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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, January THE LETHBBIDOE HERALD NHL AND WHA HOCKEY SPECIAL ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MALL PHONE 321-3201 Herald Sports LETNIMNE OFFICE FURNITUK LTD, Lowtf LwM Tlh Start Mowing Mrt Mtaru MOM (403) MS.T411 Stort Heurt Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Cloatd Yankees appoint Virdon, Williams definitely out NEW YORK (AP) Bill Virdon was named Thursday to manage New York Yankees in 1974. The club also appointed Whitey Ford as pitching coach and rehired first base coach Elston Howard. Virdon inherits the job which had been set aside for Dick Williams after Williams resigned as manager of Oakland after the Athletics won the 1973 World Series. But American League presi- dent Joe Cronin refused to approve the Yankees' signing of Williams when Oakland owner Charles 0. Finley contested it last month. Finley had demanded com- pensation for letting Williams out of the last two years of his Oakland contract, and the Yankees had refused to pay the Oakland owner's price of two first-rate prospects. Instead, they decided to go for Virdon, who managed Pitt- sburgh Pirates to the National League championship in 1972, then was fired last September during the stretch drive. The Yankees had sought Williams to succeed Ralph Houk who resigned following the 1973 season and later sign- ed to manage Detroit Tigers. Simpson, Anderson picked Sneaking in the back way Chicago Black Hawks' goalie Tony Esposito League game Thursday night in Atlanta. The goal (35) looks around surprised to see the puck sail was scored by Atlanta left winger John Stewart, into the net in first period of National Hockey who helped his teammates to a 3-2 victory. Montreal Expos predict another outstanding season with Davis MONTREAL (CP) The acquisition of centre fielder Willie Davis and the possible emergence of several young players from within their development programs, could give Montreal Expos another outstanding season in 1974. Davis was obtained from Los Angeles Dodgers in ex- change for ace reliever Mike Marshall during baseball's .winter meetings in Houston. The 33-year-old speedster gives the Expos something they have lacked in the better-than-average, every-day centre fielder. The Expos, voted team-of- the-year in an annual poll con- ducted among sportswriters and broadcasters by The Canadian Press, enjoyed their best year ever in 1973. They emerged as a full- fledged pennant contender for the first time since joining the National League's East Divi- sion as an expansion team in 1969. In 1973 the Expos finished fourth in the six-team division, 3VZ games behind pennant-winning New York Mets. They put together a 79- 83 won-lost record for a .488 average, their best stride toward parity with the other five clubs. "It's the first end of a 'season where we can look back and see the emergence of the young player from within our own says Jim Fanning, general manager of the club. "I'm tru- ly encouraged by some of our young players. Prior to the Houston meeting Fanning had listed his priorities for 1974 as a centre fielder and a left-hand- ed pitcher. He also said that, contrary to earlier as- sessments, the fine play of rookie Larry Lintz and a suc- cessful knee operation to vet- eran Ron Hunt, should settle the club's second base problems for next season. t. Baseball reduces energy depletion WASHINGTON (AP) Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn said Thursday the sport has taken steps to reduce its energy consumption by 25 per cent next season. Kuhn also told reporters the program will not reduce base- ball employment. Kuhn said the energy-saving plans include reducing charter flights by 50 per cent, eliminating or substantially curtailing the use of lights before a game and starting night games at times that take into account local utility peak load factors. Kuhn made his comments to reporters after he and about 30 other representatives of sports and recreation organizations met for an hour with federal energy office of- ficials. John C. Sawhill, deputy ad- ministrator of the energy of- fice, said most of the associations agreed to try to reduce energy consumption by 20 to 25 per cent. He congratulated Kuhn for baseball's conservation plan, saying: "The great American game of baseball has recog- nized the true dimensions of our current energy crisis and voluntarily planned a program that will benefit the entire American public. "We don't want to reduce participation in sports, or re- duce sports itself, but we want to use the energy more ef- ficiently." Fanning said Lintz and Hunt would complement each other, with Lintz providing strong defensive play and Hunt the hitting power. Lintz was recalled from Peninsula Whips of the Inter- national League last July 9 fol- lowing a jaw fracture suffered by shortstop Tim Foli. Not reputed for his hitting power, Lintz served the club well with his '.250 batting average and 12 stolen bases in 16 attempts. Fanning said manager Gene Mauch, chosen Manager of the Year by both The Associated Press poll and other major league managers, was "en- couraged" by Lintz's perfor-' mance while playing winter ball in Puerto Rico. In addition to the Lintz-Hunt combination, the Expos have another outstanding infield prospect in Jim Cox, voted an International League all-star in 1973. Fanning described Cox and catcher Barry Foote as two players who could crack the major league team lineup in 1974. Looking ahead to 1975, there's another fine catching really excites us." NEW YORK (AP) If you paid even passing attention to the National Football League season, then it should come as no surprise that Buffalo's O.J. Simpson was voted the NFL's offensive player of the year in an Associated Press poll Thursday. And, for any team that tried passing against Miami Dol- phins, the selection of safety Dick Anderson as defensive player of the year isn't exact- ly a stunner, either. Both players, chosen in an AP poll of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the NFL's 26 teams, dominated their positions this season. Simpson shattered Jim Brown's all-time single- season NFL rushing record with yards. He gained more than 200 yards for Buf- falo Bills three times during the year. That performance earned him almost unanimous selec- tion in The AP poll as the top offensive player with 70 votes. Only two other players receiv- ed any mention at all. They were Los Angeles Rams' pass- ing battery of quarterback John Hadl and wide receiver Harold Jackson. Anderson led the NFL with eight interceptions which he returned for 163 yards. He re- turned two of the intercep- SHOOTERS SCOREBOARD Chuvalo's title secure PLAINSMAN SPORTS We Wish All Our Friends and Customers The Very Best of Health and Happiness in 1974 UTHHHPOi, AITA J1S-WM PUHSMM SNETS WtSTERN CANADA'S Lf AOINO UP- OF QUALITY FIREARMS, TARGET EQUIPMENT KLOADINO SUPPLIES, tlOHTWSIOHT CAMP (NO AND ALPINE COMPUTE SERVICE. KOTKAt ft) ROt HOBS! e KICK ART MVKM SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) The rating committee of the Canadian Professional Boxing Federation says there are no likely contenders to challenge Canadian heavyweight divi- sion champion George Chuvalo of Toronto. The new federation ratings effective Jan 1 were released Ron Butlin concerned CALGARY (CP) Ron Butlin, chairman of the Alberta Summer Games, ex- pressed concern Thursday over the "collision course" timing of the Junior Olympics to be staged by the Canadian Olympic Committee in Ed- monton Aug. 10-16. The Junior Olympics could harm participation of the first Alberta Summer Games in Calgary it is scheduled only five days before the opening of the Calgary event, he said. "The Olympics people were made aware of the dates of the Alberta Summer Games last September and were warned that they would be on a collision course with the Calgary enterprise." Mr. Butlin suggested that "the Olympic association should run their program after ours and preferably change the venue to another province." Thursday by R. B. Pearson, Federation secretary- treasurer. He said the only recent logi- cal contender who might have challenged Chuvalo was Bob Bozic of Toronto "but he hasn't been fighting much lately." Chuvalo has held the title since 1963. Other ratings released by the federation include: Light pion: Gary Summerhays, Brantford, Ont. Contenders: 1. Al Sparks, Winnipeg; 2. Tony Dowling, Vancouver. Dave Downey, Halifax. Con- tenders: 1. Donate Paduano, Montreal; 2. Gary Broughton, Brantford; 3. Angelo Miletti, Montreal; 4. J. C. Leclair, Montreal; 5. Paul Sequin, Hull, Que.; 6. Terry Hayward, Halifax; 7. Dennis Cochrane, Antigonish, N.S. Clyde Gray, Toronto. Con- tenders: 1. Guerrero Chavez, Trois-Rivieres, Que.; 2. Fer- nand Marcott, Quebec City; 3. Lawrence Hafey, New Glasgow, N.S.; 4. Marshall Butler, Montreal; 5. Terry Summerhays, Brantford; 6. Don Boulter, Victoria, P.E.I.; 7. Jim Henry, Montreal. Lightweight-Title vacant. Contenders: 1. Paul Tope, Quebec City; 2. Paul Collette, Montreal; 3. Johnny Summerhays, Brantford; 4. Barry Sponagle, New Glasgow; 5. Jo Jo Jackson, Montreal; Royal Boutin, Quebec City. Southwest tourney underway The fourth annual Southwest Conference Boys' Basketball Tournament of- ficially opened this afternoon at Fort Macleod. All eight teams in the Southwest League are taking part in the two-day single- knockout event hosted by the F. P. Walshe Flyers. Winston Churchill Bulldogs and Vauxhall Vikings opened the annual event at this afternoon and will be followed by another encounter set for six between Picture Butte Sugar Kings and Coaldale Kate Andrews Gaels. Game three will go at featuring the host Flyers against Taber W. R. Myers while the final contest of the evening is slated for nine. This game will see the Milk River Comets locking horns with the Stirling Lakers. Action will continue Satur- day afternoon with a pair of semi-final matches and will conclude after the staging of the consolation and cham- pionship finals later in the evening. The semi-final games are set to go at 1-30 and three o'clock while the consolation final will run at seven and the championship final at tions for touchdowns, one for 27 yards and the other for 38. Those interceptions increas- ed Anderson's career total to 32 for six NFL seasons and gave him the ege in the close AP vote over several other defensive standouts. Anderson had 16 votes to 12 for Los Angeles linebacker Jersey Knights sold ST. PAUL, Minn. (CP) The World Hockey Associa- tion announced the sale Thurs- day of the Jersey Knights franchise to Joe Schwartz, a Baltimore, Md., builder- developer. WHA president Dennis Murphy said at a news conference attended by Schwartz, Jersey general manager Marvin Milkes and coach Harry Howell, he had no plans to move the team out of the Cherry Hills, N.J., area where it was moved Nov 20 after previous owners failed to meet commitments with the team situated in New York's Madison Square Garden. For the second time in two years, the league was forced to take over operation and financing of the franchise. Schwartz suggested the team could wind up in Hackensack, N.J., where New York Giants of the National Football League will make their future home, but added that after a month of studying various New Jersey sites he remains undecided about where the team will move in the 1974-75 season. Speculation was that the team was being moved to Baltimore. That city's only facility, however, is under a long-term lease to the Clippers of the American Hockey League. Knights' centre Andre Lacroix had said Wednesday night, team members had been told prior to the break for tonight's second annual all-star game here, that they would be playing in Baltimore next season Adding to speculation the team will remain near the New York market area was a statement by Milkes, who said. "If we stay near the Big Apple, I think our wishes for New York would be served. I think the Mets proved you don't have to be in downtown New York to survive." The baseball Mets home field, Shea Stadium, is near LaGuardia airport, far from the downtown area Isiah Robertson. Right behind those two were two of the top defensive linemen in the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers' Joe Greene, who had nine votes, and Minnesota Vikings tackle Alan Page, who had eight. Simpson's rushing cham- pionship was the second straight for the powerfully- built runner from Southern California. He paced the NFL with yards last year. This season's total included 12 touchdowns and a six-yard average for each of his 332 carries. He started the season with a 250-yard day against New England Patriots and finished it with a 200-yard ef- fort against New York Jets that surpassed Brown's record of yards set in 1963. Anderson's selection as the defensive player of the year gave recognition to Miami's so-called "No-Name defence a unit that helped propel the Dolphins into a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance. Miami's other safety, Jake Scott, was selected as most valuable player in last year's Super Bowl. Cardston tourney opens up The Cardston High School Invitational "B" and "A" Boys' Basketball Tournament got underway this afternoon. The two-day tourney which features a "B" boys' event as well as an "A" boys' event concludes Saturday with four big games. In first round action today, Cardston Wildcats took on Magrath Eagles at in a "B" side draw while the Ray- mond Mustangs and Catholic Central Flyers will hit the floor at six o'clock in the other. Two "A" games will be staged tonight with the Ray- mond Comets meeting Magrath Zeniths at and CCHS Cougars facing the host Cardston Cougars at nine. Saturday's games are scheduled to go at four, seven and DALEY DIES NEW YORK (AP) Arthur Daley, 69, Pulitzer Prize winning sports columnist of the New York Times, died of an apparent heart attack Thursday. When Finley demanded com- pensation from the Yankees for Williams, New York, in turn, asked for the same con- sideration from Detroit for signing Houk. But Cronin ruled that the cases were not similar because the Yankees had publicly acknowledged and accepted Houk's resignation. The Yankees finished fourth in the American League East Division last season after leading the league as late as July. Virdon had replaced Danny Murtaugh as Pirates manager following Pittsburgh's 1971 World Series victory over Baltimore Orioles. When Virdon was discharged last September, Murtaugh return- ed to the Pittsburgh bench as skipper. During last month's winter baseball meetings at Houston, Virdon was hired by the Hous- ton organization to manage their Denver farm club in the Pacific Coast League. He said at that time he had rejected some coaching op- portunities in the major leagues, preferring instead to stay in the managerial end of the game. Ford pitched for the Yankees during the 1950s and 1960s and served as player- pitching coach in 1964, first base coach in 1968 and had been an assistant in spring training the last couple of seasons. He also occasionally worked on Yankee radio and television broadcasts. Howard played for Toronto Maple Leafs of the Inter- national League before joining the Yankees from the mid- 1950s until 1967. He became a Yankee coach in 1969. The Yankees also announc- ed the rehiring of third base coach Dick Howser. President Gabe Paul said a fourth coach would be announced later. Following the 1973 season, long-time Yankee pitching coach Jim Turner announced his retirement and bullpen coach Jim Hegan joined Houk's staff in Detroit. "It takes a very big man to come into this said George Steinbrenner, general partner of the Yankees, who announced the signing. "You can't win without the said Steinbrenner "Charlie asked too much. We couldn't give up the future of the Yankees." So, instead of continuing what had developed into a dead-end situation with Finley, the Yankees turned to Virdon. Asked if he considered him- self an interim choice in view of the Yankees' efforts to get Williams, Virdon shook his head vigorously. "I'm the manager of the New York Yankees and I like it that he said. "My position isn't compromised at all. I'm the manager and I'm going to operate that way." Virdon's agreement is for the 1974 season only, and Paul was questioned about that. "Bill's been on one-year contracts all he said "He's the new Walter Alston." Alston has managed Los An- geles Dodgers since 1953, sign- ing a one-year contract before each of 21 seasons with the club. How Do Some Pooplo Afford These Cars They're Driving? They Lease Them CHRYSLER UAlMISYtTW Smart people Leasing puts them in a new car without a down payment And we make it easy. Any type of lease plan on any make or model of car Our own ser- vice department, plus full-time lease experts Get more car and more care for your money Call for the facts ROY MclNTOSH at 328-9271 Nowl Kino CHRYSLER DODGE LTD. Comer of 3rd Ave. and 111ft St. f MMM VANTA'S ECONOMY MEATS 904 7th Ave. S. 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