SEATTLE (AP) - Funeral services will be held Wednesday
for a Seattle Mariners pitcher who died in a car accident
near Oklahoma City, the baseball club says.
Right-hander Randy Rivera, 23, a graduate of Oklahoma State
University who pitched last season at Bellingham in the
Northwest League and with Peninsula in the Carolina League,
died early Sunday, the Mariners said Monday in a release.
Also killed in the accident were passengers Wade Kubon,
20, of Oklahoma City and Jeremy Thompson, 17, of El Reno.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident occurred when
the car in which the three were traveling hit a guardrail
and then a bridge pier on Interstate 40 west of Oklahoma
Rivera, a native of New York City, helped lead OSU to the
College World Series last year, where it lost to the University
of Georgia. He was signed by the Mariners as a free agent
This winter he played at San Juan in the Puerto Rican League,
posting a 4-3 record and 3.65 earned-run average in 13 appearances.
The team completed its season Friday.
Funeral services will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Rivera had been a resident of Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Former major-leaguer Long dies
PALM COAST, Fla. (AP) - Dale Long, who set a major-league
baseball record with home runs in eight consecutive games
for Pittsburgh, died Sunday after a long bout with cancer.
He was 64.
On May 19, 1956, Long began his record streak at Forbes
Field with a home run off Chicago's Jim Davis. Long homered
later in the week against Warren Spahn and Curt Simmons
before connecting on May 28 for his eighth homer, at home
off Brooklyn's Carl Erskine. The string ended the next day
when Long was stopped by Don Newcombe of the Dodgers.
Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees tied Long's record
with homers in eight consecutive games in 1987.
Long batted .267 with 132 home runs and 467 runs batted
in during his career. He played in the World Series with
the Yankees in 1960 and 1962, getting two hits in eight
at-bats. He retired in 1963 after playing sparingly for
Twenty years later, Long returned to baseball when he was
appointed to the National Association, the governing body
for the minor leagues.
Long, who was born in Springfield, Mo., is survived by his
wife, Dorothy, and two sons, Dale Jr., and Jonny.
OSU golfers gain share of early lead
Tribune Staff Report
TUCSON, Ariz. - Brian Montgomery, a redshirt senior,
fired an opening-round 69 Monday to help Oklahoma State
University to a share of the lead after one round of the
Ping Arizona Intercollegiate at the Tuscon Country Club.
The Cowboys are tied with UCLA and Southern Cal at 283,
followed by the University of Oklahoma at 284. The University
of Arkansas is last in the 18-team field at 309.
OSU seniors Kevin Wentworth and Bob May each shot 70 and
are tied for seventh.
Jack Elway, former head football coach at Stanford
and San Jose State, was named Monday the coach of the World
League of American Football's Frankfurt Galaxy.
Roger Clemens appeared before American League president
Bobby Brown in an effort to overturn his five-game suspension
at the start of the season. Clemens, given the suspension
along with a $10,000 fine for his actions in Game 4 of the
American League playoffs, argued his case along with agent
Randy Hendricks and Gene Orza and Michael Weiner of the
Major League Baseball Players Association. . .
With the new-look free agency period set to end at midnight,
five players still were available. The five are California
outfielder Chili Davis and pitchers Jack Morris of Detroit,
Juan Berenguer of Minnesota, Dave LaPoint of the New York
Yankees and Mike LaCoss of San Francisco. . .
Six players in salary arbitration agreed to one-year contracts,
leaving 116 remaining in arbitration. John Kruk and Philadelphia
agreed at $1,175,000; Bip Roberts and San Diego settled
at $875,000; Eric Plunk and the New York Yankees agreed
to $950,000; Dave Martinez and Montreal settled at $805,000;
Todd Benzinger and Cincinnati agreed to $705,000; and Rene
Gonzales and Toronto settled at $306,250. . .
The publishers of USA Today said they plan to launch a weekly
tabloid this April devoted exclusively to baseball. The
paper will be called USA Today Baseball Weekly. It will
begin publication April 5 and have a cover price of $1.
Fifth-ranked Westark (2-0 in the Bi-State Conference
East Division, 19-1 overall) made six free throws in the
final 31 seconds to hold off Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior
College (1-1, 15-7) 89-85 Monday night at Fort Smith, Ark. . .
Bryatt Vann scored 28 points to lead Bacone to a 102-78
victory over Eastern in Muskogee. . .
Byndon Manzer and Richard Pawpa each scored 26 points as
St. Gregory's defeated Northern 94-86 in Shawnee. . .
Fred Burley scored 30 points as Seminole improved to 18-6
overall and 2-1 in the Bi-State West with a 86-67 victory
over Western at Seminole. . .
Angelo Hamilton scored 28 points, and Robert Rutherford's
steal and layup at the buzzer lifted Connors State to a
57-56 victory over Carl Albert in Warner. . .
Northeastern State made 22 of 31 first-half field goals
in a 101-86 District 9 victory over Phillips in Tahlequah. . .
In women's action, Brandi Lewallen scored 17 points as Phillips
defeated Northeastern State 70-57, and Nafeeshah Brown scored
17 points as Westark upset second-ranked Northeastern A&M
76-65, breaking the Lady Norse's 19-game winning streak.