The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 28, 1996 · Page 35
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 1996 D7 T MAGIC JOHNSON Disease aside, players to welcortie Magic back -• 4 i ^L^^ '" • . • i . * ^^^^^ Better understanding of virus has eased some initial concerns By The Associated Press INGLE WOOD, Cain 7 .'— Magic Johnson is considering a return to tKe NBA, and everyone from Michael Jordan to Charles Barkley is;; ready to welcome him back despite his HIV-positive status. That's a change from the reaction Johnson received three years ago, when some players openly opposed playing with him because he has the virus that causes AIDS. The concern, along with the circus-like atmosphere that surrounded his return with the condition, was a major factor in Jbhnson's second retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers, prior to tne 1992-93 season. • T"I think now it's 3-4 years later," s^iid Philadelphia's LaSalle Thompson, who worked out with Johnson daily until signing with th'e 76ers on Jan. 11. "I think eVerybody's a lot more cognizant of this disease and know a lot more about it. They know you don't catch it frotn casual contact like that. I think there'll be a lot irfore understanding.than there was." V ..; • The New.: York Post reported T INDY RACING LEAGUE JOHNSON Friday that Johnson4has '"all but guaranteed" the, Lakers'" that he wfll be in uniform Friday" at the Forum when, Los Angeles meets the Chicago Bulls and Jordan. "Let's just say I haven't decided"," Johnson said Friday night in Phoenix, where he is for Sunday's Super Bowl. Jordan made his own comeback last March after 17 months of retirement. "I don't have any fears (of playing against Magic)," Jordan said. "I'm sure he's taking it into consideration. ... If he can deal with some adversity, I'm happy for him. I want what's best for him." Jordan said there's a difference between his comeback and one that Johnson would make. "He's been playing consistently and I didn't play. He's in rhythm with his skills," Jordan said. "He left the game not on his terms. I left on my terms and came back." "We spoke with the NBA to see what it would take for him to come back," Lon Rosen, Johnson's agent, said in Phoenix. "He's been practicing quite a bit with the Lakers, and the intensity has gone up the past few weeks. "He's going to make a decision very soon." The Los Angeles Times, citing .unidentified sources, reported Saturday that Johnson and the Lakers have reached an agreement in principle on a new contract. The team has a plan for Johnson to divest himself of his 5- percent interest in the franchise, as called for by NBA policy, the paper said. . Johnson would sign a contract to play for the second half of the season, and the playoffs for $2.5 million, theonaximum allowed under the league's salary-cap rules. Doctors said Friday that Johnson is fine and that his health has been constant since 1992. But they do not know what kind of impact an NBA schedule would have because no one has conducted such a study. Johnson initially retired in November 1991, after announcing he has the AIDS virus. "We're still in the s'ame place we were when he decided to return in a previous time," Michael Mellman, a Lakers team physician, told the Times. "We never got a chance to perform that experiment. Certainly, what he has been doing to date does not qualify for ah NBA schedule." Mellman said HIV patients generally do better when they are in routines. Most are told to avoid sleep deprivation, frequent time zone changes and significant weightless. Barkley said, "That's fine with me. I've always said if he wants to play, he should be able to play." But Karl Malone, one of a few NBA players who suggested it was a good idea when Johnson retired for a second time before the 199293 season, was non-committal about the. comeback. "It's great for him if he wants to do it," Malone said in Seattle, where 'the Jazz lost 94-93 Friday night-. "And it's great for basketball. That's all I'm going to say." Rookie Calkins wins first race Indy 200 kicks off new racing league at new Walt Disney Speedway By The Associated Press LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A new series and a new star were born Saturday in the Indy 200 as rookie Buzz Calkins outdueled fellow first-time Indy-car starter Tony Stewart to win the inaugural event of the Indy Racing League. Calkins, driving a 1995 Ford- powered Reynard, passed Stewart for the lead on the 66th of 200 laps around the new one-mile tri-oval at Walt Disney World Speedway and, except for a few laps following the last of his two routine pit stops, led the rest of the way. "This series is definitely going T BASEBALL NOTES now," said the 24-year-old Calkins, who spent the last three seasons in the Indy Lights series preparing for the step up to the big leagues in his father's car. Although Calkins has been labeled a good prospect, it was his first victory of any kind since racing in Formula Fords six years ago. "I never lost confidence in my ability," he said. "It was just circumstances that we didn't win in Indy Lights." As for the new series, he said, "We put on a good show today and the IRL is going to put on a good show for years to come." A sellout crowd of just over 50,000, basking in temperatures in high 70s under partly sunny skies, appeared to stay interested to the finish, although only nine of the 20 starters were running at the end. Calkins and Stewart, the winner of the U.S. Auto Club's midget, sprint and dirt car championships in 1995 and expected to be one of the stars of the new series, were the only drivers on the lead lap at the end, and Stewart was nearly lapped by the flying Calkins with about 50 laps to go. But three late caution flags kept him close, allowing Stewart to make one last run at the leader when the green flag waved after the fourth and final caution period of the afternoon with six laps remaining. Calkins, as he had been all day, was up to the challenge, pulled away to an easy win, racing past the flagstand on lap 200 0.86-seconds — about 10 car-lengths — ahead of his pursuer. He averaged 128.325 mph. Alomar, Sojo, Williams Star in winter leagues Trade of Phillies' top reJieyer Slpcumb to Red Sox still on hold By BEN WALKER The Associated Press Qnly 21/2 weeks until the start of spring training and already Roberto Alomar, Bernie Williams and Luis Sojo are in mid-season form. Those established major leaguers, plus prospects Dmitri Young and Robert Perez and still- lingering Hector Villanueva and Carlos Martinez, were among the leaders in winter league ball in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Champions from the four leagues will meet this week in the Caribbean World Series, which will be televised in the United States in Spanish on the Galavi- sion cable network. Alomar, who signed with Baltimore as a free agent, led the Ruer- to-Rican league in hitting at .362, followed by Mets shortstop prospect Rey Ordonez at .351. Villanueva led the league with seven home runs, one more than Carlos Delgado and Melvih Nieves, and also tied with Ozzie Timmons for mostRBIs. Paul Shuey, hoping to get back, to the big leagues with Cleveland^ led in saves, while Angel Miranda of Milwaukee and Julio Valera of the"'Angels.- tied for the vibtpry lead. ' . . Also notable: All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez of Texas played a lot of first base and hit .276; AL batting champion Edgar Martinez hit .294 in limited action; and Williams of the Yankees batted .339. Howard Johnson, meanwhile, hit only .197. In Mexico, where minor leaguers make up most of the rosters, Young of the Cardinals hit .356 and Ty Gainey was among the leaders in home runs and RBIs. Seattle's Sojo hit .329 in Venezuela, Martinez tied for the homer lead and _Perez, a Toronto prospect, was near the top in all three Triple Crown categories. Dodgers pitcher Omar Daal was 10-2 with a 1.68 ERA and ranked No. 1 in strikeouts. • TRADE TALK: The much-rumored deal that would send Phillies closer Heathcliff Slocumb to Boston is still on hold. Slocumb, coming off a season in which he saved 32 games, is headed toward a big raise this year — after making $200,000 last year, he's asking for $1.69 million in salary arbitration. For Slocumb, who would fill the void left by reliever Rick Aguilera's departure, the Red Sox would send recover Ken Ryan, minor league slugger Glenn Murray and outfielder Lee Tinsley to Philadelphia. • STAYING PUT: Earlier in the offseason, Cecil Fielder said he wanted to be traded to a team with a better chance of making the postseason than his Detroit Tigers. But with spring training approaching, it doesn't seem like he's going anywhere soon. "Things are always subject to change, but looking • at things right now, I see him on this club," Tigers general manager Randy Smith said recently. There had been some talk a few months ago that the Pajires were offering all-purpose player Bip Roberts for Fielder, although nothing came of it. A big obstacle to trading the 32-year-old Fielder is his contract, which calls b for $7.2 million salaries in 1996 and 1997. Fielder's home run total.had dropped four straight years since his 51 in 1990 until he hit 31 last season. Don Dleckhoff President Harold Weidman General Service Manager BETTER MAINTENENCE, CLEANER AIR Many of the gains realized In making the air safer to breathe in many localities are due to reduced emissions resulting from the Clean Air Act Amendments passed in 1990. Those car owners who believe that they are contributing to cleaner air simply by virtue of driving newer cars may get an argument from those who drive older, well-maintained automobiles. According to a road test of nearly 60,000 cars in a busy area near Los Angeles, new cars can pollute as badly as old cars. When "gross polluters" identified by on-road remote sensors were pulled over for an emissions control system Inspection, it was found that maintenance was more important than age when determining the polluting effect of the car. The message jn this is to change the oil on schedule, check and replace the various filters, inflate the tires properly, and do not drive with worn spark plugs if you want clean air, regardless of your car's age. Call WADDELL-CADILLAC-OLDSMOBILE- TOYOTA at (825-9515 or 1-800-7487142 (in Kansas)), right away for an appointment If you car is showing signs of emission control system problems. Our technicians are trained to quickly and competently correct the problem and get you back online road safely. For the best service and auto body work in town, we're here at 901 East Crawford. "WADDELUS - Have a Trade-That Over 50 years of Service Madel" Call or stop in and visit our showroom and lots. Ignite the New Year with genuine GM spark plugs! Hint: Keeping your car properly maintained is all the more important if you regularly make trips under 10 miles because slower speeds translate into lower fuel efficiency and greater pollution. Waddell Motor Company 901 E.Crawford, Salina 1-800-748-7142, 825-9515 UNA ORITES fourth Slnnu a I Please fill out the categories below and return by Feb. 3 to: The Salina Journal 333 S. Fourth P.O. Box 740 Salina, KS 67402-0740 Watch for the results March 10 in Timepieces, the 1996 Salina edition. My favorites: Church architecture _ _ Place to get pizza Friendliest store Place to rent a video. Place to shop Favorite place for takeout food Place to go for a walk_ Most inspirational minister/speaker . Favorite place to get a cup of coffee . Place to get a steak _ IH aCICllllOn, please list what you believe Salina needs to make it a better place : And, nominate a Salinan who has made Salina a better place to live in the past year : Win Cash! To enter drawing, complete ballot and return by Feb. 3. Winners will be determined by random drawing. Journal employees and their families are not eligible for prizes. Photocopies of ballot are not acceptable. $150 first prize $50 second prize $25 third prize Name: Address: City: State: Zip: Phone: L. .J *" Salina Journal

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