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Founded 1850 Call Tribune for prep scores Scores of Friday night's local and area high school basketball games are available today from 6:30 a.m. until 4p.m. by calling the Tribune switchboard at 459- Due to extensive work being done on the Tribune's presses, game stories, photos and box scores from Friday's games, will be delayed until Sunday's edition. Tommy John sides with fans INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tommy John, who pitched in the major leagues for 26 years, sides with the baseball fans, the only people he says are being hurt in the standoff between owners and players. "Obviously things are out of whack," said John, the guest speaker at a recent old-timers' dinner in Indianapolis.

"'The owners want to come up with a plan on how to keep from paying guys all this money. 'But I've never seen an owner hold a gun to a ballplayer's head and force him to sign for $3 million," he told The Indianapolis News. "The best thing (commissioner) Fay Vincent could to lock both sides in a room and not let them out until an agreement is reached, whether it be one day or 20," said John. John, who will turn 47 in May, was released by the New York Yankees last season. He was the starting and winning pitcher on opening day but departed in May with a 2-7 record and 5.80 earned run average.

That left him 12 victories shy of 300 for his career. Dayton nips Butler 88-82 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Negele Knight scored 28 points including two free throws in the closing seconds to lift Dayton to an 88-82 victory over Butler in Midwestern Collegiate Conference play Thursday. Dayton (15-9 overall, 8-4 in the MCC) used a 12-2 run sparked by two 3-pointers by Norm Grevey to build a 16-point lead with 10:34 to play. But Butler (6-19, 2-10) fought back to within six with 45 seconds left when John Shoup hit a 3. pointer.

A steal by Jody Littrell led to a tip-in by John Karaffa to pull Butler within four with 37 seconds to go. Knight missed two free throws on the Flyers' next possession, but Darin Archbold missed a 3-pointer and the Bulldogs had to foul Knight again. He nailed both shots to seal the victory. Archbold led Butler with 23 points and Littrell added 18. Western High School product Brett Etherington came off the bench to score 11 points and Shoup of Clinton Central, added five.

John McEnroe loses appeal LONDON (AP) John McEnroe's appeal of his disqualification from the Australian Open and $6,500 in fines was rejected Friday by the International Tennis Federation. ITF spokesman Ian Barnes said all the evidence surrounding McEnroe's fourth-round disqualification in Melbourne had been studied by Grand Slam tournament administrator Bill Babcock. McEnroe is now in a position where he could be barred from playing at Wimbledon. Under ITF Grand Slam rules, any player accruing fines of $7,500 within a 12-month period automatically is banned from the next Grand Slam event. That means if McEnroe plays the French Open in May and is fined another $1,000 he would be forced to miss Wimbledon.

NW T-ball signups today Northwestern T-ball League will conduct its registration today from noon to 3 p.m. at Northwestern Elementary School. Anyone aged 5 through second grade and lives within the Northwestern School Corporation boundaries is eligible for participation. For further information, contact Vernon Hart at 457-4947 or Brian Maggart at 452-2845. Pete Rose set to do radio spot CINCINNATI (AP) -Pete Rose has agreed to do daily baseball commentary for a radio station his first media venture since his lifetime banishment from baseball.

The former Cincinnati Reds manager will do 3-minute daily commentaries and a once-a-week interview with a sports broadcaster on WCKY-AM in Cincinnati. Sports Colts INDIANAPOLIS (AP) With "Plan recruitment starting to heat up in the National Football League, the Indianapolis Colts will make their pitch to some of the headliners among 1990's unprotected free agents. Buffalo Bills nose tackle Fred Smerlas tops the list of big-name players the Colts will examine. Colts coach Ron Meyer confirmed that Smerlas is scheduled to visit Indianapolis sometime next week. Rick Stiner Stiner signs pro pact By Dave Kitchell Tribune sports editor Kokomo, which has sent three pitchers to the Major Leagues, may someday have a catcher in the game.

Rick Stiner, wha was behind the plate that summer afternoon in 1985 when Kokomo's Wildkats won the IHSAA state championship, has signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. Stiner signed in Phoenix, Ariz. Wednesday with Brewers' scout Harry Smith and said. he will report for spring training with the organization's pitchers and catchers March 5 at Peoria, Ariz. "I believe in my heart I have a chance to make it (to the Majors)," Stiner said by telephone from Phoenix.

"I think I have the qualitites. 1 have a good arm and hit well for a catcher, I have 4.0 speed (home to first) and I've been told the average Major League catcher runs a :4.8." After graduating from KHS, Stiner spent. two seasons at Western Kentucky University. Things didn't work out well there and a friend of his referred him to Grand Canyon University, an NAIA school in Phoenix. "(Kokomo's) Greg Johnson was on the Grand Canyon team that won the (NAIA) World Serles in Stafford)," Stiner said.

"Just on called his coach (GlI Greg's recommendation, they gave me a full-ride scholarship. Stiner didn't disappoint them elther. He immediately moved into a starting role and in 1988 batted .370 and hit 10 home runs. Last season, he hit .365 with 10 homers, 24 doubles and a team-high 75 RBI. In '88, Grand Canyon finished 49-19 and was World Series runners-up and in '89, wAS 47-20.

Stafford wasn't surprised Stiner was signed, "There is always the need for a good catcher and I'm surprised he wasn't taken earlier," Stafford said. "'He's competitive, strong and a quality receiver who handies pitchers well. Now he's got the opportunity to prove himself. Smith, who scouts Arizona, New Mexico, southern California and western Texas, points to Stiner's bat as his biggest asset. "He (Stiner) has a good arm, but we're really impressed the way he swings the bat." Smith said.

"I believe he has the ability to catch at the Major League level within four years. He works hard and is a hustler. He's the kind of kid that gets under a manager's skin because of his good work habits." Smith said it was likely Stiner would be assigned to Beloit, Wis. of the (Class A) Midwest League in early April. Stiner, who said he will finish his degree in secondary education next fall, is working out eight hours a day and is anxious for the opportunity.

"I'm going to do everything possible to make it," Stiner said. "I've set a timetable of five years and if I'm not making enough progress, I'd like to get into coaching. I'd like to work with kids and be able to give back some of what I've learned." Spring 1 training Payton's 58-point Purdue experience make "We feel good about Plan B. It's deal not a cure but it could lead to a petitive couple of players who can help pick Denver Broncos tight end inally "We're actively pursuing a lot of different avenues in the Plan market," Meyer told the Indianapolls News. "Yes, there's interest in Smerlas, and we'll pursue him as a candidate.

who needs it? Page 10 effort dooms USC Page 11 Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune 9 should be factor Page 11 Saturday, Feb. 24, 1990 pitch for free agents Clarence visit foot-6, for the nearly San Harry group dianapolis plans 1990. Meyer tendered free ed. their Kay also is expected to the Colts. Bruce Davis, a 6- 315-pound offensive tackle Houston Oilers, has been in Indianapolis already, along with a dozen other players.

Francisco running back Sydney was in the first to undergo physicals in Inafter the Colts initiated for a two-back offense in said the Colts "have a couple of offers" to agents, but nobody has signPlayers left unprotected by teams have until April 1 to elsewhere and attract combidding for their services, Smerlas, a five-time Pro Bowl in 11 seasons in Buffalo, origsaid he was interested in the New Dawn in weightlifting ing By David A. Kasey Tribune sportswriter Dawn Blacklidge started serious bodybuilding a little over 18 monthe ago. "The motivation started out as a stress release," Blacklidge said. "I started coming in and working out at the Kokomo Sports Center. It did wonders for me.

It was a big stress release. After two or three months of working out six days a week, I started to see physical changes in the mirror and it was unreal: That's when 1 decided to start competing in bodybuilding. "I do this for self satisfaction," Dawn added. "1 finally like the way 1 look. Before I had an OK body, now I actually like the way my body looks.

"I'm totally natural and I'm totally against drugs and that is the philosophy here at the Sports Center." Dawn started working at the Kokomo Sports Center in June of 1989 as a physical instructor and that was also the month of her first two finished competitions, "I in my first competition in -Indianapolis and then third in Indianapolis two weeks later," Dawn said. "The competition I'm most proud of is the natural competition in Rockford, Ill. "I finished third of 11 contestants in my weight class. There were representatives from nine Dawn competes in the pound class which is considered lightweight. "I'll start out around the weight of a heavyweight and I'll end up losing 10 to 15 more pounds before my next competition in March.

I've already lost 12 pounds since She will compete in a Midwest Grand Prix in Rockford March 10. Kokomo Sports Center and Headquarters Styling and Tanning Salon will sponsor her. "There's a good chance this competition will be televised," Blacklidge said. "It has been televised on ESPN the last two years." Dawn is a single mother of a six- year old received daughter, Aubrey. "I've some really good help from the people close to me," Dawn said.

"Trying to work fulltime at the Sports Center, plus working out two hours a day: spending time with Aubrey getting her to and from kindergarten makes for a busy day." Dawn works out six days a week. "One day I work on chest and arms and it will take me anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours," Blacklidge said. also do some aerobic exercises which will include 20 minutes on Los Angeles Rams or Raiders, as well as San Francisco and New England. It seems highly unlikely he'll undergo any sort of workout for the Colts because he was scheduled to undergo minor knee surgery Friday. Colts general manager Jim Irsay has said he is looking for a couple of "older, leadership type of guys" through Plan and Smerlas, 32, could fit that role.

He became a team spokesman and calming influence in Buffalo when the 1989 Bills were bickering openly. However, Smerlas' $650,000 salary in Buffalo might be difficult to beat, Plus, the Colts don't exactly have a successful history with free agent nose tackles, Joe Klecko, now a beer salesman in television commer- cials, collected more than $500,000 in 1988 for 32 tackles and zero sacks. Salary figures also could make Kay difficult to sign, despite the fact Indianapolis protected only Pat Beach from its tight-end corps. Kay is slated to get $440,000, $525,000 and $575,000 over the next three years in Denver. Among players on the Colts' unprotected list, guard Ben Utt ap pears to be getting much attention.

Minnesota, Dallas, Atlanta and the Rams all are said to be interested. Linebacker Cliff Odom has considered moving to Miami and Seattle. Tight end Mark Boyer has visited Green Bay. Also, cornerback Bruce Plummer is headed to San Diego, and defensive back Anthony Parker has been examined by Detroit. Blacklidge said.

"You have to allow your muscles to Dawn is a 1978 graduate of Northwestern High School where she participated in gymnastics and track. She then went to Purdue where she started weightlifting. She decided to become a vegetarian 11 years ago. "Nutrition and diet is a big part of my training," Blacklidge said. "I do eat a lot of fish and tuna, but no red meat.

I have very low fat intake. "My favorite treat is to go to get non-fat frozen yogurt," Dawn said with a big smile. Blacklidge plans on moving to Oregon and will partcipate in contests on the West Coast. During a workout, Dawn Blacklidge flexes and poses the bicycle. The next day, I'll do back and shoulders and then legs Blacklidge works outs on the cable crossovers at the Kokomo Sports Center and "It's abdominals." designed as a split," (Tribune photos by Brian Reynolds) Extra week likely on NFL schedule ST.

PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Bowlen, who added there was no According to the contract, WTBS otherwise." The National Football League is discussion of adding to the current will broadcast 17 regular-season But other team executives were close to adding a 17th week to its 16 games. games over the next two seasons. in favor of a longer season. schedule next year, which would Under the proposal, the season ESPN also will get 17 games.

"Having a bye one week would give each team an open date and would last for 17 weeks in 1990 and "In the first season at least, I not be the worst thing in the Super eliminate Bowl, the a team week off before said. the 1991, season before with two going open to an dates in 18-week 1992 think nation of that would mean the elimi- owner world," said Philadelphia Eagles owner and 1993. the open week between Norman Braman. "'You get Denver "It's a damn Broncos near owner certainty," Pat ABC, That ESPN would and give WTBS NBC, extra CBS, Super Bowl," this would give the players conference championships and the awfully bumped and bruised, and a Such a move could be a jolt to break. Bowlen told the St.

"I Petersburg think broadcast dates. planners of next year's Super Mike Lynn, general manager of Times for a story Friday. "It's a matter of economics," Bowl. Barbara Casey of the Tam- the Minnesota Vikings and A you're going to see a 17-week said Bowlen. "When you have 17 pa Bay Super Bowl Task Force member of the television committell season next the year, time is logic going weeks of football instead of 16, said most fans don't start making tee negotiating with the networks, and will you that to you've spread your product.

You their plans until their team makes agreed. come from the two-week period just have more of it for television. the game. before the Super Bowl." We need to move now because of "There would be a lot of scurry- "I've always been in favor of a the television ing around for tickets, flights, bye during the season," League owners, who meet The NFL appeared to do that rental cards and hotels," she said. said.

would help get Lynn the March 12-16 in Orlando, are close Thursday in announcing part of its "Some people might not arrive as players rejuvenated and the to agreement on the issue, said television contract with WTBS. quickly as they might have coaches rejuvenated." ate.

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