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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - Monday, September 18, 2000 _

CLUBSWEEKLY
Edite byd h-v Jf Philps
Table tennis star prepares
Wor champ1onshp run

While most Wolverines were tak-
ing final exams last year, Ashoo Jain
and Robert Billington of Michigan's
club table tennis team were busy rep-
resenting at the Associate College
Unions International Tournament in
Houston, Texas.
By upsetting defending champion
Brian Pace, Jain proved to be the
best single collegiate player in the
country. Jain is currently ranked
fifth in the country for players under
age 22, but his aspirations are set
higher.
"I was ranked number one in both
the under-16 and under-18 leagues,"
Jain said. "So my sights are set on
being the top-ranked player in the
'under-22 division."
Billington also fared well in a
lower level of competition, making it
to the semifinal match in Division D.

Being the best isn't just limited to
individual players on the club. As a
team, Michigan won the national
championship in 1997, the last time
a collegiate tournament was held.
Though the club has members
with some incredible talents, it is
open to anyone interested in table
tennis.
The team plays at The Coliseum
(across from Elbel Field on the cor-
ner of Hill and Division) every
Monday through Thursday from 7-9
p.m.
Monday nights are for competitors
of beginning to intermediate levels,
Tuesdays have an instructional
emphasis, Wednesdays call for the
high-level players, and Thursdays are
a free-for-all open to anyone who
wants to play.
- Dave Roth

Knight might return
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Bob Knight
thinks he could return to coaching -
in college or the pros -- as soon as next
miionthl.
"It isn't for sure I'm not going to be
coaching by Oct. 15," Knight said,
referring to the start of college prac-
tice. "I've got some things I can do.
I've got to see what commitment I can
make."
Knight, fired as Indiana's basketball
coach, spoke Saturday in St. Louis,
where he was attending the Cardinals'
game against the Chicago Cubs. He is
close friends with St. Louis manager
Tony La Russa and trainer Barry
Weinberg.
Ever the coach, Knight helped out
injured Cardinals pitcher Andy Benes
in a simulated game, stepping to the
plate for an at-bat. Knight struck out.
"I was hoping he'd be a little more
upbeat," La Russa said. "That's a lot of
trauma. Twenty-nine years."
Knight said he has offers from col-

lege and professional teams, including
the Indiana Pacers. Isiahi Thomas, a
former Indiana star, is replacing Larry
Bird as the Pacers' coach this season.
Ex-Laker Rice to
sign with Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago
Bulls couldn't land Eddie Jones,
Grant [ill, Tracy McGrady, Tim
Duncan or Tim Thomas in this sum-
mer's free agent sweepstakes, but they
are nearing a deal with Glen Rice.
A source close to the Bulls, speak-
ing on condition of anonymity, said
Saturday that Rice, who played on the
Lakers' NBA championship team last
season, was close to signing. Reports
say it would be a one-year deal worth
about 57.5 million.
The 33-year-old forward averaged
15.9 points last season but was unhap-
py with his playing time and his
diminished role in the postseason. A
three time All-Star, Rice has a career
average of 20.2 points.

Who: Courtney Reno
Sport: Golf
Year: Junior
Hometown: Grosse lie

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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Why: Reno shot 78-75-78 to win the Wolverine Invitational at
Michigans home course. The 54-hole performance was good enough
for a three-stroke victory over Baylor's Hanna Svenningson.
Reno's medalist performance helped the Wolverines' "Blue' team to a seconi-place finish,
nine strokes behind champion Baylor.

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M' schedule
Today
Men's golf at Inverness Intercollegiate, all day
Tomorrow
Field hockey vs. Miami (Ohio), 3 p.m.
Men's golf at Inverness Intercollegiate, all day
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Volleyball at Michigan State, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 22
Women's soccer vs. Wisconsin, 4 p.m.
Field hockey at Indiana, 5 p.m.
Men's tennis at Notre Dame Invitational, all day

M' assembling solid
class despite setbacks

Men's rugby squad pounds
Ferris State at Palmer Field

Saturday, Sept. 23
Men's golf hosts Wolverine Invitational, all day
Women s cross country at William and Mary Invitational, 10 a.m.
Men's cross country at Huskie Invitational, 11 a.m.
Men's soccer at Penn State, 3 p.m.
Football at Illinois, 6:30 p.m.
Women's golf at Mary Fossum Invitational, East Lansing, all da
Men's tennis at Notre Dame Invitational. all day

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By David Mosse
Daily Sports Writer

With a home crowd of nearly 200
fans, the Michigan men's college
rugby club A-side defeated Ferris
State 23-10. The A-side battered
Ferris State, dominating nearly every
aspect of the game.
'"We were able to get the ball
whenever we wanted," club member
Mike Cavnar said.
The A-side was faster to the ball
than the Bulldogs, beating them on
their own lineouts, and pushing them
back on scrums.
Lincouts and scrums are the ways
the possession is decided in rugby,
-much like throw-ins in soccer and
face-offs in hockey.
"They had an inexperienced
thrower (on line-outs) and we took
advantage," Cavnar said.
The club was perhaps motivated
by the home crowd. After falling to
Michigan State last week, they
returned home to a welcome gather-
ing, as well as the elder men's rugby

club - who serve as mentors the
college club.
"They have a big role in teaching
the younger players," Cavnar said.
The college club is reserved for
Michigan undergraduates and play-
ers aged younger than 25. The men's
club is open to older players who can
take the beating - including players
as old as 45.
"It was nice for the men's club to
stick around and cheer us on,"
Cavnar said.
The men's club has many former
college club members, which helps
the college learn the game well.
The B-side also won for the club,
showing promise for the seasons to
come.
The next home match for the club
will be Sept. 30 against Bowling
Green State on Palmer Field. For more
information contact Aaron Bennett at
aCbCenttC(wllch.edl. -
- Jeff Phillips

Drew Henson has vet to start a
game in a Michigan uniform, and the
pressure is already growing to find
his successor. A pressure made even
greater by the possibility of lenson
bolting after this season to pursue
baseball full-time.
While Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
continues to reel in top-notch
recruits, the Wolverines have yet to
sign a bonafide signal caller for the
future. But it hasn't been for a lack of
trying,.
In 1999 Carr strongly pursued Leff
Smoker from Manheim, Penn.,
regarded as the second-best quarter-
back in the country by recruiting spe-
cialist Rivals.com. Smoker chose
Michigan State over Michigan and
this past Saturday made his first
career start, leading the Spartans to a
13-10 victory at Missouri.
This summer the Wolverines went
after a pair of blue-chippers: Casey
Paus, the younger brother of injured
UCLA quarterback Cory Paus, and
Matt Leinart.
Michigan appeared to have the
inside track on Paus. from New
Lenox, Ill. But a visit to Washington
turned the tide and soon after Paus
committed to the Huskies.
Lienart, from Santa Ana, Calif.,
was pursued by virtually every top
school in the country and eventually
whittled down his choices to
Michigan and Southern Cal. After

CLUB SPORTS
The Michigan Daily accepts club sports scores
until 4 p.m. Sunday, for print in Club Sports
Weekly.
Email results to dailyclubsports@umich.edu, or
call the sports desk at 647 -3336.

several weeks of waffling back and
forth between the two schools, the
pressure to stay home was too strong
and Leinhart opted for the Trojans.
The latest setback came this past
week when Owen Daniels, a talented
prospect from Naperville. Ill., com-
mitted to Wisconsin, though
Michigan had yet offer him a scholar-
ship.
So what's left for the Wolverines'?
Michigan did receive an intriguing
verbal committment from a quarter-
back this summer - left-hander
Spencer Briton, currently on a two-
year Mormon mission.
Briton was a highly touted prospect
in 1997, ranked No. 10 in the country
by PrepStars and the No. 4 pro-style
quarterback by The National
Recruiting Advisors.
lie shocked observers by choosing
San Diego State over such schools as
Ohio State, and actually started five
games for the Aztecs his freshman
season before being released from his
scholarship to pursue his Mormon
mission. He returns next May and has
three years of college eligibility
remaining.
Michigan is still involved with
superstar quarterback Joe Mauer
from St. Paul, Minn, rated the third-
best quarterback in the country by
Rivals. But Mauer, a standout base-
ball player, is looking to play both
sports in college, so he will have to
be sold on Michigan's baseball pro-
gram if he is to commit to the
Wolverines.
In spite of the quarterback woes,
Michigan is enjoying a stellar recruit-
ing season. The latest blue-chipper to
Oive Lloyd Carr'a commitment was
Pennsylvania's Tim Massaquoi, rated
the No. 2 tight end in the country by
Rivals.
Massaquoi is also ranked in the top
100 list by CNNSI.com and
FoxSports.com.
But where Michigan has held itself
the most is on the defensive side of
the ball.
Two of the top 10 defensive backs
in the country. safety Ernest Shazor
and corner Marlin Jackson, are head-
ed to Michigan, as are linebacker
Scott Mcklintock and defensive end
Dave Spytek, who should help
Michigan rebuild its front seven.

Sunday. Sept. 24
Men's golf hosts Wolverine Invitational, all day
Field hockey vs. Ohio State, noon
Women's soccer vs. Minnesota, 1:30 p.m.
Volleyball at Ohio State, 2 p.m.
Women's golf at Mary Fossum Invitational, East
Men's tennis at Notre Dame Invitational, all day

Yesterday's scores

AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East
W L T Pct PF
N.Y. Jets 3 0 0 1.000 67
Buffalo 2 1 0 .667 57
Indianapolis 1 1 0 .500 58
Miami 1. 1 0 .500 30
New England 0 2 0 .000 35
Central -
W LT Pct PF
Baltimore 2 0 0 1.000 55
Jacksonville 2 1 0 .667 76
Cleveland 2 1 0 .667 54
Tennessee 1 1 0 .500 30
Cincinnati 0 2 0 .000 20
Pittsburgh 0 2 0 .000 7
West
W L T Pct PF
Denver. 2 1 0 .667 111
Oakland 2 1 0 .667 71
Seattle 1 2 0 .333 54
Kansas City 1 2 0 .333 70
San Diego 0 3 0 .000 43

Pittsburgh 20
PA Cleveland 23
49
58 Philadelphia 3
52 Green Bay 6
13
41 Buftfalo 14
NY Jets 27
PA
36 Cincinnati 0
46 Jacksonville I3
54
30 Denver 33
39
37 Oakland 24
Minnesota 21
PA New Endland
79
70 Tampa Bay 31
74 Detroit 10
79

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NATIONAL CONFERENCE
East
W L T
N.Y. Giants 3 0 0
Arizona 1 1 0
Washington 1 1 0
Philadelphia 1 2 0
Dallas 0 2 0

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The University of Michigan
Department of Recreational Sports
INTRAMURAL SPORTS PROGRAM

WHAT'S
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Tampa Bay
Minnesota
Detroit
Green Bay
Chicago
West
St. Louis
Atlanta
Carolina
New Orleans
San Francisco

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41
52
32
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73

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93
43
39
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119
65
65
48
74

PA
26
34
51
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Sarn Franciico 24
St. Louis 41
Atlanta 15
Carolina 10
San Die<"o 10
Kansas City 42
NY Giants 14
Nlew Orleans 10
Seattle 20
Baltimore
Miami, inc.

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ROLLER HOCKEY
ENTRIES DUE:
Thurs 9/21, 4:30 PM, IMSB
ENTRY FEE:
$50 per team
MANAGER'S MEETING:
MANDATORY
Thurs 9121, 7:00 PM, IMSB
TOURNAMENT DATES:
Saturday 9/23 & Sunday 9/24
Elbel Pad

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ULTIMATE FRISBEE
ENTRIES DUE
Weds 9/20, 4:30 PM, IMSB
ENTRY FEE:
$35 per team
MANAGER'S MEETING:
MANDATORY
Thurs 9/21, 6:00 PM, IMSB
TOURNAMENT DATES:
Fri, Sat & Sun 9/22, 23 & 24
Mitchell Fields

PA
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80
57
61
115

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Consider Living This Fall in
THE STUDENT
HOUSING CO-OPS
Approx. $400/month
Includes utilities, laundry, parking, social
activities and all the food you can eat.
662-4414
Student Owned - Democratically Run

Getting wild
The leaders for the American.
League and National League .
wild-card spots:
e nd 79 66 -
Oakland 79 67 .5
Boston 78 70 2.5
Toronto 78 71 3
NY ets 85 64 -
Arizona 79 68 5

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TEAM TENNIS
ENTRIES DUE
Weds 9/20, 4:30 PM, IMSB
ENTRY FEE:
$25 per team
MANAGER'S MEETING:
MANDATORY
Thurs 9/21, 6:30 PM, IMSB
TOURNAMENT DATES:
Fr, Sat & Sun 9/22, 23 & 24
UM Varsity Tennis Center
Located on South State Street

TRACK & FIELD
MEET
ENTRIES DUE:
Tues 10/3, 4:30 PM, IMSB
ENTRY FEE:
$25 per team
$5 per individual
MANAGER'S MEETING:
MANDATORY
Tues 10/3, 6:00 PM, IMSB
MEET DATE:
Thurs 10/5, UM Varsity Track

"/
TO THE EIGHTEEN '31 E SCHOLARS WHO WILL BE
WEARING THIS PIN ON THE CAMPUS THIS FALL ,;Ar <

SEAN AUGENSTEIN
PHILIP CHERDRON
BRIAN HO-YIN CHEUNG
MEAGAN E. FLYNN
JARED MARUSKIN
CARRIE PETERSON
BRIAN WALBY
DEREK STEELE
JEANNE WHALEN

Eric T. Carlson
Kacy Beitel
Daniel C. Berkenstock
Patrick J. Goleski
Jeffrey E. Harrington
Christopher Kierkintveld
Crystal J. Kornak
Nathan J. Payne
Katherine Po lasek

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