'Other Factors Involved Alex Karras Cut by Detroit Lions (Hutchinson News -UPI Telephoto) ALEX KARRAS, often critical of the Detroit Lions' management, talks to reporters after being placed on irrevocable waivers Tuesday. f/.S. Open Tennis Smith Vs. Kodes III Singles Finals FOREST HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — Giant killer Jan Kodes of Czechoslovalcia stunned favored Arthur Ashe Jr., 7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 63, 6-4, Wednesday and went into the men's singles final of the rain-plagued U.S. Open Tennis Championships against big Stan Smith, the American soldier from Pasadena, Calif. The 6-foot-4 Smith, serving 16 aces, turned back speedy Tom Okker of The Netherlands in a match of sporadic brilliance and letdowns, 7-6, 6-3, 3-5, 2-6, S-3. Smith and Kodes meet Wednesday for the $20,000 first prize. Also on Wednesday, top- ?esdsd Billie Jean King i->f Long Bsach, Calif., and second-seeded Rosema,i7 Casals of San Francisco play for the women's crovra—the first time since 1958 that two U.S. women competed in this final. That was the year that Allhea Gibson defeated Darlene Hard. Ashe's Service Poor An erratic service, producing a dozen doublefaults, was the undoing of Ashe, the skinny Negro young man who won the inaugural Open in 1968 with a five-set victory over Okker. Tlie last two and a half sets of the Ashe-Kodes semifinal was played in a drizzling rain and Ashe repeatedly had to stop to wipe off Ms fogged up spectacles. Kodes is the first East Eu- ropepn—Iron Curtain competitor—to reach the finals of the U.S. Open. Jaroslav Drobny, a self-exiled Czech beat Ken Rosewall of Australia for the Wimbledon title in 1954. Kodes, 25, a graduate of the University of Prague, entered the tournament unseeded and unnoticed, having never gone further than the second round in a grass court event. Grass Court a Joke "Playing on grass is a joke," he said early in the tournament. Nevertheless he upset top-seeded John Newcombe, the Whnbledon champion, in the first round and reeled off triumphs over Pierre Barthes, George Seewagen Jr., Bob Lutz. Frank Froehling III and finally Ashe en route to the finals. Ashe served 15 aces with his 112 miles an hour delivery, but recklessly going for the big winner he fell mto 12 double- faults—three of them in one game. It's the first U.S. Open title shot for Smith, who won the U.S. Amateur in 1969 and who went into the Wimbledon final As Whnbledon runner-up, Smith was seeded No. 2. Ashe was placed No. 3 after the withdrawal of Rod Laver and Okker was No. 4. It's the Hrst U.S. Open Utle shot for Smith, who won the U.S. Amateur in 1969 and who went into the Wimbledon final this year against Newcombe. Smith No. 2 Seeded As Wimbledon ninner-up, Smith was seeded No. 2. Ashe was placed No. 3 after the withdrawal of Rod Laver and Okker was No. 4, If Smith should win the $20,- GOO, he has announced the purse will go to the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association for the Davis Cup fund. If Kodes mns, as an independent pro, he collects $15,000 and $5,000 goes to his country's tennis association. - DETROIT (AP) ~ Alex Karras, staling he was "shocked beyond belief," said that there were "other factors involved" in liis being cut by the Detroit Lions Tuesday. "I cannot believe that the Lions' decision to place me on waivers is based on a fair assessment of my performance on the field," the 36-year-old all-pro defensive tackle said in a prepared statement. "There are other factors involved. "I have played 14 years in the National Football League. Throughout my career, I have done my best on the field, and at the same time, I have tried to be myself. No Room for Opinion? "Perhaps there is no room in the world of sports these days for an athlete who has an opinion on anytihing except his own sport. I have opinions. I have a wife, and children, and I pay my bills like everyone else. "Therefore, I think I am entitled the same considerations as other human beings and that includes having the right to express myself on something other than playing defensive tackle. "Because of this, I think the Lions have released me on waivers. "But as I said before, I cannot change what I am as a person and will not change," he concluded. The 6-foat-2, 250-po under from Iowa, who was the fu-st draft choice of Detroit in 1958, has been a standout player for virtually his entire career in Detroit. Karras was forced to sit out the 1963 season after being suspended by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle for allegedly betting on football games. Karras, bothered last year by a bad knee, was under considerable criticism for his pass rush deficiencies. He sat out much of the year and was replaced by Don Goich, who also has smce been cut. But this year, Karras said, his knee was 100 per cent sound. He added that for last Sunday's Philadelphia game— the fuial Lions exhibition of the year—he went all out. Karras played an outstanduig game against the Eagles, frequently decking quarterback Pete Liske. Mark Norquist, who lined up opposite Karras in the game said afterwards: "He came at me harder than anyone has this summer. I guess it's near that time." Karras said that He would only play for a contender, but added he didn't expect to be picked up by any other NFL club. "My thoughts right now are that I will retire," he said. "If I don't retire, I'll play just one year," He said his immediate plans are to pursue a movie and television career and his personal manager, Tom Vance, said that Karras has a contract with a Chicago television station and will go there within the next couple days to begin working on his own 30-minute evening sports .show. First Love Football In his statement, Karras said that before reporting to trailing camp this year, "I had planned to retu-e and pursue my other interests, and had been in negotiations for various movie and television roles. My manager and I had actually suspended negotiations for a television series and one definite movie role because of my decision to give one more year, at least, to my first love, football" Two years remain on Karras' seven-year no-cut, no-trade contract, which reportedly calls for about $35,000 a year. He said he assumed he would be paid for the final two years. Redskins Pick Up 4 Detroit's Castoff WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins picked m AU -Pro defensive tackle Alex Karras, who was cut by the Detroit Lions Tuesday, a Redskins spokesman said. Tile Redskins picked up the defensdve tackle for the waiver price of $100, but will have to pay him under the terms of his Lion contract. Karras has two years remaining on a reported $35 ,000 a year pact. Aaron Slaps 42nd, 43rd CINCINNAH (AP) — Hank Aaron drove in five runs with his 42nd and 43rd home runs of the season Tuesday night, powering the Atlanta Braves to a 52 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. His first-inning blast over the left field wall following smgles by Felix Millan and Ralph Garr off Don Gullett, 15-6, moved him into'* a fourth-place tie with Stan Musial with 1,951 career runs batted m. 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HODNETT TELEPHONE MO 3-3381 BALTIMORE (AP) - Frank Robinson belted his 5flO(h major league home run about a year beliind schedule, but well before the expected end of a brilliant major league cai-eer. "The way I feel right now, I think I can play another three or four years." the 36-year-old Baltimore Orioles' outfielder said after becoming the llth player in history to reach tlie coveted plateau. Homer No. 500 came in the nintli inning of Monday's second game against the Detroit Tigers off Fred Scherman. He belted No. 499 in the opener of the twi-night doubleheader off Mike Kilkenny. "This is a big honor and thrill for me," Robitison said. "This is something that will stand after I'm out of baseball, and I guess it puts me in pretty select company." When he hit homer No. 494 in Chicago on Aug. 13, Robinson wasn't too excited about passing the late Lou Gehrig on tlie all-time list. "After all," he sfiid, "when lliere are a couple of guys with more than 600 and still playing, it doesn't mean that much to pass another player." After being injured in a baseline collision halfway through the 1967 season, Robinson lost about a year of top productivity. "I don't know how much 1 left at second base on June 27, J967," Frank said of his slide into second baseman Al Weis of the Chicago White Sox. "All I know is, I haven't been tlie same hitter since." KANSAS CITY (AP) - Vida Blue tucked his shirt into his orange-colored trousers and looked up. "I'm son7," said Blue, pitching sensation of tlie Oakland Athletics, now only an eyelash away from cliuching-tlie American League West division title. "I'm not supposed to talk baseball. "I'm not even supposed to think baseball. I won't even be out there for a night or two." Blue's face was subdued, sole m n, drenched in disappointment, no trace of the smile that always glazed his eyes after a victory. He fumbled with his belt. "Vida," 'you've been someone said, losing. What's Arm Is Okay "It's not my arm," Blue cut in. "It's my body ... the pressure. Everybody thinks I should win every time I go out there. "I'm tired. 1 ..." He paused in a long silence, then said: "I'm not supixised to talk baseball." Blue, with a 23-8 record, has lost five of his last six starts. The A's got only tJiree runs for him in the five losses. Blue was beaten 4-1 by Cleveland, 1-0 by Boston, 1-0 by New York, 2-1 by Minnesota in a out game in which he struck 12, and 6-1 by Califoniia. He was not the pitcher of record Sunday when Minnesota edged the A's 7-5 in 10 innings. Blue gave up .seven hies, five runs of which three were unearned, struck out five and walked six in eight innings. The six bases on balls are the most Blue has given up. The young left-hander was running a comb through his hair now, and his eyes were levelled on the dressing room exit. "The pressure ..." Blue mumbled again. 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