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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 13, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Dickerson finally signs with Rams LOS ANGELES (AP) — For a while it seemed the Los Angeles Express was intent on snatching All-American running back Erie Dickerson from the Los Angeles Rams and put another big name on a United States Football League roster. Express co-owner Bill Daniels flew Dickerson, the Ram’s top pick in the National Football League draft, into town on Monday amid speculation that the USFL hoped to repeat the success it had in convincing 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker to sign with New Jersey. The flight, however, simply saved the Rams the cost of bringing Dickerson out themselves. “That’s part of our new fiscal management,” said Rams Coach John Robinson after the NFL club signed Dickerson to a four-year contract late Tuesday. Terms of the pact were not revealed, but the Rams’ last offer reportedly was a $2.1 million, four-year package with a signing bonus. “I have always felt Erie Dickerson was a Ram since the day we drafted him,” said Rams owner Georgia Frontier, in a statement from London. “I have the utmost confidence in our negotiating team. I have been in daily communication with our people and today (Tuesday) I spoke with both Erie and his agent (attorney Jack Mills). He is a fine young man and an outstanding football player who should be valuable part of our team." Express co-owner Alan Harmon took the news in a positive light. “The fact that he gave us serious consideration is a compliment to the Express and the USFL and I think it’s indicative of the progress we’ve made in less than a year.” Harmon said, however, that despite giving it “our best shot” it became “quite apparent that Eric’s intentions were to sign with the Rams.” "He’s a great player, an intelligent player,” said Robinson, who would have had a huge hole in his backfield had the Rams been unable to come to terms with Dickerson. The Rams traded Wendell Tyler to the San Francisco 49ers to make room for Dickerson and gave the Houston Oilers two fourth-round draft picks to move from third to second position in the first round of the draft. Dickerson, who gained 4,450 yards in his career at Southern Methodist University, flew back to Houston after the signing. He will report to the Rams’ training camp at Cal State Fullerton at the end of the week. “He’s going home to get his clothes,” said Robinson. “He’ll be here Friday.” Dickerson finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Walker and Stanford quarterback John Elway. He averaged seven yards per carry in his senior season and scored 47 touchdowns during his four years at SMU. The Rams still have two other top draft picks unsigned: wide receiver Henry Ellard of Fresno State and placekicker Chuck Nelson of Washington. pBar purges day camp sign-up U ' '    'I Tiler* la stM Oma to register for T Bar IT Camp which opens July * at the T Bar M Camp on Highway 41 West in New Brauafels. This one week camp is open to boys and, ages 10-18 and the cost Is IOO. A wide sperts are ottered — tennis, archery, soccer, gymnastics, volley bail, basketball pool activities. Lunch will be provided. For more Information, contact the T Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, TX, at naggl JNwSports Hwrald-Zeitung Wednesday, July 13, 1983 SA SMH photo* by John N S«nt*r Finally, a British Open with fair weatherAmericans face adjustmentsExpos ousted Astros drop Montreal, 7-5 adrenalin going tonight, and he did an outstanding job.” Knight, who raised his batting average to .339 with two hits and two RBIs, including the game-winner, voiced the same optimism. “When I was with Cincy, I thought he was one of the best relief pitchers in the league,” Knight said. “Last year, he was tentative with his pitches. This year he’s his old self and has better control.” Montreal Manager Bill Virdon said pitching “let us down.” “We just haven’t been consistent,” Virdon said. "Fortunately, no one in our division has done well.” The Astros trailed 5-3 when Terry Puhi led off the fifth with a double, moved to third on Dickie Thon’s single and scored on Gamer’s single. A wild pitch advanced the runners before Cruz singled home Thon. Knight then singled in Garner and Bjorkman singled home Cruz. Montreal took its lead with three runs off starter Mike Scott in the fourth. Chris Speier had an HBI single and Al Oliver had a two-run single. The Expos had taken an early 2-0 lead on run-sconng singles by Gary Carter and Andre Dawson. Houston went ahead 3-2 in the third as Thon walked and Garner was hit by a pitch. First baseman Oliver then mishandled a smash by Cruz that went for a three-base error and Cruz scored on Knight’s double. Randy Lerch, 1-3, took the loss for Montreal. HOUSTON (AP) — After a season of struggling, Houston relief pitcher Dave Smith found the groove — just in time to help knock the Montreal Expos out of first place in the National League East. Phil Gamer, Jose Cruz, Ray Knight and George Bjorkman aided Smith’s cause with RBI singles during a four-run fifth inning Tuesday night as Houston posted a 7-5 come-from-behind victory. It was the Astros’ sixth win in seven games and fifth victory in six contests against Montreal this season. The loss, combined with Philadelphia’s sweep of a doubleheader against Atlanta, dropped the Expos one game behind the Phillies in the East. Smith, bothered for much of the year by a bad elbow, found his previous form, allowing only one hit over the final four innings for his third save of the season. Smith highlighted his performance by fanning Andre Dawson, Al Oliver and Gary Carter in the ninth. His performance preserved the win for Houston starter Vem Ruhle, 2-3. “I had been dropping my elbow below my shoulder,” Smith said. “It’s mechanics. I saw films on it. When I get my arm over my shoulder, it eliminates the pain in the elbow.” Houston Manager Bob Lillis said pitching coach Les Moss “helped straighten him out. “I definitely think he can regain his form of 1980 with his forkball now,” Lillis said. “He had a lot of Beating the toss (top photo) Jeff Bryan beats the toss home in the New Braunfels American League Allstars 10 1 defeat of the San Marcos Allstars Tuesday night. The game is part of of the Area I tournament being held in New Braunfels on the National Little League fields, (bottom photo) An NB all star beats successfully breaks up the double play. In the first game Monday, NB National League defeated Luling, 10-5. The third game tonight will pit the NB National against San Marcos American at 7:30. Thursday's game will be between NB American and Lockhart. The winner of the NB National-San Marcos American will meet the winner of the NB American-Lockhart game Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the tourney will advance to the District 13 tourney in Youkum, July 18. SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Adjustments    usually are necessary for American touring pros hoping to succeed in the British Open. A couple of decades ago, there was the mandatory use of the smaller British    ball, which performed slightly differently than the American ball. That, problem, however, has disappeared. The big ball is used. Then there’s    the weather. Usually, the British Open is played in windy, cool-to-cold conditions with occasional drizzle. This time it’s different. With the U2th British national championship due to begin Thursday on and around the dunes and sandhills of Royal Birkdale, the    two dozen American tourists have found weather more common to a St. Louis summer: hot (into the 80s for a couple of weeks), humid and hazy. The conditions normally require a greater variety of shots, particularly low, run-up shots, than are necessary at American tournaments. But that aspect, too, has been reduced by calm winds. Still, there are adjustments to be made. “Short pins,” said Lanny Wadkins. Short pins? “In the States, we’re used to having pins < the stick supporting the flags) of a uniform length,” Wadkins explained. “Here, they are all different lengths. “You can be 150 yards away, but you look at the pin, and it’s short, and it looks like you’re 200 yards away. “It’s just something you have to get lured to,” said Wadkins, a prime contender for this title, the oldest in the game. “I’m playing very well,” Wadkins said. wind and I got into some bad habits. But I made a couple of little adjustments, and I feel I’m playing very well. I’ve shortened my thumb, so that my swing is tighter, more compact, than it’s been in a long time. I feel I’ve got my swing back to where it was 12 or 13 years ago.” Wadkins, winner of two titles and more than $275,000 on the Tour this year, said he has played at a higher level of consistency over recent months. And that, he said, could be a major factor for him in this tournament. “I’ve won five times over the last 18 months and been second three times. That’s very, very steady. “I know I’m not going to scare anybody on total victories in the majors,” said Wadkins, a former PGA champion. “But I think I’m a good enough player to win them all."Batey remains unblemished For the first time since play began five weeks ago, scored 20 or better: Cliff Wilkins (27), Conrad Sture there is only one team in the top spot of the New (24) and Roger Richey (20). David Taylor and Mike Braunfels Summer Basketball League.    Doherty    added    ll and IO, respectively. Batey Construction, with a little help from ABC    Oma’s Ha us’ Greg Gordon led all scorers with    28 Pest Control Tuesday night, is alone in first with a 5- points, but Scott Henschel (14) was his only team-0 record. ABC handed the Comaltex Panthers their mate in double figures. first loss, 73-59, dropping them into a second place tie Jesse’s Discount Gas got almost all IU offense with The Herald, a half-game back of first. The from Jackson and Sanders, but it was too much for Herald moved to 5-1 with a 115-65 pasting of winless the Hoopers. A 31-12 second quarter gave Jesse s a Oma’s Ha us    57-31 halftime lead, and it went downhill from there. In Tuesday’s other contest. Jesse's Discount Gas Jackson scored 20 of his 37 pointe in the second used 76 points from two players — Mike Jackson and quarter, while Sanders hit 16 of his 39 in the opening Rudell Sanders — to blast Hooker’s Hoopers, 93-53. period and 13 of his team’s 19 third-quarter points. Batey can extend its lead to a full game Thursday No one else scored more than eight for the winners. (or fall back into a three-way tie) against the Un- Tony Trafton bombed in 24 points for the Hoopers, derpass Saloon in the first game Thursday night. followed by Erie Van Noy with ll and David An-A slow start killed Comaltex, as the Panthers derson with IO. trailed 16-9 after one quarter and 39-28 at the half. ABC edged the lead upward to 55-41 after three quarters and told off a late rally which trimmed the    Staadlaga lead to eight.     “    * .. i a a i a adn    Batey Construction..........................5    0 Maurice Caton, poured In » potato to lead ABC.    Gamaliel Panther...........................5    , aided by Dennis Harris (19) and Mike Jackson (16).    s    , John Berger led Comaltex with 13 pointe, followed by    ABC Peat Control    4    2 Mark Simpson with 12 and Kevin Crouch and Johnny    cbstaBUver Bullets......    3    2 Rosales with ll each.    TheSmurfs............  3    2 The Herald outscored Oma’s Ha us 36-13 in the first    Underpuss Saloon...........................3    2 quarter and never slowed down en route to piling up    Miller Beer.................................2    3 115 points — the highest total of the season. Batey    Jesse’s Discount Gas........................2    4 had held that distinction with last week’s 114-74 win    Pischbeck Welding..........................I    4 over Hooker’s Hoopers.    Hooker’s Hoopers...........................0    6 Five Herald players hit double figures, and three Oma’s Hails................................0    6 Phillies take lead; down Braves By BEN WALKER AP Sportswriter The topsy-turvy National League East has taken another twist, and this time the Philadelphia Phillies are back on top. The Phillies, who led the division for most of May, regained first place Tuesday night by sweeping a twi-night doubleheader from the Atlanta Braves. Philadelphia won the opener in solid fashion 4-1 but then had to rally for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to take the second game 74. Catcher Ozzie Virgil, whose throwing error had let Atlanta go ahead in the eighth inning of the nightcap, raced home with the winning run when Braves second baseman Glenn Hubbard threw away a potential inning-ending, double-play relay. “We’re starting to get some breaks now, and we’U toke them,” said Philadelphia’s Pete Rose. Rad* 6, Mats 2 Cincinnati Manager Rues Nixon, while declining to discuss specifics, said the Reds' game with New York was an important one for Frank Pastors. The right-hander had not won since April 17 and had a seven-game losing streak. Nixon did not directly say it, but a bad outing may have sent Pastors back to the minors. Pastors responded with eight strong innings and relievers Ben Hayes and Bill Scherrer got out of ninth-inning trouble. Pastors, 34, struck out six, walked two and allowed Danny Heep’s pinch-homer in the eighth, his fifth home run of the season and third as a pinch hitter. Dan Driesaen’s single broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning and his three-run homer, his sixth of the season, made it 44 in the sixth against Mike Torres, 5-10. PBdrBB B, Cub* 3 San Diego managed to score all of its runs in the sixth inning as Sixte Lez-cano’s three-run homer keyed the uprising. Chicago’s Dickie Notes, 24, was sailing along with a two-hitter and a 34 lead when the Padres went to work. Lescano's sixth homer came after an RBI single by Terry Kennedy and was followed by Juan Bonilla's run-ecoring single off reliever Mike Proly. Eric Show, 94, pitched a five-hitter for his fourth complete game. Ron Cey’s lith homer gave the Cubs a 14 lead in the second.Dodgara 3, Cardinals 1 Dusty Baker seems to be working his way out of his first-half doldrums. He singled in the tying run in the fourth inning and then crashed a two-run homer, his lith, in the sixth to pace Los Angeles. Baker was batting just .231 at the All-Star break, but has gone 9-for-17 with three homers and nine RBI in the five games since then. Bob Welch, 74, pitched into the eighth inning, and Steve Howe finished up for his 10th save.Piratss 6, Giant* 2 Jason Thompson’s two-run double keyed a three-run sixth inning that broke a 1-1 tie. He had a run-ecoring groundnut as Pittsburgh added two insurance runs in the ninth. Lee Tunnel!, 34, allowed five hits I* I 24 innings and Cerillo Guanin went the rest of the way for his second save. ;