ti4 FRIDAY. APRIL 27, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL T NBA PLAYOFFS The Associated Press Raptors star Vince Carter has the ball knocked loose by the Knicks' Kurt Thomas in the first half of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs Thursday. Carter recovered the ball and the Raptors went on to a 94-74 win. Carter, Raptors rebound Toronto standout bounces back from erratic Game 1 outing as Raptors pull even By CHRIS SHERIDAN 'I'lia Associated Press NEW YORK showed some NBA PLAYOFFS - Vince Carter finally spunk, and Lenny Wilkens showed he's not too old to come up with something creative. Carter became a Lakers (n) Today's Game Miami at Charlotte, 7 p.m. ^es^^L^. successful playoff per- Game former for the first Sacramento 116, time Thursday night, piioenix 90, series turning from a timid Thursdays scores Pl^^^^ ^^to a tOUgh Toronto 94, New one as the Toronto York 74, series tied Raptors routed the 1-1 New York Knicks 94-74 Portland at L.A. ^^^^ ^j^g.^. round series 1-1. "This is big for us: Our first playoff win as a franchise and my first playoff win," Carter said, "so I hope this was a confidence builder" Carter, coming off a poor perfor- in;uice in Game 1 that dropped his career postseason record to 0-4, went on an offensive tear in the second half to help the Raptors turn it into a rout. Carter scored 22 points and got the better of Latrell Sprewell several times when they were matched one-on-one. "I went up to him afterward and told him to remember this feeling," teammate Antonio Davis said. "Now, at least, ho knows." Tied 1-1, the series resumes Sunday at Toronto with the Raptors now holding homecourt advantage. They'll also be secure in the knowledge that Carter can perform under pressure and Wilkens isn't too old to try something new. Toronto threw a different look at the i'Cnicks, moving Chris Childs into the starting lineup, sliding Alvin Williams over to shooting guard and limiting rookie Morris Peterson to seven minutes in a reserve role. Williams tied his career-high with 23 points and Childs had seven assists be- ibfo leaving with a pulled hamstring. USBL season starts tonight League opens witli new NBA rules in effect; Cagerz open Sunday at Dodge City By The Associated Press MILFORD, Conn. — The USBL will open its 16th season with three games l''riday night, and it will be the first chance to see the rules changes to be implemented next season by the NBA. The four changes approved for the NBA are: eliminating all existing illegal defense guidelines; establishing a defensive 3-second rule; reducing from 10 seconds to 8 the amount of time a team will have to advance the ball past tnidcourt; and eliminating touch fouls by allowing brief contact initiated by a defensive player if it does not impede t'le progress of the player with the ball. Each of the 10 USBL franchises will play a 30-game schedule over a three- month season. The marquee opening matchup will be between teams coached by former NBA centers with the Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs, coached by Darryl Dawkins, at the expansion Maryland Mustangs, coached by Itobert Parish. The other USBL franchises are Atlantic City Lakeland, Oklahoma, Florida, Brooklyn, Long Island, Kansas and Dodge City. The Cagerz open their season Sunday at defending champion Dodge City • MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Ankiel has ups^ downs in loss ROUNDUP Duncan feel left-hander takes 'step in the right direction' after outing By The Associated Press ST LOUIS — Even though it didn't decide the game. Rick Ankiel's latest shaky start was the No. 1 topic in the St. Louis Cardinals' clubhouse. Milton Bradley drew a bases- loaded walk in the 15th inning — 10 innings after Ankiel had been removed — as the Montreal Expos won 4-3 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep Ankiel, who wasn't announced as the starter until just before game time, allowed three runs, six hits and four walks in 4 % innings. He is 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA and 17 walks in 17 % innings this year "Keeping things in perspective, I think he feels like it's a step in the right direction," pitching coach Dave Duncan said. "Is he happy with that performance? Probably not. He also recognizes getting this thing together isn't going to just happen, it's going to take a little time." Jose Vidro and Fernando Tatis homered on consecutive pitches off Ankiel in the third. "I left two balls up to two key guys in their lineup, and they took advantage of it," Ankiel said. "What are you going to do?" Ankiel, who lasted only three innings in his previous start, said he was encoiuraged. For one thing, he was able to throw his fastball for strikes. "Today I was able to get it in there, so we'll see," Ankiel said. "I just want to keep being able to throw my fastball." Ankiel threw 72 pitches, 38 for strikes, and only one pitch went to the backstop. His best inning was the fourth, when he needed only The Associated Press Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny talks to pitcher Rick Ankiel as the Expos' Jose Vidro rounds the bases after hitting a third-inning homer nine pitches to retire the bottom of the order. But he issued two four-pitch walks in the fifth and threw one ball to the backstop before departing with one out. Duncan said Ankiel slowed his tempo in the fifth. "The fourth was outstanding," Duncan said. "He had everything back together, and that's what we'll try to build on." Diamondbacks 13, Braves 6 PHOENIX — Luis Gonzalez home red twice to match the major league record with 13 April homers as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Greg Maddux and the Atlanta Braves 13-6 The Associated Press Tigers baserunnerTony Clark scores from second base as he gets his hand on the plate before Orioles catcher Greg Myers can apply the tag during the third inning Thursday. Clark scored on a hit by Juan Encarnacion. Mariners cap sweep of Yanks ROUNDUP Seattle boasts record to major-league best 18-4 behind Martinez's key hit By The Associated Press NEW YORK— Edgar Martinez drove in four runs, including a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning, as the streaking Seattle Mariners completed their first sweep of the New York Yankees in nearly four years, 7-3 Thursday night. The Mariners, a major league-best 18-4, have won seven straight games and 11 of 12 after sweeping New York for the first time since July 25-27,1997. The three-time defending World Series champion Yankees have lost eight of 11 and are four games behind Boston in the AL East — their largest deficit since Sept. 24,1997. Martinez's hit and a rare walk issued by Mike Mussina (1-3) helped the Mariners score three runs in the seventh to break a 2-all tie and give Jamie Moyer (4-0) the win. Pinch-hitter Tom Lampkin led off seventh with a single and Ichiro Suzuki bunted into a fielder's choice, then stole second. Mussina, who didn't walk a batter in his first four starts, issued his second of the game — to Mike Cameron — putting two on for Martinez. With his former right-handed setup man Jeff Nelson in Seattle's bullpen, Torre stuck with Mussina. Martinez made him pay for the decision, doubling to the wall in left-center to end Mussina's night. Bret Boone added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it 5-2. Seattle scored two unearned runs off Ramiro Mendoza in the eighth with help from an error by second baseman Alfonso Soriano, New York's 11th miscue in the last six games. Cameron had an RBI double and Martinez hit an RBI single — his third hit of the game — prompting scattered boos from the crowd of 30,218. The Yankees did mount a rally in the ninth, thanks to an error by third baseman David Bell and three straight two- out walks by Nelson that forced in a run. Arthur Rhodes relieved and got Bernie Williams on a fielder's choice- grounder for his first save. Moyer allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, getting Soriano to ground out with two runners on to end the sixth. The Yankees went O-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners are off to the best start in baseball since Milwaukee won 19 of 22 to open the 1987 season. Seattle leads Texas by eight games in the AL West. Mussina allowed five runs and 10 hits in 6% innings. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.29 ERA in his last four starts. Red Sox 2, Twins 0 BOSTON — Hideo Nomo missed becoming the fifth pitcher since 1900 to throw two no-hitters in a season, allowing only a questionable single in the seventh, a liner by Torii Hunter off the glove of right fielder Darren Lewis. Nomo, who pitched a no-hitter April 4 at Baltimore in his debut with Boston, struck out eight and walked five in seven innings, and Derek Lowe finished with one-hit relief for his third save. Mike Lansing hit an RBI single in the second off Eric Milton and Shea Hillebrand had a run-scoring double in the eighth against Hector Carrasco. Tigers 8, Orioles 2 DETROIT — With Cal Ripken again on Baltimore's bench, Chris Holt bounced back from a bad outing as the Detroit Tigers snapped a seven- game losing streak by beating the Orioles. Juan Encarnacion hit a bases- loaded triple in a four-run seventh. Ripken, who hit a three-run homer in the Orioles' 6-4 win Wednesday, sat as manager Mike Hargrove stuck with his new plan to alternate the career Iron Man and Mike Kinkade at third base. Holt (2-2) gave up nine hits in his fourth career complete game. Jason Johnson (1-2) allowed four runs and eight hits in 2% innings. Indians 6, Angels 5 CLEVELAND — Juan Gonzalez led off the eighth inning with a tiebreak ing homer off Shigetoshi Hasegawa (1-2), his 18th in 41 career games at Jacobs Field. Only 29,427 fans attended, the smallest crowd since the Indians drew 27,749 for a May 10, 1995, game against Kansas City Paul Shuey (1-1) pitched a hitless eighth and Bob Wickman finished for his fourth save. Tim Salmon hit a two-run homer and had four RBIs for the Angels. Athletics 16, White Sox 6 CHICAGO — Eric Chavez hit two homers — the second a 500-foot drive that became the longest in new Comiskey Park history — and had six RBIs. Terrence Long also had a three-run homer for the A's and Miguel Tejada had a two-run shot as Oakland set season highs for runs and hits (17). Gil Heredia (1-4) got his first win in five starts despite giving up three homers, raising his total to a league- leading 10. Jim Parque (0-3) gave up seven runs and seven hits in 3%innings. Thursday night. Steve Finley had five RBIs with a triple and his first homer of the season, and Damian Miller was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and his first home run. Erubiel Durazo also homered for Arizona, which won its fourth straight. Arizona tied a team record for homers in a game with five, Brewers 12, Mets 8 MILWAUKEE — Tyler Houston hit a grand slam off Brett Hinchliffe (0-1), one of nine homers in the game. Angel Echevarria homered twice for Milwaukee, including one after Houston's slam in a seven-run third inning that made it 9-1. Jose Hernandez and Devon White also connected for the Brewers (1110), who swept the three-game series and moved above .500 for the first time since April 15 last year. Mike Piazza homered twice for the NL champion Mets, who at 8-13 dropped into a last-place tie with Florida in the NL East. Reds 7, Giants 5 SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds hit his 504th career home run in a losing cause. Cincinnati got back-to- back homers from Ruben Rivera and Kelly Stinnett to complete a three-game sweep. Dennys Reyes (1-2) pitched IVa scoreless innings for the win. Danny Graves pitched the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances. Alan Embree (0-1) allowed three runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Cubs 7, Rockies 2 DENVER — Rondell White had two hits and drove in two runs. Gary Matthews Jr, batting .146 (6-for-41) this season, added a two-run triple as Chicago snapped a three-game losing skid. Jon Lieber (2-1) gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings, walked four and struck out eight. '61' is a hit HBO film is realistic look at race to break Ruth's homer mark By MIKE KOEHLER The Daily (Mahonum There's just something about sports and TV movies. While many sports-related flicks released at the theater are dreck starring Kevin Costner, the tube remains an oasis for these kinds of movies. Ask people their all-time favorite football films and many will answer with "Brian's Song" — a made-for-TV movie. Ask them in a few years about the best baseball film and they just might tell you "61". The HBO film premiers at 8 p.m. Saturday At the very least, the new HBO movie created by Billy Crystal is an aberration because it is so realistic. All the players have names. Not all of the hits are home runs. Not all of the outs are strikeouts. In the story of the Roger Maris-Mickey Mantle race to break Babe Ruth's home run record in 1961, you can get lost in all the little details — warmup jackets and old-time batting helmets, the color of the paint on the walls and the well-dressed spectators—but it's best to wind your way through the subtle story underneath. Maris and Mantle become complex characters whose personalities revolve around and reflect off the record. Barry Pepper is outstanding as Maris and looks un- canningly like the Yankee great, but you can't help but stop and think, "Wasn't that the guy in Saving Private Ryan?" That's why the best work comes from Thomas Jane as Mantle. Jane has made just a handful of films, so it's easy for him to disappear into Mantle. Because of that, Mantle's story sneaks up and steals the film. As Maris faces the pressure, you can't help but look at Mantle and wonder, as he surely wondered himself. If he had taken better care of himself, drank less, done something different, could it have been Mantle with the record? The question will linger with you. As will the film.
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