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2C THt TEWNCSStAH T d MAY 19. 1W2 WmEJ rrrz n n U VI I Orthmann claims Strawberry Stride By KIM SW1NT Spans Writer Residents lined the streets of Portland, Tenn., to cheer on runners participating in the sixth annual Strawberry Stride 5K (3. 1 mile) race Saturday. Despite the pressing wind on the last mile back to the finishing line, many runners were able to make personal-best times on this flat, smooth course. To no one's surprise, Nashville's James unnmann, who finished the first mile In 4 minutes, 23 seconds, was the top men's finisher at 15:04. He beat out last years winner, Brad Greer, who finished at 16:12. "The race seemed to go by real ly fast due to the flatness of the Mondiy:Sportipourrt i,uu,Y' T1 v' Tuudiy: Runninf first Strawberry Stride. Wlidiy:lVnckti Orthmann recently returned nturtfiy: Outdoors from the Crescent City race in MdagcfltiNii New Orleans, where he finished 1 1th out of 30,000 runners. Greer, a Tennessee graduate and former Brentwood Academy student, came in 46th in that race. Nashville's Susan Hoffman (19:13), who competed in this year's Boston Marathon, was the top women's finisher. Race proceeds went to help fund Portland High's football team. Here are the top finishers: Men's olvlsien Overel-James Orthmann 1504. 15-1 OavW Monday 1903, Jeffery Garb If 19, Joey Brown 21:10. 20-24-Matt HoMv 22:20, David Jones 23:55, Mark Harrison 75:25. 2S-2t-Brad Greer 16:12, Jeff Whittlnghil 16:40, Terry Quidlen 17:50. 30-34-Dean Jordan 101, Randy Brooks 19:39, Chuck TomMeston 20:29. 3S-39-Oan Smilhhisler 16 13, Andy Nathan 16:44, John Payne 17:24. 40-44-&uy Giles 17:59, Jerry Guiftre 1IM, Carl Pedersen 11:12. 4S--Mike Taglio 18:14, Jim Haynes 10 46, Ron Whilaker II 55 M-S4-Ray Langton IB SI, Dean Whitehead 1916, Jot ViKich 2042. 5S-S-&era4d Koch II 44, Don Shuemaker Ted Wilson 19:34. 60-tver-Fred Lovelace 24.22, John Bukard 27:39, Loftme Cox 21: 16. Women's tfvtsleii Overal-Suvan Hoffmen 19:13 20-24-Sarah Massev 25:24. B-29-Kim Swinl 23:04. Jean bvwl 73:41, Jennifer Welts 27i 30-34-Sherfi Bowers 19:27, Lll Stuart 21:25, ! ..- v Gentry 21:46 3i-19-Trish Steelman 20i, Lynn Hilner 22:31, Nancy Franco ?., 0-44-Teresa Brooks 2r04, Erika Inman 20:29, Nancy White. 45-S9-Joy Snr.ver 25 41, Kay Wolford 2007, Frieda Coleman. SO-S4-Elaino Moore 2344, Sue Whitehead 25:12, Gale Deal. 5S-S9-Chartot!e Buckmaster, , Joanne Leoerson. 0-ever-lurie Sharer 54:25. Geraldint Buliard 54:26. Franklin results: Due to an editor's error, a list of top finishers in the Franklin Classic 10K on May 9 was omitted. Here is that list: Men's dhrisien Ovtral VuoWefield 32 57. ly-under-Chrls Gvgl 4341, Jackson Miller 44:10, Andr ros-e tiOi. 20-24-Brandon Williams 33:12, Andrew Turner 31:11, Bob Seediock 42.37 2S-29-Guv Avery 34:44, Bill Boyd 36:51, Scott Sauteoury 39:54. M-34-JeH Lansdon 32:57, Eddie Smith 35.30, Barf Lowrey 36:49; 15-je-Dan Smilhhisler 34:57, Mark Jidov VHt, Glen Pakis 37:21 ao-44-Elmer Terry 36:37, Billy Bilbrev 37OT, Jerry Guiffre 37:26. 45-4 BIN Fannino 35:11, Glen Slewarl 30 20, John Oftutt 3144. S0-54-Rav Langton 31 53, Dean Whitehead 3971, Larry Wilson 42:34; Si-59-Wilder Campbell 40:10, Ted Wilson 40:49, Edward Brannen 43:33. eO-aver-Howard Rubin 40 16, Fred Steltemeier 44.00, Joe KiMeen 45:15. Women's division Overal-Donna McKennon 31:79. 19-under-Christine Jackson 14 49. 20-24- Jane Goodson 57:70, Kav Hardaway 55:71, Margaret Goodrum 55:72. 2J-29- Theresa Ptacock 31 40, Tracv Horlon 44:30, Kim Swint 47:50. 30-34-Robin Carrl-gan 45:41, Teresa Gendron 47:07, Jennifer Watson 49:31. JS-39-Pallie Jones 40:37, LyndeH Weeks 41:40, Nancy Phillips 45:52. 40-44-Erlka Inman 40:59, Teresa Brooks 42:43, Sarah McGinley 43:56. 45-49-Carol Dick 43:54, Bonnie Webb 49:09, Phyllis Siiemore 51 31 S0-S4-Sue Whitehead 5102, Joicetyn Gregory 56:25, Arene Gregory 56:51. SJ-i-Evelvn Zerfoss 50:43, Hekm Oversireet 56J4, Jo Ann Law 59:27. Coming up: Saturday: Memorial Day Classic Biathlon, 5K-30K-5K, Fayetteville, Tenn., call Pam Dean at 438-0140; The Church Challenge-group relay race, Riverdale High School, Murfreesboro, call Theresa Peacock at 890-0516. May 25: Cotton Row Run 10K" and 2 mile, write to 14019 Coy's Drive, Huntsville, Ala., 35803 or call (205) 881-5807. SPORTS A.M. Compiled by from staff, wire reports by Rich Ehrhard Finks wants reduced roster Jim Finks, general manager of the New Orlean Saints and chairman of the NFL Competition Committee, will make a proposal today at the league owners spring meeting in Pasadena, Calif., that teams carry 50-man rosters, but dress 40 on game days. Finks says a reduced game roster (from 45) would bring back more individual matchups, and also speed up the game and boost scoring by reducing defensive specialists. A close vote Is expected. Owners also are likely to cut Sacramento, Calif, and Jacksonville, Fla., from the expansion hopefuls list Expansion could be delayed until 1995. PLAYERS SUE These nine players filed an antitrust suit against the NFL in Philadelphia, saying the league has unlawfully restricted their ability to switch teams: Seta Joyner and Clyde Simmons of Philadelphia, Rod Woodson of Pittsburgh, Steve Beu-erlein of DallasBobby Hebert of New Orleans, DJ. Dozier of Detroit, Jeff Dellenbach and Scott Mitchell of Miami, and Kevin Ross of Kansas City. jjiiimj Blackhawks take 2-0 lead Steve Larmer scored two goals and assisted on the game-winner by Michel Goulet with 3:41 remaining in regulation to lead the host Chicago Blackhawks past the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 last night in Game 2 of the best-of-seven Campbell Conference finals. The Blackhawks have a 2-0 series lead. Tonight In the Prince of Wales finals, Pittsburgh, up 1-0 despite not having Mario Lemleux, hosts Boston. Mail-order steroids offered A company called All Star Fitness, which lists its-address as a Toronto post office box, has sent a mailing to high school athletes in Montana and Indiana offering 17 types of anabolic steroids costing from $12 to $85. The U.S. Postal Service has launched an investigation, saying it's illegal to mail or receive steroids. The Drug Enforcement Agency 14 calling it a likely ripoff. MTSU gets first signee Middle Tennessee State, which begins fast-pitch play this fall, made former Brentwood High standout janel Mehuron, who played shortstop the past two years for Martin Methodist its first scholarship signee. She was state player of the year in 1990. LJ'tMi-J I I- I.J1IUIIII I . I II II II I. Jii.iiyi. , ' V i J) V r, : L A? file Ivan Lendl, now ranked 1 1th, had been in the top 10 for 615 consecutive weeks. Lendl drops out of top 10 Ivan Lendl, for the first time In 12 years, was not in the top 10 when the ATP rankings were released yesterday. That means he will return to the French Open for the first time since 1989 as the No.ll seed. The French Open, which begins next Monday, seeds according to a player's computer ranking. The list of seeds, from 1 to 16: defending champion Jim Courier, Stefan Edberg, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Michael Stich, Michael Chang, Guy Forget Petr Kor-da, Goran Ivanisevic Carlos Costa, Lendl, Andre Agassi, Richard Krajicek, Aaron Krickstein, Alex-sandr Volkov, Brad Gilbert USA BEATS RUSSIA-Pete Sampras beat Alexsandr Volkov 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) and the doubles team of Patrick McEnroe and Jim Grabb topped Volkov and Andrei Cherkasov 7-6 (7-1), 4-6, 6-3 to give the United States a 2-1 win vs. Russia on the opening day of the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany. Cherkasov beat Derrick Rostagno 4-6, 6-0, 6-3. In other action, Spain, behind Emilio Sanchez's upset of Stefan Edberg, beat Sweden 3-0. KELLER LOSES Audra Keller of Memphis lost to Sandrine Testud 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 in the opening round of the Strasbourg (France) Open. McMurry to Chattanooga St. Former Gallatin standout Marlon McMurry signed a basketball scholarship last week with Chattanooga State Community College, a year after signing with Western Kentucky's football program. "I always liked playing basketball, but I signed with Western Kentucky because I was in a hurry to sign," said the 6-foot-5 McMurry, an all-state defensive end as a senior In 1990. "All my friends went football, so I went football, too." McMurry withdrew from Western during the fall semester, but was lured to the Junior college route by former Middle Tennessee State assistant Kyle Turn-ham, who was on the Blue Raider staff when McMur-ry's uncle Andrew Tunstlll played there. During a 27-6 season which saw the Green Wave advance to the Class AAA state quarterfinals, McMurry averaged 1 5 points and 1 2 rebounds. Wilson to oversee Pistons Tom Wilson, who has made the Detroit Pistons one of the NBA's most financially successful franchises as chief executive officer, was named team president yesterday. He said General Manager Jack McQoskey will continue to make all basketball-related decisions. Wilson added that a new coach (expected to be Ron Rothstein) will be named later this week. WALLER HONORED-Youngstown's Jamie Waller, formerly of the Nashville Stars, was named World Basketball League player of the week after averaging 27.2 points In three games. -LMJ ' Old Hickory team leads Eller The host Old Hickory Country Club team of pro Danny Smith and amateurs Scott Harriger, Chuck Eastman and Johnny Crowell shot a best-ball score of 13-under-par 58 yesterday to lead by one stroke after the first round of the Harold Eller Pro-Am. Teams from Warriors Path Golf, Rolling Hills Golf Club and Jackson Country Club are tied for second. Cookeville's Hubie Smith (67) leads the pro division, while Clarksville's Rob Long (68) tops the amateurs and Old Hickory's Arthur Jones (67) was low net The final round starts at 8 this morning. Trevecca trio advances in NAIA Second seed Juan Carlos Bianchi, along with Trevecca teammates Juan Martin Garat and Roger Mere, advanced yesterday to the third round of the NAIA men's championships in Kansas City, Mo. Adam Lane, Mucha Murapa and Fredrik Oscarsson lost in the first round. VOLLOSES-Debbie Moringiello of Tennessee lost to No. 5 seed Holly Lloyd of Florida in the first round of the NCAA women's tourney at Stanford. Charlton finding stopper role tough Reds reliever adjusting to job Last night's Nashville Sounds-Oklahoma City 89ers game was in extra innings at presstime. Gannett News Service CINCINNATI Norm Charlton is finding that getting a handle on this new stopper thing is sometimes tougher than controlling his fork-ball. Six weeks into the season, the Cincinnati Reds left-hander is one of the National League leaders in saves, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's feeling comfortable with his new role as a co-closer with right-hander Rob Dibble, who also happens to be his roommate. Rather, Charlton finds that "when I finally think I've found the answers, they change the questions." Charlton was a starter last year before moving to the bullpen as a setup man because of recurring shoulder problems. He was told by Reds manager Lou Piniella at the end of the 1991 season that he would share the closer's role this summer with Dibble. Then when Dibble was sidelined with tendinitis in his shoulder a week or so before opening day, Charlton was thrust into the role of the primary stopper. That was fine with him. But now that Dibble has returned, Charlton's appearances have dwindled, leaving him to ponder what twist the season will take next "People ask me all the time if I'm comfortable, and I give a different answer each time," Charlton said. "I don't really know what being a closer is all about because it's changing week to week. For a This Week's Feature ADULT FILM STAR CHANTILLY LACE M.V 40-94 mn i 10 av i MowtliMt: 7pm, 8pm, 11pm, 1am n .m, n ,i...,iiiM ,.li while, I was getting a lot of work and I really liked that situation. It was boom, boom, boom, one save after another. But now I'm going through a period where there haven't been a lot of save situations. "It's a strange deal because I don't know what I'm going to be doing from one week to the next" . Piniella said over the weekend that he plans to start relying more on Dibble, but added it's also nice to have a righty-lefty combination in the late innings. "Charlton has done a good job, and we'll use him to close, too," Piniella said. '.'We'll stay with whoever is hot Or there's nothing wrong with using one of them early and one late." Said pitching coach Larry Rothschild: "We've got to use them both, and I don't think there should be a problem doing that, especially when we start playing the way we're capable and taking a lot of leads into the eighth and ninth. Norm has made the adjustment stayed aggressive and is throwing the ball real well." Charlton has nine saves and is tied for third in the NL behind Lee Smith of St Louis and former teammate Randy Myers of San Diego. He leads the Reds' staff in appearances with 19, has worked 23 innings and owns a 1.90 earned run average. Aside from the erratic schedule of appearances, the most difficult adjustment for Charlton in being a closer has been handling the pressure on every pitch. With nearly every game at stake in the late innings, there's no margin for error. "I didn't think it would be a big deal, but it's turned out that it is a big deal," he said. "Everything you do in a stopper's position is magnified. ... If you give up a run in the sixth or seventh, there's still a few at-bats to get it back. If you give it up in the bottom of the ninth, it's usually over." Charlton, a Fort Polk, La., native and a member of the Reds' staff since 1988, has spent most of his eight-plus professional years as a starter. He was switched to the bullpen in 1989 with excellent results, posting an 8-3 record and a 2.93 ERA in 69 games. He was a member of the "Nasty Boys" relief troops in 1990 but then moved into the starting rotation at midseason and finishedSvith a 12-9 record and a 2.74 ERA. Sounds off The Nashville Sounds enjoy an infrequent off day today, then begin the season's longest consecutive streak. Beginning with tomorrow's two-game home series with Buffalo, the Sounds are to play 48 consecutive dates. Their next off day Is July 7. Howie happy to get chance Inf ielder Mark Howie was thrust into the Nashville lineup on a regular basis earlier this week when second baseman Jeff Small was placed on the seven-day disabled list The chance to play regularly was a welcome change for Howie. "I've always been an everyday, every-inning type of player," Howie said. "When I came here, my role changed and it was and adjustment getting into the lineup on something other than a regular basis. When that happens, you try to make something happen immediately in-steadof pacing yourself." Howie has played first second and the outfield this season, which he says is a bonus. "It's good for my career to be able to play more than one position, but I'm like everyone else I like being in the lineup every day." Moving up: It was just a little over a week ago that Nashville's pitching staff ranked seventh In the eight-team American Association in earned run average. Going into last night's game, the Sounds stood at No. 4 with a 4.23 team ERA. Buffalo is the league leader with a 3.92 ERA. Nashville also had a time not so long ago when it didn't have any pitcher among the league's top Individuals. That too, has changed with Keith Brown one of two five-time winners in the league. Brown is second in earned run average (2.62) , with Tony Menendez (3.06) seventh and Tim Pugh (3.51) lOth.Menen-dezs' 38 strikeouts have him tied for the league lead with Pugh right behind with 37. Cone: Nashville manager Pete Mackanin's eighth-inning ejection last night was the fourth for a Sound this year. Darnell Coles was tossed on April 20, Todd Trafton on May 7 and Mackanin on Maty 14. Upcoming at home Today Off-day Tomorrow vs. Buffalo, 7:35 Thursday vs. Buffalo, 7:35 Jura 1 vs. Indy, 7:35 Jura2vs.lndy,7:35 June 3 vs. Indy, 7:35 Jura 4 vs. Indy 7:35 American Association Entam DMstw W L Pet. C8 Buffalo ( Pirates) l 15 .559 -Indpolis (Expos) 17 17 .500 2 Nashville (Reds) la .457 3V4 Louisville (Cards) 13 JO .394 Sft Western Division Denver (Brewers) 21 16 .561 -Omaha (Rovalsl 20 16 .554 Ml 0. Citv (Rnors) 19 1 .514 t Iowa (Cubs) la 20 .444 4'4 Saturday's Garnet Indianapolis 12-6, Iowa 9-2 Omaha 4, Louisville 3, Isl ame Omaha 1, Louisville 1, 2nd inning, susp. Buffalo 4, Denver I Nashville 13, Oklahoma Citv 1 Sunday's Camel Iowa 8, Indianapolis 4 Omaha 4, Louisville 3, come, of susp.oame Louisville 2, Omaha 0 Denver 5, Buffalo 3, lsl game Buffalo 2, Denver 0, 2nd game Oklahoma City 4-4, Nashville 3-3 Monday's Games Indianapolis at Iowa Louisville al Omaha Denver al Buffalo Oklahoma Cily af Nashville Tuesday's Games Oklahoma Cily al Denver Omaha al Iowa Only games scheduled Sunday's late box 89ers 4, Sounds 3 ' SECOND GAME OKLAHOMA CITY NASHVILLE abrhM abrfiM 4 0 0 0 capra cf 5 0 12 5 0 1 0 Tartar rf 5 0 0 0 4 10 0 Berroa dh 4 0 2 0 3 2 10 Trallon If 4 0 10 McGinn 30 2 1 0 0 Wrona lb 3 12 0 Pettier rf 4 0 2 1 Howie 2b 2 10 0 3 0 12 Stone If 10 0 0 3 0 0 1 Wilson c 3 110 4 0 10 Gonialei 3b 3 0 0 1 Green ss 10 10 Frye2b Miller ss Maurer lb Balbonldn Haufmanc Jackson H Browercf Schulioh 0 0 00 ToM 32 4 t 4 Total 31 3 I 3 Oklahoma City 010 000 030 4 NaihriH 000 030 00 - 3 E-Howie, Green. DP-NashviUe 1. LOB Oklahoma City 0, Nashville I 2B Miller, Trafton, Green. SB-Brower (5). S-Green. --jacuon, boniaiei. Oklahoma City Elvira Alexander W,2-3 Fireovld Manuel 5,4 Nastivfte Menendei Fisher Segura Foster L.0-1 IP H RERBBSO ( 1 1 1 4 21 'A 2 WP-ElvIra, Segura. 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 1 1 I 1 The Chicken The Famous Chicken will be at Greer Stadium: Jun 18 vs. Omaha, 7:35 p.m. July 4 vs. Louisville, 7:35 p.m. with post-game fireworks. Aug. 17 vs. Buffalo, 7:35 p.m. Formosa big winner in young boy's eyes By LARRY WOODY Sports Writer Fifth-grader John Taylor, who lost a leg to a congential birth defect, was down in the dumps last summer when his parents took him to a stock car race. But when race winner Bubba Formosa climbed from his car for the trophy presentation, the youngster noticed something he says changed his entire outlook. Formosa, too, has only one leg. "I realized that if Bubba could drive a race car with one leg, I could do anything I wanted to," says Taylor, who attends Gladeville elementary school. . "I root for him all the time. He's my favorite driver. Someday I want to be a race driver, too." "I'm glad I could help the little boy," says Formosa, who has presented his No. 1 fan an autographed T-shirt and photo. "I attend some benefits for the handicapped, and everywhere I go I tell people they can do anything r FORMOSA they want to do if they put their mind to It," Formosa says. "A handicap is only what you let it be." Formosa, 32, lost his left leg in May 1984 when he was pinned beneath his overturned automobile for 17 hours. "I was on my way home after working on my race car all night and fell asleep," Formosa says. "I went over a bank and nobody found me until the next day." Formosa spent 63 days In a hospital. He was released on a Saturday, and the next Saturday he was back racing. "My cousins, Tony and Nicky, visited me about every day and helped keep my spirits up," Formosa says. "We talked about racing, and they kept telling me I could come back. By the time I got out of the hospital, I was ready to go." Formosa, who competes in Nashville Raceway's Limited Late Model Sportsman division, at first relied on a hand clutch to shift gears. Now, with the aid of a prosthesis, he is able to operate a regular clutch. Formosa has won 12 feature'rac-es since his accident. When he's not driving race cars he's building them. "I feel like I'm the luckiest person on earth," Formosa says. Injuries won't keep Mears on sidelines INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The hardest thing for Rick Mears to do, following a terrifying crash almost two weeks ago at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is to get into his race car. Get in and get out, that is. The four-time and defending Indianapolis 500 champion still has no fear of driving his Penske-Chevro-let-B at breakneck speeds in the narrow confines of the speedway's 2Irmile oval. But he is somewhat restricted in his movements while recovering from a broken bone in his left foot, a sprained right wrist and general soreness in his upper body. Mears crashed May 6 when he drove through water pouring from his own car. He hit the concrete wall in Turn 2 with a sickening thud, pieces scattered to the winds and the car turned upside down and then skidded on its top for more than 600 feet. In the midst of the crash, the veteran racer was alert enough to draw his feet up under the dash, probably saving himself from crippling leg injuries. "I am a realist, but I enjoy racing," Mears said yesterday in a telephone Interview from his home in Jupiter, Fla., where he is taking a couple of days off before returning to the speedway to prepare for Sunday's race. "I think I'll be fine by race day. "Practicing last week, I didn't feel it that much once I got in the car. It was getting to the car and getting in 2nd out of it that Vas tough."

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