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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1998 D3 V MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Angels, Royals fight it out Four beanballs lead to two bench-clearing brawls, 12 ejections By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four bean- balls and two bench-clearing brawls led to 12 ejections in Anaheim's 7-5 victory over Kansas City on Tuesday night. The problems started in the top of the seventh, when Anaheim's Phil Nevin was hit in the back by Kansas City pitcher Jim Pittsley. Nevin, who was also hit in his previous at-bat by Chris Haney, charged the mound and tried to tackle Pittsley, but the pitcher wrestled Nevin down and appeared to throw some jabs. Both benches emptied, but apparently no other players threw punches. Nevin, Pittsley, and Kansas City coaches Rich Dauer and Jamie Quirk also were ejected. Rich DeLucia hit Kansas City's Dean Palmer with the first pitch in the bottom of the eighth and was immediately ejected along with Anaheim manager Terry Collins. Kansas City pitcher Scott Service and Royals manager Tony Muser were ejected in the top of the ninth after Service hit Darin Erstad with a pitch. There were four more ejections in the bottom of the ninth following a bench-clearing brawl that started after Royals leadoff hitter Jose Offerman was hit by Mike Holtz. Tossed were Mike Holtz, Anaheim coach Joe Maddon, Angels infielder Frank Bolick and Royals infielder Felix Martinez. Bolick and Martinez came off their benches and wrestled each other. After- Martinez went after Bolick again, Muser came onto the field, grabbed Martinez and pushed him toward the dugout. After the game ended, the four umpires remained on the field to make sure there were no further incidents as the players went to their locker rooms. American League president Gene Budig, who will have to rule on any suspensions, attended the game. Jarrod Washburn pitched 6 Mi strong innings in his major-league debut and Justin Baughman hit his first major-league homer to lead the Angels. Washburn, a left-hander recalled Tuesday from Triple-A Vancouver, got the victory. McGwire out for 3 games By The Associated Press If anything stops Mark McG- wire from breaking Roger Marls' home run record, it probably won't be NL pitching, but rather McGwire's body. McGwire, who leads the major leagues with 27 homers, was struck with lower back spasms when he went after a changeup from San Diego left-hander Sterling Hitchcock in the first inning Monday night. The St. Louis first baseman said he expects to miss a three . game series at Los Angeles that started Tuesday night. "Zippo," he said to reporters at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday when asked about his chances of playing or taking batting practice before the weekend. McGwire did say he was encouraged, and hoped to play at home against San Francisco this weekend. Before batting practice Tuesday night, he did some light stretching with his teammates. "It's nothing to be concerned about. It probably won't be more than a few games," McGwire said after Monday night's game in San Diego, downplaying the injury. FRENCH OPEN Hingis whips Williams What rivalry? Hingis beats American in two sets, reaches semis By ROB GLOSTER The Associated Press V.WILLIAMS PARIS — Martina Hingis was right. For now, at least on clay, Venus Williams is not her rival. In a swirling wind that tamed Williams' terrifying serve, Hingis used precision and poise to counteract the , |^^,, ,, American's power in a 6-3, 6-4 victory Tuesday in the French Open quarterfinals. Hingis will face three-time champion Monica Seles in one of Thursday's semifinals. No. 2 seed Lindsay Davenport will play two-time champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the other. With Davenport and Seles advancing, there are two American women in the French Open semifinals for the first time since Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert reached the final four in 1987. In the men's quarterfinals, No. 3 seed Marcelo Rios blew his chance to overtake Pete Sampras as the No. 1 player in the world when he lost 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 to Carlos Moya. Rios could have reclaimed the No. 1 spot, which he held for four weeks earlier this spring, if he had beaten 12th-seeded Moya and advanced to the semifinals. Moya, who celebrated his win by tossing his white bandana into the stands, is the top seed left in the men's .draw. Also advancing to the semifinals was No. 15 Felix Mantilla, his Spanish compatriot, who ousted 1995 champion Thomas Muster in four sets. Gustavo Kuerten, the 1997 French Open champion, was disqualified in doubles Tuesday when he threw his racket at the chair umpire — hitting a fan in the stands, but apparently not causing injury. The Associated Press Martina Hingis reacts after defeating Venus Williams in the quarterfinals of the French Open on Tuesday. Kuerten, who won the title last year as an unseeded player and became a fan favorite at Roland Garros, lost in singles last week in the second round. He faces a fine for Tuesday's outburst. Though Williams has moved from No. 22 to No. 7 in the world this year, the top-ranked Hingis repeatedly has said she doesn't consider Williams — or anyone else — a legitimate rival. The Swiss star backed up her words against Williams, who hurt herself with 38 unforced errors in a sloppy match dominated by gusts that left the center-court flagpoles clanging. "I don't think I was as patient as I should have been. I guess everyone knows I like to hit," Williams said. "I suppose I got a little too excited, really wanted to hit a winner. Maybe sometimes prematurely, also. Of course, I have to do away with that." Hingis was handed a white rose by a young fan as she left the court, giving him a towel in return. Williams left without signing autographs. French Open , PAFjIS .7- A look at Tuesday's play, the ninth day of the French Open: -b Men'* winners — Carlos Moya (12) and Felix Mantilla (15) Women's' winners — Martina Hingis (1), Lindsay Davenport (2), Arantxa Sanchez Vlcarlo (4) and Monica Seles (6). Men's losers — Marcelo Rios (3) , .and Thomas Muster. Women's losers — Jana Novotna (3), Venus Williams (8), Iva Majoll (10) and Patty Schnyder. Today's schedule — Alex Corret- ja (14) vs. Fllip DeWulf and Cedric Plollne vs. Hicham Arazi. Stat of the day — Two American women have made it to the semifinals Of Roland Garros. This is the first time since 1987, when Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert ad, vanced to the semis. "I was always leading in the match. I never thought she could beat me," said Hingis, who won all the Grand Slam tournaments except the French Open last year. "I never thought she could hurt me." BRIEFLY T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: AMATEUR DRAFT Phils pick Burrell No. 1; Cardinals take Drew fifth Burrell hit .432 with 17 homers while leading Miami to the CWS By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK — Nope, J.D. Drew wasn't taken by the Philadelphia Phillies again. After failing to sign their controversial 1997 first-round draft pick, the Phillies were barred from redrafting the former Florida State outfielder. Instead, Philadelphia used its first-ever No. 1 overall pick on Miami third baseman Pat Burrell in Tuesday's draft, and Drew was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals with the No. 5 pick. Now, if the Phillies can just sign Burrell. "Based on recent history, no one will jump up and sign right away," Phillies scouting director Mike Arbuckle said. "It becomes a logjam until two or three players sign to break it. It might take the better part of the summer, but we feel it will get done." Burrell, 21, had a .432 average, 17 homers and 47 RBIs in 118 at-bats this season, going 2-for-3 in his last game as the Hurricanes were eliminated from the College World Series by Long Beach State. "I really don't want to talk about it right now. All three of us had our college careers end today," Burrell said, referring to teammates Jason Michaels and Aubrey Huff, who were taken in third round by Philadelphia and Tampa Bay, respectively. "It's really too much to Tigers select Wellington pitcher By The Journal Staff Wellington High School pitcher Nate Cornejo was the 34th player taken in Tuesday's major league baseball draft. Cornejo was taken as a Sandwich Pick by the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers got the extra draft pick as compensation from Arizona for signing free agent pitcher Willie Blair. Wichita State shortstop Zach Sorensen was taken by the Cleveland Indians with the 63rd pick, the 20th player in the second round. Two other Shockers also were taken — pitcher Nathan Robertson of Maize was the chosen in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox and relief pitcher Marc Bluma in the 21st round by the Minnesota Twins. Minnesota also selected Kansas State pitcher Michael Blount in the fifth round. Bount's teammate Pat Hertzel, another pitcher, was selected in the!4th round by Tampa Bay. Two Kansas Jayhawks were drafted — pitcher Leslie Walrond was taken by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round and catcher Josh Dimmick in the 24th round by the Houston Astros. Fort Scott High School first baseman David LaRoche was taken in the 18th round by the Florida Marlins. Pratt Community College first baseman Steven Neal was the last player taken, No. 763, by Arizona in the 25th round. Catbackers auction, golf tourney, June 17 The Salina Area Catbacker club, the Kansas State athletic department and the Kansas State Alumni Association will sponsor their annual golf tournament, dinner and auction June 17. The golf tournament will be played at the Elks Country Club. Lunch and registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. The golf tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. The evening events will be at Heritage Hall in the Bicentennial Center, starting with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by guest speakers and the auction. K-State football coach Bill Snyder, women's basketball coach Deb Patterson and men's assistant basketball coach Mark Fox will be guest speakers. Cost for the golf tournament and dinner is $55. Cost for the dinner only is $15 per person for Salina Area Catbacker members and $20 each for non-members. Reservation deadline is June 12. Contact Daran Neuschafer at 825-9169, Wayne Owen at 825-2211 or Daron Brown at 827-9060. Free fishing in state Saturday, Sunday The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks has designated Saturday and Sunday as Free T NBA FINALS think about right now." Drew, seeking a $10 million contract, turned down a deal from the Phillies that would have guaranteed him $3 million and given him a chance to earn $3 million more. The former Florida State outfielder played in the independent Northern League last season rather than sign. Drew's agent, Scott Boras, is no stranger to St. Louis. He and the Cardinals spent time during the offseason trying to work out a $30 million, five-year contract for Andy Benes, then saw the deal voided because the agreement came an hour after the Dec. 7 mid- Fishing Days in Kansas. Anglers will be permitted to fish the state's waters without a valid fishing license both days. For more information, contact Chad Luce at (785) 296-3905. Banowsky returns to Big 12 in different role DALLAS — Six weeks after leaving, Britton Banowsky is back with the Big 12 Conference. Interim commissioner Dave Martin said Tuesday that Banowwsky will return in an expanded role that will include general counsel responsibilities. In additional to NCAA regulatory matters, Banowsky will oversee legal matters, including the conference's television agreements, marketing and licensing programs. Banowsky, who was the league's associate commissioner for administration and compliance, resigned on April 21 to become senior vice president and general counsel for Universal Sports America in Dallas. Banowsky had been with the Big 12 since its inception. He previously was assistant commissioner of the Southwest Conference and commissioner of the Southland Conference. Banowsky left the practice of law in 1989 to work in intercollegiate athletics. From Staff and Wire Reports night deadline. Drew and Boras, who failed in their grievance to make the outfielder a free agent before Tuesday's draft, have threatened to file suit against baseball. But after talking with Jocketty on Thursday, Boras didn't make threats. With the ninth pick, San Diego took third baseman Sean Burroughs of Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif. He is the son of former major leaguer Jeff Burroughs — taken by the Washington Senators with the No. 1 pick in the 1969 draft and the American League MVP with the Texas Rangers in 1974. SERIES CAPSULE CHICAGO (62-20,11-4) vs. UTAH (62-20,11-3) Starters Chicago — Michael Jordan (31.9 pts, 5.5 reb, 4.0 ast), Soottie Pippen (17.3 pts, 7.3 reb, 5.4 ast), Dennis Rodman (5.5 pts, 13.2 reb), Luc Longley (9.3 pts, 5.1 reb, Ron Harper (7.3 pts, 2.1 ast). Utah — Karl Malone (26.9 pts, 11.0 reb, 3.2 ast), John Stockton (11.7 pts, 7.4 ast), Bryon Russell (11.9 pts, 4.5 reb), Jeff Hornacek (10.9 pts, 3.4 ast), Greg Foster (5.3 pts, 3.8 reb). Key reserves Chicago — Toni Kukoc (27.7 mins, 12.3 pts), Steve Kerr (19.4 mins, 5.3 pts), Scott Burrell (11.8 pts, 3.9 reb). Utah — Howard Eisley (18.6 mins, 6.0 pts), Shandon Anderson (18.0 mins, 6.4 pts), Greg Ostertag (20.1 mins, 3.8 pts), Chris Morris (12.3 mins, 4.6 pts), Antoine Carr (14.7 mins, 4.5 pts). Season series Utah, 2-0. The first game was Jan. 25 at the United Center, and the Jazz won 101-94 to snap Chicago's 17-game home winning streak. Malone scored 35 points for the Jazz, and Eisley and Russell had 13 points in a deciding surge early in the fourth quarter. "We're grateful for the victory, but does that mean that when you come in here for the playoffs you're going to win? No," Stockton said. "This game doesn't mean anything in the big picture." The second game was Feb. 4 at the Delta Center, with Utah coming back from a 24-point deficit to win 101-93. Mal- one scored 30 points and Stockton had 17 points and 18 assists for the Jazz, who overcame 40 points by Jordan. Rodman and Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, seated at courtside, exchanged a little trash talk in the second quarter. "We've been very ready to play these guys this year," Stockton said. Bulls edge Rings. Led by Jordan, the Bulls remain as confident a team as they've ever been, although some of their swagger was taken away in the conference finals. There can be no underestimating the importance of the experience Chicago has gained by going through five championship runs and never having lost a series in the finals. Jazz edge Desire. Their six-game loss in last year's finals left a bitter aftertaste, especially since they had a legitimate chance to win five of the games. Malone and Stockton have had so many playoff disappointments, yet each year they get a little closer to the title that has eluded them for their entire careers. Storyline The Bulls call it the "Last Dance." The Jazz ask if they may cut in. Prediction Jazz in 7. — The Associated Press Finals / Bulls coming off demanding series FROM PAGE D1 coming off a 10-day break. They may be rusty but they'll be rested. "Most people play really well coming off a two-day break," said Utah's Bryon Russell, who will have the task of guarding Jordan just like last year. "I'd almost consider that (two-day break) an advantage. That's what we're used to in the NBA during the regular season." Jeff Hornacek said the Jazz would use Russell and a variety of defenders on Jordan to try and wear him out but doesn't buy the fatigue factor before the series even begins. "He was sick on his deathbed last year and he went for 38. I don't believe he's tired," Hornacek said. If Jordan is still recovering from the tense series with the Pacers, his sidekick, Scottie Pippen, is also dragging. Pippen spent most of the conference finals shutting off the Pacers' Mark Jackson. It was a forward — and one of the best defenders in the game — hounding a point guard up and down the floor. "I took a lot out of me offensively," Pippen said. "It took a toll as far as shooting the ball. I didn't have the energy. But I'm not looking for an excuse. ... I don't feel too tired. I missed 35 games this year." If the Bulls are exhausted from too many games in a short period, their whole season has been tiring from talk about their future. Who will go and who will stay and is this the "Last Dance" after five championships? Jordan, who has mostly tied his future to that of coach Phil Jackson, insisted that the outcome of the finals will not have an impact on his decision on retiring. He said he will evaluate at the end of the season. "I've lost at the end of the season before and continued to play and won at the end of the season and continued to play," he said. "If my hunger and my excitement for the game still continue and I have an appetite for that at the end of the season win, lose or draw, I will continue to play." T COLLEGE WORLD SERIES Long Beach State, USC stay alive; Miami, Mississippi State eliminated By The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Chuck Lopez's high-bouncing grounder in the ninth drove in two runs, breaking a 3-3 tie and sparking Long Beach State to a 6-3 victory over Miami that eliminated the state of Florida from the College World Series. The 49ers (43-22-1) loaded the bases against Miami's ace closer, Robbie Morrison (2-2), who earlier Tuesday was drafted in the second round by the Kansas City Royals. Lopez's bouncer went over the head of Miami second baseman Manny Crespo, scoring Jason Yount from third and Sam Monroy from second, the latter beating a throw to the plate to put Long Beach State ahead 5-3. Terrmel Sledge moved to third on the hit and scored on Morrison's wild pitch. Florida, Miami and Florida State were the top three seeds in the eight-team, double-elimination tournament, but only Miami managed so much as one victory — and that was over the Long Beach State team that came back through the losers bracket to eliminate the Hurricanes. The loss spoiled the day for Miami designated hitter Pat Burrell, taken No. 1 in the amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Burrell was 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk, and he also reached on an error. The Hurricanes (51-12), who scored only eight runs in three World Series games, appeared to become frustrated as the innings wore on and the 49ers wouldn't give up. It ended when Long Beach closer Jason Marr got his ninth save by retiring the side in the bottom of the ninth. German Alvarez struck out looking before Rick Saggese and Brian Seever flied out to center field. USC 7, Mississippi State 1 Freshman Rik Currier struck out 12 and allowed only four hits in eight innings and Brad Ticehurst hit two home runs as Southern Cal beat Mississippi State 7-1 on Tuesday night in the College World Series. Currier (6-1) was bidding for the first College World Series shutout in three years until the Bulldogs scored with two outs in the eighth. Rusty Thorns beat out an infield single for his second hit and Brad Freeman doubled him in. Currier held Mississippi State to one hit until Thorns singled with one out in the sixth. He threw 135 pitches, allowing four hits and three walks. Closer Mike Weibling allowed one hit in the ninth. Missisippi State (42-23) became the fourth team eliminated from the eight-team field and left fourth- seeded Southern Cal (46-17) as the highest remaining seed. USC plays two-time defending champion LSU on Thursday. The Trojans took a 3-0 lead in the second on Ticehurst's leadoff homer, Wes Rachels' run-scoring sacrifice and Robb Gorr's RBI single. Ticehurst homered to right in the third to make it 4-0, and he started a two-run uprising in the seventh after being hit by a pitch. He moved to second on a balk and scored on Jason Lane's double to right center. Lane scored on Rachels' sacrifice fly.

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