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EDITOR'S NOTE Delaware recently became the first
state in the nation to institute government-run betting on
National Football League games.
—But at football fans and others know. gambling on NFL
games goes on elsewhere Illegally. Here is an interview
with one man who has been wagering regularly for years.
.. CHICAGO (AP) "You have no chance whatsoever," said
the man who claims he has bet from "half a million to a
jnillion dollars a year" on sports contestdor half a century.
$. 'l've been betting baseball for 58 years and football for 45
years," said the bettor, who prefers to remain anonymous
"because I don't want to get anyone in trouble, especially
:Mr. X was interviewed shortly after betting on pro football
games became legal in Delaware.
"Once it gets started in Delaware, it'll spread like wildfire
from state to, state. First football, then it'll be baseball,
basketball or what have you," said Mr. X, who through a
No decision on Alston's retirement
LOS ANGELES (AP) Both Los made no decision concerning his plans
Angeles Dodgers - Manager Walter for 1976. I'll talk to him again during our
'Alston and club President Peter organizational meeting here during our
O'Malley yesterday denied a published last home stand."
report that. Alston in his 23rd year with Alston, 64,. echoed O'Malley's corn
the Dodgers, would retire at the end of . ments saying: "Nothing definite has
this season, been decided about next year, and I
"I talked with Walt this morning,"
O'Malley said, "and he told me he has
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check of associates was found not to be exaggerating about
betting up to a million dollars a year.
"The figure might sound big, but it doesn't have to be," he
said. "A guy can go to the race track with a hundred dollars,
hit the daily double big and then keep betting it in. By the end
of the day he can break even and still have bet $16,000."
Mr. X has kept records through the years and says he's
come out neither a winner nor a loser.
"I know that if I only bet college football, I'd be a rich man,
a very rich man. I'm a big winner on college football, maybe
80 per cent. But I'm just as big a'loser in professional football
"I have kept records and made intensive studies on college
football. I take the points and bet certain teams. College
football is difficult for the odds-makers to handicap con
sistently. There are too many variations, too much change in
personnel year in and year out.
'Pro football is different. Teams are set and by the time the
exhibition season is over, the handicappers have the games
pegged to a decimal point.
"Baseball islimpossible to beat because you play seven days
a week and six months a year. The percentages grind you out.
The bettor has to win 53 per cent:of his bets to break even.
Depending on how you bet, you need to win almost 57 per cent
of your bets to come out reasonably ahead," said Mr. X.
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A story by veteran baseball writer Bob
Hunter in yesterday's editions of the Los
Angeles Herald-Examiner said Alston
will announce his retirement a few days
prior to the end of the season and that
Dodger Coach Tommy Lasorda would
The story was not attributed, and
Hunter would not reveal his source.
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Olympian to aid Lion fencers
By GARY SILVERS
Collegian Sports Writer
The Penn State fencing team, coming off an eleventh place
finish at the nationals last March, will be given added
assistance this season by New York University (NYU)
Olympian Steve Kaplan, who recently enrolled as a graduate
student in physical education.
Kaplan, a native of Queens, New York, was the nation's
number five sabre fencer at Montreal this summer. Although
he finished only 28th in a pool of 48, the American is greatly
rememberd for his stunning, 5-3 quarterfinal victory over
Russian bronze medalist Viktor Sidiak in the team's 9-1 loss.
Needless to say, the Soviets have the best sabre team in the
world. They swept every medal in both the team and in
dividual events and crushed the eighth ranked Americans 48-
25 in touches.
"The Russians had perfect footwork, balance, control, and
mental discipline," said Kaplan. "And plenty of experience.
"To be honest, we knew we were no match for them and set
our goal for fifth place." •
The United States team, under the , coaching of veteran
Csaba Elthes, was comprised of 18 starters. To make the
team, each member had to compete in the National Fencing
League of America ( AFLA) and accumulate a certain amount
of points over the duration of three years.
The sabre fencers who, along with Kaplan, earned flights to
Montreal, were Peter Westbrook (Newark, N.J.), Alex Orban
(Lake Hopatcong, N.J.), Paul,Apostal (New York, N.Y.), and
Tom Losconzy (Passaic, N.J.).
"Each day of competition, we had to rise at 6 a.m. to train
with the other nations," said Kaplan. "We did have the
evenings to ourselves, but had an 11 p.m. curfew."
Kaplan started his fencing career at Martin Van Buren High
School in Queens. He captained number one ranked NYU to
two NCAA championships in 1970 and 1971 and, in the later
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year, also captured second place in the individuals.
In 1972, one year after his graduation, the sabre fencer was
ranked eighth in the country.
"I would have loved to compete in Munich (1972 Olympic
site), but the AFLA only chooses the top five," said Kaplan.
"And since the peaking years in sabre are from 25 to 35, I was
also considered a bit too young."
Since then, however, Kaplan has fenced in Europe, Russia,
Sweden, Italy, and Hungary with the international team and
competed in the Pan American Games. He's also been a
finalist in the last three U.S. Nationals.
,"Before I came,here," said Kaplan, "I trained with the New
York fencers's Club under Coach Elthes. Of the 24 total fenc
ers who went to the Games, I'd say 20 of them were
"At Penn State, I plan to work out about two hours a day,"
he added, "so that I can give some individual lessons and stay
in shape. My goal is Moscow in 1980! "
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