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It's New Jersey versus Philadelphia in the Spectrum resuming their Nov. 8 game with 5:50 to go in the third quarter; Sixers ahead, 84-81. That was the night the 76ers outpointed the Nets, 137-133, in double overtime, despite 37 points by Jersey guard Eric Money -- but, hold everything, Coach Kevin Loughery and his losers won a protest of assessment of an illegal ration of technicals on the Nets; Commissioner Larry O'Brien ordered a replay from the moment of infraction.
Some time later the teams swung a trade: Money and Al Skinner for Harvey Catchings and Ralph Simpson.
Now for the resumption making a minidoubleheader with regularly scheduled Jersey-Philly tonight, all active players are eligible to perform for their current team.
Picking up the suspended box, we find Simpson 4-0 -- 8, Catchings 0-0 -- 0 for Philadelphia; Skinner DNP (so don't worry about him) and Money 11-1 -- 23 for N.J.
Now, as the commissioner instructs, scratch any personal fouls on the switchees (one on Simpson was all) and away we go all switch! Money has been idled lately nursing a sore foot, but reportedly aims to play; not only can he try to get back the 14 points he lost when the protest was upheld, he can apply them on the other side of the ledger. And make history.
Spectacular Bid has drawn the outside post seven rivals and joint highweight with Sir Ivor Again for the next step along the Kentucky Derby trail, the $149,000 Flamingo Stakes for 3-year-olds at Hialeah Saturday... Ronnie Franklin keeps the mount but come what may aboard the 1-10 choice he is in hot water again -- starts on Monday a five-day suspension imposed by Hialeah's stewards for a careless ride in the 10th race Wednesday... LeRoy Jolley, trainer of Sir Ivor Again, had been expected to enter well-regarded General Assembly but shipped that Secretariat colt to New York, unpersuaded that he'd beat big Spec on third try.
Heavy date Next Friday, March 30, at K of C Hall, Forestville; as Joe Ahern puts it, "a large group of old sandlot (and up) baseballers are having a night for Irving (Shoey) Shoemaker, umpire emeritus, who spent 40 years umpiring on the D.C. sandlots -- sort of man bites dog." Check Joe or Eddie Ahern or Reds Vernon...
Atlantic Coast Conference basketball loses again, and Commissioner Bob James investigates. Seems the 6-foot-7 star of Washington, N.C's two-time Class 3-A champs, Dominique Wilkins, had been saying lately he'd narrowed his choice of colleges to North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest -- then, goodbye ACC, signed with Georgia. James says his probe "would have taken place no matter where Mr. Wilkins decided to go."
Cap Centre tallies going on 8,000 tickets sold for Capital Classic allstar basketball next Thursday -- 575 of them in distant Harrisonburg, Va. Y'all know why. Ralph! ... Tickets for Bullets' first two play-off games (tentatively April 17 and 20) will go on sale at the Centre starting by halftime of Tuesday's Sixer-Bullet game. Seats are $12, $9 and $6.50, and mind the 25-cent service charge for buying in advance at the arena...
The hockey Capitals find curious the $1 million suit filed in Duluth, Minn., against the Caps, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Attorney General Griffin Bell and Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall. Plaintiff is Bobby Collyard, onetime Colorado College All-America who charges he has been illegally kept out of the NHL. Collyard, taken by Washington from St. Louis in the 1974 expansion draft, was released early on and has been in the minors since (currently, with AHL's Philly Firebirds). Collyard, a native of Hibbing, Minn., charges that pro teams employ many Canadians less talented than he -- that he was excluded from employment because he is American!
Hmmm. American-born talent is supposed to be in big demand in U.S. cities of the NHL. Whatever, Cap spokesman Pierce Gardner reckons Collyard's case, not to prejudge it, to be "on pretty thin ice -- that first year, we would have played a guy from Mars if he could play."