The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 18, 2006 · Page 13
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Meet Mr. PageBl SUNDAY, JUNE 18,2006 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS USA draws to first point IVAN SEKRETAREV / Associated Press Italy's Gianluca Zambrotta challenges for the ball with United States' Landon Donovan during their World Cup Group E soccer match Saturday in Kaiserslautern, Germany. By RONALD BLUM ASSOCIATED PRESS KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Bloodied but not beaten, the United States bounced back to hold Italy to a 1-1 tie Saturday night in an ugly World Cup game with three ejections, a disallowed American goal and wide-open play. With thousands of fans in red, white and blue cheering the United States on a warm night, the Americans came out aggressive — and then hung on while playing most of the second half at a man disadvantage. Their reward was their first World Cup point in Europe. U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller saved the Americans with a pair of point-blank stops on Alessandro Del Piero in the final 20 minutes. "It was a total team effort and those guys bled today for our country and our team," Keller said. The American team, harshly criticized for lackluster and nervous play in their opener, went to a corner of the field after the final IVAN SEKRETAREV/AP United States' Brian McBride bleeds after a tackle by Italy's Daniele De Ross). whistle to salute their fans at Fritz-Walter-Stadion, a group roughly equal in size to supporters of the famous Azzurri, a three- time World Cup champion. "We gave everything, but it was difficult after the second red card," captain Claudio Reyna said. "We gave everything at the end to get a point." The result complicated a group that after the first games seemed clear. Italy (1-0-1) leads Group E with four points, one ahead of the Czechs and Ghana (both 1-1) and three ahead of the Americans (0-01). The United States, seemingly deflated after a 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic, now finds itself with a chance to advance to the second round if it beats Ghana on Thursday in its final first-round game. For the United States to reach the round of 16, it must win, coupled with an Italian victory over the Czechs. Or there Italy would have to tie the Czechs along with a U.S. victory by a margin of several goals. "It's very simple, we have to win," Reyna said. "We have a super chance now." SEE CUP, PAGE B3 U.S.SOlilEltSUWSIimi LIFE AS FANS FOR A MT By NANCY ARMOUR ASSOCIATED PRESS KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — For one day, the soldiers who live a call from harm's way got to do something entirely ordinary. They came to a party in the park fit for small- town America: bands, funnel cake, even pony rides for the squealing kids. And they did that most American thing of all — cheer for their team, yell at the big screen. Only the game on TV was soccer. Astros rout Royals HOUSTON (AP) — Taylor Buchholz allowed two hits in six innings and Lance Berkman had a double and four RBIs Saturday night to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. Mike Lamb had an RBI single and scored three runs as the Astros won for the ninth time in 12 games and improved to 24-15 at Minute Maid Park. Berkman went 3-for-4, capping his day with a double to left-center in the eighth that scored Lamb and Chris Burke. Dan Wheeler patched a perfect eighth and I earti his first save. ,,. Doug Mientkiewicz and Paul Bakb had RBIs for the Royals, who've dropped six of their last eight. Buchholz (4-6) pitched well after another shaky start, striking out six with only one walk in what may be his last start for a while. The 24-year-old rookie is one of the pitchers manager Phil Garner is considering taking out of the rotation when Roger Clemens returns next Thursday If Buchholz is sent to the minors or moved to the bullpen, he left on one his best outings of the year, snapping a personal three- game losing streak. It started badly, as David DeJesus doubled to right-center on Buchholz's second pitch. DeJesus went to third on Mark Grudzielanek's fly out, then scored on Mientkiewicz's sacrifice fly Buchholz allowed runs in the first inning for the fourth time in eight starts and the Astros had lost the previous three. Houston answered in the bottom of the first off Royals starter Bobby Keppel (0-3). Lamb, batting .348 since May 26, doubled down the right-field line with one out and later scored on Berkman's single to right. Adam Everett opened the second inning with a single up the middle, went to second on Buchholz's bunt and scored on Lamb's single to right, giving the Astros their first lead of the series. Larks slashed with late home run By NICK MCQUEEN Son of Loren McQueen HAYS DAILY NEWS After battling back from a 3-1 deficit in Saturday's series opener with the Southwest (Mo.) Slashers, the first game of a doubleheader, the Hays Larks couldn't come away with the big hit. Hays — forced into a doubleheader at the Hays High Field due to a soggy Larks Park from Friday's rain — dropped the opener, 6-5, to the Slashers, the •third'loss for the LairkSan Jayrvj.> y :hawJc-iieagU!Kplay this season. ^ All those losses had come at Game 1 Slashers 6, Larks 5 Southwest (Mo.) 030 011 1—6 12 1 Hays (7-3, 5-3) 100 031 0 — 5 80 Kelsey, Williams (6), Speak (6) and Pena; Murray, Woylek (7) and Day. W — Speak. L — Murray (3-1). 2B — Tucker, Doke, Hallam, Southwest. 3B — Knight, Southwest; HH — Thompson, Hallam, Southwest; Lawson, Hays. the hands of the Slashers heading into Saturday night's nightcap at HHS Field. The Larks dropped the night cap, 10-7, after a seventh-inning rally came up short. "It was a good ball game," said Hays manager Frank Leo following Game 1. " guys fought hard and really stayed with it. Unfortunately, that's the way the game is." Starter Justin Murray took his first loss of the season deep into the sixth inning and a 5-5 tie before giving up the game winning run, a solo homer over left center field to Slashers first baseman Mike Hallam. Murray, a right-hander from Kansas State University, dropped to 3-1 after allowing 10 Slasher hits, six runs with just one walk. He struck out three batters. Slasher starting pitcher Tyler Kelsey, a 6-foot-5 left-hander FRED HUNT / Hays Dally News Southwest Slashers baserunner John Roberts dives back to first base as Hays Larks first baseman Dan, Stovall makes the catch during a pickoff attempt in the second inning of Game 1 on Saturday at Hays High field. from Oklahoma City University took a no-decision in five innings for the Slashers, but gave the Larks their fits early on. "He did give us some problems early, but our guys settled in and really did a good job of battling back," Leo said. Larks leadoff hitter Eric Lawson got the ball rolling in the first inning, reaching on a leadoff single and was later driven in on a sacrifice ground out by first baseman Dan Stovall to give the Larks a 1-0 lead. The Slashers, which moved to 6-7 in league play with the win in the opener, answered in the second, scoring three runs after a two-RBI triple by Slasher leadoff hitter Robert Knight went just over the head of Larks cen- terfielder Kyle Murphy, playing his first game of the summer. The Slashers put up one more in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. Hays tied the game in their fifth after Lawson hit a two-run home run over left center. He was followed by an RBI single to Stovall that scored Dallas Christison. The Slashers had their first of two solo home runs in the sixth to take a 54 lead. With two outs, Daniel Thompson pounded one high in the air over center and let the wind carry it out, but Hays answered in their fifth to again tie the game at five. Murphy singled in Larks designated hitter Dusty Washburn, who walked with two outs in the inning. The first batter Murray faced in the seventh did the damage in Hallam, who sent the fourth offering towering over the trees. Murray gave up another double in the inning after recording two outs. Reed Woytek recorded the final out of the inning. " SEE LARKS, PAGE B4 Oilers shut out Hurricanes, force Game 7 By PAUL NEWBERRY ASSOCIATED PRESS RYAN REMIORZ/Antedated Pros* Edmonton Oilers goalie Jussl Markkanen, left, dodges Incoming players Steve Stales of the Oilers, center, and Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals In Edivjnton. EDMONTON, Alberta — Edmonton's new playoff stars refuse to let go of this magical postseason run. Hometown boy Fernando Pisani scored another goal and tough guy Raffi Torres deflected in one of his own, sparking the Oilers to the brink of a historic comeback in the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night. Edmonton forced a Game 7 that seemed improbable just a few days ago, beating up and beating down the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4-0 rout that wasn't that close. No, this was total domination by a team that seems intent on becoming the second in NHL history to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the finals and make its own mark on a franchise once dominated by the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri and Grant Fuhr — whose retired numbers all hang from the rafters of Rexall Place. Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff added third-period goals for the Oilers, who evened the best-of- seven series at three games apiece before their deafening, pompom-waving fans who sense a return to the glory days. "We want the cup! We want the cup!" they chanted in the final minutes of the season's final game in Edmonton. •NeKt stop, Raleigh. Game 7 is Monday night. The Hurricanes were ready to celebrate there on Wednesday, returning home just one win away from their first Stanley Cup. But Pisani scored the first short-handed overtime goal in finals history to win Game 5, forcing the NHL to pack up its prized hardware and ship it to Alberta for Carolina's second crack at the title. The Hurricanes whiffed again, getting outshot 34-16 and totally worked over by the younger Oilers, who barely made it into the playoffs and then became the first No. 8 seed under the current format to reach the championship round. Now, it's back to Tobacco Road for a one-game, winner-take-all for the cup. Pisani and Torres are doing their best to join Gretzky, Mark Messier and those stars who led the Oilers to five championships in seven years, a run that ended in 1990 and quickly fell apart as small- market Edmonton struggled to compete against wealthier U.S. teams. Pisani, who scored a modest 18 goals during the regular season, has 13 during the playoffs. After a scoreless first period, he put the Oilers ahead with a power-play goal just 1:45 into the second- Ales Hemsky threw the puck in front of the net to an unchecked Pisani, who wheeled around with a back-hander from the slot that likely would have been blocked by Carolina goalie Cam Ward. But Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley instinctively stuck out his left skate, the puck caught it and changed directions, sailing over Ward's left pad. BjENHl.MQfM

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