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D3 : i The Bradenton Herald Wednesday May 27 1992 Sports i Miami a Denver trade i backs Bulls relying too j much on Jordan? l £MO£jate££mg i MIAMI — Bobby Humphrey end Sammie Smith running backs i Mger to forget their wont NFL ) season were beaded for fresh starts Tuesday after the Denver Broncos ! and Miami Dolphins completed a trade six weeke in the making IH5HH5B5 Humphrey msm plsysd little last NrL season after a 97- j ————— day holdout Fum- 1 bles caused difficulty for Smith 2 subjected by Miami fans to profane 1 jeering after one defeat ' 2 "Things have-happened this peat year and I think it would be best $ for Sammie to have another oppor- tunity” Miami coach Don Shula said "Humphrey went through a very similar situation in Denver J and it looks like another opportu-2 nity is what he needs” Both running backs are 25 former first-round draft choices and their NFL season A statistical comparison gives Humphrey the (Smith edge — he rushed for more than 1000 yards in 2 each of his first two seasons while i Smith’s best total was 831 yards in 199a The trade was first discussed be-rTore the NFL draft last month Negotiations never involved draft chdces or players other than Smith mnd Humphrey Shula said He said the deal took six weeks to culminate because "there wasn’t any hurry" After fumbling at the goal line in the final minutes of a 17-13 loss to Houston last October taunting by fane drove Smith to tears and prompted him to leave the Dolphins without permission for two “A lot of people probably think I’m glad I’m leaving because of what happened with the fans but that was forgotten” Smith said "I AsaoclatM Press CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls look more like the team that Michael Jordan once carried than the juggernaut that blasted through the league this year and Jordan said Tuesday that style wont work — Asked if the Bulls Ain A have strayed from NBA their well-balanced attack and reverted to the all-Jordan game plan that characterised their pre-cbampUm-hip days Jordan said: "I hope that's not the case” But he clearly isn’t content with the Bulls' efforts against the Cleveland Cavaliers who tied Chicago at two games apiece in their best-of-teven Eastern Conference final series on Monday They play Game 5 tonight in Chicago Stadium "I’d like to sm the effort we had last year and all season long when ASSOCIATED PRESS Covering up Chicago goaltender Ed Balfour right tries to smother the puck while Bob Errey of the Pittsburgh Penguins swarms In on the net The Penguins won Game 15-4 on Mario Lamieux’s goal with 126 seconds remaining overcoming a 4-1 deficit Penguins’ Jagr has good role model in Lemieux Associated Press PITTSBURGH — He’s a big forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins with dassling moves in open ice and a bloodhound’s nose for the net — — — Who is Mario Lemieux? Yes but the U Penguins also have another answer if NHL you’re playing "Jeopardy” at home: Jaromir Jagr "He’s got all the tools to be the beet player fa the world fa a couple of years” Lemieux said of hie young teammate who has been a one-man highlight film fa just wanted to play football and I wanted it to be m Miami” Humphrey sounded more delighted to be leaving his former team "Hopeftilly things will be better in Miami” he said "I’m looking for new start” Humphrey made the Pro Bowl fa 199a then sought a new contract By the time his holdout ended he Had lost his starting job He carried the ball just 11 times for 33 yards Notes REDSKINS — Unsbsoksr Matt MNen announced Ms rstWwnsnt on Tuesday to toko a CBS football analyst poaMon Mlllon playod on Sopor Bowl wtanora with tlw Loo Angefee Rekfere and Ban Franoleoo tears before lolnlng tha RedeWne aa a Iroo agont Matseaaon this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs Jagr is cma of tha main reasons the Penguins were playing the Chicago Blackhawks fa tha Stanley Cup "He learned a lot fa the playoffs last year and ha has become a better player this year” said Lemieux whose 20-year-old linemate from Czechoslovakia has a league-leading four game-winning goals fa the playoffs "He's working hard every day and he stays out there after practices and I dont see why he wouldn’t be the beet player fa a couple of years" High praise indeed from a player who arguably ia the bectin tha game himself today Though comparisons of Jagr to Lemieux are obvious because of their sin long reach and appearance there is more to the Penguins’ prodigy than meets the eye Like Lemieux the 6-foot-2 210-pound Jagr was a first-round choice by the Penguins (fifth overall in the 1990 draft) who came into the NHL at the age of 18 And like Lemieux he matured quickly "He’s a lot more mature” Lemieux said "Ha’s learning He’s a lot more of a team player - "Last year ha was more of an individual player which ia normal for an 18-year-old who lua always been the best player on his team I did the sama thing when I was 18 or 19 1 didn't know how to play as a team player” It’s no coincidence that Jagr wears a similar number to Lemieuxt 6a He wean 68 "It’s very good to play with Mario” Jagr said “He’s a good guy a gnat player” At the relatively young age of 2a Jagr shares tha distinction of playing cm tha Penguins’ No 1 line — indeed probably the No 1 line in hockey of Lemieux Jagr and Kevin Stevens Lemieux led the NHL fa scoring this season and Stevens was runnerup Jagr who had 27 goals fa his rookie season improwd that figun to 32 fa 1991-92 However it has been fa the playoffs where this young Penguin has truly taken wing with a continuous series of spectacular goals a la Lemiaux Jaromir is one of those players that wants to be in position to score the big goal” Stevens said "I don’t see many better one-on-ona players in hockey” JagT'a adjustment to the NHL was relatively quick as was his adjustment to a new culture He lives with an American family in Pennsylvania and expects his mother to eventually corns to America to live with him He learned English from studying and watching television His favorite TV show is Married With Children Notes WHALERS — Experience won out ovar popularity as Hartford hired Brim Burke the Vanoouvar Canucks dlrtetor of hoolisy operations as thslr osntral manager Washington goaltender Mike Uut former tsn favorite wtth the Whalers wea the other aertous Term ofthe contract weren't dlaoioaed the work I can’t carry that type of load” That’s how it appeared Monday when the Cavaliers beat the Bulla 99-85 at the Richfield Coliseum Jordan scored 35 points on 15-of-83 shooting while Scottie Pippen was limited to 13 point all fa the firet half and took only time ehota fa the second half “We’re not pointing any fingers at individuals” Jordan said at practice "If Scottie waant involved aak Scottie” "No comment” eaid Pippen who did not work out and took treatment from trainer Chip Schaefer for his sue right ankle But Pippen did comment after the game on hia not scoring in the second half "1 didn't get the opportunities” AWARDS — In vole among Mayors Now York Ranger town-mates Mark Messier and Tony Amonte were named The Sport-tig Newt Player and Rookie of the Year on Tuesday Pat “ the Vanoouvar Canuoke wee named Coaoh of the Year and el manager Nod Smith of the Rangora wee nomad Emeuttvo of thoYoar FRENCH From D-1 A ' Paris for McEnroe who has lost in the first round three timet here He reached the final fa 1984 only to loae to Lendl after winning the first two eats r “I’ve had some big disappointments here but I’ll fry to remember the good memoriae and forget the bad” McEnroe eaid "There wasn't a whole lot of 'food today Tha crowd was nice I’ll remember that" McEnroe eaid ha never expected to win the tournament "But I had hoped to get my feet wet get through a couple of rounds ana play one of the top d who confirmed he will play at Wimbledon next month will not be leaving Paris right ftiitnlad to work as a color comments- KINNIS fa tha last two weeks than pulling a groin muscle two weekends ago ha was more progress fa tha ha (fid fa the last two now” From D-1 Much of what Pledger ia working on fa Sarasota ia mechanics "The biggest thing now is I'm doing what comes naturally” Pledger eaid "Pm hat God ti away He ia — — tor for NBC and play doubles with Agassi Agassi who lost in the finals here the part two years swept past Javier Frana of Argentina 6-1 8-4 6-4 - “It’s been a tough year for me" eaid Agassi who Has slipped to No 12 fa the world rankings "I have been extremely drained emotionally and mentally This is the first time fa maybe six to eight months that 1 actually feel gnat about things" gunpru completed a 7-8 (7-5) 4-6 8-4 8-8 6-3 victory over Marc Rosset of Switzerland When the match was suspended by rain the night before Sampras was leading 4-2 but wu facing a break -point at 30-40 on his serve um CepHwti also won a rain-interrupted match beat-“fag Pert Reinstadler of Austria 6-1 6-7 (7-8) 6-2 She had squandered four match points fa the rac-6nd art Monday but came out looking refreshed Tuesday r “I juat lost patience at tha end of the second set" he eaid "I got more down on myself and started muting more arrow It feels good to get through it ‘l°In other featured matches Edberg ti No 2 seed downed Olivier Soules of France 7-5 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 and No 10 Lendl overwhelmed Spain Sergi Bruguera 6-4 6-2 6-1 " In the women’s tournament the top-seeded Seim touted Catherine Mothee of Franco 6-1 6-0 end No Tsabatini crushed Italy's Silvia Farina 6-0 6-0 hitting 347 with a home run and 11 RBIs fa 56 at-bats Pledger ia even something of a rah-rah leader In the dugout And that said manager Rick Patterson shows how much he’s matured over the last five seasons "Everybody expected a lot from him Maybe we expected too much too soon" Patterson eaid "I tell you the ‘kid has matured a heck of a lot” The last three offseasons Pledger has worked on his game with some of the beet in the business He heads out to IA for several weeks to stay either with McCray hia former roommate at Single-A South Bend or hie uncle For five week he takes part fa "Tha Program” daily batting practice with Strawberry Davie White Sox star Frank Thomas mid other players from all levels of baseball Tha site is Harvard Park a run-down low-tech sports complex at tha epicenter of tha recent riots resulting from the acquittal of white police officers fa tha bratfag of Rodney King It’s a stimulating atmosphere for someone who hasn't yet made it to the ehow Every other day Pledger eaid Strawberry brings fa 14 dozen new balls Three trash cane one laid across tha other two serve as the pitching screen The players hit by seniority — they’ve been doing this for more than 10 yean — and you can bet tha guy who brought tha balls doesn't have to wait long Three rounds of 15 Everybody shags Most throw BP Tha new guys are lucky if they hit by sundown It’s the place to be Fane scouts TV crews hot dog stands all juat seem to show up for the workouts "It makes you so hungry” Pledger eaid "If I could stay that hungry for a whole I’d be fa the big leagues right taking advantage of what God taught Kin-nis Pledger I’m not taking advantage of what God taught Writ Hriniak” Hriniak ia tha Chicago White Box’s hitting instructor a Charlie Lau protege and tha proponent of a hitting philosophy taught up and down tha club’s minor leagues Boston’s Wade Bom and former Red Sox stare Jim Rice ana Dwight Evana are all Hriniak disciples It’s most distinguishing characteristic ia the one-handed follow-through although SanSox hitting coach Mika Barnett arid only about hair of the players in ti niiation actually release their back Critics say the plan clones hitters robbing them of natural style and Pledger fra one will nev extolling fane good with it al be asked to produce a video extolling its benefits Ha said ha gave it throe good years but never felt comfortable with it always felt like ha wu "feeling” for tha ball Throe times Pledger has struck out more than 100 timeafaa "If I’m going to strike out 100 times I’m going to doit my way I’m going to leave the yard a couple of times said Pledger who nonnthnlnaa hit nine home runs last year one lew than hia other seasons combined "I just didn't nap any of the benefit! (of the Hriniak etyle) My strikeouts were still high but my horns runs wen gone I wu losing cm both ends There is no timetable for Pledger to return to Birmingham Ball said that's up to Pledger After all he’s not here on a rehab visit He’s fa the same boat aa tha other SanSox players U of whom are trying to make it to Chicago It's a little bit of adversity Kinnia has to deal with" Bell said "But he’s a gnat kid Ha’s rot gnat tods I think hall play fa tha big leagues one of these yean” Pippen said "I never got the ball when I wu eat up fa ba the acorar” Coach Phil Jackson said then has been no deviation from tha game plan "I think we're running exactly what we want to run u far u tha offense goes” Jackson said " Jordan wu forced to taka some shots wa didn't want but we’re playing exactly the way wa want to play” So an tha Cavaliers to a certain extent "We want to push it up tha court as quickly u possible but when tha break isn’t there I dont want to into a frenxy” coach Lenny ilkens said Both teams an aware tonight's game is pivotal “Ws'rs still fa command of tha situation we have tha upper hand” Jordan said "Wa juat have to do-fend our home court "The determination is still then but you have to give Cleveland credit We're not playing up to our capabilities and they’re playing pretty good basketball” Gama 6 will be played at Richfield Friday night and if needed the seventh game will be played fa Chicago Sunday Notes TIERS — The T6sre wars soKeduM to hold sows conference today amid rumors that coach Jim Lynam would bo replaced by long-tima NBA coach Doug Moo Tha 7 Bara announood the nows conference Tuesday WARRIORS — Golden State aignod Sc-runan Marchdtonla to Era-year contraot worth a reported Stas million MaretuHon-In who would hova become rootrtetod tree agont on July 1 wan the NBA'n tap-coring sixth man Inal naason JAZZ — The lather of Utah forward David Benoit died of eancar Monday In Lafayette La Jazz oflMala said tha rookie returned home and mtecodTuoadayalght'a -game at Portland Ha wM Hkaty also mlaa Qama 6 on Thursday Miami gets No 1 seed Florida St 5th in CWS OMAHA Neb — Miami whoae coach Ron Fraser ia retiring after 80 yean will open tha College World Series when it plays No 8 seed California cm Friday College & baseball f”"1 (53-8) and College World Tuesday night tha Golden Bean (36-25) ia one of two scheduled for the opening day of the NCAA baseball championship at Rosenblatt Stadium Tha teams will tangle at 4-06 pm EDT "I'd like to go out and taka home a national championship” Fraser aid Monday night after Miami earned its 12th trip to the CWS by beating Notre Dame 5-1 to win the NCAA Atlantic Regional “If I had a wish I’d like to end my career fa Omaha” The Hurricanes won the national IOTA KENNEL 3 Championship Greyhound and Thoroughbred Horse Racing Mi or Mm tony Mo One Under II live OntocaHon Champtorahlp Breyhound Racing Is Back NWdty Except Sundays AIT-JOiMairoHoch Monday Wednesday and lakwfayalfPli Ura rinxdcaMwogsrtnqrottowucWxto hows rockw Is avaSabts via lolsBIs each Tuesday Enough Saturday afternoons Hows roanapoN Sms Is Ipjn except to TufoEoctog each Friday alt pm Horraroang originates from Caldsr Courts outridsolMtoM IKC program and advance greyhound voperind for owning performance! are oho awMaMe during torn dmuteaH performances horn tt Colder loot Cnume each oHemoeiL " tpectalBrcup Packages Available For toctal Or luslness Organtiollona SSlwttS SARASOTA KENNEL CLUB 5400 BRADCNTON RD SARASOTA 34234 Juat South of Saratota Bradenton Airport Phre MIlai Wait of t-TS BODY SHOP PROFESSIONALS K£t CompiBtB Paint A Body Repairs Afl Model Vinyl Top and Upholstery Rapairs Stato-of-ttw-Art Frame and Alignment Equipment Factory ASE and 1-Car trained technicians Direct Billing to QualMed Insurance Companies FREE Estimates FREE Loaner Cars Available on Body Shop Repairs Exceeding 500" Certain restrictions do apply "v § m 701 Manats Ave W JttoOMAUtM0K (813) 74848861800448-1804 championship for Fraser fa 1982 and 1985 Seeding! and pairings far the Series wen set The second game Friday matches No 4 seed Cal State-Fullerton (42-15) and No 5 Florida State (48-19) at 7:36 pm The other four teams Oklahoma (42-22) Wichita State (56-9) Texas (46-15) and Pepperdins (44-11-1) start pity Saturday in ' tha double-elimination tourney No 2 seed Wichita State which lost to LSU fa tha championship game last year meets No 7 Pep-perdine at 1:06 pm Texas leaded third takes on No 6 Oklahoma at 7:36 pm 1 think tha leadings were right cm target” Florida State coach Mike Martin said Tha tournament continues with a daily schedule until the championship game on June 6 i e -f 5 y r t

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