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SPORTS Sunday, September 28, 1980 Qob Angeles Stones CCttPart III Dodgers Win, 64, to Stay Within 2 of the Astros By MIKE LITTWIN Tlnwt Staff writer SAN DIEGO The daily Dodger breakdown came this time from the bullpen, but the Dodgers, who had lost six of eight, broke with recent history by holding on to beat San Diego, 6-4, Saturday night and re-' main two games behind Houston in the National League West with seven to play. The Padres sent nine batters to the plate in the eighth, scoring three runs against Don Sutton's successors, Steve Howe and Don Stanhouse, before 19-year-old Fernando Valenzuela bailed them out of a bases-loaded jam to save what was for the Dodgers a must game. The Dodgers revamped their lineup, placing Rick Monday, still hobbled by a hamstring in center, and Joe Ferguson, who merely hadn't been playing, behind the plate. But that wasn't the difference, Steve Garvey, who is long out of his slump, was one. Bigger yet was Jay Johnstone, who in the sixth inning got his sixth straight hit over two games and his 17th in the last 29 tries. If the Dodgers are feeling pennant race pressure, Johnstone, renowned flake, seems oblivious. He's hotter than the Persian Gulf. "He's too crazy," said Dodger starter Don Sutton, who pitched seven innings of five-hit ball before giving way to Steve Howe. "The only things that would affect him are lockjaw or solitary confinement." Garvey also had three hits, and two RBIs. But the Dodgers, as usual, were getting plenty of hits and far fewer runs. Monday got one of each. "I told Tommy (Lasorda) to put me in the lineup," Monday said. "I'll give it a try." He lasted seven innings before yielding to a defensive replacement. Sutton was pitching in what may be his next-to-last game as a Dodger. There have been no meetings for the last three weeks between the Dodgers and Sutton's representative, Larue Harcourt. While the Dodgers aren't saying, it's only reasonable to assume the Dodgers are no longer interested in signing Sutton, who would, if unsigned, become a free agent at the end of this season. I really don't know where it stands," Sutton said. He also said he wasn't going to worry about it, just as he wasn't going to worry about the pennant race. "If we're 10 games out or 20 games out or even, I'm going out there with the same idea in mind to win," said Sutton, the winningest pitcher in Dodger history. "The standings shouldn't affect a pitcher, or any player." Whether it's the race or injuries or whatever, the Dodgers haven't been the same team lately. They began Saturday night as if they were ready to break out, and thus end the nonaggression pact they had seemed to enter into with the rest of the league. Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 1 UCLA Uses a New Tailback; USC Doesn't; Both Win JIM MURRAY A St IsS ar corne Of all the great sluggers of baseball history only a handful had more home runs at the end of their sophomore year than Bob Horner. For example, Joe DiMaggio (75), Ralph Kiner (74) and Eddie Mathews (72). All three are in the Hall of Fame. Not Ruth, Gehrig, Henry Aaron, Ted Williams, Mantle, Mays, Foxx or Hank Greenberg got out of the box faster than Bob Horner, who hit 56 for openers. You would think his owner would want to reward him. A solid gold Rolls-Royce, perhaps? An all-expense tour of the Orient? Tear up his contract? Make out a new one? Horner's owner thought it would be nice if Bob Horner went down to the minors for "more seasoning." Baseball couldn't have been more" shocked if someone had suggested Babe Ruth go back to pitching, or if someone prescribed a course in mechanical drawing for Rembrandt, or told Michelangelo to go back to the quarry. You had to wonder what owner Ted Turner wanted. Young Horner, only 22 at the time, had led the team, and finished fifth in the league in all major batting categories. He had hit more than .400 in spring training. Yet, the 1980 season was only nine days old when Turner suddenly proposed a trip to Richmond and the farm team for his slugging third baseman. Stunned, Horner refused to go. I mean, should Secretariat have been sent to run in claimers at Juarez? Would Turner have gone back to racing dinghies in Tampa Bay or rubber boats in the bathtub? If Bob Horner someday misses the all-time home run mark by 30 days' output, if he misses the Hall of Fame because of the month of April, 1980, Ted Turner should be put to sea by baseball in a longboat with only a bottle of water for tampering with history. No one ever thought to reward a kid for being fourth-most-frequent homer hitter in history before by benching him for 30 days. There were plenty of guys on the Braves' major league roster this spring who could have benefited from a year in the minor leagues, where the balls don't curve, but Bob Horner was hardly one of them. "Anyone who would bench that kid Horner would give Babe Ruth a rake," a rival manager observed. Turner's reasons were complex. They usually are. "All he told me was he was making an example of me," Bob Horner recalled the other night as he sat in the Dodger Stadium dugout. "He said the team wasn't going good and he wanted to 'shake up the situation.' I said 'What about the two years I had? You take nine games and throw out 210?!" Rumors flew. Tempers were lost. So were playing days. Horner was suspended. His business manager, Bucky Woy, flew in from Texas. The real commissioner of baseball, Marvin Miller of the players' association, was brought into the act. So was baseball's arbitrator. Turner had long felt that his third baseman needed to start at Pleue Turn to Page 20, Col. 3 3 JUST FILLING IN Kevin Nelson, playing in place of injured tailback Freeman McNeil, steps out of bounds at Wisconsin 42 after taking a screen pass from Jay Schroeder for a 14-yard gain in third quarter. The UCLA freshman gained 123 yards on 20 carries. Timci photo by Jayne Kemin Astros Roll Another Deuce at Snake-Bit Reds, 2-0 Special to The Timet HOUSTON-In a near-repeat performance of the opening game of the series, the Houston Astros defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 2-0, Saturday behind the four-hit pitching of Joe Niekro and Dave Smith, all but eliminating the Reds from the National League West race. The Astros also won the opener, 2-0, Friday night on a four-hit performance by Vern Ruhle, spoiling a three-hit effort by Tom Seaver. Saturday's victim was Red righthander Mario Soto, who yielded only three hits to the division leaders in the six innings he worked. Soto might have picked up his 11th victory of the season except for a mixup in the outfield, which led to both Houston runs in the fifth inning. With one out, Dennis Walling legged out an infield hit, the first off Soto. Expos Beat Carlton Stay Half -Game Back Story ob Fife I Owen Is Near Death After Second Operation Story ob Page 2 Then Astros catcher Alan Ashby lofted a fly ball fairly deep into the right-field power alley. But when Cincinnati center fielder Dave Collins and right fielder Ken Griffey were unable to agree whose play it was, the ball dropped between them. Collins was charged with an error, and Houston's runs followed on Craig Reynolds' double down the right-field line. Niekro enjoyed his steadiest outing in a month for his 18th win against 12 losses. After putting down three mild Cincinnati threats in earlier innings, he allowed a double to Dave Concepcion in the eighth and moved him to third on a wild pitch before Astros Manager Bill Virdon called on Smith. "I just didn't want to take a chance on another knuckleball getting away from the catcher with a man on third," Virdon said. "Besides, I wasn't overly concerned about the man I was bringing in to relieve him." Smith struck out George Foster and put the Reds down in order in the ninth to earn his ninth save of the season. "I think he (Smith) definitely deserves strong consideration for Rookie of the Year honors this season," Virdon said. "He's certainly made a big difference in our team this year. "Last year, we didn't have the luxury of a three-man relief staff I could call on at any time. This year Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 4 Kevin Nelson Leads Marcus Allen Has a Big Bruins on 35 - 0 Romp Day at Minnesota, 24 - 7 By RICHARD HOFFER Tlmn Stiff Wrlttr UCLA, which hasn't been known for the excitement it creates on a football field, is suddenly a very unpredictable team, throwing the ball on first down, running trick plays on fourth down and operating with a nickel defense one week, a no-huddle offense the next. It's as if the Bruins are being deployed Saturdays more with an eye toward weekend entertainment value than won-lost records, although they aren't hurting there, either. Now 3-0 after Saturday's 35-0 defeat of Wisconsin, UCLA has so far shown an admirable disposition toward offensive and defensive variety along with a willingness to dig into the depth chart for a surprise backup. Before a Coliseum crowd of 40,-018, the Bruins unveiled a no-huddle offense, wherein the quarterback called the plays at the line of scrimmage, and also a freshman tailback, wherein Kevin Nelson ran for 123 yards in his first start as a substitute for injured Freeman McNeil. Bruins Lead at Half, 28-0 If either element had worked much better, it's likely Wisconsin wouldn't have reported for the second half (the Badgers trailed, 28-0, at intermission). The Bruins, who showed a nickel defense last week and a passing game the week before, made the no-huddle offense "an against-the-clock offense, only without the clock," according to quarterback Tom Ramsey an important part of their game plan this week. The feeling was that Wisconsin, 0-3 and still without a touchdown this year, would be coming into the game with some emotion. A no-huddle offense deprives the defense of whatever initiative it might have. Ramsey Hits 6 of 12 "It confuses the defense," explained Ramsey, who completed 6 of 12 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. "It gives me a chance to call plays right at their weakness, right from the line of scrimmage. rney aon t nave time to react, or get their calls from the sideline. It just gives the offense that much more advantage." The no-huddle offense, which was mostly used in the first half during the Bruins' biggest spurt, was decided upon after much soul-searching by UCLA Coach Terry Donahue and quarterback coach Homer Smith. Donahue wondered if the two sophomore quarterbacks, Ramsey and alternate Jay Schroeder, had enough inside their helmets to make it work this early in the season. Smith assured him they did. Please Turn to Page 16, Col. 1 THE BIG ONES Stanford Stops Sooners' Streak STANFORD 31, OKLAHOMA 14 John Elway completed 20 of 34 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns as Stanford snapped Oklahoma's 20-game home win streak. Story ob Page 3 NEBRASKA 21, PENN STATE 7 Jarvis Redwine, the nation's leading rusher, gained 189 yards on 34 carries and scored twice in game in which Penn State's quarterbacks were sacked nine times for a total of 89 yards. Story ob Page 7 S. CAROLINA 17, MICH. 14 South Carolina trailed 14-3 at halftime but wasn't fooled on a fake punt, stopping Michigan on its own 29, and went on to score the winning touchdown seven plays later. Story ob Page 5 OHIO ST. 38, ARIZONA ST. 21 Art Schlichter threw for 271 yards, hitting 14 of 19 attempts, and his three touchdown passes gave him a school career record of 22. Story ob Page 3 By MAL FLORENCE Timet stiff Wrlttr MINNEAPOLIS Marcus Allen says it isn't easy being the USC tailback and he wasn't just referring to the battering a player takes at the position or the workload, like the 42 carries he had Saturday against Minnesota at Memorial Stadium. "I knew it would be hard playing tailback, but I didn't realize how much pressure there is to the position," Allen said. But Allen is apparently handling the pressure like his predecessors-Mike Garrett, O.J. Simpson, Anthony Davis, Ricky Bell and Charles White. And if there were any doubts that he is not deserving of being USC's No. 1 tailback, they were dispelled against Minnesota. He gained 216 yards on his 42 carries, a 5.3 average, and scored touchdowns on runs of 20 and 37 yards as the Trojans struggled some in defeating the Gophers, 24-7, before a crowd of 55,-115. Better Late Than Ever Like White, who got stronger in the fourth quarter, Allen was at his best late in the game. On his 40th carry, he went off tackle for a 20-yard touchdown. On his 42nd carry, he got outside, cut back to the middle, broke a tackle and raced 37 yards to score. The play was one made famous by USC tailbacks over the years 28 pitch, this time to the weak side. Allen and the USC offense came on strong at the propitious time as Minnesota, an 18-point underdog, had closed within three points, 10-7, midway through the fourth quarter. "We tried hard, but we weren't as emotional as we were for our games with Tennessee and South Carolina," USC Coach John Robinson said. "Our performance today was business-like, but we weren't quite as ready going in as we were for our other games." Minnesota Was Hardly a Threat It's understandable that USC wouldn't be emotionally aroused for Minnesota, which committed seven turnovers in losing to Ohio State, 47-0, last Saturday on national television. But the Gophers, using a changing eight-man front, were surprisingly tough defensively before the largest crowd to see a game here in seven years. They made the Trojans work for the win. So USC is now 3-0 and extended its unbeaten streak to 23 games second longest in the nation behind Alabama's 24-game streak. There was speculation last week that USC's offense might be more potent if Michael Harper became the No. Please Turn to Page 14, Col. 1 A DOUBLE HIT USC quarterback Gordon Adams (2) already has been pretty well taken care of by one Minnesota defender and is about to be hit by another in Saturday's game. Associated Press photo

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