Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 14, 1998 · Page 13
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Sports SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 1998 — B-5 Sorry Brent, but Baggio is no Best Robert Baggio is one of the smartest players in the world today. The Italian, who struggled to make his country's squad for the France '98 and spent the buildup to the tournament languishing in the shadow of teammate Alesandro Del Perio, brought his team back from the brink of another disastrous start to the World Cup finals in a 2-2 tie with Chile Thursday. Moving into the penalty area late in the game, the Italian striker flicked the ball off a Chile defender's hand to win a penalty decision and sealed a tie for .his team with the ensuing spot kick. A pass, he'said after the game. Yeah right. There was one thing on Baggio's mind when the ball left his foot and one thing only. It was smart play and it worked to perfection. It was also a terrible decision by the ref, but you can't blame Baggio for that. Instead you really have to admire it. He knew in all likelihood he would win a penalty, and he made no mistake from the resulting kick. ABC's Brent Mustburger compared the play to the skills of George Best, who it was said could play the ball off the comer flag to himself. Now most of you reading this column have probably never heard of Best or seen him play. If you had, you'd probably never forget him. Best was unfortunate never to make it to the World Cup finals and the game's biggest stage. And he played in the late 60s and early 70s, an era where soccer • garnered little or no attention in . the United States. :'• Best was, however, arguably : the greatest player ever to play "the game. Pele, whom conven- jtional wisdom tells us was the greatest ever to play the sport, was once asked who was the most talented player he ever saw play. He replied without hesitation "George Best." , Unfortunately, Georgie, as he's fondly referred to, had a couple of things going against him. He played for Northern Ireland, not exactly a powerhouse in the game either then or now, and he was a little too fond of the drink. Aside from a couple of failed comebacks in his late 30s, Best was pretty much finished as a • player by the age of 27, at a time when he should have been reaching his peak. But during the decade or so that he graced the soccer fields of the English League, he left those who were lucky enough to see him play with some lasting memories. ! He was an Irishman in an Brazilian's body and played with a flair not seen before or since in European competition. He was the star on a Manchester United team full of stars, and he led the team to its first and only European Cup success in 1968, something an overrated Eric Cantona and the most recent squads have struggled considerably to emulate. • Mustburger's comparison may have been apt for one play Thursday, but Baggio - great and all as he might be - is certainly no George Best. The luck of the Scottish So you think bad officiating only affects high school teams? WORLD CUP WATCH BY RAY HAMILL Then how do you think the poor Scots feel after Wednesday's opening matchup with Brazil? The Scots, who traditionally book their passage home from the World Cup two weeks before the final, have reason to feel cheated after falling 2-1 to the South American favorites. Scotland should have got a penalty decision late in the game Wednesday, when a clear-cut hand ball in the penalty area went unnoticed by the ref and his assistants. The decision aside, however, the Scots impressed a lot of people in their opener. Whether they were watching a copy of 'Braveheart' in their locker room VCR to stir some national pride before the game or whatever, manager Craig Brown has his side playing with a passion sorely missing in their last few World Cup appearances, and may be ready to lead them past the first round for the first time in eight tries. Then again, maybe not. The Scots won't have an easy time of it against either Norway or Morocco, in what could be the real group of death in France '98. A different World Cup The World Cup isn't what it used to be. The game of soccer hasn't just grown in stature here in the United States over the past couple of decades, it's progressed considerably all across the world. These days, the traditional powerhouses of Europe and South America are being seriously challenged by some of the so- called second rate nations. Gone are the days of the 8-0 or 7-1 first round matchups, before the Brazils, Italys and Germanys of the world could get down to the real business of deciding who would win the tournament. The African nations appear ready to make some serious noise this year (although they won't win the championship just yet), while the Asian and Conca- caf nations, although still a ways off the Brazils of the world, are gaining momentum. All of which means there are no easy matchups in the finals any more. (Germany, are you listening?) The Germans would be foolish to take the Americans lightly and a tie, or even a U.S. win wouldn't be as big an upset as some people might think, especially with Kasey Keller in goal. The U.S.'s last line of defense may be ready to stake his claim as one of the best in the world. ^ tii 'Hardware Hints" CHOOSING THE RIGHT SAW By David Brown Ukiah Valley Lumber PAID ADVERTISEMENT Although the 26-inch crosscut saw is the most popular, you'll find six basic types will handle a variety of the most common woodworking tasks. After the crosscut, you may want to consider a rip saw, hacksaw, bucksaw, compass saw, coping saw and dovetail saw. Dozens of others are available for specialized projects. One important factor when buying a saw is the number of teeth per inch. Generally speaking, the fewer the teeth the faster and rougher the cut. Finally, even thought they might look alike, quality is important. Buying a cheap saw will simply add hours to your work and often results in second-rate projects. Bring this article in today and receive a 10% discount* on your total purchase. (*excludes sale items and other discounts). Shop today at Ukiah Valley Lumber, 901 So. State St., Ukiah, CA 95482. © Legion team faces tough schedule Ukiah boys lose first three games By RAY HAMILL The Daily Journal The Ukiah American Legion baseball team are likely to learn some hard lessons this summer. Instead of competing with teams from Humboldt County as they for the past few seasons, the Ukiah boys are competing with teams from further south this season, in a far more difficult region. And the change in districts will mean a much more competitive schedule. "That's the only way teams get better," head coach Aaron Ford said. "By playing the best. "It's going to be a battle. If we play Humboldt, we play one good pitcher, but with this league, we face aces all the time. Inning by inning and pitch by pitch, they're the best guys." The local legion team opened its season in Fairfield last weekend, and it was straight into the deep end for the Ukiah boys. The Fairfield boys, who are the defending regional champions and made it all the way to the legion World Series last year, racked up 19-0, 6-0 and 5-1 victories. But despite losing all three matchups, the Ukiah side, a team made up of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, put a slow start to the weekend behind them and acquitted themselves far better in the latter two games against a team that features several junior college players. "(Assistant coach) Henry (Aldama) and I were really proud of the guys," Ford said. "After the first game, they needed to be more aggressive at the plate, they needed to play catch, and they needed to communicate better on the field. And they did that on Sunday." In game one Saturday night, Fairfield, which had already played 20 games this summer compared to Ukiah which was playing in its first outing of the season, ran out to an easy and emphatic victory. Shane Roberts pitched the game for Ukiah, allowing all 19 scores on 18 hits, but didn't get much help from his defense, which committed seven errors for the game. "They were legite," Ford said. "They were very aggressive at the plate." Dan Heller finished 2-for-4 with a double at the plate as well as a stolen base for Ukiah, while Joey Venturi, Robert Kirby and Mike Lombards each added a base hit. Heller carried the momentum into game two of the triple header Sunday morning, adding another two base hits, while Eamon Newton and Conor Bird rounded out a four- hit performance in the 6-1 loss. On the mound, Mike Tollini continued to gain valuable experience, allowing just six runs on 10 hits to the defending champs. "Mike threw really well," Ford said. "I wanted to get him some experience and I felt he really threw a good game. I'm impressed with the fact that he's very mature on the mound for not having the experience." Mendocino High School's Conor Bird tossed game three for Ukiah, allowing just two runs on eight hits in six innings pitched. "Him and Tollini really impressed me," Ford said. Ukiah played the Sunday afternoon matchup much closer, with both teams tied 1-1 going into the fifth inning. Venturi finished with a pair of base hits in the loss, while Cody Heller, Dewy Webb, Kirby and Newton each added one. Roberts drove in the team's only score of the game. Brad Turi closed out the game on the mound for Ukiah, which continues the season at Benicia Sunday at 5 p.m. Wild and wide-open at the World Cup France '98 features more open attacking play on fields BY BARRY WILNER AP Sports Writer PARIS — FIFA is getting exactly what it hoped for on the field, with wild and wide open play at the World Cup. Away from the stadium, things aren't nearly so bright. As Day 4 of the world championship featured more attacking soccer, officials were busy investigating ticket scams and a burglary at Saudi Arabia's hotel. They also mourned the death of Fernand Sastre, one of the guiding forces behind this tournament. Mexico and Nigeria kept the offensive onslaught going as teams averaged nearly three goals a game through the first nine contests. The Mexicans connected three times in the second half to beat South Korea 3-1 at Lyon. The Olympic champion Nigerians rallied to overtake Spain, one of the World Cup favorites, 3-2 at Nantes. In a night game at Saint- Denis, Belgium tied the Netherlands 0-0 in an intense game dominated by the Dutch. The Paris prosecutor's office said fans in France who bought, but did not receive, tickets for the games from brokers or tour operators should file a complaint, including "evidence to determine how and where the events occurred." Authorities will investigate, the first indication of possible criminal prosecution as organizers reel from the impact of the ticket scandal. FIFA, the international soccer body, and the French World Cup organizing committee said earlier in the week they would file lawsuits against companies or individuals found to have taken part in ticket scams. Thousands of fans from as far away as Japan and South America are without tickets they had been promised or even paid for. The organizers also urged victims of the scams to files lawsuits themselves. Fernand Sastre, who led France's drive to be host of the World Cup and served as co- president of the tournament's organizing committee, died Saturday of lung cancer. He was 74. Sastre shared the presidency of the committee with former World Cup star Michel Platini. Hospitalized in Paris, Sastre died three days after the championship began. "Destiny did not see fit to give him the opportunity to- see this World Cup through when he gave so much to it," Platini said in a statement. "Soccer has lost a great ambassador today." Saudi Arabian team members lost $11,000 in cash when their hotel rooms in Lille were burglarized while they were playing their first World Cup match on Friday. At least the soccer offered an entertaining distraction, with 26 goals in the first 10 games, three more than in 1994 at the same juncture. Mexico, which lost four warmup games to club teams and has struggled ever since firing coach Bora Milutinovic — now' with Nigeria — and hiring' Manuel LaPuente, woke up in the second half. Luis Hernandez, its star striker, connected twice against the undermanned Koreans, who played with 10 men for the final 60 minutes. "Basically, we didn't lose our cool," Hernandez said. "We paid attention and we didn't become desperate. We unloaded all that energy that had built up." 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JUNE 20. 1998 9:00 AM Ukiah Fairgrounds - Livestock Pavilion HOUSEHOLD SALE ITEMS: Furniture - sofas - T.V. - chest of drawers - beds tables - chairs - hutches - dishes - silverware microwave oven - miscellaneous kitchen ware bicycles - jewelry - appliances - inflatable boat camping gear OFFICE EQUIPMENT: Cabinets - typewriters - counters - complete computer systems - office furniture COUNTY - CITY AND DISTRICT VEHICLES & EQUIPMENT: '93 Chevy Caprice - '93 Ford Escort - '82 Ford 3/4 Utility - '74 Dodge 350 - '79 Ford Sedan - Jacobson riding lawnmower - Gang mower - International 5- yd Dump - '82 Chevy 3/4 Ton 4x4 with Utility Box '82 Ford 3/4 Ton with Utility Box - Sun Scope Model SS400 - Fin Hydro Seeder Model BUHS25-8 Dodge Pickup Bed - John Deere Backhoe Cab - 2- DV550 Engine Blocks - Peerless Power Hacksaw Lathe (Greaves-Klusman) 6' Bed - Jenny Steam Cleaner Model 200C Super - Used CAT Grader Circle - Headache Rack - D200 Dodge Pickups (6) - D20 Dodge Pickup - Scoopmobile Loader Model HPD - Case Backhoe 580-B - Garwood Dump Bed 8-10yds - 8-12 ton tandem roller - Ford 8000 water truck 2500 tank size - And much more. Equipment inspection will be held on Friday, June 19, 8am to 4pm and Saturday, June 20,8:30am to 9am Sellers must bring items to the Fairgrounds on June 15-18, between 9am and 4pm. SALE BEGINS AT 9AM ON SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 1998 10% BUYERS PREMIUM

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