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FRANCIS SCORE S SIX IN EXHIBITION WIN:
Express demolish

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, March 21, 1979-Page 9f
Cosmos, 8-2

By DAVE JOHNSON
Special to The Daily
PONTIAC-Both good news and bad
news came from the Silverdome last
night.
First the good news. Soccer sensation
Trevor Francis paced Detroit with six
goals and one assist in leading the Ex-
press to an 8-2 victory over the defen-
ding NASL champion New York
Cosmos in exhibition play before 25,473
enthusiastic fans.
AND NOW FOR the bad news. Since
Francis is still obligated to finish out
the 1979 British season with the Not-
tingham Forest and was only on loan to
Detroit for the evening, Express fans
must wait until late June to see Francis
perform again.
Nonetheless, it was quite as
homecoming for the English star.
Three goals in each half. Six goals on
seven shots.
The other goals were provided by
Brian Tinnon and Keith Furthy. Furthy
also had four assists.
"I'm very happy," said Francis.

"Especially when the sixth goal went
in. Ken Kurphy (Express head coach)
told me it would be a record so I went
for it."
DELAYED 30 minutes because of the
large crowd, the contest was wide open
from the start. Both teams had
numerous scoring chances, but ex-
cellent goaltending kept both teams off
the board.
The Cosmos had several point blank
shots on the Detroit net, but goalkeeper
Jim Brown came up with spectacular
saves. New York's only scoring came
on free kicks.
Francis got Detroit rolling at the 12
minute mark of the first half, scoring on
a rebound of a corner kick.

BOTH TEAMS held each other
scoreless until Francis again scored ten
minutes later on a header.
Trailing 2-0, the Cosmos bombed the
Detroit net with three blistering shots,
but Brown again was equal to the task.
The third Express goal came with six
minutes left in the first half. Francis
teed the ball up 35 yards away and
drilled it into the net to give Detroit a 3-
0 halftime lead.
New York dominated the second half
but couldn't get the ball past Brown.
Finally, at 54:42 Vladislav Bogacedic
drilled a free kick past the Express
netminder.
JUST AS IT appeared that the
Cosmos were going to close the gap

again, Francis scored his fourth goal,
faking out three Cosmo defensemen in
the process.
The only setback for Detroit was
goaltender Brown's injury in the second
half. Although he apparently was
seriously injured and had to be taken
from the field on a stretcher, doctors
determined the,injury to be a bruised
shoulder along with a pinched nerve:
Brown was hurt attempting to block a
shot. He went high into the air and
came down on his shoulde.
The Express will open NASL play this
Saturday, March 24 on the road against
the Dallas Tornado. The team's home
opener isn'tuntil April 14, versus the
Memphis Rogues.

V

Temporary Tre or just brilliant

TWO OF THE finest soccer players in the world, Trevor Francis of the Detroit
Express and Franz Beckenbauer of the New York Cosmos, collide in last night's
NASL matchup at Detroit's Pontiac Silverdome. Francis scored three goals in
the first half for Detroit.

SPOR TS OF THE DAIL Y

-

Wings tame Hawks, 5-3

By The Associated Press
DETROIT-Rookie Dan Labraaten
- scored two power-play goals in the first
11 minutes of the game last night as
the Detroit Red Wings defeated the
Chicago Black Hawks 5-3 in the
National Hockey League.
It was Detroit's fourth straight vic-
tory and Chicago's sixth successive
loss.
Labraaten's two goals, his 16th and
17th of the year, were sandwiched
around another power-play effort by
'Detroit's Vaclav Nedomansky, his 36th
goal of the year.
The Black Hawks rallied in the final
five minutes of the opening period on
goals by John Marks and Bob Murray
to cut the deficit to 3-2. But Paul Woods
converted a rebound for his 12th goal 27
seconds into the second period to make
it 4-2.
Ted Bulley's 21st goal at 3:53 of the
final period gave Chicago new life, but
Detroit's Reed Larson wrapped it up by
putting a 130-foot shot into an empty
Chicago net in the last 59 seconds.
Pistons dumpe)d
PISCATAWAY, N.J.-Harvey Catch-
ings scored all of his 15 points during a
fourth-qurter New Jersey rally to lead
the Nets to a 117-110 National Basket-
ball Association victory last night over
the Detroit Pistons.
Catchings, who managed to commit
two personal fouls and three turnovers
in nine minutes of action during the fir-
st half, re-entered the game with 10:58
remaining and New Jersey trailing 84-
76.
His three-point play sparked the Nets
on a 11-point run to take a 93-92 lead. It
was the Nets' first advantage after
wasting a 14-point second quarter lead
to trail by three at the half.
After Detroit rookie John Long put
the Pistons back on top 96-95, Catchins
hit a pair of free throws to put New Jer-
sey back on top for good at 97-96.
Catchings then hit a lay-up and four
more foul shots arournd a pair of free
throws by Phil Jackson to help the Nets
to a 111-102 lead before he fouled out
with 1:10 to play.
* * *
igers roar
SARASOTA, Fla.-Dave Rozema
SCORES
NBA
New York Knicks 118, Milwaukee 110
Alanta 115. Clelveland 109
New Jersey 117, Detroit 10
NHL
Detroit 5, Chicago 3
EXHIBITION BASEBALL
Detroit 2, Chicago (A) 0
Boston 4, Cincinnati :
St. Louis 7, Toronto 2
Minnesota 15, New York (A , 7
Houston 6, Montreal 4
Kansas City 9, Atlanta 2
San Francisco6, San Diego 4
Baltimore 4, Philadelphia
EXHIBITION BASEBALL
American League

pitched six scoreless innings and the
Detroit Tigers went on to blank the
Chicago White Sox 2-0 yesterday in an
exhibition baseball game.
The Tiger righthander gave up four
hits and picked up his first spring vic-
tory.
Detroit scored in the second inning on
a single and stolen base by Tim Cor-
coran and a single by Dan Gonzales off
loser Rich Hinton.
The Tigers added a run in the ninth on
Phil Mankowski's two-out homer off
Lerrin LaGrow.
Merger threatened
BOSTON-Boston Bruins President
Paul Mooney says the team will file suit
against the National Hockey League if
it agrees to merge with the World
Hockey Association this week.
Mooney says the merger, allegedly
violating the rights of players and NHL
teams, should require an amendment of
the league's bylaws, and thus a
unanimous vote of approval.
However, the merger can be ap-
proved in Chicago tomorrow if three-
fourths of the 17 NHL teams agree to it.
Five teams opposed the merger in
two previousvotes. But theMBruins
believe that two opponents, Montreal
and Vancouver, may have switched, in
part because of pressure from
Canadian business interests.
The other holdouts are Boston, Toron-
to and Los Angeles.
The plan calls for admission of four
WHA teams in Edmonton, Winnipeg,
Quebec, and New England to join the
NHL.
NHL teams would get $1 million
apiece, but would have to make four
players eligible for a draft by WHA
clubs.
Mooney complains that one of the
WHA teams, the New England
Whalers, would encroach on Boston's
geographic territory. The Whalers have
played in Springfield, Mass., but are
based in Hartford, Conn., where the
civic center is being repaired.

Playful Palmer
MIAMI - Pitcher Jim Palmer of the
Baltimore Orioles has another nagging
spring training .injury - and he's
playing it for all it's worth.
Asked how long he would be sidelined
by a pulled groin muscle, which he suf-
fered in a game against Los Angeles on
Monday, Palmer cracked: "... until
they pay me what I'm worth. This could
be a three-year injury.
"I predict a slow recuperative
period," he said. "I'll jet home just in
time for the exhibition game at the
Naval Academy on April 9."

By JAMIE TURNER
Special to The Daily
PONTIAC-Now the question is: what is the Express
going to have for excitement at the Silverdome for the next
three months. Whatever Detroit thinks of, it can't match
what Trevor Francis did last night.
Francis' six goals was a performance by a maestro who
has perfected his craft into a rare art form. And the 25,473
connoisseurs of headers, deflections, dekes and kicks ap-
preciated every play.-
But no more so than his Express teammates and
especially coach Ken Furphy. "It gives the team a lot of con-
fidence because they know a class player like Trevor will
score goals for you," smiled Furphy.
"He is not a superstar," added the red-haired Furphy, "in
that he always hustles, marks his man, plays great defense,
scores goals and he never complains." '
It was unknown until a couple weeks ago whether Francis
would be able to return to Detroit following a brilliant initial
season last summer. But thanks to a multi-million dollar
trade in England Francis got approval from his home Not-
tingham Forest squad to play for the Express last night and
return sometime later this summer.-
As excited as the Express fans were at his return, Francis
was equally as nervous before the game.
"I only had two hours for sleeping lasnight, I was so ex-
cited about coming to Detroit," said a smiling Francis. "But

I knew I needed some rest today so I laid down for five hours
this afternoon. But I didn't sleep a bit ... I guess it didn't hurt
me."
The 24-year-old wunderkind was especially pleased that
his goals came against defending NASL champion New York.
Often slammed to the turf by frustrated Cosmos defenders,
Francis nevertheless scored at will.
"No disrespect to San Jose (against whom he scored five
goals last season) but they just aren't as good as New York. I
think they e(Cosmos) were trying tonight, but we were just
that much better than they are."
Francis' biggest thrill was his third goal of the evening
when he beat New York goalie David Brcic with a blistering
shot from 35 yards out. "The highlight was the third goal. I
wouldn't say I was satisfied at that point, but I never thought
I would be able to do any better. But then a teammate told me
to go out and get another three in the second half."
x Despite his performance last night and the reception he
got from the Silverdome crowd, Francis is heading right back
to England this morning. There he will rejoin Nottingham
Forest with whom he will play until May when he joins the
English national team for a tour that could last until mid-
June.
But what he saw last night convinced coach Furphy that
half a season of Francis was better than nothing at all.
"I said a couple months ago that I would-move mountains
to get him back to this team ... and I guess we saw tonight
what he can do for us."

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