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(qeG Today's television highlights: O 1:00 p.m. Lions Football: Detroit at Atlanta O 1:00 p.m. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at Minnesota O 3:00 p.m. Baseball: Houston at Los Angeles O 4:00 p.m. NFL Football: San Francisco at LA. Sunday, Oct. 5, 1980 the scoreboard Complete sports rundown. Page 4. BBS? lino INSIDE OF SPORTS 8 HORSE RACING 9 OUTDOORS 10 LJ DETROIT FREE PRESS TRAVEL 11-16 W Jim Discord in Expo clubhouse helped kill pennant drive MONTREAL It was a few minutes after noon Saturday, about two hours before the Montreal Expos were scheduled to engage the Philadelphia Phillies in the biggest baseball game in the 12-year history of this expansion franchise. Bill Lee, the Expos' eccentrlc-in-residence, was sitting on the floor in front of his locker, clad only in stocking cap and underwear, reading fan mail. Outfielder Roland Office was eating a swset roll. John Tamargo and Ken Macha were chasing one another around the table in the middle of the room. A half dozen guys were playing cards. Ron LeFlore was home in bed. "Don't worry," joshed utility infielder Jerry Manuel, who followed LeFlore from the Tigers to the Expos. "He'll be here by the third inning." He laughed, but he wasn't kidding. "That's what's wrong with this club," declared 40-year-old pitcher Woodie Fryman, another former Tiger. "I guess we've got some rules, but I ain't seen any. The players make their own rules. It ain't like it used to be. It's a shame." Warren Cromartie turned up the volume on his tape player. The song sounded all-too-familiar. "Another one bites the dust ..." Sorry about that, Lions. That tune has become the Expos' battle cry this season, but it was just about the only thing they had in common. Flakes, rednecks or both? Pitcher Ross Grimsley, who has since departed, took one look around the clubhouse this spring and described the assembled athletes as "a bunch of wackos and flakes." LeFlore, in that recent, controversial magazine interview, claimed his teammates were all "red-necks and militants." I suspect they were both right. There are those in the Expos oranization who can't wait for LeFlore to declare himself a free agent at the end of the season and flee. "I hope the door doesn't hit him on the butt on the way out," said assistant GM Charlie Fox. There are those who say LeFlore has been a bad Influence on outfielder Ellis Valentine and second baseman Rodney Scott. The three men have formed a utue clique tnat many other Expos believe has been disruptive and counterproductive. Following LeFlore's example, players come and go and do , as they please. Meanwhile manager Dick Williams sits isolated in his office, pretending not to notice and not to care. "To him," quipped Bill Lee, "we're just another Lite Beer commercial." Pitcher Steve Rogers, once labeled the Franchise and still the unquestioned ace of the staff, claims he long ago lost all respect for the manager because of Williams' lack of discipline. 'So what?' says LeFlore It was 1:55 p.m. Saturday, 20 whole minutes before the Expos were scheduled to begin the biggest ball game they had ever played, when Ron LeFlore sauntered into the locker room, looking unconcerned and not yet wide awake. He poured himself a cup of coffee and shuffled across the room to where uniform No. 7 patiently waited on a hanger. "Why should I get here any earlier?" he asked with a shrug. And, In fairness, LeFlore had a point. After all, his left hand is still encased in a cast, so he couldn't have participated in batting practice even if it hadn't been pouring outside. Still, you would think for the most significant game of his career, a guy would show up with more than 20 minutes to spare. Although he has been tardy repeatedly and broken just about every other rule, LeFlore insisted Saturday he has not been fined once all season. "We're looked at as men over here," the man explained. "We don't have all those little personal rules. As long as you do your job, he doesn't care when you show up. As long as you're prepared to go out on the field, it's all right with him." Eventually, Saturday's steady shower subsided and after a delay of more than three hours, the Expos and Phillies finally began to play baseball. Eventually, after 11 innings, the Phillies ended the Expos' season, 6-4, on a Mike Schmidt home run. If Ron LeFlore had known that was going to happen, he could have stayed in bed all day. tha inside of sports: Why didn't the Tigers live up to their manager's expectations, and everyone else's hopes? Page 8E. ( will be the Kansas City Royals vs. the New York Yankees in the American League playoffs, which open Tuesday. For a position-byposition rundown, see Page SE. Will another one bite the dust? The Lions cast a serious eye on Atlanta. For key matchups and what to watch in Sunday's game, see Page 5E. Michigan's waterfowl season gets off to a wet and wild start. Page 10E. Ron LeFlore Phils stumble to NL East title By JIM HAWKINS Free Press Sports Writer MONTREAL Bring on the Astros! Or the Dodgers! Bring on anybody! After what happened Saturday night, the Philadelphia Phillies are ready for anything. Or anybody. After Saturday night, they feel certain they've seen in all. Seven errors, 25 hits, bonehead blunders, brilliant plays, you name it: The Phillies' 6-4 Uth-inning conquest of the Montreal Expos had them all. See PHILLIES, Page 5E HR GIVES YANKS TITLE Ifs Reggie time AP Photo Steve Garvey and the Dodgers edge the Astros, 2'1, to spoil Houston's victory celebration one more time. Page 5E. The man who made it possible with a home run, Reggie Jackson, is treated to a champagne bath Saturday as the Yankees celebrate their AL East title. By BRIAN BRAGG Free Press Sports Writer 1 NEW YORK - It had to happen. There was nothing the Tigers could do but watch autumn's child, Reggie Jackson, once again become the hero of the hour with a home run which gave the New York Yankees the 1980 American League East championship. The moment arrived in the fifth inning of the first game of a Saturday doubleheader in front of 55,410 fans in Yankee Stadium. The score was tied, 2-2, and two Yankees were on base when Mr. October stepped to the plate. On the second pitch from Tiger rookie Roger Weaver, Jackson bent his massive shoulders into a swing and sent the ball arching into the upper deck in rightfieid. He stood at the plate, watching and saying a prayer of thanks before trotting around the bases on the homer which gave the Yanks their final 5-2 margin. The Tigers mounted a ninth-inning threat against N.Y. relief ace Rich Gossage, but the big righthander struck out pinch-hitters Champ Summers and Richie Hebner with two men on to give the Yankees their fourth division title in the last five years. It didn't matter that the Tigers won the nightcap, 7-6. The American League East race was over, night. WHEN GOSSAGE blew a fastball past Hebner for the final out, his teammates surged about him and the record crowd sent See YANKEES, Page 5E Irish slie M. U trap, Free Press Photo bv ALAN KAMUDA Notre Dame's Jim Stone (left) scores the game-winner from a yard out against the Spartans. Muddy Waters: 'We played over our heads By CHARLIE VINCENT Free Press Sports Writer EAST LANSING Playing with a zest and fire unseen in Spartan Stadium since the near-forgotten glory days of the early 1960s, Michigan State scared the devil out of Notre Dame before finally succumbing Saturday, 26-21. Unlike some of the talented squads that played under Darryl Rogers, the 1980 Michigan State team is short on talent but long on desire. And every time the opportunity came Saturday to throw up their hands in despair, they instead challenged the bigger, stronger, faster Irish, who were two-touchdown favorites. In the end it was Notre Dame's sophomore tailback, Phil Carter, who made the difference, dashing for 254 yards on 40 carries, scoring one touchdown and setting up a pair of field goals and another TD. And the Irish needed every inch. "I'm very, very proud of our kids," said an obviously pleased Muddy Waters after it was all over and the 76,821 fans had filed through the exits. "They played their hearts out. I think we played as good as we can play ... I think we played over our heads, absolutely inspired football.' MOST OF THAT INSPIRATION was" supplied by sophomore quarterback John Leister, who made his first start and breathed life into a Spartan offense that had Notre Dame off balance throughout the hectic fourth quarter. The Spartans jumped to a stunningly quick 9-0 lead in the first half on a 29-yard field goal by Morten Andersen and a one-yard plunge by tailback Steve Smith. The conversion failed when Leister was unable to handle the snap from center. See MSU, Page 9E A Carter resurrects the ghost of a Ronald Reagan legend the Gipper. Page E. top 20 teams Jke qJJ timeSI U-M runs over How the top 20 teams In the Associat ed Press college football poll fared Saturday (records In parentheses): Alabama (4-0-0) beat Kentucky, 45-0. Ohio State (3-1-0) lost to UCLA, 17-0. Nebraska (3-1-0) lost to Florida St., 18-14. Southern Cal (4-0-0) beat Arizona St., 23-21. Texas (4-0-0) beat Rice, 41-28. Pittsburgh (4-0-0) beat Maryland, 38-9. Notre Dame (3-0-0) beat Michigan St., 26-21. Georgia (4-0-0) did not play. Missouri (3-1-0) lost to Penn St., 29-21. 10 North Carolina (4-0-0) beat Georgia Tech, 33-0. 11 UCLA (4-0-0) beat Ohio St.. 17-0. 12 Oklahoma (2-1-0) beat Colorado, 82-42. 13 Miami, Fla. (4-0-0) did not play. 14 Arkansas (3-1-0) beat Texas Christian, 44-7. Stanford (4-1-0) beat San Jose St., 35-21. 18 Florida State (4-1-0) beat Nebraska, 18-14. 17 Psnn State (3-1-0) beat Missouri, 29-21. 18 South Carolina (4-1-0) beat No. Carolina St., 30-10. 19 Florida (3-1-0) lost to Louisiana St., 24-7. 20 Baylor (4-0-0) beat Houston, 24-12. Bears, 38-13 By MICK McCABE Free Press Sports Writer ANN ARBOR As the clock ticked off the final seconds of the University of Michigan's 38-13 victory over California here Saturday, many of the 104,621 fans were heading for the exits. There was no need for any last-second dramatics this time. It was back to the good old days: The U-M ground game rushed for 388 yards while the passing attack netted only 109 yards. "In the fourth quarter," U-M coach Bo Schembechler said with a laugh after the Wolverines had evened their record at 2-2, "I thought I was coaching Michigan again." IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, as the Wolverines lost to Notre Dame and South Carolina on the last play, the men in those maize and blue uniforms just didn't look like Schembechler Wolverines. "We needed to win a game like this," Schembechler said. "But we really didn't blow it open until the fourth quarter. I don't think we passed enough today. But our intention was to play ball control. We felt we could run against their defense and keep our defense off the field." The reason Schembechler wanted his defense on the bench was California's quarterback Rich Campbell, the nation's leading collegiate passer, who completed 22 of 34 passes for 249 yards. In the second half Campbell was good on all 1 5 of his passing attempts. See U-M, Page 7E Free Press Pholo Ov MARY SCHROEDEft was a good day for Michigan's Larry Rkks. Page IE. U-M's Stanley Edwards gets the jump on California for a first-half TD. UCLA delivers a knockout punch to Ohio State, 17-0 M. By JACK SAYLOR Free Press Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio A Columbus area constable tried to slow down Art Schlichter last week, but a smothering UCLA defence did him one better Saturday it brought the Ohio State star to a complete halt. Schlichter was ticketed for driving his 79 Olds 63 miles an hour in a 45-m.p.h. zone. On Saturday, he drove the Buckeye offense abso lutely nowhere. The stifiling UCLA defense left Schlichter bothered, bewildered and bruised as the Bruins, now 4-0, stunned second-ranked Ohio State, 17-0, in a meetin' of the unbeaten before a dismayed gathering of 88,084 fans in the OSU horseshoe. Schlichter directed a stodgy Buckeye game plan for just over three quarters before being knocked groggy on a pass play. Schlichter was merely TKO'd. Ohio State, now 3-1, was knocked out. "We knew our defensive line would have to contain their quarterback," said Bruin coach Terry Donahue, "We had to pressure him every minute of the game. It's the best line play I've seen in my years at UCLA." UPSTAGING SCHLICHTER - and certainly lifting UCLA upward from its No. 10 ranking was Tom Ramsey, a 19-year-old sophomore quarterback. He engineered the methodical UCLA offense on three long drives to put the points on the board. A superlative defense did the rest, limiting Ohio State to 161 yards on the ground and so effectively blanketing Schlichter's receivers that the Heisman Trophy candidate repeatedly had to scamper for cover or eat the ball. See BUCKEYES, Page 7E f 1 ,1 IHMIII"! Ml 4

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