Friday, May 28, 1982
SPORTS OF THE DAILY
The Michigan Daily
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Roger Malt-
bie liked his start, but his finish gave
him the first-round lead yesterday in
Jack Nicklaus' lightning-delayed
Memorial Golf Tournament.
Maltbie, who hasn't won since his
1976 triumph in this event, sank a par-
saving, three-foot putt on the last hole
for his 4-under-par 68, good for a one-
THE 30-YEAR-old Californian bir-
died four of the last eight holes on the
7,116-yard Muirfield Village layout.
"I got off to a fairly smooth start,
which is important on this golf course,"
he said. "If you don't, you can get
Tied for second, all at 69, were defen-
ding champion Keith Fergus, former
tennis pro Frank Conner, Steve Melnyk
and Bruce Fleisher.
Another stroke back at 70 were eight
more pros, led by Tom Kite, Johnny
Miller and Hale Irwin. Also at 2-under
were Lou Graham, John- Cook, Jay
Haas, Dan Pohland Greg Powers.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Colorado
Rockies were sold yesterday to a group
headed by Houston Astros principal
owner John McMullen, and the
National Hockey League Board of
Governors then gave approval for the
franchise to be moved from Denver to
New Jersey's Meadowlands Arena.
The terms of the sale were not
"I'm glad the team will remain intact
but it's a sad day for me in some
respects," said Peter Gilbert, who tried
unsuccessfully to build a financially
stable NHL franchise in Denver. "I
wish McMullen a lot of luck. Now, I'll
get back to my work and my family and
"The last four monthshave been very
nerve-wracking for me, but it all
worked out OK." McMullen, who is in
the ship-building business, has offices
in New York, and lives in northern New
Jersey, not far from the arena.
Players talk strike
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National
Football League Players Association,
meeting in Washington to review its
game plan, is talking unity and strike
as it prepares for a showdown with
National Football League club owners.
"We are united, understand the
issues and know the opponent," said
union President Gene Upshaw Wed-
AS EVIDENCE of the players' ap-
parent resolve, Upshaw said a poll of
nearly half the teams in the league
found nearly unanimous support of a
strike authorization proposal.
"There has been no real opposition to
the strike authorization, only a couple
of abstentions," Upshaw said.
Earlier it was reported that the Kan-
sas City Chiefs voted 52-0 and the Hammond walked quietly into the
Washington Redskins 50-0, with three clubhouse.
abstentions, authorizing union leaders Borg argues with council
to call a strike.
Upshaw refused to name the other NEW YORK (AP)- Sweden's Bjorn
teams polled by the union or reveal the Borg would have competed in both the
text of the strike porposal. French Open and Wimbledon if the two
Seattle Seahawks' player represen- Grand Slam tournaments had, in effect,
tative, Sam McCullum, and Amos withdrawn from the Volvo Grand Prix
Fowler, his counterpart with the circuit, the Men's International
FertLionais ol their respec- Professional Tennis Council said Thur-
Detroit Lions, said polls of herrse sday
tive teams, while incomplete showed Bga sg
overwhelming support for a strike Borg also wanted "something that
authorization. amounted to a personal apology" from
the Pro Council, which had insisted that
Hammond leads tourney he qualify for every Grand Prix tour-
nament in which he wished to compete
PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Colum- this year, the Council said in a
bus College sophomore John Hammond statement issued here.
apologized to anxious reporters for Big East adopts clock
being the last player to finish the first
round of the NCAA Division I golf tour- VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Big East
nament. But he certainly didn't make Conference basketball coaches voted
excuses for his performance. yesterday to institute -a 45-second shot
Hammond, one of 25 golfers to clock which will be turned off for the
receive invitations to the tourney, fired final five minutes of games, and over-
a 5-under-par 67 and claimed the lead in whelmingly rejeccted the institution of
the 85th annual tournament, being a three-point goal for the 1982-83 season.
played on the Pinehurst No. 2 course. The recommendation of the shot
That score bested Furman's Brad clock is subject to the approval of the
Faxon and Southern California's Jeff conference's athletic directors, who
Hart, whose 68s seemed safe until willmeet through tomorrow.
Los Angeles downs
Lakers established that mark over two
PHILADELPHIA (AP)- Jamaal seasons when they won the last post-
Wilkes scored 24 points and led a spec- season game in 1949 and the first eight
tacular second-half rally as Los playoff games in 1950 enroute to the.
Angeles beat the Philadelphia 76ers 124- NBA title.
117 last night in the opener of the NBA It was the single-season mark of eight
championship series, giving the Lakers that the Lakers surpassed last night.
a record nine straight playoff victories The Philadelphia 76ers hoped to stop
this year. the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff win-
Wilkes scored 16 points in the third ning streak when they tipped off the
quarter as the 76ers wilted under the 1982 National Basketball Association
Lakers' fastbreak attack in the second championship series last night.
half although Philadelphia led by as The Lakers won eight straight playoff
many as 15 points in the third quarter. games enroute to the final series, tying
Los Angeles ultimately outscored a record for one season held by the 1950
Philadelphia 40-9 over a span of about Minneapolis Lakers. The overall
10% minutes at the end of the third record for a post-season winning streak
quarter and the beginning of the fourth. is nine by Minneapolis, which won its
GAME TWO of the best-of-seven final game in 1949 before capturing the
National Basketball Association final first eight in 1950.
series will be Sunday afternoon in "We'll have to be flexible," 76ers
Philadelphia. Coach Billy Cunningham said when he
The Lakers' victory actually kept two was asked about what matchups he
playoff streaks alive. Los Angeles also would use to stop the Lakers, who have
now has won seven straight postseason five players averaging 17 points or
road games, a record high that dates more in the playoffs.
back to the 1980 championship series The most surprising offensive star for
when the Lakers beat Philadelphia in the Lakers so far has been Norm Nixon,
six games. who shares playmaking duties with
Ervin "Magic" Johnson. Nixon is Los
The Lakers equalled the overall Angeles'leader in playoff scoring,
playoff record of nine straight Post- averaging 22.5 points, just ahead of
season triumpha. But the Minneapols Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 22.1.
LOS ANGELES LAKER Kurt Rambis bumps into Philadelphia's Booby
Jones as he drives toward the basket in the first quarter of last night's NBA