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SPORTS

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Page 16

Saturday, July 9, 1983

The Michigan Daily

Fuss'blast

paces T
By MIKE BERRES
Specialtothe Daily
DETROIT - A two-out, three-run
home run by John Wockenfuss in the
bottom of the eighth inning snapped the
Tigers out of their all-star break apathy
and put them back into the AL East
race with a 3-2 victory over the Oakland
A's at Tiger Stadium last night.
Enos Cahell walked and Lance
p Parrish singled one out later to set the
stage for Wockenfuss. The Tiger cat-
cher jolted an 0-2 delivery from loser
Steve Baker. Left fielder Ricky Hen-
derson took two steps back and then
watched as the ball sailed into the up-
per deck; delighting a near-capacity
crowd.
THE GAME was not over yet,
however, as the A's loaded the bases
with two out on reliever and winnner
Doug Bair. Aurelio "Smoke" Lopez
took over and struck out Carney Lan-
sford to end the game. The Tiger
reliever Dicked uo his 12th save.

igers
The A's Henderson nearly stole the
game from Detroit. His legs gave the
A's their only two runs. In the fifth he
walked, stole second, went to third on
an overthrow and scored on former
Tiger Rick Peters' single.
In the seventh Henderson was hit by a
pitch, putting A's on first and second.
A's catcher Mike Heath conveniently
got picked off second, allowing Hender-
son to steal second and third. The fleet-
footed outfielder then scored on a
Peters' suicide squeeze bunt.
Until Wockenfuss' game-winning
clout, the only excitement on the
Tiger's side was Larry Herndon's first
inning triple. Herndon's triple was his
seventh of the year, the most in the
American league.
THE TIGERS looked like they were
still on their all-star break for the first
7% innings. A's starter Tim Conroy and
ex-Tiger Baker struck out eight Tigers,
while the Bengals ran sluggishly on the
bases.
In the fifth Cabell rounded first on a
bloop-single and was caught in a run-
down for the easy out. A seventh-inning
sacrifice bunt attempt was foiled when
Tom Brookens bunted one straight back
to the pitcher who tossed to second for
the easy force.
The A's were victims of their own
aggressive base running as well,
stealing six bases, forcing two throwing
errors, but also getting nailed four
times trying for the extra base.
Last night's game was also marked
by the appearance of the San Diego
Chicken. He entered intthe second in-
ning and did his best to keep the crowd
entertained until the Tigers could put
some offense together.
Bair, recently acquired from the St.
Louis Cardinals, went 1% innings to
pick up his second win as a Tiger.

Petrv
... no decision again

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Irish,
By PAUL HELGREN
Notre Dame, which compiled unim-
pressive 5-6 and 6-4-1 records in the last
two years, has been chosen by The
Sporting News as the preseason num-
ber -one football team for 1983.
Michigan, which ended last season at 8-
4, was selected as the number three
school in the country by the popular
sports magazine.
An article in The Sporting News 1913

top poll
College Football Yearbook sighted a
light schedule, excellent recruiting and
great depth as the reasons for Notre
Dame's selection. The same article
admitted that the choice is an
''emotion-stirring longshot."
Other Big Ten schools in the top 20
are Iowa in the number 10 spot, Ohio
State at number 17, and Illinois at num-
ber 20. The top 20 is as follows:

Hip Shot Daily Photo by DOUG MMAHON
A player representing Round Haus Pizza/Broadway Deli holds off a defen-
der from Moe's Sports Shop with his hip in Sandy Sanders summer basket-
ball league action last night. Moe's won, 93-61. Last night's other game saw
G&S Leasing nip Stein and Goetz, 88-86.
HEBERT AND BESANA USFL'S BEST:
Top QBs clash
PONTIAC (AP) - The top two quar- has a high regard for the opposing
terbacks in the United States Football quarterback.
Legewill be on the field when the "I think Besana is one of the top quar-
LeagueInvabermnthe i hn terbacks in our league," Stanley said.
Oakland Invaders meet the Michigan "In tight end Raymond Chester he's got
anthers in a semi-final playoff game one of the top receivers to throw to, so
On paper, it appears Fred Bosana has we know we're going to have to play our
put together more impressive numbers. best game to try and contain them."
He has completed 345 of 550 pass at- Hebert's favorite target has been
tempts for 3,980 yards and 21 touch- fleet wide receiver Anthony Carter. The
downs while leading Oakland to a 9-9 three-time All-American has caught 60
record and the Pacific Division cham- passes for 1,181 yards and nine TDs in
pionship during the USFL's inaugural his rookie season.
EASTERN DIVISION winner
season. Philadelphia hosts wild-card Chicago
HOWEVER, under the league's com- on Saturday in the other semifinal
plicated formula for rating quarter- game. The semifinal winners will meet
backs, the nod goes to Bobby Hebert. in Denver for the USFL championship
The rookie from Northwestern on July 17.
Louisiana completed 257 of 451 passes Oakland defeated the Panthers 33-27,
for 3,568 yards and 27 touchdowns in despite a strong second-half Michigan
leading the Panthers to a 12-6 record rally, in the third game of the season.
and the Central Division title. However, most observers feel the Pan-
Not surprisingly, the coaches are thers are a much-improved ballclub
diplomatic when evaluating the signal- since those days.
callers. Michigan started the season 1-4 but
"Hebert is a fine young quarterback then rebounded to play 11-2 the rest of
who has developed very rapidly," the way.
Oakland Coach John Ralston said. "I'm not a sentimental type, but I'm
"That's another good thing about this really fond and proud of this team,"
league. If he had gone to the National Stanley said. "There's a lot of honesty
Football League, he would have sat." here. The chemistry with this team is
MICHIGAN COACH Jim Stanley also right."

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The Sporting News
Football Top 20

1. Notre Dame
2. Texas
3. MICHIGAN
4. Auburn
5. Oklahoma
6. Florida State
7. Nebraska
8. Louisiana State
9. U.S.C.
10. Iowa

11. Alabama
12. North Carolina
13. Arizona
14. Texas A&M
15. Miami (Fla.)
16. Florida
17. Ohio State
18. Penn State
19. Georgia
20. Illinois

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