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14 Mon. March 14, 1977 ifllif gahr rrftclfr(EaUf orntati Sue Barker wins again -Virginia calls it luck By DENNE H. FREEMAN AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) - England's Sue Barker has won $40,000 in just two weeks of tennis, but countrywoman Virginia Wade says the 20- year-old blonde is just riding an incredible string of luck. Miss Barker has won 10 straight matches, two straight tournaments, a total of $80,000 in 1977, but Miss Wade says the saucy 1976 Rookie of the Year is not that good. To which Miss Barker calmly replies, "I've been in five finals this year — that can't all be luck." The bouncy Miss Barker, who peppers the baseline with an assortment of top spin forehands and bristling backhands, defeated Californian Terry Holladay 6-1. 7-6 yesterday in the final of a $100,000 women's tournament. "Everyone on the tour knows that Sue is making her big move," said Miss Holladay. "She is a very determined person and that wins a lot of matches." Miss Wade has been beaten two straight weeks by Miss Barker, and the 31- year-old No. 1-ranked player in England snipped, "She's Sue Barker of England holds the first-place trophy high after winning the Virgina Slims tennis tourney at Dallas yesterday. She whipped Terry Holladay, 61, 7-6 in a 5-4 tiebreaker for the title. not good enough to win matches by the scores she's been winning, yet. "I still think she's lucky to hit so many balls on the line." Miss Barker, who does not have a big serve, says, "I'm disappointed Virginia feels the way she does. I don't have a serve and volley game so I work on hitting winners. What may seem like luck is something I work on." Asked if she thought Miss Wade was jealous or felt a threat to her No. 1 ranking, the world's No. 6 player said, "I wouldn't like to think it was jealousy. She has helped me with my game. "Virginia had a great year last year but hasn't been playing well this year. I had match point in both matches I lost to her last year. I've improved my backhand so I must be getting better." The graceful Miss Barker is in third place on the women's pro tour and suddenly is a threat to Chris Evert as the queen of the tennis world. "With Evonne Goolagong out (to have a baby) it gives someone the opportunity to step in," said Miss Barker. "Chris and Martina Navrati- lova can't play in them all." Miss Barker earned $120,000 last year and won the French and German Opens. "If I do well at Wimbledon, it will mean a lot," said Miss Barker. "I feel very confident in my game." Miss Barker will play at Philadelphia this week and has committed herself to tournaments every week through September at Forest Hills. Is she lucky or good? Told that she hit seven lines in her victory over Miss Holladay, Miss Barker's eyes widened and she said: "Is that all?" A good little man is nice, but a good big man is even nicer — as 7-footers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elmore Smith and Artis Gilmore showed yesterday. Abdul-Jabbar scored 23 points, including eight of his team's last 10 points and the two which put Los Angeles ahead to stay, as the Lakers edged the New York Nets 8481. Smith, playing his best game since joining Cleveland in midseason, poured in 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, leading the Cavaliers past the Atlanta Hawks 115113. And Gilmore, playing in his 487th consecutive pro game, scored 21 points including six in the final four minutes, powering the Chicago Bulls to a 106-102 decision over the Philadelphia 76ers. In other National Basketball Association games, the Boston Celtics beat the Phoenix Suns 124-107, the Buffalo Braves defeated the Denver Nuggets 102- 95, the Detroit By ALEX SACHARE AP Sports Writer Pistons topped the San Antonio Spurs 102-97, the Golden State Warriors edged the Washington Bullets 122-119 and the Kansas City Kings beat the Indiana Pacers 10398. The Nets had taken an 8180 lead on Bubbles Hawkins' three-point play with 59 seconds left, but Abdul-Jabbar sank a pair of free throws 18 seconds later, putting the Lakers ahead. Don Ford barely beat the 24- second clock with a long jumper with eight seconds left ftr the final margin, Abdul-Jabbar getting an assist on the basket. Cavaliers 115, Hawks 113 "Offensively, that was his best game," Cleveland Coach Bill Fitch said of Smith, who had 17 of his points in the first period. "He also blocked shots well and played defense." Cleveland led most of the final period. Len Robinson, who topped Atlanta with 31 points, sank two free throws Warriors stay hot in pursuit of Lakers OAKLAND (AP) - The Golden State Warriors and the Washington Bullets, both apparently headed for the playoffs, are playing good basketball, their coaches and players agree. The difference is, the Warriors are winning — seven of their last eight — and the Bullets are losing — three in a row. "We're playing tremendous ball," Washington for : ward Elvin Hayes said after yesterday's 122-119 loss in which he scored 47 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. "We're playing with playoff intensity." "When you get everyone involved in the offense like we did today, it's almost like watching a ballet," said Jamaal Wilkes, one of eight Warriors in double figures. Hayes' drilled 20 of 26 field goal attempts and added seven of 14 from the free throw line in scoring his season high and dominating the Bullet offense. "The points don't matter, it's the wins and losses that count," said the 6-9 veteran. 'We have people who work the ball around well and I was fortunate enough to be clear to get the shots." Hayes rallied the Bullets from a 93-79 deficit with 15 points in the fourth quarter, including a free throw and a jumper to tie the score at 115-all with one minute remaining. But the Warriors got field goals from Dave Dudley and Charles Johnson to go up by four and two free throws by Rick Barry and one by Clif­ ford Ray offset Bullets baskets by Tom Henderson and Phil Chenier in the final seconds. "Balance was the key," said Warrior Coach Al Attles. "It's important for us to have games like this because everybody has to contribute if we're going to have a winning basketball team." "We've played well," said Bullets Coach Dick Motta, who has lost three close games on the road. "It was a shame to waste a performance like Elvin's in a loss." After a tight first half ended with Golden State ahead 60-57, the Bullets took a narrow lead early in the third quarter and trailed only 77-75 with five minutes left. The Warriors, with Wilkes scoring eight points, went on a 16-4 tear to get their biggest lead at the end of the third period, but the Bullets matched them with a 12-2 burst as the fourth quarter opened and caught up in the final minutes. Chenier and Henderson had 18 points to support Hayes, while Wilkes topped the Warriors with 18. Barry had 16, Gus Williams 15, Ray and Phil Smith 14 each, Dudley 13 and Johnson and Derrek Dickey 14 apiece. Exhibition baseball Montreal IN) 13, Philadelphia IN) 7 Minnesota (A) 3, Houston IN) 2 Detroit (Al, split squad, 6, Toronto (A) 3 Kansas City (Al 8, Texas (A) 1 Philadelphia (N), split squad t, Detroit (A), split squad 4 Boston (Al S, Chicago (A) 2 New York (N) 3, St. Louis (N) 0 Cincinnati (N) 3, Pittsburgh (N) I Atlanta (Nl 5, Los Angeles (N) 3 Baltimore (A) 4, New York (A) 3, 13 innings Oakland (A) 6, Cleveland (A) 5, 10 innings San Francisco (N) 6, Chicago (N) 1 San Diego (N) 8, Seattle (Aj 6 Milwaukee (A) 4, California (A) 0 with 22 seconds left, bringing the Hawks within two, but the Cavs held on. Bulls 106, 76ers 102 Gilmore scored on a bank shot, a tip-in and two free throws, giving Chicago a five- point advantage with just over two minutes left and the Bulls were able to withstand three late baskets by Philadelphia's Julius Erving. 76ers guard Lloyd Free, a hero Friday night with 26 points in a 126-122 victory over Seattle, played just 13 minutes and sat out the en»tire second half. "Free is a super-talented player, but I had to decide what was best for our team," explained Philadelphia Coach Gene Shue. "I was not happy with the way we were playing." Celtics 124, Suns 107 Phoenix suffered its 12th straight loss as six Celtics scored in double figures, Dave Cowens leading the way with 21. Boston broke it open with a 41-point second period. Braves 102, Nuggets 95 Adrian Dantley scored 33 points as Buffalo handed Denver its fifth loss on a seven- game, 14-day road trip. "We learned an awful lot about ourselves these last two weeks," said Nuggets Coach Larry Brown, who is nonetheless happy to be headed home. "We know we can beat any team on any court, but we also know we can't take any team lightly." Pistons 102, Spurs 97 San Antonio saw its six- game winning streak end. Five Detroit players scored in double figures and the Pistons' defense forced 24 Spurs turnovers. Kings 103, Pacers 98 Scott Wedman scored 23 points, leading the Kings to their fifth straight victory, increasing their lead over Seattle to 2'/z games in the race for the final Western Conference playoff berth. John Williamson led the Pacers with 32 points, giving him 106 in the last three games. NBA standings ASSOCIATED PRESS EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division still can win at 42 LAKEWAY, Tex. (AP) Ken Rosewall does not see why, just because he is the World Championship Tennis circuit's oldest player, people always ask him when he will quit playing. "Why's everybody always trying to retire me?" the 42- year-old Australian asked during a Tournament of Champions news conference at the World of Tennis. Retirement was the last thing on Rosewall's mind after he beat Eddie Dibbs, a tenacious ground-stroker 17 years his junior 6-2. 6-2 yesterday for a berth in the Sept. 10 WCT final at New York's Madison Square Garden. Under the tournament's unique format, the other finalist will be determined in a July event at the World of Tennis. Jimmy Connors, Arthur Ashe and Manuel Orantes will be among the competitors, and the winner will play Rosewall for the $60,000 first prize. "Now I'll have to stay in training for six months to be ready for the final." Rosewall said. "At my age, a six- month wait can't do me any good." Age was no detriment to the Australian against Dibbs. Dibbs tried to wear down the veteran Rosewall with long baseline rallies, but the Aussie played an aggressive game and put away numerous forehand volley winners. When Dibbs approached the net, Rosewall countered with high, floating lobs to the baseline. "He just outplayed me," said Dibbs, who had beaten Rosewall in two previous matches. "He's a phenomenon. I just hope I'm still alive when I'm 42." Governor Ella Grasso of Connecticut, center, and William O. Bailey present the World Cup Tennis trophy to United States team captain Dennis Ralston of Bakersfield after the U.S. team swept past Australia, 7-0, in series which concluded in Hartford yesterday. - (AP Laserphoto) Bakersfield rugby team wins slugfest from Fullerton, 30-4 Big night for the big men Rosewall Pre-match predictions called for a hard-hitting, hard-nosed exhibition in yesterday's league encounter involving The Finlander Rugby Club of Fullerton and the local Bakersfield Area Rugby. The 200 or so spectators weren't disappointed as B.A. R. prevailed in the slugfest at West High, 30-4. The Bakersfield backline proved extremely inhospita- , ble towards the visitors in 1 applying constant pressure, even though the Fullerton scrum did an outstanding job in winning a good percentage of the set scrums and line- outs. It appeared the game was decided in the rucks and rnauls, which saw the Bakersfield forwards dominate from start to finish, as they've done most of the year, then pass the pigskin out to the on-rushing, talented backs to sustain "second- phase" rugby. Terry McLean proved to be the high-point man once again yesterday, scoring two tries resulting from fine backline passing. He was joined in the scoring column by Pat Preston and Steve Lindsay, who each scored tries of their own: while Mile Garratt booted one penalty kick and a timely 25- yard drop-kick. Mike Thompson lofted three successful conversion kicks. Mayer defeats Stan in 5 sets HAMPTON, Va. (AP) Sandy Mayer of Mendham, N.J., says the fact he fell so far behind in the fourth set may have led to his upset victory over top-seeded Stan Smith'of Sea Pines, S.C., in the final of the Grand Prix of Tennis tournament at the Hampton Coliseum. The fourth-seeded Mayer ended a string of 16 straight singles victories in the local tournament by Smith with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory yesterday over the two-time former champion. "He broke me early in the fourth set. I lost my concentration. He was so far ahead, I decided to let the set go. That could have been the difference," the 24-year-old Mayer said. "I was concentrating on the fifth set and what to do with it halfway through the fourth while he was still playing out the fourth," said Mayer, who earned $10,000. Sutton says he feels sharp Philadelphia Boston N. Y. Knicks Buffalo N. Y. Nets Houston Washington San Antonio Cleveland Atlanta New Orleans W. 3« 34 30 27 21 Central Division 40 26 39 28 38 29 34 30 28 40 2* "" Pet.. .591 .515 .448 .397 .313 .606 .582 .567 .531 .412 .394 Denver Detroit Kansas City Chicago Indiana Milwaukee Los Angeles Portland Golden State Seattle Phoenix WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division Pacific Division 42 24 39 29 39 29 34 35 26 41 .530 .478 .441 .329 .636 .574 .574 .493 .388 5 9' 7 13 18': Vi 5 13 14 2'; 6' i 10 12': 20' i 4 4 9'; 16 i Sunday's Games Boston 124, Phoenix 107 Buffalo 102, Denver 95 Los Angeles 84, New York Nets 81 Chicago 106, Philadelphia 102 Cleveland 115, Atlanta 113 Detroit 102, San Antonio 97 Golden State 122, Washington 119 y Kansas City 103, Indiana 98 VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dodger pitcher Don Sutton allowed three Atlanta runs in the five innings he worked, but said he felt sharper than his statistics. "I felt very good, very fluid," said Sutton after the College basketball ASSOCIATED PRESS NCAA Tournament Division I First Round Mideast Regional Detroit 93, Middle Tennessee 76. Syracuse 93, Tennessee 88, OT. North Carolina Charlotte 91, Central Michigan 86, OT. Michigan 92, Holy Cross 81. Division II Quarter finals Randolph-Macon 65, Cheyney St. 63. Division III Quarterfinals Oneonta St. 72, Boston St. 61. Fight results ASSOCIATED PRESS ANTWERP, Belgium - Jean- Pierre Coopman, 196, Belgium, stopped Jose Manuel Urtain, 205, Spain, 4, and won the European heavyweight title. MEXICO CITY - Jose Cuevas, Mexico, knocked out Miguel Angel Campanino, Argentina, 2, and retained the World Boxing Association welterweight championship. Braves had topped Los Angeles 5-3 in an exhibition game yesterday. "The arm is great and I'm ready to go right now. "I know I gave up a few hits and some runs, but this is spring training. I'm working on a few things here, and I don't have to prove anything until the first week in April when the seasons begins." Pinch-hitter Jim Breazeale broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run, ninth-inning single to give the Braves the victory. An error by Dodger second baseman Teddy Martinez opened the Braves' ninth-inning rally. Simmons vp NEW YORK (AP) - Chet Simmons was appointed vice president of sports by the National Broadcasting Company yesterday, succeeding Carl Lindemann, who resignejd last week. The Bakersfield bunch enjoyed similar success Saturday in Santa Barbara vs. UCSB, but the winning margin was much narrower, 13-6. The locals found themselves on the wrong end of a 6-4 score late in the match after the Gauchos put two penalty kicks in the record book, one from about 50 yards. But the BAR athletes seem to have a knack for getting it together at the end of the second half, and didn't disappoint their fans on this South Africa net meet ends prematurely JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - The final singles match of a rain-plagued $150,000 international open tennis tournament scheduled for today was called off when finalists Bjorn Borg of Sweden and Guillermo Vilas of Argentina had to depart for other tournaments. Bitterly disappointed tournament director Owen Williams said last night the final would be held in the United States, Europe or South Africa, but he did not know when. "It's all in the air at the moment, the two players are committed," said Williams. "There is no way I can keep them in the country an extra day to complete the rain-marred tournament." Vilas, the No. 2 seed, left last night for Buenos Aires for Argentina's Davis Cup match against Chile. Borg, the No. 1 seed, left today for Washington, D.C. for his next tournament. LI occasion as they sprung Chris Warren loose for a try to put them ahead, then enjoyed Ron Underwood's "casual" execution of a left- footed, 40-yard dropped goal (drop-kick) while a couple of the hostile natives were hanging on to his collar. Lindsay accounted for BAR's first score, and Thompson converted one PAT. This weekend, the Bakersfield ruggers trek to Monterey where they've accepted an invitation to play in the Monterey National Rugby Tournament in Pebble Beach, the unofficial national championship tournament. They've drawn unheralded San Francisco for their first- round debut. If victors, they'll go on to meet fourth- seeded Old Puget Sound Rugby Club in the octafinals, with prospects of meeting Cal Berkeley and The Bay Area Touring Side if they keep winning. A late-round championship pairing with the BATS would prove interesting, since the San Francisco club visits Bakersfield March 26, in the Great Rugby Match, the annual charity event sponsored jointly by Bakersfield Area Rugby and Kern County Women's Rugby. This year, proceeds will find their way to the coffers of Cal State Bakersfield's Special Olympics Fund for handicapped athletes. Held at North High, the donation for admission is $1. Sports menu for tv, radio TODAY TELEVISION Hockey Kings at Montreal, 6 p.m. Ch. 5 (Cable). RADIO Baseball Dodgers vs. Mets, 10:10 a.m. KCHJ (1010). Yanks blank Aussies HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — "No one likes to get a blot," says veteran tennis pro Roy Emerson, who in his Australian manner of speaking was referring to a shutout. But that is what Australia got at the World Cup matches against a powerful United States team that produced a 7-0 rout, the first time in the event's eight years that either nation had won all the points. The Aussies, however, vowed be back next year. Their sentiment probably was best summed up by Michelle Alexander, wife of Australian player John Alexander. Yesterday, she wore a yellow T-shirt emblazoned with the message: "W e 'U Be Back!" "She wanted to have a shirt made up with the record over the years," Alexander said after losing the final singles match to Dick Stockton 7-5, 7-5. He referred to Australia's 5-3 advantage over the United States since the event began in 1970. In the other match yesterday, Roscoe Tanner and Marty Riessen teamed to defeat Mark Edmondson and Emerson 6-3, 6-1. Both Stockton and Alexander had trouble with their serves and net games, each needing a second serve on numerous occasions and each double-faulting several times. But Stockton came through when he had to. winding up with eight aces. "I didn't get too many first serves in," but "I was going for good serves on the second serve . . . (Alexander) returned very well early in the match. As I started to serve a little better, he didn't return as well," said Stockton who had won the event's opening match, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 over Tony Roche Thursday night. While Stockton was top- seeded for the tourney by team captain Dennis Ralston, the crowd favorite and tourney's Most Valuable Player was battler Jimmy Connors, ranked No. 2 for the Americans. But Stockton observed Connors "is really not a No. 2 player." Connors, playing in the World Cup for only the second year, also won two singles matches, including a 6-4. 7-5 triumph over Tony Roche Saturday that put the United States up 4-0 and clinched the American victory. Connors then predicted a U.S. shutout. That became a reality yesterday. Net sponsor drops SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. is dropping sponsorship of the men's international tennis tournament held annually in San Francisco. now HIRAM WALKER 1 (SI*. 1858 Save one dollar! Limited time only. Regularly $4.99 fifth. Hiram Walker & Sons. Inc.. 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