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The TIMES-REPORTER FfUufl.2,1974 DOVER-NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO I After 33 days, NFL contract talks off again WASHINGTON (AIM - The on- agaln, off-agnln contract, talks in the National Football League labor dispute and 33-day strike arooff again. W..'J. tlscry Jr., chief federal mediator, rcros'scd the negotiations for five days Thursday amid charges and countercharges by the striking players and the owners. The NFL Players Association holds a news conference this morning to give what it called a comprehensive statement on the union's position. Bill Curry of the Houston Oilers, president of the association, said the NFL Management Council, the owners bargaining agent, has not taken the union's demands seriously. "We were asked for counter- proposals which we submitted," he said after Usery recessed negotiations until 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday. "Then we were told they were not satisfactory, that they were not serious enough." Usery recessed the negotiations, begun on Monday after they broke down seven days previously, because "an agreement can't be consummated at this time." And the duration of the strike seemed to be taking its toll in veterans' sentiments, too. Several players expressed wavering opinions on their positions. "I don't think many ballplayers can afford to go through most of the exhibition season (on strike) and I The* HJi'j'ioi'loi' ^ !*,' St.'ilislics Ki'nturos Columns don't think the owners can afford it either," said Miami running back Jim Klick. He also suggested that the exhibitions "are going to tell the tale," in that a strong turnout by the fans might solidify the owners' stand against the freedom issues. But Kiick also said he didn't expect the fans to turn out in large numbers for the preseason games. The NFLMC said the number of veterans in camp reached the 300 mark Thursday when running back Bob Hudson reported to the Oakland Raiders. "I'm sure if we are not back in camp in two or three weeks, all the veterans will have to reconsider the situation," said San Diego running back Cid Edwards. Usery said he had hoped to be able to get the two parties to agree to a new contract before the playing of the first preseason games tonight but It became apparent that the two warring parties could not reach an agreement. "There are still a lot of Issues, major differences, oustanding and we hope that they can be bargained," said Usery. "They are far apart on many Issues." Wellington Mara, owner of the New York Giants and chairman of the management council, said the counterproposal made by the union differed little from the list of 90 demands, since reduced to 63, presented March 16. "We're no closer on the Issues than we were on March 16," he said. Mara said the players offered only a few modifications in their 13 so- called freedom demands and did not change any of their major ones such as the elimination of the reserve clause. Edited by Dan Miles Meanwhile back at the camps . . . Exhibition season begins By HOWARD SMITH AP Sports Writer Regardless of who wins tonight's National Football League exhibition game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cleveland Browns, charity stands to be the big loser. The 29th annual Los Angeles Times charity game is one of three NFL games on tap tonight that kick off the league's first big exhibition weekend. Officials project an attendance of about 30,000 as compared to 74,461 fans who showed up for last year's game with Dallas. Only 15,000 tickets have been sold to date, some 40,000 fewer than a year ago. In addition, there have been about 2,100 requests for refunds. The game raised about $100,000 for charity last season but that figure will be significantly less this time around. Those fans who do show up won't see many familiar faces on the field. Most of the veterans are supporting the month-long players' strike. The Rams, for- example, tentatively list only three returning veterans in their starting lineup. Among the less familiar faces will be both starting quarterbacks. The Rams plan to go with second-year man Ron Jaworski. The Browns will start Will Cureton, a free agent from East Texas State. The Rams alsp will unveil their top draft choice, Heisman Trophy winning running back John Capelletti of Penn State. Green Bay is at Buffalo and Washington hosts New England in tonight's other games. Chicago meets St. Louis at Champaign, 111., Saturday afternoon. Miami visits Cincinnati; the New York Giants travel to Houston; New Orleans hosts Pittsburgh; Denver entertains the New York Jets; Dallas is at Oakland and San Diego welcomes San Francisco in Saturday night games. Atlanta is at Philadelphia Sunday night and Detroit is at Kansas City Monday night to round out the weekend. Quarterback Joe Theismann, a former Notre Dame star with three years of Canadian Football League experience under his belt, makes his NFL debut with Washington. New England plans to start former Wisconsin passer Neil Graff. St. Louis, coming off a 21-13 victory over Buffalo in last week's Hall of Fame Game, boasts speedster Keith Denson, who returned punts 43 and 44 yards against the Bills. Chicago plans to start Texas Tech rookie Joe Barnes at quarterback. Cincinnati, with a league-high 27 veterans in camp, plans to go with journeyman Wayne Clark behind center. Miami, with 22 veterans on hand, will start veteran Earl Morrall. Leo Hart will start for the Giants but veterans Norm Snead and Randy Johnson will be on hand if needed. Houston will go with unheralded Vidal Carlin. Defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones, the NFL's top draft choice last year, will see plenty of action for Dallas. Oakland plans to go with Don Milan at quarterback with veterans Ken Stabler and George Blanda in reserve. San Francisco will get a look a running back Vic Washington in his new role as a free safety. San Diego State quarterback Jesse Freitas, who starred in the Coaches' All-American Game, will call the signals for the Chargers. Former players are against strike ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP)-The verdict from Gale. Sayers, Paul Hornung and Steve Van Buren, three great former National Football League running backs, was unanimous: Thumbs down on the players' strike. "I think the freedom demands are really ridiculous," said Sayers, 31, the Chicago Bears' halfback who retired in 1971. "I think the players association is going to have to be revised a little bit. Hopefully, they'll realize that they're killing the golden goose." "Some of their demands are just outrageous," said Hornung, 38, the "Golden Boy" of the Green Bay Packers. "They want no discipline, but I don't think any of the ball players are really men enough to know what discipline is unless it's pushed upon them." Van Buren, 53, whose career as the battering ram of the Philadelphia Eagles' backfield ended 22 years ago, agreed, declaring, "Absolutely, the freedom issue can't go. It'll ruin football." Sayers was in this resort to be in- terviewed by Hornung on a syndicated television sports show, "Greatest Sports Legends," and Van Buren journeyed down from his Philadelphia home Thursday night to attend a party in Sayers' honor. Both Sayers and Hornung said they would cross the picket lines if they still were playing. Van Buren said that despite his objections, "I would go along with the strike." But the ex-Eagle, now an insurance salesman, added, "Most of the veterans you talk to don't want to picket. They want to go into camp. Who's giving them advice? I think they're getting bad advice." One current NFL player, linebacker Wayne Colman of the New Orleans Saints, also attended the reception and admitted he had his doubts about the strike. He said he was considering reporting to camp on Monday. Sayers, who once scored six touchdowns in a game, said he sympathized with veterans who have gone to camp. "They know the strike is going to be settled some time in the future," said Sayers, assistant athletic director at his alma mater, the University of Kansas. "The players who are not practicing under coaching staff rules, they are the ones who are going to hurt the team in the long run." Hornung, who retired in 1967, said that if the players could play where they pleased, a team like Buffalo could never keep an O.J. Simpson. The Bills would be outbid for his services by teams from New York or other major cities, he said. Van Buren, too, said the best players would want to perform only in the big cities with the best climates and coaches. Hornung also claimed that if curfews were abolished and workouts made voluntary, "many of the players wouldn't show up 'til Sunday." Both Sayers and Hornung admitted that if the World Football League had formed a few years back, they would have been tempted by the fat contracts the new league has thrown around. Ex-Massillon star leads Memphis MEMPHIS (AP) — Willie Spencer isn't worried about Larry Csonka. "I've got one thing and he's got one thing," Spencer said Thursday night after scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 99 yards in Memphis' 25-15 World Football League victory over Southern California. "He's got the name and I've got the age and desire," Spencer said. "We'll just go head up and see who wins." Spencer is an unknown who never played college football. Csonka is the All-Pro fullback of the two-time National Football League Miami Dolphins. Next year they are to be team- mates. Csonka has signed a 1975 contract with the Southmen. Both of Spencer's touchdowns in the nationally televised game came on two-yard plunges, in the first and third quarters, giving the Southmen a 18-15 edge over the Sun. Spencer also ran for the action point after the go-ahead score. The 20-year-old Spencer had been sidelined for three weeks with a shoulder injury. Spencer sees nothing unusual about not having played in college: "I feel I have good fundamentals coming from the high school football capital of the world—Massillon, Ohio." Less than four minutes after Spencer scored his second touchdown, Tom Beckman intercepted a pass by Tony Adams at the line of scrimmage and returned it 18 yards to the Sun 13, setting up a two-yard scoring run by J.J. Jennings, who had 71 yards in 11 carries. Suns' Coach Tom Fears called Spencer and Jennings "the two best running backs we'll see all year." The other score for Memphis, now 3-1, came on a 25-yard field goal by Bob Etter. Southern California got both its touchdowns after first half pass interceptions. US AC, SCCA studying the idea One type of race car? INDIANAPOLIS (AIM - Auto racing may be about to take a step forward, by turning back the calendar more than 30 years. The U.S. Auto Club and Sports Car Club of America have announced plans to study the feasibility of a return to a common formula for most race cars. A study commission will look into standard sizes of wheels, tires, engines and chassis for Indianapolis-type cars and the SCCA Formula 5,000 racers. A deadline of January 1975 is set for a report. Before World War II most race cars were of one type in North America and Europe. But by the 1950s, groups had splintered oil to form racing sanctioning bodies which ran different types of cars. SCCA and Grand National stock car racing grew during this period, completely apart from the exotic and expensive liuly cars. Currently lady cars cost about $85,000 about three times the cost of any other racer. The increasing costs have started to drive participants away. Earlier this year, USAC and SCCA announced joint sponsorhip of the Formula 5,000 road racing series. After last Sunday's F-5,()()() event at Elkharl Lake, Wis., the groups met again and agreed to work toward a common formula. If realized, the groups would sponsor a North American driving championship, to be decided by events on road courses and ovals, possibly as soon as 1971!. "We're working on wheels and tire si/us now," said Dick King. USAC competition director. "When we agree 1 on an engine size, we'll have the m.i- jor stumbling block out of the way. "We looked at a three-liter si/e for awhile, but that's a dead issue now. It looks now like the right way to go would be a 330-i'ubic inch, non-turbo charged power plant " Three-liter engines also would have standardized American racing with the internal ional Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. The liuly cars are slightly larger and a bit more clumsy than (lie SCCA racers on the F5.000 circuit. Most Indy cars are powered by small displacement, four cylinder turbocliarged Olt'enhausers, while stork blocks up to 300 cubic inches are used in SC'AA machines. Hupp liospitali/cd LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Former University of Kentucky basketball Coach Aiiolph Hupp was hospitalized in satisfactory condition and doctors said he received no broken bones in a fall at his home Sunday. A spokesman at the University of Kentucky Medical Center said tests indicated there were no broken bones. Hupp injured his back when he slipped anil tell. Indians clobber Yanks 9-2 Minor action. .. Glass Lumber scored two runs in the second and three in the fourth to defeat Ohio Industrial 5-3 Thursday night in the Minor League divisional playoffs at Waterworks park in New Philadelphia. While Scott Mari slides home for a score for Ohio Industrial, catcher John McMurray and ump Harold Shade view the action in the field. Each team has one victory in the best two- of-three series. Tonight, the two teams play again at 6. Bonvechio's closes gap in 'A ' chase Bonvechio's closed to within two games of first-place IGA with a 10-8 victory over Sugarcreek Thursday night in one of two makeup contests played in the Tuscarawas Savings & Loan Class A Baseball League. The winners outhit Sugarcreek 14-13 as Dale Herbert led the charge with a grand slam homer in the third inning and a solo blast in the fifth. Buehler's downs Exchange Club to move into finals Buehler's moved into the finals of the championship bracket in the Dover Minor League tournament Thursday with a 14-8 decision over Exchange Club. The winners plated eight big runs in the third inning to take a 12-7 lead. Terry Sweghcimer led the 20-hit Buehler's attack with four singles while Todd Altier had two doubles and a single. Mark Thurman and Chris Hutras eac'h got a double and single. Mike Pauhis and Mickey Mamerella both had two singles. The winning pitcher was Mark Thurman and the loss went to Steve White. Bayer led the losers with two singles and a double. Buehler's faces Jaycees Sunday at 6 p.m. in the championship bracket finals. OT1IKH RESULTS in the tournament last night found Jaycees whip Holl- ercade 10-1, Ilanhart Insurance edge Barr Midway 7-5 and People's National pound McMiik'ii Heating Iff-G. Chumney led Hanhart's win with two doubles and two singles while Davidson had a double and two singles for Harr. The winning pitcher was R. Smith. Details on the oilier two games were not reported. Consolation bracket play Sunday will have Exchange Club meeting People's National and Hanhart going against Hollcrcnde. Both games will begin at (i. The Uuehler's-Juyeees winner will face the consolation bracket chump Aug. 11. Chip McCahill stroked three singles, Jan Finlayson had two singles and Tom Dillon and Rob Rucci each had a single and double. For Sugarcreek, Brad Hummel collected two singles and a double, Larry " Milligan had two doubles and Paul Storz got a pair of singles. Glen Porter was the winning pitcher, relieving starter Gary Caviness in the fifth inning. Ron Burkey went all the way to take the loss for Sugarcreek. IN THE OTHER makeup game last night, Claymont R & M Trucking slipped past New Philadelphia Moose 6-3. Don Robinson hurled a three-hitter for the win, striking out four and walking four. The loss was charged to Moose starter Rex Walter. Dave Smith led the winners with a triple, double and single while Dean Burkhart had a double for Moose. The final week of regular season action gets under way Sunday with a full slate of doubleheaders. Moose travels to Bonvechio's, R & M goes to Sugarcreek, Newcomerstown visits IGA and Scio Two Pines plays at Gnadenhutten. Tournament action is scheduled to begin next Saturday at Tuscora Park. *** 'Other' Perry gets victory CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) - Cleveland's Jim Perry pitched his first complete game in a month and a half Thursday night and he did without the best of his repertoire. "I didn't have the greatest stuff tonight (Thursday)," said Perry, after the Indians defeated the New York Yankees 9-2. "But we got them out and that's what counts." "I kept the ball down and got important double plays and I had some great help in the field from George (Hendrick) and Charlie (Spikes)." Perry, who is now 11-8, was also happy about "giving the bullpen a rest." He gave up two runs on 10 hits, striking out only one, but he didn't allow a walk. Perry's last complete game was a 6-0 win over Chicago on June 11. New York took a 2-0 lead in the second on Lou Piniella's double and singles by Chris Chambliss, Jim Mason and Sandy Alomar, The Tribe tied it in the second when John Ellis scored on an error and Buddy Bell singled in his first of four runs on the evening. In the third the Indians added five more when Bell singled in Spikes and Ellis. Hendrick scored on Oscar Gamble's single and Dave Duncan and Frank Duffy each collected RBI's with one-base hits, to make the score 7-2. "I did well at the plate tonight," Bell said. "But I don't feel like I've been very consistant this season." ' The five-run rally in the third chased Yankee starter and loser Dave Pagan (1-3) and the Indians went through Rudy May and Mike Wallace while registering 10 hits. "There were a couple of lucky shots in that third inning," said Yankee Manager Bill Virdon, referring to Gamble's infield chopper single to third. "And they had some great defense. Hendrick's catch in the third hurt us because there were men on base." Hendrick made two running catches on the warning track and Spikes pulled one in on the run, keeping the Yankees from the base paths. The Indians upped their' lead to 9-2 in the fifth when Bell scored on an error, and rapped his fourth run across the plate with a double. "This win could pick up the guys a little," said Perry. "I feel like if I bear down they'll bear down more also. We've got to go that way if we keep thinking about a shot at the pennant." The Indians remain in second place, two and a half games off the pace and the lose set the Yankees five and a half out, tied for fourth with Milwaukee. The Indians and the Yankees finish a two-game series here today. Waldenmyer tourney has 200 participants With more than 200 participants, the second Waldenmyer City Tennis Tournament gets under way in Dover and New Philadelphia Saturday. Director Dr. Cliff Schrader said pairings are posted on the bulletin boards at both courts in Dover and New Philadelphia and participants should contact their opposition. Scores should then be reported to Schrader. The finals will be Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. at Dover's courts. North going for 4th straight win tonight CANTON, Ohio (AP) - The North bids for a record-equaling fourth straight victory over the South tonight in the 29th annual Ohio High School Ail-Star Football Game. A crowd of more than 10,000 will watch the Fawcett Stadium game to be televised over a state-wide network. Game time is 8:30 p.m. EDT. Last year's 25-0 North rout drew the Yankees to within one victory of the record set by the North teams from 1952 through 1955 and tied by the South from 1960 through 1964. The North also reeled off three successive victories in 1958 through 1960. The 1973 triumph gave the North a 13-12-3 edge in the series matching the top seniors from the previous season. The South's last victory was a controversial 7-6 decision in 1970. The outcome is the only one-point margin in the North-South annals. The North coaching staff is headed by Don Bucci, who guided Youngstown Mooney to an ll-l record and the Class AAA state playoff title. The South's head coach is Neal Billman, who led (jahanna Lincoln to u 9-0 season last fall. The game features 25 athletes recruited by Big Ten Conference schools. 12 of them by Ohio State. Six are heading for Michigan State and five for Michigan.