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Grant Hall ·*BHnni«^ Lawson Osburn, Larry Atha; Athletes For All Seasons When the Fayetteville Bulldogs begin football practice this Wednesday, seniors Lawson Osburn and Larry Atha will fae playing their fourth sport of the year. Both competed in basketball and track for FHS, and both 1 played for the College Club American Legion haseball team. . , , . ,, As battery mates this summer, they led College Club to a 33-10 record and third place in the state tournament. Osburn, the pitcher, was 13-4 for the year with a 1.32 earned run average. Atha, the catcher, hit over .400 in the state tournament and was named to the all : state team. , : That Osburn didn't also make the team is a blatant injustice. He allowed no earned runs in 20 innings, beating Stuttgart and Blytheville and earning a save in the win over Newport. The two all-state pitchers . came from champion Fort Smith Kerwins. One of them had been penciled in as the most valuable player before he lost to Camden 8-3. So that award went to Jerome Maxie of Blytheville. Osburn retired Maxie three times and Atha threw him out trying to steal. ' Osburn isn't bitter about being left off, though. "I just told 'em I'd make it next year," he said. He and fellow right-hander Brian Holt will still he eligible, as will regulars Rick Karnbach, Mark Prenger, Bob Stephens, Rick Taylor and Atha. They all think they can ,win the whole thing. For one thing, Osburn and Atha say they didn't see any first baseman better than Karnbach. Coach Dick Harris agrees: "He was as good as anyone, both offensively and defensively." And Osburn adds, "No one there could outrun him." . Since Osburn is not known as a hitter, he wanted to talk about a hit he got against Blytheville. "It was a real rip," he said. · "Actually, it barely cleared the infield," corrected Atha. "He was so surprised, he forgot to run. Before that hit, he was O-for-7." But Atha made sure his needling remained gentle. "Lawson's my boss," he explained. Both work for a local hamburger establishment, where Osburn has two years' seniority. Lawson calls Atha a "rookie." "We've been working until I a.m.," said Osburn, "but that'll stop when football practice starts. Coach (Doyne) Davis has a 9:30 curfew." Osburn thinks Davis will be "the best coach Fayetteville's ever had. You can go down to Harmon Field and see all the work he's already done." Lawson has been advised by some not to play football, since he might reinjure a trick knee and hurt his chances for a basehall scholarship. But he'll he there, fighting for the quarterback and safety positions. ("Coach Davis says we can play both ways if we're good enough.") Atha is ticketed for tight end and linebacker, where he started last year. For the Bulldog varsity basketball team last season, Atha scored one total point to Osburn's none. Both played mainly for the jayvees. Asked if he led the team in anything, Osburn dead-panned, "Yeah, fouls." "And long shots," added Atha. "Coach (Charles) Wilson used to tell him he needed a radar to find the basket." In track, Atha threw the discus and Osburn long- jumped. Their best distances were 147 feet and 20-1, respectively. "I thought I was doing all right until I saw Paul White of Russellville," said Atha. Osburn wasn't supposed to jump because of his knee, but he convinced his doctor in mid-season that it would be all right. "I told him I was getting out of shape, just sitting around," he recalled. "He .said go ahead, but not to blame him if anything happened." About his pitching ability, Lawson shares the asses- ment provided him by a scout in Van Buren: "He said I need some more speed on my fastball. He's right." Still, his stuff was good enough to shackle Blytheville, which had scored 15 runs against Little Rock Coleman Dairy the day before. He would have shut out the Casons, but for a bad call by the plate umpire. "With two out in the ninth, there ^yas a roller hit to Prenger at third," said Atha. "He fielded it right in front of the bag for an easy force-out. The ball was obviously fair." But the plate umpire called it a foul ball. "I was already talking to their coach," said Harris, "and he was congratulating me. When we saw what was happening, he said, 'I can't believe that.'" Said Osburn, "They told us that umpire wouldn't be coming back next year." The play was about as bizarre as one that Osburn and Atha remembered from last year's Fayetteville- Fort Smith Northside football game. "Neil Bruton was playing quarterback for us," said Osburn. "He threw a pass that hit one of their big linemen right in the helmet. The guy caught the ball at our 10-yard line, and it took him 50 seconds to score." Atha finished the story: "When Bruton came back to the sideline, Coach Scott Van Hoose asked him who he was throwing the ball to. Neil pointed at the lineman and said, 'To him. He was the only one open.'" JJortfjtoegt FAYETTEVIUE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 1974 Professional Baseball But Nicklaus, Cole Only One Stroke Back AMERICAN LEAGUE East W L Pel. Boston Cleveland Baltimore New York Detroit Milwaukee Oakland Kan City Chicago Texas Minnesota California 62 57 57 54 S4 53 West 67 48 58 53 58 55 58 57 56 45 69 .549 .514 .504 .486 .478 .469 .583 .523 .513 .504 .483 .395 Trevino Clowns Way Into Lead Friday's Results Chicago 5, Cleveland 3 Kansas City 13, Milwaukee 3 Minnesota 6. Baltimore 2 Texas 4, Detroit 3, 14 innings Boston 6, Oakland 2 California 7, New York 1 Saturday's Games Chicago 5. Cleveland 1 Minnesota 5, Baltimore 1 Oakland 5. Boston 3 Milwaukee at Kansas City Detroit at Texas New York at California Sunday's Games Chicago at Cleveland Baltimore at Minnesota Milwaukee at Kansas City Boston at Oakland New York at California Detroit at Texas, N ' NATIONAL LEAGUE East W L Pet. St. Louis 60 54 .520 Philaphia 58 Pittsburgh 65 Montreal 53 New York 48 Chicago 46 Los Angeles Cincinnati Atlanta Houston San Fran San Diego Friday's Games San Francisco 3, Chicago 0 Atlanta 3, Philadelphia 2. 11 innings New York 4, Cincinnati 1 Pittsburgh 7, San Diego 3 St. Louis 5, Los Angeles 3 Montreal 4, Houston 3 Saturday's Games San Francisco at Chicago, postponed Cincinnati 5, New York 3 Los Angeles at St. Louis San Diego at Pittsburgh Atlanta at Philadelphia Montreal at Houston Sunday's Games Atlanta at Philadelphia San Diego at Pittsburgh Cincinnati at New York San Francisco at Chicago Los Angeles at St. Louis Montreal at Houston CLEMMONS. N.C. ( A P ) , . -- , Lee Trevino, flashing the form 1 and frolic that made him part of the American legend, chatted and clowned his way to a two-under-par 68 and swaggered into the third-round lead Saturday in the 56th PGA National Championship. Trevino, his cap pushed back far on his shock of jet black hair; twirling his putter in a familiar, figidty fashion, joking all the while, put together a 207 and Cole made bogey from the Lotal, three under par on the ankle-deep rough. That was a still-wet, doubly-dangerous 7- lwo . shot swing in Trl .vino's fa- 050-yard Tanglewood Golf Club " . . Lurking just one shot off his vor. N i c k l a u s , the defending shoulder, however, was the men-champion in this event that acing figure of Jack Nicklaus S D r v e s as thc , ast of the seu . and bitterly disappointed Bobby son . s rour ma j or tesls of g o ifj n g Cole, the slender young man grcatncs5| m j ssc d a golden op- who ranks as pro golf s other p 0rlun i ty t 0 ^ K a share of the South African. i eac i w h e n s h e failed on a short Trevino birdied the final hole bjrdie pu(t on the mh hole Nicklaus matched par 70 in the humid, overcast weather and was tied with Cole for second. Veteran Frank Beard, who twice made eagle two in a wildly erratic round, and scrambling Hubert Green followed at 209, two shots back going into the last round of this chase for a $45,000 first prize. Beard had a 69 and Green, alone in second and just one shot out of the lead when the day's play started, struggled to a 73. "I've got no excuses,"'saic e fast-talking lanky young man who has picked up three Also just three strokes behind at 210 were Dave Hill, whose 67 was the best round of the day, a n d L e o n a r d Thompson. Thompson, winner of the rich Jackie Gleason Inverrary Clas- c earlier this year, had a 70. Sam Snead, that 62-year-old larvcl from another golfing ra, lost a shot to par with a 71 lid was next a-i. 211. Arnold Calmer, now 44, and still chas- ng the one big title that has hided him, matched par 70 nd appeared out 'of it at' 217. ohnny Miller/ the season's vinning money winner was anther stroke back after a 72. Trevino, four shots out of the e a d - a t the start of the day's ilay, kept the ball in the fair- vay on the first two holes with i's short, flat swing and ram med in 15-foot birdie putts on :ach. But he quickly dropped back nto the shifting, scrambling jack when he double-bogeyec .he fourth hole, catching one of the 10 bunkers that dot this long course, still wet from thc tieavy rains that have drenched tour titles this season with hL unorthodox putting style. "My putting was off. A lot o bad golf," he said. "Call choking it you like." Gary Player and second round leader John Schle dropped back, to a tie at 210 Schlee, the star-gazer who had led or shared the lead throughout ' the first two rounds, went to a fat 75 and Player, already the winner of the Masters and British Open and the author of a record matching 64 in Friday's second round, went to a 73. "Anybody within five s h o t s still can win," .warned Player who offered no excuses. "I really played pretty well. ,.,,, ,, a . - - I had three bogeys, two from tuith a 68 to qive him a precarious one stroke lead over Jack, bunkers and one from the a t- .rough. I two-putted an awful BODY ENGLISH .. .Lee Trevino vseshis hand to coax in a birdie putt on tfie first hole in Saturday's PGA Championship. Trevino finished it for almost a week. He got it in a bunker, cam' out short and three putted. He parred the next cigh holes while the other leader struggled from pine tree fores to trap to knee-deep rough I near-disaster to miracle saves Schlee, Green and Cole all le r shared the lead at one lim they took turns backing of ole, a 25-year-old globetrolle ho owns the South Africa pen title but has yet to w: i six years on the America our, shared the lead on Hire ifferent occasions. Trevin owever, was far from throug NicMaus and Bobby Cole lot." Broyles, Sutton Appear At Press Conference Before All-Star Game New SID Picked For Arkansas LITTLE ROCK --Bill Curl has been named the new Sports Information Director at the University of Arkansas. Curl, a graduate of Dennison (Ohio) University has been S.I.D. at Tulane for the past eight years. coach Frank is nationally known, and we're very proud to have him join our program. He'll be a great asset. Curl fills the position vacated by David Cawood, who has accepted a job with the NCAA as publicity director. Asked if he weren't walking out on the New Orleans Super- dome, Curl said, "It's true that the Superdome will be finished in 1975, but 1 would walk, fly, drive, or whatever it takes to get to Arkansas. It's a privilege, pleasure, and thrill to join such a fine program." Curl and his wife Carolyn lave two daughters, aged two and four months. By GRANT HALL TIMES Sports Editor (LITTLE ROCK) Arkansas coach Frank Broyles said at a press conference Saturday that ihe status of both Jerry Eck- Woods wood and Tommy emarns unchanged. · ' W e ' v e h a d twenty-five people with bad backs call anc ask how Eckwood is doing, but there's no change," said Broyles. "He'll be able to start running before September first, but we don't know when he can rison, Doug Yoder, and Mickey Billingsley. Yoder will play more in running situations and Billingsley more on passing downs. Broyles said snapper Tim Downing will not return to school and that there's still a question . whether . Randy Drake will be eligible. Beard Holes Two Eagles CLEMMONS, , N.C. (AR) Eagles are rare in any, gol tournament,- but Frank Beart mocked in two, Saturday in ,th hird round of the PGA .Cham ·ionship. · , The Louisville pro got hi first on the 380-yard fourth hoi at Tanglewood by hitting a. 115 yard wedge shot- into the cii :or a two. On the 405-yard 13th le canned a nine-iron shot fron 150 yards out for another, eagl deuce. . Beard shot a 69-for a 54-ho! score of 209. fie pumped a wedge shot to ithin four feet of the cup and ade the putt for a birdie on e 13lh. He took a share of tha lead the next hole. Trevino got his third shot on par-five hole about 20 feet clow the cup and ran the putt to the lip of the cup. It ung there while Trevino did nee bends, blew his breath at he ball, then broke into a ·oad grin when it finally fell n for a birdie. "Son-of-a..." Trevino said, jcked his head between his boulders, clapped his hands ver his mouth and glanced in nock embarrassment at the ational television cameras. It ave him a tie for the lop. But he surrendered it on the 6th, making bogey from a bun- er. Cole, now led by one. Trevino iad to scramble to save par n the 17th, then lashed his econd shot only four feet from lie flag and made the birdie mtt on the 18th. just moments ipfore Cole made bogey on the lole and gave Trevino the lead CLEMMONS, N.C. (AP) -Third-round scores Saturday in the 56th PGA National championship on the 7,050-yard, par 70 Tanglewood Golf Club Course: 73-67-68-207 69-69-70--208 69-68-71--208 68-68-73--209 73-67-69--209 74-69-67--210 Lee Trevino Jack Nicklaus Bobby' Cole Hubert Green Frank Beard Dave Hill John Schlee Gary Player 68-67-75--210 73-64-73--210 Leonard Thompson 69-71-70--210 Sam Snead 69-71-71--211 East All-Stars Upset West 64-61 LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Greg Higgins of Little Rock Catholic scored 13 points to lead the East to a t4-61 victory in the Arkansas High School All-Slar basketball game Saturday. The West, led by Marvin Delph of Conway and Ron Brewer of Fort Smith Northside, had been favored. Higgins put the East ahead to stay 12-11 when he sank a baseline jumper early in the first period. The East led '33-21 after the second seven minute period and 27-25 at the half. 1 With 5:36 left in the -game Randy Curl of Pine Bluff, who scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and was selected the game's most valuable player, hit a short jumper to give the East its biggest lead, 61-51. The East, leading 63-57, started a stall with 3:35 left, but the West managed to come within three poinls before the final whistle. Jim Black of Corning had 10 points for the East. Brewer led West scorers with 13 points and Delph managed 12 points and 14 rebounds. Rod Looney of Charleston scored 10 points for the West. Said Arkansas Br.oyles, , "Bill play." Broyles "missed connections" Jimmy Connors Overpowers Parum In Clay Court Test INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Top- seeded Jimmy Connors over- Dowered No. 8 seed Onny Pa- run 6-3, 6-2 Saturday to gain the men's semifinals in the U.S. Clay Courts Tennis Championships. Intermittent rains delayed all matches scheduled for the day, but Connors of Belleville, 111. and New Zealander Parun managed to dodge the showers long enough to squeeze in their match. It took nearly five hours to complete the two sets. Oddly enough, the conclusion of the Connors-Parun match also put a finalist in the women's competition. Mile Winner LONDON (AP) -- Bearded Frank Clement of Britain swep into the lead in the final straightaway Saturday and won the annual Emsley Carr mile on a windy Crystal Palace track in a lime of 3 minutes 57.4 seconds. Clement swooned ahead o! pace-setter Ray Smedley o Britain to win by about, four yards. Smedley finished in 3:58.0, with another Briton Brendan Foster, third, am American Len Hilton a distan fourth. Eighth-seeded Diane From- iolz of Australia had earlier sprained an ankle and couldn't play her semifinal match against Gail Chanfreau of D aris, unseeded but the 1963 Clay Courts winner. But officials said the match could not actually be forfeited until Miss Fromholz failed to report for competition. And her match was scheduled to start at the conclusion of the Con- nors-Parun battle. Bears Sign Kicker CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have acquired place-kicker Henry Youssef-Ah- madabadi, a 25-year-old Iranian who kicks with either foot, from the Dallas Cowboys for an undisclosed draft choice. Youssef-Ahmadabadi, a 6- foot-3, 195-pounder, will compete for the kicking job with Mao Percival and Mirro Roder. Youssef-Ahmadabadi, a free agent, was a soccer player at Miami-Dade Junior College in Florida, but never played col. lege football. He has shortened his last name to Abadi for his football career. Dodgers Stun St. Louis By 6-2 Tally with Woods on a recent trip to Texas, and will go back "if he'll talk to me." Even if Eckwood and Woods are unavailable to the Razorbacks this fall, Broyles said he'll stay with plans to play two separate backfields in each game. But he noted "They won't play an equal amount of time, unless they're equal in ability." The top candidates are Mike Kirkland, Mark Miller, and Scott Bull at quarterback, Marsh White and Marvin Daily at fullback, and Ike Forte, Alan Watson, Teddy Barnes a n d Barnabus White at halfback. "My daughter Betsy asks me all the lime who the sterling quarterback will be, but I don't know. Mark Miller says he can promise he'll be first-s t r i n g because Kirkland got married August third and Bull is gelling married August thirtieth." Broyles said incoming freshman Sammie Singleton can play tight end, fullback, or linebacker- "He's 6-3, 220, and runs the forty in four-six. Believe it or not, he played halfback in the Texas High School All Star game." . . Joe Jackson, another participant in that game, could play either at wide receiver or on defense, noted Broyles. Danny rawford, who started at defensive end last year, has been switched to offensive Defensively, Broyjes said tha the main question'mark is at linebacker: "Danny Rhodes is gone and Hal McAfee suffered a knee injury in the spring.ilt's questionable whether McAfee can play against Southern Cal. Billy Burns is our only other experienced linebacker, and he also has weak knees." Accordingly, Dennis Winston may be switched to line-backer from defensive end. In that event, Chuck McKinney would go to end. But McKinney is tentatively slated for tackle, with Jon Rhiddlehoover set for nose- guard. "Ten years ago, there were six players on the Southwest who said Conference depth chart weighed 230 pounds." Broyles. "This year there are 166." He noted that Arkansas ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jimmy Wynn, Steve Garvey and Ron Cey drove in two runs apiece to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-2 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday. The Dodgers, maintaining their 5'A-game lead over second-place Cincinnati in the National League West, routed Bob Gibson, 6-10, in a four-hit, three-run fifth inning to back Doug Rau, 12-7, who posled his fifth straight victory. The Dodgers got to Gibson 1 in their half of the inning when Bill Buckner singled and tackle. Broyles said Harvey Hampton may also be moved from defense to offense, going from noseguard to offensive guard. Scheduled to share playing time at tight end are Matt Mor- will have two freshmen, Leotis Harris and Mark Lewis, who weigh 260. He added: "We'll play 20 to 24 people on defense in every quarter." Not surprisingly, Broyles said that the defensive backfield will be the teams strength: "We have seven players who slarlcd there in the past, and six of them can play two positions. Muskie Harris did a remarkable job in the spring." Broyles said freshman Steve Little will have a chance to punt, place-kick, and kick-off, and will work at quarterback. He said, however, "I don't think he can start at quarterback this year." Broyles concluded "This team believes in itself, and so do the fans across the, state. There's excitement in the air." Earlier in t h e press confer- e n c e , Arkansas basketball coach Eddie Sutton said. "Everything is present in this stale to have a great basketball Porkers Sign Diamond Hope A r k a n s a s coach Norm DeBryin has announced the ,, signing of Arvis Harper to a Wynn homered over the left-«Razprback baseball grant in field wall, his 27th homer of the aid. Harper is a 1974 graduate of season. The Cards cut the deficit to 21 in their half of the innig when Ted Sizemore and Reggie Smith walked and Joe Torre cracked a two-out single. The Dodgers went ahead 3-1 in the third when Wynn walked, stole second and scored on a single by Garvey. The Cards threatened to have a big inning in Ihe third, but came away with just one run. North Little Rock Ole Main high school. He was an All-State quavterbaok his senior season, and played only American Legion ball since Ole Main had no team. This year as a pilcher-oul- fielder he baited over .300 in regular season play and hit over .500 in district playoff action. He compiled 10-3 pitching record. program. I believe it's possible for the basketball program lo reach the level of the football program in a short time." Sutton, who attended the All- Star basketball game Saturday afternoon, said Razorback sig- nee Marvin Delph "played very well. If his team had won he probably would have been named most valuable player." Delph had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Sutton noted, "I'm not saying we'll be a contender, but things look a lot better than they did four months ago." He said that Delpb is, "Potentially a great guard." thai Charles Terry is better than his brother Martin.from baseline to baseline, and that Daryll Saulsberry could neutralize the two in the SWC. Ira Rick Bullock of best players Terrell and Texas Tech." The new Arkansas coach said Jim Counts of Memphis had the "highest ACT score I've ever heard of, scoring 34 of a possl ble 36." New Construction Norm Debryin and his Arkansas basehallers will he ahlo la move into (heir new facilities In about two weeks, ·according to the sports information office at the University o( Arkansas. (Top) Work crews install Aslroturf on a solid asphalt hase. T h e tractor In the foreground lays loam padding while t h c crew In background applies glue. (Bottom) The new loot- hall (acllitles at thc n o r t h end of Razorback Stadium are not quite as close to completion as the baseball f i e l d hut .should .be .ready .some time, daring football season. (TIMESphoto by Ray Gray)

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