Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, March 29, 1972 'HE IETHBRIDGE HEKAID 9 Virdon. predicts big future for slugger ooking for bunt By THH ASSOCIATED PRESS Bob Robertson won instant fame in the 1071 World Series as tlie world's longest buntcr. Now, he's trying to win acclaim as a spring training without the bunt sign. The Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman hit a home run against Baltimore Orioles last October to win a series' game. He didn't know until he had circled the bases that manager Danny Mur- laugli had signalled for a sacri- fice. Robertson homered twice against St. Tuesday for Louis Cardinals a 6-2 exhibition TOOK A SOUD SHOT Ralpl< Charles, Brit Commonwealth welterweight champion, falls between the ropes in sixth round after exchange with Cuban-bom .vorlcf welterweight champion Jose Napoles, Napoles retained his title with a sevenlh round knockout. Opinions vary on outcome. LONDON (CP) Edmonton- born Al lrord, outpointed by world lightweight champion Ken Buchanan in a hurd-fought box- ing match Tuesday night, wins praise today from British sports writers lor his performance. of the writers echo the verdict on Ford given by Bu- chanan himself after the non-ti- tle to-rounder. the champion from Scotland. "He needs experience but he'll lie a fighter to reckon with in two or three years." The 21-year-old Ford, in the judgment of referee Sid Nathan, didn't a round of the Lon- don fight. But Pelcr Wilson, chief boxing five to Buchanan and made three even. Nathan had made il four rounds even and all the others he gave to Buchanan. "This was one of the least formances by Buchanan since he won the world title some 18 months Wilson writes. expert of the mass-circulation I was one occasion in I Daily Mirror, gave two rounds "lie's a very good said! to the Seattle-based Canadian, EDMONTON fCIM Kenny Mr.Leim of V'crnon, R.C., one of the !op nil round cowboys in the world, won the first go round of steer wresflii-g at tlic Canadian Western Rodeo Tuesday. McLean, with 10 Canadian and one world title under his belt during his 12 year career, picked up wilh a time of 6.9 seconds. He also has a good chance of taking first-place money in saddle bronc riding with a 72 point ride hut two cowboys have their final rides ahead of them tonight. Second in steer wrestling were Dick Kelly of Helena, Mont, and Fred Larson of Sheridan, Wyo., who each won !HOO with a lime of 7.2 seconds, Harold Mandeville of IjCth- bridge posted a time of M.2 seconds in calf roping early in the rodeo and it stood up for four days to win him Iloppy Unger of Coaldale, was second with 15.7 seconds for 5100. of Albuquerque, N.M. won SlflO in the first round of bareback bronc com- petition with a ride worth 71 Second- place money of each went to Jr.ck Ward ol of Odessa, Tex. and Joe Alex- ander of Cora, Wyo. for 69- point rides. A new leader in bull- riding emerged Tuesday wilh four days of competition still to go. Freddie Walker of Oycn, picked up 72 points to shunt Richard Gray of Hot Springs, Mont, into serand witli CO, The rodeo ends Saturday night and more than "2-10 cow- boys are after prize money. Local boivlers ready Tlie top 19 live pin bowlers in southern Alberta Left for Sask- atoon, Sask. for the Western Can ad a Five Pin Bowling Championships today. Fourteen of the bowlers are from Lethbridge while Medi- cine Hat and Pincher Creek will send three and two bow- lers respectively. The Lethbridge bowlers in- clude Steve Peterson, Gary Tunbridgc. Jack Smeed, John Rempel, Jeanette Smeed, Di- anne Violini, Bea Salmon, Eleanor Dorigalti and Sandra Wcslling. Bill Thomas, Sliarieite Plato and L-ouiso Plato will represent Medicine Hat while Alf bcrger and Bill Huculak will travel from Pincher Creek, Lei] Herring, the contingent's coach will also make the trip east. Also making the trip manager Frank Winchester and c losed si ngle s repres ent a lives Andy Stapleton of Mill River and Lorraine Sailer o: Medicine' Hat. The mixed team will compel i Friday and Saturday morning while the men's team will sec action Friday and finish Satur day as will the women's con tigent. The singles are set fo a Thursday start and will wim up Friday. baseball victory. It was the sec- ond time within a week lie slugged two homers in a The pair against tlw Cards gives him five for the spring training games and 16 nms bat- ted in. Bill Virdoti, tlic Pirates' new manager, has predicted that Robertson, who hit 26 circuits last season, will be one of tho National League's next great home-run, hitters. In other games, Cincinnati Reds topped Houston Astros 7-3, Baltimore routed Texas R angers 6-1, Detroit Ti gcrs nipped New York Mcts 5-4, Phil- adelphia Phillies edged Chicago White Sox 3-2, Los Angeles Dodge rs t rimmed New York Yankees 0-5, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox tied 3-3 in a contest stopped by rain, Califor- nia Angels beat Oakland Athlet- ics (H, Chicago Cubs downed jan Diego Padres 3-G, Cleveland ndians defeated San Francisco Giants G-2 and Montreal Expos ?eat Atlanta Braves 5-4 in 10 nning.S- ASTROS HIT j Denis Menke homered and j foe Morgan and Cesar Geron- mo each drove in runs for Cin- All three are former louston Astros, Bobby Grich doubled in two -uns in the third inning and Andy Etchebarren homered for wo more Baltimore runs. Mets' pitcher Brent Strom's walk gave Detroit its winning run with the bases loaded- in the OUi inning after homers by Al Kaline and Bill Freehan in the ninth had tied the game. Greg Limnski's homer in the ninth inning gave the Phillies Lheir victory over Chicago. Don Money had homered earlier for Ail The Maroons won the city Bantam "A" championship Tuesday evening with a con- vincing 7-0 win over the Maple Leafs. Barry Baldry and Tony Meli each scored twice for the Ma- Sinceiiiies, Rinke win Seven boys from the Loth bridge Boxing club travelled to Breton, Alia, for ihe south- ern Alberto eliminations ceiHly. Some 64 fighters from 30 fercnt hoxing clubs took in the two day event and fought (or 20 trophies. Conrad Since tines and Car- men Rinke gave tlic Leth- bridge club their best .showing capturing the title in their re- spective divisions. Sincenncs, fighting in the 12o pound junior class oul-classed Robbie Wagcmaker of Kooky- ford in the finals while Rinke brought home the lop award in the 147 pound senior category. Both fighters will now ad- vance with the other IB win- ners to (lie provincial finals to be staged at Sherwood Park in Edmonton April The provincial winners will then move on to the western Canada finals in Calgary April 22. The Lclhbridge club ts also planning to host an invitation- al boxing tourney April 29 n( Ihe Civic C'cnlrc. Career ends for Thomas EDMONTON (CP) Jim he ninth round when lie ap- jeared to jeer and almost to split at a gallant opponent who lad made him miss far more often than a world champion is entitled to." Wilson calls Ford a "litlie lit- tle man with arms so long that could almost scratch his knee without bending his legs." The Canadian "took tlic fight (o Buchanan" but proved infe- rior when Ihe Scot unwashed heavier punching, left jabs and tippcrcnts. In its estimation of the right, The Guardian says Buchanan had a taxing time with Ford. COULDN'T DUCK Buchanan "was never able to suppress Ihc lively and Ford was able to hammer in some dangerous-looking np- perculs from close quarters, which Hie champion was often unable to avoid. After tli3 fight, Ford told of how Buchaiwn had urged him on riming the bout with cries of "Cries on, Al." The Daily Telegraph's Terry Godwin says that when it was all over Ford recognized defeat against a better man. The Canadian accepted Bu- chanan's praise and tap on the hack and replied humbly, "Gee, Ken, says Godwin. N'eil Allen of The Times said Ford swung some menacingly unorthodox punches. Bui he "was never too diffi- cull a problem to com- ments Allen. Meanwhile Cuban born Jose Napoles knocked out Britain's linlpli Charles in the seventh round Tuesday night (o retain his world welterweight boxing tille. Charles suffered his Ihird de- feat in -13 fights, ft marked the 4Mh time in 72 fights that Na- poles has won within Ihe dis- (ance. He has lost only five times. Najwlcs started off aggres- sively and landed some sl.mng body punches and a jolting left hook to Hie Briton's jaw in the third round. Ent Charles out punched the champion in Ihe fourth as Napoles swung wildly. The crowd of about cheered as Charles land- ed some the fourth. In the fifth, Nnpoles appear- ed fo slowing down as Charles kept Ihe champion at hay. Charles came on strongly cgain in the sixth, landing a right to the jaw and a sharp left to the face. But Napoles came alive In the sevenlh, hounding his op- ponent from one side of Ihe ring lo Hie other before knock-1 out event which will feature a ing him oul. I total of 18 games. Philadelphia. Willie Davis' homer in the eighth broke Uie Dodgers' 5-5 tie with the Yankees. New York scored four unearned runs in the first inning and Los Angeles came back for two unearned nms ID tire Shird. A two-nm homer by Harmon KUlebrew pulled Minnesota into a tie with Boston and the game was called because of rain after eight innings. The Cubs scored five runs hi the eighth irming, then Carmine Fanzone homered in the ninth to defeat San Diego. Del Unser ho mercd for two runs for Cleve- land, which beat San Francisco Jim Fairey's run-producing single gave the Expos their triumph over Atlanta. Minor hockey Thomas, veteran all star run- ning back for the Edmonton Eskimos, is retiring because of a leg injury, the Western Fool- ball Conference club an- nounced today. Thomas, 33, was known across Canada as "Long Gone" because of his explosive run- style. He joined the Eski- mos in 19G3 after an outstand- ing college ca reer at J lolly Springs, Miss, and bis nine- season record is yards in carries, yards for 221 passes caught and n total of 51 touchdowns and two sin- gles. He combinations in was twice voted out- standing player for the Eski- mos by tfic FJdmonton fans and was a western and Canadian all star several limes. The club said his retirement is because of the leg injury suf- fered in play last September and also Because he has been offered a coaching position. DO IT MY WAY Herm Harrison, tight end wilh the football Calgary Stamped- ers, gets explicit instruclions while practising for a gome of hockey with the Soskaf- Roughriders. The Calgary coach i s newsman "Scoop" Turner who does not mince words. Proceeds from the game go to the Easter Seal campaigns. Lakers take opener By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS was: Carolina 127, Virginia 121; Oscar Robertson, of Milwau-1 Kentucky 134, Pittsburgh 132; ;ee Bucks, one of the greatest York 92, Indiana 8G; Flo- in National Basketball ridians 118, Memphis 107, and Association history and the j NBA's second leading all-time scorer and top pi ay maker, has been suffering from a strained muscle in his abdomen since Feb. 4. It .showed Tuesday nitihl as the Bucks were upset by Golden Stale Warriors 117-lOEi in Hie opening game of their besL-of- roons. Singles came off the sticks of Conrad Stiyker, Mike lerbau and Dave Sazaski. In Bantam "B" play, Doi Higa fired home four goals a .lie Eagles belted the Nugget 6-2. Cameron French and Ro; Dival completed the scaring fo the winners. Randy Charles worth and Bruce Quick replie for the Nuggets. Steven Mi chic tallied a sue (ten death overtime marker and lifted the Seafs to a slim 2-1 decision over the Ramblers in Bantam "B" action Tuesday night. Henry Bartiiel scored a sin- gle'on in the third period to give the Seals a 1-1 tie with the Ramblers after regulation time. Tim Gross replied for the Ramblers, who led 1-0 after two periods. seven Western Conference semi-final series at Milwaukee. In the other Western Confer- ence semi-final, Los Angeles La- kers, who won a record 6U games (taring the regular spa- son, began their series against Chicago by wearing the injury riddled Bulls 93-SQ in Los APaeles. Boston Celtics, for many years the league's most domi- nant learn, make their first post-season appearance in three seasons, entertaining Atlanta Hawks tonight in opening game of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The other Conference semi-final begins Friday night at Baltimore, with the Bullets facing New York Knieks. All scries are bcsl-of-sevcn games. In the American Basketball Association Tuesday night, it I below his average. Robertson, seeing his most extensive action since suffering his injuiy, had 23. Guards Gail Goodrich with 32 points and Jerry West with 13 keyed Los Angeles1 victory over Chicago. Dallas 93, Utah 95. HUNS OSCAK HAGGED Golden State's Jim Barnett, who was guarded by Robertson, ran Oscar ragged and scorer! a game-high 30 points for the i [Jaselutll Warriors. Barnett got most of his points A general meeting of the on driving shots. H was all part Minor Baseball As- of the Warriors' plan. They sedation, is slated for this eve- knew Robertson was hurting, j ning at in Room 1 at and they feH they could heat Adams Ice Centre, turn and Milwaukee's 7-foot-2J Election of new officers aii'i star Kareem Jabbar down-1 the 1971 program will be court. i viewed along a discussion Jabbar, the league's leading on a possible expansion of op- scorer and most valuable player for the second straight year, led eralions. All interested parties are the Bucks with 28 points, seven i urged to attend this meeting. Family Fun and Games Come in and Meet JIM SALMON TEST YOUR SKILL ON OUR GAMES HOLIDAY HOURS: a.m. lo p.m. OPEN SUNDAYS: p.m. to p.m. 818 3rd AVENUE SOUTH Death claims Owen J. Bush INDIANAPOLIS (A P) J. Bush, 63, who balled ahead of Ty Cobb in tlie Detroit Tigers lineup for 13 years and managed four major-league baseball clubs, died loday. Bush, who became ill two weeks ago while visiting spring training camps in Florida, died in hospital here. Girl's hockey tourney set During the past few years, females liave shown a great iiv torcst in the sport of ice hockey, not as spectators, but as parti- cipants. Playing only in friendly, hut spirited scrimmages. Ihc gals have finally decided lo look for more rewarding goals. Therefore, the Lethbridge YMCA have organized their first annual girls' hockey tour- ney set. for Good Friday. Twelve teams will take part in the one day dcubte-knock- Six of Ihe teams will travel south from Calgary while an- olhcr two will travel cast from Medicine Hat. Taber, Claresliolm, Blair- more and Lethbridge will Iiave only one representative in the neu'ly formed event. The tourney will be run off at two ice centres with action getting under way at Hender- son Lake Ice Centre at a.m. until p.m. and play commencing at Civic Centre at a.m. and concluding at p.m. The following lumber yards will be closed, Saturday, April 1st only, due to Easter weekend. a Ace Bulling Supplies Beaver Lumber Co. 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