Page 8-Thursday, February 28, 1980--The Michigan Daily
SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Flames sign Olympic hero Craig
SETTING PSYCHE, SETTING GOALS
Gymnast Miesel Pushes potential
ATLANTA (AP)-Olympic hockey
goalie Jim Craig signed a long-term
contract with the Atlanta Flames of the
National Hockey League yesterday, the
Craig, an All-American at Boston
University, was goaltender on the U.S.
team that won a gold medal with a 4-2
Victory over Finland Sunday in the
"OLYMPIC HOCKEY has done a lot
for professionalhockey. We happen to
have the draft rights to the most
recognizable and best known member
of that U.S. team," Flames spokesman
John Marshall said moments after the
agreement was reached.
"We were very fortunate to get him,"
Marshall ,said, adding that Craig will
start in Saturday night's game against
Craig, 22, led Boston University to the
NCAA championship in 1978. His
combined high school, college and
Olympic record is 144-15-6. For the
Olympic team, Craig was 30-7-1 in
exhibition and 6-0-1 in the Games,
including a 4-3 victory over the Soviet
MARSHALL SAID it is too early to
tell how Craig, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound
native of North Easton, Mass., will fare
in league play, nor whether Craig would
continue to start at goalie for the 15
regular-season games remaining after
Terms of the contract were not
disclosed. The deal was struck by
telephone between Flames' General
Manager Cliff Fletcher in Atlanta and
Craig's agent, Bob Murray, in Boston.
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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP)-
Olympic hockey star Steve Christoff
has signed a three-year contract with
the Minnesota North Stars and will
begin playing Thursday night against
the Montreal Canadiens.
The 22-year-old right wing was a three-
year regular at the University of
Minnesota and a member of the U.S.
team that defeated Finland 4-2 for an
Olympic gold medal.
CHRISTOFF WON'T be the only
former Olympian joining the stars in
General Manager Lou Nanne also
signed Steve Janaszak, who backed up
goalie Jim Craig in the Winter Games
but didn't play. Janaszak will back-up
Gilles Meloche until Gary Edwards
recovers from his back injury.
Nanne said he also hopes to have
former winger Phil Verchota, who
scored three goals with two assists in
the Olympics, signed in time to play in
this weekend's games.
Fratianne a pro?
CHICAGO (AP)-America's top
figure skater, Linda Fratianne, told an
Olympic teammate she would not
defend her world championship at
Dortmund, Germany, next month, the
teammate said yesterday.
Sandy Lenz of Rockford, Ill., who
finished ninth in the women's figure
skating at the Lake Placid Olympics,
said Fratianne confided in her after a
White House reception Monday.
"SHE JUST said that she would not
be going," Lenz said. "But when she
spoke to me, she-had not yet talked to
her coach as of then."
Lenz said Fratianne, silver medalist
in the Winter Olympics, left the White
House "in tears" and was saying
goodbye to her teammates on the front
lawn when she made the comment.
"WE WERE saying goodbye and she
was very upset at the time," Lenz
explained. "You know, the Olympics
were over and everybody was leaving."
Fratianne has not publicly announced
her future plans but has scheduled a
news conference in Los Angeles this
Hayes, who for years thrilled pro
football fans with his swift feet and sure
hands, left the Texas State Prison in the
darkness early Wednesday, several
hours after the announced time of his
Hayes, paroled after serving 10
months of a five-year sentence on
/ narcotics charges, was met by his wife
at the front of a red brick prison unit
known as "The Walls."
HAYES WON the 1964 Olympic gold
medal in the 100-meter dash. The next
year he was drafted by the Cowboys
and made All-Pro as a wide receiver.
After leaving the Cowboys, little was
heard of Hayes until his arrest in 1978
on charges of delivering cocaine to . an
undercover police officer.
HAMBURG, West Germany (AP)'-A
Soviet Olympic gold medalist who
defected to West Germany and then
returned home under mysterious
circumstances has turned up in Vilnius,
Lithuania, it was reported yesterday.
VLADISLAVAS TCHESSIUNAS, the
gold medalist in Canadian pairs at the
1972 Munich Olympics, defected at the
1979 world canoe championships in
Duisburg, West Germany, but suddenly
disappeared after four weeks.
His return to the Soviet Union has not
been explained by Soviet officials, but
West German authorities suspect he
may have been forced to return.;
No pro for Banks
DURHAM, N.C. (AP)-Duke Uni-
versity forward Gene Banks said
yesterday he will complete his
eligibility as a Blue Devil rather than
playing in the National Basketball
BANKS, 20, put to rest rumors about
his future on the eve of the Atlantic
Coast Conference Tournament.
"I have decided this is best for Gene
Banks no matter what," said the 20-
year-old player. "I plan to be the
greatest player ever to wear a Duke
uniform and I plan to prove it next
By KIM HANAFEE
"Gymnastics is 90 per cent
psychological, especially with me,"
said Michigan sophomore Laurie
Miesal. "You have to be able to concen-
trate on so many things at once."
Evidently Miesal's mental biorhyth-
ms have been good if you take a look at
her consistency and improvement over
the past year. Miesal cites an untapped
potential and an injury-free season for
her continued improvement. She hasn't
reached her peak yet and she still has a
lot of goals unconquered.
Miesal usually gets a score of 32
which she is satisfied with but she
would rather be able to score 33 con-
sistently. "I am capable of a 33 if I hit
every event," said Miesal.
Another goal of Miesal's - a
psychological one - is to be able to per-
form a Yanz on the uneven parallel
bars. A difficult feat which would add
an extra 1/10 risk to her score, it entails
Miesal to hit the low bar and continue
with a staddle flip between both the
bars. It was in practicing this trick two
years ago that Miesal broke one of her
arms for the fourth time.
"Last time I broke it I was really
tempted to quit," said Miesal. "But I
don't like something to defeat me. I
wanted to overcome it"
Miesal said that Coach Hyatt and
Coach Loken have been a big help as far
as that was concerned. "Sheri's help
me a lot as far as emotion. She's e
couraged me, Newt has too. They un-
derstand if I'm scared."
Although Miesal believes a gym-
nast's frame of mind is a major deter-
mining factor in her ability to perform,
she tends to get discouraged easily. "I
get discouraged if I do a trick wrong,
because I know I can do it. Sheri helps
me out and tells me what is wrong."
It seems that this is another reason
for her improvement this yea
Miesal's bar routine has improveds
now it, along with the balance beam are
her best events. She said her vaulting
as well as her floor exercise has been
Miesal has continually scored in the
low '8's on the floor exercise all season
but she has had the same music for
three years which she feels is a
problem. "I hope to get new music and
a new routine this summer."
Although Miesal hit her events at th
state meet, the team did not do well as a
whole by coming in third behind
Michigan State and Eastern. The
second place finish by Eastern was a
surprise but Miesal said she felt that
"Since it was in their hometown, they
had an advantage; they were over-
scored on floor exercise."
She quickly added that "We also
could have done better. We should have
won. They hit all their bar routine
while we lost points because of falls."
Hopefully, this shortcoming will be
remedied by the gymnasts recruited for
next year. Miesal anticipates a good
year in 1980-81. "We're getting more
money for recruiting this year.
Regarding the controversial issue of
money in the athletic department,
Miesal said, "Major sports like
baseball and football support the
athletic department. That money is
rationed out to the other sports. W*
leech off of them."
At present, Miesal is more concerned
with the gymnastics aspect of the
athletic department. Her interest at the
moment is to attain her goals.
It's. too bad gymnastics isn't 100 per
L~noo y tAan ranger
LAURIE MIESAL of the Michigan women's gymnastics team shows her
elegance on the floor exercise. Miesal has enjoyed a strong season and
could be the women's most improved gymnast.
FIRST LOSS FOR BLUE DEMONS:
February 28, 1980
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Notre Dame edges no. 1 DePaul
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Orlando
Woolridge sank a pair of free throws
with 19 seconds remaining in the second
overtime last night to lift i4th-ranked
Notre Dame to a 76-74 victory over top-
ranked and previously unbeaten
Woolridge's free throws ended the
Blue Demons' 26-game winning streak,
longest in the nation. The Blue Demons
dropped to 23-1 while Notre Dame im-
proved its record to 21-5.,
Kelly Tripucka, who led Notre Dame
with 28 points, gave the Irish a 72-70
lead with 4:24 left in the second over-
time. But DePaul's Teddy Grubbs
countered and Clyde Bradshaw scored
on a break-away layup to give the Blue
Demons a 74-72 lead with 2:55 left.
Bill Hanzlick hit a 13-foot jumper to
tie the score and set the stage for
Woolridge's winning free throws.
Both teams wasted opportunities to
win the game in regulation. Notre
Dame's Tracy Jackson tied the game
64-64 with 1:08 left and DePaul held the
ball until Grubbs threw it away with 13
seconds to go.
Five seconds later, Hanzlick was
called for traveling and turned the ball
back over to the Blue Demons.
Bradshaw's 20-foot.jump shot boun-
ded off the rim at the buzzer.
A dunk shot by Woolridge gave Notre
Dame a 66-64 lead in the first overtime
but Terry Cummins and Bradshaw
countered for a 68-66 lead for DePaul.
Tripucka hit two free throws to retie
the game before DePaul's Mark
Aguirre, who had 28 points, hit a basket
for a 70-68 advantage.
Woolridge was called for offensive
goaltending with 49 seconds left, but the
Irish got new life when DePaul's Jim
Mitchem, playing with a broken hand,
missed the front end of a one-and-one
free throw situation with 36 seconds
ning hit a jump shot from the corner,
with seven seconds left to send the
game into its second overtime.
San Diego 129, Detroit 113
PONTIAC (UPI)-Lloyd Free poured
in 42, points and Freeman Williams
added 31 last night to lift the San Diego
Clippers to a 129-113 victory over
Detroit and extend the Pistons' losing
streak to 13 games.
Free's 16 first-quarter points helped
the Clippers shoot into a 32-13 lead with
2:30 remaining in the opening period.
Detroit closed the gap to 62-50 at
halftime and Bob McAdoo fired in 17
points in the third quarter to spark a
Detroit surge that cut San Diego's
margin to 1 point with 10 minutes
remaining in the contest.
Williams, who had 19 points in the
fourth quarter, caught fire and boosted
the Clippers lead back to 117-101 with
3:23 to go.
The win ended a 10-game road losing
streak for the Clippers, who have won
Celtics 130, Spurs 125
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BOSTON (AP) - Larry Bird scored
30 points and Cedric Maxwell added 22
Wednesday night to lead the Boston
Celtics to their fourth consecutive
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Boston, winner of 14 of its last 17
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Gerald Henderson and Robey with 12
Notre Dame 76, DePaul 74 (2 OT)
Marquette 80, Detroit 76
San Diego 129, Detroit 113
Boston 130, San Antonio 125
Atlanta 116, Indiana1ll
Golden St. 133, New Jersey 120
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