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Glanville says Oilers will recover from loss
Houston Oilers have become
adept at rising from the ashes of
defeat and they’ll do it again,
even after Sunday’s embarrassing
40-7 loss to Cleveland, Coach
Jerry Glanville said Monday.
“The key for this week is to feel
good about ourselves,” Glanville
“We’ve won eight of our last 12
games. If we stay on that, we’ll be
“We can’t let the Nov. 22 game
interfere with the Nov. 29 game.
That’s the way we’ll approach this
week. We’ve done it before.”
The Oilers rebounded last sea
son from a 27-0 loss to San Diego
to win their final two games of the
season and they soundly defeated
Pittsburgh Nov. 15 one week af
ter losing to San Francisco.
“I thought we came back good
after San Francisco against Pitts
burgh,” Glanville said. “No one
has beaten Pittsburgh worse than
we beat them.”
The loss dropped Houston to a
6-4 record into second place in
the AFC Central Division behind
the Browns who are 7-3.
Glanville says the Oilers’ next
assignment will be to keep a loss
from becoming a losing streak.
“The good teams stay away
from long losing streaks,” Glan
ville said. “Everyone loses a game
but the good teams don’t have
long streaks.”
Oiler quarterback Warren
Moon completed 5 of 23 passes
and had three intercepted.
He completed only one pass in
the second half, an 83-yard
touchdown to Ernest Givins and
went to the sidelines midway in
the fourth quarter.
Cleveland’s defense contrib
uted six turnovers but Glanville
said the Oilers helped the
“It was a hard-hitting game but
(Mike) Rozier’s fumble wasn’t
from hard hitting,” Glanville said.
“(Curtis) Duncan muffing the
kickoff return was just a matter of
him not being in a game like
Duncan, a lOth-round draft
pick from Northwestern, hobbled
the opening kickoff, forcing
Houston to start its first drive
from its 8-yard line.
Glanville’s greater concern on
Monday was an injury list that in
cluded starting guard Mike Mun-
chak, left tackle Bruce Davis and
linebacker John Grimsley and
backup safety Allen Lyday.
Grimsley will miss Sunday's
game at Indianapolis with an an
kle injury while Davis may be able
to play with his ankle injury.
Munchak suffered a shoulder
injury in the first quarter but his
status was unknown for Sunday.
Lyday will undergo a complete
knee operation, Glanville saia.
“It’s total reconstruction only
day,” Glanville said. “It’s what we
call a fiat tire. He blew everything
The Oilers return home to the
Astrodome Dec. 6 to play the San
Diego Chargers.
Houston sports bar owners defy blackout show game
HOUSTON (AP) — Local
sports bar owners who televised
the blacked-out Houston Oilers-
Cleveland Browns game Sunday
say they wouldn’t have done so if
the game hadn’t finally sold out.
“If the Oilers had 5,000 tickets
or 2,000 tickets or whatever un
sold, I would not have shown the
game,” said Dan Patrick, owner
of Dan Patrick’s Sportsmarket.
The NFL blacked out the Sun
day game because some tickets re
mained unsold 72 hours before
game time.
“I believe, and I think fans
agree, the 72-hour rule is unfair,”
he said. “It needs to be adjusted
to 24 or 48 hours. Few games sell
out three days in advance.”
By disobeying the National
Football League’s rule that the
game could not be televised lo
cally, the bars could be subject to
legal action by the NFL, which
won a federal court ruling in Dal
las last week against televising
blacked-out games there.
In a temporary restraining or
der, a judge ordered nine Dallas
area bars and restaurants not to
show Thursday’s Dallas Cowboys-
Minnesota Vikings game if the
telecast is blacked out locally.
In Houston, Patrick paid to ob
tain the television signal from
NBC-TV in Atlanta, which car
ried the Houston-Cleveland
game. Patrick and other bar own
ers which showed the game asked
patrons to sign a statement saying
they came to the restaurant be
cause they were unable to buy
“The restaurant has said it
would not show any Oilers game
that is not sold out because it
could influence people not to buy
a ticket,” the statement said in
part. “I understand and agree
w’ith that philosophy.
“However, once the tickets are
all gone, why should the NFL be
so greedy as to deny the fans a
chance to see the game?” the
statement said. “We help build
stadiums with our tax dollars,and
we support advertisers who in
turn pay the networks and the
teams millions of dollars.”
A1 Wells, spokesman for the
Scoreboard Sports Bar, estimated
about 1,000 signatures were col
lected from four bars.
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White to return to starting lineup
for Pokes’ showdown with Vikings
IRVING (AP) — The desperate
Dallas Cowboys may go back to sore-
wristed quarterback Danny White to
save their season.
After a less-than-spectacular per
formance Sunday night from quar
terback Steve Pelluer, Coach Tom
Landry said Monday he may start
White against the Minnesota Vikings
on Thanksgiving Day.
White missed Sunday night’s 20-
14 loss to the Miami Dolphins as the
scrambling Pelluer gained 84 yards
rushing while passing for 134 yards.
Pelluer threw touchdown passes
of 8 and 18 yards to fullback Timmy
Newsome, but suffered two inter
“The rest helped Danny’s wrist
and he feels excellent today,”
Landry said. “I may start him against
“Steve had some excellent runs
and hurt their defense with his run
ning ability, but the mistakes cost
Asked about Pelluer’s 10 rushes
against the Dolphins, Landry said,
“You can’t tell a quarterback with his
talent not to run. He made some big
run plays.”
Pelluer, who hadn’t thrown a pass
this season, never connected with a
wide receiver.
Roger Staubach, an NFL Hall of
Famer who played for the Cowboys,
criticized Pelluer for giving up too
quick on his receivers.
Staubach, who was an analyst for
ESPN’s national telecast, said Pelluer
“should have been willing to take the
risk” of waiting for his secondary re
ceivers to come open.
“Miami played a tight zone and it
was hard to throw to the wide receiv
ers, but we should have moved the
ball better on offense,” Landry said.
Pelluer defended himself, saying,
“Our wide receivers just weren’t
coming open. I made some positive
yards by running.”
He said he believed he deserved
another chance.
“I’m confident I can build on this
and turn our offense into a high-
scoring one,” Pelluer said. “I could
have played better, but I was a little
“I’m expecting to. start against
Minnesota. I’m hoping to start.”
Dallas was 1-7 with Pelluer as a
starter after White was injured last
White has no ligament in his right
wrist and can’t control the ball when
he throws. When he broke the wrist
against the New York Giants last
year, they put it in a cast. When the
cast was removed, the ligament had
withered away.
Also of concern to Landry was
Troy Stradford’s 169 yards rushing,
third-highest in Miami history for a
single game.
“They kept running the same play
and we couldn’t stop it,” Landry
said. “That’s something else we will
have to work on.”
Dallas, 5-5 in the NFC East, is
struggling for a playoff berth.
“We don’t have much time to cor
rect things,” Landry said. “The
game against the Vikings is a big one
because of the wild card situation.”
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Now that Oklahoma hasgottenl
one monkey off its back, there it
another the Scroners would like to |
The Sooners continued their I
domination of Nebraska withal
17-7 victory Saturday, giving
them four in a row, 13 of 17 and
35 of 46 over the Cornhuskers.
It was the first time they had
won a shootout between the No. I
and No. 2 teams in five tries.
And on Jan. 1 in the Orange |
Bowl, the Sooners, 11-0, will geta
shot at the team that handed
them their only two setbacks in I
the last 35 games — the Miami I
Hurricanes. Except for regular-
season losses to Miami in 19 '
and 1986, Oklahoma might
shooting for an unprecedented!
third straight national!
championship and third consec
utive undefeated season.
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Graf, Sabatini taking over reins
from veterans in women’s tennis
NEW YORK (AP) — With Mar
tina Navratilova and Chris Evert
nearing the end of their remarkable
careers, women’s tennis is searching
for another great rivalry.
Sunday, at Madison Square Gar
den, it may have found one.
When Steffi Graf, 18, of West
Germany, beat Gabriela Sabatini, 17,
of Argentina, and won the $1 mil
lion Virginia Slims championship, it
may have signaled the start of a new
era in the sport.
Graf clearly was the best player
this year, winning 11 titles and 75 of
77 matches. But Sabatini, who is
ranked No. 6, wasn’t far behind.
Although Graf has beaten her 11
straight times, Sabatini usually gives
her a tough match. Only three of
Grafs wins have been in straight
Sunday’s best-of-five set match
was typical.
After losing the first set, Graf ral
lied to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4. Except
for the third set, when Sabatini ap
peared to lose her concentration, it
was a tight battle decided by several
crucial points.
The difference between the play
ers at this stage appears to be more
mental than physical.
Graf has the best shot in women’s
tennis, a crunching forehand that
keeps opponents constantly on the
defensive. She also has a stinging
serve and an improving backhand,
but has yet to develop an effective
net game.
Sabatini has terrific topspin
groundstrokes, a powerful but er
ratic serve and great reflexes. What
she seems to lack is Grafs steely will
to win.
“I think I can beat her,” Sabatini
said after Sunday’s loss. “I am get
ting very close.”
Bud Collins, who covers tennis for
NBC and the Boston Globe, agrees.
“They’re both going to get bet
ter,” he said, “but I think Sabatini
can beat her. I used to wonder about
her heart, but she showed me some
thing on Sunday.”
If Sabatini is looking for encour
agement, she might check the his
tory of the Evert-Navratilova rivalry.
Evert won 13 of their first 15
matches and once held a 20-4 edge
in the series. But Navratilova began
to dominate in 1979 and now leads
the series 40-35.
Evert was beaten in the first
round of the Slims championship by
Sylvia Hanika, a player she had
beaten 14 times in a row. The loss
ended a year in which Evert failed to
win a Grand Slam title for the first
time since 1973.
Evert had planned to play a full
schedule in 1988. But after her Slims
defeat, she said she might limit her
play to selected tournaments.
Navratilova, 31, lost to Sabatini in
the Slims quarterfinals, ending her
string of four consecutive champion
ships. Although she won Wimbledon
and the U.S. Open, Navratilova’s
eight losses this year were her high
est total since 1981.
Unlike Evert, however, Navrati
lova is convinced she can regain the
No. 1 ranking from Graf.
“I know I’m the better player, but
I haven’t proved it this year,” she
said. “I still have the shots. It’s just a
mental problem. I have to believe
and go after it.”
“They are a very talented team,
but I don’t want to think about |
Miami yet,” Oklahoma Coach
Barry Switzer said following Sat
urday’s triumph. “We just wanted
to get to the Orange Bowl.”
Switzer’s players, however,]
don’t mind looking more than a
month ahead to New Year's!
“We have a lot of respect for |
them,” offensive tackle Jon P
lips said. “But we want to
Miami beat Oklahoma 27-14itt[
the the 1985 season, but it wasntj
enough to prevent the Sooners, [
11-1, from capturing their third!
national championship since!
Switzer became head coach iu|
Last year was a different story I
The second-ranked Hurricanes!
defeated No. 1 Oklahoma 28-l6|
in the season’s third game,
this time an 11-1 record wasnil
good enough. Miami and Pennl
State went unbeaten in the regu [
lar season and played for thena !
tional championship in the Fiestai
Bowl, while Oklahoma had tol
content with a 42-8 drubbing oil
Arkansas in the Orange BowlandJ
a No. 3 final ranking.
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Now it’s back to the Orange)
Bowl for the fourth year in a rod
and ninth time in Switzer’s ISseaj
sons as head coach. .
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