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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Sports °age 8 Herald-Ze/fung New Bm, 'es ;e*as Friday June 5 1987LA races past Boston for 2-0 leadCooper breaks record and ties another as Lakers dominate the Celtics INGLEWOOD. ( alif AP Virtually everyone may be conceding the NBA title to the Los Angeles Lakers, hut Coach Pat Riley definitely isnt I've been around this game too long and remember last year when we whipped Houston in the first game of their Western Conference playoff series' and then we got beat four straight period,” Riley said when asked if he thought his Lakers would continue to have an easy time with the defending champion Boston Celtics But Riley may have trouble convincing others that the Lakers who took a 2-0 lead in the best-of seven series with a 141-122 romp over the ( cities Thursday night, aren t unstoppable If you take the attitude where you think it s over w ith you re going to get whipped.” he said I'm not cautious about that I firmly believe that ” Michael Cooper six 3 pointers The series now switches to Boston for the third game Sunday, the fourth on Tuesday and the fifth if necessary, on Thursday But Riley had to admit that the Lakers, who beat Boston 129-113 in Tuesday night s opening game at the Forum are playing great basketball Sure I'm elated esctatn We’re playing championship basketball. he said, adding that the Lakers were playing their best at the most timely of times Celtics Coach K C Jones seemed to agree “I can’t remember a team that uses the fast break well as they do.” he said "They have Indifferent ways to come at you with the last break They could run down the court with their eyes closed and could find (James Worthy under the basket wide open They (auld run down the court with their eyes closed and find Michael* Cooper in the three point area licking his fingers Cooper, the Los Angeles reserve who was voted the N'BVs top defen sive player this year. continued to spark the Lakers with his offense As he has often in this y ear's playoffs, lie started them rolling when the game was tight This time Cooper came off the bench to ignite a rally that began late in the first quarter and continued through the second The Celtics had held a five-point lead but Cooper s shooting helped the I akers pull out to a 75-56 lead by halftime Ile finished the game with 21 points in 2*1 minutes including an NBA finals record of six three point baskets on inst seven long range tries He also matched the finals record for assists in a quarter with eight in the second period rally Laker teammate Magic Johnson also matched that mark in the third quarter Cooper came in and broke our backs with those three-pointers. ' said Celtics forward Larry Bird, who led Boston with 23 points and Iii re boundsNBA Bv The Associated Press CHAMPIONSHIP Tuesday’s Game Los Angeles 126. Boston in Thursday’s Game I ns Angeles 141 Boston 122, Los Angeles leads series 2-0 Sunday s Game I os Angeles at Boston Tuesday's Game I os Angeles at Boston Thursday's Game Los Angeles at Boston if necessary Sunday June 14 Boston it Los Angeles if necessary Tuesdav June 16 Los Angeles, if necessary Here we were up by two or three md ail of a sudden he hits a couple of threes and next tiling you know, the Lakers are up by nine Cooper was one ot live Lakers to score more than 20 points Byron Scott had 24. Worthy and Kareem Abdul Jabbar had 23 each and Johnson had 22 points and 20 assists After their second lopsided loss to the Lakers the Celtics found themselves hoping the return to Boston Carden where they've won a remarkable 34 ot their last Mi; games will change their fortunes Asked what mysterious aura then-home arena seems to have for the Celtics Jones replied I don't know what it is I just hope it s still there when we get hack If it is we ll be in good shape ITI take my chances on getting three in a row at home Bird said I ve always said that Clame A is the crucial game and we have to like the fact that we have it at home Many observers question whether there w ill be a tilth game Late in the second half of Game 2 the fans at the Forum were chanting. Sweep’ Sweep' Sweep'” Stars playing in Colorado The New Braunfels Stars are in Colorado for a weekend soccer tour nament featuring more than loo teams from across the country and the New Braunfels team won t be satisfied with much less than a spot in the finals It s going to be a great trip said Stat s Coach Bob Thrift before leav mg with the team Wednesday .titer noon on the first leg of the trip for \mariilo We will do well in Col orado Our goal is to be in the cham pionship game ” The Stars will tie one of the youngest teams competing in the I rifler IO division with half of the New Braunfels team just Hi years old But playing older teams has not stopped the Stars before Two weeks ago the New Braunfels team traveled to Austin to play mostly older teams and wound up the tournament’s runners up We found out we could compete with other boys who were older than us in Austin.” Thrift said We played some good teams with a lot of 13 year olds and hung right iii there with them " Although ttie team is comparative Iv young the Stars do enjoy the benefit of having played together for a long time Six of the players Tim Galloway. Tony Kamire/., John Haul Lugo. Travis Thrift. Haul Buck and Jeff Bryan have been playing together since the> were six years old Most of the others joined up not long afterwards Many of the Stars players even took a trip to Mexico (Tty several years ago for another tournament These kids have been playing together and traveling together for so long they are like a family ” Thrift said Although physically ailing atter playing in the Austin tournament, in juries will not keep any of the Stars from competing in the tournament at the Air Force Academy Bryan and Leonard Lagunas should both ta* at lull strength after getting injured in Austin. Thrift said The only absent starter is goalie Refer Garza who is vacationing with his family in Florida Teams in the national tournament are allowed to use up to three * guest players.” arui the Stars have found a goalie from Colorado Springs who Thrift said comes highly recommended ” The team arrived in Colorado Springs on Thursday atter spending Wednesday night iii Amarillo, and will do some sight seeing today and get a little practice iii before playing two games on Saturday Two more games are scheduled for Sunday with the semifinal and championship games taking place Monday afternoon MacLeod grabs Maverick reins £tffiie* * — 4*. Leonard Lagunas will be at full strength for the Stars Saberhagen pitches 10th victory By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SKATTLK Bret Saberhagen became the first lo game winner in the major leagues, pitching a seven hitter Thursday night as the Kansas City Royals heat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 and ended their four game losing streak Saberhagen. IO-1, overcame a shaky first inning when he gave up Seattle’s only run on two hits and a walk Saberhagen struck out five and w aiked four Danny Tartabull, Steve Baibom and Kevin Seltzer each homered for the Royals Tartabull. playing his first game at the Kingdome since being traded by Seattle to Kansas City during the winter, hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning that broke a l l tie Tar tahull connected for his eighth home run of the season with one out after an error by shortstop Rey Quinones Mike Morgan, 5-6, shut out Kansas City on two hits through four innings before Baibom hit his eighth home run with one out in the fifth Braves 8, Pirates 3 Dale Murphy got the Atlanta Braves out of their scoring slump in a hurry Murphy and Andres Thomas homered during a four run first inning and the Braves went on to heat the Pittsburgh Pirates “We just happened to get some runs early, and that helped,” Murphy said after his two run homer, his 15th of the season The Braves had totaled just four runs in their last three games “It was just a matter of time until the guys broke out.” said winning pitcher Zane Smith. Albert Hall led off the first inning for the host Braves with a single and American League By The Associated Press East Division    W    L    Pct    GB New Y ork    33    20    *>23 Toronto    30    20    ti****    11 ■> Milwaukee    28    21    571    3 Baltimore    37    Ii    Iii    I Detroit    25    25    500    *>L Boston    25    28    472    H Cleveland    17    35    327    ISL* West Division    W    L    Pct.    GB Kansas City    28    22    56o Minnesota    27    25    510    2 Oakland    26    25    510    2L Seattle    27    26    500    2L California    23    30    4:14    6L Chicago    21    28    429    6L Texas    21    28    429    6* * Thursday’s Games Boston 8. Detroit 5 Milwaukee9. New York 3 California 3. Chicago 2 Kansas City 6. Seattle I Today's Games Detroit * Robinson 3 2» at Boston < Nipper 4 4J. ill) Baltimore ‘Hell 5 2* at Toronto 'Key 6 31, t n * Texas (Barns 1-41 at Minnesota *Biyleven4 41. tm New York (John 5-1 < at Milwaukee <Nteves4 21, tm Chicago (Allen Oil at California (Candelaria 4 2», tm Cleveland (Candiotti I-®) at Oakland iAndujar l ot, tm Kansas City if) Jackson 2 6* at Seattle * (iuetterman 2-0 n National League By The Associated Press East Division    w    L    Pct    G8 St Units    ll    to    82*' Chicago    to    22    57/    2 Montreal    28    23    .549    t New York    25    25    SOO    6 Philadelphia    23    26    469    7L Pittsburgh    23    26    469    7 West Division    W    L    Pct    GB Cincinnati    ;i0    22    577 San Francisco    29    23    558    I Atlanta    26    26    5oo    4 Houston    25    26    490    4 Los Angeles    25    27    481    5 San Diego    12    42    222    19 Thursday's Games St Louis 3. Chicago I Atlanta 8. Pittsburgh 3 Montreal 8 San Diego 5 Today's Games St Louis (Mathews    2 1    at    Chicago (Sanderson 3 1» la>s Angeles (Honeycutt 2-4 at Cincin natl (tiuilickson7 2>, n Pittsburgh (Dunne (NJ) at New York (Louden0-01, ^m Montreal (Tibbs 4 4. at Philadelphia K (il oss 3 4 >. in * San Diego (Show 17) at Atlanta 'Alex aiuler LUI, (rn San Francisco (Krukow I > at Houston (Scott 5-3», (ii* then stole second base Dion James followed with an RHI double One out later Murphy homered over the center field fence against Brian Fisher, 2-2 With two outs, Thomas hit his second home run over the fence in left center Smith, 6 3, gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings Jeff Ded-mon worked the final two innings for his third save Expos 8, Padres S Tim Wallach hit a three run homer and Ruble Brooks connected for a two run shot that helped Montreal sweep a three game series front San Diego and w in for the ninth time iii its last ll games the host Expos broke a 4 4 tie iii the sixth inning on Vance Law s sacrifice fly Wallach hit his seventh homer in the seventh against Storm Davis. 16 Cardinals 3, Cubs I Jack (’lark hit a two run homer and St Louts’ Danny Cox and Todd Wot felt combined to cool off Chicago Cox. 6 2, gave up six hits in 7 1-3 til lungs and Worrell allowed one hit the rest of the way tor hts 12th save The Cubs had scored 38 runs in their last two games Clark hit hts 16th home run in the tirst inning off Greg Maddux. I > Red Sox 8, Tigers 5 Wade Boggs, a three-time AL bat ting champion, hit an RHI triple and two singles that led Boston past visiting Detroit Bill Madlock, a four time National League hatting champion signed earlier in the day by Detroit had a two run homer and two singles The Red Sox broke the game open with five runs in the -sixth inning against Walt Terrell. 4-6, and reliever Willie Hernandez Hoggs game tying triple sparked the out burst Brewers 9, Yankees 3 Rob Deer hit two solo homers and Milwaukee scored seven runs in the fifth inning to beat New York Teddy lliguera 5-5. stopped his five game losing streak with his first victory since April 24 He gave up three runs on seven hits in eight innings. and the host Brewers backed him w ith four double plays Deer homered in the second and tourth innings against Joe Niekro, 3-4 Greg Brock and Dale Sveum hit two t un doubles in the fifth, the big gest inning against tile Yankee this season Angels 3, White Sox 2 W ally Joyner’s RHI single snapped a 2 2 tie in the eighth inning and lifted California over Chicago Jose DeLeon. 4 4, checked the Angels on just one hit for seven tunings tiefore Gary Pettis led off the eight!) with an infield single Pettis stole second, took third on an infield hit by Devon While and scored on Joyner’s sharp single off reltevei Ray Searage DALLAS AP Just 14 weeks after being fired b\ the Phoenix Suns John MacLeod has rebounded to win one of the NBA s plum jobs head coach of the Dallas Mavericks MacLeod, who took his team to the NBA playoffs nine times but never won the title was named Thursday night to replace Dick Motta as coach of the seven year old Mavericks franchise owner Don Carter said Terms of the contract between MacLeod and Carter were not announced. although general manager Norm Sonju said it is “a similar ongoing handshake contract like the one that Motta had with Mr Carter ” Motta whose unwritten contract was renewed each year by a handshake with Carter stunned team officials May 2u when he resigned atter seven seasons w ith the NBA team We were just delighted that John MacLeod was available at this time W e're very fortunate to have him join us Ile is th** correct person for the franchise at this time ” Sonju said ’ We want to give Dick Motta credit for helping establish the framework for the grow til of our franchise to a 55-victory team But now. there is a new challenge and thai is to chart new waters in the playoffs.” Sonju said The Mavericks have never advanced beyond the second round of the NBA playoffs They were eliminated b\ the Seattle Supersonics in the tirst round this >ear atter winning the Midwest Division title Under MacLeod, the Suns went to the playoffs nine times and made it to the finals in 1976. when they lost to the Boston Celtics He was tired when team officials said they needed new leadership MacLeod 49. said he was thrill ed to gel the Mavericks job I feel like a healthy tradition has just been started I hope we can take this team to the brass ring some day " he said ”1 rn thrilled about joining tile Mavericks It s a great organization with a good young hall club that’s going to mature and get better, and it s in a good city with great fan support So John MacLeod is a very fortunate man today MacLeod said The fact that Don Carter flew out last night after a long workday to spend time with me and my family and to watch my little daughter play a slow pitch softball game indicates that they did want me." he said MacLeod met with (arter in Phoenix on Wednesday night Bucks assistant lands head job MILWAUKEE AP Del Harris says his new role as coach of the Milwaukee Bucks has been made easier because he inherits the momentum of Don Nelson who handled the N BA dub tor 11 seasons I would rather follow where success has been established and it can tie more easily maintained than try mg to get some dog to wake up liar ris said Harris signed a three-year contract Thursday, just over a week after Nelson formally resigned because4 of w hat he called differences with club owner Herbert Kohl Harris, 49. a former Houston Rockets coach, became an assistant c oach last season under Nelson. He was a Bucks scout for three years Lendl, Wilander breeze to finals PARIS (AP) Top seeded Ivan Lendl and fourth seeded Mats Wilander breezed into the final of the French Open Friday to set up a replay of the men s championship match of two years ago Lendl, the defending champion, beat fellow Czechoslovak Miloslav Mecir 6 3, 6-3, 7 6, while Wilander who beat Lendl in the 1985 final, charged hack from early trouble to crush West Germany’s Bons Becker, the No 2 seed. 6-3, 6-1, 6-2. The women’s championship will be decided Saturday with top-seeded Martina Navratilova playing No. 2 Steffi Graf of West Germany Lendl beat Mecir, who is also from Czechoslovakia, in straight sets for last year’s U S Open championship in a lopsided match This one on the Center Court clay at Roland Garros started out as it it would he a similar rout, before Mecir steadied Navratilova will be playing in her 24th Grand Slam singles championship match against Graf after beating longtime rival Chris Evert 6-2. 6 2 on Thursday In Saturday’s championship match, Navratilova plays the world’s No 2 player Steffi Graf of West Germany Graff is making her first appearance in a Grand Slam final Graf, 17 — almost half Navratilova’s age — beat Argentina’s Gabriela Sabatini 6-4, 4-6. 7-5 in Thursday’s other semifinal, rallying from 3-5, 0-15 in a thrilling, high quality final. She is the youngest finalist at Roland Garros Navratilova’s victory over Evert was her 58th in 72 meetings between the rivals, and one of the most one sided, lasting just one hour. 14 minutes Evert, who had won her last three tournaments, look too many risks as she tried to play deep and keep Navratilova in the hack court She missed a stream of ground strokes and netted countless approach shots as Navratilova pressured her and gave nothing away Trying tor her third consecutive French title and her eighth overall. Evert could not hold serve until the sixth game of the second set By then. Navratilova had opened up a 6-2, 5-0 lead. In that game, Evert saved two match points and a second set whitewash and managed to break Navratilova for 5-2. But the next game produced two more match points and only one was needed as Evert put a cross-court backhand narrowly wide Evert now has only two tournaments left, Wimbledon and the U S. Open, to extend her record of winning at least one Grand Slam title every year smce 1974 ;