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WEDNESDAY DECEMBER VI, Porkers Were Big Disappointment in State During 1950 By CARL BELL LITTLE ROCK, Dee. 27. (AP)—Arkansas had to take the bitter with the sweet in its 1950 sports. And most bitter of all was the University oC Arkansas's disappointing showing on the football field. Touted to possess glittering ma-, terial, and -bedecked In a professional flourish designed by new coach Otis Douglas, the Razorbacks were expected to have quite a sea- j son. More than a few observers' thought they could .win Ihe Soulh- west Conference championship. What actually happened is an unhappy story to Razorback fans. The Porkers '1st eight of their ten games. But through It all, a new attendance record was established for Razorback home games. 127.000 seeing the six games at Fayettevllle and Little Rock, That was 15.000 more than saw the same number of tilts in 1949. • Douglas chalked off the nightmarish season as one devoted to totalling a new system and began Taking about next season. In that respect, as In most- sports for the coming year, the biggest concern Is the military manpower situation. The state fared better in other fields of sports. For instance, It swept honors in cotton States baseball and brought home another Southwest Conference basketball „ crown. Here's a run-down of the year's highlights in various sports: Football Arkansas Tech was tumbled from the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference perch It had held for five years. With the aid of a special ruling by the conference, Henderson succeeded the Wonder Boys • s champions. That ruling wai that Henderson's lass to Arkansas State College, it«elf not eligible for the championship although a member' of the conference, did not count. The ruling wasn't announced until after the Henderson-State game, although It was reported to have been made last summer, and came just after Little Rock Junior College had been acclaimed the new champion. In high school grid play, Little Rock maintained Its hold on the Big Six championship. Blythevllle, with a perfect 13-game record, topped the AA division. Other championships, .were won by Wynne Uj"<jjass,.v aYid Rtson.in Class B. ,,iThe Pigskin" season was touched off-'by a pro exhibition In Little ffA. The Philadelphia Eagles. Wth ArkansarY Clyde Scott running wild, triumphed In that show over the Detroit Lions, featuring an old Arkansas nemesis, Doak Walker. Basketball The Razorbacks got off to a bad • start, partly due to injuries to key players, and compiled an unimpressive Intersectional record. But they hit their stride early enough under the guidance of a new coach, Presley Askew, to finish fast and tie Baylor for the Southwest Conference diadem. Tech breezed through undefeated to the AIC championship, with towering Deward Dopson showing the way. Van Buren's smooth Pointers grabbed the class A and state titles in high schot,. circles. They beat defending champion North Little Rock In the Class A-Trlple A playoff for the undisputed state title. Other crowns went to Valley Springs in Class B, ML Ida In the Junior division and Van Buren In the girls bracket. Baseball The Little Rock Travelers dropped 21 .straight games at -the outset of the season for .the dubious distinction of setting a losing record for the Southern Association. Thelr ,'ait te improved little thereafter. ^Rougli they managed to win a few. It was a brighter picttire for Arkansas in the Cotton States League, pine Bluff roared to the regular season pennant but lost out In the playoffs after being weakened by military calls and injuries. Hot Springs stepped in to take the playoff crown for the Wonder State. The Arkansas-Louisiana combine won the league all-star game. Arkansas Tech copped the AIC diamond titte. and the El Do rarfo' Lion Oilers were state semipro champs. Little Rock Doughboys won the state junior baseball pennant. Track State. Teachers. led by hurdling nee Ken Stephens, dethroned Arkansas State as the AIC track and field ruler. High school titlists were Little Rock In the Big Six; Camden In Class A; Atkins In class B and North Little Rock tn the Junior division. Arkansas, beginning a building program In the sport, finished ^irth In Ihe Southwest conference JBJck and field meet last spring and promised better things to come by scoring a surprise victory In the loop's cross-country meet this (all It was the Razorbacks' first cross- country title. Golf A lefthander was crowned Arkansas amateur golf champion for the first time In many moons as Ross Collins, basketball coach at Arkansas A.&M., Montlccllo, south- pawed his way through the state tournament In Little Rock. Curtis Collier. Fort Smith pro, won the Arkansas Open. Mrs. Gordon pcrrln of El Dorado returned to the top of women's golf. Other 1950 state champions Included George Dunklln of Pine Bluff again in tennis; the Little Rock Worthen Bankers In softbal and North Little Rock (open) and Tech (novice) In AAU boxing. In hot* ractaf, lh» »UU» o Chicks Seeking Gome To Replace Jonesboro Tilt on Cage Schedule Coach Jimmy Fisher is looking for « basketball game to fill the Jan. 23 open date on the Blythevflle Chicks' schedule caused by the cancellation of the Jonesboro series. The Chick chieftain slated that he would schedule any team in (his area for a single game or a home and home basis in order to fill the open date, but that ne would like for the Jan. 23 game to be played In Blythevllle. Big TV Contract Ires Fred Saigh Cards' Owner Raps Chandler for Signing World .Series Pact CINCINNATI. Dec. 21. f/P)—Sign- ing of a six-year. $6.000,000 contract for television rights to world series and all-star games has brought cheers from some major league club owners, noncommital grunts from others and one acid-dipped criticism. The contract with the Gillette Safety Razor Co. was announced yesterday by Baseball Commissioner A. B. Chandler. Baseball officials such as Warren C. Giles of the Cincinnati Reds. Charles Comiskey of the Chicago White Sox. Horace Stoneham of the New York Giants and Roy Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics praised the transaction. All other owners except Fred Satgh of the St. Louts Cardinals either were unreachable or non-commital. Saigh, reportedly the ring-leader of the recent, successful attempt'to deny Chandler a renewal of his contract In 1952, bltingly termed the signing 1 "!!! poor'taste." " The owner of the Cards Insisted, "television Is in its Infancy. Television rights worth $1,000.000 today may be worth several million two or three years from now. Furthermore, signing such a contract so soon after his (Chandler's) repudiation by the owners seems In poor taste." Giles Praises Action Saigh's comment came - in sharp contrast with that by Giles, who generally has agreed with Chandler's administration in the past. The Redleg president remarked upon the newness of video advertising, as did Saigh. but with the angle that only time will tell whether the price is "too much." Stoneham. boss of the "Giants, called it a "good deal." as did Roy Mack, the A's vice president. The $6,000.000 doesn't rake in radio rights for the all-star and series contests. Gillette agreed earlier (o kick In another SI.370,000 for broadcasting the games for the next six years. Most of the TV Income will go to the baseball players' annuity and Insurance plan, Chandler reported yesterday. That's the money baseball uses to pay .participating players £50 to SlOO monthly In pensions and annuities after they reach the age of 50. The announcement said the television hookup Gillette will use has not yet been determined, but added, "if Is understood that it will Include the Mutual television stations In New York. Chicago and Boston." Significantly, president Frank White of the Mutual Broadcasting System made the announcement along with Chandler and president Joseph P. Sprang. Jr., of Gillette. BLYTHEVTLLB fARlt.)' CDimnPR KZWB CKOZA DDKS IT AGAIN—Lou (the toe) Groza (No. 4s at left) nicked this field goal that won the National Football League championship for the Cleveland Browns (arrow ball) in the last 20 seconds of play In game with the Los Angeles Rams, at Cleveland Sunday. Last week Groza booted the Browns into the championship game with a field goal in the last minutes of the playoff gajne wi(h the New York Giants. (AP Wlrcphoto). Unbeaten Kentucky Tops Weekly Cage Poll By JOE REICHLER NEW YORK, D*c. 27. (AI>)—Kentucky's unbeaten Wlldfcts still rated today as the country's No. 1 basketball team—just »head of "** Buenos Aires, Argentina, Is the world's largest Spanish speaking city. track, Oaklawn at Hot Springs, had another big spring meeting. But both attendance and belting dropped slightly from 1949. Bradley. One-hundred and five of the 167* sports writers and broadcasters who voted picked Kentucky as the best team In the country In the second Associated Press poll of the season. Many based their choice on Kentucky's success over powerful Kansas and St. John's In winning six straight. Bradley, winner of nine straight including Saturday's 93-58 romp over unbeaten Duke, drew 37 first- place votes and so many second- place nominations that the Braves finished only lie points behind Kentucky's 1.498. ' The Pcorla. 111.. Braves are In a spot to depose Kentucky in the poll next week. Both fives are competing in the Sugar Bowl tournament at New Orleans Friday and Saturday night. They will meet Saturday if Bradley defeats Syracuse and Kentucky downs St. Louis. Cowpokes Third Long Island University attracted 11 first place votes to only one. for Oklahoma A A: M, but the Aggies edged out the' Blackbirds for Ihlrd place, 947 points to 893. Unbeaten LIU advanced three places during the week on the strength of victories No. 5 and fi against UCLA and Idaho. The Aggies (9-0). aided by road victories over Southern California and California, moved up from fifth position. The leaders with first place votes and records through last night's games, in parentheses (points figured on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. basis): Top Ten: 1. Kentucky O05) (6-01 ... •2. Bradley (37) (9-0) 3. Oklahoma A&M (1) (B-0) 4. Long Island (11) (6-0) . 5. Indiana d) (0-0) 6. N. Car. State (3> (7-1) .. 7. Villanova (6-0) 8. Columbia (7-0) 9. Missouri (4-1) , 10. Kansas (5-1) 1.4D8 1.432 947 889 797 572 420 217 202 200 Frank Moseley Named Coach, Director at VPI BLAKSBURO. Va., Dec. 27. W)— Frank Moseley 38-yc.-.r-old veteran backfleld coach at Kentucky, has been handed the task of rekindling the smouldering football flrea at Virginia Polytechnic. Institute. Moseley was named last night Tech's head football coach anr! athletic director. He becomes the first combination coach nnd athletic director the school has had since 1919. The new Tech menlor was given a five-year contract. Salary terms were not disclosed. Moseley will select his own assistants. Moseley's assignment 'la a big one. The Gobblers have won only one game and tied three In the last three years. The Tech team was badly beaten in all 10 of Its games the past campaign. Virginia Tech Is on the "black list" of the National Collegiate Athletic Association for alleged violations of its "sanity code." Moseley will come to Blacksburg lo assume his chores shortly alter Kentucky (angles with Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans New Year's afternoon. Oldest man to be elected President of the United Slates was William Henry Harrison, 69. Magnolia A&M's Win Streak Broken of'75 HUNTINGTON! w. vs.. nee. 27. f;r)_Marshall College broke a Magnolia (Ark.) A. anil M. basketball win streak of 15 games with a 96-45 victory over the Mule Riders here last night. , Marshall's Bob Koontz was high scorer with 26 points. Calvin Thomas led the Arkansans with 16 points. Thailand Can't Give Aid BANGKOK—w,— Thailand cannot participate in the British Commonwealth's Southeast Asia assistance program owing to other heavy financial commitments, the government announced. It said it would have to spend 52.300.000 next year on Implementation of the Point Four program besides repaying a World Bank loan of $24.500,000. » The decision was made following study by the cabinet of a report from Nai Thanat Kornand. who represented Thailand at the recent Condon conference wealth countries. of Common- Aggies Favored At Oklahoma City Razorbacks Slated To Meet Tulsa in All-College Tourney OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 57. (AP) —Spirited competition among six teams lisled as darkhcrse contenders shaped up us the 15lh annual all-college ba.slcetball tournament opened today. The Oklahoma Ageics. undefeated In nine games and ranked third In the Associated Press poll. ai-c heavy favorites lo win (heir ninth championship in the three-day court struggle. Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma City University, Texas, Tulsa and Vaucterbilt are rated Just about even as they start their battle of survival. Baylor, a Southwest conference representative along -with Arkansas and Texas, drew the unfortunate assignment of testing the Ag- Bics In Us first round game at 9 tonight. The tall and short teams of (lie tournament—Arkansas and Tulsa- Rct competition rolling nt 2 p.m. It will be the rubber came between the regional rivals. Arkansas beat Tulsa; 59-41). but the Oklahomaiis evened the count wilh a 4H-4G triumph. forks I'avc Hflglit The Razorbacks from Arkansas have Hie height advantage but haven't been able to cash in on It In previous games. Tulsa's starting five will average less Ihan 6-1 while Arkansas ranged over 6-4. A lively scrap was expected in the second game of the afternoon session with Texas battling Vanderbilt. Top-seeded Oklahoma City University challenges Alabama in the 7:45 p.m. game opening the night session. Coach Doyle Farrack guided the host town team to the championship last year, emllne, i\ five-year rclgh of the Aggies. The Chiefs were seeded No. 1 as the defending champions. The upper bracket contains the Aggies. Baylor, Texas and Vanrier- bilt with Tulsa, Arkansas, Oklahoma City and Alabama paired In the lower bracket. Competition will continue at afternoon and night sessions dally with lasers rounding out a consolation bracket. NFHS Officials^ To Study Lifting Of Baseball Ban MOBILE. Ala., Dec. 27. W')— An estimated 250 high school officials from throughout the nation tonight begin studying proposals to ease » ban on professional bascballcrs dealing with high school athletes. The coaches, teachers and education officials arc here for the annual meeting of tho National Federation of state High School Athlclfc Associations. H. V. Porter of Chicago, Federation executive secretary, said several proposals aimed at softening the hands-off bar to baseball scouts would be up for discussion. The rule expires after 1951. and the major- minors meeting In St. Petersburg recently voted against renewing It. The federation Is marie up of state associations In 48 states. Texas and Rhode Island, Ihe non-member states, also are expected to send representatives. PAOB FIVB Wi/kmson Thinks College Football Headed for Big Offensive Change By Tr:r> SMITH NORMAN, Okla., Dec. 27. (AP) — Bud Wilkinson believes college football can develop in one of three directions: 1—Toward a limited number of plays capable of being adapted to a changing defense, 2—Toward what he calls the "S.M.U. style" which is to spread out everyone nil over the field and pass repeatedly—"ami If your receiver Is belter (hall (he man covering him, then you'll gain." 3—A return to thp single wing style and football as It <v.is played 15 years npo. Wilkinson, fa- mmis coach of (he nation's n umber one loam, the University of Okla- h n in a, made these remarks, before taking his Miuart south for a Simar Howl encounter New Year's Day with Kentucky. Wilkinson is as scholarly as he is popular. His predictions on the future of football are of course based on the assumption present rules will not l>c vitally changed. "Football." he says, "lias always been R development o( what Is done defensively. When 1 was a quarterback at Minnesota back In the 30's we used only one defense. Now every team uses a half dozen or more and shifts them continuously. "We think the rules definitely favor the offense. And this li the rule that favors the offense most of nll—lhc placing of the ball In play 18 yards from the sidelines, which is sn near the center that there is no such thing ns lateral Held pcjsiliou. You can run to either side. Naturally (he free substitution rule and (lie fact you can pass from anywhere behind the line of scrimmage also help. Outguess the Offrnsr "The defense today is count lug on nnleuessini! (lie offense. You line up to look like six men on the line and then Just before the ball Is snapped you switch to four or even eipht. "The only way the offensive (earn can offset this Is to adjust the play after the ball I* snapped." That broiiRiil Wilkinson to a discussion of the troml of football development hr listed as number one. He explained how it applies to his Oklahoma team, operating from the sliding or split T formation: "We try lo retain the option. On our basic end run play, NumlK i r 28, called the 'keeper' or 'pitch out.' the quarterback ficts (lie ball nnd moves aloiiR (he line of scrimmage toward the defensive end. We don't block the end. it the end crashes in, (hen our quarterback tosses Ihe ball laterally to the halfback. If the end boxes to protect the outside, then the quarterback fakes * lateral and turns up field himself." Other Oklahoma playi that can develop In several ways after th« ball is snapped are of course mor« complex. Of (he number two future for football, the "S.M.U. style," Wilkinson said: Passer Is Defp "By spreading the players all over Ihe field, the earns is reduced to » personal basis. The passer Is so deep you can't rush him. If you have the other fellow a little out- manned, you will look like » million bucks willl this same. That la, if your receiver Is better than th« man covering him. If football turru this way It will cease to be tht team came it Is now." The number three possibility, thi return lo the single wing, Wilkinson added almost as an after tlmuclu and It was obvious he dirt not favor it. Wilkinson played under thp slnple wing at Minnesota. "The single wing has this ad- v:m(;u:e,—when (he defense is not hcmest you tan ride 'em out with power blocking." ny a "dishonest defense" Wilkin- scm meant one that was legal but that depended on tricky formations. Wilkinson respecls the singls win* and points out that with so many teams using the "T." singl«' wing teams have a big ndvnntagft because their style of play comes aj such a surprise. Louis Receives 'Outstanding 1 Rating by NBA WASHINGTON. Dec. 27. IIP)— The once peerless Joe Louis, world heavyweight charnplnn for a dozen years, has sunk in National fioxlng Association ratings to the rank of an "outstanding boxer," The NBA had high praise tn Its final 1950 ratings for K/.^ard Charles, the man who mauled Louis last summer when the aging brown bomber tried a comeback. Fred J. Saddy. chairman of the N13A Championship Committee, announced the year-end ratings yesterday. He called Charles, of Cincinnati, "a champion worthy of the title and ready at all limes lo meet sll comers. He has proved lo be a fighting champion." Tbe NflA said Charles hns no logical contender for the heavyweight crown. Louis retired undefeated March 1, 1D49, He was soft, slow and Ineffective, but still K battler. In his unsuccessful comeback .attempt against Charles last summer. Lnuls was bracketed ns at] "outstanding boxer" with Lee Savolri of New Jersey. Saddy jabbed R pin Into several boxing champions for falling to defend their crowns. He sold h« U recommending lo the NBA Executive Committee that the titles of lightweight champion Ike Williams, of Trenton, N.J., nnd Jlghl heavyweight champion Joey Maxim, of Cleveland, be vacated unless Ihcy fight for their laurels by next March 1. Saddy said that If Jake La Mnttn, reluctant middleweight king, fails to delcnd his title In n scheduled bout with Sugar Ray Robinson Feb. 14..Robinson should be declared the new champ. Duquesne Wins Opener; La So lie, Arizona Beaten NEW YORK, Dec. 27, (;Vj—Fighting Duriuesne scrambled from behind to make It but LnSalle, Stanford and Arizona lost their first games of the season. Steve Garay of Durjuesne (7-0) sank a field goal In the final second last night for a 5.1-52 victory over unbeaten Westminster. Westminster led most of the way snd once held a 13-polnt edge In the second half. Western Kentucky (7-2) dropped LaSalle (6-1). 73-03. at, Philadelphia on (hedeadly shooting of Jack Turner and Rip Olsh. Turner hit 10 of 22 field goal attempts and Olsh 10 of 20. Turner scored 24 nnd GIsh 23. / Abe Becker, set » new season Madison Square Garden scoring mark In leading New York University lo an 74-70 victory over Stanford. The squat Violet guard scored 35 points, two better than Bob Zawoluk of St. John's and Hill Mlkvy of Temple made In the first game. St. John's beat Temple, 00-CS. Canlslus survived * late Arizona rally to win, 55-52. College Basketball Bj- The A.Morl.-ilrrt Press Western Kentucky 73, LaSallc 83 St. John's (13kn) go, Temple 68 Canlslus 55, Ari/ona 52 DiHiucsnc 53, Westminister (Pa) 52 Idaho (H, St. Joseph's (Plilla) 03 New York U. itl, Stanford 70 Marshall 00, Arkansas A. it M. -15 Phillips oilers 72, Culver-Stockton 35 California 70, Pittsburgh 5B Vols Hold First Drills Behind Closed Doors DALLAS, we. 27. (/TV-General Bob Neylnml sent Ills Tennessee volunteers through the first of four practice sessions on Texas soil for tile Cotton Bowl gaihe today and Ibcre was nobody thero "but u« chickens." Then general put tin "secret practice" slgti out and expressed surprise upon being Informed that Ills was the first Cotton Bowl team to exclude everybody, even sporti writers, from the team workouti. "It Isnt that we think anybody' Is going to spy on 113 but th« players object to an audience," h* said last night ns he talked *t» newsmen upon nrrlval from Kno*- vllle by plane for his New Yeiri dale with Blair cherry's Unlv*^- slty of Texas team, "They jiist can't operate properly with foflu observing them using the new stuff they hope will work In the coming game." 'Hie General was In nn nffabl* mood as he flew In here two houri late with 44 footballers who wer» da77.1erl by the reception given them. A flock of Southern Methodist university co-ed beauties presenter! them wllh ten-gallon Texas hati and In general made a big fuss over their arrival. Now It's Official LOS ANGELES, Dec. 27. m — Gorgeous George -Is now th> legal, as well as professional, namft of the marcelled wrestler. He had It changed In court yesterday from George Raymond Wagner. His wife, Betty, saW "George" If the only last name (heir two children know. .. that's the "Rocket"Engine Story! 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