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Tuesday, May 4, 1976
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JIM MURRA Y The Greatest Well. I see the Muhammad Ali traveling medicine show and snake oil team has been through town again. As usual, it leaves a whole lot of guys banging themselves on the side of the head to be sure they were seeing right. I swear, the champ should run his grift with a calliope and a barker proclaiming it The Greatest Show On Earth. Ali is about as predictable as a chorus girl. You never know whether you're going to get Hamlet or the Marx Bros. Whether it's going to be sitcom or one of those disaster movies. Ali is one of the world's foremost quick-change artists. You can never be sure whether it'll be Edwin UCLA's Terry Donahue NEW FACES OF There's No Turning Back; Above All, John Robinson That Suits Terry Donahue Is Teacher and Motivator BY MAL FLORENCE Times Star! Writer It could have been a plot for a Budd Schulberg novel. A young, clean-cut kid of Irish descent, in his first amateur fight at a suburban arena, meets a tattooed sailor, a veteran of 25 bouts. The kid's manager, a compassionate individual, worries that his boy is overmatched and that his parents won't approve of his fighting. "Listen." the manager tells his protege. "Just keep moving and stabbing with your left like I told you and throw your nght when you get the opportunity." The fight is on and the sailor jolts the kid with a left The kid blinks, steps back and says to himself, "So this is what it's all about." Then the kid goes after the sailor, swarming all over him with lefts and rights and wins the decision in three, action filled rounds. Does the kid go on to win the heavyweight championship? No. he retires undefeated after his first and only fight. saying. "I just wanted to have a fight to say I was a fighter." Sound fanciful? Well. Terry Donahue, the new UCLA football coach, was that young kid on an August night in 1964 at Valley Garden Arena. Frankie Van. more friend than manager, recalls the incident as if it were yesterday. "He had ability and a good punch." says Van. a former ring official and fighter. "He would have done all right" Donahue is doing all right in another profession. At 31, he's one of the country's youngest head football coaches, responsible for perpetuating a football program that last year won a co-Pacific 8 championship and upset top-ranked Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, 23-10. Donahue is a pleasant, seemingly relaxed person. He speaks in a conversational manner, his voice pitched slightly high. He doesn't appear to be a 6-footer because of his stocky build. He weighs 185 pounds, 10 or 15 less than 10 years ago when he was a tenacious line-Please Turn to Page 6. Col. 1 KINDNESS PAYS OFF Hawley: A BY DAN BERGEB The Associated Press The nation's leading jockey says you win more races with kindness than with the whip. Sandy Hawley. the Canadian who has been among the national leaders for the last five years, says he's unlike most jockeys, who feel that roughness and a stem whipping make horses win. "I try to get a horse to settle down as much as I can." he said the other day. "I feel if I can get a horse to settle down and relax he'll run a better race. I treat them kind and I think it does work more often that roughness. "Some riders do like to shake their horses up before putting them in the starting gate to make them more alert and break sharper. But on the Booth or a booth fighter, whether he's going to show up in baggy pants and a nose that lights up, or whether he's out to kill. It's "The Perils of Pauline" every time he straps on the gloves. Jimmy Young is a heavyweight of considerable indistinction. He ranks in ferocity somewhere between Ali's shadow and the heavy bag. He makes his fight like a guy trying to creep down a fire escape. Muhammad Ali almost made him the 26th heavyweight champion of the world. Mack Sennett should choreograph Ali's fights. Were the Keystone Kops any funnier? Laurel and Hardy? The trouble with Ali is, he'd BY D WIGHT CHAPIN Timet Stiff Writer John Robinson, the new USC football coach, is like the White Tornado. Wherever you look on the practice field, there he is, explaining, exhorting, cajoling, teaching. He's at midfield now. his staccato voice rising above the crowd. "Look at the defense. look at This year Los Angeles' two major universities both have new head football coaches, bright young men who reached the top after years as assistants. Here are side-by-side looks at UCLA's Terry Donahue and USCs John Robinson, who seem likely to be battling each other for some time to come. trying to do in the spring is to keep everybody moving and learning," he says. "Many of these kids are not used to trying hard and winning." Fullback Mosi Tatupu goes out for a pass. "Looks like a Coke machine, doesnt he?" Robinson says. "But he can catch. That's it. Mos . . ." In five minutes time. Robinson moves from the running backs to the defensive backs to the offensive and defensive lines and the linebackers. Mostly he just watches but he misses nothing and when an offensive tackle blows a block. Robinson is there and livid. "Hold it, hold it," he screams. "Block his ass. You went right over there and fell on the damn ground. Block him! Win the damn battles, win 'em!" Robinson uses foot power to move around the field, not a golf cart like his predecessor. John McKay. And he stays away from the coach's tower McKay once used. Every practice is being filmed, so Robinson has no need to look down on his domain. "McKay," he says, "generally felt he had a Please Turn to Page 4. Col. 1 Rider With a Gentle Touch other hand, I feel if I have a horse relaxed he won't think about me hurting him and he'll concentrate on running." Hawley, who already has ridden 159 winners in 1976, is far and away the leading jockey over such former national champions as Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr. He rode 129 winners at Santa Anita and has 37 at Hollywood Park. Hawley says he tries to communicate with his horses. "I talk to them and pat them on the neck in the post parade. If he's paying attention to me, then I feel he has confidence in me and Til have more confidence in him." But the 110-pound, 5-2 rider isn't shy about using the whip when it's Show on rather be Grimaldi than grim. He'd rather make people laugh than bleed. He really should hit people with rubber bladders. I wouldn't be surprised if he pulled out a seltzer bottle and began squirting opponents in the best traditions of Minsky's some night. Or he might lace on a couple of custard pies instead of mitts. I can't understand why people take him so seriously. Maybe he should have a laugh track so they could get the idea. Poor Howard Cosell gets shrill with indignation by the fifth round. Dick Young gets hot under the collar. He laughs at all the wrong places. Doesn't anybody 1976 the defense now," he yells at a quarterback. "They're gonna be changing them on us this year. If we change to counteract the defense, dont be afraid to say it about 25 times. You're gonna get in some places where's it's awfully noisy, not like the Coliseum." He barks signals to show the quarterback what he means. "Make sure you're communicating." he says. Then he glances at his watch. "Four o'clock," he says. "Four o'clock. Time to move." He turns, and sprints heavily upfield, and an interviewer captures him for a few seconds. "The biggest thing we're necessary. It's just that he'd rather not resort to that tactic. "You have to try to outsmart a horse," he said. "If a horse wanted to he could run off with anybody Charles Atlas, if he wanted to. But riders who fight their horses all the way around the track have no chance of holding them. You've got to communicate with them, let them know who's boss." Hawley says it's important for a rider to get to know the horse he's riding, and often when he mounts up before a race he has never seen the horse before. 'You have to get to know a little about each horse, so in the post parade I gallop them a little, to see if they have any bad habits, or if they drift one way or the other. Picasc Turn to Page (i. Col. I USC's John Robinson I Earth: have a sense of humor anymore? What does Ali have to do? Stop in the middle of a round and explain, "These are the jokes, son?" In the first place, Jimmy Young vs. Muhammad Ali is a one-liner already. Getting indignant about it is like getting indignant when all those midgets come pouring out of a clown's car in the circus and want the driver cited. I guess he'll have to learn to flutter his eyebrows like Groucho or stop and ask the sourpusses at ringside, "Am I going too fast for you?" I would guess Ali's idol would not be Jack Dempsey or Jack Johnson but Jack Benny, BUSINESS & FINANCE CC PART III t TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1976 Alston Decides He Can Break Up Winning Combo BY ROSS NEW HAN Tims SUA Writer CHICAGO Manager Walter Alston said Monday that second baseman Davey Lopes, shortstop Bill Russell and left fielder Bill Buckner will all return to the lineup today when the Dodgers seek their 10th straight victory in the opener of a three-game series here with the Cubs. Burt Hooton (1-2) faces Rick Reus-chel (1-1) in the first game of a 12-game trip that also takes the Dodgers to Philadelphia. St. Louis and Pittsburgh. A win today would give the Dodgers their longest streak since 1965. when they matched the club's LJl. record of 13 in a row. set in 1962. Today's start will be the first for Lopes, who has been on the disabled list with a pulled muscle below his rib cage. Alston said the decision to remove Ted Sizemore, who has batted .364 (12-for-33) during the winning streak, was a difficult one. "We all appreciate the job Ted has done," Alston said, "and I expect that he would continue to play at that level. But somewhere along the line we have to get Davey started. And frankly, he covers more ground and can steal more bases than Sizemore. He gives us an offensive weapon at the top of the lineup that we've been missing. "Sizemore is capable of playing several positions and he's going to see a lot of action before the season is over." Sizemore has said he is too good a player to sit on the bench and if he is not going to play he cannot understand why the Dodgers wanted him back. He plans to have a talk with Alston before today's game at Wrig-ley Field. All three games of the series are threatened by the cold front that has gripped the Midwest and Alston said he may go back to Sizemore if he feels the field conditions would endanger Lopes' continued recovery. Lopes, who stole 77 bases in 1975, last played during the club's final week in Florida. He couldn't take batting practice until a few days ago. His injury was similar to the one that plagued Mike Marshall all of the 1975 season. Buckner has been out of the starting lineup since Wednesday with a Please Turn to Page 4. Col. 3 RAMSAY IS OUT BUT BRAVES SAY HE WASN'T FIRED BUFFALO Wl Jack Ramsay, coach of the Buffalo Braves of the National Basketball Assn. for the past four seasons, will not be rehired for the 1976-77 campaign. Braves owner Paul L. Snyder announced Monday. "He's not fired, he's just not rehired," said Mike Shaw, the club's publicity officer. Ramsay, who worked this season under a one-year contract, led the Braves into the NBA playoffs for the third consecutive year. The team was eliminated in the quarter-finals Sunday by the Boston Celtics. Please Turn lo Page 3. Col. 3 ports Muhammad Ali Don Rickles. He's like Sid Caesar pretending he's speaking German. Ali is pretending he's fighting, but he's milking it for laughs. It's a comedy dance act. You take him seriously, he'll drive you crazy. He can be the Killer of Kinshasa against a George Foreman, but against the Lion of Flanders he's Henny Youngman. I remember one time Ali came to town and took the podium to denounce a reporter in ringing prose for writing something unfriendly. I took the bait, and, in a few minutes, I was in his room sputtering with outraged innocence, offering to contribute to Stanford's Finest, Ernie Nevers, Dies Fullback Made Pro and College Halls of Fame From Times Wire Services SAN RAFAEL Football great Ernie Nevers, who set records that still stand at Stanford University and in professional football, died Monday of a kidney disorder. He was 73. Nevers died at Marin General Hospital, where he was admitted several days ago from his home in Tiburon. Rated by some as the greatest fullback of all time, the 6-foot, 205-pound Nevers starred at Stanford in the 1920s and later with the professional Duluth Eskimos and Chicago Cardinals. Nevers played for Stanford in 1923-25 and led the team to a 22-5-1 record in three varsity seasons. His coach, the legendary Pop Warner, called him the greatest football player of all time, and he set two Stanford punting records that still stand. Nevers was a consensus Ail-American in 1925 and was among the first to be admitted to the College Football Hall of Fame and its National Football League counterpart. In 1969, he was selected to college football's all-time All-American team by the Football Writers of America and the NCAA. As a pro with the Chicago Cardinals, Nevers set a record for most points scored in a single game. In a 1929 contest against the Chicago Bears, he tallied 40 points on six touchdowns and four extra points. Perhaps his most famous game as a collegian was the 1925 Rose Bowl, where Stanford met Notre Dame and its famed Four Horsemen. Playing on two taped ankles that had been broken during the season, Nevers set a Rose Bowl record by carrying 34 times for 114 yards. Notre Dame still won. 27-10. An all-around athlete. Nevers also played baseball and basketball in college and pitched in professional baseball for the St. Louis Browns. His major league record was 6-12 in 1926-28. In 1927 he gave up two AS A COLLEGIAN-Ernie Nevers, shown during 1925 season when God-knows-what charity if I was wrong. Ali lay on the bed with round-eyed innocence, then quietly pulled the offending column out from under the covers. It was one written not the week before, as he had indicated, but years before. No matter. He rolled all over the floor, roaring with laughter. He had set the scene up with a room full of his followers, some hiding behind the curtains. He got more kick out of that little game than he did beating Ken Norton the next night. He's more mischievous than malicious. But he's one of the world's great showmen. Who Please Turn lo Page 2. Col. 2 Ernie Nevers home runs to Babe Ruth in his 60-home run season. Nevers was born in Willow River. Minn., and attended high school in Superior, Wis., before moving to Santa Rosa for his senior year. After retiring from both sports. Nevers was head football coach at Lafayette in 1936 and a year later joined the grid staff at Iowa. During World War H he served as a captain in the Marine Corps. Afterward he worked for a distillery and was prominent officiating at football games and analyzing the San Francisco 49ers' contests on television. In 1967 he joined the front office of the then-Oakland Clippers professional soccer club. Warner, who coached both Nevers and Jim Thorpe, claimed that Nevers was the greater. "Nevers could do everything Thorpe could do." Warner would say. "And Ernie always tried harder. Ernie gave 60 minutes of himself in every game." Although pro football salaries were meager in 1926. Nevers received a guarantee of $25,000 that year to play with a group of college all-stars against Red Grange and the Chicago Bears. Nevers leaves his wife. Margery, and a daughter. Tina Gallison. and son, Anselmo. Funeral services will be private. who died Monday at age 73, is he was All-American at Stanford. i

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