Star-Gazette from Elmira, New York on June 24, 1992 · 13
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SPORTS Star-Gazette, Wednesday, June 24, 1992 3C Tabloid tennis! Second day has sizzling stories The Associated Press and scoundrels, turmoil and titillation found plenty of fodder on Day Two of The Championships, even though the "Gruntometers" were stowed away on Monica Seles' day off. The Daily Express measured her grunts Monday at 93.6 decibels, claiming they were louder than a train and almost as noisy as a pneumatic drill, but The Sun disagreed: "Moaner Monica Is All Quiet On The Western Grunt!" Here, then, is the exclusive, inside story of the second day, skipping the niceties and polite applause of the blazer set. " the second set when he drew the umpire's warning. That set off a demand tor the referee and intermittent dialogues with the umpire, but it also sparked Agassi to win the next six games to even the match. A sprinkling of rain OK, so it wasn't quite a flood halted the match with Agassi down 0-40 and 1-2 in the third set. The inner voice McEnroe said he's hearing is a teasing muse playing tricks on him, beckoning him to the courts far more than the belief that he really can win Wimbledon again. "In the deep corners of my mind, somewhere back there, there's still a little, tiny person telling me that I still have a chance," McEnroe said after beating Brazilian Luiz Mattar 5-7, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. The victory sent McEnroe into a second-round match against friend Pat Cash, the 1987 champion, who beat Jac-co Eltingh 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). Cash stirred up a storm by criticizing Centre Court, a place that ranks close to Westminster Abbey in the hearts of Britons. "It's the thickest grass I've ever seen on the Centre Court," he said. WIMBLEDON WIMBLEDON, England - Wimbledon, British tabloid style: Agassi Goes Berserk! McEnroe Hears Devilish Voices In His Head! Cash Blasts Sacred Grassl Yes, it all happened Tuesday, allowing for quasi-poetic license, on an otherwise dull, gray day that needed only minor stretches of truth to make it memorable. Chang Stabbed In Bates Motel! Floods Return! Graf Offers Help Amid Royal Row! The never-ending search for heroes Andre Agassi really did rant a bit, cussing and fussing over an audible obscenity citation against him by the umpire. A year after Agassi set Wimbledon agog with his white-on-white shorts, lone mane, dangling earring and soft-spoken pleasantries, ne came back in a foul mood. He lost the first set 7-5 to Andrei Ches-nokov, and dropped the first game of Beef's honors best of week Star-Gazette Four individuals have earned Beef's Bacardi Black Rum Players of the Week honors. Beef's Rich Wiley and Pete's Tim Webster are co-winners in the Thursday Night Horseheads Big Ball League. Wiley scored four runs and drove in four to lead Beef's to a 19-0 victory over The Elbow Room. Webster was 4-for-4 including a three-run homer as he led Pete's to a 14-2 win over the Chimney Lounge. Beef's and Pete's will play for first place in the league on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at Sullivan Park, Thome Street, Horseheads. Kevin Slaughter earned the honors in the Saturday-Sunday Horseheads Men's Slow Pitch League. Slaughter was 4-for-5 at the plate including four RBI to lead Tag's No. 2 to a 16-3 win over the Horseheads Fire Department. Dee Frost was the Player of the Week from the Monday Night Women's League. Frost was 3-for-4 at the plate as she scored three times to lead the Chimney Lounge to a 16-0 victory over Beef's. Frost was also credited with eight putouts in the field. : ""T r"" f ' 7 I j ' - it ". t Jr . W" , 4' ! t "'. , . r t - LJ j; w-l;flM.. ;:;.v.';,- J. V - r . , 1 1 ' 1 1 1 Y ' ' & in.'., i. il ,1 ii Mi. mi 1. 1. . i i fj NT I 1 1 Baseball's a blast for Elmira's Malave By MARK HOUCK Star-Gazette SIMON WHEELERStor-Gazette POWERFUL PIONEER: Coming into Tuesday's game against Auburn, Jose Malave led the New York-Penn League in home runs (3) and RBI (14) and was third in hitting. Malave was batting at a .472 clip. aseball has been somewhat Bof a blur to Jose Malave. There's the release of the ball by an opposing pitcher. Then there's the swing of Malave's bat a vision of speed that resembles the explosiveness of PGA golfer John Daly. Lately, baseball has also been a blast for the Elmira Pioneers' outfielder. Among the New York-Penn League leaders in hitting, home runs and runs batted in, Malave (pronounced mah-LA-vay) is playing baseball better than ever. "I'm working hard and keeping my eye on the ball," said the 21-year-old native of Cumana, Venezuela. "Obviously, I've been seeing the ball well lately. This is the best I've played pro baseball." Currently in his third year of minor league baseball, Malave leads the league in home runs (3) and RBI (14), and is third in hitting. Going into Tuesday night's home game against Auburn, Malave was 17-for-36 for a .472 clip. "His consistency is unbelievable," said Elmira second baseman Bill Selby. "In the field he's so dependable. He plays hard every day and he's got great composure." Another blur for Malave's life as a baseball player was a career-threatening injury that occurred two years ago while playing for the Pioneers. "I tried to stretch a double and I got hurt sliding into second base," Malave said. He tore ligaments and cartilage in his left knee on the play, an injury that put an end to his rookie season. "It got caught in the dirt somehow. It was pre tty scary. I didn't know if I could make it back." Malave came back strong, hitting .322 with four doubles, two homers and 28 RBI for the Gulf Coast Red Sox last season. "Jose has come back from his injury real well," said Elmira manager Dave Holt. "Since this is his third year of pro ball, we expect him to be one of our leaders this year. He hits a lot of balls hard. If you do that, you're most likely going to get a base hit." What peers, opponents and teammates admire most about Malave is his durability, desire and ability to make the most of what he has. He isn't fast, due in part to his knee injury. He isn't particulary smooth. And at 6-fo6t-2 and 194 pounds, Malave isn't huge. But Malave possesses the uncanny knack of doing whatever it takes to win. On Sunday night at Dunn Field, Malave hit a three-run homer in the 13th inning to lift the Pioneers to a 4-1 victory over the Geneva Cubs. "He can beat you any way he wants to," Selby said. "Especially the way he's hitting right now." Elmira center fielder Gerald Davis said Malave is not a vocal leader: "He's rather quiet," Davis said. "We do look for him for advice, though, like what the talent's going to be like and how to get pumped up. He's a good guy to be around and learn from. And he's not dumb." Malave said he hopes to only get better. "I feel pretty good right now," said Malave, who frequently plays first base for the Pioneers. "My knee is fine and I'm part of a team that has a lot of good hitters. I hope to keep it up so I can move up (to Lynchburg, Va.) next year." NBA GMs seek hidden treasures Most of a National Basketball Association season belongs to the players and coaches. Now, with the NBA draft coming up Wednesday night, the general managers get their turn to be the focal point. This is when GMs get to showcase their ability to create deals (particularly challenging since the advent of the salary cap), be bold, judge talent and make command decisions. So, let the games begin with my first-round projections of what they'll do: 1. Orlando: Shaquille O'Neal. Gets everything he wants from the Magic. Even a Patrick Ewing-David Robinson type clause that guarantees that he must be among the top two in salary. What nappens when three guys have the same clause? "That's not my problem," says Shaq's Los Angeles-based agent Leonard Armato. 2. Charlotte: Alonzo Mourning. An interior decorator on defense, lust what Larry Johnson, Kendall Gill, Dell Curry and particularly Tyrone "Muggsy" Bo-guesneed. 3. Minnesota: Christian Laettner. Need his size, though he's not a great rebounder. Neither does he have great lateral movement. Opponents will be testing his ticker from the git-go. 4. Dallas: Jimmy Jackson. Under no pressure to win while rebuilding because of the Cowboys' success. Latest trade talk: Derek Harper and Rodney McCray to Chicago for Stacey King, B.J. Armstrong and a No, 1. 5. Denver: LaPhonso Ellis. General manager Bernie Bickers-taff is trying to make next three teams believe he's taking Walt Williams in hopes of getting something from one of them to M PETE VECSEY flip-flop. In other words, he feels Ellis will still be there at 6, 7 or 8. 6. Washington: Tom Gugliot-ta. Decision will be based on where coach Wes Unseld intends to play restricted free agent Harvey Grant look for New York Knicks to concoct a huge offer sheet for him). If Unseld sees Grant as a power forward, Gug-liotta is the pick. If he sees him as a small forward, Adam Keefe is the pick. Second decision: Is Gugliotta better than Williams? Some people think Walt's more of an off guard than a small forward or a point, but can certainly qualify as a backup playmaker. Plus University of Maryland appeal can sell tickets. 7. Sacramento: Keefe; Wouldn't mind having Williams or Gugliotta. General manager Jerry Reynolds likes Todd Day, too. Could just as well trade pick. 8. Milwaukee: Williams. Have needed small forward ever since Terry Cummings left town. Can have him back if they want. 9. Philadelphia: Clarence Weatherspoon. Unless Ellis, Gugliotta, Keefe or Williams slips. Owner Harold Katz loves Weatherspoon. Coach Doug Moe loves Gugliotta. (He also loved Chris Jackson). General manager Jimmy Lynam loves Harold Miner. Reason for drafting Miner: They'd be the only team in the league with three off guards and an off owner. Reason against drafting Miner: The locker room isn't big enough for two Harolds. 10. Atlanta: Bryant Stith. Solid player. Solid citizen. Talking to Minnesota about Luc Longley and Pooh Richardson for Rumeal Robinson and No. 10. Talked to San Antonio about No. 10 and Jon Koncak for No. 18 and Cummings. 11. Houston: Miner. Desperately need a shooter. Small forward second priority. Tracy Murray if Miner's already gone. 12. Miami: Day. Weatherspoon second choice. Murray third. 13. Denver: Robert Horry. Second choice Don MacLean. Prefer to trade pick. 14. Indiana: Malik Sealy. Not the dominant personality it needs, but his mental toughness will do fine. Horry second choice. 15. L.A. Lakers: Anthony Peeler. Need to upgrade backcourt. Talking serious stuff to Knicks about James Worthy (Lakers would assume a good portion of his salary) for No. 20. Also trying to trade up to No. 10 (would take Koncak in package, but Atlanta would have to take an undesirable in return) or 11 to get Day or Miner. Hey, it's a risk-taking business. 16. L.A. Clippers: Doug Christie. Still can see them obtaining Hakeem Olajuwon (a signed Buck Johnson, and Sleepy Floyd) for Danny Manning, Kenny Norman, Olden Polynice, Bo Kimble and this slot. MacLean and Jon Barry next in line. 17. Seattle: MacLean. But only if Christie, Sealy and Peeler are gone. Were trying to get higher No. 1 to take Peeler. Bailout guy is Hubert Davis. 18. San Antonio: Davis. Barry second choice. Nevada-Las Ve- J f 1 - 1 O'NEAL MOURNING 1 jgQI j 't 4 J, iX-f I LJi M Lmm LAETTNER JACKSON gas' Elmore Spencer a possibility. Dale Ellis deal fell through (temporarily?) after he demanded an extension in return for redoing his contract. 19. Detroit: Murray. If it's possible he can actually drop this far. Sleeper pick: Darren Morn-ingstar. Might trade pick and a player to Minnesota for Felton Spencer. 20. New York: Barry. 21. Boston: Dave Johnson. P.J. Brown next choice. Plays three frontcourt positions. 22. Phoenix: Oliver Miller, Spencer second choice. Sean Rooks third on tap. 23. Utah: Litterial Green. 24. Golden State: Randy Woods. 25. Clippers: Chris Smith. 26. Portland: Latrell Sprewell. 27. Chicago: Isiah Morris. Peter Vecsey is a columnist for USA Today. Cook lifts Generals Star-Gazette CORTLAND - John Cook went 3-for-4 with a home run. and a double to lead the Horseheads Generals to a 5-1 victory over the Cortland Apples Tuesday night in Noertheast Collegiate Baseball League action. Cook, a 1991 graduate of Elmira Free Academy, played baseball for Florida State University this past spring. Tom Craig was also 3-for-4 for Horseheads. Winning pitcher Andy Dvonch (2-1) struck out seven batters. Summary: Horsehead 011 021 0- 5 14 0 Cortland 000 000 1- 1 7 1 Horsahaads (5-9): Andy Dvonch and John Cook. 2B: Tom Craig, Greg Kealey, Cook. HR: Cook. RBI: Craig 2, Cook 1, Tim Wagner 1 . Cortland (2-10): Parrish Wagner, Daren Renner (5th) and Jim Hardwick. 2B: Dave Scholz, Rob Garcia. RBI: Hardwick. Reynolds wins Trials heats The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS - World record-holder Butch Reynolds, who won the right to run in the courts, won both of his 400-meter preliminary heats Tuesday in a bid to earn a berth on the U.S. Olympic track and field team. Running under a Supreme court order and the grudging permission of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, Reynolds was timed in 44.58 seconds in the first heat, well off his world record of 43.29, then came back five hours later to win in 44.68. It is rare that a runner can break 45 seconds in consecutive heats. His times were the seventh and eighth fastest in the world this year. ...night WW ' at the ypnuM ball parte! Friday, June 26th at 7:00 p.m. ELMIRA PIONEERS vs. BATAVIA CLIPPERS Dunn Field X 7 K-u . W VIA

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