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The Charlotte post. (Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-????, May 15, 1997, Image 17

Below is the OCR text representation of this newspaper page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML. 1B dje Cljarlotte SPORTS THURSDAY, May 15, 1997 Dent PHOTO/HERBERT L WHITE Andrea Mangum goes up for a shot during Sunday's tryout A Dent on Senior PGA tour By Karl Petraroja THE CHARLOTTE POST Jim Dent’s victory at the Home Depot Invitational Sunday at Piper Glen was a popular one. Dent beat Senior and PGA tour great Lee Trevino, nailing a birdie on the second playoff hole to pick up his first tournament win of the year and 11th of his career. He also extended his streak to fom years with at least one tour nament win. Dent looked at his come back win in Charlotte, where he trailed by as many as six strokes in the final round, as a key to igniting his season. The best Dent had to show before playing at Piper Glen, was a tie for sixth at The Tradition in April. He now heads to the Cadillac NFL Golf Classic, hoping to add to his substantial winnings on the senior tour. “The winner’s circle is every thing, that’s your whole year,” he said. “If you get in the winners circle they won’t forget you so fast. If you don’t get in that win ners circle, I don’t care how See DENT on page 4B North Rowan ready to track championships By Brian Powe FOR 'ras CHARLOTTE POST SPENCER - North Rowan High continues to make its mark in track and field. Going into the Yadkin Valley Conference 2A meet in Albemarle this week, four ath letes - Greg YeldeU, Drew Caldwell, LaShannon Cowan, and Anne Lyerly - are favored to win their events For the past three seasons, YeldeU has topped local, state, and national competition in the long and triple jump. His best efforts have been a jump of 23-8 in the long jump, and a triple jump of 61-6. The junior has a 200 meters clocking of 22.31 sec onds. He also runs on two relay teams who have N.C.’s best time in the 800 and 1600 meters. Caldwell is Rowan County’s beat long distance runner. The sophomore has paced aU rivals with leading times in the 1600 and 3200. He has been clocked at 4:42.81 in the 1600 and 10:06.30 in the 3200. Cowan has already been timed at 12.50 seconds for the 100 and 26.21 in the 200. In addition, the freshman is second in the county in the 400 behind West Rowan’s Ebony Pharr, Lyerly holds the county’s best times in the 1800 and 1600. Walk-ons move step closer to Sting By Herbert L. White THE CHARLOTTE POST CaU them the Lucky 11. The Charlotte Sting decided on 11 players to join the original eight signees later this month for training camp, taking anoth er step toward the Jime 22 open er against Phoenix. Of those 11, two will make the final roster and four wiU be moved to the practice squad. Charlotte went for size, pick ing up three centers and seven players 6-0 or taUer. More than 300 players showed up at an open tryout last week at the Charlotte Hornets Training Center. Local colleges were rep resented, including UNC Charlotte and- Johnson C. Smith, but most of the survivors came from schools outside the CaroUnas. The Sting added a point guard to the mix in Nicole Levesque of Wake Forest. “Nicole is a true point guard and has the abiUty to see the entire court and get the baU to the person who is open,” Charlotte coach Marynell Meadors said. “She is an unselfish player who leads the team on the court and off. She can hit the three-point shot con sistently,” Versatility was - an important attribute Meadors looked for. Swing playera Penny Moore, Dafne Lee and Susie Hopson Shelton, all play multiple posi tions. Moore was especially impressive, Meadors said. “Penny is another versatile player who can play either the guard or forward spot,” she said. “She is outstanding in the open court and can find the open play er. She is an athlete with leaping ability and a nice shooter’s touch.” Small-college players also made an impression. Susie Hopson-Shelton, a 6-2 forward- center from Mars Hill, made the next round of cuts. “Susie is another player who caught our eye during the first session on Saturday. She really came from nowhere to possibly take one of our final six roster spots,” Meadors said. “She played at a small school and had to have been the best player in Division H. It’s a tribute to her to A Bull session Chicago sends NBA message By Mike Nadel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO - Playoff panic? It’s more like another postseason picnic for the Chicago Bulls. Just a few days after the defending NBA champions lost homecourt advantage to the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals, they advanced to the final for the fourth time in six seasons. Although they received almost no contribution from Dennis Rodman who, they say, has been treated unfairly by referees - the Bulls won Saturday and Simday in Atlanta and eliminated the Hawks \vith a 107-92 -win. “I think we all got the mes sage,” said Scottie Pippen, who after last Thursday’s loss ripped his teammates for their poor play. “We realize still that we’re not at the top of our game. But we’re in control of this series.” Bulls center Luc Longley said Atlanta’s Game 2 victoiy “helped our team focus.” “We’d been playing just well enough to win - a little bit of luck, a little bit of just because we’re the Bulls.’ But that game brought us around,” he said. “We’ve shed the shackles and started playing better, I think it will be a trend you’ll see more of.” Will you see more of Rodman, though? BuUs coach Phil Jackson said television replays showed that referees have been picking on Rodman, who has verbally berated officials for years and who was suspended for head butting a ref last season. With Rodman getting called for what Jackson considered several phantom fouls, the six-time NBA rebounding leader played only 18 minutes in the two games at Atlanta. “I think that the league looked bad. NBC made the league look bad on TV by drawing focus to it. I think theyTl ease off. I think they know that they’re overdo ing it,” Jackson said Monday. “It’s obvious. They’re punish ing the team for his presence on the floor.” In the series, Rodman has been called for 20 fouls and seven technicals. In eight playoff See BULLS on page 3B PHOTO/WADE NASH Chicago guard Michael Jordan goes around Atlanta defenders Eldredge Recasner (S) and Christian Laettner (32) for a layup in the Bulls’ win Sunday In Atlanta. Sonics take comfort in comeback capabilities By Michael A. Lutz THE ABSOCIATED PRESS HOUSTON - The Seattle SuperSonics know it’s not impossible to come back fbom a 3-1 deficit in the NBA play offs. After all, five other teams have done it. The 1996 Houston Rockets were one of them, giving the SuperSonics a glimmer of hope as they go into Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series trailing 3-2. “I don’t think the/ro that much better than us that we should count ourselves out,” said Seattle forward Terry Cummings. “These games have all been close except the first one.” The Rockets were the last team to dig out of a 3-1 hole. Two years ago, they fell behind Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns before over- See SONICS on page 3B continue playing hard when she wasn’t getting the national attention at Mars Hill. She played center or power forward in college and when we switched her to the small forward spot last weekend, she did quite well. She has good post moves and is very effective armmd the bas ket.” Players who made the cut dur ing last week’s Charlotte Sting open tryouts: • Danlette Coleman, 6-2, for ward, Miami-Dade Community See STING on page 3B Ethnic sports humor takes a major beating By Hal Bock THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK - So the rabbi and priest are teeing off for a round of golf and the priest says Stop right there. Humor is one thing. Ethnic humor is quite another. Injured pitcher Jason Isringhausen used a clubhouse slur when he called New York Mets public relations director Jay Horwitz “Jew boy.” Horwitz, accustomed to playing foil for the players, shrugged it off. Others might not be so charita ble. “Ethnic humor is a well-devel oped genre in this country,” said Jim Fisher, an anthropology pro fessor at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., who has taught a coimse called Anthropology of Humor. “Slurs aren’t jokes. They’re derogatory, “What counts as a joke depends on who is telling it and who the audience is. The same joke might be fiirmy m one con text and a slur in another.” The Isringhausen episode fol lowed the Fuzzy Zoeller-Tiger Woods affair in which Zoeller made a remark about Med chicken and coUard greens after Woods became the first black to win the Masters. That attempt at humor in a pubhc setting cre ated an outcry and woimd up costing Zoeller a lucrative spon sorship by Kmart stores. That incident followed New Jersey Nets coach John Calipari lashing out at a reporter by call ing him a “Mexican idiot,” an outburst that resulted in a $25,000 fine by the NBA. “And that followed Marge Schott, and that followed Jimmy the Greek, and that followed A1 Campanis,” said Ken Jacobson, assistant national director of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League, listing some of the more embarrassing attacks of loose lips in sports. “We believe there is no place for prejudice, whether it’s on the playing field, the locker room or the corporate board room. We see it at all of those levels. Words have impact. We think these are serious matters that should not be taken lightly.” Isrin^iausen used the slur fol lowing a conference call with reporters to discuss his recovery from a broken wrist and a sus pected case of tuberculosis. He was stunned that his interplay with Horwitz might be inter preted negatively. “We all talk to Jay like that,” he said, “Jay’s almost like my brother. He is to everybody. That’s stupid to think anybody would think anything bad about Jay,” Horwitz was in a forgiving mood. “I know it was said in terms of affection,” he said. “Stuff is said in the locker room; people kid each other. That’s the way I take it,” That was good enough for Fisher, but not for Jacobson. “If the guy to whom it was See ETHNIC on page 3B

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