THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1996 B3 V BASEBALL Belle files for free agency Burks signs big deal with Rockies; Tigers trade Sierra to Reds By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Albert Belle filed for free agency Tuesday and Ellis Burks, who could have filed, decided to stay with Colorado when the Rockies gave him an $8.8 million, two-year contract. On the first full workday of baseball's offseason, the Detroit Tigers traded outfielder Ruben Sierra to the Cincinnati Reds for two low-level minor leaguers, and the Kansas City Royals dealt pitcher Mark Gubicza — the last active player from their 1985 championship team — to California for designated hitter Chili .Davis (see Page Bl). Meanwhile, Chicago Cubs outfielder Luis Gonzalez became the first of the 12 players who need service time from the strike to qualify for free agency to file for it. Players and owners spent the day working on an agreement that would allow those players to file provisionally. They also worked to extend the filing deadline for all free agents from Nov. 10 to Nov. 14. White Sox pitcher Alex Fernandez, also in that group, was expected to file to- BELLE Acting commissioner Bud Selig said he will hold an owners' meeting "very shortly" to consider the new collective bargaining agreement. He has not set a specific date. Seventeen players filed for free agency Monday, raising the two- day total to 22. In other contract-related news: • Burks agreed to a deal with Colorado that will pay him a $600,000 signing bonus, $3.7 million in 1997 and $4.5 million in 1998; • the Atlanta Braves exercised left-hander Tom Glavine's $5 million option rather than pay a $1 million buyout, but declined to exercise outfielder Jerome Walton's $550,000 option; BIG 12 NOTEBOOK DALLAS — Selected comments from Big 12 North coaches during their weekly conference call Monday: North Division COLORADO (6-1; 4-0) Next game: at Missouri, Saturday Colorado coach Rick Neuheisel appreciates just how lucky he is to have two quarterbacks capable of starting. He remembered it again Saturday when Koy Detmer suffered a hea'd injury and John Messier came to the rescue, salvaging a victory against Texas. Last year, Hessler saved the season after Detmer was hurt against Texas A&M. But this year, the junior began the season again backing up Detmer. "I told him early in the season this was going to be his most difficult challenge because now he's tasted it," Neuheisel said. 'To go back and be the understudy is very difficult to do with a good attitude." Neuheisel said Hessler's success last year obviously had a carryover effect Saturday. "Confidence is everything — not just knowing he can do it, but also the other guys knowing he can do it," Neuheisel said. Neuheisel said Detmer felt fine Monday, with no headaches or vision problems. Yet he would likely miss several days of practice, just to be safe. "John will work at the beginning of the week as if he'll be the (starter), but Koy will if he's healthy," Neuheisel said. NEBRASKA (6-1; 4-0) Next game: at Oklahoma, Saturday The Nebraska-Oklahoma matchup hasn't been the same for a few years. But playing Nov. 2 is something really different. Cornhuskers coach Tom Osborne recalls usually having an open date the week before the big matchup, the one he said "usually determined the Big Eight championship 75 or 80 percent of the time the last 30, 35 years." Oklahoma already has upset traditional rival Texas this year, so Osborne is wary of the Sooners. "I don't view Oklahoma as being any less dangerous than the last four or five years," Osborne said. "Their record is not as good, but they're playing a lot better football and they've got good athletes. We look at it as potentially a very challenging " game." KANSAS STATE (7-1; 4-1) * Next game: at Kansas, Nov. 9 Wildcats coach Bill Snyder doesn't want the positive of a 42-14 lead over Oklahoma erased by the negative of allowing the Sooners 21 fourth-quarter points. "I thought we played extremely well the first 20 to 25 minutes.of the game, and that's something I don't ______ want to lose sight SNYDER of," he said. "Obviously, we let them catch up with us. We've got a few things to get ironed out." Snyder said part of the problem was trying to contain OU quarterback Eric Moore, who replaced Justin Fuente after the freshman couldn't handle the Wildcats' defense. "He's a very talented quarterback, very athletic," Snyder said. "He was a little difficult to get trapped back there and that created some problems for us." KANSAS (3-4,1-3) Next game: at Iowa State, Saturday Kansas coach Glen Mason isn't trying to sugarcoat his team's two- game losing streak, even though it would be easy to do so. After all, the Wildcats have fallen to No. 5 Nebraska and No. 7 Colorado. "We've not MASON played well — pure and simple," Mason said. "In some ways, we played better the other night in Nebraska (a 63-7 loss), but not overall. Some aspects were better." Playing the last-place team in the North division should help KU get back on track. Yet Mason wants to see it before he believes it. "I guess you can dodge the issues as much as you want, but — hey — it's time we play well or else we're not going to play well (the rest of the year)," he said. MISSOURI (3-4; 1-3) Next game: vs. Colorado, Saturday Tigers quarterback Corby Jones was named the Big 12 offensive player of the week after running for 193 yards and three touchdowns and passing for another in the overtime victory over Oklahoma State. Jones broke a 49-year-old school record for rushing yards by a quarterback as Missouri ran for a season- high 377 yards. But that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be starting this week. "Well, I would think you could assume (he will). I can't guarantee you that," Missouri coach Larry Smith said, laughing. "We haven't put our game plan together yet. I like to keep the guys going." Jones' success pretty much kept Kent Skornia on the bench. Skornia was used for only one series, and it ended with him being intercepted in the end zone near the end of the first half. "We planned on playing Kent some, but Corby got on a roll and he kept us going," Smith said. IOWA STATE (2-5; 1-3) Next game: vs. Kansas, Saturday Cyclones second-year coach Dan McCarney may have a tough time im- prpving from last year's 3-8 record. Iowa State's next four opponents — Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas State — all finished in the Top 10 last season. "We can't give ourselves permission to lose," McCarney said. "We don't ever want our kids to accept defeat. "We have amazing challenges ahead, but also tremendous opportunities. We have an opportunity to earn more respect in these four games — on a national level — than any other time since we've been here." With 10 freshmen seeing lots of action, McCarney said it's been easy to get his team to forget about tough losses. "Some of them bounce back younger than the grisly veterans," he said. "We're disappointed by our overall record, but we're proud of the improvements we've made." CONNECTION Division olUSA, Inc. 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Ohio 825-6247 I Easy Access § I Location On 3 South Ohio- Salina Sports Connection OHIO Shop & Compare Price & Quality Just South of the Stop Light on Cloud & Ohio. • the Baltimore Orioles exercised outfielder Brady Anderson's $4 million option rather than pay a $250,000 buyout; • the San Francisco Giants exercised outfielder Glenallen Hill's $1.7 million option rather than pay a $200,000 buyout; • the New York Yankees declined to exercise their $1.6 million option on right-hander Ricky Bones and will pay a $300,000 buyout; • the New York Mets exercised right-hander Mark Clark's $2.05 million option rather than pay a $27,000 buyout; • Paul Molitor agreed to wait until Friday to decide whether to exercise his 1997 option with the Minnesota Twins; • Kevin Seitzer and the Cleveland Indians agreed to exercise his 1997 option for $1.22 million. • Boston declined to exercise a $2.75 million option on catcher Mike Stanley, who in turn has until the end of the filing period to exercise the option at $2.1 million. Belle, who hit 50 homers in 1995 and 48 more this season, may set a record for the highest average salary. The temperamental out- T PRO FOOTBALL fielder broke off negotiations from Cleveland after the first week of the season and is awaiting a new offer. Indians general manager John Hart said his goal was to keep Belle in Cleveland. "At this point, our goal is to talk to the Indians, and in two weeks talk to the other teams as well," said Belle's agent, Arn Tellem. Sierra played for Texas from 1988-92 before being traded to Oakland as part of the deal for Jose Canseco. He went to the Yankees for Danny Tartabull in July 1995, and was sent to Detroit on July 31 in the deal that brought Cecil Fielder to New York. "I've always liked reclamation projects. I consider him a little bit of one," Reds general manager Jim Bowden said.- Sierra, 31, hit 12 homers and drove in 72 runs for the Yankees and Tigers last season. Detroit agreed to pay most of Sierra's $5.5 million salary for 1997, the final year on his $28 million, five-year contract. The Tigers will pay up $4,875,000, leaving the Reds to pay $625,000. Dallas looking more like Super Bowl team But Cowboys still trail Philly, Washington with tough foes remaining By DAVE GOLDBERG The Associated Press A scary thought for fans who love to hate America's Team: At midseason, the Dallas Cowboys are healthier and playing better than any NFL team, certainly well enough to win their fourth Super Bowl in five seasons. The only good news for Cowboyhaters: first they have to win the NFC East, where they trail Washington and Philadelphia. A look at the NFL at midseason: NFC Basically, it's eight teams vying for six playoffs spots with three — Minnesota, Detroit and Carolina — shaky at best. • East: Three playoff teams here — Redskins (7-1), Eagles (6-2) and Cowboys (5-3). Washington is looking better and better — the Redskins' 31-16 win over Indianapolis demonstrated they can beat winning teams and the offense is turning into one of the NFL's best* behind the "New Hogs" up front. Philadelphia may have found its quarterback inadvertently — Ty Detmer threw for 342 yards against Carolina. The defense is solid and Ray Rhodes won't let his teams lose. But Dallas is still the big boy. It won't be easy for the Cowboys, however. There are still two games left with Washington, which beat the Cowboys twice last season. And the next three games are Philadelphia at home, at San Francisco and Green Bay at home. If the Cowboys win all three, watch out. • Central: Green Bay (7-1) will probably win the division despite the loss now of its two top receivers — Robert Brooks and Antonio Freeman, who broke his arm Sunday in the ugly 13-7 win over Tampa Bay. But the Packers want home field for the playoffs and they still have a tough road trip that includes back-to-back games in Kansas City and Dallas. • West: San Francisco (6-2) is the class here because its defense may be the NFL's best, a strange thing to say about a team in which the offensive guys have always had the glamour. AFC Denver is beginning to look like the class of the conference, although Pittsburgh remains solid. • East: New England is playing better than the other two 5-3 teams — the Colts and the Bills. "I'm not sure about this team," says Patriots coach Bill Parcells. When he said that in New York, it meant he was about to win a Super Bowl. The Pats aren't likely to do that, but Drew Bledsoe seems back on course, Terry Glenn (to whom Parcells referred to as "she" in training camp) may be the best rookie wide receiver in the league and the defense is showing signs of playing the way wants it to. Buffalo's defense is good,'but not good enough to carry a struggling Jim Kelly past a round or two of the playoffs. And Indianapolis finally seems worn down by injuries, particularly on defense. • Central: Pittsburgh (6-2) and .Houston (5-3) are playoff teams and the Steelers have a schedule so easy they could be home for the AFC title game — they might not meet a team with a winning record again until they are home against the 49ers on Dec. 15. • West: It wasn't a surprise that Denver (7-1) beat Kansas City at Mile High Stadium on Sunday. It was a surprise that the score was 34-7 and that the Broncos were one yard short of 500 yards against the Chiefs' defense. Kansas City (5-3) will rebound — Marty Schottenheimer teams always do. They also always seem to lose in the playoffs, which is what's likely to happen again this season. Bears hold off Vikings, 15-13 By The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings lost Warren Moon and Robert Smith. Then they found several ways to lose the game Monday night. Walt Harris blocked a field goal attempt with 3:47 to play and Bryan Cox forced and recovered a fumble with 1:47 left as the Chicago Bears held on for a 15-13 victory over the slumping Vikings in an NFC Central game. The battered Bears (3-5) built a 15-3 halftime lead behind Dave Krieg's passing and their first rushing touchdown of the season, a 1-yard dive by Rashaan Salaam. Led by Moon and their defense, the Vikings (5-3) rallied with 10 third-quarter points. Moon re-injured his right ankle while being tackled after an in- completion, and Brad Johnson replaced him in the fourth quarter and twice led Minnesota into scoring range. * FLUSH COOLING SYSTEM Recycle ¥ Antifreeze • Backflushes cooling system to remove deposits, scale and corrosion. » Recycled fluid provides superior corrosion protection for today's aluminum engines. • Pressure tests entire cooling system. Eliminates disposal and pollution problems. » Drains cooling system to facilitate repairs. We Now Accept The NAPACARD tif— •^•MMMT ! iud 2259-A Centennial Road / Salina / (913) 823-9732 The Salina Journal RANKINGS CLASS 6A 1. Olathe North (1) 8-0 2. Manhattan (2) 7-0 3. Lawrence (3) 7-1 4. Blue Valley Northwest (4) 8-0 5. Wichita Northwest (NR) 6-2 This week — Olathe North at Olathe South; Manhattan at Topeka West; Leavenworth at Lawrence; Blue Valley Northwest at SM West (Thursday); Wichita Northwest at Dodge City. CLASS SA 1. Liberal (1) 7-0 2. Salina Central (2) 7-1 3. Arkansas City (3) 7-1 4. Pittsburg (4) 6-2 5. Winfield (5) 6-2. This week — Liberal at Goddard; Salina Central at Topeka Seaman; Pittsburg at Arkansas City; Winfield at Wichita Kapaun. CLASS 4A 1. Ulysses (1) 8-0 2. Andale (3) 8-0 3. Fort Scott (4) 8-0 4. Wellington (6) 7-1 5. Goodland (8) 6-2 6. Wamego (9) 7-1 7. Louisburg (NR) 7-1 8. Paola (2) 7-1 9. Scott City (10) 6-2 10. Sabetha (5) 7-1 This week — Ulysses at Hugoton; Andale at Kingman; Chanute at Fort Scott; Rose Hill at Wellington; Scott City at Goodland; Wamego at Holton; Louisburg at Spring Hill; Baldwin at Paola; Sabetha at Marysville. CLASS 3A 1. Smith Center (2) 8-0 2. Riley County (3) 8-0 3. Norton (1) 7-1 4. Wichita Collegiate (5) 8-0 5. Silver Lake (6) 7-1 6. Trego (7) 6-2 7. Hoisington (8) 7-1 8. Beloit (9) 7-1 9. Southeast of Saline (4) 7-1 10. Central Heights (10) 8-0 This week — Smith Center at Oberlin (Friday); Riley County at Rock Creek; Phillipsburg at Norton (Friday); Wichita Collegiate at Halstead; Silver Lake at Royal Valley; Trego at Hoisington; Belleville at Beloit; Minneapolis at Southeast of Saline; Central Heights at Jayhawk-Linn. CLASS 2-1A 1. Frankfort (1) 8-0 2. Ell-Saline (2) 8-0 3. Garden Plain (3) 8-0 4. Ness City (4) 8-0 5. Pittsburg Colgan (5) 8-0 6. Stockton (7) 5-3 7. St. Francis (8) 7-1 8. Salina-Sacred Heart (6) 7-1 9. Lyndon (10) 8-0 10. Oxford (NR) 7-0 This week — Valley Heights at Frankfort; Canton-Galva at Ell-Saline; Garden Plain at Oxford; Dighton at Ness City; Pittsburg Colgan at Marmaton Valley; Plainville at Stockton; Atwood at St. Francis; Sacred Heart at Inman; Lyndon at Waverly. EIGHT-MAN I 1. Mankato (3) 8-0 2. Little River (2) 8-0 3. Blue VaHey-Randolph (4) 8-0 4. Goessel (6) 7-1 5. Centre (1) 7-1 6. Grinnell (8) 6-1 7. Ashland (NR) .....6-2 8. Coldwater (5) 6-2 9. Waconda East (7) 7-1 10. Linn (10) 6-1 This week — Pike Valley at Mankato (Friday); Wilson at Little River; Blue Valley- Randolph at Hanover (Wednesday); Goessel at Solomon; Centre at Quivlra Heights; Grinnell at Cheylln; Ashland at Fowler; Coldwater at South Barber; Southern Cloud at Waconda East; Midway Denton at Linn. EIGHT-MAN II ' 1. Sylvan (1) . : ....8-0 2. Kensington (2) 8-0 3. Rolla (3) .....8-0 4. Triplains (4) .....7-0 5. LeRoy (5) 8-0 6. Havlland (6) 6-1 7. Hanston (7) 7-1 8. Logan (9) 7-1 9. Protection (10) 6-2 10. St. John's Beloit (NR) 6-2 This week — Natoma at Sylvan; Kensington at Eastern Heights; Rolla at Moscow; Triplains at Bazlne; Hamilton at LeRoy; Protection at Haviland; Pawnee Heights at Hanston; Olathe Christian at SJ Beloit. BRIEFLY KW men's basketball team to scrimmage The Kansas Wesleyan men's basketball team will scrimmage Manhattan Christian at 7:30 tonight at Muir Gymnasium. The Coyotes will play their annual Alumni game at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at Muir Gymnasium. Among the alumni expected to play are Mark Spears, Mark Brown, Eric Smith, Billy Smith Jason Gentz, Dwight Coleman, Dwayne Coleman, Guy Mclntire and John Edison. Wesleyan spikers beat Tabor in four games Kansas Wesleyan's volleyball team raised its record to 7-5 in the Kansas Conference Monday night with a four-game victory over Tabor. Wesleyan (10-13 overall) won 158, 15-6,10-15, 15-8. Holly Morris had 18 kills and 24 digs. Marsha Emmott had 14 kills, 24 digs, four blocks and one ace. Kary Taylor had four blocks. "Morris had a real nice match," Wesleyan coach Tom Hughes said. "She showed some leadership when we were struggling. She has done that once in a while and we'd like to see her do it more often. "We had a little problem with our serves tonight. I don't know if we have tired arms or a lack of focus. I'm concerned with our intensity. I don't know if we are tired." Wesleyan travels to Winfield Wednesday for a 6 p.m., match against Southwestern. Jones, Rosga earn Big 12 weekly honors DALLAS — Missouri quarterback Corby-Jones and Colorado free safety Steve Rosga are sharing the Big 12 Conference's honors as players of the week. Jones, a senior from Columbia, Mo., broke the school quarter- back rushing record with 193 yards on 18 carries in the weekend's 35-28 overtime victory against Oklahoma State, the league said Monday. In the Tigers' first league victory, Jones contributed three touchdowns and also completed five of 10 passes for 70 yards and another score. He punted once for 37 yards. The Big 12's best defensive player for the second time, Rosga had two interceptions along with 11 tackles — three solo — in Colorado's 28-24 victory over Texas on Saturday. BMC volleyball team cruises past Southeast BEATRICE, Neb. — Brown Mackie volleyball coach Cheryl Ahrens got a chance to use her reserve players Monday night as the Lions rolled over Southeast Nebraska. Brown Mackie raised its record to 31-7 with a 15-3,15-4,15-4 victory. Jada Daniels had 13 kills and Jenny Green 10 for the Lions. Lisa Burrell had 30 assists. Michelle Audy had seven blocks and Barb Boydston six. The Lions had 27 total blocks and 58 total • digs. "It was a nice opportunity to play the entire bench," Ahrens said. "They came in and did a good job. I was really pleased." From Staff and Wire Reports 4-WHEEL DRIVE SPECIALISTS TRUCK & AUTO MANUAL TRANSMISSION GEARS & PARTS IN STOCK Carry-Ins Welcome Call The Specialists Today! • 729 N. Santa Fe 7 link ||>l>C Salina. 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