Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 6, 1974 · Page 11
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 11

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Monday, May 6, 1974
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Troirw Skip Shapoff Recounts Incidents Is There A Hudson County Jinx? LOUISVILLE (AP) - If Cannonade, the new Kentucky Derby champ, were the worrying kind, he might waste away to a bag of bones looking over his shoulder and wondering when he might collide with a freight train or mcel some other disaster. He is now running in the shadow of the Hudson County jinx. When longshot Hudson County ran second to (he bay grandson of Bold Ruler in Saturday's 100th Derby, believers in the occult began conjuring up all ·orts of dire portents. Hudson County is bad news to horses who have the gall to kick dirt in his eves. "I don't like "to talk about it. it's gruesome." said Skip Shapoff, trainer of the runner- up who was one of 10 in the field w ho bv himself probably would have been a 100-1 shot. "We were beaten by a horse named Near Gay in our maiden race J a n . 30 fast year at Hialeah. Near Gay later was burned to death in a fire." SECOND TRAGEDY The youthful Shapoff paused in his recitation and looked over his shoulder furtively at the little bay colt in stall 3 barn 43 at Churchill Downs. "Really, we shoudn't talk about it," he protested. There was a prod from the small knot of hardy ham troopers who made the backstretch rounds on the d a v after. "Then in April of 1072 (here was the Layafette at Kccne- land. We lose hy half a length i to Mrs. AZ. Not Ion gafter that Mr. AZ turns up with a twisted inlesline and dies in Florida." Shapoff was sure that was enough to satisfy any ghoul, but it wasn't. "Well, then Ihis year came the Wood," the trainer related. "Of course, Rube The Great won it but a horse named friendly B finished ahead of FRIENDLY B. TOO Goodness, and what in the world happened to Friendly B? "Aw, you know." protested Shapoff. "He dropped dead just the other day at Bowie." Shapoff glanced up t o w a r d barn 42 where trainer Woody Stephens was loading Cannonade and stablemale Judger into huge vans. "I hope none of Ihcse air waves are floating toward Cannonade," he said. Shapoff, personally distressed over what has befallen some of Hudson County's rivals doesn't cotton to witches anc evil spirits'. A realistic man. he knows that horse races are won on the track with speed, endurance and heart, and they're the tools of this candidate for the Preakness and Bcimont lying ahead. "This is a good little horse," he said proudly. "Alert, fiesty aggressive. He'll nip at you 'but he hasn't got an ounce of mean ness in him. If Cannonade hat had just one little bit of trouble I'd have the Derby champion today." Purvis Adds Three Wins Jack Morris twirled a no- hitler against t h e Springdale American Legion tram to highlight a three-game weekend sweep by Purvis Sporting Goods. Purvis heat Springdale 9-0 and 12-2 Saturday night, and downed Cherry Tree. Okla., 8-0 Sunday. D a v i d Drake supported Morris' no-hitter with three hils in four trips. Getting one hit each were Rick Bowles, Tom Neal. Wayne Beach, Rick Button and Morris. Meal pitched a two-hitter in the second game Saturday. Rick McWhorter and Rick Porter each had two hits in three trips, and John Zacharia- son. David Oaughman, Hutton and Drake added a hit apiece. f.onnie McCleland struck out eight batters in seven innings to pick up Uhe win against Cherry Tree. Zachariason finished up the six-hit pitching performance. Purvis got all the runs it needed when Bowles slammed a three-run homer over the left field fence in the first inning. McWhorter added two hils and Caughman, Neal. Drake and McCleland each had one Purvis, 5-0, will play the Pay- eltcville American Legion team in a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m., and will lake on Mountainburg Sunday at 2. All three games are set for Legion Field. PHILADELPHIA ( A P ) -World Team Tennis, the latest product of the -modern sports explosion, debuts lonight with the Philadelphia Freedoms--led hy Billie Jean King--exchanging strokes with Ihe Pittsburgh Triangles, directed by Ken Hosewall. The WTT is a product of Ms. King's husband, Larry, and ·tffliiiimiiiiimitiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiijiiiiiiiiiiBiiiiiiiitiiiimitiiiiuiii, Beaver Level As of Monday May sixth the Beaver Lake level stands at 1124.78 up .14 from Sunday's reading. Officials at the dam resort that nnc generator is currently in use- Sports Alphabet Proliferation Continues With Debut Of WTT Dennis Murphy, wlio helped start the American Basketball Association and the World Hockey Associalion. It is a con- Irovcrsial concept that has not been accepted by Rod Laver, Stan Smith and Arthur Ashe-three of the game's leading slars. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh will play six matches--a pair Pearson Outraces Parsons For Winston 500 Triumph TALLADEGA. Ala. (AP) -"It's really not inv favorite race track, but I'll take a victory anywhere I can get them at my age." That was David Pearson talking Sunday after winning the Winston 500 Grand National Slock Car race at Alabama International Speedway -- a 2.66 mile oval he drives as easily as he does his lawn mower back home. Pearson, a greying 33-year- old three-time stock car racing champ, heat off a succession of challengers cnroule lo h 1 s third straighl Winslon 500 triumph and a check for $25,815. "It was work, hard work, every minulc." he said of Ihe 3 hours, 20 minutes and 9 seconds it required to drive the 169 laps or 450 miles. "I feel Uke I've been through a wringer." The race was slopped twice by rain, for a total of an hour and 53 minutes. These stoppages, plus six yellow light periods, cut 61 laps 'out of the racing time. But Pearson still averaged 1.10.220 miles per hour, his apple red and while Merucury frequently turning aps at 188 rnph. ONLY PARSONS LEFT Most of his challengers either dropped out with blown engines or other mechanical problems, leaving only Benny Parsons' Chevrolet lo challenge the final 5Q miles. Parsons, the 197,1 G r a n d National champion, made a spine-tinging bid for the victory hut fell about two car lengths short at the end. Gary Bcltenhausen, one of Pearson's more serious Ihreals. was put out hy a freak pit road accident t h a t , injured three of his crewmen, one seriously. Bettenhausen, a star on the Indianapolis-based U.S. Auln Club circuit, was leading the race when he made a routine pit slop during one of the yellow lighl slowdowns for gas and tires. While he was silling in his pit slot, a car driven by 21-year- old rookie Grant Adcox of Chattanooga. Tcnn., spun out ol control as he .sought his own pit Hiul smashed into Betten- lianscn's Matador. each of women's singles, men'? singles and mixed doubles. Add up the cumulative score games won and the learn with he highest total wins. Each game is setllcd by Ihe Erst player to reach four jwints The first pliiyer to win six games wins a set. You have o win by two games, i.e.: 7-5 If a match is lied at six, a nine-point tie breaker settle he issue. Coaches such as Mrs. King ind Rosewall determine tlv incup, anc changes can be made in the middle of a match f the coach feels the playei sn't performing well. TWO DIVISIONS There are 16 teams in Ihi WTT. eight in an East Division Philadelphia. P i t t s b u r g h Boston. Baltimore, New York Cleveland. Toronto and Detroit and eight in the West: Hawaii Los Angeles. Florida. Chicago Minnesota, Golden Gate Sa Francisco. Denver and Houstor The teams will plav 4 games. 22 at home and Ih same number away. Champion ship playoffs wind up the sea son in August. There is a two tempt to crawl through. In tonight's first half of th two half session, Mrs. King fac cs Pittsburgh's Evonne Goola gong, the Freedoms' Briai Fairlie lakes on oRsewall. am Philadelphia's Julie Anthon and Fred Stolle meet Gerali Battrick and Peggy Michael o the Triangles in mixed double; Mrs. King promises a n e \ world of tennis in the WTT pre scnlation. The Freedoms clain an advance sale in excess 6,000 tickets. "We're in show business says Mrs. King. "This is enter tainment. It's got to be livelj and i t ' s got to appeal to th masses. For too long tennis ha been a rich, white country clu game. It's time for a change." Fikcs Runs 3:58-3 PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- enis Fikes of (he University Pennsylvania has recorded 1* fourth fastest milt: ever run a college dual track meet. The Penn senior ran the mile 3:58.3 Sunday as Ihc Quakers eat Cornell by a 125-47 score, ikes registered his first sub- our-minutc mile, 3:55.0, when finished second to North Carolina's Tony Waldrop In the Pcnn Relays on April 27. The other sub-four-minute miles run in dual college meets were done last year by Ore- lion's Steve Prufonlaine, 3:56.8, Ken Po|cjoy of Michigan Stale, ,i:57.0. iind Hailu Ebba of Oregon Stale, 3:58.1. Tti« TIMES It On Top of The N«w* Seven Days a W**k Northwc* Arkamat TIMIS, MMI., May «, 1*74 FAVITTIVILL*. AOKAHUk* II Celebrity Golf GROVE CITY, Ohio (AP) Twenty-five celebrities from the media, government and *ports will join 75 amateurs Saturday for the first a n n u a l Grove City Charity Open Golf Tournament. The celebrities will be headed by four pr» twikrttall ilm Larry Jenei 76ers, John Bunhill. co*ch of th* Lo» A | « I * i Inkers. Rudy Tomluwffcti ri the Houston Rocket* «xl Stow Jones of the Denver RoetiU. officials aJd. You might say I'm doing 'woman's work'... but we dont think that way at Southwestern Bell. "I'm Jim Buck. When I appfed for a job at Southwestern Bell a few months ago, they happened to have an opening for a service representative. Service reps are the people in our business offices who take orders and answer any questions customers have about their telephone service. It sounded like my kind of work because I lovetotalktopeopie. "I didn't know until I began my job that it's one that has traditionally been held by women. But that doetnl bother me because I enjoy my work, and I know IVe got a great future ahead. "At Southwestern Bel we're encouraged to aim tor arty kind of job we think we might like-ws really do have a tremendous variety to choose from. And we're looking for men who are interested in jobs tike that of tie service rep, as well as other jobs traditionally held by women. Would you be Interested to a job like Jim Buck has at Southwestern Betl? Our empfcymat office is as dose as the neamt telephone. Just call (collect,H yoto outside LJUe Rock) at 371-6748 or 371-5768. We'd Rto to hear torn yo Souihwootoni B0I A PRYO DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR Would Like To Personally Discuss Important issues With You TUESDAY MAY 7 6:30 p. m. DINNER -REFRESHMENTS -SERVED FREE Entertainment Provided by River Street Branch and Other Popular Groups Plan to attend today -Bring the entire family and your friends to visit with David and Barbara Pryor at 6:30 p. m. Washington County Fair Grounds Political Ad Paid For by Stan McNulty, Jr., Campaign Chairman

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