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Tuesday, September 28, 1976
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B-2 Enquirer and News. Battle Creek. Mich-.Tues.. Sept. 28. 1976 Ali, Norton both promise 1(0' s in tonight's title tilt By ED SCHUYLER JR. AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) "This is the end of my career," says Muhammad Ali, who puts the heavyweight championship on the line against Ken Norton tonight. "I don't want to lose it." Ali didn't mean that this will be his last fight but that he was getting down that road toward retirement The champion is 34. And he is the 8-5 favorite to keep that road open by beating Norton in their third meeting each won a split 12- round decision in 1973 with Norton breaking Ali's jaw in the first fight "You must remember that those first two fights weren't for the title," said Ali, who retained the championship by knocking out George Foreman Oct. 30, 1974, seven months after Norton was stopped in two rounds by Foreman in a bid for the title. The weigh-in was scheduled for noon today at a hotel ovelooking Central Park. Ali was expected to scale about 221 pounds and Norton 215. Each is 6-foot-3 and has an 80-inch reach. - Oakland A's coach AI Monchak (43) tries to grab A's outfielder Don Baylor who's trying to get at Kansas City pitcher Dennis Leonard (top, right). Royal third baseman George Brett tries to intercept Baylor. Brett was knocked down by Baylor. Baylor took exception to Leonard hitting him with a pitch and went after the KC hurler, causing both benches to empty in the sixth inning. (AP Photo) Flint team leads VI; G-A 5th; Tigers 14th By LARRY PALADINO AP Sports Writer Flint Southwestern isn't a parochial school, but its top-ranked prep football squad believes the team that prays together, stays together, says Coach Dar Christiansen. "We have a closeness as a team," he said. "For pre-season we went to a church camp up north. The kids had a real Christian experience, as well as learning football. "It's carried into the season. They have a spirit of cooperativeness, not just on the field but off it as well. They help people around the school and community. "They pray the night of a game, before a game and after a game. It's really a close-knit group of young men." The 45 players on the squad have a variety of religious beliefs, Christiansen said. "The kids believe in a Supreme Power. They've never prayed for a victory, though. The basis of their prayers on game nights is to thank God for keeping them healthy enough to be able to play." The Colts won their first two games convincingly and sit atop the Class A poll with 74 of a possible 75 points in the vote by a panel of sports writers and broadcasters from throughout Michigan. Royal Oak Dondero is a close second with 71 points. Perennial power Dearborn Divine Child remains atop the Class B list just ahead of Muskegon Catholic. Hudson, the team that reeled off a national high school record of 72 consecutive victories before losing to Ishpeming in the state tournament finals last year, is still the top Class C team. Norway has moved up from third to second as runnerup Ishpeming lost and fell to ninth. Crystal Falls Forest Park leads second-place Harbor Springs among the top 10 teams in the Class D rankings. St.Philip, from the Battle Creek area, popped into the ratings for the first time this season. The Tigers are ranked 14th in Class D. They play at Kalamazoo Christian (19th in Class C) Friday night. Galesburg-Augusta retained its No. 5 position in Class C. No other Battle Creek area team is rated. AP High School Football Poll By Thf AsMCiatad Press Here are the top 10 teams in each class in the second Associated Press high school toot-ball poll of the 1976 season: CLASS A Plat. Team Record Poll Points 1. Flint Southwestern 2-0 74 2. Royal Oak Dondero 2-0 71 3. Trenton 2-0 57 4. East Lansing 2-0 54 5. Muskegon 2-0 53 6. Traverse City 2-0 42 7. Det Catholic Central 2-0 37 8. Det Southwestern 1-0 29 9. Midland Dow 2-0 26 10. Muskegon Mona Shores 2-0 21 Honorable mention: Alpena (3-0) 19. Bloom-field Hills Lahser (2-0) 18. B'ham Brother Rice (1-1) 13. Orchard Lake West Bloomfield (2-0) 1Z East Detroit (2-0) 11. Clarkston (2-0) 10. Det Central (2-0) 9. Westland Glenn (2-0) 7. Grand Rapids Creston (2-0) 7, Farmington Harrison (20) 6. Kalamazoo Loy Norrix (2-0) 6. Walled Lake Central (2-0) 5, Portage Central (2-0) 4. Adrian (2-0) 3. Flushing (2-0) 3. Dearborn Fordson (1-1) 2, Milford Lakeland (2-0) 1. CLASS B Place. Team Record Poll Points I. Dearbrn Divine Child 2-0 73 Z Muskegon Catholic 2-0 71 X Gd Rpds W Catholic 2-0 66 4. East Grand Rapids 2-0 54 5. Saginaw Swan Valley 2-0 48 6. North Branch 2-0 44 7. Tecumseh 2-0 39 8. Jackson Lumen Christi 1-1 26 9. Eaton Rapids 2-0 25 10. Riverview 2-0 22 Honorable mention: South Haven (1-1) 21. Wyoming Park (20) 19, Flint Powers (1-1) 17. Saginaw MacArthur (1-1) 14, Jenison (2-0) 12, Southgate Aquinas (0-1-1) 12. Gwinn (4-0) 8. Detroit DeLaSalle (1-1) 7. Caro (2-0) 5. Flint Ainsworth (1-0-1) 5. Brooklyn Columbia Central (2-0) 1. Coopersville (2-0) 1. CLASS C Place, Team Record Poll Points 1. Hudson 2-0 74 2. Norway 4-0 71 3. (Tie) Trvrs City St Fr . 2-0 59 CenterLine St Clement 2-0 59 5. Galesburg-Augusta 2-0 53 6. Flat Rock 2-0 46 7. Onaway 3-0 34 8. Saginaw SS Peter & Paul 2-0 33 9. Ishpeming 3-1 30 10. Reese 2-0 23 Honorable mention: Hartford (2-0) 17. Ne- gaunee ( 4-0) 13. Richmond (2-0) 12. Gladwin (2-0) 12. Cassopolis (2-0) 11. Lake Fenton (2-0) 10. Bay City All Saints (2-0) 8. Ravena (2-0) 6. Kalamazoo Christian (2-0) 5. Orchard Lake St. Mary (2-0) 4. Dearborn St. Alphonsus (2-0) 3. Lakeview (2-0) 3. Kalamazoo Hacker) (1-1) X Marysville (1-1) 2. Manchester (2-0) 2. Middle-ton (1-1) Z L'Anse (4-0) X Allen Park Cabrini (1-1) 1, Byron Center (2-0) 1. Sanford-Meridian (3-0)1. CLASS D Place, Team Record Poll Points 1. Crystal Falls Forest Pk 3-1 71 2. Harbor Springs 3-0 67 3. Ann Arbor St Thomas 2-0 48 4. Rapid River 4-0 40 5. Saginaw St Stephen 2-0 38 6. Waterford Our Lady 2-0 35 7. (tie) Flint Holy Rosary 2-0 31 Johannesburg-Lewiston 3-0 31 9. Beal City 2-0 26 10. North Adams m 25 Honorable mention: North Muskegon (20) 22. Bessemer (3-1) 21. DeTour (3-1) 19. Battle Creek St Philip (2-0) 17. Bellaire (3-0) 15, Manistee Catholi (2-1) 14. Potterville (2-0) 14. Hale (3-0) 13, Marcellus (2-0) 11, Saginaw Michigan Lutheran (2-0) 11. Royal Oak St. Mary (M) n, Caseville (2-0) 8. White Pine (3-1) 6. Mancelona ( 11) X Petersburg Summerfield (2-0) 3. The fight was scheduled to start in Yankee Stadium at 10:30 p.m., EDT, with a the closed-circuit telecast to open at 9:30 p.m., with a 10-round heavyweight bout between Ernie Shavers and Henry Clark. The Lansing Civic Center is the closest location for Battle Creek area fans to view the fight. Wednesday night was the rain date. A crowd of about 40,000, the promoters' estimate, was expected for the first fight at the famed ballpark since Inge-mar Johansson knocked Floyd Patterson down seven times and stopped him in the third round to win the heavyweight title June 28, 1959. The worldwide television audience could reach 500 million it will be seen on closed circuit at 300 locations in the United States and Canada and on a live and delayed basis in 57 other countries. Prices at Yankee Stadium ranged from $200 down to $25, with $20 the average price of a closed-circuit television ticket Ali is guaranteed a record $6 million plus $100,000 expenses and will get 50 per cent of all income over $9 million. A victory would set him up for a rematch with Foreman where his purse reportedly could hit $10 million. Norton is guaranteed $5 million plus $100,000 expenses and five per cent of all income from the start. "It shall not go over five," said the 34-year-old Ali, who is three years older than Norton. "I will make him quit" said Norton. "I beat myself when I get beat," said Ali. "I made you a success and I'm gonna destroy you," the champion said he will tell Norton when they get into the ring. "He knows I can reach him and I can hurt him," said Norton. The fight, promoted by Madison Square Garden. Inc., and Top Rank, Inc.. apparently will smash the all-time live gate record of $2,658,660 paid by a crowd of 104,943 for the second Gene Tunney-Jack Dempsey fight at Soldier Field Chicago Sept. 22. 1927. A's have brawling good time Players, fans tackle Royals; Oakland triumphs, closes gap By The Associated Press OAKLAND (AP) The opening of a do-or-die series with the Kansas City Royals brought out the best in the Oakland A's and the beast in some of their fans. "It was a tough game, a big one to win. But it means nothing unless we win the rest of them," Phil Garner said early today after an 8-3 victory which left the A's 3 games behind first-place Kansas City with six games to go in the American League West race. The start of the Monday night baseball game, which drew a crowd of 37,914, was delayed more than an hour because of rain. Two fights, one on the field between the players and the second between fans and Kansas City players, stopped play in the decisive sixth inning. The Detroit at Cleveland game was postponed because of rain. No other games were scheduled Monday. "Things are tense and any little thing can set off something like that," said the Royals' George Brett, referring to the brawl which broke out on the field after Dennis Leonard hit the A's Don Baylor with a pitch. "I thought everyone was coming out to shake my hand because I hit a homer," Sal Bando joked later. His leadoff borne run gave the A's and pitcher Vida Blue, 18-12, a 5-3 lead and Baylor was hit by the next pitch from Leonard. "That's one of those things that happen in a close game," said Kansas City Manager Whitey Herzog. "But the bad part was what happened in the bullpen. The fans were throwing beer, and they use the worst language in the league in this ballpark." Catchers Bob Stinson and John Wathan leaned into the stands and slugged it out with some of the beer- throwing fans in seats behind the Royals' right-field bullpen and teammates helped out in the battle before things settled down. Then the game resumed and the A's scored three more runs, two on a double by Garner, off four relievers before the sixth ended. "We went dead after the fighting. It seemed like it went on forever,' said Brett, and the Royals learned after the game that reliever Steve Mingori came out of the brawl with an injured knee. The Royals had tied the score at 3-3 with two runs in the fifth, one on Brett's double. But Ron Fairly, who had homered to break a 1-1 tie in the third, doubled to open the bottom of the fifth and scored from third on a groundout for the go-ahead run. He threw out Al Cow-ens at the plate on a brilliant fielding play in the sixth, protecting the 4-3 lead. Alston steps down as LA boss LOS ANGELES (AP) - After 23 consecutive one-year contracts to manage the Dodgers, Walter Alston has stepped down, saying, "There comes a time when you need to take a little rest." The 64-year-old Alston, known as the "Quiet Man" from Darrtown, Ohio, made his decision Monday. After a round of golf, he told Los Angeles Dodgers management and it was announced at a late afternoon news conference during which Alston said he would remain with the National League club in a front office capacity. "Baseball has been good to me," he said. "But there comes a time when you get enough of everything. This has been quite a day. It's the first time I ever got three birdies playing golf in one day and I'm retiring." No successor was named immediately, but Walter O'Malley, chairman of the Board of the Dodgers, said his son Peter, General Manager Al Campanis and Alston would sit down soon and decide on U-M tops grid poll; Pittsburgh No. 2 By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) - Tony Dorsett remembers leaner years when the University of Pittsburgh football team would get especially aroused to meet a highly ranked foe. "Now the shoe is on the other foot," Dorsett said Monday after Pitt jumped from third to second behind Michigan in The Associated Press college football poll. "A few years ago, Pitt had no ranking and no respect," added Dorsett, who has 4,540 career yards rushing going into Saturday's game at Duke. "I remember how it was always easy to get mentally fired up when we played teams like Notre Dame, Southern Cal and Oklahoma. "Now other teams feel the same way about us. Beating Pitt can make their season, and they all come after us. Our being No. 2 will just make them try harder." The Panthers of Coach Johnny Majors are 3-0 this year after victories over Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and Temple. Previously second-ranked Ohio State was beaten by Missouri, and Pitt was voted into the second spot the highest the Panthers have been since 1963. Pitt hasn't won a national title since it went 9-0-1 under Coach Jock Sutherland in 1937. Ohio State suffered a 22-21 upset defeat to Missouri on Saturday and a demotion from second place to eighth in the weekly balloting. Unbeaten Oklahoma, the defending two-time national champions, received three first-place votes one more than Pittsburgh and held third with 912 points after topping Florida State 24-9. UCLA was 40 points further back in fourth after stomping Air Force 40-9, then Nebraska rounded out the top five on the strength of a 64-10 rout of Texas Christian. The AP Top Twenty By The Associated Press Top Twenty teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, season records and total points. Points based on 20-18-16-I4-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1: 1. Michigan (56) 3-0-0 1,208 2. Pittsburgh (2) 3-0-0 972 3. Oklahoma (3) 3-0-0 912 4. UCLA 3-0-0 888 5. Nebraska 2-0-1 690 6. Georgia 3-0-0 597 7. Maryland 3-0-0 491 8. Ohio St. 2-1-0 426 9. Kansas 3-0-0 385 10. Alabama 2-1-0 325 11. Louisiana St. 2-0-1 264 12. Missouri 2-1-0 222 13. Southern Cal 2-1-0 156 14. North Carolina 4-0-0 133 15. Boston College 2-0-0 114 16. Mississippi 3-1-0 84 17. Texas Tech 2-0-0 59 18. Notre Dame 2-1-0 32 19. Florida 2-1-0 29 20. Penn State 1-2-0 28 who will become the next Dodgers' field boss. "I'm disappointed," said Don Sutton. "I've played for the man for 11 years and he's been honest every minute of it. There are so many opportunities to be up and down in this game, but he's stayed on an even keel, and that imparts consistency to the ball club." "He set the standards for all other managers to match," said first baseman Steve Garvey, the NL's most valuable player in 1974, Alston's last pennant year. Alston won four World Series titles and seven pennants for the Dodgers and only two men in the history of the game have managed one club longer Connie Mack, 50 years with the Philadelphia Athletics and John McGraw, 31 with the New York Giants. Walter O'Malley, who hired the then-unknown Alston to the newspaper cries of "Who?", later said Alston would manage until the day he decided to retire. Monday that day came. y 4 Kffttf ills Walter Alston ...23 one-year pacts Heady ASkins edge Eagles PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Washington Redskins presented Coach George Allen with his 100th National Football League victory and the veteran coach's quick thinking on the sidelines had more than a little to do with the triumph. Mark Moseley booted a 29-yard field goal 12 minutes and 49 seconds into a sudden death period of Monday night's nationally televised game to give the unbeaten Redskins a 20-17 triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles. But there would have been no sudden death, no victory without Allen. The 54-year-old Allen, in his 11th season as a NFL coach, made himself a factor in the game with 12 seconds left in the first half. The Eagles led 10-3, and had a third-down-and-six at their 35-yard line. Washington's defense started to leave the field figuring the clock would run out. but Allen, ever alert, waved his defenders back and shouted for a time out. The Skins blitzed and Harold McClin-ton and Dave Butz hit Eagles' ball carrier Herb Lusk like a couple of trucks. Lusk fumbled the ball in the air, and Washington linebacker Brad Dusek picked it off and raced 32 yards for a touchdown. Moseley kicked the point and it was 10-10 at halftime. Sixty-two seconds earlier, the Redskins had a fourth-down-and-10 at the Eagles' 33. Moseley set up for a field goal. The Eagles didn't charge, so holder Joe Theismann picked up the ball and ran 16 yards for a first down at the 17 on the fake kick. The Skins wound up with a 27-yard field goal. Thus, Allen's quick strategy resulted in 10 points in 62 seconds and turned a 10; 0 deficit into a tie. The Skins bad been outrun, outpassed, outhustled for 30 min utes, but not outthought or outscored. In the third period, Mike Thomas ran 27 yards to wrap up a six-play, 57-yard drive and send the Skins ahead 17-10. Then the defense took over. Moseley's winning kick was set up by an interception by Eddie Brown, who returned eight yards to the Eagles' 22. Calvin Hill carried twice for 12 and 6 yards to the four. A holding penalty set the Skins back 10, and then Moseley, also a former Eagle, kicked the winning points. Philadelphia took a 10-0 lead with a 22-yard field goal by Horst Muhlmann in the first period and Art Malone's second-period 16-yard TD run. After the Eagles fell behind 17-10, quarterback Mike Bory-la directed a nine-play, 73-yard scoring drive. The march started with 2:09 to play and ended on a 41-yard TD bomb to Charley Smith with 1:07 on the clock, sending the game into sudden death: Washington 0 10 7 0 3-20 Philadelphia 3 7 0 7 0-17 Phil-FG Muhlmann 22 Phil-Malone 16 run (Muhlmann kick) Wash-FG Moseley 27 Wash Dusek 32 fumble return (Moseley kick) Wash-M.Thomas 27 run (Moseley kick ) Phil-Smith 41 pass from Boryla (Muhlmann kick) Wash-FG Moseley 29 STATISTICS Redskins Eagles First downs 11 19 Rushes-yards 37-140 56-252 Passing yards 90 166 Return yards 193 146 Passes 11-33-3 14-37-5 Punts u-39 10-35 Fumbles-lost 2-1 3-1 Penalties-yards 6-50 15-109 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING Washington, M.Thomas 11-46. Riggins 15-38. Hill 3-20. Philadelphia, Hogan 22-. 100. McAlister 15-7X Lusk 1 1-41. RECEIVING Washington. Jefferson 4-5X Grant 2-18. Riggins 2-9, Fugett 2-1. Philadelphia. Smith 5-91, Lusk 4-2X Carmichael 3-40, Young 2-30. PASSING - Washington, Kilmer 11-33-3. yards. Philadelphia, Boryla 14-37-5, 184. 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