The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California on September 23, 1982 · Page 54
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r-1 '1 nor5 ofsbhs' win reached across u.s. . . . cl-3 lakers sign rilcy to multiycar contract . . . cM 4 Thursday, Sept. 23, 1932 I) Section A ngels crowd recor break 4 J V , - ,. :.? -J . .... ' " .... . ; ' 5 ;..!.,. , &mmz AP wlrphofo Ball bounces in front of Padres' Joe Lefebvre and ump John Kibler as Dodgers' Steve" Yeager slides in with triple. Padres def eat Dddg ers in 10 innings, 2-1 J By VIC WEST x ! Sun Sport Writer : K SAN DIEGO No doubt Tommy tasotda could have thought of better places" to celebrate his 55th ' birthday Wednesday. San Diego? Not Tommy. Surprisingly, the natives extended a cordial birthday greeting via a scoreboard message, but they were more than happy nonetheless to accept a 10-inning, 2-1 Padres victory over Lasorda and the Dodgers, who are just about public enemy No.l in these parts. Despite the loss, the Dodgers' magic number for clinching the National League West title shrank to eight when Houston completed a three-game series sweep of Atlanta. The Dodgers still lead the Braves by three games with just 10 to play. -' Alan Wiggins, not long removed from a suspension and a drug rehab program, hit a one-out single up the middle to score Joe Pittman from second in the 10th and give San Diego a sweep of this two-game series in which the Dodgers scored only one run. You'd think they could have done a little more for their manager than score just once on his birthday, but even Lasorda seemed to be more in the mood to give than receive. . Instead of letting losing righthander Tom Niedenfuer (3-3), who had worked two scoreless innings already, face Wiggins, the manager nominated left-hander Steve Howe for the chore. Wiggins is a switch-hitter who was batting .333 from the right side (the one from which he got the winning hit), and .222 from the left. "I thought we had a better chance to geit him out from the right side," said Lasorda. "I'd rather him (Howe) pitch to Wiggins than Niedenfuer pitch to him from the left side. From the right side, he doesn't bunt, and he doesn't have many RBI." . He's got one more now, and the Padres had one more win against the Dodgers in a year when S.D. cherished them more than ever. What has become a heated rivalry ended in a 9-9 stalemate for this season, and it's nearly as even for the last seven years, over which the Dodgers hold a mere 60-59 edge. "We're delaying the inevitable they're gonna win it (the division)," said San Diego manager (Please see Dodgers, D-2) and By MIKE DAVIS Sun Sports Writer ANAHEIM - The Angels beat the Kansas City Royals again Wednesday night . . . beat them just about to death, if you want to know the truth. The final score this time was 8-5. That made it a sweep of the three-game series at Anaheim Stadium, jacking the Angels' lead in the AL West to three games with only 10 to play, and, well, if the Royals aren't quite in the coffin yet, they ain't exactly in the pink, either. Their pulse is, in fact, barely detectable. California pushed the Royals to the edge of the cliff with quality hitting (mainly by Doug DeCinces, who had two homers and four RBI), quality pitching (by Dave Goltz, who retired all 11 hitters he faced in relief of starter Tommy John) and quality defense (by Brian Downing and Bobby Grich, who contributed the team's nightly quota of sensational fielding plays). So what else do you want? The whole show was witnessed by a crowd of 51,273, which enabled the Angels to establish a t new American League single-sea-' son attendance record. A total of 2,672,377 have watched them play at the Big A for the year, surpassing the New York Yankees' total of 2,627,417 in 1980. Not only did the Angels break the attendance mark, it appears they may have broken the Royals' spirit as well. Although the teams go head-to-head again three times in Kansas City next week, Royals manager Dick Howser doesn't think that even a sweep of those games would be enough for his team. Royals "There's just an outside chance for us now," said Howser in the tomb-like Kansas City clubhouse. "Realistically, we've got to win all 10 of the games we have left. Nine out of 10 won't do it. We have to make those games next week (with the Angels) count for something." The Angels will be in Texas for four games this weekend, while the Royals play three games in Oakland. The two contenders finish the season at home against the same opponents next weekend. Wednesday's game had a little bit of everything. Besides the heroics of DeCinces, Downing (who also drove in two runs with a homer and single), Goltz and Grich, there was a benches-clearing incident in the seventh inning, caused by (guess who?) Reggie Jackson. Jackson, who went hitless in 10 at-bats during the series, enlivened an already lively evening when he upended K.C. second baseman Frank White with an aggressive slide after being forced on a grounder by Juan Beniquez. White, who had no chance for a double play and clearly had no intention of attempting a throw to first (he was stretching like a first baseman to catch shortstop U.L. Washington's throw), took exception to Jackson's tactics. The two exchanged words and finger-pointing, and that emptied both dugouts and bullpens. No punches were thrown, but Reggie got the last word when he picked up White's cap off the ground and threw it in the seats behind the Angels dugout as he was trotting off the field. White left the game after the collision, complaining of (Please see Angels, D-2) 9SC telecast jeopardized by ruling Associated Press DENVER A three-judge panel Wednesday granted a stay re- quested by; the National Collegiate Athletic Association of a lower court ruling which stripped the 5 NCAA of Its control over the tele-' vising of college football. The ruling means that the USC-Oklahoma game Saturday, sold by Oklahoma officials to independent TV stations for $250,000, will not be televised live. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel issued the temporary stay and requested both parties in the suit to file further information on specific matters. After all briefs are on file, oral arguments in the case could begin as soon as Nov. 15, according to court clerk Howard Phillips. The action came several hours after the NCAA filed its motion for a stay pending an appeal of last week's decision by U.S. District Court Juan Burciaga of New Mexico. Burciaga, presiding in Oklahoma City after federal judges there excused themselves, ruled last Wednesday in favor of the universities of Oklahoma and Georgia in their suit to gain the right to negotiate their own television con- , tracts. Burciaga ruled that the NCAA's $281 million television contracts with ABC, CBS and the Turner Broadcasting System constituted a monopoly in violation of federal anti-trust laws and thus were void. Two days later, Burciaga denied the NCAA's request for a stay of his order pending an appeal. On Wednesday, the NCAA requested a stay from the appellate court. When Oklahoma and USC sold the telecast to their game, it marked the first time colleges have made their own arrangements with broadcast outlets for football telecasts since the NCAA assumed control over such telecasts in the early 1950s. Andrew Coats, an Oklahoma City attorney representing the two universities, said Wednesday that he was seeking to get the stay rescinded. Fred Botwinik of Katz Communications, which holds nationwide distribution rights to the game,, said it was his understanding that the lawyers would seek a stay allowing only this particular game to be telecast I?' C' V, $ Sj ''4! i :' :f;.:!iS. I; .5' ' :. 5:': :'':f if. " i .if r V St . 71 "'Ill A' ' ,J. u 9 - ). , 7 mew- fcwiwwanwwJMMti. i.v.- ...... : . 11 Sti ll kt wircphoto Rams safety Johnnie Johnson gets taped by union official Kermit Alexander as teammates (in background) jog during players' workout at Brookhurst Park. Rams get some practice looking after themselves By GREGG PATTON Sun Sports Writer ANAHEIM Ray Malavasi would have been shocked. George Allen would have gotten sick. The earth probably moved around Vince Lombardi's grave. It was the Rams players holding their own practice session Wednesday more of a show of team unity than serious preparation for a football game. But, of course, what game? On the second official day of the NFL players strike, approximately 40 Rams barred from their own facility whether they wanted to honor the strike or not turned out at Brookhurst Park, less than a mile from their normal training site, for a meeting with the NFL players union president, Gene Upshaw, and a workout. "We've got music at our practices!" yelled someone as the players trotted onto the field. Sure enough, someone stuck a cassette into a tape player and there was rock and roll to catch footballs by. For 45 minutes the players mostly ran pass patterns, laughed a lot and ran sprints. Then they went home. It appeared that approximately 10 of the 49 players currently on the roster did not attend the workout, including three veterans defensive end Mike Fanning, defensive back Rod Perry and guard Dennis Harrah. No.l draft choice Barry Redden was not at the morning practice, nor was rookie punter John Misko. There was more action before the workout when Upshaw addressed the team and fielded what appeared to be some serious questions from his constituency. The dialogue is mostly lost to history, since about two dozen print, radio and television reporters were shooed away so only bits of conversation were audible. "We'll all come out ahead," was one of Upshaw's overheard remarks, to which Jack Youngblood replied, "If you get what you want." Although Upshaw was heard to warn the players to be wary of the media ("You can manipulate them the way they want to manipulate you," he said.) and to "pick a few spokesmen" to do the talking, one of the players that opened up after the practice session was the previously noncommittal quarterback Bert Jones. If there were any doubts where the team's highest-paid player (reportedly in excess of $400,000 per year) stood before, he was Bert "Norma Rae" Jones on Wednesday. "I don't have much to benefit from it," said Jones. "I'm already above the salary scale (proposed by his own union.) It's not for me, but I am part of the group." Jones said Rams owner Georgia Frontiere has been "more than fair (Please see Rams, D4) NFL to get $30 million from TV despite strike Associated Press ' NEW YORK The National Football League, buoyed by assurances it would receive at least $30 million in television money even if no games are played for the next two weeks, Wednesday called off tonight's Atlanta Falcons' game against the Chiefs in Kansas City because of the players' strike. The rest of the third weekend of regular-season games also appeared to be a victim of the walkout. Even if games for the next two weeks are wiped out, the NFL will receive the money it normally would have received from the three networks which televise games, said , Art Modell of the Cleveland Browns, who is a member cf the league's television committee. "All 23 teams will receive full TV payments for two weeks," said Modell. "At least two weeks, maybe more. It's open-ended." CBS reported on its Evening News Wednesday that the networks' two-week losses will be recovered next year. Jim Heffernan, the NFL's director of public relations, confirmed that all three networks would pay the league for at least two weeks even if no games were played. "It is evidence of the league and networks working together to scare the players," said Ed Garvey, executive director of the NFL Players Association. "It is part of their effort to weaken the players' resolve. It won't work." The league's decision to call off tonight's game, the first ever to be halted by a union strike in the 63-year history of the league, was announced in a two-sentence statement issued by Heffernan. The statement also said the league had made no decision regarding the 13 other games set for Sunday and Monday night. Heffernan referred all questions to the Management Council, the bargaining unit for the owners. The Management Council was equally untalkative, saying only that several options were being considered. One of those options was to stage games with the players ignoring the strike and rosters filled out with rookies and free agents. Jack Donlan. the executive director of the Management Council and the owners' chief negotiator, had said Tuesday that playing the scheduled games during the strike would depend on the number of players wanting to play. J j .i .i , j,J ,i ,-y

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