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16 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 3, 2006

SPORTS

WALKER
Continued from Page 14
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said
in a statement: "Not only wasRandy a
great friend to the conference, but to
his players, his staff and fans. Randy
accomplished a great deal at every
institution he worked for, but most
importantly he personified the values
of intercollegiate athletics - he was
positive, resilient and honest."
Indiana coach Terry Hoeppner, who
was on Walker's staff at Miami of
Ohio, said news of the death left him in
"absolute shock."
"I lost a friend and someone I learned
alot fromin our time together at Miami,"
Hoeppner said. "He is a great man, a
great family man and a great person.
Words cannot express how much I will

miss him." die, the media attacks," said Murphy,
At Wrigley Field, where the Cubs who was hired three years ago. "As it
hosted the Chicago White Sox, a dragged on, it became more and more
moment of silence was observed before difficult. To me, it really shows his resil-
the afternoon game, followed by a warm iency, the strength of his character to
ovation. make it through a situation like that."
One of the most difficult times dur- During Walker's playing days at
ing Walker's tenure at Northwestern Miami of Ohio, the team compiled
came in August 2001 when defensive records of 11-0, 10-0-1 and 11-1 in the
back Rashidi Wheeler collapsed after mid-1970s and won three Tangerine
participating in a conditioning drill Bowls. Walker was inducted into the
and died. His parents sued the school, school's Hall of Fame in 1992.
claiming officials did not give their son, Walker was drafted by the Cincinnati
an asthmatic, timely or adequate medi- Bengals, and after a short stint returned
cal treatment. to Miami as a graduate assistant.
After years of court wrangling, the Walker is survived by his wife,Tamara,
player's family was awarded a $16 mil- and two children, Abbey, 28, and Jamie,
lion settlement. A judge approved the 25, who is the school's football recruiting
settlement last August. assistant. A funeral service will be held at
"That was a very difficult time for the First Presbyterian Church in Evanston,
Randy - first of all having a player Ill., at 10 a.m. Central time on Thursday.

Billy Sauer was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche In the seventh round of the NHL draft.
ICERS
Continued from Page 14
appeared to the heir apparent to Al Montoya at the beginning of last season, but
inconsistent play forced him to share the role with now graduated Noah Ruden.
For the season, Sauer posted a 11-6-4 record, 3.04 GAA and a .898 save
percentage. He's expected to compete for the starting spot next season with
incoming freshman Steve Jakiel.
Mark your calendars: Last Tuesday, June 27, Michigan coach Red
Berenson officially announced the 2006-2007 schedule for the Wolverines.
In all, 18 games will be played in Yost Ice Arena and the majority of those
games will be played during the first half of the season.
The exhibition season begins on Saturday, September 30, with the annual
Blue/White scrimmage and the regular season being on October 13 when
Michigan squares off against Alabama-Huntsville.
The first CCHA series of the season will be the following week against
defending regular season champs Miami. The series begins on October 19
and will be a Thursday-Friday series instead of the traditional Friday-Sat-
urday series.
The Wolverines will face off against Michigan State twice this fall at
Yost. The first meeting will be on November 4 and the second will be on
November 21.
A first time for everything: The 2006 NHL draft marked the first time
three Michigan hockey players were chosen in the first round. Sixteen play-
ers in all have been selected in the NHL draft's opening round.

undrafted Wolverines forward Chris Hunter, said the
Gary, Ind., native is looking to hook on with a summer
Continued from Page 14 league team in the hopes of being invited to an NBA
training camp. According to Katz, several teams have
were to continue playing in 2006-07. If Payton isn't back shown interest in adding Hunter to their summer team
with the Heat next year, starter Jason Williams would be rosters, but a formal agreement has yet to be reached.
the only other point guard on Miami's roster, barring Notes: Horton led the Wolverines in scoring (17.6),
another move. Of course, Horton would have the added assists (5.3) and steals (1.9) last season. He was named
benefit of playing alongside superstars Dwyane Wade to the All-Big Ten first team by members of the media,
and Shaquille O'Neal on a team attempting to defend and qualified for the All-Big Ten second team in the
its recent NBA title. Katz said that despite his client's coaches' vote.... According to ESPN.com's Chad Ford,
initial frustration at the conclusion of the draft, Horton Horton was rated as the fourth-best athlete among draft-
has become quite optimistic about the positive aspects eligible players at the NBA's pre-draft camp in Orlando
of his circumstances. last month. Horton was the top-rated player in the lane
"I think Daniel's very excited," Katz said. "I think agility test.... Five Big Ten players were drafted on June
(he) sees that there's an opportunity for him to compete 28. The Michigan State trio of guards Shannon Brown
for a job on that roster. He feels it's a really good organi- (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Maurice Ager (Dallas Maver-
zation, and there's some pretty talented basketball play- icks) and center Paul Davis (Los Angeles Clippers) all
ers there.... At the end of the day, I think he's in a very went between picks 25 and 34. Illinois forward James
good situation." Augustine (Orlando Magic) and guard Dee Brown (Utah
Big Game Hunter: Katz, whose agency also represents Jazz) were selected later in the second round.

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