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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1996 03 T BASEBALL Yankees show different face BRIEFLY New York uses recipe it showed for winning during regular season By TOM WITHERS Tlie Associated Press ATLANTA — The New York Yankees played like a different team Tuesday night and in some ways they were. Their season-long recipe for success — six innings from their starter and then turn it over to the bullpen — remained the same, but important changes in the team's mix has them back in the World Series. Forced to abandon the designated hitter in the NL ballpark, and in dire need of some offensive production, New York manager Joe Torre re-tooled his lineup for Game 3. If it was an act of desperation so be it. It still helped the Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2. And the new scenery didn't seem to hurt either as the Yankees set a postseason record for a road winning streak. After being humiliated in front of their fans in the first two games at Yankee Stadium, New York continued its perfect postseason road trip. Needing to win two games in Texas in the opening round — a chamber of horrors for them in years past — the Yankees won two straight to eliminate the Rangers. Then in Baltimore, New York wrapped up its first AL pennant in 15 years by sweeping three straight at Camden Yards. New York needed at least two wins at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium to send the Series home and got one Tuesday night when Torre did what he's done all year "acted on my gut." He also lied. Torre benched slumping first baseman Tino Martinez — no RBI in 44 postseason at-bats — and started Cecil Fielder, his designated hitter the first two games, at first. He decided on making the move Monday night, but told the media he was staying with Martinez. Before Tuesday's game Torre apologized for the fib, saying he wanted to tell Martinez his decision in person out of loyalty. A class act. Torre had Darryl Strawberry back in the lineup after a one-day absence, taking Paul O'Neill's spot in right field and Charlie Hayes subbed for Wade Boggs at third base. Fielder was supposed to deliver some offense, and did with an eighth-inning double. But it was his defensive contributions which helped the Yankees stay close in the early innings. In the first, he scooped up a grounder by Mark Lemke and threw to second for one out, and bounced back to the bag for the return thrown to complete a double Play- Ryan Klesko hit a tricky two- hopper at Fielder in the second that the beefy slugger knocked down before flipping to David Cone covering first. Fielder, though not exactly fleet-footed, ranged far into foul territory in the third to grab a popup, and in the sixth he charged to catch Lemke's bunt attempt with runners at first and second and no outs. Fielder's at-bat in the fourth inning against Tom Glavine helped the Yankees set up their second run. He battled Glavine deep into the count and fouled off two 3-2 pitches before drawing a walk that moved Bernie Williams into scoring position. Strawberry followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0. The changes were subtle, but the outcome was pronounced. The Yankees have new life. Nov. 15 deadline for '97 interleague play By The Associated Press ATLANTA — Baseball will abandon its attempt to start interleague play next season unless a new labor deal is in place by Nov. 15, acting commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday. Union head Donald Fehr and management negotiator Randy Levine are scheduled to resume talks today before Game 4 of the World Series. Selig said he will "filter in and out" of the bargaining. While owners approved inter- league play in January, Fehr said players won't agree unless it's part T PRO FOOTBALL of an overall labor deal. That has stopped baseball from issuing next season's schedule, which usually is given to clubs in July. "My own people are grumbling about it," Selig said during a talk with reporters before Game 3. Baseball officials have prepared two schedules for next season, one with interleague play and one without. Asked how long baseball could wait until making a decision, Selig responded: "At most two or three weeks, no more than that. ... Nov. 15 at the latest." Free agent filing starts the day after the World Series and ends 15 days following the World Series. Union officials have said the deadline for a deal is somewhere during the filing period. Selig wouldn't commit to holding an owners' meeting next week to consider the deal framework that Levine and Fehr nearly completed in early August. "At some point the clubs are going to have to get together, but I'm not sure when," Selig said. "But nothing's scheduled and I'm not sure when that's going to be." If there isn't a deal, players and owners will continue to operate under the collective bargaining agreement that expired in December 1993. No deal also means no revenue-sharing for small-market teams and no luxury tax. "A small-market team will come back to you and say, 'Does this deal change the economic system and give us room to breathe,' " Selig said. This year, the four teams in the league championship series were among the top five in payroll. The Yankees and Braves have the highest payrolls in their leagues. "The fact that you have payroll No. 1 meeting payroll No. 1 is not an accident," Selig said. Jayhawks expect quick return of McGrath LAWRENCE — Kansas point guard C.B. McGrath was expected to return to practice as early as next week after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery to repair torn cartilage, a university spokesman said Tuesday. McGrath was up and walking Monday, the day of the surgery on his left knee, sports information director Dean Buchan said. McGrath, a 5-foot-ll junior, injured his knee during an in- trasquad scrimmage Friday night. McGrath, a former walk-on from Topeka, averaged half a point in 18 games last season. Fort Hays to honor Klein, Kuhn, Long HAYS — Former women's basketball coach John Klein, track and football standout Bob Kuhn and quarterback Robert Long with be inducted into the Tiger Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday at Fort Hays State. Klein coached at Fort Hays State from 1986-93, compiling a 139-70 record. His 1990-91 team won the NAIA championship with a 34-2 record. He is currently head women's coach at Eastern Illinois. Long played for the Tigers from 1982-85. He earned NAIA All- America honors followed the 1985 season and received, honorable mention honors after the "83 sea- T COLLEGE BASKETBALL Saints still looking for coach J Team's director of pro personnel, Franklin, turns down interim job By The Associated Press The shakeup of the New Orleans Saints coaching staff continued Tuesday after Chet Franklin, the team's director of pro personnel, turned down the interim head coaching job. One day after head coach Jim Mora resigned, his offensive coordinator, Carl Smith, was fired by general manager Bill Kuharich, who confirmed he had offered the job of interim head coach to Franklin. "He felt it would not be in the best interest for him to take the job," WALKER Kuharich said. WALIU:« Franklin said he did not believe he was the man to ensure a smooth transition for the remaining eight games. "I didn't feel like I was going to be that effective." Franklin said. Several assistant coaches declined comment on the job having been offered to Franklin. But tight ends coach Bruce Arians acknowledged there had been no outpouring of enthusiasm among the staff for the choice. Who will replace Smith? Kuharich said the new interim coach will play a role in determining that. Smith, who was told of his firing 15 minutes before the news conference, left the Saints camp after the announcement without commenting. Kuharich said he expects to TNBA The Associated Press San Diego quarterback Stan Humphries (12) is helped off the field after suffering a shoulder injury Monday night in a 23-14 loss to Oakland. name an interim coach this morning, before players report to begin preparation for the Nov. 2 game against San Francisco. The team has a bye this week. Kuharich said he has someone in mind who is on the current staff. George waived ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons waived goodbye to a disenchanted Jeff George on Tuesday, ending a stormy relationship that led to the quarterback's suspension, then his release. GEORGE After 4 p.m. today, George is an unrestricted free agent. But any team claiming George on waivers assumes the remaining share of his $3.6 million salary — about $1.9 million. "There really aren't any options," said coach June Jones, who suspended George for conduct detrimental to the team after a sideline tirade Sept. 22. Leigh Steinberg, George's agent, said he fears his client's salary may prevent him from getting signed. "Our assumption is that no one will claim him" immediately, Steinberg said. "Then, in one or two days, we'll talk to different teams. Jeff would like to play the remainder of the season." George and the Seattle Sea- hawks discussed a contract earlier this month after the suspension. But after a reported six-year, $30 million offer was made, George said he felt he was being rushed into a deal and decided not to approve a trade. Unable to work out any trades, the Falcons cut George, who cost them two first-round picks in a 1994 trade with the Colts. Humphries out this week SAN DIEGO — There's no hiding Stan Humphries' latest injury. Not long after shaving off the goatee that covered his gashed chin, the San Diego Chargers' quarterback dislocated his non- throwing shoulder and will miss Sunday's game at Seattle. "Whenever I do get hurt it's no minor thing," Humphries said Tuesday. The left sleeve of Humphries' T-shirt dangled limp and empty, his shoulder and arm wrapped tightly in a sling underneath. The injury came courtesy of 320-pound Oakland tackle Chester McGlockton, who stuck his helmet into Humphries' shoulder as the quarterback slid at the end of a 5-yard run in the first quarter of the Raiders' 23-14 win Monday night. Sean Salisbury, who played well after Humphries was hurt, will make his first start since the 1994 season finale, when he was with Minnesota. Coach Bobby Ross submitted videotape of several plays to the league office for review, including McGlockton's hit on Humphries. Ross didn't think it was a late hit, but noted that Mc- Glockton hit Humphries with his head. Resurgent Raiders A&AMEDA, Calif. —Thekey to the Oakland Raiders' resurgence and three-game winning streak may be the trade — and the coaching change — they nev- .er made three weeks ago. The Raiders were 1-4 at the time, having just blown a game in Chicago. Coach Mike White was under attack, and there were rumors of a trade sending quarterback Jeff Hostetler and defensive tackle Chester McGlockton to Atlanta for suspended quarterback Jeff George. White has led the team to three straight wins since then, bringing the Raiders back to .500 heading into their bye week. Hostetler and McGlockton starred in Monday night's 23-14 win at San Diego. . "The key thing that I'm happy about is we stuck with what we were doing," White said Tuesday. "Instead of groping or changing, I think we stuck with where we were headed. The way you gain confidence is through repetition, not through change." The victory over the Chargers broke a seven-game Oakland losing streak within the AFC West. Kemp returns to Seattle camp after 22-day absence By The Associated Press SEATTLE — Shawn Kemp's 22- day absence from the Seattle Su- perSonics' training camp was about money and which NBA players are getting it. "When you play for seven years and you've proved yourself to be an All-Star, then you see guys who haven't proved themselves sign for millions of dollars, you have a right to be upset," Kemp said Tues- RALPH WilCil Bonds - Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron day. He spoke after taking part in a two-hour practice, his first workout with the Sonics this fall. Kemp, 26, missed the Sonics' first five exhibition games. Coach George Karl said he expected the four-time All-Star power forward to play about 25 minutes when the Sonics play Portland in Spokane, Wash., on Thursday night. "What I basically did was to take THEATRES t-or MOVIE Suluclioni and SHOWflMES Call: 825 9105 We've gone world wide web! w w w. cl i c k t n s o n t h e a t r e s. c o in a couple of weeks to. be by myself and clear my head," Kemp said. "I wanted to get my mind right and get ready to play some basketball. The guys on this team don't deserve to have Shawn Kemp walk around the locker room with an attitude." Kemp will be only the sixth-highest paid member of the Sonics this season. But he said he wasn't specifically unhappy with Seattle's starting center, Jim Mcllvaine. The SPORTS SECTION is very nice with YOUR morning cup of coffee. WEDNESDAY NIGHT SPECIAL EVERY WEDNESDAY 6-9 PM 3 Piece Fried Chicken Dinner $ 3 25 Includes tossed salad, soup or tomato juice, baked potato, french bread, coffee or tea. MARS RESTAURANT 827-3351 Open 7 Days A Week 712 S. Broadway son. Long lives in Overland Park and is a sales manager for M&M Mars. Klein and Long will be honored at a brunch at 10 a.m., Saturday and again at halftime of the Tigers' game against New Mexico Highlands. Kuhn will be honored in 1997. He is currently in Germany with his Army reserve unit. Minneapolis spikers beat Southeast twice GYPSUM — Minneapolis defeated Southeast of Saline twice in the final regular-season volleyball match of the season for the NCAA teams. Minneapolis won the first match 15-4,15-7, then won the second 1315,15-8,15-5. "We warmed up poorly for the match," said Southeast coach Bill Gies. "We had 38 bad passes and only scored 11 points. "We passed much better in the second match," Gies said. "We also moved better. I think we might have run out of gas in the third game." Jennie Kinsler had 23 assists for Southeast, now 4-22. Angie Riffel had 10 service points in the second match and had nine kills overall. Megan Troutfetter had 13 kills and Sarah Chrisman five digs for the night. Southeast plays host to a Class 3A sub-state Saturday. From Staff and Wire Reports Tabor men, Sterling women picked to win KCAC crowns By The Journal Staff WICHITA — Tabor's men and the Sterling women's basketball teams are picked to win Kansas Conference basketball titles this season, according to two polls conducted Tuesday during the league's annual preseason media day. Tabor, which advanced to the Elite 8 at last year's NAIA Division II national tournament and finished with a 25-7 record, returns every player from last year's team. The Bluejays of Coach Don Zimmerman received all 10 first-place votes in a poll of media members in attendance. Friends was second followed by McPherson, Ottawa, Kansas Wesleyan, Bethany, Bethel, Southwestern and Sterling. Tabor received seven of nine first-place votes in the coaches' poll. Kansas Wesleyan was second with one first-place vote and Ottawa third with the remaining first-place vote. Friends, McPherson, Bethany, Bethel, Southwestern and Sterling round out the poll. The media and coaches agreed on the order of finish in the women's poll. Sterling received nine of 10 first place votes in the media poll. Second-place Bethany received the other. Friends was third. Sterling received seven of nine first-place votes in the coaches' poll with Bethany and Friends each receiving one. Rounding out the polls were Ottawa, Kansas Wesleyan, Bethel, Tabor, Southwestern and McPherson. Sterling rolled through the KCAC regular season and postseason tournament with a 28-0 record, but lost to Tri-State, Ind., in the first-round of the NAIA Division II national tournament. KSU/ Snyder happy with win but saw problems FROM PAGE D1 Mcllvaine, a backup center in Washington last season, signed a $33 million free-agent contract with the Sonics. And Kemp's All-Star teammate, Gary Payton, last season's NBA Defensive Player of the Year, signed an $87.5 million deal during the offseason. "It has nothing to do with Jim Mcllvaine or any of my teammates," Kemp said. "It's not anything personal." malady which plagued K-State in a 39-3 loss to Nebraska on Oct. 5. "We can't continue to let our kicking game do to us what it has two of the last three ball games," Snyder said. "We apparently mismanaged how we were supposed to line up and didn't get the ball off as quickly as we needed to. "Our protection isn't as good as it should be, but we had ample time to get the ball off." When asked about the win at Texas A&M, Snyder did admit it was a big one for his team, which now needs just one more victory in its last four games to qualify for a bowl game. "Don't get me wrong, it was a good win," Snyder said. "It was certainly not an easy place to win." The win Saturday was the third in as many games on the road for K-State. Snyder said in each road game, the scenario has been the same. ' "We've played well early in all three games, but haven't finished them," Snyder said. "But, to win three road games like that is a feather in our cap." Cope's condition K-State assistant coach Bob Cope remains in a Topeka hospital where he is receiving radiation treatments for cancer. "He's about the same," said Snyder, who talks with Cope every day. "He had a good breakfast this morning, got up and walked. He's doing as good as can be expected." Snyder said Cope was able to watch K-State's game with Texas A&M Saturday night and has viewed video tapes of other Wildcat games. Injury report Snyder said freshman redshirt Lamar Chapman (knee) will not play Saturday against Oklahoma because of injuries. Senior cornerback Joe Gordon also missed part of the Texas A&M game after being "dinged up" during the game, but will play against Oklahoma. „ Junior right guard Kendyl Jacox also missed part of the A&M game with an undisclosed injury and Snyder said he's not sure if Jacox will play against Oklahoma. Lawrence No. 1 again Mike Lawrence is the starter again at running back for K-State because "he practices better," Snyder said, not necessarily because of his 53 carries for 229 yards in KSU's last two games. Lawrence is playing and Marlon Charles isn't. Charles, who has started four games this season, didn't carry the ball against Texas A&M and just four times (15 yards) against Missouri. Snyder was asked if Charles was in the coach's dog house? "I wouldn't call it the dog house, necessarily," Snyder said. "Let's just say he needs to practice better." DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET Saturday, November 2nd, 6 p.m. Couples Welcome! Abilene Elks Lodge For information call; (913) 263-1216 or 263*1920

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