Paga 16 Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Wednesday, November 20, 1974 N.Y. Islanders Happy To Come Back Home By United Press International "It's very nice to go traveling," says the old song, but the New York Islanders, thank you, arc just as glad to be home. After a disastrous winless five-game road trip that extended their losing skein to seven National Hockey League games, the Islanders returned home Tuesday night and found the par- FAST Loses Opening Meet The Freeport Aquatic Swim Team (FAST) got off to a slow start Saturday in the official winter season opener of the Northern Illinois Swim Conference, losing 223-198 at Sterling. Four FAST swimmers, David Jinkins, Jill McKcever, Jill Peters and Diane Ballard, won each event they entered. Other members of the conference include teams from Rockford, Beloit, DeKalb and Morrison. FAST'S first home meet will be Saturday at the Junior High School pool against Morrison. Individual first-place finishers for Freeport were: 8 and under girls - Jill McKocvcr in 25- yard brcaststroke, 25-yard butterfly and 25- yard freestyle. 8 and under boys - David Jinkins in 25- yard breaststroke, 25-yard butterfly, 25- yard backstroke and 25-yard freestyle. 9-10 girls - Jennifer Doden in 50-yard butterfly; Patti Hooper in 50-yard breaststroke; Gena Berry in 50-yard backstroke. 11-12 girls - Jill Peters in 50-yard butterfly, 50-yard backstroke and 50-yard freestyle; Lori Meile in 50-yard breaststroke and 100-yard individual medley. 11-12 boys - Mike Ballard in 50->:;rd butterfly. 13 and over girls - Diane Ballard in 50- yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle and 100- yard individual medley. 13 and over boys - Mike.Woodward in 100- yard freestyle; Steve McGinty in 100-yard backstroke. tisan crowd a refreshing change. With Kd Westfall scoring a pair of goals and assisting on a third, the Islanders heat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-H, giving Coach Al Arbour reason to be happy-although not yet convinced the worst is over. "We're not back to where we were," said Arbour, "but hopefully tonight was the start of the road back." Westfall got the Islanders out in front with the game's first goal and later put them ahead. 2-1. with his SPC- ond. After Bob Kelly tied it again for Pittsburgh at 8:19 of the second period, Clark Ciillies put New York ahead to stay less than a minute later. In the only other NHL games, Washington downed California, ti-4, and Vancouver beat St. Louis, 6-3. In the World Hockey Association, Houston bombed Indianapolis, 10-0, Toronto edged Cleveland, fi-ii, New England beat Chicago, 5-4, and San Diego topped Vancouver, 3-2. Caps 6 Seals 4: Like the Islanders, Washington too broke a lengthy winless streak-14 for the Caps. Mike Marson scored a pair of third-period goals for the Caps, who also extended California's two-year winless streak on the road to 18 games. Canucks 6 Blues 3: Andre Boudrias scored his 400th NHL point as he assisted on one goal and hit the tying goal to lead Vancouver over St. Louis. Gerry Meehan hit what proved to be the winning goal early in the final period. The victory shoved the Canucks nine points ahead of Chicago in the NHL's Division 2. Acros 10 Racers 0: Mark Howe scored a three-goal hat trick to highlight the Aeros' runaway over the expansion Racers. Mark's brother Marty also was part of the Houston scoring as was Larry Lund, who picked up his 15th to tie Winnipeg's Bobby Hull for the WHA lead in Trevino, Irwin Team To Defend World Cup CARACAS (UPI) - For a man who shot a sparkling seven-under-par 63 in a practice round, Hale Irwin sounded like a modest fellow on the eve of the opening of the 22nd World Cup golf championship. The U.S. Open champion, who teams with PGA winner Lee Trevino to defend the United States' possession of the World Cup beginning on Thursday, walked off the 7,000-yard, par-70 Lagunita Country Club course as if it were his home. But to hear Irwin tell it, you'd think he was golf's champion pessimist. "I may have shot a 63 while prac- . ticing," Irwin said, "but it could have been an 83. I really wasn't counting." Irwin had a good deal of praise for the Lagunita course, which for the next four days will host 47 national teams vying for the 22nd World Cup. "The layout of the Lagunita course is magnificent, although the greens are perhaps a little slow," Irwin said. However, the bespectacled U.S. pro reasoned that the condition of the greens was due to the recent rains which have fallen on the Caracas valley. While Irwin and Trevino have been established as solid pretourney favorites, Ron Coffman of Golf World magazine, is betting on the South African team of Bobby Cole and Dale Hayes to take the Cup. Coffman also said that the Japanese team of Jumbo Ozaki and Asao Aoki will be strong contenders for the coveted international prize. Other teams that figure to give the U.S. entry a run for its money include ' England, Ireland and the Republic of China. England will be represented by Peter Townsend and Maurice Bembridge, while Ireland will have Christy O'Connor Jr. and Ryder Cupper Eddie Polland. China is fielding LuLiang Huan and Kuo-Chie Hsiung. Also expected to do well is the Argentine team of Roberto DeVicenzo and Fidel DeLuca. DeVicenzo, who is playing in his 19th World Cup competition, won the individual title in 1962 and teamed up with Antonio Cerda to capture the team trophy for Argentina in 1953. 'Mex' Fined $655 For Insulting Greens SYDNEY (UPI) - Lee Trevino Wednesday was fined $655 by the Australian Professional Golfers Association for his remarks about Melbourne's Royal Golf Course and failure to attend the presentation following the Chrysler Classic Tournament earlier this month. Colin de Groot, chairman of the PGA's tournament committee, announced the fine and said Trevino breached tournament rules by his criticism of the Royal's greens and imposed the fine immediately after the committee learned Trevino had left the course without attending the presentation. Trevino has the right to appeal his fine. A PGA spokesman was not prepared to say Trevino was banned from playing at the Royal Melbourne but said the incident would be further discussed by the committee in January. that department. Whalers 5 Cougars 4: Fred O'Donnell and Tom Webster scored less than a minute apart midway through the third period as the Whalers handed the Cougars their sixth straight loss. Francois Rochon scored a hat trick for Chicago. Toros 6 Crusaders 5: Pat Mickey scored a pair of goals and Frank Mahovlich assisted on both of them and scored one himself to pace the Toros' win. Mickey's second goal which proved to be the game-clincher, came on a power play six minutes into the third period. Mariners 3 Blazers 2: dene Peacosh fired in two goals and Andre Lacroix turned in a pair of assists to provide San Diego with its victory over Vancouver. AH Picked Pro Athlete Of Year NEW YORK (UPI) - To the total surprise of no one, Muhammad Ali was an overwhelming choice in the October balloting for the Hickok Pro Athlete of the Year award. All's eighth-round knockout of George Foreman to regain the heavyweight title gave Muhammad 90 first- place votes and 302 points. Rollie Fingers of the Oakland A's was a distant second with 17 first-place votes and 149 points. Louisiana Tech Tops Small College Poll NEW YORK (UPI) - Louisiana Tech remained No.l as there was little change in the United Press International Board of Coaches' small college football ratings. Louisiana Tech improved its flawless record to 9-0 and undefeated Nevada-Las Vegas continued as the solid No. 2. There was no change in the next four spots as Boise State was third, Delaware fourth, Texas A&I fifth and Grambling State sixth. However, Western Kentucky, seventh ranked last week, was upset by Western Carolina and dropped out of the top listings. ._ . Names In Sports Ingelsby Signed ST. LOUIS (UPI) - The Spirits of St. Louis Tuesday night signed free agent guard Tom Ingelsby, who had been waived by the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. Ingelsby, who played 48 games with Atlanta last year, joined the team immediately and was scheduled to be in uniform for Wednesday night's game against the New York Nets in New York, a club spokesman said. To make room on the roster, the Spirits placed rookie guard Jimmy Foster of Connecticut on waivers. Torn Ligaments KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPI) - Kansas City Chiefs' running back Ed Podolak, the team's leading receiver, will miss the rest of the season because of torn ligaments in his left thumb. The Chiefs said Podolak would undergo surgery on the thumb today at Research Hospital. Dr. Howard Ellfeldt said the ligaments were completely torn and Podolak would have difficulty holding on to the ball if he played. Podolak was injured on a 54-yard punt return in the third quarter of Monday night's game against Denver. That run set up one touchdown, and Podolak scored two more. O'Neill Retires 1NGLEWOOD, Calif. (UPI) - Frank O'Neill, the dean of trainers in the National Basketball Association, announced his retirement Tuesday with IT'S A MIXED-DP SITUATION as New York Islanders' right wing Bob Nystrom, 23, trips and collides with teammate Denis Potvin, 5, and linesman Ray Scapinello, 32, dur- ing a game with the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday.-UPl Photo. Europe Drafts 166 U.S. Cagers NEW YORK (UPI) - The European Professional Basketball League, a concept many thought would dissolve in the planning stages, became official Tuesday with the drafting of 166 former U.S. professional and college stars to compete in an eight-team league beginning next Jan. 17. Gene Moore, a 6-foot-9 center who played in both pro leagues and starred at St. Louis University, was the first player chosen in the draft while Shaler Halimon, an ex-Utah State star who at one time was the No. 1 pick of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, was the sec• ond one picked. Moore was drafted by Barcelona and Halimon went to Switzerland. The league, which will consist of a 42-game regular season for each team and include a double-elimination championship tournament for all eight clubs, will be made up entirely of U.S. players and include teams from Barcelona, Madrid, London, Belgium, Tel Aviv, Munich, Grenoble-Lyon (France) and Switzerland. The league's chief administrator, Dick Davis, made it clear, however, that the EPL would in no way try and recruit players from either of the two established pro basketball leagues-the National Basketball Association or the American Basketball Association. None of the players drafted Tuesday was currently on the roster of any NBA or ABA team. "We plan no salary war with the established U.S. professional leagues." said Davis. "We will not even draft a player who is now on an NBA or ABA roster. We will start with U.S. players and we believe we can offer European fans better basketball than they see now, make our league the top league in Europe, and then add the very best European players to our rosters in years to come." Each team picked 30 players in Tuesday's draft. Among the former college stars selected were John Vallely of UCLA, who will serve as player- coach of the Belgium club; Joe Ellis of San Francisco (by Belgium), Clyde Turner of Minnesota (by Munich), Luther Rackley of Xavier (by Lyon-Grenoble), Bill Chamberlain of North Carolina (by Lyon-Grenoble) and Wendell Hudson of Alabama (by London). 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