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Criminal Type becomes toast of both coasts

Criminal Type became the toast of both coasts with his conquest of 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence.

And with a disposition to match his name, Criminal Type has surged from nowhere to being the undisputed No. 1 horse in the country.

Criminal Type beat Sunday Silence by a head Sunday in the $1 million Hollywood Gold Cup, his third major upset in six weeks.

"They got their money's worth, didn't they?" said an ecstatic D. Wayne Lukas, who trains the 5-year-old son of Alydar out of Klepto by No Robbery.

Criminal Type, who was running in allowance races as recently as January, was coming off two upsets on the East Coast. He beat Ruhlmann in the $1 million Pimlico Special on May 12, then surprised Housebuster and Easy Goer in the Metropolitan Mile at Belmont on May 28. Both victories were by a neck.

Ruhlmann, Sunday Silence's stablemate, set the pace as expected in the 51st Gold Cup. Ruhlmann, Criminal Type and Sunday Silence ran 1-2-3, from the rail out, down the backstrech. They were nearly abreast turning for home.

As Ruhlmann dropped off the pace, Criminal Type and Sunday Silence battled through the stretch to a photo finish.

Criminal Type covered the 1 1/4 miles in 1:59 4-5, more than a second slower than the stakes and track record.

Opening Verse was third, another 3 1/2 lengths back.

Celtics' Bird still stunned
by Jimmy Rodgers' firing

Nearly two months after the season's end, Larry Bird remains stunned over Boston's quick demise in the NBA playoffs and the firing of coach Jimmy Rodgers.

"It's still a shock they let Jimmy go," Bird said before hosting a charity game with other NBA stars at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. "I felt sad for Jimmy. I liked and respected Jimmy a lot. I'm sorry that happened to him. He never really had an opportunity. We had some injuries and we never really came together last year."

The Celtics lost to New York in the first round of the NBA playoffs, allowing the Knicks to rally for three straight triumphs to take the best-of-five series.

Boston then fired Rodgers after two seasons as coach and replaced him with former assistant Chris Ford. Former Big East commissioner Dave Gavitt was named director of operations, completing the executive shuffle.

Bird and center Kevin McHale have been the subject of trade talks as Wednesday's NBA draft nears, but Bird doubts either will be dealt.

"I can't see (a trade) ever happening, but if it does, I'll make the best of it," Bird said. "I want to finish my career there. I'm a Celtic. I'll be a Celtic for life."

On McHale, he added, "He's not replacable. You don't give up somebody who does what he can. Put him in this year's draft at his age and he's the No. 1 pick. You couldn't give up McHale up for the first three Cannot distribute vertically first-round draft choices."

Olympic Cup gymnastics
dominated by Sharipov

Soviet Rustam Sharipov won the parallel bars with a near-flawless performance, scoring 9.9 in the event, and captured the all-around title in the U.S. Olympic Cup men's gymnastics competition at Salt Lake City .

Sharipov, 19, also won the still rings with a score of 9.8 and the floor exercise with a 9.75 on his way to a combined score of 58.1 points in the six events. He won four gold medals in the international meet.

East German Sylvio Kroll took the silver medal in the all-around with 57.9 points, and Lance Ringnald of Albuquerque, N.M., who fell during his pommel horse routine, scored 57.3 points to earn the bronze.

Athletes from Canada, Cuba and the United States competed as Team North America against Team Europe, made up of gymnasts from East and West Germany and the Soviet Union.

Czyz stops Maynard
on seventh round TKO

Former International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion Bobby Czyz stopped 1988 Olympic light heavyweight gold medalist Andrew Maynard in the seventh round of a scheduled 10-round bout in Atlantic City, N.J.

Referee Frank Cappuccino halted the fight 42 seconds into the seventh when Maynard failed to beat the count. He was dropped by a right hand and left hook.

Around & About

Katie Girard, a Nichols School graduate from Orchard Park, finished second in the 1,500-meter freestyle to East Germany's Grit Mueller in the Charlotte (N.C.) UltraSwim competition. Girard finished in 16:49.46, while Mueller set a meet record of 16:36.91. The UltraSwim meet is a warm-up to next month's Goodwill Games at Seattle. . . . Tournament awards were given Sunday at the Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY, Inc.'s awards picnic at the Newton-Abbott Fire Hall grove. More than 2,700 anglers signed up for the event. The top three: Tadeusz Skarbek of Cheektowaga, 10.43 pounds; Anthony L. Orsini Jr. of Springville, 10.34, and James Kaczanowski of Cheektowaga, 10.07. Skarbek's winning walleye was taken late Saturday morning outside Buffalo Harbor. . . . Ruth Hangen of Getzville won the women's championship at the Eastern National Horseshoe Pitching Tournament at Erie, Pa. She won all seven of her games, averaging 70 percent ringers.

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