The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 12, 1997 · Page 9
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MONDAY MAY 12, 1997 THE SALINA JOURNAL SCOREBOARD / B2 BASEBALL/B3 CLASSIFIED / B4 B T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Yankees sink KG behind Wells Left-hander contains Royals, gets support from Williams' homer By TOM WITHERS The Associated Press NEW YORK outfield wall warmed up undistracted while Yankee Stadium was once — Beyond the David Wells AL Royals 2 Yankees 3 The Associated Press Royals second baseman Jose Offerman throws to first base after forcing out Yankees basemnner Tim Raines. again filled with the sights and sounds of 1996. And although he wasn't with the New York Yankees for their ride to the 1996 title, Wells showed why the club could be headed for another special October. Wells allowed just five hits in 8 'A innings Sunday to lead the New York Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. Bernie Williams went 3-for-4 with his sixth homer as the Yankees won for the 16th time in 21 games. During a pregame ceremony, kicked off by a video replay of last year's World Series highlights, the Yankees finally received their championship rings for beating the Atlanta Braves. "Today's their day," Wells said of his teammates. "It was nice to see their smiling faces when I finally got to the dugout." Wells (4-1) carried a two-hit shutout into the eighth before giving up two hits, an RBI groundout to Craig Paquette and a run-scoring single to pinch-hitter Joe Vitiello. But Wells ended the inning by striking out Jose Offerman, who had the Royals' first two hits off the game. Wells retired Tum Goodwin for the first out of the ninth before he was replaced by Mariano Rivera, who got two outs for his 13th save, and fourth in the Yankees' last four wins. Wells walked one and struck out six. When New York manager Joe Torre came out to the mound in the ninth, he had a hard time convincing Wells that his day was done. "He's beautiful," Torre said. "He gave me the pursed lips, and I gave them back to him. I had to grab his arm to get the ball away from him." Wells gave the Yankees his second straight solid performance of '97. The left-hander dominated Kansas City's lineup over the first six innings, facing the minimum 18 batters, before Offerman singled to open the seventh. It was also an emotional day for Wells, whose mother passed away last January. He has a tattoo of her and when asked if it was tough pitching on Mother's Day, the burly lefty's voice cracked and his eyes filled with tears. "She's in my heart everyday," T PRO BASKETBALL Rockets outlast Sonics in overtime Rookie Maloney's 8th 3-point basket puts Houston ahead to stay By JIM COUR The Associated Press Senics S EATTLE — Unless they stumble in Houston, the Rockets are done playing in Seattle. The Rockets put themselves in position to wrap up their Western Conference semifinal series at home with a 110-106 overtime victory over the SuperSonics on Sunday that gave them a 3-1 lead. "We're looking forward to closing them out at home," Houston's Clyde Drexler said. 110 "We need to -LlM. go home and IQg take care of business," Charles Barkley of the Rockets said. The Rockets didn't win the game in regulation because Barkley missed two free throws with 11 seconds left. In overtime, rookie Matt Maloney put them ahead in the final minute with his eighth 3-pointer of the game, one shy of the NBA playoff record set by Rex Chapman of Phoenix against the Sonics in the first round this year. Maloney, equalling his career playoff-high with 26 points, broke the Sonics' backs with his 3-pointer with 37 seconds left in overtime that gave Houston a 108-106 lead. "I've been really satisfied with the way I've been able to knock it down," said the 25-year-old Maloney, who is 30-for-57 (53 percent) from behind the arc in playoff series against Seattle and Minnesota after making 154 3-pointers during the regular season. The Rockets can wrap up the The Associated Press Houston Rockets rookie Matt Maloney looks to pass as Seattle SuperSonics' Hersey Hawkins (behind) defends during the second quarter of Sunday's Western Conference semifinal. The Rockets prevailed in overtime to take a 3-1 series lead. series with a win in Game 5 in Houston on Tuesday night. History says the Houston-Seattle series is probably over. Only five clubs have come back from 3-1 deficits. The Rockets were the last team to do that, rallying from that disadvantage to beat Phoenix two years ago. "We've been there before and come back," Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon said. "So we know it's not over yet." "We just have to come out and play like the series is tied up and win the game Tuesday," said Gary Payton, who led Seattle on Sunday with 27 points and 11 assists. "Game 5 is simple," Seattle coach George Karl said. "It's pride, it's heart. If we play with tremendous intensity, we'll have an opportunity to win." Bulls withstand Hawks' late charge Pippen, Jordan shine as Chicago rolls early, holds on down stretch By PAUL NEWBERRY The Associated Press ATLANTA — For three quarters, it was Scottie Pippen's show. He stepped outside to hit 3- pointers. He drove the lane for dunks. He dished out wondrous passes. He shut down Atlanta's top scorer. The fourth quarter, though, belonged to Michael Jordan. Carrying the Bulls almost single-handedly when they seemed on the verge of blowing a huge lead, Jordan scored 10 of his 27 , points in the final 12 minutes Sunday and Chicago held off the Hawks for an 89-80 victory and a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. "Scottie set the tone," Jordan said. "I like to finish it up." This was the Jordan of old — not the Jordan who was starting to look old earlier in the series. He floated through the air on a couple of improbable shots that brought a wide grin to the face of His Airness, as if he's still amazed at himself after all these years. "Atlanta made a run for it in the fourth quarter, but we were Ewing's block seals Knicks' Game 3 win just able to hold them off," Jordan said. "I wanted to conserve my energy to have something left for the final minutes." Pippen scored 26 points and played a superb all-around game as the Bulls took command of the series with victories against one of the league's best home teams. Chicago can wrap it up when the series return s to the United Center on Tuesday for Game 5. "Our mission coming in here was to get both wins," Jordan said. "And in the midst of that, we found ourselves a little bit in the playoffs. We're playing better basketball, although we didn't finish the way we wanted to." Trailing by as many as 24 points in the second half, the Hawks made a serious run at the Bulls in the fourth quarter. A16-2 spurt brought Atlanta within 8380 in the final minute, but Jordan hit two free throws, Ron Harper made two more and Jordan closed it with a steal and dunk. "We didn't quit in the fourth quarter," said Hawk Dikembe Mu- tombo, who accused his teammates of doing just that in a 100-80 loss in Game 3. "I think the Chicago Bulls really learned something about us today. We didn't quit and we're not going to Tuesday." Second Round (Best-Of-7) EASTERN CONFERENCE CHICAGO VS. ATLANTA Sunday's Score Chicago 89, Atlanta 80, Chicago leads series 3-1. Tuesday's Game Atlanta at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. NEW YORK VS. MIAMI Sunday's Score New York 77, Miami 73, New York leads series 2-1 Today's Game Miami at New York, 7 p.m. WESTERN CONFERENCE UTAH VS. LA. LAKERS Saturday's SCOTS Utah 110, LA Lakers 95, Utah lead* series 3-1 Today's Gams LA Lakers at Utah, 9:30 p.m. HOUSTON VS. SEATTLE Sunday's SCOTS Houston 110, Seattto 106, QT, Houston iMdc wriw 3-1 Tuesday's Gams Seattle at Houston, 6 p.m. New York center swats Hardaway's 3-point shot in final seconds By CHRIS SHERIDAN The Associated Press NEW YORK — In a game of ugly offenses and suffocating defenses, it was fitting that the biggest play of Game 3 was a blocked shot. Patrick Ewing blocked Tim Hardaway's 3-point attempt with three seconds left Sunday to preserve the New York Knicks' 77-73 victory over the Miami Heat. It gave New York a 2-1 advantage in the series heading into Game 4 tonight at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks made only five field goals in the fourth quarter and none in the final 6:20, but they also held Miami to just two baskets over the final 12 minutes and zero points in the final 2:50. Miami's 73 points were the fewest ever scored in a playoff game against the Knicks. "Somebody on their team said they gave us a gift in the last game," Hardaway said. "Well, we gave that gift right back to them. We should have won." Ewing led New York with 25 points and 11 rebounds and out- • Knicks 77, Heal n played his counterpart, Alonzo Mourning, for the third straight game. Mourning had 14 points and seven rebounds and was barely a factor in the fourth quarter. Allan Houston added 13 points and John Starks had 11, including three free throws to give New York a 76-73 lead after he was fouled by Voshon Lenard on a 3- point attempt with 2:42 left. "It was a legitimate call," Starks said. "You're supposed to call that. He ran into me. He hit me." "I ran into him," Lenard said. "It was a mistake, and everyone makes mistakes." Each team botched its next three possessions, and Miami got one last chance to go for the tie with 13.4 seconds left after Ewing lost control of the ball and touched the sideline when he recovered it. Hardaway came off two screens and freed himself to receive a pass on the right wing. He found himself in a mismatch in which he was guarded one-on- one by Ewing, but in this instance it was just the kind of mismatch the Knicks needed. "If it was early in the game I would have run right by him, but it was late and we needed a 3," Hardaway said. he said. "That feeling will never go away." Kansas City starter Jose Rosado (3-]) allowed seven hits over 6 Mi innings, but couldn't get Williams out. Williams gave Wells a two-run lead in the third inning with his solo homer, jumping on a 3-0 fastball and driving it over the wall in left for his second homer in two days. "I don't know if he was hot, or we made him," Kansas City manager Bob Boone said of Williams, who has five homers in his last 12 games. "He got good pitches to hit the whole series." Derek Jeter's RBI double in the seventh put New York ahead 3-0. TGOLF McCarron captures BellSouth Californian pulls away and wins for second time on PGA Tour By ED SHEARER The Associated Press DULUTH, Ga. — Having won before made victory No. 2 an easier chore for Scott McCarron. "I felt a lot more confident this time," he said. "I feel like I had a lot more control over my game." The 31-year-old Californian rolled to his second PGA Tour victory on Sunday, posting a 3-under- par 69 that gave him a three-shot victory in the BellSouth Classic. "The first one you don't know what to expect," he said, alluding to his triumph last year in the Freeport-McDermott Classic. "It's a lot calmer the second time, no question." McCarron won the $270,000 first prize with a 72- hole total of 274, 14 under par on the hilly, 7,259- yard TPC Sugarloaf Country Club course. "I was a little surprised no one made a big move," he said. Tied with Nick Price and third- round co-leader David Duval after 12 holes, McCarron drove the green on the 310-yard, par-4 13th and had a tap-in birdie putt that put him in front to stay. He stretched his lead to two shots with a 75-foot birdie putt on 15 and then parred the final three holes for victory. There was a three-way tie for second at 277 among Duval, Brian Henninger and Lee Janzen. Duval closed with a 72 while Henninger and Janzen posted 68s. Price, who won the MCI Classic at Hilton Head last month, was alone in second when he teed off on the par-5 finishing hole, but his third shot found the water guarding the green. He took a drop and eventually settled for a double-bogey that left him with a 70 and 278 total, tied for fifth with Hall Sutton, who closed with a 67, Greg Norman, 68, and David Toms, 71. "I didn't feel like I could pull the right club today," Price said. "There were a lot of times when I had doubt." Norman, the designer of the course north of Atlanta, made a Sunday charge, finding himself only one shot out of the lead before taking a double-bogey 6 on the 17th when he found the woods to the right, took an unplayable lie, then lofted a shot over the trees that stopped about 15 feet from the pin. His bogey putt from the fringe missed by a foot. McCarron said a Tuesday practice round with Norman helped immensely, with the Australian telling him where to hit his tee shots to get the most out of his game. "You can tell a person where to hit it, but it's his job to go there," said McCarron, who found enough of the right places to win. His season earnings jumped to $523,027 and put him over the $1 million mark for his career since joining the tour in 1995. He has won $1,074,716. * Both the Seniors and LPGA events this weekend were decided in playoffs / Page B3 MCCARRON SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-P363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjnew8@«allatyrnal.com

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