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Today's TV tip The New Jersey Devils and the Boston Bruins collide In the first game ot their bestof-seven Wales Conference final In the Stanley Cup playoffs. ESPN, 4:30 p.m. Monday MAY 2, 1988 RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL SCORELINE: 323-4422 SPORTS EDITOR, MIKE BLACKWELL: 788-6346 Section B 2B TENNIS, RUNNING 3B BASEBALL 4-5B AT A GLANCE 6B FOOTBALL. HOCKEY ports I Steele's softball team deals in big numbers Facts on Steele's 1987 record 340 victories and only 15 losses. Home runs In 1987 6,690, Including 884 by Mike Macenko. Single-game home run record 63. Slngle-lnnlng home run record 26, including 10 in a row. onship in the ASA super division. The super title was Steele's third straight. Steele's also won the International Softball Association World Series and finished second in the U.S. Slo-Pitch Softball Association World Series. Steele's, which finished 1987 with a 340-15 record, is the first softball team ever to win more than 300 games in a season. The won-loss mark is remarkable. The way Steele's wins might be more impressive. Muscle is the name of Steele's game. Last year, Steele's set a softball record with 63 home runs in one game. The mote the exhibition games Steele's will play tonight at Reno's Rancho San Rafael Park. Beginning at 7:30, Steele's will play a media team of radio, television and newspaper representatives. The Silver Bullets, who have already won more than 120 games this year, will also play the Sierra Softball All-Stars, a team of Northern Nevada's best players. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children age 12 and under. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Amateur Softball Association's youth programs in Northern Nevada. The Bullets, who are sponsored by Coors and Steele's Sports Company of Grafton, won last year s national champi Silver Bullets in Reno tonight for 2 games First, check the numbers, which are impressive. Start with 340. That's how many softball games Steele's Silver Bullets, a slow-pitch team from Grafton, Ohio, won last year. Next, try 6,690. That's how many home runs these Men of Steele hit in 1987. Mike Macenko, Steele's homer king, hit 884 of those, all by himself. In the world of slow-pitch softball, Macenko and the rest of the Steelers are famous. Their statistics fill every inch of a two-page publicity handout used to pro ! Slngle-lnnlng scoring record 40 runs. Steelers tut 26 in a single lnnyxcThey hit Streaks 30 hits in a row; 97 straight victories. NASCAR fines, suspends Foyt TALLADEGA, Ala. - A.J.' Foyt was fined $5,000 and suspended from NASCAR stock car competition for six months Sunday after a run-in with officials during the Winston 500. The 53-year-old Texan, a four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and one of the superstars of racing for three decades, got into a fender-banging incident with Alan Kulwicki under a caution flag late in Sunday's 500-mile race at Alabama International Motor Speedway. Foyt, a part-time NASCAR racer, and Kulwicki were black-flagged into the pits and kept on pit road for one lap. As Foyt left the pits, he nearly side-swiped Kulwicki's parked car and NASCAR officials black-flagged Foyt again and , stopped scoring him. Foyt drove his Oldsmobile back onto the pit road, as ordered, then suddenly sped back onto the track. Black-flagged a third time, he locked up his brakes and spun as he got near the garage area. Racing roundup, page 4B. See SOFTBALL Jpsf" leeeBeaeeaeeaaaaeaeaBaBiaeaaaeiaea 1 A's late raDly beats Iraaaims 6-run ninth lifts Oakland to 8-4 victory By Steve SneddonGazetteJoumai CLEVELAND The boos had ceased by the time the Oakland Athletics' bus pulled away from Cleveland Stadium, but the sting lingered for the Cleveland Indians Sunday afternoon. When the Athletics came to town, the Indians had the best record in the major leagues. When the A's boarded the bus to go to Detroit, the Indians were smarting after blowing a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning and losing, 8-4, before 29,126 displeased fans. TKft Tmli 4ve ofof a1 thai a TVr 0r Aiiuiaiio oiaiiw uiu ai., iuiu vctti- diotti, who has won all four of his decisions. But by the eighth, weary after throwing 121 pitches, he was in the clubhouse with a 4-2 lead. Both runs he gave up in seven innings were unearned. Candiotti gave up six hits. Four relievers, including would-be stopper Doug Jones with seven in an inning pitched, gave up nine in two innings for the A's season-high total of 15. "Candiotti was invincible until he ran out of innings," said Athletics designated hitter Don Baylor, whose single to left was the first of six for his team in the six-run ninth. "When we came to town, they thought they were invincible as a team," Baylor said. Jose Canseco, who had two runs batted in for the game, singled to right to score Carney Lansford with the go-ahead run in the ninth after Stan Javier tied the game, 4-4, on a two-run single to right. Mark McGwire made it so the Athletics could breathe a little easier when he pulled a two-run double to left to give his team a 7-4 lead. The Indians had a few weaknesses, mainly in relief pitching, pointed out in (he two-game series swept by the Athletics. It might have been worse for the Indians, who at 16-7 still lead the American League East, if their game hadn't been rained out Friday night. The victory was the seventh in a row for the Athletics and their 11th in the last 12 games. They have won eight of nine games on their Great Lakes tour through Chicago, Toronto and Cleveland, going into the two-game series that begins tonight in Detroit. The Athletics, who are 17-7 and lead the Chicago White Sox by four games in the AmericaLeague West, won Sunday with a famiflflr Comeback formula. Associated Press CIRCUS ACT: Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Jose catching a popup during their game against San Diego. Lind winds up on top of center fielder Andy Van Slyke after Game results in National League roundup, page 3B. Latest scores American League Oakland 8, Cleveland 4 Minnesota 2, Boston 0 Detroit 3, Seattle 2 Texas 5, New York 1 Toronto 6, California 4 Chicago 7, Baltimore 3 Milwaukee 10, Kansas City 6 National League San Francisco 7, Chicago 6 St. Louis 9, Los Angeles 0 Pittsburgh 4, San Diego 2 Atlanta 9, Philadelphia 5 New York 11, Cincinnati 0 Montreal 7, Houston 3 (14) California League Bakersfield 5, Reno 4 NBA playoffs Boston 128, New York 102 Chicago 106, Cleveland 101 Seattle 111, Denver 91 Atlanta 104, Milwaukee 97 LA Lakers 130, San Antonio 112 Bakersfield edges Reno BAKERSFIELD, Calif. Amilcar Valdez hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie and give the Bakersfield Dodgers a 5-4 victory over the Reno Silver Sox in Sunday's California League baseball game. The loss left Reno with a 7-17 record, the Cal League's worst. The Sox are last in the league's five-team Northern Division, 10 games behind the first-place Stockton Ports. Reno plays Visalia tonight at 7 o'clock at Moana Municipal Stadium. Against Bakersfield, the Sox tied the score with a run in the top of the fifth before Valdez homered off Reno's starting and losing pitcher, Joe Strong. Reno's fifth-inning run came when first baseman Dave Liddell scored from third on an infield out. Bakersfield led 4-1 after three innings. But the Sox came back with two runs in the top of the fourth. Jim Pace doubled home Liddell with the first of the those runs. Later, Pace scored from third on a bases-loaded walk. San Diego sweeps UNR Scoring early and often, the University of San Diego swept a doubleheader Sunday from the University of Nevada-Reno at Peccole Field, 9-2 and 11-7. With the twin victories, the Toreros won all three West Coast Athletic Conference Games from the Wolf Pack during their visit from southern California. A doubleheader had originally been scheduled for Saturday but was postponed because of adverse weather and two seven-inning games were played Sunday instead of the planned one game. The Toreros improved their conference record to 9-4 and overall mark to 26-28. The Wolf Pack is now 25-30 overall and 4-15 in the WCAC. Giants' Mitchell gets 'revenge' 30,658 fans at Candlestick Park. "I had a feeling the ball was going to come to me," Mitchell said. "I was talking to myself out there." And when the ball did come, Mitchell nearly threw it over Clark's head. The Giants' 6-foot-l first baseman had to reach up high to pull in the game-winning out. See GIANTS, page 3B move when Vance Law's game-winning grounder went by him on Saturday. He failed to move, because a woman in the stands wearing a white blouse blinded his sight of the ball. On Sunday, Mitchell was placed in a similar situation, and this time he came through. Fielding Darrin Jackson's two-out grounder, Mitchell threw on to Will Clark at first, giving San Francisco a 7-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs in front of By Carl KotalaGannett News Service SAN FRANCISCO There was no white blouse this time, only an extra 100 cc's of adrenaline playing havoc with his throwing arm. But this time, San Francisco Giants third baseman Kevin Mitchell could stand in front of his locker and smile about the result. "I was asking for a chance to redeem myself," said Mitchell, who failed to Front the Seventh inning on, they have outscoretf tbwponents, 66-23. ' I ' ATHLETICS, page 3B Playoffs needed to decide a trio of golf champs Sunday was a day of playoffs in professional golf as the PGA Independent Insurance Agent Open, the Legends of Golf Seniors Tournament and the Sara Lee LPGA Classic all went into sudden-death to decide the winners. The 18th hole at The Woodlands (Texas) Country Club meant playoff and victory for Curtis Strange. Two birdies on the finishing hole gave Strange his third playoff victory in the $700,000 Independent tournament, this one over Greg Norman on the third playoff hole. Strange, who previously won the Houston tournament in 1980 and 1986, made a 25-foot birdie putt for the victory on the 445-yard hole after having nailed a 4-footer to tie Norman on the 72nd hole and force the sudden death playoff. "The last thing I thought about was 'I did it before and I can do it again,'" Strange said of his final putt. "I got a good read off of Greg's putt." Norman had missed a longer putt on basically the same line before Strange earned bis first PGA Tour victory of the year and first prize of $126,000. However, the putt was a lot shorter the first time he visited No. 18 as he hit a long iron 175 yards into the green which is surrounded by See EXTRA HOLES, page 2B Jordan gets another spot in record book as Bulls beat Cavs CHICAGO The Chicago Bulls say they're not a one-man show, but it's hard to find one man who's meant more to a team in the NBA playoffs than Michael Jordan. With 55 points Sunday, Jordan became the first player in league history to score 50 or more points in consecutive playoff games as he led the Bulls to a 106-101 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 series. Chicago trailed 36-23 at the end of the first quarter and 55-51 at halftime. But Jordan got the crowd going with a reverse dunk that tied it at 55-55 with 10:09 left in the third quarter and hit an 18-foot jumper at 9:24 to give the Bulls their first lead of the game. The Cavaliers, led by Mark Price and Larry Nance, battled back to a 79-79 tie at the end of the third quarter. Jordan finally settled it in the final minute with a jump shot that put the Bulls up 102-101. Two free throws by Jordan clinched the victory. "He made some good shots," Cleveland coach Lenny Wilkens said. "What else can you say?" Jordan, who won the NBA regular-season scoring title, had 50 points against Cleveland last Thursday night in the Bulls' 104-93 victory. He also rewrote 'eight Bulls records, including most points in regulation time and most field goals in a game (24) . But Jordan didn't want to dwell on records, or even on the difference between Craig Ehlo and Ron Harper, the two main Cleveland players assigned to guard him. "Let's just say I got things going," he said. "As an offensive player, I look for the advantage wherever I see a weakness." Sea PLAYOFFS, page 2B Lassen shares league title REDDING, Calif. Lassen College swept a softball doubleheader from Shasta Sunday to tie Butte College for the Golden Valley Conference title and qualify for a berth in the northern California championship. As a result of Lassen's two victories here Sunday, 4-0 and 7-4, both the Susanville team and Butte finished the league season at 13-3. A one-game playoff between the two teams will be held sometime this week. The time and site had not been determined. Lassen ended its regular season with a 16-8 overall mark. Wire service and staff reports Associated Press SOARING FOR TWO: The Bulls" Michael Jordan goes up for two of 55 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers. ' i

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