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Las Vegas Sun (Newspaper) - May 17, 1976, Las Vegas, Nevada
Connors still rules Caesars Roost by George Jett Sun sports writer Jimmy Connors has never been Given the keys to the City of Las vegas but he does no to need them. He has a lock on the town already. Connors the no. 1 seed in the Alan King Caesars Palace Tennis classic made it official sunday by methodically whipping Ken Rosewall 6-1, 6-3. To pocket the 630.000 first place Check the Victory brought his total of Cash won at Caesars Palace to 6680.000. The bulk of it coming from four previous Challenge matches. In truth the King Caesars classic was a Challenge match stretched out Over the course of the week. Thirty one Tennis professionals took part in the tournament for the right to win the 615.000 second prize. First place was generally conceded to Connors and sunday he showed the doubters Why. Connors took the first set by breaking Rosewall s service three times including the first and last games of the set Rosewall did t take the Lead in a game until the third when he won the third Point to go up 30-15. He eventually won that game the Only Victory he had in the first set. Rosewall at 41 the oldest Man on the Tennis circuit today created a stir when he broke Connors serve in the first game of the second set. He held his service in the second game after being extended to Deuce twice to Lead 2-0, but Connors proceeded to win six of the next seven games for the match and the title. Trailing 3-2, Connors broke Rosewall in the sixth game when the australian legend put a backhand into the net. And Connors then went on to take the next three games breaking Rosewall again in the eighth on a forehand shot that travelled Cross court and landed in the Comer. Rosewall took the final game into Deuce but Connors placed a Beautiful serve to his forehand which Rosewall could t return and the fifth annual Tennis classic was history. Quot i played real Well today Connors said following the Post match ceremonies Quot i did no to struggle with my service and everything seemed to work pretty Well but today was the first time All week the heat has bothered the temperature at court Side was 97 degrees and Rosewall noticed it As Well a you could feel the heat coming up through your he said a but i was t bothered by it that much. In fact i Felt quite All right before the Las vegas Sun 21 monday May 17,1178 Rosewall had been taken to three sets saturday in his Semi final match with Brian Gottfried and his comment dispelled any thoughts that he might have been worn out by that Marathon. Connors had nothing but Praise for Rosewall. A i enjoy playing him he explained following the Victory. A the was playing in Wimbledon the same year i was born and it s a thrill for me to get on the same court with him. Quot i respect him so much that it would be easy to let up and think he a 41 years but then you see what he does to someone like Gottfried and you realize you re going to have to play Well to beat Quot i Felt i could have come close to Rosewall told reporters a but 1 would have had to play better than reasonably the score while not misleading still did not Tell the whole Story of the match the two men played several Long rallies including one in the first set that saw Connors return three overhead slams and finally who the Point on a pretty backhand drop shot that Rosewall could t reach Connors played Well throughout the entire week never losing a set during tournament play and being taken to a 12-Point tiebreaker just once that coming in his first set with Cliff Richey in their second round match. Re attributed his Success to Good preparation. A i came into town three Days before the tournament a he said a to get used to the Altitude and the heat. I was probably better prepared for this tournament than anyone his preparation paid off As Connors lost just 27 games during the week. With the exception of Richey who took him to 7-6 in their first set. No one won Over three games against him in any set. Rosewall s bracket was no walk through the roses. He beat Bob Hewitt. Jeff Borowiak. No. 4 seed Adriano Zanatta and former Caesars Champ Gottfried to get to the finals losing just 30 games Over the course of the week in the doubles final no. 2 seed Arthur Ashe who was upset in the quarterfinals by Gottfried teamed with Charlie Pasarell to defeat the no 1 seeded doubles team of Stan Smith and Bob Lutz 6-4. 6-3 and. In a fitting Climax for the Alan King Caesars Palace Tennis classic. King teamed with John Newcombe to defeat Rafer Johnson and Sven Davidson in the pro celebrity tournament. A great chinese fool sub til 3 in the to Mutt warriors shocked by suns Oakland up it the Phoenix suns led by old pros Paul Westphal and Garfield heard along with Rookie of the year Alvan Adams scored the biggest upset of the Aba playoffs sunday by whipping the defending Champion Golden state warriors 94-86 to win the Western conference title. Westphal who came to Phoenix in a Trade with Boston and heard picked up in another Trade with Buffalo led the suns with 21 Points each while Adams scored 18 and had 20 rebounds. The Victory gave Phoenix the conference title 4-3 and advanced the suns into the championship round against Boston or Cleveland. The celtics Lead their Eastern conference final series 3-2. It was a stunning upset for the suns a team whose starters include three players from other clubs plus two rookies and they deserved it. They never got out of their playing patterns while the Champion warriors lost the Ball time and again in the final period under their own boards on missed passes. The suns started the final Quarter Only two Points ahead at 67-65, after trailing Midway through the second period by As Many As 10 Points. But in the final Quarter they took advantage of Warrior breakdowns with Adams. Westphal and heard scoring key baskets for a 12-Point Lead with three minutes to play. The suns shot close to 50 per cent in the second half while the warriors made Good on Only 38.6 per cent. In the first half the two clubs were close with Golden state holding an Edge of less than one per cent with 41.3. Golden state with Rick Barry and Charles Johnson doing most of the scoring raced off to a 26-22 Lead in the opening Quarter but Johnson ran into foul trouble in the second Quarter and did not score a Point while the suns playing coolly and making the most of their opportunities finished the half trailing by Only six. Johnson played sporadically while heard and Westphal got hot to boost the suns in front. The warriors went ahead by a Point 69-68, Early in the final period but then started missing shots. Pee Osbin my heard �4-11 21. Parry 5 -312. Adam 7 4-4 11, sober 4 0-0 12, Weil Phal 3-4 21, Van Arkdale i 0 0 2, Erickson 3 1-2 7 Lumpkin 0 0-0 0, Alray 0 1-2 1 totals 37 20-21 04 i gotta mate in Barry 14-4 20, Wilkes 7 1-2 15, pay 0 2-2 2, c Johnson 4 2-2 1a Smith a 2-7 ii outlay 3 3-4 a g Johnson 2 0-0 4 Kickay 2 0-0 4 total 31 11-31 a pm Poenix Sun a 2122 17 21-14 a total Louis Pohani 25. Golden Stata 27 fouled out Perry a 13.047 Sun Foto by Don Abern King Connors Jimmy Connors is King of All he surveys a at least at classic. Connors smashed Ken Rosewall 6-1, 6-3 sunday Caesars Palace after winning the Alan King Tennis afternoon to win the $150,000 tournament Montreal takes cup sweeps Philadelphia up late behind Peter and when he gave it to me i shot right said Lafleur. A when the Light went on. I could t believe it but i was very Ken dry Den. Who was in the Montreal goal during the entire playoffs called winning the Stanley cup Quot by far. The most satisfactory kind of feeling. No matter what your individual achievements. There is no Way you can look Back and be totally satisfied if you Don t win the Stanley despite the crushing defeat in the finals. Philadelphia s Reggie Leach still managed to set a single season National hockey league record by scoring his 80th goal with the game Only 41 seconds old. Leach had 61 goals during the regular season and 19. A record in the playoffs and was voted the playoff map. Phil Esposito held the record of 79 when he was with Boston. With the score tied at 3-3, Lafleur. The league s leading Point maker. Took a pass from Mahovlich in the left face off Circle and deftly deed goaltender Wayne Stephenson from about 20 feet. It was Only Lafleur s second goal of the finals and he immediately was mobbed by his teammates who cleared the Bench to come out. Philadelphia de Texas ficut colonial country club course. Morley 29. Was paired with Trevino for the final round and he caught and passed Trevino on the Back nine. But Morely could not produce the spectacular shot that could have put it away and settled for a round of 69 and a six under 274. The turning Point came at the Par-3 16th. Where Trevino a tee shot started toward the right Side of the Green and two imposing bunkers. But the Ball bounced off a slope alongside the traps kicked straight left and finished Only 12 feet from the pin. Trevino then ran in the putt for a two to break a deadlock continued on Page 22 Senseman Joe Watson fell Down on the play in front of Stephenson Lafleur and Mahovlich then combined on the Crusher with Mahovlich taking a pass from Lafleur and then sending Home a 15-foot backhand Stephenson was pulled from the goal with 40 seconds remaining in a desperation flyers bid to get Back in the game but Philadelphia was unable to beat Ken Dryden. Indicative of the style of both teams to take advantage of Breaks five of the goals were scored on Power plays. Following Leach s opening minute goal. Steve Shutt and Pierre Bouchard scored on Power goals for the canadians with Bill Barber retaliating for Philadelphia on another Power play in the closing minutes of the period the score remained deadlocked at 3-3 after two periods As Moose Dupont of the flyers and Captain Yvan Cornover for the canadians exchanged Power play goals but the momentum so important in a championship shifted to the canadians As Cournoyer scored his goal on a rebound with Only 11 seconds remaining in the period. Montreal had numerous scoring advantages in the third period with Steve Shutt twice being foiled on 2-on-l Breaks Philadelphia s Good Luck Charm. Kate Smith made a personal appearance to sing god bless America but even this did t help and she suffered the first defeat of her career. Score by per ods i to Artal 2 12�?4 Philadelphia 2 11�? Fiji period a Philadelphia Latch 1 Ibn Eghian 0 41, 2 Montreal Shutt 7 Cournoyer Mahovlich 5 35. 3 Montreal Bouchard 2 r Leo rough ii 41, 4. Philadelphia. Barder 6 by Adon. Dupont to 20 pen Iti a Savard 24 Shutt double minor 24, Szlatki 3 44, Harper 4 54 Laporte 17 32 second periods. Philadelphia Dupont 2 Barbar Clarke 13 54, 6 Montreal. Cournoyer 3 Robinion. Lat eur 14 44 penalties Gamey 21. Clark 21, a Pointe 12 43 Lemaire 17 20. Dorn healer 17 s3 third Penod-7 Montreal Lafleur 7 Mahovlich. Shutt 4 18 i Montreal. Mahovlich 4 Laflaur. Shutt is it penalties Goodenough 4 03. Gamey ii 24 shots on goal by t Montreal 11 7 1-24 Philadelphia 7 414-14 goaltenders Montreal Dryden Philadelphia. Stephenson a 7 077 Trevino finally succeeds in fort Worth. Tex. Up Lee Trevino is Back but for awhile even a super mex himself wondered if he would Ever make the return trip. It had been More than 14 months since Trevino 36, who gave Golf a much needed injection of enthusiasm in the late 1960s, had won a tournament. But he took care of that sunday and at the same time removed that old Bugaboo of having never won on his native soil. Although he threatened to choke under the pressure Trevino took advantage of a Lucky Bounce on the 16th Hole and made the resulting Birdie putt to fight off the head to head Challenge of Mike Morley and win the colonial National invitation. Certainly its always in your mind that you might not win again Quot Trevino said. A that s Why there was so much pressure on me today. A but this is going to help me the rest of the year particularly in the major championships and in a really looking Forward to the . Trevino said he was already mentally prepared to fade from the list of Golf a major players. A i have changed my attitude in the past few years Quot he said. A a in be won five major titles and i have won outside of a this country. I know the wheels have got to run off sooner or later. And when they do. I m not going to fight it Quot he said. Trevino wanting desperately to break a personal drought almost threw the tournament away with a series of unprofessional shots. But when it came Down to the two Way Battle with Morley. Trevino called upon his old hustlers experience combined with a Little Good Fortune a to finally was up a on stroke decision. Trevino fighting swirling winds which sent one challenger after another falling off the Pace shot a three Over Par 73 sunday for a 72-Hole total of seven under 273 Over the always Dif Sun Foto by Don Abern kens no. 2 Ken Rosewall the a grand old Man Quot of Tennis gave it his Best shot sunday but could t quite match up to Jimmy Connors falling in the finals of the Alan King Caesars Palace Tennis classic 6-1, 6-3. Philadelphia up perhaps it was Only fitting that when the Stanley cup returned to Montreal for a record 19th time the clinching goal was scored by the Man who broke the goal scoring record of All those former canadians a greats. Guy Lafleur. Who needed a few years to reach the greatness first predicted for him. Enabled the canadians to Complete one of the greatest seasons Ever when he scored with Only 5 42 remaining in the third period to snap a 3-3 tie with Philadelphia sunday night and then set up the final goal with a pass to Pete Mahovlich 58 seconds later. The 5-3 Victory enabled Montreal to Complete a four game sweep Over the flyers who had won the Stanley cup the previous two years. Lafleur scored 56 goals during the regular Campaign a club single season record As the canadians lost Only 11 of 80 games. The rampaging canadians then roared through the playoffs winning 12 games and losing Only one. Lafleur said he did t expect the pass from Mahovlich. Who was just looking to dump the puck into the Corner to set up a line change. A no. But i was hoping. I was coming
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