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Sports DIGEST 2E rl TVRADIO 2E f V BASEBALL 3E 1 El I AT A GLANCE 7E LZIUJ WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 13S3 RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL RAY HAGAR, SPORTS EDITOR PHONE, 788-6345; FAX, 327-6702 Interleague baseball N. Y. Yankees 1 1 , Montreal 1 Florida 5, Toronto 4 Houston 5, Detroit 3 Pittsburgh 7, Cleveland 4 Boston 9, Atlanta 3 Philadelphia 2, Baltimore 0 Minnesota 8, Chicago Cubs 0 St. Louis 5, Chicago White Sox 4 Milwaukee 6, Kansas City 3 TampaBay5,Mets4 Texas 5, Colorado 2 Los Angeles 5, Oakland 1 Anaheim 10, Arizona8 San Francisco 7, Seattle 6 National League Padres 5, Cincinnati 1 Brazil begins defense Global game: TV audience expected to be more than 37 billion worldwide. " PARIS (AP) When Ronaldo taps the ball off the center spot today, the biggest and richest World Cup in history will begin. Brazilians, who have played in every Cup and won four of them, know how special it is. "We must understand this moment," said midfielder Leonardo. "I want to make history." Brazil and Scotland write the first chapterofthe 1998 WorldCupwhen they meet at the Stade de France in St. Denis, north of Paris. Over the next 33 days, a record 32 national teams will compete in the last World Cup of the century. The United States doesn't get started in the world's most popular sporting event the tournament will draw a global television audience in excess of 37 billion until Monday against powerful Germany. But the Americans routed French club FC Gueugnon 4-0 as Brian McBride, Cobi Jones, Brian Maisonneuve and Ernie Stewart scored in the exhibition game. The other game Wednesday has Norway playing Morocco in Mont-pellier. ' On Tuesday night, police said 1 5 officers were slightly injured by fans throwing beer bottles in several incidents on the famed Champs-Elysees. Police said about a dozen people were arrested. Defending champion Brazil is a solid favorite to beat Scotland. The team has been ranked No. 1 in the world by FIFA since 1 994 and is spearheaded by 2 1 -year-old forward Ronaldo, twice voted FIFA Player of the Year. Scotland's first priority is to stop Brazil from displaying its renowned attacking prowess. "We have to lift ourselves to another level and show we can compete against Brazil," midfielder John Collins said. "We will need a superb performance that night , as well as in the other two games if we are to progress." Brazil coach Mario Zagallo draws from a talent pool that is the envy of his rivals. When 1994 World Cup hero Romario was ruled out of the tournament last week with a calf injury, another star from four years ago, Bebeto, moved into the spot. Awaiting their chance are forward Edmundo and 20-year-old phenomenon Denilson. Zagallo has changed the team's style from the defensive setup of 1 994 to a freer-flowing game he calls "art soccer." . . Team coordinator Zico, a veteran Of three Cups, wants to lower expectations. "We won't be 100 percent in the first game, but we'll pick up steam as we go," he said. " "A tie won't be the end of the world." Red Wings win a tight Game 1 DETROIT (AP) Put the brooms away, at least for now. This Stanley Cup doesn't appear to be a gimme for Detroit. " The Washington Capitals showed Tuesday night they can play with the defending Cup champions even when the Red Wings dominate most of the game. Tomas Holmstrom set up goals by Joe Kocur and Nicklas Lidstrom in a 2; 1 4 span of the first period and that was enough to lead the Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Capitals in the opening game of the Stanley Cup finals on Tuesday night. "There is no such thing as an easy series when you are playing for a professional championship," said Red Wings center Doug Brown, who also assisted on Kocur's goal. "The media might have said this was going to be easy, but we certainly never thought it would be." The Capitals, playing in the first Cup finals in their 24-year history, f l IV I JUTAJ-i I 49ers file lawsuit: The San Francisco 49ers are suing to stop a petition drive designed to overturn taxpayer funding of a new stadium and mall project. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court, says the petition includes false and misleading statements. The petition seeks to put an initiative on the November ballot to overturn the municipal bond funding approved by voters in 1 99 7. The petition drive was organized by stadium opponent Doug Comstock, head of the Committee to Stop the Giveaway, who vehemently defended the petition. More NFL, 5E 1 ' Is PARADE IN PARIS: Pablo the Indian giant strolls the Festival of Soccer Parade on the eve of the down the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris during World Cup Tuesday. World Cup schedule, 7E. ''"' USA Probable lineup Keller (Goal keeper) h'.O.h Dooley (Sweeper) .V Maisonneuve - (Midfiejder) Pope (Defender) . HejdukCj (Midfielderr O Moore (Forward) f Reyna Wynalda Qf (Forward) Ei&lAjaiilBaltiiiiH iL Kasey Keller Position: goalkeeper Club: Leicester City (England) Claudio Reyna Position: midfielder Club: VFLWolfsburg (Germany) Eddie Pope Position: defender Club: DC United Thomas Dooley Steve Sampson Career: played college soccer with UCLA and San Jose State; coached Santa Clara before he joined the USSF coaching staff. (yearfinish) 1930 semifinals 1934 finals; 1950 finals; 1990 finals; Position: sweeper Club: Columbus Crew 1994 finals; Eric Wynalda Position: forward Club: San Jose Clash Source: FIFA World Cup Book Game 2: 5 p.m., Thursday, televised on ESPN. came into the series as a heavy underdog, with many prognosticators expecting the best-of-7 series to end in four or five games. For two periods, the game went as everyone expected. Detroit dominated and Washington barely mounted a challenge, much to the delight of a sellout crowd at Joe Louis Arena that included Red Wings great Gordie Howe. A goal late in the second period by Richard Zednick got Washington back in the game and Red Wings 10198 mm I . : SAVING THE DAYi St. Louis reliever Jeff Brantley celebrates after getting the save in the Cardinals' 5-4 victory over the White Sox Tuesday. The Cards' Mark McGwire did not hit a home run. Baseball, page 3E. of World ." ".' .-VN? &frtlt i, Jr-.-. - ' J ' - 1 i j4h y -nit grtvwOirf . A Bums r LU ; 7 (Defender) FIFA rank: 11 CI Jones 1 (Forward) w . Stewart (Forward)"' June 15 vs.Germany Pare de Princes, Paris June 21 vs. Iran - Gerland Stadium, Lyon June 25 vs. Yugoslavia Beaujoire Stadium 1st round 1st round 1st round 2nd round SOCCER goaltender Chris Osgood had to make at least six good saves in the final period to keep Detroit ahead. "Now we know," Washington coach Ron Wilson said. "We were a little unsure. I mean, we read the papers. We were supposed to get blasted out of here 5- or 6-0 and that didn't happen. We felt we put ourselves in position to win Game 1 . We didn't. Back to the drawing board. If we come out with the same effort we had over the last 30 minutes, we'll be OK." Game 2 also will be here on Thursday night before the series shifts to Washington for games on Saturday and Tuesday. Osgood had 16 saves as the Red Wings handed Washington only its second loss in nine playoff games on the road. He was spectacular in the third period, twice stopping Joe Juneau in front and making a good save on a blue line blast by Jeff Brown with eight minutes to go. 4 Associated Press Cup title -a J - - ' i"',"! i j ii Associated Press Team USA faces a tough opponent June 15 Germany loacn: Berti Vogts FIFA rank: 2 Odds: 7-1 Best World Venuesdates: Cup finish: June 1 5 vs. USA (yearfinish) June 21 vs. 1954 champions Yugoslavia 1974 champions une 25 vs. Iran 1990 champions The world's No.l could win another World Cup Brazil Coach: Mario Lobo Zagalio FIFA rank: 1 Odds: 11-4 Schedule: June 10 vs. Scotland June 16 vs. Morocco June 23 vs. Norway Best World Cup finish: (yearfmisn) 1958 champions 1962 champions 1970 champions 1994 champions North America's top team promises a good showing Mexico Coach:Manuel "-aP"eAnte A Best World FIFA rank: 4 Cup finish: Odds: 100-1 (yearfinish) Schedule: 1930-78 made it to June 13vs. South Korea 1st round 8 times June 20 vs. Belgium 1986 quarterfinals June 25 vs. Netherlands 1994 2nd round AP i-iini ymTifinmrt iiiiniimiif iiimTTTTMMriirMMrii iirrr i L mmk Associated Press CHECKMATE: Detroit Red Wings' Bob Rouse (3) is checked against the boards by Washington Capitals' Richard Zednik (44) in the first period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Tuesday. mmmi i m r?"- - nsmn D Halibut return to San Francisco bay: The past few years, halibut have moved onto the San Francisco bay flats in April and May, providing great spring fishing. This year has been different. Blame it on El Nino, but the halibut didn't show up in big numbers this spring. Now, they're back. Not only are halibut anglers catching good numbers offish, they're also getting some quality fish. Page 4E. Giants9 win streak hits 1 1 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Giants extended the majors' longest winning streak this season to 1 1 games Tuesday night. It was a bittersweet victory, though, because theymayhavelostsecondbaseman Jeff Kent with a knee injury. J.T. Snow's three-run homer helped the Giants rally past the Seattle Mariners 7-6, but Kent sprained his right knee when Alex Rodriguez rolled into him trying to break up a double play in the sixth inning. "We won the game, but we lost one of our top guys," San Francisco manager Dusty Baker said. "I have mixed emotions. Now, we've just got to pull together. We need to pull our belts a little tighter, whatever happens." Kent, the Giants' cleanup hitter who had three hits to increase his average to .301, needed the assistance of two trainers to walk off the field. The Giants said they won't know the severity until he undergoes a full examination today. The Mariners hit four homers, including Ken Griffey Jr.'s AL-leading 25th, to boost their major league-leading total to 104. But they still lost for the eighth time in nine games. Russ Davis hit a leadoffhomer in the ninth off Giants closer Robb Nen, but Nen got the final three outs for his NL-leading 1 9th save. USC's title should help recruiting, Savage says By Heather Burns RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL Southern California baseball assistant coach John Savage's job got a little easier when the Trojans won the College World Series Saturday. Savage, who was an assistant at Nevada for seven years, is in his second year as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at USC. "Obviously, there's pressure every year to go out and get the best players," Savage said Tuesday from Southern California. "After winning, it should get a little easier. Everyone in the country saw what we did. They know who we are and what we have to offer. It's definitely great for the university." Savage, who helped the school to its 12th national championship, has plans for a few more at Southern California. "At USC, you strive for a national championship every year," Savage said. "It's somewhat difficult with the parity in college baseball. There are so many good teams and players. My goal is to keep working hard and help USC improve year in and year out." 'Rodzilla' surfaces; Bulls are unf azed .M Scripps-McClatchy CHICAGO Dennis Rodman walked into practice Tuesday after blowing off the previous day's practice and appearing with Hollywood Hulk Hogan at a televised wrestling program. And to hear his Chicago Bulls teammates tell it, no one blinked. Rodman, who has taken to calling himself "Rodzilla," smacked a wrestler over the head with a chair at the Monday night match in Auburn Hills, Mich, and made $250,000 on the deal. Tuesday, he walked through a throng of journalists after the practice, when the rest of the team was required to meet the media. He did slow long enough to comment briefly about his trip to Detroit. "I made some See RODZILLA, page 6E Chukarstop Crushers: The RenoChukars professional baseball team broke a three-game losing streak with a 1 0-5 pounding of the Sonoma County Crushers Tuesday night in Rohnert Park, Calif. Reno over-camea4-l deficit with just two hits in a six-run sixth inning. Demetrius Dowler and Matt Bazzani each drove in two runs in the inning. Bazzani went 2-3 with three RBIs for the game. Gary Hagy went 2-4 to continue his 1 2-game hitting streak. Osvaldo Fernandez struck out five to pick uop the win and improve to 3-1 . He went 7 ' innings for his longest outing of the season. Former UNR pitcher John Patton pitched five plus innings but was not involved in the decision. SAN FRANCISCO IS ON A ROLL Third longest: The Giants' 1 1 -game run is the third-longest in SF's history. They had a 14-game streak from Sept. 4-16, 1965 and a 12-game streak from April 30-May 12, 1966. Domination: San Francisco has won five of the first six games from the Mariners in interleague play over the last two seasons. The Mariners fell to a season-low 10 games under .500 (27-37). The Giants' starting pitcher Shawn Estes gave up three runs on four hits in 3 h innings before leaving with the bases loaded after walking a pair and hitting Griffey with a pitch. Julian Tavarez relieved Estes and fanned Rodriguez to end the fourth. "We came up short again," Seattle manager Lou Piniella said. "The Giants are playing good ball, great ball." THE FILE ON JOHN SAVAGE High school: Was drafted by the Yankees out of Reno High. Optedfor" Sava9e baseball scholarship at Santa Clara. Professional: Was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1986. Played for the Billings Reds, Salt Lake Trappers, Boise Hawks and Reno Silver Sox. Coaching: Pitching coach at Reno High in 1988, moved to Nevada in 1990 and USC in 1997. Pack coach Gary Powers said he watched the World Series more closely this season. "I was pretty excited, with him there and Long Beach State," he said. "I was excited for (Savage), he took a great opportunity, going See SAVAGE, page 6E L. A. - j d Rodman Inside: A Las Vegas craps dealer sues Rodman, 6E. Game tonight: 6 p.m., Channel 4.

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