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Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Wed., Oct. 9, 1974 Dennis Winston Named SWC Defensive Player Of The Week For Second Time BALTIMORE (At J ) -- The 3:ikl:md Athletics arc on the erge of winning a third Ifiiight American League pcn- :inl, even without n major in- crnal squabble. IBul, as usual, empcrs are a bit frayed. And -- as the A's beat Balli- norc 1-0 Tuesday on Sal tnndo's home run and Vida JBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / A football spotter in a press- lox 10 stories above the playing Held has no trouble identifying a Dennis Winston tackle. Â·j He goes by the sound. ;Â· "Our coaches decided that when lie hits a ball carrier, the 'sound is the same as when a "dead bird falls," said Arkansas Coach Frank Broyles. I Winston, a sophomore linebacker at Arkansas, was devastating Saturday night in a 49-0 victory over TCU. He played only 32 snaps but had 10 unassisted tackles and set up the 'Razor/backs' second touchdown .with a pass interception. ; For his performance, Winston was named The Associated -Press Defensive Player of the ; \Veek in the Southwest Conference for the second time this 'season. He was also The AP's National Player of tlie Week for Â·his play in the season opener ijagainst Southern Cal. !Â·'Â· Broyles said he told Winston 'about the award Monday. ';Â· "He just kinda laughed sue 'said, 'Are you kidding,'" Broyles said. The fans react with oolis and alls when Winston makes an open field tackle. "They react that way because there's just not that type of collision very often on the field and he docs that often," Broyles said. "There are very few great open field tacklers," Broyles said. "He's got a knack pro scouts and others say you don't see. He can put it on a fast back in an open field. He's so quick that while the back is making up his mind whether to cut right or left, Dennis hits him. I've never had one that could do it with such velocity or whatever the name is for a collision," said Broyles, who is in his 17th year as coach of the Razorbacks. "He's got a chance to be All-Southwest Conference this year. He should be an AU-Ameriean and a great pro player." Winston is 6-foot-2 and Broyles says he is up to 230 pounds. He believes Winston can run Stargell Keys Pittsburgh's 7-0 Laugher Over Los Angeles I LOS ANGELES (AP) - Willie Stargell took a backwards look and could remember another year when Ihe Pittsburgh Pirates had an uphill 'climb to victory. ; "In 1971 in Baltimore, we were .supposed to be finished. The -newspapers were calling it the' St." Valentine's Day Massacre," the Pirates' slugger said of that World Series in .which-'Pittsburgh lost Ihe first two games, then came back to y,'h\ it all in seven games. '-, But no tearri in the five-year history of- divisional playoffs has/lost: the first two games, then' '.won . three in a row to "qualify for the World. Series. - . :; "We can't concern ourselves Swith what's written and said," Said Stargell. who hammered a 'three-run, first-inning homer as Â·Pittsburgh slayed alive with a Â·7-0 triumph over the Los Angc- .les Dodgers Tuesday. , No team has ever come hack ;from an 0-2 deficit in playoffs, : but neither had any club committed five errors in a playoff game, until the Dodgers did it Â·Tuesday. The Dodgers' inept fielding 'came before a record home .'crowd of 55,953, and many of jthem were exiting for the al- iready crowded freeways before ^the seventh-inning stretch. } "That may have been the Avorst we looked all season," ;said Dodger Manager Walt Al ^stoii. "I doubt errors become jcontagious, but if they do 1 'liope the Pirates catch it." 'CHAMPAGNE STILL PACKED f Instead of unpacking the vchampagne to celebrate their -first NL pennant in eight years ''the Dodgers were forced into a fourth game. 5 Don Button, who won Satur day's playoff opener. 3-0, was arned to pitch today agains he first-game loser, Jerry leuss. Alston said he would go will: Andy Messersmith, the winning jilcher Sunday, if Ihe series re quires a fifth game Thursday ittsburgh Manager Danny \lurtaugh said Jim Rookei vould be, his pitcher if the erics goes the limit. The Pirates blasted Doug lau for five first-inning runs on lie homer by Slargell and a ivo-run shot by Rich Hebner .nd it was a 1971 World Series iero, Bruce Kison, who sup }hed the effective pitching. Kison, although only 9-8 it ho regular season, conlinuec is amazing post-season record 'he lanky right-hander hand cuffed the Dodgers on two sin ;les, both by Bill Russell, fo 5^b innings, when he tired an* was relieved by Ramon Her nandez. ' The Pirates broke out of slump with 10 hits, including double and two home runs after getting a total of only 1 Ingles in the first two games.' "I thought Doirg Rau's stuf was all right," said Alston o lis starting pitcher who laste through seven batters in th 'irst inning. "They had onl two runs in two games an ivere pretty likely to brea loose against somebody, n mailer who the pitcher was." Beaver Level Beaver Lake level slood toda at 1118.44 feet above sea leve down .02 from Tuesday Engineers reported lhat th generators are not being user Offensive Player Of The Week 'Â· Steve Beafrd, fallback for Ihe f Baylor Bears, has been named the Associated Press Of- 1 ftnslve Player of tfit Week la tbÂ« Southwest Conference. Bcaird scored iliree loucli downs agalnsl Florida Slat in the second half, eiiablin 0 Baylor to come fiack for a 21-17 win, ,(AP WJrepLolo). yards in 4.6 or 4.65 seconds nsistcnlly. At one time, oyles said ho had considered oving Winston to fullback, bul at his defensive coaches hac reatened to resign en masse. The Razorbacks' shutout of e Horned Frogs was their cond straight--the first time kansas lias blanked tv.'o con cntive opponents since 1969 oyles says the defense has v eloped pride. Winston exemplified . thai ide in the third quarter of the CU game. Arkansas led 35-0 at the time d the Horned Frogs hat urlh down inside tlie Ar ansas 10.. B'reslmian defensive ick Howard Sampson broki a pass play and Winstoi ent halfway across the field tc ward Sampson with a bear ug- Winston missed his senio: :ar of football at Marianna igh School because of racia oblems in the city. He playe ifensive end as a freshman ut was moved to linebacke is fall. "We just didn't know whelhe e needed a better player a id or linebacker because w ayed so many option teams, royles said. "Now, we knoi e made the right move." Oakland Goes For Al Pennant Today Blue, Bando Give A's 2-1 Edge Blue's two-bit pitching -- they also got on the Orioles' nerves with their talent and showbout- ing. The second consecutive shutout, extending Baltimore's non- scoring string to 22 innings, gave the A's a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five championship scries between the division leaders . Jim "Cui.fish" Hunter, Oakland's 25-Jiame winner who lost Ihe scries opener to end his persona! seven-game streak against the Orioles, was given the assignment ol trying to wrap up the playoffs for the A's in today's same. Mike Cucllar, a 22-giime winner who beat Hunter in the first (AP Wircphoto) .THEY DISHED UP A 1-0 WHITEWASH . . .Sal Bando, left, and Vida Blue pose in the Oakland dressing room at Memorial Stadium Tuesday after leading tlie A's to a 1-0 join over Baltimore. Blue hurled a two-hit shutout and Bando provided the punch with a home run gKine, was picked to start for Baltimore provided he can shake off arm stiffness which bothered him Tuesday. Ross Grimsiey, an ID-game winner, is on standby. "It's no fun being down 2-1," said Baltimore Malinger Earl Weaver, whose Orioles rallied from a similar deficit lust year before dropping the deciding fifth game. Oakland then went on to win its second straight seven-game World Series. A'S HAVE KNACK Tlie A's seem to have the knack of doing what's necessary to win. and that was underscored by Blue and Bando in game No. 3. Blue, who had failed to win in post-season play while losing two playoff games and two World Series decisions, broke through the barrier with seven strikeouts . and no walks. He didn't allow a base runner past first. "Vida threw the best game of his career," said Bando, who homered on a 3-2 fast ball from Jim Palmer in the .fourth inning, "because it was the pros- sure of a playoff game." Tile homer was the second in two games for Bando, who didn't hit any of his 22 regular season homers off Baltimore pitching., Blue, who won the league's Cy. Young pitching award in 1971, hooked up in a classic mound duel with Palmer, last year's Cy Young winner. Palmer, with a 7-1 record in postseason play, allowed just four hits. And, it was Palmer who accused Oakland slugger Reggie Jackson of "making a farce out of the game" with his home plate gyrations in the ninth inning. Jackson, playing as Oakland's designated hitler be,then added to Palmer's frustra- tions. He reached first on a single through [he box which Palmer called a "routine grounder." The Baltimore right-hander said the home run pitch came as lie tried to throw a strike and avoid starting a possible big inning by issuing a walk. Leaders Emerge In Southland New leaders stiowed up in two Southland Conference statistical contests' this week. Freshman fullback Bobby Wilson of McNeese State plowed for 94 yards and crept to t li e top with a game average of 71 yards, despite the Cowboys' 24-20 loss to Delaware. Wilson replaced teammate Marshall Higginbotham, who dropped to third as Arkansas Slate's Stan Winfrey collected 104 yards in a 14-7. win over Eastern Michigan to take over as rnnnerup on a 71.5 average. Winfrey scored both Indian touchdowns to increase his point average to nine in a light duel involving at least 10 big threats. Total offense leader Johnnie Thibodeaux of McNeese S'.ale retained his lead w i t h 140.7 yards a game, and idle Steve Haynes of Louisiana Tech maintained the passing leadership with nine completions a game and four touchdown connections. Tech's Charles McDaniel, enjoying a Bulldog open date, continued as the all-purposa r u n n i n g Â· l e a d e r (104 ypg) and kickoff return leader (24.6 per return). 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