Independent from Long Beach, California on January 21, 1975 · Page 24
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Long Beach, California
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p^ HHMM ^^^* VHMMMHHHM ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^M^ B B^^H^M«^MBBHa^BH«M"^B*"M«^MMMI^^^^^^^^MMMi^^^^^^MM"^^^^^^-»~ » Connors has a good thing going Mew York Times Service NEW. YORK-With a blare of dog whistles, J i m m y , Connors had been advertised as being available for interrogation at Madison Square Garden but at the appointed hour Monday, only the coffee and the Danish pastry were visible. "Jimmy went h o m e to St. Loin's," explained George Liddy, "to settle some presonal problems." In his striped tie and blazer, George Liddy described himself as "the promoter" of the $100,000 winner-take-all tennis match between Connors and Rod Laver at Caesars Palace in Las- Vegas a week from Sunday at 10-a.m. There, an hour, surely by coincidence, when the casino is almost empty, anyway. . "And this could be the start," Liddy said, "of a new 'concept in tennis that would be like the heavyweight b o x i n g championship--a champion and a challenger in title matches. If the winner were to be J i m m y , for example, John Newcombe would be his obvious challenger in the next match." If the winner were to be Jimmy, the 22-year-old Wimbledon and Forest Hills champion would do well to. study the promotional tenets of Muhammad Ali, the real heavyweight champion. Prior to All's-last tango with Joe Frazier early last year, a shadow of a doubt existed over the health of his right hand. John Condon of the Garden's boxing department implored Ali to appear in order to deny any damage, but all was reluctant. "I'm too busy training," Ali said. "But ever since this talk started," Condon said, "nobody has bought any tickets." "·I'll be there tomorrow,'" Ali said. BUT FOR JIMMY CONNORS, there is no such f i n a n c i a l urgency. There is no closed-circuit TV with thousands of seats to sell, as Inure is for a title fight. Even at Caesars Palace the live, if slightly sleepy, audience.will only number about 2,500 devotees. Elsewhere the m a t c h will be on home TV with the fee already determined, so Jimmy Connors went home. ' DAVE ANDERSON "He has personal problems," said Bill Riordan. his manager, "but here's a phone number." When he was contacted, J i m m y Connors talked easily, as' if he didn't have any cares. "I don't have any personal problems," he said. "I'm just home. Everything's all right. I just came home to get come rackets strung, to gel some clothes cleaned, then I'm going to Birmingham, Ala. for a l o u r n a m e n t . 1 told Bill' a few days' ago that I wasn't going to New York because I was going home instead." "But they thought you were coming." "Before I went to Australia, I did eight days of publicity for the match. But now that I'm back, my coaches told me to play tennis and think about the · match." "George Liddy said you were running four miles a dav." "Not me," Connors said. "I'm not doing anything d i f f e r e n t . I just want to be playing well when I get there. I played well in the Bahamas last week and won the t o u r n a m e n t . I hope to play well in Birmingham this week. That's all I'm doing--just playing tennis." '·HOW DO YOU visualize the match?" "I think I ' l l win but 1 don't visualize how the match will go, I've never played Laver. In fact I've .never really watched him play. When he won the alan king t o u r n a m e n t in ''Vegas last year, I watched him play iwo games on TV, then I turned it off. I'm not one for watching." "Where were you that day?" "Where was I?" he asked himself. "I don't know where I was. I t h i n k 1 was playing a tournament, but I don't know where." "What about the heavyweight title concept?" "I started that when I challenged Laver after I won at Forest Hills last year. It's a good concept. Good for the winner. And if I win, my people are talking to Newcombe's people. My people are also talking to Guillcrmo Villas's people about a match in Argentina and my people are talking to Hie Nastase's people." "But your people are Nastase's people." "Well, yeah, sort of," he acknowledged. '·WHY DID YOU pass up the Davis Cup again?" "Personal reasons, that's all," he said. "Personal with Dennis Ralston?" he was asked, (Continued on C-2, Col. 6) JIMMY CONNORS What problems? HANK IIOLLINGWORTH Blackmail has Illiiii on move "I realty believe five teams will contend for the Big 10 championship next season, even though it's obvious Ohio State and Michigan have had it al! over the rest of us for quite a while. The Buckeyes and Wolverines won't be down, either. Some of us are catching up with them." Polio never licked Bob Blackman when he was a USC football player fresh 'out of Long Beach Poly and apparently the big, bad Bucks and Wolves won't do it, either, as he struggles slowly to right the University of Illinois football ship. The current president of the American Football Coaches Association was back in Long Beach over the weekend to preside over the 10th annual Long Beach Century Club Clinic of Champions and was anything but gloomy contemplating an upcoming football campaign that will find the Illini battling the "Big Two" on successive weekends. COACH, WHY HAVE OHIO STATE and Michigan dominated the Big 10? v "There's no place in college football where the rich get richer like at Ohio State--and to a lesser degree, Michigan. It's a combination of many things--both are great universities with rich football tradition and, thus, they can more easily recruit the good kids. "I'll give you an example. I thought I had one super player sold on Illinois, then he told me, 'I like everything about Illinois better than I do Ohio State, but I'm going to enroll at Ohio State.' I asked why and he replied, 'All the players there are wearing Rose Bowl rings and they go to the Rose Bowl every year. I want to go, too.' "Also, if you look about the nation, every conference has its haves-and-have nots. -There's USC out here, Oklahoma and Nebraska in their league, and Texas, and Alabama. Some have a little more going for them, such as being closer to big towns and the tendency to continue winning. This tendency is a big attraction for good players. "But things can change. Dartmouth had six consecutive losing seasons before I went there in 1955, then we won seven Ivy League championships in the next nine seasons. When we started winning, we got the good players." IS /T DIFFICULT to recruit against Ohio State and Michigan? "I like to think we are getting our share now, but those schools are like USC in football and UCLA in basketball. They all can go to outside areas, like New York, and go after the ONE good player they want and get him. That's because of their prestige. It's not that easy for the rest of us. "I also like to think, though, that Illinois is reaching that plateau. It's possible, too, because the Illini had a rich tradition'with Red Grange, Bob Zuppke and Ray Eliot. But because of circumstances, they hit rock bottom. Illinois was 1-17 against Big 10 opponents the three seasons before I took over in 1971, now the record is 17-16. So, things are-looking up." John Hicks, Ohio State's 1973 all-America lineman, recently made the remark, "Five schools in the Big 10 have talent equal to Ohio State's, but the difference is Woody Hayes' motivation." Do you agree? "No! That statement is simply not true. I'm not downgrading Woody, but there's no question about the superiority of his talent. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and California produce the most football players. Ohio State is a lot like Penn State in that there are lots of schools in their states, but they're the major ones and, consequently, they have no competition for the real blue chip players. The talent is in Ohio and it comes to Woody." WHEN WILL OTHER Big 10 teams be on a par with Ohio State and Michigan? "I really believe five teams will contend for the Big 10 championship next season, even though it's obvious Ohio State and Michigan have had it all over the rest of us for quite a while. "The three challengers will be Michigan State, which probably will be ranked in the country's preseason top 10; Wisconsin and Illinois. Michigan State's win over Ohio State last season was no fluke. The Spartans are good. We tied them in midseason, 21-21, and they didn't lose a game the rest of the year. "The Buckeyes and Wolverines won't be down, cither. Some of us are catching up with them." How do your players feel competing against Ohio State and Michigan? "They gel sky-high for both teams. There's no hang-dog feeling. Our Illini kids have played three extremely close games with Ohio Slate in my four seasons." WHEN DO YOU THINK you'll come to (he Rose Bow/? - ! "Oh, I've been there. I pedalled my bike to the Rose Bowl game in 1931 and 1932 when I was in junior high in Long Beach. I have an added incentive to get (Continued on C-2, Col. 1) Losing effort Ken Stabler of AFC loses control of football as he is sandwiched between Claude Humphrey and R a m s ' Jack Youngblood during Monday night's Pro Bowl game. The Juice is loose O.J. Simpson eludes diving tackle by Ted Hendricks and picks up healthy gain for AFC. The favored AFC was beaten, 17-10, as NFC snapped three game losing streak in traditional season- ending pro football event. -,\P Wirepbotos. PCAA scrap begins Thursday night Are 49ers ready for race? By JIM McCORMACK Staff Writer Is L o n g Beach State ready to open defense of its P a c i f i c Coast Athletic Association b a s k e t b a l l t i t l e 0 "We'd better be," coach Dwight Jones t o l d the CAZZIE RETURNS TONIGHT O A K L A N D (Special) Forward Cazzie Russell, sidelined since the exhibition season following knee surgery, returns to the L a k e r s ' l i n e u p tonight against the Golden State Warriors. Russell is expected to see limited action against his former teammates, a L a k e r spokesman said. The veteran forward is not as quick as he once was, due to the long layoff. The Lakers, who have the worst record in the Western Conference (1725), have not played since J a n . 11. T h e Warriors lead the Pacific Division (27-16), but have lost their last three games, all on the road, follwing the All- Star break. Another ailing Laker, Pat Rilcy, who has not played since Jan. 3, will be in uniform tonight but continues to be hampered by s t r a i n e d k n e e lica- mcnts and probably won't play. T h e Lakers return to the Forum this weekend In l a c e N e w O r l e a n s Friday and Philadelphia Sunday. S o u t h l a n d b a s k e t b a l l w r i t e r s M o n d a y . His 49ers begin confer- e n c e competition t h i s w e e k w i t h t w o L o n g B e a c h A r e n a games- Thursday n i g h t against P a c i f i c a n d S a t u r d a y night against San Jose State. The 49ers will be seeking their sixth consec- u t i v e P C A A title, s o m e - t h i n g no other school has ever won. "The most important 10 games of our season are the 10 conference games ahead of us." said Jones, who ranks San Diego and San Jose States as prime contenders to the -filers' crown. T h e conference r a c e , Jones knows, is a separate season for everyone in the PCAA. In recent years, some league rivals s p e n t ' an entire season preparing for games with Long Beach. "Based on the number of scouting ticket requests we've had and the n u m - ber of coaches I've seen at our games, schools are preparing for us that way t h i s y e a r , t o o . " s a i d Jones. "I'm sure every coach in o u r conference h a s seon us play at least three l i m e s , and in most cases more." Jones is no d i f f e r e n t . "I've seen everyone in the league at least three times." he admitted. Jones a l s o admits he isn't s u r e t h e scouting helps. "If a n y t h i n g , " he said, "basketball coaches over- scout. You can know my offense inside out, but if 1 can get my lead pass to my strongside forward, you're in trouble. But if your guard can keep me f r o m completing t h a t pass, then I'm in trouble. It comes down to talent." Jones would like each conference game to come down to talent. "We've prepared for all t h e t a n g i b l e s . " s a i d Aussie girls show 'em how to play, 98- 35 Forward Karin M a a r and guard J a n Lioncrt combined for 39 points Monday night and led the A u s t r a l i a n N a t i o n a l Women's All-Star basketball team to a 98-35 victory over the Long Beach State women. Maar, a 21-year-old student, had 12 of her game- high 23 points in the first half as Australia pulled away to a -13-13 lead. Ms. L i o n c r t , a 22-year-old secretary, scored 12 of her 16 points in the final 20 minutes. The older, more experienced Australian team, opened the exhibition contest with a 10-2 burst, Retting baskets f r o m Jan Bowman (two), Carmel Good, Jill Hammond and Gayo Fcwkcs and never lookt-d back while daz- z l i n g a c a m p u s gym crowd of 400 with a harassing full-court press and a flashy fast break. "We weren't used to the contact," explained Mrs. . Schaafsma. "I think there was more contact out Photo on Page C-2. there than I've seen in a lot of men's games." Long Beach had two players reach double figures--6-1 freshman center Monica Havelka, who had 11, and 5-8 sophomore for- war Cardie Hicks, with 10. Mrs. Schaafsma's team returns to its own level of competition Wednesday and Friday nights, hosting UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. Those games ui'U begin at 7:45 p.m. UCLA is led by Annie Meyers, a 6-3 freshman who is the sister of Bruin forward David Meyers. "This was quite an experience for our young team," LBSU coach Fran Schaafsma said after the defeat. Her club, playing the g a m e around a dem a n d i n g c o n f e r e n c e schedule, had taken only a half hour of scrimmage time working under international rules, which were used in Monday's game. · AUSTRALIA ««: FlirtTM ! 00 2. Ik» " M R WilsonII000, Morns 3MII1, Hammond ^ M X. l.ioncrt ', 2-2 18. flfwl 3 2-2 «, Tomlinwin .1 1-2 ". Maar 10 H it. FiTrU I US, dross 3 2-1 H. R'nilry ftftO (l. LONG ItKAttl mi: Amy 2 frd 4, Hicks. ' ivo 10. I) Canlu 0 (10 0. K C.inlu .11-27, llavrlk.1 5 1-2 II. Noel 0000. Stilh (10-0 0, Hris 0 3 1.1 wtiilaktr 0 M 0. Fisher 0 Oi) i, KlLVWll 0 (Ml 11 llalllmi' score; Austral] II. Uni! tit-itch IS. A-100 (CM L , Jones. "We're right where we wanted to be when league play started. Hopefully, intangibles won't be a factor. "We'll be motivated to play each game and if we execute properly, the outcome of the game will come down to talent, and we're happy w i t h what we've got." The 49ers' rookie coach is satisfied with the status o f h i s t e a m e n t e r i n g league. "We're pleased with our record M l - 4 ) a n d we're pleased with our health- knock on wood," he said. Asked to pick an area of h i s t e a m that h a s s u r - prised h i m . Jones nomi- n a t e d teamwork. "I've said all along the s u c c e s s o f t h i s t e a m would be determined by how well the kids played t o g e t h e r . " e x p l a i n e d J o n e s . "They've b e e n p l a y i n g well together and t h a t makes me very, very h a p p y . O u r t o p s i x players are very compatible. "Another s t r e n g t h of t h i s team is the versatility (Continued on C-2, Col. 3) I SPORTS ON RADIO ; -A.ND TV- ft- TELEVISION L a k e r s vs. Golden State KTLAiS), 7:?0p.m. JOHN DIXON, Sports Editor. Tuesday. Jan. 21, 1975 Section C, Page C-l Harris sparks victory Combined News Services MIAMI -- Ram quarterback James Harris tossed f i n a l period touchdown passes of eight yards each to Mel Gray and Charley Taylor Monday night to give the National Conference All-Stars a 17-10 upset victory over the A m e r i c a n conference stars in the NFL's annual Pro Bowl. Harris, subbing for in- j u r e d F r a n Tarkenton, brought the NFC from behind by uncorking a Pro Bowl record toss of 57 yards to Gray, from St. Louis, as the fourth quarter began. ' Two plays later, he hit Gray for the touchdown to make the score 10-10. On the first play after the kickoff, Franco Harris of Pittsburgh fumbled and Ken Houston of Washington picked up at the AFC 28. Houston himself fumbled at the AFC 15, but First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards AFC NFC 18 14 37-163 34-118 12-1 ' 158. ' 191 ' 154 . l?-25-3 11-21-1 -: 3-43 , 7-n · . . 3-1 3-1 ' 15 ' 3-50 RADIO I.alters vs. Golden State KABC. 7:30 p.m. IXIIIK Beach City CollcRo vs. Pierce, K1.0N-FM (88.1). Chris Hanburger of ; the Redskins fell on it at the 11. Two plays later, Harris hit the Redskins' Taylor on a slant-in fronv; eight yards out and "the. NFC defenders held tight for the 11:33 remaining. Harris was chosen 'the g a m e ' s most valuable player. Harris was asked if can throw a longer pass than h i s record 5 7 - y a r d e r . Replied Harris: ''A man can't get out fast enough to catch a pass as far as I can throw it. To do it, he'd have to go into the stands." : The most t a l e n t e d players of the NFL provided few thrills for a national television audience and a slim Orange Bowl crowd of 26,484 in the first half. A 33-yard field goal by Chester M a r c o l of Green Bay with 9:32 remaining in the second period gave the NFC a 3-0 lead at the half. NFC NFC-FG Mi real U AFC-W:.rfield )! (Ocrtll kick) AFC-FG Ocrelj 11 NFC-Ot,w i M K (M«ol klikl NFC-TMlor a MM (Mjral kitm Hams , Harm Ql'AHTERIIORSE RACING --Uis Alamltos, first |Xsl 7:4B p.m. ,IC llASKKTiUt.L-Pierce at I.miK Beach City Collt'Ke, 8 p.m. INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING -AFC. 'Simpson IVK, c«mM lO'SO, F, Kuril »·!», ArmMrono M6 NFC, MtCulchcon IJ-SI, fuemm, RECEIV1NG-AFC, WartlMd ·' ;.»l Bra«h M?, Caster }·». NFC, Taylor 4 J'. Gray !·«. Foreman ).JO. PASSING-AFC. Slablcr MM, H

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