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T Sports Section C Thursday, April 80, 1981 Classified Business 6 - 1 4C 16 - 17C State tourney begins today The state JuCo tennis tournament begins at 8: IS .m. today at the Cocoa Beach Recreation Complex. Brevard Community College li hotting the event, which extends through Saturday, (or the third consecutive year. Seminole Junior College and Central Florida Community College are lavored to make runs (or the state crown with the Titans expected to finish In the top Ave. Today's pairings, 2C laWVU David L. Moore TQDA Y.Gannett News Service Colts biggest winners in draft Some National Football League afficionados say It takes five years before you can really analyze the value of a team's draft crop. But that didn't stop NFL - executives, scouts and so - called draftniks from throwing in their two cents worth Wednesday as the last few rounds of this year's pro football draft were being completed. "St. Louis and Baltimore got the most Instant help." 'said Joel Buchsbaum, a football fanatic, writer and superscout from Brooklyn and the draftniks' most exalted expert. Buchsbaum added that Just because the Cardinals and Colts got the most instant help doesn't mean they necessarily had the best draft. "You cant4ell that right away," he said. "You have to sit down and analyze it." However, we're ready to dethrone the New England Patriots, perennial champs of the draft, and crown the 1981 draft champion: the Baltimore Colts. The Colts, 7 - 9, last year, can use immediate help, of course. And they appeared to get lasting help, too. Baltimore ended up with two first - round picks after a late trade with Minnesota. With those choices, the Colts selected Randy McMillan, an extremely promising all - around fullback from Pittsburgh, and Donnell Thompson of North Carolina, possibly the only top - notch defensive lineman in the draft. After the first round, the Colts picked (through the' sixth round) Randy Van Divier, an offensive tackle from Washington; Tim Sherwin, a tight end frorti Boston College; and Bubba Green, a defensive, lineman from North Carolina State. You may not have heard of many of these players, but they're good enough (particularly McMillan and Thompson) to rate the Colts the champs of Draft '81 by a narrow margin. The eight players generally considered on a higher level than the rest of the talent pool went to the first eight teams. Other teams who generally were acknowledged to have good drafts are St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City, New Orleans and Miami, which got holdout Los1 Angeles linebacker Bob Brudzinskl for next to nothing (a swap of second - round picks with the' Rams and surrender of a third - rounder), consider ing his abilities. Cardinals excited St. Louis, 5 - 1 1 last year, is extremely excited about its first - round pick, linebacker E.J. Junior of Alabama. "Some of the people who played Alabama thought E.J. Junior was the best player in the country,." one scout said. "The Cardinals could have taken Rich Campbell (California quarterback selected sixth by Green Bay) ahead of Junior on the first round but they got (Portland State's Neil) Lomax on the second. And some coaches thought Lomax was better than Campbell." Although Lomax's stock dropped significantly as the draft neared, Buchsbaum said the Portland State QB is "going to be a great pro." Chicago is considered to have done extremely wel with its first three picks, selecting USC offensive tackle Keith Van Home, Baylor linebacker Mike Singletary, and Stanford wide receiver Ken. Margerum. Van Home was not expected to be available when the Bears made the 11th pick, and Chicago thought so highly of Singletary that it traded up two slots in the second round to select im. ''They really helped themselves," one NFL executive said. - In what was generally thought to be a talent - jdeep draft but void of any superstar franchise ylayers, there were losers, too. ' Los Angeles got the linebackers it needs to replace Brudzinskl and Jack Reynolds (if he retires), but the Rams needed a quarterback after Vince Ferragamo departed to Montreal of the Canadian Football League and should have taken Lomax. The Rams say they wanted Campbell, not Lomax. New Orleans, which had more picks than any other team in the first six rounds, could have done betterralthough the bodies the Saints got should be jable to help the "Aints" win more than one game this year. As for last year's Super Bowl teams, Oakland and Philadelphia, insiders are saying the Eagles ldst again. Philadelphia, picking 27th, chose Houston defensive end Leonard Mitchell, who has the physical tools but has been, called the biggest sleepwalker in the South. Oakland, while also picking late In the first - round (21st and 23rd), is considered to have come .up with two top hands in Texas Tech defensive back .Ted Watts and Washington offensive tackle Curt Marsh. Celtics win, stay alive oKsvaETi' 'LJKl&awl.iiiVaiiKK SmKmmSft tBVHBVMiHBBWKiBBBBV ABBbVbT? Bil 3bY," laBBBHBBP'f 3ibH!5bbbK; PmT' JbWbVV IBBBBBBBBBr ft - JjWHa IT'1 Jffv " v Wmi 3BBBBBBH laBBBBBVBwBBBBBV!bn'0 .( viBFjfiBBBBBBVr' I BHoPTftl 1 llVBKl 1&i&'3r?R VBBBBBBBBBH ZBLBLK. lBflL!BBBBB& ljf BBBBBBBBBBbH IbBB !! AblLBBBBH IK . ., - BBBm'' - yz" INbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbH Rockets defeat Kings, win series TODAY A P LARRY BIRD, RIGHT, FIGHTS JULIUS ERVING FOR REBOUND . . . Bird scored 32 points as Celtics beat Sixers 111 - 103 in NBA playoffs TOOAVWIratorvIco BOSTON Reserve guard M.L. Carr, who scored just seven points in the ,game, sank three free throws in the final 20 seconds to enable the Boston Celtics to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 111 - 109 Wednesday night and stay alive in their National Basketball Associa tion playoff series. Boston, which trailed by 10 points at halftime, took an 82 - 77 lead in the third period but fell behind again 85 - 84 going into the fourth quarter. Philadelphia was never able to pull away, however. The 76ers had their biggest mar - girt of the quarter at 109 - 103 with 1:51 to go before a three - point play by Nate Archibald and a'dnving basket by Larry Bird brought the Celtics to within one with 47 seconds left. Philadelphia had trouble getting off a shot and the ball was knocked out of bounds several times, the last one giving the 76ers possession under their own basket with five seconds left on the shot clock. The inbounds pass went astray and was scooped up by Bird, who missed a driving basket, only to have Carr grab the rebound and get fouled. He made both free throws for a 110 - 109 lead with 20 seconds to play. Philadelphia tried to set up Julius Erving for a shot, but he was double - teamed and passed to Bobby Jones, who missed an off - balance attempt. Carr grabbed the rebound and was fouled with one second to play. After the court was cleared, Carr made the first Not on TV live! The USA Network decided early Wednesday night not to broadcast the Celtlcs - 7lers game live, which would have been televised locally by cable TV stations 4 - Melboume, ( - CentralCentral Brevard. According to Tim Herd - man of the local cable stations, USA Network did not Inform the local stations of its Intentions not to televise the game until ( p.m. Wednesday, Herdman said. The television information published In Wednesday's editions of TODAY was accurate as reported., And that accuracy was confirmed by Herdman. of his free throw attempts, then intentionally missed the last two. Philadelphia got the final rebound and was able to call a timeout. But Celtics center Robert Parish picked off the inbounds pass to seal the victory. PHILADELPHIA (1) Ervlnt I M II. C Jonel 4 4 - 4 0, Dawklnt 4 Ml II, Cheek 4 44 4, Hoi lint 1 1 1 - 1 33, Tone 4 44 24 Jontl 3 11 - 14 17, Mil IHI, Rlchardtofl 1 1 2.7 Totall M 33 - 3 lit BOSTON (111) Bird 11 14 - 1 33. Maxwell 4 M 14 Poriih 4 3 110, Archibald 1 7 7 23 Ford S I 3 11. MCHol S 3 3 13. Robe 0 4 - 4 I. Carr 1 S - 7 7, Htnderson 4 4 - 4 1 Totals 34 33 - 3111 Philadelphia 33373114 10 Bolton 34331S17 111 Fouled out Mont Total tool Philadelphia 31, Boeton 14 A 13,324 Rockets... 97 Kings 88 KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Moses Malone scored 36 points, Robert Reid and Billy Paultz scored 12 apiece and Paultz grabbed two crucial rebounds in the final two See ROCKETS, 5C NFL draft Hoopla missing for final six rounds NEW YORK (AP) Quarterback Samoa Samoa of Washington State, whose cousin. Jack "Throwin" Samoan" Thompson, already is a quarterback with Cincinnati, - was picked Wednesday by the Bengals m the ninth round of the National Football League draft. The draft concluded with the final six of the 12 rounds 332 players, in all being held in a business like atmosphere in the grand ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Where a crowd of several hundred packed the balcony Tuesday to watch representatives of the NFL's 28 teams call the names of the most prized collegians in the nation, barely a dozen hard - core fans were on hand Wednesday as the teams went about the business of looking for a hidden star. Samoa, a 6 - foot - 2, 202 pounder whose cousin also quarterbacked for Washington State, played fourgames as a reserve in 1979 and last year completed 105 of 200 passes for 1,668 yards and nine touchdowns. He was the Most Valuable Player in the Hula Bowl all star game. Cincinnati's representative at the draft insisted that Thompson's presence on the team had nothing to do with the drafting of Samoa. "We need another good quarterback, and he is one," a Bengals official said Bucs, Dolphins fill out needs TOOAYWIra Services The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went for defense and the Miami Dolphins went for offense in the final six rounds of the National Football League draft which was completed Wednesday. The Bucs took two defensive linemen; a linebacker; an offensive tackle and a quarterback with the club's final five selections, while the Dolphins picked four more offensive players in the final six rounds. The Bucs, who had only eight picks in the two - day, 12 - round affair, took offensive tackle Denver Johnson of Tulsa in the eighth round and then went for Southern Methodist quarterback Mike Ford on the ninth round. Johnson, at 6 - 6, 260 pounds, was a first team All - Missouri Valley Conference selection last season. Earlier this week, he won the Floyd Neal Martin Award, Tulsa's most prestigious honor which recognizes the school's most outstanding athlete, student and citizen. The Bucs completed the draft by selecting Texas defensive end Ken McCune on the 10th round; linebacker Johnny Ray Smith of Lamar on the 11th and Tennessee defensive tackle Brad Wright in the 12th round. The Dolphins went for Mike Daum, an offensive tackle from Cal Poiy - San Luis Obispo, on the seventh round. The eighth round choice was defensive back William Judson of South Carolina State. Shula then went for three straight offensive players Nebraska wide receiver John Noonan in the ninth; tight end Steve Fulsom of Utah in the 10th, and Boston University quarterback Jim Jensen in the 11th before making defensive tackle John Alford of South Carolina State the team's final pick in the 12th round. ' The New Orleans Saints, who opened the draft Tuesday by selecting Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, the heralded running back from South Carolina, began Wednesday's seventh round by taking Kevin Williams, a wide receiver from Southern California The announcement was greeted by no reaction whatsoever. Williams does, however, have some interesting credentials. In his four years at'Southern Cal, he set the school record for touchdown catches with 25. That was second only to the Pacific - 10 Conference record of 32 by Stanford's Ken Margerum, Chicago's third round choice. Williams, incidentally, made his 25 TD catches on only 71 receptions. Later in the seventh round, the Philadelphia Eagles gave barefooted kicker Tony Franklin something to think about by selecting Tennessee placekicker Alan Duncan. Franklin was erratic during the 1980 season. Samoa wasn't the only "relative" pick in the draft. Larry Little's "little" brother, David, an All American linebacker from Florida, was selected in the seventh round by the; Pittsburgh Steelers. Larry was an all pro guard for the Miami Dolphins during their Super Bqwl years in the 1970s. In the eighth round, the New York Giants, already possessors of third year quarterback Phil Simms from Morehead (Ky.) State, chose quarterback Mark Reed of Moorhead (Minn ) State. G rambling State, usually a prime supplier of NFL talent, didn't have a player picked this year until the 10th round when the Giants selected defensive tackle Mike Barker, But the "name" player picked Wednesday was undoubtedly Admiral Dewey Larry a defensive back from Nevada - Las Vegas. t Martina defeats Vasquez 7 - 6, 6 - 1 ' HAINES CITY (AP) - 'Defending champion Martina Navratilova faltered a little in the first set, 'but pulled out a 7 - 4. 6 - 1 victory over Pilar Vasquez Wednesday night in the ,$200,000 United Airlines 'Tournament of Champions. The victory over the Peruvian player advanced Navratilova, the top seed, to the 'quarterfinals. No. 2 seed Andrea Jaeg - r,'meanwhlle, needed only 47 minutes to eliminate Dana Gilbert 6 - 1, 6 - 1. ' ( In earlier matches, seventhseventh - seeded Regina Maris - kova of Czechoslovakia scored an even quicker victory, eliminating Ann Kiyo - mura 6 - 2, 6 - 1 in a 40 - minute match. Also advancing in straight sets were unseeded players Yvonne Vermaak of South Africa and Kathy Hor - vath. Vermaak ousted Susan - Lee Rolllnson, of South Africa, 6 - 0, 6 - 0 in 46 minutes and Horvath downed West Germany's Claudia Kohde 6 - 1, 6 - 4 in a 75 - minute match in 90 - degree heat. Marsikova moves into today's quarterfinals against fourth - seeded Wendy Turn - bull and Vermaak wiIU.Nav - ratllova. Sylvia Hanika will face Jaeger and Horvath will take on Hana Mandlikova of Czechoslovakia. The tournament contln - 'JoBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB'I'Ib HHHHHJHHKr Trainer: Proud Appeal OK MARTINA NAVRATILOVA , , , pulls out victory ues through Saturday's nationallynationally - televised final. Tournament of Champions lot Maine CHv Wadnaedayl Nurd row result Martina Navratilova dot Pilar Vat awes. Peru. 7 - 4, 4 - 1 Andrea Joevor del Dona Gilbert 4 - 1. ReBlno Mortlhova. Csechoelovakla. del Ann Klvomoro e - 3. 44 Yvonne, Vermook. South Africa, dot luean Lee Rolllnean. at tovlh Africa. 44.44. Kathv Horvath dot Claudia Kahdd. Weet Germany, 4 - 1, 4 - 4. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Trainer Stanley Hough isn't upset by rumors concerning Proud Appeal's physical condition or the knocks against the colt going into Saturday's Kentucky Derby. "It doesn't bother me. It doesn't affect the outcome," Hough said Wednesday after Proud Appeal Jogged Vi miles at Churchill Downs. ' Rumors, always a part of any Derby, have circulated that Proud Appeal is hurting. But Hough said, "I'm real happy with him. He grabbed his quarter a little bit (kicked himself while winning the Blue Grass Stakes April 23), but it wasn't serious." Proud Appeal won the Blue Grass, but some horsemen were unimpressed with his effort of 1 : 51 .25 for the 1 18 miles on a sloppy track, and it seems to have reduced his favortism for the Derby. "I was happy with it," said Hough of Proud Appeal's three - length victory in the Blue Grass at Keeneland. "The thing I like most was he finished the race good." But Chay Knight, trainer of Splendid Spruce, the stretch - running winner of the Santa Anita Derby April 12, thinks Proud Appeal's Blue Grass effort was good. And John Campo, trainer of Wood Memorial winner Pleasant Colony, thinks "Proud Appeal is the horse to beat. No doubt about that. All he does is win." Scores and n . n Panamas BASEBALL hj NATIONAL LEAGUE Wednesday's results Chicago 6 - 2, St Louis 1 2 (2nd game, darkness) Philadelphia 6, Montreal 2 Houston 5, Atlanta 4 Cincinnati 8, San Diego 5 Pittsburgh 10, New York 0 San Francisco 3, LA 2 EAST W LPCt. GB Montreal 12 4 .750 St. Louis 9 3 .750 1 Philadelphia 12 6 667 1 Pittsburgh 6 6 .500 4 New York 4 9 .307 6 Chicago 2 13 071 9 WEST Los Angeles 14 5 .737 Cincinnati 10 7 .588 3i Atlanta 9 9 .500 5 San Francisco 9 12 .429 6 San Diego 6 13 .316 814 Houston 6 12 .333 8 Today's games Houston (J.Niekro 1 3) at Atlanta (P.Niekro 1 - 0), 7:35 pm. San Diego (Mura 0 - 2) at Cincinnati (Berenyt 2 0), 7.35 pm Pgh. (Candelana 0 - 2) at New York (Roberts 0 - 0 or Jones 0 - 2), 8 05 p m AMERICAN LEAGUE Wednesday's results New York 3, Detroit 2 Seattle 7, Minnesota 7 Oakland 6, California 4 Toronto 5, Milwaukee 0 Baltimore 3, Chicago 0 KC at Cleveland, ppd Texas 5, Boston 0 EAST New York ' Cleveland Milwaukee Boston Baltimore Detroit Toronto Oakland Chicago Texas California Minnesota Seattle Kansas City LPct. 6 647 4 636 7 .533 8 .467 429 11 .389 11 .389 857 733 563 500 294 GB 1 2 3 3'z Vz 4Vj 11 278 ll'A .250. 1015 W 11 7 8 7 6 7 7 WEST 18 3 11 5 9 7 10 10 5 12 5 13 3 9 Today's games Toronto (Todd 1 - 1) at Baltimore (Flanagan 1 - 2), 7,30pm Minnesota (Enckson 0 - 2) at Boston (Tanana 0 - 2), 7:30pm. Chicago (Baumgarten 2 - 1) at Cleveland (Barker 1 - 1), 7:35 pm. Kansas City(Gura 1 - 2) at Texas (Honeycutt 1 - 0), 8.35 pm. Milw. (Vuckovich 0 - 2) a' Calif. (Jefferson 0 - 3), 10 30 p m. Det. (Wilcox 2 - 2) at Seattle (Gleaton 2 2), 10 35 p m BASKETBALL m Proud Appeal won three of four races last year and all five starts this year for earnings of 341,975. Two days before the Blue Grass, Hough and Malcolm H. Win - field sold a half interest in the colt to John R. Games, a breeder, and Robert Entenmann, a bakery executive, for 5 million. "Proud Appeal should be the favorite," said Campo "I should be the second choice. Bold Ego (the Arkansas Derby winner) should be the third choice. Asked to handicap the lV - mile Derby, Campo sard, "There's about eight or nine horses that you can kind of kick around a little bit." The Derby limit of 20 horses is expected to be reached when entries are taken Thursday. The 20 - horse limit, based on money winnings, was put into affect after 23 raced in 1974 when Cannonade won. Other leading contenders are Tap Shoes, winner of the Flamingo; Bahamas winner Well Decorated, who was second in the Flamingo; the speedy Cure the Blues, who was upset in his last two starts, the Gotham and the Wood Memorial, and Flying Nashua, winner of the San Vicente and fourth in the Santa Anita Derby." Other probables are Louisiana Derby winner Wood - chopper, Classic Go Go, Habano, Top Avenger, Pass the Tab, Double Sonic, Hoedown's Day, Noble Nashua, Par - tez. Television Studio, Beau Rit and Golden Derby. V NBA playoffs Conference finals Best of seven Sunday's results Philaelphia 107, Boston 105 Houston 100, Kansas City 89 Wednesday's results Boston HI, Philadelphia 109 (Phila. leads series 3 - 2) Houston 97, Kansas City 88 (Hous. wins series 4 - 1) . Friday's games Boston at Philadelphia Sunday, May 3 Phila. at Bos., if necessary See SCORES, IC jMr TODAY s r rr r 3 fJ. ( f1" i - fJ?ingJ JT m y .. roriJcasTj Good catches of blueflsh Inside Port Canaveral for boaters and bank fishermen alike. When the blues are schooling, artificials like silver spoons will work. Offshore boaters getting mixed catches of dolphin and klngflsh, with the better results out of Canaveral. (Solunar Tables, JC) .

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