The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 9, 1975 · Page 16
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April 9, 1975

The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 16

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Confusion Mounts For Boston Race BOSTON (UPI) - The confusion level is mounting as fast as the pile of entry forms. In three weeks, approximately 2,000 persons will answer the noontime gun at Hopkinton Center to romp 26 miles, 385 yards through the streets of eight eastern Massachusetts communities in the 78th running of the Boston Marathon. As usual, no concrete information on names or numbers of entries is available concerning the April 21 Patriots' Dayjaunt. But then, for most, the idea of running in the annual event is to gain personal achievement and display good fellowship rather than to set records. "With 2.000 persons entered, Softball Clinic Slated Tonight PLEASANT GROVE - Two outstanding guest instructors will be featured at the Pleasant Grove City recreation sponsored fast-pitch softball clinic tonight at 7:30 in the Pleasant Grove Junior High School boys gym. Doug Borg will give pointers to those men who have a desire to either learn or improve their pitching skills. Joy Peterson Wood will offer instruction to both men and women. Mrs. Wood has pitched for 16 years with the Utah Shamrocks and has been in the National ASA tournaments for 15 years. She currently is teaching at Weber State College and also coaching varsity softball, basketball and volleyball. Approximately 40 men, boys and girls have been participating in the softball clinic. Interested persons may still enroll in the program. For further information contact Douglas Hoopes or Bill Hoglund. keeping control of the event is such a logistics problem that it's embarrassing," said marathon director Will Clone "B it's really like a breath of fresh air in an era when athletes get $3 million for a five-year contract like Catfish Hunter did. We have people come from all over the country and around the world at their own expense just to run in the marathon. "The only thing everyone gets for running is a free bowl of beef stew. And everyone who finishes in under 3''z hours gets an official certificate from the BAA (Boston Athletic Association) that gives the person's name, time of finish and place of finish. The marathon used to be open to every would-be plodder but tighter qualification rules have been instituted over the past few years to keep the number of entries down. All entrants must show proof they have run a full marathon distance in less than 3'2 hours in the past year. "If we didn't have qualification standards, we'd have 5,000 entrants," said Cloney. "As it was. 1,388 runners finished in under 3'/ 2 hours last year.'' One runner, Neil Cusack of Ireland via Tennessee State, covered the hilly course in 213:39 —the second fastest time in history. England's Ron Hill won the event in 210:30 in 1970. Cusack, who won a gold medal with an inset diamond, is expected to run again along with twice runnerup Tom Fleming of New Jersey. Also expected are large contingents from Japan, England and Finland as well as smaller groups from other European countries. The marathon officials also expect a large number of women runners. But Mikki Gorman, of Los Angeles, who beat 41 other ladies in under three hours last year, will not enter. Don Gay Leads Rodeo Circuit DENVER (UPI) - When Larry Mahan talks about rodeo, most people listen. The six-time all-around champion of the world, who has also won two bull riding titles, says Don Gay of Mesquite, Tex., is "the toughest bull rider ever to nod for the gate." And the 21-year-old cowboy has done nothing to make Mahan eat his words. Since graduating from high school in 1972, Gay, the son of rodeo stock contractor Neat Gay, has won nearly $85.000 in bull riding alone. And in this week's Rodeo Cowboy Association standings, Gay has moved ahead of Mahan in the all- around cowboy race. Gay has won $12,609 for first place in the standings while Mahan is at $12.180. Gay also leads bull riding with $10.764, having picked up his other money in the broncs. School Loses Money at Bowl LUBBOCK. Tex. lUPI) - Texas Tech lost $9,637 53 at the Peach Bowl. Polk Robinson, the university's athletic coordinator of finance and development, said the football team earned $125.117.79 by playing in the 1974 Peach Bowl but the trip cost them $134,755.32, leaving the university $9.637.53 in the red for the excursion. To make it worse, the Red Raiders tied Vanderbilt 66 in the game. But George Crumbley, the executive director of the Peach Bowl, said Tech didn't complain about its problems at the time and shouldn't be complaining now. Robinson said the major expense incurred by the school was the purchse of 6,000 tickets, costing the university $44,504.50. Chargers' Files Missing SAN DIEGO (UPI) - Scouting information was found missing from the San Diego Chargers' files last year, but McCreary Won'f Return OAKLAND (UPI) - Bill McCreary won't return as coach of the California Seals next season. Of course, the California Seals may not return next season, either. McCreary, who took over for Marshall Johnston in January, confirmed speculation that he would not take the job next season, hi fact, McCreary and forwards Joey Johnston and Larry Patey indicated that the rival World Hockey Association might beckon. "I definitely won't be back," said McCreary after his team finished its season with a 11 tie against Los Angeles to wind up with a dismal 1JM8-13 record. "We are looking at several people as candidates," added McCreary, who is also general manager, "but we won't discuss specific contracts witth anybody until after our situtation with the league is resolved May 1." That situation, of course, is the probable sale of the club by the National Hockey League. One group seeking the franchise has indicated it would keep it in the Bay Area while another plans to shift it elsewhere. As for Johnston, whom injuries limited to 14 goals this season, he said that "If the price is right, if they stuff my pockets this year, I'll be back. You only play for the money. I haven't been making what I think I'm worth." "I'd like too stay here," said Patey, who had 25 goals, "but let's face it, money is the primary thing." neither the team nor authorities will talk about the case. "Obviously, something's missing," general manager Harland Svare said, but he went on to say the FBI had advised hi not to discuss the matter further. However, he said the missing material was "very important." Terry Kiffane, an assistant U.S. attorney, said it would be inappropriate for him to comment, but he said it would be arguable that a person who improperly acquired scouting information would be in violation of federal statutes on interstate transportation of information. Tom Miner, Chargers' vice president in charge of player personnel during 1974, said, "I knew about it, but since I'm no longer with the Chargers I don't feel I should comment." Neck Injuries Shown Common Among Gridders IOWA CITY, Iowa (UPI) -A physical examination of freshman football players at the University of Iowa has shown that one in every three have damage to neck vertebrae. Dr. John Albright, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, and Dr. Harley Feldick, director of the U of I student health center and team physician, said for the past two seasons 24 of 74 men undergoing their first college medical examinations showed evidence of neck injury which appeared in X-rays. A control group of non-football players had no evidence of neck abnormality, they said. The researchers recommended routine X-ray examinations of high school football players and more extensive use of Xray examination when neck pain is present, along with a delay in returning to playing if pain pcrsits. The doctors said use of the head as a weapon in football provides the greatest risk of neck injury. Archery Meet PLEASANT GROVE - The first youth archery team competition, sponsored by the Pleasant Grove City Recreation department, will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. on the Pleasant Grove Junior High football field. Teams were selected from participants in the recreation sponsored archery class conducted this winter and spring. Class instruction was under the direction of Reid Saxey and Alvin Harward. Wednesday, April 9. 1975. THE HERALD, Provo, Utah-Page 17 Women's Tennis Prizes Increase NEW YORK (UPI) - April showers may bring May flowers but for women tennis players April brings money, showers of it. The ladies with the racquets finished cutting up $150,000 in the Virginia Slims Championship at las Angeles April 5. Four of them now head for Lakeway, Tex., where another $100.000 is waiting in the two day L'Eggs World Series and then 32 of them will divvy up another $100,000 in the Family Circle championships at Amelia Island, Fla., the end of the month. That's a $350.000 melon for 31 days of April. And isn't that a far cry from the first female chauvinist moment which began in the fall of 1970, when Billie Jean King led a top contingent of women players into Houston for the first all-pro women's tournament, entry to which was an agreement by all concerned to sign contracts for — are you ready ?—$1. Those one dollar contracts arc now souvenirs, marking the first deadly shot fired by the women players. Today, top players like Billie Jean, Chris Evert and Margaret Court easily bank over $100,000 yearly, with the near- top gals casually pick up amounts well above $50,000. It was Jack Kramer who got caught in the middle back in 1970 when, as director of the Pacific Southwest Open at Los Angeles, he pegged the prize money on an 8-1 ratio in favor of the men. That teed off Billie Jean and her Amazon cohort, so they packed up and left Kramer's party to go into business for themselves. The girls got grudging acceptance at first and benign pats on the head from those old- liners who felt certain the girls would never be a strong box office or sponsor draw. But a sponsor leaped in and the Virginia Slims circuit was born. It was a modest beginning, 14 tournaments over a four month period with combined prize money of $189,100. In 1975, the Slims circuit offered $900,000 for 11 events. Miss Evert started the month of April with $81,450 gleaned in the first three months of the year. Victory in any one of the three April events would put her over the $100,000 mark. Yet when the women went on the warpath in 1970, Chris was a total unknown. It was the following year, when she was only 16, that Miss Evert became the darling of Forest Hills and was on her way to the riches women's tennis suddenly offered. To the established stars—led by Billie Jean, Nancy Richey, Rosie Casals and Margaret Court—were added the star quality names of Miss Evert and the wondrous Australian, Evonne Goolagong. Suddenly f the women had new and young^ box office names just when the tennis boom took off in the press, in magazines, on TV and in huge commercial endorsements. Beautify your home... stretch your dollars PAINT RATHER THAN REMODEL PICK A PICK A PITTSBURGH 8 Paints PRICES THROUGH Vinyl Latex Paint Interior-Exterior • High hiding • Soap and water clean-up •Easy application Interior Semi-Gloss Oil Enamel For Kitchen. 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