The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 16, 2001 · Page 9
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MONDAY APFSilL 16, 2601 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Sports PRO FOOTBALL / B3 AL, NL ROUNDUPS / B3 GOLF ROUNDUP/B3 ¥ ROYALS Finally, some relief for KC Hernandez loads bases in ninth before Gonzalez grouricjs out to end contest pyThe Associated Press 1 ' TORONTO — Roberto Hernandez saved the Kansas City Royals — barely ! Hernandez, who gave up four runs in the ninth inning of Saturday's loss to Toronto, pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning to preserve the Royals' 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Sun- iiay ; "I did my job a little scary, but I still got it done," Hernandez said. "I wanted to bitch right away so could I redeem myself" Toronto loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Hernandez got Alex Gonzalez on a groundout to end it. The Royals have blown 58 saves since the start of the 1999 season. "I was trying to pinch myself, thinking we're in another nightmare. The same one we saw yesterday, but thankfully he got out of it," first baseman Mike Sweeney said. Sweeney homered in his third consecutive game as the Royals ended their five- game losing streak. "I'm still hitting a buck something, and anytime you're hitting a buck something, you can get better," said Sweeney, who is Royals 4 Blue Jays 2 hitting .167. Blake Stein (1-2) won despite walking six in six innings. He allowed two runs and two hits in six innings as the Royals won for the first time in six road games this season. "He was effectively wild," Toronto's Darrin Fletcher said. "He would walk a batter on four pitches and then strike the next guy out on three pitches. That makes it tough for a hitter to zone in one particular area of the plate." Carlos Delgado hit his AL-leading seventh home run for the Blue Jays. Kansas City took a 4-0 lead in the first. After Delgado's error at first base allowed See ROYALS, Page B3 The Associated Press Royals outfielder Jermalne Dye congratulates teammate Mike Sweeney after Sweeney's two-run home run during the first inning Sunday at Si<yDome In Toronto. Sweeney finished the game 2-for-4 as the Royals came away with just their third victory of the season. RUNNING Old Glory Former USA record-holder looks to recapture '99 form By BERT ROSENTHAL The Associated Press BOSTON — All David Morris has to show for being a one-time American record-holder in the marathon is a piece of paper. He doesn't have the record anymore and he still doesn't have a marathon victory Morris hopes to change that today in his first appearance in the Boston Marathon. "I would like to run faster," Morris said, referring to the U.S. record of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 32 seconds, he ran in finishing fourth at the 1999 Chicago Marathon, his career best by nearly six minutes. Since that memorable race, in which Khalid Khannouchi set the world record of 2:05:42, Morris' performances have sagged. He is hopeful that the hills of Boston will provide him with an uplifting effort. "I've heard it's a rough course because the downhills beat you up a lot," said Morris, a native of Eagle River, Alaska, now living in Missoula, Mont. Being a newcomer on the demanding and exhausting course will not be beneficial to Morris, who will be facing a powerful field of tested foreigners. Included in the group of approximately 15,000 starters will be defending champion Elijah Lagat of Kenya, Olympic gold medalist and 2000 Boston runner-up Gezahegne Abera of Ethiopia, two-time Boston winner Moses Tanui of Kenya, 1996 Olympic silver medalist Bong-ju Lee of South Korea and 1999 Boston champion Joseph Chebet of Kenya. The women's field also is Boston Marathon By The A««oc)af ed Press BOSTON — Facta and figures tor the Boston Marathon! STARTING TIME! — 11 a.m., today (wheelchair division, 10:45 a.m.). ENTRIES— About 16,000. Course records —' Men, 2 hours, 7 nnlnules, IS seconds, Cosmas Ndeti, Kenya, April 18,1994; women, 2:21 !45, Uta PIpfilg. Qerniany, April 18,1994. WORLD RECORDS— Men, 2:05:42, Khalld Khannouchi, at Chicago, Oct. 24,1999; women, 2:20:43, Tegia Loroupe, Kenya, at Betlln, Sept. 26,1999. 2000 CHAMI^IONS — Men, I Lagat, Kenya, 2:09:47; women, Catherine Ndareba, Kenya, 2:26:11. PRIZE MONEY $625,000, With $80,000 each for men's and women's first-place finishers in Open divisions, and $10,000 each for men's and women's first-place finishers In Masters and Wheelchair dlvii^lons. strong, with defending champion and Chicago Marathon winner Catherine Ndereba of Kenya, three-time Boston champion Fa- tuma Roba of Ethiopia, New York City Marathon winner Ludmila Petrova of Russia and 20-kilometer world record-holder Lornah Kiplagat of Kenya. Kenyan men have won the last 10 Boston Marathons. Ndereba was the first Kenyan woman to win. When Khannouchi won the Chicago Marathon in 1999, he was representing his native Morocco. Since then, he has become a U.S. citizen, and his 2:07:01 in Chicago last year broke Morris' American record. Morris finished seventh at 2:12, blaming his subpar performance See MORRIS, Page B2 The Associated Press Marathon runner David Morris, of Albuquerque, N.M., answers questions Friday in Boston. Morris, who is running in his first Boston Marathon today, set an American record with a time of 2:09:32 at the 1999 Chicago Marathon. T BASEBALL On The Inside BRAVES 3, PHILLIES 0 ATLANTA - Odalis Perez won his first game In nearly two years, and Brian Jordan and Andruw Jones homered Sunday as the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0. Perez, whose previous victory was against Tampa Bay on June 8, 1999, allowed four hits and three walks In seven innings, striking out four. John Rocker pitched thie ninth for his fourth save in five chances. Robert Person (1-1) gave up all three runs and four hilts in 7, innings and strucl< out seven. NL roundup, page B3. T KANSAS STATE FOOTBALL Cats' Clark getting back on his feet Wide receiver poised to battle for starting spot with Wildcats By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal MANHATTAN — Brandon Clark can't wait for a chance to put his best foot forward. Especially since, for the first time in several years, his feet are pain free. In four years at Kansas State, Clark has broken bones in both feet, some several times. But this spring, with two healthy feet and two of the Wildcats' top three wide receivers from last season gone, he is poised at last to challenge for a starting spot. "This is a big opportunity to play in Division I and having a spot open and coaches telling you it's there for the taking," said Clark, a 6-foot-4,220-pound senior from Valley Center. "You've got to take it and that's what I'm doing." In three previous seasons, which included just one game because of injuries in 1999, Clark has caught six passes for 119 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown came on a 23- yard completion from Ell Roberson in last year's Iowa State game. A year ago, after re-breaking the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during two-a-days, Clark recovered to participate in 13 of 14 games and caught four passes for 79 yards. He added an acrobatic 14- f^i ADk- ^^^'^ comple- i^LAKiv tion against Tennessee in the Cotton Bowl. "That was a big confidence booster," Clark said of the Cotton Bowl. "I got a lot of playing time. "It helped me out, even through winter conditioning, (knowing) I can play with Tennessee — a big team." Clark never doubted he could play if given the chance. The trouble was, his ailing feet wouldn't allow it. The first sign of trouble came during Clark's senior year at Valley Center High School when he broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot at the state track meet. He has since broken the metatarsal in his right foot and numerous bones in the midfoot section of his left. "(The metatarsals) are the main concern because the whole midfoot Section was almost like it could have happened to anybody," he said. "It got stepped on in the middle of (running) a route. It just got crushed. "But the fifth metatarsal is just the pounding I put on my feet. I've always run on my toes, walked on my toes. It starts off as a stress fracture and then it just breaks. (But) now I've got screws in those and they really can't break." Clark spent the spring of 1998, after his redshirt year as a fullback. "Brian Goolsby being out the whole spring ball, I was the No. 1 fullback at the time," he recalled. "My head hurt more than anything, running isos. My problem was I was 6-4, 210. It wasn't too fUn hitting (former Wildcat linebacker) Jeff Kelly" He returned as a backup wide receiver and special teams player in the fall of '98, playing in nine games and catching one pass for 31 yards. Then the injury bug limited him to one game as a sophomore after he entered preseason practice as a starter. This year Clark will try to take the place of all-Big 12 receiver Quincy Morgan, opposite returning starter Aaron Lockett. "Brandon will do some things that Quincy couldn't do, just because of his size and strength," said K-State offensive coordinator Ron Hudson. "(But) Quincy, in space, if you don't get a hand on him, he's gone. "Brandon's not that kind of receiver. But Brandon, in a crowd, he's big, he's strong and he'll take punishment. I think he'll bring some things to the table that we haven't had before." Clark also wiJl bring something that he hasn't had in quite some time — two healthy feet. Red Sox dump Yanks Boston takes two of first three games in series with 5-4 win By HOWARD ULMAN The Associated Press BOSTON — Carl Everett had three of Boston's 15 hits and the Red Sox rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to beat the New York Yankees 54 Sunday Andy Pettitte (2-1) allowed a career-high 14 hits, giving up hits to seven of his last eight batters. With Boston trailing 3-2, Everett began the seventh with a triple and scored on Manny Ramirez's double. Ramirez took third on Dante Bichette's single and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Jason Varitek. Todd Williams relieved and gave up Lou Merloni's sacrifice fly Randy Choate then came in and threw two wild warmup pitches. He only threw five pitches, including one that hit Trot Nixon and another that went for a wild pitch, but none led to runs. Rolando Arrojo earned his second save after allowing Derek Jeter's RBI grounder. Rich Garces (1-0) got the win in relief of Hideo Nomo, who allowed homers to Jorge Posada and Paul O'Neill. Boston has won two of the first three games of the series, which concludes Monday morning with Boston's traditional Patriots Day game. Yankees third baseman Scott Brosius made three nice defensive plays, throwing out two runners at the plate — one after bare-handing a slow roller — and also making a diving stop. Every Boston starter had at least one hit. Pettitte's previous high for hits allowed with 13 against Minnesota on Aug. 1, 1997. Posada hit a solo homer in the second and O'Neill hit a two-run homer in the sixth that put the Yankees ahead 3-2. It was the fifth homer of the season for both. Boston had gone ahead 2-1 in the fifth on RBI singles by Everett and Bichette around a single by Ramirez. Replays showed New- York left fielder Chuck Knoblauch appeared to catch Ramirez's liner, but Knoblauch and manager Joe Torre argued in vain. O'Neill's homered followed an error by Nomo. Notes Johnny Kelley, the 93-year-old two-time winner of the Boston Marathon, threw out the first pitch. The 105th running of the race is scheduled for Monday ... The Yankees have outhomered the Red Sox 17-0 at Fenway Park since Boston's Troy O'Leary hit one on Aug. 1, 1999. ... Posada had his third passed ball of the series, .i. Boston allowed one homer in its first 10 games but three in its last two. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidson@saijournai.com ^ -J <L

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