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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Spurs stop Nuggets in OT SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio might want to take all of its games into overtime. The Spurs made it a perfect 2-0 for extra periods this season with a 131-126 victory over the Denver Nuggets in NBA action Tuesday night. “Whew — and spell that with four w’s at the end. This was a big win for us, seeing as we have Dallas and Boston coming up,” Spurs Coach Bob Weiss said after the squeaker. “It was also important for us to beat Denver and keep them within reach for our playoff drive,” Weiss added. The victory improved San Antonio to 19-33 and ended a losing streak at four games. The Nuggets fell to 23-29. The two teams were tied in the overtime until Alvin Robertson stole a Bill Hanzlik pass aimed for Darrell Walker, a former teammate of Robertson’s at the University of Arkansas, and drove for a slam dunk, putting the Spurs up, 126-124, with 49 seconds left. “Anticipation was the key to my steal in the overtime,” Robertson said. “I kind of figured their rotation and knew where Walker was headed. I slammed it because I just wanted to finish that play off hard. “I think we won this game because we executed better in the overtime. It felt good to win it,” Robertson added. Walker, guarded loosely by Walter Berry, drove and pulled up and missed a jumper, but with 20 seconds left, Mike Evans fouled Johnny Dawkins. Dawkins buried both free throws to give San Antonio a four-point lead. Hanzlik drew the Nuggets back to within two, but Denver was forced to foul and Dawkins sank one of two to put the Spurs up by three with 12 seconds left. After Hanzlik missed a 3-pointer, Larry Krystkowiak added a slam with three seconds left to put Denver down and out. Bullets 114, Lakers 99 Thirteen proved to be a lucky number for the Washington Bullets. That’s how many consecutive games the Bullets had lost at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., since Jan. 25, 1976, until they beat the Los Angeles lakers 114-99 Tuesday night. Moses Malone scored 20 of his 27 NBA By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division w L Pct. GB Boston 37 14 .725 Philadelphia 29 22 .569 8 Washington 28 33 .549 9 New York 15 36 .294 22 New Jersey 12 38 .240 24!6 Central Division Detroit 32 17 .653 _ Atlanta 32 18 .640 VS Milwaukee 33 21 .611 1 VS Chicago 25 24 .510 7 Indiana 24 27 .471 9 Cleveland 20 31 392 13 WESTERN CONFERENCE NI id weft Division Dallas 32 18 .640 _ Utah 30 20 .600 2 points and grabbed 14 of his lf Houston 27 23 .540 5 Denver 23 29 .442 IO San Antonio 19 33 365 14 Sacramento 17 33 .340 15 Pacific Division L A. Lakers 38 13 .745 _ Portland 32 21 .604 7 Golden State 26 27 .491 13 Seattle 25 26 490 13 Phoenix 22 30 423 16 VS L A. Clippers 8 42 .160 29 VS Tuesday's Games Atlanta 107, Detroit 103 San Antonio 131, Denver 126, OT Washington 114, L.A. Lakers 99 Today's Games Golden State at Philadelphia Sacramento at Cleveland Seattle at Indiana Boston at Dallas L.A. Lakers at Denver Milwaukee at Utah rebounds in the second half as Washington won for the seventh time in its last nine games, including 4-1 on the current road trip. They trail second-place Philadelphia by one game in the Atlantic Division. Hawks 107, Pistons 103 Dominique Wilkins says the Hawks can see the light at the top of the Central Division. Wilkins’ 35 points helped them snap a two-game losing streak and move within one-half game of Detroit’s Central Division leaders. Detroit led 91-84 with 7:38 left but the Hawks tied it three times before Glenn Rivers put them ahead to stay 102-101 with 1:38 to go. Randy Witt-man hit two free throws, Kevin Willis made one and Wilkins sank two to close out Atlanta’s scoring. To Erkenbeck, the word 'tough'is a noun DALLAS (AP) — Other than the videotapes he has stacked neatly next to the Sony, and the ashtray that comes and goes in the top left drawer of his desk, you leave Jim Erkenbeck’s office with these two thoughts heavy on your mind: Tough. Size and strength. Tough, as in hard-core, calloused, the Scotch-on-the-rocks type. He turns the word into a noun. lough is what you have, not what you are. Size and strength, as in the bulging appliance types, the guys big enough and strong enough to get in the way of their own mistakes. He makes this cliche sound innovative. Surely, before next season is over, Erk, only the Cowboys’ second offensive line coach in 26 years, will turn these ideas into Erk-isms — and much maligned offensive line into a formidable front five. Yeah, Tony Dorsett is smiling, too. “I’m into guys, well, my No. I criteria is tough, mentally and physically, and I like guys to be big and strong,” Erkenbeck said. “Today, if a guy makes a mistake but if he has the size and strength, he has recovery ability. And tough you can’t play the game if you are not tough. Everybody has to be big and strong. “I don’t know if ifs all here, but I think ifs going to be here. You can do something legally with size. You can do something with strength, ‘.and you can sometimes motivate toughness, but I don’t know how much. The tough thing, the Jxird has to give to you.” . Now don’t get the idea Tex Schramm hired a jdrill sergeant, one of those tough-talking Marine 'types to take over for Jim Myers, who retired Sports World "When they get here, I tell them to feel their bodies, because that's the best they are going to feel for six months." Dallas line coach Jim Erkenbeck after 25 years with the Cowboys. Erkenbeck, 55, is an easy-talking I,os Angelean, a guy who spent last season with the New Orleans Saints. He is a man set in his ways, a little stubborn — the German in him, he says — but a blue ribbon track record the past four years has earned him Tom Landry’s leeway. Erkenbeck says he is no Messiah, no savior, not the man with all the answers, but he just knows what has worked for him in the past. That past includes three seasons with the USFL’s Philadelphia-Baltimore Stars, who won the last two championships that league has played. And last season, his first in New Orleans, the Saints’ offensive line went from giving up 56 sacks in 1985 to only 27. (The Cowboys yielded 59 sacks in 1986.) On top of that, the Saints were one of five NFL teams to average more than four yards a carry with fewer than 30 sacks, and Rueben Mayes, a third-round draft choice, gained 1,353 yards and Rookie of the Year honors. Something must be working. “When they get here, I tell them to feel their bodies, because that’s the best they are going to feel for six months,” Erkenbeck said. “Lots of guys aren’t motivated, and I want to find them quickly, because they’re the ones that will get me fired.” Erkenbeck, hired the second week of January and here long enough to sit through staff evaluations and grow crosseyed looking at videotape, may have some surprising news for the Cowboys’ offensive linemen — a group that finished last season with Tom Rafferty starting at center, Crawford Ker and Glen Titensor at guards, and Phil Pozderac-Howard Richards and Mark Tuinei at tackle. He will have a starting front five before the Cowboys land in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for training camp. No experimenting, he says. No jockeying for position, he says. “I want to put the front five in there and tell them it’s their job until they get beat out,” Erkenbeck said. But how can this newcomer possibly know enough to make a decision? “I can tell everything,” said Erkenbeck, patting his stack of videocassettes. “You’re only limited by your imagination. I can tell, geez, sure as heck ... 99 to IOO percent sure.” The possible exception: Kurt Petersen, who sat out all of last season after a knee operation. “My other top priority is to develop the run offense, and my main concern is protecting the quarterback to the point where we don’t lose him during the season,” Erkenbeck said. “AU I know is they were 6-2 before (Danny White) got hurt and I don’t know what that means, but that is the bottom line.” I: Davis wants renegotiation "before spring training . HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros Jirst baseman Glenn Davis won’t be Reporting to spring training next iveek unless he gets a new contract, Jiis agent says. I “We’re not asking for a multi-year, jmiltiiiiillion-dollar contract. We’re Risking for a salary comparable with Jvhat other young players with Comparable years and comparable Statistics have received the last few Seasons,” Davis’ agent, Gerry ^iuusuker, said. “We’re only about $70,000 apart, md it seems to me ridiculous we {Can’t get our differences settled. This Can do nothing but hurt both sides. £frobody wins here,” he said. £ The Astros are believed to have goffered Davis $170,000, a raise of 4150,000 from his 1986 pay. The £$240,000 Davis wants would double Cis salary, the Houston Chronicle ^reported Tuesday. £ The 25-year-old slugger led the £\stros’ offense last season with 31 Come runs and 101 RBls. y Davis, who has less than two years £biajor-league service, is not eligible Co file for salary arbitration. Players £vith three years or more in the ^majors may force arbitration under Che collective bargaining agreement. £ Position players have been asked ;jto report to spring camp by Feb. 25, Cut are not required to appear under Che collective bargaining agreement until March 4. Davis would not become an “official” holdout until that date. “I don’t know who’s running his public relations, but it’s very early for a player or an agent to talk about a holdout,” Astros General Manager Dick Wagner said Tuesday. “The negotiations as far as I’m concerned are not stopped.” Wagner said the club paid Davis the highest salary in its history for a first-year man last season and has offered the highest ever for a second-year player this year. Hunsicker said Wagner informed him last Friday that the club would not raise its offer on the table at that time and would renew Davis’ contract at a lower figure if the player doesn’t sign by March 1. Gooden prepared to return to old form ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden wants to recapture the form that helped him win the National league Cy Young Award two years ago. He offers a simple strategy for getting the job done. “Just stay consistent, go out and work hard and give it my best,” the 22-year-old right-hander said Tuesday after signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the World Series champions. Gooden, who won the 1985 National league Cy Young Award with a 24-4 record and 1.53 earned run average, went 17-6 with a 2.84 ERA last season when he earned $1.32 million. “I’m not going to go out and try to do too much,” Gooden said at the office of his agent, Jim Neader, where the signing took place. “I’m just going to go out and pitch the way I can pitch and take it a game at a time.” I^ast month, Gooden filed for salary arbitration and asked for $1.8 million. The Mets offered him the same salary as last season. The two sides, scheduled for an arbitration hearing Friday, reached agreement during the weekend. “There’s a lot of hard cash out there on the table and in this situation it was something we couldn’t pass up,” Neader said at a news conference. “We thought it was a very fair deal,” he added. “I think it would have been very tragic to lose (arbitration) and play another season at the same salary." Gooden and the Mets had wanted to avoid arbitration in the wake of the pitcher’s off-the-field troubles. “Ifs a good thing for both parties that we didn’t go to arbitration,” Gooden said. “I’m glad with the way things turned out.” There was little discussion about the off-season incidents, including a fight with Tampa police, that kept Gooden’s name in headlines this winter. Meyer tops nominees for coaching honors NEW YORK (AP) - DePaul’s Joey Meyer, successor to a winning tradition begun by his father, was the top vote-getter in nominations for The Associated Press Coach of the Year in college basketball. In the balloting announced today, Meyer collected 316 points to 308 for Tom Davis of Iowa and 296 for John Chaney of Temple. Poll members were asked to vote for five nominees, and the top IO vote-getters will be placed on a ballot that will decide the coach of the year. Nominees received IO points for a first-place vote, 8 for second, 6 for third, 4 for fourth and 2 for fifth. The 37-year-old Meyer, whose baby face belies his age as well as his 17 years of coaching experience, was named on 46 ballots cast by members of the AP’s college poll board. He collected 12 first-place votes and 306 points. Owners often lose at meetings One day Pogo looked around the Okefenokee Swamp, thought for a moment about conditions in the mud, and sagely observed: “We have met the enemy and they is us.” Give that little fellow a major league baseball franchise. Fourteen years ago, while fighting a holding action against free agency — a battle they eventually would lose — baseball’s bosses agreed to salary arbitration for the hired hands. Bingo, there went the war. Perhaps because they are slow learners, it took a while for the owners to figure out that free agency was less of a headache for them than arbitration. For a free agent to reap a king’s ransom contract, some club has to offer it. So if Mr. Owner keeps his checkbook zipped tight, free agency need not break his bank. For evidence of that, consider the current unemployed status of Tim Raines, Lance Parrish et a1. Even the most penurious owner, however, can’t do a thing about an arbitration award. Lose in that forum and it’s back up the Brinks truck, boys. I .ast Friday, Detroit pitcher Jack Morris (winningest pitcher of this decade with 123 victories) set an arbitration record with a tidy $1.85 million award. The mark lasted only until first baseman Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees (.352 batting average, 31 home runs, 113 runs batted in) presented his case and was rewarded with $1,975 million. Both results were predictable. That left management with 13 victories and seven defeats in the current arbitration box score. However, that log includes some pyrrhic victories. They include, for example, a $210,000 award to Daryl Motley, who batted .203 in 77 games last year and spent part of the season in the minors. All of this was greeted with great interest by Calvin Griffith, former proprietor of the Minnesota Twins, and the first member of his fraternity to get burned by the arbitration fire in 1974. Three Twins — pitcher Dick Woodson, outfielder Larry Hisle and infielder Steve Braun — filed that year and all won, costing Calvin a cumulative $18,000. T was disappointed because those players didn’t bring people into the park,” Griffith said. “I told those fellows if they were going to get it, they were going to get it only through arbitration, not from me. I didn’t think they had earned it.” The first case was Woodson, who successfully argued that his 10-8 record was worth $28,500, not the $22,500 Griffith wanted to pay. “A mediocre pitcher,” Griffith said. “We had five or six like him.” Next was Hisle, who hit .272 and was awarded $29,000 instead of the $23,000 Griffith wanted to pay. “A good hitter,” the ex-owner decided somewhat grudgingly and long after the fact. Then there was Braun, who had batted .283 the previous season and was offered $25,000. “He couldn’t run or field,” Griffith said. “We should have paid him one-third of a major league salary.” The final price was $31,000, which happens to be one-half of today’s minimum major league salary. H Krueger “Ihauk You"to good customers! Come Celebrate Krueger’s GUBA TI Y REDUCED PRICE on this 1987 Chevy Celebrity. __ Celebrity 4-dr Sedan Reg. Mftr.Sugg. Ret. Price........................$13,134 GREATLY REDUCED PRICE    *««    AAS* AFTER ti.EMA REBATE..........$11    fUVS A KRUGER'} ABDU. DISCOUNTS    'Sales tax, title fee, license (Freight included Limited time sale)    fee, documentary fee all extra. 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