The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1976 · Page 45
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 45

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Red Sox Get Scott; Matthews Deal Held Up " 4 s 1 it .r .t . I - ' - : li 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 Wirt Services 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 '5 r Darrell Porter ... to Royals George Scott . . . sought by 12 The Palm Beach Post V Clipboard, D4 Spor S V D TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1976 SECTION 7cT i . ur Raiders Win, Pittsburgh Still Alive ivs&l' cAu t"M M 13-yard pass to the Cincinnati 45. A five-yard run by Boobie Clark and 10 more yards by Archie Griffin put the ball on the 40, then McDaniel beat cornerback Willie Brown down the left sideline and caught Anderson's pass. Chris Bahr's extra-point kick was wide to the right. The Raiders then charged into the lead on Stabler's passing. They moved from their 27 to the Cincinnati 48 on short gains, then Stabler hit Fred Biletnikoff on a 12-yard pass. A holding penalty against tackle John Vella pushed Oakland back to the 46, then Clarence Davis broke loose for a 17-yard gain to the 29. Two plays later Casper left the Bengals' defenders 10 yards behind him and gathered in Stabler's over-the-middle bullet to tie it. Errol Mann's extra-point kick put Oakland ahead 7-6. After holding Cincinnati on downs, Oakland started from its 49. After three plays the Raiders were at Cincinnati's 34, then cornerback Lemar Parrish was charged with pass interference against Biletnikoff on the three-yard line. On the next play, Stabler faked a handoff, the Bengals were drawn to the middle and the pass went to the wide-open Casper in the left side of the end zone. Mann's kick made it 14-6. In Pittsburgh, Steeler coach Chuck Noll pooped the party his Pittsburgh Steelers planned for last night to view the nationally televised game. "The single most important thing we have to do now is get ourselves ready to play Saturday down in Houston," said the coach, who reminded his players they must be in their homes under an 11 p.m. team curfew, From Post Wirt Service! OAKLAND - The Pittsburgh Steelers couldn't have been happier after last night's nationally-televised game. Oakland quarterback Ken Stabler threw four touchdown passes to lead the Raiders past the Cincinnati Bengals, 35-20. With Cincinnati's loss, the Steelers and Cleveland Browns move into a tie for the lead in the American Football Conference's Central Division. A Pittsburgh victory Sunday against Houston would put the Steelers in the playoffs in their search for a record third consecutive Super Bowl championship. Cincinnati would not make the playoffs even by winning its last game Sunday since Pittsburgh beat the Bengals in both their games this vear. Stabler's 42-yard touchdown bomb to Branch for the Raiders and Griffin's 22-yard scoring sprint for the Bengals left Oakland on top 28-20 going into the final period. Oakland started the second half from its own 20 and, on the second play, Mark van Eeghen bolted for 11 yards to the 35, then ran three more plays for another 11 to the 46. One-yard TD dives by Stan Fritts of the Bengals and Pete Banaszak of the Raiders kept Oakland on top 21-13 at the half. Stabler threw touchdown passes of 25 and three yards to Dave Casper as the Raiders offset Anderson's 40-yard scoring pass to John McDaniel and took a 14-6 first-period lead. The Bengals mounted their scoring drive from their own 23-yard line. They got 10 yards on three rushes, then Anderson hit McDaniel with a Atkinson (43) Runs Cincinnati's Boobie Clark Out of 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 Patton, thinks such a By HENRY SEIDEN Cox Ntwipaptn Writer 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 Bob Bassine Sports Editor fey 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 cohe-siveness." Turn to MIAMI, D4 r f . ., m 4 . ; ' si k ri I I ;')r 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 UPI Ttlophoto Duriel Harris: One of the Dolphins Future Stars

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