THE SUMMER DAILY--MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, May 10, 1973
Tennis set for batte of the sexes
RAMONA, Calif. .P - Women's tennis?
"I think it stinks," says Bobby Riggs.
Tongue firmly in. cheek and hand on
wallet ready for a friendly wager, the 55-
year-old Riggs hoisted the banner of male
supremacy yesterday as he prepared for
his three-set, $10,000 match Sunday with
30-year-old Australian Margaret Court-
a contest he modestly termed "the match
of the century"
"They're fun to watch," Riggs said of
women players. d
"They hit the ball back and forth, have
a lot of nice volleys. You can see some
pretty legs. But compare the caliber of
tennis to men and it's night and day.
"I'm out to prove that a guy 55 years
old, with one foot in the grave, can play
with the best woman in the world and
maybe beat her. It'll be a big boost for
Riggs won the Wimbledon and U. S.
Championships in 1939, 27 years before
Mrs. Court performed the same feat. He's
still a top player in the seniors division;
she's the leading money winner on the
Riggs has more than just pride at stake.
Half the prize money is his. The host club.
San Diego County Estates, is putting up
the other half.
The surface is cement, which should
favor the younger player. "On a fast sur-
face Margaret will win," predicts one of
her frequent opponents, Chris Evert.
But many experts figure that it will be
Mrs. Court who is gasping for breath by
the end of the match after chasing down
Riggs' endless lobs, drop shots and spin-
"I think she'll be lucky to get two to
three games a set," says Don Budge, who
will be talking strategy with his old foe
"A fellow is really stronger and able
to get around better, you know."
Riggs, who said he'll have "plenty of
side 'action" on the match, isn't taking
any bets at the reported Las Vegas odds
making him a 7-5 favorite;
"Hell no, I think it's even money," he
"She plays like a man; I play like a
woman. She's younger and stronger, big-
ger and faster. She's got a better serve,
a better volley and a better overhand.
She's got me beat in every department
except, maybe, thinking, strategy, ex-
BENCH TIES RECORD
Bengals crown Royals
Sports of The Daily.
HOUSTON-The Houston Oilers seeking some talent, which
they lacked last year goin 1-13, yesterday picked up wide receiver
Billy Parks and lineman Tody Smith from the Dallas Cowboys
for the Oilers' first and second draft choices next year,
Stuck in the Middle
GARDEN CITY, N.Y.-The NCAA-AAU feud has struck again
yesterday this time hitting Adelphi University and its star
quarter-miler Dennis Walker. Walker has been suspended from
further intercollegiate competition for competing in an unauthor-
ized U.S.-U.S.S.R. indoor meet in Richmond, Va. March 16.
Since the meet was sponsored by the AAU, the NCAA took
offense and penalized an innocent man.
Well . a lot of little things . . . Cleveland released ex-Tiger
Mike Kilkenny to anyone who will ha e him Met pitcher Jon
Motlack s iffered a hairline fyactvre on the left side of his fore-
head aftler 'lng cut down by Atinta's Marry Perez Tuesday
night . aid little Iivit Eiseehmser has been hired as a
sportsI relrter b th -t'hila'tphiK e aing tid Sunday Bulletin
to cover the liis . . . Itho said ohs are haid ntofind?
On tab .
If the te th.-: gpd, there is an excellent chance for
soie Mihigtaler, Michigin tennis today at 2:30 p.
. .'til sin it is s: inice ttsiie what bettei way to npend
It night than sht in wat:hing television . you can see
the Knicks try to clitch the NBA title at 11:30 p.m. in LA.
. . i air .)°clilinei (4 and 9) will be sh:>win-lg Staniley
Cup htcke frim Chicga as the Hiawks face MoIntreal .
and,'of couirse, there is Tiger baseball.
KANSAS CITY (AR-The Detroit Hiller.
Tigers, no-hit victims of Steve *
Busby on April 27, raked the Phils benched
Kansas City right-hander for PHILADELPHIA 1.P' - Jihnn
seven hits in three innings and Bench blasted three homeirs
rode the combined eight-hit pitch- dringiblsedenreehdmeds
ing of Jim Perry and John Hiller driving in seven rus, and tcd
to a 4-1 victory last night. a .major leaguie record for con-
secutive homers but the Cincin-
The Tigers scored twice off nati Reds needed a tie-breaking
-Busby, 3-3, on an error and an two-run shot in the ninth inning
RBI-single by Aurelio Rodriguez by Dave Concepcion to beat the
in the second inning.
Gates- Brown's single off Bus- For a look at the big league
by's leg, which forced the pitcher leaders and a return to televising
to teave the gme after the in- of boxing, see page 11.
ning, sparked another rally in b
Brown moved to second on a Philadelphia Phillies 9-7 last
throwing error by Kansas City night.
catcher Fran Healy, went to third Bench, who homered in his last
on a bouncer and scored on Norm time at bat Tuesday night,
Cash's sacrifice fly. smashed all three homers off Cy
Cash lined his fourth homer of Young Award winner Steve Carl-
the year into the right field bulton, equalling the mark of four
pen for the Tigers' final run homers in consecutive times at
Perry, who opposed Bus'ny battheld by 17 other players, It
the na-hit game, Improved his in the American L~eaguie and six
Aterican League rectrd to 4. in the National.
ie gave up a fourth-inning homer The two-time, National League
to John Mayberry and neeJt'd Most Valuable Player homered
ninth-inning r e 1 i e f help fint a man abtard in the first inning,
walked in the third, belted a
three-run shot- in the -fifth and a
two-run .homer in the seventh,
his ninth of the season.
Each of Bench's homers ptl the
Reds in the lead last night, but
the Phillies, who had hit only
seven home runes all season, ral-
lied on two-run shots by Willie
Montanez and Bill Robinson in
the third inning and a game-tying
pinch homer by Del Unser in the
eighth. Mike Anderson doubled
a run acros in the fifth and
tarry Boatihtithan RBI single it
BALTIMORE i(P - Joe Rudi
doubled home the winning run
with two out in the 10t-h inning,
leading the O-kland A's to a 143
v i c to r y iver the Baltimore
Otrioles last night.
Jim North reached secund base
on an error by Baltimore third
baseman Brooks R o b i n s .,
moved to third on a sacrifice and
scored as Rudi do- 'aed to center.
Major League Standings
AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE
w 1. Ptt. G1 w L Pet. GF
13 14 .481 -'Pittsburgh 12 10 .545 -
ee 12 13 .480 - Chicago 15 13 .536 -
d 13 15 .464 ', New York 14 14 .5001
e 12 14 .46 ' Montreal 12 13 .480 '1%
ik 12 14 .464i a4 Phiiadelvhia 11 15 .423 3
10 14 .417 1',1 St. Louis 6 20 .231 8
Cleveland 10, California 3
Oakland 4, Baltimore 3. (10)
Detroit 4, Kansas City 1
Milwaukee 5, Texas 1
New York2, Minnesota 0
Cleveland (Tidrow 3-4) at Boston
Oakland (Holtzman 5-2) at Texas
. etroit (Coleman 6-1) at Kansas
City (Simpson 2-2)
Chicago (Wood 7-2) at California
S'an Francisco 23 10 .697 -
Iouston 20 11 .645 C -
Cincinnati 18 11 .20 3
Los Angeles 16 14 .533 5,.,
San Diego 11 19 .367 101.
Atlanta 10 18 .347 101'-
Tuesday's Late Results
Chicago 3, San Diego 2, (12)
Los Angeles 7, Pittsburgh 4
San Francisco9, St. Louis7
St. Louis 3, San Francisco 1
Cincinnati 9, Philadelphia 7
Houston at Montreal, post.
New orck 8, Atlanta 1 -
Pittsburgh at Los Angeles, inc.
Chicago at San Mego, inc.
St. Louis (Wise 3-1) at San Fran-
cisen (Willoughby 3-).
Only game scheduled,
MILWAUKEE'S GORMAN THOMAS slides under the tag of Ken Suarez, Texas catcher, in last night's
5-1 Brewer victory. Brewer hurler Jim Colburn fired a one-hitter, the only safety being a homer by
Jeff Burroughs, to lift the Beer Barrel Boys into a first place tie with the. Detroit Tigers.