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t Lansing State Journal PORTS Worth the cost Brent Neal Sports Editor 377-1071 E-mail: sportsSIsj.com Pike-fishing trip in Canada proves to be angler's dream Page7C . August 5, 2005 www.lsj.com c Friday Tigers Douglass outduels teen Seattle pitcher struggles in first, cruises after that ByRonVample Associated Press DETROIT Felix Hernandez was pretty impressive in his major league debut Sean Douglass was even better. Douglass (4-1) outpitched his 19-year-old opponent, throwing eight strong innings to lead the Detroit Ti gers to a 3-1 victory Thursday over the Seattle Mariners. Douglass allowed one run and three hits with four strikeouts and two walks. "That was pick an adjective brilliant, outstanding. He was on the plate and he stayed ahead of the hitters," Tigers manager Alan Tram-mell said. "He's had seven outings for us, and six of them have been good ones, ml Douglass Today's game Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers When: 7 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Net Radio: WTXQ 92.1-FM Inside l Mazzilli fired, Tigers box score. Page5C but this one might have been his best" Placido Polanco scored twice, and Magglio Ordonez and Dmitri Young each hit an RBI single for Detroit The highly touted Hernandez (0-1) gave up two runs one earned and three hits in five innings for Seattle, which got a home run from Raul Ibanez. "I felt a little nervous," Hernandez said. "I know I pitched well, but I can't be happy because the team lost" Hernandez obviously had the jitters early on, walking Carlos Guillen and Chris Shelton and giving up two singles in the first inning. Polanco singled and scored on Ordonez's single. Hernandez settled down after a visit to the mound from his teammates and pitching coach Bryan Price. The righthander retired his next five batters before ending the day with four strikeouts. "Not too shabby" Tram-mell said. "Getting out of that first inning was huge for himt because you could see he was nervous, but he got that big double-play ball and then he settled in." Ibanez hit his 100th career homer leading off the seventh to pull Seattle to 2-L Young added an RBI single in the eighth, and Fernando Rodney got three outs for his second save. k , ... JV r -i A i i Only 19: Seattle's Felix Hernandez gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits in five innings Thursday. He is the first teenage pitcher to start a game in the majors since Todd Van Poppel in 1991. PAUL SANCYA Associated Press 1 V,K . Long time coming: It took 72 years and some extra lobbying, but former Michigan and pro football star Benny Friedman will finally be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame on Sunday with three others: Dan Marino, Steve Young and Fritz Pollard. Our hero: Benny Friedman (below) and his Brandeis football team in the 1950s. The Little ma Giant Former Michigan star called 'best I ever played against' by Red Grange By Barry Welner Associated Press No less an authority than Red Grange called Benny Friedman one of the NFL's greatest players. On Sunday in Canton, Ohio, 72 years after his retirement and 23 after he died of a self-inflicted gun wound, Friedman will join Grange and many of those other greats in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It took some aggressive campaigning by Friedman's former players at Brandeis University to finally convince the voters to admit the former quarterback Grange dubbed "the best I ever played against" Friedman and Fritz Pollard, another pioneer of the NFL's early days, were nominated by the veterans committee, then voted in by the 39-member panel that annually chooses new Hall of Famers. Dan Marino and Steve Young are the other inductees. "For a variety of reasons we can speculate on, he didn't make it into the Hall of Fame," said Bill McKenna, a receiver when Friedman coached at Brandeis and a former CFL player. "But unquestionably those who remained in foot- Hall of Fame welcomes NFL pioneer Widely acknowledged as football's first great passer, Benny Friedman helped change the game, as football moved from a straightforward running game to the modem pass-and-rungame. Quarterback NFL careen 1927 Cleveland Bulldogs, 1928 Detroit Wolverines, 1929-1931 New York Giants, 1932-1934 Brooklyn Dodgers Threw league record 11 touchdown passes as a rookie jri 1927 Set another record with 20 TDs in 1929 Benny Friedman Led league in touchdown passes four consecutive years (1927-1930) His 66 career touchdown passes record for years . tripie-threat player, could run, pass and kick In 1928, he led the league in both rushing touchdowns and touchdown passes; no other player has ever accomplished that Mir 1 was ah NFL 'JF , -J Source: Pro Football Hall of Fame Associated Press ball and knew of him and who knew football, they were all confident he would get in the Hall. "A group of us, mainly the players of Brandeis, maybe 40 or 50 players who played under him, recognized that and made a series of objectives, put together presenta-tions and brochures, and hopefully they would come true and get Ben ny Friedman into the Hall." At 5-foot-8 or so and just 170 pounds, Friedman hardly was the prototype quarterback. But he be-' came a star at Michigan his field goal in 1925 lifted the Wolverines past Grange and Illinois and then moved into the pros. With no draft, he was able to choose his team, and Friedman signed with the Cleveland Bulldogs in 1927. A year later, the franchise moved to Detroit and became the Wolverines. It seemed Friedman had come full circle. While starring for that team, his popularity was noticed by New York Giants owner Tim Mara, who needed a headliner to stop the flow of red ink he was enduring. He acquired Friedman, and fans began showing up at Giants games, with Mara turning a profit during Friedman's first season on the roster. Nearly three-quarters of a century later, Mara's son Wellington returned the favor, endorsing Friedman for the Canton shrine. In all, Friedman played for four teams from 1927-34, and was considered the best player on each of them. See Friedman I Page3C Drug can't be masked, easy to find Experts puzzled by Palmeiro's useofstanozolol By Malcolm Ritter Associated Press NEW YORK Stanozolol, the muscle-building anabolic steroid that Rafael Palmeiro tested positive for, can help athletes avoid being sidelined by injury and make them perform better but if s so easily detected that one expert said he's amazed any player subject to drug screening would dare use it "No tested athlete in their right mind should be using that drug," said Palmeiro Charles Ye-salis of Perm State University. No known masking agent can hide stanozolol use from a drug screen, said Dr. Gary Wadler of New York University, an expert on drug use by athletes. When taken by pill it can linger in the body and be detected for several weeks, while an injection can be identified for up to several months, he said. Palmeiro has said he never intentionally took steroids and he doesn't know what caused the test result Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid also known by the brand name Winstrol, can help an athlete get stronger, build muscle mass, boost acceleration, recover "No tested athlete in their right mind should be using that drug.11 Charles Yesalis Penn State University faster from workouts and other physical stresses and become more assertive, Wadler said. He also said stanozolol could help a player avoid serious injury because it helps the body recover from physical stress. Palmeiro forged potential Hall of Fame career numbers based largely on longevity in 20 years, he never went on the disabled list Stanozolol pills have been used to treat a rare genetic disorder called hereditary angioedema, but doctors in the United States say they've switched to alternatives in recent years because of lack of supply. Ovation Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Deerfield, HL, says it stopped making the drug about two years ago. Anthony Castaldo, president of the United States Hereditary Angioedema Association, said "compounding pharmacies," which make customized medications for individual patients, produce the pills in the United States for prescription use by people with the disease. "Where Mr. Palmeiro got his stuff is news to me," Castaldo said. Steroid is easily detected l Can't hide it: Stanozolol is easily detected by drug screening, with no known masking agent. It sticks around: When injected, it can be detected by drug testing for up to several months later. I Popular stuff: Eleven of 12 positive drug tests in baseball last year detected stanozolol. Positive tests have also come from Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson; Jamaican sprinter Patrick Jarrett; and others. 'if -CMmi Cunningham ready for busy stretch ROBERT KILLIPSLansing State Journal The favorite: Russ Cunningham, the defending All-City Medal Play champion, also won the match-play event earlier this season. Golfer will go from All-City to GAM tourney ByNeilKoepke Lansing State Journal EAST LANSING Russ Cunningham is ready for five straight days of competitive golf, starting today with the annual Greater Lansing Amateur Golf Association's All-City Medal Play championship. Cunningham, the defending all-city champion, tees off at 1036 this morning at Forest Akers West in the first round of the three-day tournament On Monday, Cunningham heads to the Detroit area for the start of the Golf Association of Michigan Championship at the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms. Cunningham, who won the All-City Match Play title earlier this year, has played in several high-level events in the state this summer, but he still enjoys the local events. "I don't play a lot of golf other than in tournaments. I like to play in the area events because it's good competition and it's with a great group of guys," he said. "If s social, it's fun and it helps me prepare for some bigger tournaments." Cunningham, from De-Witt, is considered the favorite, but there are several All-City Medal Play l When: Today through Sunday l Where: Forest Akers West and East courses Field: 152 golfers Divisions: Championship, open, senior Today's tee times, Page 2C players capable of winning the championship on Sunday, according to GLAGA president Dave Seehase. "Russ is playing well and .obviously is a favorite but I tioink there's 15 to 20 players in the championship flight capable of playing very well and winning," he said. "We've got a very strong field this year." The list of contenders includes Jonathan Pauli, for mer champion Robert Mat-thiesen, Nathan Gunthorpe, Jeff Olsen, Tony Keim, Matt Johnson and high school standouts Dugan Murphy of Okemos and Nick Hurst of St Johns. The 152-person field begins play at 7 a.m. today at Forest Akers West On Saturday, the tournament will be at Forest Akers East and then it's back to the West course for Sunday's final round. The tournament includes three divisions championship, open and senior. The open and senior division will be divided into flights after Saturday's second round. The championship division will start its final round at approximately 11 a.m. on Sunday. . Cunningham, who finished second in the state Publinx match play earlier this summer, would like to see his putting improve. "My putter has been holding me back this summer. This would be a great time to break through," he said. Tm stroking the ball just fine. It's been a lot more consistent over the last few years." For Cunningham, the key to being in position to achieve victory is simple: Don't focus on the end result until the last few holes. "Whether if s the all-city or club championship or the state amateur, it's important not to think about the final outcome. Just take each shot see All-City I Page 6C

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