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Former Michigan football players Brian Griese
and Chris Howard signed contracts with the
Denver Broncos and started training camp last Monday
Friday. The two will be roomios in Denver. JulR27, 1

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Tractor
idled by
NBA
lockout
By T.J. Berka
Daily Sports Editor
If you ask Michigan students
about Economics 101, many will say
it's a pretty harsh class to take.
Robert Traylor and Maceo
Baston's opinions would probably
differ. Instead, Traylor and Baston
are learning a harsh lesson about
economics in a real-world setting
thanks to the NBA lockout.
The lockout, which has been in
effect since July 1, was caused main-
ly by differences between the players
union and the owners on how the
salary cap should be instituted.
The work stoppage prohibits NBA
teams to let players use their facili-
ties and doesn't allow teams to even
contact or mention names of specif-
ic players to other teams or the
media. Trades and free agent sign-
See LOCKOUT, Page 15
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Quarterback
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sport career

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By Heather Kamins
Daily Staff Reporter
TAMPA, Fla. - Drew Henson's
mother said blue must be her son's
color.
The incoming Michigan freshman
will wear two hats, or caps, this year,
having signed a four-year contract
with the New York Yankees early
Friday. Henson will be fighting for
the starting quarterback spot with the
Wolverines in the fall as well.
After a summer of negotiations, the
three-sport star from Brighton High
School suited up for his first game
Friday in Yankee attire, which he will
soon trade for a Michigan football
jersey.
"It's nice to look in the mirror and
see the stripes on your legs and the
'NY' on your shoulder," Henson said,
adding that the significance of sign-
ing a pro contract hasn't really sunk
in yet.
But professional baseball - even
at the Rookie League level - quick-
ly taught him a lesson this weekend,
throwing him a curve ball early in his
career. He went 1-for-3 in Friday's
game and 0-for-5 Saturday against
the Tampa Bay Devil Rays of the
Gulf Coast league - a game Henson
could have won for his team.
See HENSON, Page 14

AP PHOTO
Michigan quarterback recruit Drew Henson signed a contract with the New York Yankees last week. Henson isn't planning on giv-
ing up football though, as he will return to Ann Arbor from the Yankees' rookie league team August 10 to start football practice.

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The
Oakland Raiders signed Heisman
Trophy winner Charles Woodson on
July 20, their top pick in this year's
draft, just a day before opening training
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Woodson reported on time to camp
in Napa, Calif., Tuesday night. His first
practice was Wednesday.
Neither the Raiders nor Woodson's
agent, Carl Poston, would discuss terms
of the contract last Monday, although
both sides confirmed it included a sign-
ing bonus. ESPN reported the six-year
deal was worth $14.5 million, with an
$8 million signing bonus.
Woodson was the highest selection
so far this year to come to terms with
his team.
"There was a commitment from the
very beginning," Poston said. "Charles
made it clear and I made it clear that we
wanted to get this deal done before
camp."
After marathon negotiations over the
past several days, the two sides said
they pretty much came together at a
barbecue held by Raiders head coach

Jon Gruden on July 19. Woodson, who
was with his family in Orlando, Fla.,
got the call to be on a plane the next
morning.
Woodson, 21, will be competing
for the left cornerback job.
"I'm looking forward to getting in
here and just being a sponge, learning
as much as I can," he said.
The Raiders let go of cornerbacks
Larry Brown and Terry McDaniel in
the offseason in favor of Woodson
and newcomer Eric Allen, a six-time
Pro Bowler. Gruden also has tenta-
tively moved 15-year veteran corner-
back Albert Lewis to free safety.
Gruden, hired in the offseason after
the Raiders went 4-12 last season,
said Woodson has as good a chance as
anyone else of earning a starting job.
"We're not reluctant at all. We don't
discriminate because of age,"
See WOODSON, Page 14

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