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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 17, 1978, Darmstadt, HessePage 20 the stars and stripes sunday september 17, 1978 Howe ready for 31st year in pro hockey Vernon Conn. A hockey great Gordie Howe 50 years old and going into his 31st year As an Active player will be Back for another sea son with the new England whalers. Howe will report this sunday and begin workouts next week As the whalers begin their seventh season of world hockey association play said Jack Kelley director of hockey operations for the whalers. Kelley said Howe proved last year he s still one of the Best and said the whalers Are looking for another successful season from him. Howe is the All time leading scorer in hockey. He needs just one goal this season to give him a career total of 2,500 goals. Title fight by rounds How they stand american league East w new York Boston Milwaukee Baltimore Detroit Cleveland Toronto Kansas City California Texas Oakland Minnesota Chicago Seattle West l 89 57 87 60 85 63 82 65 79 67 64 82 57 90 w l 82 64 79 70 73 73 67 82 65 81 64 83 54 90 pet. Go .610 .592 2va .574 .558 .541 .438 .388 5 7 /2 10 25 32 /3 pet. Go .562 .530 .500 .450 .445 .435 .375 9 16 /2 17 27 Friday s results Oakland 1-0, Texas 0-5 Detroit 1, Cleveland 0 Baltimore 8, Toronto 3 new York 4, Boston 0 Minnesota 10, Milwaukee 3 Kansas City 3, California chicago8, Seattle 3,10 innings National league Philadelphia Pittsburgh Chicago Montreal St. Louis new York los Angeles Cincinnati san Francisco san Diego Houston Atlanta East w 81 78 73 70 63 61 West w 90 81 81 76 68 65 l 66 69 74 79 86 87 l 58 66 67 73 78 83 pet. .551 .531 .497 .470 .423 .412 pet. .608 .551 .547 .510 .466 .439 go 3 8 12 19 20 a go 8 a 9 14 /2 21 25 Friday s results St. Louis6, Chicago 2,12 innings new York 5, Philadelphia 4,10 innings Pittsburgh 6, Montreal 1 Houston 8. San Diego 4 los Angeles 5, Atlanta 0 Cincinnati 6, san Francisco 1 International league playoffs championship series Best of seven Friday s result pawtucket4, Richmond 2 series tied. 3-3 new Orleans up the round by round description of the heavyweight title fight round one Spinks was Short with a left a. Ali circled the Champion looking for an opening. Spinks dug a right into All s mid Section after which Ali landed a right to the Side of Spinks body. Ali caught Spinks with a chopping right to the jaw but the Champion did not Back up. A Short left to Spinks jaw made him wince. The fighters wrestled along the ropes and were broken up by the referee. A left to Ali s jaw made the challenger backpedal. Another Short right by Spinks drove Ali into the ropes where the referee had to break the two men. Ali caught Spinks with a stinging left to the head. Ali missed with a Long left at the Bell. All s round. Round two Spinks dug three straight rights into Ali s ribs then a neutered him into the ropes. The Champion was the aggressor duplicating the Early pattern of his first fight. Spinks clipped Ali with a left to the Temple As the referee was breaking both men. Spinks missed with a Long left and took a right to the head from Ali. Ali kept sticking his left in Spinks face although the Champ continued to press the attack. Ali scored with a pair of lefts to the Side of Spinks face which he followed with a right to the upper part of Spinks body. Ali caught Spinks with a right left Combina Tion which did t seem to do much damage but a follow up left to the jaw made Spinks blink. Ali s looking for an opening Spinks finally found one and drove a straight left to Ali s jaw. Ali missed with a Short left Hook and took a right to the jaw that backed him up against the ropes. Spinks took a hard right to the Side of the face but continued to stalk the challenger. Spinks caught Ali along the ropes and drove a left to his jaw and a right to his head. A right to the Side of All s face made him Back pedal and tie up Spinks. Ali held off Spinks with a left Lead and when the two men went into a Clinch the referee had to break them again. A left right combination by Ali tilted spinks1 head Back a t the Bell. All s four Spinks smiled at Ali from across his Corner just before the Bell sounded to Start the round. Ali flicked a left to Spinks head then tied him up and backed off. Spink worked on Ali s midsection without any tremendous effect near the ropes. Ali stunned Spinks with a chopping left to the jaw serving Only to make the Champion come after him with both hands and push him toward the ropes. A Short right to the face by Ali did not keep Spinks from Chas ing after him. Spinks put three Short lefts to Ali s face. Both men looked for an opening that never materialized As the Bell ended the round. Ali s five Mike Spinks working his brother s Comer yelled at All you can t keep doing that All night As the round began. Ali taunted Spinks with two Light lefts in his face. Spinks warded off two More lefts by All with his right hand. Ali was still up on his toes but had to Back up when Spinks came after him with a two handed attack. Al caught Spinks with a Sharp right to me face but Spinks returned a Short left Hook to his jaw. Neither Man had a Mark on him. A straight right to the head followed by a left to the Mouth stopped Spinks in his tracks but when All attempted to capitalize on the advantage he missed with a left and an other right. Referee Lucien Joubert took the round away from Ali for holding Spinks. Spinks six a Sharp left to the Side of Ali s jaw made him grit his Teeth. Ali dug a Short right to the Champion s jaw. Spinks backed Ali into a Corner with a pair of lefts and a right but Ali fought Back and drove the Champion away. Spinks backed Ali into another Corner but was unable to inflict any damage. Ali seemed pinned against the ropes but slipped away gracefully then stung Spinks with a Short left to the jaw in mid ring. Ali circled Spinks and scored repeatedly with lefts to his head. Spinks drove Ali into the ropes but the challenger tied him up and the referee broke the two fighters. Ali s seven Ali was t clowning at All As he came out for the seventh. Nor had he used any of those tactics in any of the previous rounds. All business he put together a right left Combina Tion to Spinks jaw which sprayed some of the perspiration from the Champion s face. Spinks vainly sought an opening but Ali kept him at Bay with his left hand. The challenger missed with a Short right but connected with three straight lefts to Spinks head followed by a right Cross. Spinks stayed on top of Ali looking for openings which Seldom materialized. He did catch Ali with a Short right to the face and for the first time in the fight the challenger did a Little Jig moving to the Corner As the Bell sounded. Ali s round. Round eight obviously realizing he was behind on rounds Spinks swarmed All Over Ali but was Able to inflict Little damage As the challenger covered up. A left Hook by All made Spinks lower his head. A right Cross caused Spinks eyes to blink. Spinks then ripped a right Hook to Ali s jaw As the challenger moved away. Ali kept dancing on the balls of his feet although he disdained from using any of his famous rope a dope tactics of the past. A dug a straight left into Spinks face and the Champion tried to counter but was Short. A left Hook by Ali spun Spinks sideways. All raised both hands to the crowd As he walked to his Corner at the Bell. Ali s round. Round nine Spinks had a big Grin on his face As he came out of his continued on Page 21 major league top ten base Don 400at-bats american league g a r h Carew Minnesota 138 512 74 172 Rice Boston 147 606 109 194 Oliver Texas 119468 Piniella new York 115 414 Yount Milwaukee 4 445 Roberts Seattle 119 417 Munson new York 137 550 64 163 ool Ivle Milwaukee 116 422 64 125 Bostock California 141 546 " " 56 148 62 131 59 136 69 126 73 161 Leflore Detroit 1 613 118 180 Singleton Baltimore 135 456 60 134 pet. .336 .320 .316 .316 .306 .302 .296 .296 .295 .294 .294 Otiska Nsasi City 127 436 65 128 .294 Home runs Rice Boston 40 Baylor California 32 Hisle and Thomas milwaukee31 Thornton Cleveland 30. Runs batted in Rice Boston 125 staub Detroit 109 Hisle. Milwaukee 106 Thornton Cleveland 96 Carty oakland92.pitching 13 decisions Guidry new York 22-2 Caldwell Milwaukee 19-9 Palmer Baltimore 19-12 Figueroa new York 17-9 Tanana California and Sorensen Milwaukee 17-10 Splittorff Kansas City 17-12 Flanagan Baltimore 17-13 Leonard Kansas City 17-17. National league a r h pet. Parker Pittsburgh 134 528 87 167 .316 Burroughs Atlanta 140 449 Madlock san Francisco 112 418 Cruz Houston 141 525 Garvey los Angeles 148 589 Winfield san Francisco 145 538 Clark san Francisco 142 539 Cromartie Montreal 146 561 Smith los Angeles ,123 434 Rose Cincinnati 145 602 Bowa Philadelphia 142 592 Richards san Diego 141 508 69 141 75 131 73 162 83 181 80 164 83 164 72 170 81 130 94 180 73 177 82 152 .314 .313 .309 .307 .305 .304 .303 .300 .299 .299 .299 Home runs Foster Cincinnati 32 Luzinski Philadelphia 30 Smith los Angeles 29 Kingman Chicago and Parker Pittsburgh 26. Runs batted in Foster Cincinnati 105 Garvey los Angeles 104 Parker Pittsburgh 100 Clark san Francisco 94 Winfield san Diego 93. Pitching 13 decisions Perry san Diego 18-6 Hooton los Angeles 18-8 Grimsley Montreal 18-9 Niekro Atlanta 18-15 Richard Houston 17-11. International league playoffs championship series Best of seven Friday s result pawtucket4, Richmond 2 series tied 3-3 thank god it s over1 with his wife Veronica listening Muhammad All gestures As he talks to the press after his Victory Friday night Over Leon Spinks at the super dome in new Orleans. Thank god it s Over All said after becoming the first Man to capture the world heavyweight championship a third time. A photo unanimous win gives a title for third time continued from Page 17 session of tiny amounts of cocaine and marijuana. He claimed the drugs were planted on him by someone and a grand jury refused to indict Spinks fell abruptly from the Moun Tain Ali seems to have risen defiantly. He defied time and logic. He should not have been Able to beat a powerful fighter 11 years younger than he but Ali could upstage himself. For those who thought he peaked when he won Back the title the first time against George Foreman four years ago in Zaire or when he stopped Joe Frazier in Manila three years ago or when he survived Earnie shavers last year for All those doubters he showed he had the courage and will to win one of the most recognized names faces and voices on Earth Ali s greatest Victory was Felt in every Corner of the Globe. It was because of him alone that the promoters top rank inc., were Able to sell the television and radio rights to some 80 countries for an International audience approaching two billion people. In the United states an estimated 100 million people watched the fight on the american broadcasting company s 3v2 hour television broadcast or listened on radio. Abc paid $5.3 million for the . Rights and charged $400,000 a minute for commercials during the main event. Though final figures were not yet in the anticipated $6 million Gate More than Dou bled the 51-year-old $2,658,660 record set at the Gene Tunney Jack Dempsey fight in Chicago on sept. 22,1927. No other athlete in the world has commanded the Money and attention of Ali who has drawn purses totalling nearly $50 million during his career. He is unique and he May soon be gone from the boxing world forever. If this was truly his last Waltz he s going out in style. Spinks says his mind was t in the fight continued from Page 17 entry from his february fight when he took the title from Ali Spinks grew testy. That s for me to know and for you to find out he next question got him madder still. Did it look like i lost my Cool he screamed when a reporter asked him about the late rounds of the fight. Did it did it did it no it did to i did not fight the Way i was trained. I tried to feel it but it just was t Solomon Spinks Trainer said he could not Tell what was wrong with his Don t know what was in his mind said Solomon. Spinks said Solomon did All he could for was just trying to get me to do what i was supposed to do. It was my fault and that s he said that if Ali carries out his plan to retire without fighting again he would con Sider himself a candidate for a tournament to fill the vacant world boxing association heavyweight championship seat. I consider i m just As Good As anybody in Contention he said. I went 15 rounds to win it and i went 15 rounds to lose Spinks would not elaborate on what might have caused him to lose his concentration saying Only that the problems came from outside the ring maybe the things that happen to a heavyweight Champion Hurt me he said. There Are a lot of problems and maybe 1 did t know How to Deal with Spinks loss in the nationally televised fight was the end of a bad Day for his family. Earlier in St. Louis a warrant was is sued for the arrest of his younger brother Ken who failed to show up for sentencing on a charge of assault with intent to kill. Maybe i had a lot of things on my mind Leon said. I just Don t

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