Wisconsin State Journal from Madison, Wisconsin on April 3, 1991 · 13
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1B Richter proposal: Increase fee, save sports'2B M0NEY6B Sports editor Wffiam K. Brophy, 252-6170 Wisconsin State Journal Wednesday, April 3, 1991 Sucks j Dantley find one another By Pat Stiegman - Sports reporter As a defender, he's one heck of a scorer. As a rebounder, he's one heck of a scorer. As a playmaker, well . . . he's one heck of a scorer. Must be Ricky Pierce, right? Or Dale Ellis? Wrong, and wrong. His name is Adrian Dantley and he is a 6-foot-S, 210-pound forward, a 14-year veteran, the 10th-leadin&. scorer in National Basketball Association history and the latest supplier of instant offense charged with making the Milwaukee Bucks' postseason aspirations come to fruition. And when the Bucks placed Ellis on the injured list Tuesday with a possible season-ending herniated disk and signed Dantley for the remainder of the year thus ending Ellis put on injury list a 13-month hiatus for the six-time NBA all-star the question arose: Can he still do it? "We feel extremely fortunate that on such short notice we are in a position to acquire such a fierce competitor," Bucks Coach Del Harris said of Dantley, whose 24.5 career scoring average owes much to his penchant for mystifying those trying to stifle his low-post abilities. "We know that Adrian is hungry to play and to win." A two-time league scoring champion (30.7 ppg in 1981, 30.6 ppg in 1984), the 35-year-old Dantley averaged 14.7 points in 45 games with the Dallas Mavericks last season before missing the final two months with a broken leg. An unrestricted free agent, Dantley said he worked out consistently and played pickup games after the season while waiting for the phone to ring. Though David Falk, agent for both Ellis and Dantley, said Dantley came "very close a number of times" to signing with another team the Bucks included he didn't resurface until Tuesday. "My body feels like it's in the NBA already," said Dantley, joining his seventh NBA team. "Once I get used to the bumping again. 111 be OK. I've never been away this long, so itH be interesting." Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Dantley had a physical exam in Milwaukee Tuesday before flying to Philadelphia, where he scored two points and had two turnovers in the Bucks' 121-104 victory over the 76ers. "People who know him know Adrian is one of the most assiduous workers in the league," Falk said of Dantley, NBA rookie of the year with the Buffalo Braves in 1977 and comeback player of the year with Utah in 1984. "It may take him a couple games to get in NBA shape, but by the time the playoffs roll around, hell be ready." Ellis, who averaged a team-best 19.3 points in 21 games since the Feb. IS trade that sent Pierce to Seattle, will miss a minimum of 10 days and five games. But Dr. David Haskell, the Bucks orthopedic consultant, said Ellis' back injury the ruptured disk pinches a nerve and causes pain, numbness and weakness in his legs could require season-ending surgery. "We're certainly not optimistic about him playing again this season," Haskell said. "Surgery could be necessary to repair the disk." Of course, the 31-year-old Ellis has seen his share of down time: He missed 27 games last year with injuries sustained in a car accident, missed the first 17 games of this season with a foot injury and then sat out a five-day suspension for fighting with former Seattle teammate Xavier McDanieL More NBA2B icr " f " y - "' Adrian Dantley Questions still keep popping up Even during a week away from this business, the questions kept pouring in. First, there were the ones about the recent developments at the University of Wisconsin. Why can't I shake the feeling that by cutting five non-revenue sports, the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department broke its implied agreement with the students to use the extra $20 tacked on their fees the last two years toward saving those same non-revenue sports? COMMENTARY VIC FEUERHERD And if the department broke its agreement with the students, didn't it do the same with UW faculty and staff who are paying higher parking fees to bail out the athletic program? Why am I still disturbed that students were not i represented at the Athletic Board meeting that approved the cuts because their voting representative had a pre-paid ticket for a spring break vacation on the day the meeting was held? Why do I agree with University System President Kenneth Shaw that the Legislature should not bail out the athletic department? But why do I expect that in several years the athletic department will go to the Legislature begging for money in order to redesign the current office space . in Camp Randall, add an extension that connects the UW Field House with the stadium offices and maybe even build a new arena? Why does that little voice in the back of my head keep whispering that not only will donations to the athletic department suffer because of the cuts, but so will overall contributions to the university? Why baseball? Why gymnastics? Why fencing? There also were other questions to consider, including: Why am I still waiting for Nevada-Las Vegas to beat Duke by 10 points? Wouldn't Steve Yoder (and just about every other college basketball coach, for that matter) willingly carry that-same monkey that Duke's Mike Krzyzewski . managed to shed Monday night? If the Presidents Council of the National Collegiate Athletic Association was really serious, wouldn't it have cut out spring football altogether, if only to spare the players (and sportswriters) their most miserable month of the year? How much of a bearing will a month of spring practice at UW have on the team that takes the field next September, especially when a number of key players have yet to even attend their senior proms? Will the Badgers really draw an average of 50,000 next fall? Can Coach Barry Alvarez afford not to worry about that? But it is spring, which means it's time for baseball. Which led to the following questions: Do Milwaukee Brewers General Manager Harry Dalton and Manager Tom Trebelhorn keep straight faces when they discuss a starting rotation anchored by Mark Knudson? Has Paul Molitor donated his body to a sports medicine clinic? " Why am I the only one not worried about Robin Yount? How many sellouts at Shea Stadium will it take to pay New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden? Fewer than the number of sellouts at Fenway Park needed to pay Boston's Roger Clemens? Is there any way to get Barry Bonds and Rickey Henderson on the same team? How do I explain to a certain 8-year-old the biggest Mets fan I know that the Chicago Cubs look like the team to beat in the National League East? Now give me another week off, and 111 try to come op with the answers. M ,(.s. SUM Journai pholcvL ROGER TURNER Hooking . . . foul Wisconsin's Rob Brozovtch fines a pitch just foti during the first game of Tuesday's doubteheader with UW-Parkside. Story4B. Bucks soar, crush 7 6ers PHILADELPHIA (AP) Fred Roberts didn't have an easy explanation, but he was extremely happy with his performance Tuesday night The Milwaukee forward scored a career-high 32 points as the Bucks defeated Philadelphia, 121-104, and handed the 76ers their worst National Basketball Association home loss of the season. The 76ers played without Charles Barkley, who sustained a sprained ligament in his left knee Sunday. "I just had open shots and they were going down," said Roberts, who made 14 of 18 shots. "I started to feel like everything was going in, so I just kept shooting." Roberts thought Milwaukee's 34 assists were a big factor in the victory. "Our ball movement was just great, and that's bow you get open shots," he said. "We got our momentum going right from the start," Bucks Coach Del Harris said. "And our ball-handling was superb." Adrian Dantley, signed earlier in the day, played the entire fourth quarter for Milwaukee, his first action in more than a year. He last played for Dallas last season, appearing in 45 games before breaking a bone in his left leg. "I felt really winded," said Dantley, who made one of three shots. "I was out of breath, but it felt good to get in there for a while. I didn't know the plays, but that will take time." Dan Schayes had 19 points for the Bucks, who outrebounded Philadelphia, 52-39, led by Jack Sik-ma's 14. Jayson Williams had a season-high 17 points and Kenny Payne added 15 for Philadelphia. .ii n ii - im MLWAUKEI - htrt 14-! -t tt (rlcfcaanM S-t H it. SOIOTM t-M i-4 W.KoMrtMOt-ll H l, IMWIaHIH l4.GrovarS- II. M"" t-1 , Lwu K - , I Ilium MMl, 0 i l-J M t, CM II 1-1 UrnM -i M ToM B-n 11-17 111. MUHLfW - Psvna Ml ! 11 Oman 4 -4 II. Man 1-4 1-4 1, Ctmii yjm, Ktotn l- 4-4 ll. nii in n -l 1 1, M -!-. Tinr t-tt 4-( 14, WIMam 14 l-m 17, OHvr HUI, mum l-l 4-6 2. rM M- M-17 M4. Thraa-ttoMI tacM - MM IMmWrlii li. Hm l-l, ItotMrMan Vumm t-t i.Xom 4-n, 1-4 lo1 1-4. 4-1, TuriKT lfc HMK X - latMM. MM - M SKSknai 141, P WIAllHI llin 4j W - M 14 (DatMrtMn l r It fTurw 44, ToM IM - ll,ISa. Brewers aren't same club as '90 By Andy Baggot Sports reporter CHANDLER, Ariz. You can speculate as to their potential for success when they start playing for real five days from now, but one thing appears certain about the Milwaukee Brewers: "We are a significantly different ballclub than a year ago right now," Manager Tom Trebelhorn said. "Hopefully, it will be a significant improvement in wins and losses." Trebelhorn said that Tuesday, the day the Brewers more or less reached the 25-man roster limit for opening day. They did so by releasing three players outright outfielder Mike Felder, infielder Eddie Diaz and pitcher Randy Veres and designating five others pitchers Don August, Darren Holmes and Brandy Vann, first baseman George Canale and outfielder Mickey Brantley for minor-league reassignment Vann has been tabbed for Class AA FJ Paso, while the others will play for Class AAA Denver. Milwaukee also signed three free agents left fielder Candy Maldonado, catcher Rick Demp-sey and second baseman Willie Randolph to one-year contracts. Financial terms were not disclosed. Officially, the Brewers have 27 players on the roster. Veres will be on there until he clears waivers on Friday. Pitcher Bill Wegman, who is slated for the disabled list and a rehabilitation assignment at either FJ Paso or Class A Beloit, is on there as welL The club does not have to reach the 25-man limit until Monday, when it opens the 1991 season at Texas. Consider the makeup of this team: Five free-agent signees. In addition to Maldonado, Dempsey and Randolph, there is reliever Edwin Nunez and first baseman Franklin Stubbs, who agreed to contracts in December. Ten players who were not part of the organization on opening day, 1990. In addition to the five free agents, there are pitchers Ron Robinson, Julio Macbado, Kevin Brown and Mark Lee and right fielder Dante Bichette, all of whom were acquired in trades. Sixteen players , younger than 30 years old, including nine of the 10 pitchers. Eight millionaires, including designated hitter Paul Molitor ($3,233,333 in base salary in 1991), center fielder Robin Yount ($3,200,000), pitcher Teddy Hi-guera ($2,750,000), pitcher Dan Plesac ($2,266,667), Stubbs ($2,000,000), catcher B.J. Surhoff ($1,085,000), second baseman Jim Gantner ($1,000,000) and Robinson ($1,000,000). One player who has appeared in the big leagues in four decades. Dempsey played in five games for the Minnesota Twins in 1969. For reference, he made his professional debut in 1967, one year before third baseman Gary Sheffield was born. A critical aspect of the final cuts was the decision by Trebelhorn and General Manager Harry Dalton to open the season with 10 pitchers. That meant that August, who had a good spring after a season and a half of baffling ineffectiveness, was the odd man out and that Greg Vaughn, who figured to be the odd man in the outfield, will make the club. Trebelhorn said the decision to go with 10 pitchers was based on 1991 BREWERS ROSTER Pitchers No. Player HL Wt BVT 1990 team W-L ERA 29 Chris Boso 6-2 225 RR Brewers V9 4O0 30 Kevin Brown .... 6-1 185 UL MetsBrewers 1-1 2 35 32 ChucfcCrtm 6-0 185 RR Brewers 3-5 3.47 41 Mark Knudson. 6-5 200 RR Brewers 10-9 4.12 34 Mark Lee 6-3 200 LA. Brewers 1-0 2.11 48 JukoMacrtado.. 5-9 165 RR Mets. Brewers 4-1 2.47 31 Jaime Navarro.. 6-4 210 RR Brewers 8-7 4.46 45 Edwin Nunez.... 6-5 240 RR Tigers 3-1 2.24 37 Dan Plesac - 6-5 215 LA. Brewers 3-7 4 43 33 Ron Robinson .. 6-4 235 RR Rec&Brewers 14-7 3 26 43 x R.Veres... 6-3 189 RR Brewers 0-3 3 67 46 y B. Wegman 6-5 220 RR Brewers 2-2 4.85 Catchers No. Player HL Wt BT 1990 team HR RBI Avg. 14 Rick Dempsey 6-0 190 RR Dodgers 2 15 .195 5 B J. Surhoff 6-1 200 LR Brewers 6 59 276 INFIELDERS No. Player HL WL BT 1990 team HR RBI Avg. 9 Greg Brock 6-3 205 LR Brewers 7 50 .248 17 Jm Gantner 5-11 175 LR Brewers 0 25 .263 4 Paul Molitor 6-0 185 RR Brewers 12 45 .285 30 Wilde Randolph ... 5-11 171 RR Athletics 1 21 .257 11 Gary Sheffield 5-11 190 RR Brewers 10 67 .294 6 Bitty Spiers 6-2 190 LR Brewers 2 36 .242 28 Franklin Stubbs... 6-2 208 LA. Astros 23 71 .261 7 DaieSveum 6-3 185 SR Brewers 1 12 .197 Outfielders No. Player HL WL BT 1990 team HR RBI Avg. 3 Dante Bichette-.. 6-3 225 Rfl Angels 15 53 255 24 Dam Hamilton ... 6-1 180 UR Brewers 1 18 295 15 C. Maldonado 6-0 195 RR Indians 22 95 .273 23 Greg Vaughn 6-0 193 Rfl Brewers 17 61 220 19 Robin Yount 6-0 180 RR Brewers 17 77 247 x waived for reassignment to minors but refused y w be put on disabled 1st the fact that the team has four days off during the first month. For the most part, there were few surprises in the cuts. Felder, a six-year veteran, got caught in a numbers game in the outfield. The same goes for Diaz, who simply wasn't as versatile as Dale Sveum. Despite the numerous changes in personnel, the prevailing thought around baseball is that the Brewers haven't improved that much from the team that went 74-88 and finished sixth in the American League East Division last season. "Everyone was complaining we didnt do anything," Trebelhorn said. 'There's still some complaining we havent done enough. Please let ns play and find out" Brewers notes, resutt38 White Sox to take Bo gamble SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) The Chicago White Sox have called a news conference for this morning, while ESPN and Cable News Network reported the club will announce the signing of Bo Jackson. Jackson, a two-sport star, was released March 18 by the Kansas City Royals when Dr. Steve Joyce determined a football-related hip injury would not allow the outfielder to play baseball this season. White Sox officials in Sarasota would not confirm the report late Tuesday night The news conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. today. White Sox Owner Jerry Reins-dorf, asked Tuesday afternoon about rumors that the team would sign Jackson, said the situation was up to Jackson's agent Richard Woods. Reinsdorf said that when Jackson decided with which team be wanted to sign, the deal would be completed within 2 hours. "One way or another it would be quick," Reinsdorf said Tuesday afternoon. Reached at his hotel late Tuesday night Reinsdorf would neither confirm nor deny the broadcast report Woods did not return calls to his Alabama borne and office. Joyce, the Royals doctor, said be did not believe Jackson would be able to play baseball this year and possibly ever again. But Dr. James Andrews, a leading orthopedic specialist in the athletic field, examined Jackson and did not rule out a return to pro sports. ESPN also reported Tuesday that Jackson's hip problem might not be as bad as initially feared. Jackson has one year left on rteos rum to 3B, Col. 5

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