The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 10, 2001 · Page 17
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TUESDAY APRIL 10, 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Sports SCOREBOARD/ D2 GIRLS SOCCER / D3 ALMANAC / D4 T PRO BASKETBALL Flax: Cagerz will be ^selective^ If available, Kelly will be reunited with former coach; Chenowith out of picture By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal Francis Flax isn't wanting for players in his first season as general manager and head coach of the Kansas Cagerz. Agents have been calling him virtually non-stop in recent days in an attempt to find places for their clients to play this summer. "Everybody's got players," Flax said. "I'm trying to be real selective who we bring in here.We want them to represent the Cagerz and carry the name the way it should be when we go on the road." USBL draft What: United States Basketball League Draft. When: Today, 5 p.m. Rounds: Six Cagerz's pick: No. 8 in first round On the clock: Maryland Mustangs The selection process begins in earnest today when Flax participates in the annual USBL draft. The draft starts at 5 p.m. with the Cagerz making their selections by telephone from Coaches sports bar, 2018 S. Ninth. The public is invited to attend. Flax and assistant coach Jon Bishop spent Monday afternoon studying player availability sheets and finalizing their draft plans. The Cagerz will have the No. 8 pick in the first round. The draft consists of six rounds. The Maryland Mustangs, a new franchise, have the first pick. The Mustangs are coached by former Boston Celtic great Robert Parrish with longtime NBA veteran Harvey Grant his assistant. Brooklyn picks third followed by Atlantic City, Oklahoma, Long Island, Florida, the Cagerz, Pennsylvania and Dodge City. Flax, who is athletics director and men's basketball coach at Brown Mackie, said he hopes to go back to the future with his first round pick — former BMC standout Darren KeUy, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who finished his collegiate career this spring following two outstanding seasons at Texas. He averaged 15.3 points and 4.6 rebounds and was a third-team all-Big 12 selection. "If he's available we're going to take him first," Flax said. "He had an outstanding week at the Portsmouth (Va., NBA) tryout camp. He was 24 of 34 from the field. Right now they project him as a high second-round pick in the NBA draft. I think his ticket to the first round is to come here and play" Flax said the Cagerz will not select former Kansas center Eric Chenowith, as previously planned. "We have heard Chenowith is holding out until the Desert Classic (NBA See CAGERZ, Page D3 AP file photo The Kansas Cagerz covet former Brown Mackie and Texas standout Darren Kelly (left) with their first pick. TGOLF Tiger's future bright Remarkable Woods continues to dazzle and get this: He's 25 By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bobby Jones won the Grand Slam in 1930, was treated to a ticker-tape parade in New York, then quietly retired from golf. Don't waste any confetti on Tiger Woods. He's only getting started. Still a decade away from WOODS reaching his prime, the 25- year-old Woods became the first player in modern golf to win four straight professional majors with another clutch performance in the Masters. "I've had some special things happen to me," Woods said. "But to win four consecutive majors ... I don't think I've ever accomplished anything this great." It was only fitting that Woods claimed such an astounding feat at Augusta National, a course that Jones conceived for a tournament he created in 1934. While Woods added his sixth major to continue a rapid pursuit of the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, his unique version of the Grand Slam was linked with Jones, who won the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open and British Amateur in 1930. Woods' clean sweep of the majors covered 294 days over two seasons — his 15-stroke victory in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in June, the British Open at St. Andrews and a thrilling playoff victory at the PGA Championship. The remarkable journey ended at Augusta in a dramatic final round against chief rivals David Duval and Phil Mickelson, both seeking their first major "It's very difficult to win any of these major golf tournaments," Duval said after missing birdie chances on the final two holes to finish two strokes behind, the fourth straight year he was in contention at the Masters. Woods now has won five of the last six majors, has been in the lead 13 of the past 16 rounds in the majors and has played the last four in 65-under par. Whether his sweep should be considered a slam is subject to debate. Arnold Palmer, who created the idea of a professional Grand Slam in 1960, said his idea was winning them all in a calendar year. Nicklaus agrees. Woods stayed out of the argument, noting with satisfaction that he can line up all four of the trophies on his coffee table at home. Not long after he holed an 18- foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 4-under 68 and a four-day total of 272, talk swiftly changed See WOODS, Page D3 Gridiron great retires After being released by the Dallas Cowboys In March, Troy Aikman announced his retirement Monday. Aikman started for Dallas for 12 seasons and led the team to three Super Bowl championships during his career. Regular season passing Attempts: 4,715 Completions: 2,898 Yards: 32,942 Touchdown passes: 165 Interceptions: 141 Postseason passing Attempts: 502 Completions: 320 Yards: 3,849 Touchdown passes: 23 interceptions: 17 Aikman SOURCES: Dallas Cowboys: NFL By JAIME ARON The Associated Press AP Family and health prompt three- time Super Bowl champion quarterback to call it quits I RVING, Texas — Troy Aikman's NFL career ended with the Dallas Cowboys after all. The three-time Super Bowl champion announced his retirement at a news conference Monday at Texas Stadium, where he starred for 12 seasons. "You watch and you think that your time will never come," said Aikman, fighting back tears. "And, my time's come." Aikman had four concussions in his last 20 starts — • Redskins acquire giving him lo • Lockett / Page D3 in his career — and has a degenerative back problem. "I know it's the right thing for me because of my health, concussions, the back problems I've had. It took its toll," he said. Aikman said the competitor in him wanted to continue, but he said his family weighed in his decision. "I think when all things are considered it was the right thing for me and my family," Aikman said. "I just can't do it anymore. If it was just me, then I think it would be a little easier to try to go on." Aikman regained his composure as he talked about his time with the Cowboys in a news conference that lasted almost an hour and a half as he went point by point thanking people. He spoke after a film clip that covered him from a young child to the Super Bowl. "It was 12 of the best years of my life, professionally speaking," Aikman said. "We had some great fun." "I'm going to miss the camaraderie with my teammates," he said. "I'm going to miss the locker room after a big game." See AIKMAN, Page D3 T WILLIE STARGELL: 1940-2001 •• 1 -a [..r.:<^::.:.-::'.-—-''-''^ . \- ii .Uj :iifv;; Iff it iiiia AP file photo With his 12-year career as Dallas Cowboys quarterback cut short by a string of concussions, standout Troy Aikman opted to retire from the game Monday. Pirates' dynamic leader, slugger dies Hall of Famer, prolific home-run hitter led Pirates to two World Series titles By ALAN ROBINSON The Associated Press Career highlights • Led the National League in home runs In 1971 (48 and 1973(44;. • National League RBI leader in 1973 (119). • All-star in 1964-66, 7173, 78. SOURCES: Compiled from AP wire reports: Major League Baseball PITTSBURGH — The Family has lost its patriarch. Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, who led the Pirates to two World Series victories with his tape- measure homers, died of a stroke Monday at age 61. He had been in failing health for several years with a kidney disorder, according to officials at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C., where he died. The Pirates opened their new ballpark Monday and unveiled a 12-foot bronze statue of the man known as "Pops." They postponed a formal ceremony dedicating the statue because Stargell could not attend. "Now, every opening day at PNC Park, everybody will know this is Willie Stargell's day," said Chuck Tanner, Stargell's manager from 1977-82. "He's up there, and he knows the Pirates are opening today" One of the greatest home run hit,ters ever, in volume and in distance, Stargell hit 475 homers — many of them soaring, majestic shots that rattled a pitcher's confidence. With Stargell batting cleanup for most of his 20-year career, the Pirates won World Series championships and NL pennants in 1971 and 1979 and six NL East titles from 1970-79. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. Stargell was a dynamic leader See STARGELL, Page D3 T BASEBALL Yanks thump Royals New York shows it packs a punch even without Williams By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press Yankees Royals KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Minus Bernie Williams, the New York Yankees still overwhelmed the Kansas City Royals. The powerful Yankees romped 13-4 Monday night, their fourth straight victory over the outclassed Royals. "Obviously, we're a better team with Bernie here," said Derek Jeter, whose four hits included an RBI triple in a seven- run seventh inning. "But we're still capable of scoring runs." Williams, a four-time All-Star, left Monday morning to be with his ailing father in Puerto Rico. But the Yankees did not miss a beat, rapping out 19 hits and winning for the 27th time in 33 games against the franchise they once dueled annually for the AL pennant. "Even without Bernie, this is a good lineup," said Jorge Posada, who homered for the third game in a row and drove in four runs. "We're going to miss Bernie dearly Hopefully, everything is all right with him. But we've got a very good lineup. All we've got to do is get on base." Every Yankee starter had at least two hits except Chuck Knoblauch, who was O-for-4. "Knobby will get his tomorrow," said manager Joe Torre with a grin. Kansas City manager Tony Muser, who has seen his team lose four straight to the Yanks this year by the combined score of 29-9, could see only one bright spot. "Nobody got deadpanned. There might have been another reason for optimism. "We've got the Yankees just two more games and we don't play them anymore," Muser said. Scott Brosius had three RBIs for the Yankees, who in their last two games against Toronto and the Royals have scored 29 runs on 39 hits. Posada, who had his first career grand slam in Sunday's 165 romp over Toronto, hit a three- run homer off Blake Stein in the third inning. Posada added an RBI single in the seventh, and finished with three hits and three runs scored. One pitch after Jeter's triple, Paul O'Neill's two-run homer off Kris Wilson made it 13-2 in the seventh. In seven games this year. injured," he seven Posada has four home runs and 14 RBIs. He has eight RBIs against the Royals, with four coming on opening day "I feel relaxed, and that's what we need," he said. "I feel balanced, I feel relaxed, I feel comfortable. A lot of things are happening when I'm at the plate." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavldson@saljournal.com

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