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July 07, 1978 - Image 15

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The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 7, 1978-Page 15
Connors, Borg repeat as finalists

WIMBLETON, England (AP)-Bjorn
Borg and Jimmy Connors, kings of
grass-court tennis, slammed their way
to straight set victories yesterday and
will contest the Wimbledon final for the
second year in a row.
Borg, chasing his third consecutive
Wimbledon crown, crushed 34-year-old
Dutchman Tom Okker 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
CONNORS FOUGHT off a set point in
Rec spots
Make like a Daily reporter, and beat
the deadline!
Yes, if you're planning to enter a
men's or women'sabasketball team in
this term's IM leagues, today is the
deadline. Other rapidly approaching
deadlines are:
" July 10 - co-rec volleyball, men's
and women's handball and paddleball.
" July 11 - men's and women's
" July 12 - co-rec innertube water-
" July 19 - men's and women's golf.

a brilliantly entertaining first set
against Vitas Gerulaitis and went on to
win 9-7, 6-2, 6-1.
In tomorrow's final they will play for
a first prize of $34,200. Borg won last
year's final in five nerve-tingling sets.
The last time two men played each
other in two consecutive Wimbledon
finals was in 1964 and 1965, when Roy
Emerson defeated Fred Stolle twice.
Chris Evert and Martina
Navratilova, the No. 1 and 2 seeds, will
play the women's final today. Evert
returns to the final for the fourth time
after an absence last year, thanks to
Virginia Wade, who beat her in the
semifinals and went on to win.
NAVRATILOVA, THE 21-year-old
who defected from Czechoslovakia to
the United States, is a finalist for the
first time. She is 5-20 in career matches
against Evert. One of those victories
came two weeks ago on grass in East-
bourne, England.
The first set of the Connors-Gerulaitis
duel was probably the best of the
current tournament. It had
everything-mobility, classic shot-
making and cliff-hangers.

Gerulaitis was like a frisky stallion. the underdog, and the crowd cheered
In the hour-long first set he raced about him to the skies as he sped along his
the court, matching Connors shot for baseline and hit spectacular forehand
shot, and danced to the net to put his passes.
volleys away. But by the end of the But the touch player from Holland,
match his spirit was brdken and his who won points with gentle strokes,
service was gone. could not counter for long Borg's
"I'm so confident the ball looks as big furious hitting.
as a basketball," Connors said after- Borg said Saturday's match against
ward. Connors will be the most important of
BORG WAS A clear-cut winner but his career.
did not have it all his way. Okker, who "Jimmy's the man to beat," the
was called the Flying Dutchman in his Swedish star said. "We have the same
more prosperous days, showed that at kind of game, and our matches usually
34 he can still run about a bit. He was go down to the last point."
Thompson, Sorensen
picked as All-Stars?
NEsW YORK (AP)-Detroit Tiger first baseman Jason Thompson and
former Michigan pitcher Lary Sorensen, now 11-5 with the Milwaukee
Brewers, were among those chosen to round out the American League All-
Star team yesterday by Yankee manager Billy Martin.
Both the Boston Red Sox and the Yankees placed five players on the 28
man team.
The Red Sox, runaway leaders in the AL East, will be represented by
shortstop Rick Burleson and outfielder Carl Yastrzemski and Fred Lynn-in
addition to their two stars selected for starting positions by the fans in the
All-Star balloting, catcher Carlton Fisk and outfielder Jim Rice.
The Yankees kept pace when third baseman Graig Nettles and catcher
Thurman Munson were added to the team, which already included outfielder
Reggie Jackson and pitchers Ron Guidry and Rich Gossage.
Other reserves named to the AL team, which will meet the National
League in San Diego next Tuesday, were catcher Jim Sundberg of Texas,
outfielder Chet Lemon of the Chicago White Sox, third baseman Roy Howell
of Toronto, first baseman-outfielder Eddie Murray of Baltimore, Seattle
shortstop Craig Reynolds, and second baseman Frank White of Kansas City.
The eight players elected to the team by the fans were Fisk, first
baseman Rod Carew of Minnesota (top AL vote-getter), second baseman
Don Money of Milwaukee, shortstop Fred Patek of Kansas City, third
baseman George Brett of Kansas City and outfielders Richie Zisk of Texas,
Jackson and Rice.

One heck of a thirst...
Just when you thought it was safe
to go back in the water.. .
Sixty-five-year-old Walter
Poenisch (left) is shown here on his
record-breaking attempt to drink
the Atlantic Ocean.
Hah, hah, fooled you again. But
it's almost as ridiculous. Poenisch, a
retired cookie baker from Grove
City, Ohio, is planning to swim
across the Gulf Stream from
Havana to the coast of Florida.
What's more, he wants to do it
before Diana Nyad does. Poenisch
claims that the 28-year-old Nyad, a
marathon swimmer, stole his idea
for the swim.

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