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HOUSTON (AP)-Houston Astros
pitcher J. R. Richard remained in good
and stable condition yesterday after
emergency surgery for removal of a
neck blood clot surgeons said
threatened his life.
There was no official word but Astros
officials hinted last year's major league
strikeout king may be lost the remain-
der of the season to the National
League's Western Division leaders.
There was no elaboration from Tal
Smith, general manager, who had said
Wednesday night in Philadelphia he
expects no residual effects from the
surgery although it is doubtful the right-
hander will pitch again this season.
Richard, the National League's ear-
ned run average leader last season at
2.71, had compiled a 1.89 average
before several weeks of complaining of
a "dead arm" led to his being placed
onthe disabled list July 16.
Richard pitched the first two innings
in the All-Star game in Los Angeles on
July 8 but his arm complaints and his
leaving the mound early in 10 of his 17
starts this season had promptedl con-
troversy and criticism among team-
mates and fans.
But tests last week at Methodist
Hospital detected an arterial cir-
culation impairment in the right
shoulder area. Surgery was not in-
dicated and all appeared to be going
well until Richard collapsed Wed-
nesday while' working out in the
Astrodome. Further tests detected the
clot and the 90-minute operate began
about 12 hours after an ambulance
rushed him back to Methodist.
Hospital bulletins merely said
surgery to correct a bloeked neck ar-
tery had been successful but one doctor
who refused to be identified by name
said there was worry for a while about
Richard's life.
"It was definitely more serious than a
circulation problem in the shoulder,"
he said.
Although having pitched only 17% in-

nings since June 17, Richard holds a 10-
4 season record with 119 strikeouts in
113% innings.
His 313 strikeouts with an 18-13 record
last year followed 303 and an 18-11 mark
in 1978. His best record of 20-15 was in
1976 when he had 214 strikeouts.
Richard's teammates moved yester-
day from Philadelphia to New York for
a weekend series with the Mets.
"When you take the best right-hander
in baseball out of your starting rotation
it has to hurt but we have a good staff
and must now take up the slack," said
pitcher Joe Niekro.
Joe Morgan, veteran second
baseman, said a team can't make up
the loss of one of the best pitchers in the
majors.
"We'll just have to play a little bet-
ter," Morgan said. "Other guys will
have to pick him up, that's all, and
we've been doing that since he has been
out."
Chester walking out
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - All-Pro
tight end Raymond Cester has left the
Oakland Raiders training camp to have
an often-injured knee examined and to
consider retirement from football,
team members say.
Coach Tom Flores said Wednesday
night that Chester's departure was a
surprise to him.
"He said he wasn't having any
business problems and no problems at
home," Flores said. "He just didn't feel
like he belonged in camp. He didn't
know if he wanted to continue to play."
Chester left camp Tuesday night and
teammate Mark van Heghen said
Chester told him he was retiring.
"Maybe after he has his knee
checked, he will decide to come back,"
Flores said. "He said he-didn't want to
be traded and he isn't having contract
problems. It was just that he didn't
want to hold the young players back
and he wasn't sure he wanted to be here
anymore."
Chester became a starter last year

when Dave Casper held out thruogh
training camp. Because of injuries, the
Raiders went with a double tight-end of-
fense once Casper returned. Both
players were chosen All-Pro, the first
two tight ends from the same team
have ever been selected.
In addition to Casper, the Raiders
also have two other tight ends, Derrick
Ramsey and Todd Christensen.
Flores said that Chester was to have
his knee "flushed out" this week, a
procedure he has undergone several
times before.
"Maybe after he has had his knee
checked, he will decide to come back,"
the coach said. "I only hope he says ina
day or two 'Why did Iever do that?' "
Diekei- holding (Out
BALTIMORE (AP) - Contract
negotiations between the Baltimore
Colts and Curtis Dickey, the National
Football League team's No. 1 draft
choice, have gone into sudden-death
overtime.
Dick Szymanski, general manager of
the Colts, announced yesterday that
Dickey's agent, Jerry Argovitz, had
rejected a $1.2 million offer, "and in-
formed us that he will not let Curtis
Dickey play football this season."
Argovitz, in a telephone interview
with sports writer Jim Miller of the
Baltimore Evening Sun, contended
Baltimore's offer was actually for less

than $900,000.
"It's preposterous," Argovitz said.
"Detroit paid Billy Sims more to sign
his- name than Curtis Dickey's entire
contract."
Argovitz said the Colts' offer covered
five years and was less than Cleveland
paid Charles White, the Heisman
Trophy winner from Southern Califor-
nia who was chosen near the end of the
draft's first round.
Dickey, a world-class sprinter from
Texas A&M, was the fifth player selec-
ted in the draft.
The Colts originally planned to use
Dickey at both running back and wide
receiver. But Argovitz said Szymanski
told him it was now too late to train
Dickey asa receiver, and that he would
not beat out Joe Washington for the No.
1 running back position.
Argovitz said he offered to bring
Dickey to Baltimore for a meeting with
Szymanski and Baltimore owner
Robert Irsay, in an effort to hammer
out a four-year contract.
SCORES
TexasS. Saltimore4
KansasCit y13. Bostna3
Deiroi 15, Calilornia 6

BENGALS END LOSING STREAK AT 4:
Tigers roar by Angels, 15-6

DETROIT (AP)-Lou Whitaker
drove in four runs with a double and
sacrifice fly and Steve Kemp knocked
in three with a triple and a homer last
night to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 15-6
romp over the California Angels.
The Tigers, who snapped a four game
losing streak, erupted for seven runs in
the first inning, when Don Aase, 5-13,
failed to retire a batter. Richie Hebner
drove in the first two with a single.
Champ Summers and Al Cowens had
RBI singles and Whitaker capped the
outburst with a three-run double.
Detroit scored in every inning but the
second and seventh against four.
California pitchers. Cowens had four
hits and Summers and Alan Trammell
added three apiece for the Tigers.
Milt Wilcox, 11-6, went the first five
innings for Detroit to post his third
straight triumph, despite yielding five
California runs, including consecutive
homers by Carney Lansford and Don
Baylor in the fifth. Dave Rozema pit-

ched the last four innings to earn his
second save.
Rangers 7, Orioles 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)I-Mickey
Rivers, Al Oliver and Jim Sundberg
collected three hits apiece and the
Texas Rangers ended Steve Stone's
winning streak at 14 games last night,
beating the Baltimore Orioles, 7-4.
Ferguson Jenkins, 9-9, scattered
eight hits, struck out seven and walked
five before getting last-out relief from
Danny Darwin following Ken
Singleton's two-run single in the ninth.
Before leaving in the fourth, Stone,
16-4, was raked for eight hits, half of
them iiiTexas' four-run first inning.
Stone's 14 consecutive victories,
dating back to May 5, was the longeset
in the majors since 1974. He. was two
games short of the American League
record set in 1912 by both Walter John-
son and Joe Wood, and equaled by Lefty
Grove in 1931 and Schoolboy Rowe in
1934.

Earth quake! 'r
It was Reggie Jackson's powerful swing this time and not an earthquake
which left Jackson shaken. A Henry Hoosman pitch Wednesday night helped
Jackson to spin himself into the ground.

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