The Anniston Star from Anniston, Alabama on February 9, 1980 · Page 22
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, 22A THE STAR, Tebl 9, 1980 Senate honors Borg ; A' t champ Steelers on Capitol Hill WASHINGTON (AP) - Football fans in Congress proved Friday they love a winner even if it isn't the home team. The Senate passed a resolution commending the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers and held a Capitol Hill reception that attracted members of Congress from as far I away as California. Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa. , who is from Pittsburgh, hosted the reception for eight members of his favorite team and Coach Chuck Noll. Congressional aides and their families crowded around the Steelers to ask for autographs. The most popular appeared to be fullback Franco Harris, with defensive tackle "Mean Joe" Greene and wide receiver Lynn Swann also attracting considerable attention. The players were dressed in business suits and the only adult wearing a football jersey was Sen. S.I. Hayakawa, R-Calif . He sported number "12," the jersey that quarterback Terry Bradshaw usually wears. Bradshaw was not present to object. Hayakawa also was wearing his more familiar tarn o'shanter, a rainbow-colored headpiece that the senator said ' was not padded. "No, but it's protected me from a lot," he said. Chilled champagne was brought in to celebrate the occasion, but appeared to go untouched by the Steelers. "I'd like to offer a toast," Heinz said. "But since no one is holding a glass, let's give them a hand instead." Also on display was team equipment and uniforms which are beaded for the Smithsonian Institution to be preserved for posterity. U ) - APWtfMMM Sen. S.I. Hayakawa models jersey for 'Mean' Joe Green Raiders, LA close to agreement LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Tom Bradley expressed optimism Friday concerning the possible move of the Oakland Raiders to Los Angeles after a meeting with Al Davis, the general managing partner of the National Football League team. Bradlay and Davis met along with Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, Memorial Coliseum Commissioner Bill Robertson and Police Commission President Stephen Reinhardt at Bradley's city hall office. "We just had a meeting with Al Davis to secure a progress report concerning where we are in regard to the Raiders moving to Los Angeles, and we think we're close to an agreement," said Bradley. "We feel that this city and this county are very strong on the Raiders coming here. "We feel that this city deserves a football team and we're going to fight to our limit to insure that the city has a replacement for the Rams." The Coliseum Commission filed an injunction earlier this week to block the National Football League rule requiring that 21 of the 28 team owners ha ve to approve a move for it to take place. No decision on the matter is expected until next week. The Coliseum won't have a pro football tenant beginning next fall because the Los Angeles Rams are moving to Anaheim. Bradley explained that the rental fee for a team to play in the Coliseum is $750,000 a year. He also said that the community surrounding the Colisuem will suffer "a negative impact if the Coliseum doesn't have a football team." "We're here to do everything within our power to insure that that happens," said Bradley, referring to the Raiders' move to Los Angeles. "Al Davis said he's ready and willing to come here," said Hahn. "Now we're waiting for a federal judge to make decision." buries Vilas BOCA WEST, Fla. (AP) -Defending champion Zjorn Borg mixed a steady backcourt ' game with some explosive winners as he advanced to the finals of the $300,000 Grand Slam of Tennis Friday, whipping Guillermo Vilas 6-2, 6-1 in a match spiced with long topspin rallies. The 83-minute victory vaulted the 23-year-old super Swede into Sunday's final against the . winner of Saturday's showdown between Americans John McEnroe and Vitas Gerulaitis. At stake will be $150,000, the biggest top prize in tennis. Borg, the winner here the last three years, patiently exchanged deep, looping topspin shots with Vilas, then jumped on any short bail with vicious outright placements. Vilas, a husky 27-year-old from Argentina, was content to rally defensively from the baseline, waiting for a rare Borg mistake. Vilas started well, breaking Borg to the very first game, which went to deuce three times. But Borg broke right back in the next game, highlighted by an acutely angled forehand cross-court drop shot at 15-40. The Swede then raced to a 5-1 lead, breaking Vilas again in the fourth and sixth games. Vilas staved off two set points in the next game when Borg made forehand errors and went on to win that game after three deuces. Borg broke back in the next game, however, to win the set 6-2 as Vilas hit a backhand long. For bantamweight crown Pintor, Scandoval square off LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lupe Pintor and Alberto Sandoval, two fighters who've struggled in different ways to make it to the top, will battle Saturday night for the World Boxing Council's bantamweight crown. Pintor, the 24-year-old champion who lives in Mexico City, got his first taste of fighting on the streets of his native village of Cuajimalta. He eventually graduated to being a . stablemate and sparring partner of Carlos Zarate. Last June in Las Vegas, Nev., Pintor scored one of boxing's biggest upsets in yea when he took the bantamweight title on a 15-round decision over Zarate, who owned boxing's most impressive knockout record. Sandoval, also 24, has toiled long hours, both at jobs and in the gym, for the big chance he'll be getting when he goes into the Olympic Auditorium ring against Pintor. "I've worked hard and sacrificed a long time for this," said Sandoval, from Pomona, Calif. "This is the payoff. Pintor will bring a 40-7 record with. 33 knockouts into the scheduled 15-rounder at the Olympic. Sandoval is 32-3, with 21 knockouts. ' r "He's strong and he has a very good hook," said Sandoval of the champion. . "But I'm faster." Although ranked the No. 10 contender, Sandoval is expected to be an even money bet to take the title from Pintor. Since beating Zarate, Pintor has fought three non-title bouts, winning two but losing on cuts to Manny Vasquez in the seventh' round of their match last Dec. 29. Sandoval barton his last four fights, the most recent a technical decision over Catalina Flofes at the Olympic on Nov. 29. "The way I see it, Pinter's the puncher and I'm the boxer," said Sandoval. "Anything can happen in a fight, but I . think it's probably going to end early." At 5-foot-6tt, Pintor is two inches taller than the challenger. But mysteriously, Sandoval is listed as having a 10-inch reach advantage on the champion. v "Maybe they got confused changing centimeters to inches." said Sandoval, laughing. "I can't believe my arms are that much longer than his I'd be walking around like a monkey." . -'"-. Pintor will receive around $100,000 for the title defense, 7irhile Sandoval will get $25,000. , A crowd of some 10,000,' near capacity, is expected. Sandoval himself took 1,000 tickets to sell to his relatives and acquaintances in Pomona. U.S.-Cuba bout grows in importance CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cuban heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson, regarded by many boxing experts as the best amateur fighter in the world, heads the list of Cubans who will fight American Olympic hopefuls Sunday in a 12-bout card, at the Charlotte Coliseum. With the possibility of a U.S. boycott of the Summer Olympics looming, Sunday's fights could be the only meeting of Cuban and American boxers this year. ' If American athletes boycott the Moscow Oympics, Sunday's bouts "would be one of the prime matches of the year," according to U.S. boxing Coach Tom Johnson. The AAU-sanctioned bouts will each consist of three three-minute rounds, and several of the fights will be televised live nationally. . The Cuban team flew from Havana to Charlotte on Wednesday and worked out at local gyms. ' Stevenson, winner of Olympic gold medals in 1972 and 1976, will meet American heavyweight Tony Tubbs of Cincinnati in the final bout of the day. Tubbs won the world amateur championship in which the Cubans did not compete last October.

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