TV TodayComplete listings, C6 eThe Sun a ' J i m Dallas takes 3-2 lead over DenverC3 BASEBALL St. Louis at Chicago, 11:15 a.m., WGN NBA PLAYOFFS Atlanta at Boston, 5 p.m., TBS WEDNESDAY May 18, 1988 NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS Boston at Edmonton, 6:30 p.m., ESPN ; n 1 mi In this corner Gregg Patton Lakers come to enjoy bump, run INGLEWOO D Win or lose, the Lakers look weird against Utah. They look weird because they aren't playing Lakers basketball as we have come to know and expect it. Showtime has been replaced by Grindtime. The fast break has disappeared. The Laker Girls get up and down the court quicker than the Lakers. Not so incidentally, so does the Jazz, which has a quicker point guard in John Stockton than the Lakers do in Magic Johnson. Part of the problem is Utah's defense, which is fanatical about getting back and cutting off the Lakers' transition passing lanes. Part of the problem is Johnson, who, no matter what he says, seems incapable of sustaining an aggressive go-to-the-hoop mentality in the wake of his groin injury. And part of the problem is "playoff' basketball, which means everyone gets grabby and pushy. A clean rebound, necessary to trigger a fast break, is hard to find. The Lakers, who were so much more finely tuned last year and were able to run through the playoffs in spite of it all, have been reduced to playing the slow bump-and-grind postseason model everyone else plays this year. Contrary to popular opinion, the Lakers can play this game and they will have to. Where they once whined and complained over the physical, let-'em-play attitude of the refs in , , . the postseason, they accept it now. Some of them even seem to relish it like A.C. Green, one born-again Christian who doesn't turn the other cheek. He fouls it. Mychal Thompson looks like he enjoys on a good hack. Michael Cooper isn't happy unless he's got a hand on someone's sternum. And Kurt Rambis, once characterized as the only Lakers bully, is still around. Good thing. You have to be prepared for this game. See Mark Eaton shove Ka-reem. See Kareem elbow Mark. See Mark lift Kareem out of his sneakers. See Kareem bury a knee in Mark's thigh. And that's on the tipoff. Once the postseason begins, as you may have noticed, the game gets physical. It's a good time to be a defensive driver, or risk a blind-side hit. There are so many collisions in the NBA postseason, they couldn't get reputable comprehensive insurance if they ' r wanted. The NBA is a walking argument for no-fault. Tuesday night's game wasn't as bad as most games in terms of the slamming and banging. Even Gerry Cooney would have made it through the first quarter. No one lost more than a few drops of blood and everyone left the Forum with the same limbs they brought with them. t The blatant examples of playoff basketball such as Karl Ma-lone sailing Michael Cooper like a discus into the press table, and A.C. Green wrapping up Malone like a rodeo steer in the first couple of games of this series were missing, too. But the game was still a half-court exercise. And the usual leaning and wrestling was there. The Lakers can even take advantage of this dimension in particular by siccing Green and Rambis on Malone, taking turns pounding on the Jazz top scorer the way Eaton tenderizes Kareem. It's the kind of game that leaves the Forum crowd going wild over . . . yes, Eaton fouling out. You get your jollies where you can, folks, because the three-on-twos, with Magic going no-look to James Worthy for the jam, are getting hard to find. That doesn't mean Lakers-watchers have to like it. They just have to get used to it. Lakers beat Jazz m final 7 seconds Playoff rundown WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS Lakers vs. Utah Jazz Best-of-seven series Game 1 : Lakers 1 1 0, Utah 91 Game 2: Utah 101 , Lakers 97 Game 3: Utah 96, Lakers 89 Game 4: Lakers 1 1 3, Utah 1 00 Game 5: Utah at Lakers Thursday: At Utah, 4:30 p.m. Saturday: AtL.A., 12:30 p.m. if necessary By MIKE DAVIS Sun Sports Writer INGLEWOO P The Lakers, their season hanging in the balance, and the Utah Jazz, who are supposed to be only trying to hang in there with the defending NBA champions, staged a game for the ages, or at least for this season, Tuesday night at the Forum. To the great relief of the 17,505 who paid their way in and yelled themselves hoarse most of the night, the Lakers won it 111-109, with Michael Cooper's top-of-the-key jumper providing the winning points with seven seconds to play. The heart-stopping victory gave the Lakers a 3-2 lead, but by no means total control, in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 will be Thursday night in Salt Lake City. Game 7, if one is needed and the way things are going in this series, it probably will be would be back here Saturday afternoon. Cooper's clutch shot gave the Lakers a 110-109 lead. Utah had two chances to tie or win in the final seven seconds, but failed on both. First, James Worthy intercepted Mark Ia-varoni's inbounds pass intended for James Bailey. Worthy was immediately fouled by Bailey and made one of two free throws with five seconds to go. Then, after a Utah timeout, John Stockton took an inbounds pass from Scott Roth and tried to penetrate. Trapped about 25 feet out and unable to shoot under duress from Cooper, Stockton threw a wild pass to Roth in the right corner, and Roth was unable to launch a shot before the final buzzer. Overshadowed in the electricity of the fi nal seconds was a brilliant performance by Stockton, who had 24 assists tying Magic Johnson's all-time playoff record and scored 23 points. You know how it is in L.A. when the going gets tough, the stars go out to see the Lakers. And the stars were out in force Tuesday. Mel Gibson, Billy Crystal, O.J. Simpson, Marcus Allen and Rob Reiner were seated court-side, along with such regulars as Jack Nicholson and Dyan Cannon. The Lakers did their best to rise to the occasion. They came out active and aggressive, trying to take the play to Utah. They got the Jazz in a high-scoring running game, just the kind that is supposed to favor L.A. But it seems no matter what they do or how well they play, the Lakers just cannot See LAKF.RSC3 Another winner : ! " " 5 i - s i A ' i' fv A ' s? is v o. y IF ' "v X Mark Rehe of San Gorgonio High School smashes a forehand en route to winning two sets Tuesday in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section 4A tennis playoffs at the San Gorgonio tennis courts. Rehe is LARRY ROSEThe Sun the younger brother of Stephanie Rehe, one of the world's premier professional women's tennis players. San Gorgonio was beaten by Mission Viejo, 12-6. StoryC5. Spirit gets revenge against Fresno, wins 4-0 By DAVID T.BRISTOW Sun Sports Writer SAN BERNAR DINO When performing an exorcism, it is best to banish the offending demon with as much intensity as possible. The San Bernardino Spirit followed that course on Tuesday night, cruising to a 4-0 victory over the Fresno Suns in front of 1,628 fans at Fiscalini Field Tues day night. It was the first shutout win of the year for the Spirit, which gained a measure of revenge for getting swept in a three-game series when the teams met in Fresno recently. The win also marked the first complete game thrown by a Spirit pitcher this year as Jeff Nelson tossed a three-hitter to improve his record to 4-2. Nelson struck out five and walked two. With the victory, San Bernardino pulled into a tie with the , Palm Springs Angels for first place in the Southern Division of the California League, pending the outcome of the Angels' game on Tuesday night. The Spirit is 21-14, while Fresno fell to 13-24 in the Northern Division. San Bernardino collected 10 hits against Fresno starter Doug Banning (2-2), who also went the distance, striking out 11 and walking three. Spirit shortstop Brian King belted his first home run of the season and went 2-for-4 for the night, while first baseman Jim Bowie had two hits and an RBI. San Bernardino baserunners stole seven bases in the game, with center fielder Ken Griffey stealing three and left fielder Ted Williams taking two. The only blemish on the night for the Spirit came in the left-on-base department as it stranded SeeSPIRITC2 Expos top Fernando, Dodgers By STEVE DILBECK Sun Sports Writer LOS ANGELES For Fernando Valenzuela, the struggle continues. The magic that was Valenzue-la's for most of his first six years with the Dodgers refuses to be summoned. Valenzuela tried it again Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, tried to earn his first win at home, tried to mystify batters with that near-jegendary screwball. Instead Valenzuela and the Dodgers were left 6-5 losers to Neal Heaton and the Montreal Expos before a crowd of 34,309, most of whom were Democrats, judging by the way they booed Vice President George Bush when he was introduced during the seventh-inning stretch. The loss cut the Dodgers' lead over the Houston Astros to one game in the National League West and did nothing to restore the confidence of Valenzuela, who fell to 3-4. Valenzuela went seven innings, and it was agony in almost every one. He gave up all six runs on 10 hits and six walks, striking out four. He fell behind most every hitter and only the sixth was a 1-2-3 inning. Valenzuela has now walked more batters (34) than he's struck out (31). He is 0-3 at home. Heaton looked like he was ready to drop his overall record to 0-3 during the first three innings whee gave up four runs. But after the third, Heaton (1-2) did not allow another hit until Mike Scios-cia's one-out single in the ninth, retiring 17 of 18 batters. After Scioscia's hit, reliever Tim Burke was summoned and he promptly walked the tying run on base, walking pinch-hitter Danny Heep. Pinch-hitter Franklin Stubbs then bounced a single into right to score one, Heep holding at second, but Steve Sax blooped into a game-ending double play as Burke picked up his fifth save. There was no time wasted by either team in scoring on this See DODGERSC4 UPDATE THE SCORES National League Montreal at Dodgers Atlanta 6, Cincinnati 2 St.Louis 3, Chicago 0 Pittsburgh at Houston New York at San Diego Philadelphia at San Francisco American League Angels at Baltimore, ppd. rain Cleveland 6, Chicago 2 Seattle 6, New York 2 Oakland at Boston Texas at Toronto Kansas City at Minnesota Detroit at Milwaukee California League Fresno at Spirit NBA Playoffs Utah at Lakers Dallas at Denver Jimmy Connors Injured Connors pulls out WASHINGTON (AP) Jimmy Connors, the fifth-ranked player in the world, withdrew from the upcoming French Open tennis tournament Tuesday because of an injured right foot. Connors, 35, first injured the foot prior to last year's U.S. Open. He aggravated the injury three weeks ago at an exhibition event near Atlanta. The French Open, which begins Monday in Paris, is the only Grand Slam tournament Connors has failed to win. Kerr No.l choice in VVBL draft NEW YORK (AP) Steve Kerr, who led Arizona to a berth in the NCAA Final Four, was the first pick in the World Basketball League draft, the WBL announced Tuesday. The 6-foot-3 Kerr was taken by Las Vegas as a total of 30 players were selected by the five teams in a telephone conference call. The league, for players 6-foot-4 and under, begins play today. The other first-round picks include Levy Middlebrooks of Pepperdine by Vancouver. Inside NHLC2 NBAC3 BaseballC4 PrepsC5 ScoreboardC6 Nearly 11,000 athletes expected at Olympics Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea Preliminary entries from 125 nations indicate nearly 11,000 athletes will compete in this year's Summer Olympics, making them by far the biggest Olympics ever, the organizers announced today. After the deadline for preliminary entries at midnight Tuesday, the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee said those nations had reported a total of 10,626 athletes and 4,266 officials coming to Seoul. The largest number of athletes in any previous Olympics was 7,830 at Munich in 1972. Four years ago in Los Angeles, when most of the East European nations boycotted the Games, a record 140 nations sent a total of 7,078 athletes. The athletes will be competing for a total of 237 gold medals in 23 sports, compared with 223 golds in 21 sports in Los Angeles. New medal sports added for the Seoul Games are tennis and table tennis. Tuesday's deadline was only for submitting the number of participants coming. Final entries by name are due Sept. 2. The organizing committee announced earlier that 161 of the 167 nations in the Olympic movement had accepted invitations to enter the Games in Seoul. For the 36 nations that had not submitted preliminary entries by Tuesday, the committee said there would be no problem if they submitted a final name list by Sept. 2. North Korea is boycotting the Games in Seoul because it was not allowed to become a co-host. Also staying away are Cuba, Ethiopia, Albania, Nicaragua and the Seychelles. International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch has said the door still is open for them to enter such individual events as swimming and track and field at Seoul, but it is too late for them to enter team sports events such as soccer.
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