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10- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 6, 1999

N.H. senator must sing Maine song in D.C..

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A
cross-country trip was well worth-
while for the Maine Black Bears.
The pep band played and about
100 fans cheered and tossed confetti
Sunday night as the Maine hockey
team returned from winning its sec-
ond NCAA Championship this
decade.
Gov. Angus King embraced Coach
Shawn Walsh as the weary team dis-
embarked from a plane at the
Portland International Jetport after
traveling back from Anaheim, Calif.
"It was an unbelievable weekend,"
said goalie Alfie Michaud, who
turned away 46 shots during the
Black Bears' 3-2 overtime victory
over New Hampshire in the champi-
onship game.
The game carried ramifications
beyond the realm of sports and into
the arena of politics.
Sen. Judd Gregg of New
Hampshire was on the losing side of
a bet with Maine Sen. Susan Collins.
Because the Wildcats lost, he must
sing the Maine fight song for the

Maine State Society in Washington.
Fans were still basking after the
win over the archrival Wildcats on
Saturday night, secured on Marcus
Gustafsson's rebound goal.
"You couldn't ask for a better
game. You couldn't write a better
story. It was the perfect ending," said
Terry Tucker, who traveled from
Dayton, Ohio to greet the team.
Mathy Matturro, a Maine student,
said she was in tears when the Black
Bears won.
"When the puck went through the
goal, I was bawling.
"Can you say, 'hyperventilating?'"
said Matturro, who is a volunteer
statistician for the team.
The Black Bears' triumphant
return followed postgame celebra-
tions that were marred by rowdiness
on the Maine campus.
Students knocked down the goal-
posts at the football field and lit a
bonfire on the mall in the center of
campus.
They tossed in several park bench-
es, door frames and screens. About

100 students were involved - a far
cry from the chaos in East Lansing
after the Spartans lost to Duke in the
NCAA men's basketball Final Four.
"It's unclear to me how, but some-
how a snowmobile got put into (the
fire), too," said Maine spokesman
Joe Carr.
There were no arrests on campus.
Carr said that most of the 9,500 stu-
dents celebrated in an orderly fash-
ion.
Students and fans were glued to
their television sets across the state
Saturday evening as Maine and New
Hampshire went into overtime.
"I was hoping it would be a
blowout, and we wouldn't have to put
up with the tension," senior Ryan
Eslinger said Saturday night. "You
could just feel the tension in the
room."
The last time Maine won the
NCAA Championship was in 1993.
The Bears lost to Boston
University in the final in 1995 and
were then barred from tournament
play for two years for NCAA viola-

tions that resulted in Walsh being
suspended.
The Bears were sixth in Hockey
East last season before returning to
championship form.
"This one shows we're back," said
Chris White, director of the 24-mem-
ber pep band.
New Hampshire coach Dick Umile*
had no complaint with his players'
effort.
"It was a great college hockey
game," he said. "These were two
teams that deserved to be here.
Unfortunately, they just got one
more goal than we did."
Maine goalie Alfie Michaud, hon-
ored as the outstanding player of the
Final Four, stopped 46 shots, and
New Hampshire's Ty Conklin
stopped 36, with each goalie coming
up with spectacular saves.
"There was great goaltending on
both sides," Umile said.
Added Walsh: "Both of them are
terrific goalies. I told Ty after the
game that he'd be back in a game like
this."

Thanks to Steve Karlya and the rest of the Maine hockey team, Sen. Judd Gregg of
New Hampshire will be singing the Maine fight song in Washington, D.C.

Boys of summer are back;
Tigers win opener, 11-5

Former Northwestern
QB put on probation

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Brian Moehler
and the Detroit Tigers looked like defending divi-
sion champions, not the de facto Texas Rangers.
Juan Encarnacion homered on the game's first
pitch and Moehler took a no-hit bid into the seventh
inning yesterday as the Tigers beat Texas 11-5.
Moehler, trying to join Bob Feller as the only
pitchers to throw no-hitters on opening day, had his
try broken up when Juan Gonzalez singled with
one out in the seventh.
By then, the Tigers already led the AL West
champions 11-0. Bobby Higginson and Damion
Easley both hit three-run homers in the third
inning.
Moehler (1-0) shut out Texas until Gonzalez
lined a single to center and Rangers newcomer
Rafael Palmeiro followed with an RBI double.
It was a miserable day all around for the Rangers
and their ace, Rick Helling (0-1). Their offense
stalled until the last few innings, after bad pitching
and bad defense put them in a big hole.
Every Detroit hitter had a hit and an RBI by the
sixth inning. Moehler, who didn't win on the road
until June 30 last year, appeared to have no-hit stuff
as he retired the side in order in the first, third,
fourth and fifth innings.
His only other jam was the second, when he
walked Gonzalez and Palmeiro to open the inning
but got out of it by getting Ivan Rodriguez to

ground into a double play and Lee Stevens to pop
out. Moehler, bidding for the earliest-ever no-hitter
on the calendar and just the second on opening day,
gave up just two hits and one run in seven innings.
He walked two and struck out six.
Helling, trying to prove his 20-7 record last year
was no fluke, allowed four of the first five Tigers to
reach base - and it got worse from there. He was
shelled for seven runs, five earned in just three
innings.
Mike Morgan, competing with Esteban Loiaza
for the fifth starter's job, made pro sports history
when he took the mound in relief for Texas. The
Rangers are his 11th team, breaking the major
league record held by Bob L, Miller, Tommy Davis
and Ken Brett. The NFL and NHL records are 10
and the NBA mark is nine.
Masao Kida relieved Moehler to open the eighth
and he, too, made a bit of history. Kida, who played
10 years in Japan, is the eighth Japanese player to
play in the majors and the first born in Tokyo. His
debut was unimpressive, though, as he allowed an
RBI groundout by Rusty Greer and a two-run sin-
gle by Gonzalez.
The Tigers are on the road until April 12, when
they will return home for the final opening day in
historic Tiger Stadium. The team is scheduled to
move into a newly-constructed ballpark in Detroit
next spring.

CHICAGO (AP) - Former
Northwestern quarterback Brian
Ballarini was placed on probation for
three years yesterday for his role as a
bookie in a sports gambling scandal
that swept the campus.
"It hurts me, but it's dragging my
parents' good name through the mud,"
he told the court, stopping twice to
compose himself.
He pleaded guilty in August to trans-
mitting gambling information over the
telephone in the mid-1990s.
Prosecutors said that once he was
caught, Ballarini cooperated with their
gambling investigation.
They nevertheless recommended one
month behind bars plus probation for
the 25-year-old former player, saying
examples were needed to deter others.
Defense attorney Dan Webb told U.S.
District Judge Ann Williams that other
students had played more serious roles
in the scandal, which reached into the
school's football and basketball pro-
grams. He said Ballarini had never
gambled in his life until he got to
Northwestern. Webb blamed the school
for letting a serious campus gambling

problem fester unchecked.
Webb also noted that Ballarini wore a
wire to help prosecutors crack down on
Northwestern gambling and had twice
appeared before a grand jury.
"He made a serious mistake in judg
ment, but he deserves one more chance
in life," Webb said, in urging Williams
not to jail Ballarini.
Webb said Ballarini is "financially
very astute and would like to get
involved in the securities industry or
something like that."
But he said his client is broke- and
having trouble getting a job. He said
Ballarini still owes $15,000 from his,
gambling days.
Williams ordered Ballarini to submit
to three months of electronic monitor-
ing and get mental health counseling as
part of his probation term.
She also ordered him to continue
with his NCAA program to discourage
campus gambling and perform 200
hours of community service.
Ballarini has lectured on campuses
about the dangers of gambling and had
made a videotape for the NCAA anti-
gambling program.

AP PHOTO
Detroit pitcher Brian Moehier came eight outs away from the
second-ever opening day no-hitter.

While Patti Koperski had been accepted
to almost every law school she applied to, she
ultimately decided to attend the law school
that offered her an Honors Scholarship
for 50 percent of her tuition.

FALCONS
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header.
Scales has also reached base safely in every game this
season, posting a .450 on-base percentage.
"He's always a threat to get on base," Hyde said.
The Wolverines are a third of the way through perhaps
their most important three-week stretch this season with
top conference opponents three weekends in a row.
"We have three big series right in a row with (Illinois),
Ohio State and then Minnesota," Michigan coach Geoff
Zahn said. "It's there for us. We just have to beat those
teams."
With the Ohio State series looming, Michigan knows
that it can't look past Bowling Green, the winner of six
of its last seven games.
The Falcons are led by Bob Niemet, who leads the
team in 10 hitting categories, including batting average
(.390), extra-base hits (12), on-base percentage (.478),
and RBI (22).
"They are a pretty good club. They were down at
Homestead when we were down there," Zahn said. "They
are always a good, solid ball club, and that will be a good
ball game."
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The Michigan baseball team hopes to bring its hot bats into
its game with Bowling Green this afternoon.
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noticing errors, Hutchins brought the
team back to fundamentals at practice.
Each player worked on the problems she
had with her specific swing, preparing
for any type of team the Wolverines may
face.
"I don't want the kids to get too high
on the winning," Hutchins said. "Hitting
can come and it can go."
Now that the Big Ten season has starti
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ahead of them. The Big Ten is composed
of many dominant pitching staffs, and if
the Wolverines get too confident, one of
those pitchers could come along and
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