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SPORTS Page 6- THE HERALD, Prove, Utah, Friday, April 11, 1975 Eagles Rip Omaha In First Game. 8-0 By RAY SCHWARTZ Herald Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY - Coach Jack Evans of the Salt Lake Golden Eagles no doubt has started to worry again today, even though his spirited troops wiped out the Omaha Knights, 8-0, Thursday night in the Salt Palace The reason? The Eagles are scheduled to play the Knights in the second game of the Northern Division semifinal round of the Central Hockey League playoffs Saturday night in the Salt Palace and, while Men of Evans manhandled the Nebraskans Thursday night before 7183 fans, the Salt Lake mentor refuses to take anything for granted. And maybe it's a good thing he isn't taking anything for granted, because Coach Aldo Guidolin had a few words to say to his crew behind locked doors of the Omaha dressing room following their humiliating loss to the Big Hinds in the first game of the best-of-five semifinal round. From the sounds eminating from behind the doors of the Omaha dressing room, Coach Guidolin was giving his charges a pretty good dressing down for their performance. If things were somber in the Knight's dressing room, all was bright and cheery in the Eagles' dressing room and Coach Evans was relaxed and smiling for the first time in a couple of days. "I haven't been able to sleep for the past two nights for worrying about this first game," Coach Evans said he stood just outside the Eagles' dressing room accepting congratulations from Salt Lake owner Art Teece and numerous fans for his team's rousing victory. Stars, Nuggets Battle Tonight By RALPH WAKLEY UPI Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY (UPI) The Utah Stars slipped back into the American Basketball Association first round playoffs with a stunning win in game three, but Denver Nugget coach Larry Brown says that's all. "This series will not go seven games," said an angry Brown after Utah crushed his team 122108 Wednesday night —only the Nuggets 20th loss this year, and only their third defeat in 14 games this season with the Stars. "We'll bounce back for Friday night's fourth game. We're leading 2-1 and we've yet to shoot better than 50 per cent in any of the three games. Our shooting has to come back." Brown was noticibly upset after his team was outrebound- ed 60-36 by Utah in the third contest of the best-of-seven series. But he said once the shooting improves, "that's all." "The rebounding in that last game was the entire difference. And Utah converted about 20 of its 23 offensive rebounds into baskets. That just kills all our work on defense elsewhere.'' But the heroes of Utah's only win in this opening round —the skinny teenager and the veteran with the acupuncture treatment of his right shoulder —don't see the playoffs from Brown's point of view. Ron Boone, who finally turned to acupuncture to stop the pain in his badly sprained shoulder, says Denver "now is the team that has to go back and regroup. We proved we could slip their defense and win. They'll have to think twice about how they'll play us now." And rookie Moses Malone, in his first pfayoff after jumping from high school to pro basketball less than a year ago, says, "We're playing better than we have all season. We can beat them." Malone grabbed a Stars single- game record 32 rebounds and pouring in a game-high 30 points in cutting Denver's lead to 21. Boone added 25 points and dished out eight assists. McGinnis Leads Pacers to Win INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (UPI) George McGinnis scored 42 points and grabbed 24 rebounds Thursday night to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 113-103 overtime victory over San Antonio and a commanding 30 lead in their ABA Western Division semi-final playoffs. The Pacers, three-time league champions, can clinch the best- of-seven series with another victory Saturday night. Indiana led virtually all the way but the clutch shooting of George Gervin, who led San Antonio with 37 points, gave the Spurs a chance to win when he hit a 20-foot jumper with nine seconds left in regulation to force the overtime at 97-97. The Pacers took a quick lead opening the five-minute extra period on fielders by Billy Knight and Kevin Joyce, and stayed in front. SAN ANTONIO (1U) Jones 5 1-2 11, Gervin 15 7-8 37, Nater 5 2-3 12, Silas 2 3-4 7, Freeman 8 34 19, Karl 0 0-0 0. Dietrick 6 1-2 13, Terry 2 00 4 Totals 43 17-23 103. INDUNA <113> Knight 4 8-8 16, McGinnis 13 15-22 42, Smore 6 (M 12, Buse 4 1-1 10, Joyce 6 00 12, Brown 3 (H) 6, Keller 40-09, tfillman 1 2-2 4, Netoiicky 1 (H) 2. Edge 0 0-0 0. Totals 42 2M3 113. Sec AnUoto »»«!» 1-103 Indiana KM 24 17 II-113 Three-point goals McGinnis, Buse, Keller. Total fouls San Antonio 30, Indiana 25. A 12,217 Colonels Snare 3-0 Lead Over Memphis MEMPHIS (UPI) - Dan Issel, who led the Kentucky Colonels to a 101-80 playoff win over Memphis Thursday night, said afterward the Sounds cannot be counted out of the American Basketball Association first- round series. "It's like Babe McCarthy (the late former Kentucky coach) said when he was down 3-0 in a playoff series," Issel, who scored 21 points Thursday, said. "He said, 'Nobody has ever come back from 3-0, but if we win tonight, we'll only be down 31, and a lot of people have come back from 3-1.'" Even so, Kentucky carries a 30 edge into tonight's fourth game in the best-of-seven series and Memphis guard Chuck Williams said he's not optimistic. "Everybody's depressed," Williams said. "We felt we were going to come in and really do the job but we did things tonight (Thursday) we haven't done all year." MEMPHIS (Wl Johnson 2 frO 4, C. Jones 6 2-2 14, Owens 16 1-2 33, Williams 2 0-0 4. Carter 4 4-6 12. Shepherd 1 2-2 4. Darnels I J-5 5, O'Brien 1 2-2 4. Totals 33 14-19 80 KENTUCKY (101) W. Jones 5 1-2 II. Issel 8 5-5 21, Hlrrore 4 2-2 10, Danger 8 (M) 16. Mcdain 6 1-1 13, AveriU 6 II 13, Bradley 00-00, Roberts 3 12 7, Thomas 4 (W 8, UUes 1 <W 2 Totals 43 11-13 101. Mwn*l« 1818 It«—86 Kentucky 17 1) K IS~1«1 'Inrce-point goals: None. Total fouls Memphis IS Kentucky M A:5.414 "And, I haven't been eating too well either for the past two days. But the way the team played tonight, made it all worth while. "But I doubt if the Omaha club is going to roll over and play dead come Saturday night. I expect a much tougher game Saturday night than we had tonight." Saturday night's tussle will begin at 7:30 and the winner of the Northern Division semifinal round will meet the Southern Division semifinal round winner in CHL's championship round. The winner of the championship round will win the Adams Cup. Dallas and Oklahoma City are playing in the South's semifinals. The Eagles have already won the Nortliern Division and league titles in regular season play. The Eagles led 1-0 after the first period and then cut loose with a bristling, free-wheeling attack that produced three goals in the second session and then finished nailing the Knights to the mast with four more goals in the third period. The big hero of the game for the Salt Lakers was goalie Ray Martyniuk, who came up with another masterful netminding performance to prove once again that he's the No. 1 goaltender in the league. Blocking and kicking out shot after shot, Martyniuk, who showed great anticipation, came up with 20 saves for the game, several of which bordered on great ones. For one period John Voss, Omaha's starting goalie and the league's No. 2 goalie on the basis of goals scored against, hung in there just about as tough as "Marty." But in second and third periods the roof crumbled in on him and he was completely crushed and beaten hockey warrior when he left the game after the Eagles scored two goals in the first 53 seconds of the third period for an insurmountable 6-0 lead. He was replaced by George Hulme. Voss had as many saves as did "Marty," but the Eagles had eight more shots - on - goal than did the Knights. Martyniuk wasn't the only Golden Eagle hero in the game. There was Morris Mott, who was all over the ice putting on a display of stickhandling and elusive skating and radar-touch passing, as he came up with one goal and three assists for four points for the game. There was John Healey, who came up with two goals and left the crowd electrified with his hustling and dynamic play. His two goals paced the Eagle attack. He also had an assist to his credit. And there were defensemen Glenn Patrick, Brent Meeke and Ted McAneeley, who repeatedly blunted the Knights' attack with their blocked shots and with their intercepting and clearing of the puck from the around the Salt Lake goal. Patrick, who was "burned" once on defense, also scored the first Eagle goal, which came at 16:35 of the first period on a slap shot from the point. The red lamp applied the blow torch to the Big Birds' attack that sent the Omaha crew reeling into the ropes as the winners' moved in for the kill in the second and third periods. Healey's goals came 17:46 of the second period and at 2:16 of the third. Mott's goal came at 3:41 of the second session. Other Salt Lake goals were scored by Gary Holt at 5:03 of the second period, Terry Murray at 23 seconds of the third, Bob Murdoch at 53 seconds of the third and Fred Ahern at 18:39 of the third. A swarming fore-checking game by the Omaha club kept the Eagles bottled up and off balance for much of the first period, as the Eagles showed the affects of an 11-day layoff. But, after Patrick's goal, there \ was no stopping the Eagles, as j they fired one scoring salvo after i another at the staggering : Knights, who gained a berth in ; the division semifinals by taking j: two straight games from the |: Denver Spurs in the best - of - : three first round of the playoffs. I, JACK NICKLAUS is swarmed with autograph seekers as he leaves the 18th green after the first round of the Masters Tourney. Nicklaus shot a ' three rounds to play. to trail by just one stroke with Nichols Leads Masters, Nicklaus Bides His Time By DAVID MOFF1T UPI Sports Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI) - The way Jack Nicklaus is playing this Masters, you get the feeling he's merely biding his time. Lee Elder monopolized the limelight by becoming the first black to play in this tournament and Bobby Nichols quietly grabbed the first-round lead by shooting a 67 in Thursday's rain. But the man everybody had better start watching is Nicklaus. Favored to win the Masters for an unprecedented fifth time, Nicklaus is just one stroke back and the way he played the opening round he created the feeling he was just coasting. "Anytime you have 36 putts and shoot a 68 on Augusta National, that's a good round of golf," said Nicklaus. "I played more conservatively than I had planned. I didn't have that many opportunities to get birdies. I played cautiously because it was so wet out there." Nichols went into today's second round with a one-stroke margin over both Nicklaus and surprising Allen Miller. Arnold Palmer, the Masters other four- time champ was another stroke back along with J.C. Snead and TomWeiskopf. That's pretty fast company. Nicklaus was a winner his two previous outings (Doral and Heritage); Snead is this year's San Diego champ; and Weiskopf, second three times in the past six Masters, won last week at Greensboro. Nichols, who will be 39 next Monday, has won only one major title in 16 years on the tour, the 1964 PGA, and admits he started "playing it safe" ft: Lee Elder 'Satisfied' With Historic Round By MILTON RICHMAN UPI Sports Editor AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI) Color aside, Lee Elder has no more in common with the late Jackie Robinson than Lee Trevino does with Pancho Villa, the heroic, hard-riding Mexican revolutionist who had his own way of shooting out all the lights whenever he saddled up or asked his caddie to let him have one of those sticks from his bag. Elder says even though he now is the first black man ever to play here in the Masters and Robinson was the first black man ever to play in organized baseball, he can't really relate to the former Brooklyn Dodgers' firebrand, first, because he never was a baseball fan and second, because he doesn't even remember where he was or what he was doing when Robinson broke the color line in April of 1946. This may come as something as a surprise to Lee Elder, but whether he's aware of it or not, he experienced virtually the identical feelings and emotions in his historic first round Thursday that Jackie Robinson did in the first game he ever played for the Montreal Royals in Jersey City. Robinson wasn't particularly nervous his first timeout; neither was Elder. "I can see when a golfer gets nervous. He gets crabbish," testified Elder's caddie, Henry Brown. "I didn't see that in this man." Robinson was "relieved" after his first one was over; so was Elder, and the greatest similarity of all between them, the one common characteristic both shared most was good, old plain over- eagerness. "No question, I was overeager, but I'll play a lot different tomorrow," promised Elder following his opening round two-over- par 74 that makes him a borderline case as to whether or not he'll pack his bags and go home after today's round. Elder's over-eagerness LEE ELDER tees off in the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga. He became the first black to play in the tournament, and said in a simple statement "Lee Elder is playing for Lee and Rose Elder." showed up plainly after he birdied Augusta National's second hole, a par five 555- yarder. He stubbed his toe twice with a pair of bogeys on two subsequent par 5's, the 530-yard eighth and the 520-yard 15th. "After the birdie on the second hole I felt I would shoot it up," Elder was to say in the press tent later. "I went charging a little bit because I was so eager. I was playing aggressive; tomorrow I'll be on defense." Elder's over-eagerness cost him a pair of bogeys and conceivably may cost him the whole ball game here. Robinson's over-eagerness that first day he played for Montreal resulted in an error for him in the field, but when it was all over, hardly anybody even remembered because he had made everybody in the ballpark forget that with a three-run homer, three other hits in addition plus a pair of stolen bases. For good measure, he also caused two different pitchers to commit a pair of balks in a 14-1 runaway for Montreal. Lee Elder is a good golfer. He certainly isn't in the same superstar class Jackie Robinson was as a ballplayer. Some could argue he isn't even the best among the eight blacks who play the tour (long-driving Jim Dent has won more money this year). Nonetheless, the 40-year- old Washington, D.C., resident is guaranteed at least some measure of immortality because he broke the color barrier ' here yesterday, having qualified by winning the Monstanto Open last April. Elder handled himself well both before and after his opening round, saying he had the good fortune to have played with "a super guy" like Gene Littler and calling all the people in the gallery which followed him "fantastic." "They applauded every time I went up on the green. You couldn't ask anything better than that," said Elder. He added that all things considered, he was "satisfied" with his 74. Now right there you know he and Jackie Robinson would have little —precious little —in common. ft: •x :::*:::i:::::*:^ Thursday when he found himself at 5 under par after 15 holes. "All pros are like that," insisted the man J.C. Snead beat in a playoff at San Diego. "They get four or five under and they like to play it safe... There are 18 bogey holes out there. You have to respect the course to play well." Elder is seven strokes back after shooting a first round 74, but doesn't seem to mind. "That's super for me," he said. "I didn't feel I played badly. I tried to attack the golf course, but it fought back. Anytime you bogey two par 5s you feel you might have birdied, it takes a lot of the fight out of you." Palmer's 69 was his best opening round since he last won the Masters in 1964, although he did have a closing 67 last year when he finished six strokes behind winner Gary Player who had a 72. The 45-year-old Palmer was only a stroke back until he had an approach shot bounce back into a bunker on the last hole and after finishing, he sounded as if he'd done a lot worse than he did. "Oh, I'm not knocking it," said Palmer. "It's just that getting a bogey on the final hole certainly didn't help the day." Billy Casper, the 1970 Masters champ, is three strokes back along with Tom Watson and Bob Murphy. And the seven-man group at 1-under 71 —16 of the 76 starters broke par the first day —includes Lee Trevino and wondrous Sam Snead, the three- time Masters winner who will be 63 years old next month. Thursday's weather was wet and foggy but the golfers didn't complain. The rain slowed down the usually fast greens so that the overall scores were lower than in the past. Surprise! That Miller tied with Nicklaus is Allen, not Johnny. Johnny Miller, winner of 11 tournaments and more than $450,000 the past 15 months, had a 75 Thursday and was really discouraged. "It's not the end of the world," he said, "but, I haven't putted well at all the past three weeks. Maybe my luck is averaging out." Nichols had five birdies and no bogeys. Only one of his putts was longer than eight feet. "I never expect to shoot 67 at the Masters," said Nichols. "1 was just trying to put the ball in the fairways and on the greens and go from there. I guess you get more nervous on the first tee at the Masters than any other tournament." The field will be cut to the low 44 scorers at the end of today's round and if there is a repetition of Thursday's affair it would take a 4-over-par 148 to qualify for the final two rounds. That means Elder and Johnny Miller are border-liners. "If I have another 75, I guess I'll be heading for California," said Miller. Allen Miller got into the Masters by winning last April at Tallahassee, Fla., while everyone who had won a tournament the previous 12 months was playing ui the Tournament of Chamr *. Arnie Has Confidence, Needs Win AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI) - This may be the week Arnold Palmer has been waiting for. For the last couple of years, golfs fallen kin has had one problem after another, virtually all of them revolving around his putting. It has been woeful, and that may be merely a kind way of saying it. Palmer has not won a major championship since 1964. He has wen only one tournament of any kind since the summer of 1971, and none in more than two years. He has admitted to being discouraged, frustrated and pessimistic. But Thursday, Palmer shot a three-under-par 69 in the first round of the Masters, his best round since he last won here 11 Aprils ago. There was an air of quiet confidence in his manner that made you think he just might be ready to do it. "I've been getting ready since December," he said. "I'm swinging better than I have for some time, and if I don't peak now, maybe I never will. "But," he cautioned," the tournament is not over just because I broke 70." Starting today's second round, Palmer was two strokes behind the leader, Bobby Nichols. "We've just started," he said. "We've got three days to go." Palmer made four birdies in his round but none of the putts were longer than eight feet. He bogeyed the final hole when he hit his second shot into a bunker. "I missed a lot of putts because I miscalculated the speed of the greens," Palmer said. It had rained early in the day. His round included 32 putts. It really was not such a bad putting day, because Jack Nicklaus, for example, took 36 putts. But Nicklaus was a stroke ahead of Palmer. Last year was the worst of Palmer's magnificent career. His 72nd place standing on the money winning list was 40 notches lower than his previous worst, as a rookie. He missed the cut in six tournaments, including three in succession in the spring. He made the top 10 only twice in 20 starts. This year has been kinder. Palmer has made nine successive cuts and finished in the top 10 three times already including a third place at Hawaii, his best finish since '73. Not that he really needs the money, but he's 20th on the list with $38,882, which exceeds his total for all of '74. What he really wants now is a victory. In fact, he says, he's at the stage where he "needs" it. "Yes, that's right," he said. "I need it." 1st Round Of Masters BooBv Nichols Jack NicKlaus Allen Miller J C Snead Tom Weiskopi Arnold Palmer BOO MurDhv B'liv Casper T om Watson a-Jerry Pate Sam Sneao TomTiy Agron Jerry Heard uee Trevino Larry Z.egler Mac Wcuenaor* Gary Player Richie Kan Sod Curl Gene L'ttie' Ben Crensha* Biuce Devi.n Art Wall a-George Burns Tom Kite Lou Graham Charles Coody Ray Floyd homero Biancas Dave Stockton Gary G*"Ch Terry Diehi Pat Fitisimons BootJv Cole Bud Ai'm Lu Liang-Kuan Jumbo Oiaki Hale Irwm .<ooerto oe vicenao Hubert Green Lee Eider Ben Yancey Miller Barber Mike Reasor Ralph Johnston Ed Sne«d Chi Chi Rodngue/ IMO Aoki Graham Marsh Jim Colbert a-Curtls Strange Dave Hill Maurice Bembndgv a-Oick Slderowl Johnny Miller Vic Regalado Hush Baiocchi Boo Charles Frank Beard Bob Menne Forrest Feller Dan Sikes Bruce Crampton 34-J3-4? 34-34 it 33-35-68 34-35 -61 U-35--W 34-35-49 35-35-70 35-35-70 36-34-70 34-35 71 35-36 'I 35-36 71 J4-35 71 33-38 71 34-37 7! 3734 71 37-35-7? 34-36-7: 35-37 - 72 36-36 - 72 37 35- 72 38-34 - 72 36-34-73 36-36 - 72 35-37-72 38-34-72 14-36-72 35-37-72 35-37 72 38-34 72 36-36 72 3735-72 36-37 73 38 35 - 73 37 36 73 3439 7] 3)36 )1 3835 7] H il H 3737 74 17 3' 74 3636 74 35 39 74 38-36 It 3935-74 36-38 74 3638 41 3837 75 3639 75 39-36 - 75 34-34 75 3738 75 3540 75 37-38 75 3837 ?i 37 M H 3649 76 4031 76 MM 76 ]/•» H M37 76 3831 '« J7W /6 Poor Putting Day for Miller AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI) Johnny Miller said it all in a few words. "If I continue to play like this, I'll be in California on Saturday," he said. Miller shot a 75 in the first round of the Masters Thursday. His putting touch was absolutely wretched, and he began play today in the second round in serious danger of missing the cut.