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Nothing Can Stop Boone From Playing SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) Ron Boone may be badly injured but the veteran of an American Basketball Association record 656 consecutive regular season and playoff games won't miss tonight's game three in the best- of-seven series with Denver. "I don't think it should stop me from playing," said Boone about his badly sprained and bruised right shoulder. "Nothing's torn. It's real important we win that first game and then keep it going." The two teams are in the Salt Palace for a pair of games tonight and Friday night but Denver leads 2-0 in the first round ABA Western Division playoffs—giving the Nuggets a chance to be the first team ever to shutout the Stars in postseason action. "We knew all along we had a chance in Monday's game," Boone added. "We led most of the fourth quarter. It just kind of got away from us." Although the Stars' team doctor is listing the seven-year veteran guard as a doubtful starter, he'll probably have to tie Boone up in the locker room to keep him off the floor. He hasn't missed a pro game since he broke into the league and he said Tuesday he's going to play tonight. Boone had scored 29 points before being sidelined with Utah ahead by five and seven minutes left in game two at Denver. But the Nuggets rallied to win 126120 and take the two-game lead. They are now 11-2 against the Stars this season. Denver hasn't really shown much in shooting for the first two games—averaging just under 49 per cent for both contests. But Denver has gone wild on defense, picking up 20 steals and blocking 16 shots to pull the games away from Utah. "We have to remain active on defense to get our offense running and force Utah out of its defense," said Denver Coach Larry Brown. "With those three big guys (Utah is starting three centers against the Nuggets), they get forced out of their defense. They only have two guys that can pound the courts. "I believe with us playing so many people, it's going to pay off eventually. It's a sign of our maturity. We've got different guys coming through each night. One of the Nuggets coming through is ABA old-timer Byron Beck. An original on the old Denver Rockets, the aging Beck came through with 24 points and nine rebounds in his reserve role in games one and two. "We've got the best defense in the league, possibly in both leagues," said Beck. "We may not have the best players— although several are beginning to get more recognition this year—tut we've got the best for what we're trying to do and that's win by playing solid defense." But the Stars aren't giving up yet and Utah coach Tom Nissalke spent Tuesday building a fire under his club for game three. "This series is far from being over," said Nissalke after Tuesday's practice, which Boone missed to have his shoulder X-rayed. "I think we proved we are capable of playing the Nuggets on even terms in Denver. So the task ahead of us now is beating them here and returning over there with the series even." If Boone isn't ready to start tonight, Nissalke said he will start John Roche and Al Smith at guards and stick with Randy Denton, Jim Eakins and Moses Malone up front. Nissalke's all-center front line has Brown calling Utah "a bunch of gorillas." And Utah has returned the compliment, after Boone was sidelined, saying the Nuggets' defense looks like a karate demonstration. If Utah's gorillas can't beat Denver's karate instructors tonight, it should be all over for the Stars. No team in pro basketball history has ever come back from down 3-0 to win a seven-game series. SPORTS Wednesday. April 9. 1975. THE HERALD, Provo, Utah -Page 13 Houston, Seattle, Kentucky Triumph By United Press International Youthful enthusiasm vanquished experience as the National Basketball Association playoffs tipped off Tuesday night. Houston and Seattle, both young teams competing in their first post-season competition ever, took advantage of home courts and lackluster wild-card opponents to win impressively and take 1-0 leads in the opening round best-of-three game matchups. Calvin Murphy scored 22 points while towering center Kevin Kunnert blocked six shots as the Houston Rockets embarrassed the New York Knicks 99-84 in the Western Conference playoff opener at Houston. The Knicks' years of playoff experience deserted them. They shot as though they, rather than the Rockets, were the jittery playoff rookies. Earl Monroe missed 15-of-20 shots while the Knicks as a team hit for only 39.5 per cent on the night. "The only secret to the win is that he was missing," Murphy said of Monroe. "I think he was shooting out of his range. Every time he did get into the key, he was facing five sets of arms, and I think he'll tell you shooting in a crowd isn't any breeze. The Rockets took command of the game so decisively in the fourth quarter that Knicks Coach Red Holtzman took Monroe and Walt Frazier out with 4:30 left. "When you see the Pearl (Monroe) and Clyde (Frazier) go to the bench, then you feel good,'' said Murphy. "No question about it, anytime two superstars go to the bench, that's conceding.'' Kunnert grabbed 14 rebounds, scored 16 points and was definitely the main reason the Rockets are one game up. "It was a great lift for a young team," Rockets Coach Johnny Egan said. "We needed something like this for our first playoff game. I think it will be a great help to us in the one coming up." The second game will be in New York Thursday, with a third, if necessary, in Houston Saturday. On the West coast. Spencer Haywood and Fred Brown combined for 43 points to earn the Seattle SuperSonics a 9077 victory over the Detroit Pistons in the Western Conference first round pairing. The 77 Piston points was the lowest total ever by a Seattle opponent. A tough Sonic defense plus a case of playoff nerves held Detroit scoreless for almost six minutes of the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Sonics ran off 12 straight points. Detroit's offense got going in the third period as the Pistons shot 58 per cent and whittled the lead to 66-60 as Seattle went scoreless for five minutes. Seattle responded to the pressure by outscoring Detroit 117 in the final three minutes. Seattle got 23 points from Brown and 22 from Haywood to go with 19 by rookie center Tom Burleson. Detroit was led by Howard Porter's 21 and Bob Lanier's 15. The ABA continued its playoffs Tuesday night with a single game as veteran guard Louie Dampier rifled in ll-of-15 shots Cooney Gains Win In Net Tournament SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) The seeded players lived up to their top billing Tuesday in the round of 16 action at the 1975 Utah Icebreaker Tennis Tournament —the first outdoor match of the season. And the weather also matched Ute Games Cancelled SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) The University of Utah baseball team's doubleheader Tuesday against Southern Utah State College was cancelled because of bad weather and wet grounds. Utah coach Tom Kilgore said, however, the forecast of clearing skies and warmer weather for the weekend looks good for the Utes' Western Athletic Conference tripleheader against Colorado State. The Utes and the Rams are scheduled to play two games Friday, followed by a single game Saturday. Race Moved DRAPER, Utah (UPI) - Thurday's opening bicycle race in the 1975 Pro Cyclery -Crown Criterium Series has been moved from the Parley's Park area in Summit County to southern Salt Lake County. Ed Parrot said the recent bad weather near Park City forced the change in locations for the first meet in the six-race series. The race is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Interstate 15 off ramp west of here. Seniors are scheduled to go 25 miles. Juniors will race 15 mile*, the meet's name as the temperatures were in the upper 30s and low 40s during the day of singles and doubles matches at the Cottonwood Country Club. Second-seeded Jim Greenberg of the University of Utah was the only ranked player to fall Tuesday. Greenberg was leading Mike Cooney of Brigham Young 7-5 and 1-0 in the second set when he defaulted because of illness. Top-ranked Jim Osborne sailed passed BYU's Damier Popadic 6-1, 6-2, to lead the advance of other seeded players into today's quarterfinal singles action. Then the instructor from the Canyon Racquet Club teamed with Tom Mullins of Utah to win in the doubles, downing Ralph Reese and Don Trottier, 6-2,6-2. Osborne and Mullins are seeded second to Bruce Kleege and Marc Berner, both of BYU, in the doubles. The Kleege- Berner tandem also won easily in doubles, crushing Tom Redford and Gus Teseres, 6-2,6-0. In the longest match in the cold weather and snow flurries Tuesday, Utah freshman Drew Sweet, seeded 16th, needed two hours to edge his Ute teammate Harold Sears, 7-5,5-7,7-5. Jeff Robbins, 15, Salt Lake City, one of the nation's top ranking junior players, easily disposed of Brad Harbottle, 61, 6-0, to move into the quarterfinals. Other seeded players advancing to today's matches were: No. 3 Kent Crawford of Utah with a W, W) win over Kenneth Cookesey, and No. 4 Mike Nissley of BYU by downing Trottier, 61, 6-3. Kleege, Mullins and Berner also moved into the singles quarterfinals for the Kentucky Colonels as they romped to their 12th straight victory, a 119-105 whipping of the Memphis Sounds. The victory gave the Colonels a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Division first round playoffs. Dampier had 23 points, Artis Gilmore 22 and Dan Issel 20 for the Colonels, who led all the way and cracked the game open with an eight-point barrage in the second quarter. They took a 15- point lead and never lead by fewer than 12 points the rest of the way. Eagles Open CHI Playoffs On Thursday SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) Salt Lake got its wish, but now the Golden Eagles aren't so sure they wanted to play the Omaha Knights in the best-of-five series for the Central Hockey League's Northern Division Jack Adams Cup. The Eagles sat out the first- round after finishing first in the CHL's North at the end of the regular season, as runnerup Denver took on third-place Omaha in the best-of-three quarterfinals. But after the Knights smashed the Spurs 5-3 in Denver and then downed them 4-3 in Omaha, Salt Lake coach Jack Evans is hedging his statements about the Adams Cup semifinal series with several "depends" and "if." Games one and two in the Northern Division playoffs are scheduled for Thursday and Saturday in the Salt Palace, with the third game in Omaha. But no date has been set for the Knights' home game, or for a fourth game if necessary. Evans is worried about his teams 11-day layoff since the season ended, and about Omaha's year-end rush, the Knights almost overhauling Denver for second spot in the CHL North. "A long layoff like this has a profound effect on a team. We'll either come out flying and play one of our strongest game of the season, or we'll come out flat and play one of our worst," Evans said. "They (Omaha) played well the last part of the season. Our guys are confident they can go out and beat Omaha, but they still must face the reality of doing it." Although the Eagles are the top scoring club in the league, the Adams Cup series should be a defensive battle, featuring the top two goalies in the CHL in Salt lake's Ray Martynuik and Omaha's John Voss. Pihl Named Week's Best DENVER (UPI) - The Western Athletic Conference Tuesday named Brigham Young star Raimo Pihl as its track and field athlete of the week for winning the Texas Relays decathlon at Austin last weekend. The BYU senior compiled 7,943 conference record points for his showing. The WAC said Pihl's efforts was the third best on record for collegiate decathlon competitors. He ranked behind C.K. Yang of UCLA, and Jim Bennett of Oklahoma Christian. Other nominees for the weekly WAC honor were Mel Powers of New Mexico, Wilson Waigwa of Texas-El Paso, Louis Groarke of Colorado State and Mikael Norman of Wyoming. Donates to BYU FRANK ROBINSON waves to a crowd of 56,000 in Cleveland after hitting a home run in his first time at bat as player - manager of the Indians. His team whipped the New York Yankees, 5-3, to make the day a big success for Robinson. Ex-Orioles Provide Victory for Indians By United Press International In making his debut as baseball's first black manager a success, Frank Robinson borrowed an old axiom made famous by another ex-Cleveland Indian player-manager, Lou Boudreau: —Quite often, to be a successful player-manager means being your own best player. Robinson was not solely responsible for the Cleveland Indians' opening day victory over the New York Yankees Tuesday, but his solo homer in the bottom of the first inning most certainly set a Boudreau- type example for the rest of the Indians who responded—mostly through the efforts of Boog Powell's three hits and two RBIs—by overcoming an early 3- 1 deficit to win 5-3. Boudreau was the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1948 while managing and batting the Indians to the American League pennant. In addition, the major league's last truly successful player manager also slugged a pair of homers and two singles in batting the Tribe to an 8-4 one-game playoff victory over Boston for the pennant that year. "It was great and a tremendous win," said Robinson, whose homer was the 575th of his career. "I just went blank after hitting it, but when I got to third base I thought 'will wonders never cease.'" Red Sox 5, Brewers 2 Catcher Bob Montgomery, counted on as Boston's No. 1 fillin for injured Carlton Fisk, doubled Major League Standings By United Press International National League East w. L pet. g.b. Montreal 1 0 1.000 — New York 1 0 1.000 — Pittsburgh 0 0 .000 V4 Chicago 0 0 .000 V4 Philadelphia 0 1 .000 1 St. Louis 0 1 .000 1 West w. I. pet. g.b. Cincinnati 1 01.000 — Houston 1 I .500 H Atlanta 1 1 .500 Vt San Diego 0 0 .000 H> San Francisco 0 0 .000 '/4 Los Angeles 0 1 .000 1 Tuesday's Results New York 2 Philadelphia 1 Atlanta 2 Houston 0 San Ftan at San Diego, ppd. rain Today's Probable Pitchers (All Times EOT) Montreal (Rogers 15-22) at St. Louis (Forsch 7-4), 1:30 p.m. Los Angeles (Messersmith 206) at Cincinnati (Billingham 1911), 8:06 p.m. Atlanta (Reed 10-11) at Houston (Richard 2-3), 8:35 p,m San Francisco (Barr 13-9) at San Diego (Jones 8-22), 10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Chicago, ppd., inclement weather Thursday's Games Philadelphia at New York Pittsburgh at Chicago Montreal at St. Louis Us Ang at Cinci, night San Fran at Sao Diego, night American League East w. I. pet. g.b. Boston 1 0 .000 Cleveland 1 0 .000 Detroit 0 0 .000 V 2 Baltimore 0 0 .000 V4 Milwaukee 0 1 .000 1 New York 0 1 .000 1 West w. 1. pet. g.b. California 1 0 1.000 — Minnesota 1 01.000 — Oakland 1 0 1.000 Chicago 0 1 .000 1 Kansas City 0 1 .000 1 Texas 0 1 .000 1 Tuesday's Results Boston 5 Milwaukee 2 Cleveland 5 New York 3 Minnesota 11 Texas 4 Oakland 3 Chicago 2 Kan Qty at Calif., ppd. rain Bait at Detroit, ppd., wea Today's Probable Pitchers (All Times EDT) Milwaukee (Broberg 0-4) at Boston (Lee 17-15), 3:30 p.m. Chicago (Kaat 21-13) at Oakland (Holtzman 19-17), 11 p.m. Kansas City (Briles 5-7) at California (Singer 7-4), 10:30 p.m. Minnesota (Decker 16-141 at Texas (Bibby 19-19), 9 p.m. (Only games scheduled) Thursday's Games Chicago at Oakland Baltimore at Detroit Minnesota at Texas, night (Only games scheduled) home two runs and scored a third while Luis Tiant went the distance in gaining the win over Milwaukee. Particularly pleasing to the Fenway Park crowd of 34,019 was the initial comeback performance of Tony Conigliaro, who as the Bosox designated hitter, was 1-for- 4. Hank Aaron, the Brewers' DH, was hitless in his American League debut. Twins 11, Rangers 4 Tony Oliva's three-run homer climaxed an early kayo of Ferguson Jenkins and enabled Bert Blyleven to cruise to an opening day win for Minnesota over Texas. Jenkins was tagged with six runs and seven hits in an inning and two-thirds, while Blyleven lasted to the seventh before reliever Bill Campbell finished up. A's 3, White Sox 2 Rookie second baseman Phil Garner singled home a pair of runs in the second inning and Vida Blue and Rollie Fingers combined on an eight-hitter to launch three-time World Champion Oakland to an opening day win over Chicago. Garner's hit came after Joe Rudi singled and DH Billy Williams, in his first American League appearence after 15 seasons in the National League, doubled. Rudi drove in the A's' other run off loser Wilbur Wood in the seventh. Mets 2, Phillies 1 Tom Seaver, helped by new Met Joe Torre's RBI single in the ninth, outdueled Philadelphia's Steve Carlton. With the score tied 1-1 in the ninth, the Brooklyn- bom Torre, acquired from St. Louis last winter, singled home Felix Millan, who had also singled and moved to second on a walk. Carlton yielded only four hits, including a home run by another new Met, Dave Kingman. Seaver struck out nine and gave up six hits. Baseball Scores American Fork 7, Lehi 3 Carbon 9, Spanish Fork 2 Pleasant Grove 6, Uintah 0 Miller Named Top Athlete NEW YORK (UPI) - Pro golfer Johnny Miller was voted the Outstanding Athlete of the Year in the third annual Gillette Cavalcade of Champions Awards. Miller emerged as the overall winner after two months of voting and received $10,000 for the honor. He also received $5,000 as did the other 10 winners in individual sports categories. The money is to be donated to a youth sports or physical fitness program of the athletes' choice. Miller contributed his $10,000 to the Brigham Young University Golf Team in Provo, Utah, and divided his $5,000 award between that team and the American Leadership Study Group at the Johnny Miller Camp in Scotland. Other winners, their sport and their beneficiaries were: Muhammad AH, boxing, United Negro College Fund; Lou Brock, baseball, Lou Brock Boys Club of St. Louis; Jimmy Connors, mens tennis, children's wing of the Vince Lombard! Cancer Research Hospital in Milwaukee; Chris Evert, womens tennis, St. Thomas Aquinas High School Athletic Fund, Ft. Lauderdale; Archie Griffin, men's amateur sports, divided between the Columbus Polis Athletic League and the Columbus Track Club; John Havlicek, basketball, divided between Bridgeport H.S. Athletic Booster's Club, Recreation, Unlimited, Lena Park Community Development Enterprises and the Special Olympics; Sandra Haynie, women's golf, Texas Chapter of Special Olympics, Inc; Bobby Orr, hockey, Bobby Orr Community Center in Parry Sound, Ontario, Can.; Ken Stabler, football, Special Olympics, Montgomery, Ala., chapter; Olga Korbut, other women's sports, to her home town of Grodno, Russia for youth sports programs. Nicklaus Favored To Win Masters AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI) - Lee Elder has the same goal as Jack Nicklaus for this week's Masters golf tournament. Elder, first black to play in this prestigious tournament, isn't out to tilt any windmills. He's here to play golf and he'd like to win. But Elder realizes that his chances of winning are very, very slim while Nicklaus is the favorite. Nicklaus, returning to the Augusta National Tuesday after spending a long weekend in Florida with his family, was out on the course practicing while Elder was holding a news conference to talk about how it felt to break the color line at the Masters. "My game is in a little better shape than it was coming in here the last couple of years," understated four-time Masters champ Nicklaus who won the last two tournaments he's played in (the Doral Open and the Heritage Classic). "But the thing is that this golf course is so much different than any of the others we play in the spring." Defending champion Gary Player is not impressed with Nicklaus' modesty. "Whoever beats Jack Nicklaus this week will win the tournament," said Player. Lee Trevino agreed. "Don't make Nicklaus mad," said Trevino. "If you do, he goes home and hides and hits zillions of balls and comes back and beats your brains out. "He can be beat. But, anytime he enters a golf tournament, he is the individual to beat." But Jack Nicklaus took a back seat to Lee Elder Tuesday and could continue to do so until, as expected, Elder, who has not played very well of late, drops out of contention after the Masters begins Thursday. But the 40-year-old Elder wanted one thing made very dear. He's not at the Masters to represent any group. "Lee Elder is playing for Lee and Rose Elder (his wife)," he said. "I'm not playing for anybody else. I'm playing for myself. "I've played bad before, and I've played good before, in major championships and in other tournaments. So, no matter how good or how bad I play, it will be for myself, and I won't be embarrassed." Elder had refused to talk to newsmen since arriving here Monday afternoon and said he called the news conference to give everyone a chance to ask their questions at the same time and allow him more time to work on his golf game. "I haven't been playing very well, so I wanted plenty of time to practice so I can do my very best, "said Elder. "I know I've been a little hard the last couple of days. But I just wanted to practice. "I found it difficult to say no," he continued. "I found it hard to live with. After all, the press can make or break you. It's something I normally do not do and will not do." Then, he broke into a big grin and added, "If I should happen to win, I'll be happy to talk to each of you, one by one." It figures that Nicklaus should be as pressure-proof here as Elder is pressure-prone. After all, Nicklaus has won more "major" championships (14) than any other golfer ever and tliis week is old hat to him. But Elder admitted that there is more personal pressure on him this week than ever before. Sun Shines Bright For Tony Conigliaro BOSTON (UPI) - The sun shone Tuesday for Tony Conigliaro, even though he only went l-for-4. After all, it was his first hit since 1971. Conigliaro, at one time one of the American League's most feared sluggers, returned to baseball as the Boston Red Sox opened their season with a 52 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. He had been out of baseball for more than three years but got a standing ovation from the fans, reminiscent of the days he was one of their favorites. Not only were the fans pulling for him but Mother Nature seemed to be also. Each time Conigliaro got into the batter's box, the sky lightened up and cast his shadow onto the field. The sun went behind the clouds again after his time at bat. Conigliaro made no mention of the coincidence, but did say, "Without the fans' prayers and their backing, I wouldn't have made it." He got his nit off Jim Slaton in the first inning, poking the fifth pitch to right field. He then executed a double steal with Carl Yastrzemski that resulted in Boston's first run of an opening day 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.