B4 SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 1998 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL V AUTO RACING Gordon tops his record, wins pole Defending Winston Cup champ qualifies first at Richmond International By HANK KURZ Jr. Tlie Associated Press 1 RICHMOND, Va. —Jeff Gordon earned his second Winston Cup pole position at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night the same way he won the first three years ago — by breaking the track record. The defending Winston Cup champion and this year's leader toured the 3/4-mile oval at 125.558 ' tnph, nearly a second faster than Kis 1995 mark of 124.757, to beat surprising Rich Bickle for the top spot by .256 seconds. Sterling Marlin also broke Gordon's old mark to get the third spot at 124.977, followed by Dale Jarrett, 124.729, and Kenny Wallace, 124.378. Gordon's effort came well after Marlin's. ' "When Sterling ran a .60, Ray (crew chief Ray Evernham) told me I had to run a .59," Gordon said, referring to Marlin's fastest lap of 21.60 seconds. "I couldn't hear them on the radio and when I heard (mine) was a .50,1 was just blown away. I wanted to get my track record back." Conditions for qualifying at high speeds were better than usual for this first of two series stops here. Before this year, the spring T BOXING event was held in late February or early March, when the weather often was suspect at best. Gordon turned his first lap in a mediocre 123.040, then turned it on to win his 19th career Winston Cup pole. It was his third pole this season, and the third of his career here. He started inside the front row for the 1992 Busch series race. "The thing about Richmond is the tire they bring takes about a lap to come in," Gordon said. "I guess because I know that, I don't try to go out and run my fastest lap on the first lap. I try to really break the tires in and get some heat in them and then really go for it on the second lap." True to form for this race, rain began falling almost immediately after qualifying concluded, sending fans scurrying for cover and delaying the start of the Hardee's 250 Busch Grand National race for over an hour. Bickle, driving the Gale Yarborough-owned Ford in place of the injured Greg Sacks, posted the best qualifying effort of his career. His best showing in 38 previous Winston Cup events was a sixth at Atlanta in 1994. Jeremy Mayfield, trailing Gordon by 47 points in the driver's standings, qualified 15th at 123.768, and No. 3 Rusty Wallace, the defending race champion, was 22nd with a speed of 123.406. Drivers who failed to make the top 25 included Dale Earnhard and Darrell Waltrip. Holyfield won't fight Akinwande tonight Entire card canceled after Akinwande tests positive for hepatitis B By TIM DAHLBERG The Associated Press ' NEW YORK — Evander Holyfield never really wanted to fight Henry Akinwande. Now he won't have to. The heavyweight title fight was called off Friday, a day before the bout, because Akinwande tested positive for hepatitis B. "I guess I'm the guy things happen to," said Holyfield, who was informed the fight was off when he arrived at Madison Square Garden 'for his final pre-fight workout. Holyfield went back to his hotel in the hopes he would get a last- minute opponent, but promoters canceled the entire card later. "Seems kind of strange to wait to the last minute," Holyfield said. "But I'm already in shape. If you don't fight, you don't get paid either." Promoters officially said the fight was postponed indefinitely. But with Akinwande having tested .positive, and Holyfield fighting him only because it was a mandato- ' ry WBA title defense, it was unlikely Akinwande would get another chance. Ticket sales had been poor, with promoters saying only 6,000 tickets had been distributed in the days before the fight. But Bobby Goodman, director of boxing for Don King Productions, said that had nothing to do with the fight being called off. "We didn't call it off," Goodman said. "The New York Athletic Commission called it off." Earlier, heavyweight Ray Mercer was also scratched from the card for undisclosed medical reasons and Christy Martin's opponent couldn't fight because she's pregnant. That left the aging Roberto Duran as the lone remaining attraction before the entire card was finally scrapped. Two separate medical tests on Akinwande by the New York State Athletic Commission showed he had hepatitis B, said Greg Fritz, a spokesman for Don King Productions, the promoter of the fight. The commission does not allow infected boxers to fight because of the risk of transmitting the disease through blood during bouts. "It's disappointing," said Holyfield. You prepare yourself for 13 weeks and then this happens." Hepatitis B, often contracted through sex or dirty hypodermic needles, can cause serious liver problems. The disease can be treated successfully, but not always. T FRENCH OPEN Seles on verge of fourth title Today's match special for Seles following her father's recent death By SALVATORE ZANCA The Associated Press PARIS — The ring dancing around her neck and the black outfit are signs it will be a special match for WOnUll Monica Seles when she meets Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in the women's final today. On May 14, Seles was at her father's side when he died in Sarasota, Fla., after a five-year battle with cancer. Now Seles is back in the final of the French Open, the tournament where she won her first Grand Slam title in 1990 with her father in the stands. After Seles beat Steffi Graf in the final eight years ago, Seles raced to the player's box and to her father, Karolj, who kissed the "My dad just wanted me to do what I wanted to do. Tennis is one of the things I love to do. I miss him tremendously." Monica Seles French Open women's finalist, whose father, Karolj, died in May after a five- year battle with cancer red tie he was wearing and handed it to his daughter. Now Seles is wearing another memento from her father, a ring that bounces around her neck on a chain as she hits the ball. She came to Paris to play in the French Open, her first tournament since her father's death, because she couldn't bear staying in a house that holds memories of him in every corner. "My dad just wanted me to do what I wanted to do. Tennis is one of the things that I love to do. He was the one who started me with it," Seles said. "I miss him tremendously." Her father was with her when she won the title again in 1991 and 1992. But her career was interrupted when a crazed fan stabbed her during a match in Germany in 1993. Seles said it has been tough to concentrate on tennis since her return to competition in August 1995. "When there's so many things going on outside your life it's difficult to keep my mind talking about life and things, then go on a tennis court and be really excited about hitting a ball," she said. At the French Open, though, Seles has seemed like her old dominating self. In the semifinals, she beat top-seeded Martina Hingis 6-3,6-2. She credits new coach, Gavin Hopper, with changing her. Until shortly before his death, Karolj Seles was her only coach. "Gavin has just helped me so much in my tennis game, my off- court game, just really mentally, too," Seles said. "We just work very well together. We have the same goals, the same philosophy. He reminds me a lot of my dad, how he is with his two daughters." Seles is 14-2 against Sanchez Vicario, including a 6-3, 6-4 win in the 1991 French Open final. But Seles quickly points to the last time they played, at the WTA Championships in November, when Sanchez Vicario won in three sets. Sanchez Vicario advanced to today's final with a victory over an error-plagued Lindsay Davenport. "I knew we were both very nervous, but I did probably handled it better at the end. I was able to get the ball into the court and she made some mistakes," Sanchez Vicario said. Sanchez Vicario won the French title in 1989 and 1994. Friends Moya, Corretja reach finals By ROB GLOSTER The Associated Press PARIS — Carlos Moya went out with buddy Felix Mantilla for ice cream before clobbering him in the French Open semifinals. Now Moya is making dinner plans with another close friend, Alex Corretja, whom he'll face in an all-Spanish men's final on Sunday. "Maybe we can have dinner together. That's the most important thing, we're going to be friends even if I win or if he wins," Corretja said. "We have to find our game on the court, and then just enjoy the party." On a muggy center court Friday, Corretja defeated French hero Cedric Pioline in straight sets to join Moya in the final. Moya won 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 over Mantilla, yet another Spaniard. It will be the second all-Spanish final in five years at the French Open. Sergi Bruguera defeated Alberto Berasategui for the 1994 title. "Alex is a close friend of mine," Moya said. "But when you get on the court, you fight like crazy, you run, you do everything, you try to step on him if necessary." Neither Venus Williams nor Serena Williams made it past the quarterfinals in singles, but the siblings realized their wish of meeting in a final Friday — in mixed doubles. Venus teamed with Justin Gimelstob to win 6-4, 6-4 over younger sister Serena and Luis Lobo. It was their second Grand Slam title of the year — they also won at the Australian Open. Moya, Mantilla and Corretja all live in Barcelona and hang out together on the road. The three went out french open PARIS (AP) — A look at Friday's play: Men's winners — Carlos Moya (12) and Alex Corretja (8) advanced to the final. Today's schedule — Women's final: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (4) faces Monica Seles (6). Quote — "I think we already won, both of us, and that's the most important thing, because we're really good friends" — Cor- retja on how he feels being in a Grand Slam final with his good friend and fellow Spaniard Carlos Moya. for ice cream and video games to celebrate after advancing to the semifinals. They could have used similar refreshment Friday in the 82-degree heat and smothering humidity. But the player who really felt the heat was Pioline. Pioline had played three five-setters in reaching the semifinals and appeared drained. "I felt I did everything a bit slowly. On top of that, you're not as focused when you're tired. You don't make the right decisions," he said. "If you play a five-setter every other day, it really shows." Corretja took advantage of Pioline's exhaustion to win 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Both players put icepacks on their necks during changeovers in the third set. In that set, Pioline made consecutive double faults to help give Corretja a service break in the second game. Pioline was broken again for 4-1, slamming his racket into his chair, and again in the final game. Moya mixed powerful groundstrokes with delicate drop shots to throw off Mantilla, who preferred to rally patiently from the baseline. Moya also added 10 aces. COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD: NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Hurdler posts world's fastest time this year Georgia Tech sophomore wins event in 48.14; TCU men's 400 relay team sets collegiate mark By BERT ROSENTHAL The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — Working with an Olympic gold medalist has made a champion of hurdler Angelo Taylor. The Georgia Tech sophomore, who trains with 1996 gold medalist Derrick Adkins, won the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday night in 48.14 seconds. The time was the fastest in the world this year, a career-best, a record for the University at Buffalo stadium and made Taylor the No. 10 performer in U.S. history. "My goal was to win it last year, but I came on strong for second and I said I have to have it this year," the 19-year-old Taylor said. While Taylor gets advice from Adkins — "I talk to him about running the rounds" — he also learns from Derek Mills, a world-class 400- meter runner. "As I train more and get stronger, I'll improve," the teen-ager said. And like Adkins, he has big aspirations. "My goal is to make the Olympic team and win the gold medal, so I've got some work to put in," Taylor said. The men's team leader after 11 events was Stanford with 39 points. UCLA was second with 27 and Arkansas, chasing its seventh straight title, was third with 25%. UCLA had the women's lead after 12 events with 40 points, nine ahead of SMU. BYU was third with 29. Indoor favorite Texas had 10 points, while LSU, seeking its 12th consecutive team title, had only eight. Texas Christian's 400-meter relay team of Bryan Howard, Jarmiene Holloway, Syan Williams and Percy Spencer broke the collegiate record of 38.23 set by TCU at the 1989 cham- pionships, clocking 38.04, the fastest in the world this year. In the women's 400 relay, Texas ended LSU's streak of six straight victories, winning in 42.76, the fastest time by a college team this year, with a foursome of Kim McGruder, Nanceen Perry, Angle Vaughn and LaKeisha Backus. Texas A&M's Rosa Jolivet also set a 1998 collegiate best in winning the women's 400 hurdle's in 55.24 and Libor Charfreitag of SMU had thfe season's best throw in winning the men's hammer at 237 feet, 2 inches. Among other winners: Arkansas' Matt Kerr in the 3,000 steeplechase in 8:36.95; TCU's Khade- vis Robinson in the men's 800 in 1:46.04; Coji orado State's Casey Malone in the men's discus at 200-2; Pittsburgh's Trecia Smith, the 1997 women's long jump champion, in the triple jump at 45-10'/ 2 ; SMU's Windy Dean in the women's javelin at 184-8, her third consecutive title; and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo freshman Bianca Maran in the women's pole vault, a first- time event, at 12-5'/z. FISHING REPORT CEDAR BLUFF RESERVOIR General conditions — Water temperature is 71 degrees, water is clear at 4-5 feet on the main lake. Lake level is 1.4 feet below conservation level. Black bass — Most black bass are moving to deeper water, 18-25 feet. They can be caught using a variety of plastic worms or lizards. Fish are still being caught in shallow water using : spinner baits, pig & jig and plastic lizards work- •.ing areas with concentrated brush. Anglers are , reminded to be on the lookout for tagged large• mouth bass. Channel catfish — Good to excellent as there were many reports of channel catfish being caught on the flooded roadway along the north end of the dam. Classic catfish baits, which include liver and shad sides, would be a good bait choice. Grapple — Excellent on small jigs or minnows/bobber combo fished along flooded salt cedar lines up in any of the major coves. White bass & wipers — Good to excellent as whites and wipers are being caught using top- water lures along the dam in early morning. Hot activity is polisble when schools are located in deep water, these fish are suspended at 12-15 feet deep. Big jigs and shad imitation lures best. Walleye — Slow, but numerous small 10-12 inches walleye and an occasional larger walleye being caught by crappie anglers. GLEN ELDER RESERVOIR General conditions — Water temperature is 73 degrees, lake level at conservation pool, releasing 400 cubic feet per second. Channel catfish — Good as males are moving into rip rap along the Granite and Cawker Causeways. Minnow and bobber comination working best. Boat anglers catching catfish lakewide. Trotlines in Mill, Walnut and Granite Creeks have been very productive. Crappie - Fair with only a few reports of crappie being caught in Marina Cove and Mill Creek. Spawn is mostly complete. Crappie will now move to deep water structure, 12-13 inches. Walleye — Good as mornings and eveningts appear to be best time to fish. Most anglers still concentrating on the breaks and drop offs along the old reiver channel at mid reservoir. Some success has also been documented off the Cawker Flats and up Walnut Creek. Trolling along the South Bluffs with shad imitation crankbaits has also produced a few. White bass — Fair to good with some fish be- ginning to get some activity at night with anglers using floating and submersed lights along the Dam, South Bluffs and close to the Cawker Causeway Bridge. Depth varies but small minnows and spoons reported as best baits. Some anglers reporting good success while trolling shorelines along State Park. KANOPOLIS RESERVOIR General conditions — Water temperature is 70 degrees, lake level is 4% feet above conservation level. Lake is clear and releasing 130 cubic feet per second. Crappie — Good to excellent on jigs and minnows around the marina docks, the Yankee Run docks, off the dam and in the Buzzard Bay area, morning and evenings best. The spawn will be winding down soon. Flatheads — Good on (ratlines in the river and creeks baited with live sunfish and large minnows. Also some nice fish being taken in the outlet on pole and line on the same baits, up to 40 pounds. White bass — Fair with some being taken off the dam and trolling the main lake on crawdads and crankbaits. Saugeye/walleye — Fair to good with many having moved up on the flats and are being taken on jig & nightcrawlers. KIRWIN RESERVOIR General conditions — Water temperature is 71 degrees, lake level is 1.8 feet above conservation level, releasing 30 cubic feet per second. Channel catfish — Fair with traditional baits on trotlines and rod and reel in Hooded timber in both arms, also some being caught on crankbaits lakewide. Crappie — Fair as the spawn is winding down and fish are scattered, minnows and jigs in flooded cover lakewide, many being caught incidentally on crankbaits. Largemouth bass — Fair to good on a variety of artificials near shallow flooded cover in the mornings and evenings lakewide, spawn is over and fish are beginning to move deep. Bluegill — Fair to good with worm and bobber combination and small artificials in shallow flooded cover. Walleye — Fair casting hot & tots and other crankbaits in the flooded timber near Dog Town and up the Bow Creek Arm. Also some being caught trolling the same types of baits and drifting jig & worm along tree lines in these same areas, should improve as youg of the year shad appear over the next several weeks. Wipers — Slow, as most are being caught in- cidentally. LOVEWELL RESERVOIR General conditions — Water temperature is 74 degrees, lake level is 1 foot above conservation level. Channel catfish — Very good as most shoreline anglers reporting good success using nightcrawlers virtually lakewide, mostly over 2 pounds but a few smaller ones. Trotlines have been effective on the west end of reservoir and in inlet cove. Walleye — Fair to good with lots of catch and release activity for sublegal size fish, drifting and trolling on the lower half of the reservoir. Activity for keeper sized fish picks up in the evenings in deeper water near structure. Anglers should concentrate along the Dam, Cross Area and possibly off Cedar Poinf. White bass & wipers — Good with white bass of all sizes being caught lakewide with a variety of methods. Drifting the flats with night- crawlers, trolling the shorelines with hot & tots and fishing near the outlet with road runners, minnows and kastmasters. Big wipers have been located off Walleye Point and near the Cabin Area. SEBELIUS RESERVOIR General conditions — Water temperature is 72 degrees, lake is 1 v> inches above conservation level. Channel catfish — Good with worms on banklines, trotlines and rod & reel in the western half of the lake. Crappie — Good as spawn is winding down and fish are moving deep, minnows and jigs over main lake fish attractors and flooded brush lakewide. Also some being caught off the fishing dock in Leota Cove and Fishermen's Bridge in the west end. Largemouth bass — Excellent on a variety of artificials along dam and near flooded cover lakewide, many being taken in 8-12 feet of water, 14-16 inches most common, ranging to 6 pounds. Wipers — Slow as a few are being caught on live shad and bluegill. Bluegill — Excellent on worm and bobber combination off fishing dock, along road beds and in shallow spawning areas throughout the lake. Saugeye — Excellent with jig & worm on the road beds in 3-14 feet of water. Whistler jigs, white twister tails and road runners have been hot, also casting casting crankbaits, many are sublegal. WEBSTER RESERVOIR General conditions — Water temperature is 72 degrees, lake level is 2'/3 feet above conservation level, releasing 86 cubic feet per second. Channel catfish — Good on trotlines baited with live baits fished in the flooded timber in the western half of the lake, rod & reel using a vare- ity of baits lakewide. Some being caught incidentally on lures. Crappie — Slow to fair as the spawn is nearly over and fish have scattered, still a few white crappie being taken off shallow spawning beds in the coves. Most fish are being caught deeper, minnows and jigs in flooded timber along main lake shoreline west of Marina Cove and along river channel. Also being caught incidentally by anglers casting and trolling crankbaits, some of the better fishing being experienced at night by anglers hanging lanterns near the culverts. Black bass — Fair to good casting a variety of lures to shoreline cover in the coves for largemouth and crankbaits along the dam and bluffs for smallmouth, 2-3 pound largemouths common, smallmouth are averaging 11 inches. Walleye — Fair casting crankbaits and twister tail jigs and working jig & worm combinations on the road beds and parking lots and in flooded brush. Also trolling tree lines in the flooded fields, best reports coming west of Marina Cove but anglers are beginning to catch a few along the dam now, ranging to 8 pounds, many sub- legals. Wipers — Fair to very good on slabbing jigging and trolling crankbaits in the flooded fields and along roadbeds in the western half of the lake, majority being caught near the bottom in 7-15 feet of water. Bluegill — Very good on worm and bobber combination and small artificials in spawning areas. WILSON RESERVOIR General conditions — Water temperature is 72 degrees and clear, lake level is at conservation level, releasing 100 cubic feet per second. Channel catfish - Good on shad gizzards, worms and live sunfish. The fish are best in the river above the reservoir but some are coming from the main lake and the outlet area. The Lucas Point area has been hot. Crappie — Fair on minnows and small jigs around the marina and Marshall Cove docks, the shallower brushpiles and in the backs of coves. The spawn is winding down and the crappie will be moving to deeper water soon. Striped bass — Good as anglers are catch- ing stripers off the rocky points from Minooka to the dam on large roadrunners and jigs, early mornings and evenings best. Some are coming from Hell Creek and trolling shad imitation crankbaits. There are some indications that the stripers are beginning to move to deeper water and anglers are anchoring and fishing shad. Walleye — Slow with some being caught off the rocky points on shimmy shad, roadrunners, crankbaits and trolling shad imitations. White bass — Fair to good. Whites have nearly all moved out of the river. Some whites are showing up on the dam and off ten rocky points on white jigs, beetle spins and spinners. Some are being taken on small crawdads under lights at night. Black bass — Good on jerk baits, spinner baits and jigs in the creek areas, the back of coves and off the rocky points. The smallmouth are providing most of the action. OTTAWA STATE FISHING LAKE General conditions — Water level is normal and clear. Channel catfish — Good on minnows and prepared baits around the fish feeders, others areas good also. Bluegill — Fair around the piers and shoreline brush on bobber and worm, 7-9 inches. Largemouth bass — Fair to good at times with plastic worms and rattletraps seeming to be working best as the spawn is nearly over. The lily pads are starting to show up and the bass will be moving into these areas. Crappie — Slow on minnows and jigs around the piers and the shoreline brushpiles. The spawn is over and the fishing has tapered off, 9-11 inches. ROOKS STATE FISHING LAKE General conditions — Water temperature is 74 degrees, lake level is full. Largemouth bass — Good on plastic worms, spinnerbaits and a variety of crankbaits along the dam and near flooded cover lakewide, fish over 15 inch legal length common. SALINE STATE FISHING LAKE Channel catfish — Fair as far as one can cast from the bank on shrimp. Another 1,650 catfish were stocked on the first of June and 500 adult bluegill were stocked last week. SHERIDAN STATE FISHING LAKE General conditions — Water temperature is 71 degrees. Channel catfish — Good in bottom fishing with worms or cut sunfish early or late along the dam or the creek channel at the upper end, 1:4 pounds. Largemouth bass' — Good in shallow.water lakewide using small plastic grubs. However, as the water temperature increases the largemouth tend to move to deeper water, T-5 pounds. Sunfish — Good with worm/bobber combo in shallow water at each end of the dam or at upper end of lake, 6-9 inches. MILFORD RESERVOIR ;; -* General conditions — Water temperature" is 72 degrees, water is clear and near pool level, releasing 500 cubic feet per second. White bass — Fair along the dam and rocky points with jigs, minnows and spinners, Vi-% pounds. . '•...' Walleye — Good at rocky points and mud flats in 2-10 feet of water on jigs and worms, 1 3 pounds. The fish are biting, but most are under the 18 inches limit. Crappie — Fair in along rocks and brushy habitat in 2-8 feet of water on minnows and jigs, '/z-% pounds. Black bass — Fair to good in brushy 'shoreline habitat on jigs, minnows and spinner baits, V4-5 pounds. TUTTLE CREEK RESERVOIR General conditions — Water temperature is 71 degrees, water clear in the south end- and murky in the north end. Lake level is 1 foot high, releasing 3,500 cubic feet per second. Channel catfish — Good on worms! shad baits, minnows and sunfish on pole & line and set lines. Best in the north end and the tailwa- ters, 1-8 pounds. , . Crappie - Fair on jig and minnows along deeper rocky shoreline,'/2-1 pound. Saugeye — Fair to good on jig and worm in the tailwaters, 1 -2 pounds. GEARY STATE FISHING LAKE , Crappie — Fair on jigs and minnows hear brushy habitat in 2-5 feet of water, %•% pounds. .;.• Black bass — Good on jigs, minnows and spinner baits along the shoreline, Vi -5 pounds. WASHINGTON STATE FISHING LAKE' Crappie — Fair on jigs and minnows nar the dam and deeper shoreline, Vt-% pounds, •• Channel catfish — Good lakewide on worms, prepared baits and shad baits, 1 /2-4 pounds.
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