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Ryan ready as free agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Hard-throwing California right-hander Nolan Ryan
says he will test the free-agent market this fall, but emphasized that he
might return to the Angels next season.
Ryan, on the final year of his contract with the Angels, had indicated
previously that he wouldn't negotiate until the end of the season. He had a
more definitive statement this week.
"I'm going into the free agent market and determine exactly what my
value is," he said. "That doesn't mean I won't be back here in Anaheim next
year. It means I'm going to let the other clubs set the price."
Ryan, 32, has been the mainstay of the Angels' pitching staff for nine
years. He has a 133-113 record for the Angels and is 11-6 with a 2.77 earned
run average and a major league-leading 151 strikeouts this year.
Ryan, who has pitched four no-hitters during his career, admitted he'd
like to become the first player to hurl a fifth.
"I'm aware I could be the first in history to do it," he said. "But right
now, I'd prefer winning the pennant for Angel owner Gene Autry. I think
everyone on the team feels the same way."
California General Manager Buzzie Bavasi has said he was confident
that 24 hours of negotiations with Ryan after the season would keep the pit-
cher in Anaheim.
TORONTO-The Canadian Olympic hockey team will receive unpre-
cedented support from both the National Hockey League and private enter-
prise in its preparation for the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics.
Canada, which pulled out of international hockey in 1969, will play up to
eight exhibition games against NHL teams, Alan Eagleson, a director of
Hockey Canada and president of the National Hockey League Player's
Association, said at a news conference Thursday.
In addition, players on the Calgary-based Olympic team will be able to
participate in work projects with major corporations and earn between $20-
25,000 while playing for the national team.
"Our real goal is to play eight games versus NHL teams, five of them in
Calgary," Eagleson said. "The fact that every NHL team had indicated it
would play our Olympic team happily and without compensation is the most
significant step forward that this Olympic program has been able to make."
The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 13, 1979-Page 15
GUARD SIGNS FIVE YEAR CONTRACT
Bullets reclaim Porter
WASHINGTON (AP) - Guard Kevin
Porter returned to Washington yester-
day with the goal of helping the Bullets
regain the National Basketball
The Bullets, NBA champions two
years ago but beaten in the finals by
Seattle last season, announced at a
news conference that Porter, who led
the NBA in assists the last two years
before becoming a free agent, had been
signed toa five-year contract.
TERMS OF the contract were not
disclosed, but it was reported that Por-
ter would earn $1 million over the cour-
se of the pact.
Porter, an eight-year veteran, played
for Detroit last season. Under the
NBA's procedure in the signing of free
agents, the Pistons are now entitled to
compensation from the Bullets.
Bob Ferry, Bullets general manager
said the teams would be able to reach
agreement on compensation and that
the matter would not have to be decided
by NBA Commissioner Larry O'Brien.
"THE FINAL details of compen-
sation have not been finalized yet," said
Ferry, "but I feel they will be shortly."
Ferry said he made his comments
based on more than a month of
discussions - including Thursday -
with the Pistons over compensation
should the .Bullets sign Porter, who
began his pro career in 1972 as a third-
round draft choice of the Bullets out of
St. Francis, Pa.
Bill Kreifeldt, a Pistons spokesman,
described the five-foot-11 guard as "ex-
tremely valuable property." He said
Detroit had offered Porter a contract
but the guard was unhappy because the
Pistons' five-year offer was guaranteed
only for the first two years.
THE BULLETS declined to say
whether their contract with Porter is
Abe Pollin, Bullets board chairman,
said, "It's really a great day for the
Bullets. We missed him. We're happy to
have him back home. We are looking
forward to a long relationship. We feel
he will be here the rest of his career."
Porter played three years with the
Bullets before being traded in 1975 in
exchange for Dave Bing and a first
round draft choice. The Pistons dealt
him to the New Jersey Nets in 1977 but
got him back last September.
MUCH OF the blame for the Bullets'
playoff defeat at the hands of Seattle
was placed on the Washington guards,,
and speculation regarding the
reacquisition of Porter surfaced as soon
as the playoffs ended.
Porter is expected to replace Tom
Henderson in the Washington lineup.
Henderson, the Bullets' playmaker,
also became a free agent this summer.
If the shirt fits ... A
Tiger left fielder Steve Kemp looks every bit the All Star heis as he lounges
in the lockerroom on Wednesday after being named to the American League
All Star team.
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