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ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES SECTION Major League Baseball3D Golf70, 8D Scoreline: 252-5610, ext. 474 PORT D Sunday June 27, 1993 . i ' ' , v '" J i V, ' if - Doug Mead SPORTS EDITOR Western ranked second Short Subjects: The opening of the 1993 college football season is still more than two months away, but optimism is already running high at Western Carolina. The Catamounts, ranked No. 2 nationally in The Sporting News' preseason poll, are expected to be right in the middle of a three-way race with Marshall and Georgia Southern for the Southern Conference championship. Western turned the corner a year ago when it finished 7-4 overall and 5-2 in league play, including a stunning 38-30 victory against eventual I-AA national champion Marshall. It was the Cats' first winning season since 1986. Middle Tennessee State is TSN's No. 1 team. No. 3 Marshall and No. 11 Georgia Southern are the only other Southern Conference teams in the top 20. Western returns 18 starters from a year ago, including quarterback Lonnie Galloway and wide receivers Craig Aiken and Kerry Hayes. Throw in tailback Kevin Thigpen, and the Cats have the most explosive offense in the league. The game of the year in the Southern Conference will almost certainly be on Nov. 20 when Western travels to Marshall, which will host the I-AA national championship game for the second consecutive year. However, the two games the Cats are already pointing to are against arch-rival Appalachian State and longtime nemesis The Citadel. Western is a combined 1-14-1 against those two teams the past eight years. The Cats' home opener is against The Citadel on Sept. 18, while the Appalachian State contest is Nov. 13 in Boone. Harazin new commish? Latest name to surface as a possible candidate for the job of baseball commissioner is Al Harazin, the former general manager of the New York Mets who began his baseball career as GMoftheAshevilleO's (1972-73). Harazin resigned last week in the wake of the Mets' dismal season, even though he had the support of Mets co-owners Nelson Doubleday and Frank Cash-en. "He has the complete respect of the baseball community and is looked upon as one of the top administrators in the game," said Cashen, who took over for Harazin as GM on an interim basis. This 'n that Former North Carolina State basketball standout Eddie Biedenbach has been named an assistant coach at his alma mat-. er, replacing Asheville native Buzz Peterson, who resigned to become the top assistant at Van-derbilt Among those who talked with State Coach Les Robinson about the job was former Western Carolina Coach Greg Blatt UNC A is expected to release its basketball schedule for the 1993-94 season this week. One of the more interesting games for the Bulldogs will be a Civic Center meeting with old rival Mars Hill. The Bulldogs and Lions have not played since the 1985-86 season when both schools belonged to the NAIA. UNC A made the jump to Division I the next season. r v Ivanisevic ousted by Martin; Chang, Fernandez eliminated THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Jim Courier gets off the ground to return shot during match with Australia's Jason Stottenberg. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WIMBLEDON, England - American Todd Martin, usually as composed as a professor with his fluffy brown beard and quiet demeanor, let loose a primal scream Saturday that shattered the sleepy silence of Wimbledon. Just when it seemed that nearly all the big names would march jauntily and tediously into the second week, Martin's howl punctuated a 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (7-4), 7-5, 6-0 upset of last year's runner-up, Goran Ivanisevic. It came after two improbable winners: a scooping backhand lob over the towering Ivanisevic and a lunging clunker off the frame that spun crosscourt as if in slow motion before touching down inches from the sideline. Those two shots broke Ivanisevic's service for the second time in the final set, gave the unseeded Martin a 4-0 lead and demoralized the No. 5 seed. "That was probably as loud as anybody gets," said Martin, 22, a former Ail-American at Northwestern who is tall and lanky like a young Abe Lincoln from Illinois. "I had to take some extra time, actually, after that point to regain my composure because I got just too much adrenaline pumping at once." Martin, playing in only his second Wimbledon, settled down to hold serve at love with the help of his 16th ace, then watched Ivanisevic double-fault for the 15th time to lose the match. Ivanisevic, who had 34 aces in his previous match but "only" 23 this time, stormed away and was fined $2,000 for spurning the post-match interview. He lost another $500 for throwing his racket and cracking it during the match. Martin's victory was "certainly his biggest moment in tennis," said his coach, Tom Gullikson. A pro since 1990, Martin won his first tournament last month at Coral Springs, Fla., but even that doesn't measure up to this achievement "To beat a (defending) finalist at a prestigious event like Wimbledon, after being down a few times in the match, shows character, fighting spirit and a greater self-belief," Gullikson said. Martin was in a similar position to win against Pete Sampras at the U.S. Open last summer, "but he didn't believe in himself," Gullikson said. "This just proves how much progress Todd's made WIMBLEDON: DAY 6 Weather - Clear and sunny. Afternoon temperature reached 73 degrees. Attendance - 33,309. Last year's sixth day attendance was 32,257. Men's seeds results - Singles, Third Round: No. 2 Stefan Edberg beat Chris Wilkinson 6-4, 7-5, 6-3; No. 3 Jim Courier beat Jason Stoltenberg 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 6-4; Todd Martin beat No. 5 Goran Ivanisevic 2-6, 7-6 (7-3) 6-7 (7-4), 7-5, 6-0; David Wheaton beat No. 12 Michael Chang 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4. Women's seeds results - Singles, Third Round: No. 2 Martina Navratilova beat Patricia Hy 6-1, 6-0; Zina Garrison-Jackson beat No. 5 Mary Joe Fernandez 6-0, 6-1; No. 4 Gabriela Sabatini beat Natalia Medvedeva 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Quote of the day - "I'll be quite thrilled if it happens and I'll be quite thrilled if it doesn't happen because the holder of the record is a wonderful human being. If I don't break the record, I won't be shedding any tears." - Martina Navratilova, who is three short of tying Billie Jean King's record of 20 Wimbledon titles. since then." That loss to Sampras, after serving with a 2-0 lead in the fifth set, was on See Wimbledon on page 10D ifsivQS blow I sad, rally to win in nin !h, 6-5 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA - Damon Berryhill is quickly becoming Mr. Clutch for the Atlanta Braves. A pair of deflected grounders with two outs in the ninth inning - the second a decisive RBI single by pinch-hitter Berryhill -gave the Atlanta Braves a 6-5 victory Saturday night over the Houston Astros It was Berryhill's third hit this season to win a game in the final inning. He did it April 30 with a home run in the 11th inning of a 3-2 victory over St Louis, and again on May 31 in a 2-1 win over San Diego. "It's just a case of getting the opportunity," said Berryhill, who shares the catching job with Greg Olson. "I'd prefer playing and getting three-or-four at-bats before that situation comes up, but I don't find that the pressure is any different" Berryhill's hit in the hole on the right side went off first baseman Jeff Bagwell's glove to second baseman Craig Biggio. But his throw home from short right field was too late to get pinch-runner Bill Pecota, who scored from second. The winning rally began when shortstop Andujar Cedeno failed to come up with a grounder by Olson that deflected off the foot of Houston reliever Doug Jones (3-6) for an infield single. Pecota ran for Olson and reached second on a single by Mark Lemke. Atlanta reliever Mike Stanton (2-3) blew a chance for his 21st save when Andujar Cedeno had a two-out RBI single after the Astros pulled to 5-4 in the ninth on a throwing error by first baseman Brian Hunter after Stanton walked two batters. "We had several great at-bats in the ninth inning," Houston Manager Art Howe said. "We got a walk, another walk, and things were looking up. "Then in the bottom of the ninth we got the first two outs. But the next thing you knew, we were in the clubhouse." Terry Pendleton's two-run homer in the eighth broke a 3-3 tie. Pendleton's fifth See Braves on page 3D Macon pins another loss on Tourists, 11-6 By Chris Smith SPORTS CORRESPONDENT The Tourists expected to see outstanding pitching during their current four-game series against Macon. After all, the Braves entered the series with a Sally-leading 2.68 team ERA. But now the Tourists realize that their adversaries have a balanced team. Macon pounded out 12 hits -sue for extra bases - to take an 11-6 victory against the Tourists before 2,975 at McCormick Field on Saturday night On Friday, the Braves (2-0) took the series opener with an 8-1 victory that saw them rough up the Tourists (0-4) for 14 hits. For the most part, the damage done in Saturday's contest came in the sixth inning, when the Braves increased their lead from 3-1 to 8-1 with a five-run uprising that was highlighted by Nelson Paulino's grand slam. "We can't stay away from the big inning," said Tourists Manager Bobby Ramos. "Yesterday, it was a three-run inning and tonight it was five. Once we get away from that big inning, we're fine." David Toth's double started the Braves' scoring barrage in the sixth. Jay Noel followed with a single, before Ralph Garr's single scored Toth for a 4-1 Macon lead. Jason Keeline's walk loaded the bases and signaled the end of the night for Tourists' starter Marvin Billingsley(l-8). Eddie Lewis entered in relief and saw Paulino deposit his first pitch off the scoreboard in right-center field for a grand slam to in- See Tourists on page 5D SC0RECARD Saturday's games NATIONAL LEAGUE Cardinals 4, Mets 2 Rockies 5, Giants 1 Expos 4, Marlins 2 Pirates 4, Phillies 2 Braves 6, Astros 5 Padres 2, Reds 0 Cubs at Dodgers (n) AMERICAN LEAGUE Red Sox 13, Tigers 4 White Sox 7, Mariners 4 Indians 7, Royals 4 Orioles 12, Yankees 10 Blue Jays 3, Brewers 2 Angels 4, Twins 0 Rangers 10, A's7 SALLY LEAGUE Macon 11, Tourists 6 Ex-champion Holyfield maintains same style KNIGHT-RIDDER ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -Long considered one of the best teachers in boxing, Emanuel Steward confesses he has been stymied by his latest pupil, the former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. It was Steward's intention to put something of the Hit Man in Holyfield, to make him a knockout puncher, a new terror and a champion again. If his plan did not really put fear in the hearts of other heavyweights, it grabbed their attention. "Evander"s an exceptionally talented boxer," said Steward, who groomed Tommy Hearns and built Detroit's famed Kronk team, "so imagine what he will be when he becomes a heavier puncher." Holyfield took his same old approach into Saturday night's pay-per-view match against England's I V i j . . ' .irv.j Evander Holyfield Alex Stewart Alex Stewart "No, he hasn't changed; there's nothing different" adsaid Steward, Holyfield's new trainer. Habit and style have become such a part of Holyfield that despite the efforts of Steward - and trainers Lou Duva and George Benton before him - the fighter persists in doing his thing his way. "They might try to make him a big puncher now," Stewart said. TOr.IOIifiOV: 1 Wimbledon rests on seventh day Braves, Astros complete series Recap of Holy field-Stewart fight n v: : " "

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