The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1997 · Page 15
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FRIDAY MAY1 8,1997 THE SALINA JOURNAL ^HBF ^IW ^HBBT Hi VB^HHP LOCAL SPORTS / C3 MONEY/C5 CLASSIFIED/C6 c V PRO BASKETBALL Five Knicks suspended for a game Miami loses Brown for two games after brawl Wednesday night By CHRIS SHERIDAN The Associated Press NEW YORK — In the harshest punishment in NBA playoff history, five New York Knicks, including three starters, and P. J. Brown of the Miami Heat were suspended Thursday for a bench-clearing Brawl. Patrick Ewing, Allan Houston, tarty Johnson, John Starks and Qharlie Ward were suspended one game apiece, although only Ewing, Ward and Houston will miss Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on tonight. Brown's suspension is for two games, meaning his season is over unless the Heat can overcome their 3-2 deficit in the best-of-7 series. Sonics force Game? Seattle jumps out big early, holds off Rockets to even playoff series By The Associated Press SEATTLE — The Seattle Super- Sonics like this brinksmanship business. Facing elimination for the fourth time in the playoffs, the Sonics beat the Houston Rockets 99-96 Thursday night to force a seventh and deciding game in their Western Conference semifinal series. After the Rockets cut the Son- ics' 22-point lead to two in the final minute on Clyde Drexler's 3-pointer, Gary Payton made a spinning left-handed hook for Seattle with 12.1 seconds left. Pajjton finished with 19 points, 13 aSjists and five steals for Seat- tle.-Syhich will play Game 7 at Hou$ton on Saturday. The winner will;: go to the conference finals against Utah. . After Payton's basket gave Seattle a"97-93 lead, Drexler missed a 3- piping attempt with seven seconds left and Hersey Hawkins made two clinching free throws for the Son- ics with 5.8 seconds remaining. Houston's Sedale Threatt sank a 3-pointer with with four-tenths of a second left for the final margin. Shawn Kemp had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Seattle. Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets with 30 points and 11 rebounds, including 16 points to key the fourth-quarter comeback. Charles Barkley had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Mario Elie added 18 points for Houston. The Sonics went almost eight minutes without a field goal before Payton's basket in the closing seconds. Seattle is trying to become only the sixth NBA team to win a best- of-7 series after falling behind 3-1. The last team to do it was Houston, which came back against Phoenix in the 1995 Western Conference finals and went on to win the NBA championship. Seattle trailed Phoenix 2-1 in their best-of-5, first-round series and rallied to win the last two games. In six years under coach George Karl, the Sonics are now 11-5 in games where they've faced elimination. !- The Sonics opened the game With a 16-2 spurt, twice led by 22 points in the second quarter, and t0ok a 17-point lead into the fourth period. (M'*I''J > 'S# <"» '•> i '^i " '.' ~ ; "*> .ki^fi*fi=aLj v ? ' PAYTON EWING STARKS More Knicks were suspended because NBA vice president Rod Thorn adhered to the rule mandating a one-game suspension for players who leave the bench during an altercation. The suspensions were announced in a news release; Thorn did not return phone calls seeking comment. NBA rules stipulate teams must have nine players in uniform for playoff games, so only three of the Knicks will miss Game 6 on Friday night. Ward must serve his suspension first because he was one of the principals in the fight on Wednesday night. Ewing and Houston will miss Game 6 because the NBA uses an alphabetical system when so many players are suspended at once. Johnson and Starks will miss Sunday's game — whether it's Game 7 at Miami or Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Chicago Bulls. The suspensions figure to have a greater effect on the Knicks, who will have to replace their two leading scorers — All-Star center Ewing (10.8 points per game) and Houston (18.5) — in Game 6. Buck Williams will probably replace Ewing at center. Miami will sorely miss Brown, one of the few members of the Heat who has sustained his energy and production throughout the series. Brown, who has drawn the defensive assignment on Ewing, did an especially good job in Game 5. Riley in middle of fight allegations having coached both teams By STEVEN WINE Vie Associated Press COCONUT GROVE, Fla. — When Pat Riley's past and present players began to brawl, he sprinted into the midst of the mayhem, looking like a parent surrounded by unruly children. Then he grabbed 6-foot-9 New York Knick John Wallace in a bear hug and dragged him away. Riley helped stop the fight. His former players say he also helped start it. "It's so unfortunate that the guilty party will not face any suspensions," Knicks forward Buck Williams said. "Coach Riley incited it." "He was probably telling his players all kinds of things just to T HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Sacred Heart catcher Mike Loslk (25) attempts to make a quick catch and tag of Canton-Galva's Justen Tennant down the third-base line, but Loslk couldn't catch the wild throw and Tennant scored during Thursday's game at Evans Stadium. Cardinals down Knights Ell-Saline, minus four seniors, posts first win over Sacred Heart By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal Ell-Saline's four senior starters missed a history-making performance Thursday by their younger teammates. With the seniors away on a class trip, the Cardinals turned to four freshmen — along with junior pitcher Jason Lantz — to bury Sacred Heart 9-5 at Dean Evans Stadium. It was Ell- Saline's first-ever baseball victory over the Knights. In the two early games, defending Class 2-1A state champion Canton-Galva beat Sacred Heart 14-9 and Ell-Saline 13-7. Ell-Saline used a six-run sixth inning, helped along by three Sacred Heart errors, to blow open the late contest. That was more than enough for Lantz, who tossed a complete-game four-hitter, allowing just one earned run. "I'm happy for our kids," said Ell-Saline coach Chris Barkley. "We played well enough to win and it was nice to finally beat them. It was a good win. "Our four freshmen (Steve Willis, Tate Walker, Hayden Schoshke and Aaron Weigel) did a good job." Lantz helped his own cause offensively with four hits, including a double and RBI single in the six-run sixth inning. Richie Benninghoven also had three hits for the Cardinals and Walker drove in a pair of runs with two singles. "They all hit the ball well," said Barkley, whose Cardinals evened their record at 7-7, probably good enough for a No. 1 seed Monday in the Lincoln regional. "We got a couple of big hits and the young kids stepped up and did a nice job. "Jason threw awfully well. He's been a tough-luck pitcher for us because our defense has been a little inconsistent. As the game goes on, he keeps getting stronger." Ell-Saline trailed 4-3 after Sacred Heart scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning to regain the lead, but the Cardinals exploded for six runs on six hits in the top of the sixth. Only one of the runs off Knights reliever Chad Gordine was earned. "It's disappointing," Sacred Heart coach Tony Canacari said. "We didn't come ready to play and their pitcher did a good job. Lantz pitched a good game." Sacred Heart made 11 errors in the two games — seven against Canton-Galva. Canton-Galva 13, Ell-Saline 7 Canton-Galva scored seven runs on just four hits in the third inning to take an 8-4 lead with the help of four Ell-Saline errors. Ell-Saline had scored four times in the bottom of the second. Jace Pavlovich and Beau Peterson each had three hits to lead Canton-Galva's 12-hit See EAGLES, Page C3 RILEY get them pumped up," guard John Starks said. Riley denied being an instigator. And he alleged Thursday that someone on the New York bench commanded the Knicks to "hit somebody" just before the fight broke out. The melee Wednesday near the end of the Miami Heat's 96-81 victory resulted in three ejections. Five Knicks — Starks, Charlie Ward, Patrick Ewing, Allan Houston and Larry Johnson — were suspended Thursday by the NBA. P.J. Brown of the Heat was suspended for the final two games of the series, which Miami trails 3-2. "Let's get ready to rumble," Heat guard Tim Hardaway said, "this time for real." Riley preached a tough, intimi- T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL dating style of play as New York's coach, and he has done the same the past two seasons at Miami. Tempers boiled over in Game 5, he said, because the Knicks took his approach too far. "You could almost see this coming," Riley said. "I get a lot of credit for their personality and demeanor and disposition. But the late jostles after a dead play, trying to walk over an opponent when he's down on the floor, the shoulder bumps as you pass each other to the free-throw line, the hard, hard, hard fouls on Alonzo Mourning — it's been built up because of all the incidental contact." According to Riley, it was the Knicks — not the Heat — who were looking for a fight in the final minutes of Game 5. The brawl broke out with 1:53 remaining when Ward undercut Brown as Hardaway made a free throw for a 90-74 Miami lead. Sweeney's blast in ninth lifts KG Royals rally for four runs in last two innings to down Detroit By The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pinch-hitter Johnny Damon homered to lead off the ninth inning, then Mike Sweeney hit a two-run homer Thursday night that lifted the Kansas City Royals over the Detroit Tigers 10-9. Doug Brocail (0-4) relieved to start the ninth with a 9-7 lead, but the Royals needed only three batters in j,,^, A to rally for their third SPP^ straight win. Damon began the comeback with a home run, and pinch-hitter Scott Cooper followed with a single. Sweeney won it with his second homer of the season. Jamie Walker (2-1) was the winner. Tony Clark and Melvin Nieves, who had three hits, had three-run homers for Detroit. Bip Roberts had three hits for the Royals. Clark was 2 for 3 and scored twice. His 14th home run came off Allen McDill, who was making his major league debut, and put the Tigers ahead 9-6 in the seventh. McDill was promoted from Triple- A Omaha on Tuesday. The Royals scored a run in the eighth off Todd Jones on a double- play grounder. Both starting pitchers went five innings and were ineffective. Kevin Appier of the Royals walked four and gave up four hits, while Omar Olivares walked five and allowed six hits. Nieves put Detroit ahead 3-0 in V HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING the second inning with his fourth homer. The Royals tied it in the bottom half on RBI singles by Tim Spehr and Jose Offerman and Jay Bell's run-scoring double. Detroit added two runs in the fourth. Clark walked, Travis Fryman was hit by a pitch and Nieves singled to load the bases. Bob Hamelin, cut by Kansas City in spring training, drove in a run with a grounder and Raul Casano- •• va hit an RBI single for a 5-3 lead. Protest denied NEW YORK — The New York Yankees' protest of last week's 7-5 loss to Kansas City was denied Thursday by American League president Gene Budig. "Under all the circumstances, unusual as they were, the umpires devised the most reasonable solution," Budig said in his four-page decision. With the bases loaded in the sixth inning and one out, and New York ahead 3-0, Jeff King hit a grounder to third. Charlie Hayes fielded the ball and stepped on third, forcing out Jose Ofiferman, • then threw wildly to first as Tom Goodwin scored. Jay Bell, who was on first, rounded third by the time first baseman Tino Martinez retrieved the ball and threw it to pitcher Kenny Rogers in the infield. Third- base umpire Dale Ford mistakenly * called Bell out for passing a runner, not realizing Offerman had been forced out and no longer was part of the play. Kansas City argued and, after the umpires conferred, Bell was put on third and King on second. New York protested, arguing the original call should stand. Chili Davis then hit a two-run single that tied the game. Coellner leads Salinans at state starting today By The Journal Staff Salina South's Kelly Coellner will close out her impressive high school career as one of five Salina athletes competing this weekend at the Kansas State Swimming and Diving Championships. The event begins with preliminary races at 2 p.m. today at the Kansas State University natatorium in Manhattan. The top 12 finishers in each individual event and relays advance to Saturday's championship and consolation finals, which will get underway at 12:30 p.m. Coellner will attempt to become one of only five female swimmers in the 23-year history of the state swimming championships to win six or more individual gold medals in their career. Coellner won two golds as a freshmen, did not compete in high school swimming her sophomore season, and won two events again a year ago. This weekend she will compete in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 freestyle, the same two events she won in 1996. South will also be represented in the individual events by sophomore Amanda Lampe, who will swim the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Lampe and Coellner will have their individual events completed before they join freshman Mica Zier and sophomore Megan Weaver on the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. "Both Amanda and Kelly will have their individual events finished, and then we can concentrate completely on the relays," Salina coach Keith Smith said. "One of the fun things to check will be Mica and Megan's splits. They haven't had a chance to go into relays rested and it will be interesting to see what they can do." Salina Central's lone state qualifier is sophomore Abby Porter, but. Smith said there was some question Thursday whether Porter will, compete today. ; Porter qualified in the 50 • freestyle and 100 backstroke, but' has been nursing a shoulder injury i and has lightened her practice load ; in the final week. ; "If she does swim today it will be; a mutual coach-swimmer deci-- sion," Smith said. "She has got to' give me some feedback and we'll decide (today). This has been an on-. going problem and we've backed off here at the end." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT s|newsesal|oumal.com

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