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SPORTS SECTION WEDNESDAY' D2 MAIN EVENTS D2 ON THE AIR D6-7 RACING, JAI A LAI D7 SCOREBOARD Plesac saves Confident Weaver in control Owen Canfield Brewers in 9th, 4-3 By BOB SUDYR Courant Staff Writer BOSTON Paul Molitor's leadoff eighth-inning homer into the left-field screen broke a 2-2 tie in the Milwaukee Brewers' 4-3 victory over the Red Sox Tuesday night before 26,120 disappointed holiday customers. Milwaukee scored an unearned run in the ninth on a single by Glenn Braggs, who stole second, went to third on a throwing error and scored on B. J. Surhof 's sacrifice fly. The Red Sox scored a run in their half of the final inning, but Jody Reed grounded into a force play with two runners on base to end the game.

Molitor's July 4th rocket on a full count landed high in the Green Monster's hairnet. It was his seventh of the season and came off the full count serve from reliever-loser Joe Price (1-4). Brewers winner Chris Bosio (8-5) held the Sox to two second-inning runs. After Mike Greenwell's two-out single in the eighth, Bosio was replaced by Dan Plesac, who struck out Dwight Evans. Plesac picked up his league-leading 21st save.

The Sox offered an empty threat in their first at-bat, loading the bases on two walks and Danny Heep's infield hit off the first baseman's glove. But Nick Esasky waved weakly at a third strike to leave the bases full and the scoreboard empty. With one out, Jody Reed walked and Heep beat out a hit. Greenwell bounced out to first, Reed to third and Heep to second. Dwight Evans walked to load the bases for Esasky.

The Brewers scored the game's first run in the second inning. With one out, Rob Deer, Gary Sheffield and Glenn Braggs strung together consecutive singles for the score. Surhoff hit into a 4-6-3 inning-ending doubleplay. Second-inning singles by Ed Romero and Wade Boggs gave the Sox a 2-1 edge. Rich Gedman led with a single, went to third on Kevin Romine's doubled off the wall and scored on Romero's soft hit to left.

Romine then came home on Boggs' single to center. Reed struck out and Heep hit into a double play. Both starting pitchers found the groove in the third and fourth innings. Milwaukee's Chris Bosio retired the Sox in order, striking out four, the Sox' John Dopson struck out two Brewers in retiring the next six he faced. Boggs, a one-man bag of dirt, did everything he could to create another Sox run in the fifth.

He beat out an infield hit to first with a head-first slide, slid into second on Reed's sacrifice bunt and dived again into third after Heep flied to right. But Greenwell flied out. Please see Molitor, Page D4 wS CROMWELL The day he qualified for the 1989 United. States Open at Oak Hill Coun-' try Club in Rochester, N.Y., Doug Weaver's family simply cheered. Don and Margie Weaver didn't tell their son the bad news.

"They just said, 'Yeah, all right, go for They didn't want to spoil it for me," Weaver said Tuesday after cranking a drive 281 yards, good for fourth place in the Greater Hartford Open long drive contest. The bad news that had gone untold was that Don Weaver needed cancer surgery on his larynx. Doug Weaver, a 29-year-old rook-'r ie on the PGA Tour, went off to play the Open. On the first day, he aced himself into the record book by be-' coming one of four players (Jerry Pate, Nick Price and Mark Wiebe were the others) to make a hole-in-one on the same hole, the sixth, in under two hours. His family fairly danced with delight.

"Hundreds of letters came in from literally all over the world," Weaver said. "My father's surgery was delayed a week, so he was able to watch. And then, I was able to be home with him when he had the operation. He can't talk any more, but I call him on the phone a lot and talk to him and he taps the phone" 1 with his finger to let me know he is listening." At 29, Weaver is a bit long in the tooth for a tour rookie. But he is a different guy than he was two years ago.

He has confidence and, he says, a peace within him he hadn't known' before. He is not a guy to flaunt it, as some do, but when asked to elaborate, he said becoming a Christian has done wonders for him. It has helped him find his own life and, in a twist that makes him smile, also has been of invaluable assis- tance to his father. "My dad was always a hard-nosed go-getter," Weaver said. "He was an AU-American football player for.

Please see Canfield, Page D6 Browning's close call Reds pitcher Tom Browning had his bid for the second perfect game of his career ended when the Phillies' Dickie Thon doubled leading off the ninth inning. Cincinnati won, 2-1. Please see stay, Page D4. Joe Tabacca The Hartford Courant Mark Calcaveccbia gives Nora Anderson, 9, of Old Say- Golf Clinic Tuesday. Calcavecchia later won the Canon-brook a lesson on her backswing at the Gatorade Junior Jaycee Shootout.

Yankees slip past Tigers Calcavecchia winsShootout Results, Page D6. By MICHAEL ARACE Courant Staff Writer CROMWELL There's a tradition emerging at the $10,000 Canon-Jaycee shootout. This was how it went Tuesday: Mark Calcavecchia birdies the seventh and final hole, shakes hands with the runner-up, poses for photographs with Canon hon-cho Fujio Mitarai and a bogus oversized check for $3,500, walks over to his wife and says: "Here, honey. Here's your check." Didn't Ken Green go through this routine last year? Calcavecchia handed the real check to his wife Sheryl, who justj began her ninth month of pre- gancy. Sheryl folded the check; and shoved it deep in her pocket She probably will buy baby? clothes, just as Ellen Green, who gave birth to a boy in September, did last year.

"I know what's Calcavecchia said with his hand SI' Please see Calcavecchia, Page D6 By JACK O'CONNELL Courant Staff Writer NEW YORK Fourth of July at Yankee Stadium, the cathedral of baseball legends, holds special signif idSnce. Tuesday, the Yankees commemorated the 50th ahni-versary of Lou Gehrig's moving farewell speech in a pregame ceremony in which the Yankees' legendary voice, Mel Allen, accepted a plaque on the club's behalf from the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association. During the game, tapes of Dave Righetti's 1983 no-hitter were shown on the DiamondVision screen. Barfield stirs, Page D3. Box score, Page D4.

Babe Ruth hugging Gehrig while members of Murderer's Row and the Bronx Bombers looked on. Wade Boggs flailing away at a Rags slider. After the game, the Beach Boys, themselves legends of a sort, had the crowd rocking with a concert. It was a day of memories. Within this atmosphere, there was a 1-0 victory by the Yankees over the Tigers, with such heroes as Don Schulze, Lee Guetterman and Tom Brookens.

"Household names," Yankees Manager Dallas Green said. The '89 Yankees have little in common with their legendary predecessors, but a crowd of 32,198 was treated to one of the Yankees' most efficient games this year. The size of the crowd was somewhat disappointing, but the fans were hardly disappointed. Please see Yankees, Page D3 Facts, figures Schedule TODAY 7:30 a.m.: Canon-GHO Celebrity Pro-Am, TPC of Connecticut. THURSDAY-SUNDAY 7:30 a.m.: Canon-GHO.

(The low 70 scorers, plus ties, after the first two rounds qualify for the final 36 holes. Play begins later in the day Saturday and Sunday.) Tickets Purchased at the gate, the price is $1 5 for adults under age 60, $8 for adults age 60 and over and boys and girls age 1 7 and under. Once at the course, tickets must be purchased to obtain refreshments. Ticket books are $5. Stephen Dunn The Hartford Courant Lee Trevino, a participant in the Canon-Jaycee Shootout Tuesday, is always good for a laugh at the GHO.

Trevino was eliminated from the Shootout after losing a bunker contest on the fifth hole, Evert calls on reserves just in time to beat Golarsa INSIDE Highlights, Page D2. return down the line and a passing shot. Then she came up with the of the match. Golarsa hit a sharply angled volley that seemed out of Evert's reach, but Evert chased it down in the doubles alley and sent back a blistering backhand that passed Golarsa and landed just inside the line. "That's the point I remember," Evert said.

"At that point, the match was slipping away from me, but that shot gave me inspiration." Evert broke on the next point when Golarsa hit a volley wide, then won the next three games to com-; Associated Press WIMBLEDON, England Chris Evert wasn't ready to say goodbye to Wimbledon. Evert, playing here for the 18th and possibly last time, staged her greatest Wimbledon comeback Tuesday to reach her 17th semifinal at the All England Club grass-court tournament Evert, 34, is expected to retire at the end of the year. Shewas a point from trailing 4-0 in the final set and two points away from losing the match before rallying to beat Laura Golarsa of Italy, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. "In the middle of the third set, I to play against her and play better," Graf said. "I should have come in right from the beginning.

When I did, I won almost every point." Eight-time champion Martina Navratilova won most of her points against American Gretchen Magers to set up a semifinal meeting Catarina Lindqvist of Sweden. Navratilova overcame a shaky serve in the first set to beat Magers 6-1, 6-2 and Lindqvist downed Rosa-lyn Fairbank of South Africa 7-5, 7-5 in a battle of unseeded players. "I knew what to expect," Navratilova said after reaching the semifinals for the 12th consecutive year. "I had the edge there. Experience Snow tops field Jason Snow of Freetown, won the 50-kilometer feature race at the Andy Raymond Firecracker Criterium in Middletown.

Page D2. Astros rout Mets Righthander Mike Scott became the major leagues' first 14-game winner as the Astros scored eight runs off Bob Ojeda in the first inning and rolled to a 1 0-3 victory over the Mets. Page D3. counts for something." Just ask Golarsa, the lowest-ranked player in the quarterfinals at No. 87 and the first Italian woman to reach the final eight at Wimbledon since Lucia Valerio in 1933.

Golarsa is 13 years younger than Evert, and the experience gap showed during crucial moments in the match. Facing a break point that would have given Golarsa a 4-0 lead in the final set, Evert hit three straight winners to hold serve. Even more remarkable was Evert's clutch play when Golarsa moved to within two points of victory at 5-3 and 30-0. Evert got back to deuce with a pair of winning backhands, a service thought, 'This is not the way I want to go out," Evert said. "It's almost like I felt I didn't deserve to lose that way." Steffi Graf, the defending champion and Evert's next opponent, also had losing on her mind when she beat Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 7-5, 6-1 on Centre Court.

Sanchez Vicario served for the first set at 5-4, but Graf won the next seven games against the 17-year-old Spaniard, who beat Graf in last month's French Open final. "It was not revenge, but I wanted Please see Late, Page D2 4.

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