New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Spurs dim Sonics
New Braunfels Herald-Zaitung
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Mike Mitchell, San Antonio’s high-scoring foward, found himself sharing credit with the Spurs’ defense.
Defense? A long time has passed since San Antonio beat anyone with its defense, but that may be changing now, said Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons Thursday night after the Spurs knocked off the Seattle Supersonics’, 100-93, to snap a four-game National Basketball Association losing streak.
“That might be a new concept for this franchise,’’ Fitzsimmons said. “The way we play right now when the game’s on the line, we try to win it with our defense.
“We did it with our defense in the fourth quarter and Mitchell’s offense.”
Mitchell poured in 19 of his game-high 25 points in the final quarter as the Spurs pulled away in the final minutes to lock up the victory after losing to lowly Golden State Tuesday. San Antonio had dropped three straight on the road.
“After the loss at Golden State, we wanted to come out and show some pride, which I felt we did,” Fitzsimmons said after his team improved its record to 33-34.
Mitchell, silent through the first three quarters partly because of foul trouble, came alive in the final period
By Th* Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division
New Jersey .......... 33 33
Washington.......... 33 33
New York............ 22 44
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Detroit............. 36 29
Chicago .............31 35
Cleveland 26 39
Atlanta.............. 26 40
Indiana.............. 20 46
WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division
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Houston 39 26
Dallas............... 37 29
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L.A. Clippers.......... 23 44
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by sinking seven of nine shots from the field and five of five free throws. He hit IO of 14 field-goal tries for the game.
“I hit a couple shots and then I started getting open,” Mitchell said. Early in the game, Danny “Vranes was doing a real good job. He’s one of the better defensive players in the' league.”
In the final period, however, Mitchell was matched against several different Sonics.
“At some point, it really doesn’t matter who’s out there,” Mitchell
said of his ability to shoot over virtually anyone. “Once you start hitting that shot you get that feeling.”
While Mitchell was starring at the offensive end, the Spur defense took away Seattle’s inside game and forced the Sonics to miss from the perimeter.
Knicks 106 Bulls 97
Bernard King’s strong first half and strong performances from his usually quiet teammates enabled New York to hold off Chicago.
San Antonio's Mike Mitchell, who had 19 points in the fourth quarter Thursday, goes to the basket in an earlier game
NFL adopts speed-up rules, picks SB sites
PHOENIX. Ariz. (AP) - National Football league owners are wrapping up their annual meeting confident that they’ve found a way to end a decline in TV ratings with a few subtle twists they hope can cut the average length of games to under three hours.
The owners did little drastic in their annual bout with their rules — except for approving a nine-game preseason experiment with instant replays of controversial decisions. But that experiment is simply a repeat of one tried in 1978 and NFL officials said there’s no chance it will be used during the regular season.
What was approved was what the league’s Competition Committee, spearheaded by Dallas Cowboys president Tex Schramm and Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula, called its “pace of the game” package. It was designed to shave minutes from games that averaged three hours, nine minutes last season without drastically changing the style of play.
The owners spent most of the morning choosing Miami as the 1989 Super Bowl site and New Orleans for 1990. They may soon choose Minneapolis for 1991 — Commissioner Pete Rozelle said the sentiment was for “a site with a domed stadium north of the Mason-Dixon line.”
But much of the activity centered on rules.
The replay experiment will be used in the nine exhibition contests to be televised nationally, beginning with the annual Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio, which this year will match the New York Giants and Houston Oilers.
Unlike the United States Football League's replay plan, there will be no appeal. There will simply be an official with a monitor in the press box or elsewhere in the stadium who will communicate by radio with the officials on the field if he sees a play which might have been called wrong.
As for the speed-up proposals, most were approved just as they were recommended by the competition committee, except for one that had recommended cutting time outs in the last two minutes of each half from 90 seconds to 20. Instead, they will be reduced to 60 seconds.
The others include starting the clock after penalties if the clock would have kept running had the penalty not been called and accelerating officiating mechanics to put the ball in play more quickly between plays, after penalty calls and on kickoffs. The owners also approved a motion to urge the networks to get in and out of their commercials faster — using gimmicks like chalkboards and instant replays between plays rather than around commercials.
Browns want to sign Miami quarterback Kosar
NIIJlS, Ohio (AP) — University of Miami
quarterback Bernie Kosar wants to be a Cleveland Brown, and the Geveland Browns want Bernie Kosar.
“I followed the Browns my whole life. That would be the ideal situation,” Kosar said Thursday in announcing he intends to graduate early from college and participate in the National Football league draft next month.
The problem in bringing Kosar to the Browns is their drafting position. Cleveland has the seventh pick in the April 30 draft, and Kosar is likely to be the second or third selection.
Buffalo, which has the No. I pick, already has signed Virginia Tech defensive lineman Bruce Smith, so the next call would go to the Houston Oilers, who are not likely to go for Kosar since they signed former Canadian Football league quarterback Warren Moon to a long-term deal last year.
Friday, March 15,1985 SA
UCLA romps in NIT
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The UCLA Bruins shewed they haven’t lost their touch in postseason play, and in this case the “touch” was more like a hammering for Montana’s basketball team.
Back in postseason play after a year’s absence, the Bruins got off on the right foot in the National Invitation Tournament with a resounding 78-47 first-round victory Thursday night over Montana.
“We’re one step closer to New York City to redeem ourselves for our performance in December,” said UCLA Coach Walt Hazzard, hoping to atone for a poor start this season which kept the Bruins out of the NCAA playoffs.
The contest was one of IO first-round NIT games Thursday night, as Virginia beat West Virginia 56-55, Tennessee edged Tennessee Tech 65-62, St. Joseph’s (Pa.) nipped k. Missouri 68-67, Louisville edged
I Alcorn State 77-75, Cincinnati
stopped Kent State 77-61, Southwestern Louisiana tripped Florida 65-64, South Florida hammered Wake Forest 77-66, Marquette overpowered Bradley 77-64 and Fresno State defeated Santa Clara 79-76 in triple overtime.
The remainder of the first-round games will be played tonight, when Butler plays at Indiana, Clemson takes on Tennessee-Chattanooga, Fordham meets Richmond and Houston visits Lamar.
Reggie Miller scored a game-high 21 points and Nigel Miguel added 14 to lead the UCLA attack at Pauley Pavilion as the resurgent Bruins won their eighth game in the last nine.
Darrick Simms converted a three-point play with 35 seconds left to boost Virginia over West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va. The basket and Simms' follow-up free throw gave the Cavaliers a 56-55 lead that held up when West Virginia’s Vernon Odom had a last-second shot bounce off the
Fred Jenkins scored on a tip-in with 14 seconds remaining to lift Tennessee over Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Term.
QB changes highlight USFL matchups
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The United States Football league season is only three weeks old, but at least three teams will have new quarterbacks this weekend.
Two of them will be at the helm Saturday night when Fred Mortensen leads the San Antonio Gunslingers against the winless Express in Los Angeles and Matt Robinson takes over when the Portland Breakers entertain the Orlando Renegades. On Saturday afternoon. Arizona visits Tampa Bay.
Three more games are on tap Sunday — Memphis at Birmingham, New Jersey at Baltimore and Jacksonville — under new quarterback Ed Luther — at Oakland.
Astros split squads lose, win games
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Former Houston Astro Ray Knight and Darryl Strawberry each drove rn eighth inning runs to lead the New York Mets to a 2-1 major league exhibition baseball victory over the Astros Thursday.
Knight singled to right and Strawberry doubled to score the game-winning hit off loser I .airy Acker.
VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Terry Puhi tripled home one run and scored another in the first inning and the Houston Astros went on to a 3-1 exhibition baseball victory over the l/)s Angeles Dodgers Thursday.
Non-roster right-hander Charlie Kerfeld blanked the Dodgers on three hits the first five innings to earn the win.
Baltimore nips Texas
MIAMI (AP) — Mike Young drove in four runs Thursday afternoon as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Texas Rangers, 5-2.
The Orioles, who improved their exhibition record to 5-1, scored three unearned runs in the first inning. An error by second baseman Wayne Tolleson set the stage for Young’s bases-loaded triple off losing pitcher Tommy Boggs. Young drove in another run with a double in the seventh inning.
Calgary Games price soars to $700 million
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - An
The weekend schedule winds up Monday night when Denver visits Houston.
San Antonio is the second lowest scoring team in the league, with Rick Neuheisel completing only 31 of 70 passes for 402 yards and just one touchdown. Mortensen. who was signed last year after being waived by Denver, is 8-of-14 for 85 yards in limited duty.
We’ve gone three games and haven’t executed as well as we need to,” said Coach Jim Bates. “We felt it was time to take a good look at Fred. We just needed to see if a change would lift the team. It isn t that we’ve lost confidence in Rick. It doesn’t mean that Rick isn t going to play any more It’s a long season. If we
get in trouble, we won’t hesitate to go to Rick.”
The Express’ off-field financial woes seem to have affected the team's play.
"Our kids have been playing hard,” said Coach John Hadl, whose club is 0-3 and has blown a fourth-quarter lead rn each game. “The ball's not bouncing right for us right now. but it’s important for our players to maintain their poise and determination.”
In announcing that Robinson would replace Doug Woodward < 42-of-90 for 568 and two touchdowns), Portland Coach Dick Coury said the Breakers are “looking for a spark to ignite us.” He pointed to last week’s 29-17 loss to Denver, saying: “We had 79 plays
to Denver's 52. We should have scored more points with that edge. We feel we didn t play as well, with as much intensity, against Denver as we did in the other two games.”
official of the 1988 Winter Olympics insists there is no reason for panic despite a price tag $300 million in excess of the original estimate of $415 million to stage the Calgary Games.
John Leeky, chairman the financial and budget committee, said Thursday that he is not worried because revenue estimates are rising just as quickly as cost estimates. His current estimate calls for an expenditure of $718 million.
“As a taxpayer you should not worry that it (the organizing committee) is irrational,” I^ecky said at a news conference. “Given that we do not have an international disruption that could lead to a boycott, we think our revenue and cost estimates are sensible.”
Boycotts disruped the last three Sununer Games, at Montreal in 1976, Moscow in 1980 and Los Angeles last year. But such disruptions do not necessarily spell economic doom. The privately funded Los Angeles Games, which cost $700 million to stage, earned a .surplus of nearly $200 million.
Rain delays Mahaffey's status
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - John Mahaffey was philosophical about having to wait 15 hours to play one hole to learn if he would be the first-round leader in the $400,000 USF&G Golf Classic.
Rain ended play on Thursday with 36 golfers still out on the 7,080-yard I .ake wood Country Club course — Mahaffey among them, 8-under-par, waiting to finish on No. 18.
”1 would have liked to have finished today, but since that’s not possible, I’ll just have to make the best of it,” Mahaffey said with a shrug.
Gibby Gilbert and Peter Jacobsen were already in the clubhouse with 65s, 7-under-par, sharing the lead when the rain began.
Brad Faxon, Tony Sills, Terry Snodgrass and Jim Simons were tied at 66.
The round’s start was delayed 25 minutes by fog, and play ended suddenly when dark clouds blew in to cut short what had been a perfect day for golf.
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