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i6A The.Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 8, 2001

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BUBBLE
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ranked Penn State to get back into the win column.
"We kept talking about how big each of those games
were and the first (game of the tournament) we play will
be a big game," Guevara said.
The first games have proved troublesome in the recent
past for Michigan. The Wolverines' dancing in the tour-
nament has been a sort of hokey-pokey: Put your left
foot 'in, take your left foot out..
The two times Guevara has taken Michigan to the
tournament in 1998 and 2000, it has gone home after

first-round losses.
"We've done the two-step in the NCAA tournament,"
Guevara said. "One step in, one step out. We want to do
a little bit more than two-step."
But first things first, Michigan still has to wait for the
official invitation. The team is going to gather together
to watch the selection show this Sunday, when its fate
will be decided.
"It's nerve racking," Guevara said. "It's exciting but
it's nerve racking. And then as soon as it's over, you're
hustling and getting on the phone and trying to get
scouting reports, because you don't have that much
time."

CCHA honors four
Michigan icers
Leading up to the CCHA Awards in
Detroit a week from tonight, the CCHA
All-Conference team .was named yes-

terday.
Michigan's junior defenseman Jeff
Jillson is the oldest member of the
young first team. He is joined by
Michigan teammates Andy Hilbert and
Mike Cammalleri - both sophomores.
"I'm not a guy that really worries
about it, but it's nice to put a cap on the
season and give me a little confidence,"
Hilbert said."
Michigan goalie Josh Blackburn was
named as the only Wolverine on the
second team.

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Troy Aikman is left pondering his options after the Cowboys waived him.

Dallas waives injury- "
prone Aikman
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas
Cowboys waived Troy Aikmat yes-
terday, no longer convinced that the
quarterback who led them to three
Super Bowl titles is healthy enough to
be their starter.
"He'll be missed on the field at Texas
Stadium. He'll always be a Dallas "
Cowboy and always be a very impor-
tant part of this organization," owner
Jerry Jones said.
"We always shared a mutual respect
for what was in the best interest of Troy
and the Dallas Cowboys," Jones said.
"In the end, it was in the best interest
for him to have a timely opportunity to
entertain all of his options."
Aikman had no problem with the
decision.
"As far as what's in the best interest
of this club long-term, the right thing
was done," he said.
Odom, Rider fail drug
test, suspended
NEW YORK (AP) - Lamar Odom
of the Los Angeles Clippers and Isaiah
Rider of the Los Angeles Lakers were
suspended for five games each by the
NBA yesterday for violating the
league's anti-drug program.
No further details were given. The
NBA is not allowed to disclose infor-
mation about the testing or treatment of
any player in the program.
Odom, a 6-foot-10 forward, is aver-
aging a team-high 17.1 points and 7.7
rebounds a game in his second season
with the Clippers. He finished third in
Rookie of the Year balloting last sea-
son.
"The NBA's drug policy is complete-
ly supervised by the league. Lamar's
top priority right now has got to be to
fulfill whatever is required of him
under this program, and then go from
there" Clippers vice president of bas-
ketball operations Elgin Baylor said in
a statement.
Patriots clear cap "
room, sign
BOSTON (AP) -- Drew Bledsoe
signed a 10-year, S103 million con-
tract extension that should keep him
in New England until he retires while
giving the Patriots salary cap room.
The 29-year-old quarterback was
scheduled to make S7.6 million this
season, but the contract would have
counted for S9.8 million under the*
salary cap.
Bledsoe was one of the best quar-
terbacks in the NFL early in his
career. In his second season in 1994,
he threw an NFL-record 691 passes.
He completed 400 for 4,555 yards. In
1995, he was the youngest quarter-
back to reach 10,000 yards.
He signed a seven-year, S42 mil-
lion contract in 1995 and led the.
Patriots to the 1997 Super Bowl. Last
season he threw for 3.291 yards with
17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions
as the Patriots stumbled to a 5-11
record.
Sirotka-Wells deal
upheld by Selig
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - The six-
player trade that sent David Wells to
the Chicago White Sox for injured
pitcher Mike Sirotka was upheld
Wednesday by baseball commissioner
Bud Selig, who deniedToronto's bid to
change the deal.
"After careful consideration of all

the information before me, I uphold
the transaction and deny the Toronto
club's claim for relief," Selig said.
"Although there is a dispute about
whether certain facts about Sirotka's@*
condition were disclosed before the
clubs agreed to the trade, the Toronto
club talked directly to Sirotka about
his health on the day of the trade and
believed it had the opportunity to
make the trade conditional," Selig
said. "The Blue Jays never elected to

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