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For The Record Oklahoma snub inspiring Blair Major League Standings •* United Prau International AMERICAN LEAGUE East W I Pet. Gl Baltimore 80 43 .650 — Boston 75 48 .610 S Milwaukee 76 51 .598 6 ' New York 68 55 .553 12 Detroit 65 60 .520 16 Cleveland 62 63 .496 19 Toronto 39 86 .312 42 Wett W I Pet. CB California 70 56 .556 — Minnesota 66 58 .532 3 Kansas City 64 61 .512 5", Texas 62 64 .492 8 Chicago 55 71 .437 15 Seattle 53 73 .421 17 Oakland 40 86 .317 30 Tuesday's Result! Texas 2. Baltimore I. night Minnesota 7, Boston 2, night New York 6. Kansas City 2. night Milwaukee 3. Chicago 2, 1st. twilight Milwaukee 9. Chicago 5. 2nd. night Cleveland 12. California 7. night Oakland 8. Detroit 1. night Seattle 8. Toronto 4, night Wednesday'* Games (All Times COT) Cleveland (Spillner 7-3) at California (Ryan 13-8), 3 p.m. Detroit (Wilcox 10-6) at Oakland (McCatty 8-7). 3:30 p.m. Chicago (Baumgarten 11-7) at Milwaukee (Haas 8-7). 7:30 p.m. Boston (Stanley 11-9) at Minnesota (Goltz 11-8). 7:30 p.m. New York (Beattie 3-4 or Cloy 1-5) at Kansas City (Chamberlain 2-0). 7:35 p.m. Toronto (Stieb 5-3) at Seattle (Honeycult 8-9). 9:35 p.m. Thursday's Game* Texas at Baltimore, night Oakland at Cleveland, night NATIONAL LEAGUE East W L Pet. Pittsburgh 72 52 .581 Montreal 68 52 .567 Chicago 67 55 .549 St. Louis 64 59 .520 Philadelphia 64 61 .512 New York 51 70 .421 West W L Pet. 71 55 .563 Houston Cincinnati . 70 57 .551 . Los Angeles 58 67 .464 San Francisco 58 68 .460 San Diego 54 73 .425 Atlanta 49 77 .389 GB — 2 4 7', 8', 19', GB — 1 '', 12' i 13 17' > 22 Tuesday's Results Los Angetes 4. Chicago 2 Atlanta 5. Philadelphia 4. night San Francisco 6. Pittsburgh 1. night '> Cincinnati 3. Montreal 2. night New York 5. Houston 0. night San Diego 3. SI. louis 2. 11 innings, night Wednesday's Games (All Times CDT) San Francisco (Whitson 5-8) at Pittsburgh (Bibby 9-3). 11:35 p.m. Houston (Richard 12-12) at New York (Kobel 5-6). 1:05 p.m. Los Angeles (Hough 3-4) at Chicago (Krukow 9-8) 1:30 p.m. Atlanta (Solomon 4-10) at Philadelphia (Christenson 4-8). 6:35 p.m. Montreal (Rogers 11-7) at Cincinnati (LoCoss 13-5). 7:05 p.m. San Diego (Owchinko 4-7) at St. Louis (Fulgham 5-4). 7:35 p.m. Thursday's Games (No gomes scheduled) By BILL BURKE COLUMBIA, Mo. — Ken Blair is a 6-2,190-pound junior split end for the University of Missouri Tigers. He comes from Classen High School in Oklahoma City, Okla., where he was a wide receiver aH defensive end and where he was named to the Oklahoma all-state high school football team. So what is an Oklahoma all-state football player doing with Missouri instead of the Sooners? "That's a good question," says the letterman who matured so fast in spring football practice that he moved from second team to the first team. Blair wanted to play for Coach Barry Switzer and the Oklahoma Sooners. But he never got a nibble from the Sooners or any other Oklahoma college. "They didn't even look at me," Blair said Tuesday on the opening day of the Big 8 Skywriters Tour. "They never asked me to come for a visit. They didn't even know that I existed." And that hurt, admitted the big Junior starting end of the highly-touted Missouri offensive front wall. "It hurt me," he said, "but it also made me work harder." Blair's uncle, Ben Hart, once played wide receiver for the Sooners and Blair had always figured that's where he'd play his college football. Classen didn't have a very good record in Oklahoma high school football. "We never had a very good team," be said. "We never won more than three games in four years." Still, he was good enough to make all-state with a losing team and he thought it would bring some letters from the Sooners. It brought letters, all right, from Kansas, from Kansas State, Wichita State, and Michigan. "I kept looking in the mail box every day for a letter from the big OU, but it never came," he said, shaking his head. "Oklahoma State never con- tacted me nor did Langton. No Oklahoma college did." So he considered Kansas. "Nice campus." He investigated Kansas State. "Wasn't interested." He looked at Wichita State. "Nice facilities, but I wanted a challenge." The challenge came from an offer by Missouri and Blair accepted. Sooners tough again While many of his teammates figure Texaa will be the toughest opponent, Blair holds out for Oklahoma. "Oklahoma down this year?" he said. "Don't believe it. Oklahoma will always have a good team. Oklahoma hasn't lost anything." He wants to beat Oklahoma in the worst way this year. "Even after I leave Missouri, I want the Tigers to beat Oklahoma." Last year, he hoped and prayed he'd catch a pass against the Sooners. He caught one. "It made me feel good — it was a goal," he said. While Blair looks to quarterback Phil Bradley as the team commander, he feels players also look to him as a leader — especially the younger players. Incidentally, if Blair can catch a pass that would help MU beat OU this fall, a couple of players from Oklahoma, J.C. Watts, Sooner quarterback, and Harold Bailey, Oklahoma State quarterback, will nave played a big role. Blair worked on his pass patterns this summer with the two Oklahoma quarterbacks. "Me and J.C. are real close — we played together in the Oklahoma-Texas all-star high school game," Blair said. "He and Bailey really helped me out a lot this summer while we were working out in Norman. "Both are fine quarterbacks, but Phil Bradley is the best," Blair said. "Phil is more accurate and has the better technique." And Blair hopes Bradley will fire him a touchdown pass against the Sooners on Nov. 17 when they meet in Columbia. Major League Linescores Sfee/ers, Cowboys release vets in cutdowns By United Press International (9) and Martinez. W — Sorensen (14-12). L — * f National League Los Angeles 004 000 000 — 4 7 3 Chicago 020 000 000 — 2 7 1 Sutton, Castillo (9) and Ferguson: Coudill. Lamp (3) Tidrow (8) and Foote. W — Sutton (11-12). L — Coudill (0-5). HRs — Los Angeles. Cey (24). Bokor (18). Atlanta 300 001 100 — 5 9 0 Philadelphia 100 003 000 — 4 8 1 Malulo Bradford (6). J.McLaughlin (7), Garber (9) and Benedict: Lerch. Eastwick (6) and Roder. W — Bradford (1-0). L — Eostwick (2-4). HRs — Atlanta. Matthews (25): Philadelphia. McBride (10). San Francisco 000 004 002 — 6 9 1 Pittsburgh 100 000 000 — 1 6 1 Knepper and Littlejohn: Kison, Romo (6). Jackson (9) and Nicosia. Sanguillen (6). W — Knepper (9-8). I — Kison (8-7). HRs — Son Francisco. Clark (25). Littlejohn (1): Pittsburgh. Porker (22). Montreal 000 000 200 — 2 6 0 Cincinnati 000 020 1 Ox — 3 9 0 Palmer. May (6) and Tamargo; Seaver. Hume (8) and Bench. W — Seaver (12-5). L — May (7-1). HR — Montreal. Staub (3). Houston 000 000 000 — 0 4 3 New York 010 220 OOx — 5 8 1 LaCarte, Throop (5). Ladd (7) and Bochy; Falcons and Trevino. W — Falcone (5-9). L — Lo- Corte (1-2). (11 innings) San Diego 100 000 001 01 — 3 8 1 St. Louis 000000 020 00 — 2 6 0 Shirley, Fingers (11) and Fahey: Forsch, Littell (8). McEnoney (9), Thomas (II). Knowles (It) and Simmons. Swisher 19). W — Shirley (6-12). L — McEnaney (0-2). American League (1st game) Chicago 000 000 020 — 2 6 1 "Milwaukee 020 001 OOx — 3 8 0 Proly. Scarbery (7) and May; Sorensen. Castro Proly (1-6). HR — Chicago. Bell (3). (2nd game) Chicago 020000102 — 5 12 0 Milwaukee 101 201 31x— 9 15 0 Howard. Hoffman (5), Farmer (7). Scarbery (8) ond Nohorodny; Mitchell, Galasso (7). Castro (9) and C.Moore. W — Mitchell (3-7). I — Howard (1-5). HRs — Milwaukee, lezcano (22); Chicago. Johnson (ID. Texas 010 001 000— 2 8 3 Baltimore 000 100 000 — 1 5 1 Comer Kern (8) and Sundberg: D.Martinez and Skaggs. W — Comer (13-8). L — D.Martinez (1410). HRs - Texas. Bell (15) Zisk (13). Boston 001 100 000 — 2 51 Minnesota 002 122 OOx — 7 130 Tudor. Ripley (5) and Allenson: Koosman ond Wynegar. W — Koosman (16-10). L — Tudor (0-1). HR — Minnesota Smalley (22). New York 000 001 005 — 6 6 0 Kansas City 100 000 100 — 2 91 John. Gossage (8) and Gulden. Narron (6): Splittorff and Wathan. W — Gossage (2-2). L — Splittorff (12-13). HR — New York. Stanley (2). Cleveland 100 050 330 — 12 15 2 California 200 120 002 - 7 142 Paxton. Reuschel (5) and Hassey: Frost. Aase (5). Barlow (7) and Donahue. W — Reushel (1-0). I — Frost (12-8). HRs — Cleveland. Johnson (II): California, Aikens (18). Detroit 000 010 000—1 30 Oakland 131 300 OOx — 8 13 2 Chris, Underwood (2) and Wockenfuss' Kingman and Newman. W — Kingmon (4-4). L — Chris 11-2'. HR — Oakland Newman (21). Toronto 300 000 100 — 4 9 2 Seattle 100 034 OOx — B 15 1 Huffman, Freisleben (6) and Cerone: Rowley, Montague (2), McLaughlin (7) and Stinson W — Montague (6-4). L — Huffman (5-14). HRs — Toronto. Ainge (2) Seattle Pociorek (4). Chiefs trade Tim Gray; release seven others KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPI) - The Kansas City Chiefs have reached the NFL's 50-player limit by trading strong safety Tim Gray, waiving seven players and placing one on the injured reserve list. Gray, the Chiefs' starting safety for the last three seasons, was traded to the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday for a future undisclosed draft pick. Kansas City released punter Zenon Andrusyshyn, kick return specialist Eddie Payton, defensive tackle Stan Johnson, linebacker Clarence Sanders, tight end Cecil Youngblood, tackle Myke Horton and cornerback Herb Christopher. The Chiefs also placed wide receiver Bill Kellar on the injured reserve list. Kellar suffered a shoulder injury in Kansas City's scrimmage with the St. Louis Cardinals in July. Gray, 26, topped the Chiefs in interceptions in 1978 with six and was the eighth leading tackier with 71, including 55 unassisted. He was a No. 1 draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975 and came to the Chiefs a year later in a deal that sent Mike Sensibaugh and Marvin Upshaw to the Cardinals. During his three seasons with the Chiefs, Gray recorded 12 pass interceptions for 153 yards in returns. Andrusyshyn signed with the Chiefs as a free agent last year after playing seven seasons in the Canadian Football League. He was third among AFC punters last year with a 41.1 average. Payton handled both the punt and kick return duties for the Chiefs last season, ranking fourth in both categories in the AFC. Johnson came to the Chiefs last year from Los Angeles in exchange for a draft choice while Sanders made the 1978 team as a free agent. Youngblood, Horton and Christopher all reported to the 1979 training camp as free agents. By United Press International The NFC champion Dallas Cowboys and Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off the biggest surprises during cutdown day which forced National Football League teams to reduce their squads to 50 players. The Cowboys placed All-Pro strong safety Charlie Waters, who suffered torn knee ligaments in a preseason game two weeks ago, on the injured reserve list, knocking him out of the entire 1979 season while the Steelers waived veteran kicker Roy Gerela and traded defensive back Tony Dungy. After Waters underwent surgery following his injury, doctors indicated he might be able to play in the Cowboys' final three or four regular season games. But the Cowboys obviously didn't want to take a chance. "The conservative thing to do would be to put Charlie on the injured reserve list," said Dallas Coach Tom Landry. "That would allow him to be 100 percent when he comes back next year. If he comes back at the end of the year you run the risk that something else might happen. "It's a hard decision to make." The Cowboys also waived running back Doug Dennison, cornerback Mark Washington and emergency punter Duane Carrell, the last cut made in anticipation of Danny White's return. Three rookies — linebacker Garry Cobb, defensive lineman Ralph DeLoach and wide receiver Chris DeF- K-State picks four captains MANHATTAN, Kan. (UPI) - Four seniors were selected Tuesday as team captains for the 1979 Kansas State football season. Tyrone Crews, Brad Horchem, Roosevelt Duncan and Tim Buchanan were chosen in a team vote. Crews, Horchem and Duncan are all listed as starters for this years team and Buchanan is scheduled to head the special teams. "All four players are high quality and have proven themselves in the past," said coach Jim Dickey. Dickey also complimented wide receiver John Liebe, a regular in 1977 who missed last season with a knee injury. ranee were also cut. The trimming of six-year veteran Dennison, who had been a dependable ball carrier, particularly effective in short-yardage situations, was a surprise while the cutting of Washington clears the way for second-round draft pick Aaron Mitchell of Nevada-Las Vegas. Gerela booted Gerela, a 5-foot-10, 185-pounder, came to the Steelers in 1971 from New Mexico State and is the all-time scoring leader for the Steelers with 731 points. He had two 48-yard field goals last week in a 27-14 preseason victory over the N«w York Jets, but his departure means rookie Matt Bahr, a sixth- round draft pick from Penn State, will do the kicking. Dungy, who led the team in interceptions with six last season, was traded to San Francisco for undisclosed draft choices. In other major transactions: — Wide receiver John McDaniel, who accumulated more yardage in pass receptions than any other Washington receiver in 1978, was one of eight players cut by the Redskins. The six-year veteran came to Washington last year from Cincinnati via Kansas City and caught 34 passes for 577 yards and four touchdowns, all career highs. Knight stays home despite trial BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (UPI) - Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight remained in the United States today, despite the scheduled start of his aggravated assault trial in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Knight could be tried in abstentia, as provided under Puerto Rican law. It was also possible the trial could be postponed. The charges stem from a July 8 confrontation with San Juan policeman Jose D. Silva while Knight was in Puerto Rico coaching the U.S. basketball team in the Pan American games. Silva claimed Knight slugged him. Knight said the policeman poked a finger in his eye and that he brushed Silva's face pushing his arm away. Knight, 38, has been on a three-week working vacation since returning from the Pan Am games. Clarence Doninger, Indianapolis, one of Knight's attorneys, said an innocent plea would be entered. Doninger said Puerto Rican law permits a trial in ab- stentia in misdemeanor cases and written statements from the coach and his witnesses can be entered. A San Juan attorney representing Knight would be able to cross examine witnesses who appear in court. The possibility of a postponement surfaced when Knight's San Juan law firm pulled out of the case Monday. However, Jorge Lora, a member of the same firm, was retained to represent the coach. THE SAUNA AREA VO-TECH SCHOOL announces openings in the following programs for the fall semester: •AIRCRAFT REPAIR AND ASSEMBLY • ELECTRONICS •OCCUPATIONAL HOME ECONOMICS •MACHINE SHOP •WELDING • OFFSET PRINTING ENROLLMENT FOR STUDENTS NOT PREVIOUSLY ENROLLED WILL BE HELD THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 AND 24 FROM 8:00 AM TO NOON AND 1:00 PM TO 4:00 PM. MORE INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED BY VISITING THE SCHOOL OR CALLING 825-2261. SAUNA AREA VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2562 SCANLAN "McDaniel has not had a good preseason and feels the same way •bout his own performance," said Redskins' Coach Jack Pardee. "John was a big factor for us early last season, but did not play so well later. We had hoped he would come back this year like he did early last year, but he just hasn't." — Los Angeles waived running back Anthony Davis, who was injured in a game against New England Aug. 12, along with five other players, including wide receiver Dwight Scales, running back Rod Phillips and safety Jackie Wallace. The Rains also placed former Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti on the injured reserve list, scratching him for the season. — Backup quarterback Scott Hunter, a nine-year veteran, and defensive tackle Jim Bailey, a 10-year man, were among 10 players cut by the Atlanta Falcons. The release of Hunter leaves the Falcons with three quarterbacks — starter Steve Bartkowski, backup June Jones, and rookie Mike Moroski. — The New York Giants traded second-year running back Dan Doomink to the Seattle Seahawks and lost veteran defensive end George Martin at least temporarily over a contract dispute. Doornink, a seventh-round draft choice out of Washington State, was sent to the Seahawks for an undis- closed draft choice. Martin, a five-year veteran who led the Giants with 10 sacks last season, failed to attend practice at Giants Stadium Tuesday morning, surprising everyone but rookie Coach Ray Perkins. — Atlanta cut 10 players, including quarterback Scott Hunter and defensive tackle Jim Bailey; Baltimore released tackle David Rowe; Chicago waived running back: Jerome Heavens and Ron Harris, linebackers John Sullivan and Chris Devlin among 10 players; New Orleans cut return specialist Nat Durand and offensive lineman Mark Meseroll; and San Diego placed tight end Pat Curran, tackle Milton Hardaway and linebacker Jim Laslavic oji the injured reserve list. Wnsurance. 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