Nebraska Football Coach Bob Devaney has convened the College All-Stars for their July 28 game in Chicago against the Dallas Cowboys and has imposed some training-camp regulations that will almost certainly speed up the learning process for the fledgling pros. For the first time in the 38-year history of the game, the All-Stars will be subject to fines for training infractions. Perhaps because of this, attendance at the first day of camp was excellent. Among the few no-shows: Tom Darden of Michigan, who was getting married, and his teammate, Billy Taylor, who was his best man. That seemed excuse enough.
Getting his hands on the ABA Memphis Pros was touch and go for Charles Finley, who had to obtain the approval of 51% of the stockholders. That meant a majority of the 4,000 Memphis residents who bought 120,000 shares in the club last year to raise $700,000 in operating funds. They finally did approve, voting 69,225 to 4,998, and now Finley wants to rename the club. He held a contest with $2,500 to the winner and season tickets to the runners-up. Results are yet to be announced. "I've been looking over some of the names," said Finley, "and I can tell people are putting a lot of thought into it. I don't particularly care for the name Finley Finks, though."
A couple of athletes fought it out for the French premiership last week. Jacques Chaban-Delmas, the incumbent Prime Minister, lost in the political sweepstakes to rival Pierre Messmer. But physical fitness could not have lost. A former rugby player for France, Chaban-Delmas works out three times a week with runner Michel Jazy's trainers, plays championship tennis and respectable golf. The new prime minister is a yachtsman, a hunter and a man who keeps in shape by playing tennis, running—and jumping flower beds at the war ministry.
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader has returned from Australia, where he took up the cause of the kangaroo. Sort of. "The threatened extinction of kangaroos is of worldwide interest," said the crusader on his arrival at Sydney. It was apparently the last reference he made to the matter—perhaps because he found out that although some smaller species of the animal are near extinction, the big reds and grays that are killed for pet food and hides are not disappearing—yet—in places like New South Wales. Nader also got his digs in at the Australian auto industry, which is supposedly five years behind the U.S. in safety standards. Prime Minister Billy McMahon took a dim view of Nader's raid, which netted pledges of $20,000 (Australian) for the cause. "He's a judge of Australia after about 24 hours in the country," said the P.M. "A professional pot stirrer."
Did you ever have one of those weeks when everything goes wrong? A few days after Mike and Jerry Quarry lost their fights to Bob Foster and Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas, their mother, Arawanda Quarry, had a fiat tire on the family's mobile home. A fire broke out and quickly consumed the entire vehicle, destroying, among other things, $2,500 worth of boxing gear.
Brazilian soccer star Pelé, who is on another farewell tour with the Santos team, hit San Francisco last week and delivered a pointed remark concerning Bobby Hull's $2.5 million leap to the World Hockey Association. "He made the biggest mistake of his career," said Pelé, whose income is estimated at $60,000 per month tax free. "If I had been Hull I would have asked for twice as much."
Call it the Great Kool-Aid Konservation Kontroversy. General Foods Corp., which makes the powdered soft drink, thought it would be dandy to include a small bookmark on the back of its packages. One of them had a Daniel Boone-type character urging the kids to "stop hunting." What that was supposed to mean, says General Foods Executive Richard A. Aszling, was "stop hunting for your place in the book." Get it? Well, hunting enthusiasts apparently did not, because shortly after the packages hit the market, the company began to get protests against its antisportsman campaign. "Nothing could have been further from our minds," Aszling said. But that still left the question of what to do about all those unsold packages.
Some years ago British Racing Writer John Hislop and his wife Jean scraped together enough money to go into the horse-breeding business. Their successes were as modest as their income until four years ago, when they produced a foal named Brigadier Gerard. Last week Hislop disclosed in England's Observer Review that he has been offered $610,000 for his superhorse, which is undefeated in 14 races, including a three-length victory over Mill Reef in last year's Two Thousand Guineas. Now, Hislop adds, he could probably get "anything my wife and I cared to ask" in America, but he has no plans to sell. Instead, the horse will be retired to stud at the end of the season.