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MEN'S NCAA
BASKETBALL
(13) ST. JOHN'S 71,
Georgetown 69
(14) Kansas 73,
MISSOURI 61.
(24) Texas Christian at
SOUTHERN METH. inc.

NHL
MONTREAL 3,
St. Louis 1
WASHINGTON 4,
N.Y. Islanders 3
Ottawa 4,
NEW JERSEY 2
PHILADELPHIA 6,
Nashville 0

PHOENIX 1,
Buffalo 0
Los Angeles at
SAN JOSE, inc.

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SPORTS

Tracking 'M' River Rats
The Michigan women's and men's swimming and div-0
ing teams host home meets - at Huron High School.
The home of the River Rats will be home to deadly
land mammals, the Wolverines, as they face Purdue on
Friday at 1 and 5 p.m.

Tuesday
January 12, 1999

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Two-way man Magnuson
doubles as radio announcer

Jordan
to retire

By T. Berka
Daily Sports Writer
As you flip through the sports chan-
nels, they pop up all over the place. No
matter what you do or where you go,
they follow you everywhere like a bad
rash.
FOX, ESPN, CBS and NBC all have
ex-athletes as sports
cormnmentators.
Whether they work
in a studio, a booth
or on the sidelines,
these jocks-turned-
journalists are virtu- .
ally unavoidable.
While there are
plenty. of journalis-
tic athletes out in the
world today, most of Magnuson
them are retired
from their sport. Kevin Magnuson, an
active member of the Michigan hockey
team, got to be a color commentator Jan.
2 for the Wolverines' game at Ohio State.
Magnuson, who traveled to Columbus
for the contest against the Buckeyes but
did not dress, was asked by WTKA play-
by-play radio announcer Al Randall if he
could fill in for color commentator Jim
Hunt. Hunt was unable to make the trip
due to the flu and the now-infamous
Blizzard of 1999.
Randall "asked if I could fill in for
Hunt, but I declined at first," Magnuson
said. "But after seeing (Randall) struggle
trying to fill both positions, I figured

'Why not give it a shot?' So I filled in at
the beginning of the second period"
Magnuson served Hunt's function and
quickly settled into the role of color
commentator. Magnuson, a current play-
er, worked his knowledge of the game
and Michigan coach Red Berenson's
system into his commentary.
"I tried to teach the audience what
coach wants us to do when we are on the
ice," Magnuson said.
Magnuson's knowledge of Berenson's
system was well-received by Michigan
hockey fans. At least one member of the
Deker's Club has written letter compli-
menting Magnuson's performance.
Magnuson cites his knowledge of
hockey, both as a player and as the son of
Keith Magnuson - a standout defense-
man for the Chicago Blackhawks for 11
seasons - as the groundwork for his
commentating skills.
Magnuson also tried to use the style of
Pat Foley, the Blackhawks' color man, as
a guide to his performance.
Foley "is unbelievable," Magnuson
said. "When you listen to him you feel as
if you are at the United Center. Maybe
he could be my mentor."
One piece of advice that Foley could
give Magnuson could be to work on his
impartiality. As a member of the
Michigan hockey team, Magnuson is
often emotional during games. Even as
a color man, Magnuson fell victim to his
emotions a few times.
"I said to Al 'I have a tendency to

swear a lot and get real fired up if we
miss a goal' and he said 'Well, press this
mute button,"' Magnuson said.
"So one time I went crazy for a minute
and the mute button got stuck so I talked
for another minute and it was dead
silence on the air."
Besides the occasional four-letter
word, Magnuson got good reviews for
his WTKA performance. While
Magnuson didn't think the transition
from player to radio man was that stress-
ful, he did admit that he wasn't ESPN-
ready yet.
"I don't think this is something that I
could do for a living, Magnuson said. "I
noticed that I repeated the word 'great' a
lot. My vocabulary became quite repeti-
tive after a while."
With that being said, the question of
whether Magnuson will quit the hockey
team and start writing for The Michigan
Daily is bound to come up. While
Magnuson enjoyed his stint as a radio
color man, he doesn't think he will shoot
for a career in journalism.
"I have an internship at Merrill Lynch
this summer, so I'm obviously not going
to turn that down," Magnuson said.
Although Magnuson's first experience
in color commentary looks to be his last
journalistic hurrah, he did take some fun
out of his impromptu experience as a
color man.
"I got to do plugs for Steve & Barry's
and places like that, which I thought was
pretty cool," Magnuson said.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Michael Jordan,
regarded as the greatest player and
greatest draw in NBA history, will
announce his retirement from the
Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, The
Associated Press has learned.
Jordan's retirement also was reported
by The New York Times, USA Today,
and The Denver Post.
Jordan, whose final shot last seaso*
brought the Bulls their sixth champi-
onship of the decade, will retire for the
second time in five years, a source who
asked not to be identified told the AP
There had been considerable specula-
tion as to Jordan's future since NBA
players and owners reached a settlement
last Wednesday to end the six-month
lockout. But the six-time playoff MVP-
has decided to retire at age 35.
Jordan, a five-time NBA MVP, led
the league in scoring 10 times and aver*
aged 31.5 points per game.
"Until he announces whether he is
retiring or returning, anything else is
speculation," Jordan's agent, David Falk,
told the AP last night.
With NBA players starting to get
ready for the season to begin Feb. 5,
Jordan was expected to announce his
plans before training camps open,
Monday.
Bulls spokesman Tim Hallan
declined comment on Jordan's plans.

DAVID ROCHKIND/Daily
While Michigan defenseman Bubba Berenzweig was on the ice against Ohio State
on Jan. 2, his teammate Kevin Magnuson was in the radio booth, acting as color
commentator for the game.

Blue gymnasts look to raise the bar

By DAid Den Herder
Daily Sports Writer
Last spring, when the Michigan men's gymnas-
tics team qualified for the Regional NCAA tourna-
ment, there was a sense.
A sehse of accomplishment? Well, yes. After all,
qualifying was a preseason goal, and the
Wolverines did it. For the first time in four years,
they did it.
But there was another sense last spring - even
after the team had returned from Amherst, Mass.,
finished for the season.
Therae was the sense of anticipation.
Anticipation for things to come. Anticipation for
the future of the program.
Anticipation for winter - when four top recruits
would join Michigan's emerging talent to make a
run at the Big Ten - and, perhaps - the NCAA
Championships.
And, as is cruelly apparent, winter is here. With
it comes the start of Michigan's season. But as
coach Kurt Golder says, success cannot come from
anticipation alone.
"I think we have a real good chance in the Big
Ten," Golder said of the upcoming season. "But
we'll have to stay healthy, and we'll have to be con-
sistent."
Frosh blood

For the consistency, Michigan can turn to sever-
al new faces that will complement the lineup.
Freshman Daniel Diaz-Luong comes to Ann Arbor
with the distinction of "top high-school recruit in
the nation," Golder said.
Diaz-Luong is primarily considered a threat on
the pommel horse, but coaches feel he will devel-
op into one of the team's top all-around competi-
tors.
Traditionally a Michigan weakness, the pommel
horse could be the Wolverines' strongest event this
year. Freshman Josh Levin placed second in the
event at this summer's Junior National
Championships.
More help in the all-around could come from
freshman Scott Vetere, who won it at the team's
intrasquad meet this fall, as well as freshman Brad
Kenna.
Kenna placed third at the U.S. Nationals this
summer - a meet open to all competitors, includ-
ing Olympians - and Golder sees his skills on
vault and still rings to be equally impressive.
Sophomore Justin Toman, who was the top col-
legiate finisher on this summer's national team,
brings back talent on the parallel bars, and fellow
sophomore Kevin Roulston returns to strengthen
the team's all-around performance.

As for the other half of Golder's equation -
health - it's a challenge that has already begun.
Kenna is sidelined with a broken hand, which
will keep him out of this weekend's Windy City
Invitational in Chicago and could put him in a cast
for up to four weeks.
Toman and Roulston, both of whom received Big
Ten honors last season, are fighting sore shoulders
as this season approaches.
Despite being plagued with a sore back, Golder
said, he is impressed with the progress of junior
captain LaLo Haro, Michigan's top individual fin-
isher at last year's NCAA Championships.
"LaLo had a great summer," Golder said. "He
has a positive attitude and has really looked good."
The Wolverines will begin the season ranked No.
9 in the coaches' poll, behind three Big Ten teams.
And although Golder hopes for a strong showing in
the Big Ten, he emphasized that it is not the team's
ultimate goal this year.
"I would settle for a sixth-place finish in the Big
Ten - provided we're in the NCAA finals. As a
team."
If the Wolverines can accomplish that, it would
be the first time since 1975.
For now, maize-and-blue faithful can only sit -
and anticipate.

WARREN ZINN/Daily
The Michigan men's gymnastics team will add five freshman to last season's
returning talent, which is largely intact. The gymnasts swing into action weekend. O
'02 Salt Lake games
may be in jeopr

As the season nears, the Michigan men's gymnastics team welcomes a new
freshman class - and perhaps a new era for the program. The gymnasts
tumble into competition this weekend in Chicago.

Athlete
Daniel Diaz-Luong
,Brad Kenna
-Josh Levin
Louie Levine
Scott Vetere

Hometown (high school)
Harrisburg, Penn. (Bishop McDevitt)
Barberton, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit)
Glen Ellyn, ll. (Glenbard West)"
Maplewood, N.J. (Columbia),
Quakertown, Penn. (Quakertown),

Exciting Winter
Olympics events,
such as the luge,
thrilled people in
Nagano, apan
last year. But the
recent bribery
scandal surround-
ing the 2002
games In Salt
Lake City have
caused specula-
tion'on whether
the games will be
moved from
the city.
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LONDON (AP) - The IOC official
who blew the whistle on Olympic cor-
ruption said yesterday the 2002 Winter
Games could be in jeopardy because of
the Salt Lake City bribery scandal.
Marc Hodler, the IOC's senior mem-
ber, said it was possible the games could
be moved elsewhere or canceled if Salt
Lake can't raise enough money because
of eroding public and corporate support.
Hodler also said two Salt Lake offi-
cials who resigned last week apparently
tried to cover up cash payments made to
IOC members during the bid, although
he again described the Utah city as a vic-
tim of a corrupt system.
The 80-year-old Swiss, a member of
the International Olympic Committee
executive board and head of the IOC's
oversight panel for the 2002 Games,
spoke a month after alleging that Salt
Lake's efforts to secure the 2002 Games
amounted to bribery and cited wide-
spread corruption in other campaigns for
host cities, touching off the biggest scan-
dal in Olympic history.
Another IOC official, vice president
Anita DeFrantz of the United States,
said she expected as many as 12 com-
mittee members to be ousted in the
investigation.

Salt Lake City because there was no
enough time to find another site.
Hodler raised doubts about the ability
of Salt Lake organizers to raise the'
remaining $350 million needed to meet'
their $1.45 billion budget if the scandal
makes sponsors jittery.
IOC leaders have said Salt Lake City
won't be stripped of the games, and
Hodler acknowledged it would be diffi-
cult to move to another venue only three
years out.
But he said, "Theoretically, yes" its
possible. V
Hodler noted there was a precedent.
Denver relinquished the 1976 Winter'
Olympics after Coloradoresidents voted
in 1972 against financing the event. The
games were moved to Innsbruck,
Austria.
Hodler said Lillehammer, Norway,-
site of the 1994 Winter Games, would be
an alternative this time, along with 1998
host city Nagano, Japan.
Calgary, which staged the 1980
Winter Games, has offered to step in if
Salt Lake could not serve as host, "butt
they don't have a downhill course any
more;' Hodler said.
But Hodler said the worst scenario
would be the cancellation of the 2002'

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