The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 15, 1995 · Page 7
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SPORTS Golf B3 Fun B4 Almanac B5 Classified B6 Section B The Salina Journal Monday, May 15,1995 Langston, Angels shut down Royals The Associated Press Chicago's Michael Jordan (center) looks to make a move as Orlando's Nick Anderson (right) and Horace Grant (left) defend on Sunday. Phoenix takes command of Houston The Associated Press Kansas City's Vince Coleman (right) takes a tumble after being tagged out by California Angels first baseman J.T. Snow during Sunday's game. Brayton nabs pole forIndy By The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Scott Brayton secured the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, while the elite Team Penske was shut out in the opening weekend of qualifications for the first time. Al Unser Jr., the winner of last year's pole and race, and Penske teammate Emerson Fittipaldi, like Unser a two-time Indy winner, didn't even make a qualifying attempt as the interrupted opening round of time trials and the second round were completed on a warm, sunny Sunday. Both were in line to qualify late in the first round but were pulled out at the last moment, apparently still unable to get the speed that had eluded them all week in practice. In a total of more than 150 laps of 1 practice in four team cars, neither of the Penske drivers was able to hit 220 on Sunday as the team's Penske- Mercedes cars continued to experience severe handling problems in the corners. "I dont want to risk to go out there and make a mistake," car owner RogerPenske said. Brayton "it can happen too easily. At this point in time, we felt we'd wait and work on the setups for the rest of the week. "If I knew what was wrong, we'd have fixed it," he said. "That's as frank as I can be." He said the team would test a 1994 Penske chassis on Monday, as well as continuing work with the new cars. Addressing a widespread rumor that he was going to buy new Lolas to use in place of his team-built Penske chassis, Penske said: "I've had three or four car owners come up to me and say, 'Look, if you need a car, you've got one.' We are looking at those options. I'd be less than honest if I didn't say we might have those types of opportunities, and we're going to be looking at those as we go into the next few days." Penske said he was surprised by the team's problems after winning the last two races — Unser at Long Beach and Fittipaldi at Nazareth. Twenty-five of the 33 starting spots for the May 28 race were filled by the end of the second of four days of time trials, with rookie Eliseo Salazar of Chile the slowest qualifier at 225.023 mph. Penske's team dominated the month with a specially built Mercedes-Benz engine that was made obsolete by changes in the rules. .Penske drivers have won the 500 a "record 10 times and have started from the pole 11 times since the team first ran here in 1969. There was no immediate word from the Penske team about its plans for the second week of practice and qualifying. Brayton, who barely beat teammate Arie Luyendyk in Saturday's .rain-shortened session that saw 11 "drivers qualify, wound up on the pole ' •_— the first of his Indy-car career. ; - The best previous start at Indi' "anapolis by the 36-year-old from ; .Coldwater, Mich., was second in • ,;1985. Brayton will be starting his 14th ! -;Indy, the most of any driver entered. ; - Brayton's four-lap, 10-mile aver; ~age was 231.604 mph. Luyendyk, In; ,dy pole winner in 1990 and, put his • 'jMenard V6-powered Lola in the mid"- "die of 'the first of 11 three-car rows witb^a 231.031. KC manages just five hits in game By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY — No one enjoyed watching Mark Langston's first complete game of the year more than Langston did. "I can't say enough about our defense; it was fun to watch all those plays," Langston said Sunday after pitching the California Angels to an 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. With the Angels' defense turning in its fifth straight error- ...^ „ ,..„, less performance, pH *;^'•&•'* • Langston (2-0) al- IMJ Angels 8 lowed just five hits, ,£& ^—^ struck out six, >--*""^ , -. walked one and retired the final 16 Royals in a row and 22 of the last 24. The Angels also backed him with three home runs. "The offense got me some runs and the defense picks you up and does so much for you," said Langston. "It lets you be more aggressive and not be afraid to go after hitters." The win, Langston's first complete game since beating the Royals 6-1 on Aug. 8, 1994, boosted his career record against the Royals to 13-7. "He's so tough, it's hard to make out a lineup to go against him," said Royals manager Bob Boone. "He's always had such grea't numbers against us." Tony Phillips, J.T. Snow and Chili Davis each homered in a nine-hit attack off Royals starter Tom Browning and three relievers. Boone Phillips led off the game with a homer on Browning's second pitch, the 16th time in his career he's led off a game with a homer, and Snow led off the second with his third homer of the season for a 2-0 lead. Kansas City's only run came in the second when Joe Vitiello walked, took second on an infield hit by Pat Borders and scored on Chico Lind's single to center. California built its lead to 5-1 with a three-run, fifth. Eduardo Perez led off Johnson hits 43 to lift Suns The Associated Press HOUSTON — Kevin Johnson gave his best when it was needed the most and pushed the Houston Rockets to the brink of elimination. Johnson scored a career playoff best 43 points — 24 in the second half — to bring the Suns back from a 15-point third-quarter deficit as Phoenix took a 3-1 lead in the best- of-7 series. Barkley, who had just 5 points and no field goals in Saturday's loss to the Rockets, scored 19 of his 26 points in the first half. Game 5 is Tuesday in Phoenix and Barkley expects another fight from the Rockets. "They won't die, you have to kill them like a snake," Barkley said. It was a devastating defeat for the Rockets, who held a 78-63 lead with 6:44 left in the third quarter. But Johnson found the range, and the Suns outscored Houston 28-10 to take a 91-89 lead entering the The Associated Press Phoenix Suns forward A.C. Green (center) scores a basket on Sunday. fourth quarter. "That's what basketball is all about," Johnson said. "It was easy. We looked at the Scoreboard and we were down by 15 and then we went on a run and we were back in it before long. "We haven't made a run like that here in a long time." Johnson's previous playoff high was 38 points. His all-time high is 44 points. Wesley Person scored 10 points during the Suns' third-quarter run and Johnson hit all five of his third quarter shots. Person's 3-point basket with 32 seconds left in the quarter gave Phoenix its first lead since the first quarter, at 89-88. "I thought it was a very hard fought game," Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "Little things pile up, missing 10 free throws, not shooting our percentage, missing big plays and a couple of questionable calls—those things just add up." The Rockets made a fight of it early in the fourth quarter, taking a 106-99 lead with 4:41 to play on a dunk by Mario Elie. But that was the Rockets' final basket of the game. Phoenix took the lead for good at 108-107 on Barkley's two free throws with 1:23 to play following a foul on Elie. Hakeem Olajuwon scored 38 points to lead the Rockets, Clyde Drexler added 22 and Robert Horry pulled down 17 rebounds. Person finished with 16 points for the Suns. "It's a tough situation, a big swing," Tomjanovich said. "Instead of 2-2 its 1-3 and we're going out there. I feel confident we'll give a helluva effort." Robinson picks up slack to give Spurs win San Antonio downs LA without Rodman in lineup The Associated Press INGLEWOOD, Calif. — With Dennis Rodman benched by his coach — and chatting and laughing with a fan during the game — the San Antonio Spurs moved within one victory of their first Western Conference finals berth in 12 years. David Robinson scored 26 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and played his usual excellent defense before fouling out with 1:18 remaining Sunday, leading the Spurs past the Los Angeles Lakers 80-71. The Spurs, who led from start to finish, hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 playoff series and can win it by beating the Lakers in Game 5 on Tuesday night in San Antonio. If necessary, Game 6 will be at the Forum on Thursday night and Game 7 in San Antonio on Saturday. Rodman angered San Antonio Spurs coach Bob Hill when he failed to participate in a huddle during the second half in Game 3 Friday night. After being replaced, he took his shoes off, wrapped a towel around his head and proceeded to lie down on the court. About 45 minutes before Sunday's game, Hill said he hadn't yet made up his mind if Rodman would start. Hill's decision would soon be clear, and Rodman spent the day at the end of the San Antonio bench and often wasn't even paying attention to the game. Rodman "There's a lot of things I do that people take out of context," Rodman said. "I just go with the flow. I'm not your average basketball player that lets everything affect me. "I do a lot of things that a lot of players don't do on and off the court and be looked at as I'm not being professional. ... I'm too much of a child. I just do what makes Dennis Rodman go. It's not really hurting anybody." Terry Cummings replaced Rodman in the starting lineup and had six points and nine rebounds. J.R. Reid, who also played in Rodman's forward spot, had all but one of his 15 points in the second half, when the Lakers scored only 32 points. "It was a disciplinary move," Hill said of the decision to not start Rodman. "I was going to use him if we had needed him. I had a quick discussion with the (coaching) staff at one point in the third quarter. We just didn't nt*d him." with a double, Phillips drew a one-out walk and both scored on Rex Hudler's line double to right-center. Hudler then scored on a single by Davis. Davis' third homer of the season, a towering 423-foot blast off reliever Doug Linton into the water fountain in right- center, made it 8-1 in the seventh. Lind's first error of the season and a single by Hudler set up the two-out homer. Making his first major league start since breaking his arm while pitching for Cincinnati on May 9, 1994, Browning (0-1) gave up seven hits, struck out three and walked one in 5% innings. "I still think I have some innings left," said Browning. "It's been a long haul, over a year now, and just getting back is rewarding." • GAME NOTES: Following the game, the Royals asked waivers on infielders Keith Miller and Russ McGinnis for the purpose of giving them their unconditional release. Miller was hitting .333 in nine games; McGinnis was hitless in five times at bat. The moves reduced the Royals' active roster to 26. ... Despite 75-degree temperatures and bright sun, only 13,879 fans turned out for the game. Bulls even series with Orlando Jordan scores 26 to lead Chicago By The Associated Press CHICAGO — Michael Jordan's role as a bystander didn't last long Sunday. After a scoreless first quarter and only 10 points at the half, he and the Chicago Bulls made sure there were no late-game collapses this time. Jordan scored 26 points, making 5- of-8 shots in the second half, and Scottie Pippen had 24 as the Bulls beat the Orlando Magic 106-95 to tie the Eastern Conference semifinals at 2-2. The Bulls spaced the floor, moved the ball around and didn't try to have Jordan take all the shots. He scored 40 points in a Game 3 loss, including 31 in a quick-starting first half, but then FlfOOC made several key [ $ u f J 9 mistakes late in the game. Chicago had an eight-point lead entering the final quarter and this time didn't falter. Toni Kukoc made a key 3-pointer with 1:30 left to fend off a late rally by the Magic. "Toni was the big key," Jordan said. "He hit a big basket down the stretch." Orlando was hurt by 22 turnovers and sub-par offensive games from Shaquille O'Neal and Nick Anderson. O'Neal, bottled up by the Bulls double-teaming, finished with 17 points, managing just five field goals. Anderson, who's scoring and defense on Jordan had helped the Magic win Games 1 and 3, hit only 2- of-7 shots for 11 points while Anfernee Hardaway was 6-of-17 for 16 points. Horace Grant continued his strong play in the series against his former team, with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Dennis Scott added 20 points. B.J. Armstrong added 18 for the Bulls while Kukoc had 13 with seven rebounds and nine assists. Orlando trailed 59-48 at the half. But Grant scored eight points to spark an early 19-8 third-quarter spurt by the Magic that pulled them into a 67-67 tie with just over five minutes left in the period. Jordan's steal and breakaway slam, a 3-pointer by Armstrong and six free throws in the final two minutes allowed the Bulls to regain an eight point advantage with a quarter left. Chicago went up nine on Pippen's jumper but Anderson hit two free throws and finally made his first 3- pointer to pull the Magic to 93-89 with just under four minutes remaining. After a bad pass by O'Neal, Jordan drove the lane and fed Will Perdue for a layup before Scott scored to make it 95-91. Kukoc hit a 3-pointer from the side. Hardaway scored inside but Jordan dropped in two free throws at 1:06. Chicago then made six more from the line in the final seconds. Jordan, who'd scored 18 in the first quarter Friday night, was barely involved in the offense in the opening period, taking just three shots and missing them all. Big 1Z football Coaches vote 13-0 against playoff, Page9 P1AI I

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