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June 29, 1978 - Image 15

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sports of the DAILY
Who's on first?
By The Associated Press
A tentative agreement was reached yesterday to transfer ownership
of the Boston Celtics to Buffalo Braves' owners John Y. Brown and Harry
Mangurian and shift the Braves' franchise to San Diego under the new
ownership of Celtics' owner Irving Levin, it was learned.
Two well-placed NBA sources confirmed the report to The Associated
Press and said attorneys for Brown and Levin will meet in Los Angeles today
to draw up the final papers for the deal. Brown and Levin were traveling and
could not be reached for comment.
A third source, in the Braves front office, who asked not to be identified,
said of the report: "We will make an announcement of our intention to move
the franchise when the NBA Board of Governors meet in Chicago July 7. The
club has no further comment."
However, a Boston Celtics official says he has been told reports that
team owner Irving Levin will dump the National Basketball Association
team are unfounded.
According to Celtics assistant general manger Jeffrey Cohen, Levin said
this week, "I have no intention of giving up the Celtics."
Cohen said yesterday, "Levin has met with Brown to help him expedite a
move of the Braves to the Coast. Levin says people have put two and two
together to make incorrect assumptions about him.
"Things may change, but I talked to Levin and Red Auerbach," Cohen
said, 'and I don't believe there's anything to it. That's also what Auerbach
told me."
Levin has been under pressure from Boston fans and media for his
failure to return the once-dominant Celtics to prominence in the NBA. Ac-
cording to the sources, Levin welcomes the chance to take over a new team
near his Los Angeles home.
Brown, who has been searching for a new home for the Braves for more
than three months, is said to be "looking forward to the challenge of
rebuilding the Celtics."
* * * *
A new record
LOS ANGELES (AP)-Jim Brown, former pro football great turned
actor, was sentenced to a day in jail and fined $500 Wednesday for beating
and choking a golfing partner on a South Los Angeles course last October.
Inglewood Municipal Judge Wardell Moss placed Brown on two years'
probation and a suspending 90-day jail term.
The 230-pound, 6-foot-3 Brown got into an argument with golf pro Frank
Snow, 33, over the placement of Snow's ball on the ninth hole at the Western
Avenue Golf Course, Jordan said.
Brown slapped the 185-pound, 5-foot-11 Snow and punched him in the
ribs, then grabbed him by the throat, Jordan said during the trial.
Brown denied it on the witness stand, and defense witnesses claimed
Snow had threatened Brown first with a raised golf club and that Brown had
only pushed Snow away from him.
The two men had been golfing partners for years.
Deputy District Attorney Mal Jordan, who had sought a 120-day jail
term and a $1,000 fine because of Brown's "many brushes with the law," told
reporters he felt the sentence was "completely inappropriate."
On May 10 in a non-jury tril, Moss handed downa misdemeanor battery
conviction against the 42-year-old movie actor, formerly a Syracuse Univer-
sity All-American and star fullback for the Cleveland Browns pro football
At Cleveland, Brown set National Football League career records for
the met touchdowns rushing with 106, met total touchdowns with 126 and
most yards rushing.
Munson fined
New York Yankee catcher Thurman Munson has been suspended for
three games by the American League office for bumping an umpire last
week in Detroit.
The suspension calls for Munson to miss both games of tonight's
doubleheader at Milwaukee and a game against the Detroit Tigers at
Yankee Stadium Friday night.
Munson bumped umpire Jim McKean last Thursday after being called
out on strikes.
Detroit 4-1, Cleveland 3-2 .
Milwaukee , New York 0(Istgamel $.49 (includes Postage and Handling) .
Toronto3, Baltimore2 Check or Money Order payable to:
National League0
Los Angeles 3, Atlana 2 g DOWNTOWN RUNNER
Houston 3,.Cincinnati ; « o ,,P.O. Box 1266
Philadelphia 7, Montreals -Detroit, Mi. 48231
Chicago s. New York e (10 Innings )7j // I7I/IA

AP' Photo
Second-seeded Jimmy Connors slams a two-handed backhand for a winner in
yesterday's second round action in Wimbledon against unheralded Kim Warwick.
Connors faced a much tougher match than he anticipated, with the Australian
forcing Connors the entire contest.
Favorites squeak
in Wimbledon second

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -
Jimmy Connors struggled for 2 2hours
yesterday before finally getting past
Australian Kim Warwick, while
Guillermo Vilas, Chris Evert, Evonne
Goolagong and John Newcombe won
their second-round Wimbledon tennis
matches in less dramatic fashion.
The best match of the tournament so
far came on the center court where
Connors beat the big Australian 6-3, 7-5,
2-6, 6-4 in a battle of long rallies,,
desperate retrieving, big serving and
some superb groundstrokes and
Warwick, who had come from a two-
set deficit to win the third set, matched

Connors game-for-game in the fourth
Then, for no apparent reason, War-
wich gave away the crucial tenth game
on his own service, giving Connors both
the set and match.
Newcombe, the 34-year-old
Australian three-time Wimbledon
champion who is seeded 16th, mastered
fellow Australian Ross Case 6-4, 6-2, 9-8
and also moved into the third round.
Newcombe had beaten his first-round
opponent, Australian Dale Collings, 4-6,
7-5, 7-5, 6-2 on Tuesday.
Vilas, the fourth seed from Argen-
tina, survived a second-set scare to
beat hard-hitting Englishman John
Feaver 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.


Learn a Lifetime
Sports Activity
Come to the following clinics
at the
Intramural Sports Bldg.
606 E. Hoover
July 6 & 7
Softball 7 pm-8 pm
Basketball S pm-10 pm
Contact Sandy Sanders 763-1313
Dept. of Recreational Sports

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