rrtday.OolatwrT.Mn NLGame Is Gymnast Olympic fans in the U.S. may be rooting in 1980 for a home-grown gymnast named Stephanie Willim. (UPI) U.S. Has Answer to Nadia? COLLEGE PARK, Md. CUP1) — Olympic fans who remember the performances of O]ga Korbut and N'adia Comaneci may find that in 19KB they can cheer for Stephanie Willim, a home-grown gymnast sensation- Just 4-feet-5 and 65 pounds, 13-year-old Stephanie was too young to compete in the 1976 Olympics. But she's emerged victorious in 10 major competitions this year, including the AAU Senior Elite Women's Meet in Rogers, Ark., which is normally (incited to women 15 or over: '• '•;•;' : i~ "''•'•' And her performance, at a, recent invitational, meet in Japan so impressed the Soviet Union that she has been invited to train for a month in Moscow with that nation's female '.gymnasts. At the invitation of the U.S. Gymnastic Federation — the governing body for gymnastics — she willijoin Comaneci and her Romanian teammates in a five-city tour of the . United States, beginning Friday at the University of Maryland. "She's a solid, all-around performer." said iWarjorie Weiss, part of the husband-wife team that has coached her the last four years. "She has skills that are unique to her in the world" in two of the four events that, make up gymnastic competition for women, ••'•'" On. the balance beams, she does an aerial trick that is now named after her—the "Willim side" — while on the uneven parallel bars, Stephanie does a new twisting, back-flip dismount that the USGF is iii the process of naming after her. Also unique is a triple twisting back somersault she does in free exercise competition. Stephanie, w.ho lives with her parents in the ne'arby Washington suburb of Bethesda, said she was put in a junior high school gymnastics program when she was 9 "because my mom thought I was hyperactive." She quickly learned the techniques and subsequently outgrew classes altheYWCA. Thai was when her parents put.her-in.^touch,with Gregdr., Weiss, a member of the U.S.' Olympic team, and his wife, : who was-the National YMCA champion in 1967 and a member of the U.S. AllAmerican Gymnastic team in 1969. Both are also teachers so they make sure .she keeps up with her school work. Although she practices five lo six hours a. day, Stephanie •doesn't consider it work. "I really like it, it's fun," she said. "It just comes easy forme to do it." But she admitted that the . constant competition around the world makes her a little homesick and if she ever had a day all lo herself, "I'd spend it with my family." As for Nadia Comaneci. Stephanie said although she's .neyer met her. she watched her.l at the 1976 Olympics and : "she,'s verygood." , '. "When 1 was there she could do things 1 couldn't do, but now I'm advancing more and Hhink I'm pretty well UD to her level," she said. Dolphins More Exciting • .-.-' ' •<-"-- . .".>,.-. ' •; : ; , : .-' •> : • , W Bob Griese's eyeglasses aren't the only thing giving the Miami Dolphins a different look this season. "People used lo complain because we were dull, even when we were winning," Griese said. "This is a totally different, kind of team. We're'"a. good team, better than anyone thought. We've got explosiveness but we'll make mistakes. You can tell' how different we are by the enthusiasm we have. We didn't used to yell and jump around in the dressing room like this." The most obvious difference, of course, is the'Dolphins' 3-0 record, the first time that's happened since the 1972 season— which ended with a Super Bowl title. . .-••'•". Now the Baltimore Colts, -who were supposed to battle the New England Patriots' 'for the AFC East title, must deal with the ; surprising Dolphins, if 'any team coached by Don Shula can be considered surprising. The Colts, also unbeaten. in three -. games, host/ Miami Sunday •looking for their'fifth-straight victory over the Dolphins. "It's too early to talk, about one-game or two-game leads," saidShula. ' .'".•Baltimore Coach Ted Mar- chibroda didn't care to discuss the division-race either, but he did. stress the meaning of the game. "We don't look beyond the game in front of us and'this is too big a game for us to relax," he said. "Miami is not a team that gets beat by" mistakes. You've got to beat them — they won't beat themselves." • For the second straight week Baltimore will be without fullback Roosevelt Leaks and: wide receiver Roger Carr, both hobbled by injuries. Defensive end Joe Ehrmann's broken hand has him listed • as a doubtful starter. ' . :. Miami's biggest im- provement has come on defense^ where the -Dolphins were among the most vulnerable teams in the NFL last year, a prime reason for their 6-8 finish. But Shula found seven new starters and the unit has held opponents to 22 points in three games. And this is truly a no-name defense, with people like Bob Baumhower, A.J. Dune, Kim Bokampe, Nbrris Thomas and Larry Gordon. •• Griese, no longer bothered by blurred vision, leads the AFC in passing with the help of dangerous receivers like Nat Moore, Duriel Harris and Freddie Solomon. In other games Sunday; the New 'York Giants host Philadelphia, the New York Jets visit Buffalo>0akland is at .Cleveland, Seattle at New England, San Diego at New Orleans, Detroit at Minnesota, ' Cincinnati at Green Bay, Pittsburgh at Houston, Kansas City at Denver, Dallas at St. Louis, Field Is Ready Washington at Tampa Bay and Atlanta at San Francisco. ; Chicago -hosts Los Angeles Monday night. ' • Cleveland, facing its fourth straight tough opponent, may have to play Oakland -without •'quarterback Brian Slpe, who bruised', his shoulder severely against Pittsburgh last week. "It's an'lmportant game and I don't want to miss it,' if possible;" Sipe said. "I have good arm movement and I think most of the pain was from my elbow (fluid buildup). That's something I probably will have to live with all season." St. Louis is expected to use all-purpose back Terry Metcalf more this week against Dallas in an effort to revive a thus-far anemic offense. Metcalf, .who wears a light cast on his right hand because of a broken'bone, believes his playing' time Is being restricted because he Js playing out his option. The Cardinals, 1-2, would like a big victory against the .Cowboys to get back in the NFC East race, . where they are supposed to be. LEXINGTON, Ky. (UPI) Today's 85th running of the Kentucky Futurity at the. Red Mile was expected to be a three- horse battle -among Cold Comfort, Speed In Action and Texas. The trio was expected to be at the head of the 10-horee field in the $100.000 Futurity, the, final leg ol trotling's Triple Crown and harness ' ''"' ' " stakes. Futurity since his owners did not nominate him and Cold Comfort, who -did beat Green Speed in the Empire, Trot, was made the horse to beat. Veteran driver Billy Haughton replaced, his son Peter, winner of last year's Futurity with Quick Pay, as the driver of Cold Comfort. .... Speed'In Action also owns an racing's oldest -early victory over Green Speed, but was sidelined from, boh the The eatfy betting .line made Yonkers and Harnbietonian Cold Comfort, talking the with a virus, spotlight jiway__'7lrom his Driven by Delvin Miller, Speed -In Action returned to •action only two weeks ago and away '"from stablemate Green Speed, 'the 2-1 favorite for the first heal Speed ,In Action, returning from -a Jwas still a questionmark in virus that-knocked, him out of some minds. He won his first the first two^egs of the Triple 'race after returning in 1:59 4-5, Crowi, was at 5-2. while Texas but suffered a relapse in the was a 3-l'choice_No other hone '$100,000 Colonial and finished a was better than «-!. White-being .consistently in the money-Wta. year. Cold Comfort has played second I kkOe to Green Speed, who won the lint two .triple events, the/Yonkers Futurity and the HambJetonlan - the latter m world record Uroe. ' However. Green'Speed was disappointing fifth. Texas, driven by Billy Herman,, is considered the strongest horse of the three and . has made steady Improvement Crown this year after being lightly raced as a 2-year-old. The son of J972 Triple Crown winner Super Bowl was second In the recent Colonial and came in second in not eligible for toe Kentucky both heals of the HaniWetonlan. The other entries in ,bie Futurity and their drivers were: :Jurgy, Hanover, John Simpson,-; Jr.; 1976 : 2-year-old trotter oif the -year Jodevm, KermitiHmshaw, Gettysburg, .Haka'n lT :Wallner; Native . Starlight, Jim Dennis; Scandle Sheet, pick .Richardson, Jr., ..Slowman, George Sholly; and Sugarbowl Hanover', Bill Wellwood. Also scheduled for Futurity day was the $51,000 Tattersalls Pace,; in which Governor Skipper tried to add to his claims on horse of the year 1 honors. The Meadow Skipper colt has come on strong the past two montytucg is lap tHt of his last nine races, including the Little Brown Jug. He has now won 24. of 44-career starts and more than»50,000. Other 'horses in the Tat- tersalls. field were- Ben* Hur Hanover, Crash, Candid Camera, Escort, Inner Circle, Jade' Prince, Jambooger, • Jonquil" Hanover. Lighting" Strikes, Super Clint and ~ Messenger.- " " Fairview Takes Pair Fairview handed St. Joseph a pair of girls' basketball losses Thursday night. Fairview shut cut the St. Joseph's sixth grade team, 25-0, and won the seventh grade contest, 25-J • Suzi Bunnell and Michelle " Nicoll each had six points for Fairview' in the sixth grade -game.. Cammy DeHaven and 'Betty Grantham-were tops for the Trojan seventh grade team with six -points apiece. Anna ' Mohlman and Gladys PentUla each had. a, basket for St.' "Joseph's. 5 1 ' ' «j -i~ . i, > Fairview Is 2-1 In sixth grade ? play, and' M in «eventn grade games this year. Both teams areatUncomJHonday SttkSMury \ 4,Brt|p4. , I SBNkS. docks. Mays, • J; SJ-MokbMB IPnttS*! PHILADELPHIA lUP!) — The Philadelphia Phillies- Larry Chrislcnson and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Burt Hooton are two pitchers who had to learn to get their heads out of the way of their talented right arms. ' The two mound opponents for today's crucial third game of the National' League playoffs took drastically different approaches to their problems, but they both succeeded. Christenson's 1977 season . began as a mess. But he went to- pitching coach Ray Ripplemeyer, made a small adjustment, and won 14 of his last 15 decisions to finish at 196. Hooton's career was a mess. But he went to a hypnotist who' taught him the joys of positive thinking and he has become one of the league's tougher pitchers. He" will' have to think very positively today With the playoffs tied at I-I. what is left 1 of the best-of-five series'will be played in Philadelphia, where the Phillies were an incredible 60-21 during the season. runs in 1 2-3 innings during one early season outing. Ripplemeyer convinced him to loosen his grip on his fastball and everything else started falling in place. "1 relaxed," he said. "I think ' my trouble was mostly mental. • It was a matter of knowing what I had to do.and going out and doingit." . . Christenson might feel a lot more relaxed today if Garry Maddox were able to play. .Maddox, who some say is the best defensive center fielder in baseball, aggravated a knee injury on the. final day of the season on a foul ball off his own bat. He missed the first two playoff games but Phillies\ 'trainer Don "Doc" Segcr said he thought Maddox might be available today. "He ran six laps (Wednesday, night) in Los Angeles and there was no swelling (Thursday morning)." Seger said. "There's a little pain but not . much swelling," Maddox said. If Maddox were unable to play. Bake McBride would be his replacement.^ McBride slammed into the center field 'wall trying to haul down Reggie Smith's run-scoring triple in the Dodgers' 7-1 win Wednesday night but said he was ready to play. Oklahoma Meeting Texas Dallas' Cotton Bowl will be the neutral site for a clash Saturday between, two Southwestern powerhouses, thir- dranked Oklahoma and four- thrated Texas, in what promises' to be a wide-open, free-scoring game: Texas leads the'nation in scoring, but Oklahoma's offense features^speedy scatback Elvis Peacock and a now injury-free Thomas Lott, the Sboncrs' starting quarterback Unlike Dodger Stadium. where the first two games were last season. Oklahoma has not 'played, the ball carriesi very lost to the Longhorns since 1970 well "at Veterans Stadium and ground balls move quickly on the Astroturf. It will also be sharply cooler In Philadelphia, with afternoon temperatures expected around 60. Hooton was 0-2 against the •Phillies this season but pitched very well, giving up only four earned runs in 14 2-3 innings. And Hooloff, who as a Chicago Cub in 1972 no-hit the Phillies in his fourth big league start, says he enjoys the pressure. and is a three-point choice not to lose again. ; The annual'clash presents a large questionmark this year. The Longhoms are scoring points furiously and beating teams without, any trouble, but they haven't played anybody of repute either. ; .•'They are a young team and they have a-new coach and they are inJa new formation," said Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer. "Young players need to be "This is what you are playing- gp W on what they are doing and for," said Hooton, 12-7 in 1977. — ' • •• — • "1 didn't play that hard all play season to run away from it." That's a far different Burt Hooton than the one the Cubs traded to the Dodgers in 1975. "Every time I walked out to the mound I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get anyone out," said Hooton, who said' he then decided to consult hypnotist Dr. Arthur Ellen, "Dr. Ellen helped me to relax and gradually I began to get my- confidence back. The better my confidence became, the better had great success in doing that. ••:• "I know one thing. They are exploiting some of the best talent there they have ever had. Our backs may be as fast as the ones they have, but we don't have anybody to match their flankers. Nobody has anyone to match Johnny Jones. "They used to be conservative, but they aren't anymore.; They are liable to burn you any time, ( anywhere on the field. They have good solid players and they line up in a lot of formations. And (fullback) my. stuff got. The more things _. _ got rolling, the more confidence .iVrCampbeli looks lighter'a'nd I gained. Then I started quicker to me than I've ever believing that no matter what I seen him." threw up there, the batters weren't going to hit it." Christenson's problem was mental and technical. He was Campbell symbolizes the potency of Texas' offense. Despite playing only small segments of the Longhorns' off to a miserable start. The<, first three games, Campbell has Dodgers touched him for seven gained 374 yards for an average of 7.6 yards per carry. A close game may be settled by the kickers, who are strong for both teams. Texas' junior Russell Erxleben made an NCAA record 67-yard field goal last week against Rice and has kicked five field goals in the Longhorns' three lopsided victories. Switzer is so impressed by Erxleben's kicking ability that he sees him as a future number one draft pick by the pros, while Akers ranks Erxleben as the best kicker in the nation. But Switzer can rely on longdistance soccer-style kicker Uwe von Schamann. who hails from West Germany but went to high school in Texas. Von Schamann can match the straight-ahead Erxleben for accuracy and distance. In other games involving lop 10 teams, it is No. 8 Alabama at No. 1 Southern California, No. 2 Michigan at Michigan State, Oklahoma State at No. 5 Colorado. Purdue at No. 6 Ohio State. No. 7 Nebraska at Kansas State and No. 10 California at Washington State. No. 9 Arkansas is idle. Bear Bryant and his Crimson Tide will provide the top-ranked Trojans with their first major test of the season. Southern Cal solidified its hold on the top spot with a 41-7 rout of Washington State last Saturday, while Alabama outlasted Georgia 1810 to move from No. 12 to No. 8. The Crimson Tide has lost only to Nebraska. . The Wolverines, led . by running backs Harlan Huckleby and Russell Davis, are expected to subdue the Spartans, their perennially tough state rival, without too much difficulty.-~ ' Oklahoma State, which is suffering from some key injuries, will be hard-pressed to beat the Buffaloes in Boulder, the Buckeyes expect to roll over the Boilermakers despite Purdue's valiant losing effort against Notre Dame, the Cornhuskers look too strong for the Jayhawks and the Golden Bears face a stiff test from the Cougars, who upset Nebraska. Berries Eighth In NCC NEW CASTLE-Logansport finished last in the North Central Conference he c Thursday. The Berries trailed the field with 183 points in the eight-team annual event. Richmond walked away from the field with 44 points while Marion finished second with 92 points which is its best finish in 22 years. Following were Anderson 94, Kokomo 104. Muncie 105, New Castle 113, Lafayette 162 and the Berries 183. Logansport's Ted Baker ended 15th in the race with a 13:26 time over a hilly course. Tom Bucheron of Muncie Central won the individual title in 12:30.6 which was a new course record. Other Logansport times in the event included Gary Hudson 13:57. Steve Sims 14:06. Matt Foreman 14:38. Dave Smith 14:24, Brian Costello 14:43 and Steve Fisher 14:47. . Logansport is in the Delphi Invitational on Tuesday. Summary Bucheren (HO, Jackm (Rich). Hemmegtr (Kok). Fanner (And), Dfcfcm (Lai), Jones (And), Toner (We*), Deb (NCI, Ttapotl (Rich). Matey (Rich) K:».e. Sale 21,59 Reg. 26.99. 53 kilo (115 Ib ) weight set, Incl.udes: one barbell bar, two dumbbell bars, one 31" ribbed aluminum sleeve, two 4%" aluminum, dumbbell sleeves, two 1 Ib. cast iron outside collars, four cast iron dumbbell collars, six protective plastic rings, adjustment wrench, instruction manual. Plus.foureach of the following discs: 2 kilo, (4-4 Ib:), 4 kilo (8.8 Ib,'), 6 kilo. (13-2 Ib) ' Sale 23.99 Reg. 29.99: Standard incline bench with adjustable back.'Steel construction, foam padding. Sate prlcet effective thru Saturday. Sale 71.99 Rtg. 89.99. Deluxe incline bench with sturdy .steel construction, extra thick -foam padding. Leg lift attachment plus fully-adjustable back and arms for a variety of exercise positions. .. Sunday 12:30'tll$ ;* • Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. 'til 9 p.
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