SATURDAY, April 30, 1988 The Sun C3 '.'""f1 n i ' mijp i ry Charles, Devlin take over Legends lead Celtics pull away, top Knicks by 20 GOLF ROUNDUP NBA PLAYOFFS f i- AUSTIN, Texas - Bob Charles and Bruce Devlin combined for an 8-under-par 62 and sole control of the second-round lead Friday at the Legends of GolfTournament. Charles, a left-hander from New Zealand, and Devlin, an Australian who resides in the United States, each scored four birdies in the better-ball competition for seniors that was delayed 2'2 hours at the start by morning thunderstorms. They completed two trips over the rain-soaked Onion Creek Club course in 125, 15 under par and one in front of Bobby Nichols and Butch Baird. Charles and Devlin, in the last group of the day, went in front with Devlin's 7-foot putt for birdie on the final hole. Alcott LPGA leader NASHVILLE, Tenn. Amy Alcott shot a 7-under par 65 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Sherri Steinhauer after one round of the $335,000 Sara Lee Classic. Two strokes back at 5-under 67 was Cathy Johnston. A close game for nearly three quarters suddenly became Boston's game. The Celtics returned to their strong team defense, sharp passing and aggressive offense late in the third period, went on a 32-9 surge that ended late in the game and crushed the New York Knicks 112-92 in an NBA playoff opener Friday night at Boston Garden. New York led 74-71 when the surge began. It trailed 103-83 when it ended. "It teaches us the Boston Celtics have to be played tough for 48 minutes," New York coach Rick Pitino said. "We were able to keep the crowd quiet until they made their spurt." Until then, the Knicks had a chance for their first win in 17 games at Boston Garden, where the second game of the best-of-five series is scheduled Sunday. "We had some very nice defense," Boston coach K.C. Jones said. "I had sweat on my brow during this one." Kevin McHale had 12 of his 29 Alcott's 65 over the 6,242-yard Hermitage Golf Course equalled the best score of her 26-victory career, and she said it could have been better. "A lot of the par putts were all over the hole," she said. "It was just a great round of golf." Alcott did not bogey a hole and her longest par putt was about four feet. Rain suspends PGA tourney THE WOODLANDS, Texas Mike Donald and Hal Sutton, completing their rounds before heavy rains forced a halt to play, shared the lead after the unfinished second round of the $700,000 Independent Insurance Agent Open Friday. Only 45 golfers completed their rounds before PGA Tour officials halted play for the day. About one-third of the field, including first-round leaders Greg Norman and Raymond Floyd, were unable to tee off before play was halted. From Sun News Services points in the surge. Larry Bird also scored 29 points for Boston. In the decisive rally, the Celtics had eight of their 30 assists. Boston's offensive aggressiveness in the second half was reflected in the foul shooting. Each team made nine free throws in the first half, but Boston held a 19-4 edge in the second. HAWKS 110, BUCKS 197: Unheralded Kevin Willis scored 22 points and hit four consecutive clutch free throws in the final 1 :22 as the Hawks overcame a 14-point second halfdeficit to win at home. NUGGETS 126, SONICS 123: Lafayette Lever hit an ltt-l'oot baseline jumper with 22 seconds left and added a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining, lifting Denver to a tense home v ictory. The Nuggets, w ho recorded a decisive free-throw advantage that saw them score 20 more points from the line than the Son-ics, rebounded from a 15-point second-quarter deficit to win. From Sun News Services J09 . ,, , ., &..:-.-.-.-.-.M..-.-.. APWIREPHOTO SHOWING HIS STUFF: Celtics' Robert Parish slams in dunk in front of Knicks' Patrick Ewing in Friday's game. Celtics won at the Boston Garden, 1 12-92. Downtrodden Fresno surprises Spirit, 5-3 By DAVID T.BRISTOW Sun Sports Writer PALM W SPRINGS CO UNTRY CLUB SEMI PRIVATE FACILITY Spirit center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. misplayed a ball hit by Suns second baseman Kim Fowers. What shoud have been an out turned into an RBI triple that tied the game and ignited a four-hit, two-run rally which gave the Suns the lead and the game. "The wind and the dust made it look like it wasn't that high, and by the time I realized it, it was turn-around-and-run time," said Griffey. "If it wasn't for the wind it would have been a simple play." Dick was not so sure. "That ball that was hit to center should have been caught," he said. "With the wind blowing 50 mph, you should realize that it's going to blow back, especially when it was hit as high as it was." Fresno's seventh-inning turnaround snapped the Spirit's offense, which up to that point has done a passable job. Making up for his defensive faux pas, Griffey led the Spirit's eight-hit attack with a 3-for-4 performance with one RBI. Left fielder Ted Williams had two hits and a pair of stolen bases. bounded quickly with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first on two hits and an error by Brocki. Fresno held the lead until the Spirit tied it at 2-2 in the fourth when designated hitter Steve Hi-sey scored on a balk by Banning. San Bernardino then went ahead, 3-2, in the seventh when Williams singled, stole second and third and then scored on a sacrifice to left by first baseman Jim Bowie. But again the lead was shortlived as the Suns opened its rally in the bottom of the seventh as Flowers and right fielder Jim Malseed picked up RBI. Spirit notes San Bernardino acquired a new player Friday, outfielder Johnny Rabb, who is on the roster of the Mariners' Triple-A club in Calgary. Rabb, who just finished participating in Seattle's extended spring training, is in San Bernardino for rehabilitation following a stay in a drug-abuse treatment program. "Johnny will work out with the Spirit until we get the idea that he's ready to play, then he ll play a few games and then the Mariners will send him up," said Spirit manager Ralph Dick. . . . Pitcher Scott Bankhead departs today for Calgary, having put in two starts for the Spirit Right-hander Jeff Nelson (2-1) will start tonight for San Bernardino, while righthander Rocco Buffolino (0-0) will take the mound for the Suns. The 7 p.m. game will be broadcast locally on KCKC (13.50) with Bob Harvey, Rich Dauer and Stan Sanchez. "We got guys in scoring position (the Spirit stranded eight men on the runners), but we again didn't come up with the key hit," said Dick. "Our bats just weren't working well tonight. I don't really know why." Suffering from the offensive misfire were the two Spirit pitchers, starter Scott Bankhead and reliever Pat Rice, who was tagged with the loss. Bankhead went six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits, walking three and stiking out three. Rice (2-2) gave up five hits, struck out two and walked one. "I felt really good tonight, oddly enough," said Rice. "The ball was going where I wanted it to, but they just got a hold of a couple and our guys couldn't get to a couple of more and that made the difference." Fresno starter Doug Banning (1-1) got the win, going seven innings and allowing all of the Spirit runs off of seven hits. San Bernardino took a 1-0 lead in the first when second baseman Mike Brocki scored on a single by Griffey. The Suns re FRESNO The better record does not a winner make. By way of example, the haggard Fresno Suns, carrying the worst record in the California League, defeated the San Bernardino Spirit, which claims one of the best, 5-3, before 150 hardy souls who braved gale-force winds at John Euless Field. The Spirit loss was influenced somewhat by those winds, which nearly tore the American flag off its standard in center field and kicked up huge clouds of dust from the stadium's dirt parking lot. But mainly, it was a combination of a lethargic defense and an impotent offense that the Spirit lost its sixth game of the season. "We just didn't play up to par," said Spirit manager Ralph Dick. "We couldn't get a hit when we needed one, and the defense just didn't do the job, especially on that play in center field." The play Dick referred to came in the seventh inning, when ANNOUNCES SPECIAL RATES EFFECTIVE APRIL 23 18 HOLE GREEN FEE INCLUDING ELEC. CART 2000 WEEKDAYS 3000 WEEKENDS & HOLIDAYS 1500 EVERYDAY AFTER 2:00 P.M. 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In the next game, two relievers failed to hold a four-run lead in the ninth as San Jose scored nine times for a 10-6 win. The Giants had seven walks and two hits in the inning. . . . Outfielder Mike Randle, who had an 11-game hitting streak to open the season, has failed to hit inonly three ofVisalia's 17games. SAN BERNARDINO The Spirit has stolen 33 bases in 16 games to lead the league, just ahead of the Stockton Ports, who have 32. "The (Seattle) Mariners have a policy, which is to let minor-leaguers run the bases as much as possible," manager Ralph Dick said. "We have several players who can steal when they want, and if a player is thrown out, we don't penalize them because we're trying to get them to develop an aggressive attitude on the bases." San Bernardino has been caught stealing 18 times. . . . The latest addition to ranks of Spirit fans arrived April 25 when Spirit minority owner, actor Mark Harmon and wife Pam Dawber became the parents of an 8-pound, 14-ounce baby boy, Sean Thomas Harmon The Spirit leads the California League in attendance, tallying 22,509 fans in eight home games for an average of 2,501 per night. SAN JOSE The Giants have added outfielder Montie Phillips, signed by San Francisco after being released by the Kansas City organization. He is a two-time NAIA Ail-American from national champion Lewis-Clark State. He was signed by the Royals last June and played at Eugene, Ore., in the Northwest League, where he batted .246 with 29 RBI in 50 games San Jose leads the California League in fielding and is second in pitching with a 3.1 1 ERA. . . . The Giants are last in hitting, with .214. Mark Leonard is among the California League leaders at .347 but no one else on the team is over .250. Gannett News Service SHIT aafe , aI VS -:5, s - ft ao"''cl,,' mMi""10 ir v ii "" ii BAKERSFIELD Outfielder Steve Green, injured right wrist, and catcher Almlcar Valdez, injured left wrist, have both come off the disabled list and are playing. . . . Carlos Carrasco, who has a 5.17 ERA, has the worst record (0-3) among the starters. The staff has only four saves, two apiece by Dennis Springer and Tim Scott. FRESNO The co-op Suns lost the heart of their batting order this week when Baltimore sent clean-up hitter Frank Bellino to its Class AA Charlotte club. A .378 hitter, he had eight RBI, 11 walks and only three strikeouts. . . . Designated hitter Mike Richardt, a former major leaguer, tore a hamstring and will be sidelined for about a month. . . . The Suns released outfielders Mark Comb (former Spirit player) and Dave Montiero and signed free agent pitcher Doug Banning, a starter who will be used primarily in a relief role. . . . Fresno is 1-8 at home since posting a 7-4 win against Reno in the season opener. The Suns scored 21 runs while allowing opponents 62 in their first nine home games. Fresno is averaging only 366 fans per game, which includes season tickets sold. When it held the Giants' player development contract, Fresno led the league in attendance for years until San Bernardino broke the string last season. MODESTO Jeff Glover, who had been counted on to be one of the staff's aces, has been ripped recently. He is 1-2 with an 8.48 ERA. . . . Designated hitter Dave Finley had 10 RBI in his first 11 games. PALM SPRINGS The Angels, who have not had a homer in 14 games at spacious Angels Stadium, hit one in consecutive games in Fresno. All three Palm Springs homers this season have been on the road. . . . Mike Erb pitched the club's first complete game when he tossed a three-hitter in defeating Fresno, 6-1. RENO The Silver Sox, who had been down to six healthy pitchers, signed two free agent pitchers Wednesday former Oakland hurler Mike Warren and Terry Sloan, released on the last day of spring training by Cincinnati. Pitcher Scott Madden, who had been sidelined for a week with a sore arm, was declared healthy on the same day. RIVERSIDE Right-handed pitcher Bryan Harrison is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings. . . . Reliever Raphael Chavez leads the California League in saves with five. . . . The Red Wave has drawn 8,118 fans in eight home dates for an average of 1,015 per game. 10V RSA I i QOO I1 Financing Mator Brands in Stock RSA (7M 882-2351 v Installed "We e tevd ou wjnd" H b.wi thow tendt oi dollar " imiitNiin. i OfM7Drt9 7 RSA COUPON Xoj- '
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