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DACHAU. Miami teen-ager stuns Kohde-Kilsch French Open report, 3-C CACI3AU. American League National League White Sox 6, Blue Jays 4 Cards 2, Reds 1 Indians 9, Brewers 7 Phillies 16, Padres 5 Yankees 7, A's 1 Cubs 7, Braves 3 Royals 5, Rangers 3 Giants 7, Mets 3 Red Sox 6, Twins 3 Pirates 12, Dodgers 3 Mariners 9, Tigers 1 Astros 8, Expos 4 Angels 7, Orioles 4 Details, 4-C, S-C Seminoles, Loynd had the right stuff in opening victory College series report, 7-C 11 AM L-V FSU enjoys Saturday win. section MONDAY, JUNE 2, 1986 E) Classified ads: 9-C PETERSBURG TIMES Bradley putts her way into history Scores, 2-C Norman wins Kemper, 7-C By GORDON S. WHITE Jr.

Nw Voi Tlm "This is what we needed to get back on track. They haven't seen our best Lewis Lloyd KINGS ISLAND, Ohio Pat Bradley continued to make golf history Sunday as she sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the tournament's final hole to win the 32nd annual LPGA Championship by a shot over Patty Sheehan. Bradley become the first player to win the four major tournaments that make up the grand slam of women's Just two weeks ago, the 35-year-old Bradley became the first woman to earn $2-mfillion in competitive golf. Bradley chipped into the cup for birdie on the 16th hole of the final round to take the lead for the first time in the tournament. She then rose to Sheehan's challenge on the final hole, sinking a birdie putt for a 4-under-par 68 for a total By MARK JOHNSON St Ptfburg Thwt Staff Writer HOUSTON Maybe it won't matter.

The Boston Celtics are still up two games to one in the NBA finals, and they still seemed like the superior team for much of Sunday afternoon. But maybe, just maybe, everything has changed. If the young Houston Rockets can overcome an 8-point deficit with 3VS minutes remaining to beat the storied Celtics, anything is possible. That's just what happened Sunday at the Summit, where Houston breathed life into this seemingly one-sided series with a stunning 106-104 Game Three victory. Never mind that the Rockets committed seven turnovers in the first 4V4 minutes of the third quarter, fell behind by 11 points and trailed 102-94 following a Kevin McHale tip-in with 3:19 remaining.

Here were the numbers that counted: 2 fourth-quarter points for Boston's Larry Bird, following a defensive switch by the Rockets; 24 points and 22 rebounds by Houston center Ralph Sampson, who had managed only 2 points in the series opener; 23 points by Rockets forward Akeem Olajuwon, six of them in the final of 277. and 2-1, which is how the series stands heading into Game Four Tuesday night at the Summit. Bird, who still managed 25 points and 15 rebounds, also pointed to the 28 fouls called on each team. "There were just too many whistles for us," he said. "Every time we tried to do something, the whistle was blowing.

They went to the line and we didn't." That was meant as more of an explanation than an excuse. "No question," Bird admitted, "we let this one slip away." The weirdest whistle came with 7 seconds remaining, with Boston down by a point and the ball bouncing crazily under the Rockets' rim. After a brief meeting at the scorer's table, referee Jake O'Donnell ruled the whistle was "inadvertent" and called for a jump ball at center cir- A' Sheehan had two spectacular shots on the par-5 18th hole. First she bounced a 3-wood second shot across the lake to the bun AP Please see ROCKETS 7-C Akeem Olajuwon scored six of his 23 points in the game's final 3 minutes 6 seconds. Home cooking: Houston crowd fuels Rockets PRO BASKETBALL IflPRH JOHHSOn Id 1 ker fronting the PAT BRADLEY green.

Then she came within three inches of sinking a 30-yard sand shot for an eagle that would have forced a playoff. Instead, Sheehan tapped in the little putt for birdie and settled for 67 and 278 for second place. Ayako Okamoto of Japan, who led after the second and third rounds, slipped to 74 and a tie for third with Juli Inkster at 279. Bradley was playing with Sheehan and Inkster and watched Sheehan's second shot bounce over the water. Bradley decided to lay up short of the water with a 9-iron.

Bradley hit her third shot at 18 with a wedge over the water. After the excellent blast by Sheehan, Bradley rolled her 15-footer right at the heart of the cup. "It's great to make a little history. My number's come up and I'm riding it as long as I can," said Bradley, who won the 1986 Classic in St. Petersburg in April.

Bradley added the LPGA Championship to the du Maurier Classics she won in 1980 and 1985, the U.S. Open title in 1981 and the Nabisco Dinah Shore she won last April 6. Not only is she the first woman to win all four of these major titles, she is also in position to win the grand slam in a single year since she has won the first two of 1986. The U.S. Open and the du Maurier will be played in July.

coming around." On the court, Sampson was drinking in plenty of that sweet emotion. But afterward, his reaction was typically understated. "I was just moving the ball around more," he said from somewhere behind a wall of bodies, notebooks and microphones. "I didn't stay stationary; I didn't let them beat up on me as much." Someone suggested that Sampson had fought much harder in this game, that he'd been much more aggressive. "Not really," Sampson said.

"I played the same way in the first two games." How much satisfaction did Sampson take from his performance? "None. It was a team effort. When we win the fourth game, and if I do everything right get a lot of rebounds, don't miss a shot, don't make any turnovers then I'll be satisfied. Until then As for the team's performance: "We never could get in high gear. We couldn't get in the gear we normally are at home.

We got the rebounds, but we didn't run the way we normally do." Sampson, at least, found one nice thing to say about Sunday's game. "Houston fans are the best," he said. "The city is the best." A message early Sunday evening from the Rockets to their fans: Cheers. Sampson made 9 of his 14 shots from the field, scored 24 points and led both teams with 22 rebounds. After scoring only 20 points in the first two games (including 2 in the series opener), Sampson was magically transformed into a tower of power.

"I just tried to come out and get in the game a little bit," Sampson said. "I tried to take control of the game a little bit early, push the ball up, get the fast break going and create some easy baskets." Sampson was still far from perfect Sunday. He still displayed a strange affinity for the 15-foot jump shot, and his four turnovers tied for the team high. But let's not get picky. For most of the game, Sampson was muscling the ball inside, fighting for position under the boards, trading shoves with McHale and Robert Parish in short, doing all the things you'd expect of a 7-foot-4 former No.

1 draft choice. "You probably saw what the world will see more of as he comes of age," Houston coach Bill Fitch said of Sampson. "He got the inside game going today and really mixed it up. He did a good job throughout the game defensively, especially on the boards in the power forward position. "I think if he continues to rebound out of that spot, you'll see our running game slowly HOUSTON The dancing maniac with the bright red pants and the bright red tie was there.

So was the guy wearing a "Belt the Celts" T-shirt, adorned with a yellow-feathered Larry Bird caricature stuffed inside a rim. Even the smartly dressed season-ticket holders in the court-side seats carried their "Beat Boston" placards and stood up for the fourth-quarter wave. Their cheers before the game helped drown out a bouncy rock number on the P.A. system. The song is called "Sweet Emotion." Emotion apparently was the missing ingredient for the Houston Rockets, who for two games of the NBA finals rarely resembled the team that knocked the crown off the Los Angeles Lakers.

Emotion was what those 16,016 zanies in the sold-out Summit provided on Sunday, enough emotion to carry the left-for-dead Rockets to a 106-104 Game Three victory and give a whole new look to this suddenly exciting series. "That's what we need," Houston center Akeem Olajuwon said in the clipped English of his native Nigeria. "We were down by eight or 10 points, but they were still cheering. They pulled us back into the game." Olajuwon was being a little modest. The crowd, so raucous in the first half, had grown pensive late in the fourth quarter.

A Kevin McHale tip-in had given Boston a 102-94 lead with 3:19 to play, and the Rockets were face-to-face with a disastrous 3-0 deficit. But the building again came to life moments later. Olajuwon jump-started Houston hearts by scoring off a strong inside move, drawing a foul from McHale and sinking the ensuing free throw to complete a three-point play. Teammate Ralph Sampson stole the ball on Boston's next trip, and he later brought the Rockets within three on a rebound and on-target hook shot. As the Summit shook, the day's two comeback stories continued.

The Rockets, as many as 11 points behind in the third quarter, scored 12 of the game's last 14 points to run their playoff home record to 8-0. And Sampson, the first-game goat up in Boston, helped ice the 'victory by tipping a center-court jump ball to fellow "Twin Tower" Olajuwon with 7 seconds to play. Mo Bo grabs share of local attention lift 1 1 By MARC TOPKIN St. Ptefburg Tlmi Staff Writer Top state prospects Name Scott Hemond Gary Sheffield Luis Alicea Rick Raether Pos. School South Florida SS Hillsborough High 2B Florida State Miami The battle for Bo continues today.

Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, already selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the National Football League draft and the Birmingham Stallions in the United States Football League territorial draft, is expected to be a high-priority choice in the major-league Mike Loynd Florida State 1 A --A 1 Top national prospects RBI for the Bulls. Hemond has worked out for Pittsburgh, which has the first pick, but Baseball America reported he may end up with Texas, which picks fourth. Sheffield should be the first high school player taken, according to the publication, and could even be the first choice overall. The 6-foot, 190-pounder hit .500 (31-for-62) with 14 home runs and 30 RBI in 24 games. And he has good blood lines: His uncle is New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden.

Other state players expected to draw considerable interest are: Florida State second baseman Luis Alicea (.400, 22 doubles, 70 RBI, 89 runs), Miami relief pitcher Rick Raether (9-2, 15 saves in 37 appearances) and FSU pitcher Mike Loynd (20-1, 213 strikeouts in 154Vj innings). The selection of Jackson will be most interesting for football fans. The Bucs are counting on the 6-foot-l, 222-pounder to step into a revamped two-back offense and carry the ball and much of the load on the road back to success. Baseball officials similarly drool over Jackson, 23, but they say he needs about a year or so of seasoning in the minor leagues. Jackson, baseball draft.

Baseball insiders say Jackson has the talent of a first-round pick, but the possibility that he will play football and the quality of other players available will keep some teams from gambling on him early in the draft. Pos. School 3B Arkansas Texas SS UNLV Georgia Tech Nacodoches HS, Texas SS Whiteville HS, N.C. Dublin HS, Ohio Hanford HS. Calif.

Name Jeff King Greg Swindell Matt Williams Kevin Brown Daryl Green Patrick Lennon Kent Mercker Ryan Bowen Greg McMurtry Derek Parks Two players expect BO JACKSON ed to go early are Uni OF Brockton HS, Mass. Montclair HS, Calif. versity of South Florida catcher Scott Hemond and Hillsborough High shortstop Gary Sheffield. Hemond, of Dunedin, is considered the best catcher available. He has a strong arm and can hit with power.

The 6-foot, 205-pound junior batted .337 with 9 home runs and 55 According to Baseball America. Si Petersburg Vw TONY LOPEZ Dunedin's Scott Hemond is considered best catcher available. Please see DRAFT 6-C.

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