Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 8, 1998 · Page 6
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Snorts THE UKIAH DAILY JOURI MONDAY, JUNES. 1998 Ray Hamill, sports editor, 468-3518 Bulls give Jazz an old-fashioned whipping, 96-54 By RICK GANO AP Sports Writer CHICAGO - Yukking it up on the bench, Michael Jordan and Ron Harper turned their heads upward, gazing at a goofy limbo contest on the giant scoreboard and then acting like naughty school boys. "Pay attention to the game!" Jordan shouted at NBC commentator Ahmad Rashad, finally hurling a towel into his unsuspecting buddy's face. The Bulls had plenty of time for levity as Game 3 of the NBA Finals reached it stunning, record-busting end. Their reserves were tossing up 3-pointers and the regulars were relaxing, enjoying the biggest blowout in Finals history and a 2-1 series lead. The Utah Jazz, meanwhile, finally trudged off the United Center floor red- faced after Sunday night's 96-54 loss they had managed the fewest points ever scored in any game, regular season or playoffs, since the shot clock was introduced for the 1954-55 season. "This will go down in Chicago history with the other big massacres, like the Valentine's Day massacre and the rest of them. It was a sick effort out there on our part,"'Utah's Adam Keefe said. The Bulls, looking like five-time champions, were very good on this Sunday on their home floor, their trademark defense never better in a victory shocking by its lopsidedness. By contrast, Utah looked little like the team that went 62-20, once held homecourt advantage in the series and was seemingly in a comfort zone after winning the opener less than a week ago. Utah's output was lower than the previous record 55 scored earlier this season by the Indiana Pacers. The Jazz's output also was 17 fewer than the previous Finals record of 71 by Syracuse in 1955 and Houston in 1981. Chicago's margin of victory also was the largest in a Finals game, topping Washington's 35-point victory over Seattle in 1978. "I'm somewhat embarrassed for NBA basketball for the guys to come out and play at this level, with no more fight left in them than what we had," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said "We just didn't come ready to play," said Utah star Karl Malone, who made his first six shots in the opening quarter and then had only two baskets thereafter, ft "We just got an old fashioned butt- kicking. If this one don't wake us up, nothing will." The Jazz will have two days to figure out what went wrong. Game 4 is at the United Center on Wednesday night and Game 5 on Friday night in the same building. The Bulls do not want to revisit Salt Lake City. And if they play as well and the Jazz as poorly the next two games, i ; they can cancel their hotel reservations. "We don't feel by any means that, we're in control of this series. We're lip!2-1 but still we have to come out and do ^ this again Wednesday. It's still just orte^ game and that's what we have to ta't& home," Scottie Pippen said, trying to-' down play the Bulls' dominance. :; ' It was the defense of Pippen, Jordarf and Ron Harper - dubbed as Doberman-l, like by Bulls coach Phil Jackson for its aggressive style - that shut down the Jazz's screen-and-roll offense. •<•< Chicago limited Game 1 hero John Stockton to just two points and seven sists. Harper, who had eight points, lO.r See NBA, Page 7 •'.,,.. Arizona ends A's streak By ANNE M.PETERSON AP Sports Writer OAKLAND - Devon White knows he's a proven commodity. On Sunday, he snapped out of a brief rut, going 4-for-6 with a season-high four RBIs, including a three-run homer, as the Diamondbacks downed the Oakland Athletics 12-4. "I don't think I have to show any organization I'm durable," White said. "Most organizations know I'll be in the lineup every day and play hard." The Diamondbacks certainly know. "You try not to take him for granted," Arizona manager Buck Showalter said. "He's been consistent for us in more ways than one. We're lucky to have him." White, who sat out Saturday after going O-fpr-9 his last two games, upped his average to .294 with Sunday's performance. "When you play this game long enough you're going to have ups and downs," White said. "You take whatever comes and try not to stay in a rut too long." David Dellucci and Yamil Benitez homered and drove in three runs apiece as the Diamondbacks snapped a four-game losing streak. Brian Anderson (4-6) extended his winning streak to three straight, giving up four runs and six hits in five-plus innings. "That was the best stuff I've had all year by far," Anderson said. "I was in complete control of that game." Oakland starter Tom Candiptti (4-7) left in the second inning with back spasms and was replaced by Jay Witasick. Candiotti's immediate future was not certain, A's manager Art Howe said. "We're hoping he'll be able to make his next start, but that will be up in the air until we see how he comes along," Howe said. Jason Giambi homered for the A's, who had their three-game winning streak stopped. Candiotti walked Matt Williams to lead off the second before Witasick came on and gave up a homer to Dellucci, giving the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead. Benitez hit his third homer with one out in the fourth. After Karim Garcia walked and Kelly Stinnett singled, White hit his ninth homer over the right-field fence. Benitez's two-run single in the fifth put the Diamondbacks ahead 8-0. The A's cut the deficit in half in the fifth on Giambi's solo homer, Rickey Henderson's RBI double and Scott Spiezio's two- run single. White scored on Aaron Small's wild pitch in the sixth and hit an RBI double in the eighth to make it 10-4. Williams and Dellucci each added run- scoring doubles in the eighth. White has four four-hit games this season, and 18 in his career. The game was not without controversy. Oakland reliever Mike Fetters hit Benitez with a pitch with two outs in the eighth inning, and Arizona appeared to retaliate - or so some of the A's thought - in the bottom of the ninth when rookie Ben Grieve was hit by Russ Springer. Howe wasn't pleased. State meet Ryan Mack runs in a recent track meet. Mack finishes 8th and 17th By GLENN ERICKSON Journal correspondent Ukiah's Ryan Mack gave it everything he had, but returned home Sunday without the GIF State High School medal he wanted, his dreams of a victory in the mile and two-mile Saturday at Cerritps College not yet realized. But his 4-minute, 19-second qualifying mile Friday, and his two-hour back to back 4:17.36 for 8th place in the 1600 and 9:33.78 for 17th place in the 3200 represent a tremendous personal achievement and the finest State Meet distance double by any Ukiah runner in memory- Those who never competed or even watched State Championship-level track meets may not appreciate what Mack did, though not medaling or winning. He did all that was asked of him, and but for a mistake due to inexperience might just as well have medaled or possibly won, coach Jerry Drew feels. "He was up there, right with, leading the best in the State, but he may have unconsciously eased up when ahead at the half-mile mark, instead of pushing the third lap as aggressively as he had the first two, and as he pushed the last. "He eased his pace, then found his 61-second final lap not fast enough to regain the lead from a pack of kickers who finished the last quarter in 56-seconds," says Drew. He may not have had as much left in his "tank" as thought, after a 4:13 mile in taking second place at the Meet of Champions and then winning the two-mile last Saturday at Hayward. "Then getting suddenly boxed in the mile State trials Friday and having to fight his way in an all-out sprint to the finish to gain the last qualifying spot for Saturday's finals, beating out a couple 4:13/4:14 veteran milers," says Drew. It was a six-man race for that third and last qualifying place. Jon Stevens, of Mission San Jose, defending state champion, who Mack, a junior, had chased See MACK, Page 7 •: .* Giants complete sweep of Cards The Associated Press ST. LOUIS - Even after a three-game sweep, the San Francisco Giants couldn't stop talking about St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire. "It seems like he's the key to every game, no matter what the score is, or who wins it," San Francisco manager Dusty Baker after the Giants beat the Cardinals 6-5 on Sunday. "You can worry about him so much, their other hitters like Ray Lankford and Brian Jordan will end up beating you." McGwire was held relatively in check as the Giants swept a three-game series at Busch Stadium for the first time since 1984. "Anytime you can hold McGwire to just two doubles and one RBI in a game, that's a good game," said Jeff Kent, whose seventh-inning home run gave the Giants the lead. McGwire, who, missed three games earlier in 'the 'Week because of back spasms, home- red in the first game Friday night and had three RBIs in the series. The Cardinals have lost eight of nine. The Giants had a scare in the ninth when the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out. Robb Nen, who started the inning, gave up hits to Willie McGee and Delino DeShields to set up runners at second and third and nobody out. Lankford struck out and with first base open, Nen walked McGwire intentionally. "I don't think anybody in the world would expect me to pitch to him in that situation," Nen said. The only home run Nen allowed all year was to McGr! ;• wire. .',n'' Nen gained his 18th sav,e.-; after getting Brian Jordan arjd John Mabry to ground out tpv end the game. McGwire, who leads the-*; majors with 28 home runs, was*J terse after the game, "I'm not in .. a very good mood right now," he said, waving reporters away. Baker hasn't let all the atterU '"•' tion on McGwire detract from '' the Giants nine-game winning'' streak that has moved them into"' 1 first place in the NL West. '•••'•;•' "None of the games have' '' been easy, but we have kept our- '. heads," Baker said. •' •>-. Kent, who put the Giants ahead to stay with his seventh-; •„•; inning homer, said the key play: i. was a double by pitcher Mark,-, Gardner (5-2). . : "Here you expect the pitcher. „, to bunt with a man on, and he 'doubles,'down the line," Kent,,said. "Good hitting is conta^"••' ' gious and when the pitcher gets,"., a hit like that the whole team \ gets a lift." Gardner's hit was the key to .. the five-run seventh that was . capped by Kent's home run.. 1, Cardinals starter Kent Mercker;).' (5-4) said he was most upset' ' about Gardner's double. ' ' ; ' "The toughest hit of th< •'; inning was Gardner's, the bot- j L torn line is I blew it," Mercker'' said. . •'!'•' The Cardinals grudgingly conceded that the Giants out-1 v played them. '••> 1 ' ;; f K See GIANTS, Page 7 Championship for USC By TIM KORTfj Associated (grabs Writer OMAHA, Neb. - Mike Gillespie scored the winning run when Southern California won the 1961 NCAA title. In 1998, he was the coach who linked the Trojans to their past. After USC went 20 years without a College World Series championship, Jason Lane hit a ninth-inning grand slam as the Trojans beat Arizona State 2114 on Saturday. Wes Rachels went 5-for-7 with a championship game- record seven RBIs and the Trojans (49-17) won their NCAA- te s^ 12th baseball tide by out- sting the Sun Devils (41-23) in a 39-hit Shootout. , The victory revived memb-'" 1 .; ries for Gillespie, who scored""'' 11 the eighth-inning run when the Trojans beat Oklahoma State 1--'' ' 0 in 1961. "Our success as a member oH' 7in the 1961 team was a fabulous; ' achievement," he said. "It was -^ a great, great feeling. ... As fdr :l J what we did today, I was hum'-" 1 ' 1 bled and thrilled by what oiir K ' team did. It's hard to separate"" the two." •">- v! The man who built Southern 1 Cal's dynasty, Rod Dedeaux, s'af""' ; behind the Trojans' dugout Sat- v •' urday, offering tips to hitters in'"-/ • ' P * See COLLEGE, Page 7 '' '"/ French Open: Spaniards shined; women had the drama By JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press Writer PARIS - Carlos Moya and Alex Cor- retja ended the French Open on a happy note: two buddies smiling and hugging, then knocking around a soccer ball with Pele on center court. Still, the men's final, won by Moya over a shakier and less versatile Corretja, was an anticlimax. This year, the drama was on the women's side, and much of it came before the final weekend. But the last two days did make one thing clear: Spanish players are expanding their dominance on the red clay of Roland Garros. And at age 21, Moya seems to have the brightest future of them all. He stormed into prominence in the 1997 Australian Open, getting all the way to the final before losing to Pete Sampras. Though the Spaniards grow up on clay courts, Moya has a better serve and more varied weapons than some of his compatriots, and that showed in his decisive 63, 7-5, 6-3 victory Sunday, a win that boosted him to No. 5 in the world in the rankings released today. "If I win Wimbledon, maybe I'm No. 1, huh?" Moya said with a wink, knowing his chances of winning on grass are remote. One thing is obvious about the Spanish players: They are good friends, and that solidarity helps them on the tour. They travel together, play video games together, practice together, party together - and win together. The players' box, often a site of tense coexistence between rival clans, looked like a family picnic on Sunday. Moya's family hugged Corretja's when the match was over. Arantxa Sanchez Vicarip, crowned women's champion a day earlier, was there, and so was her mother. Everybody was happy. In fact, loser Corretja was pretty cheery, too. He hurdled the net after the match to congratulate his friend. • "I'm really happy because I've been playing well for the last two weeks, and I lost to a really good friend of mine," he said. Fans reserved their biggest cheers for Pele, who presented the winner's trophy and then joined both players for an impromptu romp with a soccer ball. "Thaieelings I'm having right now are unbelievable," said Moya, who won $650,000. "I cannot explain with words. You have to feel it. You have to be there." Moya, seeded 12th, and Corretja,-- seeded 14th, reached the final after iher men's field was decimated early in the" tournament. Top-seeded Sampras lost in • the second round and No. 2 Petr Korda in'; the first. Moya ousted No. 3 Marcelo Rios in the quarterfinals. • ..• , The women's field, by contrast, stayed strong until the end, and had more than its usual share of compelling stories. •.,'. There was the curious meltdown of. Martina Hingis, who may be developing '. a Sampras-like allergy to the Parisian, clay. ..; Hingis lost last year in the final to Iva ? Majoli. She then won the next three- Grand Slam tournaments, but back here this year, she folded in the semis to a newly energized Monica Seles. * > "I just probably put too much pressure > See TENNIS, Page 7 '

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