The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 17, 1986 · Page 13
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Unbeaten Tubbs defends WBA heavyweight title against Witherspoon ATLANTA (AP) —Muhammad All will mark his 44th birthday tonight by watching Tony Tubbs and Tim Witherspoon battle for a piece of the world heavyweight championship Ali once held. On the line in the scheduled 15- round bout at the 18,000 seat Omni will be the World Boxing Association title held by the unbeaten Tubbs. The bout will be televised by HBO beginning about 9 p.m. CST. It will be the first fight of any consequence in this city since Oct. 26, 1970 when Ali stopped Jerry Quarry in three rounds on cuts before the largest crowd ever to witness a professional fight in Altanta — a sellout throng of 5,000 at the City Auditorium. It was the first fight in 3% years for Ali, who had been stripped of the undisputed championship for refusing to accept the military draft. He went on to win the undisputed title once more and also the WBA title before retiring in 1981. Both Tubbs and Witherspoon once served as sparring partners for Ali, and this week the former champion sparred several times with Witherspoon and once with Tubbs. Neither fighter threw many punches at All's head. Witherspoon will be trying to win a piece of the heavyweight title for the second time. The 28-year-old challenger from Philadelphia, who has a 23-2 record, with 16 knockouts, won the vacant World Boxing Council title on a 12- round majority decision over Greg Page March 9,1984. Witherspoon lost the title on a 12- round majority decision to Pinklon Thomas Aug. 31,1984. His only other loss was on a 12-round split decision to Larry Holmes in a bid for the WBC title May 20,1983. Since the loss to Thomas, Witherspoon has won five fights and is the WBA's No. 1-ranked contender. Tubbs, 26, of Cincinnati, also beat Page to become WBA champion, scoring a a 15-round unanimous decision last April 29. Tonight's fight will be the first title defense for Tubbs, who has a 22-0 record, with 15 knockouts. He reportedly will get about $125,000, the biggest purse of his career. Witherspoon, who got $200,000 when he beat Page and $450,000 when he lost to Thomas, is getting a purse of $50,000. The 6-foot-3 Tubbs weighed 244 pounds at the official weigh-in Thursday. That was 15 pounds more than he weighed when he won the title. Witherspoon, also 6-3, weighed 227. The only defending champions who Briefly The Salina Journal Friday, January 17,1986 Page 13 Sacred Heart cagers travel to Ellsworth for league tilts Eagles close to hiring Mora PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Only contract language apparently needs to be worked out before Jim Mora, coach of the USFL Baltimore Stars, becomes the new head football coach of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. Owner Norman Braman offered Mora the job| Tuesday night, a source familiar with the talks' disclosed Wednesday. \ Braman later denied he had made the offer andj said he still was considering several people for the! job. ! ' 'I wouldn't say we firmly have made up our minds I yet. I wouldn't say we have a leading candidate," ( Braman said at an impromptu news conference. But the source insisted there was no doubt Mora Mora had an offer from the Eagles. Mora, who has also talked with officials of the St. Louis Cardinals and New Orleans Saints about their head coaching jobs, declined comment Wednesday. Mora, 49, coached the Stars to the USFL championship the past two seasons, including the 1984 season when the team was Philadelphia. The Eagles need a replacement for Marion Campbell, who was fired Dec. 16. Seven Royals seek arbitration KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Seven Kansas City Royals, including American League Cy Young award winner and World Series Most Valuable Player Bret Saberhagen, have filed for salary arbitration. Besides Saberhagen, others filing for arbitration before midnight Wednesday were pitchers Charlie Leibrandt and Mark Gubicza, outfielders Darryl Motley and Pat Sheridan, shortstop Onix Conception and first baseman Steve Balboni. Shortstop Buddy Biancalana and pitcher Mike Jones were eligible to file for arbitration. However, Biancalana agreed to a one-year contract Wednesday and the club was still negotiating with Jones, Royals spokesman Dean Vogelaar said Thursday. Teams have until the arbitration hearings, scheduled Feb. 3-20 in three cities, to reach contract agreement with their players. "I spoke with Mr. Schuerholz (general manager John), and we agreed that we look at the filing as extending our negotiations period," said Dennis Gilbert, who represents Saberhagen. "I hope we can come to an agreement. I am going to try to get him the money we feel he is entitled to, and they are going to try to keep costs down." Saberhagen made $150,000 last year. KC writers honor Leibrandt KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Left-hander Charlie Leibrandt, who compiled a 17-9 record for the Kansas City Royals last season, was named winner Thursday of the special achievement award by the Kansas City Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association^ America. The award will be presented Jan. 25 at the baseball writers dinner in Kansas City. Leibrandt, 29, edged teammate Hal McRae, the Royals' designated hitter, in the voting by baseball writers, who present the award each year to an individual whose outstanding accomplishments I deserve special recognition. Leibrandt's 2.69 earned run average ranked second in the American League last season and his .654 winning percentage was second in the league. Leibrandt Chiefs fire two assistant coaches KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday fired offensive line coach Marty Galbraith and Dan Daniel, who coached inside linebackers. Gary Heise, a spokesman for the National League Football club, declined to give a reason for the firings. Head coach John Mackovic and other team officials were in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl and could not be reached. Galbraith, 35, joined the Chiefs last season after serving as an assistant coach of the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League. He had served as offensive line coach under Mackovic at Wake Forest from 1978-80. Daniel, 52, joined the Chiefs in 1983 after a five-year coaching stint in the Canadian Football League. UCLA turns down Horford LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA athletic director Peter T. Dalis announced in a prepared statement Thursday that controversial center Tito Horford is not going to attend the Pacif ic-10 Conference school. "We wish to thank Mr. Horford for his interest in the basketball program here at UCLA, but despite rumors to the contrary, he will not be enrolling here," Dalis said. Earlier this week, Kentucky coach Eddie Sutton told Horford that he didn't want him playing for the Wildcats, whose basketball program already is under NCAA investigation. Horford was declared ineligible last year because the NCAA found recruiting violations at Houston. He was later dismissed from the LSU squad for missing practice. Champion Tony Tubbs (left) and challenger Tim Witherspoon meet tonight for the WBA heavyweight boxing title. weighed more than Tubbs were Priino Camera and Jess Willard. Witherspoon is an aggressive fighter who likes to mix it up, while the counterpunching Tubbs is a boxer, although he has scored only one less knockout than Witherspoon. "He really doesn't like pressure," Witherspoon said. "I've got to make the fight. I feel that if I hit Tony hard and hurt him early, it will be all over with." ' 'It takes two fighters to turn it into a slugging match," Tubbs said. "Tim is a better slugger than I am. I'm a boxer. I've got to keep my cool." Page, 236, also is on the card. He will fight Buster Douglas, 230, in a scheduled 10-round bout. Other heavyweight contenders in scheduled 10-rounders will be Trevor Berbick, David Bey, Eddie Gregg and Mitch Green. Berbick, 221, will fight Mike Perkins, 208; Bey, 36, will oppose Wes Smith, 249; Gregg, 222, will box Walter Santemore, 237, and Green, 225, will fight Percell Davis, 248. Sacred Heart will travel to Ellsworth tonight (instead of vice versa, as was originally scheduled) as six of Salina's seven high school basketball teams will be in action. The Knights, coming off a stinging 58-53 homecourt loss to arch-rival Southeast of Saline, will take a 3^ mark into tonight's bout with Ellsworth, which is 2-6 this season after claiming the North Central Activities Association crown a year ago. The Bearcats are 0-4 in the NCAA while Sacred Heart, whose four losses are by a combined total of just 17 points, is 2-2 in league play. The Knights' five-point setback Tuesday dropped them two games behind undefeated Beloit and Southeast, who are set for a showdown tonight at Beloit. Sacred Heart's girls take a 2-2 NCAA mark and 2-5 overall record into their test with fourth-ranked Ellsworth, 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the NCAA. The Bearcats and Knights swapped homecourt dates because Ellsworth is scheduled to be host to a regional wrestling tournament Feb. 21, when Ellsworth was to have been the home team. Sacred Heart coach Bob Mannebach announced a similar schedule change for the Knights' games with Smoky Valley. Sacred Heart will be the home team Feb. 7 and Smoky Valley will be home Feb. 28. Elsewhere tonight, St. John's Military School returns to action from its four-week holiday recess, Salina Central will be at home against Junction City and Salina South will be at home against Topeka West. St. John's is 0-2 heading into its Post Rock League date at Solomon, 05. Central, South, Junction City and Topeka West are all jammed in a four-way tie for third place in the 1-70 League boys' race, each with 1-2 league marks. Central, coming off a 58-53 triumph over South, will take a 3-5 overall mark into its contest with Junction City, 4-4. South is 1-4 overall and Topeka West is 4-4. The South girls, still looking for their first win after six losses, will be in Topeka to face the unbeaten (9-0) West Chargers. Stadler gains share of lead PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Craig Stadler, who has a history of success in this tournament, shot a 7- under-par 65 that lifted him into a tie for the second-round lead Thursday of the $600,000 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Stadler, who scored his first professional victory in this five- day, 90-hole tournament in 1980, completed 36 holes in 132, 12 under par. He was tied at that figure with Larry Mize, who had a no-bogey 66 in warm, sunny weather at Indian Wells, one of four desert courses used for the first four days of this event. Stadler Stadler, who lost to Lanny Wadkins in a playoff here a year ago, played his second round at Bermuda Dunes. Bonnie Hammond, with a 64 at Indian Wells, was one shot off the lead at 133. It was two more strokes back to the group tied at 135, which included first round co-leaders Hal Sutton and Bob Tway, each of whom had a 70 at La Quinta. They were tied with John Cook and Gary Koch. Koch had a 68 at La Quinta and Cook shot 67 at Eldorado. 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