The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 6, 1986 · Page 11
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The Salina Journal Monday, January 6,1986 Page 11 Ueberroth to begin drug inquisition Matt Millen (right) of the Los Angeles Raiders takes a swing at New England general manager Patrick Sullivan after Sunday's AFC playoff game. Raiders, Patriot GM scuffle LOS ANGELES (AP) - A brief scuffle erupted Sunday following the New England Patriots AFC playoff victory over the Los Angeles Raiders between Raiders players Howie Long and Matt' Millen and New England general manager Patrick Sullivan. Sullivan's father, Patriots owner Billy Sullivan, attributed the fracas to bad blood between his family and Al Davis, managing general partner of the Raiders. According to. both Sullivans and Long, Patrick Sullivan spent a good part of New England's 27-20 victory heckling Long, a native of Boston, for remarks he was quoted as making about the Patriots' organization in Boston newspapers last week. "Sullivan was yelling at me throughout the game from the New England sidelines. He's the jellyfish of Foxboro," said the 6-foot-5, 275- pound Long, who also referred to the Patriots' general manager as "a wimp" and "spineless." "At the end of the game I walked up and faked like I was going to hit him to make him squirm. I wish there weren't laws to protect this guy." "I wasn't yelling at nun the whole game, I was only yelling at him half the game," said Sullivan. Sullivan said that as he was talking to Long outside the runway leading to the locker rooms, Millen, a 250-pound linebacker, came up behind him and struck nun on the back of the head with a helmet." "I was seeing a couple of stars and my players pulled me away," said the 33-year-old Sullivan, who is of average size. "Was I going to go after him? That would be pretty silly." Billy Sullivan, meanwhile, suggested that Long's attitude was the result of an attitude handed down by Davis. Sullivan was one of the most vocal opponents to Davis' move of the Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles in 1982. "I'm disappointed they have to reach that low ebb," Billy Sullivan said of the Raiders' players. "I think it reflects the character of the guy on top—Davis." But Long said his attitude had nothing to do with the conflict between the owners. "I don't know the father," he said. "I just think he (Patrick) is a classless slob." Morris wins Spalding tourney PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Tim Norris lost the tournament lead briefly by taking consecutive bogeys, then birdied three holes on Pebble Beach's back nine for a 1-under-par 71 Sunday to win the $200,000 Spalding Invitational. "I didn't think it was any time to panic, not with all those tough holes coming up. So I hung in there," Norris said after finishing with a 72- hole total of 272. Dan Forsman, who began the final round two strokes off the lead, closed with a 72 and tied for second with Mark Brooks, the young Texan who had a 7-under 65 in the heavy mist which covered the course Sunday. They both had 12-under totals of 275 in the non-tour event which was played on three courses. Greg Norman and George Archer were next at 278. U.S. Open champion Andy North was at 279 along with Rod Curl, England's Howard Clark, Don Pooley and two-tune Spalding winner Peter Oosterhuis. Norris, 28, three-putted for bogeys at the eighth and ninth holes. Tim Norris Forsman, after a double-bogey at the seventh, went birdie-par to pull into a tie for the lead, and Brooks was only two strokes behind at that point. "Tim played his normal game. I expected him to hit a lot of fairways and greens, and that's what he did," said Forsman, whose Quad Cities Open victory last year earned him a spot in the PGA's Tournament of Champions which begins Wednesday in Southern Calif ornia. Norris regained the lead when Forsman, playing with him, bogeyed the llth hole. He birdied No. 12 with a 5-foot putt and No. 16 with a 25-footer. He tapped in a short putt at the 18th for his final birdie after a sensational shot from the fairway, Norris, a native of Fresno, Calif., who now lives in El Paso, Texas, is not eligible for the Tournament of Champions. He has won almost $300,000 in five tour seasons, but his only tournament victory was in 1982 at the Greater Hartford Open. He required wrist surgery soon after taking that title. "I feel good about winning here. It was a good field. There were 10 players who are going to the Tournament of Champions," Norris said. "I didn't come here to relax and see the sights. I came here to play golf." Irwin easily wins Bahamas golf tourney PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Veteran Hale Irwin compiled a 5-under-par 67 and scored a run-away six- stroke victory in the new Bahamas Classic golf tournament Sunday. "In a tournament like this, you're playing for two things," said the 40-year-old Irwin. "There's the money, of course. "And you're looking for a good, solid, positive start to the season." Irwin got both. His 269 total, a distant 19 strokes under par on the Paradise Island Golf Club course, was worth $72,000 from the total purse of $300,000. The tournament, being played for the first time, is an approved and co-ordinated event of the PGA Tour, but is not classified as official and the prize money is not counted on the official money-winning list. But it served as a major confidence-builder and stamped Irwin, winner of 17 American tour titles and two U.S. Opens, as a factor to be considered in next week's Tournament of Champions. "Getting off to a start like this, it just sets up your whole season for you. It seems to make everything easier," Irwin said. Hoosiers lose, 77-74 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Senior forward Larry Polec, whose four free throws in the last 23 seconds helped Michigan State hold off No. 15 Indiana 77-74 Sunday in Big Ten Conference basketball, said the Spartans have no problems with motivation in Bloomington. "I don't know if it's because we're playing IU or at Assembly Hall or (Indiana Coach) Bobby Knight. We all seem to get up for the game,'' said Polec, who had 18 points and has averaged 16 in his last three outings. "I think I played well because Indiana is a small quick club and they match up to us evenly. That's when our team does the best," Polec said. "They made as many errors as we did, but we were lucky to come out on top." The Spartans, up 39-37 at halftime, built their lead to 15 points at 57-42 in the first 5:16 of the second half. Indiana stormed back in a 22-9 scoring spree over the next 10 minutes and tied the game 70-70 on junior guard Steve Alford's 3-point play with 1:35 remaining. Sophomore forward Carlton Valentine, who topped Michigan State with 21 points, then made two free throws to give the Spartans the lead again and they hit five of six more free throws in the last 23 seconds, including the four by Polec and one by freshman guard Darryl Johnson, to seal the win. "We feel fortunate to win this basketball game, that the ball bounced the right way for us at the end," said Spartan Coach Jud Heathcote. "I have to give Indiana credit for the great comeback. We were keying the zone to try to stop Alford. I told the team before the game that we couldn't let him get 30 points or we'd get beat. He had 23 but he had to work hard to get those," Heathcote added. Knight said the first half of the game was more critical than the conclusion. "We made some mistakes in the first half at the defensive end and gave away some baskets that put us in a more difficult position than we should have been at the half," Knight said. "We weren't able to control Valentine. He's the guy who deserves more credit than anyone else who played in the game today," Knight added. Alford got 17 of his game-high 23 points in the second half. Freshman guard Rick Calloway added 20 for the Hoosiers. It was Indiana's seventh consecutive Big Ten defeat at home, going back to least season, and the Hoosiers now are 0-2 in league play and 8-4 overall. Michigan State is 1-1 in the Big Ten and 10-2 overall. Marquette wins ROSEMONT, 111. (AP) - Kerry Trotter scored 14 points, including two free-throws with five seconds left, to lead Marquette to a come- from-behind 72-70 non-conference win over Loyola on Sunday. David Boone scored 16 of his game- high 24 points in the second half as Marquette, 7-4, erased a 20-point deficit. 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 and other drugs. 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. Madlock's name was linked during the trial with amphetamines. 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. We'll just see what happens. "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. 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