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THE SAUNA JOURNAL SPORTS SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2001 CS • GOLF Sposa leads by shot Third-year player looking for first tour win at Greensboro By The Associated Press GREENSBORO, N.C. — Fitting in on the PGA Tour is important to Milce Sposa. Mission accomplished at the Greater Greensboro ROUNDUP Chrysler Clas . nUUIWUr sic on Friday. ' * Sposa, in his third full season, made a 2-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to close out a 6-under-par 66 for a one- shot lead over Scott Simpson after two rounds of the $3.5 million event. Sposa had a 10-under 134 total. Simpson, the first-round leader, shot a 69. Five others are another shot back at 136, including Scott Hoch and Jeff Maggert. Hoch had his second straight 68, while Maggert shot a 67 during a beautiful sunny day at Forest Oaks Country Club. "This is going to sound strange, but I had to win $20,000 more going into this year to move myself into a better category tor tee times and I did it in the first tournament," said Sposa, who played with veteran Jim Gallagher and Matt Goggin. "Just by getting the better pairings, playing with the better players, it gave me a feeling of belonging and no so much like 1 was on the outside visiting." Sposa's 66 matched his best round of the season and gave him his first lead on tour after two rounds. "I'm just trying to stay real calm and not get ahead of myself," the 31-year-old player said. "I've been out here for three years now so I know this thing is so far from over that for me to start talking about victory speeches would- be ridiculous." He's right. Sposa's best career finish was a tie for seventh last year In the Houston Open, and there are 23 players within four shots of his lead after 36 holes. However, he's confident he has the tools to nail down his first win. "Certainly in my mind I'm ready to win out here," Sposa said. "I don't play to keep my card. I want to win and I want people to know who I am. I'm not going to be intimidated by the chance to win. I'm playing for that chance." KATHY IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP AUSTIN, Texas — Rosie Jones, trying to became the first U.S. winner in 11 events this year, shot a shot a 3- Under 67 to take a two-stroi<e lead in the Kathy Ireland Championship. Jones oouid have extended her lead even further, but closed with a three- putt bogey from 15 feet for a 7-under 133 total. Canada's Lorie Kane was second after a 68. Cindy Figg-Currier was three strokes back after a 67, and Dottie Pepper, the last U.S. winner, shot a 66 to top a seven-player group at 137. BRUNO'S MEMORIAL CLASSIC HOOVER, Ala. — Hale Irwin made a 45-foot eagle putt on the final hole for a share of the first-round lead with Spain's Jose Maria Canizares in the Bruno's Memorial Classic. Irwin and Canizares, who birdled three of the final four holes, shot 7-under-par 65s. Irwin won the Siebel Classic in March for his record 30th senior title. Jim Ahern birdied the final two holes for a 66, and Tom Kite and Gil Morgan topped a seven-piayer group at 67. Defending champion John Jacobs opened with a 71. PORTUGUESE OPEN FARO, Portugal — Ireland's Padraig Harrington shot a 2-under 70 to take a two-stroke lead in the Portuguese Open, while playing partner Colin Montgomerie failed to make the cut. Harrington had a 10-under 134 total. Scotland's Aiastair Forsyth (68) and England's David Gilford (70) were tied for second. Montgomerie shot a 72 for a 145 total, missing the cut by one shot. The Scot also missed the cut in the Masters, marking the first time since August 1998 he has failed to make the cut in consecutive starts. • MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Mientkiewicz, Twins double up Orioles Minnesota first baseman homers twice, drives in four runs in team's 6-3 victory By The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Doug Mientkiewicz homered twice and drove in four runs as the Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 Friday night for their ninth win in 10 home games this year. Cal Ripken was back in .......Baltimore's ROUNDUP lineup after being benched in three of the previous five games and went 2-for-4, hitting a ninth-inning solo homer against Bob Wells. Minnesota, which leads the AL Central by four games, is off to a 16-5 start, its best since 1972. Delino Deshields homered twice off Joe Mays (3-1), who allowed four hits in seven innings. LaTroy Hawkins got the last out for his seventh save. Jose Mercedes (0-4) pitched a nine-hitter. Yankees 3, Athletics 2 NEW YORK — Tino Martinez hit a tiebreaking home run off Mark Mulder (2-2) In the sixth as New York overcame a 2-0 deficit and stopped a three-game losing streak. Randy Choate (2-0) won in relief of Orlando Hernandez, who allowed two runs, three hits and five walks in five innings, and Mariano Rivera got his fourth save. New York held Oakland to three hits. Rangers 11, Indians 9 CLEVELAND — Rusty Greer homered twice, Gabe Kapler hit a grand slam and Alex Rodriguez had a two-run shot for Texas, which took a 9-1, pounded rookie Tim Drew (0-1) for six runs and six hits in three-plus innings. Ellis Burks had two hits — a single and a disappearing double for Cleveland. Burks led off the fifth with a drive to left-center that vanished into the wall, dropping into an opening between the padded wall and scoreboard. Reliever Pat Mahomes (1-2) got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and Jeff Zimmerman went 1 % innings for his second save. Blue Jays 12, Angels 4 TORONTO — Jose Cruz extended his hitting streak to a career-high 19 games with a three-run homer and Toronto won its third straight. Brad Fullmer went 4-for-4 with four runs scored as the Blue Jays won for the 10th time in 13 home games. Esteban Loaiza (4-0) allowed three runs — two earned — and nine hits in seven-plus in- The Associated Press Tigers shortstop Shane Halter avoids the Devil Rays' John Flaherty after getting rid of the relay throw at second base during the third inning Friday in Detroit. The Tigers won the game 4-2. nings. Jarrod Washburn (0-3) gave up five runs and eight hits in 4% innings. Tigers 4, Devil Rays 2 DETROIT — Jose Macias homered and scored three times as the Tigers won consecutive games for just the second time this season despite one error in the field and several on the basepaths. Dave Mlicki (1-2) ended a four-start losing streak, allowing two runs, six hits and three walks in seven-plus innings. Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his fifth save. Ryan Rupe (1-3) gave up four runs, six hits and five walks in five innings for the loss. Mariners 8, White Sox 3 CHICAGO — Seattle won its eighth straight game — tying a major league record with their 19th win in April — beating Chicago behind a homer from John Olerud and seven strong innings from Aaron Sele (4-0). The Mariners have won 12 of 13 and at 19-4 are off to baseball's best start since Milwaukee won 20 of 23 to start the 1987 season. The 1997 Atlanta Braves were the only other team to win 19 games April. The defending AL Central champion White Sox, who have lost 9 of 12, also lost slugger Frank Thomas, who left the game after spraining his right triceps diving for a baU. He is day to day. NASCAR: NAPA 500 Cardinals blank Mets, 9-0 By The Associated Press ST LOUIS — Matt Morris shut down New York for seven innings, and Jim Edmonds and Placido Polanco each had three hits, to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the last-place Mets 9-0 Friday night. The National League champions have lost four straight and nine of 13, dropping to 813. St. Louis is 3-1 on its six- game homestand. Morris (3-2) allowed five hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked one, lowering his ERA from 4.13 to 3.19. Expos 6, Brewers 1 MILWAUKEE — Vladimir Guerrero, Orlando Cabrera and Andy Tracy homered to back Mike Thurman (2-3), who allowed one run and four ROUNDUP hits in seven inning to stop Milwaukee's five-game home winning streak. Mark Leiter (0-1), making his first start since Sept. 23, 1997, when he was with Philadelphia, allowed only two hits — both by Guererro — and two runs in five innings. l\/larlins 9, Astros 8 HOUSTON — Eric Owens homered off Billy Wagner (01) in the 10th inning for his career-high fifth hit. Owens also scored four runs. Antonio Alfonseco (1-1) pitched two innings for the win. Cliff Floyd tied the score in the eighth with a two-run homer off Mike Jackson. Braves 9, D-Backs 0 PHOENIX — John Burkett (1-3) pitched a three-hitter in his first complete game in 97 starts since July 2,1997, as Atlanta stopped Arizona's four- game winning streak. It was his first shutout since Aug. 11,1996, for Texas at Toronto. Chipper Jones had his first career five-hit game, with a home run, double and three singles. Reds 12, Rockies 9 DENVER — Ruben Rivera and Dmitri Young hit consecutive two-run doubles in a six-run eighth as Cincinnati won its eighth straight road game. Hector Mercado (1-0) allowed one run and two hits in 3 % innings. FROM PAGE CI sixth when Brian Daubach led off with a single, Mike Lansing reached on an error by pitcher Kris Wilson and Stynes singled to load the bases. Trot Nixon singled in Daubach and Everett connected for his seventh career grand slam to make it 9-2. "I haven't been swinging the bat well," Everett said. "I've been overswinging, but I got a pitch in the zone." Castillo got through the first three innings unscathed, but Mike Sweeney doubled high off the wall and scored on Dee Brown's single up the middle in the fourth to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. After Boston went ahead 4-1, Kansas City cut the deficit in the sixth when Jermaine Dye singled up the middle and scored Rey Sanchez, but Mark Quinn was tagged out at the plate trying to score on a perfect throw by Everett. Rolando Arrojo relieved Castillo and got out of a jam by striking out Joe Randa with runners on first and second. Arrojo pitched the final 3V3 innings to pick up his third save. GAME NOTES Ramirez has reached base in all of Boston's 23 games and extended his hitting streak to seven games.... Dye returned to the lineup after missing two games with a bruised left knee and was 2- for-4 with an RBI.... The Red Sox, who are last in the AL in stolen bases, picked up a pair from Stynes and Nixon. Fine Crystal Pieces OTsr Est. 1884 we L € RS Fine Credit Jewelers It's the little things that matter. 123 N. Santa Fe/825-0531 Close by when you need us. 401 West Iron, Salina / (785) 823-3456 Labonte takes pole position Robinson fails to become first woman qualifier since '89 By MIKE HARRIS 77ie Associated Press FONTANA, Calif. — Bobby Labonte, the subject of death rumors earlier in the day, proved Friday afternoon he is very much alive, winning the pole position for the NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway Team officials began receiving phone calls and e-mails asking about Labonte after word spread that the driver had been killed in a car accident in California. "It's been kind of tough because I'm away from my family and it bothers me I'm not there with them when something like this happens," Labonte said. "My wife's pretty mad, but she's glad, too, that I'm OK. "It didn't reaUy bother me. Mostly, my wife didn't want someone to say something to our son and scare him," added Labonte, who came up with his 17th career pole and first since last September in Loudon, N.H. The much-anticipated debut of Shawna Robinson, trying to become the first female driver to race in Winston Cup in 12 years, was a flop. The rear end in her Kranefuss Racing Ford broke diuring her warmup lap on the 11/2- mile oval and she pulled slowly onto pit road without qualifying. "I can't even tell you how disappointing this is," said Robinson, holding back tears. "If I start to tell you, I'U get real upset. It wouldn't be better if you didn't qualify, but when you get an opportunity taken away, it's tough. "Honestly, my dream is crushed. I want to do this more than anything in the world and now I've got to wait until Michigan (in June), and that's hard." Robinson, who was fast enough in testing here earlier this month to have made the field, said she was confident even after running poorly in Friday's practice. "We struggled just because I wasn't comfortable and couldn't get what I wanted right," Robinson said. "But I know how to get around this race track from testing. I drove into (turn) 1 just like I wanted to Red Sox / Arrojo picks up third save The Associated Press Shawna Robinson did not become the first woman to qualify for a NASCAR race since 1989 after her car was damaged during a warmup lap Friday in Fontana, Calif. and got off into 2 and, as soon as I got off of 2, it felt like I went into neutral. But it didn't go into neutral. The rear end broke." Robinson, who had hoped to race in six Winston Cup events this season before making a run for rookie of the year in 2002, will try again on June 8 in qualifying at Michigan International Speedway Labonte, the defending Winston Cup champion, is off to a slow start in 2001. He goes into Sunday's race tied with older brother Terry Labonte for 14th in the standings, trailing series leader Dale Jarrett by 379 points after the first nine races. After coming up with only one top-10 finish in his first seven starts this season, Labonte appears to have turned things around with an eighth and a fifth in his last two races. "This team just keeps working and working," he said of Joe Gibbs Racing. "This is a brand new race car and we just , tuned on it all day long. We didn't start out very fast. "We tuned the motor up and it definitely came to life. I didn't think it would go that fast." Labonte's pole-winning Pontiac turned a lap of 182.635 mph, edging the Ford of Todd Bodine, who had a 182.565. Jeremy Mayfield, the defending race winner, qualified at 181.910 in a Ford, alongside the Pontiac of Labonte's teammate, Tony Stewart, who turned a 181.887. Modesti / Lakers don't fall for Blazers' baiting FROM PAGE C1 dunk. The Staples crowd erupted, because it loves nothing more than the two Lakers stars working together. He drove for a layup. He passed to O'Neal for a dunk. He drew a foul and made a free throw. After O'Neal flipped an as­ sist to Robert Horry, Shaq and Kobe slapped hands at mid- court, loving what had become a 43-35 Lakers lead. This figured as a test of the Lakers' poise. The Blazers had run their mouths for three off days, trying to bait Bryant and O'Neal. It didn't work. The Lakers kept their heads. For sure, Bryant isn't hurting as bad as the Blazers are. 23 Years in Business AJVIIL€ST0N6_ chimney service and stove store 245 S. 5th, Salina 823-9000 C»aBeBCIBCBC39C »QBQBGBGg9CBQ9C3BCBgBI LADIES B B B B fl B 9 5 9 9 J 9 9 9: J 9 s B&K PRESCRIPTION SHOP People Helping PeopU...Uve Healthier Lives 827-4455 / 1-800-432-0224 601 E. Iron www.bkrx.com Salina, KS ^ Salina Journal Connecting communities with information

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