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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta February f, 1t74 THE LITHMIDQE HERALD -23 STAN FISCHLER Big names tossed about by upstart football loop NEW YORK, N.Y. Having seen an equal number of World Hockey Association and National Hockey League games this season, I offer you the following conclusions about the two organizations: The top three NHL teams Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia are better than the cream of the WHA New England, Houston, Cleveland but not by that much. No WHA club can match the one-two punch of Boston's Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito but a club such as the Whalers has more overall balance than most of its NHL counterparts. And how many NHL teams can match the experienced New England defense of Brad Selwood, Rick Ley, Ted Green, Jim Dorey and Paul Hurley? Few, if any. The bottom WHA clubs Jersey, Winnipeg, Los Angeles are considerably better than the cellar NHL clubs California, Pittsburgh, Vancouver. In fact, when it comes to parity the NHL is miles behind; while the WHA has displayed remarkable balance in only two seasons of existence. In Mark Howe, Marty Howe, Tom Egur, Wayne Dillon and John Garrett, the WHA has a better collection of rookies than Tom Lysiak, Denis Potvin, Lanny McDonald and John Davidson of the NHL. It is foolish for NHL people to underestimate WHA teams. The prevailing NHL thinking that the best NHL team would devastate the best WHA club is as absurd as the predic- tions which came from people like Al Eagleson in 1972 that Team Canada would sweep the Russians in eight straight games. Best thought of the new year belongs to Vancouver Canucks' executive and Hall Famer Babe Pratt. The Babe had just watched a collection of juniors play expertly against the visiting Moscow selects. "It just said Pratt, "how well juniors can play when they decide to concentrate on hockey instead of fist fights. If they played like this in league games they'd be filling their rinks." And for the best description of a linemate, there was Toron- to's Dave Keon commenting about Tim Ecclestone. "He's an in- telligent said Keon. "He lets the puck do the work." Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay was the subject of a discussion recently at Madison Square Garden. An NHL governor, who remembered "Old Scarface Ted" with the Detroit Red Wings, insisted that Lindsay had a special hate for Ted Kennedy, cap- tain of the Toronto Maple Leafs and a member of the Hall of Fame himself. said the governor, "must have taken five years off of Kennedy's life, he went after him so much." A while later Lindsay, now an NBC-TV commentator for the NHL's "Game Of came along and was asked if he did, in fact, dislike Kennedy more than others and try to "get" the Toronto centre. Lindsay replied. "It wasn't that I especially hated Kennedy. On the opposition, I hated Word out of the WHA inner sanctum has it that one of the league's key officials has been in Europe arranging for an inter- national WHA division to operate within two seasons. Sweden, England, Finland and West Germany are among possible entries. Andy throw game? VANCOUVER (CP) Andy Bathgate, coach of Vancouver Blazers of the World Hockey Association, says he never threw a hockey game in his life, nor was he party to anyone throwing one. Bathgate made the statement in response to allegations from Sweden that Ali, Quarry bout plan MIAMI BEACH (AP) Muhammad Ali and Jerry Quarry have agreed to a heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden in New York City in May, Miami Beach boxing promoter Chris Dundee said Tuesday. Dundee said he had no details of the match, and added that no contracts have been signed. "But the target date is May 6 or he said. Angelo Dundee, Chris' brother and the trainer of Ali, is in Europe and was not available for comment. Ali, the former heavyweight champion, has fought and beaten Quarry twice previously. Ali knocked out Quarry in the third round of a 1970 bout and stopped him in seven rounds in a 1972 rematch. There was no immediate comment from Madison Square Garden boxing officials Ambri, a Swiss amateur team coached by Bathgate during the 1971-72 season, threw a playoff game. Swedish officials are investigating Bathgate, former National Hockey League star with New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs, said "there could be something to an allegation that my team didn't play its best hockey." The game in question was played in a snowstorm in an outdoor rink in Ambri, a town of 300, during a round-robin series to determine which of three teams would be dropped from the league's A division to B the following year. The two other teams were Sierre and Visp and, said Bathgate, his team lost the game to Sierre 54. "But the outcome didn't really matter to either team. We were assured of staying in A division at that time, and Sierre had to beat Visp in the final game whether or not they won or lost against Bathgate said that if. the game was thrown, he knew nothing about it and was not party to it "I can say our team actually didn't play that badly. It was just a wide-open type of game that we lost control of. I felt as though our players thought they could win it 8-7, or something like that We won a lot of games like that, too." NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) Lucius Selmon, George Sauer Jr., Woody Green and Sonny Sixkiller are the names the aspiring World Football League is talking about today. Selmon, an all-America middle guard from Oklahoma, signed a three-year contract with Toronto Northmen. Sauer, a pass catcher from Texas who retired from New York Jets, was reported signed by Boston Green, an all-America run- ning back from Arizona State, had his draft rights traded to Memphis from Florida. Sixkiller, who starred at quarterback for the University of Washington, has tentatively agreed to a contract with Southern California's entry, but hasn't signed yet These were many of the de- velopments as the WFL held the second phase of its draft Tuesday "I spoke to Sonny on the phone and sent him a con- said Curly Morrison, Southern California's general manager. "I think we have agreed to terms. He seemed enthusiastic and I think we may have something." Sixkiller had a tryout with Los Angeles Rams of the Na- tional Football League last year, but was cut before the start'of the regular season. Selmon became the-fourth outstanding collegian to sign a WFL contract, following Southern California's trio of James McAlister and Kennit Johnson, both UCLA running backs, and offensive tackle Booker Brown of the University of Southern California The decision by Sauer to come out of retirement came as a surprise Once a favorite target of Joe Namath, Sauer quit in 1970 after a six-year career. Selmon, 5-foot-ll, 240- pounder, was selected by the Northmen in the sixth routad The WFL conducted the first six rounds of the college draft two weeks ago, and rounds seven through 30 were held Tuesday. John Harvey, outstanding running back last year with Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, was selected by the Northmen in the 22nd round. In Toronto, general manager Leo Cahill, former coach of Toronto Argonauts in the CFL, said the Northmen would be interested in Ray Jauch as their head coach. Currently, Jauch is coach of Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL's Western Conference. Jauch was mentioned several weeks ago as a candidate for a coaching job in the WFL, but he made no comment Ralph Goldston, former CFL player and later an assistant coach with Montreal, has advised the Northmen that he may be interested, Cahill said. Cahill drafted 29 players Tuesday but he would not say if any, or all, would attend the Northmen's camp. Some were also drafted by NFL teams. Harrington, former CFL all-star defensive end with To- ronto Argonauts, will be invited to the Northmen's camp. Harrington, 33, retired two years ago after developing calcium deposits in his leg. Johnny F. Bassett, president of the Northmen, said the club has signed "three or four others unofficially." Over-all, the WFL now has now drafted 432 players and president Gary Davidson said he is confident many will be signed. He added that he would be satisfied if one-third of the first round choices were signed He believes the collegiate crop of 1973 is awaiting WFL offers before deciding whether to sign with the established NFL or CFL. Davidson did say that about 100 players have been signed by the 12 teams. There may be a delay in the WFL draft of present profes- sionals. Originally set for late this month, it may be delayed to afford the teams the oppor- tunities to sign their draftees. Bowling scores HOLIDAY BOWL CHEC Stan Dewar 247. Bill Willis 247, Don Wardlaw 241, Elaine Brown 281, Marion Nelson 247, Abbie Kliparchuk 222 Harley Miller 266. John Schaalje 227 era Vl Anderson 276, Rollie Howes 305. Fil Oberg 265, Pete Canan 261, Sylvia Davidson 240, Florence Wheeler 283, Orly Cerney 246, Elaine Sinclair 268 Bob Sinclair 284, John Morris 242 Chynoweth hands out stiff fines SASKATOON (CP) Three Western Canada Hockey League coaches were fined a total of Tuesday following incidents involving fights and officials. Ed Chynoweth, the league president, said Ernie McLean, coach of New Westminster Bruins was assessed a fine and Bruins' Barry Smith was suspended for the next three games. The ruling came after a bench-emptying brawl during a game at Winnipeg Jan. 31, he said. "The stiff fine to McLean is a result of obviously no attempt by him to control his players from leaving the bench which led to an eventual donnybrook that saw all players from both teams involved Gord Fennel, coach of the Winnipeg Clubs was fined and, as the result of a separate incident, involving a "lack of respect for game Jack McLeod, Saskatoon Blades coach, was fined "The major onus in this type of nonsense rests on the shoulders of the coaches and the players basically are victims of doing what they are told by the Chynoweth said He said Smith's suspension was because he returned to the ice to enter the fight after being ejected from the game Marshall gets cheque MONTREAL (CP) A brewery announced Tuesday night it is mailing a cheque to Mike Marshall, voted as Montreal Expos' player of the year following the 1973 National League baseball season Marshall, who has been traded to Los Angeles Dodgers, refused to accept the cheque at an award dinner last fall. i A spokesman for the O'Keefe Brewery Co. said when the award was originally conceived that the would go to the player who would then do what he wanted with it. Marshall had asked that the money be given to a hospital in Memphis. and when he learned it had not been, he threatened to sue the brewery Marshall admitted in an interview Monday that he should have accepted the award in the first place and then distributed it to the hospital. Maravich suspended ATLANTA