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Tuesday, April 8, 1975
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For Breach of Contract Tuesday. April 8. 1975. THE HERALD. Prove, Utah-Page 7 Stanford Tentative Agreement Reached West Sues Cooke, Lakers chooses ToMoke/mprovemenfsonF/afs * • • • IH I Mfl ^S* ^% OATT I AVC* /"TTV /1 Tr»T i TI i_J i_ :„* _ • 4i__ _ J i t i _ *i_- «* _*<.'SANTA MONICA, Calif. (UPI) — Jerry West, former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star, Monday filed a breach of contract suit against team owner Jack Kent Cooke and his corporation, charging them with reneging on an agreement that would have paid West more than $1 million after his retirement. A spokesman for the Lakers confirmed that the suit was filed in Superior Court late Monda y. West, a 13-time All-Pro guard who scored more than 25,000 points during his illustrious pro career, retired from the Lakers prior to the start of the just- completed season. "The Lakers deeply regret that Jerry West has seen fit to sue California Sports Inc., bringing a sad ending to what had been a 1&year mutually satisfactory association," the Lakers said in a statement, A $2 million counter-suit against West was announced late Monday by California Sports Inc. "If anyone has a right to sue for repudiation of contract and fraud, it's the Lakers, not Jerry West," a spokesman said. "We tried to avoid it, but West apparently won't listen to reason. We have no alternative but to sue West, which we will promptly do." West's resignation prior to the 1974-75 season caused the Lakers to finish last for the first time, miss the plyoffs for the first time and suffer a substantial drop in attendance, the spokesman said. Allegations of the suit were not specifically known, nor was the Lyle Has More to Worry About Than Upcoming Fight With AH DENVER (UPI) - Seventh- ranked heavyweight Ron Lyle doesn't want to worry about anything for the next 38 days except world champion Muhammad Ali. The two meet in a Las Vegas, Nev., title fight May 16. Monday, Lyle had his legal problems delayed until after the bout. District Judge George Manerbino postponed until May 22 a preliminary hearing for Lyle on two charges of menacing and one of second degree assault. The fighter was to have appeared in court April 28. The charges stem from a Baseball Standings National League East w. 1. pet. g.b. Montreal I 01.000 Pittsburgh 0 0 .000 "2 New York 0 0 .000 '2 Chicago 0 0 .000 '/i Philadelphia 0 0 .000 Ms St. Louis 0 1 .000 1 West w. I. pet. g.b. Houston 1 01.000 Cincinnati 1 01.000 — San Diego 0 0 .000 'i San Francisco 0 0 .000 ^ Atlanta 0 1 .000 1 Los Angeles 0 1 .000 1 Monday's Results Cincinnati 2 Los Angeles 1, 14 inns Montreal 8 St. Louis 4, night Houston 6 Atlanta 2, night Today's Games (All Times EOT) Philadelphia (Carlton 16-13) at New York (Seaver 11-11), 2:05 p.m. Atlanta (Capra 16-6) at Houston (Griffin 14-10), 8:35 p.m. San Francisco (Barr 13-9) at San Diego (Jones 8-22), 10:00 p.m. (only games scheduled) Wednesday's Games Montreal at St. Louis Los Angeles at Cincinnati, night Atlanta at Houston, night San Francisco at San Diego, night Pittsburgh at Chicago, postponed, inclement weather American League East w. I. pet. gb Baltimore 0 0 .000 New York 0 0 .000 Boston 0 0 .000 Cleveland 0 0 .000 Milwaukee 0 0 .000 Detroit 0 0 .000 West w. I. pet. gb California 1 01.000 Oakland 0 0 .000 '* Ttocas 0 0 .000 l k Mwiesota 0 0 .000 W Chicago 0 0 .000 l /i Kansas City 0 1 .000 1 Monday's Results California 3 Kansas City 2. night (Only game scheduled) Today's Probable Pitchers (All Times EDTj Milwaukee (Slaton 13-16) at Boston (•Ham 22-13), 2 p.m. New York (Medich 19-15) at Cleveland (G. Pzrry 21-13), 2 p.m. Minnesota (Blyleven 17-17) at Texas (Jenkins 15-12), 9 p.m. Kansas City (Splitlorff 13-19) at California (Singer 14 or Tanana 14-19), 10:30 p.m. Chicago (Wood 20-19) at Oakland (Blue 17-15), 11 p.m. Baltimore at Detroit, ppd., inclement Heather Wednesday's Games Baltimore at Detroit. New York at Cleveland. Milwaukee at Boston. Chicago at Oakland, night. Kansas City at California, night. Minnesota at Texas, night. Final Standings In Spring Games By Hailed Press International (Includes Only Games vs. Teams) American League Baltimore California Minnesota Cleveland Kansas City Texas New York Milwaukee Chicago Detroit Ouklard Boston National league lix Angeles Montreal San Francisco ttiiladelphia Cincinnati Pittsburgh Houston aUxiis San Diego New York Chicago AUarta Major Lg. w. 1. pet. 17 10 .630 14 10 .583 17 13 . 67 9 7 .563 13 12 .520 15 15 .500 15 17 .469 11 13 .458 14 18 .438 13 18 .41!) 7 11 .389 10 20 .333 W. 1. pel. 20 8 .714 19 8 701 12 '6 .667 15 9 .625 18 11 .621 18 16 .529 14 15 .483 11 14 .440 8 11 421 8 17 320 7 15 .318 8 19 W March 13 incident in which Lyle's wife, Nadine, alleges he shot at her. Manerbino also said he would issue a gag order in the case, prompted by Mrs. Lyle's recent release of statements about the incident to local newspapers. "This hearing involves two very serious things in the defendant's life," Lyle's attorney Leonard Chessler said. "He has a chance of his lifetime in his career and secondly he faces a very critical stage in the judicial process at which time his mind and body will be elsewhere." Lyle's attorneys, Chessler and William Lewis, consented to waive the preliminary hearing if the arraignment could be postponed until after the fight because the district attorney's office was skeptical about the request for a delay. "That is such a cumbersome agreement," Manerbino said. "I don't know why you want to make it so cumbersome when it's really very simple." Manerbino also refused to include in his order an agreement that Lyle would waive his right to the preliminary hearing when he appears in court May 22, as requested by assistant district attorneys Steve Munsinger and Bob Jenkins. "On that date, the defendant will come to court and if he still wants to waive the hearing at that time that is fine," the judge said. "But I am going to continue the preliminary hearing without any conditions." Parent Earns Second Straight Vezina Trophy NEW YORK (UPI) -Bernie Parent of the Philadelphia Flyers became the first National Hockey League goaltender to win consecutive Vezina Trophies since the legendary Jacques Plante turned the trick 15 years ago. Parent, 30, who shared the award last season with Tony Esposito of Chicago, needed an outstanding second half to overtake the Los Angeles Kings' duo of Rogie Vachon and Gary Edwards, the mid-season leaders. Parent led the league with 12 shutouts and completed the regular schedule with a 2.03 goals against average. For winning the Vezina Trophy, Parent collected a $1,500 bonus. Bobby Orr won the Art Ross Trophy as the scoring leader to spoil teammate Phil Esposito's bid for a record fifth straight scoring championship. It marked the second time Orr has won the award, being the only Moore Named to Squad For All-Star Hoop Tilt LAS VEGAS, Nev. (UPI) Jimmy Moore of Utah State and C.J. Kupec of Michigan were named as late substitutes Monday for the West and East teams in the fourth annual Pizza Hut Basketball Classic April 15. Moore replaces UCLA All America forward Dave Meyers on the West team and Kupec takes over for John Garrett of Purdue for the East in a game that features top college seniors selected in balloting by basketball fans across the country. Meyers and Garrett were the only athletes out of 20 players named who declined invitations. In addition to Kupec, players on the East team coached by North Carolina State's Norman Sloan include David Thompson and Monte Towe of North Carolina State, Kevin Grevey of Kentucky, Glenn Hansen of Lousiana State, Steve Green of Indiana, Mel Utley of St. John's, Rick Whitlow of Illinois State, George Sorrell of Middle Tennessee and Bob Fleischer of Duke. Joining Moore on the West team, coached by Washington's Marv Harshman, are Gus Williams of Southern California, Lionel Hollins of Arizona State, Ricky Sobers of Nevada-Las Vegas, Maurice Harper of St. Mary's (Calif.), Rich Kelley of Stanford, Rick Suttle of Kansas, Journey Slated The 13th annual Canyonlands Amateur golf tournament will be held April 19,20 at the Moab Country Club. The tournament will be held in two flights with groupings of handicap players 0-12 and 12-13 with net and gross competition in both flights. It will be a 36 hold tournament with a practice round Friday, April 18. Entry fee is $22 and anyone can enter by writing Vern Simmons, Box 1254, Moab. exact amount of the damages sought by West. CBS television sports reporter, Tom Kelly, however, said the sum was believed to be in excess of $1 million. Kelly iaid that West, now a CBS network commentator covering pro basketball, charged in his suit that Cooke and the Lakers reneged on two agreements. One would have paid West $6,000 per game as long as he was an active player. After his retirement as a player, another agreement would have taken over giving West $250,000 a year for the next five years for work in another capacity with California Sports Inc. "CSI categorically denies the allegations made by Jerry West," the Lakers' statement said. "After West agreed to negotiate a contract with CSI to play for the Lakers in the 197475 season and following seasons, West suddenly, unilaterally and without prior notice to CSI, announced his retirement. "CSI has seriously and continuously attempted to reach a reasonable settlement of the differences between CSI and West, but, unfortunately those attempts have failed." The Lakers wound up their 1974-75 campaign Sunday night losing to the Portland Trail Blazers, 126-97-their worst sea son since coming to California 15 years ago. West, 36, known as "Mr. Clutch" to basketball fans, was the only Laker who had been with the team since it moved from Minneapolis in 1960. DiBiaso STANFORD, Calif. (UPI) Former Notre Dame assistant Dick DiBiaso must try to build Stanford into a Pacific Eight basketball contender despite the fact that the Cards have the lowest recruiting budget in the Pacific Eight conference. DiBiaso, 34, Monday was tabbed from a list of 60 applicants for the head coaching job at Stanford, where he will replace Howie Dallmar, who stepped down after 21 seasons. DiBiaso, who helped Digger Phelps coach a Notre Dame team that twice upset national champion UCLA squads, will have only $6,000 annual recruiting funds. Dibiaso was a 1962 graduate of Mansfield (Pa.) State College, where he set career scoring and rebounding records that still stand. He coached for six years at Beacon High School in New York, during which time his teams compiled a 101-16 mark over six years. In 1968, he went to Virginia and then moved on to Notre Dame in 1971. DiBiaso, whose annual salary will be $20,000 at Stanford, called his new job "a fantastic opportunity. It represents a chance to compete in one of the best, if not the best, conference in the country. It's an opportunity to coach at one of the truly outstanding academic institutions in the world. "I've been interested in Stanford for many years. The caliber of student-athlete at Stanford is the type I'd like to be associated with as head coach." SALT LAKE CITY (UPH - It looks like the famed Bonneville Salt Flats speedway will be put into shape for racing this summer after all. The state and Tooele County officials reached a tentative agreement Monday on a means to grade and level the track- using state money and local equipment. The agreement is still subject to approval by the full Tooele County Commission, however. Gov. Calvin Uampton said last week the Utah Highway Department, plagued by decreasing fuel tax revenues, did not have the $30,000 to $40,000 Shannon Still Best Shooter LOS ANGELES (UPI) - Bill Sharman, coach of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, emerged as the "world's best free throw shooter" Monday night in his challenge match against the current record holder, Ted St. Martin. Sharman, who still holds a National Basketball Association single season free throw shooting percentage record of 93.4, hit 90 of 100 shots to St. Martin's 88 of 100. The 48-year-old Sharman had to come from behind to win, sinking 48 of his last 50 shots. The contest was held at the Los Angeles Sportsman and Vacation Travel Show at the Convention Center. St. Martin, who holds a world mark of 1,704 consecutive free throws in row, is performing daily at the show. needed to maintain the speedway where daredevil racers have driven their rocket powered cars more than 600 m.p.h. But at a special strategy meeting called by the governor, Tooele County Commissioner George Buzianis said he thought his county could provide heavy equipment needed to drag and fill the track if the state could find some money and manpower. The Highway Department agreed to assign some of its personnel stationed in Wcnclov- cr to work on the track, and St;itc Development Services Director Milton Weilenmann said he could provide $10,000 from state promotional money. Highway Director Blaine Kay said most of the state expenditure for maintenance of the track in years past went for the rental of equipment. Buzianis also said it may be possible for Tooele County and the city of Wcndover to completely take over maintenance of the track, "but it would have to be phased in over a period of years." Rampton told the meeting he wondered how important the track was to the state's economny. noting that Utahns aren't the ones who usually participate in the racing. He also referred to a recently completed study by the Utah Geological Survey which showed the Kaiser Chemical potash plant near Wendover was leaching salt from the speedway. "Sooner or later the state has to reach a decision as to whether Kaiser's operation helps the state more than the racing." the governor said. Colt Tryouts Colt League tryouts will be held at the Orem City Park at 10 a.m. Saturday. All youth 15-17 will be eligible to play Youth who will be 17 through July 31 are included this year. The Orcm Scera teams will play in the Northern Utah County League and will compete against teams from American Fork and Pleasant Grove. Any person who can not make Saturday's tryouts or has questions should contact Bernie Campbell (225-1308). MASTER MUFFLER $1493 I ^f and up BOYERS Free Installation Lifetime Guarantee defenseman to perform the feat. He scored 46 goals, the most ever by a defenseman, and added a league leading 89 assists for 135 points. A prize of $2,000 goes along with the trophy. Seven players finished with at least 100 points, the most to reach that figure in league history. Besides Orr and Esposito, Marcel Dionne, Guy Lafleur, Pete Mahovlich, Bobby Clarke and Rene Robert reached the plateau. Esposito led the goal scorers with 61. Three other players scored 50 goals—Lafleur, Rick Martin and Danny Grant. The Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks finished first in their divisions and, in addition to receiving a bye in the first round of the playoffs, each team member earned an additional $2,000. Each player on a second-place team received $1,000 and those on third-place teams $500. er'$ 461 W. 300 S. 374-2800 Provo 985 So. Slate 224-1844 Orem 375 North Main 798-3760 Spanish Fork 109 E. 100 N. 756-2951 American Fork Firestone Ken "Grasshopper" Smith of Tulsa, Houston's Louis Dunbar and Ike Devore of Midwestern (Tex.). Sweden Blanks Americans, 7-0 MUNICH, Germany (UPI) Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, the two giants of the amateur ice hockey world, meet today in the first of two games which will decide the world title. A sell-out crowd of 9,914 was expected for the game with the traditional Scandinavian grudge match between Finland and Sweden set to follow. Both the Russians and the Czechs have won all their games so far in the world championships but the Czechs, the only team to have taken the title from the Soviets since 1963, were favored to win because of their 4-1-1 record against them in the Izvestia Cup competition last month. But Czech coach Karol Gut said he still regarded his team as the underdog. "We beat the Russians four times last month, but that was a very different situation. The world championship are completely different. They require a different approach because you have to play 10 games in just over two weeks and the Russians have shown they are very good in this type of competition," Gut said. Both teams rested Monday and watched the United States and Poland go down to their fourth consecutive defeat. Sweden handed the U.S. team its first shutout 7-0 and the Americans now share the cellar spot with the Poles, beaten by Finland 52. Soccer Results Provo 4, Wasatch Academy 1 Murray 2, Provo 0 Oreml2,KearnsO ANY SIZE BLACKWALL or WHITEWALL 95 -f- F.EJ. SIZES AVAILABLE 7.35x14 8.55x14 7,75x14 8.25x15 8.25x14 8.45x15 Plus 1.98 to 2.42 F.E.T. Firestone Champion tires FULL 4-PLY Hurry—limited Quantity In Certain Sizes MOUNTED FREE NATIONWIDE REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE ti

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