Detroit. Then again, coach Craig MacTavish feels the Hurricanes might be feeling a few jitters now that they're at the cusp of the cup:'Only a handful of '"' Carolina players — Recchi, Aaron Ward, Cory Stillman — have hoisted hockey's greatest prize. SEE CUP, PAGE B3 Angels' Weaver mows down Royals ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver has won his first four big league starts, but AL Cy Young winner Bartolo Colon is about to come off the disabled list. That presents the Los Angeles Angels with a difficult choice regarding Weaver's status: does he stay in the rotation or go back to Triple-A? "It's a tough decision," manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday night after Weaver held the Kansas City Royals to an unearned run over seven innings in a 4-1 victory. "There's a lot of things to consider, and we're going to consider everything." General manager Bill Stoneman isn't tipping his hand, either. "I think we're in a good situation," Stoneman said after the game. "We'll have a roster move at some point to make, and we'll discuss it at that point in time when it's time to make that roster move." SEE ROYALS, PAGE B3 I Outlook positive: Ben Roethlisberger might be out of hospital by end of week By ALAN ROBINSON ASSOCIATED PRESS PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger will likely be able to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback has a long road to recovery to worry about first. Roethlisberger was upgraded to fair condition at Mercy Hospital on Tuesday, a day after his bloody motorcycle accident at a busy Pittsburgh intersection left him and his team shaken. Despite being tossed high into the air af- ter his made-for-speed motorcycle rammed into a car, causing him to smack his head on the car's windshield, Roethlisberger escaped career-threatening injuries. He could be out of the hospital within three to five days While the Steelers aren't yet talking about accident, which occurred when Roethlisberger was riding helmet-less on a racing mo torcycle, it is all but certain they found his latest medical update very encouraging. Roethlisberger's doctors stressed during Roethlisberger a brief news conference Tuesday that his knees are not injured, positive news for an athlete who needed knee surgery only last season. They also said his brain is functioning normally despite the concussion and the trauma of a crash that caused Roethlisberger to fly off his motorcycle and smack a car windshield with such force, his head left a glass-cracking dent in the shape of his skull. "He is awake, alert, oriented and is resting with his family by his side," said Dr. Larry Jones, the chief of Mercy Hospital's trauma unit. He could miss most of training camp, and is expected to lose weight because of the jaw injury. He'll need time to regain his strength, timing and conditioning. Doctors also cautioned that medical problems can develop after such an accident, though all signs in Roethlisberger's case appear to be positive. Coach Bill Cowher has said nothing publicly since making a hasty return to Pittsburgh from a vacation on Monday night, and it is unlikely any team official will comment about Roethlisberger's football future until he is out of the hospital. Hurling Wade pours in 42; Heat narrow gap in finals Heat center Shaqullle O'Neal looks for an open teammate ftflilnit Maverlcki forward Pirk Nowltzkl during the firit Barter Tuesday In Miami, Abn Mv A88QCIAT6D PRESS By TOM WITHERS ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI — With just one tick left on the clock, Dwyane Wade tipped away Dallas' final, futile attempt. Of course he did. On this night, there wasn't anything stopping him. Wade, plagued by foul trouble and slowed by a sore left knee, scored 42 points —15 in the fourth quarter — to rally the Mtoi Heat to a 88-96 win over the Mavericks on Tuesday night in Game 3 of an NBA finals that seemed to be over with 6:34 remaining. That's when Dallas had a 13-point lead and appeared to be on its way to a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Wade had other ideas. "At that moment, I was looking up at the score thinking, 'No, I ain't going out like this.' We didn't want to go down 3-0, man. You just try to do what you can to help get your team get over the hump." Consider it cleared. Oh, and Game 5? Drop the if. It's necessary SEE NBA, PAGE 82 Redick charged withDWI DURHAM, N.C. (AP)—J. J. Redick was apologetic after he was arrested on charges of drunken driving. His coach also defended him as "a credit to the Duke basketball family." Redick made a mistake, and is prepared to face the consequences. "I regret what happened last R»dick night and want to apologize to my family and the Puke community for the incident," Redick said Tuesday in a statement issued by the university The AP Player «f flitifcpjr was also charged with unJaw ful use of highways for making an illegal u-turn when he was arrested early Tuesdajt Redick, who has a Virginia driver's license, lost bte djivtog privileges rn North Carolina \

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