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Sports The Salina Journal Thursday, April 4,1985 Page 11 Playoffs expanded to seven games PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) - Negotiators for major league baseball players and club owners reached agreement Wednesday to expand the league playoffs from five to seven games beginning this season. Don Fehr, acting executive director of the Major League Players Association, and chief management negotiator Lee MacPhail jointly announced the agreement after a one-hour afternoon meeting. The main topic of disagreement — distribution of an additional $9 million in television revenue from the two extra games in each league — was resolved for the time being. The two sides agreed to place the money into escrow next Sept. 16 if the overall issue of splitting broadcast revenue isn't resolved by then. "These escrowed revenues would remain a matter for negotiation as a part of the total agreement which is now being negotiated," an announcement distributed by the two parties said. Under the agreement, one of the leagues, yet to be determined, will begin its championship series on Tuesday, Oct. 8 with games also on the Oct. 9,11,12, 13,15 and 16, if necessary. The other league would play Oct. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16. The best-of-seven game World Series will start on Saturday, Oct. 19, with games also on Oct. 20, 22, 23, 24, 26 and 27. Management has been negotiating with the union since last November to replace a Basic Agreement which expired on Dec. 31. The union has asked for a one-third share of baseball's television income, including a $1.2 billion six-year network package, to be applied toward pension benefits. After the announcement, the negotiators reconvened to continue discussion on other topics effecting a new Basic Agreement. The afternoon session represented the 21st since negotiations began. No further sessions have been scheduled yet. "We are pleased with the constructive attitude of Don Fehr and the Players Association in helping to resolve this problem," com- mented MacPhail, president of the owners' Player Relations Committee. On Tuesday night, MacPhail said that agreement to expand the playoffs would have to be reached by Wednesday or it would be too late to implement it this season. "We hope to move on from here to tackle the problems that still exist before a final Basic Agreement is realized." The two sides were under a deadline if they wished to expand the playoffs this season. NBC-TV, which will carry the playoffs, had agreed to expand its share of the postseason payoff by $9 million, but had urged a quick decision. The Players Association sought $3 million, or one-third, of the additional money. Owners wanted to table the issue of distribution of money until it could be negotiated in collective bargaining. At the same time, the PRC wanted to give the network a commitment that seven games, instead of five, would be the new format. Earlier, both sides in negotiations had talked about the possibility of going to a seven-game playoff on a one-year, trial basis, thus not locking either side into a permanent format. A best-of-five format has been used for the league championships since the American and National leagues established four divisions in 1969. While the expanded playoffs was the most pressing issue, other more serious points appear no closer to being settled. They include revisions of both free agency and arbitration and a specified expansion program. Talks on the four-year Basic Agreement that just expired led to a 1981 mid-season strike over free agency compensation. Despite the fact that major league ballplayers are preparing for a new season without a new labor agreement, talks appear to proceed devoid of a sense of urgency. Both sides appear to be resigned to continue negotiations through the summer and are wary of imposing any artificial deadlines. Blue Jays' Stieb sharp in tuneup By The Associated Press Dave Stieb tuned up for his season-opening start by allowing just three hits in seven innings' work Wednesday as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-1, in an exhibition baseball game at Dunedin, Fla. Stieb, who will start Monday against Bud Black in Kansas City, struck out six and allowed just the one run on two walks and a single by Bill Almon in the fourth inning. Stieb finished the spring season with a 3-1 record and 1.91 ERA. Buck Martinez drove in both of Toronto's runs, with a run-scoring AL East preview, Page 13 double in the second inning and a sacrifice fly in the fourth. In the rest of spring games, Kansas City beat Cincinnati, 4-1; Montreal defeated Baltimore, 7-5; Detroit edged Boston, 7-6; Atlanta beat Texas, 8-5; Houston clobbered the New York Mets, 12-2; the Chicago Cubs defeated Cleveland, 84; Philadelphia beat St. Louis 3-2; California beat San Diego, 4-3; Milwaukee defeated Seattle, 7-5; Minnesota edged Los Angeles, 3-2, and Oakland whipped San Francisco, 11-2. In a night game at For Lauderdale, Fla., the Chicago White Sox pounded the New York Yankees, 113. The Montreal Expos scored three runs each in the sixth and seventh innings to beat Baltimore in Miami. Orioles third baseman Fritz Connally made two errors to open the way for three unearned runs in the sixth. Terry Francona singled, and Vance Law doubled in the Expos seventh. At Lakeland, Fla., a mental lapse by Boston right fielder Dwight Evans and a wind-blown triple by Detroit's Larry Herndon contributed to a five-run seventh inning as the Tigers beat the Red Sox. The second and third runs of the inning scored on a sacrifice fly by Barbara Garbey when Evans held the ball on the warning track, then Herndon's pinch triple scored another run. Rookie Paul Zuvella, who leads Atlanta with 13 RBIs this spring, hit a three-run double to cap a six-run eighth inning that propelled the - Braves over Texas in West Palm Beach, Fla. The victory was the seventh in a row for Atlanta. . In St. Petersburg, Fla., Phil Garner and Tim Tolman each drove in four runs as the Astros raked Mets left-hander Sid Fernandez for 10 hits and eight runs in four innings. The Astros lost starting pitcher Mike Madden, who broke his left thumb attempting to bunt in the second inning, for up to a month. Steve Lake singled, doubled and tripled, driving in four runs to give the Cubs an easy victory over Cleveland in Tucson. The Cubs spotted Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Mel Hall hit a two- run homer, but Lake singled in a run in the second and tripled home two more in a fivfrrun third. ,In Clearwater, Fla., Juan Sam- 1 uel's two-out single in the ninth drove in Greg Gross as the Phillies edged the Cardinals for their fifth straight exhibition win. Gross ran home i from third in front of a late lorg fuels KC to 4-1 victory TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Dane lorg's bases-loaded single fueled a four-run eighth inning that carried the Kansas City Royals to a come-from- behind 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in exhibition baseball Wednesday. The Royals scored all four runs off Reds starter John Stuper, 1-2, who took a five- hit shutout into the eighth. Kansas City loaded the bases on Pat Sheridan's single, an error by first baseman Cesar Cedeno and Pat Putnam's single. lorg's single putthe Royals ahead 2-1, Putnam scored on a wild pitch by Stuper and lorg came home on a force play. lorg, who brought a .172 batting average into the game, went 3-for-4. Left-hander Bud Black, 2-1, allowed just one run over the first seven innings to gain the victory. Dan Quisenberry and Larry Gura shut the Reds out the rest of the way to improve Kansas City's spring record to 12-13. The Reds are 12-11. Cincinnati got its only run in the seventh when Dave Concepcion walked, stole second and scored on Ron Oester's single. Oester, batting just .197 at game time, had two singles and a double. Kantoi City 000 000 040—4 8 0 Cincinnati 000 000 100—1 7 2 Black, Quisenberry (8), Gura (9) and Sundberg. Stuper, Hume (9) and Bllardello. W-Black, 2-1. Stuper, 1-2. A-2,362. throw from Ozzie Smith, who had caught Samuel's grounder deep in the hole. Gross doubled and advanced on an infield out. Brian Downing's third hit of the game, a seventh-inning single, snapped a 3-3 tie and gave the Angels a close victory over San Diego in Palm Springs, Calif. The inning got started when Padres left fielder Jerry Davis dropped a fly ball for a two-base error. In Sun City, Ariz., Cecil Cooper's two-run homer in the ninth inning lifted the Brewers over Seattle. Cooper's homer came after a triple by Robin Yount. Pete Vuckovich, who has pitched only three games since 1982 with rotator cuff problems, worked six strong innings for Milwaukee, giving up five hits. Gorman Thomas hit a two-run homer in the eighth for Seattle to tie the score. Kent Hrbek and Tim Teufel drove in runs with singles, and the Twins scored three times in the first two innings to beat the Dodgers in Orlando, Fla. Ken Schrom pitched seven innings for Minnesota, giving up two runs, one unearned, on five hits. In Phoenix, Mike Warren, starting in place of the injured Mike Norris, pitched five strong innings, and Mike Davis, Steve Henderson and Donnie Hill drove in two runs apiece as Oakland clobbered San Francisco. Norris went on the 15- day disabled list with neck spasms. Kansas City Royals runner Bud Black tries to retreat to third base to elude the tag of Cincinnati catcher Dan Bilardello during their exhibition game Wednesday in Tampa, Fla. NBA panel OKs Kings move KANSAS CITY NEW YORK (AP) — The Kansas City Kings' request to move to Sacramento, Calif., was approved Wednesday by a special committee of National Basketball Association owners. However, it said the league should reserve the right to relocate the Kings if Sacramento doesn't build a suitable arena by the 198788 season. The decision by the five owners must be ratified by a majority of the NBA's 23-member board of governors, who will meet in New York on April 16. The Kings, currently in last place in the Midwest Division with a 30-45 record, announced in January their intention to relocate, citing what president and general manager Joe Axelson called "generally weak support over the years." Gregg Lukenbill, who heads the Sacramento-based group that purchased the team in June 1983, said the Kings lost $1 million last season and had projected losses of $1.8 million this year. The owners' committee said that while there is no suitable arena in Sacramento at this time, a temporary facility seating 10,400 is expected to be completed by next September, in time for the 1985-86 season. It would be home to the team pending the completion of a larger arena in 1987. "The committee has concluded that, if a first-class permanent arena is constructed, Sacramento can successfully support an NBA franchise," Portland owner Lawrence Weinberg, the committee chairman, said in a statement. "If a permanent arena meeting NBA standards is not ready to open for the 1987-88 season, the NBA will have the right to purchase and relocate the Kings franchise," he said. In addition to Weinberg, the committee included owners Barry Ackerley of Seattle, Richard Bloch of Phoenix, Red McCombs of Denver and Herb Simon of Indiana. Rick Benner, the King's vice president for finance, said, "We are very pleased of course. It was not unexpected. We were fully confident that this would happen." The Kings, meanwhile, already have moved much of their equipment and some office personnel to Sacramento in anticipation of the league approving the relocation, which will be the third in the Kings' history. The Kings were formed as the Rochester (N.Y.) Royals in 1948, moved to Cincinnati for the 1957-58 season and became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972 before dropping the Omaha designation in 1975. Washington lures La. Tech coach SEATTLE (AP) - Andy Russo, who led Louisiana Tech to two straight NCAA tournament appearances, signed a four-year contract Wednesday as head basketball coach for the University of Washington. "My main job right now is to prove to people that I am a good coach and that I do want a national basketball program," Russo, 36, told a news conference here. UW Athletic Director Mike Lude said Russo agreed to the job Tuesday night when he and Russo arrived by plane from Lexington, Ky., where they had attended the NCAA Final Four tournament. Lude said Russo signed the $65,000-a-year contract Wednesday morning. Russo accumulated a record of 122-55 in his six seasons at Louisiana Tech, and directed the Ruston, La., school to the NCAA tournament the last two seasons. The eighth-ranked Bulldogs, 29-3, were eliminated from the tournament by Oklahoma in the Midwest Regional this year after beating-Pittsburgh Andy Russo and Ohio State. In 1984, Louisiana Tech beat Fresno State, then lost to eventual NCAA runner-up Houston, finishing its season at 26-7. Russo was named Southland Conference coach of the year in 1983 and 1985, and Louisiana College coach of the year in 1984. "He's a great human being and a great coach and you're going to like him a lot," Lude said in introducing Russo. "I like him a lot." Russo replaces Marv Harshman, 67, who is retiring at the end of his 14th season with the Pacific-10 Conference Huskies. Harshman also took his team to the NCAA tournament the past two seasons. At Ruston Wednesday afternoon, school officials named Tommy Joe Eagles to succeed Russo. Eagles had been on Russo's staff at the school since 1979. Russo, who becomes the 15th coach in Washington basketball history, was born in Evanston, 111., and was graduated from Lake Forest College in 1970. He received a master's degree in history from Northwestern University in 1971, then did post-graduate work at Texas-El Paso. Before coming to Louisiana Tech, he was coach at Panola College, a two-year school in Carthage, Texas. Before that, he coached high school ball for a year after serving as a graduate assistant under UTEP Coach Don Raskins. ASST. SPORTS EDITOR Welch already making his mark He's been on the job only 10 weeks. His debut as Kansas Wesleyan's 12th head football coach is still five months away. But it doesn't seem too early to ask the question. Is Jack Welch too good to be true? Welch, a former assistant at West Texas State, was hired by Wesleyan on Jan. 18. There's no argument he already has pumped new life into the Coyote program. You can see it in Wesleyan's new and enlarged weight room. More importantly, you can see it on his desk where there are stacks of signed letters-of-intent. "The excitement of Kansas Wesleyan is starting to branch out," Welch said in a recent interview. Excitement and Kansas Wesleyan have rarely gone hand-in-hand in recent years. But Welch's concern lies only in the future. And he's convinced he's taken the first steps to build a solid program. "We're not looking at obstacles," Welch said. "Obstacles are things you see when you take your eye off the goal. Our goal is to become the best." To be the best — at any level — you have to have players. Last year, Wesleyan suited up less than 30 players most games and the result was an 0-10 record. But Welch — believe it — is bringing in lots of players this fall. We're talking triple digits here. Welch has released the names of 22 signees, including a running back (Johnny Johnson) who will likely be the best newcomer in the Kansas Conference this fall. He's also getting Salinans interested in his program and has signed two recent all-city picks — Mike Reiber (1983) and Willie Cleaver (1984). And there's 6-8, 295-pound Bill Cox, whose potential has been often categorized as unlimited. Next week, Welch is going to release the names of more signees, including Charlie "Choo Choo" Burns. Don't laugh. Burns rushed for 4,350 yards in his high school career and scored 60 touchdowns. Welch's recruiting pitch is based around a rather simple — but sometimes forgotten — philosophy. "We're looking for guys who — number one — want to get a college degree," the KW coach said. "If they don't want a college degree, they can't help us. "We're interested in stressing more than athletics," added Welch, who is a strong supporter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. "The academic and spiritual part of college is very important to us. Some coaches are scared to stress academics. But the days of the dumb jock are gone. And when they (recruits) see you have a genuine interest in them for more than their abilities in football, they're usually impressed." Welch has nothing but kind words for everybody he's become associated with in Salina. • The Wesleyan administration: "The administration has done everything they've told me they'd do. They've been cooperative and helpful. I couldn't ask for anything more." • The Wesleyan students: "Our students are the friendliest I've ever been around. We've had a lot of recruits tell us the reason they're coming to Kansas Wesleyan is because the students make 'em feel at home." • Salina businessmen: "Much of our new weight equipment was donated and several of our (business) leaders have spoken to recruits about our city. It's the best cooperation I've ever seen." Welch said KW's recruiting efforts are almost complete. And his smile tells you he likes what he sees on the horizon. "We're not finished, but our recruiting class this year is very comparable — if not better — than any we had the past three years at West Texas State," the Wesleyan coach said. "About one-third (of KW's signees) have been looked at or had an opportunity to play major college football. We're at a point now where we just have to zero in on kids who have already signed." Yes, Welch is convinced the foundation has been layed to make Wesleyan a consistent winner both on and off the field.