New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, July 5, 1983, Page 10

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 5, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Hvpald-Mtiif T uesday, July 6,1983    |At the All-Star break. . ,Righetti no-hits Red Sox Texas still tops West Knight, Astros whip LA NEW YORK (AP) - Dave Righetti was one out away from a no-hitter. At the plate was Wade Boggs with 101 hits — the first player in the majors to reach IOO — and a .357 batting average, second best In the American League. In the stands at Yankee Stadium, 41,077 fans were standing, screaming and applauding. "I could see everybody was nervous and they were making me nervous. I couldn’t even look in the dugout,” Righetti said. “I said, ‘Great, I have the best hitter in the league in that situation."' But Righetti had something to prove. "There was a lot of emotion, a lot of buildup in my mind. I wanted to prove to people that I’m an All-Star,” he said. So the New York Yankees’ 24-year-old left-hander fired a sharp slider past Boggs for his ninth strikeout, completing a 4-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox and the first no-hitter by a Yankee since Don tarsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. But his next outing will come in Kansas City next weekend rather than in the All-Star Game Wednesday night in Chicago. The Yankees had recommended the AL take Righetti as a replacement for injured teammate Ron Guidry, who had to beg off, but the nod went to Baltimore’s Tippy Martinez. “I wanted to go and represent Ronnie,” Righetti said. "My pitching shows I deserve it. I’m not complaining. The guys who were picked deserve it. I was 8-3 at the time and maybe that wasn’t good enough.” Righetti is 10-3 now, the no-hitter coming on the heels of his first major league shutout, a five-hitter against Baltimore last Wednesday. Boston’s Dave Stapleton gave Righetti credit:    "We’ve    been swinging the bats very good. To no-hit us the way we’ve been hitting the ball is especially something.” The Red Sox had pounded Yankee pitching for 37 runs and 54 hits — including nine doubles, a triple and IO homers — in the last four meetings, but Righetti was hotter than the 94-degree heat. "I couldn’t let them do what they did the last few days,” Righetti said. “I didn't have great control, that's why I walked four. But I had effective wildness. I had a pretty good fastball to begin with and I kept a pretty good fastball throughout die day and I changed locations. I kept my slider in on them all day...” OAKLAND (AP) - The first half of an otherwise dismal season came to a spirited close for the Oakland A’s, who defeated Texas, 4-3, and ended the Rangers’ four-game winning streak. Rickey Henderson led Oakland Monday night by stealing three bases and scoring three runs on sacrifice flies — including one caught in shallow right field by Texas second baseman Jim Anderson. Before their largest crowd of the season, 45,413, the A’s snapped a four-game losing streak. Still, the Rangers remained in first place in the American League West, two games ahead of second-place California. “When Rickey goes, the Oakland A’s go,” Oakland Manager Steve Boros said. "For three or four at-bats there, he just simply dominated things. He has the ability to turn shallow fly balls into run-producing sacrifice flies, and with his speed, anything is possible.” Henderson, the only Oakland player selected to the American League All-Star team, tied a league record with seven steals in two games following his four steals against the Rangers Sunday. "The odds are on my side,” said Henderson, who said nagging injuries and bruises have played a part in slowing his pace this season I .ast year, Henderson set a major league record of 130 stolen bases and batted near .300 before tapering off. This season, Henderson's average has hovered around .260, but his recent rush of stolen bases made him the league leader with 42 steals. Texas Manager Doug Rader, whose Rangers lost to the A’s for the first time in eight games this season, said he was amazed at Henderson's second score past Texas catcher Jim Sund-berg on a sacrifice fly. "There’s no reason, in my opinion,” Rader said. "He shouldn’t have been able to score on the second fly.” HOUSTON (AP) - Despite carrying a .336 average that places him among the National league batting leaders, Houston’s Ray Knight won’t be making the trip to Chicago this week for the 50th edition of the All-Star Game. Knight highlighted Houston’s three-run sixth inning with a run-scoring single Monday night in the Astros’ 5-4 victory over the I>os Angeles Dodgers. It was another typical performance for a player who was overlooked in the All-Star selection process "I’ve played rn two All-Star games,” Knight said, "but I’m not a name player. I remember I was batting .328 in 1979, but I didn’t make the team. Ron Cey was batting 260 and he started at third.” Knight, moved from third to first base at the start of the season by Houston Manager Bob Lillis, said his lofty average simply couldn't overcome some of the household names that dominate the National league’s list of first baseman There are guys like Al Oliver, Steve Garvey, Keith Hernandez, Pete Rose and Darrell Evans in this league and I’m just having to take a back seat for right now," Knight said. Dickie Thon and Bill Dawley will represent the Astros in Wednesday night s game at Comiskey Park. Knight’s    sixth-inning single followed walks to Terry Puhi and Jose Cruz, a single by Thon and a run-scoring wild pitch thrown by Los Angeles starter Fernando Valenzuela l^iis Pujols drove in the inning's other run with a bases-loaded sacrifice bunt that gave the Astros a 4-2 lead. The Dodgers tied the score in the seventh on a two-run single by Steve Sax. But Jose Cruz slammed his sixth home run of the season in the eighth against losing pitcher Steve Howe, 2-3, to give Houston its third consecutive victory over Ixm Angeles Th** Dodgers fell out of first place for the first time since May 5 Atlanta moved into the top spot in the NL West with a 9-5 victory over Cincinnati. Houston had taken a 1-6 lead in the first inning on a run-producing double by Phil Garner, but I^os Angeles came back with two runs in the sixth on a single by Bill Russell and Steve Yeager’s 13th homer of the year. The victory pushed Houston's record to 40-40 at the All-Star break after an 0-9 start "We’ve battled back from that poor start and our guys should be proud of that," Lillis said McEnroe, Navratilova plan rests after titles WIMBI.EDON, England (API — There are a number of similarities between John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova. Both are left-handed. Both were born in Europe. Both are reigning Wimbledon tennis champions in both singles and doubles. Both won their singles titles easily. And now the two Americans are ready to rest on their laurels — at least for a little while. McEnroe was bom in Wiesbaden, West Germany, where his father was stationed while in the U.S. armed services. Navratilova is a native of Prague, Czechoslovakia who defected to the United States in 1975 and gained American citizenship on July 21, 1961 "I am going to eat everything I have not been allowed in training — Czech dumplings with sugar, butter and cheese in them.” Navratilova said after quickly disposing of Andrea Jaeger 6-6, 6-3 in Saturday's women's final. "I don't have another tournament for five weeks, but soon I will be doing it all over again, preparing and practicing for the U.S. Open," a title she has never won in IO tries. McEnroe. who finally has shaken off most of the injuries which have plagued him for the past two years, also is looking forward to a little time away from tennis. For the past several years, he has played for the United States Davis Cup team the Friday following the Wimbledon final. This year, though, the U.S. lost its first-round match to Argentina and won’t see action again until September when it takes on Ireland. "It has been said that my good humor has returned. Don't take it too seriously. You know me better than that." —John McEnroe "I plan to enjoy myself as Wimbledon champion over the next couple of weeks when I have some time off,” McEnroe said after easily dispatching Chris Lewis of New Zealand in the men s final Sunday 6-2, 6-2,6-2. He will play some exhibitions against Guillermo Vilas of Argentina, but his next Volvo Grand Prix tournament won’t be until Aug. 8, when he plays in Montreal. The following week, he is entered in the ATP Championships in Mason, Ohio. Then comes the U.S. Open, where he hopes to regain the title he captured for three straight years, beginning in 1979. "My aim is to play well on every type of surface, and if I can take the Grand Slam, four in a row, it would not be a bad achievement," he said. Then the "new" McEnroe, the relaxed, joking McEnroe, smiled at his new conference audience and said: "It has been said that my good humor has returned. Don't take it too seriously. You know me better than that.” He had captured the British press as quickly and as easily as he had the Wimbledon title. John McEnroe in repose \A/pQtPm / Watson's putting touch disappears VV “O LCI ll H qs McCumber captures Western Open OAK BROOK, 111 (Apl - Mark McCumber won the 80th Western Open with a hot putter and Tom Watson lost it with a cold one. In a rain-forced 36-hole windup Monday over the Butler National course, Watson let another tournament slip away. Two weeks ago, he lost the U.S. Open by a stroke and the same thing happened again. McCumber rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the last green to finish with a 71 for a 4-under-par 284 Watson missed a six footer for a birdie on the 17th for a tie. and closed with and even-par 72 for 285. The victory was worth $72,000 to McCumber, whose only other triumph on the PGA tour was the 1979 Doral Open. Watson, still without a victory this year as he prepares to defend his British Open crown at the Royal Birkdale course in England next week, blew a four-stroke lead with a 75 in Monday’s morning round. McCumber came from nowhere with a 68 to tie him entering the final round. Watson failed to get a birdie in the morning. "It's been year’s since I played a round without getting a birdie,” Watson said "It was just a sloppy round and my putter wasn’t working well.” He three-putted two greens. Meanwhile, McCumber’s 68 on birdie putts ranging (rom 3 to 20 feet melted Watson’s four-stroke lead he held going into Monday's play and tied him with IS to go. Watson three-putted the first afternoon hole, then made two successive birdies to pull away. But he bogeyed the ninth and although he chipped in from 60 feet for a birdie on the 10th. he couldn’t make a charge. Trees and a bunker cost him a bogey six on the 15th and he failed to pull out a needed birdie on the last three holes. "I had no feel on the greens and maybe it’s time to try a new putter, one with new lines on it,” Watson said. "I've been using the same putter since 1978. That six-foot miss on 17 was just a lousy putt. I wish I could have a Mulligan on it.” McCumber was elated but not too surprised that he won "Before coming here I bed for fourth at Westchester and tied for eighth at Memphis so I’m not surprised I played well this week.” he said. Looking back four years, McCumber said: "I had only been on the tour four or five months when I won the Doral and I just wasn't ready for it It took me four years of making only about $37,000 each to find out this is really a job out here ” Tying third place at par 288 were Curtis Strange. Mark Lye and Mike Nicolette At 289 were Clarence Rose and Payne Stewart.'Joke' Festival ends well for athletes COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo (AP» - Take that, Mark Spitz’ The National Sports Festival, blasted by Olympic swimming champion Spitz last week as "a joke." and an event in which "none of the top-notch athletes" compete, got the last laugh Festival V ended its 12-day run here Sunday in spectacular fashion. Two scintillating world track records in the men s and women s IOO meters — a 9 93 by Calvin Smith and a IO 79 by Evelyn Ashford — capped a festival that featured other outstanding performances by: —Greg IxMigams. the world’s best diver who won two gold medals; —Swimmers Jeff K os toff and Michelle Richardson, each of whom won three gold medals; —Gymnast Scott Johnson, who tied his own festival record of seven medals, five of them gold, —Gymnast Kelly Garrison, who suffered burnout” two years ago at age 13 but rebounded to win six festival medals, including three golds In addition, this country ’s best amateur boxers, led by super heavyweight Tyrell Biggs, used the festival as trials for the Pan American team And the 1984 US Olympic hockey team was selected Monday at the conclusion of the festival competition Named lo the squad, which hopes to repeat the United Slates stunning gold-medal performance of 198b were such first-round National Hockey league draftees as Brian I-awton, Pat {^Fontaine and Tom Barr asse and 1960 Olympians Phil Verchota and John Harrington After Spitz remark' were published in a Knight-Ridder News Service report, festival organizers. U.S Olympic Committee officials and athletes alike angrily counter-attacked Spitz later issued an apology and claimed he had been misquoted Whatever damage had been done to the festival’s image was obviously repaired by the performances. The most dramatic, of course, were the 106-meter records, which came within 15 minutes of each other on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the 7,206-foot elevation of the Air Force Academy track The site of the sixth festival — to be held in 1985 -will be announced in December F Don Miller, executive director of the USOC, said ll cities are under consideration for the festivals in 1985. 198b and 1967, including Philadelphia, Washington. Houston, Miami, Cleveland and indianapolis But Miller said the USOC has not changed its baste concept of the festival as a training ground for young athletes, which might best be held outside the glare of competition from big-league sportsMichigan drawing attention for first-ever playoffs By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Winning the Central Division championship in the United States Football League’s first season is only Hie first step, says Michigan coach Jim Stanley. The Panthers captured the crown with a 33-7 pounding of Arizona Sunday, which prompted Wranglers coach Doug Shively to predict: "Michigan will win the whole thing." But to do that, the Panthers have to get by the Oakland Invaders next Sunday in the first round of playoffs. And an July 17 in Denver, in the USFL’s inaugural title game, they baya to beat the winner of Saturday’s othar playoff matchup between the Chicago BUU and the Stars in PhUadaiptda. Michigan baal out coach George Attso’a BUU far the diviaion title, with •ach team finishing at 114, but the Panthers winning by virtue of their two victories over Chicago. The Panthers, who scored the most points in the league (451), figure to be solid favorites against Oakland, which managed to win the Western title despite a 94 record and scoring Just two more points (319) than it aUowed. Still, as Invaders coach John Ralston pointed out: "We’ve played them before and it should work as a pius for us because we heat them" 33-17 on March 19. "Plus, Arthur Whittington should be available " Whittington, among the USFL’s top rushers with 1,043 yards and receivers (68 catches for 584 yards) nursed a cracked rib on the sidelines the season's final two games. The Panthers' rushing leader was Ken lacy with 1,010 yards. The quarterbacks were 1-2 in the league — Bobby Hebert with 27 touchdown peases and Oakland's Fred Besa na with 21 In Philadelphia, Kelvin Bryant, No. 2 in the league in rushing with 1,442 yards, wiU be testing the sprained ankle which he rested last Sunday in the Stars’ regular-season finale, a 21- 14 loss to lowly Washington The Stars’ Doghouse Defense, which gave up only 204 points, by far the fewest in the league, will be tested by the Blitz, which finished second in the league in scoring with 425 points Chicago has two 1,000-yard rushers in Willie Spencer (1,157) and Kevin Long (1,022) and the league’s leading receiver in Tmmaine Johnson (81 catches for IM yards). When quarterback Greg Landry was injured, the Blitz lost a lot of effectiveness at quarterback and eventually had to trade for Bobby Scott, who had spent most of the season as New Jersey's errstic quarterback. Chuck Fusina, too, was rarely awesome st quarterback for the Stars. Philadelphia won its regular-season meeting with the Blitz, 31-24 on May 15 Final 1983 standings United State* Football League By The Associated Pres* FINAL STANDINGS Atlantic Pacific a Oakland 9 9 0 600 319 317 Los Angeles 8 10 0 444 rn 370 Den vet 7 I! 0 284 304 Af .zona 4 14 0 222 261 442 W I T Pct PE PA a Phtia 16 3 0 833 379 204 Boston 11 7 0 en 399 334 New Jet say 6 12 0 333 314 437 Washngtn 4 14 0 222 297 442 Central a Michigan 12 6 0 867 461 337 V Chicago 12 6 0 867 466 271 Tampaftay 11 7 0 611 363 378 Bum (ogham 9 9 0 600 343 326 a t Hotbed divisional title y cl*vetted wdd caid Sato< day t Game Barrwnghem 29 Tampa Bay 17 Sunday s Gamas Basion 34 New Jersey IO Chtcago 31. Oakland 7 Michigan 33 Aikona 7 Washington JI Philadelphia 14 Los Angeles 21, Den vet 14 REGULAR SEASON ENDS ;

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