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DAVID WITKE, Executive Sports Editor, 515-284-8130 A Grand Goal ; Boris Becker eyes - a run at the Grand Slam after winning the Australian Open title. Page3S Monday, January 2!), 19f)(5 , Section ;( Focusing On Future VVVsf Delaware wrestler Mitch Peyton uses tough loss in 1995 for his inspiration to win in 1996. TOM Page4S olverines can't stop Hawkeyes, Woolridge Iowa upends By RICK BROWN Reoistkr Staff Wrjtf.r Iowa City, la. Steve Fisher sounded more like a philosopher than a basketball coach. "Sometimes, perception is not reality," Fisher said. "The reality is that Andre Woolridge is the best guard in the Big Ten." , Woolridge dribbled holes in Fisher's coaching philosophy Sunday. The junior point guard scored 28 points to lead No. 22 Iowa to a 70-61 victory over No. 16 Michigan at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. - "That makes me feel good, and I want to thank Coach Fisher for that comment," Woolridge said. "But I wouldn't be this caliber of player Brown's returns bring title back to Dallas Super Bowl XXX goes to Dallas, 27-17. Cornerback Larry Brown helps the Cowboys hold on to win. From Reoistkr Wire Services Tempe, Ariz. It wasn't the blowout many people expected, and for a brief time in the fourth quarter it appeared something was about to change in Sunday's Super Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. . But when the game between Dallas and Pittsburgh concluded, there was not much new at all about the" Super Bowl: The Cowboys defeated upstart Pittsburgh, 27-17, to claim their third championship in the past four years. The National Football Conference ruled over the American Conference for the 12th successive season. The Cowboys had done what most people expected, except beat the 13'2-point spread. The Steelers, the highest-scoring fourth-quarter team in the National Football League, made it interesting in the final quarter, scoring 10 quick points to pull within 20-17. "We fought; we weren't intimidated," Pittsburgh Coach Bill Cowher said. "I'm proud of our guys. We never said die. We gave it our best." What was different Sunday was the game's most valuable player. It wasn't a quarterback this time. It wasn't Emmitt Smith, who rushed for 49 yards, 9 in the second half, or Michael Irvin, who had five catches for 76 yards. This time it was a defensive player who led the winners. : - Cornerback Larry Brown, who played at Texas Christian, made two interceptions to set up two Dallas touchdowns, including the clinching one with 3 minutes 43 seconds left. , "I knew they were going to be throwing away from Deion Sanders, so it was up to me to make the plays," Brown said. "I think the first one was a bad throw. I got the jump on the second one and picked it." If Brown hadn't been named most valuable player, the award might have gone to Aikman, who completed 15 of 23 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown. : "I think it's a feeling of relief more than anything," Aikman said. "It wasn't the prettiest game we've played. Offensively we didn't do particularly well in the second half. But our defense stepped up." i Smith said: "It's like we slammed Magic's contract Signed? Magic Johnson reportedly has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and will return to the NBA Tuesday night in a home game against Golden State. A Lakers spokesman, however, denied NBC-TV's report Sunday, which said Johnson's comeback would be officially announced today at a news conference in Los Angeles. The network cited unidentified sources in the league and close to Johnson. The Los Angeles Times, citing unidentified sources, reported Saturday that Johnson had agreed in principle to a contract that would pay him $2.5 million for the rest of the season. Johnson, 36, initially retired in November 1991, after announcing he had been diagnosed as HIV-positive. Ankeny girls play tonight The seventh-ranked Ankeny girls' basketball team will play at lOth-ranked Mason City tonight. The third-ranked Ankeny boys will play host to top-ranked Mason City Tuesday. Both games will tip of f at 8 p.m. Both games are rescheduled from Saturday. Michigan, 70-61 without my teammates." Woolridge picked an opportune time to match his career high, established last season against Penn State in the National Invitation Tournament. Guard Chris Kingsbury missed 12 of 13 shots, including his last 11. Center Russ Millard, Iowa's leading scorer, got into quick foul trouble and finished with just two points. Who is the one player Iowa can least afford to lose? "It might be Woolridge," Fisher said. "Andre is extremely tough." Woolridge, who made 10 of 13 shots, including all three three-pointers, and all five free throws, was regarded as one of the nation's top lOWAPtease turn to Page 2S Teams from the National Football Confer-ence have won the last 12 Super Bowls: 1996 Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 1 7 1995 San Francisco 49, San Diego 26 1994 Dallas 30, Buffalo 13 1993 Dallas 52, Buffalo 1 7 1992 Washington 37, Buffalo 24 1991 N Y. Giants 20, Buffalo 19 1990 San Francisco 55. Denver 10 1989 San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16 1988 Washington 42, Denver 10 1987 N Y. Giants 39, Denver 20 1986 Chicago 46, New England 10 1985 San Francisco 38, Miami 16 1984 LA. Raiders 38, Washington 9 the door in a whole lot of people's faces. So many people said we were cocky and we were arrogant, and we're not. We're just confident in our abilities." Pittsburgh quarterback Neil O'Donnell had a miserable first half and threw the two game-turning interceptions to Brown in the second half. "The first (interception) kind of got away from me," O'Donnell said. "On the second one, I'm not going to single anybody out. We're all in this together." In the first half he threw high, wide and behind his receivers. No throw was any worse than the one he put in Brown's hands in the third quarter with no Pittsburgh receiver in sight. It was a blown play, and Brown returned the pass 44 yards to the 19-yard line. Two plays later, Smith pounded in from the 5. "Without Neil O'Donnell, we wouldn't be playing in the last of January," Cowher said. "Look at the big picture, don't look at a small piece." O'Donnell's error was followed by an ill-advised coaching decision. Facing fourth-and-one at their 47-yard line, the Steelers sent Bam Morris straight ahead for no gain. Morris looked tentative on the play, but the larger question was why O'Donnell and not Kordell Stewart was behind center on the play. Stewart had lined up there twice in similar situations and provided a first down easily both times. The Steelers got away with the gaffe when Dallas was unable to do anything with the opportunity and punted into the end zone. The momentum shifted on the two series that followed. Pittsburgh drove for a 46-yard field goal from Norm Johnson, then recovered an onside kick to set up a touchdown DALLAS Please turn to Page 5S Morning Report ISU's Kim Martin scores on a driving layup with 3.7 seconds left in overtime to give the Cyclone women a 79-77 victory over Nebraska. Iowa State rallies from 1 1 points down in the second half and overcomes a seven-point deficit in overtime to spoil the return of Nebraska assistant Theresa Becker, who resigned as ISU's coach last spring. Nebraska goes scoreless for the final 3Vi minutes of regulation and the last ' 2 minutes 40 seconds of overtime. Story: Page 2S - ': n ... , ... vaiias yarren nowson ceieDraies burgh's Bam Morris on a fourth - of the Super Bowl on Sunday in Scores NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Chicago 93 Phoenix 82 BIG EIGHT BASKETBALL (3) Kansas 88 Nebraska 73 BIG TEN BASKETBALL (22) Iowa 70 (16) Michigan 61 TOP 25 BASKETBALL (4) Connecticut 76 Virginia 46 (5) Cincinnati 85 So California 53 (22) Texas Tech 79 Texas 78 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Dallas 27 Pittsburgh 17 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Montreal 5 Boston Washington 3 Philadelphia ,, : '?" ... ;y f, . : j I X J Iowa's Stacy Frese hits five three-point shots and scores 18 points as the eighth-ranked Hawkeyes defeat Minnesota, 94-51, Sunday in Iowa City. ' 'They were playing zone (defense), so I was trying to be ready to step up and hit the shots," Frese says. The Hawkeyes grab the lead for good, 18-17, on a shot by Tangela Smith with 8:47 left in the first half. Iowa outscores Minnesota, 34-8, in the first 9 minutes of the second half to pull away. Story: Page 2S I .,.' fc V Km . 4 1 - 1 ij'.iit 1 in' iWmi , ' . alter tne Lowboys stopped Fitts- and - two play in the third quarter Tempe, Ariz. Morris was stopped Iowa Wrestlers Well-Represented Familiar foes tangle in all By DAVE ST0CKDALE RwiisTKK Staff Wkitkk Chris Bono of Iowa State will renew an acquaintance when he competes in the National Wrestling Coaches Association all-star meet tonight at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Bono, top-ranked at 150 pounds, will meet fourth-ranked Mike Rogers of Lock Haven. Both are from Florida. "We were on the same national junior team our senior year in high Credit Andre Iowa City, la. The Iowa basketball team has a 10-0 record at home this season, but it's been a while since confusion and chaos showed up wearing enemy colors in a Big Ten U game. Befuddlement yf thy name was Michigan. There were times on Super " Sunday when revitalized Iowa had the Marc Hansen Wolverines looking like the average American Football Conference representative. " V ' IHKU J . ii. .mm,. ' ;. " t 1 t;h";4 L fv. tlKM "... .W'tNi,-;ir' Mil - $ i i i'v" -V :i -'wd n ASSOCIATKIll'KESJi for no gain three times after the their 47-yard line. "There was nothing unusual happening there,' Morris said. "Dallas just came up with three good defensive calls!' school," Bono said. "I haven't talked to him since the NCAA last year. I know he'll want to beat my butt. The pride of Florida will be at stake." Bono (25-2) won three state championships at Bolles High School in Ponte Vedra Beach. Rogers (22-3) won one title at Fort Myers. They didn't meet during high school. Bono will join fellow Cyclone Dwight Hinson, five members of Iowa's top-ranked team and Iowa native Tolly Thompson of Nebraska in the meet that starts at 7:30 p.m. The meet also was held in Iowa City in 1992. and blame youth As usual, the Wolverines were teeming with future stars. The only star of the eternal now, though, is Maurice Taylor, a chiseled sophomore forward who might be the best player in the league. How do 17 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks sound? ; In Iowa's 70-61 victory, it wasn't enough. That's because the rest of the Michigan roster was a lump Of day in need of a sculptor. Credit the Hawkeyes with turning the 16th-ranked Wolverines into a bewildered Amateur Athletic Union team. Routine Iowa inbounds plays became touchdown passes worthy bf Aikman to Irvin. Robert "Tractor" Traylor, the cel- HANSEN Please turn to Page 2S 9m ,:'!' V if v 1 - . Steelers had second-and-two on - star meet "We had a crowd of about 8,500 for that one," Iowa Coach Dan Gable said. "That was a great meet and this one will be, too." The Hawkeyes and Cyclones will go head-to-head in one of the premier matchups when third-ranked Hinson meets second-ranked Jeff McGinness of Iowa at 1 26 pounds. McGinness, the NCAA champion, edged Hinson three times last season including an NCAA semifinal. They didn't meet in a dual meet earlier this month because McGinness was out WRESTLE Please turn to Page 5S

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