The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 1, 1997 · Page 23
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1997 D3 T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Benes, McGee spark Cards, 6-2 By The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Alan Benes struck out nine in 6% innings and Willie McGee had a two-run double in a five-run fifth inning as St. Louis ended Florida's five-game winning streak with a 6-2 victory on Wednesday night. The Cardinals won their fourth in a row, making them 11-6 since an 0-6 start, and extended the Marlins' road misery. Florida is 12-2 at home, but 3-8 on the road. Benes (3-2) gave up eight hits and two runs before leaving in the seventh. Braves 12, Reds 3 CINCINNATI — Fred McGriff homered twice and Michael Tucker had five hits Wednesday night as the Atlanta Braves completed the first 19-win April in major- league history. The defending NL champions are off to the best start in franchise history at 19-6. Tucker hit a three- run homer and drove in five runs. Dodgers 7, Phillies 5 PHILADELPHIA — Todd Zeile, T T HORSE RACING Greg Gagne and Mike Piazza each drove in two runs, leading Hideo Nomo and the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Phillies. Nomo (3-2) allowed six hits in 6 % innings. He struck out eight and walked three. Giants 6, Pirates 1 PITTSBURGH — Jeff Kent hit a grand slam to support Mark Gardner's three-hit pitching and the San Francisco Giants continued their best start in 24 years. The surprising Giants, coming off consecutive losses for the first time this season, finished 17-7 in April — their best opening-month record since they were 18-6 in 1973. Expos 8, Astros 6 MONTREAL — David Segui homered and drove in four runs, and Mark Grudzielanek had four singles to extend his hitting streak to 15 games as Montreal rallied to beat Houston. Mets 6, Padres 2 NEW YORK — The San Diego Padres lost their eighth straight game, falling to the New York Mets when Carlos Baerga scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly to the second baseman. Rockies 11, Cubs 5 DENVER — Larry Walker tied an NL record with his llth home run in April and Andres Galarraga hit his eighth career grand slam, sending the Colorado Rock- ies past the Chicago Cubs. Vinny Castilla also homered for the Rockies. A's 11, Indians 9,10 Innings CLEVELAND — Mark McGwire hit two tape-measure home runs — the first ever off the Jacobs Field Scoreboard and a tiebreaking shot in the 10th — as the Oakland Athletics beat Cleveland. McGwire followed a mammoth 485-foot blast in the third with a 459-foot shot to straightaway center off Jose Mesa in the 10th, breaking a 7-7 tie. The A's went on to score four runs in the inning, and they needed them all because Cleveland rallied again. Tigers 8, Brewers 4 DETROIT — Melvin Nieves' three-run double highlighted a four-run third inning as the Detroit Tigers beat the Brewers, snapping Milwaukee's four-game winning streak. Yankees 3, Mariners 2 NEW YORK — Joe Torre got his 1,000th victory as a major league manager while Dennis Martinez lost his 12th straight decision as the New York Yankees beat Seattle. Orioles 12, Twins 3 MINNEAPOLIS — B.J. Surhoff and Pete Incaviglia homered on consecutive pitches and the Baltimore Orioles sent Minnesota to its seventh straight loss. Rangers 6, White Sox 2 CHICAGO — Mike Simms hit a first-inning grand slam and Benji Gil added a two-run shot in the sixth as the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox in a rain- shortened game. Red Sox 11, Angels 2 BOSTON — Nomar Garciaparra homered, doubled twice and scored four runs as the Boston Red Sox spoiled rookie Jason Dickson's unbeaten season. Lukas has starter in Derby after all V COLLEGE GOLF: KCAC MEET Deeds Not Words will extend trainer's record of Derby starters to 32 By MICHAEL POINTER Scripps Howard News Service LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Less than 24 hours after saying "I'm out," trainer D. Wayne Lukas is in the Kentucky Derby. It was done in typical Lukas fashion. Bold, daring and dramatic, it dominated the day's news at Churchill Downs. But it also left some observers wondering if he had begged and groveled his way into Saturday's race. Lukas announced Wednesday that Deeds Not Words will run in V BOXING the Derby, meaning he will have saddled at least one Derby horse every year since 1981. It also extends his record of Derby starters to 32. He's doing it with a horse that hardly looks like Derby quality and contradicts early statements by Lukas himself. Deeds Not Words has just one victory — a six- furlong maiden special at Del Mar on Aug. 10 of last year — in four career starts. He finished a distant third in his last effort, 11% lengths off the lead in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 20. "Just to lead Deeds Not Words over there to say we were in it for the 17th straight time, I have no feel for that," Lukas told The Courier-Journal of Louisville on April 21. "I don't want to just go over there. I've had that experience." It also came one day after Lukas failed to convince Dick Mulhall, the manager of racing operations for Sharp Cat owner Prince Ahmed Salman, to run the prized filly in the Derby. Lukas instead will saddle her for Friday's Kentucky Oaks. But later Tuesday, the owners of Deeds Not Words gave Lukas to go- ahead to enter the colt hi the Derby. "We're rolling the dice, but please, we're not running this horse just to have a horse in the Derby," he said. "I've won a lot of important races running horses that didn't belong there. I don't think we have to apologize for running him." Lukas admits that Deeds Not Words is a longshot, but said he likes his chances better than 17 or 18 other horses he's entered, which he thought had no chance but ran because the owners insisted on it. If Deeds Not Words wins or even runs well, Lukas' genius will be reaffirmed and he'll have a potent answer to silence his critics. If he's a dud, it will look like a pitiful attempt to extend his streak. On Wednesday, that possibility didn't seem to bother Lukas in the least. "Realistically, it's a hell of a job," he said to a group of skeptical reporters. "But if we do it, I want you all here on Sunday morning." Lukas said he's more upbeat about Deeds Not Words chances because he's training well over the Churchill track. There's a chance for rain on ^Saturday, and Lukas said he thinks Deeds Not Words will run better on an off track. Plus, he noted that Deeds Not Words beat Silver Charm for his first victory. Silver Charm is expected to be one of the top contenders in Saturday's Derby. Bowe calls it quits inside ring at 29 Former heavyweight champion intends to stay involved with sport By PETE COATES New York Times News Service NEW YORK — Former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe said he retired from boxing. Bowe, 29, said he is leaving the sport to become a spokesman for cable television network HBO's community service program "Reaching Beyond the Ring," which is aimed at young people. "Although my time inside the ring has come to an end, it.'s just the start of an exciting and important career for me," Bowe said in a statement. His retirement comes just over two months after Bowe gave up on his attempt to become a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. His short-lived career in the military followed two controversial wins in the BOWE ring, in which Andrew Golota was disqualified for hits below the belt. Golota was ahead in points in both bouts and could have defeated Bowe if he wasn't disqualified. When Bowe joined the Marines in February, he said his less-than- impressive showings against Golota had no influence on his decision. The Brooklyn, New York, native turned professional in 1989 after winning a silver medal in the 1988 Olympic Games as a super heavyweight. He won the unified heavyweight title with a 12-round decision over Evander Holyfield on Nov. 13,1992 in Las Vegas. He successfully defended the title three months later with a first-round knockout of Michael Dokes in New York. He gave up the WBC crown soon after when he threw the belt in a garbage can during a press conference after a dispute with the organization. Bowe then lost the WBA and IBF crowns on Nov. 6, 1993 when he lost a decision to Holyfield in a rematch. Bowe ends his career with a professional record of 40-1 with 32 knockouts. Big 12 / Huskers' Alexander shines in spring FROM PAGE D1 Of the late-arriving transfers, Snyder said, "All those youngsters will have to earn their way." Nebraska Only at Nebraska will 42,000 fans show up for the spring game, arid every one of them knows the statistics of a fourth-string, red- shirt freshman fullback — Dan Alexander. Alexander is bound to open fall camp much higher on the depth chart after an outstanding spring prompted Cornhusker all-league cornerback Ralph Brown to say that tackling the 6- foot-1, 250-pounder, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds, is like taking on a "diesel truck." Coach Tom Osborne could move Alexander to I-back to back up Ahman Green if standout DeAngelo Evans doesn't recover from a groin injury that sidelined him all spring arid has Osborne concerned. Quarterback Scott Frost thinks he's finally stepped out of ex-Husker Tommie Frazier's shadow. Wrong, Scott, that won't happen until you win a national championship ... Frazier won two. Colorado It was a spring of sorrow in Boulder. Linebacker Tyronee "Tiger" Bussey, 20, lost his battle with leukemia on Jan. 3. On April 10, running backs coach Ben Gregory, 50, died of a heart attack. The Buffs had rallied around Bussey for more than a year in his valiant fight to whip cancer, and they revered Gregory. Ben Kelly, a redshirt freshman cornerback, produced a few smiles in the spring game when he returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, and had a 37-yard interception return. Senior quarterback John Hessler beat out sophomore Jeremy Weisinger to replace Koy Detmer. Iowa State Coach Dan McCarney has vowed that a defense that has been woeful the past two seasons will show improvement when the Cyclones open the season Aug. 30 against OSU. Mike Hansen, a 6-2, 270-pound tackle, intends to prove his coach right. McCarney allowed Hansen to return after he quit the team seven months ago because of personal problems, and the ISU junior responded with an outstanding spring. Tailback Troy Davis left early for the NFL, and his spot was filled by his younger brother, Darren Davis. Todd Bandhauer won the quarterback job, and McCarney plans to take advantage of the junior's strong arm by opening up the passing game. Missouri Ricardo Rhodes defeated the NCAA over an academic question that forced him to miss last season. His teammates hope the 5-7, 185-pounder, a former Missouri prep player of the year, can help produce some victories on the field. Rhodes started the spring fast, but was bothered late by fumble problems. Redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Douglass, the son of former Kansas and Chicago Bears' QB Bobby Douglass, had an excellent spring. But Corby Jones remains a solid No. 1 at quarter back. Another redshirt freshman to remember is free safety Julian Jones, who had an interception, a forced fumble and six tackles in the spring game. "He's a big-time player," Smith said. Texas The eyes of Texas coach John Mackovic were on Chris Smith this spring as the 6-6, 240-pound redshirt sophomore moved from tight end to defensive end. Mackovic needs Smith to adapt quickly as the Longhorns switch from a 34 defensive alignment to a 4-3 set. Although UT won the Big 12 title last season, Mackovic was upset with a defensive unit that allowed 203 rushing yards per game. Ricky Williams' move from fullback to tailback was so successful that UT plans to push the 6-foot, 220-pound junior as a Heisman Trophy candidate. Baylor New coach Dave Roberts intends to throw the ball... a lot. "I like wide-open, here-we-go football," Roberts said. That could be good news for 6-3, 196-pound wide receiver Nikia Codie, who made his third position move this spring. A free safety who switched to strong safety last season, Codie has receiver- like skills, a 4.41 time in the 40- yard dash and a 37-inch vertical jump. Senior Jeff Watson re gained the starting quarter back job he lost last season to junior Jermaine Alfred. Redshirt freshman quarter back Odell James, a blue- chip recruit two years ago, continues to battle knee problems. Texas A&M Stephen Young, a 6-1, 275-pound redshirt freshman tackle, is Bethany rallies to repeat as champs Swedes erase deficit over final nine holes to edge Southwestern By The Journal Staff HESSTON — Bethany came roaring back from a big deficit Wednesday to win its third consecutive Kansas Conference golf championship. The Swedes trailed Southwestern by approximately 15 strokes with nine holes to go at the Hesston Municipal course, and ended up winning the conference title by six shots (942-948). "We played poor for the first 45 holes and then played absolutely great the last nine holes," Bethany coach Jon Daniels said. "It was almost too little too late because it was a lot of strokes (to make up)," he added, "but they were able to get it done." "They really earned it today, coming back like that," Kansas Wesleyan golf coach Jim Crawford said. "It's hard to pick up that many strokes in 18 or 27 holes, let alone nine." Southwestern had the top two medalists — with Terry Peterson defeating Jay Wyckoff in a one-hole playoff — but Bethany had five of the next six best scores to claim the championship. The victory qualified the Swedes for the NAIA National Championships May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. Peterson also qualifies as the medalist with an 11-over-par 234 for 54 holes. Wesleyan finished third in the team race with a 983 score. KWU's Jason Ortman was the No. 10 medalist with a 243. "I was really proud of the way they came in like that," Crawford said. "It was really cold and windy, and we lost only seven strokes (from Tuesday's first round)." Complete results appear in today's Scoreboard, Page D2. BRIEFLY among seven newcomers coach R.C. Slocum intends to test early as the Aggies attempt to rebuild their defensive line. Perhaps the best news this springs was that the NCAA awarded quarterback Branndon Stewart an extra year of eligibility that was taken away when he transferred from Tennessee. But Stewart, who will be a junior this season instead of senior, struggled a year ago when he tossed nine touchdown passes and seven interceptions. Texas Tech The Red Raiders hope Clint Robertson gets a chance to make a name for himself. A 6-foot, 179-pound sophomore who was the No. 1 candidate to replace Byron Hanspard at tailback, Robertson suffered a knee injury in the spring game. Doctors said Robertson could miss four to eight months as he rehabilitates the knee. If Robertson doesn't return, Tech will need senior quarterback Zebbie Lethridge to continue the improvement he demonstrated throwing the ball this spring. Five seniors named KU football captains LAWRENCE — Kansas football coach Terry Allen announced five seniors would serve as team captains for the 1997 season. The captains will be defensive back Tony Blevins of Kansas City, Mo.; linebacker Jason Thoren of Lawrence;, running back Eric Vann of El Dorado; quarterback Matt Johner of Costa Mesa, Calif.; and outside linebacker Ron Warner of Independence. The selections were made by a team vote, Allen said Wednesday. FHSU women sign Chapman's Albers HAYS — Fort Hays State women's basketball coach Tom Mahon has signed Chapman standout Kami Albers to a letter of intent. Albers, a 6-foot-2 center, averaged 12.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game and shot 55 percent from the floor for the Irish this past season. She finished her prep career with 1,060 points and 741 rebounds ranking third in both categories at Chapman. "At 6-foot-2, Kami gives us good size for a post player," Mahon said of Albers, a third-team All- Area Top 5 selection this past season by the Salina Journal. "Hopefully she will add depth to our inside game and enhance defensive matchups against tall opponents. We are extremely excited to have Kami join our program." Washburn lands state's top scorer Steinbrock TOPEKA — Clifton-Clyde's Justin Steinbrock has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Washburn. Steinbrock was the state's leading scorer last season at 28.0 points per game while shooting 50.4 percent from the floor and 78.9 percent from the line. The 5- foot-10 guard also averaged 5.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 steals in leading the Eagles to the Class 2A state tournament. Steinbrock could play either point guard or shooting guard for the Ichabods. "We're looking at Justin to maybe fill that role that (guard) Jordan Canfieid did so well for uB the last four seasons," Washburn coach Bob Chipman said. "He can shoot the ball extremely well and can find his teammates with a scoring pass." Cloud County baseball sweeps Brown Mackie Cloud County pitching allowed Brown Mackie just two runs in 12 innings Wednesday afternoon as the Thunderbirds swept a junior college baseball doubleheader at Dean Evans Stadium. The T-Birds used an 11-run sec : ond-inning to cruise to a 13-0 victory in the opener and used a strong pitching performance from Salinan Brett Power to earn a 7-2 win in the nightcap. Brown Mackie (5-33) was its own worst enemy with just nine ; hits and eight errors in the two games. All five of Brown Mackie's errors in the first game came in the second inning as Cloud County added seven hits in the frame. In the second game, Power shut down the Lions after BMC had scored single runs in the first and second innings. Power played at Sacred Heart High School last year. Brown Mackie will play host to Pratt in a 3 p.m. twinbill today at Evans Stadium. From Staff and Wire Reports BILLS BILLS BILLS CONSOLIDATE $10, $110/mo. 3.OOO to S50.OOO - $55O/mo. 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