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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THE IFTHDP.IOCE HEBA1D Tutllloy, July 1i, 1971 Russian players always in shape] By ]IED KISlIEft, Montreal Star 3 ilon't know whether or not 1 can play in Ihfll scries. Frankly, I don't sec how I can. After all, I've got a hock- ey school to operate during the month of August. The kids expect me. Maybe I can make some arrangement to train only a couple or three days a week." MOSCOW Alexander A1- cxeevich Gresko dropped his chin onto his fists while he weighed the words of team Canada's Phil Esposito. "Al- ter all, I've got a hockey school to run. Alexander Alexeevich is young to hold so large a po- sition or, at least, one with so long a title. The hair is black. The [ace is broad and tanned. Spots of i.igh color are on the cheeks. And ah, yes, the title: Deputy Chief of the Department of Interna- tional Sports Relations of Ihe Committee for Physical Cul- ture and Sport under the Council of the Ministers of the U.S.S.n. Got that? Okay. Now ex- hale. Finally, a shrug of Hie shoulders and what appears to be a sad smile. "There is only one way to answer Alexander Al- exeevich says, and it is that our hockey players are never out of shape. It is up to the individual whether or not he likes to train. Only he c a n provide the answer. I am sure there are times he can- not train as often as he would like or as often as we would like him to train, but he is in condition." Weaver claims righthander being selfish. Cardinals' Gibson doesn't want to start game Soviets not skating as team The Team U.S.S.R. thai will confront Team Canada in the September series, is not skating as a team right now. But it is skating and training. Maybe more of the latter and less of the former, but the team is in condition. Not six weeks from now, which is about the time Team Canada hopes to be in condi- now, It's not skating as a team and, as a matter of fact, won't skate as a team until August 22, which is a little more than a week after Team Can- ada welcomes its athletes from their hockey schools and golf rounds and general off- season loafing. But if any- body has even the slightest notion that the Soviet team isn't as fine and hard as a team should be right forget it. The conditioning part of this team goes on and on, says Deputy Chief Gresko, and so dues some uf the hockey playing. Take Ms word for it. So it is that 14 members of the National team are guests of the General Democratic Republic of Germany this week where, says Gresko, "They are playing a little bit and doing some physical work and he says. They are there with the rest of the CSKA (Army) team which has, on its roster al- most half of the players named to the Soviet National team. It is a team, inciden- tally, that still is coached by by the great Tarasov, who was a legend in Soviet hockey with his series of World championship teams until he was removed from the post before the last World cham- pionships in Prague. And so It is that on July 28, almost three weeks before Team Canada huffs and puffs into the first day of training camp, the Soviet players who count will be involved in the semi-final of the European Championship Cup. The Soviets do not go into a championship semi final game unless their condition is superb. There is no time for a rest Hockey schools? Holidays? A summer away from the drudgery of a season that in- cluded the Olympic which they won and the World championships, which they did not win, and a league competition that didn't end until May 14. Time for a rest for honoured U.S.S.R. sport masters like goalie Vladislav Tretlak, backs Aleksandr Ta- gulin, Vladimir Lutchenko, Viktor Kuzkin, Gennadiy Tsi- gankov, Valery Vasiliev, Vit- ally Davidov and some of the forwards like Vladimir Viku- lov, Aleksandr Maltsev and Valeriy Kharlamov, to name only a few of the people on their 35-raan team? A rest? Gresko grins broadly at the suggestion. "They will also play in the Soviet Sports Cup competition from August 15 to August 21. So you see, there is no time to be out of condition. There is no time to take It easy, as you say. There is especially no time alter the Soviet Sports Cup, because the day after, they will be collected for a spe- cial training course by the Coach Bobrov." It is almost unnecessary to mention that coach Vsevolod Bobrov also is an honoured sport master of the U.S.S.R. The Soviet hockey leaders talk about their team's condi- tioning program in a matter- of-fact way. Doesn't every- body do it, they ask? Surely Canada's professionals. This is Team Canada coach Harry is here today, by the way talking about his problems even be- fore he was officially signed as coach and manager of the team. "Once I get the players on the he said, "How do I work them? Do I work them hard at the outset and taper off as we approach the series? Or do I gradually work them up to a peak? Do I start them easy and then lash them? Do I give them a day off now and then? After all, we're asking them to give up a big part of their summer." Then lie adds; "The train- big camp is the most impor- tant part of this series as far as I'm concerned." Sinden favors training camp Maybe Sinden is right, but the training camp is the least important part to the Soviets, because there is no summer for the players. Maybe a couple of weeks to catch up on some exam time for the students on the team, but nothing approaching the time off enjoyed by the National Hockey League's super lal- cnts. The invitations come from places like the General Democratic Republic of Ger- many and the players go. No time for loafing. No corners are cut. No "arrangements" are made. That's how a Val- eriy Kharlamov becomes an Honoured Sport Master, three lime world champion, two-time European champion, champion of the eleventh Win- ter Olympic Games, second prizer, as the Soviets describe him, of the ]972 World cham- pionships, sccond-prizcr of the European championship 1971 and 72, three-lime U.S.S.R. champion, and twice recog- nised as one of the three best U.S.S.n. forwards with 77 goals in BS games as a mem- ber of the national team. Ami whal of Ihe special I raining course for the Na- linnal team when the players Ml out of Ihe Soviet -Sports competition into a Team T'.S.S.Ii. Alignment? Arc I'-cre any of ;hn questions Sinden faces? llo-s Rnhrov ask himself wlrethcr lo "work them hard at the outset and taper off as the series is ap- Does the Soviet coach have to decide whether to "work the team gradually to a Maybe a day off now and then? To the Soviets, Ihe "special training course" is not real- ly very special, because it's become a way of life. It's not a form of payment. It's a duly. IL's not a punishment. It's what the players know they musl do. Tt's weight lifting and other exercises in the morn- ing. "Only a light as Alexandr Alexeevich puls it. Then it's onto Uie ice. "Nolhing loo he slungs, "maybe three or four hours a day." He agrees that maybe some of the players don't particul- arly like Ihe idea of putting in all of the work. Even an Honoured Sport Master can be human. "It could he says: "That lo like or not to like training is a question that should be asked of the play- ers. But It is much easier lo play, is il nol, when I lie conditioning is good and the spirit is high." Are you listening Phil and J. C. find Frank and Tcler ami Hod and Ural and Vic and Yvan? Arc you listening, Harry? ATLANTA (API Bob Gib- son reluctantly throws the lirsl pilch tonight in the 43rd all-star baseball game, claiming all the while: "I didn't want to start.' The St. Loius Cardinal right- hander, less than overjoyec about his assignment for the National League, faces Jim Palmer of the American League at Atlanta Stadium. "If I had my druthers, wouldn't start this aU-star said Gibson, Ule hottesi pitcher in baseball with II straight victories. "I'd much rather just pitch one imu'ng anc leave. An all-star assigmnem might be an honor, but it's hard work, too." Gibson matches serves with Palmer, the right-handed Balli more Oriole ace, before a full house of while about 50 million more are expected to watch on national television. The game starts at. p.m MST. The American League won last year's game at Detroit. Gibson, known as a fierce competitor, created controversy with his position. "Yes, I said that I didn't wan to start but I didn't say that I didn't want to writers said Gibson remarked Monday at a news conference referring to a recent newspaper story. He preferred to work just one inning in relief, which wouldn't interfere with his normal rota- tion during the regular season. It's usually the practice for an all-star starter to complete three innings. "I guess I gotta else is there to said Gib- son. "But, now, I guess I won't be pitching Thursday." Gibson' was scheduled to start against Montreal Expos on Thursday. Now, he said, he'll probably have to wait "until Friday or Saturday" to get back into action. WEAVER UPSET Earl Weaver, Palmer's man- ager at Baltimore and boss of the American league team, stormed: "This game is important to me and to every player in it. I don't think anybody should say he doesn't want to play. Ninety- five per cent of the gate from "his game goes into the pension fund. This pays for my retire- ment and his, and he'd better not forget it." National League manager Danny Murtaugh seemed unral- tled by the Gibson storm. Wheo Weaver produced news- paper clippings of Gibson's re- marks, Murtaugh said: "Well, Bob and I have different Ideas. named him as my starter and I'm going to start him." Murtaugh refused to commit limself past the first three in- nings, although he has a quant- ity of powerful pitching arms to choose from, including New York's Tom Seaver, Steve Blass of Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadel- ihia Phillies' Steve Carlton and Don Button of Los Ar.feles Dodgers. With all that reserve pitching lelp, the National League is a 7-5 favorite, but the odds are also based on slugging stars, in- cluding Cincinnati catcher Johnny Bench, the major league's home run and RBI leader with 24 and 72- The Nationals, with an all-star edge of 23 victories, 18 losses and one tie, have a power- stacked lineup that can easily reach the fences at Atlanta Itadium, a hitter's paradise called "The Launching Pad." Cincinnati plans clinic The Cincinnati Red Logs will stace a baseball clinic in Lelh- bridgc Friday morning at the Henderson hall park. The one-day instruction clinic will start at nine o'clock and will be for any interested ball players between the ages of 15- 20. Fred Uhlman, the Reds' head scout will be the instructor and will get help from John Vase- lenak. Included Is Hank Aaron, play- ing in his 21sf All-Star Game. The Atlanta Braves slugger, who has hit many of Us 059 car- eer home runs here, said he ex- pects there will be more than one ball leaving the cozy park Tuesday night. Aaron, despite a history of poor All-Star performances, will be tutting No. 3 in the National League lineup. Joe Morgan, Cin- cinnati's second baseman, is the National lead-off man, followed by centre fielder Roberto Clcm- entc. Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh's left fielder, will hit in Ihe clean-up spot, followed by Bench. Houston first baseman Lee May will bat sixth, third baseman Joe Torre of St. Louis seventh, Chicago shortstop Don Kessingcr eighth and Gibson, one of the besHiilling pitchers in the game, ninth. Weaver said he plans to use JUST LOVES HIS WORK Umpire Andy Olsen gives Houston Astros' manager Har- ry Walker the leave sign after he and Walker had a slight disagreement over a call Olsen made. There is a break in the major league baseball action for tonight's all- star game from Atlanta; The game will be televised commencing at p.m. (AP Wirephoto) There's nothing cleaner than game of baseball CINCINNATI (AP) Dis- missing a reported weekend bribe attempt on pne of his Dlayers as a prank, Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson said Monday: "This whole thing shows there's nothing cleaner ,han baseball." Reds pitcher Wayne Simpson reported receiving a telephone call Saturday, before he pitched against the Pirates at Pitts- jurgh. Simpson said he was asked by a man named Louie to :'blow the game." "It didn't even phase Anderson said. "He called me right away. That's the way we do it. We check these things out, and that shows other people not :o fool around because we're ?oing to report it whether rau're joking or not joking." The Reds won the Saturday contest, 6-3, but Simpson was not involved in the decision, caving the game after six in- nings. DESCRIBED AS PRANK Was the bribe attempt a prank? "Sure, I think it was." Ander- son said. "The only thing is, as long as you report everything it's OK. That's what's so strong about baseball. "I've always said there's nothing cleaner lhan baseball." Anderson said despite the fact that professional athletes are recognizable to many people on the street, personal contacts to make bribe attempts are un- likely. "I don't think that anybody would approach you, personally, on those he said. "Nobody wants to go to jail. Nobody's going to go up to an athlete and do something like that, because they don't want to go to jail. "I've been in baseball 20 years, and I've never been ap- proached in my life. I'd say 99.9 per cent of players have never been jostled with." Simpson, a 23-year-old right- OFFEKED er Wayne Simpson of the Cin- cinnati Reds says he was of- fered to throw a game, by an anonymous phone call- er Saturday. bander, says ball players are easy to contact in hotels when on road trips. "By the time you eat at night after the he said Mon- day, "It's very late, and you usually sleep during the day. "Thus you can usually reach most ball players in the room during the day." JUST GOT SINGLE Simpson said the caller asked that Pittsburgh's Bob Robertson be allowed to hit a home run in the sixth inning. Robertson sin- gled in the inning, but was thrown out as he tried for a dou- ble. "I thought about tele- phone that Simpson said. He said Johnny Bench, Cincin- nati catcher who also was con- tacted by the caller, "said he looked up at the Scoreboard in the sixth and thought it was kind of ironic Robertson was coming up." Simpson says the call "didn't phase me, if it bothered he said, "millions of people could call and bother you. "This is a first for me." Kish earns win foi1 Park Plaza Park Plaza wliipped Coaldale Ventura Hotel 9-3 in Ladle's exhibition Softball play Mon- day night. Linda Kish earned the mcund win over Charlotte Wiebc. T re vino knocked down by crowd Golf galleries need manners COLUMBUS. Ohio (Al'i Lcc Trcvino Ihinks it's about time the gallery learned some manners In following the pro golf tourists. The popular Mexican-Amer- ican, who slopped Jack Nick- l.ius1 bid in the H r i t i s h Open nearly two weeks ago, was the victim of an unruly crowd Monday at Uic Coin m b n s invitnlioiial pro-amalcur championship. "It's a matter of said Trevino, the second lead- ing money winner on Ihe lour this year. "You holler lell those people how lo act." Trevino said he was Lrealcd roughly Ihe cnlirc 18 holes over Ihe Sciolo Country Club course and was even knocked down. KNOCKED DOWN "I got knocked down com- ing off Ihe inih said Trevino in Hie wake of a two- over-par 73 performance in the one-day event. "I was gouged, kicked and tripped. I got slabbed in the eye. "The crowd ran across Ihe greens, bunkers and fairways. I couldn't even lalk lo my parlncrs. "Kids and women were run- ning down Ihe fairway want- ing to Lake my picture. When I was pulling one lime T looked around (ind Ihey were Irying to gel my niilogrnph in the middle of Ihe green." Trevino said lie felt sorrier for his three, amnlcur males. "You think these ama- teurs enjoyed paying ?3SO and getting this kind of treat- Trcvino admitlcd the game needs the s p e c t a t o r s. He thinks it's just a mailer of hiring more marshalls. Nicklaus, who shot a 74 on his home course, did not have Ihe same problems ns Trev- ino. However, tournament of- ficials said the Golden Bear was provided with more prot- ection. 17-game-winner Mickey Lolich of Detroit and Cleveland's Gay- lord Perry right behind Palmer "depending In Murtaugh's strategy." Hod Carew, Minnesota's fine second baseman, is Weaver's leadoff baiter. New York Yan- kee centre fielder Bobby Mur- ccr is second, followed by right fielder Reggie Jackson of Oak- land, Chicago Hrst baseman Dick Allen, left fielder Carl Yasfrzemski of Boslon, shorts- top Bobby Grich of Baltimore, Orioles' third baseman Brooks Robinson; catcher Bill Freenan of Detroit and Palmer. Race results EDMONTON fCP) Race resulls at Northlands Park Monday: FIRST SUM, claiming, 2 year olds. 3 lur- loncs. Cariboo Chief (SladnylO 5.EO 240, Canyon Palrol (Norri5> 4.fiO 3.0IJ. While Fleet (Wiseman) 2.BO. Time: 3-5. Synscope, Another Mission, Oberek, If By Chance also ran. Track Scratch: Knamite. SECOND SUOQ, claiming, 3 year olds, 7 Fur- longs. Cariboo Trial 3B.70 8.90 5.20, Conila (Shields! 3.90 3.60, Klon- dike Lure (Hamil) 9.00. Time: Tillicum, Shining Cloud, Black FlaK, Gay Grin, Bassano Boy also ran. DAILY DOUBLE: J10.7IL THIRD SI ,409, claiming, 4 year olds and up, 7 IurlonSs. Mr. Marsh (Shieldsl 20.80 8.00 5.70, Miss Teresa E (BMIingleyJ 5.30 4.40, Niahl Shine (Haynes) 4. GO. Time: Sabrio, Prince Nils, Tinga Page, Foolish Discretion, Earl of Richmond also ran. QUINELLA: (57.70. FOURTH claiming, A year olds and up, 7 furlongs. Gallant Thief (HamiH 13.30 7.M 4.90, Ky Honor (Hedge) 6.70 4.20, Crow's Mile (Gold) 5.U. Time: 4-5. Noacception, Main Hajo, Easy Eagle, Bals LasF, Pixie Belle also ran. FIFTH claiming, 3 year olds, 7 fur- longs. Lunar Chief (Combs} 2P.BO 12.90 5.90, Cranfleld (Stadnykl 6.6ft J.90, Frenesi (Gold) 3.80. Time: Hot Beef, Mary's Fancy, Do A, Lasl Trust, Tickle Your Fancy also ran. EXACTOR: S112.M. SIXTH claiming, 4 year olds and up, miles. Gay Stitch (Shields) 37.60 10.50 OO, War Bridle (Barroby) 4.1o Chan- tage (Levlne) 3.30, age (Levlne) 3.30, Time: 4-5. Silk Buttons, Sione, On The Go, Little Beck also ran. SEVENTH allowance, 2 year olds, 9 fur- Vlc'key's Champ (McCauley) 5.10 3.70 260, Pop The Cork (Kipling) 5.00 Chlllco Morn (Hedge) 2.BO. Time: 4-5. Royal Knock, Stir Tracy Jay, Lady Trengrove also ran. EIGHTH j claiming, 4 year olds and up, 7 Sinful Pappa (Inda) 6.70 4.30 4.10, Money Charger (Levlne) 12.10 B.PO, Top Story (Hedge) 10.50. Time: Stokes Road, Atomic Tommy, Vast Opportunity, Nulkl Bay, Moonllghl Shadow also ran. NINTH claiming, 4 year olds and up, miles. AAoortjale fSanchei) 7.10 4.00 J.70, Oul On" Bail (Inda) 3.60, Reserved Speed (RycroftJ 5.60. Time: Fasl Friday, Heir 0( Hope, Indian Lake, Take One Step, Now Iran also EXACTOR: 114.00. Assiiiiboia teams here tonight Two Lefhbridge Minor La- crosse Association teams will see exhibition action at the Henderson Lake Ice Centre to- night. A midget and bantam team from Assiniboia, Saskatchewan will pay our city a visit and are expected to bring along a considerable amount of talent with them. According to organizer Dave Smith, the two Assinib o i a clubs have competed at the na- tional level and are well en- dowed with experience. The Lethbridge Lancers will face the midget squad from the east at 8 p.m. while an all- star team from Lethbridge's bantam ranks will take on As- sinibpia's bantam club. This game is set to get under way at p.m. GABRIEL WORKS OUT LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Quarterback Roman Gabriel of Los Angeles Kajns did some jogging and light throwing Mon- day, a week after he suffered a collapsed lung. Gabriel, 31, who has taken over virtually every Rams pass- ing record in his 10 years with the National Football League team, was first feared lost for the season when he had trouble breathing during a workout last Monday and the condition was diagnosed as a collapsed right lung. ELRICH TIRE SPORT SCORES MAJOR LEAGUE W L Pel GBL Cal. Jimmies la t Cal. Giants .....17 B .481) U% Edm. Tigers 13 9 .191 4 Red Deer 9 12 .m n't Lethbridge 10 IS .4m BVj Edm. Blue Wit. 4 19 .174 13W W L Pet. GBL Pillsburgh 55 33 .425 New York..... 49 38 .543 FA St. Louis 45 44 .511 10 ago 46 44 .511 10 Montreal 40 47 .460 Philadelphia .31 57 .302 24 West Cincinnali...... 21 33 .as Houston 51 Jl .554 6 Los Angeles 47 42 .538 8'A Atlanta "2 -19 .-142 San Francisco dl 52 Diego..... 33 H .371 2 TODAY'S GAMES j games scheduled All-Star AMERICAN LEAGUE Easf W L Pet. GBL Delroil SO 37 .575 Balllmorc W 38 .568 1 Boslon d5 41 .523 5 New York...... -12 43 .W4 Cleveland 36 51 MA HVi Milwaukee..... 35 52 .402 15Va Oakland Chicago Minnesota Kansas Cily California Texas West 54 35 .615 49 4] 45 42 .517 9 U 45 .J94 11 40 52 .435 37 53 .411 TODAY'S GAMES No games scheduled All-Star breaK. MINOR LEAGUE SCORES Pacific coast League Hawaii 13 Phoonix 12 Tucson 3 Tacama 2 Porlland Lake 1 Eugene 12 Albuquerque 7 HIGH SPEED TIRE TUBE S14.95 14 ELRICH TIRE LTD. COMPLETE TIRE SALES 4 SERVICE 101 M An Sourh Phoni 337-6866 or 317-444S ;