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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE LCTHBHIDdl HERALD WMblMttoy, AprM 3, It74 Braves scaring Celtics THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Some people would be satis- fied with the improvement Buffalo Braves shown 'this season. They doubled their victory total in the regular season to 42 and turned Bob McAdoo, last season's National Basketball Association rookie of the year, into the leading scorer. But suddenly the Braves are throwing a scare into Boston '-Celtics in their Eastern .'Conference semi-final. Buffalo's 115-106 triumph at ffome Tuesday night, highlighted by McAdoo's 23 points, evened the series at one victory each. "I think we can beat them when we play our said rookie guard Ernie DiGregorio who had 18 points in a balanced Buffalo scoring 1 attack "The big thing is, we have to play defence i The Celtics, who were led by Jo Jo White's 27 points, de- the Braves in five of their seven regular-season games The teams meet in Boston tonight for the third playoff game Don Nelson had 21 points and John Havhcek 20 for the Celtics In the other NBA playoffs, Los Angeles Lakers trimmed Milwaukee Bucks 98-96 and Capital Bullets downed New York Knicks 88-79. There were no playoff 'games scheduled in the American Basketball Association Lakers 98 Bucks 96 Elmore Smith scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help Los Angeles cut the Bucks' series lead to 2- 1 Smith outscored Milwaukee centre Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by a point and collected two .more rebounds in a game which saw a brief return to action by injury-plagued Jerry West, the Lakers' star guard Bullets 88 Knicks 79 Capital took a 2-1 lead in their series behind a 22-pomt performance by Kevin Porter Elvm Hayes had 17 points for Capital, while Walt Frazier led New York scorers with 20 Game four will be played in Landover, Md Friday night. SIMS JUMPS TAMPA, Fla. (CP) Rudy Sims, the Canadian Football League's all-star defensive tackle last year, said Tuesday he will sign this week with Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League for the 1975 season He told the Tampa Tribune that he will play out his 1974 option with Ottawa Rough Riders of the Eastern Football Conference Sims said he'll be making at least more in salary and will receive a sizeable bonus for signing "I just couldn't turn it he said WHA players agree with new two-year contract Interlocking aims Dave DeBusschere (22) of the New York Knicks and Archie Clark (21) of the Capital Bullets get in each other's way as they go for a rebound Tuesday in NBA action. Bullets downed the knicks 88-79 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series. Bids are many for 715th home run ball Spalding offers Rent a 74 from Budget! Budget (toot Includes 150 miles! Additional mllef charged per mile We did it-brought rent a car rates down to affordable rates! Low rental rates on standard- size cars, too! Check our serv- our go Budget! Budpet Rent a By GERALD ESKENAZI New York Times Service NEW YORK Spalding, which has made every baseball ever used in the major leagues, is willing to take a loss on one ball in particular Hank Aaron's 715th home run. The company today entered the derby to get hold of the clout that breaks Babe Ruth's career record It offered to get the ball from the. fan who snares it. Spalding sells the ball for But it won't be easy. A tug- of-war is under way involving several wealthy private collectors, Magnavox (which has signed Aaron to a long- term deal) and Spalding "It strikes me as amusing that the ball's worth when it's thrown and when it's said Bob Hope, an Atlanta Braves' official. Hope said he "hopes Henry gets but added that, traditionally, "the ball belongs to the fan who catches the ball A collector from Caracas, Venezuela, already has offered for the ball. There have been many offers of and a few people have offered Aaron is getting a year from Magnavox more than the president of the company) for the next five years. Magnavox wants that ball very badly. It intends to display it for an unspecified time and then turn it over to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Spalding's product manager, Bob McTear, said from Chicopee, Mass., that "we'll turn the ball immediately over to the hall." -A massive, security-tight operation has revolved around that historic ball. It began last season, when Aaron approached Ruth's record. It will continue Thursday when the Braves open the season at Cincinnati. Aaron now has 713 home runs The balls that he hits isolated, to make sure Nos. 714 and 715 are not simply some foul bails. Before the game Thursday, an umpire will rub all the baseballs with mud scooped out of a river bottom and put in cans (Every baseball is dirtied in this way to remove the shine) Then Bill Acree of the Braves, their equipment manager, will take three dozen balls into the locker room In front of two witnesses he will stamp the balls with an ink that can be seen only under ultra-violet light Some balls will be stamped "714" and some "715" in case Aaron hits two homers. Each ball additionally will have what a Braves' official called "an ingenious code These balls then will be kept separately by Acree They will not be used until Aaron comes to bat When he's up, Acree will give three balls to the home-plate umpire, making a note of the special codes on the ball. If a ball is hit foul into the stands, Acree will note that Thus, a fan won't be able to catch a foul and claim it's the genuine article In case Aaron breaks the record at Atlanta, the boys in the band will not be entitled to the ball. The band sits in the left field stands. All Braves' employees will be asked to sign away their rights to the ball if they happen to catch it Magnavox has not made an offer for the ball "We don't intend to get in a bidding war over said Mark Bollman, vice-president of advertising. "You know, a lot of people have said it might be a bad thing for us to take the ball and put it on a tour, that it belongs in the Hall of Fame Did you know that the hall :s a private, profit-making institution' We're not sure that it's such a great thing simply to rush the ball over there More people can see it if we take it on tour." Spalding, meanwhile, insists there is no commercial tie-in for its offer "We tried to put in an offer that exceeds the best we've heard about To be honest, we're competing in an open-market situation right said McTear. TORONTO (CP) The World Hockey Association and the World Hockey Players' Association announced Tuesday the signing of a two- year agreement covering playoff awards, pension, medical and dental programs and minimum salaries. The agreement was an- nounced at a news conference by WHA president Dennis Murphy. Also present were president Jerry Odrowski and executive director Ron Roberts of the players' association and Bill Hunter of Edmonton, chairman of the league committee which negotiated the agreement with the players. Murphy said the agreement had been in effect during the last season but the official signing was done Tuesday Therefore, it covers the 1973- 74 and 1974-75 seasons. The agreement provides for a player pension plan equal to that in effect in the 'National Hockey League in 1971-72, Hunter said. "Naturally, with the small arenas we are playing in, in many areas, it would be impossible for us to match the current NHL said Hunter, vice-president and general manager of Edmonton Oilers. "Our medical plan is equal to, and in some areas, better (than Likewise our dental plan was instituted retroactive to Jan. 1 Hunter said the agreement on awards money provides for for the most valuable player "compared with in that other league Members of the WHA first all-star team will receive each and second-team all-stars will receive each Hunter said each division title winner will get a team while second-place finishers get third and fourth None of the officials could provide a breakdown on playoff awards but Murphy said that "each player on our winning team will earn an average of "Which, considering the fact that we do not have as good a contract as the National League on television, is really an incredible thing. The National League pays roughly per player So considering we're only in our second year, we're very proud of that situation." Murphy said the agreement calls for a minimum yearly player salary of "but It wasn't all bad, By THE CANADIAN PRESS Gerry Desjardins, goaltender for New York Islanders, is happy with the way things have out for him this year, playing with a last-place club. "Last year I had a bad year with a bad Desjardins said Tuesday after the Island- ers beat Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in a National Hockey League game. "But this year we've im- proved he said, "especially on defence Said coach Al Arbour: "We have allowed 100 fewer goals than last year. The fu- ture's bright. We've got a lot of good young guys like Bobby Nystrom, Gary Howatt, Ralph Stewart and Denis Potvin Nystrom scored the winning goal Tuesday with 6.25 gone in the final period, and Stewart had two goals, including the tying mark with just 15 seconds left in the second period "I'll take the suffering now to build for the Arbour said "We've made our minds to go with the young guys." In other games Tuesday, Philadelphia Flyers defeated Minnesota North Stars 6-3 and St Louis Blues topped Califor- nia Golden Seals 5-3. Tonight, Toronto is at Mon- treal, Detroit at New York Rangers, Boston at Chicago, Vancouver at California and TO RESERVE A ;