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Royals' Divisional Lead Cut to 4 Games Whitey Wrong; KC Hadn't Turned It Around' CHICAGO (AP) — "I White Sox came from behind nine run with a sacrifice fly. Leonard. "It was probably the about thirst meeting be- Chicago's Larry Monroe'0-0. hadn t homered since the 1974 ??8 e J? . CHICAGO (AP) - "I thought we had turned it around the last couple of days but I guess not. Those guys played like world champions," said Kansas City Royals Manager Whitey Herzog after watching his team's American League West Division lead slip to four games. "We've got to come up with a big win. Something to give us a spark. We didn't play poorly tonight; they just came up with the big hits," Herzog said after the Royals dropped both ends of a twi-night doubeheader 4-3 and 5-4 to the Chicago White Sox Monday night. "It looks like its gonna boil down to the six games we have left with Oakland," said Herzog. "We have to beat them, that's all there is to it." Oakland was rained out Monday night at Minnesota, but the Royals' double-loss enabled the A's to move within four games of the division lead. Jim Spencer smashed a three-run homer off reliever Steve Mingori, 4-5, in the eighth inning and Ken Brett, 10-9, scattered 10 hits as the * * * Box Score FIRST GAME KANSAS CITY CHICAGO ab r h bi ab r h bl Wohlford If 4001 GUT rf 4120 Otis cf 4000 Bannister cf 4 0 0 0 GBrett 3b 4110 JSpencer Ib 4120 Mayberry Ib 4 0 2 0 Orta If 4122 DNelson pr 0000 LJohnson dh 3 0 0 0 4000 WSteln 2b 3000 3110 KBcU 3b 3011 1000 BDwning c 2110 3121 Dent H 3000 0000 Knapp p 0000 3000 DHimiltn p 0 0 0 0 3000 0000 White Sox came from behind to nip the Royals in the nightcap. "We brought in the left- hander (Mingori) because they had (Ralph) Garr, Spencer and (Jorge) Orta coming up. But the strategy didn't work," Herzog said. Mingori relieved Royals starter Al Fitzmorris after Jim Essian singled to lead off the Chicago eighth. He retired Garr on a fly ball, but then yielded a single to Alan Bannister before Spencer unloaded his 14th homer of the year. Lamar Johnson also homered for Chicago in the second game. It was No. 4 for Johnson and came with none on in the seventh. In the opener, the White Sox also came from behind in the late innings to claim the victory over Kansas City pitching ace Dennis Leonard, 16-8, as Kevin Bell drove in the win- ning run with a sacrifice fly. Trailing 2-1, the Royals took the lead in the seventh when they scored a pair of runs, one on a RBI single by Cookie Rojas. George Brett led off the Kansas City seventh with a single, the first off Knapp, 3-1, since the fourth inning, and went to third on John Mayberry's base hit. Brett scored to tie the game 2-2 when Hal McRae bounced into a double play. The Royals then took the lead 3-2 when Tom Poquette tripled and Rojas singled after the double play. Chicago tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh when Brian Downing walked, went to third on a single by Garr and scored on a passed ball. "It was a late-breaking curve that got away from Buck (Martinez)," said Leonard. "It was probably the best curve ball I threw all night... But you can't fault our team's play. The White Sox played well and Knapp was fantastic. "I thought maybe I could hold them after We went, ahead. I got the ball where I wanted it on Bell but he caught it on the end of the bat," said Leonard. Bell's fly ball snapped the 33 tie in the eighth after Spencer and Orta singled and moved up on Johnson's sacrifice bunt. The nightcap marked the first time that Kansas City third-baseman George Brett faced his older brother Ken in a . regular-season game. George, the AL's second- leading hitter, collected two hits in five trips to the plate. "The games meant so much that all those other things didn't really matter," George said of all the hoopla raised about thirst meeting tween the two brothers. "We smiled and joked with one another, but the last time was what really counted," he said referring to the final time he faced Ken with a man on and two outs in the ninth and the Royals trailing by a run. He rapped into a force play to end the game. "I smiled every time he came up there," said Ken. "All I could picture was our backyard in Southern California and me throwing to him way back then. "I want them (Kansas City) to win the division because of George. And that's the only reason. Other than that, they are just another team. "I'd like to see them win. But I can't help them." The Royals and White Sox conclude their three-game series today with Andy Hassler, 4-10, scheduled to pitch for Kansas City against Norm,Bob And O.J. Chicago's Larry Monroe,' 0-0, In other AL games, Detroit defeated the New York Yankees 3-1, Baltimore nipped Milwaukee 5-3 in 10 innings, Cleveland downed Boston 8-3 and California thumped Texas 6-2 in 14 innings Tigers 3, Yanks 1 Rusty Staub and Willie Horton hit successive sixth'-inning homers and Detroit starter Jim Crawford picked up his first victory in seven decisions with the help of reliever John Hiller. It was Killer's 13th save. The loss, coupled with Baltimore's triumph, cut New York's lead in the American League East to 9% games. Orioles 5, Brewers 3 Phila Tony Muser, inserted as a Pitts defensive replacement in the New York ninth inning, smacked a two- Chicago run homer in the 10th that St. Louis boosted the Orioles past Mil- Montreal waukee. Reggie Jackson had doubled in front of Muser, who New York Baltimore Cleveland Boston Detroit Milwkee hadn't homered since the 1974 season. Fred Holsworth got his fourth victory without a loss, while Brewer reliever Bill Castro, 4-5, took the loss. Indians 8, Red Sox 3 Rico Carty, Cleveland's 36- year-old designated hitter, led a 13-hit Cleveland attack with two doubles, two singles and an RBI as the Indians battered the Red Sox. Page 6 Garden City Telegram Tuesday, Sept. 14,1976 Dennis Eckersley, 11-12, was the winner with relief help from Dave LaRoche. Angels 6, Rangers 2 Joe Hoerner walked home Andy Etchebarren in the 14th inning for the go-ahead run, and the Angels exploded four runs to down the Rangers. Scoreboard By The Associated Press NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST WEST McRae dh Poquette rf Cowens ph Rojai 2b Patek is FWhiteu JMrtlnez c Leonard p Total 33 3 6 1 Total 30 4 8 3 Kaniai City 001 000 MO— 3 Chicago 002 DM 1U—4 E—GBrett. DP-Chicago 1. LOB-Kansas City 3, Chicago 7. 2B—Rojaj, Garr. 3B-Poquette. HR-Orta (14). SB-Palck. S-L.Johiuon. SF-K.Bell. IP H RERBBSO Leonard (L.16-8) 8 84333 Knapp (W.3-1) 8 6 3 3 0 11 D.Hamilton 1 10000 Save-D.Hamilton (10). PB-J.Martinez. T-2:33. SECOND GAME: KANSAS CITY CHICAGO ab r h bl nb r h bi Wohlford U 5010 Garr rf 4000 Otis cf 5000 Bannister cf 3 2 2 0 GBretl 3b 5120 JSpencer Ib 3 1 I 3 McRae dh 3120 Orta If 4010 Mayberry Ib 2 0 0 2 Uohnson dh 4 1 2 1 '.Cowens rf 4020 WSteln Jb 4000 UWsngtn 2b 3 I I 0 KBell 3b 3000 Patek ss 3100 Dent ss 3000 Wathan c 3021 Essian c 3120 FUunrris p 0000 KBrelt p 0000 Mingori p 0000 Utlell p oooo Total 33 4 10 3 Total 31 5 8 4 Kiiuai Clly ooo 021 010—4 Chicago 000 100 in— 5 E-W.Stein 2. Patek. DP-Kansas City 2, Chicago 2. LOB-Kansas City 8, Chicago 4. 2B—Walhan, Cowens. 3B—McRae. HR-L.Johnson 14), J.Spencer 114). SB- Orta. SF-Mayberry 2. IP H RERBBSO Fitzmorrls 7 53223 Mingori (L.4-51 1-332200 Utttll 2-300000 K.Brett (W.10-91 9 10 4 3 3 4 HBP-by K.Breil iMcRaei. WP- K.Brett. T—2:31. A—5,327. BUFFALO (AP) - The night belonged to Miami's Norm Bulaich and Bob Griese. Part of it belonged to Buffalo's O.J. Simpson. It was Bulaich and Griese and the rest of the Miami gang who carried the Dolphins to a 30-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills Mnday night in a Natonal Football League season- opening game. And it was Simpson, their great running back, playing only a bit more than 24 hours after rejoining the Bills, who electrified the crowd of 77,683 with his twisting and speed after catching a fourth- quarter pass for a 43-yard gain. The game was costly for Buffalo. Fullback Jim Braxton, whose blocks helped Simpson gain, much of his yardage the last five seasons, is finished for the year. Braxton was cut down on the second play of the game — one nullified by a Miami offsides — and suffered torn ligaments in his right knee. He was scheduled for surgery today. Miami Coach Don Shula, who said Sunday that he felt Simpson would return to Buffalo, described Simpson's brief appearance thus: "What a hell of a job he did for just suiting up yesterday. Top Holcomb Gridder Picked Kevin... player of week HOLCOMB—Longhorn player of the week for the first week of the 1976-77 grid season is Kevin Roth. The 170-pound son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Roth, rural Holcomb, was one of the main reasons Holcomb was able to win its season opener against Sublette and stretch out a winning string of four, according to Longhorn coaches. During the Sublette game, Roth had 12 tackles and 10 assists, including four quarterback sacks. Four of his tackles alone accounted for a minus 30 yards in the Sublette offense. On offense, Roth caught three passes for 50 yards gain and managed to kick one extra-point conversion. Saban waited all the way until the second play to send him in." Buffalo Coach Lou Saban sent Simpson in as Braxton left the field. Simpson's first carry was wiped out by a penalty. He carried on the next play and went for seven yards. In all, Simpson toted the ball five times for 28 yards. Bulaich, meanwhile, ripped apart the Buffalo defense with 107 yards on 19 carries. "It was just great blocking by our offensive line," he explained. "It was just reading them and keying off their blocks that worked." Griese completed 13 of 21 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown. Simpson, who asked three months ago to be traded to a West Coast team for family and business reasons, said that with Braxton gone "I'll just have to get ready quicker." Miami scored first with Benny Malone going over from the five in the first period. Buffalo deadlocked the game early in the second period as Joe Ferguson found John Holland with a 53-yard pass. Later in the game, the pair teamed for a 58-yard touchdown. In between the Holland touchdowns, Don Nottingham tallied from one yard out. Then, Garo Yepremian booted the first of three field goals from the 25. The others came from 25 and 30 yards. Nat Moore took a 30-yard scoring pass from Griese, and Buffalo closed out the scoring with Ferguson's 12-yard pass to Bob Chandler. Buffalo's John Leypoldt had one field goal attempt blocked and two efforts went wide. That upset Saban no end. "Merv Krakau broke down on the first one and there was nothing wrong with the other two kicks, except for the man who kicked them," he said. Then, talking about Braxton's injury, Saban said; "It's funny. We spent the whole nine weeks gettiing Braxton ready to be the big man in our offense and he lasts two plays." w 87 82 75 65 63 48 L 55 60 67 79 77 92 Pet. .613 .577 .528 .451 .450 .343 /'GB _ 5 12 23 23 38 AMERICAN Cincinnati Los Ang Houston San Diego San Fran Atlanta LEAGUE EAST . 87 78 73 68 67 62 55 65 70 75 76 80 .613 .545 .510 .476 .469 .437 — 9% 14'/2 19'/2 20% 25 Kan City Oakland Minnesota California Texas Chicago W 93 81 71 67 66 62 L 52 62 74 79 81 82 Pet. .641 .566 .490 .459 .449 .431 GB — 11 22 26% 28 30% WEST 82 77 73 66 64 63 62 65 72 79 79 82 .569 .542 .503 .455 .448 .434 — 4 9% 16% 17% 19% AMERICAN LEAGUE Monday's Results Chicago 4-5, Kansas City 3-4 Cleveland 8, Boston 3 Detroit 3, New York 1 Baltimore 5, Milwaukee 3, 10 innings California 6, Texas 2, 14 innings Oakland at Minnesota, ppd., rain Tuesday's Games Oakland (Bosnian 4-1 and Blue 14-12) at Minnesota (Luebber 4-4 and Goltz 12-13), 2 Kansas City (Hassler 4-10) at Chicago (Monroe 0-0) Detroit (Ruhle 9-11) at Baltimore (Grimsley 8-6), (n) New York (Hunter 15-14) at Cleveland (Dobson 13-11), (n) Boston (Wise 12-10) at Milwaukee (Slaton 14-12), (n) California (Hartzell 6-4) at Texas (Barker 0-0), (n) NATIONAL LEAGUE Monday's Results Atlanta 5-3, Los Angeles 1-4 Philadelphia 7, Montreal 2 New York 5, Pittsburgh 0 St. Louis 4, Chicago 3 San Francisco 3, San Diego 2, 10 innings Only games scheduled Tuesday's Games Houston (Lemongello 0-0 and McLaughlin 3-3) at Atlanta (Autry 0-0 and Ruthven 13-14), 2, (tn) Montreal (Carrithers 6-12) at Philadelphia , (Lonborg 15-9), (n) New York (Swan 5-8) at Pittsburgh (Rooker 13-7), (n) Los Angeles (John 8-10) at Cincinnati (Nolan 12-8), (n) Chicago (R. Reuschel 12-10) at St. Louis (McGlothen 12-13), (n) San Francisco (Knepper 0-1) at San Diego (Strom 11-15), (n) 'Ladder'Tennis Tourney Starts PPK Champs Garden City area winners of the Punt Pass and Kick competition here Saturday are, back row left to right: Chris Nusser 11 year old bracket; Scott Stegman—12 year old bracket; Rob Preston—13 year old bracket; Front row, left to right: Curtis Herrman—8 Telegram PMo year old bracket; Buddy Manning—9 year, old bracket; and Lawrence Tolbert—10 year old bracket These winners will compete in the zone PPK competition in Penrose Stadium here Sept. 25, against other local winners from Southwest Kansas. The PPK competition is sponsored locally by Burtis Motor Co. and the Garden City Jaycees. GC JV Down Benders A second-quarter touchdown held up here last night and the Garden City High School Junior Varsity defeated Great Bend 6-0. It was the first outing of the season for the Buffalo crew. The game's lone—and winning—score came on a one-yard plunge by sophomore Stan Corroll. The TD capped a drive of some 50 yards. Garden City fumbled away another scoring opportunity in the late in the second stanza deep in Bender territory. In the fourth quarter, Great Bend threatened to score. The Benders drove to the Buff three-yard line but were denied by the GC defensive corps. Garden dominated the statistics, rushing for 145 yards and passing for 17. Great Bend was held to 39 yards on the ground but added 65 through the air., Next game for Garden will be Sept. 20 when it plays the Dodge City Junior Varsity at Memorial Stadium here. Tennis Ladder Challenge Tournament has started under the direction of the Garden City Recreation Department. Sixteen tennis players who signed up for the tournament -were drawn from a hat for the original seeding on the ladder, according to Rec Director Leon Younger. Younger said this first week of the tournament, any player on the ladder can challenge any other player on the ladder, with a maximum of one play for each player involved. Object, of course is to get to the top of the ladder. Next week, during the second week of play, each player can play two matches. Whether he is challenged or doesthe challenging makes no difference, Younger said. The two-play rule will remain in effect until the end of the tournament, set for Sunday Oct. 24. New players wishing to get into the tournament will have to start at the bottom of the ladder. After the first week, challenges will be limited to players who are no more than two steps of the ladder above the challenger. Matches must be played within the week of tournament play during which the challenge is issued. Matches can be played at a time and place mutually agreeable to the challenges and the challenger. Younger said as yet, not enough women have signed up to start a ladder tournament for women, but if more sign up, one will be started. Listing for the first week's ladder is, top to bottom, Charles Mitchell, Brian Francis, Bob Peat, Dennis Gabel, Dave Anderson, Don Bowlby, Bob Selby, Emil Krug, Martin Wells, John Yorbrough, Mick Ringler, Bruce Baker, Robert Whitham, Kipp Woods, Dick Henkle and Jim Henkle. Reminder for QB Members Quarterback Club members are reminded to pick up their season juco football tickets by Thursday, according to club president Paul Merringer. Tickets are available in the office of Dale Meadors in the science and math buildings at the Garden City Community College. First home game for the Broncbuster grid squad is Saturday against Cowley County Community College. Mizzou the Best in the Big Eight Conference? KANSAS CITY (AP) "One game does not make a season," admitted Al Onofrio, cursed with the burden of reality. "But we were very, very pleased to beat Southern Cal." The 46-25 upset Onofrio's Missouri football team engineered over Southern Cal Saturday night delighted, but did not shock, Big Eight Conference coaches. "Missouri might be the best team in the conference,' Oklahoma's Barry Switzer said on the weekly telephone hookup of Biv Eight coaches Monday morning. "They're the only team that can run and throw equally well." Onofrio admitted the victory, which zoomed the Tigers from nowhere to No. 6 in the national rankings, did not surprise him. But the score did. "The actual score of games is hard to anticipate," he said. "But sometimes games turn out that way." The Tiger offense seized the momentum and kept it, with Steve Pisarkiewicz flashing his familiar passing wizardry and tailback Curtis Brown rolling up 245 yards total offense. "Overall, I was pleased with our defense," Onofrio said. "They accepted the challenge when we fumbled, and kept them from getting a touchdown. But we still have some room for improvement." The gaity at Columbia was contrasted sharply by the mood in Lincoln Neb., after the Cornhuskers were held to a 6-6 tie at Louisiana State. Speaking at mid-morning, coach Tom Osborne knew his team's No. 1 ranking would disappear when this week's ballot were counted. "Ratings are more or less irrelevant," he said. "At the end of the year they have some relevance, but not too much." "I'm sure LSU probably considered it a victory," Osborne added. "The fans' reaction isn't in yet." The Cornhuskers tumbled to eighth place in the rankings and Osborne vehemently denied that he might try to pile up points on this week's foe, Indiana. "Absolutely not," he said. "If we have a lead and a chance to play some other players to get some ex- perience, we'll do it." Oklahoma, after dismissing Vanderbilt, 24-3, .climbed one notch in the rankings to fourth, but Switzer was displeased with what he called a "sluggish" and "sloppy" offensive performance. "I tried to tell people we would probably be like this," he said. "That's what happens when you play inexperienced people at skilled positions on offense." This week the Sooners face California and the Bears' great passer, Joe Roth. "We're going to have to get to the guy," Switzer said. "Our seven front people have got to play well." Colorado's 24-7 loss to Texas Tech Saturday made the Buffaloes the only loser among Big Eight teams and Coach Bill Mallory hinted there could be some personnel changes on offense. "It was just a poor performance by everybody," Mallory said of his offense. "Our defense played well enough to win," he added, "but our offense..." "I still believe we can be a good football team," he added. "But our offense must get better." Looking ahead to Saturday's contest with Washington Mallory said, "Don't be surprised if there's a new face or two in there." Jim Stanley, Oklahoma State boss, admitted the Cowboys did not match their potential in staging a come- from-behind 33-21 triumph over Tulsa. "But coming back like that is a good sign of character," he said. Saturday's opponent, Arkansas at Little Rock, looks even tougher now with the loss of reserve quarterback-defensive back Scott Burk, who suffered a wrist injury against Tulsa. "He might come back and play defensive back," Stanley said. "But that's doubtful, too." Iowa State's 58-14 drubbing of Drake, before the largest season-opening crowd in Cyclones' history, left coach Earle Bcuce full of smiles. "It's always exciting when you can play 55 players in the opening game," he said. "That's also good for morale." With little time to savor the victory, Bruce was already preparing this week's clash against Air Force. "Air Force will be a much better test," Bruce said. "They run and pass real well. They're kind of lean and mean." Kansas State boss Ellis Rainsberger, after watching his Wildcats upset Brigham Young, 13-3, was guardedly optimistic. "It was apparent that our youngsters had their hands full," he said. "BYU virtually controlled the line of scrimmage." He said quarterback- Billy Swanson, a transfer from Utah State, "showed good quickness and leadership and will improve." Bud Moore of Kansas, notching his second straight victory of the year with a 35-16 decision over Washington State, is worried about of- fensive and defensive inconsistencies, "Defensively, we didn't rush the passer very well and I was disappointed with that," he said. "Some individuals played pretty well, but we didn't put it together, particularly in the second half." Moore said quarterback Nolan Cromwell, who scored twice against Washington State, was still limping with a hip pointer but would be ready to play Saturday against Kentucky. Dr. M. I>. Niedens Chiropractic Office 811 Main Garden City Hours 8:30-5:30 Thura.-Sat. 8:30-12

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