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P? TIMES-ADVOCATE, Escondido, Ca., Monday, November 28, 1988 Sportsgram The Pittsburgh Pirates today traded infielder Denny Gonzalez to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later. Gonzalez, 25, spent parts of four seasons with the Pirates, batting .200 in 90 games with four home runs and 17 runs batted in. He played third base, outfield, shortstop and second base. He played 75 games last season for the Pirates Class AAA team in Buffalo, N.Y., where he batted .296 with eight home runs and 39 RBI. He played 24 games with the Pirates last season. Gonzalez spot on the Pirates roster will be filled by pitcher Bob Walk, who agreed to a three-year contract on Saturday night, the team said. Undermanned with Larry Bird sidelined for four months after foot surgery, the Boston Celtics are trying to lure 7-foot Stojko Vrankovic from Yugoslavia. Vrankovic said last month that he planned on remaining with his team in Yugoslavia this year, but might sign with the Celtics for the 1989-90 NBA season. Were serious about it, General Manager Jan Volk said. Were definitely giving it a good effort. B Sheila Frost sank two free throws with 15 seconds left in overtime to lift No. 1 Tennessee over No. 6 Louisiana Tech 62-61 in the championship game of the Hawaii Wahine Classic. Louisiana Tech had an opportunity to win the game, but Pam Wells could not handle a pass under the basket from Sheila Ethridge and lost the ball out of bounds with one second remaining. Tennessee in-bounded the ball as time expired. :KuU' j 0 Quarterback Mike Tomczak of the Chicago Bears suffered a separated left shoulder near the end of the first half of Sundays game against the Green Bay Packers. Tomczak was making his fourth straight start in place of Jim McMahon, who is on the injured reserve list with a sprained knee. Tomczak was replaced by Chargers Continued from page Cl defensive tackle Mike Charles, lofted a pass down the right sideline, where Rice was five yards from the nearest Chargers defender, safety Martin Bayless. Rice caught the ball just outside the 40 and co ered the remaining 55-plus yards without a Charger coming near him. The onlv person to blame is mvself, said Bayless, who admitted blowing the coverage. According to defensive coordinator Ron Lynn, when the 49ers put a man m motion, the Chargers were -apposed to switch from a three-deep to a two-deep zone, w ith Bay less responsible for half of iht f.eid. Bay less, however, missed th adjustment and went to the middle third of the field. By the time be realized his mistake it was too late Later in the half, after Mark Malone had scored the Chargers only touchdown on a 36-yard run to cut the 49ers lead to 14-7, the defense again self-destructed. Montana passed 18 yards to Rice on third-and-14, then hit tight end John Frank for 38 yards as Pat Miller made a coverage mistake. Six play s later, on third-and-1 at the Charger 2, Montana escaped pressure from Keith Browner and shoveled a left-handed pass to Roger Craig, who took it into the end zone for a 21-7 49ers lead. The rout was on. We were shooting ourselves in the foot, Lynn said, and then once they got momentum going, we couldnt get it stopped. We got our butt kicked on the ground and in the air and everywhere that you possibly could. Its a shame because I think as the game got started I thought we were playing well and doing what we wanted to do. Then we get the one foul-up and then the next one compounded the next one and so on. - That was our biggest concern. I Gaines Continued from page Cl that shrine as early as 1993. Z And theyll undoubtedly mention the 3,297 completions for $3,0 10 yards and 254 touchdowns. Or the 51 career 300-yard passing games, the six 400-yard games, the 42 club records and the seven NFL iecords. Dont forget the three Straight AFC West Champion-jhips, the four straight playoff appearances or the six times at the Fro Bowl. 7 But, there will be other recollections of Fouts as well. Those long, pressure-packed drives with time running out when Fouts was simply unstoppable. They said he was a competitive leader and called it mental toughness. But how do you describe the touch on those perfectly placed passes? SportsQuiz ! What was the Denver Nuggets original nickname? For answer, seeC5. SportsQuote Miami Heat Coach Ron Rothstein after Sundays 1 09-80 loss at Cleveland in which his team scored 32 points in the first quarter and 48 the rest of the game: Its obvious we havent learned to play 48 minutes of top-level basketball yet. Jim Harbaugh. 0 Chicago Bears defensive end Richard Dent, who broke his ankle in Sundays game against Green Bay, will be replaced by Sean Smith, a second-year player from Grambling. Dent will not need surgery, but he will be out at least six weeks. 0 Coach Bruce Arians, long criticized for Temples dismal football performance during his six-year tenure, says he will not return to the Philadelphia school next fall. The report, on WCAU-TV, came just 24 hours after Arians said he intended to finish the remaining year on his contract. According to the station, Arians says he has received other offers. 0 Steve Miller, Kansas State athletic director, says he is 99.9 percent sure he will name a new football coach early this week. Meanwhile, speculation has centered on Charlie Bailey, although the Memphis State coach has publicly disavowed interest in the job. Mark Calcavecchia shot a 3-under 69 to win the $297,500 Australian Open golf championship at Royal Sydney by six strokes over Mark McCumber. Calcavecchia finished with a four-round total of 269, 19-under-par, equaling Jack Newtons tournament course record, set in the 1976 New South Wales Open. It was the second-best winning total in an Aus Mike Charles can't stop Joe Montana from tossing 96-yard TD pass. think if you let those guys get their momentum going and get them into synch and they start feeling confident that they can do what they want to do, then theyre a difficult team to stop because theyve got a lot of weapons. It became just what we feared. The 49ers rolled up 475 yards, including 203 on the ground. Both were season highs against the Chargers this year. Chief among the weapons was Montana, who completed 14 of 22 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns in just under three quarters of work. Rice caught six of Without doubt, this man was a master of his trade . . . one of the greatest to ever play the game ... a dam good third-round draft pick. Fouts will enter the Hall of Fame. For all those reasons and more. For now, he is the 80th man to have his number retired by an NFL team and the only one by the Chargers. Fouts beamed as he ended his last journey across the stadium turf. He stood with his wife and two children as a thousand balloons were lifted to the heavens. He watched as a few splendid highlights from the days of Charger Power were flashed on Diamond Vision to the tune of Whitney Houstons One Moment in Time. For Fouts, this was one of the best moments. There were goose bumps all around. Then the Chargers and 49ers re- ) tralian Open behind South African Gary Players 264 at Kooyonga in Adelaide in 1965. 0 Larry Mize overcame a double bogey and shot a 73 to capture the $750,000 World Open Golf Tournament at Kaimoncho, Japan, by one stroke.Mize finished with a 4-under par 284 on the on the 6,985-yard, par-72 Kaimon course at the Ibusuki Golf Club in southern Japan. 0 Geoff Brabham overcame a one-lap deficit to drive his Nissan GTP to a victory in the inaugural GTE World Challenge, which matched some of the top drivers and cars from the IMSA series with those from the European Group C sports car endurance series at Tampa, Fla. Brabham, who won nine of 15 races during the regular season to capture the IMSA GT series championship, led the final 61 laps around of the 117-lap, 222.3-mile race at the Florida State Fairgrounds. 0 Henri Leconte of France edged Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in the championship match of the $490,000 Belgian Indoor Championships in Brussels. Leconte, ranked 13th in the world, won $74,500. 0 Boris Becker rallied for a 6-7 (7-3), 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ivan Lendl in an exhibition before 4,500 fans at Boston Garden. 0 Chris Evert beat Martina Navratilova 7-6, 7-5 on a slow surface in the Forum as part of the exhibition Challenge Series. Evert still trails in this long-standing series, 43-38. 0 Kirk Everist and Julian Bailey scored four goals apiece as top-seeded California beat second-seeded UCLA 14-11 to win its second straight NCAA water polo championship. The Golden Bears have won four of the last six NCAA titles and a total of eight. A Pacific-10 Conference team has won the NCAA tournament 17 times in its 20-year existence. ' John NelsonThe Times Advocate the passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and Craig rushed for 87 yards and scored three touchdowns. The Chargers offense had no such production. San Diego drove inside 49ers territory on its first three possessions, but Gary Andersons fumble at the 19 and a pair of punts kept the game scoreless. Two other drives were halted by Malone interceptions and two more ended when the Chargers couldnt convert on fourth down. Theyre damn good, Saunders said. We certainly werent as good as they were today. turned for the second half, and Fouts was escorted off the field. As quarterbacks Mark Malone and Babe Laufenberg warmed up on the sidelines, the chant of We Want Fouts engulfed the stadium. Both Malone and Laufenberg pretended not to listen. How do you compete with a legend? Moving upstairs to the press level, Fouts visited the CBS television booth for a second. Off the air for a commercial, Kenny Stabler congratulated his old rival. Thats gotta be a great feeling, buddy, said the Snake. All those people screaming for you. "It gave me chills, replied Fouts. But how about that booing they gave the owner? Both Stabler and Fouts laughed, then regained their composure as the On the Air cue appeared. Later, when asked by the press what he thought of Spanos recep Sportspeople Mike Tyson, center, is baptized by Rev. Henry Payden, left, as Rev. Jesse Jackson says a few words about the champ. Will religion change Tyson? CLEVELAND (AP) - After he was baptized by immersion at Holy Trinity Baptist Church, heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson said religion is going to change his life. Tyson was baptized Sunday in a ceremony attended by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, boxing promoter Don King, and a crowd of about 700 people at a Baptist church on Clevelands east side. I felt so clean, so pure and reborn, and I think (religion) is going to change my life . . . Baptism is an unbelievable experience, Tyson said after the ceremony. Throughout the three-hour Former Green Bay star returns to streets to RICHMOND, Calif. (AP)- Former Green Bay Packer kickoff-return star Travis Williams spent a few years on the streets himself, but today hes straightening out his life and wants to help other homeless. I get a natural high off of it, Williams said last week after returning from a protest by the homeless and their advocates in Chargers Notes Home field is becoming a disadvantage By Jay Posner Times Advocate Sportswriter SAN DIEGO - Home-field advantage? Not the Chargers. Incredibly, the one touchdown the Chargers scored in Sundays 48-10 loss to San Francisco at San Diego Stadium equaled their season high for offensive touchdowns in a home game. The season total is now three in six games. San Diego has scored only 47 points in six games, and the defense has accounted for 14. Whats the problem? I wish I knew, said backup quarterback Babe Laufenberg, who played the fourth quarter Sunday. Maybe we should turn into the Globetrotters and just take it on the road. Before Sundays touchdown, a 36-yard run by starting quarterback Mark Malone in the second quarter, the last time the offense reached the end zone was during the first quarter of the Oct. 9 game against New Orleans nearly 13 quarters ago. And since theyre not scoring at home, the Chargers obviously arent winning at home, either. They now have dropped five straight here since upsetting Seattle in the Sept. 18 home opener. Its only the second time since 1975 Rams Continued from page Cl Seattle and the Los Angeles Raiders, who meet Monday night. The Rams suffered their fourth straight loss and fell to 7-6. Denver, regaining its big-play capability, had three scoring drives tion from the fans, Fouts became quite stoic. Fans will be fans, said Fouts. I remember days that was me on the receiving end of those boos. Of course, we all knew what he was really thinking. As for the ceremony and reception, Fouts called it A great day. I was overwhelmed. It really brought back the memories. It was vintage Fouts working his magic on that field. Nice getting down on that turf again, he said. To be able to communicate with the fans was great. Everything I said, I meant. I really feel part of this team. Now, Im a fan. Fouts then watched the rest of the game with his family. Most of the fans left this slaughter early. Their cheers were spent at halftime. It wasnt like the old days. service and final baptism, Tyson wore a long white robe as he sang and clapped his hands to gospel music. After two visits to the church earlier this fall, Tyson said he planned to buy a home in the Cleveland area. The modem, wood-beamed church, a former dairy that is undergoing a $1 million renovation, was so packed with parishioners and visitors that some people had to sit with the choir. Rev. Henry Payden, the pastor who baptized Tyson, said, Mike, now your job is to take the message of Christ to the people. Washington, D.C. One day I want to be another Mitch Snyder (a leading homeless advocate). Williams, 42, quit the National Football League and returned to his hometown in 1975 to open an arcade that folded a few months later. After that, he was troubled by unemployment, alcoholism and the drug overdose death of his wife that the Chargers have lost five games at home in a single season. People have to dread coming to your home field to play, Malone said. They have to feel that for them to come in here and beat you, its going to take nothing short of a miracle. You should have an advantage and that, obviously, hasnt been the case for us. Despite the lack of productivity, though, Chargers Coach A1 Saunders said Malone actually played pretty solid football all through the game. Malone completed 17 of 32 passes (and had five others dropped), but the completions accounted for just 136 yards. He also was intercepted twice, though he said neither theft was his fault and blamed Jamie Holland in particular for the second theft, by Tim McKyer. The wide receiver runs a great route, we have the coverage we want, hes open, I throw the football to him, he stops and the DB (McKyer) keeps going, Malone said. The DB didnt make a great play; we screwed it up. You cant let a guy beat you back to the ball. Asked to assess his performance, Malone said, I kept getting on the phone (with offensive coordinator Jerry Rhome) and I kept hearing, Its not your fault, hang in there, keep doing what youre doing. ... I thought for the most part I made good reads, threw the ball where I was supposed to. We dropped a lot of balls again and had a lot of penalties. Thats frustrating because you of a single play in the game. The first came early in the second quarter when Elway fired an off-balance 39-yard TD pass to Mark Jackson. Elways running produced a second touchdown and a 14-10 halftime lead. The Rams squandered two scoring opportunities late in the half when Mike Lansford hit OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS FOR CERTIFIED MECHANIC To work in North Countys Most Elegant Unocal Super Service Station in Shadowridge, Vista. Excellent opportunity for the right person: Send resume to: Box D-99 CO Times-Advocate, 207 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Escondido, CA 92025 Palmers words too critical for Chiefs KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Kansas City Chiefs running back Paul Palmer could be suspended for the rest of the season, reportedly because of comments he made about the teams coaching staff on Saturday. Palmer, the teams leading rusher, was suspended Sunday morning before the Chiefs game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Team officials said he was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. NFL rules allow a player to be suspended for up to four weeks for conduct detrimental to the team. The Chiefs have three weeks left in their season. Chiefs General Manager Jim Schaaf said Palmers case would be reviewed on a week-to-week basis. A teammate who asked not to be identified told the Kansas City Star and Times that Palmer was suspended because he said he did not believe the coaching staff would return next season. The comments, made on a team bus Saturday, reportedly were overheard by strength and conditioning coach C.T. Hewgley. Neither Schaaf, Hewgley, nor Coach Frank Gansz would comment on that report when contacted after the team returned to Kansas City Sunday night. Palmer returned to Kansas City alone Sunday and also refused to comment on the suspension. I dont know why I didnt plav today, Palmer said. I really have no comment. Asked whether his suspension had anything to do with his complaints about his playing time, Palmer said: Leave me alone, please. help the homeless of 23 years. Recently, activist Susan Prather met Williams, and encouraged him to patch up his life. She helped get him a job as a security guard at a soup kitchen, allowing him to afford a $200-a-month hotel room. Now, hes rallying on behalf of those who need homes. Well still keep campaigning, he said. Well still put on the pressure. cant take care of all those things. All you can do is make reads and throw the football. Both Malone and Laufenberg said they heard the crowd chanting, We want Fouts! We want Fouts! as the Chargers returned to the field for the second half. I knew that was going to happen, Laufenberg said. I got a chuckle out of it, actually. Malone wasnt quite so amused. People can say what they want to say and do what they want to do, Malone said. Thats really no concern of mine. Im not out there playing for them. Im out there playing because I love to play the game. When things arent going real well, theyre going to scream and holler for whomever else. The guy sitting on the bench . . . its the greatest place to be. You havent made any mistakes and theyre all over the guy whos starting. Malone was told that if it was any consolation, the fans also booed owner Alex Spanos. You get beat like we got beat today, Malone said, everybodys going to get booed. Its just the nature of the ballgame. Numbers: The 96-yard touchdown pass from Joe Montana to Jerry Rice was the longest play in 49ers history. The previous long was a 93-yard pass from Steve De-Berg to Freddie Solomon on Sept. 28, 1980 . . . Chargers tight end Rod Bernstine caught a career-high nine passes for 80 yards . . the right, then the left upright on field-goal attempts. Denver then scored three straight TDs in the third period. The Rams Ron Brown fumbled back-to-back kickoffs, recovering the first but pinning the Rams at their own 11 -yard line. After a punt, Elway needed just one play to get the Broncos in the end zone. A

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