The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1995 · Page 11
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SPORTS Classified B5 Money B8 Fun B9 Almanac B10 B • The Salina Journal Thursday, May 18,1995J Big 12 officials agree on revenue plan Football, basketball benefit from sharing By DOUG TUCKER Th» Anociaud Pr««i KEYSTONE, Colo. - Declaring that every school will be better off than before, Big 12 officials decided Wednesday on a revenue-sharing concept that lets football titans keep their gate receipts and gives basketball powers immediate reward for making the NCAA tournament. That and a host of other transition items will be passed along to the Big 12 presidents, who meet next month and have final word on everything. At the end of the four-day meetings, which adjourned a half-day early, Colorado athletic director Bill Marolt described "a tremendous sense of accomplishment." "Everybody leaves with a great anticipation that we're going to do what we said all along, that we're going to make this a premier conference in the country," said Marolt, chairman of the athletic directors. "The hardest issue was revenue-sharing." The Big 12 — the Big Eight plus Southwest Conference holdovers Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Baylor — will begin competition in August 1996. The Big 12 South Division will consist of the Texas schools plus Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. The North will be Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas State, Iowa State and Missouri. CONFERENCE Kansas City, in order to keep the successful men's postseason basketball tournament, will have to shoulder the women's tournament and make expensive upgrading of its 60-year-old Municipal Auditorium. Saying it intends to have its men's and women's tourneys in the same city, the Big 12 granted the men's tournament to Kansas City's Kemper Arena, where it has always been, and the women's tournament, which is now held in Salina, to Municipal Auditorium in 1997 and 1998. Beyond that? "There's a significant facilities question with (Municipal Auditorium)," said James Corbridge of Colorado, representing Big 12 faculty representatives. "Some significant upgrading will be required to make it suitable for the women's tournament." Would Kansas City, which already plans to add several thousand seats to Kemper, jeopardize its chances of keeping the men's tournament if it doesn't make big improvements on Municipal, which now seats less than 10,000? "I wouldn't want to speculate on that," Corbridge said. There were clear winners and losers in the revenue-sharing scheme, which includes an estimated minimum of $500,000 per school for a conference football playoff between the North and South champions. The presidents are expected to approve the revenue-sharing formula along with a football playoff. Ewing beats clock to save New York Knicks move series to 3-2 with victory Th« Associated Press NEW YORK - Patrick Ewing, who had suffered through a miserable playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, saved the New York Knicks when it counted most. His spinning jumper from the lane with 1.8 seconds left Wednesday night gave the Knicks a 96-95 victory, keeping them alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Pacers, who lead the best-of- 7 series 3-2, have another chance to close it out Friday night in Indianapolis. Just when it appeared the Knicks had given away another game in the last minute, Ewing stepped forward with a big shot. He finished with 19 points despite playing the final two minutes with five fouls. "When all seems like it's lost, it's not, it's not lost," New York coach Pat Riley said. Reggie Miller and Byron Scott hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the last 32.6 seconds. That brought Indiana back from a seven-point deficit and gave the Pacers a 95-94 lead with 5.9 seconds remaining. After Scott's 3-pointer from the right side, New York called time. Anthony Mason said he could sense confidence in the Knicks' huddle. "You didn't see that 'look,"' he said. "We knew we had one more play and would get one more shot." Rik Smits led the Pacers with 28 points but didn't score in the fourth quarter, and Miller finished with 23 but hit just 3-of-ll of his 3-pointers. Hobbled by injuries throughout the series and in foul trouble most of the time, Ewing made sure Game 6 didn't end up like Game 1, when the Knicks blew a six-point lead in the last 18 seconds. Two free throws by Mason, who had all 13 of his points in the final period, gave New York a 94-87 lead with 53 seconds to play. The Pacers scored the next eight points, including the treys by Miller, who hadn't hit a field goal in the quarter, and Scott, who had been 4-of-17 in the series. After each team took a timeout, Ewing caught a pass from John Starks, took one dribble and spun into the lane for the basket. The Pacers contended Ewing walked on the shot. Then Indiana called time and inbounded to Miller. Under tight defense on the right side, he sent a 30-foot heave off the side of the rim as time expired. Ewing ran over to hug his college coach, John Thompson of Georgetown, who was seated courtside at Madison Square Garden. "I thought we had a chance, even with one minute to go," Pacers coach Larry Brown said. "We did and we just didn't get it down on the possession. It doesn't matter how close you get, you still have to win one game." Only four teams in NBA history have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a playoff series, and no team has done it since 1981, when the Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers. The Knicks took their first lead since early in the third period on Hubert Davis' 3-pointer with 7:43 to go. The Pacers, who had shot better than 50 percent in the first three quarters, didn't score a field goal for 5:10. The Associated Press Indiana's Reggie Miller (top) looks to make a move on New York's John Starks on Wednesday. Mariners stifle Royals Ki dd/ Hiu sha *e NBA rookie award By Th« Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Edgar Martinez keyed a four-run fifth inning with a two-run double and the Seattle Mariners overcame the loss of Randy Johnson to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Wednesday night. Johnson left with a sore left shoulder after retiring David Howard on a fly- out starting the fourth inning. The Mariners Royils Mariners said Johnson was unable to get loose following a 1-hour, 8- minute rain delay in the fourth inning and he should be able to pitch against Detroit on Monday. Bob Wells (1-2) came in and allowed one hit in 3 1-3 innings, striking out two and walking two. It was his second AL victory and only his third in the major leagues. Mark Gubicza (1-3) allowed three runs and three hits in 4 1-3 innings. He walked five and struck out three. Luis Sojo walked leading off the fifth, Joey Cora sacrificed and Doug Strange hit an RBI single. Gubicza intentionally walked Ken Griffey Jr. and rookie right-hander Dilson Torres gave up an RBI double to Jay Buhner after getting ahead 0-2 in the count. Martinez doubled down the left-field line on the next pitch. • ROCKIES 6, BRAVES 5 - At Atlanta, the Colorado Rockies scored six runs off Greg Maddux, doubling the total he has allowed this season, and beat Atlanta 6-5 Wednesday night for their third career victory against the Braves in 26 games. Mike Kingery drove in three runs, including the tie-breaking run in the eighth, and Joe Girardi extended his hitting streak to 14 games for Colorado. By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Two old pals and young stars, Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks and Grant Hill of the Detroit Pistons, shared the NBA Rookie of the Year award on Wednesday, Hill and Kidd have been friends since their high school days. They played on the same team at a Nike basketball camp one summer. In college, Kidd's California team knocked Hill's Duke team out of the NCAA tournament in 1993. Then they were drafted 2-3 by Kidd the Mavs and Pistons last .June and wound up tying for the rookie award — just the second time in NBA history that has happened. "I'd like to thank Grant for sharing this award with me," Kidd quipped. ''We're friends. We've known each other for a long time. We seemed to'al- ways be playing against each other in camps and have a lot of respect for each other. Now, we plan to spend some time together on vacation this summer. We can sit around and show each other the trophies." It reminded Hill of another collegiate rivalry that continued to thrive after the players became professionals. "It would be nice if we could develop a rivalry in the NBA like the one between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird," Hill said. "I'm sure Jason would like that, too. Neither one of us has the team for it right now, but we might someday." ... Kidd and Hill made dramatic *"" differences in their teams this year. With Kidd at point guard, Dallas improved its record by 23 games, and the presence of Hill up front helped the Pistons win eight more games than the year before. Each player received 43 first-place votes out of a possible 105 from media members. They became the first co-winners of the award since Boston's Dave Cowens and Portland's Geoff Petrie tied for it in 1970-71. LIFE SPORTS Youth sports Clinics prepare youth coaches for duties Tom Dorsey/Salina Journal Randi Clifford, recreation superintendent of the Salina Parks and Recreation Department, starts a video tope used during a recent coaches clinic. By HAROLD BECHARD Th» Salina Journal Randi Clifford expects youth baseball and Softball coaches to be better prepared to handle their responsibilities this summer. If they aren't, it won't be the fault of anyone by their own. As the recreation superintendent of the Sali- __________ na Parks & Recreation "" ~ "" ' Department, Clifford helped spearhead a mandatory certification program for those who will coach in SP&R events this summer. The program is sponsored by the Nation- AN ONGOING SERIES INSIDE TODAY Brieflies Bowling report Recreation calendar See Page B3 al Youth Sports Coaches Association, with which Salina's rec department has been associated with since 1989. This, however, is the first year the certification program has become mandatory for those wanting to coach baseball, softball and soccer. Those coaching Salvation Army football during the fall are already required to take "" v the three-level course. Attendance for the program has been good. Clifford said that 109 coaches (43 in softball, 54 in baseball and 12 in soccer) I*- See YOUTH, Page B3 ''It seems to me a reasonably even disr tribution," said Corbridge, chair of the faculty representatives. "Keeping in mind the philosophy of trying to reward those who bring resources into the conference; but recognizing we don't want those presently at the top of football and basketball to just keep getting more and more so while those who are building their programs are left without the resources to do it." Under Big Eight rules, schools shared ticket sales revenue with minimum and maximum payouts. But, if presidents approve, the Big 12 will adopt the SWC sys^ tem where every school keeps its gate re; ceipts. »> See REVENUE, Page B3 Is it the cars or the drivers? Debate continues as to why Chevys are dominating By Th« Associated Pr»s» CONCORD, N.C. — Felix Sabates, an owner in the enemy camp, is convinced he knows why the new Chevy Monte Carlos are pummeling Ford and Pontiac so far in this Winston Cup season. "In my opinion, Chevrolet drivers are better overall than Ford," said Sabates, who owns the two Pontiac teams involved in Winston Cup racing. "Chevrolet has seven or eight top drivers and I don't think Ford has more than three. Put (Dale) Earnhardt in a Ford, and he'll be at the front every week." The Ford people certainly don't want to hear that, and NASCAR certainly doesn't want Chevys to win every race. So when Ford and Pontiac drivers complained that the Monte Carlo had an unfair aerodynamic advantage, NASCAR ordered body changes to level the playing field and quiet the whining. It's still too early to tell whether the new body configurations ordered last month will indeed make the Fords and Pontiacs more competitive with the Chevrolets, which have won eight of the first 10 Winston Cup races in 1995. As for the whining part, however, the verdict's already in. Instead of silencing the chatter, the rule changes appear to have triggered more. Now Chevy is griping back at Ford and Pontiac. The Ford and Pontiac teams are still questioning , . whether the nose Sehrader and spoiler alterations will do the intended job of giving their cars less- wind resistance up front and more; handling ability in back. , ; The Chevrolet teams believe' they're being penalized for putting lots of hard work into designing a better mousetrap. : "I understand that NASCAR needs to try and ensure close competition,! so I recognize the tough job they] face," said Ray Evernham, crew; chief for Jeff Gordon's Chevrolet. •< Now the Ford and Pontiac teams" are the ones putting in the long! hours, as was evidenced by a testing* session last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. ;.i The two-day session was the first: chance for teams to test the new; body changes at a superspeedway* where the modifications are sup* posed to have the greatest effect? The Charlotte testing was open to aj^ interested teams, but of the 20 that showed up, 14 were Fords and aiv* other two were Pontiacs. Just fouri Chevrolet teams came. \ Ken Sehrader is one of thjej Chevrolet drivers who questions why NASCAR is making any concessions at all for the Fords and Pontiacs. Sehrader noted that dmv ing the most recent race, on the road course at Sonoma, Calif., Mark Martin's Ford dominated before being overtaken late by Earnhardt's Chevrolet. "It looked to me like they were doing just fine," Schrader said of the Fords. "I don't know what else they want." NASCAR is the party caught in the middle, trying to please every-; one but seemingly pleasing no one in this case. > Bye, Bye Celtics fire head coach Chrifl Ford, Page B4

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