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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily -- Tuesday, September 27, 1988

Johnson

,Seoul ____

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world championships in Rome.
Lewis was second in an American-
record 9.92 seconds.
If Johnson is disqualified, it
could open the way for Lewis to be
awarded the gold medal, reviving his
bid to win an unprecedented four
gold medals in two successive
Olympics. The decision would be
made by the International Amateur
Athletics Federation, the sport's
governing body.
Heidebrecht said his coach,
Charlie Francis, was notified of the
positive test Monday night.
There were conflicting reports
that Johnson was leaving Seoul.

The Canadian Olympic
Association said one of its athletes
tested positive for using a banned
drug but refused to confirm it was
Johnson.
Johnson was the seventh athlete
and third gold medalist to test
positive at the Seoul games.
MEANWHILE, Carl Lewis,
hopping mad and fighting the
schedule-makers all day, won .the
long jump yesterday at the Seoul
Olympics, becoming the only man
to win two in a row. His best jump
of the day, was a 28-foot, 7 1/2-inch
leap.
Mike Powell took the silver and
Larry Myricks claimed the bronze,

producing the first long jump sweep
for the U.S. since 1904.
Lewis ran two 200-meter heats to
qualify for Wednesday's final, then
had to come right back in the long
jump an hour later. He argued with
track officials over his jumping
times, and even though he was
beaten two days earlier by Ben
Johnson in the 100, it was obvious
the spirit still burned.
"I seized the moment, took the
adrenaline and came up with a great
jump," Lewis said.
LEWIS finished the day with the
four longest jumps of the
competition in five attempts,
choosing to run through the pit on
his last approach. None of
yesterday's efforts approached his
personal best this year of 28-9.

Roger Kingdom became only the
second man to repeat in the 110-
meter hurdles, defending his 1984
championship with the third fastest
time in history. Lee Calhoun,
another American, was the first man
to win two in a row, in 1956 and
'60.
"When I stood on the podium, I
thought how much sweeter it was
this time," Kingdom said. "I let
people see that my win in 1984
wasn't a fluke."
Through 10 days, the medal count
looked like this: Soviet Union 75
total, 33 gold; East Germany 67
total, 27 gold; and United States 44
total, 14 gold.
MORE U.S. MEDALS were
sure to come from boxing, diving,
tennis, and basketball, where the

United States and the Soviet Union
will meet in the Olympics for the
first time in 16 years in Wednesday's
semifinals.
The United States has sent nine of
its 12 boxers into the quarterfinals,
even though they're doing a little
head-hunting, and diver Greg
Louganis is a favorite in today's
platform event, even though he has a
little bump on his head.
"Sometimes it can get to you,"
said boxer Kenneth Gould, who is
not known for his big punch. "You
see your teammates wasting everyone
away, and I say, hey, I want to do
that too."
Louganis, who cracked his head
open on the board before winning the
springboard event last week, could
win his fourth diving gold in two
years in the platform today. Nobody
has done that before.
LOUGANIS was the top
qualifier after 10 dives yesterday,
taking over the top spot form
Chinese divers Xiong Ni and Li

Kongzheng.
"I thought I was steady, relatively
consistent and I didn't make any
major mistakes," Louganis said. "I
wasn't real sharp, and that's what I
hope to be tomorrow."
Danny Manning's 18 points led
the U.S. basketball team over Puerto
Rico 94-57 and into the semifinals
against the Soviet Union, where the
two teams will meet in the Olympics
for the first time since America's
one-and-only loss at the 1972
Munich Games. The Soviets earned
their berth with a 110-105 victory
over Brazil; Australia plays
Yugoslavia in the other semifinal.
The last time it was the U.S. vs.
U.S.S.R. the Soviets won 51-501
when three seconds were twice added
to the clock and Aleksander Belov
scored on a full-court inbounds pass.
It was the United States' only
Olympic loss in 86 games, and it
was so controversial, America refused
to accept the silver.

THE SPORTING VIEWS

L- Rogers outduels Walton
in battle of boneheads

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BY RICHARD EISEN
If Vince Lombardi had been at Sunday's
Detroit Lion-New York Jet football game, he
would have taken Lions head coach Darryl
Rogers and Jets head coach Joe Walton and
cracked them both across the cheeks.
He would whap them because both coached
horrendous ball games and in the end, the Jets
won, basically, because Rogers simply made
more bonehead decisions than Walton.
Right off the bat, you should know that
Daryl and Joe, the Dunderhead Duo, are not
known for their coaching ability. In fact, they
could be the NFL's two worst coaches.
IF GEORGE Steinbrenner had owned
either team, both coaches would already have
been fired, rehired and fired again. And yet,
despite poor performances, they remain the
coaches of their respective football teams.
Maybe they have uncompromising photos of
their bosses.
The first quarter at the Silverdome actually
ended with both coaches performing virtually
error free and the score tied at three. As
halftime approached, neither coach had yet
shown their true coaching colors. But with
1:50 to go in the half, Rogers struck. He
couldn't resist.
Facing third down deep in his own territory,
Rogers, instead of running out the clock and
punting the ball, decided to go for the bomb.
Rogers, who had been calling a conservative
game all day, finally decided to io for the long

gain - 15 yards away from his own end zone,
quite a precarious position.
The pass, of course, was intercepted on the
Lions' 40-yard line. The Jets, who had just
scored to take a 10-3 lead, could now go into
halftime with momentum and an even larger
lead. But, fortunately for Rogers, the Caped
Klutz, Joe Walton, Boy Wonderless, bailed out
the Lions.
THE JETS, whose talent must
continually overcome Walton's inability to
coach, drove down to the Lions' 14-yard line
with :14 seconds left. With one timeout
remaining, the Jets had one play left to try for
a touchdown before halftime. ,
Instead, Boy Wonderless ran a draw play that
gained one yard. Pat Leahy, the Jets place
kicker, then ran on the field and pushed a field
goal attempt wide of the goal posts.
Rogers 1, Walton 1.
After the second half kickoff, Walton
immediately took the lead over Rogers as he
made the egregious error of changing his game
plan during halftime. In the first half, the Jets
were highly successful passing the football,
with quarterback Ken O'Brien completing 17-
of-23 passes for 175 yards.
THE LIONS' secondary clearly could not
handle the potent Jet receivers, and yet Walton
ran the ball in the second half. The offense
faltered continuously, allowing the Lions to
control the ball and tie the game at ten.
The few times Walton passed, the Jets
moved the ball. Eventually, the Jets scored the

game winning touchdown - a 26 yard pass to
receiver Wesley Walker, who was completely
uncovered. The nearest defender was in
Ypsilanti.
But during the fourth quarter, when the
offense needed to move the ball, it couldn't.
The Lions got the ball back on their own 12
with approximately 1:40 left in the game.
Thanks to Walton, a team which had
previously dismantled the Browns and the
Oilers, two fearsome opponents, was now in
jeopardy of losing to the hapless Lions.
But Rogers came to the rescue.
DOWN 17-10, the first play from
scrimmage was a dump pass to fullback James
Jones for three yards. With 85 more yards to go
for the tie, Rogers called the same play, but
got different results. Jones gained four yards
this time.
Now on the 19-yard line, with a minute to
go, the 29,250 fans that were crazy enough to
show up became restless, begging for Rogers
to call a long pass for a change.
Fans roared like lions as Detroit lined up in
pass formation. The same fans then watched in
horror as quarterback Chuck Long handed the
ball off. The run gained one yard. The Lions
threw a futile fourth down pass that fell
incomplete.
The Jets jumped for joy, congratulating each
other. They had overcome Joe Walton's play
calling for yet another week. Instead, they
should have carried Darryl Rogers off the field
for his coaching performance..

Associated Press
Carl Lewis became the first man in history to repeat as
Olympic long jump champion. The gold medal winner's best
jump of the competition was 28-feet, 7 1/2 inches.

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