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Four HOPK (AKk.) STAR Tuesday. August 13, 1974 Hope Star Sports Paiwncc, power la>ys to victory Connors takes first clay court title By MIKE HARRIS AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A tired but dated Jimmy Connors rased himself into a chair and said, "1 won the tournament on clay here and a lot of people foul I can't play on clay—including myself." But the 21-year-old Wimbledon champion from Belleville, III., played well enough Monday night to beat Bjorn Borg, a flashy young Swede with a power Maine, in the champiornship match of the U.S. Clay Court tennis tournament. He won $16,000 by dumping Borg 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Connors remarked: "I said earlier in the day I might not play tonight because I didn't feel like it. But I'm a strange guy"Sometimes you want to find everything wrong and sometimes you want to find nothing wrong. I guess today I was just nervous and wanted to find things wrong, but I didn't let it bother rne when I went out to play." He added, "I just went out there with confidence and patience. I was prepared to go four hours if necessary." Connors, who played Borg only once before—losing to the 18-year-old blond almost two years ago in Sweden—said Borg played very well. "I'd say the guy is one of the top five or six players in the world now." Asked how good Connors is, Borg replied, "He's a lot better now than the last time we played. For the moment, I'd say he's No. 2. (John) Newcombe and then Connors." It was the second straight tournament in which Connors and his 19-year-old fiancee, Chris Evert, swept the singles titles—the first was Wimbledon. The next major tourney for the pair is Forest Hills, which Baseball Scores By The Associated Press National League East W L St. I-ouis Philaphia Pittsburgh Montreal New York Chicago 61 59 58 55 49 46 56 57 58 58 63 6y Pet. .521 .509 .500 .487 .438 .411 GB — 1% 2% 4 9% 12'6 West l^os Angeles Cincinnati Atlanta Houston San Fran San Diego 75 70 61 58 53 46 41 47 54 56 64 71 .647 .598 .530 .509 .453 .393 — 5% 13% 16 22'^ 29% Cleveland 58 54 .518 Baltimore 57 57 .500 New York 56 58 .491 Detroit 55 61 .474 Milwaukee 54 62 .466 West Oakland 68 49 .581 Kan City 60 54 .526 Chicago 58 56 .509 Texas 60 58 .508 Minnesota 57 60 .487 California 46 71 .393 Monday's Games Detroit 5, Kansas City 1 Milwaukee 5, Texas 1 California 4, Boston 2 Oakland 3, New York 2 3% 5& 6% m 9% — 6% m m 11 22 Monday's Games Philadelphia 4, San Francisco 1 New York 3, Los Angeles 1 Pittsburgh 7, Cincinnati 4 St. Louis 6, San Diego 5, 13 innings Only games scheduled Tuesday's Games Houston (Roberts 6-10) at Chicago (Bonham 10-14) Montreal (Walker 2-10) at Atlanta (Reed 7-6), N San Francisco (Barr 10-5) at Philadelphia (Ruthven 4-9), N Pittsburgh (Demery 2-4) at Cincinnati (Billingham 14-7), N IMS Angeles (Downing 4-5) at New York (Matlack 10-9), N San Diego (Romo 5-5) at St. Louis (Siebert 7-6), N Wednesday's Games Los Angeles at New York Houston at Chicago Montreal at Atlanta, N San Francisco at Philadelphia, N Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, N San Diego at St. Louis, N American League East W L Pet. GB Boston 63 52 .548 - Only games scheduled Tuesday's Games Chicago (Johnson 4-0) at Baltimore (Palmer 3-fl), N Kansas City (Fitzmorris 7-3) at Detroit (Colernan 10-9), N Milwaukee (Champion 6-2) at Texas (J. Brown 9-8), N Boston (Tiant 17-8) at California (Figueroa 2-3), N New York (Medich 13-10) at Oakland (Holtzman 12-13), N Only games scheduled Wednesday's Games Chicago at Baltimore, N Minnesota at Cleveland, N Kansas City at Detroit, N Milwaukee at Texas, N Boston at California, N New York at Oakland, N Sports Shorts NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — Steve Corbett, the New England Patriots' top National Football League draft choice, should be completely recovered in two or three weeks after surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, his physician says. Dr. Francis Rocket said some scar tissue was removed from Corbett's shoulder during the four-hour operation. FOR THE FUN OF IT BY ROD LAVER & ROY EMERSON How do you adjust your game to windy conditions? Wind makes serving very difficult so you want to lower your toss a little bit. ROY. Playing tennis on a windy day is a good test to see how sound you are on your fundamentals You have to watch the ball even more carefully than you would under normal circumstances and you've got to work quite hard at controlling the ball when you stroke. ROD. Of course, there are different types of vyindy conditions The toughest wind to play with is the cross court wind. What I try to do on a windy day is to figure out in the warm up how the wind is affecting the flight of the ball The general rule is that you play into the wind Wind makes serving very difficult so you want to lower your toss a little ROY. Two other things. Simplify your game don't rush the net quite so much since volleys are especially tricky in the wind, and slow down on your serve. Finally, don't let the wind psyche you out Whenever the wind gets to bothering me I j'jst remind myself that my opponent has the same problems to cope with and I'm not going to let it get to me starts the last week of August. "If we both win at Forest Hills, that would be great," Connors said. "But if one wins and the other doesn't, that's great too. The important thing is that we're pulling together." Connors and his pal, Hie Nas- lase of Romania, combined for a late night 6-7, 6-3, 64 victory over Germans Hans Pohmann and Jurgen Fassbender in the doubles final. The winners split $6,000, and Connors said Nastase likely will share in his singles winnings as well. Nastase was eliminated from the singles competition Sunday on a controversial default after an argument with the referee. The default is being appealed to the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association executive committee. Meanwhile, Connors said he was "playing for Nastase" and Monday night said, "I probably will share the money with him. I think maybe I should. The whole thing just isn't fair." Ryan erases old strike-out record ANAHEIM (AP) - On Sept. 15, 1969, Nolan Ryan, a New York Mets pitcher, watched Steve Carlton, then of the St. Louis Cardinals, establish a major league record by striking out 19 New York Mets. On April 22, 1970, Ryan saw Tom Seaver of the Mets equal Carlton's record against the San Diego Padres. On Monday night at Anaheim Stadium, Ryan watched with something resembling bemusement as he etched his name into baseball's record book with a 19-strikeout performance. "I guess I'm the only guy in the world to have seen all three of them," Ryan drawled in his Texas twang after his performance defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-2. "I've always felt that if all the conditions were right and everything fell into place that I might have a chance at the record," he observed matter-of- factly as he gazed into the sea of inquiring reporters after the game. "I really wasn't thinking much about the record until I noticed something on the scoreboard in the seventh or eighth inning," he said. Elsewhere in the American League, Detroit thumped Kansas City 5-1, Oakland edged the New York Yankees 3-2, and Milwaukee beat Texas 5-1, Ryan threw 170 pitches—115 of them for strikes—as he won his 15th game of the year. He erased the unhappy memory of his last start when he held the Chicago White Sox hitless for 8 1-3 innings before blowing the third no-hitter of his strikeout- studded career and eventually lost the game 2-1. Sixteen of the strikeouts were swinging. Although he only tied the major league single-game strikeout record, Ryan did succeed in erasing the hallowed name of Bob Feller from the American League record book. Feller had the old AL mark of 18 strikeouts in a nine-inning game. Ryan also tied Luis Tiant's major league standard of 32 strikeouts in consecutive games. Ryan said he still considers his two no-hitters of last season a greater achievement than his 19 strikeouts of Monday night. Tigers 5, Royals 1 Rookie Ron Leflore's two-run homer keyed a three-run third inning against Nelson Briles and sparked Detroit over Kansas City. Mickey Lolich, 13-14, scattered five hits for Detroit as the Tigers snapped Kansas City's winning streak at three games. A's 3, Yankees 2 Jim "Catfish" Hunter notched his 17th victory of the season with a five-hitter, pitching Oakland over New York. The A's won the game on a pair of unearned runs in the eighth inning scored on an error by Yankee third baseman Graig Nettles. Brewers 5, Rangers 1 George Scott's two-run single and Darrell Porter's two-run double helped Milwaukee beat Texas. Jim Colborn, 7-10, and Tom Murphy combined to stop Texas on five hits. Baseball By The Associated Press COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. New York Yankee greats Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford were inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame, along with former umpire Jocko Conlan, Negro League star "Cool Papa" Bell, Sam Thompson and "Sunny Jim" Bottomley. Thompson and Bottomley were honored posthumously. ANAHEIM, Calif. - Nolan Ryan, righthander for the California Angels, broke the American League strikeout record for a nine-inning game by striking out 19 Boston Red Sox in a 4-2 victory. Aaron there in future rehearsal 6 honored at Hall of Fame COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Six persons were honored here in the Mall of Fame ceremonies, including New York Yankee greats Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford. The six entered the shrine in commemoration of their baseball achievements. Another special person was here as a dry run for the day when he will be honored. Actually, Hank Aaron could have used the day off. "The legs are a little sore. I wobble a little these days," he said. But Aaron's popularity forced an appearance as his Atlanta Braves drubbed the Chicago White Sox 12-9 Monday in the 32nd Hall of Fame Game. So while the Yankee stars joined former umpire Jocko Conlan and Negro League star "Cool Papa" Bell at the ceremonies, Aaron did a little sight- seeing at the museum where he will be a fixture when his play- inii days are over. Vs a touching thing to see this place," said the all-tune home run king who broke Babe Ruth's record in April. ien years ago. I wouldn't have thought much about coming here, but as you get to the end of your career, you really want to be a part of this." There was a time when Aa- Players in camp after cool-off time By HOWARD SMITH AP Sports Writer "It was a long drawn-out strike," said Buffalo guard Reggie McKenzie, "and our side lost." That was one reaction Monday as National Football League players drifted into training camps across the country under provisions of a 14-day cooling off period decided on by the players association. Everyone is supposed to report to camp by Wednesday, negotiations with the owners are to resume Thursday and if an agreement isn't reached in two weeks, everyone is supposed to walk out again. McKenzie wasn't the only one unhappy with the plan which the players say was suggested by chief federal mediator W.J. Usery Jr. "If I said I was happy about the way we're going in, I'd be lying," said Washington defensive tackle Diron Talbert. Offensive tackle Dick Himes Green Bay added, "This could be the worst thing that could happen at a time like this. Nothing's settled. This could be ruinous to team unity. We're Women umps used in softball tourney STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) Women softball players are providing the action this week in their international championship but, with two exceptions, men are calling the shots. Those exceptions are the two women umpires working with a crew of 16 men during the nine- day tournament. Umpires Viv Treplett of Australia and Merrell Ferguson of New Zealand said they had received a good reception from spectators but nonetheless feel like objects of curiosity on the diamond. "We have fairly good fans in the past, but I have heard a few negative comments," Mrs. Ferguson said. "In Canada, during our warmup tour, I heard them say: 'Hey, what's that dame doing out there?' "I just concentrate on the game and not the crowd," said the seven-year veteran umpire. Although women's softball is a long established sport in many countries, women umps at high-level competition appear to be as relatively new as the sport's World Series, in its third year. The 18 officials were recommended by umpire associations from five competing countries and come from 13 different nations. Five, all men, are from the United States, the host country. WRESTLING FANS will continue to be entertained with more matches at Hope's Fail- Park Coliseum this Friday night. Argentina Zuma's match will be one of the top attractions with Inca Peru. Tickets are on sale now at the Seven-Eleven Store. The bouts will begin at 8:30 p.m. going in without a contract signed and we're no better off than we were a year ago." Meanwhile, rookies and free agents continued to display their talents in three Monday night games. The Pittsburgh Steelers bombed the Chicago Bears 50-21, the Cleveland Browns edged the San Francisco 49ers 21-20 and the Buffalo Bills beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-21. Some veterans were pleased with the plan to return to action. But the Minnesota Vikings were the most reluctant warriors in the league. About 33 decided to ignore the players association plan and remain on strike for at least another week. Some coaches were skeptical or downright hostile to the plan and others delighted to get their best players back. "I'm very unexcited about it. I don't think Mr. Usery knows much about football," said San Diego Coach Tommy Prothro. I think they should come in with the idea of staying in or they shouldn't come in at all, commented Kansas City head man Hank Stram. "I don't like the indecisiveness of the matter. It's not good for anybody concerned." In Houston there was a difference of opinion between Coach Sid Gillman and owner Bud Adams. "I'm not about to take a veteran back under those conditions," declared Gillman after hearing of the cooling off period. "All it would do is disrupt our camp. To come in and then maybe walk out two weeks later is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of." But Adams declined to bar players from the Oilers' camp. In Monday night's action, Joe Gilliam, in relief of starting quarterback Terry Bradshaw, threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth. Chicago gained just five yards on offense in the entire first half. A Pirates needed good brawl to bring them together By ALEX SACHARE AP Sports Writer Sometimes it takes a big donnybrook to wake up a ball club, says Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Danny Murtaugh. The Pirates engaged the Cincinnati Reds in a bench-clearing brawl which Murtaugh calls "one of the best in a long time" back on July 14. Since then the Pirates, slumbering giants in the early going, have won 21 of 30. They reached the .500 mark Monday night for the first time this year by beating the Reds 7-4 before a national television audience. "That fight could have been the game that finally brought togetherness to this club," said Murtaugh. The Pirates' recent resurgence had boosted them into the thick of the tight National League East pennant chase. On July 14 they were wallowing in fourth place, seven games out; today they are third, but trail front-running St. Louis by just 2% games. The Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 6-5 in 13 innings Monday night, while the second-place Philadelphia Phillies remained P/& games out by beating the San Francisco Giants 4-1. In the only other National League game played Monday, the New York Mets trimmed the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1. Two-run homers by Willie Stargell and Ed Kirkpatrick keyed the Pittsburgh attack, while Dave Giusti turned in a sparkling relief performance. Phils 4, Giants 1 Hot-hitting Willie Montanez hit two doubles and drove in a pair of runs to pace the Phillies past the Giants. The 26-year-old outfielder, or the trading block last winter and in a slump earlier this year, now has hit safely in 32 of his last 33 games, dating back to July 13, when Montanez cracked four hits against San Francisco. Cards 6, Padres 5 Bake McBride'-s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 13th inning drove in the winning run for the Cardinals. Danny Godby singled to lead off the Cardinal rally and was sacrificed to second base. Lou Brock beat out a grounder to short, Godby dashing to third. Ted Sizemore was walked intentionally walked to load the bases, setting the stage for McBrtde's RBI fly ball. Mets 3, Dodgers 1 John Milner slammed his 18th homer, a tape-measure shot off the Scoreboard behind the fence in right center, to power the Mets past the Dodgers, who blew a chance to stretch their 5^-game lead over Cincinnati in the NL West. Milner jumped on an Andy Meshersmith pitch in the sixth inning and sent it crashing off the Scoreboard some 435 feet away. It was estimated to be the longest homer ever hit to right field in Shea Stadium's 10- year history. West announces that 1974 season his last as Laker LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was all a bit disconcerting for Jerry West. He has said the 1974-5 basketball season will be his final year and last Friday night the Los Angeles Laker guard, an All-Star for more than a decade, watched as two rivals for his starting post made noises West didn't particularly want to hear. Jim Price scored 27 points, was a potent force on defense and in running the offense. Veteran Gail Goodrich scored 16 points and passed well. "They're supposed to be fighting for the starting position opposite me," said West jokingly, "but the way things look, I think it's a question of whether I can make the backcourt with them." The remark was made in jest in the wake of a basketball game in which no one lost. The contest was the third annual Ralph Bunche Scholarship Fund game, won 114-111 by a team of pro all-stars over a powerful conglomerate of former UCLA players, including six one-time All-Americans. West, as coach of the winners, was right about his teammates' play. "I'm in the best shape I've ever been in for August," said third-year pro Price. "I'm playing in the pro summer league here and there's an awful lot of competition there. Like Mack Calvin. He's the toughest guy I've ever played against. Playing against him alone is enough to get anyone in shape." Goodrich, working out under a summer running program devised by UCLA Track Coach Jun Bush, said he was "the lowest I've ever weighed for this time of year. I'm 176 and I'd like to start the season under that." ron was reluctant to have anything to do with the museum, where 119 players are immortalized. The trouble came as he approached Ruth's record but hardly could find mention of his exploits in the Hall of Fame's souvenir book. "There was an oversight. They said they don't usually put mementos in the book while the player is still active," Aaron said. "But I saw Willie Mays' bat, Don Drysdale's glove and I couldn't figure out why none of my stuff was in there." But, Aaron will not have to wait as long to be immortalized as did "Sunny Jim" Bottomley and Sam Thompson. Monday's two other inductees did not live to see their greatest achievement. Aaron will be eligible for the Hall five years from the end of this season, when he will retire as an active player. Yet it's possible the committee might waive the by-law to grant him the honor before that time is up. If they do, though, they might have to wait for the bat and ball that climaxed the chase after a once unbreakable record. The bat and ball from home runs 714 and 715 are the property of a major firm under a five-year contract with Aaron. So apparently, it will be easier to get Aaron into the Hall than the record-breaking hits themselves. Still, he'll be more than proud once his name is called. "These days kids—black or white—they're looking for a hero," he noted. "I'm just happy I can do something." If Aaron is admitted before his five years are up he will be the first black player to be so honored. There are only seven blacks in the Hall now, and the firs U-Jackie Robinson—wasen- shrined six years after his career ended. There is no mention on Robinson's plaque that he was the first black in major league baseball and, further, no mention that he was the first black in the Hall of Fame. Aaron didn't know that. He was speechless when he found out. 50-day duck season asked MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) Donald Hill, president of the Arkansas Wing of the American 1 Duck Hunters Association, asked the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Monday for a 50-day continuous duck hunting season. The commission did not immediately establish a duck season, but was expected to do so before the end of the two-day meeting here. Michael Kinard, president of the Columbia County Wildlife Association, asked the commission to put his county at the top of the list for a fishing reservoir when funds become available. He said Columbia County is the only county in the state that he knew of that had no rivers running through it or bordering it. Salt water pollution from oil fields already has destroyed many streams in the county, he said. Melvin Chambers of Magnolia asked the commission to postpone the squirrel hunting season until October instead of September, when it was held last year. The commission also was asked by T. H. Bush of Pine Bluff to put red and gray foxes on the protected list until the supply of those animals increased. He said if the commission did not act, there would be enough foxes to hunt next year. Solunar Tables The schedule of Solunar Periods, as printed below, has been taken from Richard Alden Knight's SOLUNAR TABLES. Plan your days so that you will be fishing in good territory or hunting in good cover during these tunes, if you wish to find the best sport that each day has to offer. P.M. Aug 13 14 15 16 17 Date Day Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday A.M. Major Minor 1:05 7:50 2:00 8:45 2:55 9:40 3:50 10:35 4:45*11:25 Major 1:40 2:30 3:30 4:23 5:20 Minor 8:15 9:15 10:10 11:55 12:25

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