Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 15, 1987 · Page 8
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Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, September 15, 1987
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Lend I wins third straight U.S. Open crown Three-time champion Ivan Lendl NEW YORK (AP) — No one was surprised Ivan Lendl won his third straight U.S. Open championship — except Ivan Lendl. "I just can't believe I won this one," a flu-ridden Lendl said after his 6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-4 victory over Mats Wilander Monday. "I was out of juice for the last 3'/a sets. It was strength of mind and a little bit of luck." And the most relentless game tennis has seen since Bjorn Borg was in his prime. "He's just steadier than anyone else," Wilander said. "If I don't play well the whole match, he plays the same and he wins." Lendl joined John McEnroe as the only men to win three successive tides in the Open era. "It's something I never dreamt of, it's unbelievable,", said Lendl, the top seed who dropped only the one set to Wilander in the entire tournament and won his sixth Grand Slam crown — he has three French Open titles. "If somebody told me three years ago that I would win three in a row after losing three straight finals here, I wouldn't have believed it. I would have said that person was crazy." Anyone who suggested that Wilander, a classic baseliner from Sweden and the third-ranked player in the world, would attempt to serve-and-volley in the Open final might have been accused of the same thing. But Wilander felt "it was the only way I could win." "I think I played the way I have to," said Wilander, 23, who has two French Open and two Australian Open championships. "I was the one who was attacking, but you can't attack all the time.... I don't have that good a volley and he passes so well." Martina Nayratilova, who won the women's singles for the fourth time, beating Steffi Graf on Saturday, added the women's doubles and mixed doubles titles on Monday. That made her the first player since Billie Jean King at the 1973 Wimbledon to win the triple. Nayratilova, whose three championships made her the only player to collect at least $1 million from the Open—it took her 15 years to do so — teamed with Pam Snriver for the doubles crown and Emilio Sanchez of Spain in mixed. She has won 48 Grand Slam titles. Lendl didn't think he did anything particularly well, except survive. "I've been in bed, feeling lousy, for four, 4'/4 days," he said. "If this was another tournament, I would not have played Saturday (in the semifinals against Jimmy Connors) or today. '1 had no strength for almost 3'/i sets. I played on emotion." Lendl, 27, of Czechoslovakia, has been accused of lacking emotion on the court '1 tried to keep my emotions up because my strength was going up and down/ he said "I felt like I was falling over on two or three points... then I felt stronger. "When I lost my strength, I felt quicker and able to move better. "I'm not as flashy as they are," he said of some of his tour opponents. "I don't have as much talent as others but I work very hard on my game and I'm steadier." He proved that when he beat Wilander in the French Open final in June. He displayed it once again here. "In this kind of match," he said after collecting the $250,000 first prize, "there is such little difference between the players." Actually, there is a wide gap between Lendl and the rest of the men's tennis world. He certified that by winning a major title despite being ill. , 8 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL SPORTS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15,1987 Injured Eagles cancel By DAVE CURL Journal Sport* Editor Mendocino College's Eagles, decimated by injuries in Saturday's season-opening 49-0 loss to Shasta, have canceled this Saturday's non- league contest against the Chico State jayvees in order to be ready for the rest of their Bay Valley Conference opponents. The reason is injuries sustained against a very big, physical Shasta team that is ranked among the top defensive squads in the state. Among the injured for the Eagles were Mike Toms, who is probably out for the season after sustaining broken ribs and a dislocated shoulder; and Upper Lake's Kevin Mildenberger, who sustained a knee injury, possibly putting him out for the season. Also sustaining injuries were ex- Ukiahi player Jerry Harrington, suffering a chipped bone in his hip that should knock him out of action for awhile; Phil Anderson, with a sprained knee; and Mark Eaglin, who sustained a minor shoulder separation. Hopefully, the Eagles, who already suffered the loss of standout lineman Mike Mertle before the season began to non-football surgery, will get well soon. The Eagles, small in numbers to begin with, will hopefully have enough healthy bodies on the field in two weeks when they host yet another B.V.C. powerhouse in Butte College, one of the top small J.C. teams in the state last season. In other weekend action in the B.V.C., it was College of the Redwoods defeating Solano 23-13. In non-league action involving B.V.C. schools, it was Marin getting beat by Los Medanos 21-6, Siskiyous getting trounced by Chico State's jayvees 34-6, Contra Costa trouncing Monterey Peninsula 41-9, and Sierra losing to American River, This could be yours Uribe HR powers Giants to victory Ninth-inning blast sinks Padres, 4-3 This nice 10-speed Schwlnn bicycle Uklahl athletes Barrett Crook (left) and Jay Bar- rlngton are holding, donated by Uklah Schwlnn Center, will be one of many prime Items auctioned at the annual Uklahl Athletic Boosters' fund-raising dinner and auction Thursday night at Redwood Valley's Broiler Steak House. A new addition to the auction list Is a three-night, four-day trip to Mazatlan, Mexico for two. The trip, offered by Travel Time of Uklah, will require a substantial opening minimum bid but is worth close to $1,000. There are more than 60 other Items to be offered at the $20-per-plate steak or prawn dinner, which Includes a year's membership In the Boosters. Tickets are on sale at the door or from Uklahl boosters and coaches. An auction preview and no-host social hour starts at 6 p.m. with the dinner at 7:30, followed by the auction. Coyote Classic not your normal race A spectacular smoky sunrise greeted the 51 runners and several well-wishers who came out Sunday morning for the 5th annual Coyote Classic, a mile run sponsored by the Ukiah Co-op atop Lake Mendocino's Coyote Dam. The race has an added twist. If running a mile isn't hard enough, this turns into a prediction race, giving everyone a chance to win. Before the race, each runner has to predict how long he or she will take to cover the course, then, without the help of a watch or friends on the sideline, they have to get as close to their predicted time as possible. It was obvious that more runners worked on pacing in preparation, as 10 runners were within five seconds of their predicted times, led by Susan Lovell's perfect time of 10:39. Second place finisher Harry Clarke had to think he had the race sewed up before Lovell crossed the finish line, missing his prediction by just a scant half-second. Jamie Connerton, Rodger Schwartz, Courtney Steele and Mike Harris were all just a second off their predicted times, good for third place. Home-made bread was given as a consolation prize to Jim Gibbons (5:10) and Bonnie Springer (6:27), the fastest man and woman. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have been at the bottom of the National League West standings since opening the season with three losses to the San Francisco Giants, who look even tougher at this point. Jose Uribe's one-out home run in the ninth inning Monday night gave the Giants a 4-3 victory over the Padres, who could have pulled into a fifth-place tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers by winning. 'We've played them tough, but I've got to give them credit. They're playing great ball right now," Padres Manager Larry Bowa said of the division-leading Giants, now 6Vi games up with 18 regular season games remaining. The Padres have a winning record since the Ail-Star break. The Giants, who were in third place and five games behind on Aug. 6, have gone 25-11 since then. "Everybody is working hard. This is a good club," said Uribe, the shortstop batting .312 over his last 30 games. "I'm feeling comfortable at the plate," he added. A lot of Giants could say that, and Manager Roger Craig said, "It's been an overall team effort. Everybody is contributing. Look at the bullpen in this game." Craig used three relievers after starter Mike Krukpw left the game in the second inning because of a back spasm. Craig Lefferts, 4-5, one of the players acquired in the July 4 trade with the Padres, got the victory with two perfect innings of pitching. Krukow's last pitch hit Chris Brown, the third basemen sent to San Diego in the July trade, and Brown's season ended with a broken hand. Brown suffered a serious shoulder injury late last season, and he went on the disabled list early this season when a pitch by Danny Cox of St. Louis broke his jaw. "Maybe he'll get it all out of his system this season," Padres Manager Larry Bowa said of the oft-' battered Brown. Uribe homered off Lance McCullers, 7-8. The Giants' first hitter of the game, Eddie Milner, also hit a homer, and Mike Aldrctc and Candy Maldonado had RBI singles. Sail Diego got a homer from Car- mclo Martinez, and another of their six hits was an RBI single by Bcnito Santiago, giving the rookie an 18-game hilling streak. THE GIANTS' , MAGIC NUMBER The San Francisco Giants' "magic number", as listed on the front page of today's paperhas dwindled down to just 13 games. What the "magic number" means is any combination of the number of Giant wins or Houstori losses equaling 13 would give San Francisco the N.L. West pennant. Example; If both the Giants and Houston won tonight, the number would reduce to 12 because of the Giants win. If Houston were to lose with ihe Giants winning, the number would be reduced to 11. Humm baby. Lady Wildcats nipped in opener Harriers open season Wednesday By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Sports Editor Emorltim Ukiahi's cross-country runners host Casa Grande of Petaluma and Fort Bragg in its season-opening meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Lake Mendocino. Coach Bill Kubran, who has about 14 boys and seven girls on the team and places for at least four more girls, has chosen a picturesque but challenging course starting and ending at the lake's Porno day use area. The course reportedly has its share of ups and downs, or "roly- poly" hills, as Kubran calls them, but the trails are fairly wide and the Miners re-sign Fahnhorst REDWOOD CITY (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers signed linebacker Jim Fahnhorst on Monday, a week after they released him, and placed starting strong inside linebacker Riki Ellison on injured reserve. "Jim will start for us at Ellison's inside linebacker spot in Sunday's game against Cincinnati because he knows our system," said Coach Bill Walsh. Ellison, a fifth-year linebacker out of Southern California, broke his right forearm in the final seconds of Sunday's 30-17 loss in Pittsburgh and is expected to be out about eight weeks. footing a lot surer than the gravel- rock steep and admittedly treacherous Low Gap course used in the past. With one or two more runners yet to be cleared, the Ukiahi girls and boys still can use more depth. However, the North Bay League this season has only two categories of runners come championship time: Varsity and Open. The Ukiahi girls running Wednesday will, be Lena Case, May Chia, Karen Naumann, Jill Zeller, Brita Panttaja, newcomer Mary Enemark and Shawnee Shattuck. Virtually all have run cross-country before and have learned the work ethic through Dolphins or high school swimming and track. The boys competing will be Dan Chia, Matt and Mark McKell, Joe Stribling, Rand Jay Peaslee, Wayne McClinlock, Greg Howard, Shawn Titan, Jason Epstein, Hayward Alto, Pat Fitzgerald and newcomer Corey Salmen. The boys also know something of the work ethic, or will by the time they meet the minimal 30 miles per week average workouts required for Block-U qualification this year. Saturday the Ukiahi harriers travel to MacKerricher State Park beach north of Fort Bragg off Highway 1 for the Floyd Cqoney Invitational run, which traditionally starts at 10 a.m. Rangers walk by Oakland ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Oakland reliever Steve Oniiveros walked Darrell Porter with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the llth inning, giving Texas a 2-1 win over over the Athletics Monday night. Ontiverps, 8-8, had walked Pete O'Brien intentionally and Larry Parrish unintentionally, setting the stage for Porter's game-winning RBI. Dale Mohorcic, 7-4, won in relief, pitching only the lop of the 11 th. The loss dropped the Athletics out of a second-place lie with the Kansas City Royals in ihc American League West. In other American League action, Toronto used a major- league record 10 home runs lo beat ihe Baltimore Orioles 18-3; Milwaukee defeaied New York 6-4; Chicago lopped Minnesota 8-2; Kansas Cily whipped California 8-5; Texas edged Oakland 2-1 in 11 innings and Cleveland outscored Seattle 11-8. Ernie Whitt hit three of Toronto's major-league record 10 home runs as the Blue Jays rolled past Baltimore. Overshadowed in the Blue Jays' hitting binge was the end of shortstop Cal Ripken's consecutive- inning streak for Baltimore. That was stopped at 8,243 when he was replaced defensively in the eighlh inning. The Blue Jays broke the record of eight homers in a game set by the 1939 New York Yankees and tied by six other teams. Ripken had played every inning of 908 consecutive games until he was replaced at shortstop in the bot- On lorn of the eighlh inning by Ron found Washington. Ripken's streak began on June 5, 1982. By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Sport* Editor Emeritus Tense, tentative and tired. Those three words might best describe how the Ukiahi soccer girls felt before, during and after their opening game of 1987, a non-league Friday afternoon loss to Petaluma, 1-0, on the Ukiahi field. The fact that Ukiahi was playing a very good, quick, skilled Lady Trojan team, and the fact that the only goal of the game, at approximately 28 minutes of the first 40-minute hah 0 , was scored on a superb solo shot by an All-State caliber player, was little consolation to the Lady Wildcats. Off Friday's in many ways very positive opener, it would appear that Ukiahi's girls have got to go back to just having fun, playing all-out, aggressive teamwork soccer, and not to let the pressure of being a co-favorite in the North Bay League soccer race bother them, as it did Friday, obviously. "The girls were so nervous and tense before the game they were ill," said coach Sharon Rothrock. Still, playing a soccer team of Petaluma's caliber, even though losing, is better than creaming a pushover team, she feels. The only goal was scored by forward Rochelle Quinones, a junior who literally can play any position and play it well. She's not a Stale-team caliber player for nothing. At that it took Rochelle a bit of fine footwork and a finely lofted shot from the right mid-comer to finally beat fledgling goalie Cynthia Concepcion, a sophomore playing goal for the first time for Ukiahi. The generally taller, quick- reacting Lady Trojans had Ukiahi on the defensive most of the game. On offense, the Lady Wildcats center-halfback Lacey Lopez and frontline speedsters Michelle Rhodes, Janet Brown and Stacie Imerone beaten to the ball and well shadowed all over the field by the alert, disciplined back- checking Trojan defense. Ukiahi did have a chance to send it into overtime late in the game, but a penalty kick missed by inches. "They're good, and in better shape than we are," a Ukiahi player said. "When we get in shape we'll do better when we meet them again." Ukiahi next plays at Healdsburg Wednesday for a 4 p.m. game. Ukiahi's soccer girls, In darker jerseys, who battled strong Petaluma to • 1*0 loss In their season opener, travel to Healdsburg Wednesday.

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