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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 29, 2003

CLUBSPORTSWEEKLY
Men have sights set on rowing's biggest stagre

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

By Krystin Kasak
For the Daily
Eat, sleep, row and repeat.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week,
365 days a year - rowing is all that's on the
minds of the Michigan men's crew team. With
its insurmountable determination and extreme
dedication, the team lives and breathes the
sport.
Training is a constant, an everyday event that
prepares the club's minds and bodies for the
next match. But three men on the team are not
just training for the next match. Instead, they're
training for something bigger - for something
that has supremacy and prestige written all over
it: the Olympics.
Juniors Marc Rodriguez and Josh Brown are
hoping to compete in the 2008 Olympics in
Beijing, while senior Matt Hughes is setting his
goal on the 2004 summer games in Athens.

"We're kind of young right now," Rodriguez
said. "Two thousand eight gives us enough time
to develop and be at our peak physical condi-
tion and mental toughness. We're very aggres-
sive, very determined, and it's something that's
a possibility in the future. To represent both
Michigan and our countries in the Olympics
would be something amazing."
For the past two summers, Rodriguez has
competed in the under-23 World Championship,
an opportunity that has helped him develop at
an international level. Many other opportunities
for growth and development will present them-
selves this year for the team. The Head of the
Charles, a premier event in Boston, is not only
a chance to improve skills and gain practice,
but is also something that the team looks for-
ward to yearly.
"We go to Boston to race and are in front of
300,000 people," Hughes said. "There are peo-
ple just lining the river in Boston, covering the

bridges and everything. Everyone there is into
rowing. A lot of people here don't even know
what rowing is, but everyone there is into it and
knows who the teams are."
Months of endless practice and training will
aid the Wolverines when they head to Boston in
October. Not only has the team been preparing
physically for its races, but mentally as well.
The strong teamwork and encouragement has
helped push every player to a new level.
"This is the most motivated year I've ever
seen or experienced," Rodriguez said. "Every-
one wants everyone else to do well. So we
pump each other up. Everyone is competing
with each other but for each other."
With its strong unity, incessant training and
deep-seated drive to break records and come
out on top, the Michigan crew team is prepar-
ing each and every member for whatever his
next step is - whether it may be Boston,
Athens or Beijing.

Who: Mychal Turpin
Hometown: Pontiac
Position: Forward

Sport: Soccer
Year: Junior

Why: Turpin scored four goals in the second half of the Wolverines' 6-
1 victory over Bowling Green yesterday. With this performance,
Turpin became the first player in Big Ten history to record two four-
goal games in a career. Turpin
DALY SCOREBOARD

MLB STANDINGS

Tigers fans 'celebrate'
43-119 final record

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Eastern Division
New York
Boston
Toronto
Baltimore
Tampa Bay
Central Division
Minnesota
Chicago
Kansas City
Cleveland
Detroit
West Division
Oakland
Seattle
Anaheim
Texas
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Eastern Division
Atlanta
Florida
Philadelphia
Montreal
New York
Central Division
Chicago
Houston
St. Louis
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
Milwaukee

W
101
95
86
71
63
W
90
86
83
68
43
W
96
93
77
71
W
101
91
85
83
66
W
88
87
85
75
69
68

L
61
67
76
91
99
L
72
76
79
94
119
L
66
69
85
91
L
61
71
76
79
95
L
74
75
77
87
93
94
L
61
77
78
88
98

Pct
.623
.586
.531
.438
.389
Pct
.556
.531
.512
.420
.265
Pct
.593
.574
.475
.438
Pct
.593
.562
.531
.512
.410
Pct
.543
.537
.525
.463
.426
.420
Pct
.621
.525
.519
.457
.395

GB
6
15
30
38
GB
4
7
22
47
GB
3
19
25
GB
10
15
18
34.5
GB
1
3
13
19
20
GB
15.5
16.5
26.5
36.5

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

W
2
2
2
0
W
2
2
1
1
W
4
3
2
0
W
4
4
2
0

L
1
2
2
4

NATIONAL CONFERENCE
East

NFL STANDINGS
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East

PA
38
57
77
77
PA
74
96
84
75
PA
47
78
113
109
PA
49
58
107
122
PA
85
65
69
61
PA
58
56
98
73
PA
35
22
109
100
PA
33
84
130
82

DETROIT (AP) - Mike Maroth and
the Detroit Tigers left the field for the
final time feeling like winners.
The Tigers avoided the 1962 New
York Mets' modern-day record for loss-
es, finishing their best six-game stretch
of the season with a 9-4 victory over the
Minnesota Twins yesterday.
"Believe it or not, I can look back on
this year with a smile on my face
because of how this season ended," said
Maroth, the first pitcher since 1980 to
lose at least 20 games.
Detroit (43-119) used a seven-run
sixth inning to win for the fifth time
in six games, allowing the expansion
Mets (40-120) to keep the unwanted
distinction of having the most losses
since 1900.
"We're not going to worry about
what people say about our record,"
Dmitri Young said. "We got it together
down the stretch and played some top-
notch baseball. I'm leaving here happy.
The only sad thing is we finally got
rolling as a team and now we are break-
ing up for the winter."
With the 18,959 fans at Comerica
Park standing and cheering, and Kool &
the Gang's "Celebration" playing after
the final out, the Tigers players hugged
each other on the field as the score-
board flashed "Victory!"
Maroth (9-21) gave up two runs on
eight hits and a walk to win for the third
time in four starts.

"Not too long ago, everybody
thought we were going to break the
record, but we showed what we were
made of as people and players,"
Maroth said.
Young hit the go-ahead single, and
Craig Monroe followed with a two-run
homer, a 415-foot shot to left, as eight
of the first nine Tigers got hits. They
received a standing ovation after their
big inning.
It seemed inevitable that the Tigers
would reach the mark they wanted no
part of when their 10th straight setback
on Sep. 22 broke Philadelphia's AL
record of 117 losses.
"To have that off our back, it's a
relief," Tigers manager Alan Tram-
mell said.
As reporters from around the country
descended on Detroit to record history,
the Tigers suddenly started playing well.
"They were going to bury us, but it
didn't happen," Carlos Pena said.
Detroit came back from an eight-run
hole for the first time since 1965 to beat
the Twins 9-8 on a wild pitch in the bot-
tom of the ninth Saturday night. Shane
Halter's walk-off homer in the 11th
gave the Tigers a 5-4 win Thursday
night.
The Tigers' strong finish was
against the Twins, who didn't play
their regulars for an entire game after
clinching their second straight AL
Central title Tuesday.

West Division
W
San Francisco 100
Los Angeles 85
Arizona 84
Colorado 74
San Diego 64
MLB SCORES

Washington
Dallas
NY Giants
Philadelphia
North
Minnesota
Green Bay
Detroit
Chicago
South
Carolina
Tampa Bay
New Orleans
Atlanta
West
Seattle
St. Louis
Arizona
San Francisco

W
3
2
2
1
W
4
1
1
0
W
3
2
1
1
W
3
2

L
1
2

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AP PHOTO
The Detroit Tigers ended their season with a 9-4 win over the Minnesota Twins.
The win helped the Tigers avoid the modern-day loss record of 120 set in 1962.

Yesterday's games
Detroit 9, Minnesota 4
NY Yankees 3, Baltimore 1
Toronto 6, Cleveland 2
Tampa 3, Boston 1
Chicago Sox 5, Kansas City 1
Anaheim 4 Texas 1
Seattle 9, Oakland 3
Montreal 2 Cincinnati 1
Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 2
Florida 4, NY Mats 0
Houston 8, Milwaukee 5
Pittsburgh 3, Chicago Cubs 2
San Francisco 12, Los Angeles 3
St. Louis 9, Arizona 5
Colorado 10, San Diego 8
PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Tuesday
Minnesota at NY Yankees
Florida at San Francisco
Chicago Cubs at Atlanta
Wednesday
Florida at San Francisco
Chicago Cubs at Atlanta
Boston at Oakland
Thursday
Boston at Oakland
Minnesota at NY Yankees
Friday
San Francisco at Florida
Atlanta at Chicago Cubs
Saturday
* Oakland at Boston
* NY Yankees at Minnesota
* Atlanta at Minnesota
* San Francisco at Florida
Sunday
* Oakland at Boston
* NY Yankees at Minnesota
*Chicago Cubs~at Atlanta
* If necessary

Minnesota (90-72) started just four of
its everyday players Sunday and by the
seventh, all of them were resting for the
AL division series against the New York
Yankees.
"The Tigers played their tails off this
weekend. They have been on a mission
for this whole series and they got what
they needed. Good for them."
The Twins had a chance to cut into
Detroit's lead in the seventh with two

on and one out, but the Tigers tied a
franchise record with their 194th dou-
ble play.
Detroit finished 47 games behind the
Twins in the division and 20 behind
Tampa Bay, baseball's next-worst team.
"Our record is not very good, but
you've seen a team that showed some
fight," Trammell said. "That's what
I'm going to remember most about
this season."

Time
1:06 p.m.
4:06 p.m.
8:18 p.m.
4:06 p.m.
8:18 p.m.
10:06 p.m.
4:06 p.m.
8:18 p.m.
4:06 p.m.
8:06 p.m.
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD

NFL GAMES
Yesterday's games
St. Louis 37, Arizona 13
Cincinnati 21, Cleveland 14
Houston 24, Jacksonville 20
Washington 20, New England 17
Philadelphia 23, Buffalo 13
Minnesota 35, San Francisco 7
Tennessee 30, Pittsburgh 13
Kansas City 17, Baltimore 10
Oakland 34, SanDiego 31
Carolina 23, Atlanta 3
Denver 20, Detroit 16
Dallas 17, N.Y. Jets 6
Indianapolis 55, New Orleans 21
Today's game
Green Bay at Chicago, 9 P.M.
Next week's games
Arizona at Dallas, 1 p.m.
Denver at Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Cincinnati at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Miami at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
Minnesota at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m.
Oakland at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Seattle at Green Bay, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at New England, 1 p.m.
San Diego at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m.
Detroit at San Francisco, 4:15 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m.
Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 9:30 p.m.
Indianapolis at Tampa Bay, 10/6, 9 p.m.

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