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2C TMg TtHNrttlAN TuoedaWJUNC j. W1 c SPORTS A.M Compiled from staff, wire reports by Tom Wood Hawks set to name Wilkens Lenny Wilkens, who quit as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers a week ago, will be named coach of the Atlanta Hawks today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The newspaper said Wilkens will sign a multlyear contract today and then be Introduced at an afternoon news conference. Wilkens also was being pursued by the Los Angeles Clippers. He would succeed Bob Weiss, who was fired after the Hawks were swept In the opening round of the playoffs by Chicago. The newspaper said neither team president Stan Hasten nor general manager Pete Babcock would comment on its report Nashville Racers go the distance By KIM SW1WT Sports Writer Ninety degree weather may have caused the Nashville Racers team to slow down their pace at the Birmingham Track Club Classic, but it didn't stop them from leaving victorious. Coach Roland Rust of the Racer's team, lead the group by example when he finished as the overall winner In the 5000 meter event "It was a hot day to run a longer distance event-said Roland Rust, who is a professor at Vanderbilt Brooks leaves New Jersey Herb Brooks, who coached the New Jersey Devils to a franchise-record 40 victories but couldn't win the team's respect quit after less than a year with the club. The resignation means the Devils will enter next season with their sixth coach in seven years. In a statement highly critical of Brooks, team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said the coach had indicated his desire to resign, but a formal announcement was not to be made for a week. In a statement released by his agent Brooks praised Lamoriello but added, "I feel It is important that I move on and explore possible opportunities in and out of hockey." He did not elaborate. APOLOCY ACCEPTED - Buffalo Sabres goalie Grant Fuhr has turned down an offer to join a country club which Initially denied him membership, but he did accept the club's apology. "You're never too big to accept an apology," said Fuhr, who Implied last week that Transit Valley Country Club In suburban Amherst may have rejected him because he is black. University. "It was a race for the tough, not the fast." The newest member of the team, Theresa Peacock, didn't have any problem pulling her share of the winning load. Peacock, from Murfreesboro, finished first in the 1500 with a time of 5:07, followed by Nashville Racer, Andrea Davis, who placed second. "Racing on a track Is new to me," said Peacock who is the Texas advances to CWS Mark Prather singled home the winning run as Texas rallied for two runs In the ninth Inning and beat Southern Cal 3-2 at Austin, Texas, to advance to the College World Series for the 27th time. Tony Nieto (8-5), who had allowed two hits In eight Innings, hit Jerry Taylor with a pitch with one out Conway, hitting for Joel Williamson, followed with an RBI double. Tim Harkrider singled and, one out later, Prather singled to right Oklahoma State and Kansas won last night to round out the eight-team field for the College World Series, which gets under way on Friday night in Omaha, Neb. Others Include Long Beach State, Texas A&M, LSU, Arizona State and Wichita State. In Knoxville, Darryl Monroe's Infield bouncer In the tenth Inning gave Kansas a 3-2 victory over Fresno State. Oklahoma State beat Arizona 11-10 In the Midwest Regional final at Stillwater, Okla. Monday. S ports pourrl Tutdy: Running WwlnMday-.tVTkktU Thurtday OuWoofl FHday;ntneu ' i ' AP TSU lands first signee Leejuana Bryant a third baseman at McGavock High School is the first signee for the Tennessee State women's softball program that will start up next season. "I had already applied to Tennessee State and planned to walk on to the volleyball team, then I found out they had a softball team," Bryant said. ARIZONA WINS Arizona took advantage of a UCLA error to defeat the defending national champions 1-0 and win the College Softball World Series yesterday in Oklahoma City. Day won't appeal case Jockey Pat Day will not appeal a suspension that will keep him from riding In Saturday's Belmont Stakes. Day, who rode last year's Kentucky Derby winner Lil E. Tee and 1989 Belmont winner Easy Goer, was scheduled to ride Cherokee Run for trainer Frank Alexander in the third leg of the Triple Crown. He was suspended by Churchill Downs stewards for careless riding after the disqualification of his mount Tom Twain, In Saturday's second race. HAPPY TOGETHER - For the first time at any track in the world, dogs and horses ran on the same racing program yesterday in a one-day experiment at the Birmingham Race Course. The track ran a 20-race program, featuring 10 horse and 10 greyhound races, run alternately. A Memorial Day crowd of 6,342 attended and bet $627,816 $386,992 on the greyhounds, $240,824 on the horses. PINCAY WINS Ibero, a California horse ridden by Laffit Pincay, showed New York his best once more, winning the $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park by 1 ft lengths. mother of three girls Micah 6, Brianna 4, and Grace, 2. "I tried it for a new challenge. You tend to push harder because you're in a smaller group running neck-to-neck." Even though Peacock has had three children in the past six years, it didn't put an end to her running and racing. "When I was pregnant with my youngest child Grace, I raced up until twelve days before she was born, at the Veterans Administration 5K run in Murfreesboro," Peacock said. "Since this Is one year that I'm not pregnant or just have had a baby, I'm looking forward to racing under normal conditions and improving my times, which is one of the reasons I joined the Racers." Andrea Davis, who was runner-up to Peacock In the 1500, turned the tables on her in the 800 meter race. Davis, this time took first, leaving Peacock in the second place position. Other members, also seemed unaffected by the hot temperatures, finishing their events with their best-ever times of their racing career. Dale Davis, mother of Andrea, set a personal best of 5 minutes and 37 seconds In the 1500 meter. Evelynn Zerfoss also had a personal best in the 1500 meter of 6:12, which placed her first in her age division, 55-59. Next on the Racer's racing calendar is Sportsfest coming up in June and the Nissan 10K and Relay race, in August Coming Up: Saturday: 20 Miles for 20 Years, fun run or walk, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Warner Parks Nature Center, contact Georgeanne Chapman at 370-8053; Run-fer-the-Hills 10K, in Gat-linburg, contact Allan Morgan 1-673-8020; Saturday, June 12: Peanut Jubilee 5K, Duathlon, 2 Mile Race Walk and Fitness Walk, contact Paul Haase, 1-296-2895 or 2964865. Juan Manuel Fangio II holds aloft his trophy after winning the Lime Rock Grand Prix at a speed of 87.9 mph. Indy gives out $7.68 million A record $7,681,300 were distributed last night by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the traditional victory banquet for the 33 Indy 500 drivers. The purse included $6,150,200 from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation. The balance of the purse was provided by sponsors for designated awards, for participation in the 500 parade and for lap leaders. The speedway prize topped the mark of $6,075,200 set last year when $7,527,450 was handed out Brazilian Emerson Fittlpaldl, who won Sunday's race, received $1,155,304, which fell short of the more than $1.2 million Al Unser Jr. received for winning last year. Runner-up Arte Luyendyk received $681,303 and third place Nigel Mansell, who was named Rookie of the Year, received $391,203. Fittipaldi's prize would have been higher, but he drank orange juice Immediately after the race, thus giving up the $5,000 the American Dairy Association traditionally gives to the winner for drinking milk. He drank the juice before reluctantly drinking milk. LIME ROCK Juan Manuel Fangio II won the Lime Rock Grand Prix yesterday at Lakeville, Conn., extending his winning streak to four and Toyota's record winning streak to 12. Syracuse beats N. Carolina Syracuse won its fourth NCAA Division I lacrosse title in the last six years yesterday at College Park, Md., when Matt Riter scored on a breakaway with eight seconds left to beat North Carolina 13-12. Langer wins European PGA Masters champion Bernhard Langer eagled the 12th hole for the second consecutive day yesterday, fired a 6-under-par 68 and breezed to a frshot victory in the $1 million European PGA Championship at Virginia Water, England. Mays not coming for show Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays has withdrawn from an appearance at a local card show this Sunday at the Music City Sheraton. Sounds beat 89ers 6-5 in 13 innings American Association Southern League First HaH Eastern Division Eastern Division W W LPCt.OB 27 19 .587 -27 21 .563 1 L Pet. Nashville (WSox) Louisville (Cards) Indianapolis (Reds) Buffalo (Pirates) Huff isn't getting huffy, but wants to make stand Nashville Sounds outfielder Michael Huff has been on an increasingly frustrating roller coaster ride, one that he'd like to remove himself from as quickly as possible. First off, he's an exceptional defensive outfielder, 16 24 27 29 .647 .520 .460 .431 23 27 .40 20 21 .417 GB 6'4 9'i 11 ll'i Green.(Broves) 33 Orlando (Cubs) 26 Knox. (Blue Javs)23 Carolina (Pirates) 22 J'ville (Mariners) 22 30 .423 Western Division Nashville (Twins) 29 20 .592 Challa. (Reds) 26 27 .491 S B'ham (WSox) 25 26 .490 S Hunts. (Athllcs) 24 25 .490 5 Memphis (Rovals)23 27 .460 6v Saturday's Garnet Carolina 6, Knoxville 3 Jacksonville 5-0, Chattanooga 2-7 Orlando 5, Birmingham 0 Huntsville 6, Greenville 0 Memphis 3, Nashville 2, (10) Sunday's Garnet Greenville 3, Nashville 0 Knoxville 2, Carolina 1 Chattanooga 6, Jacksonville 5 Orlando 5, Birmingham I Memphis 4, Huntsville 3 Monday's Garnet Orlando at Jacksonville Nashville at Greenville Knoxville at Carolina Huntsville at Memphis, 2 Tuesday's Games Orlando at Jacksonville Nashville at Greenville Birmingham at Knoxville, 2 Huntsville at Memphis Xpress 4, Braves 2 NASHVILLE GRENVULE By LARRY TAFT Sports Writer Joe Hall's 13th-innlng single scored Brad Komminsk from second base to give Nashville a 6-5 win over Oklahoma City last night in the Sounds' longest game of the year. Nashville's win in the 13-inning, 3-hour, 55-minute game, gives the Sounds a one-game lead as they embark on an eight-game road trip tomorrow. "A game like this you really want to get it over," Hall said. "Normally late in a game with runners on first and second and no one out, you might be bunting, but in one like this, you figure to let three guys go up and take their hacks and see what happens." Nashville scored an unearned run to tie the see-saw battle at 4-4 in the sixth, then rallied to send it to extra innings when it evened it 5-5 in the ninth on Norber to Martin's two-out single.The Sounds began the 13th with Komminsk drawing a leadoff walk from Jim Acker, the third 89er pitcher. Komminsk advance to second when Acker, who entered the game in the 13th, threw wildly to first in an errant pickoff attempt Acker intentionally walked Matt Merullo, setting up Hall's single to right-center. "It's always good to win In extra innings, especially when you've come back twice like we did," Komminsk said. "It was great to get Joe's big hit It should definitely be a confidence booster for us when we go to second-place Louisville tomorrow." Mike Mongiello got the win, improving to 2-1 as he pitched iy3 innings of scoreless relief. "Games like this you take one out at a time. You know that if you make a mistake, it can kill you," said Mongiello, the third Sounds pitcher. "That's why I was kicking myself when I walked Jon Shave to lead off the last inning. Fortunately, we got him in a pickoff. I knew that sooner or later we'd score a run. Tomorrow night SOUNDS: The Sounds have their last scheduled off day tonight before the July 13-14 break before embarking tomorrow on an eight-game, eight-day road trip to Louisville and Buffalo. XPRESS: Idle tonight, the Xpress send out long-reliever Jeff Mansur (3-0, 3.79) to the mound to face Mike Hostetler (1-0, 0.0O) of host Greenville in a 6:15 p.m. game. an adequate hitter and a good clubhouse man; however, he keeps finding himself shuttling between the minors, where he is an everyday player, and the majors, where he is used sparingly. "There's an obvious difference, physically, because playing everyday is different. You have to get your body to readjust and take care of Bulldogs earn berth in semis By JEFF OLSON Gannett News Service DES MOINES, Iowa Cumberland's latest survival test was a matter of numbers. The Bulldogs eliminated Geneva College (Pa.) 6-1 yesterday to reach the final four of the NAIA World Series thanks to two singles, one sacrifice fly, one error and seven consecutive scoreless innings by pitcher Jason Farrell, whose pitches weren't overpowering or fancy, just accurate. Cumberland meets St. Francis (111.) today. "With our defense, you just have to get the ball over the plate," Farrell said. "Our defense, I still think, is the best in the country. That's all you have to do is get the ball over the plate and let them put the ball in play." Geneva was able to put the ball In play, but rarely got it out of the Infield. After a home run in the second inning by Geneva pitcher Steve Shaffer, Farrell allowed just five baserunners. Only one reached second base. "He's just a tough pitcher. He got us to the next game, that's all we could ask for," Cumberland Coach Woody Hunt said. After his six-hit fivestrikeout, one-walk performance, Farrell pitched the praise toward the player who drove in the winning run his catcher, Scott Corman. "My catcher moved me around all day and we kept the ball inside," Farrell said. "With our defense, that's all you have to do." That and score a few runs. Randy Jennings sent Mark Purvis to third with a single in the fifth. Corman drove in both with a abrtiN abrtibi Becker cf 4 0 3 0 Kowili cf 4010 4010 5000 Otmeda2b 4000 Gkwanla3b 3000 Raabe 2b Hocking ss Cordova If Durant dh 3000 Roass 4120 4110 Hughes rf 3112 3223 SancheiK 3020 Mola lb western Division Iowa (Cubs) 33 14 .702 - Omaha (Royals) 26 24 .520 1 N.Orleans (Brewers) 19 27 .413 13 Ola. City (Rangers) 16 31 340 17 Monday's Garnet Indianapolis 2, Louisville 1 Iowa 6, Omaha 2 Nashville 6, Oklahoma City 5 (13) N.Orleans at Buffalo, ppd., rain Tuesday's Garnet No games scheduled Wednesday's Garnet Nashville at Louisville Buffalo at Indianapolis Iowa at Oklahoma City Omaha at New Orleans How they scored Nashvle first: Allan Anderson pitching. Esteban Beltre grounds out. Nor-berto Martin slrikes out. Michael Huff homers. Drew Denson flies out. Nash-vie 1, Oklahoma City 0. Oklahoma City fourth: Rodney Bolton pitching. Dan Pellier singles, to second on wild pitch. Sieve Balbonl homers. Rob Ducev singles, forced al second on Mario Dial double-play groundout. Benny Distefano pops up. Oklahoma City 2, Nashvle I. Nashya fourth: Huff flies out. Denson singles, forced al second on Brad Kom-minsk fielder's choice groundout. Mat Merullo doubles, scoring Kommlnsk. Joe Hall slrikes oul. Nashvle 2, Oklahoma City 2. Oklahoma CHv Wtrc Larry Hanlon walks, to second on Doug Davis groundout. Donald Harris singles, scoring Hankm. Harris forced al second on Luke Sable fielder's choice groundout. Peltier tingles, Sable to third. Balbonl grounds out. Oklahoma City 3, Nashya 2. Nasfnrae Mitt: Rick Wrona strikes out. Shawn Gilbert doubles. Beltre grounds out. Gilbert scores on Marlin single with Martin thrown out trying (or second. Nashvlo 3, Oklahoma CHv X Oklahoma City sixth: Ducev homers. Dial slrikes out. Distefano Hies out. Hankm grounds oul. Oklahoma City 4, Nashvle 1 Nashvle sixth: Huff singles. Denson slrikes out. Komminsk flies oul. Huff steals second, scores as Merullo reaches via fielding error. Hall flies out. Nashvle 4, Oklahoma City 4. Oklahoma City ninth: Fred Dabney pitching. Distefano strikes oul. Hanlon grounds oul. Davis homers Harris triples. Mike Mongielk) In to pitch. Sable grounds oul. Oklahoma City S, Nithvle Nashvat ninth: HaH singles, forced at second on Wrona fielder's choice groundout. Pinch-hitler Warren Newson walks, Wrona to second. Frank Campos enters game as pinch-runner for New-son. Pinch-hitter Scott Ceplcky strikes out. Martin singles, scoring Wrona with Campos to third. Marlin to second on catcher's indifference. Huff walks, loading bases Denson strikes oul. Nashvat' 5, Oklahoma City J. Nashvle 13th: Jim Acker In to pilch. Komminsk walks, to second on throwing error on pickoff attempt. Merullo walked Intentionally. Hall singles, scoring Komminsk. Nashvle i, Oklahoma City 5. McDonald rf 3121 Ketty ph 1000 Olanuei ph 1000 Heath dh 4000 Grifol c 3011 Houston c 3010 Houk 3b 400 1 Gillis 3000 Totah 34 4 103 Totals 12 212 Nashvle 010 000 100 -4 Grtenvt 000 000 200-2 DP-Nashville 3, Greenville 2. LOB- Nashville 7, Greenville S 2B-Becker, Durant. HR-Hughes (5). SB-Becker (9). S-Grifol. IP H R ER BB SO Nashvle MunoiW6-2 7 S 2 2 2 6 KoniecikiS 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 Munoz leads Xpress past Greenville, 4-2 3 3 1 I 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 Uoshaw L 4-4 4V Rilter JVi Pollev Vi Williams 1 T-225. A 1,895. yourself to remain strong," Huff said. "The mental part is more difficult It's hard to accept when even the White Sox say that I'm playing better than some guys they have up, but because of whatever reasons, I'm sent down." Huff hit .318 with 78 RBI and 32 stolen bases in 1989 and followed up with a .325 batting average, 84 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 1990 at Los Angeles' Triple-A Albuquerque club. "I felt I should have been in the big leagues in 1990, but the Dodgers tried to convert Juan Samuel to the outfield and signed Hubie Brooks and Stan Javier," Huff said. "I wound up unprotected going to Cleveland on Rule 5 and that's where the White Sox got me." Last year Huff was up and down from the majors to the minors, and this year it's been more of the same. He started the season in Nashville, was promoted to Chicago, then sent down when Tim Raines returned from the disabled list "It's very frustrating because you get sent down through no fault of your own or the manager or anyone. You just get caught up in a numbers situation." Huff, who holds a computer science and industrial engineer degree from Northwestern, works actively with Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and is a member of the Leukemia Society of America's national sports committee. "I got involved with the Leukemia Society because my sister had leukemia as a child," he explained, "and my wife and I have always thought we could do most good, off the field, by helping with children. We're very committed." Coming back: Infielder Chris Cron, who hyper-extended his right knee in Thursday's game at Omaha, has hnproved to the point that he is day-to-day. - .... Red-hot Pedro Grifol, who catches for Munoz every time he pitches, then smacked a single, which scored Mota while moving McDonald to third. Leadoff hitter Rich Becker then crunched a triple, which scored McDonald and Grifol. Becker would be the last hitter that loser Lee Upshaw (4-4) would face. Meanwhile, Munoz was busy holding the Braves bats at bay. The Braves didn't get on the board until the seventh when they already trailed 4-0. Greenville's Troy Hughes hit a homer with a man on base to give the Braves all the runs they would score. Nashville reliever Dom Konieczki earned his second save of the season by pitching two innings of perfect relief. Konieczki struck. Becker was the offensive hero for the Xpress. The center fielder had a single, double and his two-run triple. He also sniped his ninth base of the season. GREENVILLE, S.C. Oscar Munoz scattered eight hits in seven innings of work and Willie Mota and Rich Becker both had three hits last night as the Nashville Xpress streaked to a 4-2 Southern League win over Greenville. Munoz continues to be one of the most impressive pitchers in the league this season. The big righthander from Miami, who has yet to be hit hard any start this year, entered the game with a 2.25 ERA. He allowed two earned runs and walked only two while fanning six last night to pick up his sixth win in eight decisions and keeping the Sounds comfortably ahead in the West Division. The Xpress got Munoz all the runs he needed in the fifth. Designated hitter Mike Durant began the inning with a double to right-center. Mota followed with a single and Mike McDonald then smacked a single to center to bring Durafit home and send Mota to second. How they scored Xpress 4, Braves 2 Nashvle fifth: Lee Uoshaw pitching. Mike Durant doubles to right-center. Willie Mota singles. Durant moves to third. Mike McDonald singles to center field. Durant scores. Mota to second. Pedro Grifol singles. Mola scores. McDonald to third. Tom Houk grounds Into a double play. McDonald scores. Rich Becker triples. Darren Ritter in to pilch. Raabe grounds to short. Nashvle 3, Greenvle a Nashvike seventh: Mota singles. McDonald singles. Mota to second. Grifol sacrifice bunt. Mola to third. McDonald to second. Houk grounds to second. Mota scores. McDonald to third. Becker walks. Becker steals second. Raabe slrikes out. Nashvle 4, Greenvle a Greenville seventh: Oscar Munoi pitching. Hector Roa singles. Troy Hughes homers Roa scores. Hector Sanchez singles Tom Heath grounds Into double play. Tyler Houston singles Tim Gillis grounds out to pitcher. Nashvat 4, Greenvle 1 Xpress promotions June 4 Sunglasses night June 5-Beach Towel night June 18-U$ed Car night June 19-Chubby Checker Concert June 20-Shaver Kit night July 2-CHd Baseball Card night July 3-July 4th Fireworks mm6 Sounds promotions May 28-Wrislband night May 30 Memorial Day Fireworks June 1 1 Wrislwatch night June 12 Baseball glove night June 15 The Famous Chicken June 25-Equipmenl Bag night June 26-Bat night July 4-Fourlh of July Fireworks July 9 Team Picture night July 10-Team Hat night July 24 Uniform Shirt night July 25 Old Timers game July 29-Max Patkin July 30-Neejn Hat night mm

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