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matters. That's not what we'll remember.
At least not those of us who know they
Could have -should have - won. Those
of us who know a Michigan-Duke game,
with a trip to the Final Four on the line,
could have - should have - happened.
" Anyone who saw the Wolverines dis-
Tnantle Indiana by 48 points or upset
Duke had every reason to believe
Michigan belonged in the Final Four. It
wasn't a stretch of the imagination, or a
case of unrealistic optimism. Michigan
vas a Final Four-caliber team. Traylor
said it and the Wolverines showed it,
It's not that they didn't get the calls, or
that Louis Bullock's leg was less than 100
percent. The Wolverines just fell short.
They didn't play the kind of defense they
'needed to and they didn't come up with
the basket when they needed it.
The Wolverines just fell short.
This tournament is not about who the
better team is. If that were the case,
we'd be talking about Friday's game
between Michigan and Kentucky.
This tournament is about who can rise
to the occasion at the right time. UCLA
did, time and again. Michigan did not.
Valparaiso did, Richmond did, Rhode
Island did, Michigan State - as painful
as that is - did.
Michigan did not.
If all this seems harsh, that's because it
is. But that's what Michigan's about -
the strive for perfection, going all the
way. Michigan settles for nothing less.
That perfection was realized once at
Michigan already this year. It could have
- should have - happened again.
Congratulations to the Wolverines on
so many positives. It's just a shame they
seem all in vain.
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"Tonight was just one of those
nights," said Traylor, who might
have played his last game for
The 6-foot-8, 300-pound center,
who had a team-high 19 points but
was contained pretty well by the
UCLA defenders, said he will
decide in the next few weeks
whether to enter the NBA Draft or
return for his senior season. Earlier
in the weekend, Traylor said his
decision will depend in part on
whether Michigan interim coach
Brian Ellerbe returns. Goss said he
will name the new coach no later
than April 8, if not sooner.
For seniors Travis Conlan, Jerod
Ward and Maceo Baston, the game
marked the end of their Michigan
"I'm trying to repress my feel-
ings," Baston said. "I guess it will
sink in on the plane."
Then there's Ellerbe, who had to
be feeling all sorts of emotions. The
interim label was with Ellerbe all
season as he led the Wolverines to a
25-9 record despite his uncertain
The Michigan coach, who looked
glassy-eyed in the post-game press
conference, said it is a painful end-
ing to an all-around grueling first
"It's tough to put it into words
right now," Ellerbe said. "This is a
very difficult loss for our basketball
team because of the way we lost."
The way Michigan lost was the
most frustrating part for the players
and their fans.
The Wolverines refused to quit
after UCLA took an 11-point lead
into the second half of the game.
Michigan trimmed the deficit to 67-
66 on a Bullock breakaway dunk
with 4:55 remaining in the end of
But in a key sequence of events,
Michigan's next trip down the court
summed up the day for the
Trailing by two, Ward (16 points,
10 rebounds, 3 of 6 3-pointers)
missed a 3-pointer from the top of
the key. Baston grabbed the
rebound, but his finger-roll attempt
lipped off the rim. Ward had another
chance but missed a follow-up
The Bruins proceeded to run off
nine consecutive points and took a
76-66 lead on Travis Reed's layup
with 2:06 to go in the game.
"We could never get over that
hump," Baston said. "UCLA played
well and they didn't give anything
easy to us. We didn't give up, there
are no quitters on this team, they
just outplayed us today."
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Willey: President Clinton was 'reckless'
WASHINGTON - Telling her story for a national television audience,
Kathleen Willey said "I could not believe the recklessness" of President
Clinton in groping her as she met with him about her husband's imminent
With Willey's account now an important element in the Paula Jones lawsuit at
Kenneth Starr's criminal investigation, Clinton supporters attacked the former
White House employee yesterday, saying she and other witnesses have given dif-
fering accounts of her 1993 Oval Office meeting with the president. He denies any
sexual encounter but says he may have kissed her on the forehead because she was
so distressed about her family's economic situation.
"I could not believe the recklessness of that act," Willey said of the incident in
which she has sworn Clinton put his arms around her, tried to kiss her on the lips,
then placed her hands on his genitals. She says she pushed him away.
A few quotes from her interview for last night's program "60 Minutes" on CBS
were read on "Face the Nation."
Willey said she has thought many times since whether she may have sent "si -
nals" to Clinton that she was interested in him.
"The only signal I was sending that day is that I was very distraught," Willey told
IRS penalties in late taxes alone totaled $10.8 billion
in 1996. That's greater than the
need of reform agency's $7.3 billion budget that
WASHINGTON - The IRS is after A comprehensive fix is unlikely this
more than taxes. The agency hit errant year. Roth vowed "to do as much as po
taxpayers with a bill for penalties and sible" with a pending IRS overhaul bi
interest totaling $18.3 billion in 1996, but declined to say what that might
and collected more than $4.4 billion of include.
it. I m tsc uds a
The penalties are so large that even Inmates could swap
the Internal Revenue Service's com- organs for freedom
missioner says it's time to re-examine
a system that punishes not only tax JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Milton
cheats but also people who make hon- Griffin, scheduled to be executed March
est mistakes. 25 for choking, beating and fatally stab-
The chair of the main Senate commit- bing a man in 1986, says he would glad-
tee that oversees the IRS says the penal- ly swap a kidney or some bone marro
ties are "out of control" to save his neck.
Sen. William Roth Jr. (R-Del), "I can never make up for the crime
Finance Committee chair, said prob- that I committed," Griffin said from his
lems with the penalty system add up southeastern Missouri prison cell. But
to a "reason the income tax is losing with an organ donation - in exchange
the confidence of the American peo- for sparing his life - "I can give back to
ple. Make no mistake about that" the community."
If Congress fixes the system to Such a transaction isn't legal. But it
reduce the amount collected, howev- would be allowed under a controver-
er, the government would lose rev- sial proposal in the Missouri Stat
enue. Net interest on penalties and Legislature.
AROUND THE WORLD
Former soldiers face awarded the Soldier's Medal, the highest
U.S. military award for bravery not
ghosts of My Lai involving conflict with the enemy. The
were honored for putting down th
MY LAI, Vietnam - For two scout chopper between U.S. soldiers and
Americans who tried to protect villagers a group of fleeing Vietnamese to prevent
from fellow soldiers 30 years ago, Kosovo brutality stirs
returning to My Lai meant struggling to OSV DrtlySis
explain the inexplicable. It also provided Albanian sympathy
There were the highs from meeting TIRANA, Albania -- Cut off from
two women that Hugh Thompson and the world for years and beset by their
Lawrence Colburn helped save from the own problems, Albanians have paid
soldiers' massacre. And there were the scant attention to the Albanian comm -
lows of being asked why it happened - nity across the troubled border
questions they could not answer. Kosovo - until now.
"It was very humbling," said Graphic TV footage showing their
Thompson, of Lafayette, La. "You think brethren being killed by Serbian police
about all the people who perished. You in the southern Yugoslav province has
bring back images of people and places" increased awareness and sympathy for
And many of those images are ugly: a people who long have considered
Americans killing as many as 504 Albania their motherland.
unarmed civilians, then relaxing in the "I haven't had a great affection for
shade not far from piles of bloody bod- Kosovo, but I feel pain when I see
ies. Albanians, women and children, being
Just a few days ago, former helicopter slaughtered like animals for nothin "
pilot Thompson, gunner Colburn and said Natasha Gjylametaj, a Tiranan sho
crew chief Glenn AndTeottaho, who was owner.
killed during the Vietnam War three
weeks after My Lai - belatedly were - Compiled from Daily wire reports.
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