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The Charlotte post. (Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-????, May 15, 1997, Image 19

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3B SPORTS/The Charlotte Post Thursday, May 15, 1997 Bulls turn it up against Hawks Continued from 1B games, he has received 34 fouls and 11 technicals while averag ing only 6.1 rebounds - exactly 10 fewer than his regular-season norm. “It’s very unfair that they’ve singled out one person in the league,” Rodman said. “They want to knock me down. Fm being blackballed.” Several others have stepped in to play weU at power forward. Jackson has been starting Jason CafFey, who had 18 points and 16 rebounds in two games. Brian WUliams performed admirably at both forward and center. 'Ibni Kukoc, who has more of a small forward’s game, created matchup problems for Atlanta. PHOTO/WADE NASH Chicago forward Dennis Rodman, battling Atlanta’s Christian Laettner for position In Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, leads the Bulls in technical fouls in the playoffs. But the Bulls feel he’s being singled out by the NBA and Its referees for past behavior. Sonics try to overcome 3-1 deficit Continued from 1B coming the deficit and going on to their second con secutive NBA title. “It’s not over,” said Barkley, now helping to anchor the Rockets’ frontcourt. “We can’t afford to relax and let them back into the series.” Barkley apparently took another lesson away from the 1995 Phoenix-Houston series. At the time, the Suns forward quipped, “We’re in the butt-kick ing business, and business is good.” No such remarks followed Houston’s overtime vic tory over Seattle on Sunday. “They’re not dead until we loll them,” Barkley said. “Fve been in this situation before and lost. But I didn’t have Clyde (Drexler) and Dream (Hakeem Olajuwon) on my side then. I like our chances.” Barkley downplayed any desperation the Sonics might be feeling. “We’re desperate, too,” he said. “There is a fine fine, because we could easily be down 3-1. You take a few plays here and there and it could be different, so we’re going out ready.” Another reason not to count Seattle out is the Sonics were down 2-1 before beating Phoenix in the best-of-5 first round. “We just have to come out and put everything out on the court again,” said AU-Star forward Shawn Kemp. “It’s similar to the Phoenix series on how it comes down.” And don’t forget that Seattle is the only team ever to eliminate a Rudy Tbmjanovich-coached team in the playoffs. The SuperSonics have done it twice. Then there’s that other streak. The Rockets, who won Game 1 in this series, are 16-0 when winning the first game of a playoff series. Seattle coach George Karl said the Sonics’ “only goal is to get one game.” “We’ve been here before,” Karl said. “It’s neat that they (Rockets) came back from 1-3 and won a cham pionship. That’s why you play the game.” Ethnic humor no laughing matter Continued from IB addressed didn’t take objection, why get so upset about it?” the professor wondered. “Because they are pubhc fig ures and anyone involved in the public arena has to be sensitive,” Jacobson said. “There is a public impact. They are not private people. Like it or not, they must take responsibility for what they say.” Later, Isringhausen seemed embarrassed. “I need to apologize for my comment, if it offended anyone,” he said. “It was insensitive. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not like that. I didn’t intend to hurt anyone, especially a close friend like Jay. I won’t say any thing like that again.” That part is encoiu-aging to Jacobson. “We’ve made some progress,” he said. “At least now there is an immediate outcry and a need to apologize. We have certain stan dards we didn’t have years ago. We still have a way to go. “As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson, it is a milestone for sports and society. We ought to be celebrat ing it with positive action.” Sting names 11 to join original eight Continued from 1B College; • Janet Harris, 6-0, center, Georgia; • Dafrie Lee, 6-0, guard, Maryland; • Nicole Levesque, 5-4, guard. Wake Forest; • Penny Moore, 6-0, forward. Long Beach State • Katasha Artis, 6-1, Northeastern • Tia Paschal, 6-1, forward, Florida State • Irina Routkovskaya, 5-10, guard, Russia • Susie Hopson-Shelton, 6-2, center. Mars Hill • Dorma Harrington, 6-2, center. Old Dominion Your home for your sports Cljarlotte wiNiiriiPBfli COPYRK5MT 1W7 WINN-OIXJE CHARLOTTE. WC. America's Supermarket PRICES GOOD WEDNESDAY MAY 14THRU TUESDAY MAY 20,1997. • Always U.S.D.A. Choice • Cut 1/8 - inch Trim * Aged for Taste & Tenderness W-D Brand U.S.D.A. Choice Boneless London Broil 151 All Snacks Everyday! U.S.D.A. 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