The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 20, 1981 · Page 11
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 11

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, November 20, 1981
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Sooners, Huskers meef In Norman Friday, November 20,1981 — The Salina Journal Page 11 KU, Missouri after bowl bid By RICK GOSSELIN UPI Sports Writer Missouri knew it would have its hands full this season with Mississippi State, Nebraska and Oklahoma on its schedule. But the Tigers never figured that the ultimate success of their season would depend on their ability to defeat their annual whipping boy Kansas. The Tigers upset then ninth-rated and unbeaten Mississippi State 14-3 In October, lost to No, 7 Nebraska 6-0 on a touchdown in the final 30 seconds a month ago and then shocked No. 11 Oklahoma 19-14 last week. But upset losses at the hands of Iowa State and Oklahoma State have left Missouri with a 7-3 record and with its string of three consecutive post-season bowl bids on the line heading into its season finale Saturday against arch- rival Kansas. Different Hawks But this isn't the same Kansas team that Warren Powers-coached Missouri teams have drilled in the last three years, outscoring the Jayhawks 134-13 en route to three straight victories. This Kansas team is also 7-3 and looking for its first bowl bid since 1975. "Any time you win a game like Missouri did last week," said Kansas coach Don Fambrough, "it gives you BIG EIGHT STANDINGS Conf«r«nc« Nebrosko Oklohoma Oklohomo Stole Kansas Missouri Iowa State Colorado Kansas State W 6 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 W 8 5 6 7 7 5 2 2 All Gam«l Saturday's Gomel Nebraska at Oklohomo. Missouri at Kansas. Kansas Slate at Colorado. Oklohoma State at Iowa State. confidence. Oklahoma has great tradition; they're one of the outstanding football teams in the country. I'm sure Missouri feels right now they can play with anyone in the country. "This is one of the games you can't predict the outcome. Both teams have good seasons, a first division finish and bowl games on the line. That gives it some added attractions. This isn't a week where you have to give a lot of speeches (to the players)." Any hope for a winning season by the Jayhawks appeared to be gone when All-Big Eight tailback Kerwin Bell suffered a knee injury in the third game and was lost for the season. Kansas went more heavily with the pass at that point and quarterback Frank Seurer has been brilliant of late, completing 47-of-76 passes for 672 yards and three touchdowns during the last month to deliver the Jayhawks three wins in four games. The 20th-rated Tigers have also been resurrected by a quarterback, sophomore Brad Perry, who has rushed for three touchdowns and completed 17-of- 37 passes for 271 yards and another score in his two starts to end a three- game Missouri losing streak and begin a two-game winning streak. Both Mtoouri and Kansas are still being courted by the Hall of Fame and Tangerine Bowls. "There'll definitely be a bowl game at stake," said Powers. "I'm sure a lot depends on us beating Kansas." Missouri cleared its last hurdle to the Tangerine Bowl Thursday when the school's bowl committee recommended an invitation be accepted if offered. There had been speculation the committee would reject a bid because the game conflicts with final exams. In other games, No. 5 Nebraska is at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State visits Iowa State and Kansas State travels to Colorado. Even a loss at Oklahoma can't deprive Nebraska of the Big Eight championship. The Cornhuskers clinched the title last weekend with a 31-7 victory over Iowa State while the Sooners were being upset by Missouri. That gave Nebraska a 6-0 league record and an insurmountable IMs game lead over second place Oklahoma (3-11), assuring the Cornhuskers a berth in the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day. "We're real glad we're Big Eight champions," said Nebraska coach Tom Osborne. "But the players and coaches won't feel we've accomplished all we wanted to accomplish if we don't beat Oklahoma. The importance of the Oklahoma game has not been diminished." Oklahoma State, at 6-3, also needs a victory to remain alive for its first postseason bowl bid since 1976. But the Cowboys are going to have to stop Iowa State tailback Dwayne Crutchfield, who leads the conference in rushing with 1,163 yards even though he has failed to top 100 yards in each of his last three games. "Dwayne Crutchfield is bigger than anybody on our defensive team and that concerns me," said Oklahoma State Coach Jimmy Johnson of the 245- pound tailback. "Especially because he has linemen in front of him that are bigger than he is." Colorado and Kansas State are both 2-8 overall and 1-5 in the conference. The two schools shared last place last season and, barring a tie, one of them will escape the cellar in 1981. "The team that loses will finish in last place," said Kansas State coach Jim Dickey. "We're going to prepare for it and hopefully play the game like it was for the national championship. It's a very important game for us." Sports The Salina Journal Magic gets way Westhead fired Herzog kicks off trading season F, ST. LOUIS (UPI) - Whitey Herzog says the three-team trade that brought outfielder Lonnie Smith to the St. Louis Cardinals is Just the first salvo in another flurry of deals. "There's a lot more to come," said Herzog, the St. Louis manager-general manager who caused a stir with a frenzy of trades at last winter's baseball meetings. In Thursday's complex deal, Cleveland acquired Smith and a player to be named later from Philadelphia in exchange for catcher Bo Diaz. The Indians then sent Smith to St. Louis for starting pitchers Lary Sorenson and Silvio Martinez. Smith, who will be 26 next month, had two outstanding seasons with the Phillies, batting .339 in 100 games in 1980 and .324 in 62 games last season, when he tied Houston's Art Howe for Larry Sorensen Bo Diaz Lonnie Smith the longest hitting streak in the league at 23 games. The right-handed hitter also stole 39 bases in 1980 and 21 last year. Smith had been tabbed for a starting outfield Job next season for Philadel- phia because of a sub-par season for Garry Maddox. Smith was the Phillies' No. 1 draft pick in 1974. "Smith gives us another speedster in our lineup," said Cardinal Manager Whitey Herzog. "We plan to play him Ainge may talk with Celts TORONTO (UPI) - The Toronto Blue Jays have given third baseman Danny Ainge permission to negotiate a basketball contract with the Boston Celtics, but the American League club hasn't exactly strewn his path with roses. Cliff Lax, the Blue Jays' lawyer, revealed Thursday the permission had been granted, but added it only extends to the end of the month. The club believes Ainge will have so much trouble reaching agreement with the Celtics he might consider giving baseball another chance. Further complicating the issue is the Blue Jays' demand for $1 million in compensation and an insistence that any negotiations must be concluded by the end of November. "Danny Ainge has attempted to convince the Blue Jays that he will not come back to play baseball and that he Mid-America edges Coyotes OLATHE — Mid-America Nazarene won its basketball opener here Thursday night with a 47-45 victory over the Kansas Wesleyan women. Mid-America was up by three points in the final minute, but KW's Joedy Zimmerman closed the margin to 46-45 on a basket with 20 seconds left. The Coyotes couldn't get the ball back, however, as Mid-America added a free throw with no time left on the clock for the final two-point advantage. "It was a good game," KW coach Sheldon Woolery said. "The girls are improsing with each game and they're starting to look forward to each game. Hopefully we'll get a winning streak going by Christmas." Zimmerman, a freshman from Salina, led Wesleyan with 21 points as the Coyotes dropped to 0-3 for the season. Priscilla Roberts had 18 for the Lady Pioneers. KANSAS WESLEY AN (45) Gardsnhlre 0 1-2 I, Olio 1 2-2 4. Zimmerman 9 3-4 21, B«d«k 0 0-0 0. Hoyl« 1 0-2 2, Kranj 0 0-1 0, Watklni 3 0-0 6, Spencer 2 3-4 7, Galmbqch.r I 2-24. Totals- 17 11-1745. MID-AMERICA NAZARENE (47) Roberts 6 6-8 18, Clark 3 0-0 6, Loomls 0 2-6 2, Schmidt 0 0-0 0, Stovvr 2 0-0 4, Brokwck 3 0-2 6. Wrlshtimon 35-5 II, Burpo 0 0-0 0. Totali — 17 13-21 47. HALFTIME - Mid-America 22, Kansas Wesleyan 21. TOTAL FOULS — Kantas WesUyan 23, Mid-America 20. FOULED OUT — Otto. Hoyle (KW). intends to pursue a career in basketball," said Lax. "But, so far, he hasn't been able to do that either. Perhaps after negotiating with Boston, he will feel inclined to return to baseball." An All-America selection at Brigham Young University, Ainge signed a raul- ti- year contract with the Blue Jays in 1910 in which he agreed not to play basketball In return for a $300,000 bonus. After a dismal start this season, the third baseman asked to be release from his contract so he could play bas- keball. Celtics general manager Red Auerbach, Coach Bill Fitch and owner Harry Mangurian met Wednesday at Boston Garden to discuss signing strategy and the costs of such a deal, published reports said. Ainge's attorney, Robert Quinney, said "at this stage, I think Danny feels he may be a pawn in a game of egos." But Ainge's brother David, in an interview on a Boston radio station Wednesday night, said it may be too late for the Celtics. David Ainge said his brother doesn't believe Boston wants to pay the $1 million release price and that Danny is willing to wait for the next National Basketball Association draft. Quinney also said "we're going to be asking for more money than was negotiated two months ago." At that time the Celtics reportedly agreed to a five- year deal of $220,000 for the first three years and then $300,000 and $400,000. Boston, the defending NBA champ, is off to a 9-2 start but its starting guards, Chris Ford and Nate Archibald, are in their early 30's. in centerfield, move George Hendrick back to right and then will have Dane lorg, Tito Landrum and Gene Roof for leftfield." Sixto Lezcano had been the Cardinals' leftfielder for much of last season but has demanded to be traded. Herzog said he will try to meet that demand. Lezcano a disappointment Lezcano, a disappointment last season, has three years remaining on his contract at $400,000 a year. Herzog has said he doesn't believe another club will meet those terms. Sorenson, 26, won his first four starts last season but finished with a 7-7 mark and a 3.28 ERA. Martinez, also 26, had a record of 2-5 and did not win a game during the second half of the season. Lezcano and Sorenson were acquired last year in a seven-player deal with Milwaukee. The Brewers ended up with catcher Ted Simmons, pitcher Pete Vuckovich and reliever Rollie Fingers in a trade not considered one of Herzog's best. Diaz, who played for the American League in the 1981 All-Star game, batted .313 with seven home runs and 38 RBI in 63 games last season. INGLEWOOD, Calif. (UPI) - In the wake of an ultimatum by star guard Magic Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday fired Coach Paul Westhead. Assistant Coach Pat Riley was named to replace Westhead with former NBA great Jerry West named offensive coordinator. Although Riley officially will be the team's head coach, West will serve a vital role in designing the Lakers' offense, according to team owner Jerry Buss. "I have appointed Jerry West as offensive coach for the Lakers," Buss said at a hastily called news conference. "I did not specifically make someone head coach and someone else the assistant coach. "I feel Pat Riley is very capable of coaching the Laker team but I feel that we need a new offensive coach. I asked Jerry if he would take that job and because of his relationship with Pat, I feel that the two of them can coach the team together with Jerry in charge of the offense in particular." Johnson, in the first year of an unprecedented $25-million, 25-year guaranteed contract, shocked team official* Wednesday night by saying he wanted to be traded. Johnson claimed the game was "no longer any fun" and blamed a new offense installed by Westhead. The Lakers have a 7-4 record. Buss, who also owns the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, learned of Johnson's statements while attending the Kings' game against Detroit Wednesday night. "I've got smoke coming out of the engine room," he said then. "And it's time to get down there and investigate what's happening." Buss made hia decision to fire Westhead Thursday morning but at the news conference he said Johnson's outburst Wednesday night had "nothing to do with the decision." "That was very unfortunate," Buss said. "It really has nothing to with that (Johnson's ultimatum). The outburst last night ... the timing was very unfortunate. The meetings that have been concluded this afternoon were started prior to any statements that Magic Magic Johnson Paul Westhead Johnson made. This is something I feel is very necessary, based simply on the appearance of the team. "There is not a newspaper or television or radio station who hasn't commented on precisely the same thing. Therefore, my reaction is I am doing what I believe every single person realized I had to do. No excitement "After having experienced the excitement of the Lakers and the particular brand of basketball I have grown accustomed to, I have been very disappointed this year in not seeing that exciting team once again. This decision started materializing after the first game or two and reached this proportion somewhere in the last few days. I feel that I am committed to providing the fans of Los Angeles with an exciting, winning type of basketball." Westhead's appointment as head coach two years ago was clouded in controversy. He had been the team's assistant coach under Jack McKinney, but when McKinney was seriously injured in a bicycle accident midway through the 1979-80 season, Westhead took over and led the team to the NBA championship. When McKinney recovered, Buss chose to keep Westhead and let go of McKinney. William Jewell faces No. 1 team KANSAS CITY - Unbeaten William Jewell will make its second consecutive appearance in the NAIA Division II playoffs Saturday. The Heart of America League champions, 10-0, will entertain No. 1-ranked Pacific Lutheran University of Tacoma, Wash., in the opening round of the eight-team playoffs. K-State students approve increase WARNING! 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"Our goal is construction of the arena within the decade, hopefully 1987," Dodds said. He said the KSU alumni would contribute $6 million toward the construction of the $20 million arena. The K- State athletic department would finance $2 million of the the construction and the state legislature would be requested to finance the balance of the construction costs. The new arena will be built near KSU's football stadium, Dodds said. RECLINERS '95 Reduced By 18-46% HALL TREES Bentwood ROCKERS PIZZA HUT® Any Size WATERBED Padded side rails FREE with any waterbed. from 748 Duvall 30 Day Layaway $ 177 I furniture We Like Being Your Furniture Store Saturday 9-6, Sunday 12-5, Won. thru Fri. 9-9 >@ (913) 825-2582 90 Days Same A» Ca»h

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