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fo) Slate seniors golf 2B AL, NL roundups 3B NFL camps roundup 48 Sportscope ........... 4B Great Fails Tribune Wednesday, August 9, 1989 Brosnan, Dodgers blank Braves By GEORGE GEISE J A vi s ibtW.rs, U7 ?Jtl' - Nice chip Brent Geiberger, son of Geiberger, chips to the 14th green Tuesday morning during the U.S. Amateur qualifying tournament at Meadow Lark Country Club. Please see results on 2B. ijTDon't write us off American golfers hope to prove i critics wrong in Ryder Cup matches By BOB GREEN r AP Golf Writer ; ; HAWTHORN WOODS, III. - The ; t '71st PGA National Championship, ', r the last of the year's four major golf 't tournaments, will open the way for i f at least three golfers to get into the 5 1 Ryder Cup matches. I - The biennial test that pits Ameri-f'can pride against the growing ; ' dominance of Europe's best players k has taken on a new importance this s year. , J; "It's like the Americas Cup (in 1 ! yachting)," said Ray Floyd, the non-" playing captain of the U.S. team that will play at the Belfry in Sutton-; Coldfield, England, Sept. 22-24. ! "Nobody paid any attention to it until we lost it," Floyd said. "Then i everybody gets excited about getting ; Jt back." 1 That's the situation this year. Af-Iler five decades in which American fleams compiled a 21-3-1 record, Europeans won the last two ; matches, at the Belfry in 1985 and at ;lAuirfield Village in Ohio in 1987. It marked the first time Ameri-i I fcans lost consecutive matches and ' Zjgave rise to widespread speculation ! Hhal Europe with Seve Bal-,Jesteros, Bemhard Langer, Nick ' 't Faldo and Sandy Lyle and not the Search for Camel 1 I By GEORGE GEISE Tribune Sports Editor i An opponent has been found for t ; Maurice "Termite" Watkins of 1 IHouston, but former world champion I , -Marvin Camel of Ronan was still I ;!without a foe Tuesday night for J ;rhursday night's scheduled bout at 1 I Four Seasons Arena. 3 -! Joe Srjudic. Dromoter for the Houston Boxing Association, said Watkins will fight Virgil Green of 'Oakland, Calif., in a junior middleweight fight as part of the under-:ard on the seven-bout event that .features Todd Foster of Great Falls and Harold Rhodes of Houston. Foster, who fought in the 1988 an i i -1" J i .... r H"7 fe. Tribune Photo b veorge Geite PGA Senior Tour star Al United States now leads world golf. "Americans are a prideful people," Mark Calcavecchia said last month after becoming the first American in six years to win the British Open. "They're great players. But they aren't any better than we are. I'm tired of hearing all that stuff about them being better players than we are." The competition between Americans and Europeans also was fueled at Britain's legal bookies who offered odds of 3-1 against an American winning the British Open. "Don't write us off," said Tom Kite, the leading money-winner on the American Tour. "We can play this game a little, too, you know." That background, Floyd said, has helped generate unprecedented interest in the matches this year. "It's got their attention," he said. "Before, you wanted to make the Ryder Cup team because it was a nice thing to do, a nice little bit of recognition. "Now, there are players who have built their whole season around making the Ryder Cup team. It's an entirely different thing this time." The PGA championship, which begins Thursday at the Kemper Olympics in Seoul, is making his second professional fight in Great Falls and carries a 54 record all knockout victories into a bout against Art Blackmore of Las Vegas. Blackmore sports a 9-4 record. Rhodes will put his North American Boxing Federation featherweight (125 pounds) title on the line Thursday against Troy Dorsey, who is equally well-known for his kick-boxing prowess. Camel, the pride of Ronan, twice was a cruiserweight world champion almost a decade ago. At the age of 38, he's mounting one last comeback try. He fought several times in Tribune Sports Editor The statistics clearly show that Jason Brosnan is the fourth-best pitcher on the Great Falls Dodgers staff. Right-handers Kiki Jones (7-0), Jamie McAndrew (7-0) and Barry Parisotto (6-0) all have better won-loss records than Brosnan, and all three also possess better earned run averages than the 6-1 southpaw, the only left-hander in the starting rotation. But Brosnan looked like Sandy Koufax to the Idaho Braves Tuesday night as he threw one-hit ball for 6'3 innings to spark the Dodgers to an 11-0 victory, their 10th Pioneer League victory in a row and the team's 19th win in its last 21 games. Brosnan, in boosting his record to 4-2 and lowering his ERA to about 2.50, looked about as good as Jones did the night before (3-0 shutout). Brosnan struck out 10 Braves and walked just three, and was in complete control until tiring in the seventh inning. He had a no-hitter through five innings before Idaho Falls infielder Ken Hairing lashed a solid single up the middle to open the sixth. "I was aware of (the no-hitter), although I wasn't really thinking about it," Brosnan said. "I knew I couldnjt go the whole nine innings so it (no-hitter) didn't really matter. Of course, you never like to give up hits." Brosnan left with just a 3-0 lead, with Mike Frame serving up a double-play grounder to get Brosnan out of a minor jam in the seventh. Erik Madsen and Audelle Cummings each hurled a scoreless inning to complete the team shutout, stretching the Dodgers' scoreless string to 23 straight innings. AH of this, of course, made a happy camper out of Great Falls Yankees' NEW YORK (AP) - Dallas Green, criticized by the man he replaced as manager of the New York Yankees, says he expects to be fired. "There's no question we're not going to be around long," Green was quoted as saying in Tuesday's editions of USA Today. Then, referring to George Steinb-renner, the Yankees principal owner, Green said: "This guy is not going to let us be around long. But that's all right. We're prepared for that." Steinbrenner, though, disputed any suggestion that he had been feuding with Green. "No, not really," he said. "I'm still supportive of my manager. All I said was if we're to win this thing Lakes Golf Club in the northern suburbs of Chicago, is the end of a two-year scramble to secure positions on the 12-man team that will represent the United States. "I didn't want to put myself in this position, but I did. Now, I just about have to win it to have a chance," said Ben Crenshaw, one of six men in contention for the last two spots on a point-list that will determine 10 of the 12 players. Points were awarded for top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events beginning with the first tournament in 1988. That list closes in this tournament. Going into the PGA, Calcavecchia, Kite, U.S. Open title-holder Curtis Strange, Chip Beck, Paul Azinger and Fred Couples have mathematically secured positions. Payne Stewart and Ken Green are all but certain of the next two spots. But only 83.5 points separate the next six players: Mark O'Meara, Mark McCumber, Steve Pate, Joey Sindelar, Bruce Lietzke, Crenshaw, Scott Hoch and Lanny Wadkins. Floyd, the American team captain, will be allowed to pick one "wild card" player. The last spot is reserved for the 1989 PGA champ- foe continues Europe last year but Thursday's bout is the first Montana appearance for Camel since he lost a controversial decision in Billings six years ago. In that fight, he was ahead on points in the 15th round against LeRoy Murphy but the referee stopped the fight because Camel was cut. A State Fair employee refused to say how many tickets have been sold for the bouts, which start at 6 p.m. at Four Seasons Arena. Spudic said sales are moving well, but there are plenty of tickets available for the card, in price ranges from $30 to $10. Tribune Photo by Sherlyn Biorkoren Great Falls base runner Tom Goodwin dives back to first, beating the pickoff throw to Idaho Falls first baseman Chris Sparrow. piloting coach Goose Gregson, who has all five of his starters in the top 10 in league statistics. "Jason and (Tony) Helmick have been kind of our hard-luck pitchers," said Gregson. "They've both pitched well enough to have a few more wins, but the guys seem to hit better when the other three (Jones, McAndrewa and Parisotto) are pitching." Once Brosnan left the game, the Dodgers bats exploded for seven runs, although the Braves greased their own skids with three errors. "It was nice the see the guys hitting the ball again," said Gregson, noticing the 16-hit attack featuring base hits by 10 of the 11 players who saw action. Green expects to and be right in the middle of it at the end, the players are going to have to play with the same intensity they showed in two games I saw recently. "Everybody is going to have to do better, and that includes the coaching staff. That's fact." Last week, Steinbrenner criticized the coaching staff and Green. But he stopped short of saying Green was on his way out. ' " ' "I'm not saying he's going to be fired," Steinbrenner said. "When I say he's going to have to do a better job, I don't mean that as a condemnation of him." Green also responded angrily to comments made Monday night by former Yankees manager Lou Pini-ella, who said center fielder Roberto Tribune File Photo Raymond Floyd will serve as captain of the United States Ryder Cup team. Foster has been in Great Falls since Monday preparing for the fights, and Camel and Rhodes trained at The Ring Hotel in Butte. Most of the other fighters arrived Tuesday and will attend a press conference Wednesday afternoon at 2 at Rice Motors. The bouts also will be televised on the USA cable channel Thursday night. Other fights on the card include: Undefeated Stephen Martinez of Houston vs. Robin Smith of Butte, welterweight; Matt LeCoure of Butte vs. Rick Simpson, featherweight; Shawn Wilkens vs. Oscar Perez, bantamweight. p Big John Deutsch broke out of a slump with three hits and Tim Barker, Mike Wismer and Steve O'Donnell each added two safeties. The Dodgers running game aisc was crucial, as Great Falls piled up five stolen bases two each by Tom Goodwin and Matt Howard. It boosted Goodwin's league-leading total to 36 thefts and kept him on line to break the Pioneer League record of 57 set by Dodger shortstop Jose Offerman last summer. Great Falls and Idaho Falls meet again Wednesday night at 7, with McAndrew slated to start for the Dodgers. The star righty has a tender elbow, however, and may be replaced by 6-foot-8 right-hander Mike Potthoff. Kelly should be moved higher in the batting order. The two-time Yankees manager and former New York general manager made his remarks on a Yankees pregame television show on the Madison Square Garden Network. Piniella currently is a Yankee broadcaster and still employed by the team. "Around here, everything is an affront," Green said Tuesday. "It goes with the territory! And he is well paid to affront. Lou's paid $400,000 to analyze. Let him analyze. But he's been in this situation before, so he knows he doesn't know the entire situation. "It's not something he can really comment on, but he can have an NCAA mat champ trying pro football LATROBE, Pa. (AP) - Carlton Haselrig is trying to be different. Football players have been known to turn to wrestling to make a buck when their careers end. Haselrig is a wrestler who wants to make football his career. "He's got some potential. He's got pretty good instincts," Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach Joe Greene said of Haselrig, a six-time NCAA wrestling champion and would-be nose tackle. "It's too early to get worked up about him yet, he still has a lot to learn, and we're throwing a lot at him right now. We've got to see how he can handle it." What Haselrig is handling, or, rather manhandling, is opposing offensive linemen. He spent so much time in the backfield as the Steelers practiced their two-minute offense last week that Coach Chuck Noll was forced to cut short the workout. "We couldn't keep him out," Noll said. "The pass rush was awesome. I don't know what to expect of a guy like that. ... He's not an ordinary guy. He's not going to pass a lot of eye tests he's too short for some people but he plays with leverage." The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Haselrig has been the talk of the Steelers' IDAHO FALLS ( Ob r II bi GREAT FALLS (II) ob r h bi Harrino 2b 4 0 10 Goodwin cf Borker ss Wismer rl Boor c Plovdc Deutsch lb Teel lb O'Donnell 3b Seals dh Fowler If Howard 2b Totals It ilil Thomas II R osbv c Sparrow lb Miller r 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 10 0 0 5 2 2 0 4 2 2 2 4 12 0 10 10 4 112 10 10 5 0 2 I Sill S 0 0 I 2 2 10 11 14 I Aaldnorger 3b 4 0 10 10 0 0 2000 3 0 0 0 2 0 10 Olmeda ss Guerrero 2b Houston dh Pullins cl Totoll Idaho Polls Great Palls 11 1 1 110 110 71 11 Thomas 2. Riosbv. Eckhordt. E Barker, DP Idaho Falls I. Great Falls 1. LOB Idaho Falls 7, Greot Foils . 2B Barker, Seals, Flovd. SB Howard 2, Goodwin 2, O'Donnell. Pullins. SF Goodwin, IP H DEI) BI SO Idaho Falls Kuhlman L.2-7 Eckhordt Newman Great Falls Brosnon W.4-2 Frame Madsen S 2-3 23 4 I 2-3 3 1-3 1 2-3 0 1 1 Cummings 1 1 WP Brosnon, Eckhordt 3. PB Boar. T 2:41. A 1,944. be fired opinion. 1 aon t care aDout people's opinions, though. I'm the one who has to answer to the team. I guess this is what happens when you're called an expert. You have to start acting like one to justify it. "This is really surprising, because I always thought that Lou was one of the class guys around here. This is a step out of character for him." Green then referred to Piniella's criticism on the use of Kelly and wondered why Piniella didn't handle it differently last year. "He had a chance to do it and he didn't," Green said. "I've dealt with kids my whole life and I know how to bring them along. We've got so many experts upstairs it's scary. Camps roundup 4B camp almost since the first day of practice, when he pancaked former No. 1 draft choice John Rienstra in the annual Oklahoma drills ritual. In the Oklahomas, a defensive lineman must fight through an offensive lineman to get to a running back, and Haselrig did so by putting Rienstra on his back. "I remembered a lot from high school," Haselrig said. Not only is Haselrig trying to make the unusual athletic move from wrestling to football, he hopes to become one of the few NFL players who didn't play college football. Haselrig hasn't played football since 1984, his senior season at Greater Johnstown High School. He went to Lock Haven University, a Division II school in eastern Pennsylvania, to play football and wrestle, but left school shortly after sustaining a leg injury his freshman season. Haselrig never went back, and instead enrolled in hometown Pitt-Johnstown, a four-year school. Not only was he a three-time NCAA Di- See WRESTLER, 2B The Foster file Chris Alvarado ......KO, 2nd, Jan. 24 Cubanlto Peru . KO, 1st, March 21 Jaime Cardinal KO, 1st, April 19 Estaban Mendoza -.KO, 1st, June 1$ Chin Marclal.. KO, 3rd July 18

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