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Thursday, December 4, 1997 The Palm Beach Post c SECTION c INSIDE FOOTBALL Devil Rays sign Alvarez The left-hander signs a five-year, $35 million deal with expansion Tampa Bay. PAGE 2C. Davis says he's staying The Hurricanes coach says any rumor that he is leaving is an erroneous one. PAGE 5C. UNC coach Brown likely new Texas football coach Sources say the Tar Heels' Mack Brown has been offered the job and Brown is 'committed to coming to Texas.' PAGE 5C. Team tells Phillips; Do or bye SPORTS 77- Greg Stoda V V W X ifi l .1 . iiiimu . .I'M '"u ; i ' j ' Y A - XWllr.l Phillips must live by J.J.'s commandment phins' faster tempo, and must be lined up by the coaches until he learns the playbook. "Dan (Marino) is liable to make an audible on occasion," Johnson said. "If he makes one a play we ran a year-and-a-half ago, he (Phillips) may not know it." Many new Dolphins teammates don't know what to make of the hubbub. In front of cameras, they said only politically proper things about Phillips. You have to get good players when they're available, center Tim Ruddy said. Lawrence has paid his debts to society, cornerback Terrell Buckley said. No one can judge him yet, linebacker Derrick Rodgers said. Roosevelt Potts, a veteran of off-the-field 'problems himself, chatted with Phillips for 10 minutes at the latter's new locker. "I think Lawrence will do well because Jimmy isn't the guy to hound you, to get in your face," said Potts, suspended a year for violating the NFL's drug policy. "You get a chance to grow up and be a man. Lawrence has a family here now with the Miami Dolphins, and we want him to be here." Potts said his four-week experience with the Dolphins differs greatly from his previous existence as a Colt. He cited the coaches' directness, and the players' warmth. "We want talent, as much talent as we can get," Potts said. "We need help at the running back spot. With Karim Abdul-Jabbar and Lawrence, we're going to have a hell of a running game. There are no arguments as to who gets the ball, because here you know you Please see DOLPHINSX The new Dolphins RB is welcomed with open arms and warnings that his stay is contingent on performance. By Ethan J. Skolnick Palm Beach Post Staff Writer DAVIE "Man," tackle Brent Smith mused, surveying the chaotic scene in the Miami Dolphins' locker room during the lunch break Wednesday, a scene including 40 media personnel. All waiting on Lawrence Phillips, Jimmy Johnson's new "big back who can run fast." That back was asked whether he deserved a second chance. "A second chance?" Phillips repeated. "If this is a second chance, then I deserve it." That was his lengthiest response. Nothing he said "I'm WLrnuto wo. uurto SUNDAY'S GAME: Detroit at Miami, 8 p.m., Pro Player Stadium. TV: ESPN. just here to get the job done; they brought me here to help the running game, and that's what I'm here to do" was as compelling as the effect his entrance has on a team which has a critical game Sunday night against Detroit. Johnson said Phillips "probably won't even play Sunday, but he might." Phillips spent his first practice acclimating to the Dol THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Lawrence Phillips made his debut Wednesday at practice, spending most of it learning Miami's tempo and playbook. A) DAVIE There is nothing more to the signing of Lawrence Phillips by the Miami Dolphins than this: Jimmy Johnson sees in the dangerous and dangerous-minded running back a potential reward well worth any potential risk. Beyond that, for Johnson, everything is inconsequential. As head coach and boss of all things in Fishland and, quite frankly, because Johnson is Johnson, he can pare the Phillips Experiment down to such raw form. Johnson has written the commandment that's singular, as you'll soon understand Phillips must follow. "There's one rule do what's right and that encompasses a lot," Johnson said Wednesday afternoon near the Dolphins' practice field. "And I determine what's right and what's wrong." Don't bother concerning yourself with a debate about Phillips' behavioral problems. He frequently has demonstrated himself to be a bad guy. While at ' the University of Nebraska, Phillips was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay restitution for assaulting female Cornhuskers basketball player ' Kate McEwen, who happened to be his ex-girlfriend. That episode is only the ugliest in a litany of trouble in which Phillips has been involved. ' But he possesses a monstrous football talent, however unfulfilled, and that can buy a guy multiple NFL lives these days. The sports landscape is littered with athletes of Phillips' ilk. It's more than a little distasteful, but not likely to change anytime soon. Nor did Phillips, in his first public statement as a Dolphin, appear to be filled with remorse about any of his past transgressions. He said, in fact, his criminal reputation has been greatly exaggerated. "I'm not here to prove myself to anyone," Phillips said. "I don't read (what's written). I don't look at it. I don't try to sort out what's true and what isn't. If this is what you call a second chance, then, yeah, I deserve it." You were expecting contrition? Forget it. Phillips was the sixth pick of the 1996 draft, but not even the downtrodden St. Louis Rams could cope with him much beyond a year and a half. Phillips was afforded every opportunity and all of St. Louis head coach Dick Vermeil's trust this season, but the Rams ultimately became Please see STODAJC , i : I i i ? j ( 3 i f'Vl Vw ' MARK MIRKOStaff Photographer All fired up PALM BEACH GARDENS Joe 'Pepi' Urban fires up his jet engine-powered fans. Because of rain, the Citrus Nationals, which were scheduled to con-dragster Wednesday night at Moroso Motorsports Park in front of 10,000 elude last weekend, had to be finished Wednesday. STORY, 2C 7? Golden State terminates Sprewell's $32 mil contract School of fishing experts catches on very quickly The writer set out to see how a group of guides i fared on the water. He wasn't disappointed. We headed out in three boats: Butch Constable's 20-foot Lake & Bav skiff, Poveromo's 28-foot j 1 . By Willie Howard Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PALM BEACH SHORES -1 set out to watch a group of fishing seminar speakers in action, to see V OUTDOORS WEEKLY if these guys who preach and teach fishing could really catch fish. The pressure was on George Pover-omo, senior editor for Salt Water Sports for too long. We are drawing the line. Some things are more important than winning or losing games." Sprewell's agent, Arn Tellem, could not immediately be reached for comment. Bill Hunter, director of the players union, said a grievance would be filed. Sprewell was suspended for at least 10 games for the attack on Carlesimo, in which he grabbed the coach by the neck and threatened to kill him. The game against the Cavs was supposed to be the first of those 10. The loss to Cleveland, in which Golden State scored just 10 points in the fourth quarter, dropped the Warriors' record to 1-14 and left them winlcss in six games at their newly remodeled Oakland Arena. "It needed to be dealt with and we felt this was the appropriate way to deal with it," Carlesimo said. "Did we want it to end this way? Of course not." In a letter sent to Sprewell on Tuesday officially informing him of the suspension, the team said it reserved the right to terminate his contract under Section 16 of the Uniform Player Contract, which says players must "conform to standards of good citizenship and good Please see SPREWELL5C The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. Latrell Sprewell's $32 million contract was terminated by the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night in a bold and unprecedented reaction, to the player's attack on coach PJ. Carlesimo. "This wasn't an economical decision," general manager Garry St. Jean said at a hastily assembled news conference following the Warriors' 95-67 loss to Cleveland. "This was a decision about morals and ethics and the right thing to do." Sprewell, the team's leading scorer and a three-time All-Star, was notified of the termination in a letter sent by St. Jean early Wednesday evening. It was the first time in NBA history a player has had his contract terminated for insubordination. Two players, Roy Tarpley and Richard Dumas, had their contracts voided because they violated the league's drug policy. "This was not an easy decision," St. Jean said. "This was a unanimous deci- sion by the Warriors organization that involves a clear matter of right and wrong. "There is no issue to compromise. Outrageous misconduct by players in professional sports has been tolerated i9 Mako and Greg Bogdan's 27-foot Conch. I rode with Constable, a veteran Jupiter' guide, and guide Rufus Wakeman of Jensen Beach. Constable ran his skiff out Palm Beach Inlet and immediately headed north along the beach toward Jupiter Inlet. He slowed the boat just inside Jupiter Inlet to look for bait. After a few tosses of his small-mesh, 12-foot cast net, Constable's live well was black with hundreds of glass minnows, pilchards and other bait fish. Twenty-five years as a professional guide show in Constable's technique. Many anglers can catch bait, but few can catch it as quickly and gracefully as Constable. And unlike other anglers I've met, Constable talks very little and simply lets his performance speak for Please see EXPERTSrC t " x ''1 " f ' . , j i ') ' ! ? - 1 ,- t man magazine and organizer of the fishing seminar, set for Jan. 24 at Palm Beach Community College. Fortunately for Poveromo, he picked an all-star cast of saltwater anglers, most with a decade or more of experience fishing the waters around Palm Beach and Martin counties. We met at Sailfish Marina on the morning of Nov. 10. The weather was cool, the ocean calm. 1 JON KRALSpecial to The Post HEAT 94, 76ers 90: Miami point guard Tim Hardaway, guarded by Allen Iverson, had 20 points and 1 1 assists Wednesday. STORY, 8C

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