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2C THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1997 c Two Cents' Worth WHO AM I? In 1982, 1 left for the NFL after beating out Stanford quarterback John Elway and SMU running back Eric Dickerson for the Heisman Trophy after finishing third in the voting for the award as a freshman and second in 1981. STAT OF THE DAY: The Rose Bowl will match Washington State's offense, which ranked second nationally in scoring with an average of 42.5 points per game, against a Michigan defense that allowed an average of only 8.9 points per game and ranked first nationally in total defense. TODAY IN HISTORY: In 1961, Syracuse running back Ernie Davis became the first black -player to be drafted No. 1 in the NFL Draft. The Washington Redskins made the selection. This, I'm afraid, is the beginning of many more harebrained schemes." CECILIA THORNER, whose husband, Jeff, played 50 golf courses in 50 states in 50 days. PAGE Mi People in sports Devil Rays sign Alvarez to 5-year deal Baseball The 27-year-old chooses Tampa Bay to 'be a part of something that's going to grow.' Palm Beach Post Wire Services ST. PETERSBURG The Tampa Bay Devil Rays signed left-hander Wilson Alvarez to a five-year, $35 million contract, adding a proven starter to the top of their rotation. "I had offers from competitive teams. ... I could have gone some the Red Sox. The Red Sox are also working on long-term deals for first baseman Mo Vaughn and infielder John Valentin. Corsi signed with Boston last winter for one year and an option that would have paid him $500,000 for 1998. But the Red Sox declined tcy pick up his option because doing so would have' left him vulnerable in the expansion draft. Instead, they rewarded hirrj with a new deal worth a little bit more. Corsi went 5-3 with a 3.43 ERA in 52 relief, appearances last season. j Toronto Blue Jays: Hired 16-year ma-1 jor-league veteran Gary Matthews as hitting coach The Blue Jays, a week after naming Tim Johnson manager, also named Eddie Rodriguez I S said, "to be the ace. That's why I'm here.", Alvarez tied Florida's Alex Fernandez for the fifth-highest average salary among pitchers at $7 million, trailing only Greg Maddux ($11.5 million), Tom Glavine ($8.5 million), Roger Clemens ($8.25 million) and John Smoltz ($7.75 million). Alvarez gets $4.5 million each of the next two seasons, $9 million in the third and fourth years and $8 million in 2002. In addition, the left-hander gets a no-trade clause. "If there's one person we earmarked for our pitching staff, long before the expansion draft, it was Wilson," Devil Rays general manager Chuck LaMar said. "There's no doubt we got the finest left-hander available to us." After the expansion draft Nov. 18, the Devils Rays signed closer Roberto Hernandez to a $22.5 million, four-year deal. Boston Red Sox: Re-signed pitcher Jim Corsi to a one-year deal with an option for 1999. Corsi, of suburban Newton, Mass., has been working out with fellow New Englander Dennis Eckersley, who is also expected to sign with where like Cleveland or New York," the 27-year-old left-hander said Wednesday. "But I wanted to be here, and be a part of something that's going to grow." Alvarez, who lives in nearby Sarasota, was 13-11 with a 3.48 ERA with the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants last sea third-base coach and bal Butera bullpen coacn. i ft; LAk b C li.iiii.'i 'ii . Mel Queen, Toronto's pitching coach last season, will be retained for next season. Matthews, 47, has spent the past three seasons as the Chicago Cubs' roving minor-league hitting coordinator. Rodriguez, 38, worked three years as the Anaheim Angels' minor-league field and defense coordinator. Butera, 45, has been Toronto's major-league advance scout the past two years. V7 U son. He has a career record Alvarez of 71-54 and a 3.83 ERA. The chance to play near his home, as well as be a No. 1 starter, was too good to pass up. "That's every pitcher's dream," Alvarez 1 Vi 0 v U.S. awaits World Cup draw Shock Wave jet truck makes splash at Moroso rv i World Cup a j THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Motorsports Farewell to a friend ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. Members of the Buck Leonard Baseball League of Rocky Mount turn to watch Walter 'Buck' Leonard's family as they enter St. James Baptist Church on Tuesday for the funeral of the baseball legend. Mr. Leonard died Thanksgiving Day at the age of 90. At least he doesn't discriminate Palm Beach Post Wire Services According to Track & Field News, Balazs Kiss, the former USC hammer thrower, was a one-man wrecking crew at the Budapest International meet July 26: "Kiss' winning toss carried all the devastating force of a Led Zeppelin hotel stay. "His first throw barely avoided destroying a lawn mower; his third smashed the awards podium. Other Kiss throws broke a flagpole flying the Spanish flag and tore a hole through the Jamaican banner." The magazine wondered, "What does he do if he loses?" TODAY'S ANSWER: Herschel Walker, Georgia. The Boston Globe , MARSEILLE, France Last time they wanted anybody but Colombia. "So, lo and behold, we drew Colombia," recalls US Soccer Federation president Alan Rothenberg. And the Americans ended up winning 2-1 in one of the biggest upsets of the 1994 World Cup. So much for doping out draws. All US coach Steve Sampson and his squad know before today's draw in Marseille (12:30 p.m., ESPN2) is that they won't be facing a regional neighbor or an African nation in the first round of next summer's quadrennial tournament in France. What they do know is that they'll be grouped with a seeded team (champion Brazil, host France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, or Romania), a European entry, and one from South America or Asia. If they're lucky, the Americans will draw the likes of Romania, Croatia,' and Japan. If they're not, it could be Germany, England, and Colombia. "I don't have a dream draw," says Rothenberg. "I have a dream result." And that is to make it into at least the second round of the 32-team tournament (up from 24 last time), just as the Ameri- tTV: 12:30 p.m., ESPN2 cans did in 1994 when they lost 1-0 to Brazil. "I've said all along that this is a team that can do that," says Sampson. This time, though, the American team won't have the home advantage or the chance to advance on a third-place wild card, as it did last time. Only the top two from each of the eight preliminary, groups will go through. And unlike last time, FIFA, the international federation, hasn't seeded the entire field but pooled everybody below the top eight by geography. Because the NorthCentral and Caribbean group is pooled with Africa, the Americans won't have to worry about facing Nigeria, which topped its group last time and also won the Olympics. But they could end up with England, which wasn't seeded because it didn't qualify last time. And the US record against the eight seeds (2-28-4) is sobering. B Noteworthy: Eric Wyn-alda will represent the U.S. on a rest-of-the-world soccer team that plays a European team in an exhibition game (10:30 a.m., ESPN2) before today's draw for the 1998 World Cup finals. "Whenever we get on the runway we average 300 mph," said Weston, 19, who gets to ride with Shockley during the air show runs. "Whenever I'm a passenger, it's the biggest rush. You really don't realize how fast you're really going until it goes over 200 (mph)." At the completion of the run Wednesday night (which lasted just 8.27 seconds), the truck sent off two four-inch mortars high into the air. "That's just some fireworks," Weston said, "to give the people something more to look at." H Noteworthy: The finals for the competitive races were run Wednesday night as well. Pro Mod driver Rickie Smith of King, N.C, won in his '63 Corvette with a time of 6.62 seconds at 211.11 mph. . The Top Alcohol Dragster winner was Mike Gunderson of Middleburg, who ran an elapsed time of 5.78 seconds at 244.96 mph to defeat defending champion Tony Lebor of Delray Beach. For the first time in many years, Bob Newbery of Schenectady, N.Y., was defeated in the final .round of Alcohol Funny Car, by Canadian Todd Paton in his '98 On the air On television By Paul Pedersen Special to the Palm Beach Post PALM BEACH GARDENS Kent Shockley burned more fuel in one-quarter of a mile Wednesday night than most drivers use in a month. Granted, few individuals get the chance to burn 120 gallons of diesel xr have the skill to drive a 7,000-pound, triple-engine jet truck at 173.41 mph. But that is just what Shockley, 35, did at the Mountain Dew Citrus Nationals at Moroso Motor-sports Park before a crowd estimated at 10,000. "The only time I feel apprehension is before the run," said Shockley, who took over driving the truck last year when his father, Les, retired. "Once the engines are running, the idle is established and all systems are go, then the only thing left to do is to put a show on for the people and have a safe run." Both goals were accomplished as Shockley's 1984 Peterbuilt, Shock Wave, named after the rings that the engines throws out, delighted the spectators that attended the event, rescheduled because of rain last weekend. It took ten minutes to fire up the three Pratt & Whitney jet engines. The Shock Wave was originally with for two engines. "Les looked at the truck and didn't like the empty space at the top," said crew chief Shan Weston. "So he thought it would look great if he filled it with another engine. While you might think that the engine increase the speed to the truck, it really doesn't because of its weight." In the mid-80s, soon after Les Shockley added the third engine, the NHRA put a stop to triple-engine vehicles. The ShockWave now is the only truck sanctioned by the NHRA. After a blast from the horn, ShockWave ran at full speed for the first three-fourths of the track and coasted the last part of the race so it would not surpass the speed limit. The NHRA has set the speed limit on jet trucks at 175 mph for safety reason. But at non-NIIRA events, such as air shows, it has reached 300 mph. The yellow, red and orange truck, which has 36,000 horsepower behind it and enough power to accelerate at 3 Gs vertically (nearly twice as fast as the Space Shuttle), holds the Guiness Book of Records as the world's fastest truck. 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(Results, IOC) H Olympics: The drug-., testing lab at UCLA risks having , its international license stripped ; unless it installs the latest high- tech machine for detecting , steroids. The IOC also told the ,' U.S. Olympic Committee to crack down on an Internet site that ; offers steroids for sale and ; advises users how to avoid being caught. I - - Horse racing: Russell Baze rode his 6,000th career winner, guiding Clover Hunter to a 12-length victory in the fourth race at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif. Baze joins Bill Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay and nine other jockeys who have hit the 6,000-victory plateau. Soccer: Shamo Quaye, who played for Ghana's bronze-medal winning soccer team at the Barcelona Olympics, died after being hit in the face by a ball. Quaye, 26, died Sunday outside Accra, two days after the injury. 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