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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS TUESDAY, MAY 13, 1997 B3 T PRO BASKETBALL Knicks take commanding 3-1 series lead over Heat BRIEFLY New York limits Miami to 38 percent shooting in 89-76 victory By The Associated Press NEW YORK — The Knicks-Heat series has evolved into a defensive clinic for New York and an offensive meltdown for Miami. The Knicks forced Miami into another dreadful shooting performance and finally got an offensive boost from John Starks in their easiest victory of the series, 89-76 Monday night. The series returns to Miami for Game 5 on Wednesday, and the Heat will need to rediscover their offense in order to have any hope of extending their season. New York held Miami to 38 percent shooting after forcing them into 37, 42 and 36 percent in the first three games. The Knicks pulled ahead with a 21-5 run in the second quarter and Miami, unable to sustain any offensive consistency, cut its deficit below double digits just once the rest of the night. Starks, the Sixth Man of the Year award winner who had shot just 5 T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Monday'* Games New York 89, Miami 76, New York leads series 3-1 L.A. Lakers at Utah (late) Today's Game* Seattle at Houston, 6 p.m. Atlanta at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday's Ganws New York at Miami, 7 p.m. Utah at LA. Lakers, TBA, if necessary for 24 over the first three games, broke out of his slump with 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Patrick Ewing had 20 and Allan Houston added 17, including 12 in the second quarter when the Knicks went on their 21-5 run to take control for good. Larry Johnson added 15 for the Knicks, who shot 50.7 percent from the field. It was the first time in the series that either team made more than half of its shots. Alonzo Mourning scored just 13 points on 5-for-16 shooting and was whistled for five fouls in the second half before fouling out with 4:59 left. Tim Hardaway attempted only 10 shots and scored 14 points — 10 below his average for the series. The game didn't start to turn New York's way until early in the second quarter despite Mourning's 2-for-10 shooting performance over the first 12 minutes. Houston hit a 3-pointer, Starks scored on a three-foot jumper and Houston had a three-point play to start a run that gave the Knicks a 47-31 lead with three minutes left in the half. Miami closed within eight midway through the third period when Mourning hit a jumper to make it 53-45, but New York answered quickly with an 8-2 run and the Heat was never able to mount another serious threat. The Heat didn't reach 50 points until Dan Majerle hit a 3-pointer with 1:36 left in the third, but Starks answered with consecutive baskets and Ewing ended the quarter with a corner jumper that gave the Knicks a 68-52 lead entering the fourth. The low point for the Heat — or at least for Mourning — came with 7:33 left when he shot an airball " from the foul line. Murdoch to buy Dodgers O'Malley has asked baseball for permission to enter serious talks By JOHN NADEL Tlie Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley confirmed Monday he is negotiating to sell the team to Rupert Murdoch's Fox Group and asked baseball for permission to enter into serious talks. "We're in the fifth month of what we expect- O'MALLEY ed to be a six- month process," O'Malley said in a statement. O'Malley, whose family has controlled the Dodgers since 1950, needed the permission of baseball officials before he could share certain financial information with the Fox Group, an affiliate of Murdoch's News Corp. Among that information is details of baseball's national television, marketing and licensing deals. A television source, speaking on the condition he not be identified, told The Associated Press the deal could be announced next week. The price is expected to be $350 million-$400 million. Any deal would be subject to the approval of baseball owners, which would take several months. O'Malley still would run the team during the approval process. "We're in negotiations," Fox spokesman Vince Wladika confirmed, saying the network would not comment further. Fox would join a number of media companies that control baseball teams, including Time Warner Inc. (Atlanta Braves), The Walt Disney Co. (Anaheim Angels) and the Tribune Co. (Chicago Cubs). O'Malley told the Los Angeles Times that if he had been able to build a football stadium near Dodger Stadium, he might not have put the Dodgers up for sale. "I can't deny that was a factor," he was quoted as saying in Monday's editions. "I must tell you I was extremely disappointed when we were asked to shelve our ideas." When O'Malley announced on Jan. 6 that he was selling his team, he said he supported the city's efforts to attract an NFL team despite even though he wasn't part of it. His main reason for selling, he said, was estate planning. O'Malley said Mayor Richard Riordan first asked him to help at- tract an NFL franchise in August 1995 — shortly before LA's first season without an NFL team since 1946. The Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders to Oakland before the 1995 season. O'Malley figured a new stadium next to Dodger Stadium would complement his efforts to help. But last summer — before the feasibility study on the impact of a football stadium next to Dodger Stadium was even finished — the City Council voted to build a new stadium at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Riordan said Monday the NFL insisted the council endorse the Coliseum. O'Malley said he notified Riordan in August it was "technically feasible" to build a football stadium on Dodger Stadium property. But a few weeks later, O'Malley received official notification from a Riordan representative asking him to throw his support behind the Coliseum. "We were extremely disappointed, but I completely understood the position we were asked to take," O'Malley said. "I still believe it was the right decision not to compete with the Coliseum, and I completely understood the position we were asked to take. The Coliseum deserves that final look, but it must have closure at some point." Isringhausen utters ethnic slur Tech, LSU land sites for baseball regionals OVERLAND PARK — Texas Tech, awaiting possible punishment for exceeding financial limits on scholarships, was one of eight schools picked Monday to play host to regional competition in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament. Texas Tech, 43-10 and the top team in the Big 12 Conference, will be the host for the Central Regional. Louisiana State University, 4511, ranked No. 1 in both major college polls, was one of three Southeastern Conference schools chosen as regional hosts. Louisiana State will be host for the South One Regional at Baton Rouge, La. Play in the six-team, double- elimination regional tournaments runs May 22-25. Pairings and the rest of the 48-team field, which includes 24 at-large, 19 automatic berths and five play-in winners, will be announced on May 19. The eight regional winners will advance to the 51st College World Series in Omaha, Neb., beginning May 30. Also picked for hosts of the re- gionals were: • Miami, 41-15, Atlantic One. • Alabama, 44-11, South Two. • Oklahoma State, 40-15, Midwest. • Florida State, 41-15, East. • Mississippi State, 40-16, Mideast • Stanford, 38-16, West. By their selection as regional hosts, the eight schools also gain entry into the tournament, and all eight could be awarded No. 1 seeds. South baseball team splits with McPherson McPHERSON — Brandon Nelson allowed seven hits and benefited from Salina South's offensive explosion as the Cougars downed McPherson 15-4 Monday in the second game of a doubleheader. McPherson rallied from an 11-1 deficit in the first game for a 12-11 victory. The split leaves Salina South with a 10-6 record. "Brandon had good command of all his pitches," South coach Tim Puvogel said. "Mac is a good- hitting ballclub. "We had 30 hits on the night. We hit the ball well. It would have been easy for them to fold after that first game, but they regrouped and continued to hit the ball hard in the second game." Jason Gordon went 4 for 5 with two RBI in the first game and was 6 for 9 on the night with four RBI for South. Jereme Thrower was 4 for 8 on the night. Justin Stein was 3 for 4 in the second game. McPherson took advantage of seven South errors in the first game. South outhit the Bullpups 13-9 in the game. South plays two doubleheaders Friday that will count on the varsity's record. The junior varsity will play the TMP-Marian varsity at Hays while the South varsity plays Topeka High in Topeka in a rescheduled 1-70 League twinbill. Mets pitcher calls team PR director 'Jew boy' in jest, but critics respond By HAL BOCK The Associated Press ISRINGHAUSEN NEW YORK — So the rabbi and priest are teeing off for a round of golf and the priest says ... Stop right there. Humor is one thing. Ethnic humor is quite another. Injured pitcher Jason Isringhausen used a clubhouse slur when he called New York Mets public relations director Jay Horwitz "Jew boy." Horwitz, accustomed to playing foil for the players, shrugged it off. Others might not be so charitable. "Ethnic humor is a well-devel- ,'oped genre in this country," said ,,Jim Fisher, an anthropology professor at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., who has taught a ' course called Anthropology of Humor. "Slurs aren't jokes. They're derogatory. "What counts as a joke depends ; who is telling it and who the audi- ence is. The same joke might be funny in one context and a slur in another." The Isringhausen episode followed the Fuzzy Zoeller-Tiger Woods affair in which Zoeller made a remark about fried chicken and collard greens after Woods became the first black to win the Masters. That attempt at humor in a public setting created an outcry and wound up costing Zoeller a lucrative sponsorship by Kmart stores. That incident followed New Jersey Nets coach John Calipari lashing out at a reporter by calling him a "Mexican idiot," an outburst that resulted in a $25,000 fine by the NBA. "And that followed Marge Schott, and that followed Jimmy the Greek, and that followed Al Campanis," said Ken Jacobson, assistant national director of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League, listing some of the more embarrassing attacks of loose lips in sports. "We believe there is no place for prejudice, whether it's on the playing field, the locker room or the corporate board room. We see it at all of those levels. Words have impact. We think these are serious matters that should not be taken lightly." Isringhausen used the slur following a conference call with re- porters to discuss his recovery from a broken wrist and a suspected case of tuberculosis. He was stunned that his interplay with Horwitz might be interpreted negatively. "We all talk to Jay like that," he said. "Jay's almost like my brother. He is to everybody. That's stupid to think anybody would think anything bad about Jay." Horwitz was in a forgiving mood. "I know it was said in terms of affection," he said. "Stuff is said in the locker room; people kid each other. That's the way I take it." That was good enough for Fisher, but not for Jacobson. "If the guy to whom it was addressed didn't take objection, why get so upset about it?" the professor wondered. "Because they are public figures and anyone involved in the public arena has to be sensitive," Jacobson said. "There is a public impact. They are not private people. Like it or not, they must take responsibility for what they say." Later, Isringhausen seemed embarrassed. "I need to apologize for my comment, if it offended anyone," he said. "It was insensitive. Anyone who knows me knows I'm not like that. I didn't intend to hurt anyone, especially a close friend like Jay." Steinbrenner not expected at executive meeting By The Associated Press NEW YORK — George Steinbrenner was not likely to attend today's executive council meeting, when owners are expected to suspend the New York Yankees boss from baseball's ruling body. The Yankees sued baseball last week, claiming the sport's officials were interfering with the team's 10-year contract with Adidas, a deal thought to be worth about $95 million. The Major League Agreement bars teams and owners from suing baseball. Because of that, several of the sport's officials, speaking on the condition they not be identified, said it would be impossible for the council to keep Steinbrenner. Under baseball rules, the council runs the sport in the absence of a commissioner, and it took over following Fay Vincent's forced resignation on Sept. 7, 1992. Today's meeting in Chicago had been scheduled before the Yankees and Adidas sued last week in federal court in Tampa, Fla. Steinbrenner was elected to the council in 1995 for a four-year term. In addition to suspending Steinbrenner from the council, the group may start an investigation that could eventually lead to his third lengthy suspension from control of his team. Steinbrenner was banned from Nov. 27, 1974, to March 1, 1976, after pleading guilty to conspiring to make illegal campaign contributions. Steinbrenner was suspended again from Aug. 20, 1990, to July 24, 1992, for dealings with and a $40,000 payment to self-described gambler Howard Spira. Southeast softball team sweeps Hoisington GYPSUM — Southeast of Saline won for the seventh time in its last nine games, sweeping a softball doubleheader from Hoisington on Monday. Southeast's Megan Troutfetter struck out 12 and limited Hoisington to three hits in a 15-3 Trojan victory in the opener, stopped after five innings by the 10-run rule. Southeast need the offense in the second game, posting an 118 win. Senior Vicki Florine was 3 for 3 with three RBI in the opener, while Lori McMurray had two hits in two at-bats and drove in a run. Troutfetter also got the win in the second game, coming on in relief in the fourth inning when Hoisington was taking a 6-5 lead. The Trojans responded with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, enabling Troutfetter to pick up her eighth win of the season. Jackie Dupes had four hits in the second game — including a double for the Trojans only extra base hit of the day — and drove in two runs. Southeast closes regular-season play with a doubleheader at home Friday against Chapman. The Trojans (12-6) begin postseason play next Monday with a home game in the opening round of the Class 3-2-1A regional. Southeast baseball teams drops twinbill GYPSUM — The Southeast of Saline baseball squad wrapped up regular season play by dropping a pair of games Monday against Hoisington. The Trojans outhit Hoisington in the opener but still lost 12-4, then fell by a similar score in game two, 13-4. "In the first game we had seven walks and five hit batters," Southeast coach Dee Kolzow said. "We hit the ball, but when you dig yourself that big of a hole, you don't get out of it. "The second game Hoisington hit the ball pretty well, but we had four errors mixed in there. It didn't feel like we played with any emotion and were just going through the motions." The Trojans trailed 6-4 in the second game after scoring two runs in both the third and fourth innings. But Hoisington broke it open with four runs in the fifth. Now 9-11, Southeast will be off until Tuesday, May 20 when it opens postseason play at the Class 3A regional at Hoisington. Tournament pairings have not been released, but Kolzow said he expects his team will face Hoisington again in the opening round of the three-team regional, with the winner playing Lyons for the title and state tournament berth. FHSU baseball team set for regional action CHICO, Calif. — Fort Hays State will play Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Mesa State at 3 p.m. (CDT) Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional baseball tournament. No. 11-ranked Fort Hays State (46-13) won the RMAC Tournament at Grand Junction, Colo., Saturday and is the No. 2 seed in the regional tournament. No. 15- ranked Mesa State (41-15) is the No. 3 seed. Fort Hays eliminated Mesa, the top seed, from the RMAC last Thursday. The Fort Hays-Mesa loser plays top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Chico State (45-10) Friday at 9 p.m. Chico State then plays the Fort Hays-Mesa winner Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. The championship is scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday. A second championship game, if necessary, would be played at 3 p.m. Sunday. Bradway new Chiefs' player personnel head KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Terry Bradway was named director of player personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs, moving up after heading the team's college scouting operation since 1993. The appointment was announced Monday by Carl Peterson, president, general manager and chief executive officer of the National Football League team. Bradway, 42, succeeds Lynn Stiles, who left to become vice president of football operations for the St. Louis Rams. Peterson praised Bradway for a good job preparing him and coach Marty Schottenheimer for this year's college draft. Bradway came to the Chiefs after seven years scouting for the New York Giants. Earlier he spent three years as assistant director of player personnel for the USFL's Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars, while Peterson was the team's president and general manager. In college, Bradway was a three-year letterman as a defensive back for Trenton State in New Jersey. No decision on protest of KC-New York game NEW YORK —AL president Gene Budig won't decide until Thursday at the earliest on the New York Yankees' protest of last week's 7-5 loss to Kansas City. Royals runner Jay Bell was mistakenly called out by third base umpire Dale Ford last Friday night for passing a runner who already had been forced out and technically was no longer a runner. Bell was allowed to return to third base and the Royals went on to score three runs, tying the game. New York played the game under protest, and Yankees manager Joe Torre was ejected the following day for continuing to criticize the umpires. South's Maynes named USA All-State Salina South junior Bo Maynes is one of 20 Kansas high school wrestlers named to the USA Wrestling All-State team. Maynes, who captured his third state title this season and owns a 100-0 career record, was an all- state pick at 119 pounds. Area wrestlers joining Maynes on the first team are Lincoln's Charlie Huehl (125 pounds), Kelly Gabel of St. Francis (140), Clay Center's Brandon Pfizenmaier (145), Herington's Nathan Lawrenz (152), a'nd Norton's Jeff Boyle (275). Maynes was one of four South wrestlers to be named to the All- Region III first team, covering much of central and north central Kansas. Other Salina wrestlers on the all-region squad were South's Barrett Gagnon (125 pounds), Chris Augustine (171) and Chris Allen (189), along with Salina Central's Brandon Engstrom (215) and St. John's Military's Kris Keilhorn. South assistant takes football job at Hutch Salina South assistant coach Randy Dreiling on Monday accepted a head coaching position with the Hutchinson High School football program. Dreiling has taught in the Salina school district the past three years and has been an assistant under South football coach Ken Stonebraker during that time. Dreiling's previous coaching experience includes the head position at Kingman High school from 1989-94, Vail, Colo., from 1986-88, and an assistant's position at Pratt High School from 1983-86. Dreiling replaces Jim Baldwin, who left the Hutchinson program after his teams were 0-18 over the last two seasons. Hutchinson has won one game in the last three years, and the 1995 team was the first in Salt Hawk history to go 0-9. "I like (Dreiling's) enthusiasm," said Phil Stines, who will take over as Hutch High's athletic director next year. "When you are 1-26, motivation is going to be the key." 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