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The Michigan Daily - Friday, April 7, 2000 -13

El-Amin may make
the jump to NBA
STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Kalid
El-Amin may have played his last
game in a Connecticut uniform.
The Hartford Courant reported
yesterday that the junior guard will
announce in the next few days he
will forgo his senior season and
declare himself eligible for the NBA
draft.
E8-Amin, who is from
M i n n e a po is,
ivcnt home over
the weekend to
discuss with his
family whether
to go pro or stay
at Connecticut,
according to the
newspaper.
Coach Jim
Calhoun would E-Amin
neither confirm
nor deny that El-Amin had made a
decision.
Underclassmen have until May 14
to declare for the June 28 draft.
The 5-10, 200-pound E-Amin, a
faint-team Big East selection and
Associated Press honorable mention
All-American, is being projected as
a late first-round or early second-
round choice in the draft by seven
NBA general managers and two pro
scoats interviewed by The Courant
last month.
Boy earns $1M for
Marlins' accident
FORT LAUDERDALE (AP) - A
boy who was struck in the head with a
baseball before a Florida Marlins game
in 1997 has been awarded more than S1I
milLon by a jury.
Andrew Klein was awarded 1.05
millon from the team and stadium by
the state court jury. He has permanent
brain damage since being struck by a
ball during batting practice as he took
part in a pregame program at Pro Player
Stadium.
Andrew, then 8, had been selected to
take part in the Marlins' "Bullpen
Buddies" program, where he and about
100 other children were brought down
near the field to ask questions of team
officials and receive player autographs.
But the St. Louis Cardinals were tak-
ing batting practice while the program
9 was taking place and a line drive hit by
Ray Lankford came into the stands and
struck Andrew in the left temple.
"I saw the ball coming and I jumped
and screamed because it was headed for
the children,"' said Mark Klein,
Andrew's father. "It's tough to describe.
It was like watching your child get shot."
Andrew suffered a frontal lobe injury
to his brain. It will affect him the rest of
his life.
Senator Levin wins
bets over Florida
official, wins oranges
WASHINGTON (AP) - With
Michigan State University's 89-76 win
over Florida in the national basketball
championship, won a bet with Sen. Bob
Graham (D-Fla.). If the Spartans had
lost, Levin would have owed Graham
Michigan apples.
Levin wore a national champi-
onship hat as he collected his win-
nings. He congratulated the Florida
team on its achievements in making it

to the championship, but said he never
doubted that he and the Spartans
would win.
U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Flint), also
will benefit from Michigan State's Final
Four performance. He bet Rep. Ron
Kind (D-Wisconsin), that the Spartans
would win in the semifinals played
Saturday.
Kildee offered a meal of Flint coneys,
Vernors ginger ale and Michigan cherry
pie. But since Michigan State knocked
off Wisconsin 53-41, Kildee will get
Wisconsin cheese and bratwurst.
The payoff reception is planned for
sometime next week.
Under the terms of the bet, Kildee will
have to wear a Spartan jersey while they
eat.
2001 Final Four
tickets available
INDIANAPOLIS --Ticket applica-
tions for the 2001 NCAA Men's and
Women's Final Fours will be available
through April 28.
The Men's Final Four is March 31
and April 2 at the Hubert H.
Humphrey Metrodome in
Minneapolis. Tickets are $142 and
$122 and will admit the bearer to all

Men's golf swings to put
to gether a string of wins

By Jeb Singer
Daily Sports Writer

On their home course in Ann Arbor,
Michigan golfers can never predict
where snow or sunshine will emerge at
any given hour. However, down in
Huntington, W Va. the weather is
warm, and the players must continue to
be on fire.
"Every tournament from here on out
is extremely important," Michigan
assistant coach Ed Klum said.
The next four tournaments can
extend the season. Poor play will ensure
that the group will not be going to the
regional championships in Victoria,
Texas or the NCAAs in Opelka, Ala.
The top six teams in District IV will
qualify for these 24-team regional tour-
naments. This is an enormous goal
because 18 teams from districts will go
on to NCAAs in the last frontier. As of
now, Michigan is like the last kid cut
from the middle school basketball team
- stuck in seventh place. But if the
boys in maize and blue ride the success
of their third-place finish in the
Pottsboro, Tex. Dr. Pepper
Intercollegiate, they might have a
chance to see some polar bears.
"We beat all the teams in our district
(at Pottsboro)," Klum said. "We have to
beat the teams that are directly ahead of
us. That's it only six teams will make
it",
The Wolverines believe that they
have what it takes and senior co-captain
Michael Harris continues to provide the
spark.
"Mike has played especially well all

year long," Klum said. "He is playing
well enough to carry us on his back"
While Klum was not suggesting that
Harris has the back muscles to be a
caddy, he did acknowledge the fact that
Harris could continue playing after this
year.
"There is no doubt in my mind that
he has a chance to play pro golf," Klum
said of Harris. "I don't think though
that saying this is anything new. He
obviously has the physical tools, but he
also has the mental ones"
Harris is not alone at the top though
- the team as a whole has the goals
believing in their success.
"We feel that we have the ingredi-

ents. It all starts with Mike and Andy
(Matthews);' Klum said.
Harris is used to this sort of responsi-
bility and respect, he was the Big Ten
champion last year, but this year it's
time to lead the team back to the
NCAAs for the first time since his
freshman year in 1997.
"The hardest part is qualifying for
the regional," Klum said. "Most of the
teams we see in the upcoming tourna-
ments are District IV teams."
And so could they, through the dog
days of the season. Michigan's eyes are
on the prize. Poor performances this
weekend and in others could seal
Michigan's fate.

Follow the leader
If they step up, the team rises up. When at least three players on the
Michigan golf team come up big, the reamh-as always placed in the
top four. Here is a look at top 25 finishers and the teams overall
place;
Tournament Top 25 finishes Team finish
Nelson Invitational 0 19
Stan Sheriff Invitational 4 4
Mauna Ken Resort Invitational 3 4
Wolverine South Invitational 3 3
Silver Springs Shores Invitational 1 9
Dr. Pepper Collegiate Invitational 3 3
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