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Page 2B The Star-Democrat Monday, January 18, 1993 Christie Miami (AP) The Buffalo Bills, who lost the Super Bowl two years ago when Scott Norwood missed a last-second field goal, will head into the NFL title game with a red-hot placekicker this time. Steve Christie, signed as a free, agent as a replacement for Norwood last winter, tied a playoff record with five field goals on Sunday. He converted kicks of 21, 33, 21, 31 and 38 yards, while missing a 38-yard attempt wide left in helping the Bills defeat the . Miami Dolphins 29-10. In one year he's gone from being a part of the NFL's losingest team of the past decade to assuming a vital role for one of the most successful clubs of recent years. "It hasn't really sunk in yet," Christie said. "It may even take until after the Super Bowl." Miami's offensive line generally has done a good job of protecting Dan Marino from Bruce Smith, allowing the NFL's sack leader over the past eight years only 3'a sacks in 14 previous games against the Dolphins. The Buffalo defensive lineman had l' on Sunday, including a hit that caused a fumble by Marino which set up a field goal for a 3-0 lead. "I saw him pump the ball. I knew I had a hit, but I wasn't sure if he'd get the ball away," said Smith, who noted he got a lot' of help from his teammates. "While they're containing me somewhat, they're turning everybody else loose," Smith said. Jerry Rice sets postseason record SAN FRANCISCO AP) Jerry Rice's 5-yard scoring reception in the fourth quarter gave the 49ers receiver 13 TD receptions in the postseason, an NFL record. He had been tied with former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver John Stallworth, who has 12. Rice also had eight receptions to become the all-time postseason leader in receptions with 75. He overtook Cliff Branch, formerly of the Raiders, who had 73 receptions in the postseason. Dallas' 30-20 victory at San Francisco, coupled with Buffalo's ' 29-10 win at Miami marked the first time both visiting teams won in the championship games since the 1966 season, when Green Bay won at Dallas 34-27 and Kansas Hawaiian Open is Twitty's first win HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) . Howard Twitty really didn't want the record. It was the victory that was precious. "There are no words to describe what this means to me," the 44-year-old veteran said after a 4-stroke triumph Sunday in the Hawaiian Open. It was his first victory since the Greater Hartford Open of 1980, 12 years and 7 months ago, the longest time between wins in PGA Tour history . The old record of 12 years was set by Leonard Thompson in the 1989 Buick Open. Twitty, who led all the way in this event, scored the third victory of his 19-year tour career with a closing Yoiihd of 68 and a 269 total, 19 under par on the revamped Waialae Country Club course. For the record, it was worth $216,000 from a purse of $1.2 Caps win TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Sylvain Cote's goal with 2:49 to play broke a tie as the Washington Capitals beat the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 Sunday night. Cote's goal, assisted from behind the goal line by Pat Elynuik, enabled Washington to move into second place, in the Patrick Division. Kelly Miller added an open net goal for Washington in the last minute. Tampa Bay, in last place in the Norris Division, lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Tied 2-2 entering the third period, Washington regained the lead on Elynuik's goal 4:54 into the period. But Rob Di-Maio answered for Tampa Bay at 7:14, slipping a shot along the goal line past goalie Don Beaupre. Tampa Bay led 1-0 after the first period on John Tucker's goal at the 13:33 mark. Tucker took a feed from Brian; Bradley and blasted a slap shot past Beaupre from 15 feet directly in front. Washington charged back to take a 2-1 lead before a shorthanded score by Tampa Bay's Danton Cole in the last minute of the second period tied the score at 2-2. The Caps' Mike Ridley tied the score at 1-1 3:52 into the period and Paul MacDermid. put Washington ahead a minute later. MacDermid's goal resulted from the Dghtning's failure to clear the puck in the neutral zone. enters Super Bowl "And I've got to give a lot of credit to our (defensive backs). They played a great game." The Bills joined the Dolphins as the only teams to go to the Super Bowl three straight seasons. Miami lost the NFL title game during the 1971 season but came back to win the next two Super Bowls. The Bills will try to win their first league championship after being denied by the New York Giants 20-19 two years go and the Washington Redskins 37-24 last season. Pete Stoyanovich kicked a 5p-yard field goal in the first quarter that was the sixth-longest in playoff history. The Dolphins placekicker also has the longest postseason kick with a 58-yarder against the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 5, 1991. . Only the Los Angeles-Oakland Raiders have made more appearances in the AFC championship game than Miami. The Dolphins (5-2) and Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) have advanced to the conference final seven times, while the Raiders are 4-8 in 12 appearances. Buffalo improved to 6-1 in games played in Joe Robbie Stadium- since: the Dolphins" moved " into the stadium in 1987. The Bills are 2-0 against their AFC East rivals in the playoffs with the other City won at Buffalo 31-7. The Cowboys will become the first team to appear in six Super Bowls. The Washington Redskins and the Miami Dolphins each have appeared in five Super Bowls. The 49ers, who had a TD pass to Jerry Rice called back by a holding call, watched Dallas score a touchdown after a defensive holding call against defensive end Pierce Holt in the second quarter. Holt tackled Emmitt Smith as he came through the middle of the line following a third-down play- action fake that ended in an mill' m. In reality, however, its value was without measure to the old pro from Paradise Valley, Ariz. In addition to the largest check of his career, he received a joyous hug from 12-year-old daughter Jocelyn, born the year of his last victory, as well as entry into such exclusive events as the Masters and the World Series of Golf. "This is very, very special," Twitty said. "There are a lot of emotions, an awful, awful lot of emotions. With my daughter being here to see it, it's one of the special days of my life." It was special for his fellow players, too. "We're all delighted for Howard," said Joey Sindelar, who came on to take second alone. "I think everybody on the tour is thrilled for him. He's one of the nice, nice guys. And to win after going 13 years, wow, that's Bills staged a record comeback from a 32-point deficit, and a 24-3 win at Pittsburgh, their first on the road in the playoffs since 1981. "I think the key was that we weren't able to run with it and we couldn't stop the run," Shula said. "Although we had two takeaways, we couldn't stop them and we couldn't score points." '." The sloppiness began on Miami's first possession after Buffalo drove to theDolphins 39, only to have Keith McKeller drop a pass when open for first-down, yardage. On third down, Fred Banks caught a 13-yard pass from Marino and fumbled when hit by Dallas Aikman- to Smith. Smith also scored on a 4-yard run in the second quarter and rushed for 114 yardsWn 24 carries. "In the third quarter, you could feel it slipping away," San ' Francisco linebacker Keith De-Long said. .. The Niners cut it to 24-20 with a 5-yard pass from Young to Jerry Rice with 4:22 left. It came at the end of a 93-yard drive, after the Niners had stopped the Cowboys on a fourth-and-1 at their 6. But Aikman, who completed 24 of 34 attempts for 322 yards, and Harper combined oil a 70-yard completion, on the first play after the kickoff. Three plays later, Aikman hit Kelvin Martin for the 6-yard TD that made it 30-20 and put the game away. r Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly celebrates after the Bills beat the Dolphins Sunday for the AFC championship, victory coming at Buffalo, (44-34) two years ago." Don Shula's career playoff record slipped to 18-15. Miami is 16-12 in postseason games all under Shula, including a 12-5 mark at home. Shula's six Super Bowl appearances are the most of any coach. A pair of former Bills and Dolphins were honorary captains. Joe Ferguson is Buffalo's career passing leader with 27,590 yards incompletion. The penalty gave Dallas a first-and-goal at the 4 and Da'ryl Johnston ran it in on the next play. Referee Jerry Markbreit said in the judgment of headlinesman Paul Weidner, Holt tackled Smith knowing he didn't have the ball to try to prevent him from going out for a pass. "The rule is the defender cannot tackle anyone who obviously does not have the football," Markbreit said. San Francisco coach George Seifert declined to dispute the call. "That's part of the game," he said. The 49ers loss ended a six-game winning streak against the something." Sindelar, who holed a 155-yard, 8-iron shot for an eagle-2 on the sixth hole, had a closing 68 and a 273 total, by far the best finish of his career on the western swing that opens the tour schedule. , Although he once shared the lead with Twitty, Sindelar said he really wasn't thinking much about winning. "To tell you the truth, with my swing and my confidence so tender, I was glad there was such a big gap behind us," he said. "I figured I could have my worst nightmare and still finish in the top 10." Paul Azinger didn't exactly have a nightmare, but his frustration with this event continued. After moving to within one stroke of the lead, he fell back in the stretch run, shot 70 and was third at 274. Azinger, who has yet to win this title, has been second Nate Otiomes, who recovered. But it took Buffalo just one play to hand back the turnover. Kelly had Andre Reed breaking free toward the goalpost, but his pass was behind Reed and J.B; Brown picked it off, returning the interception to the 35. Again, however, Miami coughed it up as Marino was sacked by Smith and fumbled, with Talley recovering. . " This time, Buffalo got some points. Thomas' runs of 24 and 13 yards led to Christie's first 21-yard field goal. Christie's five field goals tied a playoff record set by Chuck Nelson for Minnesota in 1987 and tied It was a surprising end to a surprising day. For the first time since the first Super Bowl in 1967, the visiting teams won both conference title games. Early on, it didn't look like that would happen. San Francisco had its chances in the first half, and several times appeared ready to break open the game. The 49ers defense sacked Aikman four times, and their offense seemed to operate in the same machine-like way under Young as it did under Joe Montana. But it was just 10-10 at halftime because of two San Francisco fumbles and some crucial penalties. "We couldn't take command in the first half, when we played our best football," Seifert said. "In on a roll AP LaserPhoto and led the Bills to the playoffs in 1974, 1980 and 1981. Larry Csonka, a Hall of Famer, was the most valuable player in Miami's 24-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the 1974 Super Bowl. Each player earned $18,000 for playing in the conference title game. The Bills received $6,000 apiece for participating in one of the two AFC wild-card games and the team earned $10,000 per man for divisional playoff victories last week. Cowboys dating back to 1981. Candlestick Park's freshly re-sodded turf held up remarkably well despite sometimes Heavy rain. "I knew the sod that we put in this week would hold because it's Bermuda grass and that's the , best there is," said NFL turf consultant George Toma; who oversaw the rcsodding effort. It was the 49ers' first loss in six games on a Toma-prepared field. Jimmy Johnson is now 35-33 lifetime as Cowboys coach after a 1-15 start. He's trying to become the first coach to win both a college and professional football championship. He won the collegiate title while coaching Miami in 1987. in 1 2 years three times and third twice in the Hawaiian Open since 1986. . It was another three strokes back to Bret Ogle, Jeff Maggert and Keith Clearwater, tied for fourth at 277. Ogle, an Australian newcomer to the American tour, shot 70 while Maggert and Clearwater had 71s on a course strengthened and toughened by the addition of new bunkers on several holes and new mounding along fairways and around greens. Twitty, who played the front in par to drift back into a tie with Sindelar, pulled in front alone with a two-putt birdie-4 on the 13th hole, then took control with a 18-foot, sidehill birdie putt on the 15th. A Mooter on the next hole lifted him three strokes clear of the field and after that it was just a matter of getting his" score in-the house. from page lb by Matt Bahr of the New York Giants in 1990. Miami tied it on Pete Stoyanovich's 51-yard field goal after Mark Clayton dropped a pass near the Bills' end zone and Marino was sacked. But the Bills, aided by more Miami mistakes, ' grabbed a 13-3 edge three minutes into the second quarter. ' Bryan Cox's roughing-the-passer penalty helped in Buffalo's 64-yard drive that culminated in Thomas' 17-yard score on a screen pass behind blocks by Will Wolford and Jim Ritcher. Marino was intercepted by Phil Hansen on the next play. from page lb the second half, they took control of the game." The Niners had a touchdown called back on their first possession a 63-yard strike from Young to Rice negated by a holding call on Guy Mclntyre. Young was 25 of 35 for 313 yards, although he was intercepted twice in the second half, by Ken Norton and James Washington, as the Niners desperately tried to come back. San Francisco made another mistake a few minutes later when Michael Magruder fumbled a Mike Saxon punt at his own 22 and 'Johnston recovm i for the Cowboys. On fini down, Aikman hit Michael Irvin for 20 yards to thel. KhiI( Cmha1amii1 rwi MR National Basketball Association At A Glance By The Associated Press All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pet. CB New York 21 14 .600 - New Jersey 21 15 .583 Vi Boston 20 18 .526 Vt Orlando 16 . 15 .516 3 Philadelphia 13 20 .394 7 Washington 11 24 .314 10 Miami 10 " " 24 .294 10Vi Central Division Chicago 25 II .694 Cleveland 22 15 .595 . i'i Charlotte 17 16 .515 Vi Detroit 17 18 .486 T Indiana 17 18 .486 Tt Atlanta 16 18 .471 8 Milwaukee 14 21 .400 10VV WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division W L Pet. GB Utah 24 10 .706 ' San Antonio 21 13 .618 3 Houston 18 16 .529 6 Denver 10 24 .294 14 Minnesota ,7 24 .226 15Vt Dallas 2 30 .063 21 Pacific Division Phoenix 25 6 .806 - Seattle 24 9 .727 2 Portland 22 11 .667 ' 4 LA Lakers 19 ' ' IS " .559 7Vi Golden State 18 18 .500 9'i LA Clippers 18 18 .500 9Vi Sacramento 13 20 .394 13 Saturday'ssGames Philadelphia 123, Detroit 108 New Jersey 109, Washington 101 Cleveland 127, Atlanta 99 ' Indiana 117, Golden State 116 Houston 104, New York 102 San Antonio 124, Charlotte 111 Boston 110, Milwaukee 99 Denver 106, Dallas 91 Orlando 128, Chicago 124, OT Utah 108, Sacramento 107 Sunday's Game Seattle at Portland, 8 p.m. Monday's Games Phoenix at New York, 1 p.m. Orlando at Philadelphia, 2 p.m. Boston at Chicago, 3:30 p.m. Houston at LA Lakers, 4:30 p.m. Sacramento at Golden State, 5 p.m. Indiana at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. LA Clippers at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Utah at Seattle, 10 p.m. Tuesday's Games Atlanta at Charlotte, 7:30 p.m. Washington at Indiana, 7:30 p.m. Portland at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Denver at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Houston at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. NHL At A Glance By The Associated Press All Times EST WALES CONFERENCE - Patrick Division W T 4 4 3 6 4 Pts GF GA 64 202 157 52 184 162 49 154 146 48 186 182 42 177 170 41 173 177 Pittsburgh Washington New Jersey 30 12 24 18 18 19 22 NY Rangers 21 NY Islanders 19 Philadelphia 17 20 7 Adams Division Montreal 28 25 61 56 50 48 28 11 200 158 194 167 176 159 195 159 140 207 102 220 Quebec Boston Buffalo Hartford Ottawa 24 18 21 17 12 29 4 40 CAMPBELL CONFERENCE Norris Division W L T Pts GF GA Chicago 26 16 26 19 22 17 20 18 19 21 160 127 202 187 156 152 148 149 161 164 151 183 208 133 Detroit Minnesota Toronto St. Louis Tampa Bay Vancouver 15 30 Smythe Division . 28 12 5 61 Sumo upset &&v.lJr ; Hefty American champion Akebono, left, is pushed out of the ring by No. 3 YVakahanada for his first upset Sunday midway through the 15-day New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo. Akebono, who is also known as Chad Rowan, is still tied for first in the tournament with a 7-1 record.' MONDAY JANUARY 18. 1993. MORNING 5:00 (wtbs) WRESTLING (espn) INDYCAR YEAR IN REVIEW (R) CHI SPORTSWIRE 7:00 (6SPN) SPORTSCENTER (R) 8:00, (kpn) SPORTSCENTER (R) CO SPORTSWIRE 10:0Qespn) SPORTSCENTER (Rl 1 1 :OQCO SPORTSWIRE 11:3QCO POST TIME FROM LAUREL AFTERNOON . - 12:0QC1TJ BOWLING ABC Team Challenge. From St. Petersburg, Fla. (R) 1 .00 (espn) BODYBUILDING NPC ' Men's Junior Nationals. From Myrtle Beach, S.C. (R) 1 ?0 CTJ SOCCER INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE 2:00 (espn) BILLIARDS U.S. 9-Ball Open Semifinals. From Norfolk, Va. (R) Sports facts Australian Open tennis The Ik ot tour Grand Slam tournaments take ptac in Metooum. Australia Last year's champions: WINNER'S SHARE SOURCE KKomiMon PIMM Spoil Almanac Calgary Los Angeles Winnipeg Edmonton San Jose 25 22 21 15 6 55 49 46 37 14 178 183 160 125 128 224 Saturday's Games Philadelphia 5, Boston 4 Pittsburgh 6, Ottawa 1 St. Louis 5, Tampa Bay 3 Quebec 4, San Jose 1 New York Islanders 5, New Jersey 3 Montreal 3, New York Rangers 0 Vancouver 8, Hartford 3 . " Minnesota 4, Calgary 3 Chicago 5, Toronto 3 Winnipeg 5, Los Angeles 2 Sunday's Games . Late Games Not Included Detroit 7, Philadelphia 4 Washington 5, Tampa Bay 3 r Buffalo at Edmonton (n) New York Islanders at Ottawa (n) Toronto at Chicago (n) Monday's Games San Jose at Boston, 1:40 p.m. Hartford vs. Winnipeg, at Saskatoon, Sask., :40 p.m. Tuesday's Games Boston at New York islanders, 7:40 p.m. Quebec at Ottawa, 7:40 p.m.- Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 7:40 p.m. . New York Rangers at Detroit, 7:40p.m. Toronto at St. Louis, 8:40 p.m. Chicago at Winnipeg, 8:40 p.m. Los Angeles at Edmonton, 9:40 p.m. Buffalo at Calgary, 9:40 p.m. Pittsburgh at Vancouver, 10:40 p.m. Hawaiian Open Scores HONOLULU (AP) Scores Saturday after the third round of the (1.2 million United Air lines Hawaiian Open, played on the 6,975-yard, par-72 Waialae Country Club course (a-denotes amateur): Howard Twitty 63-68-70 -201 Paul Aiinger 67-68-69 -204 Joey Sindelar 71-68-66 -205 Keith Clearwater " 72-66-68 -206 Wayne Levi 72-65-69 -206 Jeff Maggert 68-71-68 -207 Brett Ogle 67-70-70 -r207 Fred Funk 67-66-74 -207 Davis Love III ' 6938-71 -208 Bob Eastwood 69-73-67 209 Duffy Waldorf 69-69-71 209 Bill Glasson 65-71-73 -209 Brian Claar 70-74-66 -210 Loren Roberts 73-69-68 210 John Flannery 71-69-70 -210 Donnie Hammond 70-70-70 210 Mark O'Meara 66-73-71 -210 Craig Parry 73-66-71 -210 Harry Taylor 68-69-73 -210 David Edwards 72-71-68 211 Russ Cochran 72-71-68 211 Richard Zokol 72-71-68 211 Jim McGovern 72-70-69 211 Eddie Pearce 70-71-70 -211 Brian Henninger 71-70-70 211 John' Elliott . 72-68-71 -211 Nolan 'Henke . 69-71-71 -211 Corey Pavm ' , 68-71-72 211 Billy Andrade 68-71-72 211 Steve Lowery 67-76-69 212 John Mahaffey 71-72-69 212 Brad Bryant 73-69-70 212 AP LOMrPhoto CO MAJOR INDOOR LACROSSE Baltimore Thunder at Philadelphia Wings. From the Spectrum. (Taped) 3:00 (espn) SCHOLASTIC SPORTS AMERICA 3:30 (espn) UP CLOSE . 4:00 (espn) WRESTLING CHI FISHING UNIVERSITY 4:30 CHI ON THE LINE 5:00 (espn) MONSTER TRUCK CHALLENGE (R) Cm COACH'S CORNER Sonny Smith - Virginia Com-monwealth Basketball. 5:30 (espn) GLORY DAYS (R) - CD VIRGINIA WILDLIFE EVENING 7:00(espn3 SPORTSCENTER CO BULLETS JAM SESSION 7:30(espn-) COLLEGE BASKETBALL Georgetown at Connecticut. (Live) CO COLLEGE BASKETBALL Old Dominion at James Madison. (Live) 9:00(usa) WWF WRESTLING: MONDAY NIGHT RAW (Live) 9:30rjsPN) COLLEGE BASKETBALL Kansas at Kansas State. (Live) ar SINGLES I JfcnCouriardsf H" 6JT 1 SttOn Edbra, III'I V M-Mk M . , m - Monica Solas H "Tt r" , 33

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