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Men's Tennis
vs. Northwestern
Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
Track and Tennis Building
the Michigan Daily


Women's Tennis
vs. Wisconsin
Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
Track and Tennis Building

Wednesday, April 4, 1990

Michigan bids for World Cup

by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Writer
Officials from the world's most
popular sport paid a visit to Ann
Arbor yesterday. The U.S. Soccer
Federation sent four representatives
to the university to assess Michigan
Stadium as a potential site for the
1994 World Cup, soccer's main
Ann Arbor is the 16th. stop on
the tour of the 26 cities being con-
sidered by the USSF's World Cup
'94 Organizing Committee. Eight to
twelve cities will be selected by the
committee to host a portion of the
52 games which make up the final
stage of the global tournament. Each
of the venues selected will host a
minimum of three preliminary-round
The major obstacle standing in
the way of the Michigan bid is the
requirements of the playing field.
World Cup regulations demand that
the tournament games be played
only on grass fields, and Michigan
Stadium currently has an artificial
turf surface. In addition, the playing
area would have to widened in order
to meet the size specifications.
. The university can alleviate this
problem by raising the playing field
over the brick wall which surrounds

the field and planting sod on the
platform. Walt Harrison, executive
director of university relations, made
it clear that there are no plans to
change the structure of the stadium
"Our feeling is that it would only
be a temporary situation," Harrison
said. "We wouldn't want to knock
out the wall. We want to keep the
stadium the way it is."
Speculation as to the cost of
these arrangements ranges from
$300,000 to $1 million. The finan-
cial burden for such a project will
not fall on the University, but will
likely fall on the Michigan Bid
Michael Malley, co-director of
the MBC, is confident that a revised
Michigan Stadium could give the
Detroit/Ann Arbor venue an edge
over its competitors.
"These four people (the Organiz-
ing committee) were drooling as
they looked around that stadium to-
day," Malley said. "It's made for a
soccer stadium. It could be the num-
ber one soccer facility in the World
The committee sees more in the
Detroit/Ann Arbor site than just a
big building to house fans.
"There are a number of things

that each community has going for
it," Ross Berlin, the vice-president
in charge of venues, said. "In De-
troit, the proximity to Canada and
its level of potential corporate spon-
sors are a big plus. There's a very
nice tradition of soccer represented
here, too."
Economically, the tournament
could be very beneficial to the Ann
Arbor community. The U.S. De-
partment of Commerce has estimated
that 1.5 million foreigners will
come to the United States during the
games, generating up to $1.5 bil-
lion. Richard Cecil, a consultant on
the Organizing Committee, said that
hosting three preliminary round
games is the economic equivalent for
a community to hosting a Super
The tournament, hosted every
four years, is the most-widely
watched event in the all of sports.
The 1986 finals, held in Mexico
City, attracted a television audience
of 12.8 billion people. The final
game alone drew more than 655 mil-
lion fans to their sets.
Prior to this visit from the com-
mittee, the university has been criti-
cized publicly for displaying a lack
of interest in hosting any games.
Malley is counting on the authentic-
ity of the University's interest.
"It better be a genuine effort. I
can't consider anything less," he
said. "Without the University of
Michigan, we don't have a bid."

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Golfers' woes lead
o lineup changes
by Andrew Brown
Daily Sports Writer
After finishing 16th in an 18 team field two weeks ago in the South
Florida Invitational, the Michigan men's golf team looked to improve upon
some inconsistent play in the Johnny Owens Kentucky Invitational last
What was scheduled to be a 54-hole tournament at the new Kearny Hills
Golf Course was shortened to 36 due to the inclement weather. Torrential
rainfall shortened Friday's round to 14 holes and the remaining 24 holes
were played on Saturday.
The tournament included a strong field with 25 teams, including 5 from
the Big Ten. Michigan placed ninth with a total score of 623. Kent State
came in first with a combined score of 595 for the two rounds, followed by
Kentucky (602), the host team, and Wisconsin (608), who Michigan coach
Jim Carras perceives as a contender for the Big Ten title. 6
The top golfer was Keith Moreland of Kent State who shot two rounds
of 71 for a total for 142. Chris Pond (77-73) and Anthony Dietz (75-75) led
the way for the Wolverines with a combined total of 150 for both. These in-
dividual scores tied them for fifth.
First-year golfer James Carson finished with rounds of 83 and 78 for a
total of 161. Pat Moore and Tom Paton closed out the field of Michigan
golfers with scores of 162 and 166 respectively.
"We played much better this time. We showed more pluses and we are
definitely improving," Carras said.
While expressing optimism about the performance, Carras feels the team
needs a shake-up. "The starting lineup next week will definitely change," he
said. "We can't have guys shooting in the 80s and expect co be competitive.
We are looking for the right five that will keep the rounds under 80.
"For one thing, we need a complete effort from everyone. We have to
keep the ball in play and improve our putting," he said.
Fifth-year senior Pond sees positive signs developing but at the same
time agrees with Carras. "I feel very good about my game right now. I an)
hitting the ball well. Anthony (Dietz) is also doing pretty good for a young
kid. He's as fierce a competitor I've seen in our program since I've been
"However, the other guys have to get their scores out of the 80s. Once
we find the right chemistry of guys, I look for good things to come," he
The team moves on to West Lafayette, Indiana, this weekend for the Pur-
due Invitational on April 7th and 8th.

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by Jeff Sheran
Daily Baseball Writer
It was fitting that the Michigan
baseball team's opponent bore the
same name as one of the Great
Lakes, because yesterday's double-
header with Eastern Michigan was
cancelled on account of a wet field.
Michigan considered the possibil-
ity of moving the site of its contests

keep falling
with the Hurons to their stadium in
Ypsilanti, but the field there was
also unplayable.
The Wolverines (12-11) travel to
Mount Pleasant today for a game
against Central Michigan (9-6). The
Chippewas feature a fearsome team
batting average of .304. Outfielder
Dan Bergman has notched a .556 to-
tal this season, while teammate

on Blue
Denny McNamara is batting .490.
Eight other Chippewa batters
field averages above .300, a statistic
which no doubt has caught the attend
tion of Michigan pitchers. Central
Michigan arms have allowed an av-
erage of 4.63 runs per seven innings,
while the Wolverines post a .284
batting mark.
Ramos' car hit an icy patch of
road Dec. 15 and flipped several
The rookie forward, who starredl@
at Seton Hall University in New Jer
sey, suffered severe head injuries.
"He is still in a state between k
coma and full consciousness," said
Chuck Williams, communications
director for Good Samaritan Hospi-

The University has increased its
efforts over the last two weeks, after
apparently being unaware of the pos-
sibility of being a host. The primary
competition in the area, according to
Malley, may come from a traditional
Michigan rival.
"Columbus, Ohio, has recently
put together a very strong bid," Mal-
ley said. "They're the thorn in my
side now. If we lose, they'll get (the

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Bill
Cosby wears Ramon Ramos' jersey
on this week's episode of "The
Cosby Show" as a tribute to the
Portland Trail Blazers basketball
player who was critically injured in
an automobile accident.
Cosby requested the jersey from
the Trail Blazers' office and wore it
while Thursday's episode was being

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