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NEWS-PRESS SECTION NEWS-PRESS SC0REL1NE Call 332-5600 or 1-800-848-0515 Touch tone only I Briefly, Scorecard 2C I Little League 3C I Motorsports 5C I Soccer 8C I Sports from North 9C EXECUTIVE SPORTS EDITOR: MIKE KLOCKE, 335-0357 (Monday - Friday, 1 - 9 p.m.) SUNDAY, JULY 17, 1994 INSIDE MIKE KLOCKE Soccer World Cup turns out to be real kick Now, has it been all that bad? For all of us soccer-haters who were dreading 30 days of 0-0 ties, fan hooliganism and wasted television air time, has the World Cup been that difficult to withstand or even enjoy? Instead of a month of boredom and drudgery, we've been treated to a Star-Spangled showdown on the Fourth of July, wonderful athleticism from players with one or two names and a TV personality who can excite fans from any country by simply yelling "GOOOOOOALL!" It all culminates today with tradition taking over the Rose Bowl Brazil and Italy meeting with an unprecedented fourth World Cup title going to the winner. A fitting finale. While the tournament did include the senseless . murder of a Colombian player by fans for an on-field mistake and the shameful drug-test failure by Argentina's Maradona, those are not the lasting impressions of World Cup '94. It should be remembered as a time when soccer not baseball was the most exciting summer sport being played on American soil. None of this surprises Cape Coral's Ruben Astigarraga, who predicted before the first ball was kicked in Chicago on June 17 that Americans would generally embrace their World Cup. "My impression is that Americans finally know what soccer is all about and why the rest of the world loves it so much," said Astigarraga, 44, a former Argentina national team player who coaches . youth soccer in Lee County. "The U.S. has always had its Super Bowl, and now maybe the fans recognize why the World Cup is our Super Bowl." Soccer has received unprecedented media coverage in the United States during the World Cup especially in cities that served as sites. The Chicago Tribune ran four pages of World Cup soccer on a recent Sunday. "Where I come from in Argentina, there are 1 0 pages in the paper after every World Cup game," Astigarraga said. "But in Argentina and other countries, there is only soccer. We do not have baseball, football, basketball and the other sports that are here (in the United States)." A 'beautiful game' Astigarraga enjoyed seeing the increased fan interest and media coverage of soccer, but correctly notes that what happens after all the teams depart will ultimately decide the sport's future in the United States. "Reports show there are more than five million kids from ages 8 to 1 4 playing soccer in the U.S. But so many of them quit the sport when they get to be teen-agers," Astigarraga said. "There is no established professional league for them to dream about playing in. There are no heroes for them to follow." And, Astigarraga said, too much of the media coverage of soccer in non-World Cup years is negative. "When there's no World Cup, what do you read about soccer in American newspapers?" he asked. "You read about the fans rioting and how many people are killed in England. You read about low-scoring games. You read about when a player like Maradona is in trouble. "Always the negative. Soccer fans, especially kids, want to read some good things. Same thing with basketball. They don't want to read that Michael Jordan is gambling on golf; they want to read that he can fly." Astigarraga, whose 26 years as a player included three in Europe and four with the Tampa Bay Rowdies, has what he thinks is a simple request: "Just give soccer more of a chance. It Is such a beautiful game." And he has a prediction. "Brazil 2, Italy 1," Astigarraga said. "I expect a very smart and physical game, and I don't see that Italy can handle that." Mike Klocke is executive sports editor of the News-Press, you can reach him at (813) 335-0357 or by fax Doybte cloud Cowboys' ffujitaire New coach, departures threaten title chances ByEDWERDER Dallas Morning News The Associated Press THINKING TOGETHER: Dallas coach Barry Switzer (left) and owner Jerry Jones are on the same wave length. DALLAS Michael Irvin spun his head as he scanned the locker room of the two-time defending Super Bowl-champion Dallas Cowboys, then snapped off the depth chart of untimely disappearances that have impacted the most powerful team in the NFL. "Jimmy Johnson?" he said in profound disappointment. "Gone." Then Irvin continued his recital without interruption. "Norv Turner? Gone. "Thomas Everett? Gone. "Eddie Murray? Gone. "BernieKosar?Gone. "Kevin Gogan? Gone. "John Gesek? Gone. "Jlmmie Jones? Gone. "Tony Casillas? Gone. "Ken Norton? Gone. "Michael Irvin?" He paused to consider that for a second or so. "Michael Irvin?" he repeated. "Hopes," he said before his concluding remarks: "I just hope the winning doesn't stop." The Cowboys have changed from a championship team with the potential for an unprecedented third consecutive Super Bowl championship to what? The challenge before See COWBOYS 4C AFC camps preview 4C Monday: NFC camps preview Dolphins, Bucs camps Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans are welcome to watch both teams practice when their training camps open Monday and next Sunday. The Dolphins' camp opens Monday at Nova University in Davie. Fans may attend all practices scheduled dally through July 29, the day before Miami's preseason opener against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. The Bucs open their training camp July 24 at the University of Tampa. Practices will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening Monday through Friday and possibly Saturday. Practice times are subject to change by both teams. Fuzzy fires to She ffroni Americans hold top 3 spots By RONSIRAK The Associated Press TURNBERRY, Scotland Fuzzy Zoeller has a dream, Tom Watson has a wish and Brad Faxon was just happy to be there as a trio of Americans topped a jammed leader board heading into today's final round of the British Open. Playing under brilliant sun and in gentle breezes, the players had their way with the Ailsa Course at Turnberry on Saturday, the 81 golfers averaging 69.39 over the par-70 layout. Zoeller, a former Edison Community College player, missed the course record by one stroke with a 64 and was tied for the lead with Faxon at 9-under-par 201. Faxon shot a 67. Watson, who struggled with his driver and was revisited by his putting problems, was one stroke back after a 69 that put him at 202, along with Nick Price, Jesper Parnevik of Sweden and Ronan Raf ferty of Northern Ireland. "If we have good weather like this tomorrow (Sunday) , it is going to be a shoot out," Price said after a 67. "If it's like this, I'm going to need 65." Watson agreed. "With weather like this, it will take something in the mid-60s," he said. Then, lowering his voice in a mock whisper, he added: "I wish the wind would blow about 40 mph tomorrow," sounding like a man who did not want to make the number of birdie putts that it would take to shoot inthemid-60s. The weather is supposed to be good. "It's hard to predict what will happen tomorrow," Faxon said about the final round. "I don't think anyone can predict the weather around here." Price, the 1 992 PGA champion, looked at the leader board and set the stage for today's shootout, which has 19 players within five strokes of the lead. "There is too much experience on that leader board," he said. "Fuzzy Zoeller and Tom Watson are both playing great and they both want it. "Butsodol." It would be a very special victory for both Watson and Zoeller. For the 44-year-old Watson, it would be his record-tying sixth British Open championship, and it would end talk that he can't win anymore, giving him his first victory anywhere since 1987. For the 42-year-old Zoeller, who has not won since 1986, it would give him victories in three of the four major championships, a feat accomplished by only eight other players, including Watson. "It's every golfer's dream to have all four," said Zoeller, who won the Masters in 1980 and the U.S. Open in '84. "This would be another notch in the gun. I can't tell you how incredible that would be." Unlike, Zoeller, Watson and Price, the 32-year-old Faxon never has contended going into the final round of a major championship. Heck stumbles at senior event 2C TV: 9:30 a.m., ABC BRITISH OPEN Leaders Zoeller 71-66-64201 Faxon 69-65-67201 Followers Price 69-66-67202 Parnevik 68-66-68202 Watson 68-65-69202 Rafferty 71-66-65202 Feherty 68-69-66203 I Scores 2C SUPER FLIES BYRON STOUTNews-Press WHIP IT GOOD: Capt. Michael Rehr demonstrates the proper form as he unleashes his neon fly-casting line. Anglers are high on fly-fishing Why on God's green earth or deep blue sea would anyone ever choose to fly-fish, one might well ask on first glance. Beholding the fly-fisher, one observes an angler with a tangle of comparatively ropelike line at his or her feet, a rod so long and thin that its fish-fighting capability is immediately suspect, and a reel that retrieves line at an archaic, 1-to-l ratio. Why indeed? The answer may lie within the same fuzzy rationale that compels people to shoot golf balls with a collection of exotic sticks, rather than miniature, computer-aimed mortars. It is exactly akin to why other men fish with lines of mere monofilament, instead of high-voltage lines. It is because it is the hard way, stupid. Fly-fishing is so hard that almost no one does it well the first time, few ever do it truly well, and absolutely no one thinks it's the best way to fish for anything. That's what makes fly-fishing so much fun. It is the fishing challenge from within, in a world in which man has proven beyond all doubt that fish don't stand a chance, unless they're given one. And boy, does fly-fishing ever do that! Casting requires a combination of coordination, timing and, least of all, (x - did i BYRON STOUT Outdoors power, that when married in a perfectly consummated effort may result in a throw of perhaps 100 feet. Add a 10 mph headwind to the equation and such a distance becomes the work of genius, but Grandma could cast farther with a spinning outfit. As lures go, flies are basically on par with other classes, so fly-fishermen intentionally handicap themselves in other ways. They fish with leaders part of which is called the tippet in f lyspeak that go down to 2-pound-test for record purposes, although trout anglers often fish with tippets testing only a fraction thereof. The maximum strength for record purposes formerly was 1 6-pound, but after fly-fishers began pushing that envelope to the extreme by See STOUT 5C Fly-fishing organizations 5C Italy, Brazil battle for global power By BARRY WILNER The Associated Press PASADENA, Calif. In the World Cup, it simply doesn't get any better than this. Romario vs. Roberto. Soccer dynasty Brazil vs. soccer dynasty Italy. South America vs. Europe. And more. So much more. "Maybe this is the way it was meant to be," Italy coach Arrigo Sacchl said. "We have in the final two great soccer nations." They are two nations seeking an unprece dented fourth World Cup crown. Today at the Rose Bowl where Super Bowl and college football champions have been decided they will settle who owns global soccer. "It will be a great classic of international football, a clash of two three-time champions," Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. "Finally, the world will have a four-time champion." What more could the first World Cup staged in the United States ask for? A sensational tournament capped by the most attractive matchup. Brazil won the last of its three titles in 1970, led by Pele, the greatest player soccer has seen. Italy won its third In 1982, and Is seeking to become the first European team to win a World Cup held in the Western Hemisphere. "Our people have waited too long for another World Cup," said Romario, whose superb scoring touch has guided Brazil into its first final since its last championship. "We have come to give the World Cup back to them." Championship preview 8C Sweden blanks Bulgaria 8C BOTTOM OF THE FIRST Baseball Pro football Soccer r f AROUND W i - American League Indians 2, White Sox 0 National League I Giants 4, Expos 2 Twins 5, Brewers 2 Mets 5, Padres 4 Tigers 13, Royals 7 Phillies 10, Dodgers 6 Rangers 4, Blue Jays 2 Astros 7, Pirates 1 Angels 4, Orioles 3 Braves 7, Marlins 5 Yankees 9, Mariners 3 Cubs 7, Reds 2 Red Sox at Athletics Rockies 15, Cardinals 4 Roundup 7C Roundup 6C BRAVES ROLL: Fred McGriff hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and Jose Oliva added two home runs, leading the Atlanta Braves to a come-from-behind 7-5 victory over the Florida Marlins on Saturday night. Story 6C IN A (END) ZONE: Who needs Mark Duper? Fort Myers High School graduate Bernard Edwards caught 1 3 passes for 21 3 yards and an Arena Football League-record six touchdowns as the Miami Hooters defeated Arizona 66-52 on Friday night. The Hooters had signed former Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper earlier in the week, but it was Edwards, who played college football at Ohio State, who stood out in this victory. He caught touchdown passes of 9, 7, 6, 5, 46 and 31 yards from quarterback Jim I Sweden 4, Bulgaria 0 I TODAY: Brazil vs. Italy, 3:30 p.m., ABC, Univision I Roundup 8C World Cup Si 1 1 a n Colleges EDWARDS Jensen, also a former Dolphin. GOINGONEON LEAVE: Florida State University put Athletic Director Bob Goin on paid leave Saturday while an ethics panel probes whether he improperly used his position to get his house a new roof and his son a job. FSU President Talbot "Sandy" D' Alemberte said he actually made the decision two days before, when the Florida Ethics Commission voted unanimously to Investigate whether Goin violated state ethics laws. At issue is whether Goin acted improperly when he hired a subcontractor working on the school's $96 million stadium expansion to install a new roof, and whether he used his position to get his son a job with a sports event promoter. at (813) 334-0708.

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