Casper Star-Tribune from Casper, Wyoming on March 15, 1971 · 11
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Casper Star-Tribune from Casper, Wyoming · 11

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Monday, March 15, 1971
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ml Am JIM tAURRAY Amateur Night , Ali-Frarier was to have ben Boxing's Last Hurrah, .. a glorious self-immolation of a sport that was going to go to its Maker, Tex Rickard. Instead, it turned the clock back briefly to the Roaring Twenties. It startled a lot of people. Missing only was the gray eminence of the Mob. It was obviously - as honest as a spelling bee. Every place you looked in the promotion was an amateur. It was also newspaper journalism's big chance. I ' hope we didn't muff it. It's not often the American public opens a paper anymore to find out who won and bow. The famous five "Ws" of our business have been pretty much reduced to ; the one "W for "Why?" TV pretty much takes care of . the Who, What, When and Where. On the big stories, . anyway. It was promoter Jack Kent Cooke who first pointed this out. "You fellows have this one pretty much to yourselves," he noted. "No home TV in America, only 1,600,000 seats, a late-night event, too late for the 11 o'clock news, no film clips for the networks. It'll be like old times, the other 150 million people wanting to know what happened." It was. You couldn't buy a paper in midtown Manhattan the next morning as early as 8 o'clock. People grabbed up the editions as fast as they fell off the trucks. They got their first look at Muhammad Ali crashing to the floor from a left hook in a paper. They read the, round-by-round, blow - by - blow and the other minutiae of the event carefully. The brief, inconclusive flashes of the night before, "Frazier Wins Decision," - only sharpened the curiosity. Still, the fight almost ended up with egg all over its box office, precisely because its show biz-oriented packagers reacted as if it were just another Andy Williams special or as if distribution was their main problem. First off, they left 600 radio-TV-newspaper types, cameramen, writers, technicians, foreign and domestic, sitting around New York hotels with nothing to do. In return for a promise from a hair tonic company to do "institutional" spots and a half-hour documentary, the promoters agreed to release the fighters from , obligations to report to New York one week or 10 days . before the fight. The "institutional" plugs really evolved into the hair - oil plugging into the hottest entertainment of the year, and the Madison rumor had it that the only thing "institutional" about it was that the packagers, who had held out for big dough, eventually settled for token money. A Hollywood agent who wouldn't let Frank Sinatra appear on a voice-over commercial for that kind of money delivered the two hottest entertainment items of the year, doing trailers. Small wonder the bouses around the country were 80 per cent dark the weekend before the fight. A headline in the New York Post two days before the bout read, "Nothing New on Ali-Frazier." Now, who is going to continue to read a story which confesses before it starts that it's old stuff? The plot for the promoters should have been to hire, say, a Harold Conrad, the demon press agent who took . even such comparative stinkers as Clay-Patterson and Frazier-Ellis and turned them into hot tickets, Then they - should have turned the fighters loose in Manhattan and ; had them rescue drowning babies in Central Par k or stop runaway horses in the Bronx, or have them stop traffic all over Harlem. Pretty soon, Bristol-Myers would have been in THEIR office with hat and blank check in hand. You see, TV reads the papers too. The gaffe of denying, or even appearing to deny, our troops overseas a description of the fight, I will pass over with a shudder. It never would have happened with a fight press agent. Probably no lessons have been learned. The product ultimately saved the promotion. The fight was a wall to wall shootout; Still, it has to be remembered, the rematch is what the Jet Set callsr "deja vu." ThaTs. French for "I read the book." The rematch will need a little more snake oil merchandising. As the promr ters conceded after the fight, "Muhammad Ali is such a great showman, the curiosity of the crowd began to beat op." What this great showman was doing in a gym down in Miami while the fight was in New York needs some explaining. It is to be hoped he doesn't train for the rematch in Banff. After all, Tex Rickard pioneered the Battle of the Century. And it's still the same century. Jayhawks Unbeaten In Big 8 By United Press International Kansas became the first team in 12 years to go unbeaten in Big Flight Conference play Saturday night. But the Jayhawks hope their fate Isn't the same as the last team to accomplish the achievement Kansas State finished the 1959 season with a 24-1 record in regular-season play and was ranked No. 1 in the nation. But the Wildcats, after drubbing De- Paul, 102-70, in the Midwest Re gional semifinals, were stunned by Cincinnati, 85-75. Kansas was forced to hold on at the end Saturday before posting a 59-54 victory over Nebraska and completing a 14-0 record in conference Dlav. Just for the record, Kansas finished five games ahead of NIT-bound Oklahoma and Missouri The Jayhawks of Coach Ted Owens, now 25-1 and ranked No In the nation, meet Houston In the Midwest Regional semifinals Thursday night in Wichita. Drake is paired against Notre Dame In other game. Though victorious, Kansas has been less than awesome in Its last four outings. In that four-game span, the Jayhawks defeated Colorado, 66-65; Oklahoma in overtime. 54-52: Missouri in overtime, 71-69, and Nebraska That's four victories by a total margin of 10 points. A crowd of 16,200 in Lawrence watched as the Jayhawks scored their 27th straight victory at home. But it wasn't until Bob Kivisto dropped in a free throw with eight seconds left for a 57-54 lead that Kansas was assured victory. Kansas went to its delay game with a 5348 lead and six minutes remaining and was aided by two technical fouls on the Corn-buskers' Marvin Stewart and Chuck Jura. BYU91 Utah 82 LOGAN, Utah (UPI)-Brig ham Young raced past Utah State 91-22 and Long Beach State walloped Weber State 77-66 Saturday night to earn spots In next week's NCAA Far West Reglonals. Kreslmir Cosic, the Cougars' versatile center from Yugoslavia, scored 30 points and was an intimidating figure on defense In leading the Western Athletic Conference champions into the final round of the Far West Regionals opposite UCLA, champion of the Pacific-8 Con ference. Cosic, a 6-11 sophomore, scored 15 points in each half and blocked numerous shots as the Cougars registered their fifth consecutive victory before a crowd of more than 10,000 in the Utah State Spectrum. The Cougars got 24 points from Bemie Fryer and 18 from Steve Kelly in the victory over a Utah State team plagued by frequent mistakes and mediocre shooting on their home floor. Marvin Roberts, the Aggies leading scorer, managed only seven points, including a single field goal. Nate Williams and Bob Lauriski led Utah State with 29 and 20 points, respectively. Brigham Young, improving its record to 19-9, led all the way. The Cougars had a 45-40 advantage at the half after Utah State closed to within one point at 22-21 and within two points at 40-38. Casper Star-Tribune Monday, March 15, 197) 11 Utah Staff (II) a r Williams II M Vvakelleld 100 Lot LeurlsM Roberta,, Epos Tebb Pevirsh Cootey 1 II f ,M 1 1-4 t 11 t OB 0 04 14 0 04 Hatch 1 11 Thorn ptn I 04 Teteis n to-ii Helftime score: Utah State 40 Fouled out: Roberts, Kelly Total fouls: lit Young 30 A I0.J72. Brifheni Vf 11 t a t IV fryer 11-11 IS 4 Cosic 10 10 12 K 7 Ktlly J 45 II N Miller I 41 o 1 Tollestrp 4 1-4 10 ? Bunker I 04 2 0 Serkaleht 0 04 0 0 Belley 0 00 0 0 Baker 0 04 0 0 Joresnen 0 04 0 Vain 0 04 0 1 01 Teteis 111-44 01 Brigham Young 45. Williams, Wakefield, Stiti 20. Brlahem Brains Eye 5th Straight NCAA Basketball Growmi By UiiteoJ Preti UutuUmuJ Nine teams already have been eliminated from the NCAA basketball tournament but the post season hoopla is Just beginning for UCLA, South Carolina and Drake. The Bruins, Gamecocks and Bulldogs dldnt qualify for the 25-team field until lat Saturday but each of them stands a good chance of winning their respec- Uetive regionals and advancing to the semifinals at Houston March 25. UCLA, cunning or an un precedented fifth straight NCAA championship and seventh In the last eight years, finally nailed down the Pacific 8 title In its final game of the regular season by whipping arch rival Southern California 73-62. South Carolina qualified for the NCAA event by edging North Carolina 52-51 In the finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tourney and Drake Rosewall Beats Ashe SYDNEY ("UPI)-Ken Rosew all won his third Australian singles title Sunday when he defeated Arthur Ashe In the final of the 156,000 Australian open. Rosewall, who won the titles in 1953 and 1955, defeated Ashe the defending champion 6-1, 7-5, -3. Rosewall s victory made It all-Australian in the singles, the first of the grand slam. Earlier Sunday Margaret Court pulled off a 2-6, 7-6, 7-5 victory over Evonne Goolagoong for the women's title. Miss Goolagong, the 19-year-old Aborigine star, bad the grand slam champion in trouble when she led 4-1 and 5-2 In the final set, but Miss Goolagong suffered cramps in her left leg and Mrs Court rallied to win her 10th Australian singles title. Rosewall, 36, who has been among the big timers of tennis for nearly 20 years, collected $10,800 while Arthur Ashe Top Cager NEW YORK (UPI)-The winner of the third annual Naismith Trophy as the top collegiate basketball player of the year will be announced here on Monday. Lew Alclndor of UCLA, now a pro star with the Milwaukee Bucks, was the winner of the first Naismith Trophy in 1969 and Pete Maravldrof Louisiana State, no w with the professional Atlanta Hawks, captured the award in 1970. The Naismith Trophy, named for the founder of basketball, Dr. James . Naismith, is presented annually by the Atlanta Tipoff ub. The winner is determined in a nationwide poll of the nation's sports writers and broadcasters conducted by United Press International. received $5,000. After the match, Ashe said that playing with Rosewall was like playing a brick walL "No matter what you do where you hit them, they keep coming at you when you play Kooewtui," Aih Hid. Rosewall's win Sunday evened their personal encounters this year to one-all. Asne defeated Rosewall six weeks ao Detroit Rosewall, who played his first game at White City when tie was seven years old, said that he had had greater experience at White City than Ashe, who was making nts lourtn appearance in a nnai of an Australian title. Rosewall was never in trouble Sunday's 92 minute match. Ski Club Here Sets Schedule Petty Cops Carolina 500 ROCKINGHAM, N.C(UPI) -; Richard Petty drove his blue Plymouth to victory under the ' caution flag in the Carolina 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway Sunday after a five car crash with only three laps left In' the It 'was' Petty'! third major victory in six starts this season and earned the speedster from Randleman, N. C, $17,350. The victory boosted Petty's earnings to $81,115 for the year. I The win was Petty's 122nd in ' NASCAR racing and marked his ; 12th on the superspeedways, ; tying Fred Lorenzen's string of wins on the major tracks. ; petty, who led six different i times for 198 laps, crossed the ; finish line after four hours 12 minutes and 55 seconds for an average speed of 118.696 miles per hour. 1 , Hie final caution flag, seventh In therace;went up after a pileup gting Into the ' third turn in volving Lorenzen, Leeroy Yarbrough, Bobby Wawak, Elmo Langley and Wendell Scott. Lorenzen, who was a lap behind Petty, slammed into Wawak as he headed for the infield after the initial Impact which involved Yarbrough, Langley and Wawak. The race was thrown into a three-way dog fight between Petty, teammate Buddy Baker and defending grand national point champ Bobby Isaac when the front end of James Hylton's Mercury collapsed on lap 468 and caused him to skid Into the Infield. Isaac finished second in a Dodge, Baker third in another Dodge, Lorenzen fourth in his Plymouth and Dick Brooks fifth in a Dodge. Petty took the lead for good in lap 472 when the caution was lifted after Hylton's car was cleared from Jhe track. -Lorenzen, who started on the pole, headed the race for the first 15 laps until overtaken by Isaac in his red Dodge Charger. It was the only time the onetime golden boy of NASCAR ever led the field. There were 19 lead changes between seven drivers, with Petty far . ahead of bis competitors, including Baker, who led for 179 laps in his white factory-backed Dodge. Petty said he had handling problems with his Plymouth during the early stages of the race, where he only led for 57 of the first 313 laps. "I led for a while, but the car wasn't handling good, "said the curly-haired driver. "I made a slip and some of the others got; ahead of me." Casper Mountain Ski Club Championships are scheduled March 20 21 at Hogadon Basin with the deadline for entries set for 6 pjn. Thursday. This year, for. the first time the:e will be a cross country event scheduled at 2 p.m Saturday beside the downhill to be held at 9 am. Saturday and the giant slalom at JO a.m. Sunday. All skiers, adult and. children are invited to participate in all these events. Racers need not be classified, only need be members of the Casper Mountain Ski Club, in order to enter. Medals for the top three places in each of twelve separate categories from midget to veterans will be presented at the completion of Sundays races. The Columbian ground squirrel begins hibernation as early, as July or August and often doesn't reappear until the next March or April." . . ' -; nmmwmctmtntuiiTsn offtr Id ttll nor wlicilslio of dm o0tr to buy ibist tteurititt. Tbt ofltr it mit only by tbt Prosfitctm. $25,000,000 INVESTORS FUNDING CORPORATION OF NEW YORK 10 Interne Rate (Annual) Registered Convertible Subordinated Debenture! Due December 31, 19B Tbt neurit it i mrtrtdttmabh prior to maturity under t'trtumttttt imntriit4 in Ibt trotptttm. P " KELLY At. MOBFT T0TNBOGX5otN M0tMANUS CASPER, WYOMING S2601 I would like prospectus on Investors Funding Corportlion of New Yorlr. College Scores At untie Coat Conference (Unci round) South Carolina 51 Norm Carolina SI Missouri Valley Playoff Drakt M Louisville 71 ulli I tin Ml rniArfl Kentucky St. 10 Eastern Michigan 11 EHiebeth City St. M Fairmont St. 17 (consolation) NCAA Colleoe Division Puoat Sound IS Seattle Pacific 71 Cheyney St. 0 Philadelphia Taxtila SI Akron 11 Woottar as Icomolatkm) Cal Poly (San Lull Obispo) TO San Francisco St. at (consolation) NCAA University Division Regionals (1st round) East Regional Forctiam 105 Fur man 74 Ptnn 70 Duquesne 5 Villanova tl St. Joseph's (Pa. I li Mldaaat Bcolonal UarmiM AS Miami (Ohio) 47 Vmtern Kentucky 74 Jacksonville 71 Midwest Raalanal Notre Dame IOI TCU 4 Houston 71 Naw Mexico St. ef Wast Regional Long Beech St. 77 Weber St. ee Brigham Young 1 Utah V wi Other Camas Illinois tCO Indiana 17 Michigan 3 Wisconsin 71 Northwastern IS Michigan St. 17 UCLA 71 South arn California el Purdue IW Iowa 14 Kansas 57 Nebraska S4 advanced by beating Louisville 86-71 for the Missouri Valley Conference crown. In Saturday's nine first round NCAA games, Notre Dame's Austin Carr took Individual honors by scoring 52 points in the Irish's 102-94 triumph over Southwest Conference champion Texas Christian In the Midwest Regional at Houston. The host team, Houston, beat New Mexico State 72-69, setting up Thursday's Midwest semifinals at Wichita, Kan., where Notre Dame will play Drake and Houston will meet Big Eight champion Kansas. Second ranked Marquette extended its two season winning streak to 39 games with a 62-47 decision over Miami (O.) and Western Kentucky slipped past Jacksonville 74-72 In the Mideast Regional at South Bend, Ind. The Mideast semis, to be played at Athens, Ga., will find Marquette against Big Ten champion Ohio State and Western Kentucky against Southeast champ Kentucky. Fordham buried Furman 105- 74, unbeaten Pennsylvania ran its victory streak to 27 by downing Duquesne 70-65 and Villanova smothered St Joseph's (Pa.) 93-75 to set up the Eastern Regional semis at Raleleh. N.C.. where Fordham will ' play Villanova and Penn opposes South Carolina. Brigham Young and Long Beach State won Far West regional games. BYU downed Utah State 91-82 and Long Beach State topped Weber State 77-66. Thursday's Far West Semis will match BYU against UCLA and Long Beach State against West Coast Athletic Conference champ University of Pacific. "The first half performance was our best of the year," said UCLA coach John Wooden after his Bruins beat USC to finish the regular season with a 25-1 mark and a conference record of 14-0. "We were tremendous on the boards and we played great defense In the first half," added Wooden, referring to UCLA's 40-21 halflime bulge. Curtis Rowe led' a balanced Bruins' attack with 15 points and 14 rebounds while Sidney Wicks scored 13 and Steve Patterson and Terry Schofield each tallied 12 for UCLA. The loss was only the second In 28 games for USC, both at the hands of UCLA but ended the Trojans' season since the Pacific Eight runnerup Is not allowed to accept an NIT bid. Tom Owens' lay-up with two seconds left to play carried South Carolina past regular season ACC champ North Carolina. It was the first postseason tourney victory ever for the Gamecocks, who were paced by John Roche's 18 points. North Carolina had a one-point lead and a Jump ball with six seconds remaining but the tip was batted to Owens, who sank the deciding layup. North Carolina is assured an NIT bid. Drake overcame a five point halftime deficit against Louisville as Jeff Halliburton's five consecutive points with about 14 minutes left to play gave the Bulldogs the lead for good. Halliburton led Drake with 28 points. Louisville Is expected to get on NIT bid. Kentucky State used Travis Grant's 43 points to beat Eastern Michigan 102-82 in the finals of the NAIA tournament at Kansas aty, Mo., while In regular season-ending games, Kansas beat Nebraska 59-54, Michigan downed Wisconsin 93-73, Illinois walloped Indiana 103-87, Purdue Lacking food bulk? ALL-BRAtl' the natural way to regularity. bombed Iowa 11044, North, western topped Michigan State 85-67 and Oregon beat Oregon State 71-65. NCAA Pairings NEW YORK (UPlt-The pairings lor tha raglonals semi-finals In mt NCAA basketball tournamsnl Thursday March H last Reglenat At Raleigh, N C -fordham vs. Vlllano ve and South Carolina vs. Penn. Mldtast RatMwal At Athens, Ca -Marquette vs. On Slate and Western Kentucky . s Kentucky. MMtait Regional At Wichita. Kan. Notre Dams vs. Drake end Kansas vs. Houston. Wast Regional At Salt Laka City UCLA vs. BYU and Long Baach St. vs. University ef Pacific. The winners maet In tha regional finals MMtwast Regional At Wichita. Kan. Notre Dams vs. Drake end Kansas vs. Houston. Wast Raglenal At Salt Lake Clty-UCLA vs. BYU and Long Baach St. vs. University of PkHk. The winners maet in the regional finals March 10 and the tour Rtglonel champions advance to Houston on Thursday, March 15 tor the nationally televised semllinals. I tOCOOOOCOOCO! 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