The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 11, 1997 · Page 21
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 1997 Qj3. PRO FOOTBALL Chiefs lose Ross for rest of season Safety has surgery on right knee; KG releases linebacker Houston From Wire Reports "'.KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The .Kansas City Chiefs waived line• backer Bobby Houston and placed : safety Kevin Ross on injured reserve with a knee injury, the team said. " .'Houston, who was a starter .-'With the New York Jets from 1992- iflf P© tackles UI!!^ and 14* • '^. sacks over ' ; eight National Football League , .seasons. ^!' The 29-year-old Houston was re- Ceased by the Chiefs three days af- * r t6r the team traded for linebacker •" Wayne Simmons. Ross, 35, will miss the rest of the !season after undergoing surgery , ;p'n his right knee yesterday. "; '. He had four tackles in five -'games this season. The Chiefs also signed defensive tackle Keith Rucker and safety Todd Scott. Rucker, 28, had three tackles in two games with the Washington Redskins before being waived Sept. 10. ,' ••! The 6-foot-3, 331-pounder has 187 : tackles and six sacks in 63 games with the Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Redskins -"since 1992. Scott, 29, has 325 tackles and seven interceptions in 73 games •"with the Minnesota Vikings, Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. '"•The 5-foot-ll, 205-pounder played in the Pro Bowl after the 1992 season, when he had 73 tackles and five interceptions for the _Vikings. * V AUTO RACING Perrlman has knee surgery MIAMI — Wide receiver Brett Perriman had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday on his 32nd birthday and won't be available to his new team, the Miami Dolphins, for at least two to three weeks. Dolphins spokesman Seth Levit said Friday that Perriman is a Dolphin now and the team expects him to play for the team as soon as he recovers. The Dolphins reported that Perriman's surgery by Dr. John Uribe to remove loose particles of cartilage from his left knee after an injury sustained while he was with the Kansas City Chiefs in September Perriman was signed to a one- year deal Wednesday and Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson, who earlier mentioned the possibility of voiding the contract, said Friday that Perriman is expected to play for the team this year. Drew Rosenhaus, Perriman's agent, said Thursday night that Perriman's place on the roster is not in jeopardy. "It's all done," Rosenhaus said, "He's officially on the team." Perriman had reconstructive surgery on the torn posterior cru- ciate ligament in his knee in 1995,, and this year he suffered what was thought to be a sprained knee on Sept. 28 against Seattle. Rosenhaus said the knee has been irritating Perriman since. Even as they were announcing his signing Wednesday, the Dolphins had concerns about Perriman's knee. Perriman's contract is worth $1 million annually, including incentives, so the Dolphins would be paying Perriman at least $470,000 for the rest of the season. Perriman would have been inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets anyway. Irvan carries colors of late Allison to pole Owner Yates had to be talked into using color scheme of late driver By MIKE HARRIS The Associated Press - TALLADEGA, Ala. — There was more than a touch of nostalgia Friday when Ernie Irvan took the pole for the DieHard 500 in a car bearing the number and colors of the late Davey Allison. -:;i Allison, a local favorite from nearby Hueytown, Ala., died in July 1993 in a helicopter crash at ,Talladega Superspeedway. Irvan was the driver tapped by team :pwner Robert Yates to take the place of the budding superstar. Now it's Irvin who will be gone at the end of the season, moving to another team after Yates decided not to renew his contract. He will .be replaced in 1998 by rookie Ken- _ny Irwin Jr. In the meantime, Irvan, who -.survived near fatal injuries from c a; race car crash in August 1994, just continues to do his job, turn- ,jng a lap of 193.271 mph on Friday. • That pushed John Andretti, the pole-winner in May's Winston 500 , at Talladega, to the outside of the front row. Andretti was briefly on the top with a 193.166. Asked how he feels about finishing out the string with Yates' team, Irvan said, "I want to win these next four races. There's no doubt it pays more to win, and all the guys on this team want to do that. "The car is a tribute to Davey Allison," he added. "We remember him well and I really think everybody in the grandstands re- ajly loves to see this.... It has a lot ,pf significance to me. But, honestly, if the car was black or pink, I'm going to try as hard as I can." Yates, who still gets emotional when he talks about Allison, said '.lie had to be talked into using the 'color scheme, blending white, The Associated Press Ernie Irvan waves to fans after winning the pole for Sunday's Diehard 500 at Talladega. red, black and gold, that Allison used when he won this race for his team in 1987. "I had a tough time racing after all that happened with the 28 car," the owner said. "But, as I talked to the fans at the shop and at the tracks, they actually talked me into it. Then I talked to Bobby Allison (Davey's father) and he was all for it. Now I'm glad we did it." The pole was Irvan's second of the year, his fifth at Talladega and the 19th of his career. Jimmy Spencer, the 1994 race winner, was third at 192.777, while Jeff Burton gave Ford Thunderbirds a sweep of the top four spots with his 192.715. Derrike Cope's Pontiac was next at 192.711, followed by defending Winston Cup champion Terry Labonte at 192.614, younger brother Bobby Labonte at 192.463, defending race winner and current points leader Jeff Gordon at 192.401, Rusty Wallace at 192.393 and, rounding out the top 10, Bill Elliott at 192.355. Dale Earnhardt qualified 12th at 192.212, while Dale Jarrett, Irvan's teammate and third in the driver standings, was 18th, BRIEFLY Bulls-Sonics exhibition tonight in Lawrence ' LAWRENCE — Michael Jordan and the defending NBA championship Chicago Bulls will play the Seattle Su- perSonics in an exhibition game tonight at 7 at Allen Fieldhouse. Jordan is expected to play one quarter, possibly a bit more, JORDAN against the Sonics, who are led by Gary Payton and Vin Baker. The game, which is sold out, will be televised on WDAF (Salina cable channel 7). Salina Babe Ruth to hold meeting Sunday The Salina Babe Ruth Baseball Association will hold an organizational meeting Sunday night to discuss the future of the program. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Salina residence of 935 Hemlock. In addition to discussing the future of Babe Ruth baseball, the election of officers for 1997-98 will be held. From Staff Reports V MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Johnson delivers for Marlins Florida catcher breaks tie with bases-loaded double in sixth inning By BEN WALKER The Associated Press MIAMI — All the odds were against Charles Johnson. And yet somehow he overcame them, and the Florida Marlins overtook the Atlanta Braves. Johnson delivered a tiebreak- ing, bases-loaded double in the HJIH sixth inning as '"...' „ the Marlins ral- Atlanta 2 lied once again, Florida 5 beating Atlanta 5-2 Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the NL championship series. The three-run drive off John Smoltz erased any need for NL president Len Coleman to hear Marlins manager Jim Leyland's protest of an earlier play and delighted a baseball record crowd of 53,857 at Pro Player Stadium. "Those days back in June when you're playing, you play for days like this," Johnson said. "Especially when you win a game like this." Johnson's hit was remarkable for two reasons. No player in the majors batted more often this season with the bases loaded (13) without getting a hit. In addition, Johnson was 0-for- 12 lifetime with eight strikeouts against Smoltz — including his two previous at-bats in the game — when he stepped to the plate. "I knew it was something bad," Johnson said of Smoltz. "He's one of the best pitchers in the game. He showed it today. He got The Associated Press Florida Marlins second baseman Craig Counsell tags Atlanta Brave Kenny Lofton (left) after he stepped off the base to question umpire Eric Gregg's out call In the fourth Inning of Friday's Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Lofton was running from first on a 3-2 pitch to Jeff Blauser that was called ball four. Marlins manager Jim Leyland argued Lofton should have been out on the second tag, but Lofton remained at second and eventually scored. The Marlins played the game under protest. me my first two at-bats." But Johnson, whose rare error in Game 2 sent the Braves toward a 7-1 win, hung in against Smoltz. In the Marlins sixth, Edgar Renteria doubled with one out and Gary Sheffield walked. With two outs, Darren Daulton hit an RBI double that made it 2-all and an intentional walk to Devon White brought up Johnson. Johnson fouled off a 2-2 pitch, then hit a liner that barely escaped left fielder Ryan Klesko's dive and landed on the cinder warning track and one-hopped off the wall. The Marlins spilled out of the dugout to greet the runners that scored. Leading the cheers was pitcher Alex Fernandez, diagnosed a day earlier with a torn rotator cuff. Johnson's hit capped a four-run inning, kept alive when Daulton's' two-out liner froze right fielder. Andruw Jones and sailed over his; head for an RBI double. Livan Hernandez, scheduled to pitch Game 6 in place of Hernan-., dez, worked 1 % scoreless innings for the win and Robb Nen got his second save of the series. The Marlins' 47th come-from-behind win this season left Smoltz as the loser. Pitching dominated the early 1 innings. Smoltz did not allow a hit until Sheffield's home run in the fourth tied it at 1. Smoltz struck out six in the first three innings, and fanned nine in six innings. Rookie Tony Saunders, 3-0i , with a 1.65 ERA in four starts." against Atlanta this year, permitted just one hit through three innnings. ?' Then came the controversial fourth. Kenny Lofton led off with a sinW. gle and was running on a 3-2 pitch; to Jeff Blauser. It was ball four,'.." low and away, but Lofton slid 1 ;-" head-first and was called out by?second base umpire Eric Gregg. • Lofton got up, shaking his^ 11 head, and walked off the bagr-f Alertly, second baseman Craig Counsell tagged Lofton again,,' '•' and Gregg signaled out. _* T But a moment later, Lofton was . allowed to stay at second. Ley- 'land came out to argue his point "f with several umpires, and even-. tually crew chief Bruce Froem v ming huddled with Coleman,'! seated in a first-row box with* Marlins president Don Smiley. '. H * The umpires decided to lef • Lofton remain, saying it was umpire error that caused the confusion. Indians to face O's ace Mussina playoHs Baltimore pitcher will try to turn momentum after Tribe ties series By TOM WITHERS The Associated Press CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians have already seen Mike Mussina flirt with perfection, and that was long before Baltimore's ace beat Randy Johnson twice this postseason. "He's one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball today," Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove said Friday. "When he's on his game, he's as good as there is." The Indians got a taste of Mussina at his best on May 30 in Baltimore when the right-han- der took a perfect game into the ninth inning before giving up a one-out single to Sandy Alomar. They got another look at him on TV last week when he out- pitched Johnson as the Orioles took care of the Seattle Mariners in four games. "What I saw from him didn't make me think anything less of him, that's for sure," Hargrove said. Today, Mussina will be within 60 feet of the Indians when he starts Game 3 of the American League championship series against Orel Hershiser. The Orioles and Indians worked out at Jacobs Field on Friday, barely 12 hours after their dramatic and long — 3 hours, 53 minutes — Game 2 in Baltimore. Cleveland was still buzzing the day after Marquis Grissom hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning off Armando Benitez to even the series 1-1. Grissom's shot rescued the Indians from falling into a precarious situation in the best-of-7 series and gave Cleveland another thrilling moment following the club's upset of the New York Yankees. As baseball's preeminent postseason pitcher, Hershiser speaks from experience about the effect of Grissom's shot on the series. "I think if we had come back here 0-2," he said, "their momentum would have been greater and we would have had to fought off all those things in interviews. The whole ambiance and aura of the series would be negative. It would have been us against the world." Facing Mussina may be enough of a mountain for the Indians. Just ask the Mariners. In the division series opener in Seattle, Mussina limited the hard-hitting Mariners to five hits in seven innings with no walks and nine strikeouts. He finished them off in Game 4 at home with another seven-inning gem, allowing two hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. It was a different story for Mussina last fall. The right-han- der, who owns the highest winning percentage among active pitchers with 100 or more decisions, had a no-decision against the Indians in the first round and was the loser in Game 3 against the Yankees. Few teams in baseball can boast a pitching roll call as impressive as Baltimore's with Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally and Pat Dobson among the biggest names. As a former player, Orioles manager Davey Johnson feels qualified to compare Mussina's talent to some of his old teammates. "I played behind guys like Palmer, McNally, Cuellar and Dobson," he said. "Mike has stuff as good as any of them." NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Atlanta vs. Florida (All Games On NBC) Game 3: Florida 5, Atlanta ,.„!, 2, Florida leads series, 2-1. •"! Game 4: Today at Florida, 6:37 p.m. Game 5: Sunday at Florida, 3:07 p.m. Game 6: Tuesday at At- :';J lanta, 7:07 p.m. (if necessary). Game 7: Wednesday at At- 1 *; lanta, 7:07 p.m. (if neces- -': sary). AMERICAN LEAGUE '-' CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES , Baltimore vs. Cleveland "• (All Games On Fox) Game 3: Today at Cleveland, 3:15 p.m. »• Game 4: Sunday at Cleve- land, 6:30 p.m. Game 5: Monday at Cleve-; land, 7:11 p.m. Game 6: Wednesday at Baltimore, 3:15 p.m. (if nee-, essary). Game 7: Thursday at Balti-",' more, 7:15 p.m. (if neces- ••-, sary). TPRO BASKETBALL Rodman ailing, still has not re-signed with Bulls By MIKE NADEL The Associated Press DEERFIELD, 111. — The man with the multicolored hair hasn't re-signed with the Chicago Bulls yet. Dennis Rodman has agreed to terms on a one-year contract but didn't finish taking his physical examination Friday because of bronchitis and a touch of pneumonia, general manager Jerry Krause said. Rodman returned to California and will not accompany the defending NBA champions to Paris for next week's McDonald's Championship. The Bulls already are without All-Star forward Scottie Pippen, who underwent foot surgery Monday and will miss up to three months. Krause had scheduled a news conference before Friday night's exhibition opener against Seattle, but he canceled it abruptly when he got the news about Rodman, the league's six-time rebounding leader. Krause then refused to answer questions and referred reporters to a news release from the team's media services depart- ment. 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