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Scrappy Suns Fall to Lakers, 122-108 Superior Forces Too Much for Goodrich and Co. ports BY DAN HAFNEK Tlmei SUB Writer There is no joy in losing. But some athletes, who spend their lives with teams that seldom win, become resigned to their fate. This will never happen to Gail Goodrich. The former Laker has been a winner all his life. He will never be able to accept defeat. Goodrich fought his heart out for 48 minutes Tuesday night against his former pals, but he and the Phoenix Suns were finally overwhelmed by superiority of numbers as the Lakers scored a 122-108 victory. It was the 12th loss in a row for the expansion team, which battled all the way, but finally succumbed to the Lakers' big men, Wilt Chamberlain and Mel Counts. Chamberlain scored a Laker high of 33 points and Counts came on the court in the last five minutes to break open the game with a string of eight quick points. Not Used to Losing Goodrich walked off the court with his chin down to his chest, although he had scored 23 points and helped his team stay in the game until the last two minutes. "I've never been on a loser," said Goodrich, who was a mainstay on two UCLA national championship teams after being a prep star at Poly. "Most of the teams I played on didn't lose 12 games all season, so this is really hard to take." One of the teams Goodrich played for at UCLA had a 30-0 record. Despite the regular diet of defeats, Goodrich is certain he is finally on the right road. "A player has only a few years to make it," said Goodrich. "I knew that I would never be the top man for the Lakers and I also knew that I go somewhere else to get to play enough. "The people in Phoenix have been wonderful. Financially, I'm better off than I ever was, but more Please Turn to Page 4, Col. 1 BUSINESS & FINANCE CC PART III 3f WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1968 Three More Rams Hit by Flu Bug; Practice Canceled BY MAL FLORENCE Timti Staff Wrlttr The Hong Kong flu visited the Rams' Long Beach camp again Tuesday and claimed three more victims, influencing George Allen to call off the scheduled practice. Flanker-punter Pat Studstill, middle linebacker Myron Pottios and halfback Willie Ellison reported sick, bringing the number to 14 who have contracted the bug. "I didn't cancel practice strictly because of the flu," said Allen. "It was a combination of things. I felt that it would be better to give the players a rest and have a good meeting rather than practice." At this stage in the long NFL season Allen is more prone to scrub a regularly scheduled practice session than earlier in the year. He did the same thing last Tuesday. Presumably, the reasoning is that the players arc tired, battered and need a mental lift after five months of training camp routine. "I just hope everyone is raring tn go Sunday when we play the Bears," continued Allen. "I don't want this thing to go through the entire team. David (Jones) was weak today and I had to send him home. I think Please Turn to Page 5, Col. I WHERE'S THE HANDLE? Wilt Chamberlain reaches between his legs Guarding Wilt is George Wilson (21) while Suns' Dick Snyder (16) tries to to retrieve ball during game with Phoenix Suns Tuesday night at Forum. keep up with Jerry West, who returned to lineup after bout with flu. Times photos by I,ari y Sliarkry Phillies Get Deron Johnson; Versalles to Tribe the case in Johnson's acquisition. "I'm looking forward to him coming back and being the type of player he was," Skinner said. "He could be a big plus in our situation. A player of Johnson's caliber could help Allen if he could hit behind him in the lineup." Johnson played in 127 games at first and third base for the Braves this past season, but hit only .208 with eight homers and .33 RBI. He had his best year with Cincinnati in 19G5 when he hit .287 with 32 homers and a league-leading 130 RBI. Johnson, who can also play the outfield, likely will wind up at third Please Turn to Page 2, Col. 3 was a general misunderstanding about Allen's availability. "I'm not looking to trade him or anyone on our roster unless we get a bona fide offer," said Skinner. "This has been a real misunderstanding. I in no way want to trade him unless we can help ourselves." (Al Campanis, Dodgers' director of player personnel, made a pitch Tuesday for Allen. He gave Philadelphia a list of players the Dodgers would consider trading, from which the Phillies were asked to pick of combination of players they would take in exchange for Allen.) Skinner said he thought that was deliver another player to the NL expansion club to complete the transaction. Johnson, who was the National League runs-batted-in king for Cincinnati in 1963, was sold to the Phillies by Atlanta for an undisclosed amount of cash in the first of the two trades completed at these meetings. Acquisition of Johnson also revived speculation about the most-discussed player at the meetings, hard-hitting Philadelphia outfielder Richie Allen, who reportedly has fallen into disfavor with the Phillies. However, Bob Skinner, the Phillies' manager, contended that there SAN FRANCISCO UP) Trading activity broke out at the major league meetings Tuesday as Cleveland acquired shortstop Zoilo Versalles and Philadelphia obtained third baseman Deron Johnson, two players who were on top of the baseball world just three years ago. Versalles, who won the Most Valuable Player award in the American League for leading Minnesota to the penannt in. 196-i, was acquired by the Indians in delayed payment from the new San Diego club as part of a deal in which Cleveland sent first baseman Bill Davin to the Padres. The Indians also will have to COUNTER DEFENSE McKay's Rose Simpson as a BY BOB OATES Timu Staff Writtr The Ohio State game will now fix USC's place in 1968 football, and it will have something to do with 0. J. Simpson's place in football history. Much will be gone from the majesty of the Trojans' nine-week winning streak if last Saturday's 21-21 tie with Notre Dame is to be followed by a defeat in the Rose Bowl. The Jan. 1 question is whether Ohio State can defense Simpson with the success of Notre Dame. The two circumstances making it possible for Notre Dame to do this still exist. They are (1) USC's I-formation, which eliminates the quick opener as an offensive play, and (2) Simpson's present style his way of ambling up to the line for a look around before bolting somewhere. This is the background against which the Irish built a defense that held 0. J. to 55 yards. Their game plan, as end Charles Richard Sue Hopes to Keep Moving on Comeback Trail BY DWIGHT CHAPIN Timu Staff Wrlttr He carries one tiger on the back of his dressing robe and another in a ferocious left hand. And now he thinks there is a third tiger, in his mind, and if there is, Richard Sue may be only a couple of strides away from the featherweight or lightweight championships of the world. He was always a fighter of immense promise, from the amateur days in Portland, from the pro days in which he picked and slashed his way through 19 straight opponents without a loss. But then something happened. The glitter turned to rust. It was Feb. 24, 196G, in Los Angeles and Richie Sue was fighting Bobby Valdez. They stopped it in the fifth. Sue had butted, it was ruled, and that made him a loser, for the first time. The fights came hard after that. Sue was hesitant to leave his home and friends in Portland, but matches just didn't turn up there so he took his show on the road Mexico City, Guadalajara, London, Tampico, Honolulu. "It's impossible for an American fighter to win out of the United States," said Sue's manager, Jack Bracke, his arms waving and cutting the air in frustration as he talks. "That is, unless you knock your opponent out." Sue has had 35 fights. He has lost five of them and drawn two. Four of the losses and one of the draws came in foreign rings. "Take that time in Tampico against Aurelio Muniz," said Bracke, his voice continuing to rise. "Richie had five rounds taken away for butting and punching low. Lousiest thing I ever seen. I asked one official afterward why they did that to him and he just said, T can't do anything about it Jack, I gotta live here.".' Sue's confidence, his desire, were drained by the defeats. He is a small, quiet youngster whose voice is so frail that sometimes it is inaudible. His dad'was Harry Soo, a Chinese who was a pretty good bantamweight himself once. Richie, because of his father, is half-Chinese. The rest of him is a conglomerate Blackfoot Indian, Scotch, Irish. Please Turu to Pago 8, Col. T Bowl Plan: Flanker? Lauck said afterward, was "not to penetrate. It was hit and slide with O.J." Penetrate is the working word. The Irish, instead of advancing, stood and looked O.J. over while he was standing there looking them over. O.J.'s style and USC's strategy are both tiseful against an aggressive defense. But this was a waiting defense, and by the time O.J. actually headed into it, on any given play, he was surrounded. So you give Ara Parseghian, the Notre Dame coach, some credit for thinking it up. And you wonder how John McKay, the USC coach, can counter it if Ohio State attempts a similar plan New Year's Day. Without overhauling the season's game plan, the simplest way for a team such as USC to adjust to a waiting defense is to throw more passes to Simpson. Please Turn to Page 8, Col. i pate in Saturday's game against Brigham Young University, which they said discriminated against Negroes. A brief statement drawn up by the basketball players said they were not participating in the Fresno State game "out of sympathy with our black brothers, who were unjustly deprived of their grants-in-aid because of a 'moral' protest" against BYU. "Also, we do this with the belief that justice denied any black man is justice denied all black men. Until such time as the administration and the athletic department refunds the grants-in-aid originally held by the black athletes, all scholarships held by all black athletes will be considered revoked," the statement said. Prior to the start of the basketball game, which Fresno State won, 72-69, and during the playing of the national anthem, the majority of the black studonts in the stands raised clenched fists and bowed their heads in the black power salute. Four Black Basketball Players Quit Squad at San Jose State SAN JOSE (UPD The San Jose State College basketball team may be in for a long season. For that matter, the school's entire athletic program may be in jeopardy following the latest incident involving black athletes. Four Negro players on Don Glines' squad refused to suit up for Monday's Fresno State College game and turned in their scholarships as part of a black athlete protest movement on campus. The four Darnell Hillman, C. J. Howard, Ron Tribble and Bernie Veasey met with other members of the Black Athletes Federation earlier in the day and as a group voted not to participate in the SJS athletics in protest of the revocation of grants-in-aid to seven black football players. The footballers had their grants taken away for refusing to partici- Colunmisl Jim Murray is on ' im in ' , thi uuZ- 3tfajna-

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