THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 1998 — A-?: A's fall to Dodgers Dodgers 5, Athletics 1 By JOHN NADEL AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES — Oakland Athletics catcher Mike Macfarlane figures he returned the JTavor to the Los Angeles Dodgers. : • He didn't do so with pleasure. '.; Macfarlane committed a passed ball and an error in the first inning that resulted in three Unearned runs, and that was all the Dodgers needed in a 5-1 victory over the A's on Tuesday ': In Oakland's 7-3 victory over the Dodgers 24 hours earlier, catcher Charles Johnson's error in the first paved the way for four runs, only one of which was earned. •;. "It's weird," Johnson said of the pivotal errors by catchers. t'lt's part of the game. That's why we have one-sixty-some- tjiing games, crazy things happen. You can't play a great game £yery day." v Chan Ho Park, weakened by the flu, pitched eight strong (rinings to earn his first victory Since May 13 as the Dodgers won for the fifth time in seven games. '• The Dodgers got Park all the runs he would need with two <jmts in the first off Jimmy Eric Young scored from third and Jose Vizcaino went from first to third on a passed ball to r^iakeit 1-0. ; Raul Mondesi then drew a vvalk and stole second, and Vizcaino and Mondesi both scored when Macfarlane threw the ball into center field. : "We were like a bunch of chickens with our heads cut off in that first inning," Macfarlane Said. "Jimmy battled his control dgain tonight, but that's going to Happen. It was up to me to bring him back under control, and I didn't do it. Haynes allowed six hits and five runs, two earned, in four innings. He walked four and struck out one. photo by Tobin Keller MTA tops Ron's in men's softball MTA's Jim Switzer in action at the plate during Tuesday night's 11-8 win over Ron's Quality Construction in men's B-5 softball play. Two days off and Jazz, Bulls ready to wrestle By RICK GANG AP Sports Writer CHICAGO — Back on the basketball court, Dennis Rodman won't be able to slap a half- nelson on Karl Malone. At least not a legal one. No flying drop kicks or picking up a chair and bashing the Utah Jazz star over the head. Or throwing him through the ropes and stomping on his neck. Or putting him in a sleeper hold. Those are tactics employed in one of Rodman's many other lives. The would-be wrestler — "Rodzilla" as one Chicago newspaper tabbed him —• paid a visit this week to a pro wrestling show, making a cool $250,000 for his appearance, even though he didn't actually grapple. As the NBA Finals resume tonight with Game 4, Rodman will instead push and shove and grab and hold while guarding Malone. The man of many tattoos, hair colors and body piercing has won seven rebounding titles playing that way. "Karl Malone can't beat me off the dribble. He's basically an awkward player," Rodman told an NBA employee as he returned to practice Tuesday. "He's just an average player to me. If the referees let me play, I can play Karl Malone 24-seven ••••••••••••••••^^•••^•••^^•••••i Bay Area eyes 2012 Olympics (24 hours a day, seven days a week) — every day of the week." Rodman had no explanation for blowing off practice Monday and then ending up in a Detroit- area wrestling show with Hulk Hogan. He refused to talk to reporters, but avoided another $10,000 fine by speaking with the league employee. "The thing that is interesting about Dennis is that the kids like him because they see that behavior all the time. You'll find kids from age 7 down are naturally attracted to Dennis," Bulls coach Phil Jackson said, perhaps capturing Rodman's essence. There is one moment in sports ' that surpasses all others. An athlete from your country wins an Olympic gold medal. And you are there, watching your flag being raised, and hearing your anthem being played. If you weren't a patriot before then, you became one instantly. That feeling of immense pride is one reason why the Bay Area wants to play host for the 2012 Olympics. Economics and International exposure have something to do with it as well. The Bay Area has entertained the Final Four, Super Bowl, U.S. Open, World Series and World Cup. But these events lack the drama and tradition of the Olympics, the oldest International athletic competition. Two words best explain the difference between the Olympics and everything else in sports: Jesse Owens. A fund-raising dinner was held recently in San Francisco to kick off the Bay Area's campaign to land the 2012 Olympiad. A golden group of gold medalists attended, including Bob Mathias, Sammy Lee, Ann Curtis Cuneo, Billy Mills, Debbie Meyer, Matt Biondi and Jimmy Hines. Mayors Willie Brown of San Francisco and Elihu Harris of Oakland showed up along with state Sen. Quentin Kopp, who's chairing the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee. What are the odds of Northern California's first Olympic Games actually happening, senator? "You can't make a book like Las Vegas," Kopp said. "But I was told by a top-ranking Olympic official that we would have been (a future site) pick in 1988. Then came the gay community thing, and (then mayor Art)Agnos " San Francisco voters approved a ballot measure in June 1988, clearing the way for a San Francisco-hosted Olympics. NEWHOUSE NEWS BY DAVE NEWHOUSE Agnos killed the idea because of the cost, and also because the U.S. Olympic Committee refused to allow the gay commu-' nity to call its annual sporting event the "Gay Olympics." : "Now we have complete political support, and a stronger (organizing) committee," said Kopp. "We're on our way." There was an optimistic feeling at the dinner that if Los Angeles could make a $150 million surplus off of the 1984; Olympics, the Bay Area could do : even better. Well, San Francisco is a more popular tourist attraction. As for athletic facilities, the' Bay Area could hold an : Olympics today. "Stanford, Cal, it's all here," said Hines, Oakland's double gold-medalist sprinter at Mexico' City in 1968. "This is a prime area. Any place would love to hold the Olympics, and we'd love to give it a shot." "I know that having the Olympic Games brings a lot of prestige and image," said Biondi, the Moraga swimmer who earned 11 Olympic medals, eight gold. "The Olympics is such a powerful movement. I'm still trying to grasp the importance." ' Biondi then told the story of his father checking into a Hotel ; See NEWHOUSE, Page A-8 •i>tt/tS-i# j T'S TIME YOUR DOG FOOD KNEW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DALMATIAN AND A DACHSHUND. The red truck. The pole. The hose. The wiener dog? 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