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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 1997 D3 T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Council boots Steinbrenner BRIEFLY Baseball's ruling board suspends Yankees owner because of suit By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press CHICAGO — George Steinbrenner was suspended Tuesday from baseball's ruling executive council because of his lawsuit against the sport over the New York Yankees' marketing deal with Adidas. After lawyers for Steinbrenner and baseball spent the day attempting to work out a settlement in which the lawsuit would be withdrawn, the council barred Steinbrenner and the Yankees from participation in all of the sport's governing committees. It did not bar him from running the Yankees. "This is sad, and it's too bad," acting commissioner Bud Selig said, emphasizing that the decision was "very unanimous." T PRO BASKETBALL "All of us understand the need to focus this game on the field," Selig said. "The fans are tired of hearing about owners, acting commissioners and union bosses. Anything that detracts from the game should be of very deep concern. The fans have been subjected to enough." Steinbrenner's lawyer, David Boies, could not immediately be reached for comment. "The lawyers for the New York Yankees and Adidas are studying these actions and reserve all comment for now," Yankees spokesman Howard Rubenstein said. The Yankees and Adidas agreed in March to a 10-year contract worth about $95 million. While baseball lawyers concluded there STEINBRENNER was nothing specific in the deal that violated the sport's national licensing agreements, they asked the Yankees and Adidas to clear all joint projects in advance. After baseball ordered the team to stop selling T-shirts with Adidas logos at Yankee Stadium and told the Yankees to stop outfitting their grounds crew in Adidas gear, the team and the sportswear company sued in federal court in Tampa, Fla. "We consider the suit to be a blatant violation of the Major League Agreement, to which every club is a party," Selig said after the council met. "While we are hopeful the plaintiffs will voluntarily dismiss their complaint, we will vigorously defend against the claims." The Major League Agreement bars teams and owners from suing baseball. Steinbrenner angered owners by challenging the sport's 75-year-old antitrust exemption, which owners have fought to protect. He called the sport a "cartel" that "illegally conspired to divide the professional baseball sponsorship markets." Steinbrenner has twice served lengthy suspensions from the Yankees. He was banned from baseball 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. This time, Steinbrenner can remain in charge of his team. "There was no discussion of suspending him from baseball," Selig said. "We'll let each day play itself out." Under baseball rules, the 10-man council — eight owners or their representatives and the two league presidents — runs the sport in the absence of a commissioner. Jazz await Rockets-Sonics winner Utah reaches Western Conference final for fourth time in six years By BOB MIMS The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Three times Karl Malone and John Stockton have made it to the Western Conference finals. Three times they have come up short. The Utah Jazz, who can't seem to stay away, are there again. This time, the Houston Rockets or Seattle Su- perSonics block their path to the NBA Finals. "It's going to be a war the next series," Malone said. "But we get a couple days' rest and see what happens." Malone is in his 12th year and Stockton is in his 13th. This is their fourth trip in six years to the conference finals. It also could be a last, best chance for a championship ring. On Monday night, Malone had 32 points and 20 rebounds in a 9893 overtime victory that eliminated Los Angeles. It kept alive the dream of the two All-Stars of end- The Associated Press Utah players John Stockton and Bryon Russell hug after their 98-93 overtime win over the Lakers on Monday night. ing Utah's string of 14 straight playoffs without a league crown. Last year, the Jazz came within a basket or two of making it to the NBA Finals, but lost to Seattle in seven games in the conference finals. Stockton, who had 24 points and 10 assists in Utah's Game 5 clincher over the Lakers, says the next series will be a "dogfight." "The Western Conference championship, you can't expect anything less," he said. The Jazz won a franchise- record 64 games this season, earning the top seed in the conference and home-court advantage through the first three rounds. Utah has been outstanding at home, running its winning streak in the Delta Center to 18 Monday night, and 43-3 this season. Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek, in his llth season, said the exultation was kept to a minimum Monday night. "Hopefully, we can celebrate a little after the next series," he said. "That's been a goal of ours all season, to get to the finals." If Utah gets there this time, probably no one will be surprised by how they got there: the pick- and-roll. Usually, it's Malone taking the feed from Stockton; sometimes, for variety, they reverse the order for a backdoor Stockton layup. Over their 12 seasons together, Malone" and Stockton have made the play one of the NBA's most analyzed. Flawless execution has made it nearly impossible to stop. "They executed very well," said Lakers guard Nick Van Exel. "We knew exactly what they were going to do every time, and they still did it." LaFrentz hobbling after foot surgery LAWRENCE — Kansas basketball star Raef LaFrentz underwent surgery to remove a small bone fragment near the small toe on his right foot. LaFrentz, a 6-foot-ll Ail-American, was using crutches to get around on campus during final exams this week. The bone fragment had caused minor pain in the past. He expected to be on crutches for another week or so and should be able to resume full off-season workouts within a month. LaFrentz decided recently to remain at Kansas for his senior season rather than declare himself eligible for the National Basketball Association draft. KSU's Schesser named first team All-Big 12 DALLAS — Kansas State shortstop Heath Schesser has been named to the inaugural All-Big 12 Conference baseball first team. Schesser, a junior from Manhattan, was the only K-State or Kansas player on the first team. Four Kansas State players received second-team honors — senior first baseman Jason Bichelmeyer, senior designated hitter Scott Poepard, senior starting pitcher Eric Yanz, and junior relief pitcher David Johnson. Two Kansas players were chosen to the second team — senior shortstop Joe DeMarco and senior relief pitcher Josh Wingerd. Two Kansas players were named honorable mention — outfielder Justin Headley and designated hitter Aaron Wilmes. Texas Tech swept the individual awards. First baseman Joe Dillon was named player of the Trail Blazers hire Dunleavy as head coach Dunleavy comes to Portland following four losing years with Bucks By BOB BAUM The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Mike Dunleavy, who has known great success and crushing failure in six seasons as an NBA coach, was hired Tuesday to coach the young, talented and sometimes temperamental Portland Trail Blazers. "Of all the jobs that were possibilities this year, this is by far the greatest opportunity," Dunleavy said. "The reason I'm here is I want to win a championship." Dunleavy has a 208-284 record as a coach, first in two winning years with the Los Angeles Lakers, then in four losing seasons with the Mil- wuakee Bucks, where he was coach and general manager. He led the Lakers to the NBA Finals in his first season as a head coach, but was 25-57 in 1995-96, his last as coach at Milwaukee. He served as general manager for the Bucks last season. Dunleavy, 43, said he accepts responsibility for his 107-221 record with Milwaukee, but believes he could have succeeded had he not been forced to relinquish his coaching role. He said he was contacted by four teams about coaching jobs in recent weeks. "Throughout the league, my name has appeared in almost DUNLEAVY 6Very j ° b that DUNLEAVY came up -, Dun . leavy said. "There's a reason for that. People who know basketball, I think, respect my abilities. They know how hard I work and they know me as a person." Dunleavy, who played in the NBA for 11 seasons, said Portland has the potential to be a title contender. "I think this is a team that within the next couple of years you have the ability to challenge anybody at any level," he said. "That's the thing that's very exciting about this opportunity." Dunleavy said he is glad to be serving only as coach, and not in the dual role of general manager. "I feel it's really tough for anybody to do both jobs," he said. "You need one guy as the coach and one guy as the general manager, and those guys need to get along and work together and make things happen." Dunleavy was Whitsitt's top choice to replace P.J. Carlesimo, who was fired last week after three winning seasons followed by three first-round playoff exits. Dunleavy said he envisioned no problem getting along with Whitsitt, who says he wants an up-tempo, pressing style. "The ideal situation was the one I had in Los Angeles with Jerry West," Dunleavy said. "He's out there seeing the games on a daily basis. You talk about your needs. You talk about your players. Basically, we always agreed. We never Carlesimo denies offer from Pitino By The Associated Press BOSTON — Former Portland Trail Blazers coach P.J. Carlesimo said Tuesday that coach Rick Pitino has not offered him the general manager's job with the Boston Celtics. "Rick hasn't talked to me, but as usual in the NBA that doesn't stop the rumor mill," Carlesimo told TNT before an NBA playoff game between the Seattle Supersonics and the Houston Rockets. The New York Post reported Tuesday that Pitino, hired to coach the Celtics on May 6, made the offer shortly after Carlesimo was fired by the Trail Blazers on May 8. The two are friends and former Big East rivals — Pitino coached Providence while Carlesimo was at Seton Hall. Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said Tuesday that the team had no comment on the report. "There's no timetable or comment regarding the general manager's job," Twiss said. Carlesimo said Pitino is a good friend and that he's interested in working with him. "I would love to do that, but that's for him to say not me," Carlesimo said during the TV interview. The general manager position entails evaluating talent and working on trades, though Pitino has the last word on all basketball decisions. The Post reported that Carlesimo, who had a 137-109 record in the past three seasons with Portland, would like to stay in the NBA as a coach, but is not considered a leading candidate for the available positions in Golden State, Vancouver or Denver. Carlesimo coached Seton Hall for 12 years before taking the Portland job in 1994. He led the Trail Blazers to the playoffs all three seasons he was at Portland, but they were eliminated in the first round all three times. year; second baseman Keith Ginter the newcomer of the year; catcher Josh Bard the freshman of the year; and coach Larry Hays coach of the year. Kearney repeats as RMAC All-Sport champ For the second straight season, Nebraska-Kearney took tops honors in the RMAC/Norwest Bank All-Sport Competition. The Lopers finished the 1996-97 season with 85 points and were followed by Fort Hays State (76.5 points), Western State (68), Southern Colorado (63) and Mesa State (57.5). The all-sport competition is determined by the placing in all conference-sponsored sports. The RMAC champion receives points totaling the number of teams in that sport plus one, while the following finishers receive points totaling the number of teams less the number of places from first place. Nebraska-Kearney earned first- place points in women's basketball and softball, while earning top four finishes in men's golf, volleyball and men's and women's indoor track, men's basketball, men's and women's outdoor track and baseball. Fort Hays State earned its second consecutive runner-up finish after earning a share of the title with Adams State in 1994-95. The Tigers were paced during the 1996-97 year with conference championships in men's basketball and baseball, in addition to top four finishes in men's golf, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor track, wrestling, men's and women's outdoor track and women's basketball. From Staff Reports made any moves that we really didn't agree on. I've got great respect for Bob's opinion and the things they have done here." Dunleavy was been mentioned as a likely successor to Carlesimo for two months, but Whitsitt said he didn't contact him about the job until last Thursday. Dunleavy signed a five-year contract, but the dollar amount was not revealed. He takes over a team with a reputation for rule breaking. All five starters were disciplined for being late or missing practices at some point last season. Isaiah Rider was a particular repeat offender. Dunleavy said he has had no serious disciplinary problems with players. "My rules usually are it's 500 bucks the first minute," Dunleavy said. "If you like being late one minute, fine, we give 500 bucks to some charity. Then you've got to shoot a 3-pointer, double or nothing. That's a thousand bucks. I don't have a problem with that. If it starts multiplying, there's going to be a lot of happy charities around town." Licensed Child Care Center (for Kdg. enrollees-up to 12 years) on-site atYMCA & YWCA Roller Skating Bowling Art Projects Flag Football Soccer Movies Racquet Ball Field Trips many, many more///, scale) for those who qualify. Ask us about it. 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