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Friday, April 1, 1988
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E 2 THE COURIER-JOURNAL. FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 1588 ilffliiirfn')il1ifWi'liijllllii''' SPORTS E EDITED BY DAVE ROOS Dave Winfield Teammates can read the standings - The New York Yankees are offering authorright fielder Dave "Winfield around both leagues but haven't been able to make a trade. Thats just fine with winfield's teammates, who care more that Winfield has the right stuff than that he writes stuff. "Put it this way," said pitcher Dave Righ-etti. "If he gets traded to an American League 'team, I'll be (ticked). It's not that we don't "need right-handed power hitting." "Who can you get to replace Dave Winfield?" outfielder Rickey Henderson said. Of owner George Steinbrenner's heated reaction to "Winfield, a Player's Life," Henderson said, "The whole thing doesn't bother us too much now. it s still only spring training and we re . having fun. But it might bother us if it doesn't stop." As for the author himself, Winfield scoffs at the trade talk. "If they could trade me, don't you think they would have traded me a few years ago?" he said. "Why are they telling me this now? All of . these machinations; all of it is for the press and for the public. It isn't doing the team or the players any good." That was a tough sixth-grade class Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe started out on the same mean streets. "We went to school together the sixth grade in P.S. 396 ". in Brownsville (a tough section of Brooklyn)," Bowe recalled. "I . really didn't know him." They took different roads from there. Tyson ended up in reform school, discovered boxing and became the world heavyweight champion. Bowe graduated from high school and studied business administration and drama at a community college. But he also discovered boxing, which means their paths could cross again. Bowe, a 20-year-old super-heavyweight, is competing in the U.S. Amateur Boxing Championships this week in Colorado Springs, Colo. His goal is to qualify for the Olympics something Tyson was unable to do win the gold and then go for the cash. "Two or three years down the road, I'll be getting $15 million or $20 million," said Bowe. "I anticipate me and Tyson having a couple of fights a la Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. It'll be a thrilla, but it won't be in Manila." Of Mavericks and other bum steers The Dallas Mavericks have scheduled a players-only meeting today, presumably to discuss the shouting match that occurred after Tuesday s 120-106 loss to Atlanta. Several players said that blowup centered on the effort of Mark Aguirre, who played only seven minutes in the second half, asked to come out of the game and didn't participate in team huddles. Aguirre, however, says things are fine. "What happened is between me and my teammates and the coaches," he said. "It's not something that is supposed to be out of the locker room." Said center James Donaldson: "We know we're going to lose some, but we have to make sure everyone is going to be there for tos. . Maybe things have just been overly sensitive when we lost. "We're coming down the stretch and we need to be on the same wavelength. It's going to be a very friendly meeting." Six years later, back in his field Wolfgang Schmidt, former world record-holder in the discus whose career ran into an Iron Curtain after he tried to escape from his East German homeland, returns to competition for the first time in six years in today's Miami Gatorade Track Classic. Schmidt, 33, set the world record in 1978 with a throw of 233 feet, 5 inches. But he was convicted of forging visa documents and four other charges and sent to prison in August. 1982. After his release 16 months later, East Germany did not allow him to enter competition. After years of trying to leave, Schmidt -was allowed to emigrate to West Germany last November. Since then, he has been training in California with hopes of gaining a place on his new country's track and field team for the 1988 Olympics. The Miami meet will give Schmidt a chance to prove he can still compete against top athletes. Among those entered is John Powell, the U.S. discus champion for the past two years. In September 1987, Powell won the Wolfgang Schmidt Memorial discus meet with a toss of 236-6. 25 in the program, 23 in the heart Mark Aguirre Kansas Ail-American Danny Manning wears No. 25 on his basketball jersey and No. 23 on his wristband. "It shows you what kind of person Danny is," said Archie Marshall, a tragic subplot in what has become a season of wonder for the Jayhawks. "He cares. He really does." Marshall wore No. 23 until a knee injury Dec. 30 ended his career. He'll be on the bench watching Kansas play Duke tomorrow in the Final Four semifinals, while his number runs the floor with Manning. "One reason Danny decided to come back Archie Marshall to school (and forgo the pro draft) was Archie," said Manning's mother, Darnelle. "Archie thought Danny wasn't coming back, but they talked it all out one night. Danny really wanted to play with Archie one more year." Manning and Marshall are inseparable companions, yet Marshall says not one word has passed between them about the wristband. "I noticed it without him saying anything," Marshall said. "I'd heard he was going to have No. 23 painted in his hair, but I didn't believe it" Translating Alex English to Spanish The Denver Nuggets have announced plans for a radio station to begin broadcasting their games in Spanish. Nuggets owner Sidney Shlenker said KBNO, a Spanish station, will begin its broadcasts with the April 5 game at Houston. Road games will be broadcast from the KBNO studio by translating the Nuggets broadcasts on KOA radio, while home games will be broadcast live from courtside, beginning with the April 13 game with the Los Angeles Lakers. Giovanni Urueta will call the play-by-play while Luis Canela will do the color commentary. "Denver has a very large Hispanic community, and by broadcasting our games over a Spanish-speaking station, we will be letting a lot of people experience the Denver Nuggets who otherwise may never get the opportunity," Shlenker said. "This is very exciting to me, and I'm sure KBNO's audience will be just as excited." Quick comments Oklahoma forward Harvey Grant, on what it's like being guarded by teammate Dave Sieger in practice: "I dread it. You will not touch the ball unless he wants you to touch it." California Angels second baseman Mark McLemore, on what he learned as a rookie last season: "I learned to stay within myself. I realized I couldn't try to be Joe Morgan or Davey Lopes or somebody else. I have to be Mark McLemore. Unfortunately, I didn't realize it until August." Mets second baseman Wally Backman, upon learning Tim Teufel had earned the position full-time: "I had a bad year and I was the first one to admit that. But I wish it would have died at the end of the '87 season." Sullivan is optimistic about new Penske car By STAN SUTTON Staff Writer Danny Sullivan's roots are in Louisville, his residence is in Aspen, Colo., and his heart seems to be in Europe. But his office is in the snug cockpit of Roger Penske's new PC-17, the car Sullivan believes represents his best chance to repeat his 1985 victory in the Indianapolis 500. Heading into the first Indy-car race of the season April 10 at Phoenix, Ariz., Sullivan has tested the PC-17 at five racetracks. "Most of the places where we had a yardstick, like Phoenix and Indian- Danny Sullivan apolis, we've seemed to be quicker than anybody had gone in any kind of testing," he said. "But you can't really tell until you get on the track with everybody." The hopes of Sullivan and teammate Rick Mears were enhanced when Penske hired Nigel Bennett, the designer of the Lola cars that ran so well in 1987 for such drivers as Indy-car season champion Bobby Rahal and Mario Andretti. The PC-17's success in testing leaves it far ahead of Penske's 1987 model, the PC-16, which handled so badly that the team switched to the March chassis for most of the season. "We're starting off with a competitive car," Sullivan said. "We may not be necessarily quicker than everybody else, but at least we're up at the front. We're not starting five strikes behind." The start of last season was frustrating for Sullivan, who posted three victories in '84 and two in each of the next two years. However, after breakdowns marred the first part of his '87 season, Sullivan had six top-five finishes in his last nine events. The Indy-car season opens with the Checker 200 at the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway. A week later comes the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.), with Indianapolis the third stop on the tour. Phoenix will give the first indication of who will run the strongest this season. "It's a good indicator of how your car's going to handle," Sullivan said in a telephone press conference from Aspen yesterday. "Even though it's a mile track and doesn't really relate to Indianapolis, it usually gives you a pretty good idea of how your car's going to go there. "It's the season opener; everybody's fired up. It's also one of the few places during the winter where people can test on a regular basis." Entering his 20th season of Indy-car racing, Penske has fielded six Indy 500 winners and seven Indy-car season, champions. But when Mears went winless in '86 and Sullivan did last year, the Penske team no longer seemed invincible. "Last year at Indy, a lot of people probably were having their great laughs at the way the Penske team was struggling," Sullivan said. "But he goes and pulls it out of the box. You can .never count the team or that guy out He's going to find a way to win." Penske's struggles ended when Al Unser Sr. won at Indianapolis, and Mears followed with a 500-mile victory later in the year at Pocono, Pa. Penske cars have won three of the past four Indianapolis 500s. Sullivan has yet to win an Indy-car season championship, finishing third or fourth in three of the past four years. The title remains a prime goal. But he also hopes to race again in Formula One, where he floundered in inferior equipment in 1983. "I guess I've mellowed a little bit with age, but that doesn't mean the fire's still not there," he said. However, the setup Sullivan enjoys with Penske makes venturing back into European-based racing unlikely, probably even unwise. "I'm not going to leave a competitive outfit just to go back to Formula One," said the 38-year-old Sullivan. "I'm also, by Formula One standards, not exactly a young driver. "I've got to be realistic about it actually happening. I started in Europe. So, like a guy who starts on short tracks in the South wants to win in NASCAR, my goal is to win in Formula One. But I've been very lucky to have another series that I could come back to and have the opportunity to win a lot of races." Of his seven Indy-car victories, nothing ever will equal the one at Indianapolis. Unless it's another one there. "It's the crown jewel of our sport to win the Indianapolis 500," Sullivan said. "By winning it, you kind of relieve that pressure. But also, having won it one time, you realize what a feeling it is and what it means. 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