SPORTS OF THE DAILY
Pecci 'KOs' Connors
rday, June 9, 1979-Page 11
By the Associated Press
PARIS - Victor Pecci, the lanky
Paraguayan tennis star, upset Jimmy
Conners 7-5, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in the
semifinals of the French Open Cham-
pionships amid feverish excitement
before a crowd of 17,000 at the Roland
Garros Stadium yesterday.
It was Pecci's second big victory in
three days. He ousted Guillermo Vilas
of Argentine in straight sets in the quar-
terfinal round Wednesday.
In tomorrow's final, the Paraguayan
giant will play Bjorn Borg of Sweden,
who eliminated Vitas Gerulaitis 6-2, 6-1,
6-0 in 1 hour, 20 minutes, in the other
semifinal. It was the 11th meeting bet-
ween the two, and Borg has won every
ATLANTA - Joe Inman came from
eight shots off the pace with a 64 and
assumed the early second-round lead
yesterday in the $300,000 Atlanta Golf
"If you could grade 'em, grade 64s,
well, that'd be the ugliest 64 you ever
saw in your life," Inman said after
posting his 135 total, nine shots under
par on the hilly, 7,019-yard Atlanta
Country Club course.
"Things like this just don't happen. I
didn't hit the ball that good. But I had a
phenomenal putting round," Inman
said. "I've got to start hitting the ball
better. This will not happen again."
With about half the field of 150 still out
in hot, humid weather, Inman held a 1-
stroke lead over Grier Jones, who com-
posed another 68 for a 136 total.
Larry Nelson was next with a 70-137
and would have had a share of the lead
but for a couple of three-putt greens on
his back nine.
Mark Lye, who set the first round
pace with a 63, blew 12 strokes higher to
a 75 and was at 138. He was followed by
Masters champ Fuzzy Zoeller at 71-139.
Among the late starters were Barry
Jaeckel and Ed Fiori, each of whom
had a first round 67, and Gary Player,
whpvi d iti , diumAr improve
if he is to make the cut for the final two
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -
Boston's signing of Larry Bird yester-
day came as good news to the New Jer-
sey Nets, who now hope to pry forward
Bob McAdoo loose from the Celtics.
"Boston now has a coach and signed
their No. 1 player," Nets General
Manager Charlie Theokas said. "Now
they can more aggressively and ac-
tively make decisions relative to Bob
Boston management has indicated it
would be looking to move McAdoo once
they signed the Indiana State star, who
put his name to a five-year $3.25 million
Theokas said he plans to meet with
Boston General Manager Red Auer-
bach at the league meetings next week
in Washington to discuss the 6-foot-9
McAdoo. The Celtics acquired McAdoo
from the New York Knicks in March for
three first-round draft picks.
Bid for the 'Crown'
NEW YORK - Trainer Bud Delp fir-
st started dreaming of winning the
Triple Crown with Spectacular Bid last
Today, Bid is an odds-on favorite to
turn the dream into reality and become
thoroughbred racing's third con-
secutive Triple Crown winner.
Entered to stop him are nine three-
year-olds including three colts who
chased Bid in the Kentucky Derby and
Preakness and an intriguing outsider -
Coastal, who is unbeaten in three starts
this year and who was extremely im-
pressive in winning the Peter Pan
Stakes at Belmont Park May 27.
If all 10 start, each under 126 pounds
- there could be two or three scratches
- the Belmont will be worth $273,000,
with $163,800 to the winner. Post time is
5:38 p.m. EDT. Television coverage by
CBS will run from 5 nm. to 6nm
Bird in the hand
BOSTON (AP) - Larry Bird got lost jogging yesterday morning but
found his way to a ballyhooed Boston Celtics ceremony where he became the
richest rookie in sports history at $3.25 million for five National Basketball
Hailed as one of the great collegians of all time, the blond 6-foot-9 In-
diana State star, and self-professed "hick from French Lick," was anointed
the prospective savior of the once-powerful NBA team.
"I'm ready to play right now," said Bird at a mobbed Boston Garden
news conference where he was given uniform No. 33 by Celtics President
"I should have told Mr. Auerbach I would have played for nothing,"
joked Bird, who emerged from his French Lick, Ind., home to make official
what Auerbach, Celtics owner Harry Mangurian and Byrd's lawyer Bob
Woolf had spent two months hashing out.
No terms of the pact were announced, but sources said it has annual
worth of $650,000 in salary and fringes.
ro openea with a 75 and must improve . . .
New bill would end
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baseball monopolies ----'.3>
WASHINTON (AP) - More support Specifically, the bill states that one
as picked up yesterday for a team cannot ban another in the same -
ongressional bill to strip baseball of sport from locating within a 75-mile Raimu, the village baker, can't work because he mourns his wife's departure
with a shepherd. The villagers, who want their bread, assemble to bring her
s immunity from antitrust laws and to radius - unless that geographical area back. Orson Welles stated that this comedy was proof that "a story and an
estrict use of territorial rights in all has a population under 2 million. actor, both superb," can result in a "perfect movie." Raimu's baker is the true
rofessional sports. Most of the talk at the Capitol news tragicomic hero in this classic tale of cuckoldry. French, with subtitles. (127 min.)
Three players' unions joined the conference, called by Dixon, refelcted 7:30 & 9:30 AUD. A ANGELL HALL $1.50
ponsors of the House measure while the disenchantment with the territorial
Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif., in-
troduced a similar bill in the Senate to
enable Los Angeles to get another pro
football team when the Rams move to
Anaheim after next season.
Supporting the legislation were the
Major League Players Association, the
National Football League Players
Association and the North American
Soccer League Players Association.
REP. JOHN F. Seiberling, D-Ohio,
and Julian C. Dixon, D-Calif., in-
troduced the legislation which would, in
addition to ending baseball's exemption
from antitrust laws, make it illegal for
a professional team in a large
metropolitan area to unilaterally bar,
other teams in that sport fr9m entering,
rules that have helped leave
Washington without a baseball fran-
chise since 1971 and may leave Los
Angeles without an NFL team.
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TURNING POINT (Herbert Ross, 1977)
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longs for recognition of her own talent, and Bancroft faces loneliness and
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