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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Judge

lets Haywood

Icers in top shape after split,
keep same lineup for Denver

play for SuperSonics

LOS ANGELES (A)-Controver-
sial basketball star Spencer Hay-!
wood won court approval last
night to continue playing with the
Seattle SuperSonics of the Na-
tional Basketball Association un-
til trial of his . antitrust suit,
against the league.
U.S. District Court Judge War-.
ren J. Ferguson granted a pre-
liminary injunction to Haywood
and set a trial date of March 2.
At the same time, the judge
said that a "professional athlete
cannot be used and treated as
merchandise."
The NBA, however, will go to
appellate court in San Francisco
today arguing that the lower court
did not have jurisdiction in the
case.
Haywood, 21, originally signed
with the Denver Rockets as a
hardship case after his first year
at the tniversity of Detroit. The
former Olympian became disen-
chanted at Denver despite a re-
ported $1.9-million contract for

daily
sports
NIGHT EDITOR:
RICK CORNFELD
six years, and last Dec. 28 he sign-
ed with Seattle.
The NBA claimed such a con-
tract was not permissible under
its rule that no collegian may sign
until his college class graduates.
Ferguson ruled against the NBA
and its graduation rule in issuing
the injunction.
Ten days ago the same judge
issued a temporary restraining or-
der against the NBA which per-
mitted Haywood to play with the
SuperSonics while that order was
in effect.
Yesterady's order continued the

court permission for Haywood to
appear with the SuperSonics.
Also at issue in the March 2
trial will be the contention of the
Denver Rockets that the Ameri-
can Basketball Association con-
tract still is in effect.
Ferguson said that if Haywood
were not granted a preliminary
injunction he would "suffer such
irreparable injury that he could
not recover monetarily or be re-
compensed fully."
Haywood's a t t o r n e y, Morris
Pfaelzer, argued that the NBA
college rule violated antitrust laws
as a group boycott.
At its meeting in San Diego last
week, the NBA boa d of governors
voted to seek action against the
SuperSonics because of that team's
signing of Haywood.
William Shea, a lawyer for the
NBA, claimed Ferguson did not
have the power to grant a pre-
liminary injunction in this case.
Haywood, a former University of
Detroit star, scored more than 30
points in his first college game,
an abbreviated encounter because
with 10 minutes to go, Haywood'
broke the glass on the backboard
with a dunk shot.
A former Detroit Pershing prep
star, Haywood was a surprise
Olympic standout in Mexico City
in 1968.
Along with that of former
Michigan State star Ralph Simp-
son, Haywood's case has raised
questions about the propriety of
pros raiding the college ranks.

By JOEL GREER
Even though the Wolverine icers
have lost three of their last four
games and are tied with Minne-
sota in the basement of the West-
ern Collegiate Hockey Association,
they find themselves preparing
for this weekend's series with
Denver in the best shape of the
season.
The 3-7 league record is hardly,
indicative of their recent p 1a y
since they have lo s t their lastj
three games by a total of four
goals.
In fact, last Saturday's 3-1 loss
to North Dakota could almost be
attributed to poor officiating.
Brian De Piero's second period
goal, which gave the fighting
Sioux a 2-1 lead, was scored while
almost everyone in the Coliseum
but the officials thought North
Dakota was offside.
DePiero's 40 foot drive easily
beat an enraged Karl Bagnell, but
the Wolverine bench and most of
the 2500 fans angrily protested to
the officials. The North Dakota

-Daily-Denny Gainer
WOLVERINE GOALIE KARL BAGNELL makes a save Friday
night in Michigan's 5-1 victory over North Dakota, as Punch
Cartier (3) and Bob Falconer (22) look on. Bagnell turned in a
masterful performance to assure the Wolverine win.
CHANGES MIND:

players, meanwhile, merely chuck-
led.
Later in the Sioux lockerroom,
it was suggested that the play
was possibly five feet offside.
"No," said one of the NoDak stars,
with a wink, "It was more like two
feet offside."
Michigan head coach Al Ren-
frew was discouraged with the in-
cident. "You cannot blame t h e
officials for not doing their job.
They were caught out of position
and couldn't call it."
Renfrew has been disappointed
with the officiating for a 1 o n g
time, but he thinks the problem
can be alleviated. "We should def-
inately change to two linesmen
and one referee. The game moves
too fast for two officials to con-
trol."
Later in the second period,
Michigan's Bernie Gagnon en-
gaged in an altercation with the
NoDak's Dick Wilson. Gagnon and
Wilson scrapped behind the net
while the fans watched a niore
interesting s q u a b b 1 e involving
Mike Jarry.
While Jarry's scrap quieted
down, attention turned to Gagnon
and Wilson. Apparently egged on
by his sparring partner, Gagnon
smacked a solidleft hook on the
cheekbone with the g r a c e and
savvy of Ringo Bonavena.
With Wilson pleading his inno-
cence, the officials handed Gag-
AP Cage Poll
1. UCLA (26) 13-0 552
2. Marquette (2) 13-0 494
3. Southern Calif. 14-0 448
4. Pennsylvania 13-0 373
5. Kansas 11-1 295
6. Jacksonville 10-2 275
7. Western Kentucky 12-2 182
8. Tennessee 11-2 152
9. Notre Dame 8-3 121
10. St. Bonaventure 9-1 118
11. South Carolina 10-3 111
12. Kentucky 10-3 97
Utah State 12-2 97
14. Villanova 13-3 84
15. LaSalle 10-1 74
16. Oregon 9-2 41
17. Fordham 12-1 37
18. Indiana 9-3 32
19. Virginia 11-2 29
20. North Carolina 11-3 27
Other teams receiving votes, in
alphabetical order: Baylor, Houston,
Illinois, Massachusetts, M e in p h i s
State, MICHIGAN, Murray State,
Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio State,
Purdue, Weber State.1

I WCHA Standings e
WCHA Season
Ih W L W L T
SMich. Tech ......... 10 1 15 2 1
Minn., Duluth ..... 7 5 10 7 0
North Dakota .... 7 7 8 7 0
Wisconsin .......6 6 12 9 1
MSU ........ 5 5 1060
Colo. College.....4 5 6 9 1
Denver.........4 6 8 6 1
Minnesota.......3 7 5 10 1
MICHIGAN......37 490
Weekend schedule
Denver at MICHIGAN
Michigan Tech at Minnesota, Du-
luth
Minnesota at Michigan State
North Dakota at Notre Dame
non a five-minute fighting penalty
and acquitted Wilson. Gagnon al-
so received a game misconduct,
which put him out of that game
as well as Friday's encounter with
Denver.
"It was unfortunate that Wil-
son wasn't penalized also, but the
referee was correct in calling the
penalty on Gagnon," Renfrew
said. "It's tough to back down in
a situation like that but you have
to swallow your ,pride."
Before the North Dakota ser-
ies, Renfrew had shuffled his line.
up, and he was pleased with the
result. He moved Merle Falk to
the Paul Gamsby-Brian Slack
line and Tom Marra from defense
to the right side of the Gagnon-
Rick Mallette combination.
Gary Connelly was also moved
to forward from defense. At the
same time, defenseman Brian
Skinner was paired w i t h Jarry
and Punch Cartier was teamed
with Jerry Lefebvre.
Renfrew plans to continue with
the n e w arrangement. He said,
"We're doing a better job defen-
sively. We needed the bigger men
up front."
Renfrew was also pleased with
the play of his goalie, Karl Bag-
nell. Bagnell sparkled throughout
the weekend set, particularly in
Friday's 5-1 triumph.
With Miegaln Tech, now 10-1,
apparently running away with
the race, the remaining eight con-
ference teams will be fighting for
the final seven playoff spots.

the
upper deck:
The Super Bowl . . .
...Auld Lang Syne
By BILL ALTERMAN
here were a number of seemingly irrational moments during
Sunday's Super Bowl game, but perhaps the strangest one
of all came after the game when the wife of the late Vince Lom-
bardi presented the Colts with an award named in honor of the
great Green Bay coach.
The award itself is well named. Lombardi's teams dominated
pro football for a decade in much the same manner that the New
York Yankees controlled baseball and the Boston Celtics con-
trolled basketball. And that is what made the moment so incon-
gruous, for the team that made off with the most points Sunday
was anything but a true champ.
Listing the mistakes the Colts made in the game would
probably take the better part of this column and most of
you doubtless saw enough of the game to know what a dis-
aster it was. Sunday, however, was not their only poor per-
formance of the season and indeed hidden away in that
14-2-1 record is some of the shoddiest performance one is
ever likely to see in a championship game. Their offense
especially was poor with their running game averaging a
mediocre 95.4 yards per game in the regular season.
None of their victories this year were the kind you would
talk about. An early one against Chicago seemed to set the pat-
tern. In that cliffhanger Baltimore found itself trailing the
Bears with time running out and hope just about as deflated as
its Super Bowl chances. Then Chicago middle linebacker Dick
Butkus actually garbled his defensive signals and Baltimore
found itself with a man all alone over the middle for the winning
touchdown.
This year's Colts were probably the worst ones of the past
12 years. The John Unitas of ten years ago would never have
overthrown his receivers as he did Sunday. And Raymond Berry's
hands could not possibly have allowed a fumble such as the
costly one Eddie Hinton committed.
Baltimore's fabled youthful runners, Tom Nowatzke and
Norm Bulaich got less combined yardage than Alan "The
Horse" Ameche got per annum back when a season was only
12 games long. And you can bet that he would have gotten
that touchdown from the two which Baltimore, in three
straight ahead cracks, fell pathetically short at.
All around, one finds the Colt team of a decade ago better
than the one's now listed as champions. Even the defensive line
with Bubba Smith would look collegiate compared to one an-
chored by Gene "Big Daddy" Libscomb and Gino Marchetti.
For all its popularity, pro football this year could not come
close to the execution and contact that prevailed a few years
back. None of the games this year will leave a memory as strong
as the image one may have of those frozen last seconds up in
Green Bay when Bart %Starr scored on a one yard plunge to
defeat the Dallas Cowboys.
In those years nearly every game was a major rivalry.
Twice a year Green Bay and Detroit would square off and
twice in the same year the Packers would have to do battle
with the Colts.
These were matchups played not for money but for blood.
Football was not the extravaganza that television has made it
today, but a genuine contest where people came to see two ,teams
play football-and not those idiotic balloon quarterbacks that
the Super Bowl committee saw fit to blow up in the Orange Bowl.
Not being that perceptive an observer, I cannot really say
whether or not the pro teams are getting worse. However, with
the incredible expansion football has undergone since the birth
of the American Football League, it's quite possible that the
talent is simply spread too thin and a lot of players don't deserve
to be in the league.
Whatever the reason, it is obvious that professional
football is no longer what it used to be. Granted more people
than ever are watching, it is doubtful though that they like
what they see and the Super Bowl was a case in point.

Howe to play in All-Star game

BOSTON (A) -' Gordie Howe,
the Detroit Red Wings' superstar,
hopes to play in his 22nd All-
Star game tonight when the Na-
tional Hockey League's 24th an-
nual midseason classic makes its
first Boston appearance.

NHL to run Pittsbur gh team;
McKenzie set for surgery
By The Associated Press
BOSTON-The National Hockey League Board of Governors
voted yesterday to operate the financially troubled Pittsburgh Pen-
guins for the remainder of the 1970-71 season.
"The club will be operated in Pittsburgh as it has been for the
balance of the season with the full support of the league," NHL Presi-
dent Clarence Campbell said after a day long meeting on the eve of
the 24th annual All-Star game.
* * *
f BOSTON-Right winger John McKenzie of the Boston Bruins
will undergo surgery Tuesday for a shoulder separation suffered Sun-
day night, the National Hockey League Club said yesterday.
The Bruins said McKenzie will be out of action at least four weeks.
McKenzie, who had been selected for the NHL All-Star game here
Tuesday night, was injured when he collided with Toronto defenseman
Jim Dorey.
f WASHINGTON-President Richard M. Nixon was asked for a
Monday morning opinion on what he though of the Super Bowl foot-
ball game Sunday in which the Baltimore Colts eked out a 16-13 vic-
tory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Nixon, smiling, shook his head and told reporters: "I sure hope
I don't make that many mistakes."

Howe, a 42-year-old right win-
ger who has rewritten the NHL
record book during his brilliant
career, changed his mind yester-
day and decided he would at-
tempt to play. Plagued by injuries
this season, he had said Sunday
he would not appear because "I
don't deserve it."
Howe advised Harry Sinden,
coach of the East squad, that he
wanted to try to play because
"after I saw the story in the pap-
ers, it didn't sound too good."
The graying veteran then went
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Scores
NBA
Atlanta 123, Buffalo 113
ABA
Kentucky 124, Virginia 114
College
Duquesne 81, Notre Dame 78, overtime
Villanova 80, St. Bonaventure 67
Kansas 83, Iowa State 57
Temple 78, West Chester 48
Clemson 59, North Carolina St. 50
Georgia 77, Auburn 76
Murray State 79, Bradley 71,
overtime
Florida State 78, Stetson 71
Akron U. 99, Buffalo State 65
Stephen F. Austin 121, Texas A&I 74
St. Francis, Pa. 95, St. Vincent 71
Tampa 89, Georgia Southern 77
East Tenn. St. 71, Morehead 64
East Texas St. 89, McMurry 76
Howard Payne 94, Tarleton St. 73
Elizabeth City 100, J.C. Smith 87
Abilene Christian 71, N. Colorado 56
Sam Houston 91, Southwest 76
Hardin-Simmons 87, Midwst'n. Tex. 71
Virginia Commonwealth 93,
Haverford 49
Lenoir-Rhyne 75, Wofford 61

and had an injection to relieve
a painful elbow and rested.
He holds All-Star game records
for the most games played, most
consecutive appearances, 15; most
goals, 10; most assists, eight; most
penalty minutes, 25, and most
points in a game, four.
"We'll be very happy to have
Gordie," said Sinden, who coach-
ed the-Boston Bruins to the Stan-
ley Cup championship last season,
then retired from hockey to be-
come a business executive.
The West squad will be coach-
ed by Scotty Bowman, who moved
up to fulltime duties as general
manager at St. Louis after coach-
ing the Blues to the Stanley Cup
finals against the Bruins.
The West, which earned a 3-3
tie in the first year of the East-
West format in 1969, bowed 4-1
last year and so will be seeking
its first victory.

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