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i GOLF SECTIOil F Scoreboard, Page 7 Comics, Pages 8, 9 Picture page, Page 10 Sports: 222-6660 Redmond's game ready for Michigan Open; Hale Irwin wins Buick Classic. Page 5F. Monday, June 25, 1990 Ucttoit $m $w L. George puscas Stanton synonymous with Football News ncfAr Itantnn caur anH urrntf ohrwit mAct rJt f 1 the great football running backs of his lifpHmp Rut nraip pvpr ran with thp hall thf II way he ran with the Football News. M Stanton. 61. died Saturday. He was editor-publisher of the nationally circulated tabloid. The Football News was little more than a newsletter when Stanton and several friends, -including Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, bought it in 1962. . In the years since, Stanton, a University of Michigan journalism grad and former bank publicist, developed the publication into a weekly staple for thousands of football zealots. He filled it with interviews and gossip, with opinion, news and statistics, including a compendium of team results and upcoming schedules, point spreads and predictions. The latter coupling into one handy package all the information casual gamblers needed triggered the growth of the Football News and made it the most successful publication of its kind. Now, the Football News, with a claimed circulation of more than 50,000 weekly, has lost the man who gave it everything except its name. In recent years, Stanton developed social connections with many football leaders, and that helped bring authenticity to his work. A big hit on campuses Although the Football News might be recognized by most fans, Stanton personally was not widely known among sports followers here. He might, in fact, have been more popular on midlands college campuses at Oklahoma, Arkansas and Nebraska and at schools such as Notre Dame, Miami and Georgia, than at the Silverdome. He often visited the major football schools, where he and his paper first gained acceptance and popularity. Locally, at least, Stanton was considered by many as an unwelcome intruder in the sports-news business. In its early years, the Football News was considered little more than a gambler's tool. As a result, for many years Stanton was barred from press boxes in the NFL. Neither he nor his paper ever quite shed the gambling stigma. I always liked him personally, although at times, Stanton might do some strange things. Years ago, when the Lions were still winners, he addressed the Beavers, a sports-minded group at the Detroit Athletic Club, and, for no apparent reason, vilified William Clay Ford, owner of the Lions. His insults were so outlandish that immediate demands for an apology say you're sorry, or else, Roger came from Ford's lawyers. Stanton apologized. He sent Ford a letter begging his forgiveness and explaining he had had too many cocktails while awaiting his turn on the dais. Letter to Brokaw disturbed many I thought Roger must have been sipping too deeply a year or so ago, when he sent a letter to NBC's Tom Brokaw criticizing the network's documentary "Black Athletes: Fact and Fiction." Stanton never known publicly, at least, for racial prejudices wrote that the show failed to identify a general lack of discipline among black athletes. He added that black athletes were reluctant to make sacrifices to achieve their goals, and that they also had wilder emotional swings in competition. To make sure his comments got attention, Stanton sent a copy of the letter to the Free Press, which published his views. He got attention. Unions representing pro football and basketball players hollered "foul," and condemnation of Stanton from around the country , quickly followed. He never adequately explained what caused him to write those letters, or where or when he developed such views. In all the years I knew Roger, he never mentioned race, nor did it seem to influence editorial matters. Stanton also had a collection of personal favorites, some of whom he gushed over. Among them were Al Davis, managing general partner of the Los Angeles Raiders, and the late Joe Robbie, owner of the Miami Dolphins. Stanton and his wife, Pam, who writes a column in the Football News, were social confidants for many years of Howard Cosell, once the ABC-TV guru of "Monday Night Football." At a cocktail party a few years ago, Cosell confided to Pam that he intended to quit his job. When she reported what Howard told her, he denied ever saying it. Their friendship ended abruptly. Such is the price of a scoop. Several weeks later, Cosell resigned at ABC. Once, I had a turn with Stanton. He upbraided me when I quit the board of directors of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in protest of the manner in which elections were handled. Stanton wrote: "You should be more tolerant of some things. . . ." We'll save room for that. A funeral mass for Roger Stanton will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Paul Catholic Church, Grosse Pointe Farms. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The top four cars in Sunday's 400 at Michigan International Speedway finished within two car lengths of each other: FN DRIVER WINNINGS 1 Dale Earnhardt $72,950 2 Ernie Irvan $41,000 3 Geoff .Bodine $33,375 4 Mark Martin $25,400 inside MIS grid; Winston Cup point standings; Earnhardt fishes for better luck; Michael Andretti beats father Mario, Pages 6-7F. I f-4. .... v. A 1 : tZH 1 ' i -t.. ri. j av,n L f- f 1 Ia. f. j WILLIAM ARCHIEDetroit Free Press Dale Earnhardt celebrates Sunday after winning the Miller 400 by . 1 4 of a second over Ernie Irvan, who couldn't squirt past. Earnhardt wins after Elliott s engine goes BY STEVE CROWE Free Press Sports Writer BROOKLYN, Mich. Like a blanket. Like a brand-new umbrella. Like Bill Elliott, who had won seven of his previous 12 starts at Michigan International Speedway. "Bill looked like he had us covered," a beaming Dale Earnhardt said after winning Sunday's NASCAR Miller 400 by .14 of a second over second-place Ernie Irvan. "God dang, that was fun! I'll be jumped up if it don't feel good!" Earnhardt averaged 150.219 miles an hour. Elliott, in his Ford Thunderbird, had been the near-constant dominator, leading 102 of the 200 laps around the steep-banked, two-mile oval before a track-record crowd estimated at 85,000. In 1985, '86 and last year, Elliott's initial victories came at MIS. But not this year unless he remains winless until Aug. 19, then wins the Champion 400 at MIS. After each of Sunday's four caution periods, for 16 laps, Elliott regained the lead, which he extended to about four car lengths as late as the 185th lap. But having blown an engine on Lap 186, Elliott's car slowed dramatically in Turn 1, leaving a trail of oil on the track apron en route to the pits. Irvan, 31, who started 11th and was attempting to become the first driver to conquer MIS in his first attempt, lingered on Earnhardt's bumper over the final five laps. His best chance to topple The Terminator who started fifth came near the end of Lap 198. See MILLER 400, Page 6F Tanana tattooed by Angels He plans changes after 10-2 debacle BY JOHN LOWE Free Press Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. The Tigers' Frank Tanana said he pitched a "terrible" game Sunday one that con: vinced him he must make changes. He allowed eight earned runs in 5V3 in nings and lost to California, 10-2. In his last four starts, Tanana has seldom showed the control or the mastery of the pitches he has used to baffle hitters for yearsr4Ie has been hit hard in three of those four starts especially the last two. Tanana is 5-5, and in his last four starts, his ERA has risen from 4.40 to 5.50. That's two runs above his career ERA and more than a run higher than it has ever been for a full season. ' . J He yielded three more homers Sunday, accounting for the first six California runs the last of them a two-run game-breaker in the fifth inning "by Lance Parrish. Tanana has allowed;16 homers in 93V3 innings this season See TIGERS, Page 5F j j ' 111 ' " ' " ! Chisox beat A's in 10th for ; . ; t sweep, move within one. 4F. 7 " Kirk Gibson must be healthy for serious trade talks. 5F. Maradona's magic stuns Brazil, 1-0 s For 80 minutes TURIN, Italy -Sunday, Diego Maradona made concession to pain and injury. For 80 minutes there was every reason for the 61,381 sweltering in Turin's late-afternoon heat, to ask: Who has succeeded Maradona as the greatest soccer player in the world? For 80 min utes Argentina, ; the defending World Cup champion, clung to a scoreless tie while Brazil was dominating the match. : ; ; And then in a blinding instant in one that only the replay of videotape could totally recreate Maradona no longer paid tribute or attention to his Pains. See CHARLIE VINCENT, Page 3F " CHARLIE Vincent Xtt j " Coleman coaching kids, not worrying about his next stop by Scott Walton Free Press Sports Writer The name Coleman carried plenty of weight Sunday at St. Cecilia's gym in Detroit. Forty pounds including two bags of melted ice to be exact. Pro basketball teams salivating over the thought of acquiring 6-foot-10 Syracuse forward Derrick Coleman in Wednesday's NBA draft missed the gracious spectacle of Coleman toting a huge ice chest full of bottled juices through the summer basketball facility's parking lot. The load looked light cradled in Coleman's expansive arms. It probably felt light to him after he coached players from his former high school, Detroit Northern, to a hard-fought 65-58 victory over Detroit DePorres. "I know when I played here we didn't have juice after the game," Coleman said cheerfully. "We all had to crowd around that little water fountain in there. Win or lose, I think the kids deserve it for working so hard." DePorres' players and coaches got their refreshment, too, but only after Northern had its choice of the spoils. See DERRICK COLEMAN, Page 3F Or P) ' I-n ""X w - ,L.,.irr mmrn . REBECCA COOKSpecial to the Free Press Detroit Northern players huddle around former Northern star Derrick Coleman, who is coaching them in St. Cecilia's league. Higginsgoes? one-on-one 4 a- with skeptics BY GREG STODA I Free Press Sports Writer ', ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Gen. Wil-v liam Westmoreland once insisted that; power of intellect is fine, but energy of ; will is of greater importance. He was ! talking about qualities of military lead- ers, but it's possible the evaluation also . relates to potential NBA draft choices." Sean Higgins hopes so. ; I The power of Higgins' intellect has been routinely questioned. Last springs-he left the University of Michigan after his junior season to declare himself, eligible as an early entrant for Wednes- day's draft. Scouts suggested Higgins' ego was more advanced than his play- ' ing abilities. Teammates, accustomed to observing Higgins change his mind,...' See Sean Higgins, Page 3F

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