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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Closer medical checks Medical supervision must be improved WINNIPEG (CP) Medical supervision before and during boxing matches should be tight- ened up, says a judge who in- vestigated a boxing card that led to the death of Toronto Judge Banjamin Hewak, named to look into the Feb. 21 card at Winnipeg Arena, also urged the creation of a central registry for ring records of all boxers. The report of his one- tighter Stewart Gray and alle- man commission was released gallons that two other fights Thursday by Recreation Minis- were fixed. ter Larry Desjardins. 'J'HERE IS MORE and more interest in Hie taking of whitefish out of the irrigation canals and other major distribution works in the south country. While no records are being kept of sizes taken, the fishermen are reporting considerable success. There is exceptional interest below the St. Mary Dam, where the major outlet structure has been opened for repairs and the water allowed to drain down. More interest is expected around the dam when the structure has been repaired and closed. Some snagging of whitefish has been reported. Snagging is illegal. Almost every other kind of catch- ing is allowed, but not snagging. Limit is 25 fish per permit day. The permits are free for the asking from any fish and wildlife officer. As far as bird hunting is concerned, tlie current season continues lo be a mixed up one. Nevertheless, most ot the Juck is going to those who work the hardest. There is general agreement that the bulk of. the pheasants particularly, are from this year's hatch. There is little male coloration and the size of Hie birds is somewhat small. A majority of the pheasants are being taken home by the non-residents who have litlle else to do but work the fields all day. The cold weather and snow has started to buncli the sharp-tailed grouse. There's some good shooting in the making. With the Hungarian partridge, the zagging little critters are still everywhere. While partridge are usually not the pick of game bird hunters, or taken as leftovers wherever they are found, they have prov- en to be the best game bird in the south country this season. They can be found almost everywhere on dryland or irrigated country from the Cardston district through lo east of Medicine Hat. Sizeable flocks of ducks are still feeding in many parts of the south. Especially in the deep water areas, or in those districts where there has been litlle frost. The districts around the man-made-, deep water slaging areas like Ihe St. Mary Dam, Ridge Reser- voir, Chin Lake and Travers Dam are key resting spots for ducks and will probably continue In at way until ice forms. Kings Lake, near Foremost, although a much shallower body of water, also continues to hold good numbers of ducks. Little frost so far around King's. For the anglers! A fair percentage are lamenting where, oh where did the grayling go this fall? It would appear there have been very few gray- ling (Rocky Mountain whitefish) runs this fall. Water levels in the streams are still too high. And, it's un- likely the streams will recede now. Here and there: Dr. Hoy Anderson returned from Hie hunt so late one night that he took carrots along the following day so he could find his way home. Wouldn't have been so bad that night if Roy hadn't been attacked by an old rooster pheasant in the dark. Harry Green still claiming that he shot two pheas- ants with two pellets during one outing. He is now looking for a buyer for 23 of the potent shells. Ray Nayson is continuing to look for an antelope a week after the season closed. Even though it was dead, the elephant-sized beast kept on running. In urging closer medlca' checks, the county court judge said there was no evidence to indicate the 27-year-old Gray who died in hospital the day after Ihe bout, had a previous injury that would have been disclosed by pre-fight exam- ination. Gray was knocked out in the seventh round by Al Sparks of Winnipeg, Canadian light heavyweight champion. He was taken lo hospital by ambulance, and death resulted from a large brain stem hemorrhage secon- dary to traumatic brain injury. DIED FROM BLOWS Judge Hewak's 133-page re- port, compiled after a series of public hearings, said: "Simply put, it would appear that Air. Gray died as a result of injuries sustained to his brain due lo blows delivered by Mr. Sparks during tlic course of the boxing contest. "None of the medical evi- dence established that there had been previous damage to Mr. Gray's brain which pre-ex- isted this fight or that could have been detected through a medical examination conducted prior to the fight. "Clearly there appeared to be no culpability on the part of Mr. Sparks or on the part ol anv of the doctors or medicaJ staff." On another point, (he judge noted testimony that Gray was physically and mentally fit for the tille bout with Sparks, de- spile having been involved fii a minor Iraffic accident some weeks earlier. He said the significance of the accident was quickly dis- missed, because the incident was "extremely minor, con- sisting merely of property dam- age with no personal injury." The report makes a number of recommendations on promo- tional and administration as- pects of the Jlaniloba Boxing and Wrestling Acl and Desjar- dins said these will be given a close look. "I think you can be [airly sure that I'll be recommending some changes to the cabinet bc- 'ore the next legislature ses- Desjardins told report- ers. Judge Hewak was unable to come lo a conclusion on an- other controversial aspect of the card, a claim by Detroit ipjiter Jim Christopher that his ife was threatened unless he threw a preliminary bout. Christopher, knocked out by Canadian heavyweight cham- lion George Chuvalo of Toronto n the second round, said three days after the match that he lad been warned to take the dive. Christopher, a one-time spar- ring partner of Chuvalo, said e did not know the man who made Ihe alleged tlireat but lie id not believe Chuvalo, who fas looking forward lo a match vith former world champion luhammad Ali in Vancouver, 'as involved in the plot. Friday, Nntmbw t, THI LtTHMIDCi HEUID IS LCC ties Bottlers The Community College scored three unanswer- ed goals in the final period to lie Purity Bottling