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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Thursday, December 7, 1989
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Pro, college football 6 Business, Markets 7r8 Argus Leader, Sioux Fallst S.D. Thursday, Dec. 7, 1989 I lilfossrrrri nflOfa Mr; nirn U HVCfilU VisUViU U LviUU.'SJn LI ULI LVLi )UU U Mike Lopresti ::Ss Mirage makes perfect host for 'Uno Mas' LAS VEGAS This is Las Vegas, so the first thing we need to talk about is money. To break even, the new Mirage Resort where there is a little fight tonight must take in $1,000,020 each day. Every day. Just to : pay the bills. Preview. 5D what's needed to pay for the indoor waterfalls, which are right next to the craps tables; for the live white tigers, who live down the hall from the quarter slot machines; for the video poker machines, which are inlaid on the top of every bar; for the man-made volo-cano that erupts each half hour in the parking lot; for the 53-foot, 20,000-gallon aquarium behind the front desk, where the fish who swim in water greet the fish who sit at blackjack tables. THE MONEY is needed to pay the 5,000 daily employees who keep the place going, including the director of marine operations. A casino with a director of marine operations? Now when they call this place a zoo, they will mean it. " Amid such surroundings the place cost $630 million to build Sugar Ray Leonard meets Roberto Duran tonight in a..match of near-legendary 162-pound boxers. And you probably thought all they needed for a fight was a ring, two stools and a bell. Boxing, a sport where the success of an event is partly based on the number of limos parked outside, lives and dies for places such as this. Here in a city of 45,902 slot machines (at last count), the noise never ends. Which is good. Boxing is uncomfortable in silence. And the Mirage is boxing's Ponderosa. It sits on 100 acres, with 3,049 rooms. Someone asked Duran about' the place, and he replied, "I get lost in it a lot." It is all grand, moneyed illusion. The Mirage is a mirage. What could be better for a fight, especially with a 38-year-old with weight problems going against a 33-year-old who has had a detached retina? CEASAR'S PALACE sits right next door, and you can almost hear it sulking. It normally lands the big ones, i But the jeweled and jolly crowd of boxing has a new playground. The biggest gathering in the Mirage casino Wednesday was lined up to get autographs of Muhammad Ali. He was ready for them, too, sitting patiently with a stack of pamphlets about the Islamic religion, which is what he was signing as autographs. Outside in the parking lot, the crowds gather each half hour, waiting for the fire and smoke to pour forth from the volcano, which is choreographed to be in the South Pacific, but is really only 40 yards from the Baccarat tables. "We tried to reinvent the wheel," Mirage owner Stephen Wynn said about the design for his little motel. Nothing is quite as it seems here. It is a perfect home for Leonard-Duran III, which, at its heart is a show of two aging men trying to convince themselves they can do something others say they can't. So the Mirage is perfect. To get to ringside, you go to the indoor palm trees, and turn right. Mike Lopresti is a Gannett News Service sportswriter. Relief pitcher signs contract, with Red Sox NASHVILLE, Term. (AP) Jeff Reardon, major-league baseball's save leader during the 1980s, is going home. 1 Reardon, a free agent, signed a three-year deal with the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday for $6.8 million. "We're delighted to get him," Boston general manager Lou Gorman said. "We now have one of the best bullpens in baseball." Reardon, who had 31 saves for the Twins last season, struck out 240 batters in 240 innings while pitching for the University of Massachusetts to break Mike Flanagan's school record. "His wife is from Boston and Jeff wanted to come back to the area," Gorman said. . Reardon said: "I don't have any mixed emotions. Growing up as a kid in Massachusetts, this was always my dream." During the 1980s, Reardon had 264 saves with the Montreal Expos and Twins. He is the only pitcher to have 40-save seasons in each league 41 in 1985 for Montreal and 42 for Minnesota in 1988. Reardon joins Lee Smith and Rob Murphy as Boston's closers. Twins talk : Here's a closer look at Jeff Reardon, who signed with Boston Wednesday, and Kent Hrbek, who re-signed with the Twins: JEFF REARDON B Born: Oct. 1, 1955, in Dalton, Mass. B Years In majors: 1 0. B Position: Relief pitcher. B 1939 statistics: Had 5-4 record and 31 saves with 4.07 earned-run average in 73 innings pitched for while striking out 46 batters. Jen "earaon B Career stats: 266 saves, 57-62 record with 3.03 ERA. KENT HRBEK Kent Hrbek Signs 5-year, $14-million deal B Born: May 26, 1960, In Minneapolis. ; fl Years In majors: 8. B Position: First baseman. B 1989 statistics: Batted .272 with 84 RBI and 25 home runs in 375 at-bats. Hrbek scored also 59 runs and had 102 hits, fl Career stats: .290 batting average, 201 home runs and 724 RBI. ISSUES! "He adds tremendous depth to our bullpen," Gorman said. "Jeff is a great competitor and it's a case where the Red Sox were his first choice." Reardon, 34, will be paid $1.9 million in 1990, $2.4 million in 1991 and $2.5 million in 1992. He also would get a $100,000 bonus for winning the American League Cy Young Award and a $100,000 bonus for winning the Rolaids Award as the sport's top relief pitcher. Reardon is a right-hander. He was traded by the New York Mets in 1981 to Montreal and acquired by the Twins in 1987. In 1987, he helped Minnesota win a World Series title with 31 regular-season saves, plus a victory and two saves in the playoffs and a save in the final game of the Series against St. Louis. In three seasons with the Twins, Reardon had 104 saves. He has a-career record of 57-62 with 266 saves and a 3.03 earned-run average. "We're sorry to lose Jeff," Twins vice president Andy MacPhail said. "But he liked the Red Sox offer and he likes the area." The Red Sox lost free-agent first baseman Nick Esasky to Atlanta and are looking for a hitter and a starting pitcher. Reardon had his good and bad stretches for the Twins last season, recording his 31 saves. First baseman settles for less to stay a Twin NASHVILLE, Term. (AP) Free agent Kent Hrbek, wooed by big-money offers from several teams, took less money Wednesday and reached an agreement to stay with the Twins. Hrbek's five-year contract is worth $14 million. His agent, Ron Simon, confirmed that both Detroit and Seattle proposed bigger deals, and Boston also offered top dollar. "I'd like to thank Kent Hrbek for making a concession in dollars and staying with the Twins for a significantly j less amount of money," Twins General Manager Andy MacPhail said. "We have a finite amount of resources available to us. We made the determination that it was key to bring back Kent Hrbek. We had two free agents and unfortunately we lost one of them." Earlier in the day, reliever Jeff Reardon signed with the Boston Red Sox. But MacPhail and Twins owner Carl Pohlad negotiated with Simon most of Wednesday ; and finally reached a deal. Hrbek, 29, was born and raised in the Twin Cities. He broke into the majors with Minnesota in 1981 and Hrbek See 3D ' J ' ' 'V' MjC t z - - ,', " l-Mtrii , , t. l-i1JAJijjii;Jm,i- - -tfir - - "iilMlinin i I Hi ii ni 1 , Argus Leader photos by FRANK KLOCK South Dakota State's Chad Gutenkauf tries to control Augustana's Mike ' Thursday night at the Elmen Center. French won the 150-pound match French during a North Central Conference college wrestling match 7-4, but South Dakota State won 2S12. - DSU defeats Auqustana 25-1 2 By WADE MERRY Argus Leader Staff South Dakota State's Jackrabbits defeated Augustana 25-12 Wednesday night in a college wrestling dual at the Elmen Center. The meeting featured two teams ranked in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. The Jackrabbits, rated seventh, jumped to a 10-0 lead over the 14th-ranked Vikings. In the 118-pound match, SDSU senior Brian Henrich pinned Doug Eidem in 33 seconds. Mike Pankratz, a redshirt freshman from Freeman, then won by a major decision over Mike Nockels in the 126-pound match. The match score was 11-1. Augustana, however, rallied to win next four matches all by decision to grab a 12-10 lead. Shane Blake, an Augustana sophomore from Ponca City, Okla., wrestling at 134 defeated Jason Wurth 9-5. Jeff Becker followed with a 9-2 win over Tim Wishard in the 142-pound match. The 150-pound match pitted nationally ranked wrestlers. The Vikings' Mike French, a senior from Vermillion and ranked second, defeated No. 8 Chad Gutenkauf 7-4. Gutenkauf is a senior from Pierre. Jeff Baker, a senior from Hartford, conf-pleted the Vikings string by recording a 7-2 victory over Eric Helm. Jackrabbit coach Mike Engels said he was happy with his team's performance. "We're pleased going away with a win in here," he said. "Our conditioning wasn't as good as it should be at this stage, but there was a lot of pressure on the kids to perform well here. That pressure is what hurt in the long run." SDSU regained the lead as 167 pounder Bob Hemiller defeated Joel Becker 7-6. The Jackrabbits' Brian Loeffler then defeated Eric Gafkjen 12-8 in the 177-pound match to increase the lead to 16-12. The deciding match surfaced at 190 pounds. Greg Sayler of SDSU, a redshirt freshman from Freeman, won. by technical fall over Greg Dollen. Sayler led 10-1 after the first period and 20-5 with 17 seconds left in the second period when the match was ended. SDSU's Paul Koenig scored an 11-1 decision over Tim Johnson in the heavyweight match. Augustana interim coach Kraig Pressler said: "Going in I thought we had to win six matches to win the dual. We've got room Xo improve but I'm not faulting our kids' effort." Engels said the Jackrabbits aren't yet contenders for the North Central Conference championship. "Our young kids will have to improve as we go along," he said. "Nebraska-Omaha and North Dakota State are the favorites. They are both well balanced." The victory pushed SDSU's dual record to 2-0. Augustana, which is host to Northwestern of Iowa on Tuesday is 2-1. Fresh r Skyforce acquire rights to Dailey; sign forward White By PAT DUNCAN Argus Leader Staff The Sioux Falls Skyforce are looking for Dailey help to shake out of a nine-game losing streak. The .Continental Basketball Association team on Wednesday acquired the rights to seven-year National Basketball Association veteran Quintin Dailey and signed forward Eric White. The moves, two days after the Skyforce signed point guard Tracy Mitchell and released guard L a S h u n McDaniel, come ".Q"'ntin Dailey ever victory at 7:35 tonight at the Arena against the Omaha Racers. Dailey, who most recently played for the Los Angeles Clippers, was released on Oct. 13 from the Los Angeles Lakers' fall camp. Santa Barbara, which held the CBA rights to the 28-year-old guard, traded them to the Skyforce for a sixth-round draft choice in the 1990 CBA college draft and a player to be named later. "He's been waiting to play," Skyforce coach Ron Ekker said of the 6-foot-3 Dailey. "He's very eager. He pursued Santa Barbara, said he wanted to report. But Santa Barbara is 10-0 and didn't want to make a change in its roster." Dailey averaged 16.1 points in 69 games for the Clippers and he has a career scoring average of 15.3 points a game in the NBA. His best season was 1983-84 when he averaged 18.2 points for the Chicago Bulls. He has maintained a 'scoring average in double figures every year since being chosen seventh overall by the Bulls in the 1982 NBA draft. Skyforce See 3D Scores Briefly BASKETBALL National Basketball Association Boston 113, New York 98 Philadelphia 121, Miami 98 Atlanta 118, Orlando 110 Detroit 115, Washington 107 Indiana 136, Denver 117 San Antonio 121, Golden State 119 HOCKEY National Hockey League New York Islanders 4, Hartford 3 New York Jersey 3 Pittsburgh 5, Washington 3 Montreal 4, Minnesota 1 Chicago 6, Toronto 4 Winnipeg 4, Calgary 3 Los Angeles 5, Vancouver 4, OT Rangers 5,' New NFL's Cardinals interview Duke's Spurrier for job PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix's Cardinals hope to have a new head coach by Feb. 1 and Duke University's Steve Spurrier has been the first person interviewed for the job. The Arizona Republic reported in its Wednesday editions that Spurrier confirmed he met with Cardinals General Manager Larry Wilson last Thursday in Durham, N.C., where Duke is practicing for its All-American Bowl game Dec. 28 against Texas Tech. Although Wilson would not detail the meeting, he told the Republic: "I think he has an outstanding record, and I thought we had a good meeting." Spurrier, 44, has a 20-12-1 record in three seasons with the Blue Devils. Duke was 8-3 this season. Basketball win count soars for Shenanigans By WADE MERRY Argus Leader Staff Seventy consecutive victories against South Dakota competition including 44 in the Sioux Falls YMCA League. A state championship, with an average winning margin of 26 points. Four tournament titles in star-studded fields. Impressive figures for seven men who share a common interest basketball. Together they form Shenanigans amateur team, named today the independent team of the year for 1989 by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association. The team was organized in July 1988 by Jim Steffen and Clyde Harrington. Steffen, a Dakota State University graduate, and Harrington, a product of Huron University, had been teammates on Nite City's team. "We had finished second to Braun Trucking (of Aberdeen) two years in a row in the state tournament," Steffen said. "We wanted to form a quicker, better team, one that could beat Braun." They recruited Leon White, Rick Dunlap, Bill Kriech, Greg Myers, Jim Stoebner and Marvell Culp. Together this unit, minus Harrington who moved to Minneapolis, waltzed through the S.D. Independent teams of year 1954 Mitchell baseball. 1955 Huron baseball. 1956 Huron Stahl's baseball. 1957 Aberdeen Pred's baseball. 1958' Huron Stahl's baseball. 1959 Sioux Falls Legion baseball. 1960 Huron Indians baseball. 1961 Humboldt baseball. 1962 Rapid City Legion baseball. 1963 Renner baseball. 1964 Aberdeen Legion baseball. 1965 Brookings basketball. 1966 Yankton Press and Dakotan Track Club, 1967 Rapid City Boxing Club. 1968 Southern Track C4ub. 1969 Rapid City YMCA swimming, 1970 Aberdeen Depot baseball. 1971 Sioux Falls Traub Silo basketball. 1972 South Dakota Alt-Stars basketball. 1973 Brookings Spies softball. 1974 Aberdeen diving. 1975 Rapid City Legion baseball. 1976 Aberdeen Dahme's softball. 1977 Sioux Falls boxing. 1978 Sioux Falls Palmer Construction basketball. 1979 Canova baseball. 1980 Lyman Merchants basketball. 1981 Madison baseball, 1 982 Great Plains Indians basketball. 1983 Rapid City Men's Boxing Club. 1984 Rapid City Legion baseball. 1985 Claremont baseball, 1986 Aberdeen Braun Trucking basketball. 1987 South Dakota Special Olympics basketball. 1988 Rushmores baseball. 1989 Shenanigans basketoall. state tournament in Mobridge last February, winning by margins of 32, 28 and 19 points. The championship came against a Salem team that featured former Northern State University standout Kevin King; Rod Merriam, who had starred at Sioux Falls College; and Greg Nagel and Steve Krier, former all-North Central Conference players at Augustana College. White no longer Is with the team, having Independent See 5D

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