Ali-lnoki battle to draw after 45 minute yawn By JOHN RODERICK •• AutdaledPreu Witter TOKYO (AP) - Muhammad AM, a stingiess bee Coating like a perplexed butterfly, barely managed to ek* out t li-toual draw Saturday with a Japanese pro wrestler who spent most of the match on hi* back like a quarrelsome crab. Billed as the World Martial Arts Championship, it was neither martial nor artistic. In what could only be described as a 4Wninute yawn, All landed precisely two blows to the head of his opponent, Antonio Inoki. Many in UK audience of 14,000 who paid from $17 dollars to $1,009 to watch this dubious exhibition of inaction thought, all things considered, that In- oU, * lantern-Jawed gentleman who took the Initiative in his curious way throughout, bad won. ' All insisted, however, that be had been on the offensive, a tactless than visible to those in toe crowd unkts be meant his behavior, which In most ways was offensive in the extreme toward his foe. Wise cracks, abuse, expletives, derisive hula dancing, nose thumbing and occasional recourse to sticking his tongue out (tiled to lure the honorable Inoki within range of Ali's four- ounce gloves. The American referee called it a draw, the Japanese boxlag nidge gave the nod to the wrestler and the wrestling judge (bought it went to All. Ali is to receive ft.l million for his part in toe proceedings and Inoki up to $4 miiii/m^ most of the money coming from closed circuit television showings in the United SUtes. Besides the two punches All landed to Iraki's bead, neither enough to stun nor floor him, the only other action in the 45- mlnute mismatch was when In- oki rushed All or knocked him to the mat with leg sweeps. A newsman in a philosophical mood asked Ali what thoughts be had while be lay on the floor, on one occasion being sat on heavily. "I was just letting time go by," replied Ali with a solemn face, "while I collect my * million." The whole experience appeared to have left the usually voluble Ali in a less than cheerful mood. After briefly answering Questions in bis dressing room in a voice which coul3 hardly be heard, he anntmyfd, "I want to be alone." He said he hadn't been hurt except for some bruises on his legs from the persistent sideswipes of his opponent The money obviously hadn't hurt el- tber stoce, according to referee Gene LcBdl, Ali puss to confront anothfr wrestler, Bruno Sanmartino, in New York after Sgbts with Km Norton and Giorie Foreman. Inoki told newsmen afterward- be wasn't happy with the rules which prohibited him from tackling, using karate chops or punching on the mat He admitted canJkHy that be had kept his distance to avoid the lethal «fag of AB's punches. Inoki was silent when asked whether he would like a rematch. The contest did nothing to prove whether a boxer could beat a wrestler, or the other way around. It was a little Uke trying to count bananas and oranges; they just arent the same. I McMullen pinch homer sinks Minnesota 5-2 OAKLAND (AP) - Ken McMullen's three^un pinch homer with one out in the ninth inning capped a four-run rally that gave the Oakland A's a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. The homer Friday night came olf reliever Bill Campbell, who took over for starter and loser Dave Goltz, 7-5, with runners on first and second and none out and the Twins leading 2-1 by virtue ot two runs in the top of the ninth. Claudell Washington singled the tying run home and McMullen hit the next pitch into the left field stands for his third home run of the season. Oakland starter Mike Torrez, winless since May 31, blanked the Twins on four hits for eight Scoreboard FERGUS TAVERN League Results Barn 6-Bob's 3 Winning pitcher was Wally Carlson. Losing pitcher was Jerry Jacquart. Silver Dollar 16'Becker's 6 Winning pitcher was Dave Anderson. Losing pitcher was Al Walters. innings, but was replaced by Paul Lindblad to start the ninth with the A's clinging to a 1-0 lead. Dan Ford, Rod Carew and Butch Wynegar got consecutive singles to produce the tying run *** Srtal r? w Fora if Cartwlb Total : Or* out witn w n . . OnOCOCO . .. 1XOOOOM Otfclwu 1. •A S. JB-NKTt 13). sa-carew. s— . WP-GO.'l. T-3:ll. A-S.1M. and Mike Cubbage then singled to load the bases. One out later, Steve Brye's sacrifice fly put the Twins on top 2-1. While the Twins were rallying against Lindblad, Oakland relief ace Rollie Fingers, who loosened up in the bullpen early in the game but said it was only a workout, did not warm up. The A's did not use Fingers, pitcher Vida Blue and outfielder Joe Rudi and the Oakland players threatened to go on strike Sunday if the three were not allowed to play. Oakland owner Charles 0. Finley has announced his intentions to defy instructions from Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn to use the trio. The A's scored their first run in the opening inning when Bill North led off with a double, went to third on an infield single by Bert Campaneris and scored as Don Baylor hit into a H REH BBSO double play. 5 3 1 5 } After the first inning trouble, < ; o I 3 Goltz settled down and gave up only one hit and a walk in the next five innings. He retired the side in order in the second and third and then gave up a two-out single to Washington in the fourth. Torrez was even more effective through the early innings. His only jam came in the third when Larry Hisle led off with a single and Bob BanM walked Steve Braun sacrificed the runners along but Roy Smalky was called out on strikes and Carew grounded out. A's players vote to strike Finley on Sunday Journal SPORTS Fergis falls (Mi.) Jtiri.l Sal., June 26,1976 8 OAKLAND (AP) - The Oakland A's are standing.firm on their threat to strike Sunday unless owner Charles 0. Finley allows three star players to return to regular action. "We won't crumble," said Jim Todd, the A's player representative. "We're not against Bowie Kuhn or Charlie Finley. We want to play baseball with the best players available." The Oakland players voted Friday night to go on strike Sunday unless Finley allows pitchers RolUe Fingers and Vida Blue and outfielder Joe Rudi to play. Bosox drop into fifth in AL East The Soot 16 Stockman's 4 Winning pitcher was Jim Tenneson. Losing pitcher was Steve Schmidt The Lantern 14 Corner Bar 12 Winning pitcher was Sonny Mortenson. Losing pitcher was Rick Bugbe*. Tavern League Standing! " Dickson swings to six-stroke Western lead Bob's The Barn Silver Dollar Comer Bar Becker's The Spot The Lantern Stockman's ™»'.TON SOFTBALL League Results Jerrv's Bar 12 Wendell Lumber 6 Underwood 18 Ferguson Electric 3 6 1 6 1 4 3 4 3 3 4 3 4 2 5 1 6 By CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN AP Sports Writer OAK BROOK, 111. (AP) Bob Dickson is a rarity—a touring golf pro since 196t trying to recapture the swing he had as an amateur. A combination of back trouble and a swing that seemed to be deteriorating has kept the 32-year-oW Oklahoman, former U.S. and British Amateur champion, struggling on the circuit. His last victory was the 1973 San Diego Open and for two years he has failed to crack the Finley stands pat not to use players By ALEX SACHARE •< AP Sports Writer Oakland owner Charles 0. Finley, facing mounting pressure from Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn on one hand and a threatened strike by his A's players on the other, says he's standing firm in his decision not to use three stars he tried to sell for S3.5 million last week. "I will not play them," Finley said adamantly Friday night following an exchange of telegrams during which Commissioner Kuhn threatened "grave consequences" should Finley not change his position and instruct A's Manager Chuck Tanner to use pitchers Vida Blue and Rallie Fingers and outfielder Joe Rudi. Kuhn's threats made little impression on the tempestuous A's owner. "I'm not concerned about the grave consequences," Finley declared. "Tell him lo fire his guns." Prior to Friday night's game against Minnesota, the Oakland players took their shot at Finley, voting to go on strike Sunday if the three players are not used in normal fashion before then. Player representative Jim Todd announced that the A's had held two meetings and "decided to go on strike because Finley would not let them play. It is not in the best interest of the players, the way it stands now." This threat did not faze Fin- le>-, either. Todd said that when the own- er was informed of their strike threat, Finley responded with a threat of his own. "If they go on strike, I'll call up 29 players from the minor leagues to play for me. I'll suspend any striking players the rest of the year," was Finley's response, according to Todd. Blue, Fingers and Rudi, three all-star players, have been a cause celebre since Finley attempted to sell them on June 15-Blue for J1.5 million to the New York Yankees, Fingers and Rudi to the Boston Red Sox for )1 million each. But Commissioner Kuhn vetoed the sales as being contrary to "the best interests of baseball," and the dispute was on. Kuhn ordered Finley to use the three stars "in a normal manner," but Finley, fearing possible injury to the players which would lessen their value, has steadfastly refused to let Manager Chuck Tanner use them. So the (3.5 million trio sat and watched Friday night as the A's beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 in Oakland. Church League Slow Pitch Kazarene - Stavanger 5 Federated 0 Bethel "B" 23 Trinity 10 Catholic "B" 12 Grace Methodist 10 top 60 money winners. This season he is 71st on the cash list with*20,224. But now he says the mechanics of his swing are coming back. He holds a six-stroke lead entering today's third round of the Western Open which provides the winner $40,000 and a pass into the World Series of Golf in September. Dickson drilled a 69 through the wind at the Butler National Golf club Friday for 136, six under par on a course that killed off most of the others. Al Geiberger, having one of his better years, and Charles Coody, who hasn't won since the 1971 Masters, were at even par 142 and Dickson's closest pursuers. Dickson's margin is the widest 36-hole lead on the PGA tour this year, topping by one stroke Ray Floyd's breakaway at Augusta. And he thinks he won't fold. Sharing fourth place as the field was cut to 7 j low scorers and ties are rookie George Bums and Gil Morgan, a doctor of optometry, who tied for second this season in the Memphis Classic. They were at 143 while other rookies Steve Veriato and Homero Blancas were at 144. Among those scattered behind are defending champion Hale Irwin and John Mahaffey at 145. By HEHSCHEL NISSENSON. AP Sports Writer The Boston Red Sox' faces are getting to be as red as their sox. The stumbling Bosoi, last year's American League champs, dropped a 6-2 decision to the Detroit Tigers Friday night and slipped into fifth place in the East Division, four games under .500 and a staggering 10 games behind the pace-setting New York Yankees. In other action, the Yankees nipped the Mifeadtee Brewers 1-0, the Cleveland Indians edged the Baltimore Orioles 65, the Kansas City Royals downed the California Angels 63, the Oakland A's beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 and the Texas Rangers split a doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox, winning the opener 8-4 but dropping the nightcap 14-9. liie Tigers' triumph was their second in two nights over the Red Sox, who had captured 18 of the 20 previous meetings. Yankees 1, Brewers I Dock Ellis scattered seven hits for his first Al- shutout and outdueted Bill Travers, who was tagged for a home run by Mickey Rivers leading off the sixth inning. Riiis thus avenged a 1-0 loss to Travers exactly one month earlier. Rivers' homer ended Travers' streak of 19 2-3 scoreless innings against New York this season. Indians 6, Orioles 5 George Hendrick's ninth-inning single scored Larvell Blanks with the tie-breaking run and kept the second-place Indians seven games behind New York in the AL East while dropping third-place Baltimore 8^ games back. Blanks opened the ninth with a single and moved up on Frank Robinson's grounder. Rico Carty drew an intentional walk before Hendrick delivered his game-winning single. Royals 5, Angels 3 John Mayberry erupted from a l-for-19 slump and drove in five runs with a pair of towering homers as the Royals ended 3 six-game losing streak. First baseman Mayfaerry also made a spectacular play in the seventh inning, a diving, tumbling, shoestring catch of a pop fly bunt that cut off a budding Angel rally. A's 5, Twins 2 Ken McMullen's three-run pincii homer withoneoutinthe ninth inning capped a.four-run Oakland rally. The homer came off Bill Campbell, who relieved Dave Goltz with runners on first and second and none out and the Twins leading 2-1 by virtue of two runs in the top o! the ninth. Claudell Washington singled the tying run home and McMullen hit the next pitch for his homer. The A's again did not use Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers and Joe Rudi. The Oakland players threatened to strike Sunday if the three are not allowed to play. Rangers 8-9, White Sox 4-14 Jorge Orta's solo home run in the eighth inning snapped a tie and helped Chicago take the nightcap. After Orta's homer put the White Sox on top 10-9, Jim Essian's two-run single highlighted a four-run outburst in the ninth inning. In the opener, Toby Harrah crashed a grand slam home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth to climax a five- run rally and give the Rangers an 8-4 victory. The split dropped Texas 2^4 games behind Kansas City in the AL West The three stars were sold to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in a $3.9 million deal June 15, but Kuhn, the hasfball commissioner, has blocked the sale. Kinky has told Manager Chuck Tanner not to use the three players because they no longer are property of the A's. "Well play Sunday," Tanner said. "We'll have players on the field although I'm not sure who they will be." In Tucson Friday night, General Manager Dave Cartun of the Toros, the A's Pacific Coast League farm club, said that Tucson is ready to send Finley some players if Oakland strikes. Cartun said, "Their bags are packed and our team is ready to go." Finley has threatened to suspend any player who chooses to strike and replace them with minor leaguers. But at the same time, Finley also has sent telegrams to the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox asiorig their permission to use the three players. Finley says he can't play the trio because he no longer owns them and would be liable for any injury they might sustain. The A's took the strike vote after conferring with Marvin Miller, executive director of the Players Association, who reportedly advised the A's that a strike was an option open to them. Todd said there were no negative votes, but some players abstained. Catcher Gene Tenace expressed the players' general feeling when he said Oakland would be much stronger if they had Blue, Fingers and Rudi playing again. "It would make it much easier," he said. "Everybody knows that." The A's, however, didn't need the three stars to score a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins Friday night. Pincn-hit- ter Ken McMullen brought a sudden end to the game with a three™ homer in the last of the ninth. Horseshoe tourney set in Fergus Falls The second Fergus Falls Invitational Horseshoe Tournament will be played Saturday, July 10, at the city courts on East Charming Avenue. Nine class divisions are scheduled with eight players in each class. Tournament fee and the entry deadline is July 3. Pitchers are requested to send the entry fee and their highest ringer percentage for the current season to Ron Bratton, 51i West Linden Ave., Fergus Falls, Minn. 56537 or call 739-9790. In the event a player does not have an established average, he is required to pitch 200 shoes on his home court and send in total points and ringers. Players who need to qualify are asked to contact Ron Bratton, tournament director. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place in each class division. This tournament is open to all players and anyone interested is eligible to compete. NATIONAL LEAGUE 37 n .iw svi IS 37 .444 IS 30 31 wl 18 * 38 ."1 U 73 JO MS 7J-., 36 3J .Sn »"j New YfXX j. Qlic*90 4 U, St. LOuiS Liquori pulls up lame in U.S. Olympic trials C:rxii . P. rnt-jrs*) 9. Montrf* 1 Atlanta ». S*n O'.tgo San FranciKO 1. L W L PCt. Gt TP«I I». Cf'ctgo 4 Cleveland 4. Baltimo Ddroi, t. frntan, . 1 New York 1. W Iwjy Phillies crush Cards 12-4 By KEN DONEY . Associated Press Writer EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The United States lost Marty Liquori in the 5,000 meters, but Amie Robinson and Randy Williams earned second Olympic trips in the long jump and Marie Parks won a blanket finish in the 400 meters at the nation's track and field.trials Friday. Liquori, a picture of frustration as doctors examined his injured leg, said he knew before the race his "chances were 20 per cent of ever making the team." He stepped off the track on the sixth lap of his preliminary heat because of a hamstring muscle that "really never was healed since the AAU" Championships two weeks ago. "I'm sure if the race had been run next weekend, I would have had no problem," said Liquori, 27, who stepped up from the 1,500 this year mainly because Filbert Bayi of Tanzania, the world record holder, and 38,000-plus fans give Allen standing ovation in win By KEN RAPPOPORT AP Spwts Writer The boa-birds are suddenly blue birds for Dick Allen. "It was an awfully good feeling when the fans came down that way," the Philadelphia first baseman said Friday night after getting a one-minute standing ovation. More than 38,000 fans at Veterans Stadium applauded Allen's twoirome run performance that helped the Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 124. "It was just the opposite in the ok) days," reflected Allen. Allen was a talented, but controversial, figure in Philadelphia for several years. Despite such accomplishments as rookie of the year in 19(4 and astronwriical home run totals, he couldn't please the fans. Traded to St. Louis, he left with bitter feelings about Philadelphia, but the ironic paths of baseball eventually led him back to his original starting point. In the other National League games, the San Francisco Giants blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0; the Atlanta Braves turned back the San Diego Padres 4-1; the Cincinnati Reds outscored the Houston Astros 9-6; the Pittsburgh Pirates routed the Montreal Expos 9-2 and the New York Mets tripped the Chicago Cubs 7-4. Giants l,Dortgen I Chris Speier broke up a pitching duel between Los Angeles' Burt Hooton and San Francisco's Ed Halicti with a run- scoring single in the ninth inning as the Giants defeated the Dodgers. Halicki, 5-10, scattered seven Los Angeles hits in hurling his second shutout of the season, both over the Dodgers. The Giants did not get a hit off Hooton, M, until Bobby Murcer singled with two out in the seventh. Hooton gave up four hits overall. Braves I, Pidresl Roger Moret and Mike Marshall combined on a four-hitter to lead Atlanta over San Diego. Marshall, making his first appearance in a Braves' uniform following his move from Los Angeles, took the mound with two Padres on and no one out in the eighth inning. He retired pinch-hitter Willie McCovey on a long Dy to center and disposed of Tito Fuentes and Willie Davis to end the threat Redsl, AsJm* Dan Driessen knocked in five runs with three hits and a bases-taded walk, leading Cincinnati past Houston. Pedro Borbcn, 1-1, pitched five innings in relief of Cincinnati starter Rich Hrnton to gain the victory. Houston reliever Tom Griffin, 5-2, was the loser. Pirates J, Expos! Willie Stargell drove in four runs and Richie Hebner had three RBI as Pittsburgh collected 15 hits to beat Montreal. Stargell doubled home a pair of runs in the first, singled in a run in the sixth and drove in his fourth run of the night with a single in the eighth. Hebner hit a twcmm homer in the third aft-r getting an RBI single in the first inning. Met»7,C&btl Mike Phillips hit for the cycle with his first home run of the season, a triple, double and single, and Dave Kingman drove in four runs with bis 24th homer and a single, powering New York over Chicago. Kingman's homer was a three-run shot and came in the third inning. Phillips hit a two-run homr in the Sfvtnth when Kingman abo singled in a nn. John Walker of New Zealand have made a personal duel of that race. Liquori, representing the New York Athletic Club, never saw Mike Keogh of Central Jersey Track Club win the heat in 13 minutes 51.90 seconds. Dick Buerkle of the New York Athletic Club, who for so long ran in the shadows of the late Steve Prefontaine, established himself as the man to beat by pulling away from Craig Virgin of Illinois, who already has made the U.S. team in the 10,000 meters, for a docking of 13:41.76. Nine runners advanced to Sunday's finals, last event at the U.S. trills at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Robinson, a 28-year-old San Diego State graduate and bronze medalist in Munich, earned a trip to Montreal next month by winning the long jump with a wind-aided leap of 27-5W. Robinson, the 1975 and 1976 AAU champion, will be joined by Larry Myricks, a 20-year-old sophomore at Mississippi College, who jumped a wind-aided 27-1U and Williams, the 1972 gold medalist at age 19. Williams, a Southern Cal graduate now from Fresno, was third in 26-10, also wind-tided. Parks, the 24-year-old AAU champion, took command down the straightaway to defeat a powerful field in the 409 meters. His time was 45.58 seconds, slow because of a stiff wind Parks, whose 44.82 is the fastest electronic time in the world this year, overtook Fred Newhouse, a 27-year-old Baton Rouge, La., engineer who was clocked in 45.76. Herman "Frazier, the 1975 Western Athletic Conference champion from Arizona State, was third in 45.84 as former UCLA sprinter Benny Brown bowed out in 45.91. In the other two finals Friday, Lynn Winbigler won the women's discus throw with a toss of 166-2, which was below the 174-1 that gave the 23-year- old University of Oregon student the AAU title. And Sheila Ingram, a 19-year- old from the Pioneer Athletic Club, won the Women's 400 in 52.69. Attention LEGIONNAIRES Regilr Meefeg Monday, June 2S l-.15p.rn. Adjmson Normjn Post No. 30 Racing Every Snday Eveiiig IBM Trials 7 pj. - hcii( I pj. Admission: AdultsM.50-Aa.es 13 thru 17 Jl.M — A«« 7 thru 12 — SOc — Children i and under atf. mined free. West Ceitral Speedways, he. 13 mites northMil el firfn Falh en oner Tail Uke Road (County Road 1} Phone 7H-3130.
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