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C2 The Sun THURSDAY, June 2, 1994 Kaleidoscope Finding the fast way out of Choke City After beating Utah in five games to reach the NBA Finals, the Houston Rockets can laugh about the "Choke City" label they got after blowing 18- and 20-point leads to lose the first two games against Phoenix in the second round. Rockets management even has put together a TV ad that will be running in Houston as the team prepares for the Finals. It shows a Rockets fan standing on the ledge of an office building, a portable radio in one hand, an anvil tied to his ankle with a long rope. The voice of Rockets announcer Gene Peterson is saying on the radio: "Hakeem has it. Shake and bake right. Goes up for the shot. No good!" The fan says, "That's it. I just can't take it anymore," and tosses the anvil off the ledge. Pause. Peterson says, "But wait! He was fouled!" NOT-SO-GREAT SALT LAKE: Add, Rockets: They were thrilled about not having to return to Salt Lake City for Game 6. Said guard Vernon Maxwell: "What were we there, four days (for Games 3 and 4)? It seemed like four years. That's the most boring place in the world, if you ask me." THEY'RE PROBABLY DISCOUNTED NOW: Last add, Rockets: Forward Mario Elie added: "I think they've only got one mall in Salt Lake City, and the stuff they sell isn't exactly my taste. All I could find was Karl Malone and John Stockton T-shirts." THE BIG SPIN, ER, WIN: Vancouver defenseman Gerald Diduck, on the Canucks' 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Rangers in the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals: "It was a little bit like winning the lottery. We were lucky." RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: The Angels weren't too pleased when their game at Cleveland was rained out Tuesday after they'd taken a 4-0 first-inning lead against rookie pitcher Julian Tavarez. Eduardo Perez, whose two-run homer was wiped out, said he prayed for the rain to stop. "But Tavarez beat me to it." Sports in brief Federal, state agencies to help as Coliseum repair costs rise The cost of repairing the earthquake-damaged Los Angeles Coliseum has risen by around $7 million, but officials said Wednesday federal and state agencies will cover the increase. "This is preliminary," project manager Don Webb told the Coliseum Commission. "It's going to be subject to further adjustment upward or downward as the project proceeds." The cost to repair the Coliseum was previously estimated at $35 million, but design changes and unexpected construction problems increased the cost of the job. Despite the projected increase, contractor Ron Tutor expressed confidence that the repairs will be completed in time for USC's home opener on Sept. 3. NAACP DECRIES COWBOYS' HIRING: The NAACP likened the hiring practices of the Dallas Cowboys to a plantation and said it may ask those who do business with the club to boycott the Super Bowl champions. Almost three-fourths of the Dallas Cowboys players are Black, but all 11 front-office positions are held by White males, NAACP southwest regional director Shannon Reeves said at a Dallas news conference. "That's 70 percent of the players who are out there in the field, harvesting the Super Bowl crop, picking the first-down cotton, but zero African-Americans in the front office," Reeves said. RAIDERS' WRIGHTTO RETIRE: Offensive tackle Steve Wright, who spent all of last season on the injured reserve list, has decided to retire, the Los Angeles Raiders said. Wright, 35, played in 129 NFL games including 79 with the Raiders. He also played one season in the now-defunct United States Football League. Wright joined the Raiders as a free agent in 1987 and started 48 games for them at right tackle. He was on the injured list throughout last season because of an injured left shoulder. UCLA, USC ATHLETES WIN NCAA TITLES: John Godina of UCLA won the men's discus throw at 198-5, and Balazs Kiss of USC repeated as men's hammer throw champion at 245-6 in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Boise State. Collegiate record-holder Carole Zajac of Vil-lanova won the women's 10,000 for the second straight year in 33 minutes, 32.36 seconds while Dedra Davis took the women's long jump with a wind-aided 22 feet, 5 inches. Despite an injury and nervousness, Kiss became the first USC athlete in 26 years to win consecutive titles. The sophomore from Hungary won despite suffering a right hip flexor injury on his first throw. BRIEFLY NOTED: In accordance with the terms of their trade with the Atlanta Hawks in which they acquired Dominique Wllklns, the Clippers said they'll take Atlanta's first-round draft choice later this month Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly will not need surgery to cure his sore throwing shoulder, the team said Stefan Edberg moved into the quarterfinals of in the Beckenham grass court tournament in London with a hard fought 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Britain's Paul Hand Olympic champion Owen Torrance was carried from the field on a stretcher after tearing a hamstring muscle in the Slovnaft invitational IAAF track meet in Slovakia. . . . Al Arbour, who coached the most games in NHL history and presided over a New York Islanders dynasty, retired from coaching The Hartford Whalers were sold for $47.5 million to a Michigan computer company that intends to keep the NHL team in Hartford Slovak cyclist Jan Svorada won a Tour of Italy leg for the second time in three days, once again avoiding a spill that marred a crowded finishing sprint. From Sun News Services Roar of the crowd The Sun publishes letters lo the Sports editor on Saturdays. Send letters to The Sun, Roar ot the Crowd, 399 N. D Street, San Bernardino, 92401, or lax to (909) 384-0327. Include name, address and a daytime phone numtftr. . ' Call-up catches rookie Pye by surprise By DOUQ PADILLA Sun Sports Writer LOS ANGELES Eddie Pye wasn't expecting the call, though he probably had every right to, so when it finally came Tuesday, it was sweet. Pye, already overlooked once this season for a spot on the Dodgers roster, learned he was headed to the major leagues for the first time during a game with the Albuquerque Dukes, the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate. "In the second inning (manager Rick) Dempsey took me out of the game and I was wondering why," Pye said. "The game was 6-0 and there had been two rain delays, so I thought he was just giving me a rest. "Dempsey said I was going down and I said 'Why? I'm hitting .330.'" Pye, who was actually batting .317 with the Dukes, eventually found out his manager was having fun with him. Then he packed his bags for Los Angeles. For the time being Pye will back up rookie Ga-rey Ingram at second base with injuries having forced both Delino DeShields (finger) and Jeff Treadway (wrist) onto the disabled list. Pye and Ingram are good friends. So when Pye found out that Ingram had been called up to the Dodgers from Double-A San Antonio on May 14, he was a little surprised, but not angry. "I'm not going to lie," Pye said. "It would have been difficult if I didn't know Garey." Pye, a lOth-round draft pick in 1988, was in his fourth season with the Dukes and hit .329 last season, the third highest batting average in the organization. Ingram was in his third season at San Antonio and second as a second baseman after being converted from the outfield. He was batting .257 with the Missions at the time he was called up. "Garey is faster and probably has more pop in his bat," Pye said. "I hit for a higher average and am better defensively but he has only been there a year so you have to be fair." SURGERY FOR DeSHIELDS: DeShields is scheduled for outpatient exploratory surgery today on his left middle finger, which he split open while diving into home plate on May 25 against the Chicago Cubs. Treadway's sprained right wrist was placed in a cast, which he is expected to wear for a week. Both players are currently on the 15-day dis: abledlist. 1 DODGERS' DRAFT PLANS FLEXIBLE: Baseball's amateur draft begins today but Claire said the team will not necessarily be chasing its greatest need, a left-handed pitcher, in the first round. The Dodgers draft 13th in the first round, mak ing it difficult to predict what player will be available, so Claire has elected not to put restrictions on the pick. "We are going to draft for talent," Claire said. "If there is a player that we have rated four spots above, we'll take him. If we take a left-handed pitcher, then that's the best player available." , PARK TO MISS A START: i Chan Ho Park is expected to miss his next start irt San Antonio because of a blister on the finger of his pitching hand. 1 "Chan Ho has never had to pitch this much," Claire said. "He has never been in a position where he has had to pitch every five days." Park is 0-2 with a 3.34 ERA in seven starts (2923 innings) for the Missions. ' "1 APWIREPHOTO Oakland A's shortstop Mick Bordick dives to field a grounder by Toronto's Mike Huff in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game. The A's 9-5 win completed a three-game road sweep of the Blue Jays. Warner wins at Glen Helen TheSun j DEVORE Former junior national champion Brent Werner of Hesperia edged Charlie Vene-' gas of San Bernardino to win the scratch main event at Inland Motorcycle Speedway on Wednes-: day night before 2,200 at Glen' Helen Off-Highway Vehicle Park.' Mike Faria of Apple Valley fin-! ished third. i Jim Estes of Hawthorne won! the handicap main, with Venegas and Werner taking second and: third, respectively. The support main was won by Mark Hesse. Pete Peralta of Lucerne Valley captured the junior main and! Kenny Mclntyre and Les Ket cham teamed to win the sidecar main. ! Notes Guzman likely out for season CHICAGO Jose Guzman of the Chicago Cubs underwent a shoulder operation Wednesday, and may be sidelined for the 'rest of the season. The chronic injury stemmed from bone spurs and was treated by arthroscopic surgery. Manager Tom Trebel-horn said he has seen ever-day players with the same injury, and it took them at least three months to return. "We're probably looking at longer than three months," he said. "That (three months) is probably optimistic." Asked if Guzman may be out for the rest of the season, he nodded yes. "We have plenty of pitchers to start, but none with his experience," Tre-belhorn said. KRUK RETURNS: PHILADELPHIA The Philadelphia Phillies recalled first baseman John Kruk and shortstop Kevin Stocker from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre. Kruk and Stocker had been on rehabilitation assignment in the minors. Both underwent surgery in May; Kruk on his knee and Stocker on his wrist. RUETER SENT DOWN: CINCINNATI The Montreal Expos optioned left-handed pitcher Kirk Ruet-er to Triple-A Ottawa and called up right-hander Heath Haynes. Rueter left the team to be with his mother, who had cancer, on May 23. He rejoined the team and returned home again when his mother died Sunday. Her funeral was Wednesday. Rueter was 2-1 with a 6.27 ERA in nine starts. CARRASCO ACTIVATED: CINCINNATI The Cincinnati Reds optioned pitcher Tim Pugh to Indianapolis of the American Association and activated reliever Hector Carrasco. Pugh is 3-3 with a 6.04 ERA in nine starts and one relief appearance. He complained of back pain after his last appearance, a 10-2 loss to the Mets in New York last Friday. ROGERS' SURGERY: SAN FRANCISCO Kevin Rogers, the San Francisco Giants' best left-handed reliever, underwent surgery on an artery in his throwing shoulder. He will be sidelined indefinitely. From Sun News Services White Sox save Alvarez wmmzi They are a modern Murderer's Row waiting in the middle of the Chicago White Sox batting order. Sooner or later, Frank Thomas, Julio Franco and Robin Ventura catch up with pitchers. It was later Wednesday night, but in time to overcome a ninth-inning deficit against host New York and deliver a 5-4 victory that preserved Wilson Alvarez' 15-game unbeaten streak. Alvarez was long gone, on the short end of a 4-2 score when the Sox rallied for three runs against relievers Bob Wickman (2-1) and Steve Howe to rescue him. "I watched in here," Alvarez said. "I thought, everything is over, the streak is over and we start over again. I'm not going to give up with this team anymore." . Pinch-hitter Joey Cora opened the ninth with a walk and one out later, Tim Raines singled and pinch-hitter Warren Newson walked, loading the bases. RED SOX 4, ROYALS 2: Scott Cooper's single broke an eighth-inning tie and Boston beat Kansas City at home in a pitching matchup between Roger Clemens and David Cone. Neither Clemens nor Cone, who have two of the top five ERAs in the American League, was involved in the decision. Each gave up two runs in seven innings; Clemens allowed four hits and Cone permitted five. Cone, trying to become baseball's first nine-game winner, was replaced by Mike Magnante (1-2) starting the eighth with the score 2-2. He immediately got in trouble. Tony Fossas (2-0) got the win. ATHLETICS 9, BLUE JAYS 5: A pinch hit AL ROUNDUP and a hit batter produced two runs in the eighth inning and helped Oakland to a road victory for a three-game sweep of Toronto. With the A's trailing 5-4, Brent Gates opened the eighth with a double. With one out, Mike Bordick walked and pinch-hitter Ruben Sierra singled off Tony Castillo (2-1) to tie the score. Rickey Henderson then walked to load the bases. One out later, Ge-ronimo Berroa was hit by a Castillo pitch to bring in the go-ahead run. TWINS 2, MARINERS 1: Chuck Knoblauch's pair of run-scoring doubles led Minnesota past visiting Seattle. Kevin Tapani (6-2) won his fifth straight for the Twins, giving up one run and seven hits. He struck out six and walked one in eight innings. He now has allowed five runs in Z2V3 innings over his last four starts. BREWERS 8, RANGERS 1: Brian Harper drove in three runs and Cal Eldred pitched a six-hitter as host Milwaukee downed Texas and snapped the Rangers' three-game winning streak. Harper's two-run single with the bases-loaded in the seventh inning gave Milwaukee a 5-1 lead. TIGERS 11, ORIOLES 3: Travis Fryman went 5-for-5 and Tim Belcher pitched eight strong innings as visiting Detroit extended its winning streak to a season-high four games with a victory over Baltimore. Danny Bautista went 3-for-4 with a homer, helping the Tigers vault out of last place in the AL East for the first time this season. From Sun News Services Atlanta sweeps San Francisco NL ROUNDUP Greg Maddux became the majors' first nine-game winner Wednesday night, scattering six hits in eight innings as the Atlanta Braves held off the San Francisco Giants 1-0 to complete a three-game sweep at Candlestick Park. Maddux (9-2) got his fifth consecutive victory and sent the Giants to their 10th loss in 14 games. He wasn't in top form, walking six, but Maddux struck out eight and twice worked out of bases-loaded jams. With the Braves holding a 1-0 lead, Maddux retired the first two batters in the sixth, then got into trouble. Todd Benzing-er walked, Royce Clayton singled and Jeff Reed walked to load the bases. Maddux fell behind 3-0 to Dave Martinez, pinch-hitting for pitcher Salomon Torres, but came back to strike him out. The Giants, who stranded 14 runners, loaded the bases again in the eighth with one out, but Maddux got Jeff Reed to hit a shallow popup, then got pinch-hitter J.R. Phillips on a fly ball. Greg McMichael pitched the ninth for his Uth save. The Braves, who got only four hits, won for the 10th time in 12 meetings with San Francisco. ROCKIES 4, METS 3: Mike Kingery's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning scored Dante. Bichette with the go-ahead run and Colorado completed a three-game sweep at New York. Mets center fielder Ryan Thompson, who caught Kingery's fly, and third baseman Bobby Bonilla had a near-fight when they returned to dugout, apparently because Bonilla objected to Thompson's conduct on the play. Bichette opened the sixth with a single and Thar lie Hayes followed with a single to center, Bichette rounded second and stopped, seemingly daring Thompson to try to throw him out at third. When Thompson did not and Bichette took third easily, Bonilla pointed his glove twice in Thompson's direction. When the Mets returned to the dugout, Bonilla and Thompson exchanged words and pitcher Mauro Gozzo stepped between them. Thompson made at least two attempts to hit Bonilla over Gozzo's shoulder, but none of his punches landed. EXPOS 10, REDS 9: Marquis Grissom's two-run single completed a five-run eighth inning that carried Montreal to victory at Cincinnati. The Reds wasted their first big game from Deion Sanders, who singled, doubled and tripled, drove in a run and scored twice to help build a 5-3 lead after six innings. PHILLIES 4, CUBS 2: Shawn Boskie gave up two hits over seven innings and Pete In-caviglia homered to lead Philadelphia to a victory at Chicago. Doug Jones pitched the ninth for his 12th save. PADRES 6, PIRATES 4: Andy Van Slyke's second error of the season led to three unearned runs and San Diego used them to beat visiting Pittsburgh for its sixth straight win and the Pirates' fourth loss in a row. MARLINS 3, ASTROS 2: Jeff Conine hit a two-run double during a three-run fifth inning and Florida won at Houston for only its second victory in eight games. . Dave Weathers (6-3) pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits. He has recorded both of Florida's victories in six games against Houston this season. Robb Nen pitched three scoreless innings for his third save. Shane Reynolds (3-2) pitched six in-nings and gave up three runs on eight hits. J From Sun News Services 3 ALL COUPONS EXPIRE SATURDAY. JUNE 6, 1994 $ 12 ss ' 5 Quarts of Quaker Stale Oil 30 wt. Multl- 1 Grade oil S4.00 extra New oil tiller .1 Complete chassis lubricant, rl has zerk j iming. inecrt an tiuio revets, un uiijui k fee $2.00. .. I CDCC T1DC DOTATION It Most U.S and Forgn Can. SonwUghl Trucks &rarr f 1 Fraa Inspsclion with Purchase. g Z333 sier una Ave. or 590 Baseline Only i $Qyfl 88 j! i Jrl'iJ? MOST CARS &! 4YUNDER rCytinosrs Add $10.00 tK:ylndrsAdd$14.00 New plugs Set timing Scope engine Parts and labor Included. Most U.S. and foreign cars. Some light trucks & Vans. 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