The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 20, 1966 · Page 9
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Caurhr Kn* -Friday. My «, Ml - Fl» MM BOXING REPORT FROM LONDON 'Enry UUHUUHUIUUU IIUUUULIU Has 'Ammer Ready for Clay lly TOM A. CULLEN LONDON - (NEA) - Henry Cooper's left hook is known to his Cockney admirers as 'Envy's 'ainincr. 11 is Iliis lethal weapon which Hie 31-year- old British lieavywegihl challenger is de- ponding upon to floor Cassius Clay when Hie two meet here in the world title bout on May 21. . .But the knockout will have to come early in Hie match, or Cooper may find himself in trouble. The longer the fight goes' on, the more likely I am to get cut," the Cockney contender admits. Cooper is prone lo get cut as the scar tissue around his eyes attests. And when he gets cut around the eyes hs bleeds — a lot. J* ¥ * He is not pessimistic about his chances, however. "Naturally my aim will be lo finish the fight as quickly as possibly, then I'm ready to go the distance. I've never been in belter fighting trim." We talked at the South London gym wher« Cooper has his training headquarters. Cooper denies that his hopes of connecting a left hook to Clay's chin are unrealistic. 'I did it once before, so what's to prevent me from doing it again?" he notes, referring to his bout in June 1963 when Cooper knocked Clay down at the end of the fourth round. * * » . I put it to the British heavyweight that Clay hit the canvas because he was clowning at the time. 'Cassius shows off so much of the time that it's hard to tell whether he's clowning or not," says Cooper. 'Anyway, he-admits that I hit him harder than he had ever been hit before." Cooper, however, was In no position to follow up his advantage for he was so badly cut around Ihe eyes that the fight was stopped in the fifth round. When he meets the world champion at Title Fight to Be Seen on Television Here . LONDON (AP) — World heavyweight, champion Cassius Clay says Britain's Henry Cooper fill "finish on his back" in their title fight Saturday night. And it could be all over m one minute, Clay predicted Thursday night. Clay is an 11-2 favorite for the open air fight at London's Arsenal football stadium. A sellout 'crowd of 48,000 is expected.. The fight is being carried live on television ot the United Stales via the Early Bird satelite. (WHBQ-TV in Memphis has announced plans lo televise the fight on ABC's Wide World of . Sports at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon, the first fight ever telecast live from Europe into the United States.) London's Arsenal Stadium on May 21 Cooper will be conceding eight inches in age about 28 pounds and several inches in height and reach. * * * If being a nice guy had anything to do with boxing ability Cooper of the puffy eyes and hollow cheeks, would have wrested the championship belt from Clay long ago. Here in Britain, he 'is the most popular heavyweight since Bombardier Billy Wells of World War I fame. This has partly to do with the fact that he is 100 per cent Cockney and proud of it. He grew up in London's tough, poverty-ridden East End, where his dad was a streetcar motorman, and his mum worked as a daily help. * * * Today, Cooper owns his own fruit and vegetable business. "Now instead of dishing out caulfilowers in the ring, I'm selling to tfie public," he cracks. He is married to a pretty Italian, Albina, who he met in a Soho cafe where she worked as a waitress, and they have a 5-year-old son, Henry Marcus. Cooper seems quite happy with the prospect of drawing $125,000 as his share of the estimated $1.5 million gate which the Arsenal match is expected to realize. (Clay's share, including extras is likely to be $500,000.) In a professional career lasting 12 years Cooper has won 33 of the 45 matches. He has been outpointed four times, disqualified once, • and he lost six fights inside the distance. * * * . His wife Albina hates boxing (she has Henry Cooper never seen Cooper fight) which may influence him to retire from the ring this year, win, lose or draw on May 21. He would like to whip Clay arid retire an undefeated champion as Gene Tunney and Rocky Marciano did. "There's no 'arm in dreaming," Cooper says in his engaging Cockney accent. Stanky's Bench 'Upset' Sandy Zeroes comeback with : a four-hitler Thursday night as Washington whipped Cleveland for the second straight night, 7-2.. The evened 27-year-old his record helped himself with a long home run during a three-run Senator rally in the fifth inning. It was McCormick's fifth By MURRAY CHAS» Associated Press Sports Wriler Sandy Koufax has a great left arm, but he alsb has a good pair of feet going for him. Koufax pitched a three-hitler arid gained his first shutout and sixth victory of the season Thursday night as Los Angeles defeated San Francisco' 4-0. j swings this" season While Koufax' arm baffled the' liant hitters, though, the feet dazzled the Giant fielders. The feet, plus the rest of Maury Wills, beat out two infield singles, stole two bases and scored the first two Dodger runs. Wills, who has won a record straight National League TOOL, MAN — Pitchers Eddie Carner (left) and southpaw Jerry McLaughlin help catcher Sam Singleton don the tools of the trade at Light Brigade Field. The Dud Cason Post 24 team held tryouts yesterday and has another session billed for hopefuls this afternoon. At yesterday's session, 28 boys were header at Pocahontas Saturday at 1:30 practice match with Jonesboro here Sunday after- neen. At yesterday's session, 28 boys were present. The three pictured here helped the Dud Casons win the state championship last year. McLaughlin had a 3-0 record at Southern Baptist this spring. (Courier News Photo) EX-RAZORBACK BEATS EL PASO Wins First Chore for Travs EL PASO,'Tex. (AP)- Dick |innings against El Paso. Hughes, a native of Stephens, [ Hughes, a former University Ark., began his stint as an Arkansas Traveler Thursday night by earning a pitching victory. Arkansas won 9-5 as Felix Roque and Chuck Taylor protected Hughes' lead in the late of Arkansas player, pitched five innings in his first Arkansas start since being sent from Tulsa, St. Louis' AAA. farm club. Arkansas combined three hits Memphis Staters Are V WICHITA - Memphis State University became affiliated with Hie Missouri Valley Conference Thursday, providing a new era for its athletic program. This action improves the image and prestige of the City of Memphis as well as Memphis Slate's level in national football. MVC membership strengthens the Tigers' position in competition for major bowl bids and boosts the university's chances for national television in the near futurt, To show the caliber of MVC grid teams, they have played in 10 different major bowls. And Tulsa, which is the Oct. 22 homecoming opponent of .the Tigers at Memphis • Memorial Stadium, has played in the Bluebonnet Bowl twice. Cincinnati, * * . another MVC team, is scheduled against Memphis Stale Nov. 19 in Memphis Memorial Stadium, and Wichita of the conference is slated to be on the Tiger schedule in tli* future, and an error for four runs in the second inning and for more hits, including two homers, for three in the third. John Hindi's first homer of the-season with a mate aboard and Moose Slubing's solo home run just behind it produced the three runs in the third inning. Hindi's second home run of with Floyd added the final two runs in the ninth. In other Texas League action, Amarillo padded its lead the game, again Wicker on base, with twin victories over last- place Austin and slumpting Albuquerque lost the llth of its last 15 games. The Sonics increased.to. three games their margin over Arkansas by beating Austin 4-2 and 1-0 in a pair of seven-inning games. Dallas-Fort Worth, 10 games out of first place, beat Albuquerque 7-4 for tt sweep of their •eriei, left-hander at 3-3 and base-stealing titles, now leads hit in 14 and that's two more safeties than he managed in 41 at bats last year. * * * Ed Brinkman and Dick Nen also homered for Washington, Brinkman's shot precedding McCormick's in the fifth. Luis Tiant, 3-2, was the victim of the long ball display. McCormick, who signed for J50.000 with the.then New York Giants 11. years' ago, won the National League's earned run average title in 1960 before arm trouble caught up with him. Elsewhere, in the American League, Minnesota nipped Chicago 4-3 in 10 innings with charges of beanballs exchanged by both sides, and Boston downed Baltimore 3-1. * * * Tony Oliva's 10th inning double drove home Minnesota's winning run as the Twins won their fifth straight. Jimmie Hall had tied the game for Minnesota with a ninth inning homer. • The beanball accusations grew put of a third inning ex- stole second, and this time he [change of hit batsmen. After scampered home'on Jim Gil- j Chicago's J.C. Martin had hom- liam's single. Koufax, meanwhile, the league with 16 thefts — and 12 have come in games in which Koufax has pitched. Wills also las scored 18 runs over-all, half in support of Koufax. * * * The game against the Giants was typical. The 33-year-old shortstop led off the first inning by beating out a grounder to second base for a single. He promptly stole second, moved to third on a ground out and scored as Willie Davis singled. In Ihe tnira inning, he again led off with an infield Lhis lime beating out bouncer to the mound. Again he single, a high 1 Giants reasoned Stanky, "I wouldn't do hat. I'm not that kind of man, 3ut my bench got upset." There were no- further incidents after the third inning exchange. * * * Boston's Jim Lonborg pitchet i 2-3 innings of strong relief as the Red Sox beat the Orioles for he second straight night. Lonborg pitched out of a >ases-Ioaded jam by getting Dave Johnson on a double play >all in the first. He pitched hit- ess ball until the sixth when Baltimore again loaded the rases on two hits and a walk bul .onborg g6t Johnson on a fly ball, ending the threat. Tony Conigliaro started a two- run Boston rally in the secom with a single and then homered "h the seventh. . headed for his shutout, walking only two, striking out 10 and allowing just two Giants to reach second base. He also- rC- duced his earned run average to 1.83 and recorded his sixth vic : lory three .days ahead of last season. He has lost only once. In other National League games, St. Louis blanked Philadelphia 2-0 and Chicago whipped Houston 7-1. Rain washed out Cincinnati at New York. The Dodgers completed their scoring with a run in the fourth inning on errors by Tito Fuentes and Cap Peterson plus Jeff Torborg's single and in the eighth on Wes Parker'.s homer. * * * St. Louis' A! Jackson limited Philadelphia to four hits until the ninth .when he was pulled after walking . leadoff batter John Callison on four pilches. He still extended his scoreless inning .string to 21, Charlie Smith supported Jackson with three hits, including a seventh- inning homer. Rookie Randy Hundley sparked the Cubs past Houston, driving in three runs with a douT. ered in the top of the third, Al •Weis was hit in the back by a Jim Perry pitch. Then Perry, leading off In the bottom of the third, was hit just above the elbow on his right pitching arm by John Buzhardt. 'Buzhardt ' definitely was throwing at Perry and I say he was under order to do it," said Minnesota Manager Sam Mele. Eddie Stanky, manager of the White Sox, answered: "I have never told a pitcher to throw at a hitter in my life before a ball game. But when my hitter gets hit on the uniform number, and he's hitting .120. "I'm not. accusing Perry of hitting Weis. you understand," ble and a home. His triple and stealing two-run triple and steal of home highlighted a five- run third inning which enabled Chicago lo stop a six-game losing streak. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Mike McCormick has turned from thrower to pitcher. And during the transition, he became a hitter as well. McCormick, the onetim« bonus baby who appeared to be washed up at 23, conunutd bit Red Wing Honored MONTREAL (AP) - Alex Delvecchio has won the National Hockey League's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship and playing skill for the second time in his 15-year career with the Detroit Red Wings. G 0 L F OPENING TONIGHT Weekend Special 25« per Ginu WALKER PARK MINIATURE GOLF Mot Tonight Because of heavy rilns the earlier part of the w«ek, management of Dogwood Raceway hag decided not to open its new track until next Friday. Stock car races were scheduled tonight on the quarter-mile dirt track. The spread is situated just off Interstate 55 at the Osceola cutoff. The regular Sunday night races at Blytheville Speedway are still on. ' . iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiininiiiiiiiiiiii Shea Sale Slow Co/cf, Rain Hurt Fight NEW YORK (AP) - When the New York Mets get rimed out Of a baseball game at Shea Stadium they schedule a doubleheader. . A double headache, though, is what inclement weather has been giving promoters of Saturday night's light-heavyweight title fight in the Mets' park between champion Jose Torres and Californiari Wayne Thornton. 'The cold and now the rain have held up the sale," admitted A! Bolan, a promoter. New York had its heaviest rain in seven years Thursday. This diminished to sporadic showers towards evening and the forecast for Friday and Saturday was for fair and seasonable weather: Bolan saw a silver lining, predicting a crowd of 20,000 and gate receipts totaling $200,000 for New York's first outdoor bout since Floyd Patterson stopped Ingemar Johannson in the Polo Grounds on June 20, 1960. ' Torres has been guaranteed $75,000 for the first defense of his 175-pound crown. Thornton will get $25,000 for the bout, which will be nationally televised except in New York. Torres finished his training by boxing four rounds against two sparring partners Thursday. He said "I feel 100 per cent. I expect a rough, tough fight from Thornton but that's the kind of a fight I. have trained for." The Puerto Rican titleholder, a 7-5 favorite, said he was free from the after-effects of the —Miniiturt It— Golf at Park Ready to Go Miniature golf is scheduled to open its gates in Walker Park tonight at 6 o'clock. ....... Charles Crews and Rex Haiiey, managers Af the 18-hole layout, have announced that some of the h61es—the ones that needed it—have been recivered.-. All holes are n6w in good shape, they said. It costs 35 cents play the 18; .•-. except tonight and throughout-' the weekend with the introductory cost being just 2S cent* per game. The course ii to stay open every night of the week through-,out the summer, starting at ( o'clock. Saturdays and Sundays the starting times are 1 p.rt. pancreas trouble that sidelined.. him for the last nine months. . -, "Torres could go 100 rounds a day in the -gym and it wouldn't- do him as much good as one hard fight — which he's going to get," Thornton said after winding up training Lake, N.Y.: at Kiamesha Johnson Black well A ROCKET FOR YOUR POCKET! There is a rocket to fit anybody's pocket at Sam Black Motor Company. Pick your Rocket and then pick yoif terms. OLDS CMC TRUCKS SAM BLACK Motor Company 317 E. Main Phone PO 2-2056 "I'd like a fifth of Early Times: "How about a Quart?" "How much is a Quart?" . "Oult *6.70" "Only$6.70?" "OnlY *6.7ir "Isn't that very low?" "Shhh. Just for YOU: It

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