Portland observer. (Portland, Or.) 1970-current, December 06, 1995, Page 10, Image 10

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B y E ric N oon
Pilots Fall To
Notre Dame
The University o f P ortland’s
I w om en’s soccer team lost a hard
fought battle in sudden-death over­
time 1-0 to Notre Dame in the
NCA A W om en’s Soccer C ham pi­
onship Sunday.
The match, which lasted an
exhausting 125 mi nutes, came down
to one kick that one it for the Irish
in Chapel Hill, N.C. T he Pilots,
who will bring hom e the second
place trophy, had another great sea
son and cham pionship run.
“This is how a final should be
played, said the proud U o f P coach
Clive Charles. “It was a constant
struggle back and forth, tactically
and physically.”
The University o f P ortland’s
m en’s soccer team will play W is­
consin at 11 a m. (PST) Friday in
the NCAA sem ifinalsat Richmond,
Virginia. Duke will m eet V irginia
I in the second sem ifinal. The cham-
p i o ^ j p gam e is Sunday at 10:30
(PST). T he sem ifinals gam es will
be broadcast live on Prim e Sports
Northwest and the cham pionship
1 game delayed until 4:30 p.m. (PST).
H ow ever, the broadcast tim es are
subject to change.
Drexler Gets
F orm er Trail B lazer C lyde
D rexler signed a tw o-year exten­
sion to his contract with the W orld
Cham pion Houston R ockets for a
reported $12 million. T he exten­
sion w ould give the future Hall o f
Fam er $22 m illion over the next
three years. Drexler, w ho helped
lead the rockets to the cham pion­
ship, looks to be set to finish his
career where it all started in Texas.
I They say that in Texas, w hen the do
things, they do it big, well $12
m illion over two years for a player
I o f D rexler's age is big, indeed.
E ric N oon
What ever happened to good
sports, bad sports and poor sports?
Nowadays it seems the sports
generation is all about me sports.
When was the last time you heard
someone claim he or she’s just a poor
It is understood that profession­
al sports is just a business and the
entertainment is what sells. But when
did things change so much that show­
ing your opponent up was secondary
to sportsmanship and sometimes even
Standing over your opponent
after a tackle, taunting and celebrat­
ing after holding him to a five yard
gain, seems to be a little much folks.
It’s one thing to celebrate after a big
sack or a touchdown and entice the
crowd, but these professional ath­
letes care more about shoe contracts
than they do fans - it seems like at
The main problem is this com­
mercialization of sports has filtered
an overpaid athlete with a big con­
down to the youngest of levels and
tract and maybe a shoe deal giving
today, coaches, some who volunteer
them a second rate lesson in class.
their time, are up against some chal­
The fans are the ones who ulti­
lenges with attitudes and approach
mately pay their contracts and they
with these kids that is out of control.
deserve more. There j ust isn ’t enough
Sports is not about being seen or
Barry Sanders’ or Clyde Drexler’s
making your opponent look bad. It’s
around. Players who handle them
still like it always was, about winning
themselves with class and let their
and losing and how you handle both
play not their dancing or their mouth
Television is right at the top of
speak for them are a dying breed.
the list when you think of the decline
Bottom line is, this is the “Me
in sports. Like so many other things
Generation” and “Me,” I’d like to see
in life, it’s the avenue that brings you
the kids of today and the kids of
so much success and brings you down
tomorrow emulate sports figures who
the road to failure.
might say, “Now he’s a good sport.”
Television has brought sports
We need more guys with nick
billion dollar contracts (Fox for the
names like “The Kid,” “The Glide,”
NFL) and also made sport figures
or“Mr. Baseball, ’’not “Neon Deion,”
household names, but the revenue
“The Worm” or “Mr. Bad Moon
that television has generated, has
driven the huge contracts for players
The evolution of sports is non­
and coaches out of proportion.
stop and we can only hope that the
Sure there’s a demand for com­
roots of this game can always feed a
petition and achievement by the fans,
few good leaves that can keep those
but what they receive sometimes is
good sports a nice cool place to reflect.
Salem To Host U.S.
Slowpitch Tourney
Salem and W allace Sports
C om plex was aw arded the honor
o f hosting future United States Slo-
p itc h S o ftb a ll A s s o c ia tio n
(U SSSA ) regional, divisional, and
national softball tournam ents. A
delegation o f Salem representa­
tives exhibited during the trade
show and represented the bids at
the N ational USSSA Softball C o n ­
vention w hich aw arded the fol­
low ing tournam ents to Salem:
The M en 's M odified W orld
Series will be held in Salem July
26-28, 1996 and will attract up to
32 team s from across the country.
This tournam ent will co nserva­
tively generate $1 15.2(H) in ec o ­
nomic spending for the Salem com ­
Forty-tw o team s com peting in
th e m en s C h u rc h “ B / C ”
Regionals will travel to Salem to
com pete for a national tournam ent
berths Septem ber 6-7, 1996. The
W estern Region consists o f O r­
egon, W ashington, Idaho, M on­
tana, A laska, W yom ing, C olorado,
U tah,C alifornia. H aw aii, A rizona,
and Nevada. This tournam ent will
generate approxim ately $151,200
in econom ic spending for Salem.
Over Labor Day weekend 1997,
Salem will he the host city forthe men’s
“D” Divisional Softball Tournament.
The Northwestern Division includes
Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana,
Alaska Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada.
This tournament will host 80 teams and
their families for three nights.
The M en’s "D ” tournam ent
w ill c o n s e r v a tiv e ly g e n e r a te
$432,000 in econom ic im pact for
the area.
Oregon Fans Warned Of Scams
A ttorney G eneral T heodore R.
Kulongoski is warning U niversity of
W hen selecting a travel agent,
O regon football fans to use caution con su m ers should inquire w hether
when purchasing travel packages to agents have a history of handling sports
attend the Cotton Bowl in Dallas,
packages to attend m ajor sporting
Texas on January 1, 1996.
events and w hether agents are regis­
“W e are all excited that the U ni­ tered with the State and insured. The
versity o f Oregon is playing in its official U niversity of O regon Cotton
second consecutive New Y ear's Day
Bowl travel package is only available
bowl gam e," Kulongoski said. “But
through its Alumni Association. Travel
we cannot let the excitem ent get in the agents claim ing any “official" co n ­
way o f our better judgm ent. W hile
nection with the University should be
most spoils package offers are legiti­ reported to the A ssociation office at
m ate, past experience indicates there (5 4 1 ) 3 4 6 -5 6 5 6 or the A tto rn ey
are fraudulent operations that prom ­ G en e ra l's consum er hotline.
ise service they never intend to pro-
A dditionally, consum ers should
It’s Huskers Vs.
Gators For No. 1
The No. I N ebraskaC ornhuskers
(12-0) will take on the No. 2 Florida
G ators (12-0) on Jan. 2 Io decide the
national cham pionship in NCAA D i­
vision I football in the Fiesta Bowl.
T he only undefeated team s in
the country will square o ff in college
foo tb all's first cham pionship gam e in
quite a few years. Q uarterback
T o m m y F r a z ie r w ill le a d
N ebraska s high -p o w ered running
o ffe n s e a g a in st F lo rid a 's D anny
W uerllel. whose 178 4 p a s s i n g effi­
ciency rating broke Jim M cM ahon's
1980 record o f 176.9. leads the G ators
into the bowl with big num bers an
im pressive aerial assault
ing easier for everyone. As required
under federal guidelines, the plat­
forms also feature tactile warning
strips on platform edges to assist
customers who are visually impaired.
M eanwhile, only finishing
touches remain on Westside MAX
construction work in the downtown
core arena. That work will pause as
well. Downtown visitors can get a
look at finished portions of the project
on Morrison and Yamhill between
I Ith and 13th.
Weekend Shuttle Buses to
Northwest Portland: Busy Northwest
stores will be easier to get to during
holiday weekends.
To help holiday shoppers avoid
traffic and parking congestion, Tri-
Met is beefing up bus service to run
every 7-1/2 minutes between 9 a m.
and 7 p.m weekends through Dec.
3 1. the increased frequency is of­
call the A ttorney G en eral’s consum er age until the day o f departure at the
hotline to check for consum er co m ­ airport. As an extra precaution, con­
plaints, (503) 378-4320 or 229-5576
sumers working with out-of-state com ­
(Portland only). Travel agents also panies on packages that include tick­
are required to register with the D e­ ets to the gam e should ask the co m ­
partm ent of C onsum er and Business pany to fax a photocopy o f the actual
Services, (5 0 3 )3 7 8 -4 1 4 0 .
tickets before sending a check or p ro­
A fter selecting a travel agent,
viding a credit card number. C onsum ­
consum ers should m aintain com m u­ ers should never pay cash, as co n ­
nication with the agent and, if time
sum er using cash instead o f credit
perm its, obtain all tickets, including cards lose their rights todispute fraudu­
those for the event, before departing
lent charges under the federal Fair
on their trip. Buyers o f the official Credit Billing act
package through the A lum ni A ssocia­
O ne last area o f concern for
tion will receive a confirm ation letter
Kulongoski involves scalping o f tick­
but w o n ’t be able to pick up the pack- ets.
W hile O regon has no state statute
making it illegal to scalp tickets, there
are local o rdinances that prohibit
scalping in certain areas. In general,
scalping is prohibited within a certain
distance o f an auditorium or stadium.
Regardless, consum ers need to be very
careful when purchasing tickets from
a scalper as it greatly increases their
risk of being scammed.
For information on purchasing tick­
ets from the University of Oregon, con­
sumers may contact the University of Or-
at (541) 346-4461 for a tape recording on
how to purchase tickets.
Referees Return To NBA Arenas
National B asketball A ssocia­
tion referees M onday night ratified
a contract proposal from the league
ending a lockout im posed
by ow ners since before the sea­
son began.
A ccording to a league spokes­
man, the referees ratified a five-
contract that provides an 18.7
per cent salary increase in the first
year and 60 percent over the d u ra­
tion o f the deal.
“We are pleased that the refer
ees have voted to accept our pro­
posal and we will be meeting with
Tri-Met Pauses Construction
Downtown For The Holidays
Weekend shuttle buses travel
every 7-1/2 minutes to Northwest
In the spirit of the holidays,
downtown Portland MAX light rail
construction is on recess Thanksgiv­
ing through New Year’s Day, and
shuttle buses are running 7-1/2 min­
utes to Northwest Hortland on week­
The recess allows people to ride
Tri-Met MAX trains, shop and cele­
brate downtown without running into
any construction obstacles.
Construction crews have com­
pleted downtown improvements to
Yamhill District and Third Avenue
MAX stations, and earlier in No­
vember opened Galleria/1Oth Ave­
nue and Library/9th Avenue stations.
Station improvements will accom­
modate new low-floor trains when
they arrive, which will make board­
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D ecember 6, 1995 • T he P ortland O bserver
UP Men Face
fered on three bus routes:
• Line 15--NW 23rd Avenue, be­
tween downtown and Montgomery
• Line I7--NW 21 st-St. Helens
Road, between downtown and Mont­
gomery Park.
• Line 77--Broadway-Lovejov.
between Rose Quarter Transit Cen­
ter and Montgomery Park (Line 77
connects with MAX at Rose Quarter
Transit Center).
As an added incentive many
businesses offer special discounts
for anyone who uses Tri-M et to
Tri-Met, in partnership with the
Northwest District (neighborhood)
Association and Nob Hill Business
Association, is also encouraging
neighbors and workers to help re­
duce traffic congestion by tak ing Tri-
Met or carpooling.
(u n io n g e n e ra l c o u n s e l) F red
Slaughter,” said Je ff M ishkin, the
league’s lead negotiator.
“ If we can reach a signed agree­
ment in the next few days, then the
referees should be back on the
court within a w eek.”
Under the last proposal su b ­
mitted by the NBA. referees with
the least ten u re w ould rec eiv e
$85.(XX) and the senior referees
w ould earn $ 2 6 1.(XX) In the final
year o f the agreem ent, the salary
w o u ld ran g e from $ 9 0 ,0 0 0 to
W M V P Radio in C hicago -
Gang Youth
Make A Start
Youth Employment and Em­
powerment Coalition offer the first
entrepreneur business owned and op­
erated by gang involved and gang
affected youth.
Grandeur Auto Detail is the first
for profit business run by youth that
were former gang members or in­
volved in a gang environment. Youth
Employment and Empowerment
Coalition is an agency that draws
gang involved/affected youth from
16 provider agencies and specializes
in job placement. A division ofYEEC
is the entrepreneur program. Gran­
deur Auto Detail is the first business
from this program.
The youth involved is this pro­
gram would like to give a special
thank you to some of the people that
made this possible.
where 53 veteran referees met on
M onday to vote on the proposal -
reported that the deal was approved
by a 27-26 vote. The vote cam e on
th esam en ig h t the league expanded
crew s o f replacem ents from two to
T he referees were convening
for the first time since February.
Only tw o of the 55 referees were
absent from the meetings. S laugh­
ter had said the league's last pro­
posal of five years was too long.
The referees were seeking a
19 per cent to 22 per cent increase
over a three-year contract.
The league decided to lock out
the referees Oct. I after the union s
rejection o f a no-strike, no-lockout
agreem ent that would have enabled
the referees to continue to work
while a new agreem ent was being
Referees from the Continental
Basketball Association are being used
in regular-season games Due to anti
lixkoul labor laws in the prov ince of
Onlarii '.non-umonoflicialscannotwork
in the city ol Ti in into, which is the In mie
of thcexpansion Raptors. Regular NBA
refs have been used forR aptors' home
gam es.
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