New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
McLain given 23-year sentence
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — After telling a judge he’s suffered “shame, disgrace and humiliation,” one-time major league pitching star Denny Midair, was led from the courthouse in manacles to begin a 23-year sentence for racketeering, extortion and drug dealing.
“I’m guilty of greed, avarice ... bad judgment. I’ve been selfish but also a loving husband,” Milam said during a sentencing hearing Thursday.
“I don’t know how you get to where I ani from where I was 17 years ago,” he said, adding: “ITI pay for my conviction the rest of my life.”
For baseball’s last 30-game winner, it’s been a long slide from the glory days of 1968 when he pitched the Detroit Tigers to a wor'd championship.
In a packed courtroom, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich admonished McLain for “failure to admit to yourself your own guilt,” and sentenced him to eight years each for racketeering, conspiracy and extortion, to run concurrently.
And she gave the 4l-year-old two-time Cy Young Award
winner the maximum 15 years for try mg to deal three kilos of cocaine in 1982, and fined him $8,900.
Marshals led Melvin from the courtroom to a holding cell where he was permitted time with his wife, Sharon, their two daughters, who sobbed when sentence was imposed
“He was destroyed by the length of the sentence,” Defense attorney Arnold Irvine said after a brief meeting with Milam.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ernst Mueller, who prosecuted the case, said Milam probably will have to serve one-third of the sentence —• eight years — before being considered eligible for parole.
Irvine said he will ask bond for Milam while he appeals. “He expects we’ll be successful on appeal and he’ll be out in about IO months,” Levine said.
Milam was convicted March 16 following a 14-week trial last week, co-defendants Seymour Sher and Frank Cocihiaro received maximum 20-year prison terms for racketeering, conspiracy and extortion.
Women among Legend leaders
AUSTIN (AP) — Mickey Wright and Kathy Whitworth proved they weren’t just a publicity gimnuck for the $500,000 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Tournament.
There were some red faces in the men’s clubhouse Thursday after the Wnght-Whitworth team posted a 5-under par 65 playing from the back tees.
It was the first appearance for women in a PGA-sanctioned event against men in head-to-head competition.
Defending champions Billy Casper and Gay Brewer were among five teams to beat the women in the opening round of the 72-hole, better-ball event. They shot an 8-under par 62.
“I’m elated,” said the 45-year-old Whitworth, winner of 87 precessional events, the most in golf history.
“I’m delighted,” said Wright, 50, a winner of 82 tournaments who came out of a five-year retirement to play here.
The boys in the locker room were almost speechless.
“Were they playing from the same tees?” asked Bob Goalby. “I didn’t think they could do that to be quite honest.”
The teams of Ken Still and Roberto DeVicenzo and Charlie Sifford and Jim Ferree were locked in second place with a 7-under par 83.
Art Wall and Doug Sanders and Orville Moody and
Billy Maxwell were at 6-under 64.
Tied for fifth place with Wright and Whitworth were Peter Thomson-Kel Nagle, Fred Haas-Dick Mayer, Miller Barber-Goalby, and Don January-Gene Litter.
The women were paired with January and Littler today.
Whitworth birdied four of the first six holes and chipped in a 30-footer from off the green on the 18th hole. Wright saved par on two holes Whitworth had bogied.
However, Brewer, who had six birdies himself, predicted the women weren’t going to win.
“I don’t feel they are capable of winning the tournament but they are going to beat some teams out here,” said Brewer. “Their score is fantastic.”
Wright said she was a “nervous Nellie” on the first tee.
“On the first tee, I felt like a teen-ager who never had a club in her hand,” Wright said. “I was frightened to death. I was praying I wouldn’t hook it.”
Whitworth said, “I was really nervous but I can imagine how nervous Mickey had to be.”
An admiring Still said he thought their round “was just terrific. Why not women in this tournament? Where would we be in the world without them.”
Wright said they were just playing the 6,564-yard Par 70 course, not against the men.
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Friday, April 26,1985
Mavs, Cavs eliminated
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
What do Boston’s Larry Bird and Portland’s Audie Norris have in common?
Well, at least for one night they shared the spotlight, leading their teams to the National Basketball Association conference semifinals.
Playing despite a painful right elbow, Bird returned to the Celtics lineup to score 34 points Thursday, including two free throws with 23 seconds to play to snap a 115-115 tie, and led Boston to a 117-115 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Four.
Norris, a seldom-used forward, was an unlikely hero as Portland eliminated the Dallas Mavericks, 115-113, in four games.
“I wasn’t really hampered by the elbow at all,” said Bird, who didn’t play in the Celtics’ loss to the Cavaliers on Tuesday because of persistent bursitis and bone chips in the elbow. “Once I got in the game, I think the excitement drove me over the limit.”
Bird also paced the Celtics with 14 rebounds and seven assists as Boston captured the best-of-five-games.
The Cavs, in the playoffs for the first time since 1979, were surprisingly tough in the series, losing the first two games in Boston 126-123 and 108-106 respectively, before winning Game Three 105-98.
Forced into action when both Portland centers, Sam Bowie and Mychal Thompson, fouled out, Norris scored on a layup with 22 seconds to play to give the Trail Blazers a 113-111 lead. And when Brad Davis of Dallas sank two free throws to knot the score again, Norris sank a 10-foot baseline jumper to win the game.
“I never know how many minutes I’m going to play,” Norris said, “so I try to make the most of them.”
Norris finished with nine points — seven in the final period. Kiki Van-deweghe paced the Blazers with 27 points, while Mark Aguirre led Dallas with 39 points.
“I would like to think Portland won this series, we didn’t lose it,” Mavericks’ Coach Dick Motta said. ■ We played about as well as we can play and they answered every challenge.”
“It was a magnificent series,” said Portland Coach Jack Ramsay. “INBA Playoffs
By The Associated Press First Round (Best of Five)
EASTERN CONFERENCE Boston (I) vs Cleveland (8)
Thursday s game
Boston 117, Cleveland 115, Boston wins series 31
Milwaukee (2) vs. Chicago (7)
Wednesday s game
Chicago 109. Milwaukee 107, Milwaukee leads series 2 I Today s game
Milwaukee at Chicago Philadelphia 13) vs Washington (6) Wednesday's game
Washington 118, Philadelphia IOO, Philadelphia leads series 2 I Today s game
Philadelphia at Washington Detroit (4) vs New Jersey (5)
Wednesday s game
Detroit 116, New Jersey VI 5, Detroit wins series 3 0
WESTERN CONFERENCE LA Lakers (I) vs Phoenix (8)
LA Lakers 119, Phoenix 103, Los Angeles wins series 3 0
Denver (2) vs San Antonio (7)
Denver 115, San Antonio 112, Denver leads series 2 I Today's game
Denver at San Antonio Houston (3) vs Utah (6)
Utah 112. Houston 104 Utah leads series 2 I Today 's game Houston at Utah Dallas (4) vs Portland (5)
Thursday s game
Portland 115, Dallas 113 Portland wins series 31
give huge credit to Dick Motta and the Mavericks. They played great basketball.”
In games tonight, Milwaukee travels to Chicago, Philadelphia is at Washington, Houston is at Utah and Denver is at San Antonio for the fourth game is each of those series. Earlier this week. Detroit ousted New Jersey and the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated Phoenix to advance to the conference semifinals.
“Bird came through from the time he came out on the court,” said Boston Coach K.C. Jones. “I think the elbow was bothering him a little, but he’s a gutty person.”
Cleveland had three chances to tie or win the game following Bird’s final points, but John Bagley missed a three-point attempt, Mark West failed on a tip-in attempt and World B. Free’s three-point shot was blocked by Dennis Johnson.
San Antonio faces extinction tonight
SAN ANTONIO — Denver Nuggets Coach Doug Moe says his team has been playing at full throttle, a factor that likely accounts for the Nuggets’ 2-1 edge over San Antonio in the National Basketball Association playoffs.
“We can’t possibly play any better
than we have and it’s been tough,” he said.
The Nuggets will have to keep up their winning pace tonight in game No. 4 against the Spurs if they want to win the first round of the playoffs.
The game will be a tough one. Moe predicted._
“The Spurs will come out and get after us,” he aid Spurs Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons is net ready to throw in the towel.
“Are you going lo bury somebod) in this7 You don’t see any black on, do you7 I’m not ready to be buried,” Fitzsimmons said Wednesday after
the Nuggets prevailed 115-112 in game No. 3.
lf ti ley win tonight, the Nuggets will advance to the Western Conference semifinals against either Houston or Utah.
lf San .Antonio wins, the series moves to game No. 5 in Denver
IFSHFKPifWASmithson Valley's Kim Huntsucker is among tnose who will participate in the regioim1 qualifiers' meet in San Antonio on SaturdayQualifiers to compete Saturday
With one week to go before the regional track meets, most local of the local teams will take advantage of the weekend off by traveling to San Antonio to participate in a practice meet of sorts.
It is termed a practice meet because nothing will be on the line Saturday, but it will be more than ar\ average track meet in that only those who qualified for the regionals will participate.
The Unicom boys will send the most people to Alamo Stadium on Saturday, w ith seven individuals and a relay team qualifying.
Mike Payne, Stephen Millett, Kenan Ikels, Hector Hernandez. David DeUmios, Randy I/mg and Kraig Krause will represent the Unicorn boys along with the sprint relav team of Delz?mos, Millett, Erie Schroeder and Terry Thomas.
From the Unicorns* girls team, Lisa McKmnis and VVirginia Hildebrand will travel to San Antonio.
Although Nancy Tieken, Emily Mas and Hie 1.600 relay team for Canyon qualified, only Tieken will participate rn Saturday’s practice meet.
For the Cougar boys, the 1,600-meter relay team of Albert Natal, Gilbert Natal, Brian Row and Ben Garcia will bt* at the meet.
Smithson Valley’s boys team will be represented by Eutimo Tngo, Shody Henshaw. Scott Balmos, Greg Mosier and the 1.600 relay team of Mosier, Trigo, Bret Trullender and Mike Eckhardt
The Rangerettes will be represented at the qualifiers meet by Kiln Huntsucker, Carolyn Rice, Shalynn McCoy, Kim Wagner and Tammy Wlieut. Smithson Valley’s 1,600-meter relay team of Huntsucker, McCoy, W lieut and Wagner also qualified for the meet.