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'Other Factors Involved' Alex Karras Cut by Detroit Lions (Hutchlnson News-UPI Telephoto) ALEX KARRAS, often critical of the Detroit Lions' management, talks to reporters after being placed on irrevocable waivers Tuesday. IMS. Open Tennis Smith Vs. Kodes In Singles Finals FOREST HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — Giant killer Jan Kodes of Czechoslovakia 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 000, he has announced the purse will go to the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association for the Davis Cup fund. If Kodes wins, as an independent pro, he collects $15,000 and $5,000 goes to - DETROIT (AP) - Alex Karras, staling he wag "shocked beyond belief," said that there were "other factors involved" in his 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 anything except his own sport. I have opinions. I have wife, and children, and I pay my bills like everyone else. "Therefore, I think I am en titled the same considerations as other human beings and tha includes having the right to express myself on something oth er than playing defensive tackle. "Because of this, I think the Lions have released me on wai vers. "But as I said before, I can not change what I am as a per son and will not change," he concluded. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounde from Iowa, who was the firs draft choice of Detroit in 1958 has been a standout player fo virtually his entire career i Detroit. Karras was forced to sit ou the 1963 season after being su 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, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3. Smith and Kodes meet Wednesday for the $20,000 first prize. Also on Wednesday, top- seeded Billie Jean King of Long Bsach, Calif., and second-seeded Rosemary Casals of San Francisco play for the women's crown—the first time since 1958 that two U.S. women competed in this final. That was the year that Althea 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. The 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 his fogged up spectacles. Kodes is the first East European—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 Wimbledon 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 into 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 Wimbledon runner-up, Smith was seeded No. 2. Ashe was placed No. 3 after the withdrawal of Rod Laver and Okker was No. 4. the first US. Open title shot for Smith, who won the U.S. Amateur in 1969 and who went into the Wimbledon final this ye'atr against NeWconibev Snitth No. 2 Seeded As Wimbledon runner-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 $2 his country's tennis association. pended by NFL Commissione Pete Rozelle for allegedly be ting on football games. Karras, bothered last year b a bad knee, was under consk erable criticism for his pas rush deficiencies. He sat ou much of the year and was re- iaced by Don Goich, who also as since been cut. But this year, Karras said, lis knee was 100 per cent ound. He added that for last unday's Philadelphia game- he final Lions exhibition of the ear—he went all out. Karras played an outstanding ame against the Eagles, requently decking quarterback 'etc Liske. Mark Norquist, who lined up pposite Karras in the game aid afterwards: "He came at me harder than anyone has this summer. I guess it's near that time." Karras said that he would nly play for a contender, but dded he didn't expect to be )icked up by any other NFL tab: "My thoughts right now are hat I will retire," he said. "If don't retire, I'll play just one ear." 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 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 training camp this year, "I had planned to retire 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 Redskins Pick Up 4Detroit's Castoff WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins picked m All-Pro defensive tackle Alex Karras, who was cut by the Detroit Lions Tuesday, a Redskins spokesman said. The Redskins picked up the defensive 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 CINCINNATI (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 singles by Felix Millan and Ralph Garr off Don Gullett, 15-6, moved him into*- a fourth-place tie will Stan Musial with 1,951 career runs batted in. ATLANTA CINCINNATI ab r h bl ab r h b Mlllan 2t> 4110 Rose rf S 0 4 Garr If 4120 Helms 2b 301 HAaron 1b 4235 LMay Ib 400 EWIIIams c 3 0 0 0 TPerci 3b 401 Baker rf 4010 Bench c 4000 TAaron 3b 4000 Carbo' If 4010 4000 Foster cf 4110 4020 Chaney ss 4120 3110 Gullett p 1000 ,1000 Spragua p 0000 ph 1000 Wllcox p 0000 WSmith ph 1000 Hutchinson News Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1971 Page 27 He's Not Supposed to Talk Baseball Pressure Bothering Vida, But He Can't Tell About It -turn cf MPerez ss Reed p Upshow p about $35,000 a year. He said he assumed he would be paid for the final two years. Total 35 S 10 5 Total 352102 Atlanta 300 020 000—5 Cincinnati 000 000 200—J E—M.Perez. DP—Atlanta 2, Cincinnati 1. LOB—Atlanta 4, Cincinnati 9. 2B— H.Aaron. HR—H.Aaron 2 (43). S—Helms. IP H R ER BBSO Reed (W,13-12) ..72-39 2 2 1 4 Upshaw 11-31 0 0 0 Gullett (t-,15-6) ..5 7550 Sprague 2 1 0 o o Wllcox 2 2001 Save—Upshaw. HBP—by Re (Gullett). T—2:11. A— 8,383. GARY PLAYER'S GOLF CLASS: IN MY OPINION, NOT NEARLY ENOUGH HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THEf/PSTHOlEIN/l ROUND OF GOIF. YOU/TOM i TEND TO HURRY ONTO THE TEE, GRAB YOUR DRIVER AND GET THE SHOT OVER WITHj CONSEQUENTLY, YOU RUSH YOUR SWING, UFT YOUR HE/ID AND QUIT ON THE BAH. The important first hole / / • AIIA/AI/S* lA/ytifsnitr \ /"'? .^^ \ AlWAYS WAIK ON " StOWlY, HAVING FIRST HIT MY QUOTA OF PR4CTICEB/!ttS.ISWIN6j SIOWLY/KEEP MY HEAD! DOWN AW fOllOW- SjHROUGH COMPIE7EIV./ NOW I AM MA POSITION TO BIRDif THE HDtE/IND YOU Will PROBABlYGOONeOVfR. IT CERTAINLY MAKES rt BIG DIFFERENCE IF YOU lOSETIVO STROKES KM k MAN AT THE FIRST HOIE/ Robinson Is Year Behind BALTIMORE (AP) Robinson belted his 500th major] eagtie home run about a year behind schedule, but well be-1 ore the expected end of &\ >rilliant major league career. "The way I feel right now, 11 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 tliej coveted plateau. Homer No. 500 came in the ninth 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," Robinson 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 the all-time list. "After all," he said, "when there 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 I left at second base on June 27, 1967," Frank said of his slide into second baseman Al Weis of the Chicago White Sox. "All I know is, I haven't been the same hitter since." KANSAS CITY (AP) — Vida Blue tucked his shirt into his orange-colored trousers and looked up. "I'm sorry," said Blue, pitching sensation of the Oakland Athletics, now only an eyelash away from clinching-the 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 — Frank I smile that always glazed his He fum " bled 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. I He paused in a long silence, then said: "I'm not supposed to talk baseball." Blue, with a 23-8 record, has lost five of his last six starts. The A's got only three 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 game in which he struck out 2, and 6-1 by California. He was not the pitcher of record Sunday when Minnesota dged the A's 7-5 in 10 innings. Blue gave up seven hits, 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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