Sports The Salina Journal Monday, February 3,1986 Page 11 Big Eight race becomes two-team affair KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Just when Iowa State looked like it might turn the Big Eight basketball race into a three-team affair, along comes Oklahoma State and cuts it back to two. The Cyclones seemed ready to challenge the Kansas-Oklahoma domination after a 77-74 upset of fourth-ranked Kansas at home during the week. But Saturday in Stillwater, Okla., Oklahoma State coach Paul Hansen's lightly regarded Cowboys trimmed Iowa State 67-65 in overtime. And with Kansas winning big on the road against Kansas State, and Oklahoma winning at home against Missouri, the Big Eight seems again reduced to a two-horse race between the Sooners and Jayhawks. Kansas, a 64-50 victor over K-State, stands 20-3 overall and tied with the Sooners in the league race at 5-1. The sixth-ranked Sooners had all of Missouri they wanted Saturday before finally subduing the Tigers 88-84. Rounding out the conference action, Nebraska was on the road to clobber the hapless Colorado Buffs 77-60. Missouri and Iowa State thus' dropped into a two-way tie at 4-3 in Simms leads NFC to 28-24 Pro Bowl win HONOLULU (AP) - New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, pressed into extensive duty because Jim McMahon was hobbled by a bruised knee, sparked a second-half comeback Sunday to rally the National Football Conference to a 28-24 Pro Bowl victory over the American Conference. Simms, making his first appearance in the NFL's All-Star game, threw three touchdown passes in the second half, the last a 15-yarder to Tampa Bay's Jimmie Giles with 2:47 remaining, to rally the NFC from a 24-7 halftone deficit. McMahon, the brash star of the Chicago Bears' 46-10 rout of New England in the Super Bowl a week ago, was victimized for two turnovers that set up 10 AFC points during his brief stint in the second quarter. He didn't play any more after aggravating a knee injury he'd suffered in the Super Bowl. "When Jim got hurt, I knew I was going to play the rest of the game," said Simms, named the Pro Bowl MVP. "I can't say I was real thrilled about Jim getting hurt ... but it turned out well." Simms, who completed 15 of 27 passes for 212 yards and was not intercepted, added: "This is a real nice way to end my season. After our divisional loss to the Bears in Chicago last month (21-0), I was down." "Phil Simms is a cool professional . and he had a great game," said NFC : coach John Robinson of the Los Angeles Rams. "He called most of his own plays, spoke to his receivers and coach on the sidelines, and simply took control." : McMahon said of the decision to ; keep him out of the second half, "Coach Robinson didn't want anyone to get seriously injured, and I wasn't too thrilled about going out there with my knee hurting." AFC coach Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins said: "You have to give the NFC credit. We made the plays in the . first half, they made the plays in the ' second half." Big 8 standings Conference All Games W I 5 1 5 1 4 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 1 5 0 6 Pet. .833 .833 .571 .571 .500 .500 .167 .000 W L 20 1 20 3 IB 7 13 7 13 6 12 7 13 8 8 11 Pet. .952 .870 .720 .650 .684 .632 .619 .421 Oklahoma Kansas Missouri Iowa St. Nebraska Oklahoma St. Kansas St. Colorado Saturday'i Results Kansas 64, Kansas St. 50; Oklahoma 88, Missouri 84; Nebraska 77, Colorado 60; Oklahoma St. 67, Iowa St. 65 (ot). Thll Week's Schedule Wednesday Colorado at Kansas, Oklahoma State at Oklahoma, Kansas State at Nebraska. Saturday Kansas at Oklahoma State, Nebraska at Missouri, Oklahoma at Iowa State, Colorado at Kansas State. the Big Eight, followed by Oklahoma State at 3-3, Kansas State at 1-5 and Colorado, winless in six conference games. Missouri built a nine-point lead before Oklahoma's never-say-die play and the Tigers' foul troubles resulted in the Sooners' 45th consecutive triumph at home. Three Missouri starters, Mike Sandbothe, Dan Bingenheimer and Jeff Strong, were out of the game with five fouls apiece when the final buzzer sounded. Sooner center David John- son scored 18 of his 20 points against the weakened Tiger defense in the second half. It was Missouri's seventh straight loss to Oklahoma and the exhausted Tigers' third loss to a nationally ranked team in 10 days. "I need a psychiatrist," said Tiger coach Norm Stewart. "We were doing most everything right. That's our best effort of the year. We're young, we're beat up, but it's coming." A string of 10 points by Johnson brought Oklahoma from a three- point deficit to a six-point lead over Missouri. Sophomore Derrick Chievous led the Tigers with 24 points and 12 rebounds. The turning point in the game, said Oklahoma's Johnson, was when Missouri guard Jeff Strong picked up his fifth foul. "We had a real good feeling at halftone," said Johnson. "I think Missouri had played about as well as they could play." Danny Manning scored a team- high 18 points for Kansas, but just as crucial were the defensive handcuffs he slapped on Norris Coleman. Coleman, K-State's first-year star who's been averaging more than 22 points a game, hit just four of 18 field goal attempts and wound up with eight points as K-State dropped its sixth straight game to the archrivals from Lawrence. It was Kansas State's first game since Jack Hartman had announced he would retire as coach at the end of the season. "There was a lot of emotion," said Kansas coach Larry Brown. "I expected it to be tougher than it normally is. But Danny did a super job on Coleman. "Coleman is too big for Ronnie Kellogg, although Ronnie can defend," Brown added. "I was afraid Danny might get into foul trouble. But he had only two fouls at halftime and might have had only one if I had gotten nun out quicker." Joe Wright led the Wildcats with 19 points. "Norris in particular had a bad shooting day and unfortunately we rely a lot on his scoring," Hartman said. "A lot in a game depends on what happens early. If some of his shots had fallen, things might have been different. KU obviously has an outstanding team." "They are a top four team in the country," Wright said. "We couldn't stop them inside. They are the best and roughest team we have played all year. It is hard to match up with them because they are so big." Iowa State outscored Oklahoma State 23-10 in the final minutes. But a free throw by Oklahoma State's Jason Manuel allowed the Cowboys to tie it at 60-60 and send the game into overtime. Then Al Bannister hit three straight free throws in overtime to help the Cowboys take charge. Terry Faggins led the Cowboys with 16 points. Jeff Grayer led the Cyclones with 24. "We missed too many free throws and easy shots," said Iowa State coach Johnny Orr. "We definitely had our chance to win but could not get the breaks." Brian Carr scored a season-high 19 points for Nebraska, which shot a sizzling 71 percent while taking charge of Colorado in the first half. But the victory was dimmed by a knee injury to Dave Hoppen, Nebraska's center and the third-highest scorer in Big Eight history. Hoppen left the game early in the second half. "We couldn't stop them," said Colorado coach Tom Apke. "That's the name of the game. We just couldn't stop them." Wide receiver Wes Chandler (89) of the AFC hauls in a touchdown pass in front of NFC defender Dave Duerson (22). Simms, the first Giant quarterback to start in the Pro Bowl, passed 15 yards to Washington's Art Monk for a touchdown in the third quarter, and 2 yards to Dallas tight end Doug Cosbie early in the fourth. He then connected with Giles on the winning touchdown pass in the waning minutes. The AFC had taken advantage of a McMahon fumble and an interception thrown by the Bears' quarterback to pull away in the second quarter. The Los Angeles Raiders' Marcus Allen, the NFL's most valuable player this past season, provided the AFC's first two touchdowns, running two yards for one score and throwing a 51-yard scoring pass to San Diego's Wes Chandler for the other. Cornerback LeRoy Irvin of the Los Angeles Rams was a standout for the NFC defense, with two interceptions off AFC quarterback Dan Fouts of San Diego. Irvin preserved the victory with Ms second theft, picking off Fouts' pass in the NFC end zone with 1% minutes remaining and the AFC at the National Conference 34-yard line. The NFC's other score came in the second quarter on a 48-yard interception return by Minnesota's Joey Browner, with Fouts again the victim. A 34-yard AFC field goal by Pittsburgh's Gary Anderson followed an interception of a McMahon pass, and an 11-yard TD pass from the New York Jets' Ken O'Brien to toe Pittsburgh Steelers' Louis Lapps came after toe recovery of McMahon's fumble. Fouts completed 16 of 27 throws for 173 yards. O'Brien was eight of 15 for 87 yards and one TD, and threw one critical interception. The Bears' Mike Singletary intercepted a pass by toe Jets' quarterback in the NFC end zone to stop an AFC scoring threat midway through toe final quarter. Irvin's first interception off Fouts also was in the NFC end zone. Both Chandler and AFC teammate Steve Largent of Seattle set Pro Bowl records. Chandler had a record 114 yard on four catches, and Largent had a record eight receptions for 82 yards. Allen, who set an NFL rushing- receiving yardage record in 1985, gained 58 yards on 16 carries for toe AFC. The Giants' Joe Morris was toe NFC's leading rusher, with 34 yards on eight carries. Chicago's Walter Payton, the NFL's all-time career rushing leader, was suffering from toe flu and carried just three times for 14 yards. The victory gives toe NFC a 10-6 edge over toe AFC since toe present format was adopted. Arbitration hearings set to begin NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball's salary arbitration machinery was scheduled to roll into action today with two hearings set in Los Angeles, while several clubs were actively engaged in negotiations with players in order to sidestep the process. Originally, four players were scheduled for the first day of hearings, but two of them — Ed Nunez and Domingo Ramos of Seattle — signed contracts. That left catcher Alan Knicely of Philadelphia and pitcher Roy Lee Jackson of San Diego set to go. Knicely reportedly is asking for $140,000; the club has offered $80,000. Jackson wants $150,000; the Padres offered $90,000. The big-name players were scheduled for hearings later in the month. They included pitcher Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets, Feb. 18; first baseman Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees, Feb. 18; third baseman Wade Boggs of the Boston Red Sox, Feb. 21; pitcher John Tudor of St. Louis, Feb. 14; outfielder Tim Raines of Montreal, Feb. 20, and pitchers Fernando Valenzuela (Feb. 15) and Orel Hershiser (Feb. 10) of Los Angeles. Any two-year player whose contract has expired may file for arbitration. At the hearings, an impartial arbitrator decides between two figures — the player's and the club's — and awards a one-year contract. After 1986, a player will need three years' service to file. Clubs may continue to negotiate with players until the hearing date. One source close to the players said Boggs, Valenzuela and Hershiser may yet sign multiyear deals. "There has been some good dialogue involving Valenzuela and Hershiser, and there's a good possibility for a settlement," said the source, who demanded anonymity. "On Boggs, there have been some discussions concerning a multiyear contract settlement, a possible three-year deal." Boggs came in with this year's top demand, for a one- year salary of $1.85 million, while the Red Sox have offered $1.35 million. Valenzuela has asked for $1.7 million while the Dodgers offered $1.35 million; Hershiser wants $1 million and has been offered $600,000. Gooden, the 1985 National League Cy Young winner, and Mattingly, last year's American League MVP, each have asked for $1.5 million. The Mets offered Gooden $1.1 million; the Yankees offered Mattingly $1.25 million. Tudor has asked for $1.2 million while the Cardinals offered $900,000. Raines wants $1.7 million compared with an offer of $1.3 million. Mattingly's agent, Jim Krivacs, says he hasn't talked with the Yankees since about Jan. 15, before Mattingly filed for arbitration. Okamoto captures LPGA'sArden Classic NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Japan's Ayako Okamoto, fighting off nervousness and an aching back, shot a 1-under-par 71 in Sunday's final round to win toe LPGA's $200,000 Elizabeth Arden Classic, holding off Muffin Spencer-Devlin by one stroke. Okamoto, from Tokyo, tied toe tournament record i with her four-round total of 8-under-par 280, first set by Patty Sheehan in 1984 and equaled last year by | JoAnne Carner. Okamoto, who took toe lead in toe second round I and never lost it, was dogged steadily in toe final I nine holes by Spencer-Devlin, who shot a 3-under-par I 69 on Sunday. Okamoto's victory — her sixth in six years on toe LPGA tour — became certain after Spencer-Devlin bogeyed toe final hole, a par-5, 496-yarder. "I was not as nervous today as I was yesterday," said Okamoto, who collected $30,000 for toe victory at 6,103-yard Turnberry Isle Course. "If toe days -were reversed and I was feeling as nervous today, I would have lost toe tournament. But I had a lot of confidence today. I'm very happy about winning," said Okamoto. When Spencer-Devlin bogeyed toe 18th hole to finish at 7-under 281, Okamoto — watching from toe final threesome — went for toe pin with her third shot because she knew she had picked up a stroke. "If she paired toe last hole, I would hit 9-iron to just hit toe green and two-putt," Okamoto said. She had earlier rounds of 69, 67, and 73 to go with her 71 Sunday. Spencer-Devlin was happy with her second place, and $18,500 in winnings. "I played in my own heart great golf," said Spencer-Devlin. n . . UKamoio Zoeller opens up five-shot advantage PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Fuzzy Zoeller has a 5-shot lead and a game-plan in mind going into today's day-late finish of toe AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. "I whipped Pebble Beach once (a 66 in Saturday's round), and I'll go out there with toe idea of whipping it again," Zoeller said Sunday after he'd used a 2-under-par 70 at Cypress Point to expand his advantage to run-away proportions. "I won't worry about toe Scoreboard. At least until I get Zoeller to toe 18th. Then I'll take a look, and if I'm not ahead I'll be pretty disappointed. "This is just where I wanted to be. I enjoy being in toe lead. I enjoy having a big lead. "I'll go to toe first tee Monday with a big hole in my stomach. That's what it's all about. That's what competition is about. I enjoy getting out there with that wild feeling," Zoeller said. The easy-going Zoeller played his third round at Cypress Point, well out of toe range of toe national television cameras, and completed one trip over each of three Monterey Peninsula courses in 205, 11 under par. With toe big lead, toe new title 'in an old tournament — until this year it had been known as toe Bing Crosby—became his to win or lose. Payne Stewart, alone in second j;oing into today's final round of toe chase for a $108,000 first prize, said his only chance involved toe hope that ' 'Fuzzy doesn't have a good day. "When Fuzzy's in toe lead, he's a tough man to catch," Stewart said after a 70 at Spyglass Hill put him at 210. "He's a veteran. He knows how to win. He knows what it takes to win. I'd have to shoot in toe low 60s and hope Fuzzy doesn't have a good day." Tom Watson, three strokes back of Zoeller when toe third round began, could do no better than an erratic 73 at Pebble Beach and fell six off toe pace at 211. Watson, who 3-putted once and had one in a hazard, was tied with Tony Sills, who had his career-best finish as a runner-up last week in Phoenix, and Mark Wiebe. Sills had a 71 in toe winds at Pebble Beach and Wiebe matched 72 at Cypress Point. No one else was within eight shots of toe leader going into toe day-late finish. The tournament schedule was disrupted when Friday's play was rained out. Jack Nicklaus, who won this title three times and collected a U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur title at Pebble Beach, won't be around for toe final round. He struggled to a 74 at Pebble Beach and finished three rounds at 227,11 shots over par. Other casualties included last year's leading money-winner, Curtis Strange. Strange had a 76 at Pebble Beach and finished at 226. U.S. Open champ Andy North made a 9 on toe par-3 16th at Cypress Point, took a 78 and was at 224. Zoeller, who started from toe 10th tee at Cypress Point, challenged that fearful, into-toe-wind, island-green of a par-3. He took out a wood as he stood on toe tee and received a polite ovation from toe gallery. "I didn't get here by laying up," Zoeller said. But he missed toe green, had to play a delicate pitch to 12 feet and made toe par putt. He also missed toe green and one-putted for par on toe 17th and reached toe turn in par. Zoeller, toe big winner in toe recent Skins Game and a former U.S. Open and Masters champion, made a couple of 10-footers on toe first and third holes, and got to three under par for toe day — and six clear of toe field — with a little pitch to within tap-in distance on the fifth. And Fuzzy promptly backed off. He missed toe green and bogeyed toe seventh, his 16th hole of toe day. He 3-putted toe next, and his lead was down to four. But he rolled in a 25-footer on his last hole, using a putting stroke with a wedge from a position in toe fringe. "I must be doing something right," he said.
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