The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 25, 1968 · Page 6
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Coach's Hunch Tightens Race Wyflwvfl!*; (Ark.) fourltr ffewR — Thursday, Jinuery to.. 1M — t»H By HAL BOCK Associated Press Sports Writer Hunch playing Keith Allen and percentage man Jean ,Ratelle have helped turn the National Hockey League's East Division race into ttie biggest scramble in years. Allen, coach of the expansionist Philadelphia Flyers played his hunch into a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night and Ratelle's percentage play paid off in New York's 2-1 victory over Boston. In other games, Detroit stung slumping Chicago 4-2, St. Louis dropped Minnesota 5-2 and Oakland jolted Los Angeles 4-1. Just four points separate the first and fifth place teams in the East Division race and four teams are tightly packeoVbehind Philadelphia in the West. Boston still leads in the East and both Toronto and Chicago blew chances to tie the Bruins for the lead by losing Wednesday. The Maple Leafs fired 47 shots at Philadelphia's Doug Favell and the rookie kicked 46 of them out. Favell got the starting assignment over Bernie Parent because Allen had a hunch. "Favell is from the Toronto area and It could have an effect on him," reasoned Allen. "He has friends coming to the game." The young goalie put on quite si show for his pals. His spectac- ular goaltending kept the Flyers in the game and then he protect ed the lead after Claude Laforge had snapped a third-period tie. Ed Hoekstra score for Philadelphia in the'first period and Bob Pulford tied it for Toronto in the middle session. The victory moved the Flyers nine points ahead of Los Angeles. The Rangers, fifth in the East but only four points out of first, beat the Bruins for the first time this season on a pair of goals by Ratelle. The game-winner came on the lanky center's tip-in of Rod Gilbert's power play slap shot in the second period. "It's automatic to try and tip those kind of shots," said Ratelle. "Most of the time, if you tap it, the puck will go in. There's no goalie in hockey fast enough to react when the puck changes direction that quickly. You could say it was a percentage play." Ratelle's first goal came on a 20-foot wrist slap in the opening period and balanced an early Billy goal by Boston's Ken Hodge. Boom" Third-period goals by Gary Bergman and Bruce MacGregor made the difference for the Red Wings, who ended a seven-game winless string but remain mired in the East Division basement, seven points back of New York. Red Berenson scored his ninth goal in the last 10 games as St. Lquis broke a 2-2 tie and went on to ship Minnesota. Don McKenney scored a pair of goals for the Blues. The victory moved St. Louis into a three-way tie with Pittsburgh and Minnesota in the West. Division. All three clubs have 39 points, just one Jess than second-place' Los. Angeles. The Kings absorbed their second straight setback at the hands of Oakland, the West ce lar-dweUer. The victory, in Lo Angeles, was the Seals' first o the road since Nov. 30. Oakland overcame a 1-0 del cit with a three-goal barrage the second period on goals b Wally Boyer, Gerry Etonan an The two goals gave Ratelle five in the last two home games and 17 for the season. The skidding Black Hawks dropped "their fourth and extended their Kicke. Alain "Boom Carain produced th Seals' final tally in the thir stanza. Jim Anderson scored his firs NHL goal for Los Angeles earl streak to seven by losing to Detroit. Chicago is tied for second, two points back of Boston. straight! in the second period'to spo winless I veteran goalie Charlie Hodge' shutout bid. Hodge compiled 3 saves including 15 in the fina stanza. Tall, Talented Texan Sullivan Award COLLEGE. .STATION, Tex. (AP) rr Randy Matson;- the towering Texan who is the world's champion .shot - putter, thinks that winning'the Sullivan Award is the second nicest tiling that could happen to him. Winning a gold medal in this year's Olympics would be the nicest. The 6-foot-6% inch, 260-pound Texas A&M senior beat but three women in different fields to win the Sullivan Award as the outstanding amateur athlete of 1967. "I was real surprised to learn that I have been'named to receive the award. It is a great honor. I feel like it is perhaps the highest award an amateur athlete can get. The gold medal in the Olympics is the only thing that would surpass it," Matson said Wednesday on being informed of bis selection. Matson, who is more than twice the weight of his two closest rivals, received 787 points from 1,000 amateur sportsmen, sports writers, broadcasters and former Sullivan Award winners in th* Amateur Athletic Union , Poll- Billie Jean King of Long Beach, Calif., recognized as the world's No. 1 woman tennis player, received 579 points; Deborah "Debbie" Meyer, 15-year- old swimming star from Sacramento, Calif., had 528; and Peggy Fleming of Colorado . Springs, Colo., world figure ; skating queen, received 486. , Five points were given for a first place vote, three for a second and one for. a third. Shattering records ever iince he was at Pampa, Tex., High School, Matson bettered his ' own world mark last April when he hurled the 16-pound ball 71 feet, 5% inches. In the 1964 Olympics he won a silver medal, second to Dallas Long, but the following year he shat- • tered Long's world record with a heave of 70 feet 7V4 inches. He is the first and only 70-foot •hot putter. Half of the 14 Sullivan Award nominees were women! .' Others receiving votes included Charlette Cooke, Washington, , D.C., track; Lt. Mick! King, Ann Arbor, Mich., diving; Larry Kristoff, Carbondale, 111., wrestling; Ron Laird, Pomona, Calif, race walking; Margo Ann Mc; Grath, San Francisco, syn- '• chronized swimming; Lindy Me: theny, Tuscola; III., gymnastics; - Joe Puleo, York, Pa., weight: lifting; Mark Spitz, Sacramento, . Calif., swimming; James Wallington, Fort Bragg, N.C., boxing; and Ron Whitney, Boulder, Colo., track. Randy Matson Jean Ratelle Blackbirds Start To Sing Undefeated Long Island Unl verslty moved into first place in The Associated Press' small-college basketball poll today, shading twice-beaten Evansville by one point in the voting by 4 national panel of 14 sports writers and broadcasters. The Blackbirds, No. 1 for Kie first time this season, hurdled both Evansville and Kentucky Wesleyan in taking over the top position from the Purple Aces. The Panthers from Owensboro, Ky., dropped to third. In last week's games, LIU won its 12th straight by downing Philadelphia Textile 76-65. Evansville, 11-2, was beaten by Ball State 91-82 after defeating Valparaiso, 97-74. Kentucky Wesleyan, 9-3, trounced Kentucky State 125-80. Southwestern Louisiana, idle ast week, climbed two positions jand replaced Indiana State "In the No. 4 slot. Indiana State slipped to sixth after losing to Butler, a major team, 86-85. There were no changes in tfie No. 7 through No. 10 rankings. Trinity, Tex. beat Houston Baptist 93-53 for an 11-4 mark while Pan American, 10-3, whipped Tennessee, Tech, 75-71. -.. Guilford, 11-1, and Lincoln, Mo., 14-2 did not play. The Top Ten with first-place votes in parentheses and total points: 1. Long Is. Univ. (6) 'flO 2. Evansville (3) 109 3. Kentucky Wesleyan 98 4. SW Louisiana (1) 72 5. SW Mo. St. (1) 63 6. Indiana State ! 62 7. Trinity, Tex. 43 8. Guilford (I) .37 9. Pan American 24 10. Lincoln,. Mo. 23 Buccaneers Do Attack Arnie May Need Help Of His Army By BOB MYERS Associated Press Sports Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) The 42nd annual Los Angeles Open Golf Tournament got under way today with Arnold Palmer, the defending champion, the main target of his brother Arnold Filmer professionals. The scene, transplanted from nearby Los Angeles, was Brookside Park, a revamped course located adjacent to Pasadena's famed Rose Bowl. For this tournament, Brookside measures 7,021 yards, with par 36-35-71. Palmer, who first won the Los Angeles Open in 1963, made it two in a row a year ago with a 72-hole score of 269. The site was the par-71 Rancho Municipal layout in West Los Angeles. Whether Brookside will be easier or tougher remains to be seen during the four rounds of golf coming up. But the pros didn't exactly slaughter things in Wednesday's pro-am. Only 16 pros managed to break par in their individual el- forts, while Palmer had a 73 and Billy Casper a 72. Leading the way with three- under par 68s were Mason Rudolph, Charles Coody, Howie Johnson and Dave Hill. Al Geiberger, Dave Marr, Charley Sifford and Steve .Spray made the' tour in 80-degree weather in 69, while the 70 group included Frank Beard, Say Brewer, Bob Goalby, Tommy Aaron, George Knudson and Bruce Crampton. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Buccaneers attacked inland from their home port of New Orleans and came away with the loot—another American Basketball Association victory. The scene of the Buccaneers' latest success was Jackso/, Miss., where 5,200 fans watched the Western Division leaders beat the Dallas Chapparals 11294 Wednesday night. Second-place Denver fell :hree games behind New Or eans by losing 10UOO to Ken- ;ucky. • • >. '. In the only other ABA action, runner-up Pittsburgh moved to within a .half-game of idle Minnesota in the Eastern Division by edging New Jersey 12419 and Anaheim topped Houson 106-96. There were no games scheduled in the National Basketball Association. Doug Moe ana j aerie More- and scored 21 points each for he Buccaneers, who erased a 51-50 halftone deficit, with a 35- loint third quarter. Player- Coach Cliff Hagan led Dallas ivith 20. Denver's loss snapped a sev- n-game winning streak. 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