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ports I Tonight's TV tip The Philadelphia 76ers meet Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics in a live National Basketball Association game between two traditional powers from the East Coast. WTBS, 5 p.m. Tuesday NOVEMBER 26, 1985 RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL Section B 2B BASKETBALL 3B BASEBALL 4B AT A GLANCE 5-8B BUSINESS R i rna rio , . 1 ftws, , ; J "st a Latest scores Pro football San Francisco 19, Seattle 6 Pro basketball Indiana 102, Utah 101 Pro hockey Minnesota 4, Buffalo 3 College basketball UNLV 73, South Carolina 56 Missouri 61, California 46 Texas Tech 65, Montana 58 E. Washington 82, N. Arizona 70 Idaho 78, Seattle 51 Idaho St. 68, Tennessee St. 55 San Jose St. 90, Sonoma St. 47 Virginia Tech 90, USC 81 Weber St. 80, Southern Utah 50 La Salle 65, Delaware 55 St. Peters 50, Morgan St. 41 Alabama 82, NW Louisiana 77 Georgia Tech 119, S.C.-Aiken 60 N. Carolina St. 80, W. Carolina 57 Rice 83, Tarleton St. 49 Texas 94, Baptist, S.C. 68 UNR sets series with N.C. State The University of Nevada-Reno basketball team has reached a tentative agreement with North Carolina State to play a home-and-home series beginning in the 1986-87 season. UNR will meet the Atlantic Coast Conference school Jan. 3 in Raleigh, N.C, with North Carolina State playing at Lawlor Events Center in the 1987-88 season. The Wolf Pack has also scheduled home-and-home series with Louisiana State and Fresno State. Both those series will begin in the 1987-88 season. "The dates are set. We don't have the signed contracts," UNR head coach Sonny Allen said about the LSU and Fresno games. "I don't forsee any problems. "I wanted to do it. It's good for recruiting and it's good for our fans," Allen said. "They want to see the Top 20 teams here." Questions upset McEnroe MELBOURNE, Australia -American tennis star John McEnroe shoved and spat at journalists in the lobby of his hotel here Tuesday morning after being asked if he had wed his girlfriend, actress Tatum O'Neal. The 26-year-old McEnroe, known for his hot temper, was in Melbourne for the Australian Open championship. i?e allegedly pushed a reporter from the Melbourne Herald newspaper and insulted and spat at a photographer at the plush Regency Hotel, where he checked in Monday. A group of reporters and photographers was waiting to speak to McEnroe about rumors that he wed O'Neal, daughter of actor Ryan O'Neal, in New York last week. Ms. O'Neal was rumored to be in Melbourne with McEnroe. Lights out at Candlestick SAN FRANCISCO - Most of the lights at Candlestick Park went out 3'2 minutes into the third quarter of Monday night's NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks, but play was delayed only a couple of minutes. The field was darker than usual, but the national television coverage of the game was not hampered by the brown-out under a bright, full moon. The stands were significantly darker, but the players did not appear to be bothered by the problem. There was no immediate explanation for the light failure. Tar Heels ranked No. 1 North Carolina, which handed UCLA its worst defeat ever, passed idle Georgia Tech Monday to take the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press' college basketball poll. The Tar Heels, who blasted UCLA 107-70 Sunday night in the season opener for both teams, received 22 first-place votes two less than Georgia Tech and 1,158 points in the nationwide balloting of 61 writers and broadcasters. After Georgia Tech, which received 10 points less than North Carolina, the third through ninth spots in the poll remained the same as the preseason Top Twenty. Idaho players honored BOISE, Idaho - University of Idaho wide receiver Brant Bengen and linebacker Tom Hennessey have been named the Big Sky Conference offensive and defensive football players of the week. Bengen, a 5-foot 8-inch, 172-pound junior from Bellingham, Wash., helped the Vandals to a 44-27 victory over Boise State last Saturday. That gave Idaho its best record ever at 9-2, its first Big Sky title since 1971 and a host berth in the first round of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs against Eastern Washington University. Staff jnd wire service reports USF returns for Pack home opener By John SchumacherGazette-joumai The alumni, hungry for a return to national prominence, are watching with great interest. So is the university president, who has made it clear there will be no tolerance for cheating, misconduct or any other embarrassing behavior. The whole country, in fact, is keeping a close eye on the University of San Francisco's basketball team, which has returned to the court after a three-year absence. The Dons, who opened the 1985-86 season with two home victories over NAIA opponents, meet the University of Nevada-Reno tonight at 7:30 in Lawlor Events Center. It's UNR's home opener, but many of the expected crowd of 6,000 will be there to see the resurrection of a once-proud basketball program. The Dons' rich heritage began with Montana falls to Texas Tech. Page 2B Pete Newell, who guided USF to the National Invitation Tournament title in 1949. It continued with Phil Woolpert, who led the Dons to back-to-back NCAA championships in 1955-56 with a fellow named Bill Russell. The job now falls to Jim Brovelli, a former USF guard who enjoyed great success at the University of San Diego before returning home to rebuild a program that fell apart on July 29, 1982. That's when USF President the Rev. John LoSchiavo, infuriated at repeated NCAA rule violations, announced the school was dropping basketball. Now it's back, and Brovelli and company will have to deal with life under a microscope for awhile. That became obvious on Oct. 15, when USF's first practice quickly turned into a media circus. "It was incredible. From all over the country, they were here," Brovelli said. "Boy, it was unbelievable. CNN, Philadelphia, Chicago, ESPN, they were all here. "I closed practice on Oct. 16. All the outside distractions we've had to deal with, it's been tough," Brovelli said. "It's a high visibility program. It's a national program. I knew that coming in." Brovelli, 43, has done his best to shield his players from the distractions and constant reminders of the storm that began with Quintin Dailey's alleged assault of a student nurse during the 1981-82 season, continued with NCAA violations involving Dailey and ended with the program's termination. "I'm trying to keep the pressure off my players. They weren't around here when See UNR, page 2B 9eirs win rnrrm baffle Wolf Pack-Dons lineups USF (2-0) G Rodney Tention 6-2, Jr. G Mark McCathrion 6-6, Fr. F Anthony Mann 6-5, Jr. F Steve Hill 6-6, Jr. C Peter Reitz 6-11, Jr. UNR (0-1) G Darnell Glenn 6-0 Jr. G Rob Harden 5-1 0 Sr. F James Moore 6-6 Jr. F Dwyane Randall 6-6 Sr. C-David Wood 6-8 Jr. Tipoff: 7:30 p.m., Lawlor Center. Radio: KOH (630-AM), 7:15 p.m. with Seattle v7 mfr .j-mw' wpqitiwim " ,wmmirm, ypwwwwiiy ' - 'l V . ' V ' ' " ' ' - I THE PICK: Seattle Seahawk cornerback Terry Taylor, 20, intercept a Joe Montana pass during the first quarter Monday leaps in front of the 49er wide receiver Freddie Solomon to night at Candlestick Park. No. 1 6 UNLV rolls past South Carolina Bob MacyAP LAS VEGAS - Patience paid off for the 16th-ranked Nevada-Las Vegas basketball team Monday night. The Runnin' Rebels had to wait until the second half before their inside game kicked into gear. Once it did, it was worth waiting for as the Rebels ran off to a 73-56 victory over the University of South Carolina in a non-conference game. "In the second half, we began getting the ball inside," Rebels coach Jerry Tar-kanian said. "We were more patient and our big guys began going after the ball. Our guys were moving inside to the ball better and wanted it more." South Carolina needed its best performance to stay with UNLV for as long as it did. "I was impressed with Vegas," South Carolina coach Bill Foster said. "It was the best 26 minutes that we have played on the road in two years. Vegas got its outside game going early and then worked it inside." Guillen named AL's top rookie By Kent McDilluPi CHICAGO Ozzie Guillen invited comparisons to former Chicago White Sox All-Star shortstop Luis Aparicio all season. Monday, the 21-year-old Guillen matched one of Aparicio's major feats when he was named American League Rookie of the Year, an award Aparicio received in 1956. "It can happen only one time in baseball," Guillen said by telephone from his native Venezuela, Aparicio's homeland as well. "Everybody here is real excited. People are starting to come up and talk to me." Guillen played for the Reno Padres in the 1982 season, hitting .347 and tying for the California League lead for sacrifice hits with 14. He was traded by the San Diego Padres to Chicago Dec. 10, 1984, in a seven-player deal that sent right-handed pitcher LaMarr Hoyt, the 1983 Cy Young award winner, to San Diego along with two minor leaguers for pitcher Tim Lollar, infielder Luis Salazar, Guillen and a minor leaguer. Guillen, like Aparicio a slick-fielding shortstop, committed only 12 errors this season and had a fielding average of .98034 the best in the major leagues. "And I made three errors for not touching second base (on force plays to start double plays)," Guillen said. "It's important that shortstops be real good at defense. It'ssomething I've got special because I've got no power. I take pride in my defense." Chicago executives would have been Led by Armon Gilliam's 14 points and nine rebounds, the Rebels stretched a 38-30 halftime lead into a 25-point bulge before Tarkanian sent in his reserves. "It was a good win for us," Tarkanian said. "Their size really surprised us in the beginning and we didn't have good shots. In the second half, our defense hurt them and they didn't get the shots they needed." Nevada-Las Vegas outscored South Carolina 15-4 in a seven-minute span in the second half to open a 67-44 advantage with minutes to play. Guard Tony Shaw scored 13 points to lead South Carolina, 0-2. Guards Freddie Banks scored 13 points and Gary Graham and Anthony Jones each added 12 for Nevada-Las Vegas. The taller Gamecocks shut down UNLV's inside game in the early going and led 22-18 nine minutes into the game. Behind the outside shooting of Jones, Banks and Graham, UNLV regained the lead 24-22 and never trailed after that. "Gary Graham did a tremendous job off the bench," Tarkanian said. "If I gave a game ball, I'd give it to Gary Graham. He was sensational. He defended and he stayed within the offense. He made great passes. He came in when A.J. (Anthony Jones) was in foul trouble and when A.J. is in foul trouble, it's nervous time. Gary was great tonight. I just hope I can say that every night." South Carolina made 18 of 47 shots (38 percent) from the field in the game, while UNLV connected on 25 of 59 shots (42 percent) from the field. The Rebels also used the same zone defense that surprised Nevada-Reno Friday in an 82-69 season-opening victory. "We did it (zone) because A.J. was in foul trouble and was out and Rob (center Richard Robinson) was in foul trouble. Secondly, we weren't playing with as much defensive intensity," Tarkanian said. The Rebels improved to 2-0 this season and 48-1 in Thomas and Mack Center, losing two years ago to national-champion Georgetown. Miners' defense sparks victory By Eric PrewittAP SAN FRANCISCO - Joe Montana and the San Francisco offense had their troubles through one period. But the 49er defense made things tough for the Seattle Seahawks all night. "I thought we were hitting as hard as we have all season. The offense sputtered, and we didn't execute as well as we would like," coach Bill Walsh said after Monday night's 19-6 National Football League victory over Seattle. Joe Montana, intercepted twice in a nightmarish start, completed his first two passes of the second period on a 66-yard San Francisco touchdown drive. The 49er offense netted 24 yards in the first quarter. "Our offense has real confidence. We knew that sooner or later we'd get it going," said Dwight Clark, who broke the team's career record for receptions when he caught a 22-yard TD pass from Montana in the fourth period. The 49ers outgained Seattle, 376 yards to 252, in a game which was important to both team's hopes of reaching the playoffs. But the Seahawks had only 55 yards at halftime and trailed 12-0. "We just couldn't make the plays when we had to early in the game," Seahawks coach Chuck Knox said. The 49ers' first big play, on third down, was a Montana pass to fullback Roger Craig. On the next play, Fred Solomon caught a 27-yard pass for the game's first points. The 49ers added five points in the quarter on a safety and Ray Wersching's 32-yard field goal. Clark, the wide receiver who broke into the NFL along with Montana in 1979, made the 408th catch of his career when he scored. The old record was held by Billy Wilson, a 49er star of the 1950s. Montana finished the game with 17 completions in 33 attempts for 237 yards. With the victory, the defending Super Bowl champions made their record 7-5. The 49ers are two games behind the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West. The Seahawks, 6-6, fell two games behind in the AFC West race. Seattle averted a shutout, which would have been the team's first since 1982, when linebacker Sam Merriman, a former All-Big Sky pick at Idaho, blocked a punt by the 49ers' Max Runager and fell on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown with 1:55 remaining. The extra point attempt by Norm Johnson was blocked. y1 ipr fagaawM! if' - t 1 Saints' Phillips leads parade of unemployed football coaches Associated Press GUILLEN: The American League Rookie of the Year hit .347 for the Reno Padres during the 1982 season. happy with Guillen hitting .250 for the season, but he hit over .300 after June 10 and finished at .273 for the season. "The coaches helped me out a lot, and Tony (LaRussa, Chicago's manager) helped too," he said. "I started being more patient and that helped." When the season started, Guillen almost always swung at the first pitch. Batting coach Mike Lum and LaRussa worked hard to get him to take a couple of pitches, and Guillen learned his lesson. In the ninth inning of a May game against the New York Yankees in Comis-key park, Guillen came to the plate with bases loaded, two out and the score tied. Guillen took four straight pitches from Yankee reliever Joe Cowley and walked in the winning run for the White Sox. Monday was not a good day for football coaches. One NFL coach, the New Orleans Saints' Bum Phillips, and three college coaches became unemployed. Montana's Larry Donovan and Pittsburgh's Foge Fazio were fired. Columbia's Jim Garrett resigned after the Lions endured their worst season in the school's 106-year history. Phillips' resignation caused a ripple effect in the Saints organization. Also resigning were team president Eddie Jones, director of football operations Pat Peppier, and public relations director Greg Suit. Jones, Peppier and Suit were asked to resign by new owner Tom Benson. Wade Phillips, son of the head coach and defensive coordinator, was named interim head coach. Benson said he will work as president and general manager. "My job was to win football games. My job here was to provide a winning season, and I didn't do that," Phillips said. The Saints, after winning Sunday at Minnesota, are 4-8 this year. Phillips was 27-42 in four-plus seasons at New Orleans and 86-80 for his career in the NFL. Montana's Donovan was fired after his team posted a 2-5 Big Sky Conference record and went 3-8 overall. Athletic director Harlev Lewis se Donovan and his staffjfaiieihk) raakf i , , t.rpgft ,r.i iu - team competitive during me past three seasons. Lewis also said he was not convinced the expected completion of a new football stadium next fall on the Missoula campus would provide all the impetus needed for a successful season. "We needed to do it," said Lewis. "It was strictly a business decision and should not be seen as a reflection on the quality of coaching. Ticket sales have been at their lowest in eight or nine years. The fans have been thoroughly disillusioned. We want to bring fans back into the stands." Fazio was fired at Pitt after failing to achieve a winning season or a bowl trip. "We didn't reach our objectives," athletic director Edward Bozik said. "We have concluded that the long-term interests of our football program would be better served if a coaching change were made at this time." Pitt was 25-18-3 in four seasons, including 5-5-1 this season, under Fazio. Pitt lost 31-0 to top-ranked Perm State on Saturday night, and Bozik said "there was a chance" Fazio could have kept his job if his Panthers had won. Columbia's Garrett, who earlier this season called his players "drug-addicted See FIRED, page 3B 3

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