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e Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, August 23, 1974
Wheels consumed by Fire

Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
MIKE WALKER, who plays defensive end for the Detroit Wheels, cannot quite leap high enough to block Chicago Fire
quarterback Virgil Carter's short pass to Mark Keller. This was but one of many Fire gainers, as Chicago beat Detroit
35-23, in the WFL's weekly national televised game.


UCLA lands Fleming
By MARC FELDMAN considerations as heavily as he should Compared to the sunny climes of Cali-
tichigan freshman tennis player Peter have. Peter will miss a full year of fornia, Arizona, Texas, and Florida
eming, who helped the Wolverines to NCAA competition (penalty for transfer- where most nationally ranked tennis
third place finish in the NCAA cham- ring) and get no financial aid from teams are located, the state of Michigan
onships in June, dealt Michigan's net UCLA. And since he will not be involved is about as ideal for tennis as the in-
nasty a serious jolt by announcing his in the competition, he may not get the terior of an igloo. Michigan was the
ention to transfer to the University of coaching and develop the way he thinks only team from outside the South and
lifornia, Los Angeles this fall. he will," commented Eisner. Far West to place in the NCAA Top Ten
The decision had been made by Flem- "If you stay in coaching long enough, this past season and the Wolverine net-
, e o ha e ad by F.J. everything will happen to you," he con- ters annually make shambles of any
me a three ofweeks Chatham in the wordsn n cluded To this observer it's actually competition in the Big Ten.
mchthreetweeks agobut Bin ther qaite amazing that this type of thing Peter Fleming was not Michigan's
e didn't want to make a big produc, hasn't happened to Michigan tennis best player but he will be hard to
e d ,i' more often.,' replace.

Runback of
kick leads
rout, 35-23
From Wire Service ROetsb
YPSILANTI - Walter Rhone's 90-yard
kickoff highlighted a four-touchdown out-
burst in the second quarter that carried
the Chicago Fire to a 35-23 victory over
the Detroit Wheels last night in World
Football League play.
A meager Rynearson Stadium crowd
of 10,300 and a national television audi-
ence watched the winless Wheels lose
their seventh consecutive game, while
the Fire raised its mark to 6-1.
Chicago's attack featured the steady
running of Cyril Pinder and Mark Kellar
plus the fine passing of Virgil Carter,
while Detroit had to struggle without
star quarterback Bubba Wyche, placed
on the injured list earlier yesterday with
a pulled muscle.
A three-yard touchdown run by Pinder
and a 15-yard TD sprint by Kellar staked
Chicago to a 14-0 lead in the second
quarter before Detroit bounced back on
a four-yard scoring pass from Eric
Guthrie to Jim Rathje.
RHONE, a defensive back, took the
ensuing kickoff and burst untouched up
the middle for his 90-yard TD jaunt.
The Fire added a 12-yard Carter to
Jim Seymour scoring pass a minute be-
fore halftime, and in the third quarter
Carter hit tight end Don Burchfield with
a nine-yard touchdown toss for a com-
manding 35-8 lead.
Detroit made the score respectable
with a pair of fourth quarter touch-
downs-Rathje bucking over from the
two and substitute quarterback Bruce
Shaw firing a 16-yard TD pass to wide
receiver Jon Henderson.
The first quarter was a defensive
struggle, with neither team moving the
ball well until the closing minutes of the
period, when the Fire moved from its
own 19 to the Detroit three, the big play
being a 29-yard screen pass from Virgil
Carter to Mark Kellar at the five.
KELLAR ran for two yards on the
final play of the first quarter, then Cyril
Pinder ran it over from the three on
the first play of the second period. Car-
ter's action point pass failed.
The Wheels got a drive going early in
the third quarter, moving from their own
29 to the Fire 29 but a 15-yard penalty
for having an illegal receiver downfield
pushed them back to the 44, then safety
Harry Howard picked off a Guthrie pass
to kill the effort.
Chicago then marched 70 yards in 13
plays to scre on a nine-yard pass from
Carter to tight end Don Burchfield. Once
again, the action point failed, making
the score 35-8 after three periods.
Babashoff sets
12th ,swimming
mark of week
CONCORD, Calif. WA) - Shirley Baba-
shoff, Olympic champion from Fountain
Valley, Calif., broke one of the few
women's world swimming records not
held by East Germans when she won
the 400-meter freestyle in four minutes,
15.77 seconds last night in the AAU
National Championships.
The 17-year-old Californian came from
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ion out of t
"1 talked.with him and his parents
at great length," Eisner added, "but it
boileddown to his feeling that he would
have a greater opportunity to play many
top players in California.
"Peter's goal is to become a profes-
sional and he feels that since more
ranked players reside in Los Angeles
than here, he will improve faster by
playing them."
Fleming was injured most of the year
but did recover in time to compete in
the NCAA tournament at Southern Cal.
Teaming with Freddie DeJesus in dou-
bles, the Wolverine duo reached the
quarterfinals before bowing out.
Just this week, Fleming played in the
prestigious Eastern Lawn Tennis Classic
at South Orange, N.J., and took 1973
NCAA champion Sandy Meyer to the
limit before losing to the former Stan-
ford ace, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.
EISNER stressed that there were no
personal confli-ts between Fleming and
him or members of the Michigan team
that caused the decision to be made.
"Peter is going where he thinks the
greater opportunity is, and that is all,"
said Eisner.
"Y disagree with his decision hecause -

Bosox pad lead as
Tribe, Birds lose,

From wire Service Reports
The Boston Red Sox didn't go near
a baseball field yesterday but they were
the big winners in yesterday's American
League action. The Bosox, leaders in the
A.L. East, saw their two nearest com-
petitors drop games to Western Division
counterparts and their lead over the
Cleveland Indians increase to 6% games.
The Indians succumbed to the Kansas
City Royals, 3-1, and the Baltimore
Orioles slipped into a third place tie
with the New York Yankees, seven
games behind, by losing to Texas 6-2.
At Cleveland, home runs by Amos Otis
and Hal McRae and Paul Splittorff's
eight-hit pitching led the Royals to their
3-1 victory over the Indians last night.

ting Kansas City on top 2-0.
McRae tagged his 13th of the season,
leading off the ninth for Kansas City.
Splittorff moved above the .500 mark
to 13-12 and Indians' loser Jim Perry
dropped to 13-9.
At Baltimore, Toby Harrah ripped a
three-run homer keying a five-run Texas
barrage in the fourth inning that kayoed
Jim Palmer and helped the Rangers to
their 6-2 victory over the Orioles last
Ferguson Jenkins earned the victory,
allowing six hits in the seven innings he
The Rangers nicked Palmer for a run
in the second on Mike Hargrove's double
and a single by Joe Lovitto.

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