I; C2 The Sun TUESDAY, July 31, 1990 KALEIDOSCOPE He's from school of hard knocks ' , "Beltin" " Dclton Hall has caused a mini-controversy at the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp by saying he's no longer content with knocking receivers out or bounds he wants to knock them out. As in cold. He acquired his nickname in 1987 as a rookie cornerback. He bad-mouthed receivers before a game, then put bad hits on them during games. But injuries slowed him the last two years. Now he's psyching up Tor his comeback by keeping track of a new statistic knockouts. ' Said Delton: "I'm not counting any limp-offs. I'm counting carry-offs. "I want to hit some people so hard, just put some bone-crushing licks on people. I'm talking three times harder." How many KOs would he like this season? "Five or 10. I don't know if I'll get it, but I'm going to work at it." All NFL injuries are accidents? Add, Hall: Not all NFL people arc pleased with his threats. Said Steelers president Dan Robney: "It bothered me a little. Our purpose is definitely not to hurt anybody. We're in the entertainment business." Added NFL spokesman Jim Heffernan: "The league does take a dim view of that." . What sport is he coaching? U.S. national soccer coach Bob Gansler, on losing 2-1 to East Germany: "We gave them a eotiple layups that they converted, and that was the game." Building for the future Cleveland Browns lineman Ben Jefferson, 6-fo"ol-9 and 328-pounds, giving himself a nickname: "You've got the Kitchen (Nate Newton of the Dallas Cowboys) and the Fridge (William Pprry of the Chicago Bears) and I'm bigger than both of them. I'll be the House." Hard to get much zip on the ball NFL Hall of Famer Otto Graham, saying quarterbacks get too much credit: "It's a team game. I don't remember throwing any touchdown passes lying flat on my back." SPORTS IN BRIEF Arkansas to leave SWC for SEC LITTLE ROCK, Ark. The Arkansas Ra-zorbacks are set to jump from the Southwest to the Southeastern Conference, with new scheduling as early as 1992. I On Wednesday, Arkansas expects to join the SEC a move that would end the university's 76-year alliance with the SWC. "It's not good news. Arkansas has been a valued member of the conference and we're sorry they are taking that position," SWC commissioner Fred Jaeoby said Monday. The move marks the second time a major conference has taken in a new school. In Mayt the Big Ten Conference added Penn State, a football independent but a member of the Atlan-iic-10 Conference in other sports. Arkansas president B. Allan Sugg said the school's board will meet Wednesday in Fayette-ville. Ark., to discuss the SEC's proposal. Jack Crowe. Arkansas' first-year football coach, said thai he expects to be plaving an SEC schedule by 1992. Kurri heads for Italy EDMONTON, Alberta Jari Kurri, who helped the Edmonton Oilers win five Stanley Cups and became the most prolific European scorer es er to play in the NHL, is off to Italy to play hockey. . ;The Oilers' brilliant right wing has signed a two-year deal to play with the Milan Devils of the Italian league that could make him the highest-paid player in European hockey history. American record set in 400IM AUSTIN. Texas Eric Namesnik set an American record in the preliminaries and again in the finals of the 400-meter individual medley at the U.S. Swimming Long Course national championships. Namesnik. from the University of Michigan, had a time of 4:15.78 seconds, eclipsing David Wharton's 1989 mark of 4:15.93. He swam a 4:1.57 in the final. 'Janet Evans swam the fastest time in the world this year in the 200-meter freestyle, clocking a 2:00.27. Rostagno advances in Volvo LOS ANGELES Derrick Rostagno beat fifth-seed Rich Reneberg on Monday, needing only 53 minutes for a 6-1, 6-3 victory in the first ; round of the Volvo Tennis tournament. ; Rostagno. 24, has challenged champions be-; fore. He made the fourth round at Wimbledon this year and almost beat Boris Becker in the U,S. Open last year. In other matches, Andrew Sznajder defeated ii Thomas Hogstedl 6-3, 6-4; No. 6-seed Jean-Phil-; ilpe Fleurian defeated Robbie Weiss 6-1, 6-4; ! lian Goldie beat Jim Pugh 7-5, 6-1, and David ypjttebeat David MacPherson,6-3,4-6,6-l. BRIEFLY NOTED: Billy Martin's widow sued the man allegedly behind the wheel of the ' pickup truck in which the former New York Yankees manager was killed during a ! Christmas night accident. William Reedy, the ; owner of a Detroit bar, was negligent when he ' failed to negotiate a curve outside Martin's ru-; ral upstate New York home and lost control of the truck, which slid down a ditch and into a ', culvert, Jill Martin's lawsuit charged. ... ; Charles "Red" Barrett, who holds the major league record for the fewest pitches in a nine-I inning game. 58, died at his home Saturday af-; ler a long illness. He was 75. . . . Body parts that ' washed up in a garbage bag at Seven Presidents Park beach in Long Branch, N.J. Inst week have been identified as the remains of New York jockey Pedro Ortega. From Sun News Services Spirit routs Bakersfield, 12-1, closes in By DAVID DOMKE Sun Sports Writer SAN BERNARDINO Spirit right-hander Dave Evans pitched a two-hitter Monday night, but he had nothing on Alan Lewis, a Bakersfield infielder who retired the only two hitters he faced in the eighth inning. Of course, by that point, San Bernardino was ahead by 12 runs. It ended 12-1, and the pennant race officially has begun. The eighth consecutive victory for the Spirit, 23-17 in the second half, moved it to within l'A games of Bakersfield in the Southern Division standings. The Dodgers lost their second in a row to fall to 25-16. In a matchup of 10-game winners Evans and Bakersfield's Jason Brosnan Evans clearly was better on this night. He allowed only a dou ble to Steve O'Donnell leading off the seventh and a bloop RBI single to Brock McMurray in the ninth. "He was on," San Bernardino catcher Fernando Arguelles said of Evans. "He had good zip on his fastball and his breaking ball was getting over for a strike. That's all he needs." Evans (11-7) has won 10 of his past 12 decisions after a 1-5 start. His ERA has dropped from above 12.00 to just under 4.00. "When I was 1-5, 1 was kind of wondering if I'd be staying here or getting sent down," Evans said. "This is one of the better games I've thrown. I felt pretty comfortable. I was hitting the spots well." Brosnan (10-3) lasted only 3 innings, well after Tony Manahan's three-run homer in the second, which was all the support Evans needed. "That helped a lot," Evans said. "We were facing a good pitcher in Brosnan and any time you can get some runs it helps." Manahan hit a low fastball for his seventh homer and 30th RBI (in 41 games). He later added a single for a 2-for-5 night. "I've never faced (Brosnan) but the guys told me about him," Manahan said. "He relies a lot on his fastball and he didn't have the juice tonight." Seven players drove in runs for the Spirit. Brian Turang led the way with a two-run double that highlighted a five-run eighth, which began with Tow Maynard's solo homer. Frank Bolick went 3-for-4 with one RBI. "We got out to an early lead and when Dave's pitching that well, it s pretty easy," Manahan said. After leaving the bases loaded in the first inning, the Spirit did some damage in the second. All of it came with two outs. Arguelles shook a l-for-I6 slump with a single to right. Maynard followed with a single to the same place. Brosnan fell behind Manahan 2-0, which was a mistake. Brosnan then made a bigger one, an expected fastball. Manahan sent it over the left-field wall for a 3-0 lead. Spirit notes Outfielder Mark Merchant will undergo surgery Friday lor bone spurs in his right (throwing) shoulder. The surgery will be done at the Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. For Merchant, it marks the end of 2'i years ol playing in pain. "I hurt it in spring training in 1988 and It never really healed," said Merchant, who stopped by the park Monday to see some old friends. "It's held me back In the outfield but not hitting. If It gets taken care of. I'll be able to play the outfield like I used to." Merchant said the Mariners "want him ready for spring training." . . . The Spirit and Dodgers continue their series tonight at Fisca-lini Field. The pitching matchup: San Bernardino's Dave Fleming (4-1) vs. Mike Sampson (2-1). Cuba thrashes U.S. in baseball, 16-2 By GREGG PATTON Sun Sports Writer TACOMA Uncle. Give. Point made. Cuba, that reputed international baseball dynamo, acted the part part Monday night, giving the United States an instructive lesson in domination at Cheney Stadium. The 16-2 trashing in the semifinals of the Goodwill Games puts the Cubans in the final tonight, while the Americans probably feel grateful for an opportunity at bronze, also tonight. "The Cubans are outstanding hitters, and when things go they're way, they just seem to get tougher," said U.S. coach Jim Morris of Georgia Tech. "They really got it going. I'm not sure who we could have brought in to stop them." Nolan Ryan. Maybe. The 10-run rule ended the game in the seventh inning, but it only took the Cubans three innings to reach the double-digit margin. These countries may be only 90 miles apart shore to shore but their respective national baseball teams seemed barely in the same universe Monday night. The two teams played a three-game series about a week ago, the first in Cuba, the next two in Tennessee. Cuba won the first, but lost the back-to-back games in the U.S. That may have served only to rile the visitors. Or maybe it was that 17-0 pasting the U.S. dealt the Soviet Union last Thursday, Cuba thus feeling compelled to strike a blow, for the few remaining socialists of the world. Cuba's German Mesa sails over Chris Gomez of the U.S. after a force out. Whatever. Cuba stopped sending baseball players to the free world more than 25 years ago, and now it just grows its own world-beating all-star team. Leading the Cuban charge was Omar Linares, the 22-year-old third baseman who major league scouts claim should be hacking away at the Stewarts, Goodens and Clemenses of the world instead of college sophomores. He certainly lived up to his reputation Monday and then some. In five at-bats, he ripped five searing hits, including four doubles, one of which cracked off the 425-foot sign in dead center. Linares, who drove in three runs and scored twice, has been dubbed the "Jose Canseco who didn't leave Cuba" by Americans, even though Canseco's parents left the country long before he was born. The name means little to Linares, who knows who Canseco is, but is called "El Nino" or "Kid" by his teammates. He made the national team when he was 15. Asked if he was curious about how he would do in the major leagues, he said he was "sure he could play," but added that American journalists are the only ones who assume he is curious about the idea. The Cubans saw the Seattle Mariners play California Friday night, and someone asked him what he thought of Ken Griffey, Jr. "He's a good hitter." said Linares, adding with a smile, "I think he's as good as me." The feared rout began in the second inning when the Cubans scored seven runs on seven hits and three walks. U.S. starter Joey Hamilton of Georgia Southern was charged with six of the runs, but reliever Paul Byrd of LSU also gave up two hits and a pair of walks before getting the third out with the bases loaded. Meanwhile, Osvaldo Fernandez, a 25-year-old lefty with a fly-away delivery, was handling the Americans with ease. He gave up only four hits and struck out seven. The only U.S. runs came in the seventh inning when Brent Gates of the University of Minnesota doubled offthe left field wall to score Loyola Marymount's Joe Ciccarella and set up David McCarty's RBI grounder. Soviets put Americans on ice, 10-1 Associated Press SEATTLE America's slide at the Goodwill Games is picking up speed. A day after losing the basketball gold medal to Yugoslavia, the Americans were pounded Monday by the Soviets in hockey and mugged by the Cubans in baseball. Only boxer Sergio Reyes' upset of Cuban world champion Enrique Carrion and two gold medals by synchronized swimmers kept things from getting totally ugly for the Americans. The 119-pound Reyes carried the fight to Carrion from the opening punch and scored a 3-2 decision, handing Carrion his first defeat in more than a year. A San Bernardino boxer, Tony Gonzales, was another winner Monday, earning a 5-0 decision over Young Shin-soo of South Korea in the bantamweight quarterfinals. But American heavyweights Javier Alvarez and John Bray both lost. World champion Felix Savon of Cuba had no problem with Alvarez, while Bray was beaten 5-0 by Bert Teu-chert of West Germany. And Emmett Linton of Tacoma, a welterweight, lost a 3-2 decision to world champion Fran-cisc Vastag of Romania. The synchro swimming gold medals were the only ones awarded Monday, and they went to Americans Kristin Babb in solo, the Josephson twins in duet. But that failed to cushion the blows administered by Cuba's bats and the Soviets' sticks. The U.S. hockey team fell 10-1 to the Soviets, who like the Cubans in baseball are the world champions. The Americans fell behind 4-0 in the first period and it only got worse. "I think we played well enough tonight to beat West Germany," said U.S. coach Jeff Sauerof the Americans' next opponent. "But we were not playing West Germany." Huckabaa, Apple Valley North beaten By KAL RUCKER Special to The Sun YUCAIPA Two county Little League teams came up a little short Monday night. Little League all-star teams in the major division (11- and 12-year-olds) from Highland and Apple Valley lost in the first round of the Section 7 Tournament at Avenue I Park in Yucaipa. A crowd of about 300 watched both San Bernardino County teams fall behind early and fail to come back. Highland Huckabaa and Apple Valley North meet at 5:30 p.m. in Yucaipa for the right to continue in the four-team, double-elimination tournament. The loser finishes its season and the winner moves on to a Wednesday game. In the first game of Monday's dou-blcheader, Corona American scored twice in the opening frame en route to an 8-1 triumph over Huckabaa. In the second game, Hlythe scored three runs off Apple Valley in the first inning and went on to a 5-1 victory. The two-run lead was all Corona pitcher Ryan Darr needed as he threw a six-hitter with seven strikeouts. Rialto Western romps, 12-2 The Sun RIALTO Steven Mejia hit a home run and pitched a three-hitler to lead District 21 Little League champion Rialto Western in a 12-2 romp over La Verne in a Section 6 first-round game Monday night. Daniel Andrade also hit a home run for Rialto Western, which used an II -run second-inning explosion to take early control of the game. It was the eighth consecutive victory for Riullo Western, district champions for the first lime in 29 years. Rialto Western next faces West Covina American LL in an 8 p.m. game tonight at Lilac Park in Rialto. "They just came out and played ball and we didn't," Huckabaa manager Ray Humphries said. "They jumped on us and we couldn't come back." The Huckabaa All-Stars were in a different position in suffering their first playoffs loss. "In our district we never had to come back." Humphries said. "We got down and then the kids got down. We had trouble coming back. We've just got to keep our heads up and come back ready to play." Highland scored its run in the fourth inning to pull within 5-1. Right fielder Kevin Johnson singled and left fielder Ernie Calderon tripled to right-center with two outs. Calderon led Highland's offense, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Corona and its manager of the past four years, Orland Cavazos, are familiar with the section tournament and hope to become familiar with winning it this year. "We've won our district three straight years," Cavazos said. "We don't seem to have enough gas to go on and win the sections. I hope its different, this year. "This group of kids is big, has good size, but they have a good attitude. It makes my job a lot easier. I feel we can go all the way with this team." In the nightcap, Apple Valley starting pitcher Trevor Quick recorded the first six outs via strikeouts and finished with 12 strikeouts in five innings. Between the strikeouts in the first inning, Blythe managed four singles and a walk for its three runs. The left-handed Quick allowed eight hits in pitching a complete game. Blythe added single runs in the third and fifth innings. Blythe pitcher Steve Louriero scored three runs on a single and two walks. Louriero held Apple Valley hitless until Quick doubled to right-center to lead offthe lilt It inning. Quick raced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single by left fielder Robert Engelbrecht. Second baseman Mickey Bortlonaro singled to start the sixth for Apple Valley's third and final hit off Louriero. After moving to third on a wild pilch and passed ball, Bordonaro was stranded as Louriero struck out the final two batters, giving him 1 1 strikeouts total. Colton Pony team wins The Sun UPLAN D David Montano struck out 1 1 batters in a complete-game effort and socked an RBI double as Colton Pony League advanced to the zone tournament witha7-l victory over Upland on Monday night. Montano allowed three hits and walked three for Colton, which will open play in Cypress at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. First baseman Mark Sandoval got the ball rolling for the Colton offense when he punched a two-run home run in the first inning. Bill Shanahan Absent for first time Shanahan: Spirit show goes on Continued fromC1 was being run by committee. Suzan Bond, Spirit administrative assistant, and Dan Zus-man, director of stadium operations, handled the game promotions Shauahan's forte. Some fans missed Shanahan. "I don't think you'll find a fan in this park who won't miss him." said Carl Gerber, 55, a season-ticket holder since the Spirit's arrival. "He knows everybody in the park, the seasor-ticket holders by name. When you come here, you feel you're part of tin' team. "I understand it was business, but I think they'll be hard pressed to find someone to do his job." Some did not. "I don't go on (w ho is) the general manager," said Fred Dahl-berg, 62, another original season-ticket holder. "If he puts on a show, fine. I come to see the team on the field. If they put a good ballclub out there, I'll be back." Most, though, adopted a wait-and-see attitude. "If (the Spirit) continues to be run the same way, it won't keep me from coming," said Marsha Moyer, 43, a first-year season-ticket holder. "I think he was synonymous with the Spirit. The town's never known the Spirit without him." Even Bates, a strong Shanahan supporter, said she would noi be making a quick decision about future plans. "It depends on who they bring in and how he treats people," Bates said. "If he has a money-hungry attitude, no," meaning she won't renew her tickets. "It's going to take one hell of a person to replace him." Dahlberg, although he comes to Fiscalini only for the baseball, summed it up: "I'm going to have to wait a couple weeks." Where was Shanahan .at the 7:05 p.m. starting time? "Playing with the kids" at his home in San Bernardino, he said by phone. Then he went shopping for a couple hours with his wife. Shanahan said he did feel strange not to be at the ballpark. "It's the first game I haven't made since the inception of the Spirit." Lamprecht earns cycling spot in Minsk The Sun Dietrich Lamprecht of Fonta-na, who was named the best all-around rider at the 1990 U.S. National Cycling Championships at San Diego two weeks ago, will leave today to compete in the Soviet Masters Championships in Minsk. Lamprecht will cycle in the age 60 and above class. Masters cycling begins at age 30. Nineteen riders were selected out of the nationals for the trip, which will also include a stop in Austria for World Cup races. Lamprecht, the national road racing champion last year, finished as a silver medalist in the road race and time trial at the San Diego event. He placed sixth in thecriterium.
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