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D2 The Vancouver Sun, Monday, July 3, 1995 BEST COPY SPORTS MONDAY IN BRIEF Nelson reported set to join Knicks Don Nelson, who left as coach and general manager of the Golden State Warriors this year, will be the next coach of the New York Knicks, two newspapers reported Sunday. The New York Times and the Sunday Boston Globe said that a deal has virtually been completed, and an announcement would be made this week, possibly Thursday. A Knicks official said Sunday that no announcement was imminent. If a multi-year contract is agreed upon, Nelson reportedly will receive $2 million per year, the Times said. The new coach will replace Pat Riley, who resigned after the 1994-95 season. Strong performance Joe Strong tossed a two-hit shutout as the Surrey Glaciers blanked the Tri-City Posse 4-0 in Western Baseball League play Sunday at the Stetson Bowl in Cloverdale. Surrey also won Saturday's game 5-4. Strong, selected to play in the league all-star game, allowed only singles by Allen Thompson in the second inning and Kevin Booker in the fourth. He walked three and struck out six to raise his record to 4-2. Besides Strong, outfielder Jim Murphy and catcher John Turlais have been selected from the Glaciers to play in the WBL's inaugural all-star game July 10 in Pasco, Wash. Yugoslavia wins Aleksandar Djordjevic scored 41 points, leading Yugoslavia to the European basketball championship gold medal with a 96-90 victory Sunday in Athens over Lithuania. The Yugoslavs returned to international competition after missing 2 years because of U.N. sanctions. Djordjevic won the shooting contest against Lithuania's Seattle SuperSonics guard Sarunas Mar-ciulionis, who finished with 32 points. The big men, Yugoslavia's centre Vlade Divac, of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Arvidas Sabonis, the Lithuanian heading to the Portland Trail Blazers, fouled out during the game. Veljko Mrsic, playing for injured Toni Kukoc, scored 20 points as Croatia won the bronze medal with a 73-68 victory over host Greece. Streppel tops . Victoria's Greg Streppel finished first in a field of 125 competitors Saturday in the 2.5-kilometre Canada Day Challenge long distance swim race at Sasamat Lake in Port Moody. Streppel, 27, had a winning time of 24 minutes, 4 1 seconds 20 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Serge Score, also of Victoria. VooDoo crush Rats Vancouver VooDoo made their Kamloops' debut a winning one Sunday, destroying the Sacramento River Rats 14-5 in Roller Hockey International play at the Riverside Coliseum before a crowd estimated at about 2,000. The victory enabled the VooDoo (5-2) to pass the River Rats (4-4-1) in the Northwest Division standings. Vancouver, the defending regular-season division champions, is now tied for top spot with San Jose, both with 10 points. Vancouver has two games in hand on San Jose and Sacramento. Former Blazers' junior hockey star Ryan Harrison made a successful return to Kamloops with three goals and an assist. Rookie Doug Ast, a draft choice from the UBC Thunderbirds, had three goals and four assists for Vancouver. The VooDoo and River Rats meet again Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Pacific Coliseum. Also noted . . . Cigar blew away the best field of handicap runners assembled this year in the $1 million Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park. He drew away effortlessly and was ridden out to the wire to win by 3'$ lengths over Tinners Way ... No one has run faster than Canadian champion Donovan Bailey of Oakville, Ont., this year but he wasn't in record form Sunday as he placed third in the 100 metres at the Gateshead (England) (lames track and field competition. Michael Green of Jamaica won the race in 10.19 seconds. Bailey's time was 10.27 . . . Calgary's Georgette Reed continued her dominance of Canadian women's shot put by winning the event at the legends of the Plains national throwing championships on Sunday in Winnipeg. Reed, the daughter of CFL I hill of Earner George Reed, won her third Legends title with a throw of l(i,7 metres. CFL Bell doesn't ring up huge numbers but Esks still win Sun News Services EDMONTON Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Kerwin Bell didn't rack up star-studded statistics Saturday in his debut with his new team, but they were enough to give him marquee billing in a 45-23 CFL thumping of the Toronto Argonauts. In his first regular-season game as an Eskimo, the former Sacramento Goldminers' backup pivot, completed 16 of 29 passes for 280 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. But Bell directed the offence with authority, plunging for two TDs from the one-yard line in addition to completing a 72-yard TD pass-and-run play to running back Lucius Floyd. "Being in this stadium and and knowing what's all happened here and looking up at the great names that have played here, it was pressure," said Bell in his strong Florida drawl. For Argos' pivot Kent Austin it was a day of frustration. Not only was he learning a new offence, he had to do it in the face of a swarming Edmonton defence. Austin said a successful goal-line stand by the Edmonton defence early in the third quarter to deny Toronto a TD was the turning point for him. "We were down 10 at the half, we came out and drove right down the field on the opening drive," he said. "It was a big defensive stand by them, it deflated us a bit and gave them a lot of momentum." Texans 47, Pirates 24 The Shreveport festive 1995 season opener Saturday night turned into a ride on the Titanic with a loss to San Antonio in front of an announced crowd of 15,133. Texans' quarterback David Archer, who battered Shreveport defenders when he was with the Sacramento Gold Miners last season, did his job by hitting on 19 of 26 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. But it was running back Mike Saun ders who did the real damage behind an overpowering offensive line. Ex-Saskatchewan Roughrider Saunders rambled for 169 yards on 17 carries with one touchdown. Tiger-Cats 37, Roughriders 16 Horrible. That's how Saskatchewan quarterback Tom Burgess summed up the beginning of his 1995 CFL season as Saskatchewan fell to Hamilton Friday. "Horrible. Just horrible," said Burgess, who completed only three passes in the first quarter. "I came out of the box all screwed up. Timing was way off, everything was goofy." He finished the game 29 of 52 for 294 yards, with two interceptions and one touchdown. In contrast to the veteran Burgess' awkward performance, Hamilton quarterback Anthony Calvillo showed poise in engineering three Ticats' touchdowns. - est';" ; : ? y.-r mmfSSSPmM ip mmmm.iiJ iv & vt 3 RAY GIGUERECP GIZMO GRABBER: Toronto Argos' Norm Casola gets a good grip on Edmonton Eskimos' Henry (Gizmo) Williams during first quarter kickoff return MOTORSPORT Pit strategy earns Schumacher F-l victory Associated Press MAG NY COURS, France World champion Michael Schumacher used pit-stop strategy to capture the French Grand Prix on Sunday, and again frustrated Damon Hill. Hill was 31.3 seconds behind at the end. Schumacher went ahead after the first pit stop and was never challenged again. "Pit stops take away the frustration of driving from behind," Schumacher said. "I was quicker but I didn't have the opportunity to pass." Schumacher had previously won in Spain and Monaco with fewer pit stops than Hill. This time both had two but Schu macher's came at a better time in the race than Hill's. It was another tense battle between the two and again, the Benetton-Renault of Schumacher took the best of Hill's Williams-Renault in a race free of incidents. After a week of sunny weather, there was a heavy rain Sunday morning. The track dried in time for the start. But rain came briefly on the 43rd of the 72-lap race. David Coulthard of Britain was third in a Williams-Renault just ahead of Martin Brundle in a Ligier-Mugen. It was the 14th career victory for Schumacher. I le leads the driver standings with 46 points. Hill is second with 35. Hill and Schumacher battled within a half-second of each other for the first 19 laps before Schumacher made his first pit stop. Jeff Gordon held off Sterling Marlin and Dale Earnhardt in a final-lap sprint to win the Pepsi 400 on Sat-urday at Daytona International Speedway for his fourth victory of the year. The Big Three, all driving Chevrolet Monte Carlos, gave every indication they intend to battle for the Winston Cup title right to the end of the season. They dominated the race by leading all but five of the 160 laps around the 2.5-mile track. Marlin, who entered the race seven points ahead of Earnhardt and 16 in ERIC GAIILARDReuter FORMULA WINNER: German Michael Schumacher wins French Grand Prix front of Gordon, maintained his advantage by matching the winner for the most laps led with 72 apiece. HORSE RACING Sophie J just keeps on running as a sophomore DENNIS FESER Vancouver Sun When trainer R.J. (Robbie) Anderson looked at Sophie J as a juvenile he visualized her as a sprinter. But five races into her sophomore season, Sophie J has clearly shown that she is capable of running the proverbial all day. , After taking the two previous stakes at the middle distance, Sophie J added the $43,800 Liberation on Sunday afternoon at Hastings Park, getting her first lih miles in 1:51 Kth. Jake Barton, who had her on cruise control formost of it, relaxed when Sophie J began to pull away from Angie's Secret and Dave Wilson with little urging at the head of the stretch. Made an overwhelming 1-5 favorite by the crowd of 6,240 off Queen Charlotte and Nanaimo scores over miles, Sophie J was 114 lengths clear of Angie's Secret who benefitted from a 10-pound weight advantage. "What a monster," said Wilson, who had Angie's Secret within head bobs of the winner for most of the tqur. "When I looked over, she was going ? so easy ? M i .. '.' , ' Barton,' who had expected Angie's Secret to have different company on the lead early, adjusted his plans when Adorable Slew stumbled leaving the gate. "I thought I better get up there and put some pressure on her," said Barton. "But she can do whatever she has to, depending on how the race sets up. She can sit on the lead or sit back. "There seems to be about four ways you can ride her. I can't say I've ever been on a better filly at this stage of the game." Anderson, who trains the B.C.-bred daughter of Regal Remark and the His Majesty mare Chub Cheeks for Linwood Stables, said she has earned a rest. That means instead of shortening up for the Senorita sprint in July, she will likely return for the Buttons and Bows in August as a prep for the $100,000 B.C. Oaks in September. The Oaks is also at l'4h miles but at scale weight. ' ". ' ' ." . . "The Oaks Is the goal," said Anderson of Sophie J, who earned $26,660 on Sunday to increase her career cache to $82,760 with four wins from six lifetime starts. . Sophie J's three stakes wins are a season-high. Her total of four win9 in 1995 is matched by three others Cassidy Star, Langara Island and Westchester Lane. The wins also put Sophie J in the company of some other outstanding fillies who blossomed in their sophomore seasons, notably Take Her To Heart, Astro Beauty, Senate Appointee and Delta Colleen. Brian Migneault's Twanger won his 12th career stake on Saturday afternoon, rolling to a 2V4-length victory in the $35,300 Canada Day for older Canadian-breds at l'ath miles. Twanger, a 7-year-old trained by Wilf Rawson and ridden by Brian Johnson, circled the field to outfinish Myxcalibur and Wilson by 2 lengths in covering the lVUh miles in 1:51.2. LIONS: O-line protects McManus Continued from D1 from Ottawa. "One out of three ain't bad in baseball," Ritchie joked of Hanson's fumbles, two of six Lion turnovers that nearly cost B.C. the game. "It was his first game starting in a long time. He's got to get himself mentally ready to play. The role he's playing now is much different than the role he played last year." The role is even more different for Danny McManus, the former backup quarterback who in his first game as No. 1 threw for 397 yards with two interceptions. McManus worked behind a reconstructed offensive line that did not surrender a sack. On the game-winning drive, three of Philpot's runs went behind the new left side of tackle Todd Furdyk and guard Cory Mantyka. "We came here just to step it up and play like everybody else," Mantyka said. "I know I can play. I feel glad they have confidence in me (to run left! because if they didn't, I probably wouldn't be here." If Blackwood can't play Friday in Memphis and Palmer isn't ready, Ritchie could activate American Zed Robinson from the practice roster and go with an all-import backfield. Ritchie, however, said he'd like to keep his extra imports at defensive back and linebacker. - Rookie linebacker Shelton Quar-les had an excellent debut, making five tackles and running down Pringle in the open field while seeing limited playing time. Benefield, in his first game for B.C., had six tackles. ; The Lions' return team was outstanding. Philpot had a 59-yard kick-off return, and Spencer McLennan ran back punts 38 yards and 30 yards and returned a missed field goal 52 yards. TARANGO: Awaits word on discipline Continued from D1 ately been biased toward certain players to gain their friendship. Tarango Is determined to see his claims get a fair hearing and will not be returning home to California until he considers they have. "I'm going to stay here until justice is done," he said. Tarango, the first American to be defaulted at Wimbledon in the Open era, made his allegations after admitting he'd had a feud with Rcbcuh since October 1993. At the news conference, Tarango said Rcbcuh favored certain players, and named Switzerland's Olympic champion Marc Rossct. Rosset rejected Tarango's claims and said he wanted the ATP to take action against him. "I consider this to be an insult. Those who know me, know that I would never pay a referee to win a match," Rosset told the French-speaking mass circulation Le Matin newspaper in Switzerland. "Making such remarks put a referee, a player and above all the game into disrepute. "lhis isn't the first time he has made such allegations, tast January in Melbourne I went to talk to him. He told me at that time that his remarks had been misinterpreted and we left it at thai. "Ihis time it Is too much, I will ask the A IT to take sanctions against him, n line, a suspension, it is for them to decide. But I am ready if necessary to circulate a H'lilioii among the other players. We t an t let a guy bring the spoi l into disrepute," I ,, in, in, , iiw, lyii mtv 'M'Y ' w f) H'H f ii JYETTENEILSONAP SLAP UNHAPPY: Tarango's French wife, Benedicte, admitted trying to slap an umpire at Wimbledon Rebeuh has declined to comment but Wimbledon officials have said it would be inappropriate for him to do so while still officiating at the tournament. It was expected an announcement was to be made as to how much Tarango would be fined, and what other punishment would be handed down, but officials said it would not be done Sunday. A spokeswoman said the referee is not obliged to declare details of the fine until the tournament is finished and there were many points to consider in this case. In Saturday's match, Tarango disputed a line call on a serve while trailing Germany's Alexander Mronz. When play resumed and he lost the point, the crowd jeered him and he shouted back "Shut up," Rebeuh called Tarango for what he fell was an audible obscenity and the American exploded. After calling for a supervisor, Tarango told Rebeuh: "You are the most corrupt official in the game," then picked up his bag and walked off court, leaving Mronz the 7-G (8-(i),3-l winner by default. BASEBALL Woman with gun arrested for threats against Alomar Sun News Services TORONTO It was a bizarre end to a bizarre day for the Toronto Blue Jays. On Sunday, a 31-year-old woman was arrested after making death threats against Toronto second-baseman Roberto Alomar. The woman was caught in the Sky-Dome Hotel lobby carrying a .22-calibre pistol, police said. "It was fully cocked and ready to be fired," said Det. Reg Pitts. "At no time was she brandishing it She surrendered without incident." Alomar left Toronto's game against Baltimore in the top of the ninth inning to talk with police. The Jays led 7-2 at the time, but lost 9-7. In Toronto, Pitts said the woman was frustrated she couldn't develop a personal relationship with Alomar. She'd met Alomer once before as a fan, he added. The woman was charged with threatening death, carrying a concealed weapon, having possession of weapon dangerous to the public peace, possession of a restricted weapon with no permit and posses sion of stolen property under $5,000. Toronto led 7-2 heading into the ninth, thanks to Woody Williams, who struck out a career-high six batters over 7 innings in his first major-league start. Expos 7, Marlins 6 Jeff Treadway, last season's premier pinch hitter in the National League, took advantage of a rare start. Starting for only the fourth time this season, Treadway hit four singles and had the game-winning RBI in the eighth inning to give Montreal a victory over Florida. Mariners 4, Rangers 3 Joey Cora singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth Sunday to give Seattle a victory over Texas and drop the Rangers into a tie for first place in the American League West. Hideo Nomo became the first Japanese player picked for a major leagueall-star game, and six Cleveland players were chosen for the first time since 1955. Ken Griffey Jr., Matt Williams and Ozzie Smith were elected as starters Sunday even though they are injured. s, mm n JIM MONEAP MR. 3,000: Cleveland Indians' Eddie Murray doffs his cap to a standing ovation after getting his 3,000th career hit Friday night against Twins. Canadians attempt to avoid sweep in Alberta EDMONTON Vancouver Canadians have two chances today to avoid a sweep in their PCL series with Edmonton Trappers. C's, first-half champions of the Northern Division, lost the lirst two games of the series Friday and Saturday. Sunday's contest was suspended due to rain with the TrapHT8 leading 3-0 in the bottom of the second with one out and a runner at first. Hie suspended game will be picked up when the teams resume play this afternoon in the Alberta capital. The suspended game will be a full nine-inning contest followed by a seven-inning game to complete the series. Saturday, the Trappers jumped to an early advantage and then hung on to beat the C's 9-6. Fausto Cruz doubled home the first Edmonton run and then scored himself on a sacrifice fly in the opening inning off Vancouver starting pitcher Keith Morrison. C NOTKS California has assigned catcher Mark Dulewindro and catcherthird baseman ChriH Turner to the C's and called up outf ielder Orlando Palmeiro.

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