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THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFIY Salmon joins Farley at Northern Iowa LAWRENCE — For the second time in two days, the Kansas Jayhawks lost an assistant football coach. Bill Salmon, a member of the KU staff the past four years, was named assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Northern Iowa on Wednesday He joins former KU linebacker coach Mark Parley, who was named Northern Iowa's head coach on Tuesday Both had previously coached at Northern Iowa under current KU coach Terry Allen. Salmon was a finalist for the NIU head coaching job. Allen moved Salmon from offensive coordinator to running backs coach at the end of the 2000 season. Salmon had been KU's offensive coordinator the past four seasons. Allen said administrative assistant Rob Bolks will coach the running backs on an interim basis until a replacement is found. Bolks was defensive coordinator at Idaho State from 1994-97 before coming to Kansas. He also coached at Vanderbilt, Western Illinois, Murray State and Northern Iowa. Former Shocker joins Legend staff DODGE CITY— Cliff Levingston, one of the famed Bookend Forwards along with Antoine Carr during Wichita State's basketball glory days in the early 1980s, has been named an assistant coach with the Dodge City Legend. Levingston played at WSU from 1979-82 before leaving after his junior season. He played 11 seasons in the NBA with Detroit, Atlanta and Chicago and was a key reserve on the Bulls 1991-92 championship teams. He also played professionally overseas for two seasons. Levingston coached high school basketball in Atlanta and was an assistant coach with the'Fort Wayne Fury of the Continental Basketball Association this past season under Legend head coach Kent Davison. The CBA ceased operations in February KWU stays perfect in conference play Kansas Wesleyan's baseball juggernaut rolled on as the Coyotes swept a Kansas Conference doubleheader from Saint Mary 11-1 and 6-4, Wednesday at Evans Stadium. Royce Carnley and Greg Kmet pitched complete games for Wesleyan, which improved to 10-0 in the KCAC and 13-10 overall. Carnley (4-3) allowed four hits, struck four and walked two in the opener. Kmet gave up five hits, struck out two and walked one in the second game. Jay Loschke went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs in the opener for KWU. Ricardo Garcia had two hits and stole three bases and Sammy Mendoza had two hits and two RBls. Max Bethge was 2-for-3 and drove in four runs in the second game. Steve Sloan also had two hits. "Both of our pitchers threw well," Wesleyan coach Tim Bellew said. "The fog was incredible in the second game. It got nasty the last two innings. Any ball hit above the lights was not going to be caught. Their leftfielder lost one in the fog and we scored a run on it." Wesleyan plays a single game at Fort Hays State at 7 p.m. today The Coyotes entertain Sterling in a doubleheader, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday at Evans Stadium. WSU blanks KU for fifth straight win LAWRENCE — Brandon Green went 2-for-4 with two RBIs as Wichita State defeated Kansas 6-0 Wednesday Wichita State (21-11) won their fifth straight game and Brian Burgamy and Logan Sorenson both went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Shockers. Erich Bryan (3-0) threw six scoreless innings for the win, striking out eight. Reuben Kerbs held the Jayhawks to two hits over the final three innings for the save. It was the eighth consecutive loss for Kansas (14-19). John Nelson and Jason Appuhn finished 2-for-5 for the Jayhawks. Jeff Davis (2-2) took the loss giving up two runs on six hits in 4 % innings. From Staff and Wire Reports SPORTS THURSDAY. APRIL 5, 2001 D3 T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Average MLB salary tops $2 million mark In 1967, league's standard pay stood around $19,000 By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK — Baseball broke a big barrier on opening day with the average salary pushing past $2 million for the first time. Nearly half the players in the major leagues — 425 of 854 — will make $1 million or more, according to a study by The Associated Press. The average salary increased 13.9 percent to $2,264,403, according to the AP study which reviewed the contracts of all major leaguers on opening-day rosters and disabled lists. Since 1967, the average salary has increased 118-fold from $19,000 while the Consumer Price Index has merely quadrupled. Opening-day salaries totaled $1,934 billion. "If the owners have got it, the players are going to get it," Chicago Cubs outfielder Rondell White said. "You hear owners complaining, but they're still paying." Texas shortstop Alex Rodriguez led the way with a $22 million salary including a prorated share of his $10 million signing bonus. Rodriguez, beginning a record $252 million, 10-year contract, alone is responsible for adding $25,761 to the average salary. Los Angeles pitcher Kevin Brown was a distant second at $15,714,286, followed by New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza ($13,571,429) and Arizona pitcher Randy Johnson ($13.35 million). The World Series champion New York Yankees opened with the top payroll for the third straight year, at $109,791,893. Boston was just behind at $109,558,908, followed by Los Angeles at $108,980,952. "No question, it's a great, wonderful time for guys to earn an incredible living playing ball," Yankees third baseman Scott Brosius said. At the other end, Minnesota is last at $24.4 million. Oakland, regarded as baseball's best young team, is 29th at $33.8 million. The price of America's pastime Opening-day average salaries in Major League Baseball. 2.4 million WBSSIry 1989 '90 '91 '92 '93 '97 '98 '99 '00 2001 Team payrolls Highest Lowest N.Y.Yanl<ees $109,791,893 ; Minnesota $24,350,000 Boston 109,558,908 ? Oakland 33,810,750 Los Angeles 108,980,952 = Montreal 34,774,500 N,Y. Mets 93,174,428 = Florida 35,504,167 Cleveland 91,974,979 ? Kansas City 35,643,000 Note: Figures were obtained from management and player sources and include salaries and pro-rated stnares of signing bonuses, in some cases, parts of salaries deferred witfiout Interest are discounted to reflect present-day values. SOURCE: CompllBd tromAP wire reports The median salary — the point which has an equal number of players above and below — rose to $975,000 from $750,000 at the start of last season and $500,000 two years ago. "It's unbelievable. It's mind- boggling to me. I'm glad I stuck around," said Lee Stevens, a 33- year-old first baseman with Montreal who will make $4 million this season. "Baseball's very popular right now. The economics of the game are growing. Where it will end, nobody knows. It depends on how much the owners are willing to spend." Still, it's less than the NBAs estimated average of $3.53 million this season. The NFL average last year was $1.2 million and the estimated NHL average this season is $1.4 million. Contrasting with the millionaires in sports, the median household income last year in the United States was $40,816, according to the Census Bureau, and the average was $54,842. With a $21 million base salary, Rodriguez earns $114,754 per day this season. "I'm almost embarrassed and ashamed of this contract," Rodriguez said after reporting to spring training. "Now, there's this '252' tag over my head." Ed De Gasero/AP Because the Yankees and Red Sox have more players on the disabled list, the Dodgers have the highest average salary at $3,757,964, to $3,541,674 for the Yankees and $3,423,716 for the Red Sox. Boston would leap past the Yankees into the No. 1 spot as soon as David Cone is activated from the disabled list. The pitcher's base salary increases from $1 million to $2 million as soon as he is on the active roster. Baseball owners, many looking for major changes after their labor contract with players expires Oct. 31, can take heart from one thing: the rate of increase slowed for the third straight season, down from 5.6 percent last year and 19.3 percent two years ago. The average salary broke the $100,000 barrier in 1979 and topped $1 million in 1992. While the average tops $2 million, it was on Feb. 7, 1982, that outfielder George Foster became the first player to sign a contract averaging $2 million, a $10.2 million, five-year deal with the New York Mets. At the top of the scale, the number of players making $9 million or more has risen from 10 in 1999 to 20 last year and 35 this season. Lockhart's chopper sinks Mets Braves reserve hits Jordan in from third for winning run By The Associated Press ATLANTA — Pinch-hitter Keith Lockhart knocked in the winning run on a fielder's choice in the ninth inning and the Atlanta Braves edged the New York Mets 3-2 on Wednesday night. Brian Jordan opened the ninth with a walk off loser Donne Wall before Turk Wendell came on and retired Javy Lopez on a fly to left. Rico Brogna, however, doubled to right, sending Jordan to third before Lockhart hit a bouncer to the right side of the. mound. Wendell fielded the ball, but his off-balance throw home wasn't close as Jordan the game-winner. The Mets tied it at 2 in the ninth off John Rocker on an RBI single by Jay Payton. Rocker struck out Mike Piazza, but walked Todd Zeile, also on a 3-2 pitch, advancing pinch runner Joe McEwing to second. Payton then singled to left, scoring McEwing easily but Zeile got caught between second and third and was tagged ROUNDUP out by Chipper Jones for the second out before pinch-hitter Todd Pratt popped out to end the inning. Rocker (1-0) got the win despite giving up the tying run. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out one in his inning of work. EXPOS 3, CUBS 2 CHICAGO — Vladimir Guerrero liit a two- run single and Orlando Cabrera added an RBI single in the first inning off Kerry Wood, and tiie H/lontreai Expos held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Wednesday. Wood (0-1) strucl< out 10 in seven Innings and allowed eight hits, losing to Britt Reames (1-0), who gave up two unearned runs and five hits in six innings. Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his second save, Chicago stranded 11 runners, including six at third base and three at second. PHILLIES 7, MARLINS 3 MIAMI — Bobby Abreu had two hits, including a home run,, and Philadelphia scored four runs in the eighth inning to complete its first season-opening three- game sweep since 1994. With Philadelphia trailing 3-2 heading into the eighth, Marlins reliever Dan Miceli (0-1) walked three batters sandwiched around an infield single by Pat Burrell. After one of two wild pitches thrown by Miceli scored Scott Rolen to tie it, the go- ahead run came in on pinch-hitter David Newhan's sacrifice fly. Doug Glanville's soft liner to left was misplayed by Cliff Floyd to score two more. PIRATES 6, REDS 5, 10 INNINGS CINCINNATI — The Pirates lost another pitcher — starter Terry Mulholland — but got their first win under rookie manager Lloyd McClendon. The Pirates tied it with three unearned runs in the top of the ninth off closer Danny Graves, and Kevin Young hll a 1 Dth-inning homer for a 6-5 victory over the Reds. Mike Williams (1-0) pitched the last two innings to gel the win. Ruben Rivera had a career-high four hits. Mulholland sprained a ligament in his left knee on a pitch in the fourth inning and limped off the field. ASTROS 8, BREWERS 6, 12 INNINGS HOUSTON — Richard Hidalgo's three- run homer in the 12th inning, his second homer of the game, rallied Houston. After the Brewers went ahead 6-5 in the top of the 12th on Raul Casanova's sacrifice fly against Jay Powell (1-0), the Astros rallied in the bottom half. Craig BIggio led off with a walk and one out later Lance Berkman singled. Hidalgo followed with a homer off Curtis Leskanic (0-1) to left for his sixth career multihomer game. ROCKIES 13, CARDINALS 9 DENVER — Todd Helton hit a three-run homer and Larry Walker a two-run shot as Colorado beat St. Louis. Colorado, which defeated St. Louis 8-0 in the season opener on Monday behind Mike Hampton, got a solid outing from Denny Neagle (1-0). Neagle went five innings, allowing seven hits and three runs and striking out seven. He left with a 12-3 lead. Jim Edmonds and Ray Lankford each hit two homers for the Cardinals. Masters / All eyes focused on Tiger FROM PAGE D1 of five close calls. Still, all the attention is on Woods. "When he plays at his best, I don't think there is anybody that can challenge him when he is in top form," said Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland. "But he's not always in top form." Woods was last year until the first round at Augusta, when a 7-iron into the bunker on No. 10 led to a double bogey and a mysterious blast of wind through the pines at Amen Corner knocked his tee shot into Rae's Creek on No. 12 for a triple bogey "The only time I replay it is wiien people asked me," Woods said curtly when those two holes were brought to his attention. Woods often talks about complementing his awesome skills with a little luck, and that always seems to be a winning recipe at Augusta. In 1987, Larry Mize hit a 140- foot chip at No. 11 in a playoff against Norman that might have rolled through the green toward the water except that it went in the hole for an unlikely victory Five years later, Fred Couples' tee shot on No. 12 somehow stuck to the bank like Velcro instead of trickling down into Rae's Creek. "There's a lot of tricky things that happen out there," Love said. "You can get some funny bounces and you hit good shots that suck back off of a green. You have to be patient." Woods can attest to that. Four years ago, in his first round at the Masters as a professional, he had a 40 on the front nine and was in jeopardy of an early departure. He played the next 63 holes in 24- under par to win by a record 12 strokes, with a record score of 270. He hasn't given himself a good opportunity since then. "I tried, and it just didn't work out," he said. "That's part of playing a championship, especially majors. The key is to keep putting yourself there. If I can keep putting myself there, I'll win my share." Tlie Associated Press Red Sox pitcher Hideo Nomo, a veteran of six major league teams, threw the second no-hitter of his career Wednesday night against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Nomo tosses no-no vs. Os Japanese pitcher throws second career no-hitter By The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Another no-no for Hideo Nomo. Nomo became the fourth pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in both leagues, using his unique hesitation windup and a brilliant mix of off- speed pitches and high heat in Boston's 3-0 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday night. "I felt pretty good throughout the game," Nomo said through an interpreter after his spectacular debut for the Red Sox. "As I was going into the ninth inning, I was not nervous." Second baseman Mike Lansing saved the no-hitter when he made a back-handed, tumbling catch of Mike Bordick's soft looper to center field for the second out of the ninth inning. "I looked at the location of the ball, looked at Lansing, and I thought he'd catch the ball," said Nomo, who was remarkably calm for a pitcher who had just put his name in the record book. Two pitches later, Delino DeShields lofted a routine fly to left field that Troy O'Leary caught for the final out. Nomo was lifted up by catcher Jason Varitek and mobbed by his new teammates as O'Leary ran in to give the right-hander the ball. "I've always heard what a horse Nomo is and he really proved that tonight," Varitek said. "He got stronger and his fastball got better as the game went on. His fastball is what made it tonight. He was phenomenal tonight." The 32-year-old Japanese pitcher, who threw the first no-hitter in Colorado's Coors Field on Sept. 17,1996, for Los Angeles, walked three and struck out 11 in a 110-pitch outing for the first no-hitter in the 10-year history of Camden Yards. Cal Ripken also reached on an error in the second in- ROUNDUP ning when his grounder went through third baseman Shea Hillenbrand. Nomo also pitched the earliest no-hitter in baseball history, doing it three days earlier than Houston's Ken Forsch in 1979 and Detroit's Jack Morris in 1984. INDIANS 8, WHITE SOX 4 CLEVELAND — Chuck Finley pitched into the seventh inning, and Russell Branyan homered as the Indians beat the White Sox in front of the first non- sellout crowd in nearly six years at Jacobs Field. For the first time since June 7, 1995, Jacobs Field was not sold out as the Indians' major league record of consecutive sellouts ended at 455 games. Finley gave up four runs and seven hits in 6 'A innings. Roberto Alomar had three hits and Branyan connected for his second homer, a Iwo-run shot in the fifth that chased Cal Eldred and put the Indians up 8-3. IWARINERS 10, ATHLETICS 2 SEATTLE — Aaron Seie pitched six strong innings and the Mariners used a seven-run sixth inning to beat the Athletics. Edgar Martinez went 3-for-4, including a two-run single. Martinez was 8-for-10 in the three-game series with four walks and three RBIs. The Mariners won two of three in the season-opening series against the defending AL West champions. BLUE JAYS 11, DEVIL RAYS 8 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Carlos Delgado hit three home runs and had four RBIs to lead the Blue Jays. Raul Mondesi's two-run homer off Ken Hill (0-1) snapped a 8-8 ninth-inning tie, and Delgado added his second solo shot of the game four pitches later. Delgado, who hit .344 with 41 homers and 137 RBIs last season, also homered off Tanyon Sturtze and Doug Creek. It was the third three- homer game of Delgado's career and overshadowed the longest home run in Tropicana Field history, a 478-foot drive by Tampa Bay's Vinny Castilla, who went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs. RANGERS 7, ANGELS 3 ARLINGTON, Texas — Andres Galarraga hit his first AL home run and Darren Oliver pitched five shutout innings for the Rangers. Oliver, who was 2-9 last season, allowed just three hits while winning for the first time since May 31 at Detroit. He struck out six and walked five. Mark Petkovsek, who played for the Angels the last two seasons, pitched 2% innings in relief of Pat Mahomes, who pitched the sixth but left after being hit on the right forearm. Orlando Palmeiro hit a pinch-hit two- run homer in the ninth off Petkovsek to end the shut out, and Tim Salmon followed with a solo shot. K & N lUlotorcycles of Salina 129 S. 4th Street Salina, KS 67401 (785) 827-6743 On your Yamaha credit catd, subjeci lo credit approval. Gel minimum monthly paymsnls of $30 (Ji a day) and 3,99% APR until January 2002. II your account is kept current, on a new 2001 or prior year V Star 650 Classic or V Star 650 Custom. Therealler. 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