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SPORTS
Page 16 Sunday, July 22, 1984 The Michigan Daily
Tigers top Rangers d.S.bapan
down Japan
in exhibition
Clutch bats ByPAUL HELGREN
Special to the Daily
a teDETROIT - Southern California's
Mark McGwire cranked a ninth in-
ning solo home run to lead the U.S.
Olympic baseball team to a 3-2 vic-
tory over a Japanese All-Star team
at Tiger Stadium yesterday after-
7-6 trium h noon.
P The U.S. team plays at San An-
tonio today before heading to Los
By PAUL HELGREN Angeles on Monday.
Specialtothe Daily; BARRY LARKIN, a junior on
DETROIT - Pitching problems? No the Michigan baseball team, tied the
problem, thanks to timely Tiger hit- score in the seventh with a sacrifice
ting. fly.
With Jack Morris changing his mid- Larkin, who was hitting .357 in 29
dIe name to Enigma and, Juan games for the Olympians prior to
Berenguer collapsing, it would seem yesterday's battle, went 0-3 but lined
the Tigers are left with a starting pit- out hard to right field twice. His
ching crisis. Asecond line out.left the winning run
BUT IF Tiger hitters keep coming on third in the eighth.
through in the clutch like they did in "Yeah, that felt good," Larkin
last night's 7-6 triumph over Texas, said of his sac fly that tied the game
generous outings like the one starter at 2. "But I wanted that hit (in the
Glenn Abbott yielded should be little eighth)." I had it all pictured in my
more than a nuisance. head. Bottom of the eighth. Winning
Abbott spotted the Rangers to a 5-2 run on third. But it just didn't fall
lead in a five-run third inning. in.
No problem, said the Tiger hitters. The Japanese did all their scoring
They matched the Ranger barrage in off of starter Scott Bankhead in the
the fifth. first on a two-run homer by shor-
THE BIG hit was Chet Lemon's two- tstop Kazuaki Ueda. Don August pit-
run bases loaded double. It tied the ched the final inning to regiater the
score and aent 46,219 Tiger Stadium win for the Americana.
fans ona wave-happy rampage. MICHIGAN coach Bud Middaugh
Howard Johnson followed with a was in attendance and said he was
single to give the Tigers a 7-5 lead, an impressed with both squads.
advantage they never relinquished Sports information "This is a fine (U.S.) club," said
thanks to Sid Monge's stellar relief per- Michigan junior and U.S. Olympic team member Barry Larkin rounds third Middaugh. "The coaches have done
formance. in action last April against EMU. a great job putting this team
Usually the weakest bullpen link in together."
Detroit's Latin Connection, Monge was Larkin added that the Japanese
solid going four innings for his first win (Willie Hernandez) finished out the The win puts the Tigers' record at 65- All-Star team, which will send six
against no defeats. game pitching the last two innings for 29, and gives them an 1-2 mark since the players to the Olympics, is the most
Doug Bair bailed out Monge in the his 19th save. All-Star break. talented club the Americans have
seventh before "Senor Unbeatable" faced on their month-long tour.
CFA signs television pact with ABC

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NEW YORK (AP) - ABC-TV said yesterday it had
reached an agreement with the 63-member College
Football Association, giving the network exclusive
rights to broadcast games played by most of the
major football powers this season.
The network said it will carry 20 CFA games.
THE CFA IS comprised of five major conferences
- Southeastern, Southwest, Atlantic Coast, Big Eight
and Western Athletic - as well as major independen-
ts such as Notre Dame, Pitt, Penn State, Miami and
Boston College.
ABC's announcement finally clarified the TV foot-
ball picture after two weeks of confusion following
the Supreme Court decision to uphold a lower court
ruling that voided the NCAA's contract with ABC and
CBS.
As a result of the high court's ruling, a school or
conference could negotiate with any network, station
or groups of stations to carry its games. Some con-
ferences, anticipating the ruling, had already sold
games to packagers to sell to individual stations.
THE CFA-ABC deal provides a reasonably clear
picture of what viewers will see this fall.
It means that in the television "window" allocated
to the networks - from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern

Time each Saturday - ABC will televise CFA games
while CBS will carry games involving schools from the
Big Ten and Pacific-10 conferences that split from
the CFA.
There will also be two other television windows -
from noon until 3:30 p.m., when local stations may
carry games sold to them by individual schools and
conferences; and from 7 p.m. on, when college games
can be carried on cable television.
THE CONTRACT with the CFA does not permit
any "crossover" games - games between CFA
schools and those from the Pac-10-Big Ten group - to
be shown on another network during the late-
afternoon time period.
But Jim Spence, vice president in charge of ABC
Sports, said ABC has the right to negotiate separately
for such games, such as the traditional Notre Dame-
Southern California contest that has usually been
televised nationwide.
The agreement with the CFA calls for 20 games to
be televised between Sept. 8 through Dec. 1, a total of
13 weeks, compared to 10 weeks and 14 games in the
CBS contract with the Pac-10-Big Ten, for which is
paid an estimated $8 million.

THE PRICE for the CFA package was reported to
be approximately $15 million, less than half the $34.5
million each network was paying the NCAA for the
rights to the contract that was thrown out by the cour-
ts.
Spence would not disclose the amount but said
A4C, which lost money last year and had expected to
lose money this year on its NCAA telecasts, was in a
"tremendously improved" financial position.
The new contract also allows the network to show
any school three times this year with the provision for
two wild-card games, which would allow a team to be
shown a fourth time.
Under the NCAA contract, a school was limited to
five appearances in two seasons and that provision,
in fact, was one of the reasons for the suit filed by the
Universities of Georgia and Oklahoma.
Charles F. Neinas, executive director of the CFA,
said the agreement should allow ABC to televise
"what appears to be the most exciting schedule of
college football ever seen on television.
"The major beneficiary," he said, "will be the fan,
which will undoubtedly stimulate interest in college
football."

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