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REPUBLIC CITY .Bar Fiver annexes rich futurity at I Failing franchises topic at meetings Washington WASHINGTON - Executives of the American and National leagues will convene today in Hollywood, Fla., to swap players and pow wow in hospitality suites over such traditional questions as what to do with some of the game's failing franchises. In the past, it could be predicted safely that 1 ittle w ould be r esolved at baseball's annual winter meeting. But this year, the likelihood of action is much better. This year, the owners have a gun to their backs in the form of a lawsuit in Seattle and two franchises San Francisco and Chicayo White Sox whose owners say they cannot possibly sup-port another year because of horrendous financial problems. What happens with any one of those three problems could likely affect the outcome for the other two. M. Donald Grant of the New York Mets, who chairs baseball's committee on the franchise problems, said specific recommendations would be given to the owners for cleaning up the morass. Grant did not want to reveal any of the proposed solutions, but said that Washington's interests would be included. Others in baseball have hinted strongly that the leagues might take Suns drop 114-97 bomb on Bulls By DAVE HICKS Okay, knock off the Dec. 7 bombing jokes. The ENTIRE season has been one prolonged Pearl Harbor for Chicago's Bulls, who spent another evening Sunday as the bombees. Phoenix' Suns, adding a club record 17 steals to their arsenal, shelled the Bulls by 114-97 before the smallest crowd of the season (4,383) in the Coliseum. While John MacLeod's Suns were establishing another plus-.5(IO beachhead Cardinals rip Dallas, 31-17 Associated Press ST. LOUIS - Jim Hart fired three first-half touchdown passes Sunday and St. Louis held on for a 31-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys that boosted the Cardinals into sole possession of first place in the National Football Conference's East Division. The 31-year-old Hart, who connected on two touchdown passes to Mel Gray and one to Terry Metcalf, used his arm and the running of Metcalf and Jim Otis to stun Dallas with a 28-3 first-half lead that knocked the Cowboys from a tie for the division lead. The victory gave St. Louis a 9-3 record and put the Cardinals in extremely strong position for the playoffs. With two games remaining, they are a full game in front of the Cowboys and Washington, both at 8-4. Connecting on 11 of 17 passes for 199 yards, Hart drove the Cardinals to touchdowns during their first three possessions and to a 21-3 lead after 8:26 of the second quarter. A spectacular Metcalf catch between two Dallas defenders completed a 30-yard scoring play and launched the St. Louis surge. Then Gray's blinding speed accounted for a touchdown on a 49-yard pass play after Toni Fritsch's 23-yard field goal put Dallas on the scoreboard. St. Louis next marched 65 yards in a time-consuming drive culminated by Steve Jones' one-yard touchdown plunge. And later the Cardinals boosted their lead to 28-3 on Hart's second TD pass to Gray, this time for six yards. Doug Dennison rammed one yard to score the Cowboys' first touchdown, capping a lengthy drive at the outset of the third quarter. St. Louis, however, answered with a 61-yard push on 17 plays to set up Jim Bakken's 17-yard field goal. Dallas managed only Preston Pearson's one-yard touchdown smash in the closing quarter. DALLAS ST. LOUIS 7 - 17 3-31 St L-Metcall 30 pass from Hart (Bakkert kick) pal FG Fritsch 23 ML-Orav 49 pass from Hart (Bakken kick) St. L Jones I run (Bakken kick) Stl Gray 6 pass rom Hart (Bakken kick) Dal-Dennison I run (Frilscn kick) SIL-FG Bakken 27 Dal-P. Pearson I run (Fritsch kick) A 49,701 ,. Cowboys Cards First downs It 27 Rushes-yards 25-118 43-164 Passing yards 255 199 Relurn yards 0 3 Passes 25-41-3 11-18-1 Punts .... UM 2-4C Fumbles-lost !M) 1-0 Penalties-yards 5-22 7-67 V Post Service over some insolvent teams and sell them to the highest bidder. At the summer meetings in July, the NL unanimously approved the franchise committee's resolution that "expansion should be seriously considered" for Washington and Seattle by 1977, if existing teams could not be placed there before. The resolution also stated that any costs incurred in breaking stadium leases would be shared by all 24 AL and NL teams. But the American League never voted on the measure because of lengthy arguments over the rehiring of commissioner Eowie Kuhn. A plan such as this one or an outright takeover and sale of a club could be considered, particularly in the case of San Francisco Giants. Giants' owner Horace Stoneham is deeply in debt to banks and the league and wants to sell the franchise. There has been an llth-hour attempt by some San Franciscans to assemble a group of more than 40 persons to raise $10 million to offer Stoneham. The league reportedly is insisting that the group also have $2 million for operating capital to assure the club's financial health. The money hasn't been forthcoming. at 9-8, Dick Molta's Bulls were assessing the ruins of a 5-15 season. It was a short bombing run: The Suns, accounting for seven steals in the opening period, moved out of a 7-7 tie and were in front for the final 42'2 minutes en route to a fourth straight conquest of the once-awesome Chicagoans. "It was relatively easy for us," said Suns' captain Dick Van Arsdale, correctly, "even though ve couldn't pull away. After all their j;reat years and now with the worst record in the league, the Bulls have to be demoralized." ( First of keeps his NED WL'LK ALWAYS word. Once upon a time Arizona State's basketball coach promised Joe Caldwell he would be playing in a snazzy new arena if he cast his lot with the Sun Devils. That was back in 1960. And darned if do some serious ca- f vortmg in the beautiful new Activity Center during last Wednesday's junior varsity-alumni con test. Caldwell "When I first looked at Sun Devil Gym," recalls Caldwell, "I asked: 'Do we have to play in THIS place?' Ned assured me a new arena was on the way. "It was a few years late, but it's still something to see. Can you imagine our '63 club playing in that place? We would have turned this state upside down." For those of you who weren't around then, Caldwell & Co. set the state on its ear anyway. The '62-63 team went 26-3 and earned a ranking of third nationally. Caldwell, who was inducted into the ASU Sports Hall of Fame Saturday to a rousing ovation, may be the best roundballer ever to play at A-State. He certainly was the most exciting. His behind - the - back slam dunk in pre-game warmups used to touch off pandemonium in Sun Devil Gym. "Some of the fans Wednesday wanted the dunk," grinned Caldwell. "They kept saying, 'come-on Joe give it to us.' "I told them I might hurt this old body if I tried something like that." Caldwell, now 34, currently is embroiled in one of the nastiest controversies in the history of professional sports. The Spirits of St. Louis, you'll recall, terminated him last season after accus- mm If- In a torrid two-horse duel down the stretch, Jim Powell-ridden Bar Flyer (right) emerged victorious over Eye's the One in $17,107 Arizona Breeders' Futurity at Turf Paradise. At the finish of Sunday's 6-furlong feature, Bar Flyer's winning margin was just a head. Van Arsdale led the ever-balanced Suns with 23 points, Alvan Adams added 20 (with 11 rebounds and six assists), Keith Erickson flung in 18 and Paul Westphal assailed the Bulls for 19 points and six steals. "Van Arsdale," lauded MacLeod, "is a stabilizing factor for us. He's never afraid to comment on how we're playing, and say something that will help the club." Capt. Van also acknowledged a missing Bull. "Chicago's not quite the same without Jerry Sloan." said Van of the rugged Bull guard who may miss the fiiBjiat; mm FAim Caldwell read)7 for another chance two parts) ing him of tampering with rookie star Marvin Barnes. Barnes took a brief hike in midsea-son, and the Spirits said it was at the suggestion of Caldwell, who was then president of the American Basketball Association's Players Association. "Marvin came to me because of my position with the Players Association," says Caldwell, "He said the team was messin' over him and asked if I could help him. "I told them to go to the team andask them what they were doing with his money. And if that didn't work, I told him to get legal help. "I advised him against jumping the club. I told him you just don't do those things. Finally, when he said he had to get away for a while, I told him to do whatever he thought was best. "The team said that was tampering and they cut me loose., They cut me because they didn't want to pay my salary, which they hadn't paid all year anyway. "They also were upset about a court action I had against the club when it was the Carolina Cougars. They tried to change a pension clause in my contract and I wouldn't let them get away with it." Caldwell has filed suit against the Spirits for back pay and damages, but meanwhile he isn't playing the sport he loves and his own spirits are sagging. "The St. Louis people vowed I would never play basketball in the U.S. again," says Jumpin' Joe, "and it sure looks like they're trying to keep their word. "I called a bunch of teams, including Phoenix. I even offered to play for the minimum. They all told me they didn't need anybody, then I'd read in the papers a few days later that they'd made a deal for this player or that one." Phoenix Suns general manager Jerry Colangelo says he received a call from New York Nets GM Dave DeBusschere inquiring about whether the Suns were talking with Caldwell. "I asked him what concern that was v Continued on Page B-5 remainder of the season with a damaged knee. Molta watched his dub shoot 29 per cent in the first period and 33 for the opening half during which Bob Love was l-of-7 and Norm Van Lier 0-of-5. As it developed, the Bulls had to turn to rookie John Laskowski from Indiana for their only real scoring weapon. Laskowski, who didn't play before intermission, came off the bench for 19 noin's ami (iciivecl 11 ''m lon?-nmge n !hc liiir. ;r . . es'nb'ish a Colise;: i reexd tor ..-.cai-li Polish guards. The Sjiis coumiit'.'d only si.; miscues heading toward a 57-43 halftime lead that neatly set um tacir seventh home triumph in nine tries. CHICAGO ; FG 6-12 3-H 1- 1 2- 8 5-10 28 . i 4 H 9-16 1 I 35-81 FT 2-4 4 ; oo 7 8 ?-? 0 i 5-7 0 5-' !? 1 J 27-40 Reb I 47 Joi'MLin t eve BcerwinMe Van Lier ViKr,n F tif i son Marin Laskowski Fcn-iPi) Totals TP 14 10 2 11 12 20 A PHOENIX (114) Fr. 6- 15 2-9 7- 18 7 11 i'Z 0-0 41-87 FT 6-6 2-7 6-10 9-10 2-J 0-J l 0 00 77 0-0 f-C 32-39 Rf-b 5 10 II A 5 J TP 18 6 20 23 1" 4 7 6 8 2 0 114 F rick son Pnrrv Ac'-ims VrM Arsrldle Westphal Sobers Awlrrv Hawthorne Rilcv Siunlers Wtzn! Totals 35 .15 ;s ;.i ,f, i9 13 19 13 6 4 1 f 2 0 O 0 27 CHICAGO PHOENIX 16 29 27 28 25 26 29 31 - 97 114 Total fouls Chicago 30. Phoenix 33 Fouled out-rone. Technical fouls Van Lier (Chicago). Ponde-ter (Chicago) 2. elected. FG Pet. Chi'agr 4-1, Pnoemx 47. FT Pet Chicago 68 Phoenix 82. TurnoversChicago 28. Phoenix 15. Att. 4,383 "V ki j s, j v -v . , tfZ ' A tit . ; VV'Y&tjrx1' Xy&t "lis &'1y.$ i hri'iP S f , 'Nvv-ww i - 4mS A-: Bob Klein, representing Maricopa Lanes, and Maryann Castaneda from Frontier eye trophies from the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette after triumphs Sunday in the Bowlers .Victory Le- Eye 9s the One 2nd;: Indian Wheat 3rd By CARL SOTO Eye's the One still has to catch Bar Flyer. And Indian Wheat still has to catch ;' 'em both. In an almost exact duplicate of their performances in the trials leading up to-Sunday's $17,107 Arizona Breeders' Futurity, L. C. Helbert's Bar Flyer scored a, thrilling photo-finish decision over Eye's the One. Indian Wheat again wound up third. In faster of the two trials run Nov. 26, Jim Powell - ridden Bar Flyer won oy a neck in 1:11 35. Sunday they were just a head in front of Bradley Rollins - reined Eye's the One with a 1:10 25 performance in earning the $9,409 winner's share of the purse for llelbert, a Salinas, Kan., resident. Eye's the One was bet down to favoritism over Bar Flyer in the 12-horse contest over the six-furlong distance, with Gallant Woman and Indian Wheat next best - liked runners in that order. Out of the gate it was Manuel Ortiz -piloted Indian Wheat that sped off to an open daylight advantage, with Bar Flyer and Eye's the One racing well up in fourth and fifth positions. But the real battle began heading into the stretch, with both Rollins and Powell moving up their mounts abreast of Indian Wheat. The latter couldn't stick with them after Eye's the One took a slight lead inside the eighth pole and the race developed into strictly a two-horse affair. Stride for stride the leaders went through the final sixteenth, with Bar Flyer just managing to make it to the wire ahead of Eye's the One in decisioning the Lyman Rollins - trained filly for the second straight time. Indian Wheat, two and 'i lengths behind the top two in their futurity trial, was three lengths behind this time in earning third money. Bar Flyer, fast-stepping son of Barboon-Fly-Sister Fly conditioned by J. L. Cheeney, returned $6.60, 2.80 and 2.80 in posting his fourth and most important victory in 11 career starts. Eye's the One paid $2.60 and 2.60 with Indian Wheat $3.40 to show. The winning ride was Powell's third in the 25-year history of the futurity, putting him on a level with Rollins, Salustio Burgos and Eddie Burns as the only rcinsmen who've won the event that many times. Leading rider Ross Alardyce could do no better than fifth with Gallant Woman, but he snared saddle honors for the day by reaching the winner's circle three times. He accounted for both halves of the $50.20 daily double, scoring an easy victory with favored Micky Lea and then reining Go Fritz Go to a photofinish success in the second. Ross rounded out the triple with Swift Gypsy in the sixth as they defeated Faraway Continued on Page B-5 KC beckons Jones HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - Cleon Jones, the former New York Mets' outfielder, has been invited to spring training as a free agent by the Kansas City Royals. 1 ii.iifisf'iiasiinsp?- T22 Arizona. Repumjd (Section B) Page 3 Of I Monday, Dec. 8, 1975 j i. v.Si ' 'ii.V it;!,, .", :!. luiis; ;,;;3tiini iCai'jiiillf. I'hLiitii'.a';- Nastasegets serious; Borg given pasting Associated Press STOCKHOLM - Hie Nastase, unpredictable as ever, completed one of the .' most amazing weeks of his tennis career Sunday by humbling Sweden's Bjorn Borg, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, and winning the $100,000 Masters title for the fourth ' time in five years. The fiery Romanian began the tournament a week ago in disgrace, disqualified from a match with Arthur Ashe for his behavior on court. He ended it with a display of coolness and skill that made Borg look like a novice. Nastase left Stockholm's Kun-gliga Hall with a first prize of $40,000 and his reputation restored. Borg wound up with $20,000 and did little to improve the image that he can never win the big ones in his native Sweden. , . Nastase never showed a hint of excitement as he reeled off the points for his first major success this year. "I am 29 and I only concentrate twice in my life," Nastase said after the hour-long, one-sided final. "One is yesterday against Guillermo Vilas, the other is today. "I try to keep like this if possible. I. don't know how long that will be." Sports today RADIO-TELEVISION College Basketball Arizona at Kansas Slate, KXIV (1400), 6:15 p.m.; Notre Dame at Kansas, Ch. 21, 6:30 p.m. NFL Football Denver at Oakland, Ch. 3 and KRDS (1190), 7 p.m. Tennis Finals of Commercial Union Masters Tournament at Stockholm (taped), Ch. 8, 8 p.m. iLi'TiSa;!'! mm f.iiiMjjiii, ."i m'imBW ' w1 "t : Republk Photo by Roy Cnway gion City Finals at Aero Bowl. Miss Castaneda bettered her series average by 156 pins to win easily over Papago's Linda de Clercq (116). Klein cleared his by 125 to, edge Ray Elbert Jr. by 1 pin.

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