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Page 8 Garden City Telegram thursday, December 1, 1977 Aftermath: Nothing But Smiles in 'Blockbuster Trade' Wake By ALEX SACHARE AP Sports Writer When the Indiana Pacers kepi their franchise alive lasl summer by selling thousands of season tickets via a telethon, cynics suggested it was a wasle of time. After all, they said, weren't the Pacers at Ihe same lime tearing apart that franchise by trading the National Basketball Association's second-leading scorer, Billy Knight, and the league leader in steals and assists, Don Buse? Six weeks inlo the 1977-78 season Ihose blockbuster Irades — which brought 1976-77 Rookie of the Year Adrian Dantley, Mike Banlom and Ricky Sobers lo Indiana — are working out well for all parlies involved. None of Ihe teams nor players has expressed any regret over the trades, and that in itself is rather amazing. Take the deal which sent the team-oriented Buse to Phoenix and the rugged Sobers to Indiana. Both players are happy with their new teams and both clubs are happy with them. "In Phoenix I'd have been smothered," says Sobers, happy to be out from the shadow of Paul Westphal, Ihe Suns' All-Pro guard. "My talents wouldn't have been exploited." The 6-foor-3 Sobers has been installed by Indiana Coach Bobby Leonard as the Pacers' playmaker alongside sharpshooting guard John Williamson. "Ricky is our team leader," says Leonard. And Sobers says he has matured inlo that role. "I'm no rookie in the Irue sense," he said. "I've learned lo adapl lo certain situations as they arise. As a rookie, I didn't have savvy. That's my major improvemenl — in court savvy." Court savvy is exactly what the Suns feel they got in Buse, who is not as impressive a oneon-one talent as Sobers but is perfectly suited to a team game. "A player like Buse is really a rarity," says Suns Coach John MacLeod. "He gives up the ball well, hits the open man, is very competitive defensively and has excellent judgment on the fasl break. He knows exactly when to pass and when not to. Don is a totally unselfish player." Wilh Buse joining Westphal and explosive Ron Lee, the Suns have as strong a Ihreeman backcourt unit as any learn in the league. Those three have helped the club, which went from playoff finalist two years ago lo non- playoff status last season, lo an encouraging 11-7 slarl. The other trade, which sent Knight and his 26.6 scoring average to Buffalo for Dantley, 20.3, and Bantom, 18.6 in 33 games with the Nets, also has everybody smiling. The Braves got a quick forward who could shoot from outside and play the running game, while the undermanned Pacers got two starters for the price of one. Knight is averaging 24.4 points per game for the Braves, whose running game has been temporarily slowed by Ihe injury lo guard Tiny Archibald. "Billy gives us a great outside game," says Buffalo captain Randy Smith, noling that most of Danlley's points were scored close to the basket. "He's Mr. Consistency." That was the key lo the trade for Buffalo. The team was going lo an all-out running' game and preferred the speed of Knight to the strength of Dantley at the small forward spot. The 6-5 Dantley, meanwhile, is Ihe leader of the Pacers' front line and has been given considerable freedom by Leonard. "We're moving him all over the floor and giving him more room to operate," says Leonard. "We're taking advantage of what he can do. He's hitting his outside shot a lot more recently. He doesn't look like he's quick, but give him the first step and he's a killer." Actually, Dantley, who is third in the league in scoring with an average of 26.7 points per game) has slimmed down from a high weight of 235 pounds while al Noire Dame lo 207 and is running very well. "I was very, very surprised," says Dantley of Ihe Irade. "I still don't understand il. They said I wasn't an outside shooter — bul I'm a scorer. I can make Ihe jump shots or I can gel the points inside. "Bul I'm not angry. The trade made me a lot hungrier. And since I played three years al Noire Dame, Indiana is like a second home lo me." And the 6-9 Bantom, a five year veteran, has been a good addition, moving into Ihe starting power forward spot and contributing 13.3 points and 8 rebounds per game. Some trades really do help both sides. Di tr*+£\rr+ * * "fc *k ~k + if if ir To Face Wilkens' Magic Touch Returns to N BA Colby JC The Garden City Com- munily College men's basketball team will travel lo Colby lonight for ils firsl aclion since dropping a one- point decision to the Kansas Stale Universily junior var- sily. Coach Dave Lindsey's Broncbusters, who stand 3-5, had the Wildcat junior varsity on the ropes Monday night in Manhattan, bul committed a foul with two seconds left that resulted in two game-winning charity tosses. Last weekend, the Busters claimed third place in the ninth annual Cowboy Capital Classic in Dodge City, whipping Frank Phillips of Borger, Texas, 92-80. Earlier in that tournament, GCCC had defeated Northern Oklahoma, 62-51, and lost to Dodge City, 74-69. Mike Darby, a 6-5 freshman forward from Brooklyn, N.Y., has been the Busters' leading scorer. He is averaging 16 points per contest, while the team is scoring at a 70-points- per-game clip. GCCC will return home Friday night to take on Cloud County. The Busters won their only home game to date, 68-67, over McCook, Neb. Darby, guards Kirk Hemmert and Tony Byles, center Gilbert Maxwell and forward Doug Befort are likely to start in the two contests. 'Little Giant Day 7 Proclaimed CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Mayor Glenn Knecht has proclaimed Saturday as "Little Giant Day" in Crawfordsville, honoring the Wabash College football team that will play for the NCAA Division III national championship. By The Associated Press Lenny Wilkens' magic touch has returned to the National Basketball Association. The new Seattle coach watched his Sonics score just nine points in Ihe final period Wednesday night, yet Seattle edged the Kings 86-84 in Seattle. "We ran a little more than we usually do," said Wilkens, a former star guard and playercoach who was named lo replace Coach Bob Hopkins earlier in the day. "But I knew we couldn't put anything new in. There just wasn't time for it. "But we did improvise a couple of things and I thought we handled them pretty well." In other NBA games Wednesday, Boslon downed Chicago 98-92, Buffalo slopped Atlanta 105-93, Washinglon defealed San Antonio 116-105, Detroit beat Los Angeles 10498, Milwaukee defeated Indiana 120-113 and Philadelphia edged New Orleans 117-114. Gus Williams had 24 points for the SuperSonics while Otis Birdsong led Kansas City with 20 points. 76ers 117, Jazz 114 Center Darryl Dawkins's 15- foot jumper with three seconds left capped Philadelphia's second-half rally and gave the 76ers their victory over New Orleans as an NBA single-game record crowd of 35,077 walched in Ihe New Orleans Superdome. The 76ers scored 10 points in Ihe final 90 seconds. Doug Collins scored 20 points to lead Philadelphia while New Orleans forward Leonard Robinson look scoring honors with 30 points. Celtics 98, Bulls 92 Veterans Dave Bing and Dave Cowens sparked Boston's fourth-period rally. Bing broke a lie midway through the final quarter and Cowens scored eight points down the stretch lo pace Ihe Celtics. Bing finished with 21 points, high for Ihe Celtics, while Arlis Gilmore had 32 for Chicago. Braves 105, Hawks 93 A first-period spurt sparked by Billy Knight and Chuck Williams igniled Buffalo's viclory over Atlanta. The Braves opened a 26-point lead in Ihe second period and used the clock the resl of Ihe way. Knight look scoring honors with 32 points while Williams added 22. Pistons 104, Lakers 98 Detroit blew an 18-point lead before rebounding behind Bob Lanier and Al Skinner to down the Lakers. The Lakers led 9392 with less than three minutes remaining in Ihe game when Lanier and Skinner combined for all but two of Delroil's final 10 points. Lanier finished with 30 points. Sforts in Brief By Hie Associated Press GENERAL MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota has decided to end its legal battle with the National Collegiate Athletic Association over the eligibility of two basketball players. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was dismissed Tuesday at the request of lawyers for both sides, the clerk's office in Washington, D.C., said Wednesday. The university and the NCAA reportedly have worked out a settlement of their differences. BASKETBALL LOS ANGELES — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the high-scoring center of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association, will return to action Sunday night. The 7-foot-2 star suffered a broken hand when he punched Milwaukee rookie center Kent Benson in the opening game of the season. Abdul-Jabbar hasn't played since. With Abdul-Jabbar out of action, the Lakers, last season's Pacific Division champions, have floundered with an 8-12 record. TENNIS NEW YORK — Guillermo Vilas, the Argentine tennis star, captured the $300,000 bonus from the Grand Prix international lour after building an insurmountable lead in the standings, circuit promoters announced Wednesday. Vilas accumulated 1,947 points this year, winning 51 consecutive matches, the longest streak in the 10-year history of open tennis. That streak ended when he defaulted to Hie Nastase at a tournament in France in which the Romanian used the now- outlawed doublestrung racket. SOCCER BELGRADE, Yugoslavia — Spain defeated Yugoslavia 1-0 on Ruben Cano's goal in the 70th minute of play to qualify for the World Cup soccer championship next year in Argentina. LA PAZ, Bolivia — Hungary defeated Bolivia 3-2 to gain a berth in the 1978 World Cup soccer championships in Argentina. GOLF AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Defending champion Kel Nagle of Australia fired a six-underpar 66 to take the first-round lead in the Olago Charily Golf Classic. A stroke back was New Zealand's Bob Charles. FOOTBALL PONTIAC, Michigan — Tight end Charlie Sanders of the De- iroil Lions will miss the remainder of this season after undergoing surgery lo repair damaged cartilage in his right knee. BASEBALL NEW YORK — National League President Chub Feeney suffered culs and bruises early Wednesday morning when he was mugged newar his midtown Manhattan office. He lost $100 in the attack. Bowling Results Tumbleweed Late Starters def. Hell Cats, 3-1,16531584; Foreman Trucking def. Flip Flops, 3-1, 1686-1570; Mickel Shoe Service def. Tornadoes, 2-2, 1657-1598; Humdingers def. Pindowners,2-2,1629-1616. Hi-10 Game Ind. Women — Helen Orozco, Foreman Trucking, 209. HI-30 Strict Ind. Women — Helen Orozco, Foreman Trucking, 531. Team HI-IO Game — Mickel Shoe Service, 610. Team HMO Series — Foreman Trucking,1686. Morning Glory Mix Ups def. Misfits, 4-0, 1626-1367; X Rated def. The Bad Habits, 3-1, 15371470; Green Thumbs def. Saints, 3-1, 1564-1484; Rolling Pins def. Motor Mouths, 4-0, 1454-1381.' HI-10 Game Ind. Women — Joy Howe, The Bad Habits, 191. HI-30 Series Ind. Women — Joy Howe, The Bad Habits, 510. Team HI-IO Game — Mix Ups, 554. Team HI-30 Series — Mix Ups, 1626. Yankee Pappas Concrete def. Horizon Seeds, 3-1, 2864-2823; Lumberland Inc. split Acra Plant, 2-2, 2764-2773; Five Points split 0. V. Douglass, 2-2, 2921-2912; Lakin-Kendall Coop def. Spikes Hay, 4-0, 3059-2816; D&H Mobile Homes def. Appliance Mart, 3-1, 2744-2679; Hinkle Tree Service def. V.F.W., 3-1, 2874-2841; Smith Sand def. Simpson Elect., 3-1, 2902-2824; Ladd Service def. Bob's 83,40,2838-2714. HMO Game Ind. Men — Leighton Brengman, Lakin-Kendall Coop, 219. Hi-30 Series Ind. Men - Earl Kleeman, Lakin-Kendall Coop. 562. Team HI-10 Game — Lakin-Kendall Coop, 1078. Team HI-30 Series — Lakin-Kendall Coyote Farmland Foods def. Fanslers Over 70, 44, 3046-2784; Kwik Kar Wash def. Pepsi Cola, 3-1, 2776-2717; Smith Sand def. Jay's Photo, 4-0, 2873-2657; Peoples Natural Gas def. Naco, 3-1, 2940-2840; Spencers Carryout def. Nat'l Guard, 4-0, 2886-2718. HI-10 Game Ind. Men — Gene Dugan, Kwik Kar Wash, 205. HI-30 Series Ind. Men — Chlnto Martinez, Farmland Foods, 569. Team Hi-10 Game—Smith Sand, 1051. Team HI-30 Series — Farmland Foods, 3046. 'Go Longhorns...' Showing their style for the photographers, even if it's not at a game, is part of being a cheerleader, and these gals from Holcomb didn't hesitate when they were asked to perform one of Heisman Dinner Can't Escape TV By HOWARD SMITH NEW YORK (AP) — "Well," says producer Bob Wynn, "we start out with 18 dancers on stage ... then Connie Stevens and Leslie Uggams join them and they do a thing called 'Football Fever', which is a lead in for about 10 college fight songs ... then our kids say something like 'Ladies and Gentleman, your hosts for the evening,' and they all point ... then Elliott Gould and O.J. Simpson come on and then ..." The Follies Bergere? The midnight show at Caesars Palace? The USO Christmas Show? Wrong, wrong, wrong. It's the Heisman Trophy Dinner! Trans World International and CBS, the folks who brought you "The Battle of the Network Stars" and "The Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes," now turn their talents to the "Heisman Trophy, and the hallowed award will never be the same. Next Thursday nighl, live and in color from 10-11 p.m. EST, CBS will present "the Heisman Trophy Show" with all the subtlety of a crackback block. There will be singing, dancing, comedy, acceptance speeches, presenters ripping open envelopes guarded by a trusted firm of accountants, the whole Show Biz routine. This is the first time the Heisman Trophy, which is awarded annually by the Downtown Athletic Club to the nation's best college football player, will be presented on TV. Since it only takes a matter of minutes to give the award, the show has been elongated with all the above mentioned hoopla plus six new awards called "DACs", short for Downtown Athletic Club. These awards will go to the top offensive back and lineman, pass 4 t, receiver, defensive back and lineman and linebacker. The top three or four vole-gellers in each category will be flown in so Ihe cameras can pick up the reaction of each winner and loser. Wynn swears the names of the winners are known only to the accountants, and with the trouble CBS has had of late concerning misrepresentation, you can bet it's true. "This is primarily an entertainment show," says Wynn. "By the sheer mention of Ihe Heisman Trophy we will attract football fans. We are loading it with entertainment to atlracl everyone else." Bul, Bob, how can you tamper with THE HEISMAN TROPHY! The symbol of excellence with its mystical connotations, its revered tradition, its hallowed place in the world of sport, its special significance ... "We're not doing anything that unusual," says Wynn. "Football teams have cheerleaders. We have cheerleaders. Football teams have bands. We have a band. "If the 'old grads' don't like it, that's their problem. Times have changed. The caravan passes even though the coyotes howl." NBC has come up with a football show of a different kind called "Football's Red Dogs, Fumbles, Flankers and Flickers: A Sports Mugazine for Children." It will be aired Saturday at noon EST and it is terrific. The show is aimed at kids, but there is plenty for sports fans of all ages to enjoy. John Brodie and Allyson Johnson, a precocious 13-year-old from Chicago, are the cohosts. The show examines the many aspects of pro football and, with a tremendous assist from NFL Films, Is their pep-inspiring routines. The cheerleaders are, left to right, Shelly Mader, Bambl Lyon, Linda Williams, Paula Saiz and Diana Wishon. Telegram Photo Kansas Wesleyan Coach Gains Honor SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Wesleyan's John Kernan has been named cross country Coach of the Year by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Kernan's team won the KCAC championship and Ihree Wesleyan runners were named to the ten-member all- conference team. They were Dave Laha of Concordia, Jack Robison of Alchison, and Paul Buhl of Colorado Springs, Colo. JayhawksJolt Fordham 99-67 great entertainment. There is a sequence in which a football tells what it's like to be a kicked, tossed and bounced around. Sounds awful but it's really excellent. We get a look inside pro locker rooms both before and after games and here wisdom from such as Houston Coach Bum Phillips and New Orleans Coach Hank Stram, as well as a glimpse of a real George Allen-led victory celebration. There is a marvelous piece on a 9- year-old North Carolina girl named Tina Shaw, who plays Pop Warner football as a defensive back but longs to play offense. "Next year I want to be a wingback," she says, "because wingbacks have speed and that's what I got. You make a lot of touchdowns that way." There are interesting bits concerning game officials, ballpark food and even the history of the game. Opinions on how football started differ. One youngster says he thinks it began because "in six days God created heaven and earth and on the seventh day He didn't have anything to do so He created football. But a historian disagrees, claiming it started in the Middle Ages when someone took a sword, cut off his enemy's head and started kicking it around. The best part may be a series of quickie quizes, accompanied by more of that great NFL film, focusing on the tiniest and heaviest players ever in the NFL, the most points scored, oddest scoring play, most times the ball changed hands on one play and most yardage lost on a single play. All in all, the show is a treat and highly recommended for all members of the family. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Big Eight Conference basketball teams could only manage a split in a limited Wednesday nighl schedule. Kansas overwhelmed Fordham 99-67 while Colorado committed 25 turnovers in bowing to Air Force 75-56. Tom Schneeberger led Air Force with 20 points, one of four Falcons in double figures. Schneeberger gave the Falcons the lead for good, 1412, with a 12-foot jumper with 8:18 remaining in the first half. Randy Gricius had 17 points, Tim Harris 11 and Reggie Jones 10 for Air Force. Brian Johnson and Larry Vaculik, with 12 points apiece, paced Ihe Buffs. • King ft Queen Mixed' •• .' B&M'S def. A&M's, 3-1, 2326-2194; Rollers Not Bowlers def. Ponderosa Turf, 3-1, 2265-2251; Lucky Strikers def. A&W's, 3-1, 2282-2206; RAJ Electronics def. Yankees, 3-1, 2441-2290; Kan Rain def. R&W, 3-1, 2289-2136. HI-10 Game Ind. Women — Wanda Adams, Ponderosa Turf, 195. Men — Mike Thomas, R& J Electronics, 215. HI-30 Series Ind. Women — Glenda Thomas, R&J Electronics, 516. Men — Bob Barnes, B&M's, 507. Team HI-ID Game — R&J Electronics, 885. Team HI-30 Series — R&J Electronics, 2441. - Diutbowl Santa Fe Ettes def. Blake Const., 4-0, 2707-2576; Baler Auto Glass def. Garden Bowl, 4-0, 2746-2489; Highways split Johnston Auction, 2-2, 2414-2385; Kearny Co. Bank split Rainbow Tours, 2-2, 25982578; Plaza Beauty Salon def. G.I. Forum, 44, 2613-2428; Coca Cola def. Fan- Better Feeds, 3-1, 2619-2383; Fidelity Bank, def. Norma's Beauty Shop, 3-1, 2677-2588; Kerr Impl. def. Becker Bros., 3-1, 2574-2535. HI-10 Game Ind. Women — Carlene Schweer, Coca Cola, 204. HI-30 Series Ind. Women — Betty Harsh, Santa Fe Ettes, 530. Team HI-10 Game — Baler Auto Glass, 946. Team HI-30 Series — Baier Auto Glass, 2746. acea me HUMS. r\ ^ The Jayhawks led 45-35 at UOWDOyS the half, and were ahead 49-39 n. D-^J with 18:15 to go. Then their Dy nOQGO pressing defense began for- DENV ER (AP) - World "ff 8 IPfP'** . err ° ra and ,all-around rodeo champion allowed Kansas to run away Tom Ferguson, movie actor with the victory James Caan former i J 6 £ *?' **? 15 P° mt8 ' 'football player Walt Garrison led the scoring for Kansas and steve Ford son o£ ^ tt The Fordham bench was called for three technical fouls and Rams players were whistled for two. Ford were picked by the Los Angeles Outlaws during player selection by the league's six professional teams Monday. NCAA-Gopher 'War' Ends MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota has ended its lengthy legal tug-of-war with the National Colle-giate Athletic Association over the eligibility of two basketball players. An appeal to Ihe U.S. Supreme Court was dismissed Tuesday al the request of attorneys for both sides, the clerk's office in Washington, D.C., reported Wednesday. There was no announcement from university officials, although the decision was expected since the NCAA softened its penalties against the two players about two weeks ago. Attorney Joe A. Walters, Minneapolis, who represented the university in the litigation, said the appeal was dropped "because of the fact that the University of Minnesota and the NCAA have worked out a settlement of Iheir differences." "We received instructions from the university lo withdraw Ihe appeal," Walters said Wednesday. Universily Presidenl C. Peler Magralh had been highly critical of the NCAA during the dispute over what the appropriate penalty should be for basketball players Mychal Thompson and David Winey. At one point, Magrath called the NCAA a "Rube Goldberg contraption gone mad," and said the university would not engage in "lifeboat ethics" by making a deal with the NCAA and withdrawing its legal challenge. The university went to court in October 1976 and obtained a restraining order Which ore- I vented Ihe NCAA from putting the entire men's athletic program oh indefinite probation. But lhal district court order was overturned by the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and the university took its case to the Supreme Court. However, the university administration received pressure from coaches and athletes in other men's sports and an agreement was eventually worked out with the NCAA. The university agreed to declare Thompson and Winey ineligible, as demanded by the NCAA, The NCAA quickly lifted its probation against all men's sports, but continued it until October of 1978 for the basketball program. And Winey was ordered to sit out the first three games of the season while Thompson was given a seven-game suspension. When the suspension of the basketball players was announced a few weeks ago, a university spokesman said no decision had been made on the appeal pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Thompson was penalized for selling basketball season tickets at more than their face value. The 6-foot-lo Winey, who returned to action Wednesday night against Loyola of Chicago, accepted free weekend lodging at a lake cabin from a university booster. The 6-10 Thompson, who ranks among the top collegiate players in the nation, turned down a million dollar offer to turn professional at the end of last season, in favor of returning to Minnesota for his senior year.