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Tuesday, September 24, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER SportSD-3 Mich s Mo no Bo, we know, but could be No. 1 BY MIKE LOPRESTI Gannett News Service ANN ARBOR, Mich. Having heard disturbing reports of a campus radical at work at the University of Michigan, we sent our undercover man to investigate. Here is his report: Suspect's name is Gary Moeller. His first game as head coach in 1990, the Wolverines came out in a no-huddle offense. They still use it occasionally. Late in the 1988 Hall of Fame Bowl, with Schembechler recovering from heart bypass surgery, suspect was interim head coach and called another fourth-and-short pass. It went for winning touchdown. Bo reportedly saw it on on TV. He recovered, anyway. Further investigation reveals that Michigan always has had the offense for the '90s. But it was generally agreed that it was the 1890s. Suspect has a skeleton in his closet. Head coach for three years at Illinois in late 1970s. Went 6-24-3. "It was a setback to my career," suspect said of days at Illinois. "It was something I took very hard." Suspect then returned to be assistant at Michigan. The rest, as they say, is history. This is a big week. Victory over No. 1 Florida State makes it Moeller's program, once and for all. He will be Big Man on Campus. Big as Bo. But interrogation of suspect shows he is still a little wary about this being the infant stage of a Gary Moeller era. "Very infant," he said. "When things go well and you win a big game, I think you step closer to it being your team. But there's always going to be reflections back to Bo. People aren't going to forget that." Suspect denies he is sowing his oats all over the Michigan playbook. Ground game and defense are dear to his heart. But there is room for a little passing. Suspect has not changed one thing: Rose Bowl comes first at Michigan, national title chances come next. Everyone here is happy as clams over beating Notre Dame, but suspect made sure to point out that victory "did not do one single thing to get us to the Rose Bowl." Analysis: Suspect has a bold streak, but treason is not in the wind. Conclusion: Bo in new bottle. Except on fourth down. charge of football program for more than a year. But sources here say his reign at Michigan spiritually began last week with his 4th-and-inches call of a pass play that went for a touchdown against Notre Dame. It stopped being Bo Schembech-ler's team right there. "Just one of about 70-some calls that day," suspect said. "One day I'm going to call that play, it won't work, and everybody will be on me." There is other evidence of radical leanings. Suspect has been in Gary Moeller TC lean' - V Boxer's state stirs debate Europeans riding high 3 confident against U.S. A .1. . 4i Andre Agassi Jim Courier Sweden and Norway. "The boxers themselves want to box, but their dependents are in! a dreadful state," said Dr Jeffrey I Cundy of the British Medical Association, which represents 100,000 doctors and wants the sport banned. "If a boxer is killed or rendered punch drunk, that is a disaster for the family." THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON While Michael Watson lay unconscious on a life support system Monday after two brain operations, a debate raged in Britain over whether boxing should be banned. Watson was listed in critical condition after his 12th-round defeat by Chris Eubank in an all-British bout for the vacant World Box-ing Organization super middleweight title. Consultant neurosurgeon Peter Hamlyn said the two operations to remove the clot were successful, but he couldn't predict Watson's chance of survival. "He could recover or not at all," Hamlyn said. "Things can change minute by minute, but we are hoping for a period of stability. The bottom line is that he is still critically ill." He needed an operation Saturday night to remove a blood clot from the brain, and doctors at St. Bartholomew's Hospital carried out follow-up surgery Sunday. Doctors reported a slight improvement in Watson's condition Monday. The dramatic end to a much-hyped fight brought out the sport's critics, who renewed their calls for boxing to be banned, as it is in J ' .... .jr -". BOWLERS Men's Teams & Women's Teams 6:30 PM Handicap Leagues Also Mixed Couples Sal t Sun Call KENWOOD LAKES 891-7500 ' K U Ryder Cup defenders THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON Members of the European Ryder Cup team are looking to prove a point when they defend their title this weekend at Kiawah Island, S.C. As Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam and the rest of the team posed with the Cup trophy before boarding a Concorde flight for the United States, the players expressed confidence in defending the title they've kept for six years. "I am very confident and very excited about the match," Faldo said. "The disappointing thing is that even though we've won on the last three occasions, the Americans still won't recognize we're No. 1. "Perhaps if we can hit them again they might accept the truth." Woosnam, the Masters champion, added: "The Americans still think they have the best players in the world. But we have dominated the game for five or six years. We want to prove again we are the best." The Europeans won the biennial event in 1985 at The Belfry in England, repeated in 1987 in Dublin, Ohio, and retained the cup with a tie in 1989 at The Belfry. The Americans, with a 21-5-2 overall lead in Ryder Cup play, will seek to take back the title when competition begins on Friday. "The Americans will be the keenest they've ever been," Faldo said. "They will either be very determined or very nervous. They have been talking about this match for two years. We have only started talking about it today. We just want to get there and do the job. "We haven't had the pressure on us. The bottom line is that to get the Cup back, they have to beat us and I don't think they will." Faldo said the course and conditions could be to the Europeans' advantage. "If it is breezy, we know that a lot of shots will hit the greens and come off," he said. "They are used to playing as if they are throwing darts onto wet greens. We are more LADIES NIGHT TONIGHT POST PARADE 7:30 A, 0 M Enjoy Racing from Smoke tree Grandstand Fret Grandstand Seating Every Monday, Tuesday Rt 48 N. of Lebanon The Associated Press Europeans Nick Faldo, foreground, and Ian Woosnam present a formidable team against the U.S. in the Ryder Cup matches. used to erratic bounces in Europe. So perhaps it will suit us better." Other team members are Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain, Enlishmen Steve Richardson, David Gilford, Paul Broad-hurst and Mark James, David Feherty of Northern Ireland, Colin Montomgerie and Sam Torrance of Scotland, and Bernhard Langer of Germany. The American team consists of Fred Couples, Corey Pavin, Paul Azinger, Payne Stewart, Wayne Levi, Lanny Wadkins, Hale Irwin, Mark O'Meara, Mark Calcavecchia, Steve Pate, Chip Beck, and Ray Floyd. Dave Stockton is the non-playing captain for the American team. On surface, U.S. ready for France BY MARK WOODS Gannett News Service KANSAS CITY, Mo. Clay. Grass. Guy Forget's driveway. Whatever surface the French pick for the 1991 Davis Cup final, U.S. team captain Tom Gorman said the Americans will be ready. "With the group p"r3STl of players we have, IJjggflBJ we aren t hurt on l tttt r i rfrr a any surface," he said after Sunday's semifinal win against Germany. "We have a lot of options. I'll look at all of them. Nobody is eliminated from being considered for the final." Top candidates for the defending champion Americans include: clay-court specialists Andre Agassi and Jim Courier, hardcourt specialists Pete Sampras and David Wheaton, and as always Davis Cup specialist John McEnroe. France's top candidates: Forget, Fab-rice Santoro and Thierry Champion. "I think France will try to find the surface that gives Forget the best shot at winning two singles matches and then hope to pick up the third point in doubles," Gorman said. On any surface it appears to be a mismatch against the French. But Forget is ranked sixth in the world higher than any American except Courier, who is No. 3 and has been known to pull off his share of upsets. And Santoro, ranked 39th, knocked off Agassi this summer at Indianapolis. Although Gorman said no one is a lock for the trip to Lyon, France, in late November, it's hard to imagine him bypassing Agassi now. Not after the captain stuck with him through some hard times. Not after what happened last weekend. Agassi, the goat of a Davis Cup semifinal loss to Germany two years ago, turned into the hero. Now Gorman is waiting to hear what surface the French choose to play the final on before he names his team. Gorman undboutedly will take a long look at his doubles team. Should Gorman stick with Scott Davis-David Pate, who lost their debut Saturday? Should he go back to Rick Leach and Jim Pugh, who are unbeaten in Davis Cup play? Or should he give veterans Ken Flach and Robert Seguso a shot? "I've got some time," Gorman said. "For now, I just want to celebrate." tea (ESS LMMb SeCtjes Thomas laments Olympic snub 1' 3 ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES NEW YORK The feeling, Isiah Thomas said, is one of being unwanted, left out, like a kid unchosen in a schoolyard pickup game. For Thomas, the Detroit Pistons' point guard, who has led championship teams in college and in the pros while earning the reputation as one of the most gifted small men ever to play the game, it is "an emotion that I've never really felt before." Thomas spoke out Monday in the wake of Saturday's selection of the team's first 10 players, in which he was snubbed in favor of Utah point guard John Stockton. "You can say I'm disappointed and I'm hurt," said Thomas, who nonetheless said he would participate if invited as one of two more players to be named. "I've gone over every incident in the last 10 years of my career to try to understand why this happened." About speculation that Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls had said he wouldn't play if Thomas was selected, Thomas said he hoped that no one player would be able to wield that much power. He also denied organizing a boycott of Jordan in the 1984-85 All-Star Game, which is considered the genesis of their icy relationship. "I don't know if Michael's feelings toward me had anything to do with this," Thomas said. "Do I believe it? I don't want to. But this alleged freeze has gotten out of hand, a flat-out lie." Did Thomas and his Pistons teammates snub Jordan and the Bulls when they did not shake hands after the last game of the NBA finals in June? "We were embarrassed," Thomas said. "The day before, they were up, 3-0, and the headlines the morning of Game 4 were Michael blasting us for being the dirtiest team. It was as if the things we had accomplished (three consecutive trips to the finals, back-to-back titles) were meaningless. "As we walked off, I was thinking that when you shake hands, that's a two-way street," Thomas said. "One extends, one grabs. They didn't extend." 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Gant picked up his fourth straight victory in Sunday's Goody's 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, tying the modern-era record which has now been done four times. The mark will be on the line with Sunday's Tyson Holly Farms 400 at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway. Gant, who has won every NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Busch Grand National race this month, has moved from 10th and 524 points out of the Winston Cup lead to sixth, 364 points behind. Elsewhere. . . COLORADO SPRINGS: Tim Austin and Larry Donald of Cincinnati will box in the USA-Italy Dual matches Wednesday in Rome and Saturday in Pesaro, Italy. BATON ROUGE, La.: Two LSU football players apologized in court after pleading guilty to beating up a man during a fight at a party last April. Junior tailback Vincent Fuller and senior cornerback Corey Raymond each pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of simple battery. District Judge Freddie Pitcher ordered an evaluation of the players and set sentencing for Nov. 25. The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $500 fine. issHiz 126 00 165R15 155R13 26.84 17570R13 65R13 J1 57 18570R13 175R14 33.64 18570R14 185R14 35.51 19570R14 to serve as president of the USOC through the Barcelona Games. Hybl's nomination follows last week's resignation of Robert Helmick, who stepped down amid criticism he had private business dealings with Olympic-related clients. He said media attention prevented him from functioning effectively. If Hybl's nomination is approved by the Board of Directors, he will be USOC president until the next election in October 1992. Tyson in trouble again NEW YORK: A New York actress has filed a lawsuit against Mike Tyson, accusing the former heavyweight champion of grabbing her in a "sexually suggestive" way at a Manhattan club. The woman, Robin Young, seeks $2 million in damages from Tyson for the alleged incident on Nov. 12, 1990, at the China Club. Tyson faces trial next year on a criminal indictment that charges he raped a contestant at the Miss Black America contest in Indianapolis. Stevens may be dealt PITTSBURGH: Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Craig Patrick is weighing trade offers for forward Kevin Stevens, who has signed a five-year, $5,375 million offer sheet with the Boston Bruins. The Penguins have until night Thursday to match Boston's offer, let him sign with the Bruins or re-sign him, then trade him. Patrick said the Penguins haven't decided. OTTAWA: Former teammates Denis Potvin and Mike Bossy, who led the New York Islanders to four Stanley Cup titles, headed a group of six new inductees welcomed into the hockey Hall of Fame. Joining Potvin and Bossy in the $34.01 3385 35.61 37.72 36.72 SACRAMENTO, Calif.: Kings traded forward An-toine Carr to the San Antonio Spurs for center Dwayne Schintzius and a 1994 second-round draft pick. The 6-foot-8 Carr, 30, is a seven-year veteran of the NBA from Wichita State who led the Kings in scoring last year with a career-best 20.1 points per game. "We acquired a player that will help up immediately," said Bob Bass, Spurs vice president of operations. "For a man his size, he has shown that he can shoot from outside and he can play either forward position." The 7-foot-2 Schintzius, 22, averaged 3.8 points in 9.4 minutes a game as a rookie last year as a backup to David Robinson. nun i Schintzius i I V " I fMMiMwinmiai I Adlutl caittr eimbtr M m itMinn to ' Adjust caittr eimbtr M Im ttttinft to DISC Or DRUM DRAKE nUEBUAHt mfgrt p. Intptol ill front wi lartt, shooki, ilruti, roil toil, lipirtt 1 30 tl. I lns"11 new part or shoos, jyf" "surface rotors, repack needod fluid, inspect ' systems and road test Front Wheel.. 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