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The Michiggn Doily

Sunday, April 11,_1982

Detroit looking to


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The never-ending quest to upgrade the city of
Detroit's image continues. First it was the
Super Bowl that was brought to the friendly
confines of the Motor City. Next it will be the
motor sports, as the Grand Prix racing circuit
makes a stop in the city by the river. And, in
the future there is a possibility that the NCAA
basketball finals could grace Detroit.
Michigan Athletic Director Don Canham is
leading a group whose hope is to bring the Final
Four to either Joe Louis Arena or the Pontiac
Silverdome. Detroit is one of four cities that
has been selected by the NCAA tournament
committee for final consideration to host the
event in 1987. The committee will meet July 8
when it will listen to final arguments from the
representatives of the four cities and make the
EACH CITY must be sponsored by a Division
Ischool during the selection process. Michigan
is co-sponsoring the Detroit effort with Michigan
State. The other sites under consideration this
year for the '87 tournament are Market Square
Arena in Indianapolis, Kemper Arena in Kan-
sas City, and the New Orleans Superdome, site
of this year's championship.
"Both Joe Louis and Silverdome would be ex-
cellent sites," said Canham. "In 1979, we drew
38,000 for the Michigan-Notre Dame game at
the Silverdome, so we have shown that we can
draw a lot of people."
There were many complaints about the
Superdome - where the North Carolina-

Georgetown final was held - as the court was
quite a distance from the stands and there were
many bad seats sold. "In the Silverdome, we
could put the court in the endzone and build the
portable bleachers at about the 50-yard line of
the football field and that would give us about
40,000 good seats to sell," added Canham.
BESIDES THE :stadiums, the tournament
committee will also concern itself with other
facilities the city has to offer. "We'll be
looking at the availability of hotels, methods of
transportation, and a lot of other factors when

we review the cities that have put in bids," said
Dave Gavitt, chairman of the tournament
Should Detroit be selected as the site for the
Final Four, tickets would be chosen lottery-
style from the orders received beginning in the
spring of the previous year - 1986. Tickets in
the past were available only for both the
semifinals sand finals. Prices for this year's
finals ran as high as $60 for the whole session.
Also this summer, the committee will choose
the sites of the first rounds and regional finals

for 1984. But unlike the finals, Canham has no
interest in bringing this part of the tournament
to the state.
EACH SPRING, the NCAA sends a question-
naire out to all the schools which then fill out
and return them if they have an interest in
hosting any early-round tournament action.
"For the regionalsites, basically we try to move
them around as much as possible," said Gavitt.
"We look for arenas large enough to handle the
crowds and press demands, plus the hotel
situation and whether the city is easily ac-
cessible from the outside."
Crisler Arena would certainly qualify as a
suitable location for these games, yet the tour-
nament has never been held there. Canham
argues that a lot of problems could arise if the
University shouldkhosththe event.
"If Michigan makes the tournament but is
placed in a different regional, there wouldn't be
anyone to run the games," said Canham. "Also
we've hosted -the NIT (National Invitational
Tournament) in the past and that could raise a
conflict. I just have had no desire to host the
NCAA tournament."
IN 1981, Indiana University hosted the
Mideast Regional finals and the previous year
Purdue was the site of first-and-second-round
Mideast. games. In both cases these schools
saw their own teams in tournament action.
This year, Alabama-Birmingham played on its
home court in the Mideast finals and Missouri
played and hosted the Midwest finals in St.
Lous. If Michigan was to make the tour-

l our
nament, the chances would be good that 1t
would play in Crisler, if it was selected as a
"We don't hesitate to place a team on their .
home court in the tournament," said Gene
Corrigan, Notre Dame Athletic Director and
member of the tournament committee. "But
we wouldn't change the seedings of teams at all
to accommodate a host school."
"When we had the regionals at Assembly"
Hall, we encountered no problems at all," said-
Indiana Athletic Director Ralph Floyd. "We,
will continue to apply for regional games in the
NCAA tournament at Indiana because we feel
its good for the NCAA and it's good for Indiana

Although there are other Big Ten schools that,
have also never hosted the tournament, Crisler
Arena and the Univeristy would seem to be-
capable hosts. Crisler has a good seating
capacity, and could handle a large press con-,
tingent. The city of Ann Arbor is certianly able,
to provide hotel space for all visitors. A con
flict with the NIT is unlikely because the NIT
plays mostly on Monday through Thursday and
the NCAA is held on the weekend.
An event such as the NCAA tournameit
would help promote college basketball in the'
area, as well as bring in some extra money to-
the city and Athletic Department. The Final
Four would be a great event to bring to Detroit,
but in addition, the NCAA tournament in Ann
Arbor could also be a good idea.

Rangers win,

4-3, to lead series

Stadler shoots 67
to seize Masters lead

ner scored from just outside the left
post with 1:09 left in the game Saturday
to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 vic-
tory over the Philadelphia Flyes and a
2-1 lead in the best-of-five National
Hockey League Stanley Cup first-round
The Rangers get a chance to close out
the series Sunday night when the fourth
game will be played here.
Should the Flyers survive that, the
deciding game would be played in New
York Teusday night.
Cbnnor, who was recalled from
Springfield of the American Hockey
League just before the playoffs,
rebounded the winning goal after a shot
by Mike Rogers bounced off the pads of
Philadelphia goalie Pete Peeters.

Connor's goal in the final period cap-
ped a Rangers' rally from a first period
3-0 deficit.
Bullets 115, Bucks 114
Johnson scored a layup with 39 seconds
remaining to give the Washington
Bullets a 115-114 National Basketball
Association victory over the Milwaukee
Bucks last night.
After SidneyMoncrief gave the Bucks
a one-point lead on a foul shot with 1:13
remaining, Johnson connected after a
pass from -Don Collins to give the
Bullets the lead.
MILWAUKEE had a Chance to win,
but Moncrief, who led the Bucks with
25, missed a 15-foot jump shot at the


The victory clinched a playoff berth
for the Bullets who are now 41-37, and
enabled Washington to remain ahead of
New Jersey and Atlanta in the race for
fourth place in the league's Eastern
Cavaliers 117, Knicks 114
RICHFIELD, Ohio (AP) - Paul
Westphal sank a technical foul shot
with 18 seconds remaining for the win-
ning point as the New York Knicks
defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-
114 last night in a National Basketball
Association game.'
It was the 15th straight loss for the
Cavaliers, 15-63, tying a team record
set in 1970 during the first 15 games the
club ever played. the NBA record for
consecutive losses is 20 held by the 1970
71 Philadelphia 76ers. The victory en-
ded a three-game losing streak for New
York, 33-44.
The score was tied 114-114 when
referee Dick Bavetta whistled
Cleveland's Phil Hubbard for an illegal
defense violation. Westphal went to the
line to sink the tie-breaking free throw
and Michael Ray Richardson added a
pair of foul shots with eight seconds left
to provide the final margin.
Lowes Moore and Geoff Huston each
misfired on three-point shots in the final
five seconds for Cleveland.
RICK MAHORN led Washington with
24 points and Johnson, who had 10 poin-
ts and eight assists in the first quarter.
finished with 20 points. Collins also had
20 for the Bullets.
Scott May added 22 for the Bucks and
Marques Johnson had 21.

Lakers, Clippers to deal?
LOS ANGELES (AP)- Los Angeles
Lakers owner Jerry Buss says he made
a firm offer to the San Diego Clippers in
an attempt to assure his club the draft
rights to Virginia center Ralph Sam-
pson, the Orange County Register
reported in yesterday's editions.
Sampson, a 7-foot-4 junior, has been a
first-team All-American selection the
past two years. It has been speculated
that he will forego his final year of
collegiate eligibility and begin his
National Basketball Association career
next season.
The Lakers own the first-round draft
choice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who
have the worst record in the NBA's
Eastern Conference. The Clippers have
the poorest record in the Western Con-
ference and are scheduled to flip a coin
with the Lakers for the No. 1 draft pick
on May 20.
Major League Baseball
American League
Kansps Citys, Detroit 2
Boston 2-3,Baltimore 0-5
California 8, Minnesota 1
Texas 8, Cleveland 3
Toronto 3, Milwaukee 2 (10 innings)
r National League
Los Angeles 6. San Diego 0
New York 9, Chicago 5
Atlanta 8, Houston 6
Montreal 11, Philadelphia 3

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Craig Stadler,
ambushed by a double bogey earlier,
birdied his last three holes for a 5-
under-par 67 and took a 3-stroke com-
mand yesterday in the third round of
the 46th Masters golf tournament.
Stadler, nicknamed "The Walrus,"
completed three trips over the flowered
hills of the Augusta National Golf Club
course with a 211 total, 5 under par.
AND HIS closing burst - a 2,-3,3 finish
over some of golf's most demanding
holes - put him in sold control. I
"Well," 'said Jack Nicklaus, who

watched on television as Stadler holed
his last two birdie putts, "it looks as if
his day has come.
"He's -got the lead. Either he has to
give it away or somebody has to take it
away. I sure like his position better
than anybody else's. He's got the
BUT THERE'S still 18 to go, and
-heading into today's final round, some
of the game's most honored an-ieg
remained within striking distance. Ir-.
cluded in that group were Jerry Pate,
Seve Ballesteros of Spain, Tom
Weiskopf, Ray Floyd,Tom Watson and
Nicklaus finished with three con-
secutive 3's, but in the time it took him
to get from the 18th green to the press
builidng, the deficit grew from. 3 shots
to 6.
Also, there's Jodie Mudd, a 21-year
old amateur from Louisville, Ky., who
insists he has a chance to become the
first non-pro, to win perhaps the most
revered of all the world's golf titles.
Ballesteros, the young Spaniard who
won this title in 1980, and Pate, the hap-
py-go-lucky guy who has a habit of
leaping into lakes following his trium-
phs, shared second at 214, three off the
Ballesteros, Europe's finest player
and a former British Open champion,
was conceding nothing.

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