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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 30. 2002

CLUBSPORTSWEEKLY
Table tennis grows in
size and out of hallway

The Full-Monty

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Who: Abby Crumpton
Hometown: Rochester
Position: Forward

Sport: Women's soccer
Year: Senior

By Rob Dean
Daily Sports Writer
National table tennis prodigy Ashu
Jain might have graduated, but the club
he helped create as a freshman in 1997 is
poised to carry on in his footsteps. All
things considered, the table tennis team
has big shoes to fill. Jain was basically
alone in advancing the club from its
humble beginnings to its current popu-
larity on campus.
When he first started out, the team
practiced in the hallway of the Sports
Coliseum with only two tables at
their disposal.
Jain's infectious enthusiasm brought
other members to the club; nearly 120
students attended the team's mass meet-
ing this past month to witness an exhibi-
tion showdown between past and present
- superstar Jain and new club president
Clement Chan.
As both player and coach in just his
sophomore year, Chan would like to get
a few things straight. Ping-pong is the
hobby that you play with your friends in
the basement - table tennis is the sport.
"In ping-pong, you can just sit there
and do nothing to the ball," Chan said.
But in Chan's sport, balls sail past
players at velocities that would make
Randy Johnson blush. Chan stresses the
necessity of mental focus in a table ten-
nis match since ggmes are often close
and every point counts.

"It's just you and the person across the
table," Chan said.
It takes certain skill to react to your
opponent and anticipate his next move at
the same time.
But Chan claims the physical
demands of the sport can be just as
daunting. The ideal table tennis athlete
trains like a boxer but thinks like a
chessmaster.
"Where the game is most popular,
overseas, players begin training each
day as early as 5 a.m., running a com-
bination of long distances to build
stamina and sprints to improve agili-
ty," Chan said.
Most national players begin develop-
ment in the sport as early as preschool.
Chan himself didn't pick up a paddle
until his freshman year at Coral Springs
High School outside of Fort Lauderdale,
Fla. By chance, he happened across a
pair of internationally-known coaches at
a local recreational club. Impressed with
the game and eager to learn more, Chan
made table tennis his top priority, having
already excelled in baseball.
He is looking for the team to be better
this year, citing strength in numbers.
Besides Chan, the table tennis squad will
look to freshman Jian Lee, a talented
player who hails from Singapore. Most
likely, he'll combine with Chan to form a
solid doubles pairing at the regional
competition in Toledo before hopefully
moving onto Nationals.

Why: On Friday Crumpton provided Michigan's offense with all three of its
goals in the Wolverines' 3-2 victory over Wisconsin. The win was Michi-
gan's first ever in Madison. The multi-goal game was the second this sea-
son for Crumpton and the game-winner was the 10th of her career. Crumpton
62mSCHEDULE
Friday. Oct. 4
Field Hockey vs. Michigan State, 4 p.m.
W Soccer vs. Penn State, 4 p.m.
M Cross Country at Notre Dame Invitational, 5:30 p.m.
Volleyball vs. Indiana, 7 p.m.
Hockey in Blue/White Intrasquad, 7:05 p.m. (exhibition)
M Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
W Tennis hosts Wolverine Invitational
Saturday, Oct. 5
W Rowing at Head of the Ohio (Pittsburgh), 8 a.m.
W Cross Country at Indiana State Invitational, 10:30 a.m.
Volleyball vs. Ohio State, 7 p.m.
Hockey vs. Toronto, 7:35 p.m. (exhibition)
M Golf hosts Wolverine Invitational
M Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
W Tennis hosts Wolverine Invitational
Sunday, Oct. 6
W Soccer vs. Ohio State, 2 p.m.
M Soccer at Indiana , 2 p.m.
M Golf hosts Wolverine Invitational
M Tennis at ITA All-American Championships (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
W Tennis hosts Wolverine Invitational
P BRIEFS

AP PHOTO
Colin Montgomerie (right) - unbeaten in this weekend's Ryder Cup - and
Europe captain Sam Torrance celebrate their team's win over the U.S.

Harwell says farewell to nation

TORONTO (AP) - After 55 years
of broadcasting big league baseball
and a season full of honors, Ernie Har-
well nearly got one last going-away
present in his final game.
In the ninth inning yesterday,
Detroit's Eric Munson hit a foul that
nearly reached Harwell's booth.
"That would be neat to get a foul
ball!" Harwell said on the air.
The Tigers eventually lost to
Toronto 1-0. And then, the man who
has announced Detroit games for 42
years wrapped up his last broadcast
J01HN tC H RISTIAN
DESIGNERS & CRAFTSMEN SINCE 1850

by paying tribute to several genera-
tions of listeners.
"Rather than goodbye, please allow
me to say 'thank you'," said the 84-
year-old Hall of Fame announcer.
"Thank you for letting me be a part
of your family. Thank you for taking
me to the cottage up north, to the
beach, the picnic, your workplace and
your backyard. Thank you for sneak-
ing your transistor under the pillow as
you grew up loving the Tigers.
"I might have been a small part of
your life, but you have been a large
part of mine. It's a privilege and an
honor to share with you the greatest
game of all. Now God has a new
adventure for me. I'm ready to move
on, so I leave with you with a deep
sense appreciation for your long-time
loyalty and support."
Harwell got a standing ovation
from the SkyDome crowd when he
was shown on the big screen before
the ninth.
Harwell said he felt relaxed all day
until he read his farewell. He said he
almost couldn't finish it because he

Huggins in hospital
after. heart attack
BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - Cincinnati
basketball coach Bob Huggins had a
heart attack Saturday at Pittsburgh
International Airport during a recruiting
trip, a hospital spokesman said.
The 49-year-old Huggins was in seri-
ous but stable condition at Medical
Center, Beaver, about 24 miles north-
west of Pittsburgh, hospital spokesman
Scott Monit said at a media briefing
Saturday.
Huggins had chest pains at the air-
port, about 11 miles west of Pittsburgh,
and was taken to a nearby hospital
before he was transferred to the Med-
ical Center, where he had surgery to
implant a stent Saturday morning,.
Monit said. The tiny, metal mesh device
is designed to keep Huggins once-
clogged artery.open.
Huggins will remain in the.hospital at
least two days but Monit offered no fur-
ther prognosis.
. Huggins was at the airport for a flight
to Milwaukee for a coaching clinic
scheduled to include Maryland's Gary
Williams and Oklahoma State's Eddie
Sutton.
He also has worried about having a
heart attack.
His father, a high school coach in
northern Ohio, had one before the age
of 40. Before Cincinnati's annual post-

season banquet in 1998, Huggins had
tests on his heart as a precaution.
Cincinnati football coach Rick
Minter, in Philadelphia for a game
against Temple, was stunned when he
received the news.
"He's what put the University of
Cincinnati back on the map in the early
'90s," Minter said. "We have the same
work habits, same lifestyle. This could
easily be me."
Chicago axes Kimm
before season finale
CHICAGO (AP) - Bruce Kimm got
the opportunity he'd always wanted, the
job he'd envisioned during the long road
trips in the minor leagues.
But his stint as a manager in the
majors was only on an interim basis and
it didn't last long.
Kimm was fired yesterday by the
Chicago Cubs before the final game of
another pitiful 90-loss season that was
most certainly not his fault.
Informed before the game he would
not be retained, Kimm stayed on to
manage the regular-season finale'
against the Pirates, a game he knew
would be emotional.
"I'm the type guy who cries at.
movies and cries at funerals if I know
them or not. It's a tricky day, but it's part
of the game,"Kimm said, adding he was
just glad for the chance.

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yesterday at Toronto's Skydome. The Tigers lost 1-0.

was so emotional.
"My appreciation for what
have done for me is so deep

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true," Harwell said.
Harwell said he talked to his wife,
Lulu, during the game a couple of
times, and that she offered assurance.
Lulu was at home, having recently
had a pacemaker inserted after experi-
encing an accelerated heartbeat.
After his last game in Detroit on
Sept. 22, the Tigers presented Harwell
with Comerica Park's home plate and a
plaque announcing that the stadium's
press box will be officially dubbed
"The Ernie Harwell Media Center" at
the beginning of the 2003 season.
The club also unveiled a Harwell
statue at the main entrance to Com-
erica Park.
The Tigers also honored their radio
voice with Ernie Harwell Day on Sept.
15 at Comerica Park.
Earlier this season, the Cleveland
Indians named the visiting broadcast
booth at Jacobs Field in his honor. The
New York Yankees paid tribute to him
in an on-field ceremony, too.
"My feeling right now is one of
relief. It's like high school graduation.
I'm glad to get it over," Harwell said.
"It's been great. I'm just looking for-
ward to relaxing."
His retirement is only from the
broadcast booth.
Harwell said he will still appear in
television commercials for Comerica
Bank and Kroger Supermarkets and
will do 26 television vignettes for Fox
Sports Detroit's "Detroit Tigers Week-
ly." He also plans to write 27 columns
for the Detroit Free Press next season.
"I'll still be a part of things," he
said.
Harwell called Tigers games on the
radio from 1960 until 1991 and was a
television announcer for Detroit games
from 1993-98. He returned to the radio
booth in 1999.
"He's the nicest man I've ever met,"
said former Tigers star Alan Tram-
mell, now a San Diego coach. "He
treats everybody the same, regardless
if you were the president of a compa-
ny or somebody walking around Tiger
Stadium that was just coming out for
a ballgame.
"He's just a quality man - 84 years
old, what a career, what a voice. He's
had a great run," he said.
Before coming to the Tigers, Har-
well called games for the Brooklyn

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Eastern Division
* NY Yankees
Boston
Toronto
Baltimore
Tampa Bay
Central Division
x Minnesota
Chicago Sox
Cleveland
Kansas City
Detroit
West Division
x- Oakland
y- Anaheim
Seattle
Texas
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Eastern Division
* Atlanta
Montreal
Philadelphia
Florida
NY Mets
Central Division
x St. Louis
Houston
Cincinnati
Pittsburgh
Chicago Cubs
Milwaukee
West Division
x Arizona
y SanFranisco 95
Los Angeles
Colorado
San Diego

103
93
78
67
55
W
94
81
74
62
55
w
103
99
93
72
101
83
80
79
75
W
97
84
78
72
67
56
W
98
66
92
73
66

L
58
69
84
95
106
L
67
81
88
100
106
L
59
63
69
90
L
59
79
81
83
86
L
65
78
84
89
95
106
L
64
.590
70
89
96

Pct
.640
.574
.481
.414
.342
Pct
.584
.500
.457
.383
.342
Pct
.636
.611
.574
.444
Pct
.631
.512
.497
.488
.466
Pet
.599
.519
.481
.447
.414
.346
Pct
.605
2.5
.568
.451
.407

GB
10.5
25.5
36.5
48
GB
13.5
20.5
32.5
39,
GB
4
10-
31
GB
19
21.5
23
)26.5
GB
13
19
24.5
30
41
GB
6
25
32

New England
Miami
Buffalo
NY Jets
South
Indianapolis
Jacksonville
Houston
Tennessee
North
Cleveland
Pittsburgh
Baltimore
Cincinnati
West
San Diego
Denver
Oakland
Kansas City

L
1
'1
2
3
L
1
1
3.
3
2
2
2
4
L,
0
0
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NATIONAL CONFERENCE
East

DIMY SCOREBOARD

PF
136
130
132
50
PF
64
76
42
93
*PF
103
47
7
20
PF
105
75
113
142
PF
140
55
57
48
PF
111
76
80
47
PF
111
91
75
76
PF
50
83
36
47

MLB STANDINGS

NFL STANDINGS
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East

PA
73
85
131
133
PA
49
47
92
128
PA
91
.73
35
89
PA
38
53
59
133

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$5.00 per1

Entries due:
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Manager's Meeting:
MANDATORY
Thurs, 10/03
7:00 PM
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Philadelphia
NY Giants
Dallas
Washington
South
New Orleans
Carolina
Tampa Bay
Atlanta
North
Green Bay
Chicago
Detroit
Minnesota
West
San Francisco
Arizona
Seuttle
St. Louis

W
3
2
2
1
W
3
3
3
0
W
3
2
1
0
W
2
2
0
0

doubles team
individual

PA
64
50
86
80
PA
89
45
33
51

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Sun 10/06
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x- clinched division; y -clinched Wild Card .
* - clinched best league record
MLB SCORES
Yesterday's games
BosToN 11,mTampa Bay 8
CLEVELAND 7,Kansas City 3
TORONTO 1, Detroit 0
NY METs 6,Atlanta 1
NY Yankees 6, BALTIMORE 1
Cincinnati 1. MONTREAL 0
Chicago White Sox at MINNESoTA, Inc.
ST. Louis 4, Milwaukee 0
CHICAGO Cues 7, Pittsburgh 3
Oakland a8, TEXAS 7
ANAHEIM 7, Seattle 6
SAN FRANcisCO 7, Houston 0
FLORIDA 4,Philadelphia 0
San Diego 2. Los ANGELES 0
ARIZONA 11, Colorado 8
End of Regular Season
Playoffs
Tomorrow
Minnesota at OAKLAND, GAME ONE
Anaheim at NY YANKEES, GAME ONE

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NFL GAMES
Yesterday's games
Detroit 26, New Orleans 21
Green Bay 17, Carolina 14
KANSAS CITY 48, MIAMI 30
BUFFALO 33, Chicago 27
Dallas 13, ST Louis 10
PHILADELPHIA 35. Houston 17
PITTSBURGH 16. Cleveland 13
JACKSONVILLE 28, NY Jets 3
ARIZONA 21, NY Giants 7
Tampa Bay 35, CINcINNATI7
OAKLAND 52, Tennessee 25
SAN DIEGo 21, New England 14
Minnesota at SEATTLE, Inc.
Byes: Atlanta, Indianapolis, San Francisco,

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