Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on October 25, 2006 · 44
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2 C WEDNESDAY. OCT. 25, 2006 DETROIT FREE PRESS WWW.FREEP.COM MORNING LINE Buckeyes, Michigan could play twice THE GUIDE TV highlights 7 p.m. 63 Pistons: Detroit vs. Memphis, exhibition. 7:30 (Mi Red Wings: Detroit vs. San Jose. 8:00 Q World Series: Detroit at St. Louis, Game 4. 8:00 (fSPS NBA: Houston at Miami, exhibition. 9:00 (fSFNB College football: Michigan State at Northwestern (from 1021) Radio highlights 7 p.m. - Pistons: Detroit vs. Memphis, WDFN-AM (1130). 7:30 - Red Wings: Detroit vs. San Jose, WWJ-AM (950). 8:00 - Tigers: Detroit at St. Louis, WXYT-AM (120), WTKA-AM (1050). Area events Basketball: Pistons vs. Memphis, 7 p.m., Palace. 248-377-0100. Hockey: Red Wings vs. San Jose, 7:30 p.m., Joe Louis Arena. 313-983-6606. No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan will play Nov. 18 in Columbus. But it might not be the only time they play this season. Most expect the teams to be undefeated entering that game. (Each team's next three games are against cupcakes.) . And most expect the winner of The Game to play in the Bowl Championship Series' national title game on Jan. 8 in Glendale, Ariz. The loser, at worst, should earn a bid to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. But BCS guru Jerry Palm of told the Columbus Dispatch that the rivals could play again in the national title game. "Oh, it could happen," Palm said. "But a lot of other things have to happen first, obviously." Two Michigan-Ohio State games? Here's how it could be a reality: I "I think it is more likely to have a chance if it is a competitive game and Michigan loses, Bo out of hospital Former U-M football coach Bo Schembechler was released from the University of Michigan Hospital on Tuesday afternoon and is doing well, the athletic department said in a statement. Schembechler had a procedure Monday to install a small device in his chest to help regulate his heartbeat. He was admitted to the cardiovascular unit Friday for observation after experiencing dizziness, among other symptoms, before taping his weekly TV show in Southfield. because with it being a road game for the Wolverines, they'd have a better chance of not being punished too badly in the two polls," he said of the USA Today coaches poll and the Harris Interactive poll, two of the BCS formula's three components, the third being an average of six computer rankings. I "If it happens like that, then Ohio State and Michigan could sit back on the couch for two weeks and watch the rest of the scenario play out," Palm said. "All of the other teams in the running for that No. 2 spot will still have games to play." I Those other teams include Southern Cal, which would have to lose one of its final six games. The Trojans have a difficult slate ahead, with games against California (Nov. 18), Notre Dame (Nov. 25) and UCLA (Dec. 2). I Florida likely would have to lose again. The Gators have a fairly difficult schedule, too. Auburn also is lurking in the SEC. I And finally, there can't be any other big-name unbeaten teams, such as the Big East's West Virginia or Louisville. That's a long list. But the Big Ten can dream, can't it? Then again, would Michigan fans really want to play the Buckeyes twice? U-M coach Lloyd Carr is 1-4 against Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. Can you imagine losing to OSU two times this season? 1 - t '"W""! ) HIWII - pmf III lHHi "wi ft ,. Can't win 'em all, right? "We're trying to have fun, that's the main thing. It's early in the season, and we know from last year how much things can change. We had a decent start, and then we had to really put together a good stretch to build our game and be a playoff team. I'll put a dollar on it right now that we don't win 82 games." Buffalo goaltender RYAN MILLER after the Sabres won their ninth straight to start the season, 4-1, at Montreal on Monday. ULTIMATE CONTEST W 1 Figured out the answer to the Week 5 question in our Ultimate Sports Fan Contest? It's the fifth of six weekly trivia contests, and the winners get to cover Michigan, Pistons, Lions, Red Wings, Tigers games or a NASCAR race at MIS, among other prizes. Fifth up: the Tigers' home opener next April against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park. The winner gets a press pass, plus four tickets for your friends. Here's how to play: Every Sunday, we'll pose a trivia question on the Super Sunday page of Sports. Monday through Saturday, we'll give daily clues, whether you need them or not. We'll also give something you do need: daily codes, and you must have all six to enter. To enter, or for details, see the link at www.freep.comsports. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing from all the entries with the correct answer. Here's this week's question: What pitcher gave up the first inside-the-park home run hit at Comerica Park? The third clue: This one's on you. The third code: KALINE. Come back to Page 2 on Thursday for the fourth clue and code. A TASTE FOR WEST) HAM? 3 ' 1 1 f . 'hV-' S 4 - .ti. ft 5 ) .... i'jji ( J a 1 -r- -. V Associated Press America's national pastime has its pine tar controversy; the world's most popular sport has attempted cannibalism. This sequence of images, taken from television, shows Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe, left, allegedly biting West Ham United's Javier Mascherano during an English Premier League soccer match Sunday in London. Tottenham boss Martin Jol denied that Defoe had bitten Mascherano's arm in retaliation for a foul, but Mascherano said he had the tooth marks to prove it NATION & WORLD COLLEGE FOOTBALL S. Illinois coach treated for seizure Southern Illinois football coach Jerry Kill remained hospitalized Tuesday and was expected to be transferred to St. Louis for treatment, two days after having a seizure. SIU sports information director Tom Weber said the 45-year-old coach's transfer from a Carbondale hospital to one in St. Louis did not reflect a change in Kill's medical status, only that St. Louis has a seizure specialist Kill has seen before. Kill was expected to remain hospitalized at least until today. "He's frustrated and eager to get out" of the hospital, Weber said. But doctors "want to observe him and do more tests, and the best place to do that is St. Louis." The seizure happened Sunday shortly after Kill taped his weekly television show. Kill also had a seizure during a game last year and another in November 2001. In both cases, Kill returned in time for the next game. While hospitalized briefly after last year's seizure, Kill was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He continued coaching without telling the team, and had a tumor removed from one of his kidneys after the season. Tests Sunday at the hospital came back normal, according to his wife, Rebecca. Southern Illinois plays Missouri State on Saturday. UConn lineman suspended Connecticut guard Donald Thomas has been suspended for two games after being arrested Sunday in a fight at a local restaurant. Coach Randy Edsall announced the suspension in a statement. The school said it would have no further comment on the suspension. Thomas, a senior, was charged with misdemeanor assault and breach of peace after allegedly striking a restaurant employee during an altercation at Wings Over Storrs, according to a campus police report. Thomas, who backs up Matt Applebaum at left guard, will miss Sunday's game at Rutgers and the Nov. 11 game against Pittsburgh. TENNIS Roddick, Ljubicic qualify for Tennis Masters Cup Andy Roddick and Ivan Ljubicic clinched berths at the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup when other players in the running for the eight-player event lost matches Tuesday. Roddick and Ljubicic join No. 1 Roger Federer and No. 2 Rafael Nadal, who already had qualified for the Nov. 12-19 tournament at Shanghai, China. Roddick reached the semifinals at the Tennis Masters Cup in 2003 and 2004, but he pulled out last year with a back injury. Ljubicic bowed out in the round-robin stage in 2005. Roddick clinched a spot this year when Marcos Baghdatis lost to Arnaud Clement, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3, at the Lyon Grand Prix on Tuesday. Ljubicic's berth was secured when Tommy Robredo was upset by Wayne Arthurs, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, at the St. Petersburg Open. Robredo and Baghdatis still have a shot at qualifying for the Tennis Masters Cup. TEE PARTIES PGA: CHRYSLER CHAMPIONSHIP When: Thursday-Sunday. Where: Westin Innisbrook Resort, Copperhead Course, Palm Harbor, Fla. Purse: $5.3 million. Winner's share: $954,000. TV: USA -Thursday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.; Saturday, 3-6 p.m. ABC - Sunday, 2-5 p.m. 2005 champion: Carl Pet-tersson. CHAMPIONS TOUR: CHARLES SCHWAB CUP CHAMPIONSHIP When: Thursday-Sunday. Where: Sonoma Golf Club, Sonoma, Calif. Purse: $2.5 million. Winner's share: $440,000. TV: The Golf Channel -Thursday-Sunday, 5-7:30 p.m., 9-11 p.m. 2005 champion: Tom Watson. LPGA: KOLON-HANA BANK CHAMPIONSHIP When: Friday-Sunday. Where: Mauna Ocean Golf & Resort, Kyung-ju, South Korea. Purse: $1.35 million. Winner's share: $202,500. TV: None. 2005 champion: Jee Young Lee. METRO fic STATE FOOTBALL Ex-Lion, U-M receiver Mann, 82 Bob Mann, a standout receiver for Michigan and the Lions and a longtime Detroit attorney, died Saturday in Detroit. He was 82. Recruited from his home state of North Carolina, Mann played end for the Wolverines in 1946-47. In '47, he helped coach Fritz Crisler's team to a 10-0 record and a national championship, including a 49-0 victory over Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl. In 1948, Mann signed with the Lions, and he and back Melvin Groomes became the team's first African-American players. In 1949, Mann became the Lions' first 1,000-yard receiver, with 66 receptions for 1,014 yards. The Lions traded Mann to the New York Yanks in 1950 for quarterback Bobby Layne. Mann was released by the Yanks, but he concluded his NFL career with Green Bay (1950-54), leading the Packers in receptions (50), receiving yards (696) and touchdowns (eight) in 1951. After pro football, Mann earned his law degree. He headed Robert Mann & Associates in Detroit for more than 30 years. "Bob was a great example to everyone," said former Lion and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lem Barney, who knew Mann for nearly 40 years. "He not only was a great football player, but a man who gave of himself to the city and the entire community." Mann is survived by his wife of 50 years, Vera, and daughters Marilyn Matthews of Valley Village, Calif., and Marjorie Geisberg of Santa Rosa, Calif. A memorial service will be held Saturday at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, 6114 28th St., (near West Grand and Warren), Detroit. Family hour will begin at 11 a.m. followed by services at noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bob Mann Athletic Scholarship Fund, established in his honor to assist Detroit student athletes. CROSS-COUNTRY: Michigan State's Amol Huprikar is Big Ten runner of the week. A freshman from Novi, he led the Spartans with a sixth-place finish in the Eastern Michigan Classic, covering the 10,000 meters in 32:29. ... Oakland University swept the Mid-Continent Conference runner-of-the-week honors. Andrew Lawrick, a sophomore from Baroda, and Sara Lieblein, a freshman from Lake Orion, were top finishers for the Golden Grizzlies at the EMU Classic. Lawrick was ninth in the 10K in 32:51; Lieblein finished 13th in the 5K in 19:25. FOOTBALL- Western Michigan linebacker Ameer Ismail was named the Football Writers Association of America Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week after his 13-tackle, six-sack effort in the Broncos' 41-27 win over Ball State. Ismail, a senior from Holland, tied an NCAA record for sacks in a game. ... Preliminary schematic designs for the renovation of Michigan Stadium will be displayed at three public meetings beginning this week on U-M's Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses. U-M athletic director Bill Martin will show renderings of designs and respond to questions. Each meeting begins at 7 p.m. Meeting sites: Thursday in the Junge Family Champions Center, Ann Arbor; Monday in the Ontario Room, 303 E Kearsley St., Flint; and Nov. 1 in Ko-choff Hall, Section A, 4901 Evergreen, Dearborn. SOCCER: Women - Carol Roman scored unassisted and Katharine Koch made three saves for Siena Heights (12-6-L 8-3-1 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Association) in a 1-0 victory at Madonna (12-4-Z 10-11). ...Men -Alex McKenzie scored for Calvin (8-5-4, 6-2-3 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association) and Matt Luthardt tallied for Adrian (2-11-3, 2-6-3) in a 1-1 tie at Grand Rapids.

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