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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS SATURDAY, MAY 16, 1998 B3 THE NUMBERS T PRO BASKETBALL ond, McClelland; Third, Hirschbeck. T—3:27. A—31,272(57,545). Major league standings AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division f":i W L Pet GB L10 Strk Home Away Intr NSW York 26 9 .743 — z-7-3 L-2 11-3 15-6 0-0 Boston 25 15 .625 3V4 4-6 W-1 15-5 10-10 0-0 Baltimore 20 20 .500 8'/ 2 4-6 L-2 10-10 10-10 0-0 Tqronto 19 21 .475 9% z-7-3 W-2 8-9 11-12 0-0 jampa Bay 17 22 .436 11 5-5 W-1 8-12 9-10 0-0 Cleveland Minnesota Chicago KSnsas City DStrolt W L 22 18 18 22 Central Division 17 16 13 Pet .550 .450 .447 .400 .361 GB 4 4 6 7 L10 z-4-6 6-4 z-6-4 z-4-6 6-4 Strk Home W-2 12-7 W-4 8-13 W-2 L-1 West Division W L Pet GB L10 25 15 .625 — 6-4 20 19 .513 4% 3-7 19 21 '.475 6 z-5-5 16 23 .410 B'/! z-3-7 W-3 Strk L-1 L-2 L-3 L-2 8-7 6-15 7-8 Away Intr 10-11 0-0 10-9 0-0 9-14 10-9 6-15 0-0 0-0 0-0 Home 15-7 12-12 12-11 9-13 Away Intr 10-8 0-0 8-7 0-0 7-10 0-0 7-10 0-0 anta New York Philadelphia Montreal Florida iton Chicago Milwaukee Cincinnati St: Louis Pittsburgh San Diego Sfln Fran. Cos Angeles Polorado Arizona W 31 19 20 15 14 W 25 23 21 21 19 19 W 26 23 19 17 10 NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division Pet GB L10 Strk Home Away Intr .738 — z-9-1 W-7 18-6 13-5 0-0 .528 9 z-6-4 L-2 13-9 6-8 0-0 .526 9 7-3 W-1 14-7 6-11 0-0 .375 15 4-6 W-1 11-13 4-12 0-0 .333 17 3-7 W-1 10-15 4-13 0-0 Central Division Pet GB L10 Strk .625 — Z-6-4 L-2 .561 2% z-7-3 L-1 .538 3'/2 4-6 W-1 .512 4% z-6-4 W-3 L-3 L-1 Efirst game was a win .487 5% z-3-7 .463 6'/ 2 z-6-4 West Division Pet GB L10 .650 — .561 3'/2 7Vz 10 16Vj Home Away Intr 11-6 14-9 0-0 14-B 9-10 0-0 10-10 11-8 0-0 10-9 11-11 0-0 7-14 0-0 6-11 0-0 12-6 13-11 .463 .405 .244 Strk Home z-5-5 W-2 12-4 W-2 12-6 L-2 L-5- W-2 z-7-3 3-7 2-8 2-8 10-7 4-14 6-11 Away Intr 14-10 0-0 11-12 0-0 9-15 0-0 13-11 0-0 4-20 0-0 AMERICAN LEAGUE Thursday's Games Minnesota 2, Boston 1,12 innings — Kansas City 10, Tampa Bay 2 Detroit 8, Oakland 3 Toronto 5, Anaheim 4 Cleveland 5, Baltimore 4 _Cnlcago While Sox 5, Seattle 3 , Texas 7, N.Y. Yankees 5,13 innings ' jr Friday's Games Detroit 8, Oakland 3 Cleveland 3, Texas 2,14 Innings Toronto 9, Anaheim 1 H.Tampa Bay 4, Baltimore 1 . „-Boston 5, Kansas City 2 Minnesota 7, N.Y. Yankees 6 Chicago White Sox 6, Seattle 3 Saturday's Games Anaheim (Dickson 1-4) at Detroit (Worrell 2-4), 12:05 p.m. Texas (Wilt 4-1) at Cleveland (Burba 34), 12:05 p.m. Seattle (Fassero 4-1) at Toronto (Guz- Q. man 1-5), 12:05 p.m. -"' Kansas City (Walker 0-0) at Boston (Avery 0-0), 12:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Arrojo 5-2) at Baltimore (Erickson 4-3), 12:35 p.m. " Minnesota (Tewksbury 3-5) at N.Y. Yankees (Mendoza 2-1), 12:35 p.m. Oakland (Stein 0-1) at Chicago White -'&* (Castillo 1-2), 6:05 p.m. 10 NATIONAL LEAGUE Thursday's Games San Francisco 6, Montreal 1,1st game San Francisco 2, Montreal 0,2nd game Chicago Cubs 9, Colorado? San Diego 3, N.Y. Mets1,1sl game San Diego 6, N.Y. Mets 2,2nd game Cincinnali 11, Florida 8 Pittsburgh 7, Houston 2 Atlanta 7, St. Louis 3 Philadelphia 4, Los Angeles 0 Arizona 4, Milwaukee 1 Friday's Games Cincinnati 11, Chicago Cubs 3 Atlanta 3, Houston 2 Florida 8, St. Louis 7 Milwaukee 8, Colorado 5 Arizona 6, Pittsburgh 1 Montreal 4, Los Angeles 2 Philadelphia at San Diego, (n) N.Y. Mets at San Francisco, (n) Saturday's Games Milwaukee (Karl 4-1) at Colorado (Ritz 01), 3:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Reed 3-2) at San Francisco (Rueter 4-2), 3:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Clark 2-5) at Cincinnati (Remlinger 3-4), 6:05 p.m. Atlanta (Maddux 5-2) at Houston (Reynolds 3-2), 7:05 p.m. Florida (Hernandez 2-3) at St. Louis (Stottlemyre 4-3), 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Schmidt 5-1) at Arizona (Anderson 1-4), 9:05 p.m. Montreal (Vazquez 1-4) at Los Angeles (Dreilort 0-4), 9:05 p.m. Philadelphia (Beech 1-2) al San Diego (Brown 3-2), 9:05 p.m. WHITE SOX 6, MARINERS 3 SEATTLE CHICAGO abrhbl 5010 Cmeron d 3110 Snopek 2b 3010 FThms dh 4001 Belle If 3020 Vntura 3b 4000 Sierra rf 3100 MOrdzrt 3010 Norton 1b 1000 O'Brien c 4112 Caruso ss 33 3 7 3 Totals Amaral d Cora 2b GrfyJrct ARdrgz ss EMrtnzdh GHill If RDavIs 3b Mrzanoc Ducey ph Huson Ib Totals Seattle Chicago abrhbl 3001 4120 4110 4113 4000 4010 0000 4220 4130 3011 34 611 S 000 100 200-3 320 100 OOx—6 E-RDavis (11), Swift (2). DP-Chicago 1. LOB—Seattle 7, Chicago 6. 2B—Cora (8), FThomas (12), Norton (5), O'Brien 2 (4). HR— Huson (1), Belle (9). CS—Cameron (3), Caruso (2). IP H REH BB SO Seattle Swift L.2-3 32-3 7 6 4 1 1 Lira 41-3 4 0 0 0 6 Chicago NavarroW,4-3 71-3 7 3 3 2 2 Foulke S,1 12-300001 HBP—by Navarro (RDavis), by Swift (Caruso), by Navarro (Cora). WP—Navarro. Umpires—Home, Evans; First, McCoy; Second, Foster; Third, Meriwether. T—2:25. A—16,127(44,321). Eseblo ph 1000 DHenry p 0000 Totals 31 3 4 3 Tolali 32 2 7 2 Atlanta 001 020 000-3 Houston 000 000 011-2 DP—Atlanta 2. LOB—Atlanta 3, Houston 5. 2B-fllgglo (16), Berry (6), Howell (4). HR— EddPerez 2 (2). IP H RER BB SO Atlanta Neagle W.5-1 71-3 6 1 1 2 5 DeMartinez S,1 12-3 1 1 1 0 0 Houston UmaL,6-2 6 23315 Nitkowski 2 20011 DHenry 1 00001 Umpires—Home, Relilord; First, Schrieben Second, Montague; Third, DeMulh. T—2:23. A—3B.941 (54,370). Lakers confident, ready Winner of 29 of its last 34, Los Angeles eager to start series with Jazz By BOB BAUM The Associated Press TEXAS INDIANS 3, RANGERS 2 CLEVELAND abrhbl 4130 Lofton cf 5000 Vizquel ss 6110 Justice dh 6001 Thome tb 5021 MRmrz rf 5010 Giles If 5020 SAImrc 1000 Frymn 3b 5000 DaBelI2b 3010 2000 47 210 2 Totals 100 001 000 000 00—2 110 000 000 000 01—3 No outs when winning run scored. DP—Texas 2, Cleveland 3. LOB—Texas 8, Cleveland 9. 2B—TGoodwIn (3), WCIark (6). 3B—Greer (3). HR^Justice (9), Giles (9). SB—TGoodwin (16), McLemore (8). CS— TGoodwin (6). TGdwin cf McLmr 2b Greerlf JuGnlz rf WCIark Ib IRdrgz c Stevens dh Cedeno dh Elsterss FTatis 3b Alicea 3b Totals Texas Cleveland abrhbl 6010 5011 5131 5010 4000 6111 5020 5000 5110 463103 BREWERS 8, ROCKIES 5 MILWAUKEE COLORADO abrhbl JsVntin ss 5120 NPerez ss 6120 Lnslng2b 3132 LWIkerrf 4121 Castillfl 3b 4022 Bchette If 1000 Helton 1b 4220 JReed c 5011 CGdwincI 4111 Kile p 2000 BMJns p 1 1 1 0 VnWalph 0000 Dejean p 1000 Burks ph 0000 0000 40 816 7 Totals abrhbl 3011 5020 4110 4011 4111 4110 4112 3110 2000 0000 1000 0000 1000 CirilloSb Loretta 2b Bumitzrf Nilsson 1b Hmelin 1b Jenkins If DrJksn cf Hughes c Wodardp AReyes p Wckmn p Vina ph DJones p MMyrsp Totals 40 816 7 Totals 35 5 9 5 Milwaukee 211 012 100—8 Colorado 010 001 300—5 E—LWalker (2), Caslilla (7). DP—Milwaukee 1. LOB—Milwaukee 12, Colorado 7.2B—Nils- son 2 (2), Hughes (1), LWalker (16), Caslilla (8). 3B—Helton (1). HR—Bichette (4), JReed (3). SB—NPerez (1). CS-^JsValentln (4). S— Woodard. SF—Loretta. IP H RER BB SO Milwaukee Woodard W.3-1 52-3 2 2 2 2 3 2-34331 1 12-31 0 0 0 1 2-320010 1-300001 IP H RER BB SO American League ' . abrhbl abrhbl Damon'cf 4010 DLewisrf 4000 HalleVss 4010 Bufordcl 4010 Ollrmn2b 4120 MVghn Ib 4000 Mackdh 4011 Leyritzdh 4121 Conine If 4 0 0 0 O'Lry If 4110 JKinglb 3020 Varitekc 4110 Pndllcn 3b 4110 Bnjmin ss 3111 Dye rf 3000 Merloni 3b 2123 Suttonph 1000 Lemke2b 3000 1 Fasario c 3011 Tetajs 34 2 9 2 Totals 32 5 8 5 Kansas City 000 001 100—2 Boston 050 000 OOx—5 DP^Boston 1. LOB—Kansas City 6, Boston 4. JP—Mack (7), Fasano (1), Buford (6), Leyritz (3), Benjamin (5), Merloni (1). HR— Leyrltz(7), Merloni (1). CS—Halter (1) ' Kansas City •ASsadb L.0-3 Bfvil . 'Whisenant Boston IP 6 2-3 1 1-3 H RER BB SO Corsi t , EcWrsley S,1 Umpires—Home, Ford; First, Hendry; Sec- pnd, Culbreth; Third, Coble. " 7—2:13. A—31,466(33,925). DEVIL RAYS 4, ORIOLES 1 TAMPA BAY BALTIMORE abrhbl 4120 ByAdsn cf 2001 EDavis it 4010 RAImr2b 4000 Carter dh 4121 Bainesdh 4120 RPImMb 4000 CRpken 3b 4111 Surhofflf 3011 Holies c Hrands ph Bordick ss 33 4 9 4 Totals abrhbl 4010 3111 4010 3010 1000 3000 4000 4010 3010 1000 2000 -Totals 33 4 9 4 Totals 32 1 6 1 Tampa Bay 020 010 001—4 Baltimore 000 001 000-1 EM-edesma (1). DP—Tampa Bay 2, Balft more 1. LOB—Tampa Bay 4, Baltimore 7 2B^rLedesma (3). 3B—Winn (1), Stocker (3) HR-MKelly (3), EDavis (7). S—McCracken SF^cCracken. Winjirt McCknd Boggs'dh 'WeSrfflb . Welly II LfJsma 3b DiFlce c Stocker ss Cairo 2b IP H RER BB SO Tampa Bay Alvarez W.4-4 7 6112 Mecln 1 00001 RHa,mandez S,5 1 0000 Baltimore KeyL,4-2 71-3 8 3 3 0 Charlten 12-3 1 1 1 0 "Alvarez pitched to 2 batters in the 8th. "HBF-by Alvarez (BordlcK). Umpires—Home, Reed; First, O'Nora; Sec ond, Tschlda; Third, Denkinger. T—2:33. A—47,421 (48,262). BLUE JAYS 9, ANGELS 1 „ ANAHEIM TORONTO sbrhbl 4000 Stewart cl 4010 SGreen rf 4000 Cnseco II 2000 JoCruz cf 1000 CDIgdo Ib 3000 Stanley dh 4000 TFmdz 2b 3000 Sprgue 3b 3110 Richer c 2010 AGnziz ss 1000 Grbeck ss 31 1 3 0 Totals abrhb 3 1 1 4 2 1 3 1 1 000 5 1 1 2 1 1 332 302 4 0 1 40 1 000 31 911 000 001 000— 440 000 10x— DP-T-Anaheim 2. LOB—Anaheim 5, Toron T.S&x-GAnderson (9), SGreen (6), CDelgai (B), TFemandez (11). HR—TFemandez (3 Erslad 1b SAndsnll Edpnd cf FleldePdh Nevinph BolickSb Wlbeck c Msrtora rf NMrtjn2b DSrcna ss ^ hiplBy ss Totalj. Anaheim Toronto B—Stewart (12), SGreen (7), Canseco (10). S—Slewart (6). SF—Stanley. IP H RER BB SO Anaheim Hill L.6-2 12-3 42-3 12-3 2adaret Toronto HentgenW,5-3 7 21115 Carpenter 2 10012 HBP—by KHill (Slewart). WP—Hasegawa, lentgen. Umpires—Home, Brinkman; First. Cousins; Second, Welke; Third, Cederstrom. T—2:32. A—26,644 (51,000). Texas Burkelt 7 62235 Gunderson 1-31 0001 Crabtree 12-3 0 0 0 1 1 Bailes 2 10003 Wetteland 1 00002 LevineL,0-1 1 21110 Cleveland JrWright 7 52245 Assenmacher 2-300001 Mesa 11-31 0 0 0 1 MJackson 1 10001 Villone 2-300000 Plunk 21-3 2 0 0 0 3 KrivdaW,2-0 1 10011 Levine pitched to 1 batter in the 14th. Umpires—Home, Joyce; First, Clark; Second, Craft; Third, McKean. T—4:00. A—41,128 (43,863). National League REDS 11, CUBS 3 CHICAGO CINCINNATI abrhbl abrhbl BBrwn cf 4020 Stynes rf 4100 One 3b 0000 Nnnally rf 1000 Mmdni 2b 4120 BLrkin ss 4230 Sosa rf 3011 Reese ss 1010 Hrdtke 3b 1100 DYng If 4110 MaGce Ib 3000 Tbnseec 5133 ieske rf 1011 BBoone 2b 3210 Rdrgz If 4000 WGme 3b 4322 lauserss 4120 HSndrscf 4124 ustonSb 4001 EduPrzlb 3012 ervaisc 1000 Casey Ib .1000 Mrtnz c 2000 Hmisch p 4000 eGnziz p 1000 Graves p 0000 Vngert p 2000 scolla p 0000 otals 34 3 8 3 Totals 38111411 Dhlcago 000 001 110—3 Cincinnati 090 011 OOx—11 E—Servais (1). DP—Cincinnati 1. LOB— Chicago 5, Cincinnati 9. 2B—Morandlnl (6), Jieske (2). 38—Blauser (2), BLarkin (2). HR—WGreene (7), RSanders (2). SB— TIGERS 8, ATHLETICS 3 OAKLAND DETROIT abrhbl abrhbl 4010 BLHntrcf 4000 3110 Roberts dh 3100 0100 Hggnsn rf 3110 3010 ToCIrk 1b 4111 2110 LGnzlzlf 4121 3002 Easley2b 2222 2000 Randa 3b 4120 4010 Bakoc 3113 3011 DCruz os 4011 3000 1000 28 3 6 3 Totals Hndrsn II Mgdan 3b Blwers3b neve rf Stairs dh iambi 1b Spiezio 2b Hinch c McDnld cl Mgal ss Voigt ph Totals Oakland Detroit 31 B10 8 010 001 010-3 210 005 OOx-6 E—Grieve (1), Hinch (2). DP—Oakland 1. LOB-Oakland 9, Detroit 4.2B—Magadan (B), Easley (12), DCruz (4). 3B—Grieve (2). HR— Bako (1). CS—McDonald (3), LGonzalez 2 (3). SF—Giambi, McDonald. IP H RER BB SO Oakland OquistL,0-2 51-3 9 7 6 2 2 Mohler 12-31 1 1 00 Telgheder 1 00010 Detroit FCastillo W.2-1 5 62233 Florie 2 00003 Duran 1-301131 Runyan 1-30001 0 Brocail 1 00001 Bochller 1-30 0 0 1 0 FCastillo pitched to 2 batters in the 6th. HBP—by Brocail (Henderson), by Telgheder (Easley), by Mohler (Higginson). WP—Florie, Duran. Balk—Telghedar. Umpires—Home, Kosc; First, Kaiser; Second, Hickox; Third, Barnetl. T—2:49. A—13,106 (46,945). TWINS 7, YANKEES 6 MINNESOTA NEW YORK abrhbl 5120 Knblch 2b 5121 Jeter ss 3101 O'Neill rf 4123 BWIIms cl 5112 TMrtnz 1b 3010 Raines dh 401.0 Curtis If 4120 Broslus 3b 3110 Girardi c Posada c 36 712 7 Totals abrhbl 5000 5122 5010 4000 4120 4110 3212 3 1 3 2000 1000 Totals 36 712 7 Totals 36 610 6 Minnesota 204 100 000-7 New York 030 002 100—6 Dp_New York 3. LOB—Minnesota 7, Ne' York 6. 2B—Lawton (10), MCordova (5; TMartinez 2 (13), Brosius 2 (10). HR—Coome (7), Jeter (7), Curtis (5). SB—Shave (1), Hock ing (1). CS—Brosius (2). SF—Molitor. Meares ss Lawlon cl Molitor dh MCdva II CoomeMb Ochoarl Stnbchc Shave 3b Hcklng 2b Minnesota Milton W.3-4 Tromblay Swindell Aguilera S,8 New York Pettitte L.5-4 Nelson IP 5 1 2 1 7 2 H RER BB SO 1 1 0 12 0 Milton pitched to 2 batters in the 6th, Tromb ley pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. Umpires—Home, Garcia; First, Reilly; Sec AReyes Wlckman DJones MMyers S,1 Colorado KileL,5-4 6 12 7 5 4 3 BMJones 1 31111 DeJean 2 10000 WP—Kile 2. PB—Hughes 2. Umpires—Home, Rapuano; First, Dreckman; Second, Pull!; Third, Williams, C.. T—3:17. A—48,035(50,381). DIAMONDBACKS 6, PIRATES 1 PITTSBURGH ARIZONA abrhbl abrhbl Wmack2b 4000 AFoxrf 5130 AMrtin II 4000 JBell ss 4111 Kendall o 4000 DWhite cf 5241 KYng 1b 3000 MWImsSb 5222 Plcvlch 3b 0000 Dllucci II 5021 Alnswrtd 3120 Stinnett c 3010 Wardrf 301 OBredelb 3011 Strange 3b 2001 Slnkwc2b 3000 Collier ss 3000 Suppan p 4010 FCdva p 2010 JaMrtz p 0000 Tabaka p 0000 Sanford ph 1000 Peters p 0000 Totals 29 1 4 1 Totals 37 615 S Pittsburgh 000 000 010—1 Arizona 300 000 21x-« E—Strange (4), Peters (1), JBell (7). DP— Arizona 1. LOB—Pittsburgh 2, Arizona 11. 2B—JBell (4), DWhite 2 (10). HR—MWilllams (7). SB—DWhite (7). CS—Ward (1). SF— JBell. IP H RER BB SO Pittsburgh FCordova L.4-3 6 10 3 3 1 2 JaMartlnez 2-332210 Tabaka 1-300000 Peters 1 21000 Arizona Suppan W.1-4 9 41112 Umpires—Home, Kellogg; First, Danley; Second, Quick; Third, West. T—2:21. A—43,584 (48,500). BLarkin (11). IP H RER BB SO Chicago leGnzIz L.3-4 12-37 8 8 1 1 Wengert 51-3 7 3 3 3 4 Pisciotta 1 00000 Cincinnati HarnischW,3-0 7 62215 Graves 2 21101 HBP—by Pisciotta (BBoone), by JeGonzalez EduPerez). Umpires—Home, Davidson; First, Gorman; Second, Hallion; Third, Crawford. T—2:41. A—21,408(52,953). MARLINS 8, CARDINALS 7 FLORIDA ST. LOUIS abrhbl 3000 DeShds2b 4231 RLnkld cf 4122 McGwr Ib 5110 BJrdan rf 5032 Gaetti 3b 5111 Mabry If 5110 Clayton ss 4121 Painter p OOOOGanlph 0000 Acvedo p 3121 McGee ph 0000 Lmpkin c 0000 Pgnozzi c 1000 Ragglo p CKIngp BRHnlrph Cnglosi cf ^nteria ss Floyd If DLeeIb <otsay rf Zaunc Cunsell 2b Berg 3b FHrdia p JPwell p Mdows p Dmsbr p Slnifer p Wehner3b DHwrd ss 39815 8 Totals abrhbl 4110 5223 2110 4120 5110 5043 3000 0000 1000 0000 0000 3000 2010 0000 0000 1111 0000 2000 37 713 7 EXPOS 4, DODGERS 2 MONTREAL LOS ANGELS abrhbl Snlnglo2b 4120 EcYng2b 5010 Hlndswlf 4011 Mndesi rf 4110 Karros Ib 0000 THwrd cl 4020 Prince c 2100 Cedeno ph 4022 Vzcaino ss 3111 Castro 3b 3000 IValdes p 1000 WGrero ph DReyes p Osuna p 34 410 4 Totals SALT LAKE CITY — With lots of Southern California flash and a full head of steam, the Los Angeles Lakers storm into Utah as the hottest team in the NBA playoffs. Their final obstacle to the NBA Finals are the wily, wise, methodical Jazz. The Western Conference finals are a classic matchup of a young team on the rise, against an experienced team that might be facing its best, and perhaps last, chance for a title in the John Stockton-Karl Malone era. "Our confidence has just soared," the Lakers' Kobe Bryant said. "I wanted to play Utah because they're the best, the Western Conference champions. Everybody labels us as the team of the future. They're the best in the Western Conference right now. We want to dethrone them." With a certain wryness, Malone noted that the prospects of a Lakers-Bulls final has excited NBC and just about everyone who doesn't live in Utah or Indiana. "I'm sure the ideal picture would be to have L.A. and Chicago. I don't think they want to see the Jazz and Indiana," he said after the Jazz went through a final workout Friday in preparation for today's Game 1 at the Delta Center. The Lakers brushed aside the Seattle SuperSonics like a bully at the beach, and the Jazz agree that Shaquille O'Neal and his deep, talented supporting cast have never played better. "They're probably playing the best basketball out of the four teams that are out there," Malone said. The Lakers have won 29 of their last 34 games and are 7-2 in the playoffs. They beat Seattle four times in a row after losing the series opener. "They're playing as well as anybody in basketball," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "But they should be. Their talent level is probably better than anybody in the league." Usually any NBA team headed T COLLEGE ATHLETICS The Associated Press Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone answers questions following Friday's practice. The Jazz play host to the Lakers today in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS (Best-of-7) Game 1, Today LA Lakers at Utah, 2 p.m. (NBC) for greatness must experience a few near misses before reaching the top. Chicago needed a few tries before getting its first title. Last year, the Lakers were knocked out by Utah in the conference semifinals. This year, the Jazz, with the best record in the league and the homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs, again will be the major test for these Sons of Showtime. "We have older guys who have been there. I think we have something on them there," Utah's Antoine Carr said. "You have to fail in order to know what success is." The predictable but remarkably efficient Jazz have a style that is in marked contrast to the high-scoring Lakers' attack, which features O'Neal's brute power inside complimented by the long-range shooting and spectacular drives to the basket of Bryant, Robert Horry, Eddie Jones, Nick Van Exel afld Rick Fox. "I think the Jazz are a totally different team. They're unlike any other team in the league," Jones said. "We know the Jazz are not going ito play an up-tempo game with us." • The Jazz have not been playing that style for more than a decade, and it's that experience that might give Utah an edge in the series, especially at home in front of one of the NBA's loudest home crowds.;... "This game is instincts," Sloan said. "It takes a long time to develop them. You may have them, but it takes a long time to develop them with four other people. Once you have that, that's a tremendous advantage, but you have to have talent, too." It's that talent that could tip things in the Lakers' favor. O'Neal, who is averaging 29.9 points per game in the playoffs, never has been better. "Where you see his improved play is not just in the scoring and rebounding, you see it at the defensive end and his calmness in reading the defense when the double- and triple-teams are coming at him," Lakers' coach Del Harris said. Grdzln ss VGrero rt FllmeMb Mrdcai 2b RWhlte cf McGire II Widgerc Andrws 3b MBtstap Urbina p Totals Florida 700 100 000-8 St. Louis 101 040 001—7 E—Clayton (7). DP—Florida 3, St. Louis 1. LOB—Florida 8, SI. Louis 10. 2B—Renteria (6), Mabry 2 (4). HR—RLankford 2 (4), BRHunter (2). SB—DeShields (9). CS— Renteria (2). IP Florida Meadows W,44 5 H RER BB SO Darensbourg Staniler FHeredia JPowell S,2 St. Louis Raggio L.0-1 CKing Bottenfield Painter Acevedo 1 1-3 12-3 1 2-3 21-3 2 2 2 Umpires—Home, Poncino; Firsl, Rippley; Second, Darling; Third, Winters. T—3:13. A—45,451 (49,676). BRAVES 3, ASTROS 2 ATLANTA HOUSTON abrhbl abrhbl OGIIen ss 4000 Biggio 2b 3010 Lckhrt 2b 4000 DeBell rf 4001 ChJnes 3b 4 0 0 0 Alou II 4010 Gltrgalb 3000 Berry3b 4110 Klesko If 2110 Hidalgo cf 4020 GerWmlf 1000 Howell 1b 3011 Tucker rf 4010 Gterrez ss 4000 EddPrz c 3223 Asmus c 3110 AJonescI 3000 Limap 1000 Neagle p 3000 Spiers ph 1000 DeMrtzp 0 0 0 0 Ntkwskp 0000 abrhbl 4220 4011 3010 3001 4000 3010 1000 3010 3000 2010 1000 0000 0000 Totals 34 410 4 Totals 31 2 7 2 Montreal 002 200 m-4 Los Angeles 100 000 010—2 E—McGuire (1). DP—Montreal 1, Los Angeles 1. LOB—Montreal 7, Los Angeles 4.2B— Fullmer (13), .Widger (8), EoYoung (9), Hoi- landsworth (4), IValdes (1). HR—Andrews (9). SB—RWhite (8). CS—RWhite (3), Mondesi (3), Vizcaino (1). SF—Karros. IP H RER BB SO Montreal MBatista W.1-1 72-3 6 2 2 1 6 Urbina S.9 11-3 1 0 0 0 3 Los Angeles IValdes L.3-5 8 94423 DReyes 2-310011 Osuna 1-300010 Umpires—Home, Froemmlng; First, Gregg; Second, Conner; Third, Vanover. T-2:29. A-46,056 (56,000). Baseball today Saturday, May 16 SCOREBOARD Tampa Bay at Baltimore (12:35 p.m. COT). Devil Rays rookie Rolando Arrojo (5-2) has won three straight starts while allowing only two runs and 11 hits in those 26 Innings. He faces Scott Erickson (4-3), who agreed to a $32 million, five-year contract extension Wednesday. STARS Thursday • Vlnny Caslilla, Rockies, went 5-for-6 with his major league-leading 16th homer in Colorado's 9-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs. • Mike Stanley, Blue Jays, homered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give Toronto a 5-4 victory over Anaheim. • Johnny Damon, Royals, hit a grand slam in Kansas City's 10-2 victory over Tampa Bay. • Henry Rodriguez, Cubs, hit his fourth career grand slam as Chicago beat Colorado 9-7. • Tony Gwynn, Padres, homered and drove In five runs in San Diego's doubleheader sweep of the New York Mets. • Greg Norton, White Sox, homered twice and drove in three runs in Chicago's 5-3 victory over Seattle. • Rusty Greer, Rangers, homered twice and drove In six runs as Texas beat the New York Yankees 7-5 in 13 innings. SLUGGING STOPPED Atlanta failed in its attempt to break the major league record for consecutive games with home runs Thursday night, falling one short in a 7-3 victory over SI. Louis. The Braves' streak ended at 25, matching the 1941 New York Yankees and 1994 Detroit Tigers. SULTAN OF SWAT Mark Grace had his third career two-homer game as the Chicago Cubs beat Colorado 9-7 on Thursday. STARTERS Boston's Pedro Martinez struck out 11 in eight innings Thursday as the Red Sox lost to Minnesota 2-1 in 12 innings. NCAA buying time with appeal Schools urged to avoid 'shifting responsibility' for penalty facing them By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press Kauffinan Stadium should get $11 million in improvements BgThe Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Officials agreed Thursday that Kauffman Stadium should get $11 million in improvements, including new fieltf box seats 50 feet from home plate. The agreement between the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority and the Kansas City Royals also calls for improved home and visiting clubhouses, dugout-level suites, an air-conditioned underground club room and three new batting cages. The Royals want the improvements completed for the start of the 1999 season. The complex authority will give final approval after the county's financial adviser and the Royals work out a memorandum of understanding, which could be ready by Monday. To finance the improvements, the Royals and the sports authority agreed to delete 16 improvements for the future. They include the Scoreboard, press box and concession stands. "It's good for the taxpayers because no additional funding is needed," said Victor Callahan, chairman of the Jackson County Legislature. "Hopefully this will help keep the Royals in Kansas City." KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The NCAA is reminding all Division I members that they share equally in the blame for a rule that led to $67 million penalty in what could be the worst financial disaster in the organization's history. Fearing an internal rebellion that might threaten its very existence, the NCAA is urging schools to avoid "shifting responsibility" for the payment. If upheld on appeal, the total bill counting legal fees will probably exceed $80 million, or about $265,000 per school if the roughly 300 Division I members shared equally. Sam Smith, chairman of the NCAA executive committee, has been reminding school presidents they gave near-unanimous approval to the ill-conceived regulation that has led to worst financial disaster in NCAA history. "It is important to remember that the proposals before the Division I delegates at the 1991 annual Convention that resulted in the restricted-earnings rules were overwhelmingly approved," Smith said in a letter to Division I presidents. "It is tempting seven years later to want to shift responsibility ... given the size of the verdict..." The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter, written after a federal jury in Kansas City, Kan., on May 4 awarded about 1,900 former restricted earnings coaches more than $22 million in back pay and damages. The amount was automatically tripled since the NCAA was in violation of antitrust. If upheld on appeal, the total bill counting legal fees will probably exceed $80 million, or about $265,000 per school if the roughly 300 Division I members shared equally. Sharing equally, however, will not happen without a nasty and divisive fight. Already under attack from many school officials for refusing to settle the case for far less money, the NCAA leadership has bought itself more time to contemplate a final solution by filing the appeal to the 10th circuit. "No amount of time is going to make that task easy," said Patty Viverito, associate commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference. "I don't believe the membership is going to permit (this decision) to be done quietly by the NCAA staff behind closed doors. How to spend the money from the new ($1.75 billion) CBS contract was hotly debated within the membership. Now we're talking about taking money away from people. It's going to come under an even greater microscope." Letting smaller Division I programs off the hook for a full share could trigger an angry backlash among the 60-80 big-time revenue producers who have never been ecstatic about turning over a percentage of their money every year to the non-producers. "If everybody in Division I gave their approval to the restricted earnings legislation, then it would seem that's the fair way to assess the damages, across the board," said Jim Delany, commissioner of the powerful Big Ten Conference. A protracted battle could ev0n prompt many big-time schools to form their own organization. ; "And don't think that threat won't be made before this is all over," said Viverito. "I don't think it's posturing." Said DeLoss Dodds, athletic director at Texas, "This has impacted the NCAA and people's faith in it. It makes you wonder about the law firm, who we're getting advifce from." 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