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Lansing State Journal from Lansing, Michigan · Page 29

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Saturday, July 17, 1976
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c SECTION THE STATE JOURNAL Saturday, July 1 7, 1 976 By LARRY PALADINO AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) - It was better than. a world series game, insisted Oakland Manager Chuck Tanner. Most of the spectators in the Tiger Stadium crowd of nearly 46,000 would probably agree after watching Detroit and their pitching hero Mark "Bird" Fidrych take a 1-0 11- inning victory Friday night over Oakland. A'S RIGHT fielder Claudell Washington, who started towards the mound in the middle of the game after a Fidrych brush-back pitch prompting both benches to clear, called the Bird, "A hell of a pitcher." "He's smart. He comes right at you. He's got a good gimmick and all those people out there," Washington said. Fidrych continued his routine post-game refrain of putting most of the African nations join in, but Games are on fcj.f '"''r'"V'xT-n'--W"'ri Olympic flags tower above the By WICK TEMPLE AP Sports Editor MONTREAL (AP) - The 21st modern Summer Olympic Games, damaged by international politics and haunted by the spectre of terrorism, open today with a colorful ceremony to be watched by more than a billion people around the world. Bitter political fights continued to the last minute with Taiwan pulling out of the games Friday. A militia of 18,000 patrolled every area occupied by Olympic athletes, officials and newsmen. THE ISRAELI team, which had 11 of its members killed in a an Arab terrorist attack at the last Summer Games in Munich four years ago, was Y Don Boudrias of Sarsfield, Ont. A - ' SO does It reasons for his success on his teammates. "I'M DOING one-third of the work," he said, "and they're doing two- thirds defense and runs." Tiger Manager Ralph Houk was chuckling over Fidrych's latest success, his 10th victory in 12 decisions and 11th complete game. "I've never seen anything like it," Houk said laughing. "It's the damndest thing." HE SAID he wouldn't have let the Bird pitch more than two more innings but Houk conceeded, "If I did (take him out), the people just wouldn't understand." But Houk said he didn't want to risk ruining Fidrych's arm. Willie Horton singled in the only run of the game in the bottom of the 11th inning off A's relief ace Rollie Fingers. It was the seventh consecutive extra flags of other countries prior to today's start of the Olympic Games guarded by soldiers who carried machine guns and wore bullet- proof vests. Despite the beauty and oldworld charm of this predominantly French-speaking city of 2.7 million, the Olympic scene was grim. The 7,309 athletes and 8,000 newsmen from around the world openly questioned how long the Olympic movement could last under these conditions. Today will be a day of ceremony, with 70,000 jamming Montreal's new Olympic Stadium for the traditional parade of athletes and lighting of the Olympic flame. Competition starts Sunday with swimming events taking the early spotlight. TRACK AND field action, the biggest attraction of the summer games, . js crosses the Ottawa River by ferry torch to Montreal " ' , x V - - ? f - t 1 4. y . J y S . v s NT' f .i ' s '' . " j ' -y t - - " ss m A - sv . v s 1 again! inning victory for Detroit. FIDRYCH, THE 21-year old rookie right-hander who was the starter and loser for the American League in the All-Star game, raised his record to 10-2 and completed his 11th game in 12 starts. He went into the game leading the league with a 1.78 earned run average. His last previous start was a 1-0 loss to" Kansas City. Fidrych mobbed ' Horton after the game and later re-emerged from the clubhouse when as has become the tradition the crowd refused to leave and chanted "We want Bird!." RON LEFLORE opened the Tiger 11th with an infield single, beating out a grounder to short on a play that started a heated argument with the first base umpire. Tom Veryzer followed with a sacrifice, Rusty Staub starts next Friday. The Games end Aug. 1. . Thousands of visitors -from around the world jammed Montreal and surrounding cities, many still seeking $40 tickets to the opening ceremony. It was a far cry from the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896, when 311 athletes from 13 nations competed in nine sports. Arid it truly is an event of the electronic age. Television will carry the Games to virtually every nation. Olympics organizers, who also control the basic TV coverage, estimate the world audience at over one billion. THE OLYMPIC flame itself was carried from its birthplace in Athens by laser beam. And all the music and singing for the opening ceremony was as he helps relay the Olympic ' ' . Tigers win was walked intentionally and designated hitter Horton singled. The crowd of 45,905 brings the total for the past four games that Fidrych has pitched at home to 196,000. Both Fidrych and Oakland starter Mike Torrez faced the minimum number of batters through six innings. In that span, the A's put two runners on base, both in the first inning, but Bill North was caught stealing after a single and Billy Williams was erased on a double play after walking. TORREZ RETIRED the first six Tigers before Aurelio Rodriguez opened the third with a double but was out at third trying to stretch it into a triple. Torrez then retired the next eight Tigers. Detroit's best opportunity in regulation time came with two outs in the seventh when Rusty Staub tripled. But Horton grounded out. Detroit stranded By GEOFFREY MILLER AP Sports Writer MONTREAL (AP) The Tai- t wanese, refusing to the end to abandon " the name "Republic of China," lost their battle Friday to compete in the Olympic Games and, in a separate and unrelated action, Nigeria also pulled out. An official from Africa said all Black African nations would withdraw shortly. Jean-Claude Ganga said the Africans were in touch with their governments for final confirmation on the pullout. GANGA IS secretary-general of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa, an organization of approximately 40 nations. Another African source said earlier that Uganda, Togo and Zambia were preparing to withdraw. THE TAIWANESE withdrew after the International Olympic Committee voted overwhelmingly to change its rules and call the team "Taiwan" instead of "Republic of China," the name the Canadian government refused to sanction and the name the Taiwanese insisted they must have. Lawrence Ting, head of the Taiwanese delegation, announced that his entire team, including a small group already here on U.S. passports and more than 40 others waiting in the United States, were going home. A few hours later, Nigeria announced the withdrawal of its 100-strong contingent to . protest the prerecorded, leaving the musicians and singers in the Olympic Stadium mere puppets to the amplifiers. The Soviet Union, the United States and the two Germanys were expected to dominate the Games. The big;story probably will be the emergence of the strong, tough East Germans who have set up government sports enclaves in an attempt to produce athletic pheno-menons. ... They also have been accused of using questionable bodybuilding techniques, although such methods as use of anabolic steroids and electronic muscle stimulators certainly are not the sole property of communist nations. One of the latest artificial stimulants is called blood doping. It involves taking a pint of an athlete's blood several weeks before a competition, freezing it, and reinjecting it just before he performs to provide extra oxygen in the system, y " 't- THE INTERNATIONAL lOlympic Committee has set up strict, tests to .exclude the-nse of drugs by athletes. There ; could be . disqualifications' be- cause of use of "controlled-sub stances" but they probably will not be the type of chemicals commonly viewed as drugs. There were two disqualifications in the winter Olympics, one for use of nose drops and the other for use of a pain pill. Sports on TV pu TODAY 2-5 (Ch. 4, 5, S, 8) BasebalL Boston at Kansas City 2:30-5 (Ch. 7, 12 41) - Olympics. Opening ceremonies. 4:304 (Ch. 2, 3, 9C, 25) , Golf. . Westchester Classic. (Ch. 6 joins after baseball.) 54:30 (Ch. 7, 12, 41) - ABC Sports. Tape of Foreman-Frazier Fight; Tai-; wan Acrobats. ' ' 8:30-11 '(Ch. 7, 12, 41) Olympics. Preview of competition. t ' .... in two runners in both the eighth and ninth innings, Torrez getting Bruce Kimm to ground out to end the eighth and Fingers struck out Jason Thompson to kill the ninth inning threat. Fingers came in in the ninth after LeFlore's leadoff single hit right-hander Torrez on the upper part of his pitching arm. One of Fidrych's antics drew the ire of batter Claudell Washington. While Washington stood out of the batter's box, Fidrych got tired of waiting and squatted down. He remained squatted until Washington got back up to the plate and then "The Bird" gave him an inside pitch. WASHINGTON DROPPED his bat and walked angrily toward the mound before catcher Bruce Kimm intercepted him. Both benches cleared and there seemed "to be some harsh words participation of New Zealand and its sports ties with South Africa. THE HEADS of other African delegations, who are protesting a tour of South Africa by a New Zealand rugby team, met for about 45 minutes at the Olympic Village but made no announcement of plans. A source who asked not to be identified said final decisions cannot be made by the people in Montreal but must be made by the nations' gov-ernming bodies. No word is expected until today, opening date of the politi-. cally-troubled Games. Tanzania, Mauritius and Somalia earlier announced a boycott of the Games because of New Zealand's participation. THE NATIONAL Olympic commit-tess of 11 other nations signed a letter to Lord Killanin, the International Olympic Committee president, hinting at the possbility of withdrawing if New Zealand is not exluded because of its rugby team's tour. Killanin, however, replied in writing that rugby is not an Olympic sport and national Olympic committees have no jurisdiction over it. The Taiwan dispute ended virtually in victory for the government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, which seven weeks ago tol the IOC without warning that the Taiwanese would not be allowed into Canada if they used the name China. TRUDEAU CLIMBED down in part Thursday and withdrew his objections ':S: :-:S-iV.:i -OU mmmmmmmmmm yV'y' u&&itvy-vyy?zw&i& M " -ft : -East Lansings Fred Lowe, who will be competing in weightiift-ing at the Games, is fitted for an Olympic jacket. Lowe is a counselor with the Ingham County Sheriffs Department. U.S. team sports a more casual look MONTREAL (AP) - The American Olympic team has gone casual, in dress at least. Obviously the MS? Olympic Committee was hoping for a new image when it announced a dramatic change in the parade uniforms to be worn by the athletes in today's opening ceremony parade at the XXI Olympiad. THE AMERICAN athletes had a voice in the change from a traditional 'dress up" uniform, called drab by some, to a casual sports look. The team members will wear what they like best white windbreakers, 1th, spoken. Umpires quickly cleared the field. IT WAS a typical Fidrych game. OAKLAND North ef MAIxndr Pf Honey c BWIIIomdh Untzpr McMuliendh Bovlor rf Rudilf Barvdo 3b Tenoc lb CWsnotn cf Garner 20 Sondtss MTorrei p Fingers p DETROIT Leflore c Veryjer ss Staub rf Horton dh JThmsnlb AJormson If ARodrgei3b PGarciaTb Oaltvieph Wockntusc Kimm c Meyer ph Scrivener 2b FWrvch p h bt ae h bi 3 0 I Total 36 0 Total 35 I 7 I One out when winning run scored. Oakland (Of fOt to ttt Detroit tot tot tot It I E C.Woshinotn, Wockenfuss. DP Detroit 2. LOB Oakland 7. Detroit t. 28 A.Rodriguei. 3B Staub SB M.AIexnder. S Vervter 2. IP H R ER BB SO M. Torrez S 0 0 0 3 Fingers L.5-4 2W 2 1 t 2 I Fidrvch W.10-2 11 7 0 0 4 S HBP by M.Torrex A.Johnson. T 2:24. A 5.t05 to the Republic of China flag and anthem. The IOC, claiming a victory for Olympic principles, invited the Taiwanese to call themselves "Taiwan" as they did in the Rome Olympics of 1960, and march in the opening parade with their national flag. The change of name needed a change in IOC rules. It was approved by 58 votes to 2, with six abstentions. Monique Berlioux, director of the IOC, announced the decision at a news conference and repeated the charge that Canada had broken a pledge made in 1969 when Montreal was awarded the Games. SHE SAID - as Killanin had done earlier that the IOC would have withdrawn the games from Montreal if time had not been so short. She said the vote on Taiwan's changes of name was taken "with great reluctance and under protest." So in the end the IOC - and the U.S. Olympic committee which at one time threatened to pull out the American team in sympathy with Taiwan bowed to Trudeau. From the start the Taiwanese had insisted they would compete only as the Republic of China. Within a half hour of the IOC the vote the head of the Taiwanese delegation told a news conference the IOC plan was rejected. "WE CONSIDER this change to be improper under the IOC rules preventing political discrimination and interference," Ting said. i U i V MilL red shirts, blue slacks and blue sports shoes. The U.S. administrative people, coaches, trainers and team members will continue to wear traditional suits and dresses. ff; Previously the entire U.S. Olympic delegation was to wear navy blue suits with white dress shirts and red ties for the men and navy blue dresses with red. white and blue scarves for the . women. THE CHANGES were announced by USOC President Philip Kramm after discussions with Montgomery Ward fashion experts and athlete representatives last night. parade

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