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SPORTS

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Friday, September 12, 1980

The Michigan Daily:

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Pistons open training at Crisler

By DREW SHARP
With the World Series still a month
away and the pro football season just
beginning, it is hard to imagine that the
basketball season is just around the
corner-but it is. The Detroit Pistons
got the ball rolling yesterday when they
opened their 1980 training camp at

Crisler Arena.
The Pistons, who last season boasted
of the worst record in the NBA,
displayed their group of returning
veterans, unproven rookies, and free
agent castoffs to the press corps with a
very light workout.
THERE WERE, however, some
notable players missing from the team.
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guard from Missouri, has yet to sign his
name to a Piston contract and has
refused to report to camp. Veteran
Piston guard Eric Money also does not
have a contract and has decided to take
the same route. But perhaps the most
noticeable missing Piston was the still
unannounced player the club is to
receive from the Kansas City Kings for
the LeonDouglas free agent heist.
"We were asking for either Scott
Wedman, Phil Ford, or Otis Birdsong
from the Kings," said Piston general
manager Jack McCloskey. "Com-
missioner (Larry) O'Brien said that he
would have the matter settled by the
time training camp opened, but ob-
viously the situation isn't settled."
THERE ARE other problems which
require the Pistons immediate atten-
tion. One of them is the bad right foot of
veteran center Bob McAdoo.
"Bob injured the foot working out this
summer. It seems to be a reoccurance
of an old problem," continued Mc-
Closkey. "Bob broke his foot when he
was younger and has problems with it
occasionally ever since. We've had him
examined by our doctors and right now,
we're not sure if surgery will be
necessary."
If McAdoo is lost for an extended

period of time, it will only deepen the
Pistons wounds. This is a team striving
for a new beginning and new coach
Scotty Robertson hopes he can find the
key for bringing success to the Pistons.
"I HAVE TO stress that this is a young
team" replied Robertson, formerly the
head coach of the now defunct New
Orleans Jazz. "Being a young team,
they are going to make mistakes and
we're going to live with that fact.
However, I do think that when mid-
season comes around, these guys are
going to be playing some sound basket-
ball."
The Pistons did waive second-year
forward Earl Evans and signed free
agent Dulane Harris. Evans, from
Nevada Las Vegas was rarely used in
his rookie season and did not fit into the
Pistons present plans.
HARRIS, FROM Arizona State, was
the lone survivor of an open tryout the
Pistons held this summer. He is one of
many free agents who are trying to lat-
ch onto the club this season. Another
hopeful is former Notre Dame center
Dave Batton.
"I like the situation here because I
feel that I can make a valid con-
tribution to this team," said Batton.

Bubba' s back
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PONTIAC-Detroit Lions standout defensive end Al "Bubba" Baker
ended his contract holdout yesterday when he signed a one-year contract
with the National Football League club.
Baker walked out of training camp five weeks ago when the club refused
to renegotiate his contract and give him more money. On Wednesday, the
All-Pro and 1978 Rookie of the Year, known for his fierce pass-rushing, sent
the club a telegram demanding to be traded.
But General Manager Russ Thomas met with Baker yesterday, their
second meeting since Detroit's surprising season-opening 41-20 victory over
Los Angeles last Sunday.
"Al and I agreed not to comment on our talk today," Thomas said.
"We're just delighted to have him back in camp."
Baker and his agent, San Francisco attorney Herman Fitzgerald, claim
the third-year player from Colordao State is being paid $50,000 a year-less
than one-quarter the salary of Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa Bay's All-Pro defen-
sive end. Baker's contract runs through 1983.
The Lions have declined public comment on Baker's salary, but have
leaked figures to the media contending that he earns closer to $100,000 an-
nually.
Thomas says Baker would earn more than Selmon over the first five
years of his contract.
When Baker left camp, he had insisted he only wanted more money and
did not want to leave Detroit.
Another unhappy Lion,.defensive tackle John Woodcock who is in the op-
tion year of his contract, is growing increasingly disgruntled with his futile
attempts to get a new contract.
But Woodcock said he does not expect his agent, Howard Slusher of Los
Angeles, to ask him to leave the team before the Lions' game Sunday in
Milwaukee against Green Bay.
"We're trying to work the thing out," said Woodcock.
"Baker is out, Doug English is out, it's a bad situation . . . we'd like to
work it out so I don't have to leave."
English, who plays alongside Baker and Woodcock, told the Lions last
month he has retired in favor of pursuing his business interests.

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GRIDDE PICKS

If you're a Jimmy the Greek waiting
to be discovered, a Howard Cosell-like
bastion of football knowledge, then why
not sink your wisdom teeth into this
week's Gridde Picks?
A free, one-item pizza from Pizza
Bob's awaits the prognosticator who
most accurately predicts the winners.
Selections must be at the Daily Office,
420 Maynard, by midnight Friday to
qualify.
1. Northwestern at MICHIGAN (Pick
score)
2. Syracuse at Ohio State
3. Purdue at Wisconsin
4. Michigan State at Illinois
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By LARRY MISHKIN
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5. Iowa at Indiana
6. Ohio U. at Minnesota
7. California at Florida
8. Kentucky at Oklahoma
9. USC at Tennessee
10. Tulane at Stanford
11. Texas A&M at Georgia
12. Brigham Young at San Diego State
13. Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green
14. Central Michigan at Miami (0.)
15. Rice at Clemson
16. Louisville at Florida State
17. Houston at Arizona State
18. Simon Fraser at Montana
19. Towson St. at Slippery Rock
20. DAILY LIBELS at the Mean
Machine
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ters look to
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sixth place finish, in the Wisconsin In-
vitational.
"The girls have been practicing hard
all week. I'm not sure how well they'LO
do, but I can tell you that when they get
out on the course on Friday, they'll be
ready to play," said Simon.
LAST WEEK, in their first in-
vitational of the year, the team finished
sixth out of 18 teams at Wisconsin:
"They just had a bad first round. They.
got their act together on Saturday andt
we moved up four positions," said,
Simon.
After shooting a dismal 346 onW
Friday, the team came back with an
impressive 316, which tied for the low,
on Saturday moving them from tenth
position up to sixth. The team finished
with a two day total of 666, only 21
behind the winning Purdue team that
finished with a 645.
The team's individual scores reflec-
ted the second day improvement.
Elaine Crosby went from an 85 to an
impressive 75 while Karen Colber and
Alison Smith both improved by 12
strokes going, from 92 to 80.

GRAND OPENING
September 12,1980
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