Soccer Wave swamps Crunch, 19-6, wins NPSL championship...

SPORTS DIGEST

May 06, 2000

Soccer

Wave swamps Crunch, 19-6, wins NPSL championship

Michael Richardson scored three goals to power the Milwaukee Wave past the Cleveland Crunch, 19-6, to win the NPSL Finals last night.

The Wave became the first team in the league's 16-year history to lose the first game of the best-of-five finals at home and rebound to win the championship.

Milwaukee, which won its first title in 1998, kept the defending champion Crunch from winning its fourth title in the past six years.

Richardson had a three-point goal and a two-pointer in an 8-0 run in the first half to spark the Wave from a 2-0 deficit to an 11-6 halftime lead. His two-point goal at 5: 17 of the third quarter started the Wave on another 8-0 run that sealed the victory in front of a league playoff record crowd of 15,469.

Richardson was voted Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

U.S. WOMEN'S CUP: Andrea Neil's header off a corner kick in the 71st minute gave Canada a 1-0 victory over South Korea in the semifinals in Portland, Ore.

Canada will play in tomorrow's championship game against the winner of the other semifinal between the United States and Mexico.

Olympics

Lasorda named manager of U.S. baseball team

Come September in Sydney, Australia, Tom Lasorda will bleed red, white and blue.

Lasorda, the Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to four NL pennants and two World Series titles, yesterday was named manager of the United States' Olympic baseball team.

"I've have managed World Series champions and other great teams, but this means more because this time I'll do so on behalf of my country," said the 72-year-old Lasorda.

"I think it will cap what I've done all these years."

Lasorda has spent 51 years in the Dodgers' organization and says he doesn't bleed red, but Dodger blue.

" I've stood here in front of this dugout many, many times listening to the national anthem and seeing the American flag up there and I was always saying at that time, `Thank God I was born in the greatest country in the world,'" Lasorda said.

Pro football

Parcells decides to stay in Jets front office

Although the coaching juices no longer flow, Bill Parcells still wants to be involved with the NFL. So he is remaining with the New York Jets as director of football operations for an indefinite period.

Parcells said he will oversee the team for the 2000 season, helping in the transition to a new owner, Woody Johnson, and a new coach, Al Groh. Parcells resigned as coach on Jan. 3 and was expected to leave the Jets entirely this summer, perhaps to take a television job.

COWBOYS: Owner Jerry Jones dropped his appeal of charges of interfering with a Dallas police officer and will begin serving six months' probation.

"It was a case of embarrassment for me and my family. ... I am sorry," Jones said.

Jones pleaded no contest in February to a misdemeanor charge that he drove away from an officer who had pulled him over for speeding.

SEAHAWKS: Offensive lineman Robbie Tobeck, who signed a five-year, $6.8 million contract in March and was projected to start at guard or tackle, will be out for six to eight months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left knee.

Tennis

Hingis, Huber reach semifinal showdown

Martina Hingis rallied from a set down to beat former doubles partner Anna Kournikova at the Betty Barclay Cup in Hamburg, Germany, setting up a semifinal showdown against streaking Anke Huber.

Hingis beat the sixth-seeded Russian, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Huber extended her winning streak on clay this year to 11 matches, fighting back to upset third-seeded Conchita Martinez, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-2.

ATP Italian Open: Pete Sampras, recovering from a torn thigh muscle, will miss the clay-court tuneup for the French Open.

Et cetera

CCBC-Dundalk wins Md. JuCo baseball title

CCBC-Dundalk captured the Maryland JuCo Conference title by beating Montgomery College-Rockville, 9-0, Thursday.

Dundalk completed the regular season with a 29-14 overall record and a 23-4 conference mark. The Lions were led by right-hander Kurt Light (Arundel), who has a 4-1 record and 3.09 ERA and shortstop Mike Ey, who is hitting .423.

CYCLING: Gino Bartali, who won the 1938 and 1948 Tour de France, died in Florence, Italy, after a heart attack. He was 85.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Former Weber State player Damien Baskerville, 22, was sentenced to five years in prison in Ogden, Utah, for his role in two rape cases.

The Quiz

Playoff delivery

Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone recently became the fourth player in NBA history to score 4,000 points in the playoffs. Name the first thre. (Answer, 4C)

Quiz answer

Michael Jordan (5,987 points), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) and Jerry West (4,457).

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