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Notre Dame Whips Detroit Penn State Slowdown Nips Villanova 32-30 Pleads Guilty To Negligent Homicide 'Pinkey' Higgins Begins 4 Years In State Pen RUSTON, La. (AP) — Michael "Pinkey" Higgins, former manager of the Boston Red Sox, is scheduled to leave today for the state penitentiary to begin a four-year sentence for negligent homicide. Higgins, 59, pleaded guilty to the charge in connection with an auto accident in which one man was killed! and several injured on Feb. 27, 1968. Lincoln Parish Dist. Atty. Ragan Madden said the sheriff's office at Ruston is making arrangements to transfer Higgins to the state prison at Angola. "He looks like he's in pretty good shape," Madden said. "He's been very cooperative, very penitent. He's a very likeable kind of individual." Higgins, who played 13 seasons in the American League with Philadelphia, Boston, and Detroit, was a scout for the Houston Astros at the time of the accident. His auto went out of control and crashed into a state highway department crew which was working on the pavement. George Killen of Simsboro, La. was killed. Madden said that Higgins was intoxicated at the time and that the negligent homicide charge included that accusation. "The greater offense includes the lesser," he said. Sentencing was Monday in Lincoln Parish District Court. Higgins is lodged! in the parish jail at Ruston awaiting transfer. The maximum penalty was five years. Higgins pleaded guilty several months ago, but sentencing was delayed because he had a heart condition. "It looks to me like he has lost 30 or 40 pounds," the district attorney said. ; "I know that he has a very enviable record," Madden said!. "It's just one of those tragic cases." Higgins' lifetime batting average was .292. He became manager of the Red Sox in 1955 and was replaced by Billy Jurges during the 1959 season.. He returned to the Red Sox later that year as a special assistant in the front office and became manager again in June 1960, succeeding Jurges. He served through 1962; Higgins was later director of player personnel until he was fired in 1965. At Lake Placid Top Athletes Gather For JFK Games LAKE PLACID, N. Y. (AP)The vanguard! of more than 300 of the world's top athletes will converge Saturday at this winter resort in the Adirondack mountains for the opening of the first annual John F. Kennedy International Memorial Winter Games. A member of the late president's family was expected to take, part in the torchlight ceremony at the Olympic Arena, kicking off the eight weeks of international competition. Nearly ?2 million has been spent in improving facilities at the site of the 1932 winter Olympics, including a major fac-lift- ing of Mt. Van Hoevenberg's famed Olympic bobsled run. The games are the outgrowth of a suggestion by Kennedy to the Amateur Athletic Union, that the United States might further international understanding by off-year, mini-olym- pic competition. Franz Keller of West Germany; Giacomo Aimoni, Italy's skiing mailman, anc3 Ludwig Zajc of Yougoslavia are among those entered in the 70-meter ski jumping Saturday and Sunday. Other events highlighting the games, which run through March. 8, will be speed and figure skating, cross-country skiing, world two and four-man bobsled racing, hockey, luge racing and snowmobile competition. The largest invasion of sports stars is expected in February for the bobsled championships. Nations to be represented include Austria, Italy, Switzerland, West Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Rumania, Belgium, France, British West Indies and the United States. Pro Basketball BOWLING WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON LEAGUE High Series: Mary Denham 506; Pack Henry 492; Roxie Gaunt 488; Ada Periano 479; Sharon Davis 475; Betty Lipps 472. Standings: W L Sealtest Milk 42 15 King City Federal 39 18 Double Cola 35 22 American Legion 31 26 Cooper D-X 30% 26% Elks ..... 29 28 Ellis Fine Foods 24 33 Borden Market 23% 33% Sapps Nursery 22% 34% Featherstun R.C.A 22% 34% Jackson & Martin Mrkt. 22% 34% Mt. Vernon Transfer .... 20% 36% By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wednesday's Results No games scheduled. San Francisco at Boston Milwaukee at Detroit Seattle vs. New York at Philadelphia San Diego at Philadelphia Phoenix at Atlanta Cincinnati at Los Angeles WlWB. miuu OVERSTOCKED WE'RE OVERSTOCKED WITH FINE LATE MODEL USED CARS. THE BOSS SAYS SELL 'EM. 64 Pontiac Lemans with air $1295 67 Firebird Convertible $1895 66 Cadillac 4 dr., H.T., with air $3695 65 Ford Sedan $895 60 International Vi ton, 4 speed $795 (Real Sharp) 67 Dodge Monaco, 2 dr., H.T., with air .. $2695 MANY MORE TO CHOOSE FROM SO COME ON IN AND LET'S MAKE A DEAL. By HERCHEL NISSENSON Associated Press Sports Writer The Wildcats of Villanova ran afoul' of the cool cats of Pennsylvania Wednesday night. The result was a Penn slowdown that left Villanova Coach Jack Kraft doing a slow burn after the unheralded Quakers i,pset the ninth-ranked Wildcats 32-30. The only other team in The Associated Press Top Ten to see action was the fourth-ranked Davidson Wildcats, who scratched out a 90-82 triumph over stubborn Wake Forest. A long jump shot by sophomore Steve Bilsky with three seconds left gave Penn its dramatic victory and saddled Villanova with its second loss in 12 starts. The Quakers froze the ball after Villinova's high-scoring Howard Porter, who managed only three points all night, missed a free throw with 3:35 remaining. Villanova stayed in its zone and finally Penn called lime out with 26 Seconds left and again five seconds later. "The play was set up for either me or Dave Wohl to take a jumper," Bilsky explained. "I looked at the clock and saw there were only seven seconds k\*t. It was a little further out than I usually shoot from, but I knew there wouldn't be time to set up a better shot" Coach Dick Harter, who resorted to the slowdown several limes in the past, was ecstatic. "I can't believe it," he said. "Viilanova's the best team we've played since I've been 1'ere." Ecstatic doesn't quite describe Kraft's feelings. "What can I say?" he wailed. "I tried everything I could to make them play, but they wouldn't. I'm not about to fault Dick. It's what he felt he had to do to win, and he won. "I feel toad for our kids. I feel bad that we lost that way. I would have liked it better if we'd gotten bombed. But that's the game of basketball. You've got to expect everything. The last thing I told the boys when they went out on the court was to watch for the slowdown." Penn led 19-18 at half time and the winning shot made Bilsky the game's high scorer with 10 icints. Davidson made 30 of 44 free throws to turn back Wake Forest. It was the Wildcats' 11th triumph in 12 games. They opened up six-point leads several times in the first half, but Wake Forest caught up each time. The Wildcats then broke away from a 43-41 halftime lead to a nine-point margin midway through the second half behind Mike Maloy and Jerry Kroll, who scared 27 and 23 points, respectively. Wake Forest closed to 80-76 with 2% minutes left but Mike O'Neill scored six of his 12 points down the stretch to clinch the victory. •iWelth-ranked Duquesne breezed past St. Francis, Pa. 79-55 in a game marred by a melee that saw two of the losers taken to a hospital for treatment of facial cuts. The skirmish erupted with 8^ minutes left when Duquesne's Gory Major fouled Bill Snodgrass of Si, Francis. Garry and Barry Nelson, the Dukes' 6- foot-9 twins, also suffered cuts about the face. Earlier in the game, Duquesne 'Coach Red Manning threatened to pull his team off the court when St. Francis tried 'o use a freshman. The Fran- kies* are allowed to use freshmen in certain games because of the school's small enrollment. Notre Dame, ranked 16th, whipped Detroit 84-77 despite 30 points by Olympic star Spencer Haywood of the Titans and two technical fouls against Coach Johnny Dee, his first in 61 games. Detroit led 44-40 at halftime but Notre Dame caught up at 68-all and ran off the next six points, four by Bob Arnzen, who paced the Irish with 23 points. BLOCKED SHOT—Wisconsin's Chuck Nagle (24) drive? toward basket but his shot was blocked by Minnesota's Larry Mikan (arms outstretched) daring Big Ten contest in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin's James Johnson blocks Gopher LeRoy Gardner (32). Wisconsin won, 68-21. (AP Wirephoto) Say Union Won't Operate It Teamsters Pension Fund Buys Aurora Downs Track Rain Delays Action Kaiser Open Begins With Field Of 156 ABA Wednesday's Results Denver 112, New Orleans 107, overtime Dallas 127, Indiana 120, overtime Kentucky 115, New York 102 Los Angeles 134, Miami 129, overtime NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Peter Townsend, an English sensation who hasn't done so well in the United States, led 11 golfers named Jim or John off four tees on two courses to start the $135,000 Kaiser Open Tournament today. Because of rain-soaked—but not water-Logged—fairways and a threat of frost, the start was delayed until 10 a.m.—1 p.m., FST. The 156 players started from tlie first or 10th tees on the North and South courses of the Silverado Country Club. Kermit Zarley won the first Xa.ser over the 6,849-yard North course last year with 273, 15 under par. He played the 6,602- yaru South course Wednesday and liked it. He needs" to sharpen his game; he hasn't played a lournament in 2Ya months. Arnold Palmer, a flying millionaire who lands near golf courses often enough to keep in pocket change, shot a 69 over the South course in the pro-amateur. He conceded he is hitting well, but putting poorly. He did however, chip in an eagle three on the 498-yard par 5 11th hole. Otherwise, reported Palmer, "I had chances for seven birdies but I couldn't get it in." Because two courses are being used today and Friday— until the cut—the field was enlarged to 156. Most of the big names of golf are here. Jack montgomery of Norman, Okla. was low pro with a 68 in the pro-amateur Wednesday but Harold Henning and his two amateurs won the team section with a 58. 49ers Will Play In Remodeled Candlestick Park SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco 49'ers will play football in Candlestick Park, perhaps as early as next season. The announcement came after Mayor Joseph Aloito withdrew his efforts Wednesday to build a new stadium in downtown San Francisco. A committee of the board of supervisors promptly approved a plan to expand and remodel Candlestick Park. Lou Spadia, president of the 49ers, was delighted. He said he prefers the fall weather at Candlestick to that at a proposed site south of Market street in the city. The committee was informed the cost of increasing the Candlestick capacity from 42,500 to 66,300 and other improvements would be about $9 million. It recommended that San Francisco S^'lr'"! T - ' holder, submit a new plan for stadium expanr. .:. There have been 'V •: v- sies over Candlestick Park from the time it was completed eigut AURORA, 111. (AP) — Auroa Downs Harness Racing Track has been sold for $1.75 million to a pension fund group of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The financially-troubled track was placed in receivership in 1967. Buyers of the track were the trustees of the Central States Southeast and Southwest Area Pension Fund, which holds a mortgage on the track complex for about the same amount paid for it. The money was borrowed from the Teamsters for renovations by owners Mrs. Titus Haffa and three of her sisters. The sale was approved by Magistrate John J. Chivari if Circuit Court in Geneva. Chivari said the fund's bid was the only one submitted. Joseph D. Teitlebaum, attorney for the fund, said the union "will not attempt to run the track. Instead, we will try to find a suitable buyer who can pass muster by the Illinois Rac ing Board and the fund's officials. Since 1966, winter harness racing has been conducted at Au rora Downs, 40 miles west of Chicago. The current meeting started Dec. 8 and will run through Feb. 15. The track has been operating under the receivership of Dundee attorney, Edward A. Glaeser. It is about $2.8 million in debt. A bid to buy the track for $2.8 million was submitted in 1968 by a Pennsylvania group, but it was refused. U.S. Girl's Ski Team Riding High SCHRUNS-TSCHAGGUNS, Austria (AP) — Although an American girl has yet to win one of the major ski races this season, their continued high team scores are surprising Europeans. Erika Skinger, 19, of Stowe, Vt., paced her American teammates to three finishes among the top ten leaders in the Golden Key downhill race Wednesday. Miss Skinger, who finished fifth, was clocked at two minutes 18.37 seconds. Wiltrud Drexel, 18, of Austria skied off with top. honors in the fast time of 2:16.7, more than two seconds ahead of the next best time. Two French girls, Florence Steurer, and Annie Fa- mose finished second and third with times of 2:18.01 and 2:18.08. Judy Nagel, 17, of Enumclaw, Wash., placed eighth in 2:19.22 and was followed immediately by 19-year-old Karen Budge, of Jackson, Wyo., in 2:19.58. Other American top finishers included Kiki Cutter, Bend, Ore., 2:20.56; 14th; Rosie Fortna, Warren, Vt., 2:22.31, 26th; Barbara Cochran, Richmond, Vt., 2:22.73, 31st; Penny Northrup, Elicottville, N.Y., 2:24.79; and Laurie Quest, Excelsior, Minn., 2:25.64, 48th. The Golden Key races end today with the girls' slalom. TYLER'S JEFFERSON MOTORS 820 Jordan 'Southern Illinois Largest Automobile Dealer" Pontiac—Cadillac—Buick—GMC Trucks Mt. Vernon BASKETBALL Today's Games Denver at New Orleans Minnesota at Houston New York at Indiana Miami at Oakland Friday's Games Los Angeles at Denver Houston at New York New Orleans at Dallas years ago. There has been some talk lately of building a stadium in anotherpart of the city. The 49ers have played in Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park since the National Football League team was formed. Storting For West Earl Hopes For Better Day Sunday LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quarterback Earl Mori-all, who led the Baltimore Colts to the National Football League championship but came up short in the Super Bowl, hopes for better luck Sunday. The veteran quarterback will share action with the Los Angeles Rams' Roman Gabriel in the 19th annual East-West All- Star Pro Bowl. Coach George Allen of the Rams, who pilots the West, indicated Thursday Morrall will start the game. "Morrall is the league's Player of the Year and he certainly deserves to start," said Allen. The East's coach, Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys, can choose between his own Don Meredith and Fran Tarkenton of the New York Giants. Morrall will be working with two of his receivers from the Colts, John Mackey and Willie Richardson. He also will have Green Bay's Carroll Dale and the NFL's leading receiver, Clifton McNeil of the San Francisco 4934s. The East also is blessed with top receivers and the league's leading ground gainer, Leroy Kelly of Cleveland. East pass catchers include Homer Jones of New York, Paul Warfield of Cleveland, and Pittsburgh Steeler Roy Jefferson. MM138aes Jan. 16 Mt V. Register-News l —B THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 3969 Retires From Lions Gordy Takes NFL Players Assn. Post PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Big John Gordy, who led a bitter players' revolt in the National Football League last summer, is retiring as a member of the Detroit Lions. His new position: Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, a newly created post. Gordy, as president of the association in 1968, spearheaded a players' demand for a better pension plan and other benefits. A tlireatened boycott almost wrecked the staid old league before the exhibition season began. Gordy's retirement after 11 years as a star offensive guard for Detroit, and his selection as executive director, came as the NFL players group and the American Football League Players Association, ended their joint winter meeting Wednesday night. The new president, kicking specialist Jim Bakken of the St. Louis Cardinals, declared Gordy "will have our full support in the coming year." "I humbly accept this position and I will continue to carry out the progressive policies established by the players association," Gordy said. When the threatened players' strike was averted in mid-July, a spokesman for NFL owners said the settlement would cost $3 million for the years 1968—69 for pension benefits, administrative costs and related matters. The players association main office will remain in Detroit, Lee Vance, public relations director, said. BOWLING HAPPY KEGLERS LEAGUE High Series: Wilbur Jones 556; Don Heltsley 555; Don Burke 549; Vance Skinner Jr. 547; Gary Levall 546; Ivan McConnaughhay 516. Standings: W Yaegers 66 Service * 111. Power 57 Elks No. 1 51 Elks No. 6 42% Newcomb's Texaco 41 Razorback Oil 39 General Radiator 39 Vernois V.F.W 38 Lang Furn 38 Elks No. 4 37 Elks No. 3 36 Nu-Bowl Lanes 36 Lipps Construction 33 Eaters Sheet Metal 32 Elks No. 5 31 J / 2 Elks No. 2 30 "Could Win Next Four"—Arnold "Starting with Ccntralia tomorrow night we play four tough ball games in a row . . . We could win or lose any one of them . . . Conceivably, we could win all four . . . We're good enough to do it," said Mt. Vernon Ram coach Bob Arnold. Arnold added: "I'm more optmistic than I was a couple of weeks ago. We looked good in practice Wednesday for the first time in a long time. The kids picked up. hit the boards well and moved the ball . . . They've realized they're going to have to play hard to win ... It's about time . . ." -X- -X- -X- Senior Frank Sanders returned to duty yesterday and should be ready for action Friday night . . . "We're working Hawthorne outside more and it's helping," reported the Ram coach. "We're solving the pressure defense and doing better against man-to-man defense . . . We used Hawthorne outside some last year with success. He did some excellent feeding, particularly to Sledge . . ." Coach Arnold was not set on a starting lineup against the Orphans . . . "Our starters will come from Jerry Seibert, Sanders, Hawthorne, Steve Strickland, Sledge and Eddie James," he said . . . "No matter who starts, they'll all see action . . ." -X- -X- -X- The Mailbag "Sporting Dazt. "Did Jimmy Burns of McLeansboro set a scoring record during his playing days at Northwestern? After that did he play professional basketball and where is he playing now?" "Dahlgren Rooter" -o o— -o Jim Burns did not set a single game scoring record at N'wes­ tern — but he set a career high for three seasons. . . Burn's top game was 38 points against Michigan in 1966. . . Single game high at N'western was Rich Falk's 49 points against Iowa in 1964. . . For three varsity years (196566-67), McLeansboro's Jim tallied 1,368 points, all-time high for N'western. . . Former record- holder was Jim Ruklick who scored 1,315 for three seasons (1957-58-59). . . After college. Bums had a tryout with the Chicago Bulls of the NBA later played with Dallas in the ABA where he was injured and quit the pro game. Coach Dick Jones, of Mc- Lcansboro, informs us that Jimmy has enrolled in law school at N'western. . . -o- -c- -o- The Mailbag "To Spoi-ting Daze: "I heard a basketball referee speak about a month ago and he said the next new thing in the game was going to be to raise the height of the baskets from 10 feet to 12 feet The way I understood him, he said the baskets had been riased higher about 20 years ago, and would have to be raised again. Do you think that rule is going to be changed?" "South (A.W.) 7" Throughout the years, many basketball people have advocated raising the height of the goals. . . In our opinion it would be a good idea, but it has never been done. . . I might do away with "goal tending" calls, increasing in number each year and always difficult decisions for officials. . . , Higher baskets should put a premium on shoottng skill as opposed to "just naturally gro- win' tall. . . " Why were the baskets put at 10-feet anyway? We have tlie answer to that one, and it comes from a book by Dr. James Naismith who invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Mass. , in 1891. . . We quote: "In looking for something to use as a goal, I asked the School janitor for a box about eighteen inches in width. He informed me that he had a couple of large peach baskets. These were fastened to the gallery, and from these the name 'basketball" was derived. The gal- Irey in the Springfield gymnasium happened to be 10 feet high. And the baskets in basketball have remained at tht height ever since. . . What if the janitor had come up with a box as requested??? Say Canadian Opposition Inferior Russians Cancel Hockey Game Series In Canada WINNIPEG (AP) — The Russians — leaving themselves an opening for reversal — have pulled out of a scheduled series of hockey games in Canada, just is they cancelled the U.S. Russia track meets a few years ago. The reasons, however, are entirely different. The USSR cancelled the U.S. track meets in protest over American pax-ticipation in Vietnam. This time they say they won't play because the Canadian op- pr<sitior they're scheduled to meet is inferior. The Ottawa or Winnipeg team, or a combination of both was slated to represent Canada. The first game was to be played id Montreal Friday. Diplomats and hockey offi- ciels worked desparately to determine whether the Russian decision was based on a misunderstanding that could be cleared up quickly so as to permit start of the tour on schedule. If it can't be cleared up, council members of the International Ice Hockey Federation were in a position to act on a cable from the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association aski'ie 'M—p-'-'" ^ •and fun suspension" of the So viety Hockey Federation for its "unprecedented" action. Also left in doubt was the status of a proposed tour of the Russian B team, slated for Feb. 24 to March 7. Further, international suspension would prohibit the defending champion Russian team from competing in the world hockey championship in Stockholm the last two weeks lrt March. The Russians' coach, Anatoly Tar as no v has been angling to play National Hockey League •earns. Gordon Juckes, executive director of the CAHA, expressed the opinion that the NHL has no appetite for becoming involved with the Russians. LIQUOR-—WINE—GIN CHAMPAGNE—MIXES BEER Hot or Cold by the Case Other Beverages Bar Accessories SPECIAL PRICES WOODEN INDIAN Open Evenings Free Pari ting In Rear Free Delivery • Ph. 242-0414 IG t ?L' Worth 50 Extra This coupon is worth 50 extra Top Vilue Stamps with a purchase of $3.00 or mora gasoline at the CLARK Siper 100 Slalioa 1515 West Broadway — Mt. Vernon, III. Limit one coupon per customer Coupon Expires Wed., Jan. 22, 1968 Top Value Stamps ioj I 2?J

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