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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1996 B3 BIG 12 NOTEBOOK MASON By The Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas — Selected comments from Big 12 North Division coaches during their weekly conference call Monday: Kansas (2-1, 0-0) Next game: Saturday, Oklahoma Coach Glen Mason said the Jay- hawks' 45-42 Shootout loss to Utah, which brought the Western Athletic Conference's record against Big 12 teams to 6-5 this season, was a bitter pill to swallow. "We really thought we played hard out there and faced a good Utah team, and we knew they'd be good. That's the reason they were picked to win the WAC by most people." Kansas' loss left cross-state rival Kansas State and Baylor as the lone undefeated Big 12 teams, though Mason said it's too early to decide anything yet. "We're not even out of September yet, and a lot of people are trying to pick who the national champion is." Kansas fell out of the rankings with its first loss of the season. Mason said the polls rely largely on reputation, and teams like his who aren't traditional football powers tend to fall fast after defeats. "Sometimes you can lose to a team high in the rankings, like Florida, and boom, you're out of the rankings. Others can lose two games and still be ranked." Kansas State (4-0,1-0) Next game: Saturday, Nebraska Coach Bill Snyder said he doesn't take his 16th ranking despite an undefeated record as a sign that voters don't respect his Wildcats, who had a weekend off to prepare for the two-time defending national champion Corn- huskers. "I don't know that anyone ever saw Kansas State as a top 15 or top 20 team before. For us not to be ranked as high as a team like Nebraska is certainly understandable. I don't think we've put ourselves in a position yet to be in that upper echelon." Snyder said there's much more to beating a team like Nebraska than loading up on the running game and forcing green quarterback Scott. Frost to the air. , "I know Arizona State was successful (in a 19-0 upset two weeks ago), but I know Nebraska didn't play as well as they're capable of playing." Missouri (1-3, 0-2) Next game: Saturday, at Southern Methodist Coach Larry Smith said his Tigers can't get too down after giving up 378 rushing yards to Troy Davis, whose Iowa State Cyclones scored 21 fourth-quarter points in a 45-31 victory last Saturday. "It's very clear a great player such as troy Davis basically took over the game. We've just got to move on from it and put it behind us and get ready for SMU." Smith said the Mustangs, who are gunning to make the Western Athletic Conference 7-5 over the ballyhooed Big 12, are an imposing threat despite their 31-3 loss to Brigham Young Saturday. "They drove a number of times into BYU territory and got turned SNYDER away, and BYU didn't score in the second half. Their beating Arkansas was no fluke; they've got an aggressive defense and a wide-open offense." Smith says SMU quarterback Ramon Flanigan poses many problems. "He has a gun of an arm, and they consistently play three, four or even five receivers. He's very versatile at running the football if you don't rush, and if you rush too many he'll pick you apart." Iowa State (2-2,1-0) Next game: Oct. 12, Texas A&M Coach Dan McCarney said the Cyclones' victory over Missouri was a watershed event for a program that traditionally has been a Big Eight doormat. "It was the first time in 69 games that we had two wins in a row here at Iowa State. It's not a big deal for some programs, but it's a big deal for a program that was winless 22 months ago when we got here." McCarney recognizes that Iowa State must keep winning to help star running back Troy Davis the kind of acclaim it takes to win a Heisman Trophy. Davis, who leads the nation in rushing by averaging 229 yards per game, has done the legwork himself. 'The obvious thing that happened in 1995 (when Davis finished fourth) was we only won three football games. We've already been on television twice this year, so there's already been some national exposure." Colorado (3-1,1-0) Next game: Oct. 12, Oklahoma State Colorado coach Rick Neuhelsel said the news of Texas A&M's demise has been greatly exaggerated, and the Aggies showed him something during the Buffaloes' 2410 victory Saturday. "We didn't play a pretty game, but fortunately we got out of there with a win. They are a good team, and they're going to be fine, but certainly so are the Buffaloes." Neuheisel said Colorado's propensity for drawing penalty flags is becoming a distraction. "I believe a little bit I learned in law school about self-fulfilling prophecies. I'm inclined to make sure we're stressing it, and maybe talk to individuals making more mistakes than others.' 'The team knows the issue. It isn't like they don't understand the significance of not shooting ourselves in the feet. We're going to make sure we coach it real hard and all that kind of stuff. But I'm not going to harp and harp and harp on it." Nebraska (3-1, 0-0) Next game: Saturday, at Kansas State Coach Tom Osborne said he liked what he saw out of his entire team in a 65-9 victory over Colorado State last Saturday, though he cautioned that the Big 12 trip to Kansas State this Saturday will be a battle. "I think Bill Snyder's put them in the upper echelon. The facilities are excellent and the players are excellent. I think they've got as good athletes as any team in the Big 12, and I'm very serious about that." The 19-0 loss to Arizona State two weeks ago pretty much ensures that no one should catch the Cornhuskers by surprise from here on out, Osborne said. "Believe me, we're scratching our heads right now and working as hard as we can work. Kansas State has a very, very strong football team. This is not hype, and this is not the usual commentary coaches come out with on Monday morning. They've got a great football team." Osborne added that this year's Wildcats are at least as good as the Kansas State team that went 10-2 a year ago. V BASEBALL V BASKETBALL Pacers re-sign Miller By The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Reggie Miller, the Indiana Pacers' career scoring leader, signed a new contract Monday and joined the team for the start of training camp in North Carolina. The Pacers announced the signing just before the team left to start training camp in North Carolina. At a news conference earlier at Market Square Arena, Pacers coach Larry Brown said he expected the signing and anticipated Miller would make the team's night. "I don't think he would have flown in last night or gone through physicals today without wanting to be here," Brown said. Jalen Rose, obtained in an off- season trade with Denver, was also enthusiastic over starting training camp with Miller. "Everybody knows the kind of player Reggie is, just me and him in the backcourt. I (can) just imagine how strong that will be with our size, versatility and trash talking," Rose said. Before the signing was confirmed by the Pacers, Brown praised Pacers' owners Herb and Mel Simon, along with club president Donnie Walsh, for signing Miller, Dale Davis and Antonio Davis to contracts during the off- season. All three had become free agents in the offseason. Miller was not immediately available for comment. Miller is the only Pacer ever to start in an NBA All-Star game Red Sox, Phillies fire managers Kennedy, Fregosi out after teams struggle; Marlins seek Leyland By The Associated Press Jim Fregosi is out in Philadelphia and Kevin Kennedy is out in Boston as major league teams made managerial moves Monday, on the eve of the postseason. Meanwhile, the Florida Marlins offered their vacant job to Jim Leyland, whose successor in Pittsburgh apparently will be Pirates coach Gene Lamont. Fregosi, who led the Phillies to the 1993 National League pennant, was fired by general manager Lee Thomas. They have had differences over the direction of the team, and the change had been expected. "He's still a fine manager," Thomas said. "And before anybody begins to think otherwise, still a friend." Since the Phillies' World Series loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, they have had three straight losing seasons. The Phillies' 67-95 record this year was the worst in the National League. Fregosi, reportedly being considered for the vacancy in California, leaves as the Phillies' fourth-winningest manager at 431-463. Including previous stints with the Angels and the Chicago White Sox, his overall managerial record is 861-937. Thomas said he has not settled on a replacement, dismissing reports that third-base coach Larry Bowa would be the next manager. Kennedy was fired despite a 171-135 record over two seasons that included last year's AL East division title and a third-place finish this season after a franchise-worst 2-12 start. But he did it in a player-friendly style that angered the Boston management. Owner John Harrington was believed to be especially miffed at Kennedy regarding the parting shots of longtime Red Sox Mike Greenwell and Roger Clemens, who have criticized management's hard-line tactics. Duquette blamed Kennedy for failing to win the players over to management's point of view, and said Kennedy failed to address in spring training major fielding failures that characterized the first part of the season. But his supporters would argue that Duquette filled the team with designated hitters and fielders playing out of position, then acted surprised when they led the league in errors through the early part of the season. "I truly thought I was going to be back. I wanted to be back," Kennedy said Monday night on a Boston radion station. "I understand this business, and when you take a manager's job, you have to have thick skin I leave here with good memories. I have nothing bad to say about Boston." A source close to Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga described the and was a member of Dream Team III, which won the gold medal in the Olympics this past summer. He is the first player in NBA history to hit 100 or more 3- pointers in six consecutive seasons. Miller is the franchise's career leader in scoring with 14,073 points. Miller, whose heroics sparked the Pacers to the seventh game of the Eastern Conference finals in 1994 and 1995, also holds the franchise record for field goals made and attempted, 3-point field goals made and attempted, 3-point field goal percentage, free throws made and attempted. Scott rejoins Lakers INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Byron Scott, a free-agent guard who spent the first 10 years of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, signed a contract with the team Monday. Terms were not announced. Scott, 35, averaged 10.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 23.7 minutes in 80 games for the Vancouver Grizzlies last season. He was originally a first-round draft choice of the San Diego Clippers in 1983, but they traded him to the Lakers before he ever played a game with them. Scott averaged 16.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 767 games with the Lakers, helping them win NBA championships in 1985,1987 and 1988. He spent two seasons with Indiana before joining the Grizzlies in the expansion draft. Scott has a career scoring average of 14.7 points in 994 games. CLASS 6A 1. Olathe North (1) 4-0 2. Manhattan (2) 3-0 3. Lawrence (3) 3-1 4. Olathe East (4) 3-1 5. Wichita West (5) 3-1 This week — Leavenworth at Olathe North;Salina South at Manhattan; Olathe South at Lawrence; SM Northwest at Olathe East {Thursday); Wichita West at Wichita East. CLASS 5A 1. Liberal (1) 4-0 2. Salina Central (2) 4-0 3. Wichita Carroll (4) 4-0 4. Pittsburg (NR) 3-1 5. Blue Valley North (NR) 4-0. This week — Liberal, idle; Topeka West at Salina Central; Wichita South at Wichita Carroll; Pittsburg at Carthage, Mo.; Blue Valley Northwest at Blue Valley North. CLASS 4A 1. Ulysses (1) 4-0 2. Paola (3) 4-0 3. Andale (4) 4-0 4. Fort Scott (5) 4-0 5. Sabetha (7) 4-0 6. Marysvllle (9) 3-1 7. Wellington (2) 3-t 8. Santa Fe Trail (NR) 4-0 9. Scott City (6) 3-1 10. Fredonla (NR) 4-0 This week — TMP-Marian at Ulysses; Paola at Gardner-Edgerton; Andale at Medicine Lodge; Fort Scott at Labette County; Sabetha at Royal Valley; Clay Center at Marysville; Buhler at Wellington; Santa Fe Trail at lola; Hoisington at Scott City; Burlington at Fredonia. CLASS 3A 1. Silver Lake (1) 4-0 2. Norton (2) 4-0 3. Smith Center (3) 4-0 4. Collegiate (4) 4-0 5. Southeast of Saline (5) 4-0 6. Riley County (8) 4-0 7. Hoisington (NR) 4-0 8. Trego (7) 2-2 9. Lyons (9) 3-1 10. Baxter Springs (10) 4-0 This week — Silver Lake at Osage City; Norton at Hill City; Plalnville at Smith Center; Hesston at Wichita Collegiate; Southeast of Saline at Ellsworth; Rlley County at Clifton-Clyde; Hoisington at Scott City; Stockton at Trego; Lyons at Nickerson; Baxter Springs at Columbus. CLASS 2-1A 1. Stockton (1) 3-1 2. Frankfort (2) 4-0 3. Ell-Saline (3) 4-0 4. Garden Plain (4) 4-0 5. Ness City (5) 4-0 6. Colgan (6) 4-0 7. Sacred Heart (7) 4-0 8. Onaga (NR) 4-0 9. St. Francis (9) 3-1 10.Atwood(8) 2-2 This week — Stockton at Trego; Frankfort at Onaga; Ell-Saline at Peabody; Conway Springs at Garden Plain; Ness City at Greensburg; Colgan at Southeast-Cherokee; Marion at Sacred Heart; Oakley at St. Francis; Atwood at Dighton. EIGHT-MAN I 1. Centre (1) 4-0 2. Little River (2) 4-0 3. Mankato (3) 4-0 4. Blue Valley-Randolph (4) 4-0 5. Grinnell (5) 3-0 6. Linn (6) 3-0 7. Wilson (7) 4-0 8. Coldwater (8) 3-1 9. Goessel (9) 3-1 10. Burrton (10) 3-1 This week — Wakefield at Centre; Pretty Prairie at Little River; Jewell at Mankato; Blue Valley-Randolph at White City; Grinnell at Trlplains; Linn at Baileyville; Wilson at Downs; Protection at Coldwater; Central Christian at Goessel; Pratt-Skyllne at Burrton. EIGHT-MAN II 1. Sylvan (1) 4-0 2. Kensington (2) 4-0 3. Rolla (3) 4-0 4. Triplalns (4) 4-0 5. Lewis (5) 4-0 6. Logan 6) 4-0 7. LeRoy (7) 4-0 8. Hillcrest (9) 3-1 9. Haviland (8) 3-1 10. Hanston (NR) 3-1 This week — Tipton at Sylvan; Palco at Kensington; Rolla at Sharon Springs; Grinnell at Triplalns; Macksvllle at Lewis; Morland at Logan; Hartford at LeRoy; Waconda East at Hillcrest; Haviland, idle; Satanta at Hanston. 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I wouldn't want to play for anyone else," Canseco told WBZ- AM while Kennedy was also on the air. "I just can't see myself doing it." Kennedy was fired Monday after compiling a 171-135 record in two seasons, winning one AL East title. Canseco, who followed Kennedy over from the Texas Rangers, said he would have his agents call the Red Sox on Tuesday to express his demand to be traded. Could he continue to play for Boston? "Not unless they rehire Kevin Kennedy. I really doubt that," Canseco said. "You tend to get emotional but then again you tend to get analytical and you ask yourself, 'Do you want to play for an organization that can do this to a manager?'" Kennedy's close relationship with Canseco extends beyond the clubhouse to their shared fondness for fast cars and nightlife — at least until they both got married this summer. Canseco had 28 homers and 82 RBIs despite recurring injuries that limited him to 96 games. He is signed for 1997. negotiations with Leyland as "a done deal." But Leyland and Marlins general manager Dave Dombrowski said no agreement has been reached. Leyland, 51, bowed out as Pittsburgh's manager after 11 seasons. Philadelphia, California and Boston reportedly are interested in him. "I'm not going to drag this out," Leyland said. "There are a lot of people in limbo right now, a lot of coaching staffs that want to know if they've got jobs. There T HIGH SCHOOLS are a lot of people's interests at stake in this." Lamont, 49, who managed the Chicago White Sox for 21/2 seasons, is a close friend of Leyland. Pirates general manager Can Bonifay admitted Sunday that he had two strong candidates to replace Leyland. A week earlier, he said there 20-25. The other strong candidate could be Cincinnati bench coach Marc Bombard, a former Pirates minor league manager who talked informally with Bonifay several weeks ago. Classifications announced From staff and wire reports TOPEKA — Maize, Stilwell- Blue Valley and Shawnee Heights moved up to Class 6A under new classifications released Monday by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. The new classes, which apply to competition in all sports except football during the 1996-97 school year, are based on enrollments as of Sept. 20. Saline County's six high schools — Salina South (Class 5A), Salina Central (5A), Sacred Heart (2A), Southeast of Saline (3A), Ell-Saline (2A) and St. John's Military (4A) — remained in the same classifications. Dropping out of 6A and down to 5A this year are Kansas City Wyandotte, Topeka Seaman and Topeka West, while Wellington moves up to 5A from 4A. Biggest 5A school is Wyandotte with 827 students. Smallest is Fort Scott with 495. Dislodged from 5A was Ottawa, which dropped to 464 students, tied with Bonner Springs for the fifth largest school in 4A. 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