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tHESALINA JOURNAI SPORTS MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2001 B3 _* • MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2 Gool Brees awaits some NFL team Six-foot quarterback from Purdue tells league scouts i;to 'Look beyond the height' tri sr By JOHN McCLAIN .«>r' Houston Chronicle Five days before the NFL draft, Purdue quarterback Drew Brees has a feel; ing similar to the one he experienced af- • ter his last season at Austin Westlake ; High School. ! The only difference is that unlike when he graduated from high school, Brees knows he is in demand. \ "I guess I'm kind of in the same posi- I tion that I was four years ago," says ; Brees, considered the second-best quar- • terback prospect behind Virginia Tech's Michael Vick. "But I've come so far from ; high school and college, physically and : mentally that I know I'm ready to make [ that jump to the NFL. I think I've pre- I pared myself pretty well for that." : Brees had prepared to play at a big; time college program, but the ones in his home state, including the University of Texas, weren't interested. So he headed for the Midwest and, in coach Joe Tiller's pass-oriented offense, rewrote Purdue's record book and set a slew of Big Ten marks as weU. When Brees, who stands a shade " • PRO BASEBALL above 6 feet, is asked how he has tried to sell himself to NFL teams, he laughs and says, "Look beyond the height. "One of the most important things I've been asked is if there's one thing I want every team to know, what would it be? It's that I'm a competitor and that I'll never consider myself out of any game and will do whatever possible to win." Playing in a spread offense that allowed him to throw 50 to 60 times a game, Brees was known for making the kind of miraculous comebacks that became the hallmarks of quarterbacks like Joe Montana, John Elway and Dan Marino. But playing in a spread offense has caused some to question how well Brees may be able to adapt to a pro-style system. "Obviously, with the records we were able to break in the Big Ten, we're put in NFL DRAFL WHEN: 11 a.m., Saturday, (Rounds 1-3); 10 a.m., Sunday (Rounds 4-7). WHERE: Madison Square Garden, New York City TELEVISION: ESPN, ESPN2 (Salina cable channels 38, 39) position to do those things," he says. "You're not going to break Big Ten passing records unless you're throwing the ball 30 to 50 times a game. You have to make it work, and there's a lot of things that go into making it work." Some scouts question how fast and how well Brees will adjust to lining up under the center rather than taking a shotgun snap as he did during most of his college career. Brees is convinced it won't be a problem, and he is hoping the way he played in aU facets and the way he produced under pressure will offset some of the negativity. "Obviously, those people don't know what it takes to run a spread offense," Brees says. "It's very complicated. You have to know where you're going with the footbaU. You have to be an accurate. You have to have good arm strength. "People think it's just there and it's given to you, when it's not. There have been quarterbacks who have succeeded, and there have been many who haven't succeeded just because it was too complicated for them. "A spread offense requires reading and reacting. Obviously, those reactions have to be good decisions. That's very important to NFL teams when you're put in a situation where you have to think fast and make a good or bad decision." Brees can't do anything about his height, but he can use his uncanny accuracy and timing to offset his lack of a cannon arm. Brees also takes pride in being mobile enough to throw on the run and to rush for yards when necessary. He knows mobile quarterbacks are more in vogue today than ever. "I think there's definitely more pressure because they're (quarterbacks) expected to make a lot of plays," he says. "Being a mobile quarterback means you have a lot more responsibility You're not only a dropback, chuck-it-down-the- field type, but you're the third-and- short, scramble-out-of-the-pocket, get- the-first-down guy, which is good if you're able to do that. "You look at defenses, and no defense accounts for the quarterback. They expect him to throw the ball, and they have their coverage area, their zone. But I think the mobility of the quarterback's very important;" Once he finds out which team drafts him, Brees knows he probably will be in unfamiliar territory — sitting on the bench learning behind a veteran. "Obviously I don't like sitting on the bench, but I think there are positive things to sitting behind an experienced quarterback," he says in typical modest fashion. "I think you can learn a lot and end up turning into a very good player." Milton boosts Twins -ij. ROUNDUP n 10 Minnesota righty gets J10 strikeouts as Twins ^« win sixth straight fei By The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Eric Milton struck out eight of the first 10 batters he faced Sunday as the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 for their ') sixth straight win and best start ever. Corey Koskie had four hits for the Twins, who had never before started a season 9-2. It is _. also the first time Minnesota has won - six straight at home to open a <j season. The Twins swept Chicago at the Metrodome for the first time in 20 years and swept back-to-back series for the first time since 1994. Milton (2-0) allowed two runs r> and six hits in seven innings I with 10 strikeouts for Minneso- -V ta. Latroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his second save of the season. Frank Thomas homered for the White Sox, who have lost three straight for the second time this season. Last year, the Central Division champions, ( had only four losing streaks of . three-or-more games. ?.<- Devil Rays 7, Orioles 4 .J BALTIMORE — Greg Vaughn went 4-for-5 with two home runs, and Fred McGriff and John Flaherty also home­ red. Tampa Bay led 3-0 after i: eight pitches. Greg Myers and Jerry Hairston homered for the Orioles, who had only one home run in i' their first 11 games. Doug Creek (1-0) pitched two innings and Esteban Yan worked the ninth for the Devil Rays' first save of the year. Sidney Ponson (0-3) allowed Uhree of the Devil Rays' four homers. Mariners 7, Angels 5 ANAHEIM, Calif. — Bret Boone's third hit, a two-run single Shigetoshi Hasegawa (11), highlighted a six-run eighth inning. Edgar Martinez had a homer and two RBIs for the Mariners. Jose Paniagua (1-1) allowed two runs and one hit in 1 % innings'. Starter John Halama gave up three runs and six hits in 6 innings. Rangers 10, Athletics 8 OAKLAND, Calif. — Alex Ro- 'driguez hit two homers and drove in five runs as Texas dealt Oakland its seventh straight loss and swept a three' game series at the Coliseum for , the first time since 1994. °' Texas was trailing 5-3 in the fifth inning when Rodriguez hit an arching three-run shot off Gil Heredia (0-3). Ivan Rodriguez, Rusty Greer and Randy Velarde also homered for Texas. Darren Oliver (3-0) allowed ^ six rims in five innings to surpass his win total for all last season, when he was 2-9. Perez breaks two-year drought Braves' starter wins after allowing four hits in seven innings By The Associated Press 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. Atlanta, off to a 6-7 start, avoided losing its fourth straight series, something the Braves haven't done since July 5-22, 1990. Since scoring 10 runs at Cincinnati on opening day, Atlanta has just 30 runs in 12 games. Perez, coming off elbow reconstruction surgery that sidelined him the final two months of the 1999 season all of last year, allowed only runner to reach scoring position. Mike Remlinger relieved Perez and gave up one hit in the eighth. John Rocker pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five chances. Robert Person (1-1) gave up all three runs and four hits in 7% innings. Brian Jordan homered with one out in the second and Jones leading off the eighth. Person was relieved by Ricky Bottalico after walking pinch-hitter Dave Martinez in the eighth. Bottalico immediately gave up an RBI double to Rafael Furcal. The Associated Press The Braves' Dave Martinez (14) slides in safely in front of thie tag of Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal in the eighth inning Sunday in Atlanta. REDS 3, METS 1 NEW YORK — Jim Brower (1-0) allowed an unearned run and six hits in 5Vi strong innings to earn his first NL victory and Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep and stretched its winning streal< to four. The IVIels, 4-2 against Atlanta but 0-6 against IVlontreal and the Reds, are last in the league with 36 runs and have scored just four times in their last 47 innings. With the score 1-1 in the fifth, Cincinnati went ahead against Kevin Appier (1-1) on Sean Casey's double, Alex Ochoa's RBI triple to right field just beyond the dive by Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Aaron Boone's sacrifice fly. Danny Graves pitched the ninth for his fourth save. CUBS 5, PIRATES 1 CHICAGO — Sammy Sosa hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and Chicago won its fifth straight. Bill Mueller singled and Roosevelt Brown walked in the seventh against Scott Sauerbeck (0-1) and Sosa homered off Uaxc Wilkins. Courtney Duncan (1-0) pitched 1 '/ J innings in relief of Kerry Wood, who struck out 10 in six innings, allowing one run and three hits in six innings. BREWERS 7, GIANTS 4 l\/IILWAUKEE — Jeffrey Hammonds hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off Russ Ortiz (2-1) to put Milwaukee ahead 4-2, and the Brewers got three runs in the eighth on a three- base error by Barry Bonds. Bonds hit the 499th home run of his career in the eighth off David Weathers and needs one more to become the 17th player to reach 500. Paul Rigdon (1-0) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, and Curtis Leskanic got four outs for his first save. MARLINS 6, EXPOS 3 MONTREAL — Jason Grilli (1-1) hit his first major league homer, a third-inning drive off Tony Armas Jr. (0-3) and pitched five shutout innings before tiring. Making just his third career start and second this season, Grilli (1-1) allowed two hits in the first five innings, striking out the side in order in the fifth. He allowed two runs and three hits in the ROUNDUP sixth, when he didn't get a batter out. Antonio Alfonseca pitched the ninth to convert his first save opportunity of the season. CARDINALS 6, ASTROS 5 ST. LOUIS — J.D. Drew hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth off Jay Powell (1-1) as SL Louis stopped a three-game losing streak. Pitcher Andy Benes had a three-run double and rookie Albert Pujols had three hits. Mike James (1-0) got one out for the win and Steve Kline got two outs for his first save. Mark McGwire was 1-for-4 with a single in his sixth start of the season and is 2-for-21 with one homer and one RBI this year. ROCKIES 10, DIAMONDBACKS 7 DENVER — Todd Hollandsworth hit three homers in a game for the first time in his career, including a three- run drive in the 10th off Matt Mantel. Hollandsworth had a career-high seven RBIs. Horacio Estrada (1-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win. Troy Brohawn (01) was the loser. Matt Williams and Eurebal Durzazo also homered for Arizona, and Todd Walker and Greg Norton homered for Colorado. DODGERS 5, PADRES 4 SAN DIEGO — Kevin Brown (1-1) left after being hit by a pitch on the left elbow and Gary Sheffield broke a 4-all tie with a sacrifice fly. Brown allowed four unearned runs in the second and trailed 4-2 in the sixth when he was hit by a pitch from Rodney Myers (0-1). The Dodgers said Brown had a bruised elbow and was day to day. Jeff Shaw got his fourth save. After allowing the potential tying run to reach second, Shaw fanned out pinch- hitter Mark Kotsay, Ben Davis and Damian Jackson. Royals / KC's Stein earns first victory FROM PAGE B1 Rey Sanchez to reach, Toronto starter Chris Carpenter (1-1) walked Carlos Beltran and Mark Quinn hit an RBI single. Jermaine Dye then hit an RBI grounder, and Sweeney followed with his two-run homer. "We got helped by the first play of the game. We took advantage of Delgado's error," Hernandez said. Stein walked Jose Cruz and Jeff Frye to start the third, and his wild pitch advanced both into scoring pitching. Cruz scored on an RBI groundout by Alex Gonzalez. After loading the bases with three walks in fourth. Stein struck out Frye. "Stein was fortunate," Kansas City manager Tony Muser said. "When you walk six guys in a ball game you're flirting with danger." Delgado led off the sixth with a homer, narrowing Kansas City's lead to 4-2. Stein then walked Tony Batista with one out, but Fletcher hit into an inning-ending double play. Cruz and Frye led off the seventh with singles off reliever Doug Henry, but Stewart hit into a double play, and Gonzalez grounded out. "We just didn't swing the bats," Gonzalez said. "It would have been nice to get that one The Associated Press Royals starter Blake Stein pitched six innings for the victory Sunday in Toronto. He gave up two runs to lower his ERA to 9.24 on the season. big hit." Notes The Blue Jays left nine men on base. ... The Royals record for home runs in consecutive games is four, done 10 times.... Sweeney went 4-for-lO with three homers and four RBIs in the series.... Kansas City would need to go 10-3 through the remainder of the month to claim its first winning April since 1989. • GOLF WorldCom finale pushed back By The Associated Press HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Billy Mayfair and Argentina's Jose Coceres wiU need one RniiNfiiip nuunuur ^nd at least one more hole to settle the WorldCom Classic after one of the wildest closing rounds in tournament history Sunday The pair, who started the round two shots behind Vijay Singh, shot even-par 71s and matched pars through two playoff holes at Harbour Town Golf Links when play was suspended because of darkness. They will resume play at 8 a.m today Singh, Bernhard Langer (69), Scott Verplank (70) and Carl Paulson (69) tied for third at 274. Steve Flesch shot a 63 — including a back- nine record-tying 29 — to jump into a tie for seventh at 275 with four-time Harbour Town winner Davis Love III (69) and Mark Brooks (69). The Tradition SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Doug Tewell shot a tournament-record 10-under 62 and ran away from the field in The Tradition, winning by nine shots over Mike McCuI- lough to become the second wire-to-wire leader in the event's 13-year history Tewell's 23-under 265 total also set a record, beating the 266 that Gil Morgan shot in 1997, when Morgan led from the start. Tewell, the senior Rookie of the Year in 2000, won his second senior major title and fourth title overall on the senior circuit. He won his first three championships last year, starting with the PGA Seniors' Championship last April. Moroccan Open RABAT, Morocco ~ England's Ian Poulter won the Moroccan Open, closing with a 3-under 70 for a two- stroke victory over countryman David Lynn. Poulter, who earned $98,850 for his second European tour title, had a 15-under 277 total on the Dar-es- Salam Red Course. Lynn finished with a 67. Hank Kuehne, the 1998 U.S. Amateur champion, shot a 71 to tie for ninth at 284. Central's Moos to sign with Butler Co. Salina Central senior Noah Moos will sign a two-sport letter of intent with Butler County Community College at 3 p.m. today in the Central High School library Moos will compete for both the cross country and track programs at Butler County Moos was a four-time state qualifier in cross country and also qualified for the state track meet last year as a junior in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Patty's performance lifts Fort Hays State HAYS — Jason Patty was virtually unstoppable for the Fort Hays State baseball team Sunday afternoon as he led the Tigers to a doubleheader sweep of Nebraska-Kearney at Larks Park. Patty went 4-for-5 in the opener with two home runs, two doubles and five RBIs as the Tigers rolled to a 17-7 victory The shortstop then capped off his afternoon with a 2-for-4 performance in the nightcap with another double and one more home run, helping the Tigers to a 9-7 victory. The wins for the Tigers were their ninth and 10th in a row, improving them to 31-10 overall and 14-2 in the Rocky • Mountain Athletic Conference. Kansas State splits with Oklahoma MANHATTAN — The Kansas State Wildcats scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to take care of a game continued from Saturday afternoon but couldn't keep the momentum rolling as they fell to Oklahoma 6-2 in the final game of a three- game set in Manhattan. In the first game the Wildcats trailed 2-1 after two innings but exploded for a four- run rally in the seventh as Kevin Melcher took the win and Kelvin Day came in to pick up his sixth save of the season. Josh Cavender was 3-for-4 for K-State while Pat Maloney was . 2-for-3 with three RBIs. In the series finale Dustin Mix pitched a seven-hitter for the Sooners as the Wildcats scored twice in the third inning but couldn't muster any other runs. Oklahoma scored twice in the fourth, single runs in the fifth and sixth and two more in the sixth to keep from being swept. Indiana State drops Wichita State, 8-7 Indiana State scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth to break a 6-6 tie and then held on late to knock off Wichita State at Eck Stadium 8-7 Sunday afternoon. The Shockers, who fell to 2814 overall and 12-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference, had scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and then scored a single run in the bottom of the ninth but could get no closer Indiana State, which got solo home runs from Jason Frome and Chris Hall in the contest, used six pitchers as Wichita State built leads of 1-0 and 3-2 early Brad Wright went 3-for-4 with four RBIs for Wichita State while Randy Walter went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Brian Burgamy was 3-for-5. Mike Scott picked up his first decision of the season, earning the win for Indiana State while Michael Rinck got the save. Reuben Kerbs suffered his first loss of the year for the Shockers. Cyclones rally to slip past Kansas, 5-4 AMES, Iowa — Iowa State rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth Sunday to take the final game of three- game set with the University of Kansas, 5-4. KU pitcher Doug Lantz, who went the distance and took the loss, walked the first two batters of the inning. Lantz, who set a school record by hitting five batters in the game, responded to strike out the next two Cyclones, but Lantz hit Beau Hampton to load the bases. Cyclone T.J. Bohn followed with a three-run double to tie the game. KU intentionally walked the next batter before Brandon Cashman singled in Bohn for the game-winner. KU's Jesse Gremminger went 2-for-4 in the contest, extending his hitting streak to 15 games as the Jayhawks got on the board with a pair of runs in the second and single runs in the sixth and eighth, but it wasn't enough as they fell to 16-23 overall and 4-17 in the Big 12. From Staff Reports

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