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4-C Saturday, Aug. 23, '75 DETROIT FREE PRESS Schem bechler Begins U-M Grid Talent Hunt Continued from First Sports running through the schedule Wisconsin, Stanford, Baylor, Missouri and then the rest of the Big Ten, beginning with Michigan State and finishing with Ohio State. ."That schedule may be the toughest schedule we've had, with the youngest team," said Schembechler. ."But . what the hell, you can't always play with a pat hand. These kids have a lot to learn, but we'll do the best we can . . . and that may be good enough." WITH THE graduation of seven offensive starters and six defensive starters from the team that claimed a chunk of U-M's fourth straight Big Ten title with a 10-1 season a year ago, Schembechler has more than his share of problems to solve before the season opener Sept. 13 at Wisconsin. And, somehow, many or those problems revolve around the offense although the Wolverines appear to be loaded with natural talent. , The graduation of three-year starter Dennis Franklin created the biggest vacuum. Elzinga, who filled in for Franklin a year ago, is the top candidate ... a natural reader, the kind teammates will rally around. f But he will have all kinds of competition, most of it from freshmen Leach, Dave Stavale and Stacy Johnson. Schembechler does not rule out the possibility that Leach could be a starter early in the season. The fullback job, too, is wide open with Corbin, King and Andrews boasting experience over the freshman Davis, who averaged 14 yards a carry at Woodbridge, Va. And if none of them shows Bo what he wants to see, he may even break up his touted 1-2 tailback punch of Rob Ly-tle and Gordon Bell, giving the hard-running Lytle a shot at fullback and counting on freshman Harlan Huckleby to back up Bell. Except for guard Kirk Lewis and tackle Steve King, the starting offensive line of blockers will be made up of first-time starters. In fact, there is another freshman Gene Johnson bidding for the starting tight end position. U-M DOES have its traditional ace in the hole, however, and that is defense. End Dan Jilek, middle guards Tim Davis and Rick Koschalk, along with tackles Jeff Perlinger and Greg Morton, return to keep the defensive front strong. And Schembechler says wolfman Don Dufek "should be an Ail-American." The linebackers and defensive backs all will be first-t i m e starters. But since they're hand-picked to insure the Wolverines against defensive lapses, Bo isn't much worried about that- depart-" ment. "My guess is that our defense will be good," he said. "It always has been." And that being the case, the Wolverines won't suffer too much in 1975. iff' MMM0$xi I. . f : v? 4 IIBSiillaK, TpP' w'S lBlLI iiSlill Free Press Photo by JIMMY TAFOYA University of Michigan assistant coaches Jerry Hanlon (left), Paul Schudel (center), and Chuck Stobart compare notes on opening day of football workouts Friday. , Softball Game For Charity : Snyders of Redford and Uni-royai, two of the top teams in the Major Metro, slowpitch travel league, will' meet in a : benefit game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Howard Park in South-gate. . Admission is $1 with all proceeds going to a family of tight children who were recently orphaned. Hockey Tryout Tryouts for Big Bills Sports Shop Class C (boys 16-19) . hockey -team will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday at Winter Wonderland rink on Schoolcraft. BILLS' CASTOFF RAMS' NO. 1 QB Harris Returns to Haunt Old Mates By the Associated Press The last time Buffalo and Los Angeles played a National Football League pre-season game, James Harris was a rookie quarterback, trying to win a job with the Bills. He never quite made it in Buffalo back in 1969, and LA's 50-20 romp in that exhibition couldn't have helped his chances. But Harris will be on hand again when Los Angeles plays Buffalo in their nationally televised exhibition game Saturday night. This time, however, he'll be at quarterback for the Rams. THE CLASH between Los Angeles and Buffalo, both playoff teams last season, is one of eight NFL games set for Saturday. In the others, Green Bay plays at Cincinnati, Houston is at Denver, Miami at New Orleans, Oakland at Atlanta, St. Louis vs. Chicago at Champaign, ill., Kansas City vs. Detroit at Pontiac and Minnesota at Dallas. ' The New York Giants and New York Jets meet at New Haven, Conn., in Sunday's only game. The weekend got started with San Diego beating San Francisco 20-7 Thursday night. A Saturday afternoon game matches St. Louis and Chicago at Champaign, III., in a revenue-raiser for the University of Illinois Stadium Fund. Chicago hopes to unveil its highly-touted No. 1 pick running back Walter Payton, against the Cardinals. Green Bay goes for its third straight victory under new coach Bart Starr against Cincinnati. The Packers, looking for a running partner for John Brockington, have been pleased with rookie Willard Harrell, who is their top rusher on 22 carries for 88 yards so far. , CINCINNATI produced an impres--sive 442-yard offense beating Buffalo last week. Ken Anderson threw two TD passes in that game. Houston brings a 2-0 record into its game against winless Denver. The Oil ers have been impressive with seven interceptions in their first two games. Denver lost to New Orleans without regular running backs Otis Armstrong and John Keyworth last week, but both are expected to work against Houston. Miami gets a look at the Super-dome, New Orleans' new home. The Dolphins have won two straight and beat Detroit last week with backup quarterback Earl Morrall throwing two touchdowns in place of injured Bob Griese. Archie Manning has been impressive for the Saints with 30 completions in 40 attempts for 290 yards and no interceptions. MINNESOTA and Dallas are both 0-2 this season and have split four previous pre-season games against each other. i Cowboys are looking for ways to add some zip to their offense, which has scored only one TD in the first two games. Exhibitions FRIDAY'S RESULTS Pittsburgh SI, Baltimore 10. Philadelphia 24, New England 10. Washington 23, Cleveland 14. SATURDAY'S GAMES Kansas City at DETROIT, 1 p.m. Chicago vs. St. Louis at Champaign, III., 2:30 p.m. Oakland at Atlanta, 8 p.m. Green Bay at Cincinnati, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Buffalo, 9 p.m., Channel Q. Minnesota at Dallas, 9 p.m. Miami at New Orleans, 9 p.m. Houston at Denver, 10 p.m. SUNDAY'S GAME New York Jets vs. New York Giants at New Haven, Conn., 2 p.m. THURSDAY'S RESULT San Diego 20, San Francisco 7. Lions Meet Chiefs Today; In Pontiac Stadium Opener Continued from First Sports and seven or so dignitaries will parade on the field to cut a symbolic ribbon. "We may need a rowboat to get them off the field," Lions' official groaned Firday amidst the last-minute preparations. ' After all of the sideshows, the music and pomp and circumstance, the Lions and the Chiefs will eventually get on with the main event the football game. Oddsmakers have installed the Lions as 22-point favorites, apparently swayed by the anticipated inspiration of the new stadium and large home crowd. They certainly didn't look closely at the Lion injury list. Guard Bob Kowalkowski has been ruled out with a strained knee, leaving only one spare at tackle or guard. Tackle Rocky Freitas is hurting, too, and coach Rick Forzano would like to keep, him out but may not be able to because of the manpower shortage. SAFETY DICK JAURON (bad ankle) will suit up, but probably only play in an emergency. Rookie cornerback Fred Cooper is the only other available reserve in the defensive backfield. Receiver Ray JarvisaIso is troubled by a bad ankle, but said Friday he hopes to start and play at least part-time. Steve Owens is still not ready and Bill Munson won't play much if he plays at all. Greg Landry will open at quarterback, with Altie Taylor anid Dexter Bussey as running backs. Defensively, the Lions are in reasonably good shape with an all-veteran lineup ready to start. Charlie West will shift to free safety in place of Jauron, with Mike Weger playing the strong side. Forzano shrugged off the injuries and said he hopes the excitement of the stadium will be catching. "We're en thused about it and we want to make a good showing," he said. The Lions are seeking their first pre-season victory after losses at Oakland (34-0) and Miami (20-14). KANSAS CITY, MEANWHILE, showed signs last Monday of picking up the system of its new coach, Paul Wiggin, who took over following the 14-year tenure of Hank Stram. The Chiefs rebounded from a 10-3 loss to St. Louis to clip Dallas, 26-20. "We're still going through some transitional shock," Wiggin declared, "but we're getting used ton one another.' Wiggin will start Mike Livingston at quarterback as Lenny Dawson sits this one out. Greg Cook and rookie Mike Nott are scheduled to play in the second half. Perhaps the biggest difference in the Chiefs, who skidded to a 5-9 record last season, is the addition of running back MacArthur Lane, whom Kaycee pried from Green Bay for a mere draft choice. He is the leading receiver for the Chiefs at the moment, averages four yards a carry himself and supplies blocking for Woody Green. LIONOTES: There i sno local television of Saturday's stadium inaugural, but the game will be broadcast on WJR-FM radio (the Tigers will be on AM), with Bob Reynolds and J.P. McCarthy in the booth ... Tickets go on sale at all stadium gates at 10 a.m. There are two booths on each side of the stadium ... Although the move was too late to help on Saturday, the Lions shored up the defensive backfield Friday by acquiring cornerback John Saunders on waivers from the San Francisco 49ers. A 25-year-old former Toledo U. gridder, Saunders is joining the fourth team of his four-year-career a good start toward the record. He spent '72 with the Rams, '73 with Buffalo and last season in San Francisco. Three HRs Help Twins ; Put Damper on Tigers, 84 - Continued from First Sports : with a run of their own in the bottom of the first when Ly- man Bostock led off with a double and eventually crossed the plate on Rod Carew's sac-' rifice fly. Two innings later, rookie third baseman Dave McKay became only the 42d player in major league history to hit a home run in his first at-bat - when he opened the Minnesota segment of the third with the "first of two HRs off Ruhle. McKay, summoned from Tacoma Thursday to replace Eric Soderholra who fractured a couple of ribs when he fell down a sewer belted Ruble's third pitch of the inning into the lef tfield bleachers. He thus became the first player to homer in his first trip to the plate since Reggie Sanders did it for the Tigers. Sept. 1, 1974. McKay is only the second Minnesota player ever to accomplish such a feat. The other was Rick Ren-ick in 1968. Moments after McKay con nected. Twins catcher Phil Roof followed suit with a home run of his own, putting Minnesota on top, 3-1. SINGLES BY Bostock and Carew, plus Johnny Briggs' two-base hit, resulted in another run and finished Ruhle for the night. The Twins weren't quite through, though,, as Tony Oliva lofted a sacrifice fly off reliever Tom Walker for one more run that inning. The Tigers got one run back against Goltz in the fourth when Ben Oglivie singled and Aurelio Rodriguez tripled into the rightfield corner. They added one more in the fifth on a walk to Sutherland, a balk by Goltz and a single by Meyer. And in the top of the sixth an error by Briggs at first base and singles from Billy Baldwin and Rodriguez moved the Tigers to within one, 5-4, and got rid of Goltz at the same time. But Dan Ford gave the Twins a bit more breathing room when he hammered the Twins' third homer of the night this one off Walker with two gone in the sixth. Minnesota made it 8-4 in the eighth when a bunt single by Jerry Terrell, a sacrifice by Carew, Briggs infield grounder and an error by Meyer let one Twin touch the plate and Steve Braun's bloop single to shallow center sent home the other. TAGGING THE TIGERS Joe Coleman, who wass ched-uled tostart against the Twins Saturday, was scratched Friday when he felt a twinge in his arm while loosening up in the bullpen. He'll be replaced by Lerrin LaGrow. "It's nothing serious," said manager Ralph Houk. "We just don't want to take a chance" ... Leon Roberts is also is out tempora'rily with a bruised foot, although Houk indicated Leon could have played Friday night . . . With off-days now beginning to appear on the Tiger schedule, Houk has reverted to a four-man starting rotation. Hitter's Arm Still In Doubt BY JIM HAWKINS Fro Press (ports Writer BLOOMINGTON, Minn. Veteran Tiger pitcher John Hiller, disabled indefinitely with a pulled muscle in his left arm, rejoined the club Friday new beard and all. Hiller, who has been out since July 25, played pepper with his teammates prior to the game and lobbed a few balls, but did not even attempt to pitch. "My arm feels good," said the Tigers' relief ace, "but I can still feel a lump where I pulled the muscle. I haven't tried to throw at all. I've been swimming h lot and running, but that's about it." Hiller will return to his home in Duluth, Minn., next week while the Tigers travel to Texas, then join the club again in Detroit next weekend. However it still is not certain whether or not he will pitch again this year. Howe Tops Long List Of Hall Inductees Gordie Howe TORONTO (UPI) Gordie Howe, the only man to be honored with membership in the Hockey Hall of Fame while still active as a player, heads a long Jist of sports stars to be ""inducted Saturday into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Howe, who in his 27th professional season became the first player to score over 2,000 career points, was named to Howe has said he will play the opening game of the coming season for the World Hockey Association Houston Aeros but will then quit for good to undertake his duties as president of the club, a post he assumed earlier this yeatf BY THE END of the 1974-75 season Howe had scored 851 goals and 1,157 assists for 2,008 points in 1,832 games. Some of the former hockey players joining Howe are Jean Beli-veau, Syl Apps Sr., Doug Harvey,-Red Kelly, Maurice Richard, Milt Schmidt and Eddie Shore. Those honored as hockey builders include Foster Hewitt, Clarence Campbell, Hector (Toe) Blake and Conn Smythe. Posthumously named to the select group were such greats as Charlie Conacher, Lester Patrick, Dick Irvin, Terry Saw-chuk, Art Ross and Jack Adams. Football inductees included Russ Jackson, Normie Kwong and Joe Kroll. New inductees were boxer Yvon Durelle, broadcaster Jack Dennett, golfer Pat Fletcher, speedboat racer Harold A. Wilson, and rower Bobby Pearce. Marcis Favored In MIS Pole Dash CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION XAP) Dave Marcis, whose Dodge has been the fastest machine on the NASCAR Grand National stock car circuit this month, was favored Friday to win the pole position for Sunday's 400-mile race at Michigan International Speedway. Marcis turnedin the top practice times prior to Saturday's qualifying session for the 36-car field. Just a lick slower than Marcis' top lap of 159.29 miles per hour around the two-mile oval were David Pearson, Buddy Baker and Richard Petty. That imposing threesome has dominated racing here and on the southern stock car circuit the past few months, and they are considered the ones to beat in the $100,000 race, scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. "I'm really happy with my speed," Marcis saidd of his best lap Friday in practice. "We started out loose, but they tightened up the car and I'm getting into the corners better now. The car is working beautifully." Pearson, winner of every race but one here since 1972, said his Mercury was running about as good as he had hoped in practice, and that he thought anyone over 159 m.p.h. would have an excellent shot at the pole. "I think anybody who can run what I did here last year (159.20 m.p.h. to win the pole), they ought to have it," Pearson said. "The car doesn't seem to be any faster this year than it was last. In fact, in June for the other race here, it was a lot slower." Cale Yarborough surprised Pearson and Petty for the pole with a speed of 158.541 'm.p.h. Donnie Allison nailed down the other front-row spot. "David and I had the fastest practice times here in June," said Petty. "But we wound up on the second row. Our speeds held, but those other guys got faster." Gan't Limit Existing Grid f Roster Size, " Bama Claims TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) The University of Ala- bama filed a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Friday, challenging the legality of rules re-, cently adopted limiting the size of football squads. The suit, filed in Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court, asks that the NCAA be joined from enforcing the new rules adopted recently at a special convention in Chicago so long as athletes involved were under scholarship contracts entered in prior to Aug. 15. That was the date the special convention approved regulations limiting to 48 the number of players who can dress up at a road game and 60 for home games. ALABAMA HAS BEEN using more than 60 players in, each game for several seasons. In essence, the suit asks that the ruling not be retroac-' tive insofar as athletes already on scholarship are con-' cerned. A hearing on the case is scheduled here next Friday. "The legal ground primarily advanced is that this Imme-; : diate effect is an unlawful abridgement of existing contract rights in that it severely limits an individual player's opportunity to participate in an intercollegiate game," the Univer-.. sity claimed in a prepared statement. "This, we maintain, is in violation of assurances which were made in good faith and based on historical fact and past practice at the University of Alabama at the time of these persons' agreements to attend college at this institu-tion under athletic scholarship contracts," he said. The president of the NCAA, John Fuzak of Michigan State said the reference to contracts is "curious terminology" because the NCAA always has maintained that players on ,' scholarships were not under contract. "They're getting grants-in-aid related to academic pursuits limited in amount " of those grants, so I don't think that's a contractual arrangement in the usual sense," Fuzak said. Flint's Novarra Wins Cycle Title Frtt Prtss Wirt Sorvlcot ROCOURT, Belgium Sue Novarra, who started six years ago as a speed skater in her native Flint, Mich., Friday became a world cycling cnampion. The 19-year-old Miss Novarra won the United States' first gold medal in the 1975 World Cycling championships here defeating Czechoslovakian rival Iva Zajickowa in the two-heat final for the women's sprint title. Sheila Young of Detroit, who two years ago won the same honors, finished third this time and won the bronze. Miss Young defeated Linda Stein of Laguna Beach, Calif., in the finals. MISS NOVARRA covered the last 200 yards of the first heat of the two-lap event at an average speed of over 33 miles an hour and was timed in 13.29 seconds to leave Miss Zazick-owa trailing. A jubilant Miss - Novarra said after her victory. "It was easier here in Rocourt than last year in Montreal. I felt in good form all the way. I had the idea that I could get the gold medal." She admitted having problems getting used to the extremely steep bends. "They were a serious difficulty for us," Miss Novarra said. "We are accustomed to running on flatter tracks." The final, which had been rained out Thursday evening, was run in grey, cool conditions but the stadium was almost windless. Three Tie For LPGA Golf Lead DENVER - (UPI) - Sandra Haynie shot afour-under-par 68 Friday to join Judy Rankin and Kathy Martin in a tie for the first-round lead in the $40,000 Denver Women's Golf Tournament. Miss Haynie had an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys. Miss Judy Rankin had four birdies and 14 pars. The scrambling Miss Martin had six birdies on the 6,229-yard Pinehurst Country Club course Lut took Bogeys on the third and 10th holes, three-puttirg both green?. Six golfers were a stroke back with 69s. In at three-un-der-par were sue Roberts, who bogeyed the 16th and 18th holes to fall out of the lead; Sandra Spuzich; Carol Mann; Jane Blalock; JoAnne Carner, and Donna Caponi Young. In all, 28 of the 77 women broke par, including Denver amateur Carol Flenniken, who was among eight golfers at 70. U.S. Girls Gain Final HOLME PIERREPONT, England (AP) Four girls from Philadelphia pulled clear of powerful East European rivals Friday to reach the final of the coxes fours event in the World Rowing Championships. The Philadelphians, stroked by Pam Behrens, will compete for a medal Sunday against a strong field including the reigning champions from East Germany. The major events of the championships, the men's heavyweight races, do not start until next week. Geiberger : Keeps Lead In Tourney FORT WORTH - (AP) i A 1 Geiberger, who hadn't planned on playing here, shot a solid 68 and stretched his, lead to two strokes Friday as Jack Nicklaus fizzled and failed in the uncompleted seJ ond round of the $250,000 Tour ' nament Players G o it Championship. ; Geiberger put together a two-round total of 134, six un-, ; der the grudging par on thg 7,190-yard Colonial Country j Club course. ' ' Nicklaus finished his five over-par round of 75 just mo-! ; ments before a violent Texas thunderstorm, lanced by; lightning and packing heavy rains, forced a late-afternood , postponement of play wth J4 players still on the course. They will finish their sec- I ond-round play Saturday I morning before the start of the regularly scheduled third round. I Nicklaus, the defending champion in this event and the winner of the PGA just two j weeks ago, started the day's ' play only one shot back. But Jack didn't make a birdie In J the hot, humid weather and j fell eight strokes off the pace ! at 142. , "I didn't make a birdie, and I hit in the water on No. 9," Nicklaus said. "It's that simple." it AMONG THOSE who were still on the course when the storm hit were Hubert Green and John Schlee, each three under for the tournament and only three back of the leading Geiberger. Green had two holes to play, Schlee only one'. Arnold Palmer blew to a fat 78 and appeared m danger of missing the cut for he final two rounds at 149. The cut, to the low 70 scorers, won't be known until all second round scores are posted Saturday morning. Tom Weiskopf shot 71 for a 146. Lee Trevino and Gary Player were stranded by the storm. Trevino was five over par for the tournament with two holes to play and Player was three over with two to go. 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