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Grant Hall Strike Or No Strike, McClard Keeps Kicking n!l!!INll[ll»lll!lll!lillll!ll!ll!ll!llll!ll!l!!llll!!!l!l!l!iqil!!!IIUn!lllll!][!M SPORTS SECTION B FAYETTEVIllE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, JULY 14, 1974 No sooner had I awakened in the mid r morning of July 4 when my three-year-old son Jason suggested that he and I try out his new frisbee. We must go to the Razorback practice field, he said. Good idea, I decided. We'd have the whole place to ourselves -- no one works on . the Fourth of July. · No one, it turned out. except Bill and Cindy McClard. When we arrived, Dill was kicking football after'football through the mini-uprights. Cindy was doing the holding, and paying little attention to the position of the laces. "Bill doesn't mind," she explained. He figures that his holders will place the ball "every which .way. too. He doesn't even mind if I wiggle the hall or talk a lot." "My longest kicks have been right into the laces," interjected Bill. "I still have the ball.I kicked 60 yards -it has a hole in the laces." McClard joined the New Orleans Saints at mid-season last year and finished with 13 field goals in 24 tries. The year before that, he'd been three-for-six with San Diego. "I've been lucky,"'he said. "I still haven't missed f r o m inside the 40-yard line." SAINTS SATISFIED The fact that the Saints didn't draft any kickers this year attests to their satisfaction with McClard. "They said there'd be another kicker in camp . this year," he recalled, "but they were ·laughing when they said if." Since July 1. however, hardly anybody around the NFL has been laughing. - "I'm a member of the Players Association," said McClard, "and I'm on strike. For awhile, anyway. I think that probably half the demands are good and about, half are not .so good. But we've tried to run it like a democracy -- all the issues were voted on, and the majority rules." As a kicker,, McClard differs with most of the players on the subject of Astroturf. "They don't like it, but I do," he says. "On natural grass, by the end of the year there's nothing but dirt on the field. I'm more confident on Astroturf." Whatever comes of the strike, though, McClard will take it in stride. "He has the - perfect attitude about kicking and about .everything," said Cindy, "He has patience you'd never believe. lie never . .gets mad about anything -just says it'll all come out In the wash." She's never seen him ner- vous before a ganie or upset after one. says Cindy. STRAIGHT ANSWER Former San Francisco quarterback Jon Brodie was once asked why a high-priced player like himself had to hold the ball for field goals and extra points. "If I didn't, it would fall over," he answered. Ask Cindy why she holds the ball for Bill, though, and she'll answer straight: "I just like to help him out. Besides, it's about the only time we have together." Cindy will begin her senior year in the fall at LSU, and then finish at Arkansas in the spring. Her field is elementary education, and she hopes to teach. . Her career as a holder started just before she and Bill · were married last year. "One day he said he had to practice his kicking before we went, out that night" she remembered. "I thought he was kidding, so I went ahead and got dressed up. He wasn't kidding." Bill has 18 NFL footballs, which he kicks four or five times each, twice a day. As he progressed through his final batch, I asked what part of the ball he tries to kick. "For field goals,' you have to hit about a third of the way up," he said. "For kickoffs it's just below h a l f way." He said that the NFL rule prohibiting the use of kicking tees for field goals had only cost him "three or four yards." SUSSED LAST ONE As he approached the last football, Bill had a string of 10 in a row. "Always have to make the last one," he said as he moved in. The ball pull- hooked to the left, no good. "Ycssir," said McClard. "Always finish strong." He walked over and picked up the offending ball, brought it back and kicked it perfectly. Then he retrieved another ball - and asked Jason, "Wanna kick one?" Without a word, Jason retreated, to his customary pre- kickoff position, 35 yards behind the hall, He gave the signal and began his charge toward the ball. At the 20- yard mark, however, he remembered something and stopped abruptly. "I can't kick it way up in the sky," he advised. "That's all right," chorused Bill and Cindy. "Kick it anyway." So he did. "Good!!" they said. "Okay, now we need a ride home," he said. So much for celebrity. Peter Oosterhuis Four Strokes Back Gritty Gary Player Wins British Open LYTHAM ST. ANNE'S, England (AP) -- Gritty Gary Player, whose golf career hung in delicate balance 18 months ago on a Johannesburg hospital gallery limp from his cliffhang- bed, swept to his third British ing dramatics. Open Golf Championship Salur-' Cruising leisurely toward day but not before leaving the runaway victory, the South rican almost lost a ball on the next-to-last hole, saying: "I had to get on my hands and knees like a puppy dog to find it." Then, on the final hole, with thousands watching after giving him a 10-minute standing ova- lion, he knocked his second shot through the green next to the brick clubhouse. He jabbed the ball left-handed with his putter and sent it spinning onto the green. Even with those two final bogeys, Player one-under-par finished 70 for 282, under for the four rounds, and produced a ·four-stroke over Britain's 6-foot-5 Oosterhuis, his playing partner who shot 71 for 286. The man everyone lang- rd a li Af- n the I had tnees with Jiving ova- econd ;xt to hand- ent it al bo- ith a , two 5, anc edge Peter rtner pected might catch Player. Jack Nickaus, archilecl of last-round miracles, couldn't do it. Jack missed a five-foot birdie putt at he 13lh, then took three straight bogeys. He wound up with a 71 for 287 and third place. The 37-year-old Player had iarred Nicklaus and other pursuers early in clay-by nailing an eagle on the 551-yard seventh hole where he punched an approach shot to withi n3'/z feet of the cup and sank the ball. "Even with that eagle I figured I still had a good- chance to catch Gary," Nicklaus said afterward. "After I got into bunkers at the 14th and 15th, I lost my concentration. I knew it was over." Nevertheless, Nicklaus cli maxed his tournament with as positive a bit of drama as Play cr's was negative. On the 386-yard closing hole jig Jack drove into a trap then n't a seven-iron which sent the jail dropping onto the green 20 eel from the flag. He sank the utt for a birdie finish. "What difference did it make whether it was five or 20 feet?" Jack said. Hubert Green of Birmingham, Ala., played remarkably well and took fourth money with a 71 for 288. . First prize was only 513.200, small by U.S. standards but rich in prestige. Rookie pro Danny Edwards of Edmond, Okla., and Lian Huan Lu of -Taiwan, each shot final-round 73s for 292 totals. Defending champion Tom Weiskopf of Columbus, Ohio never got his putting blade go ing and finished at 293, tied with South African Bobby Cole and Belgium's Donald Swa- ens, who rallied with a 69. Scores on the final round of the British Open Golf Cham r rionship Saturday over the par 71 Royal Lytham and St. Anne's Club course: Gary Player $13,200 69-68-75-70--282 Peter Oosterhuis $9,600 71-71-73-71--286 Jack Nicklaus $8,300 74-72-70-71--287 Hubert Green $6,600 71-74-72-71--288 Danny Edwards $5,160 70-73-76-73--292 Lian Huan Lu $5,160 72-72-75-73--292 Tom Weiskopf 54,040 72-72-74-75--293 Bobby Cole $4,040 70-72-76-75^293 Donald Swaclens $4,040 73-77-7469--293 Johnnv Miller $3,600 72-75-73-74--294 Strike Drags Braves Prolong Cardinal Slump A REGULAR THING ... South Africa's Gary Player, dressed in his usual black clothes, shakes hands with his caddie, Alfred (Rabbit) Dyer, on the 18th green after streaking to his third British Open Golf championship Saturday. Despite two iinal bogeys on the Lytham St. Anne's course, Player gained a runaway victory. His closest opponent was Britain's Peter Oosterhuis, who finished jour strokes behind. End In Sight BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The; National Football League players' strike, which has already claimed the annual College All-Star Game as one of its victi ms, head s into its third week with no signs of a quick settlement. Moreover, there are dictations that the casualty lisl may he expanded. The July 21 Hall-of-Fame Game in Canton Ohio, matching t h e B u f f a l o Bills and St. Louis Cardinals could be the next victim. Representatives of the strik ing NFL Players Association and the NFL Managemen Council, bargaining agent for the owners, met in Washington Friday but nothing much came of it. The . two sides haven't evei agreed to renew negotiations College Club Downs Russellville Twice ST. LODIS (AP) -- Hon Reed hurled a seven-hitter for his first victory since May 5 and Marty Perez drove in three runs with a triple and single as the Atlanta Braves routed the slumping St. Louis Cardinals 8- I Saturday night . Ralph Garr, the National League's leading hitter, drove in a pair of runs with a bases- loaded single andalsoscor ed loaded single and also scored the game's first run in the third inning when he forced Reetl, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch by loser Lynn McGlothen and came home on a single by Darrell Evans. The Braves added three more runs off McGlolhen, 12-5, in the fourth after Frank Tepedino singled and Rowland Office walked. Perez forced O f f i c e but Johnny Dates singled Tepedinc home and a single by Reed loaded the bases. Garr then collected his sec- Dnd hit of the game, a looping ingle to center which scored ^erez and Dates. Perez tripled home Atlanta's wo runs in the seventh and sin- Sled another across in the ninth ollowing doubles by Evans and )usty Baker. Reed, 6-4, permitted the Cardinals just seven singles. It was he first winning decision in 'our starts for the tall right- vmder since he suffered a bro- ien bone In his pitching hand after being struck by a line drive off the bat of San Diego's Bobby Tolan on May 15. It was the seventh loss in the last eight games for the Cardinals but they remained tied with Philadelphia for first place in the National League's East Division. Season Ends At Greenland GREENLAND - Final action in the Arkoma Boston Mountain Baseball League was conducted here Saturday with final games played in Babe Ruth, Little League and Pee Wee divisions. In the Pee Wee contest an all-star team composed of players from Prairie Grove, West Fork and Win slow defeated another all-star team with players recruited from Greenland, Farmington and Mountainburg 13-1.. · Farmington defeated a local all-star team 10-7 in the Babe Ruth game. Steve Woll was the winning pitcher. In the Little.League contest Mountainburg defeated West Fork 7-1. Chris-Nolan was the Professional Baseball By The Associated Press AMERICAN LEAGUE East W L Pet. Baltimore 46 39 .541 · Cleveland 46 39 .541 Boston 47 Milwaukee 44 New York 44 Detroit 43 West 48 39 By MIKE GASPENY Of the TIMES Staff Lawson Osburn threw a lommanding three-hitter, and Mark Prertger walloped a 340- oot home run as Fayettcville C o l l e g e C l u b m a u l e d lussellville 7-1 to complete a Saturday afternoon doubleheader seventh sweep. It was straight triumph coach Dick Harris 1 American Legion entry, following an 8-1 victory in the first game. Exhibiting his usual poise as well as a befuddling variety of curveballs, Osburn struck out eleveh, including the side in the second inning. The domineering righthander shut' out Russell- /ille a one-hitter the seventh. Then a mild rally Ageless Sam Snead Battles To Lead BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) --Ageless Sam Snead birdied GB winning hurler and Jim Campbell the loser. Mitchell Dennis was named the most valuable player in the Pee Wee League division while Garry Sullins of Greenland received the honor in the Little League division and Richard Anderson of Greenland won the award for Babe Ruth. 40 .540 42 .512 43 43 .506 .500 Oakland Kansas Chicago Texas City 43 42 43 Minnesota California .552 .506 .494 .478 .461 .378 Angels Explode For Big 12-1 Rout Of Boston BOSTON (AP) -- Frank Hob inson homered and Joe Lahout beltetl a triple and a pair o doubles Saturday to lead tht California Angels to a 12-1 rou of the Boston Red Sox. Robinson, who also had a triple and a walk and scored three runs, hit a two-run shot in the seventh. The Angels unloaded a llJ-hit attack, including eight doubles, two triples and the homer. Lahoud scored three runs and drove in another with a sacrifice f l y after Robinson's triple in the fourth. Backed by the heavy barrage, southpaw Andy Hassler, 2-4, breezed to his second career victory in 13 decisions since first coming up with the Angels in 1971. Boston starter Dick Drago, 5 6 took the loss, his fifth in a row. He was shelled in a three- run sixth and got little help Scramble Rewarding SAN DIEGO (AP) -- To reward fans who broke the San D i e g o Padres' attendance record with nearly half a season to go, club owner Ray Kroc gave away 510,000 to patrons at Friday night's game. The biggest winner, though, was a Montreal Expos fan who traveled here from Canada with the team's booster club. Raynald Savoie of Montreal picked up the only $1,000 bill and wound up with $1,521. He and 19 other fans, picked at random, scrambled for play money tossed into the infield. hey collected all but $114 of he money in the allotted two minutes. After the game, they ex- Sunday Starters By The Associated Press AMERICAN LEAGUE Oakland (Hunter 12-8 and Hamilton 5-2) at New York (Pagan 1-1 and McDowell 12), 2 California (Lange 3-5) at Boston (Tiant 12-7) Texas Brown (Hargan 7-6) at 7-5 and J. Milwaukee changed the fake "or the real thing. from relievers Diego Segui. Bob Vcale and US Cagers Still Unbeaten SAN JUAN, P.R. (AP) -- The United States, rallying from a nine-point halftime deficit, de fealcd Yugoslavia 91-88 Satur day to remain the only unde greenbacks Fight Switched LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Aug. 3 welterweight title fight ictween champion Jose Napoles and No. 1 contender Hed- ;emon Lewis has been switched o Mexico City at Napolcs' request, promoter George Parnassus said Friday. Parnassus said Napoles felt hat previous sites for the fight, Acapulco and at sea level :.ewis an advantage because he is from Los Angeles. Mexico City, which is at a higher altitude, also will give Napoles a lome town advantage. (Sprague 6- land Slaton 7-10), 2 Cleveland (Bosman 1-0) at Minnesota (Albury 4-7) Baltimore (Grimstey 11-7) at Chicago (Bahnsen 7-11) Detroit (Coleman 7-9) at Kanias City (Dal Canton 4-4) NATIONAL LEAGUE Cincinnati (Billingham 9-6 and Norman 8-8) at Pittsburgh (Brett 11-5 and Kison 4-4) Atlanta (P. Niekro 8-8) at St. Louis (Bare 0-0) Philadelphia (Schueler 4-11 and Twitchel 13-2) at San Francisco (Halicki 0-0 and Bradley Friday's Games California 7, Boston 0 New York 3, Oakland 0 Kansas City 7, Detroit 2 Cleveland 9, Minnesota 5 Texas 4, Milwaukee 3 Chicago 4, Baltimore 3 Saturday's Games New York 12, Oakland 6 California 12, Boston 1 Milwaukee 5, Texas 2 Minnesota 2, Cleveland nnings Detroit at Kansas City Baltimore at Chicago Sunday's Games_ Oakland at New York,"2 California at Boston Texas at Milwaukee, 2 Cleveland at Minnesota Baltimore at Chicago Detroit at Kansas City Monterrey, were and would,give Favored M-are Wins WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) Delmonica Hanover, the odd son favorite from the Unitec States, won the $200,000 Roose velt International Trot af Roosevelt Raceway Saturday Feated team in the World Bas- night for the second straigh ketball Championships. and federal mediator James Seearce said he'll contact botl sides early this 'week to see i they want to try again. At issue, basically, are thi so called "freedom demands.' Players want to see an end tc the option clause, the reserv clause and all the other clause that prevent them from playins wherever they want to. Owner say the demands are excessiv and will ruin the league. Meanwhile, players, wearing T-shirts emblazoned with a hairy fist and the slogan: 'No Freedom, No Football,' set up picket lines at training camps across Hie country while clubs stocked up with rookies and free agents. Most of the veterans honored the picket lines but there were exceptions. In San Diego, quarterback Johnny Unitas . was whisked 6'/i into the Chargers' camp and declined to talk with pickets. 15V4 "If they want to pay my salary I'll join their strike," he said. In New York, Jets' defensive tackle Steve Thompson reported to camp, claiming: "The Lord told me to honor my contract." "Ed Garvey (executive director of the NFLPA) is overmatched in this one," deadpanned picketing Jets' defensive back Steve Tannen. And in Huntsville, Tex., Houston linebacker Steve Kiner defied picket lines and branded the final two holes Saturday tie with and forged into a rookie Mark Hayes for the third-round lead at 203 in the $100,000 Quad Cities Open Golf Tournament. Snead, the 62-year-old star from another golfing era, shot a two-under-par 69, while 25 year-old Hayes carded a 66 tc overtake faltering second-rounc leader Ed Sneed. Sneed, winner of last week's Milwaukee Open, had bunker trouble, finished with a two over 73 and fell to fifth. Mike Morley and former U.S. ama teur champion Bruce Fleisher were only a shot back at 204. Snead, who hasn't won since the 1965 Greater Greensboro birdied two of the first f o u r holes to move into contention surrendered the lead briefly to layes and then holed 18-foo irdie putts' on the f i n a l two .oles for the deadlock. Hayes, in only his llth month on the tour, reeled of fthree quick birdies on the back nim and then birdied No. 18 to pick up five strokes on the day. II had a 68 Thursday and a 8 Friday on his birthday. Morley, a little-known pr from Minot, N.D., shot a stead 71 and Fleisher, who vaullc into contention earlier with course record-equalling .6,. overcame three early bogey and also finished with 71. Lon Hinkcl and Labron Harris Jr. were tied at 206 in the race for the $20,000 first prize. Harris was only two back starting the day but managed only a 72 over the 6,501-yard Pro Valley Golf CluJ) layout. Brewer Takes Three Races 1. H NATIONAL LEAGUE East W L Pel. 7-9) Chicago (Stone 3-3) at Houston (Griffin 10-3) Montreal (Torrez 85 and Blair 3-2) at San Diego (Spillner 5-3 and Palmer 1-2) New York (Matlack 7-6) at Los Angeles (Rau 7-5 or Button 6-7) year. Boxing Tournament KANSAS CITY (AP) Eighty youngsters are on the card next Saturday and Sunday [or the Amateur Athletic Union Region 8 boxing tournament here. The intermediate division is for hoys 10 and 11; the senior division for those 14 and 15. Winners advance to Uie national tournament Aug. 1-3 at Pepria, 111. Region 8 includes Arkansas, tional tournam)ai,9i$ 1-3 tPeo ri. III. Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. St. Louis 44 42 .512 -Philadel 44 43 .506 ¥2 Montreal 40 43 .482 2% Chicago 37 47 .440 6 New York 37 48 .435 654 Pittsburgh 37 48 .435 6',4 West Los Angeles 60 29 .674 -Cincinnati 52 37 .584 8 Houston 47 41 .534 1214 Atlanta 47 43 .522 13'/ 2 San Fran 40 50 .444 20Vz San Diego 39 53 .424 22% Friday's Results Cincinnati 7, Pittsburgh 0, 1st Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 3, 2nd Atlanta 7, St. Louis 3, 1st St. Louis 10, Atlanta 0, 2nd Houston 9, Chicago 4 San Diego I, Montreal 0 New York 5, Los Angeles 2 Philadelphia 6, San Francisco striking players "a bunch of crybabies." O.J. Simpson and his Buffalo teammates got some support outside the Bills' camp by chartering four buses to import about 125 youngsters to the scene to help with the picketing. Joe Robbie, the outspoken owner of the Miami Dolphins, raised the possibilty that the season could be aban- Wendell Brewer motored to victory in three races at the Fayetteville Speedway Friday night. In the late-model class, Brewer warmed up by winning the second heat and the trophy dash. He then edged Ken Essery of Galena, Mo., by two car lengths in the A feature. Trailing Brewer and Essery in the A feature were Erval Skelton of Elkins, Sam Perry of Berryville, Bob Sutherland of Wheeler, Wesley Stevens of Farminglon and Hank Evans of Fayetteville. Skellon won the first late- model heat and Darrell Mooneyham of Aurora, Mo., took the B feature. Don Williams of Berryville was runner-up to Viooneyham and Harold Pinker' ton of Fayetteville was third. In the street class, Sherman Wiles of Elkins won the first heat and Robert Dash of Fayetteville captured the second. Wiles also won the trophy dash, Tom first Dorre place followed by of Mayfield took in the feature. Jerry Pitcher ol Elkins and Danny Rosebeary o! Farmington. Twelve hundred fans attendet the races, which marked th beginning of the second half in the point standings. nsued with Bobby Strahan. oubling off the left-field fence .nd Randy Cole driving a single ip the m i d d l e ' t o p r o d u c e ' t h e pposilion's ooly r u n . Osburn uickly recovered his form, lowever. Prenger's home-run blast in he fifth, scoring Bobby ;icphens before him, was one of four College Club extra-base lits. After Stephens singled in the second and trotted home on a blank, Osburn assisted his own effort with a triple down ;he right-field line, tallying Hark Lewis, who had walked. The hurler then registered Fay- ctteville's third run of the inning by hustling home on a passed ball. Prenger's double in the third and Shelby Sizemore's RBI double in the sixth were the other College Club extra base blows. TAYLOR IMPRESSIVE _ In the abbreviated, five-inning iirst game, an inept Russcllville defense and precise pitching by Rick Taylor, who usually plays the. outfield, created an easy 8-1 College Club win.. Keeping his sinking fastball knee-high. Taylor surrendered only three hits ,all singles, striking out five and yielding'three walks. In its typical opportunist fashion, College Club collected its seven runs on a mere five hits. In the first inning, Rick C a r n b a c h lofted a run- roducing single, to left after ?ick Turner had come hotna an 'error. During the third, he Russellville defense permitted four home-team runs on potpourri of walks, errors and vild pitches. Singles by Rick' Taylor and Gary Atha occurred fter the four-tally outburst. A wild throw error by catcher Hark Hollabaugh on a dropped hird strike allowed two mora Fayetteville runs in the fourth. Taylor experienced little rouble in recording the win. The broiling heat was probably lis biggest nemesis. But ftussellville did load the bases in the fourth. With two out, John McGowan attempted a two-strike bunt which rolled foul down the first base line, an automatic out which killed the potential rally. Russellville scored its only ' r u n in the second on two walks and a bad- hop single by Guy Chronister.; The douhleheader triumph' moves College Club's impressive record to 26-6. A 1:00 contest against Tulsa is slated for this afternoon at American Legion field. entire doned. "If the players wipe out the pre-scason, then we can't afford to pay each player for the regular season," he said. "This is no longer a strike in the ordinary sense. It is now a mission by the players association to search and destroy." In Wilmington, Ohio, angry "ans made plans for picket ines of their own. They said .hey would picket in protest against Cincinnati players if the veterans set up picket lines outside the Bengals camp. "I'm fed up," said Eleanor rCnepper. "Everyone I know is 'ed up. Strikes are for people who haven't sense enough to take care of themselvs." 2. Saturday's Games Cincinnati 9, Pittsburgh 4 San Francisco 13, Philadelphia 3 Atlanta at St. Louis Chicago at Houston Montreal at San Diego New York at Los Angeles Sunday's Games Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 2 Atlanta at St. Louis Philadelphia at San Fran Cisco, 2 Chicago at Houston Montreal at San Diego, 2 New York at Los Angeles Razorbacks Sign Bill Montgomery Bill Montgomery signed baseball letter of intent with the University of Arkansas, it was announced Saturday. Montgomery played at West- ark Community College at Fort Smith last year, where he hit .374, including eight homeruns, and led the league with 37 runs- battcd-in. He plays first base and the outfield. Oakland A's Reno Tenace imps after being hit hy a jui Dick TIrirow pifch in the sev- Hit By Pitch enlh inning of Saturday's game with the New York Yankees at Shea Stadium, The catcher is Thurman Munson. New York heat (he A's 12-6. (AP Wircphoto)

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