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Hope $g Star SPORTS Fireworks From Mathis and Frailer Basketball Arkansas Basketball Scores By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Ml gh School State tourney At Little Rock Class A By MURRAY HOSE Green Forest 64, Magnolia Associated Press Sports Writer Columbia 63, semifinal MY. {AP) - If MeGehee 57, Mena 43, semi* final Class B turroll 48, Cotter 42 their combat In the ring Is as good as Ihelr verbal war from the training camps, there should be plenty of fireworks when feuding Joe Frazler and Buster Mathls meet face to face In Madison Square Garden Monday night. Frazler, a fiery puncher In his workouts as well regular fights, has been popping off from Klamesha Lake on how he ex* pects to "take out Buster In six or seven rounds or rnaybe ear* Her." The brawny, 5-foot-ll l /2, 205- pound Philadelphlan undoubtedly has been trying to get Buster mad. He has needled'his giant foe with remarks that "he runs like a thief"; "he's chickenhearted," and "he can't punch." When these words were passed on to the 6-3,245-pounder from Grand Rapids, he replied quickly with a few caustic cracks of his own. "He's a buffoon," said Math- Is, "a nitwit for saying those things. He's talking about end- Ing it in five, six or seven rounds because that's all he'll be able to go." "I've never been knocked Hyatt 41, Greenbrler 40 NM> Uft *to* Region 4AA Tournament At Magnolia Crossett 65, Magnolia 46 Camden Falrvlew 79, Camden Lincoln 68 Region 3AA Tournament At Searcy Pine Bluff Merrill 55, Russellville 53 Conway 62, Searcy 58 Region 2AA Tournament At Paragould Leachvllle 50, Greene County Tech 41 Stuttgart 55, Marlanna 47 District 1AA At Bentonville Harrison 61, Valley Springs 60 (championship) Rogers 45, Subiaco 34 (third place) OTHERS: FS Southside 57, LR Central 35 Blytheville 43, LR McClellan down or knocked • out and it 37 won't happen against him, you can be sure. He knows only one 39 way to fight. He comes at you. He makes plenty of mistakes, Horace Mann 61 ..-'-,".' & ; ...} i . iyL.sv. Buster, Nino Picked ,V6fcK~ tNEA) -When nocky Marciano was trenched Jfftoflg the bllntzes and borscht, latkas and lex, training to .fight tor his professional life, the hordes of presS eornmurifeaflts would Invade the Calskills with a persistent question. "Mow d'ys' feel, Rock?" I And Maretftfld would cringe each tlrrte, because the question insulted hint*'-' "How do they expect me to feel?" he'd wall. "Here f am knocking my brains out to get ready. They e*- pect me to feel anything but great?" On the other end of this deal, the writer who Is privy to the utterances of the combatants finds himself goaded by the' same kind of question. ? "Who d'ya like In the fight?" Even your friends ask it. What do they want me to do —expose my ignorance? Buster Mathis feels great. Joe Frazier feels great. Nino Benvenuti feels great. Emile Griffith feels great. And me? I like everybody. But since it's protocol to pick a winner, a ritual as much a part of boxing as glittering blondes and sugar daddies in the ringside pews; let the following be noted: ; : Blister Mathis will knock out Joe Frazicr in the ninth' round on March 4 and advance his claim as the biggest thing in boxing, figuratively and literally. Nino Benvenuti will dispel the lethargy that marked his last appearance in an American ring and regain the middleweight championship from Emile Griffith the same Buster Mathls FS Northside 52, Fayettevllle 3 North Little Rock 79, LR and believe me I'm going to take advantage of them. His tongue may be hanging out after the seventh round, if he's around by then, although prepared to go 15." Mathis was scheduled to wind up his unusually strenuous boxing campaign today. He has boxed nearly 250 rounds, two of them 15-round sessions, in eight weeks at his camp here. Despite the optimistic talk from the Mathis camp, Frazier Hot Springs 69, Springdale 62 El Dorado 62, Texarkana 56 Friday's College Basketball I'm By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS East Columbia 59, Penn 43 Yale 98, Dartmouth 67 Brown 66, Harvard 60 Princeton 89, Cornell 52 South Miami, Fla. 96, Fla. State 84 Davidson 79, Furman 63 West Va. 102, Richmond 81 Norfolk St. 88, Elizabeth City ARMED AND LEGGED, the basketball wars continue. Above, a ganglc of arms covet the ball. Notre Dame's George llestovich {34) keeps his eyes ahead and takes a Emile and Nino: Act 3 held as the 2-1 favorite in the 15-rounder for the world heavy- State 87 weight title, New York, Massa- Midwest chusetts and Illinois versions. II- Iowa St. 93, Nebraska 92, OT llnois awarded recognition So. Illinois 130, Centenary 67 Thursday. Augustana, S.D., 82, No. Dak. With all the big talk from the State 80 big boys, the middleweight title Southwest fight between champion Emile New Mex. St. 73, Hardin-Slm- Griffith and Italy's Nino Ben- mons 60 By TOMMY THOMAS NEA Sports Writer G ROSSI NGERS, N. Y. —(NEA)—At the Concord Hotel in the snow-covered venuti has been almost overlooked. Griffith is the 7-5 favorite in 1 the third fight between the two, but the odds might go up by fight time. The bull-shouldered champion has been Impressive in his workouts, far more so than the rangy Italian who finished his sparring on Tuesday. Obituaries GRAYDON ANTHONY Graydon Anthony, aged 57, a retired lumberman, died Friday. He Texas A&M85, SMU 80 Far West UCLA 100, Stanford 62 Calif, 91, So. Calif. 90, OT New Mexico 75, Wyoming 62 Colo. St. U. 83, Air Force 62 Arizona 89, Utah 79 Ariz. St. 99, Brig. Young 97 Oregon St. 74, Washington 72 Oregon 81, Wash. State 73 Montana St. 70, Weber St. 63 Montana 73, Idaho State 67 Santa Clara 72, St. Mary's, Calif. 56 Pro Basketball a large recreation hall called King Arthur's Court. Outside, the thermometer indicates about five degrees. Inside, it is warm. At one end of the long room two girls, dressed in slacks and summer blouses, arc playing table tennis. At the other end, a curious crowd of 200 vacationers are grouped around a canvassed boxing ring. Joe Frazier. the heavyweight, has completed his training sess'on and now the middleweight champion, Emile Griffith, arrives for his daily workout in preparation for his third title fight with Italy's Nino Benvenuti, Three sparring partners glance curiously at the ring and punching bags and go their way. . Only about a dozen gues.ts " newspapermen have been admitted to the workout. Benvenuti's dress— red sweat pants, blue shorts and a T- shirt with the name NINO in blue letters— is the only colorful part of the session. The challenger sluggishly throws a few punches at his sparring partner, swings wildly and then hangs on in a clinch. He has a determined look but his mind seems to be back in Trieste. Johnny Smith, a sparring partner, explains that Nino is just trying to keep his competitive edge, that he doesn't want to overdo it and go stale. "I feel more relaxed as the challenger than as champion," Benvenuti says, "I'm skip rope and punch the bags no t going to force" myself, as Emiie strolls in, talking to After 30 rounds, we know each individuals in the crow.I. The onlookers gasp as tho champ blind swipe at the ball held by Gene Slattcry of NYU. Below, Philadelphia's Hal Grccr (in white) and Seattle's Rod Thorn (dark) scramble for ball, legs flying. FIGHT FACTS World Middleweight Championship 15 Rounds GRIFFITH BENVENUTI Age 29 Weight 160 Reach 75" Height 5-11 Chest (normal) 41" Chest (expanded) 43" Biceps 14 Va" Waist 32" Fist 13" Neck 16 W Birth Date April 16, 1938 Birthplace Trieste, Italy RECORD: Fights Won K.O. Lost K.O. By Draws GRIFFITH 63* 5-1 20 8 1 0 BENVENUTI 75 73 30 2 0 0 ("'One no contest) •loo. Mathis At It Again Nino Benvenuti 30 160 72" 5-7 Mi 41" 43" 16 K" 28" 11%" 16" Feb. 3, 1938 Virgin Islands night. It'll go the full 15 rounds. ~ : 1 suppose you want reasons. : Although Mathis has beeh nursed carefully through a string of nondescript OPPQ- nents, he is an impressive talent. He has a m a z i rfg agility for a man his size.", fine boxing ability and in thfe last couple of years has increased his leverage to the point he can get some of his weight behind the punches. From this viewpoint, he's simply too big and fast for Frazier, who's a dangerous puncher but tends to be inflexible in his moves. '-• The pick of Benvenuti is based primarily on the excitement generated by the mop-haired Italian in his first fight with Griffith last April: Emile is a swarmer who likes to get in close and rough up his opponents. Nino kept him at bay with sticking lefts—a weapon he forgot about in their September rematch—and when they both planted themselves and swapped blows, Benvenuti was just as rough as the little dandy from the Virgiri Islands. Either fight alone could carry the opening.card of the new Madison Square Garden sports emporium as a prestige offering. Together they constitute a "two-fers" bonanza for the $43-million edifice. I didn't say bargain because the first $100 ringside top in Garden (there've been four of them) history isn't exactly cut-rate pricing. The twin bill has brought back an aura of excitement to boxing that used to start in the training camps in the Catskills —like in the Marciano era of the 1950s—and feed on speculation and debate until a genuine sense of anticipation pervaded the arena at fight time. Three of the fighters—Frazier, Griffith and Benvenuti—followed the traditional rites of training in the borscht belt, while Buster was almost within panting distance at his own private camp. The prefight propaganda planted the suspicion that Buster didn't really like Joe and Nuio privately disdained Emile, and the feelings were reciprocated on all counts. To anyone interested in seeing a good fight, that's just great. (Newspoptr .Interpriit Afin.) ' ./ training and most-dedicated boy. And if you aren't will- ion cl'mbs in the ring and bloodies tho nose of his first was a Methodist, a Mason and a RV THE ASSorAT™ PRFCC DIOOC1 cs l "V a-, OI n • • Shrlner. Survivors include hK Y ASSOCIATED PRESS spmT lng ma te. They applairJ ti ». "'"»•> nn-muc nib .NBA Instils' at the end of each he has known in hi. Shrlner. Survivors include his wife, Mrs, Nina Helms Anthony; two sons, Graydon Anthony, Jr. of Texas and John F. Anthony of Fayetteville; a daughter, Mrs. William Routon of Hope; his mo. ther, Mrs. J, W, Anthony of Mur freesboro; Anthony ence boro; and Roy Anthony of Hot Springs; three sisters, Mrs, W. W. White and Mrs. Marion Mabry, both of Nashville, and Mrs, Bobby Carroll of Murfreesboro, and tour grandchildren. Funeral wjll be at 2j30 p f m, Sun. day at Herndon Funeral Chapel, Burial wijj be at Memory Gardens Cemetery, BEARS PROTECTE P PRAGUE, (AP)-Some 350 bears roam the Central Slovak forests at present, which is 10 times more than in |932 when their protection became a law, the news agency CJK reported. NBA Friday's Results round. Griffith Hashes a smile Boston 94, Chicago 87 through his mouthpiece in ac- Detroit 131, St. Louis 121 knowledgement. After his Baltimore 156, San Diego 114 workout, the popular veteran Cincinnati 122, San Fran, 101 from the Virgin Islands dis- ™' other. The one who has the best intuition, reflexes and will power will win." ' Gil Clancy. Griffith's man. ager and trainer, says: "Fifteen rounds is a long haul and s no one thing that will the outcome. The the initiative By TOMMY THOMAS NEA Sports Writer By IRA BERKOW NEA Sports Writer fighter years. to come along in ing to work for your dreams, you might as well take your "I've wanted this champion- bat and ball and go home," ship since I've been a little Mathis says. KIAMESHA LAKE, N.Y.- (NEA)-If all goes right for the heavyweight champion of Massachusetts, Maine and the win- Madison Square Garden. That's because the other TWIN SPOTS « ' rm Seattle at Los Angeles Baltimore at San Francisco ABA Friday's Results New Orleans 118, Anaheim 114 PWsb'gh 135, New Jersey 125 Today's Games Anaheim vs. Indiana at faji- anapolis, Jnd, Kentucky at New Jersey Sunday's Games Dallas at Anaheim Penver a t Oakland New Orleans at Houston, afternoon Kentucky at Pittsburgh tired of my apartment. I saw ^7^ corner marT'" 1 ' " *lal We bout, imattes TutUe a bemitv in New Jersey that s ,,'J ^uiu. man. to- Frazier The $175 000 he's a good buy at |35,00d/ they X° u gj" ~« ".<£ away gimranteec , w gf fi^JS,; MatWswas born in Sledge, Griffith will get $175,000 for £! y c^abfe of sol ne the Ss adhere. £ Ilss " {'Wherever that is," defending his title on March S5be?C says 'The SS who Tne 24-year-old Philadel- he says; and moved to Grand 4. He indicates in training SkS'command and savs TiS P hian - who has won all 19 of ^s, Mich., when he was that he means to keep it, conna be boss' wfll S " hi* professional fights' (17 by two mont hf °!f His family Down the road about 12 L ° ° *, - ! " W KO^since winning the Oym- reJ* athten , de . d C £ ntra J high school in Grand Country Club. His ring has ,, If been constructed in a small ... "„ hnlll • room next to the women's of, ®, nemjva steam room. Females in all am « ni shapes stroll out of the room, fnfef P fi 5 e 4«n.) FIGHT FACTS World Heavyweight Championship 1§ Rounds MATHIS Age '13 Weight m Reach 76" 73 H" 541 H 43" 44" 15" 34" W VIW Height Chest (uoniial) Chest (expanded) Waist Fist 48" 50" 16 V 48" \m Date ' 18" JMIU- 5, W MATHIS Woo 19 IS W 17 9 0 Priws 8 I against Buster Mathis March ? e ,, w » 8S a tp ^ HJe °" l £ e . f ° ot happens, then it'll 4 in what is being billef as pall team. He wanted either uva fight," says the other half of a double to be a pro football player or championship night. Emile a & ox er. Griffith defends his middle. Rarely da football players weight crown against Nino play pro ball without college Benvenuti on the same card, experience. And Mathis was Frazier doesn't worry about no exception, So he became Spencer or Quarry and seems 9 boxer, and as an amateur rather unconcerned about Math.is. He wants to fight Cassius Clay, "People still recognize him as the ch,a.mp/' Frazier said at his training camp in the Catskills. "but if he's through „,. , .. . „ , D ., with fighting, then I'm the h T , h? folks w Grand Rapids one. I sure ain't worried about r *$", a drive to send Afcthis old Buster." to Tokyo, anyway, as a spec- Frazier has remained a t9t 5- ' They collected ftgQO. -"ght /UoruJ thro ehout ore 3 8n A Mst W$ ?8t in the stands gni ia\orue imougnout pie- wnne p raz i er won a goj( j was Sooq enough to decision J°^ Frazier twice in the 1964 Olympic trials. The second bout, however, resulted in go fight preparations, mainly be- Hal cause Of his victories nvsr '"frAV., us. ehen, Poug Jone« and Qeprge Chuvaio. While Mathis has Won pll £3 of his pro matches, the last JO by knockouts, the former AAU champion h,asn't beaten any "name" fightprs. Except one. His name "sy'as Joe Frazier. in the 1964 Olvm- pic trials * " '"" ' 'Jaunty cliamp' •»««• >» «» OV.BICHT TBAffc MIAMI. . Fla. 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