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Dalley News Sports * * * Section 4 FrMiy, July 22,1177: Nine Valley stars bolster North South, 'wonder backfield' Shrine favorites By FRED EISENHAMMER How's this for a backfield? Inglewood High School's Eric Scoggins at quarterback and Banning's Freeman McNeil, Pius X's Darrin Nelson and Aviation's Dan Clary as running backs. All four are All-Americans. They're the chief reason the South team is favored in tomorrow night's 26th annual Shrine All-Star Football Classic at the Rose Bowl. More than 50,000 fans are expected to watch the charity contest which begins at 7:30 p.m. All pro- ceeds go to support the Shriners Hospital for crippled children in Los Angeles. Although the South may have the edge in superstars, there is no dearth of talent on the North team, which boasts nine San Fernando Valley-area players on its 28-man roster. Cleveland's bulldozing Tim Brown and Agoura's nimble Darren Rogers give the North two strong threats at running back. But it's through the air where the North team will probably win or lose this game. And that's where Monroe's Randy Lee conies in. Lee, who tossed five touchdown passes against an excellent Banning defense in a City semifinal playoff game, is a pinpoint quarterback who threw for 26 touchdowns last year. He's expected to split time at quarterback with another fine passer in Randy Kertel of Los Altos. But Lee will have the advantage of throwing to a familiar target in teammate Jeff Luckett, the slick wide receiver who is dangerous whenever he has the football. Add glue-fingered Don Jorgens of Cleveland and Rob Voors of Temple City to the list of North receivers and it's no wondercoaches Dick Rippey of; Hollywood School and Gordon Warnock of Crescenta Valley plan to attack by the air. Said Warnock: "We're going to try to pass. The fans . pay good money to see a game and we have an obligation to entertain them." Leading the North's defense are All-Americans Robert Epps of West Covina (guard), Role Evans of' Palisades (end) and Steve Busick of Temple City linebacker. Each play in which McNeil or Nelson carries the; Please turn to page 2»col. 2 Rogers, Expos blank Dodgers Valley representatives in Shrine game well-rounded talent. Local players are (clockwise) Rob LoCurto (50), Randy Bahe, Jeff Luckett, Dave Corner, Don Jorgens, Tim Brown, Darren Rogers, Charles Wilson and Randy Lee. Ktckoff at Rose Bowl is at 7:30 p.m. vaiiay News photo ByTOBYZWIKEL The Dodgers apparently decided to continue their All-Star break an extra day. Steve Rogers took advantage of the Dodgers' continued lack of punch at the plate to fire a four- hitter and Tony Perez, the former Cincinnati Red, drove in three runs as the fast-improving Expos posted a 4-0 victory. The 35,833 fans at Dodger Stadium for Jackie Robinson Night and the "second half" opener had to sit on their hands much of the night as Rogers, a 27-year-old righthan- der, allowed only singles by Steve Garvey in the second inning, Reggie Smith in the seventh and Johnny Gates and Bill Russell in the ninth. The 6-ft., 1-in., 177-pounder struck out eight -- including the side in the eighth inning -- and walked one in boosting his record to 10-8 with his third complete game against the Dodgers this season and his 12th over-all, tops in the National League. Rogers, who was making his sixth bid for his 10th win and had not won in exactly one month, also had complete-game victories over the Dodgers May 1 at Dodger Stadium and May 10 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. "My curve, sinker and fastball were all effective tonight," said Rogers. "I didn't get behind much. "It's been eight days since my last start, so I really had to strive for timing out there." Rogers said not being picked for the All-Star team bothered him somewhat. "It was disappointing," he said, "but guys like Doug Rau and Bob Forsch (of the Cardinals) weren't picked either." The Expos tagged loser Rick Rhoden (10-7), starting in place of Burt Hooton who had worked four innings of relief in San Diego last Sunday, for all of their runs and all six of their hits in the first six innings. Elias Sosa and Charlie Hough combined to hurl three innings of no-hit relief. It was the fourth victory in a row for the Expos, who now are 13-5 in July and 30-26 in the past two months, and left them ll'/a games back of first-place Chicago in the NLEast. The loss prevented the Dodgers from expanding their 9 ! /2 game edge over Cincinnati in the West and marked only the third time this season they have been shut out. It was Rogers' fourth shutout, tying him with Tom Seaverforthe league lead. He preserved the whitewash by getting Smith to bounce into a game-ending double play after the singles by Gates and Russell put runners at first and second with one out. Please turn to page 2, col. 1 Prized rookie running back Tony Dorset! sprained a knee yester day in a game-type scrimmage be tween the Dallas Cowboys and the San Diego Chargers. He hurt his right knee and had to leave the action when Chargers safety Keith King, a 220-pounder, stopped him on a running play Dorsett carried only four times, gaining 10 yards. * * * A weekly newspaper in Kentucky reported yesterday that pitcher Woodie Fryman, who left the world champion Cincinnati Beds earlier this month, may end his self-imposed retirement sometime in the next week. An article written by C. A. Nard in the Flemingsburg Tunes-Den- c arat said Fryman may return to baseball and play with a team in the northeast U.S. Fryman, who had requested to be placed on the voluntary retirement list after leaving the Reds to return to his Ewing, Ky., farm, has a contract with the Reds through 1978. ' August A. Busch Jr., owner of the St Louis Cardinals, last night lifted the club's rule against facial hair but told relief pitcher Al Hra- toslqr his moustache had better improve his game. "Work your butt off fora penant and quit complaining," Busch said he told Hrabosky. Hrabosky had considered his Fu Manchu moustache part of his "Mad Hungarian" act on the mound He reluctantly complied with manager Veni Kapp's ban on long hair this spring, but frequently complained. # * » Top seeds GvUfem* VH»» and Brian Gottfried advanced yesterday with victories in the $125,000 Washington Star International Tennis championships. The top-seeded Vilas, a 24-year- oW native of Argentina, took a little over an hour to dispose of Van Winitiky, an 18-year-old sopho more at UCLA, 6-4,6-1 to advance to the third round. In his third round match, second-seeded Gottfried, of Bonaventure, Fla., rallied to beat 32-year- old Australian DfckCreoly 4-6,7-5, 6-2, In other second round matches, sixth-deeded funw BWMMM of Silver Spring, Mdd., toppled B«w* Is Cano finished? Skyhawks say no The Skyhawks may make their fourth goaltending change of the season for tonight's important contest with the first-place Spirits in Sacramento. Brian Parkinson, who played for the team much of last season when the Skyhawks won the American Soccer League title, could get the call. Parkinson joined the team Wednesday night when regular goalie Marine Cano failed to appear for the game at Birmingham Stadium against the California Sunshine. Avetis Hovsepian played the entire game, won by the Skyhawks, 3-2, and if Parkinson does not draw the starting assignment tonight, Hovsepian will be in goal. Cano, according to his attorney, Barry Anderson of Torrance, is no longer under contract to the Skyhawks. "Our position," Anderson said yesterday, "is that certain salaries were due Mr. Cano on the 15th of July. Those salaries were not paid. We gave notice to the club and gave them the opportunity to cure the situation. They failed to do so and we've declared the contract breached." John Irvine, director of opera- tions for the Skyhawks, said Cano does not have the power to void his contract. "The only way a player contract can be broken," Irvine said, "is by the USSF (United States Soccer Federation) and the USSF will not break a contract because we were four or five days late on Cano's pay check when players on two other teams in the United States have not been paid for 45 days." Irvine declined to disclose the names of those teams or to reveal whether they were in the ASL or the North American Soccer League. He said he did not know how many of the Skyhawks failed' to receive their most recent checks. Cano's departure prompted renewed inquiries as to the Skyhawks' financial position. Please turn to page 2, col. 1 Bpstock helps Goltz trip Ryan, Angels BLOOMINGTON (UPI) -- Dave Goltz gave up two runs in the first inning then hurled shutout ball the rest of the way last night to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 win over Nolan Ryan and the California Angels. Lyman Bostock, the former California State University, Northridge star, slugged a two- run triple in the firstand scored on Larry Hisle's bunt single to complete all the Twins' scoring. " "Bobby Bonds hit his 19th home run in the first off Goltz. Bonds drove in Ranee Mulliniks, who had reached safely on an error. Goltz, who pitched his 10th complete game, held the Angels to sue hits. He walked only one and struck out six, upping his record to 11-6. Rod Carew went O-for-2 and his batting average dropped to .391. Ryan, 13-9, gave up only four hits but walked seven while posting only four strikeouts to raise his season total to 238. Both clubs experienced scoring droughts after the first inning. Goltz settled into a groove and retired the Angels for eight innings without a run -- nailing California in order five times. Meanwhile, Ryan continued to have his problems in making strikes. Numerous times the right- handed flamethrower found himself behind on batters and went to several full-count situations on Minnesota hitters. But he was lucky the game didn't get out of hand early. The Twins left nine runners on base and could have pushed across insurance runs several times if not for clutch pitching by Ryan. -KOOZ Fbwszi (left) of Sunshine and Skyhawks 1 Alan Sproates chase after loose ball during 3-2 ASL win for local team earlier this week. Skyhawks travel to Sacramento for game tonight 6-3. i of North Hollywood, 6-4, Dodgers re/ease 'Gentleman Al 9 The Dodgers yesterday requested irrevocable waivers on veteran left-handed pitcher Al Downing for purposes of giving him his unconditional release. Downing, who was unsigned, had appeared in only 12 games and pitched 20 innings with an 01 record and a 6.75 earned run average. The cut was made necessary when Lee Lacy returned from the disabled list and the Dodgers called up Lance Rautzhan front Albuquerque. Downing joined the Dodgers in 1971 and won 20 games lhalyear. In those six-plus seasons with the Dodgers, he compiled a 46-37 record. Downing is in his 17th year in the major leagues, having spent nine of those seasons with the New York Yankees. Downing said the club's decision came as a surprise. "I didn't expect it," he said. "I was told they wanted to go with 10 pitchers. It's a tough point of the year, they have nine now and they Ve got the kid (Lance Raut- zhan) and you can't count him, so that's eight and Carman is hurt, so that makes seven. It's their decision. They have to live with it" He expressed disappointment that he wasn't given a greater opportunity to pitch. 'There's always bitterness," he said. "You never expect it to happen to you, "Personally, 1 fell I couJ3Tiavc pitched a lot more." Job hunting, Downing feels he couid help a contender. "At this point of the season," he said, "I still think I could win 10 games. But I'd have to be with a contender to do it" Downing and John Hale were the only unsigned Dodgers. "I hale to think," Downing said, "that they released me because I hadn't signed." KWSPAPERl .'SPAPERf