The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 1, 1997 · Page 21
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THURSDAY MAY 1,1997 THE SALINA JOURNAL SCOREBOARD/ D2 BASEBALL / D3 AUTO RACING / D4 D Out of reach KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Cloud County center fielder Travis Buell just misses coming up with a diving catch on a sinking line drive off the bat of Brown Mackie's Jerry Kelly in the fourth inning of Wednesday's second game at Evans Stadium. Kelly was held to a single. For results see Page D3. T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Blue Jays stop Royals By BOB DUTTON The Kansas Citv SMr KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Beantown must refer to the baked brains in Boston. To general manager Dan Duquette and anyone else who believed Roger Clemens was washed up. As May dawns, Clemens is unbeaten in four decisions for his new team, the Toronto Blue Jays, after allowing just three hits over eight innings Wednesday night in a 1-0 victory AL Royals 0 Blue Jays 1 over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. "He was popping pretty good, but he's been pretty good for a long time," said Royals catcher Mike Macfarlane, who played with Clemens two years ago in Boston. Thing is, Clemens needed to be magnificent because Kevin Appier nearly matched him pitch for pitch in a pitching matchup that lived up to all expectations. The only difference was one pitch in the second inning, a one- out, 1-0 offering from Appier that Carlos Delgado deposited deep into the right-field bullpen for the game's only run. "I think he's the toughest right- handed pitcher I've ever faced — him and (David) Cone," Delgado said. "So, personally, I was very T PRO BASKETBALL Bulls finish off Bullets with late surge Chicago advances to second round after rallying from nine down By DAVID GINSBURG The Associated Press LANDOVER, Md. — The Chicago Bulls used their playoff experience and a generous helping of luck to cap yet another first-round sweep. Michael Jordan, held in check for most of the game, brought the Bulls back from a nine-point deficit in the closing minutes before Scottie Pippen hit a driving •dunk with 7.4 seconds left ^Wednesday night for a 96-95 win and a 3-0 victory over the Washington Bullets. Chicago's sixth first-round sweep in the last seven years puts the Bulls in the second round for a 10th consecutive season. Chicago will face the winner of the Detroit-Atlanta series. It was Washington's first home playoff game since 1988, and it turned out to be the team's final game as the Bullets. Washington moves to a new arena next season and will be called the Wizards. "They pushed us to the limit. Without the education and maturity we got from past playoffs — to finish the ballgame in the fourth quarter — it could have been a different outcome," Jor- Wedmaday's Scores Chicago 96, Washington 95 LA. Lakers at Portland (late) Tonight's Games Miami at Orlando, 7 p.m; Seattle at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m. dan said. "The thing they lack the most is playoff experience against a veteran basketball team, and I think that's something they gained this series." The game-winning basket came after the ball slipped out of Jordan's hands and flew right into Pippen's while his defender, Juwan Howard, was caught looking in another direction. Pippen drove to the basket and jammed the ball as he was being fouled by Harvey Grant. "We executed the play to perfection," Pippen said in jest. "It hung in the air for a while, and when I got it I just took it to the baseline." Howard cursed the Bullets' luck. "He loses the ball and Pippen grabs it. Things just seem to happen to us," he said. "I'm speechless." Chicago rallied from a 90-81 deficit to take a 94-93 lead on a jumper by Jordan with 1:12 left. Neither team scored again until Howard was fouled chasing a rebound, and his two foul shots put Washington up 95-94 with 22.1 seconds to go. Pippen then made his shot but missed the free throw. The Bullets, out of timeouts, ran upcourt and got the ball to Calbert Cheaney, who fired up an airball from 20 feet as time expired. "We had the opportunity. We were in a position to win, and that's what you ask for in this situation," Bullets coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We lost to a very good basketball team." Moving time again for Brown; Carr resigns ByKENKUSMER The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS—Larry Brown is on the road again. He quit as coach of the Indianapolis Pacers on Wednesday and immediately flew to Philadelphia to search for the next stop in his 25-year coaching odyssey. Expressing frustration with players he felt he no longer could teach and direct, Brown resigned with two years remaining on his contract. His four years in Indianapolis were the longest of his five stints coaching NBA teams. This season the Pacers finished with a 39-43 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1989. "I'm leaving because I think it's time to move on," Brown said. "This year was really disappointing. I didn't accomplish what I was hired to do." Brown's decision to leave the Pacers came on the same day M.L. Carr resigned as coach of the Boston Celtics. BROWN "Sometimes being a coach is like being a second lieutenant in a combat zone," Brown said. "Eventually you're going to be shot." He traveled to Philadelphia to talk to the 76ers about their vacant coaching position. His name also has been linked to openings at Boston and Golden State. "I'm not ready to make a decision about where I'm going," he said. "I don't have a job in place." Pacers president Donnie Walsh said he had talked to former Celtics great and Indiana basketball legend Larry Bird about the Pacers job, but said those discussions were preliminary. He said he did not begin compiling a list of potential coaches until after meeting with Brown on Wednesday. Walsh downplayed the significance of a meeting last weekend with Bird at an Indianapolis restaurant. Walsh attributed the timing to their schedules. "He's the only person that I've talked to to gauge interest," Walsh said. Brown praised his Pacers players Wednesday, but also said he was disappointed the veterans didn't play to their abilities or the way he asked. No players attended his news conference. By HOWARD ULMAN The Associated Press BOSTON — Saying his "mission has been accomplished," M.L. Carr joked and laughed Wednesday as he resigned as coach after the worst season in Boston Celtics history. He will stay on as director of basketball operations, a post he's held for three seasons, and said he would be involved in the search for a "career coach" to replace him on the bench. He avoided most questions — including potential successors, Larry Bird's uncertain future in the organization, and a timetable for naming a new coach. But Carr was clear on at least one thing. "I have no interest in being a career coach," he said in a conference call. "This is the right time. This is consistent with the plan we had from day one." He said he succeeded Chris Ford as coach two seasons ago to guide the team through rough times before turning it over to a long-term coach. That might be Rick Pitino. Although he repeatedly has said he wants to stay as coach of Kentucky, the Boston Globe on Wednesday quoted an unidentified source as saying there was a "95 percent chance" that Pitino would land in Boston. Carr refused to say if Pitino is even a candidate or to comment on Larry Brown, another potential successor who resigned Wednesday as coach of the Indiana Pacers. The Celtics' 16 championships are an NBA record, but they were just 48-116 under Carr and missed the playoffs both seasons. But Carr's unshakeable optimism virtually eliminated locker room dissension and put the focus for the miserable season on him rather than his players. Injuries and his coaching inexperience — he had never coached at any level before — contributed to a 15-67 record. While he shied away from questions on Brown and Pitino, he said other potential candidates included Kansas coach Roy Williams and Celtics assistant coach Dennis Johnson. happy to get a good hit off him." The Royals helped Clemens by blowing their two best scoring chances through base-running blunders. And Clemens didn't need much help. He struck out seven and walked two in improving his career record against the Royals to 16-7. "I was just making good pitches, staying aggressive and trying to get outs," Clemens said. Once Clemens exited, the R6y- als did mount a threat in tfte ninth against the Jays' bullptsfr. Dan Plesac opened the inningl^y walking Tom Goodwin and then immediately gave way to Paul Quantrill, the loser Tuesday.,in the Royals' 6-5 victory, when Chili Davis homered in the 10th', Jay Bell sacrificed Goodwin -Jo second, but the chance crumbled when Goodwin tried to steal third and was gunned down by Torojffo catcher Benito Santiago. •» When Jeff King kept the inning going by legging out a single-'to deep short, it brought Davis to the plate for a chance at a second jgo against Quantrill. It was a rematch that Toronto manager Clto Gaston declined. ^ Gaston called on Paul Spoljar^c, a lefty, and that turned the switch- hitting Davis into a right-handed batter. The strategy worked. Spol- jaric ended the game by getting Davis on a called third strike. T BIG 12 FOOTBALL Players to watch foil in the fall n By DAVE SUTLER : The Daily Oklahoman Dan Alexander, Ben Kelly, Mike Hansen, Ricardo Rhodes, Chfis Smith, Nikia Codie, Zac Wegrilir, Stephen Young, Clint Robertson and Michael Bishop. Never heard of them? Chanees are you will, especially if you follow Big 12 Conference football. As spring practices wind down, some little-known players hajye emerged as names to watch in 19g7. Oklahoma and Oklahoma Stfij{e were not previewed. ->; *J Kansas Rookie coach Terry Allen came out of spring drills uncertain about the quarterback position. Allejn made 13 position changes after arriving from Northern Iowa, so that could bode well for Zac Wegner. J Senior Matt Johner started eigtit games at QB last season. But All^n might continue to shake things up and go with Wegner, the 6-2, 220- pounder who appears a better fit for Allen's pass-oriented attack. Junior college transfer Akili Robe):son also remains in the picture. Kansas State Thanks to coach Bill Snyder, mystery always surrounds the 11- State program. But more so this spring, because eight of the 12 j i- nior college transfers signed la it winter won't report until fall cam j. That includes quarterback Michael Bishop, who direct* d Blinn Junior College to consecli- tive national titles. Bishop wpl battle redshirt freshman Adajn Helm and sophomore Jonathan Beasley. KSU won't concluqe spring drills until Saturday. See BIG 12, Page 03 T HORSE RACING Kentucky Derby is Pulpit's platform to make history Favorite tries to become first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win after not racing as a 2-year-old By ED SCHUYLER JR. The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Pulpit is on the spot in the Kentucky Derby, and that's OK with trainer Frank Brothers. "I like this spot, I really do," Brothers said Wednesday. "I realize we have 115 years of history to beat, but he looks excellent. He couldn't be doing any better, but there's a reason for that statistic." There has been only one Derby winner who did not race as a 2-year-old — Apollo in 1882 — and Pulpit was made the 2-1 early favorite after drawing the No. 7 post. He also could become the first betting favorite to win the VA- mile Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs since Speptac- ular Bid in 1979. Pulpit, a bay colt bred and owned by Claiborne Farm, sustained a stress fracture last year. "For a young horse to take the kind of pressure he has, sometimes they just fall apart on you physically and mentally," Brothers said. "But he hasn't done that." Captain Bodgit, the only horse to beat Pulpit in his five starts, was the early 5-2 second choice. "I think we'll be the favorite at post time," said Barry Irwin, who, with Jeff Siegel, is the managing partner of a 32-member syndicate that owns the colt. Post positions for 13 3-year:olds were drawn Wednesday. It is the smallest Derby field since Spend a Buck beat 12 rivals in 1985. The field was boosted to 13 when D. Wayne Lukas decided to enter Deeds Not Words, winner of one of four career starts. It had appeared the trainer would not have a Derby starter for the first time since 1980. He won the race with the filly Winning Colors in 1988, with Thunder Gulch in 1995 and with Grindstone last year. "Whatever you do, please, I'm not running the horse just to have a horse in the Derby," Lukas said at a news conference Wednesday morning. Deeds Not Words was 50-1. Other contenders included Concerto, winner of five straight races; Crypto Star and Phantom On Tour, 1-2 in the Arkansas Derby; and Free House, Silver Charm and Hello, 1-2-3 in the San- ta Anita Derby. Silver Charm was the third choice at 5-1. Others entered were Jack Flash and Shammy Davis, trained by Nick Zito, who won the race in 1991 with Strike the Gold and in 1994 with Go for Gin; Celtic Warrior; and Crimson Classic. Jack Flash and Shammy Davis will be coupled in the betting. "It's wonderful," Brothers said, referring to the small field. "It's the way it should be. ... Twenty-horse fields are crazy. Many times the best horse don't get there (to the winner's circle)." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (9131023-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjnews®8aliournal.com i *

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