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SPORTS Page 6- F'rovo. Utah, Tuesday, April 8. 1975 Nuggets Stop Stars by Six For 2-0 Lead DENVER (UPI) - Ralph Simpson remembers last year— the Denver Rockets would be down by 10 points early in the fourth quarter and quit. But during the past summer, the management of the Rockets changed, the name changed to Nuggets and so did the team's attitude. The Nuggets, who had the best record (65-19) in pro basketball during the past season, were downpy 10 points, 101-91, early in the final period against Utah Monday before rallying for a 126120 win and a 2-0 advantage in the opening round of the AHA playoffs. The two teams now move to Utah for games Wednesday and ; Last year, when we were down 10, well ...," Simpson said after combining with Bobby Jones and Mack Calvin to rally the Nuggets' 42nd home win in 44 games this year. "Tonight, I knew we had a chance, a good one. We just have that kind of team." The Nuggets took the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter at 116-115 on Calvin's layup and after Utah tied the score at 118-118, Denver ran off eight straight points— the first four by Jones—to reach its final point total. Simpson led Denver with 28 points, 20 in the second half, and Calvin had 27 while Mike Green added 24 and 19 rebounds. Ron Boone, who hit only two of 13 shots from the floor in Sunday's 122-107 loss, led the Stars with 29 points and eight assists but sat out the final seven minutes with a shoulder sprain. He hoped to be back Wednesda y . Indiana Takes Two-Game Lead SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (UPI) The Indiana Pacers, surprising everyone including Coach Bobby Leonard, took a 2-0 edge in their ABA playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs back to Indianapolis today and a chance to clinch the series with two victories on their home court. "I'm surprised," Leonard said after the Pacers downed the Spurs 9S-93 Monday night behind a 33-point outburst by George McGinnis, the league's leading scorer. Things looked dim for Indiana at the start. The Pacers shot a miserable 13.6 per cent in the first quarter, hitting only three shots, and trailed 23-12 as the quarter concluded. San Antonio was still on top 4340 at the half and McGinnis had only three points. He added 11 points in the third quarter and then exploded for 19 in the final period in a shootout with San Antonio's George Gervin, who hit 21 including 3- of-4 three-point attempts. Leonard said Indiana took bad outside shots in the first half but, "we got our inside game going. George played a good second half. We didn't play that well in the first half. I'm just glad we were able to stay in it until the second half." Billy Knight added 15 points for the Pacers while Don Buse hit 11 and pulled off two spectacular steals and rookie center I.en Elmore added 10 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Both Leonard and San Antonio Coach Bob Bass credited strong play from the Indiana bench as contributing the triumph. "There are 300 hours of playoff experience sitting on that bench," Bass said. "Indiana to me has got the best five people sitting on the bench in the league." Tourney Set SPRINGVILLE - The Hobble Creek Men's Golf Association two-man best ball Icebreaker Tournament is scheduled for this Saturday with tee times beginning at noon. All golfers who have previously registered might sign up again. The fee i.s $15 and full handicaps with 1974 PGAcards will be used. Bulldogs Win Prove High's golf team defeated Hillcrest, 15-5, Monday in a match at the Mountain View Course in Salt Lake County. Low scorers for the Bulldogs were Clyde Barton 36, Maury Jfackman, 38, Kyle Watrath 39 and Jeff Hill 41. Bass also criticixed calls by official Jack Madden, one a close goal tending call against Rich Jones and another a backcourt foul on Gervin that Bass thought should have been a forceout by McGinnis. Gervin had a chance to tie the game with a three-point shot with four seconds left and the score at 96-93 but it bounced off the rim into Indiana's hands. Buse contributed to the final score with two free throws on a foul as the game ended. "We really worked hard not to win that game," Bass said. "It puts a lot of pressure on (going to Indianpolis for the next two)." INDIANA (98) Knight 6 3-3 15. McGinnis 11 11-14 33. Bmore 5 &0 10. Buse 34-8 11, Joyce 3 00 6. Brown 3 0-0 6. Keller 24-19. Ifillman 3 0-0 6. Netolicky 0 frO 0, Kd|<e 1 00 2. Totals 37 22-29 98 SAN ANTONIO t») Jones 6 1-2 13, (lervm 14 7-8 38, Nater 6 3-8 15, Silas 0 0-0 0. Kreeman 7 4-1 18, Wanvn 0 0-0 0, Karl 0 1-2 I. Dietrick 2 44 8. Totals 35 20-30 3.1 Indiana 12 28 32 2fr-S8 San Antonio 23 JO 25 25—33 Total fouls Indiana 32, San Antonio 30. Technical fouls None Three-point goals Buse. Keller, (k-rvm 3 A 7,643. ABA I1a\off Schedule and Results I All limes KIITl I All Series Best ol Severn 1'iistern Division Semifinals Kentuckj vs. Memphis {Kentucky leads series, 1-0) April 6--Kentucky SH Memphis 91 April 8--at Kentucky-7 35 pin Apnl 10—at Memphis. 9 10 p m April ll-al Memphis 9 10 pin Apnl 13—at Kentucky-7 35 Sun 'lUs llnir Kn \-Sun p MI p in \ Wed [>ni Apnl 15--at Memphis, 9 II) Apnl UV ,it Kentucky 7 35 New Vork vs. St. l/iuis iVw Vork leads series, 1-0) April 6-New York 111 St Urns April 9—at New Vork, 8 05 p m Apnl II—ill St buns 9 00 pin Apnl 13—at St Umis. 2 35 p m 15-at New York. 8 Oi Sun 116 Wed Kn Sun x 'IXxs , April pin x-Wed Apnl 16-at St UHJI.-J. 900 pin >. Iliur . Apnl 17—at New Vork 8 05 p in Westmi Division Semifinals Utah «>. Denver tDenver leads series. 2-0) Sun \pnl fr-Denver 122 l.'lah 111? Mn April 7-Denver I2(i Utah la) Wi-d April 9- M I'tah. a :t5 p m l-Vi April II -at I'tah. 9 35 p.m xSat Apn! 12--at Denver. 9 35 pin x NV»i April 14 at I'tuh. 9 35 p.m x-Tusda\. Apnl 15 ,it Denver. 935 p in San Antonio vs. Indiana (Indiana leads sain,, 2-0) Sat Apnl 5 •• Indiana 122 San Antonio 119. '< Mun Apnl 7 Indiana 98 Sa/i Antoniu 93 'llui , Apnl 10 at Indiana. 9 05 p m Sal, April 12 at Indiana. 905 pin x-Mun., Apnl 14—at San Antonio. 8 35 p.m X-Wed, Apnl 16--at Indiana, 905 p.m x-Sat., Apnl 19- at San Anloruo. 8 35 prn x-if necessary Erving, Randy Denton had 23 points and 16 rebounds and Jim Kakins scored 20 for Utah. Denver's normally aggressive play was stymied by Utah before the closing minutes The Nuggets ran only seven fast breaks during the first three quarters, scoring on only two, and forced only 17 turnovers the entire game. "We talked a lot before the game about playing better and put in another offense that spread as out and took the pressure off," said Utah Coach Tom Nissalke, who took over the Stars for the final 28 games of the year and had a 14-14 record. Normally, when I have a team for a while, nobody gets a fast break on us." Nugget Coach I>arry Brown said he didn't feel Boone's loss hurt Utah too much because John Roche had 18 points and Al Smith had 19 "and you can only play two of them at a time." But Nissalke had a different opinion. "We wanted to move him to forward in the final four minutes and give us some better shooting and quickness," said Nissalke, who starts three centers up front in Eakins, Denton and Moses Ma lone. UTAH (120) Milcne 3 3-fl 9, Dcnton II 1-2 23, Fiikins 9 2-2 20. Kochc 7 3-3 18, Boone 12 5-5 29, Smith 5 9-11 19. Covan I (M) 2. Totals 43 23-31 120 DHWKK 11261 Jims 7 1-2 15, Beck 3 4-1 10. Green 10 4-4 2-1. Gilvm 13 1-2 27. Simpson II M 28. Taylor I 2-2 4 Terry I 1-1 3. liobisch 5 3-4 13. vanBreda Kolff 0 2-2 2 Totals 51 24-27 126 Uah 29 26 42 23 - 120 IX-nver 31253337-126 Total fouls Utah 23, Denver 28 Thrce- pnint finals Hex-lie. A 7.298 WRIGLEY FIELD WORKER Paul Smith and his crew are keeping busy trying to clear snow off the field and seats at the Chicago Cubs' home facility. The opener with Pittsburgh, originally scheduled today, has been delayed until Thursday due to lait week's 12-Inch snowfall. Nearly 100 men are trying to get the Held in shape for baseball. Nolan Ryan Opens Year Blazing By United Press International Nolan Ryan of the California Angels has started the 1975 season the way he ended the 1974 campaign: blazing. And the same can be said for the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers, whose opening game struggle in Cincinnati Monday promised the knockdown and drag-out battle the experts have predicted for the National League West. As for the Montreal Expos and Houston Astros — they opened their seasons with key players they touted in the spring playing big roles in their victories. The season is officially underway but it's still spring with all its hopes for the Angels, Reds, Expos and Astros. Ryan, who pitched a no-hitter in his final appearance in 1974, fired a three-hitter and struck out 12 Monday night as the Angels beat the Kansas City Royals with a two-run ninth- inning rally. Earlier in the day and night, the Reds topped the Dodgers 21 in 14 innings, rookies Tony Scott and Gary Carter delivered key hits in the Expos' 8-4 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals and Larry Dierker pitched a four- hitter to lead the Astros to a 6- NHL Playoffs (First Koond-All Series Itoit of Three I (All Times EDT) Scries A—Toronto vs. 1.0s Angeles Tues.. April 8-nl IAS Angeles. II 1)5 p.m. Thurs.. April 10—at Toronto, 9:05 p m y-HH, April II—ill \jus Angeles, M 00 p.m. Series B—Boston vs. Chicago Tues., April 8—fit Boston. 7.35 p.m Thurs. April 10—at Chicago. 8 35 p m y-Pri April 11—;U Boston. 735 p m. 2 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Steve Busby of the Royals carried a 2-1 lead into the ninth inning but the Angels rallied for two runs to give their ace his opening-game win. Bruce Bochte's sacrifice fly with the bases filled and none out drove in the winning off Steve Mingori. John Mayberry had given the Royals a 2-1 lead with a homer off Ryan in the sixth. It was Ryan's 68th big league game in which he struck out 10 or more batters, 54 of them with the Angels. Reds 2, Dodgers 1 A record crowd of 52,526 at Cincinnati saw pinch-hitter George Foster beat out a slow roller to third with two out in the 14th inning for a single, driving in Cesar Geronimo with the winning run. The 14-inning game tied the NL record for the longest opening day game in history. Dave Conception started the winning rally with a single and went to second on Steve Yeager's passed ball. Geronimo walked and Ken Griffey sacrificed. Concepcion was caught in a rundown and tagged out after Darrell Chaney's tap to the mound but then Foster beat out his slow roller. Expos 8, Cardinals 4 Scott doubled home two runs in the eighth inning and Carter, the Expos^ spring sensation, hit a three-run homer in the ninth to give Montreal its victory. Dave McNally went seven innings for the Expos to receive credit for his first NL win after 12 seasons with the AL Baltimore Orioles. Ted Sizemore had three hits for the Cardinals. Astros 6, Braves 2 Dierker, a .500-pitcher since his 20-victory season in 1969, went the distance for Houston and Jose Cruz, making his first appearance in an Astro uniform, hit a three-run homer and two singles to hand Atlanta's Phil Niekro the loss. The three-time world champion Oakland A's begin their quest for a fourth straight title tonight with Vida Blue, 17-15. opposing Wilbur Wood (20-19) of the Chicago White Sox. In other AL games, the Milwaukee Brewers are at Boston, the New York Yankees at Cleveland, the Minnesota Twins at Texas and the Royals at California. The scheduled opener between Baltimore and Detroit at Detroit was postponed by inclement weather. In the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies go against the New York Mets, the San Francisco Giants play the San Diego Padres and the Braves face the Astros. tamer's 'Wounded Knee' Gets w /,/ fe Sox Test Tonight Against Seattle Add Osfeen Series C—Pittsburgh vs. St. look Tues., April 8—at Pittsburgh. 7 35 pin Thurs., April 10-at St l-ouis. 9 05 p.m. y-Fri. Apnl 11—at Pittsburgh. 7 35 p.m. I>-NY Hangers vs. NY Islanders April 8--at NY Rangers. 9 05 Series Tus. pin Tnurs., Apnl 10-al NY Islanders, 805 pin y-HVi. Apnl ll-al NY Hangers. 9:05 p in x-Oi vision winners Chiladelphia, Van- couwr. .\lontrval and Buffalo draw first-round Ijyes y-if necessary WHA Playoffs B) United lYess International (Quarterfinals—All Series Best of Three) (All limes KDT| Series A--(leve!and vs. Houston Thurs.. April 10-at Houston. 8 30p.m. S;it, April 12—ut Houston, 8 30 p.m. Sunday. Apnl 1.1-aI Cleveland. 7.30 p.m. Tues , Apnl 15—al Cleveland, 7 10 p.m x-Thurs . April 17-al Houston. 8 30 p.m x-Sal April 19-at (lew-land, 7 30pm x-Wed.. April 23--at Houston, 8 30 p m Series B Phoenix \v Quebec Tus . Apnl 8- at Quebec. 9 05 p m Thurs. Apnl 10-at (JueUv. <t 05 p.m Sat. Apnl 12-at Phoenix. II 00 p in. TUK. Apnl 15 at linn-nix. 11 00 p m x-Thurs , April 17-al Quebec, 9 05 p.m x-Sal April 19-al Hioenix. II 00 pm xTut-si. April 2- at Quebec. 9 05 p.m. Serks ('-•-Minnesuta vs. Vvt Kngland Wed Apnl » at New Kngland. 7 30 p in Kn , Apnl 11 ,it New Ungland. 7 30pm Siijday. Apnl 13-at Miiux-.sota. 8 30 p m. Tus Apnl 15 at Minnesota, 8 30 p.m x-'lhurs April 17-at New Kngland. 7 30 pin. x-Sat , Apnl l»--al Minnesota. 8 30 p m x-Tus , Apnl 22—at New Kngland, 7 30 p.m. Series I>-Toronto vs. Sau Diego Wud, Apnl 9- nl San Diego. 10:30 p.m Sat., April 12- at San Ucgo. 10 30 p.m Mm., April 14—at Toronto, 9:00 p.m. Wed, Apnl It^-at Toronto, 9 00 p.m x-bYi, Apnl 18—at San Uego, 10:30 p.m x-Nfon.. April 21—at Toronto, 9 00 p m x-Wed. April 23—at San Diego. 1030 pin x if necessary SEATTLE (UPI) - Tonight's opening NBA playoff game between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Detroit Pistons shapes up as the battle of wounded knee—Bob Lanier's, that is. Lanier, the Pistons' massive 6- foot-11 center, can be devastating when healthy. But the left knee of the 260-pounder turned gimpy with tendinitis a few weeks ago and Detroit had to struggle to grab a wildcard playoff berth. Despite "swelling and considerable pain," Lanier will be in the center circle for the tipoff against Seattle's skinny rooKie, 7-2 Tommy Burleson, who distributes only 230 pounds over his long frame. "Bob made up his mind he was going to play, regardless, and it gave us a tremendous lift, said a Detroit spokesman of Lanier's performance in the final few games of the season The bump-and-shove show matching Lanier and Burleson could determine the outcome of the three-game series to select the team that will take on Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. Burleson was the key to Seattle's late season drive which wrapped up the team's first- ever playoff spot. The North Carolina State grad has matured considerably over his first season and now can provide the offensive and defensive punch Seattle lacked from the center position for so many years. However, Lanier ranked among the top 10 in scoring, field goal accuracy, rebounding and shot-blocking over the regular season. His experience plus a major weight and strength advantage may power the Pistons over a Seattle team that features six rookies on a squad of 12. Seattle and Detroit split their four-game series over the season but they last played on Dec. 22 and Seattle Coach Bill Russell claims the long period since then means "we really don't know that much about them.'' Back after the second game of the season, Piston Coach Ray Scott analyzed a tough 100-95 win by calling the Sonics "the best Mrs. Thorpe Dies HESPERIA, Calif. lUPIl Funeral services were pending today for Patricia Thorpe, widow of Jim Thorpe, the famous Indian athlete of the early 1900s. She died at her home Sunday at the age of 76 of a heart attack. She was Thorpe's third wife, marrying him nine years before his death in 1953. Thorpe, A Sac Indian born in Oklahoma, was regarded as the greatest athlete of his day. She carried on a long campaign to have his Olympic medals returned from Switzerland by the International Olympic Committee. Thorpe won five gold medals and several silvers at the games in 1912, only to return them the next year when it was revealed that he had broken the amateur standing rules by taking money for playing with a semi-pro baseball team in Rocky Mount, N.C. in 1909. Mrs. Thorpe also campaigned for a commemorative stamp to honor Thorpe. He played pro baseball for the New York Giants and pro football for the Canton, Ohio, Bulldogs and later became supervisor of recreation for the Chi cago parks. Seattle team I've ever seen ... crashing the boards, never giving up, playing both offense and defense." But now it's playoff time. Everyone crashes; nobody gives up. It will take all the wiley experience Russell can muster from his 165 playoff games to guide his young Sonics through the first round of a competition they've never experienced before. NBA Playoff Schedule (All Times KDTl (First Round Action) Kastern Conference Illusion vs. New York (Best of Three) Tues , April 8—at Houston, 9:00 p.m Thurs.. April 10—at New York, 9:0ti p.m x-Sat., April 12—at Houston, 1:40 p.m. Washington vs. Buffalo (Best of Seven I Thurs., April 10—at Washington, 8:05 p.m Sat, April 12—at Buffalo, 1.40 p.m. Wed, .Apnl 16-at Washington, 8:05 p.m. rYi. April 18-at Buffalo, 9:10 p.m. x-Sun, April 20—at Washington, 1:10 p.m. x-Tues., April 22 or Wed., April 23-at IWfalo. y-tba x-Fri. April 25—at Washington, 8:05 p.m Western Conference Detroit vs. Seattle (Best of Three) Tues., April 8-at Seattle, 11:00 p.m. Thurs, April 10-at Detroit, 8:35 p.m. x-Sat, April 12—at Seattle, 11:00 p.m Chicago vs. KC-Omaha (Best of Seven) (All KC-Omaha Games To Be Played In Kansas City) Wed. April 9—at Chicago, 8:30 p.m Sun, April 13—at KC-Omaha, 1:35 p.m Tus., Apnl 15 or Wed., April Ifr-at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Thurs., April 17 or fri., April 18-al KC-Omaha, 8:35 p.m. x-Sat., April 19 or Sun., April 20-at Chicago, y-tba x-Tues, April 22—at KC-Omaha, y-tba x-Kri., April 25—at Chicago. 8:30 p.m x-if necessary y-iune to be announced OAKLAND, Calif. (UPI) The Chicago White Sox Monday added veteran pitcher Claude Osteen and asked to place right- hander Bart Johnson on the 21- day disabled list. Osteen, 35, was placed on waivers by St. Louis Saturday and will be eligible to pitch next Friday when he is scheduled to go against the California Angels. Johnson, suffering from a severe back strain, was placed in traction in a San Francisco hospital late Sunday and team physician, Dr. Edwin Feldman, said he would remain for about a week. Osteen, a former Dodger star with a won-lost record of 189179, chose the Sox over several other clubs, among them the Champion Oakland A's. He was 9-9 with Houston last year, then 0-2 late in the season with the Cardinals. Deron Johnson was also picked up as a free agent by the White Sox during the weekend and will join the club for Tuesday night's opening game in Oakland The designated hitter will take the spot opened by Bart Johnson's disabled status and Chicago must drop a player Friday when Osteen is signed officially. Star Honored ATLANTA (UPI) - The Atlanta Tipoff Club Sunday night presented North Carolina State star David Thompson with the Naismith Trophey in recognition for being named the outstanding college basketball player of the year. The award was based on balloting by sportswriters and sportscasters from throughout the nation and tabulated by United Press International. McGinnis Honored NEW YORK - Julius "Dr. J" Erving of the New York Nets and George McGinnis of the Indiana Pacers have been selected co-MVPs in the American Basketball Association for the 1974-75 season. In balloting conducted by members of the media (three in each of the ABA's 10 franchise cities)$, Erving and McGinnis each received 11 votes. Mack Calvin of the Denver Nuggets was selected as the MVP on six ballots while teammate Bobby Jones collected the remaining two votes. This marks the second consecutive year that the 25-year old Erving has captured the league's top individual honor. Erving, a native of Roosevelt, N.Y.. only a short distance from the Nets' Nassau Coliseum home, joined the Nets last season after playing two years with the Virginia Squires. In his first campaign with New York, he led his team to the ABA championship, won a second consecutive scoring title and was named the M.V.P. in the playoffs. This year, Erving finished second — to McGinnis — in scoring and was among the league leaders in rebounding, three-point field goals, assists, blocked shots and steals. He also hit a career high of 63 points — second highest in ABA history — against San Diego in a four overtime contest. "I consider it a great honor to again be selected and to share the MVP awarcf with a player the caliber of George," Julius said. "There were times this year when I did not play as well as I should have, but I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by a great bunch of guys with tremendous talent who carried me through some trying times." McGinnis also finishing his fourth pro season after signing out of the University of Indiana following his sophomore season, captured the league scoring championship, finished third in assists, second in steals, fourth in three-point field goal percentage and ranked high in rebounding. Like his close friend Erving, McGinnis is a hometown product, having grown up in Indianapolis where he was a prep-All-America in both basketball and football. He broke into the Pacers' lineup as a regular following the All-Star break his rookie season and was instrumental in leading the team to the 1972 ABA championship. In his second pro season, McGinnis averaged 27.6 points per game, second best in the league, behind Erving, and was fifth in rebounding. He was chosen as the MVP in the playoffs after carrying Indiana to a second consecutive title. BYU's Golf, Tennis Teams Slate Events It will be a relatively quiet week for Brigham Young University sports, but the Cougars' baseball teams will be producing most of the noise with a total of 12 varsity or junior varsity games. Coach Glen Tuckett's squad opened the WAC seaspn last Saturday with a pair of wins over rival Utah. The Mountain Cats will have a chance to extend that lead this weekend with a three-game series at home against Wyoming. In addition, the varsity will host Southern Utah State College (Cedar City) in a doubleheader on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Jayvees will be tackling a seven-game schedule in a period of four days, weather permitting. The Jayvees will meet Utah in Provo for two, host Southern Idaho in Provo for two travel to Salt Lake City for two more against the Utes, then travel to Rexburg, Ida., for a game with Ricks College. Following an extended tour to California two weeks ago, the Cougar golf team will stick close to home this week. The Cougars will host Weber State at the Riverside on Tuesday, then tangle with Utah on the same course on Saturday. There's only one tennis match on the Cougar schedule this week, but it's a big one — Utah. The Cougars and Utes will meet in a dua[ match Saturday in Salt Lake City. BYU's track and field team will draw a bye this weekend. Pre-Masters Talk Overlooks Player AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI)-With all the hubbub caused by Lee Elder's arrival and talk of a Jack Nicklaus-Johnny Miller "shootout," a lot of folks at the Masters are forgetting someone. What makes it particularly unusual is that the forgotten man also happens to be the defending champion. Gary Player. Although Player won as many tournaments in his world travels last year as Miller won on the U.S. tour, and even though he's one of only four men to win all four of the world's major championships, he has been obscured in all the pre-Masters buildup. On one hand, people are talking about and anticipating the play of Elder, first black man to qualify for the Masters, first of the year's major championships. On the other, they're talking about Miller and the threat he poses to Nicklaus as the game's premier player. No one is talking about Player. Well, hardly anyone. "I wouldn't say everybody is talking about Nicklaus and Miller, but a lot of people are," Player says. "This is good news for the newspapers. This has been going on ever since I've played the tour. Some fellow has a good winter circuit and they say he's going to be the next No. 1 player. "None of that matters. All that matters is to play in the tournament and win. That's what goes into the record books. Twenty years from now, no one will remember what the sprtswriters were saying. But tney'll know what's in the record book" slace in the records is secure, winner of both the Masters and British Open in 1974, lie has won more than 100 tournaments world-wide including eight of the majors. And it's obvious he expects to win a lot more. "I know I'm going to win a lot more, "he says. This week may not be one of them, though. Only one man—Nicklaus in 1965-66-has won the Masters ir successive years. Another thing making it tough for Player is that he has played in just two tournaments since returning to this country following a winter of "loaf ing," "This is the first winter I really just loafed," said Player who always returns to his Johannesburg ranch in the fall but usually plays in a lot of winter tournaments at home or elsewhere in the world. "I did so much traveling last year (he won tournaments in the U.S., Britain, South Africa, Brazil, Australia and Spain) that I just wanted to stay at home and do the things a normal father does, be with my family." In the two months before his JH."£ ""'ted States two -.. ,„ ,.£ v/.nicu oldies IWO weeks ago, Player played only 45 i of golf. He did not finish _T7 -; o""- •«. uiu iiui I1II1MI particularly liigh in either of his two starts before the Masters and now he says "I should have Played at least two more tournaments to be ready for this

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