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Ccsd gsd fsi Tcrsnta Tcdsy's tsbvisisn hlghiishts: Sunday, Feb. 3, ISC3 Relief pitcher Gary Lavelle should be a CBS 1 p.m. Basketball: Arkansas at G'town HORSE RACING 5 r: valuable acquisition for the Blue Jays. See ABC 2:30 p.m. Boxing: U.S. vs. Ireland COLLEGE HOOPS 6 j) Peter Gammons' column, Page 3D. CBS 3 p.m. Golf: Bing Crosby Pro-Am OUTDOORS 11 J j - Sports Phone, 1-976-1313 ABC 4 p.m. Wide World Of SpOrtS Call with .port, newt: 222-6660 LL ) ' ' . I ' 0 if rO i i LJ DETROIT FREE PRESS I LDI jl Borjnoy Hey, Wings, Nordiques, i s not gei emouonai Well, another one bites the frost. This time it was the Quebec Nordiques and the Slash-me brothers, Peter and Anton, who fell before those new Jefferson Avenue Bullies, the Red Wings. The other brother, Marian Stastny, sat this one out, which made him one of the few hockey players in North America not to get into a fight. It is not to say that Saturday's game at the aptly named Joe Louis Arena was rough, exactly. Not many punches were landed, at least compared to the boxing and wrestling cards held downtown the previous two nights. Not many noses were bloodied. Not even many suspenders were snapped. It's just that the only person who played Saturday without receiving a game misconduct was the organist. The Red Wings won the game, 6-3, and were allowed to leave the building on their own recognizance. The "three stars of the game" awards went to the team doctor, the team trainer and the Zamboni driver who cleaned up the mess. Lose, yes, but to these guys? A thought occurred to some people, particularly some of the French-Canadians in the press box, that the arguments that broke out in Saturday's matinee were the direct result of the Nordiques' being so ashamed of losing to Detroit. Were that the case, the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals also suffered some injured feelings recently because they, too, were beaten by the new, Improved Wings. Yes, the same Wings who had gone winless in their 12 previous games. Nick Polano, the coach, said the Wings were "playing with some emotion," an understatement if ever there was one. The San Francisco 49ers didn't play with such emotion. Claude Loiselle, the newcomer who scored a couple of goals, said word had gotten around before the game that the Wings should remember some of the stunts the Nordiques pulled the last time the two teams played. "I heard a little about it, that we owed them something," Loiselle said. "I wasn't here the last time we played, but I guess things got a little rough." , 1 ll. - A i Keea Larson, me vei-Ki i I eran who has been Nick Polano around long enough to be -the highest-scoring U.S.-born player in NHL histo ry, said, "It was getting real chippy out there, and the referee can't see everything. Sometimes the players have to step in and take care of things themselves." V Especially when one of the smaller guys on the ice gets whacked in the face. It happened to Kelly Kisio, who probably should have been minding his own business in the penalty box instead of jumping out of it and picking on somebody his own size. Kisio was angry about something that happened to him, so he took a swing at the guilty Nordique. That person was Dale Hunter, who at 5-9 could look Kisio eyeball to eyeball. " Hunter struck back, and the game was never the same. There were 19 penalties called in the third period alone, for everything but armed robbery and third-degree murder. High-sticking, fighting, roughing, tripping, slashing, biting, scratching, whimpering, killing squirrels out of season, you name It. Both goalies got two minutes for leaving the crease during fights. What were they supposed to do take out emery boards and do their nails? Look out, Leon Spinks Polano put the blame where he felt it belonged on Hunter and on the assault on Kisio. - "Everything started because of the Kisio-Hunt- er incident," Polano said. "They were after Kelly Kisio. And when Kisio came out of the penalty box, that started the whole thing. I think it was Wilf Paiement at first, and I also noticed Peter Stastny and Hunter both trying to get at him. : Trying to get at Kelly Kisio, who is not noted as one of the tougher guys in the league. "But, you know, Mr. Hunter has done a lot of these things to a lot of people around the league since he's been in the league, and the first time somebody cuts him, it's a cardinal sin." ' - At one point late in the game, when both benches, as they say, emptied, Hunter came charging out of nowhere and had to be restrained by friends in civilian clothes from his own bench. The fight itself, meanwhile, escalated to the point that at least one of the 1 7,204 fans on hand tried to take part in it and was ushered out of the arena. He, too, Wis charged with a game misconduct. 2'They shouldn't have gotten so excited," Solano said of the Nordiques. "When a little guy like Kelly Kisio hits 'em back, it should have been Bverlooked." - The eood news, at least, is that Kisio has been Signed to fight lion Spinks at Joe Louis earlynext month. Wings brash Quebec, 63 By JOHN CASTINE Free Press Sports Writer The Red Wings finally got someone else's goat Saturday afternoon. The Quebec Nordiques spent a frustrating three hours at Joe Louis Arena, getting tagged with a 6-3 loss. In the end, they took it out on Kelly Kisio, frustrated himself when he high-sticked Dale Hunter at 4:46 into the third period. Kisio cut Hunter's lip and got a five-minute major penalty and two more for roughing. When he returned to the ice, he knew what was coming. "I figured they'd be after me," Kisio said. "(Wilf) Paiement came straight at me as soon as I got out of the pen alty box." THAT WAS at 11:47, and both benches cleared. With the score 5-2, the Wings were grateful the Nordiques forgot the game. "We definitely needed this game," Kisio said. "Toronto tied (at Washington) last night. So we've got to get going." Coach Nick Polano hoped the emotion his players showed Saturday continues today at New Jersey. And he said he did not think the fighting was the catalyst. "Winning creates emotion," Polano said. "We had a lead, played hard and could smell two points. Now all I want is for us to put two back-to-back.". . Claude Loiselle scored twice, and solo goals from Ron Duguay, Bob Manno, Dwight Foster and John Barrett provided the offense. ED MIO GOT a surprise start and provided some good goaltending. Mio was told 30 minutes before the game that Corrado Micalef couldn't play because of the flu, although he had to be dressed and ready to play if something happened to Mio. . ,.; "We would have had a real problem if Eddie got hurt;" Polano said. "That's why we asked everyone to play extra tight and protect him. Corrado was dressed in the room, but under heavy medication. It would've been a disaster if we had to use him." " See RED WINGS, Page 7D 'i&rt- W " 7 vi Mi I. if my J ' 7 v f Whiskery Wings not a total hit J ISA Free Press Photo by MARY SCHROEDER Center Claude Loiselle leads the Red Wings' charge toward Quebec territory in the first period. By BERNIE CZARNIECKI Free Press Special Writer The Red Wings won by more than a whisker Saturday afternoon in the 6-3 triumph over Quebec, but a few of their family members wo"u1d like to see some closer shaves. Literally, that is; The Wings recently stowed away their razors in hopes of developing a little team unity by not shaving until they've won four straight games. Ivan Boldirev and Danny Gare started it; Brad Park calls his new facial hair his "playoff beard.!f. The hairy subject was light-heartedly confronted with mixed reactions Saturday at Joe Louis Arena as the Wings made it one down, three to go. ; ; ; , Defenseman Greg Smith's wife, Lori, is one who wouldn't miss her husband's facial growth. "My (four-year-old) daughter Aleah doesn't Jike it and I'm behind her, " Lori Smith said, laughing. "She is always tugging at it and says, 'Shave it off, Daddy,' all the time. And I second; that motion." When asked if team unity were winning out, over marital unity, Lori Smith laughed again and, said, "Well, it's 20 of them against one of me, so I'll have to sacrifice for a while." Kelly Kisio's wife, Linda, agrees with Lori Smith. "The kids don't like it," Linda Kisio said. "(Two-year-old son) Brent looks at him and tries to figure out what it is. But it's OK as long as you don't kiss him. "At first, I didn't like it, but I got used to it." Is Linda Kisio looking forward to that fourth-straight Wings win? "Definitely!" ; On the other hand, defenseman Reed Larson's wife, Kathy, thinks the fad is great. "1 love it," she said. "As long as it comes in nice and it looks' good, fine. And it looks nice on him." . Susan Ladouceur agrees, saying her husband; Randy, "looks rugged I really like it." - Kathy Larson did suggest that the players should start their beards before the season, rather than in the middle. "They have pictures taken of them at the beginning of the season with nothing on their faces," she said. "Then, we start answering fan mail and the pictures being handed out don't look like you. And then the kids start getting mixed up on who you are. - "If they want to practice (growing beards), they should do it in the off-season." , ; Michigan churns out 7th straight By JACK SAYLOR Free Press Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. - Michigan visit- ' ed the heart of America's Dairyland Saturday, but it was Wisconsin that got creamed. The Wolverines!, the hottest road show since Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour packed it in, took their third straight road victory since a triple-overtime loss at Illinois. U-M has won three straight on the road, seven overall. It's the kind of stuff Big Ten champions are made of and that's exactly what the Wolverines looked like in whipping Wisconsin, 94-81, before 7,106 at UW-Fieldhouse. The victory hiked Michigan's conference record to 7-2, good for at least a share of the Big Ten lead, pending Iowa's game at Ohio State Saturday night. (Iowa is 6-2 in the league.) And the Wolverines' 16-3 record will have their stock soaring even higher in the national ratings. 1 . MICHIGAN'S modus operandi has become routine. Roy Tarpley and Antoine Joubert handle the scoring, the powerful front line provides the rebounding and inside intimidation, and , . Mil y J 1 1 ir i1'.,. Iff V;- ' , i I A defeated man Free Press Pnote by uf u T;.:. ty t:.r.;j rcr.::-c's C::i HomIs has etrppid ir.to ts rin-. Tw:ry-r.'3 t!.r.-j ft ttt lest 10 t'fies by kncckt:.t. Tn like fttrrr-j-out lii.W.a." t.i says. "Coxing's no sport; it's a husila." Ss Ft; K3. Fehr deal New baseball union boss is living up to his name 1 By GARY SANTANIELLO ; Free Press Sports Writer NEW YORK It's one of those deliciously appropri-; ate names on the mostly monotonous sporting scene, ai definition as much as an identification. In football, the standard is Bart Starr. In hockey, what can be more fitting than Lindy Ruff? And how can you overlook the Tigers' team physician, Dr. Clarence-v Livingood? This name is Fehr Don Fehr. As in fair play. AnJ elusive goal, granted, but something Fehr neverthelessj finds worth pursuing. Fehr is executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, the union to which every-? one from Ryne Sandberg to Jim Sundberg belongs. Wsj most urgent concern is negotiating a new basic agree? ment (the old one expired Dec. 31), which will ensure that the thwack of horsehide meeting ash and the whoomph of it snuggling into leather continues uninter rupted throughout the summer. Since recent history reminds us that negotiation between ball clubs and ball players haven't exactly resembled doves cooing at each other, Fehr's task is" formidable. Not only must he deal with the Player-Relations Committee, the negotiating arm of a mosC unlikely confederation of businessmen who arelthe! major league owners, but he must execute the wishes of" the far more diverse collection of 650 major league' players. ,. "It's a little different going from a litigator to aa administrator," Fehr said. "I was a lawyer before, and now, in effect, I'm a client." k . !. !f; See BASEBALL, Page 7D See WOLVERINES, Page 6D

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