Independent from Long Beach, California on February 24, 1964 · Page 17
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Long Beach, California
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Monday, February 24, 1964
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Lakers Snake-nipped Again, 109-108, by S.F. SAN FRANCISCO--Wilt Chamberlain guided in a missed shot with seven second] r«mmm» Sunday, giving San Francisco a 109108 victory over the Lakers and boosting the Warrior lead in the Western Division of the National Basketball Association to two games over idle St. Louis. ChamberUin. who led scorers with 37 points despite a bad leg. funntled in a jump shot by Guy Rodgers from 15 feet away. The loss dropped the t h i r d - p l a c e Lakers six games behind with 12 contests left. Their last five losses have been by a total of seven points. · The game wai tied three times in the last four minutes until Jerry West, who finished with 23 points, scored a three-point play~ that madeit 106-103 for the Lakers with 1:17 to play. West got IS of his points in the last half. But Chamberlain came back with 42 seconds remaining with a three-point play that made it 105-107 Lakers as West fouled out Elgin BayJor. who led Laker scorers with 29, took a shot with 19 seconds left that was partially blocked by Tom Meschery, who put in 10 field goals in the second half on his way to a 23-point afternoon. This set cp the winning field goal by Chamberlain. Jim Krebs barely missed a 30-foot hook shot as the final buzzer s o u n d e d . Hooks by Krebs gave the Laker center his best scoring game of the season with 24 points. Following an exhaustive road trip, including Sunday's video affair and a heart-breaking loss to the Royals before a near-ca- IVBA Standings WtJTIHN Division gCff- a f e * - SSTL ·a Sari mKt . it (Only send *»e«jlw. CttnM TMfgtt ·oitaa If CXtra.L IOn Barnes sctieduleffl. Special Cameras Rigged for Title Fight Placards in Miami and wherever the Sonny listen Cassius Clay bout will be televised Tuesday night proclaim it as the "greatest fight in boxing history.' However, some of the more caustic observers are calling it the "most lucrative gag ever played on the sporting public." I personally think this is unfair. Even if Liston wins by an early knockout as indicated by the odds, it still is a a outstanding attraction.' A heavyweight c h a m - pionship fight is one of the most dramatic events in the sporting world. And much of the drama and suspense is wrapped up in the punching power of big men going for the knockout S o m e of the most l e g e n d a r y moments in sports history have been the quick endings to major fights. Take Jack Dempsey's bouts with WHlard and Firpo as examples. And there never has been a more spectacular two minutes of action recorded than Joe Louis' first-round knockout of Max Schmeling with one of the most savage attacks STEVE Ff".S ever seen in the ting. Analyzes TV Bonanza Nobody who spent money to see that ever squawked. So why downgrade this fight? Whatever happens, it's going to be a history-making show. Even if Clay is unable to stand up to the powerful champion, he nevertheless has earned a niche in boxing's hall of fame for bunding up what is certain to be aa aH- " Bruins Eye Title Tonight The UCLA Bruins, who won game at Stanford Pavilion or the first time in three ears Saturday night, could linch their third straight Big ix basketball title tonight y defeating Washington at seattle. The Bruins, unbeaten ia 22 ;ames this season and ranked irst in the nation, eliminated tanford by downing the Indians, 100-85. UCLA trailed iy as much as 11 points in he early going but came from ehind in the second half, coring 20 points in 2V$ minutes. i-fUgfo J W California stfll has a chance rfflSon* ! M o finish in a tie with the Bruins, but UCLA could liminate the Bears with a __ ictory over the Washington ^f] Juskies tonight "-In other Big Six games to- .ight, Stanford will play Southern California at the - Sports Arena and Cal will be at Washington State. tioe record "take." Total gross receipts could reach million from the live gate ($12 million maximum), closed- circuit TV ($6 million maximum) and $300,000 for radio, movie and foreign rights. However, the total more likely will be around $5 million. MENTION ABOVE THAT SOME were criticizing the fight brings to mind a funny incident that unfolded recently. A certain West Coast columnist appraised the high-price list for the seats ia the Miami Auditorium and wrote that although P. T. Bamum may have been right about a sucker being bom every minute, there would be few who would pay $230 to see the fight. BUI McDonald, the wealthy Miami sportsman who -bought- the rights to stage the fight for $625,100, reveals that "the day after I read that column, I received a check for $3,000 and an order for a dozen $250 tickets from that columnist's publisher." The $250 seats were no problem. They were grabbed up rapidly--an 720 of them Ia the "Golden Circle" which comprises the first four rows behind the press section at ringside. They are status symbols for people who have to go first class. In addition to those seats, there are 672 at $200 815 at $150 and 4.000 at the old ceiling price of $100. Then there are 5,700 seats at $50 apiece and 3.SOO at $20. TOE 5IERE MATHEMATICS of the fight not only are staggering, but it also marks the first tine a fighter also has cut in on the promotional end. The net receipts from all sources that will go into the final pool will be shared three ways. Liston gets 40 per cent, Clay 22'^ and Intercontinental Promotions. lac, 37'^. Intercontinental, of course, IS Listen. It's the corporation set cp for him by his financial advisor. Jack Niton. Sonny is president and, naturally, the chief beneficiary. The big pot win come from television--a gross of at least $4 minion from 355 outlets ia the VS. and Canada which can handle I.I miffioa fans. That sum would represent two-thirds capacity. There are 125,000 seats in 21 locations ia Southern California alone as compared to 39,000 for Liston and Patterson. The TV money wfll be divided 50-50 between the participating theater network and the fighters' poo!. -A- -A- * SIXCE TV IS THE BIG TUTXG, television officials have mapped out the most detailed coverage of a fight yet attempted. There wfll be five cameras. In addition to two stationed at the usual places to cover the action, there wfll be one on the catwalk above the ring to look down into the comers between rounds and also for knockdown shots. This is the first time this has ever been done. Then there win be a "side W camera"* that wni take the picture and pUy it back on video tape m SLOW MOTION moments later. The fifth camera win be a portable "crtepie peepie" to be nsed to show celebrities at ringside as wen as unusual shots looking tip at the Tighten. Chief announcer win be the veteran Steve Effis. It win b« his 47th title fight Steve beat out the likes of Chris Schenkel. Don Dunphy, Jack Drees and Van Patrick among others who auditioned for this choice assignment THEATER NETWORK TELEVISION producer Bob Whit* says "Steve got the job because of his knowledge of boring (he once managed Tighten) and his unique style of delivery. He analyzes rather than reports: and says more while talking lest And that's what we waat" EBis has worked four of Listen's boots, incrodicg the last one with Patterson, and three of day's Tights. Ia addition to Steve, there icfll be aa expert ia each comer to make comments on bow each fighter is dome. Joe Loufe Is scheduled to be in Listen'* corner. Immedately after the fight, Effij wfl! Try to New York to narrate the movies of the fight This win be done the same night so that the fi'rns win be in theaters in the Eas by I p.m. Wednesday and here on the Coast a few hour later. CAL PICKED up its sixth ·ictory in 10 conference games and broke a second- place tie with Stanford by defeating Washington, 57-51, t Berkeley Saturday night Southern California, traa- ng by 10 points with about ight minutes left in the sec- nd half, caught up with 10 econds to go and finally de- eated Washington State, 81~7 in overtime, at Pullman. Oregon State, the West's eading independent, broke a school scoring record by flat- ening Idaho, 112-62, at Cor- vaUis. UCLA. 11-0 in the Big Six, railed Stanford 42-37 at the half. Stanford still led 62-59 rr.i ImsroN w L Pet Cf -«a«i » XJS 11",% « jw a * lu, wtw Tort lot O. 0«trM TO4. fmOKt V». liter) to. pacity throng Saturd a y night, the Lakers finally get a couple days rest But they f amp right back into the frying pan Wednesday night when they meet Cincinnati again in the team's final regular-season engagement at the LA. Sports Arena. Another f ice crowd is anticipated for this windup affair which now finds tha Royals leading the season series, 4-3. For that matter, the Royals are leading the Celtics in their head-on duel f _ Totals ft 27-3f 1W _______ . Ih.«rntcrWB 1 HlsMoww 1 5. Phillip* X Poroen _*k*r»-- earrwtt t livlt Prm Wirechc'* *r*n. I tiRmsa X Wii*v 4. Att»fid*rK»--3J17. X Tnwmond ft. trr. EHil, Kir 9 2, «!wn X West «, THAT WILT, HE'S THE FUNNIEST San Francisco Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain (center) enjoys joke he's playing on Lakers' Jim Krebs (32). Wilt took ball away from Krebs in game won by Warriors, 109-1 OS. Gary Phillips is No. 7. Independent- Seattle Blasts Blades, 9-4 SEATTLE WV--The Seattlejod when Bob Barlow of Seat the middle of the second Totems, led by Jean Marie! tie and Johnson exchanged f Tti*m ti» Pr7TT^« rtnT* fVl«Mt» an/1 rVv* W»r^ «7/\,»'M/v*w I 'I HAD NO ALTERNATIVE' Finley Capitulates, Signs 4- Year Lease alf. Then the Bruins ( the ban three straight times and a jump shot by GaQ joodrich put them ahead 63-' 62 with 11:17 to go. * * * Top Ten at a Glance 1 ucl«, C-r bttf S'lntenf l»«l _ i waj-wn. l»t tojr t» Mirnrat* I* S, best Mflsoinxlil 183-59. X K«muc*r. 2C-X. teat Vandcrbilf 194 · bc*T Ajburv S. WTarov*. ItX toil to St. 1 Vienna, Tf-5. t*at St. Leu's M7T. 7. Ornon Itata. D-t. but laaho 7X4L «A/K.fL x a%-- «·*» ^i . DaPaut. l»J. t«at Boravenfura tv 1 ^^ KANSAS CITY. Mo. (UPI) --City officials declined comment Sunday night oa the unexpected offer by Charles O. FirJey, owner of the Kansas City Athletics, to meet tie city's demand for a four- year lease on Municipal Stadium. to nuke a statement tomorrow." Finley told Davis he was accepting the city's proposal for a four-year lease with two options of four years each. Under terms of the pro- Cossette and Don Ward, won a 9-4 Western Hockey League victory over the Blades Sun-' day night Cossette scored two goals and assisted on three others. Ward also accounted for two goals and helped on one other. Norm Johnson paced the Blades with two goals and WHL Standings blows. The Blades, who Haley's tele-^ ,'5ram of acquie-! miS5ed ;scence wasde- their chance to climb into a ' | j v e r e d t o tie for second place with the| Mjvor ,,,, w _ s Totems, now go to Portland D l v i s about for a game Wednesday night \^ then return home Friday to 1 meet the pacesetting Denver Invaders ia the L.A. Sports had referred to the latter pro- [ posal as the best ever made in baseball. ; In agreeing to sign a four- j . ear lease. Finley backed down on his vow never to sign a lease of more than two years here. But, as he stressed posal. F i n l e y would pay in his telegram, he was keep$50,000 rent annually during!^ jjj pledge that "the A's the first four years. Rental] cpen the 19^4 season during the option periods under the o w n e r s h i p of i would be based on a sliding Charles O. Finley." attendance scale, with little! The American League voted more than token rent until 9.1 u st Friday in Boston to paid attendance surpassed take steps to expel Finley 575,000 annually. [fron, basebaU and take the The proposal also specified [Athletics away from him be- that the city would be freed |ca use he would not yield in of a debt Finley claims forjhis demand for a two-year Ijortlatio- Tawdav--Wakv Fomf at Dufct. -- * vuiano»«. Da- after the owner announced his decision, made in the wake improvements he made at the of an American League threat stadium. The owner has re- to kick him out of baseball, [ferred to the most of the im- Davis took the telegram under advisement studying it lOnlv Barnes Camn M» tames c«KS 1 team . fMm."ir!mate. Leo LaBine, assisted on at Miduean. Duta r all four Los Angel es goals. f ^·ja^.r, _ _° _ ° _ _ 'Fv3£-fm-'sil aufs at Craka. Oavlttan . ^m'r «"UJ Taumtv f.fta). cctvtovs w 71 * 1 - Sn-a . SI KUHARICH COACH OF EAGLES? PHILADELPHIA WV-Joe Knharich or Jia Trimble win be the new bead* coach of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National F o o t b a l l League, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday. The newspaper attributed its information to a wen-informed source ia the NFL. Eagles' omer Jerry Wof- maa could not be reached Immediately for comment He Is expected to make aa announcement s o m etime this week. Kuharkh, former Washington Redskins and Notre Dame coach. Is 007 the NFL't soperrlsor of ofRd- ali. Trimble, bead coach cf the Eagles f r o m 1J32 through IJ5J, has been in the Canadian Leazae' since then. The first period was tightry )layed, but the game broke wide open in the second when seven goals were scored, three y Los Angeles and four by Seattle. Howie Young, the Blades' ad boy, received three minor icnalties. However, the only Ighting was in the third peri- lease or nothing from the city. *I had no alternative but to sign up immediately or be p r o v e m e n t s alternately ajjthrown out of baseball," he · · · · FLVtEVS announcement failed to dishearten Arena. Sunday's game was telecast into the Southland, leaving the Blades with a 2-9 Tai1^,Il±^^J^ C r^L^ert°rt LA) i»:4i; *nan:Hoffman, city counselor, and | posai 10 imiey »asi j*n- «jailed to dishearten a group * ^!*'s*irra c °».v;' jaclc HeaEe y' * rnember ofjatong with another four-year of seven Kansas City financial '.?S«!«-I*!·?'.'» J-. 1 *- r (·" '* n w the city council's basebaU proposaL The second pro-and business executives, who committee. tposal caMed for regular rent'plan to incorporate later this *We will have no comment during the initial two yearijweek and negotiate for the k-tc,-^,..- «~,;.i,«- saU^f the lease and token rent of ipurchase of the Athletics. 1411.000 and $318.000. THE CITY made that proposal to Finley last Jan. Mr»«-t Saatn«. Ball CWard. . II. Lea Angeles. Sollnoer o t:TZ tl; S«ama. Ward ces^rrti 11.ft?, ix Scam* i SJ. Jonrtcn OA). lfart» Atan««nc«--l.TO. Sports on Radio-TV IAD10 IKXA vs. WasrijRBtan, KM*C I · m. USC n. Stanford tHX, I » m. Clav Prrvirw. KTTV 1111. t · g From Bt«»!C» City. KMEX C2 whatsoe^-er tonight' Sharpe. "We hope to be able'i I annually thereafter. Davisj This will not alter TV TICK:ETS ON SALE The Ustoa-Clay heavyweight championship fight wQI be telecast over closed-circuit at two Long Beach outlets, Municipal Auditorium and the Fox West Coast Theater. Tickets for the Tuesday night boot can be second at either location. The theater telephone number Is 1 IE 6-420J. The Auditorium box office is open from noon until 7 pjn. That telephone number b 4I«-Ii»2. * * * + ALL PREDICT KNOCKOUT Writers for Liston, 43-3 Cam»iK4 Tnm Wrt lanro MIAMI BEACH--Heavyweight champion Sonny U»- ton was favored 43 to 3 by the writers Sunday to whip Cassius Clay Tuesday tight fa their title fight It was the most lopsided poll ever taken before any major title fight in any division. Among the three who picked day ia the early poll, only one took the long gamble and forecast a knockout victory for young Cassias. That daring prognosticator was Bob Waters of Newsday on Long Island, N.Y. Waters, an outstanding boxing writer, said Clay would knock out the champion within 13 rounds. Tuesday's fight at the Miami Beach Convention Center is scheduled for 15 rounds. Leonard Koppett of the New York Times picked day to win by either a kayo or a decision. Bill Wise of True Magazine and the Boxing Yearbook, said Cassius would take the crown on a decision. Among the 43 Liston supporters, all picked him to win by a knockout The largest vote, 13, was for a knockout within three rounds. However, there wire five who forecast the fourth straight first-round kayo by Sonny. Ray Cutteridge, of London'! The Evening News, said on hii ballot 'Liston, the bloody monster, anytime he cares to start" -*· * if LISTOV PROMISED the newsmen, "Youll be going home between the first and the third," at he completed his training. Liston said he thought he had improved since he won the title from Floyd Patterson in 1962. He added that he never had hit aay opponent as hard as be could. Asked if he would shoot the works against Clay, he tald, *TU hit him just hard enough to put him to sleep." "If Clay comes into the ring with the idea of running. I think I can catch him." said Sonny. plans because we feel the of- · fer does not change the circumstances that have existed during the past 30 dayj," said Alexander J. Barket, a spokes- , man for the ^corporators. "The telegram appears to be a statement that the lease would be accepted under duress." The group announced Saturday it would seek, as a corporation, to win an option :o purchase the ball dab if Finley were expelled. If it ron the option, the corporation would finance the purchase by a public offer of stock in the franchise. The group said it sought to provide home ownership of the AtMetics. How Small Collrgc Top Ten Trams Karrtl China* Fraxs »wr. I»« loutMm - . AnxrtcaK kd t Ttxaa *r- T. Wn*al Cars"** ant % t km. 73- i Fravw S'a-a tost t torn**, Tvn. e «rasnnr°aj at St. lou.i a«aat* . * Today's Sport?. Can! Marsa tarato--tan-a Airita. 1am. CalM*s ·aucmal--VSC rt. tlmfart Scorn Assna. S a m . I

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