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THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER D3 Wednesday, September 7, 1994 Calendar Home game WED. SEPT. 7 ASTROS 8:05 SC ESI MON. TUES. THURS. FRI. SAT. SUN. bbrTB SEPT. 9 SFPT 1(1 RFPT 11 SPPT 19 ccdt n CUBS CUBS CUBS 3:20 2:20 2:20 Ch. 17 Ch.17 BEARS ' 0:00 CARDINALS 7,35 PRISM ' -1 J 1 1; I I Phillies games are contingent on settlement of strike. CoH Noon Scottish Open SC Tenni8' 11a.m. U.S. Open matches USA 7:30 p.m. U.S. Open Matches " USA 12:35 a.m., uli! Open ' : Ch. 10 Thurs. Skiing World Extreme Championships SC Soccer 2:55 p.m. United States vs. England from London ESPN2 7:30 p.m. United States vs. England from London ESPN taped - Baseball 7:30 p.m. Baseball's Greatest Games: 1980World Series, SC Phillies vs. Royals at Veterans Stadium Volleyball 6:30 p.m. Blast Tournament SC Basketball Midnight Summer Pro League: L.A. Clippers vs. SC NBA Pros llMHI-liHi Z3 Harness racing 7:30 p.m. Garden State Park Rte 38, Cherry Hill Horse racing 12:45 p.m. Delaware Park Stanton Dei. Sports in Brief $22.5 million pact for LaFontaine? COMPILED BY THE INQUIRER STAFF Buffalo Sabres center Pat LaFontaine, the NHL's second-leading scorer two seasons ago but injured most of last season, has agreed to a contract that supposedly will make him one of the highest-paid players in the sport. Executive vice president Gerry. Meehan said yesterday that the Sabres had agreed in principle with LaFontaine on a contract extension, but the team is trying to insure the deal in case he is hurt again. The Buffalo News reported this week that the Sabres would pay LaFontaine $22.5 million over five years, making him the fourth-highest-paid player in the league behind only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Eric Lindros. LaFontaine collected 148 points in the 1992-93 season, the highest point total by an American in league history. Early last season, he hurt his right knee and then had surgery to repair torn ligaments. Goaltender Bill Ranford ended a brief holdout and signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Negotiations are continuing to extend the deal. Manon Rheaume, the first woman to compete in professional hockey, signed a contract for the coming season with the Las Vegas Thunder of the International Hockey League. Rheaume, 22, played goal this summer for the New Jersey Rock N' Rollers of Roller Hockey International. Track and field Britain's Colin Jackson won the 110-meter hurdles in 12.99 seconds, the fastest time of the year, to highlight the Community of Madrid meet. Jackson, unbeaten indoors and outdoors this season, easily beat Austria's Mark McKoy, 13.22, while Tony Jarrett of Britain was third in 13.33. The wind speed was negligible. Jackson holds the world record of 12.91. American Mike Powell won the long jump at 26 feet, 11 inches. Baseball The Minnesota Twins' front-office staff voted to take a one-week unpaid vacation so no full-time employees would face layoffs for at least a month because of the baseball strike. President Jerry Bell said the 53 employees were given the option of taking a week of unpaid vacation in the next month or moving forward with the layoffs of 15 to 20 employees later this month. Because the employees voted to take the vacation, the Twins will not lay off any full-time staff through early October, Bell said. Auto racing Former Winston Cup champion Bill Elliott made his split with Junior Johnson official and said he was forming his own racing team with his brothers, Ernie and Dan. Elliott, winner of 40 Winston Cup races and the 1985 points crown, will be sponsored by McDonald's. Elliott will return to Dawsonville, Ga., where he and his brothers enjoyed years of success with the No. 9 Coors Thunderbird. Elliott reft the team, then owned by Harry Melling, at the end of the 1991 season to team up with Johnson. He won five races in 1992 and lost the Winston Cup championship by just 10 points to the late Alan Kul-wicki. But the Johnson-Elliott tandem struggled since then. Elliott's victory Sunday in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway was his first in 52 races. College football Redshirt sophomore quarterback Chris Walsh has withdrawn from the University of Miami, coach Dennis Erickson said. After redshirting his first year with the program, Walsh played one game in 1993, serving as a backup to Frank Costa and Ryan Collins. ' Penn State tailback Kl-Jana Carter was named the Big Ten's player of the week on offense. The junior from Westerville, Ohio, rushed for 210 yards and three touch downs in the Nittany Lions' 56-3 win over Minnesota. Golf Tentative plans for a new international match-play tournament were approved by the PGA tour's policy board. The tournament, involving the leading players from four professional tours around the world, is scheduled for 1995, with dates and purse to be announced, PGA tour commissioner Tim Finchem said. The format calls for the top eight players from the U.S. tour, the European tour, the Japanese tour and a combined Australian-South African tour to hold match-play events to determine their champion. Those four champions would gather for a two-day match-play event that, Finchem said, would be televised internationally. Phils complete Boskie trade The team got a minor-leaguer from the Mariners for the righthander. By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER It's finally been settled. Not the baseball strike, the Shawn Boskie trade. In case you'd forgotten and if you hadn't, counseling is available the Phillies still were owed a minor-leaguer in the July 21 deal that sent Boskie to Seattle. Yesterday, they got one: a once-promising 24-year-old whose career seems stuck in A-ball. From a list of minor-leaguers provided by the Mariners, the Phillies selected Fred McNair, a 6-foot-4 first baseman with some power who concluded the '94 season at Single-A Appleton. McNair, the Mariners' lOth-round selection in the 1989 draft, began this season at double-A Jacksonville after three years with single-A clubs. But he hit just .220 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 57 games and was demoted to Appleton. There, in just 50 games, the righthanded-hitting McNair belted nine home runs and drove in 49 runs, finishing with more-than-respectable combined statistics: .263, 13 homers and 70 RBIs. "He's a guy that's got a pretty good bat," Phils general manager Lee Thomas said last night. "He was a shortstop before he hurt his arm." According to Thomas, there were a few other players on the Seattle list the Phillies might have selected had the players , not been injured late in the season, "There were a couple of pitchers we liked, and we took a look at them," Thomas said, "but they got hurt." McNair missed the entire 1991 season with a shoulder injury. Moved to first base from shortstop the next year, he had an outstanding offensive season. . He was second in the Northwest League in RBIs (54) and total bases (21), and finished third in hitting (.329). A single-A first baseman might not seem like much compensation for Boskie, a pitcher whose arm always appeared far better than his statistics. But the Phillies were virtually forced to give away the righthanded pitcher when the simultaneous return of several injured players demanded they clear roster spots quickly. "We were over a barrel," Thomas said. "I always liked Boskie's arm, and I wasn't particularly eager to trade him, but we really had no choice." Thomas said McNair could start the 1995 season as the first baseman at double-A Reading. White House refuses to intervene in strike The negotiators took much of the day off. The deadline to save this season remains Friday. ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK One day closer to Friday's deadline for canceling the season and still no movement toward settling the baseball strike. The White House has rejected a proposal by federal mediators to have President Clinton appoint someone such as Jimmy Carter or former Secretary of State George Shultz to arbitrate the strike and save the season, administration officials said yesterday. "Everybody is kicking around a lot of ideas and this was just one of them," said presidential aide Bruce Lindsay. He said the White House and John C. Wells, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, had concluded that the "timing was not right" for the arbitration proposal. Also yesterday, the owners received from the National Labor Relations Board a copy of an unfair-labor-practice complaint filed by the players' union. The union is contesting management's failure to make a $7.8 million payment to the players' benefit plan after the All-Star Game. "We actually thought they'd file it sooner," management lawyer Lou Melendez said. Meanwhile, acting commissioner Bud Selig, owners negotiator Richard Ravitch and union head Donald Fehr took off most of yesterday to observe the first day of Rosh Ha- shana, the Jewish new year holiday. Selig has set Friday as the date for calling off the season if there is no settlement. But no talks took place yesterday, Day 26 of the strike, and no negotiations are planned. "No news is no news, I guess, Melendez said. Today marks the second anniver sary of the date baseball last had a commissioner. On Sept. 7, 1992, Fay Vincent was forced to resign by owners, wno have put ott hiring a successor until there is a labor set tlement. Commentary By Frank Dolson Wow! A soap opera with no ending IMPACT from D1 game, those are disturbing questions. The growing ability, these last few weeks, to get along without baseball would seem to hint at some disturbing answers. There seems to be a general feeling in journalistic circles, as the struggle between millionaires and billionaires drags on, that baseball will never be the same. "Season's over and so is your hold on America," warns the latest issue of Newsweek. And even George Will, the- thinking-man's baseball nut, painted a bleak picture in a recent column, suggesting that a person's love and enjoyment of the game "is to a considerable extent contisscnt on a special kind ol caring" that those running oi should that tv ruining the' sport seem bent on destroying. We've heard words of doom before. In 1981, letters poured in from angry, frustrated baseball fans who swore they'd never buy another ticket or watch another game on television. And then, seven weeks later, the strike ended and the fans returned. Oh, sure, maybe some didn't, at least not right away. But bodies filled those seats. And in the years that followed, attendance boomed. That was a little different, though. There was a climax to the '81 baseball soap opera. There were pennant winners. There was a World Series. A semblance of normality returned, and with it the fans. What will happen this time if there is no resumption of play, as seems so likely? If there is no final chapter to the S'l screen, no playoffs, no World Series, no guarantee of a full season of big-league baseball in '95? Even Phillies president Bill Giles, a confirmed optimist by nature, fears the impact if this season truly ended in the second week of August. "If we have a postseason, I think it will be forgotten about by spring training," Giles said recently, talking about the strike. "But if we don't have a postseason, 1 think it's going to hurt." The feeling here is, it will hurt a lot more than it did in '81. Even the most dedicated baseball fans may be hard-pressed to fully recommit their hearts to the game this time, to care as much as they did before. Hill White, the former National League president, disagreed. "The fans will still come out," he said yesterday. "You'll see. This game is so good, it overcomes all the bad people )n !?, nil. the bad thtns they put it through. I don't think the game is going to be hurt that much. I'll bet you a dinner I'm right." I took the bet. I sure hope he wins. This article contains information from the Washington Post. National League EAST W L Pet. GB Montreal 74 40 .649 Atlanta 68 46 .596 6 New York 55 58 .487 18'? PHILLIES 54 61 .470 20'v Florida 51 64 , 443 23'-? CENTRAL W L Pet. 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