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Page Four HOPE (ARK.) STAR Friday. November 8. Foreman had two fights in Zaire KINSHASA, Zaire (AP) — A night-long squabble over extra money — by some accounts a half-million dollars to be placed in an empty valise — almost resulted in George Foreman walking out of his world heavyweight title fight against Muhammad Ali just 36 hours before the bell. Foreman didn't get the money, but he climbed into the ring at 4 a.m. Oct. 30, by his own admission, a confused and unhappy man. "It was very trying," he said. "I had to sit up all night arguing and I admit it was a strain. You're supposed to take it all in stride if you're a champion, so I don't want this to sound like a cop-out. "Under other circumstances," Foreman said, "the fight wouldn't have been." The ex-champion's title disappeared when he wearied, his style reverted to that of a flail<• ing amateur, and he was . knocked out in the eighth round. At the same time, and partly in relation to the Foreman money dispute, the government : of Zaire, which spent millions trying to erase its old image as the chaotic Congo, went back to methods that its publicists said were long gone. Foreign nationals' passports were taken away. British promoter John Daly was refused the right to leave the country. A photographer's camera was confiscated and her film exposed. Foreman was delayed at the airport and questioned by security officials. The boxer himself guided the trembling wife of one of the promoters onto a departing plane. The story of the money and the government's fit of demagoguery comes from four sources, including Daly, who told parallel accounts. Foreman's version differs at some points. Publication was withheld until all the principals left Zaire. "We played for time," said Daly, "because we thought Foreman's demand was absolutely unreasonable." According to the sourches, the sequence of events began in London, eight days before the fight. Leroy Jackson, a black businessman who has dropped in and out of Foreman's favor as a financial manager, called on Derek Dawson, managing director of Equity Enterprises, the $60-million-a-year parent firm of Hemdale Leisure Corp., one of the fight's three pro- motel's. The sources said these events followed: Jackson told Dawson that Foreman was desperately unhappy and so strapped for money and dissatisfied with his financial arrangements that he could not guarantee the fight would take place. Because of tax payments on purses from other fights, taxes on the current $5 million, litigation in various courts and managers' fees, Foreman was described as being unlikely to clear more than $500,000 from the Ali bout. Daly, the 37-year-old Hem- dale director, then flew to Zaire with Jackson who emphasized, the sources said, that Foreman was in such a negative mental state that he felt close to refusing to defend his title. Daly met with Foreman and Jackson in the Intercontinental Hotel in Kinshasa on the Thursday before the bout. The fighter, according to the sources, said he would refuse to appear at the weigh-in Saturday night, set for live telecast to the United States, if a financial arrangement was not reached. In the promoters' minds, the : weigh-in was extremely important because it would remove the last doubts about the boxers' participation and demonstrate that the satellite could produce a sharp television picture from the middle of Africa. This was considered crucial to the financial success of the high-priced closed-circuit showings. Foreman's price for cooperation, according to the sources, was $500,000. Jackson was said to explain that $300,000 would be enough under the circumstances — cash placed in a valise — and that it would be to Hemdale's interest to keep Foreman happy. Daly replied that he was unable to make an agreement unless something substantial was offered in return, such as an agreement on Foreman's next fif-ht. Moreover, Daly explained thai because he worked for a public company, he could i not guarantee anything on his own. When Daly said he would be prepared to talk to the Zaire government and Video Techniques, the other partners in ihe promotion, Jackson said he wanted no pan of either; Foreman would .sign nothing, the money was to be tax free and a uift for future cooperation. Daly reported the exchange to Dick Sadler, Fireman's manager, Fred Weymar, a German financial advisor to the Zaire government, and Henry Schwart/ and Don King of Video Techniques. Daly then came up with a ploy to stall for time and make certain his Saturday night weigh-in would get on television. After talking with Sadler, Jackson was sent Saturday morning to London where he was told he would have an appointment with Dawson the Monday before the fight. By Monday evening, Jackson had been able to call Foreman in Zaire and tell him that no money was forthcoming. Thirty-six hours before the fight, Foreman asked Daly to come to his room and told him that he had been tricked into doing the weigh-in, that Jackson had been laughed at in Daly's London office and that he didn't feel like fighting. Foreman then called in Bula Mandungu, who ran the Zaire side of the fight and is one of President Mobutu Sese Seko's closest aides. He gathered the principals with Foreman for the meeting that ran into the night. According to the sources, Daly said Foreman had never been promised a thing, while the champion insisted he had been fleeced. There were financial compromises proposed by Weymar, but Foreman was adamant: he would sign nothing. How Foreman was eased away from talk about junking the fight is not completely clear, but the sources said no money went into the suitcase in I/jndon. One explanation was that the government, through Bula, expecting Foreman would be the winner, told Foreman that it had enough power on its own to work out an arrangement satisfactory to him after the fight. But. a troubled, quickly tired Foreman lost. And the day after the fight telex messages from the promotion's accountants in New York began to show that Zaire's immense investment, perhaps $20 million including capital improvements, was not about to be paid back. The break-even point on the promotion was $12.1 million and there were doubts that this would be attained. Then Zaire's nervousness began to show. The country had been promised a publicity windfall in promoting the fight. It turned instead into a series of unfavorable stories about Mobutu's lifestyle. Now, not only was there uncertainty about breaking even, but the American fight money was going into an escrow account supervised by the United States Internal Revenue Service. Daly went to the airport with his 67-year-old father the Friday after the fight and prepared to leave after making ap- poitments in London and New York with the Zaire government for the following week. Hope Star Sports Owls, Hogs play as also-rans Deer check stations are announced The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announced the following checking stations for the seasons first deer hunt which starts Monday, Nov. 11. Park's Gro. & Mkt. - Blevins. B&B Gro. - Blevins. Gene's Gro. - McCaskill. Adam's DX - McCaskill. Chism's Gro. - Washington. Matthews Gro. - Ozan. Bill & Homer's Bait Shop Saratoga. Spate's Gro. - ML'Nab. McNab Gro. - McNab. Jim's One Stop - Hope. Hope Police Dept. - Hope. Allen's Gro. - Shover Springs. Patmos Gro. - Patmos Townsend's Gro. - Hwy. 29 S. Kidd's Gro. - Spring Hill. Hope., Scrappers to meet The Hope Bobcats now sporting a 5-4 season record will travel to Nashville to face the Scrappers in their final contest of the season. The Bobcats lost to the Carnden Panthers last week, 357, and that defeat ended a four- game winning streak that the locals had established in the month of October. That period saw the 'Cats overcome a slow start and defeat Malvern, Corssett, Stamps and Magnolia, on four straight Friday nights. Then on the first day of November a new month, the Panthers from Camden used a surprise pass on a punting situation, a couple of more touchdown passes and two short scoring runs to end the Hope winning streak. Hope scored their only touchdown when Jim Byrd, a junior reserve quarterback, came in and completed four straight passes to drive the 'Cats 52 yards and to a score. The last one was for 17 yards to end Jimmy Williamson who rjught the pass in the endzone. But even that play carried a penalty for Hope as Williams spiked the ball in his exuberation over the score, and the officials immediately dropped several flags. High school players are prohbitied from doing so because of a delay of game. Hope had to kick off from their own 25-yard line, but Williams who also handles the kickoff chores for the Bobcats skittered one 75 yards into the endzone. After that, Camden had to start on their own 20. At present, Ashdown is in the control of the conference race as they carrying a 4-1-1 record. Ashdown plays Magnolia Friday night and the Panthers (4-2) can tie for the crown if they defeat Ashdown. Ashdown would be out of the title seat. About all that is left now for the Bobcats is a chance to finish 6-4 which is better than 5-5 and to try and to continue their past ways over the Scappers of Nashville. The last three scores in this series has been 34-8 in 1973, 48-0 in 1972 and 15-14 in 1971. This game will be the last for 21 seniors on the Bobcat team. They are James Robinson, Tim Boyd, Bobby Jones, Clay O'Steen, Jud Martindale, Willard Willmon, David Flenory, Don Still, Larry Johnson, Mike Butler, Larry Gross, Mike Powell, Tome Flores, Jim Rhodes, Gerry Martin, Rusty Cole, Larry Butler, Terry Martin, Eugene Tyree, Marshall McCormack and Scott, Mick Alvin Hum. Kick-off time is 7:30 p.m. at the scrappers' home stadium. MSU Bulldogs join list of bowl teams Miami, FSUhave different goals By The Associated Press The University of Miami tries to keep its post-season football bowl hopes alive while Florida State seeks to halt the nation's longest losing streak in tonight's meeting between the two cross-state rivals in the Orange Bowl. The Seminoles, 0-8 and losers of 20 games in a row going back to the next-to-last game of the 1972 season, have only two chances left after Miami to avoid their second consecutive Gourdine named to NBA post CLEVELAND (AP) — In 1954, Simon P. Gourdine failed in his effort to become a bal- Iboy for the New York Knicks basketball team. Thursday, at the age of 34, Gourdine was named deputy commissioner of the National Basketball Association, becoming the highest-ranking black in professional sports in the United States. "I sent a letter to them (the Knicks) and I guess they had the position filled already, so I never got the job," Gourdine said of the 1954 attempt. Gourdine, who has been with the NBA since 1970 and a vice president since 1972, was elected to the position by unanimous vote of the board of governors, meeting here for their fall meeting. He was given a three- year contract. "I want to make it clear that my election as deputy commissioner does not automatically give me the position of commissioner," Gourdine said. "However, I am hopeful that I will become commissioner sometime in the future. " winless season. The major bowl hopes for the 5-2 Hurricanes dropped markedly after they were trounced 38-7 by Notre Dame two weeks ago. Coach Pete Elliott said repeatedly early in 1 the season that his .goal was to ; get a bowl assignment, but has been reluctant to talk about that subject since Notre Dame. It is not known whether Elliott would consider a bowl such as the Tangerine, where the Hurricanes would play Miami of Ohio in a matchup of Miamis. Miami of Ohio, of the Mid-American Conference, beat Florida 16-7 in last year's Tangerine affair and Elliott may not want to risk losing prestige. And Florida State has been nothing like a pushover for Miami in recent years. Although Miami owns a 9-8 series edge, the Seminoles won seven straight times before bowing 14-10 last year. Nine of The Associated Press' Top Ten will see action Saturday, with No. 8 Notre Dame taking the weekend off. Top-ranked Ohio State, 8-0, will play at Michigan State; No. 2 Oklahoma, 7-0, will be host to Missouri; No. 3 Alabama, 8-0, will entertain Louisiana State in a nationally televised game; No. 4 Michigan, 80, will be at Illinois; No. 5 Texas A&M, 7-1, will play at Southern Methodist; No. 6 Florida, 7-1, will meet Georgia at Jacksonville, Fla.; No. 7 Penn State, 7-1, will travel to North Carolina State; No. 9 Nebraska, 6-2, will be at Iowa State and No. 10 Auburnn 7-1, will play Mississippi State at Jackson, Miss. The nation's only other major college team with an unbeaten and untied record, Yale, puts Us 6-0 slate on the line in an Ivy league game at Penn. By KEN RAPPOPORT AP Sports Writer The Mississippi State Bulldogs are finally getting a place in the Sun. "It's a dream come true," said quarterback Rocky Felker Thursday after learning that his football team had been invited to play in the Sun Bowl. "When we heard about it, ever/one just went crazy." The bowl appearance will be th3 first in 11 years for the Bulldogs, who have been Southeastern Conference pussycats until this year. Mississippi State, a high-scoring team this season behind a virulent Veer offense, will probably meet North Carolina in the post-season game Deem 28 at El Paso, Tex. The college football bowl pic- lure was put into sharper focus with these other developments Thursday: —Vanderbilt was selected to play in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 28 in Atlanta. The Commodres will probably face Texas Tech —- if the Red Raiders can beat Texas Christian this Saturday. —North Carolina State announced that it had accepted a bid to go to the Astro-Blue- bqnnet Bowl in Houston on Dec. ,.,23. The Wolf pack will play, the ' University of Houston Cougars. Vanderbilt, with a 5-2 record but with four regular season games yet to play, snapped up the invitation from George Crumbley, the Peach Bowl director. But Texas Tech was more elusive. Crumbley announced that the Red Raiders had accepted an invitation if they beat TCU this weekend, but Texas Tech officials would not publicly confirm that decision. If Texas Tech fails to beat TCU, Crumbley said that the Peach Bowl has not ruled out Former coach attempts record Some of the highlights of the homecoming activities at Southern State College Sat., Nov. 9 include several-.unusual things according to the Southern Stater—One of interest to the Hope fans will be Joe Hart, former HHS coach and I quote—Halftime at the football game will feature Joe Hart, class of '56, attempting to set a Columbia County record by jumping 27 Cushman motorscooters with a Massey Fergerson hay bailer. or possibly North Carolina Pittsburgh. North Carolina State and Houston last met in a regular season game in 1967 when the Wolfpack upset the third-ranked Cougars 16-6. North Carolina State, 7-2, opened the 1974 season with six straight victories and climbed to No. 8 in the nation before losing to North Carolina and Maryland. Florida and Nebraska have previously been selected to go to the Sugar Bowl, Penn State will meet the winner of the Southwest Conference in the Cotton and the Orange will feature a battle between Notre Dame and Alabama. The winners of the Big Ten and Pacific-8 Conferences will determine the entrants in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. Mike Wallace of the New York Yankees made his first American League start a winning one this year. He beat Baltimore 3-0 with relief help from Dick Tidrow. LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Rice has played the role of spoiler against Arkansas for the past three years. Saturday the Owls won't have anything to spoil when they play the Razorbacks at Fayetteville. "I guess it's going to be who wants to win the most," said Rice Coach Al Conover. In 1971, Arkansas had knocked off Texas' to gain the driver's seat in the Southwest Conference race. Two weeks later, the Razorbacks lost to Texas A&M. Victories over Rice, SMU and Texas Tech would still put Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl, but the best the Razorbacks could do was a 2424 tie with the Owls. Arkansas went to the Liberty Bowl and Texas returned to the Cotton Bowl. In 1972, Arkansas was in the bowl picture when the Owls defeated the Razorbacks 23-20 in the final seconds. SMU defeated Arkansas the following week and the Razorbacks remained at home when the bowl games were played. In 1973, Arkansas had won five of six and upped its record to 5-3 when it journeyed to Houston. Once again, the Razorbacks were in the bowl picture. Rice won 17-7 although Arkansas had 404 yards total offense. The Razorbacks did! not win a game the rest of the season and finished 5-5-1. So, now it is 1974. Arkansas is 4-4 and apparently not going anywhere. Rice defeated Texas Tech 21-7 last week—the Owls' first victory after coming close against the likes of LSU and Notre Dame. The Owls will be without noseman Cornelius Walker, an Ail-American type. Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles has been shuffling players all week and Ike Forte may be the fullback. Arkansas had a chance to win last week against Texas A&M, but didn't. Maybe, Steve Little will win one for the Razorbacks. ARKANSAS 10, RICE 7. Arkansas State University shoots for its third straight vie- too' Saturday, journeying to Bowling Green. The defense has been carrying the Indians, but figures to i get a stern test at Bowling Green. "Their tailback has already gone over 1,000 yards in eight games," said ASU Coach Bill Davidson. "And their offensive line is big, really big. On defense, they aren't quite as big but they look similar to us." Bowling Green is 4-4, but its schedule includes Miami of Ohio, Toledo and Ohio University. A few points should be enough for the Indians. ASU 14, BOWLING GREEN 7. Once again, Livingston has ruined a perfect season for Henderson. Livingston defeated Henderson 14-0 last year and kept the Reddies out of the NAIA playoffs. Henderson was ranked No. 3 in the NAIA until last week when the Reddies were beaten 12-10 by Livingston. The University of Arkansas- Monticello has the unenviable task of facing Henderson as the Reddies return to the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference. HENDERSON 17, UA-MONTICELLO 7. Here are other predictions involving college teams in Arkansas: Ouachita 13, Arkansas Tech 7. Southern State 20, Harding 7. State College of Arkansas 15, Mississippi College 14. A tennis clinic sponsored the Parks and Recreation Department will be held Saturday starting at 3 p.m. at the Fair Park tennis courts. Open to boys and girls, the clinic is free and Gary Snay, pro at Texarkana Country Club, will be the instructor. The clinic will cover basic fundamentals. Several exhibition matches will be played. Cosell possible victim of fake Ali phone call NEW YORK (AP) — "That's great, champ," said a laughing Howard Cosell. "I've got to go, but God bless you, champ, and we'll see you when you get back." Cosell, in the press box at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium for the Oct. 28 National Football League Monday night game, thought he was talking to Muhammad Ali in Zaire, barely 24 hours before Ali knocked out George Foreman and regained the heavywight boxing championship. Now the American Broadcasting Co. and the Pittsburgh Steelers admit Cosell might have been victimized by a 20- year-old Canadian college student. Michael Banks, who attends the University of Western Ontario, says he mimicked Ali's voice in a telephone call to Cosell during the telecast of the Falcons-Steelers game. After Banks claimed credit for the hoax, Cosell, through a network spokesman, said he recognized the voice as being that of Ali, who was in Zaire preparing for his heavyweight title bout with George Foreman. On Thursday, Banks produced tapes of what he said were conversations with Cosell and Joe Gordon, the Steelers' publicity director. Cosell, when told of the prank, initially insisted he had been talking to the real Ali, then said he might have been duped. "We do know for a fact that Ali did try, or wanted to try, to get hold of Cosell," an ABC spokesman said. "It's conceiv- able that it could have been someone else who made the call. Howard said it was a bad connection and it was very noisy in the booth, but there's no way we could possibly know for sure." Ali, the one man who could clear up the mystery, was en- route to his hometown of Louisville, Ky., where he was to be honored with a parade today, and could not be reached for comment. But a Milwaukee radio station said Ali told it that he did not telephone Cosell. [ RAIORBACK FOOTBALL FACTS Solunar Tables The schedule of Solunar Periods, as printed below, has been taken from Richard Alden Knight's SOLUNAK TABLES. Plan your days so that you will be fishing :n good territory or hunting in good coyer during these times, if you wish to find the best sport that each day has to offer A.M. Minor Major 11:55 Date Nuv. 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 . Day Friday Saturday Sunday Monda\ Tuesday Wednesdax Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday I 1 Minor 12:20 1:00 1:50 2:35 3:25 4:15 5:05 5:55 7:00 6:05 6:50 7:40 8:25 9:15 10:05 10:55 11:50 12:20 1:20 12;45 1:30 2:20 3:05 3:55 4:45 5:35 6:30 7:30 :15 9:40 10:30 11:20 12:45 1:45 Freshman David Johnson came to the University of Arkansas from Hope where he was an All-State football player and a consensus choice for the state's super team. He was twice all-district 7AA. As a senior he rushed for 1,821 yards and a 8.6 yard average. His career total was 4,241 grounds yards for an 8.2 average and 44 touchdowns. As a junior, Johnson, a 6-foot 210 pounder, gained 255 rushing yards and three touchdowns in Hope's game against Arkadelphia and 245 yards and four TDs against Ashdown. His best game as a senior came against Camden when he rushed for 193 yards and three six-pointers. Coached by Galord Solomon, Johnson received all- American mention. He was also a district sprint diampion and plays the trumpet and guitar. One of eleven brothers aud sisters, he is the son of Mr. ami Mrs. Nobel Johnson, Rt. 4, Hope. COMPLIMENTS OF - ti first National Bank MEMBER F.D.I.C i We Want You To Know «ae»« KENNETH C. PADDIE President and General Manager Specialty: Commercial Lines Greening*! His Co. 209 South Main \lSiSfSS!?) Phone 777-4661 Hope, Arkansas I

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