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Pierce Rides Zulu Lad to TP Handicap Victory Barbacoma Runs Second., Single Needle Is Third By CARL SOTO The home town boy made good yesterday, and he came a mighty long way to make good. Don Pierce, who still calls Phoenix home, flew in from a fourth-place finish in the Florida Derby and piloted Lin C. Howard's Zulu Lad to victory yesterday in the $11,800 Turf Paradise Handicap. It was the first time Pierce had piloted the five-year-old son of Noor. But the way he rode Zulu Lad in the 12th running of the classic it appeared as though they'd been a regular team right along. "I've watched him run in California ... and noticed he liked to come from behind," said Pierce. And that's the way they took the measure of some mighty good horses yesterday, beating Barbacoma by half a length and third-place finishing Single Needle by a full length with a 1:44 2/5 run for the 1 1/16 miles over a drying out track rated as "good." This year's Arizona Downs Handicap winner, Mainsheel, finished sixth and the two-horse entry of Dos Equis and Khaled Twist—second choice in the wagering— wound up ninth and tenth, respectively. And No Fooling, the California colt fresh from victory in the Sunland Park Handicap, finished dead last after leaving the gate as the $2.40 to $1 favorite THEARIZONA.REPUBUC rts M6n., April 3, 1967 in the field of 11 handicap performers. Jockey Alvaro Pineda had No Fooling in front only for a little over two furlongs, then it was Khaled Twist ahead briefly in the backstretch run before Dos Equis and rider Eddie Burns took over. Then, coming off the far turn and into the stretch curve the late runners began to make their moves with Barba- coma, Bradley Rollins up, taking command coming into the home lane. Now the real battle ensued and Pierce, never worse than sixth with Zulu Lad, moved up with his mount along with Jeff Anderson and Single Needle who had trailed the field in the early stages. The three were racing in front of the pack at the eighth pole, and Barba- coma's half-length margin dwindled to nothing as Zulu Lad, having the most left for the drive to the wire, swept home to victory in a three-horse charge that had the 5,000 fans in an uproar. The race figured to be a hotly contested one, and it proved to be just that even though the favorites failed to live up to expectations for the most part, Zulu Lad, scoring his third win in five Turf Paradise starts and picking up his biggest pay check ever for owner Howard of Moorpark, Calif., paid $16.80, 7.60 and 6.80. Barbacoma was $5.60 and 4.40, while Single Needle returned $5.60 to show. The winner's share of the purse was $7,670, nearly half of what Zulu Lad had earned in 21 starts last year during which he scored three triumphs. Second money was worth $2,360, third $1,180 and fourth-finishing Sendie's Echo — who trailed Single Needle by three lengths — picked up $590. A jubilant Pierce said Zulu Lad trainer Frank Colcord, who also saddled Khaled Twist and Pago 25 WHOOPS! — Jimmy Crawford of College Park, Ga. (33), spins into car driven by Neil Castles of Charlotte, N.C., on lap two of Atlanta *-*,SPW& ,.,'.,. ^*S AP Wirephoto 500 stock car race yesterday. Cars were damaged only slightly and both got back into the race. Archer Snares Greensboro Open BOB EGER It's Easy To Follow Giants Charts, Page 28 I K EEPING TRACK of the personnel on a minor league baseball team can be a trying experience for the casual fan. i The steady flow of talent on its way up and down is not conducive to a lasting relationship between player and spectator. A youngster can associate with a Willie Mays and be pretty confident the guy will be playing center field the next day. And the next year. And for years after that. But in the minors, the more appealing the player the greater his chances of being somewhere else the next time you look. This year's Phoenix Giants are very much the j exception. Their lineup still is due some adjusting, but the Giants very probably will take the field for their April 14 opener with almost the same group that played most of last year. When Bob Burda recovers from a fractured cheekbone he'll be back at his old stand at first base. 1 Across the infield Bobby Etheridge returns at third. Shortstop and second base are manned by the same two men, only this year Bob Schroder has shifted to second and George Williams is taking a crack at short. Ozzie Virgil currently is me top man behind the plate. He's a former Phoenix player, and so are all the reserve catchers on the San Francisco roster, one of which may be sent 'down to help ou ! If he so chooses, manager Bill Werle can field an outfield of Jim McKnight, Frank Johnson and Pete Jernigan, all returnees from last year's Phoenix club. And no less than nine pitchers in camp — Rich Robertson, Fran Kasheta, Don Larsen, Bob Garibaldi, Jerry Merz, Bill Wade, Art Dawson, Dick Estelle and Nestor Chavez — saw considerable action with the 1966 Giants. Unless some of the young hurlers in camp begin to function more effectively, the aforementioned j group just about comprises Werle's pitching staff. | i The guys making the biggest bids to win spots on the team all have big bats in their hands. Most notable among these are infielders Bruce Hix and Al Gallagher and outfielders Dave Marshall, Bob Taylor and Bobby Bonds. Speaking of fans associating with players, the Giants' management is hoping Jose Leyva, a little lefthander from Mexico City, can earn a spot on the club. Most of the Latin players in the game today are from Puerto Rico, Cuba or the Dominican Republic. One of Mexican descent would figure to go over big in Phoenix with its large Mexican-American population. Leyva throws hard for his size (5-9. 155), but thus far has had a tendency to serve up gopher balls. Werle. a former lefthanded pitcher who ate lefty hitters for breakfast, lunch and dinner, grimaced the other day when Leyva walked a portsider after two were out in the fourth inning against Portland. Sure enough, it opened the gates. Portland picked up lour quick runs on another walk and a pair of home runs. Dos Equis for the big race, was "tickled to death" with the outcome of the race. The 29-year-old Pierce had ridden at Golden Gate Friday, then flown to Gulfstream Park to earn fourth money with Proviso in the Florida Derby Saturday before hopping another plane for Phoenix and his assignment aboard Zulu Lad. "I didn't figure to run him so close (third in the early running), and thought we'd be about a dozen lengths off the pace on the backstretch," said the gentleman jockey. "But I let him run his own race . . . and once we got to the front in the last eighth I was sure we had it won," he added. For a first-time ride aboard Zulu Lad, Pierce's fine handling left nothing to be desired. Yarborough Wins Atlanta Stock 500 ATLANTA (AP) — Cale Yarborough fought off three challenges by Richard Petty and Mario Andretti and drove his 1967 Ford to victory in the Atlanta 500 yesterday before a record crowd of 80,000. Yarborough, of Charlotte, N.C., who barely escaped serious injury in Wednesday's qualifying, led nearly all the way and ended with an average speed of 131.078 miles per hour. He collected $20,385 Sue Cossick Tops Field In Diving ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) Sus Gossick if Tarzania, Calif., became the first defending champion to repeat in the National AAU indoor diving meet Sunday as she took the women's Three defending champions three-meter final with 416.40. previously had failed, one of them being Chuck Knorr of Co- lumbs, Ohio, who finished fifth in the men's one-meter finals Sunday night. There have been only four events. The platform diving to wind up the meet comes Wednes day afternoon. Miss Gossick and Micki King of Ann Arbor, Mich., who finished second, both qualified for the Pan American Games in Canada this summer. There is no qualifying for the men in the one-meter since the event iis not carried in the Pan American Games program. The one-meter men's finals found Bloomington, Ind., divers taking the first four places and also winning seventh, llth and 12th. It was believed unprecedented in the AAU. Luis Nino de Rivera, a junior at Indiana University from Mexico City, won the event with a score of 51(5.70. He was on the Mexican Olympics team in 1964. finishing 10th in platform diving. He barely beat out Jim Henry. Indiana university freshman Blndiana university freshma from Dallas. Tex. Ken Kiuberger of Bloomington wound up third. He was the Ihree-meter champion of the 1964 Olympics. in first prize money. Petty, of Randleman, N.C., held a brief 16-lap lead in his 1967 Plymouth but his engine blew on the 196th lap. Andretti, who won Saturday's 12-hour endurance race at Sebring, Fla., also held a brief lead but the Nazareth, Pa., driver's 1967 Ford struck a wall on the 157th lap. He had to leave the race on the 262nd lap when a tire blew on a pit stop and his crew was unsuccessful in attempting to weld metal on the fender. Dick Hutcherson of Camden, S.C., was second in a 1967 Ford, and Buddy Baker of Charlotte, N.C., was third in a 1968 Dodge. Yarborough, gaining his first victory on the NASCAR circuit this year, led five times for a total of 302 of the 334 laps. He was not seriously challenged after he regained the lead from Petty. Hutcherson also led briefly early in the race, as did Ford driver Fred Lorenzen of Elmhurst, 111. Lorenzen spun out on the first turn on the 176th lap and Ford driver A.J. Foyt of Houston blew an engine on the same lap. There were six caution flags in the eighth annual race but no serious accidents. Hutcherson collected $8,500 for his second place finish and Baker picked up $4,905 for finishing third. Yarborough narrowly averted a serious accident Wednesday when the car Curtis Turner was driving overturned several times and flipped over the front of Yarborough's car. Turner was not hurt. The crowd topped last year's 70,000 and was the largest ever to see a sports event in Georgia. Charles Goltzbach of Georgetown, Ind., was fourth in a 1965 Dodge, picking up $2,725, and Bobby Isaac of Ca- tasvba, N.C., was fifth in a 1967 Dodge, winning $1,875. Yarborough gave credit for his victory to his mechanics and pit crew. "That airplane was really running good," he said. "Nobody out there could run with it." JOHN SCHLEE Sets Course Record Sun City's John Schlee Fires Course-Record 63 GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Lanky George Archer withstood the pressure of head-to-head combat with Doug Sanders and Arnold Palmer to win the $125,000 Greater Greensboro Open Golf Tournament by two shots with a closing round 68 for a record 267 total yesterday. The 27-year-old Californian picked up $25,000 and earned a bid to the Masters Tournament opening Thursday at Augusta, Ga., as he finished 17-under-par with earlier rounds o£ 67-64-68 over the par 71 Sedgefield Country Club Course, a 7,000-yarder. Sanders, with birdies on the last three holes, shot 64 to take second place at 269. Palmer, closing with 66, was two shots back in third place. .ViKv Three-Hitter Simmons Hurls Cubs By California, 3-2 PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Veteran Curt Simmons limited California to three hits through seven innings yesterday as the Chicago Cubs dealt the Angels a fourth straight exhibition baseball defeat, 3-2. Simmons, 37, the National League's leading active lefthander in career victories with 188, gave up an Angel run in the seventh on Jim Fregosi's triple and an John Schlee, a 27-year-old second-year touring pro from Sun City, Ariz., broke the course record Archer had tied Saturday. Schlee's 33-30-63 round gave him an eight-place tie and $3,687.50. Archer refused to wilt under the combined assault of Palmer and Sanders, who each fired front nine 31's to cut his lead'to .Masters Field Set GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) The field of the Masters Golf Tournament opening Thursday at Augusta, Ga., was completed yesterday with the addition of George Archer, winner of the Greater Greensboro Open Tournament, and Ken Still. hite finished. Other than that, Simmons stopped the American Leaguers. He held the Angels hitless until Bubba Morton singled with two out in the fifth. In his seven- inning tour, Simmons faced just 24 batsmen, striking out five and walking one. After Simmons retired, Bob llendley, another southpaw, arrived, was reached for an unearned run in the eighth but completed a four-hitter for the Cubs. It gave Chicago a 5-3 ad- vantage for its spring series with the Angels. The losing pitcher was Bill McGlothlin, a young right-hand- er. He went six innings and surrendered all the Chicago runs before Bill Kelso and Nick Will- hit finished. Chicago outhit the losers, 9-4, with outfielder Billy Williams collecting two doubles and a single. Ron Santo singled twice and walked twice. Chicago, N California . 101 001 000—3 9 1 000 000 101-2 4 2 Simmons, Hendley (fl) and Bpccabella; McGlothlin, Kelso (7) and Satriano. W— Simmons. L—McGlothlin, iMiilailHpliia Two 1|> 76ers Win, 107-102, Over Boston Celtics Greensboro Scores BOSTON (AP)-The Philadelphia 76ers built a 14-point fourth period lead on the shooting of Chet Walker and Wally Jones and then withstood a furious Boston rally to defeat the Celtics 107-102 yesterday in taking a 2-0 lead in the National Basketball Association's Eastern Division final playoffs. The 76ers, seeking to end Boston's eight-year reign as champions in the best-of-7 series, stormed in front in the third period and led by as much as 89-75 after one minute o| the fourth period. The Celtics, trailing 95-8-1, then went with their little men, Larry Siegfried, K. C. Jones and Jim Barnett to work with Bill Russell and Johnny llavli- cek. llavlicek and Siegfried pulled the Celtics to within 103102, with 1:50 remaining. However, the Celtics missed several scoring chances in the hectic finish and the 76ers added the final lour points. Philadelphia was oulshot 4239 in field goals but the 76ers cashed 29 of 44 free throws while the Celtics had only 18 of 25. Walker hit for eight points as I h e 7(jers, trailing 74-61 early in the third period, outscored the Celtics 15-2 in a four-minute stretch. Walker finished with 23 (Mints, one more than Wally Jones. Hal Greer had 17 and Luke Jackson and Wilt Chamberlain 15 each. Havlicek topped Boston with 26 points, including 15 in the final period. Bailey Howell had 22. but only six in the second half as he ran into foul trouble. Philadelphia Boston G F T G F T Jackson 5 5-6 15 Howell 11 0-1 22 Walker v 5-8 23 Sanders 3 01 6 Chbln 5 5-9 15 Kusspll 5 4-6 14 W.Jones 10 ?-2 22 S.Jonei 3 3-3 9 Grocr 5 7-11 17 K Jones 1 0-0 2 Guokas 0 2-2 2Havik 9 8-9 26 Cur.ham 5 3-6 13 Nelson 3 0-0 6 Siegrfa 5 3-5 13 Barnett 2 0-0 4 Totals 42 18-25 102 21 34 29 23—104 31 37 17 27—102 MONEY WINNERS George Archer, S25.000 .... 67-64-68-68-267 Doug Sanders, $15,000 .. Arnold Palmer, 59,375 Dave Stockton, $6,250 . Charles Sifford, 55,375 Gene Littler, 54,750 . . Rex Baxter,54,250 John Schlee, $3,687.50 Paul Harnev, i3,687.5u AIGeioerger, 53,125 Sam Snead, 53,125 . . Jim Colbert, 52,400 . Gary Player, 52,400 Julius Boros, 52,400 . Ken Still, 52,400 Juan Rodriguez, 52,400 Tom Nieporte, 51,875 Dow Finsterwald, SI,875 Bob Charles, 51,875 .. R. H. Sikes, 51,500 Lou Graham, 51,500 .. Joe Campbell, $),50Q Totals 3! 29-44 107 Philadelphia Boston Fouled out—None. Total touls—Philadelphia 23, Bostn 31. Attendance 13,909. R. Ginsberg, 51,072.92 . Bobby Nichols, 51,072.92 DanSikes, $1,072.92 Bill Collins, Sl.072.92 . . B. Crampton, $1,072.92 . Joe Carr, 51,072.92 . ... Pete Brown, 5843.75 . S. Ridenhour, $843.75 ... Miller Barber, SB43.75 .. George Bayer, SB43.75 .. Phil Rodgers, $843.75 . Mike Souchak, $843.75 Johnny Pott, 5843.75 Doug Ford, 5597.66 Dean Refram, S597.66 RoO Funseth, $597.66 Billy Farrell, 5597.66 Don January $597.66 Randy Glover, 5597.65 Bob Verity, S597.65 Jock Rule, 5597.65 Frank Beard, $322.50 Labron Harris, 5322.50 Jerry AAowldb, 5322.50 Wilt Homenuik, 5322.50 Dick Lot.', 5322.50 Harold Kneece, 585.42 Tom WeisXopI, $85.42 Tommy Jacobs, 585.42 Babe HisKey, $85.42 Bill Marlindale. $85 41 Dave Hill, 585.41 67-68-70-64-269 69-68-68-66-271 67-67.65-74-273 69-70-67-68-274 70-70-68-67-275 73-68-66-69-276 71-71-72-63-277 72-67-70-68-277 71-70-71-66-278 70-78-72-68-278 71-71-71-66-279 68-68-73-70-279 69-68-71-71-279 70-69-70-70-279 68-68-72-71-279 71-68-72-69-280 72-72-65-70-280 70-72-68-70-280 70-67-74-70-281 70-75-67-69-281 72-70-68-71-281 69-71-74-68-282 71-71-71-69-282 71-73-69-69-282 70-73-69-70-282 71-68-72-71-282 71-67-71-73-282 70-72-72-69-283 49-75-69-70-283 73-70-70-70-283 73-72-68-70-283 70-7-169-73-283 71-68-69-75—283 65-68-72-78-283 74-69-73-68—284 70-70-74-70—284 74-70-71-69-284 73-71-70-72—28J 71-71-72-70—284 70-72-71-71-284 72-7-268-72—284 72-70-69-73-284 74-70-72-69-285 69-71-72-73-285 69-70-72-74-205 72-70-69-74-285 70-72-69-74—285 70-73-76-67--286 73-72-71-70-286 74-71-71-70—286 73-69-73-72-286 71-73-68-74-786 71-72-68-75-286 two shots at the turn. A large part of the gallery of more than 20,000 followed the Archer-Sanders-Palmer threesome in mid-80 degree temperature to see Archer trim two shots from the tournament record. Sanders pocketed $15,000 runner-up money and Palmer won $9,375 for third. It enabled Palmer to replace Julius Boros as the top money winner of the year at $5-1,673. He also became the first golfer to reach the $800000 plateau in official tournament winnings. Dave Stockton, who started the final round tied for the lead with Archer, drove into the woods off the first tee for a double bogey six and never figured in the lead again. Stockton finished with a 74 and fourth money of $6,250 on a 273 total. Archer, a professional in his fourth year and with one previous victory, at San Francisco two years ago, started shakily with a first hole bogey, but never strayed over par the rest of the day. Archer credited his short game with carrying him through to victory. "1 usuglly drive 20 to 30 yards behind Palmer and my chipping and putting made the difference," he noted. On the fifth hole he saved a par with a 10-foot putt and on the sixth, after putting his second into a trap, he blasted out and knocked in a 25-footer for his birdie 4. He hit what he called his best drive of the day on the final hole after debating briefly whether to play safe with an iron off the tee. "But, 1 decided 1 didn't want to win the tournament that way," he said. "The people didu't come out to see me play that way, so 1 used my driver."