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    Page 8/The Battalion/Tuesday July 9, 1985
NFL vets
upset by
pay cuts
Players may refuse
to report to camps
Associated Press
CHICAGO — Some top National
Football League veterans in the op
tion year of their contracts may not
report to training camp to protest
the club owners’ attempt to “turn
back the economic hands of time,” a
group of player agents said Monday.
“We’re finding a lot of resistance
(to negotiating contracts) for both
rookies and veterans and we’re con
sidering having those veteran play
ers not report to their clubs until
they are signed,” said Frank Murtha,
one of about 30 agents or their rep
resentatives attending the unique
Murtha said there are 127 NFL
veterans among the 28 clubs who are
entering the final year of their con
tracts and they might be encouraged
to stay away from training camp en
masse. Most clubs open training
camps in mid-July.
Murtha, the group’s spokesman,
said all of the agents representing
the NFL’s First-round picks as well as
many veterans, gathered “to plan
strategy ... and what we as a group
need to do to negotiate better con
tracts ... There is a widespread at
tempt (by management) to roll back
salaries, on the average, to 1983 lev
He said the salary offers to both
top draft choices and veterans are 40
percent below similar offers a year
‘High noon 1 relived at Wimbledon
Associated Press
WIMBLEDON, England — It
was “The Showdown” and “The
And despite the bullets served
up by West Germany’s Boris
Becker and American Kevin Cur-
ren in Sunday’s “Shootout,” the
weapons were tennis rackets.
The “Showdown” on Saturday
sent the world’s top two women
players, Martina Navratilova and
Chris Evert Lloyd, against each
other in a continuation of the
game’s longest-running rivalry.
Instead of a dusty street at high
noon, these confrontations took
place on the Centre Court grass
court at the All England Lawn
Tennis and Croquet Club, pre
cisely at 2 p.m., thank you.
Becker, appropriately nick
named “Boom Boom” for his
rocketing serves, rewrote the re
cord book when he blasted Cur-
ren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to capture
the men’s singles title. He became
the youngest Wimbledon winner,
the first non-seeded player to
capture the prestigious grass
courtjs title and the first German
to win in the tournament’s 108-
year history.
Navratilova and Lloyd were co
seeded No. 1, the first time in
Wimbledon history that officials
couldn’t decide on a favorite.
Navratilova took away the doubt,
downing Lloyd 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to
post her fourth straight singles
triumph here.
She also teamed with Austra
lia’s Paul McNamee to win the
mixed doubles for the first time,
although her dream of capturing
the “triple” disappeared Saturday
when she and Pam Shriver had
their 109-match winning streak
stopped in the women’s doubles
final by American Kathy Jordan
and Australian Elizabeth Smylie.
But it was “Boom Boom”
Becker who emerged from the
fortnight as the hero, a role he
both relishes and fears.
“Maybe now I am an idol for
Germany, and I think it is good
for Germany,” said the 6-foot-2,
strawberry blond Becker.
At the traditional “Champions
Dinner” at the All England Club,
Buzzer Hadingham, the Wimble
don chairman, presented the
teen-ager with an All England tie
and said, “Boris, you are now a
member of what we consider to
be the finest club in the world.”
The youngster, whose on-court
composure and almost arrogant
manner was a key to his victory,
was clearly nervous.
“I find it strange to be standing
here as champion because I never
expected it,” he smiled. “But I
hope to be back with you again.”
On Monday, his every step was
recorded by reporters and pho
Becker; his parents, Karl Heinz
and Elvira, and his sister Sabine,
who had come to Wimbledonfoti
the championship match]
checked out of their hotel anil
slipped out a side door.
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to fly from London’s HeathroJ
airport to Frankfurt, GermamJ
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earlier flight bound for Nice]
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Germany, Becker said: “I havenoj
comment to make.”
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going to Monte Carlo, his motherj
replied: “I’m sorry. My English is
not too good.”
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has given 18 interviews since yes ]
terday. He just can’t do it anj]
Child netter led men onto Centre Court
APSports Writer
WIMBLEDON, England —
And a child shall lead them.
One by one, the finest men’s
tennis players in the world —
John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl,
Jimmy Connors and the rest —
found themselves eliminated
from the prestigious All England
And when the once-lush green
grass on Wimbledon’s storied
Centre Court had been beaten
into brown dust, a child led them.
Boris Becker of West Ger
many, not yet old enough to vote
or drive, today owns tennis’ most
cherished championship. He’d
celebrate with champagne, but
he’s not old enough to drink ei
On the seventh day of the sev
enth month, at the tender age of
17 years, 7 months, and 7 days,
Becker won Wimbledon.
He is the youngest player ever
to capture a Grand Slam event
and the first unseeded player to
take this title. In fact, no un
seeded player had ever won so
much as a single final-round set
in the 99-year history of these
Championships before Becker
came along to win the whole
Becker’s booming serve and ac
robatic style punctuated a sun-
splashed English afternoon, a day
in marked contrast to the rainy
fortnight through which this
soggy tournament had sloshed.
He subdued Kevin Curren 6-3,
6-7, 7-6, 6-4 on Sunday and, after
it was over, he looked like a foot
ball lineman who has spent a day
in the trenches. His shirt and ten
nis shorts were grimy, crusted
with dirt that he wore like a badge
of honor.
If there was pressure, if he felt
nervous to be in the Centre Court
spotlight, it never showed. He
F ilayed cool, controlled tennis, de-
“Getting dirty is my way to
play,” Becker explained simply.
“When I am diving, then I am
getting dirty.”
What can you say? Kids get
liberate and decisive. After one
point he whimsically retrieved a
loose ball with a soccer kick that
was a throwback to his sports’
heritage, before he chose to con
centrate on tennis.
beaten in the final, sounded a
warning for Wimbledon, saying
that Becker would be a threat
No one took that seriously, not
even Becker, who said Sunday
that after Queen’s he still didn’t
believe he could win Wimbledon.
Curren admired his oppo
nent’s poise.
Becker’s accomplishment is
like having a high school senior
win the seventh game of the
World Series or throw a touch
down pass in the Super Bowl. It
just isn’t done. But the blond kid
from West Germany did it, with
zest and with stvle.
“When I was 17, I was brought
up in a totally different atmo
sphere and would have been to
tally intimidated.” Curren said.
But he weaved his way through
the 128-player minefield, dfr
patching one opponent after an
other with his booming serve and
masterful ground strokes.
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Becker won the Queen’s Club,
traditional grass court warm-up
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for the All England. Johan Kriek,
And at the end, he was the only
one left, alone at the top of tennii'
most important tournament,
younger than Wimbledon’s ju
nior champion, 18-year-old
Leonardo Lavalle of Mexico.
A child had indeed led them.
Murtha said the NFL owners were
trying to “hold the line on salaries
for all 336 newcomers and they are
trying to reduce salary escalations
for all the veterans whose contracts
are coming up.”
Marathon game frustrates Astros
Associated Press
Cardinal pitcher Tudored'
by high school teammate
Murtha and Ed Sewell represent
cornerback Richard Johnson, cho
sen by Houston in the first round.
Also at the meeting were:
Jim Steiner, whose clients include
Chicago’s No. 1 pick, William Perry
of Clemson, and Bears’ veteran de
fensive linemen Dan Hampton and
Steve McMichael; Leigh Steinberg,
who represents Atlanta Falcons
quarterback Steve Bartkowski and
representatives of Mark McCor-
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inick’s Cleveland-based Interna
tional Marketing Group, whose cli
ents include Lomas Brown, picked
by Detroit, and Kevin Allen, selected
by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Murtha said average first-round
salary offers are down to $125,000
from $175,000 last year, and bonus
offers have dropped to $300,000-
$350,000 from $850,000 in 1984.
HOUSTON — Following Sunday’s 19-inning, 6-3 loss to the Montreal Expos, Houston pitcher Dave Smith
could remember a more pleasant extra-inning game and Frank DiPino had trouble remembering the start of the
“Who started this game anyway?” joked DiPino, who pitched three hitless innings. “It was mind-boggling.”
The Astros dueled the San Diego Padres for 20 innings in 1980 with Smith emerging as the winner.
“But that was different because we won,” Smith said. “I had to pitch
three innings that night but I got the victory. This one was really frustrat
Floyd Youmans, the last of five Montreal pitchers, got the victory and in
a bittersweet quirk, was on his way back to the minors after his first major
league victory.
“I feel good about my first major league victory but it’s disappointing to
have to go back to the minors now,” said Youmans, whose departure will
make room for pitcher Bill Gullickson to come off the disabled list.
Houston starter Joe Niekro singled to centerfield in the sixth inning, scoring Jerry Mumphrey for a 2-2 dead
lock. Each team added runs in the 18th. Astros first baseman Enos Cabell’s fielding error in the 19th finally allowed
the winning run to score.
The game lasted five hours, 12 minutes and was the fourth longest in Astros history. Houston’s longest game
went 24 innings April 15, 1968 and ended in a 1-0 Astro victory over the New York Mets.
Houston Manager Bob Lillis utilized every non-pitcher in the game and even used starting pitcher Bob Knep-
per as a pinch hitter in the 18th inning with the potential tying run on second base. Knepper struck out.
“This was my longest game,” Houston second baseman Bill Doran said. “I’m beat. But I feel sorrier for the
umpires because at least we got to go off the field every half-inning. They got no break.”
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Associated Press
Fewer than 2,000 of the paid crowd of 14,493 fans remained for the finish.
ST. LOUIS — Thanks to a call
from his high school battery mate,
left-hander John Tudor could turn
out to be more than the St. Louis
Cardinals bargained for.
Until then, however, it appeared
likely he would be far less. The com
munique that revived him came in
late May following a defeat that
ranked as particularly distressing.
“He told me he’d seen me on tele
vision the night before and that I
didn’t even look like the same
pitcher,” said Tudor of former tea
mmate Dave Bettencourt’s advice.
“It was at my ‘gathering’ point
where my mechanics were fouled
up. It had to do with the way I was
releasing the ball,” said the 31-year-
old pitcher. “Since that time, every
thing’s just fallen into place. In fact,
I’ve never been in a oet
in a better groove
sands of
than I am right now.” tei days
Indeed, since Bettencourt’s c dj 11 have
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a 5 '/a-week span. °' flame
During June, as the Cards vvei h(,IIi es Ti
compiling a 19-8 record, TudorcafE^rews
tured NL Pitcher of the Month horp> ,,,) fl h°
ors with a 6-0 mark and a 1.34ERA.Hdi n g ^
Since then, in two July starts, htH res on
pitched a three-hitter in a 4-0 victoii|$ e
over the Montreal Expos and rN'nrnun
eight-hitter in a 7-1 success agains| SOu,; h easl
the Los Angeles Dodgers. He no»|
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five complete games. Suddenly, ;i! acuatei
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“He’s on a roll,” said St. LoiiBgr 11 ' | )ee
Manager Whitey Herzog
Tudor’s triumpn Sunday over
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