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PRO BASKETBALL Milwaukee takes 2-0 lead despite 35-poiht effort from Orlando's Tracy McGrady 6C OUTDOORS: Ladies, Let's Go Fishing seminar helps women learn skills involved in the sport 8C The News-Press TOM HAYDEN Sports Editor 335-0357 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday For late scores and news: w SECTION c The News-Press Scoreline 332-5600 or (800)848-0515 THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2001 INSIDE; Baseball 2, 4, 5C Pro basketball, pro hockey 6C High schools, Scorecard 7C GO! 8C Status of LPGA Tour events in Florida in flux Betsy Clayton n BASEBALL: Movie on Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris home run battle will air Saturday on HBO 2C Soo rts I & Outdoors Jj New fishing ads go right to the heart The new "Take me fishing" ads go right to the heart A 30-something woman sits in a canoe, fly rod in hand, while a silver-haired dad fishes from the stem. 'Take me fishing, and make me feel 16 again. Take me fishing, so we can be together, just you and me," she says. In another of the ads, a youngster says, Take me fishing so we'll always have something in common." An older man says, 'Take me fishing because I miss my boy. Take me fishing like I used to take you." A child says to a grandfather, 'Take me fishing so I'll always remember you." These are not greeting card ads aimed at soft-hearted people. The ads from the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation are running in Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics and some traditional outdoors publications. They ran on television in conjunction with the NCAA Basketball Tournament last month and will continue on PBS and on Major League Baseball broadcasts on Fox Sports Network. The foundation has hit a home run with the campaign, concocted by The Richards Group, a Dallas-based ad agency. I was on the stair-climbing machine at the gym when I flipped the page of April's National Geographic, saw one of the ads and read every word not typical for me. 'Take me fishing, and we'll have the boat all to ourselves," the 30-something says. IVe uttered those same words to my dad. Then he takes me The ad campaign is compelling. The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation is lacing its arrowheads with nostalgia and adding more arrows to the quivers of people who have been meaning to get back on the water or take someone they love out there. This is the foundation's first national campaign to create awareness of recreational boating and fishing's benefits and of environmental stewardship. The ads position boating and angling as unmatched leisure activities for true connection with family, friends and the natural environment. Of course, it's not a purely altruistic effort There's competition for leisure time now, and dollars are being lost because people decide to go in-line skating instead of dropping a line. Income from hunting and fishing licenses failed to keep pace with a surging population in the 1990s. Government agencies need that revenue, along with the dollars they count on from items such as boat registration fees. The marine industry wants dollars to be spent on tackle, not tennis balls, boat cushions or body building. Public and private muscles are behind the foundation's campaign. "Special things happen when people boat and fish together. This campaign powerfully communicates this with an emotionally compelling message," said Bruce Matthews, foundation president and CEO. "We are providing our industry and state and federal agency partners with the tools they need to capitalize on the excitement generated by this national effort" Sounds like a bunch of bureaucratic baloney. Regardless, the ads make me recall launching at the reservoir with mom and dad, motoring across and smiling at them both. The ads may be targeted at people who have only flashbacks of boating rather than weekly outings now. They are equally effective on people like me who have boats in their driveways and fishing licenses crammed in their wallets. They remind us to share the experience and to take our mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors when we go out next mam Florida has long history hosting LPGA tournaments JACKSONVILLE Jacksonville Ladies Open Selva Marina CC (1975) ORLANDO Florida Lady Citrus: Rio Pinar CC (1979- 81). Orlando Lady Classic: Rio Pinar CC (1982). Combanks Orlando Classic: Cypress Creek CC (1983). FreedomOrlando Classic: Cypress Creek CC (1984). Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions: Grand Cypress Resort (1 994-96). HEALTHS0UTH Inaugural: Eagle Pines at Walt Disney World Resort (1995); Lake Buena Vista Course (1996-1997); Grand Cypress Resort (1998-1999). YourLife Vitamins LPGA Classic: Grand Cypress Resort (2001). DAYT0NA BEACH Sprint Championship: Indigo Lakes Golf and Tennis Resort (1994) ; LPGA International (1995) Sprint Titleholders: LPGA International (1996- 97). Mercury Titleholders: LPGA International (1998-'99). Arch Wireless: LPGA International Legends Course (2000). Classic r,-" ( jr N w t Killearn CC (1991-93) I .wMii VfSpSSi!3li? JKpEJ S;'' r?: ffi"' " "::ir ' ;' ,:: ; - ' r- h ' AP0PKA Lady Errol Classic V y I Errol Estates CC (1972-1974) U THE VILLAGES fllli , Samsung World Champloostiip of ;; ' Women's Golf A Tierra Del Sol Golf Club PV (1998-1999) t XV Orange Blossom Classic: Sunset iv v. WEST PALM BEACH j Hills (197072); Pasadena GC (71, IJSn u Diet Dr. Pepper National Pro-Am, i 75, 77-79); Seminole Lakes CC iPwX The Office Depot 'A (73, 74, 76). S&H Classic: 1 1-U Ibis G & CC, The Legend Course NV, Pasadena GC (1980-'87). USX T-ViJ (1997-2000) . M Classic, Pasadena GC(1988-'89). 1 !'"-. ':'' ''Mh;" '""" WF B 1 BOCA RATON I ffT! Yf Mazda Classic; Oldsmobile LPGA SJ 1 I TZT Y V Classic WEa 1 1 - . Z , S I V " ' T lStonebridgeG &CC, Boca Raton i tJStJu Bent Tree Classic; Sarasota 1' 1(1986-1989) ' M i 'i Classic I 1 1 - -.. ., J BentTree G & CC (1976-1988) I i sw t KJfL 1 T" I." ' I POMPANO BEACH S KlTl I H-U0 ': Pompano Beach Classic fi Q Pompano Beach CC f I vV-r;(1973) "Yf .;c;V f i,. ,.,.. ....... I LochmoorCC (1974-1975) ' A ' V' t ' f NAPLES , Ttjrl "I Naples-Lely Classic; Sarahl 1 v 'tii Coventry Naples Classic ' I I Lely CC, Naples If A (1973-1976) . V World PhamnifliKhin nf I . ' Women's Golf II ; 1 1 Manioc Watinnal I A X''r- .' i iff V (1993-1994) f'ji-fJ' 'f& Naples LPGA Memorial f f Subaru Memorial I If The Club at The Strand I " if (1999-2001) I . W PORT ST. LUCIE Sears Women's Classic Port St. Lucie CC (1971-1974) Naples venue, date, director up in air 9 months before event By SETH S0FFIAN More than three months have passed since the LPGA's Subaru Memorial of Naples made its third and final appearance at The Club at The Strand in North Naples, but there are more questions than answers as the clock ticks toward the next scheduled Subaru Memorial, in January. The event has no tournament director since Curtis Lashley resigned that post in early March. The event is ako facing the possibility of being moved to a different date on the 2002 LPGA schedule. Lastly, the event is facing possible concerns on the part of title sponsor Subaru of America over the search for a new site and the tournament's present relationship with the sports management company responsible for the event , Beth Gardner, promotions and sponsorship manager for Sub aru of America and a key figure in the company's involvement with the event, said news that Lashley was no longer with the event came "as a bit of a shock." In March, tournament owner Tom Brown said Lashley left under "mutual agreement" to pursue other options, but would offer no additional details. Lashley had served as tournament director since the inaugural event in 1999. He has declined comment. Gardner also said that Subaru of America would be concerned if the sports management company for which Lashley works, Palm Beach-based Executive Sports International, were no longer involved with the tournament According to Gardner, Executive Sports International's contract to manage the Subaru Memorial of Naples was set to expire in April, although she had no knowledge of the status of a contract renewal. ESI was responsible for bringing in Subaru of America as the tide sponsor in the event's second year, 2000, thanks in part to a previous relationship. "At least at this point, I believe ESI is still LAKE WORTH The Oldsmobile LPGA Classic; HEALTHSOUTH Palm Beach Classic Wyclrffe G &CC (1990-1994) DEERFIELD BEACH Whirlpool Championship of Deer Creek Mazda Classic of Deer Creek Deer Creek CC (1980-1985) FORT LAUDERDALE Chrylser-Plymouth Tournament of Champions: Weston Hills CC (1997). The Phar-Mor at Inverrary, Inverrary CC & Resort at Lauderhill (1990-'92) MIAMI Burdine's Invitational: CC of Miami (1970-71); Doral CC (1972-73); Kendale Lakes (1974-76). American Cancer Society Classic: Kendale Lakes (1977-78). Elizabeth Arden Classic: CC of Aventura (1979): Turnberry Isle CC (1980-'86). Colgate Triple Crown: Doral CC (1975). managing the tournament for Tom Brown," Gardner said. "I am very sad that Tom has chosen to remove (Lashley) from the tournament staff. However, I have worked with a number of ESI people, all of whom are very capable and all of whom have done a wonderful job. "I think our commitment to the event is broader than just the management company," said Gardner, noting, however, that "we would be very disappointed (if their contract were not renewed) because we have a lot of confidence in ESI as a management company." Brown could not be reached for comment Wednesday on the status of the contract with ESL He had said in mid-March that he expected a replacement for Lashley to be named by early ApriL ESI president Chris Higgs declined to comment on any matter regarding the See LPGA 3C LPGA in Florida The number of official prize money LPGA events in Florida since 1970 f I 70 75 '80 '85 '90 '9500 SOURCE: LPGA The News-Press Oklahoma Storm vs. Florida Sea Dragons WHEN: 7:35 p.m. Friday WHERE: TEC0 Arena USBL may use NBA's new rules By DAVID D0RSEY To better serve as a developmental league for the NBA, the United States Basketball League is expected to make four major rule changes similar to those made at the NBA leveL When the Florida Sea Dragons tip off their season at 735 p.ra Friday at TECO Arena against the Oklahoma Storm, they likely will be doing so with the same rule changes that the NBA plans to adopt next season. "The purpose is to prepare the coaches, players and officials for the next level," said USBL commissioner Daniel Meisenheimer, who met for two hours with NBA officials Monday to discuss the changes. Late Wednesday, Meisenheimer was waiting to make the final decision to change the rules. The decision, he said, appeared to be imminent "Whether you begin it April 1 or June L everyone's got to be prepared to do it eventually," Meisenheimer said. On April 19, NBA owners voted 22-6 with one abstention to implement four new rules, including allowing zone defenses. "It's definitely going to change things," said Sea Dragons coach Kevin Mackey. 'It's going to change the mix of the people you use. We'll heed another perimeter shooter." The Sea Dragons are scheduled to practice at 530 p.ra today at TECO Arena to prepare for their season-opener. The practice is open to the public. The four new rules changes planned by the USBL and in place for the 2001-02 NBA season: All existing illegal defense guidelines will be eliminated That means that zone defenses, like the ones used in college and high school basketball, will be allowed A defensive three-second rule will be established, limiting the amount of time a player may stand in the lane when he is not closely guarding anyone. j A team wilF have just eight seconds instead of 10 to advance the ball past halfcourt See USBL 6C New quarterback Mastrole hopes timing's right with Firecats Coach Jensen looks to stimulate offense By ED REED Ken Mastrole was ready to jump in his car and make the eight-hour trip from Fort Lauderdale to Tallahassee to sign with the arenafootball2 league's Thunder. Then the telephone rang. Florida Firecats coach Jim Jensen was on the line. Two days later, after signing with Florida, Mastrole was named the Firecats' starting quarter- CT Firecats (0-3) vs. Barracudas (2-1) ' IT t back for the franchise's fourth game, at 8 p.m. Friday in Pensacola. The Firecats are the latest ride : in Mastrole's career, which has seen him play at two colleges and have a long look with the Arena Football League's Florida Bobcats this spring. "My whole football career after Maryland has been a roller coaster ride, with up MASTROLE I WHEN: 8 p.m., Friday WHERE Pensacola Civic Center IRADIO:WWCN-AM(770) and down moments," said Mastrole, 24. "The biggest thing I found out is you need tuning. Being in the right place at the right time. You could be the best quarterback in the world and not have a chance to play. Right now, I think Tm in a good situatioa and we'll see what happens." After graduating from Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons High School in 1995, Mastrole thought he was stepping into a good situation with the pass-happy University of Maryland But a revolving door of coaches and offensive styles disappointed the young quarterback. He left following his junior season, after the team switched to an option style of offense Tm more of a drop-back passer," Mastrole said "I was 230 pounds and my 40 (yard dash) wasn't that fast Tve worked on it though." Mastrole went to Rhode Island in 1999, where he started all 11 games, completing 202 of 374 passes for 2 JL3 yards, with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Jensen got his first look at Mastrole this spring while he was training in Fort Lauderdale for the Bobcats. Mastrole, who is 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, hoped to hook on with the AFL team, but it already had starter Rickey Foggie and arena veteran Stewart Patridge. Mastrole was cut two weeks ago. "He knows the system See FIRECATS 3C CORRECTION In Wednesday's golf tip on page 8C of the Sports section, the photographs illustrating proper position to correct a hook were incorrectly labeled They should have appeared as follows: r y: - f- , ll ! j , , ! '11 ? f U .,.,;.,.- J s.1 , J WRONG: Hands behind ball at impact RIGHT. Extended shaft with hands in front of ball at impact BASEBALL AMERICAN LEAGUE Mariners 7, Yankees 5 Orioles 6, Tigers 4 Angels 3, Indians 1 Blue Jays 8, Rangers 5 Twins 6, Red Sox 4 Devil Rays 5, Royals 3 White Sox 2, As 1 NATIONAL LEAGUE Braves 11, Astros 3 B Brewers 7, Mets 2 Cardinals 5, Expos 2 Rockies 6, Cubs 5 D-backs10, Marlins 7 Phillies 5, Padres 3 Reds 7, Giants 5 Dodgers 6, Pirates 5 Miracle .7 Yankees ....... .6 TONIGHT: vs. Tampa, 7:05 p.m. PRO BASKETBALL Bucks 103, Magic 96 Kings 116, Suns 90 V

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