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rio Arrested as l. Y. Cage Expose Con


Daily Sports Editor
A SCANDAL as dangerous to sports as was the 1919 Black Sox affair
has exploded in New York-and from this corner it looks like
there may be further similar revelations at any time.
When the attempt to bribe Manhattan College center Junius
Kellogg was bared earlier this winter, there was considerable furore.
But with the confessions of Ed Roman, Ed Warner, and Al Roth
of City College, which was the 1950 national champion in the hardwood
sport, gambling on collegiate cage games assume the status of an
immensely serious cancer. *Yesterday's LIU revelation clinched the
The fact that the bribing took place in New York, and the
teams involved in both fixes-CCNY and LIU-play their home
games in Madison Square Garden is particularly significant.
The Garden, since it is not a college fieldhouse, and since the
purpose of its proprietors is to make money on 'big' games during the
collegiate season, is more conducive to the gentle art of fixing than
are Yost Fieldhouse or other local courts
m The gambling crowd considers the sprawling pleasure arena in
midtown Manhattan its own peculiar domain, even though Garden
promoter Ned Irish has made laudable efforts to rid the place of the
three-to-one boys.
That doesn't mean that betting does not take place in the
other sections of the country. It does. But it's on a small scale
compared to the shoddy practice of bribe and counter-bribe which
has been brought into the open in the big town.
One peculiar facet of the City College case is the sacrifice of
prestige and honor that the three stars were willing to make for the
4 sake of a couple .of thousand greenbacks.
' WTH ONE OF the best coaches in the business, Nat Holman, and
a student body which supported their team with more rah-rah
than do Michigan fans, City College was sitting on top of the cage
world last season.
Roman, Warner and Roth had national reputations. They had
their pictures plastered all over newspapers and magazines. They
were cheered as conquering heroes after they had completed bas-
ketball's 'double'-the NIT and NCAA championships.
And they threw away all those laurels for the sake of money,
much like a tank-town pugilist who will take a dive for anybody's
r fifty bucks.
It says little for what is left of amateur-ness in college athletics.
And it bodes ill for college basketball in the Garden. From now
on, every upset, every sloppily-played game, will bear the possible
stigma of 'fix.
It's entirely possible that more instances of bribery or attempted
bribery will be turned up, now that the heat is definitely on in New
And the investigations may well turn to other big town sports
places. Betting is not confined to Madison Square Garden.
* * * *
T UNDOUBTEDLY IS PREVALENT in Chicago, where double-
headers with big name teams are played at the Arena. It might be
in the picture out at San Francisco's huge Cow Palace.
Although collegiate games played at the big sports centers
bring the cage game to a wider audience, it seems to me that the
answer to the gambling problem lies in bringing the sport back
to the college courts, where the game can be played for its own
sake and not for the benefit of the get-rich-quick point-spread
The big fix has cast a pall of doubt over the legitimacy of college
basketball. Fans and schools who love the game for its own sake will
hereafter be highly suspicious of the exhibitions put on in the big
Only a real return to amateurism will satisfy them.





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Blackbirds'Sherman White
Confesses Part in Bribery

In a renewal of the farm week
activities, Vic Heyliger's puck-
chasers will travel to East Lansing
tonight for a contest with a vastly
improved Michigan State sextet.-
The action will get underway at
8:00 p.m. in the Demonstration
Hall Arena, which has a seating
capacity of 4,000.
AFTER A LAPSE of twenty
years Michigan State renewed the
ice sport last year and concluded
the season with 14 defeats without
a victory.
This year coach Harold Paul-
sen has a squad which has been
playing beyond expectations.
The Spartans have won six out
of thirteen clashes.
Included in the victory column
are three successes over Michigan
Tech, a team that the Wolverines
will face early in March. Defeats
have been inflicted upon the Spar-
tans by North Dakota and Minne-
sota, the latter chalking up four
LAST WINTER the Maize and
Blue trounced State 10-4 and 17-1,
but Heyliger doesn't expect such
runaways this year. The affable
coach believes the clashes between
the two Michigan schools will be
much closer.
Heading the Spartan skaters

* * -C.

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Detroiter Del Reid, who has been'
working in fine style. Reid is a 24
year -old junior, who weighs only
140 pounds.
picture, captain Gil Burford is still
favoring a bruised leg, a reminder
of the rugged Colorado series. Af-
ter tonight's tilt the Wolverines
come home for a two game stand
against the North Dakota Sioux
this weekend.
The Wolverines will have to be
at their defensive best against
the Spartans. In Saturday's con-
test with Toronto, on several oc-
casions the Michigan defense
opened up so that the Blues had
one man free with the puck al-
most on top of the Maize and
Blue net.
Neil Celley added 2 goals Sat-
urday to give him 53 points and
team leadership in scoring, and
the Wolverines now have an over-
all season record of 14 victories (11
against American opposition), 4
defeats (2 to U. S. colleges) and
one tie (inflicted by Montreal).
The Wolverines' record against
American college teams is of spe-
cial significance because it is on
this record, not the won-lost totals
against American and Canadian
foes both, that teams are selected
for the NCAA playoffs in Colorado
Springs each year.

... scoring leader
is Dick Lord, a center from Mon-
treal. Lord, a sophomore, has
been handling himself quite well.
Other top performers for State
are veteran wings Bill Blair and
Neil Bristol, center Bill McCor-
mick, and defenseman -Jim
Guarding the Spartan nets is

Nelson Sparks, Undefeated Grapplers

* * *


...wins 'em all

; I AP Spts Flashe
By The Associated Press NEW YORK, N. Y.-Big New
HOUSTON, Texas--Nine golfers York bookmakers, Y in th
were fined by the PGA for skip- pocketbook, made their own ef-
ping a tournament to go to Mex- forts to run down fix rumors
ico. Jimmy Demaret was fined about the LIU basketball team
$500 for leading in the defiance .po ling $5,000 to finance a
to a PGA order forbidding par- trbe irdhe performances of
ticipation in the Mexican Nation- Bc r
al Open. Others include Vic
'Ghezzi and Al Besselink. MEMPHIS, Tennessee -- Prize-
fighter Buddy Scott of Dallas ad-
SOUTH BEND, Indiana mitted yesterday that he had
Johnny Jordan, basketball "taken a dive" in his November
coach at Loyola University in 21 Fairgrounds bout with Oscar
Chicago, has been appointed Buchanan of Memphis, Scott said
head coach at Notre Dame the "knockout" punches were re-
University, succeeding Edward hearsed the night before the fight
(M oose) Krause, who hence-
forth will devote full time to came off in the hotel suite of
the Job of athletic director. Frank Casone, a local gambler.

'M' Gridders
Travel South
Two of Michigan's Rose Bowl
football stars are off and travel-
ing again.
After journeying out to Pasa-
dena, California for the annual
Rose, Bowl Classic on New Year'sl
Day, Don Dufek and Leo Koceski,
both seniors, are off to Puerto
Rico in the Carribean.
The two Maize and Blue grid-
ders are expected to leave by plane
sometime in March, and will be
guests of Michigan alumni of that
Both Michigan seniors are fol-
lowing in the footsteps of two of
their teammates, Charlie Ortmann
and Al Wahl, who spent a plea-
sant afternoon in Hawaii almost
two months ago playing in the
Hula Bowl.

Larry Nelson, the Wolverines'
123 pound battling mighty mite,
ithe only varsity wrestler who
has won every one of his matches
so far this season.
His efforts have contributed 33
points to the Michigan mat mas-
ters' cause this year and have
greatly aided the Wolverines' nine
meet undefeated skien.
HOWEVER, Nelson's sparkling
showing so far this season isn't
any 'rags to riches' story, nor is
his climb to prominence as mete-
oric as those of some of his fel-
low team mates.
Larry's grappling career start-
ed at South Division High
School in his home town of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he
wrestled for three years. Dur-
ing this period he lost only one
match, the first one he wrestled
in scholastic competition.
After this one taste of defeat,
Nelson bounced back anti copped
the Wisconsin State High School
Championship in the 125-pound
division in 1947, and the Catholic
Youth Organization Champion-
ship for Milwaukee at 125 pounds
in 1948.
* * *
LARRY ALSO managed to qual-
ify for the 1948 Olympic Team
in the Mid-Western division at
136 pounds, but was eventually
defeated in a national elimina-
tion tournament.
Here at Michigan Nelson con-
tinued to improve under the
watchful eyes of mat maestro,
Cliff Keen and assistant Bob
Betzig. During last season, as
a sophomore, Larry had the
remarkable record of nine wins
Bradley 97, St. Louis 65
Oklahoma A. & M. 63, Houston 52
St. John's 61, N. Y. U. 52
William and Mary 76, V. M. 1. 43
La Salle 64, Manhattan 63
North Carolina State 78, Wake Forest
Ohio University 83, Cincinnati 74
Duquesne 73, Waynesburg 64
Albion College 101, Hope 65l
Connecticut 74, Boston University 59
Syracuse 81,Indianapolis 79
Philadelphia 99, Tri-Cities 69
Rochester 105, Baltimore 89

as against one defeat, this de-
feat being only the second one
of his career.
Despite his brilliant first year
record, Michigan's diminutive 123
pounder failed to place among
the top four in last year's Big Ten
Championship. He was defeated
by Alan Rice of Minnesota, who
went on to cop second place in
the tournament.
IN HIS NINE straight triumphs
so far this year Larry has been
headed only once, and that was
Feb 21-Michigan State College at
East Lansing.
Feb. 23-University of North Da-
kota at Ann Arbor at 8:00 p.m.
Feb.a24-University of North Da-
kota at Ann Arbor at 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 24-University of Iowa at
Iowa City.
Feb. 24-Ohio State University at
Ann Arbor at 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 24-Ohio State University at
Ann Arbor at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 24-Ohio State University at
Ann Arbor 9:00 p.m.
by Manuel Macias of Iowa, who
finally succumbed four to three
by virtue of two minutes riding
time awarded to the Wolverine's
mighty mite at the end of the
However, Nelson will face an-
other crucial test when the var-
sity mat men play host to a
powerful Ohio State aggrega-
tion that will invade Yost field
House this weekend. The Buck-
eyes, who have great depth in
all divisions, can throw either
Deno Sangalis or Bill Weber
against him-both of whom are
undefeated so far this season.
If Larry survives this final hur-
dle, his chances for the Big Ten
Championship will look quite
The time for the Ohio State
meet this Saturday has been
changed from 7:30 to 4:15 p.m.
Admission is free for Michigan
students and faculty, others will
pay the usual fee of $1.00.

Wildcats AP
Pick as Top
Cage Team
NEW YORK-(P)-The Univer-
sity of Kentucky Wildcats, voted
the Nation's no. 1 college basket-
ball team for the fifth week in a
row, end their regular season this
week, then head into tournament
play that could clinch the lofty
Only two Southeastern Confer-
ence foes remain for Coach Adolph
Rupp's club, which already is as-
sured of its eighth league crown in
succession. In this tenth weekly AP
poll of the season, Kentucky re-
ceived 115 more points than the
no. 2 team, Oklahoma A & M.
KENTUCKY plays Georgia Fri-
day and Vanderbilt Saturday, both
games at Lexington, and should
have no trouble winding up the
Conference race undefeated. In all
the Wildcats have won 22
and lost only one. This includes 12
Conference victories without a de-
As champions of the Confer-
ence, Kentucky automatically
gets a place in the NCAA Tour-
nament. There is little doubt the-
team will receive a bid to the Na-
tional Invitation Tournament
next month at Madison Square
The balloting was completed be-
fore Illinois (16-3) defeated In-
diana Monday night, 7 1-65. Indi-
ana, sixth in last week's poll, had
jumped to no. 4 this time.
The leading 10 teams:
1. Kentucky (22-1) ............ 1,036
2. Oklahoma A & M (23-1) .... 921
3. Columbia (17-0)............615
4. Indiana (15-3)...... 596
5. Kansas State (17-3).........554
6. St. Louis (19-5).............. 395
7. Bradley (24-4)............... 392
%. St. John's (19-3).......271
9. North Carolina State (23-4) 266
10. Illinois (16-3)..............194
Bradley Votes
Not to Accept.
PEORIA, Ill. - /P) - Bradley
University basketball players Mon-
day voted unanimously to reject
any invitation to play in Madison
Square Garden next month and
the school president indicated
Bradley would not schedule games
there next year. "The boys voted
11 to 0-with one not voting-not
to return to the Garden this year,"
said Dr. David Blair Owen, Brad-
ley President. "The Garden looks
doubtful for next year as well."
OWEN SAID the New York
gambling expose was a contribut-
ing factor, adding that "the glam-
or of playing in the Garden has
worn off after 10 or 11 games
Owen said the players have
voted to accept either an invitation
to the University of Hawaii Tour-
nament or a proposed invivation-
al meet in Chicago Stadium in-
cluding such teams as Kentucky
and Oklahoma A & M.


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NEW YORK-MP)-The biggest
scandal in college sports history
shook another major school yes-
terday with the arrest of three
Long Island University basketball
stars on charges of taking gamb-
lers' bribes.
The trio of players nabbed in
the spreading bet coup included
Sherman White, 22-year-old Ne-
gro forward and the nation's top
college scorer. The gangling shot-
maker was considered a cinch for
All-America honors.
4 * *
S. Hogan said that White and his
two accused teammates cracked
under nightlong questioning and
admitted taking payoffs to "fix"
seven LIU games.
Charged with bribery along
with White were LIU's other
star forward and team captain,
Adolph Bigos, 25, of Perth Am-
boy, N.J., and guard Leroy
Smith, 21, a Negro, of Newark,
N.J. White is from Englewood,
N.J. They were held in $15,000
bail each.
Arrest of the LIU players raised
to seven the number of local col-
lege cage stars snared in the sen-
sational expose. Three members
of the College of the City of New
York's team and a New York Uni-
versity player were arrested when
the scandal broke wide open Sun-
All of the cage stars, Hogan
said, admitted "shaving points"
-in return for bribes--to beat
the "point spreads" designated
by bookmakers.I

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Hogan said the plot eventually
backfired on its alleged master-
mind and "Money Man," Salva-
tore T. Sollazzo and his go-be-
tween, Edward Gard, member of
last year's LIU team.
* * *
IN ADDITION to four games
"thrown" last season, LIU had
these games affected by the "fix,"
according to Hogan: LIU versus
Kansas State, Dec. 2, 1950; LIU
versus Denver, Dec. 7, 1950; and
LIU versus Idaho, Dec. 25, 1950.
In the seven fixed games,
Hogan said, Bigos received a to-
tal of $7,250; White, $6,250 and
Smith $2,000. Gard, he added,
was paid $3,000 for 1949-50
Coach Clair Bee of Long Island
expressed a general feeling when
he heard that three of his players
had admitted fixing games:
"Those three? It's terrible, ter-
SLIU Cancels
Four Games
NEW YORK-(IP)-Long Is-
land University last night can-
celled its four remaining basket-
ball games and said it is with-
drawing from inter-collegiate
athletics of all kinds. As a result,
a special meeting of the Univer-
sity's trustees decided to return
all sports at LIU "to the status
of intra-mural competition."






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