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Saturday, May 11, 1985
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Sports A.R2. iT - i ujl -, j Herm Johnson's car has a trail of flames after he hit the wall in the first turn of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He suffered chest injuries and a broken right arm. Indy Sees Retirement, Record, Wreck INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) Gordon Johncock said goodbye to auto racing yesterday while former teammate Mario Andretti set yet another speed mark at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, Herm Johnson was reported in critical condition following a crash yesterday during practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was the fifth crash since practice for the race opened last Saturday, but the first in which a driver has been injured. Johncock, 48, of Coldwater, Mich., said he was retiring immediately and would not compete in qualifying that starts today for the May 26 Indianapolis 500. "It never entered my mind when I was running," Johncock said of retirement. "But when I got up to come here, it just wasn't fun. I've lived out of a suitcase for 30 years and I'm tired of packing and unpacking." As Johncock spoke, Andretti was driving his 1985 Lola-Cosworth around the Indianapolis oval at 214.285 mph, unofficially the fastest lap ever at the speedway. It was the fourth time in as many days a speedway record unofficially fell. Records are set only during qualifications or the race. But Tom Sneva's official one-lap record of 210.689 mph has already been outdone by 13 cars this week during practice. Johnson, who finished ninth in the 1982 Indy race and eighth last May, had reached a speed of 210.182 earlier in the week. He had been running laps at more than 208 mph when his March skidded out of control heading into the first turn of the 2.5-mile oval yesterday and skidded before slamming into the concrete wall. Lineman Fails Exam, Quits Steroids TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Steve Courson, one of two National Football League players who told a magazine they currently use steroids, said yesterday that he stopped taking them after failing a team physical three weeks ago. The 6-1, 285-pound eighth-year pro flunked the examination because of a standing heart rate of 160. His heart rate was down to 78 yesterday when he joined the Bucs for mini-camp drills. "Everything was positive up to that point," Courson said. "But when it involves your ticker, it's time to re-evaluate your ideas." Courson was one of 25 players Sports Illustrated interviewed for an article appearing in this week's issue. He said he talked to the magazine because he wanted to give a "very objective point of view of why I used them and to mirror why athletes use them." Spend a Buck Winner Without Derby LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Spend a Buck is the Breeders' Cup horse of the month, not for his Kentucky Derby triumph but for his victories in two races at Garden State Park in April. The colt demolished his opposition, winning the Cherry Hill Mile by 10 '2 lengths and then scoring a 9'2-length triumph in the Garden State Stakes in 1:45 4-5, just two-fifths of a second slower than Secretariat's world record for 1 y miles. Spend a Buck returned to the track last weekend, running the third-fastest time in Derby history with a 2:00 1-5 for the 1 y4 miles. O'Grady Continues Making Noise IRVING, Texas (UPI) Mac O'Grady, exuberant on the course but silent off it, shot a 2-under-par 69 yesterday to move three shots in front after two rounds of the $500,000 Byron Nelson Golf Classic. O'Grady, 34, who made 17 trips to the PGA qualifying school before earning his tour card, has yet to win a tournament He is feuding with the media because of a story about him a year ago in a national magazine. His two-round total of 10-under 132 at the Las Colinas Sports Club put him three shots in front of Bob Eastwood, who shot a 66 yesterday, Buddy Gardner (68) and Peter Oosterhuis (69). Next, at 6-under 136, came John Cook and Tom Watson, who shot a 69 yesterday and moved into position to make a charge at his first championship of the year. Defending champion Craig Stadler was among those at 5-under. Former Tennessee Tech golfer Jeff Sluman's 138 made the cut, but Nashvillians Stuart Smith, Greg Powers and Will Brewer missed. Tiebreaker Lifts McEnroe Into Semis NEW YORK (AP) Two-time defending champion John McEnroe needed a third-set tiebreaker to escape the upset-minded Qau-dio Panatta yesterday and move into the semifinals of the Shearson Lehman Brothers Tournament of Champions where he will face Sweden's Henrik Sundstrom, With the Italian playing inspired tennis, the error-prone McEnroe was able to escape with a 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 victory, capturing the tiebreaker 7-5. Sundstrom, one of three players to defeat McEnroe in 1984, breezed past ninth-seeded Terry Moor 6-1, 6-2, taking only 50 minutes. Earlier yesterday, Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia, seeded second behind McEnroe in this 64-player event at the famed West Side Tennis Club, shattered the dream of Lawson Duncan 6-3, 6-3. In yesterday's final quarterfinal match, third-seeded Aaron Krickstein downed No. 7 Brad Gilbert 6-3, 7-6 in a topsy-turvy match that saw 1 1 service breaks. Elsewhere in Sports . . . SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) LPGA leading money-winner Alice Miller sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 6-under-par 66, to grab a one-stroke lead in the opening round of the $200,000 United Virginia Bank Golf Classic yesterday. NEW ORLEANS (AP) Roy Danforth, former basketball coach at Syracuse and Tulane, resigned yesterday as assistant athletic director in charge of fund raising at Tulane. He said he had been told that the Green Wave Club the fund-raising arm of Tulane's athletic department would henceforth be operated by the development office, which handles non-athletic fund raising. NEW ORLEANS (UPI) Linebacker Rickey Jackson of the New Orleans Saints, an All-Pro the past two years, says he will sit out the entire 1985 season or demand a trade if his contract is not renegotiated a second time. New Orleans selected two linebackers Alvin Toles of Tennessee and Jack Del Rio of Southern California in the first three rounds of the recent NFL draft. MEMPHIS (UPI) The Denver Gamblers visit Memphis for the nationally televised USFL contest tomorrow. In other games this weekend, Los Angeles is at Oakland and Portland at Birmingham today, while Baltimore is at New Jersey, Tampa Bay at Jacksonville and Denver at Arizona tomorrow. San Antonio is at Orlando Monday. Burros Win lurdaMAY II. 1985 . THE TENHESSCAN 3C ate Soccer Injury-riddled Hillsboro High School scored in a sudden death shootout yesterday to take a 1-0 victory over University School and advance to the title game of the Volunteer Conference state soccer tournament. In yesterday's other semifinal game at Vanderbilt's Dudley Field, Pat Richardson and Bradley Hall scored to lead Franklin Road Academy to a 2-0 win over Chattanooga Red Bank. Today's championship game between FRA and Hillsboro is set for 3 p.m., preceded by the consolation match at 1 p.m. Area Digest Q Andrew O'Kunsanya's score in the shootout, which followed a pair of 10-minute overtimes, was the difference for Hillsboro. Blues Host Dallas In Amateur Cup Tilt The Nashville Blues will play Dallas Mean Green in an Amateur Cup Region III semifinal soccer match to morrow at noon at Metro Center's Looby Field. The Blues are the Tennessee State Soccer Association champions, while Dallas, the defending National Amateur champions, won the North Texas division. Nashville advanced to tomorrow's semi by beating Houston Red Star 3-2 in overtime two weeks ago and are in the national tournament for the third straight year. The winner will advance to the regional finals on May 26 in San Antonio to meet perennial powerhouse Datagraphics of Atlanta. Aquinas Axes Walters MURFREESBORO Aquinas assured itself of a berth in next week's regional junior college tournament with yesterday's 4-2 triumph over Walters State in the TJCCA tournament here. Catcher Orlando Thomas, from Whites Creek, went 3-for-3 at the plate and slammed a game-winning two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning for the Cavs. Reliever Mike Brown then upped his record to 4-1 after quickly downing Walters State in the top of the ninth. The win catapulted the Cavaliers into today's championship game with last night's survivor in the losers bracket Aquinas could end up hosting a regional contest on Thursday if the Nashville team wins the title today in the final double-elimination round. Aquinas, which only lost two Western Division games, is now 28-15 overall. A second game will follow today's 2 p.m. final if Aquinas is giv- TJCAA Playoffs en its first tourney loss. Overton product Vance Page found himself in a pitching duel into the seventh inning yesterday when Aquinas held a 1-1 tie with its opponent from Morristown, Tena But Brown, also a former Whites Creek standout, gave up two runs after a 30-minute rain delay in the eighth. Columbia State became the first team to be eliminated, losing to Roane State 11-0 as Bruce Harrington pitched a five-inning no-hitter. The Chargers end the season at 30-10. Walton Stilt 000 100 010 - 1 7 0 Aqumai 000 100 03K - 4 S 3 Wilder, Prince (J) and Wilis; Page, Brown (7) and Thomas. W Brown, 4-1. L Prince. Cokimtta State 000 00 - 0 0 2 Roane State 217 In -11 14 2 Rawdon, Weingarten (3), Collins (4) and O'Neill; Harrington and Latham. . EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT BEGINNING SAT., MAY 18 RIVERSIDE I VAC E WAY PARK PHONE 646-1320 FOR INFO. 1 Wholesale DISTRIBUTORS of SPECIAL IMPRINT CAPS 1 color print 2.75 Iota el 72 (iM m4mt occptJ) " V HI ZM Ll illLV liitu uifiiutr CaHftr riMQu Paper and Notions Co. 810 CHEROKEE AVE. 226-1234 DCewfy's 'JJS Jrauel Oervce OFFICIAL TRAVEL AGENT FOR THE NASHVILLE SOUNDS LET US HANDLE YOUR TEAM'S TRAVEL FULL SERVICE TRAVEL AGENCY FOR ALL VOUR BUSINESS PERSONAL TRAVEL 469-A BELL ROAD 366-9995 CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING NASHVILLE SAT., MAY 1 1, 1985 SPORTS ARENA 8:00 P.M.-STATE FAIRGROUNDS MAIN EVENT 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS JERRY LAWLER, JACKIE FARGO & A SPECIAL 2nd VS RANDY SAVAGE, TUX NEWMAN & 2nd SOUTHERN TAG CHAMPIONSHIP NO D.Q. THE FABULOUS ONES VS P.Y.T. JACKIE FARGO NO D.Q. JERRY OSKI VS LANNY POFFO MARK BATTEN VS ADRIAN STREET WLINDA BRAD BATTEN VS KAREEM MOHAMMED TRACY SMOTHERS VS BILLY TRAVIS TICKETS GO ON SALE AT BOX OFFICE AT 6 P.M. WATCH WKRN CH. 2 WRESTLING SAT. 12:30-1:30 P.M. PROMOTED BY CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING Ringside $7, Qn. Adm. $6 Is this the way it usually works? A local marketing group recently invited me to talk about Maker's Mark and what's causing the sudden national interest in our whisky. I started to tell them how Maker's Mark was the realization of a dream my father had to make his own kind of whisky. And how he had set out to handcraft a whisky which would be smooth, clean and pleasant, with an individual character all its own. Until recendy, Maker's Mark was considered one of this area's best-kept secrets. Then, suddenly, it was discovered by the rest of the country. What the group really wanted to know, however, was what marketing ploy was behind this phenomenon. One person (half in jest) asked if we were using lifestyle trend research to target the urban cowboy market and upscale motorcycle gangs. Another person wanted to know if we were using premiums and incentives like tee-shirts, belt buckles and what they call "good-buddy" caps with our name on them to reinforce brand loyalty. And still another person wanted to know if we were actively pursuing celebrity endorsements by big-name country and western entertainers. The more they talked, the more confused I became. We just don't do any of that. And because we don't, I think I sort of confused them. In fact, by the time it was over, they seemed mystified as to what's behind the growing interest in Maker's Mark. Since I was the group's guest speaker, I felt obligated to try and provide them with "The Answer." But the best I could do was another question: Could it be the whisky? Bill Samuels, Jr. President It tastes expensive... and is." MAKER'S MARK DjSTlLLERY. LORETTO. 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