The Jackson Sun from Jackson, Tennessee on February 8, 1988 · 13
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vJSports day Basketball PHILADELPHIA The Philadelphia 76ers fired Matt Guokas as head coach and replaced him with assistant Jim Lynam, according to today's editions of the Philadelphia Daily News. The team has called a 9 a.m. press conference. Lynam will coach the struggling NBA team with a 20-23 record for the remainder of the season, according to the newspaper. Neither Guokas nor Lynam could be reached this morning. A woman answering the telephone at Guokas home told The Associated Press he was asleep and was not taking calls. She would not comment on the report. Tennis Defending champion Sweden has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1988 Davis Cup tournament. But last year's other finalist, India, has been eliminated. Sweden defeated New Zealand 5-0 in their opening-round World Group series over the weekend, while Yugoslavia beat India 3-2. Other countries advancing Jo the quarterfinals were France, Italy, Czechoslovakia, West Germany and Denmark. The Mexico-Australia series, which is tied at 2-2, will be decided Monday when Australian Pat Cash completes his match against Mexican Francisco Maciel. Skiing COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. Alpine skier Mike Brown, whose attempt to be selected to the U.S. Olympic team was rejected by an appeals board, said he probably won't pursue the matter further. Howard Peterson, secretary general of the U.S. Ski Association, said the USSA's national appeals board reached a decision Sunday, less than 24 hours after Brown filed his action. POPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. -Having gone the entire season without a point on the World Cup circuit, Tiger Shaw sought some solace on a ski slope that has been kind to him many times in the past. Shaw's presence here produced another giant-slalom victory Sunday his fourth in the last six years at the U.S. Alpine Ski Championships. The event will conclude today with the men's and women's slaloms. Football : WASHINGTON The former president of the University of Alabama who hired the now-legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant said he was severely criticized for his choice of a football coach, like the school's current president. Frank Rose hired Bryant during his first year as president and presided over the early golden years of Alabama's football program. The Crimson Tide was national champion in 1961, 1964 and 1965. ' Rose, who was president of the university from 1958 through 1969, described the criticism President Joab Thomas received for hiring current head football coach Bill Curry as an "injustice" to Thomas and the school. Thomas even got death threats after he hired Curry in January 1986 to replace Ray Perkins, who left Alabama to become coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -With a record of 45-23-1 and a winning percentage of .659, Jackie Sherrill is Texas A&M's winningest coach in the last 60 years. Sherrill also coached at Pitt from 1977-81, where he compiled the best percentage in that school's history 50-9-1 .842. Pitt will have a chance to make a dent in Sherrill's Texas A&M record if the two teams open the 1988 college football season, as expected, in the sixth annual Kick-off Classic. The Associated Press learned Sunday that Texas A&M, winner of three straight Southwest Conference championships, has accepted an invitation to become the first SWC team to appear in the Kickoff Classic, which will be played in late August at Giants Stadium. A conference call today was to determine the Aggies' opponent, and speculation centered on Pitt. Horse racing ; ARCADIA, Calif. - Alysheba is ready for a rematch with Ferdinand. The 1987 Kentucky Derby winner made a successful debut as a 4-year-old Sunday by capturing the $500,000 Charles H. Strub Stakes by three lengths at Santa Anita Sunday. - Ferdinand, now five, is expected to make his 1988 debut at Santa Anita next Sunday in the San Antonio Hand- leap. If all goes as planned, the two are expected to meet for the first time this year in the $2 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 6. The two met last November in the $3 million Breeders Cup Classic last fall at Hollywood Park, in which Ferdinand beat Alysheba by a nose. The victory pushed Ferdinand past Alysheba for Horse of the Year honors. From our wire service i ' 1 Top t Jh Associated Pratt Top-ranked Arizona lost to Stanford 82-74 last Thursday, so that automatically makes runnerup Nevada-Las Vegas No. 1, right? Wrong. Nevada-Las Vegas lost to Cal-Santa Barbara 71-66 Saturday afternoon, so that automatically makes No. 3 Brigham Young No. 1, right? Wrong. BYU, the nation's last unbeaten team, lost to Alabama-Birmingham 102-83 Sat- College urday night, so that automatically makes No. 4 Duke No. 1, right? Wrong. Duke lost to North Carolina State 77-74 Saturday, so that automatically makes No. 5 Temple No. 1, right? Maybe. After all, the Owls did beat Rutgers 84-53. That's the kind of wild and wacky week college basketball had. Not only did 13 members of the Associated Press Top Twenty lose one or more games, but the University of Dallas, which isn't even in Dallas, ended the nation's longest losing streak by a four-year college at 86 games Saturday by defeating John Brown University 76-68. Now there are so many teams in the race for No. 1 that it looks like the NBA playoffs. Arizona and Duke recovered to post victories on Sunday while No. 11 Michigan at least lost to a higher-ranked team. No. 1 Arizona 74, California 62 Anthony Cook, a 6-foot-9 junior, scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Arizona, which outre bounded Cal 40-21 and committed only five turnovers to the Bears' 15. Defenses HONOLULU (AP) Joe Montana had an explanation for the fact that the defenses dominated the Pro Bowl, as they often do. "When you have so little time together, trying to do things on offense is much more unnatural than on defense," he said. Montana, the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback and the NFC starter Sun- NFL day, provided an example of how difficult it is to get offensive timing down in just five days of practice. He was victimized for two interceptions and a safety as the AFC beat the NFC 15-6 in a mistake-marred Pro Bowl game. There were a total of 10 turnovers, five by each team. The game's only touchdown came on a 1-yard rollout by Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly in the second quarter. "I think the defense in this situation will tend to look better because the offense isn't as complicated as usual, but I'm not sure," said Kelly, making his first NFL All-Star appearance. "Hopefully this will be yearly event for me, so I can find out." "The game was not a real shootout for the offenses," said Marty Schotten-heimer of the Cleveland Browns, coach of the winning AFC squad for the second straight year. "It's difficult to put together an offense in just a few days," said Jerry Burns of the Minnesota Vikings, the NFC coach. "Our pass protection was poor, and the timing of our passing and running game was poor. NFC offensive guard Dennis Harrah of Super Bowl may give Williams free ride By Hal Bock The Associated Press Moments after the Super Bowl ended, MVP Doug Williams trotted off the field with his jubilant Washington teammates to begin the celebration. Then he stopped for a moment and announced into a television camera the new standard speech for big event MVPs. "I'm going to Disney World!" Then he did it again, this time saying: "I'm going to Disneyland." Never mind in what direction Williams really was headed. Geography isn't important here. What counts is that the spots marked the beginning of what figures to be a marketing bonanza for the quarterback. Disney officials would not say how much they paid for the instant endorsements one for east coast distribution, the other for the west. But World Series MVP Frank Viola picked up $25,000 for the same few seconds' work. How much will the Super Bowl MVP trophy be worth to Williams? That depends on whom you ask. "The Super Bowl is a transcendant marketing event that escapes the narrower genre of hard core sports fans," agent Leigh Steinberg said. "The level of awareness Is higher. The only things The Jackson Sun, Jackson, earns suffer Tonight No. 18 Bradley vs. St Louis, 9:05 p.m. No. 20 St. John's vs. Boston College, 8:00 p.m. "Our key guy was Anthony Cook. He had an excellent day on the glass," Olson said. "Sean (Elliott, Arizona's leading scorer) had a tough game (3-of-10, IS points). I've been coaching 31 years and never seen a guy take such a beating for two games in a row. "We're going to send films of these two games to the (Pac-10) conference office. A decision has to be made on what is assault and battery and what is regular defense." No. 4 Duke 70, Notre Dame 61 Duke, which lost to N.C. State on Saturday, defeated Notre Dame Sunday as Quin Snyder came off the bench to ignite a second-half rally and Billy King held Irish star David Rivers, who averages 23 points a game, to nine, all in the first half. j Rivers shot only 3-of-17 while Snyder hit two 3-pointers during a 12-2 run that gave Duke a 56-50 lead with 7:24 left. No. Purdue II, No. 11 Michigan 87 Todd Mitchell scored 23 points and Troy Lewis scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half as the 19-2 Boilermakers snapped Michigan's 12-game home winning streak and took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Michigan's Gary Grant led all scorers with 32 points, joining Mike McGee and Cazzie Russell as the only Wolverines to score 2,000 points in a career. Late Saturday game Alabama-Birmingham 102, No. 3 Brigham Young 83 BYU Coach Ladell Andersen wasn't overly concerned with the 17-1 Cougars' toss at UAB, which pulled away from a 39-37 halftime lead. "Now that we've got that (an unbeaten record) off our back, maybe we'll be better as we pre-. pare for the (NCAA) tournament," he said. Michael Charles and Reginald Turner each scored 24 points and Barry Bearden added 23 as Alabama-Birmingham, 13-10, played what Coach Gene Bartow called "the best basketball game UAB has ever played. Even though they scored a lot of points on us, our defense held together." dominate i hU' I r V . iff V ' - AP Laserphoto Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills sacks St. Louis lu. The play was typical of the defense-dominated Pro Cardinals quarterback Neil Lomax Sunday in Honolu- Bowl game. the Los Angeles Rams, who has an- previous Pro Bowl games he had played fight early in the game with AFC nose nounced his retirement, said the turn- in. tackle Bill Maas of Kansas City. "I think overs may have been due to the fact that "it was the hardest-hitting Pro Bowl that made a difference in the turn-the game was rougher than the five I've been in," said Harrah, who got in a overs." close are the Olympics and World Series. That makes identification with its hero an attractive marketing investment for corportations and advertisers. . "The quarterback being the central position tops the pyramid of awareness and if he's the MVP, his story is a national event. Doug Williams is an appealing and unique story in any year. He fought back from personal tragedy, from problems at Tampa Bay and the USFL. He wasn't the starter until late in the season. That's the kind of Horatio Alger, underdog story that the country loves. It's good news, an upbeat hero. "Because of that, he will be able to sign major national personal service contracts with corporations. As long as he plots his strategy and is not overexposed and only connected with goods or services that are positive in terms of image, he stands to reap a fortune. Doug Williams stands to make between $1 million and $2 million in the next 12 months. With astute and clever marketing, he will surely make the first figure. The second figure? That depends on how well whoever is marketing him follows up on this. "He plays a high profile position and he's the MVP with an appealing story. That adds up to the Super Bowl of marketing." i Tenn., Monday, Feb. 8, 1988 Sports: scat hing 1 ' ' AP Laserphoto Michigan's Gary Grant, left, fouls Purdue's Everette Stephens as he tries', to steal the ball Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich. ragged Pro High school recruiting hits hot, heavy level Gannett Nwt Srvic There are magic times in a college football season: the first day of fall practice, homecoming afternoon, bowl games on New Year's Day. Add the second Wednesday in February to that list. That's when high school seniors can begin signing national letters of intent that bind them to Division I colleges. The signing period continues until April 1. This year, there are at least a half-dozen seniors who might be the best college prospect. Overall, it looks like a good year for linebackers and offensive linemen, with a number of potential stars at quarterback and running back. Good defensive linemen are in short supply. With that in mind, here's an educated guess on how some of the U.S.'s top colleges will fare in 1988 recruiting (listed in no particular order): NOTRE DAME: Fighting Irish mystique and magnetism of coach Lou Holtz works wonders. Reports of high-quality hauls in South Bend, ind., have been exaggerated In the past (and may be again in the future). But Irish are getting size and speed and tight end Derek Brown 7, 230) of Merritt Island, Fla., provides both. College basketball, NFL 3B; Bowl play- TENNESSEE: If a couple of other top prospects "volunteer" for duty in Knoxville, Johnny Majors will have a top-flight class. Always scores well on receivers. Linebacker Todd Collins (6-2, 228), USA Today defensive player of the year from Dandridge, seemed headed out of state possibly to join brother Brent at Georgia but has logged a lot of time on Tennessee's campus. OIIIO STATE: New coach John Cooper Is doing an amazing job of keeping the state's best players close to home In Just a few weeks on the job, but out-of-state recruiting has suffered in the changeover from Earle Bruce. FLORIDA: Getting Derek Brown might have vaulted the Gators into a No. 1-ranked recruiting class. Fullback Dexter McNabb of DuFuniak Springs, Fla., might be the guy who helps Emmitt Smith win a couple of Heismans. Raised eyebrows by signing quarterback Jerry Dunn of Boulder, Colo. MIAMI: Defending national champion Hurricanes' past success built mainly on winning Dade County talent. Expect a repeat, and some out-of-state victories. AUBURN: Quarterback Corey Lewis (8-2, 195) of Gallatin, Tenn., follows his parents to War Eagle country. Speedster Herbet Casey (64, 170) of Foley, Ala., Is an inviting target. OKLAHOMA: In the thick of a number of spirited battles. Working with best success in a decade in the state of Texas. , NEBRASKA: Massive lineman Dave Jensen (6-5, 270) of Omaha will fit right in with all those corn-fed Huskers. 1 j i

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