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E5. APR 1 1 1993 2F SPORTS ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 1993 MORNING BRIEFING Words To Live By Here at the Upon Further Review bureau, we field many reader queries. Perhaps the question we most often hear is: "How come Miami Dolphins quarterback DAN MARINO doesn't get more feature movie roles?" That's a real puzzler, too, because we've all respected his work in those gloves commercials. But now Marino is getting a chance to expand his theatrical range by performing in the upcoming movie "Pet Detective." As in the gloves commercials, Marino will try to play himself. eryone in his band has to play softball or they're not in his band. I can play soft-ball, but not an instrument, or I'd be in his band myself." Yikes! Speaking of the Giants and show business, living members of the Grateful Dead will sing the national anthem in San Francisco Monday. And who is best friends with the Dead? JEFF No' il isnt il Bonds its rnpnnu dPey BIG BIRD wan-bUKUUW nabe BARNEY, who played with the Dead this week. In other curious sports developments this week: After ex-Redskin JOHN RIGGINS was arrested on drunken driving charges in Vienna, Va., his attorney claimed Riggo was merely "the target for some that misunderstand his happy moods." Best of luck in court . . . The drag racing team owned by ex-Card JACK CLARK - The "Taco Bell Express" is about to introduce its "world-class" driver for the season. You can probably cross LENNY DYKSTRA off the list ... Whew! The Kutztown football program was cleared on 16 misconduct allegations ... t The new United States Professional Dart League is up and running . . . Figure skater NANCY KERRIGAN will seek counseling after falling three times in her long program at the U.S. Pro-Am Figure Skating Championship. Heck, three falls is a good shift for ex-Blue DARIN KIMBLE . . . REGGIE WHITE in Green Bay? Crummy Event of Week: During the Final Four, fans swarmed the Southern Comfort Mini-March Madness Nerf-ball shootout in New Orleans. Former Soviet National Team coach ALEXANDER GROMELSKI beat DALE BROWN, RICK MAJERUS and LOU CARNESECCA while TIM BRANDO did play by play and DANNY SHERIDAN set odds. And I thought I had no pride ... , Beer, Nachos and Aerobics? This week's bad marketing idea came from the Florida Marlins, who tried whipping their crowds at Joe Robbie Stadium into shape with seventh-inning aerobics. But after consuming a couple of beers, a brat, a giant pretzel, a sack of peanuts and a vat of nacho cheese, your average fan is not in the mood for a JANE FONDA workout. He is in the mood to belch. The Marlins have already cashiered their aerobic dancers, who were friends of BILLY THE MASCOT. Everybody's a Comic: When reserve North Carolina guard SCOTT CHERRY was touring Bourbon Street after the Tar Heels won the national title, he came upon a street vendor yelling, "Timeouts for sale. I've got timeouts for sale for $5." Mr. Postman Just when we figured nobody in St. Louis cared about Mr. Postman anymore, another bizarre dispatch from UFR field reporter D.J. Fone arrived. Here was some of the stuff we could use: "I'll never be a REAL fan until they do something to eliminate fighting. I'm speaking of baseball." "Didn't Joe Robbie Stadium's left-field wall motif look like something from one of the movie studios' theme parks? Following ESPN's telecast, I kept expecting a credit for 'Anton Furst, Set Designer.' " "I'll buy Redbirds season tickets the day Hector VanillaWafer does an Opening Day cartwheel." "Kim Basinger is older than Harold Snepsts." "Think we can hire the touring Hanson brothers to work on Bryan Marchment?" "Cyndi Lauper is older than Bob Gainey." Any thoughts for Mr. Postman? Send them to: Jeff Gordon co Sports Department St. Louis Post-Dispatch 900 North Tucker Boulevard St. Louis, Mo. 63101. Simba Speaks: TED SIMMONS' advice is, just be yourself. "Just find out who you are. Don't try to be your favorite player. Don't try to be somebody you want to be. Just be yourself on the field and off. Find out who you are and just be that person on and off the field. If your name is John Smith, find out who John Smith is and be him. Don't be anybody else." TED SIMMONS Pirates general manager Equally intriguing was word that Giants slugger BARRY BONDS and shaggy balladeer MICHAEL BOLTON are pals. Bonds played in Bolton's charity softball game and Bolton will help present Bonds his MVP trophy Monday in San Francisco. "He's a very special person to me," Bonds told the San Francisco Examiner. "Nothing is more important to me than to let people know that this entertainment business also loves the other entertainment business." Bonds insists Bolton is quite a third baseman. "It tripped me out," Bonds said. "In slowpitch, you can hit some real rockets to third. He didn't make one error. Ev SPORTS SHORTS SUNDAY'S SPORTS ON THE AIR team hotel in a Seattle suburb in October 1990. She accepted a $30,000 payment from several players, but later said she did not understand the waiver she had signed. Six jurors deliberated about six hours Friday before deciding she must honor the pact. BASKETBALL MAJOR-LEAGUE BASEBALL Los Angeles at Atlanta, TBS, 12:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia, WGN, 12:35 p.m. Houston at New York Mets, WWOR, 12:30 p.m. Cardinals vs. Cincinnati at Busch Stadium, ESPN, 7:05 p.m. PRO BASKETBALL New York at Boston, KSDK (5), 11:30 a.m. Seattle at Los Angeles, KSDK (5), 2:15 p.m. TENNIS Bausch & Lomb Championship, ESPN, 3:30 p.m. FIGURE SKATING U.S. Pro-Am Championships (taped), KTVI (2), 3 p.m. GOLF The Masters, KMOV (4), 3 p.m. AUTO RACING Grand Prix of Europe, ESPN, 7:50 a.m. ASA Challenge Series at Odessa, Mo., TNN, 1 p.m. Stith On DL, Werdann Activated The Denver Nuggets placed guard Bryant Stith on the injured list and activated forward-center Robert Werdann. Stith broke his right hand April 4. Back spasms had sidelined Werdann since March 31. Oklahoma State Must Forfeit Games Big Eight Conference officials ordered Oklahoma State to forfeit all of its conference victories in the 1991-92 season for using an ineligible player, Randy Davis. SOCCER Prost Wins Pole Position In European Grand Prix Compiled by Wendy Rabe Of the Post-Dispatch Staff Alain Prost will start on the pole position in Sunday's European Grand Prix in Donington, England, the third time the Frenchman has been the top qualifier in as many Formula One races. Prost was clocked at 1 minute 10.458 seconds in his Williams Renault on Saturday, knocking rival Ayrton Senna from the provisional pole the Brazilian won Friday. Senna fell from his tentative No. 1 spot to fourth. Prost's teammate, Damon Hill, made it into the front row with a time of 1:10.762. Michael Schumacher, in a Benetton Ford, also moved ahead of Senna. MOTOR SPORTS Grissom Wins Mountain Dew 300 Steve Grissom won the Mountain Dew 300 NASCAR race in Hickory, N.C. Grissom, from Gadsden, Ala., started his Oldsmobile 24th in the 30-car field, took the lead on Lap 250 and led the rest of the way. TENNIS Sampras To Face Gilbert In Japan Pete Sampras, the new top-ranked player in the world, takes on fellow American Brad Gilbert for the Japan Open title in Tokyo on Sunday. Sampras celebrated his climb to the top of the ATP rankings with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australian Wally Masur in the semifinals. Seventh-seeded Gilbert outlasted fifth-seeded Henrik Holm of Sweden 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. In the doubles semifinals, former St. Louisan Ken Flach and Rick Leach defeated Scott Davis and Jared Palmer 6-3, 6-3. Top-seeded Kimiko Date successfully defended her women's singles title by beating eighth-seeded Stephanie Olympic Panel Asks St. Louis For Bid The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games asked St. Louis and several other cities to bid for the opportunity to host preliminary soccer matches for the 1996 Olympics, and possibly women's soccer competition as well. MAJOR-LEAGUE BASEBALL Cardinals vs. Cincinnati, KMOX (11 20 AM), 7:05 p.m. PRO HOCKEY Blues vs. Minnesota at The Arena, WRTH (1430 AM), 6:10 p.m. Playing Like No. 1 : PETE SAMPRAS returns a backhand in his Japan Open semifinal victory. Rottier of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-3. Sergi Bruguera of Spain and Andrei Medvedev of Ukraine won semifinal-round matches in the Conde de Godo clay court tournament in Barcelona, Spain. Two-time defending champion Gabriela Sabatini advanced to the final of the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Fla., where she will face top seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. FOOTBALL Woman Must Honor Pact In Rape Case A woman who accused several Cincinnati Bengals of rape must abide by a contract preventing her from pursuing the case. A Washington woman claimed that she had consented to sex with one Bengals player, then was gang raped at the BOXING PRO SOCCER Ambush at Kansas City, KASP (1380 AM), 6 p.m. Bowe's Manager To Undergo Counseling The manager of heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe will undergo impulse-control counseling and pay a $1,000 fine for his no-contest plea to the beating of a news photographer. Rock Newman agreed to a plea bargain Friday to settle charges stemming from the incident after Bowe's Nov. 13 victory over Evander Holy field. BEST BET ON TV, RADIO Cardinals vs. Cincinnati ESPN, KMOX 11 20 AM, 7:05 p.m. mtmprnm SPORTS CALENDAR r. m - M.vlA TUT hilt -t',m:i Ill - J 1 " "S. li 14 12 13 15 16 17 I CARDINALS at San Diego at Los Angeles 3:05 p.m. at Los Angeles 9:35 p.m. vs. Cincinnati 7:05 p.m. ESPN at Los Angeles 8:35 p.m. KPLR-TV 11 at San Diego 9:05 p.m. KPLR-TV 11 9:05 p.m. KPLR-TV 11 BLUES "'iiiin.il ijonpuuu Playoffs TBA vs. Tampa Bay 7:40 p.m. vs. Minnesota 6:10 p.m. KPLR-TV 1 1 at Toronto 6:40 p.m. KPLR-TV 11 r Playoff al at Kansas City 6:05 p.m. TBA nmuH Now you can dream with both Civic Center Has A 'Vision' For Busch Mill - wide opeiio eyes EDWARD H. KOHN THE BUSINESS OF SPORTS DREAMING COMES WITH ITS rewards XJ6 also comes with a special lease: these days. Because if you buy or lease just $549 per month for 36 months, a 1993 or 1994 Jaguar from your local with a $2500 down payment. The lease Jaguar dealer and aren't satisfied, you includes a generous allowance of THE JAGUAR XJ6 SUPER LEASE can bring your car 45,000 miles, after which you'll pay back in an undam- just 15 cents a mile. For additional aged condition within information, call or visit the Jaguar $549" Each "Diamond Suite" can accommodate 25 fans in the comfort of one's den; the suites can be rented together or singly, meaning that groups of up to 125 can be accommodated. "The key to expansion isn't the number of seats in the stadium," club spokesman Jeffrey Wehling said. "It's the amenities, what you do to make . the games attractive and the environment desirable." Regardless of how the team does on the field, the club does what it can to make each afternoon or evening as pleasant as possible for the fans. In the last decade, Civic Center the subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. that runs the stadium has invested heavily to install: A state-of-the-art Diamond Vision video system in the right-field scoreboard. (The previous system, installed 10 years ago, was ripped out in October and retired.) A new playing surface, and to upgrade the field's drainage system. A new sound system, linked electronically to the Diamond Vision. A new metal-halide lighting system, to provide brighter, more even lighting throughout the stadium. New seats throughout the stadium. A new outfield wall, complete with a colorful flower bed. (The wall also made it slightly easier to hit home runs.) A new ticket lobby. In addition, Civic Center has enlarged and upgraded the Hall of Fame Club and put in more bathrooms. When Busch first opened, about 80 percent of the fans were male, and 70 percent of the bathroom facilities were for males. Today, about half the y fans are male, and 54 percent of the facilities are for males. Civic Center resolutely won't talk about the cost of these renovations, nor what it spends on maintenance. But it's a safe bet that these improvements, plus the new and renovated boxes, come to $20 million or more. That's no small Investment in a stadium that had a $26 million price-tag when it was built. Clearly, Civic Center believes the stadium has many useful and potentially profitable years left. The Diamond Vision video system is drawing raves from fans, especially at the night games. Jack Croghan, Civic Center's director of marketing, said the overall quality of the picture is likely better than most fans enjoy in their living rooms. For the first broadcasts of the season, the system was taking advantage of the feeds from five or six television cameras in the stadium plus four of Civic Center's own cameras (which, incidentally, are new this season). In addition, plays from other games were captured using satellite dishes. "We're now doing broadcast-quality production here," Croghan said of the Diamond Vision production room, which requires as many as eight producers and technicians. "This equipment is on par with or better than the equipment found in local TV stations." Civic Center will see relatively little new revenue from the Diamond Vision system. The recurring programming, such as the instant replays, is sponsored much as it was with the older system. Croghan says Civic Center doesn't want the in-stadium broadcasts to get too commercial. 1 A MONTH36 MONTHS 30 days and your purchase price will dealer listed below. While all eyes at Busch Stadium were focused on the new Diamond Vision video display, the gnomes at Civic Center Corp. quietly pushed the stadium's capacity to 57,001. When the first game was played at Busch - on May 12, 1966 the attendance was given as 46,048 and the stadium's capacity was just shy of 50,000. (The season opener Tuesday night drew 50,892.) There is nothing particularly magical about 57,001 seats. The expansion wouldn't have kept the football Cardinals here; Bill Bidwill wanted a stadium with 70,000 seats an expansion far beyond the limits of Busch. ' Nevertheless, much thought has gone into the various expansions of the stadium. In recent years, new boxes and party rooms were built, and new sections of seats were installed near the foul poles. Still, the latest expansion four private suites and five "Diamond Suites" located however improbably high above right-center field suggests that marketing baseball is moving from an art to a science here. In a nutshell, the idea behind the stadium's party rooms and Diamond Suites is to turn a baseball game into a comfortable summertime get-together; a gathering at which no one goes hungry or thirsty and for which an athletic contest provides a pleasant background. 4 i be refunded. What's more, the 1993 And sweet dreams. JAGUAR MOORE JAGUAR 14116 Manchester Road St. Louis, MO (314) 394-0900 ENJOY TOMORROW. BUCKLE UP TODAY. 'Forc(uhpurchmtsaiuitthKUsfuuxncrdorUmrdlhwihJagCrTdufwmFebruaiyl2, 1993, through May 31, 1993. Visit your participating authorized Jaguar deaUr foraixpy of ow Dream (ksararuet and com "For qualified lasea through Jaguar Credit. Take retail delivery from dealer stock by April 30, 1993.1993 Jaguar XJ6 example based on $50, 710 USRP, including transportation and pre-delivery inspection, excluding licensing, registration and taxes. 36 monthly payments of $548.29 totaling $1 9, 738.44. Assumes capitalised cost of 85.96 of MSRP. A down payment of $2500, first month's payment, taxes, titling, licensing, registration fees due at lease signing. No security deposit required. Option to purchase at lease end for predetermined residual value. Closed-end lease. Lessee is responsible for excess wear and tear and $.15 per mile for miles in excess of 45,000. See your participating Jaguar dealer for details. Subject to credit approval and insurability as determined by Jaguar Credit. 4 k

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