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Briefly The Salina Journal Monday, January 20,1986 Page 11 Navratilova, Kilsch in finals WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - Pam Shriver tried changing the Scoreboard but nobody would believe it and she got drubbed by Martina Navratlilova Sunday night in semifinals singles play of the $250,000 Virginia Slims of New England tournament. Shriver, Navratilova's regular doubles partner, was trailing 6-1,4-0 in the night match at the Centrum when she went to the Scoreboard and inserted a "5" by her own name. "The only thing to do is try to divert some attention away," Shriver said en route to a 6-1,6-1 loss that was completed in just 50 minutes. Navratilova, the top seed who will meet Claudia Khode-Kilsch in Monday night's final, admitted she didn't care for the clowning though she participated to the extent of asking Shriver to put a "7" in place of her 4 to make it a 7-5 score. "At the beginning, it was funny, but you don't want to let it get away when you're that far ahead. I just wanted to keep my mind on the task at hand." Shriver persisted, however, dropping ice cubes down the front of her shirt and wiggling at the side of the court to drop it out after a bad shot. "That's the worst I've ever lost," she said of a 3-24 lifetime record against Navratilova, the most one-sided of which was a string of 6-1,62, or 6-2,6-1 whippings in the 1983 indoor circuit. "Sure, I'm very good at compassion," Navratilova said in a answer to a question about whether she had any sympathy for Shriver. "I've been there, I know what it feels like." Pistons' Thomas won't retire DETROIT, Mich. (AP) — Isiah Thomas denyied reports that he has considered retiring from professional basketball at the age of 24. Thomas, a Detroit Pistons guard, scored 18 points and was credited with 10 assists before fouling out Sunday in the Pistons 118-115 National Basketball j Association victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. The victory was only the Pistons' seventh in their last 22 games. At times during the team's slump, there have been reports that Thomas, who is in the midst of a long- term contract with Detroit, considered quiting. Thomas said after Sunday's game he is not thinking about retirement. "When you lose, something's wrong. When you win, everything's OK," said Thomas. "When you win, what else matters? " Hartford captain suffers injury HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Hartford Whalers' chances of making the Stanley Cup playoffs were dealt a severe blow Sunday when the team learned that center Ron Francis, then- captain and leading scorer, will be lost for at least eight weeks due to a broken ankle and torn cartilage. Whalers spokesman Phil Langan said the team hopes to have Francis resume playing about three weeks before the playoffs begin. Francis had to be helped from the ice with six minutes remaining in the opening period of Saturday night's 5-2 victory over the Quebec Nordiques after twisting his ankle as he fought for the puck along the boards. He had scored the Whalers first goal of the game at 11:17. Wings outscore Lazers, 6-3 WICHITA (AP) — Mike Fox scored one goal and assisted with two others to lead the Wichita Wings to a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Lazers Sunday in Major Indoor Soccer League action. Kim Roentved scored first for Wichita 3:26 into the game. Juan Cardenas countered for Los Angeles at the 9:03 mark to tie it, 1-1. Wichita then exploded for four unanswered goals, the last coming from Chico Borja at 10:16 of the second, to take a 5-1 lead. The win helped Wichita, 14-8, maintain its second place spot in the league's Western Division. The Lazers dropped to 8-14. District honors Robinson, McGee EMPORIA — Brian Robinson of Emporia State and LaTonya McGee of Pittsburg State have been named the District 10 basketball players of the week. Robinson, a 6-2 senior, averaged 32 points a game in three Hornet victories and scored a school-record 48 points Saturday night during a 114-101 victory over Missouri Southern. McGee, a 6-0 senior, averaged 21 points and 11 rebounds during Pittsburg State's 2-1 week. Detroit edges Lakers, 118-115 Paper says new NCAA standards would have barred 48 SMU players NBA roundup PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — There is something about the Los Angeles Lakers and national television that brings out the best in the Detroit Pistons. Kelly Trip- ucka made a 3-point field goal with two seconds left in the fourth quarter Sunday to lift the Pistons to a nationally televised 118115 National Basketball Association victory over the Lakers. The triumph came nearly a year to the day when the Pistons, again on national television, beat the Lakers 121-98, handing Los Angeles its worst defeat of the 1984-85 season. That game was last Jan. 13, also in the Silverdome. "We played with a lot of confidence," Tripucka said after Sunday's triumph. "We did it in front of a big crowd. If I knew why we play well in these situations, we'd have solved our problems long ago." The victory only was the Pistons' seventh in their last 22 games and raised Detroit's record to 19-21. "Over the last week, we've been a lot more consistent," Tripucka said. ' 'I think the fact that we're a lot more patient on offense is helping us." The Pistons set up Tripucka's game-winning shot with six seconds left. Tripucka inbounded the ball to Bill Laimbeer, who passed it back to Tripucka. Los Angeles' James Worthy nearly stole the pass before Tripucka gained control of the ball. "I was telling Kelly, my heart fell about two feet when I saw Worthy," Laimbeer said. "I thought, 'Oh no, I lost the game.'" Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored a season-high 38 points for the Lakers. "I'll give them credit for the win," Abdul-Jabbar said. "They made their outside shots. They've been in a slump but today was more like what I expected from them." The Pistons never trailed in the DALLAS (AP) — New NCAA admission standards would have barred nearly half the football players Southern Methodist University admitted between 1980 and 1984, the Dallas Times Herald reported in a copyright story Sunday. Of the 114 football players SMU admitted during that time, 48 — or 42 percent — had test scores below the standards adopted last week at the NCAA convention in New Orleans, the newspaper said. NCAA Division I schools voted at the convention to use standardized test scores in determining the eligibility of freshmen athletes. The controversial legislation means that minimum test scores will be used to establish eligibility to play along with the NCAA's usual standard, the 2.0 grade-point average. After a two-year phase-in period, the NCAA will require athletes to enter college with at least a 700 score on the SAT or a 15 score on the ACT along with the 2.0 grade-point average in a score curriculum. A deficiency in either the test score or GPA would force an athlete to forgo freshman eligibility. The legislation has generated heated debate, much of it from black educators who say the tests are discriminatory. At SMU, which the NCAA already has barred from awarding football scholarships this year because of recruiting violations, 48 players had test scores less than the 700 for the SAT or 15 for the ACT, the Times Herald said its study of the players' test scores showed. SMU Athletic Director Bob Hitch said the school's own study of the scores produced slightly different figures, but he declined to provide them. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar looks for a teammate to pass to Sunday as Detroit's Bill Laimbeer defends on the play. game. "We got ourselves in trouble in the first half, and had to come back pretty much the whole game," said Lakers Coach Pat Riley. "We were out of synch defensively.'' • BULLETS 112, BULLS 98 - At Landover, Md., Jeff Malone tied his career-high with 40 points, including 26 in the second half, and led the Washington Bullets to 112-98 National Basketball Association victory over the Chicago Bulls Sunday. Malone scored 12 of Washington's first 14 points in the third quarter as the Bullets increased a 56-48 haltime lead to 68-56. The Bulls rallied to within 70-65 before Washington pulled away to win for the fourth time in five games. Chicago, which lost its fourth straight game, outshot Washington 54-38 in the first half but made two fewer field goals. The five starters for the Bulls went 8-for-33 from the floor in the first 24 minutes. Dan Roundfield came off the bench to score to 20 points for Washington, which recorded 14 blocked shots, including six by rookie Maniite Bol. • BUCKS 122, WARRIORS 109—At Milwaukee, Terry Cummings scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half Sunday night to help Milwaukee overcome a 10-point halftime deficit for a 122-109 NBA victory over Golden State. Cummings was only two of 13 from the field in the first half. But the 6- foot-9 forward came alive in the second half, scoring eight points in the third period and 11 in the fourth. Sidney Moncrief added 22 for the Bucks. Golden State, which got 23 points from Purvis Short while Joe Barry Carroll and Eric Floyd each added 19, led by as many as 14 points early in the third quarter. • SPURS 116, BLAZERS 105 — At Portland, Artis Gilmore and Steve Johnson took the inside and Alvin Robertson dominated the outside Sunday night to help San Antonio to a 116-105 NBA victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Mychal Thompson was the top scorer with 25 points for Portland, but Robertson had 24 and Gilmore 23 for San Antonio. Clyde Drexler added 20 for Portland but iki Vandeweghe was held to only 12 points under tough defense by Mike Mitchell, who had 17 for San Antonio. • MAVERICKS 131, ROCKETS 96 — At Dallas, Rolando Blackman scored 27 points and Sam Perkins had 18 points and 11 rebounds Sunday night to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 131-96 NBA victory over the Houston Rockets. The 35-point margin was the largest ever by the Mavericks over the Rockets. The victory also was Dallas' first over the Midwest Division leaders in four games this season. Dallas' leading scorer, Mark Aguirre, who is averaging 22.5 points, sat out his second straight game with a pulled muscle in his rib cage. But with Blackman and Perkins leading the way from the opening buzzer, the Mavericks pulled away to a 37-22 lead after one quarter and were never threatened. The Rockets, who were led by Akeem Olajuwon's 31 points and 17 rebounds, led just once, 9-8, before the Mavericks pulled away. It was 7351 at halftime. Coleman looking for better batting stroke JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Vince Coleman, his leg fully recovered after being run over last season by an automatic tarpaulin, is working out in a back yard in hopes of becoming a better hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals. Four hours each day, Coleman stands in a customized batting cage in his uncle's back yard swinging at pitches thrown by an old- fashioned Iron Mike pitching _ , machine. Coleman Coleman, who has been called the "Man of Steal" and "Vincent Van Go," stole 110 bases last season, the most ever by a major league rookie, and was named National League Rookie of the Year. During the off-season, Coleman realized that if he could get more hits, he had a chance to steal more bases. The Cards' left fielder batted .270 last year with 170 hits in 636 times at-bat. His 1986 goal is to collect 200 hits and to cut down on the 115 strikeouts he had last season as opposed to 50 walks. "Looking back at the season, I can see how I got a lot of those 115 strikeouts," he said. "Too many Emotions boil over during KU-OSU game He noted that SMU has been working to recruit athletes with better academic credentials in preparation for the new NCAA standards. "Our scores have gotten better each year," he said. "We've worked very carefully, building up to this year. Of course, we don't have to worry because we're not recruiting anybody." Of the 23 players admitted to SMU in 1984, only six failed to score above 700 on the SAT or 15 on the ACT. But if the new eligibility requirements had been in effect for the 198283 school year, SMU would have suffered in both football and basketball recruiting. Ten of the 16 football players enrolled at the tune and all four of the basketball players enrolled would have been ineligible as freshmen because of low test scores, the Times Herald said. The test scores also show that between 1980 and 1984 SMU admitted five football players and two basketball players with SAT scores less than 500. A basketball player was admitted for the 1981-82 school year with an SAT score of 410. A person taking an SAT test can score at least 400 by filling in his or her name and answering every question incorrectly, according to Wendy Nardi of the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., which administers the test. To score 700, a person need answer only 25 percent of the questions correctly in each of the verbal and math sections of the test, Ms. Nardi said. The verbal section contains 85 questions and the math section contains 60 questions. SMU is the only Southwest Conference school on whose test scores the newspaper reportef. Big Eight basketball KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — They talk different in England but the effect was the same on Kansas center Greg Dreiling. Emotions boiled over several times as the eighth- ranked Jay- hawks crushed Oklahoma State 95-72 in a Big Eight Conference game Saturday. Dreiling and the Cowboys' 7-foot-4 center from Bolton, England, Alan Bannister, had words several times in the rugged game. "He was calling me names," Dreiling said. "What do they say over in Britain? 'You bloke, you bloody something.' There were just things going on in this game that I've been penalized for years.'' In other Big Eight games, No. 7 Oklahoma stayed perfect by holding off Iowa State, 95-82; Missouri edged Nebraska, 68-67; and Kansas State beat Colorado, 77-69, in overtime. Bannister, a freshman, took advantage of his four-inch height advantage over Dreiling to score a career-high 22 points in Lawrence. "He (Dreiling) said, 'Come and stop me. Bannister said. "Then I took three hooks and he couldn't stop them. I guess he was talking for nothing." Danny Manning set a Big Eight record by making all eight of his field goal attempts in the first half and finished the game by making all 10 of his attempts. Manning scored 21 points in 25 minutes for Kansas, 16-2 and 2-0 overall in the league. Oklahoma State fell to 9-6 and 0-2. Iowa State's mistake at Norman was trying to run with the Sooners. "We tried to challenge them on the rebounds instead of getting back on defense," Cyclones coach Johnny Orr said. "We told them not to do that, and every time we did it, they got a basket. When they get the rebounds, we've got to get back. I thought our defense was pretty good, except against the transition game.'' Darryl Kennedy scored 30 points and Linwood Davis added 19 as the Sooners, 17-0 and 2-0, won their 43rd straight at home. Iowa State, 11-5 and 2-1, got within 77-71 with 5:05 left in the game, but the rally died. Kansas and Oklahoma meet Tuesday in Lawrence. Lynn Hardy wasn't Missouri's first or second choice for the final shot but he made it anyway as the Tigers won in Lincoln. "It's a very good win for us, but it's a tough one for the other club to lose," said Tigers coach Norm Stewart. "These are tough losses. And real honestly, they did a good job of guarding our final play." Mike Martz missed the front end of a 1-and-l with 1:50 left and then Dave Hoppen missed a layup for Nebraska, 10-5 and 0-2. "This is a very difficult situation for everyone concerned with the basketball team," said Huskers coach Moelba. Missouri is 15-5 and 2-1. Norris Coleman poured in a career- high 39 points 14 rebounds to lead Kansas State past Colorado in Boulder. Coleman scored 10 of the Wildcats 14 points in the overtime period. "This game is probably one of my best games," Coleman said. "This was probably my best game ever. I knew it was a close game, and I tried to assert myself more offensively when itgot tight.". Colorado, 8-7 and 0-2, scored the first points of the overtime but Coleman and Benny Green each hit two free throws to give the lead for good to the Wildcats, 13-4 and 1-1. "Oh, it was outstanding," Wildcats coach Jack Hartman said after Coleman set a scoring record for the CU Events center. "How many boards did he have? Fourteen? | That's what really aided our cause." times, I would let the first pitch go because I had already made up my mind to take it. Almost always, it was a fastball down the middle." "And for some reason, when I got ahead in the count ... I would talk myself into taking those pitches and they'd be perfect pitches to hit. I'd get myself in holes and would end up with a lot of unnecessary strikeouts." "This year, I'm going to jump on that first pitch. The pitchers will still give me that fastball because they're conscious of trying not to walk me because of my speed," Coleman said. A 200-hit season could give Coleman, one of the fastest men in baseball, an excellent chance of breaking Rickey Henderson's major league record of 130 steals in a season. Coleman said he could have afforded a new, modern pitching machine, but he said they are too good for his purposes. "They throw consistently every time. These Iron Mikes with the arm are up and down in the strike zone more. That gives me the chance to take the pitches in various parts of the strike zone and try to drive them to differnt locations like I would in a game," he said. In addition to practicing his hitting, Coleman rides a 12-speed bicycle as least one hour each day and plays tennis and lifts weights. He is preparing for ABC's Superstars competition Feb. 10 at Miami. Last season, Coleman was injured when he was run over by the 1,200- pound automatic tarpaulin in Busch Stadium at St. Louis. The bizarre injury resulted in a cracked bone in his left leg and knocked him out of the final two games of the National League championship series and the entire World Series. The injury "was perfect 10 days after the World Series. It wasn't a major injury, but major enough to keep me out of the Series," he said. But he cannot forget the disappointment of being sidelined as the Cardinals lost to the Kansas City Royals in seven games in the World Series. ' 'It will always be in the back of my mind. I just see that tarp and because you can't hear it, the thing just snuck up on me. It really hurt not being in those games," he said. Call or mail your news tip to The Salina Journal; up to $45 in cash prizes awarded for the best tips every week. shindaiwa! An affordable pleasure. If wood cutting isn't a pleasure, you're not cutting wood with Shindaiwa. 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