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D4 THURSDAY. MAY 28, 1998 SPORTS THE SAUNA JOURNAL T COLLEGE FOOTBALL McPherson names Kazor as its coach Bulldogs' program to be led by 15-year assistant in the NFL By The Journal Staff McPHERSON — Steve Kazor, a 15-year assistant coach in the National Football League and most recently an assistant with the Detroit Lions, has been named head football coach at McPherson College. He replaces Bruce Grose, who resigned earlier this spring after five years with the Bulldogs. Kazor was an assistant coach with the Lions from 1994-97, helping with the offensive line and special teams. During his tenure, the Lions' speical teams led the NFL in kickoff returns and tied the all-time record for touchdowns in a single season. Kazor also coached defense, special teams, tight ends and was an assistant with the Chicago Bears from 1983-92 under head coach Mike Ditka. Kazor with the Bears when they defeated New England in Super Bowl XX. Razor's first job in the NFL was with the Dallas Cowboys as an administrative assistant and working with the defensive line and special teams. He also assisted with the college player evaluations, the draft and player contracts. "McPherson College is extremely fortunate to have hired such a qualified candidate," athletic director Mel Wright said. "Steve Kazor not only has a proven track record in the NFL and collegiate coaching, he exemplifies the kind of dedication to working with scholar athletes that will fit within the mission of McPherson College very well." Kazor began his coaching career in 1973 at the College of Emporia as the nation's youngest head coach. He later coached at Southern Utah, Texas-El Paso and the University of Texas. He was head coach at Iowa Wesleyan in 1993, taking a team that was 2-9 in 1992 and guiding it to a 9-3 season. The offense outscored its opponents 209-59 in the last six games. Kazor was nominated for NAIA coach of the year honors after the season. PRO TENNIS: FRENCH OPEN Delgado upsets top-ranked Sampras Sampras misses out on another opportunity to win French Open title By ROB GLOSTER The Associated Press PARIS — Pete Sampras solemnly packed his rackets and walked away, exiting the French Open after his latest loss on the clay courts that annually haunt him. His recurring nightmare in Paris was caused this year by Ramon Delgado, a Paraguayan ranked 97th in the world. He defeated the world's top player 7-6 (86), 6-3, 6-4 on a soggy Wednesday that included three long rain delays. Delgado knelt at the net after his victory, then ran to friends in the stands to get a Paraguayan flag. He waved it triumphantly as Sampras left the court. "This is a dream," Delgado said. "I worked all my life for a victory like this." Sampras has won 10 Grand Slam titles and dominated tennis the past five years, but he has never won at Roland Garros. Year after year, he comes in as the top seed and loses to much lower- ranked players. "It is disappointing. I put so much emphasis on the majors, especially this one," said Sampras, who will lose his No. 1 ranking if third-seeded Marcelo Rios makes the semifinals. "Each year you feel like it is a missed opportuni- French woes -'•" 'ftWIS (AP) — P*fe Sampras' » ' rwr record WlheFranch Open, the , only major Me he hM not won: The Associated Press Top-seeded Pete Sampras gets back on his feet after missing a return in his second-round match Wednesday against Ramon Delgado at the French Open. Sampras fell in straight sets. : Second round — tosl to Michael Ctend;t-6,1*-6,1-«. "' - 1991 ' / S«con<j round — low to Thterry ' Champion, M,1-6,1-6. 1982 , Quarterfinals ~btt to Andre Agas- Sl, 8-7,2-8,1-6., v ' , - -; i««; Quarterfinals — lost to Sergl Brnouera, 3-6,6-4,1-6,4-6. '> 1694 ' Quarterfinals — n»t to Jim Courier, 4-6, U, 4-S.4-8. . , 1«S First round — lost to Gilbert - S<«er < 6-7,M,7-6,£-6,4-6, • 1996 " Semifinals—lost W Yevgeny Kafal- ntov, 6-7,0-6,2-6. 1997% ' Third round — lost to Magnus Norman, 2-6,4-6,6-2,4-6. 1MB , Sflcoml round —• tostto Ramon Dal- pdo,6-7,3-6,4-6. ty." Rios advanced to the third round, along with No. 13 Albert Costa. But two-time champion Jim Courier was a loser, leaving only three of the original 12 American men in the tournament. Top-seeded woman Martina Hingis and No. 8 Venus Williams both won easily, keeping very much alive the possibility of a Williams-Hingis clash in the quarterfinals. Hingis was a 6-1,6-2 winner over Meike Babel. Williams, who was a second-round loser in her French Open debut last year, served winners at up to 118 mph in a 6-0, 6-2 win over Ai Sugiyama. Other seeded women to win were No. 3 Jana Novotna and No. 6 Monica Seles Sampras dominates with his powerful serve and sharp volleys, but the soft clay makes his serve less effective and makes it tougher for him to rush the net. And when the air is heavy, as it was Wednesday, the conditions are even worse for a power player such as Sampras. Sampras was leading 4-1 in the first set when rain stopped play. But he sagged when they returned, losing the first set in a tiebreaker and then struggling to catch up the rest of the match. Always uncomfortable on the clay, Sampras stumbled and fell while trying to reach a shot in the second set and ended up covered with red clay. The Paraguayan continued to slam winners in the third set and even outserved Sampras, slamming 12 aces and double faulting once while Sampras had 10 aces and six double faults. Special Advertising Feature POINTS STANDINGS i WINSTON CUP 1. Jeff Gordon, 1,590 2. Jeremy Mayfield. 1.563 3. Rusty Wallace, 1.559 •4. Mark Martin. 1,504 5. Terry Ubonte, 1,461 6. Dale Jarralt, 1,455 7. Bobby Ubonte, 1,339. B. Jimmy Spencer, 1,313 9. Ken Schnxter. 1.292 10. Dale Earnhardt, 1.269 BUSCH 1. M. McLaughltn, 1,685 2. Malt Kerueth, 1,684 3. D. Earnhardt Jr., 1.496 4. Buckshot Jones, 1,450 5. Randy Lajde. 1,408 6. Hermie Sadler, 1,401 7. Dick Trickle. 1.397 8. Elliott Sadler. 1,384 9. TimFedewa, 1,377 10. Jason Keller, 1,363 THUCK 1. Jack Sprague, 995 2. Ron Homaday. 972 3. Stacy Compton, 856 4. Joe Ruttman, 848 5. Jay Sauter, 833 6. Tone/ Raines, 785 7. Bryan Refiner, 784 8. Rick Carelll, 764 9. Randy Tolsma, 736 10. Ron BarWd, 726 FROM LAST WEEK WINSTON CUP SERIES In 1994, Jeff Gordon won his first Winston Cup race by changing two tires when all the other contenders changed four. This time around, Gordon, no longer the inexperienced underdog, changed four tires when everyone else changed two, and the result was the same: a victory in the Coca- Cola 600, NASCAR's longest race. BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL Mark Martin passed Jimmy Spencer with four laps to go, winning the Carquest 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Spencer, who won the previous BGN race at Charlotte, would likely have won this one, but the engine on his Chevy faded at the end, enabling Martin to slip past. CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES Tony Raines won the truck race at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo., for the second year in a row, out-dueling Joe Ruttman and Mike Bliss In a 1-2-3 Ford sweep. TOP TEH Weekly rankings by NASCAR This Week writer Monte Dutton. Last week's ranking is in parentheses. 1. Jeff Gordon (2) Back on top 2. Mark Martin (1) Still on the warpath 3. Rusty Wallace (6) But for two more tires ... 4. Bobby Labonte (5) Mr. Pontiac 5. Dale Jarrett (7) Bound to win again soon 6. Jeremy Mayfield (3) Unlucky at Charlotte 7. Terry Labonte (4) Awful weekend 6. Jeff Burton (8) Needs a win 9. Dale Earnhardt (9) Caught In a wreck 10. Jimmy Spencer (unranked) Like a new man ON THE SCHEDULE 1997 Winner Pola May 31 June 6 Juno 14 June 21 June 28 July 4 July 12 July 26 Aug. 1 Aug. 9 Aug. 16 Aug. 22 Aug. 30 Sept. 6 Sepe. 12 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct.-) Oct. 11 Oct. 25 Nov. 1 Nov. 8 Miller 500, Dover, Del. Pontiac 400, Richmond, Va. Miller 400, Brooklyn, Mich. Pocono 500, Long Pond. Pa. Save Mart 300, Sonoma, Call!. Pepsi 400, Daytona Beach, Fla. Jiffy Lube 300, Louden, N.H. Pennsylvania 500, Long Pond, Pa. Brickyard 400, Speedway. Ind. Bud al the Glen, Watkins Glen. N.Y. DeVilbiss400, Brooklyn, Mich. GoodySj 500, Bristol, Tenn. CMT 300, Louden. N.H. Southern 500, Darlington, S.C. Exlde 400, Richmond, Va. MBNA 400, Dover, Del. Hanes 500, Martinsville, Va. UAW-GM 500, Concord. N.C. Winston 500, Talladega, Ala. Dura-Lube 500, Avondale, Ariz. AC-Delco 400, Buckingham, N.C. NAPA 500, Concord, N.C. Rudd R. Wallace Irvan J. Gordon Martin Andrew J. Burton Jan-en Rudd J. Gordon Martin Jarrett J. Gordon J. Gordon Jarrett Martin J. Burton Jarrett T. Labonte Jarrett Hamilton B. Labonte B. Labonte T. Labonte Jarrett Hamilton Martin Skinner Schrader Nemechek Irvan T. Bodina Benson X. Wallace Schrader B. Labonte Elliott Martin W. Burton G. Bodine Irvan Hamilton B. Labonte G. Bodine FEUD OF THE WEEK Dale Earnhardt vs. Randy laJoie * , . The seven-time Winston dropped to 10thi tn tha point Cup champion, Earnhardt, • and the two-time Busch ' Grand National champ, , LaJoie, raced sids-by-alde for several japs until LaJoie slipped into Earnhardt and pinned hla black Chevy against the wall. As a result, Earnhardt placed 39th in the Coca-Cola 600 and standings. NASCAR This Week's writer Monte Dutton gives his opinion: "LaJole expressed his regret, but Earnhardt was obviously > angry In what may have been the last straw In his tepid attempt to win a record- breaking eighth title." THE WINSTON CUP CIRCUIT WINSTON CUP SERIES COMING UP: MBNA Platinum 400 WHERE: Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway WHEN: Sunday, May 31 DEFENDING CHAMPION: Ricky Rudd QUALIFYING RECORD; Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 154.785 mph, May 31,1996 (overall record held by Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 156.086 mph, Sept. 13, 1996). RACE RECORD: Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 123.960 mph, June 3,1990 (overall record held by Mark Martin, Ford, 132.719 mph, Sept. 21,1997). NOTABLE: For the first time, this race will be run at a 400-, not 500-mile, distance. Bill Elliott and Ricky Rudd are the active leaders In victories here with four each. ALMOST HOME COOKING Seafood is a prized commodity In Delaware, where one is never far from the coast of either Chesapeake Bay or the Atlantic. Several quaint seafood restaurants are located just north of Dover in the tiny community of Leipsic. BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL COMING UP: MBNA Platinum 200 WHERE: Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway WHEN: Saturday, May 30 DEFENDING CHAMPION: Bobby Labonte TRACK QUALIFYING RECORD: Ricky Craven, Chevrolet, 150.069 mph, Sept. 13,1996. RACE RECORD: Harry Gant, Bulck, 126.538 mph, Sept. 14,1991. NOTABLE: In last year's second Dover race, Joe Bessey captured his only BGN victory to date. CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES COMING UP: Parts America 150 WHERE: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International WHEN: Saturday, May 30 DEFENDING CHAMPION: Ron Fellows QUALIFYING RECORD: Ron Fellows, Chevrolet, 117.367 mph, Aug. 23,1997. RACE RECORD: Ron Fellows, Chevrolet, 97.790 mph, Aug. 24,1997. NOTABLE: Ron Hornaday and Jack Sprague are the only drlvers'to finish In the top five in both of the previous truck races here. PROFILE Terry Labonte John Clark/NASCAR This Wtok Terry Labonte values his professional relationship with car owner Rick Hendrick. By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week Terry Labonte claims two distinctions that put him alone in Winston Cup history. He has competed in more consecutive races, 580 at present, than any driver in history. And the period of time between his two Winston Cup championships, 12 years (1984 and 1996), is the widest margin between titles ever achieved. Labonte has won at least one race in each of the past four seasons, or ever since he joined Team Hendrick in 1994. AGE: 34 WIFE: Kim CHILDREN: Justin (17), Kristen(willbe15on June 8). HOMETOWN: Born and raised in Corpus Christ!, Texas; lives in Thomasville, N.C. CAR: No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet Monte Carlo, owned by Rick Hendrick. CAREER RECORD: 585 starts, 25 poles, 19 wins, 171 top 5s, 32 top 10s, nearly $18 million in career earnings. DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CAR OWNER RICK HENDRICK. "Rick's just a great guy. It doesn't matter what he asks you to do; you'll do it. He won't ask you to do anything he wouldn't do himself. I hope I drive for him until I retire. People think that because he has all these problems, everybody's going to jump ship. Nobody would ever do that." DO YOU SHARE INFORMATION WITH YOUR BROTHER BOBBY? "Not much. Sometimes we do, but it depends on where we are. They've got Pontiacs and we've got Chevys. Sometimes we'll talk about different things, you know, maybe treat him a little like a teammate." HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN RACING? "I kind of grew up around it, as did Bobby. I became interested In it going to races with my dad. When I was a little older, about seven, we started racing quarter midgets. That was at our local track, a quarter- mile oval named Corpus Christ! Speedway or CC Speedway, as everybody called it. I started at Corpus, raced there for a few years, then we started racing also in Houston and San Antone. We went and ran dirt one year, then came back to asphalt and won the championships at Houston and San Antone in 1976 and 1977." WHO'S HOT: Jeff Gordon now has three victories and the point lead. WHO'S NOT: Dale Earnhardt has lost his grip since Daytona and Is slipping badly. TRIVIA 1. What prominent pit-crew member la the son of the late driver Bobby Myers? 2. What car owner used to head up Ford's motoreports program? 3. Which driver is know as "The Intimidator?" 3 AROUND THE GARAGE FROM THE ARCHIVES: Moore announces his team will return July 4 at Daytona The rich history of NASCAR Dover Downs, which began its life as a horse track and still holds harness racing In its infield, now Includes an on-stte casino with slot machines. The first stock car race there was the 1969 Mason-Dlxon 500, won by, who else, Richard Petty. Petty, In fact, won three of the first four races at the "Monster Mile." Petty and David Pearson each won six times in the first eight races, with Bobby Allison taking the other two. By Monte Dutton NASCAR This Week CONCORD, N.C. — Bud Moore announced before Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 that his Ford race team will return to Winston Cup action at the Pepsi 400 on July 4 at Daytona. Moore, who will turn 74 later this week, has won 63 races as a car owner, dating back to 1961. His No. 15 Ford last competed regularly in 1996, with its most recent victory occurring in 1993 at Sears Point with driver Geoff Bodtne. Blaise Alexander will . t e driving duties until ,*ele recovers from head B sustained last year in Atlanta teswiSteelc's injuries rack" 1 *'- -'—' driver of the car th)»-yef(lf Noting thjt t/epagejs not under contr; ' ''"""" car owner,, .Saba irof ,. " and sa , tunra salt" TOSTYi Ray %as a bit bitter in lath of The Winslon, driver, Jeff Gordon, :1 on the final lap. led out lay 21, look at il in a couple of ways," said Evernham. "It's my job, and I'm not supposed to make mistakes. But you look at most of the people who gave me a hard time, and they've never done anything in their lives, so it doesn't make any difference to me. That's just the way it is "I'm going lo make some good calls, and I'm going to make some bad calls. I'm not always going to be right, but I'm not always going to be wrong, either. It's a lol easier to hit the keys on a typewriter than it is to win a Winston Cup race." UtttnrnmOwftudcn Dear NASCAR This Week, When they announce the purse that a driver wins for any race, is that the money the driver gets? Do the members of the team get a percentage of it? Does the owner of the race car get a percentage of the purse? Do all teams have the same setup for winning purses? Angelo Barbera Ocala, Fla. Dear Angelo, The purse is the amount the team gets. As for the driver's share, it varies team-to-team on an individual basis. Most drivers receive a salary along with a percentage of the purse money, but in most cases, the agreement is not a matter of public record. Most mechanics are on straight salary, but some have incentive bonuses written into their contracts. Dear NASCAR This Week, I've been a devoted fan of Sterling Marlin for years, but this year, well, this year finally did it. I can't believe he went to another team. Everything 1 have is No. 4 Kodak stuff: car seats, shirts, tags, hats. Should 1 stay with Marlin or switch to Bobby Hamilton? I feel like I've been used by NASCAR! Charlie Phillips McMinnville, Tenn. Dear Charlie, NASCAR had nothing to do with Sterling Marlin deciding to change teams. If you've got a question or a comment, write: NASCAR This Week Your "Him, c/o The Oaston Gazette, 2900 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonla. N.C. 28054 : Ray Evemham and the' * ^ Rainbow Warriors rareiy ' .make a wrong r twtfWpnJr' Tranoutoffla pomriwhwrajtyspairrt jobs and, aslM J to change cotors !)8o)dioredT<lepen(l-' Inapn the angle, > DRIVING DEPENDABILITY HOME TIGER PAW Win* All-season Radlals The aggressively responsive, all-season, steel-belted radial with road-bugging performance and super-smooth ride. 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