Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Sports Notebook

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Sports Notebook

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To Avert Repeat of '54 World Series Sweep,

Cleveland Must Hit Its Stride Quickly

'Sweep" is not a word the Cleveland Indians like to hear, but unless they can win tonight's third game of the World Series at home, the Atlanta Braves might pull the brooms out of their Halloween closet and whisk away the American League champions in four straight.

As the visiting team in the first two Series games, Cleveland's objective was to gain a proverbial split. Instead, Atlanta has taken a 2-0 lead, making Game 3 absolutely critical for the Indians. An 0-3 deficit is almost inescapable, especially when the Braves are ready to send Greg Maddux back to the mound for Game 4 and presumably yet again in Game 7, if it comes to that.

Clevelanders, in particular, would like to erase any "sweep" thoughts, since the Indians were held winless in their last Series appearance (1954).

Maddux was masterly in Saturday night's opener, hurling the first two-hit, complete game in the World Series in 24 years. The Braves won 3-2, then came back with another one-run victory Sunday (4-3) while using four pitchers. In the process, they've held the Indians' potent batting order to a .125 batting average.

Atlanta has not batted all that much better (.205), but then hitting is not a team strength. The play of the Series thus far was probably an eighth-inning pickoff play by Braves catcher Javier Lopez. His home-to-first-base bullet throw caught baserunner Manny Ramirez by surprise in Game 2 and helped snuff out a potential rally.

Women in training for Olympic basketball

ELEVEN women likely to represent the United States in basketball at next summer's Olympics have completed a three-week training camp at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The camp and the games that follow are part of a one-time, pre-Olympic development program intended to improve some disappointing results (bronze medals at the most recent Olympics and world championships).

The team consists of former college All-Americans and national-team players normally resigned to overseas professional opportunities.

The squad begins a nationwide tour against women's college teams on Oct. …

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