HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) _ Outfielder Carmelo Martinez of the San Diego Padres hit a second-inning two-run homer to spark a 17-hit attack as Puerto Rico’s Caguas Creoles trounced the Dominican Republic’s Cibao Eagles, 13-2, to win the championship of the Caribbean Baseball Series.
Martinez was named most valuable player of the series Sunday and hit .533 to win the batting crown.
Puerto Rico had forced the extra game by tying for first place with a 4-0 shutout of the Dominican Republic earlier Sunday, behind the pitching of Juan Nieves. The Milwaukee Brewers left-hander, who had not pitched since Jan. 8, held the Dominicans to one hit over six innings.
Other contributors to Puerto Rico’s championship were Candy Maldonado of the San Francisco Giants, who had four home runs in the series, and pitcher Francisco Javier Oliveras of the Baltimore Orioles.
Puerto Rico took a 3-0 lead in the second inning of the title game and added four runs in the seventh on hits by Maldonado, Roberto Alomar and German Rivera. The Creoles scored six times in the eighth inning, including a three- run homer by Rivera.
Starter Jim Siwy earned the victory for Puerto Rico, giving up four hits and one run in 5 2-3 innings. He was followed by Luis de Leon, David Cone and Omar Alivares. The loser was Oakland’s Jose Rijo, who allowed Puerto Rico’s first three runs.
BOSTON (AP) - Boston University and Northeastern, a couple of first-round giant killers, meet for the championship of the 35th Beanpot hockey championship tonight at Boston Garden.
Boston College, a Hockey East power, and Harvard, the No. 1 team in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, meet in the consolation opener with BC’s Len Ceglarski again seeking to become the winningest coach in intercollegiate history with a 566th victory.
Boston University, the 1986 Beanpot champion after losing to Northeastern in the finals in 1984 and 1985, shocked Boston College 6-3 last Monday. The Terriers climbed to 12-12-3 for the season on the goaltending of Terry Taillefer, the Beanpot’s most valuable player one year ago.
Northeastern, which figures a Beanpot championship for local boasting rights will salvage a disappointing season, surprised favored Harvard 5-4 on defenseman Brian Dowd’s goal in overtime. That improved the Huskies’ record to 7-16-3.
Boston College, which has lost its last two games in vain bids to give Ceglarski the coaching record, has a 20-6 record. Harvard boasts a 17-2 mark, winning two games last week after the upset by Northeastern.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea’s top sports official has set a target of up to 12 gold medals and fifth place in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, officials said today.
The target was disclosed during a New Year briefing given by Sports Minister Lee Sei-kee to President Chun Doo-hwan.
Ministry officials said Lee’s ambitious plans aim to pull South Korea ahead of China and Japan as the top Asian sports power at the 24th Olympiad.
Lee called for concentrated financial and other support for 12 promising sports, including boxing, archery, judo, wrestling and table tennis, along with a 600-day intensive training program for Korean athletes, they said.
He also said his ministry would step up sports diplomacy, especially with East European and third world countries, to make the Seoul Games a success, the officials said.