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CITY Jack Nicklaus waves it home as his hirdie pult sinks on second extra hole to win $28,000 first prize in Kaiser Open Associated fret* Phoenix hosts hot Knicks Jack s rabs East leaders led by Reed, Walt Frazier By DAVE HICKS New York used to be called New Amsterdam. Which is a lot nicer than what the Knickerbockers used to be called. As late as last season the Knicks were floundering and apparently headed for a sub-.500 record for the ninth time in 10 years. ' A mild spark suddenly got them on the right track. And a Dec. 19 trade turned them into an express. So, the Knicks reach the Coliseum tonight as runaway leaders,in the NBA East, and meet the Phoenix Suns at 8 o'clock. ••-••-•- "There is .no admission charge for the game perse. State Fair patrons can use Fair entrance ticket stubs to attend the second Suns-Knicks encounter of the season. New York's two-for-one gift exchange last Christmas season sent Walt Bellamy and Howard Komives to Detroit for Dave DeBusschere. Even Ralph Nader would have to admit DeBusschere was one of the better products off the Detroit line. More importantly, the DeBusschere acquisition allowed 6-10 Willis Reed to return to center and the club suddenly was cohesive. A so-so 17-18 before the trade, the Knicks were 36-11 the rest of the way and swept a semifinal playoff series from Baltimore, 4-0, before the Celtics halted them. This season, of course, the Knicks haven't matched that pace, .What they have done is better it! A healthy 11-1 after whipping Milwaukee, 109-93, last night, New York features excelent balance in Reed, De- Busschere, Walt Frazier, Dick Bamett, Bill Bradley, Cazzie Russell and some highly adequate replacements. The Suns (3-5), topped by Gail Goodrich's 23.1, Jim Fox' and Connie Hawkins' matching 19.4s and Dick Van Arsdale's 18.3 on the scoring charts, dropped a 24-point decision to the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Kiiicks rip Bucks MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) - Willis Reed poured in 35 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 109-93 National Basketball Association victory over the Milwaukee Bucks last night. Reed thoroughly outclassed Milwaukee's rookie center, Lew Alcindor, who scored only six points in the first half and finished with 17. It was the second straight New York victory over the Bucks. Milwaukee lost, 11240?, to the Knicks in New York Saturday night. The teams played a tight defensive battle to start the game, and after 5Ms minutes of play, New York led, 9-5, Then the explosive Knicks found a chink in Milwaukee's defense and Reed went to work. The winner! led by 34-23 at the end of the first period, and 56-52 at the half. tew Y»rtc G radlev._ » eBysschere g — IS gw* 1 .. 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Elias, who has not fought in almost a year, carried the fight to young Rodriquez and seemed to get stronger after the fifth round knockdown. "I've got to fight more," safd Elias. "I had three fights canceled on me and that hurt. I'll fight him again." Rodriquez felt, "He won the fight. I got a little tired and was worried about going the distance. I know I can make it the next time." The decision was unanimous — judges Steve Barnes and Art Van Heron giving the nod to Elias 115-106 and 117-116, respectively, and referee Bud Yelten going 117-114 In an exciting semi-main, Alton (Sonny) Colter pounded out a unanimous decision over Jerry Stevens. Colter's jab kept the shorter Stevens at bay all evening. "He's the quickest fighter I've ever fought," commented Stevens. "I had trained with middleweight and light heavies and should have fought quicker fighters before Colter." Colter, who had trouble with his shoes slipping on him, said, "I thought I could beat him with a jab. He's a little heavier than me (134-130 pounds) and I was trying to conserve myself until the end of the fight." He did. The tenth round was Colter's best. He unleashed a flurry which shook Stevens but the Las Vegas fighter withstood the barrage and went the distance. "I'd really like to fight a junior lightweight," commented the No. 2 featherweight (Ring magazine) Colter. "These guys (lightweights) you've got to be a little leary of." In other bouts, Nick (Boxcar) Mendez KO'd James Lewis in 45 seconds of the first round to grab a middleweight clash. . ,Ricky Buchanan (lightweight), Anthony Baio. (heavyweight),' and Manny Quiroz (featherweight) all won amateur matches in referee's decisions. . Symank, Rush a happy pair over victories By HARDY PRICE There's a rumor going around that the Charlie Brown comic strip has been dropped in Ogden, Utah, home of the Weber State Wildcats. That's'the way Northern Arizona University coach John Symank understands it following NAU's come-from-behind 21-19 win over the Wildcats last Saturday at Ogden. But the Charlie Brovn Symank is talking about is the Axer flanker, who caught 10 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns against the Wildcats. Symank had to share the accolades yesterday at the Phoenix Press Box Association's regular meeting with ASU's head coach Frank Kush. Kush's Sun Devils did what many people thought they would never do Saturday—win the big ball game. - And the 30-14 homecoming victory over the previously-unbeaten . Wyoming Cowboys had to be the biggest win in many a year at Sun Devil Stadium. "We played our best game by far," said Kush in the understatement of the year. "We stopped them 17 tunes on third-down situations and that was the real turning point of the ball game. "But they never gave up. A couple of times they could have folded, but they didn't. That's what kind of a ball club they are." Both ASU and NAU used the pass to find their way to victory, with NAU waiting until the fourth quarter to get going. Symank had pulled starting quarterback Bobby Stewart in the third quarter fo'r consultation with offensive coach Lamar McHan ( high in the press box. "Coach McHan was talking to Stewart, getting him straight as to what/ he wanted him to do in the final period," reported Symank. What Stewart did was to hit nine of 11 passes in the final 15 minutes, three of them good for scores. Arizona coach Bob Weber had nothing but gloom to report following the Wildcats' 31-21 loss to Brighara Young. "We looked for a close game," he said, "but on that first play we broke down and then got in the hole real bad." That first play was a 97-yard kickoff return by BYU's Chris Farasopoulos. Phoenix College coach Shanty Hogan had tlie best line of the meeting in referring to his team's 13-9 loss to Arizona Western. Hogan said: "Vasquez (PC quarterback George Vasquez) was hit so many times I thought he might be hurt. But I can still recognize him." Cortez High coach Pete Altieri was Jionored as the prep coach of the week. The No. 5-rated Colts me$ No. 2 St. Mary's in the featured game of the week Friday. SPORTS TOD AY RADIO '— N«w Yprk ut PJioe- in Kaiser playoff Associated Press NAPA. Calif. — Jack Nicklaus, unable to hold his lead in regulation play, bit-died the first two extra holes in a two-day, twice-delayed, four-man sudden death playoff and emerged with the $28,000 first prize in the Kaiser International Open Golf Tournament yesterday. It was Nicklaus''third, victory,of the season and second in as many starts. The triumphs boosted his season earnings to $122,567 and fourth place on the money list. : : Big Jack, who led or shared the lead all four days cf regulation play, managed only a one-under-par 71 on Sunday's final round and fell into a tie for first place with Masters champion George Archer, Billy Casper and Don January. Archer, as much as six strokes back at one time in the final round, had a final 69, Casper a 67 and January a 66. They went to a sudden death playoff immediately, on the par five, 526 yard 16th hole as darkness settled over the Silverado Country Club course. January was short in three, chipped on and got a par putt, .but was eliminated .when Nicklaus, Casper and Archer all made long birdie putts—the distance impossible to judge in the gathering gloom. For the first time in PGA history, the playoff had to be called by darkness, and was held over until yesterday morning, only to be delayed again—for 50 minutes—by heavy fog. On the 345-yard, par four 17th hole, Nicklaus drove the fairway, while Archer was in the right rough and Casper in the left rough. Casper put his second shot in a trap iiliillBt and Archer pitched to the green, about 25 feet away. Jack put a wedge 14 feet below the pin. Casper blasted out to about 30 feet and missed the putt for a bogey. Archer lagged up to about a foot and stood by while the golden haired Nicklaus carefully lined up his putt and sank it. Archer never attempted his second putt and quipped later: "I had a three on the hole. What did the other guy have" Nicklaus, who now has gone over $100,000 for seven consecutive years, said that "after George had missed his putt you have a tendency to make a good run at it. "I'm still kicking myself for letting it go to a playoff. I should have had a birdie on one of the last three holes Sunday, but when four guys finish with the same score, that means that they made some mistakes somewhere along the way too." Nicklaus, winner of the San Diego Open last winter and the Sahara in his last start, goes to Honolulu today for the Hawaiian Open. FHANK GIANELLI No dull moments in Seattle town SEATTLE, Wash. — Here in the sports-restless Northwest, it's group movement anywhere you prod. Crbsstown at the University of Washington, it's ethnic power roiling the football picture, and a backlash developing since the stupid slapping of coach Jim Owens' daughter. Downtown it's the baseball people muddling with the Seattle Pilots and the problems of how to keep them and where to put them. Even the Phoenix Roadrunner hockey team got involved in the Seattle "upheaval." Some of the players were witness to a shooting a block from their hotel Sunday night: Some dude drove up to a hotel to pick up a girl, but a fellow came up too—and with a fist full of lead that bulleted him dead. And across the street at the greasy spoon restaurant where the ice guys chisel on their $9 a day meal money, they were miffed because their 65-cent plate of eggs has skyrocketed to 85 cents and coffee is up to 15 cents a cup. • It's Seattle typical. "Building costs are going up one per cent a month," says Harry McCarthy, former ticket manager for the Phoenix Giants, and now employed in a like role for the Pilots. "The baseball people figure it would cost $10 million more to build the proposed Seattle stadium than when the $40 million bond was approved by voters last year." With indicated delays in the offing, it's estimated that even meeting the-Ameiv can, League's 1970 construction stipulation will mean an outlay of $70 million. So where is money poming from? From one major backer mostly, bu| this time with crumbs of small shares allotted to local businessmen. It's hard to find a pigeon with $1 million of tinkering-around money, But prospects for a cluster of investors willing to risk $50,000 seems likely. That kind of money can be charged to business money or charged off to some corporate tax hold. One thing is true, Seattle is not going to let major baseball go without a battle. As for the office structure? A new faction would probably mean a new house. McCarthy, for one, isn't making any long-change plans. Arizona blacks given audience Associated Press DENVER-The Western Athletic Conference agreed yesterday to hear representatives, of one black student group but denied a hearing to another. The audience was granted' to the University of Arizona Black Students Union, probably this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Conference officials said.the request from Arizona had been made in writing prior to the annual fall meeting of the conference athletic directors and faculty representatives which opened yesterday. Turned down was a request for a meeting by six representatives of the Wyoming University Black Students Alliance who apppeared at the conference meeting. The six met privately with WAC Commissioner Wiles Halock. Afterwards it was announced that the refusal to hear the Wyoming blacks on the meeting floor stemmed from the fact that they wished to discuss the fate of 14 Negro athletes dismissed from the Wyoming footbal} squad. A conference .spokesman said it would be improper for the group to act on this matter while it was befpre a court. The spokesman added that, the Arizona studenjshad;beenadvised $eywould not be peiTOittefl to brjnjg up th> Wyo-

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