Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 26, 1974 · Page 16
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Page UC NEWS-HERALD, PanamaCliy.ria., Wednesday, June %Wti BiUie Jean Opens With WIMBLEDON, England (UPt) - Btllie Jean King, five times the Queen of Wimbledon, and Jimmy Connors, a young man on the threshold of tennis greatness, Tuesday returned to tournament play and scored comfortable victories in their opening matches at the All- England championships. King and Connors have carried the challenge of Philadelphia and Baltimore, respectively, in the World Team Tennis league back in the United States where no singles players actually completes a full match. Critics maintained this would hurt their form in a tournament as demanding as the 12-day Wimbledon classic, but neither appeared out of condition. In keeping with tradition, Mrs. King opened the second day proceedings on center court, an honor reserved for the defending title holders, and she made a 33-minute appearance in routing Kathy May of Los Angeles, €-1, 6-1, in a second round match. Connors, the third seed from Belleville, 111., completed a 6-1, 7-9,6-2,6-4 victory over bearded Swede Ove Bengtson in a match carried over from Monday which had been halted because of failing light. Chris Evert, winner of the recent Italian and French Open and seeded to meet King in the finals, was idle, as were other girls in the draw of 96 who gained first round byes. A crowd In excess of 26,000 was on the grounds of the ivy- walled club on a dull, overcast day. Hundreds of uniformed schoolgirls brought comments of "disgraceful" from members, sporting gray suits and the green-and-mauve club tie, following chants of "We want (Bjorn) Borg...wewantBorg." The screaming girls made passage between the 12 outside courts almost impossible, while things came to a standstill In the area in front of the players' restaurant where the 18-yearold Swedish sensation, who won In Italy and France, took refuge. He was not scheduled for singles Tuesday. The behavior of the girls is Sub-Districts Kick Off Bay County's Sub-district Little Major League all-star baseball tournament gets under way tonight with six games in four parks. In the West sub-district Mid-City meets Southport at 7 p.m. at the Mid-City park and H.L. Johnson plays A.L. Kinsaul at 6 p.m. and R.L. Turner meets Howard Parker at 8 p.m. at the Howard Parker park. In the East sub-district Fred Bishop meets Callaway at 7 p.m. at the Callaway park and Wewahitchka plays Cedar Grove at 6 p.m. and Springfield faces Coastal at 8 p.m. at the Springfield park. Beach in the West and Central in the East got first round byes. Tournament play in the double elimination tournament continues through July 2. The two finalists in each tournament will quailfy for district play. the thing most encouraged by World Team Tennis and fourth- seeded Rosie Casals of San Francisco, a 6-2, 6-1, winner over Britain's Penny Moore, said It was strange to hear the umpire call for "silence" during games. Rosie said WTT players like King, Connors and herself practice hard and they are quite capable of standing up to the rigors of a tough tournament. BiUie Jean certainly showed no ill effects from her involvement In WTT—she is one of the leaders of the league—as she produced all the strokes: drop shots, sliced second service, the top spun lob and devastating serving and volleying. Connors, winner of the Australian Open but denied a chance for the Grand Slam of major championships when refused entry into the French Open because of his involvement with WTT, had little trouble finishing off Bengtson. The towering Swede, who doublefaulted repeatedly on Bryant Talks Here Tonight Paul (Bear) Bryant, famed University of Alabama football coach, will address local Crimson Tide alumni and other supporters at a banquet tonight at Four Winds. Bryant will be accompanied by Haydon Riley, assistant athletic director. The dinner will follow a social hour beginning at 6 p.m. A 9-Pounder They are saying the fish aren't biting at Deer Point Lake. But you couldn't prove it by Harry Murphy. He landed a nine-pounder Tuesday. A couple of days ago he pulled in a four-pounder. INGLEWOOD, Calif. (UPI) — The Los Angeles Lakers signed their No. 1 draft pick, 6-4, 185pound guard Brian Winters of South Carolina, to a multi-year contract Tuesday. Terms of the pact were not released. Winters Signs Laker Contract In his three varsity seasons at South Carolina, Winters shot 49.9 per cent from the field and 79.8 per cent from the foul line while averaging 13.2 points per game. He averaged 20 points a game last season as the Gamecocks compiled a 22-5 record. Laker general manager Pete Newell said Winters, the 12th player picked in the 1974 draft, was "the 1974 college crop's best outside shooting guard." Monday, continued where he left off and with the score tied at 2-all arid 30-all In the fourth set, he again faulted to give Connors the break he needed. Connors, 21, said, "I'm glad to be playing again after being kept out of the Italian and French Opens, It's always tough at Wimbledon, especially the first match, and I'm glad It's out*of the way." With the seedlngs committee batting .1000—all the seeds successfully cleared the first hurdle—the play was of a routine nature, but Ken Rosewall, the Cinderella man from Down Under, rolled back the clock a few years In defeating Vljay Amritraj, the young Indian who beat Rod Laver at Forest Hills last year, in a thrilling four-setter, 6-2,5-7,9-8,6-1, to move into the third round. Although Rosewall's service looked weak, he used his vintage backhand to devastating effect and employed the drop shot with great success. The ninth-seeded Rosewall, at 39 still trying for the one title that has eluded him, said "I'm feeling fine, but I'll have to serve better. Vljay didn't push me on service the way some of the others will. But as long as the weather remains cool, I'll be fine." Defending champion Jan Kodes of Czechoslovakia, the sixth seed, came back from a set and 1-4 down to defeat Lief Johansson of Sweden, 3-6,7-5,63, 6-4 and move into the third round. The men's first round was cleared up and eighth-seeded Arthur Ashe, of Miami, Fla. joined Connors in the second round with a routine 6-4,6-2,6-4 win over Hans Kary of Austria. Alex Metrevell, the 10th seed from Tbilisi, Georgia, ("I'm from Georgia, not Russia") briefly lost his concentration in the third set but recovered to defeat Briton John Feaver, 6-2, 6-3,3-6,6-1. On the distaff side, other seeds to advance without trouble were third choice Evonne Goolagong of Australia, the 1971 champion, 6-1, 6-1 over Mariejka Schaar of the Netherlands, and fifth seeded Virginia Wade who blanked her British W i g h t m a n Cup teammate, Veronica Burton, 6-0,6-0. Up For Grabs B1LLIE JEAN KING RETURNS ONE Commander Is 16th ROSSVILLE, Ga. - The national slow pitch softball rankings are out and Panama City's Commander Real Estate is listed 16th among the top twenty. The Commander team was ranked as high as seventh last year when the Realtors posted a 109-19 record. National champion Howard's Furniture of Denver, N.C., is first, with Detroit Little Caesar's second and Long Island, N.Y., County Sports third. Other ranked teams from the southeast include Rudder of Knoxville sixth, Thurman Bryant of Chattanooga seventh, Southern Fastener of Mobile ninth, Daughtry Boat of Dothan 10th, Jerry's of Miami 11th, Tom's of Columbusl3th, Smith Plumbing of Fort Walton Beach 15th, Hammons of Tallahassee 17th and North Georgia Bombers of Gainesville 18th. The rankings reflect the finish in Panama City's 32-team Southeastern Invitational a couple of weeks ago when Howard's finished first, Southern Fastener second, Daughtry third, Hammons a surprise fourth, Thurman Bryant and Bombers tied for fifth and Commander and Smith tied for seventh. However, Commander 37-14 did not place in last week's Cap- tial City tournament at Tallahassee and Buddy's of Tallahassee, which won it over the top twenty in the next listing. Howard's won its eighth tournament in as many outings in the Pick of Dixie at Chattanooga while Daughtry won the Dobbs tourney at Dothan. Smith Plumbing is planning to host a tournament July 19-21 and 11 of the top 20 teams are expected to be entered. . CLEVELAND (UPI) - Veteran running back Leroy Kelly of the Cleveland Browns has been placed on waivers and several other National Football League clubs have expressed interest In acquiring the fleet- footed professional, It waslear- ned Tuesday. Bob Nussbaumer, the team's vice president-player personnel, expressed optimism that Kelly and the Browns would both benefit from a trade since Kelly- has decided against retiring as an active player. "Leroy Is going through the transition period of being placed on waivers," Nussbaumer said. "There has been considerable interest shown in him. "I also talked to several other clubs and we're trying to work out something beneficial to both Leroy and the team. He is aware that we planned to utilize young backs and rookies this coming season and he understands this." Kelly, 34, has played with the Browns since he was drafted eighth in 1964 when he was used in the shadows of the Immortal Jim Brown. He was out of town and could not be reached for comment, but his attorney, Carl Character, discussed the latest developments. "I haven't talked to Leroy since the waiver issue came to light," Character said. "I have no other comment other than that the Browns have expressed considerable interest in trading Kelly and we are checking into all the inquiries, but we have not discussed this in detail." Kelly, who surprised the Browns' and changed his mind about retiring when the new World Football League was born, played out his latest contract with the Browns last season. But the pact called for him to serve the team in another capacity, such as scouting, "It seems Leroy has had a change of heart since we talked about him retiring," Nussbaumer said. "But we do want to work out something that he would prefer such as with which team he would like to play for. „ • ••' "But as you know, Art (Browns' owner Art Modell) announced earlier In the year that we are going to go with our younger backs —Lefear, McKlnnIs, Prultt and some rookies —this year, This means that right now, Leroy does not figure into our plans on the field this season. We just have to go on from there and see what develops." Bianchi Keeps Squires' Job NORFOLK, Va. (UPI) - Al Bianchi signed a three-year contract Tuesday to continue coaching the Virginia Squires under the new owners and begin .a job of rebuilding the shattered team. "I am delighted to be associated with the new Virginia Squires," Bianchi saidaf- ter signing the contract. He has been coach of the club since before It moved east from Oakland, Calif., in 1969. The contract carried an undisclosed salary which a spokesman said was in line with other major league contracts. 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