The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 23, 1986 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal Thursday, January 23,1986 Page 13 Jayhawks face Missouri tonight COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Kansas Jayhawks don't have much time to savor Tuesday's wild Q&-92 victory over the fifth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The seventh-ranked Jayhawks jump from the frying pan into the fire tonight as they battle the surprising Missouri Tigers in an 8:05 game at the Hearnes Center. The Jayhawks sit alone atop the Big Eight Conference standings with a 3-0 mark, but the Tigers are right behind with a 3-1 mark after posting a pair of early conference road victories (at Nebraska and Kansas State). Coach Norm Stewart's Tigers slowed down Norris Coleman enough to derail Kansas State, 74-70, Tuesday in Manhattan. Coleman still managed 28 points, but it wasn't enough to offset the Tigers' balanced scoring. Missouri, 16-5, received a 23-point performance from Derrick Chievous while Jeff Strong added 22 and Dan Bingenheimer 16. Kansas, 17-2, has one conference road victory under its belt (at Nebraska), but will have a tough time winning at Missouri. The Jayhawks have managed just one victory in the last six seasons at MU. NBA bans Drew for two years DENVER (AP) - John Drew has been banned from the National Basketball Association until the 1987-88 season, the league's general counsel said. Tuesday's announcement could mean the end of Drew's hopes for returning to the NBA after a long bout of treatment for cocaine addiction, his attorney said. Drew has been playing for the Wyoming Wildcats of the Continental Basketball Association. "At that point (next season), John will be 33," said attorney Tom Rasmussen of what he was told by NBA general counsel Gary Bettman. ' 'Not too many 33-year-olds make comebacks in the NBA." Rasmussen said Bettman told him he believed Drew had not lived up to the terms of a follow-up program prescribed for him after a 1984 stay —his second in two years—at a drug-rehabilitation center. Rasmussen said Bettman believed Drew's three-month stay at a Salt Lake City hospital, after being convicted of a bad-check charge, was an indication of a third offense. The NBA's drug agreement states that a player who is found to be a three-time abuser of drugs is to be banned from the league for a minimum of two years. Baseball writers honor Leonards KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Dennis Leonard, who has missed most of the last three seasons with injuries, will share an award at the Kansas City Baseball Awards Dinner Saturday with his wife, Audrey. "Dennis and Audrey have worked together on I several projects for the Arthritis Foundation andp have made a significant contribution over a period of ^ four or five years," dinner chairman Bob Pruitt said" Wednesday in announcing the Leonards would receive the Ernie Men! Award. The award is presented annually to a baseball figure who has contributed to the overall image of professional baseball on and off the playing field. The Leonards have worked with the Arthritis Foundation since 1980 and helped raise an estimated $80,000. Leonard, a three-time 20-game winner for the Royals, underwent surgery and extensive rehabilitation following an injury during a May 1983 game and did not pitch again in the major leagues until last September. He is trying to make a comeback with the Royals this year. Field set for charity golf tourney KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Golfer Tom Watson says Byron Nelson, Mickey Wright and Fuzzy Zoeller give the perfect mix for his seventh annual charity golf tournament. "I couldn't have asked for a better group," Watson said in announcing the field for the Children's Mercy Hospital Golf Classic scheduled June 17 at Kansas City's Blue Hills Country Club. "People were saying, 'How about a woman golfer?' 'How about a Senior player?' We tried to get it all." Watson regularly brings in noted pros for the tournament, which has raised $1.5 million for Children's Mercy Hospital. Money raised this year will finance the addition of an operating room and transport system for trauma, cardiac and surgery patients. Nelson, 73, and a two-time Masters champion, is Watson's most influential teacher. Wright, a member of the LPGA Hall of Fame, has won 82 tournaments since turning pro in 1956. She set an LPGA record with 13 victories in 1963. Saints fire Phillips / coaching staff NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have released interim coach Wade Phillips and the rest of the club's coaching staff, officials announced Wednesday. A release from the Saints office said the men "are free to seek employment with other organizations," and added that Phillips is "no longer in contention for the Saints' head coaching job. Saints owner Tom Benson and new general manager Jim Finks are continuing their discussions with candidates for the position, the release said. Leonard HOMELITE CHAIN SALE Fits Most Saws NEW CHAIN TO FIT UP TO 16 INCH BAR $999 NEW CHAIN TO FIT 18 a 2O INCH BARS $||99 SAVE 5O% OFFER ENDS 1-31-86 TR W A E DE BARRAGREE RENT-ALL stun INK: till! 7JIUMJIN 827-0847 or 827-B011 1500 S. Broadway ^ Nicklaus hungry for more victories Jack Nicklaus says he must improve his putting. PHOENIX (AP) - Winning, Jack Nicklaus said, is important to his continued participation on the PGA Tour. "If I can't win, if I can't compete, I won't play," the Golden Bear said before beginning his 25th tour season today in the $500,000 Phoenix Open. Nicklaus, one day past his 46th birthday, was quick to point out, however, that there's "no reason I can't be competitive, can't win. "I'm in good shape physically, mentally. I still have the desire to work at it," he said Wednesday. "Having the ability to compete is a lot of fun. Just playing, playing and not being competitive, is no fun at all. And I had a lot of that last year," said the man who holds a record 17 major professional titles but has won only one tournament in the last three seasons. And, despite increased pressure from his various business interests, he's planning a busy playing schedule in the immediate future. "Right how, my schedule has me playing eight of the next 12 weeks and 12 of the next 18. Don't ask me why. It just worked out that way. That could be adjusted, but that's what I'm planning right now," the game's all-time leading money-winner said. Among his targets is "a better putting year. My putting statistics the last couple of years are not good. I need to get the ball in the hole more. "It's the same problem I've had all my life. The same problem everyone has. I need to figure out a way not to lift my head on putts," he said. And, he said, "I'm looking to get some tournament wins. I have no idea how I'm going to play this week. But I putted pretty well in the last few tournaments I played last year, and that's encouraging." Nicklaus, who won this tournament in 1964 but hasn't played here in 18 years, opens his campaign against the strongest field the event has ever had. It includes Tom Watson, Lee Trevino and Tom Weiskopf, also making their first appearances of the year, along with British Open champ Sandy Lyle of Scotland, West German Bernhard Langer, the Masters titleholder, and PGA winner Hubert Green. Also on hand are last year's leading money-winner, Curtis Strange, 1985 Player of the Year Lanny Wadkins, Fuzzy Zoeller and Calvin Peete, the defending titleholder who opened his season with a run-away victory two weeks ago in the Tournament of Champions. Birds of a feather flock to basketball FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) - In typical Larry Bird fashion, the ball was rushed into one corner, flung almost without a glance across court to a waiting teammate and deposited into the basket. The crowd roared. An exuberant fan yelled out, "Way to go, Larry." The player grimaced. He is Eddie Bird, the 19-year-old brother of the Boston Celtics' superstar. Eddie looks like Larry. At a lanky 6-feet-6, he's three inches shorter than his brother, but he has the familiar curly blond hair and country-boy face. He carries the ball like Larry. Even his high school coach, Gary Holland, sometimes slips and calls him Larry. "I'm not Larry," says Eddie, the leading scorer on the Springs Valley High School team at 22 points a game. "I just try to go out there and be myself." Eddie is used to living in Larry's shadow and the inevitable comparisons. But there's no resentment. "I go to see nun in Boston at least once a year," he says of Larry, two- time Most Valuable Player in the National Basketball Association. Eddie also listens to Larry's advice, particularly now, when he is considering his choice of a college. The youngest Bird, a senior at Springs Valley, says he hopes to visit Boston College, where he could be close to Larry, or he might remain close to home at some college such as the University of Evansville. "Evansville has been to two or three of our ball games already," Eddie said. "The reason I'd go there is because Larry told me their coach (Jim Crews) is excellent. Larry said that coach would definitely tell me the truth about my game.'' Larry went to Indiana State. Advice is given and taken freely, but how often do Eddie and Larry get together on the court? "To tell the truth, we played just a little bit last summer," Eddie said. "We had to mow the lawn and things like that." Eddie's mother, Georgia Bird, attends every one of his games. Last week, when the Celtics were playing the Pacers in Indianapolis, about 80 miles northeast of the Bird home in French Lick, she stayed to watch Eddie "because everybody else was going to see Larry. Larry understands." Mrs. Bird said Eddie sometimes falls under a lot of pressure because of the Bird name. "He feels like everybody expects him to be like Larry, and that's not fair," she said. "There's no comparison, because Larry lives and breathes basketball." Eddie's teammates respect his desire to be treated as just another member of the team. But Holland doesn't hedge the issue of talent: "We have some really good players, but Eddie's the star, no doubt." If anything hurts Eddie's game, his teammates say, it's living in Larry's shadow. "Having the name is great, but it puts him on the spot," said teammate MikeWoolsey. Holland, who also coached Larry, agrees with his players' praise of Eddie. "This boy's a good shooter. He's got all the tools to be a great shooter," Holland says. "He's a good rebounder without being able to jump. He's a good passer and, like Larry, he wants his teammates to be noticed, too." The major difference Holland sees between the big Bird and the little Bird is the mental approach. "Larry concentrated a little more than Eddie does," he said. "A lot of things didn't bother Larry that bother Eddie. But a lot of that is because Eddie finds it hard to be Larry's brother." NAIA to delegate additional governing duties to presidents KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is in the process of shifting more governing responsibility to a council of college presidents, officials said at a meeting Tuesday. The 500-member small-college organization is governed mainly by the NAIA 10-member National Executive Committee made up largely of athletic directors. A proposal announced at a meeting Tuesday would place more of the governing responsibility with a council of school presidents and executive officers. The executive committee would retain administrative duties but would be responsible to the council under the proposal expected to be approved at the organization's annual convention in Kansas City in March. The council would include one school president or chief executive officer to be elected by each of the NAIA's 32 districts. It would be responsible for academic standards, financial affairs and the employment and supervision of the NAIA professional staff. "Our primary goal is to get the presidents more meaningfully and actively involved in the affairs of the NAIA," said Jefferson Farris, president of the University of Central Arkansas and chairman of the Council of Presidents. "The presidents can work productively with the athletic people. The recent enactment of stricter entrance requirements by the National Collegiate Athletic Association will encourage the public to expect standards to be upgraded for all college groups, Farris said. Leonard Campbell, a council member from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, said the group might consider the need for NAIA enforcement personnel on the national level. Campbell added, however, that major athletic infractions are rare below the NCAA Division I level and that most of those deal with nonacademic matters, such as recruiting violations. "Money is what corrupts, and we don't have enough money to corrupt," Campbell said. 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