Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on December 1, 1999 · Page 8
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— '- •^^^^>^^^^^^^^^HBiM^i^H^I^HHMMH>Hi^iV««iM^HHM*MMMPM^i^^i^BH«HN*MHMHMHHHHH[i^PHM^^B^BI^^^^^^^^^HHH^^H^^^i^H^HIIB^IHBHiiBHHHMBMHI^H^^^^^^^^^^^H^HHBHIHHiMH Quarterbacking problems at the center of Forty Miners' slide Associated Press SANTA CLARA — When Joe Montana began to break down, the San Francisco 49ers had Steve Young to maintain exceptional quarterback play. They have not been as fortunate in finding a replacement for the injured Young, and they're paying for it with their worst season since 1982. Jeff Garcia and Steve Stenstrom, both untested and inexperienced, have gone 1-7 since replacing Young, who's not expected to play again this season because of a head blow Sept. 27 that caused his fourth concussion in three years. And San Francisco's offense, ranked No. 1 in the league last season behind two-time league MVP Young, has ground to a halt. Monday night's 20-3 loss to Green Bav marked the seventh straight defeat for the 49ers (3-8) and the third time in four games they failed to score a touchdown. San Francisco, which scored 505 points during its Super Bowl-winning season in 1994, has just 166 so far this season, the fourth-lowest output in the league. Even the 49ers defense has more touchdowns (4), than the offense (3) over the course of the skid, the club's longest since losing eight in a row in 1980. Monday night's loss ensured San Francisco will finish with its first non-winning campaign since strike-shortened 1982, when it went 3-6 one year after winning the Super Bowl. "You can't just lay it-on the quarterback," coach Steve Mariucci said Tuesday. "Obviously, that's the guy that sticks out like a sore thumb, because he's the passer. We need to be more productive at that position and we have been used to great production at that position. We're working tirelessly to make it better." The 49ers had Ty Detmer as Young's backup last season, but traded him to Cleveland as part of a salary cap purge in the off- season. Stenstrom, signed as a free agent after starting six games for Chicago last season, is 1 -9 lifetime as a starter and 0-3 since taking over for an ineffective Garcia. Garcia was benched after completing fewer than 50 percent of his passes for three straight games. Against the Packers, Stenstrom completed 19 of 35 passes for 195 yards, but had an end See NINERS, Page 10 Ray Himlll/The Dally Journal ' Miners head coach Steve Mariucci has had to deal with the : frustration of not having QB Steve Young available this >; season. COMMUNITY SPORTS DIGEST Volunteer coaches needed The Mendocino and Lake County Special Olympics committee is looking for volunteer coaches for the following sports: track and field events, basketball, bowling, aquatics and softball. There will be a meeting held at the Redwood Coast Regional Center at 1116 Airport Blvd. in Ukiah, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m., for anyone interested in helping out. For.more information, call Sharon Shaw at 468-8381 or Kurt Smallcomb at 463-6536. Puma awards night The Ukiah Valley Youth Soccer League "Puma" awards night will take place tonight at the new St. Mary's Parish Hall at 7 p.m. All Puma coaches and players are asked to attend. , Awards given out will include the Dennis Lucido Excellence in Soccer award. For more information, call Pat Milovina at 462-0655. Roller hockey season The Ukiah Roller Sport Association will hold registration for the upcoming roller hockey season Dec. 8 and 15 at 6 p.m. at Carl Purdy Hall. Registrations will be taken on a first come first serve basis and are open to anyone aged eight to adult. For more information, call Andy Nicoll at 462-0875 or 7432860. Wrestling scrimmage and spaghetti feed The Willits High School wrestling program will hold a season-opening scrimmage and spaghetti feed at WHS this afternoon, beginning at 4 p.m. Teams on hand for the event will include Fort Bragg, Upper Lake and Ukiah, and the cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Ray HamilWhe Daily Journal Junior Isaiah Nelson (right) has been impressive in the Wildcats' opening two games of the season. Wildcats to host tourney 32nd annual Fred Iten Tournament begins Thursday ByRAYHAMILL The Daily Journal Ukiah High School will host the 32nd annual Fred Iten Basketball Tournament this weekend. The boys tourney will feature four teams this year, playing for the championship in a round-robin format with two games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Ukiah, which is 1-1 on the early season after defeating El Molino last week and then falling to Healdsburg Saturday, will open the tournament against Fortuna Thursday evening. The problems for the Wildcats in their opening two games has been shooting, with the team netting just 18 percent from the floor against Healdsburg and just one of 19 from three-point range. "We're playing hard and we're playing well, we're just not shooting well," Ukiah head coach Bill Heath said after Saturday's 59-56 loss. "When you shoot just 18 percent you should get your butts kicked and we didn't." Heath's squad this year features a small- See WILDCATS, Page 10 Fred Iten Tournament Thursday's games 6 p.m. - El Molino vs. San Lorenzo 7:30 p.m. - Ukiah vs. Fortuna Friday's games 6 p.m. - Fortuna vs. El Molino 7:30 p.m. - Ukiah vs. San Lorenzo Saturday's games 4:30 p.m. - Fortuna vs. San Lorenzo 6 p.m. - Ukiah vs. El Molino No suspense: Woods wins player of the year Associated Press When Tiger Woods closed out the year with five victories in his last six events, including a major, the vote for PGA Tour player of the year became a no-brainer. The award is based on a vote of the players, and Woods left little room for argument after putting together the best season in more than \0years. "I've had a good year, and I'm very proud of the way I played," Woods said. "It's a season I will remember for a long time, and one during which I learned a great deal. But in this game, you can't rest." Carlos Franco, the 34-year-old who grew up dirt poor in Paraguay, was voted rookie of the year after winning twice and finishing llth on the money list with more than $1.8 million. Steve Pate, who has had as many injuries as PGA Tour victories, was voted the comeback player of the year. Woods previously won the PGA of America's player of the year award, which is based on points from victories, money, scoring average and top 10s. The PGA Tour's honor, called the Jack Nicklaus Award, is considered more prestigious because it is a vote of his peers. And his peers had few options, although David Duval and Payne Stewart also were on the ballot. A year ago, the players voted for Mark O'Meara and his two major championships over Duval and his PGA Tour-high four victories. Woods' season included a little of everything. His eight victories were the most since Johnny Miller won eight times in 1974, and Woods also won his second major at the PGA Championship, a thrilling finish in which he made an 8- foot par putt at the 17th hole to beat 19-year-old Sergio Garcia. Woods ended the PGA se.ason with four straight victories — two of them in the new $5 million World Golf Championship events — to become the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to put together a streak that long. In the process, he became the first $6 million man, was No. 1 in the world ranking and won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average. And while the official season ended in Spain, Woods kept right on going. After a sixth-place finish in Taiwan, he won individual honors in the World Cup, where he and O'Meara scored a U.S. victory, and he won the Grand Slam of Golf in a tournament designed for the four major championship winners. And Woods feels the best may be yet to come. "As soon as you feel like you're finished, then I guess you are finished because you have already put a limit on your ability and what you can attain," said. Rose set to plead his case he Associated Press ' NEW YORK — For years, . Pete Rose has been complaining ; ' that he couldn't plead his case to,< < baseball. Now, one of *his \ lawyers will get a chance. ' Roger Makley, who has repre- ,, ! sented Rose since early in base- ! ball's gambling investigation a, ' < decade ago, will meet in Decem- \ her or January with baseball's ' top lawyer, Bob DuPuy. Rose 1 termed it the start of a dialogue - - ' to end his lifetime ban from the « -. sport. • »' "The last 10 years have been hell for me," Rose said Tuesday. % "I survived because I'm a sur-' '" vivor." Following an investigation of, '.' his gambling, baseball's career ^'J 'hits leader agreed to the lifetime' , .^ ban in August 1989. ~ • ", While Rose was hopeful the- meeting with DuPuy is the first* „ : step on the road to reinstatement, . t commissioner Bud Selig played' down the development. "Mr. Rose's attorney has writ- , ' ,; ten me a letter. I read it very v !,,. thoughtfully, very carefully, and ' turned it over to Mr. DuPuy. , ri There's nothing more involved right now than that, nor should -,' v there be any more read into it," . ( '' Selig said at an owners meeting '^'^ in Irving, Texas. I1| '" DuPuy described the meeting r more as of a courtesy in which^ , ( he would listen to what Rose's"j' ( .,^ side had to say and pass it along . to Selig. ' "About 10 days ago, they asked to meet with commissioner Selig and myself. Bud asked me to meet with them," DuPuy said. "We're always amenable to discussing matters with people." Rose twice said that baseball approached him about a meeting, a ciaim denied by DuPuy and Selig spokesman Rich Levin. Rose's business manager, Warren Greene, said he has been dealing with DuPuy on a "daily basis," but DuPuy said he had spoken with Greene just once. DuPuy said Selig would not be part of the meeting and that he would update Selig, who has said many times that he has seen no new evidence that would cause him to alter the ban. "After we meet with them and see what they've got, he'll make a determination and we'll see from there," DuPuy said, adding that Selig did not set. any ,timetable. The 58-year-old Rose has . been in the headlines repeatedly .', in recent weeks. First, he was \ among the 25 players elected to V baseball's All-Century team..,, Then he received the largest , ovation among the All-Century,,players introduced before Game . 2 of the World Series at Atlanta's ^ Turner Field. "That's like outdoing God in- heaven," Rose said. He also goU a surge of support from the pub-:. lie after NBC reporter Jim Gray. < questioned him sharply about . gambling immediately after the' on-field ceremony. •. Rose said his side wrote to baseball two years ago and again five months ago to ask for a' meeting. < 'I t:\< -J.IIU. _ )i

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