THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WIMBLEDON FAVORITE OUSTED:
Wednesday, June 30, 1976
Tanner stuns Connors
By The Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England-Roscoe Tanner knock-
ed favored Jimmy Connors off his stride with
cannonball services yesterday and stormed into
the Wimbledon semifinals with a straight set
Tanner, 24, from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., won
6-4, 6-2, 8-6 and shattered Connors' dream of
winning back the title he lost last year as an
excited crowd of 17,000 watched Connors hu-
miliated on the sun-baked center court.
WITH THE top-seeded Arthur Ashe already out
of the tournament, the way looked wide open
for Connors to regain the title he wanted so badly.
He had breezed through the first four rounds this
year without dropping a single set.
But the seventh-seeded Tanner, famous for
his 140-mile per hour phis serve, yesterday showed
he has all the other shots in his armory as well.
In the first few games, nobody suspected what
would happen. Connors broke Tanner's service in
the opening game, and dropped only one point in
his first three service games.
CONNORS served at 4-3, and suddenly the pat-
tern changed. Tanner began returning service
short and Connors started groping for low volleys
Tanner began the second set with three mighty
aces in one game. He passed Connors with fluent
ground strokes to break service for a 3-1 lead,
and in the next game hit three more aces.
In the third set Tanner went on drawing Con-
nors forward and pulling in the points as Con-
nors missed with more low volleys and half-
In all, Tanner had an amazing 19 aces against
the 1974 champ.
IN OTHER ACTION, Ilie Nastase of Romania
played copybook tennis to beat Charlie Pasaretl
of Santurce, P.R., 6-4, 6-2, 6-3.
Bjorn Borg, 20-year-old Swedish star, demoral-
ized Guillermo Vilas of Argentina in straight sets
6-3, 6-0, 6-2.
Borg, who has been nursing a strained groin
muscle, had two injections of cortisone before
facing Vilas, his close firend and doubles partner
Nastase, as third seed must now be the favorite
to win the title that so far has escaped him.
Today is women's semifinals day-Chris Evert
of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., against exiled Czech
Martina Navratilova, and Britain's Virginia Wade
against Mrs. Evonne Goolagong Cavley of Aus-
Jimmy Connors dejectedly contemplates his upset loss to
Roscoe Tanner of Lookout Mtn., Tenn., yesterday at Wim-
bledon. Connors was this year's favorite to win the title after
losing to Arthur Ashe last year. The Nastase is now favored
DETROIT MOVES INTO THIRD PLACE:
Tiger rally downs Yankees
By The Associated Press
DETROIT -- Jason Thompson
and Rusty Staub homered and
Ron LeFlore tripled home two
runs as the Detroit Tigers bat-
tIed back from a four-run deficit
to beat the New York Yankees
7-5 last night.
LeFlore's triple came in the
seventh inning. He then scored
on a single by Tom Veryzer for
the three runs that won the
The outburst off starter
Doyle Alexander and reliever
Sparky Lyle was followed by
a leadoff homer by Staub in
the eighth to help Detroit to
its eighth victory in the last
New York had jumped on im
Craw-ford, '--:kittg his first start
of the year, for fotr runs in the
openingti. Thurman Mn-
son singlet i two of the runs
and Fratt Isly dtrhled home
two more The Yankees' tther
run ctime o t a two-olt homer
by (Cris "'nambliss in the sev-
enth Off t-x -Lemaczyk, 1-1.
Detroit whittled awray at the
New York lead. Singles by Au-
relio Rodriguez, Pedro Garcia
and Veryzer gave the Tigers a
run in the third. They added one
in the fourth on a single by
Rodriguez after a walk to Staub
and a single by Thompson.
Thompson homered in the
With one out in the seventh,
John Wockenfuss started the
Tiger rally with a single. Lyle
came in for Alexander and
promptly gave up a double to
pinch - hitter B e n Oglivie. Le-
Flore followed with his triple
and Veryzer with his single to
drop Lyle's record to 5-5.
John Hiller pitched the last
two innings for Detroit to earn
his seventh save. Ie retired the
last six Yankees, four on strike-
BOSTON -- Rick Wise had a
perfect game bid broken up by
Patl Blair's leadoff single in the
sixth inning but went on to re-
cord his second one-hitter in
ttvo weeks as the Boston Red
Sox edged the Baltimore Orioles
2-0 last night with a pair of
runs in the eighth.
Wise, a 30-year-old right-
hander, allowed just two base-
runners while boosting his sea-
son record to 6-5 with his
He set down the Orioles in
easy fashion with pinpoint con-
trol in the first five innings.
Then Blair opened the sixth
with a clean single to center.
Despite his stingy pitching,
Wise was hooked up in a duel
with the Orioles' southpaw
Mike Cuellar, 4-8, before the
Red Sox broke the scoreless
de dlock in the eighth inning.
Dwight Evans led off the
eighth with a single to left, only
the fifth hit for the Red Sox.
Cecil Cooper sacrificed Evan:
to second and rookie Steve Dil
lard, who had a single wasted it.
the first, followed with an RBI
double to left-center.
Major Letsgue Standings
W 1, Pct. n
Nev York 43 26 .63 -
Clevelanci 36 33 .5'2 7
Detroit 34 35 .493 9
Baltimore 34 36 .486 9'5
Boston 33 35 .485 9'.
Miwakee 25 41 .379 16'
Kansas City 4? 7 .609 -
Texas 39 '5 .574 2.
Oakland 35 37 .486 8
Chicago 33 36 .478 9
Minnesota 33 37 .471 9 t.
California 30 45 .400 15
Bosion 2. Baltimore 0
Cleveland 4. lliwaukee i
California 4, .hicago i
Ransas City 1, Minnesota 0
Oakland at Texas, n
Baltimone (Carland 8-0) at Boston
New York (Figueroa 9-4) at De-
troit (Roberts 7-6), n.
California (Boss 5-9) at Chicago
(Barrios 1-2), n.
Kansas City (splittorff 7-6) at
Minnesota (Bane 0-0). n.
Oakland (Torres 6-8) at Texas
(Perry 8-53. t.
W L Pct. GB
Philadelphia 50 20 .714 -
Pittsburgh 40 29 .580 9'S
New ark 39 37 .513 14
st. Loitis 31 41 .431 20
Chiiago 30 42 .417 21
.Montreal 24 43 .358 24 t
Cincinnati 45 28 .616 -
Los Angeles 41 33 .554 4'
San Diego 38 35 .521 7
Atlanta 33 40 .452 12
Houston 33 40 .452 12
san Francisco 30 46 .395 16,-i
Pillishirgh 10. Chicago 1
New- York 2. 5t. Louis 0
Philadelhpia 2, Montreal 1
Cincinnati at San Diego, n
1Hinta at Los Angeles.n
llouton a San Francisco, n
lHouton (Niekro 3-6 or Rond'n
2-?) at San Francisco (Halicki 6-10).
Chicago (Bonham 6-4) at Pitts-
burgh (Kison 5-4), n.
St. Louis (Curtis 5-7) at New York
(Matlack 9-2), n.
Philadelphia (Christenson 8-3) at
Montreal (Lange 1-0, n.
Cincinnati (Billingham 5-5) at
San Diego (Jones 13-3), n.
Atlanta (Niekro 7-4) at Los An-
geles (Hooton 5-8), U.
Those baseball fans whooping it up over Mark "The Bird" Fidrych better keep an eye out
for another young and determined ballplayer, Aurelio Rodriguez Jr., 2 . The younger Rodri-
guez is shown here with his father, the Tiger third baseman, during the Father-Son pre-gam5e
activities at Tiger Stadium Monday night. Aurelio Jr. had no comment on whether he was con-
sidering signing a contract