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Grant Hall From Buffalo To Chicago In Three Easy Phone Calls If the National Football League gave an award for Most Valuable Suitcase, Mike Reppond's would have ranked high in the balloting in 1973. The former Razorback receiver started the year in Buffalo, continued it in Atlanta and Washington and finished it in Chicago. He finished it, in fact, by playing three quarters in the Bears' last game. Mike, his wife Linda, and their six-month-old daughter Rachel are back in Fayetteville now. When Linda went horseback riding one afternoon this week, Mike took on the dual enterprise of babysitting and answering questions about football. Rachel made the first part easy. She followed the 90-minute conversation intently, interrupting just once to signal for a bottle. Reviewing the 1973 season, Mike began, "Buffalo drafted me in the ninth round. I went to camp and thought I was doing fairly well, but the only action I saw in three preseason games was seven plays late in the Green Bay game. They kept telling me I would get playing time, but I kept riding the bench. "All I wanted was the chance to show what I could do, but I wasn't getting it. So I asked to be put on waivers. It's unusual for a rookie to do that, but some veterans on the team had advised me not to wait until the last cut, because your chances o£ being picked up by another club then are slim.'' What Reppond didn't know was that Buffalo had already put him on waivers once, but pulled him back when two or three teams showed an interest. "That upset me," he said, "because it meant there would be no recall the second time. I can see the management point of view, but I think players should be Informed in those situations. When no one picked me up, I came back to Fayetteville." He then called the Atlanta Falcons, who told him to come to camp. "They said I had everything they were looking for," remembered Mike. "But through two pre season games and seven regular- season games, I never suited up." Neither .did his former Arkansas teammate, Bill McClard: "Bill got there the week after I did and left the day before I did." Two other ex-teammates, Jim Hodge and Tom Reed, left Atlanta before either Reppond or McClard arrived. "Harry Gilmer, an assistant coach for the Falcons, said Hodge was the best receiver they had In camp," recalled Reppond. "I've seen Jim only once since then, but we didn't talk about that. I figured he would have brought it up if he'd wanted to." Hodge is now in Shreveport, as is Joe Ferguson. Berry's Advice Pays Off While McClard was finding success at New Orleans, Reppond was "calling every club in the NFL." That had been the advice of Detroit Lions assistant Raymond Berry, his ex-coach. It paid off when Chicago called Mike back and invited him for a tryout. "They said they couldn't use me then, but to come back to camp this year," he noted. While'he was at Chicago, however, the Washington Redskins called. He flew there and got the same kind of response. "I had decided to go back to Washington for the 1974 season when I happened to watch Chicago play Kansas City on a Monday night telecast," he said. Late in the game, Mike saw Chicago receiver Tom Reynolds go down with a knee injury. "They called the next night and asked how soon I could be there," he recalled. He was activated for the last three games, and played in the last two. Against Detroit, Reppond played "four or five minutes." The only pass intended for him was batted down at the line of scrimmage. He played the last three quarters of the Bears' finale against Green Bay, but again only one pass was thrown in his direction: "It was a bomb, and I had maybe a step on Willie Buchanan, an all-pro." Quarterback Gary Huff overthrew both of them. Chicago lost both games. "Huff has a great arm," said Mike. "He could be a really good one." Bobby Douglass has a great arm, too, he noted, but "you better be alert when he throws. You never know where it's going." The Bears' other receivers are George Farmer, Earl Thomas and Ike Hill. "If I were as big as Farmer," said Mike, "I'd charge people to live." Chicago is legendary as a spendthrift organization, and Reppond said nothing to change that image. "We had better facilities at Joplin Parkwood High School," he said. "My pants were too big, my shoes were used, my shoulder pads must have been 10 years old, and it took me a week to get the kind of helmet I wanted." But he added, "The Bears did give me a chance." Looking back on his career at Arkansas, Mike said two pass plays stood out in his mind. The first happened here against SMU in his sophomore year: "The ball was perfectly thrown, but then the wind got it. I kept looking back, and finally caught it as my feet slipped out. I didn't realize until I saw the film what position I was in when I caught it, so I didn't understand all the yelling. Thought It Was A Fight "That was the first and only time I've ever been aware of crowd noise during a game. It was so spontaneous that I thought a fight had broken out across the field." The other play came in the 1972 game against Southern California at Little Rock. "We had been driving the ball every time," said Reppond, "but I dropped a touchdown pass that could've pulled us to within 17-10." Arkansas eventually lost 31-10. "When a ball is thrown into your stomach, there's a split second when you have to decide whether to catch it with your palms out or in," he explained. "I waited too long." Mike added that he had dropped a ball the same way in a workout that day. He and Jack Ettinger have been catching passes from Jack's brother Jim, a former Kansas University and Canadian League quarterback. Both Ettingers signed recently with the Toronto Northmen of the World Football League. The Toronto franchise has since moved to Memphis, and Jack is delighted with the switch. "I wanted to stay in the South, but I was drafted by the Chicago Bears and Toronto," he said. "Now that we're in Memphis, I'll be able to see some of the Arkansas games." Reppond thinks the Razorbacks might do well this year. For one thing, he says, "Rollen Smith is one of the best cornerbacks I've ever worked against." He cautions, however, that many of the young Porkers will be hit harder by USC than they've ever been hit before. "That's what happened when we played them, ·nyway," he said. "One time I was coming across the field from the right side when Richard Wood hit me so hard that my eyes crossed. It look two minutes to get them uncrossed." Arkansas finished 6-5 in 1972, and Reppond co*mNUED ON PAGI « (AP WirepliotcO ALL SMILES .. .A. J. Foyt, three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, smiles after (anting a lap oj J96.249 miles per hour in practice Friday, Foyt didn't go that fast Saturday, bat his speed of 191.632 mph was good enough (o lead all qualifiers Hill, Melnyk Tie For Lead At 137 In Houston Open HOUSTON (AP) -- Dave Hill. still angry from the treatment he recieved at this event a year ago, hammered out a five-under-par 67 and moved into a tie with Steve Melnyk for the second-round lead Saturday in the rain-delayed $150,000 Houston Open Golf Tournament. "1 just want to get even," said the intense, controversial Hill, who had a two-round total of 137, seven under par for two .rips over the wet and soggy 6,905-yard Quail Valley Golf Club course. Melnyk got a pice of the lead vith a brilliant 65, seven under par, despite hitting a 'ball in the vater. "I don't think that I'm play- ng good enough to win, but I'm gonna try," said the tough, wiry, little Hill, "I'm still hot at the (soonsoring) Houston lolf Association. T will continue :o be hot at them. Even if I win. "I want to get even. That's ,he only reason I'm playing nere." Hill explained that he was re fused permission to withdraw from this tournament last year when he was snowbound at his home in Evergreen, Colo. He got here, played one round and withdrew. "It cost me $500 to play one round. T want to get even/' he repeated. Melnyk, who had the day's best round, and Hill .shared one stroke advantage over tour sophomore Tom Kite and Aus tralian Bob Stanton going into Sunday's double round of 31 holes. Friday's scheduled second round was washed out by a series of thunderstorms tha 1 dumped almost three inches o! rain on the course and made i' wet and heavy, spotted by pool: and puddles of casual water for Saturday's round. p Stnnton and Kite were tied a 138, Kite after a 71 and Stanton with a second round 68. Wally Armstrong, the raw rookie who had shared the firs round lead with Kite, matcher par 72 and was tied at 139--jus two shots back--with hometow hero Kermit Zarley, Zarley Jrar a 67 in the hot, muggy, almos windless weather. There was a group of a doze at 140, among them were rooki B e n Crenshaw, r i e f e n d i n tiampipn Bruce Crampton of .ustralia and Houston's own lomero Blancas, who got into ontention by holing a IflO-yard econd shot for an eagle two on is last hole. Most of the game's glamor iames are skipping this tourna- ncnt which immediately pre- n which they are required to edes next wek's Colonial Na- ional, a designated lournamenl ilay. Among the missing are Tack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, ,e Trevino, Tom Weiskopf. Arnold Palmer and Gary Play- ir. Hill, a veteran of 16 years on he tour, has a life-long history f controversy. He caused in- ernatinal headlines with his iriticism of the 1970 United it ales Ope-i Course and once Sled a mullimillion dollar law ,uit against the PGA. Never before, however, had ie tried to win because he was mad at the tournament spon ;ors. "That's the only reason I'n laying here," he insisted. Hill, who said he got a put .ing tip from Ryder Cup cap ain Jack Burke, holed putts o 20, 15 and 15 feet for three o his birdies, ripped a six-iroi second shot to within three fee of the flag for an eagle three on :he 10th, made one bogey when le missed the green on the ncx iiole and got it back with E three-iron shot that set up ai eight-foot putt for a duece 01 the 14th.- Melnyk, who has known littl 3 it t frustration and dis appointment since joining t h e lour with gaudy amateur ere dentials three years ago, made a bogey from ibe water on tin fourth, twice holed birdie putt of 15 feet ,hit irons inside o eight feet far six more birdie and missed only one green. He matched the c o u r s record and didn't have a fiv on his card. David Hill Steve !,Telnvk Tom Kite Bob Slanttwi Hermit Zarley Wally ATmslron? nk-V Ln'.z Tick Lolz \i Ewins i Evans Bruce Crampton Joe Inman Oihbv Gilbert Rrxi Curl Hruce Devlin Krt Sneed TO-fTT 1ST 7265-13 B7-TJ--r 70- fW-- tt 72-GT--lT 67-72-- 13 71.691 71 66-- ] 72 63-- I 70-70--1 71.B9-- 1 71 69-- 1 72-6R-- 1 69-71--1 73-67--1 69 71-- 1 Crockett Sets World Mark In UN-Yard Dash KNOXV1LLE, Tcnn. (AP) - vory Crockett ran a worl ecord clocking of 9.0 second 1 the 100-yard dash Salurda ight. shaving a lOlh of econd off the 11-year mark se y Bob Hayes and o f f i c i a l l quailed by at least four others The fast time came at th 'om Black Classic Track Mee ponsored by the University 'cnnessee. Crockett's best previous lirri n the 100 was 9.2. He was Ih 968 National Collegiate Athleti Issociation champion. "I thank God for letting m lo my best." said the 24-yeai Id graduate of Southern Illino: Jniversity. "All the way through She rac felt the best t h a t I've eve elt," he said. "This j£ a ver ;ood track." The four judges of the even imed Crockett at 9.0, 9.0, 9 nd 8.9, averaging 9.0. Crockett, an IBM marketin representative from Peoria, 111 ·epresented the Philadelph ^ioneers Club, one of sever; amateur track teams ar colleges competing at the mee White Breaks Shot Record, Signs With U A LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Pa White of Russellville set record of 65-10 : !'i in the shot p' Saturday night in the stale hig school Meet of Champions. The previous record was he by Carl Salb of Crossctt. After setting the recor White signed a national lelt of intent with the Universiy Arkansas. Jacksonville's Dan Isbell be Pine Bluff's Lee Pales in tl high j u m p with a leap of 6 That's the best jump ever Arkansas by a sophomore, Eddie Robinson of Lit Rock Central won Ihe 100-ya dash in 9.7. He also caplur the 220 in 21.5. Darrell Johnson of Centr defeated Donnie Taylor of Pi Bluff in the 180-yard low ai 180-yard high hurdles. Gr Pickett of Fort Smith Norths! woti the pole vault with a vat of 14.6 Norifiw** Arkonio. TIMES, Sun., May 12, 1974 I, ·KKAN»»l rrabs Pole For Indy 500 Foyt Qualifies First INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- | rafty A. J. Foyt captured the ront-row pole position for the th Indianapolis 500 Saturday, nding aloof of a raging rules spule that shot down some of s challengers- Foyt. as flamboyant and fris- f as he has been since his red- ot rampage through racing in e 1960s, steered his low-slung ome-made Gilmore Racing earn Coyote around the anent Indianapolis Motor Speed- ay at a four-lap average iced of 191.632 miles an hour. It was by far the best speed a controversial first round of rials to set up a field of 33 arters for the May 26 race. It also was the highlight of a ay that saw the 2'/4-mile Brickyard" virtually taken r er by streakers and unruly rowds during a three-hour rain elay. One streaker was hurt when attempted to climb a new servation tower at the start- nish line, and a security offi- er was injured when, track of- cials said, he was beaten up y a gang of -spectators. CREW MEMBER HURT Earlier, a crew member of ne of the race cars was hurl hen he fell beneath his ma- hine on Pit Road. Identified as m Vogrin of Easton. Pa., he ·as taken to Methodist Hospi al with a compound fracture of iis right leg. Foyt was the first driver (o make a qualifying run on a day that opened with bright sunshine and ended in thundershowers. He took only one warmup lap before setting off on a 10-mile run that gave him his first-pole starting spot at Indy since 19G9. His first circuit was his fastest, 192.55 m.p.h. But he slowed slightly on each succeeding lap as he completed Ihe four circuits in an elapsed time of 3 minutes. 7.86 seconds. Nine other drivers made their runs before the rain came, and five others got into the lineup before anotho» downpour closed the circuit for good. Before the rain, however, Wally Dallenbach nailed the middle front row posilion with a speed of 189.683 m.p.h. in an Eagle-Offy and slender Mike Mosley claimed the outside berth with 185.319 in a Lodestar-Eagle. HOBBS RANKS HIGH The second row position' went to Tom Sneva, a 25-year- old former school teacher with 185.149 m.p.h. in a Kingfish- Offy; 1968-winner Bobby Unser 185.176 in an Olsonite-Eagle; and Britisher David Hobbs ths only foreigner in the field 184.833 in a McLaren-Offy. A number of drivers stil were eligible to make w h a t will K considered first-round quali- 'ying runs next Saturday. And, :hough t'oyt appears to be untouchable in his pole spot, technically they will be eligible to bump him out of it. Still left in the first-round group is Gordon Johncock. the 1973 winner; second-year man Mike Hiss in one of Roger Pcnske's McLarens; and Mario Andretti, the 1969 champion, who abandoned his original entry and will try to qualify a backup Eagle. The fo!lo»rfnjr drivers c»m?!«l«! lOniirs lualLftcallon runs Saturday tor tti« 5SUi 500-mi!e auto race May 26 at the In- J i --apolls Motor Speedway: *. A. J. Foyt Jr., Houston, Tex., Cov. olt-Ford, 191.632 m.p.h. 2. Bill Simpson, Hermosa B«ach. Ca'. KaRre-Offenbauser. Iffl.WI m p h 3. Ocorsc Snider, Bakersttelcl. Call!., Coyole-Ford. iai.993 m.p.h. I. Duane Carter Jr., Hunllnglon Beach, Call!., Eaile Offenhauser. IB0.60S m.p.h. 5. Bobby Unser. Albuquerque. N M Eagle Offpnhauser. 185,176 m.p.h. fl. Steve Krisllolf Parsippany, N.J.. Eagle Offenhatiser, 182519 m.p.h. 7. Wally Dallenbach, East Brunswick, N.J., EaKlc Olfenhauser, 169.633 m.ji.Ii. 8. Jerry Grant, Irvine, Calif., Eaglo- Olfcnliauwr. 181.781 m.p.h. 9. David Hobn.s Upper BoddiiiRtou, England, .McI.nreivOirenbauMr, 181.33 tn.p.h. 10. Mifce Mostey, Ctermnnt Ind Eagle- l f e n n a U M r . 185.319 rn.p.h. ' 11. l.loyd Ruby. Wichita Falls, Tex No. 9. Kaglo-Offenhaiiscr. tai.699 m p h 12. Jimmy Canithers, Anaheim, Calif.. JiKleOltenhauser. IJU.OM rn.p.h. 13. Gary BeltenfoauMm, Monrovia, IncJ., McLaren Oftenhauscr. 1MK m.p.h. Ticket Hunters Bring Out Milwaukee Police M I L W A U K E E (AP) -- Tick- ts for Sunday's National Bas- etball Association champion- hip final between the Mil- v a n k e e Bucks and Boston Celt- cs were sold out a short time after officials halted sales tem- lorarily and moved to a new ocation. A crowd which wailed in line hrough the night outside the lucks ticket office in the down- own Arena became unruly after sales began. People rush- td from all directions toward he only door leading to the icket office. Police and ticket officials vere unable to persuade the ans to move back. A few icople worked their way out of he throng, saying it wasn't vorth it. but most of the fans r e m a i n e d packed tightly against each other. "People are getting hurt in .here." shouted one youth who ·limbed to a ledge above the crowd. "You've got to stop pushing." "I got pushed backward into another'woman, and she punc- led me right in the stomach," said a Milwaukee woman, Pal Reeves. "That's when I got out of the crowd. I love the Bucks but that's it." In a little over an hour, ticket sales were halted temporarily, and police, some of them wearing riot helmets and carrving tear gas cannisters. cleared the crowd away from the door. Team spokesmen said police then escorted the ticket sellers and the 1,200 remaining tickets to Milwaukee County Stadium, about three miles away. The Bucks later announced that the rest of the tickets would be sold there. They were gone in about an hour, with some 300 disappointed fans still in line. Professional Baseball miiiiiiDiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiNiiiiiiiiiiNiiniiininiiiiiiiniiiiiiiniiiii By The Associated Press American League East W I, Pel. C.B 18 15 .545 -- 'e\v York Baltimore Cleveland Detroit ioston Milwaukee Chicago lalifornia Oakland Texas Minnesota (ansas C. Rangers Snap Six-Game Skid With 3-2 Victory Over Chisox ARLINRTON, Tex. (AP) -Toby H a r r a h and Tom Grieve lad run-scoring hits and Texas .ook advantage of Jim Kaat's ?rror for a t h i r d run to score a 1-2 victory over the Chicago iVhile So.x Saturday night. The t r i u m p h snapped a six- game Texas losing streak. The Rangers jumped on Chicago starter Jim K.iat. 4-2, for a 2-0 lead in the first inning. csar Tovar walked and Harrah drove a double into right centerfield. Then Grieve singled lo [eft to score Harrah. Chicago rallied to tie the game in the f o u r t h on singles by Dick Allen. Bill Melton and Ron Sanlo. A f t e r Santo's single scored Allen, Melton scored as Carlos May grounded into a double play. Texas went ahead in the f i f t h on an error by Kaat. Tovar singled and advanced to third on Harrah's single. Alex Johnson hit n grounder to Kaat. who tried to Ihrow out Tovar at third. But he threw low lo third and Tovar scored when the ball skipped away from Santo. Texas pitcher David Clyde held the White Sox to eight hits. Texas Draws Bye UJBBOCK, Tex. (AP) -- Pan American and Louisiana Tech will meet May 21 at 2 p.m. in Arlington Stadium for the open ing game of the NCAA Dist. 6 baseball playoffs. Cal Segrisl Texas Tech baseball coach and c h a i r m a n of the playoff selec tion committee announced Sat urday. Texas, which drew the bye will play the loser of the open ing game at 7:30 p.m. May 2' and play Ihe winner of the firs game at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25. The playoff is a double elimi nation a f f a i r . 15 13 .536 15 15 .500 14 14 .500 M 16 .467 11 13 .458 Wcsl 14 12 .538 -16 14 .533 -15 15 .500 1 15 15 .500 1 12 14 .500 2 12 15 .444 2,V Hi 2',i 2V, Saturday's Results Baltimore 12, Cleveland I Milwaukee at New York, } Boston 8, Detroit 5 Oakland 4. Minnesota 1 Kansas City at California Chicago at Texas Sunday's Games Baltimore at Cleveland, J Milwauke at New York, 2 Boston at Detroit Chicago at Texas Kansas Cily at California, I Minnesota at Oakland St. Louis Montreal Philaphia New York Chicago Pittsburgh National League East W T, Pel. 16 14 .533 12 15 13 11 9 GB 11 .522 14 .517 . 17 .433 .423 .346 15 17 I.os Angeles Houston Houston San Fran Cincinnati San Diego Atlanta West 21 9 .700 -20 !3 .60 2WS 20 13 .606 2','j 18 14 .563 4 13 14 .481 6',i 14 19 .424 8V. 13 18 .419 8',i Saturday's Results New York 6. Chicago 3 Montreal 3, St. Louis 1 San Francisco 8, Atlanta 7 Houston 4, Cincinnati 2 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia Los Angeles at San Diego Sunday's Games Houston at Cincinnati, 2 Siin Francisco at Atlanta, 2 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia New York at Chicago St. Louis at Montreal Los Angeles at San Diego Young Swede More Surprised ThanScared Borg Takes On Newk In TV Match DALLAS (AP) -- A fuzzy- aced 17-year-old kid from Sweden goes after the biggest prize n pro tennis Sunday when he aces tournament-tough John Newcombe of Australia in the World Championship of Tennis f i n a l . "I am more surprised t h a n scared," handsome, long-haired Bjorn Borg said as he contemplated his first head-lo head match with the man regarded as the best in the world. The nationally televised bcst- of-five set contest is scheduled at 1 p.m., EOT., in the S.500 seat Moody Coliseum. They're selling standing-room only tickets. In the WCT third-place mate] played Saturday, Stan Smith defeated Jan Kodes 6-4. 7-6. to pocket the $20,000 consolation prize. The l a n k y Smith trailed 5-1 in Ihe second set with Kodes serving for the set. But Smith got his backhand return in gear to win the next four games am force the set to a WCT 13-poin tiebreaker, which he won 7-5. Kodes received $6,000 for his fourth-place f i n i s h . First prize: 4lh frit First prize is 150,000--half o the JIOO.COO prize money--am the winner tlso lets the UM of luxury limousine for a year Ins a diamond ring and $1.000 n wearing apparel for the lady his choice. In Bjom's case, it would be lis mother. mother and father sat up all night listening (o tile radio broadcast of my semifinal natch with Jan Kodes." Bjorn old a news conference Saturday. The match ended about 4 a.m., Swedish time. Borg was asked if his parents vere surprised. "Not as surprised as 1 was," ie replied modestly. boy blond hair falling over his cars, looked like a youngster playing hookey from school -which, in effect, he is. "Bjorn is calling his mother, and I am calling my children," Newcombe said wryly, empha- si/ing his age. He is 29. married to a German born fraulein and father of three. The A u s t r a l i a n , winner of three Wimbledons and two U.S. titles,- has never played the young Swede and has watched him only snoltily in action. "He docs everything wrong," Newcombe commented. "I keep Borg, who earlier had upset;telling him not to change." A r t h u r Ashe in straight sets,! Borg uses an unorthodox grip jeal Koiles. the reigning Wimbledon champion. -1-13. G-4, 0-3, 6 2. He was phenomenal. on his racquet and hits a forehand with tremendous lopspin. ^le employs a two fisted basc- Newcombe. bull-strong a n d ! b a l l grip on his backhand. In mentally sharp, ousted Amor-:both cases, he uses a lot of lea's No. 1 ace and d e f e n d i n g j w r i s t . This violates the first te- ipion, Stan Smith, in an ar- net of tennis technique, y duel at close range 6-1. But he is a hold, aggressive 3-6. 7-6. 6-2. He earlier had player who apprenlly never beaten Tom Okker of The Neth-iheard of the words "caution" erlancls. or "defense." He whales a w a y On a day of rest, the two finalists appeared at Ihe WCT hotel headqquarters to issue their pre-hallle slalcmcnts. The modesty of the two rivals was refreshing. Newcombe sat there w i t h his mustache and dark good looks, resembling a deputy sheriff in a TV western. Borg, his page-1 play my best." from s t a r t to finish and people love it. Newcombe hits what is called "heavy" ball. His service is dynamite. Every shot, from backcourt or at the net, is a cannon shot. "He is very strong and very good." says Bjorn, "I only can (AP Wiwhoto) HUSTLIN' YOUNGSTER ... .17 year old Biorn Borg strides to make a recovery oj a shot hit to him by Jan Kodes in the semifinal match of the World Championship of Tennis Tourney in DaUat, Tezat. Borg brushed past Kodes to earn a final* berth opposite John Newcombe

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