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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 24, 2003


Club fencers choose their weapons wisely
By Ryan Sosin In sports, a coach generally "(Epee is) the most real fencing consists of an hour of grueling foot-
Daily Sports Writer divvies up players into positions because you actually have to defend work before an hour of practice
based on their size, but the 45-plus yourself," graduate student Rebecca with your selected weapon.
Students at Michigan get to make men and women of the Michigan Stotzer said. "It's one of those sports where
a lot of choices. From the moment club fencing team, get to choose Another option is Sean O'Brien's you really have to have your mind
they made their decision to come to what category of the sport they want specialty. O'Brien coaches and and body in sync," Stotzer said.
the school their lives became a to fill for the team. competes in Foil, which is a lighter The club competes with other
chose-your-own-adventure book. There are three options available weapon than the others, with a colleges, including NCAA teams.
Tough choices arise everyday, like to new fencers: Epee, Foil and smaller target area. And the groups usually finds itself
deciding whether to eat at Stucci's Sabre. They vary in the actions that The final weapon is the big daddy at the top of the standings looking
on State Street or Stucci's on Main you take and the size of the weapon of the bunch: the Sabre. It is the down at the other club teams during
Street. and the target area. only slashing weapon of the three, most meets.
The motivation for choosing a "There's something for everyone," and the whole body is fair game in During an October 25 tournament
fencing adventure varies from a Javaid said. "You can pick and this group. at Michigan State, the club had a
general interest in fencing to a chose what you want to do." "It seemed more like sword fight- representative in the top three of
desire to try something different. One choice is to the Epee. The ing," freshman Sarah Hanchar said. each event.
"Maybe it was too much Star Epee is a point weapon, meaning "There's a lot more action (in The adventures go down at the
Wars as a kid," freshman Nida you can only hit your opponent with Sabre)." Coliseum every week from 7 to 9
Javaid said. the tip of the Epee. Practice for the club fencing team p.m., Monday through Thursday.


Who: Jennifer Smith
Hometown: Lansing

Sport:Women's basketball
Year: Senior

Why: Last week'sBig Ten Player ofthe Week struck again. Against
Western Michigan on Friday afternoon, Smith scored a career-high 32
points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead her team to a 66-53 win. The
Wolverines are offto a 3-1 start on the season.


Viki.gs take
Lions pass to
house, twice
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Desperate for a vic-
tory, the Minnesota Vikings were prepared to
take one any way they could get it.
Yes, even an underwhelming win over the
Detroit Lions .
Corey Chavous and Brian Williams each
returned interceptions for touchdowns late in the
game, and the Vikings sent the Lions to their
22nd straight road loss, 24-14 yesterday.
"Everyone's going to say, 'It's Detroit,' but a
win in this league is a win," Minnesota coach
Mike Tice said after his team ended its four-game
losing streak.
The Vikings (7-4) remained one game ahead of
Green Bay in the NFC North, despite an offense
that looked just as weak as Detroit's during most
of the afternoon.
Daunte Culpepper completed 20 of 30 passes
for 196 yards, no scores and an interception.
Randy Moss sprained his right ankle in the sec-
ond quarter and played on, finishing with five
receptions for 56 yards.
Minnesota punted six times, and none of
Culpepper's half-dozen deep throws to Moss
were completed. But the Vikings followed up
four awful games with one of their best defensive
efforts of the season.
"We just returned the favor," Williams said.
Aaron Elling's 24-yard field goal capped a 73-yard
drive and put Minnesota up 10-7 with 2:45 left.
Chavous picked off Harrington's pass and
returned it for a score 19 seconds later, and
Williams grabbed his third interception and ran it
back for a touchdown 20 seconds after that.
"It was there for us to take," Detroit coach
Steve Mariucci said.
The Lions (3-8), whose last away win came on
Dec. 17, 2000, against the New York Jets, tied the
Buffalo Bills (1983-86) for the second-longest
road skid in NFL history. The Houston Oilers
(1981-84) own this dubious league record with
23 consecutive losses away from home.
With visits to Kansas City and Carolina left on
the schedule, Detroit has a good chance to break it.
"This one was tough. We had chances all day,"

Atlantic Division
W L T OTL Pts GF 04
Philadelphia 12 2 4 1 29 60 36
Newolersey 11 34 0 2646 30
NeweYorklIslanders 9 8 2 0 20 5046
NeaYorkRangers 0 7 4 2 10 47 5I
Pittsburgh 5 10 3 1 0.4 36 67
Northeast Division
Bstnn 11 3 3 3 20 56 44
Toronto 8 65 2 23052 59
Buttalo 59 92 1 21 4654
Montreol 9 a 10a i 20 44 49
Ottawa 8 6 2 2 20 57 40
Southeast Division
W L T OTL Pts OF 00
Atlanta 11 7 3 1 26 65 59
Tampa Bay 11 2 2 1 25 47 29
Florida 5 12 2 0 18 48 61
C.arolna 5 9as a is 41 53
Washington 5 13 1 1 12 48 60
Centrol Division
W L T OTL Pts OF 04
St. Louis 12501L254840
Detroit 118 2 024 6552
Cicago 6 9 4 3 19 41 01
Nashville 8 10 1 0 17 47 53
Colurbus 7 10 2 1 17 41 52
Northwest Division
Vancoer 12 52 2286848
Colorado 12 6 1 1 26 6249
Edmonton 10 82022 6150
Calgary 9 8 0 2 2039 44
Minnesota 8 o10 3 0 19 49 51
Pacific Division
W L 7TIOTL Pts OF 00
Los Angeles 10 7 1 1 22 50 41
Anaheim 7 725214055
San Jose 5 6 8 2 205305
Dallas 8 103 0194756
Phoenix 6 8 5 1 18 4761
Saturday's games
Montreal 4, Edmonton 3
Philadelphia 3, 5Boton 2
Florida 3. Washington 2
Columbus 2, N.Y. Islanders 1
Pittsburgh 2, Ottawa 1
Tampa Bay 2, Buffalo 1
St. Louis 2, Dallas 1
Detroit 5, Minnesota 2
Calgary 2, Chicago 1
Los Angeles 2, Colorado 0
Toronto 5, Vancouver3
San Jose 3, Nashville 1
Yesterday's games
N.Y. Rangers 6, Ottawa 2
Atlanta 1, Phoenix 0
Carolina0, Tampa Bay 0
Today's games
Washinton at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Nashville at Colorado, 9 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Tampa Bay,7 p.m.
Edmonton at Columbus, 7 p.m-
vanvovver at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
New Jersey at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

N England 5 2
Miami 6 4
ealo rk ets 4 7
Indianapolis 8 2
Tennessee 9 2
Jacksonville 2 9
North . W L
Cincinnati 6 5
Baltimore 6 5
Pittsburgh 4 7
Cleveland 4 7
Kansas City 10 1
Oakland 3 8
San Diego 2 9
Philadelphia 8 3
S.Y. Giants 4 6
Washington 4 6
Catalina 8 3
Sew Orleans 5 6
Atlanta ay 2 9
North a 2 9
Minnesota 7 4
Geen Bay 6 5
Chica o 4 7
Detroi 3 8
West W L
tLovis 8 3
Seattle 7 4
San Franviso 5 6
Arizona 3 8


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Testerday's games
Pittsburgh 13, CLEvELAND 6
Indianapolis 17, BvrFAOv 14
SREEN BAY 20. San Francisco 10
MIsNSOev 24, Detroit 14
DALLAS 24, Catolina 20
New England 23, HOUsToN 20
BALTIMoRE 44, Seattle 41
PNHILADELPHA 33, Sew Onleans 20
STY. JETS 13. Jacksonville 10
Chicago 19, DENVER 10
St. Louis 30, ARIZoNA 27
KANSAS CITY 27, Oakland 24
Tennessee 38.ATLNvTsAo31
Cincinnati 34, SAsDIEG027
Washington at MiAMI, inc.
Today's game
N.Y. Giants at TAMPA BAY, 9 p.m.
Thursday, November 27
Green Bay at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.
Miami at Dallas, 4:05 p.m.
Sunday, November 30
inoinnati at Pittsbungh,1:00 p.m.
Buffalo at N.Y. Giants, 1:00 p.m.
Atlanta at Houston, 1100 p.m.
Minnesota at St. Louis, 1:00 p.m.
San Francisco at Baltimore, 1:00 p.m.
Sew England at Indianapolis, 1100 p.m.
Philadelphia at Carolina 1100 p.m.
Arizona at Chicago,1:00 p.m.
New Orleans at Washington,4:05 p.m.
Kansas City at San Diego, 4:15 p.m.
Denver at Oakland, 4:15 p.m.
Cleveland at Seattle, 4:15 p.m.
Tampa Ray at Jacksonville, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, December 1
Tennesee at N.Y. Jets.,9:00 p.m

Quarterback Joey Harrington threw two interceptions late In the game Sunday. Both were retyrned for touchdowns.

said Harrington, who threw seven interceptions
in two losses to the Vikings this year.
The Vikings were the NFC's last unbeaten team
at 6-0 until porous defense and a recent rash of
turnovers led to four straight losses. The arrests
of starting defensive ends Kevin Williams and
Kenny Mixon for drunken driving exacerbated
their troubles this week.
"I have to commend our team for sticking
together," Culpepper said.
The Lions were the perfect cure, even though
untimely penalties and stalled drives kept Min-
nesota to just 10 offensive points.
Harrington completed 21 of 41 passes for 167
yards, four interceptions and one late touchdown
pass to Az-Zahir Hakim .
The crowd of 63,946, officially a sellout but
the smallest at the Metrodome this year, was late
to arrive with a snowstorm swirling over most of
the state.

The Vikings' fans never really got fired up,
either, and they began booing after halftime
whenever Eddie Johnson jogged out to punt.
Minnesota got a 52-yard punt return by
Keenan Howry to set up its first second-half
possession, but Moe Williams was stopped for a
1-yard loss at the Lions 21 and stripped of the
ball by Dre' Bly .
Bly picked the ball out of the air and carried it
to the Vikings 35 before lateraling to Corey Har-
ris. He eluded a hard-charging Culpepper to com-
plete the touchdown return and tie the game at
"We're going to learn as a team it's not what
you do, it's when you do it," Harris said.
That statement seemed to ring true for Min-
"We knew we had this in us," free safety Brian
Russell said. "We just haven't been playing up to
par lately."

M Cross Country at NCAA Championships (Waterloo, Iowa), 12 p.m.
W Cross Country at NCAA Championships (Waterloo, Iowa), 1:30 p.m.
W Basketball vs. Alabama, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 26
Baltimore shocks Seattle with late comebackMca:Pr2

BALTIMORE (AP) - There was
nothing in Anthony Wright's past 'to
suggest he would be the architect of
the greatest comeback in the history
of the Baltimore Ravens.
Matt Stover kicked a 42-yard field
goal with 6:32 left in overtime Sun-
day, capping an amazing rally that
carried the Ravens past the Seattle
Seahawks 44-41.
Making his seventh NFL start -
the second with the Ravens after
being elevated from third string -
Wright helped Baltimore score 10
points in the final 72 seconds of reg-
ulation to force overtime.
He then directed a 55-yard drive
in the extra period, connecting with
Marcus Robinson for 19 yards on a
third-and-15 play to set up Stover
for the winner.
The frenzied finish seemed out of
the question when Baltimore (6-5)
fell behind 41-24 with 14:16
remaining, but Wright and the
Ravens never gave up hope.

"It was looking very, very dim.
But we just let it all hang out," said
Wright, 2-5 as an NFL starter.
"Everything came together. It's
unbelievable, for us to be down as
much as were and to come back."
It took the finest performance of
Wright's career to enable Baltimore
to snap a two-game skid. He went
20-for-37 for 319 yards and a per-
sonal-best four touchdowns - all of
them to Robinson.
After delivering the improbable
victory, Wright headed to the hospi-
tal for a delivery of a different kind:
His wife was anticipating giving
birth to the couple's second child
Sunday night.
"She's waiting for me right now,"
Wright said.
The Ravens' previous biggest
comeback was a 16-point turn-
around against Jacksonville in 2000.
Matt Hasselbeck threw a career-
high five touchdown passes for the
Seahawks, going 23-for-41 for 333

yards. But he failed on a fourth-
down quarterback sneak late in regu-
lation, allowing the Ravens to get
the ball one more time with the
score 41-38.
"We just needed one more play,"
Hasselbeck said. "One more play
and we could have won the game.
We should have won the game, and
we just didn't make it."
Darrell Jackson had seven recep-
tions for 146 yards and two scores,
and Bobby Engram also had two
touchdown catches.
But the Seahawks (7-4) fell to 1-4
on the road, in part because they made
too many mistakes down the stretch.
"We let them back in the football
game," Seattle coach Mike Holm-
gren said. "It was just a bizarre,
bizarre ending."
The Ravens got back into the
game by taking advantage of the
same kind of miscues that put them
in a sizable hole.
First, Ed Reed blocked a punt and
took it 16 yards into the end zone.
Then the Seahawks played soft
defense in allowing the Ravens to
march 71 yards in a drive capped by
Wright's fourth touchdown pass with
1:12 remaining.
Seattle recovered the onside kick,
but Hasselbeck failed to convert the
pivotal fourth-and-one. In an effort
to beef up the defensive line, the
Ravens placed 350-pound offensive

tackle Orlando Brown at nose tackle.
"I probably could have attacked it
more, gone a little bit lower," Has-
selbeck said. "I was just trying to
hold on to the ball. I didn't have a
real good handle on the ball."
The Ravens then used a 44-yard
pass-interference call against Mar-
cus Trufant to set up a 40-yard field
goal by Stover on the final play of
No one could have anticipated
such a wild shootout during a lack-
luster first half in which the teams
combined for two field goals over
the first 29 minutes.
That's when things got crazy: The
Seahawks scored two touchdowns in
22 seconds in the final minute of the
first half to go up 17-3.
Baltimore closed to 17-10 on its
first possession of the second half.
After Travis Taylor made a nice one-
handed catch on a 43-yard play,
Wright connected with Robinson for
a 13-yard touchdown strike.
Hasselbeck then hit Koren Robin-
son in stride down the middle with a
38-yard touchdown pass.
A 24-yard punt by Dave Zastudil
set up a Seattle field goal and, after
Wright hit Robinson for a score,
Hasselbeck answered with an 80-
yard TD pass to a wide-open Jack-
son for a 34-17 lead.
Hasselbeck's fifth TD pass, a 5-
yarder to Engram with 14:16 left,
made it 41-24.
The rest of the game was all Balti-
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Friday, Nov. 28
W Basketball vs. Texas Tech (Dallas), 6 p.m.
Volleyball at Illinois, 8 p.m.
Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29
W Basketball vs. SMU/Texas-Arlington (Dallas), TBA
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Ice Hockey vs. Minnesota, 7:35 p.m.
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Davis dunks Detroit
with one second left

Davis wanted to go to the hole on the
final play, and Chauncey Billups gave
him a chance by missing two free
Davis' dunk with one second
remaining gave the New Orleans Hor-
nets an 81-80 victory over the Detroit
Pistons on last night.
Billups, a 92 percent foul shooter,
missed a pair with seven seconds left.
"They both felt great when they left
my hand - it was crazy," he said.
"We had every chance in the world to
win this game and we let it slip away."
Davis, shooting just 6-for-21 to that
point, then took a pass from P.J. Brown,
went past Ben Wallace and dunked over
Bob Sura to win the game.
"We had a great play drawn up that
we practiced in shootaround," Davis
said. "When I came off the pick, I saw
Ben leaning and I knew I had to get to
the hole. There were no jumpers being
shot - I was missing those all night.
I had to get to the hole."
Jamaal Magloire led New Orleans
with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while
Davis had 18 points.
Tayshaun Prince and Richard
Hamilton led the Pistons with 13
each, while Mehmet Okur had 10
points and tied a career-high with 18
rebounds. Detroit had its four-game
winning streak snapped.
Hamilton left the arena at halftime

for precautionary x-rays, which came
back negative, after straining his neck
late in the second quarter. Hamilton
was fouled by Davis while making a
layup, landed awkwardly and stayed
down for several minutes. He
remained in the game, made the free
throw and played the final 50 seconds
of the half.
Detroit was already without starting
center Elden Campbell because of a
family illness.
"It was tough, because they have
great size, and we were already miss-
ing Elden, then we lose a scorer like
Rip," Pistons coach Larry Brown said.
"But we still had the game, and we let
it get away."
The game was tied with two minutes
left, but Sura's jumper and a shot-clock
violation on New Orleans gave Detroit
a chance to put the game away.
The Pistons missed three straight
shots but got all three rebounds -
two by Wallace. Billups, though,
turned the ball over with 15 seconds
left and David Wesley drew a foul.
Wesley missed the first free throw
with 8.2 seconds left and made the
second to narrow the gap to 80-79.
New Orleans then fouled Billups,
who had missed only eight free
throws in 104 attempts. Brown
rebounded the second miss and the
Hornets called timeout to set up the
game-winning play.

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