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n 'mqj rf "y f iy i "ry "My my Friday, June 24, 1994 The Arizona Republic C5 , LA to keep Raiders at least through '94 " fans by Sept. 1 1, when the Raiders are scheduled to host the Seattle Sea-hawks in their first home game. The Raiders will play all preseason games at other sites. The agreement will put 8 percent of ticket-sale revenues, the amount the Raiders normally pay in rent, into a special account. That figures to be more than $500,000. Coliseum officials said the money could be used to secure revenue bonds or a loan to complete the Coliseum's renovation before the 1995 season. The commission also agreed to reduce charges for security, staffing, maintenance, insurance and other costs associated with games at the Coliseum, also the home of Southern Cal's football team. Oakland officials had tried to lure the Raiders back to the city, where the team played from its inception in 1960 until moving to Los Angeles in 1982. Also offering relocation deals were Baltimore; Memphis, Tenn.; Orlando, Fla.; and Connecticut. The Associated Press , LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Raiders signed an agreement to play the 1994 season at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, officials announced Thursday, but beyond that nothing is certain. "This is a great day for Los Angeles," said Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, a county supervisor and chairman of the Coliseum Commission. The agreement, which sets aside the team's rent payments for this year, ended five months of uncertainty as to where the Raiders would play in 1994. The Coliseum was badly damaged in a Jan. 17 earthquake that was centered in nearby Northridge, Calif. Repairs that ultimately will cost a minimum of $35 million are almost complete. The Coliseum Commission has said the facility will be ready for the start of the season in September. The agreement includes a clause that allows the Raiders to drop out of the deal if the Coliseum isn't ready for In Chandler, roving pitching instructor Hub It's not in Johnson's cards to help his Buddy's team -.--- Okie league begins n ROOKIE, from page CI Scott Melvin said. "He was laughing when he arrived here. Those things happen. In this league, there is no general manager, no secretary." Play in the eight-team league play opens today with four games the Rockies at the Scottsdale A's, the Scottsdale Giants at the Mesa Angels, the Peoria Mariners at the Chandler Brewers, and the Cardinals at the Peoria Padres. Games are played in the mornings because of the heat, and the season lasts until Aug. 6. Winning isn't essential. Fundamentals are stressed. "It's important you teach them to approach the game in a winning way, but development is the big thing," Charles KrejcsiThe Arizona Republic for the Arizona Rookie League. Million then recorded his 16th strikeout when the batter swung at a pitch in the dirt. The stands erupted. Fans came running onto the field to help the players celebrate. At the bottom of the players' pile was Million, who didn't realize the catcher had failed to throw to first after dropping the third strike. While the celebration ensued, two runs scored the runner at first and the batter costing Million his shutout. "It was one of the strangest things you'd ever see in your life," Sarasota High School Coach Clyde Metcalf said. The field had to be cleared so the game could resume. After a 15-minute delay, Million returned to the mound. "We thought it was funny," Million said. "But it didn't last long. The next guy grounded to first and the game was over." Two weeks later, Million was practically a millionaire. today IT'S NOT, from page CI Wannstedt (Chicago Bears coach) called and then Norv Turner (Washington Redskins coach) called, two of my former assistants, and they wanted me to do it, too. "I decided at that point I was going to have to turn Buddy down. The thing is, I can't do it for Buddy and not my close friends, too." Ryan asked Johnson to be a volunteer defensive assistant for part of the team's voluntary camp, which begins July 6 in Tempe. "Plus, Fox got all upset about it," Johnson said. "I was kind of surprised with their reaction, but I'm new to this broadcasting business." Johnson made his comments during the Associated Press Sports Editors Convention. He was the group's keynote speaker. Among the other issues he touched on: The Cardinals' chances for this season under Ryan: "I did a preview show the other day for Fox. It will be aired this fall, and I picked the Cardinals to do well. Buddy Ryan may have more impact on that team than any other new coach and there are five of them in the league. That should put them over the hump because they were already real close. I don't think they will challenge the (Cowboys), but they will leapfrog over several teams in their division." On the Cowboys' chances of pulling off a three-peat: "I hope they do well, and I hope they don't. I brought most of those people in there with me. But it wouldn't bother me if Barry (new coach Barry Switzer) fell t on his face. ... But the bottom line is, I hope they get their third Super Bowl title, and I get mine somewhere else." On the O.J. Simpson situation: "I've always told my kids, there is a real danger of adoring athletes too much. It's like (Charles) Barkley says, 'You need to be careful who you idolize.' "Hey, just because a guy can run with the football doesn't make him Billy Graham with a football. But guilty or not guilty, it's tragic." On chances he will return in the 1995 season: "There's a good chance I'm going (to coach) again. I don't . really see myself as a media member. " It's just an old coach talking. "But first I'm going to do this (Fox , broadcaster) for a year and see how I like it. I'll make the decision after this season. Let's just say TV is not where my heart lies." Firebirds down Cannons on Ortiz's llth-inning hit FOR EASY NFORIV3ATIOW, Kittle gives Cardinals rookie Manuel Carey said. Many of the players in the league are teen-agers from Latin America who are away from home for the first time. As a result, many get homesick and need frequent pep talks. "I try to be a 24-hour guidance counselor," said Melvin, who has six Latin pitchers and uses coach Maurico Nunez as an interpreter for those players. "That's part of the job. You're a guidance counselor and a father figure." Rockies third baseman Paul Reynolds can relate to the Latin players' problems. Two years ago, he found himself in a strange land Chile on his Mormon mission. He left Arizona State after his freshman year and was sent to Santiago. too, to take the lead. "He knew he messed up," Alfonso said of Smiley, who had been reactivated from the disabled list recently. "He hadn't been playing and had a brain cramp. He's a good base runner." Giants second baseman Robby Thompson was perfect at the plate, collecting two doubles and a bloop single. Two games into his rehabilitation stint with the Firebirds for a shoulder injury, Thompson thought he passed another phase, when he woke up feeling sore but not in pain. "It's sore but that's expected. Now I can start thinking about my approach to the plate," he said. Firebirds starter Brad Brink's approach was solid except for the fourth, when the Cannons scored three runs off of four hits. Before that, he'd given up one hit. After that, he didn't give up any. Brink left with two outs in the seventh, with a runner on base. Notes After only two full seasons in Scottsdale, the Firebirds might have to move again. The team was told by the city to renegotiate its contract or move out by Sept. 15. The Pacific Coast League season ends Sept. 5. Scottsdale officials say the city is losing money and that the city no longer will subsidize the team at Scottsdale's 7,000-seat stadium. for past glory fighter and that is what Vinny Pazienza promises to make Duran look like in their scheduled 12-round super-middleweight fight at the MGM Grand. The match is being billed as a title fight, but what it really is a career-saving fight for the winner. "That's the reason I'm going to win," Duran said. "It could be the end of a legend," said Pazienza, a slightly more than 2-1 favorite. A Aybar some tips during practice Thursday "It took me six months to learn the language before I could communicate," said Reynolds, a Snowflake High School product who played football and baseball at ASU. He stayed in shape by running and lifting weights, which he made by placing sand in 5-gallon buckets. He found a wooden bat, but there were no baseballs. "I hit beans that little kids would soft-toss me," Reynolds said. Reynolds, who signed with the Rockies this spring after returning from Chile, has re-enrolled at ASU and is planning to play linebacker in the fall. He is up to 220 pounds despite a poor diet. "I hated the food in Chile," he said. "Beans and bread was all we ate." Million, meanwhile, hopes his professional debut is not as weird as his final high school game. Sarasota was playing for the Florida state championship and leading, 9-0, with two outs in the ninth inning. COOL OFF AND HIT THE BALL FARTHER AT ANTELOPE HILLS IN PRESCOTT ON HWY 89, ADJACENT TO AIRPORT !56OFF! i CART FEE ! MON.-FM. 12-4 I With this ad. 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Reprinted from Thursday's late editions By Marcia Hammond The Arizona Republic The first time around, the Reuben Smiley-Ray Ortiz combination didn't make for a smooth trip. The second time, the two clicked like a lock and key, and helped the Firebirds beat the Calgary Cannons, 4-3, in 11 innings, Wednesday at Scottsdale Stadium. Ortiz drove in Smiley from second base with a bloop single with two outs in the 11th, as the Firebirds ended a four-game losing streak. The- score had been tied at 3 since the seventh. Reliever Rob Taylor (3-2) earned the win with IVi innings of work. Ortiz's only hit made that possible. "Ray's been struggling at the plate, but there's nothing wrong with his swing," Firebirds Manager Carlos Alfonso said. And there's nothing wrong with Smiley's speed. He did however, miss a chance that could have kept the game from going the extra frames. In the seventh, Smiley tied the score, coming home on a wild pitch. He could have been in the dugout cheering for the go-ahead run if he had tagged up on Ortiz's deep fly to center a few minutes earlier. Instead, he hesitated leaving second base, which caused the runner at first to retreat. Two wild pitches moved them, and Brent Cookson might have scored, Duran to reach The Associated Press LAS VEGAS Roberto Duran is looking forward to a past performance. "You're going to see something Saturday night," Duran said. "I'm going to bring back a lot of memories." At one time there was no more feared fighter in the world than Roberto Duran. That, however, was a lot of years and a lot of fights ago. 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