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i -' B-4 Friday, June 30, 1995 1 The Town Talk, Alexandria-Pineville, La. Briefs Baseball Tulane extends Jones' contract NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tulane head baseball coach Rick Jones has signed a one-year contract extension, the university announced Thursday. Jones, who is entering his third season as head coach of the Green Wave, has a record of 73-50 in his first two seasons. This year, he guided a freshman-dominated roster to a 32-26 record and a spot in the championship round of the Metro Conference Tournament. Basketball Woman: Rodman must pay for herpes ATLANTA (AP) Dennis Rodman must pay for his irresponsibility in infecting a former Atlanta Hawks cheerleader with a disease she will have for the rest of her life, her lawyer said Thursday. Lisa Beth Judd, 24, claims the NBA star infected her with herpes when they had sex Jan. 14, 1993. "He lied through his teeth repeatedly, deliberately, without any hint of shame or remorse," attorney Mark Trigg said in his closing argument. Trigg asked the jury to award Judd $1.25 million in punitive damages, an additional $580,000 in compensatory damages and more than $191,000 in attorney's fees. The $1.25 million is half of Rodman's annual income. Trigg told the jury that Rodman's attorney's wanted them to believe Judd is a "rather pathetic NBA groupie trying to extort money" from the player. Defense attorney Richard Hines painted Judd as a worldly woman who had enough sexual experience to know the risks of unprotected sex. "There's an equal responsibility to do it right," Hines said. "In the 1990s, you use a condom." Hines also reminded the jury there was no conclusive medical evidence Rodman, or the two other women who accused him of infecting them, had herpes. "The only evidence that anything was wrong below the belt was dry, scaly skin," said Hines, referring to Rodman's testimony about his genital condition at the time he had sex with Judd. Webb traded to Hawks for Corbin SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings traded unhappy point guard Spud Webb to the Atlanta Hawks for forward Tyrone Corbin on Thursday. The 5-foot-7 Webb is one of the NBA's shortest players, and has been a big contributor to the Kings the past four seasons. Last season, he averaged 11.6 points per game and led the NBA in free throw percentage at .934. But he had been upset by the Kings selection of guard Bobby Hurley as the No. 1 draft choice in 1993, and lost his starting job to Hurley before an auto accident ended the rookie's first season. Corbin, a 10-year NBA veteran, averaged 6.2 points per game last season. He joins a Kings' team already deep in mid-sized forwards. Webb, 31, became expendable when the Kings took point guard Tyus Edney of NCAA champion UCLA in the second round of the NBA draft Thursday. Webb is returning to the team he played the first six seasons of his NBA career. Boxing George Foreman loses IBF belt LAS VEGAS (AP) George Foreman, the oldest heavyweight champion in history, will fight only once more, probably against Michael Moorer either late this year or early next year, promoter Bob Arum said. Arum had faced a July 3 deadline from the IBF to get an agreement on a rematch between Foreman and Germany's Axel Schulz, who lost a disputed decision April 22 in Las Vegas. Foreman decided to give up the last of his heavyweight titles rather than accept a mandate he fight Schulz, Arum said. IBF president Bobby Lee said the 46-year-old Foreman had yet to notify his organization about his action. He said the IBF would fill its vacant title by a fight between No. 1 contender Frans Botha of South Africa and Schulz, who was moved up to No. 2 in the ratings. Football 49ers re-sign John Taylor SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco 49ers on Thursday signed wide receiver John Taylor to a two-year contract based heavily on incentives. Taylor had earlier been waived so the 49ers could make room under the salary cap for, among others, first-round draft pick J.J. Stokes and restricted free agent Dana Stubblefleld. Under Taylor's new contract, he will have a base salary of $300,000 for the 1995 season and could make up to $1.7 million if he performs as well as he did in 1994. His base salary for 1996 is $1.3 million. "Today's signing not only guarantees his services this year, but helps guarantee he will retire as a 49er," said team president Carmen Policy. Golf Day, Standly lead FedEx-St. Jude Classic MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Early starters Glen Day and Mike ' Standly each turned in the best score of their career Thursday, a 9-under-par 62, and were tied for the first-round lead at the FedEx-St. Jude Classic. Day had an eagle, eight birdies and a bogey, while Standly had five of his nine birdies in a row. Dennis Paulson, who also teed off in the morning, was third at 64, while seven golfers, including Scott Simpson and John Cook were at 66. Day joined the PGA Tour last year and Standly has been on it since 1991. "I've been hitting it pretty good and haven't been making my putts early," said Day, who had a 63 in the opening round of the GTE Byron Nelson Classic last month. Hockey Blackhawks name Hartsburg as coach CHICAGO (AP) Craig Hartsburg remembers the slashes and spears, the high sticks and heavy fists. He remembers the blood trickling out of his nose and over his upper lip. He remembers the sound of 18,000 loathsome voices ringing through the Chicago Stadium rsftcrs "Ten years ago," he said, "the team I probably hated the most was the Chicago Blackhawks." Now the former Minnesota North Stars defenseman and captain is not just part of the team he used to detest, he's in charge of it. Thursday Hartsburg's 36th birthday the Blackhawks named him coach and gave him a three-year contract. Hartsburg, the 30th coach in club history, replaces Darryl Sutter, who resigned last week to spend more time with his family. Octopi are overrunning Detroit DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings' quick exit from the Stanley Cup was more than a disappointment for the team and its fans. It also become a headache for fish dealers who stockpiled thousands of pounds of octopus in anticipation of a hockey playoff tradition in Detroit. That tradition involves throwing sea creatures onto the ice at Joe Louis Arena. The eight-armed octopus signifies the eight victories it used to take to win the Stanley Cup in the old days. The tradition continued this season, when the Red Wings advanced to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1966. Fish merchants ordered extra octopus as Detroit faced off against the New Jersey Devils. The Devils swept the series in four games, with only the first two played in Detroit. Now, hundreds of pounds of octopus are on ice in freezers instead of the ice at Joe Louis. "People had a lot of fun throwing them," said Ron Hertza, owner of Pomeroy's Seafood in Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township. "It's just a shame we couldn't have had a couple more games here to throw some more." Tennis Henman gives wounded ball girl flowers, kiss WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Tim Henman, disqualified from Wimbledon for slamming a ball into the head of ball girl Caroline Hall, handed her a bunch of flowers today and apologized with a kiss. The 20-year-old Briton became the first player to be thrown out of the tournament in the Open era Wednesday when he accidentally hit the 16-year-old girl during a doubles match. The indiscretion also cost Henman $3,000 in fines $1,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct and $2,000 for defaulting the match by the All England Club. Henman slammed the ball into the side of Hall's head. In tears, she received ice-pack treatment on court while Wimbledon officials automatically disqualified Henman and his doubles partner, Jeremy Bates. The first-round match was awarded to Henrik Holm of Sweden and Jeff Tarango of the United States, who trailed 2-1 in sets at the time. In a photo opportunity arranged by Wimbledon organizers today, Henman handed Hall a bunch of flowers, put his arm around her ana kissed her four tim?s. Six Aces make All-Star team By John Marcase Staff reporter The Alexandria Aces comprise one-third of the Texas-Louisiana League Southern Division All-Star team released Thursday. Making the team are outfielder Kyle Shade, second baseman Marvin Cole, third baseman Fletcher Thompson, catcher Brian Arntzen, designated hitter Joe Ronca and. pitcher Eric Moran. The all-star game, pitting the Northern Division against the Southern Division will be played July 12 in Amarillo, Texas. "It's a case of a lot of things," said Alexandria manager Stan Cliburn. "It's the hard work the guys have put with their abilities. It's a lot of talent, but only as good as the hard work they put in to go with their talent." Thompson is the third leading hitter in the league. The New Orleans native is hitting .372 with five home runs, 31 RBIs and 15 stolen bases despite battling back spasms for most of the season. Ronca is hitting .349 with seven homers and 33 RBIs, Shade Aaron says baseball needs commissioner By Bill Peterson Scripps Howard News Service Hank Aaron goes through life shadowed with disappointment these days. He holds one of the most cherished and impressive records in all sports, 755 major league home runs, the most ever. But the enterprise in which that achievement is grounded, the game of baseball, has been racked by labor strife and a loss of public confidence. The game doesn't shine as it once did. "It disturbs me, really," said Aaron. "I think this can be remedied, but this just can't be allowed to deteriorate. It's going to take time. It's going to take public relations work. But what I see now is that the game is without a commissioner. That needs to be changed." In town to for an autograph show, Aaron has many fond memories of Cincinnati, as many of his career highlights happened here. He debuted April 13, 1954, for the Milwaukee Braves at Crosley Field. On May 17, 1970, Aaron singled for the Atlanta Braves at Crosley Field, notching his 3,000th career hit. On opening day of 1974, Aaron homered off the Reds' Jack Billingham for his 714th homer, tying the record of Babe Ruth. During the chase for Ruth's record, which Aaron broke on April 8, 1974, in Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium, Aaron withstood constant derision. Much of it was racial, some of it was simply outrage that a Ruthian record could be broken by anybody. Today, mass media, particularly electronic media, are more pervasive than ever. Yet Aaron said he believes it would be much more enjoyable for him if he were chasing Ruth's record today. "I think it would be different," said Aaron. "I think it would be friendlier. A lot of the older press I dealt with were people who were closer to Babe Ruth." Aaron, formerly the Braves' director of player development, Angels set scoring mark ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) J.T. Snow hit a three-run triple and Jim Edmonds had two singles Thursday night as the California Angels scored 11 runs in the first inning against the Texas Rangers. Spike Owen also had a two-run single and Edmonds, Jorge Fabregas, Gary Disarcina and Tony Phillips had RBI singles as the Angels sent 15 men to the plate during a half inning that took 42 minutes. Four of the runs were unearned because of two errors by third baseman Luis Ortiz. California fell short of the club record of 13 runs in an inning, accomplished in 1978 against Texas. That is also the Rangers' record for most runs allowed in an inning. Local Time & Forecast ..;..,.... 1002 Traveler's Weather ...... 6849 Dallas ... ....... 6808 Houston :,,;,;;,;, .Ul 6812 New Orleans ..A.... 6820 Ski Conditions ...7544 Call 4874134 then the 4-cMgit code hinLi::z still sits on the team's board of directors. But he also is involved with Braves' owner Ted Turner's CNN Airport Channel and operates several small stores in Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport. The home run king said it is possible he someday could be displaced for that title, but the structure of the game is making it less and less likely. Even if greater players come along, there is little guarantee they'll put in the time to generate the numbers. "You hate to say never, because anything is possible," said Aaron. "With the structure of the game like it is, people might not play as long. It makes you wonder when you hear about someone like (San Francisco Giants' star) Barry Bonds saying he might not play much longer. He's one guy who could do it." Though Aaron recognizes the game's problems, he still appreciates the exploits of the great players. He also likes a good pennant race and said he's all in favor of baseball's expanded playoff format, which will include three division winners and a wild-card team from each league. "It's hard to put a finger on the races right now because you can finish second in your division and still get into the playoffs," said Aaron. "I like it, though. I think change is good for baseball." Aaron also weighed in on behalf of Pete Rose's Hall of Fame ambitions. Rose and Aaron were teammates on seven National League All-Star Game teams. "Yes, I think he deserves to be in," said Aaron. "I think Pete Rose has paid his dues. People need to look beyond (Rose's gambling associations) and look at what contributions he made. Nobody gave him those hits. There's no question he belongs. "And he ought to be able to enjoy that." .307 with four homers and a team-high 38 RBIs, Arntzen .313 with one homer and 10 RBIs and Cole .280 with one home run and 23 RBIs. Moran, the Aces' closer out of the pen is 2-0 with eight saves and a 2.17 ERA. "It's a tough situation in half the league hasn't seen you play," said Shade of the team picked by the managers. "There were a lot of deserving guys left off obviously. Jim Beauchamp is 6-0 and not on. Ask the hitters in the league and they'll tell you Alan (Newman) is the best pitcher in the league." Cole, the Alexandria native, thought his slow start to the season would have killed his chances of making the team. "It surprises me, but I'm happy I made it," said Cole, who made last season's all-star team that was chosen after the end of the season. Perhaps the most surprising pick was that of Arntzen, who platoons with Darren White behind the plate for Alexandria. Arntzen and Rio Grande's James Cooley were the two catchers selected, although Mobile catcher Mark Skeels is the ninth leading hitter in the league at .344. "I'm real happy for Brian Arntzen," said Cliburn. "Brian Arntzen was a big surprise to me. But out of all the guys who made it, he's the guy who's worked the hardest and they'll tell you that." Rio Grande Valley and Amarillo each placed five players apiece on the team. 8 cellular MAX LMSTT DM5 5IA OFF UJ SALE Kfiffl MOTOROLA ULTRA II Handheld With Cig. Lighter Plug PHONE $29 Cig. Lighter Plug $29 $58 12 PRICE Includes Nickel Cadmium Battery, AC Charger and Cigarette Lighter Plug uniden bag phone With Magnetic Antenna PHONE $59 ANTENNA $49 Reg. $108 12 PRICE Includes: Carry Case. Cigarette Lighter Plug, Portable Flex Antenna and 3db Magnetic Base Antenna 'Some restrictions apply. See store for details 41114-119119 tJVK 3722 MacArthur Drive Common Point Center Authorized Agent Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. BASEBALL CLINIC On July 7 and 8, the Alexandria Aces and the Alexandria Daily Town Talk invite area youth to attend the ACESTOWN TALK Baseball Clinic at Bringhurst Field. Instruction by ACES coaches and players, a free T-shirt, lunch and a free ACES game ticket are included in the clinic registration fee of only $25. Rain-out day is Monday, July 10. FRIDAY, JULY 7 -Ages 7-12 10am-2pm $25 fee includes: ACESTown Talk T-Shirt Lunch Game ticket to ACESBaysharks game SATURDAY, JULY 8 -Ages 13-18 10am-12 noon & lpm-3pm $25 fee includes: ACESTown Talk T-Shirt Lunch Game ticket to ACESBaysharks game Clinic conducted by Manager Stan Cliburn and Coach Randy Dale. ACES players on hand will be Kyle Shade, Jay Andrews, Fletcher Thompson, Alan Neuman, Marvin Cole and more '95 ACES players. Clip out to register. First 50 kids to pre-register i will receive an AcesTown Talk baseball cap! j DARE L'lL ACE CLUB j MEMBERS GET 50 ' ' DISCOUNT. ! CaD I 473-ACES For Information! Fill out this form to register. You may bring it to the ACES office on Babe Ruth Drive any day before the clinic to pre-register, or you may bring it with you to the ballpark on the day of your clinic. You may also pre-register by mail by completing this form and mailing it with your check or money order to: AcesTown Talk Baseball Clinic P.O. Box 6005 Alexandria, La. 71307 Name Address ' Phone T-Shirt Size . Age. Position .

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