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SPORTS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22,2002 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS • B7 Friday's Llnescores American League • Red Sox 4, Orioles 2 • Boston 100 021 000—4 5 0 Baltimore 010 001 000—2 11 0 DLowe, Embree (8), Urblna (9) and Varitek; Hentgen, Bauer (7), BRyan (8), Julio (9) and Fordyce. W—DLowe 21-7. L—Hentgen 0-3. Sv—Urblna (37). HRs—Boston, Floyd (6). Baltimore, Gibbons (26). • Devil Rays 11, Blue Jays 7 • Toronto 020 300 002— 7 7 1 Tampa Bay 046 100 OOx—11 12 1 Loalza, MISmlth (3), Wiggins (5), Cassldy (6), Heredla (8) and Cash; Sturtze, Colome (9) and Hall. W—Sturtze 4-17. L—Loalza 8-10. HR— Toronto, CDelgado (29). . • Indians 6, Royals 2 • Cleveland 300 100 011—6 12 1 Kansas City 000 010 001—2 7 0 JaDavIs, Elder (6), Wohlers (8), Riggan (9), DBaez (9) and VMartlnez; Obermueller, MacDougal (4), Hill (7), Mullen (7), Bukvlch (9) and Mayne. W-^JaDavls 1-0. L—Obermueller 0-1. Sv—DBaez (5). HRs—Cleveland, Burks (29), Thome (47). • White Sox 10, Twins 2- Minnesota 010 010 000— 262 Chicago 000 123 40x—10 12 0 RReed, Rlncon (5), Wells (6), Frederick (7), Hawkins (8) and Prince; DWrlght, Glover (9) and MUohnson. W—DWright 13-12. L—Rlncon 0-2. HRs—Minnesota, Koskle (12). Chicago, Valentin (24), Lee (25). • Yankees 5, Tigers 1 • New York 000 110 300—5 11 0 Detroit 000 001 000—1 8 1 Clemens, Mendoza (7), Choate (9) and Posada; Van Hekken, Rodney (7), JWalker (7), MAnderson (8), JFarnsworth (9) and MiRivera. W—Clemens 13-6. L—Van Hekken 1-2. HR— Detroit, Pick (17). • Angels 8, Mariners 1 • Anaheim 100 420 100—8 10 0 Seattle 100 000 000—1 6 2 ROrtiz, Weber (B) and BMollna; Pineiro, Halama (6), Taylor (9) and BDavis. W—ROrtiz 15-9. L—Pineiro 14-7. HRs—Anaheim, Salmon (21), GAnderson (27), Fullmer (17). • Athletics 4, Rangers 2 • Texas 000 200 000—2 5 3 Oakland 002 000 02x—4 6 0 Rogers, Kolb (8), JAIvarez (8) and IRo- drlguez; Lilly, Bradford (6), Venafro (8), Meclr (8), Rlncon (9) and RaHemandez. W—Meclr 6-3. L—Kolb 3-5. Sv—Rlncon (1). National League • Pirates 5, Cubs 4 • Chicago 000 002 020—4 10 2 Pittsburgh 200 001 002—5 8 1 Zambrano, JuCruz (7), Borowski (8), Alfonseca (9) and MMahoney, Glrardl (8); STorres, Lincoln- (6), Boehringer (8), Sauerbeck (9) and Kendall. W—Sauerbeck 4-3. L—Alfonseca 2-5. HRS—Chicago, SSosa (48). Pittsburgh, ARam!rez(16).. • Expos 6, Mets 1 • Montreal 001 031 010—6 12 0 New York 010 000 000—1 9 3 Armas Jr., Eischen (8), DSmlth (9) and Barrett; Thomson, Strange (6), TWalker (8) and Piazza: W—Armas Jr. 11-12. L—Thomson 9-13. • Marlins 6, Braves 2 • Florida 005 001 000—6 8 0 Atlanta 002 000 000—2 6 2 Wayne, Neal (6), Tejera (7), Almanza (9) and CJohnson; Moss, ALopez (3), Hodges (5), Ligtenberg (8), Spooneybarger (9) and JLopez. W—Wayne 2-2. L—Moss 11-6. HR—Atlanta, DeRosa (5). • Giants 5, Brewers 1 • San- Francisco 040 010 000—5 9 0 Milwaukee 100 000 000—1 6 3 RJensen, Fultz (6), FRodrlguez (7), Worrell (8), Aybar (9) and Torrealba; Neugebauer, MMatthews (4), Pember (6), Lorraine (8) and Fabregas. W—RJensen 12-8, L—Neugebauer, 1-7. HR—San Francisco, Aurilia (14). • . • Cardinals 9, Astros 3 • Houston 001 020 000—3 7 0 St. Louis 220 103 10x—9 14 0 PMunro, NCruz (5), Robertson (6), Puffer (7) and Ausmus; WWIIIIams, GMolina,(5), Veres (6), RlWhite (7), Kline (8) and Malheny. W—RiWhlte 5-6. L—PMunro 5-5. HRs—Houston, BHunter (3). St. Louis, Marrero (16), Edmonds (28), Rolen (29). • Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 4' Arizona 012 010 000—4 11 3 Colorado 300 110 04x—9 14 0 Schilling, Fetters (8), MMyers (8), Mantel (8) and DMIIIer, Barajas (8); RFIores, SLowe (5), Speier (7), TJones (8), JJimenez (9) and Bennett. W—SLowe 5-2. L—Schilling 23-6. HRs—Art' zona, LGonzalez (28). Colorado, Helton (29). • Padres 8, Dodgers 4 • Los Angeles 001 201 000—4 10 2 San Diego 005 100 20x—8 14 0 Ashby, Carrara (3), Mota (6), Orosco (7), JWIIIiams (8) and Lo Duca; Tomko, Bynum (6), Lawrence (6), Villafuerte (8), JJohnson (9) and Lampkln. W—Tomko 10-10. L—Ashby 9-13. HRs—Los Angeles, Karros (13), Grudzielanek (9). ASSOCIATED PRESS Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals holds up a jersey from fallen teammate Darryl Kile as the Cardinals celebrate clinching the National League Central Division title with a victory over the Houston Astros Friday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Cards honor Kile, Buck after clinching crown ST. LOUIS (AP) — Before the celebration began, the St. Louis Cardinals paused to honor a teammate and broadcaster. Manager Tony La Russa gathered the players after their NL Central- clinching 9-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night to remind them of the hurdles they've cleared and to pay tribute to Darryl Kile and Jack Buck. This is the Cardinals' third straight playoff berth and third division title in seven years under La Russa, and it clearly came under the toughest of circumstances. Kile died in the team's Chicago ! hotel on June 22 from a'blockage, of the"' arteries suppiyih'g' ! the heart. It came "just four days after the death of longtime announcer Buck, leaving a huge hole in the rotation and a team in depression. "I wanted to make sure us as a group took a minute and included Jack and Darryl," La Russa said. "I think a bunch of us felt it was appropriate to gather around and restate our dedication of what we've done to Jack and Darryl." Third baseman Scott Rolen, one of St. Louis' key in-season additions, made a leaping catch to rob Brian Hunter and end the game, similar to his diving stop of Hunter to start the first. The Cardinals celebrated near the mound at Busch Stadium as Albert Pu- jols carried Kile's jersey onto the field. Jim Edmonds sprayed Kile's jersey with champagne in the clubhouse. Staff ace Matt Morris, a 16- game winner, perhaps took Kile's loss the hardest. "It's an unbelievable feeling for us right now," Morris said. "I know DK is watching and smiling. I wish he was in here with us right now." St. Louis will probably open the playoffs at Arizona on Oct. 1. The Diamondbacks eliminated the Cardinals in five games in the opening round last season and went on to win the World Series. Starting pitching has been a problem all season for St. Louis, with the Cardinals using 14 starters and 26 pitchers this season.. Andy Benes' triumphant return ; :from : tHe;brink of tetiiie- riient, the emergence of 28-year old rookie Jason Simontacchi and July pickup Chuck Finley helped the Cardinals fill the void. Typically, the Cardinals lost another pitcher in the clincher. Woody Williams, making his fifth start since coming off his second stint on the disabled list for a pulled muscle in his left side, left the game with two outs in the fifth and a 5-3 lead. The team said Williams experienced tightness in his back and rib cage. None of it has slowed down the Cardinals, who have won 14 of their last 16 to bury the Astros, then- closest competition in the Central. Different Ryder Cup in 2002 Rusty Wallace captures Dover pole DOVER, Del. (AP) — Rusty Wallace stole some of the-spotlight from rookie teammate Ryan Newman in Friday's qualifying for the Winston Cup race at Dover International Speedway. Shortly after Newman posted a fast lap of 156.576 mph, Wallace got around The Monster Mile at 156.822. Later, Dale Jarrett knocked Newman off the front row with a lap 156.576, and then defending race champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the third spot at 156.610. "Right off the truck the car was really good," Wallace said. "It was a car we built specially for Bristol, and we decided to bring it here." Dover and the high-banked half-mile layout in Bristol, Tenn., are .the only concrete tracks on the circuit, and Wallace likes racing on them. "It seems like the concrete changes less," he said. "The tracks don't tear up, and they stay consistent." Japanese driver Hideo Fukuyama became the first Asian to qualify for a Winston Cup event. He will start last on the 43-car grid for today's MBNA All-American Heroes 400. "I'm very, very, very happy," he said through an interpreter. "I will be driving with all me heroes on Sunday." Carter-Haas Motorsports plans to try again with Fukuyama in races later this season in Martinsville, Va., and Rockingham, N.C. The qualifying results gave Fords the front row for the race. Earnhardt drives a Chevrolet. BRONCOS: Team counts on 3 running backs • CONTINUED FROM PAGE B6 the ball. I don't think it's the drastic number of points that you've seen us give up, but we've done it as a whole team fashion, not just defensively." ; Another poor defensive effort today could mean trouble against a Denver offense that has found a good mix of running and passing. The Broncos have relied on three running backs — Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson and rookie Clinton Portis — and each gives defenses a different look. Anderson, who switched from tailback to fullback, provides the power up the middle. Gary, who's healthy after two injury-plagued seasons, gives' the Broncos power and speed off the ^tackles, Portis hasn't gotten as many carries, but has shown he has the quickness to get around the corners. Quarterback Brian Griese was neatly benched in favor of Steve Beuerlein against the Rams, but SUTTON COLDFIELD, England (AP) — The year stitched into the Ryder Cup logo says 2001, a subtle reminder of when the 34th matches between the United States and Europe were supposed to be played — and why they were postponed. Team uniforms have been stashed away in boxes, removed only to make sure they still fit. Stewart Cink lost 25 pounds and had to send off his pants and shirts for alterations. The golf might look outdated, too, considering the teams were selected a year ago. The question is .not who has the best players, but who has the worst? Clearly, this is a different Ryder Cup. "There are always guys who are not in good form, a little more so this year than it has been," Thomas Bjorn of Denmark said. "But we've got to realize why the Ryder Cup was postponed. Let's keep it focused on what happened 12 months ago in New York." Delayed one year because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the Ryder Cup returns Friday at The Belfry for three days of intense match play with a 14-inch gold chalice on the line. The biennial buzz was lost. The Ryder Cup has been an afterthought for much of the year since no one was jockeying for a chance to represent country or continent. Some much-needed perspective was gained. This is no longer the "Battle at The Belfry" or the "War by the Shore," some of the snappy nicknames used by the PGA of America to hype the event. It's the Ryder Cup. "What happened on 9-11 put everything in perspective for all of us. I think the matches will be conducted in the fashion it was designed, and that is a competitive atmosphere, but a gentlemanly sport," Tiger Woods said. Surely, it can't be any worse than the last time the Ryder Cup was played. Three years ago at .The Country Club outside Boston, the United States staged the greatest comeback in Ryder Cup history, capped off by a 45-foot birdie putt by Justin Leonard on the 17th green. American players, wives and caddies stormed across the green, even though Jose Maria Olazabal stjty had a 25-foot putt to keep^ alive Europe's hopes. ^ v The gallery was as partisan as ever, hurling insults at some of the Europeans. Colin Mont- It was the first pole of the season for Wallace and 36th of his career. On Sunday, he'll be after his 55th career victory but first of 2002. "It's been a long time coming," Wallace said. He hadn't started on the point since November 2000 at Phoenix International Raceway, a span of 65 races. "Anytime you do something good, like a pole or a win, it pumps up your team," he said. Now Wallace will try to end a 53-race losing streak dating to early last season. A win this year would give him at least one in 17 consecutive seasons, breaking a tie for the Winston Cup record he now shares with Ricky Rudd. Wallace's lap fell far short of his track-record run of 159.964 in 1999. But it was his fifth pole on the high-banked oval. David Pearson's six poles were the most on the course. On Sunday, Wallace will try for his fourth victory on the track, which would match the mark held by Bill Elliott, Jeff Gordon and Rudd. Jarrett will go after his second career victory at Dover in his best car, the one he won with at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway "It was a great lap," said Jarrett, who won here in 1988. "It was fast from the very beginning, off the truck." Newman blamed himself , for not winning the pole. He said he took a car that was fast from the start and didn't iniprove it. gomerie was a favorite target, and the language was so foul that his father walked off the course after seven holes. There was even some animosity among players, most notably when Phil Mickelson got tired of waiting on Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke and hit before his opponents reached the tee box. What to expect this year? "I think there's a different feel from the players, as well as the fans the people who support the Ryder Cup," Mickelson said. "We felt it last year. We felt how insignificant the event really was in the whole scheme of things. "It's still a wonderful event, but I think it will take on the more original intent of promoting camaraderie and sportsmanship on both continents. That's the expectation that we all have for this year's Ryder Cup." Just don't expect an exhibition. That was the term used by Woods and David Duval before the '99 matches when the biggest controversy was how to divide the Ryder Cup revenue. No other golf tournament is more passionately contested, all because of that rare occasion when an individual, money-driven sport becomes all about team, country and flag. The pressure is so great that players can't work up a spit. Grown men have cried after losing a match. Nick Faldo, the unflappable six-time major champion, was so uptight on the 18th hole of his decisive singles match in 1995 that he squeezed his eyes shut while his opponent was putting. "In the Ryder Cup, you've got a fear of losing, rather than a nervousness about trying to win a U.S. Open or the Masters," Davis Love III said. "You don't want to lose a match. You don't want to lose a hole. You don't want to be on a losing team." Isn't golf supposed to be fun? "Fun is not feeling as nervous as you possibly can," Clarke said. The Ryder Cup was shaping up to be a royal battle had it been played on schedule. There were newcomers to each side, but all 24 players were among the top 52 in the world ranking. The U.S. team looked particularly strong, since three of its players — Woods, Duval and David Toms — had won major championships that year. A year later, three players — £y<SZ.'±SSigS!. -.%'• :• ••^'lavilwfiv it—'areno longer in,the top iOO. Orily^tiifee players on each side have won a tournament this year. Montgomerie has struggled with a bad back, and wasn't sure he would be fit to play. Rumors have circulated that Jesper Parnevik might beg off the team. Still, captains Curtis Strange and Sam Torrance have shot down suggestions that they alter the teams to reflect the best players, or even add two players for these matches. "When has the Ryder Cup ever been played with 24 of the best players in the world at that time? Probably never," Strange said. "You always have somebody who made the team (based) on their play the year before. Will it take away from the matches? Absolutely not." The U.S. team is always heavily favored. The matches are rarely a rout. One point is awarded for eight best-ball matches and eight alternate-shot matches over the first two days, and for all 12 singles matches on Sunday. With 28 points available, the winning margin hasn't been greater than two points since 1985. No one expects that to change this year. And not everyone expects the tone of these matches to be any different, either. Galleries in Europe, have been just as partisan and raucous as they were at The Country Club, or at Oak Hill in 1995, or at Kiawah Island in 1991. "I hope some of it happens, don't you?" Duval said. "If .there's no animosity, there's no home- court advantage. You want some hostility. You want some excitement. You want an 'Us vs. Them' situation. That's part of the event." The only hope among players is that it doesn't get out of hand. Even before the Ryder Cup was postponed, Strange and Torrance agreed to have a players-only cocktail party after the matches to remember that it was just a game. The opening ceremony on Thursday, when the Stars & Stripes is raised next to the European flag of royal blue and a dozen gold stars, also will serve as a solemn reminder what everyone is doing at The Belfry in 2002. In between, it should be business as usual. "Once the tee goes in the ground Friday, I think you're 1 go- .ing to have a good, solid,.material the way it's always been,'/ Strange 1 • > i-j said. "And I think you'll see a par- ' tisan crowd, which is the way it should be." TIGER: Z O N E . C O M •' Th'eRay^61ijf^eyys'sports team arid other content providers, action., ' • I). \II.V \I-AVS i 1 t N«W1_ Seyfert: 'We're a lot tougher' BlIofMUTMVMMrtoxMmlvt Ot MW hM •*** to •>• M tnt 1-nHT tatoi. I y»^^^y 1 '^"- ', ColiMmbU- I O'Connor era kicks off at FHSU . V ex**, ac**wi*«4i* KM KM «*« f* J AWmONALCOUMHS "wallpapers" and screeh savers. fitxrum !**,-» Gross i responded by leading the Broncos to the deciding touchdown. He wasn't spectacular against San Francisco last week, but eliminated the mistakes and was an efficient 14-for-19 for 119 yards and two touchdowns. "We're starting to play with a lot of confidence," Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe said. "We beat two pretty good football teams, but we're not going to get ahead of ourselves. We still have a long way to go." Get Into the The online home field for FHSU Tiger sports fans.

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