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Say it ain't so, Joe!
reported yesterday. Montana spent two years with the Kansas City Chiefs
after winning four Super Bowls in 11 seasons with the San Francisco
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April 12, 1995
Baseball looks to get back on track against Madonna today

*3y John Lwro
wily Baseball Writer
April showers bring May flowers,
.ut April snowstorms cause baseball
3ames to be canceled. After the Michi-
gan baseball team split two games
with Penn State Saturday, the next
lay's doubleheader was called be-
*ause of snowfall.
The twinbill was rescheduled for
Monday afternoon, but once again,
.now spoiled any hopes of playing
Jaseball. Now the games are forever
.ost. The Big Ten conference man-
Iates that teams have only three days
to play four games.

Instead, the Wolverines (4-6 Big
Ten, 12-18 overall) will face Ma-
donna, today at Fisher Stadium at 3
Michigan has already beaten the
Fighting Crusaders once this year.
After Toledo canceled its trip to Ann
Arbor April 5 due to freezing tem-
peratures, Madonna was invited to
Fisher the next day.
The Wolverines squeaked by the
Crusaders, 5-4, in 10 innings. Senior
leftfielder Sean Coston carried Michi-
gan offensively, racking up four RBI
- including the game winner -- on
three hits.

In that game, Madonna commit-
ted three errors that led to four Michi-
gan runs.
"(The game) was more of a gift
than a win," Michigan coach Bill
Freehan said. "They just self-de-
structed on some plays and we came
out ahead."
Freshmen Mike Hribernik, Chris
Hesse and Derek Besco took turns on
the mound for the Wolverines, but
junior closer John Arvai took over in
the eighth inning and picked up the
win to improve his record to 4-1.
Any combination of the three
freshman hurlers may see action to-

Today's game:
Michigan vs. Madonna
Fisher Stadium
3 p.m.
day for Michigan. Freehan used last
week's game against the Crusaders as
a test for his first-year pitchers.
"All our guys did well (against
Madonna)," Freehan said of his young
hurlers. "I am glad they all got to
Junior Brian Simmons paces the
ballclub in homeruns (seven), RBI

(27), triples (three), total bases (66) and
slugging percentage (.641). He is also
tied for the team lead in hits (33), but
his production has dropped off in re-
cent weeks.
Simmons has only I1 hits in his
last 39 at bats. The preseason second-
team All-American fanned three times
in nine at-bats against the Nittany Li-
Designated hitter Scott Weaver
leads the team in batting at a .327 clip.
Rightfielder Rodney Goble is the team
leader in runs scored (28), doubles
(seven), stolen bases (11) and is tied
with Simmons for the team lead in

Simmons, Goble, and Coston are
the only Wolverines who have suited
up for all 30 games.
Weaver, Coston and first baseman
Chad Chapman have shouldered most
of the offensive burden lately.
Coston is hitting .500 in his last
three outings with five RBI, includ-
ing his performance last week against
Weaver was 3-for-7 at the plate
last weekend, knocking in three runs
and scoring two more. Chapman went
4-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored
against the Nittany Lions.

Knuble inks pro deal
Wolverine forward finally signs with Detroit

By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Hockey Writer
It didn't take Mike Knuble long to
get back into a championship race.
It's just that he's not sure which one it
will be.
The senior right wing signed a
four-year contract with the Detroit
Red Wings yesterday and might be
assigned to the team's minor league
club in Glens Falls, N.Y. as early as
The Adirondack Red Wings begin
the playoffs tomorrow in the race for
the Calder Cup - exactly two weeks
after Michigan lost to Maine in the
NCAA semifinals.
Since those playoffs start so soon,
he might just skip them and join the
United States' team in Sweden for the
World Championships April 23-May
7. Or he could possibly do both.
Right now, it doesn't matter.
"I'm just happy to get my career
going," Knuble said. "I'm glad that
I've finally achieved (pro hockey)
what I've worked for ever since I
started hockey."
He was originally drafted by De-
troit with the 76th pick in the fourth
round of the 1991 draft. If he decides

to only go the route of the World
Championships, he'll report to the
Red Wing organization next fall.
Initially, there was speculation that
Knuble might skip Adirondack and join
Detroit for the stretch run in the NHL
playoffs. The Red Wings, however, are
loaded at forward and own the league's
best record. If he were promoted to
Detroit, Knublewould probably domore
sitting than playing.
"It's disappointing that I'm not
joining them, but you're not guaran-
teed anything," he said. "I don't want
to mess up their chemistry, and the
way they're playing, they don't need
Knuble said that his deal was a
"two-way" contract in which he will
be paid a certain salary next year in
the minors and a larger one if he is
promoted to the parent club. He said
that his contract doesn't start until the
fall, but he will get paid a percentage
of his signing bonus this summer.
He would not disclose the value of
the contract and said only that he was
"extremely happy with the deal."
Regardless of the amount, you can
bet that it's paying better than

"Rick Willis, Ron Sacka and I
went out to price cars and I picked one
out," he said. "It's probably going to
be a Cherokee."
By comparison, former Wolver-
ine Cam Stewart signed a three-year
deal with the Boston Bruins worth
approximately a million dollars two
years ago.
While Knuble'sprofessional hockey
career could start as early as tomorrow,
his education is on hold. The senior was
able to work out plans to receive credit
for this semester, but he won't be around
for the spring semester - the one he
needs for graduation.
He'll be back, though.
"I have an education clause in my
contract," Knuble said. "I'm not go-
ing to go through life without a col-
lege education."
After a slow start this season,
Knuble was goalie enemy No. 1 by
The second team All-American
led the nation with 38 goals and fin-
ished tied for fifth on Michigan's all-
time list (103). The Wolverines
reached the NCAA semifinals three
of Knuble four years, but never ad-
vanced further.

Mike Knuble signed a four-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings' organization yesterday. DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Locked-out umpires may strike

Want to write for Daily sports this summer? Sure you do.
Come to the mass meeting Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m.
in the Student Publications Building at 420 Maynard.

umpires, locked out by owners be-
cause ofa contract dispute, could picket
spring-training parks when exhibition
games start Thursday.
"It's a possibility. The discussion
has come up," Bob Opalka, an asso-
ciate of umpires' union head Richie
Phillips, said Tuesday.
The picketing, not yet approved by
the umpires' executive council, would
*be informational and not intended to
stop people from entering stadiums.

Exhibition games for the regular
big league players begin Thursday,
and the rescheduled opening day is
set for April 25. Picketing at regular-
season games remains a possibility if
there's no settlement, Opalka said.
A collection of former major and
minor league umpires, along with col-
lege and high school umps, called exhi-
bition games held with replacement
players earlier this spring. A similar
group of ex-pros and amateurs would
likely handle the upcoming games; no

active minorleague umpires were asked
to fill in.
The start of the regular season was
postponed about three weeks after the
players' strike ended March 31.
Umpires originally asked for a 60
percent pay raise during a four-year
period, up from their base salaries rang-
ing from $60,000-$175,000. They also
sought to double their postseason pool,
about $20,000 per umpire in many cases,
because of the increase in games under
the expanded playoff format.


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