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The softer side
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JUNE 19, 2000

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InIhrlidar it's 9(1 95 eery day and it
ta tatll. I like going to tre base-
hul l rowst
On itiis div, Benson p1layed bcfcore a
\V dneay 'afrernoon crosed if 4885, us
thre Nasitors played iS'- first ol rlrrec-
gaitte series against tH a lrrishrg
Senrators, a MontrcalI eos fili itie
IT,(her stlet nssand _balliks ini the

fart Scott Bragg, a ntavs ofkReading. Pt,
who has begcn to follow IHeneion froit
garne to game, fromrrtocwn to tosen.
"lieI's cdoinrg alrghr,"Betggsarid.
"Scomie of thosse kids ruse heent tip 1Irere
all sear aird only hate three homr:.uns..
andc tlt' s whlat (IHeensn has got. lce
got to <get h is timting' dunbut he'.,s orrlonhssben i
to geot;-eey game I Ic's p1tvitt'se
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chtatmpiontshrip gaiie ten lorst 77-71 th e trte(rse --reaid bobbinge, limtbs
thre farllowsiitg yearito the 1Tir I leels ta;ngling rid gumrs Bflapping.
Noes Rotse andI the Irdiainatiaters Anrd beingithre teamr's leading scirrer
trail the Lot Angeles ILakers 3-2trin the dur ingthre regular season {Ire
best of seven NB3AIFirrals gorig into ouitscred Reggie Miller by 0.1 potint
tnigghr'spanic six. per gamiel arid averaginig'21 porints lie
BLut ifte Paceers can somrehowtvbear gamre durring rtrese Iplayotf's will nnt
host L.A. two mortinmes, theirthre pair chanrge that.
of thornrs front Mondays long ago still Sen MONDAY, Page 14
Crawford dazzles scouts

fur Iris
balarrcirrg football and baseball y.'.
witihart ease arid optimirsmn that is
overwhlelmriir".lTre starting" quarterback
for the 2000I Michigan foeotball teamtinti
speirdinigIris surniner traveling the hater
lets of the Noriteastquieklv working
Iis way itrough thre Ness York Yankees
farmn sysremr inching ever closer to
another diffieult decision.
"It takes its toll,"1Benrsonr said regard-
inrg his immediate tranrsition front foot-
ball and schtool to baseball. 'Nor baving
an off-seasonarid hasvtig the mental
strain -rhat's the worst pan.'
Ott Mav 8, less thanit a month after his
last final exame at Michtigant, Benson seas
called up fromercltee A Tanmpa of the
Floridla State League to loit the Norwieh
Nasigators in rteelaits AA Eastern
"I enjoy this area," Hlenson said. "I
hasen't really been rip thins way before.
The eaether is nmuch better to play (irn).

By Ryan C. Moloney
Itlty Spts Editor
Thre saga coninrues.
Jainrl Crawford, Michtigant's (i-fr,
slinkv, smrooth-shooting arid snake-bit-
ten freshmtanr gerard looks as though he
has taken arnortier step in iris jourirey to
anrswer the question -will lie or wosit
he lease school'?
Ar thre mnomtent, it looks like he will.
Crawfordl told the Detroit Free Press
thair thre chances of tint returninrg to
Hoop0 drearn
If lie leasswhol, Jarntal Craweford
riotuld li Ire setterirl Michigan plater
ti ester the NBIA earl=, )oining rthe
fuilliig cs-Wo/lverines:
Sean Biggins, F 11990 rits Anrtonioil
Chris Welbher, F 1193, Orlidl
JAlet Rose, C; /T- 11994, lee rt)
J. rinti Bosesrel, F 11994, Wasingtiton)l
hf sure Taylo, F (1996, L.A. Clip1 'r)
Rol- rtTaylor, F (11998, Milwautkee)

Michiganriare "slim'
Cratwford hais until Wednesdary to
state his intentrions regarding thre future
of Iis basketbaill career if he does not
remtove Iis trainefluterthre list of eligi-
ble players lortht~e NBA drafiIre could
only return to Michigant in thre eset
that Ire is not drifted in either of thre
Crawsford Itas vet to coemnmit to ati
aigent--.iiinuicht case his college eli-
gibility ewouildl Itvebeent forfeitedl
beforre thre Junie 21 d edlirre
Agents Etireand Aatrn G(oiniesr
have sersed is "disrns,"accrdsing
Most pulicaetionts slatie(Cranwford for
rte end oh the firist rorunrd, thcughr
ESPN.coit predicts thre Orlairdo Magic
will select Crainford with the 13th rick.
In a draft ladert nith smrallsitcky
guards, franfrhu aes sood ru in ]re-
draft campsrith. i tl, 9-poiunde
framte and hits offenivce talents. In a
trec-ptoit shroioting chill,(Crawsfordl
tradetnine itut cif Illshoits.
'lie tpotentialfr tratiefoirdl titphysi-
eerlly and emnitiontrallsyimaterreas vell
as Iris raw talent inch versatirlity beteer
the one turd twit elicts, hais irarryteamrs
willing to roll the dice ott what could be
a coniderable project.

conmpared crto t'
frenzy of Michigan
IlJenson finds hinmself in towns itanted
Bowie, New Britain and Altoonra, play-
intg before crowds that rarely exceed
2500. iTe lack of fan in the stands
requires the young third baseman - an
improviser behind the line of scrimernage
as nell as on the baseball diamond - to
ird ness 'ays to prepare on game day.
"Thre crowds definitely help gem me
re'ady to play' Hennon said. "In baseball,
you've got people who are a lot closer to
you. You can hear actual fairs yelling
things, whereas in a football stadium ir's
just a mass of people. If you've got one
guy whto's tiding you, you can hear them
a lot mrore than in football:'
Against rtse Senators, one of those
faus in thre stands was Michsiganr football

f . Life cir
' -q =the road is
relaxed for erost minor leaguers, btrnot
for Benson. Local TY and newsptaper
reporters crowd rim after each ganre.
regardless of his performeanrce or rhe
town he is in. Cheers of 'Drew" eclic
throuighout the stadium whenever he is at
the plate. Cerntral Pennsylvania - aka.
"Happy Yalle"- is nor a welcome des-
titration for a Wolverines quarterback.
'When I was watching him tip in
Reading they had that lion roar - like
they play at the Penn State games -
going every time he came up to the
plate:' Bragg said.
Navigators meanager Dan Radison is
trot worried about the attention Henson
is receiving.
"A couple of reporters here or therc
won't distract him," Radison said. "'Thee
won't nmake one difference. Drew' haw
See HENSON, Page 14

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