The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 5, 1986 · Page 14
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 14

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, January 5, 1986
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Ueberroth begins drug inquisition Ueberroth NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth begins his drug inquisition this week, planning to meet in January with as many as 24 players whose names have been linked with cocaine. While the commissioner has said suspensions and fines could result from the meetings, the players union says it hopes the commissioner will remember his stated purpose : to help, not punish. Most of the players interviewed will be accompanied by lawyers, and Don Fehr, acting executive director of the union, said, "I expect to be present at all or substantially all of the meetings. The players have the right, as a matter of law, to be represented both by us and by their own legal counsel, if they so choose." Keith Hernandez of the New York Mets was expected to be among the first players to meet with Ueberroth on Tuesday. The meeting schedule likely will be informal and flexible to accomodate players' travel problems. Ueberroth sent letters to 24 players on Nov. 27, advising them they would be called to meetings in January. Of the 24 players, seven testified last September at the Pittsburgh federal drug trial of former Phillies caterer Curtis Strong, 12 more were named in testimony and five others admitted drug use at other times. Strong was sentenced to 12 years in prison for selling cocaine to players. The seven who testified were Hernandez, Dale Berra, Dave Parker, Lonnie Smith, Jeff Leonard, Enos Cabell and John Milner, who has retired as a player and is under no obligation to meet with Ueberroth. The 12 named in testimony were Joaquin Andujar, Rod Scurry, Bill Madlock, Gary Matthews, Lee Lacy, Tim Raines, Al Holland, Dusty Baker, Lary Sorensen, Derrel Thomas, Dickie Noles and Manny Sarmiento. The remaining five, all of whom have undergone drug rehabilitation, were Alan Wiggins, Daryl Sconiers, Claudell Washington, Mike Norris and Vida Blue. Although the commissioner's office no longer is commenting on the meetings, Ueberroth told The Sporting News in December that any decisions on punishment would depend on the individual hearings and would not be made until all players had been interviewed. "I'll keep an open mind until I have an opportunity to talk to each of the men involved," Ueberroth said. "I'll give them all a chance to sit down and chat about it. I've got some real concerns." At the players' annual meeting in Hawaii last month, Fehr said one of his concerns was that the meetings not become a publicity show. "I don't know what they will be like," Fehr said last week. "We will be, when appropriate, consulting with players and their legal counsel to render any assistance we can. "The players have remembered the commissioner's prior statements that his interest is in helping, not in disciplining, and those statements have not gone unnoticed," Fehr said. The clubs to whom these players are under contract were understandably concerned about the possibility of suspensions. Andujar, a pitcher, was traded from St. Louis to Oakland during baseball's winter meetings last month. A's vice president Sandy Alderson said the club had made some polite inquiries before the trade and was satisfied the deal was a "prudent risk." Alderson would not elaborate. Andujar will be represented by Randy Hendricks, an attorney and the brother of his agent, Alan Hendricks, during any interview with Ueberroth. "I don't know what Oakland had in mind," Mets senior vice president Al Harazin said. "Of course we hope we won't have to make any changes on the field. That's true of everybody's club. You want to put your best club on the field, but those decisions are up to the commissioner, and we'll wait and see what happens." The Salina Journal Sunday, January 5,1986 Page 14 PGA slate expands to 46 stops in 1986 Confident Manning makes strides toward reaching potential ByDOUG TUCKER AP Sports Writer LAWRENCE — It sounds like an innocent compliment. But the "Great Potential" label can be a heavy burden when carried by the very young. Just ask Danny Manning, a towering man-child in North Carolina who was hailed by many as the greatest high school basketball player in North America. Every basketball program this side of the NBA craved the quick, agile, youngster. At 6-foot-ll, said the experts, he had the height to play center, the keen shooting eye to be a forward and the deft ball-handling skills of a point guard. Eyebrows arched skyward — especially in basketball-crazy North Carolina — when his father announced that he had a new job. A former professional basketball player who had most recently made his living driving a truck, Ed Manning had accepted an offer to be an assistant coach for Larry Brown at Kansas. So the family moved west and Danny played his senior year at Lawrence High School before announcing, as everyone knew he would, that Kansas was his choice for college. Many predicted an immediate trip to the NCAA Final Four for the Jayhawks. They didn't quite make it, losing by two points to Auburn in the second round of the tournament. Manning as a freshman disappointed only the most rabid Jayhawk supporters. He averaged more than 14 points and seven rebounds and led the team with 58 steals. He also had 108 assists and 34 blocked shots. Nevertheless, there were those who were disappointed. It was obvious Manning still had a great deal of growing to do. And especially nettlesome to the more point-minded Jayhawk followers was their star freshman's habit of passing off to his teammates instead of taking all the good shots himself. "Danny Manning will be first-team all-Big Eight," Brown had boldly predicted. But in fact, he was only second- team, although a runaway winner in balloting for the league's Newcomer of the Year. This season has seen a more dominating, more aggressive Manning. As a team, the Jayhawks have matured into a definite contender for national honors. And Brown has made it clear to Manning what will be expected of him — more scoring and more floor leadership. And just as he shouldered the "Great Potential," Manning has accepted the dictates of his coach. "I have to go and assert myelf every night, try to play hard every night," Manning said after a recent game. I've just got to try to set an example for the other players on the court. Brown is asking a lot of Manning, who is a quiet, passive youngster by nature. "I don't really worry about that," Manning said. "I just want to go out and play and try to play hard. I think I've always been an unselfish player, and when I score and go to the hoop, it takes a lot of pressure off the other players." He admits his level of confidence is much higher than it was as a freshman. "I'm playing with a lot more confidence. I'm not scared to shoot the ball and I'll take the shot if I'm open," he said. "I have to go out and play hard every night and assert Census begins to find bald eagle popula tion ATLANTA (AP) - Biologists and volunteers are fanning out across the country the next two weeks to try to evaluate the status of the bald eagle, the endangered symbol of the United States. The In the wild searchers are hoping to find more birds than they did last year when 20 of the 38 states which took part in the 1985 survey reported more bald eagles than they did in 1984. But since data was not collected in 10 of the 48 adjacent states, national totals are hard to compare. The survey found 10,985 eagles in the 38 states, compared with 11,819 in 1984, when 42 states were counted. Dropping the states which did not participate in 1985,10,579 eagles were found in 1984, meaning a total of 406 more eagles were found in the 43 states which took part both years. States which took part in the 1984 survey, but not in 1985 were Georgia, which reported 16 eagles in 1984; Idaho, 542 eagles in 1984; Montana, 420 eagles in 1984; Nevada, 96 in 1984; and Wisconsin, 166 in 1984. The states which did not participate either year a?e California, Florida, Maine, Michigan and Oregon. Each year since 1979, the National Wildlife Federation has coordinated the mid-winter eagle survey. State endangered and nongame species experts, with volunteer help, fly over or hike through eagle country, trying to count the birds. They check all known nesting sites and likely sites, hoping to find new nests. Nebraska led the way in the 1985 survey when final data was released in December. It showed a bald eagle population of 746, up from 388 a year earlier and 204 in 1979. Utah surveyors found 1,263 eagles, up from 901 in 1984 and Washington had 1,828 eagles, compared with 1,525 a year earlier. The 1985 figures may be up because of "ideal counting conditions," said Maurice LeFranc, director of the federation's Institute of Wildlife Research. "During previous years, the survey was hampered in key areas of the country by severe cold and heavy precipitation," LeFranc said. While excellent weather and an apparent general overall increase were found this year, there were some states with dramatic declines. Searchers in Wyoming found only 211 birds, down from 482 in 1984. Missouri found 758 eagles, compared with 975 a year earlier. Along the Mississippi River, which was counted as a separate unit, 1,299 eagles were counted, down from 1,468 in 1984. Only Rhode Island reported no eagles. Vermont reported two, New Hampshire three and Delaware four. CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — The MONY-Tournament of Champions serves as the official kick-off event this week on a rearranged, expanded and enriched PGA Tour schedule. The 1986 schedule includes 46 official events — three more than lasjt year — plus seven others that have approved but unofficial status. The entire tour, which opened with the unofficial Bahamas Classic last week, has at least one tournament through Dec. 14,1986 and has stops in at least four countries, not including the British Open. Although purses for all events have not been announced, the tour's total purse is expected to surpass the $25 million distributed last year. The Vantage Championship in San Antonio, Texas, and the new International tournament in Denver will help increase the 1986 total. Each has a purse of $1 million or more, as does the Las Vegas Invitational. In addition, there's more than $3 million from the unofficial tournaments and a new, $2 million bonus pool. The figures apply only to the men on the main PGA Tour and does not include the women's tour and Seniors circuit. The Seniors also open their growing, prospering tour this week with a concurrent Tournament of Champions at the La Costa Country Club. The Seniors T of C offers $100,000 in prize money and ushers in a 30- tournament schedule with a total value of about $6 million. The T of C also represents one of the major changes on the tour for the year. It moves from its traditional April date to the first official event of the season and is being played in connection with the rest of the West Coast swing. "The Tournament of Champions is now to golf what the Super Bowl is to football and the World Series is to baseball," said Allard Roen, general chairman of the event. "All the champions of 1985 can now battle it out to determine the champion of champions." The tournament has a Wednesday- through-Saturday format to avoid conflict with Sunday telecasts of the NFL conference championships. The T of C, bringing together the winners of offical tour events from the last 12 months, also underscores what happened in U.S. golf during the past year. Among the missing names are Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino. None was a winner, and in their absence golf was unable to produce a clear leader or leaders during 1985. Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins each won three tournaments in 1985, the only players to win that many in two full seasons. "There are so many good players now, not great players but dozens and dozens of really good players, that it's all but impossible for a man to win more than two or three tournaments a year," said veteran Hale Irwin, a two-time U.S. Open champion who will be making his 13th appearance in the Tournament of Champions. "The days of a player winning six or seven or eight tournaments, like Johnny (Miller) did a few years ago, those days are gone forever," he said. But Watson, winner of a record six Player of the Year designations, is not so sure. "Someone always will establish themselves as No. 1," said Watson, who is changing his schedule in an attempt to regain his dominant position in the game. Irwin, Hoch share Bahamas lead Danny Manning has become a more confident, aggressive player his sophomore year at Kansas. myself on the court. Coach Brown tells us we have to get better individually and as a team." Playing in the National Sports Festival last summer turned out to be one the best things that ever happened to him, Manning says. "The National Sports Festival was a great help to me leadership-wise. I was one of the oldest guys on the team." That had never happened for Danny Manning before. He did not mind one bit letting some of the younger kids on the Sports Festival teams put in some time of their own dragging around the "Great Potential" label. PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Hale Irwin rode a back nine of 29 and an unbroken finishing string of four consecutive birdies to a tie for the lead with Scott Hoch Saturday in the third round of the new Bahamas Classic. "Just trying to stay up with the young fellows," said the 40-year-old Irwin after he'd tied the course record at the Paradise Island Golf Club with an 8-under-par 64. "That's the good news. The bad news is that there's still one day to go," Irwin said after completing 54 holes in 202,14 shots under par in the $300,000 tournament that serves as the unofficial kickoff event for the 1986 PGA Tour schedule. Hoch, winner of three tour events, moved up with a third round 67 in warm, sunny, muggy weather. That was good enough to put him in the deadlock with Irwin going into Sunday's final round of the chase for a $72,000 first prize. It was two shots back to Ed Fiori, at 204 after a 69. The three young men who shared the second round lead — Bob Tway, rookie Davis Love III and Bob Lohr —couldn't keep pace. Tway matched par 72 and was at 205. Love had a 73 and was tied at 206 with Jeff Sluman, who had a 69. And Lohr took a 74 that left him tied at 207 with Mark McCumber, who had an erratic 70. SALINA AUTO SALVAGE |f we don't have it...we can get it. Telephone Service to 65 cities 1 1 /« Miles North on Highway 81 827-5686 GOOD/YEAR TIEMPO-N ALL SEASON RADIAL $3g69 P155/80R13 Whitewall P185/80R13. WH P185/75R14 WH P195/75R14 WH P205/75R14 WH P205/75R15 WH P215/75R15 WH P225/75R15 WH P235/75R15 WH HARDWARE STORES While Supplies Last 6-Pc. Precision Screwdriver Set designed with swivel handles and strong steel blad" for easy fingertip control when tightening or loosening small screws. 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