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The Palm Beach Post SECTION C INSIDE Estes ready to pinch hit Ryder Cup alternate Bob Estes is prepared if Davis Love III (pinched nerve . in neck) can't make it. PAGE 5C CLASSIFIEDS: Pages 8-15C Sanders considering return to football? Report: Barry Sanders' agent says back would return if Lions release or trade him. PAGE 2C .KM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1999 SPORTS ! Dolphins are something special in the (thin) air CARDINALS AT DOLPHINS are kaput. From a Rocky Mountain high to a landfill low, and: all because John I Elway is pitching ' beer as a private ( citizen this September ' rather than ;r( tossing footballs as a Hall of Fame :We beat these guys in Miami, then we stunk ' it up the next i - week at ; Atlanta. We don't want to ; do that this year. . . . It's : one game.' ; ROBERT JONES ! Dolphins LB Johnson's frustration stemmed from the fact that some flights still were getting into Fort Lauderdale, but he had been told American had sent its employees home, meaning the team's charter had to be rerouted to Fort Myers. "Never," he repeated. "Ill let (assistant head coach Dave) Wannstedt coach the road games." Fly into the storm? Why not? Johnson had reason for feeling invincible. He had just gone to Denver's Mile High Stadium and won a regular-season game something no team had done since 1995. In fact, with the exception of the start of the game (an 80-yard drive for the Broncos) and the finish of the trip (an early morning bus ride across Alligator Alley), it would have Please see DOLPHINS, 3C All-around game has Team JJ. feeling in control, on course. By Mark Woods Palm Beach Post Staff Writer It was 4 a.m. Tuesday, somewhere in the air between Denver and Fort Myers, but Jimmy Johnson obviously was still revved up from what had ended several hours earlier a season-opening, 38-21 victory at Denver. The Dolphins' coach got up from his first-class seat, wandered back down the aisle of the plane and announced it was time for a little impromptu news conference. "Write it down," he said to a section filled with reporters, many of whom were allowed on the team charter when many commercial flights to South Florida were canceled because of Hurricane Floyd. "I will never, ever fly American Airlines again." Cherish Dan Marino, before it's our turn to bid farewell to legendary QB. All right, so maybe the rain was blowing sideways in South Florida on Tuesday night with the passing of a hurricane. It's in Denver that the sky is falling. Consider this sampling of the mournful Colorado newspaper coverage from Miami's 38-21 win against the Denver Broncos. "The end is not near. It is here," that's how one Denver Post columnist began his analysis. "Poof. The magic's gone," wrote another. One game into the season and the two-time Super Bowl champions Dave George WHERE: Pro Player Stadium. WHEN: 1 p.m. Sunday. TV: WFLX-29, WSVN-7 (pending blackout). quarterback. If ever there '' were a moment to get through to all the Dan Marino bashers, this is it. What's happening in Denver is a preview of the daze that will envelop Please see GEORGE, 2C ft Gonzalez j takes to j the bench! V- . V .-ms -again x V, J" WADE PAYNEThe Associated Press ,, Tee Martin (right), congratulated by former Vols' assistant David Cutcliffe after beating Vanderbilt last year, is 14-0 as a starter after taking over for Peyton Manning. Rookie shortstop sits:;:? for second time this J season after not : f running out grounder.; j By Dan Graziano 1 Palm Beach Post Staff Writer j SAN FRANCISCO For! the second time this season,! Marlins rookie shortstop Alex! Gonzalez has been benched fori not running out a ground ball. ! Gonzalez loafed to first base! on a ground ball to short in thej fifth inning of Monday's game in Cincinnati. Marlins . managerj John Boles didn't pull him im-j mediately because it took a while for them to find a stop-! watch time on how long it took; Gonzalez to run to first. But once; the. time came back a slug-! gish 5.3 seconds Gonzalez was taken out. He was not in the! starting lineup Tuesday, and it's possible he could be benched! for a while. j Boles dec'iiied comment; Tuesday, saying only, "He's not; injured." j Gonzalez was surly when asked about it, and all he would say was, "Ask him," while re! peatedly nodding in the direc-l tion of the manager's office. Gonzalez, who had a history of being benched for such transgressions in the minor leagues, was taken out of a game April 17 in Philadelphia for not running out a ground ball and was benched the next day. At the time, he said he'd learned his lesson, and his season seemed to turn around as he rolled to a big first half and an appearance in the All-Star Game. J But since the All-Star Game he's hitting just .244 and has made 12 errors, including six in his past 10 games. He's looked lethargic in the field and on the, bases, and Monday apparently was the last straw. Dave Berg started at shorth stop Tuesday and Amaury Garcia started at second in place of the injured Luis Castillo. Boles' decision comes on week after he took outfieldej-Cliff Floyd out of the starting lineup because of tardiness, t Waxing doc Give him a statue, give him a street, first give lyrical QB Martin repeat FLORIDA VS. TENNESSEE By Charles Elmore Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Peyton Manning got a wax statue, a retired jersey and a street named for him. National championships: 0. Record vs. Florida: 04. n a r WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday. TV: WPEC-12, WFOR-4 INSIDE: UF defensive tackle Gerard Warren eager to return to Gators' lineup. 6C College football schedules. 7C I . 1 v f !' - - LATE MARLINS: Due to the late start of Tuesday's MoHinc I V ICJI III I T - l. Tee Martin? No statues or street names. National championships: 1. Record vs. Florida: 1-0. Some in Tennessee's black community see a double standard as the Volunteers prepare for perhaps their biggest obstacle to a national title defense at Florida on Saturday. "I haven't heard Tee's name mentioned for a Heisman," the Rev. Harold Middlebrook said. Manning appeared to get the biggest Heisman push Tennessee could give. Middlebrook was one of the leaders of an unsuccessful effort to get a Knoxville street named for Martin after last season's championship. Negotiations continue for a street name after Martin's senior season, he said. "The mayor will consider his whole career," said Craig Griffith, spokesman for Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe. The city recently has renamed two streets to honor athletes after their careers were over one for Manning, and another for basketball star Chamique Holdsclaw. Both were prominent players for four years, Griffith noted. Renaming a street requires an action by the mayor or a majority of the nine-member city council. Local NAACP leaders have pointed out past black stars at Tennessee such as Reggie White had not had their jerseys retired. Where is Martin in this whole debate? When he's not winning football games (14-0 as a starting quarterback) he is more likely to be off writing poetry than discussing his legacy. Martin wants no part of the street-name controversy if anything, name it for the team, he says and he counts Manning as a friend. "We talk all the time," Martin said. "I talked biants game, with him last week." They talked about "personal stuff," Martin said. Nothing to do with recognition or honors. But back up a second. Poetry? "I've been writing since eighth grade," Martin said. "Every time I'm inspired by something." He doesn't walk around quoting his work or handing out copies, but teachers at his Mobile, Ala., high school remember fragments. One poem was about a flame lit during a hurricane. The flame flickers but does not die. The storms in Martin's childhood were never far away. His problem was not the name of a street. It was getting off the streets. Born out of wedlock to young parents, Tamaurice Nigel Martin grew up at more than 20 addresses, mostly in Mobile projects. His father moved in and out of his fife. He lived with his great-grandmother more than anyone else. Twelve friends died of violence and disease. One was killed in a drive-by shooting while Tee was inside filling up balloons for a water fight. Improbably, out of that turbulence came a person of remarkable calm. "It's amazing to see his poise, that gentleness that comes through," said Lucky Esneul, results can be found at Palm Beach Interactive, www.goPBI.comsports. K0TSAY PLANNING FOR FUTURE: Mark Kotsay is trying to impress the boss down the stretch. 3C INSIDE: The INCW IUIK It' Yankees beat I I the Toronto Kotsay SCOn WISEMAN1999 staff file photo Despite a tough childhood, Martin (right) excelled in the classroom and on the football field, where he led the Vols to a national title. Please see MARTIN, 6C Blue Jays 10-6 as Bernie Williams hits a ! tying grand slam in the eighth and Paul O'Neill hits the ; winning slam in the ninth. - 3C

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