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4 NO CHOKE' Ashe Thrashes Connors to Dispel Image of Never Winning Big Ones By Gwttrey Miller WIMBLEDON. England (AP) - Arthur Ashe not only became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title Saturday, he also erased a stigma which has followed him throughout much of his career. Ashe, touted as tennis' next superstar even before he turned pro in 1968, had been known as a "choker," the guy who lost all the big ones. He had been playing here 12 years without gaining the final. Then last May, Ashe's career took a turn. He won the World Championship Tennis title over Sweden's Djorn Borg in Dallas. And his 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 victory in the men's singles final over defending champion Jimmy Connors took him another step--perhaps the final step-- toward establishing himself high in world esteem. Connors, the world's topranked male tennis player, had been ranked as a prohibitive 2-11 favorite by English bookies, as most bettors gave Ashe little chance to beat Connors, who had not lost a single set in advancing to the final. One man who was not surprised by the result was Ashe himself. The 31-year-old star from Miami told newsmen: "If you are a good player and you find yourself winning easily, you are not surprised. I have seen Rod Laver go out and annihilate guys, and he's not a bit surprised." manager. Bill Riordan, and close friend Hie Nastase of Romania stood waving their arms and shouting in the stands. When Connors broke service for a 2-0 lead in the fourth set, it looked as if the match was changing course. He was hitting two-fisted backhands in his most spectacular style, and Ashe's first service had temporarily let him down. Connors led 3-0. Ashe held his service for 1-3. And then Ashe hit another fine lob which started him on theway back. On the last point of the fifth game, Ashe sped across the court and whipped over a forehand, and Connors was taken by surprise and put a backhand volley out of court. Ashe had broken back. Both men held their service to 4-4. Then Connors, serving, ran into a barrage of , winning backhands from Ashe. Connors' Ego Intact Connors lost his crown, but his ego remained intact. "They don't know how to play me." Connors told newsmen jauntily. "They have to play out of their minds to beat me, as Arthur did today. "They think somehow I'm the man to beat. That is a compliment to me. 1 came here with my head high, and I can go out of here with my head still high." The two men have been scrapping over more than the Wimbledon title. Three weeks ago Connors filed a suit against Ashe for $3 million, claiming damages for a letter alleged to have been written by Ashe as president of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). htan'i Sln»lt» ' FiMl Arthur Ashe, Miami, beat Jimmy Connors, Belleville, III., 6-1 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. Wtmin'i DtuMti Ann Kiyomura, San Mateo, Calit., and Kajuko Sawamatsu, Japan, beat Francoise Durr, France, and Betty Stove, The Netherlands, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5. Mixtd Mubto Flnil Marty Riessen, Amelia Island, Fla., and Margaret Court, Australia, beat Allan Stone, Austrlia. and Betty Stove, The Netherlands, 6-4, 6-5. Sun Chari July 6,1975 gima IE ' Round Raises Campbell's Lead to 5 -APWirephoto Arthur Ashe Flaunts Wimbledon Trophy ~ The Richmond, Va., Native Routed Jimmy Connors Orioles Extend YankeeSlump 7 NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Belanger scored the tie-breaking run on a seventh- inning throwing error and Lee May followed with a two-run single as the streaking Baltimore Orioles defeated New York 5-2 Saturday, handing the slumping Yankees their seventh straight loss. Belanger opened the seventh with a smash which caromed over third baseman Graig Nettles' head for a single and Ken Singleton also singled. Left fielder Roy White climbed the fence to rob Bobby Grich of a three-run homer but Belanger took third and Dick Tidrow relieved starter Rudy May, 7-5. Tommy Davis grounded to shortstop Ed Brinkman, whose throw sailed past home plate for a two-base error. Lee May, who drove in Baltimore's first run in the third inning with an infield hit, then drilled a single to left for two more runs as the Orioles won for the eighth time in 10 games. Baltimore took a 2-0 lead in the third when a one-out walk to Singleton, a single by Grich and Davis' one-hopper off May's glove for an infield single loaded the bases. May's grounder to deep short glanced off Brinkman's glove for a run- scoring single and Paul Blair delivered the second run with a sacrifice fly. After hitting into four double plays in the first five innings, the Yankees tied the score against Ross Grimsley, 5-9, in the sixth on Bobby Bonds' leadoff double, a walk, sacrifice and Thurman Munson's two-run single. Grimsley scattered eight , hits in the nationally televised game. Atlanta 4-8, Houston 3-4 - Vic Correll and Ralph Garr ymashed three-run homers to pace the Braves' sweep. Philadelphia 8-10, New York 2-7 - Greg Luzinski collected his 22nd homer, tops in the majors, and Garry Maddox collected six hits in the doubleheader to lead the. Phils' sweep. California 2, Oakland 0: Ed Figueroa hurled a four-hitter at the Oakland A's. Figueroa (7-4) gave up singles in the first inning to Bill North and Claudell Washington, hit then got Reggie Jackson on a grounder and Joe Rudi on a called third strike. The only other Oakland hits were a seventh-inning infield single by North and an eighth-inning double by Jim Holt. ' Cleveland 12, Boston 2: Cleveland coasted to its 12th win in 15 games behind the hitting of Buddy Bell. Bell belted two home runs -- one a grand slam and a run-scoring double. Bell drove in six runs. Roric Harrison (3-2) scattered eight hits for his third win against two losses. He lost his shutout in the seventh when Carlton Fisk and Rick Miller scored on successive singles by Denny Doyle and Doug Griffin. Detroit 3, Milwaikee I: Tom Veryzer's two-run single keyed a three-run Detroit fourth inning. The Tiger rally in the fourth began with a leadoff walk to Dan Meyer. Willie Horton singled and Bill Freehan walked to load the bases off loser Jim Colburn (3-7). After Jack Pierce took a third strike. Leon ^Robinson hit a sajpfice fly and Veryzer followed with his single, a grounder through the box. Hank Aaron homered for the Brewers. Minnesota 5, Texas 4: Eric Soderholm singled home the winning run in the eighth inning for the Twins. Leadoff hitter Rod Carew reached first base when loser Ferguson Jenkins (9-9) misplayed his grounder in the eighth. Carew. was sacrificed to second before eventually coming home on Soderholm's tie- breaking single. Pittsburgh, 5, Chicago Cubs 4: Richie Zisk hit a pair of solo homers and the Pirates withstood a four-run ninth inning by the Cubs. Zisk homered in the second and then hit his eighth homer in the fourth as the Pirates rebounded from a doubleheader loss to the Cubs Friday. The Pirates picked up a run in the third on a single by Paul Popvich and a double by Al Oliver. Loser Ray Burris (7-6) was battered for 10 bits before being knocked out in the seventh when the Pirates scored their eventual winning runs on Dave Parker's RBI single and an error. Winner Jim Rooker (6-4) retired the first 10 batters before Jose Cardenal singled in the fourth. The Pirate starter ran into trouble in the ninth, though, when the Cubs rallied, two of the runs coming on Vic Harris' single. Kent Tekulve relieved Rooker but Ramon Hernandez had to get the last out for the Pirates. Ashe won largely because he suddenly found the way to hit winning forehand volleys. That was the stroke that threatened to lose him his semifinal against Tony Roche of Australia two days ago. This time he hit a stream of winning volleys on his forehand and Connors had no answer to them. Ashe agreed his forehand volleys came . to life at the right time. "Connors hits the ball so hard you only have to put your racket out and the ball just goes back itself," he said. Ashe picked up a first prize of $22,000 and said this was his second greatest victory. His greatest triumph, he said, was when he led the United States to victory in the Davis Cup in 1968. A crowd of 17,000, most of them backing the underdog, cheered Ashe to victory. Hundreds of them had slept out all night on the sidewalks outside the All-England Club. Ashe and Connors had met three previous times, always on clay or cement, and Connors had won each time. This was their first meeting on grass- and it was the first ail-American men's singles final in 28 years. On the Defensive Connors, 22, had looked invincible when he pulverized Roscoe Tanner in three sets in the semifinals. But from the start of Saturday's final he was on the defensive. Ashe took the match by the throat and attacked. His lobs and forehand volleys--usually reckoned his weakest strokes--were inspired. He lobbed Connors to service break in the third game. He hit an even better lob, right on Connors' baseline, and broke through again at love in the fifth game. By Bob Baker WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Spotting Bill Campbell a five-stroke lead in the West Virginia Amateur golf tournament is like spotting Willie Hoppe the eight-ball or giving Richard Petty a mile head start. In other words, it's not impossible to catch him but your chances are mighty slim. Campbell shot what he called a "funny" round of 72 Saturday but it was good enough to boost his lead to five strokes. His total for three rounds is 213 -- three over par on the Greenbrier Hotel's Old White course. If history repeats itself, Campbell will capture his 15th State Amateur title today. Campbell also held a five-stroke lead last year going into the final round and he went on to win by nine strokes over young Harold Payne. *' * * THE CLOSEST man to Campbell this year is Bob Johnson, the lefthanded former baseball player from Charleston. Johnson couldn't buy a birdie all day but he parred the last 12 holes for a 75 round and a 218 total. What are Johnson's hopes for overtaking Campbell? "Very slim," Johnson replied. kept his composure despite eight bogeys and one double bogey. Payne did birdie 14 and 17. * * * THE SADDEST story of the day, however, happened to Gary Dent of White Sulphur Springs. Dent took a whopping 14 strokes on the 551-yard 12th hole. He wound up with an 89 score. Dent was in the trap in front of the green in two shots on the long par five hole. Then his troubles began. His ball was buried in the bunker and he couldn't see it. He flailed away. Dent finally managed to hit the ball but the ball popped up and hit him. The result: a two-stroke penalty. The ball then went underneath the lip of the deep trap. "It took Gary 11 shots to get out and he finally one-putted for a 14," said his father, former Morris Harvey College football player Bones Dent who works at the Greenbrier. * * * ONLY FIVE out of 38 players in the championship flight could shoot under 75 as the Old White course played to 6,612 tough yards. "They had the tee. markers all the way back and the pins in the most difficult spots," said Campbell. "1 was final. McCoy, the defending champion, and Lynch will meet today in the finals. · » * NOTES: Werner M. Sheets of Eleanor won his match in the seniors first flight by 3 and 1 over George Glazier of Huntington. "I shot a 77 which is pretty good golf considering the pin positions. I look for them to be in the sand traps Sunday," Werner said. Jim Passero of Nitro continues to have a fine tournament with a 76 round and 227 total. Passero's No. 1 fan is his 13-year-old son, Chris.. . Don "Moon" Mullins, of St. Albans was the 40th and last man to qualify for the championship flight Friday. "I want to apologize to my friends, Jack Shamblin and Charley Price, for knocking them out of the tournament," said Mullins. "But I tried. I double bogeyed the 18th hole". . . The weather was perfect Saturday in contrast to Friday's rain. . . Poca Junior High coach Bob Lemley posted a good 75 round. . . MU4|rv^ra* · ^- » *·» j !····«| -- w -- -- -- -- -- -K UIlHUll" OUU13 O«*U x/s**t*j**"^*». ·»· " *·*·· I or someBody else would have to go her- nap py with my 72, everything considered. Connors was knocked off his stride and was hustled into hitting bad backhands. The first set was over in 20 minutes. Connors continued making backhand errors, and the second set went the same way. Ashe could do nothing wrong and scored with a stream of forehand volleys. "Come on, Connors!" shouted a man in the crowd when the champion trailed 1-3 in the second set. "I'm trying!" Connors shouted back. But his efforts brought him no dividends until he was two sets down and had his service broken to trail 2-3 in the third. Then at last Connors began to play like a champion. He had two scorching returns and went on to break back at 3-3. It was the champion's first service break. Throughout that set, Ashe was within sight of a straight sets victory. He had two break points in the first game, two in the seventh and two in the llth. But he failed to turn them to account. Three Fine Forehands As Ashe served to save the set at 5-6, Connors hit three fine forehand returns and broke him. That made it two sets to one. Connors' serk to do it. I'd probably have to shoot a 65 to catch him, and even that might not do it. But it will be fun trying," he added. Russell "Jay" Guthrie of Wheeling holds down third place after carding a 73 for a 219 total. Like Johnson, Guthrie didn't have a birdie but escaped with only three bogeys. Guthrie will join the Marshall University golf team next season. Marshall golf coach Joe Feaganes and one of his players, Harold Payne of South Charleston, share fourth place with 221 totals -- eight strokes back. Feaganes shot the best round of the day, a 71, while Payne stumbled to a 78. "I started off bogey, par, double bogey," Feaganes said. "But then I really played good golf. I hit the driver the best I've ever hit it up here. I was going for the flags all day because I had a lot of ground to make up," added Feaganes. He birdied the fourth and llth holes with short putts. Payne needed coach Feagance around to straighten him out. "Golf can be an awful tough game some days," said Payne, who had one of those days. "On the practice tee I was hitting the ball absolutely perfect and I was positive I was going to have a good day," commented Payne. "But once we started playing, I was jumping at the ball, rolling over on it, doing everything wrong. "But you are going to have some tournaments in which you play bad and you have to learn to accept it," said Payne, who "It was a funny round. I made some good putts early but then I got a little funny with the putter and missed some short ones," Campbell said. "I guess the low points of my round were when I made that double bogey five on the (188-yard) eighth hole,and hit into the water hazard on the 13th hole." Campbell rammed home a 40-foot uphill putt for a bridie on No. 5, an 18-footer on No. 11 and a 30-incher on No. 18 after a fine iron shot. "I took 33 putts Thursday, 26 putts Friday and 33 putts today. That has been the difference in my rounds," he said. Although he has a good lead, the gentleman from Huntlngton said he is "taking nothing for granted. Anything can happen in golf. I'll play for pars and take the bri- dies when I can get them. I try to avoid bogies and especially double bogies. That's the cardinal sin, Like I did on No. 8 today when I bit my tee shot under the bush." . The Greenbrier's new golf pro, Jack Bell, noted, "I didn't see Campbell hit past the pin all day. He's using his head. He knows the pins are all on the back and he doesn't want to be long because then he's over the green and in trouble." Henry E. McCoy of Sistersville defeated Tom Bloch of Wheeling, 1 up, in the seniors division championship flights. Charles Lynch of Bridgeport downed Sidney Davis of Charleston, 3 and 2, in the other semi- 'WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Here are the scores of golfers who finished Saturday's third round of the West Virginia Amateur Golf Tournament at the Greenbrier's par-70 6,612-yard Old White course: Bill Campbell, Huntington 73-68-72-213 Bob Johnson, Charleston 73-70-75-218 Jay Guthrie, Wheeling 71-75-73-219 Harold Payne, South Charleston, 73-70-78-221 Joe Feaganes, Huntington, 77-73-71-221 David Lester, Enterprise 71-74-78-223 Jim Ward, Huntington 73-75-76-224 Jim Passero, Nitro : 78-73-76-227 Brian Beymer, Huntington, 78-74-76-228 Brian Kneafsey, Huntington 78-75-78-231 Bill Baker, Bluefield, 78-7J-75-231 Steve Fox, Huntington 80-77-74-231 David Thompson, Huntington 75-81-76--232 Bob Lemley, Poca, 80-77-75-232 Scott Davis, Triadelphia, 79-79-74-232 Terry Crislip, Parkersburg 76-80-76-232 Ira Lee, Bradley, 80-76-78-233 Jim Rogers, Clarksburg, 76-78-79-233 Paul Heff, Oak Hill, 75-77-81-233 Evans Harbour, Milton 73-79-81-233 James Goodwin, Clarksburg 79-80-75-234 Everett Wray III, Morgantown, 78-76-80-234 David Cappellari, Beckley 80-79-76-235 Larry Spotloe, Philippi 77-79-79-245 Ken Bowen, South Charleston 74-79-82-245 Robert Mitchell, White Sulphur Springs,.... 83-73-80-236 Mark Richardson, Huntington 83-74-81-238 J C. Anderson, Winfield, 78-79-81-238 Lee Martina, Beckley 75-83-81-239 Don Mullins, St. Albans 83-76-80-239 Arlie Belcher Jr., South Charleston 79-78-83-240 James Justice, Beckley, 75-79-86-240 Ed Morrison, Huntington 77-80-83-241 Danny Warren, Beckley 81-76-84-241 Burke Hawkins, Huntington 76-82-83-241 Phil Zambos, Beckley, 76-77-88-241 J. Marshall Hawkins, Huntington 79-79-84-242 Gary Dent, White Sulphur Springs, 77-80-89-246 Stntors Division Championship Flight Henry E McCoy, Sistersville, d. Tom Bloch, Wheeling, 1 up; Charles C. Lynch, Bridgeport, d. Sidney P. Davis, Charleston, 3 and 2. First Flight Ken Karl, Sistersville, D. William B. Lanham, Jr., St. Albans, 6 and 4; Warner M. Sheets, Eleanor, d. George H Glazier, Huntington, 3 and 1. Stcond Flight Anthony J. Massinople, Fairmont, d. R. Max Montague, Charleston, 3 and 2; Joe Andrick, Richwood, d. C. W. Peoples, Huntington, 1 up. Third Flight John H. Beury, Lewisburg, d. George A. Aide, Lewisburg, (no score); David Raines, White Sulphur Springs, d. C. M. England, Huntington, 2 up. Charlies Win, 3-2, On Reynolds' HR PAWTUCKET, R. I.-Craig Reynolds clouted a three-run homer in the fifth inning to give the Charleston Charlies a 3-2 victory Saturday over the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium. The Charlies threatened in three of the first four innings and Pawtucket left-han- der Rick Kreuger put himself in a hole in the fifth when he failed to cover the bag on a ground ball to first base by Omar Moreno leading off the toning, with Moreno getting a hit. Odell Jones bunted foul on a third strike, but Kreuger walked Miguel Dilone and Reynolds followed with a 420-foot drive over the right-field fence. Jones got out of a jam by getting Danny Godby to hit to third for a force play for the final out. The victory was the llth against five losses for Jones, who allowed seven hits, walked only one and struck out seven. Kreuger was the loser and is 5-9. The four-game series will wind up tonight (7:30 p. m.) with Doug Bair (5-7) going for the Charlies and Don Aase (3-9) for Pawtucket. ChtrtotM Pawtudwt PHytr All R HBI Pltyw AB R HBI -- - - Flowers c f 4 0 1 0 Andrew 2 b 3 0 1 0 PAWTUCKET HAD taken the early lead on a homer by Frank Vazquez with two out in the second inning but the Red Sox were then held scoreless until the ninth when the Red Sox added their second run. Kim Andrew led off for Pawtucket by reaching on a two-base throwing error by Renolds. Andy Merchant grounded out but Tony Conigliaro scored Andrew with a sharp single to right. Terry Hughes flied to center for the second out. but Vazquez kept the rally going with |is third hit of the night However, Oilone cf Reynolds ss Randolph 2b Howe 36 Macha ib Keojelc Augstine If Moreno rf Jones o Totals 3 1 1 0 5 1 2 3 5 0 1 0 4 0 3 0 4 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 M 3 11 3 Merchant c Coniglro rf-lb Hughes lb-ss Vazquez 3b Godbey If-rf Avlessss Colerta ph-lf Kreuger p Kouns p Koritko ph Barr p Clemens ph-p T«t*l» 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 4 4 4 4 1 3 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 33 2 7 2 Oi»rl«ston M Ml HI - J Pawtuckrt 110 HI HI - 1 E - Randolph, Reynolds, Andrew; OP -- Charleston, 1 Pawtucket 1; LOB - Charleston 9, PawtucKet 5; 28 -Moreno; MR - Reynolds (2), Vazquez (3). PHdMT IP H R CR BB SO Jones ( W , 11-S) 9 7 2 1 1 7 Kreuser (L, 5-9) 4.2 8 3 3 1 S Kount 1.1 0 0 0 2 2 Barr 2 2 0 0 0 1 demons 1 1 0 0 0 0 Pft- Merchant; T - 2:49: A - 5,272. -- $»»« PDOto by Leo CMbot Left-Hander Bob Johnson of Charleston Blasts Out of Sand Johnson Is in Secon^flace in the W. Va. Amateur, 5 Strokes Behind Bill Campbell

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