The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 6, 1998 · Page 11
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THE SALl OURNAL Sports SCOREBOARD / B2 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL / B3 FISHING REPORT / B4 B T PRO BASKETBALL Series even as Chicago's stars shine GAME 2 Bulls 93 Jazz 88 Jordan, Pippen come up big down the stretch as Bulls topple Jazz By CHRIS SHERIDAN The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Reports of the Bulls' demise proved premature. The dysfunctional dynasty became a two-part harmony again Friday night behind Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. The two scored all but two of Chicago's points in the fourth quarter as the Bulls stopped yapping at each other and started looking like a championship team again as they defeated the Utah Jazz 9388. "People were talking about our age, about playing too many minutes, whatever. But we're here, we beat some good teams to get here," Jordan said. "If that's what it means to be dead, I want to be dead for a while longer." Aside from a strong first half by Toni Kukoc, the Bulls didn't get much help from anyone other than Pippen and Jordan. But they had enough offensive rebounds and defensive stops, and the Jazz got too little offense from Karl Malone. The Jazz also were hurt by a long drought in the fourth quarter. They scored just one point in the first six minutes of the period, which began with them ahead 73- 70. It was the first time in 60 games that they lost after carrying a lead into the fourth. "They were the aggressors all night," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. "That is a great defensive team. They're very good, very quick. This is a rhythm team, and they created a rhythm for their offense and kept it for almost the entire game." The series resumes Sunday night at Chicago with the Bulls now holding homecourt advantage. They avoided falling behind 0-2 in a series for the first time since 1994 and will have a chance to hand the Jazz their first consecutive losses this season with John Stockton in the lineup. Jordan finished with 37 points, including 13 in the fourth, Pippen had 21 and Kukoc scored all 13 of his in the first half. The Bulls grabbed 18 offensive rebounds — twice their total from Game 1 — and scored 33 points off Utah's 20 turnovers. Most important of all, the Bulls closed the game with a strong flourish and did something to debunk the theory that they have forgotten how to finish. That line of thinking, along with the short fuses and quick tempers that were on display in Game 1 — the byproducts of the expected end of the team's decade- long run — had people thinking that Chicago might not be able to beat a Jazz team that showed superior depth and precision in Game 1. See FINALS, Page B3 The Associated Press Utah's Jeff Hornacek (top) and Karl Malone battle Chicago's Dennis Rodman (second from top) and Scottie Pippen for a rebound In the first quarter of Game 2 Friday. T HORSE RACING: BELMONT STAKES Real Quiet seeks final Triple Crown jewel Colt called The Fish looks to become first Triple Crown winner since 1978 By ED SCHUYLER JR. The Associated Press BtWONT STAKES NEW YORK — A colt called The Fish, and a trainer who once wore a fake pumpkin over his head in the winner's circle will be center stage today at Belmont Park. A large crowd will be on hand to watch The Fish, better known as Real Quiet, try to become the first Triple Crown winner in two decades (Affirmed in 1978). If Real Quiet prevails in the Belmont Stakes, he'll be welcomed in the winner's circle by Bob Baffert, who two years running has put the trophies on his head after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Baffert wore the "pumpkin" when he won a quarter-horse race at Los Alamitos in California in the 1980s. The trainer, with an ear for a quip and an eye for a horse, said after Real Quiet won the Preakness that if the colt came to New York, "I know he will win the Triple Crown." On Friday, he said, "Of course, I can talk all I want, but he has to go out there and prove it Saturday." Baffert predicted a Triple Crown for Silver Charm last year, and the gray colt was the even-money favorite. "I'm sick," Baffert said after Silver Charm finished second, three-quarters of a length behind Touch Gold. Real Quiet, nicknamed The Fish because he looks narrow when viewed head-on, was the 6-5 early favorite to beat 12 other 3-year-olds. There was only a seven-horse field last year. Two challengers will be Victory Gallop, the Arkansas Derby winner who was second in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, and Classic Cat, winner of the Lexington at Keeneland and third in the Preakness. Gary Stevens, who rode Silver Charm last year, will try to foil a Triple Crown bid Saturday when he rides Victory Gallop. Kent Desormeaux, who rode Free House to a third place in the 1997 Belmont, will ride Real Quiet, as he has done since the colt broke his maiden last year at Santa Anita. "He's gotten good at the right time, and we're enjoying the ride," said Mike Pegram, Real Quiet's owner. It's really been some ride for the bay colt, who had a surgical procedure, involving wire and screws, to straighten his front legs before he was sold for for $17,000 as a yearling at the 1996 Keeneland September sale. "It's no big deal," Baffert said of the surgical procedure. "It's been going on for a long time." Real Quiet failed to win in his first six starts, all at a mile or less, because Baffert couldn't find any longer races for the maiden. One of those starts was in the seven-furlong Indian Nations Cup at Santa Fe Downs in New Mexico. He finished third. Pegram said the colt ran at Santa Fe because the race had a $571,000 purse and he hadn't been nominated for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile over 1116 miles at Hollywood Park. Pegram noted that Real Quiet earned $70,000 as a maiden. Should Real Quiet win the Belmont, he would earn $600,000 from a $1 million purse and also get a $5 million bonus offered by Visa. Desormeaux said he knew Real Quiet was something special when he won the Hollywood Futurity. "I asked him to run, and he took off," the jockey recalled. "I asked him to slow down and he did, then I asked him to run again and he won. Only champions have three gears. Other horses with Triple Crown experience in the Belmont are Hot Wells, fourth in the Preakness; Parade Ground, sixth in the Derby; Hanuman Highway, seventh in the Derby; Chilito, llth in the Derby, and Basic Trainee, last in the Derby and eighth in the Preakness. V MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Managers suspended for 8 games Muser, Collins receive wrath of brawl's fallout; nine players suspended total of 22 games By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Managers Terry Collins of • Anaheim and Tony Muser of Kansas City were each suspended eight games Friday for their teams' bench-clearing brawls and bean- •*' balls earlier this week. In addition, nine players were suspended for a total of 22 games and fined $7,500. Under baseball's rules, the players will be paid during any suspensions. "The American League has a right to expect much from its < field managers," said ' league president Gene'^ Budig, who happened ,. to be at the game Tues- ' day night in Kansas City. "They are the ones who determine in large measure player attitudes and actions. "There was a clear breakdown in leadership and the mangers must assume much of the responsibility," he said in a statement. '. "The bench-clearing brawls were an embarrassment for major league baseball." The managers and players will begin their Scoreboard Royals Astros • BELCHER FIRES ROYALS — At Houston, Tim Belcher fired eight scoreless innings and Jeff Montgomery recorded his 10th save as the Kansas City Royals snapped their four- game losing streak Friday night at the Astrodome. Coverage Page B3. suspensions on June 12, pending the appeal process. However, only one player per team will sit out at a time. Players have until Monday to appeal the discipline, the players' association said. Anaheim won 7-5 in a game that included two brawls and 12 ejections following a series of hit batters. Anaheim pitcher Jack McDowell, who played a prominent part in the first brawl, was suspended for four games; Angels' Phil Nevin for three; Angels' Rich DeLucia and Mike Holtz and Royals' Jim Pittsley and Scott Service for two; and Anaheim's Frank Bolick and Damon Mashore for one game each. Kansas City's Felix Martinez, sent to the minors after the brawl, got a five-game-suspension. Martinez and Bolick, who also was sent down, will serve their suspensions after they are recalled, and McDowell will serve his when he comes off the disabled list. In addition, coaches Rich Dauer and Jamie Quirk of the Royals and Joe Maddon of the Angels were fined. "I apologize to the Angels and the game of baseball and the fans of the Kansas City Royals for what happened," Muser said. Collins said, "We support the league office, but I know there will be some appeals and we'll wait until we get a chance to speak to . Dr. Budig." McDowell said the brawl turned ugly because Martinez punched Bolick from behind and was livid over what he viewed as unjustly harsh penalties given Collins and the Angels. • "The fact that my suspension is so close to ; his (four days to Martinez's five) is just . ridiculous," McDowell said. "It seems like every time Mr. Budig has a decision that has . to do with the game of baseball and not some • marketing point, he makes the wrong deci- . sion — every single time. It's amazing to me." . T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: EIGHT-MAN ALL-STAR GAME Annual game gets boost from weather Temperature near 70 expected for today's East-West contest By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal BELOIT — Oppressive midsummer heat and conflicts with the harvest season prompted organizers last year to move the annual Kansas Eight-Man All-Star Football game to mid-June. The weather this week must have been just what they had in mind. While temperatures soared into the upper 90s just one week ago, participants in today's game have had a week of unseasonably cool weather to prepare for the annual meeting of the state's top eight- man players. The temperature is expected to be near 70 for the 13th annual edition of the all-star game, scheduled for 1 p.m. at Beloit High's Trojan Stadium. "The weather has been a little different," said East head coach Curtis Christians of St. John's Beloit. "I think it has really energized the kids. Bght-Man All-Star game Kickoff — 1 p.m. Where — Trojan Stadium, Beloit Series — East leads 2-1 (South led North 5-4 in previous format) Last year — East 38, West 22 "We figured it would be hot and humid, which tends to drag (practices) out. We've had water out there, but they've hardly touched it. We're getting everything done a lot quicker." The East also has made quick work of the West team in the last two games, grabbing a 2-1 lead in the series since it switched from a North-South format in 1995. Christians, an assistant coach for the East's 38-22 victory last year, said he has been impressed with his team through the first five days of practice. "It has been a lot of fun," he said. "They're great kids and we've got great coaches. The first thing that comes to my mind is that the kids have really come together well as far as getting along and being supportive of each other. "I believe we've got a pair of good fullbacks who will be great blockers and runners. And if there's a standout group, I would say it's our receivers." At fullback, the East will start Kyle Peters from Linn, with Colony Crest's Justin Barker backing him up. Hope's Cody McMahan will start at wide receiver and Crest's Kody Thexton at tight end. The other receivers are Mankato's Shannon Uglow, Waconda East's Kam Gaston and Linn's Shane Ohlde. Eric Detweiler of Axtell and Marcus Findley of Burrton will share time at quarterback with Centre's Kevin Steiner and South Haven's Marcus Meeker at halfback. "I think we'll try to run some spread and throw the ball," said Christians, noting that the East has had success the last two years with a wide-open attack. "Our quarterbacks are doing a nice job. "I believe we're going to be a pretty diversified offense. I hope we can do some counters, traps and bootlegs, too. Bud (Peterson of Centre, an East assistant) is pretty well known for his power running game." The West, coached by Spearville's Joe Hoover, will likely tailor its playcalling to the skills of its two quarterbacks. Erik Moody of Protection and Justin Bearley of Kensington will share time there. "We try to keep it simple because you're bringing in kids from different schools and different systems," Hoover said. "We'll run an off set with a fullback and the halfback to one side or the other. "Erik throws the ball very well. He has quick feet and does a good job avoiding tacklers. Justin Bearley runs the option very well." Hanston all-stater Shawn Smith will start at halfback with Spearville's Aaron Tasset at fullback. Zach Dechant of Ransom and John Wiese of Sylvan also will see time in the backfield. The starting receivers for the West will be Palco's Cody Howland and Tribune's Shad Mangan." T PRO FOOTBALL Chiefs sign Rison to four-year extension By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andre Rison, who came to town with a troublemaker's reputation but led his team in receiving and was voted its MVP, has signed a four-year extension that probably keeps him in Kansas City for the rest of his career. "I know a lot of people would have given up if they were in my shoes. A lot of people would have quit," said the nine-year veteran, who caught 72 passes for 1,092 yards and was named to his fifth Pro Bowl. "But I'm not a quitter." Rison was signed to a two- year deal last year after being released by Green Bay, for whom he had caught a touchdown pass in the 1997 Super Bowl. "This is bigger than winning the Super Bowl at Green Bay," he said Friday. "I don't think I was part of that family. I'm a part of this family and that's what makes me feel good." The Chiefs also said Friday they had signed kick return- er/running back Tamarick Vanover to a three-year extension. Vanover, 24, already holds Chiefs records with 3,257 kickoff return yards and four kickoff return touchdowns. Rison, 31, went to four straight Pro Bowls beginning in 1990 with Atlanta. But when the Chiefs signed him prior to the 1997 season, he had played for four different teams in two seasons and was branded by many as a clubhouse problem. But he was a model citizen during the Chiefs' 13-3 regular season and caught seven touchdown passes, the most by any Chief in four years. Ji) 1 t SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT s|bdavidson@saljournal.com I

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