The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 2, 1986 · Page 12
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Briefly The Salina Journal Thursday, January 2,1986 Page 12 K-State to entertain Marquette Kansas State, fresh off its fourth-place finish in the Far West Classic college basketball tournament in Portland, Ore., will return to action tonight at Ahearn Field House, where the Wildcats will play host to the Warriors of Marquette. The Wildcats will enter tonight's non-conference showdown 8-3 after sandwiching victories over Tennessee Tech and Tampa around an overtime loss to tournament champion St. Joseph's. K-State is 4-0 at Ahearn Field House this season and owns a 4-3 advantage in its series with Marquette, having defeated the Warriors, 55-43, last year in Milwaukee, Wise. Leading the way for K-State this season have been sophomore forward Norris Coleman and senior guard Joe Wright, averaging 21.1 and 18.6 points per game, respectively. Marquette has turned to its 6-6 forwards — David Boone and Kerry Trotter — for the Warriors scoring. Boone, a junior, is averaging 17.4 points and 8.4 rebounds while Trotter, a senior, is averaging 15 points per outing. After tonight's 7:35 contest, K-State will travel to North Texas State for an 8:05 p.m. contest Saturday, then return to Ahearn for 7:35 p.m. contests against Wichita State and Abilene Christian next Monday and Thurday. ' Shockers to test Abilene Christian WICHITA — The Wichita State Shockers, after finishing second to Kansas in the BMA Holiday Classic last Saturday, are at home tonight for a non-conference game against Abilene Christian in Henry Levitt Arena. The Shockers bring a 6-3 record into the 8:05 p.m. game against the Wildcats from the Lone Star Conference. Abilene Christian is 7-4 after finishing second to Emporia State in the Emporia Jaycees Classic. The two teams have met four previous times with Wichita State winning all four. Despite the second-place finish in the BMA Classic, the Shockers are coming off their worst shooting performance in Gene Smithson's eight years as the WSU head coach. WSU hit just 26.6 percent of its shots against KU, losing an 81-56 decision. Smithson, however, is encouraged about his team's future. "Right now, we're a bit inconsistent, but we're going to rise," Smithson said. "We're improving all the time, but I knew we would go through growing pains." Gus Santos continues to lead the Shockers in scoring with a 15.8 average, while Lew Hill and Sasha Radunovich are scoring 10.9 and 10.0, respectively. Abilene Christian is led by its pair of guards — Ryant Greene and Brett Enzor — who are averaging 15.8 and 14.8 points per game, respectively. Berndt named Rice football coach HOUSTON (AP) — Jerry Berndt, who led Penn to four consecutive Ivy League titles, Wednesday was named football coach and athletic director at Rice University, President George Rupp announced. Berndt, who resigned at Penn Tuesday, signed a five-year contract with the Southwest Conference school. He replaces Watson Brown, who resigned Dec. 5. Terms of the contract were not announced, but Berndt's salary is believed to be about $150,000 annually. "I am confident that Jerry Berndt is the right person to continue the momentum that is underway in our football progran," Rupp said. Brown left after two seasons at Rice. The Owls posted a 3-8 record in 1985, but had shown improvement in the second year of Brown's rebuilding effort. Berndt, 47, ended five years at Penn with a 29-18-2 record. He followed a 1-9 season in 1981 with four consecutive Ivy League championships. Berndt's 1985 team had a 7-2-1 record. His overall record for seven seasons as a head coach is 38-27-2. Nets' dilemna deeper than Richardson's drug problem NEW YORK - Once again, Micheal Ray Richardson is being rehabilitated for drug abuse — for the fourth time in less than three years and at a fourth site. In the understandable sympathy for the basketball player's relapse, Lewis Schaffel, the New Jersey Nets' executive vice president, spoke about how "there will always be a place" on the team for this 30-year-old playmaker, so talented and yet so troubled." But if the Nets hope to construct a National Basketball Association championship contender, it's time the franchise rehabilitated itself by not having a place for Richardson. Out of human understanding, the Nets' franchise has a responsibility to help Richardson escape from the daze of his drug problems. But the franchise also has a responsibility to its other players, its coach and its fans not to let the team's future depend on whether Richardson happens to be more involved with cocaine than with basketball. No matter how successful his treatment over the next few weeks in the Pasadena (Calif.) Community Hospital drug program, Richardson will remain a question mark in the real world and in the basketball world. For all his basketball value to the Nets' franchise, Richardson is more trouble than he's worth. His teammates shouldn't have to wonder when he might disappear again, as he did over the weekend. His coach, Dave Wohl, shouldn't have to wonder if he might be offended by criticism, thereby creating a depression that might lead to his seeking drugs. And the Nets' fans shouldn't have to wonder if part of their price for a ticket will pay for drug treatment. It's time the Nets looked for a playmaker they can depend on. Not that any other NBA team would touch Richardson now. Maybe no other team will ever touch him, knowing that one more drug offense automatically would bar him from the NBA for at least two years, a virtual lifetime ban. But after his current treatment ends or certainly before next season, the Nets should try to trade him. If no other team wants him, the Nets would be better off buying out his contract. Dave Anderson NEW YORK TIMES As long as the Nets tolerate the question mark named Micheal Ray Richardson, the team will suffer from the uncertainty of what might happen tomorrow. No matter how secure he appears. Until he disappeared last weekend, Richardson had been leading the Nets in scoring with a 17.3 average. He ranked second in the NBA in steals and ninth in assists. After splitting two games in his absence, the Nets resume Friday night in Boston with a 20-13 record. They have been dueling the Philadelphia 76ers for second place in the Atlantic Division, a tribute to Dave Wohl, the rookie coach. But his coaching style may have unsettled Richardson. In a Dec. 18 game with the Utah Jazz, which the Nets won, 113-98, the coach yanked Richardson in the closing minutes for taking a scoop shot, hardly what the coach considered a "good" shot in that situation. Richardson was annoyed at being benched. But as the coach, Wohl can't be concerned about treating a player with a drug-related past any different than he would a player without a drug-related past. Wohl wanted Richardson to take fewer shots than in other seasons while creating more shots for his teammates. Micheal Ray seemed to understand the coach's thinking, saying, "I know I have to change my game." And over all, he appeared to be thriving under the new coach. "I'm playing the best basketball I ever have," he said not long ago. Despite his performance and despite, according to the Nets, his having regularly been tested "clean" from drugs, those who remembered Richardson's previous problems were concerned over at least two incidents. On Nov. 11, he missed the Nets' plane to San Antonio, citing traffic problems; the next day, he arrived a few hours before the game. On Dec. 5, he was ejected from a game with the Detroit Pistons for slapping Rick Mahorn; he later was fined $50 by the NBA office. In retrospect, perhaps those incidents reflected the start of Richardson's return to drugs. If any other player had missed a team flight and been ejected from a game, it might be meaningless. But with a player with a drug-related past, such incidents often are significant. Stability has never been one of Richardson's attributes. Including his early seasons with the New York Knicks and later with the Golden State Warriors, he has had six agents and he reportedly has purchased at least 16 cars, once selling a Rolls- Royce only a few weeks after having purchased it. He once signed contracts to endorse three different basketball shoes. Following the 1983 playoffs, he visited the Fair Oaks drug treatment center in Summit, N. J.; that summer he also was treated at the Hazelden Foundation in Center City, Mum., and he later entered a program at Regent Hospital in New York City. Now he's off to the Pasadena center where Walter Davis of the Phoenix Suns is undergoing treatment; Quintin Dailey of the Chicago Bulls and John Lucas of the Houston Rockets were treated there recently. But no matter how effective the treatment is, the aftercare is even more important. Otherwise, a relapse might occur, as it did to Richardson over the weekend. "Micheal Ray is not a problem child," says Larry Doby, the Nets' director of community affairs, "he's a child with a problem." Once baseball's second black major leaguer and also its second black major league manager, Larry Doby has tried to help Richardson adjust to drug aftercare. Doby was the shoulder that Richardson could lean on, but throughout his absence over the weekend the Nets' playmaker didn't lean on it. "Micheal Ray is easy to talk to about things," Doby says, "but it might not be on his schedule to accept it. You know that old saying, 'If I knew then what I know now.' I don't think he's reached the stage where he knows yet. Some people take longer than others to know some things. Someday maybe he'll know." But the Nets no longer can afford to wait until that someday arrives. Payton loose, lively jf SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) — Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton was quick, sharp and elusive. The National Football League's greatest career rusher wasn't in a game. He was at a news conference, as the Bears prepared to face the New York Giants in a National Conference divisional playoff Sunday. Asked if his 31-year-old body was going through workouts every day, Payton quipped, "I work as many days as you do, but not as many nights." And how, he was asked, did he plan to beat the Giants' fearsome linebacker, Lawrence Taylor? "You hope he falls down so you can run around him," he said. Also Sunday, in an American Conference playoff, the New England Patriots are at the Los Angeles Raiders. Saturday, it's Cleveland at Miami in an AFC playoff and Dallas at the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC. This weekend's winners meet Jan. 12 in the conference championships, the last step before the Super Bowl Jan. 26 in the Louisiana Super- dome. Payton had one-liners for players other than himself. He spread them among his teammates, too. "We're gentle as a lamb, until aroused," he said. "We've got a bunch of crazies on this team ... a menagerie of loonies. I wish I could tell you some of the stories, but kids are watching." On his fine, but often unnoticed, blocking skills: "It doesn't matter if it's Lawrence Taylor, Hugh Green, Mike Ditka or Bugs Bunny, you've got to do the job." On Sunday's 11:30 a.m. CST playoff game, Payton's first at home in his 11-year NFL career: "It'll probably boil down to who gets the black coffee fastest. We've got to get up at 6 a.m." On iconoclastic quarterback Jim McMahon, making his first playoff appearance after missing last year's game with injuries: "He presents a lot more problems for the defense. They can't figure him out. We can't even figure him out." And when asked a personal question: "You're looking for dirt, aren't you?" But then the man known as Sweetness, who is as adept at sidestepping personal questions as he is at eluding ladders, turned serious. "I still think I have a long way to go," said Payton, who has rushed for 14,860 yards in his NFL career, including 1,551 in 1985. Payton has expressed some exasperation in recent years because, while he is the league's leading career rusher, he rarely has been acknowledged as the best runner of any given period, being overshadowed by players like George Rogers, Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson and Billy Sims. "I feel I've been overlooked," he said. "Why is the $65 million question.'' Criticized in the past for sometimes being difficult with the media, Payton silenced re- porters by saying he wanted to make a statement. "What I want to say is that I've enjoyed the game of football ... I don't like talking about myself, and dealing with you people has been a challenge for me. It's helped me deal with people outside of the game. ' 'At times I haven't been in the best of moods. I want to thank you people for putting up with me and doing what had to be done," he said. The holder of eight NFL records has no problem earning the awe of his teammates. ' 'Here's a guy who is 31 years old, but stopped aging at 21," Matt Suhey, another Chicago running back, said. "I can't think of a better person to be around," linebacker Otis Wilson said. "I've only known him five years, but year by year he's been getting better," linebacker Mike Singletary said. "He likes to have fun." "Walter's a great guy," a grinning William "The Refrigerator" Perry said as Payton laughed. "If you get to know Walter, you know the whole world." The Patriots, who reached the second round of the playoffs by beating the New York Jets 2614 in the AFC wild-card game, are hoping to avenge a 35-20 loss to the Raiders during the season. "The big thing is they're not hurting themselves," Raiders Coach Tom Flores said of the Patriots. "They hurt themselves when we played them earlier," when Lester Hayes and Sam Seale returned interceptions for Los Angeles touchdowns and Lyle Alzado recovered a fumble for another TD. Flores said he believes both teams have improved a great deal since that Sept. 29 game. "A lot of things have happened since that time. It seems so long ago when we played," he said. "They're a very good football team playing with a lot of confidence now. They seem to believe in themselves." Mark Clayton, one of Miami's super receivers, says he is impressed by Cleveland's defensive backfield, but isn't worried about it. "They mix it up and they take a lot chances," Clayton said of the Browns' "Dogs." "They challenge you. That's the way I like it. How would you know your capabilities if you're never challenged?" The Browns' young defensive backs encouraged the nickname when they started barking like dogs, both to psyche themselves up and to make the opposition wonder about their sanity. "We don't care what they do," Clayton said. "They can bark or they can meow, I don't care. All that noise isn't getting anything done. It might be a motivation thing for them, but they still have to make the plays.'' "We know the Rams well and scrimmage them during training camp'," Tom Landry, the Cowboys' coach, said. "The atmosphere of Los Angeles is easier for us than anywhere else.'' With the same grace Walter Payton has displayed in dancing past NFL defenders, Chicago's heralded running back toyed with reporters this week in preparation for the Bears' NFC playoff contest Saturday against the New York Giants. Bahamas Classic opens PGA Tour PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — The new Bahamas Classic provides an early, unofficial start this week to the expanded and enriched 1986 PGA Tour. The tournament, marking the PGA's return to the Bahamas after a 14-year absence, begins Thursday. It opens a schedule that covers 11% months. The 1986 Tour includes 46 official tournaments (an increase of three over last year) and seven unofficial events, and has at least one tournament a week through Dec. 14. Prize money for all events has not yet been decided, but the total official money offered is expected to be well in excess of the $25 million distributed in 1985, plus more than $3 million from the unofficial events, and $2 million from the new Vantage Cup bonus program. At least three tournaments — the Las Vegas Invitational, the Vantage Championship at San Antonio and the new International in Denver — have purses of at least $1 million each. Bengals' Brown named top NFL offensive rookie NEW YORK (AP) - Eddie Brown of the Cincinnati Ben- gals, who became one of the National Football League's top receivers in his rookie year, Wednesday was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year by The Associated Press. Brown, the first receiver taken in last May's draft out of the University of Miami, was Cincinnati's Brown first draft choice and the 13th player selected in the first round, which featured linemen and defensive players. He lived up to his billing despite an 18-day holdout that cost him valuable training time. Brown had 53 receptions for 942 yards, ranking 10th in the American Football Conference in receiving yardage. Eight of his catches were for touchdowns and he exhibited the runnning ability to turn a short catch into a long gain. "He never suffered from stardom this season," Cincinnati Coach Sam Wyche said. "The first impression we had of him was that of a hungry, legitimate, first-round draft choice. Sometimes those are the hardest to find.'' Indeed, just three days after signing, the 6-foot, 185-pound Brown caught four passes for 107 yards in an exhibition game against Kansas City, prompting veteran receiver Steve Kreider to say: "He has more natural talent for a receiver than anyone I've ever seen." Brown, who benefitted from Wyche's wide-open attack and the maturing of second-year quarterback Boomer Esiason, won the award in a tight contest with running back Kevin Mack of Cleveland, a United States Football League refugee who was fourth in the AFC with 1,104 rushing yards. Guard Bill Fralic of Atlanta also received significant support from the three writers or broadcasters representing each of the NFL's 28 teams. "I'm overwhelmed," said Brown. "There was a lot of competition out there with guys coming over from other leagues." Brown said he would like to improve his concentration next season. But Wyche said he doesn't see that much to improve. "As far as technical skills," Wyche said, "he's got as soft a pair of hands as I've been around. He's extremely quick and extremely dangerous when he has the ball in the open field. He's a very mature rookie." Call or mail your news tip to The Salina Journal; up to $45 in cash prizes awarded weekly. Mid-America Inn Restaurant MONDAY NIGHT SPECIAL BBQ PORK RIB DINNER 1842 N. 9th Salina, Ks. Electric Start SNO-BURST® SNOWBLOWER 359 •Powerful Jacobsen 2-cycle engine. 3 H. P. • Power Bursts feature for quick switching to maximum power mode • Big 20" clearing width •Throws snow up to IB feet • Electric start BARRAGREE RENT-ALL 1500 S. Broadway 827-0847 or 827-6011 WE TRADE Doily 7 30 AM 6 00 PM Sunday: 12.30 PM-5:30PW •••»»)«•• mm

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