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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tnureoey, And now the World Baseball Association? Pat Sullivan There was quite an announcement out of Edmonton Monday concerning grants, to provincial amateur sports associations. The Alberta government announced a substantial increase in grants. There is now in the provincial kitty, and it's all for amateurs. The story, in effect said that too many outstanding Alberta athletes and coaches have left the province due to a lack of support and availability of expertise in coaching as is offered in other parts of the country. There are some catches to the grants. Take for instance a grant from years gone by has been increased to But this amount is to be matched by the association applying for government aid. If area athletes, for example the Lethbridge Track and Field Club, were to participate in inter provincial or Western Canadian events they can apply for up to in travelling grants each year. The association need not match the amount in this case. Grants totalling will be made available to dissociations hosting national events. More help for travelling can also be obtained All in all, it appears to be a definite shot in the arm for all of Alberta. Certainly it will benefit the smaller organizations that are struggling to stay alive in Southern Alberta. My idea of weightlifting is a pound of butter in each hand 1 would have trouble lifting a bench let alone bench pressing a couple of hundred pounds. But then again, how many weightlifters can type' Seriously, though, Edmonton will be the site of the 1974 Canadian weightlifting championships the weekend of May 18 and 19. Weightlifting, a sport that carries with it some of the greatest concentration and dedication, became an instant hit at the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand and Alberta officials are hopeful the Canadian event will be a big success. Competitors from all 10 provinces will take part as well as the Yukon Territories for the first time. The last time the finals were held in Alberta was six years ago in Calgary. So. if you would like to see what it's like not to have to worry about having sand kicked in your face at the beach, try Kdmonton May 18 and 19, in the Student's Union Building at the U of A And you thought you had it bad keeping up with life's hectic pace O J Simpson would leave all of us in his tracks with just one week's travel schedule. And this is a typical sort of week for the football great. In one recent period Orenthal Jay took a 5 38 a m. flight trom Los Angeles to Tampa to do a commercial with Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds. He then zipped to Buffalo to weigh in for the coming year with the Buffalo Bills. It was then bark to New York for his Wide World of Sports chores every weekend on ABC, out to Los Angeles for another commercial Sunday night and then back to New York Tuesday for an awards banquet After all of this he went back to the sunny climes of California, Oroville to be exact, for his filming chores in a Lee Marvin Richard Burton opus for three days before going back to New York for ABC That s the way it goes when you're young and trying to cash in on gaming more than yards in one football season tourney set Action opened this atteroon at four o'clock and will run until 11 o'clock tonight Play will continue Friday morning at seven o'clock and will run throughout the day until nine p m Third round action is set for a seven o'clock start Saturday morning with games until 11 p m while the final round goes Sunday starting at 7 a.m and concluding at 5 p m. The Lethbridge YMCA will be the site of a racquetball tournament this week The lour day event which got underway this afternoon will feature six divisional titles which include men's A, B and C classes, women's A and B classes along with a senior men's class for those players 35 years of age and over GIGANTIC SUZUKI SAVINGS ON TRAIL BIKES SPECIAL PURCHASE 14 ONLY RV50K 1974 Replacement Price 564 RV90K 1974 Replacement Price 689 RV125K 1974 Replacement Prtoe 869 NOW BERT MAC'S CYCLE LTD. Aw. S. Phone 327-3221 Play ball will sound on two fronts THE ASSOCIATED PREM Play ball! With those two HtUe baseball gets roiling on a new season moves into high gear this weekend. After opening day special? matching Oakland Athletics, World Series winners, against Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves against Cincinnati Reds, the major leagues will start swinging harder Seven games are scheduled for Friday and 12 for Saturday, Including Montreal Expos at home to Chicago. The Braves and Reds, who kicked off the National League season today In Cincinnati, and the As and Rangers, who start the American League season tonight in Texas, will have the day off Friday, when three games will be played in the BE IRY'S WORLD 1174 by NCfl Inr "PssfiHey, buddy' Wanna buy Aaron's 715th home run Rustlers triumph, now meet Kelowna RED DEER (CP) Red Deer Rustlers took their fourth Alberta Junior Hockey League championship in five years with a 5-2 win over the Pass Red Devils Wednesday night The Rustlers' victory, sparked by Kelly Bunn's three third period goals, gave them a 4-1 win in the best of seven final series. Other marksmen for Red Deer, which trailed 1-0 after the first period but tied the score 1-1 after 40 minutes, were Cam Colborne and Brian Sutler. Wayne Turner and Lyle Murray replied for the Pass Ron Boucier made 32 saves for Red, Deer, compared with 23 by Mike McCollam of the Pass The Rustlers drew three of five minor penalties and the teams split six majors. Red Deer will host the Western Canada Centennial Cup semi-final series opening April 10. Meanwhile Kelowna Buckaroos won their first British Columbia Junior Hockey League title in 13 years Wednesday night, .whipping Langley Lords 9-3 to end the best-of-seven series after five games. Kelowna put the deciding game away with a four goal outburst in the final eight minutes of the second period that was triggered by Dale Costanzo's second goal of the night. The four goals gave the Buckaroos a 6-2 lead and they never looked back. Murray Hanson, Ken Shewchenko, Curt Fraser, John Stone, Duane Monteith, Dale Turner and Ton Onno each got single goals for the Buckaroos, while Dave Hatheway, Ryan Walter and Don Moores scored tor the Lords. U of L awards night ready The University of Lethbridge will hold their annual Athletic Awards Night Friday. As in years past, the U of L Athletic Council will honor its athletes who have contributed to its program in some way or another. 1 The special night will get underway at p.m. in the U of L main concourse. Guest speaker for the annual event will be Al Ferchuk of Red Deer, who is a former instructor at the U of L. The general public is welcome to attend and can obtain the dinner ticket at the U of L information desk or at the Physical Education Department. Kelowna dominated play throughout, blistering Mark Earp in the Langley net with 51 shots. Bill Stankoven faced 31 shots for Kelowna. National League and four in the American. In the National, Jerry Ruess has been named to pitch Pitts- burgh Pirates' first game against St. Louis Cardinals' Bob Gibson; Steve Arlin of San Diego Padres will face Don Sutton of Los Angeles Dodgers and Dave Roberts is Houston Astros' choice against San Francisco Giants' Tom Bradley. In the American, Detroit Ti- gers' Mickey Lolich goes against Baltimore Orioles' Cy Young winner Jim Palmer; Luis Tiant of Boston Red Sox faces Jim Colburn of Milwaukee Brewers; California Angels' Nolan Ryan takes Chicago White Sox Wilbur Wood and Bert Blyleven of Minnesota Twins matches pitches with Kansas City Royals Paul Sphttorf. METS MEET PHILLIES New York Mets, the National League's defending champions, wait until Saturday to start their season. Their game with Philadelphia Phillies pairs two Cy Young of the Mets and Steve Carlton of the Phillies. Meanwhile it was inevitable. The World Hockey Associ- ation, then the World Football- League and now the World Baseball Association The WBA, announced for-- mally at a news conference Wednesday, a planned 32- team, four-division league that will play in the United States, Mexico, Central and South America and Asia. Sean Morton Downey Jr', president of the new associ- ation, said the league has plenty of money and will go after established, front-line players to begin play in Janpjary, 1975. The new league wants to sign 160 major league stars for its first year and is in serious negotiation with 70 players who are playing out their options this year. "We'll better the American and National League salaries, yet our players will have to play less than half the number of games the current major league teams expect of their said Downey "We anticipate longer player life, more offence in the game, less lengthy games and player participation in FORT MACLEOD FISH GAME ASSOCIATION STAG NIGHT SATURDAY, APRIL p.m. ELKS HALL FORT MACLEOD TICKETS per person GRAND PRIZE Total of in Cash Prizes REFRESHMENTS and SUPPER SUPPLIED Limit 200 Call 234-4056 or 234-3289 after p.m. ALL PROCEEDS FOR COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE FURNITURE OFFICE MACHINES OFFICE SUPPLIES Lrliinook 319-7 St. South OFFICE MACHINE REPAIRS JLla> Phone 327-4591 REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY For Local Project General Superintendent Foremen Carpenters Backhoe Operators Laborers APPLY TO: WESTERN INDUSTRIAL CONTRACTORS LTD. 417-51 An. S. E. CUpvy. Atom TMstam Ol-tttl operation of the association." The new association to play a 72 to sched- ule, compared to the IM-cwpe schedule of the established major1 leagues. The organizers said they have made contacts with representatives in 42 cities and have had serious negotiations with backers in 38. Franchises already have been awarded to Columbus, Ohio; Jersey City. N.J.; Birmingham, Ala.; Memphis, Tern.; Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mexico City, Mexico. Each franchise costs and 2'4 per cent of all gross revenues annually. The money goes to the WtBA, a profit-making corporation that will direct all activities of the league, including hiring of players, coaches and managers and umpires. A player-manager draft will be held in June. "All current major league players playing out their op- tions will be given primary coniderittion in the upcoming draft." said Downey. 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