Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
March 27, 1973 J.ITH6RIDGE HWALD _ 9 Esposito top scorer Who's in playoffs still not decided City champs Walter Hnatkowskr, left, Greg lazaruk, centre and Larry Vipond, won the Cily Men's dart championship for the second time in as many years Monday. The represented the Miners' tibrary. Play continues, top seeds miss MONTREAL CCP) With centre Phil Esposito of Boston Bruins assured of liis Ihird straight scoring title and Mon- treal Canadians and Cliicago Black Hawks already declared champions in their rsepective divisions, this week's National Hockey League action will focus on the scramble for additional playoff berths. Esposito currently leads the individual scoring race with 122 points and holds a 25-point lead over second-place Bobby Clarke of Philadelphia Flyers. It Espo- sitl maintains that edge, it will represent the widest margin any NHL scoring champion has ever had over the runner-up. Mght winger Gordie Howe now retired from Detroit Red Wings as a player, finished the 1952-53 season with a 24-poin margin over team-mate Ted Lindsay. Esposito leads in both depart merits of the scoring race, with 51 goals and 71 assists. He has reached the 50-goal level for a record-breaking third-straigh season and this year's perform ance will give him the championship in four of the las five seasons. But while the Canadiens am Black Hawks clinched firs place in the East and West D visions respectively last week all ether playoff spots remain subject to change. BRUINS LEAD RANGERS In the East, second-place Bos- ton leads New York Rangers by four to 101. A Boston victory against the Rangers Wednesday would ensure a sec- ond-place finish for the Bruins. Both teams have three games remaining, and while the Rangers could still catch Bos- ton, they would have to win all three games to do it, In the event that the two teams end up tied in points, the Bruins would be awarded sec ond place as they already have dge over St. Louis and the two earns have one meeting left. The Penguins would edge out Los Angeles ii they finished tied, n the basis of their jour-win, wo-loss record against Uie (ings. Detroit and Buffalo could settle some of these problems tonight as the Red Wings travel to Toronto to meet the Maplfi Leafs, while the Sabres are guests of the last-place Nev York Islanders in another Eas Division match. Vancouver Ca nucks visit the North Stars i in the only other schedulet game. Minor hockey The Maroons and Maple Leafs earned hard-fought victories in Bantam "A" playoff action on the weekend. Boyd Blair, Randy Hamage and Gary Mikula fired in a goal each ami led the Maroons to a slim 3-1 win over the Red Wings while Kevin House managed a singleton in a losing cause. Walter Montina, Maura Cai- toni and James Severtson were the instrumental players in the Leaf's 3-2 decision over the Ca- nadiens in the other Bantam "A" playoff match. Each player scored once in the win while Ken Block and Albert Backe tallied in a .losing effort. Meanwhile Terry Hamilton scoring in the first two periot as they trimmed the Ti-Ca 6-1 in Midget action Monday. Bill Henderson paced II: winners with two goals. Sii gles came off the slicks of Deng Stenbeck, James Rich- ardson, Alan Boras and Collin Barnes. Doug Slephens accounted foi the lone Ti-Cat marker. three York. more wins than New CALGARY (CD The Cana- dian junior badminton cham- pionships entered the semi-fi- nals today minus the lop and second seeds in the mixed dou- bles and second seed in the men's doubles. But the three top seeds in the men's and women's singles and women's doubles remain alive. The 175-player field has been whittled down to eight con- testants In the singles and 12 teams in the doubles as the tournament enters its third and final day. Mixed doubles competition in the quarter finals Monday pro- vided a capacity crowd with the most thrills. Top-seeded mixed doubles duo, Tom Muir. and Catlrj Clarke of Toronto, lost their first quarter-final game 15-8, to Denys Marl in and Helene Bi lodeau of Quebec City. They then bounced back to win 18-17 the second but were edged -10 in the final game. In the other mixed doubles n s et, third-seeded James orke and Roberta Farkes of oronto edged second seeded en Little and Maureen Thome Calgary 15-10, 7-15, Another close match saw Bob inchcliffe 'and Sally Dakin of oronto squeak by Ron Chen nd Katby Henry of Vancouver 10, 7-15, 18-16 while Lucio abris'aml Mary Koso of To- onto defeated Allan Smith of ancouvcr and Dianna Marrion f Victoria 15-3, 16-7. Little and team-mate Rich Villiams, second seeds from Calgary, were dumped from men's doubles competition in a lose-fought 15-7, 11-15, 15-11 natch with Jamie Clarke and Len Dubecki of Brantford, Ont. Top-seeded James Muir ant Fabris of Toronto took an easy The fourth and final playoff spot in the East is a bigger question mark. Buffalo Sabres lead Detroit by a single point- to the Wings have ne game in hand. If these two clubs lied in oints and wins, Detroit would ke fourth place on the length of their record against 16 Sabres this ins and one loss. JEST JAMMED 7n the West, Philadelphia and Minnesota North Stars are tied ir second with 81 points apiece UCLA Bruins easy victors over Memphis ST. LOUIS (AP) Bill Wa to- incomparable ai yed wilii Memphis Slat in a record 44-point ance Monday night as the: Bruins won seventh con- secutive national collegiate bas- ketball title 87-66 at the St. Louis Arena. UCLA shattered a 39-all halt- time standoff with the 6-foot-ll redhaired star repeatedly tak- ing high lob passes to score with ease before a sellout crowd of Walton limped off with a sprained ankle with left in the Bruins' 75th consecutive triumph that wrapped up a ninth National Collegiate Ath- letic Association crown in 10 years. The youthful Indiana Hoosiers dominated Providence from the opening tipoff of the consolation game, taking third place with a 97-79 verdict. Memphis Stale's G-foot-9 Larry Kenon, who battled f'srcely to challenge Wallon un- backboards, drew three i fcv's and Walton then had i lo himself. Finch, the Tigers' brilliant guard, fouled out with points just 53 seconds from game's cud. Top-ranked UCLA finished the season 30-n to No. 12 Memphis Slate's 24-6. 15-1 match with Len 'epper of Fernie, B.C., ant Greg Paul of Victoria. The third-seeded team of Toi Muir and Hinchcliffe of Toronti Ben Moxon and Bruc Ganclossi of Vancouver, 15-3, 1 13 and Jean Claude Cloulier an Martin of Quebec City edge Chen and Rob Keenan Van couver 15-5, 15-9. Martin, top-seed in the men's singles, clipped Fabris 15-4, 15- II and second seeded Li (tic drubbed Tom Muir 15-4, 15-4. scored three times and gave the Falcons a 5-4 verdict over he Bisons. Jim Riedlhuber and Darin Chaki added singles while Bed 3olslein, Reg lieggin, Bob Thomson and Ken Ohno scored for the Bisons. Neil Court and Robert Wow rifled ill a pair of markers anc led the Tigers to an easy C-fl win over the Flyers. Dan Zrim and Danny Larond aided with singles. In Bantam "B" play, Tob Goodstriker notched two goal and paced the Eagles to a 3- decision over Uie Kings. Blair Nyrose added a singl while Len Rook and Pat Naka ma tallied for the Kines. Trent Auch blinked the ligh twice and lilted the Monarch to a 3-2 victory over the Cou JS. Teammate Carey Kamitomo added a solo effort while Boh Schlegl and Mitch Friesen scored for the Cougars. In another Bantam "B" con- test, Richard Layng's overtime Some players Tee agents? CLEVELAND (AP) Man-in ililler, executive-director of the lajor League Baseball Players' .ssocialion, says players whose ontracts were renewed without heir signatures will become ree agents if no contract settle- ment is reached by the end of he season. Seven major league player: Ha, ha you're out Although referee Jimmy Devlin appears to be laughing at Percy Hayles of Jamaica, he Is actually counting the fighter out. Hayles was knocked out in the sixth round by Chu-Chu Malave of New York. Has slight arm trouble Lolich shows signs of wear the Flyers ame in hand. enjoying a If the two teams finish the egular season deadlocked in wints and wins, Philadelphia vould finish second because of hree wins and only two losses .gainst the North Stars. St. Louis currently is in ourth place with 73 points. The Blues have two more points ban Los Angeles Kings and four more than Pittsburgh Penguins. On the basis of seasonal records against one he three teams being tied in -he standings at the Kings would get the nod over the Blues on the strength o three wins to two. Pittsburgi goal gave the Horneis a slim 1-0 win over the Blades. Mark Cameron scored two first period goals for the Pintos and they stood up until the second period %yhen Mike Monaghan and Brad Axworthy replied for the Whips in a 2-2 Pee Wee deadlock. In Midget action, the Lakers scored an impressive 5-0 shut- out over the Royals. Sid Braak taljied twice for the Lakers while singles came off the sticks of Doug Pitt, Don Wright and Doug Kitaguclii. The Black Hawks posted a slim 5-4 victory over the Jets in Bantam "A" hockey action Monday night. Hod Ross and Garry Prince (allied a pair of goals for the Hawks while Terry McNally added a single. Morgan Munroe scored twice for the Jets while singles were made by David Laidlaw and Dick Roberts. currently holds a Ihree-to-one 'Hie Stampcders did all llieir Inuuaiiuel tops at St. Mary's Tmmanuel Christian won the St. Mary's grade seven boys' basketball tournament over the weekend. In the final Immanuel stop- ped the host St. Mary's A team 30-26 to win the Knights of Col- umbus trophy. In Ihe consolation final St. Mary's B team trimmed St. Jo- seph's ol Coaldale 36-19 to win the consolation honors. Friday nflernoon, in opening round games, Immanuel Chris- tian dumped St. Mary's B team 36-19, St. Mary's A downed Wil- son 36-21 and Paterson won out over St. Joseph's 23-13. At the conclusion of play Saturday an all-star team was chosen. Selected to the team were Bob Span of Immanuef Christian, Larry Trrni of Wil- son, Glade Roberts of Falerson, Dave Berlando of St. Mary's A and Wayne Doroshcnko of the host B club. m with a great new selection of fine fabrics! have been notified that .Ibsir contracts were renewed withou :heir signatures. The seven include Jerry Kenney and Dave Duncan of Cleveland Indians, Vida Blue of the Oakland Athletics, Fritz Peterson of the New York Yankees and Rick Ileichardt, Mike Andrews and Stan Bahnscn of Chicago White Sox.. In a dispatch from Tucson, Ariz., where the Indians are in spring, training, Miller was quoted as saying thst once a player is noiified by his club that his contract has been renewed without his signature "he is under contract it's the same as exercising an option in any contract." "Tile position 'then becomes very clear, Miller continued "After the players' contract is renewed for one year and so long as the player docs not sign a contract, the club has no fur ther right to the player at the end of that Fla. (AP) That so-called "rubber arm" ol Mickey Lolich finally is showing signs ol wear, the Detroit veteran pitcher says: But the 32-year-old leit-hander says there's nothing much to worry about as long as he doesn't develop tendonilis. "This is the first year I've had a little trouble with my Lolich said during a spring training break. "Evei today it's not real strong, and I'm Hie starting pitcher on opening day." "This is the first time I've ever felt those years of pitching finally starting to take a toll on the 10-year Tiger hurler said. "My muscle in my shoulder is extremely painful. But that's always like that at spring training. There are adhesions that break aiter you start pitching again and then it's okay. "But it's a sore tendon that to watch for. It can rle--elop into tendonitis, and I can e out for up to a month at a ime. Both the tendon and nuscle are stiff now. I have ;o silch hard enough to break the adhesions in the muscle but easy enough so I can build up he tendon." Lolich, who this year became Detroit's lirst pitcher to reach he salary bracket, is .he perennial iron-mon of the He has pilched in 393 major league games, all with De-Iroit, for sixth place in the team's 73-year innings are also sixth best, while his 163 vio-Lories fall just 37 short of De-Toit's top mark for 2M by Hal New hauser. The all-time Tiger winner was Hooks Dauss with 221. Lou'ch's strikeouts is far ahead of any Tiger, and three shutouts would give him 35 and put him first in that category. He had a 22-14 record last year after being 25-14 the year before, was second in the American League last season in strikeouts with 250, starts with 41, and complete games with with CONFIDING Drive wHh Pride! f. Murray Bullock, one of 1 Beny's respected experi- enced sales leaders, is anxious to roll out the "Red Carpet" for you. Ha 15 Irwiles you to in and ffis dea! now on a like nevf t'l 1973 demonslralor. He Beny-you'll BENY-iit. ?v S HENDERSON LAKE GOLF CLUB s .MIXED MINI BONANZA NIGHT i a Friday, March 30th HAPPY HOUR 6 P.M. SMORGASBORD 7 P.M. e Las Vegas type games and draws. 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