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SATURDAY, DKCEMBER 26, 1953 Rl.YTHEVIM.E (ARK.) COURIER VFWF PAGE Great line Play Of South Credited MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — "Our quarterbacks hardly had a chance to raise their arms," said Purdue Coach Stu Holcomb, whose North team lost 20-0 in the Shrine's North-South college all-star football game last night. "That South line was really fired T , __________ up," he continued. "They out- charged us all night." Although quarterback Zeke Brat kowski of Georgia set up all three South scores with his passing and punting, it .was devastating defen sive pl»y which really made things rough for the North. Mlmi Shine: Crawford Mims, an All America guard from Mississippi; Tom Miner, a big. quick Tulsa end; Ed Meadow*, a battering-ram tackle irorh Duke; and Ed Merrlfield, an alert, pint-sized halfback from Missouri played terrific defensive games. Mims was voted the outstanding player in the game by sportswriters. Merrifield, only 5-7'/ 2 , Intercepted two passes by Illinois' Blry Fal- kensteln, one on the 11 and the other at the 3, and ran them back for a total of 30 yards. He also helped break up several others. No Net Mims, Meadows and Miner led the hard-charging Rebels in a continual harrassment of North ball carriers. Holcomb had predicted his team would display a powerful ground game, but the North wound up with a minus 14 yards rushing. The South, coached by Andy Gustafson of Miami, collected 88 yards on the ground and 120 on Bratkowski passes. The North got 110 yards on passes by Faulken- tein and Purdue's Roy Evans. A crowd of 44,715, a record for the game, saw the Brat complete only 6. of 11, but two of them were long heaves to Georgia teammate John Carson and led to touchdowns. About four minutes after the open- Ing klckoff, Carson pulled in a 33- yarder on the five and two plays later Bratkowski sneaked over from the one. In the fourth period. Long John made a leaping catch of a 30-yard spiral on the four, with South Carolina's Blackie Kincaid scoring from the three two plays later. Tackle Scores The other touchdown came after Bi-fltkowski, the national college punting champ, banged a 49-yard- er out of bounds inches from the North goal late In the first period. On the first North play, Iowa's Dusty Rice was jarred loose from the ball. Meadows grabbed it in the air and rammed three yards to score. Paul Brown Is Leery Of Lions Detroit Has Six Wins Over Browns DETROIT (AP) — The De roit Lions and the Clevelan Browns were set for fina drills today in preparation fo '.he "big one" Sunday when .he championship of the Na ional Football League will be iecided on the frozen turf o Jriggs Stadium. Will the Lions, defending cham- ions and kings of the Western Di- ision, carry Coach Buddy Parker ff the field in triumph? Or will the leveland club do all the happy ough-housing after the game? Favored The oddsrnakers have installed oach Paul Brown's powerful ar- iy of pigskin-toters as 5'/ 2 point avorltes. This was done mainly on he strength of the passing arm r Brownie quarterback Otto jraham, the line-crashing of full- acks Marion Motley and Harry agade- nnd the place kicking of ou (The Toe) Groza. •*» But Brown is not counting his 1L TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (/P)—Alabama Lions before they are skinned. The Tide Loses Quarterback Post-Holiday Cage Shows Begin Today By ORLO ROBERTSON NEW YORK (AP) — Three of the 17 holiday basketball tournaments, bringing together 112 hand-picked college teams on courts from New York to Portales, N.M., get underway today with action in New York, Kansas City and Hempstead, N.Y. »Coach Red Drew s«ys his no. 2 quarterback, Albert Elmore, was I Injured In an automobile accident find may not piny in the Cotton Bowl. Elmore was hurt Thursday while on th« way to his Troy home 'or Christmas. He suffered a bad cut over one eye and a "very bad" cut on a leg that required several stitches, Drew said. The quarterback's condition makes It doubtful that he will be able to play against Rice, the coach said. Elmore alternates with Bart Starr. at quarterback The Tide football squad reassembles tomorrow after a brief Christmas holiday, and will hold a light workout. It will fly to Dallas Sunday. Giants Ambassadors TOKYO (#>—The New York Of- •nts proved good will ambassadors on their 14-game tour of Japan. More than 425,000 fans saw the Giants play various local teams. An additional 30,000 sat In the stands in .the Hawaiian Islands, Okinawa ind Manila. I Sports Roundup— Detroit team has met Cleveland seven times in the past and six times the Lions walked off the field with victories, settling for a tie in the other meeting earlier this year. "Great Shape" "We played these guys once before this year, remember, and we know they're tough," Brown says. With the Lions running through final paces this morning, Parker said, "mentally and physically I think the squad is in great shape." "If they aren't ready now, they never will be." Detroit will depend on the pass- Ing of Bobby Layne and the running of Doak Walker and Bobby Hoernschemeyer in a bid to retain the crown. The game will be televised starting at noon (cst). * Top ranked Indiana «nd second rated Kentucky, winner of Its own tournament earlier In the week. will sit out the holiday court carnivals but six members of the top 10 add flavor to five of the tourneys. Unbeaten Duquesne (3) is the favorite for the second annual cage festival opening at Madison Square Garden today. The Oklahoma Ag- gies (5) are th* choice in the All- College event starting in Oklahoma City Monday. Western Kentucky's Hilltoppers (6), also undefeated, figure to be the team to beat in the Louisville Invitational which opens Monday. North Carolina State Is one of the choices for the Dixie Classic at Raleigh, wdec. 28-30. And Fordham (7) and Holy Cross (10) are in the Sugar Bowl Tournament. Duquesne meets New York University (4-1) in the first round at the Garden tonight. L» Salle (6-), featuring; Aall-Amerlca Tom Gola, ;oes against a crippled St.Louis team in the nightcap. Before they take the floor at light, Brigham Young (7-0) meets Manhattan (3-3) and Niagara (5-1) plays st.John's of rooklyn (3-2). Kansas State is the choice in the Big seven affair, which brings .ogether all members of the con- erence plus the University of Washington. Kansas meets Colo- •ario and Missouri goes against :owa State in today's play. The tournament at Hofstra In Hempstead brings into action several of the East's top small col- eges. The field includes favored jafayette, defending champions Cortland Teachers, American University, Hofstra, Delaware, Wagner, Lehigh and Wesleyan. The Dixie Classic shapes up as >ne of the best of the holiday eason. In addition to North Caro:na State, the field. Includes Oreon State, recent conqueror of ndiana, Navy, North Carolina, eton Hall, Duke, Tulane and *Vake Forest. The Oklahoma Aggies line up gainst Furman, Oklahoma City, lississippi, Wyoming, Cincinnati, anta Clara and Tulsa. And at loulsvllle, Western Kentucky Name of Another Drake Cager Arises in Fix DBS MOINES (AP) — Ben Bumbry, star Drake University basketball forward who said he was approached to "fix" the score of the recent Drake-Iowa State game, also spoke for a teammate when he told the individual "no dice." Details of the attempted bribe were disclosed yesterday. Bumbry said he was approached * — _ Garden Cage Fete To Begin Tonight iT TIME?—A threat to the Saddler-W.ells how PMI i i°>u'° n a o d u d £' enders seem *o be setting themselves up in Philadelphia. Bob Brannum, 18, and Easy Ed Macauley, 22 of the Boston Celtics try to stop the professionals' top scorer (NBA) U. S. Cuppers Come Out Ahead on Draw By WILL GRIMSLEY MELBOURNE (AP) — The United States received break today in the draw for the Davis Cup challenge roun which opens here Monday. The first singles match will pit»- Wlmbledon Champion Vic Seixas of Philadelphia against Australia' Lewis Hofld. U. S. Champion Tonj Trabert of Cincinnati will mee Ken Rosewall in the second single encounter. "We couldn't have had had a better draw if we had arrangei it ourselves," enthused Bill Ta! bert, captain of the U. S. team "I am confident we will start of with two victories and put the pres sure on the Australians." Talbert Confident Talbert went on record yester day with the prediction "We wil win the Davis Cup and I think it will be four matches to one." Talbert had been hoping the luck of the draw would pair Sexia against Hoad since the Philadelphian has beaten Hoad in their ends its high scoring five against field that Includes Louisville, Eastern Kentucky, Murray, Siena, illanova, Houston and Xavier Ohio). The AlI-American at Owensboro, hich doesn't start until Dec. 30, rings together Maryland, South arolina, Arizona State, Evans- ille, Tennessee, Denver. St.Fran- s (NY.) and Kentucky Wesleyan. All of the Southwest Conference temberg with Alabama as the vlted guest take part in the | Houston jamboree. last six meetings, four this year. Trabert's power is figured sure to cut down little Rosewall just as in Forest Hills this past summer when Tony won the U.S. championship. Talbert said he figured the experience of Trabert and Seixas would be a determining factor. Rosewall and Hoad, each only 19, will be playing in their first Davis Cup matches. Not for Self "The Davis Cup is not like ordinary tennis tournament," Talbert pointed out. "You're playing for your country instead of yourself. I think it will be tough on the kids and I think our boys, playing in their third challenge round, can rise to the occasion. "Remember how Mervyn Rose (of Australia) lost his matches In his maiden try bajpk in 1951? That's the way it is." The first match of the three-day challenge round starts nt 1:15 p.m. The U; S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that 6,225 federal game law violators were fined a total of $188,385 and sentenced to an aggregate of 268 days in jail during the 953 fiscal year. In the 1953 National League pennant race the Dodgers took first place on Jnue 28 and never relinquished their lead. f Giants Are Still Ready to Trade By OAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — It's too late for Christmas now, would like to get that top pitcher they need if they are League flag race. but the New York Giants still to figure in the next National They don't want him exactly as • gift, either. In return they.are Willing to corne through with Bobby Thomson, one of the league's classiest outfielders, who becomes ex- pendahje with the return of phe- nominal young Willy Mays from the Army next spring. Milwaukee has let it be known that Warren Spahn, the league's earned-run king, isn't available at iny price, but there Is s strong feeling that one of Charlie Grimm's other pitchers will wind up at the Polo Grounds. He's loaded with good righthanders. Since the Yanks swung their ^Jeal for Harry Byrd and Eddie Jijkoblnson, Cleveland writers are swarming over General Manager he do something about bolster! g Hank Greenberg with demands that his chronic second • placers. First off, they want Hank to bring them catcher Clint Courtney from the Baltimore Orioles. The badgered o.M. has it least held on to his sense of humor through it all. His Christmas card shows a big Indian changing an Intimate garment on t very little Indian with the legend "Time for a changel" With the acquisition of Jackie Jt on from 'Vii-', Mann-rsr Lou Boudreau of Uit Boston Real Sox claims he has much the best balanced club he has been able to field since he went to the Hub City two seasons ago. "With Jensen batting four behind Ted Williams," he explains, "opposing pitchers will do a lol of thinking before they hand oul passes so freely to Ted . . ." The expectation Is that Jim Pier' sail, the team's fabulous young fly catcher,, will be shifted to center- field and Jensen Installed in right, which he handled well for the Senators. RADIATOR WORK • Boiled Out • Repaired • Flo Tested • Re-cored ALL WORK Guaranteed Grovers Body & Radiator Shop Ci l.akf Atr Phci KM I Word from our Florida agent Is that Oklahoma might well enter the Orange Bowl the favorite or at worst no less than even money if Maryland's brilliant quarterback and passer, Bernle Faloney, has not fully recovered from his leg injury by New Year's Day. (10:15 p.m. Sunday EST in the United States) before ft sellout crowd of 11,500. May Change Seixas and Trabert were nominated for the doubles on Tuesday against Rosewall and Hoad although Talbert and Harry Hopman, Australian tenm captain, each reserved the right to make a change an hour before the match. The two final singles will be played Wednesday with Hoad opposing Trabert and Seixas playing Rosewall in the last match of the five-match round. Hopman said he was not displeased with the draw although It Is known that he preferred Hoad to meet America's big seige gun, Trabert, on the opening day. This would have paired Seixas with Rosewall, who has trimmed the Wimbledon titleholder In the last six meetings. The draw was held in the Koo- yong Stadium under a bright sun. With both teams standing in a single line and with a gleaming Davis Cup as a backdrop names were pulled from a bowl by Amos Peasiey, U. S. ambassador'to Australia, and Sir Dallas Brooks, governor of Victoria. Sir Norman Brookes, president of the LTAA, presided. Doby Erases Whiff Mark He Struck Out 121 Times in '53 By BE.V OLAN NEW YORK 1.0—The smashln of a 39-year-old strikeout mark b Larry Doby of Cleveland and additional batting: honor for team mate Al rtosen highlighted th American League's final statlstlca release for 1953 today. These official averages shou that Doby fanned 121 times, break ng the old mark by one. It wa set by OUs Williams of the St.Lou Browns in 1914. Doby and Mlcke Mantle of the New York Yankee ied for this dubious honor las season at 111 strikeouts. Rosen, the league's most valu able player, compiled the hlghes "tigging average, .613. The hard itting third baseman had xjtal bases In 599 times at ba1 His extra-base ou:piu Included 2 doubles, 5 triples and 43 home •uns. By winning the slugging title losen cliinaxed a banner year ie also led in home runs, tota 'ases, runs batted in (145) anc nished one point behind Washing- on's Mickey Vernon, the league's eading batter. Gus Zernial of the Philadelphia .thletics was second in the Blvig- ing derby with n .559 mark. Yog terra of the Yankees was third al )23 followed by Ray Boone, who layed with Cleveland and De- roit, .519 and Vernon .818. Slugging averages are computed y dividing the total bases on nil its by the times at bat. Eddie Yost, who led in bases on alls in 1952, walked off again with at honor—this time with 123. •lot Shoes ForWhitfield The heaviest player on the Florida State football squad is 245-pound sophomore end Tom Feamster of j Warwick, Va. NEW YORK—Mai Whitfleld. for- ier Ohio State track star now living n Los Angeles, had "hot shoes" in 1963. He set six new A.A.U. records ori the cinder paths in this country and abroad. Among the marks set by the 800 meters Olympic champion were 1:40.2 for 800 yards at Helsinki, Finland and 2:20.8 for 1,000 meters at Eskllstuna, Sweden. Al Irecords were declared official by the A.A.U. Other records scored by U.S. track and field athletes during 1953 were: Fortune Oordien's discus throw of 194 feet 6 Inches; Walt Davis' 6 feet 11V4 inch high Jump; Parry O'Brien's 59 feet 2Y, Inch tlss with the 16 pound shot; and Bud Held'! 263 feet 10 Inch Javelin toss. BLYTHEVILLE LEGION ARENA Adults 60c — Children 15c WRESTLING Monday, Dec. 28 8:00 p.m. -SIX MAN BOUT- Freddie Blassie Lee Fields And Edword Welch »n Carlos Rodriquez Chico Cortez and Eddie Malone Plus 3 One-Fall Bouts Blassie vs. Rodriquei Fields vs. Malone Welch vs. Cortex by a young man who "mentionec $300 one lime and 5500 anothe :!me." The St. Louis senior Rai< the man wanted Drake to lose (hi ?ame. played last Tuesday night ay at least eight points, prefer ably by 10. "No Dice" Bumbry said he told the man 'no dice" and when the man mentioned Willis Cerf, Drake 1 sophomore center from Los An gcles, he told him. "I don't think Cerf will do anything like that. Cerf was not immediately avail ible for comment. Bumbry declined an offer meet the man later "if I changed my mind." He reported the inci dent to Jack McClelland, Drake coach and athletic director, who notified authorities. Bumbry said he didn't know 1 the man, who has been questionec by police but is not being held approached Cerf. Police, however said the man evidently contacted a couple of members of the team Bumbry snid he had told Cerf o: being approached. Can't rrosecute Police said they doubt if there is enough evidence to prosecute the man, identified as a "young DCS Moines business man." It was indicated the case would be turned over to the Polk County Attorney's office when police finish their investigation. Under a new Iowa law, attempting to influence an athletic contest by bribery carries a possible penalty of up to a $10,000 fine and as much as 10 years in prison. Iowa State College .Coach Chick Sutherland said at Ames neither he nor his players knew anything of the attempted fix before the game, which was won by the Cy- ilones 89-69. "Nothing WronR" Sutherland, who said he knew nothing of it until he read about t, stated "there was nothing in the ball game that would indicate any- .hlng was wrong." He said he had seen Drake play ,wo previous games this season ind "I couldn't tell any difference jetween Drake's play in these con- ests and the Iowa State game." The Iowa State coach had high praise for Bumbry, saying he nought he was Drake's best player. Bumbry got n points In the game to lead Drake's scoring. He IBS an 18-polnt average for seven ames. Sutherland said he didn't know why McClelland didn't tell him of he attempted fix, adding; "It might have been a sporls- nanship gesture on Jack's art. We hud nothing on our minds cx- :ept doing the best we could. If re had known this had happened t might have affected our play." Sutherland said "we put a Int of iressure on flumbry and In spite f it he got 17 points. So I would lear him of any doubt." Crax Get Four : rom Braves ATLANTA Wi—The Atlanta Crnc- ers of the Southern Association icked up four baseball players hrlstmas, a welcome gift from the arent Milwaukee Braves. They are pitchers Humberto Robison and Glenn Hlttner, first base- an Buck- Riddle, and Catcher Lou ocift. Robinson appeared to be the est of the lot on the basis of his 853 record. The righthander won 7, and lost 8, and posted a 2.68 arned run average with Evansville T the Class B Three-f League. Hittner, also a righthander, won 2 games for Calgary, which finned In the cellar of the Western nternatlonal League, also a Class organization, last year. Riddle, 21, hit only 231 for Evans- lie In 1953, and Soda just got out ' the Army. The receiver played ir Eau Clarle in Class D ball in 151. NEW YORK (AP) — Favored Duquesne, which ranks third among the nation's college basketball fives, faces a tough road in the eight-team Holiday Festival opening at Madison Square Garden today — particularly if last year's result means anything. The Dukes from Pittsburgh take on New York University, with a 4-1 record, in the first Rtime of tonight's doublehcader starting at 7:45 p.m.. EST La Salle (0-2) faces injury-riddled St. Louis (4-2) in the second game. St. Louis wil be minus two of its stars, Dick Boushka and Jack Shockley, both hospitalized by a blood disease. Last year's tourney was captured by Utah State, which wasn't given much of a chance when the competition got underway. The Record Duquesne, which features a high scoring trio in Dick Rlcketts, Jim Tucker and Si Green, already has whipped Geneva, St.Francis (Pa.), Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Carnegie 1'ech, Texas and Toledo. NYU defeated Utah State in its most recent effort. Brigham Young (7-0) and Man- lattan (3-3) open the tournament this afternoon in the first game of a twin-bill starting at 2 p.m., EST. Niagara (5-1) and St.John's of Brooklyn (3-2) meet in the second contest. Ends Wednesday On Monday, the Brigham Young- Manhattan winner will clash with .he Duquesne-NYU victor, and the <iagara-St.John's winner will meet he St.Louis-La Salle winner. That doublehendcr p.m., EST. The festival winds up Wednesday !ghl with it 6 p.m., will start at 7:45 a tripleheader starting EST. 'ruins, Spartans Meet LOS ANGELES Ml — In addition meeting Michigan State in the ose Bowl, U.C.L.A. has a basket- all date with the Spnrtans on New ears eve. The Bruins and U.S.C 111 play Michigan State and Iowa a holiday intersectional court lUbleheader at the Pan-Pacific uditorlum. Fred Blassie To Show Here TV Attraction Heads Tag Card Freddie Blassie, the top ranking 3t. Louis heavyweight, returns t he Memorial Auditorium ring Mon ay night to head another slx-mn ag bout on Promoter Mike Me oney's American Legion wrestling :ard. Blassie, the burly blond grap iler who is well known to Blylhe 'Ille TV wrustllUB fnns, is scliecl ,iled to team with Lee Fields am Edward Welch against Carlos Bod iquez, Chico Cortex and Eddie Ma one In the main event bout. Thin will be Blassle's first ap .jearance here In several months le maed his debut here last sum icr. appearing on two straigh weekly mnt programs. But he has been seen on TV creens in Blythevllle many time, television bouts originating in oth St. Louis and Chicago. He is rated as one of the top ontenders for Lou Thez's heavyweight crown. Monday night's bout will also murk (lie return of Rodriquez, the big Mexican who has the name o: being one of the roughest wrest lers ever to perform here. And this fact should add up to another rough and tumble evening for Blythevllle r.ins. In addition to the main event three one-fall preliminary bouts arc also on the card with Blassie meet- Ing Rodriquez, Fields meeting Malone and Welch taking on Cortez. Mine!!! Liked In TV Bout He Faces Wilson In Boston Tonight '. BOSTON <x>i — Substitute Livlo- Minolli of Italy is a alight favorite to balk the boxing ambitions of Boston welterweight Wilbur Wilson tonight in a nationally-televised 10- rotmder. Mlnelli stepped in on short notice to fight the improving young Bostonian after Danny (Bang Bong) Wombor of Chicago was advised by his physician, Dr. Vincent Nardiello of New York, to rest six months. Womber, who won a split decision over Wilson in a TV. clash ast October, took a severe pasting from Art Aragon on the West Coast recently. Mlnelli holds a victory over Johnny Bratton and gave welterweight king Kid Gavilan a good fight while losing a split decision. Wilson, 22-year-old Negro who lopes to follow In his grandfa'ther'« footsteps as a Baptist minister, is no stranger to television 'vewers. He won nnd drew in two TV bouts with Gerry Dreyer of South Africa and knocked out Charlie Goulart of Somerville In another TV match. The bout starts at 8 p.m. (CST). Tech Looks Ahead ATLANTA (/P)—Georgia Tech Is looking beyond its Sugar Bowl game Virginia on Now a 1954 slate of 10 against West Year's Day to tough foes. Eight Southeastern Conference teams plus one from the Atlantic Coast and Southwest Conference are booked. Newcomers on the Yellow Jackets' schedule will be Tennessee, Louisiana State and Kentucky. Dropped from the list are Notre Dame, Davidson, Clemson and Van- dertallt. Buy Your ELECTRIC TRAIN Complete With All Accessories • Light Fixtures & Appliances • Complete Wiring Service • Free Estimates Gladly Furnished Serving Blytheville Since 1920 Walpole Electric Co. Day Phone 3371 Night Phones 4641-2527 Seixas Voices New Confidence MELBOURNE, Austrllft ((P)— Vie Jelaxas, who Is regarded as the key ,o the hopes of the United States n regaining the Davis Cup from Australia In the challenge round, said today "I'm going to be all right." The challenge round starts here Monday - Sunday night in the United Stales, and continues through Wednesday. "Don't believe all that stuff you read in the papers and don't go by what you see In practice," said the 32-year-old "Wimbledon champion whose seemingly unshakeable slump has made the Aussles favorites to retain the cup. Poiceman Helps Hunter FAYETTEVILLE, N. C. W*)—With an assist by a policeman, George Millican of Payetteville has come up, with a neat hunting feat. Millican hit a 6-polnt buck deer with his car. Thinking the animal dead, MtlUctm put him in the car trunk. Later, the deer began kicking and Millican quickly drove to the Payetteville police station wherft a policeman dispatched the deer. 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