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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 42

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Queen Opens Olympics With Medieval Pomp By WIU Grtmtley MONTREAL (AP) - Queen Elizabeth opened the XXI Olympiad Saturday in 2 hours, 25 minutes of medival pomp and pa- gentry marred by the absence of Taiwan a boycott of 22 African nations and in sympathy with them, Iraq. As the 50-year-old English monarch took her place in the royal box beside her husband. Prince Philip, and Lord Killanin, Irish president of the International Olympic Committee, protesting African nations were making travel arrangements to leave the Olympic Village and return home. These included such prominent Olympic contenders as Ethopia, Nigeria and Kenya and took from the Games Tanzania's Filbert Bayi, the world record-holder in the. 1.500 meters whose matchup with New Zealand's John Walker was expected to be the blue-ribbon event of the Games. The African nations walked out after the IOC refused to honor their request to expel New Zealand, whose rugby team is touring segregationist South Africa. This is the basis of the complaint. Killanin held that since rugby is not an Olymic sport, the Africans' protests were, unjustified. Certainly of some justification was Taiwan's effort to compete under its national name, the Republic of China, and with its national colors. Canada objected, contending that Taiwan could not represent China because of the existence of 800 million population of the People's Republic of China, also known as mainland China or Communist China. The'IOC reluctantly was forced to accept Canada's ruling on the issue. Athletei March Nevertheless, some 7,000 of the world's finest athletes from nearly 100 nations · marched in the opening-day parade with their differing colors, cultures and philosophies and prepared for two weeks of contention for medals of gold, silver and bronze in 23 events. Set other Olympic ttorltt and piclurrt on Pagtt 2D, 3D and 4D, * The United States, early in the alphabetical order of the parade because the French spelling is Etats Urns, got one of the biggest receptions as its athletes circled the quartermile track. The greatest ovation, of course, went to the Canadians, marching in red and white behind the red maple leaf. The crowd stood, cheered and applauded the host nation's 474 athletes, a contingent exceeded only by the Soviet Union. After the usual salutes, playing of the Canadian national anthem and addresses by Roger Rousseau, president of the Montreal organizing committee, and Killanin, the Queen rose in the royal, box and intoned first in French and then in English: "I declare open the Montreal Olympic Games of 1976 celebrating the XXI Olympiad of the modern era." The opening ceremony, staged in humid temperatures, was without incident despite political squabbles and threats of demonstrations from terrorist groups. The Queen was marvelous. Attired in a coral-colored costume, she stood stoically as the teams marched past the royal box above the red tartan track where the world's swiftest runners will be vying for records in the ensuing days. The Games will run through Aug. 1, starting with 'shooting at L'Acadie early Sunday and providing medal races in swimming in the modernistic pool adjacent to the $692-million stadium. Queen Stands Erect During the long afternoon, the Queen stood erect and unemotional, taking only one brief rest. She sat in the royal box, with her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh; their son. Prince Andew, and Lord Killanin, president of the International Olymic Committee. She gave no sign of partiality when the British team, dressed in red, white and blue, paraded before her. although her daughter Princess Anne, was part of the contingent as a member of the equestrian team. As the British strode by smartly, one could hear some in the crowd asked "Where's Princess Anne?" Princess Anne is a member of Britain's equestrian team and is considered to have a good chance to share in medal honors. She was seen talking and laughing with her commoner teammates. The opening ceremony followed a familiar pattern of past Olympics, with the blare of bugles, the cannon salute and the release of 80 pigeons supposedly carrying the message of peace to the world. Two young Canadian athletes, Stephane Prefontaine, 15, of Montreal, and Sandra Hnderson, 16, of Toronto, representing both French and English cultures, carried the torch into the stadium and put it to the urn on a white platform in the center of the infield. Munich dancers, in native Bavarian dress, and Montreal dancers, wearing the attire of early America, joined in a series of dances based on Canadian and German folk tunes. This plus a gymnastics ballet performed by 1.164 Canadian youngsters around the oval track proved to'be the visual highlight of the ceremony. The Israeli team, marching behind the Star of David, received a rousing ovation from the 73,000 spectators, a salute to the courage of a group of athletes who still carry a vivid memory of "the massacre of Munich." Eleven Israeli athlets died after their living quarters were beseiged by a team of Arab terrorists. One membeer of the current team, Esther Roth, a hurdler, lived through that harrowing experience. Brett Belts Tiant Pitch for Home Run To Lift .Royals, 2-1 --APWirephoto United States Team Files Into Montreal Stadium for Opening of 21st Summer Olympics Leading Sign And Scoreboard Reads Etats-Unis-United States in French 'SORRY' Bria Apologises for Easy Pointy Proves Tennis to Be Lifetime Sport By Mike Whlteford Sam Bria hit a forehand that struck the top of the net and trickled over for an easy point. "I'm sorry," Bria said to his opponent, Dan Taylor, Saturday morning in the men's junior veteran singles quarterfinals of the Public Courts Tturament at Wat Powell Annex. Such an apology might seem overly sporting in competitive tournament tennis but, as Bria says,. "I just play because I enjoy it." Apparently Bria finds no enjoyment in trickling a forehand off the top of the net for an easy point. I hate to get'em like that," Bria said lat- See tennis reiullt and ichedule on Page ID. er, following his 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 loss to the 36-year-old Taylor. + * * AS A GRANDFATHER AT the age of 44, who took lessons for the first time this year, Bria substantiates the claims of the tennis establishment, who claim their game is a sport of a lifetime and that, indeed, it's never too late to begin playing. He's an employe of Union Carbide in South Charleston and a lifelong resident of Smithers, and hadn't played tennis until the age of 35. Previously, he played basketball, but the roughtness of it hastened his introduction to tennis. "They say basketball is a noncontact sport but when you play with guys 18 and 19, yon find out they're out for blood. So Gonzalez 5-for-5 But Charlies Lose TOLEDO, Ohio-The Charleston Charlies wasted a 5-for-5 performance by torrid-hitting Fernando Gonzalez Saturday in losing a 6-5 International League baseball decision to Toledo. The loss was the fourth straight absorbed by the Charlies, who will have a day of rest today before playing Toledo here Monday and Tuesday nights to conclude a road trip. GtBtalei collected two doubles and three iiafltt, |ivlif him K bits In SI turn at the plait since Jue M. The two-week streak kas raited bis average from .81 to .MM. Toledo capped its scoring with a two-run burst in the eighth inning. Jim Norris singled and Rick Oliver was intentionally walked before Tom McMillen ripped a triple over the head of Gonzalez to score both runs. f cMillen earlier jj^t an RBI with a groundout and Doug Howard sent across the Mud Hens' other runs with a two-run homer and a run-scoring single. For the Charlies, Tony Armas drilled a two-run homer over the 392 mark in right field and Gonzalez scored on a passed ball following one of his doubles and drove in another run during a two-run rally in the ninth. Mitchell Page also collected an RBI in the ninth. ChirlMtM $ ^ Moreno II Reynolds 3b Arm» dh MaCha C Pajelb Gonultt rf Sexton 9b Mendoia 3b Augustine cf Will « I r 1 I 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 t \ M ! 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 4 1 *!·*»· Nettles ct Cerons c D. Oliver 2D LIs Ib Howard If Norris rf Defrattei dn R. Oliver 3D McMillen » nuii w IN ·b r » bl 5 0 0 0 4.0 1 0 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 4 1 2 3 4 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 3 1 2 0 4 0 2 3 n · » · HI W-i 111 Mx-t E--K u ver. LUD--^.n«iie»iuii it, iwiwww. « -- · laletiID Oliver 3B-McMlllen.HR-Armas(15), Heward (5), SB-Sexton, Mfchi, Karris. I* H R lft Bl 10 R. Price (L 4-7) ! 'J J J i i McCukhln (W 5-5) J c I 3 S i Ralen 2 5 2 2 0 1 PB-Cerone; T: 2:11./ I broke away from it," he says. And so at the age of 35, upon quitting his job at Carbide and joining Remington Rand in Marietta, Ohio, he learned tennis from a fellow employe and, as so often happens, got hooked. After seven months with Remington Rand, he returned to Carbide, firmly established in his new pastime and doing much to improve himself. He began cutting instruction articles out of World Tennis magazine and compiling a notebook, to which he refers when bothered by one of the game's many irritants. "They have some real, real good articles," he says. And his son bought him a book of instruction. # # * HE PLAYS TENNIS now five days a week, three days on the Carbide courts after work and every Saturday and Sunday at Montgomery, for a total of 10 hours. Last month, he took lessons from Viveca Right at South Charleston, hoping to learn some fine points, and although he's no longer taking them, says he'll resume the lessons next year. "I wanted to work on some things I was doing wrong, like not turning on my back band," be says. In the meantime, he's increased his tournament schedule. Having been eliminated from the Public Courts, he'll complete in an Oak Hill tournament next month, giving him two tournaments for the summer to double his total of last year. The Oak Hill tournament of last year, in which he won the seniors championship, was only the second tournament of his life. The first was the Public Courts of 1974, in which he competed in doubles and was beaten in the first round. Last year, he didn't compete in the Public Courts, giving priority to his daughter's wedding. He won his first-round junior veterans match this week before losing to Taylor and lost his first doubles match, wasting a match point with a 5-2 lead in the third set and losing, 7-5, dampening his spirits only a trifle. NOTES -Finals will be played today in junior veteran singles, junior veteran doubles, women's HI singles and women's III doubles . . . Other finals will be played Monday . . . Mixed and men's semifinals will be played at 6 p.m.. The four men's semifiiilists are second-seeded Mark Hoi- stein, fourth-seeded Bob Koleske, fifth- seeded John Lynn and unseeded Ted Anderson . . . The four women's semifinalists are third-seeded Robyn Hamb, fourth- seeded Antoinette Morrison, fifth-seeded Laura Robson and eighth-seeded Carol Skees, who upset second-seeded Suzanne Fisher Saturday... KANSAS CITY ( A P ) -George Brett's batting average stands now at .366, 634 points below his confidence level. "The more we play," he said of himself and his surging Kansas City teammates, "the better we think we are." See boxicorei on Page 60. Leading off the ninth inning in Saturday's nationally-televised game with Boston, the All-Star third baseman lined a Luis Tiaht fastball over the right-field fence and lifted the Royals, who now lead Texas by 10 games in the American League West, to a 2-1 victory. It was only his fifth home run of the year but. he add'ed, "I could hit more home runs if 1 wanted to. but I got where I am today by using the whole field." Brett leads the league in hits, 128; total bases, 176; slugging percentage, .501, and triples, nine. But he knows when to abandom his style. "I was just waiting for a pitch to hit out. I wasn't even going to swing at a curve ball until he got two strikes on me." Tiant, 10-7. held the Royals to six hits until Brett, batting .365, came through with his fifth homer of the year. Mark Littell relieved Andy Hassler at the start of the sixth inning and struck out five while running his record to 6-3. The victory, Kansas City's ninth in 12 games, gave the Royals a 4-1 lead over the Red Sox in their six-game series which concludes Sunday. Los Angeles 5, Chicago Cubs 4--Rick Rhoden singled home two runs in the fourth inning and picked up his ninth straight victory. Los Angeles manager Walt Alston enjoyed the 2.000th triumph his career. Onkland 3. Detroit fl-Rookie Mike Norris didn't give up a hit until the sixth inning and yielded only three hits in all before being replaced by'Rollie Fingers in the eighth. The A's scored two runs on throwing errors by Detroit catcher Bruce Kimm. Atlanta 10, Pittsburgh Z-Dick Ruthven broke a personal losing streak and, at the same time, ended the Pirates' four-game winning streak. Ruthven scattered 10 hits for his first win in three decisions against Pittsburgh. A three-run homer by Ken Henderson was the key hit for Atlanta. Sun Charl ·ginia ID · Cnarfejion, U'w.. Juh 18, 1976 San Francisco 4, Philadelphia 1-John Montefusco pitched a five-hitter and Larry Herndon hit a two-run single to lead the Gaints. The Phillies had gone scoreless for 17 straight innings before scoring in the sixth. St. Louis 7, San Diego 1-Right-hander John Denny hurled a four-hitter and Mike Tyson collected four hits to spark the Cardinals. The loss was the seventh straighl for the Padres, their longest of the season. Houston 1, N.Y. Meti 0--Rookie Joaquir Andujar outdueled Tom Seaver as Cesai Cedeno smacked a solo homer in the firsl inning to account for the only scoring. An dujar set the Mets down on five hits. Seaver struck out 11 Astros and pitched i three-hitter for eight innings. Cincinnati 4, Montreal 1--Joe Morgan slammed a three-run homer in the first inning and George Foster followed with a solo shot for the Reds off Expos pitcher Woody Fryman (8-7). Cincinnati rookie pitcher Santo Alcala boosted his record to 8-2 by scattering five hits and striking out seven batters. Andy Thornton homered in the second for the only Expos run. The Reds wrapped up their season series against the Expos by winning nine of 12 games. California 7, Baltimire 3-Bruce Bochte, Dave Chalk and Tommy Davis each drove in two runs. The Angels snapped a five-game losing streak and stopped the Orioles' winning streak at six games. Frank Tanana (11-6) benefited from an 11-hit California attack. -StaflPholobyLeoCHabot I Biting His Tongue and Following Through Is David Shuman He and David Nunle^ompeted in Public Courts Doubles Saturday ·

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