Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on June 7, 1977 · Page 19
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Tues.,June 7,1977 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 19 Colorado included NHL teams face money woes MONTREAL (UPI) - According to Alan Eagleson, executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association, the future is bleak for the Cleveland Barons. Eagleson expressed this feeling to reporters Monday on the opening day of the 60th annual NHL meetings. Washington businessman Sanford Greenberg had reportedly purchased the floundering Barons and was to come up with $3 million by Wednesday to satisfy the NHL Board of Governors. "From what I hear through the grapevine, the deal to raise capital in Cleveland has fallen through and it looks like the franchise will fold," said Eagleson. Eagleson also affirmed that although the players are interested in a merger with the World Hockey Association there is more p'ressing business at the current time. "Even the Colorado franchise is in financial trouble. And other teams are also suffering, so why should we put 100 hockey players out of a job and then create another lOOopenings?" he said. "As a matter of fact, the players in our association feel that expansion is only one problem facing the NHL right now." The players, through Eagleson, also raised several other points for consideration by the owners. Eagleson hoped that the 18 owners could sit down with the players as soon as possible and consider the problems facing the league. Eagleson, in a memo to the NHL board, also suggested several rule changes and realignment of the league into two divisions. At least one of the several rule changes the players have requested was. adopted Monday when the rules committee imposed a two- minute minor penalty on a team which challenges but fails to prove the illegal measurment of a stick on the opposing team. In addition, the complaining club will still incur the present $100 fine. Toronto Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard also came out loudly against any type of merger with the WHA, "I know the proposal will be defeated if it comes to a vote this week. I have seven or eight other owners on my side and we only need five votes to veto it," said Ballard. Ballard also pointed out the NHL must do some strengthening of its own. "Let's spruce up our own league so that the weak teams work on building their own organizations before thinking about getting any expansion, money," Ballard said. Palmer forced to earn Open berth By JERRY MITCHELL CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UPI) The rain-interrupted qualifying for the U.S. Open golf tournament resumes today with Arnold Palmer virtually assured of one of the 40 berths up for grabs. Palmer, who won the U.S. Open in 1960, barely finished his 36 holes before a severe thunderstorm halted play on the Myers Park and Charlotte Country Club courses. He had a 71-71--142 total and only three of the 25 golfers who concluded play had bested his score. Bob E. Smith had the lowest score posted at 139. Other former U.S. Open champions competing here include Billy Casper (1959, 1968) and Ed would say a word if Palmer was exempt for anything," Furgol (1954). Former Masters' "I have no comment on that the Kemper Open, said Palmer champions Charles Coody, at all," Palmer said. should "never have to qualify for anything, ever. Inman said. "He's the one man Joe Inman, former winner of "Not one man on the tour who made our living." George Archer and Bob Goolby and former PGA champion Bobby Nichols also had to play qualifying rounds. Archer finished with a 141. It appeared Monday that players with score at or below the 144145 range would qualify for the Open, to be played next week in Tulsa (June 16-19). Despite his 61 tour victories, the 47-year-old Palmer had to qualify to compete in his 25th consecutive U.S. Open. It was the first time since 1969 that he was-not exempt. Palmer refused to comment Portland celebrates NBA championship PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- It route that took the champion- was the Trail Blazers' big day ship Blazers through confetti- and 50,000 people jammed the strewn streets packed with streets of Portland to pay honor cheering Portlanders. "I can't to their heroes. They even let imagine it 'getting any better, on whether he felt he should be superstar Bill Walton douse the but I'm sure you folks will find required to qualify for the U.S. mayor with beer. a way to make it that way." Open. UNUSUAL ROLE - Arnold Palmer hits from .the trees to the ninth green at the Charlotte Country Club Monday during . qualifying for the U.S. Open to be played June 16-19 at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Okla. Palmer, who won the Open in 1960, didn't qualify under the 10 categories for a berth in the tournament and must qualify for the first time since 1969. (AP Wirephoto) Tribune Sports Portland's enthusiasm knew Then someone stole his bi- no bounds as the city honored cycle. the players who won the Na- Walton, chosen most valuable tional Basketball Association player in the series, has a repu- championship by beating the tation of being quiet and shy. Philadelphia 76ers 109-107 Sun- But he showed up at Monday's day. . parade and rally wearing cut"This is as much fun as I've offs and a sweat shirt and with ever had in any sport since I a big lipstick kiss on his cheek. started playing when I was He started the parade on a eight years old," Walton told 10-speed bicycle, but managed thousands of basketball fans to lose it somewhere along the gathered at the end of a parade route. He asked;whoever wound up CHSAA surveying soccer possibilities I : DENVER (UPI) .- The director of the Colorado High School Activities Association said today he has sent every high school in the state'a questionnaire to determine how many schools want to field both girls' and boys' soccer teams next season. The association announced in April it was dropping soccer from its list, of sanctioned sports because of a federal judge's ruling that the association should not support soccer for boys only. .. That ruling came from U.S. District Judge Richard P. Matsch after a girl was barred from playing on the junior varsity team at Golden High School. The judge said soccer must be offered to both boys and girls -- either by having two teams or letting both sexes play on the same team. The association decided to eliminate soccer from the list of sanctioned sports, ruling the sport was dangerous for girls and no school had asked that the sports be sanctioned for . girls. . Ball said the situation has changed since then because the Skyline League, a group of suburban schools, has requested that the association sanction girls' soccer competition. The director of athletics for the Denver Public Schools also asked the school board to create a girls' soccer team. Ball said he expected similar requests to come from Jefferson County, Aurora and Cherry Creek school districts. The association's executive committee decided Friday to poll the schools to get a statewide count.' with it to "please bring it back. It's the only bike I've got." Police said the bike still was missing by late Monday. . *Waltonchai;medspectatorsat the rally and made several re- quests for cold beer, some of which ended up going down the shirt collar of Mayor Neil Goldschmidt. As the mayor was at the microphone, Walton doused him twice from behind. The crowd loved it. The parade followed Broadway, the city's main downtown artery. It was .jammed with people for at least 10 blocks. "The,only problem I saw was getting a hole in the crowd big enough to get the parade · through," said city police Sgt. Roy Kendricks. "I've never seen that many people in one stretch of roadway." GoldschmidtproclaimedMon- day "Trail Blazer Day" in Portland and Gov. Bob Straub declared it "Trail Blazer Fan Week" in Oregon. "This is such an exciting event we ought to do it again next year," Straub said. Pacers still fighting for NBA life Erving believes 76ers still better By ALEX SACHARE to mold a winning team," said AP Sports Writer Shue over and over. "The play- POHTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- "I ers have to know each others' still think we have a champion- moves and styles. It doesn't ship team," said Philadelphia happen'overnight." superstar Julius Erving, the And at least partly because consummate court artisan. "We of the undisciplined, free-spirit- INDIANAPOLIS (UPI) "We are in a three-week sudden death overtime." That's Indiana Pacers' Coach and General Manager · Bobby Leonard's description of the Indiana Pacers' struggle to retain their NBA franchise for the 1977-78 season. Arena Sports, Inc., which operates the franchise, Monday opened a three-week, "Save Our Pacers"' drive aimed at selling 8,000 season tickets and attracting $750,000 of hew equity investment. Officials said receipts from season ticket sales and the equity investment would be held in escrow and all money will be returned if the two goals were not met. "We've had great support through the years from our fans," said I^eonard. "I feel very confident we'll keep this franchise alive." A news conference called by the Pacers Monday was told the franchise would be secure for next season if 8,000 or more tickets were sold. ' 'We know what this franchise has meant to our community," debt was incurred when the Eason also said there was have a better team than Port- ed nature of the players Shue said Mayor William Hudnut, Pacers, once the showcase of "competition" for the franchise land. We have more talent and had to work with, the 76ers among out-of-state interests but more depth." never did develop the cohesive- that his group's No. 1 interest But the Portland Trail Blaz- ness that was so much a part was to keep the Pacers in ers -- not the Philadelphia of the Blazers'victory plan. Indianapolis. 76ers -- are the National Bas- "My philosophy is to play John Jewett, president of ketball Association champions, classic basketball, with great Market Square Associates, the and Erving knows why. passes and great defense," said firm that operates Market "They are cohesive," he said. Shue, describing concisely the Square Arena, home of the "They help each other out bet- game played by Portland. "But who is personally involved in trying to solve the Pacers' financial problems. "Infusion of new capital will help the Pacers over this hurdle." Arena Sports offered the Pacers for sale recently because of debts totaling several Pacers, once the showcase of the now-defunct ABA, and three other expansion teams were each assessed $3.2 million as the price for joining the NBA. The Pacers had difficulty meeting their last two payrolls and 15 local businesses and million dollars. Much of the Rozelle aid for Jets' office post · , B individuals put up $100,000 last week to fund the operation for 1 the remainder of June. Negotiations . to sell the franchise continued. BillEason, chairman of the board of Arena Sports, said he was hopeful a local group will assume the ownership. Pacers, predicted it will be a ter than we do. Their con- you have to coach the players "lead pipe cinch" the ticket sistency enabled them to win. you end up with, sales campaign is successful. "They have mental condi-. "Naturally I would love to "Hopefully, we will reach tioning that they've developed have a Bill Walton," Shue said 8,000 tickets by mid-June," he in practices ' all year. They of the versatile Portland cen- said. "I am. hoping for an stuck with their basic game ter. "Then we would play with immediate and absolute out- plan, the one they had been a classic style, pouring to keep this franchise successful with all year. "But my job is to get the in our city." NEW YORK (UPI) - The hand man, Jim Kensil, to run ownership of the New York their operation. Jets, looking for someone young and energetic to rebuild their The 46-year-old Kensil was franchise into a contender, given a long-term contract as reached into the commis- the Jets' president with com- sioner's office Monday and plete power over the "club's selected Pete Rozelle's right- operations. He will assume his n e w responsibilities ' n e x t Monday. Kensil replaces Leon Hess as president, with Hess, a principal owner of the Jets who has discuss his future plans. Kensil said Rozelle had wished him luck in his new job. "Pete was very nice about it. I had no plans to leave the job. Nuggets complete deal with Kings DENVER (UPI) - The round draft pick that the Denver Nuggets will give to the Nuggets had acquired from along Kansas City Kings a"second- round draft pick in this week's National Basketball Association collegiate draft to complete the three-team trade of May 25, the Nuggets' management said today. In the May 25 trade, which also' Involved the Seattle Supersonics, Denver acquired guard Brian Taylor and the No. 9 pick of the first round from the Kings for center Tom Burlcson and future considerations. The future considerations turned out to be the second- served as acting president since The opportunity last January, assuming the prise." responsibilities of chairman of the board and chief executive officer for corporate affairs. "I have complete control of the football team," said Kensil, who served for 16 years with the National Football League, the last nine as executive director. "1 have a long-term contract but I'd rather not say Seattle, along with guard- just how long. forward Bobby Hilkerson and ..j mti ifs good after a long was a sur- Burleson for Marvin Webster, Paul Silas and Willie Wise. : . The annual collegiate draft will be Friday, with all 22 NBA teams hooked into a telephone conference call with the NBA office in New York. The Nuggets now have nine picks for the 10 rounds of drafting, including two first- round selections (No. 9 and No. 21). Denver will not have picks in the second and fourth rounds. number of years in one position to take over a new one where you can still use the experience accumulated during that time. "I've been watching 27 other teams for the past couple of years. You try not to get involved. I think that will change now. I want to help the Jets' resurgence under (General Manager) Al Ward and (Coach) Walt Michaels." Kensil said he'll sit down with the Jets' management to The decision to realign the team'smanagementresponsibi- lities was made at a meeting of the team's three owners -Hess, Helen Dillon and Townsend Martin. Hess will retain the responsibility for all corpo-^ rate matters relating to the Jets' organization. Kensil, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in 1952, began his career as a reporter for the Associated Press. After a hitch in the Army, he rejoined the AP in Columbus, Ohio, as a general assignment reporter in 1956. Two years later he moved to the New York office as a sports writer. In 1961 Kensil took a job as director of public relations for the NFL and he was named the league's executive director in 1968. He and his wife, Catherine, have four children. ChSsox drcsft prep star NEW YORK (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox picked outfielder-first baseman Harold Barnes, an 18-year-old from St. Michael, Md., High School, as the first selection today in baseball's annual amateur free-agent draft. The Montreal Expos selected right-handed pitcher William Gullickson, a high school student from Juliet, . ni., and Milwaukee chose shortstop Paul Molitor of the University of Minnesota. The fourth choice belonged to the Atlanta Braves, who picked left-handed pitcher Tim Cole of Saugerties, N.Y.,' High School. Detroit, No. 5, picked righthanded pitcher Kevin Richards of Wyandotte, Mich. St. Louis, choosing sixth, selected catcher Terry Kennedy of Florida State University. Kennedy is the son of Bob Kennedy, a former major leaguer and now Chicago Cubs executive, California chose right-handed pitcher Richard Dotson, a Cincinnati high schooler. San Diego, picking eighth, took outfielder Brian Greer of La Jolla, Calif. Texas selected shortstop David Hibner of Howell, Miss., and San Francisco followed with another shortstop, Craig Landis.of Vintage High School in Napa, Calif. Cleveland, choosing No. 11, selected outfielder Bruce Compton of Norman, Okla., then the Chicago Cubs chose right-handed pitcher Randy MarU of the University of South Carolina. . We attack defenses and try most out of the players I have. to create things. It was a I don't necessarily like the matchup of opposing styles, and theirs won out." The Blazers won because, for all his individual brilliance, Erving could not offset the spotty play of his teammates. George McGinnis was in a woeful slump which did not end until Sunday's final game of the best-of-seven series, won by Portland 109-107 to give the Blazers the title four games to two. Doug Collins played well until the last two games, when he tailed off badly. Centers Caldwell Jones and Darryl Dawkins were inconsistent, key reserves Lloyd Free and Steve Mix were hampered by injuries and play- maker Henry Bibby had trouble keeping pace with Portland's speedier guards. So, Jhe team which had been played three years for the conceded the championship by Broncos. He was obtained in a some people back in October, trade with Pittsburgh in 1974, when Erving was purchased and started as weak safety for from the New York Nets, came Denver last season, up two victories short. And the man who will take most of the heat for that shortcoming is Coach Gene Shue, who all along warned against expecting too much too soon. "It takes time and hard work styles that we use, but we win." Broncos release starters DENVER (UPI) - The Denver Broncos Monday released guard Tom Lyons and safety John Rowser, both of whom remain unclaimed as free agents after being put on waivers 10 days ago. Lyons was the Broncos' 14th round draft choice in 1971 out of the University of Georgia. He started as right guard for Denver last year. Rowser, a nine year professional football veteran, has MOST STOCK MUFFLERS 20% OFF Ken's Muffler Shops 10307th Ave., 351-0220

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