Wisconsin State Journal from Madison, Wisconsin on April 23, 1991 · 8
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2B SPORTS Wisconsin State Journal, Tuesday, April 23, 1991 Feuding ends as Musselman fired Minnesota Timberwolves Coach Bill Musselman was fired Monday as team President Bob Stein let everyone in on one of the worst-kept secrets in recent National Basketball Association history. Speculation raged for months that Musselman, the only coach in the team's two-year history, would be fired after the season. Musselman, 50, who has a year remaining on his contract, wasn't fired because the team lost too many games. Musselman sparred verbally with several players, most notably Pooh Richardson and Tony Campbell, and his relationship with Stein also was strained. NBA referee Jake O'Don-nell downplayed a published report which said league referees would possibly go on strike before the NBA playoffs. O'Donnell said the report may have been the work of someone who wanted to sabotage the upcoming contract talks between the NBA and the National Association of Basketball Referees. Leyva's job status to be discussed Philadelphia Phillies President Bill Giles said late Monday night that he and General Manager Lee Thomas will meet today to decide the fate of Nick Leyva, as indications grew that tne Phillies manager probably will be fired. On a day of intense specula tion about Leyva's job status Monday, neither Giles nor Thomas would give the manager a vote of confidence. "Lee will tell me what he recommends," Giles said. "I will go along with whatever he wants to do." Though the season is only 13 games old, Leyva's job seems in peril. Philadelphia has lost seven Today wedneeday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday BREWERS BUCKS BaMflMM Baltfmora Baltimore T TM T 1Mm- CK47 Ov7 Ch.47 South Waterloo Watorioo Molt Baton Spring fttd Springftefd 7p.m. Cpm 7p.m. 3pjn' 2 p.m. IrtSjMti, 7p.m. PNIMphl. f'?Wph" 730 pjn. 7:30 p.m. HomoganiM I Road game TELEVISION 6:30 p.m. Hockey Boston at Montreal, Game 4, NHL Adams Division Final, Sports Channel . 6:30 p.m. Baseball Toronto at Boston, ESPN. 7:30 p.m. Baseball Chicago Cubs at St. Louis; WGN. 9 p.m. Hockey Pittsburgh at Washington, Game 4, Patrick Division Final (taped), Sports Channel. 9:30 p.m. Baseball San Diego at San Francisco, ESPN. 9:30 p.m. Baseball Atlanta at Los Angeles; TBS. 6 p.m. RADIO Baseball Texas at Milwaukee; WIBA (1310 AM). of its last eight games and is 4-9. Detroit Tigers President Bo Schembechler set an Aug. 1 deadline for city and county officials to devise a plan for a new ballpark to replace Tiger Stadium. Schembechler ruled out renovating Tiger Stadium, opened April 20, 1912. It is the oldest ballpark in the majors along with Boston's Fenway Park, opened the same day. Reliever Mark Davis is likely to miss four to six weeks because of a badly damaged fingernail and small fracture on the tip of his left ring finger. Bucky Walters, 82, a pitching star for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1930s and '40s who was a six-time National League all-star, died Saturday at the Abing-ton (Pa.) Memorial Hospital after an undisclosed ailment. Team USA settles for tie vs. Sweden Mats Sundin's goal with 57 seconds left gave Sweden a 4-4 tie against Team USA in the third round of the World Hockey Championships in Helsinki, Fin land Monday. With the Americans ahead, 4-3, Swedish Coach Conny Evens-son pulled his goalie for an extra attacker and the gamble paid off. Moments after Team USA missed an easy empty-net opportunity, Sundin picked up the puck during a scramble in the U.S. zone and beat New York Rangers goalie John Vanbiesbrouck. Team USA has a 1-1-1 record and is in contention for the medal round. The four best teams from the preliminary round qualify. Bush congratulates NCAA champions President Bush saluted the National Collegiate Athletic Association college basketball champions from Duke and Tennessee Monday, saying their triumphs "proved that 'scholar-athlete' is not a contradiction in terms." Bush credited the Duke Blue Devils with "one of the greatest games in NCAA tournament history" in their semifinal upset of unbeaten Nevada-Las Vegas. And he said the Tennessee Lady Volunteers embodied "grace under pressure with their overtime triumph over Virginia. Borg ready to make first return of return Like Jim Palmer, Mark Spitz and George Foreman, Bjorn Borg could not stay away from what he does best. And now, 10 years after he won the last of his 11 Grand Slam tennis titles, Borg is trying a comeback. After an eight-year retirement marked by personal and financial troubles, the 34-year-old Swede returns to action Tuesday in the Monte Carlo Open, playing Jordi Arrese of Spain, a 26-year-old clay court specialist ranked No. 52 in the world. Chavez unhooks welterweight belt Julio Cesar Chavez said Monday he is giving up his International Boxing Federation junior welterweight title because of a dispute with IBF President Bob Lee and promoter Bob Arum. Chavez, who also holds the WBC super lightweight crown, said he is vacating the IBF title because Lee ordered him to defend his belt against No. 1 contender Rafael Pineda of Colombia. The National Collegiate Athletic Association is investigating allegations of possible recruiting violations at Austin Peay, the university said. . . . New York Rangers President Jack Diller, 52, was fired Monday The sensational filly Meadow Star, who finished fourth in the Wood Memorial in her first race against colts, is out of the Kentucky Derby and will next run in the Acorn Stakes May 25 at Belmont Park. ... Fred Levy Jr., 89, one of the owners of the Rams when they moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles in 1946, died of natural causes at his Palm Springs, Calif., home. Compiled from State Journal wire services '91 playoffs won't be same oF show By Bill Barnard Associated Press The National Basketball Association playoffs have a new look, with only one of the division winners repeating this season. The two-time defending champion Detroit Pistons are the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and will have homecourt advantage against No. 6 Atlanta in the first round, in which all series are best-of-five. Portland, which snapped the Los Angeles Lakers' nine-year hold on the Pacific Division title, is the No. 1 seed in the West, ahead of Midwest champion and second-seeded San Antonio, the only division winner to repeat Chicago, which won 60 games for the first time in franchise history, is the top seed in the East, replacing the Pistons. Atlantic Division champion Boston, which unseated Philadelphia, is the No. 2 seed. Injuries, which affected the regular season, will continue to come into play in the postseason, with Isiah Thomas, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Tom Chambers, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle and Gerald Wilkins among those recently hobbled who are attempting to return. The first-round playoff pairings, seeding and predictions: Eastern Conference No. I Mm York at No. 1 Chicago The BuH swept the Kmc, in tour games during the season, and Chicago needed less than 12 minutes to wipe out a 24-point deficit in their final meeting two weeks ago at Madison Square Garden. New York won 10 of its final 13 games at home, but lost nine of 1 1 on the road, a bad omen when the series has three games at Chicago Stadium. Jordan, the NBA s leading career scorer in playoff history, won't let his teammates start looking ahead. Bulls in 3. No. 7 Indiana at No. 2 Boston Despite the disparity in seedings, the Pacers are going into this series with some reason for confidence. They split four games with the Celtics during the season, and Bird's back problems sidelined him from the first week of April until Sunday's final game. His health for the playoffs is uncertain, but the Celtics will be tough to beat at Boston Garden, even If he is still slowed. Celtics In 4. No. 6 Atlanta at No. 3 Detroit Thomas came to the rescue just in time for the Pistons, making them reappear as a formidable team when it started to look like the championship magic was gone. Thomas has been alternately brilliant and average since returning from wrist surgery, with his toughest outings coming in afternoon games before he can control the pain and swelling. He was 6-for-26 from the field in his last two afternoon games. Detroit won all five meetings between the teams. Pistons in 5. No. S Philadelphia at No. 4 Milwaukee Injuries also are a big factor in this series, with Barkley returning only last week for the 76ers. Dale Elks is out for Milwaukee, having been replaced by a rusty Adrian Dantley. The Bucks, who lost four consecutive games before blowing out Indiana by 33 points in their season finale, were nearly unbeatable at home in the first half of the season, but their three-guard rotation system, mod eled after Detroit's, has been less effective lately. 76tm In 4. Western Conference No. 8 Seattle at No. 1 Portland The Trail Blazers finished with the NBA s Road to the NBA Finals First round Chicago First round Portland 41 ii , NVf -JT New York I I NwU I j Seattle ' Semi lfjJiVi Semi- 1 Pe,r0" , finals I LmJI I finals Atlanta I Utah ' pjnjj I1 i Milwaukee F,Bal r Finals "j FInal LA. Lakera Phlla. j 1 1 1 1 'Houston Semi- 'I I' Semi- ' M . ,Boston f finals finals Sg"Anton?o Indiana iGolden St Note: First round is best-of-flve; al other rounds are best of seven 42291 best record and had 16 consecutive victories before a loss to Phoenix on Sunday. Many of the key SuperSonics, including Benott Benjamin, Shawn Kemp and rookie Gary Payton, will be making their first NBA playoff appearances. Portland is battle-tested from top to bottom and is determined to return to the championship series. Trail Blazers In 3. No. 7 Golden State at No. 2 San Antonio The Warriors' victory over Utah on Sunday brought about this matchup, which looks much tougher for Golden State than the Jazz would have been. San Antonio center David Robinson had 1.063 rebounds and 320 blocked shots this season. Chances are that Alton Lister, who had 483 rebounds and 90 blocks for the Warriors, would rather face Mark Eaton of the Jazz. But Golden State's triple threat of Chris MuMn, Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway, which averaged 72 points per game, wN cause problems for the Spurs. Spurs in S. No. Houston at No. 3 Los Angels Laker The Rockets scared everyone Knight- RkJder Tribune News at the beginning of the month when they were concluding a 17-1, 29-5 run. Since then, Houston is 3-5 and not so formidable-looking, but the Lakers have to be worrying about the Hakeem Oiajuwon-Vlade Divac matchup at center. Los Angeles has won 11 of its last 14 games and appears primed to make another Western Conference run after a second-round upset last year Lakers In 4. No. S Utah at No. 4 Phoenix The Jazz are emotionally volatile, with first-round playoff upset losses the past two years, then blowing the Midwest title on the final day of the regular season. But the Suns have problem of their own, with Kevin Johnson, Chambers and Dan Majerle returning from injuries. These teams, which opened the season with a spht of consecutive games in Tokyo in November, should battle to the wire again. Last season, it was Johnson who beat the Jazz in the final game at Salt Lake City. This time, the Jazz wM find a way to win. Jazz in 5. Krystkowiak on, Ellis off Bucks' playoff roster Continued from IB could return even should they advance to the NBA Finals. There is no injured list for the playoffs and even those non-roster players under contract cannot be activated until next fall. Tbe Bucks will carry five guards Jay Humphries, Alvin Robert-ten, Steve Hensoo, Jeff Grayer and Lester Conner Into Thursday's opening fame of their best-of-five first -round series against the Philadelphia 7$ers H e based our decistoa on tbe medical opinion that (Ellis) will not improve physically for another s to eurbt weeks." Harris said. "We decided 11 was best to have him continue the rehabilitatoii process and to limit bis basketball activities." Tbe news was Just the opposite for Krystkowwt, who averaged 121 points aad 7 f rebounds ia im-ti before musing most of tbe last two seasons wit a knee irjury. r Though be hasnt competed since last April and has had the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee reconstructed twice in two years, tbe 610 Krystkowiak says the time is right for a comeback. A panel of medical consultants, including Dr. Steven Lombardo (operating physician). Clive Brewster (physical therapist). Dr. David Haskell (Bucks physician) and Mark Pfeil (Bucks trainer) all gave the OK to Krystowiak, who has missed all but 1 of a possible 17S games since injuring the koee in the 1 981-M Eastern Conference semifinals. Harris, mindful of tbe outcry when Krystkowiak underwent ha second major operation last August, said be anticipated cnucs', ammmm. knee-jerk reactions. The Layman s response is tuts-rally going to be, I hope its not too soon," Hams said. "Tbe bottom-line medical epitmm is that Larry's kft knee is no more at risk thai bis ncbt knee We bebeve that after watching Larry perform these past three weeks, he is ready to come in and give us some help in our quest for a championship." Krystkowiak can take rust -removal courses from Adrian Dantley, the si i -time all-star and two-time NBA scoring champion signed as the heir apparant to Ellis. Dantley has 10-game averages of 12 8 minutes and 57 points to show for his $300,000 contract, making this week's practices paramount "I'm going to study as much as I can," said Dantley, who hadnt played since February of 1990. "And I hope there's a lot of scrimmaging because I need it" Sans Kornet tbe second-year player with the l.S scoring average mysteriously came down with knee tendinitis tbe Bocks' playoff front court includes Krystkowiak, Dantley, Frank Brickowski, Fred Roberts. Dan Schayes, Jack Sikma and Brad Lobaus. Can today for a free estimate and the lowest prices of the season! uwiROYAtl RUBBER ROOFING SYSTEMS fir TIME TESTED AFFORDABLE WARRANTED 241-1131 Outside f ad son 1-S0O-235-FLAT IT, ADEPT lO-ran rally fiirns MusMes By Steve Drumwright Sports reporter So this conservation thing, isn't it supposed to be good for you? So, in light of it being Earth Day on Monday, the Madison Muskies tried to do their part. After watching Leandro Mejia waltz through the South Bend White Sox lineup three times en route to a 4-2 Midwest League baseball victory at Warner Park on Monday, the Muskies saw Jim Dillon allow just an earned run through his first six innings. So what did they do with a 4-1 advantage entering the final inning? They opted to be efficient with their pitching staff and went with left-hander Doug Johns. It cost the Muskies. It cost them to the tune of a 10-run seventh inning as the White Sox gained a split with an 11-4 triumph. "We wanted to keep his (number of) pitches down," Muskies Pitching Coach Scott Budner said of Dillon's departure. It seemed like a reasonable decision. After all, Dillon had emerged from the bullpen to make the start. He and his bullpen cohorts had a 2.86 earned run average in 28 vs innings through eight games. But that all went up in smoke when Johns and Gary Ross (0-1) were tagged for 10 runs on five hits, six walks and two errors. It spoiled the clutch performance of Muskies left fielder Scott Lydy. With just one hit in his previous 24 at-bats, Lydy smashed a split-finger fastball from White Sox reliever Rolando Caridad over the left-field fence for a grand slam. Can anyone say, "Andre Dawson?" "I think comfortable would be overstating it," Lydy said of the Muskies' attitude. "(South Bend) came out and never died. They kept battling." Mejia, on the other hand, was ef ficient by himself. The right-hander was perfect through the first 3 in nings., Mejia finished with a four-hitter, walking one and striking out three, in registering the Muskies' first complete game of the season. "I felt better than at Waterloo," Mejia said of his first start, in Wednesday's 6-2 triumph. "In four innings (against Waterloo), I had three walks. So I needed more con centration. I think I've got the con- Midwest league centration now." i The White Sox pitching staff entered the game with a 30-inning scoreless streak, which was culminated by consecutive 2-0 blankings of Cedar Rapids over the weekend. But the Muskies (5-4) put a quick end to that streak. Right-hander Frank Campos, who was obtained by the White Sox last season from the Chicago Cubs organization for major-leaguer Bill Long, walked the first three Muskies. Campos (0-1) then got Lydy to bounce back to mound, but his throw to the plate was dropped by catcher Rogelio Nunez. Brett Hendley followed with an infield single off Campos' glove and Keith Thomas completed the outburst by looping a two-run single to right. Mejia had his perfect game interrupted when right fielder Greg Reid dropped Charles Poe's two-out fly ball in the fourth. The shutout went by the wayside when John Hairston singled up the middle. SOUTH BEND Wilson Coughlln rf Poe If Hairston an walker lb Ramos 3b Valrle cf GaHher 2b Nunez c Totals Soul Bend . Madison. oo 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 16 First r h bi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 MADISON Hernandez ss Carlson 2b Reld rf Lvdy If Hendlev an 0 Thomas cf 0 0 Lanfronco 3b 0 1 Mercado lb 1 0 Molina c 4 2 Totals 110 r It bi 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 1 2 4 E - Nunez. Ramos. LOB - South Bend 4. Madison 3. SB - Ramos (4), Nunez (7), Walker (3). IP H R ER BB SO South Bend Campos L (0-1) t 6 4 3 3 4 Madison Mella (14) 7 4 2 1 1 3 T - Ml. SOUTH BEND ( Wilson ss Coughlln 3b Poe If Strange 3b Hairston dh Walker ph Sollmlne lb Golfher 2b Monzon 2b Valrle cf Sheppard cf Nunez c RoUedo c Nunez lb r HM 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 1 too 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 MADISON Carlson 2b Lanfronco 3b Plcketts 2b Henry c Lydy If Hendley dh Thomas cf E. Young rf Mercado lb Hernandez ss 29 11 S 4 Totals South Bend. Madison. 000 001 (10) 11 4 Sollmlne, Plcketts, Mercado, E. Young, Lan fronco. DP - South Bend 1, Madison 1. LOB - South Bend 4, Madison 4. 2B - Poe, Hendley. HR - Lydy (1). SB - Carlson (2), E. Young (2). S - Sollmlne. IP H R ER BB SO South Bend G. Young 0 0-3 0 0 0 0 0 Locklear 0 13 2 10 Carload W (2-0) 2 2 110 3 Dillon Johns Ross L (0-1) 1-3 2-3 Locklear pitched to three batters In sixth. WP - Ross. T - 2:17. Att. - in. North Stars stop Blues Associated Press While frustration is beginning to mount for Brett Hull and the St. Louis Blues, the Minnesota North Stars are showing absolutely no signs of overconfidence. After scoring 86 regular-season goals and eight more in the opening round of the National Hockey League playoffs, Hull has no goals and only eight shots in three games against the North Stars. Monday night in Bloomington, Minn., he continued to be checked hard by Stewart Gavin and Gaetan Duchesne and managed just three shots in Minnesota's 5-1 victory. The Blues also trail the best-of-seven series 2-1 because their once potent power play has gone belly-up. They were 0-for-7 Monday and are 4-for-57 in the playoffs. With Hull, who scored a league-high 29 times, St Louis' power play was tbe league's eighth best But tbe Blues' only goal in their last 35 attempts was accidentally put in by Minnesota's Marc Bureau. "It takes five guys working, not two or three," said Hull, who is in his first three-game scoreless streak of the season. "I'm just trying to do the things I'm supposed to do." Jon Casey made 29 saves for tbe North Stars, who have won five of their last six games. NHL PLAYOFFS victory over Los Angeles, playing without Wayne Gretzky for most of the game, and a 2-1 lead in the Smythe Division finals. Tikkanen, who also scored earlier, beat Kelly Hrudey with a shot from the right circle after taking a rebound off the right boards. Mark Lamb had kept the puck in the Kings' zone before Tikkanen picked it up. The Kings overcame Gretzky's loss in the first period and twice took third-period leads on goals by John Tonelli only to have the Oilers rally to tie. Gretzky needed at least 25 stitches to close a cut after he was hit near the left ear by a shot from teammate Steve Duchesne in the first period.. i -1 a i a - i : 1. M - (MM I OarOTuL M QevM I (Voan, OvnnL ('3. S)IUi.i 4 (Proa. maml 1M Wmtmmn t (Madane, SMML wet Sssti. imni hi. m - pi in ic hi. i rat MI. St. - TH i IHim t pl. ttooensL 1144 St. f 1 4, I 17) ii. an tCmmH KM Mll. Oilers 4. Kings 1 Esa Tikkanen scored his playoff-leading ninth goal 48 seconds into tbe second overtime to give bost Edmonton -a iKTtCT-.Wrmi.mr Madison Hair Transplant Clinic Surgical Hair Replacement Realistic Hairline Reconstruction Pnmory. Blend v Micro Grafting Single Hair Insertion Sralp Reduction Procedures Full Donor Ckmutv for Maximum hVsuJU Natural JVrmonent Hair Restoration Madison HairTrartairIni-ii j CMnlo 7nifl iVrwiaM rwa V Mmdimm. 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