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THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3. 1997 Two Cents' Worth, WHO AM I? I have played in more games for the Miami Heat than any of my current teammates, and I could set the all-time record this STAT OF THE DAY: The last three Rolling Stones tours of the United States were in 1981, 1989 and 1994. Each of those seasons, the San Francisco 49ers won the Super Bowl. The Stones are touring now. TODAY IN HISTORY: In 1956, Wilt Chamberlain scored 52 points in his collegiate debut for Kansas. We know if we don't win the next one, we might as well start making Christmas plans." KEVIN DONNALLEY, Oilers offensive guard, on Tennessee's chances for making the playoffs. season. PAGE HI People in sports Q School finals have them quaking Final paring down of 1,200 golfers to the top 35 and ties lasts six nerve-wracking days. Imagine the most pressure-packed moment in your life, whether it's proposing marriage, handling that last job interview or taking a final exam. Then stretch this anxiety out over six days. Now you have a sense of what 168 golfers will experience today when they tee off in the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament at Grenelefe Golf & Tennis Resort in Haines City. It is the Tour's version of Hell Week, the pressure building through six days with each round and each shot. The players know one bad swing, one bad decision, can cost them their playing card. The odds aren't with them. More than 1,200 players entered the first stage, with 480 advancing to the second stage. Of the 168 still standing, only the top 35 and ties will earn their cards for next year's Tour. But some of the golfers say the pressure isn't as bad as you'd think. Tequesta's Steve Hart, one of 11 area players in the finals, believes the stress levels were greater in the second stage. Gardens should be able to handle the pressure. He's been on Tour, off and on, since 1972 and wants to get back to prepare for when he becomes eligible for the Senior PGA Tour in late 1998. The rest of the area players PJ. Cowan, Jay Davis, Gene Fieger, Robert Floyd, Bob Friend, Bobby Gage and Adam Spring aren't looking that far ahead. Their concentration can't stray beyond their next swing or putt. The finals include several former PGA Tour winners: Woody Austin, Keith Fergus, Bob Gilder, Blaine McCallister, John Morse, Dicky Pride, Tom Sieckmann, Tim Simpson, Greg Twiggs and Scott Verplank. Other prominent international players include Michael Campbell, who almost won the 1995 British Open, and 1993 European Ryder Cup member Joakim Haeggman. BGolf cart debate: Casey Martin, a member of Stanford's 1994 NCAA championship team who has a muscle and bone condition in his right leg that causes pain when he walks, won an injunction to use a cart at this week's finals. The preliminary injunction issued by a federal magistrate in Oregon set up a legal battle that will determine if walking is part of Upper cut(up) ' NEW YORK Legend Muhammad Ali (right) gives unsuspecting welterweight boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya the business during their visit Tuesday. De La Hoya was in town promoting Saturday's title fight against Wilfredo Rivera in Atlantic City, N.J. They leave recruits 'screaming Palm Beach Post Wire Services ,' ', Sometimes it's the little things that persuade a football player to , choose one college over another. Andrew Bagnato of the Chicago Tribune recalls that when Bill Dooley was coaching at Virginia Tech, he once lost a heated .recruiting battle with Clemson. , ' When Dooley asked why the player had chosen Clemson, he replied that the school had a soft ice cream machine, and that he loved soft ice cream. the challenge of competitive golf and raised the possibility golf carts could be used on the PGA and Nike tours. Martin, 25, finished second in his second stage. Members of the Senior PGA Tour are allowed to use ridijig carts during competition, but the regular Tour has routinely fought such a request. "Walking always has been n integral aspect of the competition on the PGA Tour and Nike Tour," said a statement released Monday by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. j B Collins to Europe: Gary Nicklaus wasn't the only area player to qualify for next year's European PGA Tour. Bobby Collins used a final-round 70 to earn his card by one shot. ! Collins, who missed advancing at the PGA Tour's first stage by one shot last month, finished tied for 37th. The top 40 players earned their cards in the finals at Costa del Sol, Spain. J B Noteworthy: The third annual Home Depot FatherSon tournament is this weekend at Windsor in Vero Beach. . . . Rafael Alarcon earned $250,000 last weekend for winning the Compaq World Putting Championship in Orlando. Hart finished tied for 28th, earning $1,175. bowls. The U.S. and the other two North American qualifiers will join the five African teams in the second bowl, meaning the Americans will not be paired with Mexico, Jamaica, Nigeria, Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia or South Africa in the first round. j The third bowl will consist of eight European teams, and the fourth will have one European to be determined, four Asian (South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Japan arid Iran) and the other three South American countries (Colombia, Paraguay and Chile). j MEN Sexual Problems Are Reversible .Erection problems 'Prostate screening i and physicals ' Medication onlv no siirserv ! Sampson to coach U.S. through World Cup ,' The next week, Virginia Tech's players found a new soft ice , cream machine in their cafeteria. It's been renamed soccim Iran's soccer team that qualified for next year's World Cup finals was given a hero's welcome by 70,000 flag-waving fans, including 5,000 women, who showed up despite an official request that they stay away. j ' The official Islamic Republic News Agency said some 3,000 women occupied one comer of the Azadi Stadium and 2,000 more rushed in "with the cooperation of security forces." In a statement carried on Iranian television, the National Football Federation asked women to stay away from the welcome -".to safeguard Islam's dignity." Strict Islamic laws, followed in Iran, prohibit mingling of the sexes. TODAY'S ANSWER: Forward Keith Askins has played in 421 ..' games, 58 shy of Glen Rice's team record. participants into eight four-team groups and set the first-round pairings and sites for the June 10-July 12 tournament. Tuesday, FIFA announced the eight top seeds: France (host) and Brazil (defending champion) were automatic selections; Germany, Italy, Argentina, Spain, Romania and the Netherlands were chosen on the basis of a formula computing performances in the previous three World Cups and current world rankings. The groups will be completed by drawing teams from three ATTENTION ALL Impotence can be treated Premature ejaculation Lack of desire Affordable wo insurance On the On television NBA 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 76ers at Heat Lakers at Nuggets College c j basketball is. . 7:30 p.m. North Carolina vs. Louisville ESPN 7:30 p.m. Notre Dame at Indiana ESPN2 7:30 p.m. St. Francis (N.Y.) at South Florida SportsChannel 9:30 p.m. Kentucky vs. Purdue ESPN 10 p.m. Duquesne at Florida (taped) Sunshine f O ? ...iV-;. f Board Certified Urologist i Craig Dolch Golf "If you miss the second stage, you have nothing," Hart said. "Once you've made the finals, you know you'll be playing somewhere." Indeed, for those who don't gain their Tour cards after Monday's final round, the next 70 receive full exempt status to the Nike Tour, with the rest gaining partial Nike cards. But nobody is thinking about settling for the swoosh tour when they put that first tee in the ground today. Two other area players, Pat Bates of Boca Raton and Mike Sposa of West Palm Beach, have additional motivation. Bates and his wife, Kristine, had their first child, Spencer, last week; Sposa and his wife, DeAnna, are expecting their first in March. Added pressure? Not really. "Q School is pressure with or without a baby," Bates said. Bruce Fleisher of Palm Beach World Cup RFK Stadium endangered the United States' hopes and raised speculation that Sampson might be fired. But the U.S. team responded impressively, earning a scoreless draw against unbeaten Mexico in Mexico City and beating Canada and El Salvador by a combined 7-2. A 3-0 win in Vancouver on Nov. 9 clinched the berth. Sampson, 40, has been in command since April 1995, when 1994 World Cup coach Bora Milutinovic was fired. With his job secured, Sampson can turn his attention to the World Cup draw, which will divide the 32 Palm Beach County's 27 Hole Championship Daily Fee Golf Course $30 Before 12:30 $2000 After 12:30 through December 19, 1997 UKEEHEELEE GOLH COUKSK 7715 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach 964-Golf BeKoUh Benchmark Press, Big 12 Conference Budget Signs CocaCota MJbnage NationsBank Parafex Productions The Breakers The Pakn Beach Post Sheraton West Palm Beach Hotel WPTVNews Channel 5 An Event at tre Pah) Beach CoutySporls bsttoe I I A Health Smart Medical Center Medicare & Private ! 1501 Presidential Way, Suite 20 Insurance Acce ! Across from Mall on Congress Ave. Private and Confidential 6875675 NHL 9:30 p.m. Red Wings at On radio NBA 7 p.m. Heat pre-game 7:30 p.m. 76ers at Heat 10 p.m. Magic at Grizzlies On the Internet THE ASSOCIATED PRESS air Sunshine TBS Flames ESPN2 WIOD-610AM WIOD-610AM, WACC-830AM (Spanish) WPSL-1590AM PALM BEACH Op INTERACTIVE field (305) 577-4328 Track (954) 972-2000 (305) 633-6400 (305) 633-6400 (954) 927-2841 In brief The new code specifies that individual national Olympic committees decide which uniforms their athletes will wear and sporting goods companies must respect the choice Puerto Rico's Olympic Committee agreed to abide by new rules banning athletic delegations from going to Cuba without the U.S. Treasury Department's approval. Track and field: Hurdler Allen Johnson and sprinter-long jumper Marion Jones, the only two double gold medalists at this year's world outdoor championships, won the 1997 Jesse Owens Award. B Running: New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. is doubling the $1 million total prize money available to men and women marathon runners for breaking the American record in next year's race. Tell us what you think about the Marlins, Dolphins, J: Heat, Panthers, UF, FSU and Miami as you read the latest stories at www.GoPBI.comSportsTown On the ij Area events NBA 7:30 p.m. 76ers at Heat Convenient Scheduling for those LacunA GOLF CLUB AUft Palm Beach County t i t " If , hJi DOUG j lip FOBD'S Jj who work days. (888-374-4449) r "The Intelligent place to play is whereS the Pros Play..." OPEN TO THE PUBLIC CART & GREEN FEE PlJ I I If 1 TAX INCLUDED FULL SERVICE PRO SHOP DRIVING RANGE RESTAURANT 433.3001; JJWTANA RD. 14 Mile W. Turnpike J Sports Commission l t t a t Dog racing 12:30 p.m. Palm Beach Kennel Club 683-2222 7:30 p.m. Palm Beach Kennel Club 683-2222 7:30 p.m. Hollywood Greyhound Track (954) 454-9400 The Washington Post Endine weeks of sacculation that it might hire an experienced foreign coach, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesdav that American Steve SamDson has been retained as coach of the U.S. national soccer team for the 1998 World Cup in France. DesDite successfully euidinc the U.S. team through the World Cud aualifvinp tournament this fall. SamDson had been left in limbo by USSF President Alan Kothenberg, who had said he wanted to consider all his ODtions before making a commitment. 1 uesday, however, Kothenberg said, "We never talked to or, in fact, seriously considered any one except Steve." SamDson and Rothenberc met two weeks ago in Los Angeles to discuss the job, and Sampson was told last week that he would be retained. His original contract runs throueh December 1998. hut the USSF had an option to let him go at the conclusion of the qualifying process. I m a human beine. Certainly the indecision was a little worrisome." Samoson said Tuesdav from Los Aneeles International Airport before departing for Ihursdays World Cup draw in Marseille. France. "But vou can't worry about things that are out of your control, l am very proud of what this team has accomplished." The U.S. team finished with an 8-2-6 qualifying record, including 4-1-5 in the final round that concluded on Nov. 16. However, a 1-1 game with Jamaica on Oct. 3 at siaa 00LP10.Q0 Walk 7:00 AM-12:00PM Ride 12:00 PM-3:00PM 7 DAYS A WEEK Tee time 3 days in advance .Call 686-0948 ? Haverhill Rd. off Okeechobee Price subject to change witlwut notice. Palm Beach Gardens Golf Club 6 2 6 P U T T Annual Permits from $585 for P.B.G. Res. Buy now and get No Green Fees till 103198 www affordableqqlf.com Horse racing 7:30 p.m. Pompano Harness -' Jal alai Noon Miami Jai-Alai Miami Jai-Alai Dania Jai-Alai 7 p.m. 7:15 p.m. Telephones i For questions about the sports section, please call: ' Sports department 820-4440 Fax number 820-4481 jluu vjruza vx)iiegiare riace-ivicKer lwara Presented By the Orange Bowl Committee Ex-boxer Rosario dies; i overdose possible cause Announces Tod 3 National Finalists: Martin Gramatica Kansas State University Sims Lenhardt - Duke University Chris Sailer - University of California at Los Angeles Congratulations Local Groza Finalists: Outstanding Coach Tom Cherry Wellington High School Willie Dodaro - Olympic Heights High School Milton Watson - Glades Central High School Outstanding High School Player Brad Banks - Glades Central High School Steve Beliisari Boca Raton High School Anquan Boldin - Pahokee High School Outstanding High School Kicker Ken Mays John I, Leonard High School Taylor Northrop William T, Dwyer High School Rondell Seupersad Suncoast High School Guest Speaker - Howard Schnellenberger Special Guest - Lou Groza Tuesday, December 9r 1997 at the Sheraton West Palm Beach Hotel 6:30 pm Silent Auction of Sports Memorabilia 7;30 pm Dinner and Program Members $60 Non-Members $75 Youth (18 and Under) $35 Tables: Members $500 Non-members $650 For more information contact Palm Beach County Sports Commission at 561233-1015 Palm Beach Post Wire Services Edwin Rosario, a former ;'. lightweight champion whose , career was marred by cocaine, died of acute pulmonary edema that could have been caused by J drug or alcohol abuse, a J pathologist said Tuesday. Mr. Rosario, 34, died Monday night at his parents' home in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, a San Juan suburb. A police investigator suggested that Mr. Rosario may have died of a I: drug overdose. In a pulmonary '- edema, the lungs fill with fluid, causing them to swell. It can ; cause heart failure. Rosario's lungs were "full of water," .' Yocasta Brugal, director of ': Puerto Rico's Institute of - Forensic Medicine, said after an autopsy Tuesday. B Olympics: The ; International Olympic Committee T and the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry signed an "Olympic marketing code" setting out rules for advertising and promotion during the games.

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