The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 28, 1994 - 11
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - With
Nebraska's Tommie Frazier still hos-
pitalized, coach Tom Osborne was
hopeful Tuesday that his second-
ranked Cornhuskers would not lose
their quarterback for the remainder of
Frazier was undergoing treatment
todissolve a blood clot behind his right
knee. The junior quarterback probably
would remain in Bryan Hospital at least
a few more days, Osborne said.
"Tommie Frazier is one of those
people I'm positive will not play this
week," Osborne said. "I don't think
it's a done deal that he'll miss the rest
ofthe season, necessarily."
It still was not certain how Frazier
developed the clot, Osborne said. Such
*njuries generally result from a blow
that later develops into a clot.
Frazier couldn't recall taking a hit
to the calf area. The clot was discov-
Frazier complained of some sore-
ness in the calf the morning of the
UCLA game, Sept.17. Heplayedmost
of that 49-21 victory, but was on the
field for just nine plays in Saturday's
70-21 blowoutof Pacific.
"I don't think it was something
that occurred in the UCLA game,"
Osborne said. "We nursed it along
last week in practice."
Frazier missed practice last Mon-
day, then ran full speed Wednesday
only to have the soreness return the
next day. Osborne gave Frazier the
option of playing against Pacific, and
thejunior wanted to go in for at least the
"He did not get hit on the leg,"
Osborne said. "As far as I can tell, he
never was hit anywhere hard on Satur-
A trip to the hospital for tests Sun-
day resulted in discovery of the clot.
Medication was started, and by Tues-
day morning the clot had been re-
duced by 40 percent to 50 percent,
"I'm not even speculating at this
point what action we'll be taking,"
Getting Frazier healthy and decid-
ing when he could return to the field
was the key, Osborne said.
He also was concerned whether
Frazier would have to remain on
blood-thinners, which could prevent
him from playing due to the risk of
1nternal injury and bleeding.
Nebraska's medical staff has been
in contact with several NFL teams to
discuss treatment and length ofrecov-
ery for such injuries. Osborne said there
have been several situations, ranging
from one Green Bay player being forced
out for six weeks to other players on
blood-thinners early in the week, then
be taken off late in the week and al-
*owed to play.
"We're not going to do anything
that's not recommended medically,"
Osborne said his staff and team
have "full confidence" in Frazier's
backup, junior Brook Berringer. He
will make his first career start Saturday
against Wyoming in Lincoln.
Berringer threw for three touch-
lowns and ran for another against Pa-
cific. He is the only scholarship quar-
terback left on the roster.
Safety Tony Veland, converted
from quarterback after a series of inj u-
ries, is practicing again at that position.
Also available are sophomore Matt
Turman, freshman Adam Kucera and
freshman Ryan Held. Kucera, who
played quarterback in high school at
Lake Havasu City, Ariz., started fall
amp as a student manager.
Women's tennis looks
to advance in Mississippi
By JAMES GOLDSTEIN
For the Daily
It is an honor for members of the
Michigan women's tennis team to
be invited to the SkyTel National
Clay Court Championships in Jack-
son, Miss. However, to make it past
the qualifying rounds and into the
final round of sixty-four would be
even more of an honor.
A team of three Michigan play-
ers are practicing in Jackson in
preparation for the preliminary
rounds beginning tomorrow. Sopho-
mores Sarah Cyganiak and Bojana
Jankovic are competing in singles,
while Jankovic teams up with jun-
ior Angie Popek in doubles.
Both Cyganiak and Jankovic are
returning after impressive rookie sea-
sons. Cyganiak, last year's Big Ten
Freshman of the Year, is the Wolver-
ines' No. I singles player. Jankovic,
playing No.2 singles,joined Cyganiak
on the All-Big Ten First Team last
year. Head Coach Bitsy Ritt believes
that the future bodes well for the sopho-
"The important thing for them now
is where they go from here," Ritt said.
"They have had a great start but their
goals should be higher. They should be
aiming to qualify for the NCAA Cham-
pionships and help our team win aBig
The same is to be said about Popek.
Playing No. 1 doubles with Jankovic
and No.4 singles, the junior exceeded
expectations last year.
"She improved quite a bit last year
and I think she is going to just keep
getting better," Ritt said.
The Cyganiak sisters, Sarah and
Elizabeth, were highly honored in
the September 19 issue of Sports
Illustrated. They were featured in
"Faces In The Crowd" for making
the finals of the U.S. national ama-
teur tennis championships. Ironi-
cally, Sarah beat her sister, 6-1, 6-4,
in the finals.
'They have had a great
start but their goals
should be higher. They
should be aiming to
qualify for the NCAA
help our team win a Big
- Bitsy Ritt
women's tennis coach
Last weekend, Michigan had suc-
cess in the North Carolina State
Freshman Sora Moon and junior
Tara Graff won the Flight D Doubles
Championship and seniors Jamie
Fielding and Simone Lacher per-
formed well, finishing second in
Flight D Doubles.
In Flight A matches, Sarah was
victorious in two of her four matches.
Ritt, in her 1Ith season at the
helm of the Wolverines, is looking to
After finishing second in the Big
Ten and ending the season with a
No. 25 national ranking, Ritt is look-
ing for bigger and brighter things,
such as winning the Big Ten title.
"We have set goals for ourselves
and themost importantone is winning
a Big Ten title," Ritt said. "Last year
was extremely positive for us. It gave
us confidence that we can win the Big
"We were happy with what we were
able to accomplish. I think this year we
are challenging ourselves to be better
and take our program to an even higher
The tournament in Jackson this week
will be a way of showcasing the Wol-
verines' talent and hopefully will lead
them in the right direction towards their
ultimate goal, the Big Ten title.
Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier is out indefinitely because of a blood clot behind his knee.
NHL opening in doubt after new proposal
Los Angeles Times
Prospects that the NHL season will
start as scheduled Saturday grew in-
creasingly dim after a new proposal
by the league, introduced to its players'
union yesterday during an eight-hour
session in Toronto, failed to spark any
hint of an agreement.
Central to the new proposal is a
majorreduction in therateofthe "luxury
tax" that would be paid by teams whose
payrolls exceed a negotiated, predeter-
The NHL's plan initially called
for a levy of 100 percent on the first
10 percent above the limit and a 200
percent levy on anything above that.
The new plan calls for afar lower rate,
although the exact percentage was
not immediately known. Proceeds of
the levy would be pooled and dis-
bursed to help the league's weaker
"We have moved considerably," a
management source said after the meet-
ing,whichconcluded 13 hours of talks
over two days. "They're not moving."
Another source said yesterday's
session generated a cloud of pessi-
mism and added, "There won't be any
hockey on Saturday."
Commissioner Gary Bettman an-
nounced last Thursday that he would
indefinitely postpone the start of the
season unless a new collective bar-
gaining agreement could be reached.
He will inform clubs Friday, prob-
ably in the morning to accommodate
those scheduled to fly long distances,
whether to stay home or proceed with
their travel plans. Twelve games are
scheduled for Saturday.
Bob Goodenow, executive direc-
tor of the NHL Players Association,
said he would study the new proposal
in detail before responding. In object-
ing to the NHL's first levy system,
Goodenow said it would make the costs
of signing players prohibitive and, in
essence, function as a salary cap. The
players are opposed to any form of
No negotiations are scheduled to-
day, although Bettman said he would
not be averse to talking with Goodenow
by phone and meeting with him again
tomorrow, probably in New York.
"I wish Icould report a great deal of
progress, but there has not been,"
Bettman said. "We still have a lot of
work to do and we continue to be
available to meet, but I'm worried that
time is getting short."
Bettman repeatedly expressed frus-
tration over the failure to find common
ground. Although both sides recognize
the need to help subsidize small-mar-
ket teams, owners want the subsidy
to be tied to players' salaries and
players want it to be borne primarily
by the owners, in the form of a five
percent levy on clubs' gate receipts.
"We have some wide rivers to
cross," Bettman said. "Are they so
wide we can't cross them? I hope not.
... Systematic issues are the most im-
portant and the most troublesome. We
understand where we are on big issues,
but there might be fundamental differ-
ences on where we're coming from."
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