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Classified ads They are in Section E today. For late scores, call 9879060. Section D TVRADIO 2D HORSE RACING 2D NBA, NHL 3D GOLF 3D 4D BASEBALL 5D RED WINGS 6D AUTO RACLNG 6D SPORTSCOPE MONDAY, MAY 30, 1994 Democrat antr (ftrontdc ROCHESTER, NEW YORK 1?!M5 DHOW OT -LZ3S55EZ1- Rangers, will win Cup in 5 games A s The Sports World Turns: O The New York Rangers, after surviving the p 1 r-r - V i ""f v -v a , J' - ' rrrrz iJ 1 JWl 1 ; - ' ' rw. 'y - - Fittipaldi crashes, Al Unser Jr. wins Team Penske duel DAY OF TWO RACES FOR JOHN ANDRETTI 6D UNOFFICIAL RESULTS 6D The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS This was Secretariat with a running start. This was Murderer's Row with a juiced baseball. This was the Dream Team on an eight-foot basket. In other words, this was an Indy 500 with an outcome as predictable as it was monotonous. For the record, Al Uaser Jr. won yesterday, driving a turbocharged Mercedes V8 owned by Roger Penske. Some surprise. When the owner with the deepest pockets hires the most talented drivers and shows up at the Brickyard with an engine chassis assembled by the world's best design team, the only reason to run the race is to find out which of the three Penske entries takes the victory lap. Eastern Conference finals against the NHL's second-best team the New Jersey Devils should polish off the Vancouver Canucks in a maximum of five games for the Stanley Cup. The best hope for Vancouver is a heroic performance by goaltend-er Kirk McLean, who has allowed only 26 goals in his last 13 games, and one in his last 94:28 of overtime. For once, history could be on New York's side, with an all-time record of 66-18-8 against the Canucks. And while the Rangers have not won the Stanley Cup since 1940, a Vancouver team has not won the Cup since 1915. That team was called the Millionaires. This time, Vancouver will be playing against the millionaires. On this day, it was Little Al though it just as easily could have been Emerson Fittipaldi or even Team Penske's third driver, Paul Tracy, whose day ended on lap 92 with a busted tur-bocharger that gave the silver-haired maestro The Unser dynasty The Unser family's winning tradition at the Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Sr.: Starts 27; Victories 4 (1970. 1971, . 1978, 1987) Bobby Unser Starts 19; Victories 3 (1968, 1975, 1981) Al Unser Jr.: Starts 12; Victories 2 (1992, 1994) The NHL is fortunate the Rangers made the Stanley Cup finals, because Vancouver certainly won't help boost the league's disappointing TV ratings. The NBA playoff, games on Ted Turner's cable rv r: BOB MflTHEWS network are tri- pling NHL playoff ratings on "f- is M one of his few anx-ious moments. All the rest of those moments were probably spent worrying whether Unser and Fittipaldi could resolve their little "competition" problem without ruining both. In 1989, the two got caught up in a next-to-last-lap, wheel-to-wheel battle at 220 mph entering the third turn. There was traffic in the way and a million dollars on the line. Unser went flying into the wall and Fittipaldi went flying by to win. This time, though, Unser became a two-time winner because Fittipaldi, already a two-time winner, got a little greedy and tried to lap his teammate. "When you see a heavy hitter in front of you and you have a chance to lap him, you do everything you can," Unser said. "It would have put the final nail in my coffin. I would have done the same thing." Coming out of Turn 4 with the lead, a position he'd held for 145 of the previous 185 laps, Fittipaldi drafted INDY on page 6D V'X .2'- " V - The Associated Press Al Unser Jr.. foreground, passes Emerson Fittipaldi's car, which hit wall in fourth turn while leading with 16 laps to go. TBedl toomieirs pyimdl Wood Wegmann and the rest of the Rochester Red Wings pitching staff. Especially after this weekend. Springer hit a two-run home run off his former teammate in the seventh inning, which eventually gave the Toledo Mud Hens a 6-4 win over the Wings in front of 5,289 fans at Ned Skeldon Stadium yesterday. The homer by Springer, who Springer hit the final homer off of a Wegmann changeup. "I know he knows I throw that pitch," said Wegmann. "But you can't change your pitching because you're facing a former teammate. "It wasn't a bad pitch, he just hit it hard and got it up into the wind." Wings' starter Rick Krivda al-WINGS on page 5D along with Wegmann played for the Norfolk Tides last season, broke a 4-4 tie. The Mud Hens scored all of their runs on three homers, as Pete Gonzalez and Riccardo Ingram each went deep earlier in the game. After Toledo's outburst, the Wings' pitching staff has given up 50 home runs, including at least one in 26 of the team's last 30 games. Rochester's loss completed its six-game Ohio road trip at 4-2 and gives the Wings their second straight loss. The Red Wings play the Syracuse Chiefs at 2:05 this afternoon at Silver Stadium. While winning two of the three games in the series, Toledo out-, homered Rochester 8-0. LEWIS OUT 6-8 WEEKS 5D Staff report MAUMEE, Ohio If familiarity does have anything to do with contempt, Tom Wegmann probably likes Steve Springer a little less today. The sight of opposing players' home runs are not too pleasant to SaQasbyry stakes cSaQinn to crown mm- .-ft i V CORNING CLASSIC Daniel stuns Corning Ramsbottom's lead lost on 72nd hole ..... . ,.v it s-ivtfs jk mwvff 1 1 4q .JfcX '..';-'-'yv'i' ESPN. Furthermore, the Arena Football League ratings for Saturday midnight games last year reportedly were higher than the network's 1994 NHL playoff numbers. Saturday Indiana 88, Knicks 68; Sunday Houston 80, Utah 78. Do you get the impression that the defense rests in the NBA's regular season? . . . Golden State hopes to sign Chicago free agent Scott Williams to start at center next season. Chris Webber would move to power forward. The Bulls reportedly would fill Williams' salary slot with Sarunas Marciulionis (Golden State), Rex Chapman (Washington) or Sean Elliott (Detroit). Assuming Damon Buford and Manny Alexander are here to stay for a few months, the Red Wings should climb the International League's stolen-base chart for the rest of the season. Rochester is 34-for-48 stealing bases this year but running more lately with 15 steals in the last 11 games. A 6-6 record against left-handed pitching this season and the possibility of facing three left-handed starters in the 1994 World Series against the New York Yankees undoubtedly were factors in Atlanta's decision to trade lefty-swinging leadoff man Deion Sanders to Cincinnati for right-handed hitter Roberto Kelly. The Texas Rangers are moaning about the dimensions of their new stadium: 334 feet down the left-field line and 388 feet to the left-center power alley. The Rangers have hit only four home runs to left at home this season. Juan Gonzalez, who led the AL with 46 HRs last year, has only six HRs this season, and none since May 4. He had a 13-game RBI drought when he left yesterday's game with a slight knee injury. More fans in the Yale Bowl crowd of 21,317 were rooting for Greece than for the United States in Saturday's 1-1 soccer tie. After the game, U.S. coach Bora Milu-tinovic said, "In one game, we can beat any team in the world." He did not say, "In one game, we can lose to any team in the world." . . . In the last nine games against 1994 World Cup teams, the United States has won zero, lost two and tied seven. The final World Cup tuneup is Saturday against Mexico in the Rose Bowl. : ', Gift suggestion for any NFL fan: Pro Football Revealed, published by STATS Inc., to be published July 1. Here is a sample 1993 tidbit on Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith: He averaged 4.1 yards per carry in first quarters, 5.5 yards in second quarters, 6.0 yards in third quarters and 6.3 yards in fourth quarters. He also broke 108 tackles last season, second only to Los Angeles rookie battering Ram Jerome Bettis 119. L Bob Matthews is a columnist for the Democrat and Chronicle and the Times-Union. Phone him at 258-2325 or write to 55 Exchange Blvd., Rochester, N.Y., 14614. Hobart falls short of 14th and final Div. Ill title, 15-9 By Eric Gaily COLLEGE PARK, Md. All throughout yesterday's NCAA Division 111 men's lacrosse final against Salisbury State (Md.), Hobart did the things necessary to win its 14th title in 15 years. The Statesmen executed on offense, chased loose balls and won their share of faceoffs. They also played solid defense against the Sea Gulls' explosive offense. What the Statesmen (11-3) didn't do was get the ball past Salisbury goalie Erik Miller very much. In fact, they didn't do it at all during the fourth quarter as Salisbury (16-0) pulled away for a 15-9 win before a Division HI record crowd of 12,142 at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium. "Their goalie was just outstanding," Hobart coach B.J. O'Hara said. "He robbed us of a lot." A lot includes a chance for the team to leave Division III play as national champion and to cement its place in the NCAA record book. The Statesmen move up to Division I next season. "Winning a silver medal isn't so bad," O'Hara said. "Unfortunately, around Geneva we've gotten a warped sense of winning." The Statesmen found themselves under the gun from the opening fa-ceoff. Salisbury opened with a swarming defense and fastbreak offense that never let the Statesmen catch their breath. Paul Smith broke free and scored 19 seconds into the game to give the Sea Gulls a lead they never relinquished. Eight different Salisbury players scored, picking up the slack for All-America attackman Jason Coffman, who managed just one goal. "This is not a team of stars," Salisbury coach Jim Berkman said. "Our star player didn't get it done today, and a couple of guys stepped in and picked up the pace." One of those guys was freshman attackman Jake Bergey, who scored HOBART on page 6D SHEEHAN'S RECORD PAYDAY 3D SCORES 3D By Sal Maiorana Staff writer CORNING Nancy Ramsbot-tom sat down in the press room late yesterday afternoon with all sorts of emotions gushing from beneath her visor. After leading the LPGA Corning Classic for 71 holes, Ramsbottom a non-winner in 9 Va years on the LPGA Tour fell victim to a circus-like Beth Daniel birdie on the 72nd hole that would fit nicely into one of those Michael Jordan-Larry Bird McDonald's commercials. You know, over the mountain, off CORNING on page 3D , Hi? .f - n,: lllltTHf The Associated Press Hobart's Todd Muendel strips ball from Salisbury State's Chris Murphy during first quarter of NCAA Division III championship. -i m)5 i- -i mmm i- Rockets Still ride Surprise deal American League National League International League Houston survives a poor f The Atlanta Braves iand i Oakland 5 gago -yanf 2 gM? 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