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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1996 03 T BASEBALL PLAYOFFS Braves, Cards set for Game 7 Atlanta turns ball over Osborne tries to keep to Glavine in hopes of St. Louis from blowing completing comeback another 3-1 series lead By The Associated Press By The Associated Press ATLANTA — Tom Glavine, you're the man. John Smoltz did his job. Greg Maddux did his. Now it's up to the most-senior member of the Atlanta Braves' superb rotation to complete the comeback. "We have this situation pretty much all year long," Glavine said. "One of the things that makes bur pitching staff good is that when I've got to sit back and watch John pitch the way he pitches and Greg pitch the way he pitches, I sure as heck don't want to be the guy that falters, the weak link." Glavine, who joined the Braves late in the 1987 season when they were the worst team in baseball, k will start I Game 7 of the NL championship series tonight, trying to send Atlanta back to the World Series for the fourth time in five seasons. Facing elimination just four days ago, Atlanta has turned things over to its Big Three. Smoltz went-eight innings in a 14-0 romp in Game 5, then Maddux pitched into the eighth Wednesday night for a 3-1 victory that evened the series. "We've been running some quality pitching out there for six years now, basically with the same cast of characters," said Leo Mazzone, the Braves' pitching coach. "When you're looking at one of the greatest rotations of all time, you feel good, you feel confident." Now, with the Braves trying to become the first NL team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the championship series, they will hand the ball to Glavine, a changeup specialist who relies on guile to dispose of hitters. Twelve times this year, the left-hander followed Maddux victories with wins of his own. No. 13 would be the luckiest of all for the Braves. Glavine, who captured the Cy Young in 1991 before Maddux began his amazing four-year grip on the award, was 15-10 jvith a 2.98 ERA this season. But the NLCS has been tougher on Glavine, who lost the third game to St. Louis 3-2, giving up a pair of homers to former teammate Ron Gant. ATLANTA — The cushion is gone. Now the St. Louis Cardinals are fighting history as well as the Atlanta Braves. Only one National League team has twice blown a 3-1 series lead: the Cardinals. Donovan Osborne will try to keep it from happening a third time in Game 7 of the NL championship series tonight at 7 on FOX. "They're the Vorld champions and everybody expects them to win," first baseman John Mabry said. "We've got to do something about it." Osborne said he was nervous watching Game 6. "It's going to be the most exciting game of my career," Osborne said. "I wanted to win just like my teammates, but we didn't and the pressure is on." In 1968, a Cardinals team led by Bob Gibson and Lou Brock was up early against Detroit in the World Series before Mickey Lolich rallied the Tigers with three victories. In 1985, a Cardinals team lead by MVP Willie McGee appeared poised for a World Series victory over the Kansas City Royals before collapsing. Only eight teams in major- league history have let a 3-1 lead get away. The last time was in 1986, when the California Angels lost to the Boston Red Sox. The only other NL team was the Milwaukee Braves in 1958. Only two players, McGee and Ozzie Smith, remain from the '85 Cardinals, and shortstop Royce Clayton was 16 then, So the significance likely will be lost on most of the Cardinals players. "That's all history," Brian Jordan said. "This is the '90s and there's a new tradition, hopefully, for the Cardinals." Still, they don't want it happening to them. St. Louis has a 6-6 record in 12 previous seventh games. "It's the last game for somebody," Pagnozzi said. "It's now a zero-game lead." Rookie Alan Benes couldn't match the brilliance of Atlanta's Greg Maddux, but he kept the Cardinals close Wednesday. CHIEFS-SEAHAWKS Strawberry should play; Rogers' status uncertain By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Darryl Strawberry does have a fractured toe but says he can play. Kenny Rogers says he is healthy, but he may be dropped from the New York Yankees' World Series roster. Three days before the start of the Series, Yankees manager Joe Torre still had some major decisions to make. "I expect to play," Strawberry said Wednesday after taking batting practice for the first time since he was hurt in Sunday's AL clincher. "I expect to strap on the uniform and have me some fun, just like I've been doing." While X-rays didn't reveal a break, team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon said a CAT scan taken Wednesday morning showed a l-to-2 millimeter fracture at the top of Strawberry's right big toe. Strawberry limped slightly as he walked from the Yankees dugout to the outfield to stretch. "Over the next several days he should improve," Hershon said. "I think we have a good chance he'll be able to play." Hershon and Torre said they anticipated Strawberry will be able to play in the outfield in Saturday's opener and not be limited to serving as the designated hitter. Strawberry, who hit three homers against the Orioles last weekend, insisted on taking batting practice. Torre sounded a lot less hopeful about Rogers, hit hard against both Texas and Baltimore. He said Rogers had trouble lifting his arm to the proper release point. Torre's plan is to pitch Andy Pettitte and David Cone in the first two games, though he hasn't finalized their order. Jimmy Key will pitch Game 3 at Atlanta or St. Louis. "We'd like to go with four starters," Torre said, "We have some options, even though we'd rather it be Kenny." Right-hander Ramiro Mendoza, who made 11 starts during the season, could be activated. So could right-hander Dave Pavlas and left-hander Dale Polley, who pitched in relief Szott, Kennedy square off again Chiefs guard, Seattle's defensive tackle have respect for each other By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of these days, Dave Szott and Cortez Kennedy will have to stop meeting like this. Age will end distinguished careers. No longer will they get together twice a year to beat, bump, thump and punish each other's huge bodies. Both Kansas City's left offensive guard and Seattle's right defensive tackle came into the NFL in 1990, Szott as an unheralded seventh-round, draft choice for the Chiefs and Kennedy as the Sea- hawks' high-profile, first-round pick. Coaches and teammates all around them have come and gone, and one man's team has almost completely dominated the other's. But those two, always squaring off eyeball-to-eyeball, have been constant. Neither dominant nor dominated. Battling twice annually in the AFC West. When the Chiefs play host to the Seahawks tonight, it will be one more chapter in a protracted professional relationship in which both men take greater pride as the years slip away. "Right now Cortez is on a roll," said the 6-foot-4, 293-pound Szott, whose Chiefs (4-2) were 9-point favorites to beat the Seahawks (24) and break a two-game slide. "He was AFC player of the week. He's had four sacks in the last couple of weeks. He's playing well." "We've been playing against each other for so many years that I probably don't have any secrets from him, but he doesn't have any T COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS CHIEFS GAME CAPSULE A look at tonight's Kansas City Chiefs NFL game SEATTLE (2-4) AT KANSAS CITY (4-2) • LINE — Kansas City by 9. • RECORD VS. SPREAD — Seahawks 2-4; Chiefs 2-4. • SERIES RECORD — Chiefs lead 23-13. • LAST TIME MET — Chiefs beat Seahawks in Week 3 at Kingdome 35-17. • LAST GAME — Seahawks beat Dolphins 22-15 in Miami two weeks ago. Chiefs lost to Steelers on Monday night before bye 17-7 at home. • SEAHAWKS OFFENSE — RUSH (No. 22), PASS (No. 14), OVERALL (No. 18) QB John Friesz made first start this season vs. Miami. He completed 18 of 32 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns. WR Joey Galloway caught five passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns in win over Dolphins, and is averaging 18.7 yards per reception tills season. Team picked up 358 yards against Dolphins, most since 481 at Jacksonville last season. • CHIEFS OFFENSE — RUSH (No. 17), PASS (No. 23), OVERALL (No. 23) QB Steve Bono only threw for 170 yards on 18-for- 29 passing with no touchdowns and two interceptions. RB Marcus Allen ran for 69 yards on 18 carries in loss to Steelers. Team has scored 11 touchdowns in 17 trips inside opponents' 20-yard line. • SEAHAWKS DEFENSE — RUSH (No. 29), PASS (No. 7), OVERALL (No. 18) DE Michael Sinclair is tied for NFL lead with eight sacks. Team has 17 sacks in first six games this season compared to only 28 last year. Club picked up four sacks vs. Miami. • CHIEFS DEFENSE — RUSH (No. 18), PASS (No. 15) .OVERALL (No. 14) LB Derrick Thomas has six sacks, third in AFC. CB Dale Carter has picked off three passes, tying him for fourth in conference. Club has allowed only four touchdowns in opponents' 18 possessions inside 20- yard line. Chiefs have also yielded only one of four fourth-down tries. • SPECIAL TEAMS — Seattle P Rick Tuten is averaging 46.3 yards in 1996. He set club record last season with 45.0 average.... Chiefs P Louie Aguiar is eighth in AFC with 33.7 yards per kick. • STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Chiefs have beaten Seahawks in 10 of last 11 meetings.... Allen scored 107th TD rushing in loss to Steelers and owns second place on NFL career list.... Kansas City CB James Hasty had streak of 124 straight starts broken when he missed game vs. Steelers due to wrist injury. ... Seahawks held opponent under 100 yards rushing for first time when Miami managed only 85 yards on 32 carries.... Seattle is 2-0 in Florida this season (wins vs. Buccaneers and Dolphins) and 0-4 elsewhere. secrets from me, either," said the 6-3, 293-pound Kennedy. "He's a tough competitor. He's one of the toughest guys in the NFL." There has been only one imbalance in the Kennedy-Szott combat. In 13 encounters since 1990, Szott has left the field a winner 10 times. Counting Marty Schottenheimer's' first year as Kansas City head coach in 1989, the Chiefs have scored almost twice as many points (359-179) with a plus-26 turnover margin. "It's been real tough," Kennedy said. "They've had it mostly their way the last couple of years. But it's going to be a big difference this week. We've been working hard all week." It might not result in victory for Seattle, but Szott has his own war to win. "There have been times when we were up and I'm sure our fans were feeling like it was already won," he said. "But I'm still having to block the guy and he's still coming. The score may lighten up our fans, but it never seems to cause him to lighten up." Down in the trenches tonight in Arrowhead Stadium, two old foes will be hard-put to show each other anything new. "This will be the 14th time in seven years we've played against each other," Szott said. "I think there's definitely a mutual respect." "I don't know him off the field, but playing him twice a year I know him pretty well on the field and I really have a lot of respect for him," Kennedy said. No. 4 Arizona State braces for USC Plummer-led Sun Devils take unbeaten record against Southern Cal By RICHARD ROSENBLATT The Associated Press Before the season, Saturday's Southern California-Arizona State game was supposed to be a big one for the Trojans. Now it's the other way around. With two losses, USC (4-2) is out of. the national title picture and barely on the Rose Bowl screen. The Sun Devils are undefeated, ranked fourth and in position to play in a Rose Bowl with championship implications. "We have all the makings of a special team here," Arizona State coach Bruce Snyder said. "We won't really know, though, until November and December. But at this point, the team has all the earmarks of being special." The Sun Devils, led by all-purpose quarterback Jake Plummer, rallied from a 28-7 deficit to beat UCLA 42-34 last week, while USC held off Arizona 14-7. Arizona State, beaten 31-0 last season by USC, is playing its sixth home game. "This is really going to be a tough one," said Plummer, who threw, ran and caught a touchdown pass in the final eight minutes against the Bruins. "USC has a lot of talent. They've had some trouble with some players, but they are supposed to be at full strength. "They want to get back to the Rose Bowl, and with two losses in the conference it'll be tough to make it." Plummer could make it tough on the Trojans, who counter with Brad Otton (106-of-187 for 1,443 yards and eight TDs) and a scads of running backs, including La Vale Woods, Rodney Sermons, Delon Washington and Shawn Walters. Plummer, emerging as a Heisman Trophy contender, is 101-of- 176 for 1,451 yards, 16 TDs and three interceptions. At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, Plummer basically does whatever is needed. Says USC coach John Robinson: "We're going to have to play our very best game to have a chance to win." Indeed. ... Southern California (plus 7) at No. 4 Arizona State. ... ARIZONA STATE 31-21. In other Top 25 games: No. 16 Auburn (plus 22) at No. 1 Florida Expect another Shootout with Gators owning bigger guns.... FLORIDA 45-17. No. 2 Ohio State (minus 25%) at Purdue Buckeyes' 45.2-point average too much for Boilermakers to overcome.... OHIO STATE 4513. No. 5 Nebraska (minus 22) at Texas Tech Leading rusher (Byron Hanspard) vs. Huskers' third-ranked run defense (61.6 yards). ...NEBRASKA 45-10. Mississippi (plus 13) at No. 7 Alabama Ole Miss has one win in 16 visits to Tuscaloosa.... ALABAMA 28-10. Air Force (plus 21) at No. 8 Notre Dame Irish ground Beau Morgan and Falcons' 354.2-yard rushing game. ..-. NOTRE DAME 41-17. No. 9 Colorado (minus TA) at Kansas Jayhawks have June Henley; Buffaloes have Koy Detmej.... COLORADO 45-31. Iowa (plus 10) at No. 10 Penn State Lions' Joe Paterno (69) and Hawkeyes' Hayden Fry (67) are two oldest active I-A coaches. ...PENN STATE 35-17. East Carolina (plus 17) at No. 12 Miami Hurricanes tend to have problems with Pirates — not this time.... MIAMI 41-13. Indiana (plus 23) at No. 13 Michigan Wolverines in nasty mood after week off to recover from Northwestern loss. ... MICHIGAN 38-7. No. 14 Northwestern (plus 4) at Wisconsin Third game against ranked team is a charm for Badgers.... WISCONSIN 27-24. No. 15 West Virginia (minus 21) at Temple WVU allows 6.8 points per game, Temple 33.2 points. ... WEST VIRGINIA 34-7. Kentucky (plus 25H) at No. 17 LSD Tigers find perfect team to help them bounce back.... LSU 48-14. No. 18 Brlgham Young (minus 10) at Tulsa Hurricane could spell trouble for Cougars and Steve Sarkisian. ... BRIGHAM YOUNG 24-10. No. 19 California (plus 3tt) at Washington State Point spread says Cal's record is suspect. ... WASHINGTON STATE 31-21. North Carolina State (plus 18%) at No. 20 Virginia Last three meetings decided by five points or less. ...VIRGINIA 33-10. No. 21 Kansas State (even) at Texas A&M Brian Kavanagh may get to pass more than usual against Aggies' suspect defense. ... TEXAS A&M 24-21. No. 22 Georgia Tech (minus 6) at Clemson Not a good year for the Tigers. ... GEORGIA TECH 28-17. Fresno State (plus 14) at No. 23 Wyoming QB Josh Wallwork (2,507 yards) leads Cowboys offense (532.6 yards per game). ... WYOMING 44-21. Texas Christian (plus 16) at No. 24 Utah First meeting between teams. ... UTAH 3520. UCLA (plus 6%) at No. 25 Washington Huskies find enough defense to rebound from loss to Irish. ... WASHINGTON 35-31. Parr / Shockers have depth FROM PAGE D1 The recruiting process has done more than allow Parr an opportunity to see new sights. It has exposed him to the human condition. "It's nice to get into the kids' homes and talk to them," he said, "but you see all walks of life. Kids amaze me with the things they overcome." Parr is looking forward to seeing the Shockers on the court after months of conditioning and informal pick-up games. "This team has come together well in the fall," he said. "They get along well. They understand what it's going to take to get this program headed in the right direction. They've done a great deal of sacrificing all ready." Parr is especially pleased with the Shockers' four veterans — Darin Miller, Carter Arnett, Jamie Arnold and Marvin Hill. "Marvin, Darin and Jamie have stepped it up and had good fall workouts. Carter is making good progress (from knee injury)," he said. "I like the makeup of the kids returning. They've got a chance, with the support of the new players we've brought in, to be suc- cessful. "We've got some depth. We'll go 10 or 11 deep. It will be a healthy situation in practice. People won't be comfortable because they'll know there's people ready to knock the door down and take their place." 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