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Ex-Michigan icer
Palmer returns
By BILLY NEFF
A familiar face appeared in the press box Saturday night during
Michigan's crucial hockey defeat to Colorado College. This face belonged to
a former player hockey coach Dan Farrell would probably love to put on the
ice, defenseman Rob Palmer.
Palmer has risen to bigger and better things since his graduation two
years ago. Right now, the Ontario native is one of the four regular defen-
semen on the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings hold down second place in the
' NHL's Norris division behind the powerful Montreal Canadiens.
"Sparky," as Palmer was affectionately called while at Michigan, sees
professional hockey this way. "It's a little different; it's (being in the pros) a
lot of travel. There's more pressure to perform."
Palmer said the transition to professional hockey was difficult.
"The biggest thing was the speed of the game. There is no wasted
motion, whereas in college there seems to be a lot of wasted motion. And in
the pros you have to be more intelligent (than in college)," he said.
Due to some injury problems on the Kings' defense, he has played from
"25 to 30 minutes" a game while usually being paired with Randy Manery,
the brother of former Wolverine star Kris. Last year he played in 48 Los
Angeles games while also spending a month and a half in the minors at
Springfield.
Palmer, known more for his defensive play here than his offense, has
picked up 24 points in about a half a season, while tallying three goals. He
picked up two assists in the Kings' trouncing of the Red Wings Saturday, 7-3.
"I'm having a pretty good season this year. I'm picking up a few more poin-
ts," Palmer said.
The recipient of the first ever Carl Isaacson Memorial Trophy as the top
student-athlete of the team in 1975, Palmer admits that the Kings have little
chance of overtaking the Canadiens. "Realistically, we're playing for
second place," he said.
Palmer never missed a game during his four years at Michigan, so he
particularly enjoyed the games this weekend with Colorado College. "Last
night and tonight are the first times I've ever seen a Michigan hockey
game," said Palmer.
After watching his teammates lose two tough ones Friday and Saturday,
Palmer probably wanted to suit up and help his struggling alma mater.

SECOND HALF BLUES:

Buckeyes

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, January 16, 1979-Page 9.
fell women cagers

By ELISA FRYE
The women's basketball team's loss
last night atnthe hands of Ohio State
could be attributed to two things: Frani
Washington and Kim Jordan. Between
them, they contributed 49 total points to
the Buckeyes' 88-83 victory over
Michigan.
The Wolverines started, the scoring
off in the first half, but allowed a 9-3
lead to be eaten away until OSU was hot
on their tracks at the half, 43-41.
THE CAGERS were impotent in the
second half. Michigan shot only 42 per
cent from the field, while the Buckeyes

countered with 57 per cent shooting. In
addition, OSU out-rebounded the
Wolverines, with 51 as compared to the
Blue cagers' 37.
Jordan and Washington were
definitely the determining factors in the
game. Washington compiled three fouls
at the beginning of the game, along with
only one basket, and was pulled until
the second half. She then came back to
score 25 points.
"We could have had 'em," said
Michigan Coach Gloria Soluk. "Num-
ber 31 and 32 (Washington and Jordan)
really hurt us."
Soluk felt that her team performed

well despite this, their second loss to a
Big Ten team. "This was our best game
yet. This is the most poised we've been
this season," she said. "It would have
been nice to have had a victory going up
against Northwestern, but I'm proud of
the kids."
TOP-SCORING guard Diane Dietz (24
points) concurred. "I never like to say
we played well when we lose, but we
played well."
"We just let up on defense in the
second half," she added as an ex-
planation for the Wolverines' demise.
Forward Katie McNamara felt the

team's shooting could have been shar-
per. "We just had a cold spell," she,
said. McNamara meanwhile, had a hot
hand as she shot ten for 14 from the field
for the second highest scoring on the
team.
Michigan now carries an 8-6 record
on the road as it heads to Evanston to
play Northwestern, who Soluk
describes as, "the power of the Big
Ten," on Thursday in a doubleheader
with the men. The women then return
home to battle Notre Dame after the
men's contest with Ohio State on Satur-
day.

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Diamond Girls
Women gymnasts sparkle twice in a row

By ALAN FANGER-
Ask Scott Ponto about snowbound
Chicago and tundra-like Madison, and
he'll tell you that they're both quite
pleasant in January. But then, even the
North Pole would seem delightful after
winning .two gymnastics meets in as
many days.
Ponto saw his young upstart women
gymnasts defeat Illinois-Chicago Circle
(UICC) and Northwestern in the Windy
City Friday, and complete their
weekend sweep by claiming the top spot
in Madison against host Wisconsin,
Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Chicago Circle.
The Chicago competition was
weakened by the withdrawal of seven-
th-ranked Louisiana State from the
meet and heavy snows prevented four
judges from getting there, but the
Wolverines nonetheless found hap-
piness in nipping UICC, 120.45 to 119.85.
Northwestern was a distant third with
75.25.

"IT WAS a big win because they beat
us twice last year," said Ponto of' the
Chikas, who were ranked 19th
nationally in December. "Our score
was low and we made a lot of mistakes,
so we were fortunate to win."
Junior Sara Flom was the catalyst
behind Friday's triumph, capturing
second place in the individual all-
around with a 30.90 tally. Flom notched
third place on both the uneven parallel
bars (7.4) and balance beam (7.3), and
took second in floor exercises (8.25) to
teammate Colleen Forrestel (8.4).
The Wolverines worked on improving
their floor exercise routines in practice
the previous week, and their perfor-
mance on the mats proved the differen-
ce between them and the Chikas.
"Redesigning the routines probably
helped," said Ponto. "We needed work
after the Penn State meet."
MICHIGAN improved its score and
widened its margin of victory at
Madison, tallying 124.1 points to UICC's

119.8. Oshkosh and Wisconsin trailed
with 90.1 and 68.9, respectively.
Flom once again paced the tumblers,
capturing the individual all-around
with a 32.2 score, the second highest
tally recorded in regional competition
this season The Westport, Connecticlzt
native sparkled with an 8.5 on the bars
and 8.75 in floor exercise.
Flom received plenty of support from
Forrestel and junior Mia Axon, who
tied each other for fourth overall with
30.55 points.
Although the tumblers showed
drastic improvement in their floor
exercises. Ponto is still concerned
about the gymnasts' less-than-sterling
performance on both the beam and
bars. "We're going to stress that in
practice this week," said Ponto. The
Wolverines failed to grab any of the fir-
st three slots on the beam in Madison;

in fact, it was the only category which
the tumblers failed to win.
MICHIGAN has yet to bow to a
regional opponent in the campaign, but
the gruesome portion of the schedule
begins this week. Highly-regarded Cen-
tral Michigan accompanies a weaker
Western Michigan team to Ann Arbor
for a triangular meet Thursday night,
and 10th-ranked Michigan State rolls in
for a double meet with the men on Sun-
day.
"Central has scored in the same
range as we have," remarked Ponto,
"so that should be a tight meet." The
first-year mentor and former men's
team assistant is more excited for Sun-
day's clash against the Spartans,
however. "We'll be able to tell how we
stand nationally after that meet."
Thursday's meet against the Chip-
pewas and Broncos begins at 7 p.m.,
while the Sunday contest with MSU
starts at 2 p.m. Both meets are at
Crisler Arena.

SPOR TS OF THE DAILY:
Carew considers Angels' offer

By the Assofiated Press
SAN FRANCISCO-The San Fran-
cisco Giants yesterday withdrew their
offer to the Minnesota Twins for
slugger Rod Carew after the Twins
reported their unhappy superstar wan-
ts to continue to play baseball in the
American League.
The Twins granted the California
Angels permission to talk to Carew
about a possible move, according to the
Giants. Permission for San Francisco
to talk to Carew expires at midnight.
Although Carew left the door open for
a possible change of heart, the seven-
time American League batting cham-
pion made it clear that he prefers
playing against familiar American
League teams and pitchers.
Carew, 33, reportedly has been of-
fered a five-year, $4 million contract by
the Angels, a pact very similar to the
one Giants owner Bob Lurie offered
him early last week when he came here
to discuss a move to San Francisco.
Carew will not be a free agent until
1980, but he is unhappy in Minnesota
and Twins owner Calvin Griffith wants
to deal him now while he still can bring
top value in return.
The Giants offered the Twins first
baseman Mike Ivie, pitcher Phil Nastu
and outfielder Jim Dwyer. The Twins
reportedly have agreed to include
minor league player of the year Ken
Landreaux in any package for Carew.
Bonds balks
CLEVELAND-Outfielder Bobby
Bonds met with Indians President Gabe
Paul yesterday and said "the door is
still very much open" for him to play
with Cleveland in the upcoming
baseball season. 0
Bonds, 32, with four years remaining
on a five-year contract-reportedly
calling for a salary of $400,000 a
year-was traded to the Indians from
Texas last October as part of a seven-
player deal. 4 1
However, the veteran slugger has
balked at being traded for the fifth time
in his career and has threatened to
retire rather than report to the Indians

in the spring.
"Money has nothing to do with it,"
Bonds explained after he and his agent,
California attorney Rob Wright,
finished their day-long meeting with
Paul. "I want to be with my family in
one city, rather than hopscotching
across the country.
"I have nothing against the-people of
Cleveland or the city. I just want some
stability in my career and my life. I
don't want to be traded again."
Neither Bondsanor Wright would con-
firm they had asked that a no-trade
clause be inserted into his current con-
tract. But Bonds said, "We came to
Cleveland to negotiate in good faith,
and now the rest is up to the Indians."
Bonds began his illustrious career
with the San Francisco Giants and has
since been traded to the New York
Yankees, California Angels, Chicago
White Sox, Texas and the Indians. Split-
ting the 1978 season between Chicago
and Texas, the fleet Bonds hit .269 with
31 home runs and 90 runs batted in
while stealing 43 bases.
Asked if there is any specific reason

he feels he has been traded around so
much, Bonds said, "I have no idea .
but I know I've performed at every stop
I've made in my career."
Shooting spree
NEW YORK-Tim Young scored
five goals and added an assist last
night, single-handedly pacing the Min-
nesota North Stars to an 8-1 rout of New
York and ending the Rangers' National
Hockey League winning streak at five
games.
The 23-year-old Young scored three
goals on his first three shots of the con-
test and added two in the third period to
raise his season total to 15 goals.
Young became the second player this
season to score five goals in a contest.
Center Bryan Trottier of the New York
Islanders had five goals and three
assists'!in a 9-4 victory over the Rangers
Dec. 23.
Young also set up a goal by Jim
Roberts after just 2:06 of the first
period

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