Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on February 26, 1976 · Page 37
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Baseball negotiations hung up bn one key word: 'retroactively' . B) RALPH BERNSTEIN j AP Sports Writer ! PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A single word, "retroactively," glands as the major stumbling |lock in negotiations between fnajor league baseball owners (nd the Players Association, a aispute that has delayed spring training and threatens even the start of the 1976 season. Of course, it's all really not that simple, and apparently there will be no baseball until the owners have run the gamut of court action. But the one- word issue is a thorny one in the continuing talks. Briefly, an arbitrator, and later a federal judge, ruled that the standard baseball contract allows a player to play out a one-year option season, then become a free agent. The ruling stripped the owners of their most precious right, lifetime ownership of the players. So the owners have two strikes against them. But they're still at bat, before a federal tribunal in St. Louis. If they take a third strike, the old ball game is going to take on a new look. The latest talks between the owners' negotiating committee and the Players Association, headed by executive director Marvin Miller, went on for about two hours Wednesday. There was no progress report- ed. They agreed to meet again Friday in New York. Both sides indicate a willingness to compromise on the controversial reserve clause, but the owners want any agreement to be retroactive to last Dec. 31, when a two-year collective bargaining agreement with the association expired. Miller smiles pleasantly and says, "No way." He's not about to give away the rights won by the players from the arbitrator and the judge. He says more pointedly that he cannot legally negotiate a compromise that gives away these rights. He contends that every player would have to sign a waiver of his new one-year option privilege. The owners, led by chief negotiator John Gaherin, claim that a collective bargaining agreement would supercede any player's right to invoke the one-year option. Rigney, Dark top candidates for Giants' manager position By JOE SARGIS DPI Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (DPI) Bob Lurie and Bob Short are tied up at the moment, but once they get the final nagging items concerning their purchase of the San Francisco Giants out of the way, they will name a manager, and the choice, it is believed, will be between Bill Rigney and Alvin Dark. Rigney's last managerial assignment was with the Minnesota Twins, while Dark last worked as head man of the Oakland A's. Both are as available as they can be and both sit high with Lurie, who probably will be calling the shots for the time being while Short is recovering from several fractures suffered when he slipped on some ice in Minneapolis. While Short has been bedridden, the National League gave its approval of the sale of the Gianls from Horace Stoneham and his National Exhibition Co. to Lurie, Short and MEI. All three have to sign the document making the sale official and Lurie will deliver it to NL President Chub Feeney in San Francisco before next Monday. At the same time Stoneham and his group will receive J8 million in cash as the purchase price. With ownership assured, Lurie and Short now must turn their attention to naming a manager and coaches and picking front office personnel. Some of the old Giants personnel will he retained, hut none holds a sensitive position. The word already has been given to print tickets and start selling them along with printing and distributing season schedules. Last year the Giants sold only 2,000 season tickets. Lurie, with a big boost from new San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, is shooting for 10,000 season tickets being sold before the initial home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers April "I'm confident we will double our season attendance this year and go over one million," said Lurie. '"We have a lot of promotional ideas we want to try out and we will do everything possible to make going to the ballpark a fun event." As for naming a manager, Rigney seems to have the inside track because of his long-standing friendship with Lurie, although Dark is one of the new owner's favorites from years back. "1 have a lot of admiration for Dark, as I do for Rig," said Lurie." Both are sound baseball managers with a lot of experience. With our young team an experienced manager --a man who has been through it a few times--is a must. We arc going to have to make the decision quickly, hopefully by next Monday." UNC seniors Beth Linquist, left, and Mary Bledsoe will be making their last home appearance for the University of Northern Colorado tonight as UNC hosts Wyoming in a crucial Intermountain Conference game at 7:30 p.m. Miss Lindquist is averaging 9.7 points and Miss Bledsoe is averaging 5.0. UNC takes a 12-6 record into (he game and must win to keep hopes of tournament qualifications alive. Miss Lindquist was given honorable mention as conference player of the week. Last week, Val Fortenbcrry of UNC was the league's leading field goal shooter, hitting 4-5 for 80 per cent. (Tribune photo by Steve Bauer) UNC signs Swank Greeley West lineman Jed them Colorado program, it was starter, joins teammate Tom Swank has become the second announced Wednesday. Lauer at UNC. Swank is 6-3,210 Spartan football player to sign Swank, an offensive and pounds, and is being projected with the University of Nor- defensive tackle and two-year as an offensive lineman for the Bears. Four golfers eye million dollar mark By BOB GKEEN AP Golt Writer LAUDERHILL, Fla. (AP) Four men -- Miller Barber, Julius Boros, Frank Beard and Dave Hill -- have the opportunity to join the ranks of pro golf's $1 million winners this week in the Tournament Players Championship. At least one, Barber, is expected to make it. The odds are considerably longer on the oth- SC upsets DU crs adding Ihcir names to Ihe 4GIh or better in (his rich evenl year. This is one of the year's elite list of only nine men who would do it. two designated tournaments have achieved that mark. "I don't know if I'll make it and, as such, all the game's ailments, but their chances of Chief among them, of course, usually plays his best in Flori- rcaching the $1 million mark is Nicklaus, with Miller and da. are slim. Beard has $951,596 in Ben Crenshaw - each a two- ABC-TV will provide national DENVER (API-John Provost scored Five points in the last two minutes, helping lift Southern Colorado to a 95-91 upset of the University of Denver Wednesday night in college basketball. Provost twice gave the Indians three-point leads in the last minutes, but each time Denver pulled within one point. After Rnh Healon's jumper cut the USC lead to 92-91 with The 44-year-old Barber, bald, paunchy veteran of 18 before teeing off today in (he compete, years of tour activity, needs first round of this ambitious, And Boros has some physical only $889 to reach the plateau $300,000 event that is billed as problems. A pinched nerve in previously scaled only by Ar- the championship of the louring his neck has hampered the nold Palmer, Billy Casper, players. "But it's jusl a mailer smooth, easy swing that has Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, of slaying healthy and playing Bruce Crampton, Gary Player, long enough." Tom Weiskopf, Gene Litller It would be considerably and Johnny Miller. A finish of more difficult for Boros, Beard and Hill. The 55-year-old Boros, the placid, slow-moving, semi-retired "Ol 1 Man River" of the tour, needs $5,787. Thai would require a placing of 10th or better in the strongest field of the Called the "best lineman we had" by West coach John Chrislcnscn, Swank was an honorable mention selection both on offense and defense in the Northern Conference. He made 53 tackles and 49 assists on the defensive line for the this week or not," Barber said leading players are required to winnings for his career and Hill time winner this year - nol far television coverage uf portions and had the second . . . . , i i,,.,,,! tnAA iti Tim luitiimi of the final two rnunns Snlnr- K ' . has accumulated $944,312. The behind, only way either can make it is to win the $60,000 first prize. Other major threats include Arrayed against those hope- Player, Crampton, Hole Irwin, fuls is a field that includes all British Open champion Tom of the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday. Jack Nicklaus paced the 1975 PGA tour in earnings with 29 seconds remaining, Provosl canned a free throw and team- male Mike Jones added two more to ice the triumph. Jim Eskridge finished with 25 points and Provost 20 for Ihc Indians, now 8-17 for Ihe season. Denver, which suffered from poor first-half shooting bul recovered to make a game of it in the second half, was led by Jim Mitchem with 22 points. The Pioneers are 11-14. been his trademark for more than Iwo decades of com- pclitive lournamenl play. "Some days il's bad, some day's it's not 50 had," said the two-time U.S. Open champion who lost in a playoff to Gene Miller last year in the Wesl- chesler Classic. "You can'l lell till you go out and try it." Beard and Hill have no such the game's great names and all Watson, defending titleholder $298,149. Johnny Miller finished the previous $1 million winners. AI Geiberger and Trevino, who second with $226,118. highest defensive point total on the squad. Lauer was Gr«olcy West's quarterback last year, and could play a number of different positions for UNC. TV-radio sports BAIL IN SHOES FROM Northern Colorado Baseball Softball Headquarters You don't have to be a Major Leaguer to wear appreciate the best. Choose from · Adidas · Puma · Spot-Bilt · Sancony · Rawlings MET*L CLEATED SHOES $18.25 to $29.95 RUBBER CLEATED SHOES $ 5.95 to $22.95 (Soccer Style) JONES SPORTING GOODS 922 8th Aver PhoAe 333-3333 THURSDAY Radio 4p.m. 4 p.m. Welco Basketball Tournament, University High vs. Roosevelt, KFKA i;»« KVOU ''W 1:30 p.m. Weko Basketball. Eaton w Frle. KFKA 1310. KYOU US). 7p.m. Welco Basketball, Weld Central vs. Estes Park. KFKA 1310, KYOU "M 8:39 p.m. Wflco Basketball, Highland vs. Valley, KFKA 1 3)0, KYOU MM. FRIDAY Ridlo 1 p.m. North Central Basketball Tournament InAult, KFKA 1310. MJp.m. North Cenlral Basketball Tournament InAult, KFKA 1110. 4p.m. Welco Aisn. Consolation Semifinals, KFKA 1310. S:30p.m. Welco Assn. Consolation Semifinals, KFKA 1310. 7p.m. Welco Assn. Chnmplonship Semifinals, KFKA 1310. Basketball, Slerllng at Greeiey west KYOU 1450. 1:15 p.m. Northern Conference Basketball, Greeley Central at Fort Morgan, KFKA mo. f:4Sp.m. Wfilco Assn. Championship Semifinals, B:30i. m, Welco Assn. wrapup, KFKA 1310. 1p.m. North Central Basketball Tournament InAult, KFKA 1310. 1:15 p.m. North Central Basketball Tournament InAult, KFKA 1310. i p.m. Welco Asm Fifth Place Game. KFKA 1310. 7:30 p.m. Welco Assn. Consolation Championship Game, KFKA 1310. »p.m. KFKA 1310, KYOU U50. 10:30 p.m. UNC Basketball vs. Southern Colorado, KFKA 1310. 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