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Sports Digest

November 03, 1997

Baseball

Shortstop McMillan, three-time Gold Glove winner, dead at 68

Roy McMillan, whose sure hands earned him the first three Gold Gloves awarded at shortstop, died yesterday. He was 68.

McMillan, a Montreal Expos scout, died at Northeast Medical Center in Bonham, Texas, after he collapsed in the morning after awakening, putting on a pot of coffee and smoking his first cigarette of the day.

McMillan played from 1951 to 1966, the first 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. His career batting average was .243 with 68 home runs and 594 RBIs.

He won the Gold Glove from 1957 to 1959 and was an All-Star in 1956 and 1957. In 1954, McMillan set a league season record with 129 double plays, a record that stood until the Montreal Expos' Bobby Wine turned 137 in 1970. McMillan's NL record for consecutive games at shortstop -- 584 from 1951 to 1955 -- still stands.

Before the 1961 season, the Reds traded McMillan to the Milwaukee Braves for Joey Jay, whose 21 wins in 1961 helped the Reds to their first pennant in 21 years.

McMillan was the New York Mets' interim manager for the final 53 games of the 1975 season.

Golf

Morgan wins Ralphs by 1; Barrett lifts U.S. LPGA

Gil Morgan successfully defended his Ralphs Senior Classic title in Los Angeles, closing with a 6-under 65 to finish one stroke ahead of George Archer.

Morgan, 51, finished 15-under par for a three-day total of 198 and his fifth win of the season. (Scores, Page 4C)

LPGA Nichirei International: Tina Barrett of Baltimore beat Toshimi Kimura, 72-75, helping the U.S. LPGA successfully defend its title, winning 10 of 18 singles matches in Ina, Japan, to complete a 23-13 victory over the Japan LPGA. The U.S. LPGA has won the event 13 straight times.

Volvo Masters: Scotland's Colin Montgomerie won the European PGA money title for a record fifth straight year when the season-ending event in Jerez, Spain, was shortened to 54 holes by heavy storms, making Lee Westwood of England the winner. Montgomerie finished the year with earnings of $1,278,315. Bernhard Langer of Germany was second with $1,107,836. Westwood was third with $941,948. (Scores, Page 4C)

Auto racing

Nine months after shooting, Trickle's nephew out of coma

Chris Trickle, who had five top 10 finishes in the NASCAR SouthWest Tour Division last season, has emerged from a coma nearly nine months after being shot in the head by a gunman on a freeway overpass.

Trickle, 25, nephew of NASCAR Winston Cup regular Dick Trickle, began to process thoughts and talk again Oct. 26 at a Los Angeles-area hospital.

"Last Sunday night, we were holding the telephone to his ear and his girlfriend was talking to him and all of the sudden he said, real softly, 'I love you,' " Barbara Trickle, his mother, said. "He repeated what he said and we were in a state of shock.

"A couple of days later his girlfriend was sitting on his bed and said, 'Do you want me to say goodbye to your mom?' and he put his right arm around me, held my shoulders and said, 'No. I want a kiss.' It was just the sweetest thing I've ever seen."

He is now eating three meals a day and breathing on his own.

Pro football

Pringle's 264 rushing yards lift Alouettes to playoff win

Former Baltimore Stallion Mike Pringle rushed for a Canadian Football League playoff-record 264 yards on 32 carries to carry the host Montreal Alouettes over the B.C. Lions, 45-35, in an East playoff game.

The win put Montreal into the East final next week against the Toronto Argonauts.

Pringle carried 19 times for 162 yards in the first half alone and bested Skip Walker's 1982 playoff rushing record of 253 yards by early in the fourth quarter.

In the West, quarterback Reggie Slack ran for the winning touchdown with less than a minute remaining to boost the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders over the heavily favored Calgary Stampeders, 33-30. The Roughriders will play the Edmonton Eskimos for the right to go to the Grey Cup. Saskatchewan had lost 14 in a row at Calgary.

Tennis

Sampras wins Paris Open, virtually clinches No. 1 spot

Even bothered by a sore arm, Pete Sampras was too good for the field at the Paris Open and virtually clinched the No. 1 ranking for the fifth consecutive year.

Sampras gained his seventh title of the year and 51st of his career -- most of any active player -- by beating Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, in the final.

According to ATP Tour information, Sampras is virtually assured of the world's top ranking at the end of the year. Pat Rafter, the only one who could catch him, would have to win the Stockholm tournament this week as well as the ATP Tour World Championships with Sampras not winning a match the rest of the year.

Kremlin Cup: Jana Novotna, the top seed and world's No. 2 player, beat Ai Sugiyama of Japan, 6-3, 6-4, in a sloppily played final that included 78 unforced errors in Moscow.

Horse racing

Ryafan wins Yellow Ribbon; Lasting Appeal takes Oak Tree

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