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The Indiana Gazette Monday, February 7, 1983 — Page 16' Kite wins Crosby By The Associated Press Tom Kite got the victory and said it was a step in the right direction toward an undisclosed goal. Rex Caldwell tied for second — the third week in a row he has had a least a share of the runnerup spot — and said he's already achieved a goal. "When I first came on Tour, it was my dream to be recognized in any. pro shop ! went into. Now they recognize me in any grocery store I go into. It's great," Caldwell said Sunday after chasing Kite to the title in the 42nd Bing Crosby National Pro- Am golf tournament. Caldwell, who has yet to win on the PGA Tour, lost in playoffs in the Bob Hope Classic and the Phoenix Open, his two previous starts. He didn't force it to a playoff this time. Kite won outright, by two shots, with a closing 73 in rain and wind and cold that raked the Pebble Beach Links, and a 276 total. Caldwell also had a 73 over the final 18 and a 278 total. He shared second with Cal Peete, who pitched in for an eagle-2 on the way to a closing 70. But Kite was the first to note that it could have been different. "If Rex had made those (birdie) putts on the last two holes, you could have had a very interesting story," Kite said. But Caldwell missed them and Kite, despite bogeys on three of his last four holes, rode his once-commanding five-shot lead to his fifth PGA Tour triumph, a surprisingly low total for the man who led the 1981 money-winners and has taken the Vardon Trophy for the past two seasons. "I'm awfully glad to get the win," he said. LPGA Nancy Lopez says she had thoughts of Caldwell on her mind as r she and Jo Anne Garner moved •.toward the conclusion ofthe $150,000 'LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic. ' But Garner birdied the 15th hole on the 6,122-yard Turnberry Isle Country Club course to pull into a tie with Lopez, but then faltered with a double bogey on No. 17 — clearing the way for Lopez to nail down her .26th tour victory. ; "I thought a lot about Rex Caldwell today, about how he lost two. playoffs," said Lopez, who finished with a four-day total of 3-under-par 285 and a one-stroke victory. "I didn't want to have to go into a playoff. Janet Coles, the second-and third- round leader, and Kathy Whitworth. were tied at 287, Carroll cut by USFL stars DELANO, Fla. (AP) — The Philadelphia Stars of the United States Football League have ; waived 17 players, including IDP's Terry Carroll and Slippery Rock's Jeff Kyger, reducing their roster to 88 in an effort to reach the 70-player limit by 4 p.tn. Monday. TURNAROUND — Saltsburg's Darrin Reid may not be in control of his Appalachian Conference Tournament 126-pound championship bout with Blairsville's Kevin King at this time, but he scored a 9-7 win to take the weight's title. Meyersdale won the team title in the event, which was held at Bbirsville Saturday night. See story and other photo on page 17. (Gazette photo by Bechtel) 47th Dapper Dan awards official, unofficial honors PITTSBURGH — There were enough heroes, past and present, in attendance to do justice to any youngster's personal Hall of Fame. There was enough humble pie served up by the recipients of the awards to satisfy the hunger of even Orson Welles. And there were more one-liners thrown around than there are forward passes in a football game involving the San Diego • Chargers. The occasion was the 47th annual Dapper Dan banquet, and the purpose was to honor, among others, Penn State coach Joe Paterno as the 1982 man of the year. But the ultimate result was an evening in which those fortunate enough to be in the packed Hilton Hotel ballroom Sunday night received an opportunity to share food, drink and laughter with some of the most renowned figures in sports. Scott Hamilton, who just happens to be the world's premier male figure skater each of the last three years, said with complete sincerity, "I feel like a tourist here. I'd just like to take everyone's picture and get everyone's autograph." That was the tone of the evening, for if one were inclined to attempt to fulfill Hamilton's wish there were plenty of worthy figures from whom to choose. Art Rooney, Chuck Noll, Steve Blass, Dick Groat, Bill Maz- eroski and Joe Schmidt were just a few of the personalities to grace a banquet that annually reads like a Who's Who of professional and amateur athletics. "I've really come to enjoy sports banquets because they put the emphasis on the positive," said Noll. By BOB LABRIOLA Gazette Sports Writer "There is a trend in our society to always knock things, but banquets such as this allow us to focus on all the positive things that are happening." From the moment of silence offered for those figures who had died during the past year until Paterno's closing speech, awards were given (o outstanding performers on each of Pittsburgh's professional sports teams, to players at Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia and to a man, Malcolm East, who bypassed the Japan Marathon to be there. But in a year in which his team gave Penn State its first football national championship in the university's history, Paterno once again came upwith the biggest prize. "Youngsters are our legacy, they are the hope of our country," said Paterno. "Tonight is a tribute to the accomplishments of those young people. This year we had people who had a genuine respect for one another, who had love for one another, and it's a tribute to them that you honor me tonight. "I think this is the greatest award of my life — I'm proud, and I'm humble." Rooney received a commemorative award for his contributions to the city's sports picture, former Ambridge native and Detroit Lion linebacker Mike Lucci, Duquesne basketball great Willie Somerset and Paul Martha were inducted into the Pittsburgh Hall of Fame, and Schmidt was presented with the Al Abrams Award, given only to a member of a national hall of fame. "I'm honored to be put in the same category .as (past winners) Stan Musial and Mr. Rooney," said Schmidt, who played his college football at Pitt.. "It all started for me in Pittsburgh, and if it wasn't for that I wouldn't have the opportunity to be here." Those were just some of the awards sanctioned by the Dapper Continued on page 19 Jefferson-White combo lifts NFC HONOLULU (AP) — The Pro Bowl, showcase for the National Football League's elite, wasn't the most flawlessly played football game ever, but it had its moments. The most decisive was in the final moment, as Dallas quarterback Danny White and Green Bay wide receiver John Jefferson combined to pull out a 20-19 victory for the National Football Conference Sunday. Trailing the AFC most of the game, the NFC marched 65 yards to the winning touchdown, the score coming on an 11-yard pass from Pro Bowl rookie White to Jefferson with 31 seconds left. Washington's Mark Moseley, who had missed three field goals and had another blocked, kicked the extra point to give the NFC the triumph — but only after his first attempt was wiped out .by a penalty against the NFC. A diving reception by Jefferson on the play before the touchdown kept the NFC's.winning drive alive. The NFC had fourth-and-7 at the AFC 25 when the Packers' receiver made his a fingertip grab of White's throw for a 14-yard pickup. On the next play, Jefferson broke open momentarily over the middle and White drilled the ball in for the touchdown. "It was a little like playing sandlot ball there at the end," said White, who i completed 14 of 26 passes for 162 yards while splitting quarterback duties with Washington's Joe Theismann. "We were making up plays in the huddle. Of course J.J. (Jefferson) made it work." "The guys really wanted to win," said Jefferson, named the game's co-MVP with San Diego quarterback Dan Fouts of the AFC. "Now we have bragging rights for a year." Moseley, whose field goal misses could have made him the game's goat, said he wasn't nervous when he lined up for the decisive PAT. • "I would have liked to have had a better day," said the Redskins' kicker, who missed from 27, 48 and 49 yards and had a 33-yard attempt blocked. "But all in all, it came out fine in the end." The NFC victory overshadowed a Pro Bowl record passing performance by Fouts, who completed 17 of 30 throws for 274 yards while sharing the duty with Cincinnati's Ken Anderson. Both Fouts' passing yards and his completions were Pro Bowl records. Fouts, thinking of the losers' sharea of ?5,000, half that of : the winners, said, "That's a tough way to lose five grand." The defensive standout in the contest was Dallas cornerback Everson Walls, who had nine tackles, two assists, two interceptions and a deflection of a field goal attempt. ;,. Although there were a number of brilliant plays in the game, such as Fouts 1 picture-perfect 34-yard touchdown pass to the New York Jets' Wesley Walker, there were times when it looked painfully obvious that the clubs had worked out together just four times. £££ 937 0-19 NFC Q 10 0 10—20 AFC—Walker 34 pass from Fouls (Benirschke AFC—Safety, Theismann tackled in end zone NFC—Andrews 3 run (Moseley kick) : NFC—F6 Moseley 35 AFC—FG Benirschke 29 AFC—Allen! run (Benirschke kick) NFC—FG Moseley 41 ' • NFC—Jefferson 11 pass from White (Moseley kick) A—(7,201 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—AFC. Allen 9-29, McNeil 7-26J Franklin 6-18, Muncie 2-9, Anderson 1-0, Fouls 2 (-3). NFC, Andrews 10-41, Dorset) 9-27, Sims 527, Theismann 2-14, Brown 1-13. PASSING—AFC, Fouts 17-30-1—274. Anderson 14-20-1—130. NFC, Theismann 10-18-0^102, White 14-54.0—162. - ' RECEIVING—AFC, Stallworth 7-47, Walker 568, Winslow 4-77, Coilinsworth 4-48, Franklin 314, Chandler 2-49, Muncie 2-2?, Allen 2-28, Ross 224. NFC, Andrews 5-48, Jefferson 4-44, Lofton 444, Dorset! 4-41, Coffman 3-30, Sims 2-18, Giles I- 13, Brown 1-4. MISSED FIELD GOALS—AFC, Benirschke 23.31. NFC, Moselev27. 48, 49,33. McEnroe snaps PHILADELPHIA (AP) — "It was about time," sighed John McEnroe after beating Ivan Lendl to win the $375,080 U.S. Pro indoor tennis Championships for the second consecutive year. ", ' • ! •*. McEnroe, 23, bad lost to Lendl seven straight times before prevailing Sunday 4-6,7-6,6-4,6-3 and ending the 22-year-old Czech's indoor winning streak of 66 matches. The top seed from Donglaston, N.Y., who before Sunday had lost 18 of his last 22 sets against Lendl; said he got a lot of advice on how to play the second-seeded Czech. '_ "I had to decipher what "was meaningful," said McEnroe, who got some tips from, among others, tennis Hall of Famer Don Budge. "What it came down to was going back to my roots," McEnroe said "I decided to come in and volley. That's my game. I figured if I was Koine to lose, it would be against the way I play best." -• McEnroe said this was an important victory for him. *•_"?! was darn tenacious," McEnroe said. "It was a close match. And I think he felt the pressure.of his streak." , - . A practitioner of the art of plain talk, McEnroe commented, "I plaved better than I van and needed to." . ' H * . His own mistakes made the victory that much tougher to achieve McEnroe noted. "I missed some easy ground strokes I couldn't believe and put pressure on myself early. But I felt I volleyed pretty good." Lendl said one reason be lost was his serve, which he felt let him down. : He saia he wasn't disturbed by McEnroe's cries and gestures of displeasure on calls throughout the match, noting, "He does that all the. time. It was nothing new." ' • As for the streak, Lendl said simply, "It's over. There'll be another one. , • ; ' Scots hold off determined IUP in overtime,59-56 By BOB FULTON Gazette Sports Writer EDINBORO — In a game that lasted 45 minutes, IUP was haunted by the lack of a split second. Or was it the lack of two accurate inbounds passes that precipitated the Indians' downfall against Edinboro Saturday night by a 59-56 score? Or the lack of adequate defensive measures — after a game of sterling defense — on three straight plays in overtime? "There's 101 things you could point out," said IUP coach Carl Davis, an apt reply since this game marked the 101st meeting between the rivals. When IUP lost time on the clock at the close of regulation; lost two inbounds passes in overtime; and, also In OT, lost a hold on the kind of impenetrable defense that had, through regulation, held Edinboro to 28 points under its scoring average, the 7-12 Indians lost a shot at first place in the Pennsylvania Conference West. Clarion's 76-73 win over Slippery Rock Saturday dropped the first-place Rockets to 4-2. IUP could have gained a share of first by defeating Edinboro; instead, the 42 Scots joined The Rock atop the PC West and IUP fell to 3-3. The other unfortunate aspect of Saturday's loss was that the Indians' tenacious, effort,— one that belied their inexperience — went for naught. Despite trailing by eight points with three and a half minutes remaining in regulation and despite facing a six-point deficit with only 29 seconds left in OT, the Indi-. ans nearly ambushed Edinboro. "The kids worked hard. They busted their backs for us," said IUP assistant coach Tom Beck. "It's easy (in those situations) to look up at the clock and say 'we're never gonna win this.' " Especially against the defending PC West champs and especially with a cast of youngsters unacquainted with the kind of. intensity traditional in this series. But this team seems infused with a spirit that enables it to shrug off adversity and rebound from every setback with renewed determination. The Indians, for instance, scoffed at a 45-37 deficit in the final three and a half minutes and erased it with an 8-0 run. Freshman Chuck Collins, who seems imperturbable under pressure, sandwiched a pair of field goals around Mack McNabb's 20-footer, setting the stage for Don Belts' game-tying 12-foot bank with 55 seconds remaining. The Scots worked for a final shot, but Willie Lee's forced 20-footer in the waning seconds clanged off the rim and into IUP hands. The Indians immediately called time. That's when the fun began. The clock showed triple zeroes, but the buzzer hadn't sounded. Coaches and officials converged on the scorer's table, where referee Paul Benec tried, with limited success, to clarify a muddled situation. • "What he did was say he was gonna give, us the benefit of the doubt," explained Davis, his tone coveying a touch of scorn.. "He asked the timer if the horn went off. The timer ... he didn't know whether to- wind his watch or go home." Benec asked the clock operator to flip the switch to see if any time remained. The horn sounded almost Immediately, proving there had been time — albeit an infinitesimal amount — remaining. But instead of resetting the clock and granting IUP the time to which it was entitled, Benec declared regulation completed. Davis was furious and did not hesitate to let Benec know it. But just as Davis re' mained unconvinced by Benec's explanations, Benec remained unmoved fay Davis' arguments. "There was still time on the clock, so therefore we should have been throwing the length of the floor with a fraction of a second on the clock," Davis contended in the post-game interview, after he had argued his case further in the officials' lock- er room. "In effect, what he did, the timer hit the switch, the.horn went off, and he ended the game. He just made an assumption." The assumption being that IUP had a snowball's chance in hell of scoring with barely enough time remaining to blink an eye. "We know the chances of scoring there are slim and none," said Beck. "But you could get a foul on the inbounds pass..." Strange occurrences, after all, are not unknown to this series. Benec eventually tore himself away from Davis, his ears burning, and pre- pared for OT. Edinboro was also prepared for OT — two of the Scotj' previous three games had been decided in overtime. Nevertheless, it was IUP that gained immediate control. Mike Krafcik, who led the Indians with 12 points and eight rebounds, canned a turnaround to give IUP a 47-45 iead, its first of the night. Brad Fink later converted a pair of free throws. Both IUP scores were answered fay 'Boro point guard Steve Senko, who twice penetrated the Indians' zone, drew fouls and hit two free throws. "I thought at times we played well," said IUP assistant Tony Bsrnardi of a defense that generally forced the Scots out of their offense. "I was a little bit disappointed in overtime. Twice we got ahead; twice we let them penetrate." Setts' free throw with 1:30 left sent IUP ahead 50-49, but Senko again penetrated and dished off to Land Battle, whose bucket sent the 'Boro in front. That lead held up due to a pair of IUP inbounds passes that wound up in enemy hands. Barry Marshall tipped a sideline inbounds pass, a turnover that set up two Battle free throws with 51 seconds left. . Before the P.A. man could even announce Battle's name, Edwin Wright, who was credited with five steals, picked off another inbounds pass and .scored to give Edinboro a 55-50 lead. "The whole ballgame was two inbounds pass attempts," lamented Davis. "It came down to that. And we had guys wide open." Following an IUP miss, Marshall rebounded, was fouled and made the front end of a one-and-one with 29 seconds left to pad the Scots' lead to a seemingly insur- mountable 56-50. : But thanks to a pair of Edinboro fouls that, even charitably, must be termed stupid, IUP sliced the lead to two when Les Logsdon and then Don Constantine converted pressure one-and-ones. Only when Marshall — surely the least likely hero in such a situation — converted both ends of a one-and-one with :07 on the clock were the Indians, finally, subdued. "The thing that hurt us is we foul Mar. shall, who's shooting 53 percent (.537) for the year," said Beck. "Then he makes three out of four. Sometimes you shouldn't do your homework." "We got great play out of Marshall," said 'Boro coach Guy Conti, whose team is 14-5 overall. "He got every rebound at the end. He knocked in three of four from the line. Plus he tipped that inbounds pass." Ah, yes, the inbounds pass. One of two . that consigned IUP to defeat, along with the defensive lapses in overtime and along with the phantom split second on the clock. And according to Carl Davis — who, for an instant, sounded like Henry Block of tax fame — they were just some of the 101 reasons IUP lost Saturday. Women's story on page 19 Edlnbofo .59 ' ' Simmons 3-5 2-4 8, Battle 54 3-4 13, Luca 2-8 0-0 t, Senko 5-8 4-4 14, Wright 3-10 1-3 7, Lee 1-50-02, Jeffries 1-1 0-02, Marshall 1-1 3-3 5, Albert 0-00-00, Williams 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-47 (.448) 15-21 (.714) 59 IUP-M Belts 4-10 3-4 11, Beck 2-4 0-0 4, Krafcik 4-10 0-0 12, McNabb 4-7 0-0 9, Lossdon 0-2 5-2 2, Consfanflne 1-52-2 4. Fink 3-5 3-4 9, Irwin 1-3 0-0 1, Collins 2-4 0-0 4, Totals 23-49 (.449) 10-12 1.B33) M WP 21 24 11 — 5* , Edlnbore 20 19 14 — H Rebounds: Edinboro 31 (Battle 7), IUP 29 (Krafcik II. ' Assists: IUP 12 (McNabc 7), Edinboro 6 (Senko4>. Officials: Benec and Ryder

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