The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California on June 7, 1989 · Page 32
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San Bernardino, California
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Wednesday, June 7, 1989
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C2I The Sun WEDNESDAY, June 7, 1989 KALEIDOSCOPE Wagner card: Bonus or bogus? Police in West Pittsburg, Calif., are looking for a baseball card thief but they can't be sure whether he stole one worth $75,000 or 50 cents. Rene Montoya, 14, told police a teenager named "David" grabbed a 1909 Honus Wagner card from him when he opened his front door to allow David to photograph it. Montoya said his grandfather gave him the card five years ago after picking it out of the garbage. He recognized its value two months ago when he saw the card on a TV program. "I decided maybe I could sell it (in a few years) and buy my grandmother a house," said Montoya, who lives w ith his grandmother. Baseball card dealers are very skeptical about the authenticity. They say it's almost certainly a reprint, of w hich there are many in circulation. "The card is not real, I guarantee you," said dealer Alan Rosen of New Jersey. "They (reprints) turn up all the time." Police nonetheless have put out a composite sketch of the thief, Det. Phil White said. "I never thought a thing like this would happen with a little card like that," said Victoria Flores, Rene's grandmother. "I thought it was just a baseball card." He's like a good neighbor Tommy John, after he was cut by the New York Yankees.'i'm not retiring. If I retire, it will be later on. I'll keep working out and throwing. You never know. Some ball club might be looking around and saying, 'For $46,000, we can get a cheap insurance policy.' " Better leave a wakeup call Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, in the 18th inning of Saturday night's 22-inning marathon with the Houston Astros: "This is one game where you don't say, 'Film at 11,' unless you mean a.m." But do you like it? Calgary fan Jerry Christensen, after the Flames won their first Stanley Cup.: "This is the Olympics, Christmas and the Stampede wrapped into one." Just call him 'The Warden Mitch (Blood) Green, the oft-arrested heavyweight fighter, on why he doesn't fear going to jail: "When I go to the jailhouse, I run the jail-house." SPORTS IN BRIEF Drugs affecting racing outcomes? LOS ANGELES Concern is growing that the illegal drugging of racehorses is affecting the outcome of races across the country, according to industry officials, who say laboratory breakthroughs are needed to catch the cheaters. The Los Angeles Daily News reports that industry leaders say that although some trainers and v eterinarians have been accused of violating the rules, more may be getting away with it. In 1987, 675,205 post-race tests were conducted on thoroughbred, quarter and harness racehorses in the United States. Just 395 one out of ev ery 1,700 came back positive for illegal substances. "I would suspect the use in horses is greater than one in 1,000," said Dr. Gary Henderson of the UC Davis school of medicine, who advises California's equine drug test facility, Truesdail Laboratories of Tustin. Deadline passes for NBA teams Tuesday was the deadline for 21 of the 25 learns to submit the names of players they are protecting from the expansion draft to stock the Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Detroit Pistons and the Lakers can wait until after their championship series, w hile last season's expansion teams, Charlotte and Miami, are exempt from submitting players' names. The names of those made available to Orlando and Minnesota will not be made public for fear of offending those players, and the league has threatened stiff fines to prevent any leak. If the Pistons-Lakers series ends in a four-game sweep, the final game would be June 13, and the expansion draft would be June 15. If the Detroit-Los Angeles series goes more than four games, ending either June 15, 18 or 20, the draft would be June 22. Could drug control kill track? MONTH CARLO, Monaco Trying to control the use of drugs in track and field is getting so costly, it might kill the sport, the medical chairman of track's world governing body said Tuesday. "You start to approach a limit that society has the right to say, 'stop,' " Arne Ljungqvist said, referring to the increasingly sophisticated and expensive countermeasures to uncover drug cheating in the sport. Officials, athletes and coaches ' have to be very careful . . . because this may be a self-destructive sort of event that is going on," he said. Group to picket U.S. Open ROCHESTER, N.Y. An anti-apatheid group w ill picket at the U.S. Open golf tournament next week, but has no plans to disrupt play, organizers said Tuesday. "We understand that (protesting on the golf course) would create quite a bit of havoc and that's not w hat we're all about," said Nancy Gee, a coordinator of the Rochester Anti-Apartheid Coalition. "But we do intend to send a powerful message." The coalition is protesting the United States Golf Association's decision to invite two golfers with ties to South Africa, Mark McNulty and David Frost, to this year's U.S. Open. It also believes that several American golfers who violated a United Nations boycott by playing golf in South Africa should not be allowed to participate in the tournament. From Sun News Services LSU By TOM VINT Associated Press Wicmte St W1EB eHmfinattiioiJi gam OMAHA, Neb. Russell Springer held Miami to six hits for 8 'A innings, then got relief help from No. 1 draft pick Ben McDonald as sixth-seeded Louisiana State eliminated No. 3 Miami 6-3 Tuesday night in the College World Series. With McDonald warming up in the bullpen, Springer kept Miami off-balance, striking out nine. But after he walked pinch hitter Jorge Fabregas with one out in the ninth, McDonald relieved. McDonald struck out John Viera and Jose Tru- APWIREPHOTO EDBERG'S BACKHAND: Sweden's Stefan Edberg returns a backhand shot to opponent Alberto Mancini of Argentina during Tuesday's quarterfinal at the French Open. Edberg swept Mancini 6-1,6-3, 7-6. Graf to meet unheralded teen in semifinals By STEPHEN R.WILSON Associated Press PARIS Steffi Graf says women's tennis needs new faces. She will meet one of the newest and brightest faces in the semifinals of the French Open. Monica Seles, a giggly 15-year-old Yugoslav with a two-fisted forehand and backhand, qualified for the berth by beating sixth-seeded Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria 6-3, 7-5 Tuesday. Top-seeded Graf, the defending champion, beat No. 8 seed Conchita Martinez 6-0, 6 -4. "Probably the week is going to end here," said Seles, who lives and trains at Nick Bollettieri's tennis academy in Bradenton, Fla. "I would be lying if I said I won't be scared to play against Steffi. I will be. I'll have to play unbelievably to beat her." Graf, who at 18 is the oldest woman's semifi-nalist, said she is happy about Seles' success. "It's a new face on the tour, it's good for the tennis. We need it," Graf said. "It gets boring after a w hile if you only talk about Navratilova, Evert, Graf and Sabatini. When you have new faces it makes it more interesting for everybody. You neeed some change." Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg, last year's Wimbledon finalists, proved they've come of age on clay as they scored straight-set victories to reach the men's final four. Becker, the No. 2 seed, overpowered unseeded Jay Berger 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 in a Center Court match that began late because of showers and was interrupted after two games in the middle of a downpour. The loss by Berger left Michael Chang as the last American male in the tournament that no U.S. man has won since 1955. With the grass-court champion outplaying the prototype clay-court basher on his own surface, the third-seeded Edberg overwhelmed No. 11 Alberto Mancini 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). "I would have been surprised if you would have told me at the beginning of the tournament that I would play Stefan in the semifinals," Becker said. "But the way he's been playing and I've been playing I'm not surprised any more." In the other half of the women's draw, No. 15 Mary Joe Fernandez of the United States reached the semifinals by beating No. 10 Helen Kelesi of Canada 6-2, 7-5. Fernandez, who upset second-seeded Gabriela Sabatini in the third round, had been set to fly home to Miami on today for her high school graduation. "I would have gone tomorrow depending on what happened here," she said. "Hopefully they will do something for me when I get back." Fernandez's semifinal opponent will be seventh-seeded Arantxa Sanchez of Spain, w ho scored a 6-2, fi-2 win over No. 11 Jana Novotna of Czechoslovakia. The last two men's semifinal berths will be filled today. Chang, the 17-year-old Californian who upset top-seeded Ivan Lendl in a five-set match Monday, plays Ronald Agenor of Haiti in one quarterfinal. Defending champion Mats Wilander faces Andrei Chesnokov in the other. Graf has not dropped a set in her bid for a third straight French Open crown and sixth straight Grand Slam tournament title. Bloomington player taken by Blue Jays The Sun Bloomington High School center fielder Lonell Roberts was drafted in the eighth round by the Toronto Blue Jays in Tuesday's segment of the professional baseball amateur draft. "I'm pretty excited about it," Roberts said. "I kind of knew I was going to get drafted, but I w asn't sure by who and how high." Roberts said the pro scouts were attracted to his size (6-0, 165) and speed (6.7 in the 60-yard dash). He said he was definitely going to sign with the Toronto organization and will begin rookie ball in either Medicine Hat, Alberta or St. Catherine, Quebec in Canada. Roberts to Bloomington from Aquinas in his junior year. On Monday, former San Gorgonio High School and UC Riverside star Mike Eatinger, a third baseman, was taken in the fifth round by the Chicago White Sox. COLLEGE WORLD SERIES jillo to end the game. The LSU win marked the first time in 10 CWS games this year that a higher-seeded team had not won a matchup. It also sent Miami home with a 49-18 record. The Tigers (55-16) move on to Thursday's meeting with second-seeded Texas, 53-17. Texas routed Miami 12-2 Monday night. McDonald, 14-3 after losing the first-round game Saturday to Miami 5-2, was drafted No. 1 by the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. 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