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2C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 3 1 , 1 998 Two Cents' Worth PAGE WHO AM I? I play for the Colorado Avalanche now, but five years before my team moved to Denver, it was as a Quebec Nordique that I became the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season. (answer below) STAT OF THE DAY: A total of 1,000 cows, in the estimation of Marlins coach Rich Donnelly, were moved away from a pasture beyond the outfield in Melbourne when Mark McGwire and the Cardinals visited. "We didn't want the animal rights people after us," he explained. I TODAY IN HISTORY: In 1980, with ? heavyweight titles on the line for both the WBC and WBA, Larry Holmes stopped Leroy Jones in the eighth i round in Las Vegas to retain the WBC belt, and Mike Weaver knocked out ; John Tate in the 15th to claim the WBA title in Knoxville, Tenn. j I'd rather tame a tiger than paint stripes on a kitty cat." DEAN LOMBARDI, San Jose Sharks GM, on his trade for punishing defenseman Bryan Marchment. Comic Strip challenging Derby jinx People in sports m u uu :Ad copy of my demise greatly exaggerated Palm Beach Post Wire Services At 15, former pitcher Joe Nuxhall was the youngest player to appear in a major league game. Sports Collectors Digest recently ran an ad listing one of his old jerseys for sale. The ad said, John Crittenden Horse racing Joe s amazing feat was brought to light again last year after his untimely death." Nuxhall, however, continues to broadcast Cincinnati Reds' games on radio. And he isn't getting any sympathy from broadcast partner Marty Brennaman. "If Joe's dead, that explains a lot," Brennaman said. HIALEAH In the 1990s, the Hialeah Park baggage sticker on any 3-year-old's equipment trunk has become an invitation to ridicule at the Kentucky Derby. If favored Comic Strip wins the Flamingo Stakes on Saturday, he will change that. The most recent Flamingo graduates have been greeted at Churchill Downs by snickers and jeers. None of the past five 3-year-olds from Hialeah finished in the top 10 at the Derby. Built For Pleasure came in 19th in 1996, Pyramid Peak 17th in 1995 and Pistols and Roses 16th in 1992. Comic Strip has three wins in four 1998 races, two of them championships in Louisiana stakes. Every Derby prospect rating has him in the top five. For Kentucky Derby winners, the standard routes to Churchill Downs are throughly established. Hialeah used to be the primary Flight of the Fallen Flamingo Flamingo Stakes winners from the 1970s that ran in ; the Kentucky Derby: . YEAR HORSE FLAMINGO DERBY FINISH FINISH ; 1975 Foolish Pleasure First First 1 1 976 Honest Pleasure First Second 1977 Seattle Slew First First 1978 Alydar First First 1979 Spectacular Bid First First ! Flamingo Stakes finishers from the 1990s that ran in the Kentucky Derby: YEAR HORSE FLAMINGO DERBY FINISH FINISH 1992 Pistols and Roses First 16th 1993 Bull in the Heather Second 11th 1994 Meadow Flight First 11th 1995 Pyramid Peak First 17th 1996 Built For Pleasure Seventh 19th I Nuxhall : Looking for a guy to run your cash register? J When taxi driver Al Gutierrez found six Final Four tickets and ; $10,000 in cash in the back seat of his cab, he knew what he had to do. i He made sure that the tickets and money he found Saturday ; afternoon got back to the owner. ; "The thought never even crossed my mind to take any of it," said Gutierrez. ! He was busy shuttling fans to and from hotels when he ; discovered the small fortune of $10-and-$20 bills inside a black bank ; bag with the tickets. They turned out to belong to a Florida tour organizer. Kentucky by an unconventional route. The roster of 1998 Derby favorites may include three challengers from the Blue Highways of the sport, 3-year-olds that came to Louisville on the back roads marked in blue on most maps. The first contender from the byroads has completed his pre-Derby racing schedule. That is Event of the Year, first by 5 lengths against a field of non-headliners Sunday in the Jim Beam Stakes. Before Sunday, the colt bred by its owner, John Mabee, had won three times without leaving Northern California. Mabee was going to the Arkansas Derby until Favorite Trick was rerouted to Hot Springs. The owner paid a $30,000 late fee to supplement Event of the Year at Turfway. He left with a $360,000 paycheck. Unless he is detoured by a mishap, Event of the Year assures the Derby of its first undefeated starter since 1990 no matter what happens to Favorite Trick in Arkansas. The three trainers that are overhauling the Kentucky Derby preparation manual are all national headliners, although none has won springboard to the Derby before Gulfstream took the winter dates. . "Everyone I know is calling me a dummy for not taking it all, but That stopped when the sched , I didn t want to, he told the San Antonio Express-News. Besides, ; what kind of example would that set for my children?" ule changed. Of the past 12 Kentucky Derby winners, 10 have gone to Churchill Downs on the expressways of rac TODAY'S ANSWER: Joe Sakic, who was 20 when he did it in ;i990. ing. Except for Grindstone (1996) On the air Bill Mott reached celebrity status with Cigar. His new superstar, Favorite Trick, 1997 Horse of the Year, has not run against his top Kentucky Derby opposition and will not until the main event. Moreover, Favorite Trick's appointment book calls for just two 1998 pre-Derby races, not a demanding schedule. ; If Favorite Trick wins the Derby, it's a sure bet that lots of trainers will lighten up the workload of their 3-year-olds in 1999. It's a copycat business. the Derby. Event of the Year is from the barn of Jerry Hollendorfer, who dominates Northern California and was sixth nationally in trainer earnings, far ahead of celebrities like Sonny Hine and Pat Byrne. Comic Strip's trainer is Neil Howard, who has three stakes winners headed for the May 2 showdown. Howard also trains Lil's Lad, first-place finisher in the Florida Derby, and Parade Ground, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby. and Lil E. Tee (1992), every Derby winner since Spend A Buck in 1985 prepared with March or April ; On television races against top opposition, either in the Florida Derby, the Blue Grass Stakes or the Santa Anita Derby. This year, Comic Strip is not the only contender trying to get to ' Baseball 3 p.m. Royals at Orioles ESPN ; 4 p.m. Brewers at Braves TBS i 4:30 p.m. Cubs at Marlins SportsChannel, WGN ', 7 p.m. Indians at Mariners ESPN 10 p.m. Rockies at Diamondbacks ESPN NBA 7:30 p.m. Celtics at Heat Sunshine 8 p.m. Pistons at Bulls TNT 1 0:30 p.m. Jazz at Sonics TNT Boxing 9 p.m. Kathy Long vs. Lena Akesson USA Boris Powell vs. Robert Hawkins Tony Marshall vs. Anthony Jones NHL 7:30 p.m. Blackhawks at Flyers ESPN2 It's all for Kwan at world championships The Associated Press On radio Figure skating MINNEAPOLIS The Olym t Baseball 4 p.m. Marlins pregame WJNO-I040AM, WJNA-1230AM, WBGF-93.5FM, WJNX-1330AM, WQAM-560AM, WQBA-1 1 40AM (Spanish) J 4:30 p.m. Cubs at Marlins WJNO-1 040 AM, WJNA-1 230AM, WBGF-93.5FM, WJNX-1330AM, ' WQAM-560AM, WQBA-1 140AM (Spanish) pic gold medal didn't happen this year. The rematch with Tara Li-pinski won't happen this week. So things aren't exactly going the way Michelle Kwan expected. Oh well. There s ice, she s got ! NBA Heat pregame Celtics at Heat 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. freak accident broke a bone in his forehead. During a practice session Sunday night, Dungjen was struck in the forehead by Ina's arm while practicing a triple twist in which he pitches her a few feet above his head. The impact fractured the bone above his right eye. Ina and Dungjen placed fourth at Nagano, and the third-place duo, Mandy Wotzel and Ingo Steuer of Germany, are not at worlds. Shelby Lyons and Brian Wells, second at the U.S. championships, will join Jenni Meno and Todd Sand as U.S. representatives in pairs this week. have some fun. The crowd roared when her name was called for warmups, and Kwan skated onto the ice with a big smile. She did seven triple jumps, though the landing on her triple loop was a little shaky. The audience was standing as she finished, and Kwan skated off into the arms of coach Frank Carroll. "I'm just trying to have a lot of fun and taking it easy," Kwan said. American pairs champions withdraw: Two-time U.S. pairs champions Kyoko Ina and Jason Dungjen withdrew Monday from the championships after a WIOD-610AM WIOD-610AM WACC-830AM (Spanish) WPSL-1590AM her skates and the World Figure Skating Championships are still on. At this point, that's all that matters. 7:30 p.m. Magic at Cavaliers Tonia Kwiatkowski, who was chosen to the U.S. world team after Lipinski withdrew because of a viral infection, was fourth. Maria Butyrskaya of Russia, fourth at Nagano, won the second qualifying group. Anna Rechnio of Poland was second and Yelena Liashenko of Ukraine was third. The top 15 in each group advance to Friday's short program. With Lipinski out, Kwan is favored to win her second world On the Internet "With the top skaters out, PALM BEACH INTERACTIVE i Tell us what you think about the Marlins, Dolphins, ', Heat, Panthers. UF, FSU and Miami as you read the S latest stories at www.GoPBI.comSportsTown some people can look at it and say, 'What's the World Championships about?' But not to me," Kwan said. "I have to skate for myself. When I On the field compete, it's only for me." If Kwan s only worry is pleas Area events ing herself, she wasn't fretting after Monday's qualifying round. Baseball (305) 626-7400 4:35 p.m. Cubs at Marlins NBA (305) 577-4328 7:30 p.m. Celtics at Heat The Olympic silver medalist and two-time U.S. champion won her 994-0770 Palm Beach Atlantic at Lynn 3 p.m. College baseball title. While she'd rather compete against a full field, a world title is still prestigious. "As a competitor I like to have all the skaters here and see who's the best that night," she said. "Now it's just skating and me. It all boils down to how you skate, how you feel out there and going out there and showing you can do it." Kwan is just trying to relax and 462-4700 2:30 p.m. Palm Beach CC at Indian River CC, 2 qualifying group, getting 5.7s and 5.8s for technical merit and all 5.9s for artistry. College ' Softball Dog racing Inna Slutskaya and Yelena So- 12:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Hollywood Greyhound Track Hollywood Greyhound Track (954) 454-9400 (954) 454-9400 kolova, both of Russia, finished second and third, respectively. i,v (305) 885-8000 Horse racing 1:15 p.m. Hialeah Park Dania Jai-Alai Dania Jai-Alai (954) 927-2841 (954) 927-2841 Jai alal Noon 7:15 p.m. Telephones Rios' ranking '98 MAZDA B2500 SE AC, ABS, AMFM stereo cassette, int. wipers, power steeringbrakes, duo) airbags, bedliner, 1 5" alloy wheels, sluing rear window. Per Mo. 36 Mo. Lease sports section, please call: . . 820-4440 Fax number ; For questions about the Sports department .... .820-4481 Walk $13iu Hide 18;' after 1 00 p.m. Non-City Resident Add '1 00 no magic act 36 mo lease based on approved credit. 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Palm Beach Post Wire Services Casey Martin, who won the right to use a golf cart in competition after suing the PGA Tour, will be allowed to use one during qualifying for the U.S. Open, the United States Golf Association said Monday in Far Hills, NJ. The USGA, which was not a party to the lawsuit, said it would abide by the court decision though it disagrees with the verdict Martin, who suffers from a degenerative leg condition that makes walking painful, will play in the 36-hole sectional qualifying on June 8 at Clovernook Country Club in Cincinnati. The Open will be June 18-21 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Boxing: Evander Holyfield will defend his WBA heavyweight title against Henry Akinwande on June 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Holyfield is expected to earn about $10 million and Akinwande about $2.5 million for the fight, which will be shown on Showtime pay-per-view and will be promoted by Don King. Football: Dolphins tight end Troy Drayton underwent arthroscopic surgery to his right knee and is expected to be ready for M.ami's mini-cat p next month. Dolphins team doctor John Urib performed the The 5-foot-9 Chilean is a magician with a tennis racket He must be, because he's pulled a No. 1 ranking out of his hat without winning a Grand Slam. Thanks to his victory over Andre Agassi in the final of the Lipton Championships, Rios ended Pete Sampras' streak of 102 consecutive weeks at No. 1 when the new rankings came out Monday. Rios became the first South American to top the rankings. Rios, 22, was runner-up at the Australian Open in January, and was the only player to reach the fourth round at all four majors last year. The only other player to reach No. 1 without owning a Grand Slam title was Ivan Lend! in 1983, and he then won eight majors. Sampras, who has 10 Grand Slam titles, can regain No. 1 by reaching the semifinals at Hong Kong next week. Tennis: Jennifer Capriati, playing in only her second match of the year, lost to Lorl McNeil 6-7 (7-4), 6-4. 6-4 in the Family Circle Cup in Hilton Head, S.C. Capriati, a former top 10 player, has been sidelined for two months by elbow and shoulder injurie?. McNeil is ranked No. 148, three spots ahead of Capriati. surgery Thursday, removing a piece of torn cartilage. ... St Louis Rams defensive coordinator Bud Carson has retired for a second time. Carson, who turns 67 next month, was lured out of retirement last year, and the Rams defense improved in 25 of 28 categories. Carson said a respiratory condition is forcing him to return to his home to Sarasota. The Rams replaced him by hiring co-defensive coordinators Peter Giunta and John Bunting. Hockey: The Final Four of the NCAA hockey tournament is an unlikely group. New Hampshire struggled late in the regular season, 1996 champion Michigan was rebuilding, Ohio State was under .500 in January, and Boston College might not even be the best team in its city. But those four teams will play in Thursday's semifinals at the Fleet Center, the first time they've been held in Boston since 1974. The Buckeyes (26-12-2) face Boston College (26-8-5) Thursday night following a game between New Hampshire (25-11-1) and Michigan (32-5-4). The final is Saturday night Finding a great used car, truck, van, or sport utility is now easier than ever! Just one toll-free call to the new Ed Morse Used Car Connection will help you find the right used vehicle ot the lowest price. . . at an Ed Morse dealership right in your neighborhood. Call today and get all the benefits and protection of the exclusive Ed Morse Used Car Connection Advantage from Florida's largest volume automotive dealer. Call Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 8 PM. CAR CONNECTION There's . 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