News Record from North Hills, Pennsylvania on January 4, 1996 · Page 19
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Sports News Record -- Thyrsday, Jan 4, 1996 -- C5 Ex-Steelers to get together Members of Super Bowl teams to reunite at benefit dinner Sports digest College ba»k»tbal» PSU stays undefeated COLUMBUS, Ohio: Matt Gaudio scored 21 points -including five free throws in the final 51 seconds -- as Penn State defeated Ohio State, 7269, Wednesday night to match the best start in the school's 100 years of basketball. The Nittany Lions moved to 10-0, matching the starts of the 1922-23 and 1924-25 teams It was the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams Dan Earl added 16 points, Glenn Sekunda 12 and Calvin Booth 10 for Penn State, which won its first Big Ten opener in fourjnes. In other men's games: · Radford 65, Duquesne 64: Eric Parker's baseline jumper with five seconds remaining gave Radford a victo- (QverJjyquegnejrLgadford.. Parker, a 6-foot- 10 reserve center, hit a five-footer eight seconds after Mike James put Duquesne (5-4) ahead 64-63. Parker played only 18 minutes and finished with six points. Jason Lansdown's three-pointer gave Radford (6-6) its biggest lead, 49-38 with, 12:04 remaining. But Valley "graduate Tom Pipkins scored 1 1 of his 21 points during a 20-8 run that put the Dukes on top 58-57 with 3:24 left. Tfielead changed hands eight times in the final 3:24. · Wisconsin 51, Michigan 46: Mosezell Peterson scored 1 7 points, including a key basket in the final seconds, and Wisconsin upset No. 21 Michigan in Madison, Wis. It was the Big Ten opener for both teams. Wisconsin (9-4) trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half before rallying to give coach Dick Bennett a victory in his first conference game. · Mississippi State 77, LSU 64: Darryl Wilson scored 20 points to lead No. 17 Mississippi State to a victory over ·Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, La, as both teams opened _Southeastern.Conference,play._ Erick Dampier had 13 points for Mississippi State. · Clem«on51,Duke48: Freshman point guard Terrell Mclntyre hit a three-pointer with 14 seconds left to give No. 22 Clemson a victory over No. 19 Duke in Clemson, S.C. It was Clemson's third victory in a row" against Duke. · Minnesota 69, Illinois 64: Sam Jacobson scored 22 points, and reserve Bobby Jackson added 17 to lead Minnesota to a victory over No 13 Illinois in Minneapolis. It was the Big Ten opener for both teams. · Connecticut 89, West Virginia 79: Ray Allen scored 23 points, and Doron Sheffer added 20, as No. 7 Connecticut overwhelmed mistake-prone West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va, Connecticut extended its winning streak to 10 games. · Kentucky 69, South Carolina 60: Tony Delk had 28 defeated South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. in the Southeastern Conference season opener. · Georgetown 81, DePaul 61: Allen Iverson scored 24 points, and No 6 Georgetown cruised to the victory over . DePaul in Rosemont, III - · Georgia 74, Mississippi 38: Shandon Anderson led four players in double figures with 19 points, and No. 14 Georgia routed Mississippi in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. · Boston College 95, Rutgers 67: Antonio Granger scored 15 points, and No. 24 Boston College celebrated its Purdue's Herb Dove (21) slam dunks against No. To Iowa in the first half Wednesday. Unranked Purdue won, 85-61. entry into the rankings with an easy victory over Rutgers in Piscataway, N,J. Boston College joined the Top 25 Monday for the first time since the end of the 1993-94 season. · Purdue 85, lows 61: Reserve Brad Miller-scored a career-high 23 points, and Purdue upsePNo. 10 Iowa in West Lafayette, Ind. · Miami 75, Syracuse 66: Freshman Tim James scored 19 points in 18 minutes to help host Miami hand No. 11 Syracuse its second consecutive loss. James, last week's Big East Conference rookie of the week, hit two baskets during a 12-0 run midway through the second half that gave Miami the lead. · Nebraska 85, T««f 69: "Ifiek Strickland scored six of his ~ 17 points in the final four minutes, and Nebraska hit a school- record 43 free throws in a victory over No. 23 Texas in Lincoln, Neb, * Mlsii woiMirwin LEXINGTON, Ky.: Doriann Johnson and Lisa Miller scored 14 points apiece to lead No. 24 Mississippi to 68-60 a Southeastern Conference victory over Kentucky With 9:32 left in the first half, Kentucky trailed 18-15. However, Mississippi went on a 20-4 run to takea38-19halftimelead. In other women's games: · Vanderbllt 97, E.Ken- tucky 55: Mara Cunningham had a career-high 26 points, and Angela Gorsica, her backup, added12,asNo.3Vanderbilt cruised past Eastern Kentucky in Nashville, Tenn. -NorthweeterrHTOrMar.-- quette 49: Christina Braden 'scored 26 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and No 23 Northwestern defeated Marquette in Evanston, III. NBA Jordan, Bulls top Rockett CHICAGO: Michael Jordan scored 38 points, and the Chicago Bulls held the Houston Rockets to one field goal in the second quarter and won, 100-86. The nationally televised game between the two teams that won the past five NBA titles became one-sided by the end of the second period. Chicago outscored Houston 32-12 in the quarter to confirm its status as the NBA's top team. Dennis Rodman, who changed his hair color from green to blond, had 15 rebounds, as the Bulls improved to a league-best 26-3 overall and 16-0 at home. Houston had its four-game winning streak snapped. In other NBA games: · Warriors 122,76ers 111: Golden State nearly blew a 32- point, third-quarter lead but hung on to defeat Philadelphia in Oakland, Calif. It is the Warriors' first three-game winning streak in 14 months. · Pacers 110, Clippers 94: Rik Smits scored 25 points, and Ricky Pierce added 19, as Indiana defeated host LqsAnge^ "les for the seventh consecutive time · Magic 121, Raptors 110: Dennis Scott scored 15 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help host Orlando pull away to defeat Toronto for its sixth consecutive victory. · Trail Blazers 114, Celtics 110 (OT): Rod Strickland scored three of his 27 points in overtime, as Portland won orfthe road for the second time in as many nights with the victory over host Boston. · Spurs 111, Jazz 97: David Robinson scored 31 points, and Vinny Pel Negro had a season- high 26, as host San Antonio solidified its hold on second place in the Midwest Division and ended Utah's four-game winning streak. · Bucks 96, Pistons 82: Glenn Robinson scored 19 points, Vin Baker had 18 and Benoit Benjamin 16, as host Mil- losing streak and ended Detroit's three-game winning streak, NFL Paralyzed player to SIM SEATTLE: Mike Frier, the Seattle Seahawks tackle left paralyzed in a car accident more than a year ago, intends to sue former teammate Lamar Smith and the suburb where the team · has its headquarters. Frier's lawyers said they would file the claim and lawsuit today and would give further details then They did not say how much money Frier was seeking. Quote of the day "We've been on the good end of some of these big scores. Now, we're on the bad end. We probably deserved every bit of it." Florida catch, M tottag ttw M «- g- -*fc -IJ ^--^--- ----fc|_ COMBv TOOCBH CflHHBVOBMH to Nebraska, 8244 Worth watching Memphis at UMass: Massachusetts will try to keep-rts-gnp-on-the-top-- ranking in college basketball. 9 p.m., ESPN; By Frank Pastor Staff writer Steelers notes .J'Micbael.has made_great PmSBURGH: For six seasons be obtained by calling the PAGE during the 1970s, the foursome of office at 562-0808. Joe Greene, Dwight White, L.C. Cost per person is $100, and tables Greenwood and Ernie "Arrowhead" of 10 are available for $1,000. Corpo- -Holmes-was^sinseparable-as-forged--rate-sponsorship-packages-also^Fe-- steel. available. But during the past 20 years, living distance and business responsibili- umm^ juitcbu ties did to the Steel Curtain what its ""** ""»«"· NFL opponents never could. c* frrknfr if\iit in ^ilinPI Wednesday marked the first day in nis renaDffltation.-Dut-' this will be a lifelong challenge -- physically, mentally and financially," said lawyer Richard Bardi. Frier was riding in a car Smith was driving that struck a utility pole Dec 1,1994, on a rain- slicked road in Kirkland, Wash __Frier, 26, a defensive tackle, initially was left paralyzed with a . broken neck, He now has control of the muscles in his upper body. Smith, 25, a running back, has pleaded innocent to vehicular assault. His trial is to begin Mop- day in King County Superior Court. Vikings player charged MINNEAPOLIS: Minnesota Vikings defensive end James Harris bowed his head and stared at the courtroom floor as he was charged with assaulting his wife, and police said he was being investigated for bigamy. Hennepin County District Judge Franklin Noel set bail at $20,000 for Harris, who was arrested Saturday. He was charged with third-df gree assault, a felony with a maki- -mum-sentence-of-five-years-in-jail and a $10,000 fine. Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, Harris, 27, said little and did not enter a plea during his initial court appearance. His next hearing was set for Jan. 25. Harris and his lawyer left the courtroom through separate back doors and did not speak to reporters. His agent, Jeff Durand, said Harris believed he was divorced from his first wife, Bonnie Harris, who now lives in Philadelphia, when he married the other woman in 1995. He said Harris filed for divorce in 1994 and believed it had been granted by default, since she did not contest it. Moeltor stays wtth Bengal* CINCINNATI: The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed Gary Moeller as coach of tight ends, completing the team's plans to bring _backjts_coaching staff from the Bowls K-and X wiflreunite for the first time since 1976 at a dinner to benefit The Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise Feb. 18 at the Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel Former Steelers teammates John Brown, Lynn Swann, J.T. Thomas, John Banaszak, Rocky Bleier, Randy Grossman, Ted Peterson, Larry Brown, MelBlount and .Franco Harris also will attend. Organizers hope to raise $45,000. for PACE, a 28-year-old nonprofit corporation affiliated with the United Way of Allegheny County. The event also will be part of Black History Month. White, a partner with the Pacific Matrix Investment Bank Firm, and Greenwood, president of Greenwood Enterprises, still live in Pittsburgh. Greene, a defensive line coach with the Miami Dolphins, lives in Cooper City, Fla. Holmes is a businessman and rancher in Wiergate, Texas. "I still talk to them," White said. "I just talked to Joe this morning. I talk to Ernie on the Internet, on the worldwide web. Just punch up "Arrow." Greenwood and White said they made a clean break from football after their retirement from the NFL in the early 1980s. "We just weren't as hungry for ._footbalLas-Joe_was,.Qr_may-be_we,, didn't have the right doors open at the time," Greenwood said. "We were doing other things." Said White, Tm 180 degrees in the other direction. When I finished my playing days, I was through with it I played some great games, and I enjoyed every minute of it But it was part of my life, not my life'. As (former Steelers coach) Chuck (Noll) would say, I got on with my life's work." Tickets for the reunion dinner can week:The~ team had meetings Monday and practiced inside the bubble at Duquesne University's Rooney Field Tuesday. "It's totally different going out in those conditions than throwing inside," said Steelers quarterback Neil O'Donnell. Stop the run It has been said that the outcome of Saturday's game will rest on the ability of the Steelers' offensive line to protect O'Donnefl. Bills linebacker Bryce Paup has another opinion, 1 think we have to stop the running game first" Paup said. "If you can't stop the running game, you can't rush the quarterback. All they have to do is hand off to the running back all the time. "The key for us is to stop the running game, and then we -can worry about getting after the quarterback." Injury report The Steelers are about as healthy as they have been all season. Running backs Erric Pegram, Bam Morris and John L, Williams and linebacker Chad Brown -- all of _whomjnissed.the.Steelersl24;19JQSS--, to the Green Bay Packers Dec. 24 -practiced Wednesday for the second consecutive day. Brown (sprained ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game. Pegranv(bruised ribsKMorris (hamstring) and Williams (knee) are probable. Wide receivers Andre Hastings (quadriceps) and Yancey Thigpen (toe) and offensive lineman James Parrish flower back) alsoiare probable. Rod Woodson (knee) is out Brown: Steelers defense has it all By Leo Roth Gannett News Service ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.: They have been unconscious. Clicking on all cylinders. Humming along. Throw out a meaningless regular- season finale against Houston when the majority of starters sat out, and the Buffalo Bills' offense has aver- season with a knee injury in the first week, the Steelers finished in the top 10 in 12 defensive categories. They are third in yards allowed (285.1), second in rushing defense (82.6), second in interceptions (22) and sixth in sacks (42). The Steelers fielded a top-three defense three years running. "I don't see too many weaknesses," 1995 season. Moeller, the former Michigan coach, joined the Bengals for the 1995 season in his first venture into the NFL It marks the first time since 1987-88 Cincinnati will have no changes in coaching personnel The Bengals finished 7-9, their' fifth consecutive losing season and fourth in a row under coach Dave Shula. Shula said he wanted to bring back all his assistants in order to ensure continuity. Bruce Coslet will return as offensive coordinator. -- From wire reports points and 27 first downs in its last three games. But is Buffalo about to meet its Waterloo? Saturday in an AFC divisional playoff game at Pittsburgh, the Bills face a tough NFL defense, not the weaker version the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo's victim twice in the past three weeks, fielded. Even without All-Pro cornerback Rod Woodson, who walost for the Brown, who played at Pitt They are good. They blitz a lot and come at you. They're going to bring the sink, the stove, the whole kitchen." , Gaudy numbers don't tell the whole story of the mayhem the Steelers cook up. "Our attitude is 11 people to the ball," said Pro Bowl linebacker Kevin Greene. "Wherever the ball is, we make sure everybody gets there." No surprise: The Associated Press TEMPE, Ariz.: Nebraska has drained all the suspense out of the college football poll. Maybe the second spot in the rankings should be left vacant to accurately portray the gap that exists between Nebraska and the other teams. Somehow, it doesn't seem appropriate to put anotherteam right behind Nebraska. In a totally predictable vote, Nebraska was a unanimous choice for national champion in the final Associated Press poll Wednesday, It is the first repeat champion since Alabama in 1978-79. runs This.is my most complete team," said coach Tom Osborne, whose team received all 62 first-place votes from a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters after a 6224 rout of No. 2 Florida in the Fiesta Bowl Tuesday night "We didn't really have a close call this season^we were never seriously threatened." Nebraska (12-0) played four teams that finished in the Top 10 and won tory. Only one team -- Texas AM in a 65-14 victory over Brigham Young at the 1990 Holiday Bowl -has scored more points in a postseason game. Nebraska ripped through Florida's defense for 629 yards, including 524 on the ground, as quarterback Tommie Frazier ran for 199 yards and Iback Lawrence Phillips added 165. The defense sacked Florida's Danny Wuerffel seven times (once for a safety), intercepted three passes (returning one for a touchdown) and allowed 269 yards. Nebraska's domination this season was so thorough, so complete, there was no need to even mention another team in the same breath. Final polls TheAMOdat«dPreM_ USAToday-CNN ~Tygfl'r forget, bt-fuit? t» the Fiesta- Bowl, Nebraska defeated No. 5 Colorado, 44-21, No. 7 Kansas State, 49-25, and No. 9 Kansas, 41-3. "When you look at the kicking game, the defense, this was the best team I've ever coached," said Osborne, who has coached Nebraska for 23 years. "They are by far the best team in the six Top Twenty Five teams in The Associated Press final college toctbafl poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 1995 records, total points based on 25 points for a flrst-pUce vote through one point tor a 2$tn-piac8 vote, and previous ranking. Kecort to Pv 1. Nebraska (82) 1244 1,550 1 2. Florida 12-14 1,474 2 S.Tennessee 11-1-0 1,428 4 4. Florida. St 1044 1,311 8 5. Colorado 10-24 1,309 7 6 OhioSt " 11-24 1,161 4 7 Kansas St. 10-24 1.147 10 8. Northwestern 10-24 1,124 3 9. Kansas 10-24 1,029 11 10. Virginia Tech 10-24 1,015 13 H.NotreDame 9*0 331 6 M SouthemCal 9-2-1 886 17 -40.-Penn^t ,, » 9*0--667, · 15. The final USA Today-CNN football coaches' poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, final records, total pomts based on 25 ports for a first-place vote through one poW for a 25th-plaee vote, and previous ranking: Record PS Pv 1. Nebraska (62) 12-04 1,550 1 2. Tennessee 11-1-0 1,438 4 3 Florida 12-1-0 1,434 2 4. Colorado 10-2-0 1,308 7 5 Florida State 1040 1,280 8 6. Kansas State 10-2-0 1.129 10 7. Northwestern 10-2-0 1,121 3 8 Ohio Sate 11-2-0 1,105 5 9 Virginia Tech 10-2-0 1,101 11 10 Kansas 10-2-0 994 13 11 SouthemCal 9-2-1 898 17 12PennSttte 9*0 857 16 13 Notre Dam 9-34 813 9 14 Texas 10-2-1 768 6 H* 16 Syracuse 17 Virginia 18 Oregon 19 Michigan 20 Texas Tech 21 Auburn 22 Iowa 23. 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