The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, December 17, 1980, Image 9

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THE BATTALION Page 9 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1980 ^insN, said CurtPui ,n ‘•'onsumerit, ,nl y way taipijji to make it iti^ ,0,la f coin wa$ -'-‘•*<1 uumij produce and lasbi ^•Smillionaytj! J coins were iui itroductfejij, Auction was lilj •Mint, said put: ying attentiottf >1 in foreign co care, but tb, five-mark coiil le when tlie uce a bronze- >n, as oppose ent nickel, he new alloy Fritsch hurt but could play United Press International HOUSTON — Houston Oilers placekicker Toni Fritsch was found to have a “slight bulge” between two vertabrae of his backbone, and more tests were made to determine what it was, a team spokesman said Tuesday. Fritsch, who was hospitalized Saturday, was reported feeling fine after traction eased the pain he had experienced in his lower back and upper right leg. Fritsch’s status for the Oilers’ game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings was uncertain. “He still could play,” the spokesman said. Doctors believe Fritsch has been playing the last three games with a ruptured disc, and Oilers Media Director Bob Hyde said sophisti cated x-ray tests made Monday “re vealed a slight bulge between the fourth and fifth vertabrae. Because the test was inconclusive,” he said, “they have done other testing.” Fritsch’s replacement in last Sun day’s game, Chester Marcol, flew to Houston from Green Bay, Wise. Tuesday. He was to practice with the team for the first time Wednesday. Head coach Bum Phillips held no workout Tuesday. 14th-ranked Ags travel to Virginia for tourney By RICHARD OLIVER Sports Editor The Texas A&M University men’s basketball team, coming off an easy tournament title at the First Union Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. last week, takes off for Virginia this week to participate in the Virginia Tech Invitational Friday and Saturday. The Aggies, despite being 5-0, were dropped to 14th in the weekly UPI rankings Tuesday after being ranked 12th the week before. A&M will play the Tames Madison Dukes Friday at 8 p.m. CST, as the second of a twin bill. In the first game at 6 p.m., Virginia Tech will play Pittsburgh. The Friday losers play at 6 p.m. Saturday and the championship game is set for 8 p.m. Saturday night. James Madison was 18-8 last year, and has four re turning starters on hand, including top scorer Linton Townes, a 6-6 junior forward, with a 14.6 average and 5.6 rebounding average. Other starters for the Dukes are Steve Blackmon, Dan Ruland, David DuPont and Charles Fisher. In the First Union Classic tournament last week, the Aggies thrilled Head Coach Shelby Metcalf by shooting an incredible 68 percent from the floor in the final against Davidson. Vernon Smith, the event’s MVP, scored 30 points and had 13 rebounds against the University of North Caroli- na-Charlotte in the 75-64 win Friday night, and had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Saturday 76-62 win over Davidson. Rynn Wright, who also made the All-Tournament team along with Smith, scored 24 against Davidson. Rudy Woods, the 6-11 junior from Bryan, overcame his early season inconsistency long enough to score 24 points while snagging 10 rebounds. But it was Tyrone Ladson who stole the show. The senior ball handler pleased Metcalf to no end. “Tyrone played super and I thought he should have made all-tournament,” said the coach. “He was very effective plugging holes defensively and even stopped a four-on-one break by Davidson. He is in excellent phy sical condition and is playing very intellectual basket ball.” efifc ized ermeil, Eagles not taking Pokes too lightly United Press International PHILADELPHIA — The fact that Dallas is all but iminated from a shot at the NFC East title doesn’t ley, and thosew ji c fi an g e an y of Dick Vermeil’s plans for the Philadelphia pkgles’ game Sunday against the Cowboys. linkwecan(blB , With Dallas’ 38-14 loss Monday night to the Los lefits," Simpso: J§M? e l es Rams, the Eagles can clinch their first division le is treading«' st * de ‘ n 20 years by defeating the Cowboys at Texas ’ territory. #il stadium or losing by a margin of no more than 25 points. , “'My Cod'fa® But Vermeil, the Eagles’ coach, said the lopsided j|y look intodefeat doesn’t change a thing for his team. 1 “Our goal is not to lose by 25 points,” he said. “Our red, Simpson®, goal is to go down there and whip them. As far as I’m to look intotb toncerned, this is going to fire them up even more, re and benefits! We re going to try to beat them and that’s all there is to ik we’re going id it. ting and watclil l' 1 “if W e don’t play better offensively than we did I against the Cardinals (a 17-3 win for the Eagles last K-dini area I ^nday), the Cowboys are very capable of beating us by 1 26 points.” nmbursed for "| ate insurer also onsider wheto If the Cowboys should beat the Eagles, they will tie for the division lead with 12-4 records. The two teams would be deadlocked in the first four tiebreakers — head-to-head competition (1-1), record within the divi sion (6-2), record within the conference (8-3) and record against common opponents (3-1). But the fifth tiebreaker is best net points in division games, and the Eagles have a plus-50 advantage in that category. Vermeil said Sunday’s game is anything but meaning less. “There’s no such thing as a meaningless football game,” he said. “I think that’s a rotten thing to sell to a football team. Sometimes a playoff team gets beat on the last week of the season and it creates doubt. Last year, we went to Houston to play a so-called ‘meaningless’ game and beat them, and we intend to approach this game the same way.” j :[ 2 We specialize in persomliz- vi i ing gifts and unique gift * 'b wrapping. \f I f 3601 E. 29th St. 846-2797 j f Your NewfYork Connection" SeflAOft'ft Gteeluttp 4340 Carter Creek Parkway Off 29th Street J Mo" -S«t., 10 to 8 Cowboy Christmas.. Western mugs Taco kits Western recipe cards Notepaper and more! Open Thursday HI 8 p.m. 3609 Place E. 29th Bryan SELL YOUR USED BOOKS FOR MORE! University Book Stores m i Prescriptions Filled Glasses Repaired 216 N. MAIN BRYAN 822-6105 Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 8 a.m.-l p.m. i A|||M northgate Culpepper plaza i dlfi] 409 UNIVERSITY DR. 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