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Friday, February 26, 197

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, February 26, 197 i THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Rick Cornfeld

Marquette

foils

Fordham in

A comeback for At
and all of boxing
1N A WEEK and a half, Muhammed Ali gets another chance. But
more importantly, so does all of boxing.
Like most sports, boxing has been hindered by mismanage-
ment. Like few sports, throughout its history it has been saddled
by crookedness. Like almost no other sport, it has been in decline
in the midst of an incredible sports growth.
The Ali-Joe Frazier championship fight will gross an almost
unbelievable $10,000,000. Each fighter will earn two and a half
million dollars for less than an hour's work-a sum that simply
boggles the imagination.
There is more interest in this fight than in any fight in
decades and, according to experts, the interest is justifiable.
The two undefeated world champions will present live and
closed circuit viewers with the greatest matchup ever.
Frazier is a devastating puncher, Ali a nimble boxer-and
they are touted as the best representatives of their styles the ring
has ever seen. The fight is almost sure to produce ten million
dollars worth of satisfied customers.
Interest is so great, in fact, that the combatants have already
become shrouded in legend, much of it untrue. Frazier is sup-
posed to be a cold, unemotional slugging machine. He doesn't
think; he doesn't do anything-just point him in the right direc-
tion and he'll silently knock out the first person he sees.
Actually, however, when Frazier destroyed Jimmy Ellis a
year ago, he stole a page from Ali's book and taunted his
opponent in the ring. "You acan't hit, sissy," Frazier screamed
at Ellis. "I took your best right han. You ain't got nothing."
Moreover, those who have made Ali the number one public
villain must have been startled last summer when he assisted on
the television commentary of an amateur tournament between
American and Russian fighters, a meet the Russians won.
The way Ali made excuses for the Americans would have
warmed the hearts of Melvin Laird and George Foreman, the
Olympic champ who waved the stars and stripes while accepting
his medal.
In fact, Ali's outside activities have been a major factor
in building interest in this fight, to say nothing of the boxing
game in general. Until Ali came along there was nothing to
keep the sport from suffering an unmourned death.
Ali's rie was accompanied by a boxing revival, and when he
was stripped of his title, the game went into eclipse. Again boxing
is reviving and if you think it's not because of Ali, just consider
the Frazier-Bob Foster bout last fall in Detroit. It was also a
match between two champs-Foster holds the light-heavyweight
crown-but only 6000 people turned out to see the Ali-less fight.
Ali is simply the most colorful, dramatic and exciting
figure in sports, as well as the most controversial.
He earned a shot at Sonny Liston's titlewith his mouth, and
people turned out not so much to watch a great fighter but to see
if Ali was as good as he claimed. He was.
Prombters love Ali because he means money, and politicians
hate him because he corrupts little children. It is strange how
closely related some people think a man's athletic ability is to
y his political beliefs, but most of the boxing and sports establish-
ment strongly feel that that Ali's refusal to serve in the army dis-
qualifies him from fistic glory.
Had it been revealed that Ali beat his wife purple every night,
instead of holding fast to his religious beliefs, the outrage could
not have been stronger.
If Ali loses to Frazier, boxing will undoubtedly suffer.
Even worse it will mean that we will have been deprived of
one more example of color in a sporting world that is becom-
ing increasingly gray.
The oddsmakers rate the fight even, which shows the awe
Ali inspires since, juging from his fight with Oscar Bonavena,
he is still suffering from his three-year layoff. Ali is probably past
his prime, and Frazier is at the peak of his powers. Ali predicted
the fight will go the distance since he is too fast to be decked
early, and Frazier is too strong.
Ali's prediction showed that he is not so confident this time.
Perhaps he knows something the oddsmakers don't.
This Weekend in Sports
TODAY
HOCKEY-at Minnesota
GYMNASTICS-Michigan State, at Crisler Arena, 8:00 p.m.
TOMORROW
BASKETBALL-Ohio State, at Crisler Arena, 2:00 p.m.
HOCKEY-at Minnesota
FRESHMAN BASKETBALL-Central Michigan, at Crisler Arena,
noon
Scoring leaders 41 }424 JS
g fg ft pts, avgj1 ::mRpgtrgjC7

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK-Lanky Jim Chones
scored 22 points, seven in a thrill-
second ranked Marquette to an 85-
80 college basketball victory over
teialfn a adsnSqae ports
No. 11 Fordham before 19,500 hys-
ter ical fans at Madison Square
Garden last night. NIGHT EDITOR:
In the opener of the double- ELLIOT LEGOW
header, Manhattan got 30 points
from Brian Mahoney and defeat-
ed Connecticut 86-83. tended its nation-leading winning
Chones' superlative perform- streak to 34. The Warriors are 22-0
ance capped a thrill-a-minute game this year.
that was tied 14 times including Charlie Yelverton had 25 and
68-68 at the end of regulation play. Ken Charles 21forFordham, which
The teams were no more than six lost only its second game in 22
points apart in the bruising con- starts.
test before Marquette's 6-11 center * * *
broke it open. Billikens edge Shockers
Chones fired in a short .jumperBilk sedeSo er
with ten seconds gone in the over- WICHITA, Kan. - St. Louis
time to give the Warriors a 70-68 University defeated Wichita State
lead. Then Hugh McMahon put in 73-72 in overtime last night to
two foul shots and Chones made a move into second place in t h e
killing three-point play with a little Missouri Valley Conference.
more than three minutes left t, give The Billikens blew two big leads
Marquette a five-point lead that in the game, a 10-point first half
virtually sewed it up. advantage and a 15-point second
Fordham's giant - killing Rams second half margin, but managed
matched Marquette in a bruising to come back from the brink of
first half as several players were defeat on a jump shot by Jim
decked underneath the basket. Al- Irving with 15 seconds remaining
* lie McGuire, son of the Marquette's in regulation time to tie 67-67.
coach, had to leave the game at St. Louis went on to score six
one point with blood streaming points in the overtime, four on
down his face. free throws and the other a field
Dean Meminger, playing with goal by Harry Rogers, who led all
three fouls most of the game, put scorers with 19 points. Benton led
Marquette into a 41-40 half-time Wichita with 17 points and 18 re-
lead with two fouls at the last sec- bounds.
ond before intermission.
Meminger finished wit h 20
points for Marquette, which ex- Scores

-Associated Press
CARLBREWER, (2) of the St. Louis Blues skates past a Red Wing
defender in the Blues' 3-1 win over Detroit last night. Brewer, a
former Red Wing who came out of retirement recently to join the
Blues was booed by his old Detroit fans.

BRUINS WIN AGAIN

Blues clip Red
By The Associated Press Kenzie, Bucyk's teammates, and)

DETROIT -- Christian Borde-
leau jammed in one goal a n d
neatly set up another to lead St.
Louis to a 3-1 National Hockey
League victory over the Detroit
Red Wings last night.
Bordeleau, banged in ex-Red
Wing Wayne Connelley's rebound
from the corner of the cage at
13:15 of the second period for the
opening goal.
Frank St. Marseille made it 2-0
just 42 seconds into the final per-
iod.
Red Berenson dropped the puck
for linemate Nick Libett and then
screened Hall less than two min-
utes later to get Detroit on the
board, but Bordeleau and Craig
Camberon wrapped it up at 15:23
when Cameron snapped in Borde-
leau's pass out for his 11th goal.
Canucks creamed
BOSTON - Johnny Bucyk trig-
gered a personal hat trick and
launched Boston to a record out-
burst of three goals within 20 sec-
onds last night as the Bruins ral-
lied for an 8-3 National Hockey
League Victory over the Vancouver
Canucks.
Bucyk snapped a 2-2 tie on his
39th goal during a power play at
4:50 of the? third period. Then the
aroused Bruins, setting a flock of
NHL records this season, scored
twice more. Eddie Westfall con-
nected at 5:02 and Teddy Green at
5:10.
Vancouver took a 2-0 first period
lead on goals by Rosaire Paiment
and Murray Hall in~ a rematch.
However, Boston came back to
tie the count on second period goals
by Fred Stanfield and Johnny Mc-

then erupted in the finale.
* * *
Flyers fly
PHILADELPHIA - A close-in
goal in the second period by Jim-
my Johnson enabled the Phila-
delphia Flyers to beat the Buffalo
Sabers 3-2 last night and move
into a third-place tie in the Na-
tional Hockey League's West Di-
vision.
The Flyers led 2-1 when Barry
Ashbee carried the puck into the
Buffalo zone and passed to John-
son who beat goalie Joe Daley.
Buffalo's Gerry Meehan slam-
med a six-footer past Philadelphia
goalie Doug Favell on a power
play a few moments later.
Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead in
the first period on a 20-foot goal
by Cliff Schmautz and a power
play score by Andre Lacroix.
The Sabers' first goal came at
5:56 of the second period as rookie
Gil Perreault scored his 31st of
the season.
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For the student body:
FLARES

rWings
Stars knot Leafs
TORONTO - Buster Harvey's
goal with less than three minutes
remaining gave the Minnesota
North Stars a 1-1 tie with the
Toronto Maple Leafs in their Na-
tional Hockey encounter last night.
Defenseman Jim Dorey got the
Leafs' goal in the second period of
a hard-hitting, close-checking
contest.
Toronto outshot the N o r t h
Stars 33-27 througout the game.
But goalie Gump Worsley h e 1 d
Minnesota in the game long
enough to get, the tying goal on
a power play.
Leaf goalie Bernie Parent had
little chance to stop Harvey's shot.

Marquette 85, Fordham 80, o.t.
Marshall 101, Cleveland State '76
Morris Harvey96, Shepard 63
West Liberty 66, Glenville 53
Fairmount 86, Beckley 56
Trinity 100, Tufts 80
Indiana, Pa. 79, Point Park65
Eariharn 89, Wright State 84
Washington U. 88, Sewanee 75
Walsh 73, Malone 72
SW Louisiana 107, NW Louisiana 104
o.
George Washington 118, Richmond 101
St. Louis 73, Wichita '72, o.t.
SE Missouri 109, Union 83
Florida St. 74, Florida So. 66
Tulsa 94, Memphis St. 91, 2 o.t.s
Wis. - Milwaukee 82, So. Illinois -
Edwardsville 79
Defiance 93, Goshen 91
Old Dominion 99, Mount St. Mary's 89
Doan 100, Midland 79
Tenn.-Chattanooga 67, UNC Char-
lotte 59
W. Carolina 68, College of Charles-
ton 57
N:yack Missionary 70, Cathedral 64
Quincy 69, NE Missouri St. 66
SW Missouri 102, Lincoln 84
Geneva 82, Slippery Rock 77
Bellevue 85, Manhattan Bible 58
Bellarmine 90, Marian 81
Lowell Tech 105, Nasson 65
Boston St. 107, Plymouth St. 74
Worcester St. 68, Nichols 57
Northeastern 94, St. Mrchael's 73
Syracuse 88, Rutgers 81, 2 o.t.s
Pan American 100, Corpus Christi 85

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