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A's stop Twins 5-3 TOSO S PINS OUT - Over 2,Ht s lock car rac e fans watched Keary Toso [9| stan and finish a spin-out on the fourth bin of the West Central Speedways Track Sunday evening. Toso raa too high on the track and hit loose dirt throwing his Sportsman Class car out of control and down into the rail. I Journal photo by Bruce Bakke) Journof SPORTS Fergis Falls (Ma.) hinal Hon., June 28,1976 \ Allan Svare three-time winner in Street Class OAKLAND (AP) - Tbe Oakland A's, the turmoil of a threatened strike behind them, open their most important road tripe* the season tonight when they take on the Teias Ringers at Arlington. "We're together now," captain Sal Bando of the A's said. "We have 25 players and we'll need them all if we are going to win in our division." The A's, who called off a possible strike minutes before Sunday's game with tht Minnesota Twins, went out and won the game 5-3 with the aid of one of the three players who were the center of all the problems. Roilfe Fingers, who was sold to the Boston Red Sox in a deal that later was voided by Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kunn, pitched 3 1-3 innings of shutout relief to preserve the victory for Oakland. Fingers, Vida Blue and Joe Rudi were sold by A's owner Charles 0. Finley, but Kuhn refused to approve the sales. When Finley bencbed.the trio, the rest of the team threatened the walkout. "I was really surrised at bow well I pitched," Fingers said. "It had been two weeks and I wasn't sure how my control would be." Fingers took over in the sixth inning with Oakland ahead 4-3 and Minnesota runners on first and second with two outs. His first pitch got Larry Hisle lor the final out of the inning. He struck out five and allowed only two hits the rest of the way. Bando provided most of the Oakland offense with a pair of home runs, giving him 13 for the season. He hit a two-run shot in the third inning and a solo blast in the eighth. "All of us are happy that the strike thing is over," Bando said. "Now we can get back to playing baseball." Minnesota scored its three runs off Oakland starter Dick Bosman in the sixth inning. Fuve straight singles and an infield out got the runs home before Fingers ended the uprising. Manager Gene Mauch of the Twins said Fingers made the difference in the game. "That's why someone paid |1 million for him," Mauch said. Rudi also got in the game for Oakland, but was hitless in four trips to the plate. Blue is expected to make his first start in more than two weeks on the current road trip. Manager Chuck Tanner of the A's said he would use the three players whenever they are needed. He had no specific starting assignment for Blue, although he will probably pitch aginst the Kansas City Royals this weekend. The A's played three games against the Rangers and then go to Kansas City for four against the division-leading Royals. 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Not since his glory days of 1870 and 1971 has the younger of the racing Unser brothers found the success promised of him. But things appear to be changing. Unser, winner of 15 Indianapolis-type car races during 1970-71, won his first 500• mile race and only third U.S. Auto Dub championship circuit victory of any kind since then in Sunday's $400,000 Schaefer 500. The impressive victory proved what proponents of tte revolutionary eight-cylinder Cosworth engine have been saying all along: It's got the horsepower to blow everything else off the track. Unser, whose Vel's-Parnelli team has alone struggled to • perfect the engine the past 14 months, appeared to have ev- • erything going his way Sunday, despite a long pit stop and a shredded tire that cost him nearly two laps at one point. Fergus VFW drops two games Sunday BENSON - The Fergus Falls VFW baseball team slipped to 1-3 on the season after dropping two games Saturday at Benson. In the tournament, Fergus lost to Alexandria 164 in Ihe opener and lost 10-9 in the second game to Staples in 10 innings. Alexandria banged out 17 hits off Fergus-hurler Darwin Boe. Kevin Stich led Fergus in hitting at 3-for-3 to post half . their hits. Stich is hitting .353 in . the young season. In the second game, Staples scored two runs in the top of the tenth, sending the local team • down to defeat. Kevin Graf was the leading Fergus hitter with three. Graf supports a .500 average. Hatcher and Lance Nygaard pitched for Fergus Falls. With the help of the pace car, and the Cosworth's superior horsepower, Unser was able to make up the deficit and streak to a 3.4 second victory over Mike Mosley. "Whenever you can get everything connected as well as we did today — even though we had our problems — and still come out a winner, it's a great satisfaction to me, and my team," said Unser, happier than he's been after any race since winning a 250-miler in Michigan last summer (without the Cosworth). Unser, whose 1970 season of 10 victories, two seconds, three thirds and nearly a half million dollars in prize money is still a standard, said he was especially happy for his long-suffering team, which has been much- maligned during the lean recent years. '"rtey carry 50 per cent of it," he explained. "If they don't do a good Job, I can't carry them—and they can't carry me." The sleek new blue and white Cosworth-powered Parnelli carried the 37-year-old Unser just about as fast as he wanted to go Sunday, and with good mileage. Although experts concede the Cosworth, of Formula heritage, is rich with horsepower, its fuel consumption has been correspondingly rich — a crucial fault under current USAC fuel restrictions. "We've been working very hard on it," said Unser, who snowed the Cosworth's promise in March by winning the pole position for a race at Phoenix, only to finish fourth after foel problems. "After Milwaukee (two weeks ago), we found some of the problem, and we cured the rest of it here," Unser revealed. Unser averaged 143.S22 m.p.h. for his victory, not a record due to a number o! caution periods. Behind Mike Mosley in second were Wally Dallenbach and Johnny Rutherford, all on the same lap. Unser led 106 of the 200 laps. "1 think there is still more kft in it. I really feel the car is capable," Unser said after Sunday's race, which netted him about t80,000. "I've said all along the car is the best race car I've had since 1970." night. Bob Pourrier's R-35 Chevy station wagon came through with the fast time in the Street Class at :27.6 but he never finished a single race. "We really had our share of bad luck tonight (Sunday) andl sure wish 'Lady Luck' would smile our way once in a white," said a disappointed Pourrier. After posting the fastest time in the trials, Pourrier's wagon broke a motor mount in the first heat forcing him out of the race, in the consolation run, the sway bar bent and shifted so far over he Hew a tire on the white flag with a half lap to go and then in the fealurt run the same thing happened when he was leading and he Hew another tire. "We've had enough bad luck to last us all season," said Pourrier following the fourth night of racing at the West Central Speedway. In the season opener, Pourrier hit the grandstand and rolled over, starting his bad luck binge. While Pourrier was having bad luck, Allan Svare was pocketing all the first-place money in the Street Class. Svare, driving 99, won his heat, won the trophy and he took the feature race money home in his 1966 Chevy n. For the fourth straight Sunday a packed house was on hand for the races. Last night there were 31 cars running on the "4-mile banked dirt track. In the Street Class, Dave Holmgren won his heat and the rest of the night belonged to Svare. In the Sportsman Class, Don Snelson (3) and Al Miller (25) tied in the trials for the fastest lime at :25.5. In the heats, Dean Johnson. (42) and Rick Moritz (26 Jr.) won. Johnson won the trophy race in his 1967 Chevy Nova, LaVern Larson won the con- Geiberger backs into '40,000 in Western Open solation run and Miller won top money in the feature race. Next Sunday, July 4, the women will get their chance to race for toe money In a "Powder-Puff" race. RESULTS SUNDAYNICHT, JUNEir WEST CENTRAL SPEEOWAYSJNC. STREET CLASS: HRiT HEAT: 1. D*»e KoJ.TvsrerH JKJ; 1. LbrO Gr«w« [71. SECOND HEAT: K AJ'«i Svjrt (**]; J. Da'f Wi J !| r-n 1 U) ; J Kf An«r«n ( M >; t (K) 1. AH*n Svir* (HJ; 3. DC* Will*fTrt irt); ] Dave Holrrgrcti C7X); 4. Doug M«irwi [231; S Jftf ArtiKBO (H). STREET CONSOLATION: 1, Ton! Ot»w* (00]; a. Jerry JmaX (1^1; 3. K*n KrcntMch (2*1- FEATURE:. 1. Aiitn $><rt («}; 2, Jett AnOwwi (Ul: 3. Doug Htrir^t (HI; * J«ry JtrUK [1i*l; b. Dave HolnKren l?K); t. Ken Krrtsbac.*! (3*) : 7. Ltord Grrw* (7), FASTEST STREET CLASS TFME: :»t Boo Pourrier, Ho. R-3S, SPORTSMAN'S CLASS FIRST HEAT^ I. DMTI K*vrwo Nil; ?. Dan L«rton UJr 3. I'm Hrtert (l); J. W»mt Pr*m [11 SECOND HEAT: V Rkk Mwlfi i» jr.): 3. Lwry Sar-j^W. [111. 1 JcrrrGitortHVi {»>; *. Crag Z'mtn«rina(t (»). TROPHY: U Otan J*ason [«) r 2. Rkk Atarrtr (M Jr.); 3. DwLirscr (2t: «. Wjyn» Wtttt (I): 4. Cra'g Zirantrman <»>. SPORTSMAN COHSOLAT10N: 1. LdVet n Larun (6): 1. Al MUt«r (15); 3 :o*n Scn'«qti t»i SPORT SHORTS A total of 4,428 golfers filed entries for the 1976 U J. Open golf championship. This included 1,487 amateurs. Major league) OAK BROOK, DL (AP) Maybe the real winner of the Western Open was the Butler National Golf Club course and not Al Geiberger. And maybe the Western Open can be called the Back Door Derby. Nobody went forward. Geiberger backed into the (40,000 top prize by deliberately playing for a bogey on the last hole. He said later, "I'll admit that was a rare way to win a tournament" He said that he remembered Arnold Palmer winning at Tucson some years ago with a double bogey on the final hole, but, of course, he wasn't going for one. Geiberger won with a closing 73 for a 288, four strokes over par. "It's hard for me to believe I won," be said. Bob Dickson, leader through the Brst three rounds, dreamed of winning, which would have gotten him out of the weekly Monday qualifying tournaments. After licking the Butler National beast the first two rounds with 67-69, the only player to beat par, Didcson collapsed. He started Sunday with a 12- foot birdie putt on the first bole that gave him a six-stroke lead. He finished with an 80, sharing third place with defending champion Hale Irwin and Charles Coody at 290, good for 110,600. Playing just ahead of Dickson and Geiberger was Joe Porter of Scottsdale, Ariz. He is another Monday qualifier with winnings of only (6,000 this season. Since turning pro in 1968, his STANDING NATIONAL LEAGUE It tt .lit 12 > . 3. Pft='»de:pi- : a F>fi!Ke'E>tU4 t. SI Miss Poor steals show in final Olympic trials biggest year was 1975 when he won $19,819. Going to the 17th, Porter was one shot ahead of Geiberger. Geiberger's IMoot birdie putt on the 14th hole had shot him ahead of Dickson who had double bogeyed. However, on the 17th, Porter hit from the rough into the water, banged his club on the ground in disgust and finally settled for a bogey. On 17, Geiberger made a testy par, coming out of the sand and canning a five-foot putt. At that point, he knew he had tied Porter for the lead. But up ahead on 18, Porter was in trouble, unknown to Geiberger. Porter put his drive into the rough, his second into a trap, his third over the green and ended with a double bogey six for a 73 and 289. On the 18th, Geiberger followed the general script of the tournament and put his drive among the trees. "I had a shot to the green," he said. "But it was a very difficult one with water to contend with. I asked an official what Porter had done. He told me be double bogeyed. Can you imagine how I felt, knowing that all I needed to win the tournament was to bogey the last hole? I changed my whole game plan and played my second shot safe. "Then I hit a sand wedge and it went over the green, something I had been doing all day," Geiberger continued. "And I said to myself, 'You dummy, you.' But I didn't have a bad lie and chipped back to within three feet of the cup and was able to get down for a five." Porter finished with a 73 and 289, good for second place and $22,800. Bill Mallon was sixth at 291 and Andy North and George Bums were next at 292. O*K BROOK. Ul t nal top l«r« and mngi S^KjJv in I Wryern Optn over raid. par71 Bvi:n Gdf Cka co».ri*. Al otzttvt, WO.M ttOOJOC « Iffa Nlt'crx! Pcrler. CHirlei Coody. IW.60C 70 71-73 Hi-p Irwin. 119.69] 7'-7472 Ml Mallon, ir.XO U 7171 GKrg« Bjrri, U.I SO 707371 Artjy worrti. td.lK 717^7] Gil McrgJ.-i, tWOO 71 71-73 Pettr Oovwha.J. 1S.W) nnr t sieve veriera. S5.0M 73 71 7. Countryside League Results Vergas 6 6 3 Perbam . 3*3 Robin Hanson (WP) and Rick Sonnenberg; Dan Siding (IP) and Don Kampsula, Richville 9 11 0 Dent 7120 Ron Krog (WP) and Dick Wegscheid; Tom Palubicki (LP) and'Jim Perrln. Homestead S 12 2 Corliss 1 53 Jim Kytta (WP) and Date Bouurci; um/ Wan&fi (LT) and Date Warden. Vergas 14 16 1 Corliss 7 10 3 Bob Schmidt (WP) and Rick Sonnenberg; Glen Roberts (LP) and Dale Wanderi. Deer Creefc won by forfeit. 33 n W 3' j . Cr-..c*90 0, M New Y«k t K. C'rifiTxi *3. B»J Otlrit 4. Boutu EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Cyndy Poor stole the show from Francie Larrieu Lutz and Jan Merrill, Rick Wohlhuter won a bijane rate in the 1,500 metets and Dwight Stones failed to win his specialty Sunday on the final day of the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Miss Poor, a recent graduate of San Jose State, broke the American record by winning the women's 1,500 in 4:07.32 and predicted it would take a faster time to win the Olympic gold medal. ' 1 know Montreal will go a lot lower," said Miss Poor, pre- the high Jump and finished behind surprising New Yorker Bill Jankunis, who leaped a lifetime best of 7-Hi. James Barrineau of the University of Georgia grabbed the other Olympic berth, jumping an all-time best of 7-4U. Doug Brown, the American record holder in the 3,009-meter steeplechase, outraced Brigham Young's Henry Marsh to win that event in 8:27.39. Rudi, Fingers, Blue play Finley surrenders just in time dieting the Olympic winner "probably will have to break four minutes," something no woman has ever done. The top four finishers surpassed the U.S. mark of 4:08.5 set last year by Mrs. Lutz, who took third in 4:«.!. Miss Merrill, who turned 20 last week, was second in 4:07.35 with Cindy Bremser fourth in 4:06.28. Miss Poor, second in the 800 meters five days earlier, out- kicked the favorites, voiding what had been billed as a LuU- MerrUIduel. "I don't think I've ever been more nervous in my life," said Mrs. Lutz, whose husband, DAM III Mark, made the US. team in IWiBl oMH the 200 meters. "I've been sit- There ,„« 31 nmners en- tingaroundaUdayfreijjtting... tered'in the Fergus Falls "I've always been No. Ito my Recreation Departmein-spon- country," she added, "and •Clip and Savei 31 altered FREE LIVIIAIT BUY 1DOZ. MINNOWS- GETTHE 2ND DOZ. FREE! with coupon a nd ga s p urcha s«. HOURS: MONDAY THRU THURSDAY i:4S A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Friday-*:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday-S:M a.m. to 9:00 p.m. CHAMPLIM SEir-snv (Acrossfrom Gibson's) Coupon txpirts Jun* 30 OAKLAND (AP) Explosive Charles 0. Finley capitulated to his Oakland A's baseball players while vowing there will be no surrendering of his stand against Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. Minutes before his A's were slated to strike on Sunday, after a close vote authorizing a walkout, Finley made the move that automatically called it off. He finally gave permission for Joe Rudi, Rcffie Fingers and Vida Blue to play. Relief pitcher Fingers shared the hero honors with veteran third baseman Sal Bando, who hit two homers and drove in three runs as the A'* beat Min- nestoa 5-3. Finley had soW outfielder Rudi and pitchers Fingers and Blue on June 15 only to have Kuhn void the deal and send the three back to Oakland. FirJey wouldn't allow Manager Chuck Tanner to play them, saying it might be an admission by the owner that he hadn't truly made the sales. He asked tlO million in damages from the commissioner. But when he kept the trio on the bench, the players threatened the walkout, saying that action was unfair to the 22 remaining since they'd had to take up the slack. With the strike slated for 1:30 p.m., PDT, the Finley an- nouncenwit came right at that time. "Everybody gave a cheer," said pitcher and player representative Jim Tpdd, who said the strike situation made him as nervous as he had ever been —much more nervous than in a game. Finley maintains he'll win his big damage suit and also get the sales approved by the courts — Rudi and Fingers to theBostonRedSoxatanullion- dollar price tag each and Blue to the New York Yankees for 11.5 million. Kuhn ruled those big prices and the sale of three stars simultaneously weren't in the best interest of the game. On the matter of the sale, the players back their owner even though there have been many clashes in the past involving the outspoken Finley. The player representative said the A's voted to strike even though Executive Director Marvin Miller of the Players' Association advised again<t it. The two were on the phone when Manager Tanner announced that Rudi would be in Sunday's starting line-up. Theoutfielderdidn'lgetahit, but turned in four catches in left field — two of them outstanding. With Oakland leading 4-0, the Twins staged a three-run rally in the sixth and had two on with two out when Tanner called in Fingers. He got Larry Hisle to bounce back to the mound with his first pitch. Then he finished up to notch his nifith victory. "I didn't know if I could go that long in this heat after the layoff," said Fingers, the outstanding player in the 1974 World Series. "I was a little nervous at first, but after getting Hisle, I wasn't nervous anymore. I'd been wanning up every other day but that isn't like being in a game." Blue isn't sure when hell pitch, saying, "I want to know I'm ready. I don't want to injure myself." when your position is threatened ..." In the men's 1,500 finals, Wohlhuter became a double winner as the 27-year-old Chicago insurance man edged %e- gon's Matt Centrowitz and Mike Durkin, a law school student in Chicago. . Wohlhuter, who also won U* 800 meters, was clocked in 3:36.47 to 3:36.70 for Centrowitt and 3:36.72 for Durkin, who did a modified striptease after the race by tossing his siioes zid jersey to the crowd. Tom Byers of the Ohio Track Qub ran a bluing 1:91.3 in the first two laps, a pace that stunned a crowd of 16,300 at Haywurd Field on the University of Oregon campus. "1 got so eicited I lost my bead," said Byers, who faded and finished last in a handtimed 3:55.9. Stones, who set the world record of 7-7 in the NCAA diwipkxishipg, cleared 7-4U In sored 10-mile" road race Saturday from Fergus Falls to Underwood. Runners came from three states and 12 communities to compete here in Fergus Falls. In the women's division, Kathleen Costa of Northfield won, finishing the race in one hour and 41 minutes. Four different age groups competed in the Uknife run. Ages 13-15 was won by Ross Cairns of Bagky, when he finished at 69 minutes and 54 seconds, Mike Nieman of Park Rapids won the 16-19 division at U:S9.t and Al Guthmiller of Jamestown won the 20-29 bracket at 59:07. Jeff Reneau of Parkers Prairie finished at 71 minutes and seven seconds, winning the 30-M age race and Bill Woolwine of Jamestown won the five-mile run at J7:30 in the 40 to 44 age bracket and in the M and over run, RoDie Greeno it Jamestown was first with hi: 31:30 time. H_ ANNUAL ~67 TH OTTER TAIL COUNTY JULY 7 thru IDLY 11 4 FOR 11.00 RIDE COUPONS 1*1 ADVANCE SALE TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: IN FERGUS FALLS: Roy Otten Music Sfcre, KBRF Radio Station, Andrtws t Meisttr Dreg Store and St. Clair A Roving Men's Start. IN PELICAN RAPIDS: Th« Swan Drug Stort IN BATTLE LAKE: The Village Apothecary

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