The Desert Sun from Palm Springs, California on May 23, 1987 · 89
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The Desert Sun from Palm Springs, California · 89

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Saturday, May 23, 1987
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i t The Desert Sun i Business Happenings Section Sports RoundupH2 ScoreboardH6 BusinessH7-1 1 H in Business H8 May S3 1M7 brief mxmM Niedenfuer traded to Orioles by LA i ‘ BALTIMORE (AP) - The Los I Angeles Dodgers feel they got just what they needed Friday when they sent relief pitcher Tom Niedenfuer to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder John Shelby and left-hander Brad Havens “(Shelby) has a great deal of talent and at Niedenfuer the age of 29 we feel he is coming into the prime of his career" said Dodger Executive Vice President Fred Claire And “as a left-hander Havens will help to balance our relief staff” Niedenfuer has appeared in 15 games this season with a 1-0 record one save and a 276 earned run average Court places Rams’ Schad on probation KINGSTON Ontario (AP) - Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Mike Schad was granted a conditional discharge and placed on six months probation after pleading guilty in district court to assault causing bodily harm in a bar room fracas The six-foot-five 290-pound tackle punched six-foot-four 235-pound Richard Zahn 24 in the face bloodying his nose and chipping three teeth court was told Judge John O’Flynn on Thursday also ordered Schad to “keep the peace and pay into the court $200 as payment for dental work required on Zahn’s teeth” n - Raiders' Lofton found innocent 1 1 GREEN BAY Wis (AP) -i Football star James Lofton (was found innocent Friday on I charge he forced a 30-year-'old Michigan woman to com- mit oral sex in a stairwell near the Green Bay nightclub where they met t A Brown County Circuit Court Jury reached the verdict -after deliberating about two hours The verdict came after the jurors heard closing arguments from defense attorney Stephen Glynn and prosecutor Lawrence Lasee Glynn argued the state failed to prove its case and that the former Green Bay Packer recently traded to the Los Angeles Raiders should be acquitted Glynn told the jury that “this case has to turn on one thing and one thing only: that Is the testimony of (the woman) That testimony is uncorroborated inconsistent and con-tradictive” Warrior coach not Interested in Dallas - OAKLAND (AP) - Golden State Warriors Coach George Karl on Friday repudiated published reports that he was interested in interviewing with the Dallas Mavericks for the head coaching vacancy created when Dick Motta resigned He said the reports were based “strictly on conjecture and rumor “I intend and look forward to fulfilling my contractual obligations to the Golden State Warriors It is my desire to build a winning tradition with the Warrior organization” Karl said Ham rejects Rams to sign with Eskimos : ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Southern star Tracy Ham saying the NFL wouldn't offer him the opportunity to stay at quarterback rejected the Los Angeles Rams Friday for a three-year deal with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League Ham the first college player to run for 3000 yards and pass for 5000 led Georgia Southern to NCAA Division I-AA championships in 1985 and 1986 and was selected by the Rams in the ninth round of the National Football League draft Indians slip by Rajahs in CIF By WARREN ETTINGER Dncrt Sm Sport Writer INDIO — Friday’s CIF playoff game between the Palm Springs and Indio high school softball teams went according to prophecy Here is what the coaches Randy Svoboda of Palm Springs and Craig Guenther of Indio said earlier in the week about their CIF Southern Section 2A Division playoff opener Guenther "I expect a low-scoring game and it will come down to who gets a hit at the right time or who makes an error at the wrong time” Svoboda agreed it would be low scoring and said if his team got three runs “we're going to win" And that is precisely what happened Palm Springs got three runs two on errors and another on a passed ball and eliminated Indio 3-1 before a crowd of about 100 at Indio High School It was the first playoff win in Svoboda's six-year tenure and advanced the Indians 11-5 into the round of 16 against Montclair which beat Rim of the World 4-3 Friday in 15 innings The second-round game is scheduled to be played at Palm Springs at 3 pm Wednesday The Indians got their runs in the fourth inning After Raquel Olvera and Denise Kuhns led off with singles putting runners at first and second base the next batter Noreena Villarreal hit a little ground ball back to Rajahs pitcher Ruth Ramos for what looked like a routine play But Ramos hurried her throw and sent it into right field for an error allowing Olvera to tie the game at 1-1 and Kuhns and Villarreal to move to second and third The next batter Wendy Chittenden struck out swinging — but the ball got away from catcher Christy Carlton enabling Chittenden to reach first and Kuhns to seme Carlton retrieved the PS Angels give game away to A’s By DAVID ZASLAWSKY Dncrl So Sport Editor PALM SPRINGS - For only the second time and not since the first two games of the season six weeks ago the Palm Springs Angels lost two straight home games Palm Springs had been nearly invincible at Angels Stadium and even with Friday night’s 5-4 loss to Modesto before 617 fans the Angels are still 17-7 at home The Angels handed the A's a win but didn’t lose any ground in the California League’s Southern Division standings as second-place Bakersfield lost Friday night and remained 3Vfc games behind Palm Springs “We just gave it away” Palm Springs Manager Bill Lachemann said “Walks come back to haunt you and there is no defense against walks" The walk was Modesto's best offense as the A's received 12 from three Angel pitchers and scored the game-winning run when Mike Shull walked David Gavin on a full count with the bases loaded in the seventh Three of the five baserun-ners who scored got aboard on walks Shull who entered the game with a 095 ERA and seven saves walked two of the first four batters he faced and gave up an RBI-double as Modesto grabbed a 5-4 lead Shull couldn’t protect the Angels’ 4-3 lead but Palm Springs had its chances in the seventh and ninth innings Tom Alfredson doubled with two outs in the seventh but the threat ended when Andres Espinoza popped up Paul Sorrento singled with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Erik Pappas followed with a sinking line drive to center field Jerome Nelson raced in and made a diving catch to end the game If Nelson doesn't come up with the ball pinch-runner Glenn Washington may have scored to tie the game The Angels had their best opportunity in the fifth when they loaded the bases with one out on a triple by Dario Nunez (he was 3-for-5) and walks to Jeff Manto and Lee Stevens Then Sorrento struck out but Pappas singled home two runs to tie the game at 3-3 Alfredson walked to reload the bases but Espinoza struck out Sun Photo ftyMoi Or— ANAHEIM (AP) - Don Mattingly and Dan Pasqua hit two-run homers off Mike Witt in New York’s five-run third inning and Rick Rhoden checked California on six hits over 6 innings as the Yankees beat the Angels 7-2 Friday night The Yankees who had lost their previous two games took a 1-0 lead with two out in the second inning when Pasqua singled Mike Pag-liarulo and Rick Cerone doubled Rickey Henderson opened the third with a double and scored on Willie Randolph's single before Mattingly hit his sixth home run of the season Gary Ward walked and one out later Pasqua hit his fourth homer for a 6-0 lead The Angels scored both their runs off Rhoden 5-3 in the bottom of the third Brian Downing and Wally Joyner doubled with one out for the first run and Devon White extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a run-scoring single New York added a sixth-inning run against Mike Cook on Wayne Tolleson's RBI single after Pag-liarulo singled Bob Hope Classic joins elite $1 million circle By DAVID ZASLAWSKY Dcicrt Soa Sparta Ettor The PGA Tour will have a sixth $1 million tournament in 1988 — the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic The Classic joins the Doral Ryder Open Tournament Players Championship Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational The International and Nabisco Championships of Golf in the elite $1 million circle "Enlarging the size of our purse enables us to continue to attract the leading golfers in the game which in turn draws an ever-increasing gallery” said Saul I Kamin Classic president and tournament chairman “Additional ticket sales mean increased revenue for local charitable organizations” In 1987 the Classic drew seven of the tour’s top-10 money winners 17 of the top 20 and 115 of the top 125 The prize money has been increased $100000 from the 1987 tournament and it is the sixth time the purse has been increased in the last six years Prior to the 1987 tournament when the Pete Dye-designed Tournament Players Gub Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta was introduced as the host club the purse had been increased a record $300000 Just five years ago the purse was $275000 The winner's share in 1988 will be $180000 up from the $162000 Corey Pavin won in '87 and second-place money will be $108000 which has been increased $11200 The 29th annual Gassic is scheduled for Jan 20-24 at Bermuda Dunes Indian Wells (host course) and La Quinta country dubs and the Arnold Palmer Course at IKSA West which replaces the Stadium Course ball but in her haste to get Chittenden at first threw the ball into right for another error allowing Villarreal to score Altogether the Rajahs committed six errors The 3-1 advantage was more than enough cushion for Kuhns thq Indians' pitching ace Kuhns who came in with an earned-run average of 053 went the distance for the victory allowing Just five hits while striking out six The only run Kuhns 15-5 allowed was in the second With two out Carlton dropped a popfly single into shallow center to score Holli Dodge who had led off with a double to left-center In the seventh the Rajahs 15-6 had the tying runs at first and second with two out but Kuhns got Marlene Pfeifle to hit a game-ending groun-dout to short Ramos who entered the game with a 075 ERA also went the distance in defeat She yielded six hits and struck out four NBA playoffs ' Today's Games Celtics at Pistons 12 J9 pm : Lakers at Soaks 4 pm (9) Sunday's Game Celtics at Pistons 10 am (2) m Lakers at Soules Lakers Celtics hit road with 2-0 marks By TW AmriiltS Pw Getting to play the first two games of a playoff series at home is not always an advantage “It was very important that we won those first two games at home” Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird said “If you lose one then the team coming in got exactly what it wanted a split Game 2 was very important” Both the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers hold 2-0 advantages in their best-of -seven conference finals and take to the road for the third and fourth games — Boston visits Detroit while LA plays at Seattle Detroit concedes nothing “This team has done strange things” Detroit Coach Chuck Daly said “Ever since I've been here they've done strange things” Seattle Coach Bernie Bickerstaff doesn't care which way his team wins “We need to win this one simply because we're playing the best team in basketball” VICTORY CELEBRATION Members of the Hernandez Loti Casillas Raquel Olvera and Palm Springs High School girls softball team Denise Kuhns celebrate Friday after defeating (from left) Joe tie Calhoun Goya Gutierrez Feli Indio High School 3-1 in first round CIF Mattingly and Pasqua collect two-run homers Yankees shell Angels for 7-2 win NHL playoffs Friday Night's Result Flyers 5 Oilers 3 Oilers lead series 2-1 Sunday’s Game Oilers at Flyers 4:05 pm i i Flyers rally from three-goal deficit to defeat Oilers PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Scott Mellanby scored the tying goal early in the third period and set up Brad McCrimmon's game-winner 17 seconds later as the Philadelphia Flyers rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 Friday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final The Oilers still hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of -seven series which resumes Sunday 4:05 pm (ESPN) at the Spectrum Edmonton led 3-0 less than two minutes into the second period before the Flyers rallied Mellanby tied the game at 3-3 when he beat Edmonton goaltender Grant Fuhr on a 40-foot slapshot at 4:37 of the third period On the Flyers’ next rush the rookie right wing fed a perfect pass to McCrimmon who finished off a 3-on-2 by beating Fuhr from just outside the crease at 4:54 LlNDIANAEpUSg — 1 sf t i: Mario z'rSobby inciiMMfll W0 S AotwtoQvorw j- a 7 uyandyk AJbtmyfMtoifanl'' 10tUidaMnmnjr Hfteft Voptvf' t2Joff MacPtemon -Iw 11 Scoff Broyton MQoffBr6hnf f IS Cary Baffantouaan A H Danny SuMvaft 17 FUbrfilo Baftiaaa II Gordon johneock ItOarakDay' iaUUnoor 21Tdm$nv jV'! feMUhaor Jr- riftvUrar K Korin Cogan -V- 9 'B maGnta 21 Stan For 27 Tony Baitonhauaan Ml fiar Jon— Ml torch Cortor : St Oaorga Sndar - B SlaM Ci-way H Emoman FM£at Fittest on 1 record: 1SSS ffccfc Mm twng a Mmth Comm rth gwn§ H7JS1 mph SmaMpMaMI birtup— Indy SOO’s first lap is most crucial MAfM 4 By MIKE HARRIS AP Motonporto Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis 500 lasts about three hours The first 45 seconds can be the most crucial A 45-second lap on the 2 -mile oval translates to 200 mph about the speed the 33 starters in Sunday's race will reach on the first lap — if nothing goes wrong Those first 45 seconds provide the most dangerous moments and create enormous tension This year with 23 crashes during practice and qualifications the anxiety level will be even higher Defending champion Bobby Rahal said “On race day the track is different you’re not trying for all-out speed like in qualifying and hopefully everybody is mentally ready But it’s important to keep the start in some kind of perspective “When you come off the fourth turn and head toward the start-finish line the adrenaline is pumping like crazy you're feeling all the electricity from that Mg crowd and all the anticipation If you don't keep your head and stay cool you can get in big trouble in a burry” “The problem Is that some guys act like the first turn is the end of the race” said Michael Andretti who will be in the third row starting his fourth Indy 500 “The way to go into it is that you don't even start racing until you get through the first two turns and onto the backs tretch By then the cars are strung out and you can race” Over the years the start has triggered some of the worst accidents In 1982 Kevin Cogan starting in the middle of the front row went out of control as the field moved toward the starting line His car veered right hit the car driven by AJ Foyt then slid sharply across the track nailing Mario Andretti's second-row racer to the pit wall The dust and debris from the accident clouded everyone's vision scattering cars wildly and two cars in the rear of the field collided There were no injuries but the incident eliminated four cars from the race including those of Cogan and Andretti And that waa before the green flag had fallen The start — with three cars in each of 11 rows about 100 yards apart suddenly hitting the throttle of their 750-horsepower turbocharged engines — can quickly become chaos The driver who starts from the pole Is in charge of the field once the pace car pulls away 1 want the pace car to just get out of the way as soon as possible” Mario Andretti this year's pole-winner Mid “IH bring the field up to about 110 for the start and that should let everybody get a nice even start V

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