Independent from Long Beach, California on March 19, 1976 · Page 29
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JOHN DIXON, Sports Editor F.iday, March 19, 1976 SECTION C, PAGE C-1 II \K IIOM.IMAVOItTIl UCLA wins; Rebs roll craps Shoemaker full of surprises How do you celebrate when you've attained a goat never before achieved in history? Champagne, exotic foods and dancing 'til dawn, right? Wrong. When you're Bill Shoemaker and you've just won the 7,000th race of a remarkable career, you find another way to celebrate--like attending a family birthday party for the only agent you've ever had. Shuemaker won No. 7,000 on Harry Silbert's birthday Sunday and when asked afterward how he would celebrate, Shoe replied: "I'm going lo a surprise birthday party for Harry." Silbert didn't hear that remark. "1 was emotionally spent, absolutely exhausted," recalled Silbert. "All 1 wanted was a quiet dinner with my wife and then early to bed. Theima suggested that we have dinner at Xavier Cugat's, knowing my passion for Mexican food. I tried to talk her out of it, knowing that she's not too fond of Mexican food, but wives always prevail. "We got our favorite table and had just settled down for a relaxing dinner when the earthquake hit. How better can I describe 17 children and grandchildren bursting upon a cathedral-like silence? I was surprised, hut I was really stunned a few minutes later when Shoe walked in. Talk about your birthdays: This was the greatest anyone ever had." Silbert told Shoe that tie was the last person he expected to see that night Shoe laughed and said: "If you had been in the jockey room, you'd have known I was coming." SHOEMAKER AND Silbert are a race track legend. Where other riders switch agents every time they buy new socks, Shoe has learned with Harry since the beginning. Silbert put Shoemaker on his first horse and he put him on winner No. 7,000 Sunday, Royal Derby. Silbert also found Crystal Water for Shoe and he made it No. 7,001 the same day. The secret of this longevity is understanding and faith, two rare sports commodities these days. Shoe leaves it to Harry to find the horses and he has complete confidence in Silbert's "horse sense". "I like to talk things over with Shoe when it comes to stakes and when we have a choice," said Harry. "When we have a choice in a stake, I tell Harry to decide. That way I'll have someone to blame if we lose," said Shoe, who has his own brand of dry humor. MOST NOTED problem the (wo ever faced came just before the 1959 Kentucky Derby. Shoe wanted to ride Sword Dancer. Silbert already had committed him lo Tomy Lee. Silbert prevailed, and Shoe rode Tomy Lee and won. Sword Dancer finished second under Bill Boland, who promptly lodged a claim of foul against Shoe and Tomy Lee. The claim was disallowed by the stewards. "Before the race I thought Ihal Sword Dancer was the best horse," explained Shoe, "so, naturally, I wanted lo ride him. But Harry already had given his word for the other horse, so that was that. As it turned out, we got lucky and won it. "I say lucky because the other coll was probably best, as I had suspected. Coming into the stretch, Tomy Lee was getting tired. He'd been running on the wrong lead all the way and I couldn't get him to change no matter how bard I coaxed him. (Continued on C-4, Col. 3) Bruins top fiery foes by 9 UCLA's defending national col- legiale basketball champions fought off several late bids by Pep- perdlne University Thursday night to lake a difficult 70-61 victory in the NCAA West Regionals at Pauley Pavilion. The B r u i n s will p l a y the University of Arizona, 114-109 overt i m e w i n n e r over Nevada-Las Vegas, for the West title at 1 p.m. Saturday. UCLA all-America f o r w a r d Richard Washington admitted that the Bruins were not at their best. "It was a sloppy game," he said, "but it's Ihe final score that counts." UCLA looked anything but convincing running off a 40-35 halftime lead. Pepperdine's Ollie Matson forced Richard Washington outside, daring him to drive to the basket. Washington settled for the long- range shots, hitting only three in eight attempts. He did dump the ball off to Marques Johnson enough for the junior forward to lead all Bruin NCAA playoffs Kill Ai (kftuhtr* RQ tgers «J, Coaaeciicmt 79. V M T l l . D c P m l a i O T i . MUrul AtBjUi R«i£f Ifeliaiu 71. Allbatnj O Harqaeltt «. W. llkhigann. MUwnl Al Loulllfllr Michigan ». Notre Dime 78 Missouri 8ft, Tv*a* Tech TV Wfsl »tPiHjtjr?ltilVQ Arirnni l l l . l ' N l . V l M i o m L'CLAW. ftffrrtael^ scorers with 10 points in the first half. He also snared six rebounds. The Bruins connected on .51 1 from Ihe floor lo Pepperdine's .419. Bartow played freshman David Greenwood the first 11:07 before going to senior Ralph Drollinger, who later fouled out. The pair combined for eight points and seven rebounds, but the Waves' Marcos Leite denied their defense for H points and pulled down eight rebounds. Pepperdine's only leads in the first half came at 2-0 and 10-8. Otherwise, it was UCLA all the way. (Continued on C-2, Col. S) Sailing-- Congressional Cup Scries, Long Beach Outer Harbor, 11 a.m. llorse racing-- Ttwroughbreil.s Santa Anita, first posl 1:30 p.m.; Harness horses. I/os Afamitos, lirst posl 8 p.m. Women's linnis-- Long Beach Slate vs. USC.LBSU, 2 n . m . College bsebalf-- I/me Beach .Stale vs. lajola, LBSU lic!d, 2:30 p.m. JC volleyball-- Lona Beach City College vs. Pasadena. LBCC gym, 2:30 p.m. JC tennls-- Long Beach Cily College vs. Bakersfkld, LBCC. 2:M p.m. Prtp baseball-- Poly al Jordan, Late- wood at Millikan, Cornptnn al Wilson, Kennedy at Jordan, alt .1: is p.m. Prep swimming-- Pnly al Millikan. Lakcwood at Wilson, Kennedy at Jordan, all 3:15 p.m. Water polo-- Long Beach State vs. UCLA, 7 p.m. and USA vs. Canada. 8 p.m., both Belmonl Plaza Olympic Pool. Molocross-- Irwindale Raceway, 7:30 p.m. Women's gmtiastlcs-- U.S. vs. Canada, Cal Stale fullcrton, 7:3fl p.m. Pro basketball-- Lakers vs. Detroit. Forum. 8 p.m. firanlon run-- Choose your beach. 12:33 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. iSalurday morn- Ingl. OKT -A^ISTD TV TELEVISION Women's freestyle »Hng-- KABC (7), 10:30 p m Ari-zone-a defense U. of Arizona's Bob Elliott reaches out with long arm to wrest ball away from Nevada-Las Vegas' Boyd Batts in NCAA Regional playoff at Pauley Pavilion Thursday night. Wildcats stunned UNLV, 114-109 in overtime. -»p wrrww. Indiana, Marquette win, set up showdown Associated Press Indiana and Rutgers remained unbeaten, Marqueltc won as expected and Missouri, Michigan and VMI also advanced Thursday night as the field for the NCAA Basketball Tournament was reduced to eight. In the M i d e a s t regional at Baton Rouge, La., Indiana held olf Alabama, 74-69, and Marquetle teat Western Michigan, 62-57. In the East at Greensboro, N.C., Rutgers ran past Connecticut, 93-79, and VMI outlasted DePaul, 71-66, in overtime. In the Midwest al Louisville Michigan got by Notre Dame, 80-76, and Missouri lopped Texas Tcch,86-7S. Thursday night's winners will c o m p e t e in Saturday's regional finals willi the winners advancing lo the final round of four in Philadelphia. The semifinals w i l l be played a week from Saturday and the finals Monday night, March 20. Indiana, 2tM) and rated No. ! throughout the season, held off a strong Alabama learn behind Ail- American Scott May's 25 points. May put the Hoosiers ahead for good with a jump shot witli 2:01 remaining, and Tom Abcrnethy and Bob Wilkerson added free throws to ice Indiana's triumph. Alabama, whose lowering cen- ter I-con Douglas managed just 12 points, was held scoreless for Ihe final J:57of Ihe game. Burly center Kent Benson, who spent much of the second half on the bench aflcr picking up his fourth foul, added 15 points for Nobby Knight's liooslcrs, who have lost just one of their last 61 contests. T.R. Dunn netted lii points for the sixth-ranked Crimson Tide, 22-5. Marqucllc, 27-1 and ranker! No. 2, had ils hands full before subduing lOlh-ranked Western Michigan. The scrappy Broncos led 51-fiO with (Continued on C-2, Col. 1) Overtime shocker by Ariz. ByLOELSCHRADER Stall.Writer An hour before the game, .Jerry Tarkanian's face was ashen and his eyes resembled two cherries in a bowl of milk. "I'm renlly worried," said Inn N e v a d . i - L a s Vegas basketball coach. "Arizona is tough. Relieve me, they're tough." When he surveyed the wreckage of a 2fl-2 season Thursday night after Ilic third-ranked Rebels had tost a 114-10!) overtime decision to Arizona in Ihe NCAA Western Regional tournament at Pauley Pavilion, Tnrkiinitin was in a state of shock. "We had our cluinces and we didn't gel the job done." said the former ling Reach State couch, who was making his sixth appearance in Ihe Western Regional. Indeed, Ihe Kclicls had their chana's. But so did the Wildcats us the teams squared off in a run-ond- gim duel Ihal had 12,li)tf fans rocking and rolling with delight. Ncvada-kis Vegas employed a (iill-onurl press ami lost a reckless roll of Hie dice with the Wildcats, who came into the tournament ranked Will in the nation but virtually ignored as a contender. "Maybe thai was good," said Ariwma coach Fred Snowdcn. "Our learn felt slighted." Much of the credit for Arizona's victory must go lo guards Herman Harris and .lim Kappis, who combined for 5!i points and 21 assists. Kappis played more than half the game with a bruised heel thai shaved a step from his speed hut ilidn't affect Ills shooting touch. "He's our six-milllon-dollar man," said Snowdcn, noting that Kappis hail had a back operation on Oct. 10 ami had played eight minutes of a game on Dec. .1. Nevada-Lai; Vegas, which harl lost only to Pcpperdinc during the best season in (ho school's history, bounced back from the first-half blahs lo come within a missed free throw of winning the game in regulation tie. (Continued on C-2, Col. 1) Andy held an auction an promts --and nobody came Sweep for Turner Pr» baiktlbilt-- Lakers vs. Dttrnit, K A B C . S p m . By DON CULPEPPER Staff Wrller Ted T u r n e r of t h e Atlanta Yacht Club finished ahead of com- pelilors in Ihree races Thursday In start the Congressional Cup Scries, but all of Ihe Ihrec races were involved in protests, and Turner was not certain Thursday night whether he was leading the 10 skippers or was down near the bottom of the pack. Inasmuch as results of protests arc never announced until the next day's skippers' meeting, his lead of 3-0 was in doubt. One of (hose protests involved his race with Dennis Conner (San Diego Yacht Clubt. who had two clear-cut victories and one in dispute with Turner. Turner also was in a dispute with Graham Hall (Naval Academy Sailing Squadron) in the first series of the day, and with Marc Hollerbach (Yacht Racing Union of Ihe Great Lakes) In the Ihird series. (Continued on C-2, Col. 1) Assoeiatrii Press The bidding at the Andy Messersmilh auction Thursday was expected to be hot and heavy, but mosl of the high rollers apparently chose not to raise their hands. "We've been coniacted by six clubs," said Mcsscr- smith's agent, Herb Osmond from his Newport Beach olfice. "But we've only had one firm offer, from the Atlanta Braves. "We expected more." Osmond saitl Ihe St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago While Sox, San Diego Padres, California Angels and New York Yankees also have expressed interest in acquiring the services of Messersmilh. The .30-year-old right-hander, who won 13 games (or the Dodgers last season, became available aflcr he was ruled a free agenl by an arbitrator over the winter. The decision came aflcr Mcssermilh played the 1075 season for Ihe Dodgers without a contract, and has been upheld Iwicc in the courts. The Dodgers have said they don't inlcnd to enter the bidding for Mcssersmilh's services, and Osmond said, "We really sort of expected every club but the Dodgers lo talk with us. Every leam can always use a goodpilcher. "Take Philadelphia, for Instance. I think with Andy they would get that extra push for a pennant. But they haven't called." Osmond said the' lack of response from major league clubs was particularly supnsing since Messer- smilh had not made any firm or exorbitant demands. Ted Turner, the new owner of Ihe Atlanta Braves, was (he only team official to lender a personal hid to .sign Mcssersmilh. The other five; (cams phoned Osmond. (Conlinucd on C-2, Col. Si Pook: relationship with city 'good' GP planning long run in Long Beach By ALLEN WOLFE Staff Writer Long Beach Grand Prix president Chris Pook Thursday vehemently denied rumors that the race through the city streets would be moved to San Diego's Mission Bay in 1977. "That's absolute, sheer speculation," Pook said, a m i d final preparatioas for n e x t week's United Stales Grand P r i x West along the shorefronl streets of Long Beach. "There is no basis of truth in it whatsoever. We have a 10-year contract with the city of Long Beach, with a five-year option clause, and we intend to honor it "Honestly, I wish I knew where till*, rumor got started. It is 2 bloody nuisance and Is absolutely unfounded." Pook, founder of the Long Beach Grand Prix, admitted that he has received overtures about staging (he race from other cities, including Las Vegas, Miami Beach and San Diego. "We have been approached by Las Vegas interests who were merely investigating the possibility of staging a Formula 5000 race similar lo the one we held (in Long Beach) last September. They didn't want a world championship Formula One event, so the matter was dropped." With regard to San Diego, Pook said, "That goes back three years, lo 1973. We considered San Diego as a race site, just like we did Seattle, San Francisco, Long Beach and several others. But we selected Long B e a c h because it offered more. We have not heard from them (San Diego) since. "We're ( L o n g Beach Grand Prix Association) not interested in holding the race anywhere but in Long Beach." Pook said that it would be impossible to hold the race in another cily next year because "it would lake at least two years" before his association would he able In o b t a i n international sanction through Ihe CS! (Committee Sportive Internationale, competition ving of the world governing body for auto racing). Also, he would have to get a race date on (he international calendar, map D race course and have it certified as an international circuit, and raise the needed revenue. "It took us nearly three years of concentrated effort lo bring next week's race to I/ong Beach," said Pook. "I c a n ' t imagine going through all that again." Pook maintains that the relationship between his organization and Long Beach city officials is "a good one" and that he has received "excellent cooperation" from city manager John Mansell and the Long Beach City Council. (Continued oa C-«, Col. 8) Delivers more smoothness per ¥2 gallon. SAVE $1.00 Lknifed Tint Only. Smooth as Silk Kessler Now the third largest selling American whiskey.

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