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THE JOURNAL, OGDENSBURG, N.Y.- TUESDAY, AUGUST 2,1988-PAGE 9 Sabonis Could Start Russian Stream To NBA NEW YORK (AP) - The Na- tional Basketball Association said Monday it has met with the Soviet Union on the possibility of allowing S °Ti e u P lavers to play in theleague. .There have been discussions with the State Committee for Sport and the State Committee for Television and Radio of the USSR,\ Gary Bettman, NBA general counsel, said. \These discussions have covered a wide range of sub- jects, including .,. the possibility of and circumstances under which Soviet players may play in the ff-pA-Thege.discussions are qngo ing on all topics, and although significant progress has been made, nothing has been finalized yet.\ NBA Commissioner David Stern returns from the Soviet Union this week amid reports that the league is close to an agreement that would allow two Soviet players to play in the NBA after the Olympic Games. Stern met with Soviet sports of- ficials last week at the. same time the Atlanta Hawks were playing a three-game series with the Soviet nationatteam. The Atlanta Constitution reported Sunday that the NBA and Soviet sports officials are close to a deal that would allow center A-r- vydas Sabonis to play for the Portland Trail Blazers and guard Sharunas Marchulenis to play for Atlanta. In addition to discussions on Soviet players, Bettman said the Soviets also talked with the NBA about sponsored telecasts of NBA games, the sale of NBA licensed products and continued coopera- tion between the NBA and the Soviets on clinics for coaches, players and referees. AL Standings AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division .W... L. . Pet... GB Detroit 61 42 .592 - New York 60 42 .588 '/i Bosto n 6 0 43 .58 3 1 Cleveland Si 53 .495 10 Milwaukee 52 54 .491 10% Toronto 52 54 .491 IO'/J Baltimore 32 71 .311 29 West Division ,W... L. . Pet... GB Oakland 65 41 .613 — Minnesota i 57 46 .553 6% California 54 51 .514 10'A Kansas City 53 52 .505 HVi Texas 46 57 .447 17Vi Chicago 46 59 .438 18>A Seattle 40 65 .381 24'/i Monday's Games Toronto 3, Minnesota 1 Oakland 10, Chicago 2 Kansas City 5, Detroit -3 California 8, Seattle 4 Only games scheduled Tuesday's Games Cleveland (Candlottl 8-8) at Baltimore (Peraza 3-4), 7:35 p.m. ' ' Texas (Russell 8-3) at Boston (Gardner 4-1), 7:35 p.m. Minnesota (Lea 6-4) at Toronto (Clancy 4-11), 7:35 p.m. Oakland (Ontiveros 3-3) at Chicago (LaPoint 7-11), 8:30 p.m. Detroit (Robinson 12-4) at Kansas City (Bannister 8-8), 8:35 p.m. New York (John 8-3) ' at Milwaukee (Blrkbeck 5-5), 8:35 p.m. California (Finley 5-9) at Seattle (Trout 4-0, 10:05 p.m. AL Leaders AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING (313 at bats)-Boggs, Boston, .357; Puckett, Minnesota, .355; Winfield, New York, .346; Greenwell, Boston, .341; Brett, Kansas City, .339. RUNS—Canseco, Oakland, 87; Boggs, Boston, 78; RHenderson, New York, 75; Winfield, New York, 70; Molitor, Mil- waukee, 68. RBI —Canseco, Oakland, 86; Greenwell, Boston, 84; Brett, Kansas City, 78; Win- field, New York, 78; Puckett, Minnesota,, 77. HITS-Puckett, Minnesota, 150; Boggs, Boston, 135; Brett, Kansas City, 133; Franco, Cleveland, 129; Greenwell, Bos- ton, 128. DOUBLES-Brett, Kansas City, 34; Gladden, Minnesota, 30; Boggs, Boston, 29; Puckett, Minnesota, 27; Ray, Califor- nia, 27. TRIPLES—Yount, Milwaukee, 9; Rey- nolds,, Seattle,. .8; Wilson, ..Kansas City, 7;. Burks, Boston, 5; Gagne, Minnesota, 5; Manrique, Chicago, 5; Schofield, Califor- nia,'5. HOME RUNS—Canseco, Oakland, 31; Gaetti, Minnesota, 24; McGrlff, Toronto, 23; Carter, Cleveland, 20; Winfield, New York, 20. STOLEN BASES-RHenderson, New York, 56; Pettis, Detroit, 36; Molitor, Mil- waukee, 28; Canseco, Oakland, 27; Redus, Chicago, 24. PITCHING (10 decisions)—Viola, Min- nesota, 16-4, .800, 2.32; Clemens, Boston, 15-5, .750, 2,24; Robinson, Detroit, 12-4, .750, 2.86; Hurst, Boston, 11-4, .733, 4.56; Berenguer, Minnesota, 8-3, .727, 3.11; John, New York, 8-3, .727, 3.65; Russell, Texas, 8-3, .727, 3.39. STRIKEOUTS-Clemens, Boston, 232; Langston, Seattle, 162; Viola, Minnesota, 124; Guzman, Texas, 121; Hough, Texas, 121. SAVES-Eckersley, Oakland, 30; Rear- don, Minnesota, 26; Plesac, Milwaukee, . 25; DJones, Cleveland, 24; Thlgpen, Chi- cago, 21. NL Standings NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division .W... L.. Pet... GB New Yor k 63 41 .606 — Pittsburgh 59 45 .567 4 Montreal 55 48 .534 7V4 Chicago 50 53 .485 12% Philadelphia 45 59 .433 18 St. Louis 45 59 .433 18 west Division ,W... L.. Pet... GB Los Angeles 60 44 .577 — San Francisco 57 48 .543 3Vi Housto n 5 6 49 .53 3 4 % Cincinnati 52 53 .495 aVi San Diego 49 57 .462 12 Atlanta 35 70 .333 25% Monday's Games Cincinnati 4, Los Angeles 3 Pittsburgh .7, New York 2 San Francisco 4, Houston 1 San Diego 6, Atlanta 3 Only games scheduled Tuesday's Games Chicago (Moyer 5-9) at New York (Cone 10-2), 7:35 p.m. Montreal (B.Smith 7-6) at Pittsburgh (Dunne 6-8), 7:35 p.m. Philadelphia (Palmer, 5-8) at St. Louis (Magrane 1-4), 8:35 p.m. Atlanta (Smoltz 1-1) at San Diego (Show 7-10), 10:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Rijo 11-51 at Los Angeles (Leary 10-7), 10:35 p.m. Houston (Knepper 11-3) at San , Fran- cisco (Price 1-4), 10:35 p.m. Wednesday's Games Houston at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Chicago at New York, 7:35 p.m. . Montreal at Pittsburgh, 7:35 p.m. Philadelphia at St. Louis, 8:35 p.m. Atlanta at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Los Angeles, 10:35 p.m. NL Leaders NATIONAL LEAGUE BATTING (313 at batsl-GPerry, At- lanta, .324; Dawson, Chicago, .318; Galar- raga, Montreal, .316; Palmeiro, Chicago, .308; Sax, Los Angeles, .306. RUNS—Butler, San Francisco, 76; Strawberry, New York, 75; Bonds, Pitts- burgh, 74; Gibson, Los Angeles, 72; Ga- larraga, Montreal, 71. RBI—Clark, San Francisco, 81; GDavis, Houston, 74; Strawberry, New York, 72; VanSlyke, Pittsburgh, 70; Bonilla, Pitts- burgh, 65. HITS-McGee, St. Louis, 132; Galar- raga, Montreal, 129; Sax, Los Angeles, 129; Palmeiro, Chicago, 126; Dawson, Chicago, 125. DOUBLES-Sabo, Cincinnati, 33; Galar- raga, Montreal, 30; Hayes, Philadelphia, 27; Palmeiro, Chicago, 27; Bream, Pitts- burgh, 26; DMurphy, Atlanta, 26. TRIPLES-VanSlyke, Pittsburgh,' 14;' Coleman, St. Louis, 10; Gant, Atlanta, 7; Samuel, Philadelphia, 7; Butler, San Francisco, 6; Raines, Montreal, 6. HOME RUNS-Strawberry, New York, 28; Clark, San Francisco, 23; GDavis, Houston, 22; Galarraga, Montreal, 21; DMurphy, Atlanta, 19; Gibson, Los Ange- les, 19. STOLEN BASES-Coleman, St. Louis, 54; GYoung, Houston, 54; OSmith, St. Louis, 35; McGee, St. Louis, 34; Sabo, Cincinnati, 32. PITCHING (10 decisions>-Cone, New York, 10-2, .833, 2.47; J Robinson, Pitts- burgh, 8-2, .800, 3.00; Knepper, Houston, 11-3, .786, 3.02; Parrett, Montreal, 10-3, .769, 2.35; Scott, Houston, 10-3, .769, 2.91 . STRIKEOUTS-Ryan, Houston, 157; De- Leon, St. Louis, 131; Scott, Houston, 129; Fernandez, New York, 121; Gooden, New York, 117; Leary, Los Angeles, 117. SAVES—Franco, Cincinnati, 22; Bed- rosian, Philadelphia, 20; Worrell, St. Louis, 20; MaDavis, San blego, 18; DSmith, Houston, 17; Gott, Pittsburgh, 17. Monday Sports Transactions BASEBALL ... American League , CHICAGO WHITE SOX-Placed Greg Walker, first baseman, on. the 15-day dis- abled list, retroactive to July 30. Pur- chased the contract of James \Sap\ Ran- dall, first baseman-outfielder, from Van- couver of the Pacific Coast League. * National League ..._ .. . ... . Los ARSBLES DODGERS—Purchased the contract of Jose Gonzalez, outfielder, . from Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League. SAN FRANCISCO GI ANTS —Purchased the contract of Ron Davis, pitcher. Placed Terry Mulholland, pitcher, on the - 60-day disabled list. BASKETBALL - National Basketball Association ... . BOSTON CELTICS—Signed Reggie ' Lewis, forward, to a multlyear contract. CHICAGO BULLS-Agreed to terms with Sam Vincent, guard. HOUSTON ROCKETS-Named John Klllllea assistant coach of personnel. MILWAUKEE BUCKS-Slgned Tito Horford, center, to a three-year contract. PHOENIX SUNS-Slgned Andrew Lang, center, to a multiyear contract. SACRAMENTO KINGS-Signed Ricky Berry, guard, to a three-year contract. SEATTLE SUPERSONICS-Cut Henry Turner, forward, and Michael Talt, guard. UTAH JAZZ—Signed Bart Kofoed, guard, to a two-year contract. FOOTBALL National Football League BUFFALO BILLS-Cut Mike Akiu and Chas Fox, wide receivers; Willie Beecher, kicker; Tim Borcky, guard, and Kevin Starks, tight end. Signed Vincent Cour- vllle, wide receiver. DALLAS COWBOYS—Cut Tommy Du- hart and Al Huge, defensive tackles; Tony Griffin and Sean Washington, cor- nerbacks; James Hardman, guard; Victor Harmon and Mark Wallace, linebackers; Alart Hooker, wide receiver; Harper Le- Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen was upbeat about the prospects of Sabonis playing for Portland. \I'm waiting for Harry to come back,\ Allen said Sunday night. \I'll sit down and talk with him when he gets back. I remain op- timistic.\ Allen was asked whether the Blazers would reach a contract agreement with Sabonis or with the Soviet sports authorities, who would thenpay Sabonis a stipend. \That's really an issue for the whole league,\ Allen said, ''That's something that David Stern has been spending a lot of time thinking about.\ Sabonis left for home last week after spending jthree months in Portland rehabilitating a ruptured Achilles' tendon. Another issue is whether the Soviets' pay would count on an NBA team's salary cap. The Trail Blazers, after signing center Kevin Duckworth to an eight-year, $16 million contract, don't have much room under the cap. Jack Schalow, a Portland assis- tant coach who spent several weeks working with Sabonis, said he Bel, tight end; Derek Schmidt and Len Strandley, kicker; Dewayne Terry, safe- ty, and Chris Thomas, running back, DENVER BRONCOS-Announced that Dan Remsberg, offensive tackle, will re- turn to Denver after falling his physical examination with Philadelphia. Traded Carlos Scott, offensive lineman, to the Phoenix Cardinals for a conditional undis- closed draft choice. Placed Bill Leach, of- fensive lineman, on Injured reserve. GREEN BAY PACKERS-Signed George La France, wide receiver. HOUSTON OILERS—Cut John Pleper, punter, and Todd Spencer, fullback. LOS ANGELES RAIDERS-Cut Mickey Marvin and Greg Kunkel, guards; David Weber, quarterback; David Adams, run- ning back; Ken Henry and John Shapiro, wide receivers; Todd Stoney, defensive back, and Mel Black, linebacker. LOS ANGELES RAMS—Signed Greg Melsner, nose tackle, to a multlyear con- tract. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS-Cut Dave Or- ndorff, center; Darnell Clash and James McKlnely, cornerbacks; Thomas Squires, linebacker; Kevin McKinney, offensive guard; Tyler Ware, offensive tackle; Gar- land Jean Baptists, running back; Darryl Hammond alnd Nay Young, safeties, and Joe Hopkins, wide receiver. NEW YORK\ GIANTS-Slgned Eric Moore, tackle, to a four-year contract. NEW YORK JETS-Cut Darryl Oliver and Sean Sanders, running backs; Doug Green and Tom Schultlng, wide receiv- ers; Greg Johns and Phil Forney, line- backers; Mike Kingston and James Jones, defensive ends, and Sean Dykes, cornerback. Placed Rickey Isom, running back, on the reserve-retired list. PHOENIX CARDINALS-Cut Alfred Dorsey, wide receiver. PITTSBURGH STE E LE RS-Slghed Dermontti Dawson) offensive guard. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS-Traded Daryl Turner, wide receiver, to the Cleveland Browns for an undisclosed draft choice, PIRATE CRASH — Andy Van Slyke and Jose Lind collide chasing a flyball in a game earlier this season. The Pirates downed the Mets on Monday to keep the NL East race alive. (APLaserphoto) Giants Making The NL West Race Tight HILLELITALIE Associated Press Writer The San Francisco Giants have lost four starters but rediscovered another. With Dave Dravecky, Mike Krukow, Mike LaCoss and Terry Mulholland on the disabled list, the Giants turned to former All-Star Atlee Hammaker for help. Ham- maker, who began the season in the bullpen, pitched a five-hitter Mon- day night for his first victory in six starts as the Giants defeated the Houston Astros 4-1. The Giants have won six straight and moved past Houston into se- cond place in the National League West, 3 ] / 2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost 4-3 to Cincinnati. \I feel good about going the distance. It's been a while,\ said Hammaker, 5-3, who pitched his first complete game since August of last season. \I was battling the wnoie game. I nad to have good concentration.\ Will Clark led the Giants' offense with' two doubles and his 23rd homer and drove in two runs to give him a league-leading 81 RBI. But the first baseman preferred to talk about Hammaker. The Astros, who took two out of three at Los Angeles last weekend, now trail the Dodgers by- 4M> games. \It's a very important series. We're fighting for second place and the next couple of weeks we all (Dodgers, Astros, Giants) play each other, so it's a good opportuni- ty to do something,\ Houston manager Hal Lanier said. Nolan Ryan, 8-8, had 11 strikeouts in seven innings, the 179th time in his career he's struck out 10 or more in a game, and rais- ed his major league-record career strikeout total to 4,703. Reds 4, Dodgers 3 Chris Sabo's two-run single cap- ped a four-run rally in the eighth in- ning and Danny Jackson won for the seventh time in eight starts to lead Cincinnati. Mets Box National at New York PITTSBURGH .. 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By the end of the, season, he could contribute.\ Coach Mike Schuler said it would take time for Sabonis to become ad*, justed tothe NBA. \He will also have tremendous, pressure on him,\ Schuler said; \People cannot expect the world . oUtofhim.\ Jackson, 14-5, allowed seven hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked one in his first ap- pearance ever against Los Angeles. Pirates 7, Mets 2 Doug Drabek pitched six shutout innings and Mike LaValliere hit a two-run homer as Pittsburgh averted a four-game sweep at Shea Stadium. The Pirates snapped New York's five-game winning streak and pull- ed to within four of the first-place Mets in the NL East. The teams play a four-game series in Pitt- sburgh starting Friday night. LaValliere's homer broke a scoreless tie in the sixth. R.J. Reynolds had four hits and three stolen bases. Drabek, 10-5, permitted six hits and won his fifth consecutive start. Dwight Gooden, 13-6, went 61-3 inn- ings and gave up four runs on 11 hits, matching the most he has allowed in his career. Padres 6, Braves 3 Pinch-hitter John Kruk's two-run double highlighted a five-run sixth inning as San Diego handed Atlanta it seventh straight loss. Ed Whitson, 10-6, scattered seven hits in six innings and won for the seventh time in his last eight deci- sions. Dave Leiper allowed two hits and struck out five in three innings for his first save. Canseco Blasts 31st Homerun In Victory ByKENRAPPOPORT AP Sports Writer Jose Canseco hit 31 home runs for the Oakland Athletics last year, but his accomplishment was generally overshadowed by the extraor- dinary rookie year of teammate Mark McGwire, who had 49. This year, Canseco is making some bigger news for himself with 31 homers so far — including five in the last four games. Homering in his fourth straight game Monday night, Canseco led the Athletics to a 10-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. \Basically you get in a groove, Instead of hitting line drives, you hit them out,\ Canseco said. \They come in bunches. Sometimes you go a week without hitting a home run.\ Canseco's 31 homers lead the ma- jor leagues. His two-run homer in the first inning Monday night, in- cidentally, was the 100th of his career. Dave Henderson also had a big night for Oakland by driving in four runs with a homer and a single. The victory was the third in the last four games and, coupled with Minnesota's 3-1 loss to Toronto, im- proved the A's lead in the AL West to 6% games. The loss was the fifth straight for the White Sox. Blue Jays 3, Twins 1 George Bell hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, leading; Toronto over Minnesota and spoil- ing Prank Viola's bid to become the majors' first 17-game winner. Viola, 16-4, was lifted with two outs in the eighth after giving up consecutive singles to Tbny Fer- nandez and Manny Lee. Bell then greeted reliever Jeff Reardon with his 15th homer of the season. Royals 5, Tigers 3 Bo Jackson hit his third home run in three games and fueled another rally with a double, leading Kansas City over Detroit. The loss trimmed the Tigers' lead in the AL East to one-half game over New York and one game over Boston. Both were idle. Mark Gubicza, who lost 3-1 to the Tigers last week' in Detroit, im- proved his record to 13-6 with relief help in the eighth inning. Angels 8, Mariners 4 Devon White, Bob Boone and Tony Armas hit home runs as' California won a club-record 10th straight road game. The victory was the sixth' straight for the Angels, who have' won 20 of their last 28 games. They previously established the club' record for most consecutive wins on the road when they won nine straight last year. Thomspon Finds Much Red Tape Schintzius Linked To Drugs? NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. men's basketball coach John Thompson has already had some Olympic logistics problems and it is his own government that has him upset. Thompson told a telephone news conference on Monday that he has had problems with American military officials concerning use of a gymnasium at an Army base in Korea as a backup facility. \It appears to me that I have to get an act from the President in order to use a United States facility and I kind of resent that,\ Thomp- son said from Washington. \I always get a kick out of people tell- ing me this is our team, America's team. \It is, until you're ready to use some facilities. We've had more problems with the U.S. Army and that facility than anything I've made a trip over to Korea for.\ Thompson has expressed con- cern over the starting times of the games in the Olympics because they will be played in a time zone 13 hours from television prime time on the East Coast of the United States. That means for the game to oiaxrl av srp.ui. HI tntr eastern ttmrea States, it would have to start at 8 a.m. in Seoul. He has made trips to Seoul to make sure everything would go smoothly and securing' practice facilities was a big part of those trips. \The gym was a backup; it was not the primary place we would practice,\ Thompson said, his voice starting to rise. \What we wanted to do was know what we could do if the main practice facili- ty that had been assigned to us had fallen apart. At least we would have had somewhere to go — and it was a U.S. military base for 45 minutes a day — without an act of Congress.\ Thompson on Monday also con- firmed published reports that Florida center Dwayne Schintzius was interviewed by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administra- tion on the day he was released from the Olympic team. Thompson emphasized the meeting came after he had decided to release the 7-foot sophomore and had nothing to do with his being sent home from the camp being conducted at Georgetown. Schintzius, along with Randolph '. Keys of Southern Mississippi and > Dyron Nix of Tennessee, was * released after being among the \<• final 20 players in quest of the 12 • berths on the team, which will de- •; fend the gold medal in Seoul in : September. I A spokesman for the University •• of Florida said Monday that the ' school would have no comment. r ; Coach Norm Sloan was out of the ' office Monday and could not be .' reached by telephone. [ The reports of the meeting sur- • faced in Florida newspapers dur- ; ing the weekend. White Leading La Mode Open : Tournament GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - : David White of Oklahoma City -, jumped from third place to the •• third-round lead Monday in the Professional Bowlers Association's - ^rli^r t w\j mtx l«vuc vps^xr. White, who has yet to win a PBA • crown, toppled 3,911 pins for 18 • games. He led 24 qualifiers into 24 games of match-play competition, which • began Monday night. Those 24. from the original field of 160, will * be further pared to the five Tues- • day night for Wednesday night's ; nationally televised championship - round. \ Joe Firpo of Lake Worth, Fla., .; who led after the first round, fell in- * to second place. Firpo, whose lone '. PBA title came last year in Las - Vegas, Nev., scattered 3,833 pins. \- Second-round leader Leroy Bor- ; nhop of St. Charles, Mo,, who also • owns a PBA tour victory, held the ,.' No. 3 spot with 3,817 pins, ; Pete McCordic of Houston, who is - trying to become the first player *. since 1986 to win three title in a * year, is in fourth place after knock- * ing down 3,799 pins. ; Jimmy Keeth of West Palm - Beach, Fla., who like White is gun- \. ning for PBA triumph No. 1, com- ; pletes the top five, one pin behind - McCordic with a 3,798 total. : Drug Arrest Gave White Big Break To NFL Return FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Charlie White<says the best break he ever got was when he was arrested last Aug 1 .21. He was found wandering in a field hear the Lbs Angeles Rams' train- ing camp, muttering and wielding a trash can lid as if it were a shield. White, who had relapsed into cocaine use, was jailed on a misde- meanor charge' of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Many thought his career was over. • Far from it. White, who hadn't had much success in the pro game, had a stunning turnaround. Less than six months after being arrested, he had won the NFL rushing title and appeared in his first Pro Bowl. \To change that now would mess something up in the whole order of things,\ the Rams' tailback said. \This way, it turned out to be positive \Almoufhhe will likely have to share the coveted starting position With a rookie, first-round draft pick Gaston Green, White says he'll have no ^\PveSfa jobto'do,\ White said. \If it's running, blocking or cat- ching the football, I've got to do what I've got to do. Talk to me after this ye white, entering his eighth season (he spent anbther on injured reserve), says he can handle any role. \As long as John (Robinson's) in charge, he's always going to run the ball,' White said. \He still believes in the run. It's John's offense.\ Robinson, White's coach at Southern Cal, was the only one in the Ram's' organization who wanted White when he was released by the Cleveland Browns and cleared league waivers in 1985. Robinson, the Rams' sixth-year coach, said of those who doubted White's ability: \Nobody thought he could do it the first time. Why would anybody change? If you're wrong, you might as well stay wrong.\ , After his arrest, a judge ordered White into a drug diversion program and, as part of the arrangement that allowed him to return to the Rams, he agreed to undergo dauy drug testing. White says he's completed the final phase of his court-ordered rehabilitation program. The 30-year-old^ who was described by his team as \durable hard working ... reliable backup to Eric Dickerson,\ said he's had the drug charge erased from his record. However, the arrest will be the topic of a forthcoming Sports Il- lustrated article scheduled for publication in September. \I think they're focusing on everything: my life, the problems, my career,\ he said. \Basically it haseverything. I'm just being as honest I as I can and giving them what I feel people want to read.\ As he undewent therapy, things began to fall into place for the 30-year- old White, the Heisman Trophy winner from Southern Cal. As Eric Dickerson's backup, White spent most of the Rams' first two games of 1987 on the bench. But then, when the NFL players' strike began, White chose to cross the picket line and was the club's No 1 tailback during the three replacement team games. After the strike ended, he got the job for the rest of the season when the discontented Dickerson was traded to Indianapolis. White respond- ed with a league-leading 1,374 yards, 86 more than Dickerson. Dickerson has peppered White with verbal jabs since the trade. But until how, White has remained silent. He still would rather respond on the field, although it's impossible to keep everything inside. \It shows insecurity in himself,\ White said of Dickerson. \When anyone starts boasting off at the mouth, I think they're in fear of something. I think he's in fear of me and what I can do with this line I S?^ e ;J r £ ally think he t 11011 ^ that losinghim, because he was the man that the Rams weren't going to exist. ' \ But the running game kept going.\

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