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The Michigan Daily -Thursday, September 20, 2001- 13A
Odd schedule frustrates Lions \ v . ,,

DEfDTROIT (AP) - The Detroit
Lions understand why they are in the
middle of the strangest schedule they
have ever seen.
That doesn't stop them from shak-
ing their head about it.
"I've never seen anything like
this," said safety Ron Rice. "We
played Green Bay, and then we had a
week off, and now we are playing
Cleveland, and then we get another
week off, and then we play a Monday
night game.
"You want to get a flow going
early in the season, and we aren't
going-to be able to do that."
By having a bye in week four, the
Lions were already looking at an
early interruption, and the postpone-
ment of last weekend's schedule
made things worse.
"This is driving me crazy," said
wide receiver Johnnie Morton. "It's
like we are still in training camp. I
just want to start playing some games
again. Let's play Sunday - Wednes-
day -Sunday and get things going."
Things got even stranger yesterday
when the Lions announced they were
going to take a bus to Cleveland

instead of a plane.
"It isn't a security issue, it's strictly
a matter of practicality," said Lions
coach Marty Mornhinweg. "It's
already an hour drive for us to get
from the Silverdome to theairport,
and then we have no idea what we
will have to do to get in and out of the
airports.
"Since it is only 3 1/2 hours to
Cleveland by bus, we decided that
was the most prudent way to go. I
don't think I've taken a bus to a game
since I was coaching at Southeast
Missouri State."
Mornhinweg admitted that as a typ-
ically superstitious coach, a win in
Cleveland could cause some hardship
for his players down the road.
"If we win this game, we'll bus to
San Francisco, too," he said with a
smile. "We'll just stop a couple times
on the way and practice by the side of
the road."
Despite future travel woes, the
Lions know very well how important
Sunday's game will be, especially
since there might only be one wild-
card team from their conference this
season.

"It's hard to call a game a must-win
in the second week of the season, but
if there was ever going to be one, this
is it," said new starting quarterback
Ty Detmer. "We don't want to go into
the bye week 0-2."
Detroit comes out of the bye with a L
Monday night game against theRot SS* :
Rams, and follows that with games
against the Vikings and Titans, so a
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season before it even really gets start- ,
ed.
"If we aren't going to have the
other two wildcard teams in each con-
ference, every game becomes much
more important," said Lions running
back James Stewart. "And divisional
games are going to be humongous,
because you pretty much have to win
the division to make sure you are
going to get in. It's risky to count on ,.,..:.
that last spot."'-
The Lions got mixed injury news
on yesterday both Rice (toe) and cor-
nerback Robert Bailey (ankle) prac-
ticed and are expecting to play on ;
Sunday, but wide receiver Herman
Moore missed the session with a
pulled hamstring. Since he lost his job to Ty Detmer, Charlie Batch won't have to worry as much about Detroit's uneven schedule
Women to wrestle in 2004 Olympic games

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP).
- The IOC gave its approval to
adding women's wrestling for the
2004 Olympics but told boxing to
cut one of its weight divisions and
rejected new events in a number of
other sports.
The moves yesterday by the Inter-
national Olympic Committee must
still be adopted by the sports' inter-
national federations before they are
applied to the schedule for the
Athens Games.
Because the addition of women's
wrestling is tied to a cut in men's
wrestling events, final approval is
not a certainty.
The action reflected a drive by
new IOC president Jacques Rogge
to control the size of the Olympics.
Under the previous president, Juan
Antonio Samaranch, the number of

sports and athletes grew steadily
without any significant cuts.
"This is the first time we don't
increase the number of events on
the program," IOC sports director
Gilbert Felli said. "Until now, we
added an average of 20 or more
events per games since the 1950s."
The IOC plan, approved by its
ruling executive board, envisions
the participation of 10,508 athletes
competing in 299 events in Athens.
In Sydney last year, there were
10,655 athletes in 300 events.
"To control the size of the games,
we have to control the number of
events," Felli said. "We need to
keep to a maximum of 10,500 ath-
letes and 300 events."
In the continuing effort to
increase female participation in the
Olympics, the IOC gave it's

approval to the addition of four
women's events in wrestling. But,
1in return, two men's wrestling
events would have to be cut.
Felli said the international
wrestling federation may not agree
to the reduction.
"If we are going to be tough, we
will tell them, 'If you want to
include women and increase the
quota, then you must also eliminate
the other events,"' he said.
Of the 28 sports on the Olympic
program, boxing and baseball would
be the only ones left without
women's events. However,
women's softball has been played
since 1996.
The most significant cut proposed
Wednesday was in boxing, with the
elimination of one weight division,
a total of 26 boxers.

Felli said he believed the heaviest
weight class - the super heavy-
weight category - would be the
one to go. Heavyweight boxers
would continue to compete, but the
decision would force a reshuffling
of the various weight divisions.
In Sydney, there were 310 boxers
competing in 12 divisions. In
Athens, there would be 286 fighters
in 11 classes.
The IOC also introduced maxi-
mum quotas in track (2,000 ath-
letes) and swimming (1,300). Those
two sports have often surpassed
their quotas, with 2,146 track and
field athletes (over the 2,000 limit)
competing in Sydney and 1,448
(over the 1,273 limit) in swimming.
Rejected were requests for new
events or additional teams in swim-
ming, baseball and tennis.

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