The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 12, 2001 · Page 25
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 25

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, April 12, 2001
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_THE SAUNA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2601 P3 T PRO FOOTBALL Griese to stay with Broncos Third-rouiid pick in '98 draft puts name to six-year contract By The Associated Press DENVER — Brian Griese, who emerged last season as one of the NFL's best young quarterbacks, agreed Wednesday to a new six-year contract with the Denver Broncos worth $39 million to $40 million. Griese threw for 2,688 yards with 19 touchdowns OiRltbt and four interceptions in 10 games last season and led the NFL with a quarterback rating of 102.9. He missed six of Denver's final seven games, including their playoff loss in Baltimore with a separated right shoulder and had reconstructive surgery on Jan. 10. The deal includes a $12.5 million signing bonus. "It was extremely important to get it done quickly and quietly," said Ralph Cindrich, Griese's agent. "A quarterback is a leader on the team who stands in the shoes of a coach. If there's a problem with a contract, there's a tendency to lose your teammates." Griese was a restricted free agent, meaning the Broncos could have matched any offer for him. But contract talks heated up after the Kansas City Chiefs expressed interested in Griese. Griese, drafted in the third round by the Broncos in 1998, took over as Denver's starter in 1999 following the retirement of John Elway After losing four straight games to start the season, he was in and out of the lineup as the Broncos finished 6-10 and missed the playoffs after two straight Super Bowl victories under Elway With a season of experience, Griese matured last year on the field, leading the Broncos to 27-24 victory in a Monday night game with Oakland despite playing the second half with the separated shoulder Griese hopes to be able to start throwing in the next few weeks. Seahawks sign safety Robertson KIRKLAND, Wash. — Marcus Robertson, who spent his entire 10-year NFL career with Houston and Tennessee, is the fifth defensive free agent signed by the Seattle Seahawks. Robertson agreed to a three-year, $3.9 million contract. "I think Mike Holmgren is finally putting HIS football team on the field, and we all know you have to be excited about that," he said Tuesday Robertson, a 31-year-old free safety, missed the latter part of last season with a leg injury. He joins six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle John Randle, two-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Levon Kirkland, and defensive tackles Chad Eaton and Jeremy Staat as recent additions to the Seahawks. Those players have come cheaply, leaving the Sea­ hawks $5 million under the $67.4 million salary cap. Robertson, Randle, Kirkland and Eaton will earn just $7.1 million next season. The Seahawks plan to have the 5-foot-lO, 205-pound Robertson replace Jay Bellamy in the starting lineup. Bellamy signed with the New Orleans Saints last week. T COLLEGE BASKETBALL Lassen /Oakland favored in A.L. West FROM PAGE D1 ballplayer, rather than The Guy With The Contract. In response, he mentioned his financial peer group, those who are, or have been, previous Walking Dollar Signs — among them Kevin Brown, Bernie Williams and Pedro Martinez — and said they all seem to have found ways to continue to do their jobs well. "I'm very confident that once I go out and get comfortable, playing the way I know I can play," suggested Golden- Rod, "I think the theme will be the performance and where the Rangers are going as a group, rather than where I am as an individual. Hopefully the theme would always be my performance, and the contract status wiU go to the back burn- Gardner joins teammates GARDNER nounced this By The Associated Press TUCSON, Ariz. — Jason Gardner declared for the NBA draft Wednesday, the third player from Arizona's NCAA tournament runner- up to leave school early The sophomore point guard joins forwards Michael Wright and Richard Jefferson, who an- week they will forgo their senior seasons. Before this.season, Arizona coach Lute Olson had only two players leave school early for the NBA: Brian Williams in 1991, and Mike Bibby in 1997. The 5-foot-ld Gardner averaged 10.9 points and 4.1 assists this season. He led Arizona with 76 three-point field goals, was second with 59 steals and shot 80.9 percent on free throws. ; "I have done a lot of research and talked to many people involved in the NBA and I feel that this is the best time to enter the draft," Gardner said. "I will not sign with an agent and plan to follow all rules and guidelines set by the NCAA to retain my eligibility if I do not like my standing with the draft." Gardner can withdraw his name from the draft-eligible list by June 20, a week before the draft, and, without hiring an agent, can return to college to play next season. Of Arizona's four underclassmen starters this season, only guard Gilbert Arenas has not announced his plans yet — but he is also considering leaving for the NBA. MICHIGAN STATE'S RANDOLPH TURNING PRO MARION, Ind. — Zach Randolph says he Isn't just flirting with the idea of going pro after just one season as a reserve at Michigan State. Even though he isn't certain how high he'll go In the NBA draft, Randolph is conn- mltted. He says he won't use the NCAA option to' keep his eligibility as long as he doesn't sign with an agent while assessing his pro prospects. "It Is my dream and that is what I'm doing It for," (Randolph said at a news confer. ence Wednesday In his hometown. "Nothing is promised to you, so you have to take advantage of your opportunities." Randolph became the second Michigan State player in two days to announce an early jump to the NBA. Sophomore shooting guard Jason Richardson said Tuesday he is going pro. Spartans coach Tom izzo, along with Randolph's mother and high school coach, tried in recent days to persuade him to stay in college at least one more year. Randolph said he understood their concerns. "Because I am young, people who care about, me will have different opinions," Randolph said. The 6-foot-9 Randolph, a former Indiana high school all-star, averaged 10.8 points and 6.7 rebounds In less than 20 minutes a game last season. Michigan State Is losing six of its top nine players, including seniors Andre Hutson, Charlie Bell, David Thomas and Mike Chappell. HUSKERS WRAP UP RECRUITING CLASS WITH IOWA PREP STAR LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska basketball coach Barry Collier wrapped up his second recruiting class Wednesday with the signing of 6-foot-9 fonward/center John Turek. Turek, who led Council Bluffs (Iowa) Lincoln to a 23-1 record as a senior, Is the fifth recruit to sign with the Huskers during the 2000-01 recruiting season. The four others signed during the early signing period last November. Turek averaged 18.5 points and 11.5 rebounds as a senior. He was a three-year starter for the Lynx, who were 44-3 over his last two seasons. SOUTHERN UTAH EXTENDEDS EVANS' CONTRACT CEDAR CITY, Utah — After the best season In school history, Southern Utah extended the contract of basketball coach Bill Evans by two years. The Thunderbirds finished 25-6, narrowly losing to Boston College In the first round of the East Regional, the school's first NCAA tournament appearance. Southern Utah won the MId-Contlnent Conference tournament. Evans, whose contract runs through 2005, is 138-122 in nine-plus seasons. With eight more victories, he will pass Stan Jack to become the school's career leader for coaching wins. TAYLOR TO BECOIWE HEAD COACH AT OLD DOMINION NORFOLK, Va. — Blaine Taylor, who helped lead Stanford to a No. 1 ranking and the final eight of the NCAA tournament, will be hired as head coach at Old Dominion, a source close to the program said Wednesday. The school said a news conference would be held today to introduce the new coach, and the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said It would be Taytor. He will replace Jeff Capel, who resigned after seven seasons with the Monarchs on March 5. Old Dominion athletic director Jim Jarrett did not immediately return'a telephone call seeking comment. Taylor also was unavailable to comment, the Stanford athletic department said. He did not return a phone message left at his Newark, Calif., home. Taylor, 43, joined Stanford as an assistant coach in April 1998 after seven years as head coach at Montana, where he compiled a 142-65 record. Taylor, a Montana alumnus, took over as coach there in 1991 and won 20 or more games five times. His teams reached the NCAA tournament in 1992 and 1997 and the NIT In 1995. He was Big Sky Conference coach of the year In 1992. er. One thing about the performance issue, though: at one point, Rodriguez said the West race was one of parity — "Anybody can win; I really can say that" — but cast Oakland and Seattle as the favorites in the A.L. West. Think about that. Here's a guy who makes $47.95 a minute (plunging to $47.81 per minute on leap years). He makes it asleep or awake, sitting on an airplane or swinging a bat, in season or out. No matter how nice you are, how understanding of your place in the game, how much ability and potential you represent, for that kind of money, shouldn't you at least make your team the favorite in its division? 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