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TANANA, SIMMONS, AND LEACH TEACH SKILLS
Baseball enthusiasts hit clinic
by Eric Berkman
Daily Sports Contributor
At the University of Michigan Annual Baseball
Coaches Clinic this weekend, more than 500 high
school and sandlot players and coaches learned
fundamentals from Michigan coaches and major league
"The clinic has been here for 10 or 11 years,"
Michigan infield instructor Moby Benedict explained.
"People come from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, a few
from the Chicago area, and Canada."
Michigan baseball coach Bill Freehan, who is
conducting his first clinic as Wolverine head coach,
talked about his hopes for the session.
"I hope we get a good turnout because this is my
first year," Freehan said. "Bud (former coach
Middaugh) usually averaged 500-600 people.
"I'm looking forward to this clinic for three
reasons," Freehan an ex-Detroit Tiger, said during his
introduction Friday night. "First, as a new college
coach, I want to get to know as many of you as
possible and see talent in this state and in surrounding
"I might have to depend on a lot of people in this
room to help me," said Freehan, who is unable to
recruit until mid-January when the University obtains
the results of an NCAA investigation of the baseball
program. "I am starting a job where my feet and hands
are tied and I still have to compete against major
Freehan was excited about the clinic because "it
gives (high school players and coaches) the
opportunity to see our facilities. Our facilities here are
really unmatched in the Big 10... and they allow us to
compete with the major southern schools."
He was also enthusiastic about presentations by
baseball luminaries Frank Tanana, Ted Simmons, and
"I'm interested to bear what a Frank Tanana or a
Ted Simmons would have to say about their
professions," Freehan explained. "I look forward to
some outstanding presentations."
Former Michigan All-American outfielder and
quarterback Rick Leach, was the first of three major
league guests. After his presentation on outfield play,
Leach explained why he came to the clinic.
"Well, I have a great love for this University and
want to be a part of it and do anything I can," Leach
said. "I've also been close to Bill Freehan from the
time I came to school here and I want to help him
Leach's immediate priorities include signing with
another major league team after spending 1989 with
Texas. Leach is currently negotiating with Minnesota,
Seattle and Los Angeles.
Ted Simmons, St. Louis Cardinals Farm Director
and former All-Star catcher, gave a presentation on
hitting. Afterward, he explained that he came to the
clinic to assist "Bill, Moby, people I've known who
have impacted my life. I wanted to do them a favor."
Tiger pitcher Frank Tanana, who gave a
demonstration on pitching fundamentals and strategy,
said he came because "I know Bill personally and
because I think that through my experience (17 years
in the majors) I have something to offer for coaches
and young people in the way of improvement."
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The Bears hopes for a sixth consecutive NFC Central diviision tile were squashed like Mike Tomzcak (above).
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Holy Cow, indeed! Detroit stretches past hibernating Bears, 27-17
CHICAGO (AP) - Mike Dit-
ka's post-mortem on his Chicago
Bears was quick and almost eerily
"I take the blame for it. It was
my fault, and that's it," Ditka said in
a one-minute meeting with reporters
after the Bears (6-8) lost 27-17 to
Barry Sanders and the Detroit Lions
(5-9) on Sunday, formally ending
Chicago's bid for a sixth straight
It appeared Ditka had resigned
himself to the decline of the Bears,
who have lost four straight games
for the first time since 1981. There
was no shouting about his team's
shortcomings, none of the ranting
and raving that had become a Ditka
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"It's not the end of the world,"
Ditka said. "We're going to keep
trying, hustle, work, practice and try
to work this thing out. It's definitely
The Bears were done in by
Sanders, the rookie who ran for 120
yards and two touchdowns against
Chicago's NFC-leading rushing de-
fense to push the Lions' winning
streak to three straight. That matches
their longest since they started 1978
with four in a row.
Bears running back Neil Ander-
son finished with 42 yards on 12
-carries including a 1-yard scoring run
in the fourth quarter. Sanders' 26
3n 1100 South University
rushes including an 18-yard
touchdown in the second quarter and
a 3-yarder that made it 24-10 in the
third period. He also returned a
kickoff 43 yards late in the second
quarter to set up the first of two
Eddie Murray field goals.
"The main statistic was the one
on the scoreboard," Sanders said.
"We've started to eliminate some of
the mistakes and turnovers. When
we play well, we can beat most
teams in the league."
The Lions, stopped without a
first down on their first three
possessions, went 74 yards for a
touchdown on their fourth, scoring
on quarterback Bob Gagliano's 14-
yard option keeper around the left
side. It was the start of a 17-point
second quarter for Detroit, which
also got an 18-yard touchdown run
from Sanders and a 45-yard field goal
Sanders picked up 71 yards
rushing in the quarter, 48 of them on
two consecutive carries that capped
an 81-yard touchdown drive.
in on division title
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The
Minnesota Vikings moved within
one victory of their first NFC
Central Division title since 1980 by
beating Atlanta 43-17 Sunday, and
the Chicago Bears moved over.
Keith Millard and Tim Newton
returned third-quarter fumbles, both
forced by Chris Doleman, for
touchdown's in Minnesota's victory.
The Vikings are 9-5, one game ahead
of Green Bay (8-6), which lost 21-3
at home to Kansas City.
Houston 20, Tampa 17
HOUSTON - Warren Moon
threw two touchdown passes, and
Houston's defense batted down two
punts, intercepted a pass, recovered a
fumble and held off Tampa Bay's
late charge. Houston is 9-5 and on
top of the AFC Central, while
Tampa Bay fell to 5-9.
Moon threw for touchdowns of
12 yards to Drew Hill and 16 yards.
to Curtis Duncan for a 20-3 halftime
Associated Press Top 25
Here's a look at the top basketball teams
Team Record Weekend Game
9. Louisiana St.
15. St. John's
16. Memphis St.
17. N. Carolina
18. Georgia Tech
19. N.C. State
24. Oregon St.
Beat Canisius 92-72
Beat Kentucky, 150-95
Beat Rice, 81-60
Beat Old Dominion, 88-75
lost to Oklahoma, 89-81
lost to Michigan, 113-108
Beat Indiana State, 93-59
Beat Duke, 113-108
Beat L.A. St., 82-57
Beat U.S. Int'l, 166-101
Beat W. Kentucky, 75-61
Beat UNLV, 89-81
Beat San Deigo, 83-74
Beat S. Alabama, 96-67
Beat Hofstra, 58-47
Beat Oregon St., 78-72
lost to Iowa, 78-74
Beat Duquean, 126-77
Beat E. Kentucky, 7 1-52
lost to W. Virginia, 97-93
lost to Penn State, 61-59
lost to Memphis St., 78-72
Beat James Madison, 85-77
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