Pirates sale expected to be approved
Major league baseball owners are set to agree to the sale of the
Pittsburgh Pirates in a vote today. California businessman Kevin
McClatchy has made an offer of $80 million to buy the team. If the sale
is approved, the 33-year-old McClatchy would become the youngest
owner in the majors.
February 13, 1996
Wolverines seek revenge against Iowa.
Unranked Blue faces must-win situation tonight against Hawkeyes at Crisler
By Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
In what is becoming a twice-weekly
occurrence, the Michigan men's bas-
ketball team will attempt to break a
losing streak tonight.
The Wolverines have lost four out
theirpast five, falling to 5-5 in the Big
Ten and 15-8 overall. One of those
losses was to Iowa, which visits Crisler
Arena at 7:30 tonight. The game will
be televised by ESPN.
Michigan's loss to the Hawkeyes
can be easily differentiated from the
Wolverines' other recent losses -
the Iowa loss was the only one to
happen on Jan. 28.
But other than that, the game in
Iowa City was the same old Michigan
story of late-fall behind early, stage
a mini-comeback, and lose by a de-
cent margin. It happened against In-
diana. And Purdue. And Purdue again.
The Wolverines were especially
hurt against the Hawkeyes by guard
Louis Bullock's foul trouble. Bullock
picked up four fouls in the first half,
forcing him to spend the second half
either sitting or guarding someone
other than ultraquick Andre
"Foul trouble hurt Bullock in game
in Iowa City," said Iowa coach Tom
Davis, whose team is 6-5 in the con-
ference and 17-6 overall. "I'm sure it
hurt what they wanted to do against
Andre. Bullock is their quickest guard,
so I'm sure they had to change some
Woolridge lit up Michigan for 28
points that day. He'll be ready to burn
the Wolverines again tonight, but the
other half of the Hawkeyes' starting
backeourt won't be playing at all.
Chris Kingsbury is sitting out the
final game of a three-game suspen-
sion for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Whom that helps is anybody's guess.
Kingsbury is a long-range bomber
who has been inconsistent all season
long. It is routine for Kingsbury to
shoot 25-footers, despite the fact that
his shooting percentage has been be-
low 40 percent all season.
Starting in Kingsbury's place is
Mon'ter Glasper, one of two Michi-
gan natives on Iowa's squad. The
other, former Michigan Mr. Basket-
ball Kenyon Murray, started for most
of the season before asking to come
off the bench so he could make more
of an impact.
"Mon'ter and Kenyon will be highly
motivated, and there is some extra
pressure when they play in Michi-
gan," Davis said. "I'll take the low-
key approach and have them settle
down and play their normal game."
In the last Michigan-Iowa contest,
the Hawkeyes came out playing man-
to-man defense. Bad idea. The Wol-
verines abused Iowa, which quickly
had to scrap its plans and switch to a
zone, which was more effective.
"We did have matchup problems
with Michigan," Davis said. "You will
probably see us play both man and
zone as the game goes along. We are
smaller, but teams have to prepare for
That quickness starts with
Woolridge, whose last performance
against the Wolverines prompted
Michigan coach Steve Fisher to call
him "the best guard in the Big Ten."
Woolridge has lived up to the billing
lately. He has averaged 17.6 points
per game in his last five outings.
Fisher will likely stick Bullock on
Woolridge for most of the game. Bul-
lock, Michigan's second-leading
scorer, has not started the last two
games, once due to a lineup shuffle
and once because he the flu. Expect
him to start tonight, along with TravO
Conlan in the backcourt, and Willie
Mitchell, Maurice Taylor, and Robert
Traylor up front.
Maceo Baston and Albert White
figure to come off the bench for the
third straight game after a string of
starting assignments. For Baston, this
may be a blessing in disguise.
When Iowa visited Crisler last sea-
son, Baston played a key role off the
bench in Michigan's double-overtin
win. His blocked shot in the waning
seconds clinched the victory for the
6-5 Big Ten, 17-6 overall
F Jess Settles
F Ryan Bowen
C Russ Millard
G Andre Woolridge
G Mon'ter Glasper
F Maurice Taylor
F Willie Mitchell-
C Robert Traylor
G Travis Conlan
G Louis Bullock
TV: ESPN, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Crisler Arena
Last Meeting: Iowa won 70-61 at
Carver-Hawkeye Arena Jan. 28.
Maurice Taylor and the Michigan basketball team return to action against Iowa
-7-eIght. The Wolverines hope to avenge a Jan. 28 loss to the Hawkeyes.
M women aren't looking past Bronco netters
P men's basketball poll
Here is the new Associated Press men's basketball poll for games
played through Feb. 12. First-place votes are in parentheses.
-By Pranay Reddy
For the Daily
-After starting the season off strong
with a 7-0 victory against Penn State,
the- Michigan women's tennis team
will take a break from its Big Ten
g edule when it faces Western Michi-
g'aP today in Kalamazoo.
After an 8-1 victory over the Bron-
cos last year, the Wolverines are look-
ing to sweep the dual matches today.
'\e have specific goals going into
each dual match," Michigan coach
Bi'tsy Ritt said. "We want a clean
, With two difficult road matches
coming up this weekend against Mary-
aid and William and Mary, one would
think that the Wolverines were in dan-
ger of looking past a less competitive
Western Michigan team.
On the contrary, coaches and play-
ers alike recognize the danger in un-
derestimating the Broncos.
Western Michigan returns three se-
niors from last year's team, including
Audrey Smith, whose singles victory
was responsible for the team's lone
point in last year's contest.
"We really concentrate on having
respect for every team we play,"
Michigan assistant coach Susan
Sommerville said. "We're focusing
onWestern Michigan right now."
This isn't to say that the Wolver-
ines won't have their upcoming road
trip in mind while in Kalamazoo to-
"We are going to keep fine-tuning
each individual player's game,"
Sommerville said. "Hopefully we'll
be sharper heading into the week-
Ritt emphasized the importance of
both winning the match as well as
achieving personal goals.
"We have specific performance
goals, like holding serve in all our
matches," Ritt said. "Also, in the
going into each
dual meet. We
want a clean
- Bitsy Ritt
singles matches, the players work on
being a little more aggressive, as well
as incorporating things they have been
working on in practice."
The players realize the importance
ofworking on individual goals as well.
"I would just like to work on serv-
ing and volleying, as well as gain
more confidence with (doubles part-
ner) Jenn (Boylan)," senior Tara Graff
Ritt hopes to help Graff gain confi-
dence with freshman Jenn Boylan by
leaving the doubles lineup from the
1. Massachusetts (59)
2. Kentucky (5)
3. Connecticut (1)
8. wake Forest
9. Penn St.
10. Virginia Tech
12. Texas Tech
17. North Carolina
21. Boston College
22. Iowa State
23. Eastern Michigan
25. Mississippi State
Michigan senior Angie Popek will return to action today against Western
Michigan. Popek has been out since the fall with a knee injury.
Penn State match intact.
Graff will continue to play No. 2
doubles with Boylan, while junior Sa-
rah Cyganiak and sophomore Sora
Moon play No. 1 doubles.
Senior Angie Popek and freshman
Tumeka Harris round out the doubles
team playing No. 3.
Popek, who is recovering from a knee
injury, will return to singles play today.
She did not play singles last weekend at
Penn State, andmissed amajority of the
fall invitational season.
"I'm going to use this match as a
warm-up for the weekend," Popek
said. "It should be a good test for my
Harris and Boylan both impressed
Ritt in their first dual match last week-
end at Penn State.
"The freshmen both did a greatjob,"
Ritt said. "With every match for them,
they'll gain confidence."
With confidence comes experience,
which Harris points out.
"I work on my game-plan every
match," Harris said. "It helps prepare
me for the more difficult matches."
Others receiving votes: Wis.-Green Bay 103, Georgia Tech 62, George
Washington 49, Michigan 38, Arkansas 35, Auburn 26, Marquette 21, Nevi '
Mexico 18, Texas 14, College of Charleston 13, Washington 12, California'
8, Missouri 5, Michigan St. 3, Providence 3, Tulane 3, Clemson 2, Indiana
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