The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on December 4, 1970 · 27
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 27

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Friday, December 4, 1970
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SPORT SIGMIS By Hal Brown Sport Editor, The Star f . Take Aloro Money Floridians may have come up with a way to get more of Nebraska football fans -money as they follow the Huskers to Miami for the Orange Bowl. The Florida Racing Commission has gives permission to Miami area dog racing plants and jai alai establishments to nut matinee programs and given permission to the horse racing tracks In Miami to run at night. Previously, the dogs and jai alai players were not allowed to compete for the betting dollar with, the horse races and vice versa with dog racing and jai alai limited to night time and horse racing limited to daylight hours. Blame It On TV One of the nation's best football teams, either Arkansas, Texas or LSU, will be kept out of a bowl this winter and they can thank television for keeping them home in front of the tube watching others play. If LSU beats Mississippi Saturday night, then the loser of the Arkansas-Texas game must stay home. If LSU loses, they'll stay home with the Orange Bowl expected to choose the Arkansas-Texas loser over the Tigers. Both the LSU-Missisiippi and Texas-Arkansas contests were scheduled for October, but ABC-TV waved enough money in front of those schools officials to get them to move the games to this Saturday. Had those two games been played as scheduled, there is little doubt that LSU, Texas and Arkansas would all be playing in major bowls. One who vows it won't happen again is Arkansas coach Frank Broyles. "I said after last year I'd never do it again and I pleaded with them not to ask me," he recalls. "But it just couldn't be avoided. However, I'll never agree to it again." And Texas coach Darrell Royal agrees, claiming, "I'm not gonna do it any more, either." What college athletics needs is more people like Missouri's Don Faurot with the gumption to tell the TV folks that the tail can't, wag the dog. When ABC-TV wanted Missouri to shift a game a couple of years ago to an early date before school had started Faurot refused, pointing out that the MU students would not be on the campus, yet. More On Texas-Arkansas Looking back at past Arkansas-Texas games, Longhorn coach Darrell Royal recalls, "I still roll and tumble when I think of our game in 1965. We were down, 20-0, at halftime but we scrambled around and went ahead, 24-20. Friday, December 4, 1970 The Lincoln Star 27 Bench, Gibson Gain Premier i aseball Honors CHOSEN PLAYER, PITCHER OF THE YEAR AT PLUSH BANQUET "They'd made only two yards net No first downs. They were 80 yards it was second and 13. But they beat as. in the second half, from our goal and "It was one of those deals where you've got a big old lollipop in your mouth and first thing you know there's nothing left but the stick." That game, won by Arkansas 27-24, was one of three Texas-Arkansas clashes included in the top 12 college football games of the 1960s by a panel of sports writers and sportscasters. Rated the top game of the 60s by the panel was last year's affair won by Texas, 15-14, and the 1964 game won by Arkansas, 14-13, also made the top dozen. Ask Texas football coach darrell Royal how it feels to hold the top ranking in the nation and he'll tell you, "Very temporary." Description of Texas' Steve Worster, by a Southwest Conference official: "If you're going to tackle him, you'd better get in front of him, hit him head-on and holler for help." It's been a tough season for Texas mascot Bevo. Until the Baylor game, Bevo didn't get to eat grass during a football game, having been on a strictly AstroTurf diet. Finally, isn't it a bit ironic that draft-dodging Cassius Clay is making a ring appearance against Oscar Bonavena on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day? LOS ANGELES (AP) - Slugger Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds and fire-balling Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals were honored as player of the year and pitcher of the year Thursday night as baseball honored its best performers at a plush academy awards-type dinnersocial highlight of the week long winter meetings. . Bench beat out Baltimore's Boog Powell and Gibson topped Minnesota's Jim Perry in the balloting - which . matched the Most Valuable Players and Cy Young Award winners of the two leagues. A panel of writers and broadcasters representing all major league teams did the voting. In other categories, Balti more s Brooks Kobinson was chosen the top defensive player from among 12 nominees; Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants was named the player who best typifies baseball on and off the field; Pittsburgh's Danny Murtaugh was named Man ager of the Year and Balti more's Harry Dalton was select ed Executive of the Year. Bench led the major leagues with 45 home runs and 148 runs batted in. He batted .293 for the National League champion Reds. Gibson, 23-7, was a 20-game winner tor tne tmrd straignt season and fifth time in his ca reer. He compiled a 3.12 earned run average and struck out 274 batters. The awards spectacular was taped and will be shown as a 90-minute special on Merv Grif fin's late-night Columbia Broad casting System television show either Dec. 17 or 18. Also honored were Ted Wil liams. George Sisler and Bui Terry, baseball's only living .400 hitters, and Stan Musiai, Hank Aaron and Mays, the game's only living 3,000-hit men. The World Series Trophy was presented to Jerold C. Hoffber-ger, chairman of the board of the world champion Baltimore Orioles and Earl Weaver, the Orioles' manager. Roger Freed, a Baltimore farmhand, was selected minor league player of the year and also honored. Special awards also went to Sadaharu Oh, Japan's player ol the year, and Tom Shoriki president of the Tokyo Giants Commissioner Bowie Kuhn who earlier Thursday had pres ided over joint meetings of the two leagues, headed a roster o some 1,000 celebrities from the sports and entertainment worlds who gathered at the awards banquet to honor baseball': best. In other developments Thurs day, American League Umpire Emmett Ashford, 56, announced his retirement and the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox completed a minor league trade. "It is with a great deal of re- uctance that I close a 20-year career of conscientious, dedicat ed enthusiasm to the umpiring profession and baseball in gen eral. "However, I realize such things in life come to us all and must be faced with the same honesty and forthrightness as umpires do on the field." Commissioner Bowie Kuhn said he and Ashford had discussed the possibility of Ash-ford's joining the commissioner's staff in a public relations role. In the Yankee-White Sox trade, oul fielder Bill Robinson moved from New York's AAA affiliate at Syracuse to Tucson, Ariz., of the Pacific Coast League for left-handed pitcher Barry Moore. Robinson batted .258 with 111 homers and 43 RBI for Syracuse last season while Moore, a five-year major league veteran, was 3-9 with a 5.30 ERA for Cleveland and Chicago. B9 Rebounds Aid S 6-72 Victory . . . CONCORDIA HITS DANA PS IY1 M DIA i -GROUP INCLUDES VIETNAM VET- Seven Clustered In First At Coral Springs Tourney Coral Springs, Fla. ( Brian Allin, a Vietnam veteran playing in only his second professional tournament, shot a four-under-par 67 and led a massive, seven-man tie for the top spot in the first round of the $125,000 Coral Springs Open Golf Tournament The 26-year-old Allin was tied with Mike Hill, Bob Lunn, Mac McLendon, Canadian Wilf Homenuik, George Johnson, and Butch Baird. Another large group followed at 68 and was headed by two-time winner Lee Trevino. Some of the others included Homero Blancas, Gardner Dickinson and Tommy Aaron. Most of the pros in the big field of 153 had little trouble with the relatively flat 6,843-yard par 71 Coral Springs County Club Course, but Arnold Palmer found his share of woes. The 41-year-old Palmer, one of the pre-tourney favorites and still seeking his first individual victory of the season, had a 72. He had two three-putt greens and took a fat triple-bogey six on the par-three 15th. He pulled his tee shot to the left of a bunker then pitched into the bunker. He left it there on his next shot, just got it out and then two-putted. "I'm not very happy," Palmer said. "I just had one little lapse when I wasn't thinking and then I got mad." Jack Nicklaus, Masters champion Billy Casper and South African Gary Player are not competing in this event, the next-to-last tournament of the tour schedule. Allin is a slightly-built, 5-foot- 9, former artillery lieutenant who had 14 months of combat duty with the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He worked tor a year as a club pro near Santa Barbara, Calif., before graduating from the PGA Players School only a month ago. He made his debut on the pro tour in last week's Heritage Classic and qualified for the final two rounds. Brian Allin 32-35-47 Bob Lunn 31-34-47 Wilf Homenuik 34-33-47 George Johnson 33-3447 Mic Mclendon 34-3347 Mike Hill 31-34-47 Butch Baird 34-33-47 Tommy Aaron 32-3448 Jack Montgomery 32-34-48 Mike Reasor 34-3448 Herb Hooper 32-34-48 DeWItt Weaver 35-33-48 Jerry McGee 34-34- Gardner Dickinson 34-3448 Homero Blancat 32-3448 Lee Trevino 32-34-48 Gay Brewer 33-3548 Bill Kennedy 33-35-48 Steve Elchstaedt 3305-48 Dave Bollman 31-3149 J. C. Snead 34-3349 Steve Reld 32-37-49 Charles Sifford 33-34-49 Jim Colbert 33-34-49 Steve Spray 33-34-49 Dave Hill 3344-49 Jim Kino 34-35-49 Vic Louttalot 33-34-494 Jim Jewell 11-38-49 Tommy Bolt 3445-49 Jim Weicheri 32-37-49 Hugh Royer 32-37-49 Fred Marti 34-35-49 David Graham 33-34-49 Gibbv Gilbert 32-37-49 Labron Harris 33-34-49 Bob Murohv 34-35-49 Bert Weaver 33-37-70 Bert Yancey J5-35-70 Denny Rouse 34-3470 Lee Elder 35-35-70 Grler Jones 34-3670 By STEVE GILLISPIE Star Sports Writer Hastings Nebraska Wesleyan and Concordia Teachers College picked up wins in the first round of the second annual Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's pre-season basketball tournament here Wednesday night. Concordia will face Doane at 6:50 tonight and NWU meets Hastings at 8:30 in the second round. Doane and Hastings drew first round byes. The Plainsmen muscled past Midland, 86-72, on the strength of superior rebounding. Concordia outhustled a taller Dana team and prevailed, 7-82. The Bulldogs pressured the Vikings and converted turnovers into quick baskets. NWU outrebounded the War riors, 63-48, in their contest. The Plainsmen used the rebounding edge to ignite their fast break and pulled away in the second half. NWU scored eight straight points near the end of the first half to break away from a 23-23 tie and were never headed from then on. The game was the season opener for both clubs and con tributed to the low halftime score, 33-29. Turnovers -were numerous in the tirst nan but lessened in the second as play picked up. John Brown paced the Plainsmen with 35 points and 12 rebounds. Brown was helped all night by sharp passing from his teammates. After receiving the ball, Brown put a dazzling series of moves from all over the floor. Brown and Bob Beecham with 15 rebounds helped keep the NWU fast break going. However, Reideli Lintz was really the key to NWU's break after the Plainsmen got the rebound. Lintz was at his best, making few errors in handling the ball and setting up the NWU attack. He came off the bench to lead Wesleyan's pull-away prior to the half. The Dana-Concordia contest started fast and the Bulldogs took command about midway through the first half. Concordia was trailing, 25-23, when the Vikings committed four straight turnovers. The Bulldogs then tallied nine points and coasted to the win. Dana applied a full press with just over five minutes left, but Concordia was able to break it and stall out the remaining time The Bulldogs were led by Tom Raabe with 28 points and Steve Schrader with 23. nwu (84) fg-fga ft-fia Llntr 2-4 1-2 Buntemeyer 0-1 0-0 McCauley 2-4 0-0 McLaughlin 5-9 0-1 Boals 1-5 0-1 Brown 14-24 7-14 French 0-1 0-0 Renken 4-8 0-2 Hiatt ..2-7 5-10 Beecham 5-12 3-4 Totals 35-77 reb 5 0 4 2 4 12 0 8 4 15 14-34 43 Midland (72) fg-fga ft-fta reb Clark 0-3 0-1 3 Searcey 4-10 0-0 1 B. Young 0-2 0-0 3 Banks 8-17 4-7 11 Carroll 0-0 0-0 1 Wilcox 2-11 1-2 7 I. Young 7-12 5-8 7 Ohmn 7-13 0-0 4 McCarthy 0-0 2-2 1 Low 2-5 0-0 3 Totals 30-7 12-28 41 NWU 33 Midland 29 53-04 43-72 Concordia 97, Dana 82 Dana 38-44-82 Concordia 51-44-97 Dana Glock 14, Jahnke 4, Beattey 5. Bott 12, Hansen 14, Traylor 11, Kratina 7, Miner 9, Gethmann 4. Concordia Schroeder 14, Lohmeyer 4, Raabe 28, Dahlke 4, Kreger 14, Berke land 7, Schrader 23, Boren 2. ABRUPT TURN Italy's Piero del Papa sails through the ropes after being hit by West Berlin's Horst Benedens in West Berlin. Papa came back to retain his European Lightweight championship. Links Host Hastings In Prep Action . . . NORTHEAST, PlUS TAKE TO THE ROAD By VIRGIL PARKER Prep Sports Writer The high school basketball season gets off to a slow but steady start in the Capital City Friday night when Lincoln High hosts Hastings at Johnson Gym. It's the only local encounter for the opening weekend, although the first two intra-city clashes are on tap before another weekend rolls around. Pius X is the only other Lincoln quintet with an initial contest slated for Friday night. The 'Bolts travel to Nebraska City. Defending Class A state champion Northeast also opens on the road, going to Kearney for a Saturday night .tussle. Lincoln High gets a double-dose this weekend, following its home date with a Saturday night game in Omaha against Westside. Southeast and East get into the act for the first time next Monday night when they tangle at Pershing Auditorium. Southeast follows that with a second such crosstown meeting, battling Northeast at the same site the following Thursday. "I pess the season is ready to start whether we are or not," Lincoln High coach Aldy Johnson says of his iidlifter with Hastings. "We really haven't" had as much preparation time as we would like," Johnson adds, pointing to the Links final football game having been played a week late because of a postponement. Hastings, which came on strong at the end last year after a disappointing start, made the state tourney semifinals before losing to Omaha Tech. "They have seven lettermen back," Johnson notes, "topped by 6-8 center Paul Thomas. Their starting lineup will also include 6-3 John Johnson at one forward." Johnson's first-choice opening quintet for Lincoln High includes a pair of 6-2 lettermen, Ken Adkins and Ralph Henderson, along with returning veterans Bob Knollenberg and Dan Harris, plus junior Bruce Schomaker up from the reserves. Knollenberg, out much of last year with mono, has been bothered by shin splints during the pre-season workouts, and Johnson admits he may do considerable juggling during the early games while finding the most effective combination. court Sports Menu Friday BASKETBALL - Big Eight: Oklahoma State at Oregon State; State Colleges: Iowa at Creigthon, Omaha Civic Auditorium, I p.m.; NIAC Tournament at Hastings, 4:45 and 8:30 p.m.; Chadron at Colorado Mines Tournament; McCook JC at Northeastern; Nebraska Western at Platte; Lincoln High Schools: Hastings at Lincoln High, Pershing Auditorium, 8 p.m. Saturday Basketball - Big Eight: lowa at Nebraska, NU Coliseum, 7:35 p.m.; Iowa State at Minnesota; Indiana at Kansas State; Oklahoma State at Oregon State-Eastern Kentucky at Kansas; South Dakota State at Missouri; Oklahoma at Illinois) State Colleges: NIAC Tournament at Hastings, 5, 4:45 and 8:30 p.m.; Au-gustana at Kearney; Chadron at Colorado Mines Tournament; Mornlngside at UNO; Wahoo JFK at Hiram Scott; Fair-bury JC at Platte; McCook JC at York; Nebraska Western at Northeastern; Lincoln High Schools: Lincoln Hih at Omaha Westside; Lincoln Nortneast at Kearney; Pius X at Nebraska City. Sunday Nothing scheduled. -AFTER BOARD OF CONTROL VOTE Nebraska Prep Track Meet Will Remain At Kearney By VIRGIL PARKER Prep Sports Writer Despite strong speculation that the State High School Track Meet would be shifted to Omaha Burke, the Nebraska School Activities Association's Board of Control voted Thursday to leave the spring meet in Kearney for at least another year. Last year's affair was originally scheduled for the Burke oval, but was returned to Kearney, the site ef the meet on five previous occasions, after trouble brewed in the Metro city following last winter's Class A basketball tournament. The March hoop classic was subsequently returned to Lincoln, but many observers felt the daytime track affair would again be offered to Burke's all-weather track. Indications are that the site selection decision was based on an argument between a superior facility versus a more; conve nient location. NSAA executive secretary Les Chamberlin said that "for whatever their reasons, the far-western schools didn't want to go to Omaha and their representatives voted that way. The decision was reached on a split vote." Western Nebraska teams, particularly those from the many smaller schools, have often expressed the feeling that it is much easier for everyone to meet near the middle of the state in Kearney rather than to force them to travel all the way to the eastern border. Girls athletics took another step forward later , Thursday when the NSAA's Representative Assembly held its annual meeting. A motion passed instructing the Board of Control to start statewide competition for girls in volleyball, culminating with a state meet during the 1971-72 school year. A total of 280 schools in the state have indicated they will be fielding a volleyball team this year. Track decisions for both boys and girls were also reached. The triple jump was added as an official event for boys district and state meets and the Assembly voted to have a four-class state girls track meet this spring, divided along the same enrollment lines as used for boys track. The state girls track meet will be held in Grand Island the weekend of May 14-15. Lincoln High's William Pfeiff was announced as the new chairman of the Board of Control for the coming year, replacing" Scottsbluff's Thomas Mihane, with Arnold Smith of Bellevue elected vice chairman. Little Fry Basketball Chubbyvllle Moose Lodge merce 17. Whitehead Natl. Bank "64" 11; of Com- Raider's 'Merlin In Moleskins Out To Mesmerize Jets By ARTHUR DALEY New York That wondrous weaver of magic spells, George Blanda, will bring his art of necromancy into Shea Stadium on Sunday. Wearing the black cloak of the Oakland Raiders, this Merlin in Moleskins will be ready to bewitch the New York Jets. One nagging question has begun to trouble the Raiders, though. Is Blanda losing his miraculous touch? ' For four weeks in a row this elderly magician exerted his occult powers to produce in abracadabra fashion one tie and three victories for Oakland, most of them in the final fan plausible seconds. But against the doughty Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day It seemed as though the spell was shattered. In the fourth quarter, Blanda materialized on the field as Daryle Lamonica, the regular quarterback, vanished. With accurately controlled forward passes Blanda wisked the Raiders down field until it seemed as though he had a tie score within reach when a 37-yard pitch to Ray Chester placed the ball on the Detroit 3-yard line. Blanda the scorer was pulling his old tricks once again. But somewhere between the hocus and the pocus of his incantation, the Raiders were offside and the play nullified, The Lions broke away to a 28 to 14 victory, thereby short-circuiting Blandas powers of darkness. Within the space of a month the 43-year-old Blanda had pulled off enough heroics to have fulfilled the lifetime production quota of the average superstar. He began with an illuminating warmnp that Isn't even counted by his devoted historians. Replacing the Injured Lamonica against the Pittsburgh Steelers with the score tied at 7 to 7, The Ancient One' threw three touchdown passes and kicked a field goal to trigger a 31 to 14 rout. Then he began cutting it finer. With Kansas City leading by a delicate three points, Blanda - blandly kicked a 48-yard field goal to bring about a tie. ihree seconds were left on the clock. A week later three seconds again remained when he kicked a 52-yard field goal to topple the Cleveland Browns. Geor'gegavehimself breathing room the next week. The Raiders were trailing the Denver Broncos with a couple of minutes to go when Blanda tossed a touchdown pass to Fred Beletnikoff for the winning points. On the following week a Blanda field goal turned back San Diego. The clock showed seven seconds to go. The Detroit game followed. Did Detroit break the spell? The Jets will find out. If Blanda, Oakland's chief witch doctor, hasn't done it himself in the past, the Raider team has strangely bewitched the New Yorkers with unexplainable manifestations. Most famous, of course, was the memorable "Heidi Game" of 1968. It was a spectacular show that seemed to reach the epitome of theatrics when the Jets led the Raiders, 32 to 29 with 65 seconds to go. To the angry dismay of millions of engrossed televiewers all over the country, the National Broadcasting Company pulled a gigantic boo boo. Despite three hours of electrifying drama and suspense, the football game was cut off the air so that it wouldn't intrude on that kiddies' masterpiece, Heidi. It was a monumental mixup in communications by the space cadets. A During the 65 seconds that were snipped off the air, Oakland violated all laws of probability by scoring not one but a preposterous two touchdowns. They came within the space cf nine seconds and tne Haiders snatched away the game 43-32. Many a Jet fan was in the middle of his victory celebration long before the news seeped into his befogged consciousness that his heroes had blown it. The stakes will not be quite as high on Sunday because the Jets are out of contention. But the Raiders are up to their ears in battle for a playoff berth and the Jets would dearly love to pin back those ears. These ball clubs just don't like each other and never did. For a change, though, Ben Davidson and the other roughnecks up front will be drawing bead on a new target, Al Woodall, the fine replacement quarterback of the Jets. It is at least worm passing mention to state, that Woodall was a pre-kindergarten three-vear-old in 1949 when Blanda joined the Chicago Bears. Note well the year. It means that he has done his quarterbacking over the span of four decades, the '40's, the '50's, the Ws and 70's. Sid Luckman and Johnny Lujack were Bear quarterbacks in his first season, one going and one coming. That's how far back it all is. No worthless pensioneer is Blanda. He more than earns his keep with his weekly magic shows. Backus Upsets Napoles Syracuse, N.Y. UP) Billy Backus who quit the ring in 1965 because he couidn t win, scored a stunning upset Thursday night by stopping Jose Napoles on cuts in the fourth round to win the world welterweight boxing championship. Backus, who went into the fight as a 9-1 underdog, cut Napoles over the right eye in the second round and then opened a slash above his left eye in the third round that saw both fighters punch without stopping from bell to bell. It was the cut over the left eye lid that caused referee Jack Milicich to stop the fight and bring the title to the underdog from nearby Canastota. Napoles who weighed 144V4 was making the fourth defense of his title he won by knocking out Curtis Cokes in 1969. But on this night the Cuban- born citizen of Mexico simply was outpunched by Backus who once had retired from the ring after three straight losing fights. Backus, the nephew of former welter and middleweight champion Carmen Basilio, came back in 1967 to fight his way up to the No. 2 rankings in the welterweight division. Thursday night he looked every inch a champion. Napoles opened the fight as though he might have things his own way scoring repeatedly with stinging left jabs and an occasional left hook. In the second round the pattern of the fight continued as Napoles beat Backus, who weighed 145'i to the punch and negated the challenger's rushing tactics. Toward the end of the round both fighters were cut over the right eye. Then in the third round the. fight pattern began to change. Nayoles opened the round with several jabs and a good hook. From then on until the bell rang it was a real donnybrook with Backus giving as good as he got and opening the cut that eventually brought him the 'i .

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