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lad. Lot laatk, Calif., Frl., Mar. 11, 1S4 SECTION C--Pag* C-l 1AVE LEWIS .Sportf Edilor ·^Terrell's Chances Never Better £ HITTIN' THE HIGH SPOTS: The title fight with Cssius Clay was to be the first real payday that Ernie Terrell has had since he has been boxing. C-] Up to now, $10,000 was his biggest purse,. .and by the time that was cut up, he didn't have much.left. · · · ' What looked so good for awhile was the guarantee he was .working on for. tlie Clay-fight, which totaled .$162,500 when training expenses were counted in. .· ,· Thus, it is not surprising that Terrell set up a howl ,a : nd threatened to pull out of the bout after it was moved .-·to Toronto when he was asked to sign a new contract which eliminated a l l guarantees. · ' · · ' · .- .V However, boxing men, who don't give Terrell much of a chance to beat Clay under any circumstances, believe he should go ahead with the fight : regardless of the new setup because he'll never have a better chance of upsetting Clay than at the present time. . They do not base this belief just on the fact that Clay reportedly is in the poorest physical condition of his pro career, but rather on his mental outlook. : .y! "No telling what his state of mind will be after he · meets with the draft board on March 17...just 12 days before the fight," says one top figure In the boxing world. 'Ijle's been .very depressed in recent days and what .happens when he makes whatever appeal he plans to present before the draft board could make a big difference in the fight a few days later." . . ; . . v . c . : Meanwhile, the financial; bottom has fallen . out. -of the bout because of Clay's political remarks.. : ; _ there is a growing number of cancellations by outlets across the country which had planned to carry the closed, circuit telecast.' · . , " ' Clay himself revealed the situation was serious;the. other day when hei mentioned the word "boycott" In.ad-- mining that "this (cancellations) may grow, into something big." . , . . . . . :.-.:'-. The Olympic Auditorium is the latest to call off .the telecast... but the first in this area to cancel plans to carry the fight on TV was Bill Sorenson, manager of the West Coast Theater here. . ' - . ' . * *. * WHEN CLAY AND FLOYD PATTERSON were training for their fight last November in Las Vegas, tlie latter was caused considerable embarrassment when he was knocked down by Mel Turnbpw in a sparring session before a group of writers who were flown in for the special workout. . .. · At the time, the Patterson camp inferred that Turnbow had been paid by Black Muslims around- Clay to make the ex-champion look bad. v Patterson himself finally denied there was anything to'this, that the incident was merely a personal matter and he didn't want to discuss it further. Turnbbw, a third-rater at best,.showed up .recently in Miami as one of Clay's sparring partners. . ' ' i A n d - a few days ago, Tumbow floored Cassius... and the fact that he hurt the.champion was'indicated by the action of his ''handlers immediately terminating the workout right then even though Clay was supposed to ; gp another round o r two. . " · . ' . , . . - - . ' * "* * : ·'"·' '" ; " ' · ' . . ' . OSCAR ROBERTSON, the basketball star, and Clay- became acquainted as members of the 1960 Olympic team -.. I and in recent years, the "Big 0" needles the champion whenever he gets the chance. : ' Hearing Clay was In New York recently when the Royals were in town to play the Knicks, Robertson telephoned Clay. ' "I got somebody who can whip you," he told Cassius. "Not me, man, I'm the champ. Nobody can whip me," Clay said. This guy can," insisted Oscar. , When pressed by Clay, who was most interested by. this time who tlie man -was, Oscar told him it was his roommate on the Royals, Wayne Embry. When Embry heard what Oscar had done, he shock his head and said, "if Clay ever sees me, he might try to. rap me one on the jaw." · However, those who have run into Embry on the basketball court agree that Clay should think twice for the Royal center is one of the toughest and strongest men ever to play the game. . . '·': ·' * ' * * ' -'· ONE FOR THE BOOK DEFT. -- Lucious Jackson of the Philadelphia 76ers has been playing most of the season on a broken leg, according to an NBA release. =; The leg started hurting Jackson at the conclusion of the exhibition season, but he continued to play. -' A month ago, he had X-rays taken and they show a small piece of bone missing from his right shin. · The two doctors who care for the 76ers agreed that no further harm was likely to come from playing on it r.WHAT'P YOO EXPECT 2 THE PLAYMATE OF MONTH ? pf, CKSCENTA Trig H06T TEAM l£sSk3HT ArJD ToMotfBOvV IN Trie i.Ort3 BEACH ARENA ··COACH Wlt-UARP. FABUUOU6 "BUMM? CLUB" WIU- AFT6R ITS STRAIGHT GIF AAA ..A PEAT WHICH IN 4o YEARS -ue Poly Two Steps · - - · */· · - - . .a, Front GIF Crown By JIM McCORMACK 'Poly High's r e c o r d - . wrecking . Jackrabbits bid to enter the CIF championship finals for. the. third successive year . t o n i g h t when they-battle Crescenta Valley in the feature game of an "AAA" doubleheader at the Long Beach Arena. Torrance, 'the CIF's No. 2 team, meets Sierra, the No. 3 team, in the opener at 7:30, followed by Poly, and Crescenta Valley at 9 p.m. Tickets for the contests are available at the Long Beach Arena. If Poly wins tonight, -it will face the .winner'of-the Torrance-Sierra game Sat- ..urday. night at- 9 in- an attempt -to become the : first, high" school team to win three consecutive basketball titles since Wluttier turned the trick in. 1915:1617. '-' '. . ,:-. Poly has already met the Dons once,, winning. 78-67 in .the finals of the Domih- giiez Classic.' The game was e x t r e m e l y close through three quarters before the Jackrabbits pulled away in the last eight minutes. Although Poly Is averaging a. record 98.3 points per game in the playoffs, the Rabbits will have to contend with several good shooters on the Foothill League championship team. The Dons have f o u r : starters in double figures, ; led by Gordon Tope and John Shields. Tope,.likened to the Lakers' Gail Goodrich, h a s - b e e n , the team quarterback.all year, averaging 21 points per game. He scored 22 in the loss to Poly. His scoring in the playoffs, however, has tapered s o m e w h a t . He has 49 . points for a 16.3 average, as does Shields. Millikan's Bob Davis, w h o s e team was eliminated Tuesday, is the playoff leader with 74 points (24.7). Mike Spilger (14.0) and Chris Schrobilgen. (10.0) are the; other starters in double figures. · - P o l y also has four starters in double figures, led by Chuck Moore, who is tied for second with Tor- ranee's Bart Johnson in the scoring derby. Moore.'has .71 points (23i7), T r e n t G a i n e s .has 69 (23.0), Shawn J o h n s o n has 61 (20.3) and Ken Booker 48 (16.0). The.only other "AAA" player near the top is Sierra's Joel Perisho with .64 points (21.3). The point totals do not include t h e highest scorer in CIF history, Steve Patterson, leading Santa Maria in the double-A action. Poly has been untouchable in its three-game blitz- kreig into the Arena divi- BEAVERS MEET HOUSTON NCAA Playoiis Virtual Toss Up now. ·' Jackson has been one of the majn cogs in delphia's great season. Phila- New Leaf Too Much For the Blades, 5-3 By RICH ROBERTS Tlie Victoria Maple Leafs whipped up s o m e instant goaltending Thursday night to-defeat the Blades, 5-3, inj a ^Western Hockey League i ganie at the L. A. Sports Arena. long John Henderson, a 6-fdot-4 veteran of nine pro fessional campaigns, was acquired by the Leafs from San Francisco the very morning of the game. The transaction brought PRICE OF GLORY? FOR FAIRLY §45 JVSRO BEACH, Fla. -What price fame? 'Ron Fairley found out Thursday. The Dodger outfielder, honored as Long Beach's Athlete of the Year at 'the recent Century Club sports night, received a bill from the banquet spotlight . operator. · The price: $45. WHL Standin quick results. Ke broke Victoria's seven-game l o s i n g string on the road and a three-game slump against the Blades. · H came at just the right time for the Leafs, who now head into their tough Eastern (Continued Page C-2, Col. 3) »» unllad Balance is the key word as 16 teams from across the na tion begin fighting for the coveted spots in the NCAA college basketball finals at College Park, Md., next weekend. For the first time in several years the NCAA tourney has no defending champion, no undefeated teams and no solic favorite, making this year's tournament a virtual toss-up among the teams still in con tention. The regional finals, which begin .tonight and end Satur day night, will clear up the picture quite a bit, but the teams are so well balance' that the regionals are creat ing much excitement amon basketball enthusiasts. T o p - r a n k e d Kentucky which is seeking an unprece dented fifth NCAA champion ship, seems to have most o the support as the evehtua winner, but the Wildcats who won 24 straight durin t h e campaign, proved tha they, too, are susceptible t TnlanutloAal Michigan, which features l-America Cazzie Russell, .eets Western Kentucky, sur- rise winner o v e r LoyoU II.) in the other Mideast're ional contest. The Wolver nes (17-7) are tabbed as x-point favorite to top the lilltoppers (24-2), but West rn Kentucky could counterac lese odds with one of its ho liooting nights. The big game on tonight' ard figures to be at Raleigh ., where second-ranket Duke (23-3) takes on sixth anked St. Joseph's (Pa.) (22 The Blue Devils feature leliberate type of offens defeat by dropping a game t Tennessee. Kentucky goes into actio tonight in the Mideast r gionals against Dayton, an although the Wildcats lac the height of the Flyers' 6- center Henry Finkel, they ra as an 11-point choice, sion of the championships, but the Jackrabbits are not 100%. Guard Jeff Lemon, bothered all year by leg in-: juries, has battled the flu all week and center K e n 'Booker is slowed by an ankle injury. B o o k e r and Lemon, however, are expected to start tonight. Poly coach Bill Forester, however, does have an excellent bench if tlie Rabbits do get into trouble. Sonny Reynolds has done yeoman service all year filling in at guard or forward and Rich Payne· has t u r n e d in a steady r o l e as a replacement at guard. At least one long winning streak will be snapped in the 7:30 contest tonight. Torrance" has won 14 in a ro\y, 10 in league, since its defeat by Poly in the semifinals of the Compton Tournament, and Sierra has won 19 in succession since dropping its' only game to California High. Poly is also on a winning streak, having won 18 in succession since its lone defeat by Pacific. The Jackrabbits have a 13-game winning skein going in tha playoffs. Although the four teams in the finals represent the best in CIF, Crescenta Valley is the first league champion that the Jackrabbits have faced in four games. Poly .opened its march by clubbing Crestview runner-up R a n c h o Alamitos and then defeated C o s t a vlesa, second in the Free- vay League. Costa M e s a stopped Sunset L e a g u e champion Anaheim in its ! irst game. Poly then top- iled Pacific, second in tho strong Citrus Belt League. Pacific qualified fo_r the Rabbit clash by beating Sierra League champ Arroyo and Montview League champion Covina. SULKY MEN SEE DOMED OVAL... IF Harness racing under a dome, was advanced as a | sibility Thursday by tlie Western Harness Racing'Associa- tion if night racing is authorized in California. , . . . . . . The idea was tendered by Marvin J. Shapiro who took over as president of the association with tlie retirement to Chairman of tho Board of his father, L. K. Shapiro, one of the original founders of the organization and its president for 12 years. . · ! The harness racing group said it may be forced to build its own facilities if it is unable to get -together with Santa Anita and Hollywood Park on use of their tracks for night racing. In that event, Marvin Shapiro added, the harness people would be glad to sit down with 'Jack Kent Cooke, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team and recipient of a National Hockey League franchise, on joining forces for a multi-purpose sports complex. He pointed out that engineers have reported a domed sports center housing' a five-eighths mile track was not too difficult a construction feat and could bo adapted with several levels to house arenas for basketball, hockey and other sports. "If we have a choice," Marvin Shapiro said, "we will remain as tenants under our .existing lease. There is a clause, however, permitting our lessors to break the lease when night harness Bracing is legalized. If this happens, we will either be forced to' lease another existing facility or build our own plant." . . . , . .. n The Shapiros pointed out that Santa Anita and Hollywood Park have been the chief opponents of night harness racing and. that other thoroughbred associations have either favored the proposal or shown no opposition' to it. The Stanford Research Institute in a lengthy study of California racing had recommended night:harness racing should be legalized and that the major thoroughbred tracks ·· should receive additional racing days. The two major thoroughbred tracks, however, voiced their opposition to nig'ht harness racing although asking for the added dates. "Harness racing everywhere in the country except. California is a night sport," Marvin Shapiro pointed out, --"but we can't convince the two big southern California tracks of that." Vikings Bounced by S,F. By GARY RAUSCI1 : . . . I, P-T Start WrllK BAKERSFIELD--With a rej." bounding game, that.rang out-., like an anvil chorus, the City : .^ College of San Francisco . whipped Long Beach City,. » 86-81, Thursday to vault into ; the semi-finals of the !5th.- Annual State JC Basketball" · Tournament. ' . ; - , i The victorious, Rams meet unbeaten Imperial Valley, a " . last-second, 94-93, winnet lover San Joaquin Delta, to- ' night at 9. The Vikings drop: " into the consolation bracket,-facing Delta at 5:20. ;.' What piniied only the sec-'- ond defeat on LBCC in 31 : games were a couple of kari-"' garoos named Ed Wilson and Villle Wise and a dead-eye, hooter, Charlie Parks. Wilson and Wise scaled the iakersfleld College back- oard 29 times with the most' iggressive display of rebounding the losers liad seen all season. Parks, the team's leading scorer, tossed in 30 points for the night, but it was his spec- taculnr accuracy that had the crowd in awe. The 6-4 jumping jack took all of his shots from the 16-18 turnaround jumper. He hit nine of nine in the first half and '15 of 21 for the night. The Ranis shot a 56.7% over- NCAA Pairings , *?! wore* (21-5) vs. Davidson (21*5), [,,«/'£«%, V,« .as (22-31 vi. Southern Metlx A! l«w« Cifr, lawa Dayton (ZW1 vs. Kentucky (24-11. Michigan (17-7} vj. Western Kent M-2). Al L« AnftKl - - me ia-i i University of Pacific Ortoon SlJte (Ml vi. Houston (22-5) while the H a w k s rely quickness to score points, u anyone of Duke's five starters 1 is capable of scoring 20 or more points in a game. Guard Bob Verga and forward Jack Marin made the UPI second and third team all-America respectively and Duke captain (Continued Page C-2, Col. 5) TERRELL BUMPED TORONTO W) --Heavyweight champion Cassius Clay signed Thursday to defend his title In Toronto March 29, but his opponent will not be Ernie Terrell. Most likely it w i l l be George Chuvalo, the Canadian champion. Terrell, who had balked at the provisions of a new contract, was ruled out Thursday night by Mike Malitz, executive vice president of Main Bout, Inc., which holds the ancillary rights. On Wednesday, Terrell h a d announced his withdrawal from the fight. "His demands were too exorbitant," Malitz said in Atlantic City, N.J., after a three-hour conference with Terrell in an effort to iron out their differences. "There will be a world heavyweight championship fight in Toronto on March 29," Malitz added, ''(here will be an announcement Friday at 2 p.m., as to the identity of the opponent." all U LBCC's 44.3%. 1 · *' ' « ' * · . · * CHUCK' KANE'S 'men ac- ·-. tually outscored CCSF in tlie second half, 43-40, b u t . the eight-point deficit .at Intermis- sioin (46-38),. proved about one field goal too much to make up. However, tlie Vikings never lost their fight or poise in quest of a victory that just, eluded them. Here was a team; that had relied on its depth all season suddenly finding, that advantage nullified by.'a flock of Rams that must have been trained in the Rockies. The Vikes ran as only they know .how but CCSF's five) ironmen would . not will. Coach Sid Phelan did not make, his first substitution until 6:19;,rmd elapsed in tlie second; half;-., ;. . ' · . ' . . · The Rams'streaked: to they- biggest lead of the night, 5ft£ 46, with 15:36'remaining. B% LBCC cut it td'six four timeij in the next eight minutes befv fore » driving layin by Harry Williams made it 65-61. Again the Rams retaliated and only after a harrassjng press and field goal by Bill Connolly and Carey Bailey plus two free throws by Mack Calvin could the losers narrow it to a single field goal (73-71). ' The Vikes never got any closer. Bailey scored 23 points and blocked five shots. Connolly and Williams had 18 apiece and a rejuvenated Mel Reed tallied 10. Delta will be no pushover. The Mustangs had the unblemished Arabs down by 23 points late in the first half. But IV rallied. In this fin^l three minutes and cut the margin .to a single point, 93' r 92, on Curtis Watson's eight, foot Jumper with 36 seconds' to go. Watson won the hero'8 crown, stealing the ball at midcourt and driving in for the game winning lay up with nine seconds remaining. » "*· iSSSSS. AjS'u lmj 7-15 H II Park! 1«1 «·! ·» lav n-Mi-7 nwtso « -!21J nnoily chard vln WILLIE'S THEIR HERO Four Phoenix youths waited all morning to get an autograph from their hero Willie Mays at San Francisco Giants ball parklafter he was through with his workoutr V/illie not only signed balls for them, but autographed 12-year-old Doug Cul- limane's cast on his broken leg. olali 5S-H 11-11II Tctili M« 11-31 U Oflfl Siach . ,, ,, -- 3 » IrHl Ji Franctico *» *J--** Talal F«U: Una B«acn 05. Sen Fran- lii' tut: Connolly, IHn. Salman. t«rc« iWn el 11) (U) oy (5) 1101 MO) Itrom M -- ,-·;;.·-· · Hjllttmt icor«: Hancock 34. P«^c» PIKce»ti: Waters IS). Smllh 191. t* loti: Hooklnj in. Srerwema,. alHit IBl otertf 4) '0e. ( « 1uilD IW arvlo'o 161 'jd'ti 111 if in) . . _ n w I I I ) urtce (TO *rter (171 tnilM (IS) Rtvtrtlda Dill* It!) Smlfi OS eynol ollmj ,arlo! 117 Hairtlnii W I 71 1 I2H Dfl'J i (31, M) Today's Sports Card Pro BltebtH -- CNc»9O Cubi /Ills, Blair Raid, 10 a.m.-l pm Korta Hiclnt--Santa Anita, Iks r p (;.^,ii_«,k e rilltlil at LBCC, 5:30 ''JC Tract-El Camlm il L6CC, Poir- V/lluxi at MlHlkan, all -- . , rr«» Trade--Centennial at Poly, .»1«- woxl.at Sanla Fe, tlilllloxtr al Jwiin, !'"*)% Otln nando ValkY SI. Coll... Pnp la»kalt-Ma!r trwoy, LakewMj it cs al St. An- Jordan \l-- NCAA ft avoffi at UCLA/? 'fn litkanall -- Lakira vi. Ittrls Arena, 8:30 pm. ., CIF laikiraall -- Toiranf* «. S'irrj. :«. Poiv vi. CreKMia vino, f VM, .otii React) Ararw. Violets, Temple Win NIT Tilts NEW YORK (UP!)--Everyone was in agreement. NYU was fortunate to get past a hustling DePaul five. The Violets eliminated the Blue Demons in the opening round of the 29th edition of the National Invitation Tournament Thursday night, 68-65, after Temple outclassed Virginia Tech, 88-73. ;

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