The Herald-News from Passaic, New Jersey on August 15, 1989 · 15
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d Local sports, B3 . Comics, B6 Television, B8 I Tuesday, August 15, 1989 1 KDIn)lD?(o raftCiP taw Giants safety signs, but must battle for his job By Steve Adamek Start Writer MADISON Into the dilemma that is the Giants defensive secondary enters Terry Kinard, incumbent free safety. Kinard, the six-year veteran who held out the first three weeks of camp as an unsigned free agent, agreed to terms Monday on a three-year contract worth approximately $1.7 million. He participated in his first practice Monday afternoon. Kinard arrives in camp, however, with no job guarantee, for even before his arrival, coach Bill Parcells had considered the secondary to be the most competitive area on his team. Put him where you want, Parcells said Monday of Kinards status. I dont have any starters (in the secondary). 1 read the papers, Ive heard all the talk, said Kinard, 29, the Giants No. 1 draft choice out of Clemson in 1983. 1 dont concern myself with that Im concerned about Terry Kinard. . At this point in my life. I'm stronger, in better shape. With my talent Im not worried about what other people are doing. Competition for jobs, I have that every year. Perhaps even more so this year. What Parcells and his defensive staff have found and will find themselves doing at safety, for example, is choosing between the experience of players such as Herb Welch, Tom Flynn and now Theres been a lot of talk about how old Im getting, how Im slowing down. That doesnt faze me. I know my own ability. Terry Kinard No. 1 pick Brian Williams reports. Page B4. Jets struggle without Toon, Walker. Page B4. Kinard, and the youthful athleticism of the likes of Adrian White, Greg Cox and rookie Greg Jack-son. At the corners, the decision isnt that cut and dried, although veterans Mark Collins (four years) and Perry Williams (six) are being challenged by second-year pro Sheldon White. It is at safety, though, that Kinard walks into a job-feeding frenzy, a frenzy created to a great degree by the play of Jackson, the LSU product drafted in the third round last April. He intercepted four passes in one 15-minute stretch during one of the Giants practices against New England last week and has impressed throughout camp. I've had free safeties whove played for five years who havent had four interceptions, Par- cells said. Kinard, for the record, has 22 in his six seasons, including three last year. Jackson, though, made six mistakes and missed two tackles, but also made two open-field tackles in Saturdays 20-17 preseason-opening victory against the Patriots, according to Parcells. He also graded out as the Giants' best special teams player. You don't want to live with six mistakes at free safety, Parcells said, but the first time out, if we can get that down to two, he'll be all right? Hell challenge Kinard whose stock, according to the scuttlebutt, isnt as valuable as it once was. Theres been a lot of talk about how old Im getting, how Pm slowing down, Kinard said. That doesn't faze me. I know my own ability. Ive seen a lot of guys come and a lot of them go. Thre are a lot of new faces on this defense. I dont feel age-wise. Im old." Therein, though, lies the dilemma. If the Giants choose youth, they choose athletic ability, but they also choose to accept a few more mistakes. If they choose experience, they choose fewer mistakes, but they also choose to risk getting beat .physically. You start lining up kids back there, you're going to have some mistakes, Parcells said. Ask Joe Walton. The Jets head coach threw two rookie defensive fl See KINARD, B4 How does Lawrence Taylor feel about Phil Simms' renegotiated contract? Page B4. Carter battling back into lineup Herald i New Wire Services NEW YORK - With seven hits in his last nine at-bats, Gary Carter is raising eyebrows if not expectations. ' Four operations on his right knee' and catching 1,807 games have put Carter in the awkward position of defending why he's still playing in the major leagues. Carter, 35, is in the last year of a ' multimillion-dollar contract with the New York Mets. He's struggled from the first day of the season, and on May 29 underwent surgery on his right knee. The pop in his swing is gone, it's getting harder to bounce out for the low curve ball in the dirt, and running the bases is more like going through an obstacle course filled with quicksand. . TThats what happens when you have a bad knee," Carter said. A lot of people dont realize the difficulties you have with a bad knee. You change your stance, you change a lot of things. You overcompensate and therefore you end up hurting everything, which is what happened to my batting average. Carter's batting average? Don't ask. He's 18-for-104, .172, with one homer and seven runs batted in. See KID, B5 The queen reigns Top-seeded Steffi Graf needed just 32 minutes to dispose of Kim Kessans, 6-0, 6-0, during a rainy opening round match of the United Jersey Bank Classic Monday night at Ramapo College in Mahwah. Page B3. Herald A Newt Wire Service MILWAUKEE - Gus Polidors .194 batting av erage for the Milwaukee Brewers has been a deceptive one. Put runners in scoring position and the utility infielder becomes a different hitter. Polidor singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Brewers rallied for three runs off Dave Righetti to beat the New York Yankees, 5-4. The victory enabled the Brewers to reach .500 for the fist time since April 28 when they were 10-10. The win kept the Brewers in a second place tie with Toronto, 24 behind first-place Baltimore in the American League East The sixth-place Yankees fell 64 behind. Right now everybody is happy and myself, I feel great We came back for three with Righetti on that mound, that's a pretty good night for us. said Polidor, who raised his average to .200 with the hit We starting to play better and now we got .500 for first time in a long time." Polidor didn't realize his average with runners in scoring position is the best on the team. He's now batting .429 with runners in scoring position. That surprises me because my batting average is below .200. Over .400 with men on base?" The Brewers were trailing. 4-2. when Glenn Braggs opened the Brewers ninth olT Righetti (2-4) with a double. Braggs went to third on Robin Yount's fly to right and scored on Greg Brock's infield out to make it 4-3. Pinch hitter Joey Meyer drew a walk and B J. SurhofT then doubled into the left-field comer to score pinch-runner Tom Filer and tie the score. 4-4. After an intentional walk to Mike Felder. Poli-dor grounded a hit past the third-base bag to score Surhoff. Polidor had entered the game in the top of the ninth. Roberts brings boxing back to the people Marc Roberts, a 29-year-old entrepreneur, is a man with a dream and a vision. He is convinced he can bring neighborhood arena boxing back to life, and he's putting his money where his mouth is. He's got himself three great fighters, whom he calls The Triple Threat, a huge new boxing gym in Newark, and is staging his first big show tonight at the 3.800-seat South Mountain Arena in West Orange. It will feature that Triple Threat: 1388 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Merciless" Ray Mercer (6-0. 5 KOs) against Detroit's Tracy Thomas (6-4. 5 KOs); junior welterweight Charles The Natural" Muiray (&0, 5 KOs). a 1983 Olympic alternate, against Joe Alexander (17-13-1 3 KOs); and light heavyweight Alfred Ice Cole (5-0, 1 KO). another 1988 Olympic alternate, taking on John Bee kies (2-0-1, 2 KOs). It s slated to be a six-bout card. But those three are the cornerstone of Roberts dream of building a tradition, a nvival of arena boxing the way it used to be before TV and the casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City monopolized the sport I want to bring the glamour of neighborhood boxing back and people are eating it up. Our phones are ringing off the hook, we re selling tickets like crazy," Roberts exclaimed. And the only ones I'm giving freebies too is the media." he laughed ROSEMARIE ROSS Whitaker wants veny-aoce. Pag B3. Nunn stop Bartley. Page BJ. Others have tried and failed with this type of boxing promotion. People just don't come out the way they used to before you could see this kind of card a couple of times a week on TV. But Rob erts is convinced he wont faiL And he thinks he can do it all with no alcoholic beverages served." as his advertisements prominently state. I want to make these shows a wonderful event for the entire family." he said. "I don't want drunks in there. I just want everybody to have a good time." He was born in Newark, grew up in West Orange, now lives in South Orange. The 1980 graduate majored in business marketing at American University of Washington, D C., and already has made a mint in real estate and other things, including a cellular car phone business, as co-owner of Metropolis Cafa in Manhattan, and his Total Entertainment Modeling Agency. But his great love is boxing. He has dabbled in closed-circuit promotions of the big fights. But he has always wanted to be more an intricate part of the sport I dont want the mhole pie like everybody else. I just want my little slice of it," he said. I am 29 years old and I'm going to be in this area, hopefully, until I die. Im not going nowhere And Im not yanking any money out of this. Im going to be putting most of it back in to give the public their money's worth every show. "We re building for the future here. I'm not doing this to make a quick hit and get out He talks of his dreams with an enthusiasm that borders on naivete. And may- - See B0XIM3, B3 a i

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