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THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 19B o r ' ri n r r , 4 - I i i m 1 1 ? 5 11 ! shot IB let it rip 1000 the lest word PGA should avoid bumpy ride Phillips a risk Let him ride. Casey Martin, who has reached the final phase of the PGA Tour Q-School at Grenelefe Resort in Haines City, suffers from Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome. The congenital condition causes weakness in the muscle and bone of Martin's lower right leg, and makes it painful for him to walk for prolonged periods of time. In regards to Lawrence ; Phillips' history of problems, I 1 must ask: When will this all ! stop? ! I was happy to see Rams j coach Dick Vermeil let Phillips j go, but somewhat disappointed j to see Jimmy Johnson pick him j up. He obviously needs help, j and by signing him so quickly, well, I don't think he's going to get it. I As a woman, I honestly j believe he should never have ; been given any chance to play ; professionally. As a fan, I look i for wins, too, but as a society, I we must not let these kinds of things continue. Beth Butcher Boynton Beach Headlines hurtful After the Dolphins' loss at New England, the headline ine y-bcnooi is a grueling, six-round affair as the last rung in a process that awards PGA Tour playing privileges to the best 35 scores (plus ties) for next season. After Saturday's third round, he was tied for 60th. It is the PGA Tour's position that walking is an integral part of competition at golfs profes Tampa Bay Devil Rays : The expansion team signed Wilson Alvarez (above) and has put together a nice pitching " staff - most likely the best in -., the state by April. Jeff Clement Clement, of Grinnel College in Iowa, broke his own NCAA all- . division record with 17 three-pointers Wednesday night as hr scored 58 points in a 137-108 victory against Clarke College. ,' Tiger Woods just a symbol for minority involvement in the game. His impact has been significant enough to generate programs that are beginning to bring instruction, equipment and access to courses for children who are learning to embrace what was once an unfamiliar game. Martin wouldn't make anywhere near as an indelible mark as Woods has stamped on the sport. But it's senseless, not to mention counter-productive, to limit whatever hope he might bring to a physically disadvantaged young man or woman. Sure, there would be inconveniences even in the best of circumstances if Martin and others were allowed to ride in carts. For one thing, there would need to be more extensive roping of courses on the PGA Tour to allow better routes for the vehicles around and through large galleries. Also, inclement weather might become a concern in terms of damage done by carts on wet ground. As of now, the issue is almost certainly headed for a court decision with Martin already having qualified for Nike Tour competition next year. The PGA Tour should avoid such an embarrassment, and avoid the potential backlash from a public relations nightmare that would result if the ruling were to go against Martin. Let him ride. To do anything else would be to take a backward step excuse the unintended pun, considering the subject toward close-mindedness. and over) of the contestants. Otherwise, golfers must walk. Martin, however, sued under the Americans With Disabilities Act and earned an injunction allowing him the use of a cart at the Q-School finals. The PGA Tour, in an effort to balance the competitive field, offered carts to all participants. A couple dozen contestants accepted the offer. Could someone please explain why the same plan wouldn't work on a regular basis whether or not Martin is in any field in any tournament on any tour? Why does a judge need to rule on use of a cart next year? If transportation is considered such an advantage on a golf course, then why didn't everyone in the Q-School field feel compelled to ride rather than walk? Not many golf tournaments are won or lost as a result of fatigue. Big drivers hit big drives at the end of the day. Great putters make important putts in the twilight and with the pressure on. The fact that Martin has a weak leg is hindrance enough when it comes to executing golf shots. The irony in all of this is how attractive it would be for the PGA Tour to have Martin out there playing. Disabled golfers, in particular, would see him as a role model. At a time when the sport is making such extraordinary escapes from its previous close-mindedness, Martin provides yet another opportunity for an awakening. No longer, for example, is the multi-ethnic Greg Stoda sional level. Furthermore, it is the Tour's position that Martin would derive a substantial advantage over other players if allowed to ride in a cart. Martin, 25, played on the 1994 NCAA championship team at Stanford. He has played on the Hooters Tour the past two seasons and, as a Q-School finalist, already has qualified for the Nike Tour next year. The PGA Tour allows carts at the earlier stages of Q-School, as an accommodation to size of the fields, and on the Senior Tour, as an accommodation to the age (50 MB Don Nelson Nelson - run off by players in Golden State and New York -got it right this time: Get the Gh job in Dallas first, then fire the : coach and take over. Jim Cleamons was never given a chance. ' j read "It's a Dan Shame." When i Panthers coach Doug MacLean j was fired, it read "Hit the Road, Mac." No one has worked harder j or done more than Marino, j MacLean also gave his all ; and showed us how much fun hockey could be. ; I don't feel either one de-; served those headlines. Ruth Hostetter Delray Beach I Have something to ay? 1 Fax us at 820-4431, mail to Box 24700, WPB, Fia. 33416 or send e-mail to ! pbsportspbpost.com. Or J go online at i GoPBI.comtelIthepost. ! Letters may be edited and j must include your name, 1 address and phone number. 1 III & OUT j IN: Lawrence Phillips ! Mack Brown ! Jerry Manuel t i OUT: ; Latrell Sprewell John Mackovic (MAY SATBHDAV TUESDAY KNICKS AT BULLS HIGH SCHOOLS REGIONAL FOOTBALL FINALS Three area teams are still alive and play Friday at 7:30 p.m. Rockledge is at Glades Central in Class 4A, Avon Park is at Clewiston in 3A, and in 2A, Moore Haven travels to Chiefland. C 0 L t E G E il A $ K 1 B A 1 1 1 DUKE vs. MICHIGAN The Wolverines have struggled; the Blue Devils have cruised. 4 p.m., WPEC-12, WFOR-4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HEISMAN TROPHY PRESENTATION Michigan's Woodson deserves it; Tennessee's Manning has been the front-runner for two years. 7:30 p.m., ESPN ABL Wednesday's American Basketball League game between the Long Beach StingRays and Portland Power was delayed because no officials had shown up. A referee who was attending as e spectator was pressed into service and the only ABL officia the StingRays were able to reach served as the other official. So far, New York is one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, not Chicago. Can it last? With the Bulls' battling these days, who knows. 8 p.m., TNT 1998 Florida Marlins schedule Marlins release 1998 schedule Interleague game Home game APRIL All times Eastern JULY MM ;Blue Jays, Red Sox and Devil Rays to visit Pro .Player Stadium. ! By Dan Graziano Mm Beach Post Staff Writer ; Yes, there will still be baseball games in South Florida next season. j The Florida Marlins released their 1998 regular-season schedule Saturday, and it comes com-'plete with a virtual guarantee of no jrepeat World Series championship and yes, you guessed it ; higher ticket prices. ! Marlins Marlins ticket prices How the Marlins' 1998 ticket prices compare with 1997. Section '98 season-indiv. '97 season-indiv. Batter's Box $1054110 Founders Field $40-$50 $35-$40 Founders Club $36-$45 $32-$35 Infield Box $18.50-$21 $16.50-$18 Terrace Box $9.50-$ 1 2.50 $8.50-$ 1 1 Mezzanine Box $11-$ 12.50 $10-$ 11 Outfield Res. adult $7.50-$9 $6.50-$8 Outfield Res. child $3.50-$4 $3-$3.50 Mezzanine Res. adult $5-$7 $4.50-$6 Mezzanine Res. child $ 1 .50-$2 $ 1 -$ 1 .50 Club Zone A 1 year $22-$28 $20-$25 Club Zone A 2 years $20-NA Club Zone B 1 year $ 1 8-$20 $ 1 6-$ 1 8 Club Zone B 2 years $ 1 7-NA Club Zone C $12-$15 $11-$13 Seniors (Club BC) $10-$10 Fish Tank adult NA-$2 NA-$2 Fish Tank child , NA-S1.50 NA-S1.50 How to buy tickets: Season tickets available now at all Ticketmas- ter outlets (561) 966-3309. Individual tickets on sale in MARCH 1 7:0b 2 1:05 3 7:0b 4 7:05 1 TBA 2 TBA 3 7:35 4 7:05 314:35 ' Cubs Cubs Cuba Brewers Brewers orioles Orioles Expos Expos 5 1:05 6 1:05 7 7:05 8 7:05 9 1:05 107:05 111:35 5 1:35 6 7 TBA 8 9 7:05 10 7:05 H 7:06 All-star game Brewers Brewers Phillies Phillies Phillies Pirates Pirates Expos At Colorado Braves Braves Braves. 121:35 13 7:05 14 157:05 lSl:05 17 10:05 18 4:05 12 4:35 13 7:05 14 7:05 15 7:05 16 17 7:05 18 7:05 Diamond Diamond Pirates Pirates Phillies Phillies backs backs Braves Expos Expos - Expos Cubs Cubs 19 4:05 20 10:05 21 227:05 23To5 2 4 7:05 25 4:05 1935 20 7:05 21 7:05 22 7:05 23 7:05 24 7:35 25 7:05 Diamond Diamond Diamond backs backs Rockies Rockies Rockies hacks Cubs Brewers Brewers Pirates Pirates Phillies Phillies 26 1:05 279:05 289:05 29 30 7:05 26 135 27 8:05 28 8:05 29 8:05 30 1:35 317:05 Diamond , . . , backs Rockies Rockies Padres Ptiillies Astros Astros Astros Astros Reds -fyy.yc august 1 7:05 2 7.05 J j , , , , Padres Padres 3 1:05 4 7:05 5 7:05 6 7:05 7 7:05 8 7:05 9 7:05 3TbT 47o5 5To5 6 TTaO? 8 Padres Giants Giants Giants Dodgers Dodgers Dodgers Reds Astros Astros Astros Padres 10 1:05 11 8:05 12 8:05 13 7:05 14 7:05 15 8:10 16 8:10 IQ nTbT ITIbi T4M3S 15Io7 Dodgers Astros Astros Reds Reds Cardinals Cardinals padresPadres Dodgers Dodgers Dodgers Giants Giants 17 2:10 18 1:40 19 20 7.05 21 1:05 22 7:05 23 7:05 JqJJj JgToT l9TbT 20705 2TW5 2UE Diamond Diamond ' Cardinals Cardinals backs backs Pirates Pirates Gan(s Padres Padres Dodgers )odgers Giants I 24 1:05 25 26 7:05 27 7:05 28 29 8:05 30 8:05 2135 2Tl05 25810 26 8:10 27 7:05 28 7:05 2905 Pirat68 Mets Mets Brewers Brewers Gl3nts Giants Cardinals Cardinals Reds Reds Reds 31 2:05 30 1:15 31 7:05 Brewers , I 1 I I I I 1 I Reds Cardinals I JUNE SEPTEMBER 1 8:05 2 2:20 3 2:20 4 5 TBA 6 TBA 1 7:05 2 7:05 3 4 7:05 5 7:05 Cubs Cubs Cubs Yankees Yankees Cardinals Cardinals Expos Expos 7 Iba" 8 7:05 9 7:05 1Q 7:05 11 7:05 12 7.05 13 7:05 6wT 7 3:05 8 9:05 9 9:05 10 3:05 11 7:40 12 7:10 , Yankees Blue Jays Blue Jays Blue Jays Mets Mets Mets Expos Rockies Rockies Rockie3 Rockies Braves Braves- 14 4:35 15 16 7:40 17 7:40 18 1:10 19 7:10 20 4:10 13 1:10 14 7:35 15 7:35 16 7:35 17 18 7:10 19 4:10 Mets Braves Braves Braves Mets Mets Braves Expos Expos Expos Mets Mets 21 140 22 TBA 23 TBA 24 7:05 25 7:05 26 7:05 27 7:05 20 1 40 21 22 7:05 23 7:05 24 7'05 25 7:05 26 7.05 Mets Devil Rays Devil Rays Devil Rays Devil Rays Red Sox Red Sox Mets Braves Braves Phillies Phillies Phillies - 28 435 29 30 tba 27 105 28 29 30 : Red Sox Orioles Phillies The depleted Marlins will begin defense of their title on Tuesday, March 31 at home against the Chicago Cubs. That will be the first in a seven-game homestand that includes three games against the Cubs and four against the Milwaukee Brewers, who now play in the National League. Under baseball's quirky new "unbalanced" schedule, more emphasis will be placed on games within the division. The Marlins will play 12 games against each of the other four teams in the NL East. They'll play nine games against every other NL team except Arizona, whom they face eight times. And they'll play 16 interleague games, including a four-game, home-and-home series against the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Interleague matchups include plan includes each Sunday afternoon game and starts at $110. B And the ever-popular Flex plan allows you to buy an 81-game block of tickets to be used however you want, either as 81 individual tickets to 81 different games or as one block of 81 tickets to the same game or whatever. Those start at $445.50. Anyone who had a mini-plan in 1997 will be getting renewal applications in the mail within the week. For more information on Marlins tickets, call 930-4487. OTHER BASEBALL B Arizona signs Blair to 3-year deal: The Diamondbacks signed free agent right-hander Willie Blair to a $11.5 million, three-year contract. Blair cost the Diamondbacks less than half of what they reportedly offered Darryl Kile, who agreed to a $24 million, three-year deal with Colorado. Diamondbacks general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. finalized Blair's contract late Friday night, agreeing to a $750,000 signing bonus and salaries of $3 million in 1998, $3.5 million in 1999 and $4.25 B They'll play a July 4 game in Montreal, but since it's not a holiday there, they shouldn't expect fireworks. BThey have a two-game home series against the Phillies in the middle of a stretch of 11 road games, and they have a two-game road trip to Colorado in the middle of a stretch of 16 home games. B They have one four-city trip a 14-day marathon Sept. 7-20 that includes four games in Colorado and three each in Atlanta, Montreal and New York. B Ticket Info: Ticket prices have all gone up for the 1998 season despite a promised fire sale that will reduce the team's chances of appearing in the World Series. They are on sale in the form of full-season and mini-plan season tickets. BThe 41 -game weekend plan includes each Friday, Saturday and Sunday home game as well as Opening Day. The price starts at $225.50. BThe 20-game Super Saturday plan offers every Saturday night game plus Opening Day, and starts at $110. B The 20-game Sunday family three-game home series against the Toronto Blue Jays (June 8-10) and the Boston Red Sox (June 26-28), and two home games against the Devil Rays (June 24 and 25). The Marlins will play three-game interleague road series against the New York Yankees (June 5-7) and the Baltimore Orioles (June 30-July 2). Other odd items on the Marlins' 1998 schedule: B They'll make just one trip to California, playing at San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco Aug. 7-16. million in 2000. to signing a $50 million, five-year The team denied a report by The Blair was 16-8 with a 4.17 ERA deal with the team, sources in New York Times that said they had last season with the Detroit Tigers Boston and in his native Domini- signed free agent Paul Sorrento. and made $875,000. can Republic told The Boston Sorrento hit .269 with a ca- H Boston Red Sox: Pitcher Globe. reer-high 31 homers for Seattle in Pedro Martinez is reportedly close B Tampa Bay Devil Rays: 1997. 1

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