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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19,2002 SPORTS THE HAYS DAILY NEWS • B1 Former Cowboy star dies 'Bullet' Bob Hayes also won Olympic gold medal JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — "Bullet" Bob Hayes, the Olympic gold medal sprinter and Dallas Cowboys receiver who was once deemed the fastest man alive, died at age 59. Hayes died late Wednesday in his hometown of Jacksonville, where he had battled liver and kidney ailments and prostate cancer. Shands Hospital spokeswoman Joanna Norris said Hayes died at 11:15 p.m. He had been hospitalized since earlier this month. Hayes' daughter Westine Lodge said Thursday her father died from kidney failure. Hayes had a sparkling athletic career — he earned the title "World's Fastest Human, "and later redefined the way the NFL plays pass defense — but many of his accomplishments were later tainted by drug and alcohol addiction that landed him in jail and played a big part in his never being enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame. At the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, Hayes won the gold medal in the' 100 meters, tying the then-world record of 10.05 seconds,'and anchored the United States 400-meter relay team to victory in a world-record 39.06. Hayes' relay split was a sensational 8.6. Nearly 20 years later, The Los Angeles Times called it "the most astonishing sprint of all time." The record in the 100 meters was broken last week by another American, Tim Montgomery, who lowered the mark to 9.78 at a meet in Paris. In 1965, the Cowboys drafted Hayes ASSOCIATED PRESS Seattle Mariners manager Lou Piniella kicks up dirt after sending his cap flying in protest of a ninth-inning call in favor of the Texas Rangers in Wednesday night's game in Seattle. Piniella was ejected, but the Mariners won in 10 innings. Mariners face depressing finish Seattle won division last year, but slumped in '02 ^^S^EVjpyi when they got pitching, not pitching when they got hitting, and too often not doing either. They didn't bullpen. Narrow victories have turned into narrow losses, the team going from 26-12 in one-run expect to win^ 116 games again, games last year to 20-24 this year. unre|p|'fciStbll : skills. In'n'is^robkle'season with me Cowboys, Hayes had 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns while leading the NFL with an average of 21.8 yards per catch. That showed his big-play ability, and Hayes' world-class speed forced defenses — unable to cover him with traditional man-to-man schemes — to come up with many of the zone defenses that are common in today's game. When Dallas won the Super Bowl after the 1971 season, Hayes became the only athlete to win an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring. More than 30 years later, he's still the only person with both. His success came long before the era when athletes like Deion Sanders, Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan got much credit for simply trying to succeed at two sports. Hayes won championships in both track and football. He finished an 11-year NFL career with 71 touchdown catches, a 20-yard average per catch, and three trips to the Pro Bowl. His statistics were comparable or better than many of the great receivers of his day, and his career appeared worthy of Hall of Fame consideration. But he hasn't made it, in part because of a drug and alcohol problem hi an era when the public wasn't nearly as accustomed to seeing its sports stars struggle with their personal lives. Hayes served 10 months in prison after an April 1979 guilty plea to delivering narcotics to an undercover police officer. That "destroyed my life" Hayes wrote in his autobiography, "Run, Bullet, Run: The Rise, Fall, and Recovery of Bob Hayes." The prison term ended at about the same time he became eligible for the Hall, apparently dooming his chances for enshrinement. "I feel like an outcast — like I've been left out and forgotten throughout the nation," Hayes said in 1999. "There's a lot of pain in my heart because what I accomplished was second to none. I'm not losing any sleep, but I do pay attention every year at this time." He wasn't alone in his disappointment. Former Cowboys president and general manager Tex Schramm is among those who has never reconciled Hayes" absence from the Hall. "The situation with Bob Hayes and the Hall of Fame is one of the most tragic stories I've ever been associated with during my time in professional football, and that's a hell of a long time," Schramm said. • HAYES / SEE PAGE B3 •— It's been 'asI John's wort kind of year for the Seattle Mariners. The herb that's touted as a remedy for depression has helped Seattle's Jeff Cirillo cope with his stinker of a season. Others have found their own ways as the Mariners face elimination from the wild-card race. One year ago, on Sept. 19, the Mariners clinched the AL West title on the way to a league-record 116 victories. With 10 games left after Wednesday night's 3-2, 10-inning triumph over Texas, they were in third place, seven games behind Anaheim and Oakland and 20-behind their own pace last year. All the frustration that manager Lou Piniella has been feeling boiled over into one of his most explosive tantrums when he railed against a call at first on a potential game-winning play in the bottom of the ninth. Piniella threw his cap, kicked up dirt, screamed in the face of smugly smiling umpire C.B. Bucknor, yanked first base out of the ground and heaved it twice down the right-field line. The Mariners may be going down, but Piniella is not going gently or quietly. They're on a four-game winning streak, the last three in extra innings, but it's all too little too late. The Mariners had a gloomy second-half slide, not hitting ical sea"Nobody's ever done it before and we'll probably never do it again as long as we live. But we thought we had a team that would get to the playoffs and maybe win it all this year. We were leading the division a little more than a month ago. We were leading the wild card. The ball was in our court. We just hit a rut. We had a tough run and the other teams kept winning." When a team loses 20 more times than it did the year before, heads might be expected to roll — the manager's first. Piniella, in his 10th season with the Mariners with a year left on his contract, shouldn't have to worry about his job. He's the same man who was manager of the year last season when every move he made was the right one and he had the players to back him up. The Mariners drew more 3 million fans again, second in the AL only to the New York Yankees, and they have been stunned by the slump. "It's all so perplexing," said Leeann Nakken of, Arlington. "What happened?" There's no mystery to the Mariners' misery and it's not something Piniella could have fixed with a few clever moves. Batting averages are down and ERAs are up. There are more career lows than highs. Starting pitching is weaker and so is the knee surgery in April _- -,-. h j It hasn't Been 1 'a lofa'l collapse'. Winning 90-95 games is respectable, just not good enough in what may be the best division in baseball. The Mariners don't look beyond themselves in pinning blame for the disappointing finish. "Play like a champion today," the sign in the locker room reads. Since the All-Star break, the Mariners have played like a very ordinary .500 team. "It wasn't for lack of effort," Boone said. "These guys have been busting their butts all year. We're all very frustrated." No one has worked harder or been more frustrated than Cirillo, who arrived last winter from the Colorado Rockies as a career .311 hitter. Piniella gushed over him. Cirillo envisioned fitting right in with a powerful lineup that he might help take to the World Series. Instead, Cirillo fell into a season-long slump that exasperated him and Piniella. and strained their relationship. Cirillo, who dropped from No. 2 in the lineup to No. 9, took endless batting practice, working on his grip, his stance, his swing. He felt the pressure- from Piniella anfl the fans, and he beat himself up over letting down his teammates. • SEATTLE / SEE PAGE B3 TMP off to best start since '91 Monarchs look for 3rd straight win at Larned By EDWARD CARIFIO HAYS DAILY NEWS For the first time since 1991, the Thomas More Prep-Marian football team is 2-0. But Monarch coach Gene Flax is making sure his players don't assume that a fast start equates to an automatic victory Friday night when the Monarchs travel to Larned in Mid-State Activities Association action. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Flax said if his team goes in expecting to win just because of its record, than the opposite will happen. "We hope it's a positive," Flax said. "We reinforced to the kids over and over that if we think we're going to win just because we are 2-0, (we're going to lose badly). They have a good ball club and we can't dwell on the fact we're 2-0." Last year, the Monarchs beat Larned 17-14 on a 20-yard field goal by Luke Dreiling — his only field goal of the year. This year, the senior already has two, including a 42-yarder. Dreiling is not the only Monarch to improve, or almost improve, off last year's season numbers in just two games. In a 25-6 home win Friday (and Saturday, thanks to a lightning delay Friday) against Hoisington, senior quarterback Jeff Keberlein passed for 146 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. The game was the MSAA season opener for both. Last year, Keberlein passed for 161 yards all season. TMP-Marian (2-0 overall, 1-0 MSAA) has scored four touchdowns this year — but only one through the running game — a goal-line sneak by Keberlein Friday Keberlein has already hit six different receivers this year, none more than twice. Dreiling has two catches for 96 yards, wlu'le|senior, Derick Gross hakfive y^ra| on nig" two catches. ^Senior" Kevin- 1 * Threlkel has two catches for eight yards. Junior Tanner Lacy is the team's leading rusher with 128 yards on 33 carries, a 3.9 average. Senior Mike Carlson has run for 78 yards on 24 carries, a 3.3 average. Flax said the Monarchs can't become too dependent on the passing game and that the toss- and-trap is still the way to win ball games. "It can't hurt us, but we can't rely on the pass," Flax said. "(Hoisington) took the run away from us, but left the pass wide open. Any kid is going to like to throw and catch. Any kid likes the big play. But we still have to work on controlling the clock." The little things like clock control went wrong for Larned last week at Ulysses. The Indians lost 33-21 to its MSAA opponent in a game coach John Coslett said they should have won. Larned (1-1, 0-1) led 21-6 late in the first half, but gave up a long touchdown that let the Tigers back into the game. Ulysses scored again in the first half, with both touchdowns on plays of over 50 yards. Coslett said the team's attitude heading into halftime was low — low enough to cost the Ihdians the game. "If we don't give up those two scores — plus we had a fumble deep in our own territory that cost as a score — we'd be up 28-0, or at least 28-6," Coslett said. "We went into the half with our head hung low." Coslett is sure his team will bounce back in time for Friday's game — the school's Homecoming game. "We've had some good practices," Coslett said. "We had a good film session. We understand what we did wrong, and it's already corrected. We are very hungry for a win." The Indians have three backs capable of breaking the big run. Junior Drew Shaver has 310 yards on 32 carries, a 9.7 average. Junior Chase Bauer has 211 yards on 26 carries, an 8.1 average, Senior Kevin Ridge has the most carries, 37, for 141 yards and a 3.8 average. Larned rarely throws the ball. Senior quarterback Jesse Hampton has just three completions this year — one for a touchdown v -^'on six attempts., ^ ?"|p ''•! !f ''We're'-.gdin^tt> 'tdnle reidy to* 1 >. ^piay," Flax'sa'id'"It's their Honied •-•• . coming, so they are going to come out pumped. We hope it wont affect us. We're going to go down there ready to play, but you never know how kids are going to respond to different situations." • TMP, HHS leaders, prep standings are In Scoreboard, page B2. HHS look for first win against No. 1 Liberal By RANDY GONZALES HAYS DAILY NEWS Bad enough for Indian fans the Hays High School football team has gotten off to an 0-2 start this season. But now the Indians -must try to notch their first win of 2002 against a conference rival that's ranked No. 1 in the state and is likely out for blood after an upset loss last year to HHS. Hays High will play host to Liberal in a matchup of Western Athletic Conference rivals Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Lewis Field Stadium. Last year, Hays High snapped an 11-game losing streak against Liberal with a 20-13 victory on the Redskins' home turf. HHS had last beaten Liberal in 1990. Since then, Liberal had outscored Hays High 357-69 until the Indians finally broke through in 2001. "They're already pointing to this to be a big game," Hays High coach Kent Teeter said of Liberal, which is ranked first in Class 5A in this week's consensus poll by The Associated Press. Liberal has gotten off to a 2-0 start after playing a pair of Texas schools. Last week, the Redskins were a 22-0 winner over Borger, Texas. • HHS / SEE PAGE B3 Rolen homers twice in Cards' win • ASSOCIATED PRESS St. Louis.Cardinals patter Scott Rolen hits a two-run homer in the.hirjth inning of Wednesday riight's game with the Colorado Rockies iri'Denyer. DENVER (AP) — .One night, the St. Louis Cardinals score seven' runs in ; the eighth inning to win. The next night, they score • five runs in the ninth to win again. Combining drama and inevitability, the Cardinals are closing in on the'ir second pennant in three seasons. Scott Rolen homered twice, including a tiebreaking two-run shot in the ninth, as the Cardinals beat the Colorado- Rockies 8-5 Wednesday night and cut their magic number for clinching the NL Central to four. . St. Louis had five homers and three doubles, remaining 1% .games ahead of second-place Houston in tlie division. Rolen's second homer, his 27th, triggered the five-run ninth. '."We're taking care of business ,,here," manager Tony La Russa said. "You don't worry about what , the other club (Houston) is doing; 'We are in first place, and we are 'in charge," , ' "'">' Rolen agreed. Cardinals $ Rockies 5 , r, ,. -.^ "We have a nice offensive club, and lately we've been stepping up in big situations. Jimmy (Edmonds) draws a big walk to start the ninth, and we go from there. We're getting good at-bats when we need them." St. Louis had only three hits — all solo homers — until the ninth. Jim Edmonds led off with a walk off Justin Speier (5-1), Rolen homered and pinch-hitter Ivan Cruz followed with a solo shot, the second time the Cardinals hit consecutive homers in the game. . Edgar Renteria doubled and scored on Mike Matheny's double, and Fernando Vina added a run- scoring double, "We are playing-hard, we just are not matching up well late," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "(Denny) Stark gave us a good effort. Everything worked well until the ninth inning. That's why we play nine." The game was delayed 79 minutes by rain in the top of the third. The rain, which began two hours before the game, and 50-degree temperatures contributed to the Rockies' lowest attendance (25,330) in their 10-year history. Ben Petrick had two solo homers and a double for the Rqck- ies. Pinch-hitter Ross Gload also hit a bases-empty homer. Rolen had his second multi- homer game this season — his first with the Cardinals—and the 12th of his career, Tino Martinez and Renteria hit solo shots for the Cardinals. Rick White (4-6) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Steve Kline finished for his sixth save. Stark allowed three runs and three hits in six innings for Colorado. Andy Benes gaye up one run and six hits in six innings.,Since returning from the Disabled list on July 16, he is 5-2 with a 215 ERA. •

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