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SECTION C THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 INSIDE I N S I D Palm Beach Boat Show is back in town The 13th annual show includes a $100 million display of boats, electronics and accessories along Flagler Drive. PAGE 9C Marlins name their starting CF Mark Kotsay gets the nod in center field for Ijlorida on opening day. PAGE 5C inside the NCAA Tournament Final Fours Men: Coaches who handle pressure. Women: 10 reasons to watch. PAGE 7C The Palm Beach Post OUTDOORS WEEKLY -irrmrN k e a cai mm jl vl u ky Strick steps up as Heat flatten Celtics hvA tha rrnwft on its feet. consecutive game hou - - ctHanH had 23 ooints. 13 rebounds rliit .Li. Dave George and four assists in 4U minutes, nc : r i i . l. ,,t- onA ic chnntlTICT ZZ-Of-. OI-lO HU1U UIC uuui anu o - , 27 his last two games. Strickland matched , his career high in points and set career highs in rebounds, assists and minutes. . iiiir . .v r-i norn riii i i ul the injured PJ. Brown, who sat out with a sprained ankle. And just as it has done throughout this season, Miami increased its level of play without a key player, holding off the pesky Boston Celtics 105-91 Wednesday at the FleetCenter. "We're a team with a lot of guts," Mourning said. "We're a team that does not back down to adversity." Miami is also a team that passed Indiana and moved into second place in the conference. The Heat are 49-21. The Pacers dropped to 48-21 after losing to Houston Wednesday. FRIDAY'S GAME: Heat vs. Bucks, 7:30 p.m. at Miami Arena. TV: Sunshine. The Heat clinched a playoff spot Tuesday by virtue of the Magic losing. Having survived the loss of Mourning for 22 games, and Jamal Mashburn and Keith Askins for the rest of the regular season, Miami now had to play without Brown, who will miss one or two more games. Just as Isaac Austin did for Mourning, Askins did for Mashburn and Dan Majerle did for Askins, Mark Strickland stepped in for Brown, and for the second Mark Strickland scores 23 points as Miami moves past Indiana into second place in the Eastern Conference. By Tom D'Angelo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOSTON A good sign that the Heat are going to play well: One of Miami's players honors an injured teammate by inscribing his name or uniform number on his sneakers. This time is was Alonzo Mourning, who wrote "PJ" and "42" on his sneakers for nothing but ready (to play)," said Strict land, who was making just his second career start. , ," Strickland also drew the toughest de fensive assignment, Celtics all-star forward Please see HEATiiC Tvegot a well-balanced life right now. And with that in mind, I seem to flow through every day in a nice, easy, gentle fashion. ' Anna reigns on Lindsay's GREG NORMAN parade Ann. UniimilnVP 16' upsets No. 2 Lindsay' ' Davenport to reach . kl IV ' , I By Elizabeth Clarke Palm Beach Post Staff Writer KEY BISCAYNE None of the glamorous trappings of sudden wealth and fame have-distracted Anna Kournikova 1 from her tennis goals. . Not the acting, the hockey-playing friend or the new apartment in p ' -r - . : . . 'j' " ; v. , . , .tf'r ;i v ; v ' .' ' , ' : . (J...;;: . r ..- . ,:t .V . ... ,. . . . l -.-' i 1 V f f J S ' !' ! I b N Kournikova, 16, proved : Sports must look alive on field l: The worst thing about TV Commercials is that you can't watch the game when they're on. t Of course, the same interruption is imposed on situation comedies and Sunday afternoon painting shows and even Barbara Walters specials, but somehow it's difficult to picture the participants in those programs pacing around during the break, trying to keep their muscles warm, anxious to hear the whistle that indicates the return from ads to action. INSTANT REPLAY REJECTED: Owners shoot down the idea - again. 2C K Maybe it happens. Maybe Martha Stewart is freaking out on her homey set during commercials, screaming that she's losing her natural light to properly stencil the rain gutters and that any further delay will jeopardize the timely harvesting of the herb garden as well. I doubt it, though. Those shows are taped and spliced and served up in precise slices. Sports events come to you live, more often than not. The Adrenalin is at flood stage on the field and in the stands. The moment is all that matters, particularly for those fortunate enough to have tickets for the game. Even snack runs and potty stops must wait until half time. The game is on. M And then it's off. And on. Off. And on. Television sets the pace, its snaking cables choking rflomentum whenever a commercial timeout is due. It's artificial and annoying but, according to the economics of the gime, necessary. r? Instant replay review is not. Not-so-fond memories Pro football narrowly averted going back to the future Wednesday and glorious was the nws of it. A 21-9 affirmative vote by team owners in Orlando fell just two votes short of reinstating instant replay, a system that sputtered and died in 1991 after five seasons of unsuccessful tinkering. i The last thing the NFL needs is an institutionalized method for making games longer. Robbing the competition of its spontaneity is, another problem, and in my opinion, the larger of the two. When referees aren't the last word on a touchdown or a fumble of a completion, then there's too much talking going on down there and not enough hitting. Don't tell me you've forgotten the maddening delays that replay reviews caused under the old system. Check out an NHL game fqr a refresher course. He shoots. He scores. We wait. We wonder. We wander off to the concession stand. We get ' i Please see GE0RCE-C UPTON CHAMPIONSHIPS & . that Wednesday when she survived another round of one of Lipton's toughest draws, upsetting second seed Lindsay Davenport 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. She played a smarter game and made fewer errors than the world's player. "I thought I daved prob 1 i ii ' ' 1 " 1 1 1 " ' THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TV: 1 p.m., 'f ESPN; 9:30 (taped)p.m., 12:30 p.m. , (taped), ESPN2 . TODAY: Martina Hingis vs. Venus . Williams; Andre Agassi vs. Jeff , Tarango; Arantxa Sanchez Vicario , vs. Anna Kourkikova . TPC is just the third PGA Tour event Greg Norman played in this year. He is maintains interests off the golf course. Tddws U (MGHg ably a little bit too passive, ' Davenport for the first said after losing Greg Norman pleased with new perspective Nnrman was so unset bv the first event time in two meetings to Kournikova. "That was the difference. She really came up with some good shots." Kournikova, who meets Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in a semifinal tonight, served well and won 10-of-13 net points in beating Davenport. She was pleased with her results but not surprised that she has beaten three of the world's top 10 players this tournament. "I think I've been working very hard, practicing since Indian Wells," she said. "I think it pays off." Earlier in the week, Kour- Please see UPT0H14C he wrote a story for Sports Illustrated telling people to stop buying tabloid-type publications. But he knows the scrutiny he faces will never stop. "It changes your outlook and philosophy," he said Wednesday. "A lot of people don't even want to know the truth. And in Australia, even when you tell them the truth, they don't believe you. People think you're protecting the president. "It just kind of amazes me. You get a little down on it and you lose a little . . . you Please see N0RMAN6C By Craig Dolch Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH Greg Norman has a new look and a new outlook. He is sporting a close-cropped haircut after having his customary flowing blond locks trimmed. His attitude also has undergone a facelift as he prepares for today s start of The Players Championship. Norman said he's been hardened by a couple of off-the-course events. First he lashed out at reporters last month at his tournament in Australia when they tried to connect him with the President Clinton-Monica Lewinsky controversy. Norman, ON TV: The Players Championship, first round, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., ESPN. who had the president stay at his house last year, said the incident motivated him to rally for the victory. Norman became "disgusted" a week later when he was criticized after he withdrew from a rain-delayed tournament in South Africa with nine holes left. Norman said he had permission from the tournament director to leave for a prior commitment to attend a Jeb Bush fund-raiser in South Florida. When using your head gets you in trouble The latest blow: Niedermayer to miss season with post-concussion syndrome NHL players who have sustained concussions or other head injuries this season: f Paul Kariya Anaheim Erie lindros Philadelphia Dennis Vaske Injured Feb. 1 by illegal cross-check to the jaw. Unlikely to return this season. Injured March 7 by a clean shoulder check to head. Out another two weeks. Out since sustaining third concussion in three seasons on Nov. 14. Hasn"t played since sustaining a concussion in an exhibition game. GMeirut3 FUTILITY Tha Panthers losing streak Knya Islanders NkkKyp os Toronto Jeremy Stevenson Anaheim Pat LaFontaine Rangers Kariya missed the Olympics because of an illegal cross-check to his jaw Feb. 1. Pat Lafontaine of the New York Rangers, who has had at least five concussions in the past, has been sidelined since last Monday because of a head injury that is not being classified as a concussion. Chip Burke, an orthopedic surgeon who works for the Pittsburgh Penguins and is chairman of the NHL committee, said the goal for now is to "learn more about concussions and the treatment and safe return of players." A concussion is an alteration in mental status caused by the brain which has the consistency of gelatin or custard shaking inside its protective skull, said Dr. Joe Maroon, a Pittsburgh doctor working with Burke on the NHL study. Canadicns y?sJ-f at panthers, 1 7-.S0 p.m. J 1 J Record of 17 consecutrve losses was set by the Washington Capitals in 19775 By Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writer POMPANO BEACH Just when the Florida Panthers wondered what else could go wrong, coach Bryan Murray on Wednesday said this: Star center Rob Niedermayer will miss the rest of the season because of post-concussion syndrome. "This came with 16 seconds to go in Philadelphia in the first game of the year, and it's never escaped him," Murray said, " referring to the brutal punch from Lnc Lindros in Florida's 3-1 loss Oct. 1. Niedermayer joins Paul Kanya of Anaheim and Dennis Vaske of the New ork . Islanders as players who likely will miss the rest of the season because of concus- sions. .. It comes as a committee of MIL team doctors compiles data for the first time L-s seavn on the f ffects of concussions. Sustained his second concussion in less than a year when he was elbowed in an exhibition game. Is playing now. Has had five concussions in the past but head injury sustained last week has not been classified as a concussion. Status for the rest of season uncertain. Forced to retire from hockey after sustaining his second concussion in e'ght days on Nov. 24. 1995. Source N o T . -- - Brett Lindros Islanders E Undros Last year, 60 players sustained concussions. So far this year, the number is at least 57, including Niedermayer, but those numbers may be skewed because of the increased focus on the issue. H. ase see PANTHWtS 1(C

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