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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - Monday, January 14, 2002

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Bucs loss triggers
31 Parcells-watch 9

'Can we rock? What's up doc?'

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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Who: Kris Zimmerman
Hometown: Winnetka, Ill.

Sport: Men's Gymnastics
Year: Junior

What: The Wolverines had three individual champions Saturday at the
Windy City Invitational. Conan Parzuchowski claimed that honor in the still
rings event, Edward Umphrey was first in the floor exercise and Kris Zim-
merman was the all around champion. Zimmerman, with an overall score of
51.4, also took second in the horizontal bar and third in the floor exercise
for the No. 2 Wolverines.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The
Philadelphia Eagles are headed for
Chicago and the second round of the
playoffs, and Bill Parcells might be
headed for Tampa Bay to replace Tony
Dungy as the Buccaneers' coach.
Donovan McNabb threw for two
touchdowns and 194 yards Saturday
and ran for 57 more as the Eagles beat
Tampa Bay 31-9 Saturday, the second
straight season they've beaten the Bucs
in the first round of the playoffs.
The Eagles' win was overshadowed
by speculation that this would be
Dungy's last game after six seasons as
the only winning coach in Bucs' history.
He could be replaced by Parcells, who
led the New York Giants to two Super
Bowl victories, took New England to
the Super Bowl and the New York Jets
to the AFC title game.
The loss was typical of Tampa Bay's

offensive failures - the Bucs have had
three starting quarterbacks and three
offensive coordinators in the last three
seasons and just don't score touch-
downs. This was the third straight play-
off game they didn't score a touchdown,
and Brad Johnson compounded the
problems by throwing four interceptions.
In the first half, the Bucs matched
Philadelphia drive for drive, but went to
the lockerroom trailing 17-9 because
they managed just three field goals
while the Eagles scored two touchdowns
to go with David Akers' field goal.
The Bucs' cold-weather jinx wasn't a
factor - the team entered the game 0-
20 in games begun in temperatures
under 40 degrees. It was a balmy 46 as
the late-afternoon game began Saturday,
but it made no difference.
The Eagles (12-5) will face the Bears
(13-3) in Chicago next Saturday.

Zimmerman

SpoprT sBRIEFS

Rice back to old
38 tricks in Oakland 24

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - No mat-
ter his age or the color of his uniform,
Jerry Rice is just amazing in the play-
offs.
Rice caught nine passes for 183
yards and a touchdown, and Charlie
Garner rushed 80 yards for a score
with 1:27 left as the Oakland Raiders
pulled out of their late-season nosedive
with a 38-24 victory over the New York
Jets on Saturday night.
Six days after the Jets beat Oakland
24-22 in the teams' regular-season
finale, the Raiders emphatically turned
the tables with their best performance
in two months. A roster of veterans
assembled specifically for the postsea-
son got it together just in time - and
Rice led the way.
It was Rice's 24th career postseason
game, but his first with the Raiders
after 16 record-setting seasons with the
San Francisco 49ers. At 39, the NFL's

most prolific receiver wrote a remark-
able new chapter in his matchless
career with several clutch receptions in
the second half.
Rice caught a 21-yard touchdown
pass from Rich Gannon with 5:53 left,
giving the Raiders a 31-17 lead. It was
his 20th playoff touchdown, moving
him one behind Thurman Thomas and
Emmitt Smith for the NFL record.
The Jets pulled within seven points
on Vinny Testaverde's second touch-
down pass to Wayne Chrebet, with 1:52
left. After the Raiders forced New York
to use its final two timeouts, Garner
sprinted down Oakland's sideline on
third-and-10 for the clinching score.
The Raiders (11-6) advanced to face
New England (11-5) next Saturday in
Foxboro. By closing the season with
three straight losses, Oakland handed a
bye and home-field advantage to the
Patriots.

AP PHOTO
Hack-a-Shaq finally upset Shaquille O'Neal when the Bulls' Brad Miller fouled Shaq
too hard Saturday night, causing the Lakers' center to send Miller (40) to the floor._
Fight Club
On Saturday night, Los Angeles Lakers' center Shaquille O'Neal nearly landed
two punches on Chicago's Brad Miller in the Bulls' miracle-win over the Lakers
(below). The O'Neal and Miller brawl, though broken up before it could reach
its climax, wasn't the first time in the NBA that disputes were resolved with
violence instead of words.t
Latrell Sprewell vs. P.J. Carlissimo, December 1997:
Round 1: Sprewell, in what would be his final year at Golden State, became
furious at coach Carlissimo's treatment of him during an early-season prac-
tice and proceeded to choke him.
Round 2: Sprewell was suspended for the remainder of the 1997-98 season.
Round 3: Carlissimo finished the '97-'98 season with a 17-65 record and
coached just one more season for the Warriors.
Winner: Sprewell by a landslide. He took out his coach, got a year off, and is
currently playing for the Knicks making millions while Carlissimo has disap-
peared from the spotlight.
Jeff Van Gundy vs. Alonzo Mourning 1998 playoffs and Marcus Camby,
January 2001:
Hurt for helping: Twice in his career Van Gundy tried to get his players out of
fights, and twice he has been the one who has gotten abused. In 1998, dur-
ing a'battle between the Knicks' Larry Johnson and the Heat's Alonzo Mourn-
ing, Van Gundy went in to mediate but instead ended up around Mourning's
ankles holding on to the center's legs for dear life. Last season his own play-
er, Marcus Camby, nailed him by accident with a head-butt. Camby, who was
in a skirmish with San Antonio's Danny Ferry, missed Ferry with a punch and
hit his head coach, who was only trying to prevent Camby from getting hurt.
Karl Malone and Diamond Dallas Page vs. Dennis Rodman and "Hollywood"
Hulk Hogan, at World ChampIonship Wrestling's Bash at the Beach, July 1998:
Bulls beat Jazz twice in '98: In a rematch of the 1998 NBA Finals, Karl Malone
of the runner-up Utah Jazz, teamed with DDP to take on "Rodzilla" of the cham-
pion Chicago Bulls and Hogan of the defiant New World Order. While Malone
was primed to exact revenge for his team's loss, an outsider interfered taking
out Page and allowing Hogan to score the pin. Afterwards, Malone expressed
his outrage against the interference by slamming the referee to the ground.
Bulls' center attacked
by 'Sha-Fu i1n upe

Gator fans sleep easy
as Grossman returns
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Quarter-
back Rex Grossman handed new
Florida coach Ron Zook his first big
triumph Friday when he announced
he would return to the Gators for his
junior season.
"It's the hardest decision I've had
to make in my entire life," Gross-
man said.
"It was going to be a big decision
either way. But I'm glad I'm coming
back."
The Heisman Trophy runner-up
will have receiver Taylor Jacobs to
throw to. Jacobs, a senior next sea-
son, also said he would return.
Neither Grossman nor Taylor were
considering leaving before Spurni-
er's unexpected resignation last
week.
Berlin to join Miami
after leaving Florida
SHREVEPORT, La. - Brock
Berlin, the Florida quarterback who
rode the bench most of the last two
seasons behind fellow sophomore
Rex Grossman, said Thursday night
he is transferring to the University
of Miami.
"I've decided to leave the Univer-
sity of Florida and head down to the
University of Miami," Berlin said at
a hastily called news conference in
his hometown. "I just wanted to
make sure I was making the right
choice. I felt good about it. I was
looking for the best situation for
me."
The announcement wasn't unex-
pected, but the timing was. Berlin
had said earlier that he would make

the decision soon after Florida
played Maryland in the Orange
Bowl on Jan. 2.
But all decisions were put on hold
when coach Steve Spurrier unex-
pectedly resigned last week.
Duckett leads class of
underclassmen to NFL
EAST LANSING (AP) - tJ.
Duckett, Michigan State's fifth-leading
career rusher, is skipping his senior
season to enter the NFL draft.
The 6-foot-1, 250-pound running
back ran for 1,420 yards and 12 touch-
downs as a junior for the 7-5 Spartans.
In three seasons, he rushed for 3,379
yards.
"The time has come for me to move
on," Duckett said at a news conference
last week.
Other big names to make their offi-
cial entrance into the NFL draft on Fri-
day were William Green (Boston
College), Julius Peppers (North Caroli-
na), Jabar Gaffney (Florida), Antonio
Bryant (Pittsburgh), Jerramy Stevens
(Washington), Luke Staley (Brigham
Young), Clinton Portis (Miami-FL) and
Roy Williams (Oklahoma).
No. 3 Agassi pulls out
of Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -
Andre Agassi's bid for a third straight
Australian Open title ended when he
withdrew from the year's first Grand
Slam event because of a wrist injury.
The announcement yesterday. by the
organizers came just hours before the
tournament was to begin.
Agassi won this event in 2000 and
2001 and was in position to become the
first man to win three consecutive Aus-
tralian Opens since Roy Emerson.

I

Cold, home-field
give Pack a win 15

25

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The
Lambeau mystique lives on.
Brett Favre threw two touchdown
passes as the Green Bay Packers
stayed perfect at home in the playoffs
with a 25-15 victory over San Francis-
co yesterday.
The Packers (13-5), who advanced
to face the St. Louis Rams next week,
improved to 13-0 at home in playoff
games. Favre improved to 31-0 in
starts at Lambeau Field with the tem-
perature 34 degrees or colder.
It was 28 degrees at kickoff Sun-
day, and Favre was 22-of-29 for 269
yards, two touchdowns and one inter-
ception.

Favre guided Green Bay on a 93-
yard touchdown drive after Tyrone
Williams' interception of a deflection
by Mike McKenzie with five minutes
left and the Packers clinging to an 18-
15 lead.
Ahman Green capped the touch-
down drive with a 9-yard run.
Corey Bradford stripped Paul Smith
of the ball and recovered on the ensu-
ing kickoff, and the Packers ran out the
clock for their first playoff victory
since the 1997 NFC championship at
San Francisco.
The 49ers, who also returned to the
playoffs after a two-year hiatus, fin-
ished 12-5.

Wednesday, Jan. 16
M Basketball vs. Northwestern, 7 p.m,
Thursday Jan. 17
W Basketball at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Friday Jan. 18
W Swim/Diving vs. Penn State, 4 p.m.
M Swim/Diving at Penn State, vs. Purdue, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19
W Tennis vs. Western Michigan, 10 a.m. TOM FELDCAMP/Daily
M Tennis vs. DePaul, 1 p.m. Women's tennis will host
M Swim/Diving at Penn State, vs. Purdue, 1 p.m. two meets this weekend.
W Swim/Diving at Michigan State, vs. Purdue, 2. p.m.
M Basketball vs. Minnesota. 4:37 p.m.
M Gymnastics vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.
Hockey vs. Michigan State, 7:35 p.m.
W Gymnastics at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Wrestling at National Dual Team Championship(Columbus)
M Track/Field hosts Red Simmons Invitational, 9:30 a.m./12 p.m.
W Track/Field hosts Red Simmons Invitational, 9:30 a.m./12 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 20
M Tennis vs. California-irvine, 10 a.m.
W Tennis vs. DePaul, 11 a.m.
W Basketball vs. Indiana, 1 p.m.
Wrestling at National Dual Team Championship (Columbus)
DAILY SC~oREBOARĀ°D

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Champs advance
20 as 'Fins fall apart

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MIAMI (AP) - Bruising defense,
a grinding ground game and one piv-
otal pass put the Baltimore Ravens
one victory closer to a possible return
to the Super Bowl.
Baltimore scored on touchdown
marches of 90 and 99 yards and
allowed just 151 yards to beat the
Miami Dolphins 20-3 in a wild-card
playoff game yesterday.
The Ravens, who needed a win last
week over Minnesota to make the
playoffs, advanced to a second-round
game Sunday at AFC Central cham-
pion Pittsburgh. Baltimore won at
Pittsburgh 13-10 on Nov. 4, but lost
26-21 at home to the Steelers on Dec.
16.
It was a painfully familiar ending
for the Dolphins (11-6). They're the
only team to reach the playoffs each
of the past five years, but they've
made an early exit every time by a
combined score of 161-16.
Miami still hasn't advanced to the

AFC championship game since the
1992 season or the Super Bowl since
the 1984 season.
The Ravens played the sort of
smothering defense that took them to
the NFL title last year. Miami's lone
score came after Baltimore fumbled
the opening kickoff, and the Dol-
phins managed just one first down in
the opening 23 minutes.
The defending champions also
showed surprising punch on offense,
rushing for 227 yards and converting
10 of 16 third downs. Terry Allen
carried 25 times for 109 yards and a
score, and Jason Brookins added 65
yards in 10 attempts.
The Ravens' defense slipped this
season from its 2000 level, but was
still ranked No. 2 in the NFL, and it
was in fine form against Miami. Bal-
timore stuffed the Dolphins' feeble
ground game, blanketed their
receivers, harried Jay Fiedler and
forced three turnovers.

CHICAGO (AP) - If his first
punch had connected, Shaquille O'Neal
would be facing a far harsher penalty.
After years and years of being on the
receiving end of the Hack-a-Shaq
defense, O'Neal finally snapped Satur-
day night when he was fouled hard by
Brad Miller and Charles Oakley of the
Chicago Bulls.
O'Neal immediately went after
Miller and threw two roundhouse
punches while Miller had his back
turned. The first punch was the most
ferocious, and fortunately it missed.
The second one connected before
O'Neal and Miller fell to the floor and
a full-scale melee broke out.
"He lands one of those, and I feel
sorry for the guy he connects with,"
Bulls rookie Tyson Chandler said.
"Going through a whole year, that dude
gets fouled a lot, and people intention-
ally foul him. I'm surprised he keeps
his composure as much as he does."
O'Neal will likely have quite a while
to regain his composure and ponder the
error of his ways. The NBA was
reviewing the fight yesterday, and a
multi-game suspension seemed likely.
A year ago, Marcus Camby of the
New York Knicks was suspended five
games for throwing a sucker punch at

Danny Ferry of the San Antonio Spurs.
Throwing a punch of any kind car-
ries an automatic one-game suspension.
"I'm just glad that I moved my head
at the last second for no reason," Miller
said. "Anybody who comes at you from
behind, you have to wonder about him.
I was just glad we picked up Oakley
over the summer because I knew if I
got into something he'd have my back.
He saved me from a shattered jaw at
least."
The Lakers went on to lose the game
106-104 in overtime, giving them their
third two-game losing streak of the sea-
son.
They now return home for games
against the Memphis Grizzlies and
Miami before playing San Antonio next
Saturday for the first time this season.
Whether O'Neal will be available
remains to be seen.
Before the game, O'Neal seemed
bemused that Oakley had said he. would
not back down from the 7-foot, 340-
pound center. And as the game pro-
gressed, it was clear that Oakley was
keeping his word.
Nearly every time that O'Neal got
the ball in the low post, Oakley or
Miller fouled him hard. O'Neal
responded to one hard foul by whack-
ing Miller in the face with his forearm.
On the play that led to the fight,
Oakley and Miller both hammered
O'Neal after he caught a pass.
"You can't hit him softly because
he's just going to flick you off like a lit-
tle fly. Just to bump him is doing noth-
ing. You've got to wrap him up and put
him on the free-throw line," Miller said.
Miller emerged from the pileup
shirtless, and lead referee Danny Craw-
ford said a security guard had pulled it

NBA STANDINGS

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
W
New Jersey 24
Boston 22
Washington i
Orlando 1
Philadelphia i1
New York1
Miami 8-
Central Division
W
Milwaukee 2
Indiana2
Toronto 2
Detroit 1
Charlotte 1
Atlanta
Cleveland 1
Chicago 7
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Midwest Division
W
Minnesota 2
San Antonio2
Dallas 2
utah 1
Memphis 1
Houston
Denver 1
Pacific Division
W
LA Lakers 2
Sacramento 2
Seattle
Phoenix 1
LA Clippers1
Portlands17
Golden State 1

L PCT GB PF
4 11 .686 - 95.7
14 .611 2.5 95.6
.16 .529 5.5 91.6
.20 .487 7 99.6
.20 .444 8.5 88.8
.22 .389 10.5 89.4
t26 .235 15.5 83.7
L PCT GB PF
!13 .618- 96.9
17 .553 2 97.3
!17 .556 2.5 92.2
.18 .541 4.5 94.1
.19 .472 5 93.9
.323 .361 9 94.4
323 .3619 92
29 .19415 85.5

PA
91.6
92.6
91.8
97.4
87.9
92.3
89.1
PA
95.5
97
92.1
93.6
95.9
100.2
95.9
95.3

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division
W
Philadelphia 2
NY Islanders 2
NY Rangers 2
New Jersey 1
Pittsburgh16
Northeast Division
W
Toronto 2
Boston2
Ottawa 24
Montreal i1
Buffalo 18
Southeast Division
W
Carolina 2:
Washington i1
Tampa Bay 16
Florida 1
Atlanta 1

L T OTL Pts GF GA
5 12 5 1 56 133 98
!155 2 51 121 119
!193 3 50 127 139
.185 2 45 104 105
6 215 2 3994 122
L T OTL Pts GF GA
5 135 3 58 137 112
5 133 4 57 132 106
!4 154 2 54 145 111
. 1962 44115123
8 224 1 41 120 119

V
.6
.4

VL PCT GB PF PA
9 .750 - 102.4 95.2
5 9 .7351 99.5 92.4
5 11 .694 2 103.3 98.9
.917 .5288 96.2 95.2
.24 .333 15 90.2 95.9
224 .33315 90.3 94.8
L 24 .314 15.5 92.3 96.7
L PCT GB PF PA
6 8 .765 - 101.7 92.5
! 9 .743.5 102.5 95.9
.17 .5288 98 97.1
.18 .514 8.5 98.4 96.9
.19 .5009 95.3 95.1
219 .47210 93.4 93.9
.23 .343 14.5 94.5 99.6

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Central Division

L T
17 5
20 8
22 4
25 3
27 6
L TC
8 3
14 8
12 6
20 8
25 6

OTL Pts GF GA
5 52 132 144
0 44 132 143
2 38 85 96
3 34 91 132
3 29 107 167
OTL Pts GF GA
2 69 145 99
0 60 139 130
3 55 125 97
0 40 116 119
1 31 87 126

6

Detroit
Chicago
St. Louis
Nashville
Columbus
Northwest Division
Edmonton
Colorado
Calgary
Vancouver
Minnesota
Pacific Division
San Jose
Dallas
Losc Angeles

W
32
26
23
16
12

W L T OTL Pts GF GA
23 157 2 55124112
24 166 0 54 116 95
19 168 2 48 111 114
19 234 1 43 126 127
16 198 3 43 115 135

NBA GAMES
Saturday's games

w
22
21
19

LT
136
14 6
177

OTL Pts GF GA
3 53 132 109
4 52 122 117
2 47 117 106

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