Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 4, 1974 · Page 14
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Page 4B IIOPK (AKk.) STAR Wednesday, September 4, 19t4 LAWRENCE HUTSON — Head coach, with 13 years experience. First year in Hope, nine years in Odessa, Tex. JIM DUNCAN — Assistant coach. Second year in Hope, coached at Searcy before coming here. Hardin College. Sooners picked for national champs BILL NIVENS — Assistant football coach and head basketball coach. First year in Hope, five years with North Little Rock coaching basketball. Hendrix College. BILL STAINTON — Assistant coach. First year in Hope. Henderson State College. By HERSCHEL NISSENSON AP Sports Writer •The Oklahoma Sooners, who finished third last season, have b'en tapped to unseat Notre Dame as college football's na- Ihnal champion. In nationwide balloting by the 5) members of The Associated P-ess panel of sports writers and broadcasters, Oklahoma n reived 23 first-place votes aid 97C of a possible 1,160 pi lints. Trailing the Sooners in the preseason voting were Ohio State, Notre Dame and Alabama. The rest of the Top Ten consisted of Southern California, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Louisiana State and Texas. "1 think it's great to be No. 1, but it puts a lot of pressure on us," said Oklahoma's Barry Switzern who compiled a 10-0-1 mark last season in his debut as a head coach. "When Playboy picks you No. 1 you don't feel the pressure, but when the writers and broadcasters pick you No. 1 the pressure is really on. The Sooners are winding up a two-year probation levied by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for recruiting viola- lions and cannot go to a bowl game this season. Ohio State, which finished second in last year's final AP poll following a convincing 42-21 Rose Bowl rout of Southern Cal, received 14 first-place votes and 907 points. Notre Dame won the 1973 national championship by eking anis favored in NFL race By BEN THOMAS AP Sports Writer The National Conference 'st could turn out to be the allonnl Conference Best in the itivisional races of the National ''oolhall league this winter, nil the odds-on favorite role mist go to the Los Angeles {anus. The Atlanta Falcons, however, are starting off with the var cry: "Playoffs — the only >ayoff." If the Falcons don't lake the playoffs this time, hen N,orrft Van Brocklirr, the UJanta coach, could be in ,1u!.ch. San Francisco had a dis- ppointing season in 1973 after vinning the divisional title and playoff berth in the two pre- ious years, but the 49ers still ppear to have the potential to mke a stab at the playoffs this ear. The 49ers finished last in the ivision in 1973, quite a come- own after first place the pre- ioiiK season. Actually, they tied the lowly ew Orleans Saints for third iace behind the Rams and the Fjalcons, but since there are ily four teams in the division, third-place tie amounts to a st-place finish. > Then there are the Saints, lis doesn't appear to be the iar for them to go marching but New Orleans seems to vastly improved as John >rth starts his second season coach. There's no way the irits can be completely count- out at the start. Los Augeles Rams Hie Katns have talent, depth d Chuck Knox, the former troil assistant who coached I li L> learn to a 12-2 record in his II si year as at the helm. A'hal'.s more, Los Angeles ap- ars lo have survived the orlivt: players' strike with usideccibly less internal dis- ision than many other teams. Vnd if that isn't enough, the uns have a prize rookie in John Cappelletti, the 1973 Heisrnan Trophy winner from Penn Staten plus the return to action of Lance Rentzel, suspended from football for a year by Commissioner Pete Rozelle for his off-field behavior. The Rams made two key trades prior to the 1973 season which helped result in Los Angeles leading the league in total offense and points scored. Quarterback John Had! came from San Diego and pass-catcher Harold Jackson from Phila- idelphia.. Had!,, with, the retirement of Johnny Unitas, is now Nom r on the yardage-gained list of active NFL quarterbacks. Jackson led the cleague in touchdown catches last year with 13. In Larry McCutcheon and Jim Bertelsen, the Rams have a duo of runners hard to equal in the NFC. McCutcheon, a bench-warmer for his rookie season of 1972, was the No. 3 NFC ground-gainer last year with 1,097 yards. Bertlesen, with 854 yards, wound cup eighth. With this pair, plus veterans such as Tony Baker and Les Josephson, no wonder Cappelletti may be hard-pressed to make the team. An offensive line seldom receives credit, but the Rams have one that consists of center Ken Iman, unheralded except by his teammates and opponents, as well as guards Tom Mack and Joe Scibelli. In addition to Jackson and Rentzel, the receiving corps includes veteran Jack Snow, plus a promising rookie, Ananies Carson, from Langston and tight end Bob Klein. The Ram defense, league leaders in 1973, consists of a front four of Fred Dryer, Jack Youngblood, Ixirry Brooks and Merlin Olsen with Merlin's younger brother, Phil, backing them up. Isiah Robertson heads the linebackers and the secon- dary which includes Steve Preece and Dave Elmendorf should be even better than 1973. Atlanta Falcons Robert Lee was the Darling of Dixie — or at least that part of it that follows the Falcons — lasl year when Ihe young quarterback took over the field generalship of the team. He led Atlanta to seven straight victories. He could be pressed this season by Pat Sullivan, another Heisman winner who enters his third pro season and could be ready to start coming into his own. Injuries plagued Atlanta's two best receivers last year, Ken Burrow and Al Dodd, but they apparently will start the 1974 campaign in good health. The Atlanta running attack features Dave Hampton, who for the second straight year just missed the 1,000-yard plateau. Atlanta has a defensive Front Four that doesn't have to take a backseat to any in the league — defensive ends Claude Humphrey and John Zook and tackles Mike Tilleman and Mike Lewis. Toss in a line- backing crew that includes Tommy Nobis and a secondary which helped Atlanta win the pass defense crown in the NFC last year and you have the ingredients of a first-class defense. New Orleans Saints John North performed some minor miracles with the Saints last year. North was named head coach toward the tail end of the exhibition season but for the first three regular season games, he saw the New Orleans team yield 116 points while scoring only 17. out a 24-23 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, but the Fighting Irish were rated third in the preseason poll with 13 first-place votes and 864 points. Alabama was fourth, just as it was in the final 1973 AP poll, with six first-place votes and 859 points. Southern Cal, the 1972 champion, received one first-place ballot and 752 points. The other first-place vote went to Michigan, which had 686 points. Southern Cal was No. 1 in last year's preseason poll, while Notre Dame, the eventual champion, was eighth. Oklahoma was llth. This year's preseason Second Ten consisted of Houston, UCLA, Pitt, Maryland, Arizona State, Tennessee, Arizona, North Carolina Slate, Arkansas and Texas A&M. The final 1973 poll: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama Penn State . Michigan, Nebraska, Southern California, Arizona State and Houston tied for ninth, Texas Tech, UCLA, Louisiana State, Texas, Miami of Ohio, North Carolina State, Missouri, Kansas and Tennessee'; with Maryland and Tulane tied for 20th. The Top Twenty, with first- place votes in parentheses, 1974 record and total points. Points tabulated on basis of 20-18-16-1412-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1: 1. Oklahoma (23) 10-0-1 976 2. Ohio St. (14) 10-0-1 907 3. N. Dame (13) 11-0-0 864 4. Alabama (6) 11-1-0 859 5. So. Cal: (1) 9-2-1 752 6. Michigan (1) 10-0-1 586 7. Nebraska 8-3-1 472 8. Penn St. 12-0-0 451 9. Louisiana St. 9-3-0 360 10. Texas 8-3-0 354 11. Houston 11-1-0 241 12. UCLA 9-2-0 182 13. Pitt 6-5-1 141 14. Maryland 8-4-0 137 15. Arizona St. 11-1-0 88 16. Tennessee 84-0 79 17. Arizona 8-3-0 76 18. N. Carlna St. 9-3-0 50 19. Arkansas 5-5-1 45 20. Texas A&M 5-6-0 33 Others receiving votes, listed alphabetically: Auburn,Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas, Kent State, Miami of Florida, Miami of Ohio, Michigan State, Missouri, Purdue, South Carolina, Stanford, Texas Tech, Tulane, Wisconsin. Sports Birmingham streak alive :~ x>~* r O in Brief RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Jerry Pale came from behind to post a 2-and-l decision over John Grace in the 36-hole match play finals of the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship. WENTWORTH, England England's Maurice Bembridge carded a final round 74, for a 72-hole of 278, and won the $70,000 Viyella Professional Golfers Association Championship by one shot over Peter Oosterhuis. KANSAS CITY — Sue Roberts and Jane Blalock, with 36- hole totals of 142, were declared co-champions of the $35,000 LPGA Southgate Open when rain canceled the third and final round. HIROSHIMA, Japan — Lu Liang-Huan of Taiwan rallied with a three-under-par 69 in the final round to win the $66,666 Hiroshima Open by one stroke over Takashi Murakami of Ja- panm TENNIS FOREST HILLS, N.Y. — Top-seeded Jimmy Connors moved into the fourth round with a 6-1, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 victory •> over John Alexander and top- seeded Chris Evert led the women into the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Patti Hogan at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. BASEBALL ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals sold veteran catcher- first baseman Tim McCarver to the Boston Red Sox of the American League for an unded termined amount of cash. AUTO RACING ONTARIO, Calif. - Brian Redman averaged 115.213 miles an hour over the Ontario Motor Speedway track and went on to record an easy 26-second victory over Mario Andretti in the California Grand Prix. DARLINGTON, S.C. — Cale Yarborough, driving a Chevrolet, won the silver anniversary Southern 500 stock car race by almost a mile and half ahead of Darrell Waltrip. SWIMMING CONCORD, Calif. — The following individual world records were set at the United States- East Germany dual swim meet: Shirley Babashoff, Fountain Valley, Calif., women's 200-meter freestyle, 2:02.94. POSTING THE BOBCATS DOWN THI PANTHIRS WNo.Hervey J & L MARINE Boats • Motors • Accessories 777-2465 BOBCATS AND BAND/ WE'RE BACKING YOU ALL THE WAY AUDREY TAYLOR ROY TAYLOR RAMONA STRECH ARTHUR STRECH By HOWARD SMITH AP Sports Writer The Birmingham Americans kept their World jFootball League unbeaten streak alive, but just barely, Monday night pulling out an 8-7 squeaker over the Florida Blazers. "We knew they were strong finishers," moaned Florida Coach Jack Pardee after watching reserve quarterback Matthew Reed lead the Americans on an 80-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Reed, in relief of starter George Mira, kept the winning drive rolling with a 10-yard pass to Al Jenkins and an 11- BOWLING DETROIT - Steve Neff of Sarasota, Fla., scored an easy 256-196 victory over Jim Frazier of Spokane, Wash., in the finals of a $55,000 Professional Bowling Association event. HARNESS RACING WILMINGTON, Del. - Invincible Shadow, $9.60, captured the $40,000 General Mad Anthony Free-For-All Pace at Brandywine Raceway nosing out Arrnbro Nesbit. yard keeper. He tied the score on a two. yard keeper and then rifled a pass to Jim Bishop for the decisive action point. It was Birmingham's sninth victory and the fifth time they have rallied late in the game to win. Elsewhere in the WFL, the Chicago Fire -defeated the Southern California Sun 32-22; the New York Stars downed the Philadelphia Bell 24-16; the Memphis Southmen beat the Jacksonville Sharks 16-13; and the Poland Storm topped the Detroit Wheels 18-7. Chicago 32, Southern Cal 2-2_ Virgil Carter completed 16 of 30 passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns as the Fire raised its record to 7-2. Rookie Mark Kellar rushed for 118 yards on 30 carries for the winners. New York 24, Philadelphia 16 Tom Sherman threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third as the Stars picked up their sixth victory in the last seven outings. Former Notre Darner Bob Gladieux rushed for 161 yards on 28 carries for New York. King Corocoran passed for 220 yards and one touchdown for the Bell but had five passes intercepted. Memphis 16, Jacksonville 13 J. J. Jennings ran for 89 yards and Willie Spencer scored both touchdowns on runs of one and six yards for the Southmen. Tommy Durrance plunged over from the two and Grant Guthrie booted Held goals of 37 and 38 yards for Jacksonville. Portland 18, Detroit 7 Rufus Ferguson rushed for 140 yards on 17 carries for the Storm. Portland snapped a 7-7 tie in the final period on a 13- yard run by Jim Krieg and a 30-yard field goal by Booth Lusteg. BOBCATS ATLAS TRANSIT INC :\ 41 5 EAST DIVISION BOBCAT'S PASS ASHDOWN GOOD LUCK AND BEST WISHES TO THE BOBCATS FOR A WINNING SEASON! OLi)SMOBILE-BUICK-PONTIAC-OPEI-G M C JAMES MOTOR CO. 777-6781

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