The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1976 · Page 31
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 31

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Tuesday, December 7, 1976
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Red Sox Get Scott; Matthews Deal Held Up ) i i r if last month for tampering with Matthews, who was then the property of the San Francisco Giants. Kuhn is holding up approval of the contract until he completes his investigation of the second charge of tampering. The Brewers-Red Sox swap, though, involved the highest names. Scott, 32, batted .274 with 18 homes and 77 runs batted in for Milwaukee. He spent the first six years of his major league career with Boston before being traded to the Brewers in 1972. In five years with Milwaukee, he set club records in homers, RBI and batting average. "This happened very quickly. It was a very fast thing this morning," said Boston manager Don Zimmer. "I'm very excited. As much as I hate to lose Cecil Cooper, you have to do these things when you get a chance to better your club. "Another edge for us is that we are getting two guys who wanted to come back to Boston," Zimmer continued. "Scott will bat third, fourth or fifth in our lineup. He'll give us much more righthanded power in our ballpark." Cooper, who will be 27 next week, batted From Post Wir Strvices LOS ANGELES - Veterans George Scott and Rico Carty returned to their old teams yesterday and the Milwaukee Brewers completed two separate major deals at baseball's winter meetings. The Brewers swapped Scott and outfielder Bernie Carbo for first baseman Cecil Cooper after earlier sending catcher Darrell Porter and pitcher Jim Colborn to Kansas City for infielder Jamie Quirk, outfielder Jim Wohlford and a player to be named later. Carty, claimed by Toronto from Cleveland in the expansion draft a month ago, returned to the Indians in a deal that sent catcher Rick Cerone and utilityman John Lowenstein to the Blue Jays. Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn yesterday warned Atlanta owner Ted Turner that he may void the Braves' contract with newly-acquired free agent outfielder Gary Matthews. In a telegram to Turner, Kuhn said he will not approve the Braves' contract with Matthews until a further charge of tampering is resolved. Kuhn originally fined the Atlanta owner $5,000 .282 with 15 home runs and 78 RBI for the Red Sox in 1976, his third full season in Boston. Car-, bo was traded to Milwaukee by Boston in mid-season and batted. 236. Scott was the key player as far as the Red Sox were concerned. Twelve clubs tried to acquire him. Carty will also' be returning to his old haunts. Phil Seghi, Cleveland's general manager, admitted he had hesitated about not protecting the 36-year-old veteran who batted . 310 for the Indians last season . It was the second trade between the two teams. Earlier, Toronto had selected pitcher Al Fitzmorris in the expansion draft from Kansas City and then sent him to Cleveland for catcher Alan Ashby and first baseman Doug Ault. The loss of Fitzmorris by the Royals helped spur the Kansas City-Milwaukee trade, with Colborn, who was 9-15 for the Brewers last season, expected to inherit his spot in the KC starting rotation. Turn to TRADES, DS i " i. i ,Tf. - M- i M Darrell Porter ... to Royals George Scott . . . sought by 12 7 x The Palm Beach Post Clipboard, D4 Spor S V D TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1976 SECTION &5 Raiders Win; Pittsbur gh Still Alive McDaniel, a wide receiver who hadn't caught a pass since his rookie year of 1974, came out of hiding to grab nine Anderson tosses for 201 yards. On an 81-yard scoring drive in the second period, McDaniel caught a 46-yard pass and, after Anderson was sacked, gained 45 yards more on a reception which set up Stan Fritts' one-yard touchdown dive that cut Oakland's lead to 14-13. The Raiders held a 21-13 lead at halftime, with the first of three interceptions of Anderson passes giving them good field position. Linebacker Monte Johnson picked off a pass and returned the ball 13 yards to the Cincinnati 45-yard line and the Raiders, moving mostly on the ground, scored 11 plays later on Pete Banaszak's one-yard run. Oakland's Cliff Branch, who went over the 1,000-yard mark for receptions this year, caught his 11th touchdown pass of the season on a 42-yard bomb from Stabler in the opening minutes of the third quarter. But Cincinnati again closed the gap to eight points at 28-20 later in the third quarter, moving 75 yards with the help of a penalty which nullified an interception by safety George Atkinson. It gave Cincinnati a first down at the Oakland 21. Rookie Archie Griffin dashed up the middle on the next play for the Bengals' third touchdown. The Raiders' final touchdown drive began late in the third quarter, went 75 yards and ended early in the fourth period with Stabler's seven-yard scoring pass to Fred Biletnik-off. Stabler and several other Oak-Turn to OAKLAND, D4 OAKLAND (AP) - Ken Stabler destroyed the Cincinnati Bengals and probably their playoff hopes with four touchdown passes that gave the Oakland Raiders a 35-20 victory last night. The loss opened the door for the Pittsburgh Steelers, two-time Super Bowl champions, who were in danger of being all but frozen out of the National Football League playoff. Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and the Cleveland Browns now share first place in the American Conference Central Division with 9-4 records and the Steelers can claim the division title and a playoff berth with a victory next Saturday in Houston. Cincinnati can win the spot by beating the New York Jets combined with a Steeler loss to the Oilers, while the only way the Browns can make it is by beating Kansas City with both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh losing. The ninth straight victory by the AFC's West Division champs gave the Raiders a 12-1 record, the best in the league, and assured them of the home-field advantage in the playoffs. Stabler completed 16 of 20 passes for 217 yards in one of his finest NFL performances and raised his season touchdown-pass total to a league-leading 27. The first two scoring throws by the Oakland quarterback went to tight end Dave Casper in the first quarter on plays covering 24 and three yards and sent the Raiders into a 14-6 lead. The Bengals had scored first on Ken Anderson's 40-yard touchdown pass to John McDaniel, but Chris Bahr missed the extra-point attempt. Cincinnati's Boobie Clark (43) Runs Atkinson Bounds After Bengal Picked Up First Down Miami s Timetable: 3 Years To Win who took what he considered to be the first step toward that goal Friday by firing head coach Carl Selmer. "We can't continue to lose money. If we don't have a championship team, we can have a successful, winning team. If an outstanding football program does not exist in three years, we've got problems." Green's plan has the approval of UM president Dr. Henry King Stanford. A member of the Board of Trustees, Stuart Pat ton, thinks such a By HENRY SEIDEN Con Ntwspaptri Wrlttr MIAMI The University of Miami has given itself three years to develop a winning football team. Failure to succeed within that timetable might mean the sport will be dropped or deemphasized, said Miami's executive vice president, Dr. John Green. "There's no sense staying in Division I football if we can't put together a program that's not a winning program," said Green, the man Dolphins' Future Could Be Golden r Bob Bassine Sports Editor goal is overoptimistic but also has thrown his support to Green. "The investment that's been made doesn't qualify the return," he said. "The prescription calls for the most qualified coach and coaching staff to get results. I've been very disappointed in the results so far. The elements that make success were not at work and if you don't act, you cause your own demise through inactivity." Though Selmer, who was 5-16 in his two seasons as head coach, has been fired, his staff has temporarily been retained to take up some of the recruiting burden, since high school prospects may begin signing with colleges Dec. 15. Green hopes to hire a head coach by mid-January and says he will make the final decision. It is unlikely the new coach, presumably one with an established national reputation, will retain any or all of Selmer's assistants. As for the two other problems, money and the schedule, Green says that funding is no problem, that the school can pay a high salary for a coach. He also said an effort would be made to lighten the Hurricanes's schedule, which this season included seven bowl-bound teams and begins next season with three road games, at Ohio State, Georgia Tech and Florida State. The new head coach, said Green, would determine future schedules. "The new coach," Green said, "has to identify with four ingredients. He has to be a leader with his coaching staff, be able to establish a good schedule with other schools, relate well with the fans and university supporters. "Part of the challenge of getting football reestablished in Miami on the college level is how to make it appeal to 2.5 million people in the area and get 40,000 in the stadium per game." Green said he attended all but the Houston game this past season and made these observations: "The FSU game (won by Miami, 47-0) was flawless. I was thinking we had a tremendous amount of talent and were in for a good season. "At Colorado (a 33-3 loss) I was disappointed with the mistakes. In Colorado, I began to see what I saw for the rest of the season: a lot of mistakes, which I attribute to poor coaching. I saw them develop game after game. At Pitt (a 36-19 loss), they made mistakes all the way through the first half. "The Florida game (a 19-10 loss) was filled with more typical mistakes. And poor judgment against Houston (a 21-16 loss) appeared to have cost that game. "The individualized talent represented by the football team is outstanding. But I did not feel we had a football team. We had great talent, but it was not working together as a team. That's due to coaching. It lacked MIAMI - There's all that stuff about clouds with various linings and, while Don Shula would rather not hear about it right now, there was some silver and gold deeply hidden in his Dolphins' season. It was the second straight year in which they failed to make the playoffs and this is the poorest season Shula ever has experienced as a head football coach. Things haven't all been negative, however. In one year, maybe two, an impressive new edifice will rise out of the ashes. The foundation has been laid. A great team like the Dolphins of several years back has a tendency to gradually age, then face a long rebuilding process. The last two years have been painful to Shula and his troops, the rebuilding forced on them before they were ready for it. One result is that young players who might have been cut, traded or left to languish on the bench have been force-fed into the lineup. They have gone through the learning process the hard way, maybe before they were ready. But the bottom line is that the regrouped Dolphins next year will be a young team rather than an old one which might have been past its peak. At wide receiver, Shula can alternate. Freddie Solomon, Duriel Harris and Nat Moore. There are larger receivers in the National Football League, but how many teams have pass catchers who can match their collective speed in depth? At linebacker, the hardest hit posi- ' . . . Steve Towle is one heck of a football player. He's going to be a terror in another couple of seasons O.J. Simpson tion the last two years, Steve Towle has stood out like the Jupiter Lighthouse. Only a second-year man, he already is a veteran. Sunday, he made 10 tackles in the Dolphins' 45-27 victory over Buffalo. It gave him 200 for the season, a team record. The 233-pounder from Kansas is considered one of the NFL's coming star middle linebackers with his career still in its infancy. Buffalo's great runner, O.J. Simpson, was talking about the Miami defense after the game. Simpson qualifies as something of an expert on linebackers since he devotes Turn to BASSINE D3 A i x UPI TtKshota Duriel Harris: One of the Dolphins Future Stars

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