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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, October 23, 1973 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD 11 Downey recommends sport commission ST. ALBERT, Alta. (CP) A commission on amateur sport in Alberta will be one of the recommendations of the Downey Commission that studied the rights of in- dividuals in amateur hockey earlier this year. Dr. Lome Downey, com- mission chairman, told a Jack Abendshan, often overlooked when it comes to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, continues his own assault on the CFL record books. While the focus usually is on Ron Lancaster or George Reed, Abendshan has his sights set on his own marks. Abendschan overlooked TORONTO (CP) Playing along with Ron Lancaster and George Reed, Jack Abendschan tends to be overlooked in the offence that generates Saskatchewan Rough Riders Each time Lancaster or Reed pass or carry the ball, a Canadian Football League career record is broken. Abendschan, who has never completed a pass or scored a Native Sons drop Elks The Lethbndge Native Sons whipped the Lethbridge Midget Elks 10-2 in an exhibi- tion encounter at Henderson Lake Ice Centre Sunday night Pic Lavoratto and Reg Os- mond tallied twice for the Sons while Jim McLellan, Dick Shardlow, Glen Scheibner, Derick Blasco, Terry Roberts and Dennis Mezie added singles. Mike Boychuk and Rick Weist notched a goal each for the Elks, who trailed 3-1 after the first period and 8-1 after the second. Native Sons outshct the Elks 35-31 and the clubs split 10 minor penalties. NOW IS THE TIME to save on reconditioned Snowmobiles 12usedSki-Doos 335cc to 640cc All at pre-season savings 'ouchdown, continues his quiet methodical routine of kicking points for the 'Riders Last weekend, the place- kicking guard became the CFL's third highest scorer. His talented right toe has notched 773 points, leaving him behind only kickers Larry Robinson of Calgary Stampeders (989) and Tommy Joe Coffey of Toronto Argonauts Abendschan's 1973 produc- tion of 32 converts, 21 field goals and seven singles for 102 points is second to 121 points by Edmonton Eskimos' Dave Cutler in the Western Conference scoring race. EASTERN CONFERENCE Scoring TO C FG S PU Organ, O 0 24 28 5 113 Sunter. H 0 26 19 5 88 Andrushyshyn, T 0 24 16 16 88 Sweet, M 0 28 17 1 80 Rodgers. M 7 0 0 0 42 Symons, T 7 0 0 0 42 L. Smitn. M 6 0 0 0 36 Henley. H 6 0 0 0 36 Oldham, O 6 0 0 0 36 Nixon. O.......6 0 0 036 WESTERN CONFERENCE Scoring TD C FG S Ptl Cutler, E 0 25 30 6 121 Abendschan, S 0 32 21 7 102 Reed, S.....13 0 0 0 78 Robinson, C 0 17 17 4 72 McGowan. E 9 0 0 0 54 McKee. W 0 11 8 14 49 Jonas W 2 11 6 3 44 Campana, S 7 0 0 0 42 Musso, BC 7 0 0 0 42 Eber, S ___ 7 0 0 0 42 VOTE ON TAIWAN TEHRAN, Iran (CP) Prince Gholam-Reza Pahlavi, president of the Asian Games Federation, said Saturday the federation will meet in Tehran on Nov. 15 to decide on the expulsion from the Games of Taiwan and the participa- tion of the Republic of China. -public reaction seminar dur- ing the weekend that the recommendation will be con- tained in a final report to Horst Schmid, minister of culture, youth and recreation. The seminar was the last of four called after the Downey Commission presented its preliminary report last August. That report suggested that contracts binding a player to any one team or organization be prohibited, opposed the practice of selling or trading a young player without his consent and criticized payments to an amateur team or organization when he was drafted by a professional team. The preliminary report had also mentioned the possibility of an ombudsman for amateur sport but Dr. Downey, whose Edmonton research firm con- ducted the study for the provincial government, said he will not recommend such a step. Four briefs were presented to the commission Saturday. They were submitted by the Edmonton Metropolitan Hockey Association, the Ed- monton Parks and Recreation Department, the Alberta Amateur Hockey Association and the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. The CAHA brief criticized the commission for lack of research, particularly into junior hockey in Alberta and western Canada. At a seminar in Grande Prairie last week, Dr Downey said the Western Canada Hockey League could be forced to release its hold on young amateur players or become a professional league if the commission's recommendations became law. But the St Albert meeting was told that the provincial government would not have any jurisdiction over the WCHL, which is affiliated with the CAHA. The commis- sion was told that provincial legislation would affect only three teams Edmonton Oil Kings, Calgary Centennials and Medicine Hat Tigers. Dr. Downey said he will recommend to Mr. Schmid that the public be given a chance to react to his group's final report. Local drivers shine Rod Pruss gave local Autoslalom their initial look at a Formula V car Sun- day and he was impressive to say the least. In the Racing Class com- petition at the one-day event sponsored by the Lethbridge Sports Car Club Pruss covered the course in one minute, five seconds flat. Harold Hubka, also of Lethbridge in another For- mula V was second at John Zimmerman, driving a Mini-Cooper, captured Class 2 with 1-08.1 clocking, just ahead of Mei Wawters in a Datsun 240 Z. Wawters was timed in A time of earned Max Baines and his Volkswagen first place in Class 3. Ron Wegner was runner-up, in a Cotina Class 4 honors went to Bob Harder. Driving a Fiat Harder slipped through the obstacles in to earn a decisive victory over runner- up Russ Wilton in a Mazda. Wilton was timed in 1 17 1 A total of 28 cars took part in the one-day event. They're happy today Charles O. Finley, right, owner of the Oakland A's, honored for winning their second world championship, joins Dick Williams and his wife, Norma, In a laugh on Williams announced after winning the World Series, the reviewing stand in Oakland where the A's were he would resign as manager of the A's. Finley will not sell the A 9s It is my club, my money OAKLAND (AP) Charles 0. Finley is a proud and stub- born man-refusing to bend un- der the iron fist of the com- missioner, a state of near rebellion on the part of his players and taunts from the fans He is on a collision course with baseball. "It is my ball club, my money. As long as I own this ball club, I will operate it my insists the maverick owner of Oakland Athletics. "The A's are not up for sale "Baseball is part of my hap- piness. Sports is part of my happiness." The 53-year-old, snow- haired Finley, a headstrong and successful Chicago in- surance millionaire, reiterated his determination to stand firm in the face of es- calating pressures during the weekend. He faces an almost certain fine from Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for first making a public announcement against the commissioner's orders and later seeking to shelve in- fielder Mike Andrews, whose two errors lost the second game to New York Mets in the World Series. The Athletics defended their title Sunday by beating the Mets 5-2 in the decisive seventh game PLAYERS UNHAPPY One of Finley's star players, Sal Bando, said Finley "lack- ed class." Another, Reggie Jackson, impulsively said he would like to be traded. Manager Dick Williams quit after Sunday's game. Even Oakland fans, given a winning team three years in a row with the last two gaining the World Series, joined in showing their distaste for the man who put the whole thing together. Their attitude was rpflprtprt in signs that bobbed up in the final games of the World Series at the Oakland Coliseum: "Keep the Fin- ley." "Finley is a Horse's A." "Goodbye, Charlie." In a 90-minute interview in his motel suite not far from the Coliseum. Finley, relaxed, in shirt sleeves and measuring every word carefully, said he inherited his strict business principals from a stern father who worked for U.S. Steel in Gary, Ind. "I worked 10 years in in- he said. "I've been in business for another 25 years and I was brought up to do a job quickly, correctly and con- scientiously. I expect anyone that's associated with me in any of my ventures to operate in the same manner." Finley is regarded by some as a ruthless operator Before he hired Williams three years ago, he had employed 10 man- agers in as many years in baseball He operates with a skeleton administrative staff, which keeps its suitcases packed. Late in the season, he hired former major league manager, Bill Rigney for a broadcasting and scouting role and almost as quickly let him go "I created a job for Rigney." Finley explained "Because of economic con- he added, the "job ended." Finley's most celebrated action involving an employee, however, was an attempt to place Andrews on the injury list in the midst of the World Series after the infielder had made two errors, costing the Athletics three runs in their 10-7 lose to the Mets in the se- cond game. Commissioner Kuhn re- jected the move with a severe reprimand. Andrews said Finley lied about his being in- jured and encouraged him to sign a document verifying a doctor's report of an ailment Finley stoutly defended his action, insisting that he did not fire it was made to had legally asked that Andrews be replaced on Oakland's World Series squad because of the in- fielder's shoulder ailment. Athletics looking From PLUS One Skiroule, two Scor- 3ions, one Arctic Cat, one Snow Cruiser all at similar savings. mi MACS IYCLE LTD. 13-3rd Avenue South PHONE 327-3221 Cloted Monday Open Tnuraday and Friday until p.m. "Serving Southern Uberta for over 30 years" I'D LIKE A CHAT WITH vou THEN ITS ABOUT PUTTIN' ASIDE POft YOUft OLD AGE NOU'RE 100 LATE.SON -SHE'S ALREADY GOT ME COVERED B5R THAT TS RETIREMENT OAKLAND (AP) Now that they've won their second straight world championship, all the Oakland Athletics have to do is find a manager for baseball's most turbulent team. Owner Charles 0. Finley's angry Athletics won the World Series and their manager in rapid succession, finishing off New York Mets in the seventh game Sunday, then savoring the victory for a short time before manager Dick Williams formally announced his resignation. Williams left for "family and personal reasons." and claimed his departure had nothing to do with Finley. While Finley shops for a successor to his popular manager, who is rumored on his way to New York as pilot of the Yankees, baseball com- missioner Bowie Kuhn is in- vestigating the Oakland owner's shenagins which often overshadowed the 70ih World Series. Reggie Jackson, hero of the series who keyed Oakland's comeback in the sixth and sev- enth games, winced when a reporter tried to slip some of the credit for the title to Finley. FINLEY DISCREDITED Jackson said over and over, "please don't give any credit to that man. "It was the easiest thing in the world for this team to lay down because of .that man. Our fans helped us. They knew we were bitter and they knew why." The reason for the bitterness and Kuhn's in- vestigation was one and the same. It concerned the curious case of substitute in- fielder Mike Andrews, who made two costly errors in the second game of the series Afterwards, Finley tried to have the player banished to the disabled list because of a chronically bad shoulder. The move was blocked by Kuhn. The players rallied to An- drews' defence, and in the midst of the turmoil, Williams told the team in a clubhouse meeting that he would be re- signing at the end of the series, "win or lose." He kept that pledge. "The Andrews thing Dick Williams quitting who was responsible of all those things' asked Jackson. "You know With Oakland trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, Jack- son's bat came alive. He drove in two runs and scored the third Oakland's 3-1 victory in Game Six. And he hit a towering two-run homer after Bert Campaneris also had hit one, helping the Athletics to their 5-2 victory in the seventh game. Last year, when the Athletics won the series for the first time, Finley and Williams danced atop the dugout in Cincinnati. The celebration was more restrained this time, partly because of Finley's recent heart attack and partly be- cause of the manager's im- pending departure. "I'm going to miss said relief specialist Darold Knowles who set a world series record Sunday by appearing in all seven games. "He's the best manager I ever played for." "The commissioner made it seem to appear he was forcing us to change our action the owner said "No action had been taken. What the commis- sioner should have done is deny our request. "I don't think the commis- sioner treated us fairly in turning down the request." he added. "He's talking about embarrassing Andrews. But I was sure as hell embarrassed by what he did." Finley said Andrews signed the doctor's report hesitating- ly after bargaining with Finley for a 1974 contract The innovative and con- troversial A's owner, first to push for the designated hitter and night World Series play, figures he is ahead of his time in an archaic, reluctant-to- change sport "I made a few suggestions and some of them were laugh- ed at. but adopted he said. "I don't expect baseball to buy my thoughts overnight. He currently is pushing for what he calls an "alert orange" baseball to step up hitting, enforcement of a time limit on pitchers' deliveries, shorter seasons and inter- league play BENY'S PRE-COLD WEATHER SPECIALS! This Special Includes Sun Replace Points Check Wiring Replace Spark Plugi Cheek Air Filler Check Battery end Cablet Check Charging Syitem Adjutt Carburetor Replace Fuel Filter Power Check FRONT END SPECIAL! Here's what we do Check Steering Boi Check Ball Check Steering Linkage Align Front End (Camber, CMter, and Toe In) Only .95 FREE! 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