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C4 FRIDAY, JANAURY 26, 1996 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL T AUSTRALIAN OPEN Women provided best matches Finalists Seles, Huber were both involved in dramatic matches By The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — After the big stink about unequal prize money at the Australian Open, it turned out women played some of the most compelling matches in the year's first Grand Slam event. If Saturday's final between Monica Seles and Anke Huber is anything like the semifinals Thursday, it'll be pretty hard to argue that the men deserve more money based on pure entertainment value. Seles' comeback from 2-5 down in the third set against Chanda Rubin, a 19-year-old on the brink of stardom, was as exciting and well T OLYMPIC BASEBALL SELES played as any men's match in the tournament. For that matter, nothing in the men's tournament exceeded Rubin's epic quarterfinal victory over Aran- txa Sanchez Vicario for drama and endurance. Huber's three-set semifinal win against Amanda Coetzer featured spectacular rallies that had the crowd, and the players, gasping. This Australian Open has had its share of great moments on the men's side, none more impressive than 19-year-old Mark Philippous- sis' clubbing of top-seeded Pete Sampras. Andre Agassi and Jim Courier each played three five-setters — HUBER one of them against each other that Agassi won to reach the semis Friday against Michael Chang. Boris Becker played two five-setters to keep going, and there has been the surprising romp to the semis by 30-year-old Todd Woodforde to thrill Australians. But when it comes down to it, the women have given the tournament an extra dimension, especially with the theatrics of Rubin, the emergence of Huber and Coetzer, the early upset of defending champion Mary Piece, and, of course, the brilliant play of Seles despite one injury after another. Those who believe the men should get more money cite several reasons: • Men play .best-of-five sets, women best-of-three, so unequal pay is justified for unequal work. • The men's draw is deeper, with any of the top 150 players capable of knocking off the highest-ranked players on a given day. • There are more male stars to attract fans than there are female stars. Yet, all that is irrelevant at Grand Slam events, which are distinguished from other tournaments by three things: rigorous two-week formats, 128-player draws, and the joint participation by the best players of both sexes. Fans come to the majors — the Australian, French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open — more than other tournaments precisely because the best men and women are there. Future Games likely to allow professionals U.S. will field team of college all-stars for the Atlanta Games By The Associated Press ATLANTA — On the day when Atlanta organizers unveiled the baseball schedule for the 1996 Olympics, most of the talk centered on finding a way to get the major leaguers involved in time for the 2000 Games in Sydney. Baseball boosters are worried their sport could be dropped from the Olympic program unless they secure the best players like basketball and hockey. "We're not kidding ourselves," Richard Case, secretary general of the International Baseball Association and chief of USA Baseball, said Thursday at a news conference announcing the 1996 Olympic format. "We're not the greatest game in town in some of these countries." Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee, has made clear his desire to have the world's best athletes in every sport. "There's pressure to bear on us to have pros in the Olympics," Case conceded. The Atlanta Games will feature the third version of the U.S. "Dream Team" in basketball, while Andre Agassi and Pete Sam- BRIEFLY pras are expected to play for the American team in tennis. The National Hockey League has agreed to shut down for two weeks in 1998 so its top players can take part in the Winter Olympics at Nagano. Baseball, meanwhile, continues to have the rule barring any player who has signed a professional contract from competing. Under the Communist system, the wopld champion Cubans are able to send most of their top players but other countries wind up fielding second-rate teams. Eight teams will compete in Atlanta: the United States, Cuba, Nicaragua, Japan, Korea, Australia, the Netherlands and Italy. Without the dream team format, Williams named KU's most valuable player LAWRENCE — Kansas quarterback Mark Williams was named most valuable player for the team at the Jayhawks' award banquet on Thursday. Williams led Kansas to a 10-2 record and a No. 9 ranking in the final Associated Press poll in what was one of the Jayhawks' best seasons ever. He was also named most valuable offensive player. Outside linebacker Keith Rodgers was named most valuable player on the defense. Kansas seniors gave coach Glen Mason the Big Eight coach of the year award. Marquette to play host to freshman tournament MARQUETTE — Smoky Valley High School will play host to an eight-team freshman boys basketball tournament beginning Saturday at the Marquette School Gymnasium. Four games each will be played Saturday, Monday and Saturday, Feb. 3. Games will start at 1 p.m. on both Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Monday. The participating teams are Lyons, Southeast of Saline, Hillsboro, Ell-Saline, Ellinwood, Can- ton-Galva, Minneapolis and Smoky Valley. Admission prices are $2 for adults and $1 for students. Kids wrestling tourney in Salina on Saturday The Salina Wrestling Club will play host to an invitational tournament Saturday at Salina Central High School, Nearly 700 wrestlers from 40 clubs are expected to participate in the tournament which begins at 9 a.m. Wrestlers will compete in various weight classes in five age divisions: 6-under, 8-under, 10-under, 12-under and 14-under. Of the 40 clubs, several are from north central and western Kansas, including Beloit, Clay County, Concbrdia, Ellis, Gypsum Valley, Hays, Herington, Lincoln County, McPherson, Ottawa County, Smith County and Salina, which will have 53 members competing. A side of beef will be raffled off during the day. Breakfast will start beginning at 7 a.m. SHJH basketball tourney starts Saturday The Sacred Heart Junior High Invitational basketball tournament begins Saturday at the school's gymnasium. FOR YOUR NEWS & SPORTS INFORMATION ^Salina Journal gjjPOLAR KING ACTIVE JACKETj PRODUCTS MID STATE MALL (2450 s. (913) 823-7027 DAILY: 10-9 SUN.: 12-5 No special orders, please. LOTS TO CHOOSE! JKEY SWEATSHIRT JACKET POLAR KING LINED COAT 830.XX 99 j POUR KINO DUCK VEST Big 'n Tails slightly higher T, 31.98 only four of the 32 sessions at 47,000-seat Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium sold out in the initial round of ticket sales. IBA president Aldo Notari said a vote would be held Sept. 14 in Lausanne, Switzerland, on changing the rules to allow professionals to compete in the Olympics. Case said the timing of that vote was no coincidence. "If we don't get the pros like they do in basketball, we have a chance of going down," he said. "Sydney is not that hot to trot about baseball. They've got to build a stadium and just how big is baseball in Australia?" The U.S. team in Atlanta will be comprised of top college players. T AUTO RACING New Indy Racing League gets started 25 drivers take runs Thursday during practice for Indy 200 By The Associated Press LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Tony George stood in the pits at Walt Disney World Speedway on Thursday, surveying the main straight of the new one- mile oval as Indy cars streaked past at up to 190 mph. George, who has been vilified by some and praised by few for founding the Indy Racing League, a new Indy-car series that will compete head-on with the established PPG Indy Car World Series, smiled happily. His dream was unfolding in front of him with the opening practice session for Saturday's Indy 200, the first of five IRL events scheduled this season. "I'm just really happy to be at this point," said George, president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "Two years ago, we didn't know how we were going to get this series up and going, but it evolved over time." After nearly two months of preseason testing on the new asphalt oval in the shadow of Disney Magic Kingdom, rookie Richie Hearn and journeyman Buddy Lazier led the way with Hearn at 181.827 mph and Lazier at 181.607. "It's something I really didn't expect," said Hearn, last year's Toyota-Atlantic Series champion. "I expected to be fast, but not the fastest out of the blocks like that. "I still have a lot to learn, though," he added. "I can drive the car fast, but over 200 laps I know I've still got a lot to learn." A lot of the drivers entered in this historic event can say the same, with rookies and other relative newcomers sprinkled liberally through the list of 25 drivers who took laps Thursday. Despite that lack of experience and the new track, it was a quiet day, with nobody hitting the wall. Lazier, who has run 53 Indy- car races, said, "Everybody is just trying to get a feel for things. It's a new race track and this was the first day that there were a number of cars out there together. It was pretty windy and nobody wanted to do anything stupid. . "I'm sure the speeds will improve as people get to feeling more comfortable out there." Roberfo Guerrero was the fastest of the handful of big- name drivers entered here, "turning a lap of 179.292. He was followed by rookie Buzz Calkins at 178.421, Scott Sharp and rookie Tony Stewart, both at 176.246, Eliseo Salazar at 176.151 and former Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk at 175.996. Another Indy-car rookie, Michele Alboreto, a longtime veteran of Formula One, was llth at 174.182. "It was scary, different ... no room to make a mistake," Al- boreto said. Eight first-round games will be played Saturday at Sacred Heart; second-round games will be held at Sacred Heart and "Kansas Wesleyan's Muir Gym on Monday and Thursday, and another eight games on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the SHHS gym. In the boys games Saturday, Junction City (9-1) plays Kanopolis (2-5) at 10:30 a.m.; Sacred Heart (8-4) faces Fort Riley (7-3) at 1:30 p.m.; Roosevelt-Lincoln's B-team (6-4) plays Delphos (9-3) at 4:30 p.m. and Belleville (9-1) and Ell- Saline (6-6) meet at 7:30 p.m. In girls games Saturday, top- seeded Sacred Heart (11-1) and Fort Riley (1-8) play at 9 a.m.; Kanopolis (2-5) and Belleville (4-5) at noon; Junction City (5-5) and Ell- Saline (2-10) at 3 p.m. and Roosevelt-Lincoln (1-11) and Delphos (9-3) at 6 p.m. Admission prices are $2 for adults and $1 for students. From Staff and Wire Reports VALENTINE HONEY; This Valentine's Day send that someone special a message in the Salina Journal Classified Valentine Love Lines! We'll print your message on February 14th and even send your "sweetie" a card so they're sure to see it. 3 Styles To Choose From... #1 Message With Photo Michelle, Roses are red, Violets are blue, It's great to have A sister like you! 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