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Solution to Duran dilemma.. .
. .. a change in purse structure?

If I were a fight promoter, I might be feeling a
bit leery of the profession after the gaffe that took
place in the eighth round of last Tuesday's World
Boxing Association welterweight championship
bout in New Orleans.
For the first time in the memories of most
boxing fans, a fighter. appeared to quit and un-
ceremoniously concede defeat to his opponent.
Roberto Duran, over the course of one week, has
become one of the most despised personalities on
the international sports scene. Sugar Ray Leonard
now holds what many observers are referring to
as a "tainted" championship.
SOME ARE saying Duran was paid off to leave
the Superdome ring early. Others, -most notably
those in his training entourage, maintain that the
Panamanian ate too much in the hours leading up
to the fight, and suffered ,severe stomach pains
shortly after the opening bell sounded. Still others
believe Duran fled the country to escape law en-
forcement officials, who were allegedly prepared
to arrest him' for tax evasion
If it isn't silly, I'm going to assume here that
Duran quit because he knew he couldn't fight
Leonard as long as the challenger was controlling
the strategic aspect of the fight. That is the reason
Duran gave to reporters at a press conference last
Now, for the question that has been asked so of-
ten in the past week: What can be done to satisfy
fans and promoters who fume incessantly when a
fighter heads for the showers before the "appoin-
ted" time?
THE ANSWER: You can't prevent him from
hanging up his gloves in frustration, but you can

make it costly for him to do so.
I refuse to challenge Duran's right to quit and
surrender his crown to Leonard in the eighth
round of that fight. And I will never challenge the
right of any fighter to have a bout stopped in a
similar situation.
As sports fans, we tend to see the events that
take place on the diamond, field, court, rink, or
ring in black and white terms. We resolutely cling
to the belief that an athlete who possesses superior
mental and physical stamina is a 'wimp" if he
cannot give 100 percent effort every time he takes
center stage.
ONE SIMPLY cannot judge, with any
reasonable authority, the effort being expended by
Duran during the early rounds of the fight. Only
Duran knows that fact.
While the champion wasn't battered around by
Leonard, Duran-a punishing fighter who nor-
mally controls the tempo of every bout in whichhe
is a combatant-may very well have suffered
psychological torment as he sensed that he was
being continually outfoxed between the ropes.
Mental anguish, like its physical counterpart, ten-
ds to wear down human beings, and particularly
Put yourself in Duran's position. If you were
becoming a mental vegetable in the ring-if your
concentration and intensity had deteriorated to
the point where you felt that you were'!destined to
be beaten-then calling it quits then and there
eliminated the possibility of incurring severe in-
jury and torture from your opponent.
BOXING DEMANDS that the individual, who is
without teammates to assist him in his pursuit,

carry on with 100 percent intensity. If a fighter
simply cannot perform under this tremendous
burden, he needs to avail himself of a safe outlet of
escape. Duran did just that, and while boxing suf-
fers in the wake of his puzzling behavior, perhaps
we can now form some ground rules for dealing
with early departures like Duran's.
First of all, through some means, an ad-
judicating body must be established to determine
the validity of specific instances of ring conduct.
In Duran's case, he would have to show he had
been worn down, in some way, by Leonard, to the
point where he could not continue to fight.
While granting refunds to fight patrons is not
feasible (considering the myriad of guarantees
that are established beforehand), perhaps it is
time that the dollar value of ringside seats, closed
circuit television rights, and subsequently, purses,
be limited. Upon the recognition that a fighter is
not always a sure bet to go 15 rounds without
making a bee-line for the exit, both fans and
promoters should realize that prize fights are a
high-risk investment.
A CHANGE in the purse structure, while not a
surefire incentive to keep weary fighters in the
ring, offers some encouragement. Rather than
dividing up the gate according to the pre-fight
stature of the boxers relative to one another, the
winner of the specific bout would receive a sub-
stantially larger share of the gate than the loser.
Finally, an all-embracing federal boxing com-
mission should be formed to replace existing state
commissions. Current fight regulations vary
significantly across states, and allow promoters to
locate fights in states that have 'more relaxed

South Carolina
denies foul play
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)-South talked with the coa
Carolina football Coach Jim Carlen deals with attorne
said yesterday that he has not violated the season.
any NCAA rules and is not an agent for "I have said th
Heisman Trophy winner George pletely trust him
Rogers or anyone else. said. "I feel that I
In a formal statement released vice on any proble
through the university, Carlen said he Hale McMenam
"has a responsibility to both my forcement divisio
players and to the university that our telephone intervie
student-athletes not become involved whether the organ
in dealings that could affect their the matter.
eligibility.". The NCAA co
"Annually I advise my senior players ineligible for Sou
in order to protect themselves that any Bowl game again
contact by agents, attorneys, etc., be if it finds its rulesh
channeled through me."
Rogers, who led the nation in rushing
from the New York downtown Athletic. AP
Club Monday.
The New York Daily News reported College B
in Tuesday's editions that Rogers had 1. DePaul (38)
said his coach offered to negotiate a 2. Kentucky (15)
contract with a pro football team for 3. UCLA (4)
him. The paper said such an agreement 4. Maryland (1)
may be in violation of NCAA rules. 5. Indiana
Earlier, Carlen said inl an interview 6. Oregon State (1)
from his Columbia office that he had 7. Virginia (1)
been acting as a buffer for Rogers. 8. Louisville
, "I've always done this with my 9. Ohio State
players," Carlen said. "I tell them 10. North Carolina
during their junior years that if they 11. Arkansas
need advice they can come to me. 12. Iowa,
That's why I have the interview rule no 13. Notre Dame
players can be contacted anytime after 14. Texas A&M
11 p.m. Monday without the coach's ap- 15. Louisiana State
proval. It keeps the agents, civic 16. St. John's, N.Y.
groups, the media, and advertising 17. Missouri
people off the kids' backs." 18. Syracuse
Rogers, in a formal statement 19. Brigham Young
released with Carlen's, said he had 20. Georgetown, D.

ach about not making
eys or agents during
hat I know I can com-
(Carlen)," Rogers
can go to him for ad-
in of the NCAA's en-
n refused to say in'a
w from Mission, Kan.
ization is looking into
uld declare Roger
uth Carolina's Gator
st Pittsburgh Dec. 29
have been violated.

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S yria
AMMAN, Jordan (AP)-Syria
Jordan agreed on terms easing the
e situation between the two coun
yesterday and Syria immediatelyN
drew some of its troops from the
Jordanian officials, who declin
be identified, said Syria withdrew
gesture of good faith an unspec
number of troops from the 50,8

,Jordan ease tensions

Survey finds U.S.
teens favoring draft,
againt ERA, abortion

ed to
as a
00 it

reportedly had deployed at the border.
Jordan was reported earlier to have
sent 30,000 troops to the border.
THE OFFICIALS said the terms,
proposed by Syria, were:
* A written statement by Jordan
saying it was not aiding the Moslem
Brotherhood, a fanatical group
engaged in anti-government activities
in Syria.

* Jordan's continued recognition of
the Palestine Liberation Organization
as the sole representative of the
Palestinian people.
The termns were relayed by Saudi
Arabia's deputy premier, Prince Ab-
dullah bin Abdel Aziz, who conferred
with Jordan's King Hussein in Amman
yesterday following two days of talks in
Damascus with Syrian President Hafez
The officials said Hussein had no

trouble accepting the terms because he
had denied publicly Syrian allegations
that he was supporting the Moslem
Brotherhood. He also had never with-
drawn his recognition of the PLO as the
sole representative of the Palestinian
people since he accepted it at the 1976
Arab summit in Rabat, they said.
The observers saw Hussein's accep-
tance as a goodwill gesture toward

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Teenagers allegedly
kill DePaul computer

NEW YORK (UPI)-American
teen-agers billed as tomorrow's
leaders are against the equal rights
amendment and legalized -abortion,
favor mandatory draft registration
and nuclear power, a survey repor-
ted yesterday.
In its 11th annual survey, the
publishers of "Who's Who Among
American High School Students,"
said they sent questionnaires to
50,000 students and received respon-
ses from 24,000.
THE POLL results mirrored the
conservative swing in last month's
Eighty-eight percent said they
believe "fighting inflation should be
the government's top priority," and
86 percent want the upcoming
Reagan administration's top foreign
affairs priority to be "getting the
hostages out of Iran."
Seventy four percent said they
would vote to limit property taxes. If
property taxes were lowered in their
communities, the majority would be
willing to cut back on payments for
welfare and public transportation.
MORE THAN half said they felt
civil disobedience is justified in

defense of one's life and country,
and 94 percent said they never used
drugs, including marijuana.
More than two-thirds said they
believe in censorship of movies,
television, books and magazines and
87 percent said they favor a
traditional marriage.
Eighty percent said they belong to
an active religion, and 71 percent go
to church regularly.
THE STUDENTS answering the
poll are among 340,000 listed in the
latest edition of the "Who's Who
Among American High School
Students," no relation to Marquis'
"Who's Who."
Teen-agers get their biographies
in the book on the strength of
nominations from guidance coun-
selors, principals, youth
organizations and the publishing
company-based on achievement in
scholarship, contests and activities.
The survey makes no claim to
being scientific. It lists responses to
a questionnaire designed to elicit
opinions and knowledge of American
government and business from
24,000 chosen high school juniors and

CHICAGO (AP)-Two high school
juniors are accused of shutting down a
DePaul University computer by remote
control for two days and then sending
an electronic blackmail message
threatening to do it again unless they
were given a program worth about $580.
"They did it because everyone said it
couldn't be done," Douglas Ellis, an in-
vestigator with the Chicago police
financial crimes unit, :;aid yesterday.
BRIAN CATLIN, 17, of Palatine, and
a 16-year-old boy-both described by
their principal as "B" students-are
charged with theft of services,
authorities said. Catlin is to appear
Jan. 17 in misdemeanor court, and the
juvenile, whose name was withheld by
authorities, will appear Friday.
"The way I understand it is that this
type of thing is common," said Thomas
Howard, principal of Fremd High
School in suburban Palantine, where
the youths allegedly used a teletype
terminal to "talk" to the DePaul com-
"PEOPLE GO INTO company com-
puters and stuff," he said. DePaul of-
ficials said the students gained access
to a "minicomputer" which was han-
dling student payment records and
professors' research but no records
were destroyed. The school's main
computer, which handles most of the
university's business, was unaffected,
they added.
The shutdown during enrollment
week from Sept'. 17 to Sept. 19 cost
DePaul $22,252 in computer down-time,
repairs and extra manpower, police
Ellis said one of the youths built a
computer terminal in his bedroom
which they then programmed to gain

access to the DePaul system.
HOWARD SAID THE youths also
gained unauthorized use of the DePaul
computer from one of the high school's
three teletype terminals. Those ter-
minals are designed for students to use
by, telephoning computers for science
and math help, he said.
Police became aware of the computer
invasion on Sept. 29, when Glen Wilken,
DePaul assistant. director of compute
science, found a message on a terminal
saying, "If you don't give us a mixed-
assembly software program, we'll shut
you down again."
The school said the message was
signed "system cruncher" and
the note apparently was a taped com-
puter program which converts one
computer language into another. Ellis
said such "software" is worth from $500
to $680.
Wilken notified police, who traced a
telephone number the pirates left on the
terminal. It led to a public bulletin
board service for computer buffs.
After reviewing reams of the ser-
vice's printouts, police found a message'
boasting that two high school students
had shut down DePaul's system. Police
contacted teachers in the area, and ac-
cording to Ellis, they "knew right off
the bat the couple of kids we had in
Ellis said the program devised by the
students enabled them to enter three-
digit random numbers into the DePaul
minicomputer, searching for the com-
bination of numbers to gain access to
the system. University personnel said
they have since changed the access
codes to the computer.

Mialmi policeman suspended

for delay in fatal call


MIAMI (UPI)--A Miami police com-
plaint officer who classified as routine
an emergency call made by a 13-year-
old girl minutes before she was raped
and stabbed to death was relieved of
duty yesterday while investigators
reviewed a tape of the conversation.
Glenn Metzler, the officer who han-
dled the call on Dade County's 911
emergency number.Friday afternoon,
was asked to explain his part in the in-
cident to department heads.
THERE IS A "good chance" Metzler
could lose his job, said Clyde Burdick,
commander at the Dade Emergency
Communications Center.
"She was so matter-of-fact and
businesslike," Burdick said of the vic-
tim, Rena Pollard. "Metzler should
have asked more questions of the girl.
He stereotyped the phone call. He
forgot his basic training; every call is
"He just painted the situation with
the same brush as all the others," he

number and quietly told Metzler
someone was trying to break into her
house. He asked her the standard
questions-her name, address and
telephone number-and assured her,
"I'll send the police over."
But Metzler, an 18-year police
veteran, classified her call as a routine
"34," a catch-all number for disturban-
ces in which no one's life is in imminent
danger. The police didn't arrive until 40
minutes later, when her mother called
and reported her daughter had been
raped and stabbed.,
"It was a heinous act," a medical
examiner's investigator said. "She died
of asphyxiation due to strangulation
and multiple stab wounds. Also con-
tributing to her death was a cranial in-
jury due to blunt trauma."
year-old neighborhood boy who
allegedly broke into the house earlier
that day and fled after being confronted
by the girl's mother in Rena's bedroom,
holding a knife.


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