Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on November 4, 1969 · Page 79
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 79

Phoenix, Arizona
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Tuesday, November 4, 1969
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REPUBLIC MA It 46 The Arltona Republic 0 Phoenix, Toes., Nov. 4,1969 Gordie Howe en route to 19th hat trick Associated Press pmttch"drimk hoxers Report is out of date Associated Press LONDON — The British Boxing Board of Control claimed yesterday that a medical report on punch-drunkenness among professional boxers is out of date. The report, the most complete investigation ever carried out in Britain, was published by the Royal College of Physicians in London. It said 224 former professional boxers were examined and one in six showed evidence of brain damage. But boxing officials quickly hit back and accused the doctors of dwelling in the past. Dr. John Bronstein, chief medical officer of the Amateur Boxing Asociation, said: "This report bears little relation to the boxers of itoday, either amateur or professional. "They examined boxers of the distant, when medical care and supervision hardly existed. "To suggest that the same risks are involved today as in the period 1929-55 is unscientific and misleading. Medical safeguards have improved enormously." The report, made with financial help from the British government, spoke of 15 professional boxers with slurred speech, expressionless faces and slow shuffling walks. But it acknowledged that damage to boxers' nervous systems may have diminished with modern medical supervision. Dr. Adrian Whiteson, senior medical officer of the BBC, commented: "We are confident that a similar report in five years' time would show dramatically different results. Baroness Summerskill, a doctor and an old and bitter opponent of prize fighting, said: "Undoubtedly the worst aspect of this sad report is that the subsequent damage to health affects the mental functions, and now we understand why some of the boxers who made headline news took their own lives. "Merely physical damage would have less pitiful anti-social results." •Meanwhile a boxer's wife said the report didn't worry her. . $250 fine for rookie in ABA Associated Press MIAMI — Larry Cannon, a $250,000 pro basketball rookie, was fined $250 yesterday for stepping out on the Miami Floridians. Cannon stalked off the floor in anger Sunday night with five minutes remaining in the first half of an American Basketball Association game between Miami and the New York Mets. "I've been an All-American all my life," Cannon said. "Now I'm being treated like some bum. They can't do this tome." Cannon's first pro season has been spotty as the college hero attempted to adjust his style to the pro game. He complained of handling by coach Jim Pollard. "Once ,up the court, once down the court and I'm back on the bench," he said. "I'm so damned confused I don't know what's happening." Cannon played 90 seconds in the Sunday game, which Miami won, 103-98. Cannon asked Pollard why he had been removed prior to leaving the court. The coach accused his expensive rookie of "standing around" as the Mets narrowed a Miami lead. Lyons given WAC honors Associated Press DENVER—Marc Lyons, the Brigham Young University quarterback who broke a. Western Athletic Conference passing record against Arizona last weekend^ was named yesterday as the league's Offensive Player of the Week. Lyons completed 19 of 25 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns and allowed no interceptions as BYU beat Arizona 31-21. His 76 -per cent completion rate was a conference record, and he led BYU to a 31-0 lead before Arizona got moving. Other nominees for the honor this week were: Toledo named in Tangerine ORLANDO, FJa. (AP)-Unbeaten Toledo has clinched a berth in the Dec. 26 Tangerine Bowl game by winning the Mid-American Conference. Toledo downed Miami of Ohio, 14-10, Saturday and has three nonteague tilts remaining. The bowl-bound football club is 7-0 for the season. Opponent of the MAC king will be the winner of the Southern Conference. . .—Art Malone, Arizona State University fullback who broke the conference career rushing record of; 2,376 yards in a 30-14 victory over Wyoming. His new total of 2,397 yards surpasses the 1966 mark set by John Ogden of BYU. --Ed Puisnes, Texas-El Paso flanker who caught the pass that set up the field goal that beat Colorado State University 17-16. —Lawrence McCutcheon of CSU who got 90 yards rushing in the loss to UTEP. —Rocky Long, the New Mexico quarterback who collected -70 yards rushing and 121 yards passing in a 27-24, victory over San Jose State. —Utah fullback Dave Smith, who scored two touchdowns in a 27-7 victory over Utah State.. —Bill Kyranakis, Wyoming end who caught a touchdown pass in the Cowboys' unsuccessful rally against Arizona State. Passes off to teammate Unselfish Howe forgoes 4th goal Associated Press DETROIT-He wanted to help a teammate. That's why Gordie Howe, the National Hockey League's "Mr. Hockey" gave up a chance for more personal glory. Howe, in 21 seasons as a Detroit Red Wings' player, has a multitude of awards to his credit* One of the few records that has escaped him — a four- goal game —could have been his Sunday night in the Wings' 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Howe had collected the 19th hat trick of his career and the opportunity for a' fourth goal arose in the final seconds of the contest. The Penguin net was unattended and Howe had the puck with a clear shot ahead. But that's when his concern for teammate Alex Delvacchio made him pass up the chance. Delvacchio, who shared the ice with Howe for 19 seasons as a Red Wings' player, hasn't scored a goal this year and has only seven assists. "When I got the puck inside the blue line, 1 took a look out of the comer of my eye for Alex, Howe said. "He's looking for his first goal this season and it always gives a guy a lift to score a goal." Howe said he tried to pass the puck to Delvecchio but it hit a Pittsburgh player at the blue line and bounced back. Luckily, he said, it came back to him and he handed it off to Frank Mahovlick, who was farther up the ice and in a better position to score. As it turned out, Pittsburgh's Dean Prentice managed to get a deflecting stick in front of Mahovlich's shot. The unselfish performance brought the Olympia Stadium crowd of some 12,000 fans to their feet for a standing ovation. At 41, Howe should be used to the adulation which generally goes to a sports star who's made a habit of breaking records. He's rough, tough and rowdy on ice, but when the buzzer sounds, the soft-spoken Howe does a complete reversal and his humility and "nice guy" manner have won him the title of "a real gentleman." Howe's career record of goals now totals 739, a£ most 200 ahead of the nearest NHL all-time goaf- maker, the retired Maurice "Rocket" Richards of the Montreal Canadiens. : His go-get-'em play has made him the runnerup to retired former teammate Ted Lindsay in the penalty minutes department. Including eight this seasori', Howe's total stands at 1,555; Lindsay's at 1,808. : He shows little sign of aging although he says he's feeling it and has developed a bad habit. "I'm doing too much stickhandling with one hand on the stick," he groaned, rubbing a left wrist in which he had arthritis. In practice he uses a brace on the wrist and because that brace is stiff, he finds himself using only one hand. He doesn't use the brace in games, but still is prone to stick-handle with one hand. Runners send SOS call Pike on hot line; Canucks host tonight By FRANK GIANELLI Republic Sports Writer VANCOUVER, Can. Roadrunner coach Alf Pike was on the hot line yesterday, dialing H-E-L-P. He got a lot of conversation, but no immediate pledge for a "hard hitting forward — somebody who's going to intimidate the opposition before it penetrates our defense." "I have one particular guy in mind," said the Phoenix ;ice • coach as they drew up battle plans for tonight's 9 p.m. (Arizona time) game with the Canucks. "If I can get him, he's going to shake a lot of guys loose from the puck," Pike said. As things stand, Pike has assembled a lot of hardskat- -ing, deft forwards. But only Bob Charlebois. is throwing his weight around. As a consequence, Charley-boy, last year's leading scorer, isn't getting many goaling chances. "But," says Pike, "he's busting up plays." Phoenix is in a position to add emergency help because the Runners presently have two men injured and are one under the league quota of 18 players. FANFARE By Walt Ditsen Portland cage coach is Etzel ':; PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The University of Portland lias appointed Joe Etzel as head basketball coach for this season. V/HAT5 WRON® VftTH IT I'M TRYING TO THROW MY BALL AV/AY-ANP nSETURNS IT TO ME IMMEDIATELY/ Courcy keeps scoring Associated Press SEATTLE — Bob Courcy, who fired three goals and assisted on two others in Seattle's 5-2 victory over Western Hockey League - leading Portland Friday night, moved into a tie for second place among scoring leaders. Portland's Art Jones scored three goals and three assists during the week to keep the lead with 22 points, 15 on assists. Teammate Bill Saun- ders stayed put in second place with 19 points on eight goals and 11 assists. Courcy, the league's high goal man, scored six goals during the week for a total of 11. Seattle's Jack Michie and Art Stratton stayed tied with 17 points, but dropped a notch to fourth place. Michie has seven goals Stratton six and 10 assists and and 11. Metal Products AIR CONDITIONING SUPERIOR ServicB for 22 years by SUPERIOR Craftsmen 24-Hour Service GALL 272-0417 3337 W. McDowell Rd. 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Defensive back Bob Bur- murmeister, who issued a statement Sunday night in the name of the entire squad saying the problem was not a racial matter, said Monday some black players may withdraw from the statement. He said the black players had consulted with the Washington Black Athletes Alumni Association, which had "strongly urged" the dismissal of Owens. The association accused Owens of "uncompromising bigotry" in the suspension of four black players. FALSTAFE 6 PAK 12 oz. Bottles ON SALE plus faxes GROSS MOTORS BAVARIAN MOTOR WORKS 1401 E. Comelback 266-8429 Come In And Test Drive One Today! 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