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Antigoal-Tending Rule's Worth my mr AwiQcmiea rress. OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 26.—The three-day. eight-team, all-college basket ball tournament opening to morrow should show' the net result* of the antigoal-tending rule passed last spring to put a ceiling on the tall boys. The new rule said “naughty, naughty” to all players who had been leaping to intercept their op ponents’ shots just as they were about to ring the cash register. In effect, the rules committee figured they had sawed the tall gents off at the knees. But did they? Consensu* here Is that the rules actually give the giants a break. Plenty of Testing Talent. This tournament should give the answers. For it presents three of j the sport's most prominent sky scrapers in Bob Kurland. 7 feet,' Oklahoma Aggies; George Kok, Ar-j kansas, 6 feet 10 inches, and Bill! Henry, Rice. 6 feet 8 inches. The Aggies' sagacious coach, Hank j Jba, has some figures from Kur land's first five games to prove the new rule is an aid. As Iba puts it, Kurland averaged robbing nine i points a game last season. That's a lot of points to spot a team this season, but the Aggie ace will be able to make up most of the dif ference with his own scoring. Kurland hit 444 points last season. 13.46 a game. This year he has hit 84 points in five games for a 16.8 average against stiff opposition. “Since he doesn’t have to jump for dozens of rival shots,” Iba pointed out, “he can save his energy. As a goalie, Bob had to run for the defensive goal the minute the oppo sition got the ball. Usually that meant the full length of the court. “He now works the floor more. And when we get the ball he has less distance to go to get into the of fensive.” Rice Star shows Improvement. Rice's Henry, who set a new South west Conference scoring record last season, has shown a one-point im provement so far this season. He has hooped 92 points in his first 5 games for an 18.4 average. Arkansas’ Coach Gene Lambert also believes the gold-tending ban will aid his ace scorer. Kok. “That rule has saved basket ball in my opinion,” he said. "It places more stress on the offensive ability of the giants.” The opening round: Arkansas vs. Denver, Rice vs. West Texas, Okla homa Aggies vs. Baylor and Okla homa vs. Texas Tech. Oklahoma Ags Backed By Figures in Being Picked Over T, C. U. £? the Associated Press. DALLAS, Dec. 26.—Appropriately, ♦he first of the Cotton Bowl partici pants to arrive in Dana'S will be Oklahoma A. and M„ which has been rated first in every book There's a reason, too. Statistics show Oklahoma A, and M. to be the irresistible force. Texas Christian far from the immovable object. "Oklahoma A. and M. has aver aged 100 yards more per game in of fense than we have.” said Coach Dutch Heyer of T. C. U. in explain ing why he had been stressing de fense in the Fiog practice sessions. "If that doesn’t call for defensive tactics, then I don't know football.” Display Powerful Attack. The Aggies have averaged 438 yards per game in rushing and pass ing. kick returns and pass intercep tion returns, whereas T. C. U. has 309. The Frogs did succeed, how ever. in holding their opponents to 302 vards while the Cowboys allowed S60. But Oklahoma A. and M. never worried much about defense. The Cowpokes didn't need to. For in stance, they gave up 40 points to Tulsa, but got 46 themselves. Even comparative scores give the Aggies the edge. Against mutual foes the Aggies scored 74 points to 21. while T. C. U. broke even with 46 to 46 Both defeated Texas and Texas Tech, but, while the Cowboys beat Oklahoma by three touchdowns, T. C. U. lost to the Sooners by two. Also, the Aggies downed Arkansas by three tonchdowns, whereas the PYogs were fortunate to get a 6-6 tie. Also Lead at Passing. The Aggies led T. C. U. at their, own game—passing—with 125 yards per contest, compared to 81 for T. C. U. In rushing Oklahoma A. and M had 197. T. C. 17., 140. The Frogs ; lost to Oklahoma and Southern Methodist; the Aggies fell only to unbeaten, untied Norman Navy. j But all this statistical superiority) hasn't affected the Cotton Bowl of fice. Officials still think there will be more than 40.000 in the stadium —the second largest crowd in the I nine-year history of the classic. Tulsa Guards Against Another Tech Win by Conversion Points Bj the Associated Press. MIAMI. Fla., Dec. 26—Pay close attention to a few remarks by Coach Henry Frnka, and you’ll gather the impression that he doesn't expect Tulsa to lose any more football games to Georgie Tech because of failure to make good place kicks for points after touchdown. That’s what happened in the Sugar Bowl last January 1. Clyde Le Force, who once tied the national record by making good 44 out of 57 place ments, missed three times—and Tech won, 20 to 18. Le Force had booted 29 out of 36 in the regular season. Now Frnka is leading Tulsa to Miami for another tussle with the Engineers, in the Orange Bowl New Year Day, and he indulges in a little oblique conversation on the sub ject. Just Part of Football. "Point, kicking is just another part, of football," he comments. “You kick them, or you don't. You don’t blame a kid for not scoring a touch down every time he carries the ball, so why would you blame him for missing extra points? "As far as the Sugar Bowl is con cerned, we were lucky to tie Georgia Tech in touchdowns. Tech was, and is, good. We'll be happy to tie them that way again. Any time you come that close to Coach Alex (W. A. Alexander), you’re all right. "Don't get me wrong. We don't like to lose. We like to win, and we try hard every time out.” Get it? “Well be happy to tie them that way again. . . . We don't like to lose.” Is Depending Upon Moss. Frnka doubtless is depending on the trained toe of Perry Moss, the freshman halfback who does Tulsa's conversion work—quite successfully, too, as his season record of 23 of 29 will show. Moss is not worried about his ex tra duties. "I don't think much about point kicking,” he explained. "I just try to kick the football. I wish I were as good as Le Force was. He equaled the national record. I haven't done that.” Yanks' Spaghetti Bowl Game Rivals Pasadena in Color By SID FEDER, , Associated Press Sports Writer. SPAGHETTI BOWL HEADQUAR- : TERS. Italy, Dec. 26.—What with j »uch icing on the cake as a couple of 56-piece bands, sweater-gal cheer j leaders and a champion baton bender, to say nothing of a pair of undefeated football clubs, this •'un mentionable” site of next Monday’s Spaghetti Bowl plot might just as well be Pasadena, Calif., instead of the middle of the war in Italy. Both the 5th Army and 12th Air Force elevens boast perfect records because neither has played a game yet, but don't get the idea they don’t1 shape up as a couple of pretty fair clubs. Plenty of Star Players. On top of all the other dressings that make this as familiar as any New Year “classic” back home right up to the usual "bite” for “two on the 50-yard line, pal.” Tire rosters of both clubs have that usual lib eral sprinkling of ex-college and pro performers from the gridiron breed ing grounds of Pennsylvania’s coal fields, the Texas plains, Midwest’s corn belt and California's sunny slopes. Aside from the tussle itself, offi cials are going to have it all dressed up with white ties and tails, with a crowd of 35,000 expected to be on tap nipping cognac for the 1:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. EWTi kickoff. Each team will be represented by one of the Army bands and Peggy Jean, who claims America’s free style baton-twirling title, will be on deck to strut her stuff. She is here with a USO show'. Broadway Girl to Sing. Ella Logan, the Broadway hum mingbird with the Scotch burr, will warble something. She already has a request for her special “Take Me Out to the Ball Game" even if it isn't baseball. That little detail will] be cared for by the presence of Leo "the Lip" Durocher, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Ducky "Call Me Muscles" Medwick. New York Giant outfielder, who will offer a few thousand well-chosen words between halves in their usual strong, silent style. They are here with one of baseball's touring USO units. Probable line-ups, with home towns and colleges: 5th Armv Po8.—Player. Home Town. College. L.E.—Corpl. Joe Szajka, Nemacolin. Pa. (West Virginia). L.T.—Sergt Cecil Sturgeon Des Moines. Iowa -North Dakota State and Phil adelphia Eagles). L.G.—Corpl. John Powers, Chicago <De Paul). ^ C.-Sergt Harry Karales. Chicago (Drake). RO.—Lt. Charles Henke, Kerrvllle, Tex. (Texas Aggies). R.T.—Corpl. Prank Chismar. W. Franklin, 111. <S. Illinois Semlpro Redbirds). RE.— Lt. Art Lemke, Irvington. N. J (Georgetown U.». Q B.—Corpl. Edward Brennan. Rochester, N. Y. (Syracuse) L.H.—Corpi Gene Siauver, Indianapolis (Toledo U.' R.H.—Corpl. Laddie Liska. RuTige. Tex. (Texas Aggies». J B.—Corpl. John Moody, Freeport, Pa. (Morris Brown College). r:tb Air Force. L.E.—T 5 Antonio Solorzano. Los Angela* (Webster Semipro Bears*. L.T.—Sergt. John Ramsey. Center, Tex. (Sam Houston Teachers). L.O.—Lt. Raymond Songayio, Loa Angeles (Loyola. Calif.) C.-Sergt. Aldo Paletti, Clarksburg, W. Va. (Marshall). R.G.—T/5 Robert Leonetti. Mount Carmal, Pa 'George Washington). R.T.—Sergt. Joseph MtShane, Bellerost, Long Island (Dayton U.). R E.—Sergt. Robert Geier, Cincinnati, Ohio (U. of Cincinnati). Q. B.—Sergt. Martin Daugherty, I. Pitta burgh. Pa. <8t. Vincent and Ap palachian). L.H.—Corpl. Arthur Paircloth, Waahing ton. D. C. (North Carolina State). R. H.—Capt. Billy Madden, Buckley, Wash. (Puget Sound). P.B.—Lt. Edward Shanks, Inglewood, Calif. (Texas Tech). One Shot Kills Six Ducks SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 26 i/Pi.— A1 Ball was there as a witness when his brother Tom raised his shotgun and pulled the trigger once. Six ducks tumbled earthward. When a stopped-up nose due to colds makes it hard to breathe ... get Mistol Drops with Ephe drine.’Alittle in each nostril tem porarily contracts swollen mem* branes... helps you to breath# easier and therefore sleep better. •CAVTIONt Um •n!y as rflrastad Q#pf. 1»44, gtstnoa IwearpowtoJ r. |AI Smith May Spark U-Lions to Revenge On Rovers Tonight A1 Smith, one of the hottest scor ing players in the Eastern Hockey League, is a good bet to turn in an other hat trick of three goals to night when the Washington Lions tangle with the New York Rovers in Uiine Arena at 8:30. The Washington speed merchant, moved up from the defense to the forward line recently, not only per formed the hat trick against the Rovers in Madison Square Garden last. Saturday afternoon as Wash ington lost, 8 to 7, but made it a five-point performance by adding a pair of assists. Smith will play one of the wings on a scoring line otherwise made up of A1 Percival, center, and Jack Mc Intyre, winger. There is a good chance that Rod McLeod, a new comer who formerly skated with the Chicago Blackhawks, will be al ternated with McIntyre on this speed line. The kid line of Frank and Pete Long, wingmen, and Nick Phillips, center, will remain active tonight, while Washington's defense will draw its representation from Hank Nicow Sports Mirror B» the Aisoetitrd Prese. Today a year ago—Chicago Bears won National Football League championship, swamping Washington, 41-21, in playoff Rt Chicago before 34,320 as Sid Luekman threw five touchdown passes for playoff record. Three years ago—Frank Ko vacs made professional tennis debut, beating Don Budge, 6—4, 2—6, 6—4, at Madison Square Garden. Five years ago—Frank McCor mick of Cincinnati Reds was signed to two-year contract at reported salary of $16,000 an nually. Ten years ago — Brooklyn Dodgers got Stanley Bordagaray, star outfielder from Sacramento of Pacific Cosat League, for Out fielder Johnny Frederick. Pitcher Art Heving and cash in $50,000 deal. ski, Harvey McClelland, Jimmy Wil son. John Kasmuski and Tony Dorn. Emile Francis will be in the nets. Goalie Laurel Harney, playing coach of the Rovers, will center his attack around Doug Carrigan and Roland Lemlre. Lemire always plays his best hockey against the Lions, and it was his two goals in the last period that edged out Washington I in the Garden. Hot Mat Card Listed For Paralysis Fund Wrestling here does its bit in the national sports drive to aid the Infantile Paralysis Fund tomorrow night when Uncle Joe Turner pre sents an all-star show at his W street groanery as part of a country wide benefit plan originated by a committee headed by Grantland Rice. The card, one of the mast attrac tive of the year, features two bouts between girl wrestlers and the re turn to local campaigning of Mau rice La Chappelle, last winter’s gal lery god of the arena. Elvira Snodgrass, the red-haired Tennessee hillbilly, tangles with Mae (Blond Bombshell) Young, and Vio let (Violent) Valentine, prettiest of the girl grapplers, takes on Anne Laverne, with the winner to meet here in a February feature. La Chappelle tackles Ace Free man, the skillful New Yorker, in semifinal support of the main bout, a match between Dutch Rohde and Angelo Savoldi, the New England toughie. A fifth tussle pairs Mike OrlofI and George Macricostas. Vol Coach Is in England Lt. Col. Bill Britton, Tennessee line coach on leave, is in England. Dixie Tilt Is Blue Line Against Gray Attack By the Aseoclated Preu. MONTGOMERY. Ala., Dec. 26.— The Northern wall probably will average 200 pounds In the annual Blue-Gray football game here Sat urday and the Southern All-Stars, determined to outflank it, are de voting much time to passing plays in pregame workouts. Charlie Trippi, former Georgia University backfleld ace and spark plug of the 3d Air Force Gremlins; Y. A. Tittle of L. S. U. and Pete Layden, former Texas star, who plaved this season with Randolph Field, did the passing yesterday. Receiving were Ted Cook, former Alabama end, now of the Gremlins; Dewell Rushing of Florida. Dub Lamb of Maxwell Field and Jack Russell of Randolph Field. Observers concede the Blues the advantage in the line, but rate the Southern backfleld the stronger. McNally to Scout for Pros PHILADELPHIA. Dec. 26 UP).— Vice McNally, assistant football coach at Holy Cross, has signed with San Francisco club of the All America League to serve as Eastern representative and scout. East, West Grid Squads Start Real Grind for Charity Game By uw Associated pres*. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 28 — Both the East and West football squads buckled down today to a week of serious workouts in prep aration for their New Year charity football contest. The squads resume two practice periods daily after one workout yes terday because of the holiday. The East, camping at Santa Clara University, had its best drill yes | terday, sparked by Leslie Horvath, Ohio State All-America quarter back. The attack designed by Coaches Andy Kerr, Dr. George Hauser and Bernie Bierman will be centered around the Buckeye flash, a triple-threat artist. Coaches Orin Hollingbery and Homer Norton directed a three hour workout of the Western squad at Menlo Junior College be fore the annual Christmas dinner was served. At the dinner members of the two teams were presented gold watches, gifts of the Shriners’ organization sponsoring the game. The West’s workout stressed pass ing and running. Among the standouts was Jim Kekerls, 270-pound tackle from Mis souri, who was moved to guard. Hollingbery said Kekerls might be used as fullback, where he starred for Missouri in his final game, if a battering ram is needed. AAU Committee Leaders Announced by Prexy Ey the Associated Pres#. NEW YORK, Dec. 26.—Willard N. Greim of Denver, newly elected president of the Amateur Athletic Union, announced today the chair men of 31 committees for 1945. Nine of the 31 are new. They in clude Mrs. Lillian Young Whiting, Des Moines, women’s swimming; Louis Wilke, Denver, men’s basket ball: Avery Brundage, Chicago, handball; Karl Raymond, Minne apolis, ice hockey; P. V. Gahan, St. Petersburg, Fla., playground; Mar ion H. Miller, Kansas City, publi city, aftd George Mead, Detroit, timing. that’s nothing to what Trucks are doing for Your # City, creating new jobs, new homes, new wealth! 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