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

in June.

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

the Yankees.

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.

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