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Page 10-Saturday, August8, 1981-The Michigan Daily
SPORTS OF THE DAILY

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Murphyretai
his last two starts, shot a 69 that left
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Bob Murphy him alone at 137- Fuzzy Zoeller, a for-
returned from a storm delay to finish mer Masters champion, steady Tom
off a 69 that enabled him to retain a one- Kite and Vance Heafner were next at
shot -lead yesterday in the weather- 138. Heafner- matched par 70, Zoeller
plagued and - again - unfinished shot,68 and Kite, who has been seventh
second round of the 63rd PGA national or better in 10 of his last 11 starts, shota
golf championship. 67.
"I'm a happy leader," the chunky Jury investigation asked for
veteran said after posting a 135 total,
five strokes under par on the storm- LOS ANGELES (AP) - Oakland'
lashed 7,070-yard Atlanta Athletic Club Raiders attorney Joseph Alioto said the
course. "I'd sure rather be leading by National Football League antitrust
one than trailing by two." case jury, which began its ninth day of
AND, EVEN though the formidable deliberations yesterday, probably is
figure of Jack Nicklaus was in position stalled by one holdout and should be in-
to make a move, Murphy was cheer- vestigated.
fully considering his prospects over the The 10-member panel, which
last two rounds of this, the last of the received the case at noon July 29,
year's Bigfour events. resumed its deliberations at 7:25 a.m.
"I have a good feeling about things," yesterday.
said Murphy, who scored the last of his ALIOTO SAID a note to the presiding
four tour victories six years ago. "I'm judge from the federal court jury's
doing enough things right. And I'm forewoman Thursday - suggesting
making some putts' I'm particularly that each juror be interviewed if the
pleased about my putting. That's been trial ends without a decision - was a
my problem over the past two years." "clear call for an investigation."
Murphy, in fact, was on the "Obviously she is saying there is
backswing of his putt on the 15th green -something in here that warrants an in-
when the siren blared, signalling vestigation by the court," Alioto said
another storm delay, calmlycontinued outside court Thursday. ie speculated
his stroke and made the putt. Strangely that one juror, or possibly two, is
enough, the time was 3:50 p.m., the holding up the verdict.
precise time that play was held up in The note from forewoman Carole
Thursday's round. And the suspension Slaten was in a reply to questions sent
was for the same duration, 55 minutes. to the jury by Judge Harry Pregerson.
AND, JUST as in Thursday's play, Following about 55 hours of
another, later wave of storms preven- deliberations, Pregerson sent a memo
ted completion of the round. Play was to Slaten asking: "Without telling us
called for the day at 6:57 p.m. EDT. numerically or otherwise are you
Twenty-three players were stranded at making progress toward the reaching
the course and will come back at 8a.m. -of a verdict?"
today to complete their rounds before SLATEN MARKED a "no" answer
the start of regularly scheduled third on her paper, and also scribbled a note
round play. that the panelists "haven't -even
The overnight suspension left in discussed issuestwo and three."
doubt where the cutoff point for the The No. 1 issue the jury is deciding is
final two rounds would fall. But it as . whether the NFL violated antitrust
certain that Masters champion Tom laws by blocking the Raiders' planned
-Watson would notmake it. Watson, 1980 move to the Los Angeles Memorial
Player of the Year for the past four Coliseum.
seasons, hit into the water on the final Outside court, attorneys said there
hole and made a -double bogey that had been discussion in the judge's
completed a 73 and a 148 total. chambers of possibly accepting a less
Sharing second, a single stroke back than unanimous verdict - perhaps a
At 136, were Larry Nelson and a pair of vote of 8-2. But the attorneys for the
non-winners; Bob Eastwood and long- NFL rejected that.
hitting Dan Pohl. Nelson, from nearby ATTORNEY Patrick Lynch told,
Acwprth, Ga. and the winner of four reporters he did not believe that was
tour titles, used crisp efficiency with his- how the jury system should work - "I
irons to set up a 66. Eastwood shot a 69- don't like to get in a situation where 'f-
and Pohl, whose vast length off the tees ter the jury has started deliberating,
enabled him to birdie both of the par- you change the rules."
fives, had a 67. However, plaintiffs' attorneys Joseph
Andy North, a former U.S. Open Alioto and Maxwell Blecher said they
champion who has finished second in were willing to go for an 8-2 verdict in
an effort to get some decision in the
case.
SEC CHANCEAl Davis, managing general partner
P. ETof the Raiders, said outside court he
still believes a verdict can be obtained.
OR IA H-"What's obvious to me is that we
516 E. Liberty 994-5360 want to win the case and the NFL wants t
a hung jury," Davis said.

PGA lead

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BOB MURPHY of Delray Beach, Florida takes a good long tools at his shot
on the 18th hole as the ball sits near the cup during the second round of play
yesterday at the PGA Championship in Duluth, Georgia. Murphy currebtly
leads the tournamentat 135, five strokes under par. Play was halted yester-
day at the tournament by rain storms.
Pison to move-
back to Detroit?
DETROIT (UPI)-The Detroit Pistons have called an afternoon news conferen-
ce for Monday at the Joe Louis Arena, indicating they intend to move back to the
city of Detroit after 3 yearsgat the Pontiac Silverdome.
Attendance for the first year at the Silverdome averaged 9,510 per game, but fell
off substantially last year, and may be the same again this season.
THE PISTONS were plagued during their first year at Pontiac by inadequate
heat and one game had to be cancelled because moisture condensation on the roof
continually dripped on the floor, making footing for the players precarious.
The heating system has since been upgraded at a cost of several thousand
dollars per game. The Pistons originally signed a 5-year lease with Silverdome of-
ficials, but it contained numerous escape clauses. Whether the NBA club has been
able to find one of those loopholes to wriggle through or will live out its 5-year plan
at the Dome will be among the questions answered Monday.
The Pistons moved to Detroit from Ft. Wayne in 1957-58 and finished second that
first season, but have never won a title of any kind and rarely have advanced
beyond the first round of the playoffs in the few times they've even made the
playoffs.

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