The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 17, 1995 · Page 17
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;he Salina Journal Wednesday, May 17,1995 B5 fPacers look to close out Knicks BRIEFLY By The Associated Press NEW YORK — A year ago, Reggie Miller stunned the New York Knicks with a dazzling performance in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden. The sweet-shooting, trash-talking Indiana guard returns to the Garden for another Game 5 Wednesday night, when the Pacers can eliminate the Knicks and advance to the conference finals again. , Unlike last year, when Indiana : came to New York with the se - ries tied 2 " 2) the Pacers arrive with a 3-1 lead in '-'» the best-of-7 se- jries. '.-' "This is a new series," Miller ; said. "Everything is totally differ' ent." .; Miller scored 25 points in the ; fourth quarter of Game 5 last year ;to lead the Pacers over the Knicks. |In addition to hitting 8 of 10 shots, 'including five 3-pointers, Miller i taunted courtside Knicks fan Spike !Lee with words and gestures, in; eluding a "choke sign" Miller displayed by putting his hands around '.his neck. ! New York eventually won the se;Hes in seven games, but Miller's •transcendent performance elevat- !ed him from small-market smart;mouth to one of the NBA's most •visible stars. ! Miller has made choking a recurring theme in this year's series, The Associated Press Indiana's Sam Mitchell (left) has been a surprise so far in the playoffs. too. He incensed New York fans by calling the Knicks "choke artists" after he scored eight points in the last 16.4 seconds of Game 1, erasing a six-point Knicks lead and sending them to humiliating defeat. Admonished by his coach to tone it down following the Pacers' 96-77 loss in Game 2, a contest in which Miller had only 10 points, Indiana's sharpshooter has been a model of good sportsmanship. He said nothing incendiary after the Knicks blew an 10-point lead with less than five minutes to play in Game 3 and after the Pacers' dominating Game 4 victory that gave Indiana a 3-1 series lead. Winning the series in the Garden "would be fantastic, not only because it's New York and in the Garden," Miller said. "For a lot of guys it gives us a chance to rest and get ready for the next series. But it's going to be tough." Given Miller's history at the Garden, the crowd will be on him as much as it was during Game 2 when it jeered him throughout the game. "I hope the whole soldout crowd is in high gear," Knicks forward Charles Smith said, "and I hope they're ready to come with it just as hard as we are, because we're going to need everybody." More important, the Knicks are going to need to stop Indiana center Rik Smits, who has averaged more than 22 points in the series, outplaying a less-than-healthy Patrick Ewing. And they will need to reverse the trend of the first four games, in which they've been outrebounded. "We have to get our heads under the rim," Knicks coach Pat Riley said. "We have to get up off the floor, and we've got to make contact with bodies. We're there, but they're outjumping us." New York could have an easier , time controlling the boards if Indiana forward Dale Davis, who dislocated his right shoulder on Saturday, is unable to play. The muscular Davis, the Pacers' best re- bounder, practiced Tuesday for the first time this week, wearing a protective shoulder sleeve. "I won't be able to do a lot of shot blocking with that hand," Davis said. "The more I get used to it, if I wear it, the better off I'll be." Montana to join NBC as commentator NEW YORK — Joe Montana wasn't without work for long. The four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will join NBC as a commentator, just a month after retiring from football. The network said Tuesday that Montana will be a studio analyst on the pregame show "NFL Live," and the hiring will be announced Wednesday during a conference call. There had been rumors of Montana joining NBC even before he made the retirement official in mid-April with a two-city farewell. Since announcing he wouldn't be back with the Kansas City Chiefs, Montana has also gotten involved as a part-owner of an Indy racing car. Montana led the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl victories in 1982, 1985, 1989 and 1980 and was voted the game's MVP three times. He becomes the second recently retired quarterback to join NBC. Former New York Giants star Phil Simms joined the network after a year with ESPN. Knights, SE-Saline ; scheduled for regional Weather permitting, the Sacred Heart and Southeast of Saline baseball squads will attempt to extend their season another week when they compete at the Class 3-2-1A regional today at Dean Evans Stadium. Southeast will attempt to earn a third consecutive state tournament appearance, while Sacred Heart will try to make it back to state for the first time since winning the championship in 1992. Today's games open with Southeast of Saline facing Lincoln at 3 p.m., followed by Sacred Heart taking on Sylvan. The winners are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. in the regional title game, with the champion earning a spot in the 3-2-1A state tournament May 26-27 at Emporia. Sacred Heart comes in as the regional's top seed with a 14-4 record, while Southeast is the No. 2 seed at 10-6. Sylvan and Lincoln advanced to today's semifinals with victories Monday. Lincoln downed Ell- Saline, 5-3, and Sylvan topped Fairfield, 4-1. • From Staff and Wire Reports Nebraska men edge ISU for Big Eight track title Officials prepare final recommendations i By The Associated Press ,, KEYSTONE, Colo. — As Big 12 officials prepared final recommendations on everything from record- keeping to revenue-sharing Tues- tjay, a conference football playoff looked like a nearly sure bet, no matter what coaches say. ! Despite coaches' unanimous opposition, sources at the highest levels indicated support for an early December showdown between the Big 12 North and South division dhampions. j Athletic directors, faculty representatives and primary women's administrators met Tuesday to put tjie finishing touches on all transi- tjon issues. After one last joint meeting with the faculty on Wednesday, final recommendations will be forwarded to the Big 1? presidents, who meet June 1218. ; : Bill Marolt of Colorado, chairman of the Big 12 athletic direc- CONFERENCE tors, said the decision was made Tuesday to submit to the presidents a revenue-sharing plan that includes projected figures for a championship game. Incoming commissioner Steve Hatchell has been asked to pin down for the presidents exactly how much above his preliminary estimate of about $6 million a playoff would be worth. But sources said the report to the CEOs will estimate the refined figure at between $7 million and $8 million, and at least one CEO said that ought to be plenty. "If the numbers make sense ... then we will seriously consider a playoff," said Marolt, chairman of the athletic directors. Said Kansas State president Jon Wefald, "If the athletic directors see favorable numbers and recommend a playoff, then I think the CEOs will as well." The presidents, who have final approval on all major issues, stayed away from these five-day meetings. But Wefald, who chaired the search for a Big 12 commissioner, said presidents under pressure to enhance women's athletics were suitably impressed by the preliminary projection of $6 million for a playoff. "When you talk about $500,000 per school, you're talking about an extraordinarily important amount for Title IX and, gender equity," Wefald said from fiis office in Manhattan. "The $500,000 would make it very attractive to the CEOs. We're looking at the big picture here." Wefald said presidents may not be swayed by coaches' arguments that a conference playoff loser would get knocked out of an equally lucrative prime coalition bowl OUTDOOR MEMORIAL DAY f rte»* G<k>4 Thru Sunday, May 21,1995. While Supply Lasts! ^% ^^•*sW%»» w Garcia J/ 4600CI or 5600CI AMBASSADEUR BAITCASTING REEL Instant Anti-Reverse, Stainless Steel Ball Bearings, 5.3:1 Gear Ratio, Fast Cast Thumbar. 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