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0 Electrics win In Whltefith... 2B i D Major league roundup 3B B Matt leads Busch Classic 33 B Golf Bag 43 Great Falls Tribune Friday, July 8, 1968 n o) o) Royko Mike Royko la a nationally syndlcatad columnist. Foster advances to finials Getting no kicks from soccer games As a sports fan, I suppose I should be pleased that in 1994 the planet's most popular sports event - the World Cup soccer championship -will be held in this country for the first time. But all it does is make me nervous. For years, I've watched the highlights of international soccer competition on the TV news. And the highlight is usually a riot by the fans. I'm not talking about an American-style sports riot, which comes in several tame varieties. We have the baseball riot. In its mildest form, it's two or three beer-soaked louts wrestling in the stands until the cops haul them away. At its most ferocious, it's fans climbing light poles or overturning a few cars to hail a World Series victory. There's also the football riot. The biggest one in memory occurred last season in San Francisco, when some of the fans yelled "nyah, nyah," at Mike Ditka and he threw a wad of gum at them, causing mass nausea in northern California. , . HOCKEY FANS sound nasty, but they almost never brawl. In fact, the closest thing to a riot I've ever seen at a hockey game was when players ' leaped into the stands to crack the skulls of some rude fans. What I'm saying is that for all the beer they drink, all the noise they make, and all the bets they lose, American sports fans are reasonably well-behaved. You'll see more punches thrown at a country and western concert than a sporting, event. But when you talk about international soccer competition, you're talking mayhem, mauling, stomping. First they announce the final score, then they give you the body count. ' They don't mess around. A few years ago, some British fans got angry at some Italian fans. So they pushed over a wall, crushing more than a dozen Italians to death. The British fans are the most notorious in Europe, and deservedly so. Their idea of a whoopee celebration is to stick someone with a knife or a jagged bottle, toss ball bearings, or pitch someone off the top of the stands or in front of a subway train. But the British aren't the only ones who take their soccer seriously. Latin Americans, known for their frisky natures, have had some dandy riots. AFTER A BIG GAME in Colombia, some fans in the upper deck expressed their displeasure with the outcome by dropping fireworks and urinating on the fans in the lower deck. This caused a stampede to the exits that left 24 people very flat and very dead. Sometimes it doesn't take a riot to get soccer fans killed. A locked door will do it. In Greece, somebody ' forgot to unlock an exit after a game and 21 fans were squeezed to death. The same thing happened in Moscow and dozens died. There have been riots in China and Mexico. And when Austria beat West Germany in a World Cup soccer game, one German fan was so upset that she tried to strangle a cheering Austrian. The man was quite shaken, since the angry woman was a nun. You don't even need a soccer game to have a soccer riot. In Hungary, actors performed a play poking fun at soccer. If the police hadn't hidden the actors under the stage, a mob of more than 1,000 indignant fans would have dismembered them. I've never understood why soccer affects its followers that way. It's not as violent as hockey, football or See ROYKO, 2B Special to the Tribune CONCORD, Calif. - Todd Foster of Great Falls, regarded by most observers as the best amateur fighter ever to come out of Montana, advanced to the championship finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials with a 54 decision Thursday night over Skipper Kelp of Colorado Springs, Colo. Foster, the top-ranked 139-pounder in this country and a silver medalist last summer at the Pan Am Games, will fight Lavelle Finger of St. Louis for the championship Sunday afternoon at 12:30 (MDT). "It was a good fight, but I was in control all the way," Foster said of his fight with Kelp, a young boxer who fought at the Rocky Mountain Regional Golden Gloves tournament in Great Falls in 1987. "I hadn't fought him (Kelp) before, because he moved up (from 132)." Foster has faced Finger twice before, and has defeated the Missouri fighter both times. 'Til have to take the fight to him," said Foster, former all-around athlete at CM. Russell High. "He's a little taller than me, he's a south-, paw and he's got good reach." Foster's bout will be the third of six on Sunday's card, and there's a good chance it will be televised by ABC. The other six championship fights will be Saturday afternoon. In other fights Thursday night, Ed Hopson, a high school senior from St. Louis, Mo., befuddled world champion Kelcie Banks on Thursday night to register a major upset in a 125-pound semifinal. The 17-year-old Hopson's 3-2 victory before about 1,100 fans at the Hilton Hotel moved him into Sunday's final against Carl Daniels, another 17-year-old high school senior from St. Louis. The two schoolboys are friends and train together. Daniels, who outpointed Banks en route to winning the U.S. Amateur title, advanced with a 4-1 victory over Kevin Kelley of New York. Hopson, giving away eight inches in height, confused Banks from the outset with speed and akwardness. Banks has also won a Pan American Games gold medal and two U.S. championships. Arthur Johnson, 22, of Minneapolis, a three-time U.S. champion who had surgery on his right hand in the spring, advanced to the 112-pound final by boxing his way to a 5-0 decision over Eddie Cook, 21, of Fort Hood, Texas. Johnson's opponent on Sunday will be 19-year-old Chris Carrillo of Whittier, Calif., who beat 17-year-old Lionell Odom of New York 54. Todd Foster , - , , . y ' yy. -.; "'"JM- S-, 1 4 .-. - Cubs land six on NL squad NEW YORK (AP) - The Chicago Cubs will have six players in Tuesday's All-Star Game, the most of any team in the major leagues. Along with , pitcher Greg Maddux, who leads the National League in victories with 14, the third-place Cubs will be represented by second baseman Ryne Sandberg, shortstop Shawon Dunston, third baseman Vance Law and outfielders Rafael Palmeiro and Andre Dawson in the annual game against the American League which will be played in Cincinnati. Sandberg and Dawson were voted as starters in the fan balloting which was announced Wednesday. Maddux, Law, Palmeiro and Dunston were named among the pitchers and reserves announced Thursday by NL president Bart Giamatti and St. Louis manager Whitey Herzog. Of the 28 players on the All-Star roster, 18 are making the team for the first time. New York catcher Gary Carter is an All-Star for the 10th time, the most of any NL player. Shortstop Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals is an eight-time All-Star, while Philadelphia catcher Lance Parrish was a six-time AH-Star in the American League, but is representing the NL for the first time. The average age of the National League team is 27 and Cincinnati third baseman Chris Sabo is the only rookie for either league. "I just wanted to make the team as a utility player," he said. "I don't set goals; I just go out and play as hard as I can." Besides Maddux, pitchers making the team for the first time were New York's David Cone, San See NL ALL-STARS, 2B ..i,.... -o- Five Twins make AL team AP Photo New York Mets ace Dwight Gooden was named to the National League All-Star team for the fourth time Thursday. NEW YORK (AP) - After winning the World Series at home in the Metrodome last year, five players from the Minnesota Twins will try to help the American League win the All-Star Game on the road. Pitchers Frank Viola and Jeff Reardon, catcher Tim Laudner, in-fielder Gary Gaetti and outfielder Kirby Puckett were among the pitchers and reserves selected Thursday by AL president Bobby Brown and Twins manager Tom Kelly for Tuesday's game against the National League in Cincinnati. No Twins were among the starters elected in fan balloting and announced Wednesday. "It's always a thrill to be one of the chosen few. It's going to be a lot more fun with five of us going," Puckett said. "If anybody knows T.K. (Tom Kelly), they know he's not that kind of manager (who would choose his own players if they didn't deserve it). Check the numbers and see." Said Viola: "This is something you dream about. You'd be lying if you said it wasn't a dream when you were growing up to play in an All' Star Game. But it's tough to top what happened last year." The Oakland Athletics, with two elected starters, are the only other club with five players on the team. ; Starters Roger Clemens of Boston, Mark Gubicza of Kansas City, Dave Stieb of Toronto, Doyle Alexander of Detroit made the team in addition to Viola, who leads the AL in victories with a 14-2 record and in earned run average at 2.24. Clemens, at 12-3 with a 2.45 ERA, is second in both categories. Gubicza is 11-5, Steib KM and Alexander 8-4. Bypassed starters included Dave Stewart of Oakland (11-7), Frank Tanana of Detroit (1(M), Bob Welch of Oakland (10-4), Bret Saberhagen of Kansas City (10-7) and Greg Swindell of Cleveland (10-7). Relievers Dennis Eckersley of Oakland (25 saves), Doug Jones of Cleveland (20 saves), Dan Plesac of Milwaukee (19 saves) and Reardon See AL All-STARS, 2B Dodgers down Billings as Bene wins No. 2 By Tribune Staff BILLINGS - Eric Boddie hit his first professional home run and fastballing right-hander Bill Bene won his second game of the season as the Great Falls Dodgers defeated Billings 8-4 Thursday night at Cobb Field. The victory, Great Falls' third straight this summer, kept the Dodgers one full game behind the Helena Brewers in the Pioneer League's Northern Division. The Brewers defeated Medicine Hat 10-9 in 13 innings Thursday night. Boddie, an outfielder from Creighton (Neb.) University had two hits, including a solo homer, to highlight the winning 11-hit attack. Jerry Brooks had three hits and Eric Karros contributed a pair of singles. Great Falls scored twice in the first on run-scoring hits from Brooks and Karros. Billings tied it in the bottom of the second, however, before the Dodgers took control of the game with four runs in the sixth. In the sixth. Lance Rice was hit by a pitch and Eddie Pye reached on an error. Both runners then scored when Billings pitcher Kurt Dempster fielded Don Carroll's sacrifice bunt and threw wildly down the right-field line. Carroll then scored on a wild pitch. Karros added an RBI single later in the inning. Bene, the top draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the recent free-agent draft, worked five innings of five-hit ball. Road warriors Great Falli Hlinos Mi 1M Kl I M N lll-t GREAT FALLS (I) 1ILLINGS (4) h r h hi ah r h bl 1 1 1 0 Clark 3b 4 0 10 3 10 0 Peroio cf 5 0 10 S 1 3 1 Sellntr 2b 5 1 1 0 4 0 2 1 Colvord rf 4 111 5 0 0 0 Johnson II S 0 1 0 5 3 2 1 Mulvanev lb 5 12 1 2 111 Bond dh 4 10 0 4 110 Mulvillt c 3 0 2 0 4 110 Javier u 4 0 0 0 39 1 11 4 Totals 3 4 10 I E Mutvllie 2, Bene. Karros, Clark, Javier 2, Mulvanev. DP Billings 4, Great Falls 0. LOB-Great Falls 7, Billings 11. 2B Brooks. 3B Sellner. HR Boddie (1). SB Peroza, oterman, tarr, Larron, Brooks, sp wutvonev. Ofermon ss Carr 3b Brooks dh Karros lb Morrow rf Boddie II Rice c Pve2b Carroll Cl Totals Great Foils Bene W.2-0 Castillo Wengert Biberdorf S,5 Billings Economy L.0-1 Dempster Rodriguez n ma ii so 2-3 1-3 5 1-3 31-3 HP Rice, bv Dempster. WP Dempster Castillo. B-Castillo. T-3 05. A-3.349. Fans shouldn't criticize Stamer for trying to find a better job I overheard a couple of guys recently talking about Stu Stamer, the men's basketball coach at Montana State. They were mumbling something about how Stamer, who was nearly hired away from MSU last week by Southern Methodist University, would be better off someplace else. Stamer doesn't really care about the Bobcats anymore, they said, and anybody who doesn't want to be here should get away and leave us alone. They said Stamer wasn't being loyal to the school that provided his first Division I head-coaching opportunity. And how Stamer, if he could, would probably move in a minute to any other school that beckoned. Remember when he almost left for San Diego State? And New Orleans? And now SMU? He's using us as a stepping stone, they said. And we're more than that, better than that. Anyway, we don't need him in Bozeman anymore. That's when I interrupted and told the two gentlemen they were crazy. Sure, any Bobcat fan knows that Stamer is looking, perhaps harder than ever, for a better coaching job. Job-hunting is a working man's prerogative, and Stamer is nothing if not ambitious. I say more power to him. But it strikes me that perhaps there are too many people who find fault with such relocation efforts. Especially where university sports teams are concerned. I Scott Mansch Mansch la a Tribune sports reporter. Those are my Bobcats. Or your Grizzlies. And those are our coaches. And that's so silly. Stamer, of course, needs no endorsement from here. In five years at Montana State, he's won more games (79) than all but five of his predecessors. He's taken teams to NCAA and NIT post-season tournaments, and his teams have turned a half-empty Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, a once fly-infested rodeo arena, into a rambunctious rallying center where MSU basketball is king. Stamer's also made some people angry along the way. Remember the pop-can incident last winter in the UM-MSU clash in Bozeman? Stamer thought the MSU students cost his team that game, and he said as much. Which infuriated some folks, even though Stu wasn't far from the truth. And what about the Shann Ferch deal? Bobcat fans were the losers when the talented guard, his relationship with Stamer obviously damaged, transferred to Pepperdine. A good coach keeps his good players, the argument goes. But Stamer publically said very little about the situation, other than to wish Ferch well and continue to win basketball games. And now it seems he's submitting resumes to every region, desperate to get out of Montana. Why doesn't he realize how good he's got it? But that's just the point. Stamer has a good situation in Bozeman because he made one for himself. He has turned the MSU basketball job, not long ago a laughable proposition, into an enviable position. Should he stay for many years, rest assured that MSU basketball will continue to get the respect it now deserves. And should he leave, a successor's task will surely be much easier than the chore Stamer inherited in 1983. These observations have been made from afar, for certainly Stamer doesn't have any Great Falls sports-writers in "his pocket." Hardly. We do our job and he does his. What you should know is that Big Sky basketball fans should be pleased that Stamer finished second out of 175 '1 candidates at Southern Methodist. We should be happy he thought the New Orleans job was too unstable to pursue. We should be thankful Stamer has built the MSU program so that it at least parallels that of the University of Montana, which has been on solid ground for many years. Come to think of it, we should be glad he saw fit to come out here in the first place. But that's not the thought I want to leave you with. Stamer's years in Bozeman have not been altogether happy ones. A few seasons ago he underwent surgery for two detached retinas, a painful procedure that subsequently required extensive rehabilitation. And not long after that, his daughter was seriously injured when hit by a car on the MSU campus. But these calamities, apparently, have not discouraged him. Despite the personal tribulations, Stamer has coached the Bobcats to two of the best back-to-back seasons in school history. Of course, that only makes sense. I'm talking about perseverance, and resiliency, and character. You know, when the going gets tough and all that. A basketball coach's job is among the toughest around, and Stamer handles it better than most. If indeed he stays or, ultimately, wherever he goes, basketball fans in this state should be thankful he's touched their lives. ,h tmA, , 4 ,i

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