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Monday, April 14, 1975. THE HERALD, Provo, Utah -Page 7 Stars Battle for Survival Tonight Against Nuggets By MIKE TWITTY Herald Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Stars, who have looked very impressive in two previous American Basketball Association playoff games at home, battle for survival at 7:30 tonight in the Salt Palace against a Denver team which holds a 3-2 series lead. A victory by the Nuggets would wrap up one semifinal series in the western division. Indiana holds a 3-1 lead in the other series and can finish off the Spurs in a game at San Antonio tonight. If Utah wins the teams will hurry back to Denver for the deciding game at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon. The awkward scheduling is the result of a Denver stop in the World Championship Tennis tour, which annually utilizes the Auditorium-Arena for its matches. The Stars were awesome last Wednesday and Friday in the Palace with victories of 122-108 and 132-110. the latter game being lopsided after the first five minutes. On the other hand, Denver has continued its home success with wins of 122-107,126-120 and 130-119 on Saturday night. The middle loss is looking bigger and bigger as Utah led by 10 points early in the fourth quarter but lost the game with Ron Boone on the bench for the final seven minutes. Saturday's game saw Boone and Moses Ma lone get in early foul trouble as Denver jumped to an early lead and coasted to the triumph. The Nuggets are now 43-2 at home this season and the 96 per cent success ratio will make the Stars underdogs should the series conclude in Denver. Right now. the Stars' biggest worry is tonight's game and trying to stay alive against Coach Larry Brown, who has insisted al! along the series would not go seven games. The Stars will go with Boone and John Roche, a key man so far in the series, at guards with Malone, Randy Denton and Jim Eakins on the front line. Al Smith has played well in a reserve role but front line reserves Gerald Govan and Bruce Seals haven't contributed much. Wali Jones adds some spark on the guard line but has been used sparingly since he wasn't too effective against Denver during the season. Denver will go with its 10-man rotation starting with Mack Calvin and Ralph Simpson out front with Mike Green at center and Bobby Joi.es and either Dave Robisch or Byron Beck as the forwards. 'Fatty Taylor and Claude Terry alternate with the starters on the guard line while Jan van breda Kolff, Robisch and Don Washington are used underneath. Robisch has played so well against the Stars that he was used as a starter Saturday- night and emerged as the leading scorer with 22 points. "The key to our success is going out and establishing our aggressiveness from the beginning." says Robisch. Coach Brown agrees, adding "We have to be active on defense and active on the boards." Roche sums up the Stars' attitude with these comments. "They still have all the pressure on them even though we still have to win one at their place. "When the series started, we knew we would have to win at Denver because they had the home court advantage. But I'll tell you, I've played in seventh games before and they're different. "There are tense situations and I really don't mind going back to Denver to play the seventh one. Remember Denver was supposed to kill us and the pressure is on them considering the season they had." Denver was 65-19 during the regular season and Utah 38-46 in a season filled with player defections, ownership changes and coaching changes. But during the playoffs the Stars have played well in three of the five games, especially the two al home. Nicklaus Wins Dramatic Masters Shootout ^" ^^ ^* ^^^^ ™ ^™ ^* ^^^ _ .._ ....U.UHUA.MAMUUUMUM.V , II111111 llMll 11111IIIIIIM IF I Hfl I f fll ' ' H* I ll l'E ll f' K _ Miller, Weiskopf Miss 18th Hole Birdie Putts for Chance to Tie ByDAVTDMOFFIT UPI Sports Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI)-Jack Nicklaus, Masters champ for a record fifth time, finds winning golf tournaments are more fun when the pressure is kept on him right up to the final shot. "I don't consciously let up when I get a big lead," said Nicklaus. "But, somehow, when I get way out in front, I guess I don't seem to have a killer instinct." Since Nicklaus likes that kind of pressure, he couldn't possibly have had any more fun than he did Sunday when he achieved his 15th major championship, another record. He won by only a stroke over both Tom Weiskopf and Johnny Miller and either or both of them could have thrown the Masters into an 18-hole playoff today by sinking birdie putts on the final hole. Nicklaus had led the Masters by five strokes. But Saturday, just as he did two weeks earlier when he threw away a six-stroke lead to Weiskopf in the Heritage Classic, Nicklaus had an off round and found himself a stroke behind Weiskopf at the start of Sunday's play. As he did in the Heritage, he came roaring back in the final round to win, his third victory in his last three tournaments. But Nicklaus admitted he had doubts Sunday. "I didn't feel right on the practice tee," he said. "I couldn't get with it. Then, I hit my first tee shot poorly and I didn 't know what to expect.'' He shouldn't have worried. He birdied three of the next four holes to pull into a tie with Weiskopf and the two Ohio State alumni handed the lead back and forth until they were three holes from the finish. That's where Nicklaus sank a 40-foot putt. When Weiskopf, playing with Miller in the final twosome just behind, mis clubbed and three-putted from 85 feet, the "Golden Bear" wasn't to be caught again. "I had thought I was going to let the tournament get away from me a couple of holes before," said Nicklaus. "But I thought I could make that putt. It's a silly feeling on a 40-foot putt, but I really thought I could make it. "I knew with Tom back on the tee watching me (it was a 190- yard hole) that he was going to have a time playing the hole after I'd made a two. It turned out I was right. It was a two- shot swing, and the tournament." Willie Peterson jumped to celebrate. Nicklaus raised his putter and did a jig. Weiskopf was standing back at the tee, JOHNNY MILLER watches his putt for a birdie on the sixth hole rim out of the cup. Miller just needed one more putt to drop to tie Nicklaus, but had to settle for a tie for second. across the lake, watching, and waiting to hit. There was a swirling wind in the air. Weiskopf picked out a club, thought about it for a while, changed his mind, and replaced it with another. Then he came up short. His ball barely made it over the water, landing in the fringe in front of the green and more than 100 feet from the hole. It took him three putts to get home from there for a bogey four. That gave Nicklaus the lead. Nicklaus doesn't lose too many tournaments, particularly major championships, when he leads with two holes to play. He wasn't about to lose this one—although both Weiskopf and Miller had chances to tie him with birdie putts on the final green. Miller putted first, from about 15 feet, and his attempt slid just past the hole. Weiskopf's ball was six feet inside of Miller's. "I watched John's putt from about the same line and his broke very quickly to the left," Weiskopf said. "Then I made what I thought was a good putt, but it didn't go in. That's the way it goes." NickJaus, 68-67-73 the first three days, had a 4-under-par 68 Sunday for a 12-under 276 that had been bettered only twice in the 38 previous Masters. Ben Hogan had a 274 in 1953 and Nicklaus set the record of 271 when he won his second Masters title in 1965. "I think I played the best golf I've played in the Masters," said Nicklaus. "That includes the year I set the record. I didn't bogey a par 5 all week. The 277s turned in by Weiskopf and Miller had only been equalled or bettered five times in Masters history. But Weiskopf was bitterly disappointed about finishing second for the fourth time in the past seven years. Miller, who set 36 and 54 hole tournament records when he bounced back from a 75 start to go 71-65-66, was delighted he had finished so well. "How do you think I feel?" asked Weiskopf. "Only winning counts. No one remembers who finished second. I'm as disgusted as I can be. But, I'm not going to let it get me down." Miller, 11 shots behind Nicklaus at the midway point of the tournament, felt his sensational play Saturday and Sunday "proved to a few people I can play other places besides Phoenix and Tucson. It had to be more disappointing for Tom than it was for me. A 131 in the last two rounds isn't too shabby. I just got off to a bad start.'' Nicklaus received $40,000 for winning the Masters. That raised .his earnings for this year to just over $149,000-but he's still $234 behind Miller who got off to a fast start on the Western portion of the tour. Weiskopf, winner the previous week at Greensboro, got $21,250 here, as did Miller, and took over third place on the money list at more than $112,000. Nicklaus now points for the U.S. Open which will be held just outside Chicago in June but he gets a bit piqued when people want to talk about his chances of winning pro golf's first "grand slam." The Masters was strictly a three-man race in the final round. U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin tied the course record with an 8-under-par 64 Sunday, but that only tied him with Bobby Nichols for fourth place at 282, six strokes off the winning pace. Billy Casper was at 283. Dave Hill at 284 and Tom Watson, NickJaus' final-round playing partner and Hubert Green were at 285. Arnold Palmer, formerly tied with Nicklaus with four Masters championships, was at 287 and defending champion Gary Player wound up far back at 292. Lee Elder, the golfer who attracted so much attention by being the first black to play in the Masters, left Friday when he failed to qualify for the cut. Weiskopf, Miller Feel Differently AUGUSTA, Ga. (UPI)-Tom Weiskopf and Johnny Miller felt entirely different Sunday about finishing second to Jack Nicklaus in the Masters golf tournament. Weiskopf was disappointed, obviously so. After all, he'd been in the lead with only three holes left to play, yet wound up tied for second for the fourth time in the past seven Masters. Miller was happy he'd done so well. He'd been an out-of-sight 11 strokes back after two rounds and it took a record 13-under par the last (wo rounds to finish as close as he did. "How do you think I feel?" asked Weiskopf. "But, I'm not going to let it get me down. I'm as disgusted as 1 can be. Only winning counts, no one remembers who finished second.'' Miller disagreed. "I think I proved to a few people I can play other places besides Phoenix and Tucson, it had to be more disappointing for Tom than it was for me. A 131 in the last two rounds isn't too shabby. I just got off to a bad start." Weiskopf, second to Nicklaus two weeks ago in the Heritage Classic and winner last week at Greensboro where Nicklaus didn't play, had rounds of 69- 7^66-70for the 277 that was one shot shy. Miller went 75-71-6566 and not only set the 36 hole record here, he also set the 54- hole record with that 14-under 202 in the last three rounds. Nicklaus took the lead on the par three 16th where he sank a 40-foot birdie putt and Weiskopf, playing with Miller in the last twosome right behind him, bogeyed that hole "There are 72 holes in golf and no one should matter more than any other," said Weiskopf. "But 16 was the big swing hole. That was the golf tournament.'' Weiskopf and Miller were waiting on the 16th tee when Nicklaus made his birdie putt. Miller wa« askprl if ho saw thf- putt. "I saw bear prints on 16," he joked. "I had to try to putt through his tracks. Yes, we saw it. I don't think I've ever seen Jack get that excited about anything." "It's hard at times to put your feelings into words," Weiskopf said. "Someone said you can't explain pain. I can't explain how I felt when I missed the putt at the final hold that would have tied Jack." Going into the final hole, Weiskopf and Miller, who birdied the previous hole, were one shot behind Nicklaus. When Nicklaus missed a 10-footer and settled for a par, both needed birdies to catch him. Miller, far behind Weiskopf in the fairway, hit his approach shot first and put the ball about 20 feet from the pin. Weiskopf's shot stopped only nine feet away. "I played a 27-inch break and the ball broke 30 inches," said MilW "Rut I r-an't hetoonnspt After all, it was a 10-to-l shot that I'd make it." Weiskopf thought he would make his putt, but it slid past the hole. "I can't believe that ball didn't break, "he said. Even a little old-fashioned superstition couldn't help Tom Weiskopf. He showed up for the final round of the Masters Sunday dressed in purple. Many of the other contenders like to wear green for the last day. They figure that if they should he fortunate enough to win, their outfit will look nice with the green jacket the winner receives. Not Weiskopf. "I've worn green three times and I've finished second three times," he said. "1 decided to wear something that clashes with green." Now he has finished second four times. JACK NICKLAUS leaps for joy as his 40-foot putt on the 16th green drops for a birdie and gives him the lead in the Masters. He maintained the lead and won the tournament for the fifth time. Nicklaus Wasn't Rooting Against Weiskopf, Miller By MILTON RICHMAN UPI Sports Editor AUGUSTA,Ga. (UPI)-Look, you can't blame a guy for being a little curious. He had just finished giving his blood out there, shooting some of the guttiest golf of his life, the kind that tears at your intestines merely watching it, and now, naturally, Jack Nicklaus wanted to see for himself, first-hand, how it was all going to come out. One stroke up but with more than a good chance he might be shanghaied into a playoff with Johnny Miller or Tom Weiskopf, maybe even both, Jack Nicklaus hung around the press tent behind the 18th green after coming in with his final round 68 in Sunday's Masters' windup. He wanted to see what Miller and Weiskopf were going to do. Tom Watson, his playing partner, waited with him. He was curious, too. Miller and Weiskopf both hit good second shots to the 18th, good enough to give them both a chance for a birdie that would automatically mean 18 more holes Monday. "Whadd'ya think?" Watson asked Nicklaus. "I'll tell you what I think," said Nicklaus. "If John makes his putt, I think Tom will. I think there's gonna be a playoff." Johnny Miller studied his 20- foot putt a few moments, then stroked the ball toward the cup and missed, but not by too much. Tom Weiskopf had an eight- footer. He also missed, by even less. As soon as he did, Jack Nicklaus automatically became the first golfer in history to win the Masters five times. He did not jump up and down in the press tent. He was quiet and composed, saying simply "thank you" as first Watson and immediately thereafter a succession of others offered their congratulations. Later, after some of the victory flush had subsided, Nicklaus was asked what his inner feelings were, watching both Miller and Weiskopf putting for birdies on the 18th, trying to tie him, doing everything they could to force a playoff. Was he rooting against them? Jack Nicklaus said he wasn't, not in the sense the question was asked, anyway. "I never believe in rooting against someone making a putt," he said, "or wishing him bad luck. I never wish anybody bad luck. There are too many negative thoughts like that in the world today. I don't wanna beat a guy by his mistakes; I wanna beat him by my better playing. "In that situation there on the 18th, if either John or Tom can make that putt, more power to him. It only means I have to try to win the tournament again Monday. "Now don't get me wrong. Oh, sure, I was delighted to win. I wanna win the tournament, and I'm being silly if I say I want them both to make the putt, but I wasn't rooting against them, and I'm being honest when I say that." It is completely unnatural for one man to root for another man to beat him, although that has been known to happen, and Nicklaus never said he was rooting for either Miller or Weiskopf to defeat him, but there is no question in my mind, having observed Jack Nicklaus nearly 15 years now, that he was telling the truth. Final Masters Scores IV Out In Nddaus Out In Weiskopf Out In MUler Out In golf tournament: Jack Nicklaus. ftO.OOO Johnny Miller, 21,250 Tom Weiskopf, 21,250 Hale Irwin, 12,500 Bobby Nichols, 12,500 Billy Casper, 7,500 Dave Hill, 6,000 Hubert Green, 4,500 Tom Watson, 4,500 'lorn Kite, 3.600 J.C. Snead, 3,600 lie Trevino. 3,600 Arnold Paiiwjr. 3.250 larry HpuliT. 3.250 I'dil.y O>lc. 2.9UO Cards of the tournament: 454 343 454—36 14-36-72-288 543333453-33 (4-35-^8—276 453342454—34 M-36-70-277 445242443-32 34 31 66-277 - Final scores ; 1975 Masters 6IW7-73-68-276 75-71-65^6-277 69-72-66-70--277 73-74-71-64-282 67-74-72-69-282 70-70-73-70-283 75-71-70«t-284 74-71-70-70--285 70-70-72-73--285 72-74-71-69-286 68-72-75-70-286 71-70-74-71-286 69-71-75-72-287 71-73-74-69-287 7.17I-73 71-288 Rod Curl, 2.900 Bruce Devlin, 2,900 Allen Miller, 2.900 Art Wall, 2.900 Bud Allm. 2,550 Ralph Johnston, 2,530 Itigh Baiocchi, 2,275 Pat Htesimons, 2.275 Gene Littler. 2,275 Graham Marsh, 2.275 Miller Harber. 2,000 Mairice Bembridge, 2,000 Jerry Heard, 2,000 Dave Stockton. 2.000 A-Gtwge Burns Ben Crenshaw, 1.930 Forrest 1 ezltr, 1,950 Ray Kloyd, 1,950 Gary Hayt-r, 1,950 Victor Regalado, 1.9JO Bert Yancey, 1,950 A-Jcrry Pate Tommy Aaron, 1.850 Gar>' Groh, 1.850 Charles Coody, 1,800 Lou Graham, 1,800 Bob Murphy, 1.750 rbmero Blaneas, 1.700 Lu Uang-Huan. 1,700 Masah) 0«ki, 1,700 Kjictte Karl. 1.650 A-*w*cs amateur 72-70-76-70-288 72-70-76-70-288 68-75-72-73-288 72-74-72-70-288 73-69-73-74-289 74-7W73-289 76-72-72-70--290 7368-79-70-290 72-72-72-74-290 75-70-74-71-290 74-72-72-73-291 75-72-75^9-291 71-75-72-73-291 72-72-73-74-291 72-72-'/6-72-292 72-71-75-74-292 76-71-71-74-292 72-73-7!W8-292 72-74-73-73-292 76-72-72-72-292 74-71-74-73-292 71-75-7^69-293 71-75-76-72-2M 72-76-71-75-294 72-75-75-73-295. 72-72-77-74-295 70-72-80-74-296 72-69-79-77-297 73-74-78-72-29? 72-73-83-68-297 72-75-79-76--302 Eagles Gain 5-4 Triumph By RAY SCHWARTZ Herald Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake Golden Eagles had high hopes today for a three-game sweep of their Central Hockey League semifinal series with the Omaha Knights, after their dramatic 5-4 victory over the Nebraskans last Saturday night before more than 9000 fans in the Salt Palace. When the two clubs resume their series Friday night in Omaha, Coach Jack Evans' charges will hold a 2-0 lead in games in the series. If the Knights win Friday night, a fourth game also will bo played in Omaha Saturday night and if a fifth game is necessary in the best-of-five series, it will be played next Monday night in the Salt Palace. The Golden Eagles' victory was a great one for the Salt Lakers, but a lot of credit has to be given to the Knights for the way they kept battling back against the Eagles, a team many experts say is the best in minor league hockey. Coach Jack Evans' crew, playing almost flawlessly and with great fervor and determination, gained a 2-0 lead in the first period and were out in front 3-1 in the second period, before Omaha tied it up 3-3. And after the Eagles went out in front 4-3 early in the third period, Omaha came charging back once again to tie up at 4-4. Then def enseman Brent Meeke became the hero of the night, when he scored the winning goal with only 41 seconds left to play in the game. Meeke could have become "goat" of the game, because a few moments earlier he had allowed Mike Conroy to steal the puck from him just to the right of the Eagles' goal and poke it into the netting at 17:57 of the third period. Even though the Eagles held a 5-4 lead with only 41 seconds left in the game, the Knights still refused to throw in the sponge. In the closing seconds of the game, Conroy came out of the pack with the puck in the Salt Lake end of the rink and was headed for the goal, when defenseman Terry Murray caught him and prevented him from getting away a good shot at goalie Ray Martyniuk. Conroy thought Murray should have been called for hooking on the play, protested vehemently and actually shoved Referee Peter Moffatt, before he was restrained. Gary Holt scored at 14:16 of the first period after a wild scramble in front of the Omaha goal to give the Eagles a 2-0 first period lead. The Eagles had put tremendous pressure on Omaha in the first period, coming up with 13 shots-on-goal to only five for the Knights. At this stage of the game, the Eagles seemed about ready to skate the Knights right off the rink. But, the Knights came back in the second period playing bruising, roughhouse Philadelphia Flyer-style hockey and it appeared to throw the Eagles, who depend mainly on finesse and elusive skating to win, off balance. In fact, Eagles fans were fearful that the Knights roughhouse action might cause the Eagles to lose their poise and for a while it seemed they might as the Knights scored on Bob Law's goal at 23 seconds of the second. After Fred Ahern scored at 2:08 of the period, back came the men of Coach Aldo Guiolin with a goal by Gerry Byers at 3:23 and another by Allan Young at 5:10 and the score was tied at 3-3. That set the stage for all the third period dramatics.