Press and Sun-Bulletin from Binghamton, New York on June 5, 1990 · 15
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Tuesday, June 5, 1990
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Section C Sabatini ousted in French Open2C M-E aims to avoid baseball repeat3C JC at home for Softball playoff3C Press & Sun-Bulletin Tuesday, June 5, 1990 1- - - . " LI""L -1JI-J"'-JIM & . Montreal 5, New York 3 Pittsburgh 6, Chicago 2 Philadelphia at St. Louis Houston at San Diego Cincinnati at San Francisco Atlanta at Los Angeles - PageSC Boston 5, New York 3 Baltimore at Milwaukee Texas 1, California 0 Page5C For late scores, phone 798-1343. ABC hires Valvano as top TV talker ; NEW YORK (AP) - The network that aired point-shaving allegations against North Carolina State, leading to the dismissal of basketball coach Jim Valvano, hired Valvano as an analyst Monday. Valvano, who signed a 3-year deal with ABC : for a reported $900,000, will team with Brent Musburger on 1 1 telecasts next season. He also will work as an analyst for ESPN, owned by ABC's parent company Capital Cities. It was an ABC News' report on Feb. 28 that started a series of events leading to Valvano's ouster as coach. The report alleged that Wolfpack players were involved in point-shaving under Valvano. Those allegations remain under investigation. Hull wants to stay in Blues' uniform NEW YORK (AP) - Brett Hull, who led the National Hockey League in goals last season while playing out his option, said he's sure he will remain with the St. Louis Blues. "I don't want to play anywhere else," the son of Hall of Famer Bobby Hull said Monday at an awards luncheon where he was named the NHL's top clutch scorer based on power-play, shorthanded, winning and tying goals. Hull, who earned $125,000 in 1989-90, has said he wants at least $ 1 million for next season. He will become a free agent with compensation if the Blues don't sign him by the end of June. ; Pat LaFontaine of the New York Islanders was named NHL Performer of the Year. - Edmonton defenseman Kevin Lowe was named NHL Man of the Year, reflecting both pn-ice play and civic involvement. , ,,, UConn coach Calhoun named to Whalers' board ! HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Jim Calhoun, . who coached the University of Connecticut men's basketball team to its most triumphant season this year, has been named to the ' Hartford Whalers' advisory board. ; Under Calhoun, the Huskies won the Big East Tournament this year and made it into lhe NCAA quarterfinals. They lost to Duke on a last-second shot and ended up 31-6. ; Calhoun was named Big East Conference Coach of the Year and national collegiate Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, United Press International, CBS-TV Sports, Chevrolet, The Sporting News and Basketball Weekly, 'Too Tall' expected to say goodbye to Dallas ; IRVING, Texas (AP) - Ed "Too Tall" Jones, who set Dallas Cowboys' records for Barnes and seasons played, will leave the .National Football League team, a Cowboys source said. Jones will hold a news conference today to "discuss his future with the team. i. The source did not say whether Jones would Retire or play for another team. Jones has had discussions with several NFL "teams. v He has not attended any offseason workouts ith the Cowboys, who are concentrating on a youth movement under coach Jimmy Johnson. 1 Jones, whose nickname came from his 6-3bot-9 height, has played 245 games over 15 Seasons for the Cowboys. He appeared in three Pro Bowls and twice was named All-Pro. Overtime records NBA Championship series overtime records from 1947-1989: Team..................... Won Lost Pet. Milwaukee 2 0 1.000 Philadelphia 1 0 1.000 Boston 6 4 .600 Seattle 1 1 .500 Washington 1 1 .600 Atlanta 1 1 . .500 LA Lakers 4 6 .400 New York 2 3 .400 Golden State 0 1 .000 Phoenix 0 1 .000 ; SOURCE: SPORTS FEATURES SYNDICATE Questions or comments? : You can reach the sports department by calling 798-1 191 between 5 and 1 1 p.m. Charlie Jaworski is executive sports editor. Penri Si fish member of Ten IOWA CITY, Iowa (GNS) Big Ten presi dents and chancellors voted Monday, although not unanimously, to admit Penn State University to their 96-year-old conference. 'We welcome Penn State, its administra tors, its taculty and its loyal alumni, said Stanley Ikenberry, president of the University of Illinois and chairman of the Council of Ten. Conference officials said Penn State's athlet ic teams are expected to become fully inte grated within the Big Ten by the mid-1990s and might participate in some single-event championship events as early as the 1992-93 academic year. The decision to grant admission to Penn State climaxed more than six months of controversy after a surprise move last December by the Council of Ten to expand the conference for the first time in 4 1 years. Officials would not disclose publicly the vote tally on Penn State's admission, but the Des Moines Register said seven universities the minimum required voted in favor. The newspaper said chief executives voting against were James Duderstadt of Michigan, John DiBiaggio of Michigan State and Thomas Erlich of Indiana. The last time the conference admitted a new, member was 1949, when Michigan State replaced the University of Chicago, which dropped out in 1946. . Hunter Rawlings, president of the University of Iowa, said Penn State's status as a top academic institution played a big role in the decision. ' "This decision was made more on academic grounds than any other," he said. Jim Delany, commissioner of the Big Ten, said the decision to expand probably will force the conference to change its name. Running one out, not in MItlllliiil iiplpilillliil mmmg 7 mm J ' ; 1 . i -4'.s CHUCK HAUPT PHOTO Body language can't coax in this 30-foot putt by Union-Endicott's Dave Ellis on the 17th green at Cornell University Golf Club. Ellis made par 3 on the hole, but shot 85 Monday for a two-round total of 162, finishing in a tie for 1 1th place in the state golf championships. Section 4's golfers won the team title. Section 4's golf team as state champion by By KEVIN STEVENS Staff Writer ITHACA Tantalizing pin placements combined with unfavorable playing conditions and a hot young Doctor denied Section 4's hopefuls individual medalist honors Monday in the wrap-up of the state scholastic golf championships. But Southern Tier players' efforts were sufficient to bring Section 4 a repeat of last June's New York State Public High School Athletic Association team title. Host Section 4's total of 981 was victorious by a scant two strokes over runner-up Section 1 1 at Cornell University Golf Club. Section 1 1 consists of Long Island's Suffolk County. Hand warmers and windbreakers were the garb of choice on a day when temperatures in the 50s and an early drizzle contributed to rising second-round scores. repeats 2 strokes round of 7-over-par 79, Section 4's lone sub-80 Monday, followed an opening 78 to make him the winners' low 36-hole shooter. Priban-ic's 157 total, third-best overall, was five shots fewer than Union-"Endicott teammates Dave Ellis and Tim Woods. They carded matching 85s after opening-round 77s. Junior John Doctor, son of Ska-neateles Country Club golf pro Michael Doctor, brought Skaneateles High of Section 3 its third consec- Ithaca senior Mark Pribanic's See SECTION 4Page 2C Yankees dea for lefty loot Boston's Brunansky helps beat Yanks, 5-3, Page 5C. BOSTON (GNS) - The New York Yankees obtained a badly needed left-handed hitter Monday when they acquired catcher Matt Nokes from Detroit for right-handed pitchers Lance McCullers and Clay Parker. , "Everybody knows we've been , looking for a left-handed hitter," Yankees manger Bucky Dent said. "We've been trying to get a left handed-hitting catcher. They've kind of been working on this for a while." The Yankees had pursued Nokes since spring trailing. He batted .270 with three home runs and eight RBI in 44 games with Detroit. He owns a .266 career average with 63 home runs and 194 RBI in three-plus years of major league service. - "He's a pull hitter. He can hook the ball into the seats," Dent said, referring to Yankee Stadium's short right-field porch. But Nokes, 26, is regarded as a liability behind the plate. He had thrown out just four of 14 potential basestealers in 15 starts this year. He has been stuck with a good-hit, no-field label since he threw out 15 of A's take draft VM 1 4 v. . t mmmm PIPS" l tfflRs5'K' y8i ill liiiiiiiiiii Texa Matt Nokes Adds power to Yanks' lineup 83 runners, a meager 18 percent, as a rookie in 1987. Dent will platoon Nokes and. Rick Cerone behind the plate. That makes Bob Geren prime trade bait, and a highly placed source within the organization suggested Geren will be See TRADEPage 5C chance, s ace NEW YORK (AP) - When a baseball team has won two straight pennants and is in first place again, it's OK to gamble. , - So the Oakland A's, enchanted by the promise of pitcher Todd Van Poppel, 18, made the Arlington, Texas, schoolboy their top pick in baseball's free agent draft Monday. Van Poppel, equipped with a 90 mph fastball that produced a 9-3 record and 0.97 earned run average in his final season for Martin High, is described as a can't-miss prospect, but has signed an NCAA letter of intent to play for the University of Texas. That convinced the Atlanta Braves, who had Van Poppel tabbed as the No. 1 pick overall, to switch their final choice to Chipper Jones, a high school shortstop from Jacksonville, Fla. Instead, the A's made Van Poppel the 1 4th player selected. "This changes nothing," said Hank Van Poppel, Todd's father. "One of (the A's) people called last week to verify Todd's decision and ask if the door was open. We'll listen, but as far as we're concerned it was a wasted pick. My feeling is it's not a money situation. He's set to go to Texas." The A's lose their rights to Van Poppel the day he enrolls in college. He was one of 16 high school players chosen, including Jones. Five of the SeeDRAFT'SPage5C SUNY catcher to Dodgers in 7th round The Los Angeles Dodgers chose SUNY-Binghamton catcher Dan Gray in the seventh round of major-league baseball's amateur draft Monday. Gray, from the Bronx, said he will sign a contract Wednesday. He will begin his pro career Friday when he arrives at the Dodgers' minor-league camp in Vera Beach, Fla. "He is an outstanding catcher, an outstanding thrower and can handle himself behind the plate," said Bob Miske, a Dodgers' regional scout and the man who will sign Gray. Miske said Gray will be assigned to the Dodgers' Class A farm team at Great Falls, Mont. "I'm happy with the round selection," said Gray, who hit .329 with two homers this season for the Colonials. . Gray, who just completed his junior year at SUNY, said he plans to return to the campus this fall to complete his undergraduate education. Title would put Trail Blazers back on NBA map Detroit vs. Portland. Kind of grabs you in the Nielsens, doesn't it? This National Basketball Association finals is CBS' last bow in televising pro basketball, and this may not be quite what it had in mind. For ratings, the name of the game is the names in the game. You want superstars. You want Magic. You want Michael. You want Larry. This time, they get Kevin Duckworth passing to Jerome Kersey. It is not clear yet whether that will play in Peoria. Portland, whose last previous known headline was when it was dumped on by a volcano, is not exactly in the PR fast lane. Mt. St. Helens, just up the road, is more famed than any Trail Blazers' player. Las Vegas pondered over the Blazers last fall and declared them a 35-1 shot to win the title. You could get 30-1 that the earth is flat. But the Blazers are not chopped salmon. They won 59 games, same as Detroit, and had they stolen one more somewhere along the Oregon Trail, they would have home-court advantage, which might be immense. The Pistons haven't won in Portland since October 1974, when the current Bad Boys probably were just MIKE LOPRESTI learning to put tacks on the seats of their elementary teachers. History tells us that 71 percent of the time, the team with home-court advantage wins the finals. It will be a series of grunts and groans. Both these teams treat offense only as gravy, to be occasionally poured over the main dish of their game, which is defense a la elbow. The Pistons' reputation precedes them, similar to that of a motorcycle gang about to hit town. All they lack is wanted posters. We can See BLAZERSPage 2C Portland has enough desire, brawn to offer tough challenge to Pistons By MIKE LOPRESTI Gannett News Service AUBURN HILLS, Mich. The Detroit Pistons once were like this: unknowns longing for respect. It made hunters of them, and one day they suddenly were the best team in pro basketball. ; The National Basketball Association finals begin here tonight (9 p.m. CBS, channel 12, NewChannels cable channel 2), and when the Pistons look at film of their upstart opponents from Portland, they see so much of themselves two years ago. They see a physical, eager, deep team. They see a dangerous underdog with nothing to lose. "That's the deadliest thing," John Salley said. "Ask Mike Tyson." That 1988 Detroit team took the mighty Los Angeles Lakers to seven games before giving way. ; Now, as game one in the 1990 series nears, it all is reversed. The defending-champion Pistons are the power, and the Trail Blazers are coming after them. "You have to run faster and be as intelligent because there is no way you can match the hunger of your opponent, Isiah Thomas said. "We are as physical as anybody in the league, Detroit or anybody," Portland coach Rick Adelman said. "Nobody has pushed us around all year long. "Anyone who says we don't belong here is nuts. We had the toughest playoff schedule. We played with injuries. The players know SeePORTLANDPage2C

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