The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 21, 1996 · Page 9
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 9

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, October 21, 1996
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THE SALINE JOURNAL Sports PRO FOOTBALL / B3 AUTO RACING / B4 CLASSIFIEDS/ B5 B T WORLD SERIES Jones powers Braves' Game 1 romp Nineteen-year-old rookie clubs two homers, Smoltz solid as Atlanta cruises By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Hallowed ground and howling fans. Mantle and DiMaggio. The Atlanta Braves took all that tradition and trashed it. Nineteen-year-old Andruw Jones home- red .twice in wiping out one of Mickey Mantle's records as John Smoltz and the Braves sent the New York Yankees to their worst World Series loss ever, 12-1 (Sunday night in Game 1. "The tradition and the talk at Yankee Stadium is nice, but you can't get caught up in it," Smoltz said. "You've got to do your job." .The Braves did it by brutalizing New Yqck the same way they humbled St. Ljotils in the NL playoffs. The Yankees had a week off to watch Atlanta outscore the Cardinals 32-1 in the last three games. And now they know the defending champions are just as potent in person — despite a one-day rain delay, a four-hour traffic jam and jeering Yankees fans. ••' "The last time I saw pitching like that was. when I watched them play the Cardi- ftals," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. J*TV come back and score the -way they did,; they had a couple of days off, and Khey kept it right up." ™ Jones hit a two-run homer off Andy Pet- titte in the second inning, then lined a three-run shot off Brian Boehringer in the third that made it 8-0. By then Yankees fans, who had waited 15 years for the Series, were already silent. Jbnes, who began the season as a member of the Class A Durham Bulls, became thV youngest player to homer in the Series; "He. was a year younger than Mantle, who would have turned 65 on Sunday. Mantle and Joe DiMaggio, who threw but the first ball, helped lead the Yankees to*a record 22 championships. But Jones, who grew up on the Caribbean island of Curacao, was more interested in making his own mark at Yankee Stadium. ' -"I really didn't follow the Yankees so much when I grew up," he said. WorM Series GAME1 BRAVES LEAD SERIES 1-0 * Braves' Smoltz solid/ Page B4 * Yankees struggle / Page B4 Game 2 will be tonight. Greg Maddux, moved up a day because of the rain, will start for Atlanta against Jimmy Key. "We've been on a roll," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "St. Louis caught us awfully hot those last three games, and the Yankees caught us hot tonight. Hopefully, we can continue it for three more games." On a day when the Yankees hoped to recapture some of their glory with their record 34th Series appearance and first since 1981, Jones stuck it to them. By the sixth inning, with Atlanta ahead 12-1 and a light rain falling, many of the 56,365 fans had left. "You can't say enough about the offense," Smoltz said. "It means a lot when we can go out there and jump on them early. It really helped me settle down." The blowout matched the biggest ever hi a Series opener, equaling an 11-0 romp in 1959 by the Chicago White Sox over Los Angeles. Jones became the first player to homer in his first two Series at-bats since Oakland's Gene Tenace in 1972. He was the first player to hit two homers in a game since Philadelphia's Lenny Dyktra in 1993. In Atlanta's last game, Jones homered in the 15-0 rout of the Cardinals in Game 7 on Thursday night. "He's about as good a prospect as you're going to see in any organization," Cox said. Smoltz, meanwhile, was holding the Yankees hitless until Wade Boggs' RBI double with two outs in the fifth. After overcoming four walks in the first two innings, he retired nine straight batters. Smoltz improved to 4-0 in the postseason this year and 9-1 overall in 17 career starts in the postseason. The major league leader in wins and strikeouts this year, he left after six easy innings of two-hit ball. Fred McGriff lined a home run off the foul pole in the fifth, and Jones started a three-run sixth with an infield hit, an odd play in which his bat broke and the barrel tangled up Boggs at third base. Later in the inning, Marquis Grissom and Mark Lemke hit RBI singles and Chipper Jones had a sacrifice fly. While routs were nothing new to the Braves — they routed St. Louis 14-0 in Game 5 and won by 15 runs in Game 7 — the Yankees were not so used to such beatings. .The Yankees had played 186 previous games in World Series, most in history, but had never lost by more than eight runs. But after Pettitte retired the Braves in order in the first inning, nothing could help the AL win leader. Javy Lopez, MVP of the NL playoffs, singled with one out and Jones homered to left with two outs. Jones was the youngest player to start in the Series since Phil Cavarretta was a younger 19 in 1935 for the Chicago Cubs. Jeff Blauser opened the third with a single, Grissom also singled and Lemke sacrificed. Chipper Jones and McGriff followed with RBI singles and Lopez walked, finishing Pettitte. It was Pettitte's fastest knockout since . April 30, when he lasted an inning in Baltimore. Boehringer relieved, but did not enhance the Yankees' reputation for having a great bullpen when Jones homered. "I've got one job to do that that's to keep us in the ballgame. I didn't do it tonight," Pettitte said. "Obviously, it's tough to comeback against then- pitching staff." The night certainly started out well for the Yankees, with a sellout crowd loud and ready for action. Cox was overheard saying "Lot of boos out here, guys" to his coaches when he greeted them in pregame introductions. The Associated Press Atlanta Braves outfielder Andruw Jones watches the first of his two home runs Sunday against the New York Yankees. The Braves won Game 1,12-1. T CITY GOLF wn alina Cup on tie-breaker Head-to-head matches used to break Cup tie between Elks, SCO - •*• :By LARRY MORITZ •~ZHig Salina Journal '•*t~ Joe Medve played for the last>place team in the 1996 Salina >Cup. Rob Overgard and Randy .'^gyring never swung a club as •"pa'rt of the two-day golf tourna- . ment. But all three . individuals helped determine the winner of this year's Cup title Sunday. Medve, playing for the Salina Municipal squad, dropped a par putt estimated at 40 feet on the 18th green, halving the hole in the final match of the day with Salina Country Club's Jim Drake. The split in the Medve- Drake match enabled Elks Country Club to tie SCC in the team point standings with 18 *each. Since there was no written criteria for breaking the tournament's first-ever tie, club professionals Overgard (ECC) and Syring (SCC) determined points earned in head-to-head competition should be used. That tiebreaker went the Elks x way — 81/2 to 71/2.— and the host team for this year's Cup tournament won its third title in the last four years. Medve-Drake was the last of 24 singles matches on the course with ECC holding a half-point lead in the team standings. Playing in the handicap division, Drake gave up a stroke to Medve on the par 4, 428-yard No. 18. After Medve sank the long par putt from the back fringe, a miss by Drake would have given the Elks club the title outright. But Drake responded by dropping a .tricky, medium-range birdie putt that had considerable break from left to right. The SCC team started the day in third place, two points back of the Elks, but finished strong by scoring six-and-a-half out of a possible eight points in the handicap singles matches. "They got off to a slow start," Overgard said pf the SCC squad. "If they had started as strong as they finished, they would have been tough to beat." The Municipal squad came in as defending champion and was tied with SCC going into the handicap singles matches. But the Muni squad picked up only a half point in its final eight matches and finished with a total of 12. The Elks got eight of its 18 points from four players — Steve Brown, Larry Nelson, Gary Hindman and Chuck Latham. Brown and Nelson teamed Saturday to win both their four ball and alternate shot matches. Hindman-Latham matched that feat, and all four won their singles matches on Sunday. "During yesterday afternoon's round I started putting real good," said Nelson, who had two wins over opponents from SCC. "I came into today and made everything under the sun. Steve and I one-putted six of the last seven greens we played yesterday and made four putts longer than 15 feet for par or birdie." The Elks' Perry Johnson also helped pick up three points for his team, winning both matches Saturday with partner Joe Sanchez and then taking his singles match Sunday. SCC's Dave Mitchell was the only member of his team to earn the maximum three points. He teamed with Dave Payne to win a pair of tight matches Saturday, then had an easier time in a 7 and 6 win on Sunday. Payne and Ron Dawson both collected 21/2 points for SCC, while Lou Frohardt matched that figure for the Municipal team. T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Irish, Penn State fall from top 10 T PRO FOOTBALL: AFC WEST Broncos outlast Ravens 45-34 in shootout The Associated Press Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey pulls In a first-quarter touchdown pass Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at Mile High Stadium. Elway directs Denver to another victory over Modell-owned team By The Associated Press DENVER — Regardless of whether you put a Baltimore or a Cleveland label on them, John Elway has their number. Elway threw three touchdown passes to Ed McCaffrey and ran for another score, and Terrell Davis ran for a club-record 194 yards and two scores as the Denver Broncos held off the Baltimore Ravens 45-34 on Sunday. When Elway drove the Broncos to a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, it marked his 39th fourth-quarter game- saving drive and his 32nd game- winning drive. His first came against a former Baltimore franchise, the Colts, in 1983. His most famous came against the Cleveland Browns, the predecessors of the Ravens, in the AFC champi- * Young rallies 49ers / Page B3 onship game in January 1987. The Broncos, and Elway in particular, continued to torment former Browns and current Ravens owner Art Modell. Denver now has won 16 of the last 18 meetings with the Browns/Ravens. "It didn't feel like Baltimore," Elway said. "They didn't look like Baltimore. I guess it felt more like the Browns of old in different uniforms. But I have a lot of respect for them. Once Vinny (Testaverde) got going in the third quarter, we knew it was going to be a shootout, and we were going to have to answer them every time we laid our hands on the ball." Testaverde brought the Ravens back from a 28-13 halftime deficit with a furious third- quarter rally, throwing three TD passes in the period to give Baltimore its only lead, 34-31. The Ravens went to a no-hud- dle attack in the second half and Testaverde flourished. "The Ravens really had the momentum in the second half and kept us off-balance with the no-huddle," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said. "But I was pleased with the way we responded in the fourth quarter on both sides of the ball." "We were ahead in the fourth quarter, but we just came up short," Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda said. "It was an exciting game. You can't fault our team; they gave it everything they had. John Elway is a great athlete. He can win by himself." Marchibroda also had praise for Testaverde, saying, "He's playing as well as any quarterback in the league." The Broncos had a club- record 548 total yards. Elway completed 25 of 39 passes for 326 yards, and Testaverde was 27 of 45 for 338 yards and a career- best four TDs. Sharpe led all receivers with nine catches for 161 yards. Kansas State climbs five spots to No. 16 after win at Texas A&M By RICHARD ROSENBLATT The Associated Press Notre Dame and Penn State fell from the top 10 and Miami nearly dropped out of The Associated Press' Top 25 college football poll. While the top seven teams remained unchanged, Florida, with a 51-10 rout of Auburn, remained a solid No. 1 on Sunday, The Gators received 57 first- place votes and 1,664 points from the 67 sports writers and broadcasters who vote in the AP poll. Last week, Florida (7-0) had 54 first-place votes. Ohio State (6-0), 42-14 winners over Purdue, was second with four first-place votes and 1,574 points to maintain a slim lead over No. 3 Florida State. The Seminoles (5-0), who did not play Saturday, had five first-place votes and 1,572 points — one point closer to the Buckeyes than they were last week. Arizona State (7-0), with a pulsating 48-35 win over Southern California in two overtimes, was fourth with one first-place vote and 1,476 points. Nebraska, a 24-10 winner over Texas Tech, was fifth, followed by Tennessee, Alabama (7-0), Colorado, North Carolina and Michigan. The Irish (4-2), ranked eighth last week, dropped to No. 19 after a 20-17 overtime loss to Air Force at South Bend. The Nittany Lions (6-2), a Top 10 team in every regular-season poll this season, lost 21-20 to Iowa at State College, Pa., and fell from No. 10 to No. 17. Miami, beaten by East Carolina 31-6 at the Orange Bowl, tumbled from No. 12 to No. 25. Northwestern (6-1), with another last-minute win, this time 34-30 against Wisconsin, moved up three places to No. 11, followed by West Virginia (7-0), Louisiana State, Virginia, Brigham Young, Kansas State, Penn State, Wyoming (8-0), Notre Dame and Iowa. Utah was 21st, followed by Auburn, Washington, Southern Mississippi and Miami. Southern Mississippi (6-1), which beat Memphis 16-0, moved into the Top 25 for the first time The Top Twenty Five teams In The Associated Press college football poll, with first- place votes In parentheses, records through Oct. 19, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th- place vote, and last week's ranking: Record Pts Pv 1. Florida (57) 7-0 1,664 1 2. Ohio State (4) 6-0 1,574 2 3. Florida State (5) 5-0 1,572 3 4. Arizona State (1) 7-0 1,476 4 5. Nebraska 5-1 1,397 5 6. Tennessee 4-1 1,333 6 7. Alabama 7-0 1,252 7 8. Colorado 5-1 1,181 9 9. North Carolina 5-1 1,140 11 10. Michigan 5-1 998 13 11. Northwestern 6-1 977 14 12. West Virginia 7-0 941 15 13. Louisiana State 5-1 759 17 14. Virginia 5-1 711 20 15. Brigham Young 7-1 673 18 16. Kansas State 6-1 643 21 17. Penn State 6-2 570 10 18. Wyoming 8-0 482 23 19. Notre Dame 4-2 444 8 20. Iowa 5-1 408 — 21. Utah 6-1 300 24 22. Auburn 5-2 234 16 23. Washington 4-2 224 25 24. Southern Mississippi 6-1 212 — 25. Miami, Fla. 4-2 119 12 Others receiving votes—California 117, Virginia Tech 90, East Carolina 79, Army 47, Washington State 42, Air Force 38, Georgia Tech 26, Syracuse 26, San Diego State 8, Wisconsin 6, Navy 5, Texas Tech 4, Southern Cal 3. • Kansas State ranked 14th in coaches poll / Page B2 since Dec. 2,1990, while Iowa (6-1) returned for the first time since Sept. 15. Iowa plays Ohio State on Saturday in Iowa City. California, 2148 losers to Washington State, lost for the first time after five wins and fell out of the poll after a No. 19 ranking last, week. Georgia Tech, ranked 22nd last week, also dropped out after a 28-25 loss to Clemson. There are seven undefeated teams in the Top 25: Florida, Ohio State, Florida State, Arizona State, Alabama, West Virginia and Wyoming. The three service academies — Army (6-0), Navy (4-1) and Air Force (4-2) — received votes for the Top 25 but did not qualify. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPOBTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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