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Friday, September 13, 1996
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eljc Hcs Jlloincs iKcqistcr DAVID W1TKE, Executive Sports Editor, 515-284-8130 Boxing Card at Drake Michael Carbajal defends IBF junior-flyweight title in first DM. title bout since '39. Page 3$ TLTVTN 1L Ay. Friday, September 13, 1996 ITS Jones By RICK BROWN Register Staff Writer Coal Valley, III. Steve Jones sat on a bench near the sixth tee, alone with his thoughts. Only 10 people had watched him split the middle of the fairway with his drive. Apparently, a U.S. Open golf champion can play in anonymity. Jones, who won the Open at Oakland Hills in June, has maintained his humility. He made headlines with his golf clubs, but his personality keeps him out of the spotlight. "Obviously I'm grateful for my win," Jones said after a 2-under-par 68 in the first round of the Quad City . IOWA STATE vs. IOWA 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Iowa City TV: ABC regional 1 Rivalry's renewal memorable By RON MALY Register StaffWriter Iowa City, la. They called one "The Coach." They called the other "The Kid." Bob Commings Sr. was "The Coach" at Iowa. Bob Commings Jr. was "The Kid" who played quarterback for the Hawkeyes. On Sept. 17, 1977, the father and the son had a special afternoon. It was the day that Iowa State's football jerseys said "Beat Iowa" on the front. Earle Bruce, then the Cyclones' coach, admits the jerseys were his idea. Bad idea, he says now. Dan McCarney said he remembered Bruce "running around, swinging a fist in the air" before the kickof f . McCarney then was an Iowa offensive line coach. Now he's Iowa State's coach. Sharon Commings said she remembered being proud and happy as she watched that game in 1977. Happy for "The Coach," who was her husband. Proud of "The Kid," who was her son. "The Kid" recalled being a tentative freshman quarterback. "I wasn't sure I was ready," he said now. "Obviously, it was a big game. I remembered reading in a newspaper then that 500,000 people would have gone to the game if they could." The Iowa-Iowa State game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Kinnick Stadium will be the 20th since the schools resumed their series in 1977 after a 43-year lapse. But, to Commings Jr. and his mother, there's only one that really matters. It was the tension-filled game that was played in 1977 at Kinnick Stadium. "What a thrill it was," Sharon Commings said. She remembered talking to her IOWA Please turn to Page 3S Iverson to sip The Philadelphia 76ers have reached contract terms with Allen Iverson, the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and the player the team hopes will lead Philadelphia's revival. The team scheduled a news conference today for Iverson to sign the three-year contract, which according to sources was worth $9.6 million, the most money allowed under the NBA's rookie salary cap. Iverson, 21, averaged 23 points during his two-year career with Georgetown. The Sixers expect to move Iverson to point guard, where he will be expected to get the ball to shooting guard Jerry Stackhouse and power forward Derrick Coleman. And - a leader lost in Classic on Thursday. "But I understand that it's just one week of your life. Golf is so up and down. One week you win the U.S. Open. The next week it's hard to make the cut. That's just the game of golf." Larry Nelson, who also has a U.S. Open title as well as two PGA Championships on his resume, Charlie Ry-mer and Joey Gullion share the lead at 65. While Jones played in front of a smattering of fans Thursday morning, Tiger Woods played in front of an adoring mob in the afternoon. Galleries four deep watched him shoot 69. "I didn't play very well," Woods said. "It's one of those days when my COACHES (since 1977) IOWA 1977 Bob Commings 5-6-0 1978 Bob Commings 2-9-0 1979 Hayden Fry 5-6-0 1980 Hayden Fry 4-7-0 1981 Hayden Fry 8-4-0 1982 Hayden Fry 8-4-0 1983 Hayden Fry 9-3-0 1984 Hayden Fry 8-4-1 1985 Hayden Fry 10-2-0 Ejp "J ESiS i - " r BOH MODKRSOIINTllE RFXilSTER A Commings family reunion at Kinnick Stadium led to an Iowa football triumph against Iowa State in 1977. Quarterback Bob Jr. talks strategy with Coach Bob Sr. ISU player hopes to paint hometown By RANDY PETERSON Register Staff Writer Ames, la. The most influential football player involved in Saturday's big game in Iowa City won't be Troy Davis of the Cyclones or Sedrick Shaw of the Hawkeyes. They're good, and most of the sellout crowd at Kinnick Stadium will be eager to see which player out-rushes the other. Shaw won the yardage battle last season, 178-139. But the player with the most clout will be Iowa State's starting right defensive tackle, Bill Marsau of Hudson. After all, not many peo- Morning Report Strug on Ice Gold medalist Kerri Strug, whose performance despite an injury provided high drama in the Olympics, will be featured in Ice Capades gymnastics sequences this fall. Strug, 18, will join in a variety show that includes skaters, gymnasts and bungee jumpers. She will be featured as a performer in a sequence devoted to America's favorite sports, then again in the show's finale. The tour schedule will not conflict with Strug's school schedule as a UCLA freshman. Although the Ice Capades will tour 64 cities, plans are for Strug to appear only in 10 major markets. now, the rest of the golfers timing was off. I didn't have it, and it showed." But Woods was able to salvage a sub-par round. "They key is to not blow yourself out of the tournament when you're not playing well," Woods said. "I'm only four shots back." Jones has an easy-going, aw-shucks personality. Ask him to brag about his Open title and he sounds like Andy Taylor after arresting a bank robber in Mayberry. "You have to try and figure out the emotional state that works best for you," Jones said. "The one that works best for me is to try and stay calm." Sometimes, Jonese has to stop and pinch himself when he thinks of 1986 Hayden Fry 9-3-0 1987 Hayden Fry 10-3-0 1988 Hayden Fry 6-4-3 1989 Hayden Fry 5-6-0 1990 Hayden Fry 8-4-0 1991 Hayden Fry 10-1-1 1992 Hayden Fry 5-7-0 1993 Hayden Fry 6-6-0 1994 Hayden Fry 5-5-1 1995 Hayden Fry 8-4-0 Marsau pie have the ability to make a die-hard Iowa football fan see at least a little Cyclone red in anything other than the shade of anger. But Marsau has done it. Proof is not far from the front door of the Hudson House Restaurant, which Mason suspects Knicks Two months after the New York Knicks traded him to Charlotte, Anthony Mason still suspects that Patrick Ewing pushed for the deal. Mason said Wednesday it would not surprise him if Ewing's feelings had something to do with the trade. "I heard a few things," said Mason, when asked if he felt Ewing wanted Mason to be traded."It may be true, it may not be true. But I do know that he has the power to keep people here." Asked if he had spoken to Ewing since the trade, Mason said, "He doesn't want to talk to me." Ewing did not comment about the situation ' iii'i lin ii iiim.iii J Woods Oakland Hills. "The further I get away from the Open win, the more it feels like a dream," said Jones. "To have won anything out here is hard to believe." Nelson found it hard to believe that he was in the lead. He has rarely practiced or played since August. He made the cut in the PGA, but withdrew after his 75-year-old father, Vernon, suffered an aneurysm. He remains hospitalized. "This feels like kind of a vacation," Nelson said. It also feels like a goodbye tour. Nelson turned 49 Tuesday. He'll jump to the PGA Senior Tour a year from now. "I'm stopping to smell the roses, so to speak," Nelson said. "I'm playing COACHES (since 1977) IOWA STATE 1977 Earle Bruce 8-4-0 1978 Earle Bruce 8-4-0 1979 Donnie Duncan 3-8-0 1980 Donnie Duncan 7-4-0 1981 Donnie Duncan 5-5-1 1982 Donnie Duncan 4-6-1 1983 Jim Criner 4-7-0 1984 Jim Criner 2-7-2 1985 Jim Criner 5-6-0 mm i i He's one in a million. There are very few of them left who have their head on straight and who aren't cocky. He's extremely intelligent. ..." Don Shipanick, Ex-Iowa player, coiurfn of ISL rs Bill Mursuu more appropriately could be called Hudson Hawkeye House Restaurant. Upon entering, it's easy to see the place bleeds black and gold, which is understandable considering its owner, Don Shipanick, was a starting guard for Iowa's 1969 Rose Bowl team. NFL Rejects Appeal; He'll Try Again Bills' Paup Buffalo linebacker, an Iowa native, was fined $ 1 2,000 for hit on quarterback in '95 Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP) The NFL has rejected Bryce Paup's appeal of a $12,000 fine the Buffalo Bills linebacker received last season after a hit on Indianapolis quarterback Paul Justin. Paup, the Defensive Player of the Year last year, was fined after knocking Justin from the game in the third week of the season. The appeal was turned down Wednesday. "It was just one of those things hoopla in tournaments I'll never play in again." Nelson's three major titles and 10 PGA Tour titles overall have gone relatively unappreciated. "I have no regrets about what was or wasn't written about me," Nelson said. But the hoopla surrounding Nelson is tame to compared to Tiger hysteria. "It was just kind of bad timing that I did what I did at that time," Nelson said. "I played in the shadows of Tom Watson, Jack Nick-laus, Seve Ballesteros, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller. It was the end of an era. A lot of people were at the top of GOLF Please turn to Page 4$ 1986 Jim Criner 1 6-5-0 1987 Jim Walden 3-8-0 1988 Jim Walden ...5-6-0 1989 Jim Walden - 6-5-0 1990 Jim Walden.. 4-6-1 1991 Jim Walden 3-7-1 1992 Jim Walden 4-7-0 1993 Jim Walden 3-8-0 1994 Jim Walden 0-10-1 1995 Dan McCarney 3-8-0 f But near the entrance there is a little cardinal and gold. There's a picture of Marsau and a few newspaper clippings of the muscle-bound, second-season freshman who graduated from Hudson High School in 1994. There also are some Northern Iowa memorabilia, considering the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls is 8 minutes away. But the Iowa State sliver of the restaurant will grow, if .. . "I'm related to Don's wife," Marsau said of Marilyn Shipanick, a distant cousin. "She made him promise that when we beat Iowa, he's going to put an Iowa State" wing in there and they're going to get a cardboard picture of him with wants his money back that they weren't going to back down on," said Paup, a native of Scranton, la. who played at Northern Iowa. "We still have some appeals left, and we're going to pursue it as long as Dossible. Thev made a ruling and Determined I have to live. with it It doesn't mean it's going V ' - I : ' Paua die. The play happened when Paup sacked Justin last Sept. 17 in the FIRST-ROUND LEADERS PAR 70 . Larry Nelson 33-32-6$ Charlie Rymer 33-32 65 Joey Gullion , 32-336$ Denis Watson 34-3266 Ed Fiori 34-3266 Keith Fergus 32-3567 Fred Funk 34-3367 Brandel Chamblee ...... 36-316? Scott McCarron 34-3367 Jeff Maggert 35-32-67 Taylor Smith 33-346? Dudley Hart 33-35-68 Steve Jones 34-34 68 Jim McGovern 33-356$ Rex Caldwell 35-3368 BobLohr 35-3368 Robin Freeman 32-36 68 Steve Jurgensen 34-34 68 Mark Hensby 35-3368 Jay Delsing 34-34 68 MikeStandly 35-3368 Greg Kraft 33-3568 Chris Perry 34-3468 Joel Edwards 35-3368 Keith Clearwater 33-3568 Also ! Tiger Woods 34-3569 Curtis Strange 35-3671 Ken Schall . 37-3572 CurtSchnell 39-3675 COMPLETE LIST OF SCORES: Page 4S Kinnick Stadium was going berserk during that 1977 Iowa-Iowa State game. There was as much electricity in the air as you could ever imagine at a game. spot red an Iowa State T-shirt on. We'd certainly like to have that happen." Iowa is a 17-point favorite to ex- U-nd its string of successful games . against Iowa State to 14. So far, Shipanick hasn't hired a contractor. ' "I just love the kid," Shipanick said of Marsau, who also plays piano and sings. "To me, he epitomizes what a young athlete is all about He's one in a million. There are very few of them left who have their head on straight and who aren't cocky. He's extremely intelligent, not just football and sports, but everything. "The kid's a musician, he's an ISU Please turn to Page 3S Bills' 20-14 victory over the Colts.; No penalty was called, and Justin later said it was a clean hit. Television networks have since used videotape on the play in promo- ' tional commercials for the NFL. League spokesman Greg Aiello was unsure whether the f(X)tage was ap-j proved by the NFL He refused com-' ment about the appeal. The money was taken out of, Paup's paycheck immediately after; the fine was issued last September.' Paup is hoping to gain support from! the NFL players union to appeal the! most recent decision. . "It's still the principle of the mat-! tcr," Paup said. j to

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