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; snorts I'jejZd Compiled by Bill Collison and the Free Press sports desk Detroit free presssaturday, Auaa 1983 2P Burton, Frazier hit it off in Philly for ths rcccrdRizzo still in front in LPGA people ; Actor Richard Burton took a jab at Joe Frazier and the former heavyweight champ swung back, 1 but the only scratch that showed was one on " Burton's forehead where Elizabeth Taylor hit him with a vase. Burton, appearing in Philadelphia with Taylor in the Noel Coward play, "Private Lives," said on his arrival in town that one of the things he most wanted to do was meet his idol, Frazier. He got his wish Thursday at Frazier's gym in north Philly. ; They hit it off immediately. Frazier gave - Burton a robe and gloves and they threw a few ' playful punches at each other. "I think he's the most powerful fighter that I've ever seen, including all the men he's ever fought," Burton said. The admiration was mutual. ' Frazier said he was "flabbergasted" and pleased , to meet the actor. Burton does some verbal sparring with Taylor" nightly in a scene that culminates in Taylor's breaking a vase over Burton's head. The scar resulted one night when the prop failed to break ; properly. I : Willie Wilson of the Kansas City Royals has , been sued by a Milwaukee woman who says he ; punched her in the face at a hotel after a game, against the Brewers Wednesday. : : Tyronzia Russell, a music student and freelance model, filed the suit against the outfielder Thursday, seeking $10,000 damages. She told the Milwaukee Sentinel she had spent Monday and Tuesday night with Wilson at the hotel and slapped him when he returned to his room early Thursday morning with another woman. "I ' swung at him to slap his face," she said. "It just : grazed him. He hit me with so much power that I was kind of stunned. He told me, 'You don't hit me on my face. Who are you?' " ' Wilson refused to answer reporters' questions, ; in the Royals' locker room after Thursday's game. "I'm just sitting here trying to get my head together," he said. "No questions." Carlos Heazllt loved football, so much so that he willed most of his estate estimated at $60,000 to $100,000 - to the Cadillac High School football team. Heazlit's donation was revealed this week when his will was read in Wexford County Probate Court. The money will set up a trust to finance equipment, uniforms and scholarships for the Vikings, plus an annual trip to a Michigan State game at East Lansing. "Carlos was a very colorful character," attorney Donald Bacon said. "I say that in total respect. It's no secret how much Carlos loved football. And this was, no doubt, one of the most interesting wills that I ever helped draft. But that's the way Carlos was, too. He was interesting." Harry Mangurian says he expects to sell the Boston Celtics within two weeks, but not to the person who had bid for the team earlier. "This is a new name," Mangurian said. "It hasn't been mentioned in any of the stories that I know about. This is a very, very solid person, a man I think will be a good owner for this team. We're very close to making a deal." Boston businessman Steve Belkin backed out of a bid last week after publicity over the gambling connections of one of his former business partners. He had a change of heart after an NBA investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing. Steve Ovett will not be allowed to substitute for the ailing Sebastian Coe in the World Track and Field Championships, which start Sunday in Helsinki, Finland. Coe was to have run the 1,500 meters, but he is hospitalized with a glandular illness. British team officials sought to substitute Ovett, already entered in the 800 meters. But the International Amateur Athletic Federation turned them down, noting that the deadline for entries passed a week ago. 14 ' ' 1 VP '1J f. ........... iCnrrir r , 4 AP Pholo Richard Burton and Joe Frazier go eyeball to eyeball. Both liked what they saw. Q What player got four hits In his first major league game and never played In another? A Third baseman Ray Jansen played his only major league game for the 1910 St. Louis Browns. He got his four hits in five at-bats. They were all singles and didn't drive in any runs. Greg Bach, Swartz Creek loaay s question: now did the term "bullpen" become a part of baseball jargon? Henry Sellgman, Southfield We pay $5 If your question and anwer are published. Send to Side Beta, Sports, Detroit Free Preas, 321 W. Lalayette, Detroit 48231. Include your name, address, telephone number and aource of Information. Phone calls will not be accepted. Lido . BOWLING: Dave Albrecht, of Sandusky, Mich., survived three rounds of head-to-head competition to become the only 1982 quar-terfinalist to gain the round of eight Friday in the Lucky Strikes Again American Dream Classic bowling tournament in Elk Grove Village, III. GOLF: Pattl Rlzzo lost a little of her putting magic and most of her lead, but still managed a two-under-par 70 and a one-shot advantage over Michigan's Sue Ertl after two rounds of the LPGA Boston Five Classic in Danvers, Mass ... Roy Blancalana of Franklin Park, III. became the first Chicago-area player in 35 years to win the medal play portion of the, Western Amateur championship when he scored a two-under-part total of 282 at Point 0' Woods Golf and Country Club at Benton Harbor. Biancalana's two spoits sound off LaFontaine's choice Pat LaFontaine, the No. 1 draft choice of the New York Islanders, has decided to forego the NHL to play for the U.S. Olympic hockey team. Did he make the right decision? No, 25 percent If he breaks his leg, all that money is gone. How would he like It If somebody postponed him? Yes, 75 percent The chance to play In the Olympics is a once-ln-a-llfetlme opportunity. At least he could say, "I did It my way." It shows he has class and character. He probably wouldn't have gotten too much Ice time with the Islanders this season and this will give him more of a chance to develop. (Percentages based on about 150 calls.) Next question: Tuesday rounds of 68 and 72 on Friday enabled him to edge 36-hole leader Dlllard Prultt of Columbia, S.C., by one stroke in the fight for the Cameron Eddy Trophy that goes to the medalist. HOCKEY: Former Red Wing Gary McAdam agreed to a multi-year contract with the New Jersey Devils. He was signed as a free agent without compensation. SOFTBALL: The defending champion Raybestos Brakettes suffered their first loss, 1-0, to Sports Time Express in the Amateur Softball Association women's national fast-pitch championships at Salt Lake City. Raybestos came back in a late loser's bracket game to beat the Hamilton Bears, 7-3. In other action, the Royals of Wyoming, Mich., were eliminated by the Westfield (Mass.) Whips, 10-5, and the Ann Arbor Pacers downed Wikis Inc., 2-0. distant replay Special to the Free Press ST. LOUIS Satchel Paige unwound his ancient right arm to pitch the St. Louis Browns to a 12-inning, 1-0 victory over the tailend Tigers here Wednesday night. It was only his second start of the year, but Paige outlasted Virgil i rucks Aug. 6, 1952 for his eighth victory against six losses. Bob Nieman's sin gle with the bases loaded in the 12th enabled the Browns to win the thriller for Paige. The blow came off Hal White, who had gone to the mound for the Tigers in the 10th ... The Tigers collected only seven hits off Paige,, who has worked in 34 games as a relief pitcher this year. With his usual baffling control, the venerable Negro struck out nine and walked only two. Trucks matched Paige pitch for pitch until he . . . was lifted for a pinch hitter in the 10th ... At the age of 46, Paige had his most productive major league season with a 12-10 record and 10 saves tor the Browns in '52. Compiled by Bernie Czarniecki Hiller finds paradise in small-town lifestyle FELCH (AP) Three years after hanging up his , Tiger uniform for the last time, former relief pitcher John Hiller says he has settled into a ball player's paradise. "I've made more good friends here than I have in the rest of my life," says Hiller, a left-hander who wound up his 13-year career with the Tigers in June 1980 with 1 16 saves and a lifetime ERA of 2.63. "They work hard, they party hard." ' And they love baseball in the Upper Peninsula. " The turnout at Felch Memorial Field on a Sunday afternoon for a late-July doubleheader between the hometown Rangers and the Escanaba Bears was about 200. That's not bad, considering there are only about 150 people in Felch. '. Hiller, 40, who made a dramatic comeback in his major league career after suffering a heart attack, warms up in the bullpen while his oldest daughter, Wendy, 16, heats up a couple of pots of hot dogs in the concession stand. "It's just for fun," says bar owner and team manager Dewey Solberg as he leans on an aging wooden fance and watches Hiller work on his curve-ball. "During the week, it's hard to get everybody together." Hiller found Felch when he accepted an invitation to pitch in the Upper Peninsula Hardball Championship tournament last Labor Day weekend. Despite the town's size, the team manages to come up with the $5,000 needed every year for uniforms, equipment, travel, care of the field and to pay for the platter of steak sandwiches and quarter barrel of beer downed at Solberg's after all home games. THERE IS NO movie theater or bowling alley in Felch, only the ball field and Solberg's. What the team can't raise by charging $1 at the gate, the townspeople donate to maintain their only form of local entertainment. "They had an old tattered flag up there," says Louie Dennocenzo, motioning toward the new flag snapping in the breeze from the freshly painted pole beyond center field. Flags suitable for flying at the ballpark are not easy to come by in Felch, Dennocenzo says. But he remembered that such a flag covered the casket of Russell Dixon, a veteran who died last spring. Dennocenzo called Dixon's widow, explained the problem and came up with a new flag for the ballpark. "He was a baseball fan," Dennocenzo says. "He never missed a game." Hiller, who recently became constable in Felch, says he fell in love with the rugged countryside and the informality of its people. Wedding invitations are hand-written notes tacked up in the general store and in Solberg's. Whatever the occasion, everyone in town is invited. "You don't show a badge around a place like this," the new constable says. "People solve their own problems. You don't go running to the law." The weekly ball games, the parties and dances and tending the livestock on his 12-acre farm fill up Hiller's schedule. The constable's job doesn't keep him busy. His chief duty is to check every liquor license in the township at least once a year. There is only one liquor license and Solberg has it. It has been in the family since the mid-1890s, with the exception of Prohibi-. tion, Solberg says. LIVING IN Felch has helped Hiller adjust to being retired, and he says he would like to share his good fortune with Mark Fidrych, the former Tiger righthander who retired this summer. "The adjustment was hard, but I made the decision (to retire) myself," says Hiller, who wants Fidrych to play in the Felch tournament this Labor Day. "As hard as he's tried to make a comeback . . . it's gotta be hard." ft ' yV:MVV1.w -TV v . , . i 1 f JFL rcportQB wants out of Bear trap AP Photo Former Tiger reliever John Hiller now throws for his local team, the Felch Rangers. "(Retirement's) tough in a lot of ways," Hiller says. "First you lose that big salary, then you lose that recognition." Free Press Staff and Wire Reports CHICAGO: Vlnce Evans, 28, seems to have been forced out of the Bears' quarterback picture by the rise of Jim McMahon, the NFC rookie of the year last season. So, just before the opening of the Bears training camp almost a month ago, Evans asked to be traded. Nothing has happened. "They (the other teams) haven't exactly been beating down the doors trying to make a deal," Evans admitted. "The Bears said they would try to accommodate me but they also said that they didn't intend to give me away." DALLAS: Quarterback Danny White will play two quarters Saturday night against Miami, but coach Tom Landry said he's not sure which two they will be. Former Central Michigan quarterback Gary Hogeboom will play at least one quarter and Glenn Carano would get whatever time remains, Landry said. "It depends a lot on what we do with the rest of the personnel, how we split them up, how they play," the coach said . . . Running back Tony Dorset! was accused of failing to pay three percent commission allegedly owed to an agent for negotiating a contract. A suit filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh said Consolidated Management Enterprises Inc. was not paid for negotiating the former Pittsburgh star and 1976 Heisman Trophy winner's 1980 contract with the Cowboys. HOUSTON: Defensive end Jesse Baker ended an 18-day holdout and signed a series of one-year contracts. The Oilers counted on Baker to start ahead of Elvln Bethea this season. Baker, a second-round draft choice from Jacksonville State in 1979, has led the Oilers in quarterback sacks the past four seasons. He had 9 last season. Bethea started for the Oilers Thursday night when they opened the exhibition season with a 15-0 loss to the Baltimore Colts in the Astrodome. The Oilers sacked Colts quarterbacks twice for 13 yards in losses while Baltimore got to the Oiler quarterbacks eight times for 87 : yards in losses. MINMPfiOTA- Dofonciuo onH rinnn Mar. . tin's practical joke backfired on him when he , missed the team flight to London for Satur- - day's exhibition game against St. Louis. For . days, Martin had pretended to have lost his passport as a ruse on assistant public relations director Kernal Buhler, whose job it mented. But when it came time to take off from Minneapolis Thurday, Martin discovered he really had left his passport at training camp. He had make arrangements for anoth-, er flight, one that arrives in London at 8 a.m. Saturday. He'll have a real case of jet lag for ' the 5:30 p.m. game. SAN DIEGO: A federal judge has granted . running back Gary Anderson's request for a temporary restraining order suspending his USFL contract and clearing the way for a stint with the Chargers. Anderson sued agent -Jerry Argovltz, who advised him to sign with the Tampa Bay Bandits, on grounds Argovitz consDired to deliver him to the Bandits as a condition for the USFL's granting a Houston franchise to Argovitz. A hearing on the suit is ' expected in about 10 days. SEATTLE: Everyone at training camp Is predicting greatness jor rookie running back Curt Warner. "From what I've seen on the practice field, he has all the talent and all the tools," says guard Reggie McKenzle. "I think he's going to be a big-play back. He can get Into the hole, move laterally, then move 100 m.p.h. into another hole. He can do some great things," says running back Dan Door- , nlnk. "I'm a fan of running backs and Curt has that wiggle, that little something that great runners have," says O.J. Simpson. Sutton sets PGA record IPGA, from Page 1D "I flew him into Shreveport (La.) last week and worked with him," Sutton said. "I was blocking it out to the right. That's what happened when I got in the heat at the Anheuser-Busch. I started hitting every- 'thing to the right. ' "He worked with me, and I think I'm hitting it as ;well now as I ever have. We just made some very productive changes in my game." . ; Sutton is making his first start since blowing a six- r stroke lead in the final round of the Anheuser-Busch in Williamsburg, Va. : He referred to that when he was asked about the . security of a three-stroke lead at the halfway point of the PGA. : "Nothing is ever secure in this game. I can tell you ' that. And, believe me, I'm speaking from experience. ; "I can't do anything about anybody else. The only person I can control is me. And that's what I'm going to try to do from here on in." " Sutton, who already has set money-winning records for both first-and second-year players, held a ; one-shot lead at the start of the day's play and quickly "expanded it. He lipped out a 30-foot eagle putt on the first hole, ; tapped in for birdie and chipped in from 40 feet on the second. "I WANTED to play aggressively, make some birdies," he said. "That start, an eagle putt that could have fallen and a chip-in got me off and running." He bogeyed the third, missing the green, but dropped 8- to 10-footers for birdies on the fifth and sixth. Sutton wedged to three feet and made that birdie putt on the eighth. El way has dynamic pro start DENVER - (AP) - Rookie quarterback John Elway completed five of six passes in engineering a touchdown drive on his first professional series,, and the Denver Broncos defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 10-7, Friday night in the NFL pre-season opener for both" teams. i Elway, the passing sensation who was the first player chosen in the NFL draft last spring, electrified a partisan crowd upon entering the game at the start of the second half. After a Denver holding penalty, Elway completed three straight short passes, then hit Steve Watson on a 38-yarder and rifled a 16-yarder to Rick Upchurch, setting up Sammy Winder's two-yard scoring run with 8:38 left in the third quarter. It proved to be the clinching score. Seattle threatened on three subsequent occasions, but was stymied by a missed field goal and crucial quarterback sacks. Denver took a 3-0 lead in the opening quarter on Rich Karlis' 48-yard field goal, but the Seahawks rallied to take a 7-3 lead at the half. Kerry Justin's interception set up a four-yard TD run by rookie Curt Warner. THE STRONG, SILENT TYPE HONDA GENERATORS oft W"lj HONDA CITY 26355 MICHIGAN AVE. (One Mile West Of Telegraph) 563-3366 Rodriguez retains European title NIMES, France (UPI) Lucien Rodriguez of France easily re-tained his European heavyweight boxing title Friday when challenger Albert Syben of Belgium retired at the beginning of the eighth round of their scheduled 12-round bout. It was Rodriguez's sixth successful defense since winning the title in November, 1981. FENCING I tmiM i CHAIN LINK BASEBALL WEEKEND ; SOSSlga. TIGERS VS. I We rent you the tools. I BLUEJAYS jVou Install II yourself. SEPT. 2-4 IN TORONTO l Galvanized Posts Gates I; FIELD LEVEL SEATS WITH $5.40 & $6.40 $20.00 CAN-AM TOUR. 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