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20 - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 20, 1998

NBA Playoffs

Eastern Conference
No. 1 Chicago (62-20) vs.
No. 8 New Jersey (43-39)
No. 4 Charlotte (51-31) vs.
No. 5 Atlanta (50-32)
No. 2 Miami (55-27) vs.
No. 7 New York (43-39)
No. 3 Indiana (58-24) vs.
No. 6 Cleveland (47-35)
Yesterday's Games
NEW JERSEY 114, Detroit 101
ATLANTA 101, Miami 89
CHARLOTTE 89, Orlando 76
Philadelphia 107, TORONTO 78

Western Conference
No. 1 Utah (62-20) vs.
No. 8 Houston (41-41)
No. 4 Phoenix (56-26) vs.
No. 5 San Antonio (56-26)
No. 2 Seattle (61-21) vs.
No. 7 Minnesota (45-37)
No. 3 L.A. Lakers (61-21) vs.
No. 6 Portland (46-36)
L.A. LAKERS 102, Utah 98
Seattle 90, PORTLAND 82
Phoenix 123, Houston 93
San Antonio 96, Denver 81
Vancouver at SACRAMENTO. inc.

NHL Playoffs
Western Conference Eastern Conference
No. 1 Dallas vs. -No. 1 New Jersey vs.
No. 8 San Jose No. 8 Ottawa
No. 4 St. Louis vs. No. 4 Washington vs.
No. 5 Los Angeles No. 5 Boston
No. 2 Colorado vs. No. 2 Pittsburgh vs.
No. 7 Edmonton No. 7 Montreal
No. 3 Detroit vs. No. 3 Philadelphia vs.
No. 6 Phoenix No. 6 Buffalo
Yesterday's Games Final Team Point Standings
WASHINGTON 2, Carolina 1 Dallas 109
BOSTON 2, Philadelphia 1 New Jersey 107
Ottawa at BUFFALO, inc. Detroit 103
Pittsburgh 98
St. Louis 96
* Home teams in CAPS Philadelphia 95

who: Melissa GvntSe sport: Sotb ii
Homntown: 0 Falin, Mo. Year:
High School: Wvntzville Eligihiity0: dvvlromorv
Why: The sophomore catcher blasted two home runs and totaled seven
RBi against Northwestern ... Solo homer in second game of Saturday's
doubleheader was game-winner ... Knocked in four runs in Saturday's
first game to tie a season-best performance.
Background: 1997 Big Ten freshman of the year ... Nine hromers on sea
son is new Michigan season record ... started all 70 games last year at
either catcher or third base ... had best batting average (.371) for Big
Ten freshmen last year. Gentile

* Home teams in CAPS I I


Raiders pick off Woodson; four other Wolverines are taken i

NEW YORK (AP) - Peyton Manning is
finally No. 1.
Randy Moss, however, fell all the way to
No. 21, before the Vikings decided his talent
was worth the risk.
Manning, who entered Tennessee four
,,years ago with hopes of winning a Ieisman
Trophy and a national championship, did nei--
ther in college. But he was chosen first in the
NFL draft on Saturday, picked by the
Indianapolis Colts in a close call over fellow
quarterback Ryan Leaf.
"I realize the pressure," said Manning,
whose father, Archie, was taken No. 2 overall
i 1971 and spent 12 of his 14 NFL seasons on
a losing team in New Orleans. "But I think it's
exciting to be a part of going in and trying to
make a turnaround."
Michigan s impact went beyond Reisman
trophy winner Charles Woodson's selection at
No. 4 overall. Five Wolverines were drafled as
the wealth was sread among four teams. Soon
,. be departing for Denver will be backfield
mates Brian Griese and Chris Howard; headed
for New England will be Chris loyd, while
Glen Steele's new digs should be with the
Bengals in Cincinnati.
Manning would have been first last year,
had he come out then.
The rest of the top four went as expected:
Leaf was chosen second by San Diego; Florida
State defensive end Andre Wadsworth, third by

Arizona; and cornerback Woodson, fourth by
Oakland, as the 30 teams went through the first
three rounds.
Moss, a 6-foot-5 wide receiver witha his-
tory of trouble off the field, originally was
expected to go in the top five. Instead, he slid
down to 21st, past New Orleans at 7 and Dallas
at 8 until he was chosen by Minnesota.
Moss, who played two seasons at Marshall
after having his scholarship revoked by Notre
Dame and being kicked out of Florida State,
got off to a dubious professional start Saturday:
Ile failed to show up for a scheduled news con-
ference in West Virginia.
Still, the Vikings expect him to mature
under coach Dennis Green and fellow wide
receiver Cris Carter, a tean leader.
"This is a young man who is a great player
who made some in stakes," Green said of
Moss. "We think his life is ahead of him. 'the
glass is full"
It was just the third time that quarterbacks
have gone 1-2 in the drat. 'the last tine was
1993, when Drew Bledsoe went first to New
England, followed by Rick Mirer to Seattle.
'the previous time was in 1971, when
Archie Manning was chosen by the Saints with
their second pick, after New England drafled
Jim Plunkett. Houston then took Q13 Dan
Pastorini with the third pick.
Even Polian conceded this years choice
was close. The deciding factor may have been

Jim Mora, the Colts' new coach, who coached
in New Orleans for a decade. Mora knows
Archie Manning, and had Peyton work out
with the Saints,
"If you put a grade point average on these
players with 8 being the tops, you're talking
about a 7.3 and a 7.4 on a scale of 8," Polian
said. Flow do you choose between those two?"
Beathard eagerly snapped up the 6-foot-5,
254-pound Leaf-- he likes big quarterbacks
and had taken Jay Schroeder, Mark Rypien and
Stan Humphries in Washington.
Leaf will replace Humphries, the Chargers'
starter the past five years who is retiring
because of concussions.
"I don't know that this is a surprise to any-
one," Beathard said. "Bill Polian said he was
going to keep it a secret. We stand by what we
said at the beginning, that we'd be excited with
either one.
"We're thrilled to get Ryan, and we're
ready to get going."
Manning and Leaf, as expected, were the
only quarterbacks chosen in the first round.
the next one taken was Charlie Batch of
Eastern Michigan, chosen by Detroit late in the
second round with the 60th overall pick.
Scotti Frost, Nebraska's quarterback, was
chosen by the New York Jets in the third round
but projected as a safety and John Quinn of
Middle fennessee, another quarterback, was
taken by Jacksonville late in the third round.

Former Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson got the call Saturday from the Oakland Raiders, who
made the all-everything standout the fourth player chosen in the draft. He can compare Heisman tro-
phies with another former Wolverine and current Raider - Desmond Howard.

Continued from Page 17
down the sideline.
To the 40, the 30, the 20.
The roar in the stadium grew louder
and louder until it reacheda pulsating
tone, as the crowd of 100,000 plus
seemed to jump and scream as one.
The 10, the five - --'Touchdown!
It was a moment dreams are made of.
It was also the moment that I finally
understood what it meant to be a
Wolverine. I realized that it's not just
the moments of glory that make one a
true fan. Rather, it's the times of strug-
gle that make the triumphs so glorious.
Brendan Morrison's overtime, game-
winning goal in the 1996 hockey
national championship game would not
have felt so vindicating had Michigan
not lost a heartbreaking, triple-overtime
marathon to Maine in the semifinals a
year earlier.
h'lte scene inside Crisler Arena this
past Dec. 13 was that much sweeter in
the wake of the events preceding the
basketball season. Two months after
allegations and controversy culminated
in the firing of coach Steve Fisher and
cast a shadow over the program,
Michigan was about to shock a top-
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ranked and heavily favored IDuke team.
The usually indifferent home crowd
rose to its feet in euphoria, primed to
rush the court in victory. All the while,
tears of joy streamed down from one
fan in the stands - Steve 1isher.
And this past season's Michigan
hockey team's surprising NCAA ru
capped ol by Josh I angfeld's overtire
winner against Boston College in the
national championship game, may not
have been quite as special had the
underdog Wolverines not been clob-
bered by Boston University in the semi-
finals and lost nine seniors to gradua-
tion the year before.
this has been a year to rememberfor
all Michigan fans. But it's been espe-
cially sweet for those of us who wi
nessed the events in Michigan Stadic
that autumn afternoon, Sept. 24, 1994.
Four years later, it all makes sense ---
the pregame parties, the maize and blue
bodies and the dedicated alumni whio
follow Michigan teams all over the
Finally, I too am hooked.
It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine
- now and forever.
o- Thi i sDan Stdli/ansfinal collin
He can be reached via e-ail

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