The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 7, 2001 · Page 13
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MONDAY MAY 7. 2001 THE SAU^PKJOURNAL Sports KCAC TRACK / B3 COLLEGE BASEBALL / B3 GOLF / B4 • MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Radke does enough to top KC The Associated Press The Twins' Brad Radke throws a pitch against the Royals on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. Radke pitched 8^ innings for his major league-leading sixth victory of the season. Twins' right-hander scatters seven hits, stays perfect at 6-0 By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brad Radke was not at his best Sunday. He did enough, though, to become the majors' first six- game winner. Radke scattered seven hits over 8% innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. "I made a lot of mistakes," Radke said. "A lot of guys got themselves out. This probably wasn't my best game. Three or four guys made nice plays behind me." Luis Rivas had three hits, including a home run, for Minnesota, which improved to 21-8, its best ,., start since Ifii the 1979 fsl Twins 4 team began the Royals season with the same record. Radke (6-0) lowered his ERA to 2.22, which ranks second in the AL. He struck out five and walked none. He has walked only four of the 206 batters he has faced this season. "I don't strike out a lot of guys, so I need to cut my walks down," Radke said. He threw 22 first-pitch strikes to the 33 Royals batters he faced. "He's a strike thrower but not a strikeout pitcher," Royals manager Tony Muser said. "He has three real good pitches. He never shows a tendency" Twins closer LaTroy Hawkins, who blew his first save in 24 career chances on Saturday, replaced Radke after he allowed one-out singles to Joe Randa and Mark Quinn in the ninth inning. Hawkins walked a batter but got the final two outs for his loth save this season, getting Hector Ortiz to fly out with the bases loaded to end it. Radke gave up three singles in the first two innings, then retired 10 straight before allowing a run in the sixth inning. "Radke's control wasn't as sharp as it has been, although I know it didn't look that way," Twins manager. Tom Kelly said. "Our defense made some nice plays. We did just enough on the offensive side to win, to get the job done." Cristian Guzman led off the game with his major-league leading seventh triple, and scored on Doug Mientkiewicz' sacrifice fly to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. Rivas' solo shot with See ROYALS, Page B4 • AUTO RACING Track draws crowd Several excited fans get first glimpse of Kansas Speedway By DOUG TUCKER The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. — They seemed happier than New Year's Eve party-goers and more excited than a kid on the first day of summer. Rural residents wearing overalls arrived in mud-splattered pickups. Urbanites came jumping out of late-model sports cars and half-walked, half- jogged toward the grandstands. Kansas Speedway, the Midwest's newest venture into big- time riacing, began with a bang Sxmday on "Meet Your Seat Day" • .Fans who had purchased the 75,000 BOld-out, gaily' colored seats in the huge facility west of Kansas City were finally getting a firsthand look, feel, sound and smell of what big- time racin' is going to be like. They loved it. "It's going to be a blast, just a blast," said Cindy Morgan of Topeka. "I can't wait. We only bought two seats. I wish we'd bought more." Accompanying 18-month-old Marie Alexander was her 86- year-old grandfather, Clarence Ford. "He is in heaven," said Marie's mother, Stacey Alexander of Kansas City, Mo. "Dad could hardly get to sleep last night he was so excited." Down on the track, fans who had paid $425 to experience the sport from the driver's point of view roared 'round and 'round and 'round and 'round, doing 10 laps apiece on the surface where such Winston Cup stars as Jeff Gordon and Rusty Wallace will drive. "That's as much fun as I've ever had in my life," said Paul McRae of Independence, Mo. "Man, you sure do get a good idea of what those guys go through." "I practically had to drag him out of that car," said his wife, Lenora. "But I under.'stand how he feels. If I wasn't such a chicken, I'd have been out there with him." Bob Arnote, a retired over- the-road truck driver from Kansas City, Kan., claims a distinction among Kansas Speedway ticket holders. "I was the first person to buy a seat," he said. "I used to do some drag racing and I really love the sport." Arnote, accompanied by his wife, Karen, and grandson, Bryce, lives only "a couple of miles" from the track and figures to benefit in more ways than one. "People around here don't have no idea how much good this is going to do this town in terms of money it brings in," he said. "I bet it'll mean at least $100 million a year. I bought nine seats." Making the two-hour drive from Bailey to see their seats were Greg and Deb Koch. "This is really beautiful," she said. "Can't wait," he said. "This is just about the one thing my wife and I still enjoy doing together" MILWAUKEE 104 92 CHARLOTTE Buzz KILLERS Allen, Bucks get jump on Hornets with Game 1 victory By ARNIE STAPLETON The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Ray AUen, , who starred with Denzel Washington in Spike Lee's movie "He Got Game," was a hit on the small screen Sunday Allen celebrated his first NBC appearance in a Milwaukee uniform by scoring 26 points in the Bucks' 104-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets to open their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Nine of his points came in the fourth quarter, when the Bucks saw their 22-point third- quarter lead whittled to four. .• The Bucks hadrt't been on NBC since Feb. 18, 1996, while Allen was still at Connecticut. "You know that people around the world are watching," Allen said. "That's why we play basketball, to go out and play an afternoon game and have the rest of the day to enjoy and go watch the rest of the games." The Central Division champion Bucks and coach George Karl were miffed that NBC snubbed them in their first- round series with Orlando. They were eager to display their high-flying style to a bigger audience, much the way the Sacramento Kings did with their exciting brand of basketball last year. "We watched Sacramento turn it up for a while, and to be able to do that now we'll have a lot of new fans across the country," Allen said. "And we'll have a lot of free agents that way to play here as well." Allen admitted he got the broadcast bug just before the game. "I never care about being on TV because the game to me is the same," he said. "But being on TV is respect. I think every guy cares that we were on. Once we start playing more games on TV, it will be commonplace and we'll just go out and play and not worry about it." Sam Cassell added 20 points Sunday's Scores Milwaukee 104, Charlotte 92 (Bucks lead series, 1-0) L.A. Lakers 108, Sacramento 105 (Lakers lead series, 1-0)* Toronto 96, Philadelphia 93 (Raptors lead series, 1-0) Today's Game Pallas at ^aij Antonio, 9^ p.m. (Spurs lead series, 1-0)' and Glenn Robinson dished out a career-high 11 assists as the Bucks won the opener of their first best-of-seven series in 12 seasons. Jamal Mashburn led Charlotte with 23 points, but his only basket of the fourth quarter came with 28 seconds left and his team down 101-90. Game 2 is Tuesday night at the Bradley Center, where the Bucks have won 29 of their last 34 games. The Hornets, who beat the Bucks by double digits three times during the regular season, trailed by 15 at halftime and fell behind by as many as 22 before pulling within five entering the fourth quarter. The Bucks, who held their own with the best rebounding team in the league, appeared well on their way to a rout when Scott Williams returned from a tumble out of bounds to block a shot by Mashburn and score on a reverse layup that gave Milwaukee a 64-42 lead with 8:40 left in the third quarter. Darvin Ham's dunk made it 68-46 before the jump-shooting Bucks went ice cold and Mashburn scored 10 points in a 27-10 run that'pulled the Hornets to 78-73 after three quarters. See BUCKS, Page B3 The Associated Press Bucks forward Glenn Robinson throws down a slam dunk In the fourth quarter Sunday In Milwaukee. Robinson scored 15 points as the Bucks won 104-92 to capture Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series with the Hornets. Game 2 is Tuesday night. Well-rested Shaq drops 44 on Kings O'Neal dominates low post, grabbing 21 rebounds; Bryant chips in 29 for L.A. By JOHN NADEL The Associated Press The Associated Press The Lakers' Kobe Bryant goes in for a one-handed slam against the Kings during the first half Sunday in Los Angeles. Bryant finished with 29 points. LOS ANGELES — The Sacramento Kings gave Shaquille O'Neal a little more room to roam than most teams do.. They wound up paying an expensive price. O'Neal was at his dominating best with 44 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocked shots Sunday as the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers held off the Kings 108-105 to begin their second-round playoff series. Kobe Bryant added 29 points for the Lakers, meaning their teammates combined to score only 35. 105 In the end, though, it didn't matter, although the Kings were in contention all the way "They were staying with Foxy, they were staying with Fish," Bryant said, referring to Rick Fox and Derek Fisher. "That opened up the entire middle for Shaq to operate." mjjm And operate 1^-!^ O'Neal did. O'Neal, who had 13 of his team's 24 points and nine of its 16 rebounds in the fourth quarter, said his teammates were looking for him. "They were not doubling me, so 1 just tried to take the high-percentage shots," he said. "Close to the basket, I'm going to take those shots all night. "Whatever they throw at me, I'll be ready. They're probably going to double me a little more quickly" H Lakers 108 Utors lead, to O'Neal, who made 17-of-32 shots and lO-of-19 free throws, also had five of his 11 offensive rebounds in the final period. "Shaq saved the day time and again by getting all those offensive rebounds," teammate Brian Shaw said. "They're going to have to figure out a way to combat that." Kings coach Rick Adelman said as much. "The guy is unbelievable," Adelman said. "He's big, he's strong, he's quick. He really has learned how to play to his physical talents. I thought Vlade (Divac) and Scot (Pollard) tried, but he's a handful. "I'm more concerned about the amount of holding and grabbing Rick Fox did on Predrag (Stojakovic)." Guarded mainly by Fox, Stojakovic See LAKERS, Page 83 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavidsonOsaljournal.com

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