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MENARD SCORES WITH 69 SECONDS LEFT Weary Kings Gain 1-1 Tie By RICH ROBERTS Staff Writer The Kings, weary out of their minds but even more tired of embarrassing themselves at home, scrambled up a goal with 69 seconds left for a 1-1 standoff with the Minnesota North Stars Monday night. The Forum fans, who had seen their purple heroes blow two games at home last week, had all but given up on this one when Howie Menard shoved a slowly sliding shot past North Star goalie Cesare Maniago"I said, 'Go in--please!." Menard told the press in a hilarious interview. The 5- foot-6 fireball could pass for a standup comic but was so tired that he had to sit down. The Kings had just played three games in three nights, five in the last six. "I was in a daze, 1 was so tired," Menard said. "1 didn't know what was going on." The North Stars' goal was scored with the Kings shorthanded late in the second period by Danny Grant, who shoved a rebound past Gerry Desjardins, bis chief rival to become the National Hockey League's Rookie of the Year. The game was scoreless until six seconds before the end of the second period but saw more near misses than a divorce court. North Star rookie Danny O'Shea bit the net early .but referee Wally Harris washed out the goal and gave Claude I^arose a penally for slashing Desjardins in the crease. Minutes later, with the Kings s h o r t h a n d e d , O'Shea's long, bouncing lob eluded Desjardins but hit the post. Then the Kings started to roll. They had plenty of chances -- Ed Joyal twice set up Flett all alone on Maniago -- but usually l l \ \ k IIOLLUVGWORTH Executive Sporh Editor WJuil Is Football? Don'l Ask Creeps Is football merely a game? That depends upon your values and in this age of characters who infest campuses with their beards, shaggy locks and poison, it's refreshing to hear from a high school athlete who has won letters in football, basketball and baseball for three seasons. Following is a composition entitled "Football Is . .'. It was written by Jim Atkinson for his English class at Forward High School in Elizabeth, Pa. He got the idea through a Wilson Sporting Goods ad in The Sporting News. Wilson introduced a series of these ads to sell a concept of sports rather than a product. One of them, "What A Father Tells His Son Before His First Game," caught the eye of Miss Jane Repine, an English teacher at Forward High. She then made the assignment for which "Football Is . . ." was written. The composition is one thai, this writer thinks should be studied by Jim's peers who might have inclinations to become involved in protest movements that, unfortunately, have made headlines for far loo many months. Here it is: "Is football merely a game? It is hard work--five days of preparation for an encounter. It is yards of tape and elastic bandages giving support to injured ankles, knees and elbows--a musty smelling locker room--the heaviness of a perspiration soaked undershirt. "It is the agony of playing with an injury, or, much worse, it is the agony of defeat. It is the body wracking pain of a torn cartilage or a broken bone. It is the hopelessness of a big linebacker trying to catch a fleet flanker--the beauty of a great broken field run--the violence of a trap block. It is the. precision of a long pass. It is the frustration of missing the winning field goal or dropping a touchdown pass. "It is the brotherhood shared by teammates and the respect shared by opponents. It is the taste of blood running from a split lip or a broken nose. It is the tenseness and nervousness of the pregame wait in the locker room. "It is the thrill of releasing that tension by charging out onto the field. It is the popping of pad against pad and the groaning of man against man. It is the satisfaction of beating your opponent, not by simply outscoring him but by outplaying him. "Football is desire, discipline, drive. It is indeed much more than a game." , Some people might think this a bit "corny". I don't. * * * NOTE TO RAM COACH Ray Prochaska: Dr. James A. Nicholas, N.Y. Jet team physician, disagrees with you when you recently answered publicly that special team players receive no more injuries than regular offensive and defensive players. Said the physician: "Most injuries to professional football players occur during the first two years of their careers. Attribute this to the fact that players on special teams--those who run back kickoffs, etc.--get hurt more frequently than the others. "The special teams are usually composed largely of the rookies. "Injuries occur to special team players on one of every 110 plays, whereas players on offense and defense teams suffer injury on one of every 350 plays. "The most serious injuries occur to running backs on offense and defensive teams." However, the doctor saw a ray of hope: "The incidence may be lessened greatly by the introduction of As- troTurf on all football fields, which would make them uniform in quality, design, and care." Anyway, still friends, Ray? * * * WESTERN UNION and the cab company came in for its share of griping in a recent seminar of sports editors and writers. Commented a Miami writer: "After doing considerable traveling and filing for several years, I have decided that the three greatest threats facing the world today are, in order, Western Union, O.J. Simpson and the Yellow Cab Company of Los Angeles. "The Western Union switchboard operator sent me 10 miles the wrong way (by cab) to a branch office that didn't have Telex. Simpson gained 163 yards and scored two touchdowns against Miami, and when I called a Yellow Cab (only cab company in town) from a booth across from the Coliseum, the operator said sweetly, 'It will be there within 90 minutes.' Two hours later the cab still wasn't there." An eastern writer: "1 was working on a morning paper deadline and was covering a night game in the Coliseum. I filed my story from there, listing my hotel in case Western Union might need to contact me. So, what happens when I return to the hotel? The desk clerk says he has a long, long Western Union message for me. Sure enough, it was my story filed in the Coliseum which wound up in my L.A. hotel." I'll add my two cents, too. I filed a story from the Sports Arena and nobody's found it yel. Postal Telegraph, where did you go? SEVERAL YEARS AGO before he covered the Dodger beat for the I, P-T, George Lcderer bought 10 shares of Baltimore Oriole stock. He has received two dividends, one for $2.77 and the other for $10. Now that he's connected with the Angels, Lederer wants to exchange the Oriole shares for Angel slock. His only complaint: "That'll probably get me just two strings in Gene Autry's guitar." missed the hole entirely. The most excitement in the next period was when Real Lemieux answered Tom Reid's elbow with his stick, then lost his helmet and got his sore car boxed in a brief skirmish. Grant, who hat-tricked Toronto in Sunday's 7-2 win, finally broke the stalemate with the Kings shorthanded, playing the rebound off Leo Boivin's shot from the point. That gave Grant 26. four short of Boom Boom Geoffrion's league record for a rookie. So the Kings' young legs were tested in Ihe last period, and still produced enough bustle to pull out a tie. The goal camr a f t c i Gil! White threw one in from center ice. Menard related. "He (Maniago) went down to his knees and it came back out and there's thr open bin. I was tangled up with him but jusi managed to poke it." As Maniago flopped helplessly 10 feet away from his post and the NHL Standings E«l Division W L T Pi!. GF GA Montreal C7 la 5 32 2U Ir? Foslon . .13 13 1' '/S ·'!« Ifl Detroit . 30 23 1 »« K5 Irt New York ol ?3 6 63 Vi(l I!? Toronto . ?6 21 II 63 ISO Ia3 West Division ?3 17 1? m \H I?? 13 2? 9 SS liS 194 1 .1? 7 49 147 197 ' " 707 l«l :o3 Mondavi RcsolK Mlnnesolrt 1, King! 1. tir. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1969 SECTION C--Page C-l 49ers Await Bids Today to NCAA or NIT By JIM McCORMACK Staff Writer Has Cal State Long Beach taken only one season lo make the leap into successful university division basketball? Athletic director Dr. Fred Miller hopes he can answer that question by hearing another one, or two, this morning. The 49ers, nervously pacing on their 23-3 record, will know by noon where their future lies in Long Beach, in Albuquerque, N.W., or in New York. The first question, hopefully, will come from ,1. D. Morgan, UCLA athlelic director and a member of the National Collegiate Athlelic Assn.'s tournament committee. He will call at 9:30 a.m., lolling Miller that his basketball team has, or has not, been extended an invitation to participate in the first round of the Western regional tournament. There is also a possibility lhal Miller will receive another call two hours later, extending the 49ers an invitation to participate in the National Invitational Tournament in New York. If both invitations are offered, it would be up lo Ihe Cal State athlelic board of control to determine where the 49ers went. Cal State's best bet for post-season activity is with Ihe NCAA. The NCAA needs two teams to f i l l a first-round tournament scheduled for New Mexico State, Monday, March 8. The champions of the Western Athletic and Big Sky conferences will meel Iwo at-large selections in lhal. doubleheader. Host New Mexico Stale (21-3), ranked 12lh in the nation, is certain to gel one invitation with the 49ers in contenlion for Ihe olher with independent Seatllc. Cal Slate would seem to have Ihe edge there, as Seattle losl ils sevenlh game of the year Monday nighl. falling lo hosl Texas-El Paso, 88-82. The Chieftains have won IS games. The winners of Ihe New Mexico Slale twin bill will return to UCLA's Pauley Pavilion for the semi-finals and finals March 13 and 15. The winner of that tournament meets Ihe victors of the other three regionals in the finals at Louisville, March 20 and 22. The 16-tcam NIT tournament begins March 15 and runs through the 22nd. Lakers Banking on West's Return for Big Lift Tonight puck slid cvcr-so-slowly toward the goal linr, ihn Kings' .limmy Petnrs swooped down to makr sure. "I Iried to trip J i m m y so he wouldn't touch it," Menard joked. "But J i m my said it was over the line first." Rival coaches Red Kelly and Wren Blair were happy with the tie, even if Maniago wasn't. "Gentlemen, I have nothing to say," m u t t e r e d the usually amicable goaltender. Blair said, "I'm happy (Continued Pg. C-2, Col. 8) REPORT HASSLE SETTLED NEW YORK (/P)-- The New York Daily News reported early this morning that a settlement has been reached in the pension dispute between major league baseball owners and players which has played havoc with the start of spring training. In a story by Joe Trimble, the News said the settlement was reached shortly before midnight after day-long meetings between representatives of both sides. But Steve Hamilton, player representative of the New York Yankees, denied that n settlement had been reached . and both sides still were in session at 1:30 a.m., EST. Trimble, writing from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said that the agreement would be announced al a press conference this afternoon and that it needed only formal approval of the executive boards of both sides. He added that such approval already has been assured. Part of the agreement, Trimble said, calls for all players to negotiate their contracts at once and, if satisfied, report to camp immediately. By DOUG 1VES Staff Writer Al a time when the Lakers badly need a l i f t , the only man who can give it to them shucks off his bandages and relurns lo the lineup tonighl ai the Forum. Jerry West, the most famous cripple in NBA history, says he feels ready to go full speed, which is good news because the Lakers have been operating at half-throttle the last three weeks. With three losses in a row, and 7 in their last. 13 games, iheir lead over Al- lanla is down to two games. Luckily for them, their finishing schedule is heller. Seallle, tonight's opo- nenl, and Phoenix, which comes lo Ihe Forum Friday, have never won in Los Angeles -- Ihe Sonics in six appearances, Ihe Suns in Ihree. Although Wesl says he feels fine, coach Bill van Breda Kolff isn'l likely to overwork his All-Star guard unless the Sonics are a threat lo win. Despite a 25-43 record, Seatlle has been known lo pull off some surprises. The Sonics beat, the Lakers four in a row in Seat- lle last season and they have three wins over Boston this year. West has been out of action 21 games Ihis season, with flu (3), sprained (Continued PageC-4, Col. 1) Horse Racing -- Santa A n i t a , first posl 1 p.m. Prep Baseball -- Sen page C-2. Prep Track -- Warren a I. Jordan, Manna at Wilson, both 3:15 p.m. Prep Gymnastics Mayfair at Lakewood, 3:15 p.m. Pro Basketball -- Lakers vs. Seatlle, Forum, 8 p.m. Wrestling -- Long Beach Audilorium, 8 p.m. "SPORTS No Baseball? Could Happen.. M-;\V YORK ( N I - A ) - Out suln his home in Ridgewood, N.J.. a rumbling I ractor peeled bark long si rips of snow and ice from ihe street. Inside. Jim Rimlon peered through a frosted window and shivered. Florida and s p r i n g training seemed far away. "What if there isn't going to be a baseball season?" he asked. "Roy. somebody sure would sell a kit of lunch pails." N n b a seb a 1 1 s e a s o n Absurd . . · yet. a possibility. A f l c r n i l , il w-ns the middle nf February. The top names in baseball were still threatening lo boycott the major leagues over n television contract dispulc. "Il is get- t i n g late," Boulon admitted. Nd baseball season. For Jim Houton, a pitcher contemplating a comeback attempt with an expansion team (Seattle), it had to be a joke. "Thcre'd he a lol of guys nut h u n t i n g and fishing for a living," he said, laughing nervously. Still, even as fantasy, the idea of the nation without baseball is intriguing. Even, maybe, appealing. Or, maybe, appalling. More than 25 million persons attended baseball games during 1968. Millions more stayed up past m i d n i g h t , listening In the home team lose in e x t r a innings on the West Coast. With Hie absence of baseball, an immediate vacuum is staked into mankind's summertime leisure. In Washington Court House, Ohio, a husband who has f a i t h f u l - ly listened lo the Cincinnati Reds for 25 years on the car radio will begin shooting pool. Up in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ihe fel- ln\vs who jammed a Huron Street liar on Friday nights i n watch the Tigers on TV will adjourn lo a garage where pay checks will be lost in poker games. Divorces will sweep Ihe country like summer hrushfire. Across Ihe nation, desperate bookies will begin Inking bets on fly-casting tournaments. The newest candidates for the national pastime will be poultry-judging and cucumber-growing. President Nixon, cheated nf t h r o w i n g out the first ball in Washington's season opener, will instead t h r o w nut Chief Justice Earl Warren. Chagrined sportswritcrs. bored with reporting dog shows and riv- crboal races, will turn and snarl al the commissioner of golf. "Golf is dying. Save the game," they will cry. "Fire Joe Dey. Hire Ro Belinsky." All of I b i s inactivity, of course, will have an unsavory effect on national unemployment figures. With GOO former athletes at large, anolher depression is possible. Men like Maury Wills, whose hobby is training bird dogs, and Houston pitcher Donald Wilson, who is a cabinet maker, will sur- Fcllows like Denny McLain and Jim (Mud Cat) Grant, however, will give up the entertainment, field to hoe potatoes in Idaho. En- lertainers. they say, are basically earthy people, anyway. New commissioner Bowie Kuhn will return to Wall Street. Ted Williams will return lo fishing. Mickey Mantle will stop returning. No baseball season? Don't be silly. We need it. Consider the alt e r n a t i v e . Sam Key to 49er Surge; Wooden Laced Bruins TELEVISION Bruins in Aclion, KTLA (5), 8:30 p.m. RADIO Lakers vs. Seattle, KNX, 8 p.m. By LOEL SCHRADER Staff Writer Jerry Tarkanian remarked after Cal Slate Long Beach's 101-78 victory over Cal State L.A.-last Friday nighl. lhat "the real ·Sam is hack." The Southern California Basketball W r i t e r s Assn. M o n d a y acknowledged Sam Robinson's "return" by selecting him college division player of the week. It was the second such honor of the season for Ihe 6-8 49er forward. Robinson had 23 points and 16 rebounds in the Friday nighl victory. Saturday night, against Valley Slaic, Sam made 11 nf 17 shols and 11 of 12 free throws for a season-high 31 points. He also had six assisls. "We've played very well our lasl three games." 19er coach Tarkaninn told Southland wrilcrs at Monday's luncheon. "The hip difference is Robinson. "Sam has had one i n j u - ry after another hut he was completely well n v r r Ihe weekend." Cal Slale L.A. coach Hob Oldham agreed w i t h Tarkanian. "Sam played as well as 1'vr ever seen him play," he said. "He could do any- t h i n g he wanted to against us Friday night." Oldham also had praise for the entire 49cr team. "We didn'l play badly against. Cal State Long Beach," he said. "But the 4!)crs' height, the way they played their zone defense and their Iremen- dous hustle would have presented problems for any team Ihey had faced." Upcoming Friday is the 49crs' final regular-season game with University of Nevada, Las Vegas, at the Cal Stale Long Beach gym. "The Nevada team heat us in overtime at Las Vegas," Tarkanian pointed out. "You can bet we'll he ready mentally for this one." On the university division fronl, UCLA coach John Wooden acknowledged he had given the Bruins a halftime lacing for going into the dressing room with only a -11-37 margin over Oregon Saturday night. "I don't like to dn that," he said. "But I fell our hoys needed it. and I must admit I got on them more than any learn in pasl games or pracliccs." The Bruins responded wilh a devaslating second half that gave them a 103-69 win over the Ducks. The Bruins wind up their regular-season road schedule al Slanford Friday night and at Califor nia Saturday night. Both games will be televised live on Ch. 5. USC's "never on Friday" team "played about, the same both nights" against Oregon and Oregon State, according to coach Bob Boyd. The Trojans lost to Oregon but defeated Oregon Slate. "Oregon was just better than us on Friday night," said Boyd. "We chased Oregon State all over the court on Saturday night and hampered the Beavers' style. Oregon Stale had more turnovers than it usually does." The Trojan coach said forward Ernie Powell and (Continued Page C-4, Col. 1) i

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