I'agc DR Sunday, Fob. 3,15)74 THE FTFSNO BEE Â· J( Togetherness: Key To FSU's 15y Kddie Lopez What's this. l!ol Bennett, bead baseball coach al Fresno Slate University, t a k i n g a low-key approach to (lie 1974 season'.' Yes. the usually vocal former Koosevell High School and FSU catcher has tucked in his oars lighter t h a n a t u r t l e crawling through a gourmet's dining room. "I'm not going to make any predictions any more." he said softly. "It all depends now on how a group of individuals can get along with each other. I think we have a lot of ability but it will depend, on how they get along together." FSU was beset with some dissension last season, resulting in one star pitcher. Brad Duncan, quitting in a huff and rumors persisting thai other Bulldogs wove not satisfied with a number of things. The gripes apparently have been "ironed out." "Overall, if I were an outside person looking at our team," continued Bennett, "1 would have to say pitching will be our strong iioint, our speed will be mediocre (depending on is doing the hitting) and we have the capability of being a pretty good defensive team. "We lio|K. hilting-wise, Â· to be a. productive team, that we won't be a spray- hitling "learn, or a Punch- ami-Judy team. "Our schedule, as usual, is very tough but our kids always seem to get up for. teams like USC. Cal and UCLA. We always work very hard to compete at this level. "And our conference (Pacific Coast Athletic Association) makes it imperative that we play a strong schedule because the conference itself is.very competitive." Bennett, .previewing the PCAA prospects, looks to all-veteran San Jose. Stale Bulldogs' Big Bat NFL Bargaining Andrew Dyes, a .4(ls III tier last season, fi.miiTs In he Fresno Stale's chief o f f e n s i v e weapon in I!!"-!. The iiiiwpr-liitling right fielder drove in 2'.', nms in Hie PCAA a year ayo ami will heart a Bulldog lineup which Coach Boh Bennett feels will have considerable t n i n r h . Bee Photo ' a s - l h p I'CAA favorite; de. fending champion Cal State Los Angeles .next, and UC Santa Barbara having a good shot al Ihe pennant, too. ,. One thing Ihe PCAA is doing this season is scheduling . more games--each Northern PCAA member will meet each other seven times- and each Southern school ..will play-each.other Â·six times--meaning there will be some. PCAA action on' Tuesdays as, well as weekends.' : ' There arc 16 returning leltermen. on Bennett's squad. He is Knee deep in pitchers .and second basemen.-' "!_ .' ' -Topping "the talent are all-PCAA right-hand pitchi er Dan Grimm, 8-6 overall- ami 3-2 (2.70 ERA) 'in the PCAA, and right fielder Andrew Dyes, .408 hitter' for the season and .394 in the PCAA with 23 rans- batted-in along the route. Pitchers include lettermen Steve fichlen, 3-C left-hander last year; Warren Bmsstnr, 5-4 righly; illonle Wood, 1-1 lefty; Ritchie. Smith, 5-3 lefty; non leltermen Mike Murphy, Dave Jackson and Greg Watte; and freshmen Jeff lloss (Cubberly. Palo Alto), Brad Kclloy (Cupertino), Don Babbitt (Dublin) and Bob Parodi (Lake Tahoe and formerly of Dos Palos). Ross is a southpaw. "We feel we've got four very good freshman pitchers, " said Bennett. "And we're very pleased with Grimm, who with 'Behlen and Brusstar should form a very good nucleus. Grimm definitely will be a strong bidder for All-American honors and a ' sure high draft choice. . "Our pitching will be the Dan Grimm key to Ihe season. This is Grimm's fourth year w i t h me as a slarteu and-he has improved, every year. I think he's as good as any collegiate pitcher in the counlry and will take his place along side of our other two All-American's, Larry Gonsalvez and Dick Hutliven. "Bchlcn* and Biusslur have made very good prog- re.ss during Hie summer. "Our bullpen, we feel, is going lo be .strengthened greatly because of our junior college transfers-- righthanders Gary S t a l l i n g of Merced and Lee Sinealh of Foothill (a sophomore) and left-handers Al Qiiad- ros of lieedley and John l''it/ger;ild of Shasta (a soph). Other veterans include catchers Ron Kieling (a soph), Dave Russell and Alike Edmonds; first basemen Ron Sicberl and Dean Burton; shortstops Kenn Cunningham and Rich Metzger; third baseman Doug Elf, a converted outfielder; and outfielders Mike LaBare and Steve Lackey. , "Both' catchers, Kieling and Russell, are good hit- lers -- Kieling a good line-driver and Russell wilh power. Russell might wind up as our designated hitter. Right'now the starting edge would go to Kieling. "Cunningham should add leadership to the infield and by moving in Elf we'll have more experience. Sic- licrl and Burton have been working hard. "Our outfield should be strong. Dyc.s lias been striving to get a better jump on the ball and correct throwing problems. He's also ini- . proved ns a- base-runner. Lackey is improved, because of his determination' and hustle, lie was probably the most consistent hitter during Ihe Winter league." Low-key or not, Bennett is anxious for the season- opener at UCLA on Feb. 8. The 'Dogs will not bow at home until Feb. 22-23 against Stanford. The schedule: 8-A1 UCLA 9--A: Uorlhrfirw 17--Al ynnislo^s 15-AI UC Brrhcl-y li-AI 50.1 Fignosco Slate \-- Al UC IJCvu 'J1 73 --Slrmiord :6-UC, Dcvis 2-At Stanford F?t. ;,,Â· u r . f.'-a r. r. 6-M Ceil Potv-Son Lui^ Ohlii ;.'y/. S-'J-UC BcfXcIev f.'Of. 12-At St. Wo rv'S fi'.or. lS-16-Cnl Slolr Hnvward " t.'cr. 19--Al Sgtramcnlo Slale .*,U:r. ?6-Son Frgncisco Skjle Mor. ?9-?C-At So:i Jose S'cte Aui. 2-At Pariilc A D r.56-San Dk-aoSlal* Aur. V--SOT Jose Slalc. Au.-! 14-AI HavA-ard Anr. 19-70-Cal Slalc LA Ai*. J617 -A' Long Beoch Slntff Acr. 30~Pcci1ic Muy5 J-OC Sonto Barbara T.'av 7--Al Sen Jose Stale Gridders Prepare Strategy - I ' . ' Â· ' Â· ' . , ' . *?:/ WASHINGTON ( A P ) -The pro football.' players' union ln-gaii m a k i n g f i n a l preparations Friday for- negotiations with National Football League owners on a new collective bargaining agreement, which expired Thursday. Negotiations will open here March Hi but several meetings are scheduled before then as both sides hammer mil their basic stands. The learn representatives of (he N a t i o n a l Football League Flayers Association hold a meeting next week to elect a president, vice president anil other- members of their negotiating team. The club owners muet in Women Aim .For 4th Week In Basketball The Fresno Women's Muny Baskelball Leagues sponsored by the Fresno Recreation Department -will continue into their fourth week of play. Games are played Wednesday and Thursday nights at Fort iMiller Junior High gymnasium. The National League will slart league play Ibis week. Numbered jerseys will be required. The last day to add or drop players from the roster will be Friday. This week's schedule as follows: American League Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. -SK's vs. Homers Heroes; 8:00 p.m. -- Basketball Jones vs. Obg's. National League Thursday. 7:00 p.m.-Alfreds vs. B u n i p C i l y ; 8:00 p.m.--DeBndio DeFehdis vs. VMC; Garcias Concrete -- bye. Miami Feb. 25-March 1 and the general membership meeting of the players will be held in Chicago March 2-G. The basic contract, under which (be players have op- craled the past four years, covers everything but individual salaries, which are negotiated by each player. The collective bargaining agreonicnl covers such items as minimum salaries, Â·pensions, insurance, meal money, arid preseason and postseason compensation. "These are going to bo lough negotiations." .said Ed Garvey, executive director of Ihe NFM'A. "It's ini- possiblc to be optimistic but then we're not pessimistic. "It's in everyone's interest not to have'a strike or a lockout, but it's pie in I h e sky to speculate how nogn- l i a t i o n s w i l l g o n o w . " . Garvcy said. "Some of the owners are saying we're, tougher t h a n -you are and dial's dangerous talk. We hope that they arc not Ihe leaders." Garvey and oilier union staff incntlrcrs met Thursday in Washington . w i t h representatives of the N F L Management Council, the owners' negotiating arm -- Throdure W. Kheel., l a b o r attorney for the council; John Thompson, executive director of t h e council, and Sargent Knrsh. W a s h i n g t o n counselfor the council. "\Ve proposed t h a t the negotiations" be opened to the- public, including the pri'S*," said Garvey. "We w a n t Ihe jieople to see bow it goes. We want Hie public lo see who is being reasonable.:' Garvey said the four-year contract negotiated in 1970 has proved to be a blessing in disguise for the u n i o n although it didn't seem t h a t at Ihe time. "We thought it was a great loss then bill il has worked lo our advantage," sairlfiarvey. "We have been able lo build an organization. We have moved our office to Washington, and we have b u i l t a permanent, full-lime si aff. We're established. Duane Thomas Wants Off Redskin Bench In 1974 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dnanc Thomas says he should have played for the Washington Redskins last fall and not S]x?nt the 1973 season as a spectator on (lie bench. However, Thomas, the controversial bul talented National Football League running back, said bo is ready and willing to play in 1974.' ty an interview in Dallas w i l h the Washington Post, Thomas said: "I didn'l play and we didn'l w i n . "It's not a physical reason t h a i I didn't play, nor was it a menial reason as far as knowing w h a t lo do." said Thomas in onr of his rare lalks w i l h a newsman. "Had it been my learn I would have played, nol he- cause il was my learn, but because I outplayed everybody else on the learn." The Redskins 'acquired Thomas from Ihe San Diego Chargers during preseason training camp, even though bn sal out the I H 7 2 season in a dispute w i l h management. Ho had been traded after Ihe 1971 season by the Dallas Cowboys, also in a dispute will) the club. Thomas spent his comeback year as a member of Washington's socially teams and as a mopup running back lale in the game w h i l e Ihe licdskins, defending National Conference champions, made i l into the playoffs but lost to M i n n e - sota in Ihe first round o f Ihe divisional finals. "F-knew 1 was going J o . play," he said,, t h i n k i n g about the trade thai brought him to Washinglon for a No. I and No. 2 d r a f t "choice. "It's nol a mailer of think I would play, 1 knew I would play. I conldn't'think of any oilier reason why they got me if I wasn't to play." The Redskins used Larry Brown and Charley Ilarra- way as their two running backs. "I W;LS concentrating jiri- niarily on the system and the plays," he said of lasl season; "and liicre was a certain level of f u t i l i t y in nol playing." Thomas is looking lo next season wilh an open mind, buoyed by what he learned this past year. "I don't t h i n k about whal I didn'l do, lint what I'm going to do," he .said. "I'll be there when camp opens." US Speed Skaters Lead Swiss Race DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- Sheila Young and 1'elcr Midler led an American domination .Saturday in Ihe opening events of an international skaling meet run in conjunction with Ihe Swiss national sprint championships. aiiss Young was Ihe leader wilh 95.890 poinls following two events of the women's fourcvent scries a f t e r winning Ihe 500- melcr race in 43.94 seconds and f i n i s h i n g third in the l.DUOmeter in two minutes, 35.85 seconds. . Another American, Leah Poulos, was second wilh 96.740 poinls. She was runner-up in Ihe 500 in 44.73 seconds and fourth in the 1,500 in 2:36.03.. Japan's Marik Sugawara, winner of the 1,500 in 2:30.94, was third over-ail w i t h nii.883 poinls. The final two events, Ihe 1.000 melcrs and 3.000 me- leis. will be held Smulay. Muller grabbed the lead in Ihe men's four-sprint competition w i t h 83.305 points. He won the 1,000 in 1:25.37 and was sixth in the 500 in 40.62 seconds. Kppy Blecker of The Netherlands took Ihe 500 in 40.18 seconds, bul Japan's M a s a k i Suzuki, runner-up in bolh Ihe 500 and 1,000. was second over-all wilh 83.345 points. The sprint scries, consisting of two races each over 500 and 1,000 meters, will be completed Sunday. Cathy Prieslner of Cans- da won botiniic 500 in 43.98 seconds and the 1,000 in 1:37.34, and was the leader at ihc halfway, p o i n t of Hie women's sprint series with 92.R50 points. Sylvia Bnrka of Canada was second w i t h 94.250 poinls, and Lori Monk of the United States was third wilh 94.(iOO p o i n l s following a second-place finish in Hie 500 and a t h i r d in Ihe 1,000. Irish Stop Stubborn Davidson SOUTH . BKND. I n d . (AP) -- John S h u m a t e scored 20 points and Gary Urokaw added 24, pacing No. 3-ranked Notre Dame to a 05-84 victory over Davidson in college basketball Saturday. The Irish hud pulled away to a 22-point lead midway through the second half, but the Wildcats fought back--oulsroring Notre Dame 12-1 at one point-- to close to 7!)-72 on a field goal by I^irry Horowitz w i t h less than four minutes lo go. Davidson was si ill behind only !1-S4 w i l h less t h a n a m i n u t e re- m a i n i n g before being forced to foul to fet the ball. But Brokaw h i t " v i t a l points down the stretch to keep'the Irish out in front. .Shumate carried the Noire Dame attack at the start of the second half, scoring 11 of the first Ifi Irish jxiints. It wasn't u n t i l Dwighl Clay, Ihe outside shooting hero of the Irish victory over UCLA two weeks ago, hit five straight bombs t h a t Notre Dame pushed ahead comfortably al74-52. Davidson kept close except for two dead streaks, the first in the opening half when I hey fell quickly from' a one point deficit midway through the -half lo t r a i l 43-32 at halftime. Horowitz paced the Wildcats with 18 points, followed by Circs Dunn's Hi. Teenager Borg Whips Moore For Oslo Title OSLO (AP) -- Bjorn iiorg, Swedish teenage idol, won the men's singles title for the second .straight year- in the Scandinavian Open Indoor Tennis Championships, with a 2-6,6-4,6-4,6-1 victory over Ray Moore of South Africa Saturday. Borg, 17,. who earned 82,650. dropped the first set when Moore broke his service in the fourth and eighth games. Bui he came back strongly in the second set after a sen-ice break by Moore in the fourth game. The Swede broke back inimcdi- ately after a double f a u l t , broke service again in Ihe n i n t h game, and blanked Moore on his own service in Ihe l O l l i In win I h c s e l . World Middleweight Bout Will Be In Tent PARIS. (AP) -- A circus tenl pitched in front of a subway entrance in a forlorn Paris suburb' is the scone of Saturday's world championship middle- wcighl f i g h t Iwtwecn the ti- llcholdcr, Carolos Mon/on of Argentina, and Mexico's Jose Napoles, the world welterweight champion. II is a strange setting for two lÂ»xers who may well be the . best ponnd- for-pound fighters in the business. But il is the hesl solution A l a i n Delon, the movie actor turned boxing promoter, could conic up w i t h after being unable to reach agreements with officials of Paris' regular arenas. - For The Money Although both fighters will have to use circus trailers as dressing rooms, neither seems' to care much. Both are in Paris for the money. Staging the fight in either Buenos Aires or Mexico City would have meant tax problems and insufficient revenue in hard cash. Deloh t h i n k s lie can pack Ihe 11,5(10 seat lent al prices going up lo SI40 al ringside and 'has sold the television rights around the world. .\a]X)lcs. :Â«, will be trying to become Ihc first wehcnveighl since Eniile 1 G r i f f i t h beat Dick Tiger in 1966. lo become middleweight champion. Kay Robinson and Carmine Basilio did it in 1951 and 1957, bul in all three cases a younger boxer was going after a man mi the edge of a decline. Longer Heach Monzon is two years younger t h a n Napoles, but more t h a n thai, he has five inches in.reach over the Cuban-born Mexican. The d i f - ference in wciglil al Ihe weigh-in should In: about five or six pounds w i t h Monzon coming close to the.' 1UO pound limit and Napo- lies at about lf4. Mon/on, who won the title from Mono Benvennti of Italy in 1970 wont to Rome, which he calls his good luck city- for a' week of workouts before coming to Paris. He said he was over all the side effects of a severe flu aN lack which led to (he fight's postponement from Â· i t s originallv scheduled date Dec,K. I.imks Listless The Argentine's big d i f f culty in his lasl two defenses against .lean-Claude Bout t i e r in Paris and Griffith in Montu Carlo has been Ihe middle rounds in which he looked listless and ^ ery rimch a boxer who can be h i t . Boutlier was loo overwhelmed ' by his own nervousness to lake advantage of the situation and G r i f f i t h , now 35, ran .stamina in Ihe Kith round. But N'a|X)le.s, with his shrewdness and ability to dazzle the judges, is another slnry. Monzon's record is 81 wins, three losses, nine draws. Napoles has lost six out of 78 fights, his knockout total is 52 against 56 for Monzon. Both fighters are !elieved to be getting around 5150,000 each for the bout. Figure Skater McKellen Will Defend US Title i'ROviDi-:\ci-:,R.i.(.\p) -- Olympic .medalist Gordon McKellen will defend his t i t l e as senior men's champion this week when 3i511 skaters compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, a springboard to the world championships next month in Munich, Germany. McKellon, of T-akc Placid, N.Y., is the only 1973 champion returning for Ihis year's competition, making t h e ' o t h e r divisions wide- open races. The four-day program opens Wednesday at the Providence Civic Center. Winners in four divisions-- senior men, senior ladies, senior pair and gold dance--will move on lo the world' championships March 5-9. Competitorsjn Ihe senior ladies' compclition include I7year-old Dorothy Ilamill of Riverside, Conn., and arch-rival Juli McKinslry of Colorado Springs. Colo., who finished Â· second and ( b i r d , respectively, lasl year. Also entered is Pris(il|ii Hill of Lexington, Mass., who last year was the youngest s k a t e r ever to enter (lie senior event at age 11. The w i n n e r w i l l succeed .land Lynn, who signed a pro contract w i l h Ihe Ice Follies last J u n e for more than 81.5 m i l l i o n . Other top competitors of the cahampionships include Melissa M i l i t a n o of New York C i t y and - Johnny Johns of Delroil, who will be skaling together in sen- ior pairs. Miss Mililano won the event with her brother last year, while Johns placed third wilh another partner. Both are veterans of world Icani competition. About half the proceeds of lickcl sales and ABC broadcasting rights will underwrite the travel expenses of the U.S. championship team lo Munich. The . remainder will be equally divided among the varitics of lliret: local sponsors. Top Softball Team Will Go To Arizona An organizational meeting for the Northern Softball Conference Travel League will le held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. al Denny's Restaurant, Freeway 99 and Olive Avenue. Frank Arrigoni,; the conference commissioner, said till interested persons, including players, managers, a n d ' umpires,, should attend. Winner of the Travel League, which / was sanc- lionctl lasl spring by the In- I to-national-Softball Conference, will compete in the World Tournament Aug. 16 in Sun City, Ariz. Arrigonei said teams will be organized as interest dic- lales, with the Travel League ending up wiih about 10 learns. . Teams musl put up 8100 forfeit fees and $50 entrance fees lo parlicipate. I'or further information eon I act -Arrigoni al 2(548452 or 846-944(5.
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