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] PALMER?4-1*IN J MASTERS TODAY JACK MCKLAUS Not Feeling Well By WILL GRIMSLEY ' AUGUSTA. Ga. WV-Arnold Palme* has the drives woes. Jack Nicklaus has an aching hip. Gary Player has a strange premonition--and 82 other golfers wish them the worst of luck in the 27th Masters Tournament, opening today. It's the tritely but appropriately dubbed Big Three against the field in the season's first major championship. to be contested during the next four days over the blossoming but deceptively treacherous Augusta National course. . . Palmer, who has projected his powerful game and flair for dramatic finishes into a half-millioa-dollar-a-year enterprise, rules an overwhelming favorite to win an unprecedented fourth title and become the first player ever to put Masters championships back-to-back. He is an astounding 4-1 pick by the unofficial odds- makers, although he acknowledges that the booming drives which have carried him to the pinnacle of golf have lost much of their steam.. "I'm stiE not happy about my driving." Palmer said . Wednesday after shooting eight pars and a birdie in his final S-bole Trindop. "I think IVe mastered some of my trouble--I've been oven winging. But I don't feel as good up there on the tee as I have in the past." Rated right behind him at 6-1 are his main rivals for international honorc--Nicklaus. the blond butterball See Jack Cupit Picture Page C-2 from Columbus, Ohio, playing' his second year as a pro. and Player, the smart, cod little South African who leads the American tour in money winnings. Everybody else is almost forgotten, much to the chagrin of some of the tournament toughened professionals, who refuse to concede that any one man--or even three--has a lien on golf honors. First off the tee at 10 am, EST win be those two grand oM throwback* cf the' golden past--Freddy McLeod, 81. US. Open winner in 1908, and Jock Hutchison. 79. winner of the PGA in 1920 and the British Open in 1921. By tradition, they have opened competition for years. Behind in twosomes will come 52 VS. professionals, 15 U.S. amateurs and 17 foreign champions, totaling 84. McLeod and Hutchison area't included included in the official list. Nicklaus. 23. who never has done better than seventh in three previous tournaments, makes his bid this time as he has in the past--with little advance preparation. Recently he had to quit the tour to take treatment for bursitis in his left hip. "I have taken a hundred shots and other kind of treatment.'* Jack said. *It doesn't bother me when I swing but hurts when I watt. Mainly, fm sorry because I haven't been able to get as ready for the tournament as I would have liked." ARXOLD PALMER Not Driving Well Yankees Are 'Off the Hoard' As they say in the bookmaking business, the New York Yankees are "off the board." The oddsmakers have made them such prohibitive favorites (1-3) that the bookies aren't interested in accepting vagers on the Yanks to win the American League pennant ... only that theyl! lose. · i They've lejrned the facts of life down through the years ... and are eagerly accepting any and all bets on the other nine teams. White Sox manager A! Lopez has tried to help -busi- nessTM by making hij annual announcement that 'This is the year somebody is going to beat the Yanks." In fact. Al himself thinks he has a good chance, although baseball men don't agree because the Sox lack power and are slowing down. A couple of others have spoken just as optimistically, but this is usually regarded as just a spring "pep talk" for the hometown fans. RALPH HOUK Had to Trade something in v i e w of the growing injury list in the Yankee camp. However, manager R a l p h Houk remains quietly confident. His latest communique: -Well still have another World Series celebration this fallT Houk points out that the -true mettle'' of the Yankees was tested last year. -We had injuries to several key men and others didn't play back to their 1961 form. Yet we hung in there and won. I don't see how we can have as many problems as we had last year even though things don't look so bright right now," he was quoted Tuesday. Outside of crippling injuries--although it appears that just about everyone on the hospital list right now wfll be back in action within a week at the most--hopes of upsetting the Yankees stem from the possibility they may encounter problems at first base and with their pitching. Many baseball men believe the Yanks will sorely miss the power of Moose Skowron, even though they got vital pitching help in the trade for Stan Williams. * * But Lopez might have Washington's Dick Phillips is Out at Third hy St. Louis' Ken Hover After Hea.Mong Dive Failed to Get Him in Under Tag Wednesday. *,*I.;-MT i*» v I *«T rvf tn^ *' · J J ~ ~ · HOWEVER, HOUK FEELS it was a trade that had to Dressen Not High on S.F. By GEORGE LEDERER I r-T StilT Wrlhr SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jolly Charlie Dressen rejoined the Dodgers here Wednesday and presented a jolly good scouting report to manager Walter Alston. After a week of detective Independent- Lot 1140, ClU, Tton* Jwrl «. INDEPENDENT--Pogt C-l work in the Cactus League, general manager Buzzie Bavasi's chief trouble shooter IHJ*lt»t-rv, *iuv.« * w-*-j it ««* · h*»uh. **«*. -- *- --· v u , ·!.*--- »i,* ~. A ~* be made and that the Yanks wiU profit by it Real reason [Drought Alston the most behind the deal wai Whitey Ford. It is no secret the New cheenng news cf the spring. York high brass has been fearful that the 34-year-old, gout- ridden Ford might suffer a serious skid at any time^ And if that hippened, they wanted an experienced pitcher around to pick them up. If Ford didn't slide, then they'd be just that much better off. The Yanks figure Williams for at least 15 victories -- possibly 20. Houk admits it was a tough move to male. He fought off the idea for some time but the ultimate decision was based on the idea that "we would be in greater jeopardy if we kept Moose and ignored Williainj than we would if we made the trade." Incidentally, the word from Mickey Mantle, who has played on 10 pennant-winners, is that "this is the best Yankee team I've ever been with in spring training." And that isn't exactly an encouraging word for the other tram* I can't see where the Giants have improved one bit AXGEL MANAGER BILL RIGNEY takes tic view of the race than some of th« other skippers." have five or six clubs with about equal talent TheyTl b*j;f,, J hurting each other while the Yankees take the odd game «w"P«- cf the series. That's the way it has gone before and likely win again.' over last year," said Dressen. "but we have." Dressen based his report primarily on the Giants' bullpen woes. *I think theyTl miss Stu Miller, I don't like (Jack) Fisher and (Billy) Hoeft busted something in his left shoulder and may not pitch aH'year. · * * * NOW, who's going to re- jlieve?" They got (Bob) Bolin, Actually, it would be no surprise to see any one of the Dressen admitted he saw the Giants at their worst (they lost 16 out of IS in one seven dubs finish second. Only Kansas Gty and Washington spell) but took into consider- are counted out of the battle for runner-up honors. at ion that "Mays, Cepeda anc FIIV^LE ON TV TONIGHT Seals Top Blades, 2-0 By AL LARSON SAN FRANCISCO -- The Blades try again tonight to gain the Southern Division i here at the Cow Palace, playoff finals when they! ^San Francisco rammed in tangle with the sassy Seals'solo goals in the first and Rigney High on Rodgers By ROSS NEWHAN u r-T »«« vrnt PORTERV1LLE -- As a society writer we have failed miserably. While extensively chronicling the activities of the Bo Belinsky-Mamie Van Doren relationship, : jthe past month, we have [neglected to keep you abreast of the Bobby Rodgers-Bill Rigney love affair. You will recall that last spring Rigney swooned over the talents of the 24-year old [backstop. Tra in love with that catcher," said Rigney. "I think heU play here for 10 or third periods to blank t_A, 2-0, Wednesday night before 5.762 Western Hockey League cooled «» " Celtics Bounce Back to Even Playoff Series Against Cincy CINCINNATI WV-Bob Cousy, competing in his 100th National Basketball Association playoff game, sparked a late first-quarter surge Wednesday night which t the Boston into a lead they never gave up as they defeated the Cin- Minnesota and the Angels wrote arm ring successTagan have yet to play a full eirs nere , W e d n e s d a y stories last year with their second and third-place finishes'game together." night's game was played in after being the 7ih and Sth in '61. The Twins wound up five Again, Dresstn went back the neutral Xavier University cinnati Royals 128-110 and squared the Eastern Division finals. The best-of-7 series now is tied 2-2. Thus far Cincinnati has won both its games in Boston and the Celts have won both games back, the Angels 10. Can they do it again? Baseball men don't think so. Although Minnesota was one of the only two chibs to · start spring training with a set lineup (San Francisco was the other cot}, the Twins appear to lack the pitching and bench strength to finish ahead of the Yanks unless New to the pitching. "It might [Fieldhouse before a crowd of have looked good in the paper 13,493. The Cincinnati Gardens when Fisher shut but the An-[home of the Royals, is being gels for six innings, but not to me. He looked terrible, walking batters and hanging [his curve ban inside. i _ _ York suffers a complete collapse. Rigney bases the Angels' hopes of a high finish on an . excellent pitching staff, but the batting and defense *t a lj t j vc j r doe, not appear to be proficient enough... especially when ; _ j^ujj,- for , compared with the Yankee lineup. !,..,. ..... » ,,. * * * u t.- ,, THE TEAM WITH the best chance of knocking off Yanks? Detroit The Tigers were figured to make a strong run last year, but slumped when injuries hit them hard. ,,,,.,,,,... When the tikes of Al Kaline and Frank Lary were sent to] JACK 5AXFORD used for an indoor circus. With Cincinnati leading 1711 in the first period Cousy let', just cmpare the start- took charge and personally shot the Celts into an 18-17 we're lead. But . . . . THE ROYALS led again at then goals each by John Havelicek Cousy and one by K. C * * t a » * * * Lakers Invade St. Louis 11 years." many again. voted star of the game. He saved 30 shots. The best-of-three series afterward "I think we're afl ful] of right and Fm not hitting the' ay | T * ***-** **** **·*-*·» v« j»» · ·«·.»--». -- r-- - - -- --- --.^. --_..._. - - . *. · *· · « · « i i/w^« v^vf nnsTcn x .*-/: the sidelines, the Tigers were fortunate to finish as high as top man. Wen. Fd ^re to,«£* «££.^P"J^ *££ fcxinh. a half-came behind the Angels. »y that (Don) Drysdale_has,««« ^"f _5ff- *TM. *TM fourth, a half-fame behind the Angels. The Tigers have an the ingredients to win the pennant if the Yankees falter batting punch that produced more as much chance as Sanfori.i*« ·? the lt » Bem were He won more last year. headed. to (Sandy) Kocfax, to bet on him. homers last season than the Bronx Bomber, and excellent] -Next, they have Juan' pitching if Lary can regain his form soon enough to be of MarichaL If nothing happens any important help. , -- *r._.i_v ,,_..-_ ** ·.,,.- Baltimore is expected to make a spirited bid with the addition of Luis Apiricio and Al Smith in the trade with the White Sox, bat the real darkhorse threat could be Ckrelasd. If the Indian,' three prize rookies come through and Birdie Tebbetts can stabilize the rotation of his pitching league for 47 i before going into a tailspin in July and winding ° led* by 20' to Every time it seemed (the Royals might start -Billy Pierce and Johnnyjn^-e U p. one or the other of Podre, are about even. Only the Celtic veteran, would hit I say they shouldn't be.L hot streak. Podres should win 22 every Actually the Celtics held a year. If he didn't have the'^-yf margin in field goals as . stuff, how in the world could t he cold-shooting Royals hit he win 10 games one year in' - BOB COUSY Sparks Celts* Win PAiVAM POLO TEAM at St Louis. Fan, are still wagging . about the Lakers' last-second,P 3 ** IWI * ch - ... . . win Tuesday night at the LA. ** ton.gh^wh,le we had our Sport, Arena and tonight',''"^ Monday. Keil Auditorium, which will be played before ,,,, him lineup." a sellout crowd, should fur- Well the affair has not . "I plan to give Rodgers much more rest , , , , (this season," said Rigney the [other day. Don't be misled. IT StARKED only the third | Ro dger, caught 150 games time LA. had been shut out last season, breaking Mickey this season-- and surprisingly, Cochrane's rookie record of each time Seal goalie Jim} 133 - «* TM »?«« **·* the . , j i. .... manager says, he i even men- McLeod turned the tnek. {as ^ 3 ^ tlic3n League McLeod. who doesn't show| future book to catch that the most finesse in the nets but get, the job done, was BEEN written that I caught too many games end was dead tired by the end of now tied one apiece. LA.(the year," said Rodgers as smothered the Seals 8-2 in he prepared, to catch Ron the opener, but SF. took ad- MoeHer-s serves in Wednes- vantage of its smaller home day's encounter won by Hous- rink to check the- visitors,ton, 5-2. throughout Wednesday to That's not true," revealed force the door-die meeting Rodgers. Physically I didn't tonight feel tl * n *· There wa, a The contest win be tele- period when my bat got heavy vised to Southern California i 1 " 1 ] ««« w » s n «°« «7 * ST. LOUIS (Special)--The OT uryv ( n) , t g o'clock. tla * '«« L " P^f- Lakers are two op on the St . ,, * '^ ex-Blade Edl TM """ at . the faA fally Louis Hawks a, they go into p,_._v t _ V t .»,. «»i« intending to give Buck the the third game of the West- "**** era Division playoff, tonight . Coach _ R ~ .^ ownas * "fjThen in he would bounce an c { SEAL claimed ·LISTEN,'' said Rodgers, *I got more rest last season than COACH Bud Poile'rve ever had. There wasn't that the Blades |one year in the minors that A U-fm^lA 1 liv^l* ,\~iuuk ncoiu v t c MEXICO HERE «*" a " 9 . TV ; nish more excitement. ('threw cp q-nte a smoke. | caught les, than 100 garnet Tonight', game win be ( screen of i n j u r i e s . They And down there you don't broadcast and telecast by t hadn't bothered to suit op get a day off." !chick Hearn over KHJ radio Leo LaBine and Harold White j ^-^j Bearing the tool, of The IK3 Mexican Pan- American water polo 1tim last weekend. But those two { made a great recovery HAWKS' OWNER Ben Ker- day night down your way.' ner almost threw a fit Toes-!He added fackiousry *I sen) ·i j aj , Rodger, drew praise backstop, Lopez »nd Ralph Hock. too jj of ^ te wi, six days. Today's Sports Card t-Vrr-r-rr.-! , J H r " L.JL « Li in.i« if ti Sports on Radio-TV tSin »t ^Sn^SaS'. t TctVftSMM -I don't know about fourth starter against (Billy) J*Cf rt J OTJelL I hear itH be (Bol,)'«35ff { Miner or (Pete) Rjchert. I haven't seen Richert, but they] 1 Tofl1M»23DI9 5- (Continued Page C-2. CoL 3) ggSa, contest the combined day night when Jerry West's down to LA. for some of the! BO - | j oac j 1 e idier. No-P-le and Inland teams shot at the final bozzer de- same miracle drug*." I He ^pped 34 doubles, a Saturday nifht at the No- feated his team. Cotnersely, jn,, Man t ha, who wasn't'thib record, batted .255 and Laker coach Fred Schaus and expected to play in this series l j rO ve in 61 rur.s. From the Tht game wOI start at [Laker fans were pretty hap- lDecaTlse ^ a fractured cheeked side he swung «: s iS5 M, whh admission $1. py. But here tonight, timt't-^^f^ 4^ cone «ut and play'^p while from the right side. Chock Bittkk, who two re going to be many onhap- se\-eral minutes for the Seals, hi i average i.fped to J04. "*" ago stt American 'py Mi'souruni if th« Hawk, v,e jnesday', game wai a Joe Gordon went to work wetki ago set and world records in the 100 and 2 0 0 - b a c k i t r o k e events at Yale L'niversity --and Urns automatically placed on the US. Paa- Americaa team, win lead the Len; Bf«5» gnxjp. 'be pbyed Saturday. don't come op with a win. Don't bet on it either way. The Lakers are looking pretty 'solid but the Hawk, are lough far cry from Monday's bruis- on the righthand side of ing battle in LA. which ,iw R o d g e r s ' personality tm, 14 penalties whistled. Not a spring. 'Last season, Bobby . . . single infraction was detected attempted to pun everything in their home lau where the) b ferce Llo ^ d o i l r n o r e . from the right side." ex- /s_._*l» A 4 « H ftM t\,m KHA* ·nTT * * , fourth fame of the series win '.(Continued Page C-2, Col. 4) (Cor.tinufd Paje C-2. Cd. 3)

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