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Professional Money More Enticing Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sun., Aug. 11, 1974 ARKANSAS Track Stars Shun 1976 Olympics James 0. Dunaway, a track i Olympics' premier spoil, expert, has been covering the Olympics since 1950. With the Montreal games only two years away, he forecasts deep trouble for the United States in the SWC Turns To National EUROPEAN OPEN CHAMPION . .. ,tirig_Jvdy Rankin mastered the narrow fairways of Sunningtiale Saturday to score a Si- Itole total of 218 to finish five strokes ahead oj Sue Roberts and Mary Milts in the European Open By JAMES 0. DUNAWAY Senior Editor Track Field News Written For The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) -- With the Montreal Olympics only two years away track and the United States' field leaders are DALLAS (AP) -- The corn- pined rosters of Southwest. Conference football teams which open practice this month show 14.7 per cent of the players hail from states other than Texas and Arkansas. A survey conducted by Bill Morgan, SWC information director, shows national recruiting has increased almost 300 per cent in the SWC over the last three years. Going into the 1971 season only 5.6 per cent of the players were out-of-staters. In 1972 the figure rose to 9.9 per cent and it stood at 11.7 per cent last faced wilh a new and unprecedented problem: many athletes just don't care. "If the Olympics were held tomorrow, I probably wouldn't try out for them," says Tony Waldrop, who earlier this year startled the track and field world by running nine sub-four- minute miles in a row. "I'll never complele in Ihe Olympics again. They're loo po litical," says pole vaulter Jan Johnson, the bronze medalist al the 1972 Games in Munich. Over-all, the U.S. Olympic Committee insists the picture is players carried on With Final Round 73 Rankin Tops field SUNNINGDALE, England belts of pine trees line the fair(AP) -- Judy Rankin, one of the tiniest players on" the U.S. women's pro golf circuit, mastered the long, narrow fairways of Sunningdale Saturday and became the first winner of the European Women's Open title. The 23-year-old fair-haired star from Midland, Tex., who stands 5 feet 3 in her stockings, played the 6,227-yard course in ohe-over-par 73 and finished with a 54-hole total of 218-- five strokes ahead of her ·" nearest challengers-- to first prize. Sue Roberts win the $9,600 of Columbus, Ohio, and Mary Mills : of Gulfport, Miss., shared'' second place with 223s. Each picked up $5,240. "I have been playing badly for six weeks," Mrs. Rankin said. "I really thought it was time I played well and -won something. "You really feel like a winner when you win on this course. 3 shouldn't think there is another golf course in the world where ·ou pay so much penalty lor a you bad shot." Thick clumps of heather anc vays, waiting to trap the golfer vho makes the slightest mis- ake. A crowd of 5,000 watched the climax of the three-day event, he first big-money women's pro golf tournament ever staged in Britain. It was Mrs. Rankin's first tournament success this year, apart from one at Baltimore in Way when rain washed out the last day. Mrs. Rankin started the final day -one over par and two strokes ahead of her nearest riyals. At first, it appeared she would let the title slip. She had bogeys at the second'and third holes. ' Her game began to click at the short fourth, where the hole is on top of a hill guarded by a vast tract of heather. She took a six-iron on the tee, planted the ball 12 feet from the pin and dropped the putt for a bird ie-two. "That helped to give me con fidence," she said. "But I real ly came good in the rain on the next two holes, I had made double bogeys twice at the ixlh this week, and third time birdied it." Judy pulled a fluffy white hat ver her head as the rain beat :own--and played some of her jest golf. She had a par-tour at he tricky fifth hole which most jf her rivals bogeyed, and rolled in a nine-foot putt for a ·irdie at the sixth. By the time she reached the ninth, the rain had stopped. She ook off her hat, chipped within 15 feet ot the flag and sank the putt for another birdie. Then ihe parred eight of the nine home holes. Jler two main rivals started the day well but came to grief at the sixth. Miss Mills got into trouble in a bunker and took a bogey-five. Miss Roberts putt her second shot into the bottom of a bank of heather and had a double-bogey six. · Both of them lost touch with Mrs. Rankin after that. Sharon Miller of Marshall, Mich., Kathy Whitworth of Richardson, Tex., and Jan Stephenson of Australia shared fourth place' with 225s and each won $1,820. Miss Stephenson was the only non-American to finish in:the top 10. season. The 142 the '74 varsity and freshman rosters is the largest number of out-of-staters in the SWC's 60- year history and the 26 slates and two countries tie the previous highs in those categories set only last year. Players will convene from 1972 Texas and 40 Arkansas cities when opening drills are held next week. Rice and Houston start Monday, Aug. 19, followed by Baylor and Arkansas on Aug. 20 and the remaining five schools Aug. 22. Rice and SMU show the heaviest influx of out of staters. The Owl squad totals 124 with 37, or 29.8 per cent, from ten other states and Venezuela (place kicker Alan Pringle). SMU's 107 names includes 25, or 23.4 per cent, out of staters. New Y o r k e r s , incidentally, outnumber Houstonians on the Rice squad by 12 to nine. Texas Tech and Texas rely heaviest on home-grown talent, Tech with only three of the 89 players listed being from out of state and Texas with six of 109. Twenty-six Louisiana schoolboys are on SWC rosters, followed by 17 from Oklahoma and 13 each from New York and New Mexico. Next are California, Florida and Missouri with nine each, followed by Kansas with eight, .Mississippi ic pi( bright for Montreal. A spokes' man reports that contributions are running 35 to 40 per cent ahead of any previous Olym paid, and adds that Olympic House is receiving a record 251 letters a week "from kids who want to know how they can gei on the U.S. Olympic team." But among the several hun dred world-class athletes given a chance of actually making the U.S. track team, dis affection is widespread. "I want to run for fun," say: Waldrop, currently the nation'; fastest amateur miler at 3:53.2 'I tried for the Olympics in 972, but never again. The pres- ure of the Olympic trials is toe real. It just isn't any fun at 11." Waldrop was amo:ig . a nunv aer of stars who passed up a hance lo compete in Ihis year's dual meet against the Soviet Union. Others who skipped that meet ncluded , AAU champions Al ^cuerbach (shot pul), Dwight Stones (high jump) and Jim Holding (400-meter hurdles),'all of Ihe Pacific Coast Club of Long Beach, Calif., and Steve refonlaine, the Oregon dis- ance runner who holds six American records from 3,000 lo 10,000 meters. The Russians won Ihe com- ined men's and women's meet by a score of 192-184, but track experts unanimously agree thai :he U.S. would have won by a wide margin if the absent athletes had been there. Instead, all of them preferred competing in Europe and mak ing their own travel and ex pense arrangements to running [or the U.S. national team un der AAU auspices. According to AAU track ad ministrator Bob Lafferty,' Pa cific Coast Club Coach Tom Jen nings has made a practice ol er it. The International Track ssociation's professional track our now offers top athletes omelhing besides Ihe Olympics o shoot for. The pros' chief drawing cards n its first year were Olympic tars such as Jim Ryun, Kip iCeino, Randy Malson and Bob "ieagren. Admilledly, most of them vbuld have retired after Munch anyway, but in its second ear, the ITA signed such ounger stars as Rod Milburn ind Dave Wottle, the 1972 Olympic high hurdles and 800- meter champions, respectively, and world indoor pole vault record holder Steve Smith. I T A President Michael O'Hara believes he needs a asking money nings, for for excessive expense his .athletes. Jen who says, ' "We're jus trying to break even." ha: openly admitted offering ; guaranteed four-minute mile t meet promoters for $500. · In addition, athletes' get mon ey over the table as well as un steady stream of new stars to keep interest up, and hi star- gels for the coming season include Waldrop. Prefontaine. Stones, and sprinters Sieve Williams . and Ivory Crockett. If they all sign with Ihe pros, Ihe U.S. team in Montreal is bound to suffer. All except Walrirop have shown' interest in turning pro "I'm not interested in waitini two years for the Olympics,' says Crockett, who recently be came the first man to run nini seconds flat . for the 100-yar dash. "I want to put some mon in Crockett's pockets righ now." ' Another reason so many ath letes are turned off is the cav alier treatment they feel the received from officials durin the 1972 Games. Smith, the 18- ole vaulter who failed to qualt- y at Munich after having hi* egular pole declared illegal at ic last minute, says, "After ml. Ihe Olympics didn't mean thing to me. It really helped ne decide to turn pro." Even Smith's arch-rival, out- oor world record holder Bob eagren, agrees with him on h Olympics. When he turned ro shortly after Munich, Sea- ren said, "I'm tired of putting p with a bunch of old men. I vant to get away from them omplelely." Finally, fear also is a factor. lany athletes are haunted by he memory of the Arab terror- si murders of 11 Israeli Olympians at Munich. A recent nov- "The Front Runner," fea- ures a hero who is shot from he stands while leading the )lympic 5,000-meter final The nought is all too real to AAU ,000-meter champion, Dick Buerkle. "When I think about Mon,real," says Buerkle, "I'm real- y afraid of getting shot at. Be- ,ween the Arabs and ths French Canadians, I can't help thinking that something terrible ivill happen in Montreal." And despite the stringent security arrangements planned for Montreal, Lord Killanin, president of the International Olympic Committee, offers Buerkle little comfort. "Let's face the fads," says Killanin, "If someone wants to murder somebody, and they have planned it, it's jolly hard to stop them." In Sunday's Talladega NASCAR Event Pearson, Petty Are Favored TALLADEGA, David Pearson Ala. (AP) -and Richard Petty, two iron-nerved veterans, rank as top favorites to capture Sunday's sixth Talladega 500, a slock car race in which form never holds true.. The two $1 million career winners hold top starting positions for the 1 p.m. CDT flag- off-Pearson on the Pole in the Mercury with which he has won four events and nine pole positions and Petty third in-a Dodge that has taken him to 'seven triumphs and the top of the season's money list. Yet neither has ever won the iate summer speediest at Alabama International Speedway, a 2.6(i mile tri-oval where only a week ago A.J. Foyt set a closed course speed record of 217.585 miles per hour in an Indianapolis-type car. The Talladega 500, one of Ihe rrand National lour's richest events, has been won four of its five times by drivers who either have never claimed a winner's trophy or who disappeared into obscurity after they got their first one. Richard Brickhouse won the first one in 1969 and promptly dropped out of the big time. Pete Hamilton did it in 1970, and a year later went-back to the short tracks where he now competes for -$1,000: winner's purses. Bobby Allison, who is one of this year's favorites with the other front row position in a Matador, won it in 1971 and most say he's the only legiti- male winner still around. James Ifylton, a journeyman driver-mechanic who has never won a Grand National, came out of nowhere to capture the 1972 Castles and Clifton "Coo Coo" the Marlin, also have starting posi- and Allison, other pre-race favorites include Donnie Allison. Buddy Baker and Gale Yarborough. Two darkhorses, Neil after most of had dropped running avoriles because of tire problems. Dick Brooks, who like Hylton will be running again Sunday, qualified a castoff Plymouth 21st last year and, late in the race, found himself wilh a tiger on four wheels. "This is a race that anybody can win," Brooks said, "All you need is some common sense and a car that has good speed and durability. If you stay with the leaders and let them run themselves out, you've got 'a chance." In addition to Pearson, Petty lions at the top of the order. Pearson won the pole position, his ninth in 13 starts, this year, with a speed of 184.926 m.p.h. Bobby Allison, driving Roger Penske's Matador, registered 184.373 m.p.h. Petty, winner of the circuit's last two 500 mile races, has never won at the Alabama track while Pearson is a three- time winner of Ihe speedway's other 500 miler, the Winston 500 in May. If the weather is good, as many as 50,000 could watch the event. Because Of Marathon Negotiations NFLPACancells Weekend Meeting tional Football representatives WASHINGTON (AP) -- - T h e weekend meeting of the 26 Na- League player was cancelled Saturday because of the marathon negotiations between : the owners and players in the 41- day strike. The meeting originally was set for Friday, was postponed until Saturday and then called off had been scheduled to brief the player representatives on the contract negotiations, being held here under the supervision of chief federal mediator W. J. Usery Jr. - · A similar meeting last Sunday drew some 60 players who voted unanimously after five hours of discussion lo support the union's negotiating team in its strong stand against the owners. "Even though we had the meeting last week, a lot of questions came up, and we thought we would bring them in hert and fill Ihem In on what was happening," said a union spokesman. "With the negotiations going on as they are, it would be extremely difficult for the executive committee to get together " with them," he said. Negotiators representing the striking players and the 26 club owners broke up into subcommittees Saturday, with each group discussing specific issues, according to Usery. The mood of the negotators apparently has changed in the last two weeks, during which the warring sides have met with Usery. The federal mediator reported Friday, during which the groups met for about 13 hours, that the previous acrimony had Defending Champion Ousted From Junior Championships KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) --, Bill Maze of Orinda, Calif., upset defending champion Bill Martin of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Saturday to advance to Sunday's finals of the National Junior Tennis Championships. Sixth-seeded Maze beat Martin in two sets, 6-2 ,7-5. It was Martin's first loss to 3 junior since the semi-finals of the 1973 National Clay Courts in Louisville. Maze, 18, will meet Ferdi Taygan, the No. 3 seed from Framingham, Mass., upset second-seeded Bruce Manson of North Hollywood, Calif., 6-4, B-i in Saturday's other semi-final. The B-foot-3 Maze. Nationa' Boys champion in 1972, never . lost his serve in trouncing the top-seeded Martin. Martin was trying to become the first back- to-back National Junior champ in 25 years. In the Boys 16-and-under divi sion Saturday, No. 4 seed Walter Redondo of National City, Calif., eased by second-seeded Jay DiLouie of Dallas, 6-7, 6-4 6-2 in one semifinal match. Jeff Bobbins of Salt Lake City, the No. 8 seed, defeated seventh-seeded Eddie Reese o St. Petersburg, Fla., 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 n the olher semi-final Saturday. Both junior and boys cham- ionship matches will be held .Oday. Mets Purchase Relief Hurier NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mels purchased the contract of relief pitcher Jerry Cram from their Tidewater affiliate in the International League Saturday. Cram, who replaces the disabled George Stone on the New York roster, reported Saturday afternoon and was available for duty in the Mets' National League baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds. Cram, a 26-year-old right- hander, had a record of 4-6 at Tidewater and compiled a 2.88 earned run average. In his last seven appearances, Cram was credited with four saves and two victories. Signed originally by the Minnesota Twins in 1967, Cram was selected in the 1968 American League expansion draft by the Kansas City Royals. )een eliminated in the bargain- ng. As an illustration of the improved attitudes, Usery said me of the owners inquired in iest lale Friday: "How about letting me out of here so I can go to the (Washington) Redskins' exhibition game?" "What? And have you cross the picket line there?" Usery asked in mock horror. Usery then reported the anecdote to the players' group. One of them laughed and replied: "Let him go. It'll increase the attendance at the game by 10 per cent." Usery later commented to newsmen: "Last week, they weren't joking like that." The Saturday meeting was indicative that the two sides, although not in agreement on the issues, are at least willing to discuss them, something they wouldn't do last week. Usery began meeting wilh negotiators on July 29 and had one long joint session two days ater but apparently couldn't make any headway and broke! off the talks. They were resumed last Tuesday. Since then, Usery has been meeting separalely with [hem, calling only two together from each side, and talking to both groups jointly. The negotiators usually have broken for lunch but continue meeting through dinner, occasionally well past midnight. Under an agreement with Usery, only he may talk to the news media about the negotiations and, during the past week, both the owners and players have kept the bargain also something that had not happened previously. However, it was learned early Thursday that the role of and Ohio with seven each. No other state has more than three on SWC rosters this fall. The other states represented are Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, G e o r g i a , Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wyonv ing. And, though the SWC is still the most homogenous among the nation's major conferences the imports include several top hands -linebacker Ed Simonini of AM and Las Vegas, Nev., defensive back Rpllen Smith of Arkansas and Youngstown, Ohio, quarterback Neal Jeffrey of Baylor and Overland Park, Kasn., running back Reggie Sherry of Houston and Lake flelen, Fla., linebacker Mike Hanna of TCU and Anaheim, Calif., defensive back Randy Olson of Texas Tech and Rocky Ford, Colo., and a dozen others who may be starters this fall. Houston is the heaviest instate contributor to SWC rosters with 66 players, followed by Dallas with 52, San Antonio with 39, and Fort Worth and district Branch Spring Branch school with 31 each. Spring has to be the most fertile recruiting ground as its 31 players represent only four high schools. Austin follows with 23, Corpus Christi with 13, Amarillo and Garland with 11 each, and Arlington, Baytown, Rich ardson and Odessa with 10 each. The Houslon-Galveston-Beau- mont triangle contributes IBS players, almost 19 per cent. The Sari Antonio-Austin area totals 83 or 8.6 per cent. So those three major population centers account for more than 40 per cent of the SWC's football play- NFL zelle Commissioner Pete Roin dealing with player grievances has become a major stumbling block in the negotiations. Rozelle's authority and several olher of the so-called freedom demands by the striking players hold the key to the settlement of the prolonged sports deadlock. EVEREST* JENNINGS 442-731! EQof Fayetteville Hi way 71 South Locust Fayetteville, AR (phone 521-5422) LABOR DAY SAVE $9,20 Whitehall plus $2.25 F.E.T. and tire off your car. SAVE $7.10 Whilewall plus $2.50 F.E.T. and tire off yourcar. SALE POLYGLAS WHITEWALLS 1974 New Car Tires BUY NOW-SAVE Custom Power Cushion Polyg las: America's Best-Selling Tire SAVE *8.75 Sire A78-13 Wiiilewall plus $1.80 F.E.T. and tire off your car. 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