The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 18, 1970 · Page 12
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, June 18, 1970
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ockets' Deal r .By LOUUOtt KELLY '».Associated Press Sports Writ DENVER (AP) - Possible open warfare between the NCAA p.nd the professional American Basketball Association over the Denver Rockets signing a Michigan State star with two years' eligibility left apparently has been averted by league action rejecting the contract. Less than 24 hours after the Rockets announced they had signed Ralph Simpson as "a hardship case," ABA Commissioner Jack Dolph turned thumbs down. Dolph said Wednesday in a statement that "if such a contract does in fact exist and is submitted to the commissioner," it would be rejected and a §10,- 000 fine assessed against the Denver club. Don Ringsby, president and general manager of the Rockets, had announced Simpson's signing with some fanfare Tuesday. But after the commissioner's statement was issued on the first day of the ABA's annual meeting, Ringsby said he would have nothing to say. However, he gave strong indication the Rockets are not likely to risk the fine by adding, "I am bound by the action of trie" league at our meeting this morning. I could be fined if I said anything." Less than a year ago the Rockets signed Spencer Hay- \vopd, a University of Detroit sfar, who like Simpson had completed only his sophomore year. Denver also termed this a hardship situation. Dolph issued his statement in the. Simpson case. after the NCAA headquarters in Kansas City had called upon, member schools to boycott the ABA. later, University of Kentucky Coach Adolph Rupp, president of the National Association ' of Basketball Coaches, announced, *;The air is cleared." I "It's all over," Rupp said, ap- | COURIER NEWS j Thursday, June 18, 1970 PAGE TWELVE parently referring to the call for a boycott. "I've had a call from Commissioner Dolph and it's all over with." The assistant executive director of the NCAA, Arthur Bergstrom, said at Kansas City the collegiate organization would have no further comment immediately. He said "we'll just hold that in abeyance and see what happens regarding Simp- sonm" Dolph said at a news conference Wednesday night that officials of two ABA clubs had been contacted by a man identifying himself as Simpson. "I'd rather not say what franchises these were and we have no proof it was Simpson who actually made the calls," he said. Asked about the possibility of court action concerning the Simpson-Rocket contract, Dolph said, "If we have to go to court, we will." In his statement earlier, Dolph said the Rockets' signing OL Simpson "violates provisions of the American Basketball Association bylaws.. .which prohibit any member club irom signing players whose college eligibility has not expired/' The league Wednesday chose Wendell Cherry of the Kentucky Colonels as its new president and gave final approval to Ned Doyle as the new owner of the Miami Floridians. General managers of the ABA will meet in Salt Lake City in mid-July to study a 1970-71 schedule. Each team again will play 84 regular season games, but Dolph said efforts will 1 be made to shorten the time period. · [ Trevino Says r Hell Win V -By PAT THOMPSON 11967 before he was a qualified Associated Press Sports Writer member of the tour. !. CHASKA, Minn. (AP) - Lee Trevino, no longer discouraged by the first ball he ever hit at Bazeltine National, classed himself and Gary Player as the. inen to beat in the 70th ILS. Open golf championship. ; Trevino, the wise-cracking Mexican-American from SI Paso, Tex., and Player, the little South African, played more practice rounds leading up to today's first round than any oth- £rs in the field of 136 professionals and-14-amateurs. · While most other members of the tour stopped in Chicago for the Western Open, Player and Trevino were learning about the par 72, 7,151-yard Hazeltine. Player arrived nine days ago, Trevino eight. : "This is going to be my week," said Trevino. "I'm really set on winning anri if I can get by Player, I should do it. I've been here more than a week and I know this course." ; But three years ago, Trevino did not know the sprawling Hazeltine layout southwest of Minneapolis, and he fondly recalled his first round on the course in "The first tune I ever qualified on the tour was on this course," Trevino said. "I slammed my first shot into the hedges and lost my ball. I finished that day with a 76 but made the. tournament. I don't remember my-score in the tournament. I did win $800." Trevino's rise to golfing stardom came less than a year later when'he won the 1968 U.S. Open. He failed to make the cut in the 1969 Open at Houston because of a knee injury, and he came to Hazeltine as the tour's leading money winner in 1970 and : a week early with the -idea of regaining his title. The carefree Texan, although serious with his intentions, remained jovial in his week of preparation- Trevino promised, however, that he would avoid the method he took earlier this week when one of his admirers gave him a large jar of Mexican jalapenous --hellish little peppers. "I put-them in my golf bag and ate one each hole," Trevino said. "I not only burned up the course, but my mouth along PITTSBURGH PIRATES' Jose Pagan (11), left, looks around for Los Angeles Dodgers' Bill Sudakis, but he's already safe at third--via an unusual route. At right, Oakland A's Sal Bando watches ground ball go the same route for an error on his part. jarry Bursts Bubble As Crowd Celebrates -By ED SCHUYLER JR. Associated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) - The fight game's slam-bang, good old days were on review as part of a tribute to Jack Dempsey. Then, the crowd settled back and watched Jerry Quary burst a brand-new boxing bubble by stopping previously unbeaten Mac Foster. That was Madison Square Garden Wednesday night as a crowd of 15,915 turned out to wish a happy 75th birthday to Dempsey, the old' Manassa Mauler, and sit in on the big town debut of Foster, .the massive ex-Marino from · Fresno, Calif., with 24 knockouts in 24 Runners 7 Skivvies Receive Criticism LONDON (AP) - Girl athletes who breast the finishing tape with padded bras--known as falsies -- were given a stern warning today by the women's Amateur Athletic Association. The association said it was taking measures to end this front running by girls with boosted bras. "We want to be sure that the real girls not the padded ones win in any tight finish," said Marea Hartman. the secretary of the association. Miss Hartman said she will be in the dressing rooms at Lon don's Crystal Palace Stadium Friday and Saturday to make sure the ruling'is kept in the association's annual champion ships. "We-think it is high time that builtup curves are ruled out of international women's racing. "By making a-start in our own championships we hope to give a lead for an international ban to include the Olympic Games," she said. / "Some of our flatchested girls have not been too pleased with some of the photofinish de cisions which have gone against them." Travs Knock Off Dallas-Fort Worth ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) The Arkansas Travelers sailed past Dallas-Fort Worth 7-1 in Texas League action here Thursday night. With the win, Steve Evans became the first Traveler pitcher to reach seven winds. He now is with it." Crowds of more than 20,000, including Lee's fleas, find out starting today what Trevino has planned. 7-3-for the season. Evans allowed the.Spurs only five hits during the gaine. ·· The Travelers now have a 3-1 edge on the series. The Travelers scored in the fifth to snap the 1-1 tie and picked up three insurance runs in the seventh. In other games, Shreveport downed Albuquerque 7-1, Ama- fights. They roared as Dempsey, the legend arid the memory, demolished Jess Willard and Georges Carpentier on large movie screens at each end of the aren Then they roared as Foster, the new heavyweight sensation, went down before the flailing fists of Quarry, the California Irishman who put himself back into the role of a leading contender for Joe Frazier's title. Foster met sports writers after the fight, seated side-by-side with Quarry, and accepted his loss with grace. "It's not really that bad a feeling," the 27-year-old -veteran of six years in the Marines said of his first loss. "I'd rather lose to a worthy opponent than one who wasn't. Then, I'd really feel bad." What mistake did he make? "I dropped my left." And when he dropped his left in the skixth Quarry caught him with a right and then battered him about the ring, finally knocking him through the ropes and on to the ring apron with another right- The count reached three and referee Johnny LoBianco stopped, it. The time was 2:09. rillo beat San Antonio 2-1 El Paso.took Memphis, 8-6. and Collegians In Final Clash OMAHA (AP)-Florida State, never in the winner's circle of the College World Series in four previous trips, and Southern California, champion five times, the last in 1968, clash Thursday night for the N C A A baseball pennant. As the top-ranked Trojans watched, having drawn a bye in the double-elimination tournament Wednesday night, Florida State stampeded No. 2 Texas out of the meet 11-2. The No. 3 Seminoles will carry 49-8 season mark against the Trojans,50-13, as the two teams meet for the first time in the tourney, USC Coach Rod Dedeaux is expected to start sophomore righthander Greg Widman (6-3) with Coach Jack Stallings of Florida State countering with junior southpaw Pat 0 s b u r n (12-2). Each has a World Series victory. Gene Amman was the big hero Wednesday night. The Seminoles unbeaten junior righthander who entered the game with a 0.50 ERA, spaced seven hits, fanned 7 and walked 4 for victory No. 15. His scoreless streak ended after 41 1-3 innings when Texas pitcher Walt Rothe hammered a two-run homer in the fifth inning--his first of the year. The Seminoles collected 13 hits off five pitchers, pinning the loss on starter James Street (8-2) who filled the bases on walks after one out in the first inning and was yanked. 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