The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 25, 1955 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 25, 1955
Page 11
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TUESDAY, OOTOBBR 98, MM (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE ELEYES 24-Second Rule Next? Tkree Major Basketball Rules Changes Outlined By GEORGE CLARK Courier News SUff WrMer The much talked about 24-second rule is almost a cinch to be voted into the high school basketball rule book next year, says Johnie Burnett, executive secretary of the Arkansas Athletic Association. Burnett made the prediction while leading a discussion of major rules changes for the 1955-56 season at Jonesboro High School Sunday. "The committee (Rules Committee of National Federation of High Schools) very nearly passed it this year and it's almost, a cinch to be passed next year," Burnett told the group of District Three coaches and officials. He added that this year's rule limiting individual dribbling to five seconds within certain areas in front court as paving the way to passage of the 24-second rule. Must Shoot The 24-second rule currently is observed in the professional ranks. After a team gets the ball in its forecourt, it has 24 seconds in which to try for a goal or lose possession of the ball. The object is to put the brakes on stalling tactics. There are three major changes in high school basketball rules this year: the five-second dribbling rule; elimination of slow or delayed whistle on jump ball situations and doing away with the automatic two- shot foul rule in the last three minutes of play. Of these, the five-second dribble rule threatens to be the most confusing. However, as Burnett pointed out, it's not as confusing as it sounds. This rule change states: "If a player in control is closely guarded an the front court in the floor area within about 15 feet of the' center division line, he is expected to pass the ball or dribble out of the area within five seconds." If he does not, a held ball is called and the ball is put back into play by a center jump. : Modification j This change is a new version of; the old held ball rule. For several years now a rule limiting a player holding the ball for only five seconds has been in effect. This is merely a modification in an attempt to control individual dribbling. The key to the rule is the term "closely guarded." This is a judge- ment phrase with no ironclad rule as to what constitutes close guarding. It is. left to the opinion of the < officials whether a player is guard- j ed closely enough to enforce the rule. The rule is going to be confusing in as much as a five-second count by the official can be stopped in several ways. If the dribbler is successful in getting out of the general 15-foot area, the count is stopped since it is assumed that in such circumstances he has eluded j his guard or that the opponent has i retreated into a zone type defense.[ If he then dribbles back into the 15 j foot area, a new count is started ; when he again becomes closely j guarded. [ The count is also stopped if he,' through fancy maneuvering, eludes his guard and is not picked up by another guard or the one that he eluded does not pursue him. If he is picked up by another opponent, a new five-second count is to start. Imaginary Line Another key thing to remember about the new dribble rule is that the 15-foot area is imaginary and approximate. The'rule does not require the marking off of a 15 foot area. The remainder of the forecourt, with exceptions of the two comers, is considered "scoring area" and the five-second dribble rule is not in effect in these areas. Dribbling along the sidelines or around the keyhole Is not restricted unless the dribbler is penned in a corner in such a way that an opponent cannot reach the. ball without going out of bounds, then the 5-second rule is in effect. Elimination of the slow or delayed whistle in jump ball situations may cause some confusion but it will be minor. On jump balls it is a violation for a non-jumping player to enter the restraining circle before the ball is tapped but officials were required to delay blowing of the whistle signifying a violation until It was determined whether or not bhe enter- ing players' action was to the advantage of himself or his team mates. Mandatory Whistle This part of the rule has been eliminated, making it mandatory that officials blow the whistle as soon as the violation occurs. This may cause some contusion as it can contradict another rule which says that each quarter and each half shall be started by a center jump. If the violation occurs on center jump starting a quarter or half then the quarter would be started by an out of bounds play as the offender) team would be rewarded the ball out of bounds at the center line. Elimination of the two-shot foul rule in the last three minutes of play means that the one-and-one or bonus shot foul rule will be in effect throughout the game. During the last two years, all fouls committed in the final three minutes of play were two-shot fouls regardless of where- the foul occurred or under what circumstances. This year,' fouls occurring during this time, except those in the act of shooting, will be treated the same as fouls occurring any other time during the game, with a second, or bonus throw, being awarded provided the shooter makes his first free throw. BIG GAME BOY—Allen Shivers stands proudly beside :i trophy of a-hunting trip on tht Ponder Ranch in Brewstor Couniy. western Texas. The nine-year-old son of the Texn;" governor was with Had's partv Fights Lost Night By THE ASSOCIATED PliESS New York — Ludwig Lightburn. 138 3 -i. British Honduras, outpointed ! Hocine Klialfi. 136'ij, Algeria, 10.' New Orleans — Charley Joseph. 159!j, New Orleans, stopped $ammy Walker, 154, Holyoke, Mass., 8. Read Courier News Classified Ads. Four Fighters Named to Boxing Hall of Fame NKW YORK i&— Mickey Walker, Harry Greb, Gene Tunney and Benny Leonard, four of the great fighters of the modern era, have been enshrined in boxing's Hall of Fame. The quartet of champions from the golden twenties, and six old- timers were named yesterday in the .second annual election. Twenty four stars of fistiana were chosen in 1954. An old timers committee of 20 picked four, Sam Langford, the Boston Tar Baby who was rated one of the all-time heavyweight greats although he never got a chanep at the title; former featherweight champions Abe Attell and Terry McGovern, and Barbadoes Joe Walcott, ex-welterweight king. Directors of the Hall of Fame selected the two "ancients"—William (Bendigo) Thompson, British holder of the heavyweight crown in the early 1800s, and William i Bill) Richmond, America's first heavyweight of note who also fought in tnu 19th century. The moderns were voted in by boxinsr writers and sports casters of ihe world. Portrait plaques of the 4 named last year were hung 1 in the Ring magnsine museum in Madison Square Garden building at dedication ceremonies yesterday. Buicfnamton, N. Y., led the Eastern League baseball teams in attendance duiiifc- 1955 with 39,529 home fans. It was an increase of 40,308 over 1954. Terps, Sooners By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS In a move that practically guarantees top billing for the Orange Bowl game New Year's Day, Maryland and Oklahoma today jumped to the top among the nation's college football powers in the Associated Press poll. The two unbeaten giants, safe bets to represent their respective Atlantic Coast and Big Seven conferences in the Miami, Fla., stadium next January, stand almost shoulder to shoulder after stepping past Michigan in this week's rankings. Maryland (6-0) has the top spot. The Terrapins collected 62 first- place votes, nine more than Oklahoma (5-0), and tallied only 30 more points than the Sooners in the balloting. On the basis of 10 points for first. 9 for second, etc., Maryland wound up with 1,599. Oklahoma had 1,569. Michigan, rated No. 1 for two wpeks. managed to lure only 39 first-place votes from the 186 sports writers and sport-scasters who cast ballots. The Wolverines \.5-0) piled up 1,433 points for third place. The experts apparently felt Michigan's come-from-behind 14-13 decision over previously unimpressive Minnesota last Saturday was an unbecoming performance for the No. 1 .team in the nation. They found Maryland's 34-13 pasting of Syracuse and Oklahoma's 56-21' thumping of previously unbeaten i Colorado more in the style of a national champion. Navy (5-0) stayed at No. 4 while Michigan State. UCLA, West Virginia and Auburn moved up as Duke tumbled from 5th to 17th after being dumped by twice-beaten Pittsburgh. Notre Dame, llth last Coup de Grace At Coeur d'Alene COEUR D'ALENE. Idaho i/P.i- Ralph Reinhold of New York kepi rool when a fish made off with his line. Reinhold took after the fish in his boat on Lake Cocur d'- Aiene. reached into the water, grabbed the broken end of his fishing line, tied it up and reeled in a 10-pound Katnloops trout. ENJOY THE WHISKEY OF FAMOUS MEN! Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Mark Twain and other men of history enjoyed Old Crow generations ago—now available to you in a lighter, lower-priced 86 Proof bottling as a companion to the historic 100 Proof Bond! HOW-TWO GREAT BOTTLINGS! MOTTLED IN BOND TOO PROOF Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey A.illiblt .1 """' i - 7011 cm nk Cm in i ftm bonded bourbon Kentucky Stnight Bourbon Whitkey Crkbratfd Old Craw ... liRhrrr. mild.r »nd lowtr- fnffd (h«n fh« inf Ptnef Boirlid in fWJ THt Ml BMW MNUiM M.. M**'0* * >*nmi MMHIMt MOMMH COW- ffUNKfMT. M. week, regained the top No. 9 berth. Southern stayed at No. 10. The leaders, with votes in parentheses: 1. Maryland (62) 2. Oklahoma (53t 3. Michigan (39) 4. Navy (4) 5. Michigan State (4) . 6. UCLA (2) 7. West Va. (13) 8. Auburn (8) 10 at the 9. Notre Dame .. Calilorma 10. Southern Cal . The Second 10: first-place 11. Texas A&M 12. Georgia Tech .. .1.599 13. Holy Cross (1) . 1.5G9 : 14. Texas Christian . 1.433 15. Ohio State .1,17?] le. Pittsburgh . 937! 17. Duke . 903! 18. Miami (Ohio) . 557; 19. Washington . olfal 20 Mississippi 462 335 313 11! 50 49 41 38 35 20 14 11 Sauer Revamps Baylor Squad In Wake of Five Dismissals By HAROLD V. RATL1FF WACO, Tex. (AP) —- Coach George Sauer revamped his Baylor University football team today in the wake of dismissals for violation of training rules that took away the center of the line. A 19-7 loss to Texas A&M Saturday led to five athletes being kicked off the squad. Bay* lor plays Texas Christian Saturday and must win or be eliminated from the Southwest Confet- ence face. Sauer told the Waco quarter-) The live players also face the back club last night that he had) possibility of expulsion from ''ie an anonymous telephone call before the Baylor squad loft here by bus for College Station Saturday and was informed that some of his players had been seen in a night club about 2:30 a. m. On the way to College Station Sauer said he pieced bits of conversation amoiv: the players together to indicate Something was wrong, and ihat the way the boys played against A&M, especially in a second-half letdown, confirmed it. So yesterday he cancelled the athletic scholarships of Jim Taylor, senior center; Dugan Pearce and Dan Miller, junior guards; Jimmy Davenport, senior quarterback, and Paul Caver, sophomore halfback. All except Caver* are now ineligible to play football at any Southwest Conference school. Caver, who hadn't been in a varsity game this season, can transfer and play after laying out a year. Lightburn Is Top Prospect Of Lightweights NEW YORK (£>)—Off his brilliant- showing against Algeria's experienced Hocine Khalfi, young Ludwig Lightburn today looked like the best lightweight'prospect to come along in several years. It's about time too that the 135- pound class, once the best in boxing, developed a new, bright face. Lightburn, a rangy, 20-year-old Negro from British Honduras, outclassed the 27-year-old Algerian all the way to win a one-sided 10-round decision in a television bout at St. Nicholas Arena last night. The victory so impressed matchmaker Tex Sullivan that he said he would try and match Ludwig against either Johnny Gonsalves or Cisco Andrade, both ranking lightweights, fnr Nov. 28. Lightburn" had the weight edge, 133^ to 136 '2- nniversity. Baylor President W. 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