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Wednesday, June 20, 1973


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GORDIE HOWE signs a four year pact with the Houston Aeros yesterday. The pact was worth at least
a cool million for the 45 year old Hall of Famer. Howe joins his two sons Marty and Mark with the
WHA team. Howe talked mostly of playing one year and executiving three.
Howe inks Houston pact;
will skate with progeny

Special TO The Daily
PRINCETON - Wolverine
Victor Amaya advanced in the
singles of the 89th annual NCAA
tennis championships, but two of
his teammates, Freddie De Jesus
and Eric Friedler, suffered de-
feat in second round play yester-
For the second day in a row,
rain and wet grounds forced the
tournament indoors to the ten
courts of Jadwin Gymnasium on
the Princeton University campus.
Amaya, the sixth seeded in the
222 man field, had little trouble
with Carter Lomax of Texas
A&M, defeating the Aggie in
about thirty minutes, 6-0 and 6-1.
Amaya, 6-6 and 225 pounds,
boomed his serve past the over-
matched Lomax and barely work-
ed up a sweat in moving to the
final 64.
The field is so large for the
six day event that the eventual
singles winner will have to play
at least eight matches.
Michigan's Friedler had the
misfortune of playing the second-
seed Paul Ramirez of Southern
N etters
LONDON (P)-The Association
of Tennis Professionals directed
its members early today to boy-
cott Wimbledon because of the
ban on Yugoslavia's Nikki Pilic.
Cliff Drysdale, ATP president,
said he was confident of a 90
per cent backing from members.
The association has 97 members,
of whom 71 had promised to join
the boycott unless Pilic was
allowed to play.
The decision was made a few
hours after a British high court
judge had thrown out an applica-
tion by Pilic to have the suspen-
sion quashed. The suspension was
imposed by the International
Lawn Tennis Federation because
Pilic failed to play for Yugosla-
via in the Davis Cup.
The players' action, unprece-
dented in tennis history, left the
Wimbledon men's s i n g 1 e s in
ruins. Jan Kodes of Czechoslo-
vakia is the only one of 16 seed-
ed players who is not a member
of ATP.
The draw was due to be made
a few hours later, but more than
half the entered players weretex-
pected to pull out.
Stan -Smith, reigning Wimble-
don champion and a member of
the executive committee which
decided on the boycott, said: "I
was stunned when I heard of the
high court decision.
"It is always a great ambition
to play at Wimbledon. I am only
sorry that this was the tourna-
ment the ILTF picked to make
an issue of."
Drysdale said a full meeting
of members had been called for
this morning, but emphasized
that the decision to boycott the
tournament had been made by
the executive and was final.
He said as soon as the mem-
bers' meeting was over he would
notify Mike Gibson, the Wim-
bledon referee, and give him a
list of ATP members.
There was no immediate indi-
cation how Wimbledon officials
would deal with the situation

Cal, but put quite a scare into
the Mexican whiz before bowing
in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2. Fried-
ler, a freshman from Evanston,
Illinois, played what he and
Coach Brian Eisner called, "the
best tennis of his life." in the
first set before losing the tie-
breaker game.
Ramirez, in addition to his
prominence in collegiate tennis,
is a member of the Mexican
Davis cup team, and shocked the
tennis world in early May with
a victory over top American
Davis Cupper, Tom Gorman. He
also owns a victory over another
highly ranked American Jim
NCAA Tennis
Prior to the tie-breaker game,
Friedler took his powerful op-
ponent to set point twice. He lost
his first chance for the win on
a missed overhand smash and
the second on a long lob. -
De Jesus, ranked in a "place"
category, vaguely defined as
somewhere between 17 and 32,
met up with Jim Timmins of
Trinity (Texas) defending na-
tional champions, and was realt
on upset, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Both players relied on their
quickness and sharp placement
and the excellent match was
greeted with roaring approval by
the tennis buffs on hand. In the
first set, Timmins broke De
Jesus' service twice and jump-
ed out to a commanding 5-2 lead.
The Wolverine netter came back
to win two straight games but
Timmins held his serve in the
tenth game to win the set.
De Jesus followed a similar
pattern in winning the middle
set. Leading 2-1 in games, Fred-
die broke Timmins with a beau-
tiful back hand return of service.
The Puerto Rican native coasted
for the set victory, but Timmins
rose to the occasion with some
fine tennis to smash De Jesus 6-1
in the decisive third set.
Each team in the competition
receives a point for a singles or
doubles victory at any stage of
the tournament. So the winner
of the national singles crown will
earn eight points for his team.
Michigan presently has five
points with a doubles teams of
Amaya De Jesus and Raverby-
Friedler still in the running, as
well as Amaya in the singles
A Borus
Red legs
blow one
See Page 11

From wire service Reports
made it final yesterday, signing
a four year pact with the Houston
Aeros. of the World Hockey As-
sociation (WHA). Howe, former
Detroit Red Wing great, joins
his two sons, wing Mark and de-
fenseman Marty, on the club.
Howe's pact was worth one
million: a $500,000 bonus and
$500,000 spread over four years.
Howe indicated he was ready
for action even though his 45-
years of age woild seemingly
mediate against him.
"I'll give 100 per cent on the
ice," he said. The wrist injury
which caused him to leave the
Wings is apparently not bothering
the Hall of Famer.
"Although my golf score does-
n't indicate it, the wrist is fine,
Howe said. "It doesn't hart even
when I hit a bad shot. I'm sure
it might hurt a little if it gets in

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the way of someone's chest."
The Aeros said Howe could
play as long as he wanted but
Howe mostly talked about play-
ing one year and then becoming
an Aero executive.
"I'd be foolish to jump in and
say how long I could play," he
In Detroit, Red Wing officials,
with whom Howe has quarreled
vehemently in the last two years
while Howe was vice president
of the hockey crib, said that no

East East
W L Pct. GB W L Pet. GB
Milwaukee 34 27 .557 - Chicago 39 28.585 -
Baltimore 30 27 .531 1' Montreal 29 28 .509 5
New York 34 30 .536 1' St. Louis 30 32 .492 61/
Detroit 32 30 .520 2 New York 28 31 '.471 75
Boston. 29 31 .475 4 Pittsburgh 26 33 .411 9/
Cleveland 23 41 .366 12 Philadelphia 28 35 .441 9Y2
west west
Minnesota 33 27 .550 - Los Angeles 40 25 .615 -
Oakland 35 30 .538 San Francisco 40 27 .597 1
Chicago 32 27 .536 / Houston 36 30 .545 4y/>
California' 33 29 .532 ' Cincinnati 34 29 .540 5
Kansas City 36 32 .529 1? Atlanta 28 37 .431 12
Texas 20 39 .340 13 san Diego 20 45 .308 20
Yesterdays Results Yesterday's Results
Cleveland 8, Detroit 7 Chicago 6, Pittsburgh 3
New York 5, Baltimore 4 Philadelphia 6, New York I
Oakland 11, Kansas City 6 Montreal 3, St. Louis I
Boston 8, Milwaukee 4 (first game) Houston at San Diego (night)
Minnesota 7, Texas 3 Atlanta at Los Angeles (night)
California 3, Chicago 1 Cincinnati at San Francisco (night)

one would argue with Howe's de-
cision to accept a lucrative offer
from the Aeros.
A Wing spokesman, who was
not named, called Howe's separa-
tion from the National Hockey
League "amicable."
National Hockey League Presi-
dent Clarence Campbell, how-
ever, reacted with disappoint-
ment to the signing, but said it
was Howe's choice and "he was
ubviously unhappy with his po-
sition in Detroit."
"I hope he won't suffer the
fate of other people who have
played too long," Campbell con-
tinued. "It would make me sick
if instead of applause he was
greeted by boos. I'd be sorry to
see him in that position," said
the NHL commissioner in a rare
display of concern for the rival
Howe indicated in his press
conference that he would take
care of his sons on the ice if the
need arose. "I will be a protec-
tive father," said Howe, who was
one of hockey's great brawlers.
Howe is expecting to play on the
same line as his son Mark, so
the opportunity will most likely
present itself.

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