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Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - March 4, 1986, Blytheville, Arkansas Courier News, Blytheville, ( Ark. )-Tuesday, March 4,1986 - Page 7HIGH SCHOOL USA Baseball The most popular sports Boyt Football Batkotball Trsck ft fie'd (cutdo^r^ BaMball Wmtling Socear Cross Country Tannis Golf Swimming & diving Participants 1,006,675 493,806 i?Ç.?77 391Ì810 244,598 180,281 155,550 124,467 107,155 78,256Girls ParticipantsBaskatball 389,230Track & fiaid (outdoor) 344,730 yniUvhsMSoftball 208[mTannis 117,170Cross Country 94,879Swimming A diving 77,268Soccar 75,944Fiald liockay 50,313Gymnastics 35,440 LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -Thomas Hearns won't address the issue, but manager Emanuel Steward faces it head on — another loss and Beams' boxing career is almost certainly over at the age of 27. Hearns, who fights James Shuler next Monday, simply cannot afford to lose again if he wants to retain the marketability that has made him more than $15 million in the ring since turning professional. And if he wants to pursue his dream of four world titles, he must not only beat Shuler impressively, but follow it with a win in June over Marvelous Marvin Hagler, who stopped him in the third round of his last fight. "He's got to have a sensational victory in this fight," said Steward, who has guided Hearns' career from his days as a teenager in Detroit. "There are a lot of questions to be answered in this fight." Hearns, despite his 40 wins in 42 professional fights, has lost his two biggest fights by knockout. Sugar Ray Leonard stopp^ him in their welterweight unification bout in 1981 and Hagler knocked him out when he tried to win the middleweight title last April. -Btit Stiwartf^ifflSWIiearns was in both of those fights and conceivably could have won either or both. "In both those fights he had moments in which he was winning," said Steward. "It's not like he didn't belong in the ring with either of those guys." Still, Steward acknowledges that his fighter will be known more for his losses than the fights he won if he isn't able to beat Shuler and avenge his defeat at the hands of Hagler. "To get his proper due in history, he cannot lose again," said Steward. "All of his accomplishments won't be remembered if he loses again. People will wonder whether he was a great fighter or a greatly managed fighter who was in the right place at the right time." Not surprisingly, Hearns doesn't want to talk about a possible loss. Even fighters with inner doubts about themselves don't voice them publicly. "I haven't even thought about it," he said. "It's something I don't think about. I don't want a thought like that in my mind at all." Both Hearns and Steward admit Hearns had severe problems overcoming the first loss against Leonard, but claim he took the loss to Hagler in stride and even saw some ^nefit from it. Hearns blamed the loss on his legs, which he said failed him before the fight. "I knew in my dressing room that the legs weren't there," he said. "I tried to slug it out with him and get it over quickly." What followed was a first round that many boxing observers say was one of the greatest in boxing history. Both fighters traded tremendous shots in furious, nonstop action and both were hurt early. But Hagler took control in the second round and, in the third, hit Hearns with three straight shots, the last of which sent him sprawling to the canvas. He was carried back to his corner draped like a rag doll in a handler's arms. Hearns, though he desperately wants a rematch and will get one June 23 if both he and Hagler win next Monday, says he has put Hagler out of his mind while preparing for Shuler, the top-ranked middleweight. "I get up for Shuler because I know I have to fight him," he said. "He's not someone I can look over and go on. I have to look impressive and I will. I'm looking for a great win." Promoter Bob Arum has given Hearns a little incentive for a quick win. Contracts signed for the rematch with Hagler give Hearns $3.5 million for the fight if he stops Shuler in the first six rounds, $3.25 million if there is a knockout later in the scheduled 12-rounder and $3 million if Hearns wins a decision. "I'm just going to get in there and set him up for the shots I like to use," Hearns said of his fight plan. "If he falls for it, it will be an easy fight. If not, I have to go back to the drawing board.'' Regardless of what happens, Hearns claims he is in his last year of fighting. "I'm going to beat Shier, win the middleweight title and go straight to a light heavyweight title fight," he said. "That would give me the record of four titles, that's something no one can take away.'' Sparky Says Should Begin In High School LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - One way to rid baseball of its drug problem is to test players for drug use as early as high school, Detroit Tigers Manager Sparky Anderson says. Anderson said he would favor mandatory testing for players if the policy were approved by baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth. "We've got a drug problem in our business and we don't want to clear it up," he said. "I can't believe it. I can't believe I'm in baseball and have to be questioned about drugs. "Personally, I think you should uc Icalcu iii liigK SCiiOOi diiii College if you are a player or whatever." Anderson was discussing Friday's decision by Ueberroth to crack down on drug use among big league players. Anderson said the commissioner's decision was right on track. "He was totally fair with them. He sent them a good message. He gave the boys a chance. Now they either shape up or get out," Anderson said. Friday, Ueberroth took action against 21 players suspected of using drugs. He issued one-year suspensions to seven players, including former National League Most Valuable Player Keith Hernandez and Joaquin Andjuar. Four players received a 60-day suspension and 10 players are scheduled for mandatory drug testing. Tigers player representative Alan Trammell said he wasn't surprised with the action. "It's not for me to say what is right and what is wrong," Trammell said. "I'm just saying I'm not surprised he made the ruling. "It's all coming to a head right now. But I think that sometimes this season, both sides should come together. We're all tired of it right now. We're just here to play baseball. I'm sure those guys (involved with drugs) are trying to put it behind them." Anderson said it isn't baseball's responsibility to break players of a drug habit. "He (Ueberroth) didn't say he'd clean it up. He said he'd rid baseball of it. It's not his job to cure iheiu. They've got a lespoii-sibilitiy to themselves," Anderson said. 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The penalty, in lieu of a one-year suspension, was handed down Friday by Commissioner Peter Ueberroth. At the Reds' spring training camp in Tampa, Fla., Parker, wearing a handband that said, "Ueberroth," said he plans to play this year and would leave any challenges to the commissioner's decision to the Major League Players' Association. Parker, who hit .312 last year with 34 homers and 125 runs batted in, testified in a federal drug trial in Pittsburgh last year that he used cocaine while with the Pirates. He said he stopped using the drug before signing with the Reds in December 1983. At the New York Yankees' training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pitcher A1 Holland said he would accept Ueberroth's penalties as an alternative to a 60-day suspension. Holland was one of four players who faced a two-month suspension under the commissioner's action on drug involvement. However, those players can instead agree to donate five percent of their 1986 salaries to a drug prevention facility or program, random drug testing for the remainder of their careers and 50 hours of drug-related community service this year. "I wanted to wait until I had all the ins and out of it," Holland said. "Now, I have a grasp of everything that happened. I feel part of it isn't fair, but you can't have your cake and eat it, too. The most important thing is we want to put it behind us. We were wrong." Parker was one of seven players with the heavier penalty. Of the 11 with the two levels of penalties, Hernandez is the only one to announce his intention to file a grievance. "A grievance will be filed through the players association," Hernandez said. "When a decision is made by the pbitrator, I will niake my decision on what I do." Ciacitinati Reds In another baseball development, Reds outfielder Eddie Milner participated in most of the daily workout, skipping battins practice. Houston Astros First baseman Glenn Davis, who set an Astros' rookie record with 20 homers in 100 games last year, signed a one-year contract with Houston, leaving the club with three unsigned players — catcher Mark Bailey, infielder Bert Pena and pitcher Julio Solano. Boston Red Sox Veteran second baseman Jen^ Remy, trying to make a comeback after seven knee operations, re- AP College Poll The Top Twenty By AiMcialed Preti The Top Twenty teams in the Asjoclafed Press' college basKetliall poll, with tirstplace votes in parentheses, total points based on 20-19 le 17 1i-15-14 13 )21M0 9 e 7 i-5-4-3 3 1, re cord through March 2 and last weeK's ranking: Record Pts Pvs ).Duke («2) »- J 1259 1 }.Kansas 0) 2t- 3 1195 2 a.Kentucl^y 2«- 3 low 5 4.North Carolina 2«- 4 1045 3 S.St. John's 27- 4 938 8 6.Geargia Tech 23 5 9J» 4 /.Michigan 25 4 829 10 S.Syracuse 23 4 805 « 9. 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