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3 JUL 24 1988 SPORTS ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH SUNDAY, JULY 24, 1988 1 MP vffw Come Up A Little Short Lately? Why Not Try Out For The IBA? 1988, San Francisco Examiner The International Basketball Association is looking for a few good short men. The league for players 6-foot-4 and under is putting together a team to tour the Philippines, China and Australia in the fall. It will hold five regional tryout camps in the next few weeks. Six players whose high school graduating class was 1984 or before will be chosen from each of the camps; 11 eventually will make the traveling squad. The lucky 11 not only will get to see two continents, they will have a leg up in the IBA draft in December. And fame and glory could await, if this version of the league, which will have its inaugural season in 1989, makes it. A bit of explanation is in order. IBA founders Dennis Murphy, Ben Hatskin and Rocky Kalish, who came up with the idea for the "little" man's league 2y2 years ago, favored starting play In 1989. "We felt that would allow time to do the promotional stuff that had to be done," says Murphy. But the founding trio turned over operations to owners of the 10 league franchises last December, and six of those owners decided they wanted to begin play this summer. Before a national television contract had been worked out, they split from the IBA and started their own organization, the World Basketball League. "We wished them well," Murphy says, "but we told them we thought they were making a mistake." The jury remains out on that, although the WBL recently had to take over its troubled Vancouver franchise. Murphy says what is left of the IBA would welcome a merger with the WBL. But, whatever happens in the infrastructure of short people's basketball, the IBA plans to go ahead with its original intentions and open with 12 franchises in '89. "We'll be meeting Aug. 1 in Syracuse to set things up," Murphy says. "We've had applications from cities all over the country, including San Francisco, Seattle, New York, New Orleans, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Rochester and South Florida, as well as Winnipeg and Quebec City in Canada." The plans are to expand still further in 1990, to the Philippines and Europe, and later to Japan, Korea, China and Malaysia. "We're shooting for the first truly international professional basketball championship," Murphy says. fe're shooting for the first truly international professional basketball championship, 99 DENNIS MURPHY, IBA co-founder He has never been accused of parochial thinking. A 60-year-old Southern Californian who was a three-term mayor of Buena Park, Calif., in Orange County, Murphy was co-founder of the American Basketball Association, the World Hockey Association and World Team Tennis. "I'm extremely happy to have had a part in starting those leagues," he says. "If it weren't for them, I don't think you'd see National Hockey League teams in Calgary, Quebec City, Winnipeg or Hartford today, or National Basketball Association teams in San Antonio or Denver. "The owners of the ABA and WHA teams paid $3 million to get into the NBA and the NHL. Their franchises today are worth up to $50 million each and if you wanted to buy the Edmonton Oilers it probably would cost you $75 million." Murphy does not have that kind of money. "I took a piece of a few of the teams when the leagues started," he says, "but I never was a majority owner. I wish I'd been smart enough to keep money in them." Murphy's most notable tenure as an owner was a short and ill-fated run with the San Francisco Shamrocks of the Western Hockey League in the late 1970s. So he continues to scramble, with ventures that look as shaky on the surface as the ABA and the WHA and Team Tennis once appeared. He travels. He sells. He enthuses. "We had a very successful tour of the Orient with the IBA last year," he says. "We played before full houses everywhere and were on national television in China, Korea and the Philippines. "The United States has been absolutely dominant in basketball, but I think that's primarily because of our height advantage. Because it's for players 6-4 and under, our league will make things so much more competitive, and people will support competition, wherever they are." Tyson Finally Paid For Fight; May Make Up With Manager 1988, Newsday NEW YORK It took Mike Tyson only 91 seconds to ' knock out Michael Spinks for the heavyweight title, but nearly a month to collect his paycheck. After almost seven hours of closed-door meetings between Tyson and his lawyers and those representing his estranged manager, Bill Cayton, at State Supreme Court in Manhattan, $16.5 million In proceeds that had been frozen by a temporary restraining order issued concerning the June 27 bout were released Thursday. Tyson was handed a check for $10 million, Cayton was given one for $5 million, and a third check, for $1.5 million, was written for trainer Kevin Rooney, who was not present. ; The money represents a significant portion of the Ty-son-Spinks receipts. In addition, lawyers for both sides indicated that significant progress was made to reach a settlement in the lawsuit brought by Tyson to dissolve his managerial contract with Cayton. The deal runs until February, 1992. "There is no question in my mind that Mike Tyson can and will work with Bill Cayton and that Bill Cayton can and will work with Mike Tyson," Thomas Puccio, Cay-ton's attorney, said after the proceedings were adjourned until Tuesday. "We're basically down to one issue money, how much Tyson will get and how much Cayton will get." "I think they can build toward a working relationship again if certain issues are resolved," said a more cautious Michael Winston, Tyson's attorney. "I wouldn't say Mike Tyson is going to call Bill Cayton and say, 'Let's go out and have a beer,' but I do think they can sit together on the dais at a press conference." Tyson, who did not speak at the hearing or afterward, arrived in court with his wife, actress Robin Givens, and mother-in-law, Ruth Roper. He was preceded by his new adviser, Donald Trump, and the foursome, along with attorneys Winston and Peter Parcher, were in closed- door meetings with Cayton, Puccio and Justice David H. Edwards Jr. for about four hours. "Our discussions were to deal with the overall lawsuit," said Puccio, who would not specify what concessions, if any, were sought by Tyson's side. But it is believed that Tyson and his lawyers are seeking a reduction in Cay-ton's one-third managerial share, split evenly with Lo-raine Jacobs, the widow of Cayton's late partner, Jim Jacobs, and a similar reduction in Cayton's share of a personal services contract. But other concessions apparently were made by Cayton, who with Jacobs began managing Tyson when he turned professional in March, 1985. It was under their tutelage that Tyson became the youngest heavy-weight champion in history and amassed about $40 million in gross earnings, but now it appears Cayton won't be making the major decisions. "Bill can advise him on fights, but Mike Tyson will decide where and when he fights," Puccio said. "I think that's a relationship that will work." "The two main issues are money and the term of the contract," Winston said. One issue that has yet to be addressed is Tyson's proposed mandatory defense against Frank Bruno, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 3 at London's Wembley Stadium. English promoter Jarvis Astaire is coming to New York tonight to meet with all the parties and, if a deal is not made by Monday, will likely vacate the date for a Bruce Springsteen concert. The Tyson entourage, surrounded by bodyguards, bolted the courtroom without commenting and was hustled to limousines waiting outside. The $16.5 million payout from the Spinks fight falls far short of earlier projections, before deductions, at about $21 million. "There's another $2 million or $3 million to come, at most," said Puccio, who also produced a letter from an accounting firm ensuring that Cayton's $5 million share would be repaid to Tyson if Tyson wins the case. "We've spent many hours today trying to resolve the overall dispute among the parties, and I think we'll be spending many more." At 41 IY1C w V I I VI I VI IUWVV VI VUl l iw On Professional Tennis Circuit 1988, Scripps Howard News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Gail Falkenberg, a former pro- aucer-an eciur iroin nuuywuuu, imgiu nave me niaKings for a blockbuster hit for the 1990s. It's a sports story, and few sports stories win Academy Awards. But this one has potential. The story Is about this middle-aged woman with a childhood fantasy of becoming a professional athlete. She decides to quit her high-paying government job and go chasing the Steffi Grafs and Martina Navratilovas of the world. Strictly Hollywood stuff. But if you can believe in E.T., Mr. Spock and Luke Skywalker, then why not believe a woman in her 40s can play on the same level with today's teenagers? There is even a stranger twist to this unlikely scenario. It's non-fiction. . Falkenberg, 41, is a professional tennis player. But in her thick glasses and floppy hat, Falkenberg looks more like the stereotypical tennis mom. As she sauntered through the milling crowds at Highland Racquet Club, there was no mistaking that appearance. Unlike other players, who usually mingle in groups, Falkenberg's only companion is the loneliness that comes with being a misfit. "I feel different . . . similar to a minority," said Falkenberg, the oldest player to compete in last month's USTA Women's Circuit tournament in Birmingham. Falkenberg didn't last long in the $10,000 event. She lost her first-round match 6-0, 6-2 to South Korean Olympian Jeung-Myung Lee. it ti.. i ii i .i . . . u ru rm u iHHVMn uii niii m vt . i iiiii iinifii .-Mirr - - rj " " o--- handled all of my slices better than the other girls have," said Falkenberg, who hits topspin about as often as a 41-year-old player attempts to play the tour. After elimination, Falkenberg moved to the comforts of the air-conditioned clubhouse. "Hey, this ain't too bad," Falkenberg said. "I don't regret what I'm doing. Everybody my age would love to just up and quit their job and go play a professional sport. "I was Just fortunate enough to be able to do It I don't have any family ties. I've always wanted to travel around the world and play professional sports and now I'm doing both. This is a fantastic experience." It also has been difficult. Because of her age, she has few close friends on the circuit; she spends a lot more money than she is able to win; and her mother thinks the whole idea is a bit bizarre. "Mom thinks I ought to be married and having grand-babies for her. Just the other day she was telling me time was running out, for her and for me. She said I should be home having babies and not out here playing tennis." Falkenberg was an only child growing up in Westfield, N.J. Her parents divorced when she was 8. "My mom raised me. It was difficult for us to make it when my father left. Mom had no high school education and she never knew where our next dime was coming from. But she was a strong woman and did a good job raising me and seeing that I got an education." Falkenberg had two interests growing up sports and filmmaking. And the best place to be involved with both was sunny California, where she attended UCLA. At UCLA, she enjoyed success In the classroom and in sports. She starred in basketball, volleyball and tennis. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in filmmaking. She spent 15 years in the filmmaking industry, mostly as producer or director of documentaries. One of the documentaries, focusing on the Navy's environmental work in California, earned her the prestigious National Cine Golden Eagles Award. "It was interesting work and I got to work with a lot of wonderful people, people like Elvis Presley and Jackie Cooper." Falkenberg decided to drop her filmmaking career In 1986 and pursue a career in tennis. She was 39. "It's really been kind of neat," she said. "I've been able to see a lot of the world. Tennis has carried me to Australia, New Zealand, England, Mexico, Brazil and Yugoslavia. It's been a great educational experience. "I'm in the 400s (computer rankings) now and as long as I keep improving, I'll keep playing," Falkenberg said. "When I stop improving, I'll quit." Let your Cottman-Man get your transmission ready lor SUMMER, and make sure you aren't stuck in the sweltering sun with transmission failure. Here's what it includes: Road Test Cleaning the Sump & Screen 21 Point Collman Courtesy Check Replacing the Pan Gasket & Fluid Removing the Pan Adjusting the Bands & Linkeage Cottman's Summer Tune-Up Special is a preventive maintenance service designed to deliver peak transmission performance on most domestic and imported cars. 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