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Page 10 Southern Illinoisan, Thursday, December 17, 1987 n SB By Hal Bock Of The Associated Press Psst. Hey, buddy. Over here. Looking .for a lock on Monday night's NFL game? Great. You've got it. As soon as you pay $250 for the rest of the weekend. Touts have always been around, only too anxious to provide tips for customers interested in wagering on the outcome of anything. There was probably one with an opinion available on Cain vs. Abel or David vs. Goliath. When sports gambling became big business, so did the touts. They have proliferated and assumed a more agressive posture lately, graduating from small classified ads to buying space in major newspapers and time on cable television stations. They do not, however, always deliver what they promise. A doctor in Baton Rouge, La., who occasionally bets on sports events, decided some time ago that he'd like a little help in his wagering. So he subscribed to a tout service. His latest experience was less than satisfactory. 4 'The deal was you would win the (basketball) game by at least 20 points or the service would be free for the rest of the season," said the doctor, whose name is withheld for obvious reasons. "I called from 8:30 in the morning right up to game time and kept getting busy signals. It was a fake. "Over Thanksgiving, another serv ice had a package deal. I sent the money in on Monday. By Friday, they said they didn't receive it yet. I figure that was a scam, too." The doctor has discarded the services. "I decided that I know enough myself that I don't need them anymore," he said. Sonny Reizner, who runs the sports book at the Frontier Hotel on the strip in Las Vegas, has heard these kinds of stories before. "As in any business, there are good ones and there are bad ones," Reizner said. "I know some sports services that are fair to excellent and some that are fair to terrible." The value of the tout service to the customer depends largely on the customer, Reizner said. "It depends on how much he is bet- ting and why he is betting. If he bets $50 per game, it doesn't pay. There is a negative expectancy of five percent at 11-10 (which is the standard betting margin). That means the bettor has to overcome five percent. If you're paying a sports service, then you have to overcome 10 percent. You are increasing the negative expectancy. How much must you increase your winnings to overcome that?" The first thing a customer responding to a tout service is asked is how much he wants to bet. That sets the service's fee structure with the customer. There are all manner of lures to attract customers from "free" single game picks to "guaranteed winners." "It's all marketing," said a small that's what we look for." The NFL is less than thrilled with having its game used by sports services. "Ten years ago, there were 30 or 40 of them," said Warren Welsh, the league's director of security. "Now there are hundreds. They're private businesses. We're not a police department. We have no jurisdiction. We do know, though, that there are some first-class charlatans in the business." What the services do is legal according to the Federal Communications Commission, which monitors the nation's telephone, radio and television transmissions. "I don't know of any government regulation that prohibits giving betting information over the phones," said Charles Kelly, who works in the commission's enforcement division. Las Vegas-based service operator. "It can be a pretty tacky industry." The "free tips" are available on toll free 800 numbers. But, if you're willing to pay $2 for the phone call, the doctor in Baton Rouge can give you a 1-900 number in Las Vegas that will tell you how strong the action is on a particular game and another one that provides picks. "If the recording says it's a 20-star play," he said, "run out and bet it." That's good for Reizner's business. "Most legal books don't mind them at all," he said. "It's all business, from the naive to the most professional. We get services that bet, too. The more business we write, the better average we get. Each customer is 11-10. The more business, the better it is. It generates activity and Valier tourney ser- siated to open pSay Area Briefs The annual Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament is set for Dec. 26, 28, 29, and 30th with 12 teams in the annual field. The tournament will begin on Saturday, Dec. 26th with all 12 teams in action. Vienna will play Zeigler-Royalton at 11 a.m., followed by Gorham vs. Tamaroa at 12:30 p.m., .Patoka vs. Johnston City at 2 p.m., Chester vs. Elverado at 5 p.m., Steeleville vs. Dongola at 6:30 p.m., followed by host Sesser-Valier vs. ;Cobden in the nightcap at 8 p.m. - The winners from Saturday's 'games will adavnce to the quarter finals on Monday, Dec. 28th at 8 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. The semifinals will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 29 I - i ' , , mmmmmM , x : f ,., ' - - ' - - ",.- l"' i.jf . - M .'.-: . . v'rt ' - .. :.'".- ' ' .' ' -. ' " - ' -yliWiXpMi 'C-X-f:V-i -i ' . f ; ' &XY' I f v I -z, - - - - - .i ; fri 1 Erving's first year of retirement had to endure a holdout by Cliff Robinson. "When you analyze it, you always say, 'Geez, we should be maybe two, or three or four games better than we are,' Coach Matt Guokas said. "However, I think if you sit back and analyze it more closely, I feel we've probably lost three games that we should have won and we've probably won three games that we shouldn't have. So it all comes out. "The injuries are not an excuse. But, after those first three losses, when we were just plain beaten ... other than that, we've been in every game and had a chance to win every game. And that's encouraging, and that's good." Beginning with Wednesday night's game, the Sixers are in an important stretch of six games in eight days including four contests against such Atlantic Division foes as New York, New Jer PHILADELPHIA (AP) - All things considered, the Philadelphia 76ers will take .500. "I'm very happy that we're 8-8," Charles Barkley said while preparing for Wednesday night's matchup with the San Antonio Spurs, with the Sixers two games behind first-place Boston in the Atlantic Division. "I think that we're fortunate we're even with the Celtics in the loss column," Barkley said. "But it's disappointing, because if we had won that last game (against Denver), we'd have been ahead in the loss column. And we should have won. But if ifs were gifts, every day would be Christmas." The start compares with an 11-5 record through 16 games last year, when the Sixers finished with 45 wins but an early exit from the playoffs. Even so, the Sixers had opened this season 1-3 and have had to weather injuries to front-court starters Tim McCormick and Roy Hinson and No. 1 draft pick Chris Welp, who is out for the year with a knee injury. McCormick isn't due back until Dec. 27 as he recovers from a shoulder separation. In addition, the 76ers in Julius Carver, Centralia, Champaign Central, East St. Louis Central, Home-wood-Flossmoor, Marist, Mt. Vernon, Peoria Spalding, Salem, Ste-phen-Decatur and Thorton. Pairings for the tournament will be released in the next few days. The tournament will consist of nine sessions in all, with three sessions each day, scheduled for morning, afternoon and evening. Ticket prices will vary for each session. For further information on ticket prices, contact Centralia High School at (618) 532-7636. Sparta's Julie Robert accepted to West Point Julie Robert, a forward for the Sparta girls' high school basketball team, has been accepted to West Point. 4tIt will be hard to replace this type of individual," Sparta basketball Coach Roger Gerlach said. "Both as as a player and as an individual." Robert, a two-year starter, averages 8 points and 10 rebounds a game for the Bulldogs, 5-2. She was also an all-Southwestern Egyptian Conference selection in softball as well as a two-year all-conference selection in volleyball. Robert has a 5.0 grade-point average on a 5.0 scale. at the same time as the quarterfinal games. The third-place game will be at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30th, followed by the championship game at 9 p.m. The consolation finals will be played at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30th. Centralia Holiday Tournament set for Dec. 28, 29 and 30 The 45th annual Centralia Holiday Tournament is scheduled for on Dec. 28, 29, and 30th with 16 teams participating. Teams in this year's field are Argo, Arlington Heights (John Her-sey), Belleville, Benton, Cahokia, sey and Boston, with two games against the Celtics. "If we win three games this week, we're going to be in good shape," Barkley said. "We're AP photo Coming through: Charles Barkley (left) is one of the players the Philadelphia 76ers depend on most this season. going to be all right, guys." Edberg may participate Fin I HwywWWWip V- .! A. Mi 3? Sports Briefs avis Tomba notches another win on World Cup ski circuit MADONNA DI CAMPIGLIO, Italy Alberto Tomba won the men's slalom Wednesday and become the first Italian to take four consecutive World Cup races. Tomba finished in front of Austrian Rudolf Nierlich and Yugoslav Bojan Krizaj and increased his point total to 100 in the overall Cup standings, 41 more than Swiss ace Pirmin Zur-briggen. Zurbriggen, who is the defending World Cup champion and a heavy favorite to capture at least three gold medals in the Olympic Games, originally was listed fifth but was later disqualified for missing a gate in the second heat. There were no Americans among the 23 skiers who completed the race. hockey team is halfway through its series with the visiting Soviet Select team, and the most recent scores have been shocking: 13-2 in Union-dale, N.Y., Sunday and 9-1 in St. Louis Tuesday night. What's shocking is the Americans are the ones who are administering the beatings to the Soviets, considered to play perhaps the best hockey in the world. That leads to the inevitable question. Is the U.S. team destined to relive 1980, when it upset the Russians for the gold medal? "It's really hard to tell," said Corey Millen, who netted two goals Tuesday night and is the Americans' leading goal scorer in the series with six. "They have not played well in their last two games. Maybe they're getting used to the time change and fighting jet lag." Walt Williams named White Sox first base coach CHICAGO - Former White Sox outfielder Walt Williams is returning to baseball for the first time in seven years, as first base coach for his old American League club, the White Sox announced Wednesday. The White Sox also hired two other new coaches and confirmed the return of three from last season. The club said it still must hire a pitching instructor. Joining the White Sox from 1987 assignments in the club's minor league organization are pitching coach Don Rowe and third base coach Ron Clark. By The Associated Press REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Tight end Russ Francis, who had 41 receptions for 505 yards for the San Francisco 49ers in 1986, was waived from the injured reserve list on Wednesday, along with three other players. Francis, a 12-year NFL veteran, had 22 receptions for 202 yards this season before being placed on injured reserve with a back injury on Dec. 4. The other players waived were linebacker George Cooper, a free agent who joined the team at training camp, and strike replacements tackle Bob Standifer and running back Mike Varajon. Francis, 34, was a first-round draft pick out of Oregon by New England in 1975 and played six years with the Patriots before a one-year "retirement" in 1981. He returned in 1982 when the Patriots traded him to San Francisco. v. GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) -Stefan Edberg, who sprained his right foot on the slippery indoor clay court earlier this week, returned to practice Wednesday, but his status for the Davis Cup final against India remained in doubt. "This doesn't necessarily mean that Stefan will play in the final," Hans Olsson, Sweden's captain said. "I will not announce the lineup until after Thursday morning's practice." The competition begins Friday. Edberg, who is ranked second in the world, was injured when sliding on the clay surface to retrieve a ball Monday. Team doctor Lars Pettersson said Edberg's foot looked much better Wednesday. "It's not swollen and the internal bleeding has stopped, Pettersson said. "The injury can not get worse by practicing." AP photo On the mend: Stefan Edberg is recovering from a sprained foot. Veteran playing captain Vijay Am-ritraj and Ramesh Krishnan are likely to share singles duties for India, which has reached the Davis Cup final twice before. Amritraj is also expected to team with his brother Anand in the doubles match. Ed Brinkman, Dyar Miller, and U.S. whipping Soviets The Americans lead the eight- nipn RrKPnhanm rphirn frnm last so far in hockey series game series 3-1. Game 5 will be season's coaching staff . ST. LOUIS - The U.S. Olympic played today in Bloomington, Minn Cj3 n f I I Girls' Basketball 2-2. Mayfield came from behind to beat Cobden. The Appleknockers led 14-7 after the first quarter, but Mayfield led 22-20 at halftime and 33-22 at the end of the third quarter. ' Tammy Gurley and Daphne Wright McLeansboro, 7-1, raced to a 13-4 first-quarter lead and never trailed. Herrin, 3-4, was led by Arnetta Acree with 18 points. In other action, host Eldorado defeated Meridian 55-54. Christie-Etienne hit a free throw with 30 seconds left to lift the Eagles. Eldorado, 2-3, was led by Jessica Morris with 23 points. In the nightcap, Cairo's Shelia Brown tossed in 16 points, including four points in overtime, to lead the Co-Pilots to a 61-58 overtime victory over West Frankfort. Cairo, 6-3, also had 16 points from Julie Johnson. West Frankfort, 3-4, was led by Jennifer Thompson's game-high 22 points. ARRIVA RADIAL TIEMPO RADIAL GOREVILLE Goreville freshman Jenny Hendee tossed in a game-high 20 points to lead four players in double figures as the Blackcats trounced Zeigler-Royalton 63-19 in a girls' high school basketball game Wednesday. The Blackcats, who used a pressure man-to-man defense, led 30-8 at halftime. "We played really good defense in the first half," said Goreville Coach Larry Abell. "We took them out of it early." Goreville, No. 3 in The Southern Illinoisan power rankings, improved to 8-0. Angela Coonce, the area'a third-leading scorer at 22.3 points per game, popped in 19 points for the winners. Elizabeth Pfeffer added 13 points while Missy Tripp had 11. Goreville remained as one of four undefeated girls' teams in Southern Illinois, and one of three perfect teams in Class A. Zeigler-Royalton's leading scorer, Julie Horn, was held to just six points. The Tornadoes fell to 5-3 overall. Massac County Invitational METROPOLIS Host Massac County rolled to an easy first-round win as it drubbed Lone Oak, Ky., 53-25. In the other first-round game, Mayfield, Ky., beat Cobden 44-30. Becky King led Massac County with 13 points. The Patriots held a 29-18 lead at halftime and held Lone Oak to a just seven points in the second half. Massac county is 5-4 while Lone Oak is VECTOR RADIAL Superior traction in all kinds of weather Double steel belts help protect against bruises and road hazards Dependable wet-dry traction for year-round performance Steel belted radial construction delivers strength, tread wear, and fuel efficiency SHOP LOWELL'S for everyone on your list! 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