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SPORTS

Fh Michigan Daily

Friday, February 4, 1983

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Page 9

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By JOE CH
There are two reas
easy for the Michig
snap to its current
streak. First, theI
playing on the road,
record this season
Second, Michigar
Northern Michigan,
in fourth place in the
ockey Associations
record. NMU is also
sweep of Ferris Sta
weekend.
NORTHERN IS le
Ponath, Bob Curtis,;
onath and Curtis h,
respectively this sea
But, tha'ss not the
as named CCHA
or his performan
weep of Ferris last
alcam, Saskatche
hree goals and add
taking part in nine o
he series. Ponath
oal in last Friday's
he game with -ano
assists.
Curtis, the Wildc
r, also had seven-
tate series.
IN ADDITION TO
offensive attack, th
much more suspect
are led by junior g

icers seeks road
is at Northern
[APELLE last year's CCHA Rookie-of-the-Year.
sons why it won't be Poeschl collected a team-record third
an hockey team to shutout in a. single season against the
four-game losing Bulldogs last weekend. The 5-11 St.
Wolverines will be Paul, Minnesota native, is currently
third in CCHA saves percentage (.896)
where they have a behind Michigan State's Ron Scott and
nill beOhio State's John Dougan.
n will be playing Northern's defensemen could also
which is currently cause the Wolverines problems. Junior
Central Collegiate defensemen Dave Smith and Bill
tandings with a 13-8 Schafhauser will present a potent of-
tcoming off a series fensive threat in addition to breaking
up the Wolverine scoring attack. Smith
d by the line of Eric and Schafhauser have 36 points bet-
and Dave Mogush. ween them this season.
ave 43 and 38 points NMU surpassed Michigan Tech last
son. week in the standings while the
full story. Ponath Wolverines are currently tied with
player-of-the-week Lake Superior State and Western
ice in Northern's Michigan for ninth place.
weekend. The 6-0 Yet, Northern coach Rick Comley
wan native scored believes that Michigan will not be easy
ed six assists, thus pickings for the Wildcats.
f NMU's 11 goals in "I think that they have two of the to p
scored the winning players in the conference in (Brad)
contest and ended Tippett and (Ted) Speers," said
ther goal and two Comley. "We had a good series the first
time we played them this season.
They're alittle unpredictable because
ats' ifreshmancen- they're young defensively."

Panthers stalk

Carter

By RON POLLACK
Should Michigan three-time All-
American flanker Anthony Carter sign
a contract with the Michigan Panthers
of the new United States Football
League, he would receive far greater
fame and fortune than the more
established National Football League
could possibly offer, said Panthers'
general manager Jim Spavital last
night.
Spavital said that the Panthers have
offered Carter more than $800,000 over
a four-year period, but declined to
comment how much more.
"We have a good idea what he'd get
from the NFL," Spavital said when
contacted last night in Daytona Beach,
Fla., the site of the Panthers' pre-
season workouts. "So our offer is con-
siderably higher than what he'd get
from them."
IN ADDITION to a fatter wallet,
Spavital said that Carter could also ex-
pect greater recognition in the USFL
than he would receive in the NFL.
"I think he could be the Joe Namath
of this football league," said Spavital
referring to the former Alabama quar-
terback who snubbed the NFL for the
upstart AFL a number of years ago.
"He could do the same thing for our

league as Namath did for the AFL.
"Here in the USFL, Carter would be a
big fish in a small pond. In the NFL,
he'd be a small fish in a big pond. I
think he has a great opportunity to be a
great player with us. The NFL already
has plenty of great receivers."
CARTER, WHO could not be reached

for comment yesterday, has already
had three meetings with Panthers' of-
ficials and will fly to Florida for further
negotiations tomorrow.
"It's hard to say what will happen at
the meeting," said Spavital. "He may
come up with a counter-offer."
Carter is not committed to an agent,
but will have someone with him at
tomorrow's meeting to help with
negotiations.
"HE'S SUPPOSED to bring
somebody to represent him Saturday,"
said Spavital. "But I don't know who. It
could be a lawyer or attorney."
Three weeks ago, Spavital said that
there was a 70 percent chance that the
Panthers would sign Carter. Yester-
day, the general manager said that
nothing has transpired to make him
alter his confident prediction.
"The percentage is still the same,"
he said. "We have a very good chance.
We've made a considerable offer."
SHOULD CARTER accept this "con-
siderable offer," the Panthers are
looking for their investment to pay im-
mediate dividends in the form of
season's ticket sales.
"He's well known in Michigan, people
loved him," said Spavital. "I'm sure he

would bring in people. I'm sure he'd
have a big following."
If Carter signs with the Panthers,
Spavital said that the 5-11, 165 pounder
would return to school during the off-
season. When the USFL was in its
earliest stages, Michigan head coach
Bo Schembechler blasted the league
because its schedule would cause
college seniors to miss the second half
of their final school year.

Last night, however Spavital said
that Schembechler's concerns were not
warranted.

2'

"I don't think he (Schembechler)
meant what he said at the time," said
the Panthers' general manager. "He
didn't know what we were doing. When
we take a player out of college, we send
him back. It's in the contract. We pay
for one semester."
During his four years at college, Car
ter set Big Ten records for career,".
touchdown receptions (37), career
reception yards (3,017), touchdowns in
Big Ten play (11) and career kickoff
returns yards (1,548).

Carter
... $800,000?

points in e Ferris
a relatively potent
e Wildcats are not
on defense. They
oalie Jeff Poeschl,

Coverage of tonight's game
with Northern Michigan will
begin at 7:45 p.m. on WJJX, 650
AM. WJJX will also broadcast
tomorrow night's gamy with
coverage beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Michigan hock
Name, Pos.
B. Tippett, LW .........................................
T. Speers, C ...........................................
C. Seychel, LW ........................................
J. McCauley, RW ......................................
J. Milburn, C ..........................................
P. Goff, D .............................................
T. Carlile, D ...........................................
K. McCrimmon, RW ...................................
T.Stiles, C .... ... ...................................
D. Krussman, D/LW ...................................
M . Neff, D ........................................ ...
F. Downing, RW .......................................
D. May, D .............................................
R. Dries, C ............................................
P. Kobylarz, C.........................................
J. Grade, LW ..........................................
S. Yoxheimer, RW ................. .................
P. Spring, LW .........................................

ey statistics
GIP G A PTS P/1
28 16 35 51 11/
28 18 32 50 17/
26 21 20 41 11/
25 10 14 24 4/
26 9 8 17 14/
28 2 15 17 10/
28 2 13 15 25/
24 4 10 14 0/

M
/22
/34
'22
'8
'28
'20
'53
12

26
23
28
27
27
15
26
21
16
18

5
5
10
7
8
5
5
2
4
1

12
12
12
10
10
9
9
7
6
5

14/28
5/10
16/32
4/8
12/24
2/4
14/28
8/16
13/26
5/10

Goaltending
Goalie (Record) GP Per
Chiamp (646.0) ........................................ 16 42
Elliott (5-114) ........................................ 16 46

Min
799:12
863:54

GA
53
78

AvgSav Pct
3.98 348 .868
5.42 472 .858

MICHIGAN (11-17-0) ........... ..................... 28 85
OPPONENTS (17-11-0) ... .......................28 85

1680:30 136# 4.86 820 .858
1680;30 125 4.46 729 .854

# Includes empty net goals
Cummings leads S.D.
ast Pistons, 115-108

By BARB BARKER
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC - Terry Cummings scored
9 points to sail the San Diego Clippers
ast the Detroit Pistons last night, 115-
8, at the Pontiac Silverdome.
After the loss, the Pistons closed their
ockeroom doors to the media for 25
inutes to conduct a team meeting to
ir out their frustrations.
"EVERYONE has to go up there and
lay well as a team - as a unit," said
iston's center Bill Laimbeer, who was
named yesterday to the NBA all-star
team. "I don't want to make a bigger
deal out of it than it is really, but there
as been a little bickering among the
ayers. We just have to play more en-
usiastically."
The Clippers commanded the first
three quarters of the game, but the
Pistons fought back and finally took the
lead, 88-86, in the fourth quarter on a
Walker Russell layup.
With 5:31 left in the game, Kelly
Tripucka hit two freethrows to give
Detroit a 99-94 advantage. The Pistons,
however, watched their lead dwindle

and vanish as San Diego scored seven
consecutive points to take a 101-98
lead: It was here that Cummings took
over, scoring the Clippers next six poin-
ts.
"THERE'S always some guy, and
tonight it was Terry Cummings" said
Pistons head coach Scotty Robertson.
"We just couldn't get near him."
"We were not defensively solid in-
dividually or as a team," Robertson
continued. "We're just not where we
need to be.. . improvement in defense
will solve more problems than a change
in personality."
Piston guard John Long did not dress
for the game because he was involved
in a minor traffic accident before the
game, but Robertson said that he was
only "slightly shaken up."

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