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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Who'll wear sweater nine, Hull, Howe or both greats? Thursday, January THE LETHiRIDQE HERALD ST. PAUL, Minn. (CP) With the World Hockey Association in the midst of negotiations over a number of key decisions affecting the league, it took hockey's two great goal Howe and Bobby crack the serious mood before the second annual all-star game. Hull, playing-coach of the West Division team, and Howe, now playing with Houston Aeros, had been the centre of a light-hearted controversy over who should wear sweater No. 9. The matter will be resolved Wednesday night when the league and the two par- ticipants decided that each player should wear No. 9, the number they helped make famous during long and brilliant National Hockey League careers. Hull, playing-coach of Winnipeg Jets, and Howe ex- changed No. 9 jerseys at the all-star dinner. Hull said Howe, as hockey's greatest all-time goal scorer, should wear the sweater. But Howe said Hull, "is the guy who made this league go and he deserves it." "I think I should wear dou- ble Howe said. And so, for perhaps the first time in professional hockey, two players on the same team will each wear the same sweater number tonight when the West Division tries to avenge a 6-2 loss suffered in last year's all-star game, against the East Division. Hull and Howe will have a heavier load to carry tonight than expected: Centre Jim Harrison of Edmonton Oilers has been scratched because of a reported shoulder injury. While team officials stand behind the injury report, rumors say Harrison, the se- cond leading scorer in the league this year, wants' his contract renegotiated. The loss of Harrison takes the West's leading scorer out of the lineup, but Hull said he will insert Fran Buck of Minnesota Fighting Saints between himself and Howe. Meanwhile, league trustees said that New Jersey Knights will remain in Cherry Hills, N.J., for the remainder of the. season, Edmonton will be the site of next year's .all-star game, and CBS will telecast a number of games later this year. WHA president Dennis Mur- phy said the jersey situation ''has been resolved and we're happy." "I will not discuss where they will go next year or who the owners are." The Knights began the season in New York as the Golden Blades, but when the owners failed to meet the first pay day, the league took over control and the club was mov- ed to Jersey in late November. Murphy would not say who will pay the bills for the rest of this season. However, Knights' centre Andre Lacroix said the players had been informed that the franchise would be moved to Baltimore. The president said Ed- monton will play host to the 1974-75 all-star game with the annual game going to Cleveland the following year and Vancouver in 1976-77. Murphy said CBS will carry four regular-season games as well as a number of playoff contests. Indianapolis and Phoenix- two new teams in the league next draft to fill their rosters this morning but details of the draft may not be made public. Ben Hatskin, chairman of the board of trustees, knocked down rumors that the new clubs would have to pay the salary of drafted players for the remainder of this season. Hatskin, president of Winni- peg Jets, said the Jets defi- nitely would remain in Winni- peg next year despite stories to the contrary and added that there would be no merger with the NHL. He said the WHA hopes that litigation proceedings will be cleared up this year. The NHL has filed a suit against a num- ber of individual players who jumped to the WHA and against the new league itself, while the WHA has countered with a teomillion suit of its own. Speaking; of ownership changes in the league, Murphy said the changes have been for the good of the WHA. "We have good strong own- ership now. The originalstart- ers knew that for-the first three years they would be in a lossfactor position. However, they have been pleasantly sur- prised they have not lost as much as expected they did a heck of a lot better than ex- pected." He said attendance this year has increased about 22 per cent, totalling after 221 games. Tennis stars tested LONDON (AP) The nerves of tennis stars are in for a real test this year when the World Championship Ten- nis tournament circuit really goes sudden-death. Under a new rule, the tie- breaker in a 6-6 set will be de- Vikings, Bears have top rookies NEW YORK (AP) -Each January, National Football League teams sit down to di- vide the best of college foot- ball's graduating senior class. The cream flu's season went to Minnesota Vikings, who came South tourney all set The fourth annual Southwest Conference Boys' Basketball Tournament will get underway as scheduled this weekend. All eight clubs in the Southwest League will par- ticipate in the two-day single- knockout event which features a consolation winner. Tourney action will official- ly open Friday afternoon and close Saturday night at the F. P. Walshe High School gym in Fort Macleod. The tourney draw will see Winston Churchill Bulldogs meeting Vauxhall Vikings in the opener at Friday afternoon and will have Pic- ture Butte Sugar Kings and Coaldale Gaels following at six. Taber W. R. Myers face the host Fort Macleod Flyers at while Milk River Erie Rivers Comets and Stirling Lakers conclude round one at nine. Action will continue Satur- day afternoon with the semi- final round. The winners of games one and two Friday night, will meet in one semi-final en- counter at while .the winners of the final two games Friday night will square off in the other at three. The losers of the semi-finals hit the floor again at seven o'clock for the consolation final while the winners ad- vance to the championship final slated to go at Parents night set Friday The Lethbridge YMCA Ju- do Gub will stage its annual Kagami Baraki or "parents night" Friday evening. During the course of the evening past year's achievements and ac- complishments as well as various technical pro- gressions and levels will be demonstrated. Awards will also be presented to the most proficient and to the most im- proved judoka in the various levels. The annual event will get underway at seven o'clock at the YMCA. up with power runner Chuck Foreman, and Chicago Bears, who found a fierce defensive end in Wally Chambers. Foreman was chosen the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year and Chambers took freshman defensive honors to- day in a poll conducted by The Associated Press. The Vikings, picking No. 12 in the draft, selected Foreman of Miami because he had the credentials to be a good one. Foreman had rushed for a career record of yards at Miami including a school record 951 in 1971. He also caught 56 passes for 732 yards in three seasons. Standout performances in the North- South Game and the Senior Bowl convinced the Vikings they were right about the young man. There also was the endorse- ment of Fran Curci, Foreman's coach .at Miami. "He is the greatest running back in the United said Curci, "a super athlete who comes along only once in a coach's career." Roy Kidd, Chambers' coach at Eastern Kentucky, pinned the same kind of can't-miss tag on his man, who had 223 career tackles and 165 assists in three collegiate seasons. "He has the quickness, intelligence and quickness to make it big in the said Kidd. Both coaches proved to be right. Foreman's 801 yards gained in 182 carries was ninth best among all National Conference rushers. He also caught 37 passes for 362 more yards. Chambers led the Bears in tackles with 101 and assisted' on 31 others. It marked the first time since 1965 when Dick Butkus joined the team that anyone but Butkus had led the team in tackles. The 6- foot-6, 250-pounder also had nine quarterback sacks to his credit. Foreman received 24 of a possible 78 votes. Second place belonged to Philadelphia tight end Charley Young, who attracted 16 votes. Wide receiver Isaac Curtis of Cincinnati was third with 15 votes. Chambers had 36 votes in the defensive balloting, far out-distancing a pair of defen- sive backs, Dick Jauron of Detroit and Eddie MacMillan of Los Angeles, who each had eight. cided strictly on the basis of the best-of-13 points. Thus, any tiebreaker that goes to 6- 6, then will be decided on the next point. Until now, most major tour- naments have used a tie- breaker system in which a clear two-point advantage de- cided the winner. Almost million will be at stake in prize money in this year's 29-event WCT circuit. A false stroke at 6-6 could cost a player the price of a new au- tomobile. "We are selling tennis to a new said John McDonald, WCT's inter- national director who is plann- ing the six tournaments scheduled for Europe. "This tie-breaker system will make it entertaining for the big audience watching on television. After all, in big- money golf, a man who misses a two-foot putt on the 18th green loses thousands. Why shouldn't we have similar drama in WCT's new formula has pleased critics who have com- plained that the tie-breaker system used on the inter- national tournament circuit was not a real sudden-death drama at all. With a clear two-point margin needed for victory, tie-breakers have stretched to more than "40 points. WCT will try other in- novations too: The players have been divided into three groups, instead of two as in 1973. Each group consists of 28 players, and four local players will be added at each tour- nament. The European tournaments will be in London, Bologna, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Munich and Monte Carlo. In each case, four local players will compete for places in a qualifying tournament. RSHAN'CHIP AF1WCUOSIN'? US m ALL Under and in Evgeni Kkharzh of the Soviet hockey team back- The second period goal gave Russia a 3-1 lead in the hands the puck under and behind goalie Jiri Crha game played before a near-sellout crowd in the of Czechoslovakia Wednesday in Ottawa in an Civic Centre, international tournament game won 4-2 by Russia. Fighting Irish of Notre Dame claim national college title THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame are the national cham- pions of United States college football. By defeating regular-season leader Alabama 24-23 in the Sugar Bowl Monday night, Notre Dame vaulted from third place to first in the final Associated Press rankings an- nounced today and thereby captured its first national championship since 1966. The Irish won comfortably over Ohio State, which jumped from fourth to second by trouncing Southern California 42-21 in the Rose Bowl and Oklahoma, which was ineligible for a bowl trip and supped from second to third. Oklahoma finished se- cond the last two seasons. Notre Dame received 33 first-place votes and points from a country-wide panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Ohio State earn- ed 11 first-place ballots and 002 points while Oklahoma got the other 16 first-place votes and 965 points. Alabama finished fourth with 834 points. Perm State, one of only three unbeaten and untied teams in the country, was fifth after a 16-9 Orange Bowl triumph over Louisiana State. The Nittany Lions pull- ed 709 points in reversing positions with No. 6 Michigan, which received 702 points. The Wolverines tied .Ohio State 10-10 and shared.the Big Ten title with the Buckeyes, but Ohio State was chosen as the league's Rose Bowl representative by a vote of the 10 athletic directors. Rounding out the final Top Ten are No. 7 Nebraska, a 19-3 victor over Texas in the Bowl and No. 8 Southern Cal, the 1972 cham- pion; while Houston, which walloped Tulane 47-7 in the Astro-Blubonnet Bowl, finish- ed in a tie for ninth place with Arizona State, a 28-7 winner over Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl. The Second Ten consists of Texas Tech, UCLA, Louisiana State, Texas, Miami of Ohio, North Carolina State, Missouri, Kansas and Tennessee, with Maryland and Tulane tied for 20th. "I'm just tickled to Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian said when told of the AP rankings. "I'm really proud of this team. We were challenged by Alabama to play in the Sugar Bowl and we met the challenge. Ohio State had two big games and won one and tied the other. We met every challenge." Since 1966, Notre Dame's only serious run at a national title came in 1970 when the Irish ended Texas' 30-game winning streak in the Cotton Bowl and finished second to Nebraska in the ratings. This marks Notre Dame's sixth national championship since the AP rankings began in 1936, more'than any other 'school. The other titles came in 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949 and 1966. LIONS BEAT IFK HELSINKI (Reuter) London Lions defeated Helsinki IFK 9-5 in an exhibi- tion hockey game Wednesday. ENGLISH SCOTCH WOOLLEN SPECIAL! CORDUROY SPORT JACKETS ISO men made measure IP '-wVi Minor hockey The Blues stole a 2-1 victory over the Penguins in a Pee Wee encounter Wednesday night. Myron Siemens and Rodney Slusar tallied for the Blues while Denis Vervoort replied for the Penguins. 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