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Who said Bruce Lee is dead?
Prosecutors decided Tuesday not to file charges against former Dodgers
star Willie Davis, who was arrested for allegedly threatening his mother with
a samurai sword and ninja-style throwing stars. The move clears the way for
Davis' release from jail, where he had been held on $150,000 bail.
Prosecutors, however, left open the possibility of filing charges pending
further investigation.

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Wednesday
March 20, 1996

Seniors hope to end careers with a
win - in the NCAA tile game

Mike Knuble was a phenom-
enal college hockey player.
He led the nation in goals
and his team in determination last
season.
He finished his illustrious career with
103 goals - good for fifth-place on
Michigan's all-time list. Knuble was
admired by fans and teammates alike.
Kids want to be like Mike.
But you can
bet Kevin
Hilton has no
aspirations to
follow in his
footsteps.h
Mike Knuble
left Michigan
with a heart- JOHN
ache. His
Wolverines -
and make no Out of
mistake, they Bounds
were his - lost
to Maine last season in what is regarded
as one of the best tournament games in
NCAA history.
Michigan bowed out in the semifi-
nals in triple-overtime after it had
numerous chances to earn a berth in the
finals. Knuble's senior season ended
abruptly.
"It's like when somebody dies," he
said last summer. "If you keep busy and
don't really think about it, it isn't as
bad."

Hilton, Steven Halko, John Arnold
and Mark Sakala don't want their
college careers to end that way.
None of them want to be like Mike.
And the Wolverines certainly don't
want to see their season end in the same
fashion as last year's. But only one
team can go home with a win in its last
game. The other 11 fortunate and
successful enough to make the NCAA
tournament have to deal with some-
thing they are not used to - losing.
"Nobody likes to lose," Michigan
forward John Madden said after the
Wolverines slipped by Lake Superior
State, 4-3, in the CCHA championship
game last weekend. "I'm just glad it
wasn't us."
Now every game could be
Michigan's last. Playoff hockey is
something different; something special.
But the trick to winning those
postseason games isn't.
There's no one mystic strategy, no
pep talk, no system to point to that
guarantees a playoff win.
Sure, offense wins games, and
defense wins championships. But a
high-octane offense will only win you
games against poor clubs, but a solid
defense is just as valuable against the
country's top teams during the regular
season as it is in postseason play.
Look at the numbers:
Minnesota - Michigan's likely
opponent Sunday - downed the

Wolverines, 3-2, in the College Hockey
Showcase in November. Michigan's
win over the Lake State last Saturday
was also a one-goal affair.
Three weekends ago, the Lakers won
5-4 in overtime against Michigan in
Sault Ste. Marie. The other two
matchups between the CCHA's top twP
squads were blowouts. The winning
margins were four goals or more.
Defense is an integral factor in
tournament success, but it's also an
integral part of a good team.
As far as the other cliches,
goaltending and special teams fall into
the same category: essential in both
regular and postseason.
"We just want to improve from lastO
weekend," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "We had a big win over
Lake State, but we have to play our best
hockey from here on out."
That's really the key if you need to
single something out. Mistake-free
hockey wins championships.
By the time Michigan takes the ice at
2 p.m. Sunday in East Lansing, only six
teams will still have ice to skate on.
And you can bet all will be excellent
teams led by experienced coaches and*
talented players.
Just like last year and the years
before, it will be the team that makes
the fewest mistakes that will win out.
-John Leroi can be reached over
e-mail atjrleroi@umich. edu.

Kevin Hilton and the
Michigan hockey
team take the puck
on the road to the
NCAA tournament in
East Lansing. The
Wolverines, seeded
No. 2 in the West,
are in action
Sunday.
WALKER VAN DYKE/Daily

Pizza, pizza, pizza ...r
We were going to print the
leaders of our NCAA men's
basketball tournament
contest, co-sponsored by
Cottage Inn.
But then we realized the
leaders were all of three
points ahead of the 50th-
place contestant, with two-
thirds of the contest's points
yet to be decided. So printing
leaders' name is pretty much
pointless, except to give the
top contestants an unfounded
ego trip. However, we do
have this bit of important
news - you can still enter!
Yes, you can still enter! E-
mail us at
daily.contest@umich.edu.
There is only one condition -
all of your Final Four teams
have to come from the Big
Ten.

Home opener marks debut of new
COach Zahn at RyFisher Stadium

By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Writer
Geoff Zahn has sat in the home dugout
of Ray Fisher Stadium before - as a
Michigan player.
But today Zahn will make his home
debut as Michigan's head coach against
Eastern Michigan (2-9) at 3 p.m. The
Wolverines are 1-13 in his inagural sea-
son.
The new skipper spent the 1995 season
as an assistant coach at Pepperdine. He
helped guide the Waves to a 36-19-1
overall and 23-3-1 West Coast Confer-
ence record, grabbing the conference
championship in the process.
ZahnwasnamedMichigan's 17th head
coach in September by Athletic Director
Joe Roberson.
Roberson didn't stray far from the
Michigan family with his pick.
The48-yearoldnative ofToledo, Ohio,
was a starting pitcher for the Wolverines
from 1966-67.
Zahn compiled 3-1 and 9-1 records in
those two seasons and set the single sea-
son overall record for best earned-run
average at that time with a 1.19 ERA.
The left-hander had a short tenure with
the Wolverines because he was drafted
four times before signing with the Los
Angeles Dodgers in 1968. Previously, he
was drafted by the Chicago White Sox,
Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers.
Zahn spent 12 years in the majors with
the Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs, the Min-

rOnthis field, you can't stand around
and wait for the three-run homer,
because that's not going to happen"
- Geoff Zahn
Michigan baseball coach

nesota Twins and the California Angels.
His career record in the major leagues
was 111-109 with a 3.74 ERA. His best
season came in 1982 when he went 18-8
for the Angels and finished sixth in the Cy
Young voting.
In his career, Zahn was at his best early
in the season, going 25-6 in April.
As Michigan's coach, Zahn has gotten
off to a rocky start and the Wolverines
might not even get the chance to get their
second win today.
The game may not even be played.
The weather forecast calls for snow in
the morning and afternoon. One to three
inches are expected to accumulate by late
morning with more possible.
If the game is played, Zahn knows not
to expect the long-ball in these cold-
weather conditions. He is focusing more
on the little things that are so crucial in the
game of baseball.
"I've told the kids, 'You will know
how to bunt, you will know how to hit and
run, you will know how to slash,"' Zahn
said. "Everything is dictated by the talent
you have. We may bunt in the first inning.
We'll hit and run to move runners.
"On this field, you can't stand around
and wait for the three-run homer, because
it is not going to happen. When you're
playing in the very cold, inclement

weather, you have to make it happen."
That's easy for him to say.
The Wolverines are coming offa week-
end road trip in which they were swept by
Oklahoma - 14-2, 7-4, 13-8.
Michigan couldn't pitch or field well,
committing eight errors in the series. And
the Wolverines didn't start hitting until
Sunday's game when they accounted for
14 hits in the loss.
Utility-fielder Mike Cervenak and sec-
ond-baseman Kirk Beermann did put up
some impressive statistics. Cervenak went
8-for-9 in the series and Beermann rapped
out four hits Sunday.
Senior Mark Temple will start today
and pitch limited innings because Zahn
looks to give other pitchers some work.
Temple has a 0-3 record and 9.49 ERA
in 12.3 innings pitched.
Pitching has been the main problem in
the Wolverines' losses. No one hurler has
an ERA below 4.70. In fact, Michigan's
team ERA is a ghastly 8.58.
That's where Zahn fits into the picture.
The skipper hopes that his pitching expe-
rience will benefit in his teaching of the
pitching staff.
"I am notgoing to take my strength and
turn it into aweakness," Zahn said. "Pitch-
ing is a big part of the game. I am hands-
on with the pitchers."

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FILE PHOTO/1
The loss of shortstop Ryan Van Oeveren is only one factor in Michigan's 1-13
record this season. The Wolverines' youth could make Geoff Zahn first year as
head coach an interesting one.

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