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Page Four MOPE (ARK.) STAR , October 15* 19?4 Forzano 9 s Lions get first victory By LARRY PALADINO AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) - No longer will the cynics chide: "Detroit's got the best 0-4 team in football." Now it's got the best 1-4 team in football. The one victory may not enhance the looks of the record much, but "it beats getting hit in the eye with a sharp stick," Coach Rick Forzano said after Monday's 17-13 key victory over Aaron to talk to Milwaukee OAKLAND (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have given Hank Aaron permission to talk with the Milwaukee Brewers, possibly opening the door for baseball's most successful home run slugger to become the first black general manager in the major leagues. The announcement Monday by Dan Donohue, president of the Braves, was made just one clay before Aaron was to hold a news conference here reportedly to disclose his future plans. The news conference apparently was arranged by Magnavox, an electrical firm with which Aaron has a $1 million contract. If Aaron, who will be 41 next February, does sign with the Brewers and finish his major league career where it began — in Milwaukee — he probably would spend next season as a designated hitter before taking a general manager's position. AH along, Aaron had made it known he planned to retire after this season ... until Sunday, Sept. 29, when he announced that his future still remained in doubt. Aaron's problems at Atlanta apparently stem from a financial squabble with the Braves, who have offered Hank a front office job for next year at substantially less than his $200,000 player's contract. "Titles," Aaron once snapped. "Can you spend titles at a grocery store? Executive vice president^ assistant to the executive vice president, what does it mean if it doesn't pay good money? I might become a 'janiot for big money." It is believed that the Braves offered Aaron as much as $75,000 to serve in the front office, and he still has four more years to run on the Magnavox contract, for which he receives $50,000 quarterly. There also has been speculation that his contract with the television firm would limit him to a player role with the Braves, San Francisco. The Lions used a disputed pass interference penalty and a key goal line stand to notch heir first triumph under Forzano. The nationally televised game, played before a Tiger Stadium crowd of 45,199, had plenty of exciting plays to keep the viewers happy. Among them: —A 32-yard pass interference penalty which set up Steve Oweas' one-yard touchdown plunge for Detroit in the second quarter. —Four interceptions. One was returned 44 yards by Lion cornerback I^evi Johnson and led loan Errol Mann field goal. —A 45-yard punt return by Dick Jauron of the Lions to set up another TD. —A 64-yard run by 49er rookie Wilbur Jackson to the Detroit one. —The Lions' goal line stand after that run. "We won by a few points ... We would have made it more but we didn't want to run up the score," Forzano said, grinning. San Francisco Coach Dick Nolan rushed off without saying much but quarterback Dennis Morrison, making his first NFL start, didn't mind talking about the loss, the 49ers' third straight in a 2-3 record. "I was nervous in the afternoon, but when we opened with the passing attack it calmed me," the left-hander said. "Bui in the third quarter I got more excited than I should have." Detroit picked off three Morrison aerials. One, by linebacker Charlie Weaver in the first period, ended a scoring threat. Then there was Johnson's interception in the second quarter, and linebacker Jim Laslavic grabbed another in the final four minutes to thwart a drive at the Lion 10. Morrison finished with 17 completions in 40 attempts for 171 yards, including an 11-yard pass to Jackson with 33 seconds left for the only San Francisco touchdown. . , Rolling Pin's bowling scores Results for the week of the Rolling Pins Bowling League as of October 8 are: W L H&M Grocery 13 7 C&L Co. 11% 8M; Prescott Feed Mill 8% 11% Allen's D-X 7 13 High game—Jewel Allen, 174 High series—Jewel Allen, 432 Hope H*mpit*od Coon Star Angry A's hope for blow-up By KEN RAPPOPORT AP Sports Writer OAKLAND (AP) — The tempestuous Oakland A's hope to explode tonight with their bats instead of their tempers in the third game of the 1974 World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. "I'm expecting us to break out any day now, but I've been expecting that for six weeks ... So I don't really know," said Oakland Manager Alvin Dark, whose team has had more notice recently for hitting people than hitting baseballs. A change in the batting order might be just the thing that the A's need to add some punch to Arizona makes debut in top twenty poll TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — Saying simply that "it will be a real challenge to stay there," head Coach Jim Young and his University of Arizona Wildcats have made their debut in The Associated Press college football Top Ten. The Wildcats' No. 9 ranking marked the first time in its history Arizona has ever broken inin the Top Ten, while Ohio State held down the No. 1 rank- ; ng for the fourth week in a i'OW. Undefeated Ohio State whal- loped Wisconsin 52-7 Saturday, its fifth victory of the season, and received 51 first-place votes to open a commanding lead over runner-up Oklahoma. The Buckeyes received 1,160 of a possible 1,180 points from a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Oklahoma had only five first-place votes and 1,020 points in the balloting. last week, Ohio State led OVT Oklahoma by a mere 20 ...ms and a margin of 33-24 in hrst-place votes. Both teams finished 2-3 respectively behind national champion Notre Dame last season. Michigan climbed trom fourth place to third with one first-place ballot following a 217 triumph over Michigan State. The Wolverines supplanted Alabama, which dropped from third to fourth with one No. 1 > and <U4 points in the wake a last-minute 8-7 decision rwinless Florida State. ;i,x.n •- vt:at from 10th to -viti- a.-i iiuprossive 31-13 . -r.. c-' Kentucky T*>e Ti-.. '.-.-.v.- ; -..'ie -'thei first- place vote and 636 points. Rounding out the Top Ten are Southern California, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Arizona and North Carolina State. In a season of upsets, Young and his Wildcats are undefeated in five games and were 41-8 victors Saturday over Utah. Last season Young took over essentially the same team that was 4-7 the year before, and came up with a winner — 8-3 for the season — and a tie for the Western Athletic Conference championship. The Top Twenty, with first- place votes in parentheses, season record and total points. Points tabulated on basis of 2018-16-14-12-10-9-S-etc.: 1. Ohio State (51) 5-<H) 1,160 2. Oklahoma (5) 4-0-0 1,020 3. Michigan (1) 5-0-0 924 4. Alabama (1) 5-0-0 814 5. Auburn (1) 5-0-0 636 6. So. California 3-1-0 574 7. Notre Dame 4-1-0 506 8. Texas A&M 4-1-0 425 9. Arizona 5-0-0 394 10. No. Caro. St. 6-0-0 323 11. Penn State 4-1-0 244 12. Nebraska 3-2-0 169 13. Kansas 4-1-0 141 14. Florida 4-1-0 107 15. Arizona State 3-1-0 73 16. Texas 3-2-0 69 17. Texas Tech 3-1-1 59 18. Maryland 3-2-0 49 19. Miami, 0. 4-0-1 41 20. Tulane 4-0-0 39 Others receiving votes, listed alphabelically: Arkansas, Baylor, California, Illinois, Miami (Fla.), Missouri, Oklahoma State, Pitt, Temple, UCLA, Va^d«?rbilt, Wisconsin. their recent Punch and Judy hitting. Dark, whose team won • the World Series opener with an undistinguished 3-2 victory Saturday in Los Angeles and then lost the second game by the same score, is thinking about an adjustment in his hitting alignment. Noting that the A's face a 1 left-hander in Al Downing, Dark revealed: "I might bat Bill North first instead of second. He has more power as a right-handed hitter. I might also move some of the others around in the lineup, too. We've just got to get some more runs." The A's may not be hitting Mike Marshall may set record By ERIC PREWITT AP Sports Writer OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland A's Darold Knowles, inactive so far in the World Series, owns a pitching record thai busy Mike Marshall of the las Angeles Dodgers can't break. "But if this thing goes seven games, I'm sure he'll tie it," said the Oakland left-hander who appeared in all seven games of the 1973 World Series to establish a record. Marshall, who set a major league record with 106 appearances during the 1974 National league season, was the Dodgers' finishing pitcher in the first two World Series gam^s.at _ Los Angeles and was Teddy'to ' back up starter Al Downing here tonight in game No. 3. "I don't know how he pitches as much as he does. I know I couldn't do it," said Knowles. "Maybe he hypnotizes himself." Marshall, a sturdy little right-hander with mutton chop sideburns and a buttoned-down mouth, isn't about to let any rival pitchers know the secret behind his durability. "But I think I can read between the lines," said the A's Bob Locker, a right-handed reliever who sat out this season with a bad arm. 'It's partly a mental game. He believes there's no way you can get stronger by resting. The more he throws, the stronger he gets. I'm sure he'll pitch in 100 games next year, too," said Locker. Locker was a teammate of Marshall in 1969 with the short- lived Seattle Pilots and recalls that Marshall "was low man in our bullpen, behind Diego Segui and me. "Our pitching coach up there, Sal Maglie, didn't believe in Mike's theories and didn't like him throwing the screwball, his best pitch." The Dodgers' Walter Alston, blessed with many great relief stars in his years in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, and most other big league managers are godi ing to their bullpens more than;| ever these days. The A's.Alyin Dark pulled starter Ken Holtzman, whirhad allowed only an unearned run, in the fifth inning of the World Series opener, used relief ace Rollie Fingers into the ninth and then brought in 25-game winning starter Catfish Hunter to get the final out. "That was a great move," said third baseman'Sal Bando, who early in the regular season hollered after a tough loss, "Dark couldn't manage a meat market." Fingers has appeared in 13 of the A's 16 World Series games, going into tonight's contest, since 1972. The last pitcher to throw a complete game in the World Series was Pittsburgh's Steve Blass in the Pirates' 2-1 final game victory over Baltimore in the 1971 World Series. well lately, but they've certain* ly had the pitching. And the best on their staff goes tonight, 25-game winner Catfish Hunter. The tobacco-chewing Hunter, well rested since he only pitched to one batter on Saturday after working in last week's American League playoffs, has been embroiled in a salary dispute with Oakland owner Charles 0. Finley. Hunter, mad at Finley because he claims the owner reneged on half of his yearly $100,000 salary, might make the Dodgers pay for it tonight. The A's fight as well as anybody else, too. The Dodgers, or any other team in baseball, are sedate compared to this flamboyant, aggressive team of oddballs. The combative A's started the Series out with a bang when pitchers Rollie Fingers and Blue Moon Odom exchanged blows in the clubhouse last week. And during Monday's off-day workout at the Oakland Coliseum, a sports writer was the target of wrath. Reggie Jackson, Oakland's star outfielder, verbally challenged Murray Olderman, editor of Newspaper Enterprises Association in San Francisco, because of an article he wrote for a national magazine. Jackson roared out of the batting cage when he saw Olderman and abused him verbally before a crowd of gaping onlookers. Jackson was unhappy about the general tone of the article, which dealt with his alleged battle with other players for sole leadership of the team. Meanwhile, back at the World Series, Downing concentrated on keeping the A's in their protracted hitting slump. Despite his modest 5-6 season record, Los Angeles Manager Walt Alston feels that Downing can continue to maintain the Dodgers' masterful pitching of late. The A's have managed only 12 hits so far off Dodger pitching, and the formidable Los And geles arms were equally as effective in the National League playoffs against the Pittsburgh Pirates. A's Jackson, Blue jump sportswriter OAKLAND (AP) — "You'd better not get around me alone — if you do, you're in trouble." The speaker was Oakland A's outfieder Reggie Jackson; the object of his wrath, sports writer Murray Olderman. Jackson and Oakland pitcher Vida Blue were angered by a magazine article- written -by Olderman, general editor of Newspaper Enterprise Association in San Francisco, and they vented their wrath at Olderman during an A's workout Monday. Olderman walked onto the field to watch batting practice and Blue said to Jackson, "Hey, here's Olderman." Jackson then left the batting cage, waved a finger at the 52- year-old Olderman .and gave the writer a 10-minute, expletive-filled dressing down in front of several dozen sports writers and photographers. "I want to embarrass you," Jackson said. "I invite you to my home and you had to write that trash." "I didn't call you a liar," Olderman said to Jackson. "That's not the point," Jackson said. "I'm calling you one." Finally Joe Reichler, special assistant to baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn, stepped in and attempted to quiet Jackson down. Blue then took over, but in a somewhat more subdued tone. He told Olderman that although he had been quoted in the ard ticle, "You never talked to me." Jackson was apparently mad about the general tone of the article, which dealt with his alleged battle with other A's players for leadership of the team. Olderman said he was surprised at the butburst. "I just returned from a trip to Russia and had come out to get my World Series credentials," he said. What about his personal feelings toward Jackson? "I have no personal feelings toward him," Olderman said. A's Manager Alvin Dark, asked for his comment on the incident, replied: "What else is new?" Elkins 9 Bunch gets weekly honor LITTLE ROCK (AP) Those skeptics who doubted the statistics compiled by John Bunch of Elkins last Friday night were right. Bunch did not gain 401 yards on 21 carries as reported. He netted 441 yards. "We just got through looking at the film," said Elkins Coach William Alvarez. "You wouldn't believe the way he runs. He can pick those holes out. Yellville is weak, but they're not that weak. They're no slouch." Bunch, a 5-foot-10, left-pound senior, scored six touchdowns in a 53-6 victory over Yellville and was named The Associated Press high school Player of the Week. An official of the Arkansas Activities Association said he could not remember a 400-yard performance in Arkansas high school football history. Alvarez vouched for the validity of the statistics, which were kept by a member of the Elkins School Board. 1 Here's the way Bunch's chart looked( 70(TD), 9,6 (TD) 20, 4,9, 56 (TD), 95 (TD). 2. 6. 9. 4 44, 7, 10, 3, 15, 54 (TD), 8, 10 (TD) and 0. "Actually, we didn't run him to try to break a record or anything," Alvarez said. Elkins has only 12 players on the team. The Elks had 13, but one moved. "It's scary playing with 12," Alvarez said. "Every time one of them hits the ground, you're scared. Our boys are real tough physically and mentally. I've never worked a group of boys this hard before, but they understand that we have to. "We have sold them on the idea that it is the player who is goofing off that gets hurt," he said. "If we get more than two hurt in a game, we'll just make sure we have seven men on the offensive line and play with what's left." Alvarez said Bunch's performance against Yellville had upped his season total to 1,136 yards in six games. He said Bunch made most of his yardage against Yellville on quick pitches although the 95- yard scoring run came on a dive play. "He hit the hole and veered outside," Alvarez said. "There were four guys with an angle on him, but he outran everyone of them." Alvarez said the offense did not play well in a 16-0 loss to the Springdale junior varsity and a 28-0 defeat at the hands of Class B state champion Farmington. He said the offense had been much more effective said trap plays and counters had been added to the repertoire. Elkins is 34 for the season and Alvarex says the team has a chance to make the Class B playoffs as one of two ."wild card" teams In the state, in the state. He considers himself and Ray Hamilton "co-coaches." They played against each other in high school and then went to school together at Lamar University. Alvarez and Hamilton coached together for three years at junior high school in Buna, Tex. Hamilton then accepted a position at Elkins and when he learned there was another vacancy, he called Alvarez. "Ray coaches the offense and I'm responsible for the defense, but neither one of us makes a decision before we consult with the other," Alvarez said. Other players, who deserve • mention this week: Moses Cunningkin, Benton, scored on runs of 42, 5,17 and 5 yards and rushed for 174 yards as the Panthers whipped Little Rock McClellan 29-20. John Ferryman, Marion, scored three touchdowns, one two - point conversion and gained 160 yards on 20 carries as Marionrallied from a 21-0 halftime deficit to defeat Osceola 22-21. Larry Wallace, Pine Bluff, scored two touchdowns kicked three extra points and rushed 18 times for 135 yards in a 42-6 victory over El Dorado. Steve Matthews, Fort Smith Southside, scored four touchdowns and rushed for 171 yards on 24 carries as the Rebels routed Blytheville 33-7. Kenney Clark, Sheridan, scored on runs of 65 and 12 yards and caught a seven-yard scoring pass in a 34-0 victory over Cabot. Bernard Pighee, Brinkley, scored three touchdowns in a 21-7 victory over DeWitt. The contest at the SO.OCW-seat Oakland Coliseum, firsfof three night games here, will start at 6:30 P.M., PST, a difficult period for the players because, of the strange tricks that sunlight plays in this stadium in late afternoon in the fall. The Dodgers had a late workout Monday to. get used to the conditions. Downing to pitch for LA in Series Highand mighty are falling MIAMI (AP) — How the mighty are falling. Most experts figured the Miami Dolphins would romp to a fourth straight Super Bowl appearance this year, and perhaps even a third straight championship. But now Coach Don Simla is worried that his team might not even make the playoffs. Somebody forgot to tell the rest of the National Football League that the Dolphins dynasty was supposed to end not this season but in 1975, when Miami loses five starters to the World Football League. It had been expected that Miami would have little trouble taking another American Conference Eastern Division title. But the Dolphins have only a 32 record and trail New England (t-0) and Buffalo (4-1) in their division. Pass defense is Shula's biggest woory. Miami gave up only 1,290 passing yards in 1973 bul has laready yielded 1,105 yards this season. _ _Shula doesn't place the blame with any individual or the defensive strategy itself, which is the same as the past. He explained, "What we've got to start to do is start playing the coverages." Sonny Jergensen, checked for most of last Sunday's game, picked Miami apart in the closing minutes for a 20-17 Wash- ington victory. Shula, miffed, said, "If there's anybody that should realize that anything can happen in the last two minutes, it's our team. Adding to Shula's problems are injuries to two tackles, receiver Paul Warfield and running back Mercury Morris, which have decimated the offense. Morris, who has missed three games, is the biggest loss since he is the the Dolphins' chief outside threat. With him sidelined, teams have jammed the middle to stop fullback Larry Csonka. Csonka, who has gained over 1,000 yards the last three years, is averaging only 3.6 yards a carry. Morris' replacements, Jim Kiick and Hubert Ginn, are getting only 2.5 and 3.5 yards a try, respectively. Shula said attitude is not a problem. He fined Csonka and Kiick $100 each for missing a team dinner Saturday night, but said he has had fewer fines this year than in previous seasons. "We gotta get t'oing," he said Monday, looking to three straight games in the Orange Bowl. Miami has not lost at home in 25 starts. If they do not keep that record intact through these next few home games, the Dolphins have to forget about their dynasty a year ahead of time. LOS ANGELES (AP) — A year ago, John Hadl was the hottest quarterback in the National Football League and the Los Angeles Rams averaged 32 points a game to win their first five games of the season. Now Hadl isn't even lukewarm, the Rams are averaging 15 points a game and they've lost two of five games. All this despite a defense which seems improved, allowing 100 fewer yards, 30 fewer points and owning seven more quarterback sacks than it did this time last year. In a nutshell, a sick offense is what is wrong with the Rams, preseason favorites to capture the National Football Conference championship and play in the Super Bowl. The Rams are still atop their division with a 3-2 record, but the talk about town is how they are likely to back into the playoffs because the division includes San Francisco, Atlanta and New Orleans. Jack Teele, assistant to club owner Carroll Rosenbloom, said. "Everyone in our orean- ization, from Carroll Roseb- bloom to the coaches to the players, is concerned about our offense." Nobody blames one person, or even one area of attack. "Our running backs have fumbled, our receivers have run the wrong pass routes, we've had dropped passes and poorly thrown passes," Teele said. Knox benched Hadl last Sunday when the Rams trailed Green Bay 10-3. James Harris relieved Hadl and played better than his 3 for 12 pass completion record "indicates. Hadl was only 6 of 16. Each threw two interceptions. "We wanted to get a little life into our offense," said Knox, who said Hadl would start bun- day against San Francisco in Los Angeles. Knox pointed to "more sophisticated defense," particularly the more popular defense which Miami uses, utilizing three down linemen and eight men capable of defending against the pass. It's a variation of the old Oklahoma defense, and ex-Sooner coach Chuck Fairbanks of New England employed it in a 20-14 victory over Los Angeles. Also, as Teele said, the NFL draft is structured to strengthen the weak teams. New England and St. Louis are examples, he said, of "creating the best balance the NFL has had in recent years." Of tne warns' problems, defensive end Jack Youngblood said, "We're going to be back. Who do we play next? The 49ers? They're going to be in trouble." OAKLAND (AP) - It was a surrealistic Monday afternoon. When the Oakland A's took batting practice, a track star was practicing base running and Reggie Jackson was spending his energy chewing out a sports writer. Then late in the day, when the shadows of a California autumn crept across Oakland's Coliseum, a gentleman named Al Downing came out to see how much major league pitching he has left in his 33-year-old body. Downing will start the third game of the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight. This year he is known for a 5-6 record and for giving up Hank Aaron's 715th home run. Downing warmed up with the cool, relaxed air of the professional who first pitched in the majors for the Yankees in 1961 when many of his teammates were kids. His last World Series game was in 1964 with the Yanks and since then he has bounced to Binghamton, back to New York, to Oakland, Milwaukee and finally to the Dodgers, for whom he won 20 games in 1971, He vyas asked how it felt to be considered the soft spot in the Dodger pitching lineup. "That doesn't bother me," he said convincingly. "That's just because I haven't pitched much this year. I'm going to pitch the same way I always pitch. When I go out there, I have the idea that I'm going to throw a shutout. Then if they get one run, I tell myself that's all they're going to get." Tuesday night's game will be tough, he admits. "I'll have to be in command from the first pitch." Dodger Manager Walter Alston assigned Downing to start the third game because, despite his lackluster record, he pitched very well late in the season. Since his last Series game 10 years ago, Downing feels he "is a much better pitcher than I was. "I've changed for the better," he said."! still throw 75 per cent fast balls but I'm not a power pitcher. I'm more of a control pitcher." But the slanting rays of the fall sun coming over the first base side of the Coliseum won't bother him, says Downing. "It will bother the outfielders," he said 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 times, if you wish to find the best sport that each day has to offer. Date Oct. Day 15 Tuesday 16 Wednesday 17 Thursday '18 Friday 19 Saturday 20 Sunday A.M. Minor Major 4:40 11:20 5:30 6:30 7:35 8:30 <>:30 12:45 1:40 2:45 3:35 P.M. Minor Major 5:15 6:05 7:00 7:55 8:50 9:55 11:50 12:20 1:35 2:10 3:15 4:10

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