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Page HOPfc (ARK.) STAR Wednesday, October 16, Aggies' Thomas tabbed for honor By DENNE H. FREEMAN AP Sports Writer There's this one play in the Texas A&M-Texas Tech game where Red Raider quarterback Tommy Duniven lobs the ball high to 6-foot-4 Calvin Jones. It's a sure completion—only here comes 5-fooMO Aggie cor- nerback Pat Thomas like an acrobat off a trampoline to bat ihe pass away.. "Pal Thomas is the quickest defensive back I've had in 24 years coaching and can jump right up there with any receiver because of the tremendous spring in his legs," says A&M defensive coordinator Melvin Robertson. Thomas, who knocked down four passes, made seven unassisted tackles and sacked the quarterback once as the Aggie defense dominated Saturday in a 28-7 victory over Tech. His play earned him The Associated Press Southwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week award. Not far behind was Baylor linebacker Derrel Luce, who made 15 unassisted tackles and recovered a critical fumble in the Bears' 21-17 upset of Arkansas. The 175-pound Thomas has amazing physical strength. "fie can bench press 280-300 pounds and normal for someone his size and height is 185-200 pounds," says Robertson. "He's a real hitter." Thomas was recruited from Piano High School which usually is a football power under Coach John Clark. "Pat started three games for us as a freshman and he's a junior now and they've only caught two passes off of him all year," Robertson adds. "With Pal on one side and Tim Gray on the other we've got the two finrest cornerbacks in the country." Thomas says he is content at defensive back although he occasionally gets the itch to carry the ball like he did at Piano where he was an All-State running back. "Sometimes I wish I could handle the ball, but I think defense is my best position ... maybe the pros will take a good, long look at me," Thomas says. "I feel I can cover anybody." Robertson says "I'd like to say we've helped that kid with out coaching, but we haven't. He's got the kind of talent you don't mess with ... the quickest feet I ever saw." Tradition strong at South Bend By HERSCHEL NISSENSONQ AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — "Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again." At South Bend, Ind., this week they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Oct. 18, 1924, Army-Notre Dame game when Grantland Rice penned those famous words. A crowd of 60,000, largest ever to watch the series at the time, saw Notre Dame win 13-7 at the Polo Grounds in New York. The two living Horsemen, Sleepy.,Jira Crowley and Don Milleprwill be honored at halftime of Saturday's Army-Notre Dame game, along with Adam Walsh, Chuck Collins'and perhaps Rip Miller of the Seven Mules. All living members of the 1922-3-4 Notre Dame teams have been invited. Noire Dame has won the last five meelings from Army by a 210-13 count and the Irish still have the horses, if not the Horsemen. Notre Dame 42, Army 7. And speaking of anniversaries, it will be Red Grange Day at Champaign, 111., when Illinois enlerlains Michigan "State. It's the 50lh anniversary j)f Memorial Sladium and Grange, the legendary Galloping Ghost of No. 77 fame, will 'behonored at halftime Ceremonies. . Illinois wins again ... 17-13. Lasl week's forecasling produced 49 right, 15 wrong and two ties for a percentage of ».776. Both Upset Specials came Jhrough — anderbilt over Florida and Georgia Tech by one point over North Carolina — and the season's counl is 234-9110—.720. Knowing everyone is on pins and needles awaiting this week's Upset Special, here goes: Upset Special of the Week :.. Arkansas 21, Texas 20. Razorbacks were looking past Baylor and got dumped; Longhorns were sky-high for Oklahoma and played the second- ranked Sooners mighty tough before bowing 16-13. '_ Second Upset Special ... Arizona 17, Texas Tech 14. This classifies as an upset since tech is favored by 5M: points even though Arizona is ninth and Tech 17th in The AP ratings. Third Upset Special ... West Virginia 14, Miami, Fla. 13: Bolh learns looking ahead — Wesl Virginia to Perm State, Miami to Notre Dame. Oklahoma 24, Colorado 10: Sooners haven't lost in 22 games ... or since the last lime Ihey visited Boulder, Colo. Michigan 28, Wisconsin 14: Badgers have slunned someone — see Nebraska, Missouri — every other week. Not this lime. Ohio Slate 40, Indiana 7: Indiana hasn'i slunned anyone except Minnesota last week. Alabama 28, Tennessee 21: Bui Ihe Tide will have lo play betler lhan they did against Florida State because Tennessee usually plays well at home. Auburn 24, Georgia Tech 7: Dee-fense! Dee-fense! North Carolina State 35, North Carolina 34: But don't be surprised if it winds up the other way around. Penn State 31, Syracuse 7: This used lo be Ihe big one in Ihe East. Nebraska 21, Kansas 20: One point was good enough last year. Florida 23, Florida Stale 7: Stale shot its load against Alabama. Miami, Ohio 28, Bowling Green 14: Redskins may be betler lhan last year's unbeaten tribe. Pill 20, Boston College 13: Anthony Dorsett's rolling now ... and so^are Ihe Panthers. Dartmouth 15, Brown 12: Would you believe Brown's favored? How the mighly have fallen. Georgia 24, Vanderbilt 20: After Georgia walloped Mississippi 49-0 lasl week, Ole Mis Coach Ken Cooper -rsaid the Bulldogs had "the best group of athleles we have played Ihis year, and lhal includes Alabama." Louisiana Slale 27, Kenlucky 15: A well-deserved lOOlh victory for Coach Cholly Mac. SALEM, N.H. (AP) — An un- idenlifed woman won $11,437.20 on a $2 bel at Rockingham Park Tuesday night by correctly picking the first, second and third place finishers in the fifth race, a track spokesman said. It was Ihe largesl payoff on a irifecla in New Hampshire racing his lory, the spokesman said. Oct. 16 17 18 IS 20 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. A.M, P-M. Minor Maior Minor Date Day Weo^iesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday 6:30 7:35 8:30 9:30 12:45 1:10 2:45 3:35 6:05 7:00 7:55 8:50 9:55 Major 12:20 1:35 2:10 3:15 4:10 Hope Knife Sports Senior, soph get SWC offense pick Oakland takes 2-1 lead By KEN RAPPOPORT AP Sports Writer OAKLAND (AP)-The Oakland A's don't plan on going back io Los Angeles. "We're a very emotional ball-, club and we could start steamrolling," said Reggis Jackson after the A's beat the Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night and took a 2-1 lead in the World Series. The A's, confident and comfortable in their Oakland Coliseum, can finish off the National League champions if they win the next two games here, with Ken Holtzman going tonight and Vida Blue Thursday night. Jackson and some others believe it's a good possibility. "The Dodgers are the best all-around team I've seen in my major league career," Jackson said. "But we're a pretty good team, too. We are a money team. That's why we've been in the World Series for the last three years." last three years." Manager Alvin Dark and center fielder Bill North were thinking along the same lines. "I know we will be facing a couple of 20-game winners," Dark said of Andy Messersmith and Don Sutton. "But we've got a couple of 20-game winners for ihem, loo." Actually, neither Sutton, Hollzman nor Blue won 20 games in 1974, but Dark contended: "I consider them all^O- game winning pitchers." The way the Series has been going, you have to give some weight to the feelings of Jackson, Dark and North. The opportunistic A's have cashed in on all the breaks to beat the Dodgers in the first and third games. I>os Angeles catcher Joe Ferguson, the goat of the game with two errors, certainly agreed with Jackson's assessment. "They are definitely a team of opportunity," Ferguson said of Ihe A's. "They got away with murder, to say the least." The first opportunity for Oakland came in the third inning after pitcher Catfish Hunter struck out against Al Downing. North singled sharply to left for his first hit of the Series and went all the way to third on Bert Campaneris' hot ground ball to third baseman Ron Cey. That aggressive baserunning paid off for Oakland. After Sal Ban do walked on a 3-2 count, Jackson bounced a ball in front of the plate and Ferguson muf- Messersmith goes against A's tonight By JACK STEVENSON AP Sports Writer OAKLAND (AP) — Los Angeles 20-game winner Andy Messersmith, pitching to even both' his and the Dodgers'" World Series record against Oakland tonight, calmly comments: "There's nothing I can do different than in Ihe first game. "I Ihink I pitched a good game and that was just as crucial as this one will be." The Dodgers lost 3-2 in Saturday's opener, won 3-2 Sunday, then lost 3-2 Tuesday night afler Ihe scene moved from Dodger Sladium to the Oakland Coliseum. "I wonder what the chances are of a fourth 3-2 game — with the Dodgers winning?" mused first baseman Steve Garvey. "They haven't bealen us yet. We've beaten ourselves twice," said Joe Ferguson, a star in the firs I Iwo games but charged with Iwo errors while catching in the third as Oakland took its 2-1 edge in games. With two out and two on in Ihe third, Reggie Jackson hit a bouncer several feet out from the plale. Ferguson pounced on the ball. "I gol il in Ihe webbing bul il popped out when I squeezed," he explained. In the fourth he missed a diving try lo stop a bouncing throw from center field. Manager Walter Alslon switches his lineup lonighl, return ing lo the order that faced Oakland left-handers in the opener of the best-of-seven set. That puts Ferguson back in right field and Steve Yeager behind the plate again. Messersmith's mound foe again will be Ken Holtzman, who worked the opening 4 1-3 innings of the first game before Rollie Fingers relieved. "Messersmith pitched well in that game," Alston snapped when a newsman suggested thai he hadn't. Messersmith worked eight innings, giving up five hits and two of the three runs off bun were earned. Alslon also replied angrily: "You musl have been watching a different game than 1 did," when someone asked why Ihe Dodgers didn't hit well in Tuesday night's game. "Maybe we didn't use good judgment in hilling the ball right at someone. I just hope we can hil ihe ball as well and as hard in ihe nexi games." Bill Buckner homered off winning pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter and Willie Crawford hit one off reliever Rollie Fingers but Ferguson noted: "They got away with murder, didn't earn' their.runs.and we had three-or; four Hne,shots thaUcouldihave< resulted in a lol of runs>,if- they'd gone through.'" Royal talks about game LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A University of Texas football player went to sleep recently during a team meeting. "I told him that if we had been talking about buying him a new car, he'd have had no trouble staying awake," said Texas Coach Darrell Royal, "It depends on how much il means to you." The Longhorns have an attention-Keller this week—the Arkansas Razorbacks. Arkansas is 1-1 in Southwest Conference play and texas is 01. No learn has ever won Ihe SWC lille wilh Iwo losses and never have bolh learns lost a conference game prior to their annual showdowns. "Whoever loses this week is prelty much assured of being oul of Ihe race," Royal said. "Whoever loses has a problem for Ihe rest of Ihe season. Two limes up and three limes down; everybody knows Ihal's Ihe way you drown. We've both already used low limes up." Royal said Texas gave an all- out effort in a 16-13 loss to Oklahoma last week. "I though we had to play turnover-free football and gel a super efforl lo win," Royal said. "We accomplished one, but we failed miserably on the other." The Longhorns losl four fumbles against Ihe Sooners. Royal was asked if a team can be "up" two weeks in a row. "I don't Ihink that's impossible," he said. "Il just depends on how much it means lo you. It's possible to get up 10 weeks in a row if it means enough lo you. "Emolions are very much a part of football. Probably, unless you're direclly involved with it, it's hard to fully appreciate the role emotions play in football. Il doesn't play that much in golf and some other sports. There's no choice when you crawl into a right one on one to fight. But, foolball is a team deal and emotions go up and down." fed il, allowing the first run of the game. Joe Rudi then singled lo center to drive home Bando from second base and the A's had a 2-0 lead for 25- game winner Hunter. Downing walked a batter leading off the .Oakland fourth, bul he should have known bet- ler. Once Dick Green got on to base, the A's found a way gel him all the way around. Hunter sacrificed the runner lo second, and after North flied lo Bill Buckner near the warning track in left field, Camp- aneris singled home the A's third run — the one which turned out to be their game- winner. Oakland: everything but not outplayed By ERIC PREWTTT AP Sports Writer OAKLAND (AP) — The Oakland A's have been outhit, out- slugged and perhaps even out- pitched so far in the 1974 World Series. Everything but outplayed. "We scored a bunch of runs tonight," Manager Alvin Dark said with a grin after the 3-2 victory Tuesday night. which left the A's one up on the Los Angeles Dodgers after three games. "This club manages to score enough runs," he added in describing the world championship team he inherited from Dick Williams. The A's scratched for all three of their runs off Los Angeles starter Al Downing while the Dodgers' runs came on long homers by Bill Buckner and Willie Crawford. Through three games, the Dodgers nave four homers to the A's one. Three of Oakland's eight runs have been unearned. "I'm glad I hit a homer my first lime-up in .the Series,", said Reggie Jackson. "It took the home run pressure off me and il won't bother me if I don't hit another." A high bouncer about 15 feet in front of home plate was enough for Jackson Tuesday night. Catcher Joe Ferguson, the Dodgers' right fielder in the first iwo Series games, hobbled Ihe Ihird-inning chance and, wilh two out, Bill North scored from third for the game's first run. Winning pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, who won 25 games during the regular season but also threw 25 home run pitches, look in stride the one he served to Buckner in the eighth inning Tuesday night. "I'm a home run pitcher," he said. "Besides, a couple of my friends -were up here from North Carolina and I wanted Ihem lo gel lo see a homer. They'd never seen one." Dark, however, decided not io lei ihe Dodgers look at any more Hunter fastballs. He brought in relief star Rollie Fingers with the score 3-1 and one down in Jhe top of the eighth. Fingers, in his 14th World Series relief appearance over the last Ihree years, gave up a leadoff homer to Crawford in the ninth. "They hit a few balls hard against him, but most of them \vere at somebody," said Dark, who will pitch Ken Holtzman against first-game loser Andy Messersmith in tonight's fourth game. One of the hardest hit balls was the one that nailed down Ihe victory, for the A's. With one out in the ninth inning and the tying run on base, Bill Russell hit a smash at Oakland second baseman Dick Green, who started a game-ending double play, the third twin-killing of the game. "I knew it was a double play when he hit the ball," said Jackson, who left the game after seven innings, with Claudell Washington taking his place in right field. Two errors by Ferguson built the Dodgers' World Series total to four. "We're not hitting like we can, so I'm glad they're having a few defensive problems," said Green. Oakland fans file suit OAKLAND (AP) — Now Charley Finley's fans are suing him because they fear he is trying to move the Oakland A's to Seattle. A group of fans, including a county supervisor, went to Alameda County Superior Court Tuesday before the third game of the World Series and asked Ihe court to enjoin Finley from what Ihey called a plot to move the A's. Joining in the suit against Finley were about 20 fans, County Supervisor Tom Bates and the Alameda County Central Labor Council, whose 60,000 members' jobs might be affected by such a move. They said in the suit that American League President Lee MacPhail was acting as middleman in arranging the franchise swap. Both Finley and MacPhail denied it, Finley vehemently and MacPhail in something of an amused tone. "The same things were said this summer after I talked to the Seattle people," MacPhail said, referring to a meeting in Seattle with city officials. "But we have never mentioned the A's or any other existing team." A suit filed against the league by Seattle, King County and the State of Washington probably will come up in court in January "if they don't feel we will give them a franchise, either an expansion franchise or an existing one, if any are available," MacPhail said. The Seattle suit stems from ihe 1969 transfer of the Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee after one season. Baseball wants to avoid that litigation. There is general feeling that Statlle will get some team for the opening of its new domed stadium in 1976. But Finley and MacPhail say it won't be the A's. Bv DENNE H. FREEMAN " AP Sports Writer It's not easy to call signals in the huddle when you stutter, cotton is stuffed in your nose, the breathing comes hard and thousand of Arkansas fans are shouting for your hide. Nor is it easy to be yanked cold off the bench with just 10 minutes playing experience and take a team to two touchdowns against one of the finest defenses in the country. Neal Jeffrey, a poised senior, experienced the former. Mark Jackson, a raw redshirt sophomore accomplished the latter. They both play quarterback for the Baylor Bears and are The Associated Press' Southwest Conference Co-Offensive Players of the Week. Jeffrey had the lights turned out on him Saturday in the first quarter of the Baylor-Arkansas game when injured by an overzealous Arkansas Razorback. The analysis along the sidelines was a broken nose. X-Rays later proved negative. "The left defensive end took a shot at me ... hand or an elbow ... but it went through the face mask ... it was a heckuva lick," Jeffrey remembers. Jackson took the Bears on two touchdown drives for a 14-0 Bear halftime lead. "We had to score three times the second touchdown," on Jackson says. "Steve Beaird's 25-yard fun was called back for holding. Then Philip Kent scored on a revetse. Then came another flag ... rather late ... holding. It looked like a debateable call to me ... home cookin' or whatever you want to call it. Then 1 passed 20 yards to Kent for the touchdown." Arkansas rallied to a 17-14 lead and Baylor Coach Grant Teaff called on Jeffrey, who had cleared away the cobwebs. "It was kind of tough," said Jeffrey, who has a speech impediment but doesn't mind talking about it. The impediment does not bother him when he calls the snap count. > "I was having trouble breathing with all that cotton in my nose and you can imagine what that sounds like if you sutler at the same time,". Jeffrey said. "In a way I was surprised Coach Teaff sent me in. I assumed Coach Teaff needed my experience." Jackson said "I didn't mind Neal being in there. He has more experience than I do. I really wasn't scared though-just a little worried." Jeffrey took the Bears to the winning touchdown with 68 seconds left. "It was a great thrill, but I'll tell you one thing Mark Jackson will be All-conference before he graduates," Jeffrey said. "He's super." Aaron certain to go to Milwaukee By WILL GRIMSLEY AP Special Correspondent OAKLAND (AP) — Henry Aaron is almost certainly headed for Milwaukee, but he plans to go quietly. No blasts at his employers, the Allanta Braves. No bitter recriminations. No hasles over money, broken promises and tokenism. The 40-year-old home run king, his future still officially in the air, clarified his position somewhat Tuesday in a whirlwind visit to the area of baseball's blue-ribbon spectacle, the World Series. He spent the time shilling for television sets. He didn't watch a game although his life and fabulous home run feat are featured in the official Series program. "I am going back to Atlanta Wednesday night to talk to Mr. Donahue," the slugger said. "I owe that to him and to the Braves. Then I can decide on my future." f Dan Donahue is the president of the Braves, having taken over Ihe policy-making duties from Bill Bartholomay, chairman of the.board who made the original deal with Aaron. During his hit-and-run stop, Aaron spent his time in suburban stores answering customers' questions for the electronics company which a year ago signed Ihe home run king to a five-year, $l-million contract. The firm had announced that Aaron would be available Tuesday for a formal press conference, open to the hundreds of writers here for Ihe World Series. The press conference was abruplly cancelled. It is believed that the cancel- lalion came as the result of Aaron's threat after the regular season to "lower the boom on the Braves, tell it like it is and reveal that the Braves had been guilty of broken promises." The electronics company is supposed • to have, told Hank to cool it. Controversy doesn't help sell TV sets. "I have no quarrel with the Braves," Aaron said. "They have been good to me." Still, he announced publicly after "unretiring" in ceremonies at his final appearance in Allanta that he would like to close out his final days in Milwaukee, where he broke in as a rookie in 1954. People are different from one another. You can gain value from knowing all of them. HOPE,ARKANSAS LITTLE LEAGUE 1974 SCHEDULE Tuesday, October 22 5:30 p.m.—Hope Auto vs. Anderson Frazier 6:30 p.m.—James Motor vs. Young Chev. Tuesday, October 29 5:30 p.m.—Anderson Frazier vs. James Motor 6:30 p.m.—Young Chev. vs. Hope Auto Tuesday, November 5 5:30 p.m.—Hope Auto vs. James Motor 6:30 p.m.—Anderson Frazier vs. Young Chev. PEE WEE LEAGUE 1974 SCHEDULE Tuesday, October 22 5:30 p.m.—First National vs. Citizens National 6:30 p.m.—Spear Carpet Mill vs. Herndon'Funeral Home Tuesday, October 29 5:30 p.m.—Citizens National vs. Spears Carpet Mill 6:30 p.m.—Herndon vs. First National Tuesday, November 5 5:30 p.m.—Spears Carpet Mill vs. First National 6:30 p.m.—Herndon Funeral Home vs. Citizens National WRESTLING HOPE'S FAIR PARK COLISEUM (IN CASE OF COLD WEATHER MATCHES WILL BF HELD IN EXHIBIT BUILDING) FRIDAYNIGHT, OCT.18TH8:30P.M. MAIN EVENT COWBOY STAN HANSEN VS. ROCKET MONROE SPECIAL EVENT—MIDGET GIRLS' MATCH 98 LB. MISS DARLING DAGMAR VS. 96 LB. MISS DIAMOND LIL FIRST BOUT TONIRUSSO VS. INCA PERU ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT THE 7-U STORE ON WEST THRID AND WASHINGTON STREET IN HOPE.

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