The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 15, 1997 · Page 23
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1997 T PRO BASKETBALL Heat stave off Knicks' charge Miami prevails 96-81 in game marred by melee, ejections late By The Associated Press MIAMI — Fighting for survival, the Miami Heat brawled their way past the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. An ugly melee with 1:53 left led to the ejection of three players in Game 5, which the Heat won 96-81 to stay alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Knicks now lead the best-of-7 series 3-2, with Round 6 Friday at Madison Square Garden. The Heat had the NBA's best road record this season, but they're 0-4 away from home during the playoffs. The fight began when New York's Charlie Ward backed into P.J. Brown's legs as Miami's Tim Hardaway made a free throw for a 90-74 lead. Brown wrapped his arm around the smaller Ward, lifted him and threw him to the floor behind the baseline. New York's John Wallace jumped on Brown, and players from both teams joined the pile. Order was quickly restored, and no one was hurt. Ward, Brown and New York's John Starks were ejected. Seconds before, the Knicks' Charles Oakley was called for HORSE RACING Wwbwtday't Score Miami 96, New York 81, New York leads series 3-2. Tonight'* Game Houston at Seattle, 8 p.m. two technical fouls and ejected with 1:55 left. Brown and teammate Jamal Mashburn were called for technical fouls in the first half. The Heat took charge of the game with the first 30-point period of the series. Voshon Lenard shook his shooting slump by hitting all five shots in the third quarter, and the Heat outscored New York 31-25 to take a 66-59 lead. The Knicks closed to 73-70 on Allan Houston's 3-pointer with 7:37 left, but Miami scored 17 of the next 21 points to pull away. Lenard, who had been 10-for- 31 in the series, went 8-for-ll and scored 21 points. The Heat won even though their two stars struggled. Alonzo Mourning, limited to 28 minutes by foul trouble, had 13 points. Hardaway was 3-for-17 and scored 16 points. Starks led New York with 21. Report: Orlando pursuing Jackson Bulls poised for title run amid speculation of their coach's future From Wire Reports CHICAGO — Phil Jackson says his Chicago Bulls are distraction-proof, and he's doing his part to prove it. Even as Jackson mulls offers to coach other teams — published reports Wednesday said the Orlando Magic are the latest, most serious, ..-.----. suitors — the JACKSON Bulls look very ready for the Eastern Conference finals. Getting outstanding performances from Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and nearly everyone else, the defending NBA champions played almost flawlessly Tuesday in knocking the Atlanta Hawks out of the playoffs. The Bulls next meet the winner of the New York-Miami series. New York leads 3-2, with Game 6 Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Game 1 of the conference finals will be Sunday at the earliest, meaning there will be at least four days of speculation regarding Jackson's future. Several newspapers, citing unidentified sources, said Wednesday that Orlando has offered Jackson a five-year, $30 million contract that would put him in new Boston Celtics coach Rick Pitino's financial neighborhood. Jackson's current one-year, $2.75 million contract lets him negotiate with other teams even as the Bulls pursue their fifth championship in seven years. NBA source: Malone MVP Karl Malone has edged Chicago's Michael Jordan to become the NBA's Most Valuable Player for 1996-97, a league source confirmed. The NBA would not release the vote count from 115 media members nationwide, who largely split their first-place ballots between Jordan and Malone. But the official announcement of Malone's accomplishment will come Sunday, The Salt Lake Tribune learned. Commissioner David Stern will present the MVP trophy to Malone on Monday night at the Delta center, before Game 1 or 2 of the Western Conference finals between Utah and Houston or Seattle. Tennis/ 1-70 meet tune up for regional Silver Charm gets favorable spot Kentucky Derby winner will start in No. 7 hole for 122nd Preakness By JOHN LINDSAY Scripps Hoii'nrri News Service BALTIMORE— Silver Charm's luck continued to be golden Wednesday as the Kentucky Derby winner drew the favorable No. 7 spot for Saturday's 122nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The colt under jockey Gary Stevens was then installed as a 9-5 favorite for the Preakness by Pimlico oddsmaker Clem Florio. "It's great. We got lucky," said Silver Charm trainer Bob Baffert. "We didn't want to end up too far on the outside or buried on the rail, either .... It's good karma. You have to have a good feeling. I had a good draw in Kentucky, another one here. You have to feel good." However, Silver Charm's favorite status could change by post T COLLEGE BASEBALL time Saturday, especially with the interest in Maryland-bred Captain Bodgit, which was edged by a head in the Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3. Florio put Captain Bodgit as the close second- choice at 2-1. Captain Bodgit trainer Gary Capuano had hoped for an inside position for his fast- finishing horse. Yet Captain Bodgit ended up well on the outside with the No. 9 position in the 10-horse field. "It's better to be on the inside at Pimlico (due to the track's tight turns and inside speed of the field)," Capuano said. "But we'll take what we got." California-bred Free House, which finished third in the Derby after leading near the final turn, is the early third choice for Saturday at 9-2. As he did in the Derby, Free House is expected to provide early speed, especially after blazing through a half-mile in 45-% seconds here earlier in the week. With jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard, Free House will start from the No. 4 hole after finishing third by 3 "A lengths at Churchill Downs. "I hope (the speedy early workout) was not too much for him," said Free House trainer Paco Gonzalez. "He seemed to come back to the barn fine, then he cooled out fine. The track has been very fast this week." Lightly-run Touch Gold is worth watching at 5-1 from the No. 5 spot with jockey Chris McCarron and his two Preakness triumphs aboard. Trainer Nick Zito, a local favorite, will likely draw some interest with Wild Tempest (20-1 from the No. 2 spot). Zito trained Louis Quatorze to a wire-to-wire victory here last year in a Preakness-record time of 1:53-2/5. "I like him. He's a ready horse," Zito said. On the other hand, Baffert is cautious about Silver Charm's chances of becoming the first horse to win the Preakness and Derby since Sunday Silence in 1989. No horse has won horse racing's Triple Crown (the Derby, Preakness and Belmont) since Affirmed in 1979. Preakness Stakes Post positions and odds POST HORSE JOCKEY ODDS v 1 a-JackAtlheBank McCauley 50-f 2WlldTempmt Bravo 20-1 3 a-Hoxle Santos 50-1 Desormeaux 9-2- McCarron 5-1 Smith 124;: 5 Touch Gold 6 Concerto 7 Silver Charm 8 Frisk Me Now 9 Captain Bodgit lOCrypToo Stevens 9-5 King 15-1 u Soils 2-t; Lopez 30-j;, ••Robert Perez owned entry AP/Ed De Gasero Tech poses threat to Cowboys' run Oklahoma St. won 16 straight Big 8 tourney titles but isn't favorite By OWEN CANFIELD The Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Cowboys have been the bully of their conference baseball tournament the past 16 years, beating up any teams that tried to take their trophy away. Now a new neighbor appears to pose a threat to Oklahoma State's dominance. Texas Tech is the No. 1 seed in the inaugural Big 12 Tournament, which begins today and runs through Sunday at All Sports Stadium. The Red Raiders (43-10) won the regular-season championship and spent a good part of the year ranked No. 1 in one of the two college baseball polls. They have the Big 12's player of the year (Joe Dillon), newcomer of the year (Keith Ginter), freshman of the year (Josh Bard) and coach of the year (Larry Hays). "There's no question in my mind they're the favorite," Okla- T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Big 12 tournament First-round pairings, with seeding*, for the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament, to be held today through Sunday at All Sports Stadium in Oklahoma City. Today's Qwnes 11 a.m. - (1) Texas Tech vs. (6) Missouri. 3 p.m. - (2) Oklahoma State vs. (5) Baylor. 7:30 p.m. - (3) Texas A&M vs. (4) Oklahoma. homa State's first-year coach, Tom Holliday, said Wednesday. Hays, whose team opens the tournament today against Missouri, isn't so certain. "We've got enough problems without that burden," he said. "I think you've got six teams here, any of them can win it." The Red Raiders have had some recent off-the-field distractions, most notably their reporting last week that they had exceeded the financial limit on their baseball scholarships. The NCAA's committee on infractions will take up the matter at a later meeting and decide on possible sanctions, which will most likely be a loss of future scholarships. The case is not scheduled for review until after the College World Series. "We've made a mistake on the thing and I'm not going to try to justify the mistakes and point fingers in the other direction," Hays said. "It just happened to us and hopefully we'll be better because of it. It's something that we're going to have to overcome." The Red Raiders led the league in hitting — Ginter's .445 average and 88 runs scored were tops in the Big 12, as were Dillon's 28 homers — and pitchers Jason Gooding and Shane Wright are 100 and 10-1, respectively. Oklahoma State, as usual, has plenty of punch in its lineup. The second-seeded Cowboys (41-15) scored 569 runs during the season, second to Tech's 581. Jeff Guiel (22) and Rusty McNamara (20) were second and third in the conference in home runs. Guiel tied for the league lead in doubles; McNamara was second in RBIs with 84. Oklahoma State's run of Big Eight Tournament success came under Gary Ward. Now the team is led by Holliday, who wa's Ward's top assistant throughout the 16-year streak but is trying to downplay its significance. "Guys are wanting to talk about a streak of a league that's dead. It's over," he said. "I don't see the pressure or feel the pressure to continue the Big Eight Championship streak." That was coach Ward's and that's his forever, not TomHolliday's." The Cowboys will play Bayldr (32-21) at 3 p.m. today, and third- seeded Texas A&M (38-18) plays No. 4 seed Oklahoma (36-17) at 7:30. A&M closed out the regular season by winning two of three from Texas Tech. The Aggies and Tech had the top two pitching staffs in the league, each with earned run averages below 4.50. No other team in the league had an ERA lower than 5.29. Tournament notes Missouri has won eight in a row. Oklahoma State and Texas A&M have won four of their past five, while Texas Tech and Oklahoma are 2-3 in their past five games. ... Missouri is the only team from the North Division. Nebraskans pay tribute to legend Devaney By J.L. SCHMIDT The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Former players, coaches and fans — some wearing red sport coats or dresses — packed a Lincoln church Wednesday to pay tribute to Bob Devaney, the longtime University of Nebraska football coach and athletic director who made "Go Big Red" a household phrase. Devaney, who built a football powerhouse from a team that had been accustomed to three plays up the middle and punt, died Friday. He was 82. Former quarterback Jerry Tagge, current head coach Tom Osborne and others shared memories and stories about the man who won two national football championships and raised the university's other sports to national prominence. Before the memorial service at Plymouth Congregational Church, the Legislature adopted a resolution honoring Devaney for the contributions he made to the state. At the nation's Capitol, Rep. Jon Christensen, R-Neb., gave tribute to Devaney on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. "Devaney not only ushered in a new era of college football but brought Nebraskans together," Christensen said. Devaney never had a losing season in compiling a 101-20-2 record, including national championships in 1970 and 1971, over 11 years as Nebraska head football coach. As athletic director, he transformed struggling programs ranging from gymnastics and volleyball to track and basketball, into some of the most successful in the country. "We were very different kinds of people, but in 36 years of work' ing together there was never a harsh word, a disagreement or a falling out," Osborne said. "He had his faults, but he recognized and admitted them." At the state Capitol, Sen. John Hilgert of Omaha said: "He touched more lives than jus,;t those on the football field." BRIEFLY FROM PAGE D1 can't let a team know they can win and we never gave them a chance in the second set." Huseman said it was important to re-establish the momentum at 43. "Once you give a team and ounce of opportunity to come back, they start believing in themselves," he said. "We let up a little mentally, but our (service) returns were awesome. And as soon as Jeff Lamb figures out how good he can be, Jeff Lamb's going to be a state champion." Huseman, who won a state doubles title with Jay Sexton in 1995 and teamed with him for third last year, said he feels comfortable teaming with Lamb this season. "This match was a good tuneup for regionals," he said. "Coming out and spanking Topeka West has me really excited for the region- als." In singles, Stroer claimed his first No. 1 league singles title after winning the No. 2 singles crown last year. The 6-1,6-3 finals victory over Topeka High's Mike Bonebrake pushed his season record to 28-0. "He came out ready to play," said Stroer, who had beaten Bonebrake 8-0 Saturday in Manhattan. "The match was a lot closer than the score. But I thought I played pretty well the whole tournament." Stroer said several tough tournaments the last two weeks should have him ready for the Class 5A regional Monday at Oakdale Park. "I think it has prepared me well," he said. "We had a pretty stacked No. 1 draw today with Bonebrake, (South's) Darren Peterson and (Manhattan's Colt) Hoffman. "I've played some pretty tough people now and if I just keep it up I should be OK for regionals." Koeppl, a German foreign exchange student, rolled to the No. 2 singles title, beating Manhattan's Sebastian Tackling 9-1 in the first round, Topeka High's John VanSickle 9-3 in the semifinals and South's Eric Roth 6-4, 6-2 in the finals. Jones beat Topeka West's Ben Hemmen 6-3,3-6,6-0 in the No. 3 singles final. In addition to second-place finishes from Bittenger and Burt in No. 2 doubles and Roth in No. 2 singles, South got a third place from Peterson in No. 1 singles, fourth place from Steve Horn and Tony Schulte in No. 1 doubles and fifth from Adam Tripp in No. 3 singles. "I was happy for our guys," South coach Gary Dunlap said. "They played well." Central softball team splits with Manhattan The Salina Central softball squad wrapped up 1-70 League play with a doubleheader split against Manhattan Wednesday at Bill Burke Park. Central rallied from a four-run deficit to win the opener 5-4, but could not get the key base hit in a 5-2 loss in game two. The Mustangs are 9-8 overall, 4-6 in league play. Junior Ashley Wilson (3-4) held the Indians scoreless over the final four innings in the opener as Central tied the game with two runs in the fourth and two in the sixth. Katie Lamb singled in the seventh, moved to second on Wilson's sacrifice bunt and scored the winning run on Lynsey Ginther's base hit to left-center. "Ashley moved the ball around well and kept it away from them," Central coach Jerre Davis said. "She made them pop it up and we hit it well late, but could not string any hits together." Both teams scored two runs in the first in game two, but the Mustangs were shut out the rest of the way. Ginther did have her third extra-base hit of the day. Central will close regular season play with a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader Friday at Bill Burke Park against Hays. Evansville upends Wichita State, 6-1 WICHITA — Missouri Valley regular-season champion Wichita State fell to sixth-seeded Evansville 6-1 in an opening-round game of the conference's postseason baseball tournament Wednesday at Eck Stadium. Aaron Pembroke hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to give Evansville the lead in the double-elimination tournament. Jeremy Brown (8-4) earned the win for Evansville, limiting the Shockers to seven hits in a complete-game performance. Wichita State (48-15) led for most of the game, using Jeff Ryan's RBI double in the first to take a 1-0 lead it held until the seventh inning. Evansville (29-28) then tied the score on Brian McMillin's RBI single in the seventh, and Pembroke's shot to center put the Aces up 2-1. Evansville built a 4-1 lead by the end of the inning. From Staff and Wire Reports BILLS BILLS BILLS CONSOLIDATE $10,OOO- $110/mo. to OOO - $5SO/mo. $50 NO EQUITY REQUIRED HOME OWNERS ONLY NATIONWIDE LENDING CORP. 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