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C4 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1996 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL V PRO FOOTBALL Chiefs happy they kept Carter Cornerback playing outstanding defense and catching passes By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If Dale Carter had got his wish and migrated to Minnesota, it's highly unlikely Kansas City would be 4-0 today. Twice during the best start in franchise history, the fifth-year cornerback has made acrobatic interceptions in the final minutes, halting Houston and Denver comeback bids. When injuries gutted the wide receiver corps, he stepped in as a part-time pass-catcher, caught a 46-yard touchdown pass and discovered a whole new dimension to his talents. At peace with himself and his town, Carter is playing as well or probably better, coaches feel, as any cornerback in the league. "I'm back in Kansas City and I'm happy," said Carter. "Actually, I am having more fun this year. "He really understands the game now, instead of just playing on his natural abilities and instincts," said veteran cornerback Mark Collins. "He knows exactly what's being asked of him, and how to play the game." Aggressively matching the Vikings' offer sheet and holding onto Cartel- could turn out to be the smartest personnel move Carl Peterson makes all year. "There was never any question I was not going to match it," said the Chiefs' president and general manager, who was vacationing in Sweden when word of Minnesota's move hit like a bomb. The Vikings did not just sign Carter, who had been designated as the Chiefs' transition player, right before the end of the free agency period. What really got the Chiefs' blood boiling was they put him on CARTER display at a news conference, where he talked about leaving behind his past troubles in Kansas City and joining his brother, Viking wide receiver Jake Reed. "Quite frankly, I was very angry with Minnesota for having the press conference, which I think was unprecedented. No one had ever done that in free agency," Peterson said. "I don't know if they thought they were going to put pressure on me. But they created a difficult situation for Dale and his family. I was in Stockholm when I was told that Dale had said he didn't think he could be happy in Kansas City. "Well, I think it took about 15 seconds for him to be happy again in Kansas City. His teammates welcomed him back with open arms. They know Dale and they like him." "He's really taken a liking to the people he's working around, and we're all trying to help him," said Collins. Renowned for both his ability to cover and tackle, Carter is ill- served, the Chiefs believe, in comparisons with Dallas corner- back/receiver Deion Sanders. "He's as tough as anybody," said Peterson. "The difference between he and Deion is Dale will come up and cause a wreck. He will hit you." Carter's talent was never in question. The first time he touched the ball in an NFL game, he returned a punt 46 yards for a touchdown in the 1992 season opener at San Diego. But he was plagued by off-the-field problems as well as a tendency to lose his temper and make stupid mistakes during the heat of battle. But a happier, more mature Carter seems to have put it all behind him. "I had a chance to play with my brother, but things didn't work out," said Carter, who has been selected to the Pro Bowl the past two seasons. "But I'm here and I'm loving it. I'm playing offense, defense and special teams, and playing with guys I've played with for five years. "It would have been good to have played with my brother. But hey, stuff happens." Phillips settles lawsuit with McEwen Tonight's area high school football Hers Is tonight's schedule of high school football games Involving teams In The Sallna Journal's circulation area of north-central and northwest Kansas: TOP 10 GAMES 1. Sallna Central (3-0) at Junction City (3-0). Sallna Central, which leads the 1-70 League with a 2-0 record, plays an unbeaten team for the fourth straight week. It will be the league opener for Junction City, which has lost to the Mustangs the last five years. Central's defense has not allowed an opponent to score In the fourth quarter this year. 2. Trego (2-1) at Norton (3-0). Trego, ranked No. 7 In Class 3A, faces a second straight Mid-Continent League road test after losing 36-20 last week at No. 3 Smith Center. No. 2 Norton Is coming off a big MCL victory, 21-12 over defending 2-1A state champion Stockton. 3. Marysvllle (2-1) at Concordla (3-0). Marysvllle, which has been ranked all season In Class 4A, suffered Its first loss of the season last week, a 27-14 at Belolt. Concordia, 1-8 last year, has used a potent offense to win Its first three games, Including a 37-29 at Belolt two weeks ago. 4. Smoky Valley (2-1) at Lyons (2-1). Smoky Valley's only loss came on the road against a ranked Class 3A team (Southeast of Saline). Lyons Is No. 9 In the latest 3A poll after losing to Class 4A Haven last week. 5. Gobdland (1-2) at Atwood (2-1). Goodland lost 27-20 at Ulysses, the No. 1-ranked team In Class 4A, last week. The Cowboys' other loss came to a top-ranked Burlington, Colo., team. Atwood Is No. 8 in Class 2A and got a sluggish offense untracked last week with a 54-0 shutout of Qulntor. 6. Hlllcrest (2-1) at Balleyvllle (2-1). Both teams remain ranked In Eight-Man II despite losing to ranked Eight-Man I opponents last week. No. 9 Hillcrest fell 16-0 to Mankato while No. 10 Balleyvllle fell 52-22 at Blue Valley Randolph. 7. Abilene (2-1) at Wamego (2-1). Abilene has won two straight after opening with a 33-0 loss at Class 5A Sallna South. Wamego Is coming off a 2114 loss to unbeaten Concordia. 8. Hope (2-1) at Bennlngton (1-2). Hope Is unbeaten since losing a 70-50 Shootout to Centra, ranked No. 1 In Eight-Man I, In the season opener. Bennlngton's losses both came to top-ranked teams — defending Eight-Man II champ Sylvan two weeks ago and to Centre last week. 9. Moundrldge (2-1) at Ell-Saline (3-0). Moundrldge suffered Its first loss last week (26-6 to Conway Springs) while Ell-Saline, ranked No. 3 In Class 2-1A has trampled three straight opponents. 10. Lucas-Luray (2-1) at Wilson (3-0). In a battle of Twin Lakes League leaders, Wilson Is 3-0 and Lucas-Luray 2-0. The Cougars' lone loss was a 4628 non-league decision against unbeaten Logan, ranked No. 6 in Eight-Man II. REMAINING SCHEDULE Belleville at Clifton-Clyde Bethune, Colo, at Hemdon Brewster at Cheylln Centre at White City Chapman at TMP-Marian Chase at Sylvan Colby at Oakley Downs at Logan Ellis at Stockton Ellsworth at Belolt Golden Plains at Healy-Utica Hanover at Axtell Hays at Garden City Highland Park at Topeka West Hill City at Plalnvllle Holslngton at Lamed Hutchlnspn at McPherson Lawrence, Neb. at Jennings Lenora at Natoma Maize at Manhattan Mankato at North Central Marlon at Chase County Minneapolis at Clay Center Morland at Eastern Heights Northern Valley at Palco Oberlin at Hoxle Otis-Bison at Lincoln Peabody at Canton-Galva Pike Valley at White Rock Pratt at Cloarwater Qulvlra Heights at Stafford Remington at Herlngton Russell at Southeast of Saline Sacred Heart at Council Grove St. Francis at Holyoke, Colo. St. Marys Accademy at Linn Sharon Springs at Quinter Smith Center at Osbome Southern Cloud at St. John's Belolt Tescotl at Solomon Upton at Kensington Topeka High at Sallna South Tribune at Trlplains Ulysses at Scott City Victoria at Phllllpsburg Waconda East at Jewell Wakefleld at St. John's Military Washington at Onaga Wichita Collegiate at Hlllsboro But judge criticizes Nebraska for its poor handling of matter By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — St. Louis Rams running back Lawrence Phillips has settled a federal lawsuit filed against him by a woman who claimed he battered and sexually assaulted her. The settlementbetween Phillips and Katherine McEwen of Topeka, a student at the University of Nebraska, was reached this week only after a federal judge agreed to allow the lawyers to black out more sensational aspects of the lawsuit, The Kansas City Star reported. In making the decision, Chief U.S. District Judge D. Brook Bartlett severely criticized the University of Nebraska's handling of the matter, saying it warranted PHILLIPS a "substantial investigation." McEwen, Phillips' former girlfriend, filed the lawsuit last month in Jackson County Circuit Court. Phillips was served with the lawsuit while he was in Kansas City when the Rams played the Chiefs in an Aug. 17 exhibition game. The lawsuit was moved to federal court Sept. 13, and Phillips' lawyers asked Bartlett to keep the case sealed. McEwen asked for unspecified damages for sexual assault, battery, kidnapping, assault, false imprisonment, emotional distress and the violation of her rights. She said Phillips started cursing her, controlling her movements and threatening her shortly after they began dating. At the time, they were students at Nebraska, where Phillips was a star running back. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. "It has been settled in a way that is acceptable to Kate," said her lawyer, Victor Bergman. "A lot of that depends on Lawrence Phillips getting his life under control and continuing on with his career." Phillips pleaded guilty to misdemeanor trespass and assault for a Sept. 10, 1995, attack on McEwen. The lawsuit contended Phillips beat her while she was at a friend's house, then grabbed her hair, "caveman style," pulled her down three flights of steps and slammed her head into a wall. He was suspended by Nebraska for six games, and a judge placed Phillips on probation for a year. The lawsuit said McEwen never told Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne about the alleged sexual assaults. In July, Phillips signed a three- year contract with the Rams worth $5.625 million. The lawsuit included new allegations not previously made public, including the claim of sexual assault. On Sept. 3, the suit was unsealed briefly, and the petition was obtained by The Star. Lawyers for both sides argued, the lawsuit should be sealed because it would make a settlement easier to reach and protect McEwen. Bartlett held private hearings for three days last week to decide whether to seal the lawsuit, according to a transcript released Wednesday. McEwen met with the judge' during the 'hearings, and said the Nebraska basketball office had received hate mail and phone calls related to her. T PRO GOLF Woods criticized for pulling out of Buick Challenge BRIEFLY Williams, Blomquist lead Central runners JUNCTION CITY — Salina Central medaled two runners in both the girls and boys varsity races at Thursday's Junction City Invitational cross country meet. Medalist performances from Jessica Williams (llth, 13:25) and Jennifer Blomquist (12th, 13:28) led Central's girls, who placed third with 86 points behind Washburn Rural and Wamego. . The Mustangs also scored 86 points in the boys race and finished fourth, following Washburn Rural, Topeka West and Wamego. Sophomore Adam Moos placed fifth (18:15) and A.J. Young eighth (18:30) to pave the way for Central. Sean Ryan just missed medaling (top 15), emerging 16th in 18:53. Rains Wednesday and much of Thursday held off for the event, which was held at Milford Lake. "It was one of our best performances overall," Central coach Gary Goodwin said. "For not even knowing if they would have the meet, the kids really competed." It's Homecoming at Ell-Saline tonight BROOKVILLE — The 1996 Homecoming activities at Ell- Saline High School will be tonight at the high school field. A barbeque sponsored by the Ell-Saline Pep Club will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at the concession stand area. The meal comprising hamburgers, beans and. drinks will be $2.50. The football game with Moundridge starts at 7:30 p.m. The crowning of the queen will take place at halftime. Central spikers extend winning streak to six JUNCTION CITY — Surging Salina Central extended its volleyball winning streak to six with match victories Thursday over Junction City and Chapman. Central improved to 8-3 on the season after beating Junction. City 15-8,15-7 and Chapman 15-13, 15-8. "I thought we passed and set the ball real well," Central coach Rose Wittman said. "Overall I was real pleased. We took another step forward tonight." Christina Frost led the attack against Junction City with five kills, while Lynsey Ginther contributed four kills, 14 (out of 15) good sets, nine assists and eight service points. Other key contributors included Lexi Fellers (13 of 13 in good sets, six assists) and Heather Herrman (nine service points). Against Chapman, Ginther and Tara McDonald each had five kills while Frost added four. Top setters included Fellers (16 of 16, eight assists) and Ginther (20 of 22, six assists), while McDonald had nine service points and Ginther eight. Brown Mackie spikers whip Ottawa JV OTTAWA — Despite being short-handed, Brown Mackie's volleyball team improved to 14-5 after defeating Ottawa's junior varsity on Thursday. The Lions, minus two starters and suiting only seven players, prevailed 16-14,15-8 and 15-5. "We had a different lineup and had people out of position so we had to adjust," Brown Mackie coach Cheryl Ahrens said. "We played a 6-2 offense instead of a 5-1, and we improved on our block coverage and recovery after attack." Brown Mackie, which enjoyed 92 percent service efficiency, was led by Jenny Green (15 kills) and Lisa Burrell (21 assists). From Staff Reports By The Associated Press PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Tiger Woods' last-minute decision to drop out of Buick Challenge drew criticism from fellow players, who said the 20-year-old rookie still has a lot to learn. Woods, saying his frantic first weeks on the PGA Tour had left him exhausted, abruptly withdrew from the tournament Wednesday after practicing and holding a news conference the previous day. "This tournament was one of seven to help him out at the beginning (with sponsor exemptions) when he needed help, and how quickly he forgot," Curtis Strange said. "It was a big deal Tiger coming here to play, and he was here," Larry Mize said. "I think he should have stayed and played." Woods had played five weeks in a row, starting with his successful U.S. Amateur title defense and followed by four PGA Tour events. He already has earned $140,194 to earn unlimited sponsor exemptions for 1997. "I guess once he made his money, it's got to be a letdown," David Love III said. "But withdrawing on Wednesday, well, he's a rookie. He'll learn. You've got to play by the rules." "I feel badly because of all the attention he's gotten," said Peter Jacobsen, who played nine practice holes with Woods on Tuesday. "But he's stepped off the anonymity sidewalk. He's going to be scrutinized. He'll probably take some heat for this." Fred Couples took a humorous but subtle shot at Woods, who had won money the past few weeks in tournaments that generally don't attract golfs best players. "We think Tiger pulled out because this is the strongest field he's faced," Couples said. Then he added, seriously, "I just wanted to see him play." Woods' abrupt departure forced the cancellation of Thursday's Fred Haskins Award dinner at Callaway Gardens, where Woods was going to be honored at the 1995-96 college player of the year. Bob Berry, executive director of the Buick Challenge, said Woods had committed months ago to attend the dinner, even before his decision to turn pro after winning his third straight U.S. Amateur. 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