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i )l4 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL T PRO BASKETBALL GOLF: BIG 12 MEET The Associated Press Philadelphia 76ers' guard Allen Iverson tries to pass around the.defense applied by Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal (7) and Zan Tabak during the first half of Tuesday's NBA playoff game in Philadelphia. Iverson pours in 45 to spark 76ers Miller pours in 41, but its Philadelphia star who helps tie series By ROB MAADDI Vie Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The first half was Reggie Miller's. The game belonged to Allen Iverson. Iverson scored a career playoff-high 45 points, including 19 in the third quarter, as the Philadel- Pacers 98 76ers 116 Series tied, 1-1 phia 76ers overcame Miller's 41 points, beating the Indiana Pacers 116.'98. Tuesday night to even their First-round series at 1-1. Game 3 of the best-of-five Eastern Conference quarterfinals is Saturday in Indiana. "I'm going to remember this game for a long time," said Iverson, who also had nine assists. "I've been playing a lot off my God-given ability. This game took a lot of thinking. I'm pleased with my mental aspect coming into the game... When guys doubled me, I found my teammates and they hit the shots. I don't think I forced too many things." Aaron McKie had 19 points and George Lynch added 16 for Philadelphia, which finished as the top team in the East for the first time since 1983-84. Jalen Rose had 18 and Jermaine O'Neal added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who were down just 61-59 at halftime after getting 33 from Miller. "I wish it was reversed," Miller said. "The game is four quarters. I hate doing things early I like doing it late." Iverson scored 14 of Philadelphia's final 17 points in the third, including the last 10. He drilled a 17-footer, another long jumper and hit a 3-pointer to -—«^ give the Six- biggest lead to that point, NJAPUlYOH=S f;Jtft ^'^^ Tuesday's Scores .ri Philadelphia 116, , ^fter Rose Indiana 98. hit a jumper, Dallas at Utah, Iverson (n). nailed anoth- Today's Games er 19-footer as Orlando at Mil- the sellout waukee, 7 p.m." crowd of Phoenix at Sacra- 2o ,739 at the mento, 9:30 p.m. ^.^^^ ^^.^^ Center chanted "MVP, MVP" for the league's scoring champion. Iverson pumped his fist, raised his arms and cupped his ear, imploring the fans to make more noise before he finished the quarter at the foul line, giving the Sixers a 91-78 lead on a free throw. Indiana didn't get closer than 10 in the fourth. "It was a phenomenal performance and it took that," Sixers coach Larry Brown said of Iverson's play Miller, whose 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left in Game 1 lifted the Pacers to a 79-78 comeback victory, opened the game with a 3-pointer and proceeded to hit shots from all over the court. He scored seven straight points three different times — at the start of the game, midway through the first and to begin the second. Four Sixers — Eric Snow, Kevin OUie, Iverson and McKie — tried to guard Miller in the first half and none could stop him. But Miller missed all three of his shots in the third and scored only two points on free throws as Iverson took over, helping the Sixers break open a tight game. Miller finished 14-of-22, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range. Iverson was 15-of-27, including 3-for-7 from beyond the arc. Barkley will return if Jordan decides to By HAL BOCK The Associated Press If Michael Jordan returns to the NBA, he'll almost certainly have Charles Barkley with him. Working as a broadcaster on the NBA playoffs for Turner Sports, Barkley sounded excited Tuesday by the prospect of a joint comeback with Jordan. Barkley said he would return to the court if he could get back in shape — and had some company "I wouldn't come back if Michael didn't come back. I would only come back for him," he said on a conference call. The 38-year-old Barkley retired last season after rupturing a knee tendon. He said he has talked with Jordan, now president of the Washington Wizards, about a possible comeback. When he retired three years ago, Jordan said he was "99.9 percent sure," he would not play again, but that percentage has apparently gone down. •Jordan, who is working out, *'"''tt^ked last weekend in broad terms about the challenge of a comeback. "It's definitely the challenge," the 38-year-old Jordan said Saturday on NBC. "I'm not coming back for money I'm not coming back for the glory I think I left the game with that. "I wouldn't come back if Michael didn't come back. I would only come back for him." Charles Barkley former NBA star but the challenge is what I truly love." Barkley like Jordan, picked as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history is coming along for the ride. "He thinks we can still be good," Barkley said. "I'm very confident. If 1 can get my weight down, I like my chances. I don't think we can play at the level we once did. But I think we can still play well. "If something this magnificent is happening, I've got to think of it seriously It's the only thing that would get me out of retirement." Barkley began working out earlier this year and lost 30 pounds quickly, getting down to 300. Then he went on what he called his "Celebrity Tour" — trips to be inducted in the Alabama Hall of Fame and have his uniform number retired by Auburn University and the Philadelphia 76ers. Surprise! Baylor claims title Bears win first league title since '66 behind top medalist Williams By CHRISTIAN D ORR Tlie Salina Journal HUTCHINSON — Worth Williams never did anything fantastic Tuesday during the final round of the Big 12 golf tournament at Prairie Dunes. Thanks to his play Monday, the senior from Baylor never had to. Williams never strayed from his safe approach while playing the Dunes and, like Monday it worked to a charm. Williams continually played his drives safe and his approaches to the middle of the Dunes' tough greens as he shot 34-37—71 in the final round and walked away with an eight-stroke victory over Oklahoma State's Par Nilsson and Oklahoma's Kelsey Cline. Williams finished with a three-round total of 215, helping the Bears to the team title as well. Baylor, which won its first conference golf championship since 1966, shot 894, outdistancing Oklahoma and Texas, which tied for second with a 904. "(The team title) is the most important' thing," said Williams, who won his first tournament since claiming the Texas state tournament his senior year in high school. "We came 'here intent to win. We wanted to get that trophy and if one of us happened to win the (individual) title that was fine just so long as we were the winning team." While Williams was protecting his individual lead, the rest of the Bears were going about the business of securing the team title. Collectively the Bears, who had a three-shot lead over Texas going into the round, shot even par through the front nine and had all five of their golfers shoot in the 70s in the final round. "This is a treat for these guys," said Baylor coach Tim Hobby "This is the first recruiting class that I had here and they have worked hard for this, I am not surprised at all." • WNBA BIG 12 INCE Final Results TEAM Baylor 894 Oklahoma ............ .904 Texas 904 Colorado .905 Oklahoma State 912 Texas A&M 927 Kansas 933 Kansas State 941 Missouri ..... .... .... . .9152 Texas Tech ..." 954 Iowa State 955 Nebraska .956 INDIVIDUAL Worth Williams, Baylor ... .215 Par Nilsson, Oklahoma St. .223 Kelsey Cline, Oklahoma .. .223 Jimmy Walker, Baylor 224 Stephen Reed, Texas A&M 226 Brandon Sanders, Baylor . .226 Complete Results, D2 But many were surprised at the three rounds Williams was able to put together. His three- round total of 215 is the second- highest winning total in the five-year history of the Big 12, but his eight-stroke margin of victory is second only to last year when Oklahoma State's Charles Howell topped the field by 10 strokes. "I was five-over, but with this course and the conditions and where the pins were, that feels like about 10-under," Williams said. "Getting close to the hole was next to impossible out here." Therefore, Williams hardly ever tried. But in doing so he never took himself out of contention for par either He played the front nine at 1- under He snaked in a 17-foot birdie putt on the par-3 second hole and had a tap-in birdie on the par-5 seventh before suffering his only bogey at No. 9 when he pushed his drive into the right rough and had a two- putt bogey. He went to the back nine knowing he had expanded his lead to six over Nilsson while everyone else was at least eight The Associated Press Baylor's Worth Williams chips out of a bunker on the 11th hole during the championship round of the Big 12 golf tournament Tuesday at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson. Williams won medalist honors, leading Baylor to the team title. shots back. But Nilsson ballooned to 4-over on the back nine and nobody else was able to make a serious run. He suffered bogeys at Nos. 11 and 13 before settling down to shoot even par over the final five holes. "After the front nine I knew I had a six-shot lead and I knew I just couldn't give it away" Williams said. "On seven, eight and nine I started feeling the nerves a little bit. No one was talking to me about any of the other rounds, but I felt like I was probably winning. But that probably made me more nervous because you never know what might happen until you get the ball into the hole." "I just stayed with my same game plan," Williams said. "I just wanted to do whatever I had to do to keep the ball in the fairway. I wanted to keep it in play and give myself a chance at some birdies, but just make sure that I would at least have a good putt for par" Kansas, which had the team lead after the first round, shot 305 Tuesday to finish seventh place overall with a 933. Kansas State, projected Ilth in the preseason poll, shot 306 in the final round to finish eighth with a 941. Knee injury costs Swoopes season League's MVP and leading scorer last year hurt in practice By MICHAEL A, LUTZ The Associated Press HOUSTON — Sheryl Swoopes sat out most of her rookie year in the WNBA to have a baby. She'll miss this season with a damaged knee. Swoopes, the league's MVP and leading scorer last year, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during a preseason workout Monday night. A teammate said Swoopes was driving to the basket when she collapsed to the floor, screaming in pain. The team said Tuesday that Swoopes will require reconstructive surgery that will sideline her for the season, which begins May 28. The Comets, who have won all four WNBA titles, earlier lost former MVP Cynthia Cooper, who retired to SWOOPES coach the Phoenix Mercury. "There is no magic dust," team physician Dn Walter Lowe said, affirming Swoopes would be out eight to nine months following surgery "There is no question it will take longer than this season, but we expect her to be back next season." Coach Van Chancellor was choked with emotion when describing his feelings. "1 know how much I felt for her as a person and what she's going through as a player," Chancellor said, brushing back tears. "We kind of tricked her into weight lifting and for the first time ever. "It's devastating." Swoopes' loss will be felt league wide. "It's extremely unfortunate and a big loss," WNBA president Val Ackerman said. "Sheryl is irreplaceable but this will ci-eate an opportunity for other players to step up and show what they can do." Swoopes, who spent the night at Methodist Hospital, led the WNBA with an average of 20.7 points a game last season. She also led the league with 2.81 steals per game and added 3.8 assists, 1.06 blocked shots and a 50.6 percent field-goal percentage. Swoopes, Cooper and teammate Tina Thompson all finished in the top 10 in WNBA scoring last season. Swoopes scored her playoff high of 31 points in a 79-73 victory over, the New York Liberty that clinched the Comets' fourth title. Swoopes came into the league after leading Texas Tech to a 588 record in her career and the NCAA national championship in 1993. Her first season in the WNBA was delayed by the birth of her son, Jordan, on June 25,1997. Swoopes played in only nine games that year with no starts. She averaged 7.1 points per game as the Comets won the first WNBA championship. It wasn't until the following season that Swoopes returned in top shape and started to assert herself along with Cooper and Thompson. Swoopes averaged 15.6 points in 1998. She was third in league scoring in 1999 with 18.3 points. Comets guard Coquese Washington was working out with Swoopes at the team's practice facility at Westside Tennis Club when the injury occurred. "Sheryl got the ball at the top of the key" Washington told Houston television station KRIV. "She started,to drive to the basket but she never got in the air. She planted her foot and just fell. "You could tell the way she was screaming that she was in pain and it was serious. It was not pretty I've seen people get ACLs before and I've torn my own." Knee injuries are becoming more common in the WNBA. New York's Rebecca Lobo missed the last two seasons after suffering consecutive ACL injuries within six months. "I'm devastated for her," Lobo said. "After experiencing it twice, I wouldn't wish it on anybody. "People don't know why it happens. With most women athletes, there's no contact at all. You're coming down like I was with a rebound or making a jump stop and not ready for something under you to give way That's why it's so frightening." Arena / Averts debate over goalie FROM PAGE D1 For the Mexico game, a 2-0 victory for the Americans on Feb. 28 at Columbus, Ohio, Arena summoned Friedel from Europe, but not Keller Then for the 2-1 victory March 28 at Honduras, he called both players back, but picked Friedel as the starter "Yeah, I was very surprised when I wasn't called into the Mexico game," said Keller, who got the call this time while Friedel remains with Blackburn Rovers for some important league matches. "It's basically the same situation that I'm in right now. "Brad had a game (with his English club team) on Friday I had a game on Sunday and (Arena) felt that two extra days were more important. Then the team got a victory and he didn't want to change anything for the Honduras game, and the team got another victory, but then he doesn't have any trouble changing it for this game." Arena, who ultimately will decide between Keller, Friedel and former national team regular Tony Meola of Major League Soccer's Kansas City Wizards, showed no interest in getting sucked into the debate during Tuesday's informal press conference. "Does it matter?" he asked. Told that both Keller and Friedel have expressed an interest in their roles. Arena said, "Casey is (No. 1) for this game." "I don't know," he said. "There was certainly some rationale when Friedel came in for the Mexico game and for why he played against Honduras and why Kasey's here. "If you don't think it's important to have two or three goalkeepers, you're crazy" But Keller said that not clearly identifying a No. 1 for the 10-game final CONCACAF qualifying round is unhealthy. "It makes it difficult for any player to think that he needs to prove himself every time he steps in practice," he said. "You have to have a little bit of leeway Otherwise you're always in a panic stage. "You like to have that comfort, knowing you're going to have a series of games and you're the No. 1 and you're playing weU and you're entitled to make a mistake, be­ cause you're going to." That's fine. Arena said, but with just 10 games to determine which three of the six remaining regional teams will qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, he has only one concern. "You can't worry about what they think," he said. "You have to do what's best for the team." For tonight, anyway that appears to be Keller Season Tickets Now On Sale! 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